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Chủ đề: CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in 635 days   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 18/06/2019 lúc 03:19:33(UTC)
https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Damarious-Randall-Jersey , the Cleveland Browns won.Baker Mayfield showed them how.The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday night for their first win since Dec. 24, 2016.“I’ve just been waiting for my moment,” Mayfield said. “I’m just getting started.”And so ends Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak, the NFL’s second-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.The Browns (1-1-1) trailed 14-0 in the first half before Mayfield came in for Taylor and led four scoring drives while winning an unexpected matchup against Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. Cleveland passed on taking Darnold in the draft and instead chose Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma.Mayfield finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a little more than a half after coming in after Taylor suffered a concussion.Darnold had one last chance, but was intercepted by Terrence Mitchell with 11 seconds left.When the final seconds ticked off the clock, Cleveland fans, who had endured a 0-16 season and waited nearly two years to see their Browns win, erupted in celebration.Refrigerators around the city stocked with Bud Lights were finally unlocked, and there figured to be more than a few beverages consumed in the hours ahead.This was just one win, and while it was an ending, it also felt like a beginning — because of Mayfield.“Dilly, dilly to the Cleveland fans,” Mayfield said, using the beer’s commercial slogan. “It’s not the only win we’re going to celebrate.”Isaiah Crowell had two touchdown runs for the Jets (1-2), who seemed in control when they took a 14-0 lead and knocked Taylor from the game.Newly signed Browns kicker Greg Joseph made field goals of 45 and 27 yards after being signed just three days ago.Browns coach Hue Jackson got just his second win in 35 games since being hired by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam Darren Fells Jersey , and this win will ease some of the pressure he’s been feeling to get Cleveland turned around. Jackson could also be faced with a difficult choice — either stick with Mayfield or go back to Taylor when he’s healthy.The decision might not be as tough now.Jackson wouldn’t commit to staying with Mayfield, but referred to the performance as “his coming out party” several times.Mayfield made his NFL debut with 1:42 left in the second quarter, replacing an injured Taylor after Cleveland’s starter was sacked for the third time. Taylor struggled getting to his feet after being dragged down by linebacker Avery Williamson, but he had absorbed several hard blows before that — and had been ineffective.With Cleveland’s crowd roaring, Mayfield completed a 14-yard pass to Jarvis Landry on his first pass as a pro and then found tight end David Njoku for 17 yards. Mayfield drove Cleveland into field-goal position and Joseph, who signed with the team on Monday following a tryout, drilled a low line drive to pull the Browns within 14-3.Cleveland’s plan was to have Mayfield watch and learn this season.Taylor’s injury may change everything.For Darnold, a promising start ended with his second loss in three games. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards, but threw two picks late in the fourth as he tried to rally the Jets.“I feel like I’ve got to play better and make better reads,” Darnold said. “I need to be more decisive. We’ve got to make them pay and put the ball in our playmakers’ hands.”Hyde’s 1-yard TD run pulled the Browns within 14-12 and Cleveland tied it with a trick 2-point play .Mayfield shifted to the left and the ball was snapped directly to running back Duke Johnson, who ran right and gave the ball to Landry on a reverse. Landry then lofted a pass into the end zone to Mayfield, whose conversion tied it and sent Cleveland fans into a frenzy.Crowell scored his second TD with 7:54 left in the second quarter, and was flagged for excessive celebrating when he squatted and wiped the ball on his backside before flinging it into the crowd.Crowell’s untouched 7-yard run TD run came five plays after Jets linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis got a hand on Britton Colquitt’s attempted punt and New York took over at Cleveland’s 28.On the first play of the second quarter, Crowell took an inside handoff and raced into the end zone before firing the ball into the stands in celebration. Crowell spent four seasons with the Browns before signing a three-year, $12 million free agent contract with New York as a free agent in March.OH, BABYHyde arrived late for pregame warmups because his wife was giving birth. Jackson said as of late Thursday night the child had not yet been delivered.LONG AUDITIONJoseph stayed on the field and kicked by himself during the opening coin toss, and each of his makes drew a rousing ovation from Cleveland fans. Just a few days ago T. J. Carrie Color Rush Jersey , Joseph was relaxing in South Florida with friends while Gonzalez missed four kicks in New Orleans and then got booted by the Browns.RADIO SILENCEThe Browns suspended radio reporter Nathan Zegura eight games for his conduct on the sideline during last Sunday’s loss at New Orleans. Zegura, who also co-hosts the team’s in-house radio broadcast, can’t work a game until Nov. 25. He has also been removed from the team’s afternoon show for two weeks.INJURIESJets: CB Trumaine Johnson left in the first quarter with a suspected head injury, but returned. …. WR Charone Peake sustained a hamstring injury. … CB Buster Skrine injured his knee in the first and did not return. … WR Robby Anderson injured his nose in the third quarter, but came back.Browns: S Jabrill Peppers hurt a shoulder in the first half, and Landry replaced him on punt returns.UP NEXTJets: Play at Jacksonville on Sept. 30.Browns: Visit the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 30. Cleveland Browns:“Freddie Kitchens ‘standing behind Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield’” (WKYC) - “Kitchens is ‘standing behind Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield’ after his comments on former coach Hue Jackson.”“Baker Mayfield faces the music and doesn’t flinch” (WKNR) - “Baker Mayfield stood in the pocket and fired away. He was decisive, up-tempo, and on target. No, not Sunday on the field in Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.”“Mayfield’s over-the-top criticism of Hue Jackson a necessary evil” (ABJ) - “Had he not been charged with leading the Browns back to respectability, Baker Mayfield would be out of bounds with his cocky, brash and unrepentant criticism...”“Browns tapping into Nick Chubb’s previously untapped potential as a pass-catcher” (Browns.com) - “Chubb’s caught all seven passes thrown to him for 82 yards and two touchdowns, including the pass he pinned against a defender’s helmet...”NFL:“Injuries: Redskins RB Adrian Peterson not practicing” (NFL.com) - “Cornerback Jalen Ramsey was expected to practice Thursday, but he ended up missing a second consecutive day with a knee injury.”“Doug Williams: Redskins unified in decision to claim Reuben Foster” (ESPN) - “Washington Redskins senior vice president Doug Williams said the team’s four key decision-makers were unanimous...”“Giants are already somehow talking themselves into starting Eli Manning again in 2019” (CBS) - “The Giants have been a disaster, right? We all agree on that, yes? New York is 3-8 and the worst team in a bad division.”“Doug Baldwin doesn’t like how Richard Sherman’s stint in Seattle ended” (PFT) - “It’s not just another game for Richard Sherman and the Seahawks, and Doug Baldwin admitted Sherman isn’t just another cornerback he will face Sunday.”
Chủ đề: Is it too much to expect a head coach to take   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 18/06/2019 lúc 02:53:42(UTC)
a team to the Super Bowl in his first year with the franchise? Fair or not Aaron Ripkowski Color Rush Jersey , that will likely be the weight on the shoulders of whoever the Green Bay Packers hire as their next head coach. A 35-year-old Aaron Rodgers, solid offensive weapons around him, and some up-and-coming defensive talent should give the new coach plenty to work with next season.However, a boost in confidence for the players on the roster could help as well. A little over a decade ago, the Green and Gold got hot towards the end of a down year. Since then, multiple people involved with those teams have said that the success carried over into the following season as the team rebounded to achieve great things the next year.Meanwhile, there remain reasons for optimism that this team can indeed turn things around down the stretch and into next season. Certain factors have inhibited the team from winning games, but the overall performance of both offense and defense have definite and fixable shortcomings. Address those, and it could help change the narrative moving into another uncertain offseason.Aaron Rodgers cites 2006-07 as motivation for Packers to finish strong | Packers WireMike McCarthy's Packers finished with four straight wins in 2006 (led largely by a resurgent defense), which helped buoy the team to a great year in 2007. Perhaps a similar finish this year could portend good things for 2019?The Packers are going to rebound in 2019. Here’s why - SBNation.comBill Connelly's look at the Packers' numbers shows both an offense and a defense that are very good in some areas and very bad in others. With a bit better luck and better execution in specific situations, this team should be due to bounce back next season.Kenny Clark is Packers’ nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award | Packers.comCongrats to Kenny for this honor. It's impressive to see such a young player -- he's still just 23 -- up for this award.Most recent book on Joe Philbin's playcalling: Northeastern, 1996 - ESPNPhilbin talked about his playcalling experience, which has been minimal in the past two decades. Outside of the occasional final preseason game, he didn't call plays in Green Bay, nor did he do so when he was the head coach in Miami. You have to go back to his time at Northeastern University in the mid-90s to find the last time that he did it on a regular basis.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says accountability never an issue under former coach Mike McCarthy | Packersnews.comRodgers seemed to take issue with some of Winston Moss’ feelings in his tweetstorm from Tuesday; specifically, he mentioned that he told McCarthy explicitly to pick on him in meetings to show the rest of the team that no one player was above the others.24 Amazon workers sent to hospital after robot accidentally unleashes bear spray - ABC NewsThis isn't funny https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Demetri-Goodson-Jersey , but rather is a reminder that bear spray is serious stuff and should not be played around with. And maybe it should be kept in areas where warehouse robots can't bust open canisters? On the day the Green Bay Packers introduced Matt LaFleur as their new head coach, the 39-year-old said he hadn’t yet made any concrete decisions about his assistants. Several holdovers from his predecessor’s staff remained under contract, and LaFleur needed to meet with them before determining what roles he needed to fill with external candidates.LaFleur has made some of those decisions in the time since. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will return for 2019. Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook won’t. Neither will Joe Philbin, who served as the team’s offensive coordinator before taking as head coach in December on an interim basis.The Packers hired LaFleur to bring their offense into the modern age, and thus who he chooses as his top offensive assistant will help shape the team’s identity. That makes LaFleur’s choice for offensive coordinator one of the most important decisions he will make during his first year on the job.Unsurprisingly, LaFleur could pursue coaches from his past to fill the role. Landing a right-hand man with shared offensive roots and philosophies could expedite the learning and installation process for his scheme and ease the transition process from the previous regime. Moreover, LaFleur knows several assistants who come from the same mold.Unfortunately for LaFleur and the Packers, none of those coaches appear likely to come available this offseason.Though LaFleur has direct connections to several qualified candidates, none appear likely to come available. San Francisco 49ers run-game coordinator Mike McDaniel has ties with LaFleur from their shared time in Washington. However, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, 49ers headman Kyle Shanahan “doesn’t seem inclined” to let McDaniel leave at this time. The Athletic’s Matt Barrows also reports that Shanahan blocked an interview request for McDaniel from the Cardinals.LaFleur also worked with Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and tight-ends coach Shane Waldron, both highly regarded offensive assistants who seem fit for promotions. But Taylor reportedly will leave to become the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals once the Rams’ postseason run concludes and, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, Sean McVay will not allow his assistants to leave for anything less than a play-calling position.And if LaFleur hoped to bring in his 31-year-old brother Mike to fill the role, he seems out of luck. On Monday, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco dismissed the prospect a family reunion JK Scott Jersey , reporting that the younger LaFleur will remain in his current role with the 49ers. Even if the younger LaFleur received team approval to interview, his lack of experience (he landed his first NFL job in 2014) makes him a hard sell as an offensive coordinator.With those options apparently off the table, LaFleur’s search will have to pivot towards coaches he doesn’t already know. Yet, that could prove to be a blessing in disguise as candidates from different backgrounds can bring philosophical diversity to the scheme and structure. For proof, LaFleur needs to look no farther than his new divisional rival Matt Nagy, who built a strong offensive staff without relying on familiar faces.Shortly after accepting the Bears’ head-coaching position last year, Nagy tabbed former Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich as his offensive coordinator. Helfrich didn’t call plays for Nagy, but he brought a different perspective on how to create space on offense and take advantage of speed and size mismatches. Those elements popped up in Chicago’s offenses throughout the 2018 season.Of course, Nagy learned the value of a philosophically diverse staff from his former boss, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Despite ranking as one of the NFL’s oldest coaches, Reid kept his offense on the cutting edge by surrounding himself with young assistants weaned on the spread and tempo-driven schemes prevalent in college football. The Chiefs have continued to improve with each passing year under Reid’s watch, finishing first in scoring this season.At least one of the names under consideration for the Packers’ offensive-coordinator job fits the Helfrich model. Nathaniel Hackett has reportedly received interest from multiple NFC North teams, including Green Bay. Hackett served as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator and ran an offense that varied significantly from LaFleur’s. He also took the fall for the Jaguars’ offensive struggles this past season, receiving his walking papers from head coach Doug Marrone after a 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills.But none of that should stop LaFleur from seriously considering Hackett for his staff. Less than a year has passed since Hackett, armed with only an undermanned receiving corps, a hobbled Leonard Fournette Brett Favre Color Rush Jersey , and Blake Bortles, hung 38 points on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round and nearly toppled the New England Patriots a week later in the AFC Championship Game. Hackett has proven himself capable of squeezing more out his personnel than many of his contemporaries, and his offensive viewpoint could add new dimensions and features to LaFleur’s offense.In the event Hackett signs on with another team or doesn’t mesh with LaFleur, the Packers have other options worth exploring. Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor lost out to the aforementioned Taylor for the head-coaching vacancy and might not return to the staff for next season. Lazor first made his mark as Chip Kelly’s quarterbacks coach and earned plaudits this past year for scheming around Cincinnati’s porous offensive line. And while he comes from a different coaching tree, Lazor has used a variant of the West Coast offense for the vast majority of his NFL career, something that could hold great appeal for LaFleur.If LaFleur wants someone completely outside the NFL orbit, he could interview former Houston Cougars head coach Major Applewhite. Applewhite runs a high-octane, spread offense developed over more than a decade. He won most of his games as a head coach but fell short of the expectations university president Renu Khator and boosters had for the program. Applewhite also engaged in a public spat with star defensive tackle and future NFL first-round pick Ed Oliver. Even so, Houston’s offense improved every year under Applewhite’s guidance. The Cougars ranked 69th out of 128 teams in offensive S&P+ during his first season as head coach. They improved to 37th and then 15th over the next two years.Hackett, Lazor, and Applewhite each offer valuable insight for constructing an offensive scheme, and other coaches could bring their own spin as well. Though LaFleur certainly has a vision for how his offense should look, Nagy has demonstrated how alternative viewpoints can keep the attack fresh without losing its cores principles, a concept that should intrigue to the Packers’ new headman. After all, his former boss proudly admits to stealing ideas from other successful coaches. It only makes sense that LaFleur borrows something from the reigning division champion.
Chủ đề: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Garrett and Frank Reich   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 18/06/2019 lúc 02:34:41(UTC)
understand the high stakes of Sunday’s game.If Dallas wins Anthony Castonzo Jersey , it clinches the NFC East. If Indianapolis wins, it stays in the hunt for the AFC’s final playoff spot and possibly even a division crown.The two coaches and their players will get one more precious late-season chance to see how they stack up against another postseason contender and what can be done to keep playing into January.“Most people call this the dash for cash,” Colts tight end Eric Ebron said. “So you just try to win.”Few teams have done more lately than the Colts (7-6) or Cowboys (8-5).Rather than folding after starting 1-5, Andrew Luck & Co. turned things around with six wins in seven games and tying Baltimore, Miami and Tennessee for the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff chase.Luck’s comeback has happened during perhaps the best season of his career with 34 touchdown passes, second in the league and six short of his career high, a career-best completion rate of 67.7 percent and he is 241 yards away from the fourth 4,000-yard season of this career.This time, Luck also is working with an improved defense that has allowed 17.1 points over the past seven weeks and ranks among the league’s top third in sacks and negative plays.The combination has upped the ante for Colts’ opponents.“They attack you a lot of different ways,” Garrett said. “It’s aggressive, it’s attacking and it’s a balanced offense. You have to be ready for a lot of different things.”Dallas also made a dramatic midseason turn.After starting 3-5, the Cowboys made a deal for receiver Amari Cooper and everything suddenly changed.Running back Ezekiel Elliott has charged back into the NFL rushing lead and quarterback Dak Prescott started making more potent plays.Dallas’ defense has climbed to No. 4 in yards allowed and now people around town believe the Cowboys could win their first divisional-round game since the 1995 playoffs — if they make it.One thing is clear: Dallas is all-in.“It will be a great challenge. It’s going to take every person over there, but I think defenses like that challenge,” Reich said when asked about slowing down Elliott. “I know our defense will like that challenge. It’s not going to be easy, they are going to get some runs. If Zeke has 95 yards that might be considered a win.”TACKLING STARSWhile much of the focus this weekend will be on high-profile offensive stars such as Luck and Prescott, rookie linebackers Darius Leonard and Leighton Vander Esch will play big roles, too.The league’s official stats show Leonard leading the league with 135 tackles despite missing one game with an injury.Vander Esch has played well Ryan Kelly Color Rush Jersey , too. The Cowboys credit him with 136 tackles, tied for the franchise’s rookie record, league stats show Vander Esch with 108 — tied for No. 6 overall and second among rookies to Leonard.LINE DANCEWhile Colts starting center Ryan Kelly could return after missing three straight games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Cowboys right guard Zack Martin could miss the first game of his career in his first trip to his hometown.Martin, a four-time Pro Bowler and 2014 All-Pro, sprained the MCL in his left knee during the preseason and left both games against defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia after aggravating the injury. He returned to the first Philadelphia game, but didn’t come back in last week’s victory.Kelly, meanwhile, was limited in practice Wednesday. He said he hopes to play through the pain with a brace.Before he was injured, the Colts allowed one sack in six games. Indy has given up six sacks in the three games he missed.REJOINING THE YOUNGSTERS?Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee practiced this week for first time since leaving a game Nov. 5 against Tennessee with his second hamstring injury this season and he could be rejoining the linebacker rotation Sunday.If he does, the focus will be on how it works.Vander Esch and Lee play the same position and 23-year-old Jaylon Smith, a former Notre Dame star, also played well this season. The two youngsters have embraced playing big roles while Lee, a 2014 All-Pro choice, was on the mend.FANCY FEETEight Colts players will wear special cleats this weekend to promote various charities.Luck will wear shoes bearing Indianapolis’ renown Riley Hospital for Children, which he has worked with since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012.Three players — Leonard, linebacker Anthony Walker and safety Mathias Farley — are using their cleats to draw attention to the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation. Jackson was killed in a traffic accident in February. KANSAS CITY https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Margus-Hunt-Jersey , Mo. 鈥?The Chiefs‘ Eric Berry and Spencer Ware joined the Colts‘ Malik Hooker and Tyquan Lewis in street clothes for their cold, snowy divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.Or parkas, more accurately.The quartet of starters was among the inactives for the latest postseason matchup between the Chiefs and Colts. Berry was out with a heel injury and Ware remained out with a hamstring injury. Hooker was sidelined by a foot injury and Lewis by a sore knee in a significant blow to an Indianapolis defense that must contend with Kansas City‘s high-powered attack.Hooker had played 87 percent of the Colts' defensive snaps this season, and an even greater amount during Indianapolis' win over Houston in the wild-card round. George Odum, a rookie, will join Corey Moore and J.J. Wilcox in covering for him alongside strong safety Clayton Geathers.Colts coach Frank Reich said this week that Hooker would be a game-time decision, though he did sound optimistic when they had their final practice on Thursday."Yeah, I mean obviously best-case scenario all the guys that we have a little dinged up, the best-case scenario is that they all go," Reich said, "because if they are going we feel like they can play winning football even if they are dinged up. That will be our mindset going in, ‘Hey if you're out there, we expect you to play winning football."The Colts placed backup safety Mike Mitchell on injured reserve earlier this week with a calf injury, further depleting a defense that has played especially well during a five-game win streak."In the sub packages, his role was big," Reich said. "You just count on Mike, I mean Peyton Manning Jersey , especially in those sub packages. … Mike has been pretty instrumental."Al-Quadin Muhammad got the start in place of Lewis at defensive end.As for the Chiefs, any optimism their three-time All-Pro safety would return for the playoffs seemed to evaporate this week when Berry never took the practice field. His heel kept him out most of the season, and a recurrence before their regular-season finale sidelined him again.Jordan Lucas was slated to start against Andrew Luck and the Colts offense.Ware, who assumed the starting role when Kareem Hunt was cut midseason, has not played in a month because of a hamstring injury. Damien Williams started again in his place.The Chiefs did get some positive news when wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who has been out with a foot injury since November, was active for the playoff game. Watkins was in a walking boot a few weeks ago but practiced all week, then tested his foot on the snowy field Saturday.100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj MehtaWhen inactives were announced 90 minutes prior to kickoff, Watkins was ready to go."He's done a nice job," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the Chiefs' final practice of the week. "He had good work all three days and looked pretty good."If only the same could be said of the field.It looked pristine a few weeks ago for the Chiefs' regular-season finale against Oakland, but rain Friday that quickly turned to snow saturated the playing surface. The Chiefs kept tarps on it as long as possible, but they were removed two hours before kickoff and snow began to accumulate.The middle of the field was already turning into a quagmire during warmups, as was the south end zone, where players and personnel enter and exit the field. Workers were trying their best to keep it in shape with a tractor load of dry dirt and gravel.
Chủ đề: LONDON (AP) — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 18/06/2019 lúc 02:04:09(UTC)
Jaron Brown saw teammate David Moore go tumbling over the temporary video advertising boards.At no point was he concerned about his well-being.“Any time you catch a touchdown (pass) Bobby Wagner Color Rush Jersey , I don’t think you’re worried about what happens after,” Brown said.Quarterback Russell Wilson threw touchdown passes to Brown, Moore and Tyler Lockett, and the Seahawks rolled to a 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.Chris Carson rushed for 59 yards and rookie Rashaad Penny gained an additional 43 for the Seahawks (3-3), who played to a vociferously supportive crowd — a London-record 84,922 were in attendance — despite the Raiders (1-5) being the designated home team.Oakland quarterback Derek Carr left the game with an apparent left arm injury with 8:52 remaining in the fourth quarter after the last of his six sacks. He did not have the chance to return because the Seahawks ran out the clock.Carr went 23 for 31 for 142 yards and was hit by Jarran Reed on third down and immediately grabbed his upper left arm as he sat up before being helped to the sideline for evaluation.Coach Jon Gruden said afterward that Carr, who would have been dropped twice more had the Seahawks not been penalized on those plays, was angling to return but backup AJ McCarron would have entered.“Just too much fire today,” Gruden said. “Too much fire today around the quarterback.”Wilson, who completed 17 of 23 attempts for 222 yards with an interception, connected with Brown for a 5-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter Justin Coleman Color Rush Jersey , a 19-yard touchdown pass to Moore in the second and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Lockett in the fourth.After picking up a low snap, Wilson faked a throw and stepped forward, then made a throw to Moore over Daryl Worley. Moore punctuated his touchdown, his third in the Seahawks’ past two games, by accidentally crashing into the screens set up around the field.“I kind of saw it at the last second, but I didn’t think it was that hard until I hit it,” Moore said.Former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, playing in his first game against his former team, was held to 45 yards on 13 carries as the Raiders unsuccessfully turned to Carr and their passing game to try to catch Seattle.Oakland even made it a point to try to establish Lynch early with three consecutive carries, but he gained 2 yards on a carry, 2 more yards on another and then lost 3 yards before a punt.“We ran three different types of runs and all three of them were rejected Russell Wilson Color Rush Jersey ,” Gruden said. “We wanted to get him in the game, we wanted to get him established. That was the beginning of the game, and after that, we were trying to make a first down and survive. It wasn’t pretty.”Matt McCrane, who missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide left in the second quarter, made one from 43 yards with 8:30 remaining as the Raiders avoided their first shutout since 2014 and the third at Wembley in the past four games.BALDWIN BACKSeahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, held to one catch for 1 yard in the loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week, rebounded with team highs of six catches and 91 yards against the Raiders.Baldwin missed two games earlier this season after injuring the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the season opener and insisted that the low output was not related to his injury.CLOSE TO HOMESebastian Janikowski, who joined the Seahawks in the offseason after 17 seasons with the Raiders, made field goals of 44 and 26 yards.It was the second time Janikowski, who was born in Poland and moved to the United States as a teenager Brandon Marshall Color Rush Jersey , played in London but the first time he converted a field goal attempt.INJURIESSeattle: CB Tre Flowers left the game with muscle cramps with 4:08 left in the third quarter. TE Nick Vannett (back) was inactive despite coach Pete Carroll saying on Friday he would play.Oakland: In addition to Carr, WR Amari Cooper (concussion) left the game with 13:40 remaining in the second quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald. LG Joe Feliciano, starting for Kelechi Osemele (knee), left the game late in the second quarter with a rib injury and did not return, and WR Seth Roberts (concussion) left with 11 minutes remaining.UP NEXTSeattle: Travel to face the Detroit Lions on Oct. 28 after a bye week.Oakland: Will host the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 28, also after a bye. With Jordan Simmons now on injured reserve and D.J. Fluker still battling a hamstring injury, the Seattle Seahawks were low on bodies along the interior of the offensive line. To help that problem, they brought back a familiar name, signing guard/center Marcus Henry to the practice squad. Henry, a UDFA in 2016, signed with the Seahawks in the middle of training camp in 2018 Cortez Kennedy Color Rush Jersey , and spent the remainder of the preseason with the team.Following Henry’s release during roster cuts, he spent the first month of the season being signed to, and released from, Seattle’s practice squad. Since his release in late September, he’s been out of the NFL. Henry joins Jordan Roos as interior players on the Seahawks’ practice squad. Should Fluker be unable to play in Week 16, presumably one of Henry or Roos would be called up to the 53 in order to backup Ethan Pocic. To make room for Henry on the practice squad, Seattle released Damore’ea Stringfellow. Similar to Henry, Stringfellow was with the Seahawks throughout camp before his release.
Chủ đề: Ross is a low-cost rebound candidate in 2019   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 22/05/2019 lúc 01:58:30(UTC)
Joey Votto Jersey , but one with durability concerns."As recently as three years ago, Tyson Ross was one of the more underrated young starters in the game. Unfortunately, his best work came in lost seasons for the moribund San Diego Padres, and he then went on to lose nearly two full seasons to injury. Ross turned things around in 2018, pitching his best baseball in years, but he still isn’t drawing much attention around the hot stove. As a result, he could make an interesting addition for the Detroit Tigers this offseason.The Padres brought Ross back last year hoping to catch him on the rebound and deal him in July. For three months, things were going well. Ross was very good into June, leaving the Padres licking their chops in expectation of a nice trade return. However, Ross came completely unglued in early July, crushing his trade value at the worst possible time. He rebounded a bit late in the month, and was eventually claimed off of waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals. He wasn’t great for the Cards, but certainly settled down, compiling a 3.70 ERA in the second half despite mediocre peripheral numbers.Even among the lower tier of starting pitcher free agents this offseason, there’s a hierarchy. The raw stuff of Garrett Richards will draw interest despite his UCL surgery this season. Former Boston Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz was a popular breakout candidate as recently as 2017, and should draw interest from numerous teams looking for temporary help in their starting rotation. Trying to sign him just to flip him to a contender in July may cost more than it is worth.Ross feels like he may be a cost-effective alternative. He isn’t going to completely slip under the radar of the many teams in need of pitching, but he doesn’t seem to be attracting a high level of interest, either. MLB Trade Rumors didn’t list him among their top 50 free agents, and he doesn’t show up on USA Today’s top 57 free agents list either. His injury history and declining velocity are going to scare contenders away from signing him as anything more than depth. That may make him affordable to a team like the Tigers.Ross could do well in DetroitThe saving grace for Ross is his slider. In his prime years http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , he resembled Pirates righthander Chris Archer, with heavy doses of mid-90s fastballs with above-average spin rates and nasty sliders. Ross’ fastball has declined a bit, but his slider remains a very effective put-away pitch. He has also augmented his fastball with cutters to a modest degree, but still largely relies on the fastball-slider combination against hitters on either side of the plate.The velocity decline is a concern, though. Ross averaged 93.5 miles per hour on his four-seamer as recently as 2015. Last season, he averaged just 90.8 mph. That’s not ideal, especially for a short-striding pitcher who gets below-average extension despite his 6’6 frame. Per Statcast, the perceived average velocity of his four-seam fastball last season was just 89.78 mph. For that to work, you have to have factors like command, movement, deception, or funk, to really succeed. Luckily, Ross does retain above-average spin rates on both his fastball and slider. While he doesn’t use his height to full effect, it still gives him some angle to work with. Ross consistently posts low fly ball rates and high line drives rates. Even though he keeps the ball down and in the park, he will give up strings of solid base hits at times. With mediocre walk rates, he allows his share of baserunners. His strikeout rates are below average as well, and that won’t be helped by a move to the American League. Still, based on his work last season Reggie Sanders Jersey , Ross has enough in the tank to be effective, if not good, as long as he can stay healthy.Ross posted a 4.15 ERA and 4.39 FIP last season, though if you Porcello-out his numbers in the month of July, both those marks would be roughly a full run lower. Ross gave up a pretty equal split of home runs to right and left-handed hitters, but lefties overall did most of the damage, compiling a .368 wOBA against him. The fastball and slider allowed him to largely dominate right-handed hitting, but the lack of a third pitch leaves him with a fairly obvious weakness to lefties.Ross will be three years removed from thoracic outlet surgery next spring. While he’s had minor issues since, there’s an argument to be made that Ross still trending upward in terms of rebuilding his strength and endurance. He threw 149 2鈦? innings this season, after tossing just 49 1鈦? in 2017, and showed a little uptick in velocity late in the year. Still, heading in his age 32 season, he’s just not going to regain what he’s lost from his fastball. Typically, American League clubs are wary of veteran starters with declining velocity who have spent their career in the National League. The specter of Jordan Zimmermann’s time in Detroit may lurk in the minds of the Tigers’ executives. There’s also a somewhat extensive injury history to consider. However, Ross is likely to be closer to the Tigers’ budget than some of the more attractive options. That’s the bottom line. And his 2018 season provides a bit of optimism about his outlook next year. The Tigers are in a spot where picking up a starter of dubious durability is a risk they can absorb without much issue. They don’t have expectations of winning to begin with. Particularly if the risks allows them to acquire a reasonably effective starting pitcher at a bargain price. They’re looking for someone to throw 120-50 innings of respectable baseball on the cheap. They would prefer someone with the potential to take advantage of American League hitters’ unfamiliarity, have a good first half, and become legitimate trade bait. By these criteria, Tyson Ross may prove the perfect fit for the Tigers this offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals finished July with a 7 ½-game deficit in the NL Central. They were still in the race for a wild card, but after trading outfielder Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , they didn’t seem like a team that was on the verge of making a serious run at the postseason.Then the Cardinals began playing some of their best baseball of the year.St. Louis is 14-4 this month, and even after a loss to Milwaukee on Sunday, the Cardinals are just four games behind the division-leading Cubs. Philadelphia (68-56) and Colorado (68-56) lead the race for the National League wild cards, with Milwaukee (69-57) percentage points behind and St. Louis only a half-game back.The Cardinals took advantage of a soft spot in their schedule, beating up on the Marlins and Royals earlier this month. But over the past week, they also went 5-2 against the Nationals and Brewers. So far in August, St. Louis leads the NL in batting average, on-base percentage and ERA. Matt Carpenter has hit 14 home runs since the All-Star break and leads the NL with 33.It’s been just over a month since the Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny and replaced him on an interim basis with Mike Shildt. St. Louis has plenty of challenges ahead — its next six games are on the road against the Dodgers and Rockies — but the Cardinals have done enough to climb clearly into contention in the wild race for the NL’s postseason spots.Elsewhere around the majors:RISING STARRonald Acuna Jr. is showing why he was considered one of the game’s top prospects coming into the season. The 20-year-old Atlanta outfielder is hitting .355 with 12 homers and 24 RBIs since the All-Star break. His 1.191 OPS over that span is the best mark in the National League for anyone with more than 60 at-bats.Acuna hit leadoff homers in three straight games before Miami’s Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch Wednesday night.ON A ROLLOakland took two of three from Houston and now trails the Astros by only a game atop the AL West. The Athletics were actually tied for first before dropping the series finale Sunday.On the morning of June 16, the A’s were 34-36 and trailed Houston by 11 ½ games. They were also 11 behind Seattle for the second wild card. Since then, Oakland is 40-14.DOUBLE TROUBLEThe Pittsburgh Pirates made a splash at the trade deadline when they acquired right-hander Chris Archer from Tampa Bay, but they’re nine games out in the NL Central after splitting four games with the Cubs.Pittsburgh allowed only four runs in that series but dropped the first two games by identical 1-0 scores. The Pirates hit into seven double plays in Friday’s game.HIGHLIGHTThe Texas Rangers got out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam with a triple play against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Third baseman Jurickson Profar made a diving stop on David Fletcher’s one-hopper and stepped on third for a force play. He also tagged Taylor Ward, the runner who started the play at third, when Ward left the bag. Then Profar threw to second for another force.Some of the Angels’ runners may have been confused, since at first it was hard to tell whether Profar had gloved Fletcher’s grounder on a short hop or caught it on the fly. It was the first time since 1912 that a team pulled off a triple play without the batter being one of the outs.LINE OF THE WEEKJose Bautista hit a grand slam and had seven RBIs for the New York Mets as they routed Philadelphia 24-4 in the opener of a doubleheader Thursday. It was quite a turnabout for the Mets, just over two weeks after they were beaten 25-4 by Washington.
Chủ đề: CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent outfielder   Xem bài viết cuối
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Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.Gonzalez, who played the past 10 seasons with Colorado, will sign once he completes a physical, the person said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Gonzalez will then report to spring training in Arizona.If he is added to the 40-man roster, Gonzalez would get a one-year contract with a $2 million salary while in the major leagues. He also could earn up to $1 million in performance bonuses.A three-time All-Star, the 33-year-old Gonzalez has hit .287 over 11 seasons. A left-hander Gary Carter Jersey , he hit .276 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs with the Rockies last season, when he had a $5 million base salary and earned an additional $3 million in roster bonuses.Gonzalez drove in 100 runs and hit 25 homers in 2016, his next to last season of an $80 million, seven-year contract.The Indians have been in need of outfield help since Michael Brantley signed with Houston. Veteran outfielder Matt Joyce, who also signed a minor league contract after dealing with a back injury last season, has been told he will not make the opening-day roster.Leonys Martin likely will be the starting center fielder when the Indians open the season in Minnesota on March 28.Several players are battling for the other two outfield spots, but no clear leaders have emerged. BALTIMORE — The Houston Astros will get one more tuneup for the playoffs on Sunday when they meet the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of the four-game series and the last game of the regular season at Camden Yards.Houston (103-58) is headed to the American League Division Series to meet the Cleveland Indians starting Oct. 5. The Orioles (46-115) are headed home after the worst season in franchise history.Charlie Morton (15-3 Dwight Gooden Jersey , 3.18 ERA) starts for the Astros. The Orioles announced after Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader — which the Astros swept — that Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2, 6.00) gets the ball. Article continues below ...Morton came out of his last start after just one inning because of shoulder issues and told the media Saturday that there’s still some tightness there. It’s expected Morton will not pitch very long Sunday, but the veteran is looking toward the playoffs.“Part of the difficulty is the mental side of it; sometimes you just don’t feel right,” Morton told the media. “Sometimes you feel something’s wrong when there really isn’t anything that’s that bad, and you have to kind of accept that. I’m trying to loosen things up and get in a better spot overall and try to get ready to pitch in October.”Morton has a 1-2 career record with a 5.40 ERA against the Orioles.Yacabonis has filled in at times and made spot starts for Baltimore as the team tries to convert him into a starter. He’s been up and down but pitched well at times, just like Yefry Ramirez, who lost Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader.Yacabonis has never pitched against in Astros in his brief major league career.The Astros have shown some power in this series http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , especially in the doubleheader where they banged out five homers overall en route to their sweep of the slumping Orioles.Baltimore just hasn’t come up with enough offense against the tough Houston starters, which has been a problem for many teams the last few years, but the Orioles have battled that issue all season.“We’re just not doing much offensively against some good pitching (in this series),” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after the doubleheader.Sunday’s game also could represent another bigger step in the rebuilding process that Baltimore began to undertake when it traded off several players around the deadline two months ago.It could be the final game for Showalter, who has been the team’s manager since August 2010 and led them to the playoffs three times. Adam Jones, the face of the team in recent years and one of its most popular players, is about to hit free agency Jesus Aguilar Jersey , and GM Dan Duquette’s contract, like Showalter’s, expires after this season.The Orioles could let all three of them go and would be looking at a major rebuild. If so, that would disappoint many fans because of how popular Jones and Showalter are with them. So even though Sunday’s game means nothing to Baltimore other than the end to a very trying season, it could very well be the final page in a chapter of the team’s history.
Chủ đề: Dave Roberts spoke with the media   Xem bài viết cuối
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and addressed the latest news on the roster changes Bill Mazeroski Jersey , facing Milwaukee’s bullpen, and the pressure of delivering a championship to the city of Los Angeles."On Wednesday, Dave Roberts sat at the podium and talked about his team’s upcoming NLCS matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.With a new series, a new roster is likely to be expected. Whether it be one change or zero changes, Roberts has said that the roster might be different than the NLDS roster. Unfortunately, there’s no answer yet in regards to if any players will be added. “There’s possibly a couple changes we’re still talking through,” Roberts said. “Haven’t made that final decision, but there’s possibly a couple changes.”The full 25-man roster won’t be released until Friday morning, just hours before Game 1.Getting set to face Milwaukee, who finished with the best record in the National League, Roberts discussed what the x-factors would be in the series. “You got to pitch, play defense, hit, not let your emotions or let the moment get too big for you,” he said. “Not letting emotions get to each individual. Two teams playing good baseball up to this point. They have home field advantage, but we’ve actually played better on the road than at home. With our group, that doesn’t bother us.”On the season Dave Parker Jersey , the Dodgers won two more games on the road than at home. LA’s 47 road wins were tied for the most in the NL.With Clayton Kershaw having been announced as the Game 1 starter, it appears the Dodgers are still deciding on who they are going to throw in game two, as well as game three.One of the players who will be a candidate to get the nod will be Hyun-Jin Ryu. On the season, Ryu faired a lot better pitching at Dodger Stadium. At Chavez Ravine, the left-hander was 5-2 with a 1.15 ERA, compared to 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA on the road.Roberts said he’s not going to take his success at home into account of which game Ryu starts.“We understand that he has pitched better at home this year than on the road,” Roberts said. “He’s a veteran pitcher that regardless of where we decide he pitches, we expect him to throw the baseball well. We’re confident that whenever he pitches he’s going to pitch well.”With the length of the series switching from five to seven games, a lot more pressure is tacked on to the pitching staff.“The starting pitching comes into play more,” Roberts said. “Last year we put so much on our pen in two seven game series’. Last year I thought that was a strength. This year, the way our starters are throwing, you have to appreciate how they’re throwing the baseball. If you can get some more out of your starters, that’s all the better, especially in a seven game series.”With a 3.19 ERA, the Dodgers’ starting rotation had the lowest ERA in the national league, and the second in all of baseball, just trailing the Astros at 3.16. As well as dominating in ERA Josh Harrison Jersey , LA’s starters had the second most strikeouts in the NL. With LA’s strength coming from their starting rotation, Milwaukee’s strength stems from their bullpen, which was among one of the best in the NL. On the season, the Brewers’ bullpen was top two in the NL in ERA (3.47), saves (49), innings pitched (614), strikeouts (708), and opponents batting average (.230). Their bullpen averages 10.38 strikeouts per nine innings, which led the national league. Roberts though, isn’t worried. “When you’re talking about a seven game series and five games in six days, having those guys go to their bullpen and beating the starter, there’s a lot of value in that,” Roberts said. “They have some good arms and arguably one of the best pens in baseball, and they’ve performed as such. Our goal, whoever takes the mound, whether it be for a hitter, or an inning or whatever it might be Gregory Polanco Jersey , our goal is to beat that starter.”For Roberts, this will be the third consecutive season he has led his team to the championship series, with a chance to reach the World Series in back-to-back years. “We want to finish off what we didn’t finish off last year,” he said. “That’s been our focus since after game seven. We’re in a position where we can give ourselves an opportunity to get back there. You do that by playing good baseball. We do a very good job of not getting too far ahead of ourselves, but understanding the ultimate goal.” “Obviously, in some people’s eyes, winning a championship is the only thing that is a sign of success. Every year there are 29 teams that fail. This market, this team, what we’ve accomplished in three years I can speak to, our goal is to win a championship, and we haven’t done that yet. I can be firm when I say if we don’t win a championship, then we didn’t accomplish our goal. There’s a lot of good things that have happened up to this point. I expect us to give ourselves that chance again. It comes with playing good baseball. Our guys really understand how important it is to this fan base, to the players themselves, to bring a championship back to Los Angeles.” Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesThe Colorado Rockies are headed back to the postseason following a 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday night at Coors Field.The victory temporarily put the Rockies 1.5 games up on the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West with two contests remaining in the regular season.Colorado Rockies Rockies going to enjoy this. Bigger goals, bigger prize!#Rocktober NNgULjUL50The Rockies made the playoffs last year as the NL's final wild-card qualifier, but they bowed out of the postseason following a thrilling 11-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a spot in the NLDS on the line.Bleacher Report MLB BR_MLBColorado Rockies make franchise history with postseason berths in B2B seasons#SeptemberBaseball oSgS4vdauJThis season Jung-ho Kang Jersey , the Rockies kept pace in the race for a playoff spot because of their starting lineup's power-packed stylings. As a club, Colorado ranks secondin the NL inslugging percentage(.432)andOPS (.754).Those figures have been buoyed by the production of offensive pillarsDJ LeMahieu, Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon.If there's a worry with the Rockies, it's their rotation. Colorado's starting staff ranks12thamong NL clubs with a 4.18ERA, and there's a noticeable drop-off in top-end talent beyond Kyle Freeland and German Marquez, who has been scalding hot (2.55 ERA) since the All-Star break in July.On top of that, Rockies relievers rank13thin the NL with a 4.61 ERA. The only clubs with worse marks are the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.On the bright side, the Rockies have demonstrated an ability to hang tough away from the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. While Colorado was just one game over .500 (41-40) on the road a year ago, manager Bud Black's squad displayed a bit of improvement and went 44-37 this season.That's not a whopping difference, to be sure, but it's clear the Rockies won't be pushovers even when they aren't surrounded by thin air.And given the haymakers their star-studded lineup can pack, a run toward the NL pennant isn't out of the question for a team that has caught fire down the stretch.
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SARASOTA Kyle Schwarber Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski finally made it to spring training with the Orioles after bouncing around the Baltimore organization since 2013.Though it was a brief stint, the 28-year-old outfielder known primarily for his last name departed on a high note.After being invited to the big league camp, Yastrzemski lasted until Sunday before being sent back to the minors. But he was brought back up this week, and made the most of the moment.The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was a late addition to the Orioles’ roster for their game Wednesday against the Rays at Port Charlotte, Florida, and he hit a two-out, ninth-inning home run — his first hit of the spring — off Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek.“That was a beautiful swing right there,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.But Yastrzemski was a long shot at best to make the team and earn his first chance to play in the majors.“He didn’t get the full look we’d like because we have so many outfielders. He played great defense when he went into the game,” Hyde said. “He always took great at-bats Kerry Wood Jersey , and he gets a pitch to hit off a big league, late-inning guy and hits one over the fence. It’s got to feel good for him.”Especially considering the journey he has been on.Yastrzemski rose quickly in the Orioles’ organization. Three years after he was drafted, he was playing for Triple-A Norfolk, but his career stalled there. For the past three seasons, Yastrzemski has split time between Norfolk and Double-A Bowie.Prior to this spring, Yastrzemski was occasionally added to Baltimore’s roster for Grapefruit League games as an extra player, but this year he got the coveted invite and had nine at-bats before being reassigned to minor league camp.Last season, when Baltimore used a franchise-record 56 players in its record-setting 115 loss season, Yastrzemski wasn’t called up. The sting was eased by the invitation to spring training.“It’s kind of like a little piece of a reward http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey ,” Yastrzemski said.“Everybody puts in so much hard work and time to be able to be here. To learn from these guys, it’s a great experience.”Yastrzemski is not the only relative of a noted player to play for the Orioles this spring. First basemen Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael Palmeiro and Ryan Ripken, son of Cal Ripken Jr. have made cameo appearances in games over the last several days.Like his famous grandfather, Mike Yastrzemski hits left-handed, but doesn’t have the same power. In six minor league seasons, Yastrzemski has a .260 average, but has never hit more than 15 home runs or had more than 75 RBIs.Still, Yastrzemski keeps plugging away.“It’s all a learning experience Addison Russell Jersey ,” Yastrzemski said. “Everybody’s got their own path to get where they want to go, whatever path that is for me, I’m fine with it. As long as you see some light at the end of the tunnel and you put everything into it, it’s rewarding in that sense.”NOTES: 1B Chris Davis is out for the third straight day with a strained left hip flexor. . C Austin Wynns is out with a sore left oblique. . LHP Richard Bleier, who had surgery last June, will make his season debut on Saturday. This proposal gets J.T. to New York, Thor to the other side of New York, and all of you making better suggestions in the comments section. Gotta love the Winter Meetings."New York can hold onto Amed Rosario, who had been coveted by the Fish in earlier trade talks. Rosario and Robinson Can贸 up the middle made Gimenez somewhat expendable Sammy Sosa Jersey , anyway. Despite improvement during the second half of the season, Vargas is a negative asset—$8 million salary in 2019 plus $2 million buyout on 2020 option—that the Mets would prefer to dump, perhaps to reallocate those funds in free agency.Realmuto dramatically improves their production at a vulnerable position. He’d be the best catcher that they’ve had since Mike Piazza left. Even a slight regression from 2018 could mean an extra two or three wins for a club in what figures to be in an extraordinarily tight divisional race.Van Wagenen has emphasized this throughout the Winter Meetings: “We’re not going to create a hole by filling another.” Straily is actually a better bet than Syndergaard to take the ball every fifth day; he had never spent time on the disabled list prior to 2018. Loaisiga provides Thor-like swing-and-miss ability (30.6 K% as a Yankee) with several extra years of control.The cash considerations reflect Straily’s approximate 2019 salary (second year of arbitration eligibility).The Rationale—YankeesPhoto by Elsa/Getty ImagesWithout lifting a finger this offseason, the Bombers look to be extremely well-positioned offensively. Even at catcher, Gary S谩nchez is a bounce-back candidate after a summer in which he was victimized by tough luck on batted balls.So they can continue bolstering the pitching staff. A Severino/Syndergaard/Paxton/Tanaka/Sabathia starting rotation has a strong case for being the best in Major League Baseball. The Yankees also replace one of their impact free-agent relievers with the controllable Steckenrider. His first full campaign in the majors included a scoreless month of June (14 appearances) and terrific results overall whenever he was not facing the Atlanta Braves. They can bring Vargas to spring training as another relief option—plenty of soft-tossing lefties before him have made that conversion successfully.Parting with so many of their promising young pieces and absorbing a bad contract gets them Alonso from the Marlins as a wild card. The Cuban slugger—who to this point in his career, hasn’t done much slugging (.259/.364./378, 9 HR in 149 minor league games)—profiles as a better fit in an American League organization.
Chủ đề: ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong wanted another   Xem bài viết cuối
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chance against Milwaukee reliever Alex Wilson. He made the most of it.DeJong hit a tiebreaking Noah Syndergaard Jersey , leadoff homer in the eighth inning, Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night.DeJong took Wilson (1-1) deep on a 2-2 slider to make it 3-2.“I knew he has a lot of stuff that goes away, a little slider, a little cutter and I wasn’t looking to pull him,” DeJong said. “I just went with the slider away. I rolled over a slider last night. I knew I wanted to see him deeper in the count, and I just got off a good swing off.”The Cardinals have won four in a row. The Brewers have lost five of six.Milwaukee had three solo homers, two by Travis Shaw and another by Orlando Arcia. The Brewers had four solo homers in a 13-5 loss Monday. All Milwaukee’s runs in this series have come from home runs.Molina hit his second double with one out in the eighth, scoring Jose Martinez, who had walked to go with two singles. Molina stole third but was stranded there. It was his first stolen base this season and the 17th time he’s stolen third in his career.“We’re doing a pretty good job being aggressive and taking extra bases,” Molina said. “That’s what part of our game is right now, we’re going to take advantage of what they give us.”Andrew Miller (1-1) struck out two in a perfect eighth to pick up his first win as a Cardinal. Miller’s last victory was on Aug. 9 against Minnesota http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , and the two-time All-Star has a disappointing 6.23 ERA this season.“That was Andrew Miller tonight,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “He had a really filthy slider. It’s a pitch that’s hard to contend with. With his fastball, that’s pretty lethal combination.”Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Shaw led off the ninth with his second home run. After a walk, Hicks got a strikeout and a double play.“We put together a decent ninth against Hicks,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “It just wasn’t enough.”Paul Goldschmidt singled home Matt Carpenter with two outs in the fifth, giving St. Louis a 2-1 lead. Carpenter drew a walk and then stole second, his first this season, to get into scoring position.Arcia belted a homer to center to lead off the fifth and tie it at 1. Shaw’s homer off reliever John Gant tied it at 2 in the sixth. Shaw also homered in Monday’s series opener when he snapped an 0-for-17 skid.“We’re playing good teams,” Shaw said. “We need to keep our head above water and hopefully finish out this trip well.”St. Louis starter Daniel Ponce de Leon, who was activated before the game, started in place of the injured Michael Wacha. In his season debut, Ponce de Leon pitched five innings http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , striking out seven and allowing two hits and one run.Milwaukee starter Zach Davies pitched 4 2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits and two runs.CARLOS MARTINEZ UPDATECardinals RHP Carlos Martinez, out with right shoulder cuff strain, has missed 23 games. He threw a side session Tuesday. He’s up to 30 pitches of moderate-to-high intensity. He will throw again Friday and likely one more session after that, Shildt said. When he comes back, it will be as a reliever.ROSTER MOVESCardinals: INF/OF Drew Robinson, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Monday, was sent back down Tuesday to make room for Ponce de Leon.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: RHP Freddy Peralta (right shoulder inflammation) will throw a full bullpen session Wednesday. His 15-pitch light bullpen Monday went fine, the Brewers said. He could rejoin the rotation in the next homestand, which begins Monday against Colorado.Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader (right hamstring strain) ran the bases before the game. He is expected to be activated from the injured list before Wednesday’s game. … OF Tyler O’Neill (right ulnar nerve subluxation) was set to begin his rehab assignment Tuesday night in Double-A Springfield. He will play three games there and get four at-bats in each. … RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) visited with team doctors Tuesday and will returning to Doube-A Springfield. He will be used out of the bullpen as a regular reliever instead of structured work.UP NEXTBrewers: Jhoulys Chacin (2-2, 5.92) will be making his second start this season against St. Louis.Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (1-2, 4.74) pitched a season-high seven innings in his last start (April 11) against the Brewers. Tim Tebow's pursuit of a spot in the major leagues will reportedly likely continue in 2019.New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco revealed toNewsday's Tim Healey that the organization expects the former Heisman Trophy winner to return for a third professional baseball season."I'm sure that's his last impression of himself," Ricco told Healey. "I'd be surprised if he didn't want to continue."No word on what level the organization plans to have him start at in 2019.After struggling between two levels of Single-A (.226 average in 126 games) in his first professional season in 2017 Jose Reyes Jersey , Tebow spent the 2018 season with the Double-ABinghamton Rumble Ponies enjoyed some success. The 31-year-old hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs, 14 doubles, one triple and 36 RBI in 84 games.His solid performance earned him a spot on theEastern League All-Star team. He went 1-for-4 with a double in the showcase game.Unfortunately, his season was cut when he suffered abroken handin July. That ended any and all talk of him possibly receiving a September call-up in what has been a lost season for the Mets.New York has given Tebow at-bats with the big-league squad during spring training in each of the past two years. While he is just 5-of-45 (.111 average), it does give him a chance to face advanced pitching. Plus, it brings fans to the ballpark.As long as Tebow is healthy coming March 2019, expect the Mets to give him more at-bats during the spring and see if he can build on the success he had this past season.While the critics will point out Tebow's numbers are nothing to go wild about, especially for a player of his age, it is important to note that he made major improvements from his first season to his second, and did so at a higher level. He still has a long way to go to prove he deserves a shot in the majors, but it appears as though he will have at least one more season to chase his dream.
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Eduardo Escobar to a three-year extension Michael Fulmer Jersey , the team announced Monday.According to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro, the deal is worth $21 million.After playing for the Minnesota Twins since 2012, Escobar was traded to Arizona at the 2018 MLB non-waiver trade deadline as the Diamondbacks attempted to make a postseason push. However, the team came up short in its quest to continue playing into October.Overall in 2018, Escobar hit.272with23home runs,48doubles,threetriples and84RBI between Minnesota and Arizona. The switch-hitter posted a.268average witheighthomers,11doubles and21RBI in54games with the Diamondbacks.As valuable as Escobar's bat can be, the29-year-oldalso brings versatility in the field. He has no shortage of experience playing short, second and third Leonys Martin Jersey , and he also has made appearances at all three outfield positions in his career. That versatility will give managerTorey Lovullo flexibility when injuries inevitably arise."We feel like he complements what we trying to do pretty well," Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said in July, per Piecoro. "He plays a good defensive infield, (brings) versatility, experience at multiple positions, being a switch hitter (who is) dominant from the left side. We felt like given our right-handed lineup that he added a lot to that for us."Although Escobar couldn't help the Diamondbacks reach the postseason for the second consecutive year, they did see enough in him to want him to be a part of their future plans. NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The agreement signals an end to the Mets’ pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Instead, New York turned to a two-time All-Star coming off a strong year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal has not been announced and is pending a physical.He would get $8.25 million next year and $9.25 in 2020 http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , and the Mets would have a $10 million option with a $1.5 million buyout.The 31-year-old Ramos batted .306 with 15 home runs and an .845 OPS last season, ranking fifth among catchers in Wins Above Replacement at 2.4, via Fangraphs.New York officials met last week with Ramos at the winter meetings in Las Vegas and with Yasmani Grandal, another free agent catcher, in Arizona. Ramos became the priority for the Mets, partly because of compensation required for signing Grandal, who turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers. If New York had signed Grandal, the Mets would have forfeited their second-highest pick in next June’s amateur draft and $500,000 of international signing bonus allocation in 2019-20.The Mets also discussed a possible trade for Realmuto but decided the players it would have had to give up in a swap were too high a cost.Ramos crosses another item of the to-do list of new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. The former agent acquired All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from Seattle and also brought back former New York closer Jeurys Familia on a $30 million, three-year deal. The team may still pursue an upgrade in center field and a left-handed reliever.Ramos is expected to be New York’s primary catcher http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , with Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki as possible backups. D’Arnaud, who turns 30 in February, has been on the disabled list in five straight seasons as injuries limited him to 366 major league games, an average of 73 per season.D’Arnaud was 3 for 15 (.200) with one homer and three RBIs in four games this year when he felt tightness in his right elbow during pregame drills in Miami. He was sent to New York and had an MRI that revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek performed Tommy John surgery on April 17.Ramos made the AL All-Star team in this year but missed the game with a hamstring issue, and injuries have been a problem for him the past few years. Most notably, he tore his right ACL at the end of a breakout 2016 season with the Washington Nationals, likely costing himself millions of dollars as a free agent that offseason. He ended up with Tampa Bay with a $12.5 million, two-year deal and earned an additional $2 million this year as an escalator for making 55 starts at catcher in 2017He was also on the disabled list twice in 2015 — with a broken little finger in his right hand and a strained left elbow — in 2016 with a strained right rotator cuff and in 2017 with a bruised right wrist.Ramos’ agreement was first reported by The Athletic and details of the terms by The New York Times.

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