Here are the highlights of the articles I bothered to read.
- There were a couple of articles about Aaron Rowand in the Philly newspapers. The best part was this quote.
- Phil Rogers wrote his annual Cubs-Sox World Series article. Expect to see it at least two more times before the All-Star break.
- Rogers also opines that Jim Leyland will make the Tigers contenders. -- This is going to be a common, and misguided, theme among many in the traditional media. If the Tigers' improve in '06 it will have little to do with Leyland, and everything to do with a full year of a healthy Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, Curtis Granderson becoming a star, and the rotation starting to come of age.
- Hardly newsworthy, but it's worth pointing out that Mark Buehrle was named opening day starter, and Bobby Jenks was named closer. -- I doesn't look like Bobby missed any meals this off-season. Dustin Hermanson, however, came into camp about 10 pounds lighter, and with a healthy back.
- Brandon McCarthy takes a teddy bear named "Mr. B." with him everywhere.
- George Steinbrenner hypocritically tells Ozzie to shut up.
- All indications are that the Sox are going to carry 12 pitchers. Although, this quote about the LOOGY situation from pitching coach Don Cooper was at least a little bit encouraging
"You would like to think there will be a couple of three or four who will jump up and say, 'You really have to give me a look. I'm throwing the ball well and getting guys out,'" Cooper said. "But we aren't going to pin ourselves in a corner, saying we must take a lefty.
"We are going to be taking the 11 or 12 or whatever number we are set on, the 12 best who can get people out. We won't take a lefty for the sake of having a lefty if he's not showing us anything."