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Link-O-Rama: Billy Wagner is the next Brian Stokes

* Billy Wagner, on his chances of coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery to have a prominent role in the Mets’ bullpen this season: “I can’t see it. I think that would be foolhardy to even insinuate something like that. I think what I would be is a Brian Stokes-type player. I might pitch once a week.” That must make Brian Stokes feel good.

* Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are expected to pursue B.J. Ryan once he clears waivers to make his release from the Blue Jays official.

* After rumors started swirling that the Nationals might be interested in hiring former Braves and Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone, team president Stan Kasten said: “There is not a scintilla of truth to this story.”

* Eric Milton’s comeback is over after just five starts, as the 33-year-old southpaw underwent back surgery yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for at least three months.

* Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts transcribed a 1982 interview between Larry King and Red Barber in which Barber tells the story of how Vin Scully was hired by the Dodgers. And if that description isn’t enough for you to click the link, then we probably can’t be friends.