Monday, November 6, 2017

Red Sox pass on qualifying offer for Moreland

The Red Sox chose not to make a qualifying offer for Mitch Moreland.

Wellington Castillo Joins Free Agent Pool

Wellington Castillo has declined the mutual option with the Baltimore Orioles to become a free agent.

Ultimate MLB News November 5

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Chen remains with Marlins

Wei-Yin Chen exercised his player option to remain with the Miami Marlins.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Either becomes a Free Agent

The Los Angeles Dodgers declined to use their club option on Andre Either making Either a free agent.

Holland chooses free agency

Greg Holland declined his player option to become a free agent and the Rockies declined the club option for Alexi Amarista.

Ultimate MLB News November 4

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Cueto Remains A Giant

Johnny Cueto announced that he will not opt out of his contract and will remain a Giant.

Ian Kennedy chooses to stay with Royals

Ian Kennedy chose not to opt out of his contract and stay with the Royals.

Jose Bautista's Time In TO Over

The Blue Jays have declined to pick up Jose Bautista's mutual option making Jose Bautista a free agent.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

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Mariners part ways with Iwakuma

The Seattle Mariners claimed Zach Vincej from the Cincinnati Reds and Andrew Romine from the Detroit Tigers and declined the club options for Hisashi Iwakuma and Yovani Gallardo.

A's retain Jed Lowrie

The Oakland Athletics exercised Jed Lowrie's club option.

Justin Upton stays with Angels

Justin Upton chose to stay with the Angels and not opt out of his contract.

Altuve remains with Houston

The Houston Astros exercised their options to pick up the contracts of Jose Altuve and Marwin Gonzalez.

Twins lose three

The Chicago Cubs claimed Randy Rosario off the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox claimed Daniel Palka off the Minnesota Twins, and Niko Goodrum's contract was outrighted. 

Royals lose Minor

Mike Minor declined his player's option with the Kansas City Royals.

Tigers lose 2

Andrew Romine was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners and the Detroit Tigers also declined the club optionn for Anibal Sanchez.

Indians bring back Brantley

The Cleveland Indians have exercised their club options for Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin.

White Sox claim slugger

The Chicago White Sox claimed Daniel Palka off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

Rays keep Eovaldi

The Tampa Bay Rays decided to exercise their contract option on Nathan Eovaldi.

Mashahiro stays with Yankees

Mashahiro Tanaka decided to stay with the Yankees by not opting out of his contract.

Red Sox secure Sale and Kimbrel

The Boston Red Sox exercised their options on Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel.

Orioles and Hardy part ways

The Baltimore Orioles declined club options for JJ Hardy and Wade Miley.

Arizona brings back Descalso

The Arizona Diamondbacks exercised their option to bring back Daniel Descalso

Pirates Bring Back McCutchen

The Pittsburgh Pirates exercised Andrew McCutchen's club option contract for $14.5 million and declined the club option contracts of Chris Stewart and Wade LeBlanc.  The Pirates sent Wade LeBlanc to Triple A.

Cincinnati Reds lose players to waivers

Zach Vincej was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners.  Chad Wallach was also claimed off waivers by only by the Miami Marlins.

Cubs claim relief pitcher

The Chicago Cubs claimed RP Randy Rosario off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

Nationals and Adam Lind Part Ways

Adam Lind and the Washington Nationals parted ways as his option contract was mutual declined.

New York Mets pick up Asdrubal Cabera's option

The New York Mets have used their options on siging Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevin.

Ichiro becomes free agent

The Miami Marlins have decided not to pick up the club option for the contract of Ichiro Suzuki making Suzuki a free agent.  The Marlins also claimed Chad Wallach off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

2017 - 2018 MLB Off Season:

National League East:
Atlanta Braves Free Agents:
R.A. Dickey SP
Jason Motte RP
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Miami Marlins:
Wei-Yin Chen SP
Dustin McGowan RP
A.J. Ellis C
Mike Aviles SS
Ichiro Suzuki OF
Claimed:
Chad Wallach C From Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
Came In Via Trade
Left Via Trade:
Left due to waivers:
New York Mets:
Jerry Blevins RP
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jose Reyes SS
Claimed:
Signed:
Jerry Blevins RP
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Came In Via Trade
Left Via Trade
Left Due To Waivers
Philadelphia Phillies:
Clay Buchholz SP
Andres Blanco 3B
Hyun Soo Kim OF
Daniel Nava OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Washington Nationals:
Matt Albers RP
Joe Blanton RP
Brandon Kintzler RP
Oliver Perez RP
Edwin Jackson SP
Jose Labaton C
Matt Wieters C
Adam Lind 1B
Stephan Drew SS
Alejandro De Aza OF
Howie Kendrick OF
Ryan Raburn OF
Jayson Werth OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
National League Central:
Chicago Cubs:
Wade Davis RP
Brian Duensing RP
Koji Uehara RP
Jake Arrieta SP
John Lackey SP
Alex Aliva C
Rene Rivera C
Jon Jay OF
Clamed:
Randy Rosario RP From Minnesota Twins
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Cincinnati Reds:
Drew Storen RP
Bronson Arroyo SP
Scott Feldman SP
Zack Cozart SS
Claimed:
Signed
Came In Via Trade
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Chad Wallach C To The Marlins
Zach Vincej SS To The Mariners
Milwaukee Brewers:
Anthony Swarzak RP
Carlos Torres RP
Matt Garza SP
Neil Walker 2B
Quintin Berry OF
Claimed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade
Left Due To Waivers
Pittsburgh Pirates:
Joaquin Benoit RP
Chris Stewart C
Andrew McCutchen OF
John Jaso OF
Claimed:
Signed
Andrew McCutchen OF
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade
Left Due To Waivers:
ST Louis Cardinals:
Zach Duke RP
Juan Nicasio RP
Seung Hwan Oh RP
Lance Lynn SP
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
National League West:
Arizona DIamondbacks:
Jorge De La Rosa RP
David Hernandez RP
Fernando Rodney RP
Chris Iannetta C
Daniel Descalso 3B
Adam Rosales SS
Gregor Blanco OF
JD Martinez OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Daniel Descalso 3B
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Colorado Rockies:
Greg Holland RP
Jake McGee RP
Pat Neshek RP
Tyler Chatwood SP
Jonathan Lucroy C
Ryan Hanigan C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Alexi Amarista SS
Carlos Gonzalez OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Brandon Morrow RP
Tony Watson RP
Yu Darvish SP
Logan Forsythe 2B
Chase Utley 2B
Andre Ethier OF
Curtis Granderson OF
Franklin Gutierrez OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
San Diego Padres:
Jordan Lyles RP
Craig Stammen RP
Jhoulys Chacin SP
Erick Aybar SS
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
San Francisco Giants:
Madison Bumgarner SP
Matt Cain SP
Johnny Cueto SP
Matt Moore SP
Tim Federowicz C
Nick Hundley C
Michael Morse 1B
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
American League East:
Jeremy Hellickson SP
Ubaldo Jimenez SP
Wide Miley SP
Chris Tillman SP
Welington Castillo C
Pedro Alverez 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
JJ Hardy SS
Craig Gentry OF
Seth Smith OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Boston Red Sox:
Fernando Abad RP
Blaine Boyer RP
Craig Kimbrel RP
Reed Addison RP
Robbie Ross JR RP
Doug Fister SP
Chris Sale SP
Mitch Moreland 1B
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Josh Rutledge SS
Rusney Castillo OF
Rajai Davis OF
Chris Young OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Chris Sale SP
Craig Kimbrel RP
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
New York Yankees:
Jaime Garcia SP
Michael Pineda SP
CC Sabathia SP
Mashahiro Tanaka SP
Eric Kratz C
Todd Frazier 3B
Matt Holliday DH
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Tampa Bay Rays:
Steve Cishek RP
Nathan Eovaldi RP
Tommy Hunter RP
Sergio Romo RP
Lucas Duda 1B
Logan Morrison 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Peter Bourjos OF
Colby Rasmus OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Nathan Eovaldi RP
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Toronto Blue Jays:
Cesar Valdez RP
Brett Anderson SP
Miguel Montero C
Darwin Barney 2B
Jose Bautista OF
Michael Saunders OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Chicago White Sox:
Mike Pelfrey SP
Geovany Soto C
Clamed:
Daniel Palka OF from Twins
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Cleveland Indians:
Craig Breslow RP
Boone Logan RP
Bryan Shaw RP
Joe Smith RP
Josh Tomlin SP
Carlos Santana 1B
Michael Brantley OF
Jay Bruce OF
Austin Jackon OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Michael Brantley OF
Josh Tomlin SP
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Detroit Tigers:
Anibal Sanchez SP
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Andrew Romine SS was claimed by the Mariners
Kansas City Royals:
Mike Minor RP
Peter Moylan RP
Trevor Cahill SP
Ian Kennedy SP
Jason Vargas SP
Eric Hosmer 1B
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
Melky Cabrera OF
Lorenzo Cain OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Minnesota Twins:
Matte Belisle RP
Dillon Gee RP
Glen Perkins RP
Bartolo Colon SP
Hector Santiago SP
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Randy Rosario RP claimed by the Cubs
Daniel Palka OF claimed by the White Sox
American League West:
Tyler Clippard RP
Luke Gregerson RP
Francisco Liriano SP
Jose Altuve 2B
Cameron Maybin OF
Carlos Beltran DH
Clamed:
Signed:
Jose Altuve 2B
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Los Angeles Angels:
Andrew Bailey RP
Bud Norris RP
Yusmeiro Petit RP
Fernando Salas RP
Houston Street RP
Cliff Pennington 2B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Yunel Escobar 3B
Ben Revere OF
Shane Robinson OF
Justin Upton OF
Eric Young JR OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Justin Upton OF mutual option
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Oakland Athletics:
Jed Lowrie 2B
Clamed:
Signed:
Jed Lowrie 2B Club option exercised
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Seattle Mariners:
Yovani Gallardo SP
Hisashi Iwakuma SP
Carlos Ruiz C
Yonder Alonso 1B
Danny Valencia 1B
Gordon Beckham 2B
Jarrod Dyson OF
Clamed:
Zach Vancej SS from the Cincinnati Reds
Andrew Romine SS from the Detroit Tigers
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:
Texas Rangers:
Tony Barnette RP
Jason Grilli RP
Andrew Cashner SP
Miguel Gonzalez SP
Mike Napoli 1B
Carlos Gomez OF
Clamed:
Signed:
Came In Via Trade:
Left Via Trade:
Left Due To Waivers:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Heavy Weight Fight

Dallas Keuchel and Clayton Kershaw headed on the mound for game five equals pitching duel and quick work right? Well it was a duel all right but not so much pitching.  Keuchel posted a 2.90 ERA, went 14-5, and had a whip of 1.12.  Kershaw went 18-4, posted a 2.31 ERA, and threw 202 strike outs.  His whip was 0.95.  So, I would expect a pitcher's duel.  My oh my what was I thinking?

In the first inning Logan Forsythe opened up the scoring with a 2 run single.  The Dodgers would score another run in the first and another in the 4th inning ending Keuchel's game.

In the bottom of the fourth down 4-1 Yuli Gurriel would hit a three run home run to tie the game at 4.

In the top of the fifth Cody Bellinger hit a three run home run to give the Dodgers a 7-4 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth inning Kershaw would be pulled with a pair of runners on base.  With a pair of runners on Altuve would tie the game at 7 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Dodgers retook the lead to go up by one in the top of the seventh inning, but George Springer tied it with a home run, then Altuve hit a go ahead double, and Carlos Correa would hit a 2 run home run to put the Astros up 11-8.

Corey Seager made it 11-9 in the top of the eighth inning with a double scoring Joc Pederson.

In the bottom of the eighth inning Brian McCann would make it 12-9 with a home run.

In the top of the ninth Yasiel Puig hit a 2 run home run to make it 12-11.  Chris Taylor would hit a ground ball to tie the game at 12. 

This marathon would go into extra innings.

In the bottom of the tenth inning Alex Bregman would hit the walk off single to score Derek Fisher giving the Astros a 13-12 win and giving the Astros up 3-2 in the World Series.

A couple stats about this game:
Total pitches thrown were a combined 417 pitches.  There's going to be a lot of dead arms come Monday.  Brian McCann became the 14th different player to hit a home run in this year's World Series, which is a World Series record, there are 22 home runs so far in this year's World Series, which is a World Series record, and there are 101 home runs so far in this year's post season, which is also a record. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kempe has first career hat trick in Kings' win over Montreal

 Adrian Kempe had his first career hat trick to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Michael Cammalleri scored the other two goals for the Kings, who have opened their season with their best six-game start (5-0-1) in franchise history.
Montreal (1-5-1) still hasn't won in regulation this season.
Jonathan Quick made 36 saves for the Kings.
The 21-year-old Kempe scored the go-ahead goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway for the Kings at 7:34 in the third period. He scored again at 16:42 and added another at 18:24 as hats were thrown onto the ice.
The game was tied heading into the third period before the Kings scored four times.
Paul Byron scored his first goal of the season midway through the first period, capitalizing on Derek Forbort's turnover, to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.
On his first goal, Cammalleri batted the puck out of the air to score on a power play and tie the game at 1 in the first period. It was Cammalleri's first goal of the season and first goal as a King since 2008. The 35-year-old Cammalleri is in his second stint with the Kings. He scored the second goal midway through the third period.
Al Montoya made his first start of the season in goal for the Canadiens. Montoya relieved Carey Price on Oct. 7 and played 40 minutes but that was his only work of the season prior to Wednesday.
Alex Galchenyuk started on Montreal's top line with Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Drouin. He was called for two penalties in the first period, an illegal check to the head and slashing. The latter led to the Kings' power-play goal by Cammalleri.
The Canadiens last won on Oct. 5 in overtime.
NOTES:
Jeff Carter sustained a lower-body injury after a collision near the end of the first period and didn't return ... Canadiens defenseman David Schlemko had surgery Wednesday to remove a bone fragment in his right wrist and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks ... Right winger Justin Augler, 23, made his NHL debut for the Kings on Wednesday ... "It was Hockey Fights Cancer Night" in Los Angeles and the Kings auctioned their purple jerseys used in warmups online to benefit the cause ... It was also "Ontario Reign Night," the American League Hockey franchise of the Kings. Reign players were in attendance and shown on the JumboTron.
UP NEXT:
Canadiens: Finish their three-game roadtrip by playing the Ducks Friday in Anaheim.
Kings: Head out on their longest roadtrip of the season, a six-game, 11-day trek that starts Saturday in Columbus and ends in St. Louis.

Harden, Houston spoil another opener, win 105-100 at Kings

 James Harden had 27 points and nine assists, and the Houston Rockets made it a perfect two-game road trip to start the season despite playing this one without Chris Paul, beating the Sacramento Kings 105-100 on Wednesday night.
While he didn't shoot especially well, Harden hit a trio of dagger 3-pointers with 8:13, 6:00 and 5:13 left - the second of which put Houston ahead 89-79. He also had a key left-handed layup late and finished 8 for 21 and 4 of 14 from 3-point range.
Sacramento forced the Rockets into a shot clock violation and the Kings got the ball back with just less than a minute remaining and down 96-92. Willie Cauley-Stein made one of two free throws with 41 seconds left and Harden found Clint Capela for an alley-oop dunk moments later.
After the Kings stole the inbounds pass from Eric Gordon with 25 seconds left and down 98-95, it was initially ruled Sacramento ball but the play went to replay review and a foul was issued to George Hill instead. Gordon converted two free throws.
Capela had 22 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds. Paul sat out with a bruised left knee that limited him during Houston's stunning comeback 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday after the Warriors held their championship ring ceremony.
Gordon started for Paul and scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, a night after missing all six of his tries from long range but still winding up with 24 points in 29 minutes.
Buddy Hield scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter for Sacramento and tied the game at 68 on a 3-pointer with 3:33 left in the period. Cauley-Stein had 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Rockets looked sluggish at times in the second game of a season-opening back-to-back. Yet Houston had enough to win its sixth straight in the series after winning all four games last season.
Zach Randolph missed making his Kings debut a day after undergoing oral surgery, but Vince Carter and Hill provided a veteran presence for the new-look Kings as they move forward beginning the season without DeMarcus Cousins after he was traded to New Orleans last February. Hill scored 16 points and Carter six in 14 minutes.
Both teams took a while to find their touch, with the Kings beginning the game 4 for 13 and the Rockets 3 for 10.
AILING PAUL
Coach Mike D'Antoni isn't counting on Paul being back Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.
"It's not a concern, it's just nagging," D'Antoni said. "We'll sit him until the training staff thinks he's ready to go and try to get over it totally."
Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 at Golden State on Tuesday night but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded by the Clippers during the offseason.
TIP-INS
Rockets: The Rockets were 13-3 in the second game of back-to-backs last season. The have 14 such sets, 13 remaining. ... Trevor Ariza was held to two points on free throws, shooting 0 for 6 and missing all five of his 3s. ... Houston's schedule includes seven of its first 10 games on the road. ... P.J. Tucker had just six points while dealing with foul trouble after scoring 20 points in his Rockets debut at Golden State.
Kings: Rookie De'Aaron Fox out of Kentucky drew big cheers when he checked in for his debut late in the first and finished with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds in 23 minutes. ... Second-year Golden 1 Center hosted its first season opener after the Kings began on the road last season.
UP NEXT
Rockets: Host Dallas on Saturday in home opener.
Kings: At Dallas on Friday to start a three-game road trip.

Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener, 124-76

 Damian Lillard scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers opened the season by handing the Phoenix Suns the most one-sided loss in the franchise's 49-year history, 124-76 on Wednesday night.
Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers. The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.
The 48-point rout exceeded Phoenix's previous record, a 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988.
The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving Phoenix's Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.
Portland led 60-35 at the half and outscored the Suns 64-41 in the second. The Blazers led by as many as 58, for a time flirting with the most one-sided game in NBA history, a 68-point blowout of the Miami Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991.
The Suns shot 31.5 percent to Portland's 49 percent, made 7 of 27 3-pointers to the Blazers' 14 of 24 and were outrebounded 57-33.
Phoenix had the league's second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener.
Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Devin Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1 for 6 on 3s, Booker 0 for 3.
Portland's bench outscored Phoenix's 61-26.
After Booker's 13-footer tied it at 17, Lillard sank a layup and the Blazers bolted away from there.
Bledsoe's three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half and was up 60-35 at the break.
The Suns shot 29 percent in the first half (14 for 49) to Portland's 44 percent (22 for 50). Phoenix was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first two quarters to the Blazers' 7 of 13. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.
The Blazers led a numbing 98-55 entering the final quarter.
TIP-INS
Trail Blazers: The one-game suspension, for taking a few steps off the bench in a preseason game, cost McCollum $165,000. .... Connaughton, a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, had a previous career high of 15 points. ... Portland had six players in double figures. ... Blazers have won four consecutive season openers. ... Trail Blazers don't play their home opener until next Tuesday against New Orleans.
Suns: Len sat out the game with a sprained left ankle. He was injured in Saturday's practice. ... Rookie Josh Jackson started and made a 3-pointer with his first shot, but was 2 for 8 the rest of the way with only two rebounds. ... Marquese Chriss made 1 of 5 shots and had one rebound and five fouls in 12:05 minutes.
UP NEXT
Trail Blazers: At Indiana on Friday night.
Suns: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Aldridge's double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves, 107-99

 LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night while opening the season without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard.
The Spurs were without Leonard and Tony Parker, but they had enough to hold off the revamped Timberwolves.
Minnesota bolstered its young lineup with the addition of veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague. The quartet helped the Wolves rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but the Timberwolves only managed two field goals after taking a 92-91 lead with 5:02 remaining on an 18-foot jumper by Butler.
Butler finished with 12 points and Crawford had 10. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 26 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18.
Aldridge had one of his most complete games with the Spurs, two days after signing a three-year, $72 million extension. He shot 9 for 21 from the field and had four assists.
He was limited to five attempts in the first quarter as the Spurs did not go out of their way to get the ball to their 6-foot-11 forward, but instead let him ease into the contest.
It's part of San Antonio's plans to make Aldridge more comfortable after two frustrating seasons with the Spurs.
Aldridge's running dunk on a bounce pass from Manu Ginobili gave the Spurs a 100-92 lead with 1:42 remaining.
Ginobili finished nine points and four assists, including a 3-pointer within a minute of entering the game midway through the first quarter. Ginobili received a huge ovation similar to the one he got in the team's final game last season when fans were not sure if he would return.
Danny Green added 17 points while shooting 3 for 7 on 3-pointers. Dejounte Murray had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists while starting in place of Parker.
TIP-INS
Wolves: Minnesota's last victory over San Antonio came April 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have lost 12 straight to the Spurs and eight straight in San Antonio. . After being one of the league's youngest teams the past few seasons, Minnesota has only one rookie on its roster this season, 7-foot center Justin Patton. . Patton missed the season opener while recovering from surgery on his left foot.
Spurs: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said there is no timetable for Leonard's return from right quadriceps tendinopathy. . Parker plans on returning in mid-November from left quadriceps tendon surgery. . San Antonio swept all four games against Minnesota last season, winning by an average of 9.0 points. . San Antonio is coming off back-to-back, 60-win seasons, the first time in franchise history they have achieved that feat. . The Spurs have won 128 regular-season games since Aldridge joined the team, which is the best two-year span in the franchise's history. The second-best mark came the two years prior to Aldridge's arrival, when the team won 122 games.
UP NEXT
Wolves: Host Utah on Friday.
Spurs: Visit Chicago on Saturday.

Burks takes over in 4th, Jazz beat Nuggets 106-96

 Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 106-96 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.
The new-look Jazz - without Gordon Hayward and George Hill - trailed most of the night before Alec Burks took over with a spectacular fourth quarter. The athletic seventh-year wing has missed most of the last three seasons due to a litany of injuries, but showed no lingering effects.
Burks scored 12 points during a 25-4 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. The Jazz trailed 83-78 going into the fourth quarter. Burks threw down a dunk, hit a pair 3-pointers and then gave the Jazz a 94-85 lead off a reverse layup. He finished with 16.
Utah picked up the defense in the final period, which helped extend the run to 31-5 and put away Denver.
Derrick Favors added 14 and Ricky Rubio had 10 assists in his first game with the Jazz.
Will Barton led the Nuggets with 23 points and Paul Millsap added 19.
The Nuggets took a 58-49 lead into halftime, sparked by a 17-4 first-quarter run. Denver was 9 for 16 from 3-point range in the first half.
TIP-INS
Nuggets: Jamal Murray started at point guard and Emmanuel Mudiay came off the bench. ... Denver was outscored 28-13 in the fourth quarter. ... Nikola Jokic finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Jazz: Rodney Hood was pulled out of the starting lineup at the last second due to gastric distress. Rookie Donovan Mitchell made his first career start in his place. Hood entered later in the first quarter. ... Dante Exum(left shoulder) and Raul Neto (right hamstring) were both out.
YOUNG DUO
Nuggets coach Michael Malone downplayed the significance of which of his young point guards started the game. Denver fans are eager to see how the two early draft picks play together and how the minutes are distributed. Mudiay was the No. 7 overall pick in 2015 and Murray was No. 7 in 2016.
"It's going to be a great challenge for them," Malone said. "We feel confident in both Jamal and Emanuel. They're both going to get great opportunities to play regardless of who's starting.
"When they're struggling, the great about our team is we're not solely relying on those guys to carry our team. We play through our big guys so much that the true point guard is really not around that much anymore. Nikola and Paul are our facilitators, our playmakers."
UP NEXT
Nuggets: Denver hosts George Hill and the Sacramento Kings in their home opener on Saturday.
Jazz: Utah travels to face Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in Rubio's first game against his former team.

Hawks, Schroder spoil Smith's debut, top Mavericks 117-111

 Dennis Schroder scored 28 points in his first game as the front man for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.'s solid Dallas debut, beating the Mavericks 117-111 in the opener Wednesday night.
Marco Belinelli, a familiar face for the Mavericks as a former rival with San Antonio, added 20 points and was 4 of 6 from 3-point range to help the Hawks in their first game after letting Paul Millsap leave in free agency and dumping Dwight Howard.
Smith scored his first NBA points on an alley-oop dunk to open the Dallas scoring and finished with 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting and the 39-year-old German joined Kobe Bryant (Lakers) as the only players to reach 20 seasons with the same franchise. He was on the bench in the back-and-forth closing minutes.
Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left. Taurean Prince rebounded a missed 3 from Belinelli with the shot clock off and made both free throws for a four-point lead.
Schroder, Nowitzki's German countryman, was 13 of 26 from the field and led the Hawks with seven assists. All but three of his shots were inside the 3-point line.
The 19-year-old Smith, the ninth overall pick and Dallas' most important draft choice since Nowitzki 19 years ago, wasn't the only first-round rookie to play well. Atlanta's John Collins, the 19th pick, scored 14 points.
Nerlens Noel matched Smith with 16 points, his most since coming to Dallas at the trading deadline last season, and had 11 rebounds. Wesley Matthews scored all of his 15 points in the second half.
TIP-INS
Hawks: Prince had 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawks outrebounded the Mavericks 50-41. ... Schroder capped a 12-0 run late in the first half with a layup for a 56-45 lead, and the Hawks led by that margin at halftime.
Mavericks: G Seth Curry, Golden State star Stephen Curry's younger brother, missed the opener with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He's out indefinitely. ... Smith asked out of the game and limped through the tunnel in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on his left leg when he was fouled on a dunk. He returned later in the quarter.
UP NEXT
Hawks: At Charlotte on Friday night.
Mavericks: Sacramento at home Friday night in a "20-20" matchup: Vince Carter, Nowitzki's former teammate, is also in his 20th season.

Jaden Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks 5-2

 Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Schwartz has four goals and six assists this season and has at least one point in six of the Blues' first seven games. It was his 51st career multi-point game and fourth this season.
Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, Kyle Brodziakalso scored, and Jake Allen made 22 saves. The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak
Duncan Keith and Ryan Hartman had late goals for Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford made 28 saves.
Schwartz opened the scoring at 4:46 of the first period, tucking in a backhander off Tarasenko's feed.
Schwartz left the game eight minutes later after going awkwardly head-first into the boards after getting tangled with Richard Panik on a partial short-handed break.
Schwartz returned in the second period, and gave the Blues a 2-0 lead at 5:59. Allen's outlet pass off the boards created a 2-on-1 with Schwartz and Sammy Blais. It was Allen's fourth career assist.
Tarasenko made it 3-0 two minutes later, scoring his fifth of the season by stripping Artem Anisimov in front of the Chicago net.
St. Louis outshot Chicago 26-8 in the first two periods, including 17-4 in the second. The four shots in each of the first two periods were a season low for the Blackhawks in a period.
Brodziak scored at 7:01 of the third. It was the first time this season the Blues' third or fourth line scored.
After Keith and Hartman scored for Chicago, Schwartz completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal.
NOTES: Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk, who is battling colon cancer, received a standing ovation from the crowd of 18,752 after being recognized late in the first period. Olczyk was back in the booth for the first time since his diagnosis in August. ... Blues F Alexander Steen (broken left hand) was activated from injured reserve and made his season debut. To make room, the Blues waived F Wade Megan. ... Blues F Paul Stastny is one point shy of 600 for his career. ... Blackhawks C Nick Schmaltz (upper body) returned after missing four games.
UP NEXT
Blackhawks: Host Edmonton on Thursday night.
Blues: Travel to Colorado on Thursday night.

Conley, rookie Brooks lead Grizzlies past Pelicans 103-91

 Mike Conley scored 27 points, rookie Dillon Brooks added 19 and the Memphis Grizzlies built beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-91 in their season opener on Wednesday night.
Marc Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 3:05 left. Memphis won its opener for the second straight year, a first in franchise history.
Anthony Davis had 33 points and 18 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 10 boards for New Orleans, but the frontcourt pair got little help. The Pelicans shot 38 percent, including 7 of 25 from 3-point range.
Memphis, which carried a 79-70 lead into the fourth, stretched the margin to 13 in the early stages of the final period.
Davis and Cousins helped the Pelicans build an early lead, but Memphis countered with nine straight points to open the second quarter and the game settled into a close one. The Grizzlies held a 54-52 lead at halftime.
Memphis made it 77-65 in the latter stages of the third and cruised from there.
TIP-INS
Pelicans: G Tony Allen, who played seven years for Memphis, was featured in a video tribute between the first and second quarters. The team recently announced that no one would wear Allen's No. 9 for the franchise again. Earlier in the day, Allen wrote a thank you letter to the city on the Players' Tribune website. ... New Orleans had eight blocks in the first quarter, a franchise record for blocks in a period. ... Davis is dealing with strep throat.
Grizzlies: Andrew Harrison, who won a preseason battle with Wade Baldwin IV for one of the last roster spots, started alongside Conley at guard. ... Brooks started 3 of 4 from the field, finishing 7 of 13. ... Memphis is now 5-18 in season openers but has won three of four.
UP NEXT
Pelicans: Play home opener Friday night against defending champion Golden State.
Grizzlies: Host Golden State on Saturday night.

Maple Leafs have 4-goal 1st, beat Red Wings 6-3

 Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves in his season debut and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times in the first period in a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Starting in place of Frederik Andersen, McElhinney stopped 15 shots in the third period to hold off the Red Wings.
Nazem KadriZach HymanAuston MatthewsConnor BrownMorgan Rielly and William Nylander scored to help Toronto improve to an NHL-best 6-1-0. The Maple Leafs were coming off a 2-0 victory at Washington on Tuesday night.
Henrik ZetterbergTomas TatarJonathan Ericsson scored for the Red Wings, and Nick Jensen had three assists.
Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on four shots before getting yanked in favor of Petr Mrazek late in the first period.
Toronto scored on its first two shots and four of its first five.
The Maple Leafs opened the scoring after catching the Red Wings on a bad line change. Kadri took a long pass from Ron Hainsey, walked in and beat Howard over the blocker at 5:56. Hyman scored 44 seconds later, tipping Rielly's shot past Howard.
Zetterberg put Detroit on the board with 7:50 to play in the first after getting McElhinney to bite on a fake before skating around the net and finishing on a wraparound with the netminder out of position.
Matt Martin didn't record Toronto's third shot on net until near the 14-minute mark of the period and it turned out to be the only save of the night for Howard.
Matthews chased Howard from the Wings net with 4:14 to play in the first, snapping a shot past him from almost the exact same spot Kadri did to open the scoring. Mrazek didn't fare any better, with Brown beating him through a screen on the first shot he faced - 40 seconds after Matthews' goal.
Notes: A "moment of celebration" was held before the game for Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. He died of cancer on Tuesday at 53. ... Leafs forward Patrick Marleau played in his 1,500th NHL game.
UP NEXT
Red Wings: Host Washington on Friday night.
Maple Leafs: At Ottawa on Saturday night.

Greek Freak (37 points) leads Bucks past Celtics, 108-100

 Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled into the paint, spun to his left and found his path to the basket blocked by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.
Instead, the Greek Freak fed the ball to Matthew Dellavedovabeyond the arc for the 3-pointer that helped seal Milwaukee's 108-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Bucks' season opener on Wednesday night.
"I passed the ball to Delly," said Antetokounmpo, who had 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter- and the biggest assist of the game, as well. "And that's what Delly does."
One night after a gruesome broken ankle just six minutes into the season cost Boston top free agent Gordon Hayward - perhaps for the entire year - the Celtics fell to 0-2 by giving up an 11-1 run that left Milwaukee with a 97-90 lead and under three minutes to play.
Antetokounmpo added 13 rebounds, Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and Khris Middleton had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Dellavedova scored 15 points, including the 3-pointer with 45 seconds left after the Celtics cut the lead to two points.
"I thought Giannis made a great play at the end, trusting his teammate," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "Just to trust his teammate down at the end to make a play ... he got off the ball and Delly made a big shot."
Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 7-for-25 shooting in his Boston debut, and Jaylen Brown had 18 in a subdued home opener for the Celtics, who underwent a near-complete overhaul over the summer even after earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.
Although Irving and No. 3 draft pick Jayson Tatum appeared in a Celtics home uniform for the first time, Hayward was left to wish them well in a pregame video in his hospital gown from his hospital bed. After cheering Hayward during his scoreboard appearance, the Celtics fans broke into a chant of his name during the first half.
"Like he told us before the game, we got that message - before the whole arena got the message - he's fine," Celtics guard Terry Rozier said. "Personally, it was tough seeing, but I think we'll be fine. We've just got to adjust."
But the team was unable to make up for the absence of the player who was expected to be their key offseason acquisition when he signed a four-year, $128 million contract to rejoin Brad Stevens, his college coach, in Boston.
The Celtics trailed by seven heading into the third quarter before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, taking a 69-64 lead on Irving's 3-pointer from the top of the key. But the Bucks regained the lead with six minutes to play, holding Boston without a basket for about five minutes.
FIGHTING WORDS
Boston's Marcus Smart and Dellavedova traded hard fouls early in the second quarter, leading to some shoving and a technical foul for the Celtics guard. First, Smart went to the floor with a bit of a hip check. Later, Smart seemed to embellish his fall when Dellavedova ran into his screen.
Smart came up and put his chest into the Bucks guard, and Milwaukee's John Henson reached in to try to restrain him. Dellavedova was called for a common foul and Smart was given a technical.
TIP-INS
Bucks: Returned to the road for their season opener. Before opening at home the past two seasons, the Bucks had tipped off on the road for 30 years in a row. ... Greg Monroe went to the locker room in the first quarter with a cut on the side of his head, near his right eye, and said he had "a couple of" stitches. He and finished with 10 points in 17 minutes.... Antetokounmpo's 37 points were the third-most in his career.
Celtics: No. 3 overall draft pick Tatum had eight points and nine rebounds. ... Brown had his left wrist taped after the game and said "sprained it or something."
UP NEXT
Bucks: Host Cleveland on Friday night.
Celtics: Visit Philadelphia on Friday night.