September 15, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
LJ: Chiefs are phasing me out
After sharing the backfield workload for the second straight week, Larry Johnson couldn't contain his frustration any longer. Johnson said after the Chiefs' 23-8 loss to Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium that he was obviously being phased out of the offense. Johnson had the second-lowest rushing total during his time as the Chiefs' featured back, with 22 yards in 12 carries. "I've got to sit back and figure that the writing is on the wall, that this season or next season could be my last season as a Chief," Johnson said. "I don't know. But obviously if they're making personnel changes now and I'm not even in for any of the snaps to (try to) help win this game, then that pretty much says it all. I'm not dumb. I know what's going on." (Kansas City Star)
Why Girardi benched Cano
It may be too little, too late, but Joe Girardi finally took a stand with Robinson Cano. Cano's lapses in attention and effort have been more evident this year, so much so, the second baseman was yanked from a game for the first time yesterday. Girardi wouldn't promise that Cano would be back in the lineup tonight. "That's embarrassing, to be taken out of the game," Cano said after the Yankees beat the Rays, 8-4, at the Stadium. "Ninety-nine percent of the time, I play hard." (New York Post)
Astros unhappy with 'neutral' site
The Houston Astros made a long, strange journey to play their "home game" against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night at Miller Park. The Astros weren't thrilled about playing in front of a decidedly pro-Cubs crowd that filled the lower bowl of Miller Park. "I am upset," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said before the game. "But what are you going to do about it? "It's going to be like a Cubs home game. They're not the home team; we are. We're not happy with that. If I see the commissioner (Bud Selig), I'll tell him that. I understand, but I'm not happy." (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Must-See Photo
Nebraska tight end Mike McNeil dives into the end zone during the third quarter of the Huskers' 38-7 victory over the Aggies at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. (Josh Wolfe/Icon SMI)
Must-See Video
Saturday Night Live pokes fun of Michael Phelps' famous diet.
Game To Watch
Red Sox at Rays, 7:05 p.m. ET -- Dice-K and Scott Kazmir clash in an AL East showdown.
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Baltomore Orioles
1996 -- The Orioles break one of baseball's most hallowed team records with their 241st home run of the season, eclipsing the mark set by the 1961 Yankees.
1997 -- The NHL and the player's union agree to change the format of the 1998 All-Star Game, pitting the top players from the U.S. and Canada against the best from the rest of the world.
2006 -- Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth all-time walks list with his 2,063rd career base on balls.

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