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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Three games in Three nights equals Three consecutive walk-off home runs

Three nights, three games, three consecutive walk off home runs for the Texas Rangers against Los Angeles Angels. According to Elias, the last team to win three consecutive games with game-ending homers was Detroit in June 2004. Message to the Angels relief pitcher. Stop giving up the LONG BALL! For the third straight night the Texas Rangers won the game in dramatic fashion. What started out as a unbelievable pitching duel between Jerome Williams and Martin Perez ended quickly in the ninth inning when Angels relief pitcher Michael Kohn gave up a fastball right down the middle to Rangers' slugger Adrian Beltre. Take a look at Beltre's 23rd home run bomb! courtesy of espn.com

This walk-off home run was the night before. The Rangers and Angels were in a seesaw battle scoring a total of 25. The Rangers went into extra innings tied at 11. With two men on, Leonys Martin took a 1-2 pitch and hit an opposite field home run. Take a look at this madness! courtesy of espn.com This is where it all strted, the first walk-off home run! The Rangers were struggling as of late with 26 consecutive innings without scoring. With the Rangers down a run in the ninth inning, they brought up both of their catchers to the plate and the magic begins. A.J. Pierzynski comes up first and takes Angels closer Ernesto Frieri deep in the ninth inning to tie things up at three. Then Geovany Soto, who is A.J.'s backup erased a once tie game with a BOOM! Take a look. courtesy of mlb.com
This may be the spark the Texas Rangers need as they trail first place Oakland A's by four games. Follow us on Twitter LeRoy McConnell III@kcmac38 Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball Part of the Sports Kings (@realsportskings) network

Monday, July 29, 2013

Saints QB Drew Brees disses a waitress with a crappy tip


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Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is the heart & soul of New Orleans with his charitable ways, wasn't so charitable earlier this month when paying for his dinner bill. According to Thedirty.com, someone leaked a receipt from Del Mar Rendezvous restaurant that belonged to Drew Brees. The alarming part was the tip, showing how much he thought of his waitress.
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courtesy of dirty.com

Okay, now a $3.00 tip pretty much sums it up. This young lady must have done plenty wrong; but come on Drew. Brees is one of the highest paid athletes in all of sports and his infant child could have paid that tip. Athletes tipping waitress a low wage seems to be a on-going thing. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, Melky Cabrera had a similar issue. He doesn't make near the amount of dough Brees make (thanks to PEDs!) but at least he gave a little bit more.

 Hey, whom am I the say how Mr. Brees spends his money. I'm sure he was justified for doing what he did. That's how you stay wealthy right, spend your money wisely; but if he is in the wrong, then shame on him, its rough being a waitress. Spread the love Drew!

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The Game wins a $50,000 bet from Baron Davis


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Former NBA star Baron Davis and West Coast hip hop rapper, The Game wagered a meager $50,000 on a basketball game this past Sunday sponsored by the DREW LEAGUE. Baron Davis had to feel pretty confident about his chances as his LAUNFD team, featured NBA superstar Kevin Durant. The Game's Money Gang team wasn't too shabby featuring a few NBA players of his own. Metta World Peace and DeMar DeRozan to even out the playing field.

Kevin Durant dazzles the crowd scoring a game-high 35 points and 17 rebounds; but with the game on the line and the LAUNFD down a bucket, Durant's three-point attempt was presumably short and Money Gang held on to win the 92-90.
courtesy of bleacher report
On a side note the, Metta score a team high 29 points and 13 rebounds. The fans of the Drew League got a treat as they filled the gym to capacity. Oh by the way, since Durant was responsible for the missing the biggest shot of the summer, do you think he will fork over the $50,000, Baron Davis now owes?

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Usain Bolt takes gold at London’s Olympic Stadium again

Usain Bolt ran a 9.85 on Friday night in London to win the 100 meters at a Diamond League meet.                                                  courtesy of Matt Dunham/AP

It felt like homecoming again for Usain Bolt. He demonstrated once again why he is the fastest man on the planet. The Jamaican sprinter drop by the London's Olympic Stadium Friday afternoon, the same place where he won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal. As expected, Bolt put on another show for the London fans. It was the Anniversary Games where Bolt finished first running a pedestrian 9.85secs beating his closest competitor Michael Rodgers by a tenth of a second(9.98). It didn't start out well for Usain as he struggled out of the blocks; but nobody finishes the race better than Bolt.
Take a look: courtesy of universalsports

It was another easy day at the office. But will he ever sprint a perfect race? What would his race look like if he got out the block fast? What if he sprinted through the finish line without slowing down for a change; would that be the fast time ever?

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Jason Heyward ends the game on a spectacular play

Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) catches New York Mets first baseman Justin Turner (2) to end game.  New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. . Monday July 22, 2013. Queens, NY.   (Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News)
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The reason why the Atlanta Braves are the leaders in the National League East contributes to timely hitting, good pitching, and excellent defense. With the game on the line Monday night, the Braves were up by a run against the New York Mets in the ninth inning. The Mets were batting with two on and two outs, with Justin Turner at the plate trying to tie the game. Braves closer, Craig Kimbrel throws a 1-0 pitch to Turner and he smokes a line-drive headed to the gap. What looked to be a extra-base hit ended up being on heck of a catch! Take a look at the game saving catch.
This is what former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson had to tweet.
This defensive play by Jason Heyward has to rank up there with the Carlos Gomez game saving catch against Joey Votto a few weeks ago. Atlanta holds on to win 3-2.

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Turner Field adding Waffle House for the fans


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Waffles at a baseball game? That's right starting this Friday, Waffle House will invade Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. The Braves organization made it public via twitter this morning.
Can you imagine eating the legendary pecan waffles? They are serving pecan waffles, aren't they? Well, Waffle House is offering hash browns as well. Hopefully this venue will take off and come to stadium near you.

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Hanley Ramirez cons Shin-Soo Choo out of second base

courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com[/caption] With all the talk of rookie sensation Yasiel Puig this season the real catalyst for the Dodger success is LA shortstop Hanley Ramirez. He is the unsung hero for the National League West division leaders. Dodgers are 17 and 5 in their last 22 ballgames and leading the division by a half game. It all starts with the team's best player, Hanley Ramirez. On Thursday night he pulled a fast one on Cincinnati Reds Shin-Soo Choo. With Choo on first base and Joey Votto at the plate, Votto sends a ball softly to center field for a base hit. Choo makes it to second with the slide but for some reason he thought Hanley beat him to the bag . Watch what happens next. courtesy of mlb.com Complete meltdown! Don't you just love Vince Scully? Needless to say Shin-Soo was called out. Joey Votto tried yelling at Choo to stay at second but it was too late. Luckily the Reds won the game 5-2 and everyone can about it. Here is the tweet that involved the play.
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Laynce Nix snatches a foul ball from Tiger fans

Don't blame Laynce Nix for snatching the ball from the fans, if you want a souvenir you have to be aggressive about it. In the fourth inning of the Phillies vs.Tigers game, Prince Fielder hit a towering fly ball that drifted into the stands. The Phillies right-fielder made an attempt to catch the ball amongst the Tiger fans and watch what happens. Take a look. courtesy of mlb.com

Message to Tiger fans, when your team is batting, protect your guy! Nevertheless, it was a heck of a catch by Laynce Nix. Mr. Nix since there were no base runners, you should have given back the souvenir after the play was over. Just a thought.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bartolo Colon smacks Robinson Cano's son silly

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Congratulations to Oakland A's slugger, Yoenis Cespedes, for becoming the new Home Run Derby King. Cespedes beat out Washington Nationals young phenom, Bryce Harper, by hitting 32 bombs out. But the knockout punch came from Yoenis' Oakland A's teammate, Bartolo Colon, who overzealous celebrated a little too much. Right before Colon hugged Cespedes, hit smacked the crap out of Robinson Cano's kid!

Take a look:
MLB may want to get another urine sample from Bartolo Colon and check him out for roid rage because he is definitely a candidate for child abuse!

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Robinson Cano exits stage left after getting hit by a pitch


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Exiting the game in the top of the first inning was not the way Yankees second baseman, Robinson Cano envision his evening would go. But after Cano was struck by a Matt Harvey fastball on the right knee, you can understand why. The Mets pitcher's fastball registered at a whopping 97mph. Take a look:

courtesy of cbssports.com

Cano took his base but was immediately pulled out of the game and replaced by Dustin Pedroia. As Cano walked across the field, he passed by Matt Harvey and winked at him as a sign of everything is alright. The injuries plague Yankees can ill-afford to lose their another man, who's in fact their best player. At this very moment reports are good for Cano as X-rays are negative.
The last thing you want to see in an exhibition is someone getting hurt so hopefully Robinson will not have to miss any games.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

25 MLB All-Star Trivia


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In light of the 2013 All-Star Game approaching this Tuesday, RBTS would like to provides some interesting tidbits leading up to the game. Go through our questions and see how knowledgeable you are. Some of the questions require no effort at all; but hopefully there are some that will require a little thought. If by chance you don't know the answer, the key is below the questions. So check out the list of questions and see how many you can answer without peeking!

1. The first ever All-Star game was July 6, 1933. In which major league ballpark was it held?  

2. What future Hall-of-Famer is the only player to strike out four times in an All-Star Game?

3. Who has the most career stolen bases in All-Star history?
4. How many All-Star Games ended up in a tie?


5. What HOF slugger struck out a record 17 times in All-Star Games?

6. Who was the first player to hit two homers in a single All-Star Game?

7. Name the three players who won the Home Run Derby and then hit a home run in the All-Star Game that same year?

 8. In 1963, an entire starting infield from one team made the National League All-Star roster. Can you name which team?

9. What two players were named All-Star MVP while playing for the losing team.

10. In the 1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game there was a superstar playing two sports  that lead the game off with a monstrous home run, who was he?
 
11. How many positions did Cal Ripken Jr. play in one All-Star Games?
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 12. In 1983 Fred Lynn hit the only grand slam in All-Star history, who was the pitcher that gave up the grand slam?  
13. What father and son ballplayer each won a All-Star MVP award?  

14. In 1982, what city hosted the first All-Star game outside the United States?  

15. In the last play of the 1970 All-Star Game Pete Rose famously collided with what catcher at home plate for the winning run?  
16. Who was the first player to steal home in All-Star Game history?

17. How many home runs did Josh Hamilton hit in the first round of the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium?
                                        
 18. Who is the only player to hit two triples in the All-Star Game?

19. Who was first player to win the All-Star MVP and the World Series MVP in the same year? 20. Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron all appeared in the same amount of All-Star 
Games, how many?  

21. Who is the only player to hit an inside-the-park home run in an All-Star Game?

22. What years did Major League Baseball play two All-Star Games in each season?

23. Who famously struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe 
Cronin all in a row during an during an All Star Game?   

24. Who has the most innings pitched career in All-Star games?  

25. Who has pitched in the most All-Star games?

1. Comiskey Park, Chicago 2. Roberto Clemente 3. Willie Mays 4. two,1961 & 2002 5. Mickey Mantle 6. Arky Vaughn 7.(Cal Ripken Jr. 1991, Frank Thomas 1995, Garret Anderson 2003) 8. St. Louis Cardinals (3BKen Boyer, SS Dick Groat, 2B Julian Javier, and 1B Bill White.) 9. Brooks Robinson (1966) and Carl Yastrzemski (1970) 10. Bo Jackson 11. six 12. Atlee Hammaker 13. Ken Griffey Sr'80 & Jr.'92 14. Montreal 15. Ray Fosse 16. Harold Traynor(1934) 17. 28 18. Rod Carew(1978) 19. Derek Jeter 20. 24 21. Ichiro Suzuki (2007) 22. (1959-62) 23. Carl Hubbell, (1934) 24. Don Drysdale (18 1/3) 25. Roger Clemens (10)

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Watch Chris Davis ties Reggie Jackson with home run #37


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The last person who needs a mid-season break is Chris Davis, who went yard again for the fourth consecutive game. Davis hit his league leading 37th home run which ties Reggie Jackson's American League record for the most home runs hit before the all-star break. Barry Bonds holds the major league record with 39 home runs back in 2001. Davis also joins Miguel Cabrera as the only players to have at least 30 plus homers and at least 90 RBI going into the break.  Here is a look at home run #37: courtesy of mlb.com

Chris Davis has already surpassed his last year's home run(33) and rbi(85) totals so what are the predictions for the rest of the season. In 1969 Reggie Jackson had 37 home runs at the break. Do you believe he only hit eight home runs the rest of the season. In 2001 Barry Bonds had 39 home runs at the break, as you may have known, Bonds hit an additional 34 home runs which gave him the current single-season home record of 73. If you listen to Chris Davis speak about his views of Barry and his home run record, I think he would be just as content hitting an additional 25 home runs. In baseball purist numbers that would be #62!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Fans...Here is the reason to VOTE for Yasiel Puig this week

PUIG-mania
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To all baseball fans, this is the week to vote for the most exciting player in the National League. If you don't know him by now he is Los Angeles Dodgers rookie, Yasiel Puig. Yasiel has taken Major League Baseball by storm in his short tenure batting a healthy .409 with 16 multi-hit games, 8 home runs, 52 hits to go along with some amazing defensive highlights in his first 32 games.

Fans, don't listen to the likes of Jonathan Papelbon, who has made it known that he isn't impress with the young hot-shot that has brought the Dodgers back from the dead, giving them a realistic shot at winning the NL West. As of Sunday, Los Angeles is only 4 1/2 games out of first place, only trailing Arizona.

If you haven't seen what Puigmania is all about, take a look at this past Sunday's highlights against the World Series Champs, San Francisco Giants. What you are about to see is a man on a mission. When watching this guy, you will notice that this guy plays the game like its his last. He uses his God-given-talent to the fullest. Take a look:

courtesy of mlb.com

If you are interested in voting for the budding star you have until Thursday, July 11, 2013 to get it done. You can vote here by selecting the Fan's All-Star Vote to make your selection. The all-star game needs Yasiel Puig in this game. If Yasiel Puig continues his torrid pace and the Dodgers win the NL West don't be surprise if he easily walks away with a MVP award.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Carlos Gomez takes a for sure home run away from Marlon Byrd


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 The last thing New York Mets slugger, Marlon Byrd wants to see after smoking a Greg Burke's pitch in the seventh inning is to see a magnificent catch made by Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez. It has become a habit of Gomez, who in fact is having his best season as a pro, making unbelievable plays in the outfield. Gomez is one of the most exciting players in the majors today and the league is starting to notice a Gold Glover in the making. Watch the home run robbing catch made by Mr. Gomez. courtesy of mlb.com

Well, all Marlon Byrd can think of is what if, in the meantime a simple tip of the hat will do. Have to admit, it was a great catch.

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Watch Beltran scores off a double steal


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One of the most exciting plays you will ever see is in baseball is the double steal. Especially when one of the base stolen is home. That is what St. Louis Cardinals right-fielder, Carlos Beltran, succeeded to do in the third inning of the Miami/St. Louis game today. It all started when Matt Holliday attempted to steal second base with Beltran already hovering over at third. Miami Marlins catcher, Jeff Mathis, threw to second without hesitant to get Holliday out but Matt stopped and was involved in a run down. The Marlins didn't consider Beltran, who has over 300 lifetime stolen bases in the majors, a threat to take off. Watch the savvy base-running by Matt Holliday that allowed Beltran to steal home.

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Every run counts in baseball as that stolen base was the difference in today's game. Cardinals squeaked by the Marlins 3-2.

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Watch Avisail Garcia hits for the cycle after getting demoted


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Usually when a big league team sends a player back to the minors, that player's body language could be a little on the piss poor side. Don't tell that to recently demoted Tigers outfield prospect Avisail Garcia, who hit for the cycle Sunday night for Triple A affiliate, Toledo Mud Hens . Avisail went 4-5 tonight, 3RBI and scoring four times. Garcia started the cycle off with a double in the first inning, followed by a home run in the third. He singled in the fifth and hit a two-run triple in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie. The Mud Hens needed every hit provided by Avisail as they held on to beat the Indianapolis Indians 9-7.

Take a look at Avisail Garcia's Cycle

In 12 games with Toledo, Avisail Garcia is batting .483. The last player to hit for the cycle for the Mud Hens was Cleveland Indians outfielder, Ryan Raburn.

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2013 Major League All-Star Rosters


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The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in Queens, New York, home of the New York Mets. This year's All-Star Game managers are Bruce Bochy (Giants) and Jim Leyland (Tigers), who earned the honor by being the pennant winning manager in their respective leagues in 2012. The All-Star Game starters and full rosters were revealed on Sunday and featured a record 30 first-time participants.

 American League  
American League Starters
C: Joe Mauer, Twins 1B: Chris Davis, Orioles* 2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles 3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers OF: Mike Trout, Angels OF: Adam Jones, Orioles OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

Pitchers
RHP: Clay Buchholz Red Sox (!) LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays* RHP: Bartolo Colon A's (#) RHP: Jesse Crain White Sox (!)* RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners* RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians* RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers LHP: Glen Perkins Twins (#)* RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers* RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers

Reserves C: Jason Castro, Astros* C: Salvador Perez, Royals* 1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers 2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians* 2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers 3B: Manny Machado, Orioles* OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers OF: Alex Gordon, Royals* OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays*

 National League 
National League Starters
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals 1B: Joey Votto, Reds 2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 3B: David Wright, Mets OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals OF: Carlos Gonzalez OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals  

Pitchers
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants* LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs* RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins* RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates* RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets* LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates* RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs* RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals*

Reserves
C: Buster Posey, Giants 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs* 1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals* 2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals* 2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants* SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres* SS: Jean Segura, Brewers* 3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates* OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies* OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers* * - First time All-Star (!) - Injured (#) - Injury replacement The final vote will feature the much talked about Yasiel Puig in the NL, and a handful of relief arms in the AL

NL Fan Vote 
SS: Ian Desmond, Nationals 1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves 1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers OF: Hunter Pence, Giants OF: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

AL Fan Vote
RHP: Joaquin Benoit, Tigers RHP: Steve Delabar, Blue Jays RHP: David Robertson, Yankees RHP: Tanner Scheppers, Rangers RHP: Koji Uehara, Red Sox The Detroit Tigers led the AL with 6 All-Stars, while the Cardinals led the NL with 5. Among the teams seemingly snubbed were the first place Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves only received 1 All-Star selection each (even the 49-loss Mariners and White Sox got 2 each). Bryce Harper has been injured most of the first half, but got the fan vote nod in the NL outfield. Big names notably missing this year include Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Stephen Strasburg, and Justin Upton. As expected, 43 year-old Mariano Rivera was named to the AL Roster for the 13th and final time (leading all veterans). David Ortiz (9), Miguel Cabrera (8), and Carlos Beltran (8) are the next closest.

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