A-Rod beaned and then homers in Yanks 9-6 win over Boston
Alex Rodriguez went 3-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs in the Yankees 9-6 win over the Red Sox in the late ESPN game. Down 6-3 in the sixth, A-Rod homered to straight center to ignite a four-run Bomber rally. Rodriguez was plunked by BoSox pitcher Ryan Dempster on a 3-0 pitch in his prior at bat.
MLB News and Notes
The Philadelphia Phillies ended the Dodgers 10-game win streak with a 3-2 win at Philly. The home team was aided by two ninth inning errors by L.A> shortstop Hanley Ramirez. The Dodgers are now 42-9 in their L51 and 19-2 in their L21 road games.
Adam Eaton had four hits including a two-run bloop double in the 16th as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Pittsburg 4-2 in 16 innings. The loss combined with the Cardinal win cut the Pirate lead in the NL Central to just one game.
Colts stop Giants, Steelers Skins tonight
Andrew Luck threw for 107 yards and two touchdown passes while registering a quarterback rating of 133 as the Colts beat the Giants 20-12 at Giants Stadium. Indianapolis looked much sharper Sunday than they did in their preseason opener where they were blown out 44-20 at home by Buffalo. The game was a snoozefest that barely produced 500 combined yards of total offense and just 31 first downs. The dog and under cashed tickets.
In this week’s NFLX Monday night finale, Pittsburg travels to Washington to face the Redskins. The Steelers opened at -1 but the Homies have been bet like the public has the Tuesday paper and is now Washington -2 1/2. The total is 39 1/2. There is a 30% chance of rain at game time and the temperature at kickoff will be around 78. RG III will not play with Cousins and Grossman splitting most of the game for the Skins. Expect the Steeler starters to go a little longer than usual after a terrible performance in their opener.
Around the horn from the NFLX camps
Miami Dolphin TE Dustin Keller will miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a possibly career ending knee injuring in Saturday’s NFLX loss at Houston. Keller tore his ACL, MCL and PCL and also dislocated his knee. The former Purdue Boilermaker spent his entire career with the Jets but signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins in the spring after he was unable to get a long term deal.
Blaine Gabbert has been named the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback for the season.
Logano wins at Michigan
Joey Logano became the youngest winner in Michigan International Speedway history taking the checkered flag in Sunday’s Pure 400 Sprint Cup race. The win was big for Logano’s “Chase” hopes as he moved from 16th to 13th in the point standings and also picked up an all important win. Kevin Harvick finished second with Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five. Points leader Jimmie Johnson, who started last in his reserve car after wrecking in practice on Saturday, was a DNF after blowing his motor. Johnson is now 0-24 lifetime at Michigan.
Patrick Reed is the latest first-time PGA winner
Twenty-three year old Patrick Reed became the latest first-time winner on the PGA tour by beating Jordan Spieth on the second sudden-death playoff hole at Wyndham. Reed appeared to be in trouble on the second playoff hole after hitting his drive in deep rough. Reed somehow knocked the approach to within ten feet of the cup and then knocked down the birdie putt for the win. Spieth, a first-time winner earlier in the year who just turned 20, was attempting to become the youngest ever two-time winner on tour.
Pistorius indicted for murder, trial date set
Oscar Pistorius, the blade running South African para-Olympian, has been officially indicted on murder and will stand trial somewhere during the window of March 3-20, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day by firing five times through a bathroom door. Pistorius’ defense is that he thought it was an intruder. If convicted, Pistorius faces a minimum of 25-years in prison. There is no death penalty in South Africa.
(MLB) San Francisco (Lincecum) +128 over BoSox (Lester) (Monday, August 19, 10:15 PM EST)