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Posted at 9:13 AM on July 13, 2006 by David Zingler

We all know the All Star Game (the one that counts!) took place Tuesday night. I think the AL won, they do every year. Since Wednesday was the slowest American sports day of the year, a couple of lesser known leagues decided it would be a good time to run out their brightest stars.

First off are the Triple Aers, who played their All Star Game in picturesque Toledo, OH. Led by game MVP Kevin Witt of the Durham Bulls, the International League downed the Pacific Coast League 6-0. The 30-year-old first baseman homered and doubled. Twins farmhands Josh Rabe and J.D. “the Real Deal” Durbin suited up for the International League squad.

Not to be outdone, the WNBA hosted their version of the “mid summer night’s classic” in Madison Square Garden. The East squad, led by Connecticut’s Katie Douglas, the game’s MVP, routed the West 98-82. It was the Eastern Conference’s first win in 8 tries. Gopher legend Linsdsay Whalen participated and tallied 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Seimone Augustus meanwhile, represented Lynx and led the West with 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting.

More strange people playing baseball

Posted at 11:40 AM on July 13, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Man, 83, is oldest pro baseball player
No one in the bleachers at the Sioux Falls Canaries game was quite sure what was going on down on the field. They were all quiet, wondering and transfixed on the little old man digging into the batters' box.

The infielders moved up on the grass, giggling, and pitcher looked as uncomfortable as anyone else would have felt.

But to 83-year-old Jim Eriotes, it was serious business.

Eriotes led off Tuesday's game for the Canaries against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes and took four big swings — even fouling a pitch off — before striking out.

The at-bat made Eriotes the oldest man to ever play professional baseball. It was his only at-bat in the game.

Who's better?

Posted at 3:21 PM on July 13, 2006 by Ben Tesch

The questions of the second half: Who is the Twins best starter?

Give the edge to Johan Santana for now -- he's done it longer, and I like that higher K/BB ratio -- but this is looking close to a push. Which is really saying something, because other than maybe Roy Halladay and Brandon Webb, no one gets close to Santana. Francisco Liriano's June 22 start against Roger Clemens, on Clemens' first night back, in Houston, with the whole world watching … that was (along with John Lackey's crazy near-perfect game last week) the best start I saw in the first half of the season. The way the kid kept his cool, stayed focused, let his wickedness do its wickedness -- it was a beautiful thing to behold.

Buy me some fruit cups and veggie dogs, I don't care if I never get back

Posted at 3:24 PM on July 13, 2006 by Ben Tesch

PETA's 2006 Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks
More and more MLB teams are stepping up to the plate in a major way by offering delicious vegetarian choices. In addition to old standbys like peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jacks, baseball fans (vegetarian or not) are enjoying mouth-watering options like fresh-grilled, protein-packed veggie dogs and veggie burgers, hearty burritos, vegetable wraps, and more exotic regional foods. Here's the list of stadiums that have gone all-out for vegetarian and health-conscious fans.

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