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Friday's Frosty Mug

Good Friday morning, Brewer fans. Aaron Harang proved to be too much to handle last night, and as a result the Brewers wake up this morning sharing second place with the Chicago Cubs, their second straight day in second place. They're in Queens right now to open a 3 game series with the Metropolitans tonight, but the weather would suggest that's going to be a challenge. Since I'm predicting a rain delay anyway, you've got plenty of time for a Frosty Mug.

Yesterday's Win Expectancy graph
Baseball Digest Daily's recaps.
ESPN Video Highlights

The only big Brewer news today is only somewhat Brewer related: Claudio Vargas signed with the Mets yesterday. It's a minor league deal so it's unlikely we'll see him this weekend, which Babes Love Baseball had this to say about it:

Just as quickly as Brew Crew Nation wished Claudio Vargas were there to pick up the broken pieces of their hearts, the New York Mets swooped him up and called him their own. Kind of.

Uhh...what? I'll admit the last couple of days have been less than a carnival, but not once in 2008 have I said "Wow, I wish Claudio Vargas was here," unless I was comparing him to the other team's starting pitcher. There's nothing wrong with this team that a slow-working, 4-5 IP and out fifth starter would fix.

Brief Alphabetical Morning (BAM) Injury Reports:

Rays 3B Willy Aybar missed last night's game with hamstring soreness.
Rich Harden has been placed on the DL. Like the Masters, it's a tradition unlike any other.
Mike Lowell's sprained thumb has landed him on the DL, as well.
Giants OF Dave Roberts needs surgery to repair "extensive damage in his knee," and will miss several months.

The Cardinals are still in first place. I guess that means Dayn Perry's going to keep predicting their demise every day or two until it happens.

Yahoo will be the official provider of next season. Maybe with their revenue dependent on it, they can strongarm MLB into reducing the draconian blackout restrictions.

As I'm sure you've heard, there's a hawk patrolling Fenway Park. But did you know there's also ninjas?

If you're looking for work and you're better with stats than I am, Fangraphs is hiring paid writers.

That's all for today. Drink up.