The Viral Roundup – Mauled By Tigers Edition
Greetings! Welcome to another fresh go-around of The Viral Roundup. (Mmm… That new Viral Roundup smell!) We’re your single shot collection of all the big news, big buzz and big scores making headlines this morning. In today’s edition: The Twins get eaten alive in Detroit, the Capitals and Bruins square off in Washington and Ludacris goes into Beast Mode.
Did You Hear?
Did Minnesota even bring their bats to Comerica Park? For the second straight game the Tigers blanked the Twins, this time with an end total of 11-0. Anibal Sanchez racked up six Ks as the home starter and 2B Ian Kinsler provided some healthy run support with four RBI. Twins skipper Paul Molitor is hoping his club can at least score a run on Tigers starter Shane Greene today. The line on this afternoon’s contest has Detroit as the favourite at -164. By the way, Detroit closer (and former Twin) Joe Nathan is DL bound with elbow trouble.
Did You See?
Ludacris has paired up with Marshawn Lynch for his (Luda’s) new music video. The promo for “Beast Mode” opens with an homage to the press dealings of the NFL’s premier Skittle vacuum. The language in the video would definitely draw the wrath of Roger Goodell if it were used after a Seahawks game, so consider this your NSFW warning.
Did You Know?
- The Bruins saw their five game win streak burst into flames on Wednesday night. The Washington Capitals, a club that’s already punched their postseason ticket, blanked the B’s 3-0 in D.C.. Braden Holtby stopped all 27 shots that came his way and blueliner John Carlson was among the scorers that put a puck past Tukka Rask. Boston is now tied in points with the Senators for the final Wildcard spot in NHL’s Eastern Conference (the Bruins hold the tiebreaker) and the Penguins are one point up on both clubs for the other Wildcard position. The Bruins close out the regular season with a pair of road contests in the Sunshine State.
- It’s been a tough year for Blue Jackets fans following a great 2013-2014 campaign, but they did get to cheer their club crushing the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Columbus chased Leafs keeper James Reimer out of the bulding with four goals on twenty shots in a 5-0 victory. Scott Hartnell put in his 27th marker of the season over the sixty minutes and new TOR-to-CBJ acquisition David Clarkson was out of the lineup with a season-ending tear of his oblique muscle. The Leafs currently hold the fourth worst record in the NHL.
- An altercation outside of a New York nightclub has resulted in Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland getting stabbed in the abdomen with his wife stabbed as well. Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks were also at the location of the incident and were arrested for refusing to move as police tried to establish a crime scene.
- Even with the awful news of Copeland and his wife getting stabbed, the Pacers still had a scheduled contest taking place on Wednesday. Indiana handed the lowly New York Knicks a 102-86 loss at Madison Square Garden. Pacers center Roy Hibbert notched a double-double with an 11 point/11 rebound night. Indiana are on a tidy 3-0 streak at the moment.
- Both Sefolosha and Antic were not in the lineup for Atlanta’s road contest against the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks needed Nets forward Joe Johnsoon to miss a potential game-tying 24 footer to escape with the 114-111 win. Al Horford provided 24 points and 7 rebounds in the ATL W and the loss complicates matters for BK. Brooklyn’s now in the #8 spot in the East and hold a miniscule one game lead over the Pacers and Heat. The Nets host the Wizards on Friday.
- The Celtics continue their battle to make it into the postseason. Beating Detroit 113-103 is certainly a positive for the club as they continue to grip on to the lower playoff rungs of the Eastern Conference. Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and lit up the Pistons for 34 points when the final buzzer hit. The degree of difficulty gets amped up tomorrow night when Boston travels to Cleveland to take on the Cavs.
- Chicago lost some ground in their attempt to keep Washington from closing in on the home court beckoning #4 seed. The Magic scored a 105-103 home upset in a game that included Derrick Rose playing a shade under 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Wizards clobbered the lottery lusting Philadelphia 76ers 119-90. Washington big man Marcin Gortat was a force to be reckoned with. #4 scored 18, collected 7 boards and blocked 4 shots in 26 minutes on the court. D.C.’s professional basketball club has won their last four games.
- The Pelicans were absolutely blown out in Tennessee on Wednesday night. Memphis hammered New Orleans 110-74 and bumped the Pelicans down to a 42-36 record. It’s a win-loss total that Oklahoma City also has and both franchises are looking to lock up the #8 spot in the West. Nailing the final playoff spot is not going to be easy for New Orleans if they put in more 28 for 80 shooting nights.
- Tony Parker put in 27 points and Kawhi Leonard provided 20 as the Spurs thumped the Rockets 110-98 in San Antonio. The Spurs are now on a nine game win streak and sit half a game back of Houston and Memphis for the peak position in the Southwest. James Harden scored 22 points in a losing cause. The Rockets and Spurs will go head-to-head again on Friday night with the scene shifting to Houston.
- The Cubs have their first win of 2015. A strong starting performance from Jake Arrieta kept the bats of the Cardinals quiet in a 2-0 matinee victory. Starlin Castro and Miguel Montero both batted in runs at Wrigley Field and Joe Maddon earned his first win as Chicago’s manager.
- Philadelphia locked up a win in the second interleague game of this young season. Phillies RF Jeff Francoeur blasted a three run dinger and Aaron Harang struck out eight in the 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. Adding insult to interleague injury, former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon collected the save.
- Jordan Zimmerman earned the first win of his 2015 campaign. In a 2-1 Nationals win, Zimmerman allowed a solitary run and four hits over six innings versus the Mets. Washington 1B Ryan Zimmerman took Jacob deGrom deep for a two run shot to double the good outings had by Nationals named Zimmerman. The two NL East squads meet up again today for a matinee bout.
- The Astros were left looking foolish after Carlos Carrasco registered 10 Ks against them in a 2-0 Indians win. 1B Carlos Santana (not the “Smooth” guy) and 3B Mike Aviles both socked taters and Cleveland’s bullpen turned in a stellar performance in the victory at Minute Maid Park and both teams are back at it again for an afternoon bout today in Houston.
- Prep your green jacket accordingly because it’s time for the Masters. Augusta’s prestigious spring golf tournament begins today and Rory McIlroy is considered by oddsmakers to be the most likely victor. (Y’know, because he’s the best golfer in the world right now.) McIlroy is currently slated as a 13/2 shot to emerge the winner. Jordan Spieth (9/1), Bubba Watson (11/1), Dustin Johnson (14/1) and Jason Day (14/1) trail the Northern Irishman in the sportsbook odds rankings. If you think Tiger Woods can pull off a shocker in Georgia, the odds staring back at you are 25/1.
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