MLB plans to crack down on 'sticky stuff' even more | Bruins get even better after three-team trade

Happy Friday, everybody! Another week down. Congrats!

Let’s solve to it.

Good early morning to everybody however specifically to…


The abundant get richer. The Bruins — who not just lead the NHL however are on rate to challenge the single-season wins and points recordupdated their lineup by obtaining defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway from the Capitals in a three-team offer on Thursday.

  • Boston likewise got Andrei Svetlakov from the Wild as part of a three-team trade.
  • The Capitals got a 2023 first-round choice, a 2025 second-round choice, a 2024 third-round choice and forward Craig Smith. Washington will maintain 50% of Orlov’s wage.
  • The Wild will maintain 25% of Orlov’s wage. Minnesota got a 2023 fifth-round choice from Boston.

Orlov has actually been a component in Washington’s defense for the majority of the last years, and both he and Hathaway must function as crucial depth pieces for the Stanley Cup favorites, composes our Austin Nivison.

  • Nivison: “In an otherwise frustrating year for Washington, Orlov has still managed to be effective. … The Bruins already had a stacked blue line with players like Charlie McAvoy, Hampus Lindholm and Matt Grzelcyk eating big minutes. That means Orlov should get more favorable matchups while taking on lighter minutes in Boston. … Hathaway, who has nine goals and seven assists this season, will provide the Bruins with a bottom-six option at forward.”

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And not such an excellent early morning for…

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JUNE 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees has his glove checked by umpire Mark Carlson #6 throughout the very first inning at Fenway Park on June 27, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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It’s been a year-and-a-half given that the MLB began examining pitchers for prohibited foreign compounds. Now, with the season simply over a month away, the league will take it up a notch.

According to reports, MLB will be more in-depth in looking for “sticky stuff” this season:

  • Umpires’ evaluations of pitchers’ hands fingers will be more comprehensive, and those evaluations will be more random.
  • Umpires might resume examining pitchers’ caps, gloves and belts, a practice they primarily deserted in 2022.
  • Umpires will be empowered to be more aggressive in their checks.

Pitchers can utilize rosin and other league-approved compounds, however “spider tack, pine tar or a now-notorious mixture of sunscreen with sweat and other readily available things during the course of a game” run out bounds, composes our Matt Snyder. No pitchers were discovered to be breaking the guideline in 2022, however pitch spin rates — which decreased substantially when umpires started signing in June 2021 — began increasing once again last season.

It’s the 2nd modification the MLB has actually made this month that will possibly make things harder on pitchers: Balks will likewise be more greatly inspected, or, essentially, more by-the-book after umpires had actually been lax about the guideline.

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Ranking the leading 100 prospective NFL complimentary representatives 🏈

I’d like to offer you a main welcome to the NFL dead duration. The season is over. All head-coaching jobs are filled. The quarterback carousel hasn’t begun spinning (although, really most importantly, Aaron Rodgersdarkness retreat has actually concerned an end). The franchise tag due date isn’t up until March 7, and complimentary firm opens on March 15.

That offers us lots of time to evaluate this year’s complimentary representative class. Pete Prisco has actually ranked the leading 100 gamers possibly readily available this offseason. In at No. 1 is…

  • Prisco: Lamar Jackson — The Ravens would be foolish to let him get away. They will put the franchise tag on him and then see if they can get a deal done.”

I concur that the Ravens would be absurd to let him escape, and brand-new offending organizer Todd Monken appears to believe the exact same. I believe he’ll remain in Baltimore in 2023, however it’s far from a done offer and it’s made complex. What’s the relationship like in between Jackson and John Harbaugh? What about Jackson and the Ravens in basic? It’s going to be a remarkable next couple of weeks.

Here’s Pete’s leading 10:

One more appealing name — who was on the radar a couple of months ago however has actually fallen off of it just recently — is Odell Beckham Jr. Here’s Pete’s take.

  • Prisco: “He missed all of last season after tearing an ACL in last year’s Super Bowl. Now that he’s a year removed, receiver-needy teams will give him a strong look, although his contract might not be what he wants.”

As for where Beckham is available in the leading 100, you’ll need to read Pete’s story to discover.

The irreversible Big Ten competitors when USC, UCLA sign up with 🏈

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In case you had not heard (or possibly you forgot), the Big Ten — which presently has 14 groups — is broadening to 16 groups in 2024 when USC and UCLA sign up with.

Those additions will alter a great deal of things, consisting of probably how the Big 10 football schedule works. Our Tom Fornelli described everything.

  • The Big Ten’s nine-game conference schedule will continue.
  • Now that there are 16 groups, however, how will groups turn? The response must be a 3-6-6 design.
  • Each group gets 3 “permanent rivals” they play every season. They then divided the staying 12 conference schools and play every other year.

That’s the simple part, hypothetically. Who are those irreversible competitors, though? That’s what Tom set out to respond to, and it most likely starts with finding out the competitors for the beginners.

  • Fornelli: “I wanted to lean on teams that were more in the western half of the league. Hence, UCLA gets Nebraska and Illinois, while USC gets Northwestern and Michigan State. I know Michigan State doesn’t count as ‘west,’ but another factor was in play. … The Big Ten is a conference deep in rivalry and rivalry trophies, so there’s no better way to establish a Big Ten feel to USC and UCLA than giving them a trophy game. … There is simply no way we can not let the Trojans and Spartans be rivals.”

This was an actually enjoyable theoretical workout, and, most notably, I believed Tom did an excellent task with my cherished Northwestern Wildcats (and those other Big Ten groups like Ohio State, Michigan, and so on…)

What we’re enjoying this weekend 📺


🏀 No. 7 Maryland at No. 16 Ohio State, 6 p.m. on BTN
🏀 Heat at Bucks, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Thunder at Suns, 10 p.m. on ESPN


🏒 Rangers at Capitals, 1 p.m. on ABC
🏀 Arizona State at Arizona, 2 p.m. on CBS
🏀 No. 8 Texas at No. 9 Baylor, 2 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Auburn at Kentucky, 4 p.m. on CBS
🏀 No. 6 Virginia at North Carolina, 6 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 No. 17 Indiana at No. 5 Purdue, 7:30 p.m. on FOX
🏀 Celtics at 76ers, 8:30 p.m. on ABC
🏀 No. 15 Saint Mary’s at No. 12 Gonzaga, 10 p.m. on ESPN


🏀 Suns at Bucks, 1 p.m. on ABC
🏀 No. 2 Indiana at No. 6 Iowa, 2 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Lakers at Mavericks, 3:30 p.m. on ABC
🏎 NASCAR Cup Series at California, 3:30 p.m. on FOX
🏀 Timberwolves at Warriors, 7:30 p.m. on ABC
🏀 Clippers at Nuggets, 10 p.m. on ESPN

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