Friday, July 6, 2007

Tiger, Phil & PGA return to D.C.!

Day one of Tiger Woods' new tournament, the AT&T National is in the books and surprisingly the host is nowhere to be found on the leaderboard. Woods drove the ball well enough and hit 14 of 18 greens, but a balky putter was his undoing as he uncharacteristically had seven bogeys to go with four birdies en route to an opening round 3-over-par 73. The star studded field also features world #2 player, Phil Mickelson had similar putting woes, stumbling to a 4-over-par 74 in a birdieless round. Some of the other stars did well though... Vijah Singh, Jim Furyk and Stuart Appleby all share the first round lead at 4-under-par 66 along with K.J. Choi and Joe Oglivie. A couple of the tours elder statesmen - 51-year-old Fred Funk, and 47-year-old Corey Pavin - head the group one back at 3-under-par. Coverage of the tournament can be found on the Golf Channel starting at 3PM ET/12 noon PT. For the live leaderboard, go here: AT&T National Leaderboard


There was lots of baseball played yesterday... my AL teams did well, my NL teams not so well... For starters, the Boston Red Sox just demolished the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 15-4! The Red Sox pounded out 21 hits, and Devil Rays starter didn't even make it out of the first inning, giving up six earned runs while only recording two outs... Mike Lowell had a massive day, pounding out five hits, including a three run homer, while driving in five and scoring three more while Big Papi had three hits and scored four times. Josh Beckett pitched an effective six innings, including nine strikeouts, for his 12th win of the year as the Sox improved to 53-31 on the year and maintained their AL Eastern division lead to 12 games over both the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. In Texas, the Los Angeles Angels took on the Rangers and scored a 5-2 victory. Fresh from the disabled list, Maizer Izturis had the key blow for the Halos, hitting a two run triple in the top of the sixth inning... All-star snub Kelvim Escobar pitched a brilliant seven innings, giving up only one run and three hits, while walking one and striking out eight in recording his 10th win of the year. With Escobar's win, the Angels increased their lead to 4 1/2 games over the Seattle Mariners in the AL Western division race...

The Nationals played second fiddle to the aforementioned Tiger Woods in our nations' capital today as they looked to split their four game series against the Chicago Cubs. Cubs starter Sean Marshall and Nats starter Jason Bergmann both pitched an effective 5 1/3 innings, each allowing two runs... In the top of the 7th, Mike Fontenot and Darryl Ward hit run scoring singles off of Nats reliever Luis Ayala as the Cubs took their third game of the series by a 4-2 score. The two teams continue to be headed in opposite directions - the Cubs have now won 11 of their past 13 games, while the Nats have lost 13 of their past 18... At Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Atlanta Braves, and apparently both starters - Brad Penny of the Dodgers, and Tim Hudson of the Braves - had other plans... Both got torched by the opposition allowing six earned runs each in their short time. Hudson managed to go only three innings, while his counterpart only made it through four. Chipper Jones decided to be a one man wrecking crew for the Braves after the starting pitchers departed, smashing solo homers in both the 6th and 8th innings as the Braves went on to an 8-6 victory. With the loss, the Dodgers remain a game back of the San Diego Padres in the National League West race. In the meantime, the Braves continue to reel in the New York Mets, closing the gap to only three games in the National League East race.


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