Kelce spent a lot of time watching pitchers throw their side sessions and said there was plenty he could take away from watching them interact with catchers.

Baseball is an awesome sport, Kelce said. I’ve just been picking up some of what goes on between the pitcher and catcher because I think there are a lot of similarities between the mental chess game going on there as there is with me and Carson (Wentz) kind of assessing defenses and stuff like that.

New Phillies manager Gape Kapler said that he spoke with Kelce separately and discussed the rapport Eagles players had with head coach Doug Pederson and the coaching staff.

We enter the final intermission of the night with Aliev in first place, followed by Chan and Rippon. With Hanyu, Chen, Uno, and many other top contenders coming up, this event could come right down to the wire.

Alexei Bychenko of Israel skated to the Jewish folk song Hava Nagila, and had close to the same quality run he did in the team event. A few minor miscues aside, Bychenko managed 84.13 to qualify comfortably.

Pujols lightened up considerably when the subject turned to Ohtani, the Japanese pitcher-hitter. The two took batting practice together in Orange County last week.

I gave him a couple words of wisdom. I know it’s going to be a little bit different with the language barrier, Pujols said. But I told him that he knows how to play baseball. He just needs to go out and play.

Hopefully he can do great on both sides, because if he can help us with his bat, too, it will be awesome because we don’t have many lefties in our starting lineup.

Pujols is 32 hits shy of 3,000 for his career. It’s awesome, he said. I know it’s there. I’m not going to ignore it, but I don’t play for that. I play to put rings on my fingers, I haven’t had one in seven years. Hopefully, this is the year we can get one.

Clearly, the league wants the best two teams in the league to be represented every Finals. Silver even mentioned adding more days to the season to help cut down travel even more. (This year’s NBA schedule cut back on the preseason while adding an additional week to the regular season.) However, it did not sound like any changes were imminent.bears_031