Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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TIME FOR SOME HR

In a protest over the Gulf oil spill, a minor league baseball team is changing the name of batting practice so the players will no longer have to utter the letters "BP."

The Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League say they will now take "hitting rehearsal."

Players commonly refer to batting practice as "BP," the same name as the petroleum company responsible for the massive oil spill that is fouling beaches along the Gulf Coast.

The Manatees are a Class-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They play near Florida's Atlantic Coast, away from the gulf.

FACES OF THE NBA

Two of the most important players in the NBA Finals are Los Angeles' Pau Gasol and Boston's Kevin Garnett. They're also two guys who you can count on to make a ridiculous face or two while on the court. Here's a selection from the playoffs thus far:

INTERACT

Go to Jacksonville.com/sports and check out "The beautiful blog" to follow Fletcher High School soccer coach Mike Levine and his family as they relate their adventures traveling through South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.

CHAVES SALUTES GALARRAGA, JOYCE

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is praising Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga after an umpire's mistaken call cost him a perfect game.

During his weekly TV and radio program Sunday, Chavez called for a round of applause for the Venezuelan pitcher. He said that despite the wrong call "everyone knows he pitched a perfect game."

Chavez also praises Jim Joyce, the first-base umpire who botched the call. Chavez says Joyce was "noble" for having apologized to the pitcher in tears. Chavez says there's nothing that can be done because "the umpire is the umpire."

2 CENTS

Mike Bianchi is this bald-headed guy who writes for the Orlando Sentinel. …

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