MLB News and Notes
The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Monday to regain a half game lead in the AL East. David Price became the first opposing pitcher in 90 years to win twice in a week at Fenway Park with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball.
Jason Giambi became the oldest player in MLB history to hit a walk off home run as the Indians beat the White Sox 3-2. It was Giambi’s 436 career homer and the the 9th walk off blast of the 42-year-old career.
The Texas Rangers got two solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun the Angels 4-3. A.J. Pierzynski got Texas even and Geovany Soto got the game winner with two outs a couple of batters later.
On a sad note, former Boston Red Sox All-Star first baseman George Scott has passed at 69. Scott led the American League in home runs in 1975 with 36 and won eight Gold Gloves before retiring in 1979.
Who is on the move as suspensions and trade deadline looms ???
There are less than 48 hours left before the MLB trade deadline so expect a flurry of late moves over the next two days. Jay Peavy and Hunter Pence appear to be drawing the most interest. Peavy was scratched from his start last night with the White Sox with a deal imminent. With teams deciding whether to be buyers or sellers and with the specter of PED suspensions looming, it will be interested to see who will be looking for an arm or bat and what they will be willing to give up.
A-Rod to fight any type of discipline
The lawyers for Alex Rodriguez are on record as saying that they will fight any type of discipline that baseball plans to hand out to A-Rod. Reports have baseball going after the beleaguered Yankee third-baseman on a CBA suspension rather than a PED violation. The difference between the two would be that A-Rod would be unable to play during an appeal on a “conduct detrimental to baseball” charge.
Around the horn from the NFL camps
The first quarterback has been injured at a NFL camp. The Jaguars Blaine Cabbert was stepped on and had to be carted of the field with an ankle injury. It is not believed to be serious.
Tony Romo wants to play in this weekend’s Hall of Fame Game vs the Dolphins. Romo, who signed a $108 Million dollar deal in the offseason, had surgery on his back in May to remove a cyst and was going to be held out for precautionary reasons.
Baltimore Ravens fans should get ready for plenty of Ray Rice. With Anquan Bolden in San Francisco and TE Dennis Pitta out for the year with a dislocated hip, the Ravens signed former All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach to a two-year deal. Leach is generally considered the best blocking back in the NFL. The Ravens also signed former Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
Curt Rambis and Johnny Davis join D’Antoni staff
The Lakers have added two defensive minded assistants to the staff of Mike D’Antoni hiring Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis. Rambis was a long time Laker/assistant who most recently was coach of the Minnesota T-Wolves and a TV analyst. Davis is a 20-year assistant most recently in Toronto.
(MLB) Philadelphia (Lannan) -124 over San Francisco (Zito) (Tuesday, July 30, 7:10 PM EST)