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Updated Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 08:31 PM

Who said hitting a fastball is the toughest thing?

By Dwight Perry
The Seattle Times

Yogi? Yes. Yoga? Not so fast.

As yoga instructor Tracy Hayes, whose clients include baseball players, told MLB.com: "They show up, even to the most basic class, and they think it's some easy thing, some foo-foo thing for women.

"After getting into the first simple pose, they're all crying like babies. They realize how difficult it is."

Parting shot

"Rory McIlroy's new hairstyle is so bad," wrote Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express, "he looks like my wedding pictures."

Headlines

• At Fark.com: "Mark Cuban joins board of consumer data firm / Needed second job to pay NBA fines."

• At SportsPickle.com: "Gary Bettman warmly booed following resolution of NHL lockout."

Skip's on Line 2

Major League Baseball and T-Mobile have struck a sponsorship deal, meaning managers will be using cellphones for the first time to call the bullpen.

That'll be a first: a manager blaming a blown save on a dropped call.

Paging Cap Anson

Baseball players — who already have caps for home games, road games, batting practice and day games, not to mention camouflage caps and throwback caps — will be issued "interview caps" this year to wear during interviews and charity events.

Wondered Steve Goff of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: "Can scratching and spitting caps be far behind?"

This is old

Snippet from a Facebook exchange between Greg Frazier of the Palo Alto (Calif.) Daily News and Dan Daly of the Washington Times:

Frazier: "I might be old. I remember when Bing was a basketball player."

Daly: "I'm even older. I remember when he was a singer."

Talko time

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on broadcaster Brent Musburger's in-game fawning over Alabama QB AJ McCarron's girlfriend: "Good thing his color man wasn't Joe Namath."

• Blogger TC Chong, on the BCS title game: "Notre Dame could have used some advice from Musburger on forward passes."

• Seahawks fan Devina Brooks, via Facebook, giving the Falcons fair warning: "Atlanta ain't ready. We've got blockers, runners and passers — and that's just our quarterback."

He's holing out

Farming enthusiast Louis Oosthuizen traded in the car he got for winning a pro-am in Durban, South Africa, for an excavator.

Lots of luck replacing those divots.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com



Some things about Rory McIlroy's new hairstyle are less than par.




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