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A two-week vacation did ol’ Grady’s elbow just dandy.  The inflammation Grady Sizemore has been feeling all year has subsided and there’s no need for now to resort to arthroscopic surgery.  That has to be a relief to fantasy baseballers who drafted G-Sizzle with their 1st pick.  So should there be concern that his elbow troubles will reappear? Um, we’re not experts in this area, but we’re pretty sure elbows inflame for a reason.  Unless the elbow belongs to Albert Pujols, it’s probably a safe bet that Sizemore will eventually get shut down or underperform.  What to do?  Not much you can do, except hope you can at least salvage a pro-rated 20/20 from him (or one of those no HR/surprise SB seasons like D-Wright and BJ Upton).   If you can trade him for 80 cents on the dollar (say, Alexis Rios, Granderson, Holliday, etc.), do it in a heartbeat…..Crazy that the most Grady player on the Indians might be Shin-Soo Choo. Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brad Lidge – Threw a bit yesterday and is eyeing June 23rd for his return.  My crystal ball says on June 24th, I’ll be responding to comment #24 with, “Hold Madson for now.”

Johan Santana – Rick Peterson, former Mets pitching coach, said he’s heard rumors that Johan is dealing with pain in his surgically repaired knee.  And Willie Randolph said he heard a Jerry Manuel-induced charley horse is the root of Reyes’s leg problems.

Pablo Sandoval – 2 HRs yesterday, now has 8 on the year and batting .332.  Betcha wish you didn’t give up on him in April.  As I said so many times before, put a catcher in your catcher slot and press mute on your brain.  Yadier had a hot week! No, random italicized voice, stop with the noise.

Prince Fielder – 2-for-3, 6 RBIs as he hit the first grand slam of his career.  Big day for big men yesterday.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-4, 2 steals and a homer.  9 homers and 11 steals on the year.  Get on the Shin-Soo Choo choo train!

Travis Hafner – HR yesterday.  Hey, maybe he got some HGH eyedrops too.

Mark DeRosa – HR yesterday.  Okay, pop quiz, hotshot.  Who has more homers V-Mart or DeRosa?  Hint, V-Mart has 11.

Torii Hunter – Left the game after colliding with the wall.  Last I heard, x-rays were being done.  Be crazy if they found some empty whiskey bottles.

John Lackey – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 Ks.  He cruised through five and a third like he was a Monte Carlo.  But in the last one and two-thirds, he looked like he was a Yugo.  When Andres Torres, career minor leaguer, took him deep in the 7th, Lackey looked out of gas/exhausted (either work for the similes).

Ervin Santana – Will miss one start with a strained muscle in his forearm.  Good to hear it’s not his elbow.  Bad to hear it’s another part of his arm.

Sean Rodriguez – HR yesterday as he got the start.  Hopefully, Scioscia sits him for the next week, then calls back Kendrick. (It’s reverse psychology, just go with it!)

  1. Steve says:
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    Hold Ervin in a keeper when Meche is out there?

  2. and1mcgee says:
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    “Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!” lol… loves early 90′s commercials…

  3. Paji says:
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    Any thoughts on Milton Bradley putting together a good streak soon?

  4. and1mcgee says:
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    @ Paji: an anger streak?? I’d say very likely. it’s about that time of year…

  5. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    I just read in the local NY Post that Santana’s problems could be the result of a change of grip due to blisters. Whatever is the issue, I traded for him a month ago, just in time for him to give me a an ERA well over 6 for the last month.

    Just traded Choo yesterday for Danks. If the league approves, will be on the Sin ChooChoo train in 3 leagues. Has been one of the most under-the-radar players for the last year.

    Picked up S-Rod just in time. I’m betting that Unsociable plays him in a platoon.

    Worth picking up Hardy for S-Rod, Andrus, or A. Kennedy?

    Thanks, Grey as always. I think that I am finally getting the hang of this Razzball thing.

  6. Joe from Point Pleasant says:
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    @Grey & Everyone:

    Got a huge offer this morning. Here it is.

    I Give: A Soriano, Tejada, Ellsbury, Gallardo

    I Get: H Ramirez, A Hill, Slowey, Dice-K

    My initial reaction was to just reject it on the spot. I am still leaning toward declining it, but any deal you get Hanley in needs to be thought over.

    NOTE:12 Team H2H Points League, 15 start max for pitchers (everyone in the league tries to max out their starts, so everyone carries a ton of SP)

    Here is my team as it stands today:

    C-BVP, 1B-Votto, 2B-Pedroia, 3B-Wright, SS-Tejada
    OF-Soriano, OF-Ellsbury, OF-A-Jones, UTIL-Maggs

    SP- Greinke, Oswalt, Gallardo, Wainwright, Harang, Kershaw, Nolasco, Hanson, Zimmermann, Outman, Feldman

    RP- Street, Downs, Madson

    If I did the deal, Hill would slide into the utility spot, and it would leave me with an open OF spot… (Kubel, Bourn, Cuddyer, C Ross all FA)

    This offer brings about some questions… Will Soriano break out of this slump? Can Gallardo keep this up w/o getting injured/shut down due to innings count? Is Dice-K really this bad? Etc.

    What do you guys think I should do?

  7. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Yesterday was nice. With only 2 games going on total, my team was able to still put up 6 R’s, 3 HR’s, 9 RBI, 1 SB, and a .600 BA. How many players was I starting? 2…….Braun and Sandoval.

  8. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Corey Hart is a FA in our league. It looks like he’s starting to heat up. Should I drop Chris Davis for him? I’ve been looking for a reason to drop Davis, this might be it.

  9. Suck My Wieters says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Do it immediately!

  10. Scott says:
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    @Joe from Point Pleasant: You would have a pretty weak outfield, but probably the strongest infield in your league. I like giving up Tejada and Ellsbury before their 2nd half dropoff, but maybe try to substitute another OF for Dice K? For your other questions, I don’t think Gallardo will be shut down due to IP (he threw 178 combined IP in ’07 and had a leg injury last year), I don’t see Soriano finishing with a .230 average, but is on pace for 37/16 which sounds about right, and Dice K isn’t this bad, but has flirted with disaster since he came to the States, constantly pitching with runners on and in trouble. I’m close to really liking the trade for you though.

  11. Scott says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah do it. I finally dropped him over the weekend for Juan Rivera.

  12. knighttown says:
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    I”ll 1-up you Frank Rizzo. I had 4 players going last night and went 8-for-16 with 4 HR, 14RBI, 8 runs and 3 steals. Braun, Fielder, Choo, Sean-Rod.

  13. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Carlos Quentin for Alex Rios? Quentin for Hawpe? Either of those offers fair in light of CQ’s sell status?

  14. timSTi says:
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    @Mr. Rickey: I’d love to know what I can get for CQ right now too. Though I know if I sell him he’ll put up 20 HR’s in the second half while I get and overyhyped Schmohawk in return. Ahh if you have the room you should keep him. I dont plan on taking him off my DL until he has a solid 20-30 AB run.

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    you’d think having braun in both my leagues would have gotten me off to a nice monday start. instead i am behind in both my leagues already as 1 opponent had fielder going, and the other had v-mart.

    such is life.

  16. .(). says:
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    ‘Be crazy if they found some empty whiskey bottles.’ Damn funny. Geraldo’s best moment.

  17. jbatkins says:
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    My feelings on Mike Scioscia are very torn. On one hand, he seems like such a nice guy that, if I had a kid, I’d like Mike to be my kid’s godfather. On the other hand, when it comes to fantasy baseball, I kind of want him to get run down by a locomotive.

  18. Critter Nagurski says:
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    Man, whenever I see “forearm” in an article about a pitching injury I just read elbow. Something’s going on there b/c he has just flatlined on FB velocity. I was studying his game by game results to pounce, but I’m skerd after seeing that.

  19. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @knighttown: Holy crap. Nice work. Braun and Fielder on the same team? That’s a couple eggs in the same basket….worked nicely for you last night though.

  20. jbatkins says:
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    @Steve: Is Ervin going to be one of the guys you keep? If so, then I think you have to hold onto him. But if he’s far enough down your roster that you’re not going to keep him, well, I am in the midst of a big Gil Meche mancrush right now, so I would make that move.

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: i don’t subscribe to the whole “couple eggs in the same basket”. braun and fielder will both have their stats (sometimes in the same game). just like both arod and teixira will have theirs. i wouldn’t load up on mediocre talent from 1 team, but when you nab 2 high end players from the same lineup, i’m unconcerned about the effects.

  22. jbatkins says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: I think that’s exactly the right way to look at it. Would it be wise to have Braun as an OF on your team? Absolutely. Would it be wise to have Fielder as your 1B? Absolutely. And it doesn’t matter who else you have, even if you have one and the other (along with Corey Hart and Rickie Weekes’ 3 healthy weeks), you should still be elated to have them, because regardless of their team, all they should mean to you is a set of numbers. I haven’t exactly suffered from having Utley, Ibanez and Werth all on one team this year…

  23. Mr. Rickey says:
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    @timSTi: I’m short on OFs so I already have my Schmohawk. Another guy in myleague has Rios and Hawpe on his bench – I don’t want to give CQ away but I could use help now.

  24. Ceasar says:
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    We riding the Wandwagon in Arlington tonight?

  25. Eric C. says:
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    Shin-Soo Choo to do better than Pence, Ethier, Rios, and Victorino for rest of season? .290/20/90/20 type guy?

    @Frank Rizzo: I would, but wouldn’t expect Hart to meet or beat his numbers from last year.

  26. Scott says:
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    @Ceasar: Only in my NL league with weekly lineups and only because he has a 2nd start this week. I’m worried about it though.

  27. SRM says:
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    @Grey: Any chance Winston Abreu gets thrown into the TB closer committe any time soon?

    Johnson or Baez if Sherrill gets traded?

  28. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Eric C.: If Hart reaches his numbers from last year, that means he’s going to be pretty productive from here on considering how badly his start has been. I’ll take it. He can get hot and he’ll probably be batting either 2nd or 5th in the Brewer’s lineup. That’s not too bad.

    I believe Hart outproduces Davis from here on and, actually, Texas may be starting to consider other options than Davis. I’ve read of rumblings about if they’d consider Nick Johnson or maybe promoting Smoak. It’s just not clicking for Davis and he’s proving he’s not ready.

  29. Grey

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    @Ceasar: I am in 12 team leagues and deeper.

    @Eric C.: He can get to .290/20/90/20 — Though it could be better than the guys you listed, it not necessarily true.

    @SRM: I don’t think Abreu gets into the picture, unless some guys break down in a big way.

    Baez

  30. Tommy says:
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    Love the site.
    Is Haren and Hoffman for Lincecum and Lind a no-brainer considering Haren’s usual second half struggles?

  31. Scott says:
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    @Tommy: Yes

  32. Probable Party Starter says:
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    I guess there’s only V-Mart hate ’round here. Dude only 3-4′d 3R, HR, 4RsBI. But yeah, keep pimping Pronk.

  33. Broadstreetbrawler says:
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    @Tommy: that is the definition of a no brainer.

  34. youngcapitalist says:
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    Which side do we like better?

    Player A gives Lincecum and Hudson (overloaded at 2B)

    Player B gives Lester and Manny (overloaded at OF)

  35. Aaron J. says:
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    Last night was great! I only own one team this year, and I have Victor Martinez, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Braun, and Prince Fielder. Combined totals for those 4 batters yesterday: .600+ BA, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 10 R, 1 SB. By the way, Travis Hafner was on my bench (3/5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R).

    Just had to pass it along. Not likely to see stats like that again. By the way, I’m in 1st place by 17 points in a 5×5, 10-owner, roto league. My team is smokin’!

  36. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @youngcapitalist: Give me Lester and Manny please and thank you.

    Anyone else watch the Brewers/Indians game on ESPN last night? Did you hear the segment when Peter Pascarelli came into the booth? He was annoying because he had something snarky to say about everything and everyone but I wondered if the stuff he was saying about Brandon Webb was true. He said Webb has been telling people that he’s in no hurry to come back from injury because he is not happy with the team at all about money/contract for the future. They are not interested in talking and it’s pissing him off. Any truth to this? Could Webb get traded?

  37. Jesse says:
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    @Tommy:

    It’s like that line “Planet Terror,” when a zombie victim lies in the ER. Doctor: “We call this one a no-brainer. See? The brain’s been completely removed.”

  38. brad says:
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    Seems like this trade is about to work out in my 16 team keep 6 league. Which side do you like?

    His Rollins+Bruce+Grabow -for my- Ichiro-Andrus-Hawkins.

    Any question?

  39. Greg says:
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    Which side: Braun ($7) or Youk ($6) / Pedroia ($8)? +$3 each inflation to keep for next year.

  40. Jesse says:
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    btw Torii’s x-rays were negative. The his left tibia actually shattered, but Zorlak, the demon trapped inside his body, summoned the aura of hell to repair the damage. so everything should be fine.

  41. Grey

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    @Probable Party Starter: By comparing someone who is underrated (DeRosa) to someone who has been great, I was indirectly touting V-Mart.

    @Aaron J.: Nice!

    @youngcapitalist: I’d take Lincecum, but it’s fair and could go either way.

    @Frank Rizzo: I didn’t hear, but Webb could be traded, wouldn’t be surprising.

    @brad: I’d take the Rollins side.

    @Greg: Take the Youk side.

    @Jesse: Good to see Zorlak using his (her?) powers for good.

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    @Grey: I need to take a flyer on a SP for a while. Who would you rather: Gil Meche (fresh off his 11K start) or Jose Contreras (fresh off of two 8IP 0ER games with a combined 3 hits and 3 walks)?

  43. Tommy says:
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    I don’t think Webb will be dealt this season just because his stock seems so low right now after the injury concerns, but I do remember hearing about the possibility earlier this year. Plus didn’t they pull a huge contract offer off they table once they heard about his shoulder problem this off-season? I think possibly something in the off-season if Webb is back to his old form once he returns.

    I like Rollins, Bruce, and Grabow in that deal.

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: do the brew crew plan on playing gamel vs lefties?does anyone know what his splits against lefties were in the minors

  45. Throw wainwright vs. the tiggers?

    Jurjjens vs. cincy in cincy?

    And i will be at the Indians game tonight watching Gallardo shut them out after last nights debacle of scoring…

  46. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: Not sure of splits, but the Brewers could sit him. Wouldn’t be surprising.

    @Tony Y: I’d throw Wainwright and Jurrjens.

  47. and would you even think about throwing WANG vs. WASH tomm? LOL wang LOL

  48. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: grab baez now?

  49. @Grey: Ya i’ve got em in, i just dont like it. LOL

    throwing sp’s in cincy scares me and wainy hasn’t vs. verlander, ewwww….

    and seriously whats up with votto? coulda came back the other day and still doesn’t play, getting a little old, he’s got some mental issues they’re not disclosing or something… otherwise he’s just a huge puss bag…

  50. @Grey: i snagged wang up for HAPP, figured wangs a better chance and i was just looking for someone other than HAPP to sit on….

    randy J is on my waiver wire too, god i hate being in such a deep league, every guy mentioned to snag up on here is already rostered…..

  51. Euroalien says:
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    Drop G. Parra, K. Johnson or Ben Francisco to pick up Sean-Rod? – 12 Team, 5 x 5 Keeper League (Max. 8 Keepers). My other 2B is Kennedy……. If any I’m thinking Francisco first………..

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony Y: Someone yesterday said Votto was in rehab, about he best explanation I’ve heard so far. I’d take Wang over Happ, which is not an endorsement.

    @Euroalien: Sure, drop BF for Sean-Rod.

  53. Other pitchers on waivers I can grab, any better than WANG?

    Chris Young, Randy J, Aaron Cook, Ubaldo, scott richmond, and Paul Maholm?

    slim pickens’

  54. Greg says:
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    @Tony Y: Get Ubaldo.

  55. Jobu's rum says:
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    Sorry if this is has already been addressed but I didn’t see it in the thread — Does anyone know who will start if Hunter can’t play tonight? Would Sean Rod be a possible fill-in?

  56. Grey

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    @Jobu’s rum: I don’t think Sean-Rod fills in in center, but he might see more time if Hunter is out with others switching.

  57. would you rather have miggy or wright….?

  58. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony Y: U-B-A-L-D-O. it’s pretty bad wang has been rostered this long with ubaldo out there.

    @Euroalien: i’d drop parra or johnson in a heartbeat for a flier on sean-rod. worst case scenario is you pick up another blah waiver wire guy in a couple weeks.

  59. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Tony Y: long-term probably wright just because i question how miggy’s body type will age. this year give me miggy though.

  60. Jesse says:
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    Yo, Ervin Santana just got dumped in my 10t H2H. Do I want a piece of this guy?

  61. @ThePoonTycoon: wang hasn’t been rostered i just picked him up since he’s coming back…. and Ubaldo for some reason always scares me in COL. I just checked his stats he has thrown well as of late and better early in the year and his splits from last year show he was stronger second half…. might have to give the guy a twirl, there’s always one or two guys out there you kinda wonder how they’re still available i guess….

    so UBALDO over wang for sure then?

  62. Jesse says:
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    Yo, Ervin Santana just got dumped in my 10t H2H. Do I want a piece of this guy? His star fell faster than Hilary Duff. And yet, its hard not to remember “What Dreams are Made Of” are hope that better days are ahead! does anyone have a clue what I am talking about?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jesse: Depends who you’re dropping for that piece.

    @Tony Y: Ubaldo

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  64. Probable Party Starter says:
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    @Grey: I’m just an angry guy who’s opponent in H2H grabbed DeRosa for the one-day flier. Your words were salt in the wound.

  65. Smorgie S. Board says:
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    I wonder what Grady’s value would be on the market. Don’t think I’d trade Granderson for him, I wouldn’t see what the point’d be had I the Grandy. (“Grandy for Grady” sounds like the title of a Sanford & Son episode, where Grady finds a thousand dollar bill on the street and wrestles with the moral dilemma of keeping it or just spending it on Ripple.)

    Re: Pablo Sandoval, Neil Everett called out “Kung Fu Panda!” during his HR highlight on SportsCenter last night. I <3 that!

    Re: Punting Catchers. Grey, if I ever buy you a daquiri, it will be exclusively because of Razzball's piece on injury risk pitchers and your continued advice to simply punt catcher. Both pieces of advice have been berry berry hepful indeed.

    Re: Sean Rodriguez. Yay! I think he'll have to homer every game for two weeks before Scioscia gives him a plate of scungili and tells him he's a made man or however that goes down in Anaheim (their Latino players must get very confused), but the kid seems to have pop! And/or pizzazz!

  66. Grey

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    @Smorgie S. Board: Sorry it took so long to post your comment, was in the spam filter for some reason. Sandford and Son references deserve better.

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