Extended hit streak to 25 games, with a HR no less. Oh yeah, leads NL in average, second in HRs and RBIs. Believe in AP.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
The catch phrase of the trade season --
relief pitching -- will mean little to either
the A's or the Red Sox, as long as Oakland starter
Tim Hudson throws wicked two-hitters and A's hitters
knock off rarely beatable Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez,
as they did Monday night in a 4-0 Oakland win.
Now the A's are tied in the wild-card race with the
Red Sox, but not for long: Oakland's sick depth of
starters is bad for Boston's postseason health. The
Fearsome Foursome -- Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder
and Rich Harden -- means Boston fans should forget
about the wild card and concentrate on catching the
Yankees for the division.
Herb Brooks was, of course, more than just
the coach of the 1980 U.S Olympic hockey team
(see "Q It Up," right). If you don't want that solely
to define him, that's OK; instead, let's say that
the "Miracle on Ice" perfectly crystallized America in
the 20th century. And he was its architect.
For all Maurice Clarett's precocious on-field
moves, you have to love his naive optimism that he'll
be back at practice this week. If only the NCAA moved
that fast (or had the student-athlete's best interest
at heart). (BTW, you'd think Ohio State would
offer TV Interview 101. Look at that camera
Looking for signs of things to come in this year's preseason?
Donovan McNabb looked great in last night's Eagles win
in New Orleans. Meanwhile, the Saints picked right up
from last year's season-ending nosedive. Remind me:
When were the Saints a "sexy" pick?
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Blue Jays at Mariners: Doc Halladay goes for 17th W|
2 Astros at Cubs: Time for Chicago to hit the gas
3 Cards at Pirates: Too early for Pujols Hit-Streak Watch?
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Clemens' record 143 games to 1000 Ks (Wood: 134)|
2 Trading Kenyon Martin: No hurry on Nets part
3 It's Larry Brown's USA hoops team: Nope, it's AI's world
Caveat of the Week: "Thus far, I
have no knowledge ..." is how Baylor's president
started his denial that boosters were involved with
paying school hoops players. Because boosters would
never be involved with stuff like that ...
McGahee Nears Deal
The Great Willis McGahee Hoodwink is close
to a payout, with a contract signing as early as
today after a holdout long enough to realize that his
pre-draft p.r. campaign was a set-up.
While the Pro Football Hall of Fame is
changing rules (latest: maximum of 6 enshrinees in one year, down from 7), how about ending the "secret committee"
vibe and opening up the process to
The International Skating Union unveiled a
"code of ethics." (Hold your laughter.) Between that and the Blazers' new "code of conduct,"
we are truly living in an enlightened age. Holler when
the skaters' ditch the entire wacked judging system.
Tough night for everyone's favorite rookie when an ERA can jump from 2.56 to 3.10. But allowing 7 runs in 2 innings will do that to you.
|Today on ESPN.com|
|P2: Tuesday Morning Quarterback|
|Herb Brooks' legacy|
|NFL: Training Camp|
|"CD/DVD Release" Edition|
|Clarett works with NCAA, OSU|
|Greatest Hits: KC's doubles|
|American Tune: Brooks' meaning|
|House of Baylor problems continue|
|Here's looking at Pu(jols)|
The double is 'the new triple'; more frequent (see
last night's record 19 between Yankees and Royals) and
just as hard hit ...|
Nothing shouts "excitement" like signing your interim
coach to a full-time deal. Atlanta Hawks hoops: "Taking
Our Best Stotts!" ...
Lamar Odom agrees to offer sheet with the Heat,
which would give Miami that missing fifth
You know Maryland football is on the map: Got hit with
year's probation for small player payout ...
David Beckham ready to sign biggest endorsement deal
in sports history with adidas ...