Morning sports update: Pelicans are reportedly listening to offers for Anthony Davis

Also: Alex Cora helped a young fan meet his idol, the latest from Tom Brady's Twitter, and an odd Manny Ramirez anniversary.

Anthony Davis Trade Rumors
Anthony Davis during a Pelicans game in Feb. 2019. –The Associated Press

The Red Sox eventually found some offense in an 8-3 win over the Royals on Tuesday night. Eduardo Nunez hit a pinch hit, three-run home run.

The NBA Finals moves to Game 3 as the Warriors host the Raptors with the series tied 1-1.

And the Bruins and Blues prepare for Thursday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston. The Bruins continue to grapple with the uncertainty of Zdeno Chara’s status. Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Chara’s jaw is broken. The Bruins haven’t officially reported the extent of Chara’s injury, or indicated if he will play.

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The summer of Anthony Davis has (reportedly) begun: It was already predicted that Pelicans center Anthony Davis would draw major trade interest during the NBA offseason after he submitted a trade request in January.

Then New Orleans won the NBA lottery, securing the possibility of drafting Zion Williamson. Still, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Davis remains intent on leaving the Pelicans. And as Charania reported on Tuesday, New Orleans general manager David Griffin is starting to listen to trade offers.

“As teams continue placing calls into New Orleans, Griffin has begun listening to teams and their inquiries on Davis,” Charania wrote.

While the Celtics weren’t on Davis’s preferred list of destinations, Boston can undoubtedly put together one of the best (if not the best) packages to send in exchange for the 26-year-old superstar.

Trivia: Since 1908, MLB players have been intentionally walked four or more times in a single game on 11 occasions. One player accounts for four of those games. Who is it?

Hint: Buck Showalter once had him intentionally walked with the bases loaded (which also recently happened to MLB top draft pick Adley Rutschman in college baseball).

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Hernan Perez made the most of his (latest) chance: The Brewers trailed the Marlins 16-0 in the 9th inning on Tuesday, so Milwaukee turned to utility man Hernan Perez instead of an actual pitcher. Perez, who has played every position except catcher during his career — and has now made five appearances as a pitcher — closed things out with a 1-2-3 inning behind his effective 75 mile-per-hour fastball.

His windup (he cited Bronson Arroyo for the leg kick) was something to see:

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On this day: In 2001, the Red Sox beat the Tigers 4-3 in 18 innings. The 5-hour, 52-minute marathon ended when Shea Hillenbrand smacked a walk-off home run to lead-off the 18th.

The game was notable for Manny Ramirez’s role. With his batting average at .388 during his first season in Boston, Ramirez instilled fear in the Tigers pitching staff, hitting a home run in the fourth inning and nearly winning the game with another home run in the 12th (it hit high off the wall for a single).

But Detroit’s response to Ramirez’s hitting prowess was to mostly not pitch to him. Apparently not fearing the batter behind Ramirez (Troy O’Leary), the Tigers intentionally walked Boston’s cleanup hitter a team record four times. It was the most intentional walks handed out to an American League player since Roger Maris in 1962.

The strategy largely paid off. In the 14th inning, the Tigers walked Ramirez despite Carl Everett already being placed on first base. Yet Darren Lewis struck out, justifying Detroit’s decision.

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“I’m happy we won the game,” Ramirez said, “and I didn’t have to swing the bat.”

Also on this day, Michael Jordan pulled of “the move” against the Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals:

Daily highlight: UCLA softball won a 12th national championship on a walk-off:

Trivia answer: Barry Bonds. Here’s the intentional walk: