On the day Craig Biggio had his number 7 retired at Minute Maid Park, Houston
rode career Astro Roy Oswalt to the team's ninth win in 11 games. Who else to
thank? How about 10-year Houstonite Lance Berkman (above), hitting a healthy
.331. Could the surge mean a spot in the playoff race? Well, said manager Cecil
Cooper, "there's a little magic in the clubhouse."
Betcha wish you had a pocketful like Posey's. The former Florida State catcher
and No. 5 overall draft pick got a record $6.2 million signing bonus from the
Giants and may play A ball this year. What does the Golden Spikes winner think
of his Midas touch? "I'm extremely excited."
As if a $32 million contract and having total control at Alabama weren't
enough, football coach Nick Saban now has another reason to be going up in hat
size: Forbes is calling him the most powerful coach in all sports, and they put
him on the cover.
A boost from Manny. The Dodgers' second baseman has hit .465 in 11 games
batting in front of newly imported cleanup hitter Manny Ramirez, raising Kent's
season average to .279. Said L.A. manager Joe Torre, "It's helped
Tim Wakefield's out with a shoulder injury, so the Red Sox gave a start to his
putative heir, Charlie Zink (above). Kid knucksie's debut line? A real Zinker:
4 1/3 innings, eight runs. In Seattle, yet another knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey,
had a wild time on Sunday, tossing four errant pitches in an inning, then
offering this revelation on his signature pitch: "It was hard to
Forget Joe Gibbs Racing's fine season—they've been cheatin'! Two Nationwide
Series cars had magnets under their gas pedals, distorting horsepower readings
in a NASCAR check. Awaiting sanctions, president J.D. Gibbs apologized, saying
he and papa Joe were in the dark.
End of the line? With 305 career wins—but just two in 13 starts this season—the
Braves' 42-year-old lefty went back on the disabled list with elbow trouble.
"I don't think I want my career to end this way," said Glavine. But if
he needs surgery, it probably will.
Manny? Who needs Manny? The irascible Kent (left) bristled at talk that the big
guy's aided his game—even dissing the sacred Vin Scully. After the broadcaster
cited Kent's with-Manny stats, Kent told the L.A. Times, "Vin Scully talks