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Postby elaine95 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:23 am

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Michael Porter Jr. went to the Nuggets at No. 14 Thursday night, giving them a potential impact player. Now the priority this offseason is keeping their own free agents and locking down the face of the franchise.

Center and budding superstar Nikola Jokic is the top priority, and president of basketball operations Tim Connelly has said the Nuggets want to sign him to a long-term contract before he hits the market next summer.

”Nikola’s going to be here for a long, long time,” Connelly said. ”Whatever we do, we’re going to ensure that he’s here as long as possible. We’ll talk to Nikola, his brothers and his representation and he’ll be in Denver for a long, long time. He’ll be buying here.”

Will Barton is an unrestricted free agent and forward Wilson Chandler can opt out of the last year of his deal. Connelly said the Nuggets want to retain both.

”Will Barton is still a priority,” Connelly said.

Barton was versatile and valuable for Denver coming off the bench or in the starting lineup. His 15.7 points a game were fourth on the team playing small forward and both backcourt positions. He started 40 of the 81 games he played.

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Porter can help alleviate the potential loss of those three because he can play small forward, but health is an issue for him. The 6-foot-10 forward was considered a top-five pick before a back injury that required surgery limited him to three games at Missouri last year.

His back and hip soreness during pre-draft workouts knocked him from the top of the draft to the last pick of the lottery where Denver grabbed him, but Porter said he’s ready to go and will put himself in the hands of Denver’s medical staff.

”They’re going to put a plan together for me,” he said. ”Sometimes, even if you feel really good, they want you to feel even better before they put you on the floor. It’s all on what the team wants me to do, but I feel like I can play immediately.”

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”The draft was going to have very little impact on free agency,” Connelly said. ”The guys that are up we want to keep, and we’re going to be aggressive trying to keep them.”




SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants left-hander Andrew Suarez will seek to reverse a trend of pitching in bad luck when the faces the San Diego Padres on Saturday afternoon on the third day of a four-game series.

Suarez (2-4, 4.70 ERA), who has just one decision (a win) in his last five starts, is coming off back-to-back outings that were mirror images of one another.

Facing the Miami Marlins on both occasions, Suarez was pulled in the sixth and seventh innings of his last two starts, both times having held the opponent to two runs and both times exiting with a lead.

But the Marlins rallied against the Giants’ bullpen each time, pulling out a 5-4 win in both games.

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One of those six games occurred the only time he faced the Padres.

Lo and behold, he pitched seven innings in that May 1 game, allowing two runs, and left a 2-2 tie. The Giants went on to lose 3-2.

He’s 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA against the Padres.

Suarez can expect to see a bit of a different look from San Diego on Saturday, as Padres manager Andy Green indicated Friday that he’s strongly considering moving Manuel Margot back to the leadoff spot against the left-hander.

Green put Wil Myers atop his lineup card Thursday night against another lefty, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, and it did not go well. Myers went hitless and the Padres got shut out 3-0.

Batting seventh against a right-hander on Friday night, Margot had two hits and two RBIs in San Diego’s 6-2 win.

He has raised his average to .245 after having spent much of the first two months below .200. He batted leadoff 15 times in that early stretch.

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“I do think sometime in the near future you’re going to see him back toward the top, against left-handed pitching especially.”

Margot, the club’s leadoff hitter on Opening Day, hit just .156 atop the lineup before getting demoted in May. He has hit .333 while batting seventh.

Another decision Green will have to make Saturday is what to do with third baseman Cory Spangenberg, who contributed two hits and two runs to Friday’s win.

Spangenberg has hit safely in a personal-best 11 straight starts but hasn’t been starting lately against left-handed pitchers, against whom he is batting just .143 this season.

The Padres will send right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.46) to the mound hoping he can snap a three-game skid [url=http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-mike-gesicki-jersey]Mike Gesicki Color Rush Jersey[/url] , during which he has allowed 13 runs in 17 1/3 innings.

Lyles pitched three times out of the bullpen in earlier meetings with the Giants, limiting them to one hit and no runs in 4 2/3 innings.
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That was quite a contrast to the last time he started against San Francisco, which was in an 8-0 loss in September. He gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Lyles has faced the Giants 17 times in his career, seven times as a starter, going 3-3 with a 6.11 ERA.

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