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ONE: The Rams are less than two weeks away from their season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and they’re keeping close tabs on injuries to Darrell Henderson, Taylor Rapp, Travin Howard and Cooper Kupp, who is listed as day to day according to coach Sean McVay. Rams reporter Kevin Modesti has more on the injuries in today’s report.
More #Rams injury updates from Sean McVay: Darrell Henderson (hamstring) is uncertain to play in the opener, but that’s not ruled out. Taylor Rapp (knee) will phase back into practice. Travin Howard (knee) is being monitored, and McVay praises other ILBs.https://t.co/DYcncyYn3F
— Kevin Modesti (@KevinModesti) August 31, 2020
New: #Rams deal with injuries to Darrell Henderson, Taylor Rapp, Travin Howard. Cooper Kupp is “day to day” with a sore (but not sprained, they say) ankle. @ladailynews @ocregister @InsideSoCalSpts https://t.co/000Uh8KWFS
— Kevin Modesti (@KevinModesti) September 1, 2020
TWO: With the Chargers’ Derwin James injured and expected to miss significant time, will the Chargers look to the free agent market to improve their secondary, perhaps sign highly talented and highly volatile Earl Thomas? Or do they have enough talent to stand pat. Chargers reporter Gilbert Manano finds answers to those questions.
Devastating news for Derwin James with another significant injury. But Anthony Lynn isn’t worried about his mental strength: “Football doesn’t define who he is. He might be the best safety in the game, but it doesn’t define who he is as a man.” https://t.co/GnSG5TwPVc
— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) September 1, 2020
THREE: With Houston and OKC playing a Game 7 on Wednesday, the Lakers find themselves with a few days off after wrapping up their first round series with a 4-1 win over Portland. Kyle Kuza sipped some wine after winning his first playoff series, and the legend of reserve guard Alex Caruso continues to grow, and both were standouts defensively and will need more of it if the Lakers hope to continue their journey toward a championship.
Chris Paul bowls the ball out onto the floor as the buzzer sounds. OKC definitely won the trade in clutch: CP3 made key shots while Russ turned it over in the final seconds.
GAME 7. LET’S GET WEIRD.
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 1, 2020
New Land O’ Lakers podcast! We talked at length with @kylegoon about life in the bubble, and what it’s been like to cover these singular playoffs. From there, Brian and I discussed the career and impact of Chadwick Boseman. AKhttps://t.co/0dZxmNS63v
— Kamenetzky Brothers (@KamBrothers) August 31, 2020
FOUR: The Dodgers didn’t blow up social media with a big move at MLB’s trade deadline, but they did make a move, sending pitcher Ross Stripling to Toronto for two players to be named later.
What Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said: “From our standpoint, with (Tony) Gonsolin coming back up, we made the decision going forward to put Tony in the rotation. With that, we didn’t feel comfortable moving Ross to the bullpen. We have a ton of professional and personal respect for Ross and believe that he is a major-league starting pitcher. And ultimately, we didn’t feel comfortable putting him in the bullpen, especially when, as we look out to next spring training, we felt like it was going to be difficult then as well.
#Dodgers didn’t do Ross Stripling many favors over past 5 yrs, shuttling him back/forth between bullpen and rotation and trading him to Angels this spring. But Friedman characterized this, in part, as a favor to Stripling with his LAD role diminishing.https://t.co/fjT8oT56rE
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 31, 2020
What did you know about Chris Taylor when they traded for him? Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs? How about Max Muncy when he signed? https://t.co/dsnr49ARkT
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 1, 2020
FIVE: The Angels’ Jaime Barria pitched a strong game in his return to the rotation, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss to Seattle as the Angels bats go south again. On MLB’s trade deadline day, Angels reporter Jeff Fletcher explains who’s coming and going.
After the trade deadline, the #Angels played a game.
Despite good pitching by Jaime Barria, they lost 2-1 for the second day in a row.https://t.co/DkaCFLD5RT
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 31, 2020
The #Angels picked up 4 players, including 3 pitchers, in three trades over the last few days.
There’s still a lot of work to do, of course, but here’s a look at what they accomplished. https://t.co/inLL9LWjKy
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 1, 2020