Around the Majors: World Series starts tonight

1) Today’s schedule–

Cardinals (Woody Williams, 4.18) at Redsox (Tim Wakefield, 4.87), 7:30

2) Astros P Roger Clemens says he thinks he can play another 2-3 years, but hasn’t made a decision yet on whether he’ll play next year.

After 4.35 ERA/0 RSAA and 3.91 ERA/10 RSAA seasons, Clemens had a 2.98 ERA/32 RSAA in 33 starts. He has a 3.18 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and 645 RSAA in 640 games.

3) Braves P Horacio Ramirez had arthroscopic shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Ramirez missed most of the 2004 season, due to shoulder problems. He has a 3.60 ERA/16 RSAA in 39 career games, including a 2.39 ERA/13 RSAA in 9 starts (10 games) in 2004.

4) Twins GM Terry Ryan says OF Jason Kubel’s knee injury is “more extensive than just the ACL.” He may miss the entire 2005 season.

5) The Indians re-signed P Bobby Howry to 1 year contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After pitching in just 4 games in 2003, Howry had a 2.74 ERA/9 RSAA in 37 games. He ha a 3.79 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.67, and 41 RSAA in 355 games.

6) According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs will decline LF Moises Alou’s option next week and will look into signing free agent CF Carlos Beltran.

After 0 RCAA/.757 OPS and 12 RCAA/.819 OPS seasons, Alou hit .557 SLG, .361 OBA, .919 OPS, 30 RCAA in 155 games. He has a .880 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and 254 RCAA in 1619 games.

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