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Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Grand masters: Mueller's two slams help Sox mess with Texas. He hit one grand slam righty and one lefty, after hitting a solo homer earlier in the game. (Boston Globe)

Epstein's latest move nets Reds' Williamson. The Red Sox plan to use him as a setup man for Byung-Hyun Kim. (Boston Globe)

Yanks ship Mondesi, $2 million to D-Backs. "Mondesi was furious when Yankees manager Joe Torre had Ruben Sierra pinch hit for him in the eighth inning of Sunday night's 6-4 loss at Boston. The right fielder was not on the team's charter flight to California, and traveled on his own. 'After he was pinch hit for by Joe Torre, he decided he was going to shut it down, shower up and leave,' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. 'That's what made Joe Torre and I decide on another venue for Raul. At that point, we were pointing in two different directions and weren't on the same page.'" Cashman went on to say that the Yankees have decided to explore other options, that they didn't have a good fit for Mondesi right now, that he was being placed in an outsourcing program, but that they'd keep his resume on file. (

Gideon: "Let's see ... it took 6 seasons for Raul to wear out his welcome in Los Angeles, 3 seasons in Toronto and 1 season in New York. At this rate, the D'Backs should be sick of the Buffalo by Labour Day." (Batter's Box)

Buehrle on a roll for White Sox. He won his seventh straight decision as the White Sox beat the Royals 9-6 to pull to within 3 games of first place. Buehrle went 0-9 with a 6.86 ERA in 11 starts from April 20 to June 11, but he's 7-0 with a 2.88 ERA in nine starts since. Also, Paul Konerko is finally hitting (.333/.373./.619 in July). (

Prospectus Triple Play: Red Sox, Reds, Padres. "With another year essentially lost for Ken Griffey Jr., the Cincinnati fans have clearly lost patience for their prodigal. Instead of looking at his difficult rehab from a shoulder injury or the solid numbers he put up when healthy, they seem fixated on the $12.5 million he is drawing from notorious cheapskate Carl Lindner. When beaten over the head long enough with Bud and Carl's small market mantras, fans have bought into the idea that Griffey is holding them back rather than questioning why a publicly-financed new stadium didn't boost the salary structure even a bit." (Baseball Prospectus)

Derek Zumsteg on expanding baseball's reach. (Baseball Prospectus)

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