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Jews at bat

Six major league baseball players (Brad Ausmus, Mike Lieberthal, Shawn Green, Jason Marquis, Scott Schoeneweis, and John Grabow) are still on the teams they started the season with. However, Al Levine, who was briefly up with the Giants, got sent down to the minor leagues.

In late July, rookie reliever Craig Breslow was called up by San Diego. Meanwhile, Cubs rookie Adam Greenberg was called up on July 7, only to be seriously beaned during his first big league at-bat. He recovered back in the minors and may be recalled this season.

Boston began the season with Kevin Youkilis fighting for a spot and rookie Adam Stern injured. Stern made the roster and Youkilis stayed on the team until July, when he was sent to the minors. Early in August, Gabe Kapler rejoined the team after playing in Japan, and when Youkilis was recalled on Aug. 8, three Jews took the field for the Sox. This is the first time since 1962 that three Jewish players are on one big league team. (All the major leaguers above have one or two Jewish parents and if they practice any faith, it is Judaism.)

In other news, newsletter Jewish Sports Review selected two U.C. Berkeley players to be on its All-America Team of the best Jewish college players in the country. Shortstop Josh Satin and pitcher Adam Gold were named to the Review's First Team, NCAA Division I.

Latte, biscotti and Bobby

On Aug. 30, the regular record stores will carry "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan." It's made up of various old tunes and bootleg cuts that are tied into the Martin Scorsese's PBS film on Dylan's pre-1967 career, airing Sept. 26-27.

Meanwhile, only at Starbucks, can you can find (starting Aug. 30) the first legit release of the concert: "Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962." Don't laugh about Starbucks — musicians would kill to get on their limited CD sale list — it's a shot of espresso to the bank account.

'Cave' to fame?

Summer isn't summer without a raft of film horror/thrillers. Opening Aug. 26 is "The Cave," about a group of crack cave explorers who are called into to explore a huge underground cavern and find an unknown species of "bloodthirsty creatures."

Cole Hauser, 30, a handsome and talented actor, plays the lead explorer. Hauser has mostly been seen in supporting roles ("White Oleander," "2 Fast, 2 Furious'). His mother is Cass Warner, an independent film producer who is the granddaughter of the late Harry Warner, one of founders of the Warner Brothers studio.

Rich and richer

Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg (born Diane Halfin) is photographed with her new $240,000 Bentley automobile in the September issue of House and Garden. The car is a gift from her husband, media mogul Barry Diller.

Diane told House and Garden: "English cars have a certain smell I love." Maybe she should bottle the smell and sell it as cologne on the Diller-owned QVC shopping network. I'd suggest "English Leather" as a name, but I believe it's been taken.

Actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will soon return to New York University for their sophomore year and maybe they'll continue with their off-campus studies, or as I call them, "Famous Jews Teach Really Rich Teens a Trade." Last year, Mary-Kate interned with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, while Ashley interned with hot young clothing

designer Zac Posen.

Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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