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Wednesday, September 03, 2003
A's work a little extra for 10th straight win. The game was scoreless until Oakland got two runs in the 12th. (

No Manny, no problem: Red Sox edge ChiSox. Gabe Kapler and Trot Nixon (.312/.401/.585) homered. (

Blue Jays unveil brand new logo. They're keeping the word "Blue" in their name, but eliminating it from their uniforms. The color blue is staying, but red is going. (CBC Sports) (See the new uniforms here.)

Larry Mahnken: "If the Yankees are going to stay at the top, they're going to have to replicate [their past] success in player development. Giambi and Mussina are elite players, but they're also getting old, and when their contracts run out they'll likely be average players, but still making elite salaries. Derek Jeter is also dramatically overpaid, and when his contract runs out, he'll likely have as much defensive range as second base. The Yankees can go out and sign Vlad and Colon and Carlos Beltran and Kaz Matsui and Eric Chavez--and whoever else they feel they need--but eventually, they'll have an average team with a massive payroll and they'll collapse, just like the Orioles, just like the Mets. They need to develop stars from within." (Replacement Level Yankees Weblog)

Prospectus Triple Play: White Sox, Astros, Athletics, Cardinals, Rangers. "Bo Hart is a guy whose four-year-long minor league track record suggests that, at best, he's suited to be a utility infielder. Still, the Cardinals may have to keep starting him at second. With Fernando Vina still on the shelf and a weak corps of minor leaguers at the upper levels, he could still be the best option the team has. Continuing to hit him in the leadoff slot, however, given the amount of power the Cards have concentrated in the middle of their order, is costing them dearly." (Baseball Prospectus)

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