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The Phillies are charging towards the top of the NL East, but they're trailing many teams around the league in their COVID-19 vaccination rate.

Fisher does not want to build on the current Oakland Coliseum site, which is more than twice as large than the waterfront site.Atlanta Braves

The fan was identified and ejected from the game but wasn't arrested, according to NJ.com.

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"It was just a chaotic scene,'' umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told The Associated Press. "We heard what sounded like rapid gunfire. We didn't know where it was coming from.''

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Free-agent left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels recently held a showcase for 20 teams in Frisco, Texas on Friday and a number of teams are already expressing interest, according to major-league sources.Boston Red Sox

“I wouldn’t want to dwell on how I feel much more than, you can imagine, anybody can imagine, when you lose your partner, the loss is overwhelming, and then eventually you come to grips with it,” he said. “As of right now, I would say that I’m healing to reality, and I will try to do the best that I can for as long as I have.”Chicago White Sox

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A scary situation unfolded during the Nationals game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, as the contest was abruptly suspended following the sixth inning after multiple gunshots were fired outside of Nationals Park.Detroit Tigers
Defensive depth is so valuable, and given Clifton's talent, age and contract, he's easily the best option for the Kraken among the Bruins players available to them.

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Michael – Vitek Vanecek. The Capitals had to decide between Ilya Samsonov in goal or Vanecek. They chose Samsonov so Vanecek will be on his way to Seattle where he should share time with Chris Driedger.Boston Bruins

Fletcher said the Flyers had a "longtime interest" in Ellis and that he "checks a lot of boxes" for the club.Chicago Blackhawks

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Ryan – Alex Killorn. The Lightning are offering up a bunch of good players to the Kraken. Part of me wanted to take Cal Foote because the Lightning are desperate for cap space so if you’re a rival GM there has to be some hesitation to help them alleviate that situation without pushing them for more in return, but Killorn would just do a lot for the Kraken. He’s a good top-six forward locked to a reasonable $4.45 million cap hit for each of the next two seasons and just played a big part of the Lightning’s 2021 championship run. He did miss the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final with a broken fibula, but he should be fine by the start of training camp.Philadelphia Flyers

Don’t count the Canadiens out after their Cinderella run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. Even beyond that run, they’ve consistently been a competent-to-great team five-on-five. If Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield make them more dynamic, then look out.Vegas Golden Knights

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"Both those guys are on good deals," the player said. "De Haan has been rumored to the Kraken for a while. Dillon played junior hockey in Seattle [the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds], so I bet they'll want some guys with local connections."

Plenty of reporters did great work (or annoying work, if you’re ESPN and/or hate spoilers). Daily Faceoff’s Frank Servalli chiseled out so many leaks, he became something of a meme magnet.
DeGrom is 7-2 with a major league-leading 1.08 ERA in 15 starts this season despite being hampered by multiple ailments. The right-hander last pitched July 7 against Milwaukee.

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Baseball consists of many ups and downs throughout the long 162-game season, and the A's could flip a switch at any moment. 

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Chicago is reportedly looking to sell several key veterans at the end of their contracts and Pederson could be the first of many to get dealt away from the Cubs before this year's trade deadline. San Diego Padres

Outside of a nightmare outing in New York, he has averaged more than five-and-a-half innings per start. He has reigned in a four-seam fastball that can reach triple digits when he wants it to, keeping the heater around 95 mph and logging more pitches in the zone and more swings than ever.

There's no doubt Boston fans will appreciate Duran if he can put up numbers similar to the ones he posted in Worcester. Through 46 games, he hit .270/.365/.561 with 15 homers and 32 RBI.Oakland Athletics

Walker lasted a disastrous third of one inning, allowing five earned runs and the blooper-worthy play which led to three Pittsburgh runs.Chicago White Sox

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“When you see a guy swing at a sinker like that, you know it’s diving, the way Miller went after that ball,” manager Aaron Boone later said.Cleveland Indians
Anthony’s value won’t restore to what it once was. He’s now a role player that can be depended on to score. In a league all about scoring, that’ll keep his career alive.

That would of course be veteran point guard Jeff Teague, who latched on with the newly-crowned league champion Milwaukee Bucks after being cut by the team he was dealt to by the Celtics at the trade deadline. Several current and former Celtics and Celtics-adjacent personalities took to the Twitterverse to congratulate the former Boston guard and his new team on their hard-fought win secured by a historic 50-point performance by league and finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.Portland Trail Blazers

Speculation can run rampant without any names attached to trade rumors. There should be some big stars available, though. Imagine Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Pascal Siakam or another star teaming up with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Phoenix Suns

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Milwaukee was the league's top overall seed in 2019 and 2020 but failed to reach the Finals either year. While Chris Paul and Jae Crowder possess plenty of playoff experience, teammates including Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges made their postseason debuts this year.

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Historically speaking, the team that wins the fifth game of a series that's tied at 2-all enjoys a great deal of success, especially if that triumph came on the road. That's the position that Milwaukee finds itself in after coming back Saturday night, with the franchise one win away from its first NBA championship in 50 years. Below is a look back at Game 5, and some other noteworthy happenings in the NBA.

Devin Booker and Chris Paul are their maximum contracted stars. Deandre Ayton, a No. 1 overall pick, was projected to be their third option, even if no one expected him to contribute to the degree he has in his third season. They signed Jae Crowder to the midlevel exception, knowing his contributions to deep playoff runs on the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. Bridges is the tie that binds the league's steadiest starting lineup.Toronto Raptors

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Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson are the two best examples of that. And every game Devin Booker played in at Kentucky was a pressure cooker. These are not the ideal examples Williams would like to have in his locker room, but it’s something.Orlando Magic
Rogers entered the night with a 1.43 ERA and 10 saves. He has been Gabe Kapler's most reliable reliever, but on this night, he could do nothing but view his performance as "an outlier."

During Tuesday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bryant was pulled from the game in the fifth inning and effectively replaced by Ian Happ. While many are speculating as to whether Bryant removed from the game for trade purposes, that was not the case.Baltimore Orioles

No Mets player went after the ball and three runs scored to make it 6-0. Rojas proceeded to give it to Riggs and was thrown out almost immediately.

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If Bauer is suspended by MLB, the Dodgers no longer will be required to pay him during the duration of the suspension.Tampa Bay Rays

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- Nimmo came through with an insurance home run in the top of the ninth, putting the Mets up 7-5. Edwin Diaz came in for the save, but hit Hayes and then walked Bryan Reynolds. Diaz struck out Ben Gamel for the first out, but then Nogowski reached first on a hard hit ground ball to load the bases. Diaz struck Gregory Polanco out looking on a full-count backdoor slider for the second out, but let up a walk-off grand slam to Stallings, losing the game 9-7.Arizona Diamondbacks

If I had to put a letter grade on the draft, I would give it a B+, mostly due to landing one of the best prospects in the draft in Rocker. And I see multiple future big leaguers from their top 10 selections.Chicago White Sox

The Mariners have indicated to teams that they are not willing to deal any of their top prospects. They appear to be looking for a stopgap option in the rotation, with Justin Dunn out another month with a right shoulder strain and Hector Santiago in the middle of a 10-game suspension.

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The thought process is simple: Montreal is banking on the fact that Seattle will not want to take on the remainder of Price’s contract that counts more than $10 million against the cap per season for the next five years, especially as word leaks out that he could need surgery this offseason. When the Vegas Golden Knights entered the league four years ago their expansion draft selections were loaded with players on short-term or expiring contracts to keep their salary cap flexibility in place. Kraken general manager Ron Francis has already talked about how salary cap space is their big advantage, and it is hard to imagine they want to eat up too much of it on big-money, veteran players that other teams want to get rid of.Philadelphia Flyers

Duclair, meanwhile, also signed a three-year deal that will pay him a total of $9 million. That is a salary cap hit of $3 million per season.

Forwards: Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Lars Eller, T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, Anthony Mantha, Daniel SprongCalgary Flames

"Michigan was his second home," Legace said. "A lot of you guys don't know, but ever since Kivi joined our organization, he would come up and live with my wife and I every summer. He became a son to us. He lived with us through the pandemic."Carolina Hurricanes

There was no side deal made between the Blackhawks and Kraken, which means notable exposed players like Ryan Carpenter, Adam Gaudette, Calvin de Haan and Nikita Zadorov will stay put in Chicago.Boston Bruins

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The Predators exposed list is full of big money forwards and players that would not really change much for the Kraken. They would also sabotage their current and future salary cap space. Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen are not worth their contracts, and given that they still have term remaining on them retaining salary would ruin their future cap numbers. Stay clear of those contracts.

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Michael – Yanni Gourde. There are so many good players to choose from with the Lightning and the Kraken could squeeze them and take a much less expensive player as the Lightning are far above the cap for 2021-22. Gourde is an outstanding player and will become a top-six forward in Seattle should they decide to keep him.

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"If anyone on this team isn't embarrassed right now, they shouldn't be on the field and they shouldn't be part of our organization right now," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "These guys all want to play in the major leagues, but you have to earn that."Chicago White Sox

5. The Yankees, who entered the night dead last in MLB in steals with 20, stole two bases on the night. One was by Greg Allen and the other by Ryan LaMarre, who took over in right field for Trey Amburgey, who left the game with a right hamstring cramp. LaMarre added his first homer as a Yankee on a two-run punch into the right-field porch in the eighth inning.Tampa Bay Rays

A momentary pause ensued as the recording started. Only somehow it wasn’t the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Instead, it was one of our dirty dozen songs that were part of our musical library, this one being the Johnny Rivers classic 1966 hit song, “Secret Agent Man.”

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"I think we are blessed to be managed by a guy like him, a Hall of Famer," Jose Abreu said through team interpreter Billy Russo. "I think sometimes people are unfair with him, people like to criticize. … And I think he deserves a little more credit and respect.”Baltimore Orioles

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The A's need at least five council members -- or four council members plus Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf -- to approve their plan. Kaval said there has been "continuing negotiations" over the weekend and into Monday but that the two sides "remain significantly apart."

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Having Corey Seager in the lineup should supply a boost. Seager, out since fracturing his right hand May 15, is expected back by the end of the month. Better second halves from Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts would also help.Colorado Rockies

"It's frustrating from a lot of perspectives," Crawford said before Monday's game. "I felt so good, especially recently. There are also so many games against the Dodgers the next couple weeks that I won't be a part of. The amount of guys on the IL right now also makes all of those things pretty frustrating."
Backing up Driedger will be 25-year-old Vitek Vanecek, who was selected from the Washington Capitals, and 24-year-old Joey Daccord, from the Ottawa Senators.

Veteran defenseman Kevan Miller announced his retirement last week. It wasn't a huge surprise given the injuries Miller has dealt with over the last three years. The Bruins also lost defenseman Jeremy Lauzon on Wednesday night when the Seattle Kraken selected him in the expansion draft.Chicago Blackhawks

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The Philadelphia Flyers have the No. 13 overall selection in this year’s draft, and there has been quite the buzz about them possibly moving that pick in a trade. Matt Dumba had been a name that was thrown around, but with the Minnesota Wild’s buyout of Ryan Suter, they’re more than likely keeping Dumba. If they keep the pick, some potential targets who could be on the board are Chaz Lucius, Carson Lambos and Zachary L’Heureux. New York Rangers

The 2021 NHL expansion draft for the league's 32nd team, the Seattle Kraken, is scheduled for Wednesday night, and the other 31 franchises revealed their protected lists Sunday morning.

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• The rumors about the Kraken’s roster construction have been fast and furious. [Sound of Hockey]Carolina Hurricanes

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Yes, Alex Ovechkin was not protected by the Capitals, but he’s a pending unrestricted free agent and it is highly, highly unlikely he would sign with the Kraken. Francis isn’t going to waste a pick in that situation.
In losing Vanecek, not only did the Capitals lose a talented young netminder, but a player that was on a cheap contract. For a team that already had salary to shed with an Ilya Samsonov contract extension (and raise) still to come, it wasn’t welcome news. 

With that, here is our mock protected list for Washington and a guess as to who the Kraken will ultimately take.

That move clears additional salary cap space for the Islanders. They are getting no return from the Coyotes except for the salary cap relief.Columbus Blue Jackets

Tough calls: The Oilers' biggest decision was going to be leaving Caleb Jones unprotected. Instead, they packaged Jones as part of the trade for Duncan Keith. Problem solved. Edmonton is going the 7-3-1 route, as GM Ken Holland confirmed after re-signing Nugent-Hopkins. Now the biggest question is who takes up the last forward spot. The Oilers can choose only two of Archibald, Benson and Zack Kassian. Edmonton should choose Benson for his upside, as he was a point-per-game player in the AHL last season. Archibald offers affordable overall value, so Kassian could be the odd man out. Without Mike Smith under contract (the two sides have been working on a new deal) minor leaguer Skinner gets protected in net.New York Rangers

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If you’re looking for more prospect or fantasy hockey information, NBC Sports Edge is a great resource.

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He's won the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL. He's won the Stanley Cup. He is coming off a dud of a season in Vancouver, but would be a natural pick for a new Kraken-Canucks rivalry with a recognizable star to market.Minnesota Wild

When the Caps re-signed Brenden Dillon in 2020, I thought that immediately made Orlov expendable considering the prospects in the pipeline at left defense. In the 2021 postseason, however, Orlove was Washington's best defenseman, even better than Carlson. That made Orlov and Carlson the two obvious picks.Calgary Flames

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An angry Verdugo shouted at fans and was restrained by first-base coach Tom Goodwin as the game was held up in a driving rain. The fan was ejected from the ballpark.Colorado Rockies

Rogers expressed his belief that Bryant was pulled after making a diving catch back in the second inning. The catch in question can be seen in the tweet below:

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There is a trade to be made, should Houston want it. However, their farm system has been stretched beyond most given the MLB Draft sanctions imposed due to the sign-stealing scandal.

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But he returned to form Monday, albeit against one of the lighter-hitting offenses in baseball. Lester needed only 81 pitches to get through his seven frames. With the Nationals up 18-0 by the end of the seventh, there was no reason for manager Davey Martinez to push the 37-year-old any further.Baltimore Orioles

"We're in a very fluid situation right now," Cashman said. "The vaccines that we encourage everyone to get guarantee not getting hospitalized... and death from COVID. But it doesn't protect you from contracting COVID."Boston Red Sox

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Rookie Adbert Alzolay, who was the Cubs’ top starter for several weeks earlier this season, starts Thursday’s series finale as the Cubs try to earn a split of the four-gamer.

Seattle Mariners left-hander Hector Santiago's 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his glove has been upheld after an appeal, sources tell ESPN's Kiley McDaniel and Jeff Passan.Kansas City Royals
McCann, 25, had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 43 regular-season games for Pittsburgh last season. He also played six playoff games and had one assist.New York Rangers

Former Golden Knights general manager George McPhee discusses how other NHL teams might handle the upcoming Seattle Kraken expansion draft.Edmonton Oilers

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Then the draft lottery happened. The Canucks, who have 21-year-old Quinn Hughes, got the ninth pick. The Devils, with 20-year-old Jack Hughes, pick at No. 4.

Michael – James van Riemsdyk. The Kraken need scoring and JVR will fit the bill. He still has a big contract at $7 million per season with two-years remaining. He will start on the top line and be a force on their power play after scoring 17 goals and adding 26 assists in 56 games.Chicago Blackhawks

Stars re-sign Miro Heiskanen to 8-year, $67.6 million contract Panthers are in good hands, but face big challenges in taking next step NHL mock expansion draft: Projecting the Seattle Kraken’s 30 picksNew Jersey Devils

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“Seattle, I’m sure, will have good options,” Fletcher said. “They’ve worked hard, but I think we had a little bit more time to plan for this one. We feel like we’re in good shape.”

Patrick's time in Philadelphia did not pan out the way many had hoped and anticipated when the center was taken second overall in the 2017 draft. Following a 30-point rookie season and a 31-point Year 2, Patrick missed all of 2019-20 as he battled a migraine disorder. After going 650-plus days without playing an NHL game, Patrick returned to the Flyers' lineup last season and played in 52 of the club's 56 games. However, with the missed time and the crammed schedule, Patrick stomached a season-long struggle from a production and effectiveness standpoint. He finished with nine points (four goals, five assists) and a minus-30 mark.

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