PHOENIX -- Funny story from the dugout of the American League during Tuesday night's All-Star Game, passed along by Twins beat man extraordinaire and Minnesota cult hero LaVelle E. Neal III:
Midgame, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera started feeling soreness in his right oblique. So AL manager Ron Washington approached Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer and, looking to sub him into the game and knowing he was going to have to remove Cabrera, asked Cuddyer if he'd rather play first base or third.
First, Cuddyer said. No question.
See, Cuddyer hates third. It's about the only position he hasn't played with the Twins.
Not long after, with Washington also looking to get Texas' Michael Young into the game, word circulated that Young would prefer to play first over third because, then, he would have played every infield position in an All-Star Game.
Sorry, Cuddyer said, smiling and slapping Young on the back. I got first.
And that's the way the ballad of the two Michaels played out, Young to third, Cuddyer to first. And both survived (though the AL didn't, losing 5-1).
Likes: What a bombshell late Tuesday night, Milwaukee striking to acquire closer Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez. It was great fun to learn of the deal in the NL clubhouse pretty much at the same time Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks learned of it and see their reactions. ... Still great to see everybody, all these baseball people -- players, managers, coaches, writers who are friends -- in one place midsummer. ... Looking forward to seeing Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame inductions next weekend -- Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Pat Gillick.
Dislikes: Too many All-Stars at 84, too many starting pitchers not playing for the American League (Josh Beckett, Justin Verlander, David Price, James Shields, etc.) and too many substitutions. The game needs revamping. Again.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"It turns me upside down
"Summer, summer, summer
"It's like a merry-go-round"
-- The Cars, Magic