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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23:  Actress Jodi Gordon arrives at the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 23, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23: Actress Jodi Gordon arrives at the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 23, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks at how the Red Sox and Yankees are essentially battling to see who faces Texas in the first round and who faces Detroit, and asks, which team should the A.L. East powerhouses be more afraid of?

Stadium Journey does an in-depth review of the ballpark at Myrtle Beach, the Rangers' high-A affiliate in the Carolina League.

Jeff Passan looks at several players whose health issues could impact the playoff races, including Adrian Beltre.

Wandy Rodriguez has been claimed on waivers by the Colorado Rockies (I incorrectly guessed on Twitter that it was the Washington Nationals).  There's some speculation that the Astros might simply let Rodriguez go to the Rockies to get out from under his contract, although Aaron Gleeman thinks those folks may be underrating how valuable Rodriguez is.  Marc Normandin also thinks Rodriguez is worth grabbing, even with his contract.

A minor deal went down today,with the D-Backs sending Kelly Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays for Aaron Hill and John McDonald.  I have no opinion about this.

And, as I'm writing this post, the Rockies have just acquired Kevin Kouzmanoff from the Oakland A's for a player to be named later.

Joe Posnanski has a lengthy blog post up about Joakim Soria, Mariano Rivera, a couple of legendary Braves pitchers, and what life would be like if there were a machine that called balls and strikes.  

FanGraphs has an interesting short post about some jackass who calls Jose Bautista a "faggot" on Twitter, then complains to Keith Law about how Bautista was mean to him in response (when Bautista was a lot calmer than, say, Ochocinco would have been, and actually handled it pretty well).

It is interesting how Twitter emboldens people to say and do things directly to famous (or semi-famous) folks that they'd never do in person.