Now that it's baseball season, smartphone applications are making it easy to check scores during important meetings and dinner dates. Just keep nodding.
ESPN ScoreCenter, free for Android and iOS from ESPN Inc., lets you check any score, anytime, for virtually any sport. To set up the app for your favorite sports and teams, you'll need to log in with a Facebook account or register at http://espn.go.com. Then log in from the app and start selecting.
While following a live baseball game, you can see who's at bat, check stats, tap on "game feed" to read about each pitch, tap "social" for a Twitter feed, or comment in an area called "Section 140," where you are warned that your posts "may be used on TV and other ESPN media platforms." Additional icons let you post to Twitter and Facebook.