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Jorge Posada, Jerry Manuel and Stephen Strasburg - and there's a live chat today

Yes, live chat at 11. Let's talk ball. And if you're not a live-chatting type, then sometime this afternoon, we'll have a book giveaway contest.

Just the basics this morning...

--From the Yankees game, Jim Baumbach wrote about Jorge Posada, who had a productive first game back as catcher but also left early because his right foot was sore.

I agree with Jim. While it would be great for the Yankees to have Posada behind the plate the majority of the time, his bat is still so good that it's worth having even as the DH.

I spoke with Nick Johnson on Saturday, and he thinks he'll be back this season, even if it's not until August. The Yankees should be able to get by until then with Posada as their primary DH, with Francisco Cervelli catching and Chad Moeller backing up Cervelli. If Johnson doesn't progress, then it shouldn't be too difficult to find another veteran bat in the trade market.

And meanwhile, the Yankees can try Posada at catcher periodically and see if he's better able to handle the position physically.

--Phil Hughes expressed some unhappiness with his performance.

--Chad Huffman got the call to replace Marcus Thames on the Yankees' roster, and he picked up an infield hit in his first big-league at-bat.

--Down in Baltimore, the Mets swept past the pathetic Orioles, and I guess Jerry Manuel is on a role when he can put Henry Blanco, Chris Carter, Alex Cora and Jesus Feliciano in his lineup and come up with a blowout victory.

If the Mets win the next series in Cleveland, they'll give themselves some protection against a fallback next weekend at Yankee Stadium. And Manuel's job security would become even less of an issue than it is now, and the Mets can start engaging in more serious trade discussions to add a starting pitcher.

Speaking of which, yes, Kevin Millwood was terrible. But he'd still be a worthwhile acquisition for the Mets, IMO, because he'd give the Mets an experienced arm at no serious cost of talent.

--Stephen Strasburg, in his second big-league start, pitched well but looked a little more human, striking eight Indians, walking five and allowing two hits.

On "Sports Extra" last night, I got into a debate with Dino Costa over how overhyped Strasburg was. I said "Just a little." Because Strasburg's stuff is just ridiculous.

That doesn't mean I think he's a slam-dunk for Cooperstown. But I do understand the excitement over him.

--One hundred big-league players voted Jim Joyce as the game's best umpire. Joyce was well-liked even before his life-changing night in Detroit, but I wonder how different the results would have been if Joyce had never blown that call.

In other words, his competence rating likely increased as the result of a historical bad call.


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