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From yesterday:

Frank Thomas isn't buying any of Ryan Braun's excuses for his positive test for a banned substance. Chuck Garfien has a writeup on Thomas' comments, making mention of Thomas losing the 2000 AL MVP race to noted steroid user Jason Giambi. Check out all of what the Big Hurt had to say on today's edition of Chicago Baseball Hot Stove at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

We looked at birthday home runs, specifically Andruw Jones' walk-off blast against Seattle on April 23, 2010.

James at White Sox Observer paid homage to Dayan Viciedo's rocket arm, while Jim examined Matt Thornton's use of a changeupcutter third pitch.

Around the division:

Ball Star (of the Kansas City Star) has a great statistical look back at the Zack Greinke trade. The benefits of it haven't really reached the Royals yet, although there are some intriguing prospects that should begin to get a shot in Kansas City sooner rather than later.

The Royals also reportedly were interested in acquiring Mat Latos and still could make a play for Gio Gonzalez.

And finally, the Twins bid farewell to Jason Kubel, ending his reign of terror over the White Sox.