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Sunday Short Hops - 07/15

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Today's Detroit Free Press has a feature on Sean Casey, and his gift for the gab that makes him so popular among his fellow major leaguers.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out how Casey has two home runs on the season, yet hit each of them in two of the bigger parks in baseball. (Actually, Safeco Field isn't as difficult as I would've guessed. That park looks huge on TV, though.)

Drew Sharp thinks the Tigers should go after Alex Rodriguez during the off-season. Hey, why not? Carlos Guillen's looked a little rough at shortstop this year, and he could fill the vacancy at first base next season. And we know the Tigers are already simpatico with A-Rod's agent, Scott Boras. A $30 million yearly salary might not make him the most popular guy in town, though.

For what it's worth, Detroit isn't mentioned in a Boston Globe conversation regarding where A-Rod could end up. Of course, maybe that's what compelled Sharp to write his column.

I feel like I should wait to write about Gary Sheffield's comments about Joe Torre until I watch his interview on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" Tuesday night. Buster Olney has some thoughts on the situation, however, having covered Sheffield in San Diego and the Yankees for the New York Times.

Could Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn save Bud Selig from having to be in attendance when Barry Bonds breaks the home run record? If the Hall of Fame ceremonies present a scheduling conflict, he'd be an extremely fortunate man. But it would still be a cop-out.