Barry Jackson: How 10 QBs whose rookie seasons were comparable to Tua’s played in Year 2
MIAMI — So what’s realistic to expect from Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in his second season, now that the front office has augmented his support cast? Here’s the good news from a Miami Herald analysis: Of the 10 quarterbacks this century who started at least six games as a rookie and whose rookie season performances were closest to Tagovailoa’s, nine of them produced better numbers, including a higher pass rating in Year 2. Seven of those nine saw their passer ratings jump significantly (anywhere from 7 to 29 points) in Year 2. And the only quarterback of those 10 who performed worse i...
Matt Calkins: These are the finest moments in the undervalued coaching career of Nate McMillan
SEATTLE — The statement from Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard read as follows: "On behalf of the Simon family and the Pacers organization, I'd like to thank Nate for his years with the team. This was a very hard decision for us to make; but we feel it's in the best interest of the organization to move in a different direction." That was in August 2020, which ended Nate McMillan's third stint as an NBA head coach. The former Sonic had previously spent five years at the helm in Seattle, seven in Portland and then four in Indiana. The Pacers firing very well could have sp...
The Seattle Times
Snell comes through as Padres beat Dodgers again
Wrapped in the always tricky proposition of the Padres trying to beat the Dodgers was Blake Snell’s latest attempt to beat back his demons on Tuesday. With the tying run at first base and a future Hall of Famer at the plate, Snell may have taken a big step toward doing both. A strikeout of Albert Pujols brought an end to five scoreless and plucky innings by Snell that led the way to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. It was the Padres’ second straight win over the Dodgers in front of a second straight sellout crowd at Petco Park. The Padres have won multiple series in a season against the Dodgers...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Shed Long goes long again, delivers another winning HR in Mariners’ 2-1 victory over Rockies
They can’t all be walk-off grand slams. Sometimes a solo homer will do just fine. After ending the game Sunday in grand walk-off fashion, Shed Long Jr. returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday and delivered the Mariners’ fifth consecutive victory and their eighth triumph in nine games. Facing right-hander Tyler Kinley with one out in the eighth inning, Long smashed a 95-mph fastball over the wall past dead center for what would be the winning homer in Seattle’s 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Given a one-run lead in the ninth, right-hander Kendall Graveman worked a 1-2-3 inning to pick up h...
The Seattle Times
Giants show off key trait of a winning team, shut out Angels behind another DeSclafani gem
ANAHEIM — Through 73 games this season, the Giants have displayed a wide variety of team strengths. They can hit for power, they typically play excellent defense and they have tremendous depth, which are some of the main reasons they lead the Dodgers and Padres in a loaded National League West. On Tuesday against the Angels, the Giants showed off another team strength and one that often separates a good team from a great one: They make opponents pay by capitalizing on mistakes. On a night when the Angels made a handful of early miscues, the Giants pounced, created separation on the scoreboard ...
The Mercury News
Oakland A’s score nine early, but Texas Rangers fight back in offensive duel
It took a game, but Elvis Andrus returned to his home of 12 years and gave his Texas fans a vintage performance. His three-hit game lofting the A’s to an early offensive explosion in their 13-6 win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park. The A’s scored nine of their runs in the first three innings and their final four in the ninth alone. But Andrus’ old team fought back. For more than a decade with the Rangers, Andrus was both a face of the franchise and pillar of consistency on both ends until a back injury sidelined him and the Rangers shipped him, Aramis Garcia and cash to Oakland for Khris Da...
The Mercury News
Joe Girardi accuses Washington’s Max Scherzer of doctoring ball as Phillies fall to Nationals, 3-2
PHILADELPHIA -- In a matter of seconds Tuesday night, Max Scherzer went from overpowering Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm with a 96-mph fastball to performing a striptease in front of the mound. All in the name of proving he wasn’t doctoring the ball. Night 2 of Major League Baseball’s crackdown on pitchers using illegal sticky substances turned cartoonish in the fourth inning of the Phillies’ 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Never mind that Scherzer received the now-obligatory TSA-style frisking from home-plate umpire Tim Timmons after the first and third innings. ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 7-1 behind 3 home runs and a 4-run 6th inning to earn a series split
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs needed good mojo to close out a quick homestand as a grueling 10-game trip awaits. They got it behind another steady outing from right-hander Kyle Hendricks and an offense that finally stepped up in a 7-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. For the first time in 10 games, the Cubs scored more than three runs in a game, sparked by a four-run sixth inning. The Cubs (41-33) split the two-game series. The Cubs sent nine to the plate during their scoring outburst in the sixth. Joc Pederson (two-run double), Javier Báez (RBI ground-rule doub...
Six-run inning propels Tigers past Cardinals
DETROIT — Welcome home, Tigers. Jonathan Schoop belted his team-leading 14th home run and Jake Rogers doubled, tripled and drove in three runs as the Tigers started a six-game homestand with a resounding 8-2 interleague win over the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 13,492 at Comerica Park. The Tigers went 4-3 on the two-city trip to Kansas City and Anaheim and are 13-12 since May 26. Rookie Akil Baddoo, who came into the game slashing .350/.487/.500 in 25 games since May 14, contributed a double, a single and two runs. All three played key roles in the unraveling ...
The Detroit News
Bob Wojnowski: With NBA draft lottery jackpot, Pistons finally see positive signs
DETROIT — It was the most suspenseful moment in recent Pistons history, and finally, finally, something to celebrate. One of Detroit’s teams was due for a building boost and the Pistons got a huge one, landing the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft lottery. When the final card was revealed Tuesday night, Pistons representative Ben Wallace unleashed a wide smile and shouts of joy could be heard behind him. The likely prize is Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, who could be the immediate-impact star the team has craved. There’s no easy way to accelerate a rebuild but this certainly will help, the fi...
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