Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Ruth's plaque on the road

Babe Ruth's Hall of Fame plaque is headed out the door, and the first stop is Yankee Stadium.

The Baseball Hall of Fame will transport Ruth's plaque on a historic visit to the Bronx on Tuesday when the Yankees host the Mets. Then the plaque is off to Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday.

The plaque will be a part of a pregame ceremony in recognition of a Ruth exhibit opening in Cooperstown next month. Ruth made his major-league debut almost 100 years ago - on July 11, 1914.

It's the first time the plaque has traveled outside Cooperstown since Ruth was inducted with the first class in 1936. It will be back at the museum Thursday.

What a relief

When a reliever is tasked with coming into the game with the bases loaded and nobody out, most teams would consider themselves lucky if the pitcher could get out of the inning having allowed just one run.

In the sixth inning of the Rays' 3-1 loss to the Orioles on Thursday, Brad Boxberger was thrown into that situation and accomplished the incredible. The 25-year-old righthander struck out the side on nine pitches.

"I don't know if that's ever been done in baseball," Tampa Bay starter David Price said.

Though Elias Sports Bureau's pitch count records are incomplete, they have no record of any other pitcher entering with the bases loaded and striking out the side on nine pitches.

Pirates stay suspended

The suspensions of Travis Snider and Russell Martin for their parts in an April 20 donnybrook with the Brewers have been upheld by Major League Baseball.

Snider started serving his two-game suspension on Friday. Martin is currently on the disabled list with a strained hamstring and will serve his suspension when he's activated.

Clowning around

When Jadeveon Clowney was picked first by the Houston Texans in Thursday night's NFL draft, you just knew someone was going to make a joke connecting Clowney to Bryce Harper's famous response - "That's a clown question, bro" - to a reporter who asked the underage Mormon if he was going to celebrate a three-hit game with a beer.

Who better than the Nats star himself?

"That's a Clowney pick bro," Harper tweeted.

- Inquirer wire services

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