New York Giants will keep Dalvin Tomlinson “if they can” says report

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

Free agency is the biggest story for the New York Giants right now, and specifically, the team’s salary cap situation. The Giants are over the cap and need to save more money going into next season, and it looks like some veteran players are going to have to go. One player the Giants will want to bring back but might not be able to afford is Dalvin Tomlinson.

Tomlinson has been a consistent impact player on the defensive line since getting drafted in the second round and has started in every game since the 2017 season as one of their most consistent performers. Last season, he put together a performance with 49 combined tackles and 10 quarterback hits. But, the Giants will have to prioritize him in their salary cap plans or watch him go elsewhere.

Which way are the Giants leaning?

New York Giants “love” Dalvin Tomlinson

According to Pat Leonard’s recent report, the team has a high view of him and will keep him if they find a way to do so.

The Giants love DT Dalvin Tomlinson. They will keep him if they can. But there is a good chance Jerry Reese’s 2016 second-round pick gets paid elsewhere… Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge have a very high opinion of Tomlinson. He and Lawrence each played 60% of the defensive snaps in 2020 (Williams’ 74% led the Giants’ D-linemen). The facts simply say it might not work out.

It looks like the big choice will be between Tomlinson and Leonard Williams but the Giants could save cap money depending on what happens with the offensive line. It looks like the Giants might be cutting two of their highest paid players, Kevin Zeitler and Nate Solder, if they fail to take a pay cut to stay with the team.

And if they do so, they may just have the money to avoid losing Tomlinson to the open market. For now, however, the future is cloudy for one of the Giants’ most consistent defenders.

New York Rangers doomed by poor stretch of 61 seconds in loss to Penguins

New York Rangers

The game started well for the New York Rangers. After scoring an early first-period goal, the Pittsburgh Penguins scored three times in a matter of 61 seconds late in the first en route to a 5-1 victory.

Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring for the Rangers with a goal at the 1:18 mark of the first period. Pavel Buchnevich had the primary assist, which was his 100th career NHL assist. After a slow start to the season, Zibanejad has tallied a point in three of the last four games (one goal, two assists). He has now registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last eight games.

Zibanejad was not really in a celebrating mood after the game saying in his Zoom conference: “It didn’t really matter this game, so we’ll just move on.”

Penguins quick three goals doom the New York Rangers

That was because the Penguins scored those three goals at the end of the first period. John Marino tied it 1-1 at 16:13, two seconds after a Penguins power play expired. Kaspari Kapanen then scored on a breakaway to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 16:52. Sidney Crosby made it 3-1 at 17:14. After taking a pass from Brian Dumoulin, Crosby split the Rangers defense before scoring.

After the three-goal outburst, Alexandar Georgiev was pulled in favor of Keith Kinkaid, who had 16 saves in relief. He gave up two late third-period goals on odd-man rushes but was solid throughout his time in net.

Head coach David Quinn did not commit on which goaltender he would start on Tuesday night.

The Rangers played well in the second period and for most of the third period after the disastrous minute in the third period.

Jacob Trouba said after the game in his Zoom conference that the Rangers tried to regroup after the first period but added “Give the Penguins some credit too, they got the lead and they played a pretty tight game defensively.”

The Rangers and Penguins will tangle again on Tuesday night, part of NBCSN’s Hockey Happy Hour. The puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m.

 

New York Mets Play Ugly Defense in 4-4 Tie Against Miami Marlins

The New York Mets lived up to the reputation of being a team lacking “defensive geniuses” on Sunday. Four errors, including three from Jeff McNeil, led to an ugly 4-4 tie against the Miami Marlins. The Marlins also had an ugly game at the plate as they went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

If last season was not enough, McNeil proved he cannot play third base on an everyday basis. He is more than capable of playing at second base, but there is very little hope for him at the hot corner. Kevin Pillar made the fourth Mets error, dropping a routine fly ball hit directly at him. Jose Martinez also left the game with a knee injury in the fourth inning.

Marcus Stroman took the mound as the first Mets starter to make his second spring outing. Stroman was not as sharp but still pitched well overall. He allowed two runs over three innings on 52 pitches. Stroman’s velocity was a positive as he was sitting in the 92-93 range, and his split-changeup continued to produce swings and misses.

Offensively, the Mets scattered eight hits to produce their four runs. A three-run home run from Jonathan Villar was the biggest hit of the day and Villar’s first homer of the spring. Pillar recorded the only other extra-base with his line drive double off the left field fence.

The Mets are off TV again on Monday when they head to West Palm Beach to play the Washington Nationals. Jordan Yamamoto (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his first start of the spring against Joe Ross. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET from The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

 

NASCAR: Kyle Larson wins at Las Vegas in fourth race back

It took only four Cup Series races for Kyle Larson to pilot Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 Chevrolet back into victory lane.

Hendrick Motorsports ruled the NASCAR Cup Series for the second consecutive weekend, as Kyle Larson put an exclamation point on his return to the circuit with a win in the Pennzoil 400 presented by JiffyLube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Larson, driver of HMS’ No. 5 Chevrolet, earned his seventh career Cup victory and his first since he missed a majority of the 2020 campaign due to a suspension and firing from the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Larson led all but 12 of the final 61 laps en route to victory, besting the No. 2 Team Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski by over three seconds. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin came home behind them, while Keselowski’s teammate Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

Larson has gotten off to a strong start with HMS since he was chosen to represent the resurrection of the No. 5 branding. Through four races, Larson is one of four drivers to earn top ten finishes in three of the first four races. The hot start has been earned alongside crew chief Cliff Daniels, who celebrated his first win as a NASCAR pit boss. Daniels previously served as the crew chief for seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson’s bittersweet final season in the No. 48 (now driven by Alex Bowman) last year.

HMS as a whole has been clicking on all cylinders in recent NASCAR history. Chase Elliott took home last season’s Cup Series title by winning the final two races in November, while William Byron dominated the final stanzas of last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Larson’s win marked the 265th trophy the team ledgers, putting them two behind Petty Enterprises for the most in Cup Series history. Elliott’s triumph last fall was the 13th championship in team history, one of which was earned through Terry Labonte’s 1996 endeavors in the No. 5 Larson pilots today.

Hendrick’s Chevrolets dominated the early portions of Sunday’s race in Sin City. Byron, Elliott, and Larson united to lead the first 30 laps, their transitions among the first of 27 lead changes (second-most in Las Vegas history). Keselowski and his Penske group threatened to spoil the celebration, passing Larson on the penultimate lap of the first 80-lap stage to capture the early victory. Larson and Keselowski would mostly battle for the lead from there one out, with the former capturing the other 80-lap stage. During the last 107-circuit segment, Keselowski shaved seconds off his deficit when Larson lost speed through a botched pit road entry.

But a strong stop from Daniels’ No. 5 crew allowed Larson to leave in front of Keselowski’s No. 2. He would re-establish his lead from there on out, capturing the win by over three seconds. Larson is the fourth different winner over the first four races this season, joining Byron, Michael McDowell, and Christopher Bell. HMS earned consecutive wins through different drivers for the first time since 2015, when Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Adding to the sense of HMS lore on Sunday was the fact that Larson won in a car emulating the NASCAR Busch Series paint scheme of Hendrick’s late son Ricky, who held a variety of roles with the team. Ricky tragically perished, along with nine others, in 2004 in a plane crash en route to Martinsville Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action next Sunday to the site of November’s season finale, Phoenix Raceway, for the Instacart 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox).

Race Notes

  • Larson is the quickest driver to earn a win in a Hendrick Motorsports car, doing so in his fourth start. The record was previously held by Labonte, who won in his seventh start in the No. 5 (North Wilkesboro, 1994).

 

  • McDowell (17th) and Kevin Harvick (20th) each saw their personal streak of top-ten finishes end.

 

  • In other HMS endeavors, Elliott overcame damage in the jack area and a spin to finish 13th. Byron earned a top-ten finish (8th), but late issues for Bowman relegated him to 27th.

 

  • Corey LaJoie (rear end) and Aric Almirola (accident) each failed to finish

 

  • Erik Jones (10th) earned his first top ten of the season, as well as his first with Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Chevrolet

 

  • Larson’s win was the first for Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas since the last Jimmie Johnson’s four victories at the track in 2010. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon also won the 2001 event.

 

  • Joey Logano, winner of the last two early Vegas events in Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford, finished 9th.

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Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

MUST WATCH: Yankees’ Brett Gardner smashes Grand Slam in win over Philadelphia

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

After being blown out by the Philadelphia Phillies two days ago 0-15, the New York Yankees returned with a vengeance. Featuring a majority of their starters, the Yankees overcame Philadelphia 4-0, with all of their runs coming from a Brett Gardner grand slam.

In the second inning, he squeaked a line drive to right field over the fence, driving in Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, and Miguel Andujar.

Gardner recently signed a two-year deal with the Yankees that include a club option for the 2022 season. With his job protected, for the most part, Gardy can continue with his normal protocols. Considering left-fielder Clint Frazier has successfully taken over the starting job, Gardner will be a supplemental piece, filling in for injured players or inconsistencies.

However, his grand slam on Sunday afternoon was exciting, proving he still has some juice left in the tank.

 

New York Yankee Recap: Brett Gardner Grand Slams the Yankees to a shutout

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

The New York Yankees were home again today, and they played the Philadelphia Phillies. Jordan Mongomery was on the mound for the Yankees, and the Yankees had their All-Star lineup starting. It was 70 degrees under sunny skies with a brisk northeast breeze. The Yankees were in their pinstripes for the game as they will do for all Sunday home games.

Montgomery won his first game of the spring. He started by grounding out Andrew McCutchen, the former Yankee. He struck out another former Yankee in Didi Gregorius. Next up was Bryce Harper, who also grounded out for a perfect first for Monty.  Zack Wheeler struck out DJ, Aaron Judge is off to a slow start. He ground out in his first at-bat. Aaron Hicks walked, and Giancarlo Stanton up next; he ripped one to far left for a double and moving Hicks to third. Stanton smoked that one. Luke Voit struck out, ending the scoreless inning.

Segura faced Monty to start the second inning. He had a line drive that LeMahieu snagged in a really cute play. Knapp got a long fly ball that Judge at the warning track caught. Miller flies out for another one-two-three inning for Montgomery. Monty has really looked good early in this spring training. Gleyber Torres led off against Wheeler in the bottom of the frame; he walked. Gary Sanchez, who has had 2 homers and a lot of strikeouts, was up next. He got a base hit, moving Torres to second. Miguel Andujar singled, loading the bases with no outs. Brett Gardner had his first Grand Slam of the season for the Yankee four-run lead. LeMahieu then flew out for the first out of the inning. The inning ended with two outs and a roll-over. Yankees 4 Phillies 0.

Montgomery out for the third. Joyce singled, Quinn singled, ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes had a line drive to Torres for the first out. Andujar made a great play to cut off the runner at second, two outs. Didi Gregorius struck out for the third out of the half. Aaron Hicks led off the bottom of the frame, striking out. With Stanton coming up, there was a pitching change. JD Hammer faced Stanton, and he struck out. Voit flew out for the end of the inning.

Jonathan Loaisiga for the New York Yankees, got his chance to pitch in the fourth, grounding out Bryce Harper. Segura struck out. Knapp chopped out a single, and Miller flew out to Hicks for a scoreless inning for Loaisiga. Torres was up in the bottom of the fourth; he grounded out to Didi. Gary Sanchez, in his second at-bat, struck out. Andujar reached on an error by Didi. Brett Gardner, who Grand Slammed in the second hammered one into the left-field seats just inside the foul pole and then walked. Andujar stole third. DJ lined to the pitcher to end the inning, leaving two men on.

Loaisiga was out for a second inning. Joyce singled off him leading off. Quinn failed to advance him. Torreyes hit into a double play ending the half. Judge led off the bottom of the fifth grounding out. Hicks ground out to second. Stanton doubled in the first, laced one to the center-field wall for another double. Beltre in for Stanton. Luke Voit walked. Gittens in for Voit. Torres; wild pitch, runners advance. Torres grounds out, leaving two on. Yankees 4 Phillies 0.

Luetge pitched the sixth. McCutchen struck out. Gregorius also struck out. Harper gave Luetge a one-two-three inning. Leading off the bottom was Gary Sanchez against another former Yankee Mitchell. Sanchez walked. Andujar moved Sanchez to second. Jay Bruce flew out, Durran made the second out. Brito made the final out of a quick sixth.

Nick Goody came out for the seventh. Garcia walked. Bettencourt flew out, Williams also flew out. Joyce made the final out. In the bottom, LeMarre flew out to right. Amburgey struck out, Gittens grounded out for the final out of the seventh. Yankees 4 Phillies 0.

Barraclough on the mound for the Yankees, Moniak singled, Chatham hit into a double play. Rojas was hit by a pitch. Stott struck out, on to the bottom of the eighth. Hoy Park up for the Yankees struck out, Robinson Chirinos stuck out for the second out of the half. Andrew Velazquez walked. Jay Bruce flew out to far left.

With last licks coming for the Phillies, the Yankee’s Brooks Kriske took to the mound. He walked Duran. Garcia also walked. Bettencourt struck out. Williams stuck out. With two outs and the game on the line, Matt Vierling flew out. The New York Yankees won the game 4-0 on Brett Gardner’s Grand Slam.

 

 

New York Yankees: Three power-hitters in contention for roster spots after week one of Spring Training

New York Yankees, Derek Dietrich

A week of Spring Training games is already in the books, and we’ve seen lots of positives so far for the New York Yankees. Gary Sanchez has gotten off to a strong start, Aaron Judge is hitting the ball well, and DJ LeMahieu can’t get out. Another positive we’ve seen is some depth guys performing well to start Spring Training. Here are three power hitters who are in contention for roster spots after week one.

Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce has made a big splash so far in Spring Training. He’s gotten hits in four of his six at-bats and he slugged a home run in yesterday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bruce is a lefty, something the Yankees don’t have many of, so he could be in contention for a bench spot on the Yankees’ roster. His defense is subpar, but his offensive potential makes up for it.

Derek Dietrich

Derek Dietrich has made seven plate appearance this spring and has taken advantage of it. He’s 1-of-5 with a two-run home run, a walk, and an HBP. Similar to Bruce, Dietrich lacks a solid defensive game and isn’t the fastest, but his lefty power could make a serious impact off the bench. To make the roster, Dietrich will have to beat out the defensively orientated Tyler Wade.

Mike Tauchman

Mike Tauchman has gotten off to a decent start this spring. He’s 2-for-10 so far with a home run and a stolen base. Tauchman is a lot more well-rounded than Bruce and Dietrich, but his offense is probably the worse of the three. Being that Tauchman is also a lefty, it could be him against Bruce for the final outfield spot. Regardless, Tauchman’s name is for sure in the mix this season.

New York Yankees: Schmidt injury update, Taillon shows off, Yankees to face the Phillies, and more

New York Yankees, Zack Britton

At the start of New York Yankee‘s spring training prospect, Clarke Schmidt had a common extensor strain. Schmidt is just one of several young pitchers contending for the fifth spot in the Yankees pitching rotation. When you have extensor tendonitis in your hands, it’s usually due to excessive use of the tendons in a short amount of time or sports or other activities that use the wrists. Schmidt is coming along but is not yet ready to start throwing. Saturday, when Boone was asked about it, he had this to say:

“Actually saw him before I walked out,” Boone said before a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at LECOM Park. “He’s doing well. He’s in Day 15 or Day 16 of no throw. He’s made steady progress as we’ve checked in with him. It’s kind of been better each and every day. But he’s still at least another week before he starts throwing. At least three weeks but then completely asymptomatic, range of motion, strength, all of those things are coming back the way it should, but he’s still probably a week from throwing.”

Jameson Taillon isn’t perfect, but jam, no problem

In yesterday’s loss to the Pirates, Jameson Taillon showed his old team what they already knew; he can get out of a jam. Taillon came over to the New York Yankees in a trade with his old Pittsburgh team. He was the starter for the Yankees yesterday, and he showed off his stuff.

Taillon first faced Dustin Fowler, who he struck out on four pitches. Bryan Reynolds also stuck out. Colin Moran lined out sharply to left fielder Dietrich. Taillon continued his excellent play from March 1, when he struck out the side in his Yankee debut.

Out for the second Taillion ex-Yankee Todd Frazier, who managed a single. Gregory Polanco also singled. For the first time, this season Taillon had two runners on base. Erik Gonzalez popped out. Anthony Alford struck out, and Michael Perez walked, loading the bases. Kevin Kramer closed out the inning for Taillon by striking out. Taillon worked out of trouble and has not allowed a run in spring training.

Zack Britton be COVID cautious

Zack Britton an essential part of late-inning relief for the New York Yankees. He may find himself taking on an even bigger part this season, closing more games as manager Aaron Boone mixes and matches. Britton managed to escape the coronavirus during last season. Many fans don’t know that he contracted a pretty bad case of the disease in mid-January. He said it hit him pretty hard.

“Physically, I’m all good now but trying to be smart,’’ Britton said.

Because of his earlier infection, he takes all the precautions as he builds back up his strength. The left-hander has participated in drills with teammates but hasn’t thrown off a mound since last Saturday. The Yankees will be slow with him, but Aaron Boone says he will be ready for opening day on April 1. Boone will watch the innings pitched by Britton and all the pitchers as they prepare for a 162 game season after having just 60 games last season.

Yankees face the Phillies today at 1 pm

After a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, the New York Yankees are back at home today at George M. Steinbrenner Field in St. Pete. The Yankees have a 1 pm game facing the Philadelphia Phillies. The game will be televised on the YES Network. It should be a pretty nice day for a baseball game. The temperature throughout the game should be hovering around 70 under sunny skies, but there will be a relatively stiff breeze from the northeast to contend with.

Jordan Montgomery who won his first game of spring training will be starting for the Yankees. Zack Wheeler will be on the mound for the Phillies. There is some info that Cole is starting, but with spring training we will have to wait and see.

 

Yankees News: One lowkey outfielder pushing for spot on active roster

New York Yankees, Jay Bruce

The New York Yankees have a position battle developing in the outfield, and despite bringing back veteran Brett Gardner for the 2021 season and a club option for 2022, he will have to earn his spot on the roster. Considering the number of injuries the team has dealt with in the OF, coming from Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks, having quality depth is a necessity.

The Yankees brought in Derek Dietrich, Jay Bruce, and Socrates Brito. So far, Dietrich and Bruce are battling it out for an active roster spot, with both of them being neck and neck up to this point.

In the Yankees’ recent loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bruce launched a home run in the first inning, showing off his power. Bruce picked up a left quad injury last season in September, which dampened his production and efficiency, but he’s finally back to full strength.

“I know that I’m good enough to be on the roster,” Bruce said at LECOM Park, where the Yankees fell to the Pirates, 3-2 in seven innings. “There’s no question, personally, about that, in my opinion. It goes back to health. Also, a lot of times, it depends on how they want to shape the roster. It depends on what they need from a defensive standpoint and just a player standpoint. So I’m not really concerning myself with a lot of that. If I’m healthy, I’m a good option.”

Last season, Bruce appeared and 32 games, logging a .198 average with six homers and 14 RBIs. The year prior, he had 26 HRs, which is exactly why the Yankees feel he could be a solid addition as a depth piece. At 33 years old, he’s not the most proficient defender, but he can do the bare minimum at an average level.

“A couple more good at-bats,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He continues to look really good here early in camp. I think it’s a product of him being healthy and feeling good, being the hitter he’s been most of his career.”

The Yankees love their sluggers, and Bruce fits that mold perfectly. Just in case Judge or Stanton is forced to miss any time, he can fill their roles easily and provide run support in that category.

Dietrich is also capable of hitting double-digit HRs, but simply not as many as Bruce — he does have a bit more patience at the plate and offers better defense.

Knicks unsure if they have their future starting point guard on the roster

New York Knicks, Immanuel Quickley

The New York Knicks have found it incredibly difficult to solidify the point guard position, and while they haven’t allocated an exorbitant amount of capital toward fixing it, they do have a few serviceable players on the roster. When they originally drafted Immanuel Quickley out of Kentucky with the 25th overall pick, they viewed him as more of a shooting guard with PG potential. His former coaches had nothing but great things to say about his work ethic and potential, and Quickley has surpassed any expectations set forth in his rookie season.

The question is, is he the future at the position, or do the Knicks have to target a potential star PG this upcoming off-season or prior to the March 25 trade deadline?

Per Marc Berman of the NY Post, the Knicks might not have their point guard just yet:

According to a source who has been in contact with Knicks brass, the franchise still is unsure if the team has a surefire starting point guard.

Do the New York Knicks have their future PG?

1.) Immanuel Quickley

Quickly has been a revelation for New York this season, averaging 12.2 points per game on just 18.8 minutes played. He has been a stellar shooting guard but has been asked to play the PG position as he continues to develop in that role. His primary issue is his assist numbers (2.4 per), and his vision on the court has lacked at times. He has the capabilities to run the offense and attack the rim aggressively, but he misses passes and often times tries to do too much himself.

With that being said, Quickley has incredible potential and could easily be the future at PG for the Knicks. I believe with more reps and live-action, the game will begin to slow down, and his court vision will improve. He’s still progressing through the developmental stages of entering the NBA as a late first-round pick, but he has far exceeded expectations, and I believe he has the qualities to be their future star at the position.

2.) Derrick Rose

When management traded for Derrick Rose, nobody knew what role he would take moving forward. Rose has not only been a force as a starter, collecting 12.5 points per game and utilizing his unique passing abilities to open up the floor, but he’s also been a mentor for Quickley.

Rose is in the final year of his contract, and the Knicks could look to extend him, but I don’t see him as a future starter at PG, but rather a solid depth piece they can rotate in and out to provide a spark.

3.) Elfird Payton

The Knicks signed Elfrid Payton to a one-year, $5 million deal this past off-season, and while he provides great size and defensive prowess, he’s not a flashy player that can score at will and create openly. He’s averaging just 3.7 assists this season, a career-low for him. He is averaging 12.7 points, the highest it’s been in three years, though.

I believe Payton was more of a stopgap until they found their future starter at point guard, and I fully expect them to either trade him within the coming days or let him walk after the 2021 season concludes.