Steven Matz was brilliant in his debut last week and enjoyed similar success Sunday in Los Angeles. The lefty struck out eight batters in six innings to win his second game in as many outings. Wilmer Flores had four hits and three RBI, while Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada had three each.
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a little too much fun on the Fourth of July, seriously injuring his hand after a mishap with fireworks. Sources indicate that JPP suffered significant damage to his fingers and thumb, but it remains unknown what hand was hurt.
Ivan Nova didn't have his best stuff Sunday afternoon in the Bronx, and the Yankees dropped their series finale with the Rays, 8-1. The right-hander, who made his third start since returning from Tommy John Surgery, surrendered four runs over five innings while walking three.
The Knicks have been active during the offseason, agreeing to terms with a number of players, including guard Aaron Afflalo and big man Robin Lopez. While the outside help is certainly needed, the franchise is also interested in bringing back Jason Smith and Lou Amundson.
After a rookie campaign in which he rushed for 721 yards and seven TD's on 217 carries, Giants running back Andre Williams is looking forward to an expanded role this season. Due to the fact that six of his TD's came in the red zone, Williams is penciled in to be the Giants' goal-line back.
While it is viewed as unlikely at the present time, the Rangers could think about trading center Derek Stepan if they don't believe they can afford to keep him once his arbitration number is determined. If Blueshirts brass believe Kevin Hayes is ready for an increased role, they could shop Stepan.
Terry Collins noted recently that he wants reliever Jenrry Mejia to move forward following his 80-game suspension for PED use and not begin an apology tour. The Dominican Republic native isn't eligible for the playoffs, but Collins says he won't hesitate to use him this season.