Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Phillies Ship Victorino to L.A. Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded 2-time All-Star center fielder, Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.

Philadelphia also gets a player to be named or cash for the 31-year-old Victorino, who can become a free agent after the season. Victorino is batting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 24 steals. He helped the Phillies win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series championship. Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 relief appearances for Los Angeles. The 25-year-old righty has a 2.91 ERA in 75 career games.

Martin, a 23-year-old righty, was the Dodgers' first round selection (15th overall) in the 2008 amateur draft. He's 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 starts this season with Double-A Chattanooga. Victorino returns to the team that selected in the sixth round of the 1999 draft. He was a Rule 5 selection by the Phillies in 2004 from the San Diego Padres.

The switch-hitting Victorino batted .279 with 181 doubles, 63 triples, 88 home runs, 390 RBIs and 179 stolen bases in eight years with the Phillies. In 46 postseason games, Victorino hit .269 with six homers and 30 RBIs. He was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Trading the popular Victorino could be the first of several cost-cutting moves the last-place Phillies make before the 4 p.m. deadline for trades without waivers. Under baseball's new labor contract, the Dodgers will not receive a draft selection as compensation if Victorino signs elsewhere during the offseason.


New Video: Nicki Minaj - "Pound The Alarm"

Hi Nicki.

Benny Boom helps out Team Minaj with the follow up visuals for "Pound The Alarm"

Directed by Benny Boom


New Video: Rick Ross - "3 Kings" (Feat. Dr. Dre x Jay-Z)

I only love 'er if her eyes brown.

So, I've done videos like this before...and they were pretty dope. Dre, sign me up. LOL!

Grab your copy of God Forgives, I Don't.

Directed By DRE Films


Newer Video: Future - "Turn On The Lights"

Future keeps the Pluto movement going with the visual for the album's following single, "Turn On The Lights"

Press Play.

Directed by Bryan Barber


@XXL Question Of The Day: Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t Outsell Jeezy’s TM103?


XXL thought it would be a good idea to wander the streets of New York City and ask the locals their opinion on the matter. Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't debuted today, and is available HERE, despite a detrimental leak, some may believe he'll outsell Young Jeezy's TM 103 (available HERE... I'm going to go ahead and assume it is all about preference and what you can more or less "relate" to...

Word to the Caucasian girl at the 1:02 mark. Ha!


Nike Hyperdunk+ & LunarGlide+ 4 "Special Edition"

The Nike Hyperdunk buzz is growing rapidly. With LeBron sporting them as he jumps across our TV screens in the commercial, and our favorite stars of Team USA wearing them in London, the popularity is increasing. Also, special edition colorways have been made for International teams such as China, Brazil, Spain, and Puerto Rico. These special colorways have been made available to consumers as well.

Nike's innovative NIKE PLUS technology is now available in the 2012 Hyperdunk. The shoes digitally keep track of your movement, and performance on the court via Apple devices such as iPhone, and iPod.

The latest colorway seen here is a special edition, metallic silver colorway. The upper is silver, with a speckled midsole, along with pink, and blue accents. They will release at select Nike Retailers.

Release: 08/04/12

Retail: $250 (with Nike+) Not sure if the $140 general release is available in this colorway

Seen here is the LunarGlide+ 4 Running Shoe in the same special edition colorway, featuring the Nike Plus.