LAst Night's Action: National League Tanks Again
American League defeats National League 4-3. Perhaps we can call this the All Star Game that the NL West helped to lose for the NL. San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum started the game for the NL and promptly gave up two runs to the AL although only one was earned. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley came in the fifth inning with the NL leading 3-2 and gave up a run to tie the game. And just to rub salt in the wounds San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell gave up the winning run to the AL in the top of the eighth inning. Meanwhile the AL East was perhaps responsible for winning the game for the AL. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon managed the AL, Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon got the win, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera got the save and Rays outfielder Carl Crawford won the MVP trophy thanks to a home run saving catch at the fence off of a fly ball hit by Colorado Rockies Brad Hawpe in the seventh inning. With the win the AL gets home field advantage in the World Series and extend their unbeaten streak in the All Star Game to 13 years.
- Broderick Turner of the LA Times is reporting that the have pulled their three-year $27 million offer to Lamar Odom. Odom, who made $14,1 million this past season, was eying an offer closer to a five-year $50 million deal. He's been talking to the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, but nothing will probably happen until the Utah Jazz decide whether or not to match Portland Trail Blazer's offer to restricted free agent Paul Millsap. The Jazz have until Friday to match the offer. If they do Portland will have the cap room to offer Odom the $10 million per year that he's eyeing. The Heat and Mavericks can only offer a mid-level exception at just over $5 million per year.
- The Clippers are talking to Allen Iverson and want to meet with him face to face in order to discuss him coming off the bench. Allen, who said after the season that he would retire before coming off the bench, would be given the mid-level exception by the Clippers if he is amenable to being a bench player. In a back court that already features Baron Davis and Eric Gordon, it could get pretty crowded.