Talking Points: Things are looking up for Mariners
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Seattle made the biggest jump in this week’s aol.sportingnews.com Major League Baseball poll, going from No. 29 to No. 16. Here’s what the site says about the M’s: “Get used to this: Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda made two starts each last week and in 30 innings, allowed two runs (neither by the rookie) and struck out 38.’’
M’s Item No. 2: Here are the Dustin Ackley statistics so far in 2011 for fans waiting for the heir-apparent second baseman to make the jump from Tacoma to the big team. Ackley was hitting .268 through Tuesday. He recently had a 16-game stretch where he hit .353 with four homers.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says the NFL lockout could result in higher crime rates should the league continue a work stoppage.
Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio: “Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game. . . . There’s nothing else to do, Sal.”
Lewis, though a leader on the field, has had his own fair share of “evil” off the field. Lewis, 36, was indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges in 2000. The murder charges were later dropped in exchange for Lewis’ testimony against two companions.