Detroit Tigers begin season without set closer

The Detroit Tigers sent rookie reliever Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, beginning their AL title defense without a set closer. “I’ll tell everybody ahead of time, this is going to be tough,” manager Jim Leyland said via the Associated Press. “It’l be a second-guesser’s delight, a second-guesser’s heaven.” The Tigers bullpen includes right-handers Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, Al ...

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Yankees’ Derek Jeter: ‘It’s disappointing’ to not be playing Opening Day

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was hopeful to start Opening Day, but has now realized general manager Brian Cashman was right. Jeter will start the season on the disabled list while Eduardo Nunez starts at shortstop for the April 1 opener at Yankees Stadium. “It pretty much that looks like what’s going to happen,” Jeter said at George Steinbrenner ...

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Angels betting on whether Josh Hamilton hears boos or cheers in Texas return

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton took some shots at his fomer team’s fans last month, and now his new teammates are seeting up a clubhouse pool on whether he will hear boos or cheers when the Angels play the Rangers in Texas on April 5, according to Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News. Hamilton is expecting to hear ...

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Derek Jeter: Terrible idea to call up Chipper Jones


New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter thought it was a terrible idea for his club to call up retired Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones, which he thought was a media-created joke. “Y’all just come up with all kinds of stuff,” Jeter said via USA Today Sports. But when Jeter was told it was actually general manager Brian Cashman who thought up ...

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