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Draft hits the airwaves

Still pondering whether it should be Oden or Durant at No. 1? Wrong sport! For the first time, you can check out the Major League Baseball draft Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 from Orlando (in the past, it's always been done by conference call). The telecast will last four hours, which guarantees the entire first round will be aired. Teams will get five minutes between picks.

Tampa Bay has the No. 1 pick and it's expected to be Vanderbilt left-hander David Price. Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters and California high school third baseman Josh Vitters are also labeled as can't-miss choices. Kansas City and the Chicago Cubs pick 2-3.

Price, who is 6-foot-5, led Division I with 194 strikeouts this season and was 11-1 for Vandy. His only loss came Monday in relief against Michigan three days after he struck out 17 against Austin Peay. He could be the first lefty pitcher taken No. 1 since the Yankees grabbed ill-fated Brien Taylor in 1991.

Click here to check out MLB.com's terrific draft preview section.

---Mike Harrington

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