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This week's magic numbers

David Ortiz legs out a double during a

David Ortiz legs out a double during a game against the Kansas City Royals. (Aug. 24, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

72 hours allowed for MLB players on paternity leave, which Michael Young was granted Friday. The Rangers called up Luis Hernandez, who was beaten out by Brad Emaus for the Mets’ Opening Day second baseman’s job last season.

65 age of Bill Lee, who threw a 94-pitch, complete-game victory for the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent North American League. Lee reportedly became the oldest pitcher to win a pro game — and probably still the craziest.

35 games missed by David Ortiz, who returned Friday from a strained Achilles tendon. The Red Sox went 13-22 without their good-natured DH, one of the few current players Boston fans actually like.

9 triples for Angel Pagan, who happens to be tied with Jose Reyes for fourth in the NL, only two behind leader Dexter Fowler. Pagan also was batting .450 (18-for-40) in nine games since Melky Cabrera was suspended.

6 games suspended for the Twins’ Scott Diamond, who was penalized for not hitting Josh Hamilton, just throwing a pitch that went behind his head. No idea what the punishment is for merely thinking of doing it.

1 as in first career victory for Bronx-born Tony DeFrancesco, the Astros’ interim manager, who won Friday and was showered with champagne afterward. Then again, beating the Mets is not much of an accomplishment these days.

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