In Case You Missed It: Updates From the Sports Weekend

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sadly, the weekend is over. As we head back to the 9-5 grind today, it can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing world of sports. But, don’t fret. You’ve got SkoodSports on your side to bring you all the updates fit to print. So, let’s break it down:

MLB

– Philadelphia Phillies SP AJ Burnett made his debut in red pinstripes on Sunday, and he did it against his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Burnett, like the wily veteran that he is, was all smiles for the game and had no ill will for his former club. “It was just facing another team, and it justaj happened to be those guys [Sunday]. It was good to see them. Definitely a tip of the cap. I always respect everyone and everything in this game, it doesn’t matter who you play against,” said Burnett when questioned following the affair. Burnett gave up just one run on one hit over two innings to take his first loss of the spring.

– The Phillies didn’t have much more luck this afternoon as they fell to 1-5 on the spring with a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Former Rays RHP Roberto Hernandez made his Phillies debut and looked strong in doing so. The veteran, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, allowed just one hit over three shutout innings.

– The Baltimore Orioles continue to make waves. After the O’s signed Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz over the last few weeks, Baltimore is reportedly close to a minor league deal with former Cy Young winner Johan Santana. The 34-year old southpaw last pitched with the Mets in 2012.

– Major League Baseball’s new replay system got its first use this afternoon in a Grapefruit League game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins. A routine grounder to Toronto SS Munenori Kawasaki turned into the first “manager’s challenge” of the spring after the infielder’s throw to first base arrived nearly simultaneously with the leg of baserunner Chris Rahl. First base umpire Fieldin Culbreth signaled safe, prompting a challenge from Toronto skipper John Gibbons. After a 2 and a half minute wait, the verdict was confirmed. Rahl was indeed safe. The game was slightly delayed. But, the right ruling was discovered, and that is what matters in the end.

– Sorry, father. The San Diego Padres have some bad news. CF Cameron Maybin will miss the next 2-3 months after injuring his bicep. The veteran suffered a rupture of the bicep when making a diving catch in Cactus League action on Sunday.cam maybin

– The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have agreed on a one year, $1 million contract with 22-year old OF Mike Trout. The deal is the largest contract given to a non-arbitration eligible player in the history of the game. The Vineland, NJ native will be arbitration eligible following the 2014 season.

NFL

– Following their extensions to WR’s Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper as well as offensive linemen Jason Kelce and Jason Peters, the Philadelphia Eagles continued to retain their own players today, signing defensive lineman Cedric Thornton to a one-year contract extension. The 25-year old was only eligible for a one-year deal due to his status as an exclusive rights free agent.

– The NFL, always ones for tinkering their product, are reportedly interested in moving the line of scrimmage for extra point attempts to the 25-yard line during next summer’s preseason. The resulting extra point kick, a 42 yard attempt, would make the effort a lot more difficult than the current 19-yard try.

– As the NFL’s deadline for designating players as either Franchise or Transition Tagged, all eyes were on the Washington Redskins and their decision on free agent OLB Brian Orakpo. Washington decided today to apply the Franchise Tag to the veteran pass rusher. With the tag, Washington will have the right to match any offer to Orakpo until the veteran signs the tender. If a team does agree to terms with Orakpo and the Redskins decline to match, they will receive a first round pick as compensation.

NBA

– As the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers get better, the New York Knicks get worse. Coming into 2013-14, both New York and Brooklyn were supposed to be at the top of the Atlantic Division standings. After a terrible start, Brooklyn has nearly reached .500. Meanwhile, the Knicks continue to swoon, having lost 12 of 14 heading into Monday. At 21-39, the playoffs seem like a pipedream for the disappointing Knickerbockers.

– There’s nothing disappointing about the Philadelphia 76ers’ struggles this season. Philly knew exactly what they were doing last offseason and during last month’s trade deadline. Philadelphia (15-45) has now lost 11 consecutive games, all in the month of February. In fact, the 76ers’ 0-11 record last month, with an average nightly margin of defeat of 18.9 points, is the worst in the NBA since a winless month of January in 1989 by the Los Angeles Clippers. The 76ers are 3 games up on the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the league.

NHL

– The NHL’s trade deadline is this week, which means there will be plenty of speculation as to who is coming and going prior to the postseason. ryan miller blues

– Last week, the first major blockbuster of the campaign was commenced when Buffalo dealt G Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for G Jaroslav Halak, power forward Chris Stewart, a prospect, and draft picks. Miller won his debut in St. Louis last night. Meanwhile, the Sabres, the NHL’s worst team, are reportedly looking to swap Stewart to a contender prior to the deadline.

– The Philadelphia Flyers had a strong weekend, winning big matchups against division rivals New York and Washington. With the victories, the Flyers moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division with 70-points.

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