Phillies outspoken shortstop (remember, he said Philly was the "team to
beat" in the NL East) is doing his usual hit collecting (126 through
Sunday) and getting homer-happy, with 19. Warned Rollins after going 3 for 4 in
a 9--0 win over the Padres, "We are capable of doing this on a consistent
He's healthy! Browns center whose torn knee tendon and subsequent staph
infection cost him all of last season says he's been O.K.'d to get out there
and start pushing people around—just in time for year two of his six-year, $36
What an offense, what a surge! The Yanks' anticipated second-half awakening may
have begun: They'd won eight of 10, scoring 79 runs along the way. And it ain't
just A-Rod (page 66). Hideki Matsui (above) was hitting .349 in July; Robinson
Cano was at .377.
Ranked No. 21 but ready to rise with new coach Tony Roche (he's guided Roger
Federer and Ivan Lendl) and havin' a blast: Hewitt drew gossip-page ink in Oz
when he mingled backstage with comedian Kevin Bloody Wilson.
Padres outspoken lefty (see Perfect I'm Not, his book) has a fat 4.95 ERA in
his last four starts, and is nearing home run history: Two more dingers
allowed, and he'll be the 10th to surrender 400. Explained Wells after yielding
three Philly long balls last Saturday, "I wasn't hitting my locations very
He's gone. That right knee (torn up in Minnesota in 2005) never served him well
in Miami, which let him go just 10 days before he was to come to camp this
week. At best, Culpepper, who has a few suitors, will have to learn a whole new
O on the fly.
No offense, no surge. Oakland (.634 post-All-Star Game winning percentage from
1999 to '06) had scored 27 runs in 10 postbreak games, losing eight thanks to
the punchless likes of Mark Kotsay (right, hitting .148 since the break) and
Dan Johnson (.125).
Ranked only 79th but making history. Radionova became the second player ever
disqualified from a WTA match, after swatting a ball in the direction of
hecklers at the Cincinnati Open. Radionova, who cried afterward, advised fans,
"If you're afraid of the ball, don't sit in the front row."