Ramos drove in four runs in the first two innings against Verlander and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to a 5-2 win over the Astros on Saturday.
I gave up three hard-hit balls, all to the same guy. The rest of `em, nobody hit the ball hard, Verlander said.
Ramos got the Rays on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the first, and made it 5-0 with a two-run single in the second. Those two at bats summarized Verlander’s day.
The first at bat, I put him in a 3-1 situation where, bases loaded, he knows a heater’s coming, and he hit it off the wall. So that’s my fault, Verlander said. His next bat I got a ground ball up the middle on a slider, which is kind of what you’re looking for. But it found a hole.
Enes Kanter hasn’t yet made a decision on his $18.6 million player option. Opposing teams expect him to opt in. But if Kanter opts out, multiple teams – including Milwaukee – have expressed interest internally in discussing a potential contract with the 26-year-old center.
A report surfaced Sunday that said Kanter had decided to decline his option. But, that is not the case, according to SNY.
Just spoke to Enes Kanter regarding report that he is expected to opt out. He says it’s not true and he has made no decisions yet.
The 26-year-old center was sent from the Thunder to New York in September as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade. He averaged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds per game last season.
I thought that if I didn’t get the guy out, I was going out, Colon said. So thanks that happened that he was out, so I could continue the game.
The big hits were a two-run triple by Elvis Andrus and a two-run double by Jurickson Profar. … Adrian Beltre had two hits, increasing his career total to 3,107 — the most among active players and three shy of Dave Winfield for 20th all-time.
The Dallas Mavericks have declined Dirk Nowitzki’s $5 million team option to create additional salary-cap space for their pursuit of free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, a source confirmed.
It was a mutual decision, with the Mavs planning to re-sign Nowitzki in July. If the Mavs use all of their cap space, they can utilize the cap-room exception of $4.4 million to re-sign Nowitzki, who has taken several discounts to help Dallas have flexibility to pursue other players during his career.
Jefferson, who currently plays for the Nuggets, wrote on his Snapchat story that he wants to end his friendship with James. Why? Because he doesn’t want to answer questions anymore about James’ future.
It is with great remorse that I am writing this. After many years as a peer and many years as friend and teammate I have decided to end my friendship with LeBron James, Jefferson wrote, via ESPN. I am saying this publicly so that the fans and media members can please stop asking me where he is going in free agency. I don’t know. My family doesn’t know and neither do my kids …
He went on to take a few jabs at both James and former teammate Channing Frye.
Truth be told I never liked the guy. He works too hard it makes the rest of us look bad, Jefferson added. He’s my son’s favorite player and I view that as a complete betrayal of how hard I’ve worked to put a roof over his head.
Miami is looking to acquire a pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The team currently does not have a selection. But, it is interested in dealing for a first-round pick, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.
One team to keep an eye on as the draft nears: the Miami Heat, who have been pursuing the possibility of acquiring a first-round selection, according to multiple league sources. At the moment, the Heat don’t own a draft pick.
The Nuggets have been rumored to be shopping this pick to either move up in the draft or offload salary in light of Nikola Jokic’s upcoming extension. If they do stay here, Bridges would make a lot of sense.
Still, with positional size and impressive catch-and-shoot numbers on unguarded attempts (91st percentile, per Synergy), there’s upside here. Wilkes needs to prove he can be a better shooter off movement and more disruptive defender as a sophomore.
Smith will likely spend his freshman season playing alongside returning frontcourt mate Bruno Fernando. His ability to knock down 3s from the outside will be important as Maryland looks to retain some semblance of appropriate spacing.
The 6-10 big is already an effective scorer, but he needs to add significant weight and strength to fill out his size for the next level.
Ponds is probably most well known for being the point guard who forced Duke to switch into a 2-3 zone permanently after carving up Duke’s Marvin Bagley and Wendell Carter in an upset of the Blue Devils last season.