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30-Team MLB Scoop, April Edition

Apr 11, 2012 3:30 PM EST

The National League

The Kevin Towers Jim McLennan of AZ Snake Pit: "The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced their Fan Cost Index of $145.94 is again the lowest in Major League Baseball for the sixth consecutive season by finishing more than $60 below the industry average of $207.34. The Fan Cost Index is a representative look at the costs for a family of four to attend a MLB game."

The Frank Wren Talking Chop: "The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties say they have a financing model that would allow a proposed ballpark in Wilmington be financed and constructed privately."

The Jed Hoyer Fred Mitchell of Chicago Tribune: "It's early in the season, but that simply could mean there will be even more months of agony for Cubs fans after watching their team stumble out of the gate with a 1-4 record. Regardless, Cubs broadcasters must soldier on."

The Walt Jocketty Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: "The sample size is clearly small, but Reds first baseman Joey Votto is not off to as robust of a start to this season as he was last year, when he batted .372 in April. Through the first five games of 2012, Votto was batting .188 (3-for-16) with six strikeouts."

The Dan O'Dowd Jeff Aberle of Purple Row: "The Colorado Rockies have completed 2.5% of the season. Was it a very good 2.5%? Well no, it's been pretty terrible actually. I mean, the offense is hitting .180/.225/.308 and a 50 OPS+ (50% worse than MLB average)."

The Michael Hill The South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Marlins players were eager to move away from politics and get back to baseball after watching manager Ozzie Guillen's nationally televised mea culpa Tuesday in Miami."

The Jeff Luhnow Steve Campbell of Houston Chronicle: "Jose Altuve, 22, entered Tuesday's game with a .333/.462./.556 batting line. While nine at-bats and 13 plate appearances constitute a microscopic sample size in the context of a whole season, what is significant is that Altuve already has drawn three walks."

The Ned Colletti Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.: "The Dodgers celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dodgers Stadium on Tuesday."

The Doug Melvin Kyle Lobner of Brew Crew Ball: "Corey Hart is the only Brewer to hit safely in all five games in 2012. He also had a hit in his last game in 2011, so the streak is at six games."

The Sandy Alderson Michael Baron of Mets Blog: "Yesterday for Triple-A Buffalo, Matt Harvey allowed two runs and seven hits while walking one and striking out four in five innings. He threw 92 pitches, 61 of which were strikes. Harvey has a 5.79 ERA after his first two starts, during which he has walked five batters in 9 1/3 innings this season."

The Ruben Amaro Jr. The Good Phight: "Aside from securing a key defensive position for the next 3 (and likely four) years, Jimmy Rollins' new contract allows him to continue his assault on the Phillies' record book. This year alone, if he doesn't miss substantial time, he will finish the season high atop several team career lists."

The Neal Huntington MILB.com: "Pirates prospect Josh Bell hit his first home run for Class-A West Virginia on Tuesday."

The John Mozeliak Viva El Birdos: "I am not suggesting, after five games and 10 hits, that David Freese will have a breakout season. It's just that if he does have a breakout season it's going to look, potentially, much more broken-out than it really ought to."

The Josh Byrnes Gas Lamp Ball: "Tony Gwynn would not rule out fronting a Padres ownership group. After all, he is Mr. Padre. You could look it up, inscribed on his statue at Petco Park, and his plaque at Cooperstown."

The Brian Sabean Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle: "Gregor Blanco came up with Atlanta and was traded twice in nine months, first to Kansas City and then Washington. Brian Johnson, now a major-league scout for the Giants, saw Blanco play in Triple-A early in 2011 and sent the front office an intriguing report."

The Mike Rizzo The Nats Enquirer: "A Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Rookie Card selling for nearly $25K on eBay."

The American League

The Dan Duquette The Baltimore Sun: "The Orioles bullpen performed spectacularly during Tuesday night's extra-inning loss to the New York Yankees, but Buck Showalter is right when he says that the O's have to play a near-perfect game to beat some of the big-money teams in the American League."

The Ben Cherington Full Count/WEEI.com: "So Terry Francona will not be at Fenway Park next Friday for the 100th anniversary celebration (maybe you've heard about it) because he's still pissed off at John Henry and Larry Lucchino."

The Kenny Williams Mark Gonzales of Chicago Tribune: "Kosuke Fukudome is set to make his first start Wednesday for the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland. Brent Morel will bat second for the second consecutive game, weather permitting."

The Chris AntonettiBeacon Journal: "If I didn't know better, I'd swear John Hart was up to his old magic. I'd swear it was the former Tribe general manager, his cotton Polo sweater tucked in his pants to show off his trim physique, announcing another multi-year deal with one of the team's young players."

The Dave Dombrowski MLB.com: "With four hits in his first 19 at-bats, Brennan Boesch hasn't gotten off to the breakout start he had the last two years. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland dismissed any suggestions Wednesday that the right fielder was taking poor swings."

The Dayton Moore Royals Review: "On Tuesday, the Royals got a good start out of Luis Mendoza, yet they were unable to do anything with it. But upon closer reflection, I'm not sure that was the case. Nevertheless, when you only allow one run in a game, you'd like to win."

The Jerry DiPoto Halos Heaven: "Angels 2011 First-Round Pick C.J. Cron went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI to power the 66ers to a 7-2 win over Lake Elsinore on Tuesday."

The Terry Ryan Twinkie Town: "With the local nine starting off 0-4, it's probably safe to say that no one envisioned that the Twins would be already ducking the proverbial tomato from the faithful. But in some ways, it sort of feels like that's what is happening."

The Brian Cashman River Avenue Blues: "In the first five games of the 2012 season we've seen two things in abundance. First, we've seen rough starting pitching performances. But that's just one turn through the rotation, so it's a non-issue at the moment. The other is failure with runners in scoring position."

The Billy Beane John Shea of San Francisco Chronicle: "One reported reason Yoenis Cespedes chose the A's over the Marlins was the possible circus atmosphere in Miami -- he wanted to focus on playing baseball more than being the Marlins' symbol for anti-communist and anti-Castro sentiment."

The Jack Zduriencik Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times: "Though it seems as if the season has been going on for two weeks -- which it has -- the reality is the Mariners have only played fewer than a week's worth of games so far. And they've played them against two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum."

The Andrew Friedman DRB.com: "Exactly a year ago Wednesday, Sam Fuld became a legend."

The Jon Daniels Fangraphs.com: "Joe Wieland, a fourth-round pick out of high school in the 2008 draft, is being called up by the San Diego Padres to make his major league debut later this week. The Rangers sent Wieland, along with Robbie Erlin, to the Padres in exchange for Mike Adams."

The Alex Anthopoulos Chris Toman of MLB.com: "Jose Bautista is off to a slow start this season, hitting just .200 (4-for-20) with one home run and two RBIs entering Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. Bautista's lone homer and three of his four hits came in the first game of the year against Cleveland."

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