Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's Tuesday!











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

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Today is National Hot Dog Day!

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Kovalchuk re-signs with Devils.

Tampa Bay adds Gagne to burgeoning arsenal.

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The World Snail Racing Championship has wrapped up in Norfolk, England. This year the honor went to Sidney the snail and his owner, 62-year-old Claire Lawrence. The race was won in a little over 3-1/2 minutes at a distance of 13 inches.

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Retro profile: George Reed.

The Riders take their 3-0 record on the road next Saturday 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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U.S. researchers say they have created an artificial lung for rats.(Which comes as great relief to laboratory rats who've spent their entire lives testing cigarettes.)

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Today in Sports History:

1859 - Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, NY. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged for to see a ball game. It cost $.50 to get in and the players on the field did not receive a salary (until 1863).

1947 - The National Football League (NFL) ruled that no professional team could sign a player who had college eligibility remaining.

1958 - The PGA championship changed from match play to stroke play.

1974 - Carl Rosen's Chris Evert beat Miss Musket by 50 lengths in the winner-take-all match race at Hollywood Park.

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Today is Moon Day. (Is it for looking at our nearest celestrial neighbor, commemorating the first steps by man on the Moon, or for dropping your pants? I'm just not sure.)

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Wade Davis tossed eight solid innings, and the Rays scored 7 runs in the third inning, on their way to an 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles last night, in front of 12,792 at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Tampa Bay jumped on top with a run in the second when Ben Zobrist bounced a two-out double into the left field seats, scoring John Jaso for a 1-0 lead. In the third, the Rays rolled a 7 to break the game open. Evan Longoria scored on a Matt Joyce double, a bases-loaded walk to B.J. Upton brought home Carlos Pena, Jason Bartlett roped a single up the middle to score Joyce and Jaso, a Sean Rodriguez safety squeeze scored Upton, forcing a pitching change, with Matt Albers replacing Orioles starter Chris Tillman. Longoria then got his second hit of the inning, rolling a single up the mioddle to score Carl Crawford, giving Tampa Bay an 8-0 lead. Baltimore would break the shutout in the fifth, when Cesar Izturis singled up the middle to bring home Scott Moore. Davis shut the door from there and the Rays won the game 8-1.

Wade Davis started for Tampa Bay and went 8 innings, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits, with 3 strike outs and 1 walk, improving his record to 7-9. It's his first winning streak since winning three straight from April 21st to May 2nd. Dan Wheeler pitched a perfect ninth, throwing just 9 pitches, 7 for strikes, fanning 1. Orioles' starter Chris Tillman was roughed up for 8 earned runs and 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings, striking out 2 and walking 4. He's now 1-4.

The Rays are now 56-36 and trail the Yankees by 2 1/2 games in the A.L. East. They also lead the A.L. Wild Card chase. Tampa Bay is 11-4 in July, and have won 10 of their last 13. The Rays continue their three-game set at Baltimore tonight, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm EDT. After tomorrow's game with the Orioles, a 12:35pm EDT start, Tampa Bay will play three at Cleveland starting Friday, then return 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 Ugly Truck Day. (One of the last remaining truly guy things.)

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 1/2 games over Tampa Bay and 6 over Boston. Toronto is 12 back and Baltimore is 29 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Chicago leads Detroit and Minnesota by 2 1/2 games, Kansas City is 11 back and Cleveland is 12 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 5 games, Oakland is 8 back and Seattle trails by 18.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 5 1/2 games, Philadelphia is 6 behind, while Florida is 9 back and Washington trails by 14.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads by 1/2 game over Cincinnati, Milwaukee trails by 9 1/2, the Cubs are 10 1/2 in arrears, Houston is 14 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 4 games over San Francisco, by 4 1/2 over Colorado, 6 over the Dodgers and 20 over Arizona.

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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men on the Moon 41 years ago today. (Where were you what this event took place?)

Astronaut Michael Collins, who remained in the Apollo 11 capsule in Moon orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the Moon's surface, spoke to a joint session of Congress on September 19th, 1969 said: “During the flight of Apollo 11, in the constant sunlight between the Earth and the Moon, it was necessary for us to control the temperature of our spacecraft by a slow rotation not unlike that of a chicken on a barbecue spit. As we turned, the Earth and the Moon alternately appeared in our windows. We had our choice: we could look toward the Moon, toward Mars, toward our future in space or we could look back toward the Earth, our home, with its problems spawned over more than a millennium of human occupancy. We looked both ways. We saw both, and I think that is what our Nation must do.”

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The San Francisco Giants moved back into second place in the N.L. West last night, with a 5-2 win over the Dodgers, in front of 45,056 at Dodger Stadium. The Giants scored twice in the third and fourth innings, gave back two in the sixth, then scored one more in the eighth. San Francisco had 5 runs on 11 hits with 1 error and the Dodgers scored 2 runs on 10 hits with 0 errors. Pabio Sandoval went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Travis Ishikawa went 1 for 2 and scored twice, while Nate Schierholtz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs on a 4th inning two-run homer. Buster Posey singled in a run and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Madison Bumgarner went just 5 1/3 for the Giants, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, with 3 strike outs and 2 walks, but got the win, improving to 3-2. Brian Wilson pitched the 9th, allowing 2 hits and walking a batter, but struck out 3, notching his 26th save of the season. San Francisco has won 6 of their last 7 games and 10 of their last 12.

The Giants and Dodgers meet in Los Angeles the next two nights, then San Francisco moves on to Arizona for 4 games, 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. This coming Saturday's game with the Dodgers airs on FOX, with the Sunday game against the Dodgers showing on ESPN.

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On this date in 1871, British Columbia joined the confederation as a Canadian province.

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USHL picks two from Illinois.

Three CSHL alumni move up to USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Fargo Force try-out camp coming up.

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Mommy wishes Snoopy Boo a Happy Birthday yesterday.










So does Daddy.

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Today is National Lollipop Day.

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On this day in:

1925: The famous Monkey Trial began. Prosecutor William Jennings Bryan takes the witness stand to defend his fundamentalist views against the teaching of evolution. He is completely humiliated by Clarence Darrow, who pointed out the absurdity of a strict reading of the Bible. The resulting stress may have contributed to Bryan's death six days later.

1944: Hitler survived an assasination attempt during a meeting with Third Reich military leaders. The blast killed 1 and injured 12, but Hitler escaped virtually unscathed, with his first concern being his new boots.

1976: Chinese gymnast Shun Fujimoto helped his team to an Olympic Gold Medal, despite suffering a broken leg early in the competition.

1976: Viking I lands on Mars and sends the first pictures sent from Mars' surface.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley made his first public appearance. He performed on a flatbed truck in Memphis, TN, with Scotty Moore and Bill Black under the name "Blue Moon Boys."

1974 - The Elvis Presley single "If You Talk In Your Sleep" hit #40 in the U.K.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 12:35pm EDT

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

Thursday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Friday --

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

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 what's going on today. See you tomorrow!

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