5 Things For April 16th: Tigers Open Series at Fenway Park
1. The Tigers will return to Fenway Park for the the first time since last year's nightmare ALCS. Two coveted pending free agent pitchers will be dueling tonight, as Max Scherzer will face Jon Lester. Both players are having outstanding seasons, and will be landing monster deals this off-season. Lester has a 2.75 ERA through 55.2 innings this season, and is striking out over 10 batters per nine innings. Noted Tiger-killer David Ortiz is on fire, belting four home runs in his last three games. He is 17 for his last 33 with eight extra-base hits.
2. Stan Van Gundy was introduced as the Pistons coach and president of basketball operations yesterday. He was his energetic, refreshing self. He spoke about the Greg Monroe situation, saying in that Mlive.com article that "He values Greg highly." That is contradictory to a Sporting News report stating that Monroe is likely on his way out of town.
3. The conference finals are set, and they should be fantastic. The Pacers pulled away from the Wizards late to wrap up a 93-80 win. Indiana will play the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, a team that they pushed to seven games last season. The Pacers do not appear to be playing at the level they were last season, but we'll see how far they can push Miami this year.
Out west, it should be a terrific series between the Thunder and the Spurs. OKC finished off the Clippers with a 104-98 win. Oklahoma City and San Antonio played a whale of a six game series two years ago. The Thunder won that one, but obviously the rosters have changed quite a bit. The most glaring omission from that series is James Harden.
4. There will be a game seven in the NHL tonight between two California teams. The Kings and Ducks will conclude what has been a great series between two excellent teams. Anaheim has the home ice advantage tonight, and I have no clue who has the upper-hand in this matchup. The winner will play Chicago in the conference finals.
5. There were a couple of walk-off in baseball last night. Mike Trout hit his first walk-off home run last night, and there will be many more before the end of his career. Also, the Twins got a walk of winner over the Red Sox.
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