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Morning Jolt: August 3, 2010


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All's well that ends well after Cards' scraps

It was, apparently, time to play the feud at Cardinals camp. The donnybrook came first. Darnell Dockett -- he's always in these things, right? -- blew up Alan Faneca and both tumbled to the ground right in front of quarterback Matt Leinart. Leinart was moving away, when Dockett swiped at his ankle and tripped him. A no-no, and Leinart wasn't happy. When he and Dockett stood up, Leinart went up to Darnell and spiked the ball at Dockett's feet in irritation. Then suddenly, tackle Levi Brown was there, punching Dockett in the shoulder pads sticking up for his quarterback, and the scrum was on. (

Ramirez funk will hurt Marlins

Hanley Ramirez, who had only one extra-base hit in July, is hoping he'll pull out of a slump -- and so are the Marlins. The Marlins know that if they have any real hope of contending, Ramirez must snap out of his offensive funk. "He's the key," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "If we want to get back in the race, we need him to get hot." ... Because Ramirez was so successful spraying hits to the opposite field last season when he won the NL batting title with a .342 average, pitchers are trying to challenge him inside, as well as keeping him guessing by mixing it up. "They don't want me extending my arms," Ramirez said. Observed Rodriguez: "They don't go back-to-back with the same pitch." The result is that Ramirez is hitting .282, a 60-point decline from last year. (The Miami Herald)Comment

JoePa meets retirement talk with a shrug

Though looking "tired and a bit thinner" than he did in May, Joe Paterno has no timetable set for his retirement. [Paterno] said the intestinal problems that slowed him for nearly two months were "nothing very serious." "I'm feeling really good," he said Monday at the Big Ten Conference's annual media days. "And as long as I enjoy it, I'll continue to coach, unless I don't think I can do a good job or anybody else doesn't think I can do the job. We'll talk about that later. But right now I have no plans whatsoever as far as whether I'm going to go another year, two years, five years or what have you." ... Guard Stefen Wisniewski from Central Catholic High School believes Paterno "looks pretty much the same. He might have lost a little weight, but I think you can expect that. He was sick there for a little while. But he still has the same energy level, the same passion." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment

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This Day in Sports

  • 1948 -- Negro League legend Satchel Paige makes his major league debut hurling seven innings to lead the Indians over the Senators, 5-3.
  • 1979 -- At Yankee Stadium, over 51,000 mourners attend a memorial service for Thurman Munson. The Bronx Bombers' captain was killed the day yesterday piloting a plane that crashed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Canton-Akron Airport.
  • 1984 -- Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
  • 2000 -- Kevin Mitchell of the Sonoma County Crushers is expelled for the rest of the season from the independent Western Baseball League for punching the owner of an opposing team.