Rays roll to 1st place, Lebron is new most popular, Nash tries out for Inter Milan, Chiefs sign Fisher, Klinsmann suspended for Gold Cup final + Friday Recap: Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tampa Bay rocks Yanks, BoSox lose, Rays in 1st

In Friday night MLB action, the Boston Red Sox were beaten 6-0 by Baltimore while Tampa Bay spanked the Yankees 10-6 as the Rays took over first place in the American League East. Chris Tillman continued his mastery of the BoSox by pitching seven innings of two-hit shut out ball. Jeremy Hellickson won his 13th game for Tampa Bay which was on cruise control after posting a six-run second inning. C.C. Sabathia allowed seven runs for his third straight start. Alfonso Soriano was o-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in his return to the Bronx.

MLB News and Notes

The Phildelphia Phillies have signed 26-year-old Cuban power pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six-year $50 million dollar contract. The Phillies had never previously signed an international player to a contract of more than $2 million dollars. You can check out the hard throwing righty in action with the Tijuana Toros by clicking here.

Lebron tops Kobe for NBA’s most popular

Evidently two world championships is all it takes to get back on the good side of NBA fans. In a recent poll by ESPN, Lebron James has been voted the most popular player in the NBA. Kobe Bryant has enjoyed the top spot since 2009. James was voted most popular in 2008 during his final year in Cleveland garnering 15.6% of the vote but after “The Decision”, his popularity dropped to below 10%.

Reports have Luis Scola traded to the Pacers

According to Luis Scola’s twitter account, the Argentine power forward has been traded to the Pacers for Gerald Green and future considerations. Scola will add another veteran scorer/rebounder to an already formidable front court that includes Roy Hibbert and David West. The trade will announced today.

Steve Nash will “try out” for Inter Milan

Long time soccer aficionado Steve Nash will have a “try out” with Inter Milan, two days before the neroazzuri open play in the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament starting August 1st. Nash grew up playing soccer in Canada before taking up basketball in the eight grade and has long time ties to the sport.

Chiefs sign the No.1 pick

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed the No.1 pick in the NFL draft, offensive tackle Eric Fisher. The signing comes on the first day of Chief’s camp so the former Central Michigan big man will not miss any time. Fisher played left tackle in college but is expected to start on the right side this year for Kansas City.

Klinsmann out for Gold Cup final vs Panama

US national soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been suspended for Sunday’s Concacaf Gold Cup final against Panama. Klinsmann was red carded for protesting aggressive play (tackling from behind) in the American’s 3-1 semifinal win over Honduras. Under FIFA rules, there is no appeal. Top Klinsmann assistant Martin Vasquez will be the bend=ch coach Sunday as the US looks for it’s record 11th straight win.

Free Play

(MLB) Cincinnati (Arroyo)/Dodgers (Ryu) under 7.5 (Saturday, July 27, 9:10 PM EST)