There's no excuse for the Twins' keeping Francisco Liriano in the minors • Four prospects could prove especially valuable to their contending franchises as the season enters the stretch drive

Tony Stewart's fired up over his new team in 2009, but is a loss of focus on this season poisoning his current crew? • Tire-wear issues make for a flat-out dud of a race at Indy

PANCAKED The Braves' already slim postseason hopes took a big hit when the Phillies' Shane Victorino flattened catcher Brian McCann in the sixth inning of Philadelphia's 12--10 win over Atlanta on Sunday. McCann suffered a mild concussion and was expected to miss several days.

PHOTOPhotograph by Al Tielemans