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.

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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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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: 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).

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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.

Brett Gardner’s walk-off home run leads Yankees past Rays

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner sent the third pitch he saw in the bottom of the 11th inning over the fence Thursday for his third-career walk-off home run, leading to a 6-5 win over the Rays.

The Yankees (54-46) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but watched that lead turn into a 5-3 deficit through six innings. Undeterred by their mid-game slump, the Yankees rallied back with runs in the eighth and ninth innings.

After a scoreless 10th inning by both teams, Gardner did not waste time taking advantage of another opportunity to help the Yankees win the game.

The Athletics had 36-6 stretches in Philadelphia in both 1914 and 1931. Both years they went on to win the pennant, but lost the World Series: Once to the Boston Braves in 1914 and once to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931.

They did manage to bring championships to Philadelphia in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929 and 1930, something the Phillies did not manage to accomplish until 1980, when the Athletics had already moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City to their current home in Oakland.

The 1941 Yankees tallied 36 wins over their best 42 game stretch in 1941. They would go on the win the World Series crown over the Brooklyn Dodgers in five games, winning 26-year-old “Joltin’” Joe DiMaggio his fifth title.

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Draymond Green on Blazer Damian Lillard’s Melo talk: ‘Give it a break’

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard says his team could compete with anyone in the West, including the defending champion the Golden State Warriors.

He then went on to say (via CSN Bay Area) that if his team added Carmelo Anthony he wished other teams “good luck” with essentially trying to defend a Blazers lineup that already includes two of the West’s most dynamic scorers in Lillard and teammate C.J. McCollum.

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There’s nothing wrong with a mid-range game, there’s also nothing wrong with gaining comfort from beyond the arc. In this day-and-age, point guards have to be able to knock down open 3-point shots. It is simply a prerequisite for a running an offense.

“He shoots them pretty well in practice. Sometimes he just needs to make sure to Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys get the arc on them to give them a better chance of going in. If he can do that, that’s where I think the real pressure from point guards in this league come,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Derrick can get to the basket at will. So they play behind and clog the lane. If he can knock down those 3s, what’s a Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys team going to do? Then it makes him more effective.

“He knows with his speed and his quickness, he can get to the basket. And that’s where he’s really good. So he kind of relies on that. But there’s no reason he can’t mix it up a little bit and get a couple more of those in.”

UCLA’s T.J. Leaf latest one-and-done for Bruins, declares for NBA Draft

T.J. Leaf is following Lonzo Ball to the NBA.

UCLA’s freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday.

“This was a huge decision for me and my family,” Leaf said in a statement. “It was definitely one of the hardest decisions in my life. I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft with the intent of hiring an agent.

However, it was his 9.3 assists per contest, a Summer League record, that was his most eye-popping stat. More than the passes that led directly to buckets, Lonzo’s utter selflessness and court vision (think how a great quarterback such as Aaron Rodgers throws receivers open) is what Paypal Cheap Jerseys really wowed both spectators and commentators alike.

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No wonder UCLA won 15 more games during Ball’s lone year on campus than the Bruins did the season before he arrived.

Who knows if Lonzo will be a Hall of Famer, but he’s certainly off to a good start. What do you all think?

The message from Lue and his players the last week or so has been consistent. The standings aren’t something they completely ignore, but the focus is on fixing what’s wrong.

“I think (the Celtics) definitely have our attention, but whatever happens, it happens,” Lue said after a win against the Hornets on Friday. “We’re first, we’re second. As long as we’re healthy, we’re great. I told the guys, ‘every series we played in last year, we won on the road.’ You gonna be a championship team, you gotta win on the road anyway … If my team is healthy, we’re gonna be good. We’re gonna be OK.”