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This feature is written by Jeff, owner of the Volvo Stationwagons.

7/8 – Philly Cheez Puffs picks up Hiroki Kuroda
This pickup came on the heels of two consecutive outings in which Kuroda did not allow an earned run after coming off the disabled list in early July.  He pitched decently in his next start for the Cheez Puffs, allowing 3 runs in 6.1 innings with 5 K.  With the Dodgers’ division full of struggling offenses, Kuroda could be a boost to the Puffs’ already-solid ratios. 

7/9 – Ms. Behavin picks up Octavio Dotel
Dotel recorded his first save of the season right before Ms. Behavin’ picked him up.  While his role as closer for the White Sox may be only temporary, if at all, Dotel is still a great source of K – he’s at a scorching 12.8 K/9 in 2008 and even 11.0 K/9 for his career.

7/11 – Ms. Behavin’ picks up Ben Francisco
Francisco has been a waiver-wire bouncer this season, going back and forth on various team’s rosters – he’s made two appearances on the Greek God of Walks, and one on the Cheez Puffs.  However, with all the injuries to the Indians’ lineup, Francisco has found his way into the third spot, ahead of the red-hot Jhonny Peralta.  As a result, Francisco is off to a great start in July, batting .343/.425/.600 through Saturday’s game, with a whopping 12 runs in 9 games.

7/13 – Volvo Stationwagons picks up Brett Myers
Myers made his third minor-league start in the Phillies’ organization on Sunday, and should be called up to the Phils soon after the All-Star Break.  While Myers struggled mightily with the longball at the major-league level this season, he has only allowed 1 HR in his 20.1 innings in the minors, while striking out 22.  If the minor-league assignment indeed helped clear his head, Myers could be a solid addition for the second half.

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