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August 18, 2008

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Well, Favre-less Wisconsin, at least you've got baseball. Wild-card leading Milwaukee was surging—they'd won eight of 10 through Monday, five straight since slugger Prince Fielder (above) and pitcher Manny Parra scuffled in the dugout. That Sabathia fella won't lose (CC's 6--0 since arriving from Cleveland), and the Brew Crew won't quit, rallying from 4--1 down to win on Sunday.

In the Rays' feel-good season nothing has been feel-gooder than seeing Rocco Baldelli in the cleanup spot on Sunday—his first game since being shelved 15 months ago with a genetic disorder that leaves him fatigued. Rocco was there with flair, singling in a run and making a diving catch in left. Catcher Shawn Riggans to the St. Pete Times: "Oh, my God, it was great."

Byron Leftwich
The oft-injured QB outplayed fellow free agent Daunte Culpepper in an audition, and now he's back in the NFL, as a man of Steel. The ex-Jaguar says he plans to "come in and try to work my butt off" as Pittsburgh's backup to Ben Roethlisberger.

Ian Kinsler
The Rangers' breakout second base star (SI, Aug. 11) had been slumping some. Uh, not anymore. The AL runs-scored leader stroked a career-high five hits and smacked a homer in a win over Baltimore on Sunday.


Oh, well, Ohio, at least the Buckeyes start footballin' this month. Cincy's midseason flirt with decency disappeared with 14 losses in 16 games, including seven of eight after a players-only meeting. Ken Griffey's gone (to the White Sox), so's Adam Dunn (to the D-backs), and phenom Edinson Volquez (above) is suddenly struggling (6.64 ERA in his last four starts).

He's out. Diamondbacks second baseman Orlando Hudson injured his wrist and is gone for the year, including any games in October. Sound familiar? A late-season thumb injury sidelined Hudson for the playoffs in 2007. What's Orlando to do? Arizona manager Bob Melvin: "... get back here on the bench and give us moral support like he did last year."

Braylon Edwards
Keep your shoes on, man! The Browns' top receiver was running in stockingd feet when becleated teammate Donté Stallworth trod on his heel. The upshot: a gash, stitches and perhaps two preseason games with Edwards on the bench.

Ian Kennedy
The Yankees' starter came up from the minors, got shelled for five runs in two-plus innings, then declared he was "not too upset" about the outing. The Yankees, though, were. Kennedy was sent to Triple A.