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Thursday links: Check 'em out
August 11, 2011 11:27:48 AM PDT
By David Schoenfield

Some stuff to check out as we wait for day baseball to begin ...

Page 2 had a Q&A with Hall of Famer Al Kaline, whose grandson Colin was drafted this year by the Tigers.
Jim Caple interviews Curtis Granderson ... and imagines Alex Rodriguez's new movie role.
ESPN Insider Kevin Goldstein with a good piece on 2011 draftess who signed quickly and are already producing in the minors, plus the corresponding list of holdouts -- which includes most of the top selections. If you ask me, the benefits of getting your pro career started as soon as possible outweigh the benefits of a couple extra hundred thousand dollars. Those three months can get you to the major leagues as soon as a year earlier. If you sign and produce, you'll start the next year at a higher level, and be that much closer to the majors.
Hopefully you didn't miss the piece from Amy Nelson and Peter Keating from ESPN The Magazine about the rumors of sign stealing by the Blue Jays.
Tim Kurkjian on ESPN Radio talking about stealing signs and Dan Uggla's hitting streak.
Chip Buck asks if Josh Beckett should be part of the AL Cy Young debate.
Drew Fairservice asks: Does Brandon Morrow hit the wall ... or does the wall hit Brandon Morrow? Good study. I'd keep Morrow as a starter, although I can see a push to put him back in the bullpen.
Another big win for the Indians on Wednesday night. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers today, but don't give Detroit the win just yet: As Stephanie Liscio points out, Verlander has a career 6.31 ERA at Progressive Field.
Toby Harmann points out a flaw with the Brewers: They're one of the worst baserunning teams in the majors.
Is there really something wrong with Mariano Rivera's cutter? Check out Mark Simon's piece on ESPNNewYork.com.
As Brien Jackson reminds us, Granderson's adjustments actually began last season. He's hit 43 home runs over the past calendar year.
More from ESPN Insider: Jason Grey looks at six key players and the adjustments they made this season and Dan Szymborski follows up with how the projections of those six players have changed.
Bill Baer asks a good question: With the Phillies dominating, should they start taking it a little easy? Rest some guys, back off on the starting pitchers going so deep into games, and so on. Food for thought ...
Finally, the headline from a piece by Jonah Keri and Chris Jones over at Grantland says it all: In Which Two Canadians Fight About A Sport That Is Not Hockey. (They're arguing about baseball and sabermetrics, mostly.)

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, David Schoenfield, Curtis Granderson, Josh Beckett, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Al Kaline, Brandon Morrow

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