Thursday Morning Links

Tom Pennington

Respected heavyweights squares off against undercard bum, barely wins on points

Hey, they decided to make it exciting last night. Todd Wills has his rapid reactions, noting that Craig Gentry gritted and hustled a ball over the fence. In what might be a slashfic from one of the sick minds of the LSB commentariat, T.R. Sullivan's postgame story loving details Andrus' jersey being torn off during the walk off celebration.

Brendan Harris, owner of a cumulative 1.5 WAR over parts of 9 seasons in the Majors (2.6 of which came from a 2007 outlier with the Rays), has joined the organization as depth.

Drew Davison has some good news: Travis Blackley, who survived a childhood with funnel web spiders, box jellyfish, Eastern Brown Snakes and the slightly venomous duck billed platypus, will face off Monday against a Mariner offense that has been occasionally known to cause mild skin irritation.

T.R. Sullivan's notes column says that Craig Gentry is ready for action, Pierzynski is looking forward to facing Chicago again, and Michael Kirkman is trying to claw his way back on to the roster in September.

If you're a fan of hardhitting baseball analysis, Evan Grant was on the Hardline to talk baseball and when it is and when it is not appropriate to bring up the senseless murder of a fellow countryman.

Grant also had a column on how the Rangers rotation replacements have come up big this season, maybe possibly proving Einstein's controversial theory that the effective radius of leadership is at least the distance from Philadelphia to Arlington.

Gerry Fraley says that Michael Kirkman pitched five scoreless innings for Round Rock last night, and that with the Rangers facing five straight lefties the Rangers offense, Mitch Moreland, and David Murphy can all spend some much needed time apart.

Todd Wills' notes column discusses the upcoming string of lefty starters, Pierzynski coming home to Chicago, and Blackley getting another start.

Finally, apropos of nothing, here's a study (surprisingly not in the prestigious American Journal of Duh Studies) that shows narcissism and entitlement are concentrated in the upper classes.

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