Mariano Rivera pitched four times in five days before the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention this week. On Thursday, he left the team to return to New York for a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his right shoulder. There is some fear that Rivera could need arthroscopic surgery, although the procedure would be minor and would not be expected to affect him next spring. (New York Times) Comment
The vibe in the Rams locker room Wednesday and Thursday was that several Rams players weren't happy about the benching of Marc Bulger. But no one would say so publicly. Well, outspoken running back Steven Jackson took care of that Thursday night on his "Rolling the Dice" radio show on KLOU (103.3 FM). Jackson said benching Bulger was the "wrong decision." "He's our general," said Jackson, who then pointed out that you don't pay someone "$60-something million" and then sit him on the bench. Although he harbors no ill will against Trent Green, who replaces Bulger in the starting lineup Sunday against Buffalo, Jackson wondered aloud about what will happen when it's time for Bulger to return to the starting lineup? Jackson intimated strongly that Bulger would be unwilling to do so. Team sources did in fact tell the Post-Dispatch on Thursday that Bulger no longer wants to play for coach Scott Linehan. Bulger has declined comment for three consecutive days since his benching became public knowledge. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wouldn't fault Orlando Cabrera for the shortstop's latest finger-pointing. As Guillen said Thursday, that's what happens when a player ''thinks he's better than what he really is.'' What really disappointed Guillen was that Cabrera's teammates didn't hold him accountable for comments he made Tuesday on ''Boers and Bernstein'' on WSCR-AM. But as Guillen said, ''the baseball gods will get you'' -- maybe not Thursday, when Cabrera started the ball rolling for the Sox with a solo homer, but ''at some point.'' In an interview with the Sun-Times, Guillen discussed the second incident this season in which Cabrera not only made discouraging remarks about his teammates, but also took an indirect shot at Guillen. Both are serious no-nos to Guillen. (Chicago Sun Times) Comment
L.A. Dodger Rafael Furcal (right) sprays teammate Delwyn Young with champagne after the team's win against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers clinched the AL West when the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 12-3 earlier in the day, but they waited to celebrate until after their own game.(AP)
Fans, bloggers are reporters everywhere are calling this catch by Morgan State receiver Edwin Baptiste one of the greatest ever.
Game To Watch
Cubs at Brewers, 8:05 p.m. ET -- The Brewers kept their playoff hopes alive with a walk-off win Thursday. Tonight, they look to keep pace with the Mets in the wild card race with a win against the Cubs.
1993 -- Seattle's Randy Johnson joins the 300-strikeout club. 1971 -- Jim Palmer becomes the fourth Orioles pitcher to win at least 20 games on the season. 1962 -- L.A. Dodger Maury Wills becomes the first player to steal 100 bases in a season, en route to 104 on the year.