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Rays’ wacky bullpen strategy results in bizarre save

There are saves and then there are saves.

Rays reliever Austin Pruitt was credited with the latter Sunday, becoming the first pitcher in more than 15 years to record a five-inning save during the regular season, according to ESPN.

Here’s how it happened Sunday in the Rays game against the Orioles:

The Rays recent strategy of starting a reliever backfired as Sergio Romo lasted just a third of an inning in his fourth start in eight days. Vidal Nuno took over and threw three scoreless innings. Enter Pruitt, who pitched the final 5 2/3 innings, holding the Orioles scoreless in an 8-3 win.

I had one [save] last year that was three innings, Pruitt told reporters afterward, but 5 2/3 innings, that’s lengthy.

In September 2002, Joaquin Benoit got a seven-inning save for the Rangers, also against the Orioles, the last time a reliever went as long in a regular-season game. In fact, per ESPN, there have been only four times in the past 30 regular seasons that a pitcher recorded a save while pitching at least five innings.

The ground-ball specialist has continued to keep the ball on the ground, yet opponents are batting .305 against him with men on base. That number may not regress all the way to the .243 mark from last season, but I doubt it stays where it is. We’ve seen some flashes of upside (five starts this season without allowing more than one earned run) and I think there is more upside to be had in the future than those with Keuchel rostered have experienced so far.

On many of the islands, as it is in your island of Curacao, children grow up speaking several languages. Was it like that for you?
In the islands, people speak four or five languages. That’s something we start in school. You start with Dutch first, and then, I think, when you go into third grade, you start with English and then Spanish and Papiamento (the official language of Curacao) and everything. Then, when you are around 15 years old, you start talking in French and everything.

You know, I always thought he was Dominican! I mean, just listen to him talking, and it’s like, man. He’s a little younger than I am. I didn’t get to know him. Guys like Andrelton Simmons I kind of know because they were there when I was there. When I [got to] know him, I was kind of like, Wow, he’s from Aruba, that’s awesome.

In the minors, there are not many players from the islands, but there are many Latinos. Did people assume that you were Latin?
Sure, a lot of people thought I was Latino because all the time I was hanging out with Latinos. They would talk to me and I would learn how to speak [like them]. I can speak with guys from the Dominican Republic or from Venezuela or from Mexico. I wanted to talk almost the same as them and always learn more languages.

Coach Doug Pederson: Canceled White House visit ‘is what it is,’ and Eagles remain united

The day after he and members of his team should have celebrated their Super Bowl victory once again with a visit to the White House, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson had moved on.

Addressing reporters for the first time since President Trump revoked the invitation for the team to come to Washington because few Eagles players planned to attend, Pederson said his focus remains squarely on helping his club prepare for the upcoming season.

This is going to be a blanket statement, and then I’m not going to discuss it further, Pederson said to open his nine-minute pre-practice press conference Wednesday. I was looking forward to going down. We did something last season that was very special. It was a milestone for our city of Philadelphia, our organization, and I was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions. It is what it is.

We’re united. We’re a team. Been that way since I’ve been here, said the third-year coach. We’re focused on today, great practice, today and tomorrow, three days next week and our goal is 2018.

Nobody’s talking about it. It’s over, behind us and we’re moving on.

Ryan Gates, a radio producer for WGR 550 in Buffalo, promised in March he would leave the station if the team drafted Allen with Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen still available.

The tweet came four days after the Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only quarterback on the roster. A day after Gates’ tweet, Buffalo signed AJ McCarron, the team’s likely starter for Week 1.

The Bills drafting a quarterback wasn’t at all surprising, but Gates was extremely confident the team couldn’t possibly like Allen more than other quarterback prospects. Too confident.

With Rosen still available, Buffalo traded up to No. 7 overall where they took Allen. Mayfield was the No. 1 pick and Rosen went a few picks after Allen at No. 10 overall to the Cardinals.

On Monday, he tweeted that he’s following through with the promise and joining the corporate world.

Crabtree on leading Ravens: ‘I don’t have a choice’

Michael Crabtree finds himself with some new surroundings.
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Smith appeared in all 16 games his rookie season, but contributed little as a receiver, though his two touchdown catches were good for third-most on the team, which speaks to the offensive struggles last season.
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Walker remained by far Mariota’s favorite target, with 20 more receptions than Eric Decker, who led the wide receivers with 54 and, at 31 years old, remains unsigned.

Every year I try something new,Walker said, explaining the keys to his success. I don’t eat pork, I don’t drink alcohol. That’s been helping me, keeping me fit and in shape. Just go out here and I try to bust my butt every day in the weight room, on the field, and it’s tended to work so I’m going to stick to that regimen.

Donald Trump livid when Tom Brady skipped White House visit, report says

President Donald Trump recently banned the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House. He appeared close to doing the same to the New England Patriots in 2017.

Brady later explained that he was skipping the White House visit to be with his sick mother.

The reasoning satisfied Trump, according to the Washington Post, and the celebratory visit ensued.

Star pass rusher Khalil Mack remains away from the Raiders in a contract dispute this offseason while Guenther works on rebuilding a defense that has been one of the league’s worst for more than a decade.

He’s going to have a lot of catching up to do, Guenther said Tuesday.

We’re going to have to have a plan for that for sure. I’m really concerned about the guys that are here now working. These guys have been busting their tails every day. Coming in early. Meeting with the coaches. Being great in the meeting rooms. Communicating on the field.

Mack, the 2016 AP Defensive Player of the Year, is entering the last year of his rookie contract that pays him $13.85 million this year and is seeking a long-term deal that will make him one of the most highly compensated non-quarterbacks in the NFL.

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that Vikings COO Kevin Warren should be positioned by the league to purchase the next available franchise. In a lengthy article explaining the potential benefits of having an African-American owner, Souhan mentioned that, while writing a 2017 profile of Warren, his wife and others close to him said that Warren aspires to own an NFL team.

But unless being a team COO pays a lot better than believed — and unless Warren otherwise has amassed or inherited a major fortune through other business endeavors — Warren surely doesn’t have the money to serve as the controlling owner of an NFL franchise. By rule, Warren would need to come up with 30 percent of the purchase price in cash, and he’d otherwise need to have enough money to comfortably make payroll and cover all other operating expenses.

Alleged horse punching Eagles fan sues police, team claiming he didn’t punch horse

The Philadelphia Eagles fan that was arrested for allegedly punching a police horse at the NFC Championship game in January is now suing the Philadelphia police and the Eagles claiming he did not punch the animal.
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He wanted to come in person since, he figured, this was the last royal wedding for some time. I had to make the effort, he said, waving Union Jack flags in each hand.

Harry and Meghan invited 2,640 regular folk to attend the wedding and watch from the gardens inside the Windsor Castle walls. These guests represent charities the couple, especially Harry, has supported over the years — like Surfers against Sewage, and environmental and veterans groups.

Alan Scott, 69, from Lincolnshire has been involved in British Scouting for 45 years. He and his wife set up lawn chairs outside St George’s Chapel. Splendid! Scott said. I think it’s amazing that we are all invited.

Scott brought a picnic hamper of pork pies. And some champagne, said his partner, Julie Frisby.

The trade Trent Brown and the Wynn pick gives the Patriots options to replace Nate Solder at left tackle. Michel, Dawson and Berrios are built like the three veterans they lost in Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler and Danny Amendola. Bentley and Sam help them hedge their bets with Dont’a Hightower. They also got their developmental, efficient QB to sit behind Tom Brady, a mild surprise in Etling.

Kevin Colbert started with a reach for Edmunds, but he and Allen did line up with a bit of a need. Washington was a good get for now, while Rudolph, out of the same program, will help the Steelers soon. Okorafor and Samuels have good upside and are ideal for their scheme. The knock comes in the lack Bart Starr”>”>Bart Starr Jersey of an inside linebacker to replace Ryan Shazier, but the values didn’t align there.
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Houston finally found a little offense after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short.

Thompson added 19 for Golden State after scoring 35 in the Game 6 win and the Warriors got a fourth straight start from Kevon Looney with Andre Iguodala sitting out again with a bone bruise on his left leg.
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Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second Nik Stauskas Jersey straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.
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Warriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game…. Thompson picked up his third foul with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat out most of the period…. Draymond Green had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home…. Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds…. Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

But Durant scored six points in a 9-2 spurt after that which left the Warriors 97-85 with about three minutes to go.

The fourth-round defensive end out of Arkansas became the fifth New England Patriots rookie to record a sack in the team’s opener dating back to 2000, joining Syracuse’s Chandler Jones, LSU’s Jarvis Green, Texas’ Malcom Brown and North Carolina State’s Vincent Valentine in the process of meeting the Kansas City Chiefs. And a week later against the New Orleans Saints, Wise joined Jones as only the second rookie to notch a sack in his in each of his first two games since Bill Belichick became head coach.

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Foles is already a hot commodity. According to’s Michael Silver, the Cleveland Browns attempted to trade this year’s 35th overall pick to acquire 29-year-old signal-caller. Foles, who agreed to a revised one-year deal with a mutual 2019 option this offseason, preferred to stay in Philadelphia.聽

Do I want to lead a team again? Absolutely, Foles said in April, per But am I trying to run away and do that right now? Well, if it presents itself and that works out, then fine, I’ll live in that moment. But at the same time, I’m so grateful to be a part of this organization.

Odell Beckham Jr., Giants will get deal done, team co-owner says

Odell Beckham Jr. likely won’t be leaving New York anytime soon.
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While speaking with reporters Tuesday, Giants co-owner John Mara reiterated his feelings about the star wide receiver, saying he’s eager to negotiate a multiyear contract to keep him with the organization for a long time.

I hope so, Mara said, via the New York Post.

Mariota followed up a career-best season in 2016 with a career-worst season in 2017, clouding his outlook as the franchise quarterback in Tennessee. That title isn’t in any immediate danger, but the Titans need more than the 13 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions Mariota produced last season.聽

Although nothing is guaranteed at quarterback, Mariota is probably too talented鈥攂oth as a passer and a runner鈥攆or him not to produce a bounce-back season in 2018.聽
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Even so, the Titans still safeguarded the position by adding Gabbert and drafting Falk, providing the veteran and youngster all teams want behind the starter in the quarterback room. Gabbert has made 45 NFL starts, while Falk has starting potential if allowed to develop in Tennessee.聽

There could be a lot of great ideas that we might not be able to do because it’s not feasible for one reason or another. I don’t want to get the horse in front of the cart until we’re knowledgeable enough to know, because we’re not informed enough to know right now. But we do know that we have a desire to make a bigger impact on the future of Cleveland.

Haslam indicated that the franchise is in the early stages of learning about the project and their options, but it could take a decade or more to come into fruition.

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It is one of our top priorities to identify opportunities where we can positively impact Gary Sanchez Youth jersey Northeast Ohio, and we recognize that we must be forward thinking when considering potential ways to achieve that goal. We are acutely aware of the previous and ongoing discussions related to potential lakefront development, and we feel it is our civic responsibility to help identify productive solutions for the future of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Warriors-Rockets series heads back to Houston tied at 2

Any lauding of the Houston Rockets’ resilience in Game 4 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena begins with an acknowledgment of their defense, with cliched adjectives serving the general purpose of explaining how they overcame a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit to claim victory and square the Western Conference Finals before the series relocated back to Toyota Center.
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Bucks spokesman Barry Baum said the team is aware of the decision and backing Brown. Coach Joe Prunty said last week that we support him in this and we believe it will be resolved quickly.

Whoever we play in the next round, I’m sure we will not be favored, said winger Jonathan Marchessault.

The Golden Knights will play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Washington Capitals series. The Lightning lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 on Monday in Washington.

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The Celtics and Cavaliers are tied at two games apiece entering Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the conference finals.

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Irving earned All-Star honors while guiding the Celtics through much of what was a 55-win campaign. His knee forced him to shut down in mid-March, and after a minimally invasive procedure wasn’t enough to get him back on the court, he elected for a more invasive procedure aimed at having him healthy for the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

Irving has been a familiar presence on the Celtics’ bench during home games throughout the postseason, and teammates, especially new starting point guard Terry Rozier, have raved about the leadership and guidance he has provided behind the scenes.

NFL Rookie Minicamp Roundup: Ravens Will Unleash Rookie Lamar Jackson Upon NFL

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These preparations don’t automatically entail Joe Flacco’s demise as the team’s franchise quarterback, but the Ravens will find ways to get the rookie involved. One sentiment from minicamp should strike fear into all Baltimore’s future opponents.

The Braves could call this season successful with a Dansby Swanson rebound, Brandon McCarthy staying healthy until the trade deadline, Ozzie Albies being one of the five Final Vote All-Star selections and half a dozen prospects moving steadily toward maturity. The Padres could call this season successful with a reassuringly strong Eric Hosmer campaign, one fewer walk per CM Punk Youth jersey nine from Dinelson Lamet, Brad Hand dominating until the trade deadline and half a dozen prospects moving steadily toward maturity. The White Sox could call this season successful with 80 walks from Yoan Moncada, a 94 mph average fastball from Lucas Giolito, James Shields pitching well until the trade deadline and half a dozen prospects moving steadily toward maturity. Or any of a hundred other possibilities.

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Being quarterback doesn’t stop when I step off the field; it’s going on in [the team’s complex], too.

He’s the best player in the league, I don’t think there’s any argument on that, Sale said. It seems like he’s hitting a homer every other day. You’re in awe of him, the way he handles himself and the work he puts in. He’s not just showing up and going out there and doing that.
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Boston is 21-9 against the AL East, winning eight of 11 against Tampa Bay.

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What does legalized sports betting mean for Rutgers athletes?

Legalized sports wagering 聽is a monumental change for New Jersey.
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NCAA bylaws prohibit wagering on sporting events (or association with those who do) by anyone connected to college athletics. The Court’s ruling won’t change that.
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The ban is wide-ranging, covering everything from a bet at a sports book to a small buy-in March Madness pool to a fantasy football league. If something is put at risk in return for an opportunity to win something, the NCAA considers it wagering.

At the last second I saw a truck plow into my passenger side, Henderson said. T-boned, and then everybody who was talking to the police said I was airborne and I flipped in the air and I landed on another car and I rolled after that. I was very fortunate. Very blessed. Looking for a hot new podcast that’s your home for all things NFL ? Look no further. The Pick Six Podcast with Will Brinson has you covered every weekday morning with new episodes around 30 minutes each. Subscribe: via iTunes | via Stitcher | via TuneIn | via Google Play. The driver of the stolen vehicle crashed into a pole after hitting Henderson’s Jeep.

In the photo below, you can see Henderson’s Jeep, which is sitting upside down behind the silver car.

Henderson shared a close-up shot of his Jeep on Instagram. The Broncos running back said he was able to climb out of the car after it landed.

Despite the terrifying nature of the accident, Henderson walked away with only minor injures. For the most part my body in general is sore, Henderson told 9news. No real injuries. A lot of bruises, a lot of scrapes. But my body is going to get better.