First homers for Olson, Brugman, Barreto in A’s win. CHICAGO - In an extraordinary and historic turn of events, three A’s rookies - Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto - hit their first big-league homers Saturday against White Sox starter James Shields, one in each of the first three innings. The A’s trio pulled off a feat that never had occurred before in an American League or National League game and propelled Oakland to a 10-2 victory at Chicago and the A’s first win in a road series in 10 tries. Not to be outdone by the young hitters, rookie starter Daniel Gossett earned his first big-league victory, working six innings and allowing just two unearned runs. Brugman, called up two weeks ago, homered to right with one out in the second. And in the third, Barreto, promoted to the big leagues for the first time Saturday and in the lineup only because Jed Lowrie was a late scratch, banged a two-run shot to center with one out in the third. Rosales and Healy delivered RBI singles and Matt Joyce a bases-loaded walk, while rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell had a three-hit game. Initially, Melvin planned to hold Barreto out because there was no on-field work before Saturday’s game - the White Sox were using the field for a pregame ceremony honoring former Chicago starter Mark Buehrle. Sometimes when you get here the best thing you can do is get them right in the game, right in the lineup.” Barreto, who came over from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson deal, might not be with the A’s for a long stay this time around. “It’s nice to get guys here ahead of when there is a lengthier stay involved,” Melvin said.
Boston Celtics (B): Jayson Tatum was the right way to go for a team still looking to perhaps make a major splash. Chicago Bulls (D): It's hard to get excited for Chicago's pick after the Jimmy Butler deal. Sacramento Kings (A+): The Kings did everything right Thursday, nailing down a class dripping with upside. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers reeked of a conservative move along the same lines as not making a splash in last year's draft and the safe signing of Al Horford in free agency. 3, an offensive-minded player who will need a few years to become a complete two-way player. It wasn't so much the Bulls traded Butler, a top-15 player. Why is the team skipping on a 22-year-old prospect like Jordan Bell who has experience in the Final Four and is a high-motor player who could have a strong role off the bench as soon as next year? Fast forward a little and the Kings now have incredible upside on the roster thanks to Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, North Carolina's Justin Jackson and Duke's Harry Giles. Fox is the point guard of the future for the Kings and in most years doesn't fall to the fifth pick. Instead, the front office made a trade to acquire two more first-round picks, securing Jackson and Giles with the selections.
One notable potential suitor is the Celtics, as mentioned by ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg after the team's front office didn't land Butler on draft day: "Boston is expected to make a run at top free agents, including Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin, this summer." Note Hayward's decision won't come down to cash—he didn't qualify for an All-NBA team, meaning the Jazz can't offer him a "super max" contract. Smart money might suggest the Heat. Miami has the weather, Whiteside and Riley going for it, with one superstar arrival away from making it a serious contender in the Eastern Conference again. Like clockwork, sources told ESPN.com on Friday Griffin will indeed opt out of his deal with the Los Angeles Clippers alongside point guard Chris Paul. Griffin seems like the biggest flight risk of the two, especially after seeing his name come up alongside the Houston Rockets, as noted by Stein: Houston will be far from alone in its potential pursuit of the high-flying forward based on a note earlier this month by Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times: "The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder are two teams that will make a bid for Griffin, according to several executives." Griffin is already 28 years old and his athleticism-based game might fade sooner than later, not to mention he hasn't appeared in more than 67 games since 2013-14. Paul, 32, is arguably the biggest superstar flight risk in free agency besides Hayward. Thanks to the new super max, it's quite difficult to see Paul leaving the Clippers. Prediction: Paul re-signs with the Clippers All stats and info via ESPN.com unless otherwise specified.
The biggest winners and losers from the NBA Draft. Here are the five biggest winners and losers from the 2017 NBA Draft, from players to coaches to fans and everyone in between. The Lakers landed the point guard who's destined to lead them back to the promised land in Lonzo Ball, which is only a slight exaggeration. As FOX Sports' Nick Wright pointed out Thursday night, the Bulls traded Butler for 45 cents on the dollar, then told reporters that Minnesota's offer was the best deal available. 3 pick in the draft, and maybe Chicago didn't receive any better offers during the past year as it continued to shop Butler while insisting he's not on the market. There's no rationale behind this deal other than the Bulls' front office being one of the very worst in the entire NBA. WINNER: The Minnesota Timberwolves "Hey, Tom." We don't have the 16th pick, though, John." He has earned the right to coach a real basketball team by playing the part of the good soldier throughout The Process. There were enough rumors to keep you checking your phone all day long, that big Jimmy Butler trade, riveting interviews, and much more during Thursday's festivities.
”It’s going to be tough for anyone to come in here right now.” The Dodgers have scored at least six runs in each of their last seven games. The ball rolled by him for a double to score Raimel Tapia from first in the second inning. Wood did not allow another hit after the second. ”He just fills up the strike zone, a three-pitch mix, and these guys just weren’t really getting good swings.” Rookie left-hander Kyle Freeman (8-4) allowed five runs and a career-high 10 hits and three walks in six innings. Despite the Dodgers hitting Freeland around some, Black was happy with the way his rookie hung tough in just his 15th career start. ”He’s a great competitor,” Black said. Dodgers: Placed RHP Chris Hatcher on the 10-day DL with mid-back inflammation. Hatcher, 32, has appeared in 26 games, going 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA. Has gone 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA in his last five road starts. In one start against the Dodgers this year on May 12, allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi’s night (Jun 23, 2017). On the night he returned to Fenway to have his No. Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which Ortiz’s number became the latest retired at Fenway Park. It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. ”Today when I saw him on the field crying, it made me cry.” He said his home run was in Big Papi’s honor. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings. Meyer said he felt like the back-to-back walks he surrendered to the Red Sox first two hitters set a tone for his night. Angels: RHP JC Ramirez will be making his 14th start of the season and seventh on the road in 2017. He’s tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two career games at Fenway. He is 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA over 13 career starts against Los Angeles.
Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Friday night. Cabrera earlier voiced his disappointment with being moved to second base on the day he came off the disabled list with a thumb injury. The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 14 and 19 of their last 24. Seth Lugo (2-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. In 13 games since coming off the disabled list Cespedes is 17 for 43 with seven extra-base hits including three home runs. He’s 8 for 18 with three home runs in his last four games at AT&T Park going back to last season. He’s 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts. Mets: Second-round draft selection Mark Vientos signed out of high school for a $1.5 million signing bonus. He’s 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five career starts against the Giants. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42) is 1-6 with a 4.13 ERA in his last nine starts.
Rays score 15 runs in a blowout win over the Orioles. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria and Shane Peterson drove in four runs apiece to back the pitching of Chris Archer and lead the surging Tampa Bay Rays to a 15-5 victory over the struggling Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Peterson and Derek Norris hit two-run homers off Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3) as Orioles pitchers allowed at least five runs for the 20th consecutive game, tying a major league record set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Longoria had a two-run single during Tampa Bay’s four-run first inning, and Peterson and Norris both went deep in the third to chase Jimenez, who yielded nine runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings. Jonathon Schoop and Trey Mancini each drove in two runs off the Tampa Bay starter, who allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings. The Orioles fell to 6-14 over a dubious stretch that’s seen them allow 10 or more runs six times. Orioles: RHP Darren O’Day (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day DL. … CF Adam Jones, who has missed time with a sore hip, was back in the lineup after being rested Thursday. Rays: SS Matt Duffy, who had his rehab assignment for offseason Achilles’ tendon surgery shut down due to heel soreness, had a pea-sized calcium deposit removed this week. Neither has played a big league game this season.