- Jordan Farmar scored 20 points in 26 bench minutes, but it wasn’t enough top prevent the Los Angeles Lakers (21-40) from losing to a similarly disappointing New Orleans Pelicans team, 132-125. Farmar also had eight assists (second best on the team), one rebound, and a steal.
- Omri Casspi’s Houston Rockets (41-19) fared much better in their game against a similarly successful Miami Rockets, holding off the visitors, 106-103 when LeBron James’ last-second three-point attempt didn’t connect. Casspi was a DNP-coach’s decision.
- Gal Mekel is starting his road back to the Dallas Mavericks.
- Tonight, the Rockets visit the Orlando Magic and the Mavs go to Denver to take on the Nuggets.
- Eric Nystrom played 15:52 as the Nashville Predators (26-26-10) lost to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1.
- Jeff Halpern took two shots on goal in 15:57 as the Phoenix Coyotes (28-23-11) shut out the Vancouver Canucks, 1-0.
- Jason Demers played 21:18 as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated his San Jose Sharks (39-17-7) in a 3-2 overtime game. Mike Brown was a scratch for the Sharks.
- Tonight the Ottawa Senators visit Michael Cammalleri and the Calgary Flames.
The NHL trade deadline passed last night. Mar Ernay, one of the sports reporters for 1010 WINS news here in the New York area, posted on Facebook, “so now marty b [Martin Broduer, NJ Devils veteran goalie] isn’t going anywhere? minny just got brzgalov #headisspinning.” To which I replied, “Never mind Brzgalov, did anyone get Mxyzptlk?”
Thank you, I’ll be here all week.
Jeff Urlaub was credited with the win after pitching a perfect ninth inning as a split-squad of As came back from three runs down in the bottom of the frame to beat the visiting Brewers. Nate Freiman started at first base and was hitless in three at bats (.077 for spring training).
Sam Fuld was the starting left fielder for the other As team, going 1-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and a run scored in a 6-4 loss to the host Cubs. Fuld is batting .357.
Josh Satin, starting at third base, was 0-2 batting in the five-hole (.200) in a 6-2 Mets win over the Astros.
Danny Valencia batted in the two-spot and started at second base for the Royals. He was 0-3 (.167) in a 9-5 win over the host Reds.
Joc Pederson entered the Dodgers-Mariners game as a defensive replacement in center field. He was 0-1 with a walk (.200) in the 4-1 loss.
Kevin Pillar was the starting left fielder for the Blue Jays, going 1-4 with an RBI (.077) in a 5-4 win over the host Phillies.
There were a lot of DNPs (did not play) yesterday, including
- Ryan Braun, Brewers. Here’s an assessment that Braun is one of the players who has a lot to prove this spring.
- Ike Davis (still nursing “tight calves”), Mets
- Ryan Lavarnway and Craig Breslow, Red Sox
- Josh Zeid and Scott Feldman, Astros
- Ryan Kalish, Cubs
- Aaron Poreda, Rangers
- Ian Kinsler, Tigers
Kinsler is getting a bit of buzz lately, due to this article in ESPN The Magazine. Evidently, he wasn’t too happy with the direction the team had taken in recent years, blaming the front office for dismantling an effective team and losing the chemistry that had put the Rangers in back-to-back World Series in 2010-11. And I’m guessing he wasn’t pleased about the way he found out he’d been traded, either. Kinsler’s statement that he hoped his former team would go 0-162 earned him a discussion on Pardon the Interruption, with kudos from co-host Michael Wilbon for his honesty.
You have to wonder how players feel about being traded. On the one hand, it might be a nice change from a terrible situation, but that didn’t seem to be the case for Kinsler until recently. On the other hand, you have to feel a bid sad about the rejection, that they no longer want you. This would strike me as especially so if it’s the team that signed and developed you, and for whom you had a lot of success.
The late Branch Rickey used to say it was better to trade a player a year too soon than a year too late. Some pundits note that Kinsler’s production has fallen off over the last two years, and that he hit a lot better in Texas than he did on the road — .294 vs. .231 over from 2010-2013. He hit just .167 (9-54) in Comerica Park, the Tigers’ home field, so that doesn’t seem especially promising. But you figure the team would do their homework and knows what it’s getting into.
Brad Ausmus, at least, is enjoying his “honeymoon” as the Tigers’ new skipper.
Finally, just a reminder of how fragile an athlete’s career can be: Max Fried, the seventh pick in the 2-12 draft, was shut down by the San Diego Padres with arm soreness.
Jordan Farmar came back down to earth, scoring nine points in 22 minutes off the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers (21-39) won their second straight game, squeaking by the Portland Trailblazers, 107-106. Farmar also contributed six assists (second best for both teams), and two steals.
And a happy birthday to the Dallas Mavericks’ Gal Mekel, who turns 26 today. Mekel is currently rehabbing with the Mavs’ Development League team, the Texas Legends.
Tonight the Lakers host the New Orleans Pelicans, while Omri Casspi and the Houston Rockets (40-19) host the equally impressive Miami heat.
Trevor Smith took two shots on goal in 6:49 as his Toronto Maple Leafs (32-23-8) lost to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2.
The Calgary Flames’ Michael Cammalleri scored his 14th goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to stave off a 3-2 loss to the host Minn. Wild, who are still without the services of Jason Zucker. The Flames are 23-31-7, while the Wild are 34-21-7.
Tonight Eric Nystrom and the Nashville Predators (26-25-10) host the Pittsburgh Penguins; Jeff Halpern and the Phoenix Coyotes (27-23-11) host the Vancouver Canucks; and Jason Demers, Mike Brown, and the San Jose Sharks (39-17-6) host the Carolina Hurricanes.
Bob Wechsler pointed out there are two more MOTs in spring training: Jeff Urlaub, a 26-year-old righty relief pitcher with the As, and Joc Pederson, an 21-year-old outfielder with the Dodgers. Neither are really expected to make the parent club, but as any minor leaguer will tell you, just being there is a rush. Pederson, who was a member of the Israeli National Team in the last world Baseball Classic qualifier, has one homer and three RBI in six games. Coincidentally, Urlaub was also on the INT. He has made one appearance for the As this spring and retired the only batter he’s faced.
I know won-loss records in spring training don’t really mean that much, but it’s still nice to get that first win, which the Mets did with their 6-2 decision over the host Atlanta Braves, who are now 0-6. Neither Josh Satin nor Ike Davis appeared in the game. Davis is balky with two “tight calves,” but it doesn’t sound like anything major.
Ian Kinsler was 1-2 with a walk, a run scored, and his first stolen base in the Tigers’ 8-5 win over the visiting Cardinals.
Kevin Pillar batted ninth and was 0-3 as the starting left-fielder in the Blue Jays’ 12-2 loss to the host Twins. He is hitless in nine at bats with three strikeouts, not a great sign.
Ryan Lavarnway was 0-3 in the cleanup spot for the Red Sox in their 7-6 loss to the host Pirates. Like Pillar, Lavarnway is also without a hit so far, although his position with the team seems a tad more stable. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game. According to a report in the Boston Globe, “The Sox are holding LHP Craig Breslow back from throwing because of the heavy workload he had last season.”
Josh Zeid pitched one inning of relief, allowing one hit and earning a hold, as the Astros shut out the Marlins, 4-0. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Astros.
Danny Valencia batted sixth and went 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored in the Royals’ 9-7 loss to the host White Sox.
Ryan Braun was 2-2 with a double, a run scored, and a spiffy play in his new position — right field — but the visiting Cubs beat the Brewers, 4-2.
Aaron Poreda allowed one run and three hits and struck out one but was saddled with the loss for the Rangers in their 6-5 game against the visiting Indians. Must be very stressful for any fringer player trying to make the team either on the major league roster or in the minors.
Joc Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement in center for the Dodgers and was 0-1 at the plate in a 7-3 loss to the As. Sam Fuld started in left field, batted ninth, and was 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI. The 6’7″ Nate Freiman came in as a pinch runner(!), remained in the game at first base, and walked in a subsequent at bat.
The day before was a real exhibition. Looks like the Bears were out of their element.
From the JTA:
Kenyans took the top three spots among some 40,000 runners in the Tel Aviv Marathon.
Koech Ezekiel Kiprop was the overall winner on Friday in a record 2 hours, 14 minutes and 40 seconds. Kiprop was followed by Keter Emmanuel Triop and Sammy Limo, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Margaret Mjugna, also a Kenyan, finished first among the women in 2:44:20.
Emergency medical services treated 65 runners, Army Radio reported, most from heat exhaustion. One was in serious condition.
The Tel Aviv municipality said there were 150,000 spectators.
Last March, a 29-year-old man died and dozens more were hospitalized with heat stroke and dehydration while running the half marathon in Tel Aviv. The run was in unseasonably warm weather and led the city to cancel the full marathon that was to be held a few days later.
From the JTA:
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, the head of a pro-democracy group in his native Russia, was granted Croatian citizenship.
Kasparov reportedly became a Croatian citizen last week after applying for citizenship in early February. He owns a home in Croatia and speaks the language, according to reports.
The founder and chairman of United Civil Front is a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kasparov was arrested and beaten by police in 2012, and spent several days in jail, according to The Guardian newspaper.
Latvia reportedly denied his citizenship request last year.
Kasparov was the No. 1 chess player in the world until his retirement in 2005.
From the JTA:
The FIFA world soccer association will allow players to wear head coverings for religious reasons during official matches.
Under the ruling announced Saturday, a Muslim woman can cover her head with a hijab or her face with a veil, and a Jewish man can wear a kippah, among others.
The head covering must be the same color as the uniform, according to the FIFA board.
The decision followed a two-year trial period first requested by the Sikh community of Canada, the French news agency AFP reported.
Head coverings had not been allowed previously because FIFA believed them to be a safety risk.
Last month, Israel’s soccer association suspended its ban on wearing kippot for its minor leagues.
- Friday: Was 0-2 batting lead-off for the Detroit Tigers’ in their 7-4 split squad loss to the visiting New York Yankees.
- Saturday : Did not appear in the Tigers’ 5-1 win over the visiting Astros.
- Sunday: 1-3 with a double batting fifth as the Tigers and host Braves played to a 10-inning scoreless tie.
- Friday: Did not appear in the Boston Red Sox’s 8-2 loss to the visiting Minn. Twins.
- Saturday: 0-1 as a defensive replacement at first base in Boston’s 6-2 loss to the host Twins.
- Sunday: 0-1 with a walk after entering the game as a defensive replacement at catcher in the Red Sox’s 8-6 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles
- Friday: Did not appear in the Red Sox-Twins game.
- Saturday: Did not appear in the Red Sox-Twins game.
- Sunday: Did not appear in the Red Sox-Orioles game.
- Friday: Did not appear in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 4-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Saturday: Did not appear in the Blue Jays’ 9-7 loss to the host Baltimore Orioles.
- Sunday: 0-1 after entering the game as a defensive replacement (left field) as the Blue Jays lost to the visiting Yankees, 8-2.
- Friday: Hit a long two-run homer as the starting first baseman, but the NY Mets blew a 4-0 lead over the last three innings to lose to the visiting Washington Nationals, 5-4.
- Saturday: Did not appear in the Mets’ 9-1 loss to the visiting Miami Marlins.
- Sunday: 0-3 with two strikeouts as the starting first baseman in the Mets’ lost 7-1 to the host Cardinals.
- Friday: 1-2 as the starting third baseman for the Mets.
- Saturday: Did not appear in the Mets’-Marlins game.
- Sunday: 0-1 with a walk and a strikeout as the starting third baseman in the Mets-Cards game.
- Friday: Did not appear in the Chicago Cubs’ 15-3 loss to the host Los Angeles Angels.
- Saturday: No game.
- Sunday: Did not appear in the Cubs-Royals game.
- Friday: 0-1 as a defensive replacement at first base as the KC Royals beat the hot Texas Rangers, 11-1.
- Saturday: Entered the game as a defensive replacement at third base and did not come to bat in the Royals’ 7-3 win over the visiting San Diego Padres.
- Sunday: batted second, going 0-3 with two strikeouts as the starting second baseman in the Royals’ 5-3 win over the host Cubs.
- Friday: Did not appear in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-3 loss to the host San Francisco Giants (split squad).
- Saturday: Singled, walked, and scored one run in the Brewers’ 6-5 win over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Sunday: Did not appear in the Brewers’ 6-5 win over the host Colorado Rockies.
- Friday: 1-2 with a triple and a run scored as the leadoff batter and starting centerfielder as the Oakland As beat the visiting San Francisco Giants (split squad), 7-6.
- Saturday: Did not appear in the As-Rangers game.
- Sunday: 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout batting seventh as the As’ starting left fielder in their 3-2 win over the host Angels.
- Friday: 0-2 in the Oakland As win over the Giants.
- Saturday: 1-3 with a walk and two strikeouts as the starting first baseman as the As and visiting Rangers ended their game in a 2-2 tie.
- Sunday: Did not appear in the As-Angels game.
- Friday: Did not appear in the Houston Astros’ 7-5 win over the host Atlanta Braves.
- Saturday: Started game for the Astros against the Tigers, pitching two innings and allowing one hit and one walk.
- Sunday: Did not appear in the Astro’s 7-4 win over the visiting Braves.
- Friday: Did not appear in the Houston-Braves game.
- Saturday : Did not appear in the Tigers-Astros game.
- Sunday: Did not appear in the Astros-Braves game.
- Friday: Did not appear in the Royals-Rangers game.
- Saturday: Pitched one inning of relief for the Rangers, striking out the side, but allowing one unearned run to a blown save in their 0-0 game against the As.
- Sunday: Did not appear in the Rangers’ 9-7 loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox.
Mitchell Modell, CEO of the family sporting goods empire, took it upon himself to do a little industrial spying recently, visiting a rival Dick’s, pretending to be one of their company executives.
While this may be considered, well, unsportsmanlike, you have to give him credit: he seems to be of the mind in not asking anyone to do something he wouldn’t.
Several years ago, when I was a member of COSTCO, I did a little investigating of my own. I was curious about whether their prices were actually better than a local supermarket featuring an item on sale. After all, I don’t really need 10 cans of tuna fish (back before I became a vegetarian). So I started writing down various prices in a little notebook. Obviously, that sort of behavior is frowned upon by that establishment. I was approached by a COSTCO employee, asking me what I was doing and telling me I couldn’t do it. Needless to say that raise my free speech hackles and I told him as much, politely of course.
I am no longer a COSTCO member.
Omri Casspi –Scored 15 points in 16 bench minutes to help the Houston Rockets (40-19) beat the visiting Detroit Pistons on Friday, 118-110. Casspi also had three rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a blocked shot.
Jordan Farmar — Scored 30 points off the bench (29 minutes) to lead the Lakers to a 126-122 win over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Friday. Farmar hit on eight of 10 three-point attempts and added seven assists and a steal. The Lakers are 20-39.
Gal Mekel — Mekel had his first practice since his Jan. 17 knee surgery. he will now move on to the Dallas Maverick’s D-League (development) to work back into NBA-shape. Meanwhile the Chicago Bulls beat the host Mavericks on Friday, 100-91. On Sunday, the Mavs lost to the host San Antonio Spurs, 112-106. The Mavericks are 36-25.
Jason Demers — Played 19:46 in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-2 loss to the host Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Picked up his 25th assist in a 4-2 win over the host NJ Devils on Sunday. The assist came on the Shark’s first goal. The Sharks are 39-17-6.
Mike Brown — Played 10:35 in the Sharks game on Friday and was a scratch for the Sunday game.
Jeff Halpern — Had one shot on goal in 12:47 in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 4-2 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche. Scored his third goal of the season (2 SOG) on 10:35 in a 4-2 lost against the visiting St. Louis Blues on Sunday. The Coyotes are 27-23-11.
Eric Nystrom – Had one SOG in 14:45 on the Nashville Predators’ 3-1 loss to the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The Predators are 26-25-10.
Michael Cammalleri — Took three shots on goal in 19:09 in a 2-1 overtime win for his Calgary Flames over the Edmonton Oilers.The Flames are 23-30-7.
Trevor Smith — Was a scratch for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday in their 3-4 overtime loss to the host Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs are 33-22-8.
Jason Zucker — On the injury reserve list for the Minn. Wild, who beat the host Vancouver Canucks, 2-1. The Wild are 33-12-7.
What’s the point?
|Jason Demers, SJ Sharks||3||25||28|
|Michael Cammalleri, Cal. Flames||13||8||21|
|Eric Nystrom, Nash. Predators||11||5||16|
|Trevor Smith, Tor. Maple Leafs||4||5||9|
|Jeff Halpern, Pho. Coyotes||3||6||9|
|Mike Brown, SJ Sharks||2||5||5|
|Jason Zucker, Minn. Wild||4||1||5|
|David Warsofsky, Bos. Bruins*||1||0||1|
* Not currently on NHL roster