A fist pump and a late fastball on the cusp of 100 mph was all the indication needed to know just how good German Marquez felt Saturday.
He pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and Ian Desmond homered as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1.
Marquez struck out nine and walked none after entering with a 5.53 ERA, third-worst among qualified National League starters.
The Rockies closed out June with three consecutive victories and two consecutive over the Dodgers after getting swept by Los Angeles in a three-game series at Coors Field to begin the month. Colorado finished June with an 11-16 record.
I think with every rookie that comes into the NBA it’s really a race to maturity, and some people are further ahead like a Jayson Tatum, Larranaga said after Tatum practiced with the summer leaguers on Sunday. Tatum will not participate in summer league, but Stevens asked him to join the Celtics’ youngest players for practices before they head west.
It’s all about how you embrace these opportunities, and he can’t have better examples than the guys down in that locker room to follow. So it’s on him to follow. And we’re going to invest a lot of time and energy into him.
Jordan declined the option on the final season of his contract with the Clippers, clearing the way for him to likely sign with the Mavs, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 7-footer fits the profile of what the Magic’s front office is looking for in terms of positional size.
Bamba still has quite a ways to go in terms of his offensive ability. Yes, he’s shown off a new jump shot in workouts, but we’ll need to see it translate against actual competition to be sure. In the meantime, Bamba’s should provide Orlando with a defensive anchor on the backline.
Sexton’s competitiveness, toughness and work ethic could push him to reach his ceiling. It’s just not clear that ceiling is particularly high.
The Knicks reportedly fell in love with Knox following a workout he had in front of the team against Miles Bridges. The 6-9 forward combines youth, positional size and projectable shooting.
I made a few mistakes today and one of them went over the fence, Boyd said.
Gaviglio gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season.
Leonys Martin and Castellanos hit consecutive singles off Joe Biagini in the eighth but the Blue Jays right-hander retired the next three batters in order.
We had runners in position a couple of times, Gardenhire said. We just didn’t come up with the big one.
Martin helped preserve the 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth by throwing out Travis at home plate. Travis was trying to score from second on Yangervis Solarte’s single to center, but couldn’t beat Martin’s one-hop throw. The assist was Martin’s ninth, tying him with Seattle’s Mitch Haniger for the AL lead.
The Clippers have picks Nos. 12 and 13, and they have made a game effort of trying to move into the top five ahead of the draft. But even a package built around that pair of lottery picks has not proven enough to crack that upper echelon.
In fact, for all the talk of a willingness to trade up in this draft, teams besides the Clippers are finding that the asking price for a top-five spot is far too much.
This is a good draft, a very good draft at the top, one league source told Sporting News. But the value that teams are placing on these picks is a little unreasonable in some cases.
League sources believe that the most likely trade the Raptors are to pull off this offseason is a salary dump of Norman Powell, who fell out of the rotation last year and saw his numbers plummet. Powell played just 40 total minutes in the postseason this year, and he has a four-year, $42 million extension kicking in on July 1.
It has been more than two months since I wrestled with stats and sorted through the drop-down menus that are the scourge of those of us tasked with voting on the NBA’s awards. My ballot was filed on April 1I got that done first. Then I started work on my taxes. Priorities.
When reviewing how I voted, it’s striking how much I would have changed to include playoff performance, instead of just the regular season. For me, I would have made alterations to three big categories.
Now that we’re past the end of the playoffs, that ballot just does not look right. It starts at the top. If I were voting for MVP now, with the postseason included, it would be too difficult to ignore the multiple dud games that Harden had, the way he shot 38.6 percent against the Warriors after his brilliant Game 1 performance and his struggles in clutch situations.
This list is going to be fun… until you get to the page with your team. Then the pain may set in.
Mike Foltynewicz loves trying to one-up his fellow hurlers in the Atlanta Braves red-hot pitching rotation.
He kept even with cohorts by tossing five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman homered as the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.
It’s like a friendly competition with a fun group of guys, Foltynewicz said. It’s a good vibe.
But when the Reds (36-48) take on the right-handed Shields and the White Sox on Monday night at Great American Ball Park, in the teams’ first matchup since 2015, they’ll be one of the majors’ hottest clubs. They’ve won 11 of 14 after taking the final two games of a four-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers, and interim manager Jim Riggleman now has a 33-33 record for a last-place team.
Considering that Riggleman took over a Reds team that was 3-15 under former manager Bryan Price, that’s something of an accomplishment. And the Reds own a 6-1 record in interleague games.
Los Angeles has received punishment twice in the past for tampering, but this year the Lakers want to make sure the rules are crystal clear to everyone to avoid punishment from the league.
If the Kings pass on Doncic at No. 2, the Hawks probably will scoop him up at No. 3 — coach Lloyd Pierce has been high on the chances that Doncic will be able to come in and boost the potential of the entire team with his playmaking ability.
But if the Hawks decide to go with a big guy to put next to John Collins, Doncic could fall to Memphis, and with an aging roster around him and an unsettled front-office picture, that’s a situation Doncic probably would like to avoid. (Many other top prospects like him have dodged the Grizzlies ahead of the draft.) If Doncic somehow slips to No. 5, the Mavericks would be a good landing spot.
His trainer even went as far to say that his shot will be perfect by the end of the summer.
Fultz had a tepid rookie season, averaging 7.1 points with 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
In addition to their versatility on the floor, Fortune LP can also play off it, especially if you fancy well-fitted (Note: I didn’t say skinny) jeans that fall no farther than the bottom of your shin ankle so you can show off your entire sneaker. This one’s a looker.
Choo reached base for the 41st straight game with a first-inning walk, tying the major league high this season, and also hit one of Texas’ five Texas home runs in the first three innings of the Rangers’ 11-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
There was a short break in the sixth after Wilson drew a walk. A couple of cups of water were brought out for him to sip and douse himself to cool off. Wilson eventually scored and was replaced at catcher after the inning ended with the score tied at 9.
I just couldn’t catch my breath, he said. My heart was fluttering. I felt dizzy. Started getting a headache. Just couldn’t even hold a conversation in the dugout.
All three Twins players were treated with IVs.
We did see signs of progress from Hezonja in his third season, as he improved both his shot creation and his efficiency. That still left Hezonja about average in both categories. To improve on that, Hezonja will probably need to develop into at least a league-average 3-point shooter, having shot 34 percent last season and 33 percent in his three-year career.
Almost exclusively a wing during his first two seasons, Hezonja played primarily at power forward last season in Orlando. Such lineups struggled defensively, giving up 110.6 points per 100 possessions, according to an analysis of lineup data from NBA Advanced Stats — slightly higher than Phoenix’s league-worst defensive rating. But the Magic were above-average offensively with Hezonja at power forward, and it will be interesting to see if he gets minutes there for the Knicks.
I just want to stay consistent, said Rizzo, who has 53 RBI this season. That’s what I’ve shown over the last few years and that’s what I want to get back to.
Steve Cishek (2-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Muncy hit his team-leading 17th homer in the third and Justin Turner added a two-run shot in the ninth, giving the Dodgers a major league-leading 53 homers in June and tying the franchise record set last year. Enrique Hernandez drove in a pair of two-out runs with a single in the second and a double in the fourth.
Kershaw tossed five innings of one-run ball in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a lower back strain. He allowed four hits, struck out six and didn’t walk anyone while restricted to 68 pitches.
Today was a good step and hopefully next time the restrictions should be off, Kershaw said. I kept the pitch count down and didn’t walk anybody. There’s definitely some things to be positive about.
The Los Angeles-based basketball footwear and apparel startup released its entire collection, including an Everyday (lifestyle) and Gameday (performance) line of sneakers. Among its court-ready offerings, were the Sniper LP (high), Fortune LP (mid) and the Sliper Lo LP (low). Dedicated to outfitting the renaissance of positionless basketball, where players roles are defined by their skills and athleticism and not their heights and weights, CEO Ryan Duke and his staff are endeavoring to capitalize on a movement.
SN got its hands on a pair of the Crossover Culture Fortune LP. Let’s review their aesthetics, comfort, performance and affordability.
One thing is for certain, Crossover Culture knows how to make a good-looking sneaker. The black diamond/lunar dust/ignot colorway of the Fortune LP is the more visually appealing iteration of the model by far. For some reason, those colors just pop better with the mid-top build as opposed to the Sniper Lo LP, where the polar white/stealth/gold ignot colorway might be the coldest new shoe of the summer. The Fortune LP’s designers took a risk with the gold foil accent on both the 3-D molded knit upper and toe but pull it off. They’re flashy, but not offensively so.
When his name was called on Thursday night, the New York backers in the audience booed his selection.
You were probably just going to your prom and such at this time when you were Knox’s age. Now imagine heading to your prom, your mauve cummerbund cinched neatly in place and your date’s corsage pinned carefully to her wrist. Then imagine a spotlight blaring on you the second you walk in, and everyone turning and booing — including your date. And now imagine it happening on national TV, with Adam Silver for some reason as your chaperone.
Many wondered why the Magic took Bamba instead of a point guard, because Orlando has two centers already and zero point guards, but those people were reminded that the two centers are Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo.
Shittu missed out on the spring all-star circuit due to a torn ACL. At 6-10, the 18-year-old intrigues as a potential playmaker from one of the forward positions. He can handle the ball in big spaces and pass on the move.
Narrowing down his role and position may prove difficult, as he’s a unique prospect in terms of his versatility.
For the second straight season, Rick Stansbury has landed a 5-star big man at Western Kentucky. Here’s to hoping this one actually plays for him, unlike Mitchell Robinson.
Bassey still needs to improve his overall skill level, but he’s a good athlete, rebounder and rim protector. As with all bigs, figuring out what role he can play in the NBA and then willingly taking on that role will be paramount.