Friday, July 29, 2016

Marlins Acquire Andrew Cashner

     The Miami Marlins have acquired starting pitchers Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and minor leaguer pitcher Tayron Guerrero from the San Diego Padres for pitchers Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps along with minor league players first baseman Josh Naylor and pitcher Luis Castillo.
     Cashner has a record of 4-7 with a 4.76 earned run average along 67 strikeouts in 79 innings of work this season. He has been with the Padres since 2012 when he was traded by the Chicago Cubs for Anthony Rizzo. Cashner was a staring pitcher with San Diego for five seasons and has a career record of 30-49 with a 3.73 earned run average.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dan Hellie To Announce Tennessee Titans

     Former South Florida sportscaster Dan Hellie has been named the preseason television play-by-play announcer of the Tennessee Titans. He will be joined by former Sun Sports college football analyst Charles Davis. Hellie, who is an University of Tennessee grad, currently is a studio host for NFL Network and joined that organization in July 2013.
     Hellie had a stint at WPTV-TV Channel 5 in West Palm Beach as the lead sports anchor from 2000 until 2003. He left for Orlando and had a three-year reign at WESH-TV as a sports director and sports anchor. Hellie moved onto WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. and worked as a sportscaster from July 2006 to July 2013.
     He began his television broadcasting career at Alexandria, Minnesota in 1997. Hellie then was employed at WPDE-TV in Florence, South Carolina from 1998 until 2000 as a sports director and sports anchor.

Marlins Blanked Twice

     The Miami Marlins were shut out in two consecutive home games. They lost 3-0 to the New York Mets on Sunday and were held to two hits by the Philadelphia Phillies as they fell 4-0 on Monday night. The Fish were shut out only three times during the first half of the season.
     The Marlins are currently on a ten-game homestand and everyone has been looking at the milestone of Ichiro reaching 3,000 career hits. He has appeared on four occasions as a pinch-hitter and has been unable to get a base hit as he remains at 2,996 hits.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Andrea D'Marco Promoted On WWE Roster

     Andrea D'Marco has added duties as a interviewer in World Wrestling Entertainment. She appeared during the WWE pay-per-view event Battleground on Sunday night. She has been a ring announcer and interviewer at NXT in Orlando for the last three months.
     D'Marco, who previously went by the name of Andrea Ocampo, was the game operations arena host with the Florida Panthers in Sunrise for four years and finished her stint in late April. She also was the game operations stadium host for Florida Atlantic University football games in Boca Raton.

Mike Piazza Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

      Former Miami Marlins catcher Mike Piazza was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, New York. He became just the second player in Marlins franchise history to receive the well-known plaque. Outfielder Andre Dawson was the first to get that honor in 2010.
     Piazza was with the Marlins for one week, played five games for them and batted .278 in his short stint. The Fish acquired him on May 15, 1998 from the Los Angeles Dodgers and traded him one week later on May 22 to the New York Mets.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Strikers Lose To Minnesota United FC

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers dropped to last place as they fell to the Minnesota United FC 3-1 at NSC Stadium on Saturday night. Fort Lauderdale is now winless in their first five games of the NASL fall season. The Strikers next game will be their final home game ever held at Lockhart Stadium on July 30.
     Fort Lauderdale(0-4-1) continued the same pattern that has happened to the club throughout the entire month of July as they did not score in the first half for the sixth consecutive game and that included their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against the Chicago Fire three nights ago.
     Minnesota United FC(3-1-0) picked up two goals in the first half as JC Banks scored in the 13th minute and Christian Ramirez followed in the 23rd minute.
     The Strikers closed the margin during the 54th minute of play when Paulo Jr. put in a tally. It was his first goal since he began his second stint with Fort Lauderdale. It was the first goal by the Strikers in over 400 minutes of all competitions and the last time they got on the scoreboard was against the Miami FC on July 2. The Loons extended their margin to 3-1 in the 70th minute with an Ismaila Jome goal.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chicago Fire Eliminate Strikers

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were eliminated by the Chicago Fire 3-0 in a quarterfinal of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Toyota Park on Wednesday night. The Strikers went further in the national club tournament than ever in franchise history as they defeated Major League Soccer clubs DC United and Orlando City SC in June.
     Chicago tallied two goals in the first half and pulled out to the lead. David Accam put in a penalty kick five minutes in and Michael de Leeuw scored from close range during the 30th minute. The Strikers surrendered another goal following a corner kick in the 51st minute as Khaly Thiam finished the play.