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  1. The Dodgers sale is being financed by people’s insurance money. Is this a problem?

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Over at the New York Times’ Deal Book blog, Andrew Ross Sorkin notes that the sale of the Dodgers to the group led by Magic Johnson — but really controlled by Guggenheim Partners’ Mark Walter — is being financed with insurance policy dough: In addition to their own cash, Mr. Walter plans to use money…

  2. A “very embarrassed” Ozzie Guillen apologizes for “betraying the Latin community”

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Presser

    Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, minutes after his five-game suspension was handed down, faced the media and the music in the wake of his comments about Fidel Castro. Guillen began the press conference speaking in Spanish, clearly aware of the audience most critical of his comments.  His eyes were red, and on occasion watery. He…

  3. Russell Martin and Robert Andino have postgame shouting match over tipping Mariano Rivera’s pitches

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Moments after Mariano Rivera closed out a 6-2 win over Baltimore last night Yankees catcher Russell Martin was shouting at Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, with both players needing to be held back as their teams left the field. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Martin and the Yankees believed Andino was signaling Rivera’s pitch…

  4. Ozzie Guillen suspended for five games

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    The Miami Marlins just announced that Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games, effective immediately.  This came about 20 minutes before his press conference began. A statement accompanied the suspension. After announcing it, it reads: “The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen. The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro…

  5. Liam Hendriks released from hospital after food poisoning

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Liam Hendriks was released from a Baltimore hospital yesterday and is recovered enough from his bout with food poisoning that he’s rejoined the Twins in Minnesota. Hendriks, who was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start in place of the injured Scott Baker, told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that he managed to avoid losing any weight…

  6. UPDATE: Vlad Guerrero in police custody following a bar brawl in the Dominican Republic

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop. Vlad Guerrero’s hands are idle for the first time during the baseball season in about 20 years, and if you believe the Dominican National Police, he was putting them to poor use last night. Assuming this translation is close to accurate, it sounds like he assaulted a police officer:…

  7. Carlos Santana, Indians agree on a five-year extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

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    One day, there will no longer be awesome free agents hitting the market in their prime. Because teams keep doing this: Carlos Santana, #Indians agree on 5 year extension with club option for 2117 — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 10, 2012 That club option in 2017 — call me crazy, but I believe Hoynes made…

  8. MLB is looking into Ozzie’s comments? How intellectually inconsistent of them.

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    CASTRO ANGELOS

    According to Buster Olney, Major League Baseball is now “reviewing the Ozzie Guillen situation.”  Hurm. While I disagree with it all, I at least understand where the local outrage in Miami is coming from. While I would hope that it all blows over, I get that whatever happens it will be the local dynamics —…

  9. Behold, The Dodgers unveil The Big Kid Dog

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Mother of God

    Some people say the Dodgers are worth $2 billion because of future television revenue. I say it’s because of billion-dollar ideas like this one: The Big Kid Dog.  According to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed it’s “a 100% all-beef dog topped with gooey Mac and Cheese and covered in Fritos.”

  10. Miami-Dade mayor: “The freedom-loving people” of Miami want Ozzie Guillen fired

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:07 AM EDT

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    L’affair Ozzie is continuing apace. We’ve had the comment, the outrage, the apology, the media hand-wringing, and now the political opportunism. In the run-up to Ozzie Guillen’s second apology over his Castro comment, Carlos Giminez, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, calls for his termination. Because apparently there is nothing more satisfying to “freedom-loving people” than…

  11. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  12. Please Fredi, stop using your worst relievers in close games

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez probably throws harder than Livan Hernandez

    Let’s rank the Braves’ relievers in order from best to cannon fodder, shall we: Craig Kimbrel Jonny Venters Eric O’Flaherty Kris Medlen Cristhian Martinez Livan Hernandez Chad Durbin There’s nothing controversial there, right. One could argue about the order of the last two, but really, no one can possibly be that bored. Now let’s look…

  13. Tom Milone first in six years to go eight scoreless with no strikeouts

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:31 AM EDT

    Tom Milone

    The Royals must have thought A’s rookie Tom Milone was a nasty left-hander when they sat lefty bats Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas on Monday night. They went on to make him look like one, kind of anyway. Tommy Milone became the first pitcher in six years to finish an outing with at least eight…

  14. Rangers and Ian Kinsler agree to five-year, $75 million contract extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler said last week that he was “disappointed” that a contract extension with the Rangers wouldn’t get done by Opening Day, but the two sides were apparently able to bridge the gap over the past couple of days. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers and Kinsler have agreed to…

  15. Report: Indians, Carlos Santana agree to multi-year contract extension

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

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    After extending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera through the 2014 season last week, the Indians have successfully locked up another key piece of their nucleus. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Carlos Santana. An official announcement is expected tomorrow. Exact terms aren’t yet known, but the deal…

  16. Yu Darvish uneven in major league debut

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish AP MLB debut

    Yu Darvish‘s major league debut didn’t go exactly as planned tonight against the Mariners, but he certainly showed flashes of why the Rangers broke the bank to bring him into the fold. In what was likely a case of the nerves, Darvish allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in a 42-pitch first…

  17. Andy Pettitte allows one run over three innings in first minor league tune-up

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    After tossing a scoreless inning last Wednesday in the Yankees’ Grapefruit League finale against the Mets, Andy Pettitte made his first minor league start this evening with High-A Tampa. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Pettitte allowed one run on two hits over three innings while striking out two, walking one and throwing one wild…

  18. Jed Lowrie on track to come off disabled list Friday

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Jed Lowrie‘s sprained right thumb prevented him from being on the Opening Day roster, but he could make his Astros’ debut later this week. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Lowrie is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He got the go-ahead after taking batting practice from both…

  19. Barry Zito notches first shutout since 2003 versus Rockies

    Apr 9, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito couldn’t get anyone out in an exhibition season that saw him give up 17 runs and 32 hits in 19 1/3 innings and ditch his experimental windup. The Rockies, though, were frustrated by him all day Monday. Zito pitched his first shutout since 2003, allowing just four hits and walking none, in a…

  20. Rangers should grab Brandon Allen off waivers from A’s

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Left-handed hitting first basemen/designated hitters certainly aren’t in popular demand at the moment, and there’s a good chance Brandon Allen will clear waivers after being designated for assignment by the A’s on Monday. Still, there are a few teams that might want to take a chance on him, including Oakland’s division rival in Texas. The…

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