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Giménez Shines but Mets fall to Nationals 2-1

VIDEO: New York Mets Manager Luis Rojas along with stars Rick Porcello and Luis Guillorme share these thoughts after the team’s 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals in MLB action on 8/11 at Citi Field.

The New York Mets (7-11) continue to see some impressive production from infielder  Andres Gimenez, who did a bit of everything in the 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals (6-7) on Tuesday night. Gimenez continues to gain confidence while impressing all in his overall play for the franchise this season.

The rookie was able to rip a triple in the Bottom of the Fourth Inning, in addition to continuing to show a tremendous glove playing some wonderful defense. Giminez combined with fellow infielder  Luis Guillorme to turned a pair of slick 4-6-3 double plays in the fifth and sixth innings. In that same frame there was also a ESPN Top-10-esque play by Andres when he was able to make a diving stop to rob Juan Soto of a single.

Overall Gimenez is showing the higher ups that making the call to allow him to play with the big league club this season was the right one to make, and is making a great case as to why he should be a guy that can be inserted into the line-up on a daily basis for Manager Luis Rojas.

For Rojas he continues to see the rest of his bats struggle as the Mets stranded seven runners on base in the game on Tuesday.  Thus far the guys have not done the job they have hoped too when it comes time for bringing in runners that are on base and that is something that is hoped to be changed quickly in this 60 game season.

On the mound for New York starter Rick Porcello had a solid start going six innings, striking out five batters and giving up eight hills. Opposing Porcello was Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who went six innings, striking out seven batters and giving up six hits.

The Mets will wrap up this series with the Washington Nationals tonight (Wednesday) with the starting pitcher for New York to be announced. Washington is set to have righty Aníbal Sánchez (0-2, 7.84 ERA) ready for his regularly scheduled start. The game between the Mets and the Nationals is set for 7:10 p.m. with the game airing on the SNY and MASN networks.

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Liberty Show Grit in 93-78 loss to Sparks

VIDEO: New York Liberty Head Coach Walt Hopkins along with stars Layshia Clarendon and Jazmine Jones share these thoughts after the team’s 93-78 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on 8/11 in WNBA action.

The New York Liberty (1-7) showed grit and toughness but ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Sparks (5-3) by a final score of 93-78 in Tuesday night WNBA action. The team as a whole continues to struggle with turnovers and rebounds and those two things will lead to losses quickly, especially when you are going up against one of the best teams in the league like the Sparks.

Here are some notes from the game itself:

New York had 35 rebounds, 12 assists and 40 bench points.

The Liberty finished the contest tied for their second-highest scoring effort of the 2020 season with 78 points.

In the first half, New York shot 100% (11-11) from the free throw line. The team finished with 95.7% (22-23) from the charity stripe, 15.5% above the team’s previous average. Tonight’s effort from the free throw line is the Liberty’s single-game high this season.

Los Angeles set a franchise record in three-point percentage in a single game, shooting 64.7% (11-17) from beyond the arc (minimum 15 attempts).

Key Runs:

Los Angeles opened the game on a 10-2 run before New York called its first timeout with 6:57 remaining in the opening quarter. The Sparks outscored the Liberty 28-14 in the first quarter.

Scoring was more equally balanced in the second quarter. LA outscored NY 23-20 before heading into the locker room.

Down as many as 21, New York cut the Los Angeles lead to 12 going into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sparks 28-23 in the third quarter.

The Sparks dominated the start of the fourth quarter on a 11-4 run to extend their lead and spark momentum that would carry them to victory.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Indiana Fever for the first time this season on Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. ET on YES Network.

PLAYER NOTABLES

Jazmine Jones recorded 14 first half points off the bench and finished the contest with a game and career-high 24 points on 50.0% (8-16) shooting from the field and 50.0% (1-2) from beyond the arc. Jones also nabbed a career high 5 steals, which is tied for the second-most by a player in a single-game this season.

Liberty Legend and Ring of Honor member Teresa Weatherspoon holds the franchise record for most steals in a single game with 8 (7/10/97 vs. Charlotte).

Layshia Clarendon totaled 11 points including 5 assists, in their third consecutive game scoring in double digits. Layshia has scored in double figures in 7 of the team’s 8 games this season.

Amanda Zahui B recorded 9 points and 10 rebounds on 60.0% (3-5) shooting from beyond the arc. This marks Zahui B’s fourth consecutive game with least 3 three-point field goals made.

The tandem of Sydney Wiese and Riquana Williams led the Sparks’ offense with 17 points apiece. Los Angeles saw three additional players in double figure scoring, including Candace Parker (17), Brittney Sykes (15) and Nneka Ogwumike (11).

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Black Wolves Welcome Brad Smith to New England

It was announced that the New England Black Wolves have signed Brad Smith to a two-year deal.

Per team policy, no details were released.

The 2019 Duke University graduate, comes to the Black Wolves after winning the Premier Lacrosse Championship on August 9th with fellow Black Wolf Joe Nardella. Smith and the Whipsnakes defeated the Chaos 12-6 after scoring nine fourth-quarter goals in an impressive comeback. Throughout the two-week condensed season, Smith saw action in six games and tallied 15 points on eight goals and seven assists. His most notable goal of the series includes one that sparked the Whipsnakes’ comeback over Chaos to secure the victory in the championship.

During his time at Duke, Smith appeared in 74 career games both as an attack and midfilder. He earned USILA All-American honors three times along with two All-ACC nods. Smith graduated from Duke ranked 22nd in program history in points (175) and 12th in assists (88). The 6’3” also notched 87 goals.

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New York Mets Routed by Nationals 16-4

VIDEO: New York Mets manager Luis Rojas along with stars Steven Matz and Jeff McNeil along with Washington Nationals Star Juan Soto share these thoughts from the game held on August 10, 2020

The New York Mets (7-10) were bitten by the long ball as the Washington Nationals (5-7) launched several monster shots in their 16-4 victory at Citi Field.  New York is going to have to answer a lot of questions in a really short period of time as for the first time in a while the team actually has a starting rotation issue.

Finding reliable starting pitching is tough, especially when you are going up against some of the toughest lineups in Major League Baseball. Having a tough day on the mound for New York on Monday was Steven Matz , who worked four innings, striking out five batters and giving up eight early runs. Those runs just completely deflated the team all together as the energy was sucked out of the team thanks to the offensive barrage from the visiting side.

Washington was led by homers from Asdrúbal Cabrera, Trea Turner and Juan Soto all hurt Matz, with Soto’s soaring 463 feet beyond the Home Run Apple in center field. The whole starting rotation as a whole have not fared very well for New York and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen will have a ton of questions to answer for these next few games, as he and Manager Luis Rojas do not have a solid starting five in place.

It is going to be such a fast paced season and all of the Mets pitchers will have to try to figure out what combination of pitches will help them succeed if the team wants to have any hopes of doing well. It will also be interesting to see if Van Wagenen will make any moves to try to bring in a new energy and confidence to the team, or if he will leave it to this current group to put themselves and the franchise back on the winning track.

New York was able to see some positive contributions on the offense as Brandon Nimmo homered twice and Pete Alonso ripped a single during the course of the game.

The Mets and the Nationals continue a four game series tonight (Tuesday) as Rick Porcello (1-1, 6.92 ERA) takes on the ultra tough Max Scherzer (0-1, 3.29 ERA). In his last outing Porcello was able to start seven strong innings and was backed by some tremendous defense by New York. Scherzer who left his last outing on Wednesday isn’t going to miss his turn in the rotation, and thus far there are some Mets that have fared well against the Nats righty. Outfielder Michael Conforto holds a .344 average against Scherzer, and J.D. Davis holds a .333 average.

First Pitch between the Mets and the Nationals is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the action will be aired on the SNY and MASN Networks.

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Tough News for Mets who are Set to take on Nationals

VIDEO: New York Mets Manager Luis Rojas and Washington Nationals Manager Davey Martinez share these thoughts with the media prior to the game on August 10

The New York Mets (7-9) are getting ready for a four game series against the Washington Nationals (4-7) today (Monday) at Citi Field. This Major League Baseball Season isn’t going to be easy on any of the MLB teams, especially considering at any point in time one of the players may opt out because of the health concerns surrounding the MLB.

Well one player decided to do just that today as pitcher Marcus Stroman announced that he will not play for the rest of the 2020 Season. Stroman is the second Met to decide to sit out the season due to COVID-19, as outfielder Yoenis Céspedes also made the difficult decision not to play this year.

It is a really difficult call for any of the players to make, as they themselves have family members to take care of. Major League Baseball is one of the few leagues that has decided to do a non-hub season, as the teams travel from City to City

Stroman has not had a chance to see time on the mound for New York, as the starter has also been dealing with a left calf tear. In his career Stroman holds a  51-47 record with a 3.76 ERA over six seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays and Mets.

So for now Mets fans will have to see what moves the team will make next to fill Stroman’s spot.

In the things to get cautiously excited about for New York Infielder Andrés Giménez is having himself a really impressive season holding a .333 average, to go along with a .371 OBP recording 11 hits, he has a team-high three stolen bases.  Giménez is one of the many reasons for Mets fans to get excited about the team, as it is just a matter of time before the rest of the offensive bats come to life.

New York  is currently getting ready to take on the reigning World Series Champions the Washington Nationals as they have righty Steven Matz (0-2, 5.65 ERA) taking on lefty Patrick Corbin (1-0, 3.00 ERA). The last time that Matz saw the Nationals they were able to frustrate the starter by pulling his pitches to the opposite field, it’ll be interesting to see what adjustments will be made in the game tonight. Meanwhile, for Corbin he was able to earn his first win of the season against the Mets.

Corbin in his outing against the Mets struck out eight batters but also gave up eight hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings. The lefty holds a 4.48 ERA against New York. Having some success against the Nationals starter in the past was J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto who both have three hits each and Pete Alonso who has two hits.

The game between the Mets and the Nationals is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. with the game scheduled to air on the SNY Network in New York and the MASN Network for fans in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. area.

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Sky Blue FC Elizabeth Eddy Loaned to Vittsjo GIK in Sweden

Sky Blue FC has signed a loan agreement with Vittsjo GIK in Sweden, allowing Elizabeth Eddy to play for the club this fall. The loan is scheduled to run from August 1 through November 30.

Eddy joined Sky Blue in June 2019 and went on to record one goal and one assist in during her 17 appearances with Sky Blue last year. During the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, Eddy appeared in five of Sky Blue’s six matches, often coming on as a substitute to bring energy and stability to the Sky Blue attack.

In 2019, Vittsjo earned 41 points in 22 games, resulting in a third-place finish in the Damallsvenskan, Sweden’s top division. The club will be aiming for a first or second-place finish in 2020 in order to qualify for the European Champions League.

Vittsjo has played a total of nine matches, earning two wins and one draw thus far in the season. The club will play a total of 13 more matches across four months this fall in the Damallsvenskan.

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Washington Capitals Announce ALL CAPS 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Initiatives

The Washington Capitals announced recently fan initiatives in honor of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs presented by Boeing. The Capitals begin their First Round series against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, August 12, at 3 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The game will be televised locally on NBC Sports Washington and streamed live on the MyTeams app and NBCSportsWashington.com.

Highlights of the Capitals fan initiatives include:

Rally The Caps presented by Pepsi Zero Sugar

In conjunction with Capsule, Capitals fans are invited to share personalized messages for Capitals players through Rally The Caps presented by Pepsi Zero Sugar at WashCaps.com/RallyCaps. Fans are encouraged to share good luck messages, cheers, hockey hugs and goal song dances. A special Capitals theme will be applied to videos, and fans will receive an email with the video for personal use. Videos will also be featured on Capitals social channels.

Unleash the Fury

Throughout the playoffs, the Capitals are inviting fans to Unleash their “Fan Fury” and let their voice be heard during this year’s playoff run by recreating the Capitals’ signature fan rallying cry from home. Fans are invited to recreate the Unleash the Fury montage in full for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs by recording themselves doing their best reenactment of each movie line dressed like the actor from the film or in Caps gear.

The montage will be used in-arena during Capitals playoff games and on social media. Submit videos and view recording tips at WashingtonCaps.com/FanFury.

Virtual Gameday Pre-game Show Presented by Pepsi

Tune in to the Capitals Virtual Gameday Pre-Game Show presented by Pepsi on the Capitals Twitter and Facebook channels on game days. The program features game previews, promotions and contests, fan spotlights, interviews with players and fans and content from Toronto. The show is also available on Monumental Sports Network.

#NHLWarmups

To keep the warmup tradition alive between fans and players, Capitals fans are encouraged to make handmade Capitals signs and tweet a photo with the hashtag #NHLWarmups and @Capitals tagged. Select tweets featuring the signs will be selected to be shown in-arena during warmups. Stayed tuned to @Capitals on Twitter 24 hours prior to each game for additional information on #NHLWarmups.

All-Access Digital Content

Stay tuned to the Capitals social channels for all-access content throughout the playoffs, including behind the scenes footage and photos and game and practice coverage directly from Toronto. On game days, social content will reflect the traditional game day elements including the in-arena opening video, the Heroes Welcome and Salute to Troops. In addition, the first episode of #ALLCAPS All-Access presented by Pepsi debuted on Capitals social channels Aug. 2. The show offers an exclusive look at daily life in Toronto and will be posted regularly throughout the playoffs.

Game Presentation

Traditional elements of Capitals home games will be visible in all playoff games that the Capitals are designated as the “home” team. This includes music, videos, graphics, and artwork. The teams will hear the Capitals’ warm-up mix during pregame skate and will be welcomed to the ice at the conclusion of the Capitals playoff opening video. The national anthems will be presented in a video recording from Capitals vocalists, Caleb Green and Bob McDonald.

Pep Rally presented by Boeing

In conjunction with the playoffs, Capitals personalities including radio play-by-play voice John Walton, hockey ambassador Haley Skarupa and anthem singer Sgt. Major Bob McDonald hosted a virtual pep rally with members of the USA Warriors hockey team. Call participants discussed the return of playoff hockey, the Warriors military service and favorite hockey memories.

Club Red 365 Porch Pictures

Club 365 members were invited to submit photos of how they represent #ALLCAPS At Home. Capitals social channels will highlight submissions during the playoffs. Click here to view the images. In addition, season ticket members receive 30% off at Fanatics.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge

Capitals fans are encouraged to share their Stanley Cup Playoffs predications in the NHL Bracket Challenge prior to Game 1. The Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge is a match-up / pick-‘em style bracket contest. Fans can join the ALL CAPS league to compete against their friends, family & co-workers and see who can predict the outcome of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. When Playoff matchups are set, fans select the winner of each Playoff series and earn points for correct picks in a tiered scoring system. Picks will lock at before the first Playoff game, with fans encouraged to check their brackets and standings as many times as they want.

Retail Offers

The Team Store at Capital One Arena is now open Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Shoppers will receive a free mystery gift card with a $50 purchase.

The Team Store at Medstar Capitals Iceplex is open seven days per week by appointment and is also accepting phone orders. Shoppers will receive 25% off at the Team Store through Sunday, August 31, excluding playoff items and Jersey customization.

So Kids Can

As part of their So Kids Can initiative, Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson, along with Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning Show will continue to raise funds for The Greater Washington Urban League and DC Central Kitchen.

So Kids Can annually holds a preseason Starting Lineup Auction, and each player and Segal pledge $50 per Capitals win and $100 during playoffs. Fans are also encouraged to donate at washcaps.com/sokidscan.

In June, the So Kids Can participants split an initial $36,000 raised through the 2019-20 So Kids Can Starting Lineup Auction between the two organizations.

Capital One Arena

On Capitals game days, exterior signage at Capital One Arena will feature match-up graphics and broadcast information. In addition, the F Street marquee will feature the game day information.

Caps Radio

Capitals games can be heard on 106.7 The Fan, 1500 AM and Caps Radio 24/7. Listen live for free anywhere at CapsRadio247.com or on the Capitals Mobile App.

Stay Connected

Throughout the postseason visit the Playoff Hockey Hub at WashingtonCaps.com/playoffs for the latest playoffs information. Get the latest news and video from team practices, pregame shows, interviews, live postgame news conferences, expert analysis, and more. Fans are also encouraged to follow along on social media through the hashtag #ALLCAPS.

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