Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress of the New York Giants said today that he will report to camp for the team despite not being happy with his current contract situation. Burress already missed five team meetings at a Giants mini-camp and was fined over $40,000 for those actions. Plax says he will show up this time but feels he is owed more money given the recent contracts awarded to Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.
Burress doesn’t want to be a distraction to the Giants like former teammate Jeremy Shockey. Shockey who was traded to the Saints on Monday, was unhappy about his role with the Giants offense. The Giants would love to put an end to off-season distractions so they can focus on defending their Super Bowl title. It will be an uphill battle to repeat for the Giants in 2008-2009 given the loss of Michael Strahan and Jeremy Shockey. To do it without Plaxico Burress would be nearly impossible.
2008-2009 Giants tickets are now available. The Giants will begin their regular season at home against the Washington Redskins. The Giants will have a pre-season rematch with their Super Bowl opponent New England Patriots on August 23rd at Giants Stadium.
Less then one week after the Boston Celtics watched free agent James Posey sign with the New Orleans Hornets, the 2007 NBA Champions made sure not to lose out on two of their other free agents in Eddie House and Tony Allen. According to Boston media outlets, both House and Allen have agreed to two-year deals keeping them in town through the 2009 season.
Celtics GM and Director of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, was not very specific about the details of either contract but a source reported to the Boston Herald that each would be worth close to $2 million dollars each year.
The 30-year old House averaged 7.5 points in 78 regular season games last year for Boston shooting 39 percent from behind the three point line. In the 2007 NBA Finals over the Lakers he averaged 8 points a game and shot 41 percent from behind the arc.
Coming off of off-season knee surgery in 2006, the 26-year old Allen averaged 6.6 points in 75 regular season games last season for the Celtics.
The Yankees Stadium clock read 1:37 AM as Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins slid home in the 15th inning giving the American League a 4-3 victory over the National League in Tuesday night’s 2008 All-Star Game. The game itself lasted 4 hours and 50 minutes long, a record for the longest All-Star Game in MLB history.
“It was just crazy how it seemed like it lasted forever,” Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “It was the last year for Yankee Stadium, the last All-Star game, and it’s kind of fitting that it seemed like it lasted forever.”
Beside the record long time, the game itself also saw many other records take place including combined strikeouts (34), runners left on base (28) and players to make an appearance (63).
When the game finally finished up, both teams were down to their final pitchers and both coaches were starting to wonder if they would have to call upon position players to fill the pitching void. Neither team wanted a repeat of the 2002 tie in Milwaukee so some team members began volunteering to toss a few outs if need be including J.D. Drew of the Boston Red Sox and David Wright of the New York Mets.
“I told David, ‘You were the last pick, I went and got you. Have you ever pitched in an All-Star game?” NL Manager Clint Hurdle said. “I was doing Chinese arithmetic from the sixth inning on. I felt like I was in algebra class. It got wild.”
As far as the game itself goes, the 20 or so thousand fans who stuck around at Yankee Stadium for the whole contest definitely got their moneys worth. The NL opened up the scoring with a solo-homerun by Matt Holiday of the Colorado Rockies in the 5th innings. Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros drove in the NL’s second run on a sac-fly in the 6th inning.
The AL was able to tie the game on a two-run homer by Boston’s J.D. Drew in the 7th inning off of Cincinnati Reds ace Edinson Volquez. Drew would finish the game going 2-4 with 2 RBI’s, a run, a stolen base and a walk to earn the MVP honors.
With the game knotted at two, Francona called for his own closer, Jonathan Papelbon, to enter the game in the 8th. After surrendering a leadoff single to Miguel Tejada, a throwing error by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Dioner Navarro who had just entered the game, moved Tejada into scoring position with only one out. San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez drove home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly putting the NL up 3-2.
The AL struck right back, scoring in the bottom of the 8th inning when Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays slapped an RBI double down the left-field line, scoring Grady Sizemore of the Cleveland Indians.
And then the scoring stopped.
Neither team was able to plate any runs in 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th innings. The chances were certainly there but neither team capitalized on those opportunities. The AL even had the bases loaded with no outs in the 10th inning but failed to score off of Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Aaron Cook.
The winning run for the AL would finally come in the 15th inning off of Brad Lidge of the Houston Astros. Lidge, who was not supposed to pitch in the game, was called upon as a last resort effort before position players would be summoned to hurl. A single by Justin Morneau started things out in the inning. Dioner Navarro also singled and J.D. Drew followed the hit up with a walk to load the bases with only one out for Michael Young of the Texas Rangers. Young, a former All-Star Game MVP, delivered by driving a fly ball to right-field just deep enough to score Morneau for the game winning sacrifice fly.
The American League’s 4-3 victory extends their winning streak over the National League to 12 games/years (11-0-1). They have not been defeated since a 1996 loss in Philadelphia and are a perfect 6-0 since the game has determined the site of home field advantage in the World Series.
The walk-off RBI by Young was also only the second time in All-Star Game history that the AL has won in its last at bat. The first came back in 1941 when Ted Williams hit a walk-off homerun to propel the American League to a victory.
Both leagues have today off and games resume on Thursday July 17, 2008.
According to reports from former Sports Illustrated writer, Peter King, it’s expected that sometime over the next week Brett Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, will send a letter to the Green Bay Packers stating that his client (Favre) wishes to be taken off of the NFL’s reserved/retired list effective immediately. If this is true, this could only mean one thing, Favre is seriously considering coming out of retirement to play another season in the NFL.
The now 38-year old had decided to call it quits after a brilliant 2007-2008 season that ended with a very tough loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game. In a voice message to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in March Favre said, “I know I can still play, but it’s like I told my wife, I’m just tired mentally. I’m just tired.”
Having had four months of rest, it seems like Favre is rejuvenated and ready to go again but with these rumors arising, so has some controversy from within the Packers front office.
Anyone who has followed NFL football over the past 15 years knows just how dominant Favre could be in a game. He was one of the best QB’s when it came down to taking over during crunch time and leading the ‘Pack’ down the field for a late score. When he decided to retire earlier this year, the Packers thanked him for his services but made it very clear that the organization felt it was ready to hand the QB reigns over to youngster Aaron Rodgers.
An entire generation of Packers fans knows nothing but Brett Favre as their QB, so these rumors of a return, on the surface, appear to be too good to be true. The only problem with these loyal Packers fans is that they may also not want to admit that Favre is well past his prime, not nearly as quick in the pocket as he used to be and has lost some power in his throwing arm over the years.
All of these realizations add up to the conclusion that it may not be in the Packers best interest to keep Favre on their roster if he decided to return. If you play the devils advocate on Green Bay’s dilemma, there are not a whole lot of positives that could come out of a comeback.
Best case scenario:
Favre returns to Green Bay, Rodgers gracefully bows to the side for the veteran and he leads the Packers to another Super Bowl title and can officially retire on top. Odds of that happening, slim to none, but the cheese heads can dream.
Worst case scenario:
Favre comes out of retirement and the Packers hand him the starting job after Rodgers had been running the show all off-season. Rodgers requests a trade and is dealt away for a “rental” wide receiver to try and help Favre’s offensive numbers but it’s useless because the 38-year old going on 50 just doesn’t have it anymore and the Pack finish the season below .500 not even qualifying for the playoffs.
A few scenarios that very well could happen:
1) Favre announces he is coming out of retirement but the Packers front office makes it very clear that Rodgers is their guy and that if Favre wants to play for the Packers he will have to earn back his starting role by beating out the youngster in mini camp and the pre-season.
2) Favre makes it clear that he just wants to play and after the Packers tell him that he is not in the organizations future plans he signs with another team that could use a veteran to mentor some younger players and also sell tickets. These markets include Minnesota and Chicago.
A few scenarios that probably won’t happen, but would make the most sense if they did:
1) Doug Flutie calls up Favre and tells him that being a back-up isn’t so bad and Favre decides that he wants to stay in Green Bay and help Rodgers fill his shoes.
2) Farve stays retired not putting about his brilliant career in jeopardy.
The one scenario that will never happen but if it does, I told you so:
Farve calls up Bill Belichick and Tom Brady asking if he can sign with the Patriots to be the “starter”. Two snaps take place in Week 1 before Favre changes a play at the line for a QB sweep. After about a six yard gain, he is crushed along the sideline, having to come out of the game with a “season ending injury” forcing Brady to take over. Brady then goes on to lead the Patriots to another Super Bowl and Favre gets a ring to go out on top with. Hey, ya never know!
One thing that we do know is that Favre seems to be very serious about returning to Pro Football and if that’s the case, nothing will stand in his way.
Forget about summer, it’s free-agent signing season in the NHL. Over the past few days, rumors have been flying around about what market will land the big names out there like Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.
Sundin was reportedly offered a 2-year, $20 million dollar contract from the Vancouver Canucks, a deal that would make him the leagues highest paid player.
“We put a major offer together to try and attract the player we felt was the best center iceman on the market,” said Canucks GM Mark Gillis. “It’s an indication we are prepared to do what it takes to attract the best players here.”
The big signing of today was by far the Detroit Red Wings landing Marian Hossa to a one-year deal worth reportedly $7.45 million dollars. The high-scoring wingman was one of the top players who propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to Detroit in six games. Hossa is 29 years old.
The Chicago Blackhawks made two big signings landing probably the top defensemen on the market in Brian Campbell as well as goalie Cristobal Huet. Campbell signed an eight-year $57.12 million dollar deal and Huet inked a four-year contract worth $22.5 million.
The two other big defensemen to reach deals Tuesday were Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, who both signed with the New York Rangers.
Rozsival re-signed with the Rangers for a four-year contract worth $20 million while Redden signs a six-year, $39 million dollar deal after skating with Ottawa last season.
Defensemen Jeff Finger, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, signed a four-year $14 million dollar deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dallas landed forward Sean Avery to a four-year, $15.5 million dollar deal.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add a player like Sean Avery to our group,” Stars co-general manager Brett Hull said. “His ability to play the game with skill and tenacity makes us a better team and is a great complement to the players we have here.”
The Washington Capitals will say goodbye to longtime goalie Olie Kolzig after he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after spending 16 seasons in Washington.
The New Jersey Devils got their hands in the mix of the free agent pool by signing Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik to contracts. Rolston agreed to a four-year, $20 million dollar deal while Holik signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million dollars.
The New York Islanders made a little noise by singing Montreal’s former defensemen Mark Streit to a five-year $20.5 million dollar contract while the Boston Bruins also signed a former Canadien in Michael Ryder to a multi-year deal.
With the NHL salary cap rising up this season, teams have not been shy about dishing out the money to lure top free-agents to their squads. Over the next two weeks, look for almost every free agent out there to receive offers from teams trying to help the players find a new place they can call home.
When Ken Griffey Jr. entered the majors 19 years ago, he was just happy to be getting the chance to play baseball with his father and never dreamed of one day joining one of baseball most elite clubs, the 600 club. Monday night, Griffey made history and became only the 6th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career home runs.
“My father hit 152 home runs, and that’s who I wanted to be like,” said Griffey. He now joins Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660) and Sammy Sosa (609) as the only players to do so.
Griffey belted a hanging curveball from Florida Marlins pitcher Mark Hendrickson in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 victory yesterday at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, FL.
“I was just trying to get a pitch I could hit and be as patient as possible,” Griffey said. “And I was fortunate enough to get a curveball I could drive.”
It took Griffey 19 season, a total 2,439 games and 9042 at bats to reach the milestone. Over his career that averages out to 1 home run every 15 at bats. At the end of the 2008 season, Griffey will become a free agent and has no intentions of retirement.
“I enjoy baseball and as long as I can go out there and help a team win I’ll do it,” he said.
Looking at Griffey’s career stats, one can only wonder where he would be at if he had managed to stay healthy during his first few years with the Reds. From 2001 through the 2004 season, Jr. was constantly on the DL and only played in a total of 317 games out of a possible 728. During that span he still managed to hit 63 home runs at a rate of 1 per every 16 at bats, but missed well over half the games his team played in those 4 years.
It is very likely that later this summer, if he can stay healthy, Griffey will pass Sosa moving him into the 5th spot all-time for career home runs.
It took 15 years, 216 games, seven Pro-Bowl appearance, 141.5 sacks and a championship ring for NY Giants DE Michael Strahan to decide that it was time to call it quits from the NFL. The longtime fan favorite announced Monday that he would be retiring from football after an amazing run as one of the best defensive ends the game has ever seen.
“I know there are a lot of tackles in the league getting excited right now,” said receiver Amani Toomer, who played side by side for 12 seasons with the man everyone called “Stray.”
By deciding not to return for the final year of his contract, Strahan is passing up over $4 million dollars this season. His agent, Tony Agnone, said the Giants even offered him more money after the incredible upset victory over the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
“Money was never the issue for him,” Agnone told The Associated Press. “Really I thought he was going to retire before last season. I’m happy he stayed around.”
In sticking around for one final season, Strahan was able to win the ring he had long desired and is now able to go out on top, something few athletes ever have the chance to do. He made the official announcement to Giants co-owner John Mara on Monday morning.
“I told him he’s been a great Giant,” Mara said Monday. “He thanked me for everything the organization has done for him. I said, ‘I think you’ve done more for us than we can ever do for you.”
Strahan not only leaves the Giants as their all-time leader in sacks but with the NFL single season sack record of 22.5 which came back in 2001. He was referred to as the locker room leader and often viewed as a mentor to many of the younger players entering the league.
“I knew it was going to (eventually) happen,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “He had a tremendous career. If that is the case, he picked a great season to go out on.”
Strahan will be missed by many, but not by offensive linemen or opposing quarterbacks, they will be glad to see him leave. This is the ultimate sign of respect.
Congratulations Michael on a great career.
About one year ago this time, things weren’t looking so hot for the Boston Celtics organization. Boston was coming off a 24-58 season that included a streak of 18 consecutive losses, the death of franchise legend Red Auerbach and the 2nd worst record in the NBA that only resulted in the 5th overall lottery selection.
The Los Angeles Lakers franchise was also in the midst of much turmoil just having been eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the 2nd straight season, with superstar guard Kobe Bryant demanding a trade publicly from the front office executives immediately.
How quickly things can change.
The two historic organizations find themselves in the 2008 NBA Finals, facing each other in the championship for the 11th time. The Celtics hold the 8-2 edge in head to head series play but the Lakers have captured the last two match ups in 1985 and 1987.
This rivalry has made the NBA what it is today. The Bird vs. Magic era brought excitement to the league like there had never been before and now both teams are loaded with future hall of famers and leaders like Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant.
Last summer, the two NBA All-Stars were playing pickup ball together at UCLA’s gym. Both were frustrated with the outcome of their seasons and knew that trade talks would be likely for both of them.
“I remember being in the gym with Kobe, and me and him were arguing over who was going to get traded first,” Pierce said Monday after the Celtics held their first practice in preparation for the NBA finals.
“He went public about getting traded, … and I was like, ‘Shoot, I’m going to getting traded before you,’ and betting that it would happen. That’s what so crazy, now we’re both here sitting in the finals, where a year ago we were both in the gym.”
Big reasons why both players find themselves 4 wins away from a championship are the acquisitions that were made to get their teams to where they are today. For the Celtics, the important moves were made before the season while the Lakers pulled some strings right at the trade deadline.
Boston acquired SG Ray Allen on draft day via trade and then shortly after made a 7 for 1 player swap to package former league MVP Kevin Garnett into beantown as the newest member to the Celtics organization. And as they say, the rest is history. Combined with the force of Pierce, the three have reenergized basketball fans in Boston for the first time since the mid 80′s. As for the Lakers, they were able to trade for All-Star PF Pau Gasol right before the trade deadline for almost nothing. His acquisition has sparked a 2nd half turnaround that put LA atop the Western Conference.
After the Celtics downed the Detroit Pistons in six games and the Lakers took care of the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in five, the stage is set for what many are calling the best Finals match up in over 25 years.
Lets take a look at the probable match ups between teams and which club has the advantage at each position.
At points guard the Celtics will go with Rajon Rondo and he will be matched up against veteran Derek Fisher. Fisher certainly wins some points for experience but Rondo has been more of a contributing factor offensively dishing out assists and scoring big buckets when needed. The best part about this match up is that if Rondo needs a quick blow, veteran back up Sam Cassell will step right in and provide the veteran experience that Rondo lacks to equal that of Fishers.
ADVANTAGE – BOS
The most important match up of the series will be at the shooting guard position featuring two of the NBA’s premiere perimeter players in Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant. Both can flat out shoot the ball and anything within a few steps over the half court line is in their range. Allen’s defense can be suspect at times due to ankle problems, while Kobe has been on the NBA’s Defensive 1st team multiple times. Allen will not be the only one covering the reigning MVP, look for some help from fellow wingman Paul Pierce but their job will be simple, hold Kobe to his averages and let the other Lakers beat you.
ADVANTAGE – L.A.
While Paul Pierce is not helping out with Bryant he’ll have his hands full guarding Lamar Odom. This match up will create problems for both sides because at 6’10″ tall, Odom has a 4 inch height advantage and will try to post up his smaller defender when the opportunity presents itself. However, Pierce has the speed advantage and will create for himself opportunities to take the ball to the hole off the dribble which could put LA’s big men in foul trouble.
ADVANTAGE – EVEN
When it comes to Kevin Garnett, it really does not matter who’s covering him because he’s going to have the advantage regardless. The Lakers will send Vladimir Radmanovic for some KG duty but as we saw in both the Cleveland and Detroit series, it doesn’t matter who’s covering the big man because he can beat you in the paint or from the outside with his 18+ foot jumpers all night long.
ADVANTAGE – BOS
The match up at the center position between Kendrick Perkins and Pau Gasol could be a big factor one of the series. Perkins showed Boston fans that he’s capable of being a beast on the boards against Detroit when he hauled down 16 rebounds and dropped 18 points in their Game 5 win. Gasol lifted LA with a similar effort in their Game 5 win grabbing 19 boards and scoring 12 points. Gasol does have a little better offensive touch then Perkins which makes him more a threat in the paint.
ADANTAGE – LA
The series gets underway on Thursday night in Boston at 9:00pm EST. The home court advantage that the Celtics earned during the regular season may be a huge factor with possible Games 6 & 7 to be played at the TD Banknorth Garden in front of the hometown crowd. LA, who has yet to lose a playoff game at home, will try to steal one of the road before returning home for Games 3, 4 and if needed 5.
As the Lakers go for their 15th banner and the Celtics quest for Green 17 continues one thing that is certain, this match up has the potential to be one of the greatest of all time and all we can do now is enjoy every minute of it.
Celtics vs Lakers NBA Finals tickets now available.
Two weeks after a David Ortiz Red Sox jersey was removed from two feet of concrete at the site of the new Yankee Stadium, it sold on eBay in a charity auction for the Jimmy Fund for $175,100 dollars. The jersey had been buried by Turner Construction worker Gino Castignoli, in hopes that by planting the uniform he would be cursing the Yankees new home.
The highest bid came from Kevin Meehan, the owner of Imperialcars.com in Mendon, Mass. The auction received 282 bids for the scruffy No. 34 David Ortiz jersey. Jim Holzman, owner of Ace Ticket, was rumored to be the winning bidder. Holzman has been on the winning end of a few Red Sox charity items in the past. Most notably Holzman won the famed Theo Epstein Gorilla suit and the FP 1 (Fenway Park 1) license plate. “Although this jersey would have been a great addition to my collection of Sox merchandise, I’m glad to hear its staying local. Mr. Meehan’s bid was very generous and I congratulate him and the Jimmy Fund. They are both winners today”.
“I actually thought it was going to sell for more money,” said Meehan on nbcsports.com. His bid came only in the final seconds of the 7-day eBay auction that ended at 12:30 p.m. “I have three young boys that I take to the games and they would have killed me if I didn’t buy the shirt.”
For his winning bid, Meehan will also receive a new David Ortiz game jersey, two tickets to a Red Sox game in which he will be presented the buried uniform and also a Yankees T-Shirt.
For all of his generosity, the Ortiz jersey will be shipped for free.
After making it through the top of the 3rd inning, the rains came and washed out the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals in their season opener. The defending NL Champions were trailing 5-1 at the time the game was called but it will all be erased and replayed at a later date.
The Arizona Diamondbacks still have a bitter taste in their mouth after being swept last October in the NLCS by the Colorado Rockies. Taking the field for the first time since that playoff series, the defending NL West Champions looked very solid in a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Brandon Webb picked up right where the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner left off pitching 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in route to his first victory of the year. The offensive attack was led by three solo bombs hit by Chris Young and Eric Byrnes in the 3rd inning and the other hit by Jeff Salazar in a PH at bat in the 7th that gave the D-Backs some breathing room with a 2 run cushion. Brandon Lyon recorded the save pitching a perfect 9th inning.
It was a pitchers duel for 8 innings in Chicago at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers before both teams came to life for 3 run 9th inning performances, but it was the Brewers who would prevail with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings. Corey Hart lifted the Brewers with a 2 RBI double in the ninth that put them ahead 3-0. Closer Eric Gagne came in and suffered his first blown save of the season (surprise, surprise) by allowing a three-run home run to Cubs RF Kosuke Fukudome, the first of his major league career, which knotted the game at 3-3. In the 10th inning, Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a sac-fly that plated Craig Counsell for the game winning run for the Brewers. David Riske pitched a perfect 10th frame and recorded the save.
With 5 runs on 5 hits in the top of the 9th inning, the Washington Nationals turned a close game into a statement win in their 11-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday at Citizens Bank Park. Nick Johnson’s RBI double opened the flood gates for National bats, and the hits just kept on coming as the team chased out Phillies closer Tom Gordon after allowing 5 earned runs on 4 hits and only recording 1 out. Austin Kearns and Lastings Milledge each produced 2 hits and 2 RBI’s for the Nationals in the win. The Phillies were led by SS Jimmy Rollins who went 2-4 on the game with a pair of RBI’s and a HR.
Behind the arm of Johan Santana, the New York Mets captured their first victory of the 2008 season over the Florida Marlins with a 7-2 win. Santana struck out 8 and allowed only 3 hits over 7 innings. The one mistake he made came in the 4th inning when he allowed a two-run homer to Josh Willingham. After the HR, Santana would only allow two runners to reach base. The Mets scored 6 of their 7 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, led by a bases clearing double by 3B David Wright. Wright went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s for the game. New York’s bullpen worked a scoreless 8th and 9th to preserve the win for Santana, Mark Hendrickson suffered the loss for Florida.
Brad Penny pitched 6 and 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, and the Los Angeles Dodgers back it up with some early runs that would be hold up for a 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Barry Zito struggled for the Giants allowing 3 runs in the 1st inning and another in the 2nd. He last only 5 innings and was pulled after 87 pitches and allowing 8 hits. The Dodgers runs in the 1st came on a Matt Kemp RBI single, followed by a Jeff Kent two-run blast to deep left-center field. SS Rafael Furcal also added three hits in the winning effort.
The Atlanta Braves came up just short, twice, in a thrilling 12-11 twelve innings game that ended with the Pittsburgh Pirates on top. The Braves mustered up a 5 run 9th inning to tie the game at 9-9 and left the winning run on base. After a few scoreless innings, the Pirates were able to score three runs in the 12th on Xavier Nady three-run homer to dead center field. The Braves made things interesting scoring 2 in the bottom of the 12th on a Jeff Francoeur solo shot and an RBI single by Matt Diaz but stranded the tying run on base to suffer their second loss of the season. Tom Glavine pitched well for the Braves but took a no decision with 5 innings pitched, 7 hits and 1 earned run allowed. Pirates relief pitcher, Franquelis Osoria, pitched from the 10th inning on, and finished the game for the win.
Jake Peavy helped his own cause by going 1-1 at the plate with 2 RBI’s and then made those runs stand up by pitching 7 scoreless innings in San Diego’s 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros. 2B Tadahito Iguchi paced a balanced offensive attack for the Padres with 3 hits on the night. The Astros looked rusty at the plate only collecting 4 hits in the contest, 2 of them coming from newly acquired SS Miguel Tejada. Row Oswalt took the loss for Houston, scattering 11 hits and 3 strike outs over 5 and 1/3 innings worked.