Here's Bobby Cox, ever the optimist: "He had no-hit stuff today. His ball is really sinking. I don't know if I've seen him that good since he's been with us." Here's Hampton, ever the pragmatist: "Most guys are here to make sure their arms are ready to go. I'm [checking] head-to-toe, make sure everything's in line." It's probably not a good idea to believe that he'll be ready to go this year until we see it -- but, hey, this is better than expected and better than what he's given us the past couple of years. The worst case is pretty obvious. The best case ain't bad. Also, Chuck James pitched 3 good innings (3 K, 1 hit) against Cleveland's class-A+ tykes yesterday, just getting his innings in. Lord knows he ought to be able to tear them up, considering what he did to the minor leagues in general, but it's nice to see him doing well and apparently throwing effectively. Way too early to be able to say anything for sure, but for right now our starting pitching depth looks better than it has in weeks.Happy St. Patrick's Day hangovers, everyone. Taking a break from a spirited discussion on the relative merits -- or utter lack thereof -- of Tyler Yates, it's worth taking a look at what Mike Hampton did yesterday. He went 4 1/3 innings, throwing 75 pitches (43 for strikes), giving up a run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. On the spring, he's pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings and given up 2 runs (only 1 earned) on 5 hits and 4 walks with 5 strikeouts. That's pretty solid.