A true gentleman

All who had occasion to deal with former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died Friday at the age of 99, would describe him as a perfect gentleman.

A moment of silence was held for the coaching legend in Dodger Stadium on Sunday, and Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully recalled a chance meeting with Wooden in 1958.

"We lived in a little two-story apartment house on a corner in Brentwood, just off Sunset Boulevard, and there was a little wooden fence there," Scully told the Associated Press. "One day, I went to the store, and I was coming back to the apartment with two big bags of groceries. And as I'm walking to that little fence, I'm thinking, 'How the heck am I going to open that gate?'

"A voice said: 'Just a minute. I'll open that gate for you.' And this man came over, opened the gate and held it open. I said: 'Thanks so very much,' and he said, 'I'm John Wooden. I'm the basketball coach at UCLA.' ''

Statistically speaking

Brian McCann drove in four runs Saturday night in Atlanta's 9-3 win at Los Angeles, the Braves' 15th win in 18 games. That gave the four-time all-star 388 RBIs as a catcher since the start of the 2006 season, more than any other player at the position in that stretch.

Road trip

The Cubs are in the midst of a rare stretch - three games in three days in three different stadia. After playing at Chicago's Wrigley Field on Sunday, they flew to Pittsburgh for a makeup game Monday. They'll begin a series against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Dueling prospects

Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said Brad Lincoln might be called up to start Wednesday against Washington, a night after Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg makes his anticipated debut. Lincoln, the Pirates' 2006 first-round draft pick, is 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 11 starts at triple-A Indianapolis. Lincoln said he would welcome opposing Strasburg, but the Pirates appear reluctant to use him under such circumstances.

Making a difference

Despite finishing a rain-delayed Giants-Pirates game at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, San Francisco second baseman Freddy Sanchez took part in a game for special-needs youngsters later that afternoon at a specially constructed field he helped finance in suburban Cranberry Township, Pa. The Miracle Field accommodates youngsters who couldn't otherwise play organized baseball.


Giants outfielder Mark DeRosa, the former Penn quarterback, will continue to rehab his left wrist at triple-A Fresno while San Francisco plays a four-game series in Cincinnati starting Monday.