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Red Sox-Yankees, Harmon Killebrew, the Astros sale and Magglio Ordonez

It's noticeably tame here at Yankee Stadium for a Red Sox visit. A little less media, a little less pre-game buzz. Don't know why.

Maybe it's because we're not in the stretch run, nor is it their first meeting of the season. Maybe it's because it's not a battle for first place.

Maybe it's because there isn't a heck of a lot going on with the two teams right now.

Joe Girardi said he believes Rafael Soriano (right elbow) will be able to pitch tonight, and that Phil Hughes threw 30 pitches from 50 feet today. The Yankees also made a roster move, optioning reliever Buddy Caryle to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres and calling up Hector Noesi to help out the bullpen.

--In an absolutely heartbreaking story, Harmon Killebrew announced that he would enter hospice care, conceding his battle with esophogal cancer. I never had the pleasure of really sitting down with Killebrew and speaking with him, as Islander505 did, but he is beloved throughout the game.

Just last October, when the Yankees were in Minnesota for the American League Division Series, I was interviewing Twins GM Bill Smith when Killebrew cruised by and said, "Hey, Bill!" I was struck by how robust Killebrew looked, at age 74. Life can be unfair, eh?

--Astros owner Drayton McLane said that he has a deal to sell the team to Houston businessman Jim Crane. McLane will not go down in history as a great owner; he wore out his best general manager, Gerry Hunsicker, and - to be frank - didn't seem to have a great feel for baseball operations.

But he should be applauded for his passion. He lived and died with his Astros, and he never was accused of cheaping out on his team. Well, except when he didn't spend on amateur draft picks to keep Bud Selig happy.

--The Tigers placed Magglio Ordonez on the disabled list with a weak right ankle. Honestly, whoever replaces Ordonez as the team's DH should serve as an upgrade, as Ordonez has been absolutely dreadful this season.

--Roger McDowell returned to his job as the Braves' pitching coach, after serving a two-week suspension. Thanks to Twitter, which thankfully never gets in trouble, for the link.

--Have a great night.

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