Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trade deadline, Wednesday recap

This has been one of those weeks when I wish I could create news.

There's a Brett Favre update every 10 seconds, but does anybody even care about him any more? I sure don't. Play, don't play, be paid to not show up, get traded... whatever. Just do something with him, already. Anything. Make Favre go away.

The trade deadline is today, though nobody has necessarily thrown in any towels. The Pirates, maybe, by trading Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees, but were they ever really in it to begin with? The Braves might also fit this category, ridding themselves of Mark Teixeira, but it was a move made largely to get something in return for the slugger before he hits the free agent market in the off-season. And today, the White Sox added Ken Griffey Jr. to their collection of outfielders and/or guys without positions.

You tell me where, exactly, Griffey fits in among Nick Swisher, Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, and Paul Konerko.

Manny Ramirez is apparently ready to move on with his life without the Red Sox, but can Boston really find a suitable deal for a guy who becomes flakier and flakier by the year? "Manny being Manny" is getting old and likely won't be tolerated by most other markets. And why would the BoSox, in the middle of a heated AL East race, want to significantly weaken their team?

OK, so maybe there was something to write about. So now let's look at the Bad Baseball action from Wednesday night...

Nice of the Orioles to let the Yankees use their relievers for batting practice in their 13-3 route of Baltimore. Brian Burress allowed four runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work, while Fernando Cabrera allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in his two-thirds of an inning for the Birds . . . Nationals starter Tim Redding was roughed up by the Phillies; he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in four innings . . . Red Sox starter Josh Beckett struggled against the Angels; he allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings of work . . . The Tigers and Indians combined for 26 runs and 41 hits, with Detroit coming out on top by a score of 14-12. Least Valuable Players: Detroit starter Nate Robertson (eight runs, nine hits, three innings pitched) and Cleveland reliever Edward Mujica (four runs, four hits, .2 innings).

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