Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 6.3.14

-Yesterday, the Browns added some depth and competition at cornerback by signing Aaron Berry. He played for Mike Pettine in 2012 when Pettine was defensive coordinator for the New York Jets. Berry, 25, comes with a little baggage. He was arrested in July 2012 for aiming a gun at 3 bystanders in Pennsylvania. He's also been arrested for assult and driving under the influence after he hit two parked cars and fled the scene on foot. The Detroit Lions cut him after the assult and DUI charges the next day in 2012. When he signed with the Jets after being cut, he served a 3 game suspension and played in 7 games that season. Last year he tore his ACL in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve for the year.

Now this story brings me back to Josh Gordon. Josh Gordon never pulled a gun on anyone, assaulted anybody, nor been arrested for anything. This tells me the new regime is willing to give players with checkered pasts a chance. With Gordon still playing under his rookie contract, the Browns have a star receiver for a very low price. One of two things will happen to the Browns and Josh Gordon. Either he is suspended for a year and the Browns don't have to pay him. Or he wins his appeal or suspension is reduced, therefore his salary will be pro-rated and the Browns have a rising star. This is why I don't think the Browns will make any moves with Gordon.

-The NBA released their first and second team All-NBA Defensive teams yesterday.
First team
Center: Joakim Noah, Chicago (leading vote getter)
Forwards: Paul George, Indiana; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City; Andre Iguodala Guard/Forward, Golden State
Guard: Chris Paul, LA Clippers

Second Team
Forwards: Lebron James, Miami; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
Guards: Patrick Beverly, Houston; Jimmy Butler, Chicago
Center: Roy Hibbert, Indiana

-Justin Masterson broke the Boston Red Sox 7 game win streak and the Indians have a four game win streak. The Tribe defeated the Red Sox 3-2, as Masterson struck out 10 and improved his record to 3-4 for the season. Rightfielder David Murphy went 3-3 and Michael Bourn went 2-3, scoring 2 runs off of his efforts. Former Indian Grady Sizemore went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts for Boston. But yesterday, it was all about the Justin Masterson show. He pitched 7 innings, gave up 3 hits, 0 earned runs and only 4 walks. Relief pitcher Bryan Shaw came on in the 8th and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and seen only 2 batters on the night before he was replaced by Marc Rzepczynski. Cody Allen sealed the deal for the Tribe in the 9th to record his 4th save on the season. The Indians will battle the Red Sox again today and Browns running back Ben Tate will throw out the first pitch.

-In Women's College World Series action, the Florida Gators defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 5-0 in the first game of three. Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers had a perfect game going and a one hitter going into the bottom of the seventh. Jackie Traina for Alabama went 6 1/3 innings and gave up 5 runs. Traina has only allowed one earned run in her first three games of the World Series. Interesting story between Hannah Rogers and Jackie Traina. These two have known each other since little league softball. They battled each other throughout high school, knocking each other out of high school playoff games. And the battle has continued throughout college. Florida is now one win away from winning the College Softball National Championship.

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