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In Arizona:

  • Josh Thole went 2-for-4 with an RBI (.382/.441/.509).
  • Eddie Kunz, still ruff, blew a save and picked up a loss, allowing a homerun and two walks in an inning of work.

In Hawaii:

  • Ruben Tejada went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • Jordan Abruzzo went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Josh Stinson allowed a run on two hits -- one of them a solo homerun -- in an inning of relief.
  • Roy Merritt struck out two and walked one in two innings of work.

In the Dominican Republic:

  • Fernando Martinez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
  • Argenis Reyes went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
  • Fernando Tatis went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

In Puerto Rico:

  • Nick Evans went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
  • Michael Antonini allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in four innings.

In Venezuela:

  • Michel Abreu went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

At MetsGeek, Chris McCown looks at some available options for jettisoning Luis Castillo to parts unknown.

At RotoGraphs, Brian Joura looks at Daniel Murphy's value in upcoming fantasy drafts. Obviously, his value skyrockets if he becomes a starter at second base instead of a platoon partner in left field. has been posting winter forecasts for each big league team, and Bob Klapisch penned the Mets preview. Nothing terribly new or exciting here. Blah blah closer yada yada big spenders. It'll kill a few minutes of your Wednesday if nothing else.

At The Hardball Times, David Gassko looks into whether experience really does matter in the playoffs. There isn't a ton of data to work with (105 seven-game series since WW2 were considered), but the results might surprise you. And by you I mean me.

The Tao of Stieb, a Blue Jays blog, runs down five reasons not to sign Ryan Dempster.

River Avenue Blues ruminates on Bobby Abreu and whether he makes any sense for the 2009 Yankees and/or beyond.

Wow. Phillies fans. Just, wow.