Last night's studs:
Die Hard: RYAN HOWARD -- Philly's giant monster added to his legend with another bomb last night, making him the fastest player to 100 homers. So much talk of Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Griffey, A-Rod over the years, but this guy's ahead of them all...and you get the feeling he's fuelled by mom's cooking, not a needle in his bum-bum. Too bad he broke into the bigs late.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance: ERIK BEDARD -- the Canadian lefty shut out the Yankees for eight innings last night, fanning eight, walking one and allowing just two hits. The kid looks more like Johan Santana every day; he leads the majors in strikeouts and has a 2.10 ERA in 11 starts since the beginning of may.
Live Free or Die Hard (saw it last night and it was pretty good. Entertaining and fits with the rest of the franchise): DAMIAN MILLER -- The aging Brewers backup catcher smacked a walkoff three-run homer in the 11th inning, leading Milwaukee to a 6-3 win over Houston. It was Miller's first long fly of the season and this is the first time anyone's written anything about him on purpose in about a decade.
ONE GUY AS GOOD AS DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER: FAUSTO CARMONA -- the dynamic young Indians hurler got a chunk of his soul taken away by the Oakland Athletics last night. His line was more hideous than a cockroach burrito -- 1 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 2 HR. Ouch.