King Felix Perfect, Melky pos for PEDs, NFLX, US soccer wins in Mexico + Free Plays for Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mariner’s Felix Hernandez throws a perfect game

All hail King Felix !!! Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners’ first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, mowing down the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory Wednesday afternoon. Hernandez struck out 12 while throwing 113 pitches, 77 for strikes, in his masterpiece. Seattle got it’s only run in the third when Brendan Ryan led off the inning with a hit, went from first to third on a passed ball, and scored on a Jesus Montero single. It was the fifth time the Rays have been no-hit in their franchise’s history. There have been six no-hitters in the bigs this year, three at Safeco Park.

Melky Cabrera out 50 games after positive PED test

The San Francisco Giant’s All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera has tested positive for elevated testosterone and has been suspended for 50 games.

From the commissioner’s office

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Cabrera is effective immediately.

From Melky Cabrera

“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giant organization, and to the fans for letting them down.”

…… and the beat goes on

Thursday NFLX betting action

The second full week of the NFL preseason gets underway tonight with two games. At the Georgia Dome, the Atlanta Falcons are four-point favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals. Major money moves in this game as the Falcons opened up at -3 and are now -4 or -4.5 in some spots. The total is also seeing a lot of play opening at 37 and bet up to 38 as of this writing. Cincinnati has been battling injuries so do your due diligence and check on what the bengals are bringing to the table tonight. The second 8:00 PM EST start features Cleveland traveling to Green Bay. The Packers opened at -4.5 but Browns money has pushed the number to -3. The total has moved from 38 to 40 or 40.5 in some spots. Not that the Packer’s Greg Jennings will not play and neither will recent signing Cedric Benson.

U.S. men’s soccer wins in Mexico for the first time ever

The U.S. men’s soccer team used Michael Orozco Fiscal’s goal in the 80th minute and Tim Howard’s late sprawling saves to beat Mexico 1-0, the American’s first ever win in Mexico. The U.S. was 0-23-1 over 75 years of frustration vs our neighbors from the South. It was just the Mexican’s 9th loss in 120 games and the first defeat since 2007 (Paraguay) at Stadio Azteca.

Fiscal nets the game winner in Mexico City

Dufner favored at Wyndham Championship

The Wyndham Championship marks the end of the Fed Ex regular season so all those close to or outside the top 125 will be scrambling for enough points to qualify for the rich playoff. The top 125 qualify for The Barclays at Bethpage Black. The top 100 in the standings after that move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship, the top 70 to the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick and the top 30 go to the Tour Championship. Rod Pampling is on the bubble at No. 125, 26 points ahead of Brendan Steele. The suddenly red-hot John Daly is sitting at No.137, just 58 points out of the playoff. Jason Dufner is the luke-warm favorite over second choice and defending champion Webb Simpson.

Jason Dufner 11/1
Webb Simpson 12/1
Carl Pettersson 18/1
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Bill Haas 30/1
David Toms 30/1
Sergio Garcia 30/1
Tim Clark 30/1
Henrik Stenson 40/1
Nick Watney 40/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 40/1
Andres Romero 50/1
Bud Cauley 50/1
Charles Howell III 50/1
Gary Woodland 50/1
Ryan Moore 50/1

Free Plays

(NFLX) Green Bay -3 over Cleveland 8:00 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Nova) -125 over Texas (Holland) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) Philadelphia (Lee) -125 over Milwaukee (Estrada) 8:10 PM EST

(MLB) Colorado (White) -125 over Miami (Nolasco) 8:40 PM EST