Some kind of draft

The first round of the 2005 draft is looking more and more like one of the all-time greats.

The Reds' Jay Bruce, the 12th pick in the draft, is the ninth player among the top 12 picks to have made his major league debut. He's the 13th player from the first round to make it. But he's got a long way to go to catch up to some of his classmates.

Counting the "sandwich round," the first 48 picks in the draft have won a Rookie of the Year Award (No. 5 pick Ryan Braun, edging No. 7 Troy Tulowitzki), thrown a no-hitter (No. 42 Clay Buchholz), been starters in the World Series (Tulowitzki and No. 23 Jacoby Ellsbury), been the key to an off-season blockbuster trade (No. 10 Cameron Maybin) and signed long-term deals worth a guaranteed minimum of more than $75 million (Tulowitzki and Braun).

Not to mention major league regulars Justin Upton (No. 1), Alex Gordon (No. 3), Ryan Zimmerman (No. 4) and Matt Garza (No. 25).

1 inning on 1 pitch

The San Francisco Giants turned a triple play in the eighth inning of their game against the San Diego Padres on Friday night, the second in the majors this year.

Pitcher Keiichi Yabu had just entered with runners on first and second and got Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground into the Giants' first triple play since June 14, 1999, on his first pitch. Third baseman Jose Castillo fielded the hard grounder near the bag and retired Brian Giles on the forceout, then relayed to second baseman Ray Durham to get Adrian Gonzalez. Durham then fired the ball to first baseman John Bowker for the third out.

Go figure

The San Diego Padres already have played games of 22 innings and 18 innings this season, which has been a big adjustment for second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.

Iguchi noted that games in the Japanese Leagues are stopped after 12 innings if still tied. Perhaps that's why he has fared so poorly in the Padres' two marathons, going 0-for-7 and 1-for-9, respectively.

Why do they stop games after 12 innings in Japan?

"It's because so many of the fans take the subways, which stop running at a certain hour," explained Iguchi.— Wire services

Top 10

Single affiliate edition

TEAM . . . . . Last week

1. Boston Red Sox . . . . . 2

Lancaster (Calif.) JetHawks

2. Chicago Cubs . . . . . 4

Boise Hawks

3. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim . . . . . 3

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Quakes

4. Tampa Bay Rays . . . . . 5

Vero Beach (Fla.) Devil Rays

5. Arizona Diamondbacks 1

South Bend (Ind.) Silver Hawks

6. Chicago White Sox . . . . . 6

Kannapolis (N.C.) Intimidators

7. Florida Marlins . . . . . 7

Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers

8. St. Louis Cardinals . . . . . 8

Palm Beach County (Fla.) Cardinals

9. Philadelphia Phillies . . . . . —

Clearwater (Fla.) Threshers

10. Oakland Athletics . . . . . 10

Stockton (Calif.) Ports

Dropped out: Baltimore Orioles — Aaron Morto

Fantasy tips

Excuse me while I take this crystal ball and smash it into a million tiny and equally useless crystal balls. Here are some curveballs most whiffed at:

Cliff Lee (6-1, 1.37 ERA, 0.79 WHIP) and Ervin Santana (6-1, 2.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) are AL Cy Young candidates — yes, the same Cliff Lee and Ervin Santana who were a combined 12-22 with 6.30 and 5.76 ERAs a season ago — while Justin Verlander and Jeff Francis, whose combined record was 35-15 in 2007, have just three wins and 11 losses between them to go along with ERAs of 5.61 and 5.87.

Nate McLouth (12 HRs, 36 RBI, .314) and Ryan Ludwick (12 HRs, 35 RBI, .336 avg.) are MVP candidates, while Mark Teixeira (5 HRs, 27 RBI, . 279 avg.) and Vladimir Guerrero (6 HRs, 27 RBI, .266 avg.) have been pedestrian at best. — McClatchy Newspapers