Some news and notes from the baseball diamond:
♦ Julian Tavarez has unorthodox cures: "Tavarez has been making his last few starts with a torn blister at the tip of his right middle finger, which he has been successfully self-treating in a unique way. He said that he dealt with the problem by: 1) popping the blister, 2) repeatedly swabbing it with rubbing alcohol, 3) crushing aspirin, mixing it with Red Bull energy drink and rubbing it on the wound. The process has dried and hardened the broken skin." Red Bull as topical ointment? That's gotta be more dangerous than BenGay.
♦ Ichiro is honest: "The Mariners were clearly not thrilled with the detour before opening a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. 'To tell the truth, I’m not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to,' Ichiro said through an interpreter. 'If I ever saw myself saying I’m excited going to Cleveland, I’d punch myself in the face, because I’m lying.'" This is now my favorite athlete quote of all time.
♦ A-Rod likes she-males: Not a new story, but I feel like it's worth mentioning again.