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Homer Bailey’s Wednesday Quick Update

Posted by Matt on June 20, 2007

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Just a few quick notes as there hasn’t been an update post in a couple of days, it has just been purely content posts…on to the news and notes…

Cincinnati Reds’ right-hander Homer Bailey took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of last night’s 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. This might not sound like much but considering it is only Bailey’s third start ever and we’re already discussing how deep he is carrying a no-no, that is rather ridiculous. Homer finished with two hits on seven innings pitched with one earned run while striking out three and walking four. The game was closer than it should’ve been as Todd “Pies And Cakes” Coffey gave up a solo homerun in only the second, and last, batter that he faced and David Weathers ended up plating the tying run in bottom of the ninth inning before getting out of the jam. Ken Griffey, Junior did his best, however, to help the new kid on the block by going 2-for-4 with his 19th homerun of the season and 582nd of his career. Matt Belisle takes the mound in this afternoon’s rubber match at 3:35PM EST.

Chicago Cubs’ catcher Michael Barrett will reportedly be moved to San Diego in a trade with the Padres. The terms of the deal have yet to be announced but the writing was on the wall with this guy after a physical altercation with pitcher Carlos Zambrano and a verbal one with pitcher Rich Hill. After the second dispute, Barrett was given some time off and it was only a matter of time before he was dealt with by the Cubs’ brass. Depending on who the Padres deal, however, this could do some work in the way of calming trade rumors of Adam Dunn to San Diego but only time will tell.

Indiana University head football coach Terry Hoeppner past away yesterday after a bout with cancer. “Coach Hep,” as he was known to a lot of his players, was also the former coach of the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks and is known as the coach who cultivated the talent of Ben Roethlisberger, and for that I despise him. All jokes aside, however, thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family, players, and Indiana University.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett became the league’s second 10-game-winner of the season to join John Lackey in a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Becket is 10-1 with a 3.14 ERA despite a stint on the disabled list already this season. At this juncture, I have to give the American League Cy Young Award nod to Beckett over Lackey due to John’s four losses as the remainder of their starts are virtually identical.

Unfortunately, we’re reaching the “dog days of summer” in the world of sports with only baseball, one weekly NASCAR race, and an occasional PGA tournament as the only items to give us our fix. The good news, however, is that NFL training camps are just over a month away and I’ll will be covering some of the Cincinnati Bengals’ practices first hand in Georgetown, Kentucky. The college football season is just over two months away as well so there is light at the end of this tunnel. There are some solid plans for the second half of this week with a blurb on professional golfer Aaron Baddeley as well as the third edition of ‘You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me’ which is well over due at this point. This is all among other exciting plans so keep an eye on us…

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