Walton's Wanderings - Thursday

Jarvis plus two equals zero

35-year-old righty Kevin Jarvis did sign a non-guaranteed deal, as did former phenom Bill Pulsipher and Hector Mercado. Pulsipher, 31, still has a career only because he is a lefty, as he has bounced around the minors and independent ball without distinction in recent years. Mercado is a Puerto Rican who has appeared in the majors for Philadelphia and Cincinnati. The 30-year-old lefty pitched in one game in Japan last season. According to the P-D, of the 60 players reporting to spring camp, 29 are pitchers. Of course, the P-D also named Mercado as "Machado" multiple times in their story, so reader beware! link

La Russa radio interview

In a 21-minute interview on KNBR 680 radio in San Francisco, Tony La Russa answers his critics over keeping quiet about steroid use in Oakland. The interviewer, Gary Radnich, accused TLR of "overreacting". It is an extended interview, so if you want details on La Russa's views on Mac, Bonds, Gaimbi and Canseco, listen in. If you want to hear about a preview of the 2005 Cardinals, don't bother to listen to this clip. link

Ozzie's son an Idol

The 22-year-old son of Cards legend Ozzie Smith, singer Nikko Smith, has advanced to the round of 24 in the current American Idol competition on FOX television. link

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