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Billy Heywood

Billy Heywood from “Little Big League” was on “True Detective”

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Through three episodes the second season of “True Detective” has been an underwhelming follow-up to a great first season, but there was one bright spot on last night’s episode: An appearance by Luke Edwards, the child actor who played Twins manager Billy Heywood in the 1994 movie “Little Big League.”

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He appears in a minor role credited as “set photographer” and gives some key details to Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams.

Edwards has been in a ton of different television shows and movies since brilliantly playing Billy Heywood as a kid, but seeing him pop up on “True Detective” was pretty fun.

And if Ken Griffey Jr. ends up being the killer on “True Detective” no one should be surprised.

Jayson Werth “is well on the road to recovery” from fractured wrist

Jayson Werth
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Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth, who’s been out with a fractured wrist since being hit by pitch on May 15, was cleared to swing a fungo bat over the weekend.

That’s a very small step in the road back to Washington, but Nationals manager Matt Williams told Jacob Feldman of the Washington Post that Werth “is well on the road to recovery” and should be able to swing a regular bat very soon.

Feldman reports that Werth remains on track to return at some point in August, although there are still plenty of hurdles to clear before that happens.

Michael Taylor has taken over as the Nationals’ primary left fielder in Werth’s absence, but the 24-year-old rookie is hitting just .248 with six homers and a .684 OPS in 67 games.

Yankees donate $150,000 to charity to get Alex Rodriguez his 3,000th hit ball

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Zack Hample, the Yankees season ticket holder known for catching home runs balls, has changed his mind and will give Alex Rodriguez his 3,000th hit home run … for a price.

According to a statement released by the Yankees, the ball will be given to Rodriguez at a press conference this afternoon and in exchange the team has agreed to donate $150,000 to Hample’s charity Pitch In For Baseball and also give him various tickets and memorabilia.

Hample has caught thousands of home run balls and once wrote a book on the subject. He publicly said he planned to keep Rodriguez’s ball–including an angry, anti-Rodriguez tweet that has since been deleted–but then met several times with Yankees officials and changed his mind.

So, to recap: Ballhawk catches ball and gains attention. Wealthy team pays money to get possession of the ball. Player with 669 career homers gets to keep a particularly memorable one. Everybody wins, I guess?