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3:35 PM ET, June 12, 2006


 Top News: 
Ben Shpigel / New York Times:
Mets, Doing No Wrong, Head East After Sweeping Arizona  —  Carlos Beltrán had two hits, scored three runs and drove in four more.  The Mets' other Carlos, Delgado, had three hits and three runs batted in.  —  PHOENIX, June 11 — The scoreboard read NYM 13, ARI after four …
Barry M. Bloom /
Milledge trying to last as long as he can  —  Dazzling Mets rookie could be headed back to Minors soon  —  PHOENIX — There's a fun story behind the strange first name of Lastings Milledge, that energetic and enthusiastic rookie outfielder who has burst on the scene for the Mets over the last few weeks.
Jason P. Skoda /
Notes: Valentin, Woodward to platoon
Will Carroll / Baseball Prospectus:
Under The Knife  —  Heads Will Roll  —  The Jason Grimsley case continues to percolate.  Behind the scenes, the owners and Players Association are prepping for a fight over the retiring Grimsley's pay and the likely 80-game penalty that will be levied against him.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Benjamin Kabak / Double Play Depth:
THE OFT-OVERLOOKED LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS OF THE STEROID INVESTIGATION  —  For now, the talk of steroids following last week's Jason Grimsley bombshell is slowly dying down among the Baseball Literati on the Internet.  But this topic hasn't yet - and won't for a while - run its course.
Discussion: Misery Loves Company
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Yanks' Pregame Huddle Doesn't Prevent Sweep  —  This time, it could be said without exaggeration.  All of the Yankees really were in the trainer's room before yesterday's game.  —  They were not all there for treatment, though plenty are still hurt.  They gathered for a team meeting at noon …
Discussion: Bronx Banter
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Discussion: the metropolitans
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
Guillen Returns, Hill Stops Phillies  —  Long after the Washington Nationals closed out a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday afternoon, thousands of fans milled around the field at RFK Stadium, asking questions of and receiving autographs from the men who are, somehow, on as good a roll as any team in baseball.
Discussion: District of Baseball and
Marcus Hayes /
Lesson for Hamels... or was it?  —  WASHINGTON - You can only learn …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Bill Ladson /   Notes: Guillen not worried about rumors
Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:
Corps providing little relief  —  It's very easy to understand the problem with the Red Sox bullpen.  It's inconsistent.  And the issues were never more evident than in yesterday's doubleheader against the Texas Rangers.  —  From the 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Josh Beckett …
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:   Highs and lows  —  Ortiz stages a walkout in Game 1; Rangers rough up Pauley in nightcap
Mark Murphy / Boston Herald:   Papi walks off some pain: Home run eases recent frustration0-3800
Kevin Druley /
Royals turn bizarre triple play  —  Unconventional feat KC's first in over a decade  —  KANSAS CITY — The Royals' first triple play since April 3, 1996, was certainly unconventional.  —  "I've never seen any triple play quite like that," manager Buddy Bell said.  —  Here's how it happened:
Discussion: The Griddle
Associated Press:   Royals tap into Pirates farm system for next starting pitcher
Big Ben 'alert and conscious' after bike crash  —  PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, who last season became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl title, was injured Monday morning in a motorcycle accident and has been transported …
Luis Lite / New York Post:
HE'S NO LONGER GOING, GOING, GONZO  —  June 12, 2006 — FRIDAY on SNY, as the D-Backs' Luis Gonzalez batted, Howie Rose noted that Gonzalez was nearing 160 consecutive at-bats without homering.  Then, in a flat, non-judgmental tone, Rose added that Gonzalez, who has five home runs this season, in 2001, hit 57.
Kevin Goldstein / Baseball Prospectus:
Future Shock  —  The White Sox' first-round pick in 2004, Fields doubled as Oklahoma State's quarterback in college, and when he hit a relatively pedestrian .252/.341/.409 at Double-A Birmingham last year, the organization explained how Fields was still making adjustments to becoming a full-time baseball player.
Discussion: Mike's Mets
Bob Smizik / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Bay is more than just an All-Star  —  You can't tune in a Pirates game, radio or television, without being reminded to vote early and often for the team's All-Star Game candidates.  Play-by-play announcer Greg Brown has composed a lengthy poem, which isn't bad, urging fans to support the Pirates …
Jose De Jesus Ortiz / Houston Chronicle:
Clemens enjoys smooth sailing in Corpus  —  6 shutout innings thrill record crowd for Class AA team  —  CORPUS CHRISTI - They packed into every inch of Whataburger Field on Sunday night, lured by the opportunity to see Roger Clemens pitch at one of the most picturesque Class AA stadiums in America.
Discussion: Baseball Musings
Michael Point /   Clemens shines in second tuneup
Steve Henson / Los Angeles Times:
Billingsley Appears Close to Debut  —  DENVER — Next up in the kid queue: Chad Billingsley.  —  The Dodgers are engaged in serious discussions about promoting the hard-throwing right-handed pitcher to make his debut either Thursday against the San Diego Padres or Friday against the Oakland Athletics, a high-level source said.
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
David Lennon / Newsday:
Pedro not fully sound  —  PHOENIX - Lost amid yesterday's double-digit blowout was that Pedro Martinez has not been himself lately, and his five-inning exit had more to do with health concerns than the Mets initially let on.  —  Martinez (6-2) allowed five hits and one run …
Eric Benderoff / Chicago Tribune:
It's time for a new vision  —  Wrigley scoreboard exudes charm, but a modern video-replay board is long overdue  —  If you were a 23-year-old given responsibility for renovating Wrigley Field, what would you do with the scoreboard?  —  That was the situation in 1937 …
Aaron /
The Joe Mauer Show  —  Can Joe Mauer hit .400?  —  That's suddenly a very popular question among Twins fans.  Actually, if you've watched Mauer over the past month you might think .400 is selling him short.  You see, when Mauer woke up in Milwaukee on the morning of May 19, he was hitting .307.
Ben Walker / Associated Press:
Zany reliever who set World Series record dead at 70  —  Moe Drabowsky, the prankster pitcher who delighted in putting pythons in teammates' shoes and wound up as a World Series star for the Baltimore Orioles when they won their first championship in 1966, is dead.  He was 70.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Ask the Booth: Keith Hernandez  —  Former Met responds to questions from SNY fans  —  Hi Keith.  With a man on second and nobody out, does a 3, 4, or 5-hitter still look to put the ball on the right side?  If so, doesn't this sacrifice their element of the game (run production) that makes them a 3, 4, or 5 hitter?
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