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MLB Network has draft Monday, Stephen Strasburg Tuesday

The recent spate of perfect (and near-perfect) games has been a boost for the almost-18-month-old MLB Network, which people are learning to turn to when something big is unfolding in baseball.

This week it again will deliver content to diehards that previously might not have been available.

Monday night it will cover the amateur draft, expanding on last year's extravaganza.

Tuesday night it will carry Stephen Strasburg's major league debut when the Nationals face the Pirates, with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and John Smoltz on the call.

I can't promise I'll watch either event. I'll be juggling the "Glee" season finale and the NBA Finals Tuesday as it is.

Speaking of me and sports TV, I watched way more of it than usual over the weekend, from Larry King's sitdown with LeBron James to the NHL and NBA Finals to the Belmont to the boxing rabbi-to-be at Yankee Stadium to baseball to college rugby.

Seeing feisty ref Arthur Mercante Jr. clear the ring Saturday night so Yuri Foreman could get punched a little more was kind of cool.

But my two favorite moments both came Friday night:

King asking LeBron what he thinks of Lady Gaga, and Doc Emrick reading a Versus promo for World Extreme Cagefighting. 

As usual, I did my best to come up with clever Twitter wisecracks about all this.

For example: Suggesting that instead of replacing "New York, New York" with "Empire State of Mind" before the Belmont, they should have gone with "C'mon LeBron."

Speaking of which, I have to write a newspaper story now about . . . what else? LeBron.

Enjoy "Field of Dreams" at 8:30 p.m. on Versus.

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