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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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04/02/13
Brewers Owner Attanasio Talks Payroll

Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio said the team’s payroll is “as much a function of our ability to compete on the field and the availability of players as it is a snapshot of any given year's profit or loss,” according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The team&rsquo ...

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04/02/13
AL Franchise Notes

In Detroit, Drew Sharp notes there were "more than a few jeers from the Target Field crowd" when Tigers P Justin Verlander "didn't return for the bottom of the sixth inning" against the Twins in yesterday's season opener. They came from Twins' fans "apparently upset that Verlander was finished even ...

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04/02/13
Forbes' Annual MLB Team Valuations

The Yankees are the “most valuable baseball team for the 16th consecutive year,” worth $2.3B, a figure that also makes the club the “most valuable U.S. sports team,” according to Mike Ozanian of FORBES.com. As part of the deal that saw Fox buy a 49% stake in YES Network , ...

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04/02/13
NL Franchise Notes

Phillies VP/Ticket Sales & Operations John Weber said of the team's ticket sales, "We are at 2.6 million (tickets sold); last year we were at 3.1 million at the same time point. We are clearly down, but to be at 2.6 million in mid-March is incredible. I’d take that every year. We have diff ...

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04/02/13
MLB Book Shelf

Several MLB-themed books were recently published in advance of Opening Day. The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Leigh Montville reviewed DOUG WILSON ’s “deft biography” of former MLBer MARK FIDRYCH , titled “ THE BIRD .” Wilson in the book writes, "People remember becomi ...

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04/02/13
MLB Marketplace Roundup

ESPN.com's Patrick Dorsey noted Angels P C.J. Wilson and RF Josh Hamilton, along with Steelers S Troy Polamalu, last Friday "took part in a Los Angeles-based event promoting Head & Shoulders' new 'Whiff-a-Thon' to benefit Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities." The company will donate $1 "for each M ...

Tags: MLB Season Preview, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants

04/02/13
MLB Facility Notes

White Sox PR Manager Marty Maloney said while nearly 20% of fans utilized the Chicago Transportation Authority to commute to games last year, "We do not expect Red Line renovations to impact our attendance." The White Sox and the CTA said that they were “prepared for reducing the challeng ...

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04/02/13
MLB Radio Notes

In N.Y., Phil Mushnick wrote within two weeks the “exclusive renegotiation window for CBS Radio to renew Yankees and Mets rights expires.” CBS “very much wants to renew both teams, and is believed to have its top corporate execs closely monitoring the talks.” But both teams & ...

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04/01/13
Selig Touts Competitive Balance

MLB, "by the standard of increased competitive balance, is bigger and better than ever," according to Mark Bauman of MLB.com. With 12 games scheduled today, the "larger renaissance sets in," and by tomorrow, "weather permitting, all 30 clubs will have played baseball." MLB Commissioner Bud Selig sai ...

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04/01/13
Yankees At Top Of MLB Payrolls

The Yankees for the 15th consecutive year will have MLB's "top opening-day payroll" at a record $228.8M, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. The Dodgers were "poised to end the Yankees' salary reign, but the Yankees vaulted them" when they acquired LF Vernon Wells last week from the Angels. E ...

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