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Moving on up
The Phillies have Major League Baseball's second-highest payroll, at $173 million, according to an analysis of major-league contracts by the Associated Press. On top, of course, is the Evil Empire, the New York Yankees, with $201.7 million - which is actually down from last season's $206.3 million.
The Phillies began last year fourth at $141.9 million, but have been given a financial boost by 123 consecutive home sellouts in the regular season.
You, too, can be an owner
The good news: For only $200 million, you can be a part owner of a major-league baseball team. The bad news: It's the Mets. The New York Times is reporting the Mets are seeking $200 million for a minority portion of the team.
The Times reported that the contenders have been told that any deal to sell a minority piece will not include a path to acquire the rest of the team. The $200 million could purchase as much as a 40 percent share of the club.
Two firsts for Brewers
Leadoff homers by Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks
and Carlos Gomez
at Cincinnati Thursday marked the first time since 1969 that a team opened with back-to-back homers.
Weeks' leadoff blast also made him the first Brewers player to start a season with a leadoff home run.
Ironically, the last team to pull off the back-to-back homer feat was the 1969 Cincinnati Reds, when Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan homered off the Dodgers' Don Drysdale.
Mets' Bay goes on DL
Mets leftfielder Jason Bay
will start the season on the disabled list because of a strained left rib cage.
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This article contains information from staff and wire reports.