When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers a month ago due to him not wanting to play in LeBron James's shadow, many thought that would haunt the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Although, onTuesday, they found a way to spin the deal in their favor, despite sending the point guard to their rivals in the East. Irving was deal to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and a first-round pick in the 2018 draft from the Brooklyn Nets. The trade comes after Irving made the request in a July meeting, as the 25-year-old now claims that he is "excited" to be joining the Celtics. The move was tough for Boston with them giving up their face of the franchise in Thomas, who joined them at the trade deadline in February of 2015. The 28-year-old helped the Celtics finish with the best record in the East by averaging 28.9 points, 5.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. He is recovering from a hip injury that held him out of the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals. Meanwhile, Irving joins Boston with three years and $60 million left on his current deal, although he can opt out of his final year before the 2019-20 season. It has already been announced that he sport the No. 11 with his new team. James spoke out on social media regarding the trade, sending nothing but love and respect to his now former teammate. The most intriguing part of this trade is that these teams will kick off the 2017-18 season on October 17th with a Conference Finals rematch in Cleveland.
Fister Throws One-Hitter Against Indians
The Boston Red Sox have not gotten much contribution from Doug Fister since adding the starter a little over a month ago, causing them to work him out of the bullpen for a little bit. The left-hander got the start on Tuesday night and dominated from the beginning, allowing just one hit on the night in a 9-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. Fister surrendered a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor, but then nothing else as he went the distance for his first complete game since 2014. He walked two batters and hit one with a pitch for the only other baserunners against him, as the 73-minute rain delay did not stop the veteran, who was facing Cleveland for the third time in his past four starts. He also got plenty of run support, as Eduardo Nunez drove in five runs and Jackie Bradley Jr. went deep against Carlos Carrasco, who fell to 12-6 on the season. Bradley did leave the game early due to a thumb injury, and will fly back to Boston for an MRI. There is a possibility that he will return in time for Wednesday's game, but manager John Farrell said it is unlikely. The tough loss for the Indians comes on the same day that they sent starter Danny Salazar, second baseman Jason Kipnis, and reliever Andrew Miller to the disabled list.
Pujols Hits Big HR in Angels' Blowout Win
The Los Angeles Angels stayed red hot on Tuesday night to remain atop the AL Wild Card race, but it was Albert Pujols who took the headline on this night. The slugger passed Sammy Sosa for the most home runs by a foreign player with his 610th career long ball in a 10-1 rout of the Texas Rangers. The three-run shot came in the seventh inning for his 19th of the season, and move him to seventh on the all-time list. Pujols also doubled home the first run of the game, while Kaleb Cowart added a three-run blast, as the Angels remained a half game behind the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card race. Keynan Middleton earned the win after replacing Ricky Nolasco, who allowed a run over 4.2 innings, but could not stay in the game long enough to qualify for the victory. Middleton threw 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief. The Angels finished the night with 16 hits in their 10th win in the past 13 games. The Rangers did have nine hits but left 10 runners on base, failing to support starter Tyson Ross, who allowed just three runs in his third loss. The series continues with Game 3 on Wednesday night.