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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. $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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Joba Chamberlain issues first comments since ankle injury

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    Joba Chamberlain spoke with reporters tonight at the Yankees’ spring training complex for the first time since suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle last Thursday while jumping on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son. While we heard some sensational stories in the aftermath of the injury, Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Chamberlain…

  14. Curtis Granderson to undergo precautionary MRI on right elbow

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson Reuters

    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Curtis Granderson was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays due to right elbow soreness. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman classified his level of concern as “two or less” on a scale of one to 10, so it doesn’t sound like there’s any serious cause for alarm, but…

  15. Mat Latos day-to-day with left calf strain

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Mat Latos Getty

    After losing their closer Ryan Madson due to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Reds were given a scare with their other big offseason addition earlier today. Mat Latos was pulled from his start this afternoon against the Cubs after 4 2/3 innings due to a strained left calf. However, the Reds were more fortunate this…

  16. MLB approves Dodgers’ three bidders; auction set for next week

    Mar 27, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt , Matt Kemp

    MLB owners unananimously approved the three remaining bidders for the Dodgers on Tuesday, clearing the way for a private auction to take place next Wednesday. Expectations are that Frank McCourt and his advisers will negotiate with the three bidders in the days leading up to the auction. The three bidders left are Steve Cohen (whose…

  17. The Giants don’t like Brandon Belt’s approach

    Mar 27, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Sure, the Giants had the NL’s worst offense last year. Sure, they develop major league hitters at a rate of about two a decade. Sure, their hitting coach was one of the biggest prospect flops of the 1980s. But when you have the chance to overhaul the swing of a top prospect hitting .380, you…

  18. The OC Register plans to “mob” the Angels home opener

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    paparazzi

    We’re getting to a point in baseball media where some teams barely have any local coverage. There’s a beat guy or two, but press boxes that once teemed with scribes are often empty due to consolidation, newspapers cutting back and the migration of coverage to the internet, where uncredentialed writers ply their trade. But one…

  19. Rockies release veteran third baseman Casey Blake

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake talked about possibly retiring following September neck surgery, but instead signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Rockies and entered spring training atop the third base depth chart. Today the Rockies released Blake after the 37-year-old went just 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts while showing signs of not being fully healthy. This may be…

  20. Another Phillies infielder is banged up

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The starters are hurt, the backups are hurt, everyone’s hurt: Phillies announce Freddy Galvis has contusion on mid left foot after fouling ball off it. Team said Xray not necessary. He is day to day. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) March 27, 2012 Sounds minor. But really, at this point I think Ruben Amaro should look…

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