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They’re sitting at 47-49 and although the playoffs might be out of reach for a .500 team, they’re only four games back of the division lead despite the fact that they are sitting in fourth place. It’s a tight race and since they’ll need to pass the Cubs at some point, a win on Friday against that team is exactly what they needed.
And boy did they get exactly what they needed.
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But the Astros didn’t make any major moves at the deadline, and in fact they barely made any moves at all. The only trade they took part in was acquiring the middling Francisco Liriano from Toronto for Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez.
For a team that has the 24th-ranked bullpen by ERA right now, the Astros definitely could have used some help there. And while they wanted to hold on to top prospects instead of going all-in for this season, that might backfire since they held on to everyone.
Boston got their slight lineup upgrade in Eduardo Nunez, and now they are shopping for relief help. One of their prime targets is Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. Kintzler is a free agent after this season so the Twins shouldn’t be asking much in return.
The Week 10 bye will come right on time, but also is sandwiched between two road games, including to Green Bay. Their game against the Texans is their first Monday night home game since 2012 бн when they won the Super Bowl.
Besides the Sunday night game in Pittsburgh, the quirk in their late schedule is in Week 16, the Saturday afternoon before Christmas at home against the Colts, always an emotional situation for Baltimore fans. They finish against the Bengals again; they lost what turned out to be a meaningless finale last season.
Roberto Aguayo was released by the Buccaneers this week after a year of unfulfilled expectations. After being the most accurate kicker in college history, the Bucs traded up to select Aguayo in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and did not play like a second-round kicker.
His struggles continued into 2017 when he missed a field goal and an extra point in the team’s first preseason game. After that, coach Dirk Koetter lit into his kicker with some strong comments, and a day later he was released.
Aguayo’s journey is disappointing because he had a lot of pressure on him early. He was mocked and condemned by fans, all the way until his exit. Making the departure a bit more awkward, perhaps, was the fact HBO cameras were there to capture it all for their series “Hard Knocks.”
A trailer for Tuesday night’s episode was released earlier in the day, and it shows the kicker’s final days in a Bucs uniform.
The first takeaway is Chris Baker, a defensive tackle, openly mocking Aguayo’s kicking struggles as he lines up a kick. Baker accurately predicts Aguayo will miss the kick wide left, and then laughs when he’s correct.
It should be noted that getting 74 percent of the writers’ vote is no guarantee of them inducting a player in subsequent years, with Jim Bunning receiving 74.2 percent of the vote in 1988 and then falling short his final three years of eligibility and needing the Veterans Committee to select him in 1996.
Still, Hoffman’s far earlier in his eligibility and, as with Thome, Hall of Fame voters are being a little looser with the ballots these days. He’s a likely selection this year.
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Other arguably-deserving candidates likely to fall short this year: Andruw Jones, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Billy Wagner
No induction by Modern Baseball Committee: This one’s going to anger some people but it could be on the horizon.
Allan Bud Selig was the ninth commissioner of MLB from 1998-2015. He is credited with guiding the league out of financial strife, and also faced the performance-enhancing drugs era.
Selig first involved himself in the major leagues when he held the largest amount of stock in his hometown Milwaukee Braves in 1963. The franchise later relocated to Atlanta, and Selig, then MLB’s Executive Council Chairman, would become owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. Selig led negotiations with the player’s union in the strike-shortened 1994 MLB season.
I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve. And I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message of that.
One member of the Seahawks’ front office told ESPN’s Jim Trotter that he is OK with it, as long as Michael is preaching love and not hate.
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Bennett said he spoke to other players around the league about his stance but did not talk to Lynch.
The Red Sox moved to shore up their bullpen at the trade deadline by acquiring Addison Reed from the Mets on Monday for three minor leaguers.
Minor league pitchers Steve Nogosek, Gerson Bautista and Jamie Callahan are headed to the Mets in the deal.
This is bizarre. Max Scherzer is coming out of this game. Came out to throw warmup pitches, then walked off and said I can’t go.
According to MLB.com, Scherzer suffered neck spasms after sleeping on the area funny. He then took himself out of the game as a precaution.
The Nationals have dealt with a number of high-profile injuries already this season. Adam Eaton, Trea Turner, Jayson Werth, Michael A. Taylor and Stephen Strasburg have all either been on the disabled or are still currently on the shelf.
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For Lynn, this has a double meaning. #Cardinals do indeed have his phone number, but they also know by the number it will take to sign him.
A couple weeks ago the Twins were buyers. Now, they’re sellers. Jaime Garcia, they hardly knew ya up north. And here’s the thing: They were right to be buyers, and now they’re right to be sellers. They took a shot, and it didn’t work (though it wasn’t Garcia’s fault).
The Carolina Panthers have released offensive tackle Michael Oher after just two seasons with the team, they announced Thursday afternoon. Tom Pelissero reported that Oher had failed a physical.
Oher spent the last nine months going through concussion protocol, and had yet to be cleared to return to team activities. He tweeted about how fragile the brain is after his release, and followed it up with an Instagram post.
Ron Rivera spoke on Oher after his release, and expressed a similar concern for the health of his now former player.
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Oher received a visit to his Tennessee home from then-GM Dave Gettleman, even before the April incident, and football wasn’t at the forefront of the conversation.
We talked about a lot of things – nothing about football. It was about him, how he was doing and the issues he was dealing with, Gettleman said, according to the team site. It started and ended well. And after we met, Michael did follow up for a few days. However, the communication has stopped.
He may not have spoken to Gettleman since, but Oher hasn’t stayed quiet on social media. Many of his recent posts include quotes about healing and some cryptic messages about a state of mind or being unable to remember things. He also took to Instagram to defend and support Gettleman following the news that the Panthers had let him go after just four seasons.
Michael Oher became a household name back in 2009 when Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw helped recreate some version of his life story in The Blind Side, but his success with the Baltimore Ravens early in his career wasn’t even a storyline yet.
Every other team in the NFL is living in the 2017 preseason. The Patriots, meanwhile, are living in the 2018 playoffs — at least according to their season tickets.
This season, the New England Patriots sent season tickets holders something a little extra with their seats for the regular season: tickets to the AFC Championship game.
To be fair, the Raiders did the same thing with their tickets, but the message — based on the franchises’ recent histories — is vastly different. The Raiders ticket signified to their fans that they have high expectations this season after a decade of sub-500 seasons. That ticket is a goal, one that they could potentially reach if last season was any indication.
But with the Patriots, its seems more arrogant because they are almost always in the playoffs. They just won the Super Bowl, so the 2018 AFC Championship ticket says, “Yeah, of course we’re gonna make the big game again.”
They have made the playoffs every year since 2008, so it makes sense. Still, people will remember this if New England somehow misses the playoffs.
Third stringer Blaine Gabbert will get the bulk of the work at quarterback for the Cardinals and will be backed up by undrafted Texas A&M rookie Trevor Knight. Arizona is 4-8 SU over its last 12 preseason games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
Thursday’s total is set at 35 points. The OVER is 7-0 in Arizona’s last seven games.
The funny thing about it, when you’re not being blackballed, you don’t have to say he’s not being blackballed, Sherman said. When football’s a safe game, you don’t have to say, ‘Football’s a safe game.’ It seems like the commissioner always has to say things to justify something.
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Bell also reported that Sherman was a bit baffled in his team not signing Kaepernick. By all accounts, Kaepernick’s visit with the Seahawks was good. However, the team ended up signing Austin Davis instead, who has started 10 games in his NFL career, winning three of those games.
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He played in Chip (Kelly)’s system last year and went 16-4 (TD-to-INT ratio) on a bad team. He played well because he’s a good football player. He may not be the best, but he’s better than a lot of these dudes starting.
Yes, that Blaine Gabbert. The one who finished last season with 925 yards, five touchdowns, and six interceptions in six games with the 49ers. Now he’s with the Cardinals, and he looked like a totally different quarterback against the Cowboys.
Gabbert orchestrated two TD drives in the first 10 minutes. He finished the game 11 of 14 for 185 yards. He played like he might be getting a bust in Canton someday, but it is the preseason, so take it with a generous grain of salt. Gabbert won’t challenge Carson Palmer for the starting job, but he sure did enough to challenge Drew Stanton for the Cardinals’ backup role.
Working his way back from a hip injury, Kings forward Rudy Gay went down again Wednesday, this time with a scary non-contact injury that could end his season.
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The Kings announced they fear Gay, 30, suffered a torn left Achilles in a third-quarter fall against the Pacers while driving to the basket.
A tearful Gay was carried to the locker room by teammates Pete Youngman and Willie Cauley-Stein, according to reporters at the game.
This is a blow not only to Gay but to the Kings for a number of reasons. He’s clearly Sacramento’s second-best player, but the team has been trying to trade him for some time now as he had planned to opt out of his $14.2 million contract next season.
Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple will see additional minutes without Gay, who is averaging 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 29 games this season.
As they were getting down to the end, I think (Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant) wanted to find a reason for him to be the guy, another NBA executive said. There wasn’t an obvious choice among the other guys. It wasn’t a great draft. They were always going to have to talk themselves into a guy they knew had flaws.
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I’m just as surprised as everybody else, Bennett said on draft night. I had no idea. When they said my name, that’s when I knew.
Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones expects the NFL to announce its ruling “imminently” on star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s status.
Jones, speaking to SiriusXM Radio, again defended Elliott in the alleged domestic dispute last summer, saying, “There’s no domestic violence involved here.”
Still, a week away from his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, the Cowboys owner is as likely to find himself addressing the Elliott situation as frequently as his pending enshrinement.
However, at this point, the A’s are reportedly not asking for Frazier or Torres. They have another Future’s game participant in mind.
However, it would obviously not be one for one. Other players would have to be included especially if the A’s are set on getting a future center fielder and the Nationals are in the discussion.
The A’s and Nationals have made 11 trades since the 2009 season, and with Stephen Strasburg dealing with some injury problems as of late the Nats may be trying to come up with another pitcher to help their rotation.
If the A’s are set on getting a center fielder for the future, the Nationals have Victor Robles, the No. 5 overall prospect in all of baseball. He’s also played at higher levels than Florial. So, if the Nats do decide they need to come up with a solution to their current Strasburg problem, they have the better center fielder to trade, if they decide to make that move.
Alvin Gentry has declared this a crucial week for the Pelicans, and that might be an understatement. New Orleans is five games behind the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the West, with four teams blocking their near-extinct bid for the playoffs.
We’ve just got to win games, Gentry told reporters. We’re in a situation now where it doesn’t matter, there’s no reason to look at the standings. For us, we have to win games, that’s the bottom line. We have (15) games left, and we can’t afford to lose any of them. Even that doesn’t guarantee you are getting into the playoffs.
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Curry, who finished the 139-115 win over the Wizards with 42 points, made nine shots from behind the arc to eclipse 300 3-pointers in a single season for the second time in his career. No other player in NBA history has accomplished that feat once.
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Green recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. It was his 19th career triple-double.
Trail Blazers (38-38) at Timberwolves (30-45), 7 p.m. ET — This is the only NBA game on the docket Monday with MLB opening day and the NCAA championship game dominating the sports world. Portland is still in a fight for a playoff spot. Minnesota is a dangerous team even though its record isn’t fully indicative of its talent.