Athletics Release Ryan Goins — The baseball bats fanatic

The Athletics announced they’ve released infielder Ryan Goins. The 32-year-old had been in the A’s Summer Camp player pool after joining the organization on a minor-league deal over the offseason. Goins is most well-known for his time with the Blue Jays from 2013-17. Over that stretch, he logged pretty significant playing time in the middle infield. […]

Athletics Release Ryan Goins — The baseball bats fanatic

Jaylen Brown Is Considering Leaving Back Of Jersey Blank As Statement — NESN.com

As part of its initiative to focus on racial inequality during its return, the NBA is allowing its players to replace the names on the back of their jerseys with messages for social justice. But not just any message. It has to be one from an approved list of 29 different statements, and many players…

Jaylen Brown Is Considering Leaving Back Of Jersey Blank As Statement — NESN.com

Angels’ new slugger Anthony Rendon still dealing with oblique issue — Press Telegram

ANAHEIM — Anthony Rendon remains out with an oblique issue, and although he’s still listed as day to day, Joe Maddon isn’t ready to assume his star third baseman will be ready for next Friday’s opener. “I want to believe he’s gonna be ready (for opening day) but if not, we’re gonna have to have…

Angels’ new slugger Anthony Rendon still dealing with oblique issue — Press Telegram

Morton will start opening day against the Blue Jays — Tampa Bay Pro Sports

The Rays are slowly getting healthy and getting some key pieces back with the season opener less than one week away. Outfielder Austin Meadows who has been seen at Tropicana Field the last few days was put on the DL by the Rays as he recovers from COVID. Meadows is just waiting to be cleared […]

Morton will start opening day against the Blue Jays — Tampa Bay Pro Sports

Kevin Cash also announced today that Charlie Morton will get the opening day start. Morton went 16-6 a year ago with a 3.05 ERA. Morton finished third in the voting for the Cy Young award.

Cash also the Rays will start with 16 pitchers on the roster while they build up their endurance and will go with 14 position players.

Doc Rivers Reveals Powerful Interaction With John Lewis Amid NBA Career — NESN.com

It was a sad day in the United States on Saturday following the death of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis late Friday night. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers took the news particularly hard, recognizing the late Georgia politician before Los Angeles’ practice Saturday. “Really sad day for our country,” an emotional Rivers said,…

Doc Rivers Reveals Powerful Interaction With John Lewis Amid NBA Career — NESN.com

It was a sad day in the United States on Saturday following the death of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis late Friday night.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers took the news particularly hard, recognizing the late Georgia politician before Los Angeles’ practice Saturday.

“Really sad day for our country,” an emotional Rivers said, via the team. “What’s amazing is when you think of right now, some of the stuff that John Lewis was fighting for, we’re still fighting for. Voter suppression right now is at an all-time high.

“It’s amazing how hard we have a group of people who are trying to get people not to vote. Latinos, Blacks and young people are the targets. That’s what they are trying to get not to vote. It’s amazing when you think about how long ago that was and yet we are still fighting that fight.”

Much of what Lewis fought for has resonated with Rivers throughout his life. The 58-year-old recalled a time he crossed paths with Lewis early in his NBA career, a moment he says he’ll never forget.

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“I’ll tell you a quick story,” Rivers said. “I was young, I was playing for the (Atlanta) Hawks, and I got to know Andy Young really well, and Andrew was running for governor, and I went on a campaign trip with John Lewis and Andy Young. Just think about that, I was a — I don’t know, 26 maybe, 27. I don’t know how old I was. And we flew to Albany, Georgia, of all places, and Andrew Young gave a speech at an all-white church, and he was fantastic. It was an absolutely amazing speech. The crowd was going crazy.

“We get on the plane, and we’re talking, and Andrew Young turns to me and said — he used to call me Young Doc. He says, ‘Young Doc, what did you think about the speech?’ and I jokingly said, ‘Well, Mr. Young, I thought the speech was great, but I don’t think you’re getting one vote from that church.’ And everybody started laughing. John Lewis piped in and says, ‘Well, we’re not trying to get all of them, we’re just trying to get one at a time, and eventually it will be all of them.’ I thought that was just one powerful statement.”

.@DocRivers remembers John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/wHGmQDGgpm

— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 18, 2020

Lewis, 80, died after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Is Confident, And That’s Not Good For Rest Of NBA — NESN.com

A confident Jayson Tatum is a dangerous Jayson Tatum. While the Boston Celtics forward had his hot streak put on ice due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems he’s hasn’t forgotten about it. Now, Tatum knows what he can do and it seems he’s brought that mindset to Orlando, Fla. for the NBA restart. “Whether…

Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Is Confident, And That’s Not Good For Rest Of NBA — NESN.com