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7/23: Open Game Thread

First Pitch: 5:35pm PDT


Ichiro CF Lofton CF Diabetes DH Young SS Ibanez LF Teixeira 1B Guillen RF Sosa DH Beltre 3B Byrd RF Sexson 1B Melhuse C Johjima C Wilkerson LF Lopez 2B Hairston 2B Betancourt SS Metcalf 3B ---------- ----------

Ho (5-2, 5.89)              Millwood (6-8, 5.50)

I mentioned this in the game thread yesterday, but on Saturday I caught a clip of BBTN during which the analyst remarked "(Marlon Byrd) is the second-best thing to happen to the Rangers this season, behind Sosa." To date, Byrd has supplied a .920 OPS with solid defense, while Sosa's puttering around with a sub-.300 OBP and a metric assload of strikeouts. Let this be confirmation that ESPN remains completely retarded, and that we don't have the worst designated hitter in the division. Sammy Sosa is awful.

(So is Ho.)

Texas Middle Infield Update:

Young: .732 overall OPS, .691 road OPS, -17 runs per 150 games defensively
Kinsler: .786 overall OPS, .730 road OPS, -21 runs per 150 games defensively; injured, so we don't get the pleasure of hitting balls at him

Seattle Middle Infield Update:

Can't hit either