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Morning Orange Juice, 7.8.08

First off, it has been announced that Oregon State's September 6th matchup with Penn State will be televised on ABC from Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. Nine of twelve games on the schedule will be picked up by either ABC, ESPN, FSN, or Versus. You can check out the full television schedule here.

Former Beaver catcher and current Mariner back-up catcher Jamie Burke took the hill for Seattle Sunday afternoon in the 15th inning against the Tigers. Mariner skipper Jim Riggleman had already used up all the arms in the bullpen, prompting him to make the move to Burke. 

Burke gave up a double to the first batter he faced, Miguel Cabrera, and was somewhat doomed from there. A pinch runner went in for Cabrera, then a wild pitch (See below) moved that runner to third. All it took was a sacrifice fly by Marcus Thames (also, see below) to score the run from third and put the Tigers up for good, 2-1.  Since the MLB utilizes ridiculous technology that tracks every pitch precisely, let's take a look at the sacrifice fly at-bat. Pitch #5 is the wild pitch, and pitch #6 is the sacrifice fly.


And in case you were wondering, here are the stats on the final pitch of the at-bat, just because we can:

Pitch type: Fastball
Release speed: 84.9 MPH
Result speed: 77.9 MPH
pFX: 10.8"
Break: 5.1"
21 degrees

Hopefully you all feel as enlightened as I do.

You may remember Marcel Jones from the 0-18 Pac-10 basketball squad. Well, he's playing summer ball alongside the likes of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Tyrus Thomas, and others on the Chicago Bulls summer league team. You can see the roster here, and if you're interested in checking out his personal website (trust me... it's worth it....(heh)) that can be found by clicking here. Credit to Tim Brown for the find.

The blog "No Regard" which is all about "SPORTS NEWS, OPINION AND DISCUSSION WITH LITTLE TO NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE..." has published their Pac-10 Haikus. Here's the Oregon State poem:

Riley a great coach
Lost too many starters on D
Bruin game defines year

Huh. All the haikus can be found here.

Lastly, I'd like to welcome ESPN's Ted Miller to the Pac-10 blogosphere. Things started a bit rough when called this blog "Building the Dame" in his sidebar, but we've since moved on from that. You can read his welcome post here, but basically, he's a east coast turned west coast college football fan. He's covered Auburn and Washington, and now writes for ESPN. His blog's homepage is here, and would make a nice addition to any Pac-10 fan's bookmarks. To get a taste of what Ted's stuff is like, here's a nice Pac-10 piece. I look forward to working with Ted in whatever form arises in the future.

Have a great Tuesday.