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Saturday June 3, 2006 4:21 am

Tap The Schedule And Twist The Cap: 6.3.06

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Golf, MLB, NBA, Playoffs,

NBA: Congrats to the Miami Heat for earning their first NBA Finals appearance by beating the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Detroit Pistons.  Last night’s 95-78 win made history for the Heat.  They await the winner of tonight’s Western Conference series.

*If the Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns in the desert, they will also make history as they would make their first appearance in the NBA Finals just like the Heat.  However, it will be a tough road to do so as they get back in the heat of the Suns homecourt.  However, as they’ve proven in Game Three, the Mavs are fully capable of beating the Suns in Phoenix.  But, you have to believe that Steve Nash and company have enough pride and competitive fire to not let that happen again.  We’ll find out tonight if the Suns will see the light of a Game Seven, or if the Mavs are on their way to a Game One of an NBA Final series.  The jumpball happens at 8:30pm EST.

MLB: Eric Gagne made his comeback last night against the Philadelphia Phillies!  Rejoice, Dodgers fans!  It looks like Gagne will be out there in the ninth frame again.  Yippee!

*After a rain-out Friday night, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants play a doubleheader this afternoon.  Tom Glavine will get a chance to be the Majors first nine-game winner after Curt Schilling couldn’t get his ninth win for the season last night against the Detroit Tigers, despite pitching well.  Glavine will pitch the back end of the double dip.

*The pitcher I predicted would do well earlier this week, the Oakland A’s Dan Haren, gets a chance to make me look good tonight after losing to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday 6-4.  Haren went 6.2 innings, giving up four earned runs, but did strikeout nine while only walking two.  Let’s see if he can put it together today against the Minnesota Twinkies.

*Kelvim Escobar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recently signed a lucrative three-year contract with the team.  I’m glad to see his ability getting its just due.  Escobar has a very good career K-rate and in recent seasons has improved his K/BB rate as well.  Let’s see if the money goes to head as he faces the Cleveland Indians this afternoon on the Tribe’s turf. I personally don’t think so, but money does things to people, especially athletes.

Golf: The Memorial Tournament continues today, despite rainy conditions in Dublin, Ohio.  Carl Pettersson (-8) is tied at the top of the leaderboard, but Sean O’Hair (-8) didn’t get to finish his round yesterday, completing only six holes.  Some notables: Vijay Singh (-1); Jim Furyk (-1); Stuart Appleby (-1); Phil Mickelson (+1).

Enjoy the games!

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