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 DAILY SIX PACK
THURSDAY, APRIL 17
LOCAL ROUNDUP
*BRADLEY STRUGGLES: Dbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley struggled in his first start at AAA Reno after his agent went public about the organization keeping his client in the minor leagues. Bradley was the losing pitcher on Wednesday night, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while throwing 92 pitches and just 50 strikes in four and two-third innings. Bradley, after three starts, is 1-2 with a 3.31 ERA, but has allowed 23 runners and three home runs over just 16 innings.
*HILL NOT INTERESTED: former Sun Grant Hill denied a report that he was interested in becoming the Pistons next general manager.
PAC 12 ROUNDUP
*ADAMS STAYING: UCLA will not lose Jordan Adams to the NBA Draft, according to Adams. The Bruins have already lost Kyle Anderson and Zach LeVine while Norman Powell might leave early.
*BROWNE ENDS TALK: USC QB  Max Browne halted rumors he will tranfer after new coach Steve Sarkisian announced that Cody Kessler will be the starter to begin the 2014 season.
GRAPEVINE
*HAMELS CLOSE: Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, if there are no setbacks, should make his season debut next week. 
*SALAZAR STRUGGLING: Danny Salazar was hit hard again today and his spot in the Indians rotation may depend on what happens next week when he is scheduled to start twice.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
LOCAL ROUNDUP
*DBACKS LAST: the Dbacks are 30th and last in the CBSSports.com  ratings updated on Wednesday.
*CARSON GONE: the ASU career of Jahii Carson officially ended today with his confirmation that he is off to the NBA Draft. Those saying he will not be drafted are either haters or misinformed.
NATIONAL ROUNDUP
*UCLA LOSING AT LEAST TWO: Kyle Anderson and Zach LeVine made their NBA Draft intentions official today. Two other Bruins, Jordan Adams and Norman Powell, are also considering a jump.
*WESLEY LEAVING USC: David Wesley, the Trojans leading scorer this past season, is on schedule to graduate and looking for another school to play for during the 2014-15 season.
GRAPEVINE
*DREW REMAINS AVAILABLE: ex-Dback Stephen Drew remains unsigned and likely will maintain that status until after the June draft when the price will not include a first-round draft pick. 
*RANGERS TALK: Adrian Beltre voiced his displeasure with the organization after they placed him on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Meanwhile, there are whispers that Prince Fielder has added some pounds and his bat speed has slowed down.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15
NO SIX PACK TODAY - BACK ON WEDNESDAY

MONDAY, APRIL 14
DBACKS REPORT
*METS 7, DBACKS 3: the Dbacks have lost six straight games at Chase Field, their longest losing streak at home since August of 2012 ... the Dbacks left seven runners on base, adding to their major league most, while three pitchers allowed 17 base runners.
*DBACKS MAKE MOVES: the Dbacks, in need of innings, sent Will Harris back to AAA Reno on Monday and selected the contract of Mike Bolsinger, who has been a starter at Reno.
LOCAL ROUNDUP
*GORDON TO NBA: Aaron Gordon is off to the NBA Draft, according to various reports. Also, ESPN is reporting that Nick Johnson is likely to leave early while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski are leaning toward returning. 
GRAPEVINE
*TEAMS LOOKING TO DEAL: the NFL Draft has more trade rumors than usual with four of the top five teams looking to deal down. The Texans, Jags, Browns and Raiders, apparently, do not think there is a top five quarterback.
*WOLVES WANT HOIBERG: the Timberwolves will not retain Rick Adelman and want to hire Fred Hoiberg, who signed a contract extension last week at Iowa State.
*BONUS FACT: the NBA West has gone 283-166 against the East this season.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13
MLB SCOREBOARD
*YANKEES 3, RED SOX 2: the Yankees won three out of four against the shorthanded Red Sox  ... ASU alum Dustin Pedroia (left wrist) was sent back to Boston prior to Sunday night's game. The Red Sox sounded all but certain that Pedroia was, at best, headed to the disabled list.
*ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 4: the Athletics won two of three for a second straight weekend over the Mariners, who won the two games started by Felix Hernandez. 
*BRAVES 10, NATIONALS 2: the Braves continued their two-season dominance of the Nationals, who pitched and played defense poorly while running the bases like a little league team. The Braves won five of six over the Nats the last two weekends and have won 18 of 25 meetings since the start of last season.
AROUND MLB
*LESTER SAYS NO: Jon Lester turned down the Red Sox lowball offer of four years for $70-$80 million, which is less than they signed John Lackey for before the 2010 season. Do the Red Sox really want to keep Lester and why wouldn't he walk after that offer?
*RAYS TAKE ANOTHER HIT: the Rays now have 60 percent of its projected rotation on the DL after placing Alex Cobb (strained oblique) on the disabled list today. He joins Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson.
*THE REDS PANIC: the Reds have already had a team meeting and the powers moved Joey Votto from third to second in the lineup, which makes no sense when considering Zach Cozart (.065), the pitcher and Billy Hamilton (.147) are  in front of Votto.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12
LOCAL ROUNDUP
*CARDINALS MAY SELECT LB: the Cardinals should be worried about inside linebacker after Karlos Dansby left via free agency and with Daryl Washington facing a second  suspension. The Cardinals recently worked out Ryan Shazier of Ohio State.
*UA QB ISSUES UNRESOLVED: the UA quarterback battle may be more muddled after Saturday's spring game. Jesse Scroggins was the first on the field, followed by Anu Solomon and Chaparral High School almu Connor Brewer. Solomon and Brewer outplayed Scroggins. 
MORE COLLEGE FB
*IRISH GOING TO TURF: Notre Dame played its spring game today on the Notre Dame Stadium grass field. That grass field will be gone soon, to be replaced by field turf by the start of the 2014 season.
GRAPEVINE
*REDDICK IN DANGER: the A's considered sending the struggling Josh Reddick to the minor leagues when Craig Gentry was activated on Saturday.
*O'S NEED HELP: the Orioles slow start is in large part due to the injuries that have sidelined Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy, who have been missed at the plate and in the field.
*ROYALS MAY SEEK POP: the Royals, who hit the fewest homers in the fewest homers in the American League and are last again this season, need a bopper in the middle of their lineup.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11
LOCAL ROUNDUP
*DBACKS SIGN WOLF: the Dbacks inked veteran Randy Wolf to a minor league contract. The Dbacks likely, have all but guaranteed Wolf a quick promotion to the major leagues.
*ASU ADDS ASSISTANT: Barret Perry, most recently at national power Indian Hills Community College, was officially named today by Herb Sendek. 
NATIONAL ROUNDUP
*HEAT 98, PACERS 86: the Heat scored the first 16 points of the second half to take a 61-42 lead. The Pacers trailed just 45-42 at the half, but did not score a field goal during the last six minutes of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half. The Heat, with the win, moved ahead of the Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings. 
*RED SOX 4, YANKEES 2:Grady Sizemore hit a three-run homer off C.C. Sabathia as Jon Lester won the battle of veteran lefthanders in a game with no pine tar spotted on either pitcher. The rivals have split the first two games of their four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
GRAPEVINE
*PARKER TALKS: Jabari Parker denied a report that he has made arrangements for 2014-15 housing at Duke. He also indicate that he will announce his NBA Draft decision on Tuesday or Wednesday.
*JACKSON A NO-SHOW: DeSean Jackson was absent from the first week of Redskins OTAs.













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OFF ON FRIDAY - WILL RETURN SATURDAY WITH ASU SPRING FOOTBALL, DBACKS-DODGERS + NBA POST-SEASON UPDATES
THE BOTTOM LINE
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
NBA PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
WESTERN CONFERENCE
#1 SAN ANTONIO VS. #8 DALLAS (regular season - San Antonio 4-0): Spurs in five - the Mavericks do not defend.. 
*#2 OKLAHOMA CITY VS. #7 MEMPHIS (regular season - Oklahoma City 3-1): Thunder in seven - the Grizzlies control the tempo and make this the best first round series.
*#3 LA CLIPPERS VS. #6 GOLDEN STATE (regular season - 2-2): LA in six - the Warriors have a shooters chance, but the Andrew Bogut injury is the difference.
*#4 HOUSTON VS. #5 PORTLAND (regular season - Rockets 3-1): Blazers in seven - the Blazers play better defense.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
*#1 INDIANA VS. #8 ATLANTA (regular season - 2-2): Pacers in five - the Hawks would have a shot with a healthy Al Horford.
*#2 MIAMI VS. #7 VS. CHARLOTTE (regular season - Miami 4-0): Heat in four - the Hornets, with good reason, wanted anybody else in the first round.
*#3 TORONTO VS. #6 NEW JERSEY (regular season - 2-2): Nets in seven - the best first round Eastern series because the Raptors have the best backcourt in the East.
*#4 CHICAGO VS. #5 WASHINGTON (regular season - Washington 2-1): Bulls in five - the biggest coaching mismatch in the first round.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
GAME DAY
*SUNS 104, KINGS 99: Archie Goodwin finished with a rookie season high of 29 points in 31 minutes as the Suns won the season finale to even the season series with the Kings ... Jeff Hornacek did not use Goran Dragic (ankle) while the other regulars were limited to 21 or fewer minutes ... the Suns finished the season 48-34, far better than the 19 1/2 win total in Las Vegas at the start of the season.
*METS 5, DBACKS 2: the Dbacks received, for them, decent starting pitching, but impatient offense and the daily bad defense and base running continued during the finale of a 0-6 homestand ... Brandon McCarthy allowed three runs, but failed to finish the sixth inning after hitting the 104-pitch mark ... the Dbacks, after being shutout on Tuesday night, did not score until the bottom of the ninth inning when Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt hit consecutive homers off former Dback Jose Valverde ... the Dbacks had two more errors, including Miguel Montero's fourth error of the season while Gerardo Parra was thrown out second trying to stretch a single into a double ... the Dbacks, now a major league worst 4-14, are idle on Thursday before beginning a three-game series on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
GAME DAY
*METS 9, DBACKS 0the Dbacks hit rock bottom, again ... Bronson Arroyo allowed nine runs on 10 hits in three and one-third innings as the Dbacks trailed by nine runs before they had a base runner ..,. the Dbacks had just three hits while dropping to a major league worst 4-13.

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014
GAME DAY 
*GRIZZLIES 97, SUNS 91: the Suns were unable to finish for a third straight game, this time outscored 7-0 during the final 1:08 in what a playoff elimination game... the Suns, in their final six possessions, missed five field goal attempts and turned the ball over ... Markieff Morris led the Suns with 21 points, but Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe combined to make 12 of 30 shots and finished with just 27 points ... the Grizzlies Zach Randolph and Mike Miller each posted season highs with 32 and 21 points, respectively. 
FOR MORE ANALYSIS, HIGHLIGHTS AND POST-GAME REACTION CHECK OUT THE 9:15 AND 11:03 SEGMENTS OF TUESDAY'S SPORTS ZONE

SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014
GAME DAY
*DODGERS 8, DBACKS 6: another loss for the Dbacks, who are now 4-11 and already six games behind the first-place Dodgers, another bad Trevor Cahill performance and another Adrian Gonzalez home run ... the Dbacks are 0-5 against the Dodgers, all five of those have been Dbacks home games, including the two games in Australia ... Cahill dropped to 0-4 on the season after allowing seven runs and retiring just 10 of the 22 batters he faced. He threw first pitch strikes to just 11 of those 22 hitters and was gone after four innings and 98 pitches ... Gonzalez homered in all three games of the Dodger weekend sweep while driving in 10 runs.
NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE 
*GRIZZLIES 102, LA LAKERS 90: blame Kendell Marshall - the former Suns first round picks was destroyed by Mike Conley as the Lakers, headed for the worst record in franchise history, were down just one at halftime before being outscored 34-17 in the third quarter ... the Grizzlies can clinch the final playoff spot in the West with either a win on Monday night over the Suns or a win on Wednesday night at home against the Mavericks. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014
NO JOY IN MUDVILLE
*MAVERICKS 101, SUNS 98: the Suns, for a second straight night, blew a double digit lead (13 points this time) and got killed by the three-point shot from the opponent ... the Suns went on a 9-2 run to draw within 99-98, but they failed to score on their final three possessions ... the Suns no longer control their own destiny. Even if the Suns beat Memphis on Monday night, the Grizzlies would still need to lose either Sunday night at Los Angeles to the Lakers or Wednesday night at home against Dallas ... the Mavericks clinched a playoff spot with the win and have no reason to play their regular rotation in that finale at Memphis. 
*DODGERS 8, DBACKS 5: the Dbacks fell to 0-4 against the Dodgers with all four losses home games because the organization gave up two home games in Australia ... Adrian Gonzalez continued his destruction of the Dbacks, starting the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning ... Wade Miley, who has become the Dbacks ace by default, struggled with location. allowing five runs and 11 baserunners while throwing a whopping 102 pitches in just five innings ... the Dbacks awful early season situational hitting continued with eight runners left in scoring position after two.outs ... the final score looked closer than it really was as the Dbacks scored three tmes in the ninth.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014
GAME DAY
*SPURS 112, SUNS 104: the short-handed Suns blew a 21-point lead and lost to the even more short-handed Spurs ... the Suns were without Goran Dragic, out with an ankle injury, while Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili did not dress and Tony Parker, a surprise starter, scored 18 points, but did not play down the stretch ... the Suns led 35-14 during a 37-point first quarter, but turnovers and some bad decisions down the stretch killed their chances ... the Suns, with the loss, dropped into 9th place in the Western Conference.
*DODGERS 6, DBACKS 0: Adian Gonzalez drove in five runs, the first on a two-run homer in the first inning off Brandon McCarthy, and the Dbacks managed just two hits against Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jamey Wright ... McCarthy has allowed five or more runs in three consecutive starts for the first time in his career ... Ryu has pitched 19 consecutive scoreless against the Dbacks ... Mark Trumbo's inadequate left field play continued. He threw to the wrong base in the third inning and misplayed a line drive hit by Hanley Ramirez in the eighth inning.










































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