Tigers manager Jim Leyland wouldn't share any strategy for getting his star, Miguel Cabrera, out—in part because there is none. "I don't think there's any way to pitch him," Leyland said. "You might think there's a hole here or there. But he's so smart, he knows what people are trying to do." ... UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman isn't surprised that Anderson Silva is a heavy favorite for their Dec. 28 rematch. "I knocked him out," Weidman told me. "But the mystique of Anderson Silva is strong. People think I got lucky." ... I asked Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey the difference between the AL and NL. "About two runs on your ERA," the reigning NL Cy Young winner told me. "[The AL's] a hitter's league, especially the AL East. You got smaller ballparks and better hitters." ... Heat forward Shane Battier said reporting for ESPN during its NBA draft coverage was more challenging than playing in the Finals: "Game 7, I felt like I had control over what was going to happen. Draft night, you have no control."