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Some things to read while eliminating public transportation.

As you can probably imagine, a fair amount of today's notes are about Jeff Suppan:

  • Two-Fisted Slopper has renamed Sunday "Tough Day for Suppan #2."
  • Suppan and Jorge Julio combined to make the Brewers just the ninth team in the modern era to walk in four runs in an inning.
  • Brew City Sports thinks there's a 75% chance Suppan will be cut by the end of the season.
  • As of this writing, about 89% of voters at this FanPost think Suppan should be out of the rotation.
  • The Wall Street Journal discusses the significance of an ace getting shelled early.
  • The Official Site has more quotes from Doug Melvin defending Suppan. They were from before last night's disaster, though.
  • CZweif.com thinks the Brewers need to give Suppan at least a month before making a move.

Fresh off last night's disaster, the Brewers welcome the Reds to town tonight for a matchup of two of baseball's best young pitchers, Yovani Gallardo and Edinson Volquez. Once this home series is over, the Brewers head to New York to face the Mets and Philadelphia to face the Phillies.

What do you think of the first week of new manager Ken Macha? PocketDoppler thinks Macha will be publicly viewed as a better manager than Ned Yost, but his record may be worse. Yost posted a .477 winning percentage as manager of the Brewers. If Macha manages a team with this much talent to a sub-.500 record, he'll be lucky to be seen as better than Davey Lopes.

If it looks like my pockets are bulging today, it's because they're stuffed full of minor league notes:

  • Brett Lawrie was pulled from a game over the weekend for failing to run out a ground ball. Good to see the team working to keep attitudes in check.
  • 39 on the line is reporting that Taylor Green is healing faster than expected and could return as soon as the end of the month.
  • Mark Rogers pitched three scoreless innings over the weekend in his first game action in 32 months.
  • In light of the recent tragedy involving Nick Adenhart, The Tifton Gazette has a profile of Nick Green, Adenhart's former roommate in the minors. Green is no stranger to tragedy.

There's one ranking to pass along today: The Honolulu Advertiser dropped the Brewers from sixth to eighteenth in their power rankings.

But, the Brewers do give you a significant bang for your buck: A recent study ranked them as fifth most affordable.

Elsewhere around baseball:

Astros: Doug Brocail has been placed on the DL with a rotator cuff strain.
Braves: Tom Glavine left a minor league rehab appearance early with discomfort in his shoulder.
D-Backs: Placed Brandon Webb on the DL with a shoulder issue.
Dodgers: Delwyn Young, currently in AAA, is drawing interest from at least three teams and could be traded by the end of the week. They also placed Hiroki Kuroda on the DL with a strained oblique.
Giants: Joe Martinez remains in intensive care with three hairline fractures in his skull and subdural hematoma. He is expected to be removed from the ICU within the next few days, but won't be able to pitch until at least late May. The team also signed Dallas McPherson to a minor league deal.
Indians: Pitcher Scott Lewis has been placed on the DL with a left forearm strain.
Mets: Designated Marlon Anderson for assignment.
Nationals: Signed Ron Villone to a minor league deal.
Padres: Claimed reliever Luis Perdomo off waivers. Perdomo was the Giants' Rule 5 pick from the Cardinals. They also signed Chad Gaudin to a minor league deal.
Phillies: Placed catcher Carlos Ruiz on the DL with an oblique strain.
Reds: Chris Dickerson needed a bandage on his head after being assaulted by a revolving door.
Rockies: Designated pitcher Juan Morillo for assignment.
Royals: Placed Jose Guillen on the DL with a right groin tear.

If the recession is doing one positive thing, it's forcing teams to reevaluate the prices they charge for concessions and the rules keeping fans from bringing things in: the Dodgers are lowering prices and the Nationals are allowing fans to bring food in.

Oh, and you should keep Denny Neagle away from your girlfriend.

Drink up.