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Whatcha gonna do, Atlanta? The Braves were in damage-control mode last week after pitcher Derek Lowe's DUI arrest (he is said to have been drag racing) and pitching coach Roger McDowell's two-week suspension for directing offensive sexual comments at a group of fans in San Francisco.
The franchise's losingest April ever (17 L's) put Minnesota at a league-worst 9--18 through the weekend and last in the bigs in HRs (12) and ERA (5.06). After getting the loss against K.C. on Sunday, Carl Pavano tried to break a bat over a dugout trash can. Naturally, he failed.
Didn't the draft seem, well, sort of depressing this year, what with the constant boos and the looming lockout (not to mention Suzy Kolber's emotional ambush of Mark Ingram)? No surprise, labor strife has turned off fans. ESPN's ratings were down 17%.
Let preemptive free agency begin! After the Hornets and the Magic lost in the playoffs, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard—each with one contract year left—were asked about leaving. Online, The Orlando Sentinel put Howard in 16 unis, including that of the former WNBA Miracle.