QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"The Yankees are in last place. Last place. The good news is, I'm no longer the most overpaid disappointment in New York City." - CBS late-night talk show host David Letterman.

STAT OF THE WEEK

The Angels have won 16 games. In those games, Vladimir Guerrero is batting .471 with seven homers and 23 RBI. They have lost 13 times. Guerrero missed two of those defeats with a wrist injury and is batting .235 with two homers and six RBI in the others.

CONTRACT CLAUSE OF WEEK

Jose Lopez signed a 4-year contract with the Mariners worth $6.07 million. Not only that, he can make up to an extra $125,000 a year by passing four in-season tests: body-fat percentage, 60-yard sprint, 20-yard shuttle run and vertical jump.

JINX OF THE WEEK

The Rangers have featured three players on the covers of their game programs so far this season: Michael Young, Brandon McCarthy and Frank Catalanotto. Young, who has batted more than .300 for 5 straight years, started play yesterday hitting .207. Opponents have batted .356 against McCarthy, the highly touted acquisition from the White Sox. And Catalanotto, a career .297 hitter, went on the disabled list Tuesday.

- Paul Hagen