alex rios 7 28 Yer Rout

Sox games against the Mariners are nice.  There should be more of them.

The first two innings should result in additions to the hyphenated same of Seattle’s starting pitcher, Ryan Rowland-Smith-Bad-Thanks.

Hitters were racing to the box to get their licks in at that stuff, and it ended up being a day to fill up the personal offensive stats.  Gavin Floyd improved his numbers as well, and now sports a laudable 3.65 xFIP, making him the Sox’ best starter (John Danks 4.11, since you were going to ask).

Ted Lilly has probably pitched his final game as a Cub, unless they re-sign him at a discount after this season.  Brett Myers continued his excellence (3.78 xFIP, btw), and would be enticing if he were not such a contemptible ogre.  He may entice teams despite that, actually.

Antti Niemi and the Hawks are at a standoff, but I never bet on an arbitration hearing happening until it does.  The brinksmanship has been known to carry things right up to the actual doorway of the meeting room, but nobody ever really wants it to get to that point.  We’ll see how creative both sides can be to alleviate the cap crunch (…now I want cereal).

Bulls talking to the Blazers abouta deal for shooting-guard Rudy Fernandez, he of the creative offensive game and total Euro-softness.  Not sure there are assets left to offer, so Eddie House may be the guy to whom they turn for another outside shot.

SI’s Don Banks has unveiled his initial NFL power rankings, and he slots the Bears 26th out of the 32.

And Stephen Strasburg already has shoulder “inflammation.”  That didn’t take long.

“Who You Crappin?” tomorrow at 5:00, and we’re out Friday on the Bud Light “Who Needs Two?” Tavern Tour — Join us at Blue Frog 22 on Hubbard (at Rush).

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