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SBD/April 2, 2013/MLB Season Preview
AL Franchise Notes: Twins Fans Jeer Verlander's Early Exit
Published April 2, 2013
RED TEAM GO: In Boston, Scott Lauber writes the Red Sox "returned yesterday to start anew," and the "contrast was undeniable." The Red Sox "left us talking about baseball -- just baseball -- once again after 19 months of daily off-the-field drama, a managerial merry-go-round and enough negativity to bring down even Dr. Phil." After yesterday there "wasn't any discussion of pitchers feasting on beer and chicken during games." Former manager Bobby Valentine was "across town, working his new job as a pregame Mets television analyst rather than turning the Red Sox into reality TV" (BOSTON HERALD, 4/2).
CHANNELING RICKY VAUGHN? In Ohio, Brandon Hannahs notes expectations "usually are tempered" for the Indians. But this offseason, "out of nowhere," Owner Larry Dolan "decided to open his checkbook." The results have "given fans hope." Indians CF Michael Bourn, RF Nick Swisher and 3B Mark Reynolds bring "bona-fide talent to the roster," and manager Terry Francona is "a proven winner in the dugout." Management is "showing the fanbase they are trying to win" (ZANESVILLE TIMES RECORDER, 4/2).