Saturday, May 12, 2007

"Lefty" Leads Players'

Midway through the Players Championship, two time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is your leader at five under par. Mickelson had an uneventful second round, posting three birdies and three bogeys to go along with 12 pars in an even par round of 72. Nathan Green is one stroke back, and a bunch of other relative unknowns are another stroke back at three under... Chris DiMarco was at four under par before a double bogey on 18 dropped him to two under. As for the other big names, Vijay Singh is at one over par, Ernie Els is another stroke back at two under, and Tiger Woods barely made the cut at four under after a one over par 73... Defending champion Stephen Ames shot a 79 to finish at 12 over par, missing the cut by seven strokes. Third round coverage of the tournament begins on NBC at 2pm ET/11am PT...


It certainly was nice to see the Los Angeles Angels' John Lackey finally have some success against the Texas Rangers last night. The Rangers have owned Lackey over the years, but yesterday was a different story as he took a shutout into the 9th inning. The Angels won the game 6-3 with Scot Shields earning a rare save.

How about the Los Angeles Dodgers' Randy Wolf? He has been nothing short of phenomenal for the blue crew this year. Last night, Wolf struck out a career high 11 batters in seven strong innings as the Dodgers won 2-0 over the Cincinnati Reds. Wolf very surprisingly is now amongst the league leaders in strikeouts with 55 of them to go along with a very respectable 3.94 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. It's nice to see Wolf return to the form that he displayed with the Phillies from 2001 through 2003 when hitters only batted in the mid .230's off him. If he happens to still be available in any of your fantasy leagues, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get him.

Also on the "feel good" side of things, the Washington Nationals broke their eight game losing streak with a 6-0 win over the Florida Marlins. Two of the Nats' reliable players so far this year, Shawn Hill and Ryan Church, led the way again. Hill took a no-hitter into the 6th inning before having to leave the game with soreness in his right elbow. Church drove in two runs and scored another in going two for four including his 13th double of the year.

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