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Phillies vs. Pirates, 26 April 2008

Kyle Kendrick vs. Matt Morris, 7:05. Enjoy. Here's the box. Ronny Paulino's behind the plate; Doug Mientkiewicz is at third. Some links while you wait:

-P- Indy leagues are awesome:

The dream of pitching once again for a professional organization lives on for 53-year-old knuckleballer Jon Secrist. The St. Paul Saints invited him into their spring training camp on Friday. The Saints also invited into camp right-handed pitcher Mitch Wylie and signed former University of Minnesota right-handed pitcher Craig Molldrem and first baseman Tim Brown.

Despite two days of open tryouts being washed out, Secrist threw for manager George Tsamis and impressed him enough that he will have an opportunity to earn a spot on the club. He is scheduled to make his 2008 debut on Tuesday night in a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game against the Ibaraki Golden Golds from Japan.

-P- Andrew McCutchen is going nuts -- he's got a 13-game hitting streak going, and he's hitting .294/.375/.576. It's too early to call him up; he probably needs a couple hundred more at bats, and anyway there won't be any place for him until the Pirates pull off a trade or two -- but his fast start gives hope that his lackluster 2007 was the exception, not the rule.

By the way, there have been a couple of dominating performances by relievers at Indianapolis. There's Sean Burnett, sure, but Jesse Chavez and Marino Salas have been even better. With the awful performances so far by Evan Meek and Franquelis Osoria (not to mention the eight-strikeout, twelve-walk line posted by Phil Dumatrait), we should start getting looks at some of these AAA guys within the next six weeks or so.

-P- The Twins' Francisco Liriano is headed to the minors after a three-start beginning to his season in which he showed few signs of being fully recovered from injury.

-P- Mariners GM Bill Bavasi is at it again, signing Kenji Johjima to a long-term deal despite possessing some good catching talent in the minors.