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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  July 18, 2008 08:48 PM

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6. David Ortiz's numbers after two games in Pawtucket: .400, two homers, four RBIs. Sure looks like he's ready to conquer the American League again, though for entirely selfish reasons I hope he sticks to his word and plays it cautiously for a few more games. A certain Papi-adoring, pink-hatted 4-year-old I know and her daddy have tickets for Monday's game at Hadlock, and I strongly suspect that seeing Lars Anderson won't have quite the same effect for her.

7. Jon Lester, 2008: seven wins, 125 innings, 3.38 ERA, 128 ERA+, 1.32 WHIP. Johan Santana, 2008: eight wins, 133 innings, 3.10 ERA, 132 ERA+, 1.28 WHIP. See, I told you they should have made that trade. Santana's numbers are superior across the board. (What's that? Why, yes, I am challenging your sarcasm detector . . .)

8. Rumor has it that Brian Daubach is a new co-host of WEEI's "The Big Show," but I'll believe it when I actually hear him speak. Right now, all I hear is Ordway chewing.

9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:

Joe, here’s your autograph. Stop whining. Jim Kern. If the day comes when I have a podcast here at Boston.com, I vow to do my best to get Posnanski as one of the first guests. You know I'll be the Farley to his McCartney.

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