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11:30 PM ET, April 13, 2012

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ESPN:
Rays' Scott piles on Boston: Fenway's a ‘dump’  —  Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott told MLB.com he thinks Fenway is “a dump” as the Boston Red Sox prepare to kick off their 100th season in the ballpark.  —  “As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump,” said Scott …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and MLB
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Howard Ulman / Globe and Mail:
Beckett rebounds, Red Sox pound Rays  —  Josh Beckett pitched eight solid innings Friday and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a rough road trip by winning their eighth straight home opener, 12-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays.  —  Boston won despite losing centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury because of an injured right shoulder.
Bill Chastain / MLB.com:
Maddon, Scott have mixed opinions of Fenway  —  DETROIT — Friday afternoon's game against the Red Sox will be Boston's home opener, kicking off the 100th season of Major League baseball at Fenway Park.  —  “That's cool, it's very cool,” manager Joe Maddon said.
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Jacoby Ellsbury ‘felt something move’ in shoulder
Discussion: WEEI and the joy of sox
Marc Topkin / The Heater Feed:
Rays blasted 12-2 by Sox, Price struggles
Discussion: DRaysBay
Associated Press:
Modest Crowd for Marlins Game After Ozzie Flap  —  MIAMI (AP) — Havana-born Isabel Diaz arrived at the Miami Marlins' ballpark two hours before the first pitch Friday, ready to root for the home team but not quite prepared to forget Ozzie Guillen's remarks about Fidel Castro.
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Associated Press:   Peavy, Viciedo Lead White Sox Over Tigers 5-2
ESPN:
White Sox GM feels ‘compassion’ for Guillen
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Scott Merkin / MLB.com:
GM Williams likes early look of White Sox
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Associated Press:
Betemit lifts Orioles over Blue Jays 7-5  —  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)  —  TORONTO—Wilson Betemit hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Friday night, snapping a three-game skid.
Discussion: Camden Chat
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Richard Griffin / Toronto Star:   Jays lucky to have coach Brian Butterfield, and he feels the same way
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' sale to group fronted by Magic Johnson is OK'd by court  —  During a tense six-hour court session, the deal is closed despite strong objections from Major League Baseball, which wants more control over the club as it moves out of bankruptcy.  —  Magic Johnson will be the new face of the Dodgers ownership.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Baseball Nation
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Associated Press:
Dodgers' planned sale before judge
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers complete sweep of Pirates
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
Mark Lerner on Stan Kasten, Mike Rizzo, the 2012 season and never selling the Nationals  —  Nationals Principal Owner Mark Lerner sat in the team's dugout yesterday morning, about two hours before the first pitch of the season at Nationals Park.  The team he presides over has finally produced …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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Jayson Stark / MLB:
Stark: Don't bet on Dodgers spending big
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Associated Press:
Indians Use Big First Inning to Beat Royals, 8-3  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brantley had a pair of hits during a seven-run first inning, and the Cleveland Indians roughed up Luke Hochevar before knocking him from the game in an 8-3 victory Friday that spoiled the Royals' home opener.
Discussion: Royals Review and Yahoo! Sports
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Associated Press:   Royals' Hochevar Leaves After Taking Liner Off Leg
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
David Wright's future with NY Mets hinges on third basemen's health, as current deal expires after club option for 2013  —  Pinkie injury serves as reminder of third baseman's past woes  —  David Wright's health will help determine if Mets want to give hime long-term extension.
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Howard Megdal / Capital New York:
Will the Mets seriously do to David Wright what they did to Jose Reyes?
Discussion: NY Daily News
Michael Baron / MetsBlog.com:
Final Score: Mets 5 Phillies 2  —  The Mets (5-2) defeated the Phillies (3-4) by the score of 5-2 tonight in Philadelphia.  —  For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.  —  The Least You Should Know:  — R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and he was great, allowing just a solo home run …
Associated Press:
Harrison Goes 8 as Rangers Breeze by Twins 4-1  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Harrison breezed through eight innings and Ian Kinsler homered to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.  —  Harrison (2-) allowed one run on seven hits with four strikeouts …
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Associated Press:
Cain Pitches 1-Hitter, Giants Win Home Opener  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain threw a one-hitter, allowing only a single by Pittsburgh pitcher James McDonald in the sixth inning during a near-perfect performance Friday as the San Francisco Giants beat the Pirates 5-0 in their home opener.
Discussion: Associated Press and Bucs Dugout
Fox Sports:
Lucrative 1B contracts a risk for teams  —  I'm intrigued by the showdown this weekend between Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels' $240 million first baseman, and Mark Teixeira, the New York Yankees' $180 million man.  —  I doubt that any of us will be as fascinated in 2016 …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Phillies To Sign Mike Fontenot  —  The Phillies have agreed to sign infielder Mike Fontenot, Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio tweets.  The Phillies announced that the Paragon Sports International client gets a minor league deal.  —  Fontenot, who was released by the Giants toward …
 
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