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Reds, Madson close deal after physical; closer ready for playoffs, World Series

 

Ryan Madson (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

New Cincinnati Reds closer Ryan Madson is glad he doesn’t have to face Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto anymore.

However, he is anxious to help them get back to the playoffs and to the World Series.

The former Philadelphia Phillies closer who had 32 saves in 34 chances with a 2.37 ERA, says he’s glad to jump at the Reds’ deal of one-year, $8.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2013.

The past two seasons have been solid for the righthander, as he has allowed only 96 hits, while pitching 113.2 innings with a 2.45 ERA. 2011 was his first season as a closer.

The 31-year-old from Long Beach, California has no problem pitching in home-run haven ballparks like Citizen Bank in Philadelphia and Great American in Cincinnati. He allowed only two homers last season in 60.2 innings and four in 53 innings in 2010.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies news & stats

2010 INDY 500: Dan Wheldon #4 National Guard; 2nd Place

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM RACE COVERAGE

Indianapolis, Indiana – Dan Wheldon, driver of the Panther Racing #4 National Guard car has done well in the Indianapolis 500. He has won it in 2005, finished second twice and has finished in the top 4 in four of his 7 starts at IMS.

Sunday, Wheldon started 18th and finished 2nd behind the winner Dario Franchitti.

Dan Wheldon (IRL)

In 2010, Wheldon average starting position is 18th and his average finish is 12th.  This season, he finished in the top-10 for the first time at Long Beach.

This is his second season driving for Panther Racing.

SOUNDS FROM POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE (To listen to an audio file, click on the number)

45 023 Dan Wheldon IRL Graham Rahal running him into grass (megasportsnews.com)

45 024 Dan Wheldon IRL His incredible success at IMS (megasportsnews.com)

45 032 Dan Wheldon IRL Is runnerup ok its still points (megasportsnews.com)

IZOD Indy Car Series (megasportsnews.com)

Special Indy 500 tires (megasportsnews.com)

Dixon as usual wins at Kansas Speedway

compiled from staff, wire and IndyCar Series notes

Scott Dixon had to make very few changes during pit stops on Saturday and cruised to his second straight IndyCar Series win at Kansas Speedway, placing himself atop the list of favorites for the upcoming race on the bricks, the Indianapolis 500.

Loose early in the race and fast the rest of the way, Dixon rarely was threatened the whole race. He led the final 150 of the 200 laps on the 1.5-mile oval and finished more than 3 seconds ahead of runner-up Dario Franchitti.

Scott Dixon (IRL)

Dixon takes the early lead in IndyCar’s new oval championship and becomes a front-runner for the Indy 500, a race he won in 2008. He’s also the second straight repeat winner at Kansas, giving Target Chip Ganassi Racing four straight wins following Dan Wheldon’s 2008 defense.

Dixon opened the season with a sixth in Brazil, followed by a disappointing 18th at St. Petersburg with two top-five finishes, including a runner-up to Ryan Hunter-Reay in Long Beach two weeks ago.

Back on the Kansas City, Kansas oval, where he is comfortable, Dixon has finished in the top four each of the past five races.

IZOD INDYCAR Series: Race 2, Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

This Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC-TV, its the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It’s an 1.8-mile street course which has been a part of  IndyCar since April 3, 2005.

Danica Patrick IndyCar (creative commons/wfe photo)

The winner at St. Petersburg has gone on to win the championship once in the five years of the event, Dan Wheldon in 2005.

In 14 seasons, only four drivers have won the second race of the year and gone on to win the championship. They are: Buddy Lazier (2000, Phoenix); Sam Hornish, Jr. (2001, Homestead-Miami); Tony Kanaan (2004, Phoenix); and Dario Franchitti (2009, Long Beach).