Red Sox extend best start in 118-year history, beat O’s 3-1

Even playing in wild chills below freezing couldn’t slow down the red-hot Boston Red Sox.
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Andrew Benintendi got three hits and the Red Sox extended the best start in their 118-year history, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Sunday at frigid Fenway Park.

I was miserable, nothing short of miserable, Boston ace Chris Sale said. I said it when I came out of the game: `This is the most miserable I’ve ever been on a baseball field, by far, not even close.

Kids Omri Casspi Jersey Mitch Moreland also had three hits for the Red Sox, who improved to a major league-best 13-2 under new manager Alex Cora.

It was tough, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. Obviously, Chris Sale is an outstanding pitcher and we think Dylan is, too.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, the Red Sox tied it on Benintendi’s RBI triple. They went ahead the next inning when J.D. Martinez scored on a wild pitch after reaching on third baseman Danny Valencia’s fielding error and advancing on Moreland’s double. Tzu-Wei Lin’s RBI double made it 3-1.

Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.

It’s just in my DNA, Wade said. I love the stage.

The 36-year-old flashed the form of a three-time NBA champion with the Heat, not the Authentic Joffrey Lupul Jersey journeyman who bounced around the last two seasons with forgettable stints in Chicago and Cleveland.

Wade made 11 of 17 shots and put on a show in the second quarter and put it away in the fourth.

I saw moments, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. That’s what defines Dwyane Wade.

The 76ers could soon get their defining Process moment from Embiid.

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Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov out for Game 3 against Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov missed Monday night’s Game 3 matchup with the Boston Bruins in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Komarov, 31, has a lower-body injury sustained in Game 2 on a hard check from Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller.

Most of the headlines this week about the Padres will center on their brawl with the Rockies and losing center fielder Manuel Margot to the disabled list after he was hit by a pitch. The silver lining could be the call-up of Franchy Cordero, who hit .326 with 17 homers and 15 steals in Triple-A last season and homered in two of his first three games of the season for the Padres. — Nitzberg

The Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak with a thrilling, come-from-behind, extra-inning victory on Saturday against the reigning World Series champion Astros. However, the Rangers’ starting rotation has been one of the worst in the majors, and Texas is just 2-8 at home. As if that weren’t bad enough, shortstop Elvis Andrus is expected to miss six to eight weeks after fracturing his right elbow. — Casella

Players can earn additional money through affiliate player bonuses and NBA call-ups. Last season, the most a player could make was $26,000.

The G League has affiliates from 28 of 30 NBA teams. The move allows the minor league to become somewhat more attractive to players, including high school players who opt to join instead of going to college, such as 2018 McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley.

The players receive housing and insurance from G League teams as well. Once all 30 NBA teams get affiliates, salaries are expected to rise again.

“I do like it. It’s a start,” one G League team executive told The Undefeated. “Once all [NBA] teams have their own [G League] teams, then you will see the salaries go up some more. Plus, with these high school players not wanting to go to college, they needed to raise it up a bit.”

Two-way player salaries also rose to $77,250 from $75,000.

I knew this was gonna be a special tournament. On the day of our first broadcast of the tournament, we were in Charlotte [N.C.], and I invited Billy to come over and have breakfast. I wanted the tournament for me to begin by having Billy christen the tournament by having breakfast. And we had Billy just warming us up with all of his opinions about whatever the subject might be, and it goes way beyond college basketball. And later that night, we had UMBC against Virginia. … That was all Billy.

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Righty Jeremy Hellickson joins Nationals, will start vs. Mets

The Washington Nationals have added right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the roster and will start him in the series opener against the New York Mets.
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The Nationals purchased Hellickson’s contract before Monday night’s game at Citi Field.

Washington signed Hellickson, 31, late during spring training. He was a combined 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA last year for Philadelphia and Baltimore. He has a career record of 69-69 in eight big league seasons.
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Ohtani threw just 34 percent of his off-speed pitches for strikes, down from 68 percent in his first two starts, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Sixty-two percent of his off-speed pitches were non-competitive pitches, which means they were more than 18 inches from the center of the strike zone. That number was only 26 percent in his first two starts.

But in order to keep moving things in the right direction, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny switched up his original pitching plan. Rather than starting Michael Wacha, who has struggled to a 1-4 mark in nine career starts at Wrigley, Matheny Authentic Morten Andersen Jersey will turn the ball over to Luke Weaver, who has been St. Louis’ most consistent starter this season.

Weaver (2-0, 2.08 ERA) will make his third start and has yet to allow more than five hits or two earned runs in any of his starts. He has struck out seven in each of his last two outings. Weaver has, however, struggled in his two career starts against the Cubs, against whom he is 0-1 with a 12.86 ERA.

Still, Matheny told reporters on Tuesday that he would rather go with Weaver than put Wacha in a difficult spot in a place he has traditionally struggled. Wacha will instead pitch on Friday against Cincinnati with two extra days rest, Matheny said.

We don’t deny that this has been a tough place for Michael to pitch in the past, Matheny told reporters, according to MLB.com. We had opportunities to split guys up, give them plenty of rest. We like how we split a couple guys up with similar stuff.
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Zay Jones breaks silence, thankful to be alive

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It’s far from an explanation, but at least we know Zay Jones is grateful.
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The Bills wide receiver broke his (social media) silence, posting this weekend for the first time since his weird, naked, bloody arrest for vandalism.

Thankful to be alive. thankful for another year. more life, he wrote, via the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Ansah had a team-high 12 sacks last season after making only two in 2016.

We’re going to try to do whatever we can to put him in the best position to make some plays, new coach Matt Patricia said. And he has a great skill set that he’s obviously demonstrated, especially on the edge. So that’d probably be the best place to start with him, out there. I think all those things as we get going into it, he’s extremely long, very powerful, strong, has a great get-off, good hustle or pursuit to the ball. He plays very aggressively from that standpoint. So those a great starting points. You can do a lot of different things.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a press conference on Friday to discuss topics related to this year’s draft and he was predictably mum about what directions the team might go with the Jordan Bell Womens Jersey eight picks currently in their possession. Belichick said the team is open to all possibilities, including using picks in trades for players already in the league, and dispatched a question about drafting a quarterback to groom behind Tom Brady by saying they’ll do what’s best for the team. Some have called adding a young quarterback a need for the Patriots while others have pointed to offensive tackle, but Belichick made it clear that he doesn’t see the draft through the prism of filling needs.

Well, again, the whole draft need thing is 鈥?I don’t really understand that, Belichick said. You put a card up on the board. That doesn’t mean the guy is a good player.
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The Rams now have one of the league’s most star-studded rosters

It’s often challenging to get that many great individuals and their personalities to jell adequately to form a successful and singularly focused unit. But?the Rams would rather swing big than settle for taking baby steps while banking primarily on continuity.
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McVay was referring to Phillips, 70, who has always demonstrated an ability to unite, inspire and lead men during his decades of coaching experience. Players and coaches alike praise him for his creativity?but also for his receptive nature, which helps breed a sense of ownership among his unit.
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Of course, they didn’t play their starters in the fourth quarter, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. I think they got a lot out of today; those (Celtics) played well for three quarters. I’m proud of the way our guys played for all four quarters. It’s a good sign the way they’re developing.

Stevens said Irving’s surgery was a success and he should be ready to return next season. The point guard had two screws removed Saturday from his left knee, which had developed an infection. The screws were inserted after he broke his kneecap during the 2015 Finals.

And so we didn’t mind helping the Titans at all. We would have done it even if we weren’t chasing the draft with them. But timing was so fortuitous.

Spyridon has been working to bring the draft to Nashville for nearly a decade, long before the NFL took the annual event on the road, moving it from its longtime home in New York to Chicago in 2015 and ’16 and Philadelphia last season.

This year’s draft is from April 26-28 at the Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Knowing he has to get in front of Chicago, which employs Nelson’s former Fighting Irish O-line coach (Harry聽Hiestand), Gettleman could also send Licht a third rounder to flip from 12th to seventh. Why do it? Nelson may be the best player in the draft not named Saquon. He would help the Giants win now and later regardless of which quarterback he’s protecting and will surely help revive a dormant ground game. All that aside, Authentic Steven Nelson Jersey Gettleman’s mancrushes are reserved for his beloved Hog Mollies.

King spent six seasons with the Raiders and averaged 46.8 yards per punt.

After making a new rule this week with hopes of taking the head out of the game, the NFL has to now convince players (and media and fans) that they’re not changing the fundamental way the game is played.

While their keep-it-secret/make-a-splash strategy might have been the best way to push through some legislation in Orlando, they created a wave among players who think the game is being made soft because the league doesn’t want them to use their helmet as a weapon.

“We’ve got to put the materials together. We’ve got to show the tape. We’ve got to make sure all of you see it, they see it, and it’s taught the same way at all 32 [teams],” said Rich McKay, the chairman of the competition committee. “If that happens, I think the players — they’re the best athletes in the world and they’ll conform. Hopefully this becomes a springboard, too: take it all the way down, at all levels [of football] because the head [blows] and the lowering of the head has become too commonplace. And it needs to get out of the game.”

Lewis’ explosiveness as a kick returner seemed like it would be tougher to replace than his rushing production … and then came the deal for Patterson, a perfect Swiss Army Knife of a player for the Patriots.

Browns general manager John Dorsey gets an assist for what Belichick has been able to do for his defense, which just lost ace coordinator Matt Patricia to the Lions. If Dorsey had not gone after T.J. Carrie and Darmarious Randall to flank Jamar Taylor, then Jason McCourty would not have been available.

McCourty last May was a steal for a more cost-conscious Cleveland regime on his two-year, $6 million deal. When healthy last season, he ended up shutting down opponents’ top receivers.

Angels off to best start since 1987 after 8-3 win at Texas

Martin Maldonado wasn’t sure whether to slide head-first or feet-first after the throw beat him to home plate.
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Albert Pujols hit his 616th career homer, Maldonado had two RBI singles along with his evasive scoring move and the Angels extended their best start in more than three decades with an 8-3 win at Texas on Monday night.

He’s getting comfortable in the box, Scioscia said. It’s fun to watch when he’s starting swinging like that.
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Jose Alvarez (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced after Angels starter Garrett Richards walked the bases loaded with one out in the fifth. Richards struck out six and walked five in his 4 1/3 innings.

Doug Fister (1-2) struck out five with no walks while allowing three runs in his five innings.

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Angels: RHP JC Ramirez will miss the rest of this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and Tommy John surgery has been recommended. … Scioscia said 2B Ian Kinsler worked out well before the game and was very close. He hasn’t played since the season opener because of a strained groin.

The laughs came in the sixth inning.

Starling Marte made a rather easy catch on Happ’s drive to the left-field corner , except the Cubs rookie didn’t see the umpire’s signal. He just sprinted toward third, but instead of a triple to complete the cycle, he made an easy out.

Watching from the video room, all Schwarber could do was laugh.

He comes in, lays down, I go, `What are you doing?’ `(Happ said), I didn’t see the umpire make the out call, Schwarber said.

Happ helped stake Chicago to a 5-2 lead with an RBI single in the first and two-run drive off Ivan Nova in the third. Happ also had an RBI double.

As for the non-triple?

It’s tough to see down the line, he said. I knew it was going to be in the corner. I didn’t know if it was going to be against the wall or not. Marte tracked it down pretty easily. I was hauling.

Angels place Matt Shoemaker on DL; recall Parker Bridwell

The Los Angeles Angels have placed oft-injured starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day disabled list because of a right forearm strain.
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All season, the Rams were looking for a tough defensive attitude to complement their league-best offense. Maybe now they’ve found that swagger. But at what price Whatever that might be, the Rams are willing to take a chance that they can pay it. It’s going to be different. It could be fun. Most assuredly, it’s going to be Hollywood, and that is the one thing the Rams have been missing in their two seasons here, one of the things that has kept the Coliseum from filling up even as they were rolling into the playoffs.

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Per the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys have been interested in Ealy since the 2014 draft, when they considered selecting him before trading up to get DeMarcus Lawrence. They put a claim on him last year after he was cut by the Patriots in August, but the Jets had a higher waiver priority. The Patriots originally sent a second-round pick to Carolina for Ealy and a third-round pick last March.
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Shoemaker (1-0) gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Athletics Saturday. He struck out four and walked four while improving to 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last seven starts against Oakland.

Taylor Hall’s lead over Nico Hischier for the Devils’ team lead in points is 42.

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Rudock was drawing trade interest last year and has worked behind Stafford over the past two years. Cassel is going into his 14th NFL season. He’s made 81 starts, with his teams going 36-45 in those, and is a career 59 percent passer with 104 touchdown tosses and 81 interceptions.

At the same time, though, Robinson was brilliant while playing with a quarterback who needed him to shoulder much of the workload. The talent is clearly there, and while Robinson struggled in 2016 before missing virtually all of 2017 with a torn ACL, I’d chalk up the subpar year to quarterback issues. The Penn State product saw his catch rate drop to 48.3 percent in 2016, but he was thrown 50 deep passes (throws 16-plus yards downfield). He caught just 24 percent of those throws despite dropping only one of them.
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That last detail will be well-received by Rutgers fans, many of whom were disappointed by last April’s soggy, vanilla spring game that was light on contact. Ash said this year’s spring game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on April 14 at High Point Solutions Stadium, will be starters against starters, offense against defense. But it won’t be a traditional’go put the ball at the 25(-yard line) and play back and forth’ game in order to ensure Rutgers can address everything he and his staff need to touch on.

The third day of the draft is the time to go gem mining. And聽Siran Neal’s name should pop up when teams do that while looking for a versatile defensive back.

Neal featured as both a safety and a cornerback for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. In the latter role, he remained physical while coming up to the line of scrimmage and recording 39 tackles. And Neal also showed he could still be trusted in coverage by finishing the season with 11 passes Deacon Jones Womens Jersey defensed.

New helmet rule likely to be part of replay for officiating

The NFL’s new rule outlawing a player from lowering his head to initially make any sort of hit with his helmet likely will be included in replay reviews for officials. That has not been decided yet, but Commissioner Roger Goodell and competition committee chairman Rich McKay made it clear Wednesday that video reviews probably will be part of the process.

Part of our thought process was that we’re a pretty deep team as it is, Zaidi said. Let’s not force guys down the depth chart that we want to get opportunities for.

So the Dodgers had a dull winter. Kemp was acquired in mid-December coming off a season in Atlanta in which he posted minus-1.3 WAR in 115 games while battling lower-body injuries. L.A.’s rationale for the trade was this: By taking on the final two years of Kemp’s contract and moving the 2018 money that would have gone to the quartet of players sent to the Braves, the Dodgers would be able to stay under the luxury tax threshold. That reset repeater penalties, which has un-glamorous benefits in things like tax payouts and amateur player acquisition.

Officials will be able to determine which players deserve an ejection for their misconduct with the help of instant replay. The newly implemented rule comes after last season yielded several non-football incidents, including Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans ‘ out-of-play blindside hit on Saints corner Marshon Lattimore in Week 9. Evans was only hit with a 15-yard penalty during the game, but was later handed a one-game suspension.

For the first time, the Dodgers are selling a ticket package that includes the seat where Kirk GIbson’s historic pinch-hit, game-ending homer in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series landed. Eight-year-old Little Leaguer Jake Henderson sat there Thursday.

We’ve been in the process of turning the page, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Opening Day. A lot of good things happened last year. Now, as 2018 starts, I know our guys are really looking forward to this day.