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If you can figure out Davey Johnson's bullpen philosophy, you're smarter than I am.

Yes, there is a big yellow tube that says, "You know you love it" on it, located in front of the new Cubs-owned merchandise mart. That's what the club has done with the southern part of the McDonald's lot across Clark Street from Wrigley Field. The Ricketts family purchased the property over the winter and pledged to do great things with it. If that means getting rid of that infernal McDonald's, I'll consider it progress.

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It may only be the second day of the season, but the Rays are already thinking ahead with roster moves.

The player who hit a grand slam and knocked in the game winning run last night hits second tonight. The player who collected an unwanted golden sombrero last night in the ninth spot of the lineup is hitting cleanup tonight while  the guy with the second worst TAv in baseball last season it in the lineup while last night's fifth place hitter is on the bench. The fans shake their heads when checking out the daily lineup while Joe Maddon is on the field explaining to the pool of writers the process (sorry, Mike Ferrin) behind the lineup. The aggressive shifting of last evening and the lineup and even rotation machinations are the kinds of things you expect to see in a pennant stretch rather than opening weekend but that's become the modus operandi for Maddon.

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The Tampa Bay Rays enter the 2012 season in a very unfamiliar role - a one where they are a favorite in the eyes of many instead of the perennial underdog.

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Some news and notes from Opening Day at Wrigley Field.

Newness is the theme of every Opening Day, and this year is no exception at Wrigley Field. This is my third opener at the Friendly Confines. Two years ago was memorable because it marked the beginning of the Cubs' era as wards of the Ricketts family. Thomas J. Ricketts was the face of the franchise from that day until last fall, when he hired Theo Epstein away from the Red Sox.

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