Monday Mendozas 

June, 16, 2008
• In the New York Times yesterday, Kevin Baker reviewed two baseball-related children's books: Kadir Nelson's "We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" and James Sturm's "Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow." I've been a huge fan of Nelson's paintings since I saw his work at the Negro Leagues Museum, some years ago. And Sturm's earlier graphic novel The Golem's Mighty Swing, is fantastic.

• As David Pinto notes, the Tigers have shaved five games off their Central deficit in the last six days, and now trail the first-place White Sox by only six games. I've said it before (somewhere) and I'll say it again (here): the White Sox have the second-best run differential in the best league, and they deserve their current status as favorites. But they're going to be challenged by the Indians or the Tigers, or both.

• Last winter I loved Jed Lowrie. Well, I liked him a lot. So did John Sickels. Now Sickels likes him even more (and so do I). So the question becomes, when do the Red Sox consider Julio Lugo a sunk cost and just give the job to Lowrie? (Hey, Frank McCourt's a Red Sox fan ... Maybe the Dodgers would take Lugo for Andy LaRoche?)