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  • Sep
    27

    Red Sox play final regular season game against Yankees in the Bronx.

    Patriots looking to right ship against Falcons in Foxboro.

    Bruins, Celtics on deck…

    Enjoy all the latest Boston sports stories here…

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  • Sep
    26

    White Sox hosting the Tigers in what should have been a great season-ending series at the Cell.

    Bears trying to go 2-1 with a tough game in Seattle.

    Cubs Finishing up final road trip in San Francisco.

    Enjoy Chicago sports news here…

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  • Sep
    25

    Get ready for the latest Boston sports news right here at MySportsToday.com.  Gotta love this new feed from ESPN – the sports giants.

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  • Sep
    24

    For all the latest Chicago sports news, check out the latest on the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls…

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  • Sep
    11

    Rays Yankees Baseball

    Derek Jeter had 3 hits in the New York Yankees 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at the New Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.  The 3rd hit of the night tied Lou Gehrig’s record for most hits by a New York Yankees player.  Pretty amazing accomplishment for a franchise with such a storied history.  Plus, in a day and age where players change teams so often with free agency, it’s amazing that Jeter has remained a Yankees since the day he first stepped foot in to the major leagues.   Gehrig held the hit # @ 2,721 for more than 70 years – WOW!  Jeter had this to say about the honor: “I really didn’t know what to do because we were losing at the time and I didn’t want to disrespect Tampa. I never dreamt about all of this…He’s one of the classiest people to ever play this game.  It’s just kind of mind-boggling to have my name next to his.”

    45,848 fans were in a attendance to see Jeter tie the record. They gave him a 2-minute standing ovation, and several Rays players even stood up in their dugout to cheer on Jeter.  The Yankees are running away with the best record in baseball in 2009.  The Yankees have a 91-50 record and are 9 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox for 1st place in the AL East.  The Angels and the Cardinals are the next closest teams with 84 wins each.  Congrats Derek – you are a class guy and you deserve it…

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  • Sep
    9

    Cardinals Brewers Baseball

    Wow – haven’t done this in a while, so we’ll start it up again – The Good Chris Carpenter & The Bad Pittsburgh Pirates…

    Chris Carpenter is Good, real good.  The Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter threw his 1st complete game shutout in 3 years in Monday’s 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Labor Day.  He needed just 99 pitches and gave up only 1 hit – a harmless double to Jody Gerut in the 5th inning.  He struck out 10 Brewers and won his 11th straight decision.  During the 2009 MLB schedule, Carpenter is 16-3 and he leads all of baseball with a sparkling 2.16 ERA.  He has a WHIP under 1.00 at 0.97 and he has allowed more than 3 ER in a game only 2 times all season long (4 runs against the Pirates on August 4th and 6 runs against the Giants on June 30th).  He has allowed 2 ER or less in 17 of his 24 starts.  He and teammate Adam Wainwright (18-7; 2.59 ERA; 1.21 WHIP) will be duking it out for the 2009 National League Cy Young Award.  It’s not surprising that Manager Tony LaRussa and the Cardinals have run away with the NL Central with 2 dominating pitchers like Carpenter and Wainwright at the top of the rotation.  The Cardinals are 27 games over .500 @ 84-57 and they now have the best record in the National League.

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates are Bad, real bad.  The Pirates have lost 12 of 13 games and are now 54-84 overall, 28.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for last place in the NL Central.  The Pirates have only 7 more wins than the lowly Washington Nationals and are the 3rd worst team in all of MLB baseball (the Royals are 1 game worse with a 53-85 record).  The Pirates have guaranteed the franchise another losing season – 17 consecutive losing season for that matter.  That streak sets the longest season losing streak for any professional sports team in the four major professional sports (baseball (MLB); football (NFL); basketball (NBA); hockey (NHL)) ever.  Bad, bad, bad.  Only the Philadelphia Phillies of MLB have have had 16 consecutive losing seasons (from 1933-1948).  Bad, bad, bad…

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  • Sep
    5

    Nationals Cardinals Baseball

    John Smoltz and Brad Penny are shining in their new homes outside of the bright lights of Fenway Park in Boston.

    In 3 starts with the Cardinals, Smoltz is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA and miniscule 0.82 WHIP.  He suffered his 1st loss on Thursday when he gave up 4 ER on 6 hits over 6 innings.  In his previous 2 starts (both Cardinals wins), Smoltz gave up just 1 ER on 7 hits over 11 innings pitched.  He also struck out a combined 15 batters in those 2 games against the lowly Padres and Nationals.  The Cardinals have all but locked up the NL Central division, and Smoltz will be a welcome arm for the Cardinals in the post-season.  It will be interesting to see if Manager Tony LaRussa goes with Smoltz as a #3 (ahead of 14-gaem winner Joel Pineiro) or as a #4 in October.

    In his 1st start with the Giants, Brad Penny earned the win with 8 scoreless innings against the Phillies, giving up just 5 hits and 1 walk.  Penny pounded the strike zone throughout the game, needing just 103 pitches to go the 8 innings.  As a point of reference, Penny pitched into the 7th inning only 2 times in 24 starts for the Red Sox in 2009 (7-8 record, 5.61 ERA & 1.53 WHIP).  The Giants are looking for Penny to serve as the team’s #4 behind Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Barry Zito.  With more starts like that, the Giants could have one of the deepest starting pitching staffs for the post-season if they can overcome the Rockies for the NL Wild Card lead.

    We’ll see if it holds up for the remainder of the season, but these guys are veteran major league pitchers and with prior success for each in the National League, it’s not surprising that both are thriving back in the light-hitting NL.

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  • Sep
    4

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    Talk about a train wreck.  The 2009 New York Mets could be one of the most disappointing stories in the history of major league baseball.  No joke…

    The New York Mets were all excited to open a new stadium – CITI Field – in 2009, and had high hopes of playing a World Series in CITI Field in its 1st year hosting MLB baseball.  But after a decent start to the season, the Mets were still within striking distance of the NL East race.  But once the injury bug hit – Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, J.J. Putz, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Johann Santana, David Wright – it was like a runaway train headed straight for “Disaster Town.”  Jayson Stark has a great article on ESPN, pointing out that the Mets Train Wreck could continue for years to come…

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  • Sep
    1

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    Wow, things have turned really ugly, really quickly for the Chicago White Sox.  The White Sox are 4 games under .500 at 64-68 and they trail the Detroit Tigers by 6 games in the AL Central.  The White Sox have lost 9 of 11 games, and still have 2 games left on a grueling 10-game road trip in the city where the White Sox find it so difficult to win – Minneapolis.  The White Sox have lost 6 of the 7 games that the 2 teams have played against each other at the Metrodome during the 2009 MLB schedule.

    Things started to turn bad for the White Sox during the weekend of August 21st when the White Sox dropped 2 of 3 to the lowly Baltimore Orioles.  Then the White Sox embarked on the 10-game road trip where they quickly dropped 3 of 4 to the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston and all 3 games to the Yankees at the New Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.  The White Sox limped into Minneapolis where they looked like a defeated team – losing 4-1, the White Sox managed just 7 hits off of Nick Blackburn and 3 Twins relievers.

    In the meantime, GM Kenny Williams pulled off 2 last minute trades to move older players who are no longer in the team’s long-term plans.  Williams moved DH Jim Thome to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jose Contreras to the Colorado Rockies.  The Dodgers have a 5.5 games lead over the Rockies for the NL West division, and Rockies are tied with the San Francisco Giants for the NL Wild Card lead.

    Thome is hitting .252 with 23 HR’s and 74 RBI’s on the season. The White Sox got infielder Justin Fuller in return.

    Contreras struggled for the majority of the 2009 MLB schedule – 5-13 record, 5.42 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.  Contreras has lost 6 of his last 9 starts.  The Rockies sent the White Sox pitcher Brandon Hynick (26 starts at Triple-A with a 10-9 record and 3.83 ERA) in the trade.

    Both Thome and Contreras beat the playoff-roster trading deadline, so the Dodgers and Rockies would be able to put each player on their playoff roster should they make the playoffs.

    Is this is a sign that the White Sox are packing it in for 2009?  Maybe, maybe not.  Thome and Contreras have really not contributed lately, so this might give Manager Ozzie Guillen the chance to use some other guys who can help the White Sox get this thing turned around before it’s too late.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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  • Aug
    27

    Cubs Padres Baseball

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    With a favorable home schedule for 24 of the last 40 games of the 2009 MLB schedule, the Cubs still had aspirations of winning the NL Wild Card and reaching post-season play for a 3rd consecutive year.  But after losing 2 of 3 games to the lowly Washington Nationals – the worst team in all of baseball – those aspirations have all been washed away.  With that realization, speculation is that Cubs Manager Lou Pinella should take the blame.  He answered those cries the other night at Wrigley Field.

    If you take a look at his roster, you can easily see that the 2009 collapse is not his fault.  4 of the 5 Cubs starting pitchers have been on the DL at least once during the season.  The Cubs best hitter – Aramis Ramirez – missed 2 months with a dislocated shoulder.  Newly signed closer Kevin Gregg was a complete disaster with 6 blown saves and a hefty 4.32 ERA.  Closer in training Carlos Marmol has had control problems all season long – 55 walks in 59 1/3 innings pitched, good for a 1.48 WHIP and a 3.64 ERA.  Poor performances from free agent signees Milton Bradley (.259 batting average and only 11 HR’s and 35 RBI’s) and Aaron Miles (.177 batting average).  Mike Fontenot was handed the Cubs 2nd base job after the un-popular trading of Mark DeRosa, and he quickly showed that he is not an everyday player with a .225 batting average with only 9 HR’s and 37 RBI’s.  Throw in awful years from Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto, and you can see why the Cubs have struggled so much in 2009.  In fact, it’s a miracle that the Cubs even have a winning record.

    Kudos to Pinella to tell people to blame him.  It would be easy to rattle off the numbers like I just did, but he had stood by his players, for better or for worse, and will likely be back at the Cubs helm in 2010.  Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing for Lou, but at least he’s a trooper, ready to see this thing through…

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