MLB Diamond Dust, Odom to Clippers, Bolt beat + Free Plays for Saturday, June 30, 2012

MLB Diamond Dust

Friday in the MLB, New York Mets bionic-elbowed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey became baseball’s first 12-game winner throwing eight innings of three-hit shutout ball against the Dodgers in a 9-0 New York beat down. Dickey had the knuckleball working again striking out 10 and walking just one over 116 pitches. Even with the gimmic pitch, how does this guy not get to start the All-Star game.

The Dodgers are now 1-10 in their L11 games. They’ve lost six straight and have been shut out in four of their last five games. This is a team that just can’t score runs with Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp out of the lineup. Another team that couldn’t score with a fistful of hundreds at Cheetahs is the Seattle Mariners. Last night the M’s were blanked 5-0 by Aaron Cook and the Red Sox. Seattle has scored five runs in their last five games.

Aaron Hill of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first player since 1931 and only the second in the last 100 years to hit for the cycle twice in the same season. Hill had a single, double, triple, and homer in last night’s Snake 9-3 with over Milwaukee. Hill also turned the trick 12 days ago vs Seattle. His first inning double was also his 1000th hit. The “cycle” is a harder feat to accomplish than a no-hitter.

Lamar Odom returns to LA in four-team deal

Lamar Odom will try and resurrect his career with a second stint with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Mavericks traded Odo to LA in a somewhat complicated four team deal involving Dallas, Houston, Utah, and the Clips. The deal is essentially this.
Dallas will send Odom to the Clippers and the draft rights to Shan Foster to the Utah Jazz. Dallas will receive the draft rights to forward Tadija Dragicevic from Utah and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets in return. The Clippers traded guard Mo Williams to Utah and the draft rights to the 53rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft forward Furkan Aldemir to Houston. Williams facilitated the trade by picking up his $8.5 million dollar play option for the upcoming season and agreeing to join the Jazz.

Bolt 2nd in Jamaican trials

Usain Bolt is generally considered the fastest man in the world but last night he was not the fastest man in Jamaica. Yohan Blake smoked Bolt in the Jamaican 100 meter trials beating Bolt by .11 seconds. Stunner ??? Maybe not. Blake is the defending world champion having won in Korea last year in a race that Bolt false-started out. Maybe there’s a new sheriff in town ??? We’ll see soon enough in London. Remember that you can bet the Olympics at any of our world class sponsors.

Play at Congressional suspended, Tiger in the hunt

An overnight storm shredded of golf course at Congressional suspending third round play of the AT&T National. With several trees down, officials say even if the course is readied, fans will not be allowed on Saturday. Hunter Mahan leads Brandon de Jonge, Jimmy Walker, and Robert Garrigus by two shots after 36 holes. Vijay Singh and Stewart Cink are three back. Tiger Woods is five back after shooting 68 on Friday.

Johnson wins pole at Kentucky

Records have been falling everywhere in recent weeks during qualifying and this week at Kentucky is no exception. Jimmy Johnson and Kyle Busch took advantage of a freak windstorm during qualifying that lowered the track temperature 30-40 degrees to set a track record and near track record securing the top two spots in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400. Johnson and Busch were the last two on the track. Busch is the defending champ. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvik, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Junior, Brad Keslowski, Jeff Gordon, and Martin Truex Jr round out the first five rows.

Jimmie Johnson, #48, 4/1
Kyle Busch, #18, 6/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88, 15/2
Denny Hamlin, #11, 15/2
Jeff Gordon, #24, 9/1
Kevin Harvick, #29, 10/1
Greg Biffle, #16, 12/1
Matt Kenseth, #17, 12/1
Tony Stewart, #14, 12/1

Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN

Popular ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews will be leaving ESPN and possibly moving on to Fox Sports. She is possibly as well known for her stalker peep-hole video and a stint on Dancing with the Stars. This writer never really “got” what all the fuss was about.

Free Plays

(MLB) Washington (Stasburg) -150 over Atlanta (Minor) 4:05 PM EST

(MLB) NY Mets (Santana) -135 over Dodgers (Evoldi) 7:15 PM EST

(MLB) DBacks (Miley)/Brewers (Fiers) Under 8.5 +115

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Hellickson) -113 over Detroit (Porcello)