Matt Dery’s Daily Update 7-22-11
There will be no NFL labor deal today. The NFL Players’ Association says they will spend this afternoon reviewing the latest written proposal and will have no further comment today. A vote is not expected to come today, either. ESPN reports the players are fighting for an opt-out clause after the 7th year of the 10-year deal, and want to be able to return to team facilities now and vote in person on the new deal.
The Tigers look to make it 11-straight wins over the Minnesota Twins tonight. Detroit is 6-0 this season against their AL Central rivals, and are now a half-game up on Cleveland (and six games ahead of Minnesota. Max Scherzer on the mound tonight for the Tigers, Twins counter with Brian Duensing. Hear it on The Ticket starting at 7:45pm.
The MLB trade deadline is July 31st. Carlos Beltran is expected to be traded by the Mets, with just five teams in the running: the Braves, Red Sox, Giants, Rangers, and Phillies. ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Reds and Rays have had talks concerning James Shields, the left-handed pitcher the Tigers have also been rumored to have interest in.
And there is a change ahead at the Big Ten Media Day next week: no preseason poll predicting a favorite in the two divisions.