SSJ on The Royals and ChiefsApr 17, 2012 -- 11:04am
If you’re looking for a silver lining through the dark cloud of the Royals 3-7 start, look no further than Danny Duffy. After last night’s quality start against an excellent Detroit Tigers line-up, Duffy has given the Royals hope that he will develop into the front-line starting pitcher the team desperately needs. In two starts this season, Duffy’s has tossed 12.2 innings while giving up 8 hits and only 3 earned runs. Duffy also possesses an impressive 15/5 strikeout to walk ratio in those starts, a terrific sign for a developing young pitcher. Duffy showed filthy stuff and good control against the Tigers, along with the competitive fire that served him well during his quick rise through the Royals system. It’s only two starts, but Duffy looks like the real deal.
I realize many Chiefs fans are down on the idea of the Chiefs spending the 11thoverall pick on a guard, but I’m really warming up to the idea of Kansas City selecting Stanford offensive lineman David DeCastro in next weeks draft. Several NFL Draft experts have told me that DeCastro projects to be a perennial Pro-Bowler and could be the player most equipped in this year’s draft to start right away and excel immediately. If the Chiefs add DeCastro to a line consisting of Eric Winston, Brandon Albert, Jon Asamoah, Rodney Hudson and Ryan Lilja, they will have the makings of one of the best lines in the AFC. With six quality lineman, the Chiefs would also have the depth and versatility up front they have lacked in recent years. DeCastro may not be the sexy pick, but he looks like the right pick.
The rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto has officially been announced for June 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The highly-anticipated 12-round welterweight rematch of USA Today and Ring Magazine's 2011 Fight of the Year was originally scheduled for February 11 in Las Vegas, but was postponed when Berto sustained an arm injury on January 30. Tickets went on sale this week, priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50, and are available for purchase online at www.staplescenter.comand www.ticketmaster.comor via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. The co-feature will match former three-division World Champion Humberto Soto against Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round super lightweight fight. The double-header will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing at 9:00 p.m. Central Time. Obviously, this is a huge fight for Ortiz, as he looks to rebound from his loss to Floyd Mayweather last September.If Ortiz can get past Berto a second time, he will put himself right back into contention for a world-title shot in the fall.
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