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Tee Ball

The New York Mets are off to a solid 14-5 start, which is even more impressive considering their offensive leader, Yoenis Cespedes, has yet to get untracked. Cespedes’ pedestrian numbers (.208, 4 HRs and 18 RBI) led him to speculate that what he needs to be doing is playing more….golf. According to Cespedes, he did this a few years ago… Read more »

Clean Up Duty

In an effort to shake Giancarlo Stanton out of his offensive slump, Yankees manager Aaron Boone dropped him from third in the batting order down to fourth last night. The results were tepid — 1-for-3 with an infield single and RBI — but the shake up did end with a Yankees victory over the Blue Jays, 4-3. Those two teams… Read more »

Blistering Start

It’s been a tale of two blisters in the current series between the Angels and Red Sox. The first is the physical blister that developed on Shohei Ohtani’s pitching hand and limited the Japanese sensation to just two innings during Game 1 of the series. The second is the blistering pace the the Red Sox are on as they’ve become… Read more »

Cold Shoulder

With all the cancellations due to damp, frigid weather, it’s not surprising to hear MLB players complain about the conditions. Yesterday, it was the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo who opined that the season is too long and that he for one would be willing to take a pay cut to play fewer games. Chicago certainly looked like a team not too… Read more »

Capital Improvement

Washington Capitals fans are used to playoff disappointments, but the first two games of their series with the Blue Jackets may have hit a new low as the Caps dropped a pair of overtime losses at home. Still, Barry Trotz’ team maintains it can improve and turn things around as the series shifts to Columbus tonight. To get our pick… Read more »

Young At Heart

Last night, the Rangers’ 44-year-old Bartolo Colon turned back the clock as he carried a perfect game into the eighth inning of his start against Houston. Although Colon eventually lost both the perfect game and no-hitter, Texas prevailed over the Astros in 10 innings, 3-1. It was a rare bright spot for the 6-11 Rangers, who will stay on the… Read more »

To Victor Go The Spoils?

After losing their best player, Paul George, there weren’t very high expectations surrounding the Indiana Pacers coming into this season. But the emergence of Victor Oladipo (career-high 23.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.3 apg) as an All-Star sparked the Pacers to a surprising 48-34 record and a No. 5 seed in the East. Just how improved the Pacers are will be… Read more »

Golden Ticket

The defending-champion Golden State Warriors enter this year’s NBA playoffs looking much more beatable than last year when they went an amazing 16-1 in the postseason en route to their second title in three years. This year’s version has been hampered by injuries — the latest being a sprained MCL that continues to sideline Stephen Curry — and finished a… Read more »

Reynolds Rap

The Washington Nationals are off to a sluggish 6- 7 start that has been marred by a sputtering offense even with the fast start from Bryce Harper. In an effort to turn that around, the Nats yesterday signed veteran Mark Reynolds, who contributed 30 HRs and 97 RBI last year for the Colorado Rockies. While Reynolds will report to the… Read more »

Boston T Party

If baseball were handing out technical fouls, there would have been plenty to go around last night in Boston between the Red Sox and Yankees. Both benches cleared twice and a few punches were thrown when Tyler Austin charged Joe Kelly in the seventh inning. It was all part of a typical Bosox-Yanks showdown and sets up an intense finale… Read more »

All Betts In

Once again, the Yankees and Red Sox are expected to battle for supremacy in the AL East and perhaps all of baseball. But if Mookie Betts continues his torrid streak, the Red Sox could pull away quickly. Betts went 4-for-5 last night and punctuated the big evening with a grand slam in the sixth inning as the Bosox took the… Read more »

Pitching Change

Relievers in the bullpen are used to changes being made on the mound, but the Pittsburgh Pirates had a unique twist yesterday when closer Felipe Rivero announced he had legally changed his name to Felipe Vazquez. It’s not clear whether Vazquez’ new jersey will be ready for today’s game versus the Cubs, but the two teams will attempt to take… Read more »

Had Their Phil?

Philadelphia fans are never shy about expressing their opinions and have already let rookie manager Gabe Kapler know what they think about some of his unconventional moves. Yesterday couldn’t have helped as Kapler pulled his newly-signed ace Jake Arrieta after just four innings of a tie ballgame that the Phillies proceeded to lose (6-3) versus the Marlins to drop their… Read more »

Ejection Seat

Washington’s rookie manager Dave Martinez is on the hot seat after replacing Dusty Baker and taking over a team that won 97 games last season, has arguably the best player in the National League (Bryce Harper), and has made it clear that anything short of a World Series ring will not be acceptable. Perhaps it was the pressure that led… Read more »

Off By A Mile

Fans in the Mile High city of Denver got a treat yesterday when the Denver Post published a visitors guide to Coors Field. The only problem was the picture on the front page was of Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. Perhaps that ominous glitch was the root behind the Rockies 8-3 loss to the Braves in their home opener. Those two… Read more »

Battered And Brewsed

As if losing 8-0 at home last night to the division-rival Cubs wasn’t bad enough, the Milwaukee Brewers also lost All-Star closer Corey Knebel to a hamstring injury that is likely to land him on the DL. The dual setbacks overshadowed what has been a solid 4-3 start for the Brew Crew and Craig Counsell’s team will try to turn… Read more »

Back In Black

Charlie Blackmon is going to be a wealthy Colorado Rockies outfielder for years to come. The reigning NL batting champ signed a new six-year, $114 million deal Wednesday rather than test free agency this off-season. And it looked to pay immediate dividends as Blackmon went 2-for-5 and scored 2 runs in Colorado’s 5-2 win over the Padres last night. The… Read more »

Low Five

Everything went pretty much according to plan for the Yankees in their 11-4 victory in the home opener against Tampa Bay with one big exception — Giancarlo Stanton’s 0-for-5 performance with 5 K’s.  Things got so bad for Stanton in the end that the Bronx crowd even began booing their new slugger. Stanton, to his credit, took it in stride… Read more »

Kubs

The Chicago Cubs 1-0 loss to Cincinnati yesterday continued a record-setting trend of offensive struggles for the Northsiders. The Cubs struck out 11 times — giving them 58 Ks through the first five games — and have set the mark for whiffs to start the season. Joe Maddon’s crew will look for a little better result today as the Cubs… Read more »

Anybody Home?

With a new manager and a young roster, the Philadelphia Phillies were expected to have a few stumbles. But the team looked totally discombobulated on Saturday when manager Gabe Kapler called to the bullpen to make a pitching change even though no one had been up and getting ready. It was all part of a 15-2 debacle against the Braves… Read more »

Double Vision

The LA Angels pulled off the deal of the off-season when they were able to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. Called the “Japanese Babe Ruth” because of his ability to excel at both pitching and hitting, Ohtani will make his mound debut today as the Angels wrap up their series with the A’s in Oakland. To get our pick for… Read more »

No Need To Panik

It’s been a rough start to the season for the defending NL champion LA Dodgers as they’ve dropped back-to-back 1-0 decisions at home to the Giants. In doing so, San Francisco’s Joe Panik became the first player in MLB history to homer in back-to-back 1-0 games.  Tonight, the Dodgers will try to shut down Panik and the Giants, and pick… Read more »

Spring(er) Has Sprung

George Springer and the Houston Astros picked up right where they left off last year. For the second straight season, Springer led off the season-opener with an HR and the defending-champion Astros cruised to a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers. The two teams will be back at it tonight with Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90) taking the mound against former… Read more »

Judging The Pressure

After hitting 52 HRs and winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award, the expectations surrounding the Yankees’ Aaron Judge this season are as huge as his 6-foot-7 frame. But Judge maintains there’s no pressure on him largely because of the All-Star lineup around him, which was bolstered in the off-season with the acquisition of slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The Judge-Stanton… Read more »

Love Hurts

It’s been that kind of a season for Cleveland’s Kevin Love. Not long after returning from a hand injury that kept him sidelined for much of the season, Love took an inadvertent elbow to the mouth last night against the Heat and didn’t return after halftime. His status is up in the air tonight as the Cavaliers head to Charlotte… Read more »

World Without A Wall

Since January 25, the Washington Wizards have had to play without their point guard and team leader, John Wall, who was forced to have knee surgery. While Scott Brooks’ team has posted a 14-11 record since Wall went down, the Wiz have looked shaky of late while losing three in a row. Tonight, Washington will play host to the San… Read more »

Avs And Have Nots

What a difference a year has made for the Colorado Avalanche. Last year, the Avs finished with a 22-56-4 record and an NHL-worst 48 points. With two weeks left in this year’s regular season, the Avs already have 42 more points than all of last season and at 41-26-8 currently occupy the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference standings…. Read more »

Not So Golden

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors looked invincible through much of the regular season, so much so that the postseason was considered by many to be a foregone conclusion. But a string of injuries, the latest being an MCL sprain that will sideline Steph Curry for at least three weeks, has the Warriors looking very vulnerable right now. Tonight,… Read more »

Winning The Poole

As a No. 3 seed, Michigan was a sexy pick in the office pools to win the NCAA Tournament as a darkhorse. But things looked bleak against Houston in the second round until Jordan Poole sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to pull out the win (64-63). The Wolverines followed that up with a dominating performance against Texas A&M (99-72)… Read more »

Mountain To Climb

Villanova looked very comfortable as a No. 1 seed while dispatching Radford (87-61) and Alabama (81-58) in the first two rounds. But they look to face a stiffer challenge tonight as the Wildcats face Bob Huggins’ West Virginia Mountaineers in the Sweet 16. To get our pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball schedule, click on the Basketball… Read more »

Wild Time

It’s a battle of the Wildcats tonight as Kentucky faces Kansas State in the Sweet 16. John Calipari’s Wildcats advanced by beating Davidson (78-73) and Buffalo (95-75) in the first two rounds, while Bruce Weber’s Wildcats took care of Creighton (69-59) and tourney upstart UMBC (50-43). To get our pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball schedule, click… Read more »

Leaf Collection

Despite being without their star Auston Matthews for nearly a month with a shoulder injury, the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to make a strong push toward the playoffs. Toronto has won its last four games while scoring a combined 20 goals to move into third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Tonight, the Leafs will start a tough two-game road… Read more »

Love Loss

The loss of Kevin Love with a broken hand has impacted the Cleveland Cavaliers to the point that even LeBron James is admitting its “challenging” to play without the All-Star. Since Love went down against the Detroit Pistons on January 30, the Cavs have struggled to an 11-10 record and fallen to third place in the Eastern Conference standings, just… Read more »

Marshall Plan

The Marshall Thundering Herd celebrated their first-ever NCAA Tournament win when they knocked off Wichita State in the first round. That victory also set up an in-state battle today between Marshall and West Virginia. The two schools held an annual game in Charleston from 1192 to 2016, but the series was discontinued by the Mountaineers. Today’s second-round matchup will give… Read more »

Hurley-Burly

Bobby Hurley will forever remain in the pantheon of Duke greats for his play on those early 1990s Blue Devil teams. But the same can’t be said for his brother, Dan, who today will try to coach his Rhode Island Rams to an upset over Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. To get our pick for this… Read more »

X Factor

Xavier earned a No. 1 seed by virtue of its regular season championship in the Big East. But not everyone was in agreement that the Musketeers were worthy of such an honor. Today, Chris Mack’s team will begin its quest to show the selection committee got it right as the Musketeers take on Texas Southern. To get our pick for… Read more »

Rhode Trip

The Oklahoma Sooners were the talk of the college basketball world back in December after a string of big wins and the unveiling of super freshman Trae Young. But a 4-11 finish had many doubting whether the Sooners would even make the NCAA Tournament. The selection committee decided to give them a reprieve and has sent them to Pittsburgh today… Read more »

Orange You Glad

To the surprise of many, the Syracuse Orange were the last team to make it into the field of the NCAA Tournament. They’ll have a chance to vindicate the selection committee tonight as the Orange travel to Dayton to face the Arizona State Sun Devils in the second of two play-in games. To get our pick for this contest as… Read more »

Virginia Slim

The Virginia Cavaliers head into the NCAA Tournament with the No. 1 Dunkel Index ranking, but only by the slimmest of margins. The Cavaliers, who are the top seed in the South Region and No. 1 overall, finished with a rating of 84.542, just ahead of Villanova’s 84.479. The Wildcats are the top seed in the East. The other two… Read more »

All American

The last day of the regular season for college basketball takes place today with five conference championship games on the schedule capped off with the American Athletic Conference final between the Cincinnati Bearcats (29-4, 16-2) and Houston Cougars (26-6, 14-4). To get our pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball slate, click on the Basketball icon above. Plus… Read more »

Time To Heal?

The last time the Tar Heels faced the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament Final in 2016, North Carolina came away with a hard-fought 61-57 victory. But Tony Bennett’s team has a chance at revenge tonight as the two schools face each other for the conference tournament title at the Barclays Center. To get our pick for this game and… Read more »

Conference Call

The Houston Rockets (51-13) and Toronto Raptors (47-17) have put themselves atop their respective conferences and will face each other tonight in a possible preview of the NBA finals as the Rockets travel to Air Canada Centre to face the Raptors. To get our pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click on the Basketball icon above. Plus… Read more »

Bumpy Flight

After winning six straight games to put themselves in the thick of the Metropolitan Division race, the Philadelphia Flyers (34-21-11) have suddenly hit a rough patch while dropping their last three. But the schedule gives Philly a chance to make up some ground tonight as the Flyers host their instate rival Pittsburgh Penguins (38-25-4). To get our pick for this… Read more »

Orange Theory

The prospect of the Syracuse Orange making the NCAA tourney doesn’t look very good after Jim Boeheim’s team dropped three of its last four regular season contests. A strong showing in the ACC tourney is an absolute must for the Orange (19-12, 8-10), who open play tonight at the Barclays Center against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-19, 4-14). To… Read more »

West Coast Bias

Per usual, Gonzaga (28-4, 17-1) and St. Mary’s (28-4, 16-2) have dominated the West Coast Conference standings and are on target to meet in the conference championship. But to do so, they both must get past tonight’s semifinal round which tips off a 9:00 pm EST with the Zags taking on the San Francisco Dons (18-14, 9-9) at Orleans Arena… Read more »

Shock And Awe

The Wichita State Shockers (24-5, 14-3) control their own destiny today. A win at home over the Cincinnati Bearcats (26-4, 15-2) would give Gregg Marshall’s team the regular season American Athletic Conference title and a top seed in next week’s AAC Tournament. A loss and the Bearcats will walk away with the top spot. To get our pick for this… Read more »

Allen Town

While Grayson Allen’s time at Duke has been marked by ups and downs, there’s no doubt that the Cameron Crazies will be cheering loudly for him tonight as the senior guard plays his last game at home. The fact that it comes against North Carolina in the regular season finale for both teams will only add to the intensity. To… Read more »

Miles Reimbursement

The Michigan Wolverines (25-7) suffered their worst loss of the season against Tim Miles’ Nebraska Cornhuskers, 72-52, back on January 18 in Lincoln. Today, the Wolverines will have a chance at a little payback as they face the Huskers (22-9) in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden. To get our pick for this game… Read more »

Not Miller Time

Arizona coach Sean Miller finds himself in limbo right now as the school determines his future as the basketball coach in light of recent stories linking him to an FBI probe of corruption. While Miller hasn’t coached the Wildcats since last Friday, the players must continue on with the season as they host the Stanford Cardinal tonight. To get our… Read more »

Young And Restless

The Oklahoma Sooners and their super point guard Trae Young set the basketball world on fire at the outset. But a mid-season swoon, including a six-game losing streak in Big 12 play, had the Sooners spiraling downward. They snapped out of it on Saturday with a win over Kansas State behind Young’s 28 points and hope to keep that momentum… Read more »