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Insomnia’s pine-tarred grip took hold of me last winter just as major league baseball started heating up. My eyes stayed wide every night wondering who the Detroit Tigers had gotten from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for infielder Travis Fryman. No Internet in the house, and it was still months before my Street & Smith’s MLB preview would arrive. What was an old, sleepless Tiger fan to do? I prayed to Ron LeFlore. I screamed the name of Gates Brown in vain. I hummed “Loooooooooooou… Whitaker” like a mantra, but sleep never came. So I went for a midnight walk and there, next to a bank of USA Today boxes, was my personal tryptophan: Baseball Weekly, which publishes rain or shine, through lack of interest or lack of news, gave me the name of Fryman’s replacement: Joe Randa. And then I visited slumberland. Take a nap when Baseball Weekly editor Lee Ivory gives a behind-the-scenes look into the journal at 6 p.m. at Gannett Tower, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-6628. (CP)