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10:55 PM ET, April 13, 2012


 Top News: 
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
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 /
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  —  The Red Sox provided few details on Jacoby Ellsbury's injury after Friday's win over the Rays.  Manager Bobby Valentine said the center fielder was “in a lot of pain” after Reid Brignac landed on his right shoulder in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Discussion: WEEI and the joy of sox
Marc Topkin / The Heater Feed:
Rays blasted 12-2 by Sox, Price struggles
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GM Williams likes early look of White Sox  —  CHICAGO — Five games does not a Grinder Rules campaign make.  —  But from listening to White Sox general manager Ken Williams' comments before Friday's home opener against Detroit, it sounds as if he believes the team is constructed to move …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Associated Press:   Peavy, Viciedo Lead White Sox Over Tigers 5-2
White Sox GM feels ‘compassion’ for Guillen
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
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
Associated Press:
Dodgers' planned sale before judge
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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
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
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
Associated Press:   Royals' Hochevar Leaves After Taking Liner Off Leg
Michael Baron /
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 …
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:
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: Bucs Dugout
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 …
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.
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