From ESPN The Magazine's Bill Simmons and his list of how to make sports better: "If someone has front-row seats and brings his small child with him and that poor kid gets struck by a foul ball or accidentally trampled by a gigantic basketball player, then the aforementioned parent loses all guardian rights to that kid and Shea Hillenbrand gets to adopt him or her."
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
How much did the Phillies think of Ryan Franklin after he declined to start against the Blue Jays during interleague play, because he had poor career numbers against Toronto? Not only did they designate him for assignment (after signing him to a $2.6 million US free-agent deal) they dealt him to the Reds, a team they're trying to catch in the wild-card race.
Indians closer Fausto Carmona's streak continues. Leading 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth in Detroit with a man on first, he allowed a first-pitch, walk-off homer to Ivan Rodriguez. That made it three walkoff hits, an 0-3 record with a 37.20 ERA in his three save situations. He lost to the M's before that, making him the second reliever to lose four times in a seven-day span.
To the family of the late Len Andrews, who died at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Hamilton at age 86. The former Baseball Ontario president (1973-73) was a brave Canadian, serving in the Second World War as a lieutenant in the 22nd Canadian Armoured Regiment, Canadian Grenadier Guards. He managed the Campbellville Merchants to 11 titles in the 1950s and '60s.
VICK THE QUICK
Mathew Vickers pitched a complete-game, three-hitter as the Canadian Thunderbirds 17s beat the Montreal Titans 7-2 in the Mizuno Elite Classic 19s finale in Mississauga. Burlington's Jimmy Modesto blanked Halton Athletic Club 3-0. Tyler Bradley, of Innerkip, worked 4 2/3 innings in a 6-4 win East Toronto Prospects. Hamilton's Mitch Peragine beat the Titans 7-5.