The real entertainment at Tampa's Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday was inside the Yankees clubhouse. Donnie Moore of the evangelical ministry Radical Reality was the latest motivational speaker brought in by manager Joe Girardi. Moore tore apart a soda can and a telephone book with his bare hands.
Albert Pujols is the focal point of the Los Angeles Angels' 2012 marketing campaign, which began in late January with 70 billboards throughout Southern California, 20 of which refer to the former St. Louis Cardinals star as "El Hombre."
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After 15 seasons, the Boston Red Sox apparently will need a new leader. Jason Varitek has been absent for the first two days of workouts by pitchers and catchers. General manager Ben Cherington offered the soon-to-be 40-year-old captain a minor-league deal months ago, but the catcher never responded.
Reconcile these two facts. One: Roy Oswalt has the 15th-best adjusted ERA of all-time among pitchers with at least 2,000 innings, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The first 10 already are in the Hall of Fame. The other four are Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay and Randy Johnson.
Ozzie Guillen has been a Touch 'Em All favorite ever since he started tweeting whatever was on his mind, the heck with filters. Two days after being released by the Chicago White Sox, the irrepressible skipper was hired to manage the NL's most unpredictable team, the Florida Marlins.
Don McKee has been covering sports since 1966. He joined The Inquirer as the South Jersey columnist in 1974 and has covered high schools from Atlantic City to Cincinnati; Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia football; and the Phillies, Eagles and Flyers over the years. For the last 13 years he has hosted a Sunday talk show on Sports Radio 610 WIP. He tries to live by the sage words of Lord Northcliffe, the man who created the world's first sports page in the late 19th century, and who coined the famous phrase: "News is something that somebody somewhere wants to hide. Everything else is public relations."