Starting Nine: Braves win 10th straight ... again
1. For the second time this season, the Braves have a 10-game winning streak. Atlanta defeated the Phillies 4-1 on Sunday night behind two RBIs from Chris Johnson and a solid performance by starter Alex Wood. That 12 1/2 game-lead NL-East lead is looking mighty difficult to overcome ...
2. The Tigers and White Sox were tied 2-2 in the 12th inning on Sunday when Detroit decided to go to its "bench." Miguel Cabrera, who had missed the last three games due to injury, delivered a single up the middle and Torii Hunter (who had the day off) drove in pinch runner Matt Tuiasosopo to complete a three-game sweep.
3. The Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep of the Cubs on Sunday, extending their franchise record for consecutive road wins to 14. L.A. is now 31-7 since June 21 and holds a 5 1/2 game lead in the NL West. Also, Yasiel Puig made one of the best this-doesn't-count catches of all-time on Saturday.
4. NOOGIES! The Rangers' Nolan Ryan gave White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura a big one (along with a few punches) 20 years ago yesterday during one of baseball's biggest brawls. Watch it unfold below.
5. This young Pirates fan took getting a foul-ball souvenir as an opportunity to show off his arm, so he threw it back on the field. It all worked out for him in the end as he got it back anyway.
6. We found another mohawk at Camden Yards on Sunday, so let's settle the who-hairsprayed-it-best debate with an old-fashioned mohawk-off.
7. Just in case you've been camping out in a cave all weekend (do people do that? Shouldn't even caves have wifi by now?), J.B. Shuck became the latest Angels outfielder to make an outrageous catch on Friday night.
8. Sunday kicks off Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. No word if the Pirates bullpen will make an appearance.
9. Tony Bennett celebrated his 87th birthday on Saturday. Take it away, Tony ...