In the sports world it’s a slow week because it’s All Star week for Major League Baseball. Just one game between Monday and Thursday but there’s still plenty to talk about, not to mention golf’s British Open that tees off Thursday.
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Names in the news:
- Chris Davis
- Miguel Cabrera
- Yasiel Puig
- Phil Mickelson
- Tiger Woods
Why they’re in the news:
- The home run derby is Monday night and the name to watch is Chris Davis. The Baltimore Orioles first baseman tied the major league record hitting 37 home runs before the All Star break.
- Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera made Major League history by hitting 30 home runs and recording 95 RBI (runs batted in) before the All Star break. He is a beast and will be playing in the All Star game.
- Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was considered an All Star snub by many fans. He wasn’t named an All Star after the initial voting and lost to Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman in the fan vote for the last player in to the game. Freeman was injured Sunday and can’t play in the game. An Atlanta teammate will take his spot and Puig misses out again.
- Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open Sunday for his first win in Europe since 1993. It’s a good time to win heading into this week’s British Open, which is one of golf’s major tournaments, but due to Mickelson’s struggles in Europe he’s not favored to win this week.
- The odds makers say Tiger Woods has the best chance to win the British Open. Woods is coming off of elbow surgery but says he’s full go this week.
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