–Tyler Kepner of theNew York Times writes that Shin-Soo Choo is thriving but duty calls in South Korea.

–Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that Mike Pelfrey's gem leads the Mets to their third straight shutout of the Phillies. Joe LaPointe of the New York Times writes that Rod Barajas sits out the finale of the Phillies' series but downplays his wrist injury. Tim Smith of the New York Daily News writes that Jerry Manuel's fate takes a turn for the better.

–Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the Phillies couldn't score against the Mets. Annette John-Hall of the Inquirer writes that Double-A Reading's Ryan Howard garden gnome giveaway is no All-Star.

Joe Strauss of theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals got back in the swing with a win over the Padres. Strauss also writes that Kyle Lohse is scheduled to undergo surgery on his forearm on Friday. The Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell writes that the Cardinals' bats come to life just in time.

–Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that location, location was baffling to the Padres' Wade LeBlanc. The Union-Tribune's Tim Sullivan writes that the average is not convinced the Padres are for real.

–Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Nick Blackburn and Jason Kubel were Yankee clippers in the Twins' win. Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that anybody but the Yankees is the Twins' playoff wish.

–George A. King III of the New York Post writes that the Yankees fail to sweep the Twins as their bats go silent again. King also writes that Joe Girardi says Jorge Posada's foot is feelingbetter. The Post's Brian Costello writes that Curtis Granderson is set to rejoin the Yankees on Friday night.

–Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs soared with their second shutout in three days. Sullivan also writes that Carlos Zambrano is OK after abdominal tests but Jeff Baker has vision problems.

–Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes that the Dodgers and John Ely run into bad Wrigley Field breaks. Shaikin also writes that Casey Blake accuses Ted Lilly of cheating.

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Freddy Sanchez's single for the Giants sank the Nationals. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Bruce Bochy and Tim Lincecum meet behind closed doors. The Mercury News' Tim Kawakami writes that accidentally or not, the Giants have made the 2010 season about Buster Posey.

–Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals fell back to .500.

–Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Braves are headed home and maybe toward first place in the National League East after beating the Marlins. Rogers also writes that McCann is hoping to miss only one day with his quad strain.

–Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that the Marlins got no relief. Rodriguez also writes that Renyel Pinto goes on the disabled list and Taylor Tankersley is promoted as part of multiple roster moves.

–Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that the Royals got only four hits but beat the Red Sox.

–Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that Daisuke Matsuzaka was walked all over in the Red Sox's loss. Cafardo also writes that information is spare on Jacoby Ellsbury's ribs.

–Anthony Witrado of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Brewers walked away with a home series victory over the Astros.

–Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle writes that Matt Lindstrom blew his first save of the season. The Chronicle's Bernardo Fallas writes that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Oswalt.

–Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times writes that the Rays did enough to stop the skidding.

–Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that the White Sox's offense was absent again. The Tribune's Fred Mitchell writes that the Ozzie Guillen-Ken Williams relationship is souring, according to sources.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that the Rangers are hoping Nelson Cruz can avoid the disabled list. The Star-Telegram's Randy Galloway thinks the Rangers must sweeten the deal to get Roy Oswalt.

–Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post writes that the Rockies went back-to-back-to back in their rout of the Diamondbacks.

–Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks got swept at Denver.

–John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Reds sailed as they crushed the Pirates.

–Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the Pirates aren't lifting Charlie Morton from the rotation despite his latest debacle against the Reds.

–Joe Stiglich of the Oakland Tribune writes that Jake Fox's bad-hop RBI single was the key to the Athletics' comeback victory over the Orioles.

–Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that it all fell apart in the eighth inning for the Orioles.