PLAYER OF THE DAY

Derek Dietrich (MLB) is a second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds and a home-run hitting idol after his performance on Tuesday. He sent three homers over the wall against Pittsburgh, earning a curtain call from the Reds faithful after his third and final shot on a career day. He’s now the seventh-fastest player to 17 home runs in a season and came one short of tying the single-game MLB record, though teammate and record-holder Scooter Gennett playfully had some words for Dietrich after the game. Dietrich had fun with it all, hitting fans with a shimmy and a shrug after mashing his way into their hearts. After a winding career path to get here, who can blame him?

Check out Dietrich’s three-homer night

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Durant Making Moves
Where’s he goin’?
(NBA) It’s been a few weeks since Kevin Durant, the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP, took the court for the Warriors, and he’s already announced to be sidelined for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Toronto. Good news: he’ll make the trip anyway, which suggests he could be good to go for Game 2.

It’s another travel plan that has captured everyone’s attention, though. On Tuesday, NBA insider Ric Bucher reported that Durant — who has long been speculated to be signing with the New York Knicks this summer — had purchased a place in New York and was selling his home in San Francisco. Cue the eyeball emoji.

Now, many Warriors players are selling their places with the team’s move this offseason. But those players live in Oakland…and Durant lives in San Francisco…and he’s buying in New York… Seems like a long commute, KD!

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Just another day in the life for the Warriors and KD

Money Man Morant
Murray State megastar signs mega shoe deal
(NBA) Murray State star Ja Morant — remember him from the NCAA Tournament? — hasn’t played a minute in the NBA yet. Shoot, he hasn’t even been drafted. But Nike is already preparing for him to be the next NBA star.

Morant, the likely No. 2 pick in June’s draft, revealed Tuesday that he’d signed an endorsement deal with Nike, which is reportedly a multiyear deal. We don’t know for how much, but Morant’s rising stardom likely didn’t leave many dollars on the table in negotiations. He’s slotted to make just under $40 million in his first four years as a pro, and he could make a whooole lot more from Nike.

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Get to know Ja (a.k.a. “Point God”)

Odubel Herrera arrested, put on leave for domestic violence
What happened?
(MLB) Phillies starting outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested Monday night and charged with domestic violence, prompting the team to place him on a seven-day administrative leave that could lead to a suspension and possible expulsion from the team.

The incident occurred at an Atlantic City Casino and, according to police reports, involved Herrera’s 20-year-old girlfriend.

Herrera, 27, was an All-Star three years ago, but has potentially played his final game for the Phillies, whose manager Gabe Kapler developed a foundation to help victims of domestic violence. We’ll keep you posted on any developments with this story.

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ON THIS DAY

In 2010, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay became the 20th player in MLB history to throw a perfect game. Halladay was already an All-Star and renowned pitcher before his artistry against Miami, marking the second perfect game that year by any player, which had never happened in MLB history.

Halladay arguably one-upped that performance when he tossed a no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS in only the second no-hitter in postseason history. Tip your cap to the Doc.

Halladay’s story ends on a somber note: he died in 2017 in a solo plane crash. Halladay had become a pilot since retirement and had a longtime love of the skies that rivaled that of baseball. In regards to the latter, the former star pitcher gave us plenty to remember him by.

9 years ago today, “Doc” joined the exclusive club of perfect gamers

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