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Greetings from Gate C-37

Hello from the Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson International Airport here in Detroit. We’re connecting to a flight to Toronto.

The air conditioning seems to have failed in the airport. Good thing it’s not full of people in the middle of the summer. At least everybody had to go through security, cuts down on the possibility of violence.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here are two ideas:

* The annual Futures at Fenway doubleheader will have Lowell playing the Jamestown Jammers at 12:05 p.m. followed by the Salem Red Sox taking on the Potomac Nationals in a Carolina League game. Gates open at 11 a.m. There are reduced prices for tickets and concessions and plenty of activities for the kids.

* Josh Beckett pitches for Pawtucket on Sunday at 1:05 against Syracuse. He’ll be throwing 80 pitches or so, Go to PawSox.com for info.

If you’ve never been to a minor league game, you should give it a try. They’re a lot of fun. You can go to Pawtucket, Portland or Lowell and there are teams in New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, too.

When I’m an old retired sportswriter, my plan is to become the official scorer for a Class A team somewhere near a beach or a casino.

OK, off to Toronto. I hope the place is still standing now that Chris Bosh left. I need to cover the NBA, free agency lasts a week and then you can go on vacation. In baseball it takes months and your cell phone battery runs down twice a day.

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