WASHINGTON - APRIL 05: Lefty prospect Barry Obama throws bullpen session for Nolan Ryan, bumps Scott Feldman from rotation. (Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)
Adam asks me to do the morning posts when there are no games for the same reason med students practice on cadavers.
I'm ready for baseball again. Because I am absolutely certain that at the end of this season, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when Michael Young's OPS almost cracked 700.
Over at the DMN Rangers Blog, we hear that Matt Harrison will always cherish giving up three runs in an inning and making his contribution towards giving the NL home field in the World Series again. Thanks, Matt, we'll always cherish it, too.
There is also a post about Selig being unhappy with Robinson Cano being booed during the home run derby. He says he's considering a rule change to stop that behavior in the future, which will probably be a more restrictive MLB.tv blackout policy. My inside sources in Cincinnati tell me that in the future you will be able to watch any game you want on MLB.tv, so long as the game you want to watch involves the Kansas City Royals. You're welcome, baseball fans!
T.R. Sullivan has a story wherein Michael Young says the team has not yet "busted out" offensively, and discusses hopes for a better second half. My hope is that the offense rebounds because, like the Dread Pirate Roberts, Josh Hamilton is not really left handed.
Richard Durrett says that C.J. Wilson knows the road to the AL West title goes through Arlington.
Anthony Andro tells us that Texas is banking on good health for the second half, possibly due to an unholy sacrifice to Baphomet or some magic beans that Mike Maddux bought from a scalper/mystic outside The Ballpark or because, as the esteemed philosopher Eric Draven once said, "it can't rain all the time." Probably the last one, though I ask that you imagine a better vehicle for those sentiments than a crap 90's goth-kid movie.
And because I know how much you love both slideshows and the Rangers hitting poorly, here's a slideshow about the Rangers hitting poorly.