Sports Blurbals 8/31

By Nicholas Guldin
August 31, 2010

-Manny Ramirez will no longer be wearing the blue baseball cap in Los Angeles. He’s trading it in for a black baseball cap in Chicago and will make his debut on Tuesday against the Indians. Ramirez is beginning to create a pattern with his movement. Manny’s effort with the Red Sox in 2008 led to turmoil within Boston’s organization. He requested a trade months in advance and eventually his lack of effort and antics became to much to handle in Boston. The Dodgers dug themselves into a serious hole in the N.L. West and decided this would be the right time to let Manny go. With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, there wasn’t much more the Dodgers management could do for a player who had no desire to play. Read more at

-After taking a beating by the Houston Astros, the Phillies decided to wake up and play some ball over the weekend as they swept the San Diego Padres in the three-game series. But the woes continued as the Phils almost allowed Hideki Kuroda to walk away with a no-hitter. Thanks to Shane Victorino’s single in the eighth inning, the Phillies escaped the no-hitter by the skins of their teeth but were dealt a 3-0 loss nonetheless. Consistently the starting pitchers put in solid performances on the mound while the offense finds itself at a stand still. With the N.L. East in their grasp, the Phils take on the Brewers in a three-game series starting Friday. Read more at

-Donovan McNabb might not play in Washington’s season opener? Philly fans take a look. On Aug. 21, McNabb sprained his ankle during a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. Expecting to practice the next week, McNabb found himself in a boot and then an air cast. The injury does look like it is getting better but Redskin fans already have a preview of what they may be experiencing all season with the aging quarterback. Read more at

-The Crimson Tide will be without their Heisman Trophy winner in the season opener against San Jose State. Late into Monday nights practice, Ingram hurt his knee and had to under-go arthroscopic surgery. The surgery took place last Tuesday. Coach Nick Saban said Ingram will be managed on a week-to-week basis and may possibly have to sit out their second game as well against No. 19 Penn State. Thankfully Alabama has an extremely capable backup, Trent Richardson, to take the reigns. Read more at

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