(1) Russell Branyan to start at 1B for Indians sending Matt LaPorta to left field and Michael Brantley to Triple-A.
(2) Cliff Lee throws for first time since minor foot surgery.
(3) Astros to have 9th inning competition between Brandon Lyon and Matt Lindstrom. You can read my thoughts in Breaking Down: Lyon/Lindstrom.
(4) Josh Hamilton injures shoulder.
(5) Livan Hernandez signs with Nationals for $900,000 plus incentives.
(6) Hank Blalock to Marlins/Rays as left-handed power bat off bench?
(7) Chad Qualls undervalued on draft day with an ADP of over 200.
(8) Olympic anguish with ice hockey being taped delayed. You can witness my frustration at USA Olympic Hockey Delay.
By Ray Flowers
Tags: Astros, Brandon Lyon, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Diamondbacks, Hank Blalock, Indians, Livan Hernandez, Mariners, Marlins, Matt LaPorta, Matt Lindstrom, Michael Brantley, Nationals, Olympics, Rangers, Rays, Russell Branyan, Scott Olsen, Stephen Strasburg