–Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes that the count is one of baseball's hidden treasures.

–Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe writes that the Red Sox made it a clean sweep of the Raysand that Jacoby Ellsbury is suffering from inflammation in his ribs but hopes to avoid the disabled list.

–Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Matt Garza got pounded by the Red Sox. The Times' Gary Shelton writes that the Rays' week so far has been stink, stank, stunk.

–Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes that the lights went out at Wrigley Field but not on the Dodgers' hopes for a win over the Cubs and that the Dodgers inquire about Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt.

–Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs' Tom Gorzelanny was rocked.

–Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle writes that Roy Oswalt and Brandon Lyon combined on a shutout for the Astros against the Brewers and that Jason Castro could be in the majors by season's end.

–Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Brewers were the victims of Oswalt getting some rare run support and that Gregg Zaun may be out for the year.

–Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times writes that the Athletics downed the Orioles behind jack-of-all-trades Adam Rosales' three-run home run.

–Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that Brian Matusz struggled again for the Orioles. The Sun's Dan Connolly writes that a June 9 return looks unlikely for Brian Roberts. Kevin Cowherd of the Sun writes that there is still a lot to like about the woeful Orioles.

–Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Jerry Hairston Jr.'s home run in the 13thinning gave the Padres a win over the Cardinals.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that base-running errors cost the Cardinals and that Kyle Lohse is likely to need surgery.

–Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals battered Tim Lincecum in a win over the Giantsand that Stephen Strasburg will debut against the Pirates, according to an report.

–Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Lincecum's one bad inning was costly to the Giants.

–Larry Stone of the Seattle Times writes that the Mariners rode Mike Sweeney's bat to rally for a win over the Tigers.The Times' Jerry Brewer writes that even though his Mariners are riddled by struggles, Don Wakamatsu stays the same.

–Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press writes that the Tigers' bullpen blew the lead as their road trip ended with a loss.

–Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that tempers flared after the ejections of Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle by Joe West in a win over the Indians. Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that the passion play will never end for Omar Vizquel and his fans.

–Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal writes that early mistakes doomed the Indians.

–Joe Kay of The Associated Press (via the Cincinnati Enquirer) writes that Bronson Arroyo and the Reds' bullpen shut out the Pirates.

–Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the Pirates offered no "O" for Ross Ohlendorf. Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that it's time to trade Ryan Doumit.

–Dan Martin of the New York Post writes that Hisanori Takahashi led the way as the Mets shut out the Phillies in a second straight game. Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News writes that the Mets believe it's them against the world.

David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that it was another blankety-blank loss for the Phillies.

–Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that Luke Hochevar was sharp again in the Royals' win over the Rangers.

–Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Scott Feldman's struggles continued for the Rangers.

–Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that Bobby Abreu made up for a mistakes with a winning hit for the Angels against the Blue Jays.

–Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun writes that the Blue Jays' loss was part of the process.

–George A. King III of the New York Post writes that strong pitching lead the Yankees to a sweep of the Twins.

–La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that the Twins saw the Yankees' hex come to Target Field.

–Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Braves beat the Marlins with a six-run seventh inning.

–Harvey Fialkov of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel writes that the Marlins' bullpen spoiled Nate Robertson's gem.

–Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post writes that Ubaldo Jimenez continued one of the best starts in nearly 50 years in the Rockies' win over the Diamondbacks.

–Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks were Jimenez's latest victims.

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