Kimmel Piles Up Five Points to Lift Bayhawks Over Rattlers

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Kimmel Piles Up Five Points to Lift Bayhawks Over Rattlers

Bayhawks Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD Midfielder Michael Kimmel accumulated five points with a goal and four assists to lead the Chesapeake Bayhawks to a convincing 13-7 road victory over the Rochester Rattlers a Sahlens Stadium.

Attackman Danny Glading totaled four points on two goals and two assists for Chesapeake, which improved its record to 8-2 and remained in first place atop the Major League Lacrosse standings. Adam Rand captured 15 of 22 face-offs while goalkeeper Kip Turner stopped 11 shots for the Bayhawks, who are halfway through a four-game road trip.

Any time you can win on the road in this league its a positive. This is a very nice win for us, said Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle, whose squad was coming off an upset at the hands of expansion Charlotte. Our team showed it could recover from a tough loss and move on.

Attackman Drew Westervelt and midfielder Matt Abbott scored two goals apiece for Chesapeake, which gained a measure of revenge on Rochester. The Lizards had beaten the Bayhawks, 12-8, in Annapolis on May 12, 2012.

It was kind of a grind-it-out game because both teams are real solid defensively, Cottle continued. This game was very similar to our first meeting with Rochester. The difference is that this time we didnt give up any transition goals and were able to get some ourselves.

Chesapeakes close defense of Michael Evans, Nicky Polanco and Barney Ehrmann put forth a suffocating effort. Long stick midfielder Dan Hostetler was all over the field disrupting as the Rattlers were limited to just 18 shots on goal.

Our defense really came through as far as everyone winning their individual matchups. I also thought the defense did a great job of getting the ball off the ground in our end of the field and clearing it, Cottle said.

Rochester (5-5), which had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost at home for the first time this season, was shut out in the first quarter and held to just two goals in the third and fourth periods.

We arent able to do what we want to do on offense. They pressed out and made it very difficult for us to move the ball, said Rochester attackman Kevin Leveille, who scored a team-high three goals.

Five different players scored goals as Chesapeake grabbed a 5-1 lead with just over nine minutes elapsed in the second quarter. Abbott had two goals and Kimmel had two assists as the Bayhawks took a 6-3 advantage into halftime.

Glading had a goal and an assist in the third quarter to give the visitors a comfortable 9-5 margin. Leveille and Roy Lang sandwiched unassisted goals around one by Westervelt as the Rattlers cut the deficit to 10-7 with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, but midfielder Kyle Dixon responded with a 2-point goal that pretty much put the game out of reach.

It was the 11th 2-pointer of the season for Dixon, the MLL all-time leader in that category. Midfielder Ben Rubeor then added an insurance goal for Chesapeake, extending his scoring streak 25 straight games with at least one point.

Goalkeeper John Galloway made 12 saves for Rochester, which got beaten 36-26 on ground balls. I thought we did a much better job of getting the ball off the ground than we did last week in Charlotte and that was a big point of emphasis going into the game, Cottle said.

Neither team committed a penalty in the game, a real rarity in Major League Lacrosse. Chesapeake continues its road warrior ways next Saturday at the Ohio Machine. The Bayhawks are now 4-1 on the road this season.

The Bayhawks return home on Saturday, August 4th to battle their long time rivals the Long Island Lizards.

For the Bayhawks full schedule go to www.thebayhawks.com.

NL East: Mets trade for first baseman to help with Duda's absence

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NL East: Mets trade for first baseman to help with Duda's absence

The New York Mets have acquired some help at first base by bringing in 10-year MLB veteran James Loney in a trade with the San Diego Padres. The return has not been reported yet.

Loney himself hinted at the news on Twitter before ESPN confirmed the story. What a time to be alive.

Loney, 32, played the previous three seasons for the Tampa Bay Rays. He has yet to appear in the big leagues this season after signing a free agent deal with San Diego in April.

The former first round pick is a solid hitter with a .285 lifetime average and has always been known for his defense. Last season he hit .280 with four homers and 32 RBI in 104 games for the Rays.

Duda is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his back. He could be out for a long time, so Loney at least gives the Mets some insurance behind Eric Campbell, who is filling in at first but is hitting just .182 this season.

Does Tampa's playoff run prove they don't need Stamkos?

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Does Tampa's playoff run prove they don't need Stamkos?

Has Steven Stamkos played his final game for the Tampa Bay Lightning? The superstar forward was on the final year of his contract and is now the biggest free agent on the market, or he at least will be when free agency opens on July 1. A player of Stamkos' caliber actually hitting the open market is rather rare, and where he decides to play could change the outlook of the the NHL. But first Tampa will have between now and July 1 to try to convince him to re-sign there.

As the season began and Stamkos remained unsigned, the Lightning faced a tough decision: trade him or risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season. At the trade deadline, Tampa elected to hold onto their star and make a run at the playoffs...only to see him miss almost the entire postseason with a blood clot in his right arm.

Now they have no Cup and no contract.

Stamkos said all the right things on Friday about wanting to remain in Tampa Bay.

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The problem is, he could have stopped it from getting to this point by re-signing before now. The team tried to get a deal done before the start of the season, but the two sides could not reach an agreement. Unless the Lightning were seriously lowballing him, which seems unlikely considering he was already counting $7.5 million against the cap, Stamkos could have ended the talk and the speculation by signing a deal. He would not have let it reach this point if he was not at the very least thinking about exploring his options in free agency.

But after the Lightning did so well in the playoffs, the question now is how much does the team actually need Stamkos? Tampa came within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for a second consecutive season and they did it essentially without him.

According to General Fanager, Alex Killorn, J.T. Brown, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, Cedric Paquette, Nikita Nesterov and Mattias Ohlund are all free agents this summer. Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Brian Boyle, Jonathan Drouin, Victor Hedman, Andrej Sustr, Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy are free agents at the end of next season. Several of these players (Kucherov, Johnson, Drouin) are going to be due significant raises. General manager Steve Yzerman is going to have to make some tough decisions as to who will remain on the team and he’s going to have to find the money to pay them. He will have a lot more money to play with if Stamkos leaves.

Clearly, the Lightning are a better team with Stamkos. He has become one of the top goal-scorers in the NHL and it would be crazy to suggest that they are somehow better without him. The point is, should they pay him $8, 9 maybe even 10 million per year and lose some of their young talent, or try to keep the rest of the core together after seeing how successful they were in the postseason without him?

Of course the Lighting will still look to get a deal done before July 1, but now they don’t need to be desperate. They don’t need to break the bank with an offer around $10 million per year. Now they could justify offering him a contract around $8 million per year. If he stays, great. If he walks, well, more money for the rest of the team, a team that came within one win of making the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Nats don't believe Cardinals' Garcia was throwing at them on purpose

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Nats don't believe Cardinals' Garcia was throwing at them on purpose

It's not always easy to determine the intent when a major league pitcher throws over a batter's head and on Friday night Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia did it twice against Nationals center fielder Ben Revere. He also hit second baseman Daniel Murphy with an errant fastball that clipped him on his upper back.

The pitch to Murphy came before the other two in the fourth inning. So, when Garcia lofted one just inches over the helmet of Revere in the fifth, home plate ump Alan Porter issued a warning to both dugouts. It surprised Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who came out to chat with Porter. And it also surprised Nationals skipper Dusty Baker.

"I was surprised. I don’t know what happens on a warning any more. If you come close to a guy I guess it’s a warning," Baker said. 

"I’m sure Mike Matheny was probably just as surprised. You could tell that [Garcia] wasn’t sharp. In my mind, I know he wasn’t trying to hit those guys. There’s no reason to. I don’t know if there’s bad blood in the past, I wasn’t there. I didn’t see anything that merited him coming close to our guys or even getting a warning.”

Revere also didn't think Garcia was trying to hit him above the shoulders on purpose.

"I've faced Garcia a couple of times. I know how humid it is tonight and with the way the ball moves. He was trying to come inside and it kind of got away from him," Revere said. "His hands were sweaty. He wasn't trying to throw at my head."

Revere wasn't as surprised at the warnings and actually thought it was smart of Porter to issue them.

"That was good because you don't want retaliation where something breaks out that shouldn't. After a while, hopefully if he does go up and in and hits someone, then it's like 'okay dude, you're kinda done,'" Revere said.

If something did stem from this later in the series, it wouldn't be the first time animosity build up over the course of several days between teams. Sometimes mayhem breaks out in baseball when you least expect it. 

The Nationals gave Garcia the benefit of the doubt on Friday and don't expect anything else to come from it this weekend as they continue their four-game series. 

"He's not trying to throw at your head. If a pitcher is really trying to do that, then it's time to get serious," Revere said. "You don't want to get somebody potentially hit in the head. I've been hit in the face and it's not fun. It's definitely not fun."