Jun 09

MLB trade rumors: Rangers’ Cole Hamels to Yankees or Braves?

jets_019When the Texas Rangers visited Yankee Stadium last week, there was a lot of chatter about Cole Hamels being on the trading block, with the Yankees as a potential suitor.

Hamels, the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP for the Phillies, faced the Yankees one week ago, giving up two runs in seven innings of work, leading the Rangers to a 6-4 victory.

Hamels returned to the mound Sunday, but with less success. He gave five runs in 6.1 innings of work in the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Last week Shurmur noted that Beckham was champing at the bitto fully return to the practice field. The Giants, however, have taken it slow with their most vital player. However, it sounds like Beckham could be cleared to fully run routes for Eli Manning in the near future.

Getting Beckham full-go on the field as soon as possible would be a boon for Manning and the Giants ‘ new offense so a proper rapport can be built before the start of the season.

The Giants continue OTAs next week before holding mandatory minicamp June 12-14. If Shurmur was being honest about Beckham being pretty closeto being fully cleared, we could theoretically expect him to be ready for minicamp.

Additionally, some 15 other states — including New York and Illinois — have introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome. With the favorable decision, look for those states (and perhaps a few others, such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island) to quickly advance sports betting legislation so that they can potentially be in a position to join New Jersey, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in allowing sports betting this summer.

Although New Jersey had been on the losing side in six consecutive lower federal court decisions, it finally found a receptive audience in the conservative-leaning Supreme Court. The majority opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, concluded that PASPA violates the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which basically says that any power that is not given to the federal government is reserved to the states.

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