Since the Garza trade is still in limbo, there isn’t a definitive baseball-related topic to talk about. The Cowboys started camp today, but that isn’t important, really, in the grand scheme of things. Instead, I’m going to summarize everything that has happened today. There’s power in numbers, right?
- The Orioles swept them, with Chris Tillman getting the W. An aggressive move by Buck Showalter aimed to get his all-star the complete game, but Adrian Beltre nixed that idea when he hit a lead off homerun. Tillman, who is often victimized by homeruns, was pulled for Showalter’s most trusted asset: Darren O’day. The submariner finished off the game and the sweep. The Orioles continued their early inning dominance, “outscor[ing] Texas 12-0 in the first three innings during the series.”
- The Matt Garza trade has somewhat fallen apart. What used to look like a done deal is now wide-open, with the Pirates, Red Sox and Orioles all showing interest. Texas is still in the mix, but the Cubs have tried to give themselves other avenues other than just the Rangers.
- Jeff Sullivan wrote a very thoughtful piece on the topic. Basically, he argues that the Rangers must have doubts in the comebacks of some of their pitchers if they think they need Garza.
- Yu Darvish is coming back tomorrow.
- Part of the reason for Boston’s increased interest is some disappointing news for their own ace. Clay Bucholtz is getting a second opinion on his neck from Dr. James Andrews. He has been on the DL since June 9, and won’t be able to complete a scheduled rehab assignment-that portion will be postponed.
- The Cowboys had their opening day of camp. One truly tragic event occurred, but otherwise it was mostly basic conditioning. It
is also the first official day under Monte Kiffin’s new 4-3 scheme.
- Tyrone Crawford, in what has to be one of the most depressing stories of the year, tore his Achilles tendon and will probably miss the year.
- Tony Romo has been cleared to play after having an offseason surgery to remove a cyst from his back.
- After stashing him for four years, the Mavericks may trade Nick Calathes to Memphis. Calathes was finally ready to come to the NBA, but may arrive there in a different uniform if the Mavericks sign Gael Mekel, of Israel.