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* Armed with his $161 million contract from the Yankees, CC Sabathia bought a 12,000-square foot house in New Jersey that presumably will one day cease being surrounded by piles of dirt.

* Russell Martin is drinking green tea instead of beer, taking yoga classes, watching chick flicks, and thinking about shaving his beard, all because of his girlfriend. She's the sister of Eric Gagne's wife and, coincidentally, happens to be a model with a difficult-to-pronounce name.

* As always, Vin Scully says everything exactly how it should be said.

* Shockingly, replacing Alex Rodriguez with Cody Random hasn't gone all that well.

* From 1969-2008 there were only seven instances of a pitching staff handing out four bases-loaded walks in the same inning, but it happened twice last week. Jeff Suppan and Jorge Julio combined for the most recent version last night, with Suppan issuing three of the bases-loaded free passes in a loss to the Cubs. Prior to that implosion, Suppan had walked just 10 batters with the bases loaded in 2,253 career innings.

* Ready or not, Gary Sheffield is now scheduled to make his Mets outfield debut Wednesday.