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May 30, 2005
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I was so upset over Tom Verducci's snubbing of the Cardinals' alliterative trio of Jason Marquis, Matt Morris and Mark Mulder (Triple Threats, May 9) that I scribbled calculations of their W-L record (13-4), ERA (3.03) and innings pitched (149.2) all over the nearest piece of paper I could find--the photo of that half-naked swimsuit model on the opposite page. When a man defaces a supermodel, you know he's indignant.

Andrew McNeill, Watertown, Conn.

You neglected to mention the Boston trio of Matt Clement, Bronson Arroyo and Tim Wakefield, who are a combined 13-3, with a 3.59 ERA in 175.1 innings. That should rank them among the top five in baseball. Not bad for the Sox' 3, 5 and 6 starters.

Steve Bell, Dublin, Ohio

A Closer Look

San Francisco's assistant G.M. Ned Colletti complains about a dearth of good young closers (Inside Baseball, May 9), but before last season the Giants traded Joe Nathan to the Twins for catcher A.J. Pierzynski. One year later Pierzynski is with the White Sox and Nathan is one of baseball's most dominant closers through six weeks of the season (1-1 in 18 appearances with 12 saves, 20 strikeouts, a 0.75 WHIP and a 1.05 ERA). Is there really a shortage of quality players in this role or are the Giants trying to cover the fact that Twins' G.M. Terry Ryan pulled the wool over their eyes?

Alexander Chester, St. Louis Park, Minn.

Reef Grief

The caption on the amazing LEADING OFF photo Tow Jam (May 9) says that "the Jet Ski was destroyed when it smashed onto the reef" and that the surfer was unhurt. What you did not tell us was the extent of the damage to the reef. Just because the reef isn't in the photo doesn't mean that its fate is irrelevant.

Kenyon Stebbins, Harbor Springs, Mich.

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