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Twins ace Johan Santana (right) is 6-2; Angels rookie Ervin Santana threw a shutout; and Brewers reliever Julio Santana is holding opponents to a .102 batting average. "You could ... put together a staff of Santanas," says Brewers G.M. Doug Melvin. "[Carlos] could sing the national anthem."
The Shaq Approach
Shaquille O'Neal may not be going to the NBA Finals, but he's going to the mensch hall of fame after volunteering to help pay for the funeral of George Mikan (page 52). "Without number 99 there is no me," said Shaq of Mikan's impact. The family accepted the offer. "It just speaks to what Shaquille is all about," Mikan's son Terry said.
Kurt's kid brother (he's only 20) won his second straight Craftsman Truck series race, was runner-up in the Nextel Cup MBNA RacePoints 400 and was the only driver to run in three races at Dover. Said the Nextel Cup rookie, "I had a blast."
The 60-year-old former Pirates, Marlins and Rockies skipper and two-time NL Manager of the Year is eager to get back in the game and could be a candidate for soon-to-be-open jobs with the struggling Rockies, Indians and others. But Leyland vows he's not after Lloyd McClendon's spot in Pittsburgh, explaining, "Lloyd's my friend."