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HOT: PITT'S PERFECT
They're 18th or worse in all major hitting categories, but the Pirates (46--30) had won four straight after beating the Angels 10--9 on Sunday. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who has 19 HRs this season, hit a bomb in each of the four consecutive W's.
NOT: RAFA'S WIMBLE-DONE
Still hobbled by a left knee injury, Rafael Nadal (above) was knocked out in straight sets at Wimbledon on Monday by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium. It was Nadal's first opening-round loss in a Grand Slam event. Understated Darcis, "Rafa Nadal didn't play his best today."
HOT: SPAIN'S REIGN
The defending World Cup and Euro champs ran their unbeaten streak in competitive matches to a record 25 with a 3--0 win over Nigeria at the Confederations Cup on Sunday. Left back Jordi Alba netted twice for Spain, which was slated to face Italy on Thursday in the Cup semis.
NOT: WATCH IT, WATSON
Last year's Masters champ, Bubba Watson, finished fourth at the Travelers this weekend but not before he berated his caddie (a verbal OB caught by CBS cameras) after an errant drive on 16, asking him sarcastically, "You're telling me that's the right yardage?"
HOT: TORONTO STAR
On Sunday the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 13--5 for their 11th straight win, MLB's longest streak this year. Your dude? Edwin Encarnacion, team leader in HRs (21) and RBIs (63); second in OPS (.900). Said the 1B-DH of the surge, "I've been waiting for this since the season started."