- Jair Jurrjens is headed to Gwinnett. Just hours after he lasted only 3 innings in the Braves 7-2 loss to LA, the 2011 all-star was optioned to triple-A and rightfully so. He's been a trainwreck this year to the point where I actually almost hoped he was hurt simply because it would explain what was wrong with him, but instead of DL'ing him, they've sent him to Gwinnett, seemingly insuring that Randall Delgado will stick in the rotation once Tim Hudson comes back (with Medlen as option #2). It's been a swift fall for JJ, and I hope he can put it together in Gwinnett. On another Braves note, I actually loved what Fredi did with the bullpen after the JJ debacle, letting Livan throw 61 pitches in 4+ innings, and following him up with Durbin to save the 'pen in a game where they didn't need anyone else. Well done for once.
- Saints GM Mickey Loomis has been popped (by ESPN) for illegally tapping into opponent's sideline conversations during the 2002-2004 seasons. First of all, there's been sweeping denial from many, many people on this, but in the midst of the bounty controversy, the Saints absolutely did not need this right now. The best part? I hate the Saints. Moving on...
- Arkansas has hired John L. Smith for a 10-month contract to replace Bobby Petrino. This one made me laugh simply because I best remember Smith for his hilarious on-field interview when he was about to leave Louisville for Michigan State and he acted like he didn't understand the line of questioning like a senile old man. Brilliant stuff from a now-SEC head coach.
- MLB Check - Jake Peavy is back? A complete game 3-hitter for the former Cy Young winner, and he's been dominant in starting 3-0 for the surprising 10-6 White Sox. Nice to see there. The Yankees upended Texas in Arlington by a score of 7-4 behind a nice bounceback game from Sabathia, a homer from A-Rod, and 4 hits from Derek Jeter (who's now hitting .411 on the year). Don't sleep on the Bronx Bombers. And finally, the Giants swept the Mets on the backs of two different pitching performances. In the early game, the much-maligned Tim Lincecum managed to go only 5 innings, but allowed just 1 run and did strike out 8 guys despite 5 walks in a 6-1 win, while in the late game, the dominant Madison Bumgarner got his 3rd win with 7 innings, 3 hits, and only 1 earned run allowed.
- A look at the Association - Charlotte fell to a comical 7-57 with a blowout 101-73 loss to the horrible Wizards, and it suddenly seems like a lock that they won't win another game. Philly clinched the 8 seed in the East with an 18-point road thumping in New Jersey. Iguodala led the way with 15 points, 7 boards, and 9 assists for the Sixers. And finally, San Antonio obliterated Portland 124-89 to clinch the West's top seed. No one played more than 26 minutes for the Spurs, and somehow Pop achieved both of his goals by a) resting everyone, and b) still having home-court throughout. Boom.
What to watch for on Tuesday...
- NBA - Clippers @ Hawks - 7:30 SportSouth - Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are in town and that's enough.
- NBA - Heat @ Celtics - 8:00 TNT - This one will probably hurt the ratings of the game above it, and I'm interested to see if the C's go all-out here.
- MLB - Yankees @ Rangers - 8:00 MLB - Kuroda vs. Darvish - Yu!
- MLB - Braves @ Dodgers - 10:10 SportSouth - Minor vs. Harang - Mike Minor was dominant the last time out, and I'd love to see a repeat performance.
- NBA - Suns @ Jazz - 10:30 TNT - This is suddenly a huge game for the West race to the playoffs, and a must-win for both teams.