Friday, July 23
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Would the Yankees change their minds for a Cy Young winner? According to several baseball executives the Royals haven't told other clubs there are any untouchables on their roster. "They will listen on all of them," an NL source said yesterday, 10 days from the July 31 trading deadline. Even ace hurler Zach Greinke which could make the Yankees rethink their stance about having enough pitching to cover Andy Pettitte's groin problem. ... The Yankees, who beat the Royals 10-4 last night at the Stadium, say they aren't in the market for a starter, but Greinke is in the same small and elite class as Cliff Lee and the Yankees believed they had the talented lefty from the Mariners. (New York Post)Comment
Is it a merely a matter of time? Recently, the CFL went from having no drug-testing policy to having a system that tests for hGH. Though Major League Baseball hasn't engaged in such a dramatic swing of the pendulum, the sport that has faced the greatest stigma from performance-enhancing substances has added hGH to the cocktail of substances for which players will be tested. ... So when will football follow suit? The NFL wants to do it, and the union is resisting, primarily because resistance provides leverage for other issues, like money. (Profootballtalk.com)Comment
Among a handful of entertaining lines, David Khan sent a shoutout to Chris Webber during a Thursday radio appearance. "He's kind of a schmuck, isn't he? Methinks that he spent a lot of time on NBA TV with a former Timberwolves person and he seemed to come into the interview with an agenda. Tough questions are fine, but I felt like he was a little defensive about some of the things." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment
Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald failed to catch this foul ball, but give him an A for effort. (AP)
Thierry Henry played his first game with the Red Bulls on Thursday night -- and scored his first MLS goal.
Game To Watch
The Angels look to gain ground on the division-leading Rangers (8:05 p.m. ET)
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This Day in Sports
- 1964 -- Bert Campaneris homers on the first pitch he sees as a big-leaguer, then again in his second at-bat.
- 1978 -- Philly's Steve Carlton wins his 200th career game.
- 1979 -- Kansas City's George Brett notches his 1,000th career hit.
- 1984 -- Sidearm specialist Dan Quisenberry records his 200th career save.
- 1987 -- Boston waves World Series goat Bill Buckner.
- 2002 -- Nomar Garciaparra hits three home runs on his 29th birthday.