MLB wrap: Red-hot Mariners win again, but challenge looms against Yankees, Red Sox

What the Mariners have done in the past month is remarkable, but the schedule they face in the next 10 days could break even the best team.
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First, let’s appreciate everything that has gone right lately. Right fielder Mitch Haniger hit Harrison Butker Jersey a two-run walk-off home run Wednesday to give Seattle an 8-6 victory and a sweep of the division rival Angels. The Mariners have now won four in a row and are a season-high 20 games over.500 (44-24).

Since June 14 the Mariners are 22-7. They have the third-best record in baseball and are now on pace to win 105 games. No wonder Mariners fans can smell the end of Seattle’s 16-season playoff drought, the longest in baseball

With this double against the Dodgers Wednesday, Adrian Beltre became the all-time leader in hits among foreign-born players, with 3,090, passing Ichiro Suzuki.

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Astros (43-25) at Athletics (34-33) 3:35 p.m. ET Justin Verlander has made 19 starts since coming to Houston from the Motor City, and his numbers in that time are ridiculous: 13-2, 1.34 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 11 Ks per nine innings. For the Athletics, Frankie Montas has been great in three starts since being called up from Triple-A, going 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.

Syndergaard was expected to be activated from the disabled list and start against the Yankees last week. But he remained on the DL after experiencing swelling and discomfort while playing catch, according to a report by

New York has dealt with injuries throughout 2018. Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes, AJ Ramos, Juan Lagares and Jeurys Familia are all currently on the DL.

The Mets currently hold a 28-37 record and have lost 11 of their last 12 games. New York opened the season 11-1.

Joey Bart, the catcher at Georgia Tech, for me, is the most impactful player in this year’s draft. When I said impactful, I didn’t say the most talented player — though I do think he might be the most talented, too.

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Using a first-round pick on Damarious Randall in 2015

The Green Bay Packers don’t gamble often, which usually means fewer home runs as well as fewer strikeouts. Still, they’d probably like to have that Randall pick back.
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Adams earns induction by checking one very specific box: Did you remain statistically relevant when Brett Hundley was your quarterback? And I don’t mean to pick on Hundley, but there’s a reason a guy who went 0-15 last season might displace Hundley as the backup. Now Aaron Rodgers is healthy and, just as crucially, Jordy Nelson is in Oakland (more on that in a second). Adams is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, entering his age-25 season, in Dario Saric Jersey the first season after his team made him one of the highest-paid wideouts in football. This is all heading in a very positive direction.

Nelson was one of the Packers playmakers who dropped off the face of the Earth after Hundley replaced an injured Rodgers last season — but there’s more to it than that. The 33-year-old is going from arguably the best place to catch passes in Green Bay to Oakland, where he will be in a new offense and new surroundings playing second banana to Amari Cooper. Am I saying Nelson is destined for bust status? No, but the days of Jordy as a 90/1,300/12-level monster are likely over.

The Eagles would have been better off without Asomugha and with Thomas, but Kelly nearly ran the team into the ground with his stubborn approach to retooling a roster that didn’t require much maintenance to begin with. He inherited a talented team from Andy Reid, but he wasn’t willing to be flexible with his fast-but-often-predictable offensive scheme and didn’t appear capable of handling egos. As a result, he wound up chasing away stars.

As former Eagles guard Evan Mathis wrote in an email to Mike Klis of 9News in 2016:

There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team. Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents. The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities.
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What will having a fullback mean for Cardinals RB David Johnson?

Rookie LB Justin Lawler is in the mix early for the Rams.

Checking in with S Adrian Colbert and the rest of the 49ers secondary.

Per Bleacher Report’s NFL 1000 rankings, White was the 13th-best cornerback in the NFL last season, slotted between former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman and Atlanta Falcon Desmond Trufant.

As a rookie, running back Christian McCaffrey cracked over 1,000 yards of offense, despite most of them coming as a pass-catcher. It’s possible that McCaffrey will take the bulk of the carries with Jonathan Stewart, Carolina’s longtime top ball-carrier, now with the New York Giants, and just C.J. Anderson pressing him for touches.

Thomas is in the last year of his deal, which will pay him an $8.5 million base salary this season. A player of his caliber deserves more that that.

Some in the league think he’ll get it. I’m not one of them.

The Seahawks are turning the page, and he’s part of their last chapter, not the next one.

It isn’t just that Dez Bryant hasn’t signed with a team. It’s that there’s no news of any kind about him.

There are typically tons of rumors about where a player of Bryant’s notoriety is headed. Right now, there aren’t even rumors.

This often means more than a simple lack of interest. In this case, it could even mean the opposite: Some teams may be interested, but they’re trying to keep it vewy, vewy quiet to avoid potential bidding wars

I love my big sister. That’s just the least I can do for her, Edmonds told ESPN. When you’re on full scholarship you don’t realize these bills. These things add up. When my mom told me Morgan’s debt at the time, I said, ‘Wow. If I ever can make it to the NFL that’s something that I would love to do, just to surprise her and pay that off for her so she can really live free and do whatever she wants with her money.’

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Orlando’s hit snapped a 0-for-14 stretch.

The Royals scored again in the ninth on Alex Gordon’s home run his fifth off Yusmeiro Petit.
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Kevin McCarthy pitched the eighth and Kelvin Herrera worked a scoreless ninth to complete the four-hitter and earn his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

With the Royals’ offense sputtering, manager Ned Yost shuffled the lineup, moving Gordon into the cleanup spot, Mike Moustakas from third to second and Perez from cleanup to third in the batting order. Gordon’s homer was the only hit by the trio.

The Royals beat Oakland for the second time in six tries this season.

Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter (strained left shoulder) is with Single-A Stockton. He threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday night and reported no discomfort, manager Bob Melvin said. … Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the roster for Bassitt. … OF Boog Powell (right knee strain) has Gary Payton Jersey worked out at the Authentic Demar Dotson Jersey A’s extended spring training facility in Arizona and is expected to start a rehab assignment soon, Melvin said.

A’s LHP Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.59 ERA) is 1-4 with a 6.63 ERA in his last seven starts. He hopes to get back on track in Sunday’s series finale. RHP Brad Keller (1-2, 2.12 ERA) will make his third start since moving into the rotation.Freeman, Flowers lift Braves over Dodgers 5-3

Did Ohtani’s pre-existing UCL injury suggest he was at a greater risk for a more serious UCL injury?

It did. How could it not? A ligament that exhibits some evidence of wear and tear is more susceptible to further injury than one that does not. But the mere presence of risk doesn’t dictate when or how that risk will manifest itself down the line. Ohtani was universally viewed by all the teams scouting him as a player who came with some risk … but he also presented a unique talent. Organizational decisions on whether or not to sign, draft or trade for players are always made with a risk-versus-reward value proposition in mind. Medical information is one component of the risk calculation and each team must determine just how significant that factor is.

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They are 22-44 overall with only Baltimore owning a worst record in the American League.

The first two games are against the Cincinnati Reds, who likewise have an appalling record, 23-43. They possess the worst record in the National League.
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The Royals will start veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy in the opener. Kennedy is coming off a start Thursday against the Angels when he allowed one Al Macinnis Jersey run and seven hits over five innings in a no-decision. Overall, he is 1-6 with a 5.76 ERA.

Kennedy beat the Reds the last time he faced them, allowing one run, a homer, on two hits over five innings, but had to pitch around six walks.

Few Reds have faced Kennedy. Joey Votto is 5-for-15, .333, with a home run and three walks. Scooter Gennett is 4-for-10 with a home run. The Reds plan to utilize Votto as the designated hitter for these two games in an American League park.

Man, I don’t know who made this schedule, but it’s been tough for us, Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin told the Detroit News. A lot of late flights, day games, night games. But we’ve got to do it. We never gave up. We go out and fight. Now we just have to move forward.

Detroit (31-36) trails Cleveland by five games in the American League Central standings.

We hung in there, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told the News. We played a lot of close ballgames. One swing of the bat here or there or one good pitch could’ve changed it. Ten and eight, yes, but we could have been better. I think that’s what keeps driving these guys. We know we can do better.

Minnesota (28-34) is just a half game behind Detroit in the standings, It also lost two of three last weekend, though it salvaged the finale on Sunday with a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

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Walker, Rivera and May-Trainor were named as co-chairs of the council.

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He also called out Rivera, the former all-star closer for the Yankees.

You threw a heavy ball, Trump told him. He’d throw a pitch and the bat would break.

60-54. Great Thursday night games. We count seven that are certified fresh: the Eagles-Falcons opener, Vikings-Rams in Week 4, Panthers-Steelers Week 10, Packers-Seahawks Week 11, Saints-Cowboys Week 13, Jaguars-Titans Week 14 (don’t snicker, it’ll be good) and Chargers-Chiefs Week 15. Browns-Jets in Week 3 will even be compelling if neither team screws up its rookie quarterback situation, but let’s not ask that much of Thursday Night Football.

53. No Color Rush uniforms. Thank you, NFL! Sincerely, our retinas.

52. David Johnson’s return. You’ll remember that the NFL still has a franchise in Arizona every time you set your fantasy lineup.

51. The new Bears offense. It’s got some Matt Nagy Chiefs stuff, Mark Helfrich Ducks stuff, a young quarterback, Jordan Howard, a Human Joystick, Allen Robinson and the Philly Special guy. The last time a Bears offense was this interesting, Sid Luckman was the quarterback.

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Watt received the honorary degree along with Houston Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. David Persse, both of whom have provided exceptional support or service directly or indirectly to Baylor or to Charlie McAvoy Authentic Jersey academic medicine as a whole and to the community at large,according to a press release from Baylor. Watt raised millions of dollars and delivered food, water, and supplies to residents in order to help assist with Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey last year. He was also named Sports Illustrated’s Person of the Year and the NFL ‘s Walter Payton Man of the Year for his Harvey-related efforts.

Desperately wish you had a 30-minutes-or-so, daily NFL podcast in your podcast app every morning by 6 a.m.? Put some Pick Six Podcast in your life and join Will Brinson as he breaks down the latest news and notes from around the league, as well as the win totals on a team-by-team schedule. It’s a daily dose of football to get you right for that commute or gym trip.

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LeBron James passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for all-time FG playoff record

LeBron James’ two game-winning buzzer-beaters these playoffs might be more memorable, but his jump shot midway through the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday was the most historic.

The 22-foot jumper off a JR Smith feed was the 2,357th made field goal of James’ postseason career, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time lead in that category.

James had 44 points on 17-for-28 shooting in the Cavaliers’ 111-102 win over the Celtics in Game 4, which tied the series 2-2.

Perhaps having Cook and Cousins on board, coupled with one of the league’s top defenses, will help the Vikings get over the hump and win their first conference title since 1977. Or their first Super Bowl.

“Even though we didn’t play good in the championship game, I think it was good for us to see that atmosphere, because it is different,” Zimmer said. “It’s not like a normal Sunday when you go out there, or a Monday night game. It’s a completely different atmosphere, so for a fairly young team, I think it was good for us to be there, and hopefully we can get back again.”

Shepherd took an unusual path to the NFL. He grew up in Canada and opened his college career as a linebacker at Simon Fraser University, but dropped out to go to work because he couldn’t afford tuition. He returned to school at Fort Hays State in 2015 and moved to defensive line after moving up to 315 pounds.

All of that makes Shepherd older than the typical rookie at 25, but he impressed scouts during games and at the Senior Bowl before landing with the Jets last month.

Thompson’s excellent game — he had two of the Cavs’ eight blocks, one of the reasons the Celtics missed a frustrating 19 shots in the paint in Game 4 — got him invited to the podium. There he was asked about James’ game … on the eighth question.

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Vegas books took bets, and took a bath, on the draft

Sports books in Nevada are now allowed to take bets on the NFL draft, and this year that turned out to be good for bettors and bad for the house.

The Westgate and William Hill sports books both lost money on a draft that turned out to be unpredictable, according to ESPN.

Cheerleaders should also receive a stipend or be reimbursed for the expensive beauty regimen and accessories required. PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR ALL CHEERLEADERS Ware struggled with several injuries and says she was pressured to perform through her pain and didn’t receive proper medical treatment. She says she danced on four broken bones, two sprained MCLs, two sprained meniscuses, a left shoulder injury and a right hip injury. She says that when she’d ask about resting her injuries, Miami’s cheerleading directors repeated a familiar threat: If you don’t perform, there are 100 other women who will take your position. Ware left the team nearly a year ago and she says her foot is still broken. She currently does not have health insurance and is trying to do her own physical therapy exercises at home.

Rapoport adds that the Cowboys might have had Thomas for a third-round pick “and a lot more,” but Dallas declined that too. The Cowboys reportedly still have interest in the free safety after not coming out of the draft with one. Xavier Woods is penciled in as the starter at free safety with last year’s starter, Byron Jones, moving to cornerback.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider admitted Saturday he talked to several teams Friday about a trade for Thomas but said nothing was close to happening.

Thomas threatened a holdout earlier this offseason in the absence of a new contract and opted to skip the start of the team’s offseason workouts. But Schneider recently said Thomas’ agent has promised Thomas won’t holdout.

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West Virginia strikes deal for sports betting, “integrity fee”

The efforts of the sports leagues to get money for nothing could be paying off.

Instead, that money will become a windfall for sports leagues tha have gotten not a dime from legal gambling that has occurred for decades in Nevada. But since gambling likely will be happening legally in other places, the leagues now need compensation to ensure that their games will have integrity?

Of all the scams that professional sports leagues have pulled over the years on the American public, this one takes the cake. Literally. Unless the sports leagues will be licensing team names or logos for use in sports wagering (which will make everything feel more “official”), the sports leagues are providing nothing that they wouldn’t have otherwise provided for free, since the benefit to the sports leagues due to gambling arises from the increase in interest that happens when people have a financial interest in the outcome of a game.

Really, what leverage do the sports leagues have? Short of shutting down, there’s not a single thing they could have done to force West Virginia or any other state to pull a few bills off the bankroll, whether it’s given a term that sounds honorable or whether it’s called what it really is: Goodfellas-style tribute.

“There’s a lot of confidence as far as the guys that we have here right now,” Gase said. “[W]e felt good with Ryan starting and the Brock and David competing for that No. 2 spot. Now you add Bryce and that’s going to be an interesting competition. Really, we’re just going to see how it all works out for us.”

Osweiler has become an intriguing option, given his history as a Gase pupil in Denver, a part-time starter during the Super Bowl season of 2015 (Gase was in Chicago then), a failed one-year starter in Houston, and the subject of a hot-potato trade to Cleveland.

“When we started the free agency process, guys were talking about the fact that, ‘He’s 27-years-old. He’s played for you before and you were part of the guys that drafted him. You know him well. He wants to be here,’” Gase said of Osweiler. “They were almost selling me. I really had to go through things and just make sure that he was good getting back with me and understanding the situation we were in and kind of what he was going to be competing for.

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Rangers fire Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs for first time since 2009-10

The New York Rangers fired coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday night.

The announcement came after the Rangers closed out the season with a 5-0 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia, finishing 34-39-9 and missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

New York finished last in the Metropolitan Division with 77 points.

The Rangers said they will begin searching for Vigneault’s replacement immediately. Associate coach Scott Arniel and assistant coach Darryl Williams were also let go while Lindy Ruff remains on staff, general manager Jeff Gorton said Monday.

The Rangers declared in a letter to fans before the NHL trade deadline that they were “reshaping” the team, which would bring an infusion of youth and would include some trades involving veteran players. They dealt captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning, forward Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins and Michael Grabner (their top goal scorer at the deadline) to the New Jersey Devils.

Gorton told ESPN in March that it was less a “reshape” than a “rebuild” for New York.

The possibility of teams addressing the position in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft plays a role, as well. Rather than signing a veteran, clubs with safety needs might instead be focusing on prospects like Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, Florida State’s Derwin James or Stanford’s Justin Reid.

“I still have it. But I didn’t know if it was from him so I felt no need to respond.”

In a piece for Sports Illustrated in June, Young said detailed the number of issues reportedly between the two, including how Fisher would cancel meetings without telling him, he leaked personal conversations between the pair to the media, and that he told people Young was suicidal.

Fisher denied all those accusations.

“I’ve been asked many, many times to comment in response to three of his comments, and I had nothing to gain my commenting because all three of his comments were false, they were not true,” he said. “I know the truth, so I stayed away from all that.”

“I’ve been able to see results,” Lopez said through a translator. “These first two outings have been good, and those are just the first two good outings. I’m expecting more in the future.”

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