SPORTS DIGEST || Bauer starts Twitter spat on Astros pitchers


Bauer starts Twitter spat on Astros pitchers

HOUSTON

Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer ignited a Twitter battle on Tuesday when he insinuated Houston Astros pitchers are using sticky substances to increase their spin rates.

It started when Bauer responded to a tweet that read: “Are Astros doctoring baseball or throwing spit balls. Look at spin rates of (Justin) Verlander, (Gerrit) Cole and (Charlie) Morton, increased dramatically pitching in Astros uniform. They (sic) probably using a substance or like chewing gum like Morton did like postseason.”

Bauer’s first tweet was simply 36 thinking emojis before he went further in a sarcastic second tweet that read: “If only there was just a really quick way to increase spin rate. Like what if you could trade for a player knowing that you could bump his spin rate a couple hundred rpm overnight...imagine the steals you could get on the trade market! If only that existed.”

Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon came to the defense of his team with a tweet. It read in part: “Jealousy isn’t a good look on you my man. You have great stuff and have worked hard for it, like the rest of us, no need for this.”

Bauer responded to McCullers, saying he isn’t jealous and that he respects “what you all are doing over there.” He then added that: “My gripe is with the hypocrisy of MLB for selectively enforcing rules when it suits them.”

Jets erase 3-goal deficit to beat Predators, 7-4

WINNIPEG, Manitoba

Blake Wheeler scored on the power play with 4:59 to play and the Winnipeg Jets roared back from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Nashville Predators 7-4 on Tuesday night and grab a 2-1 lead in their second-round playoff series.

After missing on a number of earlier chances, the Jets captain connected on a rebound off Mark Scheifele’s shot from a tight angle for his second of the postseason.

Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and an assist for Winnipeg, while Paul Stastny added a goal and two assists.

Wheeler also had an assist and added the empty-netter with under a minute to play. Brandon Tanev also scored with Rinne on the bench in the game’s final minute.

Jacob Trouba scored a goal and set up another for a two-point night. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 stops.

Baby on board: Junior, wife have first child

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, announced the birth of their first child Tuesday on social media.

Isla Rose Earnhardt was born Monday night, Amy Earnhardt tweeted , calling their daughter “the best dream ever.” Earnhardt added: “Everyone was right. It’s a new beginning. Now everything I do will be for her and Amy. So blessed.”

Earnhardt retired from NASCAR competition at the end of last season and will be an analyst on NBC beginning in July.

Twins place 3B Sano on DL with hamstring

MINNEAPOLIS

The Minnesota Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The Twins made the before their game against Toronto, retroactive to Saturday. Sano is batting just .213 in 20 games, with four doubles, five home runs, 14 RBIs and nine walks.

Manager Paul Molitor, at least, sounded optimistic about Sano avoiding a long absence. Sano was diagnosed with the least severe strain.

“We’ll just try to keep him doing what we can in the short term and see what happens,” Molitor said.

To replace Sano, the Twins selected the contract of infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The 33-year-old Petit has played in parts of five major league seasons for four teams. The Twins designated left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns for assignment or release to make room for Petit on the 40-man roster.

The Twins also returned right-hander Tyler Kinley to Miami. The winter-meeting draft pick gave up nine runs and nine hits in 31/3 innings.

Associated Press

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