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In today's Sprint:
⚾️  Baddou
🏈  Defending Fields
⛳  Drone delivery
Trivia: Which star slugger hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat?
  1. Aaron Judge
  2. Fernando Tatis Jr.
  3. Mike Trout
  4. Ken Griffey Jr.

MLB
Next Up
Akil Baddoo burst on the scene this year as a 22-year-old unknown rookie:
  • Home run in first Major League at-bat
  • Grand slam in game 2
  • Walk-off to win game 3
  • First triple in game 4
But the craziest part? He barely played baseball the last two years.
Quick backstory: A second round pick to the Twins in 2016, Baddou showed early promise straight out of highschool. But injuries and Covid-19 derailed his chance at the Majors:
  • 2019: Tommy John surgery
  • 2020: Covid-19 cancels minor league season
Then the Twins made a huge mistake – making Baddou available in the Rule 5 Draft.
The Tigers pounce: Detroit selected Baddoo third overall in the December 2020 Rule 5 Draft and brought him to Spring Training. There, he shocked everyone, hitting .325 with five home runs.
Now, Baddoo is the team’s starting left fielder, making crazy plays like this on a daily basis.

FOOTBALL
Out of Bounds
Justin Fields took some heat last week. ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky said he’d “heard” from multiple teams that Fields is a “last-guy-in, first-guy-out type of quarterback.” He even said he’d heard questions on Fields’ desire to be a great quarterback.
Pretty heavy accusations to throw at a 22-year-old preparing for potentially the biggest moment of his life.
Orlovsky later clarified the comments, but the damage was done.
In his defense
As a Clemson alum, I watched Fields take a massive hit to the ribs, get back up, and proceed to tear up my team during last year’s College Football Playoff to the tune of 385 yards and 6 TDs.
He seemed to have plenty of desire and passion to play.
Off the field: While the BIG10 moved to cancel the 2020 college football season, Justin Fields spoke out on behalf of players and created a petition to play which was signed by over 230,000 people.
The Ohio State captain said:
  • “The guys that have come back for their fifth year — coming back off of injury — I think we owe it to those guys the most.”
Bottom line: After leading Ohio State to two College Football Playoffs and fighting for his team’s season, Fields should be a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
Masters
  • Justin Rose (-7) leads after day one
  • Lee Elder, who paved the way for future Black golfers, joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an Honorary Starter
  • Rory McIlroy pegged a spectator with an errant shot. Of the 12,000 people there, he managed to nail his dad
MLB
(2-2) New York Mets 3 vs. (1-6) Miami Marlins 2
  • With bases loaded in the ninth, Mets’ Michael Conforto leaned into a called strike for the controversial walk-off hit-by-pitch.
(4-4) Chicago White Sox 6 vs. (3-3) Kansas City Royals 0
  • The White Sox won easily thanks to the MLB’s first complete game shutout of the season from Lance Lynn.
NBA
(27-25) Miami Heat 110 vs. (32-20) LA Lakers 104
  • The injury riddled Lakers look lost after falling to fifth in the West.
(29-22) Dallas Mavericks 116 vs. (32-19) Milwaukee Bucks 101
  • Luka Doncic (27 pts, 9 reb, 9 ast) and Kristaps Porzingis (26 pts, 17 reb) have been one of the NBA’s top duos since the All-Star break.
NHL
(27-9-3) Carolina Hurricanes 3 vs. (26-11-4) Florida Panthers 0
  • Hurricanes’ goalie Alex Nedeljkovic notched his third shutout in the last twelve games to help sweep the Panthers.

WEEKEND WATCHLIST
Masters
Friday: 3:00-7:30 ET on ESPN
Weekend rounds: 3:00-7:00 ET on CBS
Masters live stream: CBSsports.com (and app)
NBA
LA Lakers (32-20) vs. Brooklyn Nets (36-16): Sat. 8:30 ET on ABC
Boston Celtics (26-26) vs. Denver Nuggets (33-18): Sun. 3:00 ET on NBATV
MLB
San Diego Padres (4-3) vs. Texas Rangers (3-3): Sat. 7:05 ET on ESPN+
Philadelphia Phillies (5-1) vs. Atlanta Braves (2-4): Sun. 7:08 ET on ESPN
Premier League
(49 pts) Liverpool vs. (44 pts) Aston Villa: Sat. 10:00 AM ET on NBCS
(38 pts) Crystal Palace vs. (51 pts) Chelsea: Sat. 12:30 PM ET on NBC
NHL
NY Rangers (18-16-5) vs. NY Islanders (26-10-4): Fri. 7:00 ET on ESPN+
Tampa Bay Lighting (27-11-2) vs. Nashville Predators (22-18-1): Sat. 8:00 ET on ESPN+

WATER COOLER TALK
⛳  Stories of Michael Jordan’s new hush-hush golf course, nicknamed Slaughterhouse 23, include a drone delivery service to bring you food and beer mid round.
🏈  After rehabbing from a gruesome ankle injury, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is back throwing passes.
⚽️  English club Swansea City is boycotting social media following a series of online abuse and racist attacks against players.
⚾️  Trevor Bauer clapped back after reports surfaced of the MLB investigating several balls from his last start for a banned substance.
🎾  The French Open has been delayed one week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’ll now finish just two weeks before Wimbledon begins.

SPRINT'S PICKS
Stat: Only 3 players shot in the 60s yesterday at the Masters. In last year's 1st round, 24 players did so.
Quote: "If you're talking about a body of work over one year — an unbelievable work ethic, competitive, toughness — I'm not sure there's someone out there better in the country." - Ohio State head coach Ryan Day on Justin Fields
Highlight: De'Aaron Fox drops Dennis Smith Jr. with the hesi.

TRIVIA ANSWER
A. In 2016 Aaron Judge blasted a home run to center field in his first career MLB at-bat.

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