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Matt Cain hammered for nine runs against Cardinals

San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain was hammered for nine runs in a loss to St. Louis on Sunday. The Giants ace struggled with his command in an outing that lasted just 3 2/3 innings. Cain was perfect the first time through the St. Louis Cardinals lineup but fell apart in the fourth inning of a 14-3 loss. The Cardinals had seven hits and two walks in the inning before Cain was...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Butler has grand day with seven RBI against Phillies

The Kansas City Royals won on Sunday thanks to the bat of Billy Butler. The 26-year-old drove in seven runs in a 9-8 win against the Philles. Philadelphia plated four runs off of Kansas City starter James Shields in the first but the Royals cut the lead in half with two in the third. Billy Butler took it from there. In the fifth inning Butler hit a grand slam off of Phillies starter...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Jimmie Johnson leads NASCAR point standings after Martinsville race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered the sixth race of the season with a 12 point lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. After the race at Martinsville Speedway it will be teammate Jimmie Johnson who is the series point leader by six over last years champion Brad Keselowski. Earnhardt Jr. fell to third in the standings eleven behind Johnson. Unofficial NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Johnson wins eighth at Martinsville, Full Race Results

Jimmie Johnson won the STP Gas Booster 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway finishing ahead of Clint Bowyer at the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit. Johnson led the field to the green flag but Marcos Ambrose got around him to lead the first lap of the race. It was not long before Johnson retook the top spot. The first caution would come on lap 15 when Danica Patrick spun out...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Kurt Busch makes contact with wall, fire erupts

Kurt Busch made contact with the wall at Martinsville Speedway engulfing his No. 78 Chevrolet in fire. Busch was able to press the fire extinguisher inside the car which put out the fire. The race was red flagged with the cars stopped on the front stretch so that safety crews could remove the car from the track. In an interview shown on television Busch termed it as a brake problem with the car.
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Hudson, Braves cruise to series sweep of Cubs

Tim Hudson pitched 6 1/3 innings in the series finale against the Cubs on Sunday. A day after the Braves rallied from a four run deficit in the final two innings they scored four in the fifth and sixth. Hudson allowed one run and three hits while striking out seven. For much of the game Hudson was overshadowed by Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija who struck out thirteen. The Braves got...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Seahawks to work out four quarterbacks on Monday

The Seattle Seahawks are looking for a backup to Russell Wilson. After recently trading Matt Flynn to Oakland the Seahawks plan to find his replacement quickly by hosting four free agent quarterbacks on Monday. Brady Quinn, Matt Leinart, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen all will meet with the Seahawks on Monday and indications are that the Seahawks will sign whoever performs best...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Buckeyes mascot Brutus leveled in spring game

That is the face of pain. The Ohio State Buckeyes are planning to put an emphasis on defense this year. During their annual spring game the teams mascot Brutus found out exactly what the Buckeyes have in mind. Brutus got knocked out, leveled, laid on his back. See the video below.
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Braves place Freedie Freeman on DL

The Atlanta Braves have placed first basemen Freddie Freeman on the disabled list. Freeman is dealing with a strained right oblique. While Freeman believes he could play though the injury the Braves are going to play it safe and allow Freeman to heal. Freeman is expected to be out 2-3 weeks. This will also give manager Fredie Gonzalez additional time to play Juan Francisco and Chris...
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Kyuji Fujikawa to replace Marmol as Cubs closer

Following Saturday’s meltdown the Chicago Cubs have removed Carlos Marmol from the closers role. Marmol blew a save after allowing two solo home runs in the inning. Marmol will be replaced by 32-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa according to Chicago Tribune writer Paul Sullivan. Entering the eighth inning the Cubs held a 5-1 lead over the Braves. Fujikawa pitched the eighth inning for the...
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Martinsville: Starting lineup, green flag and streaming info for STP Gas Booster 500

The sixth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will take place on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. Jimmie Johnson starts the STP Gas Booster 500 from the pole, he is a seven time winner at Martinsville. The race is 500 laps, 263 miles around the 0,526 mile track. It is the smallest track on the circuit and is highlighted by its paper clip shape and infamous...
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Cubs’ Sveum to consider options at closer after Marmol blow-up

Carlos Marmol blew a save against the Braves on Saturday night and it may have cost him the job as closer of the Cubs. Marmol has struggled in each of his outings this season. Overall he has allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings of work. In his first outing of the season Marmol was replaced by Kyuji Fujikawa. Two days ago he nearly blew a save against Pittsburgh. On Saturday night Marmol...
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Braves win: Upton brothers homer in ninth

The Atlanta Braves trailed the Chicago Cubs 5-1 entering the eighth inning of Saturday’s game. After scratching across three runs against Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa in the eighth they unloaded on Carlos Marmol in the ninth. B.J. Upton hit a game tying home run, moments later his younger brother hit his second home run of the night giving the Braves a thrilling 6-5 win. Braves...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels win despite hitless Hamilton

Josh Hamilton continued his early season struggles on Saturday night. The Angels big free agent signing from this past offseason went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his second game against his former club. On the season Hamilton is 1-for-20 with 10 strikeouts. The Angels were able to pull out the win in the second game of the series thanks to teammate Albert Pujols who hit his first...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees old box office number leads to sex hot line

If you are on the lookout for Yankee tickets and using Google you may end up with more then you bargained for. That is becase the old Yankees ticket number “800-913-9793″ is now a sex hot line. The number rings though to “America’s Hottest Talk Line” which connects users for phone sex, dates and other hookups. Alice McGillion, a spokesman, for the Yankees said that the...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians to activate Jason Giambi on Tuesday

The Cleveland Indians will activate first basemen/designated hitter Jason Giambi on Tuesday. Tuesday is the first day the Indians can activate the 42-year-old. Giambi has played in the majors dating back to 1995 and is hoping to squeeze one more season out of his body. When activated manager Terry Francona plans to get Giambi some action quickly. “I don’t want him to sit a week...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Johnny Sauter wins truck race at Martinsville

Johnny Sauter won the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. It was his second win of the season. Sauter won the season opening race at Daytona prior to the off weeks. Matt Crafton finished second ahead of Jeb BUrton in a race that featured a series of single truck spins at the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit. The race started with youngster Burton on the pole. On lap 105 he would...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies acquire Aaron Harang for catcher Ramon Hernandez

Two teams traded two unnecessary pieces on Saturday. The Los Angeles Dodgers shipped right handed pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for catcher Ramon Hernandez. Both teams had been trying to trade the pieces that did not fit into their active roster. Harang had been sent to the Dodgers bullpen to open the season while Hernandez failed to win a job on the Rockies roster...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Kate Upton cuddling with her favorite Tiger

Super model Kate Upton wanted to let everyone know during the Detroit Tigers home opener that she had been cuddling with her favorite Tiger. Does that mean that Upton and rumored romance Justin Verlander are back together? Hardly. In fact Upton was referring to a real tiger. Cuddling with my favorite tiger twitter.com/KateUpton/stat… — Kate Upton (@KateUpton) April 5, 2013...
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John Lackey leaves game against Blue Jays with arm injury

Boston pitcher John Lackey left Saturday’s game against Toronto with an injury to his left arm. Lackey was pitching in the fifth inning when he was removed from the game. Currently it is unclear the extent of the injury to Lackey. The 34-year-old Lackey missed the entire 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves in Saturday’s game. Ricky Doyle...
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April 06, 2013  |  1 Comment

Astros place Travis Blackley on disabled list

The Houston Astros placed left handed pitcher Travis Blackley on the disabled list on Saturday. Blackley was acquired from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Blackley has a left shoulder strain. It is unclear when the injury occurred or how long the 30-year-old will be out of action. Houston had planned to start Blackley in the bullpen. Last season he split time between San Francisco...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter resumes fielding activites

Derek Jeter has resumed fielding activities. The Yankees shortstop started the season on the disabled list but is hopeful to return by the beginning of next month. Jeter took 40 grounders on Saturday at the Yankees training complex. He has already been cleared for hitting drills as well. Eduardo Nunez has been playing shortstop for the Yankees in Jeter’s absence.
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Athletics reinstate pitcher Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon’s suspension for a positive PED test is over and the Oakland Athletics have activated the right handed pitcher. Colon missed the end of the 2012 season and the first five games of this season while serving the suspension. To add Colon to their active roster the Athletics have optioned right hander Dan Straily to the minors. Straily pitched 6 2/3 innings on Friday...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Seahawks browsed Tebow, unlikely to acquire

The Seattle Seahawks are not expected to make a move to add Tim Tebow to the roster. That news is hardly a surprise but that any team actually kicked the tires of acquiring the 25-year-old is news. Tebow was rarely used after being acquired by the New York Jets last year. The Jets talked about using Tebow in a wildcat formation but his biggest contributions to the team came on special...
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Martinsville: Jeb Burton on pole for truck race, full starting lineup

Jeb Burton claimed the pole for the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Burton’s No. 4 truck will be joined on the front row by Darrell Wallace in the No. 54 truck for the Kroger 250. The Kroger 250 is the second race of the truck series season. Johnny Sauter won the season opening race at Daytona. SPRINT CUP: Jimmie Johnson starts on pole for Sunday’s...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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