See why Yunel Escobar is in trouble with MLB

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See why Yunel Escobar is in trouble with MLB

From Comcast SportsNetTORONTO (AP) -- Major League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish.Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed the commissioner's office is looking into the reports."The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter," the Blue Jays said in a statement Monday night, adding they "do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday's game."The team said Escobar will be available to the media Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium along with general manager Alex Anthopoulos, manager John Farrell and coach Luis Rivera.

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Otto Porter wasn't focus of Grizzlies' scouting report and they paid for it

Otto Porter wasn't focus of Grizzlies' scouting report and they paid for it

The two Wizards players who will routinely get the most clean looks, because of how defenses are consumed with John Wall and Bradley Beal, are Otto Porter and Markieff Morris. Both made the Memphis Grizzlies pay a heavy price for their coverages Wednesday in a 104-101 win at Verizon Center, the 13th in a row at home for the Wizards. 

Porter tied Wall for a team-high 25 points, but he also knocked down a career-high six three-pointers. The two biggest came in succession midway through the fourth quarter for a 95-83 lead. Though the Grizzlies would make a run to cut the deficit to two, the Wizards would hold on after leading by as many as 19 points. 

"He is what the NBA has become. He is a Swiss army knife. He can play multiple positions," Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said of Porter, who had been silent after scoring 17 in the first half. "The more he makes his threes, the deadlier he becomes but he does so much other stuff for them."

Beal was held in check by Tony Allen and company as they sent multiple players at him to keep the lethal shooting guard off the three-point line. But Beal still had his chances after Allen fouled out with 6;16 left. He shot 1-for-7 on threes. Porter was 6-for-8.

Wall assisted Porter on five of the long balls. And when the Grizzlies made it uncomfortable again, Wall took advantage of being switched onto by Marc Gasol by getting layups. 

"Every night he comes in and does everything he's supposed to do," Wall said of Porter, who will be a restricted free agent after completing the fourth and final year of his rookie scale contract. "Rebounding, cutting to the basket, being in the right place at the right time, knocking down shots and even when he's not knocking them down he still believes in himself. We believe in him. We just try to put him in situations where he can excel."

Morris had his second consecutive double-double, a first for him in Washington since being acquired in a trade in Feburary 2015, with 17 points and 12 rebounds. JaMychal Green and Chandler Parsons couldn't handle him without help. And when Gasol was crossmatched on Morris, he faced him up and used his quicker first step to get the shots he wanted.

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' win over tough Grizzlies team]

Morris wasn't as effective in the second half as he seemed to rush his shots rather than kicking the ball out and resetting to take more advantage of the defense. But in combination with Porter, he contributed to a 66-point first half. 

All season, most teams have gambled off Porter and he has cashed in. When he hits the market, that'll be more literal in the summer.

"You have to pick your poison on the pick-and-roll," Gasol said. "When the initial action is not played correctly, and they get to the paint either with a drive or a pass, somebody has to help and you have to pick whether to come off Bradley Beal or to come off Porter. So you pick the one guy, and he got hot on threes and got going."

Based on their expereince Oct. 30, Porter was the right guy. When the Wizards lost 102-93 in overtime in Memphis, Porter was 0-for-5 from three-point range. Allen was out injured so this was the first time he's seen this version of the small forward.

"That made them a lot dangerous. I didn't even know he was on the scouting report today. I didn't hear two words about him today in the shootaround," Allen said. "It was just a lot about Beal and Wall. Beal and Wall. We got to pay better attention to our opponents and have a little better focus coming into games. ... When the others, guys like him, Morris, be highlights of the day, there is going to be pressure on your defense."

Beal was held to 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting but Wall still was able to get his with 25 points, 13 assists and two steals. Porter made up the difference.

"The way he was shooting, he should have shot 10 more," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "The way their defense was collapsing on John, he made the right reads."

[RELATED: 5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Grizzlies]

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Game 45: Capitals at Blues game time, how to watch, open thread

Game 45: Capitals at Blues game time, how to watch, open thread

The Capitals kick off their annual dads trip starting with a game in St. Louis against the Blues. The game will feature a star-studded matchup as Alex Ovechkin will face fellow countryman and superstar Vladimir Tarasenko. Will Washington's loss to Pittsburgh serve as a reality check or will the Caps struggle in the wake of their nine-game win streak?

Stream the game via CSNmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream or tune in to CSN at 7:30 p.m. for coverage. Here is everything you need to know:

What: Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues

Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.

When: Thursday, 1/19 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How to Watch: Capitals at Blues will be broadcast on CSN.

When is the Capitals-Blues game?

The Capitals (29-9-6) play the St. Louis Blues (23-17-5) Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

What channel is the Capitals-Blues game on?

The Capitals-Blues game is broadcast on CSN. The coverage of the game begins at 7:30 p.m. with Caps GameTime. The game begins at 8:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game and Caps in 30 at midnight. (CSN channel Finder)

Where can I stream the Capitals-Blues game?

The Capitals-Blues game, along with Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on csnmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream and the NBC Sports app and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

What are the lines for the Capitals-Blues game?

Based Wednesday's practice, here are the projected lines:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Defense
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov
Taylor Chorney - Nate Schmidt

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
John Carlson

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