QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera, on Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who had 14 homers going into last night: "If you went to a laboratory looking to create a baseball player, he's the player you'd want to create."
HARD-LUCK STORY OF WEEK
Rockies righthander Aaron Cook is 0-1 in five starts this season. In the four games he didn't get a decision, twice he's left a game with the lead, only to watch as the bullpen blew the save. Once, he allowed one run in nine innings. And the other time, he pitched seven shutout innings.
TRAVEL SNAFU OF THE WEEK
The Tigers played at home Sunday night, then had to fly overnight to Los Angeles to play two games within 24 hours against the Angels. After that, they flew to Chicago for two games against the White Sox (last night's was rained out), then getting on a plane again to go home for a weekend series against the Twins that begins tonight. "That's a joke," manager Jim Leyland said. "It's not a matter of being bad, but stupid."
PLAY OF THE WEEK
Facing Minnesota's Ramon Ortiz on Sunday, Kansas City's Mike Sweeney squared around to bunt. The pitch came inside. Sweeney got the bunt down, but fell backward as he did. When Ortiz fielded the ball and threw to Justin Morneau for the out, Sweeney was still flat on his back in the batter's box, meaning he was thrown out by about 93 feet. You don't see that every day.
- Paul Hagen