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This is Ramos' first time in big league camp, although he has had a few at-bats in the past. Ramos never has been shy to show his confidence, an attribute the Giants have to be happy about. But with the minor league season canceled last year and delayed this season, they likely will be cautious with him at the start of the year. 

There's a reason Baseball America and FanGraphs have Matos ranked No. 4 in San Francisco's farm system. That feels like a good landing spot, but I wouldn't be afraid to put him in the top three. Matos turned 19 years old this past January, has the best chance of sticking in center field out of the Giants' top outfield prospects and his eye-opening bat speed produces big-time power. 

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Verdugo isn't the only player with a Dodgers pedigree being counted on to make an impact this year. Over his six years in L.A., Hernandez became a fan favorite for (a) his ability to play all over the field and (b) his propensity for delivering in the clutch, such as his three-homer NLCS to deny the Cubs a chance to repeat in 2017.St. Louis Cardinals Face Masks

The Dodgers’ goal is to make sure Urías, and everyone else, is healthy for the postseason. The club expects to play deep into October. Once there, everyone will be unleashed. That includes Urías. He has proved he can shine on the biggest stages.Minnesota Twins Face Masks

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Mike took over with the Diamondbacks in 2016. He still managed to keep working with the team last season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though did sit out on some road trips.

There is one top surprise surrounding the Cubs so far as spring training rolls along in March.Los Angeles Dodgers Face Masks

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David Pastrnak scored a power-play goal at 19:32 of the first period. It was the Bruins forward’s 11th goal and 21st point in 16 games.Carolina Hurricanes for NHL Face Masks

Tyson Barrie, EDM vs. OTT ($21): Barrie is doing exactly what was expected of him upon moving to the Oilers. He's averaged 4:04 per game in power-play time and he's tallied nine power-play points in 27 games. The 29-year-old has also put 77 shots on net. As previously noted, the Senators have a 3.86 GAA, which is worst in the NHL.

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“There was no doubt we had a very difficult couple of weeks with the amount of positive tests coming back,” Daly said during Thursday’s joint media conference call with Bettman. “What we’ve confirmed through this process is that we’re dealing with a very contagious virus, easily transmissible if people aren’t taking appropriate precautions.”Washington Football Team for NHL Face Masks

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A week ago he reached a personal milestone by becoming the 100th player in league history to reach the 400-goal mark for his career. It also places him 10th all-time among American-born players.

David Krejci has no goals on the season and was still one of Boston’s top forwards (10 points in 15 games) prior to his injury. As usual, he’s skated with underwhelming linemates, yet Nick Ritchie’s six points in 5-of-5 play through 23 games actually ranks sixth on the team, per Natural Stat Trick. Edmonton Oilers for NHL Face Masks

"I think more than anything, we have to appreciate the day. We have to appreciate the moment. That's what we're doing today."Seattle Kraken for NHL Face Masks
If the Red Sox plan on waiting until the farm bears fruit, they won't contend for at least five years. When are they going to become more aggressive in free agency and/or on the trade market to acquire established talent?Atlanta Braves Face Masks

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars were the only teams with fans in attendance starting with Week 1.

Between Smith’s academic credentials, knowledge of the game and knack for data analysis, Brooks expected Major League clubs to quickly snatch her up after she applied to the league's Diversity Fellowship Program. He instead came away confused when executives who interviewed Smith questioned her passion and desire.New York Mets Face Masks

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And while Franco is far from a defensive wizard at third, he would likely be a much better option there than Davis, who was worth -8 DRS in just 34 games at third base in 2020 and -9 DRS in 31 games at third in 2019.

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"Rheal was one of the most vibrant people I've had the pleasure of knowing," former teammate and Hall of Famer Jim Thome said in a statement released by the Phillies. "He loved baseball, but he always put his family first."

Yahoo Sports compiles the three longest and most impressive home runs for the Seattle Mariners since 2015.St. Louis Cardinals Face Masks

What is also key is that you evaluate which ADP values make sense and which values do not for fantasy purposes. Perhaps you have noticed I rank Smith exceedingly well, albeit a bit after Alonso. Yes, I believe Smith can hit over six months in 2021 the way he did over two months in 2020. I believe he is easily a top-100 fantasy option for both roto and points formats. I believe. Ya gotta believe!Los Angeles Dodgers Face Masks
McCann, who scored the game-winning goal Saturday against Philadelphia, entered Sunday’s game on a three-game point streak. He had four points in five games and returned to the lineup on Feb. 27 after missing seven games with a lower-body injury.Anaheim Ducks for NHL Face Masks

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“I still follow the Red Wings and I think Stevie (Yzerman, GM) will do a great job if they leave him alone. He’s really starting from scratch.”

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BOSTON (AP) — Jake DeBrusk returned after being benched one game for lack of effort and scored his first goal in almost a month, chasing Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev early in the second period and leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 victory on Thursday night.St Louis Blues for NHL Face Masks

Rickard Rakell has been picking up his pace after an awful offensive start to the season. He is on a six-game points streak with five goals and seven assists after starting the season with a goal and six assists in his first 20 games. He has moved to the top of the Ducks scoring race with Comtois.

His best save came with just two minutes to play in regulation when Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich looked like he was in position for a game-tying goal only to have Jarry manage to get his pad on the shot to keep it out of the net.

Libor Hajek scored his first goal since the 2018-19 season, and just his second in the NHL. There's something about facing the Devils, as both of his career goals are against New Jersey. The goal also stood up as the game-winning tally, helped out from K'Andre Miller and Pavel Buchnevich.Seattle Kraken for NHL Face Masks

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Goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins follows the play as Joel Farabee of the Philadelphia Flyers and Jeremy Lauzon set up in front during the first period of the ‘NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe’ at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort on Feb. 21, 2021, in Stateline, Nevada. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 7-3.Vegas Golden Knights for NHL Face Masks
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Remarkably, he only missed 43 games due to injury, and in the process set a team record of 548 consecutive games played. The captain for the Wings from 1962 until his retirement in 1973 finished in the top 10 in NHL scoring 11 times, scored 20 or more goals in a season 13 times, appeared in 13 All-Star games, became the third player to amass 1,000 points, and won three Lady Byng trophies (’59, ’66, ’69) “for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with high playing ability.” Throughout his career he was penalized 383 minutes and engaged in only a handful of fights. When he retired, Delvecchio was second in NHL history to Howe in games played, assists, and points. In 1974, he was awarded the prestigious Lester Patrick Award for his contributions to U.S. hockey, and three years later was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. His No. 10 jersey was retired by the Wings in 1991, and in 2008, the club unveiled a statue of him that now is in the concourse of Little Caesars Arena.Winnipeg Jets for NHL Face Masks

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Shots favored the Flyers 17-11 entering the third period but the Capitals didn’t allow a high-danger chance against in the final 40 minutes of play, per Natural Stat Trick.Tennessee Titans for NHL Face Masks

That brief stretch late in the first period where the Penguins received goals from John Marino, Kasperi Kapanen, and Sidney Crosby in just one minute of clock time would be all the offense they would need to chase Rangers starter Alexandar Georgiev from the game and pick up a huge 5-1 win in the East Division playoff race.Detroit Red Wings for NHL Face Masks

Edwin Cardona of Boca Juniors looks at the ball during a match between Boca Juniors and Gimnasia Y Esgrima La Plata as part of Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on Feb. 14, 2021, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

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The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat kneel during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game at American Airlines Arena on January 6, 2021, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Sabres forward Sam Reinhart netted a pair of goals in the first period. That gives him 11 goals and 19 points in 22 contests.
Bob is back on track, boasting a 4-1-1 record and .926 SV% since mid-February. Now Sergei Bobrovsky is scheduled to make his fourth start in five games, opposing the Blue Jackets Thursday. This is mainly to suggest fantasy managers attached to backup Chris Driedger may modify their expectations, or entertain other options. Perhaps give Raanta a look?

The teams don’t have long to rest. They had to travel back to Grodno for Game 6 Friday night with Grodno holding a 3-2 series lead.Columbus Blue Jackets for NHL Face Masks

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Coach Ralph Krueger on Saturday was unable to provide a fixed timetable except to say Eichel is “out for the foreseeable future.”Dallas Stars for NHL Face Masks

The transition to living in a new country has gone well for Kaprizov, even through the team’s extended COVID break last month. The mix of games and practices has helped him acclimate and develop chemistry with his teammates. The communication skills are also coming along nicely and there are fewer confusing situations.

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To address those concerns, Martin said a credit union in Austin installed "cash-to-card kiosks" this past year at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium that allow fans to exchange cash for physical cards that can be used for food or merchandise.Winnipeg Jets for NHL Face Masks

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He's still not showing up as much as he should on the score sheet (you can thank a sub-5 shooting percentage for that), but Anthony Duclair actually ranks top five in the league in expected goals for percentage. The goals (he's stuck at two) should come.
Per TrueHoop’s Tom Haberstroh (via Bleacher Report), several rival executives believe Tucker will land on the Sixers soon, either as part of a trade for a second-round draft pick or after being bought out by the Rockets.Phoenix Suns Face Coverings

"Throughout the time, I was just quarantined in my apartment," Arcidiacono said. "Two-bedroom, two-bath, a living room and a kitchen. So I couldn't really do too much. I had a little yoga mat, couple bands, kind of like prison workout stuff, foam roller here and there. Couldn't really get any cardio in, but I just tried to keep my mind as sharp as I could."

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Cooper: When I did force him to take a bad shot, he'd just smile and shoot me that eye of the tiger.

"He's turned into an All-NBA player, he's been a terrific leader," Thibodeau said of Randle recently.Detroit Pistons Face Coverings

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Bold prediction: Jarrett Allen will be the last man standing in the Cavs' crowded center rotation. With Andre Drummond already pulled from action while Cleveland canvasses the league for a deal, JaVale McGee will also find a new team. The pair's departures will free up minutes for Allen and potentially stock general manager Koby Altman's cupboards will some more draft assets.

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"Now this is a little bit of a joke, OK (laughter) -- it's almost punishment to have to go into a game when you're down like that (laughter)," former Warriors general manager Larry Riley said Friday on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show.Memphis Grizzlies Face Coverings

Even without Durant, Golden State's prolific backcourt should return to form when Thompson comes back. The Splash Brother has missed the last two seasons with two separate injuries. Charlotte Hornets Face Coverings
SGA drew the roster spot by a thin margin over Andrew Wiggins, but you can talk me out of it. Either way, that’s a pair of scorers that will be tough to deal with, but Olynyk will struggle defending the stronger bigs in the field.

"We didn't have energy yesterday in practice either," Van Gundy said. "It was one of the worst practices I've been a part of in my career. I don't know. Sometimes the days off makes you lazy. It obviously helped them and did not help us. It was a bad, bad performance. We will see if we can play a lot better tomorrow night."

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Stop us if you've heard this before, but Draymond Green has a gripe with NBA officiating. 

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The Celtics are an interesting team at the deadline for the reasons Weiss mentioned. The team is able to acquire a whole host of players with above-average salaries without having to send outgoing salary as well.Washington Wizards Face Coverings

USA Basketball is a step closer to choosing the team that will play in this summer's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, releasing the names Thursday of 57 players who are part of the pool to fill the squad.Memphis Grizzlies Face Coverings

Sometimes a little gruff when he didn’t agree with a referees’ call, Tait also had several signature sayings like “Wham with the right hand!” following a dunk.Los Angeles Lakers Face Coverings

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We hope you're caught up on those shows you've been meaning to binge. Because starting Thursday, Boston Celtics basketball is back.Charlotte Hornets Face Coverings
One idea was to simply run the 2021 NHL Draft and then the 2022 NHL Draft one after the other, more or less when the 2022 NHL Draft would’ve normally happened on its own.Toronto Maple Leafs for NHL Face Masks

Starting in his own zone, Barzal churned his skates to chase a loose puck. Catching up to it, he tipped it with his stick to prevent a retrieval from Rasmus Ristolainen, then made a move that sent the Sabres defenseman tumbling.

No matter how hard we try, future projections are always based on the past, and there's no crystal ball. We can have a reasonable expectation of what happens next, but there's just no way of knowing for sure. This week will mark exactly two months into the NHL season and five weeks — 37 days, actually — until the trade deadline, and trade talk is heating up.Winnipeg Jets for NHL Face Masks

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"There are some clubs who think it's important the teams that are struggling the most get the most help," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Other teams, a number, think there's nothing wrong with the present system at all.Buffalo Sabres for NHL Face Masks

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Carey Price stopped 23 shots for his eighth win in 16 starts, while Thatcher Demko permitted five goals on 45 shots in the defeat.

25. Vancouver Canucks. They stunned Toronto in back-to-back games this week, but it is probably not enough to make a difference. They are still four points out of a playoff spot and have played five more games than the team they are chasing. That is going to be nearly impossible to make up.

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Pittsburgh Penguins defense (2.54 goals against per game at home, 3.54 goals against per game on the road): These splits bear out big time with Tristan Jarry, who is 8-2-0 at home with a .925 save percentage, but 3-5-1 with an .864 save percentage on the road. So, for a week like next week, Jarry is a fantastic start. The Pens have five games, but the two tough ones against the Boston Bruins are at home, and one of the three remaining games against the New Jersey Devils is also in Pittsburgh.Tennessee Titans for NHL Face Masks
"I have a walk. ...  I dropped my bat directly on the plate, did my little trot out there. You’ve got to have fun with it. I’m not out there trying to impress anybody. I’m just trying to enjoy my life and have fun playing this game."Los Angeles Dodgers Face Masks

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic will be sidelined due to a strained adductor muscle in his left knee.New York Yankees Face Masks

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Cain watched baseball on TV, which he rarely does, and spent an extended amount of time around his three sons, ages 6, 5 and 3. He also reintroduced himself to the Bible, which quelled some of his anger and helped channel his focus in a positive direction. The death of Bryant, a fellow athlete and father, at the beginning of the year had been a stark reminder to Cain of his own mortality. Floyd's death, and the events that followed it over the summer, reopened wounds around being Black in America. Cain became intent about "voicing my opinion a little bit more because at the end of the day, as athletes, we have a platform, and people will listen."

With all of that in mind, here's how some of the best prospects could be handled:

Verdugo isn't the only player with a Dodgers pedigree being counted on to make an impact this year. Over his six years in L.A., Hernandez became a fan favorite for (a) his ability to play all over the field and (b) his propensity for delivering in the clutch, such as his three-homer NLCS to deny the Cubs a chance to repeat in 2017.St. Louis Cardinals Face Masks

But his chase rate -- the percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone -- jumped last year to 33.3 percent (the MLB average was 30.6 percent). In 2019, when Voit was beginning to get a rep for controlling the strike zone, something the Yankees adore, his chase rate was just 26.6 percent, according to FanGraphs, five points better than league average that season.

He reveled in it Sunday, explaining that while most pitchers enjoy hydrating drinks after outings, he sips on Dr. Pepper, which he promptly displayed as good as any TV pitchman. He reveled in it earlier this week, too, the White Sox tweeting out pictures of Hendriks from photo day, in which their new $54 million closer was sporting a batting helmet, wearing Eloy Jiménez's batting gloves and posing with a bat.Cincinnati Reds Face Masks

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The Celtics certainly could stick with the three-man rotation of Williams, Daniel Theis, and Tristan Thompson, but that also would likely mean one of those players would see his time throttled down in a given game.

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday, citing league sources, the Warriors are interested in acquiring Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo. The 28-year-old has been up-and-down this year, his second season following a major knee injury. While he's averaging 20 points per game between his time this season with the Rockets and Indiana Pacers, he is only shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from 3-point range. Phoenix Suns Face Coverings

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"Also, at the same time, I appreciate his professionalism. If you had a chance to see him, as captain and general manager of his team, proceed with the draft, he did it in good humor. He took it very seriously. My sense is he's going to be here, as he always is, as a top-notch professional and engaged in the game.Portland Trail Blazers Face Coverings

Silver also said that he expects the Olympics will go forward and a number of NBA players will represent their countries in the Tokyo games.

Paul Reed was the No. 58 pick in the 2020 draft and exceeded expectations during the G League bubble season. The 6-foot-9 power forward is one of the most efficient players on the court, averaging 22.3 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Delaware Blue Coats. Reed has excellent touch around the rim and has shown a ton of creativity in his shot selection. He excels off the dribble attacking the basket and can end up being a huge asset to a deep Philadelphia 76ers team.Sacramento Kings Face Coverings

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Johnson only played 13 games at Duke before electing to leave the team early to focus on the NBA draft process. His minutes were cut after ACC Player of the Year candidate Matthew Hurt started playing exceptionally well halfway through the season. The 6-foot-9 freshman also suffered a foot injury that caused him to miss five weeks. Johnson’s decision to leave the team came with mixed reactions from fans and NBA personnel.