It’s been quite the stretch for Jayson Tatum since making his first All-Star team. In his last five games, the Boston Celtics wing is averaging 35.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. After Wednesday night’s win over the Utah Jazz, he’s reached or surpassed 30 points six times this month, including his last three-straight games.…Former Celtic Calls Jayson Tatum The Next Larry Bird, Paul Pierce — NESN.com
Chris Sale’s arm is fine, but that won’t allow him to begin the season on time. The Boston Red Sox ace missed the start of spring trianing due to pneumonia. Given the fact that he’s coming off an injury-shortened season where he was an objectively unerwhelming pitcher, it makes little sense for the Red Sox…Here’s What Chris Sale Had To Say About Starting 2020 Season On Injured List — NESN.com
DUNEDIN, Fla. — When Hyun-Jin Ryu strolled to the mound at a frigid TD Ballpark here on Thursday afternoon, his demeanour was similar to what it has often been at most stadiums anywhere during his professional career. Read MoreHyun-Jin Ryu a positive presence in Jays clubhouse as he makes spring debut — Toronto Sun.
The $80-million man and Blue Jays ace-starter-in-waiting may paint all corners of the strike zone with his wide array of pitches, but the calm precision in which he does his work is also a big part of his reputation.
So other than debuting in his Blue Jays uniform with No. 99 on the back and facing American League hitters for the first time, the specifics of his inaugural outing were of minimal concern. Let the record show, then, that Ryu logged two innings, threw 41 pitches and allowed three hits (including one home run) against a modest version of the Minnesota Twins, who made the long bus ride from Fort Myers.
Julius Caesar wrote to the Roman senate: ““I came; I saw; I conquered.” Read MoreTFC’s Gallardo hits the reset button — Toronto Sun
In Erickson Gallardo’s case, it was more like: “He came; He saw; And then he sat.”The 23-year-old winger signed with Toronto FC early last July from Venezuelan Premier Division club Zamora amidst substantial fanfare — a young, fast, skillful attacking player who had just made his international debut for his native Venezuela. He seemed to be just what TFC coach Greg Vanney was looking for.But because of some soreness in his quads, Gallardo didn’t see any game action for TFC until Aug. 24 in a Canadian Championship match at Montreal and then sat the last three regular season games of the season and didn’t touch the field in the MLS Cup playoffs — sparking rumours that Vanney wasn’t thrilled with the club’s new acquisition — rumours that the coach brushed aside in speaking with the T
Published:February 27, 2020
Opponents are going to have issues beating the Clippers if they’re going to have this much trouble scoring on them. In their past two games, the Clippers held both Memphis and Phoenix to fewer than 100 points. (That, after giving up an average of 121 points in the three-game losing streak immediately prior.) L.A. stifled…Clippers playing winning defense with their full roster — Press Telegram
Celtics fans have been raving about Jayson Tatum’s potential since his impressive rookie season. His performance in the 2018 playoffs proved that he was ready for the big stage at age 19, and it was understood that the dysfunction of last year’s Celtics was the only thing holding him back from taking a giant leap […]Jayson Tatum Has Brought New Life To The Celtics’ Title Hopes — Boston’s Big Four
The Astros lead the league in HBPs as a team with seven, but that’s just a coincidence. Pitchers haven’t been intentionally throwing at them.No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.