AL – As if the Red Sox don't have enough overcooked division rivalries, the media has played up the animosity between the top two teams in the AL East heading into their maybe-kinda-barely important three-game series in The Trop. Wait, it's still before the All-Star break, right? Nevermind. Anyway, it was a sedate affair. No black or Latin Sox players were hurt and Manny Ramirez didn't even shove over any of his own coaches. Instead, the Rays' James Shields put in a solid effort, giving up two runs over 6 and a third innings to lead Tampa to a 5-4 win to claim a game and a half lead in the division. Troy Percival gave up two runs in the ninth to make things interesting, but J.P. Howell came in to seal the win by getting the final out…The Tigers seem to be enjoying this side of .500, winning their sixth straight 5-4 over the Twins with four runs in the 7th and 8th. Joel Zumaya picked up his first save in over a year…Meanwhile the AL East is closing in on five teams above .500 as Roy Halladay and the Jays shut out the Mariners 2-0 to win their third in a row.
NL – The Cubs rely on the slumpbusting Giants to end their four game losing streak, with Mark Derosa hitting a grand slam and a two-run homer to power Chicago to a 9-2 win… Roy Oswalt starts pitching well again, so naturally his body rejects it. A strained hip forced him from the game in the 7th after striking out nine in six innings of work in a 4-1 Houston win over the Dodgers…Ken Griffey Jr. apparently not stopping at the 600 homer mark, knocks 603 in walkoff fashion to down the Pirates 4-3.
Miscellany – More sexiness gone from Wimbledon with Jelena Jankovic getting bounced by a Thai girl she thought was Tiger Woods. That turns out to be the opposite of what happened to me during my last sex cruise to Bangkok. Boom Dizzle and Elton Brand opt out of their deals to enter the free agent market while the Wizards give some money to another guy who can't play defense.