13) Los Angeles Lakers signed Rajan Rondo, JaVale McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson this week; people are really excited about the Lakers again.
Oh yeah, Lebron James took $153.5M from LA to play for the next four years.
Golden State signed big man DeMarcus Cousins, who is coming off an achilles injury, and may not be ready to start the regular season.
12) David Price has started twice against New York this season: he’s pitched total of 4.1 innings, faced 27 batters, 12 of whom scored. NY won the two games, 10-7, 11-1.
11) Orioles went 6-20 in June; 6-5 against the National League, 0-15 vs AL teams. Oy.
10) Toronto CF Kevin Pillar made one of the best catches ever over the weekend, robbing Nick Castellanos of a home run, climbing the CF wall— just a tremendous play.
9) Big 14 vs Pac-12 in football last year: 5-2 SU, 7-0 vs spread; only losses were Nebraska (+13) losing 42-35 at Oregon, Rutgers (+28) losing at home to Washington, 30-14.
Since 2013, Big 14 teams are 22-10-1 vs spread when playing Pac-12 teams.
8) James Franklin is the new starting QB for the Toronto Argonauts, replacing the injured Ricky Ray, who is probably done for the season.
7) Celtics drafted Robert Williams from Texas A&M, who was said to have maturity issues. First, he overslept and missed his conference call with the Boston media. Then he missed his flight and didn’t get to the Celtics’ first summer league practice. No bueno.
6) Cubs scored 10+ runs in four consecutive games for first time since they did it in five straight games…….in 1930.
5) Julius Randle gets $18M for two years from the New Orleans Pelicans. NBA Summer League starts this week, with the Las Vegas Summer League starting Friday.
Seth Curry gets $2.75M for this season from the Trailblazers, with a player option for a second season in Portland.
4) From Shane Bacon: “Ernie Els changes to a new golf ball after every birdie so he always carries 18 balls in his bag in case he birdies every hole.”
3) Houston Astros signed 14 international free agents Monday, including eight players from the Dominican Republic, five from Venezuela and one from Cuba.
Some teams do way better than others with international signings; Astros are good at it. They employ tutors to help the new players with their English; has to be hard living in a new country, where you don’t know the language.
2) I’m typing this at 7:40 pm; in his first 11 minutes as a pro in the Utah Summer League, Trae Young was 0-8 from the floor, 2-4 on foul line. His first two 3-pointers were air balls.
July has to be rude awakening for lot of these kids who leave college (too) early and now are competing against grown men, with millions of dollars at stake.
8:45: Young wound up going 4-20 from the floor, 1-11 on the arc, scoring 16 points in a 103-88 loss to Memphis.
1) This, from pitching great Jim Kaat:
“Another big change in the strategy of today’s game evident in Nats/RedSox game..Cy Young award pitchers would never be asked to walk the #8 hitter in the 2nd inning..they would go after the #8 hitter so they’d have the pitcher leading. off. They’re Cy Young award winners!”