Friday, June 19, 2009

Six players in one word

Nick Blackburn— good. His first complete game.

Joe Mauer — ill. Not in the current slang sense, but in the real sense. It was time for him to get a day off.

Dontrelle Willis — anxious. Or something. He says he's fine, but the Tigers have returned him to the disabled list with anxiety disorder. I continue to be skeptical of the medical claim.

Magglio Ordonez — benched. Man has lost his power. He's slugging .343.

Michael Cuddyer — fine.

Dusty Rhodes — remembered. The pinch-hitter extraordinaire of the 1954 Giants died Wednesday. He wasn't a great player — wasn't even a particularly productive pinch hitter over the course of his career — but he had a magical season in '54 for Leo Durocher, and it made him a legend.

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