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Postgame Report: Magic at Blazers

Postgame Report: Magic at Blazers

NBA, Orlando Magic
At their best a couple of times earlier in the season when things looked bleak, a fatigued Orlando Magic squad went into Wednesday's final game of their four-game road trip counting on their resilience to carry them through. For most of the first half, Orlando once again looked like a strong-minded team ready to put adversity in its rear-view mirror and rack up another impressive road victory. Then, as so often is the case with teams tired out by the weariness from being on the road for an extended stretch, the Magic saw the bottom fall out on their promising start to the night. Once up as much as 14 points in the early going, Orlando came completely unglued in a six-minute stretch of the second quarter. Story Continues
Nats’ Scherzer, Indians’ Kluber win Cy Young Awards

Nats’ Scherzer, Indians’ Kluber win Cy Young Awards

MLB, Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer won his second consecutive Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher on Wednesday while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians took home American League honors. Scherzer earned 27 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to finish ahead of Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, 201-126. For Scherzer, who led the NL with 268 strikeouts and ranked second in ERA (2.51) and fourth in wins (16), it marked the third Cy Young Award of his career having also won it in 2003 while playing for the AL's Detroit Tigers. Scherzer said he was on “cloud nine” after becoming only the 10th pitcher..... Story Continues
Goold: Will Marlins’ pain be Cardinals’ gain?

Goold: Will Marlins’ pain be Cardinals’ gain?

Miami Marlins, MLB
The longtime king of New York, Derek Jeter, begins his reign over the conundrum in Miami with a decision so dramatic that it could, within the first few months of his ownership, shape the perception and performance of the Marlins for years. At least, that's the idea. With the Marlins conspicuously exploring trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton and other players, Jeter spoke to reporters Wednesday at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and did his best to acknowledge the club's need to cut payroll without openly advertising a sale on players. It was implied. The future Hall of Famer, who never had a losing season and spent all of his career with one team, will at some point..... Story Continues
Mariners land new first baseman in deal with Athletics

Mariners land new first baseman in deal with Athletics

MLB, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners have acquired designated hitter Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and infield prospect Alexander Campos, the teams announced Wednesday: Healy, 26 years old in January, might remind some Seattle fans of Mark Trumbo. He's a strong lad, one who has homered 38 times in 221 major-league games, while posting a .282/.313/.475 (111 OPS+) slash line. Alas, Healy's indifference toward walking (3.8 percent career) and defense (he's considered a subpar glove) caused the A's to view him as expandable. The M's, on the other hand, view him as a fix for their first-base void. Healy is under team control through the 2022 season and will..... Story Continues
Jose Martinez hits his way into the mix with Cards

Jose Martinez hits his way into the mix with Cards

MLB, St. Louis Cardinals
While Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. awaits updates from top executives John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch on how they feel to best improve his club, he has an open mind on some of his current players. One is Jose Martinez, who became the Cardinals’ cleanup hitter and regular first baseman down the stretch. And the team prospered as he prospered. Asked whether he thought Martinez could be a regular in 2018, DeWitt said Wednesday, “I certainly wouldn’t count him out, the way he can hit. He’s come into his own. When he was hurt, it really hurt us.” Martinez, a 29-year-old rookie who hit .353 in September-October with four homers and 18 runs batted in, finished at .309 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs in just 272 at-bats. But he suffered a sprained left thumb in a game at Pittsburgh on Se
For Orioles and rest of MLB, slow start to free agency in November is nothing new

For Orioles and rest of MLB, slow start to free agency in November is nothing new

Baltimore Orioles, MLB
As the baseball world left Orlando, Fla., after the major league general managers meetings this week, the proverbial hot stove was only just beginning to heat up. As is his wont, Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto made the offseason's first trade Wednesday (acquiring Oakland Athletics first baseman Ryon Healy for prospects), but otherwise, things around the game are quiet. Where the Orioles are concerned, this is normal. Over the past five seasons, the club has gotten major league value from only a few of its November free agents, most recently first baseman David Washington. Washington ended up getting six at-bats in May while Chris Davis was out with an oblique injury. In 2015, the Orioles made..... Story Continues