Top Five Stories Yesterday

1. Sidney Rice reveals he had hip surgery on Monday and he may miss the first half of the 2010 season.

2. Texas evens its series with Minnesota coming from behind twice to beat the Twins 4-3.

3. Bobby Bowden revealed he was essentially fired at the end of last season by the administration at Florida State in promoting his new book.

4. The Giants slug their way to a big win over Cincinnati and tie Philadelphia for the NL Wild Card after the Phillies lose for the second straight night to Houston.

5. Johnny Damon refuses to return to Boston, preferring to stay in Detroit despite being claimed off waivers by the Red Sox.

Top Five Games Yesterday

1. MLB: Rangers 4, Twins 3: Texas evens the three game series with Minnesota on a game-winning RBI single from Michael Young in the bottom of the seventh inning

2. MLB: Astros 4, Phillies 2: Houston scores two in the top of the 16th inning to beat the Phillies for the second straight night

3. MLB: Pirates 4, Cardinals 3: Neil Walker has all four RBIs for the Bucs as they withstand a ninth inning rally from the Cards who left the bases loaded to end the game

4. MLB: Cubs 5, Nationals 4: Chicago hangs on as Washington scored three in the ninth off of Carlos Marmol and the tying run on second base.

5. MLB: Mets 6, Marlins 5:  New York wins on a walk-off single by Luis Castillo to climb back over .500.

Top Five Performances Yesterday

1. Freddy Sanchez, Giants 2B: 4-for-4 with a HR and an RBI in SF’s 16-5 win over CIN.

2. Rick Porcello, Tigers SP: No runs on two hits with four Ks over seven IP in DET’s 9-1 win over KC.

3. Brandon Phillips, Reds 2B: 3-for-5 with two HRs and two RBIs in CIN’s 16-5 loss to SF.

4. Pablo Sandoval, Giants 3B: 3-for-5 with a HR and four RBIs in SF’s 16-5 win over CIN.

5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees 1B: 4-for-5 with a HR and two RBIs in NYY’s 11-5 win over TOR.

Five Performances That Weren’t So Good Yesterday

1. Ryan Howard, Phillies 1B: 0-for-7 with 5 Ks and got ejected in PHI’s 4-2 loss to HOU.

2. Kyle Davies, Royals 2B: Seven runs on 12 hits in 4.2 IP in KC’s 9-1 loss to DET.

3. Marc Rzepczynski, Blue Jays SP: Six runs on eight hits in three innings in TOR’s 11-5 loss to NYY.

4. Ivan Rodriguez, Nationals C: 0-for-4 with three Ks in WAS’s 5-4 loss to CHC.

5. Brian Tallet, Blue Jays SP: 5 runs on 6 hits in 3 IP in TOR’s 11-5 loss to NYY.

Top Five Events to Follow Today

1. MLB: Braves (73-53) at Rockies (65-60), 3:00 PM: Colorado looks for the sweep of NL East leading Atlanta (Jurrjens (ATL) vs. Rogers (COL))

2. MLB: Rays (78-48) at Angels (62-65), 3:30 PM: Tampa Bay looking for the sweep (Niemann (TB) vs. Haren (LAA))

3. MLB: Reds (72-54) at Giants (71-56), 3:30 PM: San Francisco looking for an important sweep (Bailey (CIN) vs. Bumgarner (SF))

4. MLB: Yankees (78-48) at Blue Jays (65-60), 7:00 PM: Rubber match of the series; (Hughes (NYY) vs. Cecil (TOR))

5. MLB: Twins (72-54) at Rangers (71-54), 8:00 PM, ESPN2: (Good matchup: Duensing (MIN) vs. Wilson (TEX))

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