13) Clippers were down 27 at one point, but ended game on a 28-3 run to totally stun the Grizzlies 99-98 in the last and weirdest Game 1 played this weekend. LA lost Caron Butler with a broken hand, though.
12) There was report on Twitter Sunday that boxer Floyd Mayweather bet $1.8M on the Clippers in Game 1. Wow.
11) Kellen Moore went 50-3 at Boise Sate, couldn't get drafted; the kid at Houston started four years in the same offense as Robert Griffin III, but in C-USA, so Case Keenum had to sign with the Texans as a free agent. How does Brock Osweiler get drafted but not Moore/Keenum? Anyone?
10) ESPN's Sunday night crew is good; you actually learn stuff now, they talk about baseball like friends sitting around, which is what makes for good TV. Anyway, they said last night the Tampa Bay pitchers have the right to call off the defensive shifts, if they see fit. Rays put a lot of shifts on, they are well thought out, but the pitcher still has veto power over them.
9) Max Scherzer had no chance in the Bronx Sunday; umpire Rob Drake, whose history leans slightly toward the pitcher, refused to call strikes on the corners Sunday. Scherzer threw 119 pitches in 4.2 tedious innings- 57 of the 69 pitches Bronx hitters took were called balls.
By way of contrast, 36 of 54 pitches Tiger hitters took were called strikes.
8) Mets' SS Ruben Tejada went 10-17 in Denver this weekend, raising his batting average from .239 to .310.
7) After throwing his perfect game last week in Seattle, Philip Humber took the time to write a letter to his college coach at Rice, Wayne Graham-- this is the letter, which was posted at riceowls.com. Cool to see a guy who isn't too big to thank those who helped him along the way.
6) Angels are 7-15, nine games out of first and Albert Pujols has gone 88 ABs without a homer. Ervin Santana has lost eight straight decisions. Not a time for panic, but they'll be glad when the calendar turns to May.
5) Orioles are six games over .500 for the first time since 2005; they'll get a stern test this week when they visit the expensive ballpark in the Bronx.
4) Week-to-week fantasy leagues are lot of fun, but when guys leave games with injuries on Sundays, it makes for difficult decisions, as far as setting your lineup for the next week. Josh Hamilton/Nick Swisher both left their games on Sunday. Hamilton's situation (back) is especially puzzling.
3) Ron Washington got tossed from Sunday night's game for arguing balls and strikes after Ian Kinsler was called out in the 7th inning. Washington turned 60 years old Sunday, the 7th current manager who is 60+.
2) Jon Lester threw 122 pitches Saturday, then Josh Beckett threw 126 on Sunday; its one thing not to trust your bullpen, but you need those starting pitchers all year long. Will be interesting to track how long this goes on.
1) If the baseball playoffs started Monday morning, these would be those teams that made it (two Wild Cards in each league now).......
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