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Friday’s Weekend Primer

Getting you set for the Weekend


Last night #MACtion has the first pick in the NFL Draft with the Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Fisher of Central Michigan University. Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

First Quarter: NBA Playoffs

1) NBA scoreboard
2) New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics, 7 pm/ESPN – NYK 2-0
3) San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30 pm/ESPN – SAS 2-0
4) Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors, 9:30 pm/ESPN2 – Series Tied 1-1

Second Quarter: NHL

1) NHL scoreboard
2) 4Q NHL Game of the Night: Edmonton Oilers (17-22-7, 41 pts) @ Minnesota Wild (25-18-4, 53 pts), 7 pm
3) Calgary Flames (19-24-4, 42 pts) @ Chicago Blackhawks (35-6-5, 75 pts), 7:30 pm/NBC Sports Network
4) Colorado Avalanche (15-24-7, 27 pts) @ Phoenix Coyotes (20-18-8, 48 pts), 9 pm

Third Quarter: MLB

1) MLB scoreboard
2) 4Q MLB Series of the Weekend: Atlanta Braves (15-6)/P. Maholm (3-1, 1.03) @ Detroit Tigers (10-10)/An. Sanchez (2-1, 1.75), 6:08 pm
3) Cincinnati Reds (13-10)/H. Bailey (1-1, 3.24) @ Washington Nationals (11-11)/J. Zimmermann (3-1, 2.67), 6:05 pm
4) Milwaukee Brewers (11-9)/H. Burgos (1-0, 1.80) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11)/J. Beckett (0-3, 4.68), 9:10 pm

Fourth Quarter: College Baseball (All Rankings from National Collegiate Baseball Writers Poll)

1) D1baseball.com scoreboard
2) 4Q College Baseball Series of the Weekend: 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (40-3, 18-2 ACC) @ 13 North Carolina State Wolfpack (33-10, 14-7)
3) 4Q College Baseball Tournament of the Weekend (TD Ameritrade Classic/Omaha, NE): Creighton Bluejays (22-9), Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-20), Oklahoma State Cowboys (28-11), Rutgers Scarlett Knights (20-19)
4) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (23-18, 10-5 SLC) @ Lamar Cardinals (30-11, 9-6 SLC)

See you on Monday and enjoy your weekend! Thanks for reading Four Quarters! Follow me on twitter @MikeVmos

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The Wednesday Edition

It’s the middle of the week!


Pat Summerall and John Madden were one of the best TV broadcasting duos in league history. Summerall also worked more Super Bowls than any other broadcaster. Photo by Ric Field/AP

First Quarter: NBA

1) NBA scoreboard
2) Utah Jazz (43-38) @ Memphis Grizzlies (55-26), 7 pm/ESPN
3) Phoenix Suns (25-56) @ Denver Nuggets (56-25), 7 pm
4) Houston Rockets (45-36) @ Los Angeles Lakers (44-37), 9:30 pm/ESPN

Second Quarter: NHL

1) NHL scoreboard
2) Rivalry Night Game One on NBCSN: Buffalo Sabres (18-19-6, 42 pts) @ Boston Bruins (26-11-4, 56 pts), 6:30 pm/NBC Sports Network
3) Montreal Canadians (26-11-5, 57 pts) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (32-10-0, 64 pts), 6 pm
4) Columbus Blue Jackets (20-16-7, 47 pts) @ Anaheim Ducks (27-10-5, 59 pts), 9 pm

Third Quarter: MLB

1) MLB scoreboard
2) ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball: Philadelphia Phillies (6-7)/J. Lannan (0-0, 2.77) @ Cincinnati Reds (6-7)/M. Leake (0-0, 6.75), 6 pm/ESPN2
3) San Francisco Giants (9-5)/R. Vogelsong (1-1, 7.15) @ Milwaukee Brewers (4-8)/K. Lohse (0-1, 2.08), 7:10 pm
4) Detroit Tigers (8-5)/M. Scherzer (1-0, 4.09) @ Seattle Mariners (6-9)/F. Hernandez (1-2, 3.05), 9:10 pm

Fourth Quarter: Midweek Links

1) SI.com – The Point Forward looks at the worse flops of the NBA season
2) CBSsports.com – Dennis Dodd interviewed Bill Snyder who doesn’t like where college athletics is at
3) SportsOnEarth.com – The passing of Pat Summerall
4) YahooSports.com – REALITY TV NEWS!

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2013 MLB Predictions Sure to go Wrong

Yesterday I posted the 4Q MLB roundtable so here is how I see it going down which is a little more in-depth.


Today is Opening Day so here are the predictions.

AL East

Toronto – Glamorous pick to win the AL East with everything they did this offseason but compared to others why not? However, they could turn out to be the Marlins of 2013.
Tampa Bay – Traded James Shields but got a long term outfield solution in Wil Myers which at some point will help. Tampa Bay has a trend of make the playoffs, miss the playoffs then return under Joe Maddon.
Baltimore – Buck Showalter and the O’s did amazing things last season but also made the playoffs in a way that doesn’t bold well for a repeat appearance.
New York – Gasp, the Yankees so far down on the list? New York has a lot to worry about early this season and with the quality of the division don’t expect them to climb out.
Boston – The wreckage of last year remains and don’t expect this roster to be much better given the competition of the east.

AL Central

Detroit – Whose got it better than the Tigers? Probably no one in the American League given how tough the East and West divisions should be.
Kansas City – You the readers know I’m a Royals fan so it can’t be unexpected that with the infusion of talent I’d put them near the top.
Chicago – This team nearly won the division last season and in 2013 they’ll slide back a little bit, while remaining competitive.
Cleveland – Terry Francona will get things turned around but I don’t trust the teams pitching staff to get the job done despite a solid lineup.
Minnesota – Don’t expect much from this team this season as they continue to rebuild or whatever is going on in the Twin Cities.

AL West

Texas – I don’t know if they got better with some of the subtractions they made but I do like there staff which will allow other parts to develop.
Oakland – Defending division winners take a step back this season even with losing key parts of the team that got hot late.
Los Angeles – Great, the Angels added another bat to the lineup but guess what they let Zack Greinke for across town and outside of Jared Weaver what do they have?
Seattle – I was this close to having the M’s in front of the Halos because I like the pitching and improving offense but just couldn’t do it.
Houston – New league, division but another hundy loss season.

AL Wildcards

Tampa Bay and Oakland

NL East

Washington – 2012 we were introduced to the era of Natitude which will continue with no more pitch limits we hope and the heartbreak they suffered last October.
Atlanta – When we last saw the Braves they were buried under the trash thrown onto Turner Field, this team will be back and contending yet again.
Philadelphia – I’m not in love with the roster this team has but they can’t start like they did last season or else the same result will occur.
New York – Better but still the same spot in the standings for yet another year.
Miami – At least they’ve got that spaceship of a stadium, unless that was traded also.

NL Central

Cincinnati – I’m on record as not a fan of Dusty Baker but he’s got enough talent that he won’t get in this teams way until October again.
Pittsburgh – Clint Hurdle’s team keeps getting closer and close to postseason baseball which I think finally returns this season.
St. Louis – It’ll be a three team race in this division and I’ve got the Redbirds on the outside looking in this season.
Milwaukee – Something about this team tells me they’ll be in the race or come up just short and until I can tell they are here for me.
Chicago – Hey Chicago what you say? Cubs are going to finish last (this season) today, I amuse myself but I standby this.

NL West

San Francisco – 2010 when the team won the World Series Buster Posey getting hurt derailed a chance to repeating. With a healthy and probably better team plus the motivation from SoCal I like this team that’s proved it before to us.
Los Angeles – Money doesn’t buy you happiness or playoff appearances so what’s to say that the Dodgers have the solution for this?
San Diego – I don’t have a good reason for putting the Padres here but I love how they finished last season and they could surprise us all.
Arizona – Gritty won’t lead to wins so we’ll have to see how the organizations new mission statement works out this season.
Colorado – Until they regain how to pitch they’ll be struggling for wins no matter how good the offense is.

NL Wildcards

Pittsburgh and Los Angeles

– Playoffs, one or two sentences
AL WC Round

Tampa Bay over Oakland – This game at the Trop will be tough for the A’s as the Rays advance to the divisional round.

ALDS

Toronto v. Tampa Bay, Rays in four – These two teams have played each other tooth and nail for years will meet in October for an entertaining series.
Detroit v. Texas, Tigers in five – This could be an ALCS matchup that’s taking place in the divisional round.
ALCS

Toronto v. Detroit, Tigers in six – Experience is the difference which Detroit has over Toronto and it’ll prove to be the difference.

NL WC Round

Pittsburgh over Los Angeles – Want to see what the highest payroll losing in the wildcard game looks like?

NLDS

Washington v. Pittsburgh, Nationals in three – While the Bucs return to the postseason it’ll be a quick visit as the Nats role.
San Francisco v. Cincinnati, Giants in four – Revenge might be on the Reds minds but Dusty again turns into a mental midget against his old team.

NLCS

Washington v. San Francisco, Nationals in six – Last season I thought the Nats would get to the October classic so I’ll try again.

2013 World Series

Detroit v. Washington, Tigers in five – Again, I love putting the bullseye on a team I don’t care for then hope to be wrong.
– Awards, again one or two sentences of reasoning
AL MVP – Mike Trout/Angels, The best player on the Angels and I think after falling short last season he gets the nod in 2013.
AL Cy YoungJustin Verlander/Tigers, Detroit’s workhorse will collect another CY Young as he helps them to another division title.
AL ROY – Wil Myers/Rays, Yep I know the pain this will cause Royals fans like me but once he gets to Tampa he’ll be a factor.
AL Manager of the Year – John Gibbons/Blue Jays – Ending Toronto’s playoff drought is worth something and if he keeps the clubhouse by staying out of the way …
NL MVP – Andrew McCutchen/Pirates, Introduced himself last season by making the All-Star game and this season he’ll return Pittsburgh to the postseason.
NL Cy Young – Matt Cain/Giants, I’ll keep picking Cain until this happens because I think he’s one of the best pitchers in the game.
NL ROY – Gerrit Cole/Pirates, I was impressed seeing him at UCLA in person and he’ll be a factor in the Bucs run to October.
NL Manager of the Year – Clint Hurdle/Pirates, As you can tell I really have a thing for Pittsburgh this season and with that credit must be given to Hurdle with this award.

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4Quarters 2013 MLB Prediction Roundtable

Tonight the 2013 MLB season kicks off in Houston, Texas as the Astros begin life in the American League against in-state foe the Texas Rangers. Once again I’ve called on Joe Tichy and Jerry Durney to share their predictions on the upcoming season.


The 2013 MLB season begins in Houston but here is the predictions roundtable.

Key – MV = Mike Vamosi, JT = Joe Tichy and JD = Jerry Durney

AL East – Joe and I like the Blue Jays to win with all they’ve done while Jerry wrote a novel on why the Rays will claim another AL East title

MV: Toronto – Glamorous pick to win the AL East with everything they did this offseason but compared to others why not? However, they could turn out to be the Marlins of 2013.
JT: Toronto – I’m drinking the Kool-Aid.  Fast lineup bolstered by a solid rotation.  Only thing that could hurt them is Melky facing additional suspension time
JD: Tampa Bay – Toronto is the trendy pick coming into this season but I still feel as if there are too many variables with them (the health of  Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson, can R.A. Dickey stay a top of the rotation pitcher, can Rickey Romero even return to the majors, how will Melky Cabrera perform allegedly off the juice). Add in Baltimore unlikely to replicate their late-game magic of a year ago, Boston still recovering from their cratering and the impending free-fall of the Yankees, I’m taking  the Rays to win their 3rd AL East title in 6 years.

AL Central – We’re all going with the Tigers in the Central here.

MV: Detroit – Whose got it better than the Tigers? Probably no one in the American League given how tough the East and West divisions should be.
JT: Detroit – Lot of firepower if they stay healthy.  Return of V-Mart will be interesting
JD: Detroit – Cabrera and Verlander. Nuff Said.

AL West – Ask three different people and you get three different responses on who’ll win the division.

MV: Texas – I don’t know if they got better with some of the subtractions they made but I do like there staff which will allow other parts to develop.
JT: Los Angeles – Not a hole in their lineup.  Bullpen could use some work
JD: Oakland – Against my better judgment, I’m taking Oakland. The Angels rotation is shaky after Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. Texas’ lineup appears to have taken a massive hit with the losses of Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli. Meanwhile a good, young A’s squad is a year older, I feel like they’re still growing.

AL Wildcards – I’d say that everything is in order here but we’ve got an interesting collection of teams as our picks.

MV: Tampa Bay and Oakland
JT: Chicago and Tampa Bay
JD: Los Angeles and Kansas City – The Angels lineup is still too good for them not to at least get one of the two wild card spots. I’m gonna take a risk and see the Royals playing in October. An Eric Hosmer rebound plus a leap from Mike Moustakas and good rookie campaign from Johnny Giavotella bring postseason baseball to Kansas City. (Pandering: It’s not just for politicians!)

NL East – All three of us decided on the Nationals which isn’t unsurprising at all given the talent this have.

MV: Washington – 2012 we were introduced to the era of Natitude which will continue with no more pitch limits we hope and the heartbreak they suffered last October.
JT: Washington – Gotta love this team.  If Gio avoids suspension, this team should contend for the NL title
JD: Washington – Most would have you believe this is a two-team race, but the Nationals might be the most complete team in baseball. The difference in this race  will be arms. Atlanta’s depends on Kris Medlen and Mike Minor carrying over their 2nd half success of 2012, while Washington adds a full season of Stephen Strasburg and Dan Haren to an already  great rotation. Factor in the addition of Rafael Soriano to an (NLDS Game 5 withstanding) exceptional bullpen and it’s gonna be very tough to score on the Nats. Oh yeah, and watch for Bryce Harper to make those Ken Griffey Jr. comparisons to seem not so far-fetched.

NL Central – So far we are all agreeing on who’ll win these National League divisions with a unanimous pick of the Reds.

MV: Cincinnati – I’m on record as not a fan of Dusty Baker but he’s got enough talent that he won’t get in this teams way until October again.
JT: Cincinnati – Deep team with a great rotation and future star Billy Hamilton waiting in the wings in AAA.
JD: Cincinnati – Add Shin-Soo Choo (and subtract Drew Stubbs) to an already explosive Cincinnati lineup, and the Reds are a darkhorse NL pennant pick. The Reds also have a great 1-2 at the top of the rotation in Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos. The Cardinals will be there to be sure, but they have some question marks that prevent me from picking them to take the Central flag.

NL West – We make it 3-for-3 taking the Giants to repeat in this division.

MV: San Francisco – 2010 when the team won the World Series Buster Posey getting hurt derailed a chance to repeating. With a healthy and probably better team plus the motivation from SoCal I like this team that’s proved it before to us.
JT: San Francisco – Weak division should allow the champs to repeat
JD: San Francisco – Don’t let the Dodgers trust fund kid spending spree fool you, it’s theGiants and everybody else here. San Francisco brings back nearly all of last year’s championship squad. The offense is better than most people give it credit for, as they have one of the game’s top 5 players in Buster Posey and will now have a full season of Hunter Pence, who should have a better campaign than his half-season with them last year. Add a potential rebound for Tim Lincecum to an already loaded rotation and a bullpen that got even better when Sergio Romo became the closer, and it’s gonna be another year of seeing 1’s and 2’s below the run column for San Fran opponents.

NL Wildcards – Two us agree on the Pirates and Braves with the Dodgers and Cardinals thrown in for good will.

MV: Pittsburgh and Los Angeles
JT: Pittsburgh and Atlanta
JD: St. Louis and Atlanta – We get a 2012 rematch here as the Cardinals and Braves are still good squads who I trust to make up for their deficiencies more than I do LA.

AL WC Round – Joe and I pick the Rays to move on while Jerry tries (successfully) to pander to me with his Royals pick.

MV: Tampa Bay over Oakland – This game at the Trop will be tough for the A’s as the Rays advance to the divisional round.
JT: Tampa over Chicago – White Sox just don’t do well in high pressure situations against Tampa
JD: Kansas City over Los Angeles – It was Oakland and Baltimore in 2012 and this year it’s the Royals turn to shock the world and big money Anaheim.

ALDS – Read and decide what you like here.

MV: Toronto v. Tampa Bay, Rays in four – These two teams have played each other tooth and nail for years will meet in October for an entertaining series.
Detroit v. Texas, Tigers in five – This could be an ALCS matchup that’s taking place in the divisional round.
JT: Los Angeles v. Tampa Bay, Angels in four – Potent lineup that will have many pitchers looking like scrubs
Detroit v. Toronto, Tigers in three.  Stacked Tigers team will prevail
JD: Detroit v. Kansas City, Tigers – Much like the two cinderellas of last season, the Royals will give the big money boys one hell of a fight but in the end, the Tigers have one of the 5 best pitchers on earth to put them over the top.
Tampa Bay v. Oakland, Rays – On the other side, the Rays have the best rotation in the American League and should handle Oakland in 3 or 4.

ALCS – I like Tigers, Joe likes the Angels and Jerry is going with the Rays.

MV: Toronto v. Detroit, Tigers in six – Experience is the difference which Detroit has over Toronto and it’ll prove to be the difference.
JT: Los Angeles v. Detroit, Angels in seven – Each team has the same weaknesses and strengths, but Albert and Josh trump Prince and Miggy.
JD: Detroit v. Tampa Bay, Rays in five – This should be a matchup of the two best staffs in the AL. As has been the case in the last two postseasons, this Detroit lineup can be silenced by the right staff and Tampa’s rotation fits that bill. In order to beat Detroit’s 4, you have to play small ball and Joe Maddon’s team does it better than most.

NL WC Round – Two us like the Pirates while Jerry says the Braves exact revenge on the Cardinals.

MV: Pittsburgh over Los Angeles – Want to see what the highest payroll losing in the wildcard game looks like?
JT: Pittsburgh over Atlanta – Yes, I work for a Pirates affiliate
JD: Atlanta over St. Louis – In a 2012 rematch of two teams with rotation questions, the Braves bullpen is the difference why they finally get over the St. Louis after 2 straight painful late-season rundowns.

NLDS – We all like Washington to make the NLCS but I’m alone picking the Giants.

MV: Washington v. Pittsburgh, Nationals in three – While the Bucs return to the postseason it’ll be a quick visit as the Nats role.
San Francisco v. Cincinnati, Giants in four – Revenge might be on the Reds minds but Dusty again turns into a mental midget against his old team.
JT: Pittsburgh v. Washington, Nationals in four – Pittsburgh will be better, but they have a lot of holes that Washington doesn’t.
Cincinnati v. San Francisco, Reds in five – X-Factor-Aroldis Chapman
JD: Washington v. Atlanta, Nationals in four – A great climax to what will be a year-long battle of the NL East and while it won’t go the distance, this should be a tremendous series.
Cincinnati v. San Francisco, Reds in four – On the other side, Cincinnati avenges last year’s NLDS loss to San Francisco, a series that they thought they should’ve won.

NLCS – Joe likes the Reds to beat the Nationals where Jerry and I think the opposite.

MV: Washington v. San Francisco, Nationals in six – Last season I thought the Nats would get to the October classic so I’ll try again.
JT: Washington v. Cincinnati, Reds in six – Bryce Harper will choke.  That is all.
JD: Washington v. Cincinnati, Nationals in six – Two tremendous lineups but this is where Washington having a legitimate ace in Strasburg finally pays off as he wins both of his starts in the series.

2013 World Series – Again three different winners/match-ups in our World Series.

MV: Detroit v. Washington, Tigers in five – Again, I love putting the bullseye on a team I don’t care for then hope to be wrong.
JT: Los Angeles v. Cincinnati, Angels in five – Dusty can’t seal the deal.  Mike Trout can add a ring to his hardware collection.
JD: Tampa Bay v. Washington, Rays in six – This would be up there with 1991 and 2001 as the best World Series matchup of staffs in the last 25 years. The Rays used to the postseason stage, have the better manager, are better at smallball and by the slightest of margins, the better bullpen. They were a more deserving team in 2008 and 2010 and while Washington may have the more well-rounded team, 2013 is the year The Extra 2% finally triumphs.

Awards Section:
AL MVP –
MV: Mike Trout/Angels, The best player on the Angels and I think after falling short last season he gets the nod in 2013.
JT: Robinson Cano/Yankees, I pick him every year because he is that consistently good and deserves more recognition.
JD: Mike Trout/Angels, I won’t rehash the tired MVP debate of last year and I don’t think his bulking up is as big a deal as some are making it out to be. In what is just Trout’s 2nd full season, it’s frightening to think he could get even better.  He’ll become the 3rd MVP on his team (joining Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols) while fending off Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria and Yoenis Cespedes.

AL Cy Young
MV:Justin Verlander/Tigers, Detroit’s workhorse will collect another CY Young as he helps them to another division title.
JT: Jered Weaver/Angels, I can see Price repeating, but Weaver could win 22 games with the lineup he has supporting him.
JD: David Price/Rays, He became the unquestioned ace of Tampa’s staff in 2012 and if he continues to improve his secondary pitches, he could be even better. Look for a repeat for the lefty from Vanderbilt. Others in the discussion will be Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez.

AL ROY –
MV: Wil Myers/Rays, Yep I know the pain this will cause Royals fans like me but once he gets to Tampa he’ll be a factor.
JT: Jurickson Profar/Rangers, He got some time in the bigs last year and he is MLB’s top prospect.
JD: Wil Myers/Rays, Hopefully Mike is still standing since I am certain that Myers is the unanimous pick amongst the panel to win this award. Myers has done nothing but rake in the minors and his bat could be the tipping point for a Rays team that struggled for runs last season.

AL Manager of the Year –
MV: John Gibbons/Blue Jays – Ending Toronto’s playoff drought is worth something and if he keeps the clubhouse by staying out of the way …
JT: Joe Maddon/Rays, for once again keeping Tampa in the hunt all year.
JD: Ned Yost/Royals, This may cause Mike’s brain to shut down but this tends to be a results-based award and with KC making it to the playoffs since before the year I was born, Yost would seem t be a shoo-in here. If not him, Joe Maddon is always in the running for this.

NL MVP –
MV: Andrew McCutchen/Pirates, Introduced himself last season by making the All-Star game and this season he’ll return Pittsburgh to the postseason.
JT: Andrew McCutchen/Pirates, That whole working in the Pirates organization is probably the main reason
JD: Joey Votto/Reds, If he’s healthy, it’s his to lose. The best left-handed hitter in the game right now, he’s had an MVP season before and now protection around him that continues to strengthen, I expect Votto to add to his trophy case in November. Expect Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward and Bryce Harper to make a case for themselves.

NL Cy Young –
MV: Matt Cain/Giants, I’ll keep picking Cain until this happens because I think he’s one of the best pitchers in the game.
JT: Matt Cain/Giants, He didn’t get that big fat extension for nothin’
JD: Clayton Kershaw/Dodgers, Kershaw would’ve had his 2nd Cy in a row last year if not for R.A. Dickey’s incredible out-of-nowhere season. He’s just entering his prime now, and he figures to be in this race as long as he’s there. He’ll get a challenge from Stephen Strasburg.

NL ROY –
MV: Gerrit Cole/Pirates, I was impressed seeing him at UCLA in person and he’ll be a factor in the Bucs run to October.
JT: Adam Eaton/Diamondbacks, Fast as all get out and will get time to play immediately
JD: Zack Wheeler/Mets, This could actually be a race between battery mates as catcher Travis d’Arnaud (the Mets’ primarily haul in the R.A. Dickey trade)  is expected to receive the call to Citi Field sometime in the season’s first month and many expect him to be instant boost to the offense. Mets fans (full disclosure: including yours truly) have awaited Wheeler’s arrival since the day he was acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran in July 2011. He has impressed at every level through the minors, shows all the signs of providing an immediate impact for the Amazins when he arrives and become a future ace. He, Matt Harvey and Jon Niese could provide a mean top of the rotation for years to come.

NL Manager of the Year –
MV: Clint Hurdle/Pirates, As you can tell I really have a thing for Pittsburgh this season and with that credit must be given to Hurdle with this award.
JT: Clint Hurdle/Pirates, for finally getting the Pirates above .500
JD: Clint Hurdle/Pirates, Pittsburgh will finish 3rd in the Central but they will be in the Wild Card hunt into September and the fact that they have improved each year under him finally pays off for one of the best guys in the game.

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Thursday w/ 4Quarters

Almost done with the week here are four Thursday topics for you to enjoy.

Alex Morgan Goalkeeper Brianna Davey #18 of Australia collects the ball as Alex Morgan #13 of the USA leaps over her at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 19, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado.
Alex Morgan was featured yesterday and after a two-goal game last night, why not again. Photo Doug Pensinger/Getty

First Quarter: MLB

1) Today’s MLB scoreboard
2) Day baseball in Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, Wrigley Field, Phoenix, San Francisco and Pittsburgh
3) Milwaukee Brewers (76-72) M. Fiers (9-8, 3.23) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (74-74) W. Rodriguez (11-13, 3.65), 3:05 pm
4) Texas Rangers (88-60) Y. Darvish (15-9, 4.02) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (81-68) Z. Greinke (14-5, 3.56), 9:05 pm

Second Quarter: College Football

1) BYU Cougars (2-1) @ Boise State Broncos (1-1), 8 pm/ESPN
2) Sneaky Game of the week: California Golden Bears (1-2) @ 13 Southern California Trojans (2-1)
3) FCS at FBS Upset Alert: Citadel Bulldogs (3-0) @ North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-1)
4) ACC Game I won’t mention tomorrow: East Carolina Pirates (2-1) @ North Carolina Tar Heels (1-2)

Third Quarter: NFL

1) Thursday Night Football: New York Giants (1-1) @ Carolina Panthers (1-1), 7:20 pm/NFL Network
2) Can Eli Manning match his 500 yard performance of last week? How about Cam Newton against Big Blue?
3) NFL Game that won’t make tomorrow’s cut: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
4) 5th Best Game that will just miss the cut: Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) @ Washington Redskins (1-1)

Fourth Quarter: Thursday Links

1) Tom Shatel of the Omaha World Herald on former Nebraska Cornhuskers in the media
2) Dan Wetzel tells a terrific story about Dabo Swinney
3) Awful Announcing preps you for the weekend with who’s broadcasting the College games you’ll be watching
4) Sam Mellinger on how the Kansas City Chiefs were built for another era of the NFL

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Friday’s Weekend Primer

Getting you set for the Weekend

Who is number one on the Uni Watch Power Rankings for the four major sports?

First Quarter: MLB

1) MLB scoreboard
2) Chipper making his last appearance in the bay area this weekend in a important series (hell ESPN has it on Sunday Night Baseball)
3) Can the surging Mariners keep it up on the Southside of Chicago this weekend?
4) Battle for the NL Central happening in the Queen City

Second Quarter: American League Series to Watch this Weekend

1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (65-60) Z. Greinke (10-5, 4.01) @ Detroit Tigers (67-57) R. Porcello (9-8, 4.67), 6:05 pm
2) Kansas City Royals (55-68) B. Chen (9-10, 5.45) @ Boston Red Sox (59-66) J. Lester (7-10, 5.03), 6:10 pm
3) Oakland Athletics (67-57) J. Parker (8-7, 3.48) @ Tampa Bay Rays (70-55) M. Moore (10-7, 3.57), 6:10 pm
4) Seattle Mariners (61-64) J. Vargas (13-8, 3.53) @ Chicago White Sox (68-55) J. Peavy (9-9, 3.11), 7:10 pm

Third Quarter: National League Series to Watch this Weekend

1) Washington Nationals (77-47) E. Jackson (7-8, 3.69) @ Philadelphia Phillies (58-67) K. Kendrick (6-9, 4.20), 6:05 pm
2) Milwaukee Brewers (57-66) M. Fiers (6-6, 2.90) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (67-57) W. Rodriguez (8-12, 4.00), 6:05 pm
3) St. Louis Cardinals (68-56) L. Lynn (13-5, 3.73) @ Cincinnati Reds (76-50) M. Latos (10-3, 3.56), 6:10 pm
4) Atlanta Braves (71-54) B. Sheets (4-3, 3.07) @ San Francisco Giants (70-55) R. Vogelsong (10-7, 2.85), 9:15 pm

Fourth Quarter: Weekend Links

1) Here are the 1-25 teams for Uni Watch Power Rankings that has been going on this week
2) Michael Rosenberg of SI.com on the Lance Armstrong news of Thursday night
3) Nike’s impact on college athletics by Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star
4) Another summer list from ESPN.com is a college basketball top 50 programs list. 

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83rd MLB All-Star Game Rosters

All-Star Game rosters were announced so here they are.

Yesterday Major League Baseball announced it’s rosters for the 83rd midsummer classic which will take place June 10th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. I’ll leave out the commentary about who should be in the game and who shouldn’t but for today here are those named to the game.

AL Starters –

Catcher: Mike Napoli (Texas Rangers)
First Base: Prince Fielder (Detroit Tigers)
Second Base: Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)
Third Base: Adrian Beltre (Texas Rangers)
Shortstop: Derek Jeter (New York Yankees)
Outfield: Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers)
Outfield: Curtis Granderson (New York Yankees)
Outfield: Jose Batista (Toronto Blue Jays)
DH: David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox)

AL Pitchers –

Ryan Cook/RHP (Oakland Athletics), Matt Harrison/LHP (Texas Rangers), Felix Hernandez/RHP (Seattle Mariners), Jim Johnson/RHP (Baltimore Orioles), Joe Nathan/RHP (Texas Rangers), Chris Perez/RHP (Cleveland Indians), David Price/LHP (Tampa Bay Rays), Fernando Rodney/RHP (Detroit Tigers), CC Sabathia/LHP (New York Yankees), Chris Sale/LHP (Chicago White Sox), Justin Verlander/RHP (Detroit Tigers), Jered Weaver/RHP (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim),  C.J. Wilson/LHP (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)

AL Reserves –

Catcher: Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins), Matt Wieters (Baltimore Orioles)
First Base: Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox)
Second Base: Ian Kinsler (Texas Rangers)
Third Base: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
Shortstop: Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers), Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland Indians)
Outfield: Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Mark Trumbo (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
DH: Billy Butler (Kansas City Royals), Adam Dunn (Chicago White Sox)

American League Final Vote Canidates –

Pitchers: Jonathan Broxton (Kansas City Royals), Yu Darvish (Texas Rangers), Ernesto Frieri (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Jason Hammel (Baltimore Orioles), Jake Peavy (Chicago White Sox)

National League Starters –

Catcher: Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)
First Base: Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)
Second Base: Dan Uggla (Atlanta Braves)
Third Base: Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants)
Shortstop: Rafael Furcal (St. Louis Cardinals)
Outfield: Melky Cabrera (San Francisco Giants)
Outfield: Carlos Beltran (St. Louis Cardinals)
Outfield: Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers)

National League Pitchers –

Matt Cain/RHP (San Francisco Giants), Aroldis Chapman/LHP (Cincinnati Reds), R.A. Dickey/RHP (New York Mets), Gio Gonzalez/LHP (Washington Nationals), Cole Hamels/LHP (Philadelphia Phillies), Joel Hanrahan/RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates), Clayton Kershaw/LHP (Los Angeles Dodgers), Craig Kimbrel/RHP (Atlanta Braves), Lance Lynn/RHP (St. Louis Cardinals, Wade Miley/LHP (Arizona Diamondbacks), Jonathan Papelbon/RHP (Philadelphia Phillies), Stephen Strasburg/RHP (Washington Nationals), Huston Street/RHP (San Diego Padres)

National League Reserves –

Catcher: Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals), Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia Phillies)
First Base: Bryan LaHair (Chicago Cubs)
Second Base: Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)
Third Base: David Wright (New York Mets)
Shortstop: Starlin Castro (Chicago Cubs), Ian Desmond (Washington Nationals)
Outfield: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers), Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds), Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins)

National League Final Vote Canidates –

Second Base: Aaron Hill (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Third Base: David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals), Chipper Jones (Atlanta Braves)
Outfield: Michael Bourn (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)

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