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Monday's Plastic Cup

You mean...American League teams lose, too?  Cool.

Eric Gagne isn't going to make it back as soon as David Riske will, but he did just throw his first bullpen session.  He should hurry back--the Nashville bullpen is really scuffling right now.

Fire Ned Yost sees the future and doesn't like it.

Peter Gammons's blog is Insider-Only (I'm not an insider), but it looks like he's writing about Rich Harden possibly turning out to be a bigger trade acquisition than CC Sabathia.  I'm sure we'll be talking about this for a while, being the presumptive contender with the glaring need for a starter.  Harden won't come cheap, but he's worth more than Sabathia in the longer term, as he's got a $7MM club option for 2009.  If we're going to trade a couple of blue-chippers for one of these guys, Harden is the more tempting option, though of course the front office will have to spend most of July checking over his medical records.

Remember Robinson Cancel?  He had a cup of coffee with the Brewers in 1999, and now he's back in the bigs, with the Mets.  He drove in a deciding run yesterday, and it was his first hit this century.  Faith and Fear in Flushing has more.

Danny Herrera, a reliever in the Reds system who recently made his MLB debut, is a great story.  What I didn't know until recently is that he throws a screwball (among many other things).  At The Hardball Times, Mike Fast breaks it down.

That's all I found this morning, and I'm off to work early, so I'm not looking any harder.  If you haven't yet read all of battlekow's prospect interviews, what are you waiting for?  Click here (or the "interviews" link on the left-hand sidebar) to get them all at once.