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Lynn already has a World Series ring on his finger, the one he won a decade ago pitching as a rookie for Tony La Russa's St. Louis Cardinals. He's been there, done that. And "that," in recent years, has meant being one of the best pitchers in baseball. White Sox fans are seeing it up close in person these days, and Lynn should be right in the thick of the Cy Young conversation with his best-in-baseball 1.23 ERA.

Cruz figures to draw interest from contending American League teams in search of a veteran bat. But in a weak pitching market, the Twins have no shortage of intriguing options and teams could target their rotation and bullpen to bolster their pitching staffs for the second half of the regular season.Kansas City Royals Face Coverings

Mets stars Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso and manager Luis Rojas share stories and their admiration of Kevin Pillar and his return to the field after getting hit in the face with a fastball. The guys discuss how tough of a person he is and how he's been a mentor in the clubhouse this season.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings

Photo have surfaced on social media of what minor league players in the Oakland Athletics system are eating and it’s absolutely shocking. 

"We saw it a little different and, of course, we want every call going our way," Judge said. "We want balls off the plate, too, when we've got our guys on the mound. But it's part of the game and it just didn't go our way tonight and there's nothing I can complain about. I can go through a lot of different at-bats throughout the game where there might've been a questionable call late, but we had pitches to hit earlier in that at-bat that we could've -- we never would've been in that, gotten to that pitch if we got to our pitch.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Coverings

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Really, though, it's the zeros. The absolute inability of teams to score on deGrom this season, which is the precise reason he's threatening the standard of Gibson, the late Hall of Famer who recorded a 1.12 ERA in 1968, the lowest mark of the live-ball era (since 1920).

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Stroman, who is Black and has been outspoken on issues concerning race and social justice, also retweeted several tweets from Twitter users who called out Brenly for "racism." Stroman replied to one tweet, saying the "media will turn this against me somehow" if he publicly criticizes Brenly, who is white.New York Mets Face Coverings
As is the case with every sport that does not enjoy the NFL’s hegemonic imperturbability, market size can have a significant impact on the NBA’s postseason deliveries—especially when the league’s most recognizable player is in street clothes. At no point was this more apparent than during the 2019 NBA Finals, which was rocked by the double whammy of James failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and the participation of the Toronto Raptors. Not only was the player responsible for delivering the bulk of the league’s more casual fans nowhere to be seen, but as the Eastern Conference rep hailed from Canada, they didn’t have a stateside media market to call their own.

"I would like to thank the DeVos family, Magic leadership and the entire staff, and certainly wish everyone well," Clifford said in a statement released by the team. "It's been an honor and privilege to coach this team in this community."Sacramento Kings

Nigeria became the first country to qualify for the Afrobasket and they did so in some style, winning all six qualifying games over two windows.

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The over has hit in Memphis’ last five games and in eight of Utah’s last nine games against Memphis. Quay is going to follow the trends here and roll with the over.

Tee Morant to Donovan Mitchell: “Y’all didn’t have to show us love like that. … That’s why I hope the Jazz win the championship.”San Antonio Spurs

Embiid thought he could play well on a torn meniscus, and he most certainly did so Sunday. We’ll see what Tuesday brings. Oklahoma City Thunder

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The second-seeded Suns, who according to oddsmakers entered the first round as the underdogs against the seventh-seeded Lakers, took it to L.A. from the tip. Jae Crowder connected on a 3 on the Suns' first possession and lifted his index finger to his lips, suggesting the crowd pipe down.Memphis Grizzlies
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Of course, football isn’t played on paper. It’s played on a field in front of over 50,000 screaming fans. The Chiefs certainly have the talent to pull off a 20-0 season, but here are the three teams who have the greatest chance of stopping them.NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Face Coverings

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Thursday, entering her fourth season with the club, Philadelphia promoted her for a third time — to pro scout. She thinks back to Joseph’s advice after her first promotion to a full-time role.

With Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst refusing to change his stance on quarterback Aaron Rodgers, it seems as though he will be willing to call the quarterback’s bluff.

Goodell has made it clear he’s not planning on walking away any time soon. When former league P.R. chief Joe Lockhart suggested that Goodell’s latest contract (which runs through 2023) would be his last, Goodell disagreed. (Not long after that, Lockhart was gone.)NFL Miami Dolphins Team Face Coverings

Cam Newton was very open about the fact that when he returned to the Patriots after missing time due to COVID, he felt like he'd been plopped into a different offense. Different terminology. NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Face Coverings
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In fact, Mahomes is already on record with a historic prediction for the Chiefs season. Much like Ruth infamously calling his home run before he hit it, Mahomes is making a bold proclamation that he hopes the Chiefs turn into a season unlike one we’ve ever seen before.
While Donaldson’s suggestion is on the extreme — as that would slow down the game tremendously — it does prove just how dire this situation is.New York Mets Face Coverings
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After Trevor Williams joined 11 other Cubs on the injured list Monday, Ross described the helpless feeling watching player after player go down as wanting “to cry uncle sometimes.” But he also highlighted the organization’s depth contributions being key as the Cubs have piled up wins.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Coverings

1. Jacob deGrom picked up where he left off, starting the game with a 1-2-3 inning on just 11 pitches and punching out two of the three batters.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings

Lindor and McCann will look to ride their hot streak as they fly to San Diego to start a four-game set on Thursday night at 10:10 p.m.

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For as much as the Angels might like the chemistry in their clubhouse — Maddon this week praised the “grit of his team,” saying, “there’s a bunch of guys here that do have each other’s back” — the Angels also have to consider the contractual construction of their roster.

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The injuries, they just won't stop. No one is safe. The past week has been particularly brutal for pitchers, so let's offer a few useful starters at the top of this week's recommended pickups...

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Damian Lillard leaves a cryptic message on an Instagram post after the Portland Trail Blazers’ latest postseason exit.Oklahoma City Thunder

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They could lose by 20 again, and again, if the literal pain in his neck doesn’t subside.

“That’s the reason why I’m committed,” Schroder said. “And I’m saying like, next year we going to come back, everybody is going to be healthy and like I said, it’s going to be great.”Washington Wizards

Kevin Arnovitz: In a span of less than five minutes in the third quarter on Wednesday night, the Clippers were outscored 22-3. They let Doncic get loose in transition without any resistance, offered poor help defense behind their perimeter traps of Doncic -- never a good idea because the man loves a trap -- and they coughed up the ball twice on the rare occasions they ventured into the paint on the offensive end. That's how long it takes to muddy your fortunes in the NBA playoffs: five minutes.

The LA Clippers arrived in Dallas down 0-2 in the series with their future clouded in uncertainty, but they left with home-court advantage and momentum thanks to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George playing the relentless style they envisioned when they joined forces.

Booker scored 22 of his 47 points in a phenomenal first quarter, and the Suns won their first playoff series since 2010, eliminating the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-100 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night.Brooklyn Nets
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Hiring Ainge in 2003 was one of the first major decisions that owner Wyc Grousbeck made after buying the team the previous fall. "Red Auerbach told us Danny is 'lucky,' and he was right, but a lot of the luck came from his intense drive and his incredible basketball insights," Grousbeck said in the Celtics' statement.San Antonio Spurs

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It's hard to give up on talent, even if there are two years of evidence suggesting the potential of the talent might never be fulfilled. Williams certainly doesn't lack the talent; he has ideal size with an explosive lower body and the juice and creativity to produce big plays as a runner. He just needs to finally take a step and earn Matt LaFleur's trust as an overall running back at the NFL level. Maybe he will in 2021, maybe he won't. But the No. 3 running back job is up for grabs behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, and Williams will be given the opportunity to win it even if the Packers took Kylin Hill – another talented runner – in the seventh round. Training camp and the preseason will be huge for Williams. He's either going to grab the opportunity or be looking for work. The rest of his game must finally catch up to his natural talent. Now or never time.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

"We have a system that's shown to work," Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley said last week. "Our job as players is to come in every day and make sure we buy into the system, that we buy into the new way of the Jets -- all gas, no brake -- and we bring it to the field when it's ready."

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Obviously, Jones' connection with head coach Kyle Shanahan is well-documented, and the 49ers should vault back into Super Bowl contention after an injury-ravaged 2020. That checks one box for Jones, and two if you count the connection with Shanahan, whom he undoubtedly would like to play for again.NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Face Coverings

Brown, 24, is a two-time Pro Bowler who starred on both sides of the line in Baltimore. After sliding from right to left in 2020 following the season-ending leg injury for Ronnie Stanley, Brown didn’t allow a sack of Lamar Jackson.NFL Detroit Lions Team Face Coverings

"He's also a student of the game. He's super smart," McLaurin said. "It helps me out because I get to try and see the game through his eyes."

Wright is known for his accuracy — he made all four of his field goals and all seven of his extra points in a brief cameo with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, though he does not have Prater-like thunder in his leg. Bullock has experience the Lions may value, having spent nine seasons with four different teams.

Playing it safe, especially with the speed additions of Fuller and Waddle, won’t get it done for the Dolphins offense.NFL Los Angeles Rams Team Face Coverings

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Last weekend, he was kept out of the lineup for the second game of a three-game series against the Giants in San Francisco for what Roberts initially described as a “spa day.” When Betts was scratched the next day, Roberts was forced to acknowledge he was experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

On Tuesday, the club announced that they’re going to make history, as they’re going to feature pride colors for their on-field uniforms during a game. This is something we’ve never seen before. The Giants are ready to change that.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings

Jacob: With the caveat being that every pitcher recovers differently from Tommy John surgery, I don’t think Allan’s injury shifts his timeline too much. He’ll be 21 at the start of the 2022 season, still a young age for the level at which his present skills would place him. I don’t expect him to be full-throttle in 2022, so a 2024 debut should be about right if everything goes according to plan.

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The discussion about penalties has been centered on suspending offenders 10 days without pay. Upon hearing this in a meeting the other day, one owner noted that the MLB Players Association might file a grievance, and the broad response around him was that the issue was too important to allow someone to get away with a light penalty. "The issue is too important for us now," said one executive.

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The Padres, are 10-1 in Darvish’s starts this year, losing only a game against the Dodgers in which he was shut out — three games better than his replacement. He’s also averaging more innings per start than any other pitcher on either the Padres’ or Cubs’ roster.Seattle Mariners Face Coverings

“You hate to send anybody out that’s throwing well,” Ross said of optioning Brad Wieck to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Abbott on Saturday. “Brad Wieck was throwing really good for us. But, with the situation we've been through, some short outings from the starters, we need some length down there and some protection on the backside. I think Cory gives us that.”
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It was a total non-sequitur, and Brenly's partner in the booth, Steve Berthiaume, tried to shift the focus and move on as quickly as possible. Texas Rangers Face Coverings
On April 23, 10 days after the contract had expired, Vanessa Bryant posted her pair of white "POP" 6s with the caption "2 More Drops."

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A spokeswoman for the TD Garden said Boston Police arrested one person Sunday night ''for throwing an object.''New Orleans Pelicans

A first-round exit would be disappointing in most years for this Clippers team, given the expectations. It would be a disaster this year after collapsing and blowing a 3-1 series lead in the second round last season. The Clippers also lost their final two games of the regular season in a move many saw as a way to avoid the Lakers in the early rounds of the playoffs.Minnesota Timberwolves
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“When we got to Philly, when we had our practice the day before, we walked in the gym and said, 'OK guys, we're back home!’" Birdsong said.

By halftime Friday, Kennard had one steal and one missed three-point attempt in his five and a half minutes on the court. And yet, he’s literally making twice as much money as Luka Doncic. Let that sink in.Indiana Pacers

Paul was largely a non-factor in Game 3 of his first postseason with his new team, clearly struggling to put up shots with his ailing right arm. After two days in which he didn't touch a basketball, Paul looked better in Sunday's pregame workout -- and then looked a whole lot sharper in the game, contributing 12 points and all his assists in the second half of the Suns' first road playoff victory in more than 11 years.Oklahoma City Thunder

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Kidd has been Frank Vogel's top assistant with the Lakers for the past two seasons, which includes LA's 2020 NBA championship.
He has had health issues in the past. He missed 21 games during the 2017-18 season when he coached in Charlotte after problems caused by sleep deprivation, and he left a game at Minnesota in March 2020 after experiencing dizziness caused by dehydration.Phoenix Suns

State of the series: Series tied 2-2. Game 5 is Tuesday in Phoenix (10 p.m. ET TNT)Minnesota Timberwolves

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Footpatrol London, a leading UK-based sneaker boutique, mistakenly received several cases of the Mamba Forever Kobe 6 over a month ago. Typically, cases of sneakers are sent to retailers weeks ahead of a release, in boxes containing 12 pairs.New Orleans Pelicans

Clippers: Serge Ibaka missed his fourth consecutive game with back spasms. The issue kept him out of 30 straight games in the regular season before he played the final two games leading into the playoffs and the first two in this series. Ibaka made the trip for Game 5 after staying in LA for the first two games in Dallas. ... After Leonard, Jackson and George, the next-highest LA scorer was Nicolas Batum with six.

"The fact that he had the energy offensively to hit those shots down the stretch, the majority of which were very difficult, it's something to behold," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

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Irving left a bitter taste in the mouths of Celtics fans when he joined the Nets in the summer of 2019 after promising to re-sign with the C's prior to the 2018-19 season. The All-Star guard fueled that animosity after Game 4 by rubbing his foot on the Celtics' logo, prompting Kevin Garnett and other team legends to call him out.Brooklyn Nets
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Luka coulda stayed in Slovenia eating grapes beside a lake in between mountains next to sheep but he chose to come to America and embarrass the teams every chance he gets and for that I love him
I’m surprised Gonsolin is available in about half of Yahoo leagues. This is your last call in the shallower and medium formats. Gonsolin already has some credentials at the big-league level, and the Dodgers offer a perfect backdrop for support.Texas Rangers Face Coverings

After DeSclafani shut the door following a brief bump in the third, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went to work. Crawford crushed his 12th homer of the season, a three-run shot to right center in the bottom of the fifth inning. He was 2-for-3 on the night with four RBI, drawing a walk in the bottom of the seventh for good measure.Los Angeles Angels Face Coverings

How they're underachieving so far: Given the number of sluggers on the roster, the Yankees certainly did not expect to rank among the lowest-scoring teams in baseball. The Bronx Bombers rank fifth to last in baseball in runs scored so far this season, ahead of only the Mets, Pirates, Nationals and Tigers.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings

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Abreu has made his expected contributions at the plate, even after a slow start. He had a very hot month of May, slashing .333/.422/.631 with six homers and 27 RBIs. He's the major league RBI leader. And he's fresh off a big series of moments in Monday's win over the Cleveland Indians, which included him driving in the tiebreaking run with what La Russa described as a sacrifice fly he'll never forget.

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That the Chicago White Sox are a first-place team and legitimate World Series contender after two months without their starting left fielder and one month without their starting center fielder — two guys who happen to be among their most important hitters — should be the screaming headline of the team's season to date.

Brad Hand (WSH): Having allowed three homers and nine walks in 20.1 innings, Hand has been walking a tightrope. He is also a strong candidate to work middle relief for a contender down the stretch.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings
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"I'll never forget that," Hall says. "And as much of a smile as you could see on his face, it was there." He was in. And he was going to enlist help. At 3:03 p.m. ET on Oct. 19, Hall sent an email to all 30 teams asking for support for leaguewide Lou Gehrig Day. Twins president Dave St. Peter and Red Sox president Sam Kennedy co-signed the effort. Within five minutes, the first reply came. It was from Randy Levine, the president of the New York Yankees. The group worried that because the Yankees honor Gehrig regularly, they might not join the effort.
The impasse between the two sides is going to continue until one of them blinks first. It just seems unlikely a $93,000 fine will be the thing that convinces Rodgers to come back. Mandatory minicamp isn’t going to be the turning point in this one.

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Hayward has nine years of NFL experience under his belt and the last four of those seasons saw him playing for the Chargers in a defense put together by coordinator Gus Bradley. Bradley was hired to do the same job for the Raiders before Hayward joined the club, which gives Hayward insight into the scheme that safety Johnathan Abram says has been valuable to his new teammates.

As a result, the Jets basically removed him from their gameplan in the passing game, targeting him just four times from Week 6 to week 13. Instead, they opted to use him more as a blocker, where he led the entire NFL in pass protection snaps for backs and tight ends. While he’s definitely improved as a blocker, this seemed like a waste of his abilities.NFL Carolina Panthers Team Face Coverings

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But don't let that fool you. Lance has a howitzer attached to his right side with the velocity and touch to stretch the field vertically as Jones reportedly prefers.NFL Chicago Bears Team Face Coverings

While practicing throws last week at Halas Hall, Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo asked Fields who Fields' center was at Ohio State as seen in this video tweeted out by Bears Film Room.NFL Denver Broncos Team Face Coverings