What I Know – Olympic Updates and Baseball News

Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever on Tuesday winning his 19th Olympic medal. Today, he won his twentieth medial in the 200-meter Individual medley. The US women’s gymnastic team won the gold medal it was the first for the US since 1996. US cyclist Kristin Armstrong won a gold medal in the Olympic time trial event. Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals in women’s tennis by blasting Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-0. The US men’s Olympic basketball team beat Tunisia 110-63. Kevin Love and Andre Iguodala both score 16 points and Kevin Durant had 13. Six US players score in double digits. The men’s team faces Nigeria Thursday.

It was an active day as the non-waiver trading deadline passed on Tuesday.  The Chicago Cubs traded pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for two minor leaguers.  This trade gives the Rangers another top of the rotation pitcher along with Matt Harrison and Yu Darvish. The Los Angeles Dodgers added some depth by acquiring Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor league players. Victorino along with the recently acquired Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins give Los Angeles some needed hitting in their lineup.

The San Francisco Giants traded outfielder Nathan Schierholtz and two minor leaguers to Philadelphia for outfielder Hunter Pence. Pence will help the Giants offensively. He is a gap hitter with above average speed and his strengths fit the AT&T Park perfectly.  The Cincinnati Reds added to their bull pen by acquiring closer Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals for two prospects. Broxton who has 23 saves will be the setup man for Aroldis Chapman who has 22 saves.

The Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 11-5 Tuesday night and trail the Yankees by 5 1/2 games in the American League East. The Yankees have now lost 9 of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Oakland A’s 8-0 and are 6 1/2 games behind New York in third place. The Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas 6-2 to close within 3 games of the AL West leading Rangers. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher AJ Burnett took a no hitter into the eighth inning before giving up a hit to Cubs pinch hitter Adrian Cardenas. Pirates beat Chicago 5-0. Pittsburgh still trails first place Cincinnati by three games in the National League Central.

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