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Monday Bird Droppings

Do the hustle!
Do the hustle!

Good morning, chatters. Did you know there's still baseball being played? If you follow the NFL, I hope your Sunday was a happy one. I know you're getting ready for more football, but we're playing two up in bean city today, lads!

School of Roch: While waiting for the Game 1 lineup ...
Roch doles out some nuggets of info in preparation for today's games.

Steve Melewski: Can Simon eventually be a nugget?
On the subject of nuggets.

Mets lock up left-hander Tim Byrdak for 2012 | HardballTalk
So, apparently, Tim Byrdak is now the type of player that needs to be locked up. How about that?

Justin Morneau will not return this season | HardballTalk
I mean, I guess we knew this, but it will be interesting to compare the treatment of Morneau and Brian Roberts in the coming months.

Congrats to Vlad the Vlad, whose homer yesterday tied him for 35th on the all time list with Jeff Bagwell (449, if you're keeping count...thanks, Roch!).

Also, on this day in 1973, Davey Johnson broke the record for homers by a second baseman with 42.

Happy Birthday, Randy Myers, one of the nastiest short timers I can recall in my history of following the Birds.