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Outside the Western gates

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

Below is what happened in the world of professional sports last week:

New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano tied a Major League Baseball record when he hit his 12th leadoff home run of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devils Rays last Friday night. Soriano has eight games remaining to break the record - one is against the Devil Rays and three are against the Baltimore Orioles. Congratulations Alfonso, I think the record is yours.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux became the first pitcher in MLB history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons when the Braves defeated the Florida Marlins 8-0 on Sunday. The record was shared with Cy Young. Does this mean the award needs to be changed to the Greg Maddux Award?

Shit happens, but it seems to happen a lot more to St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk. Faulk broke his left hand in the third quarter of the Rams 24-23 loss to Seattle. The Rams have now received a double-whammy: Faulk's injury and the realization quarterback Kurt Warner's got no game anymore.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay was tossed in the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday night. He threw an errant curve ball that went astray, but umpire Phil Cuzzi believed Halladay was deliberately trying to bean Rocky Baldelli. Note to Cuzzi: how often does a Cy Young Award candidate intentionally throw at an opposing hitter in a one run game after striking out eight batters? Hey Cuzzi, it was a CURVEBALL - I am sure if you want to see what his fastball feels like, he would be much obliged to give you a demonstration.

The following night, the Blue Jays and the Devil Rays got into a heated bench-clearing brawl. The two games played between the teams resulted in four Toronto pitchers being ejected. Too bad the Devil Rays couldn't put this much nastiness into their swings.

Canada's women's soccer team defeated Argentina 3-0 to secure their first World Cup victory ever on Wednesday. The men's team, on the other hand, is still trying to win their house league championship.

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson made the claim he is "the best sprinter of all time" in an interview with the Times of London. Why couldn't he just stay in his basement and keep eating his Steroid Cocktail believing he's naturally fast?



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