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1914 Boston Braves

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    March 28

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    The Astros get C Humberto Quintero from the Padres in exchange for P Tim Redding and cash.

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    The Tigers released 2B Damian Easley‚ setting a major league record for the most expensive player to be released. He has $14.3 million left on his contract and he breaks the record set earlier in the month by Greg Vaughn‚ he has $9.3 million left on his deal. Easley will ink a deal in 5 days to play for the Marlins.

    The Orioles claimed INF Jose Morban off waivers from the Twins and released INFs Jeff Reboulet and John Valentin

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    The Yankees trade 36-year-old Glenallen Hill‚ who hit .297 with 29 homers last season‚ to the Angels for minor-league OF Darren Blakely. Hill‚ taking the place of the just-released Canseco‚ will go 9-for-66‚ spend 5 weeks on the DL‚ and get his release June 1.

    The Pirates acquire P Omar Olivares from the A's for a player to be named. It's Omar's 8th team in 8 years.

    The Padres give up on P Matt Clement sending him to the Marlins for OF Mark Kotsay. The Pads also throw in righty Omar Ortiz‚ a 1999 first round pick.

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    The Phillies obtain 2B Mickey Morandini from the Expos in exchange for cash.

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    The Baltimore Orioles make the 1st visit to Cuba by major leaguers since 1959‚ and defeat a team of Cuban League‚ 3-2 in 11 innings. P Jose Contreras hurls 8 innings of 2-hit‚ 10-K ball in relief for the Cubans‚ while C Charles Johnson hits a 2-run homer and DH Harold Baines drives in the winning run for the Orioles. The two teams will play a rematch at Camden Yards in Baltimore on May 3. As part of the arrangement with the Cubans‚ ML ships a reported 7‚500 wooden bats to Cuba‚ and the Cuban League immediately switches from metal bats.

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    Kirby Puckett is taken to the Ft. Myers Hospital after he awakes with his vision blurred by what is later diagnosed as glaucoma. He has a black dot in front of his left eye and his vision is diagnosed as 20/200. Puckett‚ who hit .360 in spring training‚ will undergo surgery on April 17. He will never again appear in a major league game.

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    Methodist College defeats Maryville‚ 43-0‚ to set an NCAA record for runs in a game. The previous record of 42 had been set by King College in 1902. Methodist scores 15 runs in the 1st inning‚ and strokes 34 hits in the contest‚ including 7 by Brandon Bridgers.

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    A plan to allow starting pitchers to earn victories with only 3 innings pitched (because of the abbreviated spring training period) is scrapped‚ but teams will be allowed to open the regular season with 27-man rosters instead of the allowed maximum of 25.

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    AL umpire Nick Bremigan‚ 43‚ dies of a heart attack.

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    The Yankees and Red Sox swap designated hitters: Mike Easler goes to New York for Don Baylor.

    Four days before his 47th birthday‚ the Yankees waive pitcher Phil Niekro. He will be signed by the Indians on April 3rd.

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    The April 1st issue of Sports Illustrated contains a fictitious article about a Mets pitching prospect named Sidd Finch‚ whose fastball has been timed at 168 MPH. Author George Plimpton offers bogus quotes from real-life members of the Mets‚ as well as several staged photos‚ and fools readers nationwide.

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    The A's release Dick Allen‚ ending his stormy 15-year career which produced 351 HRs‚ 1‚119 RBI‚ a .292 batting average‚ and a .534 slugging mark.

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    The Rangers Lenny Randle‚ angry for having been benched during spring training‚ attacks 50-year-old manager Frank Lucchesi‚ sending him to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone. Lucchesi helped precipitate the incident by calling the good-natured Randle "a punk." Randle's days are numbered.

    The Reds swap Joel Youngblood to the Cardinals for P Bill Caudill. Tomorrow‚ they'll send Pat Darcy to the Cards for Mike Caldwell.

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    A nearly completed Mets-Dodgers trade‚ involving ace pitchers Tom Seaver and Don Sutton‚ is leaked by the New York press. The subsequent public furor causes the Mets to abandon the deal.

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    The Cubs purchase Charley Smith from the Giants‚ which had acquired the well-traveled third sacker last December 6. Smith will reinjure his knee and retire after a few at bats.

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    The Braves manage 5 hits in losing to their Atlanta farm team, 2-1. Joey Jay wild pitches in the winner in the 9th. Hank Aaron's 7th inning homer is the only score for the Braves.

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    During a 10-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in LA‚ White Sox vet 2B Jackie Hayes catches a cinder in his eye. The eye will become infected and though he finishes the season‚ he loses the sight in the eye. In 1943 he will lose the sight in both eyes.

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    Trying to see if a new "dead ball" is better than the existing one‚ the new sphere is tried in a game between the Red Sox and the Senators. The Sox outslug the Nats‚ 13-12‚ as Cronin drives in 6 runs. Last week the ball was used in a game between the Giants and Bees with much the same result. On April 12‚ the White Sox and Pirates will test the new ball‚ with the Sox winning 9-6‚ though the longest hit is a double.

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    In a collision with C Norman Kies‚ forty-two-year-old Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year. He had broken his right leg in spring training of 1926.

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    In a final exhibition match between last year's series opponents‚ the Yanks score 4 in the first off the Cards Grover Cleveland Alexander. Then Alex shuts down the Yanks until leaving in the 8th‚ and the Cards score 2 in the 9th to win 6-4. Both teams use their regular lineups‚ the only teams to make no starting changes from last year's teams. The 4 runs off Alexander are the first the 40-year-old veteran has allowed in 15 innings of spring work.

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    St. Louis Browns infielder Buzzy Wares is "traded" to the Montgomery‚ AL‚ team in exchange for use of the minor league stadium by the Browns for spring training. Wares led the PCL shortstops in errors in 1911-12 with a total of 199.

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    Popular Boston Americans OF Chick Stahl‚ who replaced his best friend Jimmy Collins as manager of the now named Red Sox at the end of the 1906 season‚ commits suicide in West Baden Springs‚ IN as the team is barnstorming their way back from Little Rock‚ Arkansas. After breakfast he returns to his room‚ which he shared with Colins‚ and drinks 4 oz. of carbolic acid. There are various accounts for the reason he committed the suicide ranging from suggestions of a homosexual relationship‚ Stahl's fragile personality given to depressions‚ and a blackmailing pregnant girl friend of the recently wed Stahl. Cy Young reluctantly agrees to start the season as Boston's manager‚ but there will be three others during the year.

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    Phillies owner John Rogers files for an injunction prohibiting Nap LajoieBill Bernhard‚ and Chick Fraser from playing for any other team-the most serious legal test of the reserve clause to date.

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    Indianapolis trades P Jim "Egyptian" Healy to Washington for veteran P Jim Whitney.

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    During an exhibition game between Philadelphia's Phillies (NL) and Athletics (AA)‚ umpire William McLean‚ reacting to fans' taunts‚ hurls a bat into the stands hitting but not injuring a spectator. McLean is arrested after the game‚ but the charges are soon dropped.

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