Barry Jackson: Heat’s Herro, on a roll, poised for another playoff run
No, Tyler Herro hasn’t yet blossomed into another Devin Booker or Bradley Beal, as some might have hoped after his tantalizing rookie season. But say this for the young man: He has pushed through a foot injury and a somewhat turbulent second season to help lift the Heat at the most critical time. Herro scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in 35 minutes of Tuesday’s playoff-clinching win in Boston, continuing his most impactful stretch of the season. Since missing six games with a foot injury, Herro has averaged 21 points on 67.6 percent shooting from the field and 12-o...
Who is Cody Poteet? A look at the Marlins pitcher who impressed in his MLB debut vs. Arizona
PHOENIX — The timing made sense. The Miami Marlins needed a pitcher to start Wednesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Right-handed pitcher Cody Poteet, the Marlins’ fourth-round pick in 2015 who impressed at the alternate site over the past month and in his first Triple A start, was available and on regular rest. “Our guys thought,” Mattingly said, “that he deserved at least a shot.” Poteet made the most of that shot in the Marlins’ 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks, a victory that snapped Miami’s four-game losing streak. The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher threw five str...
Andrew Vaughn’s 1st major-league home run helps power White Sox to 5th straight win, 13-8 over Twins
Andrew Vaughn, the Chicago White Sox’s top-ranked prospect, hit the first home run of his major-league career in Wednesday’s 13-8 victory against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. The two-run homer to left-center came during a five-run fourth inning. It went an estimated 436 feet. The Sox won their fifth straight. It’s their fourth consecutive game scoring at least nine runs. Once again, there was production throughout the lineup. Leadoff batter Tim Anderson singled twice, drove in one and scored once. Cleanup hitter José Abreu went 2-for-5 with a triple, a single and three RBIs. A...
Kostin makes season debut as Blues beat Wild
For someone who had played in four NHL games and has never scored more than 13 goals in a professional season, a certain mystique has evolved around Blues forward Klim Kostin. One of the team’s two first-round picks in the 2017 draft, being taken with the last pick in the first round, the expectations only grew this season because he was out of reach. The Blues loaned him to a team in the KHL in Russia in September when there was uncertainty about whether the NHL or AHL would play this season and the Blues didn’t want Kostin to lose a season of development. That was all well and good until the...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Phillies rally past Nationals, 5-2, as Bryce Harper, Odúbel Herrera redeem themselves
The fly ball that somehow fell between Odubel Herrera and Bryce Harper on Wednesday night no longer felt as costly as Herrera flipped his bat after homering in the ninth inning. The frustration from that defensive lapse — which ended with the outfielders crashing into each other as the Nationals took the lead — was alleviated when Harper singled in the 10th inning of a 5-2 win in Washington. Harper and Herrera cost the Phillies a run when they failed to track down a routine fly ball in the sixth inning. It was another crushing miscue by a poor defensive team, seeming to seal yet another madden...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Braves can’t solve Hyun Jin Ryu again in loss to Blue Jays
The Braves can’t be finished with the Blue Jays soon enough. They lost to Toronto again Wednesday, 4-1, at Truist Park. The Braves have lost all five games against the Blue Jays this season. Here are five takeaways from Wednesday: 1. Hyun Jin Ryu tormented the Braves when he was a Dodger. He’s had success as a Blue Jay, too, stifling the Braves in a 2-1 win last August. Ryu entered the night with a career 2.37 2ERA in six starts against the Braves. In his latest opportunity, Ryu was brilliant again. The lefty allowed one run – William Contreras’ homer – on five hits over seven innings, matchin...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wild pitch on strikeout sparks Brewers to 4-1 win over Cardinals
MILWAUKEE — On Tuesday, the Cardinals had one hit for seven innings and two for 10 before exploding for five runs to prevail in the 11th. Play it again, Sam, as on Wednesday night, the Cardinals again had one hit for seven innings before rallying. Milwaukee righthander Brandon Woodruff had dominated them on Wednesday, striking out 10 and allowing only two base runners until Tyler O’Neill lifted a low slider and powered it over the right-field wall to tie the game at 1-1 with one out in the eighth. Woodruff had yielded just 16 hits over his previous 45 innings. But there was no extra-inning mag...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
James Harden back from injury after missing 20 games; Nets blow out Spurs
NEW YORK — James Harden is back. Harden finally returned against the Spurs on Wednesday night after missing 20 of the Nets’ previous 21 games with a nagging right hamstring strain. He came off the bench and posted 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in Brooklyn’s wire-to-wire 128-116 victory over San Antonio. “This was the longest I’ve ever been out in my career,” Harden said postgame. “It was frustrating. I love to compete and be out there for my teammates.” The Barclays Center crowd met Harden with applause, and he kept Nets fans on their toes for each of the 26 minutes he spent on the ...
New York Daily News
Rockies walk off Padres in second game of doubleheader
DENVER — This is how it’s probably going to go. The ups and downs of a doubleheader provided perhaps a perfect illustration of what the Padres might endure in the coming week or so. Maybe they will be OK if Victor Caratini keeps picking them up and everyone else does just enough. They probably can’t survive running themselves out of many innings. At the very least, what Wednesday showed is it will take some unexpected and innovative contributions and probably won’t feature a whole lot of runs. Trying to get through the day with a duct tape lineup, the Padres couldn’t complete a sweep and depar...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gerrit Cole shines as Yankees beat Rays to secure first series win in Tampa in two years
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gerrit Cole stood on the mound for an extra few seconds, staring in at Brett Phillips. The Yankees ace had just struck out the side in the eighth, finishing the Rays' bottom of the order on just 12 pitches. The last was 99 miles per hour and rang up his 12th strikeout of the night. Cole finished his night with a little stare and a smile. He deserved it. Cole was dominant, throwing eight scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Rays 1-0 at Tropicana Field. Cole scattered four hits, struck out a dozen and did not walk a batter. The right-hander has not issued a walk in hi...
New York Daily News