Cardinals trade for Carson Palmer
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the trade sending Palmer from the Oakland Raiders to Arizona is now official. Palmer will make up to $20 million over the next two seasons. That's a pay cut from his Oakland contract, but not a huge one. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported $10 million of Palmer's contract is guaranteed.
The Cardinals only have to give up a seventh-round pick, and that's only if Palmer starts a certain number of games, Rapoport reported.
Cyclones coach wins ECHL Coach of Year
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators announced today that Head Coach Jarrod Skalde has been named the recipient of the John Brophy Trophy – awarded annually to the ECHL coach selected to have contributed the most to his team’s success as selected in a vote of league coaches.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers,” said Skalde. “I’m very proud to accept this award on behalf of our entire hockey club, who have all contributed to our success this season. There are many outstanding coaches around our league that are also well deserving of this award, and I’m very honored to be acknowledged.”
Skalde led the Cyclones to their first North Division title since 2009 with a 42-22-8 record for 92 points, a 13-point improvement over the 2011-12 season. It is the third-most wins and second-most points for the Cyclones since the club returned to the ECHL for the 2006-07 season. The 2012-13 campaign was also the earliest a Cyclones team had clinched a Division Title.
From Tom DeWees
Coming out of high school, Braxton Lane was a two sport star. In football he was honorable mention all-state in Georgia, and in baseball he was an Under Armour "All American". He turned down a scholarship offer to play football for Chip Kelly's high flying offense at Oregon and instead followed his dream of playing major league baseball. That didn't work out so last year he wanted to go back to football and he came to UC. Monday morning he was practicing football, but baseball was still on his mind.
This is awesome
From Elias Sports Bureau: Reds pitchers struck out 17 batters while Angels pitchers struck out 13 in their 13-inning opening-day battle. That set a modern major-league record for strikeouts by both teams in what was a season-opening game (of any length) for each team. The previous high was 29, by the White Sox and Mariners, on March 31, 1996.
We had a blast broadcasting from the Holy Grail. The place was nuts.
Thanks to the Holy Grail for having us and taking care of us. Thanks to everyone that was hanging out with us.
Cick HERE for a photo gallery of the day
Final: Angels 3 Reds 1 (13 innings)
Opening day observations
4 hours 45 minutes...13 innings, 4 runs, 9 for 87 at plate, 30 K.
“We don’t have the depth of some of the bigger-market teams, so one big injury could be trouble," Bob Castellini joining us at Holy Grail Banks (1:45)
30 combined K's: 17 Angels, 13 Reds
The 17 strikeouts by Reds pitchers is a club record for Opening Day. The previous Opening Day record was 14 strikeouts (Opening Day 1969 vs the Dodgers). Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau.
Reds were 3 for 42 on the day....1 for 37 minus Choo.
Cueto was stud like: Loaded in 7th, one out, he K'd Ianetta and Shuck and was nasty.
Cueto held batters to 0-17 with bases loaded last year. Amazing.
I think, I think I saw the Reds leadoff hitter get on base three times.
Brutal day for Bruce. '12 with RISP .188, career .195.
Reds held Trout-Pujols-Hamilton to 1 for 14.
Angels held Phillips-Votto-Bruce to 0 for 14.
Ludwick had walked twice, did that just 5 times in 125 games last year.
Broxton mowed down top order in 8th.
Hoover showed a pair getting out of 12th innings jam, big K of Trout.
Hoover threw the most pitches of his ML career (47), previous high was 37.
Home plate ump Dale Scott called as miserable a game as you will ever see.
I heard the woooooo, it must be stopped.
Angels made three errors, trying to hand game to Reds.
RISP=RIP, again, 0 for 10
I have not seen replay of Bourjes ball hit directly over Choo's head. Stubbs probably has it. Choo was playing in CF at GABP without a Sunday workout. Pass granted.
If Heisey wasn't hustling to backup, the Bourjes triple was an inside the park HR.
Chapman K's Hamilton at 95mph, 82, 97 and 86.
Don't like Dusty bunting BP with runners on 1st/2nd, nobody out in 8th. It took bat out of Votto's hands with IBB. Heisey, who could not lift a fly ball, and Bruce then K'd back to back.
Still don't get throwing home run ball back at GABP, seems cliche.
Who moves to cleanup without Ludwick? BP, with Cozart to 2nd? Senator Rob Portman and I were discussing Frazier in the cleanup spot yesterday.
Votto probably better get used to a lot of IBB while Ludwick is out.
Phil Castellini told me about 4,000 tix remain for Opening Night and season ticket total is just over 13,000.
Boxscore: Longest Opening Day for Reds, 14 innings vs Dodgers, 1975
What they are saying
Columbus Dispatch: Reds must deal with the pressure of "should"
MLB.com: Reds' loss significant
Did Mike Scioscia actually pull off a quadruple switch in the 11th inning?
Hal McCoy: Josh Hamilton still a fan favorite in Cincinnati
Miklasz: To worry or not to worry in St Louis?
Clip and save: MLB payrolls for 2013
The World Series winner will be....
Why they might not: Its tough to raise many questions here, now that Votto is healthy again and the Chapman controversy is finally defunct. But scouts who covered the Reds this spring still aren't sure if Choo can handle center field, or what happens if he can't. And then there's this: "Last year, they got 161 starts from their five main guys in that rotation," said one exec. "That's not going to happen again. They're going to have to use their (pitching) depth a lot more." The average NL team used 10 starting pitchers last year. Do the Reds have 10 to turn to if they deal with just a normal amount of injuries and issues? Their season could hang on the answer.
Photos from Opening Day
New Diamond Seats
They have expanded Crosley Terrace
The new Budweiser Bowtie Bar in LF
What a sight: The calm before the game
Did you see these kids outside GABP? They were real and accepting tips.
Check out what the AAA Bats are giving away Thursday night
AJ Green is bringing his football camp to Cincinnati this summer
Brian Leonard signs with Tampa Bay
CBS on Palmer: I applaud the Raiders for getting out of the Palmer business by any means necessary. He has become pouty and malcontent and is years away from looking like a winning quarterback, with his demands and stances putting himself above the team. He orchestrated his way out of Cincinnati, agreed to a new hefty deal with the Raiders, and it became pretty clear he wasn't enamored with the Raiders situation, either.
Mick Cronin passes on Minnesota
Toughest college football schedules next season
Old Big East's new name likely to have "American" in it
While a name hasn’t been settled on yet, it will likely have “American” in it. According to Mark Blaudshun, “The American Athletic Conference” or “The American Metro Conference” are two possibilities.
Kentucky: Cauley-Stein and Wiltjer to return, Goodwin to enter NBA draft
Honors for Christon
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University freshman guard Semaj Christon has been named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team, which was announced on Monday as part of the CollegeInsider.com award program. The top freshman will be announced and will receive his award on April 5 in Atlanta, the site of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four.