Bailey throws a No-No!

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey threw the 7th no-hitter of the majors this season, blanking the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 tonight.   On 115 pitches, Bailey struck out ten Pirates and only walked one.

After Clint Barmes reached on a Scott Rolen error in the third inning, the only other Pirate to reach base was Andrew McCutchen in the 7th inning on a walk.

McCutchen after stealing second, was thrown out trying to steal third for the 2nd out of the 7th inning.  The only other threat was Garret Jones, one batter later, who hit a long fly ball to right, but Jay Bruce tracked it down.  The last Reds no-hitter was a perfect game by Tom Browning on September 16th, 1988.

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2012 NFL Picks – Week #4

It’s time for the 4th installment of “Sports with Balls” weekly NFL picks for year number four! We will make picks for every single prime time  game along with several 1 & 4 pm games.

2012 Current Standings: (Previous)

Mike Orzechowski 8-8 (4-1)
Bill Fucich 7-9 (3-2)
Matt Sherman 6-10 (1-4)
Michael Bedard 6-10 (1-4)
Scott Boutcher 5-11 (1-4)
Glenn Coyle 5-11 (1-4)

Week 4 is here and ready to go, see picks below!

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Clinching Time

NL Central Champions: Cincinnati Reds (97-65)

Jay Bruce has had a phenomenal season in Cincy, hitting .256 with 34 homers and 97 runs batted in.

Johnny Cueto is in the running for the NL CY Young with 18 wins, a 2.84 era and 159 strikeouts.

NL West Champions: (94-68)

Buster Posey is the NL MVP front-runner with a .332 average, 23 homers and 98 runs batted in and has called a phenomenal game behind the plate.

Matt Cain has become the ace of the Giants staff, winning 15 games, a 2.86 era and 185 strikeouts and a perfect game against the Astros.

NL East Champions : Washington Nationals (98-64)

A Braves loss to the Pirates clinched the 2012 NL East title for the Nats.

After leading the Nats to 96 wins, Davey Johnson is the favorite for Manager of the Year.

Adam LaRoche has played a spectacular first base in Washington

AL Central Champions: Detroit Tigers (88-74)

Justin Verlander has anchored the staff going 17-8 with a 2.64 era and 239 strikeouts.

Miguel Cabrera may win the first AL triple crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera is hitting .329 with 44 homers and 137 runs batted in.

AL West Champions: Oakland A’s (94-68)

After clinching a playoff berth Monday, the A’s beat the Rangers 12-5 to clinch the AL West title.

Grant Balfour has been clutch all year with 24 saves and 2.47 era. He has been unhittable this week as the A’s caught the Rangers.

In a lineup filled with non household names, Josh Reddick has became the national face of the A’s offense. He has hit .243 with 32 homers and 84 runs batted in.

AL East Champions: NY Yankees (95-67)

CC Sabathia put the Yankee pitching staff on his back. He went 15-6 with a 3.38 era and 197 strikeouts.

Curtis Granderson was one of the most consistent contributors in the Yankee lineup. He hit .230 with 41 homers and 102 runs batted in.

 

Replacement Referees

Statement from the NFL on Green Bay @ Seattle result

Clearly the replacement referees have not done a very good job.  It is time to get something settled between the league and its officials.  Will it happen?  Who knows…..

The one thing that has been consistently clear is that the replacements are not good enough.  They can’t keep up with the speed of the game.  Fans, players and coaches appear to have had enough.  The frustration continues for now.

NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi shares some thoughts on replacement referees

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Melky Cabrera Ineligible to Win Batting Title

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com broke news today that Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been ruled ineligible to win the 2012 batting crown. According to Baggarly’s story, Cabrera asked to be removed from consideration and MLB Officials complied.

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Melky Cabrera ruled ineligible to win batting crown.

 

Does this move change your opinion of Melky Cabrera?  Do you agree with him being disqualified from winning the 2012 batting title?