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Friday Quick Hits

Posted by Matt on June 8, 2007

Curt Schilling took a no hitter into the 9th-inning of the Boston RedSox’s 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics last night. Shannon Stewart broke up the no-no in the bottom of the ninth, but Schilling stayed composed and took it wire-to-wire for a one-hit, complete game shutout while fanning four.

The Cincinnati Reds won last night over the Saint Louis Cardinals by a final score of 5-1 to salvage a 4-5 record on the three-stop, nine game road trip. More important than last night’s victory is the fact that former first round draftee Homer Bailey makes his first career Major League start tonight at home against the Cleveland Indians. The Reds are still bottom-feeders of the National League Central at 10.5-games back and if they want to have any hope of a turnaround, the excitement, and possibly lights out pitching, that Bailey brings makes tonight the night it has to start looking up. First pitch is at 7:10PM EST and if there is ever a time I would advise to tune in to a team that is playing .377 baseball it would be tonight.

The San Antonio Spurs took Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night at home in San Antonio. The final score was only 85-76 which is not a large margin but it was one of those games where you never really felt like the Cleveland Cavaliers had a shot, even though they were staying somewhat close. LeBron James went 4-16 from the field with only 14-points and I don’t know if the Cavaliers should look at this as a positive since they only lost by nine without an effective LeBron, or look at it as a huge negative because the Spurs defense shut him down and could do it all series. Unfortunately, I believe it is the latter and that does not bode well for the Cavs; however, I think LeBron is good enough to adapt an overcome, the question is: will he?

Furthermore, I thought last night’s game was a must-win for the Cavs considering the lay-off that the Spurs had between the Western Conference Finals and the NBA Finals. I felt that if the Cavs were to steal one in San Antonio, last night was their best shot. This really makes Sunday’s game a huge must-win situation as I don’t feel the Cavs could allow themselves to go down 2-0 like they did in the Eastern Conference Finals because the Spurs are too good to roll over like Flip Saunders and Company did last week. Also, if the Cavs want to have any hope, they need to win it all in six games as I don’t give them a snowball’s chance in hell to win a Game 7 at San Antonio. Game 2 is Sunday at 9:00PM EST.

…a relatively slow morning but here are a few more headlines making waves this morning:

QB Daunte Culpepper is asking for his release from the Miami Dolphins on the heels of the acquisition of QB Trent Green.

– Federal law enforcement agents are taking over the investigation on the dog-fighting scandal involving QB Michael Vick. Several agents raided the property yesterday but not further details have been released. The plot thickens for sure…

Billy Donovan is officially a Florida Gator again. I had the pain of watching his press conference and to recap: he basically said some form of “apologize” roughly nine times….

That’s all for the morning block, so as always, check back later for more updates.

-Matt

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