Rays recall shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Triple-A Durham

Rookie Willy Adames, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Durham, drove in two runs in Monday night’s game for the Tampa Bay Rays, who won for only the second time in 11 games.

Adames, who was recalled after the Rays placed infielder Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, played three games last month with Tampa Bay while infielder Joey Wendle was on paternity leave, and hit his first major league homer off Boston ace Chris Sale in his debut on May 22.

Miller, dealt to Milwaukee on Sunday, joined outfield Denard Span and closer Alex Colome as veteran players traded this season by Tampa Bay.

Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, scheduled Monday to start a minor league rehab assignment for a hamstring injury with Class A Charlotte, catcher Wilson Ramos, and pitchers Chris Archer and Nathan Eovaldi are among other veterans that might be moved before the trade deadline.

It’s safe to say that San Diego will work carefully to Martinez Tuesday night at Busch Stadium when the teams meet in the middle game of their three-game series.

Dating back to June 2, Martinez is 17 of 32, a .531 average. He has five homers and 11 RBI, along with an OPS of nearly 1.700.

When I swing at good pitches and go deep into the count, you’re going to see the ball come off the bat, Martinez said to FS Midwest after Monday night’s game. Every once in a while, you’re going to make an out, but I’m feeling good right now.

And why shouldn’t he?

The guy who was dismissed by three big league organizations and was playing in the Frontier League as late as 2014 is currently batting .327 with 10 homers and 42 RBI. He’s on a pace to drive in more than 100 runs and owns a .905 OPS for the season.

While Martinez is a project defensively at first base, his bat more than offsets his occasional defensive gaffes.

Jose has been so hot all season long, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. It’s been impressive to watch.

So has the pitching of Miles Mikolas (7-1, 2.27), who has pitched at an All-Star level. Mikolas cruised to a 4-1 win Thursday over Miami, permitting just one unearned run over seven innings on three hits and a walk. He whiffed five.

Yankees stuck at Washington airport overnight due to rain

Rain didn’t want the Yankees to play — or to leave.

They got stuck at overnight at Dulles International Airpoint in Virginia from Wednesday into Thursday.

Below, here’s what retired Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said about harshening the punishment for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs while on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York radio on Thursday:

I agree that we need to look at longer bans. We need to look at, OK, if you get popped, your contract can be voided. I think we should absolutely look at those things. You look at other walks of life. If you get caught insider trading or if you get caught cheating on your taxes, you go to prison, you’re banned for life from trading. These are the types of things happening to those quote-unquote cheats. In baseball? Eh, half a season. In football? Four games, whatever it may be.

Among the potential storylines for the series’ 13th season are Cleveland bouncing back from its 0-16 season, Hue Jackson’s third year as head coach, John Dorsey’s first full go-around as general manager, the personalities of coordinators Todd Haley and Gregg Williams and of course the quarterback “battle” between Tyrod Taylor and first overall pick Baker Mayfield.

NFL Films has always been exceptional at bringing fans closer to the game and they do an outstanding job with every show they produce, including HBO’s Hard Knocks, Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.

“We have been asked multiple times about being featured on Hard Knocks, and we really felt like it was our turn this year and the timing was right. We want to be great partners in this league, and we also recognize Hard Knocks gives fans a special opportunity to learn more about our team and players.

Organizationally, we are confident about where we are headed, but we have a lot of work to do in order for this franchise to earn the respect of our fans on the field. We understand winning is ultimately most important to our fans. We’re looking forward to partnering with HBO and NFL Films to show how our team is working hard at training camp to prepare for the 2018 season.”

Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants 15-2, end 4-game skid

Washington manager Dave Martinez insisted Trea Turner and the Nationals would snap from their scoring slump soon, even as the losses piled up and the runs didn’t.

Behind three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Washington didn’t need much, but got plenty.

Turner got five hits, Matt Adams homered and drove in six runs, and the Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, routing the San Francisco Giants 15-2 Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak.

The Nationals scored 14 of their 15 runs with two outs.

“This could actually jumpstart our offense,” Martinez said.

Martinez’s ballclub has been stunted by a rash of injuries this season but salvaged the final game of the three-game series at AT&T Park to end a rough 4-5 road trip. Scherzer (5-1) did his part, striking out 10 in six innings.

With Miller on the disabled list after straining his left hamstring on Wednesday, the AL Central-leading Indians used three relievers in the eighth.

Cleveland overcame a 4-0 deficit with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. A tie game in that spot would usually result in Miller making an appearance, but that won’t be the case for at least the next 10 days.

Jean Segura hit a leadoff groundout off Dan Otero, and Robinson Cano took a called third strike from Jeff Beliveau, who was called up from the minors before the game.

Goody (0-1) relieved and allowed consecutive doubles to Nelson Cruz and Seager. Mitch Haniger was intentionally walked, and Mike Zunino popped out.

Indians manager Terry Francona knows he’ll have to use more of a matchup strategy in the late innings without Miller, who hasn’t allowed a run this season.

“Otero came in, did a great job,” he said. “Beliveau came in and got Cano, which was good. Nick, the pitch to Cruz wasn’t a bad pitch. He was trying to get it down out of the zone and it didn’t get out of the zone, and he left a ball up to Seager.”

Aldon Smith Arrested Again … Allegedly Violated Bail Condition

Aldon Smith was arrested, again … and is behind bars after cops in San Francisco say the ex-NFL star violated a condition of his bail … TMZ Sports has learned.

Smith was booked into the San Francisco County Jail around 5 PM Friday night. He is still in custody. Jail records indicate his bond is $500K.

Manning says no one with the Giants has talked to him about his contract status beyond 2018. He is under contract through 2019, and team brass has committed to him as the starting quarterback for this season.

A lot can change in a year’s time. Just ask Manning and the Giants, who went from Super Bowl contenders to owners of the No. 2 pick after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

Plenty of teams choose to still pay a player who gets injured while working out on his own. When the alternative is sitting on the couch eating pork rinds and watching bowling, teams prefer players to choose to be active. Given Beckham’s current relationship with the Giants, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Giants place Beckham on the non-football injury list and to elect not to pay him if he pops an Achilles tendon running on a beach.

We’ve filled out our brackets, and what follows is a quick team breakdown heading into the postseason to remind you of the top lines, power plays and goaltending situations. The teams are listed by conference in order of how far we think they’ll go, pointing to some players we like from each squad.

It’s been a magical season for Alex Ovechkin, winning another Maurice Richard Trophy with 49 goals and scoring his 600th along the way. The postseason ghosts that have haunted this team are well known, but the Capitals are positioned to finally get the monkey off their back. Ovechkin goes into the postseason on a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson, while Nicklas Backstrom is holding down the second line with T.J. Oshie and Andre Burakovsky.

Johnny Manziel: Spring League Debut Disappointing but a’Huge Step’

Johnny Manziel played in The Spring League for two quarters, finishing 9-of-15 for 82 yards with a touchdown and three sacks. Afterward, Manziel gave himself a mixed review.

“It’s disappointing, some of the things that happened, but nevertheless, it’s a huge step for me,” he said, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. “I put pads back on. A lot of people wrote me off just to even get to this point. I’m definitely emotional about it. I’m definitely happy about it. This isn’t the end goal for me, but I’m having fun again. I have a smile on my face.”

Manziel, 25, was the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, but a combination of mediocre play on the field and concerns off it left him without a job after two seasons. He is now attempting a comeback and previously threw at the pro days for both San Diego and Texas A&M.

Manziel still appears to have the tools that intrigued the NFL the first time around.

“I’ve never been around Johnny Manziel until this moment of time, but I see a very quick arm. I see very active eyes,” Spring League coach Terry Shea told Seifert. “He sees things, and those classic Johnny Manziel plays, particularly when he’s on the move, I’ve seen those come up here.”

“I never got too concerned with it,” Manning said during a news conference Monday. “We all know the talent Odell has and what he brings to the field. I look forward to playing with him this year and for years to come.”

Joining his teammates for offseason workouts will not only help lessen the perceived tension between sides, but it also gives Beckham insurance on his current $8.5 million pay for 2018 — if a player is injured at the team facility they are eligible to receive their entire salary.

How long Beckham will attend voluntary workouts remains to be seen. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported that OBJ wouldn’t set foot on the field without a new contract. Given that Phase One doesn’t include on-field instructions, the receiver isn’t yet breaking from that plan. Beckham could work out with the team much of the offseason before holding out once training camp rolls around.

Report: Connor Barwin visiting Arizona Cardinals

Written off by many in spring training, Shohei Ohtani has instead lived up to or even exceeded the hype so far. After going 4-for-32 with zero extra-base hits this spring, Ohtani is 7-for-19 through four games as a hitter and has hit a home run in each of his past three games at DH. He also has flashed a nasty splitter on the mound, and his average fastball velocity ranks among the best for starting pitchers. Ohtani’s incredible run has helped overshadow an unusually slow start for Mike Trout. — Paul Casella, ESPN Stats & Information

Advice: Even though Minnesota sits 30th in the first round, it should have several good options to choose from. Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey, perhaps the top tackle, could be gone by then but is the clear choice if available. Otherwise, the Vikings could look at players who may be interchangeable at both guard and tackle, like Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn or Texas’ Connor Williams. Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill and Louisville’s Geron Christian could be tackle targets on Day 2.

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2. Terence Newman will turn 40 in September. Given he has not yet re-signed anyway, the Vikings could be looking for a viable nickel corner. And coach Mike Zimmer is always on the lookout for cornerbacks regardless of circumstances.

Los Angeles Airport Police spokesperson Rob Pedregon said Monday that Davis and a female companion were checking in at the Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter Sunday morning when the ticket agent asked them if they had a list of unapproved items like aerosols, knives or explosives — a standard procedure before checking in to a flight.

Davis then turned to the companion and, according to Pedregon, made “a statement in the area of, ‘Yeah, did you pack the explosives?'”

Airport police were alerted to the 24-year-old’s comments, and he was subsequently arrested on a misdemeanor charge of making a bomb threat. Davis was then booked into a Los Angeles jail shortly after noon Sunday and released within the hour on $15,000 bail, according to online inmate records.

Davis is due to appear in court May 3, according to the online records.

Ray Lewis- Is Dez Bryant no longer worth the huge price tag?

Beckham reported Monday for the start of the Giants offseason voluntary workout program. It is unknown how long he will stay, especially because he is rehabbing his ankle and unlikely to take the field.

“What I’m disappointed in is we had an agreement as men,” Lewis said. “The difference between me and everybody else is I don’t need nothing or want nothing from you.

“But when you tell me you want me in your life to help you, when you tell me that we will be accountable with reading our Bible and sharing scriptures, and it don’t happen, then you wonder why things around you start to happen?”

Mack enters the final season of his rookie contract, set to make $13.846 million on the fifth-year option. The former Defensive Player of the Year and two-time first-team All-Pro is likely seeking a contract that makes him the highest-paid edge defender in the NFL — a title currently held by Von Miller at just over $19 million per season. Sides have reportedly engaged in contract talks this offseason.

At this point, Mack’s absence is nothing for Raiders fans to fret over. Skipping voluntary workouts in which players aren’t hitting the field is sometimes part of the negotiating process. With the Raiders able to wield the franchise tag two years beyond 2018, Mack isn’t leaving Gruden’s club anytime soon.

The goaltending situation here is a bit tricky, as Philipp Grubauer has easily been the better choice for the latter half of the season, but Braden Holtby has the experience and pedigree. Further complicating the matter, Holtby has looked a little better over the past two weeks. This may be a goaltending duo to avoid even if you think the Capitals are going to win the Cup.

Steven Stamkos sat for the end of the regular season, but should be fine for the playoffs. J.T. Miller has proved to be a welcome addition to the Bolts’ top line with Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.

The 24-year-old was taken into custody by LAX police and released from jail after posting $15,000 bond. The woman with Davis was not arrested, police said. Davis’ preliminary court hearing is scheduled for May 3.

TMZ first reported Davis’ arrest.

“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Trevor Davis ,” the Packers said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.”