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Fantasy Baseball 2Knight

Posted: August 3, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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The Captain's Locker

August 2nd is a memorable day for me. For one, because it’s my Mother’s birthday. But the other was because of what happened in 1979. It was the day that Yankee catcher and captain Thurman Munson died in a plane crash. Yankee Stadium plays a great tribute video but I can’t find it on Youtube. None of the tributes I found there really did it justice.


Rockies OF CarGo hopes to return from his wrist injury on Saturday.

In good news/bad news for the Rockies, star SS Troy Tulowitzki left Tuesday night’s game in the 8th inning after injuring the pinky finger on his throwing hand.  He was 0-2 with a walk at that point in the game.

Marlins SS HanRam left Tuesday night’s game with a sprained shoulder.

Dodgers rookie SP Rubby De La Rosa will need Tommy John surgery.  Expect him to miss most if not all of the 2012 season as well.

White Sox 1B Paul Konerko remained out after taking a pitch to the knee over the weekend.

Orioles SP Jake Arrieta is having his next scheduled start on Saturday vs Toronto skipped.  He is dealing with bone spurs on his elbow and his season could be in jeopardy.

Mets SP Johan Santana was scratched from his scheduled rehab start on Thursday due to lingering soreness in his left shoulder.




2011 State Farm Home Run Derby

Posted: July 12, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Yankees over Red Sox yet again

Yankees 2B Robinson Cano won the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby by beating Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the Final Round. Both hitters set a record for most homers in a final round. A-Gone obviously set his first, and Cano broke it. Both slugged 20 homers thru the first 2 rounds. Brewers 1B and NL team captain Prince Fielder hit the longest homer of the night measured at 474 feet.  Cano’s father Jose, a former major league pitcher, pitched to Cano & Big Papi for the AL team.

After the jump is a video of the catch of the night, and also a preview of the starting lineups for Tuesday’s All Star Game.


2011 State Farm Home Run Derby Preview

Posted: July 11, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Everybody knows chicks dig the long ball

The 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby will take place Monday night at 8 PM EST from Chase Field in Arizona. This year, it was set up a little differently. There were 2 captains named, one from the AL & one from the NL, and then they chose 3 teammates from their respective leagues.
The American League captain was David Ortiz, the 2010 Home Run Derby champ. The DH has 19 homers this season and this is Big Papi’s 5th Home Run Derby. He chose as his teammates :


Derek Jeter Day

Posted: July 10, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Greatest Yankee ever??

July 9,2011 will forever be known as Derek Jeter Day.  Jeter entered Saturday’s game at 2,998 career hits.  One 5-5 game later, he became the 28th member of baseball’s 3,000 hit club.  He also because the 2nd player ever to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, former teammate  Wade Boggs being the first.  He’s also the ONLY Yankee to have 3000 hits.  Think about that for a minute.  Of all the members of Cooperstown in hats with the interlocking NY and the pinstripes, Jeter is the only one with 3000 hits in his career.

Saturday afternoon, after singling in the first inning for hit #2,999, he came up in the bottom of the fourth and took a David Price slider deep into the left field bleachers on a 3-2 pitch.  It was a no-doubter and it set off bedlam in the stands.  23 year old Christian Lopez of Highland Mills, NY was the lucky fan to catch the souvenir.  He gave the ball back to Jeter, saying he earned it and it never occurred to him to keep it.  The Yankees rewarded him with 4 tickets to every game for the rest of the year and some signed Derek Jeter memorabilia.  3 balls, 3 bats & 2 jerseys all signed by Jeter.

Of course, Jeter wasn’t done..his 5th hit of the day came in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 4-4 game.  He singled in the winning run in a perfect day for the Yankee captain.  The Yankees beat their division rival Tampa Bay Rays 5-4.  Stay tuned to the HBO documentary regarding his pursuit of history.

Check out the video of the historic hit :


Fantasy Baseball 2Knight

Posted: July 1, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Hey Walleye! You see what Berkman did tonight?

Cardinals OF Lance Berkman went 2-5 with 2 homers and 3 RBI in the Cardinals 9-6 win over the Orioles. Big Puma hit a homer from each side of the plate. Fellow OF John Jay went 3-5 with a homer & 3 RBI. Orioles SP Brian Matusz gave up 8 runs on 9 hits in 3 1/3 innings and was sent down to AAA after the game. Baltimore OF Nelson Reimold went 2-4 with a homer & 4 RBI. 3B Mark Reynolds went 2-4 with a homer, 2 runs & 2 RBI.  Berkman is having a strong year with the Cardinals after struggling with the Yankees after being traded to them last season…


Mets SP Jon Niese has overcome his heart issues and is well enough to start on Friday against the Yankees.  He must have went to Donovan McNabb’s doctor to get clearance.

Yankees SP Bartolo Colon will come off the DL and start Saturday against the Mets.  Interesting…that big body coming off a hamstring injury and he’s making his first start back in an NL park where he will have to bat & run the bases?  Interesting!

Yankee SS Derek Jeter will return from his calf injury and resume his quest for 3000 hits when he comes off the DL on Monday.

Mariners SP Erik Bedard went on the DL with a knee injury.  Most of us had shoulder in the office injury pool.

The Phillies lost yet another closer when Ryan Madson injured his hand on a comeback and went on the DL.  He joins fellow closers Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras on the disabled list.  Look for youngster Antonio Bastardo to take over closer duties.  Yes that’s his real name.

A’s SP Rich Harden will come off the DL and make his season debut against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Pink slip day on Thursday as Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora, Cardinals RP and former All Star closer Ryan Franklin, Cubs SP Doug Davis, and Red Sox OF Mike Cameron were all cut today.



Fantasy Baseball 2Knight

Posted: June 27, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Boston celebrates taking 1 out of 3 against the Pirates and remaining a half game behind the first place Yankees.

Red Sox SP Andrew Miller picked up his first AL victory and Boston snapped a 4 game losing streak by beating the Pirates 4-2.  He went 6 innings allowing a run on 5 hits with 2 walks & 4 Ks.  1B A-Gone went 2-3 with 2 walks.  No RBIs, but he now leads the majors with a .361 batting average.  OF Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-4 but stole his AL leading 25th base.  They are gearing up for a series in Philly on Tuesday.

Red Sox SP Josh Beckett is still dealing with an illness so his start got pushed back again until Tuesday.
Phillies SP Roy Oswalt was placed on the DL with lower back tightness.
A’s OF Josh Willingham went on the DL with a strained left achilles tendon.
Twins 1B Justin Morneau is on the DL with a neck injury.
Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch and broke his left thumb, landing him on the DL.
Rangers SS Elvis Andrus injured his left wrist and hopes to return Tuesday.
Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez went on the DL with left biceps tendonitis and Barry Zito was activated to replace him.
Phillies closer Ryan Madson took a comebacker off his hand and won’t be available until Monday or Tuesday.
Twins OF Delmon Young went on the DL with an ankle sprain.
White Sox SP John Danks went on the DL with a left oblique strain.
Pirates OF Jose Tabata left Sunday’s game in the 2nd inning after beating out a bunt with an injured left quad.

Reds OF Jay Bruce missed Sunday’s game with an illness.

Twins C Joe Mauer and Texas OF Josh Hamilton sat out for routine rest.

Rangers SP Alexi Ogando has been struggling and may have his next start in the rotation skipped.




Posted: June 26, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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The 2011 NBA Draft was held in beautiful downtown Newark, NJ. This draft lacked any excitement or intrigue, unless of course you’re a fan of extremely tall European guys.  I’m not going to give my opinion or my “grade” on any of the’s way too early for that.  But this isn’t exactly 2003 with LeBron, Wade, Melo, Bosh, and of course Darko, either.

Mr. Stern hulking up

Without further ado, we’re starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers who thru a trade with the Clippers, ended up with 2 of the top 4 picks, including the #1 overall.  Also, I’m gonna go with the actual picks, and then try to do my best recapping the trading frenzy that went down afterwards.