NL – The Cubs are the first NL team to solve the paunchy mystery that is C.C. Sabathia. Chicago chased the Brewers' second most prized fatty after Prince Fielder with two runs in the 7th in jumping to a 4-3 lead. Milwaukee let C.C. off the hook for the loss by tying it in the bottom of the inning. In the 9th, Derrek Lee sparked a two-run rally with a one-out RBI double to score Alfonso Soriano and added another for a 6-4 win in the opener of the four-game set… Because no one's really all that interested in winning the NL East, the Mets gave up five runs in the 8th to fall to the Marlins, who in third only trail first place New York by a game, which would be really dramatic and shit if it weren't still July… With Cubs anf the Brewers duking it out for first, the Cards found their bats again for a night, hammering the Braves for 12 runs. Albert Pujols drove in three runs and Joe Mather went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Pirates' starter Ian Snells wins for the second time in 18 starts and decides not to jinx his impending winning streak by talking to reporters. Over ever pitching again. It's nice to go out on top.
AL – It's a big AL East stumble to the stretch run with the Rays, Red Sox and Yankees all losers last night. Looks to be gearing up for a fascinating and exhaustively covered denouement. Oh yeah, and somewhere in there was K-Rod's 44th save of the season. Or the week. I dunno. Is it possible he gets multiple saves per game somehow? If I cared, I'd look into this…In other contested races, the Twins drew within a gamke and a half of the Pale Hosers by blanking them 7-0. Denard Span hit his first career homer to get the scoring started.
Misc. – Adonis-bodied bust Kwame Brown signs a two-year deal with the Pistons. Because Detroit has all sorts of good luck with the Kwames. Nenad Kristic jumps on the Cornstein Express to sign with Triumph Moscow. In players that aren't jumping nations, the Warriors re-sign Andris Biedrins for $62 million over six years…And the NFL won't provide further punishment to Marshawn Lynch for his hit-and-run incident, citing continued play in Buffalo is castigation enough.