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Delgado salvages 2nd half in a day

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado slowed considerably after a great start to the season, but those second-half numbers look a lot better after he homered four times and drove in six runs yesterday.

Delgado regained the major-league RBI lead with 141 to go with 41 home runs and a .303 average.

It was the kind of night that probably left some fantasy baseball owners screaming in anguish. A performance like that can turn a close league race. With only three days left, there would be no time to make it up.

If you are lucky enough to be in that kind of race, one in which you agonize over every stolen base for your opponent, try to follow every game on the Internet and root on your team, you have learned two things — it is a lot more fun to run away with the title, and you might need to find another hobby.

There was other fantasy baseball news to watch heading into the final weekend of the season:

  • New York Mets slugger Mike Piazza played first base yesterday for the first time since July 26, 1993, back when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a rumored step on the way to him moving to the position for next season.

    Piazza has always fought to stay behind the plate, despite his ability to turn any baserunner into Juan Pierre .

    Obviously, his value goes way up if the move goes through, but be cautious. Injuries limited Piazza to 226 at-bats so far this season. He slumped badly in early September, dropping his average to .283 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI.

  • Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa homered twice yesterday, giving him 39 to go with 101 RBI and a .280 average. Sosa’s numbers are down with the games he missed, he played his 135th yesterday, but he has put to rest concerns that Sosa uncorked would lose some power.

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks scratched Curt Schilling from his start today, ending the right-hander’s season with an 8-9 record despite a 2.95 ERA.

    Before you think he has slipped, look at the two categories Schilling is most dominant — WHIP and ERA. His WHIP was 1.05 and his 194 strikeouts are amazing for only 168 innings pitched.


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