In up-for-grabs AL
West, they're doing some grabbing: Six straight wins left the Halos a game and
a half back through Sunday. With starters like John Lackey (26 2/3-inning
scoreless streak) they're primed for second half (page 44). Manager Mike
Scioscia on the sizzling Lackey (left): "It has been his frame of
Humble and bubbly
sophomore, 21, sped to his first Nextel Cup win of the season, vaulting him to
fourth place in the Chase. Afterward, the kid downplayed the victory.
rookie--and SI PLAYERS cover boy on March 20, 2006--averaged 24.8 points to
draw comparisons with Dwyane Wade and win MVP at the Vegas Summer League.
Three days after
opening a steak house, Mo's, the Yankees' Mariano Rivera (left) locked up his
400th save with a two-inning, two-DP shutdown of the White Sox. (Manager Joe
Torre: "He's a special guy.") Across town, the Mets bullpen was leading
the NL with a 3.41 ERA.
anyone-can-snag-it AL West, M's are sagging, not snagging: Eight losses in 10
games dropped Seattle to cellar. Ichiro Suzuki ruminating on team's woes:
"The problem usually isn't just on the cover. You need to look much
deeper.... If we're talking about a tree ... you need to look at the root. But
you cannot see the root."