While the Mets’ John Maine (above) had a solid outing (despite doo-ragish cap) and Philip Humber was knocked around by the Orioles today, The Bergen Record’s Bob Klapisch invited David Wright to do a bit of tampering.

The idea of A-Rod crossing enemy lines has strong support from none other than David Wright “ who says he’d give up his position to make room for the Yankee third baseman.

“Are you kidding me? As great a hitter as Alex is, I’d definitely do it,” Wright said. “Tell him to come over, tell him to do it.”

But to persuade A-Rod to come to Shea, Wright says simply, “I’d have to switch [positions].”

And where, exactly, would the displaced Wright play?

“Anywhere,” he said matter-of-factly.

When told of Wright’s comments by Record beat writer Pete Caldera, Rodriguez seemed stunned.

“Did he really say that?” A-Rod said of Wright. “Wow, tell him I’m flattered.”

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer
writes there’s much more to the Cubs’ Michael Barrett than the guy who flattened A.J. Pierzynski last summer. For instance, backstop Barrett tested out his new protective cub by “taking a bat to it repeatedly, hitting it so hard that players in the adjoining clubhouse stopped what they were doing to find out where the noise was coming from. To clarify, he was wearing the cup at the time.”