Friday Tidbits – 4/17/09
The Giants put Joe Martinez on the DL after he got hit by a line drive. He suffered a concussion and three small fractures in his head. The Giants called up Justin Miller. Jose Guillen (hip) landed on the DL. Hiroki Kuroda landed on the DL. Bartolo Colon looked good for the White Sox. C.C. Sabathia got his first Yankee Win. Brandon Webb was placed on the DL. Harry Kalas and Mark “the Bird” Fidrych passed away. Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye both hit their 300th HRs back-to-back. Orlando Hudson and Ian Kinsler hit for the Cycle. Jed Lowrie landed on the DL. Josh Beckett was suspended six games. Lastings Milledge got shipped down to the Minors. Chris Carpenter strained his rib cage. Evan Longoria missed a couple games for family matters. The Dodgers sent Delwyn Young to Pittsburgh for a couple Minor Leaguers. Cleveland called up Aaron Laffey and sent Josh Barfield down. Diasuke Matsuzaka, Jesse Litsch, Xavier Nady, Brian Moehler, Jorge Campillo, and Chris Carpenter landed on the DL. A-Rod took batting practice.
Shutouts: Aaron Harang, Kyle Lohse, Zach Duke
Grand Slams: Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Melvin Mora,Carlos Pena, Edwin Encarnacion, John Buck, Kevin Millar
Monta Ellis is done for the year. Dwyane Wade scored 55. Cleveland clinched the best record. Flip Saunders is going to be Washington’s next coach. Ray Allen served a one game suspension for an elbow. Cleveland rested LeBron, Mo Williams, Z, and Joe Smith in their season finale. This is exactly why fantasy basketball seasons need to be wrapped up sooner. The Cavs lost blowing their chance to tie the ’86 Celtics for best home record. Jason Kidd messed around and wrapped the season up with a Triple-Double. Detroit put Allen Iverson on their playoff roster. KG may miss the playoffs. Danny Ainge suffered a heart attack.
Pittsburgh recalled Miroslav Satan for the playoffs. Jacques Lemaire called it quits for the Wild. GM Doug Risebrough won’t be back either. Detroit re-signed Johan Franzen. Thomas Vanek racked up his 40th goal. Colorado fired GM Francois Giguere. Andrew Brunette had ACL surgery. Detroit recalled Darren Helm for the playoffs. The Islanders won the NHL Draft Lottery and the #1 pick. Edmonton fired Coach Craig Mcactavish. The Rangers beat Washington. The Devils beat Carolina. The Penguins beat the Flyers. Boston beat Montreal. Detroit beat Columbus. Chicago beat Calgary. Daniel Carcillo got suspended for a cheap shot. Anaheim shut out San Jose.
The Redskins signed Kedric Golston to a one-year deal. Tampa Bay signed Donald Penn. Donte Whitner was arrested for disorderly conduct. Zach Thomas signed with the Chiefs. Byron Leftwich signed with Tampa Bay. Pittsburgh signed Super Bowl MVP James Harrison to a long-term deal. Kevin Dockery re-signed with the Giants. Charlie Batch signed with Pittsburgh. Maurice Jones-Drew signed a four-year extension. John Madden called it quits.
UCLA’s Jrue Holiday will enter the draft sans agent. Blake Griffin and May Moore won the R. Wooden Awards. Isiah Thomas will be FIU’s new coach. He has destroyed a league and an NBA team. He’s going for the trifecta. At least he’s donating his salary back to the athletic department the first year. Mississippi’s David Huertas is turning pro. Same with UConn’s Hasheem Thabeet, Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson, Texas’ Damion James, Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody, and DePaul’s Dar Tucker.. Mike Anderson signed a seven-year deal with Missouri.
Joey Logano won the Nationwide’s Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Lleyton Hewitt beat Wayne Odesnik to win the ATP US Men’s Claycourt Championships. Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Florent Serra to win the ATP Grand Prix Hassan II. Caroline Wozniacki beat Aleksandra Wozniak to win the WTA MPS Group Championships. Jelena Jankovic beat Carla Suarez-Navarroto win the WTA Andalucia Tennis Experience.
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