Pickings will be slim

BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

The annual Major League Baseball draft is 39 days away.

Blue Jays scouting director Jon Lalonde will be selecting 17th overall June 5. The Jays don't pick again until the 63rd overall pick.

That's a return to normal from 2007 when Lalonde and the Jays had seven of the first 88 picks as a result of free-agent departures.

Lalonde has been at South Carolina and Miami college games, while scout Billy Gasparino has been at high school games.

The highest-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks are first baseman Justin Smoak and shortstop Reese Havens. The Miami Hurricanes' best are first baseman Yonder Alonso, outfielder Dennis Raben and second baseman Jemile Weeks.

Fanning the Flames

Kristin Harden, the sister of Oakland A's righty Rich Harden, was minding her own business as the Sharks played her Calgary Flames in San Jose on Tuesday.

Kristin told Rich how she was seated on the aisle, wearing a Calgary jersey, when a man walked by and hit her on the back, hard enough to leave a bruise.

Kristin then hit the man, who ran up the stairs and she was booed by fans seated in the area.

Field of Dreams

Ex-Jay Jayson Werth of the Philadelphia Phillies hit an inside-the-park homer Monday at Coors Field. His previous one?

"I was 13. Over in Mount Zion (Ill.). I hit the ball into the corn fields," Werth told reporters. "It rolled into the corn. No fence."

Slow start

Former Jay Troy Glaus has the same number of homers going into last night's play as Scott Rolen.

Glaus was homerless in the St. Louis Cardinals' first 22 games but had 14 RBIs, second on the club, thanks to 11 doubles.


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