Saturday, July 24, 2010

It's Saturday!











It's Saturday. Let's see what's happening....

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Today is Cousins Day!

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Nashville gets it's first Tennessee player.

Young players get shot at playing with Pens' stars.

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Today is Amelia Earhart Day.

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Rider roster set for tonight's showdown with Calgary.

Riders add Eddie Johnson to roster

The Riders take their 3-0 record on the road tonight to face the 2-1 Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff is set for 9:30pm EDT. Listen links for the game are on the right side of this blog.

Check out Riderville.com for the latest on "Canada's (And Clearwater, Florida's) Team."

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Today is National Day of The Cowboy.

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Today in Sports History:

1978 - Billy Martin was fired for the first of three times as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team.

1984 - Terry Bradshaw retired from the National Football League.

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Today is National Drive-Thru Day.

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Quiet bats and rain doomed the Tampa Bay Rays light night, in a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians shortened to 7 innings by rain.

Cleveland scored their first run in the first, as Michael Brantley scored on a fielder's choice for a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second, the Rays'Carlos Pena reached base on a throwing error, stole second and advanced to third on a wild throw, tying the game 1-1. Michael Brantley singled to lead off the bottom of the third, moved to third on a double by Asdrubal Cabrera, then scored when Shin-Soo Choo hit into a fielder's choice, putting the Indians up 2-1. The first rain delay happened after the fifth, delaying the game 90 minutes.

Trevor Crowe belted a two-out homer in the sixth inning, putting Cleveland up 3-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Cabrera led off the inning with a bunt single, then came the rains again. After waiting 74 minutes, the game was called, and the Indians won 3-1.

Fausto Carmona went the first five for Cleveland, allowing 1 run plus the only hit that Tampa Bay would get, while notching 4 strike outs and 3 walks, impoving to 10-7. Tony Sipp tossed two innings, striking out 3 and walking 1, to get his 1st save of the season. prserving the Indian's 18th straight home won over the Rays. Jeff Niemann pitch five innings for Tampa Bay, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 4 and walking 3. He's now 8-3.

The Rays are now 57-38 and are 4 games behind the Yankees in the A.L. East. They also lead the A.L. Wild Card chase. Tampa Bay continues a three game series in Cleveland tonight at 7:05pm EDT, before returning home on Monday, July 26th for their longest home stand of the season, 11 games, with the first of a four-game set against Detroit, to be followed by three against the Yankees and four against Minnesota. You can follow the Rays on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports. The Monday, July 26th game with Detroit will air on ESPN, the Sunday, August 1st game will be on TBS, and the Saturday August 14th game against Detroit will be on FOX.

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Today is National Drive-Thru Day.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 4 games over Tampa Bay and 7 over Boston. Toronto is 13 1/2 back and Baltimore is 30 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Chicago leads Detroit by 2 1/2 games and Minnesota by 3, while Cleveland and Kansas City are both 12 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 7 games, Oakland is 8 1/2 back and Seattle trails by 20.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 6 games, Philadelphia is 6 1/2 behind, while Florida is 8 back and Washington(First in war, first in peace and last in the N.L. East) trails by 14 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads by 1/2 game over Cincinnati, Milwaukee is 9 1/2 and the Cubs trail by 10, Houston is 14 1/2 behind, and Pittsburgh(heading towards their 18th consecutive losing season) is 19 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 3 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase), by 5 1/2 over Colorado, 6 over the Dodgers and 20 over Arizona.

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Today is Tell an Old Joke Day. (A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says "Why the long face?")

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Arozan's Kelly Johnson hit for the cycle, but San Francisco's Aubrey Huff belted two homers and Andres Torres got a two-run triple in the seventh, leading the Giants to a 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Each team scored a run in the first, on a Huff home run for San Francisco, while Johnson homered for Arizona.

The Giants scored single runs in the 4th and 6th, but the D'Backs rallied for 3 in the bottom of the 6th, taking a 5-4 lead. San Francisco scored three time in their half of the 7th to take the lead. Eugenio Velez laid down a sacrifice bunt, with Eli Whiteside scoring when the ball was thrown away, tying the game 4-4. Torres then belted his triple, scoring Nate Schierholtz and Whiteside, putting San Francisco on top 6-4. Torres scored in the ninth on a single by Huff and the Giants went on to a 7-4 win.

C Ray came out of the bullpen in the sixth, allowing one hit but record the final out and was credited with the win, improving his recoed to 3-0. Brian Wilson pitched the last inning and 1/3, allowing a hit with 1 strike out, to register his 28th save. Edwin Jackson tossed six innings, allowing 6 runs, 4 earned on 8 hits, with 4 strike outs and 2 walks and was tagged with the loss. He's now 6-9.

San Francisco continues their four-game set at Arizona tonight, before returning home Monday for 4 against Florida and 3 against the Dodgers. The Giants have a big 3-game series at home against San Diego coming up August 13th through 15th. Next Saturday's game with the Dodgers airs on FOX, with the Sunday game against the Dodgers showing on ESPN.

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Today is Pioneer Day.

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Ice makes move in anticipation of 2010-2011 season.

Sioux Falls friens remember Arena manager Russ DeCurtins.

Two Saints teammate could face off for national pride next month.

Ambroz headed back to Omaha.

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This is Jimmy, one year ago today. He sure loved his horsey jumper.

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On this day in 1993, Vince Coleman of the New York Mets tossed an explosive - equivalent to a quarter stick of dynamite - at fans after a game, injuring three people.

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Today in Elvis History:

1965 - Elvis Presley's single "(Such An) Easy Question" hit #11 in the U.S.

1967 - The Elvis Presley movie "Double Trouble" premiered.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

Arena Football: Alabama Vipers at Tampa Bay Storm 7:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Indianapolis, Indiana 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 1:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Arena Football: Orlando Predators at Tampa Bay Storm 7:30pm EDT (Final game of regular season.)

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Iowa 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 8:00pm EDT

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That's all for now. See you tomorrow!

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