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June 18th, 2019

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1. Major League Baseball results.

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Mets at Braves

Mike Soroka won his eighth straight decision, Ozzie Albies homered and drove in four runs, and the surging Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 12-3 on Monday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.38 ERA) is 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last five starts. In 18 career starts against Atlanta, deGrom is 6-6 with a 1.86 ERA.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (5-4, 2.92 ERA) is 3-0 with a 0.81 ERA in his last eight starts. In 25 career starts and one relief appearance against New York, Teheran is 10-7 with a 2.35 ERA.

Astros at Reds

Luis Castillo pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Nick Senzel returned from an eye injury and drove in a pair of runs, and the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Astros: Justin Verlander (9-2) is 1-0 in three June starts with a 2.95 ERA. He allowed two runs in six innings of his only career start against the Reds.

Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (3-3) is 1-0 in two June starts with a 1.69 ERA. He’s never faced the Astros.

Marlins at Cardinals

Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter homered to back a strong outing by Mike Mikolas and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Marlins: Jordan Yamamoto (1-0, 0.00) will be making his second career start. In his MLB debut June 12 in Miami against St. Louis, he allowed just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a seven innings. The Marlins won 9-0. He had never appeared above Double-A before his recall.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.28) set a career high with six runs allowed in his only career appearance against Miami on June, 6, 2018. In his last outing, Flaherty came away with a no-decision in the Cardinals’ come-from-behind rain suspended 5-4 win in 10 innings over the Mets.

Brewers at Padres

Backed by Manny Machado‘s home run, Joey Lucchesi gave the San Diego Padres‘ bullpen a chance to catch its collective breath. The big left-hander threw seven brilliant innings in a combined four-hitter to lead the Padres to a 2-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (8-1, 3.87) is scheduled to make his first career start and second appearance against the Padres.

Padres: LHP Logan Allen is scheduled to make his big league debut. He was acquired along with three other players from Boston for closer Craig Kimbrel on Nov. 13, 2015.

Giants at Dodgers

Tyler Beede allowed one run over six innings to earn his first big-league victory and the San Francisco Giants defeated the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Monday night in the opener of a four-game set between the NL West rivals.

Tomorrows Starters

Giants: RHP Shaun Anderson (2-1, 3.97 ERA) makes his seventh career start.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-1, 3.13) took the loss against the Giants on the road June 7. He is 22-11 with a 1.72 ERA in 45 career starts against them.

Rays at Yankees

MLB roundup: Yanks' Tanaka shuts out Rays

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major league shutout, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Monday night to increase their slim lead in the AL East. DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos, and Cameron Maybin homered in his third consecutive game.

Tomorrows Starters

Left-hander J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA) pitches the second game of the series for the Yankees on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay had not announced a starter.

Angels at Blue Jays

Justin Upton homered on the first pitch he saw in his return from the injured list, Mike Trout had a solo homer among his four hits and the Los Angeles Angels used a seven-run second inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 Monday night.

Shohei Ohtani and Kole Calhoun also connected in the second for the Angels, who have won all four meetings with Toronto this season.

Tomorrows Starters

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (5-6, 5.00) is 3-2 with a 3.93 ERA in six career starts against Toronto.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (4-8, 3.18) is 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 career games against the Angels.

Red Sox at Twins

Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Twins on Monday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Red Sox: LHP David Price (4-2, 3.52 ERA) takes the mound for the middle game of the series, after allowing a season-high six runs while recording only four outs in his last start against Texas. He’s 10-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 18 career appearances against the Twins.

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (4-3, 5.04 ERA) pitches on Tuesday night. After surrendering exactly three earned runs over six consecutive turns, Pineda gave up only one run on two hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his last start against Seattle.

Indians at Rangers

Lance Lynn had another quality start, Danny Santana homered and the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 7-2 on Monday night to spoil Mike Clevinger‘s return from the injured list.

Tomorrows Starters

Indians: Rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (1-2, 2.92 ERA) in his last start, Wednesday against Cincinnati, became the first Indians pitcher ever to allow homers to the first two batters of a home game.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (5-3) was without a big league victory before going 5-0 with a 3.19 ERA his last six games (three starts).

Orioles at Athletics

Mike Fiers pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics took advantage of Baltimore’s shoddy defense to beat the Orioles 3-2 Monday night. Fiers (7-3) allowed two unearned runs over 6 2/3 innings, getting into the seventh for the seventh time in eight starts

Tomorrows Starters

RHP Gabriel Ynoa (0-3, 5.02 ERA) tries again for his first victory of the season as the A’s counter with LHP Brett Anderson (6-4, 3.89), who earned his first win against the Orioles in four career starts April 9 at Baltimore.

Royals at Mariners

Jorge Soler hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning off Anthony Bass, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 6-4 win over Seattle on Monday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Mariners.

Tomorrows Starters

Royals: RHP Homer Bailey (5-6) snapped a five-start winless skid throwing six scoreless innings against Detroit in his last start. Allowed season-high seven earned runs to Seattle in April.

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (3-4) looks to pitch beyond the fifth inning for the first time in his past four starts. Kikuchi hasn’t pitched into the sixth since May 19, also his last win.

The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals has been postponed, the start of Monday’s game was delayed for nearly three hours before a decision was made to postpone. It will be made up at 1:05 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

2. Raptors celebration and parade marred by shooting.

Image: Toronto Raptor Parade Shooting

Photo: Tijana Martin / The Canadian Press via AP

1.5 million happy Raptors fans packed downtown Toronto on Monday for a championship parade.

Shots were fired at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square during the Raptors’ NBA championship parade on Monday afternoon.

Police were investigating the incident, which occurred around 3:45 p.m. as one of the Raptors’ owners was giving a speech.

At least four people were shot, three people were shot during the Raptors parade with “serious but not life-threatening” injuries in connection with the shooting.

Two people were placed in custody, according to police in Toronto.

Two firearms were also recovered.

3. National Basketball Association draft just days away, the first three picks should go as planned but the fourth pick may swing the draft in a new direction.

Zion Williamson

Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans will get the fourth pick in the draft now and as I predicted they will pick the wrong player. Who will benefit the Cleveland Cavs.

All reports have the thew Pelicans with the Lakers pick at No.4. will pick Jarrett Culver a shooting guard from Texas Tech. With Zion Williamson incoming and Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram being acquired, another guard is far from the need.

DeAndre Hunter 6’7 from Virginia the same size as Culver but four year college experience a national championship mature NBA body would be the better choice. Looks Like John Beilein gets his first gift early.

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk confirmed his plans to media last week, proclaiming that his plans for the team’s second round picks is to trade them in order to move up the 2019 NBA Draft board.

With that in mind, coupled with the rumblings that the team has their eye on Texas Tech sophomore Jarrett Culver at the top of the draft, this Atlanta Hawks mock draft saw the following trade completed on draft day.

After missing out on a top-two pick and falling all the way to No. 6 in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, the Phoenix Suns could hardly use another rookie for next season, let alone two. Trading their first round selection for an established, starting-caliber point guard has long been their best avenue.

Late picks in the first round, as well as second-round picks, are extremely important in filling out your roster. For example, the Toronto Raptors just won the 2019 NBA Finals without a single lottery pick on their roster. This goes to show how draft night is much more important than just the top players, as many of those players end up being busts and fizzling out of the league anyways.

There have been many former second-round picks who ended up being extremely impactful in the NBA. Some of these players include including:

  • Nikola Jokic (41st overall – 2014 NBA Draft)
  • Draymond Green (35th overall – 2012 NBA Draft)
  • Patrick Beverley (42nd overall – 2009 NBA Draft)
  • Isaiah Thomas (60th overall – 2011 NBA Draft)
  • DeAndre Jordan (35th overall – 2008 NBA Draft)
  • Marc Gasol (48th Overall – 2007 NBA Draft)
  • Paul Milsap (47th overall – 2006 NBA Draft)
  • Monta Ellis (40th overall – 2005 NBA Draft)
  • Manu Ginobili (57th overall -1999 NBA Draft)

From Nick Crain Hoops Habit

Where to watch the NBA Draft…

The draft will be broadcast on ESPN.

You can livestream the draft on or the WatchESPN app, but you will need to prove you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN.

When he made the decision to test the draft waters back in April, Claxton was seen as someone who was a fringe first-round candidate. If he could play well at the NBA draft combine, he would greatly help his stock. Nicolas Claxton did just that and elected to stay in the 2019 NBA Draft. And it appears that it was the correct decision.

Draft notes…

The New Orleans Pelicans are set to make the first pick in the NBA Draft for the second time in franchise history. In 2012, the Pelicans selected six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis with the top pick.

This marks the fourth time in nine years that new Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin will play a prominent role in the selection of the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

In the common era of the NBA Draft (since 1966), Kentucky has had the most No. 1 overall picks with three: John Wall (2010), Anthony Davis (2012) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2015).

This year, Duke has a chance to equal Kentucky with its third No. 1 overall pick in the common draft era. The Blue Devils’ two No. 1 selections are Elton Brand (1999) and Kyrie Irving (2011).

Jarrett Culver has a chance to become the third Texas Tech player selected in the first round.

A record 20 college freshmen were selected in the 2018 NBA Draft, two more than in 2017.

A college freshman has been selected No. 1 overall in each of the last nine years.

The top freshmen for the 2019 NBA Draft include RJ Barrett (Duke), Bol Bol (Oregon), Luguentz Dort (Arizona State), Darius Garland (Vanderbilt), Jaxson Hayes (Texas), Tyler Herro (Kentucky), Romeo Langford (Indiana), Nassir Little (North Carolina), Kevin Porter (USC) and Zion Williamson (Duke).

The Boston Celtics are set to make three three selections in the first round (Nos. 14, 20 and 22) and one selections in the second round (No. 51).

The New York Knicks (third pick) will make their highest selection since landing Patrick Ewing with the No. 1 pick in 1985.

The Memphis Grizzlies are picking second for the fifth time.

Since the NBA Draft Lottery began in 1985, four of 34 No. 1 overall picks have won an NBA championship with the team that drafted them.

Ja Morant is expected to become the second player from Murray State to be selected in the first round. Cameron Payne was chosen by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 14th pick in 2015.

De’Andre Hunter has a chance to become Virginia’s first top-10 pick since Olden Polynice in 1987 and only the second first-round pick since 1995, along with Justin Anderson (2015).

Since the NBA adopted a two-round draft in 1989, Kentucky has had the most first-round selections with 37. Duke is next with 36 first-round picks. Since 1989, Kentucky holds the record for the most picks in an NBA Draft – six each in 2012 and 2015.

A record 27 international players were drafted in 2016, including a record 15 in the first round and a record-tying 12 in the second round.

Duke’s RJ Barrett is set to continue a recent trend of Canadian players being selected in the NBA Draft Lottery, joining Anthony Bennett (2013), Kelly Olynyk (2013), Andrew Wiggins (2014), Nik Stauskas (2014), Trey Lyles (2015), Jamal Murray (2016) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2018).

Duke’s RJ Barrett is the son of Rowan Barrett, who played college basketball at St. John’s, professionally overseas and for Team Canada with two-time NBA MVP and RJ’s godfather, Steve Nash.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura is poised to become the first Japanese-born player drafted into the NBA.

Oregon’s Bol Bol is the son of the late 7-7 center Manute Bol, who played 10 NBA seasons.

Florida State’s Mfiondu Kabengele is the nephew of Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo.

Santa Cruz Warriors forward Alen Smailagic of Serbia has chance to become the third international player drafted into the NBA from the NBA G League, joining Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Greece) and Chukwudiebere Maduabum (Nigeria).

From Release

4. New York Jets hire Joe Douglas to do the job he has done before with two other franchises, build a winner.

For Joe Douglas the GM job was 19 years in the making. All of it, right there in a place that wasn’t exactly stirring thoughts of third-and-2.

He’s also aware that the job in front of him has its challenges—he’s the fourth guy to serve in the position for the franchise this decade, and there are reasons for that. But he’s at peace now. Douglas is the Jets’ new GM. It’s full steam ahead.

Douglas has no shortage of experience working in the NFL. He spent 16 years in the personnel department with the Baltimore Ravens and one season with the Bears. Philadelphia hired him in May 2016.

He’ll also be communicating with Adam Gase, whose work, along with John Fox and Vic Fangio, with that barren Chicago roster in ’15 certainly left an impression on Douglas, enough that the new head coach’s presence became a draw. “I know what kind of coach he is,” he said. “I know that I can make it work with Adam.”

The Bears in 2015 were a disaster. The Eagles, when Douglas arrived in 2016, had promise, but needed a breath of fresh air.

The Jets’ new GM sees his roster mirroring the 2016 Eagles far more than the 2015 Bears. This isn’t a rip-it-up, start-again job.

Douglas doesn’t think the Jets are a rebuild because they have Sam Darnold. Douglas made it very clear that the Jets’ 22-year-old quarterback was a major selling point during his intro press conference.

Le’Veon Bell is an obvious weapon as well as wide receiver Robby Anderson who has been “very pleasant surprise.” Anderson can challenge the defense vertically.

Chris Herndon and Jamison Crowder are players that Douglas is familiar and comfortable having on the roster.

Douglas knows that the offensive line, cornerback and edge rusher are an issue.

Douglas equated the Jets’ defense to a well-built baseball team strong up the gut. Between Leonard Williams and Quinnen Williams up front, C.J. Mosley and Avery Williams at inside linebacker and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye at safety,

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