Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sports

Suspended Reyes reunites with banged-up Mets

ATLANTA — The Mets signed SS Jose Reyes to a minor-league contract Saturday, reuniting with their former star who now must return from a suspension for domestic violence as he attempts to revive his career.

In a move GM Sandy Alderson said was unrelated, slumping OF Michael Conforto was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, and OF Brandon Nimmo was called up to be with the team for Saturday night's game at the Braves.

Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11 but might be used in a utility role in his return. Alderson said Reyes will play third base in his first minor-league game with short-season Class A Brooklyn today. Alderson said Reyes also will work in the outfield.

Mets 3B David Wright could miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. 1B Lucas Duda and OF Juan Lagares also are on the disabled list.

Reyes was cut by the Rockies after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. He became a free agent Saturday.

Alderson said on a conference call he believes Reyes deserves a second chance, though he acknowledged he expects some will disagree.

"I do believe he is a good person at heart, a good person who made a big mistake and a good person who deserves a second chance with conditions," Alderson said, adding one condition is Reyes must continue counseling.

Alderson was asked what he would say to fans offended by the decision to sign Reyes.

"I think we fully understand there will be differences of opinion about this. Some people will feel strongly and differently. I think we accept that, and we respect that. All I can say is Jose and the organization will be held to a standard going forward that recognizes the seriousness of domestic abuse and commitment to stand against it."

REDS HONOR ROSE: Pete Rose joked about his hair and age. He reminisced about all those wins with the Big Red Machine. There was one thing the hits king was determined not to do when he was inducted into the Reds' Hall of Fame.

"I've already cried on the field one time," Rose said, referring to the time he got his record-setting hit. "That's enough."

Rose, 75, kept his composure during a pregame ceremony in Cincinnati honoring him as the 86th player to go into the team's hall. Many of his former teammates, including Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, were on hand to join in the humor and the honor.

Rose's lifetime ban from baseball for gambling prevents him from getting into Cooperstown, but the Reds got permission to honor him.

TIGERS GET RUN, STILL LOSE: The Tigers were credited with an extra run from the last play of Friday night's loss to the Indians, making the final score 7-5. Detroit had one out and runners on first and second when Miguel Cabrera's fly to right-center was caught by Rajai Davis, who bobbled the ball. The Indians doubled Cameron Maybin off first for the third out, but Ian Kinsler scored before Maybin was retired.

NATIONALS: RHP Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start today because of back pain. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start with an upper back strain.

ROYALS: All-Star LF Alex Gordon, out since May 22 with a fractured right wrist, was activated from the DL.

Comments

Cabreras win Father-Son Challenge in Orlando

ORLANDO — Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory Sunday in their debut at the Father-Son Challenge. "This is certainly my best week of the year," said Cabrera, 48, who has one of the best nicknames on tou...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Warren Sapp pointed to the sky. And then he dropped Kurt Warner to the ground.The Bucs had just intercepted Warner for the fourth time. Sapp’s block cleared the way for Derrick Brooks to cross the goal line and clinch the win.Before Tampa Bay p...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Published: 12/16/17
Updated: 12/17/17

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

Could tell just how much Ryan Callahan meant in the Lightning dressing room by hearing teammates talk about his latest injury. Steven Stamkos said he was "sick to my stomach." Brayden Point called him a "heart and soul player." Teammates all saw how ...
Published: 12/16/17
Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

The good news for the Lightning is that GM Steve Yzerman is hopeful RW Ryan Callahan will be ready to go in 3-4 weeks when his upper body injury is re-evaluated. The hard part, however, is finding someone to replace the veteran wing. "I don’t know if...
Published: 12/16/17
Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Thunder 111-96 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 ...
Published: 12/16/17
Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

BOSTON — Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games (9-3-1) overall...
Published: 12/16/17

Sports in brief

MLBTRADE SENDS KEMP BACK TO L.A.OF Matt Kemp was reacquired by the Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Braves. The Dodgers sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash to Atla...
Published: 12/16/17
Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

LAS VEGAS — Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, safety Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 53 yards for a score and No. 25 Boise State beat Oregon 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Brett Rypien threw for 362 yard...
Published: 12/16/17