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Yankees' 4A 1B/OF/DH Shelly Duncan homered twice against the Devil Rays bringing his weekend total to three.  While I enjoy seeing older minor leaguers demonstrate the biases of organizations against player on the wrong side of 25, I share the NY Post columnist Joel Sherman's reservations:

The Rays are so atrocious that Tim Donaghy could have big money on their games and be umping, and that wouldn't help.

Following Marlins' pitcher Scott Olsen's (near?) bottoming out, rookie Dutchman Henricus Vanden Hurk had a second consecutive good start.  With just three Ks, he had only 41 Ks versus 40 innings pitched.  In case you missed, here is my write-up with stats for him.

With Dodgers' closer Takashi Saito sidelined with upper back are discomfort, Jonathan Broxton pitched a second day in a row and blew the save.  While I still have confidence in Broxton to successfully close, this blown opportunity brings back his failures from earlier in the season when Saito was hurt.

Chasing Wins is a very risky strategy.  One usually tries to add starting pitchers from play-off contending teams or starters with track records of winning.  The latter would apply to Giants' $126MM Barry Zito.  He blew-up for seven earned runs in 5.1 innings.  Across the diamond, Brewers' starter Claudio Vargas picked-up his 8th win.  With a 1.47 ERA, he also provides a look at the former type of chasing-wins starter.

USA Today's Steve Gardner and ESPN.com's Christopher Harris at 11AM

Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein at 2PM.