Friday Tidbits – 5/22/09
Delmon Young was placed on the Twins’ family medical emergency list. Manny apologized to the Dodgers. Jermaine Dye received a two-game suspension and a fine for slamming his helmet, which hit an umpire. He appealed. Carlos Delgado, Jesus Flores and Frank Francisco went on the DL. John Lackey made his debut, but got tossed after two innings. Ivan Rodriguez hit his 300th career HR. Detroit released Juan Rincon. Richie Weeks (wrist) is done for the year. Carlos Delgado will have hip surgery. Todd Helton picked up his 2000th hit. Arizona Pitcher Scott Schoeneweis’ wife was found dead in their own. David Ortiz finally hit a HR. Chris Carpenter (5 scoreless Inning Win) and Kevin Youkilis (3 Hits) came off the DL in style. Detroit hit into a Triple-Play. San Diego sent Jody Gerut to Milwaukee for Tony Gwynn, Jr. It was determined that an ear infection cause Joey Votto’s dizziness. Jake Peavy voided a trade to the White Sox. Edison Volquez (back) landed on the DL. Jimmy Rollins picked up his 1500th hit.
Shutouts: Joel Pinero, Aaron Cook
Grand Slams: Brandon Inge, Ryan Raburn, Chris Snyder, Cody Ross, Jermaine Dye, Todd Helton, Joe Mauer
Wayman Tisdale passed away. The Lakers beat the Rockets in Game 7 to win the series. Orlando beat Boston in Game 7. Shaq is taking a broadcasting course at Syracuse. The Lakers edged out the Nuggets for a 1-0 series lead. The Clippers, Memphis, and Oklahoma City jumped up to take the top three spots in the draft. The worst two teams–Sacramento and Washington–will have the 4th and 5th pick. The system is so flawed. Every other sport gives the worst team the first pick. If the NBA can’t trust their teams to play on the up and up then maybe the problem runs deeper than the referee scandal that was just brushed under the rug. WHY DON”T YOU SHOW THE PICKS LIVE. WE DON”T TRUST IT. The odds just don’t line up. Only three times since 1990 has the worst team received the number one pick. Orlando upset Cleveland on a Rashard Lewis three to take Game 1. The WWE backed down and moved to LA. Chicago replaced John Paxson as GM with Gar Forman. Paxson is now the Executive VP of Basketball Operations. The Nuggets beat L.A. to even the series at 1-1. Sam Cassell retired, but was hired as a Washington Wizards Assistant Coach. David Kahn will take over basketball operations for the Timberwolves.
Mike Richards had shoulder surgery. Anaheim GM Bob Murray swung a chair after the Ducks lost to the Red Wings in Game 7. He accidentally hit a woman. He was lucky she didn’t press charges since it was a road game. Detroit beat Chicago 5-2 for a 1-0 series lead. Pittsburgh beat Carolina for a 1-0 series lead. Detroit beat Chicago for a 2-0 series lead. Pittsburgh beat Carolina for a 2-0 series lead. Evgeni Malkin netted a hat trick. It just feels like a repeat Stanley Cup Finals. The Wild name Chuck Fletcher as their new GM.
Miami signed Lousaka Polite to a two-year extension. Corey McIntyre was charged with exposing himself to a 59-year old woman outside of her home. Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson took a leave as he battles cancer. Jon Gruden has joined the Monday Night Football crew. Michael Vick was released from prison. 49ers CB Walt Harris tore his knee. Ryan Leaf got picked up on buglary and drug charges.
Oklahoma kicked Juan Pattillo off the team. Kentucky landed prized recruit John Wall. BYU’s Jonathan Tavernari won’t test the NBA waters after all.
Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Sprint Showdown.
Zach Johnson won the Valero Texas Open. Shane Lowry won the Irish Open. Ji Young Oh won the Sybase Classic. Keith Fergus won the Regions Charity Classic. Michael Sim won the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Phil Mickelson’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the ATP Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. Dinara Safina beat Caroline Wozniacki in the Women’s final.
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