Braves retaliate against Jose Bautista, then immediately pay for it


The Dodgers have gone with college players for five of their past seven first-rounders, but they’ve hit prep gold in the past with Corey Seager (2012) and Clayton Kershaw (2006). They could go with Bubba Thompson, but if Warmoth is still here, the college hitter with a good glove might be too much to resist.

He’s an outstanding college bat who could play first or corner infield. The past two college bats they’ve taken: Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. Not too shabby.

Thompson is a prep star in both football — he received SEC scholarship offers as a quarterback — and baseball, and he’s committee to Alabama to play baseball. But the Nationals, or whatever team winds up taking him in the first round, should be able to convince him to take the professional route this summer.

The Braves got their pound of flesh against Jose Bautista in the first inning Thursday. So not worth it, Atlanta.

Braves starter Julio Teheran hit the Blue Jays’ Bautista in the left thigh with a fastball, a response to Bautista flipping his bat after hitting a home run Wednesday night. Unwritten rules followed to the invisible letter.

At that point, it was on Teheran to make sure the Jays didn’t score. He failed.

Toronto put up a three-spot in the inning. Darrell Ceciliani doubled home Bautista, and Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap then Chris Coghlan doubled home Ceciliani and Kendrys Morales.

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Baseball should stop trying to unnecessarily speed things up


The Reds have a top 10 farm system, which is good, because they have just about nothing else. The rebuild is on in Cincinnati, and the massive money that Joey Votto is owed has them tied up for a few years. After many years and some attempts, they moved Brandon Phillips but are still paying a majority of his money. Not sure what the Reds are doing here, but it seems as though they’re spinning their wheels trying to figure it out.

Whitlock calls his former network EPCN. He think ESPN’s politically correct coverage of race, sports and social issues is costing it viewers. Particularly in red states that voted for Trump, he said.

Sports culture is not PC or far left. There are no safe spaces in the field of competition, he wrote. I think we can differentiate ourselves from EPCN by discussing sports in a way that is authentic to sports culture and sports fans. You can be authentic without being distasteful or disrespectful. Sports culture has long been patriotic, tolerant of diverse backgrounds and perspective and celebratory of meritocracy.

Baseball should stop trying to unnecessarily speed things up, and pull the trigger on the one change that could actually make games more entertaining. OK, purists, maybe a fibbed a bit about these proposals not being so bad.

Amend the sacrifice fly rule to include fly balls that advance runners to second or third. I suppose the argument is that sac flies aren’t intentional the way sac bunts are, so a batter only gets credit for a sac fly when he advances a runner to home, which is at least somewhat seen as an intentional Basketball Cheap Jerseys act or at least on the batter’s mind in a more urgent way than it would be with runners Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys on first and/or second.

Hold the phone: ‘Pleasant surprise’ Brock Osweiler may be Browns’ best bet at QB


Brock Osweiler endured a disaster of a season last year with the Texans.

In fact, Houston, the team that agreed to sign him to a massive free-agent contract before the 2016 season, soured on him so much that they desperately traded him to Cleveland earlier this year to dump his contract.

It was then assumed the Browns would trade Osweiler or cut him outright. But the disgraced signal-caller has surprisingly stuck around, and may now be contending for a starting spot.

“Brock’s been a pleasant surprise,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday, via Ohio.com. “He’s done a good job. He works hard at it every day. He’s into it. I think he really enjoys being here. I think [quarterbacks] coach [David] Lee’s done a great job with him. I think he’s really meshed with the other quarterbacks. So he has a good feel to him.”

Osweiler was painfully bad last season, completing just 59 percent of his passes for a pedestrian 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He even somehow made wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins look average.

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Eric Gagne, out of majors since 2008, gets serious about comeback attempt


Eric Gagne hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since Sept. 25, 2008, but the former National League Cy Young winner wants to make a comeback.

Fresh off a surprisingly impressive showing in the World Baseball Classic, the 41-year-old right-hander has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, the team announced Friday.

According to the New York Daily News, “You could feel the sense of disappointment in the (Port St. Lucie) crowd, no matter how early it may be on the baseball calendar.”

A scout told the Daily News, “I was surprised his fastball didn’t have a little more life.”

In a separate piece in the newspaper, scouts said that it looked like Harvey was “throwing across his body, dragging down his arm speed on his fastball.”

While Harvey said he was satisfied with his 39-pitch outing and Best Cheap Jerseys From China that he is dealing with a stiff neck, he tempered expectations he has for himself, saying after the game, “Honestly, I don’t have any. I just want to make every start.”

Upon his return from Tommy John surgery two years ago, Harvey’s first pitched clocked in at 99 mph.

But it’s early March and way too early for Mets fans to freak out. Harvey has plenty of time to get stronger before the regular season starts.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “As long as he felt good about it, we’re on the right track.”

NFL trade rumors: Browns more excited about obtaining pick than Brock Osweiler


This is how it looks when a $72 million NFL quarterback is an afterthought.

The Browns on Thursday acquired Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Texans while also exchanging lower-round picks with Houston in this year’s draft. In the team’s announcement of the trade, team vice president Sashi Brown made it quite clear he was more enthused about acquiring the pick.

“We’re really excited to acquire a second-round draft choice in this trade. Draft picks are extremely important to our approach in building a championship caliber football team. We are intent on adding competition to every position on our roster and look forward to having Brock come in and compete.”
Welcome to Cleveland, Brock. Don’t unpack your bags.

Reports are the Browns will flip Osweiler to another team or just Basketball Cheap Jerseys cut him. They have the cap room to do that.

Sammy Sosa remains a fringe Cooperstown candidate despite his 609 career home runs, and if rumors of performance-enhancing drug use are what’s keeping him out, he’s here to say his detractors have it all wrong.

Bradley then went into detail about what happened during and after the killings, via an account from the Boston Globe:

Bradley testified that Hernandez “extended his body out the window,” braced himself, and twice said, “Yo.” Then, the witness said, Hernandez said “What’s up now, [expletive],” and began shooting.

Yankees owner wants Alex Rodriguez to have expanded role


Alex Rodriguez is already serving as a special adviser to the Yankees, but owner Hal Steinbrenner wouldn’t mind seeing more of A-Rod around the team.

Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero and 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias, told the Sun Sentinel Rivero’s claim was filed Friday, and will be followed by Macias’ claim on Monday. The families had already raised more than $40,000 each through GoFundMe.com pages to cover funeral expenses.

“The Rivero and Macias families are deeply scarred by the loss of their sons,” Royer stated Friday. “We remain open to a settlement and are hopeful a prompt resolution can be achieved to spare these families, and that of Jose Fernandez too, from any additional suffering.”

The attorney representing Fernandez’s family, Ralph Fernandez, told the Sun Sentinel a settlement is “highly unlikely” because it’s not known if Fernandez was the one Baseball Jerseys Cheap actually driving the boat when it crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach. The U.S. Coast Guard found the boat, “Kaught Looking,” around 3 a.m. overturned on the rocky quay.

Fernandez made just over $6.5 million over four years and was a two-time All-Star. The 2013 NL Rookie of the Year was on the brink of a huge payday with his contract expiring following the 2016 season. He could have received up to $30 million per season. His estate is valued between $2 million and $3 million.

Felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones dismissed


Bengals cornerback Adam Jones will no longer face a felony charge in connection with his January arrest in Cincinnati.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced Wednesday that the felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance has been dismissed, while three other misdemeanor charges remain on the docket.

The league has yet to hand down a punishment for the January incident.

Arrieta, who avoided arbitration on Friday with a $15.6 million deal, was 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA this past season for the World Series champions. His 40 wins over the past two seasons is the most in baseball.

At 31 next season, Arrieta will command close to $30 million a season but the Cubs, who will on the hook for Jason Heyward’s $28 million contract and Jon Lester’s $27.5 million contracts in 2018, might not be able to afford it unless the two sides reach an agreement soon.

“This is a great place to play,” Arrieta said about Authentic NFL Cheap Jerseys Chicago. “Everybody knows that. If it happens, it happens. I don’t know where we stand. I really don’t. We do have some time to maybe work something out. If it doesn’t, I will become a free agent.”

Clark indicated during a news conference Sunday that he wasn’t inclined to accept any tweaks that would fundamentally alter the way the game is played with just weeks to go before the start of the 2017 season, though he said he was open to an “ongoing dialogue” with MLB.

Andrew McCutchen feeling centered again with Pirates, but shouldn’t get too comfortable


Andrew McCutchen, improbably, is back in his old position with the Pirates, months after the organization tried to trade him. He’s intent on proving that his Pirate bosses were wrong and that he’s still a franchise cornerstone.

McCutchen has played his past 12 games in center field, in place of the suspended Starling Marte, after being shifted to right field in the offseason. He has made it clear he wants to stay there. Check out these two plays against the Cardinals on April 18:

“Center field is where I need to play. It’s where I’m going to be at. If I need to show a couple people that, you know, I can do what I need to out there, I’m going to do it,” he later told reporters, per the (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette.

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Those honors instead belong to Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez, who were elected to the 2017 class Wednesday.

But Bonds and Clemens are gaining votes, as Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters are slowly getting past whatever reservations they might have about players most prominently connected to the Steroid Era. Clemens and Bonds, who received 45.2 and 44.3 percent of votes last year, are up to 54.1 and 53.8 percent in 2017 respectively, closing in on the 75 percent threshold needed to make it into Cooperstown.

Derek Jeter reportedly ‘beside himself angry’ over joint Alex Rodriguez interview


Even though it’s been awhile since Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have played together on the Yankees, things aren’t smooth sailing between the pair.

Jeter and Rodriguez appeared together during a joint Cheap Baseball Jerseys China CNBC interview with Bob Pisani to discuss their charities on May 2. However, the questioning turned to their personal relationship, and the tension was palpable.

Although the Steelers’ front office didn’t necessarily believe him, Roethlisberger caused quite a stir when he revealed earlier this year he was mulling retirement.

I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, Roethlisberger said in January. To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.

Still, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert remained confident that Pittsburgh’s trio of Killer Bs would stay intact for at least one more season. Now that wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell are locked up with new contracts, the team’s priority will shift to under center. The Steelers have already secured Landry Jones after re-signing the backup to a two-year deal on March 9.

Roethlisberger, who turned 35 on March 2, has two years remaining on his five-year contract worth $99 million.

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John Elway’s letter backing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ignites social media storm


Broncos GM and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway ignited a social media storm Monday with a letter he sent on stationery bearing the team logo urging the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to approve Colorado native Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Colorado Springs Gazette tweeted a copy of the letter Monday. In it, Elway a longtime supporter of Republican politics wrote in part about the right-leaning Gorsuch, “Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you I’m a big fan of his.”

Fernandez was killed in a boating accident along with two friends on Sept. 25. According to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Department, Fernandez had a blood alcohol content of .147 percent, nearly twice the legal intoxication limit, and had cocaine in his system, but investigators have not determined who was driving the boat.

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