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NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

TUESDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 4, NY RANGERS 2 – OTT wins 4-2

KARLSSON, ANDERSON LEAD SENATORS TO CONFERENCE FINALS
Erik Karlsson (1-1—2) scored the series-clinching goal and Craig Anderson made 37 saves as the Senators defeated the Rangers at Madison Square Garden to reach the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in franchise history (also 2003 and 2007).

* The Senators also clinched their First Round series as visitors, in Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston. The only other playoff year that Ottawa earned multiple series-clinching wins on the road was in 2007, when they posted series-clinching victories in New Jersey (Game 5 of CSF) and Buffalo (Game 5 of CF) en route to the Stanley Cup Final.

* Karlsson posted his second consecutive multi-point game (0-3—3 in Game 5) and tallied his second game-winning goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Karlsson, who leads the Senators with 2-11—13 in 12 outings, extended franchise records for assists and points in one playoff year by a defenseman and also became the first blueliner in franchise history to score multiple game-winning goals in a single postseason.

* Anderson (33 GP) earned his 18th career playoff win with the Senators to tie Ray Emery (18 in 30 GP) for second place in franchise history, three behind Patrick Lalime (21 in 41 GP).

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored into an empty net to seal the victory, his team-leading seventh goal this postseason (and sixth vs. NYR). Elias notes that Pageau matched the franchise record for most goals in a single playoff series, a mark set by Martin Havlat in the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals vs. TBL.

* The Senators will start the next round on the road against the winner of the Capitals-Penguins series. Ottawa has faced Pittsburgh four times previously in the postseason (1-3), most recently in the 2013 Conference Semifinals (4-1 L), and Washington only once, in the 1998 Conference Semifinals (4-1 L).

SABRES, RANGERS TO PLAY IN 2018 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Sabres playing host to the Rangers on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The New Year’s Day contest will mark the 10-year anniversary of the NHL Winter Classic and will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Senators forward Mark Stone (1-1—2) tallied three goals in the Second Round vs. NYR (3-1—4 in 6 GP) after scoring once in the First Round vs. BOS (1-1—2 in 6 GP) . . . Forty-one of 66 games contested thus far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided by one goal and another eight have been decided by two goals following an empty-net tally . . . The Stars acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft . . . The Kings signed forward Tanner Pearson to a four-year contract . . . ICYMI: The Penguins and Capitals were mic’d up for Game 6 of their Second Round series.

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ Washington, series tied 3-3, 7:30 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN
Edmonton @ Anaheim, series tied 3-3, 10 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN
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GAME 7 DOUBLEHEADER CLOSES OUT SECOND ROUND
The final day of the Second Round features a Game 7 doubleheader that begins with the Penguins and Capitals playing out the latest chapter of their long and spirited rivalry at Verizon Center in Washington and closes with a decisive contest between the Oilers and Ducks from Honda Center in Anaheim.

* The Capitals will ice a roster that has skated a total of 76 career Game 7s, with forward Justin Williams boasting a perfect 7-0 lifetime record in winner-take-all contests. Williams collected 1-1—2 in his last such contest – a 5-4 victory with the Kings in the 2014 Western Conference Final at CHI that included an assist on the overtime winner – to increase his career Game 7 totals to 7-7—14, surpassing Doug Gilmour (13) for the most points in Game 7 history and tying Glenn Anderson for most goals.

* The Penguins, meanwhile, have won each of their previous Game 7s against the Capitals (1992, 1995 and 2009), including two victories in Washington, and own a perfect 5-0 road record in Game 7s – the best among all major pro sports franchises. Forward Carl Hagelin (0-2—2) owns a 7-1 record in eight career Game 7s, while teammate Matt Cullen (0-3—3) is 5-0.

* Eight players that skated in the last Game 7 between the Capitals and Penguins are expected to be in the lineup tonight: Pittsburgh’s Sidney CrosbyMarc-Andre FleuryChris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin as well as Washington’s Brooks Orpik (who played for PIT in that game), Nicklas BackstromJay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (injured) also played in their last winner-take-all showdown.

* The Ducks will play host to a Game 7 for the fifth consecutive year as they try to snap a five-game losing streak in all Game 7s that dates to the 2009 Conference Semifinals at DET. The Oilers, meanwhile, will play their first Game 7 in nearly 11 years – a 3-1 loss in the Stanley Cup Final at CAR. The winner will own home-ice advantage against the Predators in the Western Conference Final.

* Oilers forward Milan Lucic has the most Game 7 experience among all players in the series, collecting 4-2—6 in 10 such contests in his career (all w/ BOS). Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf (0-3—3) and Corey Perry (3-1—4) have played in six Game 7s apiece, second on the Anaheim roster behind Patrick Eaves (1-0—1 in 7 GP).

GAME 7 TRENDS

* Home teams are 97-69 (.584) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 3-2 mark in 2016.

* The team that scores first is 124-42 all-time (.747), including a 5-0 mark in 2016.

* Forty Game 7s have required overtime (40-of-166, 24.1%). Home and road teams each have 20 wins.

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Rare Midweek soccer match tonight as Crew SC hosts Toronto FC in Trillium Cup battle

Trillium Cup

MATCH AT MAPFRE STADIUM

Crew SC enters this Wednesday’s Trillium Cup battle with three points in regular-season series after victory in first match on April 15 as club pushes for seventh Trillium Cup in 10 seasons

For Immediate Release: May 9, 2017

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (5-4-1, 16 points) hosts Toronto FC (5-1-4, 19 points) at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Wednesday, May 10. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on MyTV Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Clay Hall on the call. Coverage on MyTV Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Wednesday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

 

Wednesday’s match is the second of three Trillium Cup meetings between Crew SC and Toronto FC in 2017 with a third meeting scheduled later this month on May 26 at BMO Field. Already sitting on a key Trillium Cup victory and three points from April 15, with a win in tomorrow’s match, Crew SC would clinch the Trillium Cup for 2017. The trophy, which has been awarded since the 2008 season, is given to the team that secures the most points via wins (three points) or draws (one point) in the Columbus-Toronto regular-season series each year. The Black and Gold have won the Trillium Cup on six of the nine previous occasions it has been contested. Wednesday’s match concludes a three-match homestand that began on April 29 and also serves as the club’s second of three matches in an eight-day span that concludes this weekend in a road contest at Montreal.

 

This week’s contest also marks the 30th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Currently, the Black & Gold hold a 13-6-10 regular-season record against Toronto. Earlier this season, Crew SC beat Toronto 2-1 on April 15 at MAPFRE Stadium. The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute through Jozy Altidore. Crew SC equalized with a 37th-minute Ola Kamara goal, before Justin Meram scored the game-winning goal in the 44th minute. The Black & Gold have a record of 1-1-1 in their last three contests against Toronto FC. Saturday’s match will be the final game of Crew SC’s three-match homestand, following a contest against New York City FC on April 29 and a match against the New England Revolution this past Saturday.

 

This past weekend, the Black & Gold hosted the New England Revolution at MAPFRE Stadium. Forward Ola Kamara put Crew SC ahead in the 13th minute when he sent a ball past goalkeeper Cody Cropper after receiving a pass from Justin Meram. Kamara was involved in the second goal as well, as he assisted Federico Higuain’s 53rd-minute goal to give the hosts a 2-0 win against the Revs. It was Higuain’s 42nd regular-season goal with the Black & Gold and third goal of the season. Crew SC Captain Wil Trapp made his 100th start for the club, while defender Josh Williams made his 75th appearance for the Black & Gold.Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded his fifth regular-season win and third shutout of the 2017 MLS season in Saturday night’s win over the Revs. He also made five stops, tying his Crew SC single-match career-high for saves in a game. Steffen’s five saves bring his total to 33 on the season and bring his current Goals Against Average to 1.30.

 

Federico Higuain tallied his 42nd regular-season career goal for the Black & Gold. With his goal in Saturday’s contest, Higuain moved into a tie for fourth-place with Edson buddle in Crew SC’s all-time regular-season goals list. With 42 goals and 39 assists in 132 appearances (127 starts), Higuain is on the verge of becoming one of only three players to have registered at least 40 goals and 40 assists for the club.  Ola Kamara scored his sixth goal of the season in Saturday’s match against New England and is currently Crew SC’s leading goal scorer in the 2017 MLS Season, through 10 matches. To date, Kamara has made 35 appearances (30 starts) for the Black & Gold, scoring 22 goals and providing 3 assists.

 

Crew SC has been successful at home this season, sporting a record of 4-1-1 in matches played at MAPFRE Stadium. With 12 regular-season goals scored at home this season, Crew SC is tied for second-most goals in the League through six home matches. On an individual level, Justin Meram has also found success at home, tallying at least one assist or one goal in each of the club’s home contests this season. Through six appearances (all starts) at MAPFRE Stadium in 2017, Meram has scored four goals while providing three assists.

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC

Wednesday, May 10 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

 

Regional Television: MyTV Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC controls game from start to finish in 2-0 win over long-time rival New England

CREW SC POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO:

61,351 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC On team controlling game throughout 5 6 2017

61,352 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC Why did you start Nico Naess in the midfield 5 6 2017

61,355 Gregg Berhalter On Federico Higuain being an artistic playmaker on the field 5 6 2017

61,360 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC Team responding positively to losing last week to NY City FC by winning tonight 5 6 2017

61,363 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC Federico Higuain proving bringing him back this year is a key for team’s success 5 6 2017

61,364 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC Short week to prepare with Toronto FC coming to town on Wednesday

61,366 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC Talks about his ejection Ref said he went on field and kicked the ball 5 6 2017

 

MATCH RECAP:
Ola Kamara records sixth goal and first assist of the 2017 MLS season;
Federico Higuain scores for the second straight match and Justin Meram records his 30th career regular-season assist;
Wil Trapp makes 100th start for the Black & Gold while defender Josh Williams makes 75th career appearance for Crew SC

Columbus Crew SC 2 – New England Revolution 0
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, May 6, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
CLB – Ola Kamara (Justin Meram) 13’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2pSo10r]
CLB – Federico Higuain (Ola Kamara) 53’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2pODcYh]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (5-4-1, 16 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 (7:30 p.m. ET / MyTV, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).


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TEAM STATISTICS:
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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: http://bit.ly/2qcihj2


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: http://bit.ly/2p8vERc

AUDIO FROM GOALKEEPER ZACK STEFFEN: http://bit.ly/2p8vERc


AUDIO FROM DEFENDER NICO NAESS:
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AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAM: http://bit.ly/2p8vERc


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Felisha Mariscal
Fourth Official: Fotis Bazakos
Attendance: 13,340
Weather: 55 degrees and cloudy
GOALS/ASSISTS
CLB – Ola Kamara (Justin Meram) 13’
CLB – Federico Higuain (Ola Kamara) 53’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

CLB – Jonathan Mensah (caution) 15’
CLB – Nicolai Naess (caution) 69’
NE – Je-Vaugh Watson (caution) 77’
NE – Antonio Mlinar Delamea (caution) 81’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Hector Jimenez (Jukka Raitala 87’), Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Waylon Francis; Wil Trapp ©, Nico Naess; Ethan Finlay (Niko Hansen 73’), Federico Higuain (Alex Crognale 80’), Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Logan Ketterer, Mohammed Abu, Kekuta Manneh, Adam Jahn

New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Andrew Farrell (Chris Tierney 78’), Joshua Smith, Antonio Milnar Delamea, Kelyn Rowe; Xavier Kouassi, Scott Caldwell (Femi Hollinger-Hanzen 82’), Daigo Kobayashi (Je-Vaughn Watson 57’), Diego Fagundez; Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen ©

Substitutes not used: London Woodberry, Brian Wright, Brad Knighton, Benjamin Angoua

 

TEAM NOTES

 

Federico Higuain scored his 42nd regular-season goal with the Black & Gold in tonight’s match. To date, Higuain has made 132 regular-season appearances (127 starts), scoring 42 goals and providing 39 assists. Higuain is tied for fourth place in Crew SC’s all-time regular-season goals list with Edson Buddle, behind Jeff Cunningham (64), Brian McBride (62) and Stern John (44). Through nine appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Higuain has registered three goals and four assists.

 

Midfielder Justin Meram provided an assist on Ola Kamara’s goal in tonight’s match and has now recorded a goal or an assist in every home match this season through six home contests. In the last seven total home matches dating back to October 1, 2016, Meram has notched five goals and four assists. Tonight’s assist was Meram’s 30th regular-season helper.

Forward Ola Kamara tallied his sixth goal of the season and his 22nd goal for Crew SC in 35 appearances (30 starts) by scoring the Black & Gold’s first goal in tonight’s match. He also provided the helper on Federico Higuain’s goal, which was his first assist of the season. The Norwegian has made 10 appearances (all starts) this season.

Captain Wil Trapp made his 100th regular-season start for the Black & Gold in tonight’s match. With his appearance against the Revs, the midfielder became the first Crew SC Homegrown Player to make 100 regular-season starts. Trapp has 103 regular-season appearances to his name after making his MLS debut in 2013.

 

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded his fifth MLS career win and third MLS career shutout with today’s 2-0 win over New England. He also tied his season and MLS regular-season career-high number of saves with five stops on the night. Steffen has started in all five of the Black & Gold’s wins this season, recording 33 saves in total on the year.

 

Defender Josh Williams made his 75th appearance (67th start) for Crew SC in tonight’s match. In 2017, Williams has made four regular-season appearances (two starts) for the club. In his MLS career, Williams has made a total of 107 appearances (95 starts)

 

Today’s match marked the 69th all-time regular-season meeting between the Black & Gold and New England. With the win, Crew SC’s all-time regular-season record against the Revs is now 35-22-12. It was the club’s third consecutive regular-season victory against New England. The win was also the Black & Gold’s fifth victory of the 2017 MLS season and the club’s fourth win at MAPFRE Stadium this year.

Crew SC next plays on Wednesday, May 10 when it hosts Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / MyTV, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

MLS referee Mark Geiger ejected Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter for having irresponsible behavior coming on the field and kicked the ball. 2012 photo by By Ben Keller, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

GAME NOTES:


*ALL-TIME RECORDS

Columbus Crew SC all-time regular-season record: 34-22-12 (106 GF, 84 GA)
Home games: 19-8-6 (62 GF, 37 GA)
Road games: 15-14-6 (42 GF, 47 GA)

Thiis weekend’s match marks the 69th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with the Black & Gold holding a 34-22-12 record against the New England Revolution. The match will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2017 with a second meeting scheduled later this month on May 21 at Gillette Stadium. Crew SC has a 2-1-0 record against New England in its last three regular-season matches.

*LAST 3 MATCHES IN SERIES

07/09/2016 CLB 1 vs. NE 3 L Gillette Stadium
08/20/2016 CLB 2 vs. NE 0 W Gillette Stadium
09/25/2016 CLB 2 at NE 0 W MAPFRE Stadium

*ETHAN FINLAY HITS 30TH CAREER ASSIST PLATEAU

Last week, the Black & Gold hosted New York City FC at MAPFRE Stadium. New York City opened the scoreline in the eighth minute through Jack Harrison. Crew SC drew level with a goal from Federico Higuain in the 29th minute. The hosts extended their lead at the beginning of the second half when Ola Kamara put away a pass from Ethan Finlay in the 49th minute. With the assist, Finlay became one of only five Crew SC players to record at least 30 goals and 30 assists for the club in the regular season. New York City tied things up in the 64th minute through Yangel Herrera. Herrera then assisted Jack Harrison, who made it 3-2 for New York City in the 76th minute.

*CREW SC SCORING GOALS AT HOME

Crew SC has scored in every regular-season home match in 2017. The Black & Gold scored one goal in a 1-1 draw against Chicago (March 4), three goals in a 3-2 win against Portland (March 25), two goals in a 2-0 win against Orlando (April 1), two goals in a 2-1 win against Toronto FC (April 15) and two goals in a 2-3 loss against New York City FC (April 29) for a total of 10 goals at home. Crew SC’s 10 goals at home rank third best in MLS this season. Additionally, the club has now scored in each of its last 16 regular-season home matches, dating back to a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls last season (June 25).

*WIL TRAPP MAKES 100TH CAREER START VS. REVS

Midfielder and Captain Wil Trapp is on the cusp of making his 100th regular-season start for the Black & Gold. Trapp — who recently made his 100th appearance for the club — was signed by Crew SC as a Homegrown Player on December 13, 2012. Since then, he has made 102 appearances (99 starts) while scoring one goal and notching nine assists.

*Zack Steffen IRONMAN AND AMONG TOP GOALKEEPERS IN MLS

Through nine regular-season matches this year, one player leads the Black & Gold when it comes to minutes played: Zack Steffen. The goalkeeper has played 810 minutes to date, playing every minute of every match for the club in the 2017 MLS season.

 

Through nine matches in the 2017 MLS season, goalkeeper Zack Steffen is third when it comes to saves (29) amongst all goalkeepers in the League, per Opta. Similarly, Steffen has faced the second-highest number of shots (112) and shots on target (41). The 22-year-old is also the youngest goalkeeper in the League this season to have made more than five appearances, have faced at least 100 shots, have faced at least 20 shots on target and have made at least 15 saves. On being given the starting role at the age of 22, Steffen gave the following quote a er training this week:

 

 

MLB announces 2017 Draft Order for teams

Day One on Monday, June 12th to feature top 75 selections live from Studio 42 at MLB Network and simulcast on MLB.com

Press Release | 12:16 PM ET

Major League Baseball will hold day one of the 2017 MLB Draft on Monday, June 12th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey. This year’s Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

The selection order of the Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. For the third time in team history, the Minnesota Twins will have the first overall selection of the Draft. In 2001, Minnesota drafted six-time All-Star, three-time American League batting champion and 2009 AL Most Valuable Player Joe Mauer with the top overall selection. The Twins also held the first overall pick in 1983, when they selected pitcher Tim Belcher, though he did not sign.

The Toronto Blue Jays (22nd and 28th), the Texas Rangers (26th and 29th) and the Chicago Cubs (27th and 30th) each have two selections in the first round. The Houston Astros (15th, 53rd, 56th and 75th) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (12th, 42nd, 50th and 72nd) each have a Major League-best four selections within the first 75 picks during the first day of the Draft.

The Draft will once again feature Competitive Balance Rounds, which were originally agreed upon as a part of the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association, and restructured as part of the 2017-2021 Basic Agreement. The Competitive Balance Rounds give Clubs with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets an additional draft pick each year. Six teams were awarded CB Round A picks, and eight teams were given CB Round B picks. The groups of teams in each of the CB Rounds will alternate each year through 2021.

The Draft will have 40 rounds, and a Club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds. The 2017 Draft will span three days as it has since 2009. For day one on June 12th, Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A will air exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com. Beginning with the first pick in Round 2 and continuing through Competitive Balance Round B, the Draft will air live exclusively on MLB.com.

The intervals between selections during round one will last four minutes, followed by one-minute intervals between selections during Competitive Balance Round A, the second round and Competitive Balance Round B. The Draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 13th, when selections will be made for rounds 3-10, with one minute intervals between selections. Day three of the Draft on Wednesday, June 14th will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET), featuring picks in rounds 11-40, with no time delay between selections.

Beginning with the Draft preview show at 6:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network’s live coverage will feature news, analysis, interviews with Club front office personnel and representatives, footage from Club draft rooms, and features and interviews with prospects and newly drafted players. MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Dan O’Dowd, Harold Reynolds and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo will anchor the live coverage with contributions from MLB Network’s Scott Braun, Eric Byrnes, Cliff Floyd, Mike Lowell and Kelly Nash, as well as Jim Callis of MLB.com and John Manuel of Baseball America.

MLB.com will continue its exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final two days with a live draft show from its New York studios at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on June 13th, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from Mayo and Callis. It also will provide Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of more than 1,500 draft-eligible players with statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. On Twitter, the official Draft Twitter account, @MLBDraft, will provide up-to-the-moment updates and commentary using the official Draft hashtag, #MLBDraft, while @MLBDraftTracker will tweet all picks as they are made.

Each of the 30 Major League Clubs will be represented at the Draft by one of its former players and/or a member of its front office. Last year’s representatives included 2017 Hall of Fame electee Ivan Rodriguez; Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda; Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg; and former All-Stars Jason Bay, Andy Pettitte, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell, amongst others. The Club representatives who will attend the 2017 Draft will be announced in the weeks ahead, as well as information on MLB’s annual Draft Luncheon for media members. In addition to the Club representatives, two players chosen in the first round of the Draft last year were in attendance. Amateur players will again be invited to this year’s festivities.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger earns National League Player of the Week honors

Cody Bellinger (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 7th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Cody Bellinger will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Billy Hamilton (.355, 11 R, 6 XBH, 8 RBI, 9 SB) was also excellent this past week for the Cincinnati Reds. On Thursday, the speedster recorded his 200th career stolen base in his 424th career game, the fourth-fewest number of games to reach 200 steals by any Major League player since 1900. Only Vince Coleman (280) and Hall of Famers Tim Raines (361) and Rickey Henderson (366) reached the milestone in fewer games. Following an explosive two-game stretch on Friday and Saturday, in which he went 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits and four RBI, Hamilton became only the third Reds batter since 1900 to record three stolen bases and six runs scored over two games, joining Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1976) and Miller Huggins (1905). In Sunday’s win over the San Francisco Giants, Hamilton tripled in his third straight game, becoming the first Reds player to triple in three consecutive contests since Deion Sanders in 1997. Other noteworthy performances included outfielder Aaron Altherr (.429, 6 R, 5 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies; first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (.500, 6 R, 4 2B, 1.000 SLG) of the Washington Nationals; first baseman Matt Carpenter (.333, 8 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) of the St. Louis Cardinals; second baseman Javier Baez (.379, 7 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; and Mark Reynolds (.444, 5 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI) of the Colorado Rockies.

Bellinger hit .429 (9-for-21) with eight runs scored, a double, one triple, three home runs, 12 RBI and a stolen base over five games to claim his first career Player of the Week Award, and the first for a Dodgers position player since teammate Adrián González was awarded NL weekly honors on April 13, 2015. Among his NL counterparts, Cody finished the period first in RBI; tied for first in slugging percentage (1.000); tied for second in home runs; tied for third in batting average and runs scored; fourth in total bases (21); and tied for fifth in extra-base hits (5).

On Saturday night against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, the 21-year-old rookie went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and career-high five RBI. With his first career grand slam in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-2 win over the Padres, Bellinger became the first Dodger in the modern era (since 1900) to hit five round-trippers in his first 11 Major League games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Additionally, the Scottsdale, Arizona native became just the second player to debut since 1920 (when RBI became an official statistic) to record at least five home runs and 14 RBI in his first 11 games since Mark Quinn belted five homers and 16 RBI for the Kansas City Royals in 1999. Following his multi-homer output the night before, as part of a three-hit game, Bellinger became the first player in club history since 1913, to log two multi-homer games in his first 10 career games (also April 29th vs. Philadelphia). During his torrid two-game stretch, LA’s fourth round selection in the 2013 MLB Draft tallied three homers, nine RBI and four runs scored. Across his award-winning week, Bellinger logged four multi-hit games and struck out just three times in 22 plate appearances. Entering play today, the Dodgers own a 17-14 record (.548) and sit 2.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies for first place in the NL West.

 

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