Leading Off

May 27, 2007

Mad about Carlos
Despite appearances, Shane Victorino (8) was happy to see Phillies teammate Carlos Ruiz heading to home plate. That's because Ruiz had just belted a solo, walk-off homer to beat the Brewers 4--3 on May 15 at Citizens Bank Park.

Handle Bars with Care
Cyclists made a hard right on a road above the Amalfi Coast during the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on May 16. As the scenic 23-day race proceeded toward Montevergine di Mercogliano, the tawdry side of the sport was on display at Floyd Landis's arbitration hearing against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (page 16).

Making a Jump to the Pros
Ravens quarterback Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, struck a pose—one that he hopes he'll never have to replicate in a live NFL game—during a photo session at the Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles last Saturday. In addition to getting their trading-card pictures taken, players made media appearances and participated in a clinic for kids.

For more Leading Off pictures, go to SI.com/photos.

PHOTOPhotograph by Al Tielemans PHOTOPhotograph by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images PHOTOPhotograph by Danny Moloshok/REUTERS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)