Aramis Ramirez admitted to raising roosters for fighting in an interview with a Dominican cockfighting magazine.
We read that magazine, but only for the articles. It’s not much of an admission, considering cockfighting is a legal and accepted part of Dominican culture. Ramirez, like Pedro Martinez, will probably face backlash from animal rights groups, but the fact is that most Dominican players probably have at least a tenuous connection to the pastime.

Manager Lou Piniella said Wednesday that the Cubs “will have one guy” at closer and will decide between Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol and Ryan Dempster “probably three-quarters of the way through spring training.”
Wood is likely the early front runner, but Marmol certainly pitched well enough last year to earn the gig and Dempster has by far the most closing experience. Dempster may end up in the rotation, but no decision has been made yet regarding his role.

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