The Jays are at it again, hogging all the prime territory in this morning's acreage:
Lyle Overbay is the latest to end up in J.P. Ricciardi's bag, his acquisition announced around midnight last night from the Brewers, in a 5-player deal that sends young pitcher Dave Bush and outfielder Gabe Gross to Milwaukee. And the hits just figure to keep on coming, says Geoff Baker:
The Jays aren't finished yet and are expected to keep pursuing a deal for outfielder Brad Wilkerson, who was traded last night by the Washington Nationals — along with outfielder Termel Sledge and a player to be named — to the Texas Rangers for second baseman Alfonso Soriano. Toronto had been exploring the possibility of a deal with the Nationals and will now look to acquire Wilkerson from the Rangers for a package of pitchers and possibly second baseman Orlando Hudson, who would fill the void left by Soriano.
Part of that package includes Miguel Batista and Alex Rios, too, as Jeff Blair notes in the Globe. I'm not a big Rios fan, and Batista is surplus now that B.J. Ryan is the closer. But I would really, really miss Hudson being out there vacuuming the right side of the infield.
It sounds very much in play, this one, so I suspect Blair can be trusted here and we could see heavy JABS action in a few hours: "It figures to be a busy day for the Blue Jays."
Cathal Kelly gives you some World Cup draw rules that will make your head hurt, and here's the kicker: Beware the Ivory Coast.
And finally, a great piece by Steven Wells in the Guardian on (unreported and barely noted) American equivalent to Europe's soccer hooligans.