Sitting at 659 home runs for his career, Alex Rodriguez wasn’t in the initial lineup to start Friday night’s game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. It appeared he, and the rest of the baseball world, would have to wait another day to see him tie Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list.
It didn’t seem like it would change much when A-Rod pinch-hit in a tie game in the top of the eighth inning either and quickly was ahead of Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa 3-0. But with a green light (I guess that’s the case when you have over 600 home runs for your career) and one long swing, A-Rod is tied for fourth in MLB history with 660 home runs.
Though A-Rod’s is certainly the headline of last night’s loss to the Yankees — not only historically but also as the go-ahead home run in the 3-2 win over the Red Sox — the real story is in the tale of two bullpens.
Continue reading Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: A-Rod Ties Willie Mays on All-Time HR List in Tale of Two Bullpens »
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I’ve done my absolute best to be optimistic about this pitching staff. Of course we all know how unproven the entire rotation was coming into this season, but it seemed like the five of them would be able to put it together. Each pitcher has had success in the past and the thought was they would all be serviceable enough to give the offense a chance to win games. This week we saw Wade Miley get shelled in just 2.1 innings of work and Joe Kelly imploded in the sixth inning to literally hand Tampa Bay a win. Thankfully it’s only April and there is still plenty of time for the rotation to put it together but I don’t think it’s outrageous to be slightly worried about what we’ve seen. Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitching Continues to be Woeful »
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- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB (FLORIDA STATE)
The Buccaneers need a franchise quarterback and it appears as though Winston will be the choice for them. Although I personally believe Marcus Mariota will be the better quarterback of the two, Winston seems to be the favorite Tampa Bay. He is talented and led Florida State to a National Championship in 2013. He has some serious off the field questions and his on the field play was lacking in some areas in 2014 (see first halves vs BC, Georgia Tech, and Miami) but if the Bucaneers can work with these issues, Winston could end up being a franchise player.
- Tennessee Titans- Marcus Mariota, QB (OREGON)
This pick could change if the Titans pull off the much talked about trade for San Diego’s Phillip Rivers, but unless that scenario occurs Mariota will likely be the pick here. There is some skepticism about his NFL ability due to the offense he played in at Oregon, but he has shown an ability to make every NFL throw and has an impeccable off the field record. Continue reading 2015 NFL Mock Draft »
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The Edmonton Oilers announced on Friday that they have signed former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli as their General Manager and President of Hockey Operations. After his 9 year tenure at the helm of the S.S. Bruins, Chiarelli will get a fresh start in Edmonton.
First off, good for Peter Chiarelli. Although he could be frustrating to the fans at times, Chiarelli had a tremendously successful career in Boston. He took a flailing franchise and brought them a Stanley Cup and a perennially dominant team. He’s exactly what the Oilers could use right now- a responsible, conscientous mind that isn’t afraid to trade the pieces that don’t fit into his vision for the team.
What’s happened in Edmonton over the past five years has been nothing less than fascinating. They have drafted first overall three times during that span, and the others were third and seventh overall. Statistically speaking, no team has been worse during that span. And the crazy thing is, they don’t show any sign of turning that around. Continue reading Trading Lucic to the Oilers Makes Sense for Both Sides »
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Some Celtics fans were probably hoping for the team to lose its last two games and avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers and their league best record 34-9 over the last three months in Round One. A first round matchup against the struggling and banged up Atlanta Hawks certainly seemed preferable, right?
Well, destiny took the decision out of our hands, as the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 95-93 on a long Jae Crowder jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the second to last game of the season, sealing the seventh seed and setting up a nostalgic date with Lebron James and the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs. The series tips off today at 3pm on ABC.
Bring it on!
Continue reading Date with Destiny: Celtics Set to Face Lebron, Cavs in Return to Playoffs »
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