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1  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / Now that Bryce Harper reportedly has finally decided on: 17 May 2019, 06:30
Philadelphia Phillies http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , the focus will shift to what the former National League MVP adds to the team's lineup.Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, Harper reportedly agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies on Thursday. When the contract becomes official, he will be the highest-paid player in MLB history, surpassing the $325 million deal Giancarlo Stanton received from the Miami Marlins in 2014.One surprise detail in Harper's reported agreement is that it doesn't include any opt-outs. He will be married to the franchise through the 2032 season. Phillies Projected Starting Lineup1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B2. Jean Segura, SS3. Bryce Harper, RF4. J.T. Realmuto, C5.Andrew McCutchen, LF6.Rhys Hoskins Prince Fielder Jersey , 1B7.Odubel Herrera, CF8.Maikel Franco, 3B9. Starting Pitcher The Phillies have remade their outfield this offseason. It started with the signing of Andrew McCutchen to a three-year deal in December.They also scored in a major trade with the Miami Marlins, landing All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. This group before Harper's arrival would have been formidable and provided a challenge to the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals in the National League East.Adding Harper to the mix is a huge win because the Phillies received a .692 OPS with 20 homers from their right fielders in 2018. His worst single-season OPS was .768 in 2014 when injuries limited him to 100 games.Nick Williams was Philadelphia's primary right fielder last season. The 25-year-old hit just .256/.324/.425 with 17 homers in 140 games.Harper's worst season, by comparison, was in 2014 when he posted a .273/.344/.423 slash line with 13 homers in 100 games. The six-time All-Star hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 homers and a career-high 100 RBI in 2018.The Phillies also took the best player away from the Nationals, whom they are competing against in the division race. Philadelphia's long wait to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 could be nearing an end. TORONTO (AP) — Francisco Lindor is giving the Indians record-breaking power out of the leadoff spot.Lindor had two solo homers and four RBIs, rookie Shane Bieber pitched into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten in nine road starts and Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Thursday night for its third straight win.Cleveland trimmed its magic number to seven for clinching a third consecutive AL Central championship.Lindor has six multihomer games from the leadoff spot this season, a major league record. The three-time All-Star said he likes getting the chance to set the tone.“Whatever happens, if I do something to help the team in the first inning Adrian Beltre Jersey , teams know, ‘Here are the Indians and they’re here to compete pitch after pitch,'” Lindor said.Lindor connected on right-hander Sam Gaviglio’s third pitch of the game for his 10th career leadoff homer and seventh this season. He went deep to right off Gaviglio again in the third for his eighth career multihomer game. Lindor has 33 home runs, matching his total from last year. He added a two-run single in the fifth and singled again in the ninth.“Wow,” manager Terry Francona said. “He was the majority of our offense for a while there.”Bieber said Lindor’s energy and output are “contagious.”“It’s huge for us when he’s going well,” Bieber said. “It kind of sparks everybody else.”Lindor approached Francona at the start of spring training and asked to hit leadoff.“The minute he said that, I was thrilled,” Francona said.Lindor’s first blast broke a tie with Houston’s George Springer for leadoff home runs this season, and matched Grady Sizemore’s 2008 Indians record.Toronto’s Rowdy Tellez doubled in the second and fourth innings after getting a pinch-hit double in his debut Wednesday, making him the first player in major league history with extra-base hits in each of his first three plate appearances.“He’s the new cult hero in town Nolan Ryan Jersey ,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.Tellez doubled again in the seventh, joining Oakland’s Ben Grieve as the only players since 1920 to record four doubles in their first two games.Jason Kipnis hit a three-run shot off Blue Jays reliever Mark Leiter Jr. in the ninth, his 15th.Bieber (9-3) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, improving to 5-0 away from home.Gaviglio (3-8) allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings to lose for the fourth time in five starts.Trailing 2-0 on Lindor’s two homers, the Blue Jays rallied with four in the fourth. Tellez doubled home a run, Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run double and scored on a fielding error by first baseman Yonder Alonso.The Indians answered with three in the fifth. Brandon Guyer chased Gaviglio with an RBI double, and Lindor greeted reliever Jose Fernandez with a two-run single.Indians outfielder Greg Allen gave his team a two-run cushion with an RBI double off right-hander Justin Shafer in the seventh.Cleveland’s Tyler Olson pitched to one batter in the seventh. Adam Cimber got two outs, Cody Allen worked the eighth and Dan Otero finished.SORRY CHIEFCleveland removed the Chief Wahoo logo from the sleeve of its uniforms for the series Rougned Odor Jersey , a move that is set to become permanent next season. The decision to nix the logo this series was partially driven by a failed legal challenge against the team when it played in Toronto during the 2016 AL Championship Series. While Cleveland played the Blue Jays, a lawsuit was filed to have the logo and team name banned from Canadian TV. A judge dismissed the case.The Indians will return to their regular uniforms when they play at Tampa Bay next week.FOUR AND MORELindor has four four-hit games and four four-RBI games this season. He leads the majors with 117 runs scored.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: LHP Andrew Miller (left shoulder) felt good after a 20-pitch bullpen session Thursday. Miller’s next step is not known. … OF Michael Brantley was held out of the starting lineup after fouling a pitch off his left foot Wednesday. … 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) had the day off Thursday. Donaldson will play for Double-A Akron in a playoff game Friday.Blue Jays: Toronto recalled C Reese McGuire and Shafer from Triple-A. McGuire started behind the plate, becoming the 61st player used by the Blue Jays this season, a club record.UP NEXTIndians RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-8, 3.52) faces Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (7-11, 5.43) on Friday. Carrasco had a 1.85 ERA in six August starts but allowed five runs in a loss to Tampa Bay last week. Estrada has allowed 11 earned runs over his past two outings, losing both.
2  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / http://www.bravesfanproshop.com on: 17 May 2019, 06:00
ARLINGTON http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , Texas (AP) — Albert Pujols keeps climbing up the career hits list and hurting the Texas Rangers in their home park.Pujols drove in a season-high four runs, Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 11-7 on a rainy Saturday night.Pujols went 3 for 4 to tie 19th-century star Cap Anson for 23rd with 3,081 hits. His 633rd homer was his 16th in 59 games in Arlington.“This is a tremendous offensive ballpark,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Albert swings the bat pretty well wherever he goes.”Pujols hit a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run single in the third against Rangers starter Martin Perez.“I threw a bad pitch to Pujols, and he hit a home run off me,” Perez said.Pujols singled home another run in the seventh against losing pitcher Eddie Butler (2-3) for a 7-6 lead.Ohtani, a left-handed batter, then came on as a pinch hitter and homered to center field before Taylor Ward hit his first major league homer to complete the five-run inning against right-hander Butler.“Shohei coming off the bench was a huge hit,” Scioscia said.Winning pitcher Cam Bedrosian (5-2), the second of five Angels pitchers, got two outs in the sixth.Los Angeles took a 6-2 lead with two outs in the fourth on a three-run double by David Fletcher.Texas came back with four runs with two outs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game against Angels starter Andrew Heaney. Odor singled home a run and the second scored as Andrus struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. Adrian Beltre drove in two runs with a bloop single.“I was frustrated Jose Ramirez Jersey ,” Heaney said. “In the fourth inning, a walk to the 9-hole hitter and let it snowball from there.”Odor, Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo each had three hits for the Rangers.With two outs and first base open, Pujols struck again in the third with his two-run single for a 3-2 lead.“The two-out RBIs, the double down the line and then the slider to Pujols in that situation where he gave up the runs,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said, “it just seemed to be a lot of pitches mid-across and tight.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Before the game, manager Mike Scioscia said he hadn’t seen information about RHP/DH Ohtani’s bullpen session Saturday. He’s scheduled for another bullpen. “His workout in Arizona will probably be more aggressive,” Scioscia said.Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (stiff back) was scratched from Friday’s start, but has played catch and said, “I’ll pitch in a couple days.” . RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez Ronald Acuna Jr. Jersey , who underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2017, made his first appearance since 2016 on Friday night in the rookie Class Arizona League. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out two, and is expected to continue pitching in Arizona.RAIN, RAIN GO AWAYThe game and the ceremony honoring Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon were delayed 2 hours, 26 minutes because of a downpour that began just minutes before the scheduled 7:05 CDT start. Rain fell again in the first through sixth innings. The game ended at 12:59 a.m.“It was sloppy out there,” Scioscia said. “We were a little afraid at times.”EL PRESIDENTE HONORS BIG SEXYIn a pregame ceremony, Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez recognized Colon for breaking his career record for wins by a Latin American player with Colon’s 246th victory on Aug. 7.Martinez helped Vernon Wells Sr. unveil Wells’ original artwork with images of Colon in a Rangers uniform and portraits of Martinez and Juan Marichal, whose record Martinez broke in 1998. Martinez then raised Colon’s hand to recognize that he was the champion.ANDRUS TIES, SETS RECORDSElvis Andrus’s first-inning single extended his hitting streak at Globe Life Park to 37 games, every game he has played this season Sean Newcomb Jersey , to tie Rafael Palmeiro (2003) and Michael Young (2009) for the stadium record. With a streak of 44 consecutive games since last September, Andrus broke Julio Franco’s 1993 record for the longest home-game streak in franchise history.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Jaime Barria (8-7, 3.50) will try to help Los Angeles gain a split of the four-game series. He’s 2-0 against Texas this season with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings.Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 5.33) will start with RHP Bartolo Colon (7-10, 5.19) bothered by what manager Jeff Banister called “a little stiffness.” Rockies baseball is almost back"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceMLB Spring TrainingRockies Spring TrainingColorado Rockies’ 2019 spring training TV and radio schedules announcedNew,9commentsRockies baseball is almost backMSTShareTweetShareShareColorado Rockies’ 2019 spring training TV and radio schedules announcedThe broadcast schedules for the Colorado Rockies 2019 spring training games have been announced. AT&T SportsNet RM and KOA radio have both released their scheduled broadcasts for select Cactus League games.As has been the case for the past few years, AT&T SportsNet RM will be broadcasting six Cactus League games, including the exhibition between the Rockies and Isotopes in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 25. Their first broadcast won’t be until March 15 against the Royals.Rockies radio partner KOA also recently announced their schedule, promising 14 games, including the first Rockies game of Spring Training on Saturday Preston Tucker Jersey , February 23 against the Diamondbacks. If you happen to have an MLB.tv subscription, you will be able to catch much more Rockies Cactus League action. Broadcasters for other teams will be airing eight games that feature the Rockies, the first of which will be Wednesday, February 27 against the Angels at 1:10 pm MT. That includes the rare double-header on March 22, when the Rockies will have both split-squad teams playing at the same time on two different networks: against the Padres on AT&T SportsNet RM and against the Giants on NBC SportsNet Bay Area. While not every team has announced their radio broadcast schedule, you’re likely to find even more Rockies games via MLB Gameday Audio as well.There have been rumblings that AT&T SportsNet may be looking to broadcast more Rockies games after their current contract expires, but it’s unclear if that would also mean more Spring Training games. For now, feel free to begin the countdown to when you’ll be able to see the Rockies playing baseball on your favorite screen.You can find the Rockies full spring training schedule, including TV and radio broadcasts, below.Rockies Spring Training Broadcast ScheduleDateTime (MDT)OpponentTVRadioDateTime (MDT)OpponentTVRadio* on tape delay
3  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / The definitely cathartic and hopefully thoughtful episode on: 17 May 2019, 05:30
"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperiencePurple Dinosaur PodcastPurple Row PodcastsColorado Rockies podcast: Yelling and analysis ahead of NLDS Game 3New http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey ,3commentsThe definitely cathartic and hopefully thoughtful episode ByPurple Dinosaur PodcastOct7, 2018,8:00am Colorado Rockies podcast: Yelling and analysis ahead of NLDS Game 3Welp, here we are again. Come Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies will — yet again — be playing for their 2018 lives after dropping their first two games of the National League Division Series in Milwaukee.To get you set for Game 3 at Coors Field, we’ve got a fiery PDP. It’ll start with us yelling to (and with, and at) you about some of the terrible takes regarding this Rockies offense. Colorado’s bats have been nonexistent during the playoffs so far. Is that all Nolan Arenado’s fault because he said in June that he wanted to play in big games and that’s the one thing Denver sports radio has clung to from this season? No. Is it symptomatic of a mediocre offense with long-problematic fault lines that are being exposed on baseball’s biggest stage? Yeah, that’s probably more accurate.After we yell for a while Kolten Wong Jersey , we attempt to get down to some facts and rational explanation as to why things could -- and should -- get better starting with Game 3. The Rockies won 36 of their final 50 games at Coors Field this year. They’ll be throwing their two best pitchers in Games 3 and 4, and if they win Game 3, that includes their homegrown Denver native ace in Game 4 with a chance to even the series. If you’re the Milwaukee Brewers, do you feel good about that matchup if you’re unable to close this series out in three? We wouldn’t.Finally, we give you some crazy predictions and try to laugh with you and get ourselves a little closer to yet another day watching baseball with our hearts in our stomachs and our stomachs in our throats and whatever else happens when you’re watching what feels like the 1,000th elimination game in the last two weeks.It’s the 152nd episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Let’s do some more of these in 2018. One more minor trade should move the Fish ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in terms of international bonus pool size, ensuring they can outbid any other MLB team for the Cuban free agent."The Marlins and Yankees have been frequent trade partners, including twice in 2017. Due to prospect graduations and deadline moves Trevor Rosenthal Jersey , New York’s farm system has dipped from elite to closer to the middle of the pack, so the club may prefer to secure their shortstop insurance in a creative way that doesn’t sacrifice more young talent.Rojas slashed .252/.297/.346 last season—almost identical to his career averages—while setting a personal best with 11 home runs. Going by Defensive Runs Saved, his defense at first base, shortstop and third base rated as above average. Only five players topped his 10 DRS at short, all of whom benefited from heavier workloads. MLB Trade Rumors estimates a $2.6 million salary for the arbitration-eligible Rojas.Keep in mind, the Marlins were initially assigned a $6,025,400 bonus pool for the 2018-19 international signing period. Teams are allowed to trade up for an additional 75 percent of their bonus pool allotment http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , which would be $4,519,050 in this case (h/t Baseball America’s Ben Badler). They already got $2 million of that in return for Barraclough, Lillie and CameronMaybin. That leaves another $2,519,050 to potentially add to the $6,069,500 estimate from earlier. Miami can max out at $8 Carlos Martinez Jersey ,588,550 to target the Mesas, Gast贸n and whatever else remains of the international free agent class.
4  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / Long Beach officials have approached the Los Angeles Angels on: 28 April 2019, 09:34
LONG BEACH http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , Calif. (AP) —  about building a downtown ballpark near the waterfront.Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia told the Los Angeles Times that discussions are “very preliminary” and that they are exploring many options for a 13-acre parking lot adjacent to the convention center.The Angels opted out of their lease at Angel Stadium in Anaheim in October. The Anaheim City Council voted in January to extend the lease by one year through 2020. Both sides continue to explore options on remaining in Anaheim, but team President John Carpino said in a statement that they are exploring all options for a new or renovated ballpark.The Angels have also explored building a stadium in Los Angeles, Carson, Irvine and Tustin, but to no avail. Angel Stadium in Anaheim opened in 1966 and is the fourth-oldest ballpark in the major leagues. The Angels have sold at least 3 million tickets in the 16 seasons since Arte Moreno bought the team in 2003. You have to wait till Wednesday to find out who they are ... but we have some guesses"WhiteFanposts FanpostsFanshotsSections AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I’ll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昗hite Sox MinorsEloy Jim茅nezMichael KopechFive White Sox make Baseball America’s Top 100New,35commentsYou have to wait till Wednesday to find out who they are ... but we have some guessesCSTShareTweetShareShareFive White Sox make Baseball America’s Top 100No. 4, with a bullet: Looking for a benefit to Eloy staying the minors to “work on his defense? He should become the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIs it possible that the Chicago White Sox place five players in the Baseball America Top 50?BA’s list of Top 100 Prospects in baseball will be released on Wednesday. But in an exclusive given only to South Side Sox, Baseball America tells us it will be placing five White Sox in its 2019 preseason Top 100.Last year, BA had four White Sox in the Top 100:4. Eloy Jim茅nez, OF11. Michael Kopech Brad Brach Jersey , P58. Luis Robert, OF82. Dane Dunning, PBaseball America’s 2018 midseason Top Prospects, released in July, were:1. Eloy Jim茅nez, OF2. Michael Kopech, P3. Nick Madrigal, 2B4. Luis Robert, OF5. Dylan Cease, P6. Dane Dunning http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , P7. Zack Collins, C8. Luis Basabe, OFSo by midseason, Madrigal slotted in right behind Jim茅nez and Kopech, and ahead of Robert, who at the time was still sidelined with his thumb injury. Cease’s extraordinary first half in 2018 saw him leapfrogging Dunning, who wasn’t shabby at all to that point, either.A final clue to the puzzle of who the mystery five will be comes from BA’s current listing of top five prospects:1. Eloy Jim茅nez, OF2. Michael Kopech, P3. Dylan Cease Craig Gentry Jersey , P4. Nick Madrigal, 2B5. Luis Robert, OFwhich indicates Cease has taken a farther leap, squeezing past Madrigal for a top-three placement.So, presuming these are the five White Sox who have cracked BA’s Top 100, where will they place?Robert was ranked the lowest a year ago, at No. 58, and in spite of a fabulous Arizona Fall League probably slips a bit due to his near-seasonlong thumb injury in 2018. There’s an outside, outside chance that Robert makes the modest leap into the Top 50, which would likely place five White Sox in that elite group. There’s a chance Madrigal doesn’t place in the Top 50 Andrew Cashner Jersey , but I’m skeptical. It seems the South Siders may be placing four guys in the Top 50 in all of baseball! Not bad.With Ronald Acuna (No. 1 in 2018) and Shohei Ohtani (No. 2) graduating to the majors, it seems certain that Jim茅nez will move up to No. 2 overall, behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 3 last year).How will the other White Sox fare? It’s plausible that a healthy Cease could leapfrog the TJS-rehabbing Kopech, possibly even into the BA Top 10. How far does Kopech fall, if at all? And how bullish is Baseball America on Madrigal; will he be considered a Top 25 player this preseason?Find out on Wednesday at Baseball America, which provides free newsletters and an e-edition of its magazine, and offers subscriptions starting at $6.25/mo. for access to all things BA.
5  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / A look at what’s happening around the majors today on: 28 April 2019, 07:11
SALE ON HOLDRed Sox ace Chris Sale was still feeling weak and trying to regain lost weight after a stomach illness forced him to spend a night in the hospital after he started the AL Championship Series opener against the Astros. Boston had hoped to start Sale in Game 5 on Thursday night Matt Kemp Jersey , but instead will give him a couple extra days to recover while planning to pitch him in Game 6 on Saturday in Boston, if necessary. David Price will start in Sale’s place Thursday night on three days’ rest as the Red Sox try to win the pennant.Sale threw in the outfield for 10-15 minutes Wednesday before Game 4 in Houston, but manager Alex Cora said the lanky left-hander didn’t throw a bullpen as planned.Boston leads the best-of-seven set 3-1 and is one win from making its first trip to the World Series since winning the 2013 title. Game 1 winner Justin Verlander is scheduled to pitch for the Astros with their season on the line.DEFENDING CHAMPSThe Astros are still under scrutiny, even after Major League Baseball absolved the World Series champions of any wrongdoing after a credentialed Houston employee was caught pointing his cellphone into the opposing dugouts during playoff games in Cleveland and Boston. MLB says the Astros were conducting surveillance, not spying, but the incidents have raised questions about sign-stealing and ethics in the age of high-speed, high-definition cameras.Boston executive Dave Dombrowski also did not think the employee was stealing signs, but he was upset by Houston’s suspicion of the Red Sox and the fact that the Astros weren’t punished because “there was a violation.”“I don’t like the implication that the Boston Red Sox were doing anything illegal,” Dombrowski said, “and I don’t think that the issue is actually closed from Major League Baseball, from what I’ve been advised from the commissioner’s office, so there’s a lot more steps that are attached to this.”YOU, AGAINThe Dodgers and Brewers return to Milwaukee for an off day in the NL Championship Series. Game 6 is Friday night at Miller Park, and the Brewers plan to start Wade Miley again as they attempt to avoid elimination. Miley walked Cody Bellinger to open Game 5 on Wednesday before getting pulled in an unusual bit of strategy by manager Craig Counsell.The left-hander would become the first pitcher to start consecutive games for his team in one postseason since George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930 World Series against the Cardinals, according to STATS. Miley pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in Game 2 vs. the Dodgers, allowing two hits.Milwaukee starters have tossed just 14 innings in the NLCS http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , the lowest total ever through five games, the Elias Sports Bureau said.“We’re in a good spot, man,” Counsell said. “We’re going back home, to me, in a position of strength.”Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches for the Dodgers, one win from making consecutive World Series appearances for the first time since 1977-78. It seems like a stars and scrubs team, but there’s potential in the middle tier."Tampa Bay RaysThe Rays were one of the biggest surprises in the game last year as many, myself included, thought they’d be near the bottom of the league. Instead, they won 90 games and made it through much of September in the playoff race. Looking ahead to the coming season, they could very well be back in that same win range. The Opener strategy got them a lot of attention last year, and while it will certainly be deployed again in 2019 it also won’t be as necessary. If they can get comebacks from Jose De Leon and Brent Honeywell, two pitchers who went down before the season started which was part of the reason they needed openers in the first place, they suddenly have a high-upside rotation. Add in a nice lineup that includes underrated players like Tommy Pham and Joey Wendle as well as potential breakouts in Wily Adames and Austin Meadous, and the Rays will be a tough matchup in every series.Oakland AthleticsThe A’s were more than a mild surprise in 2018 http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey , inexplicably pushing the Astros all year long and winning a whopping 97 games en route to the Wildcard Game. I don’t see them winning that many games again in 2019, but they have a long way to fall before they are irrelevant. They have a sleeper MVP candidate in Matt Chapman, huge power with Khris Davis and Matt Olson, a potential breakout in Jurickson Profar, and absurd bullpen and some crazy devil magic that made every journeyman pitcher throw like an All-Star in their rotation last year. Oakland was the one team that gave the Red Sox consistent trouble in 2018, and there’s a solid chance they do that to a lot of teams in the coming year.Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesMinnesota TwinsThe Twins are probably the team I am most interested in seeing next year, because they are always an enigma. A couple of years ago they were totally slept on before making it to the Wildcard Game. Everyone expected them to build on that and contend again in 2018, but then they fell on their face. Now, the expectations are low again, and I think they’re poised to take another big jump forward. They have a lot of young, exciting upside in their lineup headlined by Byron Buxton but also including Miguel Sano, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco. They also added Nelson Cruz to the middle of that group. In the rotation, Jose Berrios can be a real weapon at the top and Kyle Gibson is forever underrated. They could use another arm in the bullpen, but if things come together and they catch a couple of breaks, it wouldn’t be totally shocking if they pushed Cleveland for the AL Central title.Los Angeles AngelsThe Angels have Mike Trout Chris Young Jersey , which seems like a hell of a start. It’s a shame that the best player of a generation and someone who is perhaps on his way to being the best player of all time hasn’t been on a winning team very often in his career, but there’s a chance that changes this year. The Angels need things to go right for them to really contend in 2018, but the pieces are there. The lineup could be a legitimate weapon with Trout, Shohei Ohtani (whenever he returns from injury), Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton. Maybe Albert Pujols has another run in him, too. They also have a really intriguing bullpen that includes old friend Ty Buttrey playing a big role. The question for them, as always, is in the rotation. If their starters can stay healthy for once, the Angels are going to be wildcard contenders. Unfortunately it’s just a big if.No, there still isn’t a ton of intrigue in the American League. The top four teams should dominate and roll to the playoffs. Still, there aren’t going to be as many pushovers as there have been in years past. We have eight teams listed here with the Big Four plus these other four, and later in the year teams like Toronto and Chicago should be scary once their young players come up and get acclimated. I’d still love to see more competitive balance and more trying to win around the league, but at the same time I think we’re overplaying the weakness of the American League just a little bit.
6  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / Bauer was attempting to throw Cleveland’s first on: 28 April 2019, 05:32
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer was pulled by manager Terry Francona after seven hitless innings and 117 pitches http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , and watched from the dugout as Toronto’s Freddy Galvis broke up Cleveland’s bid for a combined no-hitter with a leadoff single in the ninth inning of the Indians‘ 4-1 win Thursday night.on the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field’s opening — but was taken out as his pitch count increased.“It was the right decision,” Bauer said.Jon Edwards got two outs in the eighth before closer Brad Hand worked out of a bases-loaded jam. Hand, however, gave up a hard single to center by Galvis. Alen Hansen followed with Toronto’s second hit and the Blue Jays scored before Hand struck out two for his third save.Bauer (1-0) walked six and struck out eight. The Indians haven’t pitched a no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game against Toronto in 1981.Aaron Sanchez (1-1) took the loss. This was the third time this season the Blue Jays were held hitless into the seventh inning.RANGERS 11, ANGELS 4ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer and Ronald Guzman added a two-run shot in the first inning, and Texas extended its strong start.Shin-Soo Choo got credit for a three-run double in the fifth when Brian Goodwin badly misplayed his short hit to left with the bases loaded, and the Rangers ruined the Angels‘ home opener while cruising to their fifth win in seven games.Mike Trout homered and threw out a runner at home for the Angels, who have lost five straight to drop to an AL-worst 1-6. New manager Brad Ausmus’ Halos are off to the franchise’s worst start since the 1961 expansion club began 1-8.Kole Calhoun hit the first leadoff homer in a home opener in franchise history for the Angels, but they were already trailing 5-0 before Calhoun got to the plate.Matt Harvey (0-1) had a dismal debut at Angel Stadium, giving up 10 hits and eight runs while getting chased before he recorded an out in the fifth.Jeffrey Springs (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of one-run relief.ATHLETICS 7, RED SOX 3OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center fielder Ramon Laureano threw out another Red Sox runner in a key spot http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , and the Oakland Athletics kept Boston stumbling.Laureano tossed out three runners as the A’s took three of four in the series. Stephen Piscotty went 4 for 4 with a home run, double and five RBIs to help Oakland win for the fifth time in six games.The Red Sox fell to 2-6, the worst start for a defending World Series champion since the stripped-down Marlins struggled in 1998. J.D. Martinez homered for Boston.Brett Anderson (2-0) gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Piscotty hit a three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2).BRAVES 9, CUBS 4ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried took a perfect game into the sixth inning, Nick Markakis drive in five runs with five hits that included three doubles and the Atlanta Braves beat Yu Darvish and the Cubs for a three-game sweep.Chicago has lost five straight and is 1-5 for the first time since 2012, when it lost 101 games.Fried (1-0), making only his 10th career start and his first this season after two scoreless relief appearances, recorded 17 straight outs to open the game. Mark Zagunis singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth.The three-run double by Markakis was the big hit in Atlanta’s five-run fifth inning that knocked Darvish (0-1) out of the game. Markakis matched his career high for hits and doubles.NATIONALS 4, METS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Strasburg outpitched Noah Syndergaard, rookie Victor Robles homered for Washington’s only hit until the ninth inning and the Nationals blanked the drowsy Mets to spoil New York’s home opener.Wilmer Difo drove in two runs, and Washington’s struggling bullpen shined after Strasburg (1-0) struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. Matched against Syndergaard (0-1) for the second time in six days, Strasburg took a one-hitter into the seventh.Following a 5-1 trip to start the season, the Mets got back to New York after 2 a.m. in the wake of a 6-4 victory in Miami. About 11 hours later Felix Hernandez Jersey , they were on the field again — and their offense looked a little sleepy.YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 4BALTIMORE (AP) — Gleyber Torres homered twice, had a career-high four hits and drove in four runs, and the New York Yankees ruined Baltimore’s home opener.Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit also homered for the Yankees, who beat Baltimore in their own season opener last week.Torres’ first home run of the season got New York within 3-1 in the third inning, and his three-run drive in the sixth off reliever Mike Wright (0-1) put the Yankees up 5-4. Torres also doubled.James Paxton (1-1) struck out nine and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings to win his first game with New York being traded from Seattle in November.PIRATES 2, REDS 0PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Lyles pitched five effective innings in his Pittsburgh debut and the Pirates extended Cincinnati’s scoreless streak.A day after the Reds got three hits in a 1-0 loss to Milwaukee, they managed six hits against four Pittsburgh pitchers.Lyles, who played for San Diego and Milwaukee last year, allowed three hits. He was activated from the injured list before the game after being out with discomfort on his right side.Nick Kingham (1-0) pitched two innings. Felipe Vazquez escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth to earn his first save of the season by striking out three.Reds starter Tyler Mahle threw six scoreless innings in his season debut. David Hernandez (0-1) took the loss.TIGERS 5, ROYALS 4DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Turnbull struck out 10 in six innings, and the Detroit Tigers drew four straight walks to start the bottom of the seventh Hisashi Iwakuma Jersey , taking the lead for good against Kansas City.Josh Harrison stole two bases and scored three times for the Tigers in their home opener. It was tied at 3 in the seventh when Kansas City reliever Kyle Zimmer (0-1) walked Harrison, Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera in succession. Kevin McCarthy then came on and walked Niko Goodrum on four pitches, forcing in a run.Christin Stewart added a sacrifice fly that inning to make it 5-3. Blaine Hardy (1-0) allowed a solo homer to Alex Gordon in the eighth, his second inning of work. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.Whit Merrifield singled, tripled and scored twice for the Royals, extending his hitting streak to 26 games dating to last season. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bob Friend, who pitched more innings than anyone in Pittsburgh Pirates history, died Sunday. He was 88.The Pirates said Friend died at his home in Pittsburgh.Friend holds the Pirates record for innings (3,480 1/3), starts (477) and strikeouts (1,682). The right-hander was an All-Star in three different seasons — in 1960, he made the NL roster for both All-Star games played that summer, and was the starter and winner in the first one.Friend made his big league debut with two shutout innings for the Pirates against Cincinnati as a 20-year-old on April 28 Ken Griffey Jersey , 1951. He became a fixture in Pittsburgh’s rotation through 1965 and then played one more season, splitting his last year with the New York Yankees and Mets.Nicknamed “The Warrior” for his remarkable durability, Friend went 197-230 with a 3.58 ERA in 602 games.In 1955, Friend became the first pitcher to lead his league in ERA, winning the NL title with a 2.83 mark. He topped the majors in innings in 1956-57 and tied Warren Spahn for the big league lead with 22 wins in 1958, finishing third in the Cy Young Award voting.In 1960, Friend was 18-12 with a 3.00 ERA in helping the Pirates reach the World Series. He was hit hard in two starts and a relief appearance, but Pittsburgh outlasted the Yankees in seven games to win the championship.That season came during a string of 11 straight years he pitched more than 200 innings — topping 260 in six of them.After his playing career ended, he was among the founding officers of the Pirates Alumni Association and stayed active as a board member.Pirates President Frank Coonelly, in a statement, called Friend “truly one of the very best to ever wear the Pirates black and gold.”Friend is survived by his wife Pat, son Bob and daughter Missy.
7  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / Victor Martinez is savoring the final weeks of his major league on: 15 April 2019, 07:29
One loyal Detroit Tigers fan in particular saw that all firsthand Thursday night.Martinez tied the game with a milestone two-run homer in the ninth inning and Niko Goodrum followed with a homer off Dellin Betances to rally the Tigers past the New York Yankees 8-7.The homer was the second of the game for Martinez and gave him 533 RBIs with the Tigers http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , the most in franchise history for a switch-hitter. Martinez’s first homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, tied him on the list with Billy Rogell.The home runs were the first since July 27 for the 39-year-old Martinez, who said Aug. 15 he expects to retire at the end of the season. He is batting .250 with eight homers and 47 RBIs overall, which are far off the norms he established in making five All-Star teams.“It’s always great when you do something to help the team win, that’s the bottom line,” Martinez said. “This has been one of the worst seasons of my whole career. I’m just grinding — keep my head high, stay positive until the last day.”One of Martinez’s final big nights as a big leaguer turned into an evening Darren Corea won’t forget. Corea, a 42-year-old Tigers fan from Vancouver, British Columbia, caught the second home run ball.“I was sitting three seats from the camera guy and he’s like ‘Hey, bud, they’re going to want that ball,'” said Corea, who is in New York on business. “I said ‘Really? I’ve been waiting 42 years for a ball.’ Then had a Yankees fan run up to me, he goes ‘I’ll give you 20 bucks if you throw it back on that field.'”Corea held on, and in exchange for the ball Craig Gentry Jersey , Martinez gave him an autographed bat, posed for a picture and promised to send a signed road jersey once the Tigers return home.The swap with Corea was just one of a handful of sentimental moments enjoyed Thursday by Martinez. After speaking with reporters, Martinez carefully folded into his backpack a jersey he received from Yankees rookie star and fellow Venezuelan native Gleyber Torres.“He knows he’s winding down here and he’s having a ball and he’s enjoying every moment he can — this is a huge moment for him,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The guys just love it. We’re all rooting for him like you can’t believe.”Goodrum’s homer off Dellin Betances (4-4) capped a wild game that featured eight homers — including the 300th career round-tripper for Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton — as well as five lead changes and two ties.Betances had allowed a total of two runs in his past 35 appearances dating to late May, and had never given up two homers in a game.Alex Wilson (2-4) earned the win with a perfect eighth and Shane Greene recorded his 28th save.Jeimer Candelario led off the game with a home run against J.A. Happ, and Ronny Rodriguez also homered for the Tigers.Torres and Luke Voit each hit two-run homers, with Voit’s blast giving the Yankees a 7-5 lead in the seventh.Stanton’s two-run drive off Francisco Liriano in the third, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead, came in his 1,119th game — only Ralph Kiner, Ryan Howard, Juan Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez have hit No. 300 faster.“It was awesome, especially for the game situation,” said Stanton, who also received the ball in exchange for some memorabilia. “Three hundred is always going to be a huge staple for my career when I look back and see highlights.”TRADE TALKThe Yankees, who began the day 7 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East and 4 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for the top wild card spot, are close to completing a trade for San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen.A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night the Yankees would send infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor leaguer to San Francisco for McCutchen. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn’t finalized.The New York Post first reported the deal.McCutchen is hitting .255 with 15 home runs Andrew Cashner Jersey , 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in his first season with the Giants. He could play right field for the Yankees, who have been without Aaron Judge (broken right wrist) since late July.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: SS Jose Iglesias (abdomen) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. INF Dawel Lugo, one of the players the Tigers acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the J.D. Martinez trade last year, was recalled and went 1 for 4 while starting at shortstop in his major league debut.Yankees: C Gary Sanchez (groin) went 0 for 4 while catching all nine innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees hope Sanchez, who has been out since July 24, can be activated Saturday. … SS Didi Gregorius (heel bruise) rested Thursday after hitting and taking ground balls Wednesday. … OF Aaron Judge (broken right wrist) ran and played catch but has yet to swing a bat.UP NEXTTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 4.38 ERA) has received a decision in 10 straight starts. He is 2-3 this month with an 0.73 ERA in his wins and a 6.75 ERA in his losses.Yankees: Major league wins leader RHP Luis Severino (17-6, 3.27 ERA) will look to become the Yankees’ first 18-game winner since 2011, when LHP CC Sabathia finished with 19 victories. Felix Hernandez says he’s all set for a bounce-back season.Now pitching entirely from the stretch, King Felix made his spring training debut Saturday, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings as the Seattle Mariners lost to the San Diego Padres 6-4.The six-time All-Star allowed four hits, only one of them solid. He didn’t walk anyone, but hit a batter and threw just 23 strikes in 42 pitches.“The most important thing is that my arm and my body feel good,” Hernandez said. “The pitches were moving, the curveball was really good.”Hernandez turns 33 in April and is entering his 15th season in Seattle — and the final year of his seven-year, $175 million contract. The Mariners hold a team option for 2020.Long the ace of the Seattle staff, he is coming off the worst year of his career Chance Sisco Jersey , posting a 5.55 ERA in 155 2/3 innings and being removed from the rotation for the first time in his career.During the offseason, Hernandez decided to work from the set position.“I feel good from the stretch. I just feel like I’m going straight to the plate,” he said. “Not too much movement. From the windup, I got to do a lot of stuff.”AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUESRED SOX 8, YANKEES 5Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run for the Yankees. Rafael Devers had two hits for Boston and top prospect Michael Chavis hit a three-run homer.METS 4, BRAVES 3Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead single for the Mets and highly touted Pete Alonso homered on the first pitch he saw this spring. Touki Toussaint started for Atlanta, allowing two runs on two hits.CARDINALS 11, MARLINS 1St. Louis ace Miles Mikolas pitched two perfect innings. Sandy Alcantara threw two scoreless innings for Miami.PIRATES 3, PHILLIES 2Jean Segura went 1 for 3 in his first game with Philadelphia while fellow newcomers Andrew McCutchen and J.T. Realmuto were both hitless in two trips.ORIOLES 7, TWINS (SS) 2Chance Sisco hit a three-run homer for Baltimore and rotation hopeful Yefry Ramirez allowed a run on two hits and two walks in two innings. Jake Cave had two hits for Minnesota’s split squad.TIGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 0Detroit starter Matt Moore pitched two scoreless innings and Niko Goodrum had a two-run homer. Teoscar Hernandez had two of Toronto’s four hits.ROCKIES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3David Dahl doubled twice for Colorado. Colton Welker, drafted by the Rockies in 2016 out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, hit a home run.Steven Souza Jr. homered for Arizona.CUBS 8, BREWERS 4Kris Bryant hit a home run in his first spring at-bat and also singled for Chicago. The former NL MVP worked over the winter to strengthen the left shoulder that robbed him of his typical power last season.Corey Ray, Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick in 2016 http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , homered and doubled.INDIANS 3, REDS 3, 9 INNINGSMatt Kemp hit a two-run homer in his Cincinnati debut. Tyler Naquin homered for Cleveland.ROYALS 9, RANGERS 1Alex Gordon doubled and singled for Kansas City and Jorge Soler added an RBI single.Matt Davidson, signed to a minor league contract by Texas, started at third base and had a hit. He is slotted to work as both an infielder and a pitcher this spring.DODGERS 7, WHITE SOX (SS) 6Russell Martin marked his return to the Dodgers with an RBI double. He caught five seasons for LA and returned in a trade with Toronto. Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers and Rich Hill pitched a fast inning.D.J. Peterson homered for Chicago.ANGELS 10, GIANTS 3Taylor Ward hit a grand slam for the Angels and Peter Bourjos had a two-run single.ATHLETICS 6, WHITE SOX (SS) 5Stephen Piscotty homered for Oakland. Yoan Moncada had two hits for Chicago, driving in a run and scoring once.PADRES 6, MARINERS 4Jose Pirela doubled and singled for San Diego. Shed Long, a former Reds prospect acquired in a three-team trade with the Yankees, homered for Seattle.NATIONALS 7, ASTROS 6Anthony Rendon homered and Spencer Kieboom added a three-run shot for Washington. Jake Marisnick led off with a home run against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who threw 44 pitches in two innings.TWINS (SS) 10, RAYS 5Byron Buxton hit a three-run homer and a two-run single for Minnesota. Nelson Cruz scored twice in his Twins debut.
8  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / It hasn't worked out that way nine games behind the Tribe aft on: 15 April 2019, 06:35
Many of the big names have already been dealt prior to the July 31 trade deadline (4 p.m. ET) Miles Mikolas Jersey , but there are several additional moves that have a chance to be made.The Minnesota Twins came into the 2018 season with the idea that they were good enough to contend with the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.They are even further behind in the wild-card race, as they trail the Seattle Mariners for the No. 2 spot by 13.5 games.As a result, the Twins are in a sell mode as the deadline approaches, and second baseman Brian Dozier could be among their most valuable commodities to move. The San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians are two of the teams that are most interested in Dozier, according to Twins beat writer Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Dozier is not having the kind of explosive year with the bat that he did in either of the last two years http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , but he still represents something of a power bat at a middle-infield position. Dozier has a .224/.306/.404 slash line with 16 home runs and 52 runs batted in. Dozier belted 42 homers and knocked in 99 runs in 2016, and he hit 34 homers and 93 RBI last year.Dozier was especially hot in the second half of the season in each of the last two years.While the Indians are on their way to winning the AL Central and have their sights set on competing with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the postseason, the Giants are in fourth place in the NL West.The Giants have a 53-54 record and have dropped seven of their last 10 games, and they are 6.5 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.The Cincinnati Reds picked up pitcher Matt Harvey off the scrapheap after the New York Mets parted company with him early in the season.While Harvey appeared to have lost most of his velocity and was pitching poorly at the time of his departure from Citi Field, he has bounced back nicely since joining the Reds.Harvey has a 5-4 record in his 14 starts with Cincinnati Jason Motte Jersey , and he has a 4.44 earned-run averaged with a 1.192 WHIP. That's not a superstar level, but it is fairly competent.That's good enough to interest the Milwaukee Brewers, who have a strong need to upgrade their starting pitching. MLB network insider Jon Morosi tweeted that talks between the Brewers and the Reds are ongoing about sending Harvey to Milwaukee.Andy Martino martinonycMets having many, many trade discussions about Zack Wheeler, but the tone seems to have shifted since Wednesday. Heres why:gcFXEBk5c3One other potential move among pitchers involves Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets, who has won his last three starts and has pitched with increased efficiency.Wheeler has pitched 7.2 http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , 7.0 and 6.0 innings(per Baseball-Reference) in those three starts, and he has allowed six earned runs in those three starts. Wheeler is 5-6 with a 4.11 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 120.1 innings pitched.The Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Brewers and Yankees are among the teams that have shown the most interest in Wheeler, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman of Fancred.It seems likely that the Mets might be most interested in dealing with the Brewerssince the Phillies and Braves are division rivals and sending him across town to the Yankees could be dangerous.The Mets may end up keeping Wheeler unless any of the potential trade partners improve their offers. Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesThe Colorado Rockies have not given up on retaining Carlos Gonzalez.Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported the Rockies are among the teams that have reached out to the veteran outfielder.Gonzalez, 33 Brett Cecil Jersey , spent the last decade in Colorado. He was a three-time All-Star and 2010 NL batting champion. Injuries somewhat derailed his trajectory; he's spent extensive time on the disabled list throughout his career.Gonzalez hit .276/.329/.467 with 16 home runs and 64 runs batted in last season. He bounced back to post a 1.7 WAR after an ugly -0.1 mark in 2017, perFanGraphs. The two sides agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal for the 2018 season."Alot of people (were) counting me out six years ago," Gonzalez toldPatrick Saundersof theDenver Postin September. "I'm still showing up. I never think about it. I always think about the opportunity I have in front of me. Just being here is a tremendous opportunity for me."I try to take advantage every night. I try make my family proud. My fans, everybody who supports me every day and this franchise. I've been here for so long. I do it for everybody. That's all I think about."Wherever Gonzalez lands, he'll likely have to be satisfied being part of a platoon at first. The Rockies tapered off his playing time later in the regular season http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , though he was a fixture in their postseason lineups. His age and mostly middling production of the last two years likely means he's going to have to settle for another short-term contract, whether it's in Colorado or elsewhere.
9  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / Curtis Granderson rounded first base and kept going. on: 15 April 2019, 05:38
 He reached second http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , stopped and turned around to smile back toward the Milwaukee Brewers dugout.Granderson’s trademark enthusiasm is evident even in an off-day workout in the postseasonThe Brewers returned to Miller Park on Tuesday, where a handful of players including Granderson took part in a limited session. Milwaukee beat the Colorado Rockies on Sunday to advance to the NL Championship Series, when they will host the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Friday night.That means four days in between games for the surging Brewers, who have won 11 in a row.“It’s a chance to rest up a little bit, guys that are banged up get a chance to heal up,” Granderson said.There could be a down side, too. Granderson would know since he’s played in 59 games over eight postseason appearances.“Con side of it is, baseball is one of those games where you play a lot games in a row over the course of the season … so consistency in playing is a good thing,” he said.The 37-year-old Granderson speaks with an easygoing demeanor, but also with the kind of authoritative voice of someone who has played 15 years in the majors.After six years with the Detroit Tigers, the outfielder moved on to an eight-year stint in New York — four each with the Yankees and Mets.Granderson has been on the move a lot over the last two seasons, having been traded from the Mets to the Dodgers in 2017. He started this year with the Blue Jays before the Brewers acquired him on Aug. 31 for a minor leaguer.The addition of Granderson, along with the trade for Mike Moustakas from the Royals in July and the return of Lorenzo Cain via free agency in January, added three postseason veterans to a clubhouse that was relatively short on playoff experience.“Well, their biggest influence is that they’ve — I think they’ve played well. That’s their biggest influence,” manager Craig Counsell said last week. “I think for players Bo Jackson Jersey , experience is a great teacher … and so these are guys that have used the experience to their advantage.Granderson hit .220 with two home runs and three RBIs in 19 games with Milwaukee, serving mainly as a left-handed bat off the bench. He has been impressed with the team’s ability to stay loose, while at the same time not getting too high or too low.“You have to enjoy the moment. Don’t make any (it) more pressure-sensitive than it already is. The pressure is always there . just continue to have fun,” Granderson said.Playing mainly off the bench, Granderson might benefit from the off-day workout on Tuesday more than regulars like Christian Yelich and Cain, who were not on the field.It doesn’t simulate a game situation, but any little bit will help, too, to stay fresh.“You’re trying to get ready to roll so you can be ready for those days. But it’s a similar challenge we’re going to be facing that the Dodgers are going to be facing,” he said. “They only got one extra day of rest.”He seems like he’s always to find the bright side of a situation.NOTES: Counsell said the team had a conversation about roster makeup on Tuesday, with another one coming Wednesday. Any roster changes aren’t due until Friday morning. After going with a bullpen day in Game 1 against Colorado, the Brewers may have to make some changes to their pitching staff. “There’s a potential for seven games in nine days instead of five in seven days, so that’s a different equation,” Counsell said. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are closing in on the NL Central championship and have their sights set on another deep playoff run.It sure would help if Kyle Hendricks keeps pitching like this. They’ll take a few more big home runs from Kris Bryant, too.Hendricks went eight innings in another strong start, Bryant connected and the Cubs moved closer to the division title while dealing another hit to St. Louis’ playoff hopes Luis Aparicio Jersey , beating the Cardinals 8-4 on Friday.“This is what you look for,” Hendricks said. “These are the games you want to play in, games that have meaning like this. That’s why we play the game. Hopefully, we’ve got a lot of these left.”The Cubs came into the final weekend of the regular season with a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason assured and their third division title in a row in sight. They remained one game ahead of Milwaukee, which beat Detroit 6-5 on Friday night.The Cubs can clinch the NL Central on Saturday — and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs — with a win and a Brewers loss.St. Louis matched a season high with its fourth straight loss, after being swept by Milwaukee this week. The Cardinals trail Los Angeles by two games for the second NL wild card after the Dodgers won 3-1 in San Francisco late Friday night.With two games remaining, one more St. Louis loss or Los Angeles win would eliminate the Cardinals from postseason contention.“Clearly the back is completely against the wall,” manager Mike Shildt said.Hendricks (14-11) gave up two runs and seven hits . The right-hander is 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in his past seven outings and has thrown a career-high 199 innings.“He’s pitched with his best stuff since I’ve known him,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “There’s not many strikeouts, not a lot of swing-and-misses. But the velocity on the fastball, he’s back to the weaker contact in general. He looks strong. … I just see a stronger version of Kyle.”Bryant made it 3-0 with a long solo drive to center against Adam Wainwright in the fourth.That gave the 2016 NL MVP just two homers in 27 games and 13 total in a season marked by injuries. Bryant missed the previous two games because of a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch and was on the disabled list two times this year because of left shoulder inflammation.Daniel Murphy had two hits, two runs and an RBI. He singled and scored in a two-run first, doubled and came around in the fifth, and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.Anthony Rizzo had an RBI single and sacrifice fly.Albert Almora drove in two with a single against Dominic Leone to cap a three-run eighth, making it 8-2, and the Cubs won their third in a row after losing four of six.“We’ve been here before http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey ,” Bryant said, referring to three straight appearances in the NLCS and a World Series championship in 2016 that ended a drought dating to 1908. “We’ve been under pressure situations. I think we know how to handle it.”Wainwright (2-4) is now 11-3 lifetime at Wrigley Field. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs and five hits, in what could be his final start for the Cardinals. Though he didn’t sound like a player ready to walk away, the three-time All-Star has an expiring contract and was on the disabled list three times this season because of hamstring and elbow injuries.“If you had asked me that question about two months ago, I would have already checked out on you,” Wainwright said. “But the way I’m feeling right now, if that is my last start, it would be kind of hard to walk away knowing the way I’m feeling right now.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t sure if reliever Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) will pitch this weekend. The right-hander still feels some discomfort on the landing throwing off the mound. Strop has been sidelined since Sept. 13, when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington. … The Cubs activated C Bobby Wilson, who was acquired Aug. 30 from Minnesota on Friday. The Twins placed him on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 24 because of a sprained right ankle.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (17-4, 2.94 ERA) looks to win his fifth straight start, after holding San Francisco to two runs and two hits in seven innings on Sunday.Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 2.47) tries to shake off back-to-back losses after going 4-0 in his first nine starts for Chicago following a trade from Texas. He homered against Pittsburgh on Monday but got outpitched by Jameson Taillon.
10  Russian talks / Общие вопросы / TORONTO — The Tampa Bay Rays have had their way with the on: 9 April 2019, 12:35
 Toronto Blue Jays this season.They defeated the Blue Jays 7-1 Monday in the opener of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre and lead the season series 8-2.The Rays (74-63) will try to keep that mastery going Tuesday in the second game of the series when they will start right-hander Ryne Stanek (2-3 Paul O'Neill Jersey , 2.72 ERA) while the Blue Jays (62-75) will start left-hander Ryan Borucki (3-3, 4.52).Article continues below ...Stanek will be starting for the second game in a row and for the 23rd time this season. Tuesday will be the 42nd time this season that the Rays will use a reliever to start a game, or what has become known as an opener. Then manager Kevin Cash will bring in a pitcher who can go a bit longer. Or, as in the case Monday, much longer.After Stanek pitched a perfect first inning Monday, Yonny Chirinos took over and allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win.“When he’s going good that’s kind of what we’ve seen, very http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , very efficient,” Cash said of Chirinos.It was the right-hander’s sixth consecutive relief appearance of five or more innings, which is tied for second in major league history.Chirinos gave up two walks and an RBI single in his first inning, requiring 25 pitches, then he settled down and used only 47 pitches for his final six innings.Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman allowed six hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings Monday. It was his first start since Aug. 17 because he had been on the disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. It was still bothering him Monday.“It’s clearly affecting him and bothering him,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.Borucki has never faced the Rays. He is coming off a 4 2/3 innings no-decision start against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday when he allowed five hits and five runs in a 10-5 loss.The Blue Jays have won only twice in their past eight games, while the Rays have won 12 of their past 14 games. They are now 11 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2013 season at 92-71.“It’s been fun http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey ,” Cash said.Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are batting only .175 against the Rays this season, their lowest against any team.Both teams have taken advantage of the expanded rosters for the final month of the season.The Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo, their No. 25-ranked prospect, from Triple-A Durham and he made his major league debut Monday night’s game and went 0-for-4 with a run scored.Rays catcher Adam Moore was placed on the restricted list due to improper documentation for his passport, making room for Ciuffo on the 40-man roster.The Rays also will recall right-hander Jake Faria on Tuesday.Outfielder Mallex Smith (viral infection) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Monday and was 1-for-5 with an RBI. He also used his speed in right field to cut off a potential extra-base hit by Billy McKinney and keep it to a single in the sixth inning. That proved valuable when the next batter, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , grounded into a double play.The Blue Jays have already called up relievers Mark Leiter Jr., Jose Fernandez and Taylor Guerrieri — all of whom pitched Monday — as well as Sean Reid-Foley, who struck out 10 in earning his first major league win Sunday in Miami.“I thought they all did very well,” Gibbons said.There will be more players called up this week.“There’ll be a few,” Gibbons said. “Some of them will come (Tuesday).”The Triple-A Buffalo Bisons’ season ended Monday and they missed the playoffs. That could mean that outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. and infielder Richard Urena will be called up soon. NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Jackson is the only starting pitcher included on the Oakland Athletics‘ roster for their AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.Right-hander Liam Hendriks will be on the mound for the start of Wednesday night’s game, and A’s manager Bob Melvin would not say who will follow.His bullpen includes just one left-hander, Ryan Buchter. The righties in addition to Jackson are closer Blake Treinen http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , Lou Trivino, Jeurys Familia, Shawn Kelley, Emilio Pagan, Yusmeiro Petit, Fernando Rodney and J.B. Wendelken.Mike Fiers, among Oakland’s few healthy starting pitchers http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , was left off and if the A’s advance would be in position to start an AL Division Series opener at Boston on Friday. When the A’s had him make his first relief appearance of the season, on Friday at the Los Angeles Angels, Fiers replaced Trivino in the second and allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings.Teams may change rosters after each round.First baseman Greg Bird was left off the Yankees’ roster following a season-long slump, and right-hander Jonathan Holder was picked for the 10th and final pitching spot over left-hander Stephen Tarpley.Yankees manager Aaron Boone carried three backup catchers, including Kyle Higashioka in addition to starter Gary Sanchez and backup Austin Romine.Backup infielders include Neil Walker, Adeiny Hechavarria and Tyler Wade.
11  General / Announcements / That is exactly what happened yesterday in the Titans/Dolphins marathon on: 23 November 2018, 07:25
Murphy’s Law states that “whatever can go wrong Cheap Rashaan Evans Jersey , will go wrong.” In a game that set a record for the longest game ever at over 7 hours!!!!! The Titans had way more bad things happen than good things. They saw their LT, Taylor Lewan, knocked out on an illegal hit (which no flag was given, besides a taunting flag that was offset), starting QB, Marcus Mariota, hurt his elbow on an illegal hit (again, no flag), and Delanie Walker was lost for the season on a play with 30ish seconds left in the game. This was after Jerome Boger and his incompetence henchmen decided to bring back a LONG TD from Derrick Henry on a phantom holding call. Moral of the story is to NEVER travel to Miami. Don’t play em, just forfeit, it is much easier for everyone. It was very sad to see the game unfold the way it did after 2 extremely good drives by the offense to start the game before the delays began. Hopefully Marcus and Lewan will be back next week for Houston, as well as Rashaan Evans, Harold Landry, and Jack Conklin. We will need to be full strength to have a shot to turn this year around.Could the Titans have a new sack king in 2018? We haven’t seen a ton of record-breaking performances from the Titans since CJ2K’s insane 2009 season, but that could be changing soon. The talented, young team that Jon Robinson has assembled over the last few years certainly looks like one that should be competitive for years to come. That should yield some opportunities for records to fall. Here are a few that I expect to be in danger as soon as this season.All stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.Career Sacks (Titans Era)Current Record: 52 sacks - Jevon KearseChallenger: 44 sacks - Derrick MorganThis may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but Derrick Morgan has a real chance to become the Titans career sack record holder in 2018. The franchise record belongs to the great Ray Childress with 75.5 sacks with the Oilers, but Morgan currently sits 5th overall in franchise history and 2nd behind just The Freak in the Titans Era. Morgan is almost criminally underappreciated in my opinion. After an injury plagued first couple seasons, Morgan has turned in to one of the most reliable Titans defenders. He hasn’t reached the epic peaks that Kearse did, but his consistency over the past 8 seasons now has him within striking distance. He will need 8 sacks to tie and he’s averaged 8.25 sacks per season over the last two years so he has a real chance to get there this season. Jurrell Casey sits pretty close behind Morgan at 39 career sacks which means that he could be challenging Kearse or Morgan for this record in the near future as well. Career Pro Bowl Appearances (Titans Era)Current Record: 3 - Chris Johnson http://www.titanscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-josh-kline-jersey , Jurrell Casey, Jevon Kearse, Bruce Matthews, Steve McNair, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Delanie WalkerChallengers: 3 - Jurrell Casey, Delanie WalkerBoth Jurrell Casey and Delanie Walker have been to 3 consecutive Pro Bowls from 2015-2017. If either of them continue their streak in 2018 they’ll become the first players to earn that honor 4 times in a Titans uniform. Both guys figure to have a pretty good shot at getting there again this year. The franchise record for Pro Bowl selections is also the NFL record for Pro Bowl selections — Bruce Matthews’ 14 is tied with Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, and Merlin Olsen — and won’t be broken by a Titan for at least another decade. Matthews is too often overlooked due to his position and the fact that his career straddled the end of the Oilers Era and the beginning of the Titans Era, but he was amazing and quite possibly the best offensive lineman of all time.Single Season Passing Yards (Titans Era)Current Record: 3,571 yards - Matt Hasselbeck (2011)Challenger: Marcus MariotaThis is a good bar trivia question to stump your friends with. How many guesses do you think most fans would take to get to Matt Hasselbeck as the Titans single season passing yards record holder?Marcus Mariota would have already broken this record if not for his season-ending injury in Week 16 of the 2016 season.
 He finished that season with 3,426 yards with a game and a half left to play. In Matt LaFleur’s 7 NFL seasons as a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator, the lowest his quarterbacks have combined to throw for in a season is 3,666 yards. If Mariota stays healthy in 2018, he’s almost certainly going to break this record.The franchise record for single season passing yards — and 5 of the top 6 seasons in franchise history — belongs to Warren Moon as his 1991 season saw him reach 4,690 yards passing. It would take a near MVP level season for Mariota to break that record, but it’s not impossible. Matt Ryan put up 4,944 yards in this offense (or something very similar to it) during his 2016 MVP campaign. Single Season Passing Touchdowns (Franchise Record)Current Record: 36 - George BlandaChallenger: Marcus MariotaBlanda threw 36 touchdown passes in just 14 regular season games for the Houston Oilers during the second of their back-to-back AFL Championships in 1961. That franchise record has now held up for 57 years. If you want to look at post-merger NFL seasons only, the franchise record for that time frame is 33 touchdowns from Warren Moon in 1990.Mariota already owns the Titans Era singe season passing touchdown record with 26 in 2016. Getting to 36 touchdowns will be tough, especially on a team that wants to be balanced on offense Cheap Will Compton Jersey , but it’s certainly within the realm of possibility for Mariota in 2018.Single Season Receiving Yards (Titans Era)Current Record: 1,303 - Derrick Mason (2003)Challenger: Corey DavisThe overall franchise record for receiving yards in a season belongs to Charley Hennigan who racked up 1,746 yards during the 1961 season in the AFL. That record seems highly unlikely to fall any time soon, but Mason’s 1,303 yard mark from the 2003 season — which is also the Titans/Oilers franchise record for the NFL Era — could be reachable if Corey Davis breaks out in his sophomore campaign. Yes, going from 375 yards to 1,303 yards would be quite a leap, but Davis has the talent to make it. His rookie season was littered with flashes despite a hamstring injury and an archaic offense. A fully healthy offseason — including extra work with his fully healthy quarterback — combined with a fresh, new offense could yield big results for the 2017 5th overall pick. Single Season Receiving Touchdowns (Titans Era)Current Record: 11 - Drew Bennett (2004)Challenger: Corey DavisSimilar to the previous record, the franchise record comes from the AFL years as Bill Groman’s 17 receiving touchdowns in 1961 remains unbroken 57 years later. However, the NFL Era record for the franchise belongs to Drew Bennett who hauled in 11 touchdown catches in 2004. Remember that electric Billy Volek-Drew Bennett 3 game stretch at the end of that lost season? Bennett had 28 catches, 517 yards, and 8 touchdowns in losses to the Colts, Chiefs, and Raiders. Such a weird season.The 11 touchdown mark is extremely reachable. Rishard Matthews came just 2 short of tying it in 2016 despite sharing snaps early in the season with Andre Johnson. I believe Davis to be the most likely receiver to surpass this record because of his red zone friendly skill set, but Matthews or Walker could also be threats here.Career Receiving Touchdowns (Titans Era)Current Record: 34 - Derrick MasonChallenger: 26 - Delanie WalkerThe Titans Era record for career receiving touchdowns currently belongs to Derrick Mason with 34, but Delanie Walker has a chance to take that down this season. Walker currently sits just 8 behind Mason with 26. His career high for touchdowns in a season is 7 so he would need to top that to get there in 2018, but an improved offense could give him the opportunity to do that. The overall franchise record for career receiving touchdowns belongs to Charley Hennigan who hauled in 51 during the AFL Era. That record figures to be safe for a few more years at least.Which record do you think is most likely to fall in 2018?
12  General / Announcements / The Philadelphia Eagles released their first official injury report on Wednesday on: 23 November 2018, 06:42
For the second week in a row http://www.eaglesfootballauthentics.com/lane-johnson-jersey-authentic , Carson Wentz was limited during a Wednesday practice due to a back issue. Just like last week, Wentz is expected to be full go on Thursday and play on Sunday. In addition to Wentz, four other players were limited: starting right tackle Lane Johnson, starting left tackle Jason Peters, starting defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and backup linebacker D.J. Alexander. Johnson and Peters should be good to play on Sunday. Ngata was limited in practice all of last week before being inactive for the Panthers game, so it’s hard to say if he’ll be ready to play in London. Alexander has missed the Eagles’ last two games. He might be able to return this week, which would give the Eagles a boost on special teams and help out with linebacker depth.Seven players did not practice in any capacity. Those names include: Derek Barnett, Rasul Douglas, Nathan Gerry, Corey Graham, Sidney Jones, Wendell Smallwood Womens Jalen Mills Jersey , and Darren Sproles.Both Douglas and Smallwood were out due to personal reasons. They should be ready to play on Sunday.Doug Pederson confirmed Barnett is out for the season. The Eagles have yet to officially put him on the season-ending injured reserve list. Seems like they’re still figuring out what to do with the roster spot Barnett will soon vacate. Barnett’s absence means Michael Bennett will start and Josh Sweat will see more regular playing time.Gerry has been out for two games now and it looks like he could miss a third.Graham hasn’t played since getting hurt early in the Eagles’ Week 5 game. He could be out again.Jones told reporters he doesn’t expect to be back until “sometime after the [Week 9] bye.” It seems like the Eagles will continue to use Dexter McDougle in the slot until Jones is ready to return.Sproles hasn’t played since Week 1. At this point, it looks like he won’t be returning until Week 10 at the earliest. The hamstring injury from hell. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)DID NOT PARTICIPATEDE Derek Barnett (shoulder)CB Rasul Douglas (not injury related - personal)LB Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee)S Corey Graham (hamstring)CB Sidney Jones (hamstring)RB Wendell Smallwood (not injury related - personal)RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)LIMITED PARTICIPATIONLB D.J. Alexander (quadricep)OT Lane Johnson (ankle)DT Haloti Ngata (calf)OT Jason Peters (biceps)QB Carson Wentz (back)JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is reportedly going to miss this week’s game as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury.
 Jacksonville traded for Carlos Hyde last week so he’ll likely see a lot of carries in Fournette’s absence. Hyde has 22 career attempts against the Eagles for a total of 51 yards (2.3 average).Both starting nickel corner D.J. Hayden and backup Tyler Patmon missed practice on Wednesday. Maybe the Eagles can get Nelson Agholor going on Sunday.The Jags have a number of significant players who were limited in practice. It’s still early in the week so we’ll have to see how they progress.DID NOT PARTICIPATERB Leonard Fournette (hamstring)CB D.J. Hayden (toe)CB Tyler Patmon (neck)LB Donald Payne (knee)LIMITED PARTICIPATIONCB A.J. Bouye (calf)DE Calais Campbell (ankle/hip)OL Brandon Linder (knee)OL Andrew Norwell (foot)TE James O’Shaughnessy (hip)OL Jermey Parnell (shoulder)FULL PARTICIPATIONCB Tre Herndon (hamstring)Chris Long pledges a quarter of his 2018 salary to the “First Quarter for Literacy” drive It’s so easy to root for players on the Philadelphia Eagles because they are such great people off the field, too. Malcolm Jenkins is set to receive the Key to the City of Camden on Monday, and now Chris Long is once again putting his money where his mouth is.As if donating his entire salary in 2017 wasn’t enough — it was — Long has now pledged a quarter of his 2018 paychecks to the “First Quarter for Literacy” drive. The Chris Long Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) and in support of Philadelphia’s Read By 4th campaign (RB4), is setting its focus on the literacy of young children. The new initiative will work to put more books in the hands of kids in underserved neighborhoods, and to get parents and caregivers excited about raising readers.This became an important mission for Chris Long and his wife Megan, who wanted to help address the documented connection specifically between fourth grade reading proficiency and long-term academic success. The impact will be on both the local and national level. On the local level, the Longs will distribute more than 25,000 books in underserved neighborhoods around Philadelphia, creating at-home libraries and six Chris Long Book Nooks for families to go somewhere together to read.Outside of Philadelphia, “First Quarter for Literacy” will support reading proficiency programs in Chris Long’s homestate of Virginia and he’ll match donations up to $25 Womens Rodney McLeod Jersey ,000 from any player on an opposing road team this year that wants to distribute books in their community.Former Eagle and lifelong Chris Long brethren, Beau Allen, was the first player to participate in the matching portion of the drive, with a $5,000 donation in Week 2. The Chris Long Donation will match that, and $10,000 worth of books will be distributed in Tampa Bay.Families and Eagles fans can get involved and support the “First Quarter for Literacy” drive by visiting FirstQuarterForLiteracy.org for top reading tips, ways to donate books, and more.All books distributed through the drive will include a bookplate with tips for parents on reading habits and developmental milestones.UPDATE: Fletcher Cox may not be an opposing player, but he did get in on the charitable action, pledging $10,000 to be matched for books in his home state of Mississippi.
13  General / Announcements / Dear Drew: Watson, Foreman 2018 expectations - HoustonTexans.com on: 23 November 2018, 06:05
Houston Texans News: July 18 http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/d.j.-reader-jersey , 2018 Houston Texans NewsTrick Play: Covington at Texas Children’s Hospital - HoustonTexans.comChristian Covington recently paid a visit to Texas Children’s.What can we expect from our two skill player sophomores?NFL NewsCooks signs five-year, $81M extension with Rams - NFL.comCooks has gotten his payday.NFL conditionally reinstates Cowboys DE Gregory - NFL.comThe Cowboys’ DE is back.Repeat route: Le’Veon likely will skip training camp - NFL.comWith no deal done, Le’Veon Bell will like no-show at training camp.Houston & Collegiate SportsRockets reportedly interested in Rodney Hood - The Dream ShakeCan the Rockets nab the Cavs’ restricted free agent?10th-inning HR hero Bregman wins ASG MVP - Astros.comHe won the #InMyFeelings Challenge, he was a HR Derby participant and he was the ASG MVP. It’s safe to say Bregman won the All-Star Break.Houston Texans Final Score And Post-Game Recap: Giants 27 http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/ryan-griffin-jersey , Texans 22 The Giants went up 20-3 thanks to Houston’s secondary playing soft zone coverage and giving up yards on quick, easy crossing routes that didn’t allow the Texans’ pass rush to get there in time to avoid them getting beat in man coverage or the pass rush not getting there at all.
 From there, J.J. Watt tried to save the Texans’ season on his own. He forced field goals with pressures, made tackles for a loss, strip-sacked Eli Manning Authentic Lamar Miller Jersey , and worked replacement tackle Chad Wheeler with a flurry of inside moves. Houston’s offense kicked a bunch of field goals and even scored a touchdown while the Giants went Bill O’Brien conservative and sat on the ball for the rest of the game. Houston managed to get back within a score with some actual downfield throwing. Once the Giants had to try and score again, they did and did so immediately, making the game 27-15 and effectively ending the game. At 0-3, the Texans’ season is pretty much over. 183 teams have started 0-3. Only 2.7% of all teams who started 0-3 made the NFL Playoffs. Of those four teams, the best record was 11-5. In a tougher AFC South Authentic Jadeveon Clowney Jersey , this feat looks impossible at the moment. At least J.J. Watt’s back. I don’t know. I’m going to go for a walk. I’ll have more to say tomorrow.
14  General / Announcements / Lawsuit against Antonio Brown just the latest ‘black eye’ for Steelers WR Pittsb on: 23 November 2018, 05:11
According to a recent lawsuit filed against Brown http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jesse-james-jersey , in April Brown was alleged to have thrown two large vases, an ottoman and other various furniture items off his 14th-floor balcony in south Florida during an outburst. These actions are alleged to have been caught on surveillance cameras. Documents for the lawsuit were obtained by TMZ Sports, and in those documents Brown is being accused of almost hitting a 22-month-old child as one of the vases shattered near the toddler. Ophir Sternberg is suing Brown for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to Stemberg, “Mr. Brown was extremely agitated, acting aggressively, and yelling at security personnel when [police] arrived to the scene.” Also added was how Brown behaved “without regard for human life.”According to the lawsuit, Brown’s residence was extensively damaged in a “fit of rage”. To say Brown has had a turbulent 2018 might be an understatement. Let’s check the timeline...Strange Tweets in June.A feud with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer Ed Bouchette.A threatening Twitter post towards ESPN reporter Jessee Washington. An argument with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown was a no-show for practice following the Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. The lawsuit should not draw the ire of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, as such lawsuits do not lead to suspensions or even fines. However, how concerned should the Steelers front office be with the erratic behavior Brown has shown in the past six months? Brown has no prior legal issues, so is this behavior a trend or just a blip on the radar?What does Steelers Nation think of his actions? Let us know in the comment section below, and remember to keep it clean and respectful! The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four straight games and continue to “stack wins.” After their 23-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9, the team has to move on quickly as they prepare to face the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on Thursday Night Football in Week 10. Today we talk about how after Artie Burns was benched in Week 8 for being late to a walkthrough prior to the Cleveland Browns game, it looks as if Coty Sensabaugh has taken the starting role away from Burns Terrell Edmunds Jersey , considering their was no rotation at the cornerback position in the Week 9 win over the Baltimore Ravens, as there had been in weeks prior.Let’s get to the news:Mike Tomlin tacitly acknowledges Coty Sensabaugh has replaced Artie Burns as Steelers’ starterBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewAnother week, another game in which Artie Burns stayed on the sidelines when the Pittsburgh Steelers were on defense.This time, though, it wasn’t because he was late to a meeting. Had nothing to do with Burns’ ankle injury, either.During his weekly news conference Monday, coach Mike Tomlin tacitly – but not not-so-subtly – confirmed that veteran Coty Sensabaugh has passed former first-round pick Burns on the Steelers’ depth chart at right cornerback.Asked Monday if Sensabaugh has separated himself from Burns regarding playing time as one of the Steelers’ top two cornerbacks, Tomlin said: “You tell me, based on usage.”Sensabaugh played 60 of the Steelers’ 61 defensive snaps during a 23-16 win at Baltimore on Sunday. Burns did not play on defense for the second consecutive week.When Burns did not play cornerback during a win against the Browns on Oct. 28, Tomlin said it was because he was disciplining Burns for being late for a meeting the day prior.Both players were on the official injury report released Friday – Sensabugh for turf toe suffered late in the Cleveland game, Burns for a turned ankle suffered late in Friday’s practice. Tomlin, though Authentic James Conner Jersey , confirmed that Burns was healthy enough to play.Burns had started 31 consecutive Steelers games (counting playoffs) since earning a featured role Week 8 of his rookie 2016 season, a streak that ended at a Sept. 24 game at Tampa Bay in which Sensbaugh started two weeks after he was a healthy scratch for the season opener.A seven-year veteran, Sensabaugh has started 36 of the 93 career games he has played. When the Steelers signed him to a two-year, $2.6 million contract in the spring of 2017, he was with his fourth team over a span of 14 months.Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger laments short week after physical Ravens gameBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFour days after what is annually one of their most physically demanding games of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will play again.Like every NFL team, the Steelers have a Thursday night game on their schedule. Theirs falls Thursday at home against the Carolina Panthers. The Steelers have won four consecutive games, their most recent coming Sunday at AFC North rival Baltimore, 23-16.
“I’m sure the fans like (Thursday night games); they like seeing football as often as they can,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said on his weekly 93.7 FM radio show Monday morning. “Players? (Sighs) It’s like, ‘Oh here we go, short week Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , especially after a Baltimore game where you’re physically beat up.’“I guess the only nice thing about it is you have the weekend off.”The Steelers met Monday for meetings at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, will practice for the only time this week on Tuesday and have a walkthrough Wednesday.During most typical weeks, NFL teams practice three times in addition to a meeting day and a walkthrough on the eve of gameday.The Steelers have played one in-season Thursday night game every year since 2006, the season before Mike Tomlin took over as coach. Tomlin said the coaching staff does its best to squeeze in a typical full gameplan and preparation into the short week.“You get to it (all) – but the depths in which you get to it is debatable,” Tomlin said of a short week. “So I think having a perspective of dealing with it for a number of years, I think the things that you choose to push to the front of the line if time is limited. Where do you allocate your time? Not only from time spent with players, but I am talking about staff time. The allocation of time and focus I think is the critical element of short week prep.”As deadline nears, Le’Veon Bell and Steelers not in contactBy: Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler, ESPNLe’Veon Bell has not had contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, sources tell ESPN, and barring an unforeseen development in the next few days, is not expected to report to the team in time for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers, increasing the possibility that the star running back will not play at all this season.Bell faces a deadline of Nov. 13 to report in order to play at all this season. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-joe-haden-jersey , Bell must report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday or he will be ineligible for the remainder of the season, a source confirmed to ESPN.The collective bargaining agreement mandates that any player on a contract or on a tender must report by the Tuesday after the 10th week of the season if he wants to play that year.But one source pointed out to ESPN that it “doesn’t make any sense for [Bell] to play now.””If he doesn’t want to play for $14.5 million, why would he want to play for $5 million?” the source told ESPN, referring to the prorated balance remaining on Bell’s $14.5 million franchise tender.Bell told ESPN in early October that he is staying away to preserve his long-term health for his next contract but intends to play football this season. Bell has been working out in Miami this season, but on Monday he tweeted “Fairwell Miami” without further explanation.But despite Bell’s tweet, the Steelers still haven’t heard from him and their focus remains the same with the players and coaches in the building as they prepare for Thursday’s game vs. Carolina, a source told ESPN.Bell said the Steelers told him they plan to place the transition tag on him this offseason, and a source confirmed to ESPN that the tag would be worth approximately $9 million to $10 million.First call: Stephon Tuitt takes dig at Joe Flacco after Steelers beat RavensBy: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewExtra shotDefensive lineman Stephon Tuitt had a parting shot on Instagram for Joe Flacco.Tuitt’s Instagram post is a still shot of him tracking down Flacco before a late-game sack, accompanied by the phrase, “I think we was pretty physical today.”That was an apparent reference to what Flacco had to say after the first game against the Steelers earlier this season.”It’s not like today was the toughest Pittsburgh Steeler game I’ve ever played,” Flacco said.He also stated that he felt as if the Ravens could’ve had as many as 35 points in that game. A few other players made references to Flacco’s comments in the locker room leading into the game and after the win.Those quotes must have made an impact. And the Steelers shoved them back in Flacco’s face.
15  General / Announcements / Sean McVay let him call plays for six quarters last year with the Los Angeles Ra on: 8 November 2018, 11:56
Just to be clear http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/quinton-spain-jersey , Matt LaFleur has called plays in NFL games as an offensive coordinator."I called the fourth preseason game actually in Green Bay and I called the second half of the Oakland game last year ...," LaFleur said Monday. "Every opportunity you get to go out and do that, situations arise. You've got to think quickly on your feet. The more experience you get, I think the more calm you'll remain in those situations and be able to give the guys a better call."LaFleur, 38, has had to be a quick study, taking advantage of each opportunity to learn to call plays since Mike Vrabel hired him as offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. LaFleur has immersed himself into it through the offseason program, through live periods and during the first 10 days of training camp.His first big test comes Thursday night when the Titans visit the Green Bay Packers for the preseason opener for both teams. Vrabel knows what he wants to see from LaFleur."Efficiency, making sure that we got clean operation getting the guys in and out of the huddle," Vrabel said. "Whatever personnel group we're going with, let's go with it. Let's make a call and make sure we give these guys a chance to line up and make a play."LaFleur has worked with some dynamic play-callers in the NFL, including Gary Kubiak in Houston, Mike Shanahan in Washington, Kyle Shanahan while coaching quarterbacks with the Atlanta Falcons and McVay in 2017 as coordinator when the Los Angeles Rams led the NFL in points scored.Now it's LaFleur, who also interviewed for the head coaching job that went to Vrabel , in position to call the offensive plays that he's been installing with quarterback Marcus Mariota."We as coaches Authentic Dion Lewis Jersey , we try to prepare for every situation so you're ready for that moment," LaFleur said. "But inevitably every week when you watch games something occurs like, 'Wow. I may not have thought about that before.' It's just trying to do the best you can to prepare for every moment. But inevitably you're going to have to think on your feet at some point and time in the game."Calling plays, which McVay handles with the Rams, was the big draw for LaFleur to Tennessee. He also has Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015, and running back Derrick Henry as a pair of Heisman Trophy winners to work with along with an offensive line returning each starter.Even with all that talent, the Titans have plenty of room for improvement on offense. Tennessee ranked 23rd in total yards per game, 23rd in yards passing and 19th in points per game. The Rams, with a second-year quarterback in Jared Goff and NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley , ranked no lower than 10 in any of those categories with the biggest leap in scoring. The Rams went from last in the NFL in points per game in 2016 to a league-best 29.8 points in 2017.The key will be how quickly the Titans, particularly Mariota, learn the new scheme designed to take advantage of the quarterback's mobility. LaFleur believes the Titans have made a lot of progress since the offseason when the defense got the best of the offense to now with practice more of a tug of war between both units."We've got a great group of guys, and it is fun to watch these guys grow," LaFleur said. "And I think we are improving on a daily basis."NOTES: WR Corey Davis did not practice after leaving Saturday's practice early, but Vrabel said Davis will be fine. LB Brian Orakpo (shoulder) Womens Ben Jones Jersey , LB Rashaan Evans, CB Demontre Hurst, OL Kevin Pamphile, DL Bennie Logan and LB Sharif Finch also did not practice.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalkerSteelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt wrecked the Titans’ offensive line last night Nashville is currently getting worked over the Titans’ first team offense looking pretty sloppy against the Steelers—who defeated Tennessee 16-6—last night, and yeah it was bad. Again, though, it’s still preseason, and none of this will matter unless it happens in the regular season. Preseason exists so players can get back in a groove and shake off the rust, not play like superstars every game.With that said, the first team offensive line struggled. In particular, Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt played dominant against Tennessee, racking up the pressures on Marcus Mariota and sacking him once. Entering his fifth season in the league, Tuitt is only 25 years old, which means he has yet to reach his ceiling while also being a stud young pass rusher.Keeping this in mind, let’s look at what exactly Tuitt had Tennessee’s number last night.gamepass.nfl.comThis isn’t even close. We knew going into the season that the Titans had issues at the guard spots, and right guard Josh Kline gets bulldozed by Tuitt on the offense’s very first play. He also makes mince meat out of Derrick Henry Authentic Jayon Brown Jersey , also blocking on the play, as he nearly sacks Mariota. The quarterback was able to get the ball to Tajae Sharpe, though.gamepass.nfl.comDerrick Henry once again is assigned to block Tuitt, but this time he’s all alone. Henry’s blocking on this play is pretty bad, so much so that it almost looks like a mismatch. Tuitt pushes Henry aside and brings Mariota down as a result.gamepass.nfl.comLastly, Henry is not blocking Tuitt here. Instead, it’s the left tackle Taylor Lewan. Like the others that came before him, Lewan gets owned by Tuitt, who counters Lewan’s hands with his own and executes the Dwayne Freeney/Everson Griffen-esque spin move for great results. He’s able to apply pressure on Mariota, who gets the ball out, but way too high for Corey Davis.Stephon Tuitt should be a massive piece for the Steelers’ defensive line this season. He’s a powerful, athletic pass rusher that’s only getting better here on out. Meanwhile, the Titans’ offensive line clearly has work to do. Though, then again, it is the preseason.
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