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Businessman's special

Quick turnaround today, but I am a big supporter of the weekday day game. You?

I'll get a more substantial post up before game time, but wanted to send a reminder that I'll have a chat at 1 p.m. (starting just before first pitch, so you can all watch a juggling act). Gamer last night dealt with Bowden and the trade deadline, as well as the flacid offense. Some tidbits about unsigned draftees in the notebook. And there's a video podcast of Chad Cordero from Washington Post Live yesterday. Good stuff.

I'll be on WPL at 5 p.m. (or thereabouts) today, so tune in if you're home (or, frankly, at work). Back with more before gametime.

And here's more, in the form of lineups (which are kinda interesting if you get interested in things like this):

Burke -- 4
Pence -- 8
Berkman -- 3 (I'm guessing, because the lineup I received has the Astros with two RFs)
Lee -- 7
Loretta -- 6
Lamb -- 5
Scott -- 9
Munson -- 2
Jennings -- 1

Lopez -- 6 (!)
Belliard -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3
Church -- 7
Kearns -- 9
Langerhans -- 8
Flores -- 2 (Schneider was described as "banged-up" after being hit by a pitch, but Acta expects him to be ready to play tomorrow)
Bergmann -- 1

So Lopez moves back to the top spot. I think this is surely a way to prepare for the most anticipated return in baseball, that of Alex Escobar, who won' t hit first. They need to get Lopez going somehow. His OBP is down to .293. He's 1 for his last 13. The last time his average was above .250 was May 31.

We shall see.

As a follow-up to the other day, Zimmerman indeed had 11 bunt hits last year (StatsPass is back, thank goodness). That tied Endy Chavez (!) for third in the N.L., trailing only Willy Taveras (21) and Juan Pierre (19) in the league. The rest of the top 10 was Dave Roberts, Rafael Furcal, Jose Reyes, Nook Logan, Jack Wilson, Ronny Cedeno and Kenny Lofton. Zimm, clearly, was the only non-speedster in the group.


Remember to join me for the in-game chat at 1 p.m. -- if you're not out here at sunny RFK.

By Barry Svrluga  |  July 18, 2007; 9:53 AM ET
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