Oakland catcher Landon Powell displayed a signed Cliff Lee jersey in his Athletics locker on Monday night, but this jersey isn't destined for Powell's personal stash. This season, Powell and his wife, Allyson, are collecting items on every road trip to auction for Donors on the Diamond, their initiative to raise funds and awareness for organ and tissue donation. Said Powell, who was diagnosed with the chronic liver disease autoimmune hepatitis in 2009, "I'm probably going to need a transplant some day, so organ donation is very important." (Oakland Tribune)
07/05/2011 5:38 PM ET
Big Leaguers Notebook: July 5
Powell raising funds for organ, tissue donation
What tops being selected to your very first All-Star team? How about a marriage proposal! Congratulations to Joel Hanrahan and fiancée Kim Donovan! (Twitter)
How do the A's get an edge on the field? Well, Trevor Cahill drives golf carts using only his peripheral vision (YouTube), and Josh Willingham studies ink spots (YouTube).
In honor of Independence Day, Heath Bell strolled through Chinatown and watched fireworks over San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf (Twitter), Jeremy Guthrie had Katy Perry's song "Firework" stuck in his head (Twitter) and Sergio Romo had a hot date (Twitter).
Sam Fuld has an invitation to this year's Home Run Derby, so he won't have to sneak in like he did with his friends in 1999. (Tampa Tribune)
On a red, white and blue weekend in the bigs, Tim Hudson stopped, dropped and rolled (MLB.com), and Carlos Gonzalez said "Your de-fence can't stop my defense!" (MLB.com). Aramis Ramirez collected his 300th home run (MLB.com), and Nelson Cruz (ESPN.com) and Charlie Blackmon (MLB.com) partied like it was their birthdays with cake and career milestones.
"Pirates of the Allegheny" Joel Hanrahan and Kevin Correia capture the white pearl, and Correia tells Johnny Depp that "whoever did his eyeblack did a terrible job." (MLB FanCave)
Tweet of the Day: "Leaving my hotel room in MN. I'll miss my pet fish Fred!!! Yes...my room had a goldfish...no, I don't know why! twitpic.com/5kmkvx" -- Brewers closer John Axford (@JohnAxford)
Quote of the Day: "I feel I'm enjoying something this year that is bigger than anything else in the world -- to be a part of this wonderful country. Even before I took the [citizenship] test, my interest in U.S. history was great. I read a bunch of books about it. And the story of July 4th, it's incredible. A bunch of guys got together and fought for what they believe. The meaning of signing the Declaration in 1776 -- right now we still believe in what those guys wrote. I'm really proud, man. Really proud." -- Colombia native Orlando Cabrera on celebrating his first Fourth of July as an American citizen. (The Post Game)