Tuesday was not short of local headlines...Time for the morning Tea Shot!
Martellus Bennett Suspended Indefinitely
The Bears made quite the statement when they fined and suspended starting tight end Martellus Bennett indefinitely following his scuffle with first round draft pick Kyle Fuller. The Bears said that bringing Bennett back would be a "process". As others have pointed out, and I agree, the reason for the suspension can't be just the fight. There must be something else going on behind the scenes.
Javy Baez Makes His Debut
Well it took six at bats and twelve innings, but Javier Baez finally got his first major league hit and he made it count. Baez was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts before he stepped up to the plate in the 12th.
The opposite field blast did indeed prove to be the game winner as the Cubs beat the Rockies 6-5. Baez had hit a couple of other balls hard when he wasn't busy striking out. I know he's young, but let's not make excuses for bad plate discipline. He's a free swinger, and to stick AND improve at the big league level, he's going to have to learn better command of the strike zone. All that said, he's going to be fun to watch.
White Sox Lose Big, Adam Dunn Pitches
The White Sox had an awful night at US Cellular Field against one of the league's worst teams. 16-0 was the final score against the Rangers. It was a forgettable game, except for the top of the 9th inning, when Adam Dunn took the ball. I'll say this for the big guy, he actually had pretty decent zip and decent movement on his pitches. He managed to get out of the inning giving up only one run.
David Price Makes His Tigers Debut
It was a trade deadline deal last week that sent David Price to Detroit as the Tigers try to keep up in the arms race with the A's. Price made his debut last night against the Yankees. He went 8 and 2/3, gave up three runs and struck out ten. He got a no decision, but the Tigers won in 12 innings. The Tigers will be tough in any playoff series with that rotation.
Tony Bosch Arrested...More Suspensions Looming?
Off the field, steroid kingpin Tony Bosch was arrested and will plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. If he's convicted, he could face ten years in prison. Sources told ESPN that several pro baseball players not previously named in the investigation could be named during discovery filings. That could mean more players would face suspensions. Wait and see...
MLB's New Commissioner Is...
Bud Selig is retiring as the commissioner of Major League Baseball. We now apparently know that his replacement will be one of three men. USA Today reported yesterday that those men are Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan, and Tom Werner. Manfred and Brosnan are high-ranking executives in MLB, and Werner is the chairman of the Boston Red Sox. The owners will vote next Thursday, and 23 out of 30 votes are required for approval.
Tiger Woods...Will He or Won't He?
Golf's final major tees off tomorrow at Valhalla, and we still don't know whether or not the event will include Tiger Woods. The deadline to register for the tournament came and went yesterday with no Tiger, though he was granted an extension. He's got until his scheduled tee time (8:35 ET) to decide if he's fit to play. Even if he does play, I don't think there's any chance he's a factor in this tournament.
Have a great day!
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