Coop wants more first-pitch strikes and relying on his defense from Danks in order to cut down his walks:
"Pitching to contact early will cut down the walks. He can't fall behind anymore. There were times where he would get the first two outs, then throw a five-pitch walk. The deeper he pitches in games, the better chance he has and we have."
- ZiPS Carlos Quentin's projection: .249/.342/.428.
- Big Jim has problems pronouncing Fuku's name. Jim @ SoxMachine doesn't.
- Scott Merkin puts the odds of a Rowand return at 50-50.
- Hot Stove: The D'backs are offering Carlos Gonzalez, Emilio Bonifacio, and Brett Anderson for Dan Haren. Speaking of the D'backs, BA has their Top 10 Prospects list. -- The Cards might include OF Colby Rasmus in a package for Erik Bedard. -- Kevin Mench was DFA'ed by the Brewers. -- Joe Cowley says the Sox like Alex Rios. So do 29 more baseball teams.
- Tales of the cutter: Mariano Rivera.