June 24, 2002
CHICAGO - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile complained of shoulder pain and weakness the night before he died, possible warning signs that he had heart problems, officials said yesterday. An autopsy on Kile, 33, revealed an 80 to 90 percent narrowing of two of his three coronary arteries, and that his heart was nearly 25 percent larger than normal, said Dr. Edmund Donoghue, the Cook County, Ill., medical examiner. Donoghue said he believed Kile's condition, known as coronary atheroscleroris or hardening of the arteries, brought on an erratic heartbeat that caused his death.
August 2, 2001
AMERICAN LEAGUE Who's hot The Angels have won 11 of 12 road games and 12 of 16 games overall. Who's not The Twins matched their longest losing streak of the season at five games and have dropped 14 of 17. Line of the day Jose Canseco, White Sox DH AB R H RBI HR 4 2 2 5 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Who's hot Jeff Bagwell of the Astros finished with a club record 36 RBIs in July. Who's not The Brewers have lost four in a row and are 3-16 since the All-Star break. Line of the day Darryl Kile, Cardinals pitcher IP R H BB SO 8 0 8 1 8 ORIOLES The Ripken countdown 54 Total games remaining 25 Home games remaining Highlight: In 1983, Ripken's only trip to the World Series, he batted .167 (3-for-18)
October 16, 2000
NEW YORK - The thumb on shortstop Mike Bordick's right hand remains a little stiff, limiting his range of motion. The big toe on catcher Mike Piazza's right foot is still sore, the reminder coming each time he runs. Second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo had his left hand wrapped during Friday's workout after being hit by a ground ball. The New York Mets don't know adversity, only minor inconveniences. The St. Louis Cardinals? Now there's a team with problems. Huge, throat-griping problems - the kind that have left them gasping for air in the National League Championship Series.
September 22, 2000
Quote: "He's something. He's a superstar, no question about it. This is what Babe Ruth must have looked like." - Florida manager John Boles on Montreal slugger Vladimir Guerrero, who hit his team-record 43rd homer of the season. It's a fact: Colorado's Jeff Cirillo and Todd Helton are the sixth pair of teammates to both reach 50 doubles in the same season. Who's hot: Houston's Richard Hidalgo homered off St. Louis' Gene Stechschulte for his 42nd of the year and ninth against St. Louis, the most vs. any team.
February 16, 2000
The top candidates for Comeback Player of the Year: American League Cal Ripken (Orioles): Can he make it all the way back from surgery? Darryl Strawberry (Yankees): With Chili Davis gone, might return to prominence. Jay Buhner (Mariners): Prone to injury, but also prone to hit 45 homers if healthy. Sandy Alomar (Indians): Trying to shake off another painful season. Jim Edmonds (Angels): Still trade bait after injury-marred season. Steve Trachsel (Devil Rays): Losingest pitcher in major leagues last year.