ESPN.com news services Referencing Allen Iverson's famed practice rant, San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon has dismissed a report that there was tension in the team clubhouse over bullpen stretching. "I'm shocked," Melancon told reporters Monday before the Giants' 9-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. "But honestly, if this is the thing we can point at and say this is the reason for the bad year so far, then please bring it on. We're talking about stretching, right? Stretching. I feel like Allen Iverson talking about stretching. We're still talking about stretching. I don't want to talk about stretching, but we're talking about stretching." Manager Bruce Bochy, meanwhile, called the whole
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host a special 1st of July game this Saturday, highlighted by a State Forty Eight Patriotic T-shirt giveaway, Fireworks Spectacular and holiday-themed food items. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Patriotic T-shirt, courtesy of State Forty Eight, and enjoy a 7:10 p.m. matchup against National League West opponent Colorado Rockies in the comfort of air-conditioned Chase Field. After the game, fans will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Gila River Casinos. Due to the recent heat warnings, fans are encouraged to take extra measures and bring their own water to the game in preparation for potentially long lines at the gates before entering the ballpark.
With the 2017 All-Star break just a few short weeks away, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking like the best team in baseball. Big numbers by Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw have given L.A. a 10-game win streak and the best record in the National League, making them the World Series favorite in the NL. Going 51-26 to start the season, the Dodgers are tied with the Chicago Cubs with +600 betting odds to win the championship, via Bovada.lv.