Monday, July 26, 2010

It's Tuesday!











It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is Take Your Plants for a Walk Day.

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NHLPA files grievance on Kovalchuk contract.

2011 All-Star Game logo revealed.

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Women who are continuously trying to lose weight will spend about $39,000 on diets and diet-related items over their lifetime. Why so much? Because, say researchers, each diet lasts on average just 19 days.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders put their 3-1 record on the line this coming Saturday, when they host the 1-3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Kickoff at Mosaic Stadium is set for 6:30pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog.

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

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According to a new survey one-third of working Americans say they're going to look for a new job once this recession is over.(I think the other 2/3 are already out of work.)

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Today in Sports History:

1918 - Brooklyn rookie Henry Heitman made his major league debut and his last major league appearance in the same day. He allowed four straight hits to the St. Louis Cardinals, left the game and never played again in the majors.

1921 - Baseball fan Reuben Berman sued the New York Giants, claiming he suffered mental and bodily distress after refusing to return a foul ball May 16th at the Polo Grounds. Berman was eventually rewarded $100.

1937 - The United States captured the Davis Cup by beating Britain, four matches to one.

1946 - Rudy York (Boston Red Sox) hit two grand slams and drove in 10 runs to lead the Red Sox over the St. Louis Browns, 13-6.

1984 - Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career when he got his 3,503rd one-base hit.

1986 - Greg LeMond of the U.S. became the first non-European to capture the Tour de France cycling race.

1992 - Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University basketball court during practice. He was 27 years old.

1992 - China's Fu Mingxia, only two weeks away from her 14th birthday, became the second youngest gold medalist in Olympic history when she won the women's 10-meter platform diving event.

1996 - At the Atlanta Olympics a pipe bomb exploded at the public Centennial Olympic Park. One person was killed and more than 100 were injured.

1996 - Canadian Donovan Bailey ran the Men's 100 Meter Dash with a time of 9.84. The previous record was 9.85 held by Leroy Burrell of the United States.

2001 - Deion Sanders announced his retirement from the NFL.

2003 - Lance Armstrong won his 5th consecutive Tour de France.

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A crane fell on a New Jersey Olive Garden restaurant. (Oh, waiter -- there's heavy machinery in my lasagna.)

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Since being on the receiving end of four no-hitters in their history, three of them in the past two seasons, and two of those being perfect games, Matt Garza insured his team would fall on the right side of history this time, facing the minimum 27 batters in no-hitting the Detroit Tigers 5-0 last night, in front of 17,009 fans at Tropicana Field.

The fans that were in attendance were treated to a pitcher's duel of potentially epic proportions, as the Tigers' Max Scherzer didn't allow a Tampa Bay hit until the sixth inning. Scherzer lost his no-no in dramatic fashion. After fanning Kelly Shoppach, Scherzer walked Ben Zobrist, Carl Crawford reached on catcher's interference and Carlos Pena drew a walk. Then, after striking out Carlos Pena, Scherzer left a 3-2 pitch out over the plate for Matt Joyce, who crushed it deep into the right field seats for his second grand slam of the season and a 4-0 Tampa Bay lead. The Rays would add one more run on Crawford's lead off homer in the eighth. Perhaps the most excitement for Detroit

As with any no-hitter, Garza was the beneficiary of some sparkling defense by his teammates. Evan Longoria snagged a darter behind third to start a 5-4-3 double play in the second, Zobrist made a leaping grab out in right field in the third, and Crawford held on to a liner in the eighth that he nearly lost in the lights out in left field.

With the fans on their feet, Garza retired Don Kelly on a 4-3 ground out, fanned Gerald Laird looking, then got pinch hitter Ramon Santiago to lift a lazy fly to right that Zobrist caught easily, giving Joyce his no-hitter and Tampa Bay the 5-0 win.

Matt Garza threw 120 pitches in the game for the Rays, 101 being fastballs. He struck out 6 and walked 1, improving to 11-5. Max Scherzer took the hard-luck loss for the Tigers, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on just 2 hits, with 8 strike outs and 4 walks over 5 2/3 innings. His record is now 7-8. Garza's no-hitter leaves only the Mets and San Diego as the only two current franchises without a no-hitter to their credit.

The Rays are now 60-38 and are 3 games behind the Yankees in the A.L. East. They also lead the A.L. Wild Card chase. Tampa Bay continues their longest home stand of the season tonight, 11 games, with the second 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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TV Guide published it's 2000th issue on this date in 1991.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 3 games over Tampa Bay and 8 over Boston. Toronto is 13 back and Baltimore is 31 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Chicago leads Minnesota by 1 game and Detroit by 2, while Kansas City is 11 1/2 behind and Cleveland is 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 7 1/2 back and Seattle trails by 19.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 5 games, the Mets are 7 1/2 behind, Florida is 8 back and Washington(First in war, first in peace and last in the N.L. East) trails by 15 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads by 1/2 game over Cincinnati, Milwaukee is 8 1/2 behind and the Cubs trail by 10, Houston is 14 1/2 behind, and Pittsburgh(heading towards their 18th consecutive losing season) is 20 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 6 over Colorado, 7 1/2 over the Dodgers and 22 over Arizona.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor began a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a cop on this date in 1990.

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Here's Jimmy with two of his favorite letters, B and H.

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Today in Elvis History:

1962 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley film "It Happened At The World's Fair."

1989 - Rhonda Boler auctioned a Diamond Medallion Cross that had been given to her by Elvis Presley during his 1974 comeback concert in Monroe, LA. The event was carried on televisions "A Current Affair."

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The Florida Marlins scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings last night, to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3.

The Giants scored twice in the seventh, when an Aaron Roward homer with Pat Burrell on base sttod up as a home run after a video review by the umpires. In the ninth, Rowand scored on a fielder's choice, but San Francisco left the tying run at third, losing 4-3.

Ricky Nolasco got the win for Florida, allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6 1/3 innings. His record is now 11-7. Despit allowing a run on 2 hits in the ninth with 1 strikeout, Leo Nunez got his 24th save of the season. Barry Ziot was the loser for the Giants, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits with 3 strike outs and 1 walk in 6 1/3 innings, dropping to 8-6 on the year.

San Francisco, 56-44 and 3 1/2 games behind division-leading San Diego, continues their seven-game home stand tonight, with the second of 4 games against Florida, with 3 against the Dodgers to follow. 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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Coming up:

Tonight --

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 it for today. See you tomorrow!

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