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With the Pirates in town for the first time since 2003, here are some shots of the Bucs from May 2010 with a dash of Cub and a pinch of former Blue Jay in the POTD recipe.

Lastings Milledge (not on the left) and the Pirate Parrot (opposite of right) bump together in mid-air.  Milledge is now in the Chicago White Sox organization.
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Eddie Michels, who writes for a number of outlets, reports that the injured Jessie Litsch has begun his rehab assignment.
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Who's this guy that's in KC?  It's Eric Hosmer, see!  Two Batter's Box points for you if you get the reference.  (HINT:  Pie-thon!).

The annual baseball trip this year took the missus and I to the Show Me State where we saw the Kansas City Royals take on their baseball predecessors in the Oakland AthleticsKauffman Stadium is an absolute jewel of a ball park and as far as I'm concerned, it has pulled into a tie with PNC Park in Pittsburgh as the best park in the major leagues.   Among the highlights during a great weekend of baseball was getting to see Royals rookie sensation Eric Hosmer in his first weekend in the bigs. The third overall pick in the 2008 draft is the focus of today's edition of the POTD, which also features some thoughts on that weekend that was in Kansas City.

Eric Hosmer takes a rip at a Brandon McCarthy offering at Kauffman Stadium on May 7.  Kurt Suzuki is behind the plate for Oakland.

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The Houston Astros took two of three from the good guys last weekend and save for a Clint Barmes error in the second game, they might have had a sweep.   Today's POTD looks at the series finale at the Dome Sunday.

The Houston Astros logo appears on the left field scoreboard prior to the introduction of the starting lineups.

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When I was in Lansing I took some shots of Garis Pena showing how to play shortstop.  I added in a shot of Scott Gracey to congratulate him on his promotion.  Finally I link to videos of Drew Hutchison; Sean Nolin; Egan Smith; and Misaul Diaz with two of the plate appearances ending in fly balls to Jake Marisnick in centre-field.
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Here is the second batch of photos of the Lansing Lugnuts in action May 9.

Holy Mackinaw!  A Joe Bowen sighting.  He crouches behind the plate in the Lugnuts bullpen.
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I was in Lansing May 9 to catch the finale of a homestand against Lake County, the Cleveland Indians affiliate in the Midwest League.  Here is the first batch of photos and random observations of some of the Lugnuts who played that night.

Jake Marisnick grounds out to second during first inning action.  However, it was evident from that groundout alone that he can run a little.
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Carlson Does Some Bullpen Work in Dunedin

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My good pal, Eddie Michels, who reports for a number of media outlets from Dunedin and environs, says that Jayson Nix has been working out at the Englebert Complex in Dunedin at Extended Spring Training this week.  He passed on some shots of Nix.   GregorMLB tweeted this evening that Nix played five innings at extended spring training today and is expected to join Dunedin tomorrow in Ft. Myers.  He says Nix is expected to join Toronto as early as this weekend.
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When I was in Lansing last week I managed to take a video of both Michael Crouse and Jake Marisnick stealing second base.  The video is at the link at the bottom of the page, get your stopwatches out.  I haven't timed them, low four seconds is good.
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