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April 01, 2009 |

The Swinging Bunt

The rotation is set?!  Maybe Drew said it best with the line, “Hayden Penn’s ink has run out.”  In his last Spring Training start Penn went an abysmal 3.2 innings where he gave up 8 hits and 6 earned runs against the Cardinals.  Afterward, on the heels of saying Alfredo Simon will be in the rotation, manager Dave Trembley announced that Penn is no longer being considered in a starter’s role.  Could we actually be down to 5?  Peter Schmuck says Guthrie, Koji, Simon, Eaton, and Hendrickson.  So after weeding through like 58 pitchers, that’s what’s left to come north!  Be excited Baltimore!  It’s a real shame Cal can’t pitch.

Still waiting on Lance.  Gary Williams and the rest of us will have to wait just a little bit longer to learn where high school standout Lance Stephenson will play his probably one and only season of college hoops.  The Lincoln High School scoring guard from Coney Island, Queens was supposed to make his announcement at the McDonald’s All-American game Thursday night, but instead said yesterday that he and his family were still not ready to make a decision.  His playground nickname is “Born Ready” but I guess that doesn’t apply to picking between St. John’s, Kansas, and Maryland.

Scanning the Blogosphere

Camden Chat has a comprehensive history of the Orioles’ Opening Day starting pitchers since Bill “The Big Show” White in 1957.

The Loss Column says, “More HD O’s On the Way.”

College Hoops Journal has a nice list of all the NCAA Tournament Final Four’s storylines.

The Big Leads asks the question “Is the NHL more physical than the NFL?” And takes a stab at what the NBA Lottery might look like in June.

Awful Announcing informs us that ESPN might be swapping out ESPN Classic for ESPNU in many cable providers’ programming.

Coed Magazine has “The Cheerleaders of the 20009 NCAA Final Four.”

Inside Lacrosse has an in-game blog of UMBC’s 14-4 victory over Towson in Catonsville.

SI’s Fantasy Clicks says Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom is the NHL’s top ‘Dynamic Duo.’