Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

Samuel:

I agree with this. If it’s a 7-run lead late in the game, you don’t bunt. But it was the first inning and the shift was on. The Astros could still come back and win the game. Or maybe the Astros don’t believe in themselves and got all angry at themselves.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single against the shift and was thrown out at first.

Even though the bunt didn’t work and actually helped Houston’s cause, the Astros didn’t take too kindly to it. Paul Clemens’ very first pitch the next time Lowrie was up in the third was aimed at his knee and ended up right between his legs. The second was thrown inside, too. Eventually, Lowrie flew out to left-center and exchanged some words with Jose Altuve as he was taking off his batting gloves by the first base bag, at which point Astros managed Bo Porter exited the…

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

Samuel:

I would imagine if any other head coaches in the other major sports would even dare try to do something like that. A suspension is likelier in the NFL or NBA. But in hockey, a fine will do.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville got angry last night when a call didn’t go against the St. Louis Blues as he had hoped.

While yelling at the referees for not handing the St. Louis Blues a delay of game penalty, he made an inappropriate gesture. Making matters worse, it was caught on camera.

The league came down hard on the coach and fined him $25,000.

“I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call,” Quenneville said before the fine was announced. “I apologize for my behavior. It wasn’t very appropriate at all. It was a bush league move on my part.”

The Blackhawks ended up losing in the third overtime and trail the playoff series 1-0.

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MLB Network had one really misinformed tweet

MLB Network’s Twitter page shared a tweet about Xander Bogaerts breaking up Chris Sale’s no-hitter bid.

The problem, however, is that MLB Network claims it was Bogaerts’ first ever big league home run. That actually is not true. He hit his first homer last season.

People on Twitter made sure they were aware of it.

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New Era unveils first look at possible new NFL Draft caps

These appear to be the new draft day caps.

According to New Era’s United Kingdom site, we have what appears to be the draft caps for this upcoming NFL Draft. These are labled “NFL Draft On Stage” caps.

All the caps feature the team logo in the front with the crown of the cap matching the team’s main color. The NFL Shield on the back of the crown is gray.

The one difference is the brim. Each cap’s brim feature designs that are team specific. They have both the team wordmark and the team logo on a gray brim.

For some teams like the Raiders and Lions, the brim works. But a team like the Ravens and 49ers, not so much.

What do you think of these new caps?

The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

Samuel:

The decision to start Andersen makes sense and the Ducks are investing in their future tonight. They are the top seed and they know they have a little room for this experiment. Ultimately, this first game will decide how they will approach the rest of the series.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks’ decision to start Frederik Andersen tonight makes sense.

He has played better than Jonas Hiller this season and has stolen games in which he has played.

Hiller, meanwhile, has been so-so after the Olympics, going 4-4-3, and had save percentages of .889, .765 and .826 in his last three games. He has not played since April 8.

He also was upset by the Detroit Red Wings last season, giving up seven goals over his last two games as the Ducks blew a 3-2 lead.

Hiller, 32, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and although Andersen is a rookie, it makes sense to see how he handles the playoff pressure. If he falters tonight, you could always throw Hiller back in for Game 2. If he does well and starts a run, then you know whether to make Hiller an offer.

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Jackie Robinson’s story reminds us that we can change the world

One thing that I am always reminded about when we do Jackie Robinson day in the big leagues is his impact on not only baseball, but in the world. You can imagine how hard it was for him to stand out and be the target of hate. Yet he knew that what he was doing was going to change the world.

Robinson believed that it was unfair for his skin color to his only identity — an unfair portrayal of who he is as a man. The racism that followed was tough but he knew that if he was able to succeed and be that pioneer, then more will follow and the times will change.

As we look at all the people wearing #42 today, we are reminded that our individuality is unique and it’s what makes this world great. Robinson had to do that when the rest of the world was against him. Honoring Robinson is great but we can’t lose what he meant to the game of baseball and the world.

Don’t be afraid to stand for something you believe that is right. Be strong, be humble and take on the challenges that come with it. Robinson reminds us that we can make a huge difference. The world can change and sometimes, it just takes one person to help show the way.

Thanks, Jackie.

I’m ready for some Sharks playoff hockey

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The Sharks are back in the playoffs and will take on the Kings. I went to Game 7 last year between these two and it was a heartbreaker. But I still believe in my Sharks.

They probably aren’t the best team and they haven’t played their best hockey yet. But when it comes to the playoffs, anything goes. Especially with this series against the rival Kings, it is expected to go the distance.

I hope I can get some time to go to one of these games. But with the Warriors-Clippers playoff meeting likely to take place also, I have to save up and figure out which series I want to go to more.

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