ESPYS announce nominees, including for best male, female athlete

When it comes to winning the ESPY award for best male or female athlete, a championship helps but the hardware is not necessarily required.

Jose Altuve of the World Series champion Houston Astros and Alex Ovechkin of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are both nominees for the award. But so are New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Houston Rockets guard James Harden.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James earned his 14th consecutive nomination for best NBA player and will be going for his third straight trophy. He is up against Harden, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.

The nominees for breakthrough athlete are Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and tennis player Sloane Stephens.

Winners of most categories will be determined by online fan voting that ends before the show airs.

I think the uptick in velocity definitely helps his off-speed a little more, catcher Tyler Flowers said. He had good feel with his changeup and slider. His curveball, not so much. But when you’ve got three out of four with some confidence, those are some good weapons.

The win over the Padres broke a three-game losing streak and gave Teheran his first win since May 14.

He has one career start against the Orioles, and that was in 2015. In that game he allowed five runs in four innings and gave up a pair of home runs.

When you have your arm feeling good, you don’t have anything else to worry about, Teheran said. You just go out there and make pitches. I felt like everything was working.

Bundy will be making his team-leading 16th start. He has received more run support (5.22) than any other starter in the Baltimore rotation.

Bundy has won two straight games and was victorious against Miami on June 17 when he allowed four runs over six innings. Bundy had a longer leash that game, which the Orioles won 10-4. In his two previous starts he had combined for 15 shutout innings, including eight against the powerful Boston Red Sox. In the previous month he’s 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA.

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