Morning Roundup 3/22/19

College basketball fans rejoice! The NCAA Tournament has begun. We have already seen some upsets (Ja Morant and the 12th seeded Murray State Racers took down the 5th seeded Marquette Golden Eagles), and we have seen some absolute dominations (#1 seed Gonzaga manhandling #16 seed Farleigh Dickinson). Along with the NCAA Tournament, the MLB Japan Series has wrapped up, and Spring Training is starting to wind down as Opening Day is now 5 days away if you are reading this article the date it was published. The NBA is in full swing still as teams are vying and jostling for playoff spots, while other teams are working to secure that number 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. With plenty of sports happening, let’s get you caught up with this morning roundup.

MLB Spring Training/Regular Season

Japan Series

Mariners 5-4 Athletics (F/12)

Spring Training

Royals 14-6 Reds

Rays 8-1 Braves

Pirates 7-5 Orioles

Tigers 5-3 Astros

Cardinals 11-3 Yankees

Phillies 13-6 Blue Jays

Mets 6-0 Marlins

Rangers 7-3 Indians

Brewers 11-5 Dodgers

Giants 5-5 Cubs

White Sox 12-2 Rangers

Angels 2-1 Diamondbacks

Red Sox 8-0 Rays

Nationals 7-1 Cardinals

Mariners 6-3 Reds

MLB News

Prior to the Mariners game against the A’s, longtime Mariner Ichiro Suzuki informed the team he would be retiring after the game. Ichiro, a future first ballot hall-of-famer, amassed 3,089 hits, 117 homeruns, and 780 RBIs in his 18 year career. Ichiro won the 2001 Rookie of the Year and MVP. He was also a Gold Glove RF from 2001-2010. He will ride off into the sunset and go down as one of the greatest players to don a Mariners uniform.

The Rays have reached an agreement on an extension with P Blake Snell. The extension is for 6 years, worth $50 million. Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young winner, will look to build on his impressive 2018, where he had a 21-5 record, posted a 1.89 ERA and struck out 221 batters in 180.2 innings of work.

The Cardinals nearing an agreement with 1B Paul Goldschmidt. The deal will reportedly be for 5 years, $130 million. Goldschmidt was traded to the Cardinals this past offseason and will by the looks of it, be playing ball in Busch Stadium for the next couple of years.

NBA

Pistons 118-98 Suns

Hornets 113-106 Timberwolves

Nuggets 113-108 Wizards

Hawks 117-114 Jazz

Kings 116-100 Mavericks

Warriors 112-89 Pacers

Current standings

Men’s NCAA Tournament

#3 Purdue 61-48 #14 Old Dominion

#9 Baylor 78-69 #8 Syracuse

#2 Michigan 74-55 #15 Montana

#7 Wofford 84-68 #10 Seton Hall

#6 Villanova 61-57 #11 Saint Mary’s

#1 Gonzaga 87-49 #16 Fairleigh Dickinson

#2 Kentucky 79-44 #15 Abilene Christian

#10 Florida 70-61 #7 Nevada

#12 Murray State 83-64 #5 Marquette

#4 Kansas 87-53 #13 Northeastern

#6 Maryland 79-77 #11 Belmont

#2 Michigan State 76-65 #15 Bradley

#4 Florida State 76-69 #13 Vermont

#5 Auburn 78-77 #12 New Mexico State

#3 LSU 79-74 #14 Yale

You can catch more March Madness all day today starting at 11:15 CST with #10 Iowa and #7 Cincinnati taking the court. It all ends tonight at 8:57 CST with #4 Virginia Tech squaring off against #13 Saint Louis University, and we will make sure to keep you up to date on all the games.

-Marcus Jacobs

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