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Thursday, August 03, 2006

BASEBALL: NY Mets at Florida Marlins

Fresh off acquiring 206-year old Roberto Hernandez and 10-loss gopherballer Oliver Perez, the Mets take on the Marlins in a great pitching matchup. Pedro Martinez goes for his 9th win against Dontrelle Willis and the surprising Marlins, who now find themselves ahead of the hometown Braves by half a game in the standings with 1/6 of the payroll.

Despite having a roster full of young kids and unproven talent, the Marlins have been fairly respectable, with Joe Girardi doing a surprisingly good job after leaving the Yankees' bench. Surprisingly, the Marlins did not partake in any major dealing, as had been expected all year.

The Mets have, unfortunately, blown away a lot of teams this year, most recently completing their first sweep in Atlanta in 21 years. They are without Duaner Sanchez for the rest of the year, replacing him with the "talent" mentioned before. However, that deal allows the Mets to make Lastings Milledge an everyday player in the majors. Considering his performance earlier in the year, it probably makes the Mets' lineup even stronger than it already was (which is saying something).

Also going on today is Day 3 of the World Series of Poker - a big day, because it is when the field get narrowed down to see who at least gets to cash in the event. In honor of that, here's a picture of Shannon Elizabeth, eliminated on Day 1 of the WSOP.