Monday, August 5, 2013

"It Girl" of the week: Stephanie Santiago

This week's "It Girl" of the week is Stephanie Santiago.

Angels sign Dontrelle Willis

All aboard! The D-Train is pulling into Los Angeles.

The pitching thin Los Angeles Angels have signed Dontrelle Willis from the independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks.

“Dontrelle has been outstanding on the mound this season,” said Ducks president and GM Michael Pfaff in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck with the Angels organization.”

Willis last pitched in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 2011. He attempted a comeback with the Cubs in spring training before winding up in indy ball.

In 12 starts with the Ducks, Willis went 5-4 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 87 2/3 innings. He struck out 52 batters while walking 43. Not bad, but he'll have to improve his walk to strikeout ratio if he wants to stick around. Then again he's always had problems with walks back when he had his better years with Miami (Florida) Marlins. That was the last time he was effective.

This is only a minor league deal and he could possibly get called up by season's end.

Draymond Green dislikes the Houston Rockets

There hasn't been any known bad blood between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors but things might start to heat up between the two teams this season.

Warriors forward Draymond Green has said that he 'dislikes' the Rockets.

During a game last February the Rockets tied a NBA record for three pointers made. Late in the game reserve guard Patrick Beverly attempted a three pointer and was fouled hard by Green. There was some back and forth between Green and others and Green was ejected from the game.

Green would consider the Rockets the Warriors' biggest rival.

“It is what it is now,”said Green.  “They hate me. I dislike them.” 

I wouldn't necessarily call the Rockets their biggest rival but things could heat up fast since the Rockets acquired Dwight Howard this offseason. Both teams should be headed to the playoffs so it could be something to keep an eye on as they battle it out for Western Conference playoff position.