First baseman Phil Nevin (one homer since May 28) played his way onto the trading block, while thirtysomething outfielders Dave Roberts (3 for his last 22) and Ryan Klesko (7 for 33) were a big reason San Diego had lost seven in a row and seen its NL West lead slip to 21/2 games. Manager Bruce Bochy to the San Diego Union Tribune: "Hitting is always a difficult thing to figure out."
Old warrior really thought his appeal of a split-decision loss to Jermain Taylor (SI, July 25) might be upheld. It wasn't. Now, a rematch won't happen until December at the earliest.
On Sunday the IRL rookie crashed during a race outside Milwaukee, finishing 19th. That was after she was the object of protest: Four fellow drivers boycotted a Saturday autograph session because organizers created a separate waiting line for Danica.
Most White Sox love going to Cleveland--they're 6--1 there this year. Not outfielder Dye, who says he got bitten by an insect in his hotel bed there during a post--All-Star series. The bites swelled, Dye needed antibiotics, and he missed four games. Dye's plans for future hotel stays? "I'm going to pull back the sheets."