Notes from a day in baseball:
• 1. It's Easy Being Greene. Some things you should know about the Padres' Khalil Thabit Greene. He's a four-time ACC Academic honor roll selection who enjoys pro wrestling, especially Ric Flair. He was originally drafted by the Cubs, as a junior at Clemson, but didn't sign. Chicago is sorry now, because Greene is hot, as is San Diego, which beat the Cubs 8-3 on Monday for its ninth straight win. including a four-game sweep of Chicago. In his past two games, Greene is 5-for-8 with a home run and five RBI. The Cubs lost their seventh straight and ninth in 10 games.
• 2. Hang In There, KC Faithful. Royals owner David Glass has said he is planning major changes, and we hope he was talking about the front office and not the Kansas City bullpen. These guys have actually been playing well — 2.98 ERA over the past 18 games — and were instrumental in the Royals' 4-3 win over Cleveland on Monday. Mike Wood, Andrew Sisco and Ambiorix Burgos gave up one run over six innings of relief, and hey, John Buck had his first home run of the season.
• 3. Grrrrrr. OK, forget Bonds. We demand an investigation of the Rockies' Jeff Francis, who pitched Colorado to a 6-2 win over the Cardinals. As you can see by this chart, Francis was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in April, and is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in May. He had a 14 2/3 inning scoreless streak going until the Cardinals finally got to him in the eighth. Grumble, grumble, grumble ...
• 4. Caution: Sarcastic Sentence Approaching. Well, we'd like to attend a Mariners' game, but how ever will we get tickets? Only 16,102 showed up to watch Seattle beat Tampa Bay, 6-3, the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history (the previous low was 17,613 on April 19, vs. Texas). This, obviously, is not the home of The 12th Man. We'd go just to see Jose Lopez, who had two hits and three RBI and leads the team with 25 RBI.
• 5. Roy Hobbs, Meet John Koronka. Is 26 a little old to be a rookie? Not if you're John Koronka, who spent seven years in the minors and now has four wins this season for the Rangers. He went 6 1/3 innings and Hank Blalock went 4-for-4 as Texas beat Minnesota 6-4. Koronka (4-1) allowed three runs in his 10th major league start. Oh wait, his birthday isn't until July ... he's only 25. Practically a Little Leaguer.