James exits the game at 1:47 left in the first quarter. The Warriors go on an 10-0 run to finish the frame and take a seven-point lead to the bench. James has 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Thompson has been back to his normal self for Golden State, scoring 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. It’s been fun, but the result is the same. The Warriors have the advantage.
Kerr wanted his team to take care of the ball. That hasn’t happened. The Warriors already have 11 turnovers with seven minutes left in the first half.
This is getting ridiculous. James has 21 points in 13 minutes. He has missed on one shot so far. And the Cavs are down 46-43.
Another injured player worth keeping an eye on is Indiana wing OG Anunoby, a combo forward who is still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in January. Teams have been monitoring Anunoby, even with the possibility that he might not play at all next season.
The Lakers have been hopeful that Anunoby would somehow last through the first round to their second pick, No. 28. Of all the things their young core of recent draftees lacks, a defensive edge tops the list, and that is Anunoby’s strength.
While there is some concern about whether he is more of a small forward or power forward, Anunoby shrugged that off, saying Three and four are kind of the same thing now.
But the Lakers will have to dodge plenty of interested teams should they decide that Anunoby is their guy. The Heat, with the 14th pick, have also shown interest, as have the Blazers at 15.
The illness that forced Victor Martinez to leave Thursday night’s game in the seventh inning led to the 38-year-old being hospitalized overnight.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB Network Radio on Friday that Martinez was taken to the hospital for observation. Before Friday night’s game, Ausmus told reporters Martinez had been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and would be placed on the 10-day disabled list.
Martinez was still in the Tigers clubhouse immediately after Detroit’s 5-3 home win over the Rays on Thursday but declined to speak to reporters about his condition, according to the Detroit News.
Ausmus told reporters after the game that Martinez had cold sweats, was dizzy and his heart was racing.
Martinez barely made it to first base after reaching on an error in the seventh. He was replaced by pinch-runner Dixon Machado.
Ferrell signed a 10-day contract with Dallas on Jan. 28, started in his Mavericks debut and hit a pair of game-sealing free throws in a road win against the Spurs on the 29th. He then outscored Kyrie Irving in a victory over the Cavaliers on the 30th.
On Feb. 3 against the Trail Blazers, he hit his ninth three of the game — tying a rookie record, giving him a game-high 32 points — with 19 seconds left in the Mavs’ 108-104 win, propelling Dallas to its first four-game winning streak of the season.
Ichiro Suzuki had a chance Wednesday to reprise the throw that made him famous 16 years ago. Same stadium, basically the same spot in the outfield.
Problem: Not the same arm. It’s 43 now. Father Time has claimed another victim.
Ichiro was playing right field for the Marlins against the A’s in Oakland when Jed Lowrie grounded a single through the hole. Ichiro came up throwing. To be fair, it looked like he wanted to go home before going to third.
Bradley’s effort and celebration was short-lived, as Mark Canha went yard in the bottom of the 10th to give the A’s a walk-off win.
I feel like it has a lot more rhythm to it, a lot less herky-jerky. Started from nothing. I think, working off the pitcher, being able to guess, Tebow told me after that May 2 game. Getting my front foot down in time, being able to adjust to righties, lefties, submarine guys, I’ve seen them all now. Today, I think I only saw lefties. So it’s really just trying to be locked in and see everything.
SS Alcides Escobar
Age: 30. Status: Free agent after 2017
Need to know: He was undeniably a huge part of Kansas City’s back-to-back World Series runs. No doubt about that. But he’s not what he once was. He’s still an elite defensive shortstop, sure, but at the plate, he’s far below average. Like, really far below average. Think about this: For the stat OPS+, 100 is league average. Escobar was at 67 in 2015, 72 in 2016 and he’s at 21 this season (it’s not an accumulative stat, btw). By more traditional numbers, in 2017 he’s hitting .180 with a .211 on-base percentage, numbers which rank 176th and 180th, respectively, of 180 qualified hitters in the majors. It’s hard to imagine they’d get anything more than a low-level, low-ceiling prospect in return.
This could go in the Hall of Fame of epic face plants.
This Red Sox fan reached for a foul ball in the upper deck, and landed two rows from whence he came.
The good thing is, the Red Sox fan seemed to be in good spirits and waved off additional help from security. It could have ended a lot worse, especially if his momentum carried him further down.
There was probably an oh s’ moment for the fan, but this one is definitely all good. Everyone had a good laugh. Slightly scary to watch.
No harm, no foul. Except for the ball.
Tebow’s home ballpark (for now) is kind of unique.
When the Fireflies aren’t in town, it’s open to the public from sunrise to sunset, like any city park in Columbia. The wide concourse serves as a running/walking track ’ each lap is a third of a mile ’ and people bring their lunches to eat on the many tables around the field. It’s a pretty cool setup.
On game days, Fireflies employees politely clear out the stadium a little more than three hours before first pitch, which means the public can actually be out there watching Tebow and his teammates go through the first half-hour or so of their pregame routine for free. And maybe even pregame hacky sack.
He’s been a full-time starter for six seasons, and in three of those seasons, he’s been equal to or worse than any available player the Royals could have found to play first base (a call-up from the minors or a guy available as a midseason free agent).