Friday Tidbits – 5/29/09
Happy 1st Birthday Owen!
Michael Cuddyer hit for the Cycle. Nomar, Carlos Zambrano, Rick Ankiel and Chien-Ming Wang came of the DL. David Price got his start..and got rocked. Tampa lost Akinori Iwamura (knee) for the year. Rich Harden went on the DL. Vladimir Guerrero returned from the DL. Jose Canseco got worked over by Hong Man Choi in a MMA fight. Jose Reyes, Ryan Church, Jason Bartlett, and Carlos Quentin went on the DL. Matt Weiters finally got called up. KC Manager Trey Hillman was suspended a game for accidently spitting in an ump’s eye. Nomar quickly went back on the DL. Daniel Cabrera was cut by Nationals. Eric Gagne signed with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League. Randy Johnson won his 299th career game. Carlos Zambrano went crazy while getting ejected. He was hit with a six game suspension.
Shutouts: Livan Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Sean Marshall, Ian Snell
LeBron drained a three to even the series with Orlando at 1-1. The Lakers beat Denver for a 2-1 series lead. Kobe dropped 41. Orlando beat Cleveland to take a 2-1 lead despite LeBron’s 41. Denver took Game 4 against the Lakers to even the series at 2-2. Orlando beat Cleveland for a 3-1 series lead. Kevin Garnett (knee), Tyson Chandler (ankle & toe), and James Posey (knee) had surgery. Phil Jackson got a $25K fine for criticizing the refs. The Lakers took Game 5 over the Nuggets and a 3-2 series lead. Cleveland beat Orlando in Game 5 to pull to a 3-2 series deficit. LeBron messed around and got a playoff Triple-Double to keep the NBA’s dream LeBron-Kobe matchup alive.
Chicago took Game 3 vs. Detroit. Pittsburgh took Game 3 and a 3-0 series lead on Carolina. Detroit took Game 4 and a 3-1 series lead on Chicago. Bobby Holik retired. Calgary fired Mike Keenan. Pittsburgh beat Carolina to sweep the series. Pat Quinn is Edmonton’s new Coach. Sergei Federov signed a two-year deal to play in Russia. Jay McClement signed an extension with St. Louis. Patrick Roy turned down a chance to be Colorado’s next Coach. Detroit beat Carolina in OT in Game 5 to win the series and set up a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. Simon Gagne had hip surgery.
Miami’s Randy Starks was charged with aggravated battery for hitting a cop. A judge dismissed most of the Williams Wall’s claims. Tom Brady returned to practice for the Patriots. Miami signed Will Allen to a two-year extension. Rod Hood signed with Cleveland. Anquan Boldin canned Drew Rosenhaus. New England signed LB Paris Lenon. Terrance McGee injured his arm covering T.O.
Florida’s Nick Calathes will leave school to play in Greece. Manhattan will give Kevin Laue a chance to play Division I ball. He has just one hand. A.J. Stewart and Donald Williams are transferring from Kentucky. Iowa’s Jeffer Peterson is transferring to Arkansas. Clemson’s Terrence Oglesby is leaving school to play in Europe. Memphis has some splainin to do regarding NCAA violations. Kentucky and Billy Gillispie are suing each other. Speaking of Kentucky, prized signee John Wall pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a Breaking and Entering charge he faced. USC F Marcus Johnson was granted another year of eligibility.
John Daly got reinstated by the PGA. Rory Sabbatini won the Byron Nelson Championship. Paul Casey won the BMW PGA Championship. Michael Allen won the Senior PGA Championship. Yani Tseng won the Corning Classic.
David Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600. Mike Bliss won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Both races were cut short due to rain. Tony Eury, Jr. is out as Dale, Jr.’s Crew Chief.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Julien Benneteau to win the ATP Interwetten Austrian Open. Aravane Rezai beat Lucie Hradecka to win the WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg. Serbia’s Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic won the World Team Cup in their first year.
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