Friday Tidbits – 5/8/09
Joe Mauer returned for the Twins. Josh Hamilton went to the DL. Carl Crawford stole six bases against Boston. Carlos Zambrano went on the DL. Zack Greinke improved to 6-0 with a 0.40 ERA. Oliver Perez got demoted to the bullpen. Jorge Posada was placed on the 15-day DL. The Dodgers tied the record with a 12-0 home record to start the year. They then broke it with their 13th straight win. The Twins shipped Alexi Casilla to the minors and called up Matt Tolbert. Oliver Perez got moved to the bullpen and then to the DL. Manny Ramirez received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a PED. Rick Ankiel was placed on the DL. Former Phillies Manager Danny Ozark passed away. Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 25 games. Arizona fired Bob Melvin. The Dodgers had their record home winning streak snapped. A-Rod, the new President of the Manny Ramirez Fan Club, is set to return today.
Shutouts: Zack Greinke
Grand Slams: Evan Longoria, Ryan Theriot, Adam Everett, A.J. Pierzynski, Derrek Lee, Ryan Howard, Chris Iannetta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Braun, Jack Cust, Matt Kemp
Miami killed Atlanta to force a Game 7. Boston beat Chicago in Game 7 to close out one of the best opening round series in NBA history. Atlanta beat Miami in Game 7 to win the series. Denver beat Dallas in the series opener. Denver’s Mark Warkentien won the NBA Executive of the Year award. LeBron James was named MVP as expected. Kenyon Martin got fined $25K for a hard foul on Dirk Nowitzki. Orlando beat Boston to take Game 1 of the series. Keyon Dooling had hip surgery. Houston beat the Lakers to take Game 1 of the series. Cleveland crushed Atlanta in the series opener. Denver beat Dallas for a 2-0 series lead. Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett were named to the NBA All-Defensive team. Boston beat Orlando to even the series at 1-1. Rondo had a triple-double. Eddie House was huge off the bench as Paul Pierce scored just three points. Kobe Bryant put the Lakers on his back scoring 40 to even the series with the Rockets at 1-1. Cleveland clobbered Atlanta to take a 2-0 series lead. Derek Fisher and Rafer Alston got suspended one game.
Detroit beat Anaheim and Boston beat Carolina to take 1-0 leads in their series. Washington beat Pittsburgh in their series opener. Chicago beat Vancouver in Game 2 to even the series at 1-1. Anaheim beat Detroit in Triple-Overtime to even the series at 1-1. Todd Marchant scored the game-winner. Carolina’s Cam Ward shutout Boston to also even the series at 1-1. Markus Naslund retired. Alexander Ovechkin netted a Hat Trick to lead Washington to a 2-0 series lead over Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby did his part with a Hat Trick of his own. Vancouver beat Chicago to take a 2-1 series lead. Anaheim beat Detroit to do the same. Pittsburgh beat Washington in Game 3. Washington leads 2-1 in the series. Carolina beat Boston in to take a 2-1 series lead. Chicago beat Vancouver in OT to even the series at 2-2. Detroit beat Anaheim to make their series 2-2 as well.
Julius Peppers didn’t show up for Carolina’s minicamp. Dallas’ practice facility collapsed. Rich Behm, a scouting assistant, was paralyzed. Joe DeCamillis broke his back. So sad. Biren ealy and Kolomona Kapanui got pinched for exposing themselves. New Orleans then cut them. John Beck signed a one-year deal with Baltimore. The Colts signed Ed Johnson. Cleveland signed Mike Furrey. Larry Foote signed with Detroit. The Lions cut Levi Jones. The Redskins signed Jeremy Bridges. Cincinnati traded Orien Harris to St. Louis for Brian Leonard. It appears, at least for now, that Brett Favre won’t come back. The Dolphins renamed their stadium Landshark Stadium. My Dad likes that beer.
John Wall, one of the most prized recruits, got busted for breaking and entering. Three ex-Toledo basketball players were charged in a point-shaving scheme.
Marshall’s Darius Marshall and DeQuan Bembry got suspended after getting picked up on drug charges. Alabama WR Julio Jones had surgery on his sports hernia. Three ex-Toledo football players were charged in a point-shaving scheme.
Kyle Busch won both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races at the Richmond International Raceway.
Sean O’Hair won the Quail Hollow Championship. Thomas Levet won the Spanish Open.
Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Internationaionali BNL d’Italia. Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Ekaterina Makarova to win the WTA Grand Prix S.A.R La Princesse Lalla Meryem. Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Dinara Safina to win the WTA Tour Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
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