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In Hawaii:

  • Jordan Abruzzo went 1-for-3 with two walks as the Honolulu Sharks lost 3-1 to the North Shore Honu.
  • Greg Veloz went 0-for-3 with a caught stealing and another throwing error, and watching his average dip below .200.

In the Dominican Republic:

  • Francisco Pena went 0-for-5, but threw out two of three would-be base-stealers.
  • Luis Terrero stole a base and scored as a pinch-runner.
  • Victor Mendez went 0-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
  • Julio Polanco pitched two-thirds of a perfect inning.
  • Ambiorix Concepcion went 1-for-1 with an RBI and a run scored.
  • Argenis Reyes went 0-for-3.
  • Abraham Nunez went 0-for-3.
  • Fernando Martinez went 0-for-4.
  • Salvador Paniagua went 2-for-4 with a solo homerun and three RBI. He was also 1-for-1 in throwing out runners.
  • Fernando Tatis went 0-for-4.
  • Eude Brito walked two in a third of an inning, rightfully earning a hold.

In Mexico:

  • Tim Lavigne struck out two in an inning of relief.
  • Carlos Muniz allowed three hits and an unearned run in an inning of relief.

In Venezuela:

  • Salomon Manriquez went 1-for-1 with a double and an RBI.
  • Gustavo Molina went 0-for-3 and allowed three stolen bases in three attempts.
  • Edgar Alfonzo allowed just one hit -- a solo homerun -- in three innings of work.

Per Nick Cafardo's blog at the Boston Glove (via, the Mets may still be interested in Raul Ibanez, especially now that he is a free agent. Ibanez is a Type A free agent, and if the Mets sign him and forfeit a high draft pick in the process, I might just give up. Ibanez is a decent hitter and an awful, awful fielder. Given a full season of playing time, I'm not so sure he would even outperform Fernando Tatis, whom the Mets already have.

MetsGeek, Mike Newman drops his Top 15 Mets prospect list. Nowhere to be found? Josh Thole. Why? There is no god, evidently.

At Beyond the Boxscore, R.J. Anderson posts the first half of his interview with Royals assistant GM (and former Brewers GM) Dean Taylor. This is a great primer on what goes on behind the scenes at the GM meetings, as well as on draft day and other goodies.

Ever wonder what happens to the championship shirts and hats that were produced for the eventual losing team in a big championship game/series? Well, now we know, as two Jersey boys took a trip to Nicaragua to hunt down Super Bowl XLII Champion Patriots gear. The article is from August, but I just read it recently via the SABR listserv.