MLB News and Notes
The slumping Pittsburg Pirates picked up some much needed bench help by acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the Mets. Byrd is hitting .285 with 21 homers and will give the Bucs some much needed pop in right field. Buck is hitting .215 with 15 homers and will back up Russell Martin and pinch hit. Pittsburgh takes on just $1.5 million in salary and both players are free agents at the end of the year.
Alphonso Soriano belted two home runs including the 400th of his career as the Yankees beat the Jays 7-1 in Toronto. It was New York’s 13th win in 15 games vs the Blue Jays this year. A-Rod also homered, his second in two games, the 651st of his career.
Shane Victorino had a monster night on Tuesday homering twice and knocking in seven runs in the BoSox 13-2 rout of the Orioles. Victorino reached safely in all five at bats and also scored four runs.
Around the horn in the NFL
As expected, notable wide outs Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin have been put on the PUP (physically unable to perform list) and will miss at least the first six games of the season. Crabtree is recovering from May achilles tendon surgery while Harvin recently underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his hip. Both are looking to make late season returns.
Youtube sensation Harvard Rugland, also known as “Kickalicious” has been cut by the Detroit Lions. Check out his incredible highlight reel by clicking here.
Veterans Braylon Edwards and Joe McKnight were cut by the Jets on Monday.
Tiger Woods questionable for the Deutsche Bank
Tiger Woods back problems have forced him to miss a Wednesday charity event and have left him questionable for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Monday, Woods withdrew from Wednesday’s 18-hole Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge in upstate New York. Begay played with Tiger at Stanford and the two are good friends.
Rolling Stones article reports Hernandez as an angel dust fiend
A bombshell article set to be released by Rolling Stone reveals among other things that Aaron Hernandez was a chronic angel dust (PCP) user who was so paranoid that he carried a gun wherever he went. The article also reveals that both of Hernandez’s parents had criminal records as did most of his extended family. To get more on this story including revelations about Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer, click here.
17-year-old American in huge first-round US Open upset
After another Aaron Hernandez downer story, here is something a little bit more uplifting. American teen Victoria Duval upset 2011 US Open women’s champion Sam Stouser 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a Tuesday opening round match. The clip is a must watch/listen. It was Duval’s first win in a major. She’s ranked 296th in the world. This girl has an amazing history as she was kidnapped at age seven and her father was buried alive in the Haitian earthquake a few years ago. Read her Wiki bio by clicking here.
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