Rays’ Kevin Cash ‘not going to five’ pitchers for 2018 season

While other teams are pondering using six-man pitching rotations this season, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash is going with the opposite mindset and is planning to use a four-man rotation throughout the 2018 season.

Under Cash’s plan, four pitchers will still work on regular rest, but instead of going with a regular starter on every fifth day, Cash said it will be a bullpen day and he’ll have three or four relief pitchers go through the batting order once.

“It’s not part of baseball,” Hamels said March 3. “I know that’s the new analytical side of trying to reinvent the wheel, but I was brought up in the minor leagues on the five-man [rotation], and that’s what I’m designed and conditioned for.

The Los Angeles Angels also have discussed using a six-man rotation, while the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs tried it in 2017.

“We don’t discuss family politics or family issues, but he’s part of this family,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday. “Actions beget consequences. No player is bigger than the organization.”

Romero, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Houston, was a first-round pick last summer. Although some considered him a top-10 talent, he was selected 25th overall after a tumultuous junior year with the Cougars.

Romero, 21, was suspended for the first two weeks of the 2017 season for conduct detrimental to the team. He was later suspended again, with the Houston Chronicle reporting the suspension stemmed from a failed drug test. A third incident in May 2017 led to his dismissal from the Houston program.

Romero, who was recently ranked as Washington’s fourth-best prospect by ESPN’s Keith Law, pitched to a 5.40 ERA in six appearances with the Nationals’ low-A affiliate last season, tallying 32 strikeouts in 20 innings.

“Hopefully when he gets back here he’ll be better for it,” Rizzo said.

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Lightning looking to add to league-leading road win total

The Tampa Bay Lightning, in first place in the NHL, will be looking for their league-leading 22nd road win Saturday night when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

The Lightning (41-17-3) picked up their 21st road win of the season Thursday with a 4-3 win in Ottawa against the Senators, and will be out to match their franchise record for road wins against the Canadiens.

The Lightning had a franchise-record 22 road wins in 2003-04 and 2006-07.

Sources have described the confrontation as “heated,” noting the need for others in the practice gym to get between them during the argument. Noah left the team following the confrontation. The team initially said he exited for personal reasons and later said they mutually agreed that the veteran center would not return to the team until further notice.

Asked Tuesday if his run-in with Noah in late January would prevent the 33-year-old from returning to the team, Hornacek said, “No.”

The post-Super Bowl spot is typically a rub television networks give to their most promising programs. It’s been used to showcase stellar series like The Simpsons, The X-Files, and The Office in the past in an attempt to leech viewers from the most-watched broadcast of the year.

On Sunday, that honor will go to NBC drama This Is Us, which stars teen pop sensation Mandy Moore and former Saved by the Bell: The New Class guest star Milo Ventimiglia. The show has emerged as a hit with both critics and audiences, standing above the rest of a crop of unmemorable offerings that have failed to recapture the “Must See TV” mantel of NBC’s past. In two seasons, it’s been nominated for 10 Emmys and six Golden Globes. Sterling K. Brown has one of each award for best actor in a TV drama for his show-stealing performance as Randall.

Just weeks ago, the show also won a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.jays_595_6db821875c64c9f8-180x180

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According to the NFL, since McCarron was on the non-football injury list during his rookie season, he won’t be eligible to be an unrestricted free agent. However, McCarron said he was upfront about his medical history coming out of college (where it is assumed he sustained the shoulder injury that kept him out most of his rookie year) and that the Bengals shouldn’t have been placed him on the NFI.

The Bengals have until March 15 to tender McCarron as a restricted free agent.

The two successful coordinators will have to fight history in order to prove Bill Belichick’s coaching tree can bear fruit. Patriot assistants have typically been unsuccessful after being promoted to lead their own franchises. Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, Eric Mangini, Bill O’Brien, and McDaniels have combined for a 98-152 record as head coaches — a win rate that doesn’t even hit 40 percent.

It was around midfield and even Cris Collinsworth was unsure of the idea. The Foles catch was not only brilliant, it acts as an entry point to Pederson’s tactics for the game, his philosophy for the whole season, and his unrelenting trust in his players.

While outdoor Super Bowls are becoming increasingly rare, they’re certainly not unheard of. Since the Patriots’ era of dominance began in the 2001 season, seven of the games were played outdoors. One included the Patriots; the rest have not.

As for the future sites currently announced, only one (Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers) is indoors. Assuming the broadcast rotation doesn’t change, here’s how the next four shake out.

Ottawa had a number of chances to try and close the gap, but couldn’t beat Domingue.

Tampa Bay made it 4-1 with less than a second left in the second period when Point was left all alone in front and scored his 24th of the season.bears_088-223x223

Antetokounmpo scores 26, Bucks beat Raptors 122-119 in OT

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks felt extra good about getting a rare win against the Toronto Raptors.

“We didn’t deserve to win,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “They outworked us, the outplayed us, they outthought us. Whatever adjective you want to use, they did it to us tonight.”

Jonas Valanciunas’ buzzer-beating dunk for Toronto sent the game to overtime. He finished with 10 points.

Toronto suffered its first home loss since Jan. 26 against Utah. The Raptors are an NBA-best 24-5 at home.

“It’s good to have a tough loss like this,” Lowry said. “It kind of re-focuses us. We can get beat on any given night and we’ve got to come out there and play hard every night.”

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said the allegations in a Sports Illustrated report that the franchise has a hostile workplace for women came as “heartbreaking” and “truly disgusting” news.

Commissioner Adam Silver sent a letter to top officials of the NBA’s 30 teams on Thursday, outlining what Silver described as the league’s “commitment to providing employees with a safe and inclusive work environment.”

The hotline will be instituted next week, the memo said.

The rest of the memo outlined existing initiatives within the NBA on issues surrounding the league’s “Respect in the Workplace Policy,” including the NBA’s plan to “conduct a series of mandatory, small-group discussions facilitated by outside experts to ensure that we all have a full understanding of issues related to sexual harassment and expectations for how we should behave in the workplace.”jaguars_008-223x223