Larry Stone's thumbs up, thumbs down
Ben Sheets returns to the major leagues; Joe Maddon should hire a travel agent.
Ben Sheets, Braves: The one-time All-Star is culminating his long road back from multiple elbow surgeries by starting Sunday against the Mets. Sheets hasn't pitched a full season in four years.
Joe Maddon, Rays: He's a great manager, but not such a good travel agent. Maddon booked his own flight home for the All-Star break — and bought a return ticket to Tampa for next week. Maddon saved the day by finding a new flight on his iPad while at LAX.
Ex-Mariner of the week
Rafael Soriano, Yankees: Soriano has proved to be an able replacement for Mariano Rivera at closer, converting 20 of 21 save opportunities.
"When I do, it's usually 'Swamp People' or things like that." — Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, explaining he doesn't follow trade rumors in the newspapers or watch much TV.