Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











It's Monday and weeeeeeee're baaaaaaaack! Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 13th, the 256th day of 2010. There are 109 days left in the year.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors MJHL team began their season with a pair of games against the Palm Beach Hawks at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Center this past weekend.

On Saturday, the Juniors built leads of 2-0 and 6-3, before dropping a 10-7 decision. Tampa Bay's Patrick Rodgers had 2 goals and 2 assists and Dustin Disbro had a goal and 2 assists. And despite allowing 10 goals, Evan Weiss played well, making several big saves amongst his 44 saves. Sebastian Romeo was the big gun for Palm Beach with 4 goals.

On Sunday, Palm Beach never trailed, skating to a 5-2 win. Daniel Clifford scored both Tampa Bay goals, while Braxton Schulz made 39 saves. 5 different players scored goal for Palm Beach.

The MJHL juniors play twice this coming weekend. On Friday, they'll host the USF Bulls in an exhibition match and on Saturday, it's back to MJHL action when the Florida Eels visit Ellenton. Game time both nights is 8:00pm EDT. Tickets are $5, with 12 and under free. They're available at the door. Tampa Bay hits the road for the first time this season on September 25th at 7:30pm EDT and on Sunday, September 26th at 11:00am EDT to play the Atlanta Knights.


Tampa Bay Juniors' SEJHL team was in action over the weekend, and they too dropped a pair of games to the Palm Beach Hawks.

On Saturday, the Hawks scored early and often, rolling to an 11-2 win. Nick Howell scored both Tampa Bay goals and Jordan Kruger made 47 saves, many being of five-star quality. Brad Knight had 2 goals and 1 assist for Palm Beach.

On Sunday, Justin Kapelmaster made 23 saves, leading Palm Beach to a 4-0 win. Nick Mucerino scored twice and added a pair of assists for the Hawks and Arthur Savander scored twice. Dominic Calandra showed flashes of brilliance in the Tampa Bay net, making 40 saves.

The next action for the SEJHL Juniors is Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th in Atlanta against the Knights. Faceoff is set for 4:30pm EDT on the 25th, and 8:00am on the 26th.

Keep up with the Tampa Bay Juniors by visiting the team's official website, tampabayjr.com.

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Today is the start of Line Dance Week. (Yee Haw!)

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Fehr nominated to become next director of NHLPA.

Ryan eager to paint a picture for Leafs.

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Today is International Chocolate Day.

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Blake Palmer debuts as UMD's strength and conditioning coach.

Herter new head man in Fargo.

Huskey Hockey Time: The new kids on the block.

Game Stories:

Phantoms beat Steel 5-1.

Lumberjacks impressive at "The Joe."

Saints learn plenty from exhibition opener.

Lancers top Storm 5-3.

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Today is National Peanut Day.

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Road woes continue.

The 6-4 Riders, second in the CFL West, go up against 9-1 West leading Calgary Stampeders this coming Friday, at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Kickoff is set for 9:00pm EDT. Link to listen is on the right side of this blog.

Visit the teams' official website at riderville.com.

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A pub in Berlin, Germany, has set up a help desk to help the long-term unemployed get back on their feet. The desk at the Kindl Klause, which operates Friday afternoons, is run by two social workers.

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Here's the Week 1 NFL Schedule:

Thursday, September 9th

At New Orleans Saints 14, Minnesota Vikings 9

Sunday, September 12th

At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, Cleveland Browns 14
Miami Dolphins 15 at Buffalo Bills 10
At New England Patriots 38, Cincinnati Bengals 24
At Houston Texans 34, Indianapolis Colts 24
At Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Denver Broncos 17
At Pittsburgh Steelers 15, Atlanta Falcons 9
At Tennessee Titans 38, Oakland Raiders 13
At New York Giants 31, Carolina Panthers 18
At Chicago Bears 19, Detroit Lions 14
Arizona Cardinals  17 at St. Louis Rams 13
Green Bay Packers 27 at Philadelphia Eagles 20
At Seattle Seahawks 31, San Francisco 49ers 6
At Washington Redskins 13, Dallas Cowboys 7

Monday, September 13th(All times Eastern):

Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets 7:00pm
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 10:15pm

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A dog park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is asking dog owners to drop the doo into a methane digester called the Park Spark, which then turns the doo into a burnable gas that powers a lamppost.


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Here's the boxscore of yesterday's game from nfl.com.

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Today is National Celiac Awareness Day.

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Power Rankings: Beavers slip in week #3.

The Beavers had this week off, after dropping their season opener at TCU 30-21 loss on September 4th. Oregon State plays their home opener on this coming Saturday, against the Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff at Reser Stadium in Corvallis is set for 5:30pm EDT. You can listen to the game on the Beaver Sports Network. Fox Sports Northwest has the T.V.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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A Stuart, Florida, woman, was so mad at an ATM for not giving up her money that she took a claw hammer to it. Total damage: $8,000.

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CFL Replay: Week #11.

By the numbers: Team defence.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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Today is National Urban Eden Day.

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Here's the recap of Friday's game:

TORONTO -- Beat Kevin Gregg to the bag.

That was the one and only message racing through the mind of Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez, as he furiously tore down the first baseline in the top of the ninth inning.

No matter how it happened, he had to beat Gregg to the bag.

Read the rest here.

Here's the recap of Saturday's game:

TORONTO -- There are times in baseball, and life in general, when taking one step back can result in two steps forward.

In regard to Rays starting pitcher Wade Davis, this was exactly the case.

On the heels of a six-run fourth inning -- capped by a Brad Hawpe grand slam -- Davis cruised seamlessly through seven strong innings on Saturday. The Rays' offense, unlike the previous night, kept the Jays out of comeback mode, winning the contest by a 13-1 margin.

Read the rest here.

And here's the recap of yesterday's game:

TORONTO -- Nothing lasts forever.

After Sunday's 5-4 heartbreaking loss to the Blue Jays, no one was more understanding of that fact than Rays closer Rafael Soriano -- the man who served up a two-run walk-off home run to Adam Lind.

"He hit a good pitch," Soriano said. "I don't know how he hit the ball like that. To me, I feel all right. (You can't) be perfect every time."

Read the rest here.
 
Notes: Tonight's pitching matchup has David Price(17-6, 2.87) on the mound for the Rays against the Yankees' CC Sabathia(19-6, 3.14).....Unbelievably, but not surprisingly, with the Rays, 1/2 game behind New York and hosting thye Yankees tonight, there's plenty of good seats still available. Also not suprisingly, Manager Joe Maddon rips the fans a new one. "If you were truly a baseball person, and I believe there are enough of those around the Tampa Bay area, that if you had this opportunity to go and see it in person, to not -- and again, we're pretty reasonable in regard to our pricing, parking and everything else -- that would be very disappointing actually." Well aware of the reasons preventing individuals from attending a game, Maddon said simply, "It's about supporting your group, (and) how much that matters."....The Rays have won six of the 11 meetings between the two teams this season, with the squads splitting the six games at Tropicana Field....Price is on pace to establish a new Rays franchise record for a starting pitcher with his 2.87 ERA. The previous low is Scott Kazmir's 3.24 in 2006. Price has already smashed the franchise record for wins in a season, which was 14 (Rolando Arrojo in 1998, James Shields and Edwin Jackson in 2008). ....Since their eight-game winning streak, the Yankees are just 1-6.
 
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Competitive eater Joey Chestnut won again, this time setting a new world record by eating 47 burritos in 10 minutes Saturday at the New Mexico State Fair. (The contest was sponsored by Port-a-Potty.)

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In the American League East, the Yankees lead Tampa Bay(The Rays lead the Wild Card) by 1/2 game, Boston is 8 back, Toronto trails by 14 and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 32 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota is 6 ahead of the White Sox, Detroit is behind by 13 1/2, Kansas City(Eliminated) is 26 1/2 behind, while Cleveland(Eliminated) is 27 back.

In the American League West, Texas leads Oakland by 8 1/2, the Angels are 10 behind and Seattle(Eliminated) trails by 25.

In the National League East, Philadelphia leads Atlanta(Braves lead the Wild Card race) by 1 game, Florida is 9 back, the Mets are 12 1/2 out and Washington(Eliminated) is 22 1/2 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 6 1/2 games(The Cards are 6 1/2 behind in the Wild Card), Houston is 13 back, Milwaukee is 14 1/2 behind, the Cubs trail by 19 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 32 1/2 out.

In the National League West, San Diego and San Francisco are tied for first(They're both also 1 game behind in the Wild Card), Colorado is 1 /2 behind(2 1/2 out in the Wild Card), the Dodgers is 10 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 23 1/2.

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Today is National Boss/Employee Exchange Day.

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Here's a recap of Friday's game:

SAN DIEGO -- Somewhat remarkably, the eight walks Giants pitchers issued Friday night had no negative effect as San Francisco triumphed over San Diego, 1-0.

That may have been because most of the walks were by design.

Read the rest here.

Here's a recap of Saturday's game:

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants rarely hit with authority Saturday afternoon, and on one of the few occasions they accomplished that, the ball was hit too hard.

San Francisco had an entire evening to consider that paradox after their 1-0 loss to the Padres that rearranged the National League West standings.

Rad the rest here.

And here's a recap of yesterday's game:

SAN DIEGO -- Tim Lincecum did everything he could Sunday to bring the Giants a victory.


His performance concluded and mirrored the Giants' efforts during their crucial 10-day trip, when they did virtually everything they could to earn a postseason berth.

Lincecum pitched seven slick innings and stroked a two-run single to lead San Francisco past the San Diego Padres, 6-1. The Giants' ninth victory in 12 games pulled them virtually even with the Padres atop the National League West standings for the second time in three days.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Barry Zito(8-12, 4.14) goes to the mound tonight for the Giants against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw(11-10, 2.99)....Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross will bear watching in this three-game series. The veteran outfielders should be in the mix to man center field in place of Andres Torres, who is sidelined for 10-14 days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Prior to the surgery, Torres was mired in a 5-for-47 slide at the plate in his previous 12 games....Tim Lincecum racked up his 200th strikeout Sunday, marking the third consecutive season he's done that....The Giants finished their 10-game road trip with a 7-3 record....The Giants' 1-0 loss at PETCO Park on Saturday marked the 19th such final score at the Padres' digs since it opened in 2004. That's the most in that stretch, four more than the 15 at Dodger Stadium.

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Today is Defy Superstition Day.

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Here's the 2011 IZOD Indy Car Series race schedule.
 
The Indy Japan 300 is this coming Saturday at Motegi, Tochigi. Greeen flag drops at 11:00pm EDT.
 
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Today is Fortune Cookie Day.
 
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From http://www.nascar.com
 
RICHMOND, Va. -- Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick held off Nationwide Series points-leader Brad Keselowski during a 40-lap run to the finish to win Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

In the first race at Richmond and third overall with NASCAR's new Nationwide car, Harvick crossed the finish line .256 seconds ahead of Keselowski, who extended his championship lead to 373 points over Carl Edwards, who ran 10th. Trevor Bayne finished third, tying his career-best. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came home fourth, followed by Reed Sorenson.

The victory was Harvick's third of the season and 37th of his career, third all time in the series. The owner/driver of Kevin Harvick Inc. led 170 of the 250 laps and was elated with the progress his No. 33 team had made with the new car.

Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Edwards completed the top 10. A snafu in the pits cost Busch a chance for a record-11th win this season. Under caution on Lap 205, the quick-fill nozzle on one of Busch's fuel cans broke off and remained attached to the car as Busch left pit road.

Penalized for taking equipment from the pits, Busch restarted 21st on Lap 211 and worked his way up to ninth before the race ended.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Today in Elvis History:

1948 - Elvis Presley enrolled at L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, TN.


1962 - Location shooting for Elvis Presley's movie "It Happened At The World's Fair" finished.
 
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RICHMOND, Va. -- He's back -- and just in time.

Denny Hamlin claimed the top seed in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a convincing victory in Saturday night's Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Hamlin warded off a strong challenge from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to win his series-leading sixth race of the season, worth 60 bonus points as the Chase begins on Sept. 19 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch rolled home second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose.

Clint Bowyer secured the final place in the Chase with a sixth-place run. All Bowyer needed to clinch was finish 28th, even if Ryan Newman, his closest pursuer, had won the race and led the most laps. As it turned out, Newman finished 11th and didn't lead a lap.

Juan Montoya, A.J. Allmendinger, Kevin Harvick and pole-sitter Carl Edwards completed the top 10.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - Zak Starkey was born. He is the son of Ringo Starr.

1965 - The song "Yesterday/Act Naturally" was released by the Beatles.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band made their live debut at the Rock 'n' Roll Revival Concert. Eric Clapton was on guitar.

2003 - A guitar played by George Harrison during the Beatles' last public performance was sold in a public auction for $434,750. The guitar was used by Harrison during the filming of the movie "Let It Be" and on January 30, 1969, during the Beatles' last public performance.

2005 - Paul McCartney's album "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" was released. It was his 20th solo album.

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Tampa Yankees win Game 1 of FSL championship series against Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Tampa Yankees win Game 2 against Charlotte Stone Crabs to move within one game of title.

Charlotte Stone Crabs stave off elimination with Game 3 win over Tampa Yankees.

Check the Florida State League website for more information.

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Today in Sports History:

1849 - In Hastings, NY, The first recorded death in a boxing match occurred after Chris Lilly knocked out Tom McCoy. McCoy died a short time later.


1923 - George Burns (Boston Red Sox) performed the third unassisted triple play in baseball history.

1932 - Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win pennants in both baseball leagues when his New York Yankees clinched the American League pennant.

1946 - Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox) hit his only inside-the-park home run.

1949 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed.

1965 - Willie Mays became the fifth player in major league history to hit 500 career home runs.

1970 - The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race. The race was run entirely inside Central Park.

1971 - The World Hockey Association was formed.

1971 - Frank Robinson (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 500th career home run.

1981 - John McEnroe won his third consecutive U.S. Open.

1986 - Bert Blyleven (Minnesota Twins) surrendered five homes runs. The game raised Blyleven's total to 44 for the year setting an American League record.

1989 - Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

1996 - Alex Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners) set a team record when he became the first player for the Mariners to reach 200 hits in a season.

1996 - Charlie O'Brien (Toronto Blue Jays) became the first catcher in major league baseball history to wear a hockey goalie-like catcher's mask. The game was against the New York Yankees.

1996 - John Wetteland (New York Yankees) became on the second Yankee to record 40 or more saves in a season.

2002 - Mike Vernon retired after a 19-year career as a player in the NHL.

2003 - In Oakland, CA, Frank Francisco (Texas Rangers), a relief pitcher, threw a chair into the right field box seats. Two spectators were hit in the head. The game was delayed for 19 minutes. The Athletics won the game 7-6 in the 10th inning.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Florida State League Championship Series, Game Four Charlotte Stone Crabs at Tampa Yankees 7:00pm

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Florida State League Championship Series, Game Five Charlotte Stone Crabs at Tampa Yankees 7:00pm (If necessary)

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: New York Yankees at New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: USF Bulls at Tampa Bay Juniors 8:00pm EDT

CFL Football: Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:00pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Florida Eels at Tampa Bay Juniors 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

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

Tuesday --

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Thursday --

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

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Saturday:

Nascar Nationwide Series: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 8:00am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 11:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Monday --

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

Tuesday --

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

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Junior Blades 5:15pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 3:00pm

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Blades TBA

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you Tuesday.

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