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Thursday, July 24, 2003
Royals go deep to extend AL Central lead. They hit five homers in an 8-3 win over the Twins. They didn't actually widen their lead over the White Sox, who won to stay 5 games behind. The Twins are 6 1/2 back. (Yahoo!)

Red Sox 10, Devil Rays 4. Trot Nixon (.320/.405/.567) homered twice, including a grand slam. (Yahoo!)

Yankees 4, Orioles 2. Andy Pettitte has won at least 12 games in his first 9 years, starting with his rookie year. The last pitcher to do that? You guessed it - Stan Coveleski (1916-24). (Yahoo!)

Mariners 6, Athletics 0. Ryan Franklin pitched a 2-hit shutout for his first career complete game. The A's had better start playing their customary second-half .700 ball pretty soon. (Yahoo!)

For some, major moves needed to stay afloat. Rob Neyer: "I think the world of Billy [Beane], but if he can fix what ails the A's lineup, we should let him rule the world." (

Dan Werr on hitters who have been struggling, and their prospects for recovery. (Baseball Primer)

Aaron Gleeman looks at this year's rookie crop. It's a good one. (Aaron's Baseball Blog)

Prospectus Triple Play: Braves, Twins, Devil Rays. "There's no surer thing in baseball right now than John Smoltz, who might be having one of the two or three best seasons ever by a closer. The gold standard in these things is Dennis Eckersley's 1990 campaign, and Smoltzie's numbers this season are comparable." (Baseball Prospectus)

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