Darting here and there ...

-- Upon further review, Major League Baseball's expanded replay system already may be working better than the NFL's. Most rulings have taken under two minutes, and there are no silly red flags to pick up, either.

-- The longest replay by far occurred in the A's-Indians doubleheader: 4 minutes, 45 seconds. Makes you wonder, are Oakland's challenges going through the blue ribbon panel?

-- At least through Thursday, though, we hadn't seen a fair/foul-down-the-line challenge, which promises to be the stickiest to resolve with runners in motion. Why do we sense Angel Hernandez or C.B. Bucknor will be involved?

-- If baseball really wanted to be hip with this replay thing, the umps would be slipping on those Beats headphones all the players have.

-- The Giants scored 23 runs and hit six home runs in their first four games and then jumped on the Dodgers with eight runs in the first two innings Friday. Somewhere, special hitting instructor Barry Bonds is busting his buttons.

-- Of course, Bonds may not be so giddy when Brandon Belt shatters his single-season home run record by early August.

-- They say you can't go home again, but Tim Hudson simply picked up where he left off when he left the Bay Area in 2004 -- winning with guile, style and a smile.

-- Don Drysdale had his Willie McCovey (.468, nine home runs in first 47 faceoffs), and Tim Lincecum now has his Paul Goldschmidt (.522, six home runs in first 23 confrontations). Hopeful news for Timmy: It got better for Drysdale against Willie Mac after the first five years.

-- Tough to verify, but this is likely a first: Stanford product Jed Lowrie knocked in Stanford product Sam Fuld this week under the watchful eye of manager Bob Melvin, a Cal product.

-- Get new A's closer Jim Johnson a six-pack of Rage, or some facial hair. The stuff's there, but he's just entirely too mild-mannered and clean-shaven for the Oaktown clubhouse.

-- Johnson is earning $10 million this year to get the job done. It could be worse, though. So is Brian Wilson.

-- Bartolo Colon tomahawked a ball up the middle in one of his first at-bats as a National Leaguer this season. He still got thrown out by 40 feet. He might have to hit it to the wall to get a single.

-- Presuming he is actually done, Mike Montgomery's 677 college coaching victories leave him 19th all-time. That's impressive enough, but even more weighty when you consider virtually everyone ahead of him coached at a hoops powerhouse.

-- Sorry, Stanford, even with a Sweet 16, you're only a powerhouse in women's hoops.

-- Monty also retires as a member of the exclusive MWTW club: More Wins Than Wooden.

-- Montgomery earns bonus points for giving the NBA a go at the apex of his career. His big mistake was letting Chris Cohan hire him.

-- Sounds kooky, but Cal shouldn't forget that Brian Scalabrine might be available, even if he's a little farther down the road than a few weeks ago.

-- The NIT final doesn't usually register on the hoopla meter, but legendary Larry Brown coaching against Rick Pitino's son was genuinely freaky.

-- Memo to Warren Buffett: Do you get the billion if you get every game wrong on your NCAA bracket?

-- Every other program in the country struggles to land one 6-10 guy who can jump out of the building. Kentucky miraculously comes up with three or four of them every year before they jump out to the NBA.

-- LOL tweet of the Week, from Andrew Bogut: "Glad the berries are intact." Well put, mate.

-- It's great to have Maurice Jones-Drew back in the East Bay. Now if only the Raiders can come up with a line as dominating as the one he had at De La Salle.

-- So after signing two of their free agent cornerbacks, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, we now understand the Raiders' long-term strategy: Reassemble the 49ers in Oakland, piece by piece.

-- Finally, Pete Carroll gets a three-year extension. Oh, and the Jim Harbaugh contract situation just got three more twists on the blowtorch knob.

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com. More darting on Twitter @stewardsfolly.