Though momentarily distracted by Ryan Howard’s 2 run HR in the 14th, clinching a 7-5 win for the Phillies over the Nats, Jason Cohen managed to forward the following item from the Newark Star-Ledger’s Dan Graziano.

The federal government is investigating David Szen (above), the Yankees’ traveling secretary, on allegations of tax evasion, team officials said tonight.

The Yankees said Szen would take an indefinite leave of absence from the team. Multiple team officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they didn’t want to be perceived as interfering with a federal investigation, said the reason was an IRS investigation of Szen for alleged failure to declare income for tax purposes.

Szen has been with the Yankees since the early 1990s and is in charge of all of the team’s travel and hotel arrangements. Yankees officials said the investigation was a personal affair for Szen and not connected with the team or Major League Baseball in general.

Not to diminish the seriousness of the above case, but if David Stern or Roger Goodell were counting on an MLB scandal to take over the headlines, they might have to wait another day or two.

I’d hate to say that Brandon Webb’s dominant performance tonight has taken all the suspense out of the Fish/Snakes tilt, but Mark Grace spent much of the home 7th inning discussing his crush on Debbie Harry and reciting the lyrics to Adam & The Ants’ “Ant Music”. C’mon, Gracie, if you’re gonna make an audition reel for VH-1, do it on your own time.