Josh Beckett, the hero of Florida's 2003 World Series winner, returned from two months on the DL last Friday, allowing one run in 5 2/3 in a win over Seattle. A night earlier the Twins' Carl Pavano (right), threw his second straight complete game, a shutout of Baltimore that lowered his ERA to 3.26.
Talk about good exposure. The four-time defending Sprint Cup champ gave his sponsors $48 million worth of TV airtime in the first half of the season, far and away the highest amount in NASCAR. Johnson finished 22nd Sunday but is still safely in the Chase for a fifth title.
After being inserted at the top of the lineup, outfielder Tyler Colvin (right), 24, and shortstop Starlin Castro, 20, combined for 10 RBIs in six games. Last Saturday, setup man Andrew Cashner, 23, used his triple-digit heater to work out of two jams in a win over St. Louis.
Colt McCoy signed a four-year deal with the Browns worth $5 million. (Not bad for a third-rounder.) And he got it a week after getting married—and serenaded at the reception by former Texas teammate Jordan Shipley, whose ditty became a TMZ.com sensation.