Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It's Wednesday!











It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Here's what's happening....

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Today is National Milk Chocolate Day.

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Winter Classic a hot topic in steamy Pittsburgh.

Barbero, Penguins' PA announcer for 36 seasons, dies.

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The first singing telegram was sent on this day in 1933.

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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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Today is Log Cabin Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1991 - Dennis Martinez, of the Montreal Expos, pitched the 13th perfect game in major league baseball history.

1994 - Kenny Rogers, of the Texas Rangers, pitched the 14th perfect game in major league baseball history.

2002 - Lance Armstrong won his fourth straight Tour de France.

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According to a survey (by British dating site MatchAffinity.com) 70 percent of women over 35 say they wouldn't date a man younger than 32.

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Matt Joyce's 6th inning RBI double broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Tampa Bay Rays on their way to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers last night, in front of 19,843 at Tropicana Field.

The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the first, as Carlos Pena's two-run homer brought home Evan Longoria ahead of him and gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers tied it in the 6th. Ryan Raburn tapped a roller to short and Johnny Damon scored from third. Jason Bartlett's throw eluded Pena at first, allowing Miguel Cabrera to score from second, tying the game 2-2.

The Rays would retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth, when Joyce's two-out double scored Carl Crawford, putting Tampa Bay up 3-2.

In the ninth, Rafael Soriano came out of the bull pen to close out the win for the Rays, but didn't do it the easy way. After retiring the first hitter, Austin Jackson bounced a double into the right field seats, then Will Rhymes singled up the middle, putting runners at the corners for Detroit with just one out. Damon walked to load the bases, bringing Cabrera to the plate. With the count 2-2, Cabrera hit a bouncer towards third. Third baseman Evan Longoria charged hard and threw across his body to second basemen Reid Brignac to retire Damon. Brignac's throw to first was just in time to retire Cabrera, ending the game and giving Tampa Bay the 3-2 win.

James Shields got the win for the Rays, allowing 2 runs on 9 hits, with 7 strike outs and 1 walk. He's 9-9. Soriano, despite his difficulties, earned his 27th save of the season. Justin Verlander went all eight innings for the Tigers, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, with 6 strike outs and 3 walks. He's now 12-6.

The Rays are now 61-38, have won 17 of their last 23, and are 2 games behind the Yankees in the A.L. East. They also lead the A.L. Wild Card chase. Tampa Bay continues their 11 game home stand tonight, with the third 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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A large asteroid is heading for Earth and we're doomed. Just kidding. There is an asteroid that might hit Earth in 2182, but it's a 1-in-1,000 chance.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Tampa Bay and 7 over Boston. Toronto is 12 back and Baltimore is 32 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Chicago leads Minnesota by 1 game and Detroit by 4, 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 and Oakland by 8 1/2 back, with Seattle trailing by 20 1/2.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 1/2 games, the Mets are 6 1/2 behind, Florida is 7 1/2 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 and Cincinnati are tied for first(St.Louis actually leads by .001), Milwaukee is 8 behind and the Cubs trail by 9 1/2, 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 2 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants lead the N.L. Wild Card chase), by 5 over Colorado, 8 over the Dodgers and 22 over Arizona.

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Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" was released on this day in 1951.

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Snoopy and Jimmy look for Mommy.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "I Want You, I Need You" hit #3 in the U.S.

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The long ball led the way for the San Francisco Giants last night, in a 6-4 win over the Florida Marlins.

In the second, Aubrey Huff doubled, bringing home Andres Torres. Huff then scored on Buster Posey's single, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead. Posey's base hit extended his hitting streak to 20 games.

A Cody Ross homer, that also brought home Wes Helms, brought Florida into a 2-2 tie in the fifth. In San Francisco's half of the fifth, Torres scored on a Freddy Sanchez single, putting the Giants back on top 3-2.

The Marlins' Dan Uggla homered in the top of the seventh tied the game 3-3. In the bottom of the eighth, Juan Uribe led off the inning for San Francisco with a solo homer, then two batters later, with Aaron Rowand on first, Edgar Renteria homered to left, putting the Giants on top 6-3.

Uggla's second homer of the game, with two outs in the ninth, brought the Fins a run closer but that would be it, as San Francisco held on for the 6-4 win.

Sergio Romo pitched a perfect eighth for the Giants to get the win, improving to 4-3. Brian Wilson, despite allowing Uggla's ninth inning homer, picked up his major league leading 30th save of the season.

San Francisco, 57-44 and 2 1/2 games behind division-leading San Diego, continues their seven-game home stand tonight, with the third 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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Carpenter commits to Western Michigan.

Former Stampede player Carroll signs with Greenville.

Cedar Rapids Ice Arena readied for World Horse Shoe Championships.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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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