Friday Tidbits 8/8/08
The Twins recalled Francisco Liriano. He threw 6 scoreless to win his first game back and put the Twins in 1st. The Rangers fired their Pitching and Bullpen Coaches. Randy Johnson won his fifth straight start and his 293rd career game. Manny hit his first HR for the Dodgers. Manager of the Year candidate Ron Gardenhire was suspended a game for an outburst. John Maine and Billy Wagner landed on the DL. Joba Chamberlain landed on the DL because of his shoulder. Eric Chavez will have another surgery. Miguel Olivo, Zack Greinke, Ozzie Guuillen, and Trey Hillman were suspended following their brawl. Kerry Wood returned from the DL. Ryan Ludwick homered in five straight games. Manny cracked the top 20 on the HR list. The Red Sox are looking to acquire Brian Giles. The Jays are bringing Cito Gaston back next year.
Steve Smith busted Ray Lucas in the face breaking his nose. Smith will miss the first two games. It stinks if you’re a Panther fan or have him on your fantasy team, but I must say I respect John Fox’s decision. Glenn Dorsey sprained his knee. Ryan Grant ended his holdout with the Packers. Javon Walker considered retiring. Playing for the Raiders will do that to you. Center Brad Meester will miss a couple months with a bicep tear. Brandon Marshall got slapped with a three game suspension. The Packers traded that media hound to the Jets. Steven Jackson is still holding out. After being burned by Larry Johnson last year, I would start to worry about drafting S-Jax.
Josh Howard got busted for drag racing. Hopefully he wasn’t high like he told the league earlier he likes to do. He’s not proving to be the brightest bulb. Carlos Arroyo will play in Israel. Louis Williams re-signed with Philly. Kwame Brown signed a deal with the Pistons. Earl Boykins bolted for Europe. Rumor is LeBron would play in Europe for $50 million. I think it’s just that though…a rumor. He respects the history of the game and won’t be hurting financially by staying. Jason Williams signed with the Clippers. Every week the Clip or the Warriors have to be in the mix.
Oklahoma kicked Freshman WR Josh Jarboe to the curb. Georgia suspended LB Darius Dewberry for two games. Wisconsin kicked RB Lance Smith off the team. Washington’s LB E.J. Savannah was ruled academically ineligible. Nebraksa gave DT Kevin Dixon the boot. Kentucky CB Paul Warford can’t play this year. Neither can QB Curtis Pulley because he got kicked off the team. Tyler Graunke may not be able to go for Hawaii this year. The details are kinda fuzzy. Auburn DB Aairon Savage and Florida TE Cornelius Ingram will miss the year because of knee injuries. Kansas State shelled out some bread to retain Coach Ron Prince.
Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey was rewarded with a contract extension. I know who’s buying dinner in Kansas. It’s Coach Bill Self after signing a ten-year, $30 million deal. Of course those deals are written with invisible ink. Sammy Villegas, who played college ball at Toledo, was charged with fixing games.