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Aaron Boone Comments On Nestor Cortes’ No-Hit Bid



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The New York Yankees earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory against the Texas Rangers on Monday.

The hero of the day was pitcher Nestor Cortes, who had a no-hit bid broken in the eighth inning.

It was still a majestic performance, one that included 7.1 scoreless innings and 11 strikeouts.

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy in MLB surrounding the managers’ decision on pitchers with ongoing no-hit or perfect game bids.

In Clayton Kershaw‘s first start of the season, for example, he was removed with 80 pitches and six outs to go to complete a perfect game.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone talked about the situation, specifically stating what he would have done had Cortes not received that hit.

“Aaron Boone: ‘I was gonna let him go until he gave it up. Unless he started to walk a lot of guys and it got out of hand,’” he said, according to The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler.


Cortes Was Close To Making History

Cortes was removed at 103 pitches, had he retired Jonah Heim in the eighth, he would have been four outs shy of making history.

It’s important to note, however, that Boone said he would remove him if he ran into control issues.

Cortes walked four hitters on the afternoon.

He shouldn’t jeopardize his team’s winning chances just to protect a pitcher’s no-hit bid, so that last part of Boone’s quote was actually savvy managing.

Even if he didn’t quite make history today, it was still a masterful performance by the Yanks’ unexpected ace.

He is now boasting a minuscule 1.42 ERA on the season, with 42 strikeouts in 32 innings.

He has been lights-out all season, and there is no reason to think he can’t continue dominating.

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Fernandez happy to overcome ‘football match’ crowd in win over Mladenovic



Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez in action during her first round match against France’s Kristina Mladenovic (REUTERS)

Filipino-Canadian Leylah Fernandez learned first-hand how loud the crowd at Roland Garros can be when she triumphed over local hope Kristina Mladenovic in the French Open first round on Sunday.

Last year’s U.S. Open finalist dominated Mladenovic in a 6-0 7-5 clash, despite the noisy support of the Parisian public for their favourite.

“Honestly it was very difficult but I’m very happy that I was able to play against such a crowd, because I always had the dream of having a crowd against myself,” Fernandez told a news conference.

“Having that experience of the French crowd that was chanting, shouting, it was a great experience, like a football match.

“I just tried to think about my game and to have fun on the court because it’s not every day you have such an atmosphere. I’m very happy to have lived such a match.”

The 19-year-old will face four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Katerina Siniakova in the second round on Wednesday.


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Candace Parker’s triple-double leads Chicago over Washington



WASHINGTON — Candace Parker finished with her second career triple-double and the Chicago Sky pulled away in the second half to beat the Washington Mystics 82-73 on Sunday.

Parker totaled 16 points, 13 rebounds and picked up a 10th assist on a basket by Allie Quigley with 21.2 seconds remaining.

It was the 11th triple-double in WNBA history. Parker joins Sheryl Swoopes and Courtney Vandersloot as the only three players to accomplish the feat twice.

Parker was the sixth player to post a triple-double when she pulled it off in 2017 against the San Antonio Stars. Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty was the last to record a triple-double, accomplishing the feat in May of 2021 against the Minnesota Lynx.

Azura Stevens scored 13 off the bench for Chicago (3-2). Quigley and Kahleah Copper added 12 points apiece, while Emma Meesseman and reserve Rebekah Gardner scored 11.

Ariel Atkins had 20 points to lead Washington (5-2).

SUN 92, FEVER 70

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alyssa Thomas and Brionna Jones scored 18 points each and the Connecticut Sun breezed to a victory over the Fever.

Thomas added six rebounds and six assists for Connecticut (4-1), which jumped out to a 26-15 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Courtney Williams scored 15 and Jonquel Jones pitched in with 13 points and nine boards.

Victoria Vivians topped Indiana (2-6) with 15 points, while Emily Engstler scored 11 with eight rebounds.

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Maple Leafs sign defenseman Mark Giordano to two-year, $1.6M extension



The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed an extremely team-friendly extension with defenseman Mark Giordano, paying him $800,000 per season for two years.

Toronto acquired Giordano, the 2019 Norris Trophy winner, at the 2022 trade deadline from the Seattle Kraken. The first captain in Kraken history had new life breathed into his game upon joining Toronto. While he saw more limited ice time, the ageing defenseman showed that he could get back to his elite game given less pressure and minutes. Averaging under 20 minutes per game in Toronto for the first time since 2009, Giordano had a very respectable 12 points in 20 regular-season contests. He added on two assists in seven playoff games.

While broken up in the playoffs, he and Timothy Liljegren looked absolutely spectacular for Toronto post-deadline. With similar playing styles, Giordano seemed to be the appropriate mentor for the young Liljegren. It’s hard to imagine that they won’t see some more time together in 2022-23.

The 50-plus-point seasons of yore certainly aren’t in the cards for Giordano moving forward. However, he’s shown the ability over the past few seasons to maintain his defensive game even as his point totals fall. He’s still much more valuable than a standard seventh defenseman, immediately making his contract a steal. If he’s able to maintain that level of defensive play or even just limit its decline, this becomes an extremely valuable signing to add defensive depth on the left side while Rasmus Sandin continues to develop his game.

Giordano was also the recipient of the 2020 Mark Messier Leadership Award, evidencing his long-standing reputation of being a strong voice in the room. Over 1,024 career games, the 6-foot-1, 200-pund defenseman has 151 goals, 393 assists and 544 points.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was first to report the deal.

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