Even with ace Ubaldo Jimenez on the DL, Colorado (with Jhoulys Chacin, right) is off to its best start (12--3) in franchise history and has the NL's fourth-best ERA (3.43). Meanwhile, life's been peachy in K.C., where the Royals were 7--3 at home through Sunday—and where they've smacked all 11 of their HRs.
Real Madrid--Barca Part 2 of 5 ended in a thrilling 1--1 draw after both Messi and Ronaldo scored last Saturday, Rafael Nadal (right) maintained his clay dominance in the Monte Carlo Masters, and Memphis's Marc Gasol dropped 24 on the Spurs in a Game 1 upset.
How's the Damon Era going in Tampa? Save for a sore left ring finger, swell. Last week, the 37-year-old became only the third player since '79 with five straight game-winning RBIs, including twin walk-offs against Minnesota. Said manager Joe Maddon, "That's ridiculous."
Through 14 games, New York topped the majors with a .486 slugging percentage and 27 HRs, including an AL-leading five apiece by Jorge Posada and Mark Teixeira. Altogether, the Bombers boasted more four-HR hitters (seven) than any team ever through 17 games.