Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

FROM THE SCOREBOARD
        *DIAMONDBACKS 5, WHITE SOX 1: Zach Greinke came within one out of complete game and Paul Goldschmidt while Torey Lovullo looked good with Daniel Descalso, playing for Yasmany Tomas,  hit a three-run homer.
SPREADING THE NEWS
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: The Suns might be in position to draft Josh Jackson who today was order by a Kansas court to attend anger management classes and avoid alcohol and reactional drugs as part of a 12-month diversion program stemming from a  misdemeanor count of criminal property damage in December.
          *AROUND MLB: The Phillies Jeremy Hellickson (back) may be headed to the disabled list which should temorarily halt recent trade rumors.
        *AROUND THE NBA: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich started Manu Ginobili in a playoff game for the first time since 2013 increasing speculation the future Hall of Fame is planning to retire.
        *AROUND THE NFL: Odell Beckham Jr. missed the first OTA practice which reportedly surprised the Giants brass … The Eagles not only helped themselves by signing LaGarrette Blount they prevented him from signing with the division-rival Giants who clearly lack a between the tackles back.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: John Elway wants his 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch to be the Broncos starting quarterback but Trevor Siemian continues to outperform Lynch … There is further speculation that rookie Kareem Hunt will be the Chiefs leading rusher this season, something we predicted moments after they drafted him.
        *RANDOM STUFF: Sage Steele is returning to Sports Center while Hannah Storm is leaving the anchor desk. Steele is fortunate her career didn’t end during her feeble attempt at hosting NBA Countdown while Storm, according to ESPN, will have “high impact journalism pieces for E:60 and Sports Center.”
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
        *THE LATEST LINE: Diamondbacks -190 White Sox (9 ½) … Warriors -11 ½ Spurs (218) – Leonard is doubtful, Lee is out
        *PREDICTIONS: Diamondbacks 5, White Sox 2 … Warriors 118, Spurs 103

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IN THE TUESDAY SPORTS ZONE
(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
        *AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW,  THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE
        *AT 11:15, A MYSTERY SEGMENT:
        *AT 11:30, INTERACTIVE TIME WITH PHONE CALLS
        *AT 11:45, MORE INTERACTIVE TIME WITH TWEETS … AND AROUND THE NBA
        *AT THE TOP OF THE NOON HOUR, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP: topped by a Dbacks-White Sox rewind
       *AT 12:15, A DIAMONDBACKS UPDATE:  with Jack Magruder of Fan Rag Sports.com
        *AT 12:30, INTERACTIVE TIME WITH PHONE CALLS AND TWEETS
        *AT 12:45, MORE INTERACTIVE TIME WITH TWEETS … AND AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
        *AT 1:00, THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP: topped by Ripped From The Headlines and a TV Guide of viewing suggestions
        *AT 1:15, A WHITE SOX UPDATE: with Scott Merkin of MLB.com
       *AT 1:30, LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE: the final interactive segment of the show with phone calls and tweets and the host answers the Pipeline questions
      *AT 1:45, POLL QUESTION ANSWERS AND FINAL RESULTS … PLUS TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY 
       AND, INTERACTIVE TIME WITH PHONE CALLS (602-260-10-60) AT 11:30, 12:30 AND 1:30 AND TWEETS (@SPORTS ZONE 1060 OR TWITTER.COM/SPORTS ZONE 1060) AT 11:45, 12:30 AND 1:30

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SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

FROM THE SCOREBOARD
        *PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1: The Diamondbacks, who entered the day 20th in batting average against lefthanded pitching, managed just one extra-base hit and five hits total against Clayton Richard who threw a complete game on just 96 pitches.
        *CELTICS 104, CAVALIERS 101 (CAVS LEAD SERIES 2-1): Avery Bradley made a three-point field goal with .1 remaining capping a 21-point comeback as the Celtics, without the injured Isaiah Thomas, shocked the Cavaliers who showed zero intensity in the second half, including LeBron James who finished the game with 11 points on four of 13 from the field.
SPREADING THE NEWS
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: The Diamondbacks placed Taijuan Walker (blister) on the 10-day disabled list … The UA basketball program got a big boost today when Rawle Alkins announced he has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and return for his sophomore season.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Eagles busy off-season might not be finished with talk that starting center Jason Kelce and starting linebacker Mychael Kendricks remain available via trade.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
        *THE LATEST LINE: Diamondbacks -114 Padres (8) … Cavaliers -16 ½ Celtics (216)
        *PREDICTIONS: Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3 … Cavaliers 117, Celtics 99

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SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

FROM THE SCOREBOARD
        *DIAMONDBACKS 9, PADRES 1: Robbie Ray won for the first time in five starts after taking the mound with a 5-0 lead. The Diamondbacks have scored 13 first-inning runs the last two games. Before last night, they had 17 first-inning runs in 41 games (thanks to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com for that nugget).
        *WARRIORS 120, SPURS 108 (WARRIORS TAKE 3-0) SERIES LEAD: The Warriors, trailing 41-37, went on a game-changing 24-8  run following Mike Brown decision to leave Stephen Curry in the game after his third foul. Kawhi Leonard (ankle) missed his second straight game and the Spurs lost David Lee to an apparent serious knee injury during the first quarter.
SPREADING THE NEWS
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has been non-committal regarding the extent of A.J. Pollock, but Lovullo did call it doubtful that Pollock would serve just the 10-day minimum on the disabled list … Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen gets another thumbs up verdict after somehow trading overmatched relief pitcher Enrique Burgos to the Braves for cash considerations.
        *NATIONAL ROUNDUP: The Celtics chances of winning a game against the Cavaliers are closer to zero after the announcement that Isaiah Thomas (hip) will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
        *AROUND MLB: Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized for several days with an undisclosed illness … The Astros say ace Dallas Keuchel (pinched nerve in neck) will miss just one start after being placed on the 10-day disabled list … The Braves found a temporary replacement for the injured Freddy Freeman by acquiring Matt Adams from the Cardinals for infielder Juan Yepez.
        *AROUND THE NBA: Former Sun Marcin Gortat sounds like he wants out of Washington after saying he will consult with his agent and discuss whether he is a fit with the Wizards.
        *AROUND THE NFL: The Chargers new stadium in Los Angeles not being ready by 2020 might mean the aging Phillip Rivers may never play in the new venue.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Matthew Stafford is holding off contract talks with the Lions until Derek Carr signs an extension with the Raiders. Both could exceed Andrew Luck’s six-year, $140 million deal from last summer.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
        *THE LATEST LINE: Dbacks -118 (7 1/2) … Warriors 9 1/2 (214 1/2) – Leonard and Pachulia are out, Igoudala has been upgraded from questionable to probable
        *PREDICTIONS: Diamondbacks 5, Padres 3 … Warriors 109, Spurs 103

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FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017

FROM THE SCOREBOARD
        *DBACKS 10, PADRES 1: The Diamondbacks, who have played the most home game in baseball, began a stretch of 14 of 17 on the road by scoring eight runs and sending 14 hitters to the plate in the first inning.
        *CAVALIERS 130, CELTICS 86 (CAVALIERS 2-0 LEAD): The Cavaliers built the largest halftime lead in NBA history (72-31) while Isaiah Thomas was zero for six from the field and did not play during the second half because of a hip injury … THE BOTTOM LINE – The Celtics are living down to their billing as the worst #1 seed in NBA playoff history.
SPREADING THE NEWS
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: ASU is guaranteed to finish with its first losing season in 32 years after losing 3-1 to the UA which can’t afford another loss to have any chance of hosting an NCAA Regional in two weeks.
        *AROUND MLB: David Price was hit hard (three runs on five hits in two innings and 65 pitches) in what supposed his final tune-up before making his 2017 Red Sox debut … The wind chill at Wrigley Field today was 35 degrees ON MAY 19TH (yet another example of why I no longer live there).
        *AROUND THE NBA: LeBeon James did not finish among the top three in the MVP voting for the first time since 2008 … The Blazers denied the Hawks permission to interview GM Neal Olshey who probably would have been fired if not for the Blazers unlikely late-season run to the playoffs.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
        *THE LATEST LINE: Dbacks 150 Padres (8 1/2) … Cavaliers 5 1/2 Celtics (219)
        *PREDICTIONS: Dbacks 7, Padres 3 … Cleveland 112, Boston 106

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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

SPREADING THE NEWS
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: The Cardinals signed third-round pick Chad Williams who is being compared to Larry Fitzgerald, which is unfair to Williams and an insult to Fitzgerald.
        *NATIONAL ROUNDUP: Drew Brees said today he would never tell his wife if he suffered a concussion during a game.
        *AROUND MLB: The Jose Bautista drama continued tonight with the Braves drilling baseball’s most selfish player in the left thing during his first at bat after last night’s bat flip. Both benches were immediately warned and the rest of the game did not have any further nonsense.
        *AROUND THE NBA: Kawhi Leonard didn’t do much at Spurs practice on Thursday but he was in attendance two days prior to Spurs-Warriors Game Three on Saturday … For the Warriors UA alum Andre Igoudala (knee) practice in full while Zaza Puchuilia (heel) was limited.
        *AROUND THE NFL: Trevor Siemian has been more accurate than Paxton Lynch during the early days of Broncos OTAs under the direction of new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy … The Eagles are expected to release Ryan Mathews after the signing of LaGarrette Blount.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Lakers will not trade for Paul George because many believe he will sign with them via free agency in the summer of 2018.
        *RANDOM STUFF: Florida, which opens its season against Michigan, may be without stud wide receiver Antonio Callaway who might be facing disciplinary action after being cited last weekend for marijuana possession.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

FROM THE SCOREBOARD
        *CAVALIERS 117, CELTICS 104 (CAVALIERS TAKE A 1-0 LEAD): LeBron James finished with 38 points, his seventh consecutive game with at least 30, and Kevin Love added 32 as the Cavaliers led 61-39 at halftime and cruised over the Celtics who looked spent after winning Game Seven against the Wizards just two days prior.
SPREADING THE NEWS
        *NATIONAL ROUNDUP: The NFL say that “no records indicate” that Tom Brady suffered a concussion last season, as indicated by his wife earlier today. Based on the NFL’s track record on concussions, I believe Mrs. Brady.
        *AROUND MLB: Miguel Cabrera continues to show signs of breaking after being a late scratch today with a sore left side that had the Tigers scheduling him for further testing.
        *AROUND THE NBA: Warriors coach Steve Kerr will make the trip to San Antonio.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Tucson Sabino High School grad J.J. Hardy is hovering around .200 and is close to be benched by Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
        *RANDOM STUFF: Good news for Stanford basketball with the highly skilled Reid Travis granted another year of eligibility because of the injury that sidelined him for most of the 2015-16 season.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
        *THE LATEST LINE: Cavaliers 4 Celtics (219.5)
        *PREDICTIONS: Cleveland 117, Boston 110
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MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

FROM THE SCOREBOARD
        *DBACKS 7,METS 3: Yasmany Tomas, Jeff Mathis and Daniel Descalso all homered in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie against the beleaguered Mets bullpen. Zach Godley didn’t factor in the pitching decision after allowing just one run in six and two-third innings.
        *CELTICS 114, WIZARDS 105 (CELTICS WIN SERIES 4-3): Isaiah Thomas significantly outplayed John Wall while Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points off the bench and the Celtics had a decisive edge in 50-50 loose balls in a game that was tied at 76  late in the third quarter.
SPREADING THE NEWS
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: Former ASU offensive coordinator and current Memphis head coach Mike Norvell received a contract extension thru 2021 as a reward for finishing 8-5 in his first season … Former Cardinal Alex Okafor has a chance to be a defensive end starter for the Saints opposite Chandler High School product Camer0n Jordan, the best New Orleans defensive player … UA coach Sean Miller should like a proposal of the college basketball coaches box moving from 28 to 38 feet, something I stole from Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star.
        *AROUND MLB: Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, one of baseball’s best starting pitchers through the first six weeks, left in the fourth inning with pectoral tightness.
        *AROUND THE NFL: Former All Pro center Nick Mangold could wind up with the Ravens after being cut by the Jets earlier this off-season … Defensive lineman Malik MDowell, who dropped to the second round in part of questionable desire, failed to make it through the Seahawks rookie mini-camp weekend after someone stepped on his foot.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
        *THE LATEST LINE: Diamondbacks 115 Mets (9 ½) … Celtics 5, Wizards (211)
        *PREDICTIONS: Mets 6, Diamondbacks 5 … Celtics 110, Wizards 103
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SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017

FROM THE SCOREBOARD
        *PIRATES 6, DBACKS 4: The Diamondbacks dropped to a disappointing 3-3 on their nine-game homestand after leaving the bases loaded three times and stranding 15 runners overall in a second consecutive poorly played game against a bad team … A.J. Pollock left with am apparent groin injury in the bottom of the 10th inning and David Peralta left was forced out earlier with a tight right glute.
        *WARRIORS 113, SPURS 111 (Warriors take 1-0 lead): The Warriors took the series lead after rallying from down 23 points (78-55) at which point Kawhi Leonard reinjured his leg and did not return. Leonard was far more limited than when he went down in Game Five of the Rockets series … Steve Kerr was in the building and addressed his team before the game and at halftime, but he did not appear on the bench … Andre Igoudala (left knee) played just 10 minutes and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
SPREADING THE NEWS
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: Former Cardinal Daryl Washington, almost certainly, will have to settle for a one-year, $900,000 deal with whatever team gives him another chance. Also he still has to be fully reinstated by the NFL … The Diamondbacks placed Chris Iannetti on the seven-day disabled list … Chandler High School product Bryce Perkins, who is not good enough to be Pac 12 quarterback, announced he will transfer from ASU.
        *AROUND MLB: The Cubs are below .500 after losing two of three this weekend at St. Louis. Maybe that will lead to Joe Maddon concentrating on his underachieving team instead of complaining about baseball’s sliding into second base rules.
        *AROUND THE NFL: Josh Gordon likely had another incident recently leading to the NFL denying his latest reinstatement and his agent dropping him.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Phillies almost certainly will trade former Dback Jeremy Hellickson before the trading deadline.
        *RANDOM STUFF: Steve Palermo, one of baseball’s best umpires prior to being shot while trying to stop a robbery and paralyzed from the waste down in 1991, died Sunday at 67 after a long bout of failing health.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
        *THE LATEST LINE: Dbacks (Ray) 140 Pirates (Nova) 9 … Warriors 10 Spurs 210
        *PREDICTIONS: Dbacks 5, Pirates 3 … Warriors 108, Spurs 1o0
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