Friday Tidbits – 5/1/09
Zack Greinke threw a Complete Game allowing one unearned Run to improve to 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Brandon Webb will miss another three weeks. Albert Pujols drove in his 1000th run. Jacoby Ellsbury capped off a Red Sox sweep of the Yankees by stealing home. Trevor Hoffman came of the DL. Stephen Drew (hamstring) landed on the DL. Brandon Webb will be out another six weeks. The MLB Draft will be moved to the MLB Network Studios. Try as you might, it won’t be on even the NBA level because of the obscurity of the majority of the players. Freddy Garcia couldn’t make it with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. Jose Valverde and Edwin Encarnacion landed on the DL. The Yankees scored 10 in the 7th to break a scoreless tie with Detroit. Cristian Guzman came off the DL. Zack Greinke gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to raise his ERA to 0.50 as he improved to 5-0. Travis Hafner landed on the DL again. Same shoulder as last year. Scott Podsednik was called up by the White Sox. The Dodgers called up Jeff Weaver.
Grand Slams: Shane Victorino, Jason Varitek, Albert Pujols, Alexei Ramirez, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Omir Santos, Jose Molina
Cleveland beat Detroit for a 3-0 series lead. Philly beat Orlando for a 2-1 series lead. Houston beat Portland for a 2-1 series lead. Chien-Ming Wang went on the DL. Dallas beat San Antonio for a 3-1 lead. Miami beat Atlanta for a 2-1 lead. Denver holds a 2-1 lead despite dropping Game 3 to New Orleans. The Lakers beat Utah for a 3-1 lead. Chicago beat Boston to even the series at 2-2 despite Rajon Rondo’s Triple-Double. Cleveland swept the Pistons. Orlando beat Philly to even the series at 2-2. Houston beat Portland to take a 3-1 series lead. Atlanta beat Miami to even the series at 2-2. Denver nearly doubled up New Orleans to take a 3-1 lead. The 58 point win tied the record for biggest margin of victory. The Lakers beat the Jazz in Game Five to win the series. Jamario Moon (hernia) will miss the rest of the playoffs. Jose Calderon had surgery on his finger. Zach Randolph had a DUI charge kicked. Boston beat the Bulls to take a 3-2 series lead. Kendrick Perkins had seven blocks in the win. Orlando beat Philly to take a 3-2 series lead. Dwight Howard had 24 Points and 24 Rebounds. Dallas beat San Antonio in Game 5 to send the Spurs packing. They just aren’t the same team without Manu. Portland beat Houston, but the Rockets still hold a 3-2 series lead. Dwight Howard got suspended for throwing elbows WWF style. Not only did he bust up Samuel Dalembert, he hurt his teammate Courtney Lee. Atlanta beat Miami to take a 3-2 series lead. The Nuggets sent the Hornets packing in Game 5. Orlando beat Philly in Game 6 to win the series without Dwight Howard. Rashard Lewis and Marcin Gortat picked up the slack. Chicago beat the Celtics in triple-overtime to force a Game 7. John Salmons and Derrick Rose led the way. Ray Allen scored 51 points and nailed nine three-pointers for Boston. Houston took Game 6 to send Portland packing. Couldn’t get out of the first round with McGrady, but they did without him. Priceless. Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Russell Westbrook, Brook Lopez and Michael Beasley were named to the All-Rookie team. I though Kevin Love had a better year than Beasley.
Washington blanked the Rangers to bring the series to a 3-2 Ranger lead. Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia to win the series 4-2. Chicago beat Calgary for a 3-2 series lead. Anaheim holds a 3-2 lead despite a Game 5 win by San Jose. Washington beat the Rangers to force a Game 7. Carolina crushed New Jersey to force a Game 7. Washington’s Donald Brashear got a six-game suspension for a blind-side hit on Blair Betts. Chicago beat Calgary in Game Six to win the series. Anaheim beat San Jose in Game Six to win the series. Dan Bylsma had the interim tag removed from his Coach title. Marc-Andre Bergeron had back surgery. Washington beat the Rangers and Carolina beat New Jersey to win their Game 7s and their Series. Mike Richards will have shoulder surgery today. Kris Draper will miss Games 1 & 2 for Detroit against Anaheim. Vancouver beat Chicago to take the opener of their series.
Matt Stafford was the top pick in last week’s NFL Draft. The Jets traded up to get Mark Sanchez. Oakland drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey. Michael Crabree fell to 10 with San Francisco. Hines Ward signed a four-year extension. The Seahawks released Leroy Hill from his Franchise Tag making him a free agent, but the worked out a six-year deal. The Bengals cut Chris Perry. Seattle signed Ken Lucas and Justin Griffith. Miami cut John Beck. Lance Briggs cut his hand with a razor. The Steelers cut Larry Foote. The Lions parted ways with Drew Henson. The Jets released that Brett guy. Hopefully he doesn’t change his mind and stays retired with his bromance John Madden. The Cards officially cut Edge. Darren Sproles signed his one-year tender with SD. The Saints cut Hollis Thomas. The Colts re-signed LB Freddie Keiaho. Shayne Graham signed his franchise tender with Cincy. NE traded for Tampa Bay’s Alex Smith. The Lions cut Travis Fisher. Cleveland signed Bo Ruud, who was cut by New England.
Duke’s Gerald Henderson and Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado will test out the NBA Draft. Wichita State signed Coach Gregg Marshall to an extension. Buzz Peterson will coach at Appalachian State.
Michigan QB Steven Threet is transferring to Arizona State. Ohio State DE Nathan Williams reached a deal to reduce charges on a shoplifting incident last December. Indiana kicked Kellen Lewis to the curb. Jimmy Graham is switching from basketball to football for Miami. Kevin Prince was named starting QB for UCLA. Notre Dame’s Tim Brown, Miami’s Gion Torretta, Ohio State’s Chris Spielman, Penn State’s Curt Warner, New Mexico State’s Pervis Atkins, Arizona’s Chuck Cecil, Auburn’s Ed Dyas, West Virginia’s Major Harris, BYU’s Gordon Hudson,Alabama’s Woodrow Lowe, Stanford’s Ken Margerum, Texas’ Steve McMichael, Iowa’s Larry Station, Georgia Tech’s Pat Swilling,Nebraska’s Grant Wistrom, Harvard’s Williams Lewis, Coach John Robinson of USC, and Coach Dick MacPherson of Syracuse were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway. Carl Edwards wrecked, but finished the race on foot. David Ragan won the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway in the Nationwide circuit.
Jerry Kelly won the Zurich Classic. Lorena Ochoa won the LPGA’s Corona Championship. Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer beat Craig Stadler and Jeff Sluman to win the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in a playoff. Thongchai Jaidee won the Ballantine’s Championship in a three-way playoff against Kang Wook-soon and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Tiger Woods led after the opening round of the Quail Hollow Championship.
Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer to win the ATP Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell.
Be sure to check out the Kentucky Derby this weekend.
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