Red Wings sign GM Ken Holland to new two-year deal

Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland has signed a new two-year deal, putting a halt to speculation that his tenure would end following two straight seasons outside the playoffs.

“Ken has been integral part of four Stanley Cup championships,” team governor Chris Ilitch said in a statement. “He started out as a scout. Many of the players he scouted became integral to our success. He is tremendous evaluator of talent at our core. When I fly in an airplane, I love doing it with a pilot who has done it before. Ken has done it before.”

Holland, 62, has been the Red Wings’ general manager since 1997. Prior to that, he spent seven years as director of amateur scouting and three years as assistant general manager. Holland was one of the primary builders of a Detroit machine that made the playoffs 25 straight seasons and won four Stanley Cups.

Nationals catcher Pedro Severino doubled and has reached base safely in 12 of 21 plate appearances (six hits, four walks, twice hit by a pitch) since joining the team. Anthony Rendon doubled and scored on Howie Kendrick’s two-run double in the first inning. Rendon has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats.

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper walked three times to raise his OPS to 1.519.

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman continues to struggle as an 0-for-4 night lowered his average to .097.

If the Bears do want Chubb, they may need to jump up from their current No. 8 slot in the first round because other teams who pick earlier could be feeling the same way. The Colts (No. 6) and Buccaneers (No. 7) finished 31st and 32nd, respectively, in the NFL in sacks last season. It also wouldn’t be a head-scratcher if the Browns (No. 4) or Broncos (No. 5) went that route because Chubb plays a premium position.

Albies also flashed some great defense late in the game.

After Ryan Flaherty tied it with a single in the ninth off Rockies closer Wade Davis, Atlanta’s second baseman saved the game — momentarily — with a diving catch of DJ LeMahieu’s line drive up the middle for a rally-snuffing double play. Wolters, who might have scored the winning run, instead was doubled off second base.

“That’s the beauty of the game,” Rockies manager Bud Black said of the pair of defensive gems by middle infielders. “You don’t know what’s going to happen — and we saw a walk-off walk.”buccaneers_014

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