Lance "Big Puma" Berkman continued his tear with a go-ahead homer and four RBIs against the Marlins (MLB.com). The veteran outfielder and 2011 comeback kid has a Major League-leading 32 RBIs and second-best totals in home runs (10) and batting average (.392). (MLB.com)
Batters had trouble making contact against the Rays' David Price, the Phillies' Roy Halladay and the Rangers' Colby Lewis on Thursday. Halladay and Price, who went 8 2/3 innings, both fanned 10 without allowing a walk, and Lewis produced a career-high 11 Ks with only one walk. (MLB.com)
Major Leaguers from Curtis Granderson (Twitter) to Jose Bautista (Twitter) are asking, "Are you in?" Check out Michael Young, Chris B. Young and Carlos Peña promoting teen volunteerism through the Action Team! (YouTube)
Congratulations to Jason Bay and his wife, Kristen, on the birth of their third child, son Garrett David Bay. Garrett's middle name is a tribute to his paternal grandfather, but Bay joked that it was a shout out to his teammate David Wright. (New York Daily News)
Children at six Seattle-area elementary schools were challenged to D.R.E.A.M during an inspirational visit from their Mariners heroes (MLB.com). "I always look forward to going out to the local schools and speaking with kids. Seeing the kids get so excited when we arrive and then being able to interact with them during the assembly makes for a very rewarding day," said pitcher Shawn Kelley (MLB.com). "I went to school to be an elementary teacher. Talking with kids is always fun. That's one of the things in life I enjoy and want to do, so it works out great," teammate Doug Fister, who studied education at Fresno State, said. (MLB.com).
Mets catcher Josh Thole uses sign language to communicate with both his pitching staff and his deaf Maltese poodle. (New York Daily News)
Mark Teixeira is going to "hug it out" in an upcoming episode of HBO's "Entourage". The Yankees slugger will cameo alongside Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire as an investor in Brooklyn's famed Don Peppe restaurant. (New York Post)
Quote of the Day: "[My most prized bobblehead] is probably the one I made in seventh grade art class out of clay. It was of me in a baseball uniform. I didn't anticipate having one of my own one day." (MiLB.com)
-- Drew Storen, Washington Nationals pitcher and bobblehead collector. (ESPN.com)
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