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Nick Swisher had a night to forget with the Cleveland Indians (Video)

Nick-Swisher-taggedNick Swisher had one of the most embarrassing nights of his career on Monday night, and it may have cost the Cleveland Indians the game against the Detroit Tigers.

As you can see from the video above, Swisher forgot the words that every Little League coach tries to drill into his players’ heads: “Always run it out!” In the top of the eighth inning with the game tied 2-2, he watched a ball start foul down the third base line but trickle into fair territory. Noticing that Swisher wasn’t paying attention, Tigers catcher Brayan Pena grabbed the ball and sprinted over to tag him out.

There is no excuse for a brain fart like that in a tie game in the eighth, but Swisher wasn’t done there. He also had a “derp” moment while rounding third base when the Indians were trying to mount a comeback in the 10th inning.

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Judge orders evidence from Aaron Hernandez’s house to be released to public

Aaron HernandezThe evidence against Aaron Hernandez in the Odin Lloyd murder case could become a lot more clear on Tuesday afternoon. As we know, investigators have seized several pieces of evidence during multiple searches of Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Mass. What we don’t know is what exactly they took, but a judge has ordered that information to be made public.

According to CNN.com, Bristol County Judge Daniel O’Shea ruled on Monday that search warrants and police affidavits explaining what investigators were looking for and what they found are to be made available to the public by Tuesday at 2 p.m. O’Shea ruled in favor of a motion filed by media outlets including several small newspapers in Massachusetts as well as the Associated Press.

The release of new information could give us the answers to several important questions. At Hernandez’s arraignment, the prosecution claimed investigators had combed over the former Patriots tight end’s cell phone records and recovered surveillance that shows him and two friends picking up Lloyd the night of the murder.

The media argued in court papers that “the press’s (sic) ability to keep the public informed is premised in large part on open access to the court system and on its ability to examine and report on public documents.” Hernandez’s attorneys opposed the motion and can appeal it if they so choose.

Much of the evidence we have already heard is compelling enough, but the release of warrants and affidavits is sure to help us understand how police have gotten to where they are at this point in the investigation.

See all the LBS coverage on the Aaron Hernandez murder case

Carlos Gomez robs Joey Votto of home run to save game for Brewers (Video)

Carlos-Gomez-robs-home-runFor a few seconds on Monday night, it looked as though Joey Votto may have launched a two-run home run to put the Cincinnati Reds up 5-4 over the Milwaukee Brewers in the top of the ninth inning. Carlos Gomez got in the way.

The Brewers center fielder timed his jump perfectly and robbed Votto of a home run, saving the game for Milwaukee and closer Francisco Rodriguez. Robbing a home run is exhilarating enough, but Gomez said taking one away to save the game is just as great a feeling as a walk-off hit.

“When you save the game like that or when you hit a walk-off home run, it’s amazing,” Gomez said, per the Associated Press. “I never hit one, but I steal home run to win the game. It’s something special, like you can’t wait to get home to see it over and over.”

Votto could do nothing but tip his cap.

“The whole thing is really a random occurrence and it’s what makes baseball so special,” the Reds slugger said. “Carlos has had a fantastic year this year. Today he didn’t have a good game offensively and he goes out and makes a game-changing play on the defensive end. You know, I did everything I could, and he made a great play.”

Gomez’s amazing play wasn’t the first game-saving catch we have seen this year, but it very well could wind up being the best.

H/T Big League Stew

Young Ohio State fan beats cancer he named ‘Michigan’

Grant-Reed-Urban-MeyerA 12-year-old cancer patient who is a die-hard Ohio State fan came up with a unique way to motivate himself to fight the disease he was diagnosed with two years ago. Grant Reed named his brain tumor “Michigan.”

On Friday, Grant beat Michigan by undergoing his final chemotherapy treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

According to NBC 4, Grant’s parents Troy and Denise met when they were both members of the Ohio State University Marching Band in college. Their love for the Buckeyes and hatred for the Wolverines rubbed off on their children, and the rivalry was used to help Grant battle cancer. When asked if he was proud to have beaten Michigan, Grant gave a classic response.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rips Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard LakersThere was once a time when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had nice things to say about Dwight Howard, but that may have simply been a result of how happy he was to see Andrew Bynum go. Abdul-Jabbar was never fond of Bynum and his work ethic, and he was not shy about admitting it publicly. Similarly, he did not hide his feelings when addressing Howard’s departure from LA.

On Monday, Abdul-Jabbar took to Facebook to rip Howard and assure Lakers fans that the team will be fine without him.

“Dwight Howard is a perfect example of the fact that ‘potential has a shelf life,’” he wrote, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “Laker fans should be patient and allow Mitch & company to prepare themselves to do some serious work in the free agent market.”

Howard has said he is excited to work with Hakeem Olajuwon now that he has signed with the Houston Rockets, but Abdul-Jabbar told Arash Markazi that Dwight told him the same thing and never reached out to him again. When Kareem was asked about teaching Howard the sky hook, he threw another jab at the 27-year-old center.

“At least he’d have an offensive move,” Kareem said. “He gets the ball on offense, oh my God, he doesn’t know what to do. It’s usually a turnover, people come and take the ball from him or tie his arms up. Offensively, he doesn’t get it. Hasn’t made any progress.”

Abdul-Jabbar is the second former Lakers big man to blast Howard since he announced his decision to leave LA, and I’m sure Dwight expected it. If he actually cared, he would have stayed with the Lakers.

Anna Benson looks terrible in mug shot following gun arrest

Anna Benson mug shot

As far as WAGs go, Anna Benson appears to be past her prime. Not only does it look like she’s lost her fastball, but she also has gone completely bonkers.

The ex-wife of former New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson was arrested Monday and booked on four counts, including two felony charges, for allegedly running up into her ex’s house carrying a gun and metal baton. She also reportedly was strapped with a bulletproof vest at the time of her intrusion.

The Bensons filed for divorce last year and Anna was recently ordered to vacate their marital home. She allegedly went to Kris’ home on Sunday night to get some money from him, and she was toting the gun and baton.

According to TMZ, Anna has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault with a weapon, one count of criminal trespass, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Benson is one of the most well known baseball WAGs of all time. She was a cast member on VH1’s Baseball Wives and notoriously swung a dildo at Chuck Knoblauch’s then wife Cheri. She also gained notoriety in New York when she said she would sleep with the entire Mets team if she ever caught her husband cheating on her. Incidentally, Kris filed for divorce last year after Anna caught him cheating. We’re still waiting for her to sleep with all the Mets, but something tells us the players might not be too interested.

In case you forgot, here’s what Benson looked like in her youthful modeling days:

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Elvis Andrus-Adrian Beltre popup war continues (GIF)

Elvis Andrus just loves to mess with Adrian Beltre. The Texas Rangers shortstop’s ongoing antics with his teammate continued on Monday when he decided to interfere with Beltre on a popup yet again.

Adrian Beltre Elvis AndrusThis one occurred in the bottom of the third inning of the Rangers’ 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Adam Jones was up with two on and nobody out and popped up a pitch from Derek Holland to the left side of the infield. Beltre called for the ball and made the putout, but the play did not come without some interference from Andrus, who snickered after Beltre made the catch.

You have to understand that fighting over popups is a regular issue for the two.

We encountered a similar situation on June 22 in a Rangers-Cardinals game.

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Kobe Bryant explains why he unfollowed Dwight Howard on Twitter

Kobe Bryant Dwight HowardKobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are no longer teammates, which means Kobe no longer has to play nice with the center.

Immediately after Howard made his Twitter announcement that he was signing with the Houston Rockets in free agency instead of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant unfollowed his former teammate on Twitter. On Monday, while opining about the Lakers supposedly releasing Metta World Peace via the amnesty provision, Bryant explained why he unfollowed Howard.

Don’t worry, Kobe, but we didn’t really need the explanation. We know you’re more of an old-school type player who doesn’t get all mushy with opponents before games. And we know that you and Dwight didn’t exactly get along anyway, so there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to see his tweets in your feed.

Bryant also seemed to confirm over Twitter that the Lakers were releasing World Peace. He disagrees with the move.

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Cavaliers reportedly offer Andrew Bynum $24 million deal

Andrew BynumThe Cleveland Cavaliers have about $15 million in cap space, and they are looking to spend some of that money. It sounds like the player they are most interested in is free agent center Andrew Bynum.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavaliers have offered Bynum a two-year, $24 million incentive-based deal. The second year of the contract would be a team option, and we don’t know what kind of incentives are included. Bynum missed all of last season because of multiple knee injuries, so he may not get a stronger offer.

Woj says the Cavs are pushing to hear back from Bynum quickly because they would be interested in Andrei Kirilenko or Elton Brand if they are unable to land the oft-injured center. Bynum met with the Cavs on Monday and then headed to Atlanta to meet with the Hawks. As we told you earlier on Monday, the Dallas Mavericks are also reportedly interested in Bynum.

For what it’s worth, a fan says he saw Bynum at the airport and claims Bynum told him he was headed to Cleveland.

You can’t count on Bynum for more than 50 games next season, but this deal probably wouldn’t be bad for the Cavs. What other moves could they make?

Colin Kaepernick makes up to Bay Area fans with 49ers hat

Colin Kaepernick 49ers

A few days after upsetting San Francisco 49ers fans by wearing a Miami Dolphins hat at a 4th of July party, Colin Kaepernick seemingly made amends.

Kaepernick tweeted that he was a in a “Golden State of Mind” and shared a picture of himself wearing a 49ers hat and red tank top that says “the Golden State” in 49ers writing.

Do you accept his apology, Niners fans?

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