Friday Tidbits – 4/24/09
Jason Kubel hit for the Cycle. Gary Sheffield hit his 500th HR. Yawn. Alex Gordon (hip) will miss 2-3 months. Vladimir Guerrero (pectoral tear) will miss a month. Chris Carpenter (rib cage) will miss a month or two. Brad Lidge finally blew a Save. Milton Bradley got a two-game suspension. Josh Beckett had his suspension reduced to five games meaning he won’t have to miss a start. All he loses out on his pay. To me the suspension was ridiculous anyway. He didn’t hit Abreu. Ryan Zimmerman signed a long-term deal with Washington. Randy Johnson won his 296th career game. Jesse Crain (shoulder) went on the DL. St. Louis traded Minor Leaguer Brian Barton to Atlanta for RP Blaine Boyer. Ryan Freel and Ricky Romero went on the DL. Brian Bannister was recalled by Kansas City. Washington put Joe Beimel on the DL. Jed Lowrie had wrist surgery. Rocco Baldelli landed on the DL too. Marcus Thames (ribcage) will miss a month.
Shutouts: Zack Greinke
Grand Slams: Nick Markakis, Jason Kubel, Ben Zobrist, Austin Kearns, Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Edgar Renteria
LeBron James won his fourth Player of the Month award this year. The Cavs opened their series with a win over Detroit. Chicago beat the Celtics behind Derrick Rose’s 36 points. Dallas beat San Antonio. Houston topped Portland. The Sixers took game one over Orlando. The Lakers dropped Utah despite 17 assists from Deron Williams. Atlanta destroyed Miami in their opener. Denver whooped New Orleans in their opener. Mike Brown was named Coach of the Year. Boston knocked off Chicago on a late Ray Allen three to even the series at 1-1. Allen went for 30 and Rajon Rondo had a Triple-Double. Ben Gordon scored 42 for the Bulls. Tony Parker put the Spurs on his back in Game 2 to even the series with the Dallas Mavericks. Leon Powe (knee) is done for the year. Dwight Howard won Defensive POY Award. Cleveland beat Detroit for a 2-0 series lead. Portland beat Houston to even the series at 1-1. Brandon Roy had 42 points. The Lakers beat the Jazz to take a 2-0 lead. Derrick Rose won ROY. Dikembe Mutumbo (knee) has likely played his last game. Jason Terry won the Sixth Man Award. Orlando beat Philly to even the series at 1-1. Miami beat Atlanta to even the series at 1-1. Denver beat New Orleans for a 2-0 series lead. Boston beat Chicago to take a 2-1 series lead. Dallas beat San Antonio to do the same. Sacramento fired Kenny Natt. Utah beat the Lakers to bring the series to 2-1 Lakers. Carlos Boozer had23 Points and 23 Rebounds.
Carolina beat New Jersey to even the series at 1-1. Pittsburgh beat Philly to take a 2-0 series lead. Vancouver shutout St. Louis to take a 2-0 lead. The Rangers signed Matt Gilroy to a two-year deal. Boston beat Montreal to open a 2-0 lead. Detroit shutout Columbus for a 2-0 lead. Chicago beat Calgary for a 2-0 series lead. Vancouver beat St. Louis to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh to make the series 2-1 in favor of the Penguins. Milan Lucic was suspended a game for cross-checking Maxim Lapierre. Matt Hunwick had his spleen removed. New Jersey beat Carolina to take a 2-1 series lead. Anaheim beat San Jose to take a 2-0 lead. Washington took Game 3 against the Rangers to stay in the series, down 2-1. Simeon Varlamov shut them out. Boston beat Montreal in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead. Calgary beat Chicago in Game 3 to avoid going down 3-0. Pittsburgh beat Philly in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead. Detroit beat Columbus for a 3-0 lead. Carolina beat New Jersey to even the series at 2-2. Vancouver swept St. Louis. San Jose beat Anaheim in Game 3. Anaheim still holds a 2-1 lead. Boston swept Montreal. The Rangers beat Washington to take a 3-1 lead. Calgary beat Chicago to even the series at 2-2. The Flyers beat Pittsburgh to pull the series to 3-2 in favor of the Penguins. Detroit swept Columbus. New Jersey beat Carolina to take a 3-2 series lead. Anaheim blanked San Jose to take a 3-1 series lead.
Buffalo traded Jason Peters to Philly for their 28th overall pick. Detroit has a meaner looking Lion for their logo. Now they’ll do better. Torry Holt signed a three-year deal with Jacksonville. Percy Harvin failed a drug test. It shouldn’t cause him to slide too far. SI.com incorrectly reported a failed test by B.J. Raji. Tom Brady will participate in the Patriots’ offseason program without limitations. The Chiefs traded Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta for a second round pick. Jake Delhomme signed a five-year extension with Carolina. Reggie Wayne restructured his contract.
Florida F Alex Tyus is transferring. Kansas’ Mario Little had surgery for a stress fracture. Memphis’ Tyreke Evans, Spain’s Ricky Rubio, Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, Tennessee’s Tyler Smith, Davidson’s Stephen Curry, UNC’s Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, UConn’s Ater Majok, Maryland’s Greivis Vazquez, and Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal have declared for the NBA Draft. Georgia Coach Mark Fox granted Daniel Miller release from his letter of intent so he could sign with another school.
Brian Gay won the Verizon Heritage. Scott Strange won the China Open. Nick Price won the Champions tour’s Outback Pro-Am. Patrick Sheehan won the Nationwide tour ‘s Athens Regional Foundation Classic.
Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo. Sabine Lisicki beat Caroline Wozniacki to win the WTA Tour Family Circle Cup. Roberta Vinci beat Maria Kirilenko to win the WTA Barcelona Ladies Open.
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