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Some things to read while not getting inspected.

I got a late start this morning and we're mere minutes away from today's game preview, so it's time for a Mug lightning round:

  • Shaun Marcum pitched well last night for six innings before the wheels came off in the seventh. Tim Dierkes of MLBTR thinks he could get $10 million in arbitration this winter. He's making $3.95 million this season and is on pace to collect $100k in playing time incentives.
  • John Axford allowed an unearned run while picking up the save last night. Jaymes Langrehr of The Brewers Bar notes that Axford has a 2.25 ERA and no walks in his last eight appearances. Corey Brock of MLB.com doesn't like his entrance music.
  • Brandon Kintzler left the team before the game yesterday to undergo an MRI on his right triceps (FanShot).
  • Jonathan Lucroy tied career highs with three hits (fourth time) and three RBI (second time) in last night's game.
  • Beyond the Box Score's catcher defense rankings say Lucroy is baseball's 69th best defensive backstop at -1.9 runs this season. Wil Nieves (+0.5 runs) and George Kottaras (+0.4 runs) both rank above average.

Other notes from the field:

In the minors:

And in other stuff:

Around baseball:

Astros: Signed catcher Max Ramirez to a minor league deal.
Cardinals: Tony La Russa has left the team after being diagnosed with shingles yesterday. He's going to miss the rest of the road trip and likely more.
Marlins: Placed pitcher Javier Vazquez on the bereavement list.
Orioles: Designated reliever Josh Rupe for assignment.
Royals:
Placed pitcher Bruce Chen on the DL with a strained muscle in his left side.

Rubie has more about La Russa and much more in today's Around the NL Central. Bob Uecker made a joke about it during last night's game.

In former Brewers:

And in everything else:

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a doorbell to ring.

Drink fast.