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After a lousy start Mark Mulder (left), the Cardinals' newly imported ace, has won two straight, dropped his ERA from 8.18 to 3.10 and bested Roger Clemens in a 1-0 10-inning win. And agent Fox Mulder is primed for maximum exposure: Former X-Files star David Duchovny wrote and stars in his directorial-debut film, House of D.
Understudy to the stars: Former USC quarterback is only player to back up two Heisman-winning QBs ( Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart), closing his college career with two national titles but only 33 pass attempts. That was enough for the Super Bowl champion Patriots, who took him in the seventh round to serve under Tom Brady.
With a mix of power (division-best 20 homers) and pitching (AL-best 3.12 ERA), they're off to their best start ever (15-4). In a week in which fiery manager Ozzie Guillen reminded everyone he didn't need ex-Chisox slugger Magglio Ordo�ez, whom he called, "a piece of [bleep]," White Sox widened their lead to four games in the AL Central.
Eighteen-year-old tennis phenom swept fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero to win Barcelona Open, becoming youngest player since Andrei Medvedev in 1993 to break into the top 10 (Nadal is No. 7). Charismatic clay-court stud is thrilling his native land, pulling down sponsorships and even looking sharp in those stylish pants (left).