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12:30 PM ET, June 6, 2006


 Top News: 
Baseball America:
Tuesday Morning Mock Draft  —  For the first time since 1999, when the Devil Rays deliberated between Josh Hamilton and Josh Beckett, scouting directors will wake up on draft day without knowing for sure who will go No. 1.  The Royals own that pick, and if they've finalized their decision, they've kept it closely guarded.
Bob Dutton / Kansas City Star:
Royals plan to take Hochevar with first pick  —  Club officials spent Monday night in negotiations with Scott Boras, who represents Hochevar, in an attempt to reach an agreement.  But plans are in place for the club to select Hochevar even in the absence of a deal.
Tracy Ringolsby / Rocky Mountain News:   Royals try to sign Hochevar
David Andriesen / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Mariners expected to take college pitcher
Discussion: U.S.S. Mariner
Metstradamus / The Musings and Prophecies …:
Showoff  —  Alay Soler got the Mets a much needed victory...and convincing victory at that...tonight at Dodger Stadium.  Soler went seven innings, striking out seven and giving up six hits and only one run in a 4-1 Mets victory over Los Angeles.  It was only their second victory …
Adam Rubin / NY Daily News:
Soler-powered  —  Rookie's gem lifts Mets in L.A.  —  LOS ANGELES - Alay Soler had a three-run cushion before he even took the mound.  Nine innings later, the Cuban defector had his first major-league win.  —  Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado homered in the first inning …
Discussion: Baseball Musings
David Lennon / Newsday:
Soler helps deliver
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Rangers' GM faces old dilemma in 1st draft  —  Daniels deciding between 'best player' vs. 'best fit' at No. 12  —  Shortly before noon today, Jon Daniels will sign off on the first draft pick he'll make as the Rangers general manager.  But until then, he wrestles with the same, age-old issues that dogged his predecessors.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Kevin Baxter / Miami Herald:   Searching for diamond in the rough
Joe Capozzi / Palm Beach Post:
Marlins might not go for pitching in draft
Discussion: FishStripes
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Alfonseca's return boosts Rangers' bullpen  —  IF Jimenez expected to be odd man out; move adds flexibility  —  Rangers manager Buck Showalter said he expects right-handed reliever Antonio Alfonseca to be activated from the disabled list today, giving the club an eight-man bullpen for the foreseeable future.
T.R. Sullivan /
Notes: Alfonseca set for activation
Chris Snow / Boston Globe:
Battery Park  —  Yankees unload on Sox, Beckett in Stadium rout  —  NEW YORK — When Josh Beckett walked off the mound last evening, the sky was still a soft blue, the lingering sun illuminating the Bronx courthouse that looms beyond Yankee Stadium in right-center.
Gordon Edes / Boston Globe:
Classic case of bombing in the Bronx  —  NEW YORK — Ex-major league pitcher Bob Tewksbury insists he was summoned for one reason, and one reason only: to pitch batting practice, because manager Terry Francona needed a fresh arm.  —  Just because Tewksbury is the organization's sports psychology coach …
Discussion: and Empyreal Environs
David Lennon / Newsday:
Milledge: No regrets about high fives  —  LOS ANGELES — Any remorse that Lastings Milledge was feeling after high-fiving the fans along the rightfield line Sunday apparently had vanished by the time the Mets boarded their cross-country charter to the West Coast later that night.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
MILL LOW AFTER FANS' HIGH-FIVES  —  June 5, 2006 — Willie Randolph reprimanded Lastings Milledge for celebrating his first major-league homer - a dramatic game-tying solo shot in yesterday's 10th inning - by taking a detour to high-five fans on his way out to right field to start the next inning.
USA Today:
Former prep prospect now creating heat in the kitchen after shoulder surgeries  —  Persistent shoulder injuries early this decade prevented Ryan Anderson from throwing 100-mph heat in the major leagues.  Now out of baseball, Anderson is ready to turn up the heat in a new career.
Discussion: Mariner Minors
Doug Padilla / L.A. Daily News:
Angels: The object of ire  —  Figgins' play angers Scioscia in loss  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Already at odds with teammates this season, Chone Figgins finally tapped into the ire of his manager during Monday's 4-0 lackluster defeat to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Dylan Hernandez / Contra Costa Times:
Giants roll as Bonds rocks  —  Slugger gets homer No. 716 and will get additional support with Alou's return  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants had crushed the Florida Marlins, Moises Alou was about to be activated, and the clubhouse was theirs again.  —  Gone were the scores …
Discussion: Baseball Musings
Clark Spencer / Miami Herald:
Rotation is on the rise  —  SAN FRANCISCO - They're young, but they're durable.  —  The Marlins have eight rookies (three starters and five relievers) on their staff, but they're getting mileage out of those arms, not to mention solid performances.  —  On May 18, the Marlins had a staff earned-run average of 5.72.
Discussion: FishStripes
Paul Meyer / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pirates likely to select a pitcher in first round  —  Player they are projected to get might stir up memories of former star Pirates pitcher from early '90s  —  If the teams ahead of them behave as expected, the Pirates almost certainly today will select University of Houston right-hander Brad Lincoln …
Discussion: Kansas City Star and Honest Wagner
NY Daily News:
Kids are all right to Brian  —  In the spring, Brian Cashman says, he and Joe Torre spent a fair amount of time talking to the Yankee kids, to the guys off the bench.  The message, Cashman says, was the same, from the first time all the players were together in one room.
Jim Salisbury /
Former umpire Gregg, 55, dies after stroke  —  Eric Gregg, the fun-loving West Philadelphia native who became a popular Major League Baseball umpire, died last night at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood after suffering a massive stroke at his Ardmore home Sunday morning.  Mr. Gregg was 55.
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