Cano: MRI negative, expect return this week

Robinson Cano expects to return to the New York Mets’ lineup later this week after an MRI taken Monday on his injured left hand came back negative.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Cano was not in the Mets’ starting lineup against the Cincinnati Reds one day after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

Initial X-rays came back negative, but Cano underwent further testing, including the MRI, on his hand earlier Monday.6

The veteran second baseman told reporters that his hand was still swollen but that he expects to miss only one or two games.

Cano was hit by a fastball while attempting to check his swing in the first inning Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The eight-time All-Star is batting .270 with three home runs in 26 games this season, his first with the Mets.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Jeff McNeil will start at second base and bat leadoff Monday against Reds starter Tanner Roark.

From Dad’s speech to Drake’s embrace: Inside Vlad Jr.’s Toronto welcome

Less than 48 hours earlier, Guerrero was sitting at breakfast with his grandparents, Altagracia and Damián, imagining what his much-anticipated major league debut would be like. While he ate his breakfast, he pictured making contact with the ball in his first at-bat. He thought about his heroics in Montreal in exhibition games and how fans would be expecting more of the same, but making contact was all he wanted. “Just wait for a good pitch, make contact and don’t strike out,” he said to himself.

Major League Baseball had reached out to present him with his father’s Montreal Expos jersey to wear to the ballpark on Friday. Guerrero had the option of wearing the classic powder blue jersey, but opted for the pinstripes everyone had come to know from a legendary picture of Junior, then 5 years old, standing next to his father.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The first person he saw in the clubhouse, which was larger and brighter than he remembered, was outfielder Billy McKinney, whose first words were, “You look really good; have you lost weight?” Guerrero gave the outfielder a bear hug as McKinney congratulated him on his promotion.5

As Guerrero headed to his locker, in between those of pitcher Clay Buchholz and catcher Luke Maile, he thought about whether there would be questions about his weight. He was very proud of losing 22 pounds, but at the same time, he didn’t care. This day, his first day in the majors, was about so much more than that.

Dozens of cameras followed his every step. When he walked out to the field for stretch, Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez razzed him about the attention. He laughed and took it in stride, as throngs of media captured his every move.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Guerrero spoke to his dad briefly before the game. As Senior addressed the media, Junior picked up his bat, which is the same size and weight as his father’s, 34 inches and 32 ounces, and headed to the cage. He yelled in Spanish, asking his father if he had seen Smoak, who wanted to say hello; Senior said he had.

After one of the most documented and photographed batting practices in Rogers Centre history, “Vladdy” (as he has been nicknamed by the media) made sure to stop in front of the dugout to give a hug to his grandma and introduce her to teammate Rowdy Tellez, who thanked her in his limited Spanish for all the food she cooked for them in the minors and during the spring. Doña Altagracia smiled and hugged them both goodbye.

Guerrero looked forward to some quiet time with his teammates. Inside the clubhouse, they made fun of him because of all the media attention, but there was no rookie hazing. He was ready; he knew he belonged, and always had. He felt right at home.

Griffin has knee surgery, will be ready for camp

Detroit Pistons star forward Blake Griffin has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The Pistons said the procedure Wednesday was successful and addressed the issue that caused soreness in the knee across the last two weeks of the regular season and the postseason. They said Griffin is expected to be fully recovered before the start of training camp in September.cheap nfl jerseys china nike6

The 30-year-old forward mostly avoided injury this season, playing in 72 games, but he missed four of the final six regular-season games and the first two of the Pistons’ first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks because of the troublesome left knee injury.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game, along with 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He also made a career-high 189 3-pointers, shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc. This is the most games he has played since he appeared in 80 in 2013-14 with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Russell ‘definitely’ wants to return to Nets

All Star guard D’Angelo Russell “definitely” hopes to return to the Brooklyn Nets next season but knows that, as a restricted free agent, much of what happens in the offseason will be beyond his control.

“I definitely want to be here. But I also know it’s a business, too. So I’m not going to play that role like I don’t know what could possibly happen,” Russell said Wednesday after the team conducted its exit interviews. “Say somebody comes here that I have to be a part of (a transaction to acquire them), I know that could be a possibility. So I just want to stay in this moment and not speak too soon about anything.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Russell helped lead the Nets to 42 wins and a playoff berth this season. The 23-year-old averaged 21.1 points and seven assists in 80 regular-season games and earned his first All-Star appearance.

Teammates and Nets coach Kenny Atkinson lauded Russell for his leadership, improved conditioning and professional approach to the game. Russell was asked on Wednesday whether the Nets would have an advantage over other teams this summer due to his success and development in Brooklyn.5

“Yeah, for sure, for sure. I don’t know any other teams, I don’t know any other GMs or coaches. I don’t know any of those people. I know where I’m at. So it definitely gives you that advantage,” said Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

The Nets will have the right to match any offer made to Russell this summer. But it could be challenging for the club to create the cap space to sign a max free agent while keeping its rights to Russell, who shot 36 percent from the floor in Brooklyn’s five-game first-round series loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Russell’s teammates who spoke to the media on Wednesday all said they’d like him to return.

“We’ve obviously built a great chemistry together playing together the last couple of years, and I feel like it’s only going to get better growing in the future,” Caris LeVert said. “Whatever they decide to do, I’ll obviously support it, but I’d love to play with D’Angelo.”

In general, Nets players said that the franchise should be considered a free-agent destination this summer following their 14-win improvement from a season ago.

“The story before this was that the Nets were the worst team in the NBA. Even when we weren’t the worst team, we still were in the eyes of the public,” center Jarrett Allen said. “So just coming in here and showing we made the playoffs and we’ve got a lot of young talent, we made it a more attractive destination.”

‘The Lion King’ and Disney-loving T.J. Hockenson made for Lions

It wasn’t a subliminal message or a hoped-out, thought-out plan when T.J. Hockenson was packing for Nashville earlier this week to attend the NFL draft. He looked in his pile of socks and, the Disney aficionado that he is, made a quick decision.

He didn’t know then how prescient it would end up being. Hockenson wore “The Lion King” socks last night during the first round of the NFL draft. When the No. 8 pick came along, the Detroit Lions selected the tight end, making the wearer of the socks an actual Detroit Lion.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Not that wearing the socks of his favorite movie was even planned. Before an event where suits were custom-tailored and fashion choices were analyzed greatly, Hockenson thought “these socks are pretty sweet” and decided he would wear them.6

It was just the latest sign that perhaps Detroit was his destination. The signs went deeper, too. He said in Little League baseball, he played for the Tigers — Old English D on his cap and everything. Playing NHL video games as a kid, he usually used the Red Wings (and with good reason — the Wings were often one of the better teams in the game). Now, if he plays Madden with the Lions, he’ll be able to use himself on a different Detroit team as a dual-threat tight end the franchise drafted to improve the blocking and receiving at the position while giving Matthew Stafford a strong option.

Matt Patricia said they had his draft card ready to go immediately when Hockenson was still there at No. 8 — a strong signal he was high on their draft board, even with Ed Oliver as another option. Patricia praised Hockenson’s “fit” in the organization and said it was “a perfect match.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“The sock choice was completely by coincidence,” Hockenson said. “‘The Lion King’ has been my favorite movie ever since I was little and (I like) Disney, so I was like, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s awesome.

“There’s a lot of signs that came to this, with the dropping of the puck and then the socks, and all I have is blue, so I was meant to be here and I’m excited to start.”

He has a bunch of different Disney pairs and he’s a fan of all the movies and cartoons. His dog’s name? Lilo, from “Lilo & Stitch,” of which he also has a pair of socks for the movie. He’s been to Disney “a few times,” and called it “the best place on Earth.” Favorite ride? Space Mountain, which he calls “a classic.”

Jerry Jones knows Cowboys can’t take a second-round risk in 2019 NFL draft

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones loves winning the deal. And over the years, Jones has viewed the second round of the NFL draft as the best chance to win a deal.

Jones can point to second-round gambles — just with the players currently on the Cowboys’ roster — that have paid off perhaps more than most thought despite some issues that remain.

In 2010, the Cowboys had linebacker Sean Lee rated as a first-round pick on their draft board. They knew he had a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that might fully tear and require surgery. With the No. 55 overall pick, the Cowboys drafted Lee, who missed his third season at Penn State with a torn ACL in his right knee. While he battled through injuries throughout his career, the left ACL did not tear until 2014.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

In 2015, the Cowboys viewed Randy Gregory as one of the best pass-rushers available in the draft. Off-field issues and a failed drug test at the NFL scouting combine kept Gregory from being selected in the first round, but the Cowboys took a chance on the defensive end with the No. 60 overall pick.5

In 2016, outside linebacker Jaylon Smith was off a number of teams’ draft boards because of a serious knee injury he suffered in the Fiesta Bowl while playing for Notre Dame. There was a risk of permanent nerve damage that could have ended Smith’s career before it even began. But one of the Cowboys’ team physicians, Dr. Daniel Cooper, performed Smith’s surgery and was confident Smith could return at his top level some day. With the No. 34 overall pick, the Cowboys chose Smith, knowing he would not play his rookie season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Smith finished second on the Cowboys in tackles in 2018, played in 32 straight regular-season games and has the potential to be a yearly Pro Bowl pick. When healthy, Lee has been one of the Cowboys’ best defenders since the Cowboys picked him. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and ’16. Gregory’s issues remain and he is suspended indefinitely, but he showed he still has a chance to deliver on his pass-rush promise with six sacks last season.

If there was one commonality between those three drafts (2010, 2015 and 2016), it’s that the Cowboys had a first-round pick in each of those years, taking Dez Bryant before Lee, Byron Jones before Gregory and Ezekiel Elliott before Smith.

The Cowboys did not make a pick in Thursday’s first round because of their trade for Amari Cooper last October with the Oakland Raiders.

“I think you’re operating without a net a little bit,” Jones said when asked about making a risky second-round selection in 2019. “By not being able to have [drafted in the] first round someone you hope gives you a contribution in the first year, if you start going into the second pick with a real question mark as to this coming year’s contribution, I think logic would dictate for me slowing down a little bit there.”

Yanks’ Frazier to IL; Stanton’s recovery hits snag

On the day the New York Yankees finally got back one reinforcement from their 13-man injured list, manager Aaron Boone disclosed some less promising news about two other banged-up stars.

According to Boone, outfielder Clint Frazier will go on the injured list on Thursday, thanks to a left ankle injury that popped up this week and has been more temperamental than previously believed.

An MRI revealed “enough in there” to shut Frazier down, Boone said.

“Some partial tear and stuff that it’s going to cost him the 10 days,” Boone said, adding that he didn’t know at the time the exact nature of what was partially torn. “The good news is we feel like [the IL stint] will be short. [Doctors] feel like it’s 10-14-day thing. Maybe a little less. So we don’t feel like it’s a long thing.”

Several hours before announcing the update on Frazier, Boone revealed that fellow outfielder and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton’s recovery from an arm injury has hit a snag. Although the left biceps strain that landed Stanton on the IL on April 1 has completely healed, Boone said Wednesday that a separate, “residual” left shoulder problem has appeared.

Boone didn’t specify the nature of the injury but said Stanton in recent days has been dealing with “stuff” in his left shoulder.

“He’s just kind of had it,” Boone said.china nike nfl jerseys cheap6

Once, early in the 2013 season while he was with the Marlins, Stanton was scratched from a game because of a sore left shoulder. He was listed as day-to-day with the injury over the next six days before returning to the lineup. He hasn’t been formally diagnosed with any other shoulder ailments during his big league career.

Upon arriving in Anaheim with the rest of the club earlier this week, Stanton had a cortisone shot, Boone said.

“He’s in day two or three of not swinging,” Boone said.

The Yankees will let the effects of the shot settle into Stanton a little longer before he’s able to pick up a bat. The plan is to leave the superstar in Southern California this weekend while the rest of the team travels to Northern California for its scheduled three-game series at San Francisco.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

A native of suburban Los Angeles, Stanton has rehabbed from other injuries in Southern California in the past, and the Yankees will be allowing him to do that for the next several days. When the Bronx Bombers conclude their three-city road trip with a visit to Phoenix to face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Stanton will join them.

Eovaldi has surgery, likely to return in 6 weeks

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi had elbow surgery Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right elbow, the team said.

Manager Alex Cora said the surgery went well, and the Red Sox said in a statement that Eovaldi “is expected to make a full return to pitching within six weeks.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china5

Cora said Hector Velazquez, who is starting Tuesday’s second game against the Detroit Tigers, will take Eovaldi’s spot in the rotation for now.

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The Red Sox placed Eovaldi, 29, on the injured list Saturday. He said he didn’t experience any symptoms after his start against the New York Yankees last Wednesday, when he pitched six innings while allowing one unearned run, walking one and striking out six.

Eovaldi knew something was wrong when he could not straighten out his arm during the team’s off day in Tampa Bay.

Eovaldi signed a four-year, $68 million deal in December. He is 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA in parts of two seasons in Boston. So far this year, the hard-throwing righty has a 6.00 ERA in four starts, allowing 14 runs in 21 innings pitched, striking out 16 and walking 11.

Blazers ignore trash talk, refs to beat Thunder

With their starters heading to the bench with 40 seconds left, Game 4 in hand and a 3-1 series lead in their pocket on the way back home, the Portland Trail Blazers had an opportunity to bask in their 111-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder a little. But there was no celebrating, no trash talking, no taunting, no dunks at the buzzer. It was, as Damian Lillard said, all business from start to finish.

“After Game 3, we were in the locker room saying they lived at the free throw line and all this stuff, but Game 4, we’re not talking to nobody but ourselves,” Lillard said. “Referees can call it how they want to call, we’re just going to worry about ourselves.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“After last game, it was a big deal being made out of the back-and-forth and we weren’t emotional about it — we were just competing,” Lillard continued. “We were just passionate about the game as well. But like I said earlier, we didn’t really engage in it because our focus was our team. Like I told you guys, we’re not gonna come out here and go crazy on the referees, we’re not gonna go out here and get in any shouting matches and back-and-forths and all that stuff. We’re gonna focus on the stuff we need to focus on that’s gonna give us a chance to win the game. I was proud of how our team stuck to that.”6

Lillard, who started 0-of-6 and didn’t make his first shot until 1:15 left in the first half, cooked once again in the third quarter, finishing with 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting plus 8 assists. Guard CJ McCollum was essential in putting the Thunder away, scoring 27 on 10-of-20 shooting. A number of times, Lillard and McCollum were vocal with teammates, once pulling forward Zach Collins aside for an animated conversation after the second-year player was called for defensive three seconds.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“We’re a lot more mature than we were in past years,” McCollum said. “We can handle adversity. We understood what we wanted to accomplish tonight and we didn’t want anything to get in the way. Multiple times we had discussions about not saying anything to anyone. If they don’t have a black-and-gray jersey on, don’t talk to him. Talk to our team. Don’t talk to the refs, don’t talk to the other team. Execute our game plan and let’s get out of here with the win.”

Once again, Lillard and McCollum outplayed the Thunder’s two stars, with Paul George finishing with 32 points on 8-of-21 shooting, while Russell Westbrook had only 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting. Westbrook started hot, hitting a couple of 3-pointers early, and a pull-up jumper over Lillard in the first quarter. After he hit it, Westbrook stuck out his tongue and shot a look at the Portland bench. He was more restrained as well, but that might have had more to do with the fact he didn’t have many more opportunities to talk.

After learning from Duncan, Jokic a triple-double threat vs. Spurs

Three years later, Jokic is using the type of versatility that would have made Duncan proud. As the Nuggets and Spurs head into the pivotal Game 5 on Tuesday tied at two games apiece, Jokic is averaging nearly a triple-double, with 20.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 9.3 assists in his first playoff series.

Jokic patiently handled double-teams Gregg Popovich sent at him as soon as he put the ball on the floor in Game 1. He became only the fourth player to record a triple-double in his first playoff game, with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.

In Game 4, he attacked single coverage and aggressively looked for his shot, finishing with 29 points.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Jokic’s success is thanks in large part to his deft footwork. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Duncan was Jokic’s favorite big man to watch when it came to footwork in the post.5
After shooting 51.1 percent from the field during the regular season, the 24-year-old Jokic is shooting 48.3 percent from the field in this series and 37.5 percent from 3-point range. He leads all players in the series with 37 assists.

“We talk about Nikola as an afterthought sometimes because [as] a great player you expect that from him, and it is always about the other guys,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “But when you look at Nikola’s averaging a damn near triple-double in the playoffs. … For as young as he is, first time going through it, it really is remarkable.”

Malone said Jokic’s biggest leap has been on the defensive end, where he has taken on the challenge of guarding LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 20.3 points and 9.0 rebounds — numbers slightly under his regular-season averages of 21.3 points and 9.2 rebounds.

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“The chess match, he’s Bobby Fischer,” Malone said of Popovich. “He’s a savant.”

Three years after Jokic got a personal lesson on post play from Duncan, Popovich now has to find a way to slow down Jokic in order to advance in the postseason.

“Nobody is going to stop Nikola,” Popovich said after Game 3. “He’s such a great passer, you got to pick your poison. If you start doubling him every place, they are going to knock down those 3s and they’re great at it. So you just have to make some decisions in that regard and be kind of picky if you are going to go double.”