Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Reaction to Knicks Landing Andrea Bargnani

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Earlier this week the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors agreed to a pretty significant trade that will rid each team of contracts they did not want. It was basically a swap for each team’s mistakes as the Knicks will receive former number one overall pick Andrea Bargnani for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, a 2016-first round draft pick and two second round draft picks.

The reactions of every player were different and spanned from being ecstatic to disappointed. Bargnani said, “I am thrilled to become a New York Knick and look forward to becoming a part of their storied franchise.”

Yankees Get Second Straight Victory in Minnesota
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 2nd, 2013

New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 7 Twins 3

The New York Yankees were able to win their second straight game against the Minnesota Twins with a 7-3 victory on Tuesday night. The win moves the Yankees to (44-39), but are still in fourth place in the AL East, six games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place.

The good Phil Hughes showed up in Minnesota, as the trend of him pitching better in the bigger ballparks continues, and he even didn’t allow a homerun in the win on Tuesday night. Hughes got his fourth win of the season, by going seven innings allowing just one run on six hits and two walks. The only blemish for Hughes came in the third inning when Joe Mauer had a RBI single that scored Aaron Hicks.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NBA Summer League Tweaks and Schedule

By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

This summer the NBA will put in place new provisions in their summer league as a champion will be crowned for the first time. The NBA tweaked the league as preliminary games will be followed by a single-elimination style tournament to crown a champion.

This is an interesting spin to add to the summer league, which has boomed in popularity recently. Last year’s summer league broke records with 24 teams participating, more than 51,000 people attending the 10-day event, 60 games played, 38 live television broadcasts and participation of top draft picks (13 of the top 14 picks took part). This season some of those numbers can actually be surpassed. With the games being played in Las Vegas it is the only chance for people in the area to see some talent for their favorite NBA teams.

Yankees Snap Losing Streak in Minnesota
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 1st, 2013

New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 10 Twins 4

The New York Yankees were able to snap their five-game losing streak on Monday night in Minnesota with a 10-4 win over the Twins. The win moves the Yankees to (43-39) on the season, but are six games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place.

Robinson Cano got the Yankees on the board first in this game with a solo-home run off Scott Diamond for his 18th home run of the season. Cano would strike again off Diamond in the third inning with his second home run of the game, this time being a two-run shot scoring Jayson Nix. The two home runs from Cano were the only mistakes by Diamond, who went 6.2 innings allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and one walk, but Diamond got a no decision for his good efforts.

Yankees Second Half Outlook is Bleak at Best

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Coming into the season people knew that it would be an up and down year for the usually dominant New York Yankees. They no longer looked like the team of the 2000’s with big boppers throughout the lineup and All-Stars all over the field.

Injuries then delivered a blow, as every regular from last season outside of Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner were either on another team or on the disabled list to start the season. Despite the uphill battle facing them the Yankees, thanks to shrewd pickups by General Manager Brian Cashman, started the season off better than anyone expected. They then began getting players like Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Week in Review with Kenny and Nick: June 30th, 2013

After some technical difficulties everyone's favorite radio hosts, the Best Looking Radio Show of Kenny (@teapeste725) and Nick (@ziggy26x) were able to host the Week in Review on the Bob Sullivan Show (@BobSullivanShow). The tandem break downs the NBA Draft, handing out grades for every team in the NBA for how they fared on draft night. They discuss how much they like or dislike the players and the situations some teams are heading in. The two also talk about the two big trades that have been completed since the draft between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors. Follow the link below to listen in to the whole show!

Knicks Draft Tim Hardaway Jr. with 24th Pick

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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

With the 24th pick in the NBA Draft the New York Knicks selected Michigan University shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. Yes, it is that Tim Hardaway’s son, as the former Heat point guard that has been vocal about his disliking of the Knicks but will have to put his differences aside momentarily as long as his son is there. Hardaway Jr. has said that his father will not ever put on Knicks gear; at the same time seeing there aren’t many Knicks fans that would want to see him in it anyway.

Orioles Complete Sweep of Yankees
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 30th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 2 Orioles 4

The Baltimore Orioles completed the sweep of the New York Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball, by beating the Yankees 4-2. The loss makes it five straight for the Yankees, and they are now (42-39) on the season, which is just 1.5 games out of last place in the AL East.

Manny Machado wasted little time getting to Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda, as in the first inning Machado hit a solo-home run off him for his sixth of the season. The home runs would really hurt Kuroda in this one, as he picked up his sixth loss of the season. Chris Davis was the second Oriole to take Kuroda deep in the second inning for his 31st home run of the year. In the third inning it was yet another home run off Kuroda this one another solo-shot from Nat McLouth for his sixth of the year. In the seventh inning a Matt Wieters single and a J.J. Hardy double forced Kuroda from the game. Boone Logan did a good job considering he came in with no outs and runners on second and third. Brian Roberts got the fourth a final run although with a sac-fly, scoring Wieters. Kuroda's day finished with him going six innings allowing four runs on seven hits, but Kuroda did strikeout seven batters.

MLB Power Rankings: Week 13
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

MLB Power Rankings: Week 13

1.) Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30) – The Pirates after 81 games have the best record in baseball, and have a two-game lead in the NL Central. They are on a nine-game winning streak, as after a great West Coast trip they returned home to sweep the Brewers this past weekend.

2.) St Louis Cardinals (49-32) – St Louis had a bit of a tough week against the AL West, losing three out of five games to the Athletics and Astros. The Cardinals are still in the top 10 in most batting and pitching categories, and still have the second best record in baseball.

3.) Boston Red Sox (50-34) – A good week for the AL East leading Red Sox keeps them on top of their division, and they cooled off the Toronto Blue Jays, taking three out of four games against them this weekend. They are the number one in runs scored with a lineup led by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz.

4.) Texas Rangers (48-34) – The Rangers are rolling, and are in first place in the AL West going (8-2) in there last 10 games. Elvis Andrus is having a disappointing first half of the season however batting just .243

5.) Atlanta Braves (48-34) – Atlanta has built a very good pitching staff once again, as they are second in team ERA and quality starts. The main concern for the Braves has to be their team batting average, which is just .245.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Phelps and Yankees Get Crushed in Baltimore
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 29th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles

Final Score: Yankees 3 Orioles 11

The New York Yankees suffered a blowout loss in Game 2 of their series in Baltimore against the Orioles, as they lost 11-3. The loss moves the Yankees to (42-38) on the season, as they are now on a four-game losing streak, and closer to last place than first place in the tough AL East.

This game got out of hand early for the Yankees, as David Phelps had a disastrous start, which led to his fifth loss of the season, and may have cost him his spot in the rotation. Phelps made it just 2.1 innings allowing nine runs on nine hits, and two walks. The Orioles wasted little time getting to Phelps, as Adam Jones got their first run of the game with an RBI single, which scored Manny Machado. After Jones, Chris Davis smacked a three-run homerun for his 29th home run of the season, and made it a 4-0 game. Phelps pitched a scoreless second inning, but in the third the Orioles broke it open. Former Yankee Chris Dickerson had a two-run base hit with the bases loaded to make it 6-0, and then Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run home run, which was his sixth of the year, and ended Phelps' day early.