I asked recently retired Jim Leyland who was the best hitter he managed. "Probably Barry Cabrera," said the former Tigers skipper. "Or Miguel Bonds. However you want to say it ... I will say this: [Miguel Cabrera] has the best opposite-field power of anybody to ever play the game." ... Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski told me he knows pitchers have used pine tar on a ball. "I just haven't seen it firsthand," Pierzynski said. "The best concoction I've seen is sunscreen and rosin. It's like the stickiest stuff on Earth." ... Joe Torre has been mentioned as a possible successor to MLB commissioner Bud Selig, but he has mixed feelings about the job. "I love baseball," Torre said. "If someone asked me to do something to help the game, I certainly would listen. But I'm 73 years old, [and] when you're thinking commissioner you're thinking long term."