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LAST PICTURE SHOW
On May 15, Phillies pitchers Don Carman and Terry Mulholland missed a pre-game meeting in San Diego because they were at the movies. Phils manager Nick Leyva fined them each $50, and their teammates dubbed them Siskel and Ebert. Carman and Mulholland also got hit up for $49 apiece by the club's kangaroo court, and their fellow pitchers had them pay $10 each for "embarrassing" the staff. The movie? Tequila Sunrise. "You can watch that one free on TV," said Leyva, laughing. "You made it the most expensive matinee in history." Carman could only smile. "Wow, $109—that's a lot for a movie," he said. "Plus, we both had popcorn. That's $110. But the movie only cost 99 cents."
THE HOUSE THAT DON BUILT
FREAK INJURIES OF THE WEEK
?On May 14, Rangers outfielder Ruben Sierra sprained his left ankle on an escalator in a shopping mall. The injury ended his streak of 325 consecutive games. He returned to action three days later.
?Last Saturday, Mets catcher Mackey Sasser accidentally set a chair down on Dwight Gooden's left foot, then sat on it, injuring the pitcher's middle toe. As of Sunday, the Mets had yet to decide whether Gooden would miss any turns.
KING FOR A DAY
The Mariners' backup shortstop, Brian Giles, knocked in seven runs last Thursday in a 14-6 victory over the Blue Jays. Not bad considering that in his previous 88 major league at bats, over three seasons, Giles had had only four RBIs. At the time, Giles's seven-RBI spree was the best of any in the American League this season. "I don't know if it will stand up all year, but it's something I'll cherish for the rest of my life," said Giles. As of Sunday, it was standing up—sort of. Last Saturday, Tom Brunansky of the Red Sox drove in seven runs.
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