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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday September 9th, 2011
Sandoval's bat came alive after some conversation. (Icon SMI)
Sandoval's bat came alive after some conversation. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-Early this week, the first place Milwaukee Brewers decided to "cowboy up" with western outfits on their way out of Houston.  Note closer John Axford's strange double-handlebar mustache.

-Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval proved his oration skills earlier this week when he cracked a pair of home runs against the Padres after having a long pregame conversation with his bat. (video autoplays)

-Angels hurler Jerome Williams recently rejoined the major leagues and revealed this week that, oddly, everyone on one of his previous major league clubs got his name wrong... for two years.  Teammate Kendrys Morales can probably relate.

-Washington Nationals pitcher Tom Milone made quite an impression this week when he homered on the very first big league pitch he saw.

-David Schoenfield of ESPN's Sweetspot blog lists some of the unsung heroes who have propelled their big league squads this season.

-The Toronto Blue Jays recently recalled 27 year-old outfielder Adam Loewen, completing an unusual comeback for the former big league pitcher.

-On Sunday, the San Francisco Giants celebrated their long-publicized "Star Wars Day".  Here are some unforgettable photos and video from the event.

-Yahoo's Jeff Passan considers the benefits of some big league teams moving to a four-man pitching rotation.

-USA Today's Steve Gardner runs down a list of painful lessons to be learned from the 2011 fantasy baseball season.

-Baseball Prospectus recently reviewed nine forgotten players from defunct franchises.

-This week, Angels outfielder Mike Trout was announced as Baseball America's 2011 Minor League Player of the Year.

Dan Port and Reggie Yinger contributed links to this article.
Dan PortDan Port has been a writer and article editor for Baseball Press since the fall of 2009. He's a Wisconsin native and Los Angeles resident, as well as an aspiring novelist, moderately successful gambler, and avid craft beer aficionado. You can reach him at dan@baseballpress.com or check him out on Twitter @danport and at DanielPort.com.