13) Guardians 10, Reds 5— Cleveland lost its first two games, scoring one run; since then, they’ve won three in a row, scoring 17-10-10 runs. This game was 4-4 in the 9th; Guardians scored six times in the last inning. Jose Ramirez homered/tripled, knocked in six runs.
12) Guardians’ rookie OF Stephen Kwan has reached base 18 times in his first five games; he’s seen 115 pitches, hasn’t swung/missed yet. Kwan is 10-15 with seven walks, making him this year’s phenom, much like Chicago’s Yermin Mercedes was last year.
11) Astros 2, Diamondbacks 1:
— Michael Brantley’s 9th-inning single was a game-winner.
— Houston won four of its first five games.
10) White Sox 3, Mariners 2:
— Chicago improves to 3-1, despite going 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
— White Sox put P Lucas Giolito, OF AJ Pollock on the IL.
9) Another day with no pitcher throwing 90 pitches; going take a few weeks for pitchers to get into regular season form. Nine hurlers did throw 80+ pitches.
8) Brooklyn 115, Cleveland 108:
— Irving scored 34 points, shooting 12-15 from floor.
— Nets play Boston in next round.
— Cavaliers were minus-9 in 8:00 LeVert sat out.
7) Minnesota 109, LA Clippers 104:
— Wolves outscored LA 31-20 in fourth quarter.
— Minnesota survived shaky 23-37 shooting on foul line.
— Edwards scored 30, Russell 29 for Minnesota- they play Memphis in next round.
6) Alabama poached an offensive tackle from SEC doormat Vanderbilt this week; awesome. Transfer portal is changing college sports; the rich get richer.
5) Speaking of which, in the college basketball portal:
— LSU’s Eric Gaines bolts to UAB of Conference USA
— Northern Iowa’s Noah Carter bolts to Missouri of the SEC.
4) Saint Peter’s hired Jersey City native/Wagner coach Bashir Mason as its new basketball coach; Mason was 165-130 at Wagner, winning three regular season titles, making it to the NIT three times. He has some rebuilding to do with the Peacocks; three of their best guys are in the transfer portal.
3) RIP Gilbert Gottfried; the quirky comedian passed away this week at age 67, after a long illness. He wasn’t politically correct, he was just funny, in an odd way.
They posted a scene of him on the great game show Hollywood Squares; the game came down to who won the last square, which was Gottfried’s, but contestants kept being wrong on agreeing or disagreeing with his answers— it took nine questions for someone to win the square. Its is a 5:00 clip that was all over Twitter on Tuesday- very funny.
2) Whole I’m talking about game shows, daytime TV needs more game shows, less contrived talk shows, where people just yell at each other in scripted arguments. Useless palaver; game shows were live TV and they were more fun.
Hollywood Squares, $10,000 Pyramid, Password, Concentration should all join Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on daytime TV. ESPN should start televising poker tournaments again, too.
1) Found out this week that there is a station that shows M*A*S*H re-runs every weeknight, but sadly, DirecTV doesn’t have that channel. I have a station that shows Perry Mason re-runs from 1965 in the middle of the night, but no M*A*S*H, one of the greatest comedies of all time. Disappointing.