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week in review

The Week A-Rod Kept Us Waiting

Since Alex Rodriguez hit his 599th home run last week, he's had plenty of chances to hit his milestone 600th, including a few opportunities to do it in dramatic fashion. But he didn't hit it Sunday, with the bases loaded after a long rain delay. Or on Monday, in a tight game the Yankees won while Joba Chamberlain remained in the bullpen. Or on his birthday Tuesday, during the successful major-league debut of Josh Tomlin. Or on Wednesday, when he collected two hits in an 8-0 pasting of Fausto Carmona. Or yesterday, in an 11-4 win in which Cleveland's pitchers allowed twelve hits and as many walks. He's got three more games on this road trip — beginning tonight in Tampa — before returning to the Bronx on Monday. But what happened this week that didn't involve specially marked baseballs?

After a brutal road trip, the Mets took two of three from the Cardinals — but the Phillies landed Roy Oswalt.

The NHLPA filed a grievance over Ilya Kovalchuk's rejected contract.

Chris Paul wasn't traded to the Knicks. Neither was Rudy Fernandez.

The Rangers signed Alexander Frolov.

The Jets didn't sign Terrell Owens, but they did bring in Mark Brunell.

We looked at the ever-widening investigation of Lance Armstrong.

ESPN pulled a story about LeBron partying in Vegas off its website, and the official line on why appears to be true.

Word came down that the Giants will open training camp Sunday with Kenny Phillips on the PUP list, while the Jets will quite possibly open camp with Darrelle Revis holding out.

And we talked Bad Sports with The Nation's Dave Zirin.

That's it for us. Have a nice weekend.

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