Cut back the interleague series

High&Inside always has been a big fan of interleague play, considering the games against the Yankees and Red Sox (and this weekend, the Rangers) a valuable tool for gauging the Phillies abilities against the AL contenders.

For example, it's instructive to note that every NL East team lost to an AL counterpart on Sunday.

But most observers think there are too many interleague games. So here's a suggestion: Cut it from 18 games to six against real rivals, and play them all immediately before the all-star break.

"Right now we are getting interleague play during the NBA and NHL playoffs. It's lost on the sports calendar," wrote SI.com's Tom Verducci, who thinks baseball should instead seize the opportunity to "own July."

Suspect in L.A. beating in custody

Police in Los Angeles detained a suspect Sunday in the attack on a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium after opening day.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was among several people detained for questioning after police served search warrants in an East Los Angeles apartment building, Det. Jose Carillo said.

Among the people taken out of the building was a bald man with tattoos on his neck and arms, apartment manager Maritza Camacho said, a description that appeared to match the vague sketches released by police of one of the two suspects.

The March 31 beating left Bryan Stow with brain damage and caused an outpouring of sympathy.

Noteworthy

Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with multiple facial fractures after he was beaned in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.