Not only was it Canada Day with The Big Maple, Canadian James Paxton on the mound for the Mariners’ 1-0 victory over the Royals, it also was Paxton Bobblehead Day at Safeco Field.
This bobblehead included a bald eagle on his shoulder, a crazy moment that actually happened while working out in the outfield before a game this season in Minnesota. The video went viral.
Asked about how Boston’s collection of desirable assets invariably leads to the Celtics being lumped into a bevy of trade rumors, regardless of how serious Boston’s interest is, Ainge did lament having to mend fences with players whose feelings are hurt by the suggestion they might be moved.
I think that most of [the rumors are] false. Especially the details of it, Ainge said. And what I don’t like about it is, I don’t like how names are just thrown around [in media reports]. [Reporters] probably don’t care about the names, and that’s your job is to make good stories and have things to talk about on the air. Most of it’s not true, but there’s sometimes bits and pieces of it that are true. So it’s not total lies, but — I can’t call it fake news — but it’s complex.
These are complex situations, and I think that, just like [reporters] don’t like answering or having to respond to rumors, even though it does give you good programming, I don’t like it any more, having to deal with the players that are calling me and the agents that are calling me when their name is in a rumor that’s, like, just totally made up.
The Celtics tendered a $6.1 million qualifying offer to Marcus Smart on Thursday, making him a restricted free agent. Both Smart and unrestricted free agent Aron Baynes are two players Ainge has suggested the team wants back, and the Celtics will work to keep them as part of their core.
It was just weird, Suarez said of the infield hit spree. I’ve never seen it like that. But it worked out thankfully. It could have been way worse and they’d have scored five or six runs.
Suarez is among the young pitchers who are filling in well for the Giants while the veteran starters work their way back to health.
We have difficult decisions the way these kids are throwing, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. As I said so many times, they’re doing what you’d hope they would do, is make the decision tough.
Slater, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento four times this season — most recently last Saturday — doubled in a run off Patrick Corbin in the second and knocked in the go-ahead score off Andrew Chafin (1-3) in the seventh. Slater, who entered the game 4 for 15 in the majors this season, also singled.
He’s become accustomed to the back-and-forth trips to Sacramento.