Starting Nine: Easy as pie
Many things are happening -- on Cut4, in baseball and out there in the rest of the world. Here are nine you need to know about today:
1. Lucky number ... six?
The Red Sox are hot -- Thursday night's 11-4 win win over the Indians is their sixth straight -- as are the Rockies after sweeping the Mets 11-3 for the latest in a six-game streak of their own.
2. It's like rain on your
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The Cubs' planned "Weather Education Day" was postponed due to heavy rain at Wrigley Thursday. Alanis Morrisette would probably have something to say about this.
3. Matt Wieters is really serious about this diet, you guys
The Orioles nailed a 10-6 victory over the Rays, thanks to a walk-off grand slam by Matt Wieters in the tenth. But that's just the icing on the cake -- well, pie. The boy's got some moves ...
4. ... but so does Carlos Gomez
The Brewers center fielder dodged a post-victory water cooler shower with agility that defies science. What is going on here? Is there a secret underground legion of ballplayers with Heroes powers? (Microsoft is looking to reboot the series, after all).
5. Derek Jeter, then and now
Sad news for the Yankees shortstop Thursday: a second fracture in his left ankle has caused a setback in his recovery from his October injury, with a new estimated return date of July. On a lighter note, a rare high school scouting report of Jeter's has hit the Interwebs.
6. Don Orsillo cuts the mustard
Or steals it, anyway. The Red Sox broadcaster got a stern talking to from boothmate Jerry Remy when his condiment-lifting habit came to light.
7. Brook Lopez changes sports, boroughs
Taking his mind off the imminent NBA playoffs, Nets center Brook Lopez tossed the first pitch for the Yanks in Thursday's game against Arizona. Come November, the entire Yankees lineup will be playing H.O.R.S.E down at Barclays Center.
8. Lights, camera, Montee
The Brewers also welcomed an athlete of a different sort onto the mound, entrusting Thursday's first pitch to Wisconsin football star Montee Ball. Looks like Ball may have discovered a passion for the cinema to boot.
9. And for once, we're not talking about Cooperstown
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 28th-annual induction ceremony took place Thursday night, with Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Rush among the honorees. Rush is the first Canadian band to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and lead singer Geddy Lee is a huge Blue Jays fan -- as well as a pretty solid pitcher.
-- Cut4 staff