Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











It's Monday again. (How did that happen?) Here's what's happening....

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It's Pecan Pie Day.

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Summer with Stanley: Toews brings Cup home to Winnipeg.

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Nudists around the country on Saturday attempted to break the simultaneous skinny-dipping record. Last year 13,647 people in 143 locations around the U.S. simultaneously skinny-dipped their way to a world record.

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Riders spoil Leos' party.

The Riders bring their 2-0 record back home this coming Saturday to host the 0-2 Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff is set for 4:00pm EDT. Listen links for the game are on the right side of this blog.

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A group of performance artists dressed as zombies got into a car crash near Portland, Oregon. Their gory makeup led witnesses to believe that they were seriously injured. (Stay weird Portland.)

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Today in Sports History:

1901 - Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) got his 300th career victory. He ended his career with 511 wins.

1931 - A major league baseball record for doubles was set as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs combined for a total of 23.

1984 - Steve Carlton (Philadelphia Phillies) recorded his 100th strikeout for the 18th consecutive season.

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Colton Harris-Moore, the 19-year-old fugitive who's been on the run from American authorities for two years, was finally captured in the Bahamas. Police say he was cool and calm in custody. (You would be, too if you knew you had a multimillion-dollar book and movie deal waiting for you.)

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Jason Bartlett singled home Carl Crawford in the 10th inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians, before 24,687 fans at Tropicana Field.

The Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Jayson Nix and Carlos Santana scored on Austin Kearns' liner up the middle, then Kearns scored on Matt LaPorta's double. Tampa Bay scored once in their half of the first, when third baseman Andy Marte threw the ball away on a grounder by Carlos Pena, allowing Carl Crawford to score, leaving the Rays down 3-1 after one.

Tampa Bay drew within one in the fourth, as a two-out single by Reid Brignac scored B.J. Upton. The Rays took the lead with a three-spot in the fifth. Crawford belted a home run, scoring Ben Zobrist ahead of him, putting Tampa Bay on top 4-3. They stretched the lead to 5-3, as Evan Longoria scored on Upton's sacrifice fly.

Cleveland pulled into a 5-5 tie in the seventh, as LaPorta scored on Trevor Crowe's soft single to center and Marte scored when Anderson Hernandez grounded into a double play.

The game stayed tied until the bottom of the 10th. Zobrist led off the inning for the Rays by singling to right off the glove of the second baseman. He was forced at second on a Crawford grounder to the second baseman for the first out. Crawford stole second, forcing Indians closer Kerry Wood to intentionally walk Longoria. Moments later Bartlett, on a 1-2 count, singled to right, scoring Crawford and giving Tampa Bay the 6-5 win.

Andy Sonnenstine pitched a perfect tenth with 1 strike out to get the win for the Rays, he's 2-0. Kerry Wood pitched the 10th for Cleveland, allowing 1 run on 2 hits with 1 walk, taking the loss and falling to 1-4.

The Rays enter the All-Star break with a record of 54-34 They're 9-2 in July, have won 8 of their last 9 and 11 of their last 15, and are second in the A.L. East, 2 games behind the Yankees and 3 ahead of Boston. After MLB's All-Star break, the Rays head out for nine games, starting with a huge three-game set at the Yankees beginning on Friday. Tampa Bay will also play three at Baltimore and three at Cleveland, 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. Saturday's game at the Yankees can be seen on FOX at 4:00pm EDT. All other games can be seen on Sun Sports.

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Today is Different Colored Eyes Day.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Tampa Bay and 5 over Boston. Toronto is 12 1/2 back and Baltimore is 27 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Detroit leads Chicago by 1/2 game, Minnesota is 3 1/2 games behind, Kansas City is 10 1/2 back and Cleveland is 15 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 4 1/2 games, Oakland is 7 1/2 back and Seattle trails by 15.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 4 games, Philadelphia is 4 1/2 behind, while Florida is 10 back and Washington trails by 13 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 1 game, Milwaukee is 8 1/2 behind, Chicago trails by 9 1/2, Houston is 12 1/2 behind, and Pittsburgh(which hasn't had a winning record since they last won the division in 1992) is 18 games off the pace.

San Diego leads Colorado and the Dodgers in the N.L. West by 2 games, with San Francisco 4 back. Arizona is still last, 17 1/2 games out of first.

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Hear ye, hear ye. Today is International Town Criers Day.

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Three questions with James Mullin, a Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick, scheduled to play for the Fargo Force this season.

Red Wings draft pick Benjamin Marshall, headed to Minnesota in 2011, to spend this season in Omaha with Mahtomedi High teammate Brandon Zurn.

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Jimmy discovers Carnac the Magnificent.







Beeeeeeeep!





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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records and a one-year personal management contract with Scotty Moore.

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Today is Orangemen's Day in Canada and Ireland. (Read about the Canadian Celbration here and the celebration in Ireland here.)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: All-Star Break

Tuesday --

Baseball: MLB All-Star Game at Anaheim 8:00pm EDT on FOX

Wednesday --

Baseball: All-Star Break

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football: Edmonton Eskimos at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 4:10pm EDT

Arena Football: Tampa Bay Storm at Jacksonville Sharks 7:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Indy Car: Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto, Ontario 12:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

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That's what's goin' on today. See you tomorrow!

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