AS SEEN ON TV
- Jason Bay, of Trail, B.C., is featured in an ad for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He steps in to face a pitcher dressed as a waiter with a napkin over his left arm as he looks in for the sign. The voiceover says: "On today's menu: A hanging curve, an inside fastball, a 3-1 pitch." Bay figures to be the Pirates' representative on the National League squad in this year's all-star game in Detroit. Bay is hitting .310 with 15 homers and 40 RBIs through his first 78 games.
ON THE CAPE
- No less than six Jays are close to their old stomping grounds with a visit to Fenway Park. Cape Cod grads with the Jays include: Infielders Russ Adams (2001 Orleans Cardinals), Eric Hinske (1997 Hyannis Mets) and John McDonald (1995 Bourne Braves); outfielder Reed Johnson (1998 Brewster Whitecaps); reliever Scott Schoeneweis (1993 Chatham A's); and reliever Scott Downs, who pitched in one game for the 1996 Yarmouth/Dennis Red Sox.
- Reader Roger Brown, of Burlington, has an idea after watching the Jays win in extras the other night against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Writes Brown in part:
"I am an old-time fan, who spent many an afternoon at the Fleet St. Flats. I was present for the first Sunday baseball game there courtesy of Allan Lamport and remember Burleigh Grimes, Rocky Nelson, Mike Goliat, Sparky Anderson, Elston Howard and Eddie Blake.
"I take issue with the method used to determine a "winning pitcher." Roy Halladay pitched brilliantly for nine innings and left with the score tied 1-1. Miguel Batista pitched two innings of relief and wound up with the win.
"This system is wrong and unfair. In my league, the winning pitcher would be the pitcher who records the most outs for the team that wins. This would eliminate the need for a scorer to decide who won the game when the starter doesn't last five innings.
"In my league, Halladay would get the win."
- Cambridge first baseman Scott Thorman of the Mississippi Braves (Braves) and Montreal catcher Russ Martin of the Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers) have been selected to the double-A Southern League all-star game.
Thorman celebrated Canada Day with his 14th home run against Mobile in a 3-for-4 night, bumping his average to .308. In a four-game stretch he was 9-for-15 with two doubles, three home runs and four RBIs, giving him 61 on the season.
Martin owns a .321 average with nine homers and 41 RBIs.