The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.
First Base - Blue Jays call up Guerrero
Finally, the Toronto Blue Jays have called up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The third baseman will make his major league debut tomorrow at home against the Oakland Athletics. This is great timing for the team, who should draw a huge crowd, and the call-up should help fans forget about Matt Shoemaker being out for the rest of the season. The game ultimately doesn't hold a lot of significance, but it will be a cool moment, made even more so if Guerrero can have a home run or a signature play.
Second Base - Second round starts tonight
The NHL is wasting no time getting the second round started. The final first round series ended last night, and tonight, the Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their series at 4 p.m., while the Dallas Stars are in St. Louis to play the Blues at 6:30 p.m. There's bound to be more upsets in a playoffs full of them, but I think the home team will win both these series. Or, at least, Game 1. However, my predictions have been absolutely horrible this post-season so pay them no mind.
Third Base - Clippers surprise Warriors, extend series
Lost among the hooplay of the Hurricanes knocking off the Capitals was the Los Angeles Clippers stunning the Golden State Warriors for a second time this series. Playing on the road, down 3-1 in the series, the Clippers won 129-121, thanks to a 33 point, 10 assist performance from reliable Lou Williams. Still, the chances of the Warriors actually losing this series is so unlikely, it's hard to take thhis win too seriously. However, the Clippers have showed great resiliency and the future is bright, and it shows that the Warriors aren't who they used to be, fueling speculation that the Houston Rockets, who won their series last night, could beat Golden State in the next round.
Home Base - The Carolina Hurricanes win Game 7 in overtime, eliminate Capitals
The Carolina Hurricanes are going onto the next round, after an unlikely series and Game 7 win. The Hurricanes came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in double overtime. Captain Justin Williams, known as Mr. Game Seven, lived up to his nickname as he assisted on Brock McGinn's overtime goal. I wanted the Capitals to win the game, and predicted that they would win the Stanley Cup prior to the post season. Whoops. Oh well, these playoffs have been the most exciting in recent memory, and the field is wide open. If Carolina goes on to win, good for them, but I'd like to see either the San Jose Sharks or St. Louis Blues finally win it all.
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