The Detroit Lions may only have a temporary pact in place with defensive end Ezekiel Ansah after placing the franchise tag on him this offseason, but General Manager Bob Quinn made it clear how highly they value the veteran pass rusher.
According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Quinn said retaining Ansah was the team’s “number one conversation” had this offseason between himself and new head coach Matt Patricia.
The decision to use the franchise tag on Ansah came soon after Patricia was hired with the team officially placing the tag on Ansah in late February.
Pedro Alvarez doubled in a run in the fourth for the Orioles, a day after hitting a game-breaking grand slam in the 14th.
Machado tied it in the third with a two-out, two-RBI double into the left-field corner. The three-time All-Star is 5 for 9 with two home runs and four RBI over the past two games
Making his 200th career start, Tillman allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings, striking out three. He is 0-9 with an 8.63 ERA since earning a victory on May 7, a span of 20 starts.
Said Titans T Taylor Lewan, “This is a great state. This is a great city. And I think we’re all a little tired of the Preds carrying us for so long in the sporting world, so we need to hold our end of the bargain.”
Boston, meanwhile, is locked into second place and coach Brad Stevens is working to prepare his team to enter the playoffs without Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis. He used his regulars for most of the first three quarters against the pesky Hawks on Sunday, and Atlanta rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Boston 112-106.
“Weird. Yeah, I mean it’s strange,” Stevens said told the Boston Globe of the Celtics having their final position determined with several games remaining. “But, you know, to be able to play those guys and to get them reps and to be able to do some of that stuff — you know, I wish Guerschon (Yabusele) would’ve been available because he would’ve been able to take advantage of that as well.