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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Detroit vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Washington at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Houston, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Dallas at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
— In their first show back from the baseball offseason, the hosts of the MLB on Fox are already taking jabs at each other.
Pete Rose routinely made jokes about his co-host A-Rod during the postseason last year and it seems things are no different this year.
In their return Monday night, Pete Rose made a joke about A-Rod’s relationship with Jennifer Lopez.
“You’re about as close to J-Lo as you’re gonna get,” Rose said to the former Yankee.
Fox was apparently ready for this joke.
“I found a tabloid in New York that says differently, Pete,” Kevin Burkhardt said. “This was in the papers recently.”
They then showed a graphic of a fake magazine cover showing J-Lo and Rose reported to be dating.
All four co-hosts, including Frank Thomas, laughed and A-Rod said, “You didn’t tell me about that, Petey.”
“I didn’t know about it,” Rose replied.
I bet A-Rod is thrilled he took this job full time.
— At 43 years old, Ichiro has no plans to retire from baseball.
The Marlins outfielder is currently the oldest MLB position player and has said he plans to continue playing until he’s 50.
“When you retire from baseball, you have until the day you die to rest,” Ichiro told the Miami Herald. And when he retires, he said, “I think I’ll just die.”
The Tom Brady of baseball has spent 16 years in the majors with 3,030 career hits and counting. He hasn’t taken a vacation in 12 years.
“Nobody knows what the future holds,” Ichiro said. “But the way I feel, how I’m thinking, I feel like nothing can stop me from doing it.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s a lot been written targeting our shoulder program here. I would discount that completely. He came into camp, he was throwing the ball extremely well, makes two appearances. They were two lengthy innings in which the inflammation flared up to the point of shutting him down. But in the early work in spring training, he was throwing the ball outstanding. So to suggest that his situation or his symptoms now are the result of our shoulder program, that’s false.” — John Farrell, on Tyler Thornburg’s shoulder injury, for which Thornburg blamed the Red Sox throwing program