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6:10 PM ET, April 13, 2012


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Bill Chastain /
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.
Rays' Scott piles on Boston: Fenway's a ‘dump’  —  Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott told 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
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
Jayson Stark / MLB:
Stark: Don't bet on Dodgers spending big  —  Don't expect new owners to start throwing big money at top free agents  —  This is for all the amateur psychics out there who think they can predict the future of the soon-to-be back-from-the-dead Los Angeles Dodgers.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Richard Griffin / Toronto Star:
Jays lucky to have coach Brian Butterfield, and he feels the same way  —  When the Blue Jays' support staff and coaches were introduced before the home opener Monday at the Rogers Centre, polite, rhythmic applause rolled through the stadium, predictable as morning surf washing up on a rocky beach.
Associated Press:
Dodgers' planned sale before judge  —  WILMINGTON, Del.—A federal bankruptcy court judge in Delaware is deciding whether to approve a reorganization plan by the Los Angeles Dodgers that would put the team on track to exit bankruptcy by April 30.  —  The team said earlier this week …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers complete sweep of Pirates
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Associated Press:
Peavy, Viciedo Lead White Sox Over Tigers 5-2  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Peavy pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Dayan Viciedo homered and made a key catch Friday as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in their home opener.  —  Peavy (1-0) took a one-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the seventh.
Associated Press:
Boesch Leads Tigers to 7-2 Win Over Rays
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.
Associated Press:
Royals' Hochevar Leaves After Taking Liner Off Leg  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals starter Luke Hochevar had to be helped off the field after taking a line drive off his left ankle to end the fourth inning against Cleveland on Friday.  —  Hochevar was in the middle of his follow-through …
Howie Rumberg / Associated Press:
A-Rod, Kuroda help make Yanks home opener a winner  —  NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez hit his 630th home run and tied Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the career list and Hiroki Kuroda pitched excellently in his pinstripes debut as the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Friday in their 110th home opener.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and
New York Times:
Wide Use of Painkiller Before Games Raises Concerns  —  When Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey partly tore the plantar fascia in his right foot last May, he did what any competitive athlete would do: he weighed the risks and rewards of continuing to play with the injury.
Michael Vega / Boston Globe:
Carl Crawford ‘frustrated’ with elbow injury  —  Carl Crawford made an appearance in the Red Sox clubhouse this morning and said the MRI he had on his left elbow earlier this week showed a strain.  —  Crawford, who started the season April 4 on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to March 26) …
David Pinto /
Gio Improves  —  Gio Gonzalez saved his best for his home debut in Washington as he shuts out the Reds for seven innings.  It was an impressive outing as Gonzalez allowed just two hits while walking none and striking out seven.  This is the third start in a row in which the Nationals starter did not allow a run.
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Red Reporter
Associated Press:   Wild Pitch Helps Nats Beat Reds 3-2 in 10 Innings
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