1st Down: The Texas Rangers just don’t give up, do they? For the second game in a row against the Oakland A’s, they staged a late comeback on Friday night, doing so to take them down and win 8-5 this go-around. Andy Ibanez was the hero here, coming off the bench and pinch-hitting a single to drive in two with two outs. The win is Texas’ third in a row and has them at 21-23 as they seek to get back above the .500 mark.
2nd Down: The New York Yankees got a fourth straight win on Friday evening as they overcame the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on the road. Jameson Taillon was tremendous on the mound, throwing eight innings of two-hit ball, and he relied upon a pair of fourth-inning solo shots from Gleyber Torres and Matt Carpenter for the offense. Talion’s record on the year improved to 5-1 while his ERA is at 2.49 after the victory. The Yanks lead the Rays by 6.5 in the AL East.
3rd Down: Sources indicate that the Los Angeles Lakers have found their new head coach. If reports are true, that man’s name is Darvin Ham. Ham is the Milwaukee Bucks’ assistant coach, and he helped lead the team to an NBA title in 2021 under head coach Mike Budenholzer. Ham, who is said to have beaten Terry Stotts for the job, also won a title as a player, doing so in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.
4th Down: Another NBA report states that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic intends to stay with the team for the foreseeable future. Despite the front office leaving for Minnesota, the sources say that the now two-time MVP will sign a supermax extension worth $260 million over five years to remain with the team. Jokic was drafted back in 2014 as the 41st pick in the second round, and it’s safe to say that he has repaid- and then some- the faith the team has put in him over the years.