Goodbye, New York. An off-season trade, some Yankee-dissing (On Bobby Abreu:
"He ain't me"), and now he's helping Detroit distance itself from the
likes of the Yanks. Since May 2, Sheff's hitting .349 and his career numbers
are getting Cooperstown-worthy: Homer 475 came last week.
Cruisin'. What happens when you have a QB ( San Jose's Mark Grieb, right) throw
nine TD passes? You win your 11th straight game and go to the AFL's American
Hunter's not acting his age. The Astros' 24-year-old centerfielder (page 57)
could become the first NL rookie to win a batting title. He was at .342, and
Houston fans were hanging HUNTER: FEED THE MASSES signs at the park. Astros CEO
Drayton McLane: "You build franchises with players like him."
At last, the full Monty. He'd gone winless for 19 months before some back-nine
putting and a bit of long grass that saved a ball from the water snagged him
the European Open. Said Montgomerie, 44, who just changed caddies, "I feel
there is a new career in me."
Goodbye, Chicago? While Chisox rotation-mate Mark Buehrle got a new deal,
Contreras remains trade bait—assuming anyone wants him. At 5--10 his velocity
is down, his control is off ("I never wanted it to be like this," he
said), and this may not be a fleeting dip. He's 9-19 since last year's All-Star
Upset! Dallas's 15--1 regular season (the AFL's best ever) meant zip when two
weird bounces (off the field goal uprights) led to a playoff loss to Columbus,
which came in—ready?—at 7--9.
Curt may be showing his age. The 40-year-old Red Sox righty's near no-hitter
seems eons, not five weeks, ago. He's been out since June 19 with shoulder
tendinitis, his return date is vague—and he's been neglecting his beloved blog.
Schilling to the Boston Herald: "The progress isn't where I want it to
It seemed elementary: Watson, 57, was up by three strokes and headed to his
first win at the U.S. Senior Open. Then he played the last eight holes at eight
over par—"I lost the reins," he said—and wound up fourth, a collapse
that cost him nearly $350,000.