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Anthony Davis gives interesting answer to question on his Lakers future

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Anthony Davis gives interesting answer to question on his Lakers future

Newly acquired Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis might end up playing for the Purple and Gold a long time, but so far he hasn't been willing to publicly proclaim he will re-sign with the historic franchise when NBA free agency 2020 rolls around.

Davis was asked during his introductory press conference last Saturday about being ready to commit to the Lakers long term, and his answer was interesting.

"I'm focused on this season," Davis told reporters, via the Washington Post's Ben Golliver. "When I got traded here, my goal was to bring a championship here with the team that we have. When that time comes around next year, you can ask me that question and we can revisit it. Right now, my focus is on this year and figuring out how I can help this team and help this organization become a championhip team."

Davis basically took the opposite approach Kyrie Irving did last fall. Irving famously told Boston Celtics season ticket holders before the 2018-19 season that he planned to re-sign with the team. Maybe Irving really meant it at the time, but after a disappointing season for the Celtics highlighted by the superstar point guard's leadership struggles, he bolted for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency earlier this month.

Davis has a $28,751,775 million player option for the 2020-21 season, and it's hard to envision him, or any player, exercising that option when a long-term max contract almost certainly would be available.

The list of the top free agents in the summer of 2020 goes downhill really quick. Davis clearly is the best player who could be available. The gap between him and the second-best player, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, is enormous. If Davis ever made it known he was open to considering other teams in free agency, the list of interested suitors likely would be a lengthy one. After all, he's arguably a top-five player in the league and will be just 27 years old next summer.

It wouldn't be surprising if Davis eventually re-signs with the Lakers, but there's absolutely no reason for him to commit, especially publicly, to L.A. before playing any games alongside LeBron James.

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Here's Eduardo Nuñez's message for Red Sox fans after DFA decision

Here's Eduardo Nuñez's message for Red Sox fans after DFA decision

Eduardo Nuñez's career with the Boston Red Sox didn't have the ideal ending, but he has plenty of fond memories to cherish from his time with the historic MLB franchise.

Nuñez delivered a message to Red Sox fans, via ESPN's Marly Rivera, after the team decided to designate him for assignment Monday.

“I’d like to thank all Red Sox fans for all the great moments we shared and the amazing experience of being World Champions. I only have positive things to say about the Red Sox organization, and I know my career will go on.”

Nuñez was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade with the San Francisco Giants in 2017.

Perhaps his most memorable moment in Boston came during Game 1 of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nuñez hit a three-run pinch hit homer in the seventh inning that secured a series-opening win.

Nuñez was batting .228 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 60 games for the Red Sox before he was DFA'd. 

Devers reacts to Sox decision to DFA Nuñez

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Andrew Cashner to make Boston debut after trade

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Andrew Cashner to make Boston debut after trade

Andrew Cashner will make his Boston Red Sox debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night after being acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.

Cashner should provide much-needed depth at the back end of Boston's rotation, and his ability to eat up innings could provide valuable relief for the team's overworked bullpen. The veteran right-hander went 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 66 strikeouts over 96 1/3 innings in 17 starts for Baltimore. That's a pretty good stat line for a pitcher on baseball's worst team.

Xander Bogaerts made unique Red Sox history in Monday night's win over the Blue Jays by recording one run, one hit and one RBI in seven consecutive games. Michael Chavis also hit the first grand slam of his young MLB career to power Boston to a 10-8 victory. Both of these talented young players will be in Tuesday night's lineup with Boston aiming to push its post-All Star break record above the .500 mark.

Here are the lineups for both teams.

BOSTON RED SOX (51-43)
Mookie Betts, RF
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, DH
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Christian Vázquez, C 
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Michael Chavis, 1B
Brock Holt, 2B

Andrew Cashner, RHP

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (35-60)

Eric Sogard, 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr., DH
Randal Grichuk, RF
Danny Jansen, C
Justin Smoak, 1B
Freddy Galvis, SS
Teoscar Hernandez, CF
Billy McKinney, LF

Jacob Waguespack, RHP

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