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The Tigers are fading. They just put Carlos Guillen on the DL with a calf strain, Magglio Ordonez is out for up to two months after breaking his ankle, and Brandon Inge has yet to return.
Minnesota now sits just a game of the Sox’ precarious pace, and the race that would provide the better history and drama is taking shape. Anyone have the stomach for another 163-game season?
Daniel Hudson was bad, of course, but didn’t it seem like something was weird with AJ? The two looked disjointed trying to hook up on pitch selections — strange for a catcher known as a savvy handler of pitchers, while the two passed balls were uncharacteristic of a usually reliable receiver.
The Cubs’ true believers were hoping that a sweep of the Cardinals would leave their intrepid heroes just 8.5 out of first with games upcoming against the lowly Astros. But, alas, it’s back to a double-digit defecit and fourth place in the NL Central, with Milwaukee jumping past.
We will monitor developments in the market for both Cubs and Sox. The deal we discussed friday for the Orioles’ Luke Scott and Miguel Tejada still sounds pretty good (Tejada would play third — you know Omar Vizquel really isn’t very good, right?), and it’s a good bet that Ted Lilly is going somewhere, soon.
Congrats to Andre Dawson on his HOF enshrinement, but I remain largely unimpressed, and feel standards should be higher. He was a fine player for a long time, but he had only one season with an OPS over .900.
Tracy McGrady works out for the Bulls and other NBA teams today. I would prefer he sign elsewhere, since I can’t see how he fits here. I am not entirely convinced he’d be the right influence for a team with a first-time coach selling team concepts on both ends of the floor — McGrady has been a team player on neither end, even when he was a star.
Second Half today at 3:30, Terrys Roar of the Day at 5:30.
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