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Carlos Gomez and Gerrit Cole exchange words leading to bench-clearing fight (Video)

During Sunday’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, the scene turned ugly in the top of the third inning.

pirates-brewers-brawlBrewers center fielder Carlos Gomez hit what he apparently thought would be a solo home run. That ended up not being the case as the ball stayed in the field of play, hitting off the wall just out of the reach of Andrew McCutchen. Gomez wound up on third base with a triple.

That’s when Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole had a few words with Gomez and the situation escalated.

Punches were thrown and both Gomez and Travis Snider of the Pirates were ejected for their roles in the brawl.

Carlos Gomez has been known to admire his home runs in the past and on one occasion it led to a confrontation with Brian McCann. This time around, Gomez ended up on the ground thanks to Travis Snider.

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This is what Delino DeShields Jr. looks like after taking a 90 mph pitch to the face

delino-deshields-jrFor some of you baseball fans out there, the name Delino DeShields may ring a bell. He spent 13 seasons in the majors with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Cubs.

His son, Delino DeShields Jr., is now working his way up through the minors in attempt to make it to the big leagues himself. He was selected 8th overall in the 2010 Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros and now plays for the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League.

During Friday’s game, DeShields was unable to get out of the way and took a 90 mph pitch to the side of the face. Fortunately, he was able to walk off under his own power. The aftermath, however, is a non displaced maxillary sinus fracture and an extremely swollen face.

Yikes.

After an incident like that, it would be hard to blame a player for not wanting to step in a batter’s box again. Hopefully, DeShields has a full and speedy recovery.

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri yells ‘F**k Brooklyn!’ during rally prior to playoff game (Video)

masai-ujiri-raptors-rallyThe last time the Toronto Raptors hosted a playoff game was April 26, 2008, when they lost to the Orlando Magic 106-94 in the first round.

Saturday, fans in Toronto had their nearly six-year wait come to an end as the Brooklyn Dinosaurs Nets were in town to begin their best-of-seven first round series.

Prior to the game, there was a rally outside Air Canada Centre with thousands of hyped Raptors fans and one hyped general manager. While addressing the crowd, Masai Ujiri yelled a NSFW phrase that sent those in attendance into hysterics.

Tell us how you really feel, Masai.

I think Toronto is glad to have playoff basketball back.

H/T Eye On Basketball

Toronto Sun takes shot at Brooklyn Nets with newspaper cover

toronto-raptors-claw-logoAfter a regular season that saw the Toronto Raptors win a franchise record 48 games during the regular season, the team now has their sights set on an NBA championship as the NBA playoffs begin this weekend.

The Raptors secured the Eastern Conference’s three seed as Atlantic Division champs. Their first-round matchup will be against the team who finished behind them in the division, the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets, of course, added 36-year-old Paul Pierce and 37-year-old Kevin Garnett last summer to bolster their hopes of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the season. When you have older players on your team, sometimes people take shots their ages, like the Toronto Sun.

Cold world.

The Nets had a chance to claim the fifth seed on the final day of the season with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Jason Kidd rested all five of his starters. The 114-85 loss (combined with a Wizards win over the Celtics) meant the Nets fell to sixth.

Did the Nets “tank” that final game to set up a series with the Raptors? Some around Toronto think so.

Martin Maldonado literally knocked the cover off a baseball (Video)

During Friday’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, Martin Maldonado did something he will be able to tell people about for the rest of his life.

martin-maldonado-knocks-cover-off-baseballIn the top of the sixth inning, the 27-year-old catcher hit a ground ball to Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, which in itself doesn’t seem particularly noteworthy. The condition of the bouncing ball, however, is the story because Maldonado knocked its cover off. Seriously.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen that before.

The best part might be watching Alvarez throw the ball across the diamond with the cover flopping around. All that’s missing from Maldonado’s reaction at first base is a shrug as if to say, “Welp.”

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Craig Sager’s son tweets his father will begin treatment for acute Leukemia

Craig Sager Gregg PopovichThe NBA playoffs will get underway this weekend. As usual, TNT will be front and center as it will be carrying three series in the first round.

Unfortunately, it appears one of the network’s more well known personalities will not be present.

Craig Sager’s son tweeted on Thursday that his father, who was thought to be Leukemia free, will begin treatment for the cancer on Friday and that it will likely last 3-4 weeks.

LBS sends prayers to Craig Sager and his family.

H/T Deadspin

Eric Wood autographed the jockstrap a fan sent to him

eric-woodAfter being selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Eric Wood has played five seasons for the Buffalo Bills.

Offensive linemen generally aren’t the most popular players on the team, but they still sign more than their fair share of autographs for fans. Footballs, helmets, jerseys, and photos are a few items you would expect Wood to regularly sign his name on.

Not among the items listed above are jockstraps. But, that’s exactly what Eric Wood recently received and he obliged the fan’s request by autographing it.

Now that the foundation has been laid, Wood wants to see the bar raised.

Ok, Bills fans. Let’s see what you’ve got.