Joe Musgrove had quite the homecoming at Petco Park.

Pitching in front of at least 75 friends and family members, the right-hander tossed seven shutout innings against his hometown team and Jody Mercer homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the sloppy San Diego Padres on Friday night.

Out of the gate when I’m out warming up, there’s people screaming right and left and every time I took a step I’m getting called from different directions, he said. I was trying to block it out for the most part but I was also trying to acknowledge the people who were here. Throwing my bullpen there’s 50 of my friends standing right above the catcher hollering and stuff. I’ve always done well in front of my family and friends and that’s something that takes me to that next level.

He had dinner at his parents’ house on Thursday night and planned to go out with them after the game, as well as have a local beer that’s named after the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.

First, it was, ‘Well I was misdiagnosed,’ Bowen said (via ESPN). Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year. And you’re the go-to guy, you’re the franchise and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?

Bowen criticized Leonard for not being more open about his future status in San Antonio, especially in the wake of reports he wants to be traded.

I think he’s getting bad advice, Bowen said. I think what you’re starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it’s not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you still could lean on Tim [Duncan] Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginobili].

Not one time has Kawhi come out and said anything to the effect of, ‘You know what, hey, I really enjoy being in San Antonio.’ Or, ‘I can’t stand what’s going on here in San Antonio.’ Not one time has he said anything.

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Detroit slugger Nick Catsellanos said Stroman kept the Tigers off balance both with good stuff, and a funky delivery full of pauses and hesitations.

He’s a very unorthodox pitcher with the way he delivers, Castellanos said. He kind of dances on the mound a little bit. That can be difficult to get in synch with.

Seunghwan Oh pitched the eighth and Tyler Clippard gave up an infield single to begin the ninth but retired the next three batters in order for his fifth save in nine chances.

Roberto is our closer, Atkins said. We’re running a baseball team and our goal is to win championships. Roberto could potentially be very much a part of that.

Osuna has no record and a 2.93 ERA with nine saves in 10 chances this season.

Seattle also signed Los Angeles Rams starting strong safety Maurice Alexander to a one-year deal, though he didn’t participate much during the offseason program while recovering from a shoulder injury. McDougald would be an option to start at free safety should Thomas’ holdout last into the season. Third-year safeties Delano Hill (strong) and Tedric Thompson (free) also worked with the first-team defense in the offseason, depending on where McDougald was playing.

A fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010, Chancellor was one of several mid- to late-round gems that helped form the core of Seahawks teams that experienced new heights. The Seahawks made the playoffs five straight seasons from 2012 to ’16, reached back-to-back Super Bowls and won the first championship in their history following the 2013 season. Chancellor made his share of memorable plays in the postseason, including a massive hit on Demaryius Thomas that set the tone for the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVII. He also had a pick-six of Cam Newton that sealed a divisional-round victory over the Carolina Panthers the following season.

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Former Spurs player rips Kawhi Leonard: ‘There’s nothing but excuses going on’

Former Spurs player Bruce Bowen called out Kawhi Leonard in a national radio appearance this week, saying the forward is getting bad advice.

He had plenty of support as he got into and out of trouble in the seventh. The Padres had runners on first and third after hitting consecutive singles to open the inning but Musgrove retired the side, including inducing Manuel Margot to hit into an inning-ending double play.

It was incredible, Musgrove said. They were the ones who really pushed me through that last inning. I got first and third and no one out and all I could think about was all the people that are here watching me and how I’d love to get out of this and put on a little bit of a show for them. It was really cool. It was special.

Musgrove did his best to not get distracted.

He talked about dealing with the likelihood that, wherever he goes, he probably won’t be an immediate starter.

I would just come in and try to outwork whoever is in front of me, Carter said. That’s the beauty of the beast. There are undoubtedly going to be players in front of you, people who have been there before, for four or five years and know exactly what it takes. I would learn those things, and let the best man win.

Earlier this year, Carter’s mother raised some eyebrows when she was invited to be a panelist at a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and excoriated the NCAA in her opening remarks, comparing the organization to slavery and the prison system, and adding that, there is a problem that is sickening.

Those comments were largely taken out of context — while Kylia Carter was particularly harsh on the NCAA, taken in full, she laid out a case for better academic options for basketball players and wondered, Why can’t they go to college and get a two-year certificate in this professional sport that they are pursuing if they are that talented, so that they are aware and educated on the business of the sport?

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NBA trade rumors: Hornets sending Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov

The frenzy of trades ahead of the NBA Draft has begun.

The Hornets are sending decorated big man Dwight Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, reported Wednesday, saving the Nets $17 million and creating two spots on the roster for maximum-salary deals. Brooklyn also will send two future second-round picks and cash to Charlotte.

Howard, who started 81 games for Charlotte last season and averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, will play for his fourth team in four seasons.

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Mozgov’s agent, Stanislav Ryzhov, told the New York Post: Yes, Mozgov is not satisfied, and Nets know about it. He is motivated to play and hates sitting on the bench. We are 100 percent sure that he is still a contributor.

Mozgov, 31, slated to make $16 million next season as part of a four-year, $64 million deal he signed with the Lakers in 2016 when Mitch Kupchak, now the Hornets general manager, held the same title in Los Angeles.

Anderson retired five straight batters before allowing a single to Cody Bellinger in the seventh. Anderson improved to 4-0 on the road with a 3.48 ERA while holding hitters to a .216 average. The Rockies have won seven of his last nine starts away from home.

He kept us off-balance, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. He has a three, four-pitch mix that we couldn’t get any swings off of.

Iannetta homered leading off the ninth, extending Colorado’s lead to 3-0.

Arenado hit his team-high 20th homer in the eighth and Valaika homered over the center-field fence for Colorado’s first run in the fifth.

Valaika homered for the first time since last Sept. 24 at San Diego. It was just his second homer ever at Dodger Stadium. His first long ball in the majors came on Sept. 24, 2016, in the same stadium.

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Becky Hammon continues to climb the coaching ladder and break barriers in the process.

The Spurs announced Wednesday the promotion of Hammon to lead assistant on coach Gregg Popovich’s staff. She fills the role previously held by James Borrego, who was hired to be the Hornets’ head coach in May.

The Bucks need depth, and they need scoring off the bench. Robinson led the ACC in scoring and has been a late riser in terms of draft stock. The Bucks have a crowded backcourt, but they need perimeter scoring.

Okogie is an excellent defender who can knock down 3s, which makes him an ideal Gregg Popovich guy. Jacob Evans is possible here, too, and they’d be thrilled if Smith or Walker slipped to them.

The Hawks are not sure what they’ll do with Dennis Schroeder going forward, and even if they stick with Schroeder, their only backup under contract is Isaiah Taylor. This would be a good place to grab Holiday.

Second-rounders worth highlighting:

Landry Shamet (No. 33) — Shamet took a hit for worse than expected measurements at the combine, but he’s still a good prospect. He’s a career 43.7 percent 3-point shooter on 364 attempts, possesses an excellent assist-to-turnover ratio and can play on the ball or off it. He should be able to contribute to winning at the next level.

Jevon Carter (No. 39) — Carter is an elite defender at the point of attack and possesses the physical strength to translate to the NBA right away. He’s worked hard to turn himself into an NBA prospect, becoming a better than 38.0 percent 3-point shooter in his final two college seasons. The West Virginia guard projects to fill a role similar to Patrick Beverley in the NBA.

Gary Clark (No. 43) — At 6-7, Clark projects as a high-end team defender. He averaged 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per 40 minutes as a senior at Cincinnati. Although he needs to develop a consistent jump shot, his success in draft models based on prospects’ past outcomes is another reason worth betting on him.

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Hornets hire Spurs assistant James Borrego as head coach

Walker, a two-time All-Star, averaged 22.1 points and 5.6 assists per game last season.

The Hornets finished 2017-18 with a 36-46 record and missed the playoffs. They fired coach Steve Clifford in mid-April after five seasons and replaced him with former Spurs assistant James Borrego.

The Rockets expect Chris Paul to be on their roster next season.

Forte was an All-America as a North Carolina sophomore, but pretty much nothing went right for him as a pro. He was small for a shooting guard and unable to convert successfully to the point. Boston gave up on him after a tumultuous rookie year, during which he reportedly wore a Magic Johnson Lakers jersey during one of his nights on the Celtics’ bench. Seattle gave him a shot, but he played in only 25 games combined in his two NBA seasons. He has enjoyed a long-term successful career playing overseas, including time in Italy, Russia, Israel and Iran.

The only curveball in all this would be if Popovich somehow gets through to Leonard and changes his mind about his insistence on leaving the Spurs. The team has operated under the assumption that Leonard’s bizarre 2017-18 season, during which he played just nine games as he healed from what many considered a relatively mild quad injury, was fueled more by his advisors than by Leonard himself. Early indications, though, are that nothing has changed with Leonard’s trade request.

If, however, Leonard pulls that 180-degree turn in the next day, and recommits to his team, this saga will have been brought to a happy close for the Spurs. That’s a longshot. It’s far more likely that the Leonard story lingers over the draft, and beyond.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be one of the deepest and most talented drafts in recent memory. With college basketball stars like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr., and even an international phenom like Luka Doncic, there’s plenty of talent at the top for NBA teams looking to boost their roster and turn around their franchise.

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Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 31st save of the season.

Jason Hammels (2-10) lost his fifth straight, allowing all six runs on 13 hits in six innings.

We’re just living the dream now, Hernandez said. I love these guys. It’s the best team we’ve had in my 14 years. It’s fun.

Kansas City manager Ned Yost said he knew Hernandez would get better as the game progressed.

Good pitchers, if you’re going to get them, you better get them early because they’re going to settle in, Yost said. Hernandez settled in in the second.

The Mariners quickly got back in it. Mitch Haniger made it 3-1 in the bottom of the first when he doubled to the gap in left-center to score Jean Segura, who singled.

The Mariners took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. Healy homered to left-center to tie it at 3 and Mike Zunino hit a sacrifice fly.

[The follow-up surgery was] not something we were expecting to be a part of this recovery process but I’m happy to report that I’ll be back out there resuming rehab soon, with my sights set firmly on being back to my usual self for the start of next season, Hayward wrote, adding the procedure was considered very rare by his doctors.

Hayward detailed his development but said he was slowed by lingering pain on the outside of his joint.

I had been progressing really well, Hayward wrote. I had been doing cuts laterally. I was jumping. I hadn’t done anything that explosive and I wasn’t quite 100 percent with any of it, but I was slowly building up to that.

Problem was, I was also still having some pain on the outside of my ankle, kind of where the peroneal tendon is. I had been reporting back daily how I was feeling, and the team that I was working with in Indianapolis—along with the Celtics training staff—had surmised that it could be the hardware they put in during my initial surgery causing some irritation.

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