Though I’ve been totally negligent in covering the 2007 Baseball World Cup, I can tell you the Canadian Press reported today that Panama’s spot in the quarter finals has been given to Mexico, following revelations seven members of the Panamanian squad failed to take out required insurance.

Writes The Griddle’s Bob Timmerman, “It’s unclear how this was determined, but I don’t believe the Panamanian players tested negative for insurance on a urine test.”

Rangers owner Tom Hicks is said to require a public apology from Kenny Rogers (above) before the former considers bringing The Gambler back to Arlington. Hey, if Rogers would like to apologize to Mets fans while he’s at it, I’m certainly willing to listen.

“I really believe in my heart of hearts he™s 100 percent physically,” says new Cards GM John Mozeliak of disgruntled 3B Scott Rolen, who was supposedly “infuriated” by a recent letter from Tony La Genius. Having seen the note in question, I can’t say I blame him.