Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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TOO BRIGHT FOR BLACK

If you play baseball or softball, it's happened to you once or twice. You're playing in the infield or outfield, and a batted ball's path goes directly into the sun. Hopefully you don't get hit in the head to embarrass yourself more than you would with the error you're probably going to make.

But that's not how George Black of Hamilton, Ontario, rolls. The third baseman, 53, sued for $1.5 million.

"It hit me in my index finger and my middle finger, crushing the index finger and fracturing the middle finger," Black said to the Toronto Globe and Mail. "It cut me in my eyebrow for 20 stitches, and then it drove my glasses into my face and now my eye is traumatized so the right pupil is much larger than the left."

He didn't sue the sun, or the hitter, by the way. He sued the field's owner.

And unbelievably, a judge ruled that the case will go to trial against steel giant ArcelorMittal Dofasco, the owner of the diamond.

Black argues that there should have been a sun screen erected and the company failed to inspect the field or "warn [Mr. Black] of the dangers of the sun at the particular time of day."

Most people would have just worn sunglasses. Go figure.

TWO-START FANTASY PITCHERS

Successful fantasy baseball players know that the pitching matchups often hold the key to success - especially those fringe guys (not the stars) who get two starts in a week. A look at who to start and sit this week from About.com Baseball fantasy writer Kevin Kleps:

START FOR SURE

- Mark Buehrle, White Sox (vs. Indians and Twins)

- Joe Saunders, Angels (vs. Twins and A's)

- Scott Feldman, Rangers (vs. Blue Jays and Mariners)

MIDDLE MEN (one good matchup, one bad one)

- Vicente Padilla, Dodgers (vs. Pirates and Marlins);

- Kevin Millwood, Orioles (vs. Rays and Blue Jays)

- Randy Wolf, Brewers (vs. Rockies and Cardinals)

TWO TIMES THE PAIN (don't start them)

- Ben Sheets, Athletics (vs. Mariners and Angels)

- Aaron Harang, Reds (vs. Cardinals and Cubs)

- Jake Westbrook, Indians (vs. White Sox and Tigers)

2 CENTS

This morning, according to published reports, Bob Hurley will be elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame. …

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