Seven straight wins put Minnesota at .500 and angling to get back in the AL
Central race. And catch this: Joe Mauer (left, batting .380 through Sunday)
could be the first backstop in 64 years to lead the AL in hitting. Said ace
Johan Santana, "We're putting everything together."
The U.S. Open (page 48) went down to its last, agonizing strokes (Phil
Mickelson, right); Game 5 of the NBA Finals went down to its last,
controversial seconds; the U.S. and Italy played a 1--1 edge-of-seater in the
World Cup; and the Stanley Cup (page 62) got pushed to Game 7.
Tigers gambled on the ol' lefty (he's 41) last winter with a two-year, $16
million deal. The reward: Rogers was 10--3 after nailing down career win number
200 on Sunday. Said Mr. Rogers, "I've got some left."
Two wins had the upstart nation rolling into the second round of the World Cup.
And look out: This team beat Brazil and Argentina in the qualifying rounds.
Seven straight losses dropped Atlanta 14 games back in the NL East through
Sunday. The injury-nicked team (with starter Horacio Ramirez, below) had a
division-worst 4.83 ERA, and fans chanted, "Let's go Red Sox," during a
sweep by Boston in Atlanta. Said G.M. John Schuerholz, "It's frustrating
and perplexing and aggravating."
NBA prospect J.J. Redick (below) made an illegal U-turn that led to a DWI.
Devil Rays prospect B.J. Upton went 55 mph in a 30-mph zone and got a DWI. And
A's pitcher Esteban Loaiza drove his Ferrari 120 and got busted; police smelled
alcohol and booked him on suspicion of DUI.
Journeyman starter's fairy-tale 2005 (10--0 for the Yanks) seems long ago.
After New York sent him to the minors with an 0--3 record, Small, who has been
released four times, called it the "hardest demotion" of his
First it had much-publicized squabbles over salaries and bonuses, then it got
bounced, 2--0, from the World Cup by Switzerland.