Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's Thursday!











It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is National Bomb Pop Day.

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Hawks hoist Cup at wedding celebration.

Hawks' Cup star Byfuglien dealt to Atlanta.

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Today in Sports History:

1911 - John J. McDermott became the first American-born winner of the U.S. Open.

1922 - The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League (NFL).

1952 - Eddie Arcaro became the first U.S.-born jockey to win 3,000 races.

1962 - The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, after 22 innings.

1968 - Jim Northrup (Detroit Tigers) tied a major league baseball record when he hit two grand slams in one game.

1971 - The National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for collegiate hardship cases.

1979 - Bob Watson (Houston Astros) hit for the cycle against San Francisco. On September 15, 1979, he became the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues when he did it with the Boston Red Sox.

1980 - The Atlanta Flames franchise moved to Calgary, Alberta.

2003 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the first player to reach 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.

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The Tampa Bay Rays mounted a sixth-inning rally to tie last night's game, but a seventh-inning balk by the Rays James Shields and an eight-inning defensive gem from San Diego's Aaron Cunningham turned the tide, helping the Padres to a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay before a meager crowd of 15,809 at Tropicana Field.

The Padres' Will Venable's two-run homer in the fifth broke a scoreless tie and an Adrian Gonzalez homer the next inning put San Diego on top 3-0. The Rays tied the game in the sixth. Carlos Pena scored on a B.J. Upton double. Upton stole third, then scored on Willy Aybar's sacrifice fly. Sean Rodriguez then drove a home run to center tying the game 3-3 on his fifth homer of the season.

The Padres grabbed a 4-3 lead in the seventh, as Jerry Hairston, Jr. singled to left, bringing home his brother Scott, who had moved into scoring position earlier in the inning on the balk called against Shields. Tampa Bay threatened in the bottom of the eighth. After Ben Zobrist walked and Upton popped out, Cunningham came up with his web gem for San Diego, laying out for a diving catch on Aybar's liner to left. The inning ended with Zobrist thrown out trying to steal second, and another threat had passed.

The Padres got an insurance run in the ninth, as Chase Headley homered to right for a 5-3 lead. It became huge when the Rays'Jason Bartlett scored a two-out run on Headley's throwing error. Evan Longoria, who went 0-for-5 and left six runners on base, struck out for the second time in the game, ending the contest, with San Diego winning 5-4.

Reliever Luke Gregerson, despite allowing both a home run and a walk, did strike out four in 1 1/3 innings to get the win for the Padres, he's now 2-2. Heath Bell picked up his 19th save of the season. Shields struck out 7 in 7 innings for the Rays, but allowed 4 earned runs and took the loss. He's now 6-7.

The Tampa Bay Rays, losers of 17 of their last 30 games, and just 18-17 at home, slip 42-29 and are tied for second place with Boston in the A.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees. The Rays play wrap up their series with San Diego this afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 12:10pm EDT on 620AM WDAE, the Rays Radio Network and Sun Sports. The Arizona Diamondbacks come to town for a three-game series starting tomorrow. After this homestand, the Rays hit the road for six games, with two at Boston and four at Minnesota, starting next Tuesday.

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Today is International Fairy Day. (Clap for Tinkerball.)

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Riders cut nine more players.

Coach Miller says a couple more roster moves are necessary.

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Today is National Handshake Day. (Not to be confused with World Handshake Day, held earlier this week.)

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East. Tampa Bay and Boston are tied for second, 2 1/2 games behind. Toronto is 7 back and Baltimore is 25 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 1 1/2 games, the White Sox by 3 1/2, Kansas City is 11 back and Cleveland is 13 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 3 1/2 games, Oakland is 10 1/2 back and Seattle trails by 13.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1/2 game, Philadelphia by 3 1/2, while Florida is 6 1/2 back and Washington is 9 1/2 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1 game, the Cubs and Milwaukee are 9 back, Houston trails by 13 1/2, and Pittsburgh is 15 behind.

San Diego leads San Francisco by 2 1/2 games in the N.L. West, The Dodgers and Colorado are 4 back and Arizona brings up the rear, 14 games out of first.

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Today is Swim a Lap Day.

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Busy summer ahead for Jacks coach.

Strand impressed with defense at Musketeers tryout camp.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley's EP "Peace in the Valley" hit #3 in the U.S.

1960 - The principal photography for the Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues" was completed.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: San Diego Padres at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Arena Football: Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings 8:00pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' doin'.

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-cola at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Arena Football: Chicago Rush at Tampa Bay Storm 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Dayton International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT

Indy Cars: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York 3:30pm EDT

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That's all for now. See you tomorrow!

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