The Night in Sports - 5/19 -

The Night in Sports - 5/19

Jim Edmonds paying dividends for the Cubs with a strong catch against the Astros. That's where Edmonds can help the Cubs--playing defense. He's shown very little offensively the past two seasons but for the price the Cubs are paying he could be a major asset on defense.

Two years ago, Jon Lester was diagnosed with a form of cancer that affects the lymph system. Tonight he tosses a no-hitter. What makes it so unlikely is the fact that he had never tossed a complete game before tonight. He's the first Sox lefty to pitch a no-no in 52 years. Cool story on a number of levels. By the way, the last Sox lefty to toss a no-hitter was Mel Parnell in 1956. If you knew that, you are a baseball savant.

Ryan Ludwick goes deep again, blasting his 12th of the season in the first inning at San Diego. He has 120 at bats which doesn't qualify him for the top ten in the National League . That should change shortly. But right now, at 9:35 pm Monday night, his .342 batting average would be sixth best in the N.L., his 12 home runs would tie him for fifth in the N.L. and his 31 RBI would be 14th best. He's on a 50 homer pace based on a 500 at bat season.

Another setback for Mark Mulder tonight. He has more soreness in his rotator cuff and has been scratched from tomorrow night's scheduled start for Memphis. This isn't looking good.

San Antonio goes to New Orleans and wins game seven. Don't tell me Kobe Bryant and the Lakers aren't worried about Tim Duncan and company in the West Finals. Still, I'll stick with what I said two weeks ago--I think the Lakers are the best team in the NBA. But, I always root for Tim Duncan. He's in my top 20 all time NBA players. And he conducts himself in a first class manner.

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