* Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle clarified/backed off yesterday's report that Eric Chavez is one sneeze from retirement, but Chavez remains unlikely to be healthy and productive any time soon.
* Dmitri Young and Delmon Young have both taken leaves of absence after their mother passed away Monday following a bout with pancreatic and liver cancer.
* Not a good sign for first-year Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu that he's already fallen into the trap of publicly criticizing the team's best players.
* Keith Foulke is attempting yet another comeback while playing for the independent league Newark Bears.
* John Smoltz took a break from his rehab schedule to get married.
* I'm really hoping that Mark Buehrle knows this woman.