Let’s begin today with NBA basketball and the Heat. The NBA draft was held last night and there were a LOT of surprises, including a blockbuster trade that breaks up the Boston Celtics and makes the Brooklyn Nets a legitimate challenger to the Heat. Fox Sports does its best to explain it all:
The Miami Heat made a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, sending next year’s second-round pick to Atlanta for the rights to swingman James Ennis, who played for Long Beach State. The Herald has the details:
Former UM guard Shane Larkin was drafted by the Hawks and traded to the Dallas Mavericks, while in an ironic twist of fate, Tim Hardaway Jr. was drafted by the New York Knicks.
The Marlins enjoyed yesterday’s day off and return to action tonight as they host the San Diego Padres in the first game of a four-game series. Ricky Nolasco (MAYBE) will toe the rubber tonight for the Fish, while Edinson Volquez will start for the Padres. Game time tonight is 7:10 at Marlins Park. Here are the expected starters for the rest of the series vs. the Padres:
SATURDAY Eric Stults vs Jacob Turner 7:10 pm
SUNDAY Andrew Cashner vs Nathan Eovaldi 1:10 pm
MONDAY Jason Marquis vs Jose Fernandez 7:10 pm
The Fish are still the worst run-scoring team in MLB, with 244 runs in their 77 games. Here are the rest of the bottom-dwellers:
TEAM W-L Runs
Marlins 27-50 244
Nationals 39-39 275
White Sox 32-43 277
Dodgers 36-42 283
Mariners 34-45 283
Don’t look now, but the Yankees have moved in to the bottom ten, sitting at ninth worst in MLB with 302 runs scored. Who would have thunk it?
In the major leagues yesterday, in the American League,
Rangers 2 Yankees 0
Derek Holland was brilliant, tossing a two-hit shutout and Jurickson Profar connected long distance.
Angels 3 Tigers 1 (10 innings)
Albert Pujols drove in the deciding run with a double.
Red Sox 7 Blue Jays 4
The Red Sox scored all their runs in the second inning. Dustin Pedroia homered with a man on.
Twins 3 Royals 1
Justin Morneau doubled twice and drove in a run and Samuel Deduno threw seven innings, allowing only 1 run and five hits.
Orioles 7 Indians 3
Ryan Flaherty went 2-3 with two RBI.
Over in the National League,
D-Backs 3 Nationals 2 (11 innings)
Didi Gregorius’ bunt single drove in pinch-runner AJ Pollock with the go-ahead run in the 11th.
Cubs 7 Brewers 2
Dioner Navarro homered with two men on base and Matt Garza struck out 10 in his seven innings of work, allowing only one run.
Mets 3 Rockies 2
Marlon Byrd connected long distance with a runner on in the eighth inning to overtake the Rockies.
Dodgers 6 Phillies 4
Yasiel Puig hit the go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Dodgers won their sixth game in a row.
Today’s games, first, in the American League,
Indians @ White Sox 5:10 pm & 8:40 pm
Trevor Bauer vs Hector Santiago (Game 1)
Carlos Carrasco vs Jose Quintana (Game 2)
Yankees @ Orioles 7:05 pm
David Phelps vs Kevin Gausman
Tigers @ Rays 7:10 pm
Max Scherzer vs Alex Colome
Blue Jays @ Red Sox 7:10 pm
Josh Johnson vs Allen Webster
Reds @ Rangers 8:05 pm
Johnny Cueto vs Martin Perez
Angels @ Astros 8:10 pm
Jerome Williams vs Bud Norris
Royals @ Twins 8:10 pm
James Shields vs PJ Walters
Cardinals @ A’s 10:05 pm
Shelby Miller vs Bartolo Colon
Cubs @ Mariners 10:10 pm
Travis Wood vs Hisashi Iwakuma
Over in the National League,
Brewers @ Pirates 7:05 pm
Johnny Hellweg vs Gerrit Cole
Nationals @ Mets 7:10 pm
Ross Detwiler vs Matt Harvey
Padres @ Marlins 7:10 pm
Edinson Volquez vs Ricky Nolasco
Diamondbacks @ Braves 7:30 pm
Randall Delgado vs Julio Teheran
Giants @ Rockies 8:40 pm
Barry Zito vs Jhoulys Chacin
Phillies @ Dodgers 10:10 pm
John Lannan vs Chris Capuano
Nothing new to report on the Ricky Nolasco trade front, but more and more it seems that the Dodgers are still the front runners to obtain the services of the righthander. Nolasco is still scheduled to take the mound tonight against the San Diego Padres, who were also interested in possibly trading for Nolasco. The San Francisco Giants have also inquired about Nolasco. Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com has the west coast angle:
In Yankee news, after tweeting that doctors had cleared him to play and getting in trouble with the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez is apparently changing his tune (surprise, surprise) and now says that he really doesn’t know when he’ll be able to come back:
After “sources” close to A-Rod said yesterday that Alex believes he is being held back so the Yankees can collect insurance money, here is a more believable conspiracy theory . . . ARod wants to play in rehab games, declare he is unable to perform, retire from baseball before any suspensions from the PED issue come through, and collect the remainder of his salary - $114 million over the next five years. Here are the details from the New York Daily News:
Meanwhile, Derek Jeter is back in Tampa continuing his work to come back from his broken left ankle and is now running outdoors for the first time in two months.
In Atlanta, the Braves lost versatile backup Ramiro Peña for the season. Peña will undergo season-ending surgery today for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Here’s the story from David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Congratulations to the Milwaukee Brewers as the Racing Sausages celebrate a milestone anniversary:
Here are the up-to-the-minute standings in MLB:
Here are the individual league leaders in MLB:
HERE IS TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: The Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is not until September 4th, but it has already broken the all-time live gate record for a boxing event. The fight will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and all the tickets were sold out within 24 hours after going on sale. What fight event was the prior record holder? Tell you later, alligator.
The Aaron Hernandez investigation is expanding. From Yahoo! Sports, another man was arrested in Connecticut in connection with the murder investigation:
Also from Yahoo! Sports, Hernandez is being investigated for his possible role in a 2012 double murder:
Fox Sports is reporting that Massachusetts state police is searching for yet another suspect, one described as “armed and dangerous”:
Don’t assume that Tim Tebow is going to step in and play tight end in New England. Yahoo Sports has more:
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THE ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: The Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is not until September 4th, but it has already broken the all-time live gate record for a boxing event. The fight will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and all the tickets were sold out within 24 hours after going on sale. What fight event was the prior record holder?
The previous record holder was the fight between Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya in 2007 held the previous record with a gate of $18,467,000 in ticket sales. The Canelo-Mayweather fight will approach $19,000,000 in ticket sales when all is said and done.
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