The Padres just announced that they have avoided arbitration with left-hander Clayton Richard by agreeing to a one-year contract. Corey Brock of MLB.com hears that the deal is worth $5.24 million. Richard, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, earned $2.705 million last season while posting a 3.99 ERA and 107/42 K/BB ratio…
If you are an NBA fan, you know about Craig Sager and his phenomenal outfits. As a sideline reporter for TNT, Sager is known just as much for his attire as he is for his reporting.
For example, here's a look at what he is wearing for Saturday's Game 6 between Oklahoma City and Golden State.
As phenomenal as he may look, he just may have met his match in Oklahoma City from an unexpected source: Kevin Durant's mom.
Sager and KD mom admiring outfits pic.twitter.com/cqQD8RyhwS— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) May 29, 2016
I don't know, I think she's got him beat.
Not to be out done are the players themselves of course. Russell Westbrook always brings his A game when it comes to outfits, and Saturday was no different.
Remember when Charlie Sheen kept talking about tiger blood? I'm pretty sure he was talking about this jacket.
Kevin Durant is taking his fashion style onto the court with messages written on his shoes.
Kevin Durant's sneakers tonight: SMILE on the right, HAVE FUN on the left. pic.twitter.com/jsbiuS1jbz— ESPN (@espn) May 29, 2016
Pretty soon the NBA Playoffs will need its own red carpet show.
CLEVELAND—How much longer can the Orioles stay with Ubaldo Jimenez in the starting rotation?
In Jimenez’s last four starts, he’s allowed 23 runs, 19 earned on 27 hits in 16 2/3 innings.
Saturday’s start was his shortest with the Orioles and one of his worst.
Jimenez lasted just 1 2/3 innings, and gave up six runs, three earned in a 11-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians before 21,110 at Progressive Field.
He was nearly done in the first inning, but Rajai Davis struck out with two outs to end an inning he’d already given up four runs in.
Vance Worley, who was warming in the first inning, came in to relieve Jimenez after two runners reached after two were out.
Manager Buck Showalter won’t make a decision now on the next step with Jimenez, but he’s been through ups and downs with him.
“He’s not able to get the ball where he needs to get it. You saw it. Walks and deep counts, kind of taking away the possibility of something other than a fastball, and that’s been a challenge for him,” Showalter said.
In 2014, Jimenez’s first year with the Orioles, he was sent to the bullpen late in the season, but he doesn’t want to contemplate a return there.
“I don’t think about that. It’s not my job to think about that. The only thing I worry about is getting ready every day. Whatever it is, I take it. It’s not my job,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez (2-6) was in trouble instantly. Carlos Santana singled. Jason Kipnis walked, and after an infield out, Mike Napoli grounded to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who muffed the ball for an error, scoring Santana and Kipnis.
After Jose Ramirez walked, Napoli and Ramirez pulled off a double steal, and both scored on Yan Gomes’ single.
Lonnie Chisenhill singled Gomes to third, and Chisenhall stole second, the third steal of the inning.
Davis thought he walked on a full count, but was called out on strikes, temporarily saving Jimenez.
With two outs in the second, Francisco LIndor singled and stole second. Lindor scored on Napoli’s single, and after Ramirez walked, Jimenez was finished.
His failure to hold runners on badly hurt.
“It’s been a challenge for him. Sometimes, he’s really engaged in it and quick to the plate and sometimes he’s not. We’ve harped on it since he’s been here and it’s been a challenge for him throughout his career,” Showalter said.
“It’s tough on the catchers because our guys are really good at it if they get a chance. We did some things that didn’t help him, too. We had some throwing errors, but when you’re so deep in the counts and 30-some pitches in the first inning, that’s got everybody kind of on their heels there.”
Matt Wieters, who had allowed only four runners to steal on him in the first 29 games he caught, allowed five, four by Jimenez.
“They’ve got guys who have a lot of tools. The best way to keep them from running is to keep them from getting on base, and they were able to get on. I made a couple throws that didn’t quite carry for me like I wanted to today, but that’s OK. We’ll get back at it tomorrow and try to get a win,” Wieters said.
The Orioles (27-20) scored against Danny Salazar (5-3) in the fifth when Jonathan Schoop singled, Alvarez doubled and Joey Rickard walked to load the bases with two outs.
Adam Jones’ fly ball to center scored Schoop.
With Cleveland (25-22) leading 8-1, Mark Trumbo and Wieters hit back-to-back doubles, and the Orioles were down by six.
Tommy Hunter, in his first outing against the Orioles since his trade last July allowed two runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Jones, and a double play.
Jimenez’s next outing would be scheduled for Thursday, the day that Yovani Gallardo throws his first rehab start. But, in the interim Wieters will attempt to boost Jimenez.
“We have seen where Ubaldo can come back and he has the sort of mental fortitude to kind of rebound and in this clubhouse, we know how much pride he takes in going out there, so we’re going to try and help any way we can and try to get him back where he needs to be. We’re confident he’ll get there,” Wieters said.
NOTES: The Orioles made four errors for the second time this season, and allowed a season high 11 runs for the third time. Six of the 11 runs were unearned. … There was a 22 minute rain delay in the eighth. … Chris Tillman (6-1, 2.61) faces Mike Clevinger (0-1, 8.71) on Sunday. … Worley pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief, equaling the longest in his career.
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Though Dusty Baker had already made the call earlier in the week to sit Anthony Rendon for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, his third baseman's recent torrid stretch at the plate nearly gave the Nats' skipper second thoughts.
"I hate to give a guy a day off when they're getting hits and starting to look good," Baker said before Saturday's game.
Still, he stayed true to his word, giving Rendon the day off and tapping Stephen Drew to take over at the hot corner.
"I told him [earlier] he'd be out Saturday. I said 'Give me all you got until your day off on Saturday,'" the manager said. "And he did."
Rendon's hot streak has been a much-needed sigh of relief for the offense, as his previous struggles were reaching the point where Nats fans might have wondered if he'd ever reclaim his 2014 form. That guy —the then 24-year-old who finished fifth in National League MVP voting and was once nicknamed "Tony Two-bags" — had been missing for the last season-plus as he battled either injury or inconsistency.
But since Rendon was dropped to sixth in the batting order, the almost 26-year-old has slowly started to resemble what he was two seasons ago. In the last 10 games, he's raised his average from .237 to .262 thanks to six multi-hit efforts that included four doubles, a home run and a triple. Baker noted that Rendon had been making great contact all along, and part of his breakout is simply getting those hits to drop.
"He's kinda been our hard-luck guy," Baker said.
Rendon had played all 49 of Washington's games prior to Saturday, prompting Baker to describe the day off as "much needed." And when he returns, the Nats have to hope he can continue to be a presence in a lineup that desperately needs someone other than Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy to produce consistently.
"He's looking good," Baker said. "He's looking real good."