That comeback over the Lakers isn't all. The D-Backs, getting one (Brandon)
Webb gem after another, won seven of eight to move near the top of the NL West.
And the NFL's Cardinals, set to play in a new stadium in suburban Glendale, are
feeling the love for selecting Matt Leinart (left), selling more than 1,500
season tickets since draft day.
Nice numbers, Skip. The manager won his 1,000th game as a Yankee (one of four
to do so). He also had his star-laden team in first and got props from the
Boss: Said George Steinbrenner, "[Joe] knows how to lead."
One, two, three straight playoff shutouts for the hard-to-beat,
hard-to-pronounce Mighty Ducks goalie (it's brihs-GAH-lahf). After blanking
Colorado Sunday, the Russian rookie was asked how he felt. "I feel
normal," he said.
Alfonso (right) is quietly (!) flashing power (nine homers) and speed (six SBs)
for the Nats, while live-armed Rafael, a closer-in-waiting, has struck out 23
in 17 2/3 innings for the Mariners.
That collapse against the Suns isn't all. The Dodgers were scuffling near the
bottom of the NL West, while the AL's Angels (they claim to be from L.A. too,
remember?) had lost eight of 10 and strugglers like Casey Kotchman (above,
battling mono, batting .158) had them 24th in runs scored. Hitting coach Mickey
Hatcher: "It's ugly right now."
Nasty numbers, man. In five-plus years as Royals G.M. he's 375-561. That
includes 7-22 this year. His trades have bombed, prospects in his pipeline are
few, and owner David Glass says he's on the verge of a shake-up.
One, two, three chances to win the Kentucky Derby, but none of the trainer's
entries finished higher than ninth, and Bob and John (right) slunk in 17th.
Observed Baffert, "We weren't going to beat the winner today."
Hard-luck Cubs ace Carlos is winless in seven starts despite leading the
National League in strikeouts. Harder-luck Mets starter Victor is out for the
season with a torn tendon in his pitching elbow.