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USAToday's Sports Weekly choose its top 50 starting pitchers for 2005.

Dontrelle Willis was ranked as the second best pitcher in the Major Leagues for 2005.  He finished behind the, apparently, bionic Roger Clemens.

2. Dontrelle Willis, Marlins: No starter won more games (22) than this left-hander. Willis and Clemens allowed the fewest home runs (11), and only Clemens and Andy Pettitte had lower ERAs among starters with at least 150 innings than Willis' 2.63. Plus, Willis hit .261 with 24 hits, 14 runs and 11 RBI.

A well deserved rating, in my opinion.

Josh Beckett, of the Mariners (the Mariners?!?), came in at 16, while Burnett holds down the 24th position on the list.

I didn't notice Leiter's name among the top 50, but it is was probably an oversight on my part.

In other news, the club made some adjustments to the 40-man roster by getting it down to 40.

Shortstop Josh Wilson and catcher John Baker both were designated for assignment, giving Florida 10 days to trade them, release them or send them outright to the minors.

They will probably be sent to the Minors, assuming they aren't claimed off the waiver wire by another team.

And that, my friends, is the news of the moment.