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"I was able to make adjustments during the game, pitch by pitch," Alzolay said. "That was something that I wasn't able to do against the Dodgers."Cincinnati Reds

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The A’s led 2-1 when Manaea exited after seven strong innings after Mariners catcher Tom Murphy hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the team on the board. But the A's would walk away with the 4-1 win at the end of the ninth. Arizona Diamondbacks

THIS IS IT: one last stand against the stenographers and yes-men, the bean counters and numbers crunchers, the button pushers and script readers. One last stand against those who live in mortal fear of being wrong, those who trust the numbers more than their gut, those without the stones to go against the percentages and live with the consequences.Chicago White Sox

So far in 2021, Hill has a 3.87 ERA over 19 starts. That's definitely not bad for a 41-year-old who at most is a back-of-the-rotation starter, but a closer look reveals some recent troubles. Since the start of June, Hill has a 4.70 ERA over 8 starts. 

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In a full count, Jansen was able to get Ruf to check swing. The Dodgers thought he had a strikeout. The Giants thought Ruf had a walk. Upon appeal to the first base umpire, San Francisco rejoiced, and Los Angeles became incensed.

The Mets lost starting pitcher Robert Stock to a hamstring injury after just one inning on Tuesday, turning the rest of the game (an eventual 4-3 loss) into a balancing act where they made sure to not destroy their entire bullpen

Eickhoff’s trip to the plate as a batter wasn’t great either. He bunted into a double play.Baltimore Orioles
"We don't worry about the outcome. We don't worry about the score. We just worry about going out there, making many plays, competing as hard as we possibly can, doing it together. Sometimes when you are down 0-1 or down 0-2, whatever the case might be, you don't really care about that. You care about how can you get one, how can you get a second one. Then you kind of build momentum and good things happen.

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All playoffs long, while his offense has come and gone, Jrue Holiday‘s defense has worn down Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and the Phoenix Suns.Sacramento Kings

It was amazing Antetokounmpo throughout the series. He used his unicorn-like mix of size, strength, speed and skill to create advantages for himself and his teammates.Philadelphia 76ers

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, for example, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson had to become teammates with Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving after Irving hit a decisive Game 7 shot to win the NBA title. There was well over a month between that and the start of the Olympics, though.
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The Washington Wizards have found their next head coach, as they are preparing to hire Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr.

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Once down 2-0 in the series, the Bucks are just one victory from their first championship since 1971. Game 6 is Tuesday in Milwaukee (9 p.m. ET, ABC).Utah Jazz

No, seriously. They come this close to offing Bugs Bunny in a heroic act of sacrifice.Toronto Raptors
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"The unfinished business of how the season ended last year ... with the team that we had ... we felt we were playing as well as anybody. Good players all want to be around good players, and I think they sense this could be a really good year at Michigan if everyone came back and took another kick at the can."

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The league announced full 82-game schedules for all 32 teams -- including the new expansion franchise, the Seattle Kraken -- on Thursday night.Minnesota Wild

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ESPN: Finally, the biggest challenge for the show was probably last postseason in the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles, but I'm sure there were still challenges for this season. What were some of them?

McCann, Gambrell (a Washington native), Fischer, Aston-Reese are established players on restricted free agent deals, and therefore legitimate pieces in place for future seasons. Blackwell is soon-to-be unrestricted, but fits in this category as well.Philadelphia Flyers

Jesper Wallstedt of the SHL’s Luleå HF is regarded as the top goalie in the draft and will be the first Swedish goaltender ever to be selected in the first round, barring some massive slide into Round 2. His positioning and ability to cut down angles is his strength, as well as his ability to track pucks. 

… There’s also some concern that the Panthers might struggle with an encore. Consider three key reasons why.Vegas Golden Knights
“Obviously I thought it was foul. It was so close,” Walker said, via Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. “It is what it is. It’s over with. We won the game.”

"We're following the protocols," Hyde said. "There's going to be more information. This is pretty last-minute news, so there's going to be more information as we go along, but right now we're putting two guys on the injured list because of COVID protocols and then we'll go from there."

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Newton may be ready to play in the big leagues sometime next year, but Francisco Lindor is obviously not going anywhere as the long-term guy at shortstop for the Mets. Renteria is close to the reaching the majors too, and he’s also a top-25 prospect in New York’s system according to City Royals

The news sent the entire stadium into chaos as fans and players scurried to find the nearest shelter. The broadcast team for Washington was able to pick up gunshot audio as they were going to a commercial break in the middle of the sixth inning.

For a team at its biggest competitive crossroads since before Happ was drafted ninth overall in 2015, that means decisions across the roster that will shape the look and duration of a process Hoyer refuses to call a “rebuild.”Detroit Tigers
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After experiencing the tightness in his forearm, Jacob deGrom went to get an MRI. The best news came out from that appointment, as there is no structural damage to the pitcher’s forearm, according to Jon Chandler of NBC. deGrom is listed as day-to-day and won’t pitch for the Mets on Monday, per Chandler.Chicago White Sox

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To make matters that much worse for Mets fans, this comedy of errors comes a day after the blunder by pitcher Taijuan Walker that led to three runs being scored by the Pirates in the first inning of Sunday’s game. What eased the pain, however, was that the Mets came back from an 0-6 deficit to win 7-6.Atlanta Braves
With Ohtani on the mound (and at the plate), the A's would gladly take any shot in the arm they can get against the two-way superstar.Kansas City Royals

Baltimore took a bunch of flyers on veterans this offseason such as Matt Harvey, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco, but those additions have underperformed or been injured to create any meaningful value on the field or in the trade market. Cedric Mullins has had a breakout season, hitting .314/.378/.536 with 16 homers and 16 stolen bases, posting 3.8 bWAR, good for 10th among all position players, ahead of established stars such as Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts. -- LeeMinnesota Twins
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Manfred said before last week's All-Star Game that it would be a "mistake" to refer to the Las Vegas option as a bluff, calling it "a viable alternative for a major league club." Other relocation options -- including Portland, Oregon; Nashville, Tennessee; Charlotte, North Carolina; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Montreal -- could materialize if the team's deal with the city falls through.Chicago White Sox

You’d be hard to find any Cubs fans who will say that championship in 2016 wasn’t the greatest moment in their fandom. They wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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An unintended byproduct of Major League Baseball moving the MLB Draft from June to July was that front offices focused more on the draft than the trade market. There have been a few deals — Willy Adames, Adam Cimber, Rowdy Tellez, Trevor Richards — but teams around the league, especially toward the top of the draft, were not yet ready to make trades.

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Despite being a junior at UCLA this year, Schwartz came into the season with just 15 games of college experience. After redshirting as a freshman and falling victim to the pandemic in 2020, he made up for lost time by becoming one of the best hitters in the Pac-12, finishing top-three in the conference in average (.396), on-base percentage (.514), and OPS (1.142).Boston Red Sox

Robinson, who played as an outfielder with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers organizations during his 11 year career, was signed by the Giants to a minor league deal this season after his recovery. His most memorable and emotional highlight on the field this season was his first home run as a River Cat.
Power played 26 games for Michigan this season, scoring 16 points. He played 10 games for Canada at the IIHF world championships as well.
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The 23-year-old was originally drafted by the Devils in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft.Columbus Blue Jackets

Michael – Calle Jarnkrok. There are a couple of expensive forwards to take in Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen but unless Nashville makes it worth their while, Jarnkrok is an excellent choice. He had 13 goals and 28 points in 49 games this season and was the NHL’s first star of the week ending March 21 with three goals and six points in four games.Calgary Flames

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While the Panthers fell to the Lightning in six games, there were times when it seemed like they were capable of something rare: making Tampa Bay a bit uncomfortable. Squint your eyes a bit, maybe picture a more stable goaltending situation, and you could imagine an even better Panthers team going forward.Carolina Hurricanes

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Ten days after the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a repeat of the Stanley Cup championship, every team except the Vegas Golden Knights submitted a protected and available list for the expansion draft on July 17.

Price’s contract is an entirely different beast, still having five years at $10.5 million per season remaining.

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And they wouldn’t be there without Holiday — his defense on Chris Paul and Devin Booker has changed the tide of the 2021 NBA Finals.Toronto Raptors
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Like any great story, it’s not great if you can’t find an underlying theme in it. For this newly crowned champion, the theme comes two-fold: good things come to those who wait and the good things aren’t going to come without adversity.Philadelphia 76ers

BT: Yeah, you are telling me Chris Paul doesn't want his $44.2 million from the Suns for next season and would consider opting out of his contract? Or, CP doesn't want to sign a three-year deal for $144 million if the Suns are willing to offer a maximum deal? Paul would take less money to play for the Lakers? At 36, Chris Paul is smart enough to know his value and that this will be his last big contract.Phoenix Suns

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Lowe: Fiction. It's close, but it's still Giannis Antetokounmpo for his all-around play -- as exemplified by the all-time block on Deandre Ayton to help the Bucks clinch Game 4. Middleton's 40 points and outrageous crunch-time shotmaking in that game are fresh in our minds, but Antetokounmpo put up 83 points on 29-of-45 shooting combined in Games 2 and 3.Utah Jazz

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The Finals MVP award is named after Bill Russell, who won an NBA-record 11 titles with the Boston Celtics and in the past has presented the trophy to the winner at the Finals.

“Bronny has been a positive surprise,” an NBA scout said. “He’s shown me he’s more than a last name, he can make shots and handle the ball. He’s very even-keeled for someone who’s under the microscope.”

He knows his worth and seems interested in winning a title on his terms by at least being a contributor and not an end of bench player, which he’s far from being.
He is a potential Hall of Famer and one of the most productive closers in MLB history. 

As the draft unfolded, a thought occurred to Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino.Oakland Athletics

"We're interested in challenging players and we want players that can be challenged," Cherington said. "If we feel like there's an opportunity to challenge a player, including Henry and anyone else, we'll look for that opportunity. We want guys to be not overwhelmed but challenged, and there's certainly playing time this summer and the rest of the season to see how it goes."
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“With Britt, you know he’s always a pitch away,” Boone said. “And sure enough, he made a huge pitch to Realmuto.”Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Chicago White Sox and All-Star right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn have agreed to terms on a two-year, $38-million contract extension, which includes a club option for the 2024 season.Cincinnati Reds

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Stroman threw a pitch the Nogowski that resulted in a line-out. Stroman seemed to react to the play, which the Pirates first baseman didn’t take too kindly. The two exchanged some words, and then the benches began to clear.

But Bryant looks more like a blockbuster trade candidate with each passing day — certainly with each day the bubble wrap holds.Atlanta Braves

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It was a challenge for me, especially not being put in a position to thrive. In New Orleans … I was put in a position to thrive. I was not put in a position to show every ability I could in Houston.Toronto Raptors

Wizards reach deal, hire Wes Unseld Jr. to be new coach Team USA coach Gregg Popovich on Bradley Beal: ‘I’m dying for him’ Bradley Beal to miss Tokyo Olympics; Jerami Grant enters health and safety...Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Wizards currently hold the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft with a glaring need for a wing who can shoot and defend multiple positions. Sacramento Kings

That’s a fair bit of cash added to his $44 million salary with the Suns for 2020-21.

Not to mention LeBron James and Anthony Davis are still world-class players. When healthy, Davis is no match for the Suns’ Ayton. The Arizona product is a respectable player, but Davis is just a better player with more weapons at his disposal. James is a matchup nightmare for anyone, even at this stage of his career, and was having his way with Phoenix early on in their playoff series.Utah Jazz

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Almost seven years to the day since Giannis Antetokounmpo pledged never to leave Milwaukee until he built the Bucks into a championship-level franchise, the NBA's two-time MVP delivered on his promise.

If the reports about LeBron James seeking a veteran star point guard are true, the Lakers might need to save their star from himself. Russell Westbrook doesn't add any spacing and still needs the ball to be at his most effective. Plus he makes $44 million, pushing the Lakers into the "are we sure this is even salary cap legal" zone. While Paul makes more basketball sense, as BT mentioned he's 36. After the season the Lakers just had, they need players who have good luck and can stay injury-free. That's just not him.
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The Bruins have drafted conservatively for the past few years and the result is a very vanilla system. Raty was once considered a top three contender for this class, but his stock fell due to a slow start to his season. He finished more strongly, and his puck skills are among the best in the class. Could be a quick riser. - Ryan Wagman

If you consider the tepid interest in acquiring Shayne Gostisbehere, maybe he warrants a mention. Ghost, 28, carries a $4.5M AAV for two more seasons.

If Lundqvist doesn’t work out for whatever reason, the Capitals could elect to operate in the same model they did last year.Edmonton Oilers

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The Sharks will play their final game before the All-Star break on Feb. 1. NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held in Las Vegas, is slated for Feb. 4-5. San Jose's first game after the Olympic break will take place at SAP Center on Feb. 24 against the New York Islanders.New York Rangers

The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association will retain full authority to decide not to participate should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of NHL Players, or for any other reason that may warrant such decision. In the event NHL Players participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics, the NHL regular season will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 23. If, for whatever reason, there is no NHL Player participation in the Olympics, a revised Regular Season schedule will be released which, to the greatest extent possible, will adopt the dates and games reflected in the schedule contemplating Olympic participation.

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Stecher grew up in the Vancouver area, played his first four seasons for the Canucks and showed promise before a drop-off last season with Detroit.Philadelphia Flyers
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Seattle's roster is headlined by veteran defensemen Mark Giordano and Adam Larsson, whom they plucked from the Flames and Oilers, respectively. Upfront, the Kraken added two notable forwards in Jordan Eberle and former Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi, who combined for 33 goals and 64 points last season. In net, it looks like former Florida Panthers goalie Chris Driedger primarily will man the pipes for Seattle, who had strong numbers in a backup role last season but has only 38 games of NHL experience under his belt.

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Conversely, the Kraken could trade Niederreiter — either during the offseason, or at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline.Boston Bruins

Lazar is signed through this season. His minutes could increase if Sean Kuraly isn't re-signed in free agency. Reilly wants to come back. Even if he does, the Bruins need to find another top-four defenseman, preferably someone to play the left side. Free agent Ryan Suter is a great option for that role.

Despite some playoff heartache, the Bruins have a chance to be very, very good again. It’s not totally clear if Taylor Hall will be back, but Boston has room to remain among the elite.Minnesota Wild

Assuming both goalies are off the board by the 13th pick, we'll go Lucius. He has great vision on the ice and playmaking ability, and the Flames would add a true center here.New York Rangers

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The first six on this list, barring a major surprise, appear set in stone. And with the Alex Ovechkin contract not yet signed, this allows them to protect Daniel Sprong as the seventh forward. 

Re-signing Krejci needs to be among the top priorities for the Bruins over the next few weeks, along with getting Hall's deal done and finding another top-four defenseman.Vegas Golden Knights
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