■ How do you beat the Yankees? Smoltz has a radical idea (Sports Illustrated)
"I'll tell you what I would do against them," Smoltz said, "and I know nobody would ever do this. I would treat it like a spring training game with my pitchers. I would keep bringing in a fresh arm to pitch to them, rather than asking my starting pitcher to go deep into the game trying to get them out two, three, four times. They just wear out a pitcher. (read more)
MU in the Minors
■ Crow, Scheppers Team Up in AFL (Baseball America)
Tanner Scheppers and Aaron Crow had very similar experiences after ending their college careers in 2008.
The two pitchers are now Arizona Fall League teammates with the Surprise Rafters after spending the early part of the fall with their respective organizations' instructional league teams—Scheppers with the Rangers and Crow with the Royals.
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Crow was added to the Rafters roster just this weekend and is expected to make his AFL debut later in the week.
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Crow believes that the experience was beneficial in that he essentially became his own pitching coach during that year after college.
■ Texas Baseball Scrimmage Thoughts (BurntOrangeNaiton.com)
The strength of the 2010 team will be the deep pitching staff featuring proven arms like Chance Ruffin, Taylor Jungmann, Cole Green, and Brandon Workman, as well as newcomers like Keifer Nuncio, Josh Urban, Hoby Milner, and Paul Montalbano.
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Offensively, the team should be much improved with the murderer's row of Keyes, Moldenhauer, and Rupp in the middle of the lineup. The question is how well Loy fits at the top, but he should be fine there as long as he can swing the bat consistently and draw some walks. However, the Longhorns won't be improved offensively if Maitland, Rowe, and Lusson all play together, but that shouldn't be the case, though finding an outfield rotation will remain a priority. . .