Delay of game
NFL: After a strong start by the players in the court battle over the NFL lockout, the owners have recently begun pulling even, if not ahead, after the past few decisions have gone in their favor. The league tallied up another big victory Monday after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided the lockout would remain in effect until the court has a chance to hear a full appeal regarding whether locking out the players is legal. That hearing is set for June 3 in St. Louis, in front of the same panel that handed down this 2-1 decision. The two judges who voted to keep the lockout in place were appointed by Republican President George W. Bush. The one who dissented in favor of the players was appointed by President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. Stay tuned for the next episode in the NFL lockout saga, as this soap opera is far from over.
MLB: The final score of the Cleveland Indians game required fans to do a double take. The Indians destroyed the Kansas City Royals 19-1. The Indians had a 10-run fourth inning and found Royals pitcher Vin Mazzaro, who gave up 14 runs, a nice place in the Royals record books. He officially pitched the worst game in Royals franchise history. In case Mazzaro's night wasn't bad enough, he also became the first pitcher since 1900 to allow 14-plus runs in less than three innings. Instead of finding a nice rock to hide under, Mazzaro was sent down to the minors after the game.
After a rough weekend for the New York Yankees, with all of the Jorge Posada drama, things got even worse Monday. The Yankees lost their sixth-consecutive game, a 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays. New York hasn't squandered this many games in a row since April 20-27, 2007 when it lost seven straight. There was a momentary glimpse of hope for New York, as it took a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning. However, Tampa Bay put up five runs in the bottom of the six and that was all the Rays would need to close out the game.