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These walkoff home runs are really for the losers

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Is it time for the term “walkoff home run” to just walk off into the sunset?

“Were Bill Mazeroski and Bobby Thomson’s home runs really ‘walkoff’ in nature?” wrote Len Berman of ThatsSports.com. “Who was doing the walking? The losers, that’s who.”

Fact of the Day

Two Rockets — Roger Clemens and the late Maurice Richard — share the same Aug. 4 launch day, though the births were 41 years apart.

Less Astronomical

Tired of buying lottery tickets and looking for something with a little better odds?

The Astros, according to the Bovada Las Vegas betting line, are just 5,000 to 1 to win the World Series.

More Mel

With Pro Bowl captains now choosing their rosters fantasy-draft style, Mel Kiper puts the finishing touches on his next big board in 3 … 2 … 1 ….

Costly painkillers

The Miami Marlins boast the National League’s worst record and the most expensive beer in the big leagues: $8 for a 16-ouncer.

Obviously Fish fans will pay whatever it takes to drown their sorrows.

Don’t mess with St. Paul

East Memorial Christian Academy of Prattville, Ala., forced athletic director Scott Phillips to resign because he refused to attend:

a) East Memorial Baptist Church

b) The Church of Bear Bryant

Cruel & unusual

“If baseball really wanted to punish A-Rod,” wrote Mike Bianchi of The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, “they would make him watch the Pro Bowl.”

Talking the talk

• Ex-Packers LB Dave Robinson, during his Hall of Fame induction speech, on his profession: “When you play football you have to like the taste of blood — and 50 to 70 percent of the time it’s your blood.”

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Johnny Manziel headlines 24/7: “(Even) the royal baby said: ‘What’s with all of the Manziel coverage?’ ”

• Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on the brouhaha over Drew Brees’ $3 gratuity on a $74 takeout order: “Brees promised to put in more time on the tip drill.”

• Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, after 4-10-8 Toronto FC said it wants to improve the “stadium experience” for its MLS fans: “My advice: Try winning more than once a year at home.”

Full-course meals

Bubba Watson, after playing the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational, stopped off at a Chipotle in Akron, Ohio — and treated 60 patrons there to a free dinner.

In other words: Just paying through.

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