Friday Tidbits – 5/15/09
Anibal Sanchez went on the DL. A-Rod hit a HR in his first At Bat. Ryan Zimmerman ran his hitting streak to 30 before it snapped. Aramis Ramirez went on the DL. Zack Greinke took his first loss of the year. He gave up 1 Run in a Complete Game raising is ERA to 0.51. Jose Contreras was sent down to work out his control problems. Cameron Maybin got demoted by the Marlins. The Manny saga started last year with an elevated testosterone level according to an ESPN report. Bobby Jenks got fined $750K for throwing behind Ian Kinsler. Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Ludwick were placed on the DL. An ump bumped Magglio Ordonez. Good thing it wasn’t the other way around. Ervin Santana made his season debut. Milton Bradley had his suspension reduced to one game.
Shutouts: C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Matt Harrison, Eric Stults, Joe Saunders
Grand Slams: Ian Stewart, Chris Iannetta, Fernando Tatis
Orlando beat Boston in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. The Lakers beat Houston to take a 2-1 series lead. Antawn Jamison had ankle surgery. Denver beat Dallas to take a 3-0 series lead. Cleveland beat Atlanta for a 3-0 series lead as well. Cleveland set a record with their 7th straight double-digit playoff win. Chuck daly passed away. Yao Ming (foot) will miss the rest of the playoffs. Alvin Gentry was named permanent Coach. Houston beat the Lakers to even the series at 2-2. Boston beat Orlando to even the series at 2-2 as well. Big Baby hit the game-winner. Coach Jay Triano signed a three-year extension with Toronto. Cleveland swept the Hawks. Eight straight double-digit wins. Tony DiLeo won’t be back to coach the 76ers next year. He’ll return to the front office. Larry Riley will be the new VP for the Warriors. Chris Mullin is out. Dallas beat Denver in Game 4 to avoid being swept. Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony had quite a shootout. Danny Granger was named Most Improved Player. Boston staged a massive comeback to take Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead over Orlando. The Lakers destroyed Orlando in Game 5 for a 3-2 series lead. LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Dwight Howard were named to the All-NBA first team. Denver smoked Dallas in Game 5 to win the series. Dwight Howard was whining about his Coach not getting him the ball. Last time I checked Stan Van Gundy didn’t run the point. You’re supposedly Superman, demand the ball instead of whine about it in the media. Darius Miles got busted with beed. Say goodbye to the Association Darius. Orlando beat Boston to force a Game 7. Dwight Howard had a 20-20 game. Houston beat the Lakers to force a Game 7 as well.
Pittsburgh beat Washington to even the series at 2-2. Carolina beat Boston to take a 3-1 series lead. Pittsburgh beat Washington for a 3-2 series lead. Chicago beat Vancouver for a 3-2 series lead. Detroit beat Anaheim in Game 5. They trail the series 3-2. Boston shut out Carolina in Game 5. Carolina also leads 3-2. Carolina’s Scott Walker was fined $2500 for smashing in Aaron Ward’s face. Washington beat Pittsburgh to even the series at 3-3. Chicago beat Vancouver in Game 6 to win the series. Patrick Kane netted a Hat Trick. Boston beat Carolina to even the series at 3-3. Anaheim beat Detroit in Game 6 to even the series at 3-3. Pittsburgh smoked Washington to win Game 7 and the series. Carolina beat Boston and Detroit beat Anaheim in their respective Game 7 matchups. Washington signed Anton Gustafsson.
St. Louis cut LB Pisa Tinoisamoa. The Raiders signed Lorenzo Neal. Miami signed J.D Quinn. Chicago signed Michael Gaines. Fred Jackson signed a four-year extension with Buffalo. Jason Taylor is returning to Miami. Baltimore signed Kelley Washington and put Willie Anderson on the reserve/retired list.
Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson will remain in school. Maine Coach Mike Burden resigned in the wake of sexual allegations against him. Arkansas’ Michael Washington is coming back to school rather than entering the NBA Draft.
Georgia suspended Bruce Figgins and Justin Houston. Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin was charged with assault. Greg Paulus will attempt to play QB at Syracuse. Boston College LB Mark Herzlich is getting treatment for cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with him.
Henrik Stenson won The Players Championship. That beats hitting a shot in your underwear. Daniel Vancsic]k won the Italian Open. John Daly finished in second. Cristie Kerr won the Michelob Ultra Open.
Mark Martin won the Sprint Cup and Matt Kenseth won the Nationwide Race at Darlington Raceway. Jeremy Mayfield did a Mayfield being Manny impression by failing a drug test.
Novak Djokovic beat Lukasz Kubot in the ATP Serbia Open. Albert Montanes beat James Blake in the ATP Estoril Open. Dinara Safina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the WTA Internazionali d’Italia.
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