NL – Jim Edmonds, left for baseball dead after being dumped by San Diego earlier this year, continues to validate the Cubs' faith in him despite being in the neighborhood of 300 years old. His was the standout performance in the coda of a four-game sweep of the Brewers. Edmonds homered twice, one a grand slam, and drove in five runs. Rich Harden had a fine performance of his own, holding Milwaukee to one run and striking out nine in seven innings…The battle for the most underwhelming division in baseball got underway in Chavez Ravine, with Arizona taking the opener by a 2-1 mark. Brandon Webb picked up his 15th win, improving to 8-0 in his last nine starts against the Dodgers. Manny gets to be Manny in L.A. for the first time tonight facing Randy Johnson. Great, Yankees-Red Sox matchups transposed onto other teams…Anibal Sanchez won his first start in 15 months, an easy task when your team puts up 12 runs of support…The Braves avoid a four-game sweep by the Cards…The Nats lost their ninth straight in the fnal of a three-game sweep by the Phils, but they released Paul Lo Duca, so they won't at least be weighed down by underage girls in the clubhouse.
AL – The worldbeating Angels beat some more world last night, stomping the Yanks in New York 12-6 with homers of the three-run persuasion by Vlad Guerrero, Torii Hunter and Juan Rivera. But you can't win lop-sided games every day. K-Rod's gone a whole three days without a save!… Twins fans, no doubt showing their outrage for the stolen wheelchair, pelt the field with baseballs and field prompting a brief stoppage in play. They'd eventually leave happy – happy as you can be in Minnesota at least – with Minny scoring seven in their final two at-bats to take three of four from to White Sox, pulling back within a half a game in the Central…And the Indians and Mariners both won! On the same day! I hope you'll remember where you were during that once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. (I was beating it).
OLYMPICS – You know your city has a pollution problem when the press writes news stories when they can actually see the sky. Just sayin'.