It’s “hump day,” which means this work week is slowly coming to an end. However, before the day gets too old, lets dish out some headlines and news.
* The Boston Red Sox earned their fifth consecutive win, and matched their April winning streak by defeating the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday afternoon, 5-0. Josh Beckettpicked up his third win on the bump, while David Ortizsmacked his eighth home run of the season. Also, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefieldwas honored prior to Tuesday’s contest against the Mariners.
* Boston is now 17-19 overall, and will begin an eight game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Tampa Bay for a two-game series.
* The Celtics will look to rebound on Wednesday evening, and capture Game No. 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston spent Tuesday in the film room prior to their flight to re-watch both matches against their semi-final opponent.
Happy Friday, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news to kick-start the final weekday!
* Chicago outscored Boston, 29-21 in the final frame, which helped the Bulls defeat the Celtics in the Windy City, 89-80. Chicago has now won 27 games, while Boston falls to 15-14 on the year, as well as 4-6 on the road. Carlos Boozerand Luol Dengpaced Chicago with 23 points apiece, while Kevin Garnettled Boston with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Boston will look to snap their two-game skid on Sunday, when they travel to Detroit to face the Pistons for a 6:00pm tip-off.
* The Boston Bruins will continue their six-game swing on Friday evening, as they travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets. The Black and Gold are expected to be without RichPeverley, who sustained a knee injury on Wednesday against Montreal. Also, Nathan Hortoncontinues to remain sidelined due to a concussion he sustained against Philadelphia in January.
* Sources confirmed on Thursday that Brad Marchandwon’t be suspended for a hit on Montreal’s Alexei Emelinfrom this past Wednesday. NHL Senior VP of Player Safety Brandon Shanahan tweeted that there won’t be any disciple for the Bruins winger.
* Jason Varitekand Tim Wakefieldhave yet to show up at the Boston Red Sox spring training facility in Florida. Both players want to return to the club, but according to sources, Boston said they’re not guaranteeing roster spots for either player, but instead have offered minor league contracts with an invitation to attend Spring Training.
Congrats to Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, who finally earned his 200th career victory and yep, I think it’s fair to say that this was a burden lifted from those broad shoulders.
Wakefield deserved this moment, especially since he’s been nothing, but a batting practice pitcher for the past few weeks and months, but finally, he can sit back, relax and take a deep breath because he’s now the second oldest pitcher to reach the 200th win plateau.
Happy Thursday y’all and welcome into yet another spectacular edition of the Daily Noontime. In fact, it’s the award winning Daily Noontime in case you were wondering! Any who, here’s the day’s headlines and news, enjoy!
Despite the best efforts of Mother Nature and Hurricane Irene, the Boston Red Sox slogged through a wet day on Saturday, August 27 to sweep a twin bill against Oakland and go 5-2 on the week. In the process, the Red Sox upped their lead over the New York Yankees to two games before entering a crucial three game set with the Bombers on Tuesday.
The week began in bleak fashion with a 4-0 loss to the Texas Rangers in sweltering Arlington. The offensive woes did not continue throughout the rest of the series. Last week I mentioned Adrian Gonzalez must get some more run production going soon for Boston to be able to put the Yankees away. Gonzalez responded by crushing five home runs in the final three games of the series, including two each in games two and four.
John Lackey’s ERA finally dipped below 6.00 (it resides now at 5.98) as he won his 12th game of the season last Tuesday. Josh Beckett followed with his 11th win and Andrew Miller threw a spectacular 6.1 scoreless innings in the series finale to take three of four in Texas.
It seems as if Tim Wakefield may never win his 200th game, as he suffered his sixth loss in a 15-5 drubbing in the opening game of the Oakland series. Boston responded on Saturday before Hurricane Irene pelted the coast by sweeping a doubleheader in which Jon Lester won his 14th game of the year in the early game.
Right now Boston enters a three game series with New York that could very well decide the division. The Yankees enter Fenway with an offense that has produced a Major League leading 186 home runs, 20 more homers than the runner up, the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees have scored 719 runs this year, the Red Sox 718. The Yankees lead in RBI with 702, the Red Sox are second with 691. The Red Sox do lead in batting average, however, with a .279 clip to the Yankees’ .269. Even with the offensive prowess New York possesses, it is their pitching that is a problem for them. The Red Sox have a legitimate chance to put New York away this week, but will only be able to do so if Red Sox pitching steps up and can contain the potent Yankee lineup.
Cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk before Hurricane Irene – always a good time.
* Currently, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees remain in a heated AL East division crown race; however, they’ll be able to duke it out on Tuesday, which is when the Bronx Bombers invade Fenway Park for a three-game series. Anyone else somewhat excited for this mid-week clash?
* Does anyone else believe that Tim Wakefielddoesn’t have “Lady Luck” on his side? After six starts, Wakfield hasn’t earned win number two-double-zero. Of course, some believe that the Red Sox organization shouldn’t feel bad, but as a fan, it’s easy to sense some sort of emotion, especially for the oldest player in the MLB currently. Eventually the knuckleballer will earn that significant victory, but exactly when will it happen remains a mystery. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Mr. Wakefield, as well as pray for the Sox offense to produce some runs too.
* According to a recent report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera plans to start rookie quarterback Cam Newton during the team’s final preseason contest. Yet, is this a good or bad decision? Rivera has jostled this young man over the past few weeks, as well as given him false hopes that he’d be the starting signal caller this season. However, should Rivera really be saying this stuff? Seriously, haven’t we endured enough Cam Newton drama? In all honesty, I’d expect Newton to be the starting quarterback this season, but wouldn’t be surprised if Derek Andersongets the nod, especially since Jimmy Clausenrecently sustained a knee injury.
* If you’re a supporter of the Indianapolis Colts, how’re you feeling these days? Are you convinced that Kerry Collinsis “your guy?” What’d you think of Reggie Wayne’s recent comments? In all honesty, it’s probably a “dark” time in Indianapolis. Perhaps the local economy will tank because of Peyton Manning’s absence? Hey, it happened in Cleveland when LeBron James traded in his winter jacket for flip-flops. Yet, without Manning, the Colts are a completely different team, so hopefully the Blue and White fan-base will have something to cheer about this season because otherwise it’ll seem as if Jim Mora is roaming the sidelines. Anyone remember his famous, “playoffs” rant?
* Brandon Davieswas reinstated to the BYU basketball team on Friday after serving a season ending suspension in March. Yet, what exactly did he do? Well, he broke a rule and didn’t exactly respect the school’s honor code. In fact, have you read BYU’s honor code? It’s rather intense. Davies is the team’s top scorer and rebounder, so I am sure his teammates are happy to have him back on the roster. Although, one sure hopes that he’s learned his lesson and won’t have premarital sex again, especially since it’s forbidden on that particular college campus.
Well, that’s enough pondering. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and of course, please be safe, especially those in New England!