NBA Rumors: Celtics Not Extending Qualifying Offer To Brad Wanamaker

The Celtics have already started making moves ahead of NBA free agency, but have decided not to bring at least one free agent back — at least for the time being.
Boston reportedly is declining to extend a qualifying offer to Brad Wanamaker, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This makes the guard an unrestricted free agent.
However, the Celtics could potentially revisit Wanamaker in free agency should they so choose.

Boston is declining to extend a qualifying offer to guard Brad Wanamaker, who becomes an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN. Celtics could still revisit Wanamaker in free agency.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019

NBA free agency begins on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

Red Sox Notes: Boston’s Pitching Woes Continue In 17-Run Loss In London

If losing Game 1 of their two-game set in London against the New York Yankees wasn’t enough, the Boston Red Sox’s pitching concerns continued Saturday afternoon.
Rick Porcello lasted just 1/3 innings in Saturday’s contest, giving up six earned runs off five hits in the process. Steven Wright was handed the loss after allowing the Yankees to take the lead for good in the second inning.
Boston utilized eight pitchers in total in Game 1 of the two-game set. Only two of them (Ryan Braiser and Hector Velazquez) threw hitless innings for the Sox. Colten Brewer also gave up no hits in 2/3 innings of work.
Manager Alex Cora acknowledged the pitching staff’s continued issues after Boston’s 17-run loss.
“It just seems like we were in bad counts,” he said, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage. “(The Yankees) did a good job playing off breaking balls and staying in the zone. They’re a great offensive team, we know that. But we weren’t as aggressive in the strike zone, (we) tried to get them out and we pay the price.”
The Sox have a chance to split the series with the Yankees on Sunday morning with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for his 17th start of the season.
Here are some more notes from Saturday’s Yankees-Red Sox game:
— It isn’t often both starters are pulled from the game in less than one inning, but that’s just what happened in Saturday’s game. Rick Porcello lasted just 1/3 innings, while Masahiro Tanaka lasted just 2/3 innings.

The last time both starters in a game lasted less than an inning was CIN/SDP 9/21/1989
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) June 29, 2019

— Mike Shawaryn became the fourth reliever in Red Sox history to allow eight or more earned runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched and is the first to do so in the last 61 years.

Mike Shawayrn is only the 4th Red Sox reliever in team history to allow..
ER ≥ 8 IP ≤ 1.1
and the first in 61 years
— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) June 29, 2019

Cora said the team needed someone to get at least three, if not six, outs when Shawaryn entered the game, which is why he was left in so long.
“It’s a tough one,” he said. “Obviously, we had to go through guys that we really didn’t want to use in certain situations, but its’ just the nature of the game.”
— Saturday’s game clocked in at 4 hours and 42 minutes, the third longest nine-inning game in MLB history. (Believe it or not, the three longest games all involved Red Sox-Yankees meetings.)

Boston Red Sox game today (4:42) was the 3rd longest 9 inning game in MLB history
All 3 involve the Red Sox and Yankees
— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) June 29, 2019

— This is the sixth time in two decades the Yankees and the Red Sox have both scored 10 or more runs in one of their meetings. It is the first time they’ve done so overseas.

This is the 6th time in the last 20 years that the @Yankees & @RedSox have both scored 10+ runs in a head-to-head meeting. #LondonSeries
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 29, 2019

Eduardo Rodriguez Gets Start For Red Sox In Series Finale Vs. Yankees In London

Eduardo Rodriguez will take the hill for the Red Sox in the second game of Boston’s two-game set against the New York Yankees at London Stadium.
Rodriguez is 8-4 through 16 starts this season, racking up a 4.87 ERA and 97 strikeouts along the way. First pitch at London Statidum is slated for 10:10 a.m. ET.
For more on Sunday’s matchup, check out the “Red Sox Final” video above, presented by Rodenshier Heating and Cooling.

Boston Cannons Lose In Thriller To Denver

Boston Cannons Lose In Thriller To Denver Outlaws At Veterans Memorial Stadium, Drop First Game Of Season

The Boston Cannons have lost their first game of the MLL season. 
On Saturday the Cannons hosted the Denver Outlaws and ultimately fell 17-16 in what was a back-and-forth thriller at Veterans Memorial Stadium 
For the Cannons this was their first loss of the MLL season as they drop to 3-1 on the 2019 season. 
Boston was battling with Denver up until the very end with the game winning goal coming by Zach Runberg who scored with 20 seconds left in the game. 
Two Boston players scored 4 goals with Mark Cockerton and Kyle Jackson both tallying four scores. In net, Nicolas Marrocco made 12 saves on 29 shots and was under immense pressure by a talented Denver team that moves to 4-1 on the season and first place in Major League Lacrosse.
The Cannons next game will be on 7/7 when they travel to Dallas to take on the Rattlers for the second time this season. 
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NBA Rumors: Celtics Renounce Terry Rozier’s Rights, Free Up Space For Kemba Walker

Shortly after reportedly extending a qualifying offer to Terry Rozier, the Boston Celtics quickly took it back.
According to Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes, Boston will renounce his rights in order to open up space to sign Kemba Walker to a max deal. This makes Rozier an unrestricted free agent.

Boston will renounce the rights to guard Terry Rozier – to open up a max slot for Kemba Walker – and he’ll become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 29, 2019

Rozier has reportedly spoken with the New York Knicks (who believe the guard isn’t too far a step down from what Kyrie Irving) in the weeks following the Celtics elimination from the 2019 postseason. One insider expects him to take home anywhere between $15-18 million a year wherever he signs.

Alex Cora Says Red Sox ‘Need To Get Better’ At Getting Outs In Big Innings

The Red Sox couldn’t complete a comeback Saturday against the New York Yankees at London Stadium as Boston’s early struggles came back to bite them.
Manager Alex Cora acknowledged this after the game, noting that Boston has struggled to get important outs during big innings lately. It’s something he wants the team to work on with the second half of the season quickly approaching.
Hear more from Cora’s postgame press conference in the “Red Sox Extra Innings” video above, presented by W.B. Mason.

Red Sox Wrap: Boston Falls Short Of Comeback In 17-13 Loss To Yankees In London

It was a busy day across the pond Saturday, with the Red Sox and Yankees playing the first-ever MLB series at London Stadium.
But Boston’s attempt at a comeback fell short as New York walked away with a 17-13 victory. Boston utilized eight pitchers in Game 1 of the two-game set despite racking up 13 runs and 17 hits across nine frames.
The Red Sox fall to 44-39 with the loss, while the Yankees climb to 53-28 with the win.
Here’s how it went down:
C’mon, there’s no way you could have predicted this one.
—  It didn’t take long for Porcello to get knocked around in Saturday’s game. Luke Voit got the scoring started early for the Yankees, lancing a double off Porcello into center field with one out in the first.

And daaaa @Yankees are on the board first, thanks to a RBI-double from Luke Voit
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019

Didi Gregorius and Edwin Encarnacion would launch two more doubles off Porcello to give the Yankees a four-run lead. He capped off his dismal outing by letting up a two-run blast to Aaron Hicks, the first (but certainly not the last) home run to be hit in London in MLB history.

Hicks makes history. #LondonSeries
— MLB (@MLB) June 29, 2019

Porcello was only able to secure one out in Saturday’s contest.
— The Sox turned to Colten Brewer to help stop the bleeding, and he did just that by getting the two outs remaining in the first.
— Steven Wright took over in the second inning. Despite pitching a scoreless second, however, Wright’s brief outing was marred by a Brett Gardner two-run home run that allowed New York to retake the lead.

Wingardyum Leviosa.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 29, 2019

Wright allowed two earned runs five hits and struck out two in his two innings of work.
— Mike Shawaryn got the ball in the fourth and would quickly get into some trouble of his own. After allowing New York to load the bases, Shawaryn walked home the Yankees’ ninth run. The righty allowed New York to break open the game one batter later on a bases-clearing double from DJ LeMahieu.
Shawaryn’s afternoon would only get worse as the Yankees took a 14-6 lead off an Aaron Judge two-run homer.

It wouldn't be a proper introduction to MLB if @TheJudge44 didn't go yard at least once…right? #LondonSeries
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019

Shawaryn stayed on the mound for the fifth, but didn’t get very far. He was pulled from the game after giving up the Yankees’ 15th run of the game on a Gregorius single.
— Josh Taylor came in to do some damage control in the fifth, but wouldn’t get away unscathed. Despite giving up two runs on a LeMahieu single to left field, however, he would get the Sox out of a jam to end the inning.
— Ryan Braiser gave the Sox a 1-2-3 sixth inning.
— Hector Velazquez pitched his own 1-2-3 innings in the seventh and eighth, striking out three in the process.
— Marcus Walden came out for the ninth, giving up just one hit before retiring the remaining batters.
— After getting knocked around in the top of the inning, the Red Sox made sure to strike back in the first, starting with a _ from Rafael Devers. Thanks to a sacrifice fly from Christian Vazquez and RBI single from Brock Holt, Boston would quickly cut New York’s lead in half.
Michael Chavis tied things up at six with a three-run homer over the center field wall.

— MLB (@MLB) June 29, 2019

— After allowing the Yankees to take a 17-6 lead, Boston would get one back in the sixth on a solo home run by Jackie Brackley Jr.
— Boston would do some damage of their own in the seventh, starting with a three-run shot from Chavis, his second home run (and sixth run batted in) of the game.

2 HR, 6 RBI for @MichaelChavis11. #LondonSeries
— MLB (@MLB) June 29, 2019

Marco Hernandez would follow that up with an RBI single to bring Boston within six. New York would walk Xander Bogaerts in the very next at-bat, but a wild pitch would bring Mookie Betts home for the Sox’s 12th run of the game. J.D. Martinez would give the Sox their sixth run of the inning on a double to right field.
— The Sox had a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth. But the opportunity was quickly squandered as Hernandez grounded out to end the inning.
Check out this impressive catch made by Braiser in the sixth.

Can't. Stop. Watching. #LondonSeries
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019

The Red Sox and Yankees will finish up the London Series on Sunday. First pitch from London Stadium is set for 10 a.m. ET.

NBA Rumors: Celtics Extend Qualifying Offers To Terry Rozier, Daniel Theis

With NBA free agency a little more than 24 hours away, the Boston Celtics are starting to make some offers.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Celtics have extended a qualifying offer to Terry Rozier. Rozier has been involved in plenty of offseason rumors suggesting he’s explored other options in the NBA, although Boston has been said to have made re-signing the guard a priority.

Boston has extended a qualifying offer to guard Terry Rozier, making him a restricted free agent, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 29, 2019

With the C’s still pursuing the likes of Kemba Walker, however, there still may be a need to clear cap space to sign him, meaning Boston could potentially rescind Rozier’s offer if need be.
Additionally, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Boston has extended an offer to Daniel Theis, as well.

Boston has extended a qualifying offer to C Daniel Theis, making him a restricted free agent, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019

NBA free agency officially begins Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

Chris Owings Looking Like A Viable Option For Boston

Chris Owings Looking Like A Viable Option For Boston With Utility Player Proving He Still Has It With Pawtucket

Back on June 17th the Boston Red Sox made a move to add some roster depth to their infield. 
That move was the signing of infielder Chris Owings to a minor league deal where he was then stashed in Triple-A Pawtucket for safe keeping. Boston has had a number of injuries to their infield in 2019 with Dustin Pedroia out indefinitely, Tzu-Wei Lin and Steve Pearce on rehab, and the injury list stint Brock Holt had earlier this season. 
With Owings came a boatload of Major League Experience with the former Compensation A pick in 2009 by Arizona having just over 2000 at-bats in the big leagues in over 600 career games. Owings who is now 27-years-old worked his way up to being an everyday player for the Diamondbacks before signing as a free agent with the Kanas City Royals this past off-season. 
Owings, a Gilbert, South Carolina native played in just 40 games with Kansas City getting 135 at-bats before they designated him for assignment which resulted in an outright release on June 4th. His time with the Royals was a rather lack-luster one batting .133 and driving in 9 runs with an OPS of .415. 
But if history is any indicator Owings is a solid big league option with a career batting average of .242 with 33 home runs and 205 RBIS with a respectable OPS of .653. So on June 20th when he was assigned to the PawSox, it was time for a fresh start. 
Owings has only appeared in 7-games with Pawtucket but his impact has already been felt on the team. He has gone 9-for-28 with 3 RBIS and an OPS of .738. 
Owings comes from a baseball family with two of his brothers playing professional baseball in the past and for Boston he brings versatility defensively with the ability to play 3B, SS, and 2B in addition to being able to play in the outfield with considerable amount of time spent in right and center field. 
Thus far through 7 games with Pawtucket Owings has spent time in right, shortstop, and second base with no errors committed.  
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NBA Insider Explains Why Magic Would Love For Kemba Walker To Join Celtics

With NBA free agency set to begin Sunday evening, it’s been reported that the Boston Celtics will most likely be signing Kemba Walker, much to the pleasure of the Orlando Magic, it seems.
If Danny Ainge and the Celtics do spend the money signing Walker, the Magic will be relieved because they would like to keep Nikola Vucevic, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.  Boston reportedly has been interested in the Magic’s All-Star center, but if they sign Walker they will not have the money to sign Vucevic as well.
Here is exactly what Lowe wrote about the situation:
Boston using its cap space on Walker would probably result in sighs of relief from the Orlando Magic, who need to retain Nikola Vucevic to remain competitive. Sacramento still looms as theoretical suitor for Vucevic, but he isn’t an ideal fit for the turbo style the Kings adopted last season.
Walker coming to Boston only is a matter of time at this point according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, so it sounds like the Magic will have better odds at re-signing Vucevic during free agency.