The Warriors turn to a small-ball lineup with four minutes left in the third quarter. It’s Curry, Livingston, Thompson, Iguodala and Durant. It will be interesting to see if Kerr uses a traditional center the rest of the game.
He does look like the perfect No. 2 pick in the June 22 draft for Johnson, who desperately needs a leader and a point guard who can make teammates better. Ball did that in his one season at UCLA. But they don’t always work out the way Kevin Durant did when he was taken with the second overall pick after Portland selected Greg Oden at No. 1 a decade ago. Durant is an anomaly, in fact.
Johnson needs to hit a homer after the previous regime, headed by Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak, didn’t exactly hit it out of the park with D’Angelo Russell in 2015 and Julius Randle in 2014. Another former No. 2 pick, Brandon Ingram, didn’t shown any signs this past season as a rookie that he’s going to be a superstar, either.
When James was asked Monday about comparing Golden State’s super team to the one he formed in Miami, the four-time MVP said, I don’t believe I’ve played for a super team. I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe we’re a super team here.
Green continued to mock James’ comments by thanking Durant, who was the Finals MVP, for joining Golden State’s super team.
‘I’ve never played on a super team.’ That’s crazy, said Green, who wore a T-shirt that read Quickie with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy next to a large Q that resembed logo for Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
Harper charged the mound in Monday’s game after being hit by Strickland. The two players had a history with one another, which is part of the reason why emotions were so high.
MLB officials didn’t find the fight as entertaining as Arrieta did. The league dished out a six-game suspension for Strickland and a four-game punishment for Harper.
Baseball’s reigning Most Valuable Player and a rookie contender for this year’s honors are the top vote-getters among American League players for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game.
Mike Trout (776,937) and Aaron Judge (730,438) are far and away the favorites of those who have voted online so far, according to the ballot update released Tuesday. The pair have more than twice as many votes as the outfielder who would start alongside them in Miami in July, Boston’s Mookie Betts (337,473), and easily outdistance the closest contender regardless of position, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (602,238).
While Trout is a deserving leader with his eye-popping .337/.461/.742 slash line, the Angels star is unlikely to be able to play in the July 11 game after undergoing surgery this week to repair a torn thumb ligament.
In 705 plate appearances in 2014, Trout struck out 101 times more than he walked. In 681 plate appearances in 2016, he struck out only 19 times more than he walked. Through 37 games this year, he’s struck out only six times more than he’s walked — by comparison, Trout had 47 strikeouts and 20 walks through his first 36 games in 2014.
A young boy attending Wednesday night’s Royals-Yankees game had to be carried from his seat by medical professionals after being struck on the head by Chris Carter’s broken bat.
Carter’s bat shattered on a fastball from Matt Strahm in the seventh inning and much of the bat hit the boy, who appeared to be age 6 or 7, per NJ.com.
The boy, who was sitting on the third-base side in box seat four rows up from the field at Yankee Stadium, appeared dazed as he held a towel to his forehead. He had to be carried from his seat in part because he attended the game walking with crutches.
Play stopped for two minutes as players looked to the seats.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo promised earlier this month that he is going to fix the leaky bullpen, which entering Thursday’s games owns the worst ERA (5.27) among relievers in MLB.
Losing games in the ninth inning has been so demoralizing, Rizzo told USA Today on Sunday. It’s certainly not the way you want to go through a season. You look at our team, and all of the great performances and great seasons we’re having, and nobody is talking about it. It’s all about the bullpen and how those guys are struggling. It gets old.
We’ve got guys that are underperforming in the bullpen, and that’s on me to take care of it.
For this mock draft — the actual draft starts June 12 — we’re going to lean heavily on the fantastic work done by the folks at Baseball America, MLB.com and ESPN.com, among others, and try to sort out how the draft could play out. Let’s get started.
This pick isn’t a sure thing. The Twins have several solid options with the top spot, but we’re going with McKay for now. He’s a two-way superstar in college, and he could be a big-league star either as a hitter or as a pitcher. Check out his numbers heading into the ACC Tournament: At the plate, he’s batting .361 with 15 homers and a 1.161 OPS, and on the mound he’s fashioned a 2.22 ERA with 116 strikeouts and 27 walks in 85 innings. Thing is, though, he’s left-handed, and teams love college left-handers who work in the low 90 mph range with polish and control.
A rough start to the season for the Pirates’ outfield took another hit Monday as cleanup hitter and right fielder Gregory Polanco was carted off the field at PNC Park after apparently injuring his right ankle in a collision with the wall.
Already without Starling Marte (PED suspension) and a poor-hitting Andrew McCutchen, Polanco was just starting to heat up for the last-place Bucs after returning from the 10-day disabled list four days prior with a hamstring strain.
Now it seems likely Polanco will miss more time after his sixth-inning collision with the right-field outfield wall along the foul line.
The Pirates have yet to officially provide an update to Polanco’s injury but according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he will only miss a few games.