Nationals look to shut down Herrera, Phillies

The Washington Nationals will try again Saturday to cool off Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera.

That is something nobody has been able to in more than a week.

Herrera homered for the fifth straight game and finished with four hits Friday night, helping the Phillies rout the Washington Nationals 12-2 in the opener of a three-game series.

He is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with six homers, 11 runs and 10 RBI in his last eight games and raised his season average to .308.

I don’t think there’s any words for it. I mean it’s simply incredible what he can do, Friday’s starter and winner Zac Eflin said.

The thing with Odubel is that he can shake off anything at any given time. … It can look like he’s struggling and then next pitch he hits it 440 feet.

My command really wasn’t where it usually is, Nola told My fastball was cutting a little bit and missing off the plate a little bit. They had a good approach against me.

Against the Nationals, Nola is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 starts. Harper is 8-for-17 with two home runs versus Nola, Daniel Murphy is 8-for-20 and Anthony Rendon is 4-for-17.

Fedde makes his fourth start of the season for Washington and third since replacing injured Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. He’s coming off a loss to the Yankees on Monday, when he allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

He pitched well except when he made one mistake, Martinez told the Washington Post, referring to Aaron Hicks’ two-run homer in the fifth. We were very, very excited to see this.

Fedde will be making his first career start against the Phillies.

Covey endured a turbulent 2017 campaign but has performed much better this time around. The 26-year-old went five straight starts without a defeat before falling short in his most recent outing Monday against the Cleveland Indians. He gave up four earned runs on six hits over six innings in that 6-2 defeat.

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If Flowers has another subpar year, he likely will be a career backup or out of the NFL soon.
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Losers of 10 of their last 11 games, the Mets stand at 28-36, and are second-to-last in the National League East.

The only bright spot for the Mets is Jacob deGrom, who is 2-2 in his last 10 starts with an 0.87 ERA. The fact that he’s 2-2 and not 8-0 with an ERA less than one run a game is unbelievable.

There’s no doubt that the Mets need to have a fire sale at the trade deadline.

Vernon has 15 sacks in his two seasons with the Giants and 44 in his six-year NFL career. After Vernon, it is negligible, as far as proven pass-rush prowess. Consider the other six projected starters in Bettcher’s 3-4 front have Bryant Reeves Authentic Jersey a total of 16.5 career sacks, indicative of how much work Bettcher has in front of him to ensure the Giants are able to mount sufficient heat on the opposing quarterback.

Our players win games in this league, Bettcher said Wednesday after a minicamp practice.

Yes, they do, but coaches and coordinators win games as well, and Bettcher is going to have to manufacture pressure, which is something fairly new in these parts. The best Giants defenses in their two most recent Super Bowl triumphs relied heavily on skilled defensive ends able to turn up the heat by Christian Kirk Jersey winning their individual matchups.

We don’t know where Wilson would be now if he had spent the first few years of his career backing up Manning, but I’m sure the Broncos would have loved a chance to see that happen. 

Ware is expected to aid Broncos linebackers and lineman with their pass-rushing technique as a consultant a few times a month.

Von Miller has often credited Ware with handing down pass-rushing wisdom as well as leadership traits. With Bradley Chubb drafted No. 5 overall, Ware has a chance to impart more influence on the future of the Broncos pass rush.

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Stephenson will miss Cleveland’s first two regular season games. He will be eligible to return after the Browns face the Saints on Sept. 16.

That Davis, a player who’s succeeded more on brains than brawn, hit his record-breaking home run for a team named the Tourists is wonderful karmic coincidence. Davis, too, is merely a tourist in Asheville. The grizzled veteran of 12 minor-league seasons arrived in this mountain hamlet not long ago after driving across North Carolina with the top down in his road-weary Shelby Mustang.

Develin is considered one of the best fullbacks in the NFL, after entering the league in 2012 as an undrafted free-agent. He was signed off the Bengals’ practice squad during the Mason Crosby Jersey 2012 season and soon after was added to the Patriots’ active roster.

During his time with the Patriots, Develin has played in all 16 games every season, with the exception 2015 when he missed the entire year with a broken leg.

There are more concerns with the scheme change here, as two players need to forget the troubles they had last Jordan Mills Youth Jersey season. Deone Bucannon struggled inside, but Wilks hopes new weak-side responsibilities will allow the 25-year-old to play better as a blitzer and run-stopper. Haason Reddick got a lot of playing time as a rookie but had a hard time finding his groove. Giving him less of a pass-rush burden makes sense considering his coverage skills.

Those two players are key, because middle linebacker Josh Bynes, essentially replacing Karlos Dansby, is a wild card. Bynes flashed in a part-time role last season, stuffing the stat sheet well despite making only one start.

Isaiah Crowell: Week in, week out, I never knew my role in the Browns’ offense

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Crowell described the Browns’ offense as one where he never knew his role, and that wore on him.

He’s handled his transition from a 3-4 defense, which he played both at Oregon and early on in San Francisco, to a 4-3 defense, under former Seahawks and Jaguars assistant Robert Saleh, well. While his nine career sacks may not match up with his talent on film, high-production seasons are in Buckner’s future.

Over the last two seasons, only 16 defenders have posted at least 19 combined sacks. Among them is Frank Clark, who quietly is producing like an above-average No. 1 pass-rusher. With Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril gone in Seattle, they will have to rely more on Clark, a relative unknown nationally, to generate pressure.

Dickerson becomes the seventh tight end on the Giants’ 90-man roster. Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison are at the top of the depth chart.

The Giants also announced that they have waived three players. Wide receiver Keeon Johnson and defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon spent time with the Giants last year, but never played in any regular season games. Defensive back Mike Jones was signed in May after going undrafted out of Temple.

He was trying to convince himself then. He is trying to convince himself now. The battle is on between Andrew Luck’s brain and his shoulder, and that shoulder is outmatched.

I feel like pressure has been thrown out there for so long, that I just laugh, Cousins told USA TODAY Sports with a wide smile as he leaned back in an office chair after Tuesday’s practice. This is the NFL. The 90th guy on the team is under pressure because he knows he could get cut. Everybody is under pressure, but it’s just different.

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They are prepping him in case he has to go in for an injured Joe Flacco at this point. this way the offense Tre’Davious White Authentic Jersey won’t be limited by his strengths and weaknesses while Flacco is the starter. It is something to keep an eye on, though.

Hopefully they used something other than Novocaine, but Rudolph’s glad to be out on the field now ahead of schedule, after getting the right ankle that bothered him last year fixed.

It’s a ton of fun to be back out there competing, for me especially, Rudolph said. The plan was for me not to be doing anything right now. Thankfully, I get to work with the best training staff in our game, . . . They got me to a point where I am able to go out there a few weeks early, and it’s good.

And four out of five dentists agree, he has a chance to have a big season, considering the way new Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo have featured tight ends in the past.

Yet again, National League rules have left the New York Yankees with a freak injury to one of their pitchers.

For the second time in four seasons, Yankees Authentic Josh Sitton Jersey right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was hurt in a game while running the bases. He left Friday night’s Subway Series opener at the rival New York Mets’ Citi Field early after experiencing what the Yankees said was tightness in both hamstrings.

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The QB led three drives for field goals in the second half before giving way to Dane Evans.

You saw him out there. He’s still a little rusty,” Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said. But he’s a competitor. He knows what’s going on. He’s seeing what’s going on. He’s able to execute real quickly. You guys can see what he can do. He can make a difference. I think he’s going to be a very good player in this league.”

Rucker had 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season while playing in all 16 games for the Cardinals.

It has been going on for 135 years.

Buchholz, in his 12th major league season, has been a real find since being promoted from Triple-A Reno on May 20 to take Robbie Ray’s spot in the starting Robert Thomas Womens Jersey rotation. He has given up five runs and 17 hits in four starts, the last three at least six innings.

Buchholz made only two major league appearances last season, with Philadelphia, before missing the rest of the sesaon after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right flexor tendon last year.

It finally got to the point I couldn’t throw, said Buchholz, who had been bothered off and on since 2015.

There was no way for me to give the team a chance to win being out Womens Lance Alworth Jersey there at 50 percent. You can real stupid out there, but you can only hurt yourself more. It’s the first full year I’ve taken off in I don’t know how long. It was different. It sort of gave me a little break and allowed me to reset, I guess.

Always with an eye on pitching again

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The Eagles showed that by fortifying the wide receiver position, signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith during free agency. Jordan Matthews, the Eagles’ leading receiver in 2015 and 2016, was already entrenched as the slot receiver.

But Smith knows what matters most: The end result.

You want to go out and prove them right as much as anybody, and how Ty Sambrailo Youth Jersey do you do that? Going out and win ball games,he said. That’s the reality. … I’m far more comfortable with that and dealing with expectations than I was earlier in my career. Now, I embrace it. I’m kinda, ‘Flip it. This isn’t going to last forever, and not many people get to do this and this challenge.’

But those aren’t the only roadblocks facing Carroo, per the Miami Herald :

Coaches also have seen promising signs from third-year receiver Jakeem Grant and they hope he can continue to expand on his abilities beyond sheer blazing speed. Grant was ahead of Carroo much of last year and remains there now.

So that’s five receivers the Dolphins are likely to keep coming out of training camp barring an injury.

The math then becomes difficult for Carroo, who must hope the Dolphins stick with six receivers instead of five. And even then Carroo must beat out youngsters such as Isaiah Ford, Malcolm Lewis or Rashawn Scott to earn a spot.

Carroo, an Edison native who starred at Don Bosco Prep, is remembered at Rutgers for a school-record 29 touchdown catches and for averaging 19.5 yards per caption in 30 games during his final three seasons.

Gronk, Brady return to field as Patriots open minicamp

For the most part during his NFL career, the offseason has typically been a time of relaxation and recuperation for Rob Gronkowski.

This year was marked by his deepest contemplations yet about whether he wanted to keep playing football.

In the aftermath of last season’s Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, the 29-year-old Patriots tight end insinuated he was considering retirement. Those thoughts lingered throughout the winter until he finally announced via Instagram in April that he would return for his ninth NFL season.

Brady was not made available to the media following practice. Coach Bill Belichick said he wasn’t bothered by either player’s decision to miss OTAs, saying, It’s a voluntary program. So that’s what it is.

Both players seemed excited to be on the field, with Brady yelling at himself after failing to connect on a pass, and Gronkowski letting out several gleeful yelps following catches.

Their contributions are part of Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today, team owner Dan Snyder said.

In Washington’s first game with replacement players, it defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 28-21 as wide receiver Anthony Allen set a franchise record with 225 yards receiving on seven catches. The next week, the Redskins beat the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 38-12. Despite the strike ending four days later, the Redskins’ replacement players beat Dallas 13-7 even though the Cowboys had several starters in their lineup.

The next week, all regulars returned to the NFL.

On Tuesday, the Virginia General Assembly commended the replacement members of the 1987 team. Quarterback Tony Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Sagnella represented the players in Richmond.

It went viral.

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Excluding active players, the retired quarterbacks started an average of 18.7 games over the rest of their career. The 26 passers combined to produce a total of just 13 above-average full seasons as starters (12-plus starts with a NY/A+ over 100) after turning 37. Tom Brady and Drew Brees have outdone those marks, and it’s fair to wonder whether quarterbacks are likely to last longer now than they would have 30 years ago, but the evidence suggests that Eli doesn’t have much time left as a viable starter.

The most plausible time frame is that Manning lasts one or two more seasons with the Giants, given that he has two years and $33 million in new money remaining on the four-year extension he signed before the 2015 season. The Giants could free up $17 million by moving on Josh Harrison Youth jersey from him after this season, and given that they’ll likely be working on extensions for Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, that $17 million could come in handy.

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This is who the Rockets are now, like it or not. D’Antoni has learned to love it, having won the most regular-season games of his career, with a chance to make his first NBA Finals. They aren’t D’Antoni’s Suns — or even that similar. He didn’t try to make the Rockets’ square pegs fit his round holes, instead adapting to allow elite personnel to excel.
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As D’Antoni sees it, there is no defensive solution for the Rockets when they’re rolling. He knows there will be occasional off nights, such as the extreme example of Game 3, but firmly believes there are no answers for stopping Harden and Paul.

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When could Torreyes come back? Players must spend 10 days in the minors when they’re demoted before they can return to the majors unless they’re being re-added to the 25-man roster to replace an injured player.
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Traded to the Washington Redskins, Smith goes forward without the same kind of deep receiver or variable offense. Head coach Jay Gruden runs a West Coast offense, which Smith is used to, and former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has been a good deep passer over the last couple of seasons. We’ll have to see if Smith makes any list of deep passers in 2019 or if 2017 was an aberration.

But we look forward to that challenge. We look forward to playing in those kinds of games and I look forward in seeing our guys go out there and hopefully doing what we’ve done most of the year and that’s at least making it very tough on those opposing starters.

The last time the Yankees faced the Astros, they won three of four games. It was part of a larger stretch of 17 wins in 18 games that fueled the Yankees race back toward the top of the American League East, where they sit a game behind the Red Sox.

I thought we played really well at their place a few weeks ago, left fielder Brett Gardner said. Look forward to facing those guys and hopefully playing some good baseball.

While the Astros’ offense is formidable — its third in the league in runs scored, behidn the first-place Yankees and second-place Boston — it’s the Joe Nieuwendyk Womens Jersey starting pitching that worries Boone.

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