MLB News and Notes
The Boston Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia have agreed to terms on a 7-year $100 million dollar contract that makes him the highest paid second baseman in MLB history. At least until Robinson Cano signs his deal with the Yankees. Pedroia’s new deal kicks in during the 2015 season. His current $40.5 million dollar deal ends after next year.
San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy won his 1500th game when the Giants gained a double-header split with the Reds, winning the second game 5-3. Bochy is the 21st manager to get to 1500 wins and his 3rd in wins among active managers behind Dusty Baker and Jim Leyland.
The Baltimore Orioles have made a move to strengthen their bullpen by acquiring reliever Frankie Rodriguez from the Brewers for a prospect. F-Rod has 304 career saves and set the all-time mark for saves in a season in 2008 with 62. Rodriguez has a 1.09 ERA and 26 Ks this year in 24 1/3 innings.
Aaron Hernandez in court for probable cause hearing
Aaron Hernandez will be back in court today for a probable cause hearing regarding his murder charges. There is a good chance that the prosecution will ask for a 30-day continuance so that they are not required to lay out their entire case while Hernandez is being held without bail. It will also give the state time to further investigate a second double homicide in 2012 where Hernandez is considered a person of interest. You can see an interesting clip on the Hernandez timeline that includes several high school interviews with Hernandez by clicking here.
Clowney/Jay Z relationship under scrutiny
The South Carolina compliance office is looking into the relationship between stud defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and music mogul turned sports agent Jay Z. The school has stated there are no allegations of impropriety and that the investigation is just “Standard operating proceedure”. Clowney is allowed to talk to agents as long as their are no benefits exchanged (including meals) and the possible Heisman candidate is not allowed to enter into a contract of representation after his college football playing career is over.
Phil Mickelson will keep about 39% of his Scottish earnings
Earlier this year, Phil Mickelson caused quite an uproar by commenting on California’s suffocating tax laws. After seeing what was taken out of Lefty’s winnings the last two weeks in Scotland, California might just be a bargain. Of the $2,167,000 dollars that Lefty took down for winning the Scottish and British Opens, he figures to take home about 39% or $842,700. After expenses, Mickelson figures to keep about 30%. See the exact breakdown on the numbers by clicking here.
Louisville visits Whitehouse, gets championship rings
It was a big week for the national champion Louisville Cardinals. On Monday they received their championship rings. On Tuesday, the team traveled to Washington D.C. for their traditional meeting with President Obama in the White House. Coach Rick Pitino and Obama traded good natured barbs during the visit and the President was presented with a championship jersey. Read all about the festivities and take a close up look at Payton Siva’s championship ring by clicking here.
(MLB) Pittsburg (Liriano) +125 over Washington (Strasburg) (Wednesday, July 24, 7:05 PM EST)