1. HE'S GOT A GUN
Among the items stolen from the rental house of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was an AK-47. The disclosure ought to make opposing baserunners think twice before they try to take an extra base on Tampa Bay this year.
2. IT'S ONE OR THE OTHER
Barry Bonds' former mistress testified that the outfielder became "increasingly aggressive, irritable, agitated and very impatient" starting in 1999. She concluded that Bonds was either taking steroids or had become a Bills fan.
3. DOING THE MATH
Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Red Sox has donated $1 million to the Japanese relief efforts via the Red Cross. If you're counting, that works out to about $25 for every pitch in one of his typical starts.
4. FOOTBALL EXPERT?
Democratic political analyst James Carville says the 2012 Republican presidential field is "as bad as the NFC West." That's not fair to the football teams. Remember, the Seahawks beat the defending champion Saints in the playoffs.
5. TALENT SCOUTS
North Korea has withdrawn from the International Ice Hockey Federation, citing financial issues. The Sabres' scouting staff was said to be quite relieved about not making those road trips to Pyongyang next season.
-- Budd Bailey