Podcast: A-Rod's issue and mighty Casey

August, 4, 2011
8/04/11
3:48
PM ET
The jokes were flying as Keith Law and I executed another successful Baseball Today podcast for Thursday, with many important topics, led by:

1.That silly Alex Rodriguez just can’t stay out of the news, can he? Of course, is his off-field issue a bigger deal than A.J. Burnett's on-field problem?

2. Meanwhile, that other AL East behemoth is getting MVP production from numerous fellows, including the walk-off hero from the past few days.

3. In NL Central news, an unlikely Milwaukee Brewer hit a few home runs, a manager we’ve discussed all week continues to amaze and, sadly, it appears to be a two-team race, with America’s Team still reeling from an umpire’s poor … no, you can’t make me say it!

4. We’ve been talking about the bad Astros, but they weren’t bad Wednesday, and could a certain minor league rotation top what they have?

5. A big NL series starts late Thursday night, but is it only big for one of the teams?

Plus: Excellent emails, another umpire draws KLaw’s considerable ire, Stephen Strasburg is getting close, we tell a guy in Missouri he has to move and so much more on a packed – I say packed! – Baseball Today podcast for Thursday! Download now!

Eric Karabell | email

ESPN.com Senior Writer

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