Sunday, April 8, 2007

The Masters: Day 3 - Moving Day!

They always say that Saturday at the Masters is "moving day"... this year certainly was no exception as the big names finally began to show up on page one of the Leaderboard. The scores continue to be a lot higher than in years' past - yesterday's average score was nearly a 6 over par 78! Stuart Appleby, inspite of a triple bogey 7 at the par 4 17th, is leading the tournament at 2 over par. Tiger Woods is lurking just one stroke back at +3, while defending champ Phil Mickelson sits tied for 8th and only four back at +6. Retief Goosen is also at +6. 2000 Masters champ Vijay Singh struggled to a 79 to finish at +7 - he's only five back, so don't count him out yet. Singh's group tees off at 12:55 ET/9:55 PT today, the other contending groups will tee off after that, ending with the Woods/Appleby twosome at 2:15 ET/11:15 PT. Live coverage of the final round of the Masters begins at 2:30 ET/11:30 PT on your local CBS affiliate.


In other sports news, there was some HUGE excitement in the Big Apple yesterday as A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Yankees a dramatic 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Now I'm not normally a Yankees fan, however, since A-Rod somehow managed to fall to me in five of my 12 standard fantasy leagues (I even got him at #8 in one!), I have no choice but to root for him this year! Four runs scored, three hits, two homers and six RBI - yes, my fantasy teams for the most part had a GREAT day yesterday! It would have been an even better day for me fantasy-wise if John Patterson and the Nationals had won against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Patterson is on eight of my 12 fantasy teams (tied for the 2nd most of any player), so I'm always rooting for the Nats when he is going. He pitched well enough to win, only giving up three runs in five innings. Unfortunately for me and the Nats, the D-Backs had their ace (and 2006 Cy Young Award winner) Brandon Webb going. Webb completely shut down the Nationals, allowing only a run on an Austin Kearns homer in six innings of work.

As for my real life favorite teams, The Dodgers and Angels also both won yesterday with Scot Shields getting a rare save for the Halos thanks to K-Rod (Francisco Rodriguez) working three consecutive games and needing a day off. The big question for today is are the Mariners and Indians going to be able to get a game (or two) in??? In case you missed it, the first two games of the series in Cleveland were postponed by snow!

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