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Some things to read while not showing up so early.

Time is running out before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and while the Brewers seem to be headed downhill, Doug Melvin says he's still looking to buy. Trevor Hoffman, meanwhile, says the Brewers have enough to win now. Hoffman, for whatever it's worth, has played on six winning teams in 17 seasons, but also five that lost 90 or more games.

If the Brewers are in fact buying, they may have another hole in the starting rotation to fill. Jeff Suppan underwent an MRI yesterday and was diagnosed with an oblique strain. (Also noted in FanShot.) He hasn't been ruled out for his scheduled start on Saturday, but this is Jeff Suppan we're talking about: do you really want him pitching at less than full strength?

With two games left against the Nationals the Brewers have already clinched a losing homestand, and several more blogs are ready to throw some dirt on the 2009 season: Ryan Braun has home runs in each of his last two games, and Monday's shot made him the first Brewer ever to hit 20 in each of his first three major league seasons. A recent poll of his peers also ranked Braun the fifth most likely young player to eventually make it to the Hall of Fame. (h/t FanShot)

Meanwhile, after beating the Brewers twice, the Nationals have won four straight games for the first time in 2009, and Ben Goessling of the Washington Times wonders if their luck has turned around.

If you've been watching this week's games, you've probably seen Pat Listach coaching for the Nationals. On top of being one of just three Brewers to steal 50 bases in a season, Listach also holds the major league record for longest at bat to lead off a game. He forced Ron Darling to throw 17 pitches while drawing a walk on September 26, 1992.

Just one minor league note today: Maverick Lasker is the Prospect of the Week over at Between the Green Pillars.

Around baseball:

Astros: Placed LaTroy Hawkins on the DL with shingles.
Giants: Nate Schierholtz has been placed on the DL with a strained hip, and Randy Johnson has been moved to the 60-day DL with tearing in his rotator cuff that will keep him out until at least September.
White Sox: Acquired Mark Kotsay from the Red Sox for outfielder Brian Anderson.
Yankees: Chien-Ming Wang will have season ending shoulder surgery today.

I also found a couple of notes of interest in the most recent Baseball America Minor League Transactions:
  • The Brewers signed a pitcher out of the independent leagues: lefthander Donald Brandt, who had been pitching for San Angelo of the United League.
  • Former Brewer farmhand Adam Pettyjohn was released by the Reds (and later signed by the Mets).
Obviously, making the Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor for the players involved, but it's also a huge income opportunity. The Wall Street Journal has a look at the extra revenue made by Hall of Famers, which is especially significant for players from earlier eras who played for much less money. (h/t Beyond the Box Score)

The Brewers travel to LA next week, and if you get the chance, listen to Vin Scully call the game for a few innings. Scully is reportedly retiring after the 2010 season, so you might not get many more opportunities.

Here's a first for the "Odd Ballpark Promotions" file: Cheezburger Night at Safeco Field.

Nyjer Morgan may have hit a leadoff home run last night, but on this day in 1975 the Brewers one upped him, as Don Money and Darrell Porter went back to back to lead off the game. The Brewers won the game, 4-0.

Happy birthday today to Mike Adams, who pitched in 61 games for the Brewers between 2004 and 2006 and turns 31 today. Also, happy birthday to the other Ryan Braun, who turns 29.

Oh, and if you still have some time to kill this morning, here's a nine minute video on counting the M&M's in a jar.

Drink up.