Friday’s stories from the sporting world include a rookie suffering a season-ending injury, MLB’s first 12-game winner, a reigning MVP on the road to recovery and more.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ southpaw Clayton Kershaw is the first pitcher in MLB this year to reach 12 wins. Kershaw handled his duties on the mound while Yasiel Puig, Chase Utley and Joc Pederson supplied to offense as each of them hit home runs, propelling the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over the Angels to split the four-game Interleague Freeway Series.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout is scheduled to take batting practice on the field Friday prior to the Angels hosting the Seattle Mariners. Trout underwent surgery just over four weeks ago to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and dorsal capsule in his right thumb after injuring it sliding into second base. The initial estimate was for Trout to miss six to eight weeks.
Houston continued its dominance over Oakland last night as shortstop Carlos Correa jump-started the offense with a pair of two-run home runs. Coupled with five innings of one-run ball from starter Brad Peacock, Houston never looked back and beat Oakland 6-1 at Minute Maid Park. The win is Houston’s 17th against the A’s in their last 19 meetings. Houston currently owns the best record in baseball at 54-26 and will host the Yankees this weekend.
New York Yankees rookie outfielder Dustin Fowler will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair an open rupture of the patellar tendon in his right knee after crashing into the first-base-line rail at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field in the first inning of his MLB debut Thursday night. Fowler tried to regain his footing before crumbling to the ground. Fowler remained on the ground for several minutes before medics stabilized his knee. He was then carted off the field and rushed to the hospital. Manager Joe Girardi was visibly shaken up and left in tears. Fowler was due to lead off the second inning in what would have been his first ever Major League at bat. His season is over and the estimated recovery time is at least six months, possibly longer.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. The release doesn’t come as a shock as Green-Beckham was seemingly buried on the Eagles’ depth chart.
Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reported that the NFL is now targeting to play a game in China in 2019. The league would like to kick off the 2019 season-its 100th anniversary-in grand style.
After Larry Bird stepped down as team president in late April, the Indiana Pacers promoted then-GM Kevin Pritchard into Bird’s role. Pritchard has since hired longtime executive Chad Buchanan as his replacement at General Manager. Buchanan will have to decide the future of forward Paul George with the franchise, amid numerous trade rumors.
University of Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari had reportedly reached out to the New York Knicks with interest in the team’s vacancy of the president of operations role. However, Calipari quickly squashed the rumor. “NO ONE has contacted the Knicks on my behalf,” Calipari said on Twitter. “I am the coach at Kentucky and will be for a long time!”
The Washington Capitals have agreed to a new contract with defenseman Dmitry Orlov. According to reports, the deal is worth $30.6 million over six years with an average annual value of $5.1 million. Orlov tallied six goals and 27 assists (33 points) last season and a plus-30 rating in all 82 games last season. He accumulated three assists and finished with a minus-1 rating in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He could have become a restricted free agent on July 1.
As NHL free agency opens on July 1, numerous teams will be in search of a starting goalie and some will be in the market for a backup. Several goalies expected to be available are Brian Elliott, Steve Mason, Ryan Miller and Antti Niemi.