SCHILL THE PILL
On his radio show, Curt Schilling said that he was asked Monday to replace injured Jose Contreras at the all-star game. "They asked me to replace people for the same reason they said I didn't get picked, which kind of bothered me a little bit." Schilling was not asked to replace Contreras, according to American League officials, who added Francisco Liriano to the roster instead.
Look for changes if you ever watch Rogers Sportsnet again. President Doug Beeforth wants to go back to 1998 when the network "became known for our fun, sometimes irreverent" approach. That was part of the memo he sent out explaining the removal of our good friend, Hall of Fame hockey journalist Scott Morrison and others. Coming soon: Ali G and Tom Green as co-anchors.
TOP OF THE HEAP
When Roy Halladay won the Jays' final game before the all-star break it gave him the major-league lead in wins with 12. It marks the fourth time in the past 10 seasons a Jays pitcher held the lead at the break, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Roger Clemens had 13 in 1997, David Wells had 15 in 2000 and Halladay had 13 in 2003.
THE CAVALRY ARRIVES
Toronto's Adam Garner made his first start for last-place Danbury against North Adams in the New England college league. He pitched a five-hit complete-game shutout in a 4-0 win. Garner, who was with the Oshawa Dodgers of the Intercounty league, got the call because of injuries to Danbury starters. Garner is headed to Oklahoma Baptist University this fall.
CANUCK TO CANUCK
One fielding play that the Fox cameras missed Tuesday in Pittsburgh at the all-star game was when Jason Bay fouled off a ball in the fourth inning facing Roy Halladay. Aaron Ash, the nine-year-old son of Milwaukee Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash, wound up with the souvenir, with a fielding assist from Brewers executive Dan O'Brien.