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Thursday's thoughts: Hanigan seals his fate

- You know Dusty Baker didn't want to do it, but with Ramon Hernandez getting a day off, Ryan Hanigan was moved up to the fifth spot against the Braves. It was the first time this season that Hanigan, who entered with a .395 OBP, hit higher than seventh. Most of his starts had come from the eighth spot. Sure enough, Hanigan went on to clog up the bases in three of his four plate appearances as the Reds were shut out by the Braves. He'll almost surely be benched or at least dropped in the lineup on Friday.

- The Mariners could learn something from their rookie first baseman: Mike Carp has walked twice in five plate appearances since his callup Wednesday. His teammates have walked twice and fanned 21 times in those two games.

- The Jays used seven relievers in their win over Phillies, and it was the one that made his season debut, Jeremy Accardo, who earned the save. Brandon League cost Jason Frasor the opportunity when he couldn't get through the eighth cleanly. Frasor ended up coming in to get the final out of the eighth, but not before he allowed a game-tying single. He then left with the pitcher's spot in the order due up, but he probably would have come out anyway, since the Phillies had Chase Utley and Ryan Howard starting the ninth. B.J. Ryan took over with the Jays back on top by one, retired one of the two and then made way for Accardo, who allowed only a single while finishing up. It's probably not a sign of things to come, but Gaston did have the right idea in playing matchups against the unbalanced Philly lineup.

- Ozzie Guillen will be second-guessed after pulling Gavin Floyd for a pinch-hitter with the White Sox up 5-1 in the eighth. Floyd was at just 90 pitches, and he hadn't given up more than a single all day. Scott Linebrink, with some help from a Chris Getz error, ended up blowing the lead in the eighth, and the White Sox lost 6-5 in the ninth.

- Let's see just how cruel the baseball gods are: Chris Young was up to .276/.400/.569 for the month before suffering a leg injury in the midst of a 4-for-4 game against the Royals. He entered June at .178/.220/.313 this season.

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