Seattle (39--60) reached a new low in Friday's loss to Beckett's Red Sox. A scuffle broke out in the dugout after manager Don Wakamatsu benched second baseman Chone Figgins for failing to back up a throw. Said the M's Russell Branyan, "With the way we've been playing, it'd be hard to convince any fan to come out."
And then there's bad exposure, as in seeing the 67-year-old Fox NFL analyst and ExtenZe pitchman toughing it out shirtless on the beach in Nicaragua for the upcoming season of Survivor. Johnson reportedly was going to be on the show in 2008 but failed his physical.
On a dispiriting 2--9 road trip, the Amazin's were below the Mendoza line, batting .195. In one three-day span the Mets, who have fallen from a half game back to 7½ in four weeks, had hitless stretches of seven and eight innings. The bright side: They aren't stranding many runners.
Since July 19, Detroit has lost third baseman Brandon Inge (broken hand), outfielder Magglio Ordoñez (broken ankle) and second baseman Carlos Guillen (strained calf) to the DL. "We've got to revamp this whole thing right now," said manager Jim Leyland.