13) I’m probably a little late with this, but if you like music, A Star Is Born is an outstanding movie and I highly recommend it. Saw it this weekend; I’ve never seen the Kris Kristofferson version from 1976 or the much older version, but Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga had great chemistry. Not that pleasant a movie, but really well done and great acting.
12) Indiana-Kentucky high school All-Stars have a game every year; Indiana won this year’s game 120-74- a kid named Jake LaRavia of Lawrence Central apparently dominated the game.
Writer Gregg Doyle did nothing but rave about the 6-8 LaRavia, who will attend Indiana State in the fall. He made 42% of his 3’s last year in high school, but Doyle says his game is well-rounded and that the Sycamores should be very excited to have him on their side next year.
11) Texas Rangers retired Adrian Beltre’s number 29 Saturday night; little unusual for a team to retire a guy’s number so soon after he retires. Quite an honor.
10) Angels 12, Mariners 3—Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi had a 3.43 ERA through his first 11 starts; in his last 9.2 IP, he’s allowed 29 hits and 17 runs. No bueno.
9) Raptors’ G Fred VanVleet needed seven stitches and lost part of a tooth in Friday night’s win in Oakland; he collided with Golden State’s Shaun Livingston.
8) Baseball can be weird; Minnesota’s Max Kepler was in an 0-21 slump, but then Thursday, he went 4-4 wth three homers against Trevor Bauer. Go figure.
7) Baseball stuff:
— Red Sox put 1B Mitch Moreland (quad) on IL.
— Pirates activated OF Corey Dickerson from the 60-day IL.
— Cardinals placed 3B Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day (back)
— Padres placed RHP Adam Warren on the 10-day IL (forearm)
— Angels put Trevor Cahill (elbow) on the IL.
6) Not only is the Giants’ Brandon Crawford the oldest starting shortstop in the majors, he is the one of only two starting SS’s (Elvis Andrus) who is 30+ years of age.
5) NBA will have two regular season games in Mexico next season; Mavericks-Pistons will play on December 12, with Suns-Spurs meeting two days later.
4) Brothers CJ and Kevin Cron both hit their first major league homer in Toronto; their father Chris Cron his two major league hits, both in Toronto.
3) Vanderbilt 3, Duke 0— Kid named Kumar Rocker threw a no-hitter, struck out 19 for Vandy; it is funny how Vanderbilt is lousy at football, mediocre at basketball but great at baseball. Young Mr Rocker is a freshman, has quite a future ahead of him.
2) Oregon State C Adley Rutschman is said to be the best draft prospect since Bryce Harper in 2010 and he is the best catching prospect since Buster Posey in 2008. He’s a switch-hitter with power, and he’s a very advanced receiver, but here’s the thing:
When you’re a really good hitter and a team invests a ton of money in you, they might want you to change positions, to maximize your career— catchers tend to fade out earlier, but to wear and tear. Rutschman may be learning other positions as he climbs the Orioles’ minor league ladder.
1) Quote of the Day, part 2:
“He’s not the biggest guy, but he definitely walks with a presence, walks with a purpose. He’s taken on a good role in knowing all the plays and being able to call some plays for us. He’s quicker than snot. He’s been flying around and making a lot of good plays.”
Steelers’LB TJ Watt, talking about first round pick, LB Devin Bush