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Notes on a day in baseball:

Do Not Boo The Hurt. It was Speed Dating Night at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday — seriously — and Frank Thomas wanted to make a good impression. The Big Hurt is seven kinds of bad ass, we'd estimate, and about four of them were present on one swing as he led the Blue Jays over the Dodgers 12-1. Thomas had a grand slam — the 497th homer of his career — after being booed the night before for popping out in his final at-bat in a 10-1 loss to Los Angeles. "(Tuesday) was rock bottom,'' Thomas said. "To get booed by the home crowd like that, I took that personally. That really hurt. It's one of those things where I wanted to bring an attitude into the game today. It worked out well for me.'' Not a great day for the Dodgers, who learned after the game that right-hander Jason Schmidt will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his right shoulder. Roy Halladay (8-2) won his third consecutive start.


Jeff Weaver, Slump Buster! Jeff Weaver, he of the 0-6 record and 14.32 ERA, threw a four-hitter as the Mariners beat the Pirates 7-0 to end their six-game losing streak. Mark it down! (Championship ...).

Coco Crisp, You Stay Crunchy, Even In My Dreams. J.D. Drew led off with a homer and the Red Sox had five HRs in all — Coco Crisp three-run shot in the first! — in an 11-0 rout of the Braves.

Rock On. Jeff Francis pitched the Rockies over the Yankees 6-1, as we all figured he would.

Politically Incorrects Win Aagain. Casey Blake's two-run single led Cleveland over Philadelphia 10-6.

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