Former Mets slugger Ike Davis strikes out side in debut as full-time pitcher

Long before Ike Davis become a short-lived power-hitting sensation for the Mets, he was an untouchable high school pitcher. At age 30, Davis is back on the mound full-time in an attempt to resurrect his major league career.

Davis struck out all three batters he faced in his pitching debut for the Dodgers’ Arizona Rookie League affiliate on Sunday. According to FanGraphs, he worked at around 88-92 mph in his inning against hitters about a decade younger than him.

“I’m still angry,” Hernandez said (via MLB.com). “I’m trying to calm myself down, trying to smile to hide what I feel inside. I’m just hoping to get healthy and try to help, try to help this team go to the promised land.”

Hernandez says he has received an injection of protein-rich plasma in his sore right shoulder to calm his bursitis and is awaiting clearance to begin rehabbing and eventually throwing. Doctors have projected a three- to four-week absence, but he said he’s hopeful he can beat that timeline.

“They say 3-4 weeks, but I think I can be back earlier,” he said. “I just have to be careful not to rush it, because I feel fine. I felt fine before the last start in Texas. The day I pitched in Texas [on July 31], I felt good. The next day, I felt a little something in my shoulder, but MLB Jerseys Wholesale I was fine before that.”

Hernandez, an uncharacteristic 5-4 with an 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season, is on the DL for only the fifth time in his career. But this is his third DL stint in the past two seasons, as New Nike NFL Jerseys shoulder bursitis landed him on the DL earlier this season, too.

The umpires stood by their decision, but weren’t willing to accept responsibility.

“This whole thing was Tom Lasorda’s fault,” umpire Bob Davidson said, according to The Associated Press. “He instigated the crowd, waving his arms. He has himself to blame, absolutely. He knows he’s to blame.”

“How did I instigate it? I was talking to Jim Quick. All I was asking was why he threw my players out,” Lasorda said. “Who made them (the fans) throw the balls the first time? What did I do? If I don’t come out and ask why my players are being thrown out, what kind of a manager am I? That’s all I did. I tell you, that is a real crime, for those guys to try to put that blame on me.”

Regardless of where the blame fell, it was the first MLB forfeit since Disco Demolition Night in 1979 — and the last one to date. Though the forfeit prevented the Dodgers from inching closer to a postseason berth, they ended up winning the division anyway — then were swept by the Reds in the NLDS.

Two years later, a similar ball-tossing incident occurred on opening day in Milwaukee. The dreaded F-word was threatened, but thankfully for the Brewers, order was restored before baseball’s nuclear option was needed.

After the Milwaukee fiasco, MLB declared that giveaways of baseballs or other throwable objects must occur after a game as fans leave the stadium.

Based on the information available, thanks to Pavlidis and others like Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys him, we’re able to compare pitches as they are called by umpires versus what the radar tells us. That includes an estimate on how accurate the average umpire is behind the plate.

“Both (radar and the umpire) would probably be about 90 percent,” he said. “An automated system would not have the big misses but would actually miss more on the margins, according Very Cheap Jerseys to some unpublished research I’ve heard about. The bigger difference would be the zone wouldn’t expand and contract during at-bats.”

Jalen Ramsey is the NFL’s next shutdown corner. He’s got the perfect attitude for it.

Jalen Ramsey was great in 2016 even if the Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t. For a team that went 3-13, the rookie cornerback was worth tuning in for on a weekly basis. Ramsey’s infectious confidence forced you to pay attention, even if his budding abilities as a shutdown cornerback didn’t already.

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Watson didn’t exactly begin his unofficial career by going all Dak Prescott 2016 on the Panthers. Watson’s passing numbers were very much like those of a rookie first-rounder (15 of 25, 179 yards, 81.9 rating). Playing not far from Clemson and with some familiar support in the stands, Watson delivered determination and drive similar to what he gave the reigning college national champions.

That included doing something the pedestrian Savage can’t do: Decisively taking off and running for paydirt on a 15-yard score late in the third quarter.

Before Wednesday, Texans coach Bill O’Brien had heaped praise on Watson for quickly picking up the offense and making steady improvement, as well as his ability to learn well from mistakes. In that same respect, O’Brien shouldn’t be happy about Savage not improving on his weaknesses.

Watson won’t be elevated to the top of the depth chart for his Make Your Own Cheap Jerseys three quarters of work, but he gained plenty of ground on Savage. There are still a few more weeks to change O’Brien’s mind, and you can bet Watson won’t waste any of them.

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The side effect is more economic growth in Canton and an emphasis on youth football.

It’s a much better opening night for the NFL heading into the 2017 season, a weekend Baker lauds as the “best four days in football.” The Pro Football Hall of Fame took a risk by moving the game up to Thursday before the rest of the weekend’s events, but it worked.

Baker said he was inspired by seeing Canton McKinley’s players take the field for the first time and felt those players took on an “air of responsibility.”

Baker did the same over the last year. The Pro Football Hall of Fame spent a year after one infamous night building something that will inspire football fans for the next few generations. For a game vested in that history, it’s a time where the younger generation is in focus more than ever. Maybe that’s why Baker drew the Williamsport comparison, and it’s definitely why he stayed away from calling it a new beginning in Canton.

“It’s a continuance of excellence,” Baker said. “We’ve got 54 years of excellence here, and there is going to be much, much more in the future.”

There’s another hidden meaning to playing Osweiler: “showcasing” any trade value he might have left. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via The Dan Patrick Show, said Osweiler drew some interest from the Dolphins when that team lost starter Ryan Tannehill to a knee injury. Miami eventually signed Jay Cutler out of retirement, but if Cleveland wants some other team to bite on Osweiler, him playing somewhat well against the Saints helps in that regard.

For many teams, the first preseason game isn’t totally like the throwaway fourth, but it’s close. Once Osweiler gets his time in against the Saints early, it will be Kessler next in, and then Kizer and Kevin Hogan drawing the remaining second-half duties. In reverse, that’s building toward Kessler and Jerseys For Cheap Kizer, in Good Site For Cheap Jerseys perhaps that order, starting the next two preseason games — with the third game being the most critical to Jackson’s final choice.

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Furious Phil Kessel shakes off frustration, scores Game 2 winner

For most of Monday’s maddening Game 2, linemates Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin made no attempt to hide their frustration with one another, themselves, the Senators, pretty much everything and everyone.

It was fitting then that the pair of Penguins connected for the only goal late in the third period that tied the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.

Television cameras caught Malkin and Kessel seething on the Pittsburgh bench, at times inconsolable while venting to teammates, coaches, or in Kessel’s case, perhaps, an imaginary friend. Ottawa’s grind-it-out trap game was working wonders to dishearten the Pens’ stars into submission, a repeat of Game 1 when they hit three posts and failed to cash in on five power plays.

Driving Lyft before Game 3, Brett McCormick, 39, told a story about his Pittsburgh roots and growing up going to Penguins games. His move to Nashville 18 years ago almost exactly coincided with the Predators’ birth.

It was an NHL experiment then. Hockey’s conversion rate to a Southern fan base isn’t great elsewhere, but Nashville, unbeknownst to outsiders, was fine-tuning a brand all its own, waiting for a moment like this to flaunt what they had come up with.

“You go back then and half the arena was empty,” he said. “Now there’s barely Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys room to move on the streets.”

The dual-fandom also means he’s a conflicted man these days.

Pressed, McCormick admitted he’s now partial to the Predators — “I root Cheap Braves Jerseys for the underdog” — even if it means being shunned by some family in Pittsburgh.

“I have people asking all the time who I’m rooting for,” he said. “Last week I told my aunt I have to go with the Preds and she said she couldn’t talk to me anymore.

“I thought she was joking, but I haven’t heard from her since.”

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Penguins offense roars to life as Matt Murray earns first win

The Penguins bounced back after an embarrassing Game 3 loss to the Senators to even the Eastern Conference finals Friday behind a solid performance from goalie Matt Murray, who earned the win in his first playoff start of the season.

Murray replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of a one-sided Game 3 loss on Wednesday after Fleury allowed four goals on nine shots. Murray carried his stellar play into Friday in Ottawa. He stopped 24 of 26 shots in the Penguins’ 3-2 win.

The 22-year-old Murray took over for Fleury during the Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship last spring, but had missed the postseason thus far after suffering a lower-body injury during warmups before Game 1 of Pittsburgh’s first-round series against Columbus.

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Markov, Canadiens officially part ways; veteran heads home to Russia

After 16 years, and nearly 1,000 games played, with the Canadiens, veteran defenseman Andrei Markov is heading home to Russia.

Markov and the club failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, and the 38-year-old, who represented himself in negotiations, decided he had no interest in uprooting his family to move temporarily to another NHL city. Instead, Markov announced that he will play in the KHL next season, though he did not reveal for which team since he has yet to formally sign a contract.

Winnipeg’s need for a veteran presence in net was must-fill this summer, and Mason is about as average as any other option. But why Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff felt compelled to pay him $4.1 million per annum, a price that far exceeded the market value filled with other comparables, was a bit confusing.

The 29-year-old was 39th in the NHL last season in save percentage (.908) and has won 30 games only twice in his career. Brian Elliott, who trades places with Mason in Philly, and Jonathan Bernier (both at $2.75M AAV) were better values.

If Alzner’s contract is the biggest overpayment of free agency, there have certainly Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys been far worse in recent years. Nothing flashy, he’s a solid defenseman who has been about as dependable as they come in nine NHL seasons. But the Canadiens now have nearly $30 million tied up in four players China Cheap Jerseys through 2020-21 — Alzner, Price, Shea Weber and Jeff Petry — and limited cap room to address their scoring woes.

LeBron James considering 2020 Olympics because of Gregg Popovich

Cavaliers star LeBron James has not ruled out playing for the United States under head coach Gregg Popovich at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Spurs boss Popovich will lead Team USA in Tokyo after replacing Mike Krzyzewski following the 2016 Games.

And Popovich’s presence could be enough to tempt three-time NBA champion James — who sat out Rio 2016 — to play in the Japanese capital, when he will be 35 years old.

In an extensive interview with ESPN, Wade opened up about whether he would continue to play in Chicago. After all, he signed a two-year deal this offseason, but he has an opt-out clause after this season should he want to go elsewhere.

“I can’t play this game forever. I just turned 35 and I have a number in my head how long I want to play. At the end of the day, you want to be in a situation where it’s a competitor situation, whatever the case may be. It’s tough in this league as well because a lot of that also depends on how much money you’re willing to make. It depends on what city you’re willing to be in. So it’s a lot of variables to that, but no question about it, what happens throughout this year, as I go into my summer, I’ll definitely take a look at it. I take my career seriously and where I am and where I want to be. And I will do the same thing this summer.”

Wade notes he doesn’t want to be a ring chaser in the sense of lowering his worth to a team. He brought up David West, who gave up several million dollars in order to play for San Antonio last season (now with the Warriors).

While he doesn’t plan on completely diminishing his market value, he does want to New England Patriots Cheap Jerseys join a team that will be competitive throughout the year, rather than a team that settles around Nike Cheap Jerseys the .500 mark.

Clippers can be dangerous again soon — if they can stay healthy

The Chris Paul-less Clippers continued to inch their way back in the right direction Wednesday with a 115-106 victory over the Grizzlies.

Paul, who is expected to return Friday, was replaced by Austin Rivers. Coach Doc Rivers’ son scored a season-high 28 points, while also dishing out seven assists.

Life without Paul hasn’t been easy for the Clippers, who had dropped six of their last seven games before playing Memphis.

Portland Trail Blazers: Any team with two star guards such as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum should be able to consistently close out tight games. That wasn’t the case in Wednesday’s 107-85 loss to the Hornets when Portland was outscored 28-13 in the fourth quarter.

There may not be a more disappointing team in the NBA this season than the Trail Blazers.

Controversy aside, Derrick Rose is still a supreme talent at point guard.

Rose finished the 117-106 win against the Celtics with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Isaiah Thomas scored 39 points for Boston.

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NBA trade rumors: Celtics’ stashed picks Zizic, Yabusele garnering big interest

The Celtics are, not surprisingly, one of the central teams when it comes to trade discussions as we head toward this month’s deadline, just 22 days from now. If a big name comes up on the rumor mill—Carmelo Anthony being the latest—you can be sure Boston will get a mention. That’s what happens when you own what could be Top 3 picks in the next two drafts, courtesy of the Nets.

But it is almost certain that the Celtics will come out of this deadline period with the Brooklyn picks (they have the right to swap with the Nets this year, and own their pick outright next year) intact. It would take a young, All-Star caliber player to pry those picks from Boston.

That’s where James’ criticism comes in. It is the players who have gotten complacent, not the front office, which has no more tools available to make transactions. There’s a need to motivate this group, and it’s got to come from James. The Cavs won’t survive the East playoffs, let alone a team like the Warriors in the Finals, playing the way they have in the past month.

But calling the team top-heavy is risky, because it essentially absolves James — as well as Kyrie Irving and Love — from any blame for the way the Cavs have performed. James has pointed the finger at the role players, at the likes of Korver, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye. These are veterans, guys who likely don’t appreciate public embarrassment as a mode of motivation.

What’s done is done. James has chosen to motivate his teammates this way, and Really Cheap Jerseys has transformed a midseason team slump into full-blown turmoil. Maybe the chaos US Cheap Jerseys Club will snap the team out of its doldrums. Maybe it will bring the team together. Maybe the Cavs’ defensive effort will return. Maybe they will play up to their abilities again.