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Phil Hughes, Lucas Duda and Barry Bonds

At the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox, I wrote that the Yankees should keep Phil Hughes in their rotation and eject A.J. Burnett as soon as possible.

I just don't see the point in retaining Burnett. Even if he threw a shutout every time between now and the end of the regular season - and that ain't happening, anyway - would you really feel confident about him taking the ball in a playoff start? Would the Yankees?

Not that Hughes is inspiring any great confidence nowadays, but he's younger than Burnett, smarter and probably has better stuff most times he takes the ball.

--Jason Varitek had a good night against the Yankees. There have been plenty of such nights for Varitek.

--Lucas Duda provided the big hit in the Mets' victory over Florida, and with the Mets fading into oblivion, it's easy to overlook that Duda has performed quite nicely in his biggest big-league showcase so far.

One scout from another team told me, earlier this year, "I watch Duda take batting practice, and he makes me want to stick around and watch him hit during the game." Now we're getting a better glimpse of someone who might be an asset at both getting on base and slugging.

He's 25 already, not really young for a hitter, but perhaps he can be a valuable part-time player. Or just a decent trade piece.

--The Mets will be home for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and they'll have a pre-game ceremony to honor those who lost their lives.

--The U.S. government dropped the three remaining charges against Barry Bonds, meaning that Bonds' one and only conviction is for obstruction of justice. Was the whole endeavor really worth the effort?

--I'll check in later from Fenway.




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