"For a couple of these pockets where we needed another catcher we didn't want to disrupt the consistent playing time he was getting, but in this scenario with Buster down for the weekend we wanted to bring him in and evaluate maybe having him for the weekend," Zaidi said. "That might be a short-term thing depending on how Buster does, but we'll see when we get through the game today."Oakland Athletics
Eaton signed a one-year, $8 million dollar contract. Pederson signed for one year and $7 million with a mutual option for 2022, plus the opportunity to play every day.Atlanta Braves
Blue was opposed by the Pirates' Dock Ellis, who was leading the National League in victories and ERA at the break. Ellis, always outspoken, often controversial, said publicly that he didn't think Anderson would name him the starting pitcher because "baseball doesn't want two brothers to start the All-Star Game."
“On the bench, it occurred to me how many directions he’s being pulled right now,” Walsh said. “I know he had a great time. But man, he’s got a lot on his shoulders.”San Diego Padres
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Now he and Mantle are connected in another way, one that no MLB fan wanted to see. Still, Snitker for one believes that there is no reason Acuna won't still end up in the same place as Mantle: Cooperstown.Arizona Diamondbacks
"It's the ultimate gut punch," manager Aaron Boone said. "You've got a five-run lead in the ninth against a great team with a chance to earn the sweep and they come back to win. We've got some things to get better at and make sure all hands are where they need to be."
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Wise said he enjoyed the memes generated by Ohtani’s facial expressions — some giddy, some bemused, some quizzical.Detroit Tigers
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Los Angeles was given a "B" grade for their first-half performance, while the Padres were given a "B-". Baltimore Orioles
The Red Sox have called up their top outfield prospect Jarren Duran who will join the big-league club on Thursday just ahead of their four-game series against the Yankees in New York.
In ranking the Mets' 10 best first-round picks ever, we'll be taking into account the performance of those players with the Mets and with any teams they might have played with after leaving the Mets. If New York made a good pick, that pick won't be penalized because the same front office (or a different front office) eventually traded that player.San Diego Padres
An investigation led by Major League Baseball confirmed the Astros had cheated by using a camera-based, sign-stealing system during their 2017 World Series-winning regular season and playoffs, and during part of the 2018 regular season. The investigation detailed that the sign-stealing did not take place in 2019.
General manager Bill Guerin made the announcement Tuesday that the team is buying out the final four years of each player's contract, which were originally structured to last 13 years. It is a sudden end for a tenure that began with such promise when the two American stars signed identical $98 million contracts on July 4, 2012.Edmonton Oilers
"That whole run, the whole journey, it was so stressful," Rinne said. "It also showed how difficult it is to win and really makes you appreciate and respect the trophy."Minnesota Wild
Owner Craig Leipold, who spearheaded the master plan to add two upper Midwest products in the same free agent year in 2012, called Parise and Suter, “tremendous ambassadors for our team” who helped win a lot of games.
As an RFA, Garland is subject to some of the Coyotes’ whims. It’s perfectly plausible that they’ll simply hash out a new contract. Frankly, it would be in the Coyotes’ best interest, as they’re not exactly brimming with potential prime-age stars.Columbus Blue Jackets
Re-sign the RFAs. Hart, Travis Sanheim and Nolan Patrick are all restricted free agents this summer, and the contracts for all three will be intriguing. Again, it wasn't the best season for Hart (especially entering a contract year). But he's only 22 and this is uncharacteristic for his career, so the Flyers aren't worried; still, neither side is probably looking at seven or eight years right now.Philadelphia Flyers
Loggans also said the Blackhawks haven't said anything about what, if any, part of the review would be made available after it was completed, or what they plan to do with the results.
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Why the White Sox took him here: The White Sox went with the hometown prospect here with an Indiana player in Montgomery, who could have played Division I hoops as well. Being a 19-year-old from a cold-weather state draws immediate questions from some teams, but Montgomery's bat and frame both stand out -- especially if he can stick at shortstop. -- Mullen
If the last couple of weeks are any indication, the Phils will hang around in this race. They went into the All-Star break playing their best ball of the season. They’ve won eight of their last 12 and the lineup is finally healthy and clicking as a unit. Tampa Bay Rays
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Sources said police removed 16 long guns, body armor and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from the room which featured a balcony overlooking the downtown area. The sources said they feared the number of weapons, ammo, vantage point and large crowds could have resulted in a “Las Vegas-style shooting.”
"That took guts. That took heart," Judge said. "People can say what they want about different things going on or he's not the same but he's the same guy. He brought the intensity tonight; we fed off him all night. And to keep a team like the Astros, shut them out for all nine, it's pretty impressive.Cleveland Indians
Who is Frelick? Just the sixth first-round pick in Boston College history, Frelick becomes the second-highest-drafted player in school history, after catcher Tony Sanchez, who went fourth to the Pirates in 2009. Undrafted out of high school, Frelick is undersized at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, but his athleticism (he also played football and hockey in high school), speed and contact ability made him a favorite of scouts. He hit .359/.443/.559 with six home runs, 17 doubles and 13 steals in 48 games and a projection of average raw power.Minnesota Twins
He’d later drive in Blue Jays teammate Teoscar Hernandez with an RBI groundout, while Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino clobbered a home run off Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker.Atlanta Braves
Gonzalez: I think Ohtani will be the story here, but I also think Gallo is going to get hot and put together an epic round at some point. Gallo wouldn't face Ohtani until the final, and that would be a really fun pairing.Chicago Cubs
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Why the Nationals took him here: With Washington's highest pick since taking Anthony Rendon sixth in 2011, Mike Rizzo changes his usual course and goes for a position player after seven of the Nationals' eight first-round picks since Rendon had been pitchers. But House follows Rizzo's preference for high-upside talent, and McDaniel has described House as the prep player with the most upside in the draft. His power is as impressive as any player's in the draft if he can make enough contact to get to it. -- SchoenfieldSan Diego Padres
“I’m expecting to be pretty fatigued and exhausted after these two days,” Ohtani said through his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara during a Monday media conference. “But there are a lot of people who want to watch it. I want to make those guys happy, so that’s what I’m going to do.”Cleveland Indians
He took out his cell phone and called Mark McGwire, his former St. Louis Cardinals teammate, who 23 years ago broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record.Chicago White Sox
3. Seth Lugo entered the game in the fifth inning, and tossed a scoreless fifth. But Jacob Stallings launched a solo homer in the sixth to cut their deficit to 3-2. Lugo retired the next two batters to keep the Pirates at bay, though.
Hamel's 4.22 ERA wasn't pretty, but he did strike out 136 batters in 91.2 innings, good for a 13.35 K/9. His ERA was mostly inflated due to two rough outings where he allowed five and eight earned runs back-to-back, but as you'll se below, he can play out to a decent rotation piece.
There would be a natural tie to a glorious era in L.A. sports. Magic Johnson, who happily recalls watching Garvey and Smith and Ron Cey and Dusty Baker back in the day, led the Lakers to an NBA title in 1980, and four more before the decade was out. The Dodgers won two championships that decade. These days, Johnson is co-owner of the Dodgers.
Those uniforms are so historic that one is displayed in the Hall of Fame. In every year since then, players have worn their team jerseys in the All-Star game.Chicago White Sox
Until then, stan your favorite player to your heart’s desire this All-Star Week, as Ohtani is slated to participate in the Home Run Derby on July 12 and the All-Star Game on July 13. Let’s hope he stays single and grabs a few singles on the diamond this week.San Diego Padres
He’s likely a ways away from being an everyday big-league player, but it’s possible the Cubs acquired Ball in preparation to part ways with longtime first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Left-handed pitchers Damon Jones and Cristopher Sanchez, right-hander Mauricio Llovera and infielder Nick Maton were recalled from Triple A.Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale began his rehab assignment Thursday in the Florida Complex League, finishing the day after throwing three innings in which he allowed zero runs on four hits and zero walks while striking out five batters.Boston Red Sox
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Ever since the team fell in Game 7 at home in Round 2 of the playoffs, Simmons has been involved in every trade rumor and scenario since then. That’s what happens when a player of his stature shoots just 34.2% from the line for the postseason and he took only four shots and scored five points in a deciding Game 7 loss to the No. 5 seed.Sacramento Kings
Boehly will join the Lakers' board of directors, representing the interests of both Walter and himself.Utah Jazz
He's just a perfect role player in the 2021 NBA, and the Sixers traded him on draft night in 2018 for Zhaire Smith. Smith is no longer a Sixer and is currently a G-League player. Neat.
They’ll be questioned again if they take Moses Moody with the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft.Phoenix Suns
One reminder from the night was that West still was the leading man in this production. Win or lose, the spotlight would shine first on him. That fact had been overlooked in the build-up for the clash between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. The newness of that storyline — these two highest-paid pituitary wonders, these basketball giants, meeting in a new circumstance — had created a science-fiction, monster-movie excitement. Forgotten was the baseline drama, the art-film tale of the local hero’s quest to yank Excalibur from that stone, to beat the Celtics in a seven-game series, fair and square.Toronto Raptors
But that doesn’t mean the offense looked dominant. By the end, the ball movement was gone and the USA was playing “your turn then my turn” between Durant, Damian Lillard, and usually Bradley Beal.
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There's plenty to look forward to in 2021-22. The Islanders will move into a new, state-of-the-art arena in Belmont, which they have already sold out of season tickets, four and a half months before puck drop. As long as Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello are running the show, you know what you're going to get from the Islanders as a team. Now they just have to figure out how they can get over the playoff hump.
But St. Louis Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko's case is different, because he's reportedly requested a trade and provided his team with a list of approved trade destinations. Anaheim Ducks
Rinne, a native of Kempele, Finland, won the 2018 Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender, and was the 2021 recipient of the King Clancy Trophy, presented annually to the "player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."Philadelphia Flyers
Making his first public comments since the suits were filed, Quenneville called the allegations "clearly serious."Carolina Hurricanes
Hall moved across the country, away from his family and girlfriend in Illinois, to start a new career in a field he was unfamiliar with. It was a bit intimidating.
Let’s quickly review Blueger, 26, for what he brings to the Penguins. Then we’ll ponder the Penguins’ possible protection plans for that looming Seattle Kraken expansion draft.
Through 65 games with the Braves this season, Adrianza has recorded a .264 batting average, a .794 OPS, four home runs, 23 RBI, 21 runs scored and 32 hits.
Even if Jazz Chisholm hit an inside-the-park home run on the play, all of loanDepot Park was silent as Acuña laid on his side on the warning track. He needed assistance getting to his feet. While he tried to walk off the field towards the visitors’ dugout, he was unable to make the entire trek by himself. Acuña had to be carted off the field the rest of the way. This is a brutal injury for Atlanta.Oakland Athletics
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In a season where non-Cole elements of the rotation at times have gone haywire, Montgomery has at least provided some consistency, going 3-4 with a 4.16 ERA. He dazzled against the White Sox in May, throwing seven shutout innings with 11 strikeouts, showing his high ceiling. Yanks need more of that.Boston Red Sox
Davies owns a 2.86 ERA (22 earned runs/69.1 innings) in his last 13 starts -- that span includes a rocky outing where he allowed eight earned in six innings against the Miami Marlins on June 18. With David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi injured, the Mets have fared well with spot-starters, especially Tylor Megill, as they await the returns of Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco. But at the moment, they lack legitimate starting pitching depth.Baltimore Orioles
There, a 3.31 ERA in 68 innings earned him a promotion to Double-A; he posted a 6.30 ERA in 80 innings. Things got worse the following spring, when forearm tightness shut Sleeth down for weeks. In mid-June 2005, the diagnosis was clear: Tommy John surgery, which cost him all of 2005 and half of 2006. Sleeth wasn’t the same pitcher after his return, though. In 102 innings in 2006 and ’07, he allowed 88 runs with only 64 strikeouts. The fastball just wasn’t there. He knew it, too; he retired in April 2008, never having made it above Double-A and finishing his career with a 6.30 ERA and 192 strikeouts over 262⅔ innings.
Bogaerts struck out in the first inning against Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer but made up for it with a single off Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes in the third.Minnesota Twins
But Antetokounmpo, with his end-to-end bursts that seem to take just two or three dribbles, is a different type of challenge. Paul said Suns coach Monty Williams' instructions are just to try to get in the 6-foot-11 forward's way, but it's difficult to give too much attention because the Bucks have shooters such as Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez set up around the perimeter.
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The Suns face different circumstances against Milwaukee, both for better and for worse. The Suns consider it unlikely that Booker will duplicate his Game 3 shooting performance (3-of-14 shooting). But the Suns expressed the challenge with keeping Ayton out of foul trouble (five) because of the Bucks’ aggressiveness and the Suns’ depleted front-court depth. Phoenix lost center Dario Saric for the playoffs because of a torn ACL in his right knee.San Antonio Spurs
Buddy Hield knows this game well. He was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Kings during his rookie season, and his name is often mentioned in trade rumors, especially since he signed a four-year, $86 million extension in October of 2019.
But the Bucks leaned on Khris Middleton and overcame 40% shooting from the field and a spectacular offensive performance from Booker to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday in the best game of the series.Oklahoma City Thunder
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Bolster the offense. The Flames were 26th in the NHL in goals per game this season. They had a team shooting percentage of 8.8%. Calgary needs to add more offense to its lineup this offseason, either via trade or by using that $14.525 million in cap space.
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But, uh, how much of that was Ducharme vs. Luke Richardson? (And, yeah, even Claude Julien?)St. Louis Blues
The Montreal Canadiens also had four games postponed in late March after two players were added to the COVID-19 list.
F: Blake Wheeler (NMC) F: Kyle Connor F: Nikolaj Ehlers F: Mark Scheifele F: Pierre-Luc Dubois F: Andrew Copp F: Adam Lowry D: Neal Pionk D: Josh Morrissey D: Dylan DeMelo G: Connor Hellebuyck
There’s going to be plenty of side deals with the Kraken and before that, deals that shape what the expansion draft looks like. There’s a good chance the Senators have a hand in the options the Kraken actually have.New Jersey Devils
But would the Bruins? It’s tempting because the Bruins are not deep offensively, especially if they lose David Krejci and/or Taylor Hall. Even if those players return, trading for Tarasenko would give the Bruins All-Stars at all four wing spots on their top two lines. It would drop Craig Smith to the third line, seriously strengthening the Bruins’ depth, though it would likely prevent the team from having the cap space to address needs on defense and in goal. New York Rangers
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