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J.J Hardy hasn't been playing up to standards, but Ken Rosenthal chalks it up to bad luck.
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His one to me it didn't happen but you insight into the mindset of two contenders. The Red Sox recently discussed sending reliever Takashi Saito to the Rangers for infielder Hank Blalock. Talks -- table once Josh Hamilton was injured Rangers need to keep all their offense. Which can see what each team was thinking. For the Red Sox Blalock would have represented the left handed alternative to David Ortiz. For the Rangers got a -- bullpen. They could you Saito as insurance for Frank Francisco who's got shoulder trouble and simply as any depth. Don't expect the Red Sox to treat Brad Penny immediately after John Smoltz comes off the disabled list. Penny has shown he can pitch well against the AL east specifically the Yankees smoltz has not. The best solution outside of putting Dice-K back on the DL would be to go to a six man rotation. Remember small and penny both have pretty significant injury histories. And the Red Sox had an extra reliever available for every game. Well if smoltz or Tim Wakefield had a short outing and he sufficiently protect. Only a few weeks ago we were talking about the Indians being major sellers. Well don't look now but the tribe is making up ground in the AL central. -- over the next two and a half weeks they could get several injured players back. Talking about shortstop as -- Cabrera pitchers Jake Westbrook and Aaron Laffey reliever Raphael Betancourt. And possibly Grady Sizemore. Keep in mind also that the worst part of the indians' schedule is over. They are finished with the Yankees in the race in the do not play the Red Sox again in the final weekend disease. -- the Brewers could improve by trading struggling shortstop J. J. Hardy and -- else it is Escobar from AAA. However is in no rush to make such a move. Party is still very consistent defensively. And his low batting average on balls in play indicates that he is hitting into poor luck. Escobar meanwhile likely would struggle offensively for several weeks he was making his Major League debut. That would sort of defeat the purpose of yeah.