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Abercrombie before yesterday's game had a chance to give words of inspiration to the kids from his hometown.

Outfielder Reggie Abercrombie talked with players on the Columbus, Ga., team via conference call for about 10 minutes Sunday morning before they were scheduled to play Japan in the championship game of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

Abercrombie, a Columbus native, hopes to be able to watch the game, which was pushed back to 8 tonight because of rain. Frank Thomas of Oakland and Tim Hudson of Atlanta are other major-leaguers who are Columbus natives.

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Abercrombie said most of the questions were about home runs.

"They wanted to know about my first one (at Cincinnati off Michael Gosling on April 19 that went 493 feet) and the one that I had off [Roger] Clemens (July 14 at Dolphin Stadium)," Abercrombie said. "Home runs are big with kids."

Yeah, we all love home runs.

The Little League Finals are scheduled for tonight at 8:00 p.m.  If Reggie gets to see them it will be in the clubhouse while his teammates are playing the Brewers (not likely) or at the hotel in St. Louis on the late night ESPN replay.