Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's Saturday!











It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 28th, the 240th day of 2010. There are 125 days left in the year.

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New regime in Tampa as Yzerman takes over.

Kariya to miss season with postconcussion syndrome.

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Today is Race Your Mouse Day.

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Lancers exhibition to be at Tranquility.

Black Hawks unveil new slogan.

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Today is Crackers Over The Keyboard Day.

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No mercy.

Roster set for tonight's game.

It's football time in the Prairies tonight, as the 5-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders, trailing Calgary by 4 points in the CFL West, visit Commonwealth Stadium to face the 1-6 Edmonton Eskimos, in what is shaping up not only as another opportunity for the Riders to catch Calgary in the standings, but as a must-win game for Coach Richie Hall and his Eskies. Kickoff tomorrow night is set for 7:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog. A huge crowd is expected, with over 45,000 tickets already sold for Saturday's game at Commonwealth Stadium.

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

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Today is the Feast of St. Augustine.

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Today in Sports History:

1922 - The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.

1941 - The Football Writers Association of America was organized.

1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second.

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St. Petersburg - The Boston Red Sox pounded out 11 hits last night, on their way to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, before 29,461 at Tropicana Field.

Boston scored first, as Victor Martinez belted a two-out homer in the first, taking a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the fourth, Jed Lowrie singled home David Ortiz for a 2-0 Red Sox lead. Tampa Bay responded in their half of the fourth, when Jason Bartlett scored on a Jon Lester wild pitch, drawing within 1, at 2-1. Boston would regain a 2-run lead in the seventh, as Martinez homered again. The Red Sox held on from there, for the 3-1 win.

Jon Lester grabbed the win for Boston, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, with 10 strike outs and 5 walks over 7 innings, improving to 15-6. Jonathan Papelbon struggled a bit in the ninth, walking 2 but striking out 3, notching his 33rd save of the season. David Price took the loss for the Rays, allowing 3 runs on 10 hits, with 8 strike outs and 0 walks in 7 innings. He's now 15-6.

The Rays, losers of two straight, are 78-50, and still tied with the Yankees, who have also lost two straight, for first in the A.L. East. Boston trails by 4 1/2 games in both the division and Wild Card races. The Rays continue their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox tonight at 7:10pm EDT, on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After tomorrow's game against Boston, Tampa Bay hosts Toronto for three games beginning Monday. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: Reliever Grant Balfour reports that he's "coming along good" from the intercostal strain that put him on the disabled list on July 31 and hopes to join the team September 1st....Carl Crawford was scratched from Friday's game with a stomach virus. He could be back on the field Saturday....The Rays signed outfielder Brad Hawpe to a Minor League deal before Friday's game. He will report to Class A Charlotte.Matt Garza(13-7, 3.62) will start tonight's game one of the Rays' three-game series with Boston. He'll be opposed by the Red Sox' Clay Buchholz(15-5, 2.26)....Boston's Adrian Beltre leads all Major League third baseman with 87 RBIs this season and is seven short of becoming the sixth active third baseman with 1,000 career RBIs....The AL East rivals will meet one more time in the regular season, September 6th through 8th, at Fenway Park.

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The Ferret Buckeye Bash is today in Columbus, Ohio. (Linkying linksterbles)

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The Yankees and Tampa Bay are tied for first in the A.L. East(Both teams have lost 2 straight and are 6-4 in their 10), Boston is 4 1/2 back(The Red Sox trail by 4 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase), Toronto is 11 back and Baltimore is 32 1/2 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 3 1/2 games, they're 10 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 19 1/2 back and Cleveland 21 1/2 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 9 1/2 and the Angels by 9 1/2 games, with Seattle trailing by 23 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 games(The Phillies lead the Wild Card race by 1/2 game), Florida trails by 7 1/2 (They're 5 1/2 back in the Wild Card race), the Mets are 9 behind(7 back in the Wild Card race) and Washington is 19 1/2 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is 4 games up on St. Louis(The Cards are 1 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race). Milwaukee is 14 behind, Houston is 16 back, the Cubs are 20 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 31 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 6 games over San Francisco(The Giants trail the N.L. Wild Card chase by 1/2 game). Colorado and Los Angeles are third, 10 games out(They're both 4 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race), with Arizona behind by 26.

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Someone woke up too early.









And someone didn't.






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San Francisco - Tim Lincecum's disastrous August ended Friday night with more of the same: incremental improvement, and another defeat.

Lincecum lasted six innings for the first time in four starts and allowed only one run in his final five innings. But that didn't count the first, when Adam LaRoche launched a three-run homer to propel the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-0 triumph.

Read the rest here.


Notes: Barry Zito(8-9, 3.78) goes against Arizona's Daniel Hudson(4-2, 3.10) in tonight's 9:05pm EDT game....The Giants close out their three game set tomorrow at 4:05pm EDT. Colorado comes in for a three-game set starting Monday, after which the Giants hit the road for 10 games, beginning next Friday, September 3rd. The Giants will play 3 at Los Angeles, 3 at Arizona and 4 at San Diego.

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Today in Elvis History:

1958- The Elvis Presley film "King Creole" opened in London.

1962- Elvis Presley reported for pre-production work on "It Happened At The World's Fair."

2002- A taped interview with Lisa Marie Presley was aired on NBC's "Dateline."

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Lions fall to 1-7 in loss to Calgary.

Lions' Passmore hurt in collision with sign.

Calvillo released from hospital.

Visit the league's official website: CFL.ca.

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Today in Beatles History

1964 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.

1976 - The Wings single "Let 'Em In" hit #2 in the U.K.

2007 - Ringo Starr's "Photograph - The Very Best of Ringo Starr" was released.

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Today is World Sauntering Day.

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Former Beaver shortstop Darwin Barney made Major League debut with Cubs on August 12th.

Men's basketball announces 2010-2011 schedule.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

The Beavers begin the 2010 season against TCU next Saturday, September 4th at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is 7:45pm EDT, with TV from ESPN, online video stream at ESPN3.com and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.

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The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida was established on this date in 1565.

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In that other football league Thursday, St. Louis beat New England 36-35 and Green Bay beat the living daylights out of Indianapolis 59-24. Last night, Atlanta beat Miami 16-6, Washington edged the Jets 16-11, Philadelphia topped Kansas City 20-17 and New Orleans beat San Diego 36-21

Tonight, Cleveland is at Detroit, Cincinnati is at Buffalo, Jacksonville is at Tampa Bay, the Giants travel to Baltimore, Dallas is at Houston, Seattle plays at Minnesota(When did they rename the Metrodome Mall of America Field?), Tennessee is at Carolina, Arizona visits Chicago and San Francisco crosses the bay to meet Oakland(Think the Niners will bus, or fly? Why not fly? I actually flew from one side of the bay to the other, about a zillion years ago).

Pittsburgh plays at Denver tomorrow night.

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WEAF in New York City aired the 1st radio commercial (Queensboro Realty-$100 for 10 minutes) on this date in 1922.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 7:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Joiliet, Illinois 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec 2:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 8:00pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 9:15pm EDT

Thursday --

NFL Preseason Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans 8:00pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

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

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky 8:00pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

CFL Football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 7:30pm EDT

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow.

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