History in the missing

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History in the missing

The Super Bowl is perhaps the most hyped and celebrated event in all of sports. But for my money, it's got nothing on the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Did you see what happened today?

To be honest, I didn't watch the whole thing. I didn't even know that the Waste Management Phoenix Open was on until I checked Twitter at about 3 pm and saw the following from esteemed golf analyst Norm Macdonald
Turn on Golfchannel. Mickelson, with 3 to go is looking at a short birdie. He needs that and one more to shoot 59. Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) January 31, 2013So I turned it on, and in fact, Mickelson had a chance at something even sweeter than 59. With two holes, Lefty was two birdies short of posting a 58 AKA the lowest score in PGA history!

On his 17th hole (which was technically the 8th hole), Mickelson was inspired by a loud "Baba Booey!" from the gallery and landed on the green in regulation, with a long but make-able putt for birdie . . .

No dice.

And that was too bad. After all, this is the Waste Management Phoenix Open we're talking about, this is the stage that every young golfer dreams of. Still, Mickelson moved to the 18th hole, needing a birdie for 59 only the sixth 59 in PGA history.

Again, he was on in regulation, with another long (25 feet), but make-able birdie putt . . .

And he lipped out. JUST missed it.

He settled for a 60, which was still enough to set a new course record at TPC Scottsdale. (The previous record holder was a little known golfer named Phil Mickelson, who shot a 61 on back in 2005.)

Anyway, that's all for now. I'll have another tournament update after the final round or as it's known in the sports world: Waste Management Phoenix Open Sunday.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Sunday, July 24: Dominic Moore mulls NHL offers

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Sunday, July 24: Dominic Moore mulls NHL offers

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at how good the Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers were this weekend.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has veteran center

For 30 years, your voice filled Walter Brown and Agganis. A great man and a dedicated friend. Rest in peace, Jim. pic.twitter.com/11HyNzhLzs

— BU Men's Hockey (@TerrierHockey) July 24, 2016 *The Arizona Coyotes continue to put together a very interesting D-men picture by signing Luke Schenn to a two-year contract. For my money, Schenn has long been one of the most overrated players in the NHL. http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nhl/coyotes/2016/07/23/arizona-coyotes-continue-blue-line-tweaking-luke-schenn-signing/87486536/ *The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy has some thoughts and observations about the NHL offseason as it continues to wind on. http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/brophy-thoughts-and-observations-as-the-off-season-winds-on/ *Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dave Stubbs on Andrei Markov, and his candid thoughts on everything from the Montreal traffic to the PK Subban/Shea Weber trade. https://www.nhl.com/news/andrei-markov-interview-about-montreal-canadiens/c-281225214?tid=280751088 *Here’s a spot to track the travels and stories of the Pittsburgh Penguins amid their summer with the Stanley Cup. http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/16797681/nhl-tracking-pittsburgh-penguins-stanley-cup?ex_cid=espntw *For something completely different: as mentioned above, here is the trailer for the Justice League that shows a much lighter, better touch with what should be a fun movie to watch. Hopefully this means it won’t be another pretty-looking, Zack Snyder funeral dirge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gglkYMGRYlE" target="_blank">Dominic Moore mulling a couple of offers as he looks for an NHL contract for next season.

*Jordan Eberle joined Canadian sports radio, and agreed that something needed to change with the Oilers after continually missing the playoffs.

*I will miss Jim Prior’s trademark “The Teams are ready, so let’s play hockey!” open to every game as a PA announcer, and I’ll miss his warm personality around the rink. It’s a sad day for the BU hockey program.

*The Arizona Coyotes continue to put together a very interesting D-men picture by signing Luke Schenn to a two-year contract. For my money, Schenn has long been one of the most overrated players in the NHL.

*The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy has some thoughts and observations about the NHL offseason as it continues to wind on.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dave Stubbs on Andrei Markov and his candid thoughts on everything from the Montreal traffic to the PK Subban/Shea Weber trade.

*Here’s a spot to track the travels and stories of the Pittsburgh Penguins amid their summer with the Stanley Cup.

*For something completely different: as mentioned above, here is the trailer for the Justice League that shows a much lighter, better touch with what should be a fun movie to watch. Hopefully this means it won’t be another pretty-looking, Zack Snyder funeral dirge.

 

Kelly ready for his new role as a Red Sox reliever

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Kelly ready for his new role as a Red Sox reliever

BOSTON -- He had to make a longer trip than the rest of his team to Fenway Park for Sunday’s game, but Joe Kelly was more than happy when he got the call at midnight that he was leaving Columbus before his Pawtucket teammates so he could pitch in Boston again.

The righty rejoins the Red Sox for the first time as a reliever since Boston acquired him from St. Louis in the John Lackey trade in 2014. Kelly is expected to not only fill the vacancy left by Heath Hembree -- who was demoted to Triple-A after the game Saturday -- but to lighten the workload on Matt Barnes, Brad Ziegler and other relievers since key pieces of the bullpen went on the disabled list.

And the righty said he’s ready for his new role.

“My body and arm got ready a lot quicker than it would of if I was starting,” Kelly said. “It’s weird to see how your body feels on different days when you still have to get in the game. As a starter, you only have to prepare for that fifth day and if your body doesn’t feel that great in between those days it’s all right.”

Kelly’s apprehensions about pitching on consecutive days might sound like a cause for concern, but he also explained that he’s put himself through the ringer in to be in a position to succeed. He's also had good results at Pawtucket (no runs allowed in five relief innings with one walk and nine strikeouts) after compiling an 8.46 ERA in six starts this season in Boston.

“Out of the bullpen it was good to see different situations,” Kelly said. “[Sometimes I would] get a workout in before the game and go out and pitch that game just to see how I would respond. Pretty much did all the different type of scenarios to see where my arm and body was at.”

That preparation not only addresses the physical toll relieving can take, but also the mental toll.

So, now Kelly should be able to hop into any situation if he’s has worse command than he expects -- of which he noted an improvement.

“Yeah the command feels good right now for the most part with my secondary pitches,” Kelly said. “There hasn’t been a game yet where I’ve had a chance to throw more than two or three of them. For the most part, I’m getting one or two of the off-speed pitches over for a strike.

“And location of the fastball has been pretty good. Not exactly where I maybe where I want it to be, but for the most part it’s been if I want to miss it to a side of the plate, it’s been on that site.”

And now with the move to the bullpen, Kelly really only needs one good off-speed pitch to pair with his five-alarm fastball.

Given he has three to turn to -- including his curve that he said has reached 86 mph -- Kelly should be able to find more success in his shortened appearances.

“I’ve been using slider and curveball for the most part,” Kelly said. “Curveballs to lefties, but recently I’ve been getting some success on curveballs to righties because the velocity has been a little bit higher. Whatever pitch is working the best for me that day -- curveball, slider, changeup -- that’s what I’m probably going to use out there in the game.”

With that advantage Kelly is hunting for strikeouts now more than ever.

He went as far to say he’ll either strike a guy out or walk the batter if he enters the game with a runner on third in order to save the run.
 
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t trying to strike everyone out as a reliever now,” Kelly said.

The Red Sox hope he won’t work to many 3-and-2 counts in that scenario.