13) Monday night was a weird baseball night; Brewers-Dodgers had a 23-minute power outage in Chavez Ravine, while in Phoenix, a haboob (dust storm) blew thru the desert and caused the lights to go out at Chase Field for a while at the Rangers-Diamondbacks game.
I had to look up this “haboob” thing; it is like a weather front going thru, except it is in a hot, dry area and it has a ton of wind/dust. You learn something every day.
12) During the delay at Dodger Stadium, Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett was sitting with Tommy Lasorda- looked like they were talking about how different pitches are gripped. Garrett was holding a baseball while they talked.
11) NBA is the first major American sports league to sign an official betting sponsor.
Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that the league has a deal with MGM that will give the gaming company rights to use league highlights, names, logos and its direct data feed, as well as exclusively market itself as the official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA.
People bet on the WNBA? Wow. If I could accurately predict how women will react to certain situations, I wouldn’t spend 80% of my life writing on index cards. (Its a joke!!!!)
10) Guy named Charles Robinson covers the NFL for Yahoo; he posted this on Twitter Monday:
“I’ve been very skeptical of Sean McVay supposedly having a photographic memory. When we were talking this week, he recalled our conversation from one year ago and exactly where we were standing when we had it. I’m not memorable. It was weird.”
The Rams’ head coach has a very good memory.
9) News Item of the Week: “Police are looking for a trio of thieves who stole a shark from the San Antonio Aquarium over the weekend by stuffing it into a stroller.”
Um, why would you steal a shark?
8) Cubs’ P Kyle Hendricks has allowed 10 first inning home runs this season; no one else has allowed more than eight.
7) Because of the Seattle Mariners’ trades this weekend/Monday, their AAA farm team in Tacoma had only nine position players available for Monday night’s game, and three of those were catchers. Managing in the minor leagues can be challenging.
6) Monday night in Boston, Aaron Nola and David Price both went 8 innings, only the 4th major league game this season (27th in last 3 years) where both starters went 8+ innings.
By way of contrast, in 1988, there were 169 such games.
5) Baseball doings- there were lot of trades Tuesday:
— Red Sox put Chris Sale (shoulder) on the DL
— JA Happ has hand, foot, mouth disease, the same viral infection Noah Syndergaard has.
— Cincinnati Reds traded Adam Duvall to Braves for P’s Lucas Sims, Matt Wisler and OF Preston Tucker.
— Red Sox traded for 2B Ian Kinsler, giving up their #19 and #23 prospects.
— Pirates acquired reliever Keone Kela from Texas in exchange for two players to be named later.
— Pirates acquired Chris Archer for prospects OF Meadows/P Glasnow.
— Toronto 2B Lourdes Gurriel is out 2-to-6 weeks. He has a high ankle sprain and a Grade 1 left knee sprain.
4) Detroit Tigers are only team that hasn’t made a trade this season.
3) Cubs’ 1B Anthony Rizzo got on base 34 times in his first 15 games batting leadoff.
2) Nationals 25, Mets 4— Washington led 10-0 in the 2nd inning. Wilmer Flores left early with dehydration and dizziness, thats how long he was out on the field.
1) NFL exhibition games actually start tonight; Ravens-Bears from Canton. Chicago is only team that hasn’t signed its first round draft pick (LB Roquan Smith).