Former Red Sox Pitcher Travis Lakins Picked up by Baltimore

On January 21st the Boston Red Sox traded RHP Travis Lakins to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for future considerations. 10 days later, Lakins has landed with the Baltimore Orioles being claimed off waivers.

In his rookie season with Boston, he appeared in 16 games with 23.1 innings pitched posting a 3.86 ERA while striking out 18 batters and walking 10. The 25-year-old spent the bulk of the 2019 season with Triple-A Pawtucket where he posted a 4.60 ERA in 45.0 innings pitched across 40 outings.

Lakins was drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. The former Ohio State hurler owns a 4.45 ERA in 260.2 minor league innings but took a jump forward in 2018 when he posted a 2.32 ERA in 54.1 innings across two levels.

The righty has four pitches but primarily uses his four-seamer, cutter, and curveball in that order followed by an occasional changeup. The pitch that hurt him at the big league level in 2019 was the cutter which batters hit .324 off on 147 pitches. His curveball was his most effective pitch holding hitters to an a.077 batting average on 77 pitches followed by his four-seam .206 on 157 pitches. His fastball sits around 95 mph, cutter around 90, and his curveball in the low 80s. Lakins has been considered a top 20 prospect in the Red Sox system the past couple of seasons but had a rough start to his pro career.

Two elbow fractures caused him to miss considerable time in 2016 and 2017 that also affected his ability to get to camp on time in 2018. Baltimore would have had a chance to get a great look at Lakins given that their minor league affiliate Norfolk Tides play in the same league as the PawSox.
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Bill Belichick Earns Lacrosse Honor, Wins Spirit of Tewaaraton Award

Bill Belichick has been long been atop the NFL coaching ranks, but now he has another accolade to go along with his eight Super Bowl rings, six of which he’s won with the New England Patriots.
Belichick was honored by the lacrosse community as he was named the winner of this year’s Spirit of Tewaaraton Award. The award is “presented to an individual who has contributed to the sport of lacrosse in a way that reflects the spirit of the values and mission of the Tewaaraton Award.”
Belichick is the 14th Spirit of Tewaaraton honoree and will be honored at a ceremony on May 28 in Washington, D.C. 

A well-known lacrosse advocate, Belichick played the sport in high school while attending Annapolis High and Phillips Andover. He later played in college at Wesleyan University and his three children all played collegiately.

“Bill Belichick has been a symbol of greatness for two decades,” Jeffrey Harvey, Chairman of the Tewaaraton Foundation, said in a press release.
“His philosophies have been adopted by coaches in all sports and much of it is derived from his beginnings as a lacrosse player. As his star has risen, he has consistently supported causes related to lacrosse and its Native American heritage. This stewardship is insightful into his brilliance in coaching and the exceptional leadership for which he is being recognized as the 2020 recipient of The Spirit of Tewaaraton.”

Belichick has presented at NCAA final fours and provided mentorship to top coaches and players, according to the press release.
Chief strategy officer and co-founder of the Premier Lacrosse League, Paul Rabil, echoed the sentiment. Rabil and the PLL have played games at Gillette Stadium, which also hosted various NCAA events.

Greatest coach on the planet. Amazing honor. Well-deserved, my friend. https://t.co/61LDR4JTIN
— Paul Rabil (@PaulRabil) January 31, 2020

“Coach Belichick, at his core, loves the game of lacrosse,” Rabil said. “Growing up in Annapolis, lacrosse was a big part of his upbringing, and to this day he remains a fan, strategist and advocate of the game at every level. I remember meeting BB 15 years ago after a Hopkins practice. Since then, he’s been a mentor, friend, and benefactor to my endeavors – and lacrosse at-large. His spirit for the game has lifted our community in many ways, and for that I’m supremely grateful.”

NESN To Air Live, Exclusive Coverage Of 68th Annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament

NESN TO BROADCAST LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE
OF THE 68TH ANNUAL BEANPOT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
STARTING MONDAY
WHAT: For the 19th consecutive year, New England Sports Network (NESN) will deliver live and exclusive coverage of the 68th Annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament. NESN’s Tom Caron (@TomCaron) will be the play-by-play announcer with Billy Jaffe (@BJaffe) joining him as color analyst in the Beanpot broadcast booth. Rounding out NESN’s Beanpot broadcast team is Guerin Austin (@GuerinAustin) as rink side reporter, Adam Pellerin (@AdamPellerin) as studio host and Andrew Raycroft (@AndrewRaycroft) serving as studio analyst.
In addition to the broadcast coverage, NESN.com and NESN social media channels will provide extensive coverage throughout the tournament. There will be previews, a live blog, and a notebook each game day plus three dedicated College Hockey Podcasts which all can be found on NESN.com. Fans are encouraged to follow along on Twitter (@NESN) and Instagram (@NESN) on both game days for behind-the-scenes content and game updates.
WHEN (all times EST):
Friday, Jan. 31
6:30 PM: Beanpot Preview Show
Monday, Feb. 3
5 PM: #13 Northeastern vs. #16 Harvard
8 PM: Boston University vs. #5 Boston College
Monday, Feb. 10
4:30 p.m. Consolation Game
7:30 p.m. Championship Game
OTHER: For media inquiries for NESN talent and footage requests, please contact Casey Blossom ([email protected]) or 603-568-6250.

NBA All-Star Game Adds Another Layer To Honor Kobe, Gianna Bryant

The NBA revealed how the All-Star Game format will honor both Kobe and Gianna Bryant, but they’ve now added another element to their series of tributes.
It was announced Friday the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago will feature only two numbers this year: No. 2 and No. 24.
The initiative is being conducted to pay respect to Gianna Bryant, who wore No. 2 for her Mamba team and, of course, Kobe Bryant’s No. 24. Kobe Bryant wore No. 24 for the final 10 years of his Los Angeles Lakers career, and that jersey (as well as his No. 8) hangs in the rafters at Staples Center.
Captain Giannis Antetokounmpo and his team will wear No. 24, while opposing captain LeBron James and his team will wear No. 2. The only all-star who currently wears one of the two numbers is Kawhi Leonard, who dons No. 2 for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Additionally, all players who take part in All-Star Weekend will wear a patch with nine stars to honor the nine victims of Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. Among them was Gianna, 13, and Kobe Bryant, 41.
All-Star Weekend will begin Feb. 14, while the All-Star Game will take place Feb. 16.

Did Tom Brady Take Page Out Of A-Rod’s Playbook? Max Kellerman Explains

Is there a double standard with regards to the move Tom Brady just pulled?
Max Kellerman thinks so.
Brady posted a cryptic photo to social media Thursday — three days before the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to square off in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium — and the internet immediately blew up with people wondering whether the New England Patriots quarterback was dropping a clue as to what he plans to do upon becoming a free agent this offseason.
As Kellerman argued Friday on ESPN’s “First Take,” the timing of the post — right before the biggest game in football — was no different than when Alex Rodriguez opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees during Game 4 of the 2007 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. And as you might recall, A-Rod took a lot of heat for seemingly trying to upstage the Fall Classic.
“Let me be very clear about this: I don’t have a problem with this tweet. I don’t have a problem with it. But a lot of you should. Let me explain,” Kellermand said. “Tom Brady is the GOAT. He’s the greatest football player who ever lived. At that position, to lead the way he has, perform the way he has, under pressure he became greater and greater as his career went on, better at his craft into an absurdly late age, it’s unimpeachable. But I recall when Alex Rodriguez, who was also among the all-time greats in baseball, opted out of his deal during the World Series — and by the way, there was nothing ambiguous about it, he opted out, he wanted a new contract — everyone killed him. The media killed him. Fans killed him. ‘He’s upstaging the World Series.’ I didn’t have a problem with it. Whatever. You can pay attention to it or not. What are you going to forget about the World Series? But if you had a problem with that, you better have a problem with this. Why would Tom Brady get a pass on this?
“He sends out a begging-for-attention kind of tweet. That’s what that is. Why do you have you walking out? ‘Which way are his feet pointed? Is he going in or is he going out? Is he wearing street clothes? What does this say?’ That tweet is designed to get everyone talking about you going into the Friday before the Super Bowl. So what’s that? Why does he get a pass for that? Again, I don’t care. He’s entitled to do what he wants. I didn’t care when A-Rod opted out of his deal. But if you cared about A-Rod doing that and other athletes upstaging the event, making it about them, how is this any different? It’s the exact same thing. And just because he’s the GOAT does not mean he’s perfect and above criticism. Period.”

Brady isn’t quite the villain Rodriguez was during his Major League Baseball career, even though the six-time Super Bowl champion has his fair share of detractors, and so that probably helps him in the court of public opinion. Not to mention Brady already was dominating headlines during Super Bowl week, with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo estimating that 50 percent of the questions he’s fielded have been about his former Patriots teammate.
Still, it was an interesting move by Brady ahead of testing free agency for the first time in his career. And even though ESPN’s Adam Schefter since has reported that Brady’s post has nothing to do with the 42-year-old’s football future, that hasn’t stopped everyone from tossing around theories.

Revolution Notebook: Johnson to Start over Turner, Revs II Preseason Note and More

A handful of New England Revolution notes to send you off into the weekend. On Saturday USMNT will take on Costa Rica in a friendly match out in L.A. Matt Turner is on the team as one of three goalkeepers.

On Friday USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter stated that Sean Johnson of NYCFC would be starting in net. Which is fine, after all, Johnson is a 30-year-old vet and has eight international caps to his name. But here are some reasons why Turner should have been in line for his first international cap.

Turner in just 20 starts for the Revs in 2019 made 87 saves on 114 shots. Johnson, on the other hand, started 29 matches and made just 78 saves on 114 shots. So in essence in nine fewer matches, Turner faced the same amount of shots that Johnson did and made nine more saves while doing it. Of course, it isn’t Johnson’s fault that NYCFC had a more talented roster than the Revs for much of the 2019 season. So let’s take a look at expected goals versus actual goals.

Per American Soccer Analysis the difference between the goals allowed by Turner and the expected goals in 2019 was -8.29. Best in all of MLS. Johnson, on the other hand, was a -.42, lower than both Turner and the other USMNT goalkeeper on the roster Bill Hamid who came in at -3.45.

You can’t blame Berhalter for going with a player that has international experience over Turner who has none. Another point in picking Johnson would be the fact that NYCFC won more than the Revolution. In Johnson’s starts, NYCFC posted a 14-5-10 record versus Turners 8-4-8. While it is indeed nine more matches than Turner, Johnson’s team also captured available points at a higher clip. 59.7% versus 53.3%.

Other Revolution Notes:

Per the Revolution, the Feb 19 and 22nd Revs II preseason matches with Hartford Athletic are confirmed. Unlikely that there will be any official announcement on it or other preseason matches for the USL League One side given the informal nature of that level of the preseason. Of course, there is always the potential to see more news on this such as the post by Hartford. How about Nashville SC and MLS fighting publically with the City on getting a stadium built? Over the past 48 hours, we have seen both sides release statements on the matter. The delays for the expansion side getting its stadium built have certainly caused frustration. It goes to show that getting a stadium deal done is incredibly tricky and can go south fast when there is a changeover in leadership. Goes to show how hard a Boston based stadium will be to get done.

More Revolution news in the near future. We have started to cover the U.S. National teams here on Trifecta in 2020 and will have recaps of the USWNT Olympic Qualifiers and the USMNT performance on Saturday night.
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Elandon Roberts Details Patriots Captains Meetings With Tom Brady, Bill Belichick

MIAMI — The New England Patriots aren’t in the Super Bowl, but many of their players are still kicking around Miami in preparation for Sunday’s game.
The NESN Patriots Podcast grabbed Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts from Super Bowl LIV radio row to discuss his upcoming free agency, the biggest hits of his NFL career and what it was like to join Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for captains meetings in 2019.
NESN’s Doug Kyed and Zack Cox also discuss Brady’s potential destinations as a free agent and offer updates on other Patriots free agents.
Listen below and subscribe to the NESN Podcast Network here.

Google Shows Most-Searched Super Bowl Food Recipes In Each New England State

Super Bowl parties vary from house-to-house, so it makes sense for menus to change across state lines.
Google on Friday revealed the most-searched-for Super Bowl snack recipes in each state, and the results for New England were interesting, to say the least:
Connecticut: chili
Maine: deviled eggs
Massachusetts: chicken wings
New Hampshire: chili dogs
Rhode Island: cupcakes
Vermont: chili

Rotel dip or Pizza dip for the #SuperBowl? Here are the uniquely highly searched game recipes by state.
More data: https://t.co/KrYmqd2sOB pic.twitter.com/Ec1gMxTVPs
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) January 31, 2020

We’re not willing to argue with a straight face that chili shouldn’t feature prominently, especially if a chef has prepared it expertly.
However, Maine and Rhode Island, we have to talk. What’s going on with the deviled eggs and cupcakes? … asking for a friend.
The snacks will be available Sunday on tables across the region and country prior to and during Super Bowl LIV, which the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Why Dolphins Owner Believes Miami Would Be Poor Fit For Tom Brady

Don’t expect the Miami Dolphins to enter the Tom Brady sweepstakes this offseason.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters Friday that Miami, which is rebuilding under head coach Brian Flores, wouldn’t make much sense as a free agent destination for the 42-year-old quarterback.

I hear he’s going to be a free agent but we’re not allowed to talk to him until March. I don’t know why he would want to come to Miami as we are a rebuilding team. – Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on Tom Brady at Bloomberg Summit
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 31, 2020

#Dolphins owner Steve Ross on Tom Brady: “I heard he’s going to be a free agent but I heard we’re not allowed to talk to him until March.”
Ross also adds re: Brady: I don’t know why he would want to come to the Dolphins, we’re a team trying to build for the future.
— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) January 31, 2020

Brady’s chances of joining the Dolphins already looked slim after Flores fired offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea after the season and replaced him with Chan Gailey. O’Shea spent a decade as the New England Patriots’ wide receivers coach and had been running New England’s offensive scheme in Miami.
Gailey has extensive experience working with journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who plans to remain with the Dolphins for the 2020 season while the team drafts and develops a young signal-caller. Miami went 5-11 this season but won four of its final eight games.
Brady is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career when the NFL league year opens March 18.

NHL Rumors: Latest On Chris Kreider — Including Rangers’ Asking Price For Winger

A memo to NHL teams: If you want Chris Kreider, be prepared to put together a pretty heft package.
The New York Rangers winger is set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, and with the Blueshirts not firmly in the postseason picture right now, it’s possible he gets dealt ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. He’s set to make a fair amount of cash in free agency, and while the Rangers reportedly would like to re-sign him, nothing is imminent.
A handful of teams, including the Boston Bruins, have been linked to Kreider, but to date nothing serious has come from discussions with any team about the 28-year-old.
During TSN’s “Insider Trading” on Thursday, The Athletics’ Pierre LeBrun shared the latest on Kreider, including what the Rangers would be looking for as a return in a deal for the winger.
“It’s not to say that that trade will happen that much ahead of Feb. 24, but there are at least eight teams we believe that have expressed interest in Chris Kreider,” LeBrun said. “No surprise there. Now, the asking price will be similar at least to what the New York Rangers got last year for Kevin Hayes when he went to the Winnipeg Jets. You may remember that the Rangers got Brendan Lemieux and a first-round pick from the Jets, so a hefty price if you’re getting Chris Kreider this year. We should note the Rangers have not lost hope on trying to re-sign Chris Kreider, but as of Thusday, no contract talks yet between Kreider’s camp and the New York Rangers.”
That would be a pretty steep price for a rental, but with so many teams kicking the tires on a Kreider deal, it’s very possible the Rangers actually get a similar or better return as they did in the Hayes deal.
Things can change over the next three-plus weeks, and if the Rangers catch fire they may go all-in on this season a la 2018-19 Columbus Blue Jackets and take their chances with Kreider in the offseason.
But suffice to say if they elect to go the “sell Kreider” route, they’ll have no issue finding a suitor.