F. Robinson to receive honor

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April 06, 2007

Former Orioles manager and player Frank Robinson will receive the first Jackie Robinson Society Community Recognition Award next week as part of a George Washington University celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the integration of Major League Baseball.

Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and Frank Robinson became the sport's first black manager with the Cleveland Indians in 1975.

On Thursday, scholars, authors and retired athletes will participate in a discussion of Jackie Robinson's contributions to sports and race relations.

Frank Robinson will be honored during an event that evening.

Blue Jays -- Toronto has been forced to revise a television commercial featuring Frank Thomas after the ad drew objections from the Television Bureau of Canada, a regulatory body for private broadcasters. A 30-second spot that shows the 6-foot-5, 275-pound designated hitter taking part in a pillow fight with two young boys was edited to remove a scene where Thomas knocks one of the boys off a bed and onto the floor. Now the boy pops into the air when he gets hit. The new commercial also features a disclaimer reading "Dramatization. Do not try this at home."

Trade -- Hoping to bolster a beleaguered bullpen, Philadelphia acquired hard-throwing right-hander Francisco Rosario from Toronto for cash. Rosario was 1-2 with a 6.65 ERA in 17 games with the Blue Jays last year. He was designated for assignment last Friday, meaning the Blue Jays had 10 days to trade him, send him outright to the minors or release him.

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