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Josh Hamilton went 5-5 Tuesday. He drove in 8, and had 4 home runs. He is the 16th player to do so, and is the first to do it since Carlos Delgado with the Blue Jays in 2003. He also set an American League record for total bases, 18. Josh Hamilton is starting the season off right, and making a ton of fantasy owners happy in the process. - J.F
Vance Worley is not a common house hold name at all. He is 24 years old and has been in the majors for 3 seasons. In those 3 seasons he is 14-6 with a 2.86 ERA and just 167 strikeouts. Last year Worley finish third in rookie of the year voting. NL Rookie of the Year went to Craig Kimbrel who rightfully deserved it, with 46 saves in his rookie season. Not to mention the most in the NL, along side John Axford. Worley was the fifth starter in 2011, with Worley in the 5 spot, the 4 aces got most of the attention, the rookie went 11-3 and posted a 3.01 ERA. Those are good numbers, especially for a rookie. Worley has come out in 2012 and has shown some of the dominance he had last season. As of right now Worley is 2-2 and has a 2.84 ERA. One thing is for sure, Worley has a terrific amount of potential and deserves more attention than is given to him. He will never be a strike out king, but at the rate he is going. Worley may become one of the aces on the Phillies by next year!
While this is a MLB tumblr, on special occasions we will include highlights or news from other sports leagues. So far the NBA playoffs have been exciting, and plagued with injuries to some of the key players. Derrick Rose tears his ACL, then Baron Davis who dislocated his right patella. Teams like the 76ers who face the number one seed Bulls have taken the Bulls by surprise, and lead the series 3-1 (even though they are without their 2 big players Rose and Noah). Oklahoma City moves to the next round by sweeping the Mavericks. The Spurs are getting ready to sweep the Jazz on Monday, they lead the series 3-0. The Lakers are trying to put out the Nuggets, with the series 2-1. The Clippers lead the Grizzlies 2-1 as well, but almost were down 2-1 with late game 3 heroics by Rudy Gay! The Knicks push a well needed game 5, the heat lead 3-1. The Pacers lead the Magic 3-1, they play Tuesday. Finally the Celtics lead the Hawks 2-1, and are winning game 4 51-29 in the second quarter. My prediction for the finals are OKC and the Heat! Lets see how things turn out! - J.F
Dodgers reign over the Cubs 5-1 today. Chris Capuano went 7 innings allowed no runs, 2 walks, and seven strikeouts. Capuano also provided some of the offense with 2 RBIs. Kemp went 0-3, while new Dodger Abreu went 1-4. The Dodgers move to 18-9 in the NL West as the Cubs fall to 10-17 in the NL Central. For the Cubs the only significant offense came from Starlin Castro who went 3-4, and Ian Stewart who drove in a run in the 9th. Dodgers and Cubs play the final game of the 3 game series Sunday at 11:20 AM. J.F
Bryce Harper in his first 5 games is hitting .375 in 16 AB, an OBP of .389, and has 3 RBIs. While this is just a small sample size, the kid plays hard. The criticism that surrounds him is overwhelming, but when your 19 and playing in the MLB he has the right to be a bit cocky. He’s a bit overaggressive at the plate, but this can be solved easily. He has a cannon out in left as we saw from the series against Arizona and L.A. If he gets enough playing time this season, he could easily run for NL Rookie of the Year. Call him over rated if you will, but Bryce Harper has raw talent, and could be one of the next big names. - J.F
Nationals win their third straight game at home against the Phillies, with a bases loaded walkoff hit by Wilson Ramos . Nats are 5-5 on their last ten, and are first in the NL East with a record of 17-9. Phils and Nats play Saturday @ 1:05 PM. Vance Worley makes the start for the Phils he is 2-1 with a 1.97 ERA. He’ll be facing Gio Gonzalez who is 2-1 as well with a 1.82 ERA. - J.F