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Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Habib (Tom "Too Cheap" Hicks Sucks!)...

Jonathan Papelbon is a crybaby:

In the debut of his weekly web-only interview segment on Comcast SportsNet, Cinco Ocho - or should I call him Cinco Dopo - was irate that the players had to walk through Fenway Park's stands during Opening Day introductions.

The Boston Globe said "this symbolic gesture was made by the players to thank the fans personally for their passion, dedication, and unwavering support." And even a Yankee fan like me thought it was a cool thing to do.

But Papelbon agreed with Comcast hosts Gary Tanguay and Michael Felger that it was unsafe. "I know the fans probably loved it," he said, but "you do have to be safe, especially walking down the steps and stuff like that." OMG, steps!

"Just a terrible idea by [Red Sox senior vice president] Sarah McKenna, that was the person who came up with this idea, very stupid of her, " Papelbon said. "And if she pulls another act like that, she can go down to Pawtucket."

Yeah.  He was already on my Eric Byrnes/Nick Swisher list. 

The Dallas Morning News got rid of its Rangers beat coverage, apparently so it can devote more resources to things like having Martellus Bennett blog at their Cowboy blog.  About things like girl farts.  Seriously.

There are thirteen majors leaguers with at least 1000 games who have spent their whole major league career with just one team.  One of them is a Ranger, and the whole A.L. West would have been represented if the Angels had brought Garret Anderson back.

Christina Kahrl had a chat session today, and it included a Chris Davis question.  She also runs down the final transactions for the A.L. teams leading up to Opening Day.

Beyond the Boxscore examines the defensive stats for various minor league catching prospects, and notes that the stats back up Taylor Teagarden's stellar rep.

Dave Cameron says the ChiSox need a centerfielder, and should look at trading for Marlon Byrd.  Joe Sheehan says the D-Rays should consider trading Scott Kazmir, and suggests they look at a swap with the Rangers involving Derek Holland.

Jayson Stark says that if Kevin Millwood keeps pitching the way he did on Opening Day, he'll have teams interested in trading for him.