In 2003, Derrick Turnbow failed a drug test before the U.S. Olympic baseball trials. Last fall, the Angels released him. Now, with four saves in five tries, a 4-1 record and a 2.20 ERA, the Brewers' closer is the biggest thing to hit Milwaukee since the discovery of beer brats.
Not only did Barry Bonds have a third operation on his right knee -- without telling the Giants -- but the surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, has reportedly twice been reprimanded by the California medical board and is on probation for unprofessional conduct. With this kind of fodder, why wouldn't the media conspire against Barry?
We had a really great line here comparing Kevin Brown and Bellamy Road -- they both lose and neither talks to the media -- then Brown goes and pitches a shutout and the Yanks go on a winning streak. Bummer.
First Magglio Ordonez goes down till the All-Star break with hernia problems. Now Troy Percival is out 4-6 weeks with a torn muscle in his throwing arm. So far, that big-name free-agent thing really hasn't worked out in Motown.
There are signs they're breaking out -- 16 runs the other day in Arizona is a good one -- but this is not a good offense. Sixty-one RBIs in April? Pathetic. Especially when you see the Orioles' Miguel Tejada and Brian Roberts combined for 57.
Now this is real baseball news. Bobby Abreu's fiancée, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, has been starring in a sexy Venezuelan reality show called La Granja (The Farm). Plus, she's turned up on a hardcore porn site. Or so we've been told. Oh, here's an update: She's now Abreu's ex-fiancee.
Then there's Kerry Wood, on the DL for the sixth time in eight years. He needs 400 innings between this season and next to make a guaranteed $13.5 million in 2007. Otherwise, the Cubs can buy him out for $3 million. See ya, Kerry.
The worst-hitting team in baseball? Maybe. They've been shut out six times in 33 games, including twice last weekend by the previously floundering Yankees. That puts the AL season record of 30, set by the 1909 Senators, squarely in their sights.
So Alex Sanchez hits four home runs in 1,351 career at-bats and gets busted for steroids. Then he comes back from his 10-game suspension ... and pops two homers in four games against the Yankees. I tell you, we'll figure out this drug thing yet.
Meet Bob Wickman, inventor of the intentional balk. The Tribe's closer deliberately balked Michael Cuddyer to third last week because he thought the Twins' infielder was stealing pitch signs from second. Of course, Wickman then walked Shannon Stewart -- who stole second -- before striking out Matt LeCroy to end the game.
Talk is growing that if they don't turn things around Roger Clemens could be dealt back to an AL contender. The Yanks would be interested but what do they have to deal, Robinson Cano? The Red Sox seem a more likely possibility. You know ESPN is fantasizing already.
Closer Danny Graves ripped Cincy fans who booed him last week after he helped blow a six-run, ninth-inning lead against the Cards. "Because I make a lot of money," he said, "I have to be perfect?" With 19 hits and 10 walks allowed in 14 2/3 innings, we don't think you have to worry about that, Danny.
When Ichiro Suzuki fanned three times last week against the Angels, it marked only the fourth three-strikeout game of his five-year career. On the final strikeout, he swung and missed three times, the first time he'd done that all season. We tell you because you deserve to know.
They tried to terminate Denny Neagle's $19.5 million contract on a morals clause over the winter after he was cited on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. In a settlement reached last week, Neagle will reportedly get $16 million ... but that was still one expensive hooker.
Tony Pena apparently figured when the words "'62 Mets" start appearing in the same sentence as your team, it's time to go. Their 8-25 record projects to 39-123 over a season, which would surpass the expansion Mets' standard for futility by three losses.
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