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Sunday reading: George Steinbrenner, Gene Budig, Curtis Granderson and blood testing

The on-line version of my Sunday Insider features only the lead item this morning, and that focused on George Steinbrenner and former American League president Gene Budig. There also are items on Jason Bay and Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers. Just make your way to Long Island and purchase a hard copy of Newsday, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

--Curtis Granderson played his first game in leftfield. I'm betting that Brett Gardner starts more games in centerfield than Granderson does for the Yankees in 2010. It's what the front office has been envisioning since Granderson joined the Yankees.

--Michael Weiner, the new head of the Players Association, spoke out against the blood-testing of players for human growth hormone. I hadn't heard the "It could interfere with players' performances" line before. I'm not sure that should be the union's top argument. I personally prefer the "We don't know for sure whether the test works" and "It's an invasion of privacy" lines. Or even the cynical (which the union could never use) "Guys will still find ways to beat the system."

Bob Klapisch thinks the players could benefit from HGH testing. Klap makes a strong argument, and I think many players would agree with him.

--Jim Baumbach wrote about Oliver Perez's interesting day, and David Lennon wrote about Long Island native Steven Matz.

--Good story by David Waldstein of the New York Times about Hisanori Takahashi, and Waldstein's teammate Tyler Kepner wrote about the impressive Rockies.

--Very sad story out of Red Sox camp, where top prospect Ryan Westmoreland needs brain surgery.

--Self-promotion alert: I'll be on WFAN at 11:25 this morning, talking baseball with Richard Neer. And at 10:30 tonight, I'll be on "Sports Extra," on Fox 5, with Duke Castiglione.

--No animals or humans were harmed in the creation of this blog post, but I did rely signficantly upon Twitter.



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