Sunday, April 10, 2011
Pacers' Granger talks trash
Danny Granger has is looking ahead to the Bulls-Pacers first-round playoff series, making a comment that will make him a marked man.
"Boston's a different monster," Granger told the Indianapolis Star. "They don't have the best record in the East, but they won championships. They know how to do it. They have four, five guys you have to worry about, from (Paul) Pierce, (Rajon) Rondo, (Kevin) Garnett and (Ray) Allen.
"Chicago, they go as Derrick Rose goes. If you make a concerted effort to stop Derrick Rose, you have a better chance to beat them." (chicagotribune.com)
Cubs sign veteran pitcher Ortiz
The Cubs have signed veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa.
Ortiz spent the 2010 season with three different organizations - the Dodgers, Mets and Rays - and finished with a 6.30 ERA over 16 major league appearances (two starts).
The 37-year-old will serve as starting rotation depth for the Cubs, who lost both Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells to injuries this past week.
Ortiz has a 4.93 career ERA and 1.42 career WHIP over 274 total appearances. He spent 2008 in Japan. (hardballtalk.com)
Yankees ink Silva to minor-league deal
According to SI's Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees signed Carlos Silva to a minor league deal Saturday.
The Yankees have been searching for starting pitching help all season and also have another former Cub Mark Prior in their minor leagues.
Silva was released by the Cubs just before the regular season started after the right-hander had some choice words to say about the organization. (Twitter--SI_JonHeyman)
Turco likely to change uniforms?
NHL free agency 2011 is not too far away. For goaltenders, there is a strong crop of high-profile free agents. According to the Bleacher Report, Marty Turco ranks on the top 11 goaltenders who are most likely to change uniforms.
Turco signed a one-year deal before this season, but quickly lost the job to rookie goalie Corey Crawford. And more and more, it's looking like Crawford is in the position of being the Blackhawks starter for a long time.
Turco is a free agent this summer, and could sign with a club that needs a starting goaltender. (Bleacher Report)
Manny Ramirez retiring
Major League Baseball has announced that Manny Ramirez has retired and that the announcement came after he was told of another issue with the drug treatment and prevention program.
Ramirez was 1 for 17 with the Tampa Bay Rays this season. In 24 games with the White Sox in 2010, Ramirez hit .261 with one home run and two RBIs. (hardballtalk.com)
Peyton Manning is a dad!
Congratulations are in order for Peyton Manning. The QB missed Wednesday morning's antitrust hearing because his wife Ashley gave birth to twins. Mom and the little boy and girl (Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson) are all doing well. (Pro Football Talk)
Agreement reached for Detroit Pistons sale
Michigan native and billionaire financier Tom Gores has reached a deal to purchase the Detroit Pistions. After months of negotiations, the Pistons have confirmed the sale has been agreed to. The terms of the deal remain unknown, but it does include The Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre.
We are pleased to welcome Tom Gores as the new owner of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment, owner Karen Davidson said in a statement. Just as my late husband, Bill Davidson, was the face of the Pistons, I am confident that Tom will bring the same energy, dedication and love to this organization. I look forward to seeing Tom follow in Bills footsteps, and carry on his legacy. (Pro Basketball Talk)