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Friday, July 25, 2003
Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds threw himself quite a birthday bash.

Bonds led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his 646th career homer only moments after making a spectacular, run-saving throw to give the San Francisco Giants their eighth straight win, 3-2 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
The Giants now lead the Diamondbacks by 11 games. (Yahoo!)

Looking back on deadline deals. Gary Huckabay, David Cameron and Nate Silver examine the deals that were made between 1988 and 1993. ( - Baseball Index. Click the link, and go grab a cup of coffee while the page is loading. When you get back, take a look and let me know if there are any interesting headlines. Thanks.

Derek Zumsteg: "There is no team besides the Expos in major league baseball that could not go out and find the money to add another player. If Alex Rodriguez and Tom Hicks decided their great experiment was over and Rodriguez should be traded to a contender, there's no contending team that couldn't sign him if they really wanted to. Payroll is a convenient excuse that also reminds fans of how overpaid players are (wink, wink)." (Baseball Prospectus)

Prospectus Triple Play: Diamondbacks, Royals, Phillies. "The last time Carlos Baerga was a productive major league player, Johnny Cochrane was defending O.J. Simpson instead of Pete Rose, Michael Jordan was returning to basketball (for the first time), and Tony Bennett was winning a Grammy for Album of the Year. Now that we all feel sufficiently old, let's refocus and marvel at the comeback Baerga has made." (Baseball Prospectus)

David Cameron: "You know, if I was an Oakland A's fan, I'd be really worried right now. Their offense is putrid. It's going to take some huge changes to get that team jump started. The Big Three are great and all, but you can't win if you don't score runs. And that A's lineup isn't going to score runs in the playoffs. At this point, I wouldn't even bet on them getting there." (U.S.S. Mariner)

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