Did you hear about the power outage in Canada? The Phillies' triple-A Ottawa club went to the ninth inning of its 14th game before third baseman
hit a home run. Entering Friday, that was still the team's only homer. Syracuse (Blue Jays) was leading the International League with 22, five of them by
, who was just recalled to the majors. . . . Speaking of power outages, in their first 21 games, the Cubs, who spent $136 million on
, had zero home runs from a starting outfielder.
hit one in a game in which he came off the bench. . . .
, who can opt out of his contract at season's end, says he wants to stay in New York. It remains difficult to imagine him not testing the free-agent waters when he could possibly double the $81 million he has left on his contract. The Angels would likely make a run at A-Rod if he's on the market. "Let me tell you something," Angels shortstop
told the Los Angeles Times. "The guys we have now are doing a tremendous job, and I believe they will continue to do a good job, but they're no comparison to A-Rod. This guy is a monster. What team wouldn't want that guy playing third base or shortstop?" . . . The Blue Jays are taking no chances with $47 million closer
, who is out with a strained left elbow. They have quietly shifted him from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, meaning he's out until at least June 14. . . . The Cardinals' decision to move
to the starting rotation is paying dividends. Looper, who had never started a big-league game in his career before this year, is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his first five starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in his starts. Looper had been inconsistent in 572 career appearances out of the bullpen before this season. "I feel like I'm exactly where I belong right now," he told reporters. . . . And finally, the Mariners could be the official team of the American Meteorological Society. They had six postponements this month - four to snow, one to rain and the latest to a tornado watch Tuesday in Texas.