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7:00 PM ET, April 6, 2012


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Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
On Day 1, a 2011 echo  —  Sox rally in opener, then fall to Tigers in 9th  —  Alfredo Aceves walked off after surrendering the winning hit as the Tigers celebrated behind him.  Coverage, C1.  (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)  —  Jonathan Papelbon was in Pittsburgh, setting down the Pirates 1-2-3 …
Truce?  Schilling: It's not me against Bobby V  —  ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling offered an olive branch of sorts in his back-and-forth with Boston manager Bobby Valentine, saying he feels bad so much has been made about his criticism and expressing regret …
Discussion: Boston Globe and Over the Monster
Associated Press:   Tigers Overcome Valverde Slip, Beat Red Sox 3-2
Scott Merkin /
Dunn opens season with fresh outlook, shave  —  ARLINGTON — The big clubhouse news coming from Friday's pregame centered on Adam Dunn shaving off most of his beard and getting a haircut.  Dunn laughed at the attention garnered by the shave, adding that he simply was hanging out in his hotel room …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Kip Wells
Associated Press:
Houston SS Lowrie placed on 15-day DL  —  HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb.  —  The Astros had hoped that Lowrie would be ready for opening day on Friday against Colorado, but he wasn't quite healthy enough to play.
Sports Illustrated:
MLB concerned with lack of details from Dodgers' winning bidder … Major League Baseball officials have expressed concern that Guggenheim Baseball Management, the winning bidders for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been slow to produce the details of the bid and the structure of its management team …
Discussion: HardballTalk, The Big Lead and 6-4-2
Bryan Hoch /
Pineda plays catch, but April return unlikely  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will remain behind at the club's Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla., when the team goes north, and he's unlikely to pitch at the Major League level in April.
Discussion: SI Tracking Blog
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Thursday notes: Cervelli still next in line behind the plate
Discussion: Bronx Baseball Daily
Roger Mooney / Boston Herald:
Offense the big question mark as Rays start season  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The starting rotation is very good, among the very best in the game.  The defense was the best in the league last season.  Together, those two are capable of carrying the Tampa Bay Rays to another trip to the postseason.
David Ginsburg / Associated Press:
Arrieta, Markakis lead Orioles over Twins 4-2  —  BALTIMORE—Jake Arrieta pitched seven scoreless innings, Nick Markakis homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Camden Yards by defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Friday.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Jean-Jacques Taylor / ESPN:
Ron Washington puts family first  —  Approach helps Rangers manager get most out of roster's 25 personalities  —  W2W4: White Sox - Rangers  —  Colby Lewis and the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers kick off their season against the Chicago White Sox.  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Ron Washington has nine siblings.
Kate Shellnutt / Houston Chronicle:
Astros' season opener a holy day for area Christians, Jews  —  Photo: Brett Coomer / © 2012 Houston Chronicle  —  The Astros' opening day is among the holiest on the calendar for faithful baseball fans, full of hot dogs and hope for a new season, but this year, it falls on two actual holy days …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs interested in Nationals lefty John Lannan  —  Geovany Soto congratulates Ian Stewart (left), who scored the Cubs' lone run on Marlon Byrd's single in the fourth inning.  John J. Kim~Sun-Times  —  The Cubs aren't done putting together their early-season roster.
Clark Spencer /
Lance Berkman: Marlins Park too spacious for homers  —  CINCINNATI — Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman predicted to reporters Wednesday that hitting a home run at Marlins Park is so difficult that one day soon they will have to shorten the distance to the fences.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Joe Kay / Associated Press:
Cueto leads Reds over Marlins 4-0
Discussion: Fish Stripes and Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:
MLB Ticket Prices Flat for 1st Time in 2 Decades  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball's average ticket price has stayed flat for the first time in two decades.  —  The Team Marketing Report said Friday that MLB's average is $26.92 this year, up 1 cent from last season.
Discussion: ESPN
Associated Press:
Volquez Walks in 2 Runs, Loses Padres Debut  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — It wasn't a great day for starting pitchers at Petco Park, especially for San Diego's Edinson Volquez.  —  Volquez walked in the Los Angeles Dodgers' first two runs and the Padres went on to a 5-3 loss on Thursday.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Ken Gurnick /
Flu knocks Kershaw out of Dodgers' opener
Discussion: True Blue LA
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