13) We mentioned last week how Ronald Acuna hit a ball off the wall against the Mets but only got a single out of it, because he thought it was a homer and jogged to first base. Well, it happened again Sunday, and this time the Braves took action.
Acuna singled in the third inning Sunday but it should’ve been a double, and he was pulled from the game against the Dodgers with Atlanta trailing 3-1.
12) Antonio Brown wasn’t at Raiders practice Sunday because he is upset that the NFL hasn’t approved his helmet; Oakland’s front office appears to be running out of patience with Brown.
Steelers took a $21M salary cap hit last winter to dump Brown for two mid-level draft picks, and now it is very clear why.
11) Sounds like Case Keenum will be Washington’s starting QB on September 8th, with Colt McCoy not 100% and Dwayne Haskins being a rookie.
Here is Keenum’s career path:
2012-14— Went 4-8 as a starter with Houston.
2015-16— Went 7-7 as a starter for the Rams, was replaced by Jared Goff.
2017— Went 11-3 as the starter for Minnesota, split two playoff games.
2018— Went 6-10 as the starter for Denver.
2019— Starter for Washington; will eventually be replaced by Haskins.
Coming into this year, Keenum has earned roughly $22M in salary, so despite his getting the short end of the stick in terms of regular employment, his bank account is doing just fine.
10) To make room for Josh Gordon, New England cut WR Dontrelle Inman, who three years ago caught 58 balls for 810 yards and four TD’s when he played for the Chargers. Am guessing that Inman won’t be out of work too long.
9) Didn’t realize that Rams-Cowboys tilt Saturday night was the first NFL preseason game in Hawai’i since 1976. They had the Pro Bowl in Hawai’i most years, but this was better than those.
8) Phil Mickelson shot 71 Sunday, finished T48 at the BMW tournament, after the hotel he was staying in was struck by lightning and caught on fire Sunday morning.
7) Baseball stuff:
— Reds put 1B Joey Votto (back) on the IL.
— Colorado P Scott Oberg (blood clot in arm) is out for the year.
— Nationals put P Sean Doolittle (knee) on the IL.
— Bryce Harper (dehydration) left the Phillies’ game after the 5th inning.
6) Red Sox P Chris Sale is visiting Dr James Andrews today for a second opinion, which is rarely good news, not that Dr Andrews isn’t a good guy. Pitchers who visit the good doctor often get their arms operated on shortly thereafter.
5) Indians’ ace Corey Kluber hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 1; be broke his forearm. His third rehab start was cut off after one inning Sunday, because of abdominal tightness that the team trainers did not want him attempting to pitch through. Not a good sign.
4) Liberty football coach (former Ole Miss coach) Hugh Freeze had surgery on Friday to address a potentially life-threatening strand of staph infection; he’s missed a week of fall camp already. Doctors say if his conditioned hadn’t been addressed, the infection could’ve reached his heart and that wouldn’t have been good, but now he is expected to fully recover.
3) From the New York Post: A South Dakota woman who recently gave birth to triplets said she didn’t discover she was pregnant until she went to the hospital with what she thought were kidney stones.
The woman has two other children, but still didn’t know she was pregnant; the triplets’ names are Blaze, Gypsy and Nikki.
2) Sunday was a strong day for celebrity birthdays: Roberto Clemente, Robert Redford, Patrick Swayze, Denis Leary, Edward Norton (Worm in Rounders), Christian Slater, Martin Mull and Shelley Winters.
1) RIP to former NFL running back Cedric Benson, 36, who died in a motorcycle accident this weekend. Benson was the #4 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, played eight years in the league, and has the 6th-most rushing yards in I-A college football history.
RIP Jack Whitaker, 95, who passed away Sunday. When I was a little kid, he was host of the NFL studio show on CBS. I’m pretty sure he is the person who introduced the term “sack” on a pregame segment for CBS. He was also a World War II veteran. RIP, sir,