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12:55 PM ET, April 14, 2012


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Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Lengthy absence would really hurt  —  Ellsbury's loss leaves gaps in lineup, outfield  —  The Rays' Reid Brignac comes down hard on Jacoby Ellsbury's right shoulder on a play at second, knocking him from the game - and possibly much longer.  (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Discussion: Surviving Grady and The Big Lead
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Rays' Jeremy Hellickson passes concussion tests, will start Saturday  —  Backfired: Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury injures his shoulder after colliding with Reid Brignac during a take-out slide.  —  BOSTON — After taking two more concussion-related tests Friday, one at a Boston hospital …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Howard Ulman / Globe and Mail:
Beckett rebounds, Red Sox pound Rays
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Jacoby Ellsbury ‘felt something move’ in shoulder
Discussion: WEEI and the joy of sox
Rays' Scott piles on Boston: Fenway's a ‘dump’
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Scott Merkin /
GM Williams likes early look of White Sox
Discussion: MLB Rumors
White Sox GM feels ‘compassion’ for Guillen
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Associated Press:   Peavy, Viciedo Lead White Sox Over Tigers 5-2
Josh Liebeskind /
Cameron throws first pitch, retires as Mariner  —  SEATTLE — Mike Cameron played for eight teams in his 17-year Major League career, but the former All-Star center fielder will retire a Mariner.  —  The announcement that the 39-year-old Cameron signed a one-day employment agreement …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Tim Booth / Associated Press:
Colon, A's ruin Seattle's home opener with 4-0 win  —  SEATTLE—Bartolo Colon gave up just three hits in seven shutout innings for his 16th career win against Seattle, and the Oakland Athletics won 4-0 on Friday night to ruin the Mariners' home opener.  —  Making his third start already …
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
Jorge Posada, in his return to the Yankee Stadium spotlight, locates plate and maybe one day the Hall of Fame  —  Former Yankee catcher makes triumphant return to Bronx  —  Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada throws out the first pitch before the opening day game against the Angels.
New York Post:
A-Rod HRs help, hurt Yankees  —  For Alex Rodriguez, there are just moneyball milestones ahead now.  Home runs larded with achievement — but also uncomfortable bonus checks and even more uncomfortable questions.  —  Rodriguez hit homer No. 630 yesterday as part of the Yankees' thorough 5-0 home-opening defeat of the Angels.
Howie Rumberg / Associated Press:
A-Rod, Kuroda help make Yanks home opener a winner
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and
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
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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
Associated Press:
McCann, Uggla Lead Braves Past Brewers 10-8  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Brian McCann equaled a career high with four hits, including a homer and four RBIs, and Dan Uggla's broken-bat single in the eighth inning gave the Braves a wild 10-8 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Atlanta's home opener Friday night.
Discussion: Talking Chop
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
Richard Griffin / Toronto Star:
Jays lucky to have coach Brian Butterfield, and he feels the same way
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 …
Arnie Stapleton / Associated Press:
Helton's RBI lifts Rockies to 7-6 win over D-backs  —  DENVER—Todd Helton drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, to rally the Colorado Rockies past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Friday night.  —  Carlos Gonzalez singled with one out in the eighth off Bryan Shaw …
Discussion: Purple Row
Corey Brock /
Black shuffles lineup for opener in LA  —  LOS ANGELES — As Padres manager Bud Black likes to say — and he did so again on Friday — “you've got to use your bench, all 25 guys.”  —  In Friday's opener against the Dodgers, Black mixed up his lineup, inserting Jeremy Hermida in the starting lineup …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Associated Press:
Harang breaks Dodgers record with 9 straight Ks  —  LOS ANGELES—Dodgers pitcher Aaron Harang struck out nine straight batters Friday night, setting a franchise record for one game.  —  Harang gave up a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin before striking out the next nine San Diego Padres hitters …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Mike Axisa / MLB Rumors:
Angels Designate Rich Thompson For Assignment  —  The Angels have designated Rich Thompson for assignment, reports's Alden Gonzalez (on Twitter).  The move creates roster space for Brad Mills.  —  Thompson, 27, has allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings this year.
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
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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