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Friday, September 12, 2003
Radke outpitches Loaiza as Twins top Sox. The Twins and White Sox are back in a tie for first. (Yahoo!)

Aaron Gleeman: "And just like that, after six months and 146 games, we're right back where we started. Except now, the Minnesota Twins are in command...I would have been happy leaving Chicago down two games, because I think the Twins will make up that many with the remaining schedules. Leaving Chicago tied is just an added bonus and the reason why I think the Minnesota Twins will win this division." (Aaron's Baseball Blog)

Expos hold off late Cubs rally, win 3-2. The Astros and Cardinals both lost, though, so the Cubs didn't lose any ground. (Yahoo!)

Prospectus Triple Play: Angels, Cubs, Tigers. "The Cubs have three of the top 10 pitchers in the National League in SNWAR, and a very good fourth starter in Matt Clement. If they can get to October no one is going to want to face them." (Baseball Prospectus)

Around the league from Universal Baseball Blog, Inc. "After this season, it would serve the Cubs right if Hee Seop Choi never turns into a good player. Even after being jerked around so much that his batting average has fallen to .220, Choi still has a .353 OBP. If the Cubs had just stuck him in their lineup (against righties at the very least) and left him there, he might have solved their well-documented offensive woes. Hopefully, they haven't damaged his confidence so much that he can't recover."

Cubs' ticket scam of '03 looks very familiar. Greg Couch compares it to the Cubs' ticket scam of 1908. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Prospectus Triple Play: Expos, Giants, Blue Jays. "Did we mention the Expos called up exactly zero players from the minor league system at the Sept. 1 roster-expansion date? At a time when they were still in the playoff race? As Terrmel Sledge finished off the second-best season in the Pacific Coast League, with 102 Equivalent Runs? To which we can only say, Bud Selig's tenure as commissioner is scheduled to expire in 1206 days, 15 hours, and 50 minutes from now." (Baseball Prospectus)

McCarty pitches interesting idea. "The 33-year-old has begun to work out with [Red] Sox coaches in hopes of coming back next season as a pitcher/outfielder/first baseman. He said that his bid was inspired by multifaceted Milwaukee Brewers pitcher/pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick, who made the successful transition this season from position player to pitcher after only 25 minor league appearances last year. Kieschnick has a 1-1 mark with a 4.72 ERA in 38 relief appearances, as well as a .311 batting average and five homers as the Brewers' top pinch hitter." Cool. (Boston Herald)

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