Oakland A’s agree to one-year deal with Jonathan Lucroy

The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The A’s finalized the deal Monday and announced that left-handed pitcher Jairo Labourt was designated for assignment.

Lucroy, 31, is a two-time All-Star and the top catcher left on the free agent market. He’ll move ahead of Bruce Maxwell and Josh Phegley on the depth chart and give the Athletics a veteran presence behind the plate to work with a young pitching staff.

Georgiev made a key pad save on Sebastian Aho late in the third period to preserve the lead.

“I knew they were coming hard,” Georgiev said. “It’s just instinct how I stretched that pad.”

Teuvo Teravainen, Lee Stempniak and Victor Rask scored for the Hurricanes. Scott Darling, who has struggled in his first season with Carolina, made 17 stops.

Tied at 3 in the third, Vesey took a loose puck at the left faceoff circle and wristed a high shot past Darling at 12:15.

“That’s where I was going,” Vesey said. “I had a shot from a similar angle in the first period and I kind of misfired and put it lower than I wanted. I was definitely trying to go high blocker and just fortunately it went in.”

Myles Turner has been up and down all season, but over the last week, he seems to be on an upswing. He put 24 points on the elite Utah Jazz defense, and he has averaged 20.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.3 3-pointers during his last three games.

Rudy Gobert has been a monster since he finally got healthy, and his strong play has coincided with the Jazz making a legit run for the playoffs. He has averaged 16.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during his last 13 games and shows no signs of slowing down.

Jusuf Nurkic finished last season with a bang before injuries took him down, and this season, he seems to be on the same page. He has averaged 16.0 points (59.6 FG%, 66.7 FT%), 12.8 rebounds, 2.8 Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys assists and 1.0 blocks during his last four games.

The Bills could trade up for a quarterback, using their stash Cheap Dolphins Jerseys of draft selections that includes two picks in each of the first three rounds. Or, they could select one at their original spots in the first round (Nos. 12 — after a trade on Monday — and 22). The shocking move would be if they did not pick one at all, especially after trading Taylor. — Rodak

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