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But Kyle, how will you feed them?I can’t decide if today feels like Monday (endless and drab) or like Friday (haven’t I been at work long enough already this week?). But either way, I think it calls for some good lunchtime readin’.

Bill James has a piece over at Slate about why he “loved, and then grew tired of” Craig Biggio. Poor Craig Biggio. Cast off like an old shoe by his trusted paramour!

Rays Index rails against these Barry-Bonds-to-Tampa rumors.

It might be time for Kyle Lohse to write a personal ad like this one, posted at A Fan’s View from Section 220, a Star Tribune blog, since he’s no doubt feeling just as AOL’s The Fanhouse suggests in this diary entry entitled, “Why Doesn’t Anybody Love Me?” It’s not the first sign of Scott Boras losing his magic touch this winter, but it’s Kyle who could end up sleeping alone.

Fire Joe Morgan presents a day in the life of a VORPy.

I really enjoyed this piece by Rob Bradford at the Boston Herald, who interviewed JD Drew about his struggles last year and got a surprising explanation: he was just following in Big Papi’s footsteps.

One More Dying Quail hops on the ever-expanding Rays bandwagon. Full disclosure: this morning, I filed a column for the Boston Metro on just how awesome the Rays are going to be this year (and next year, and the year after that). I do believe the Tampa Bay Rays have now out-hyped Barack Obama.

Speaking of Tampa Bay jumping the shark, what is it about that team and marine life? Check out the giant hammerhead reeled in by reliever Scott Dohman over at The Big Lead.

Finally, Brock for Brolio has a list of the top 101 baseball blogs — and Umpbump is No. 12. Word.

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