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Tuesday, September 09, 2003
White Sox strike first in clash at Comiskey. They lead the Twins by one game. (Yahoo!)

Rob Neyer: "[L]ately it's become apparent that Pena and his senses have taken leave of each other, and the Royals need to find out whether Pena's condition is treatable, or terminal. You see, just within the last five days Tony Pena has absolutely blown two critically important games with utter mismanagement of his bullpen." (

Brian on great baseball names. "One of the great things about baseball is the sheer volume of it. Hundreds of thousands of games since 1869, tens of thousands of players: that adds up to a lot of names. This season alone, 173 players have made their major league debuts – among them, Koyie Hill, J.J. Putz, Humberto Quintero, Aquilino Lopez, Shane Victorino, Pete Zoccolillo, Rocco Baldelli, Kiko Calero, Chin-hui Tsao, Laynce Nix, Nate Bump, Jason Roach, Bubba Crosby, and, yes, Bo Hart." (Redbird Nation)

Prospectus Triple Play: Marlins, Yankees, Pirates. "With the loss of [Mike] Lowell and Florida's continued playoff contention, a 30-day rental of [Jeff] Conine makes sense. Oh, except it is not a rental--they actually reworked his deal to keep him in teal through 2005, reportedly paying him $3 million for each of the next two seasons. Conine is playing LF for now (with Miguel Cabrera switching to his natural 3B), but will likely end up replacing Derrek Lee next season when Lee is non-tendered. Conine is older and worse than Lee both offensively and defensively, and also older and worse than Kevin Millar, who the team didn't want last off-season, even for less than they are now paying Conine. " (Baseball Prospectus)

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