- The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 in extra innings last evening to win this weekend’s series 2-1. Josh Reddick, pictured above, hit a 10th inning single, driving in the winning run for the first game-winning hit of his career. The victory allowed Boston to claim 1st place in the AL East.
- The Philadelphia Phillies fell 3-1 to the San Francisco Giants in Roy Oswalt’s return.
- Washington National’s pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the phenom they selected with the #1 overall pick a few years ago, made his first minor league appearance since having Tommy John surgery. Strasburg, known for his punishing velocity and ability to hit 100 mph 4 or 5 innings into the game, struck out 4.
- MLB officials announced they will not punish NY Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for his involvement in an undergound, high stakes New York poker game. This is the second time league representatives have spoken to Rodriguez about his extra-curricular gambling.
- One day after signing former New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis to a 1-year deal, the New England Patriots came to terms with former Washington Redskins defensive end Andre Carter. The Patriots have spent a lot of money this offseason trying to solidify their defensive line after the group had a sub-par performance last season.
- As we mentioned this weekend in our Quick Hits, Giants rookie CB Prince Amukamara suffered a foot injury that will require surgery. Amukamara fractured his fifth metatarsal and will undergo surgery this week. Giants OT Will Beatty suffered a similar injury last season and it cost him nearly 2 months, however due to the physical demand on cornerbacks, the injury may keep the rookie out about 10 weeks. Team officials said they are eying October as a potential return time.
- Due to the lockout, players who are unhappy with their current contracts had far less time to renegotiate new deals. While some players chose to cut their holdouts short to return to practice, there are still a few who have yet to return. Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is still sitting out due to what he claims is a “knee injury”, the latest in a series of blows to New York’s roster which included the injury to Amukamara, Kevin Boss’ signing with the Oakland Raiders, and Ben Patrick’s unexpected retirement. Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte also looks like he will be holding out for a while, as he told reporters he is prepared to even sit out the team’s games if he isn’t granted a new contract. Conversely, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson appears as if he will end his holdout today and return to practice.