Sports Illustrated polled 185 major leaguers to determined the most overrated players in baseball. Three Yankees topped the list: Alex Rodriguez (18 percent), Joba Chamberlain (12) and Derek Jeter (7). Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon received 4 percent.

"I've been on this list before. I think it will be like that for the rest of my career," Rodriguez told the New York Daily News Tuesday. Asked if he was one of the players who was polled, A-Rod said: "I have so much respect for anyone that wears a major league uniform, I would never answer that."

 

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The discussion about the safety of catchers continues to be a hot-button topic in the wake of Giants backstop Buster Posey suffering a season-ending injury in a collision with Marlins baserunner Scott Cousins last week. On Monday, former major league catcher Mike Matheny weighed in, criticizing Cousins for unnecessarily targeting Posey.

A ticket scalper in Texas filed suit against the Rangers because the team refused to sell him 100 tickets to a Rangers-Yankees game. Michael Melendrez said the team regularly sold him blocks of 100 tickets for $10 apiece, and he resold the tickets for much as $75 each. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for fraud and deceptive trade practices.

Howard Bryant, a former Boston Herald columnist who now writes for ESPN.com, reached an agreement with authorities in Western Massachusetts to have charges of domestic assault and resisting arrest dropped after he serves six months of pretrial probation. Bryant had been arrested Feb. 26 in Buckland.

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who plans to make a comeback this fall, is taking some heat for a comment he made comparing himself to Holocaust victim Anne Frank.

Controversial Giants legend Barry Bonds apparently has formed a bond with the family of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten after a game in Los Angeles. Bonds visited Stow in the hospital and wrote on his website: "I look forward to taking Bryan and his kids to a Giants game when he recovers." Bonds also indicated that he will be funding a college tuition fund for Stow's two children.

Dwight Gooden said that during a recent taping of the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra made a surprise appearance in Gooden's room and tried to get talk him into leaving the facility.

NBA legend Charles Barkley continues to hog the spotlight with his inflammatory words and actions. The TNT analyst gave taunting Miami fans a double-middle-finger salute Sunday, and then he offered this comeback: "They were telling me I suck. They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, 'Come on, give me something better than that, dude.' I always laugh at that statement, 'You didn't get a ring.' I'm like, 'Dude, you work at McDonald's. My life's a lot better than yours. You relax.' "

Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls' 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. "I apologize," Noah said. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody.