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No Brewer game yesterday, but there were 8 others: Win Expectancy Graphed.

Today is the last time I intend to write about whining Cardinals beat reporters in 2008. With that said, if you read anyone else's blog you've probably seen what Bernie (not worth looking twice to spell his last name right) had to say about the Brewers, which was factually inaccurate, slanted, whiny, and didn't have a beat I could dance to. Thankfully, I don't have to waste much breath on Bernie, because everything I would or could say in reply has been said by the following: But alas, despite Cardinal complaints that the Brewers are mean and stupid and steal their cupcakes, the Brewers must be doing something right, because they sold their 3-millionth ticket yesterday.

Obviously, after 26 years outside of playoff contention, the Brewers' run this season has caught some people off guard. As a result, already stretched-too-thin writers like CBS Sportsline's Larry Dobrow have been forced to resort to stealing content from blogs.

MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Angels are in the market for a backup shortstop, given their recent rash of injuries. That got me thinking: What's fair-market value for a 5-week rental of Craig Counsell? I'm guessing one of the minor league affiliates could use a bag of baseballs.

On injuries:

Josh Beckett won't start on Friday after all and is hearing the three most dreaded words in sports: Dr. James Andrews.
Angels 2B Howie Kendrick has been placed on the DL with a tight hamstring.

CBS Sportsline's Scott Miller says we should save time by just putting the Cubs in the World Series. I think we should save time by not reading Scott Miller.

Actual video evidence that sometimes hustle and grittiness pays off: Via Walkoff Walk, I found this video of Rangers C Jarrod Saltalamacchia scoring from second on a dropped pop up to the pitcher. The video is at about 1:55.

Remember when Don Cheadle made those commercials about the playoffs for the NFL? This list of TV personalities making baseball's playoff promos ensures MLB will get more or less the opposite.

Oh, and the Rays game recap thread from Wednesday night had a rather interesting drop-in commenter: team owner Stu Sternberg.

Drink up.