They're getting healthy (slugger Garret Anderson just came off the DL), they're
feeling happy (especially when they were mobbing Vladimir Guerrero, above,
after his walk-off tater on Sunday) and they're winning: Eight wins in 10 games
put them 5 1/2 games up in the AL West. Manager Mike Scioscia: "When we get
into our game, we're very confident."
The former NBA sharpshooter's postplaying career is going just fine: After four
years as a well-regarded TNT analyst, he's taking over as general manager of
the Suns—nice nucleus, Steve!—a team of which he is a part owner.
Davis on the
Diamondbacks southpaw Doug Davis has a 1.62 ERA and two wins, in his last three
starts after taming the Mets on Sunday. He's got a nasty curve and a nasty
cutter, and, says manager Bob Melvin, "it's difficult to gauge him when
he's throwing strikes with both."
The Phillies promo began with kids receiving grass-skirted figurines of
Maui-born outfielder Shane Victorino, then included Hawaiian music between
innings and hula dancers in the seventh-inning stretch. How did it end? With
Victorino blasting a homer to beat the Giants.
They're banged up (catcher Henry Blanco and outfielder Daryle Ward went on the
DL), they're angry (pitcher Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett fought
in the dugout; skipper Lou Piniella, above, got suspended after kicking dirt on
an ump) and they're losing: Eight losses in 10 games put Chicago near the
bottom of the NL Central.
The ex-NFL receiver's postplaying career is in trouble. Eighteen months after
his last catch, he tried his hands in mixed martial arts: He got flattened (but
not seriously hurt) in 38 seconds, then refused to take the postfight drug
Davis at the
Diamondbacks southpaw Doug Davis hasn't gotten much run support this year—and
he's part of the problem. He's 0 for 51 since his last hit almost a year ago.
"I'm embarrassed," he told The Arizona Republic, then explained,
"I'm a better hitter than what I've been doing."
Rockies outfielder Matt was dazed and contused after accidentally banging his
head on a concrete overhang in the Colorado dugout. And the next day he was
still sore—mainly over false reports that he'd smacked himself on the head with
his batting helmet in frustration after popping out. Said Holliday,