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LEADING OFF
July 26, 2010
Bat Stabber
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July 26, 2010

Leading Off

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Bat Stabber

Orioles catcher Craig Tatum snagged Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar's bat after it was knocked out of his hands by an inside pitch from reliever Jason Berken during the ninth inning of their game in Baltimore last Saturday. After getting back up, Escobar flew out to right, but the Blue Jays won 3--2.

Bye-bye Birdie

Tom Watson waved farewell to the Old Course at St. Andrews last Friday while standing on the Swilcan Bridge, which crosses a burn on the 18th fairway. Watson, who was competing in the second round of the British Open (page 32), kissed one of the bridge stones, then hit his second shot to within a foot of the flag and birdied the hole. The 60-year-old golfer, a five-time British Open champion, missed the cut by two strokes. The tournament is not scheduled to return to St. Andrews until 2015.

Head Over Horns

J.W. Harris of May, Texas, did an unplanned somersault over a bull called Even Money last Thursday after Harris was bucked off during the third day of pool competition in the bullriding event at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta. Harris was disqualified for slapping the bull with his free hand during the ride. The previous day Harris, a two-time world champion bullrider, had celebrated his 24th birthday by winning $5,500 with the best performance of the day, an 87-point ride on a bull named Kin Deadly.

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