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Tuesday Applesauce

In Arizona:

  • Daniel Murphy returned to action (at second base!) and went 0-for-4 with two walks and two runs scored. He was also picked off of first and made a throwing error.
  • In Dominican Republic:

    • Fernando Tatis went 1-for-4 with a walk.
    • Luis Terrero went 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and a run scored.
    • Francisco Pena went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.
    • Michael Hernandez went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.

    Adam Rubin takes several out-of-context quotes and manages to spin them into a full column about Brian Fuentes and the state of the Mets' roster. Despite his age, I greatly favor Fuentes over Francisco Rodriguez, all things considered. I'm not even sure that Rodriguez is obviously the better pitcher, even if we threw out the disparity in perceived contract demands.

    At Beyond the Boxscore, Sky Kalkman looks at the best shortstops of 2008. Jose Reyes lands at #2, slightly ahead of Jimmy Rollins but significantly behind -- both offensively and defensively -- Hanley Ramirez. I still don't know what has happened to Reyes's range, and as much as I don't want to believe it, almost every defensive metric rates him very poorly.

    Also at BtB, R.J. Anderson concludes his interview with Royals assistant GM Dean Taylor (part one is here).

    In Willets Point news, the city's economic development corporation -- the organization responsible for the redevelopment plan -- has acquired two additional Willets Point properties, bringing the city's controlling stake of the area's 62 acres up to 40%. Also, the Daily News has endorsed the plan.

    Finally, I don't care who you support, but if you're registered to vote, get your ass out there and do so. What, do you hate America?