Five Things For June 9th: Michigan State Basketball on the Verge of Landing Transfer Eron Harris
1. Tom Izzo appears to be on the verge of landing a big time transfer. ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports that former West Virginia guard Eron Harris is leaning towards Michigan State:
Harris scored 17.2 points per game at WVU last year. He also shot over 42% from three-point range last year. He would have to sit out a year before playing for his new team.
2. Unless they meet in the postseason, last night was the final time that Boston and Detroit will meet in the regular season. I am sure Tigers fans will not miss seeing David Ortiz up at the plate for the rest of the year.
Big Papi launched another dagger into the right field bleachers last night. With the Tigers holding on to a one-run lead, Ortiz came up with runners on first and second. Joba Chamberlain then grooved him a breaking ball that he did not miss:
The Tigers did win two of three against the Sox this weekend, but let one slip away last night. They still maintain a three-game lead in the AL Central.
One the bright side, Eugenio Suarez went two for three and Phil Coke pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. On the negative side of things, Miguel Cabrera left this game with a hamstring injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
3. The Miami Heat were able to even their series up against the Spurs in what was a very evenly played game. After leaving game one because of cramping, LeBron James was deadly in game two. He went on a tear in the third and fourth quarter, and wound up with 35 points. Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade also made huge shots in the final minutes to propel Miami to their 98-96 victory.
4. Manny Machado is one of the best young players in baseball, but his antics yesterday were pretty indefensible. First, he hit Oakland A's catcher Derrick Norris with two different backswings. Then, he threw his bat out towards third base. Benches cleared. You can watch the video here:
5. Felix Hernandez doesn't get the level of press he deserves, mostly because of the market he plays in. King Felix is a wonderful pitcher, and struck out 15 batters in only seven innings. The Mariners tacked on five runs in the ninth to get a win.