The Viral Roundup – First Blood Edition
Did You Hear?
The Texas Rangers were far from accomodating guests on Thursday in the matinee Game 1 tilt versus the Toronto Blue Jays. David Price was smacked around for five runs over seven innings as Texas (a +225 moneylin road underdog) earned a 5-3 victory at Rogers Centre. The Rangers enjoyed some power at the bottom of order with Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor both belting homers. In addition to launching the postseason for both clubs, the opening tilt featured a number of scary injury concerns for Jays and Rangers fans. MVP contender Josh Donaldson exited early after taking a knee to the head and Jose Bautista sat out the end of the game with hamstring cramps. (Early word is that Donaldson passed a concussion test.) Adrian Beltre’s day ended early as well with the third baseman leaving in the third frame due to back stiffness. Game 2 takes place this afternoon.
Did You See?
It feels like it’s taking forever for the National Basketball Association to return with a new regular season slate of action, but there’s still fun to be had in the preseason. Check this clip of LeBron James sharing some selfie magic with a collection of young fans. Speaking of King James, his Cleveland Cavaliers are currently pegged as the favourite to win this year’s NBA title at 11/4 odds. Trailing not too far behind are San Antonio (7/2), Golden State (5/1) and Oklahoma City (7/2). The new season tips off on October 27.
Did You Know?
- The Astros have followed up their Tuesday Wild Card win with a 5-2 road victory over the Royals. Houston, a +125 underdog, enjoyed six strong innings on the mound from Collin McHugh while Colby Rasmus notched his second postseason dinger in as many games. Kauffman Stadium hosts Game 2 this afternoon with Scott Kazmir as Houston’s starting pitcher and KC countering with Johnny Cueto.
- The Indianapolis Colts are now 3-2 on the season with Matt Hasselbeck racking two of those Ws. The 40-year-old QB threw for 213 yards and 2 TDs in Andrew Luck’s absence to beat the Texans 27-20. The Colts, who started off with a 13-0 lead, enjoyed a pair of touchdown catches from ex-Texans mainstay Andre Johnson. Indy’s been a juggernaut in the AFC South with 16 consecutive divisional wins, but they have a huge test against the AFC East leading Patriots next week.
- Miami’s rough start to the season has seen head coach Joe Philbin get the axe and now the Dolphins have done away with defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will be taking over for Coyle in a position that was supposed to have been given a boost with the arrival of Ndamukong Suh. The Fins are dead last in the league’s run defense rankings and a dismal 30th in total yards allowd. Miami’s currently in the middle of a bye week.
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