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BOB ELLIOTT

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

BOOTS ON

When Boston ended its World Series curse, who enjoyed it most? Broadway Charlie Wagner, of Reading, Pa. Signed in 1935, he was an assistant farm director, a scout and the longest-serving member of the Bosox. Charlie told us he shed tears of joy, happiness and relief at the final out. Wagner, 93, died on Wednesday while leaving the Reading ball park.

STRANGE BUT TRUE

C.C. Sabathia leads the AL in complete games but is not in the top 10 in innings pitched. Or the top 30. He has pitched 156 innings, which ranks 34th. Sabathia is second in ERA and trying to be top dog, giving the Indians consecutive ERA champs. Kevin Millwood led in 2005. A team has not had back-to-back ERA leaders since 1996 and '97 Jays: Juan Guzman and Roger Clemens.

INTEREST AFFECTED?

We've heard some say the loss of triple-A Ottawa will "affect the level of interest in baseball in Canada." Hmm. Did kids stop playing in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary when their triple-A clubs left? Not by a long shot. In an age when all games are available on TV and there are 23 Canucks in the majors to root for, the loss of a minor-league team is sad, but has little long-term effect.

MVP! MVP!

Joey Votto of Etobicoke is the double-A Southern League's most valuable player. The Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds) 1B leads with a .313 average, is third with 76 RBIs and tied for third with 21 homers. He has 67 extra-base hits, a .402 on-base mark and a .539 slugging percentage. Votto, 22, previously played for the Etobicoke Rangers and Canadian Thunderbirds.

MIDWAY MONSTERS

Ryan Logan led Pickering to a 12-3 win over Burlington in the annual CNE peewee tournament. Logan was the Big Man of the Midway, hitting four homers in the tourney and was named the MVP of the final for coach Gary Tamane. Russell McGibbon was tourney MVP and Jalen Rhone top pitcher. Cody Malloy also played a key role in a 10-5 decision over Markham.


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