Mark Simon and Steve Berthiaume joined forces on Friday's Baseball Today podcast. Among their items of discussion:
1. The Blue Jays-Yankees game on Thursday was crazy and the guys wonder how much the Yanks will miss Alex Rodriguez.
2. Steve explains why he thinks the Indians will stay in the race in the second half.
3. Steve and Mark both recommend a couple of baseball books for summer reading.
4. Mark explains why he likes the Trop. Really ... he likes it. This part alone is a must-listen.
5. A preview of Friday's games, including a big showdown between the Reds and Cards.
Plus: Excellent emails, Carlos Marmol's implosion, Jose Reyes and what the Orioles may have in common with the 1968 Mets.