The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today

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The Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg gives us a great big blast of anti-Arod vitriol today, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the spring of 2009.  The occasion: Rodriguez’s imminent topping of the 600 home run mark.  Among the choicest bits (though if you’re into outrage porn, I highly recommend reading the whole thing):

Forgive me, though, if I don’t stand up and cheer. Because we’ve all seen this act before.

A magical mark. A tainted player.

Another entry into the record books we can’t believe.

About the only thing missing is an immense, shaven head and the traveling circus that always seemed to surround it. Say what you will about Barry Bonds, he always made for good entertainment.

Yeah, Dahlberg actually has relatively kind words for Bonds compared to A-Rod based on some notion that A-Rod is actually a worse person for admitting that he took PEDs when confronted about it as opposed to Bonds, for whom Dahlberg says “there was always a shred of deniability about steroids.”

Whatever. Based on what he wrote last year, Dahlberg doesn’t even believe that baseball players deserve basic Constitutional rights, so I’m pretty sure he’d have hate to spew regarding Rodriguez no matter what we learned about the extent or affect of his PED use.  Really, we could get a notarized statement from God Almighty that PEDs gave A-Rod a definite number of extra home runs over the years and Dahlberg would still dismiss his entire career as a fraud.

But we can dismiss Dahlberg’s take just as easily. The whole screed sounds like something warmed over from two years ago when steroid outrage wasn’t yet tired and cliched.  Most fans — and writers — have moved on since then. No, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten or even forgiven — nor should we — but most sensible people have moved past the idea that they’ve had their childhood memories stolen from them simply because an athlete took some drugs.

Sadly, some people still feel like they’ve been utterly betrayed.  What a small and sad world they must live in.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.