1st Down: Phil Mickelson will not play in the PGA Championship next week. After three months of sitting out, Phil had entered the major, one in which he is the defending champion, but he will not break that streak as he continues to be surrounded by controversy due to his desire to play for the new LIV series.
2nd Down: Robinson Cano didn’t exactly have things work out well for him with the New York Mets, but that didn’t stop the San Diego Padres from making a move to sign the veteran second baseman in order to get extra depth and experience. The Mets still owe him in excess of $44 million, but the Padres will pay him much less at around the league minimum of $700K.
3rd Down: On the actual field of play on Friday, the Houston Astros extended their recent winning streak to 11 by taking down the Washington Nationals 6-1 in DC. Jose Altuve set the tone with a first-pitch homer in the top of the first while Framer Valdez went 7.2 innings with just the one earned run given up.
4th Down: The Philadelphia 76ers might have been ousted from the 2022 Playoffs, but that won’t stop them from trying to put the band back together. GM Daryl Morey stated on Friday that he hoped to resign James Harden despite the short-lived formula not working out this go-around.