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Link-O-Rama: Halladay set for Monday return

* Erika Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Roy Halladay is on track to return from his groin injury to start Monday against the Rays. Halladay threw a bullpen session yesterday, with manager Cito Gaston saying afterward that "he felt good."

Halladay hasn't pitched since June 12, yet still leads the league in wins and ranks fourth in innings. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but Gaston noted that the Blue Jays want to "give him another day's rest."

* Tim Lincecum had some Giants fans concerned when he began the season with back-to-back poor outings, but after last night's complete-game victory against the A's the NL's reigning Cy Young winner is now 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 114/22 K/BB ratio in 96.2 innings spread over his last 13 starts. He leads the league in innings and strikeouts while ranking fourth in ERA.

* Barack Obama has signed on to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star game in St. Louis next week, following in the footsteps of John F. Kennedy., Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. And then he'll be rooting for an American League win.

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