It was "Flair-mania" for Dustin Pedroia and Josh Reddick on Tuesday when professional wrestler Ric Flair paid a visit to Fenway Park. The wrestling legend surprised the players in the Red Sox clubhouse, where Pedroia and Reddick have quite a collection of wrestling memorabilia that includes a WWE championship belt, a Hulk Hogan varsity jacket and even one of Flair's own autographed robes.
"We had no clue. We were both just sitting there and then we turned around, and there he was in the flesh," said Reddick. "Who would have thought this whole thing would have started out just buying a robe on eBay?" (Boston Globe)
After collecting his 41st save of the season, D-backs leader J.J. Putz made a deal with team GM Derrick Hall. Putz gave Hall the game ball, and Hall promised he'd give it back when he beat prostate cancer. (The Arizona Republic)
Congratulations to Matt Kemp, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 21 after his teammates voted him the team's inspirational player and 2011 winner of the Roy Campanella Award.
"I'm surprised," said Kemp, who prides himself on playing every day and his role as a leader in the clubhouse. "I'm close to my teammates. This team is really an unbelievable team. We all talk, we go out to eat. We have a lot of fun in the clubhouse." (Los Angeles Times)
Pitchers in the Nationals' bullpen tricked Philly fans by rearranging the outfield signage for the $25 million Powerball and $75 million Mega Millions lottery jackpots to read $521 and $705 million. (The Washington Post)
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia joined a star-studded cast of fellow Boys & Girls Clubs alumni including Jennifer Lopez, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Denzel Washington in a new "Great Futures Start Here" PSA to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America. (YouTube)
Braves first baseman Eric Hinske did what any superstitious Major League veteran does for a little batting average boost -- he buzzed his hair into a mohawk. "I love it," said "faux-hawked" teammate Dan Uggla. "Best haircut on the team." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
In honor of the last days of summer, Adam Jones "smashed" some mango Pinkberry ice cream with watermelon, mango, strawberry pearls and pineapple. Yum! (Twitter)
Tweet of the Day: "You know, internally I think I could be Jason Bourne. A few minutes ago though, I got lost driving in my own neighborhood. So...maybe not." -- A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32)
Quote of the Day: "Who's the best-looking guy in Hollywood? You know what, I'd probably have Nick Swisher play me. He'd line up." -- Rays DH Johnny Damon on who he'd want to portray him in a movie (St. Petersburg Times)
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