Anaheim, Los Angeles, whatever: With a 4-3 win at
Oakland, the Halos extend their division lead to 5
(magic no: 2). This AL West race is as good as over.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Wouldn't it be ironic if the same
Mother Nature, who seemingly sided with Boston last
year at the ALCS, turned her back on the Red Sox this
Yesterday's rainout forced the Red Sox into a
day-night doubleheader today that throws their
rotation off for the de facto playoff series with the
Yankees coming up this weekend.
Instead of the epic Johnson-Schilling on Saturday, now
it's Unit vs. Wakefield, with Schilling pitching
Sunday vs. Mussina. Let's hope the Red Sox are still
alive for it to mean something.
Meanwhile, the Yankees waited out the rain in
Baltimore to deliver an 11-3 pounding that inched them
ahead of Boston by a half-game.
(And New York is only 2 GB Chicago for the best record
in the AL. Could the Yankees go from dead to
AL Central: The idle Indians managed to move up
a half-game to 2 GB Chicago after the Sox blew a game
at Detroit. Three more games until their de
Is this the most exciting final week of the regular
season in baseball history?
Given the Boston-NY drama and the possibility of a
White Sox collapse in a head-to-head final series with
their rival, it sure lines up that way.
CFB: Vols Stun LSU
My "Who's NOT No. 1" list gets a new
addition, with the Tigers joining the group of losers
who have effectively seen their national-title hopes
end with a defeat.
Makes all those fools who voted them No. 4 on this
week's ranking (on the basis of a single win, over AZ
St) look even more preposterous.
Meanwhile, I'd be impressed with Tennessee's grit in
coming back from 21 points down ... if the Vols weren't
already off my radar after their loss last week at
NL Sub-.500 Watch
I don't understand fans who think the
Padres winning the NL West with a sub-.500 is some
type of disgrace.
How can you NOT be rooting for it?
This is something that's never been done in MLB
history. That type of novelty should be
They moved one step closer last night, literally and
metaphorically dropping to 77-79 with 6 games to
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Andray Blatche: Shot in chest Sun in attempted carjacking
New Harris CFB "Human" poll: As big of a farce as expected
Probably more worrisome to Padres fans, they're only 3
games ahead of the Giants, and the two teams play
three more times.
Marlins' McKeon Done?
Jack McKeon's "grandpa" approach won
him admirers during the Marlins' wild ride to the 2003
title. But the act is getting tired.
Angry A.J. Burnett may be biased, but his tirade Sunday
(see Monday's DQ Odds and Ends) was a shot at the
Florida skipper's management style.
He's now been booted off the team. Young star Miguel
Cabrera was benched for Monday's game for violating
Spring contenders, the Marlins underachieved under
McKeon, whose style was chafing. And he's as good as
gone. 2003 feels like a long time ago.
MLB 'Roid Plan
Make no mistake: The biggest detail of
the union's approved proposal is more rigorous
For a half-century, this epidemic has been far more
widely reaching than 'roids. And where 'roids simply
build muscle, uppers could help reaction time.
That's my biggest problem with folks who jeer the Roid
Era (1994-2004); every era has had its own
If greenies are now verboten, will purists ask for
asterisks next to the players from the 50s, 60s and
It's unclear what the penalty will be. The same
modified 20-game suspension? MLB may want 50 for
first-offenders, but I think 20 has some
MNF: DEN 30, KC 10
The Chiefs managed to answer the
question about whether their fast start to 2005 is
legit: It isn't.
Their D looked like 2004; their offense was stymied by
the ex-Browns on Denver's D-line; and they beat
themselves with penalties (118 yards).
I know, I know: KC has always had trouble in
Denver, but just within the AFC, I'd rank the Chiefs
behind the Bengals, Pats, Colts, Jags and
How can KC redeem themselves as contenders? A win at
home next week over the Eagles would be a
Pats: Extra :52?
And you thought the only clock
mismanagement in the Pats-Steelers game came from
Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher, who left Tom Brady
enough time to drive perfectly for the game-winning
Apparently, the refs screwed up, too, creating an
extra 52 seconds early in the 4th quarter on a timing
snafu. That still doesn't excuse the Steelers' soft D
in the game's last minute.
Jets QB done for the season with a re-injury to his
shoulder. Consider the Jets' season done, too. Brooks
Bollinger? (Wait: Is that his porn-star name?)
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NL Wild Card: The Phillies managed to lose to
the Mets, dropping 1.5 GB the Astros. Best hope is
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NL Cy Young Watch: Dontrelle Willis looks to extend
his MLB-best win total to 23 in an otherwise
meaningless game between the Marlins and Nats.
Greg Maddux "15": With 13 Ws, Maddux is in a
"must-win" in a face-off with Pirates rookie sensation
Zach Duke. Here's hoping the Cubs help him.
Barry Bonds' knee-tweak yesterday becomes all the more
huge after he said that if he needed more surgery,
he'd simply quit playing.
Jimmy Rollins extending his hit streak to 31 games
isn't much solace for Phillies fans watching the team
blow its chance to win the Wild Card.
CFB on TV: Toledo at Fresno St. Intriguing matchup of
future NFL QBs: Toledo's Bruce Gradkowski and Fresno's
Paul Pinegar. (9, ESPN2)