I'm skeptical that the veteran-laden M's would ever turn to the 23-year-old Soriano as a starting pitcher in the middle of a pennant race battle with the A's. The don't do things like that. Last year, they picked up Ismael Valdes for their pennant drive, after slogging through the first part of the season with James Baldwin. Using a young pitcher like Soriano would be too much of a risk for Bob Melvin, who generally goes by the book in every managerial decision he ever makes. Soriano is one to keep an eye on for the future, but not this year.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'