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Posted: Mar 16, 2012 3:13:03 am
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers could be ready for a little Magic. Wholesale MLB Jerseys . Magic Johnson has joined a group bidding to buy the beleaguered Dodgers, hoping to restore the lustre of a once-glamorous franchise that has been sullied during owner Frank McCourts messy tenure. Johnson, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers superstar and former part-owner of the NBA club, is partnering with former Atlanta Braves executive Stan Kasten and wealthy investor Mark Walter in the upcoming auction for the Dodgers, who filed for bankruptcy protection in June. McCourt finally agreed last month to auction the team at an undetermined future date. "Im excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Dodgers legacy & bring a World Series championship back to LA," Johnson tweeted Friday. Johnson has joined a heavyweight group in whats expected to be a tough competition for the Dodgers: Kasten is the former president of the Braves and Washington Nationals, while Walter is the CEO of a global financial services firm managing more than US$125 billion in assets. Their organization will be called Guggenheim baseball Management, and Walters vast financial resources could put the group up front in the bidding. The Los Angeles Times first reported Johnsons interest in the Dodgers. The news was greeted with enthusiasm across Los Angeles from fans who count Magic among the most popular athletes in Southern California sports history. The three-time NBA Most Valuable Player has become a successful businessman since his second retirement in 1996, with investments in several sectors of commercial real estate. But Johnsons passion still is sports, and he has spent several years looking for an ownership role in a pro franchise, most recently expressing his interest in returning the NFL to Los Angeles. Johnson amicably left his ownership position with the Lakers in October 2010, selling his 4.5 per cent equity stake to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong in whats widely thought to be a wildly lucrative transaction for the former Lakers point guard. The Lakers would love to see Johnson with a large ownership role in the Dodgers. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak regularly speaks with Johnson, who has said hell never leave his influential role behind the scenes with the Lakers and the Buss family. "I know hes sitting on a pile of cash, which is maybe why I take his calls as often as I do," Kupchak said Friday. "Hes been incredibly supportive as an owner. Never once did he say, Mitch, this is what you should do. He would be a great owner (of the Dodgers)." Johnson played baseball growing up in Michigan, where he rooted for the Detroit Tigers. The full list of bidders for the Dodgers is still unclear, but it will be studded with accomplished businessmen and famous athletes who realize a cash machine is sitting up in Chavez Ravine for the proper ownership. Former Dodgers owner Peter OMalley is in the mix, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has said hes investigating the prospect. Former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser have been vocal about pursuing the club, while former Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso, supermarket mogul Ron Burkle and former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano have been linked to the bidding. The price likely will break the record for a baseball franchise, topping the $845 million paid by the Ricketts family for the Chicago Cubs in 2009. 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Derek Lowe started strong but had his day end after five innings, as he surrendered six runs - three earned - on eight hits. Joe Beimel (2-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless eighth inning. Jorge Cantu had three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI, while Jeremy Hermida doubled and drove in a pair for the Marlins, who have lost two of three. Andrew Miller struggled in his start, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks in three innings. Doug Waechter tossed four shutout frames in relief, while Kevin Gregg (3-1) took the loss after giving up the deciding run. In the top of the ninth inning, Ethier worked a one-out walk and moved to second when Matt Kemp grounded out to the pitcher. Kent then lofted a single into shallow center, and Ethier scored easily to give the Dodgers a 7-6 edge. Los Angeles had a similar chance in the eighth that was unsuccessful. Blake DeWitt singled with two outs and tried to score as Mark Sweeney drove a ball to the right-field corner. DeWitt reached third base as Hermida made his cutoff throw, but kept going, and Dan Ugglas throw to catcher Mike Rabelo beat DeWitt by three or four strides. Marlins center fielder Alfredo Amezaga, however, had little chance to throw out Ethier to preserve the tie. Takashi Saito set the Marlins down in order in the bottom half to seal the game and pick up his third save. The Dodgers got an edge in the first inning after Russell Martin hit a two-out single to plate Ethier. But they took charge in the second, again with twwo outs. New York Knicks Jersey. Lowe started the rally with a single, and Rafael Furcal followed with a double. After Ethier walked to load the bases, Kemp singled to drive in two runs. Ethier and Kemp then performed a double steal to get into scoring position, and Kent drove them in with a single up the middle, pushing LAs edge to 5-0. Florida got one run back in the bottom half on an RBI single from Luis Gonzalez. The teams traded runs in the third. A wild pitch from Miller allowed Andruw Jones to run home for the Dodgers sixth run, and Uggla blasted a low slider with two out over the scoreboard in left, drawing the Marlins within 6-2. In the following two innings, Florida came all the way back to tie the game. A sacrifice fly off Rabelos bat plated Cantu in the fourth, for a 6-3 contest. Then, in the fifth, Hanley Ramirez reached base with two outs after first baseman James Loney failed to cleanly field a routine grounder, and Uggla walked to put two men on base. Hermida drove them both in with a double to right, and went to third on the play as the right fielder, Kemp, threw the ball off-target. Cantus single to left allowed Hermida to score, and knot the game at 6-6. Two outstanding defensive plays got the Marlins out of the sixth inning after Delwyn Young singled with one out. Uggla caught and hung onto a pop fly while falling into the seats along the first-base side. Amezaga then had to dive forward to snag an Ethier fly for the third out. Game Notes DeWitt finished 2-for-4 for the Dodgers, while Kemp was 2-for-5 with two RBI..Gonzalez had two hits for the Marlins..Ugglas homer was his fourth of the season..Wednesdays contest features the Marlins Scott Olsen (2-0) going against Chad Billingsley (0-4)..Florida first baseman Mike Jacobs did not start because of a sprained finger, but pinch-hit in the ninth inning. Wes Helms got the nod in his place, and went 0-for-4. ' ' '

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