ESPN.com news services Referencing Allen Iverson's famed practice rant, San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon has dismissed a report that there was tension in the team clubhouse over bullpen stretching. "I'm shocked," Melancon told reporters Monday before the Giants' 9-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. "But honestly, if this is the thing we can point at and say this is the reason for the bad year so far, then please bring it on. We're talking about stretching, right? Stretching. I feel like Allen Iverson talking about stretching. We're still talking about stretching. I don't want to talk about stretching, but we're talking about stretching." Manager Bruce Bochy, meanwhile, called the whole
As the month of June draws to a close the competition for the NL West has loosened up considerably. The big three clubs of the West have faced each other over the course of the last two series and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks have all flip-flopped places. With the Rockies losing ground, the Dodgers on a hot streak, and the D-Backs ability to pull out crucial wins in Denver, the West is as wild as ever. The Dodgers are in control Let’s begin with the Dodgers, are they ever going to lose? After lining up ten straight wins, with consecutive sweeps of the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and ultimately the Rockies, the Dodgers have been on fire and have begun
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host a special 1st of July game this Saturday, highlighted by a State Forty Eight Patriotic T-shirt giveaway, Fireworks Spectacular and holiday-themed food items. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Patriotic T-shirt, courtesy of State Forty Eight, and enjoy a 7:10 p.m. matchup against National League West opponent Colorado Rockies in the comfort of air-conditioned Chase Field. After the game, fans will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Gila River Casinos. Due to the recent heat warnings, fans are encouraged to take extra measures and bring their own water to the game in preparation for potentially long lines at the gates before entering the ballpark.