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Starting Nine: Baseball remembers

Many things are happening -- on Cut4, in baseball and out there in the rest of the world. Here are nine you need to know about today:

1. Ballparks across the country observed Memorial Day, honoring veterans and active servicemembers alike. paid tribute to the Major Leaguers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

2. Monday began a week of interleague rivalries across MLB. The Mets outdid the Yanks, the Dodgers beat the Angels and the White Sox took down the Cubs. The South Siders owe their 7-0 victory to Jeff Samardzija , who pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout.

3. Navy vet (and USA Memory Champion) Ron White memorized the names of 2,000 fallen soldiers and transcribed them on the D-backs' Memorial Wall at Chase Field.

UNC rally caps

4. Buzz Aldrin visited Dodger Stadium, where we can only hope that Tommy Lasorda vicariously fulfilled one of our lifelong dreams:

5. Watch this game-tying Jason Giambi homer give the batter's eye a shiner:

6. We're guessing this UNC baseball player is an architecture major, because it must have required some serious engineering expertise to construct this rally cap tower:

UNC rally caps

7. Matt Kemp was reunited with Joshua Jones, the young fan to whom the Dodgers center fielder recently gave his hat, jersey and shoes. Kemp flew Jones and his family to Los Angeles on Monday.

8. And now for a photo of Cliff Pennington wearing a bucket of gum on his head, because of course.

Cliff Pennington

9. The Spurs completed their sweep of the Western Conference finals, beating the Grizzlies, 93-86, in Game 4 -- San Antonio will now advance to their fifth NBA Finals. This is great timing, considering Tim Duncan apparently only just realized that he has arms:

-- Cut4 Staff