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Isles broadcaster Rose: Pitchers and catchers yet?

Five days after revoking the credentials of blogger Chris Botta, the Islanders endured another awkward media moment Sunday, this time involving veteran MSG Plus play-by-play man Howie Rose.

Rose did not realize he was on the air during a first-period break when he said, "Is it spring training yet?'' Later, he added: "Let me know how this game turns out. Not that I particularly care.''

Before the second period, Rose apologized, saying: "I said some unfortunate things that were born completely out of frustration with some confusion we were experiencing here of a technical nature.

"If you've been watching the Islanders lately, you know that we have all been in a rather frustrated mood over the last little while. Hopefully, things will turn around. As far as the one little issue of some comments I made that were not designed to go out on the air, I apologize for them.''

The Islanders are not expected to take any action against Rose, a person familiar with their reaction said.

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