Stephen Strasburg's run of 27 scoreless innings against Miami came to an end quickly on Tuesday. Strasburg was uneven, unfocused and battered around. White flags of surrender felt necessary by the third inning. Strasburg surrendered nine hits, tied for most in his career; seven runs, five of them earned; and only three strikeouts over five agonizing innings. His command was off. His body language was poor. He allowed two stolen bases out of lack of attention to base runners. ... Strasburg had produced four brilliant starts this month despite the early end to his season looming a few weeks away because of his surgically repaired elbow. On Tuesday, he looked tired, but Johnson said it would not alter the Nationals??? plan with Strasburg. (The Washington Post) Comment
What we've heard from wide receiver Randy Moss since his introduction in San Francisco might barely fill a thimble. [Moss], who's held two press conferences since joining the 49ers in March, again declined an interview request Tuesday while sitting at his locker. Asked if he would give a state-of-the-team comment, Moss replied: "Nope." Maybe next week, heading into the regular-season opener at Green Bay? "Probably not," Moss answered. A league spokesman said Moss is expected to comply with the league's media policy when the regular-season schedule beings next week. That includes making himself available to the local media one day during the week and also postgame. (Mercury News) Comment
Dwyane Wade is back -- well, sort of. For the first time since he underwent July 9 arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, [Wade] has resumed court work. Says who? Says Wade. Tuesday evening, during the break between his charity events this past weekend in Chicago and his upcoming book tour, Wade posted on Twitter: "Whew..first day on the court since my surgery..oh and that look on my face was b4 the workout started..haa." ... Two weeks ago, while hosting his annual adult fantasy camp on Miami Beach, Wade said he was disappointed that he could not participate in the camp, limiting his competitive interaction to a 3-point contest with the adult campers. At the time, he said, "I can't start really working out until the first week of September." (Sun-Sentinel) Comment
One fan shows his appreciation for Angels ace Mike Trout. (CSM /Landov)
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