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CAUSE FOR CONCERN? FOXSPORTS.com's Ken Rosenthal writes the "early struggles" of Rays P Fernando Rodney and Orioles P Pedro Strop are "raising questions about the impact of the WBC on their respective performances." Officials with the Rays and Orioles "wonder if the heavy workloads and extreme intensity of the WBC had a negative impact on their respective relievers." But there is "no way to know if a true cause-and-effect is taking place." The season is "barely 20 percent complete, making it difficult to pass judgment" (FOXSPORTS.com 5/7).
ON-DECK CIRCLE: In Orlando, Shannon Owens writes Nationals manager Davey Johnson is a "wild suggestion" to take over for Selig when he retires in '14. Filling the role of commissioner takes someone "with a keen ability to maintain relationships." Owens: "And when you've spent almost 50 years of your life committed to professional baseball like Johnson, I'd say you have a relationship or two." The "obvious knock against Johnson is age, of course." Johnson is 70 years old, but commissioners "don't have to rule for 20-plus years." If eight years is "enough time for person to run a country, perhaps that term limit is more than enough to run the MLB" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/7).