Diamondbacks achieve rare feat with home-run explosion against Nationals

The Diamondbacks felt no fear Friday facing off against the reigning National League Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer.

Playing in Phoenix, the Diamondbacks became just the fifth MLB team to start a game with back-to-back-to-back home runs, and the first since Baltimore did it in 2012.

David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb hit the home runs off Scherzer, who entered the game on the shortlist of this year’s NL Cy Young candidates, too.

Arizona ultimately scored four runs in the first inning, then added another in the second inning.

The Diamondbacks are still without newly-acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez, who was hit by a pitch in his hand shortly after joining the team from Detroit. Despite playing without their newest asset, the Diamondbacks proved they are one of the most dangerous teams in baseball.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is trying to speed up the game itself. Is baseball heading in the right direction?

The reason it’s a good idea to keep the pace up is because years ago we worked in a much quicker pace. And let’s face it, part of your job is to entertain and part of entertainment is to keep things going and making sure that people aren’t bored and nowadays there are so many Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon ways for people to become distracted even during a game with their smartphones Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping and things like that, so I think the quicker a pace we have the better it is for our television ratings, the better it is for the attention of young people who hopefully become consumers of the sport for a long time. So I think anything done at a faster pace is going to be more entertaining than something that is a little too slow. I think that is a good thing.

Steelers will honor late Dan Rooney with shamrock patches

Dan Rooney may be gone, but he’ll be with his team in spirit this season.

During a chat with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio, Bryant said he’s always a phone call away. His comments came after the Lakers’ worst loss in franchise history, a 49-point beatdown against the Mavericks.

When asked about his comments, Lakers coach Luke Walton didn’t exactly seem thrilled about the idea of Bryant coming in at a low point of the season.

It depends in what capacity he will come in and help, Walton said, via the L.A. Daily News. After losing by 40, he’s not the first guy I’m calling. Kobe is more about tough love. At that moment, I didn’t need tough love. I didn’t need to hear that, but it’s good to know he’s here for us.

Walton will probably welcome Bryant’s help, should he need it in the future. But he doesn’t want to be beaten when he’s down, which the Black Mamba probably would have done.

With a five-year, $55 million investment, Carolina literally is banking on Kalil having an all-around rebound. The change of scene that includes the presence of his five-time Pro Bowl brother Ryan at center may end up working well for both Matt and the Panthers. It’s Cheap Jerseys Borntrade reasonable to think Matt can become an above-average pass protector again.

The right side, Newton’s non-Blind Side, is a concern with Michael Oher no longer with the team. Rookie second-round pick Taylor Moton will get a chance to battle for that starting spot, but it’s more likely the Panthers ease him in as a backup swing tackle/guard. Daryl Williams Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale is in position to be the shaky stopgap until Moton is up to speed. Andrew Norwell returns as the stud at left guard, while Trai Turner will be happy to stay at right guard and not be forced outside.

Relive infamous murder trial at ‘O.J. Simpson Museum’ in L.A.

O.J. Simpson is once again stirring up a media frenzy since being granted parole.

So much, in fact, that an O.J. Simpson Museum is scheduled to be showcased at the Chinatown Coagula Curatorial Gallery in Los Angeles from Aug. 18-Aug. 22 to give attendees a closer look at the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Just got to Green Bay not too long ago and couldn’t get into the dorms, so now I’m sleeping on the floor in my locker. Camp life, Day 1. F— this s—.
In a following video, Bennett said, Sleeping on the floor actually doesn’t bother me, I actually like to sleep on the floor from time to time. Honestly, but I should’ve told somebody I was going to be getting in late.

His final video on the matter had to do with him scared of being haunted by ghosts.

If there’s some ghosts that are going to come out in this … locker room [then] I need to get out of here. Because I’m the only black person in this scary movie and you know the black guy has to die, so I need to recruit some other black guys.

While it probably wasn’t a fun night for Bennett, he at least learned his lesson.

Dennison is expected to bring more zone blocking to an offensive Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys line that’s used to a mix of power and zone. Neither the veterans nor the youngsters Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks should have much trouble adapting.

The biggest question mark with this group is where second-round pick Dion Dawkins fits as a rookie. If the Bills are not comfortable letting him play right tackle immediately, he’ll slide to right guard, opposite Pro Bowler Richie Incognito and in between Eric Wood (center) and Jordan Mills (right tackle).

Sale of Aaron Hernandez’s former mansion falls through

Aaron Hernandez’s former Massachusetts mansion will soon be back on the market.

The sale of the vacant house of the late former Patriots tight end recently fell through after it was expected to sell for $1.3 million, the Boston Herald reported Tuesday .

It is disconcerting news for Cleveland. The Cavs haven’t exactly been rolling, losing seven of nine games before Sunday’s win over OKC. Love’s 20.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game will be missed by a team lacking front-court depth.

Love’s back problems also forced him to miss the second half of Cleveland’s loss to Golden State on Jan. 16, as well as the team’s next game, Jan. 19 against the Suns.

The Cavaliers turned down a recent offer from the Knicks to trade Love for Carmelo Anthony, according to recent reports.

Less importantly, Love’s spot as a reserve on the Eastern Conference All-Star team appears to be precarious with the pending MRI.

With Baker, Beckwith, Wilcox and Evans, the Bucs made it a point to get good complementary defenders for their top-tier talents. With Winston leading a more energized, balanced and intimidating offense, the Bucs, from front to back end, can more consistently tee off defensively.

The changes are enough to think Koetter and Winston will lead at least a wild-card playoff team in 2017.

Here lies the issue most have with Chicago’s decision to Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys select Trubisky. Even 49ers GM John Lynch thought the Bears were trading up Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys to draft a guy like Solomon Thomas and address a massive need in a class stuffed with versatile defensive line talent.

Riley Curry has epic dab-off with high school student

Look at her dab!

Riley Curry was in full Riley Curry form Tuesday night at Charlotte Christian School, where her father, Stephen Curry, was being honored.

The four-year-old had an epic dab-off with a student at the high school.

Analysis (Gatto): Much has been made about Samardzija’s excellent peripherals (FIP, WHIP, K/9 and K/BB), but the fact is his ERA stood at 4.86 after he allowed seven runs in six innings to the Padres on July 16. The main reason? He has allowed 20 home runs in 19 starts. Houston, with its hitter-friendly home park, should be cautious about giving up long-term assets for a 32-year-old homer-prone starter who has three years and $54 million remaining on his contract after this season.

Analysis (Gatto): If trades were done based on who you know, then Sonny Gray would already be a member of the Crew. Milwaukee pitching coach Derek Johnson coached Gray at Vanderbilt, and Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt was Gray’s batterymate in Oakland before the A’s waived Vogt in June. Alas, it’s more about who you’re willing to offer, and the still-rebuilding Brewers Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys should be loath to weaken their farm system (think players like Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips and Luis Ortiz) even for Gray, who can’t become a free agent until after the 2019 season. Acquiring the older J.A. Happ would make more sense. The Blue Jays won’t need nearly as much for Happ, who is 34 and signed only through 2018.

Analysis (Rivera): Whew. What a couple of years for the Mets. Just when Cheap Dolphins Jerseys the boys from Flushing look like they’re ready to challenge the Yankees for the crown of New York, injuries overcome the team. The Mets don’t have the best farm system in baseball, so trading deGrom for a hefty stack of prospects will help them regroup, and relatively quickly, if — and here’s a big if — Sandy Alderson knows how to sell.