Dan Haren might be noting he wouldn't have been hit by a Kevin Youkilis line drive if he'd been traded to the Twins.

Nick Leddy might be walking down an all-too-familiar path away from Mariucci Arena.

Joe Mauer might be thinking his numbers sure look better after that 5-for-5, 7 RBI night.

FIVE THINGS

Purple-free preseason top five NFL power rankings from SI.com's Don Banks:

1. Jets

2. Saints

3. Ravens

4. Colts

5. Packers

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This marks the end of a first chapter with Mr. Maradona. The doors to this house, as always, will be open to him." --A spokesman for the Argentine Football Association, after Diego Maradona was let go as head coach.