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D-Rays Bay has some interesting commentary on Scott Boras's recent comments regarding his client, Carlos Pena. Those who think he's going to be a nice, cheap first base option next season...think again...

Joe Sheehan writes on how Ned Yost's refusal to use his closer in a non-save situation contributed to the Brew Crew's loss last night.

Sean McAdam has a column up called "Shades of 1978?", suggesting that the Red Sox are repeating history with a second-half collapse to allow the Yankees to win the division.

Of course, that ignores one big difference...there was no wild card in 1978. Since the BoSox will be in the playoffs whether they finish ahead of the Yankees or not, it isn't quite such a big deal...

Bryan Smith is doing a chat at BP, with just one Ranger item I saw (going with Hurley over Adenhart)...

You remember the whole "the Rangers should call up Eric Hurley, since the Astros called up Troy Patton" brouhaha a month or so ago? Well, Patton has been shut down for the season:

Rookie lefthander Troy Patton will be shut down for the remainder of the season after an MRI on Tuesday showed a severe case of biceps tendinitis near his left shoulder.

"There's fluid on my biceps tendon, and that's what's causing discomfort throwing," Patton said. "I'm going to come back here Nov. 1 and start a rehab program and get back in shape."

Patton, called up from Class AAA Round Rock on Aug. 24, went 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA in three games, including two starts.

"It's good to know that what we thought was going on was going on," Patton said. "It kind of puts my mind at ease a little bit. They said it was most likely because of the workload."

Yeah, that sure worked out well for the Astros, and for Patton...

Our friend John Barten has this week's BTB Awards up...

And our friend Poochie advocates releasing Vicente Padilla...