Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3/28: Baseball! - Dodgers Sale & A Real, Live Game

Greetings everyone... before we get going, I want to remind you that there is a team-by-team 31-part (30 teams plus a wrap-up) MLB Preview for your consumption, so please check it out... let's go...
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have been sold for $2 BILLION dollars. Yes, that's billion with a "B" and the new ownership group is headlined by Magic Johnson. That is an absolutely absurd amount of money that would be the new gold standard for franchise value, and although Magic isn't the controlling owner or the one making the day-to-day executives (former Braves president Stan Kasten is in the group and will be doing so), he brings the LA hype needed to push this thing. At any rate, it'll be great to have the Dodgers, one of the MLB's flagship franchises, run with some sort of competency, and nice to have them relevant again.
  • Real, live baseball! The Mariners and Athletics took to the field in Tokyo for a regular season game early this morning that saw the M's get a 2-1 win. This was a certified pitcher's duel with Felix Hernandez dealing (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 Ks) and Brandon McCarthy matching him (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 Ks), but it came down to the bullpens in extra inning, and the M's scratched out 2 runs in the top of 11th with a Brendan Ryan double followed by a Dustin Ackley single, and a subsequent RBI single from Ichiro after Ackley swiped second. Those runs proved to be enough after Brandon League slammed the door in the bottom half and that was that.
  • All four #1 seeds have reached the women's final four. Stop me if you've heard this before.
  • NBA Check - Monta Ellis and the new-look Bucks beat Atlanta in Milwaukee last night 108-101 with Ellis pouring in 33 points with 8 assists. Josh Smiff led the way with 30 and 18 (despite taking 10 jump shots) for Atlanta on a night where the Hawks played very effectively on offense with the exception of 21 turnovers. That was the difference. The T-Wolves continue to struggle since the Rubio injury, going down in a heap to Memphis on the road. Kevin Love had 28 and 11 but it wasn't enough to outlast all 5 starters in double-digits for the Grizz. Tim Duncan, just one game after being "DNP-Old" went off for 26 and 11 in 32 minutes for the Spurs in their win on the road in Phoenix. Doesn't seem like much, but the Suns had won 11 of 15 and to go on the road and win there without Splitter is nice. The Zombies got 32 and 8 from Russ Westbrook and 21 points on 7 field goal attempts from James Harden (absurd) to beat Portland in the Rose Garden. I won't discuss the Blazers for fear of assassination by my buddy, Ryan. And finally, the Lakers stole a win in Oakland 104-101 despite 13 of 37 from Kobe and Bynum and a second straight game with an inexplicable benching late (this time it was Bynum). The sideshows continue, but the Lakers continue to win in the Ramon Sessions era.

What to watch for on Wednesday...

  • NBA - Magic @ Knicks - ESPN 7:00 - No Amare for NY for an extended period of time but... that may actually help them with how poorly he's played.
  • NBA - Bulls @ Hawks - SportSouth 7:30 - Derrick Rose may not go in this one, but all I can see are visions of that 40+ blow-out loss in Philips last year.
  • NBA - Spurs @ Kings - NBATV 10:00 - I can't think of a matchup more interesting than Tim Duncan and Demarcus Cousins.

Done and done...

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