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BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

MAUCH REMEMBERED

- At the all-star break in 1974, the Philadelphia Phillies had a three-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Soon the lead began to fade. Patrick Reusse, the legendary Twin Cities columnist, asked Minnesota Twins manager Gene Mauch about the Phillies' finish 10 years before when they dropped 11 of their final 14 to blow a six-game lead and exactly what he remembered? "Oh, only every bleeping pitch," said Mauch, who then almost covered every pitch in the next 45 minutes. Mauch, 79, died Monday a winner of 1,902 games.

WHO'S IN CHARGE?

- Alan Trammell was ejected from Tuesday's game at Rogers Centre for arguing that catcher Vance Wilson was entitled to reach first after being hit by a Dustin McGowan pitch. Plate ump Tim Timmons adjudged Wilson didn't get out the way. So, who guided the Tigers the rest of the way? Well, it wasn't bench coach Bruce Fields, but rather hitting coach Kirk Gibson. Gibson, David Wells' good friend, began the season as the bench coach but switched portfolios with Fields.

REAL TIME

- Comedian Bill Maher on steroids in baseball: "It's entertainment. Why does congress waste its time? It would be like trying to get marijuana out of rap music."

WHISPERS

- Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez was not with the Tigers for their four-game series at Rogers Centre. According to one player, Rodriguez walked in and told the front office he was heading on vacation. Players on suspension often accompany teams until the suspenders are removed.

TRYOUTS

- Team Ontario will be staging open tryouts for the 2006 season for bantam and midget-aged players at Burlington and Pickering. Info can be found at www.teamontariobaseball.com ... The Niagara Rebels are holding tryouts for players age 15 to 18 at Welland Stadium. Info and schedule can be found on the team site at www.niagararebels.com.

GOOD SPORTS

- Catcher Joel Collins, of Richmond Hill, won the Daniel J. Silva award for sportsmanship in the Cape Cod league. Collins, University of South Alabama, played with the Wareham Gatemen, hitting .291 with one homer and 14 RBIs. The media director for the Cape this summer is Mike Kydd, originally from Hamilton, who is now living in Halifax.


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