NEW YORK (AP) — Searching for answers in a wobbly bullpen, the New York Mets optioned struggling right-hander Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday and recalled lefty Josh Smoker from their top farm club. The move was a bit surprising because Robles had been a staple of New York's relief corps since he was called up in April 2015 — and he was on an extended roll until falling apart just recently. He put together 12 consecutive scoreless outings from April 13 to May 10 before getting hit hard in his last three games, increasing his ERA from 1.42 to 6.23. "We just thought it was time for him to go down and kind of work on a couple things," manager Terry Collins said. "Right-hand hitters
May 22, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; The Nashville Predators celebrate after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports When the Nashville Predators won the NHL’s Western Conference Finals on Sunday, it wasn’t just the culmination of a tough series. It was the result of a 19-year process, one that included building an entire hockey culture from scratch, creating a team identity several times over, saving the franchise from relocation, and dealing with a brutally tough conference and division. These challenges and more, however, aren’t necessarily new ones for expansion teams. To varying
Joe Ross pitched eight strong innings in his return to Washington’s rotation. Washington right-hander Joe Ross stumbled out of the blocks this year, allowing 13 earned runs over three April starts for the Nats, resulting in a demotion to Triple-A. He wasn’t exactly lights-out at Syracuse, either, but he was there to adjust his arm slot and recover lost velocity. Run support was plentiful for Ross — Washington scored eight in the fourth inning — not that he needed much help.