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I recently had the pleasure of watching the Giants' Tim Lincecum hit a stand-up triple in a 6--3 loss to the Marlins. While stand-up triples are exciting and impressive enough when hit by an everyday player, they are even more noteworthy when hit by a guy like Lincecum, who is a pitcher. Thank God for the National League, where a feat like this is always possible.
Harry Freiberg, Brookings, Ore.
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In your article about the designated hitter (In Praise [Ducking] of the DH), the text in one of the photo captions compares the home runs hit by DHs with the ones hit by NL pitchers batting ninth. The real comparison should be between the guys batting ninth in both leagues (which in the American League is rarely the DH). Many AL teams have two players who would struggle to even make an NL roster: a DH who is weak on defense and a strong defensive player who struggles at the plate about as much as a pitcher.
Brian Berkey, Elkton, Md.
Enough of this poor Phil Mickelson, woe is me nonsense (This One's Probably the Toughest for Me ...). Golf is a capricious game that Mickelson has always played aggressively. He has been a great player (four major titles) who doesn't need excuses. Therefore everyone needs to stop making them for him.
Rodney K. Boswell, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Alan Shipnuck's mention of great U.S. Open wins certainly should have included Ken Venturi's 1964 victory at Congressional Country Club in which he fought off heat, dehydration, exhaustion and a doctor's advice that he withdraw from the tournament.
John Michael Casteel, Traverse City, Mich.