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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. NOT A QUALITY START

Second-year Reds pitcher Mike Leake (above), he of the $425,000 contract -- has been charged with shoplifting six shirts totaling $59.88 from a Cincinnati department store. For those of you scoring at home, that's an error on the shirt stop.

2. THE BETTER, THE BETTER

The pitching equivalent of a hitter who feasts on 98 mph fastballs but struggles with the off-speed stuff: the Blue Jays' Brett Cecil, 10-2 against the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays in 2010 and 2011 -- and 6-6 against everyone else.

3. AND SECOND PRIZE WAS?

Yes, kids, it pays to be honest. British gardener Hugh Jenner, 82, returned a bracelet he found in some organic fertilizer to the stable he bought it from, the London Sunday Mirror reported -- and was rewarded with a year's worth of free horse manure.

4. EASING INTO HISTORY

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, on Manny Ramirez saying he's "at ease" after another failed drug test pushed him into retirement: "So add 'conscience' to the list of things that shrink when you use steroids."

5. HOE, HOE, HOE

Everybody, it seems, is getting into the spring gardening spirit. Heck, even the NBA underdogs have been busy planting seeds.

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times