Michael Pineda allowed just one run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Pineda looked incredibly sharp right from the onset and had the Red Sox fishing for his slider all night. He threw 94 pitches (63 strikes) and seemed like he wanted to go longer when manager Joe Girardi came out to get him, but it's still early and he is just coming back from a major shoulder injury. His one blemish came at the hands of Daniel Nava who popped a solo shot on a pitch he mistakenly left up in the zone, but other than that, the outing was fantastic. He'll face the Cubs his next time out so let it ride.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.
There was some late buzz that Rondo could join the Lakers, but instead he'll sign with the Sacramento Kings for a one-year, $10 million deal. Rondo's season fell apart in 2014 after being traded to Dallas, but expectations will still be high for the point guard due to his track record. That being said, last year's meltdown for Rondo was jarring, as his assists per game fell from 10.8 to 6.5, and his rebounds went from 7.5 to 4.5 per game. Hopefully Rondo will become better acclimated with his team in Dallas, as if he can get it together, Rondo could be a key piece in his new team's playoff bid. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Patrick Beverley has agreed to a four-year deal with the Rockets.
The 26-year old will return to Houston after spending his first three seasons with the team, averaging 8.9 points, 3 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game over his tenure. Last season was his best as a professional, and Beverley will look to earn an expanded role in the backcourt next season after averaging 30.8 minutes last season. The four-year deal is worth $25 million. Analysis: Ben Diamond