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Batter up! The Cleveland Comets prepare for another - season of distaff ball.
  • Batter up! The Cleveland Comets prepare for another season of distaff ball.
SAT 4/9

Janet Podojil is the GM of the Cleveland Comets women's baseball team. "General manager to most, group mommy to the players," she explains. Doubling as coach, Podojil is on the prowl for new players to add to her 11-member squad.

They play two games a month between June and September. If all goes well, they'll qualify again for the Roy Hobbs World Series, which was in Fort Myers, Florida, last year. "It's thrilling to hear your name on the P.A. system," says Podojil. Try out for the Comets 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Up to Bat West, 14665 Snow Road in Brook Park. Fee is $15; call 216-898-0090. -- Cris Glaser

Fitness Fun
The County Board of Health hosts a 5K run.

SAT 4/9

Dave Covell, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's deputy director of environmental health, doesn't just talk the talk when it comes to medical matters; he also walks the walk. Actually, he runs the run and is responsible for the initial Run for Your Life, a 5K run and one-mile walk that happens on Saturday. "We're doing this urban-sprawl thing, so your kid can't even walk or get exercise," says Covell. Children's games and fitness-focused activities take place all morning, and health pros will be on hand to offer blood pressure, cholesterol, and body-mass-index screenings. Action starts at 9 a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, 5550 Venture Drive in Parma. Race-day registration for the 5K is $18, $12 for kids; the walk is $12. Call 216-623-9933 for more information. -- Lucy McKernan

Baseball's Back!

MON 4/11

If spring training is any indication, the Indians will produce runs this season. And plenty of them. For a thrifty $35 million, the Tribe's acquired some heavy hitters. But its pitching prospects still leave a lot to be desired. Still, the team is hoping for a top American League Central placement in October, and for the first time in several years, it's a feasible goal. The Tribe takes on the Chicago White Sox at Monday's home opener. Game time is 3:05 p.m. at Jacobs Field, 2401 Ontario Street. Tickets range from $6 to $60, available by calling 216-241-5555. -- Matt Leavitt

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