Last week ended in controversy with a no-hitter upon causing everyone to unlock their asterisks, replay arguments and prototypes for robot umpires. NBA fans that were following the Eastern Conference Finals listened intently between Twitter rants.
Here in Los Angeles, fans are praying for a quick end to the NHL Final. Their playoff beards are hardly comfortable while playing sand volleyball. The surname "Quick" has been confused for "Swift" on a couple occasions, which perhaps led to a resurgence of sales of "A Modest Proposal" on Amazon this week. No?
OK, I'll step back between the white lines and review the week on the diamond. Remember, interleague play heats up again this week, thereby forcing several of your favorite sluggers to the bench. The Royals are going to put a glove on Billy Butler to keep his bat in the lineup, but there are lineups that will be juggled. Pay attention to the player notes and advance lineup cards as they are unveiled hours ahead of first pitch.