Just days into his Astros career, he's already won them a game: Scored lone run Sunday and had HR-robbing snag.
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Two Words For You:
Despite beating the Mets in both ends of a
doubleheader Sunday, the Yankees managed to get
swept in a talent doubleheader in the fantasy league
known as Midseason Trades (Group name: "Contenders";
OF Carlos Beltran?
Winning games for Houston.
Starting P Freddy Garcia?
Escapes Cashman's clutches for Chicago's South
Good move for the White Sox? Sure, but -- really --
who cares? The bigger issue is how this hurts the
Yankees ... and creates just a little tension between
the Boss and his front office.
Make deals because they can?
Not this year: New York covets another starting
pitcher; even with a Contreras revival, the rotation
is as sketchy as the trade bait the Yankees are
And that's the problem: Years of offseason and
midseason deals have left the Yankees with slop for
swapping. They may need a starter badly, but no relief
is in sight.
When asked Sunday where he would like
to be traded, Shaq was coquettish. What a good excuse
for another round of What He Said, What He
What he said:
What he meant:
* Anywhere but the Clippers.
* Picture the Duncan-Diesel Dynasty in San
* Shaq-Daddy coming to Big D!
MLB Bans Andro
Why do I suspect there will never be
an "asterisk" debate over Mark McGwire? There should
be. MLB's andro ban was announced way too
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Curt Schilling: 7-0 at Fenway (but won't matter 'til Oct.)|
"Simulated games": PS2 thing? No, Wood throws faux 3 IP
The Stadler family: Dad AND son win golf tourneys Sunday
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D-Backs: Lose for 9th consecutive time, a franchise record|
Michelle Wie: Loses Publinx title in the final strokes
Texas: UT CWS L AND Rangers W streak snaps. D'oh, y'all!
Technically (if retroactively), doesn't MLB's new
andro ban indicate he (sort of) cheated when he hit
those 70 HRs? Yes, it's an ex post facto
argument, but let's finally lose the mythologized
reverence for his "achievement."
A New Contreras
6 IP, 0R, 2H, 10K: Jose Contreras'
line in his first start since his family reunion.
(OK, OK, it was against the Mets, but doubters
lose evidence that he won't be a top AL
pitcher in the second half.)
College World Series
Say this for the wearying College World Series
format: When a team wins a title 2-0 in a
best-of-3, it's undisputed. No denying Cal State
Fullerton's bonafides after sweeping heavily favored
That said: In a perennial plea, the CWS should
strongly consider a single-elimination bracket
that would help the sport go more mainstream.
An over-under of 127 on a game's
combined point total is anathema to the NBA, but it's
why Arena football is considered a "growth" sports
San Jose 69, Arizona 62: Just looking at
that score makes you want to see how that happened.
(Debate over whether or not the SaberCats are a
"dynasty?" Not so much.)
Dream Job Tryouts
There's at least one huge reason to try
out for the new season of "Dream Job" -- you might
meet ESPN talent exec and Dream Job judge Al Jaffe,
who was the true star of DJ's first season.
(Runner-up reason: You might end up on ESPN like
Season 1 winner Mike, or hocking dodgeball like
runner-up Zach.) See "Q It Up" for a
link to the casting info, including tomorrow and Wednesday
||U. of Texas:
Refused to come on field to accept second-place trophy at CWS, saying, "We don't need a trophy to tell us we're champions." Umm, wrong: second place does not mean champion.
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Wimbledon: That's quite the exciting weekend, watching
all those "Wimby Classic" re-runs. Build a freakin'
retractable roof already ...
NHL draft: No. 1 pick Alex Ovechkin is apparently the
next Young Mario, but with the lockout, he might be
the next Old Man Messier ...
D-Rays watch: Lost to Florida, but still America's
favorite underdog-done-good. Put Piniella on the AL
All-Star managerial team! ...
Jim Thome hit his 26th HR this weekend, and he's got
to be the current favorite for the All-Star HR Derby
in two weeks ...
The Rumor Mill is buzzing about Kobe leaning toward
the Clippers. Just wait until Thursday, when teams can
actually woo players ...