Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Leadoff with Lee 6.4.14
-The Cavs have interviewed five candidates to fill their vacant coaching job so far. Those who have been interviewed are Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue, Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, former Bulls and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and veteran coach Alvin Gentry. The Cavs have been mum about any front runners in their search so far, but all I can say is that it will be a assistant coach or one of two former head coaches. It could be possible that the Cavs may want to interview an assistant coach that's still in the playoffs or a assistant who was recently eliminated from the playoffs. Another possibility is the Cavs can hire one of fired Mike Brown's assistant coaches. Remember, Brown was the only one fired not his staff. I do believe they will hire someone before the NBA draft on June 26, but it's obvious they want to do a thorough search.
-Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was suspended for one year for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. His violation was a positive test for marijuana. The one year suspension also means he was in stage 3 of the substance abuse policy. Well, so is Browns WR Josh Gordon. This tells me that a decision on Josh Gordon can happen at any minute. Gordon has appealed his suspension, and if we even hear the words Josh Gordon and NFL in the same sentence that will mean he is suspended. If we hear nothing at all from the NFL that means Gordon won his appeal and the NFL will not release a statement. At the time this piece was written, I have not heard anything. So like the old saying goes "No news is good news".
-Five straight wins by the Indians means they are not only rockin', but they are rolling too. Yesterday's 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox puts them 4 1/2 games behind the first place Detroit Tigers. Do you remember just two weeks ago they were ten games out and a possible seller for the trade deadline?
Indians pitcher Nick Hagadone got his first win of the season, even though T.J House got the start. House left the game pitching 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 earned runs, 4 strikeouts and a 3-2 lead. Marc Rzepczynski came in to close out the sixth inning followed by Scott Atchinson in the seventh inning, who gave up a earned run to give House the no decision. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Michael Bourn hits a two run double to give the Tribe a 5-3 lead. Cody Allen pitched 1 1/3 innings to record his fifth save of the season. The Indians will wrap the series up and go for their second straight sweep today with Boston at 7:05. And the good luck charm is Johnny "F'N" Football throwing out the first pitch. I can't forget the Browns FIRST, first round pick, cornerback Justin Gilbert, will also throw a first pitch too.
-The Florida Gators completed the sweep of Alabama to win the Women's College World Series. The Gators dominated in their 6-3 win over the Crimson Tide. Lauren Haegar got the start for the Gators but Delanie Gourley got the win. Hannah Rogers recorded the save for the Gators. Alabama pitcher Jaclyn Traina was rocked early, giving up a homerun and a few key base hits to give the Gators a early lead that they never lost. At one point Florida was up 5-0. What a great season of college softball. Rogers and Traina will continue playing for Team USA, so this will not be the last of softball you hear from me. Congrats Florida, Go Team USA!