Tampa Bay Rays trade for Lucas Duda and maybe an Instagram account

Cash slotted Duda in the DH role for Friday’s game, where he went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout, which is just about as Duda as it gets. The Rays fell to the New York Yankees anyway, setting back the Rays to three and a half games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Even with the Mets steamrolling through pitchers at an alarming rate, Smith seems like a small price to pay for Duda’s bat. Smith is a right handed reliever who ranked as the Tigers’ 24th overall prospect in 2016 and has a 1.60 ERA, no earned runs in his last three starts and no more than one walk per appearance all season. But he only just recently made the move from high-A to A to AA. Granted, Duda’s defense should relegate him to the first base/DH-only role. But the best part of this deal is the social media.

Esteury Ruiz is only 18 and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Padres scouts were high on the infield prospect after watching him play in the Arizona League, where he was hitting .419 with an OPS of 1.219 as well as a .976 fielding percentage in 2016.

30-year old Travis Wood isn’t having as much success of late, but a change of scenery may be able to knock his 6.91 ERA down a bit. With the Royals paying $7.5 million of his $12 million salary, and with a mutual option for 2019 in his contract, the Padres could luck out if Wood somehow turns things around Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys without taking as much of the financial risk.

This trade also proves what many were wondering as far as whether the Royals Find Cheap Jerseys would be buyers or sellers at this trade deadline. While Kansas City will definitely be saying goodbye to some of its veterans during the offseason, it’s now clear those farewells will be in the offseason and that everyone is sticking together for one last shot at another World Series.

The Dodgers aren’t the only winning NL West team

The Dodgers are crushing everyone in their path and aren’t that far off the pace from setting a new record for wins in the regular season. All of that has made it real easy to miss what else is going on in the National League West: Both NL wild card teams are from that division, and they aren’t just barely clinging to life over .500 like some of their American League cousins in the race are.

The Rockies are on pace for 92 wins. The Diamondbacks are also on pace for 92 wins. It’s maybe not quite the 2015 NL Central, where the 97-win Cubs finished in third place, but it’s probably as close as the West can get when you’re in a division with this version of Los Angeles.

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While it’s great that Syndergaard has learned from his mistakes and altered his training regimen accordingly, it also doesn’t seem like the Mets are contributing to these lessons learned at all or steering him in a better direction.

It may be great that no one is “putting a gun to your head” as Bruce put it, but team medical staffers and conditioning coaches should also be able to right wrongs in player workouts far before they are forced into Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike doing it themselves due to pain or injury.

Syndergaard admits he “know[s] what my weaknesses are” and “know[s] how to address Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap them” but that should also be the Mets’ responsibility on some level, preventing these trips to the DL without outside professionals imparting all these lessons for them.

Sean Rodriguez’s triumphant Pirates return means more than a win

The sound was all you needed. Sean Rodriguez had just barreled up a pitch, and the “crack” vibrated through the field microphone at PNC Park. The ball was on its way to the left-field bleachers. Gone. Walkoff.

Rodriguez initially wasn’t expected play baseball this year, let alone win a game in extra innings for the Pirates, after he, his wife and two of his children were injured in a January auto accident. But there he was Sunday, about three weeks after coming off the disabled list and about 24 hours after being reunited with the club in a waiver trade with the Braves. He got two at-bats in his return — one in the ninth inning, one in the 12th.

The at-bat in the 12th will be replayed in the Steel City for a long time.

Gonzalez was trying to toss a complete game for the first time in 2013 and finish what would have been the first no-hitter of his 10-year career.

The Nationals and Expos have a combined seven no-hitters in franchise history. The last one came when Max Scherzer did not allow a hit on Oct. 3, 2015 against the Mets. The last 1-0 no-hitter thrown was in a familiar place when Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-no at Marlins Park on Sept. 28, 2014.

The last MLB no-hitter, and only one this season, was also at Marlins Park when Miami’s Edinson Volquez kept the Diamondbacks hitless on June 3.

Volquez dedicated his no-hitter to former Royals teammate Yordano Ventura, who died in a January car accident, and tossed the no-no on what would have been Ventura’s 26th birthday.

Before the game, Rodriguez acknowledged the support Pittsburgh fans gave him as he rehabbed his banged-up shoulder. During the game, he received an Lebron Cheap Jerseys ovation as he entered the lineup in a double-switch. After the game, he Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys returned the favor.

Cubs beat Nationals, questions still need answering

The Cubs retained a half-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central Saturday with a 7-4 win over the Nationals to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Dodgers improved to 38-6 in their last 44 games with a 2-1 win against the Giants, thanks to young studs Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. Seager went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, while Bellinger went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has been the subject of a few trade rumors recently, but he didn’t let that distract him while leading the Tigers to a comeback 5-3 win over the Astros. Iglesias went 2 for 3 — both hits were doubles — with a run scored and two RBIs.

Bryce Harper is in the midst of another MVP-caliber season, but he did not showcase that form Saturday in a 4-2 loss against the Rockies. Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to end his 19-game hit streak. He is still hitting .334 this season.

Astros star Jose Altuve, another MVP candidate, also went 0 for 4, snapping his career-long 19-game hit streak.

In addition to the home runs, Nunez also hit a walk-off ground out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Royals.

Diamondbacks (60-44) at Cardinals (51-53) 2:15 p.m. ET — Zack Greinke was on point Saturday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 7-1 win. Arizona will look to NBA Cheap Jerseys China continue its momentum by sending Taijuan Walker (6-4, 3.47 ERA) to the mound to face off against Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.21 ERA). Lynn has been involved with New York Yankees Cheap Jerseys trade rumors, but it appears he will pitch Sunday.

Max Scherzer injury just mild irritation to Nationals

I’ll preface this column by saying Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg are not the 2010s version of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Dusty Baker shouldn’t need to worry about that comp (or about Steve Bartman, for that matter).

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy went 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs in a 4-2 win over the Cubs. Murphy is hitting .333 and now has 36 multi-hit games this season.

Justin Upton helped the Tigers to a 5-2 win over Orioles thanks to some late-game heroics in the form of an eighth-inning grand slam. It was Upton’s third grand slam of the season, tying him for the most in MLB.

Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia allowed six runs, five earned, in a 7-2 loss against the Indians. Garcia was sent over to New York just days after being traded to the Twins by the Braves. He is now 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in the AL this season.

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continues to make up for his early Home Run Derby exit. He blasted a 477-foot home run off of a 78-mph knuckleball from Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey in Miami’s 5-3 loss in Atlanta.

After a promising start to the post-All Star game schedule, the Wholesale NHL Jerseys Cubs have Youth NFL Cheap Jerseys now lost three straight games and hold just a half-game lead on the Brewers in the NL Central. Panic hasn’t started creeping back into North Chicago yet, but the inconsistency of the bullpen, rotation and lineup are cause for concern. The Nationals, on the other hand, hold a 13-game lead in the NL East.

Jason Taylor: ‘In 20 years I traveled 20 miles’

Jason Taylor played his college football right up the road from Canton, Ohio.

“Honestly, I never was the guy to really do goals because if I say one thing and it doesn’t happen, people would be (negative),” Gurley told co-host James Laurinaitis and me Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “But on my keychain it has 1,500 (rushing yards) and 1,000 receiving.

“Obviously, every running back wants to have 1,000 (rushing). That’s the big goal. The more yards you can have, the better position I can have to help this team out.”

Not even a player as talented as Gurley could help keep the 2016 Rams from having the NFL’s lowest-ranked offense in both yards and points scored. After winning 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, Gurley’s stats dropped significantly in overall yardage (1,106 to 885), average per carry (4.8 to 3.2) and touchdowns (10 to six) despite playing in three more games.

Gurley’s frustration boiled over following a 42-14 loss to the Falcons in Week 13, when he questioned the effort of some teammates and described the offense as being “middle school”-caliber. Coach Jeff Fisher was fired in the aftermath.

Gurley is encouraged by the new system being installed by Fisher’s full-time replacement, Sean McVay, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons.

Tomlinson and former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor were the only first-ballot Hall of Famers in this year’s seven-man class.

“I advocate we become Team America,” Tomlinson said. “America Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap is the land of opportunity. Let’s not slam the door on those who may look or sound different Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys from us. Rather, let’s open it wide for those who believe in themselves, that anything is possible and take whatever risks necessary to work hard, to succeed.”

Karlsson posed such a unique problem for the Penguins (and every other team

Despite looking exhausted and overmatched at times in the Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins have persevered and made the big play time and again to grab a 3-2 series lead heading into Sunday’s Game 6.

One more win and they become the first team to capture consecutive Cups since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

“I can’t say enough for this group of players,” said Sullivan. “I’ve said on a number of occasions they are a privilege to coach, and I sincerely mean that. They understand that we haven’t accomplished anything to this point and that there’s one more game that we have to go out and earn, and I believe that this group has the will and the character to do so.”

None measure up individually to Karlsson, the two-time Norris Trophy winner who near single-handedly willed the Senators to within one win of a Final berth against a common opponent in the Penguins. But together there’s no unit in the NHL more formidable, allowing just 1.81 goals and 29.7 shots per game in the postseason.

Among the casualties: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (two points apiece); Vladimir Tarasenko (three points); Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler (five points).

Karlsson posed such a unique problem for the Penguins (and every other team, for that matter) because of his skating prowess and ability to change a game.

To Malkin’s point, that’s the greatest strength of the Predators’ stingy, relentless quartet — and a most pressing issue for a Penguins team that’s been reliant on its impressive scoring ability, averaging Knock Off Cheap Jerseys a league-best 3.05 goals per game in the playoffs. The four have been horses, deployed generously by Lebron James Cheap Jerseys coach Peter Laviolette. All are averaging more than 24 minutes per game — a strategy in stark comparison to Pittsburgh, which has resorted to defense by committee in the absence of injured minutes-eater Kris Letang.

The seven-goal deficit was the eighth-largest in NHL playoff history during a shutout.

Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel added to their mounting playoff goal totals (seven apiece) and so did Scott Wilson and Matt Cullen, who entered with four goals between them. Carter Rowney matched Evgeni Malkin’s three-assist performance, the former notching the first playoff points of his NHL career.

Between seven separate goal scorers, the Penguins chased Senators starter Craig Anderson before the first intermission. Anderson allowed four goals on the first 14 shots he faced and failed to finish a start for the first time this postseason. The Sens played the third period without top defensemen Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci and forward Derick Brassard, who coach Guy Boucher said were resting and could have played if the game were closer.

Pittsburgh’s power play went 3-for-3, while Ottawa is mired in an 0-for-29 drought with the man advantage that extends over its last 10 games.

The seven-goal deficit was the eighth-largest in NHL playoff history during a shutout.

It all seems to add up to series over. Yet the Sens, against the odds, have defied all expectations so far and there’s no reason to think they can’t again Tuesday when the series shifts to Ottawa for Game 6.

The latest news on Ilya Kovalchuk is that there is no news. The once-feared Russian scorer is contemplating whether to rejoin the NHL and the Devils, who retain his rights, or remain in the KHL, where he’s spent the last five years. That decision could come sometime this week, according to Devils general manager Ray Shero.

Should Kovalchuk, who has 417 career NHL goals, opt to return, it’s up to agent Jay Grossman Fans Cheap Jerseys to gauge interested teams before Shero can negotiate a trade.

The expansion Golden Knights, Canadiens, who could use an Alexander Radulov replacement, and the Find Cheap Jerseys Online Blue Jackets, who have publicly stated their intention to pursue the 35-year-old winger, all could use an offensive boost and would make for sensible landing spots.

AWOL Derrick Rose’s future with Knicks just got even more fuzzy, report says

Derrick Rose’s future with the Knicks has become increasingly uncertain in the wake of his unexcused — and thus far unexplained — absence from Monday’s game against the Pelicans, Yahoo Sports reported, citing unidentified sources.

Via Yahoo: “Knicks officials didn’t hear from Rose that he was OK until after an embarrassing loss to New Orleans, a confirmation that sources said began the next conversation within the organization: What do they do with Rose now?”

In the short-term, he was fined and has rejoined the team, the Knicks announced Tuesday afternoon, adding that he is expected to be in uniform Wednesday when New York faces the 76ers in Philadelphia.

While James makes some good points (the Cavs do need more depth), it’s a little insulting to the rest of the guys on the team who aren’t Irving or Love. His comments are even a slap in the face to the front office for not going out and acquiring more talent, although he claims to have voiced his opinions to general manager David Griffin already.

Cleveland could use more players, especially when you look at The Big Three’s minutes. James (44 minutes), Irving (42) and Love (38) played most of Monday’s night’s game, and that doesn’t bode well for the future, because these guys will get tired by the NFL Cheap Jerseys time the postseason begins.

James is averaging a league-high 37.5 minutes per game, and NFL Jerseys Paypal Irving (35.1) isn’t too far behind.

Clippers’ cornerstone crumbles a little more with Chris Paul injury

Chris Paul knew right away Monday his thumb injury was bad. The team confirmed it Tuesday: Paul will miss six to eight weeks after he has surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament.

That makes five straight seasons of at least one of the Clippers’ cornerstone players, Paul and/or Blake Griffin, going down with an injury. At this rate, we’ll never know just how good LA’s collection of talent could have been.

You might not be surprised to hear the Spurs made this play famous in the NBA — as Half Court Hoops broke down here — albeit with a few differences. The idea was the same, but they had a center in Tim Duncan take over the role of James and a shooting guard in Manu Ginobili take over the role of Irving. They also relied on the cutter’s ability to lull the defense to sleep rather than the quick pass from the elbow.

While it doesn’t make one version better or more effective than the other, there’s no doubt the Cavaliers have made it more exciting.

However, that doesn’t mean the Cavaliers don’t have a few tricks up their sleeves when they need a basket. One play in particular they’ve fallen in love with lately is called “UCLA Seal,” and they tend to reserve it for when Irving and James are surrounded by three spot-up shooters in a close game.

The play begins with Irving dribbling the ball towards Love and James Top Cheap Jerseys on the right side of the court. Love is positioned behind the 3-point line on the wing and James sets himself up close to Love at the elbow. Meanwhile, Frye camps out on the opposite Super Cheap Jerseys wing with Iman Shumpert nearby in the corner.