Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's Sunday

It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....


Today is June 17th, the 169th day of 2012. There are 197 days left in the year.


No surgery needed for van Riemsdyk.

Rangers' Lundqvist already eager for next season.

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On this date in 1579, Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England.


Dream stadium to open in 2013.

Veterans Boulay, Ferri given walking papers.

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Charles Goodyear received his first patent on this date in 1837. The patent was for a process that made rubber easier to work with.


Grey Cup Legacy Project re-shaping Mosaic Stadium.

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The Republican Party opened its first national convention in Philadelphia on this date in 1856.


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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....the Johnny Blog, church, tv, plus anything else I can think of. How 'bout you?


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Understating the obvious, the Rays pitchers did their job -- 23 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run backed that fact.

Given that resistance to surrendering runs, all the Rays had to do to win Saturday night's game was just score a run at some point. How hard could it be?

Five hours and seven minutes later, the Rays just couldn't answer.

After tying the game with a run in the seventh, Rays hitters could not score a run in the eight innings that followed. Meanwhile, the pitching finally submitted in the 15th when the Marlins pushed across a run to earn a 4-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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On this date in 1861, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hydrogen balloon.


San Francisco, CA.--
Tim Lincecum pounded his glove with his right fist in satisfaction. He had struck out Justin Smoak to end the fourth inning, preserving the Giants' two-run lead. One more inning, and Lincecum would have a real chance of making his homecoming a triumphant one.

Lincecum pounded his glove again a little later. This time the gesture was one of disgust. Ichiro Suzuki's comebacker eluded Lincecum and went for an infield hit, driving in a critical fifth-inning run for Seattle.

Those scenes defined the extremes of Lincecum's performance, which lasted five-plus innings once he yielded Jesus Montero's single to open the sixth. The Mariners proceeded to score three runs, pinning a 7-4 Interleague loss on Lincecum and the Giants.

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George M. Hoover began selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas on this date in 1872. The town had been dry up until this point.


Today in Elvis History

1964 - The Elvis Presley film "Viva Las Vegas" opened in the U.S.

1968 - Elvis Presley began rehearsals for the 1968 TV Special "Elvis."

1992 - The RIAA confirmed platinum sales of the album "Elvis Aron Presley" and two millions in sales for the album "World Wide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1."

2002 - A remix of the Elvis Presley song "A Little Less Conversation" hit #1 in Britain.

2003 - The DVD "The Journey - Elvis Presley" was released.


Thomas Edison received an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the trustees of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ on this date in 1879.


Today in Beatles History:

1972 - Paul McCartney released "Mary Had a Little Lamb."


On this date in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.


Today in Sports History:

1943 - Joe Cronin (Boston Red Sox) pinch hit a home run in both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's.

1960 - Ted Williams hit his 500th career home run.

1971 - Don Kessinger (Chicago Cubs) went 6-6 against St. Louis.

1976 - It was announced that the NBA and ABA would merge.

1990 - Harry Gant became the oldest driver to win a NASCAR race.

1994 - O.J. Simpson rode in his Ford Bronco across Los Angeles with police in pursuit and millions of people watching live on television. After the slow speed chase ended Simpson was arrested and charged with the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

1995 - The New Jersey Devils set an NHL playoff record with nine road wins.


On this date in 1928, Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.


WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- After finishing 21st at Texas Motor Speedway a week earlier, Ryan Hunter-Reay arrived at the Milwaukee Mile clean-shaven.

"It wasn't an injector problem," he joked, "it was a facial hair problem."

Maybe he was more aerodynamic in the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car, but any way you slice it he glided around the oval in the second half of the 225-lap Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by XYQ and won for Andretti Autosport.

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WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the U.S. on this date in 1941.


BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The roll continued for Joey Logano, who fought off a determined bid from James Buescher to win Saturday's Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

After a restart with four laps left, Logano crossed the finish line .208 seconds ahead of runner-up Buescher to claim his fifth victory in 11 Nationwide starts this season and the 14th of his career. The win was the first for Toyota in the Nationwide Series at Michigan.

Kurt Busch came home third, followed by Cole Whitt and pole-sitter Austin Dillon.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels 10:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels 10:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels 10:05pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- America Sargento 200 at Road America 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 7:15pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 10:00pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies 1:35pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, CA 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 4:05pm EDT


That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so tomorrow too. Thanks again!

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