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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Griffey hits 492nd HR, Reds win again. Their seventh straight win. Paul Wilson is 7-0. (Yahoo!)

The List: Week #7. "Thomas Wolfe was wrong: A-Rod in the three-game series versus his former team, the Texas Rangers, .385/.429/.692 and 1.121 OPS. Meanwhile, Derek Jeter is enjoying perhaps the worst season by a leadoff hitter ever. He is on pace to be the first man since Mario Mendoza in 1979 to hit under .200 and have an OBP under .260, a SLG under .290, and an OPS under .550. His numbers in Texas? .154/.214/.154. Ouch!" (

When Two Wrongs Do Make a Right. Mike examines the game-ending botched rundown that happened in Toronto a couple of nights ago. (Mike's Baseball Rants)

Ranking the NL Middle Infields. Number 1: The Padres, with Mark Loretta (maybe last year wasn't a fluke) and Khalil Greene. Number 2: The Dodgers (Alex Cora and Cesar Izturis). (Dodger Thoughts)

Comings and Goings (5/20-5/23).
Theo Epstein has a lot of decisions to make in the next year, but has already decided on the fate of David Ortiz and Trot Nixon. Ortiz will make a shade over six million dollars in both 2005 and 2006, leaving the Red Sox enough money to pursue the higher priorities. It was obvious that after last year's playoff run, the heart and soul of the Red Sox that is Ortiz had to be brought back.

OK, so what's left? Well, Jason Varitek, Nomar Garciaparra, Bill Mueller, Pedro Martinez, and Derek Lowe are the five big free agents that Epstein must consider. My guess is that Varitek stays, but Kevin Youkilis takes Mueller's job on the hot corner. The team decides that despite his recent string of injuries, locking up Nomar is a helluva lot safer than putting tens of millions into Pedro's right arm. And, Derek Lowe's horrendous 2004 leaves him out to dry, instead being courted by the Rockies due to that GB/FB ratio.
(The Hardball Times)

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