Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dog Days of Summer Creepin

Enjoy the next couple of weeks of sports because the Dog Days of Summer are right around the corner.

But before we get there, we really have an exciting schedule coming up.

Starting tonight, the first place Tampa Rays head to Fenway Park for a three game series to prove to the world they belong. The Rays have a 1 1/2 game lead on the AL East. Pitchers for tonight, Tampa-Matt Garza (4-1, 3.78), and Boston-Justin Masterson (1-0. 1.46). Fenway is one of the toughest places for opposing teams. The Red Sox are, get this, 21-5! at home!

We'll start to see just how much the loss of Big Papi will affect Boston.

Also tonight, Joba Chamberlain makes his MLB debut as a starting pitcher. Sure his pitch count will be limited to 50-60, but this is the biggest adjustment for the Yankees as they try to shake things up and back into the division race. Also, it should be exciting getting to watch Joba pitch 3+ innings.

Joba (1-2, 2.28)faces a tough first start against the pesky Toronto Blue Jays. He's also going up against former Cy Young winner Roy Halladay (6-5, 2.93).

And unless you've been living under a rock, Thursday night the NBA Finals tip off. I said before, I like the Lakers in 5, maybe 6. Every game should be exciting, but throughout the entire playoffs, the Lakers have looked like the most dominant team in the NBA, also playing against much tougher competition than the Celtics, and you can really feel the desire burning in Kobe.

Saturday, according to Big Brown's trainer and jockey, we'll witness the first ever Triple Crown since Affirmed won the elusive title in 1978.

Next weekend, Tiger Woods comes back from surgery in attempt to dominate the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

After that, I hope your favorite baseball team is in the thick of a pennant race, if not, you've got nothing to look forward to other than the MLB All Star Game and NFL minicamps.

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