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Prospect Q&A - Brandon Erbe, Baltimore Orioles

Brandon Erbe dominated hitters during his first season and a half of pro baseball before hitting a speed bump last season as one of the youngest players in the competitive Carolina League. Adjustments to his delivery have yielded positive results so far in 2008, as the 20-year-old righty once again looks like he'll one day be taking his turn every fifth day for the Orioles. By Jay LeBlanc.

Day Two yields another CWS shocker

"Upset" was clearly the word heard most around Rosenblatt Stadium this past weekend, and the trend continued yesterday afternoon as Cinderella story Fresno State demolished No. 6-seeded Rice 17-5. In the nightcap, No. 2 overall seed North Carolina proved it's actually possible for the higher seed to win a game in this year's College World Series as they topped LSU 8-4. By Tom Stad.

KILL - Day Two yields another CWS shocker

"Upset" was clearly the word heard most around Rosenblatt Stadium this past weekend, and the trend continued yesterday afternoon as Cinderella story Fresno State demolished No. 6-seeded Rice 17-5. In the nightcap, No. 2 overall seed North Carolina proved it's actually possible for the higher seed to win a game in this year's College World Series as they topped LSU 8-4. By Tom Stad.

Devaluing the Kid?

In case you missed it, Ken Griffey Jr. slugged his 600th career home run on Monday, becoming just the sixth player to reach that mark. Why do I get the feeling that this great moment in baseball history has been, well, rather downplayed? By Nick Leco.

First-day surprises in Omaha

Imagine a world where black is white, up is actually down, left is right and so on. Everyone at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha must have felt that way yesterday after the first two games of the College World Series. By Tom Stad.

College World Series preview

It all comes down to this. College baseball's best have battled all season for the right to compete for the national championship at Omaha's historic Rosenblatt Stadium. With the first pitch just hours away, National Pastime college baseball writer Tom Stad profiles the Elite Eight squads that still harbor hopes of making history.

KILL - College World Series preview

It all comes down to this. College baseball's best have battled all season for the right to compete for the national championship at Omaha's historic Rosenblatt Stadium. With the first pitch just hours away, National Pastime college baseball writer Tom Stad profiles the Elite Eight squads who still harbor hopes of making history.

Catching up with Randy Tomlin

Randy Tomlin didn't have overpowering stuff, but he got the most out of his abilities as a left-handed starter with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early '90s. Now, as pitching coach of the advanced Class A Potomac Nationals, he's helping some of Washington's best young prospects do the same. By Jay LeBlanc.

PUBLISHED - Prospect Q&A - John Ely, White Sox

As the Chicago White Sox slumped toward their eventual 70-92 record last summer, the team realized it would need an influx of good young pitching to compete in the A.L. Central going forward and took pitchers with their first six picks in last June's MLB draft. With three big-league caliber pitches in his repertoire and outstanding command, third-rounder John Ely looks like he'll be ready to help the big league club sooner rather than later. By Jay LeBlanc.

Prospect Q&A - John Shelby III, Chicago White Sox

John Shelby III spent a lot of time around big leaguers as a kid, and when you watch him play, it's obvious he kept his eyes and ears open. The son former major league outfielder John Shelby brings solid baseball instincts and a good work ethic to the park each day in addition to his wide array of skills. By Jay LeBlanc.

Cooperstown Bound? - Omar Vizquel

The mention of Omar Vizquel's name does not immediately invoke thoughts of a plaque in Cooperstown, but a closer look at his numbers and accomplishments indicates that the 11-time Gold Glover may in fact be Hall of Fame material. By Nick Leco.

On to Omaha

When the dust settled Monday night, the field of 64 had been pared down to the eight teams that will make the journey to Omaha for the College World Series. There were few surprises in the Super Regionals, but we didn't get to this point without some serious drama. By Tom Stad.

My Five - MLB's best bullpens

Great starting pitching and a solid meat of the order are important components of a winning team, but to really compete in the bigs you need a lights-out bullpen to seal the deal. This week in My Five, I'm in search of a back end that would make Jessica Biel proud. By Sean Raposa.

Prospect Q&A - Greg Golson, Phillies

Greg Golson is hitting .294 in double-A this season. While that's a solid average, it's nothing to get overly excited about on its own merits. But in Golson's case, it could represent the final piece of the puzzle in his evolution as a five-tool prospect. By Jay LeBlanc.

The insert craze

In the early '90s, the baseball card companies decided the response to overproduction would be manufacturer-induced scarcity. And with that, a whole new genre - the insert card - was born. By Jay LeBlanc.