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  1. Springtime Storylines: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending?

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending? After eight tumultuous but mostly successful…

  2. Progressive Field is progressive

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Progressive Field

    Progressive in terms of energy anyway: the Indians installed a wind turbine on the roof of the ballpark. And, in addition to alternative energy, it will provide entertainment: With the turbine installed and lit from within by colored LED lights, the Indians will turn next to engaging fans with interactive digital kiosks about wind energy.…

  3. Reds reliever Nick Masset to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Masset_Nick

    HardballTalk has turned into RedsBullpenTalk today, so here’s the latest: Nick Masset has been diagnosed with shoulder inflammation and will begin the season on the disabled list, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. In theory at least Masset was in the mix for the closer job, but that was always a long shot…

  4. Reds “audition” free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Dusty Baker is still trying to decide who will be asked to replace Ryan Madson as closer, but in the meantime free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez worked out for the Reds yesterday. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com described it as an “audition” and says Gonzalez “was spotted throwing in a bullpen session at the Reds’ complex.”…

  5. The Yankees sign Jack Cust

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros Photo Day

    Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports that the Yankees have signed erstwhile man-crush, Jack Cust to a minor league deal. I probably said all I need to ever write about Cust yesterday. But for what it’s worth, he hit .213/.344/.329 last year. So if he’s gonna see any time in the Bronx this year, it will likely mean…

  6. Indians release veteran infielder Cristian Guzman

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    So much for Cristian Guzman‘s comeback. This morning the Indians released Guzman, who signed a minor-league deal last month after sitting out all of last season due to personal issues. Guzman had been trying to win a bench spot, but the 34-year-old former All-Star shortstop has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and never impressed.…

  7. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on Jamie McCourt’s worth

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Jon Heyman literally made me laugh out loud with this one: Wonder if jamie mccourt has any 2nd thoughts. Turns out the parking lot ($150M) was worth more than her ($130M) That was what Jamie took to walk away from all of the litigation. And at the time it seemed OK, because it looked like…

  8. Neftali Feliz: “I feel like I’m ready for the season”

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Any worries about Neftali Feliz‘s sore shoulder can probably be put to rest for now, as the right-hander threw four innings against a Double-A lineup yesterday and said afterward: “I feel like I’m ready for the season.” Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Feliz topped out at 96 miles per hour…

  9. Sean Marshall, unlike Dusty Baker, is sure he can thrive as the Reds’ closer

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Dusty Baker may be unsure if Sean Marshall can step into the closer role for the injured Ryan Madson, but Marshall’s performance over the past two seasons suggests he’d be fantastic in the ninth inning and yesterday the left-hander made it clear that he’d “like the opportunity to pitch in that role.” Part of Baker’s…

  10. When it comes to Frank McCourt’s legacy, money changes everything

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Sorry that I’m a bit hung up on the Dodgers/Magic Johnson stuff this morning, but there’s something about irresponsible jackwagons falling into $2.15 billion that captures my attention. Anyway, in the past few minutes I have come across two quotes that just astound me. One is a factual assertion that is totally correct but which…

  11. Drew Storen plays catch, says elbow “felt really good”

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Drew Storen

    Nationals closer Drew Storen hasn’t ruled out being ready for Opening Day after testing his injured elbow by throwing from flat ground yesterday and reporting no problems. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post he still “seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list” in part because Storen has pitched in…

  12. Be happy Dodgers fans, but Magic Johnson is no panacea

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    I understand that enthusiasm about Magic Johnson’s ownership group buying the Dodgers. Frank McCourt is leaving. Magic is awesome. L.A. loves him. The Dodgers are in the pits. He shall save them.  Woo-ha! But I think it’s possible to blow this up a bit too much. For one thing, Magic is not the controlling owner.…

  13. Mike Matheny: “We’ve taken a step back” with Allen Craig’s return timetable

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig had made such good progress in his recovery from offseason knee surgery that beginning the season on the Cardinals’ active roster as a bench player became a possibility earlier this week, but this morning manager Mike Matheny all but squashed those plans. Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that…

  14. The Yankees release Preston Mattingly

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    This has virtually zero baseball significance, but some people like dynasties, so we pass it along: the Yankees have released Preston Mattingly, son of Don. In six seasons in the minors, Mattingly has put up a line of .232/.276./335.  Both his father’s current employer and his father’s former employer released him, so you have to…

  15. Twins release Joel Zumaya ahead of Tommy John surgery, must pay entire $850,000 salary

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    zumaya ap

    Joel Zumaya is scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery tomorrow, but he won’t do so as an official member of the Twins after Minnesota released the oft-injured right-hander this morning. Minnesota could have simply transferred him to the 60-day disabled list and cleared the 40-man roster spot that way, which is generally more common…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Mar 28, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Dustin Ackley homer

    Mariners 3, A’s 1: Opening Morning!  Gotta say, for all of my bitching about this yesterday, it was kind of nice to wake up at 5:52 AM, roll over, fire up the laptop and watch some baseball. At least until my kids woke up. Then I had to take precious time away from the game…

  17. Jose Canseco would like to play for the Dodgers

    Mar 28, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    jose canseco twitter

    This was pretty inevitable: @magicjohnson congrats on buying dodgers need a 1b or pinch hitter of the bench? Will play for free. Will donate salary charity — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 28, 2012 Less obvious was his next tweet in which he said that none of us understand global warming and that he’d school us…

  18. $2.15 billion for the Dodgers? Mercy

    Mar 28, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt sunglasses

    Frank McCourt bought the Los Angeles Dodgers for $430 million in 2004.  Then he chopped his team up, poured kerosene all over it, torched it, and then peed on it while the flames rose higher and higher and he still realized a 500% appreciation of his asset in less than eight years. Bernie Madoff was…

  19. The regular season is underway

    Mar 28, 2012, 6:20 AM EDT

    Japan Game

    I’m watching the Mariners-A’s game on MLB.tv.  It just began a couple of minutes ago. The Root sports broadcasters are doing the game via video while back home in Seattle. That’s special. Ichiro came to bat with two outs in the first inning, worked the count full off Brandon McCarthy and then chopped one off…

  20. Magic Johnson’s group agrees to buy Dodgers for record price of $2 billion

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    UPDATE: Here’s the text from the press release, officially announcing word of the agreement between the two sides: The Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt today announced an agreement under which Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) will acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion upon completion of the closing process.  The purchasing group includes…

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