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HOT: CENTRAL SPARK
The only division with three teams at 10 or more games above .500 is the NL Central. The Cardinals lead the majors with 37 wins and a +84 run differential. The Pirates and the Reds, meanwhile, with 35--22 records, would be good enough for first in four other divisions.
NOT: WALLED OFF
Bryce Harper hasn't recovered from colliding with the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. The Nationals' leftfielder hit .193 last month, has been out since May 27 and was put on the 15-day DL last Saturday with bursitis in his left knee—which he said was "swollen and crappy."
HOT: HOT STEW
After qualifying 22nd last Friday, Tony Stewart won at Dover on Sunday, vaulting the three-time Cup champ back into contention for the Chase. After the race the irritable Stewart said, "God, as much as I hate to say it, it's good to be back in the media center."
NOT: COURT VISION
Sergiy Stakhovsky, of Ukraine, mad after a line judge called a ball out during his first-round match against Richard Gasquet at the French Open, took a picture with his cellphone of where he claimed the ball had landed. He lost the argument and the match, and was fined $2,000.
HOT: CHRIS BASH
The Orioles are in second in the AL East thanks to a lineup that is slugging an MLB-best .464. The man responsible for Baltimore's power surge? First baseman Chris Davis, whose 20 homers through Sunday led the majors. Since May 22 he's hitting .511 with an OPS of 1.627.