Edgerrin James' numbers are in decline, but James insists that his talents are not. That is part of what has the veteran running back so frustrated about his role in the Cardinals offense, and irritated by the criticism generated by his decreased production. James insisted he didn't want to cause controversy by answering questions about how he's being used this season. But he admitted several times on Wednesday that he's frustrated. (Arizona Republic) Comment
The Mets plan on targeting Derek Lowe and Brian Fuentes in the free agent market, an NL executive who has talked to team officials told the Post. The Mets are promising to be creative and explore many avenues. But Lowe (a dependable innings eater) and Fuentes (a proven closer) fit the Mets' top two needs, and are going to be pursued by the organization this offseason. (New York Post) Comment
Magic General Manager Otis Smith extended his annual preseason scouting trip, taking in seven games, looking at point guards and bigs while examining "possible trade stuff." The Magic have the glut at shooting guard with Mickael Pietrus, J.J. Redick, Keith Bogans and Courtney Lee. Bogans and Redick could be on the block, along with power forward Brian Cook. They also need a third point guard after the season-ending injury to Mike Wilks, but Smith is in no hurry to fill it. He said the club could use Lee or Hedo Turkoglu (as a point forward). (Orlando Sentinel) Comment
Tampa Bay Rays' Rocco Baldelli (5) is out at home as Philadelphia Phillies' Carlos Ruiz tags him out during the second inning of Game 2 of the World Series in St. Petersburg, Fla. Baldelli tried to score from second on a hit by B.J. Upton. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
1939 -- Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up. 1964 -- The 18th Olympic games close at Tokyo, Japan. 1984 -- Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match. 1986 -- Dodgers' Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement.
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