Jim Thome dealt to Baltimore

The Baltimore Orioles acquired DH Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies for a pair of single A prospects.  The future hall of fame inductee leaves Philadelphia with 5 homers, 15 rbi and a .242 average through 30 games and 62 at bats in 2012.  The Orioles hope the veteran slugger can provide power and depth to young team that looks to make a playoff push for the first time in years. The Phillies acquired class A right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon along with 19-year old catcher Gabriel Lino in exchange for the soon to be 42-year old slugger. Thome heads south on I-95 with 609 career homers, good for 7th on the all-time list tied with Sammy Sosa.

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NBA Draft Recap

The first draft held in the Prudential Center was filled with North Carolina and Kentucky players. 10 players were drafted by both schools with 8 of them going in the first round. The Rockets dominated the first round with 3 picks (Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones). Now lets take a look at how the first ten picks went down and how the Sixers made out in Newark.

1. New Orleans Hornets- Anthony Davis, C, Kentucky

The Hornets didn’t surprise anyone by going with the best overall player in Davis. Davis will roam the middle in New Orleans  being a defensive threat with his length and tremendous shot blocking ability. He will need to bulk up a bit more in order to be able to score on the offensive end at the next level.

The Hornets have found their big man in Davis.

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Live Blogging Phillies, Pirates II

So I didn’t go to the game today so I’m going to torture myself by writing down all my thoughts during a Kyle Kendrick start.

1:07- Writing a Chad Qualls DFA post.  It’s a lot of fun to write and hopefully I get to write one about Kyle Kendrick in the near future.

1:09- First two guys get on for the Pirates. Start the circus music.

1:11- Somehow McCutchen didn’t hit a ball 500 feet.

1:12- Garrett Jones, hitting .244 I might add, singles to right.  1-0 Pirates. Goodie.

1:14- I woke up my dog screaming at the TV after Kendrick gave up a home run to McGehee.  Sorry, Charlie.

1:18- Alvarez goes back to back.   Forfeit? Please?

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Chad Qualls DFA

In what will go down as the worst day in franchise history, the Philadelphia Phillies have designated Chad Qualls for assignment.  The club has ten days to either trade him, release him or place him on waivers.  If Qualls is placed on waivers and passes through, he’ll be sent to AAA Lehigh Valley. A vital part of the Phillies  great bullpen,  Chad posted a 5.68 ERA in his last 29 appearances after pitching scoreless frames in his first six outings.  According to multiple beat writers, Qualls asked to be traded because he’s “a Major League Pitcher” and wouldn’t know what to do in the minors.  There’s a strong possibility that the Phillies will trade him for the likes of a Josh Hamilton.   Jeremy Horst, acquired in the Wilson Valdez trade,  took his place on the 40-man roster and will be in uniform today.   The organization also made another move in sending down Joe Savery, another cog in the great Phillies bullpen, and brought up Brian Sanches, who’s likely going to go down as one of the greatest Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs/Scranton Wilkes Barre Phillies of all time.

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Live Blogging Phillies, Pirates

He's back!

Chase Utley is back and I haven’t posted a lot so here’s a chance for an article.

7:10- Valdes goes 1,2,3 inning. Utley makes the final out and TMac makes it awkward.

7:12- James McDonald pitching for the Pirates. He’s been incredible this year. He has the lowest ERA in baseball since April 19th.

7:15- Utley walks up to the plate and Twitter just exploded.

7:16- Juan Pierre almost gets picked off which would have been the biggest buzz kill ever.

7:18- Of course, Pierre is caught stealing.  Thanks for the Buzzkill.

7:19- Chase homers and social media just broke.

7:20- James McDonald has thrown three curveballs, two have been terrible and the other ended in the seats.

7:21- Chooch goes back to back. Steals Utley’s thunder.

7:27- End of 1, Phillies up 2-0. It’s a bullpen game for the Phillies as they didn’t call up a starter after the doubleheader on Sunday screwed up their plans. Kendrick goes tomorrow, Lee Friday, Hamels Saturday. Continue reading

Top Ten NBA Draft Finds (Since 2002)

10. Landry Fields (2010, 39th Overall by New York Knicks)

Known more for his defense, Fields has done a solid job at the shooting guard position for the Knicks. He has shot 48 percent from the field and averaged 9 points through two seasons. Fields was a member of the 2010 All Rookie Team.

Fields was on the 2010 All Rookie team.

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Youkilis Changes His Sox

Kevin Youkilis will now call Chicago home after spending 8 seasons in Boston.

After 8 years and 2 World Series titles in Boston, Kevin Youkilis will now have a new home. Youkilis was traded to the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge, Zach Stewart and cash. He was batting .225 with 4 home runs and 13 runs batted in 41 games this season. Stewart has pitched 30 innings over 18 games giving up 20 earned runs and striking out 16  with a 6.00 era. Lillibridge is batting .175 with 2 runs batted in and 7 stolen bases over 49 games. The emergence of top prospect Will Middlebrooks, the big contract of Adrian Gonzalez and the way David Ortiz is swinging the bat, left Youkilis the odd man out in the lineup and infield. Youkilis was a career .286 hitter with 133 home runs and 563 runs batted in his time in Boston. He was a 3-time all-star and won a gold glove in 20o7.  The Red Sox will pay 5.5 million of Youkilis’s 2012 contract to complete the deal. The White Sox are 38-34 atop the AL Central, while the Red Sox are 38-34 and are 5 games out of first in the AL East.

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Justice Served

After ruining many young men’s lives, Jerry Sandusky has now had his life ruined. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse and was sentenced to 446 years in prison. He abused 10 boys over 15 years after meeting most of them through the Second Mile. The prosecution sent 21 witnesses  over 4 days to testify against Sandusky and after 20 hours of jury deliberation they found him guilty. Hopefully now these young men can try to go on living a normal life, knowing that the monster that hurt them will never see the light of day again.

PA State Attorney General Linda Kelly has led the case against Sandusky from the beginning.

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Journey To A Title

Since being labeled the next big thing when he was at St Vincent St Marys High School, LeBron James had a ton of pressure  to be a superstar. He was drafted number one overall by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 and went on to win Rookie of the Year. James would lead the Cavs to the playoffs several times and took them to the 2007 NBA Finals where they were swept by the Spurs. He went on to win back to back MVP’s in Cleveland in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, he decided to leave his hometown and head to South Beach and join the Miami Heat. He paired himself with all-stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and declared to the NBA that they planned on winning multiple titles together. The Heat went on to win the 2011 Eastern Conference Championship, but were outplayed by the Mavericks in 6 games. Humbled and frustrated, LeBron and company came back hungry and took out the Knicks, Pacers and Celtics in a 7 game series to get back to the NBA Finals. After losing game 1, the Heat established control in the series and went on to win the next four to win the 2012 NBA Finals. James went on to record a triple double in the clinching game five with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds and was named NBA Finals MVP. LeBron now has his ring, but still has his sights set on multiple titles to join the elite in NBA history.

At St Vincent St Marys he was already hyped as the next NBA superstar.

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Dunlap New Bobcats Coach

After an interview process where it seemed like no one wanted the job, the Bobcats have finally found their man. Mike Dunlap, previously an assistant for St. Johns has been the named the new coach in Charlotte. Dunlap’s only experience in the NBA was as an assistant for the Denver Nuggets from 2006-2008. He has coached for Loyola Marymount, Iowa, USC, Arizona and Oregon before joining Steve Lavin’s staff. Dunlap led California Lutheran University to the Southern California Conference National Championship from 92-94 and coached in Australia for the Adelaide 36ers. He has his work cut out for him as the Bobcats were an NBA worst 7-59 this past season.

Dunlap was an assistant in Denver from 2006-08.

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