NFLX, MLB Diamond Dust, Lebron, RIP Johnny Pesky, + Free Plays for Tuesday, August 14, 2012

All-Star SS and Red Sox icon Johnny Pesky dead at 92

Boston Red Sox player/manager Johnny has passed at age 92. Pesky played 10 years in the big leagues, eight with the Red Sox before finishing his career with Tigers and Senators. For his career, Pesky was a .307/.394/.386 hitter with 1,455 hits. It’s important to note that like so many others of his generation, Pesky missed three seasons due to his service in World War II,

Pesky managed the Red Sox in 1963 and 1964 and again served as the team’s interim manager for five games in 1980. The team retired his No.6 in 2008.

The right field foul pole at Fenway Park is known as Pesky’s Pole, named after the left-handed hitting Pesky. The legend is that the name stems from a game in 1948 when Pesky hit a game-winning home run just around the short porch in right field at Fenway. Pesky had just 17 home runs in his 4.745 at-bats in the big leagues.

Johnny Pesky WAS 70 years of Boston Red Sox history. RIP

MLB Diamond Dust

MLB betting nuggets for Tuesday …. Kevin Correia is 7-0 in his L8 starts for the Pirates. Jordan Zimmerman is 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA in his L9 starts for the Nats. Doug Fister is 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA in his L6 starts for the Tigers. Kyle Kendrick is 0-5 with a 7.40 ERA in his L8 starts for the Phillies. The Cubs are 1-10 in Chris Volstad’s L11 starts. Josh Beckett rocks a 7.84 ERA in his last four starts for the BoSox.

The Braves are 15-4 in their L19 games. Washington is 20-4 in their L24 games. The Rays are 12-3 over their L15 games. The Marlins are 8-18 in their L26 games. The Brewers are 1-12 in their L13 road games. The Twins are just 1-5 in their L6 home games.

The Over is 10-4-1 in the Dodgers L15 road games. Seven of the last nine Padre road games have gone Over the total. The Over is 5-1-1 in the last seven games at Coors Field. The Under is is 14-5-1 in the L20 games at Wrigley Field. The Under is 19-7 in the Red Sox L26 road games. The Under is 17-6 in the L23 Tampa Bay Ray games.

Around the horn from the NFL training camps

In last night’s Monday night snoozefest, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders 3-0 on a 33-yard third quarter FG from Dan Bailey. If your glass is half full, you could say that despite being a preseason game, you saw a street fight featuring two unyielding stonewall defenses. If your glass is half empty, you could say that it was a matchup of two inept offenses that made numerous mistakes and produced just 29 first downs and just 455 yards of total offense. Either way, if you watched, you’ll never be able to get those three hours back on your life in what was a horrific NFL preseason game. On the bright side, it was just preseason and Darren McFadden of the Raiders looks like he’s all the way back from injury rushing for 38 yards on just three carries to open the game. The books and players appear to have pushed with the players winning the side with Dallas (opened Oakland -1.5 down to pick) and the total (opened at 34 and closing at 34.5) a small win for the books.

Lebron tweets that he might skip Rio

It’s been a fairy tale year for Lebron James. It started with the league MVP, then his first NBA title with the Heat, the NBA Finals MVP, and now his second Olympic gold medal …. and King James is tired. he told reporters Sunday that he just might skip Rio. Exhausted from the tournament, happy with the experience, but nowhere near ready to give up another summer after a long NBA season …. Lebron might just pass on his fourth Olympics and the chance to win his third straight gold medal.

College football feel good story from Vandy

Here’s a feel good story from the preseason Vanderbilt camp. We constantly are bombarded by stories of athletes who have the world at their feet and just plain screw it it. You always read about the Ocho Cincos and Honey Badgers of the world but you never hear about the Marc Panus. A walk on as a freshman at Vandy, Panu has played hard, gone to school, and done anything he could to contribute to the success of Vanderbilt Commodore football. Now a senior, Vandy head coach James Franklin surprises the selfless Panu with a full scholarship at a team meeting.

Free Plays

(MLB) Cincinnati (Latos) -1.5 -119 over NY Mets (Young) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Houston (Harrell) pick over ChiCubs (Volstadt) 8:05 PM EST

(MLB) Cleveland (Jiminez)/Angels (Greinke) Over 8 10:05 PM EST

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Moore) -150 over Seattle (Millwood) 10:10 PM EST