One of the last words you want to see about an athlete is "consensual." That does open up the question of whether Winston tastes good like a quarterback should. One athlete too many has been in a he-said-she-said sexual episode that is best avoided in the first place.
Some folks are checking for semen, others are checking for Prince. Fielder, that is, who's heading to the metroplex in a straight-up deal for Ian Kinsler... well, with a $30m chaser. Fielder might fare better in Texas, where comparisons to his dad Cecil and talk of the strained relations between the two will be less.
It also allows for an interesting set of musical chairs, with Kinsler filling second and Cabrera moving back to first, allowing prospect Nick Castellanos to slide back to third rather than continuing his crash course as an outfielder. Omar Infante is likely gone with the Kinsler signing, so we would likely see an infield of Castellanos, Iglasias, Kinsler and Cabrera from left to right; three newcomers since August and a new spot for Miggy.
Speaking of Omar, Omar Vizquel is heading to Detroit as first base coach and infield/running coach. I can't think of anyone better (outside of Ozzie Smith, possibly) to coach Jose Iglasias than one of the best glove men at short in baseball history. I recall watching him anchor the Indian infield in the mid 90s, doing the kind of highlight reel defense that we've started to see from Iglasias.
In a rapid-fire set of developments on Thursday, the Senate narrowly approved a rule change that would limit the ability of the minority party to block key presidential appointments. Instead of needing 60 votes to break a filibuster, Democrats will now need only 51.
It's not a banana republic or a bully, just majoritarian. It does take some of the Senate's traditions out of the mix, but the 60-vote cloture rule has been disliked by the majority party, with Republicans talking about such a move during the Dubya years. The minority will always take the cooling rhetoric of George Washington to heart but chafe at the same rules when their side runs the Senate.
This is a pro-action move, which will irk the "standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'" school of conservatism, but it will let a center-right coaltion work to pass things in the future.