Game of the Day
San Francisco at Los Angeles. The National League West rivals, depending on last night's outcome, resume their season-ending race for the division crown.
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Giants pitcher Brett Tomko is 5-1 in his last six starts. The hot streak started after he began seeing a sports psychologist who, he said, has helped him relax. "It's a piece of the puzzle that fits nicely," Tomko said. The Dodgers might not be happy to know that Tomko's psychologist is from Los Angeles.
News & Notes
WGN-TV analyst Steve Stone met yesterday with Chicago Cubs President Andy MacPhail, General Manager Jim Hendry and Manager Dusty Baker after the broadcaster questioned managerial strategy and criticized the team's approach.
During a postgame TV show Thursday, Stone wondered about Baker's moves in the 12th inning of a 2-1 loss to the Reds.
Later that night, he went on a talk show on WGN radio and criticized the team for making excuses. WGN and the Cubs are both owned by the same company, Tribune Co.
Stone, in his 20th year as a Cubs broadcaster, is a former major league pitcher with the Cubs who won the Cy Young Award for Baltimore in 1980, when he went 25-7.
His comments have angered several players during the season. Reliever Kent Mercker called the booth during one August game to complain.
DECISION ON NO. 700: A judge declared Steve Williams -- the man who ended up with Barry Bonds's 700th home run ball -- the lawful owner, freeing him to sell it immediately.
San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay's decision came after a 90-minute hearing, which included six lawyers repeatedly replaying footage of the home run and the 80-second melee at SBC Park for the ball.
LESS OF MOHR: San Francisco outfielder Dustan Mohr has a strained tendon in his left knee and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. Mohr was hurt Wednesday night when he caught Mark Loretta's sacrifice fly in foul territory and tripped over the mound in the Giants bullpen down the right field line, hyperextending his knee.
GIAMBI STRUGGLING: Yankees DH Jason Giambi was out of the lineup Thursday night, a day after Manager Joe Torre thought the slugger looked "flat" in the second game of a doubleheader. Although, Giambi likely will make the postseason roster. It would be a "long shot" that Giambi would be left off, Torre said before last night's game against Toronto.
-- From News Services