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Guillen, Loria all buddy-buddy

MIAMI — Fresh off a divorce in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen has been reunited with the Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria.

Guillen tends to speak his mind, while Loria leads the league in managerial changes, but both dismissed predictions about a rocky relationship as way off base.

"When we used to go to the winter meetings together, people went, 'That's a crazy combo,'  " Guillen said. "But we know each other."

So there's no reason to anticipate Guillen ruffling feathers?

"I couldn't care less about feathers," Loria said. "I don't have any feathers. And I don't care about him ruffling anybody. Ozzie has his opinions, and he's entitled to them. You know that going in. But Ozzie comes with a great pedigree."

And so the Ozzie era began in Miami. Hours before the Marlins' final game in the stadium they're leaving, they formally introduced Guillen as their manager Wednesday.

"It's a big, big step in my career, a new chapter," Guillen said. "Hopefully I can bring energy, flavor and enthusiasm, but the most important thing is a winning team."

Reyes pulled with batting lead

NEW YORK — Mets SS Jose Reyes bunted for a hit in the first inning to enhance his NL batting title chances then was lifted for a pinch-runner as fans booed after what could have been his final at-bat for the Mets during a 3-0 win over the Reds.

The hit elevated Reyes' average to .337057 and gave him a 21/2 point lead over Brewers OF Ryan Braun, who started the game against Pittsburgh 0-for-2, virtually eliminating him from the race.

Reyes said he asked manager Terry Collins said to take him out of the game.

In other Mets news, Irving Picard, the trustee recovering assets lost in Bernard Madoff's fraud, is delaying a planned Friday payout to those who lost money because of a judge's ruling that limits the amount Mets owners might have to return. Attorney David Sheehan said the ruling limiting the owners' exposure to $386 million will affect other money being recovered for investors.

SLUGGER ARRESTED: Free agent OF/DH Milton Bradley was arrested for the second time this year, this time on investigation of felony battery, the Los Angeles Times reported. Los Angeles police arrested Bradley at a San Fernando Valley home. Details were not immediately available.

2012 OPENER: The Mariners and Athletics will open next season in Tokyo with games on March 28-29. The A's will be the home team for both games at the Tokyo Dome.

CARDINALS: Pitching coach Dave Duncan rejoined the team after missing more than a month to tend to his wife, Jeanine, who had a brain tumor removed.

INDIANS: Bench coach Tim Tolman is stepping down because of health issues and will be replaced by first-base coach Sandy Alomar. Tolman, 55, will remain with the organization.

ROYALS: OF prospect Bubba Starling, the fifth overall pick in the June draft, was given a citation for underage drinking in Arizona. Starling, 19, was cited during a random alcohol check after Saturday's football game between Arizona State and USC in Tempe.

WHITE SOX: Hitting coach Greg Walker resigned after nine seasons.

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