Roch around the clock

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

June 30, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

The NBA draft became so confusing Wednesday night, somebody traded David Stern.

I don't care if Nick Markakis follows Wednesday night's four-hit game by going 0-for-20. He should be playing every single day. Stick with him. Only good can come of it.

Anyone else noticing what Jeff Conine has done this week? Triple-A Ottawa has one All-Star Game representative: closer Julio Manon.

Eric Mack, fantasy baseball expert at CBS SportsLine, says it's worth holding onto Daniel Cabrera for the strikeouts alone.

The news of Ed Reed's contract extension, and the reaction that's sure to come from Ray Lewis, makes me ask: Who should be the highest-paid offensive and defensive players in the NFL? My choices: Peyton Manning and Dwight Freeney. Which leads to another question: Shouldn't Indianapolis have played in at least one Super Bowl by now?

Without Edgerrin James, I don't see it happening this year.

Cory Morris, continuing his injury-rehab assignment at Aberdeen, threw four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, in Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Staten Island. Josh Tamba, a seventh-round pick in this year's draft, also went four scoreless innings, allowing four hits but walking none.

John Rocker, the former Atlanta Braves closer who pretty much talked his way out of baseball - his mouth alone got him in more trouble than any cleanup hitter - told ESPN Radio 1300's Anita Marks that he's writing a book. One chapter alone is 20 pages.

I love when a guy writes a book before he reads one.

For the record, Rocker says he doesn't consider himself a racist. His proof: He's dating an African-American woman.

I'm glad that's settled.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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