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Monday, July 28, 2003
Varitek, Red Sox rally past Yankees. Jeff Weaver left in the seventh with a 3-0 lead. By the end of the inning, it was 6-3, Boston. The Red Sox trail the Yankees by 1 1/2 games. (Yahoo!)

Alex Belth: "It turned out to be a tough weekend for the Bombers. They lost two games they should have won, games they have traditionally pulled out. They were awful with men in scoring position last night, and squandered many opportunities. But the Sox are grinders, and were impressive after losing on Friday night. With six head-to-head match ups left, there is still more drama to be had." (Bronx Banter)

Rob Neyer: "Fenway Park is, if not the best ballpark -- Wrigley Field can make that claim, too -- a truly wonderful place to see a game. Meanwhile, Yankee Stadium is like one of those houses with the sign outside that says, 'George Washington slept here.' Great, I'm glad I saw it, now let's go find the World Second-Largest Ball of Twine." (ESPN.com)

Alex Belth interviews Moneyball author Michael Lewis. (Bronx Banter)

Bruce Markusen's Cooperstown Confidential for July 25. The 1978 Yankees, Norm Cash, and more. (Baseball Primer)

Prospectus Triple Play: Indians, Dodgers, Mariners. "For all the positive-but-wishy-washy vibes coming from GM Pat Gillick ('I like our club, but you can't say you wouldn't want more,' he told the Seattle Times, or 'If we get healthy, we'll be all right' in an AP article) and manager Bob Melvin ('We talk about this all the time, but it has to be the right fit' in the Oregonian), the Mariners are now playing a collapsed minor star at short in Mark McLemore, John Mabry, who appears baffled while trying to remember how to cover first, and frequently field an offensive lineup that contains outs lined up for opposing pitchers like metal ducks at a county fair shooting gallery." (Baseball Prospectus)

Gary Huckabay interviews an anonymous AL GM.
BP: Who makes the postseason in the AL?

AL: The Yankees, Mariners, Royals, and Red Sox.

BP: Do any of them need to do anything before that?

AL: No one's in perfect shape, but they're pretty solid. The Royals could be buyers for an arm, as could the Red Sox.

BP: Why aren't Oakland and Minnesota on that list?

AL: Oakland still could be. It's not coincidence that they get nasty in the second half. Beane will try to go get the bat he needs, but he wants to keep Swisher, which means it's going to be hard. Oakland needs a bat, because Tejada's not playing over his head this year, and really, they have no offensive threats against lefties. They play uphill against lefties, even innings guys. Really, Oakland's been in trouble since Dye broke that leg. That's a lot of money down the tubes since then. You can't win a division without an outfielder that would be a good starter for a World Series team.
(Baseball Prospectus)

New website: The Giants Journal.



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