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RANGERS WITH LEE
Texas is cruising in spite of the deal that landed the team Cliff Lee, not because of it. The lefty has been roughed up in his last three starts—all Rangers losses—and he gave up a career-high four homers to the punchless Orioles last Saturday. The Rangers are 3--6 in Lee's starts but still have an eight-game lead in the West.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
The reigning U.S. Open champ wasn't so quick to recover from his injury. A bum right wrist, which has kept him off the court since January, forced him to withdraw from the Open. Del Porto is just the third champion in the 42-year Open era not to attempt to defend his title.
PIRATES STAT LINE
You get what you pay for. A loss to the Mets on Friday clinched an 18th straight losing season for Pittsburgh—the longest such streak in American pro sports history. That's what happens when you rank last in the league in runs and next to last in ERA.
The Serbia (and Thunder) center spent last Thursday night in an Athens jail after he threw a chair at a Greek player during a brawl in the Acropolis tournament. "Relations with the Greeks are now very bad," said Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic. Ya think so?