13) Atlanta 2, Miami 0: (Braves lead 2-0)
— Rookie Anderson (from Albany area) tossed 5.2 scoreless innings.
— d’Arnaud, Swanson homered for the Braves.
— There were only seven hits total in this game.
12) Los Angeles 6, San Diego 5 (LA leads 2-0)
— Seager went 3-4, scored twice, knocked in two runs.
— Bellinger made a great catch, robbing Tatis of a HR in centerfield.
— First four guys in LA’s lineup went 7-15.
11) A’s 9, Houston 7 (Astros lead 2-1)
— Pinder tied game with a 3-run tater in 7th inning.
— Diekman/Hendriks shut Astros out over last 4.1 innings.
— Altuve had three hits, is starting to look like his old self.
10) Tampa Bay 8, New York 4 (Rays lead 2-1)
— Wendle, Arozarena had three hits each for Tampa Bay.
— Rays’ #8-9 hitters knocked in three runs each.
— Stanton hit two another homer for New York.
9) Tennessee Titans still aren’t practicing; Friday is the earliest their facility can open, as they struggle to escape the grip of COVID. Titans are supposed to play Buffalo Sunday; I’m thinking we’ll find out about a possible Week 18 being added to the regular season this weekend, with the extra week before the Super Bowl being removed to make room for it.
8) New England CB Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID, now the Patriots’ facility is closed until further notice- they’re supposed to host Denver Sunday.
7) New Orleans Saints have allowed 244 yards on pass interference penalties this year; no other team has allowed more than 100.
6) Not sure what I think about the cameras that are in the bases at the ballgames shown by Turner Sports this week. They’re not as good as pylon cameras at football games, that’s for sure.
Whoever suggested to put a camera in the pylons deserved a big promotion.
5) Jets will start Joe Flacco at QB this week; Sam Darnold has a banged-up shoulder. Jets lost the last six games Darnold didn’t start.
Washington benched Dwayne Haskins, will start Kyle Allen at QB this week.
4) Saturday’s LSU-Missouri football game with was switched from Baton Rouge to Columbia because of the big storm hitting Louisiana this weekend.
3) NHL is talking about starting next season January 1st. NBA is talking about mid-January; MLK Day sounds like a good starting point.
2) Get well soon to Indians manager Terry Francona, who underwent several surgeries in a four-day span and required an extended stay in intensive care at the Cleveland Clinic while dealing with medical issues that sidelined him for 46 of Cleveland’s 60 games this season.
The 61-year-old Francona plans to return to Cleveland in 2021; I hope he does.
1) Lot of yapping in the Padres-Dodgers series; I know people want the players to show their personalities more, but this showboating after home runs has gone up a lot, and it increases tensions, especially in playoff games. Someone’s going to get drilled pretty soon, and there aren’t supposed to be any fights in the COVID era.
When Cody Bellinger made that great catch last night, in the 6th inning, the pitcher threw his glove with joy and was pounding his chest like he just hit the lottery, as teams exchanged pleasantries from across the diamond.
I know I’ll sound like a miserable older guy here, but put a lid on it until the game is over, then be as happy as you want.