BREWERS THIRD BASEMAN
BOTH ARE a shade over six feet, 200-plus pounds and Caucasian, but, explains the Brewers Ryan Braun, "I'm much better looking." That didn't stop the printing of a baseball card with the Royals' Braun on the front and the Brewers' Braun on the back. K.C.'s Braun says fans will interweave their pasts. "[Someone will think] I went to Miami [Brewer Braun], transferred to UNLV [Royal Braun], was drafted in the first round [Brewer Braun], then became a pitcher in the minors [Royal Braun]," he says. "It's pretty cool—bordering on science fiction." The Brewers' Rookie of the Year candidate Braun (left) is hitting .350 with 18 homers, while his Royals' counterpart has a 7.88 ERA. Still, Milwaukee's Braun won't trash-talk about a potential on-field showdown with K.C.'s Braun. All he knows, he says, "is that Ryan Braun will win."
TONY PE�A JR.
FORGIVE THE pitcher for being hesitant to discuss his name—he's the guy who got in trouble for signing his 2002 D-Backs contract with his nephew's name. Then, he was Adriano Rosario, 17. Now, after returning to his native Dominican Republic to straighten things out, he's 25 with a 1.95 ERA. The 6' 1", 220-pound righty is also "bigger than me," says the slimmer (6' 2", 180 pounds) Pe�a Jr., son of the ex-big-league catcher and current Yankees coach. Yet the Royal (left) who had just two homers in 400 career at bats, "hit a home run off [ Pe�a] in winter ball. He throws 97, 98. I got lucky." The pair haven't met, but they've often been confused by fans, and Arizona's Pe�a recalls an autograph-seeker presenting him with a card of Kansas City's Pe�a. Did he again sign something under false pretenses? Says Pe�a: "No."