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  1. Cleveland Clinic after being hospitalized because of a life-threatening infection.The plan was for Martin to leave the hospital later Sunday Joe Morgan Jersey , team president Chris Antonetti said.“To think about the progress he’s made over the past week, it’s been nothing short of amazing,” Antonetti said. “It’s beyond a relief, especially given where things were a week ago.”The 30-year-old Martin became ill following a game on Aug. 8. Doctors determined he had a bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and created toxins that damaged his internal organs, compromising their function.Antonetti informed the team about Martin’s condition Monday in Cincinnati. Antonetti, manager Terry Francona and several players visited the hospital after the Indians returned home, when Martin was sitting up in a chair and in good spirits.“If you didn’t know anything was wrong, other than the IV he had connected, you wouldn’t have known anything different Dave Concepcion Jersey ,” Antonetti said. “He was able to walk up and down the hallway a little bit and every day he continues to get better. He still has progress he needs to make to get back to full health, but it’s been a really encouraging week.”Martin was acquired from Detroit on July 31 and has appeared in six games with the Indians. His wife, father and brother have joined him in Cleveland.Antonetti said Martin is eager to return to playing baseball, but there is no set plan in place. Martin will undergo a series of checkups with doctors this week to monitor his recovery process.“It’s important to remember we don’t know,” Antonetti said. “We’re in uncharted waters. There’s no precedent you can look back to and say, ‘What does a return to activity look like?’ It’s very much going to continue to be day to day.”Antonetti said recently that doctors haven’t defined the specific type of bacteria or how it entered Martin’s system. Happy Jackie Robinson Day!"Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White SoxHeath Fillmyer (0-0, 15.00 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (0-1, 17.18 ERA) First pitch- 7:10 CTGuaranteed Rate Field, Chicago , Illinois Declaring this a pivotal series for the Royals so early in the 2019 campaign would be a bit of an exaggeration. But just 15 games in and after suffering through ten straight losses, Kansas City has a chance to climb back into the running of the Central before we hit May. Coming off a three-game sweep over then front running Cleveland, the next three pitchers the Royals face have ERA’s of 17.18, 12.15, and 6.19. With two difficult series against the Yankees and Rays following this one in Chicago, taking no less than two of three is a must. Of course, in the marathon that is 162 games, stamping games as pivotal in April is borderline insanity. However, if Kansas City manages to claim the series or better yet sweep Chicago Ken Griffey Jersey , turning an abysmal April into respectability would certainly creep back into contention. After all, baseball is more fun when the games matter, right? Quick hits:- Hamilton returns to the lineup tonight, Soler is out- White Sox are coming off a series win against the Yankees in New York - (Hitless watch) RF Daniel Palka is 0-28 coming into tonight- In two starts against Chicago, Fillmyer has an 11.18 ERA in 5.1 innings while surrendering four home runs - Merrifield has slashed .309/.375/.483 in 53 games against the White SoxLineup:Merrifield 2BMondesi SSGordon LFDozier 3BO’Hearn 1BDuda DHOwings RFMaldonado CHamilton CF
  2. But it was his glove that helped Pittsburgh take a series in Colorado.Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field Adrian Beltre Jersey , and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday.Chris Archer (4-5) was making his second start since being acquired from Tampa Bay before the July 31 trade deadline. He allowed two runs and five hits in five innings.Felipe Vazquez got the last four outs for his 26th save.Frazier had two doubles and a single, but made what might have been his biggest contribution on defense. With runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta hit a sharp grounder to the hole at second. Frazier made a diving stop and threw out Iannetta to end the inning and preserve the one-run lead.“Flip’s throwing 100 (mph) so I figured it was coming my way if he got inside of it and he did,” Frazier said. “He smoked it and I reacted. I dove and luckily it stuck to my glove. It saved the game for us. I’m pretty happy I made that play.”His defense complemented a hot stretch at the plate. He got three hits in his first three at-bats and has raised his average 41 points to .280 over the past two weeks.“He’s been in a good place on both sides of the ball,” manager Clint Hurdle said.German Marquez (9-9) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and David Dahl homered for the Rockies.Colorado scored just six runs in the three-game series.“That’s sort of been the theme lately, lately meaning the last few weeks,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We just haven’t seemed to string a big hit in there with a couple baserunners on base. We need that to turn around as we move forward.”Archer retired the first eight batters before Marquez singled in the third. Colorado broke through in the fourth on Dahl’s two run homer, his fifth of the season, to cut the deficit to 3-2.“The homer I gave up was one of the only times I shook (catcher Francisco) Cervelli off,” Archer said. “That was my bad. I should have listened to him. It’s huge to get a series “W” going into San Francisco.”Pittsburgh led early on an RBI double by Gregory Polanco and a run-scoring single by Frazier in the first Nolan Ryan Jersey , and an RBI groundout in the third.The Pirates added a run on Corey Dickerson’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to make it 4-2. Ryan McMahon’s RBI single made it close again.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: INF Josh Bell (left oblique strain) was activated from the 10-day DL and started at first base Wednesday. INF Jose Osuna was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.Rockies: LHP Chris Rusin (plantar faciitis) pitched in a rehab assignment Tuesday night and was at Coors Field on Wednesday. Manager Bud Black said Rusin will be evaluated. “We’re encouraged by a lot of things we saw in his three outings,” Black said.QUICK RECOVERYArcher spent a lot of Tuesday in bed trying to shake off a bug that had Hurdle wondering if he would start Wednesday.“We needed to come up with a plan B, and it was real,” Hurdle said. “For him to go out and pitch the way he did, it was a really strong effort.”Archer said he wasn’t sure what hit him, but suspected it was food poisoning. He said he felt a lot better when he woke up Wednesday morning.“I felt good enough to pitch,” he said. “I haven’t eaten a whole lot the last couple of days but, again, laid it out there for the guys and they picked me up.”IMMACULATE INNINGMarquez had a rough start but settled down to register a rare feet. The righty struck out the side in the fourth on nine pitches. He is the third pitcher to do it this season. It is the first time it was done at Coors Field.The only other Rockies pitcher to throw an immaculate inning was Rex Brothers in 2014.“I wasn’t aware of that but I’m glad to be on that list,” Marquez said.Marquez followed his perfect inning with a leadoff walk in the fifth to Cervelli.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Ivan Nova (6-6 Rougned Odor Jersey , 4.49) takes the mound against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-4, 4.05) will open a four-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. The organization is starting to build up some depth."Baseball Prospectus came out with their top 101 prospect list today. No surprise that Blue Jays uberprospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. topped the list, followed by Angels outfielder Jo Adell. The Royals fared well, putting three players on the list, the most prospects they have placed on Baseball Prospectus’ list since after the 2014 season (they placed Adalberto Mondesi, Miguel Almonte, Sean Manaea, Brandon Finnegan, and Hunter Dozier that year). This year it was outfielder Seuly Matias at #52 , up from the #75 ranking he had last year. Matias clobbered 31 home runs in low-A Lexington last year as a 19-year old, hitting .231/.303/.550 with a 35% strikeout rate. Baseball Prospectus had tabbed Matias the best prospect in the organization last fall, writing he ”may not be an elite prospect yet, but it sounds likes an M-80 when he squares one up.” He has decent plate discipline, according to the scouting report, but does swing hard and misses a lot. Outfielder Khalil Lee moves up to #61, after breaking into the Top 101 mid-season last year. Lee struggled after his promotion to AA last season, but BP notes “there’s little question about his athleticism or ability to make adjustments.” The 20-year old hit .263/.382/.390 overall with one of the best walk rates in the organization. He struggled a bit in the Arizona Fall League, but had some flashes of brilliance.Breaking into the list for the first time was catcher M.J. Melendez at #67. The former second-round pick hit .251/.322/.492 with 19 home runs as a 19-year old in Lexington. The Baseball Prospectus staff admits a bias against prep catchers, but note that Melendez is an “above-average defender” with plus power Russell Wilson Jersey , although there are questions about his hit tool overall. Royals’ first-round pick Brady Singer was in the “just missed” category, mostly because he has yet to make his pro debut.Singer did make the Top 100 prospect list for Baseball America, also released today. In fact, he was the only Royals prospect that did make the list. Baseball America writes that Singer was “a bit rusty during instructional league”, but had a fastball in the 91-94 mph range “with good movement down in the zone” and “really good feel for his sharp slider, which comes in around 83 mph.”The Royals have not placed any prospects on this list since after the 2015 season (when Mondesi and Kyle Zimmer made the list), becoming the second team ever to be shutout from the list in back-to-back off-seasons.
  3. "WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodArizona Diamondbacks 3 Zack Greinke Jersey , San Diego Padres 4: Paranormal Baserunners New,48commentsDid everyone see the ghosts in the bottom of the 9th?EDTShareTweetShareShareArizona Diamondbacks 3, San Diego Padres 4: Paranormal Baserunners Yes, I’m aware this is not Salt River Fields.Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports*Taps microphoneGood evening friends. Don’t mind me as I dust off the cobwebs and stretch out my recapping fingers. I promise I won’t be this terrible all season. Shall we get to it?The Arizona Diamondbacks faced the San Diego Padres this evening at Salt River Fields in what will be their final evening game there this Spring Training. We’re that close meaningful baseball. Being as close as it is to the season, neither team opted to use a starting pitcher projected to be in the rotation as to not give a divisional opponent an additional look. Torey Lovullo went with Matt Andriese who will likely make the team in the long relief role, and Andy Green tabbed southpaw Nick Margevicius, who spent last season in Single A, for the Padres.Arizona scored a single run in each of the first three innings to give them an early 3-0 lead. David Peralta had the first hit of the game in the bottom of the first, a line double down the right field line and was subsequently driven in on a sac fly by Wilmer Flores after stealing third base. Ketel Marte, starting at second base this evening, led off the bottom of the second with a double of his own later scoring on an outfield single from pitcher Matt Andriese. Arizona’s third and final run of the game came across when Eduardo Escobar scored all the way from first base on a single to center from Steven Souza Jr. Escobar rounded second base hard , and it appeared that center fielder Franchy Cordero believed he could make the out at third. He took his eye off the ball for a brief moment allowing it to roll under his glove, and Tony Perezchica kept his windmill going for Escobar to score.D’backs fans also received their first televised look of newcomer Adam Jones in Arizona colors for the first time tonight. His time at the plate was uneventful going 0-3, but I’d be lying if I told you that I wasn’t more interested in his defense in center field. He had a handful of baseballs hit his way during his time in the field, enough so to give us a tiny glimpse of his defensive capability in center. In fact, the very first hitter of the game, Ian Kinsler, flew out to Jones to kick things off. Jones had to range a whopping 3-5 steps to his right to make the play, and smiled at Peralta as if to say, “How was that?” Jones’ next opportunity came in the final out of the second when Hunter Renfroe hit a deep fly ball to center. It hung in the air long enough for Jones to comfortably track it down at the wall. Now this might just me being critical, but Jones did allow the pitcher to hit a double over his head in the third. It could have been because he was playing shallow, but I’d like to think that Dyson could have made the play with his speed. It’s something to keep an eye on as the season progresses. San Diego began clawing their way back into this contest from the fifth inning forward scoring four unanswered runs. D’backs starter Matt Andriese was chased from the game having completed 4 1鈦? frames allowing four hits Randy Johnson Jersey , one walk, and striking out three. His first two innings were rather painless having retired all six batters faced, he set down the first eight to begin the game, but the Padres were able to get multiple men in scoring position from that point forward. Andriese was pulled from the game following a leadoff double from Franchy Cordero in the fifth, and he would become the Padres first run of the game. San Diego added two additional runs off of Rule 5 selection Nick Green in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at three apiece. It’ll be interesting to see if Arizona finds a way to retain Green or if he will ultimately be returned to his original ball club, the New York Yankees.With the game tied at three heading into the ninth inning, the umpires allowed the San Diego Dads to begin that frame with an automatic runner at second base. This was apparently agreed upon by the umpires and managers of each team prior to the start of the game. The minor leagues have already been putting a leadoff runner at second base, but that usually doesn’t occur until the tenth inning according to the Fox Sports Broadcast. It caught me off guard, but I was nonetheless eager to see the rule in action. As fate would have it, there was a wild pitch in the first at bat of the inning allowing that lead off “ghost runner” to advance to third base, and then brought home on a sacrifice fly. I think it’s safe to say most fans would have blown a gasket after that same sequence of events in the regular season because that run was the deciding factor in this one.What was your opinion on the leadoff runner in a tie game to begin the ninth? Do you hate the direction Rob Manfred is taking the game? Were you happy to see that it brought a swift resolution to the contest? TC’s Scott Coleman joins us."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerTalking Chop PodcastTalking Chop Podcast Episode 152: Pitchers A. J. Pollock Jersey , catchers and front office interviewsNew,4commentsTC’s Scott Coleman joins us. ESTShareTweetShareShareTalking Chop Podcast Episode 152: Pitchers, catchers and front office interviewsDaniel Clark-USA TODAY SportsGood evening! The Talking Chop Podcast is here for Episode 152 and, even without a single transaction of note, there is content to discuss surrounding the Atlanta Braves.TC’s own Scott Coleman joins us for a late night show (at least on the east coast) and topics include the following:A change in the podcast that you may not noticeJ.T. Realmuto is (finally) off the market and we discuss what transpired to get the All-Star catcher to a division rivalThe interview heard ‘round the world (courtesy of The Athletic’s David O’Brien and Jeff Schultz) and our thoughts on what it actually meansPitchers and catchers report on Friday... we’re made itMuch, much morePlease check out the podcast via Apple Podcasts (where we strongly encourage you to leave a five-star review and rating), Stitcher,, or you can find us at our MegaPhone page for all the latest.
  4. Patrick Corbin in the second round of the 2009 draft.Corbin has become a two-time All-Star , one on either side of a Tommy John surgery that cost him the 2014 season, and he has positioned himself to be one of the plums in the offseason free agent market.Finally, the Angels will get to see him for the first time in a major league setting.Article continues below ...Corbin (10-4) was traded to Arizona at the July 2010 deadline, and he will make his initial appearance against the Angels in the first game of a two-game interleague series on Tuesday at Chase Field. Right-hander Felix Pena (1-3) is to start for the Angels.Corbin was acquired by Arizona then-interim general manager Jerry Dipoto in package that included left-handers Joe Saunders and Tyler Skaggs in exchange for Dan Haren.Skaggs is back in the Angels’ rotation, Haren is back with the Diamondbacks as their pitching strategist, and Corbin is the one who got away.He is among the NL leaders in victories, strikeouts and WHIP among other categories, and he will bring a streak of 10 consecutive starts without allowing a home run into the start. He has given up 11 homers in 155 2/3 innings.The Diamondbacks bring a one-half game lead in the NL West race after taking three of four from San Diego last weekend. They were 5-4 on a road trip to three fifth-place teams, including Cincinnati and Texas.Paul Goldschmidt set a franchise record by reaching base in 10 consecutive plate appearances in San Diego He was 18-for-36 with four homers and 10 RBIs on the trip, and he enters with a 12-game hitting streak.“We know what the stakes are Josh Tomlin Jersey , we know exactly what’s going on in the standings,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said after late homers by Daniel Descalso and A.J. Pollock lifted them to a 4-3 victory on Sunday.“These are the types of games you have to find a way to win. To get a solo homer in the eighth and a solo homer in the ninth to win it … it was an exceptional win. “The Angels also had fun in San Diego, sweeping a three-game series early last week, but that was tempered when they lost three of four in soggy Texas last weekend. They have won eight of 13.The Angels have done all of that without All-star center fielder Mike Trout, who has been on the disabled list with a right wrist injury retroactive to Aug. 6. He has been away from the team after the passing of his brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, last week.Starters Kole Calhoun, David Fletcher, Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton were 23-for-67 with three homers and 10 RBIs in Texas Carlos Carrasco Jersey , but the Angels were outscored 25-23 in the series.“We have been scoring some runs,” Angels manager Mike Sciascia told reporters. “I thought we had good at-bats in this series, we just, on the mound we had some leads and didn’t hold them very well.”They seemingly will need to be just as efficient against Corbin.Corbin has won four straight decisions and has only one loss in his last 10 starts while becoming the third double-digit winner for the Diamondbacks, the only team in the NL with three. The back-to-back Zacks — Godley (13-6) and Greinke (12-8) — are the others. Godley precedes Greinke in the rotation.Third in the NL with 190 strikeouts, Corbin has 41 strikeouts and three walks in his last five starts. His slider has been a dominant out pitch, and he is throwing it a career-high 40 percent of the time, according to Fangraphs.“He has a really innate quality to locate balls at the bottom of the zone,” Lovullo said after Corbin’s last start, a 6-4 victory at Texas on Tuesday.“You come to this ballpark Cliff Pennington Jersey , you wonder often what are going to be the conditions, and the ball does fly out of here. … Patrick did a great job, exceptional job of keeping the ball down (and) out of trouble.”Right-hander Miguel Batista set the franchise record of 11 straight starts without giving up a homer in 2003. Corbin is tied with Boston left-hander Chris Sale, recently returned to the disabled list, for the longest streak without giving up a homer from a starter this season.Pena, who has a 4.35 ERA, joined the rotation for good when he made his third start of the sesaon against Arizona on June 19. He did not get a decision in the Angels’ 5-4 victory while giving up only two hits and one run in four innings.Pena is coming off his best outing of the season, a 3-2 victory at San Diego in which he gave up six hits and one unearned run while striking out seven. He is 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his four road starts this season. SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are making themselves right at home at Petco Park.Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run, Steven Souza Jr. drove in three and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Friday night.Goldschmidt drove the first pitch he saw from left-hander Joey Lucchesi out to left-center field for his 28th of the season. That got Arizona going en route to its sixth straight win over San Diego at Petco Park.“I thought it was a really good job by our guys to attack the starting pitcher,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “Goldie with the big two-run homerun got us that lead Joey Votto Jersey , and we kept adding on.”Souza doubled into the right-center gap with the bases loaded to bring home three runs in the sixth and extend the lead to 8-3.Robbie Ray started for Arizona and walked his first two batters. While Ray held San Diego to two hits, both by Eric Hosmer, he allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings. Ray walked five and struck out three.“It was all self-inflicted,” Ray said. “I walked too many guys and they ended up scoring. In crucial situations like that, I’m trying to get a call. It’s tough. They got two hits tonight, but it was on me.”Hosmer homered in the fifth on a ball that just cleared the left field fence beyond Jon Jay’s glove. Arizona challenged the call as it appeared a fan interfered with Jay while spilling a beer, but the call was upheld after replay review.“I thought I had a beat on it, and I thought he moved my hand when I was right there,” Jay said. “I got a little beer on my side — I didn’t get any in my mouth.”Manuel Margot hit a ball to nearly the same spot in the eighth and Jay made another leaping attempt, but a fan caught the ball above Jay’s glove for a solo homer that cut the lead to 9-4.Eduardo Escobar added a solo home run in the eighth against Jose Castillo.“You look at command , their guy walked five guys, our guy walked three guys,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “Their guy skated by with no more command today and got off the hook. We took our walks early. They made us pay.”Lucchesi (6-7) allowed five runs and nine hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked three.“I think the biggest mistake I had was leaving all my pitches over the plate, and they took advantage of it,” Lucchesi said. “I wasn’t as sharp. I’ve got to do better than that.”San Diego, which has the worst record in the National League at 48-77, has dropped five straight.YOU’RE OUTTA HEREDiamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed was ejected in the third by home plate umpire James Hoye after striking out looking. Daniel Descalsco replaced Ahmed in the lineup. It was Ahmed’s second career ejection.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: LHP Eric Lauer made a rehab start at Class A Lake Elsinore on Friday night. Lauer has been sidelined since July 31 with a left forearm strain.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (13-6, 4.20) takes the mound in the third game of the series. Godley is 4-0 in his last eight starts.Padres: LHP Clayton Richard gets the call and looks to continue a stretch of pitching five innings or more in his last four starts.
  5. ARLINGTON Matt Adams Jersey , Texas (AP) — down periods this season. Everything came together for them on Sunday.Mendez earned his first major league win and Mazara hit two of the Texas Rangers‘ six homers in an 18-4 rout of the Minnesota Twins.Mendez (1-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out two in six scoreless innings. He was making his second major league start in a season when he was a combined 2-10 with the Rangers’ top three farm teams.He got more than enough support. Mazara hit a two-run homer in a nine-run sixth inning and a solo homer in a five-run eighth as the Rangers pounded 12 extra-base hits, tying a team record set in 1986. Texas last hit six homers in a game on April 17, 2012, at Boston.Mendez has been called up to Texas in each of the last three seasons. He began this year at Triple-A Round Rock. After lasting only three innings in a June 15 start for the Rangers, he was sent to Class A Down East to begin his climb back to the majors.“Always I’ve been working in this process about my front side and fastball command,” Mendez said, “and that’s what I’ve been doing.”He needed just 79 pitches to retire 18 of the 21 batters he faced.“Throwing strikes early, using some soft early, some spin early, which was key to how he used his fastball,” manager Jeff Banister said. “I think that was as good as he could go for his first outing back.”A bruised right thumb that kept Mazara on the disabled list for a month. He still is wary.“Maybe tomorrow it can be sore,” he said. I don’t know.”Mazara hit four homers in the three-game series, at least one in each game.“My timing’s there,” he said. “I’m trying to take a good swing at the ball and something happened.”Twenty-three-year-old Gabriel Moya, 11 days older than Venezuelan countryman Mendez, made his first major league start after compiling a 3-0 record in 24 relief outings for MinnesotaMoya made it through one inning Kevin Long Jersey , allowing a two-run homer by Elvis Andrus.Robinson Chirinos homered against Zack Littell to ignite the big sixth inning. Shin-Soo Choo followed with a run-scoring double, Minnesota first baseman Chris Gimenez committed a two-run error and Mazara and Jurickson Profar homered.Profar’s homer came with Adrian Beltre on first after he was the third Ranger hit by a pitch, which led plate umpire Alan Porter to eject Matt Belisle.“We had no intent to hit Beltre and it certainly wasn’t on our radar because of the way the game was going or anything that had happened in the past,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.Porter also ejected Minnesota pitcher Addison Reed for an argument after the eighth.The nine runs were the most scored in an inning by Texas since a 10-run third against the Yankees in 2015.Jake Cave hit his third homer in three games into the right-field seats in the eighth inning against Eddie Butler, who finished the game for his second save.Gimenez moved from first to the mound in the ninth and allowed five runs, including homers by Mazara and Drew Robinson. Gimenez himself hit a two-run homer in the ninth.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: Eddie Rosario (right quadriceps) is “just progressing, getting treatment, he’s not ready to get on the field,” Molitor said.Rangers: OF Delino DeShields (fractured right middle finger) came off the disabled list on Saturday. He entered that night’s game as a defensive replacement and was used as a pinch runner on Sunday. Banister said nothing physical was keeping DeShields from starting.NO RECALL FOR BUXTONByron Buxton was once the shining star in the Twins’ farm system, and he was a Gold Glove outfielder for Minnesota last season. Now he has been told that he won’t be recalled from Triple-A Rochester.“We’ve talked about all the frustration and difficulties he’s had to endure,” manager Paul Molitor said, “and when we came down to making the final decision, there were some things around the idea of how he played, injuries that he dealt with, his future. All those things came into play.”UP NEXTTwins: On Monday, RHP Kyle Gibson (7-11 , 3.79 ERA) will start the first in a three-game series at Houston against Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.58).Rangers: LHP Jeffrey Springs (0-0, 2.55) will come out of the bullpen to start ahead of RHP Ariel Jurado (2-4, 6.69) in Monday’s first of three home games against the Angels. Los Angeles’s starter, RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.76), is coming back from arm surgery and hasn’t pitched in the majors since March. GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer thought the Cleveland Indians had presented a better overall case against him in their latest salary arbitration hearing, until the last 10 minutes in a rebuttal by Major League Baseball labor relations staff he viewed as “character assassination” against him.“That kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really well-argued case on both sides,” Bauer said Thursday, a day after beating the Indians in arbitration for the second year in a row. “There’s no room for that. … Let’s just stick to the numbers. Let the numbers decide.”A day after Wednesday’s hearing in Florida, Bauer was awarded $13 million by the three-person panel over the Indians’ $11 million offer. Bauer who won’t be eligible until free agency until after the 2020 season, said he never plans to sign more than a one-year contract. The pitcher said the process hasn’t soured his feelings about the team.“No, I understand it,” Bauer said. “I look at it as a very intellectual pursuit. It’s very intellectual and not very emotional. They actually apologized to me immediately afterward, the other side in front of the arbitrator.”Bauer pointed out that “the higher-ups on the team don’t go. They have lawyers argue the case for them.”He had sent formal personalized invitations to Indians president Chris Antonetti and general manager Mitch Chernoff to attend his hearing. He said that was meant as “kind of a joke and ease the tension that could be created” by such situations Ryan Zimmerman Jersey , and Antonetti said it was taken as a “good-natured joke.”With the process settled for this season, Bauer and the AL Central champion Indians move forward together.“After talking to Trevor, it’s no different than it is last year,” Antonetti said. “He has this unique ability to be very clinical about things, and look at things very rationally.”Several hours after his initial comments, and speaking with Antonetti, Bauer spoke to reporters again and said he wanted to be clear he had no ill will toward the Indians or anyone involved in the process. He repeated he enjoys the chess match that is part of arbitration.In his 2018 case, Bauer won a raise from $3.55 million to $6,525,000 after Cleveland offered $5.3 million.That was more money than even he anticipated, so Bauer donated that extra to charity and looked for a way to create awareness for the causes that would be supported by his campaign. In his “69 days of giving,” he donated $420.69 to a different charity over 68 days, and then $69,420.69 to another charity on the last day.Bauer indicated that the social meanings of those numbers — 420 is associated with marijuana use, and 69 has a sexual connotation — were presented in the final rebuttal by MLB Labor Relations Department representatives.“The intent behind it, that I would characterize , was to demean my character,” Bauer said.The pitcher acknowledged those numbers were used to draw as much attention as possible to the charity campaign and organizations that benefited from it.“Specific numbers that mean other things socially, everybody looks at it, and everybody jokes about it, and it continues the news cycle on that,” he said.The 28-year-old right-hander, a first-time All-Star last year, finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award voting after going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA. He missed six weeks late in the season after getting hit on the right leg by a line drive.In seven seasons with the Indians, Bauer is 59-47 with a 3.94 ERA in 160 games. He has won 52 games the past four years.Bauer already anticipates going through the arbitration process again next year.“I’m going to set the record raise and record salary in arbitration for a starting pitcher next year,” he said. “So I can’t imagine the (MLB Labor Relations Department) will ever allow a team to just agree, whether it’s the Indians or another team.”The pitcher said his 2018 season could have been worth $30 million on the free agent market.“Next year I expect to be paid in line with what my season in 2019 is worth, which would never be agreed upon before a hearing,” he said.
  6. Mets are playing just how the club had hoped.It’s just two games , of course, but 2-0 is better than 0-2 — which is where the Washington Nationals are as they adjust to life without Bryce Harper.Alonso contributed three hits, two RBIs and a pair of nifty stretch plays at first base in Game 2 of his major league career, and fellow youngsters J.D. Davis, Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith all played a part in lifting the Mets past the Nationals 11-8 on Saturday.“We kind of figured that would be the case — that these guys were going to come up and contribute. That’s one of the reasons we wanted them on the team or we went and acquired those guys,” second-year manager Mickey Callaway said. “We saw that talent and knew they would be impactful players. They definitely came through today.”Davis delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning, Smith also drove in a pair of runs and so did McNeil, who had four hits in front of a crowd that featured pockets of New York fans chanting “Let’s go, Mets!” and “Where is Harper?”Smith is 23, Alonso 24, Davis 25 and McNeil 26.None debuted earlier than 2017.“You’ve got (Alonso) trying to knock down outfield walls. J.D.’s making great plays behind me. And Jeff McNeil is hitting the ball all over the yard,” Mets starter Noah Syndergaard said. “It’s fun to watch. I look forward to a lot more of that this season.”Alonso’s first game in the majors came Thursday on opening day.“This is the most fun I’ve had playing baseball,” he said. “I feel blessed Mariano Rivera Jersey , and I’m living the dream right now. I’m just having a blast out there.”Another offseason acquisition by agent-turned-GM Brodie Van Wagenen, closer Edwin Diaz, picked up his second save with one pitch by getting Kurt Suzuki to fly out with a man on in the ninth after Seth Lugo let a seven-run lead shrink to three.Much earlier, Syndergaard and Stephen Strasburg, left with identical lines: six innings, four runs, seven hits. This one came down to the bullpens, and while neither fared that well, Washington’s rebuilt version really flopped.Justin Wilson (1-0) threw a perfect seventh to earn the win. Otherwise, it was an adventure out there.Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) was booed off the mound in his return from Tommy John surgery after entering a 4-all game in the eighth and allowing all four batters he faced to reach base.Rosenthal led the majors with 93 saves over the 2014-15 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals but last appeared in a regular-season game in August 2017. He was signed by Washington as a free agent based on an offseason workout and still can throw 100 mph, but he gave up three singles and a walk and failed to get an out.“A good step forward getting back,” Rosenthal said. “But obviously didn’t end up how I wanted it to.”He gave way to Kyle Barraclough, another new reliever Babe Ruth Jersey , acquired in a trade with Miami. His Nationals debut was every bit as inauspicious: Before throwing a single pitch, Barraclough let in a run via a balk. After getting a couple of outs, he served up Alonso’s second double of the day.ROBLES’ DAYRookie Victor Robles hit Washington’s only homer of the season, but he also had some adventures. There were a couple of bad jumps on balls to center field. A throw to the wrong base in New York’s three-run first inning. And he got picked off first for his second baserunning gaffe in two games. “You’ve got to remember he’s 21 years old and he’s playing in the big leagues. I’ve been there. I know the struggle,” manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s going to get better.”UP NEXTIn Sunday’s series finale, LHP Patrick Corbin will make his debut for the Nationals, who signed him to a $140 million, six-year contract. The Mets start RHP Zack Wheeler, who is 4-8 with a 4.37 ERA against Washington over his career. ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez went after Yu Darvish during a broadcast Sunday night, questioning the Chicago Cubs pitcher's work in rehab as he tries to return from an elbow injury.Rodriguez claimed that Cubs teammates were upset at Darvish and he has been creating a riff in the clubhouse,which is something the player's agent didn't appreciate."I think it was classless," agentJoel Wolfe said Monday, per Patrick Mooney of The Athletic , "and bordered on unprofessional to take a little nugget of somewhat exaggerated information from one person that maybe he had history with and turning that into a spokesman for the entire team."Wolfe went even further to attack the 14-time All-Star's credibility."If this story had come from a credible journalist, we might have shown some concern," he said. "But it came from A-Rod, so we're paying it little attention."Cubs manager JoeMaddonalso defendedDarvishwhen told of the situation after the game."I totally disagree with that," he said, perMark Gonzalesof theChicago Tribune. "Everyone knows what鈥檚 going on. We know there is an injury there. We support his recovery. Everybody in there knows and everyone in the coaches' room knows also, throughout the organization."Darvishwas placed on the disabled list on May 26 with triceps tendinitis, and his return has been a slow one.He has thrown recentbullpen sessions, butBruce Levineof 670 The Score reported earlier this month that he is still "weeks away."The Cubs signed the four-time All-Star this offseason on a six-year, $126 million deal, but he has been nothing short of a disappointment to this point.Darvishhas only made eight starts while producing a 4.95 ERA in that time.The latest controversy is another negative headline for a team hoping to contend for a World Series title.
  7. Series on Saturday Shohei Ohtani Jersey , while the Boston Red Sox were left formulating a plan for what comes next.The Dodgers not only earned a dramatic 3-2 victory in 18 innings of Game 3 to get back into the series after two defeats at Boston, they talked about being in a good spot for Game 4 despite using their entire bench and every relief pitcher.The Red Sox also used every bench player and every reliever, but also threw three starters into the mix, including their scheduled Game 4 starter Nathan Eovaldi. In fact, Eovaldi went six innings and 97 pitches before giving up a game-ending home run to Max Muncy.Article continues below ...The Red Sox hinted at a plan for Saturday’s starting pitcher, but they just weren’t willing to divulge it yet.“We’ll sit down now and go over it,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after a 7-hour, 20-minute Game 3. “Somebody will start, most likely a lefty.”Drew Pomeranz Brandon Phillips Jersey , who did not pitch Friday, is one of four lefties on the Boston staff, along with Game 1 starter Chris Sale, Game 2 starter David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez, who pitched one-third of inning Friday.Not only did Rick Porcello throw a solid 4 2/3 innings for Boston, Price also joined the fray Friday, working two-thirds of an inning.The Dodgers seemed to have their starting pitcher situation settled, but around an hour after the final out of Game 3 they announced that their Game 4 starter as “TBA.” It could mean the club is thinking about a change from left-hander Rich Hill to left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who wobbled a bit in his Game 1 start.Kershaw would be pitching Saturday on three days of rest if he sees action in Game 4. One possibility is that Kershaw and Hill piggyback each other Saturday to ease the burden on the bullpen.But manager Dave Roberts sounded more than happy with the status of his bullpen. No Dodgers reliever went more than two innings Barry Larkin Jersey , although Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Kenta Maeda all were asked to get six outs.“The way that our pen got the outs they needed, they did a heck of a job,” Roberts said. “You look at (Game 4) after playing 7 hours and 20 minutes, our pen is in pretty good shape. There were some guys we wanted to stay away from (in Game 3), namely (Ryan) Madson, Julio (Urias). But for those guys to give us some big outs and to pick us up when we needed it, it’s kind of a signature of our ballclub.”What has not been a signature is the Dodgers’ struggle for offense. They got away with it in winning their first game of this World Series because of a brilliant seven-inning start from Walker Buehler and a stingy bullpen outside of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s home run off Jansen.The Dodgers have averaged just three runs a game in the series and did not have an extra-base hit for 74 consecutive played appearances until Joc Pederson hit a third-inning home run Friday.The Red Sox are in an uncharacteristic offensive slumber as well. The top four batters in the Boston lineup went a combined 0-for-28 in Game 3, including an 0-for-7 performance from likely AL-MVP Mookie Betts and an 0-for-8 game from Xander Bogaerts. MONTREAL (AP) — Charlie Montoyo was a 27-year-old infielder still trying to carve out a major league career the last time he stepped on the field at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.Montoyo Chris Sabo Jersey , now the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, returned to the city Monday as his team opened a two-game exhibition series against the Milwaukee Brewers.“I’m never going to forget having my first hit of two here,” Montoyo said. “That’s a memory that I’m always going to have. Hopefully they (show) the highlights before the game. They’d have to stop the game for five seconds.”Montoyo, who was drafted by the Brewers twice — in 1986 and 1987 — made his major league debut with the Montreal Expos in 1993, appearing in four games with a pair of hits and three RBIs. But that would be it for his big league playing career.Montoyo sat in a familiar spot in the Olympic Stadium dugout when addressing the media before Monday night’s game, a 10-5 win for the Brewers. It was the same spot he was sitting in when former manager Felipe Alou asked him to pinch-hit for his first major league appearance against the Colorado Rockies.“I got here late, like 7 o’clock or 7:10 or something. I said hello to Felipe and I put my uniform on and sat on the bench,” Montoyo recalled. “Until the seventh inning when he said, ‘If they bring the lefty you’re going to go pinch-hit.'”The Rockies brought in left-hander Gary Wayne and Montoyo stepped to the plate. He said there were no butterflies in his stomach when he hit the go-ahead single before closer John Wetteland preserved a 4-3 victory.“There were butterflies when I went to play defense because I hadn’t taken any groundballs or anything ,” said Montoyo, who will make his regular-season debut as a major league manager Thursday at home against the Detroit Tigers. “But Wetteland was lights out, 1-2-3 and game over. I was the hero.”A number of one-time Expos, including Alou, Larry Walker and Steve Rogers were on hand before the game to be commemorated for the team’s 50th anniversary.Montoyo’s two hits with the Expos weren’t part of the celebration, however.Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and Yasmani Grandal had a two-run shot for Milwaukee. Mike Moustakas and Orlando Arcia each had two hits.
  8. Home-field advantage tends to be overvalued by bettors in the MLB playoffs , especially in the early rounds.Blindly betting every road underdog of +120 or more in the MLB postseason since 2006 would have won a $100 bettor about $1,600, with a 7.3% ROI.As I do at the beginning of every October, I wanted to remind everyone of the historical value of MLB home-field percentage 鈥?regular season or postseason. The 54% win percentage implies that the crowd, umpire bias, park familiarity, ability to bat last and other home factors swing the result in only one out of every 12 or so games.Per Sports Reference, home teams in the NBA and NFL both won at least 5% more games in the postseason Edwin Encarnacion Jersey , as opposed to the NHL and MLB, which don’t see any historical “bump” in the playoffs.When diving a little more deeply into the MLB numbers, I noticed that home-field advantage is even less of a factor earlier in the postseason.I split the postseason history into four separate time periods based on when Major League Baseball added a new round (or second wild card in 2012).World Series and Pennant Odds Entering the MLB PlayoffsRead nowSince the American League and National League split into separate divisions in 1969, home teams have won 60% of World Series games but only 52% of Division Series contests.Dating back to 1995, after the strike and realignment, teams with home-field advantage have won exactly 50% of League Division Series (46-46).Since 1998, when MLB adapted the 2-2-1 format, teams with home-field advantage have actually lost more series than they have won in the LDS (37-39).Playing at home seems to hold the most value in the World Series, as teams with home-field advantage have won 59% of Fall Classics since 1925.MLB Playoff Betting: Do Hot Septembers Translate to Postseason Success?Read nowLast season , the Astros pulled out a road win in the 40th “winner-take-all” game in World Series history. Home teams in World Series “winner-take-all” scenarios now own an overall losing record of 19-20 after the Cubs and Astros won the past two World Series in Game 7 on the road.Also, three of the 10 MLB playoff teams in 2018 (Braves, Astros and Dodgers) actually had better road records this season.聽However, exceptions do exist for certain teams as a result of other variables such as:Team experienceBallpark dimensionsWeatherSightlinesFor example, the Rockies historically play much better at home in the altitude of Denver (although this year they won a franchise-best 44 games on the road). Among other reasons, it is simply much tougher for them to hit on the road, where they see much sharper breaking balls.Having reviewed all of the above data, you would presume that home favorites in the postseason, especially in earlier rounds , are overvalued.Using the valuable tools on BetLabs, I ran a return analysis on betting road underdogs in the MLB playoffs. Here are the results:If you bet $100 on every road MLB underdog of +120 or better since 2006, you would have won ~$1600 (7.3% ROI) with a record of 94-122 (43.5%). However, road underdogs fitting that criteria went 3-14 last postseason.The sample size is meaningless, but road teams have a 7-5 record in the 12 wild-card games played since 2012.We have our first road dog of +120 or better in Tuesday’s NL wild-card game. Check out our betting preview to see if there’s value in the underdog Rockies. Today the public is backing three significant favorites: the Braves, Cubs, and Mariners.The Braves are 14.5 games ahead of the Mets in the National League East.The Cubs have Jon Lester on the mound and are facing the worst team in the NL.The Mariners are in the mix for the American League wild card and at home against Sam Gaviglio and his 5.10 ERA.The public’s top plays went 2-1 Saturday, but because of their high prices they actually lost a fraction of a unit. That hasn’t deterred public bettors from favorites, however , as all of Sunday’s most popular picks are once again at minus money.>> All odds as of 10:45 a.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time MLB odds and track your betsAtlanta Braves (-135) at New York Mets1:10 p.m. ETEighty-one percent of bettors are behind the Braves, making them the most popular play of Sunday’s early starts. They’ve also landed 92% of dollars but have fallen from -145 to -135.Why the public loves Atlanta: The Braves are 14.5 games ahead of the Mets in the National League East, and Atlanta was shut out last night. Whenever a bad team beats a good one, the public assumes the opposite will happen the next day. There’s just no way the Braves could lose two in a row to the Mets, right?Joffe: Baseball Sucks Way Less When It Wins You MoneyRead nowChicago Cubs (-195) vs. San Diego Padres2:20 p.m. ETThe Cubs have collected 80% of bets and 74% of dollar to this point, but they’ve fallen from -210 to -195.Why the public loves Chicago: Another Jon Lester start, another huge public backing. Of course, this is also a matchup between the best and worst teams in the National League, so there’s that.Seattle Mariners (-147) vs. Toronto Blue Jays4:10 p.m. ETLike the Braves Roberto Perez Jersey , the Mariners have 81% of bets but have moved slightly from -145 with 89% of dollars.Why the public loves Seattle:聽Only 2.5 games shy of the last playoff spot in the American League, the Mariners are still clearly in the mix. The Jays, though, are 14 games back, so this matchup means more to Seattle. The Mariners face Sam Gaviglio and his 5.10 ERA, which only makes the public more likely to back the home team.
  9. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once Aaron Nola got an early lead Lance Parrish Jersey , he was home free.Nola struck out 11 in seven impressive innings to stay unbeaten at Citizens Bank Park, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 4-2 on Friday night.Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double off former teammate Noah Syndergaard during a three-run first inning, and Nola made the early lead stand up.Nola (14-3) allowed one run on three hits with one walk while lowering his ERA in 2.24. a 2.00 mark in 12 starts in Philadelphia this season.“There’s been a lot of Cy Young Award chatter leading up to today. Obviously, you can see why,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.“He rises to the occasion. he’s ready for the biggest moment. And it’s just like no spot is too big. No spotlight is too bright. He just elevates his game , and we saw that tonight,” he said.Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in as many chances.Syndergaard (8-3) allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. The tall right-hander has battled injuries again in 2018, missing two months with a finger injury and then 10 days last month due to hand, foot and mouth disease.“Today was more of a step in the wrong direction,” he said.Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro also drove in runs for the playoff-contending Phillies.Austin Jackson had three hits and an RBI for the Mets.Cabrera’s double put the Phillies ahead and Williams followed with an RBI single. Cabrera, traded from the Mets to Philadelphia last month , scored on Carlos Santana’s double-play groundout.That was more than enough for Nola, who struck out the side in the first and retired nine of the first 10 Mets. The only batter that reached during that stretch, Jose Bautista, got on because of an error by second baseman Cesar Hernandez.“Just trying to make quality pitches,” Nola said.New York got its lone run off Nola in the fourth. Jeff McNeil led off with a single, the first hit off Nola Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , went to third on Jackson’s single and scored on Todd Frazier’s sacrifice fly.RUNNING WILDThe Phillies stole a season-high five bases, including the first two of the season by the catcher Alfaro, against Syndergaard.“Definitely an Achilles’ heel,” Syndergaard said of holding runners. “Embarrassing tonight.”Mets manager Mickey Callaway said it’s an area Syndergaard will continue to work to improve.“Bottom line is he needs to get better and I think he will,” Callaway said.ERROR PRONEHernandez’s misplay made it 94 errors for Philadelphia, which began play second in the majors to St. Louis (95).TRAINER’S ROOMMets: An MRI on the left index finger of RF Brandon Nimmo revealed no structural damage. Nimmo Jose Iglesias Jersey , who was injured on Thursday, was not in the lineup Friday but could play on Saturday. … Reliever Bobby Wahl was placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain and LHP Daniel Zamora was recalled from Double-A Binghamton. Zamora made his major league debut, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.UP NEXTMets ace Jacob deGrom (7-7, major league-best 1.81 ERA) opposes RHP Jake Arrieta (9-7, 3.33) in the fourth game of the five-game set on Saturday afternoon. DeGrom is 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 13 career starts against the Phillies and struck out seven in eight shutout innings of a 3-0 win on July 11. Arrieta is 2-2 with a 1.99 ERA in eight career starts vs. the Mets. Harry How/Getty ImagesDespite an injury scare in the first week of spring training, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is still in line to start Opening Day.Per's Ken Gurnick Denny McLain Jersey , Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Kershaw remains the team's starter against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 28.Roberts added Kershaw doesn't need to undergo an MRI, per Gurnick. The three-time National League Cy Young winner cut short his bullpen sessionFriday with an arm issue.Per The Athletic's Pedro Moura, Roberts said Sunday that Kershaw is on anti-inflammatory medication due to discomfort in his left shoulder and trying to "increase his velocity might have contributed to his not feeling right."Kershawtold reportersafter leaving his bullpen session he didn't want to be "super-specific" about the issue and was "just going to take a few days right now.鈥漈he Dodgers will likely exercise caution with their ace, especially since it's so early in spring training. Kershaw has missed time due to injuries in four of the past five seasons.Last season, the Dodgers placed Kershaw on the injury list in May withbiceps tendinitis. He returned for a start May 31 before going back on theinjury listthe following day with a strained lower back.Kershawsigneda three-year extension worth $93 million in November that runs through the 2021 season.The 30-year-old helped the Dodgers reach their second consecutive World Series last year after posting a 2.73 ERA with 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings over 26 starts.
  10. Brewers the previous night and used seven pitchers in the process , Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon was well aware he needed to provide a strong performance on the mound Saturday.“I knew the team needed innings,” Taillon said. “I enjoy when I feel like something is really important. The team needed me and that sparks a little bit of extra energy.”Taillon pitched six strong innings and Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer as the Pirates bounced back to beat the Brewers 9-1. The teams have split the first two games of the series, after Milwaukee took the opener in a game that lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle praised Taillon’s fortitude.“He had some misses and some counts got stretched out. He had to roll his sleeves up and work, and he did,” Hurdle said.Taillon (10-9) gave up one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.“Jameson Taillon is a good pitcher and he pitched well tonight,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel said.The eighth inning-drive by Frazier, who entered the game an inning earlier when he pinch-hit for Taillon, gave the Pirates a five-run cushion after Gregory Polanco broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single.“Frazier comes in again and gives us a shot, like a sixth man in basketball Brandon Kintzler Jersey ,” Hurdle said. “Instant offense when he doesn’t start.”The Pirates added three runs in the ninth on a wild pitch, a run-scoring single by Sean Rodriguez and Colin Moran’s RBI double. Moran had four hits in five at-bats.Christian Yelich, who has an 11-game hitting streak, homered in the third to put the Brewers in front 1-0.Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin (13-5), who didn’t allow a run in his previous two starts, held the Pirates scoreless until the fourth when Josh Harrison doubled to drive in Francisco Cervelli, who led off the inning with a double of his own.Chacin permitted three runs and eight hits in six innings.TURNING POINTWhen Frazier drew a walk as a pinch-hitter leading off the seventh, Chacin was convinced he had thrown a strike and began shouting at plate umpire Sam Holbrook.“We’re playing for a playoff (spot). I made a good pitch there to Frazier leading off the seventh,” Chacin said. “(Holbrook) missed it. He changed the game.”Chacin then allowed a double to Starling Marte and issued an intentional walk to Josh Bell before being removed.“Everything got out of hand. It was a good game until the seventh. Just one pitch changed the whole game,” Chacin said. “It wasn’t like , borderline. It was clearly a strike. He just didn’t call it.”MODEL OF CONSISTENCYTaillon has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 16 consecutive starts, the best by a Pirates pitcher since Jeff Locke’s 17-game streak in 2013.“I’m being aggressive, mixing my pitches a lot,” Taillon said. “Every time a hitter comes up I’m showing him something different. The addition of the slider helps.”GOING DEEPYelich belted a homer to center field for the second consecutive game and has gone deep in three straight games for the second time in his career.“My curveball doesn’t usually get hit like that,” Taillon said. “That just tells me he’s in a good spot. A bad pitch on me, but usually that’s a double or an out. He’s a great hitter.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Taillon was hit in the lower right leg by Eric Thames’ comebacker in the second. He remained in the game after being checked by a trainer. … Harrison, who has been dealing with a left hamstring issue, was lifted for a pinch-runner as a precaution in the eighth after pulling up while running the bases. … The Pirates recalled RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned RHP Clay Holmes to their top farm club. Holmes blew a save Friday night. … LHP Steven Brault, who matched a career high with four scoreless innings of relief Friday, was unavailable. … RHP A.J. Schugel (right shoulder discomfort) has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and sent outright to Indianapolis.UP NEXTPirates: Chris Archer (4-6 David Price Jersey , 4.41 ERA) exited his last start Monday against Atlanta after four innings with left leg discomfort. He gave up one run over six innings in his only career start against Milwaukee last August as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.Brewers: Chase Anderson (8-7, 3.92) is 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 13 career starts against the Pirates, including 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two outings this season. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A pair of Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguers put up an astonishing stat line Tuesday night.Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings completed cycles three batters apart for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in a 12-5 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.Newman hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to finish his first career cycle with his fifth hit of the game. Later in the inning, Stallings legged out his first triple at any level since 2015 on a drive to right-center field. It was also the first career cycle for Stallings, who has played in the majors each of the past three seasons.The last Indianapolis player to hit for the cycle was current Pirate Josh Bell on April 22, 2016.This was the second time minor league teammates hit for the cycle in the same game this season. Giants prospects Gio Brusa and Jalen Miller did it for Class A San Jose in April. The feat has never been accomplished in the majors.
  11. HILL COUNTRYThe Athletics wrap up their series at Minute Maid Park Shohei Ohtani Jersey , trailing the AL West-leading Astros by 1 1/2 games going into the finale. Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA) starts for Oakland, looking to rebound after allowing five runs in five innings against Minnesota in his last outing. Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54) pitches for Houston.TAKE TWOThe Cubs will try to win their seventh in a row — and eighth, too — when they take on the Mets at Wrigley Field.The teams were tied at 1 when their game Tuesday night was suspended in the top of the 10th inning because of rain. Michael Conforto had a 2-0 count leading off the inning when it was stopped. After they resume and finish, Cubs rookie Alec Mills will go for his first big league win when he faces Jason Vargas.LEFT(IES) FROM ATLANTAAlex Wood and Mike Minors both made their big league debuts with the Braves, and were teammates together in Atlanta for two seasons. The lefties are now scheduled to face each other in Texas.Minor (10-6) is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts for the Rangers. Wood (7-6), who has been bothered with hamstring and adductor issues this season, got some extra time since his previous start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 20.Minor made his MLB debut with Atlanta in 2010 Brandon Phillips Jersey , and Wood in 2013. They were then teammates through 2014 before Minor missed the entire 2015 season because of injury and Wood was traded midway through that season to Los Angeles.HEALINGYankees shortstop Didi Gregorius could begin running in his recovery from a bruised left heel. He took grounders hit right at him before Tuesday night’s game. It remains to be seen whether he’ll need a minor league rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Welcome to the big leagues, Brett Kennedy.Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers to spoil Kennedy’s San Diego debut and propel the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.Kennedy, who was 10-0 in 16 starts at Triple-A El Paso before being called up Monday, was tagged for six runs on 11 hits in four innings.“We were trying to be aggressive within the strike zone, kind of go after him right away,” Aguilar said through a translator. “He even surprised us because he was throwing a little harder than all the reports said. We knew he had a really good record down below in Triple-A, but it’s a little different up here. We were just trying to be aggressive with everything he threw in the zone.”Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich also homered for the Brewers, giving them a season-high five. Hunter Renfroe had a two-run shot for San Diego.Jhoulys Chacin (11-4) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings to win for the fifth time in six decisions.“We got the early lead and then he put up a bunch of zeroes Luis Valbuena Jersey , which just takes a little wind out of the sails of the opponent, obviously, and we tacked on a couple more runs as well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He pitched a good game. It was kind of what we’ve seen from Jhoulys all year.”Kennedy (0-1) retired Yelich on a groundout to open the game, but the next seven hitters reached. Lorenzo Cain singled to right and advanced to third on Mike Moustakas‘ opposite-field bloop single down the left-field line.Aguilar then drove a 3-2 pitch the other way over the right-field wall for his team-leading 28th home run. Shaw followed with his 23rd homer and Thames added his 16th to put the Brewers up 5-0.Kennedy, who had allowed just six homers in 89 1/3 innings in the Pacific Coast League, then allowed singles to Erik Kratz and Orlando Arcia before retiring the next two hitters.“Not too many butterflies but I was amped up,” Kennedy said. “The ball was coming out pretty good. I didn’t locate some pitches. I threw a good pitch to Aguilar but he put a good swinging on it and hit a home run. I think I tried doing a little too much after that on those next two home runs. After that, I kind of settled down a little bit and started making some pitches.”The Brewers made it 6-0 in the second on singles by Cain and Aguilar and Shaw’s sacrifice fly.San Diego pushed across run in the fifth. Austin Hedges singled and Freddy Galvis walked. Chacin then snagged Franmil Reyes‘ scorching liner and doubled Galvis off first. Hedges came around on Cory Spangenberg’s single under the glove of first baseman Aguilar.Arcia answered in the bottom half with his third homer , a two-out solo shot to center. It was his first homer since April 19, spanning 55 games and 182 plate appearances for a career-long homerless streak.Renfroe’s two-run homer in the sixth, his 11th, cut the lead to 7-3, but Yelich countered with his 18th homer to open the bottom half.Padres manager Andy Green said he was encouraged by the way Kennedy responded after the first inning.“He was probably a little ampled up and a little less command than he’s had than he’s had over the course of the season,” Green said. “He’s been so pinpoint for most of the season. I actually thought the pitch to Aguilar was a tip-your-cap swings a guy just makes from time to time. Then missed over the middle to some good left-handed hitters. But we saw who he was over the last couple innings. We saw a guy settled in, dialed in, locating his fastball very well. He pitched effectively.”KENNEDY’S HOMERS: Kennedy became the third pitcher to allow three straight home runs in his debut, according to STATS Cam Bedrosian Jersey , Inc., joining the Yankees Bill Fulton (Sept. 12, 1987 at Toronto) and the Brewers Tyler Thornburg (June 19, 2012 vs. Toronto). Kennedy is the only one to do so in the first inning of his debut.BREWERS BOMBS: Five homers by five different players tied a franchise record. It was the first time the Brewers hit three consecutive homers since May 9, 2015 at Detroit (Ryan Braun, Adam Lind, Aramis Ramirez). According to Stats, Inc, it was the first time the Brewers had three consecutive home runs at home.UP NEXTPadres: LHP Robbi Erlin (2-3 , 3.34) will make his fourth start of the season, along with 27 relief appearances. He made one start in May and another in June, before starting Aug. 2 against the Cubs, allowing one run in five innings for his ninth career victory as a starter.Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-7, 3.42) has not won in four starts since July 8. He has allowed 15 earned runs in 22 innings over that span. Guerra has a 2.55 ERA in 13 starts at Miller Park, compared with 4.97 on the road.
  12. The Bengals are currently 4-3 on the season , good for second place in the AFC North.A litany of injuries have hit the team, however, and the result is a two-game losing streak. Can the Bucs pull off a big win on the road? Let’s dive into this week’s preview. OverviewAll-time series: Tampa Bay leads the all-time series 7-4. The Bucs are 2-2 at home and 5-2 on the road. Longest win streak: The Bucs won six in a row from 1995-2010. The Bucs need another solid performance from WinstonJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsLargest victory: Cincinnati suffered a humiliating 35-0 defeat in 1998. 2018 offensive and defensive rankings: The Bucs have moved back into first place in total offense (1st pass, 31st run) and the 29th ranked defense (32 pass, 6th run). Cincinnati is 25th in total offense (20th pass, 28th run) and 31st in total defense (29th pass, 26th run)What to watch forLife without Kwon Alexander: How will Tampa Bay’s defense perform without their starting middle linebacker?The Bengals’ injuries: As mentioned earlier Lavonte David Jersey , the Bengals have a ton of injuries that will likely affect the game. Andy Dalton vs. Jameis Winston: Two up-and-down quarterbacks with two of the quickest releases in the NFL. Should be a fun matchup. Bengals’ receivers vs Bucs’ secondary: Everyone knows A.J. Green, but Tyler Boyd may be the one to pay attention to Sunday. Bucs’ running game: They are going against one of the worst run defenses in the league again. They have to find success here.Impact PlayersTampa BayQB Jameis Winston: He has to cut down on the turnovers if the Bucs want to win.RB Peyton Barber: Can he find his groove like he did in Atlanta?RG Caleb Benenoch/Evan Smith: Geno Atkins is hungry and both of these guys have to find a way to stop him. DE Jason Pierre-Paul: The most consistent performer on defense will need to come through yet again this week. LB Lavonte David: With Alexander out, David is needed more than ever.DB Carlton Davis: He will be responsible for covering Green, need I say more?This is a big game for DavisJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsCincinnati BengalsQB Andy Dalton: Just like Winston, if he cuts down on the turnovers, then the Bengals win.RB Joe Mixon: The Bengals are going to ride Mixon into the ground on Sunday.WR Tyler Boyd: With all eye on Green, Boyd should find plenty of room to operate. DT Geno Atkins: The injuries at linebacker and in the secondary make Atkins all the more important.DE Carlos Dunlap: Success on defense comes in the form of pressure from the defensive line this week.DB William Jackson: One of the league’s budding corners will most likely be responsible for containing Mike Evans.Cool StatsTampa Bay recorded five sacks against Cleveland. With five or more sacks at Cincinnati Authentic Chris Conte Jersey , the team will have consecutive games with at least five sacks for the first time since 2004 (11/21/04 vs. San Francisco-11/14/04 at Atlanta).Evans has 591 receiving yards through six games. He needs 83 more to pass Keyshawn Johnson (673 in 2001) for the most receiving yards by a Buccaneers player through the team’s seven games of the season.Tampa Bay’s offense has been on a historic pace through the first six games of the season. The team’s 2,184 passing yards are the second-most through the first six games in NFL history.Through six games, Tampa Bay leads the league in total yards per game and passing yards per game, while ranking fourth in yards per play and tying for eighth in points scored.*stats provided by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications DepartmentThe Bucs need to make Dalton’s life hell on SundayAaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsOutlookThis game could get ugly for both teams if they play like they have in recent weeks. Not to sound cliche, but the team that makes the least amount of mistakes and the team that can run the ball will walk away victorious. Injuries have hit both teams hard and it will be interesting to see how they can overcome said injuries. As usual, if you’re a betting person, don’t take this game. Bruce Arians Talks About How He'd Handle A Star Player Who Wants To Be Traded - JoeBucsFan.comNew head coach Bucco Bruce Arians says those principles are the foundation of his renowned football program.Report: Bruce Arians wants DeSean Jackson back with Buccaneers – ProFootballTalkAs the regular season came to an end Youth Adam Humphries Jersey , both the Buccaneers and wide receiver DeSean Jackson sent signals that they'd prefer to end their working relationship in 2019.Report: Sean Kugler not signing with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, still in play for Buffalo Bills offensive line coach - Buffalo RumblingsCURVEBALL!Bucs' Harold Goodwin on lack of minority coaches in NFL, Steve Wilks firing | SI.comGoodwin said that the Cardinals firing of Steve Wilks "hurt a little bit" amid the lack of minority head coaches in the league.He benefited from the Matt Bryant curse on the Bucs. Now he’s out to reverse itFormer Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong saw Bryant make 88.7 percent of his field goal attempts the past decade. Can he find a kicker for the Bucs?
  13. Paysinger grew up in economically depressed South Los Angeles Authentic Mike Evans Jersey , but he attended Beverly Hills High School, where he captained the football team in the wealthy enclave. The culture shock he experienced is the basis for "All American," debuting Oct. 10 on the CW."I definitely had a gang influence with friends and family growing up in South Central, and people might think that Beverly Hills definitely shielded me from some problems. But in actuality, it only opened up a whole new can of worms," Paysinger told a TV critics' meeting on Monday."Just dealing with kids with affluence, kids with drug problems and having their parents not be there for weeks on end because they're vacationing or they're doing big business. Just dealing with that contrast was probably the biggest thing that I had to go through."Paysinger commuted daily to high school as part of a program that brought students from other areas to Beverly Hills, where he had two uncles and an aunt who coached and taught there.Spencer eventually attended the University of Oregon and won a Super Bowl title with the New York Giants Youth Kwon Alexander Jersey , one of four NFL teams he played for before achieving his goal of retiring from the league no later than age 30.The series shoots in some of Paysinger's old haunts in South L.A., like a local park and the barbershop he has patronized since he was a kid."South Central's been portrayed so many different ways in the media for however long," Paysinger said. "But with this show, I definitely want to implant that family aspect of the community."Producers hired a consulting firm that designs all of the football plays in the show, and consulting producer Paysinger wants to make sure the action is authentic."I don't want friends, I don't want family texting, emailing me saying, 'That's not it. They couldn't have converted on that ,' " he said.Paysinger isn't the only one with pro sports ties involved in the show. One of the writers is Jon Alston, who played five years in the NFL, and retired Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers is a producer.Bucs vs Steelers: Winners and Losers Tampa Bay showed the type of fight on Monday night that we hadn’t seen from this franchise in a long time. However, the Buccaneers also displayed the same sort of mistakes in the first half that have been frustrating fans for years. A valiant comeback effort fell just short late in the fourth quarter after a three and out from the offense. With three timeouts and a chance to get the ball back, Tampa Bay’s defense faltered and allowed Pittsburgh to pick up a few first downs and ice the game.Now, there’s some question marks floating around this team with Jameis Winston back in the fold. Who will be the starting quarterback? Will teams stop shredding the Bucs through the air? Can Tampa Bay find any rhythm on the ground?On a short week with a road game in Chicago on Sunday, the Buccaneers are going to have to get things figured out and they need to do it fast. Luckily for Tampa Bay, the Bears have had one of the worst offenses in the league to this point. They rank just No. 26 overall in total offense and No. 28 in passing offense.Winners1. Mike EvansOutside of a miscommunication with Ryan Fitzpatrick that resulted in an interception during the first half Gerald McCoy Jersey , Mike Evans was the most electric player on Tampa Bay’s offense all night. Time and time again, the former Texas A&M star stepped up exactly when he was needed. Evans hauled down a 51-yard pass to set Tampa Bay up inside the Pittsburgh ten-yard line near the end of the second quarter.Later in the game, with the Buccaneers needing a touchdown to stay alive, Fitzpatrick delivered a perfect throw to find Evans from 24-yards out for another score.Evans finished with six receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. He also became Tampa Bay’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 35. 2. Justin EvansIt’s the Evans brothers (no, they’re not actually brothers) in the winners column this week. Safety Justin Evans was solid in coverage throughout the night and made possibly the most exciting play for this defense all game.Evans read Ben Roethlisberger’s eyes all the way on a pass and closed in on JuJu Smith-Schuster before diving in front of him for an athletic interception. Tampa Bay would score on the ensuing drive for its only lead of the game. Evans finished with six total tackles and a pass deflection outside of his interception. 3. OJ Howard/Cameron BrateThe Buccaneers tight end combo was phenomenal on Monday night, hence why I’m highlighting both of them. OJ Howard is simply a mismatch for almost any defender in the NFL. His mix of size, hands, and athleticism will be a continued force to be reckoned with as long as he continues to develop. He showed off some of those skills last night.Howard’s first catch of the game was a short pass where the former Alabama star broke a tackle and muscled his way for a first down. He also came up in the clutch. Howard caught three passes late in the fourth quarter on touchdown drive that brought the Bucs within three. He finished with six catches for 72 yards.Cameron Brate finally got his first touches of the season and he didn’t disappoint. Brate hauled down three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Tampa Bay could pick on linebackers all day if they targeted both of the playmakers even more.Losers1. Offensive lineTampa Bay’s offensive line left much to be desired during the loss to the Steelers. After allowing just two sacks over the first two games Authentic Jameis Winston Jersey , the Buccaneers surrendered three last night, bringing their season total to five.Missed assignments and pressure were also, perhaps, the main causes of two of Fitzpatrick’s three interceptions in the game. On the first interception, Demar Dotson blocked inside instead of outside and the defensive end had free reign to tip Fitzpatrick’s pass and force a pick.Later in second quarter, center Ryan Jensen was pushed back by Dan McCullers which resulted in the Steelers defensive lineman hitting Fitzpatrick’s arm before he could follow through on the pass. You know what happened next.The running game also didn’t take much of a step forward as Tampa Bay had to basically abandon it in the second half to try and catch back up. The Buccaneers finished with 16 carries for 63 yards (3.9 YPC). For the season, the team has scored just one touchdown on the ground and is averaging a mere 3.0 yards per rushing attempt. 2. Chris ConteDo I have to break this one down? Chris Conte was on the wrong side of one of the nastiest stiff arms that I’ve ever seen live.Journeyman tight end Vance McDonald caught a short pass from Roethlisberger before absolutely destroying Conte and going the distance for 75-yards. It was McDonald’s longest reception in two years.Conte didn’t return to the game with a knee injury but I think all of us know the bruise was closer to his ego. 3. Isaiah JohnsonAfter slamming into the stadium wall during a wild play that occurred in the first half, I honestly didn’t think we’d see Isaiah Johnson again. Johnson and the receiver he was covering both seemed to lose track of a long pass from Roethlisberger that sailed out of the back of the end zone. The play ended with Johnson Youth Demar Dotson Jersey , at full speed, getting blindsided by the wall.The defensive back returned later in the game and he was flagged for a penalty on Tampa Bay’s most explosive play of the night. Down 30-20 and needing a score, DeSean Jackson returned a punt through the Pittsburgh coverage unit and up the sideline for a touchdown.Tampa Bay trailed by just three with just under nine minutes to play. As Jackson celebrated in the end zone, the Buccaneers noticed the flag. Holding on Johnson. The Bucs would still score on the drive, it just took an extra three minutes, which they could’ve used at the end. Honorary Loser1. Ronald JonesIt’s not good when you’ve been a healthy scratch for three weeks. It’s really not good when you’re a Second-Round pick who’s been a healthy scratch despite a struggling running game.What the heck is going on with Ronald Jones? Tampa Bay elected to dress cornerback Javien Elliott over him against Pittsburgh. With the way the running backs have struggled on the ground thus far, this is a disappointing sign for Johnson. This isn’t how the former USC tailback expected to spend his first year in the NFL.
  14. In case you haven’t heard Authentic Ian Thomas Jersey , the Super Bowl is this Sunday. Trophy in what should be a highly entertaining gamein Atlanta. Below you will find all the information you need to catch the action as it happens live.Super Bowl LIII—Rams vs PatriotsWhat: Super Bowl LIIIWho: Los Angeles Rams vs New England PatriotsWhere: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)When: Sunday, February 3, 2019; 6:30 p.m. ETTV: CBS; Jim Nantz, Tony RomoStream:, CBS Mobile , CBS All Access*Radio: SiriusXM 88, SiriusXM 468 (Spanish)**Weather: 63掳/47掳 / Showers / E 6 mph wind / 50% precip.Odds: New England (-3) | o/u: 56.5 (Bovada)***Note: Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a retractable roof, so the weather will not be a factor. * - CBS All Access subscription required** - For more radio options, click here*** - Updated odds can be found hereWho do you think will win the Super Bowl, Panthers fans? Make your predictions! In eight seasons, with multiple offensive coordinators Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has shown a flair for improvisation.But even after yet another example of him being better in a no-huddle situation than when he gathers his teammates around him before a play, Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn’t going to commit to making it a staple of Newton and coordinator Norv Turner’s offense.Via Marcel Louis-Jacques of the Charlotte Observer, Rivera explained the former defensive coordinator’s perspective that a no-huddle gone wrong can turn into an avalanche that can put a team even further behind.鈥淚f you go three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out, next thing you know , your defense is constantly out there,鈥?Rivera said. 鈥淚t can wear your defense out as well. It is most certainly a team thing and I think a lot of it is situational and by rhythm.鈥淚 believe Norv has a good handle on it, I think what he did yesterday was right along the lines of trying to create some energy.鈥滲ecause Newton is much better when he gets into that quick no-huddle rhythm (and because he wasn’t very good when taking his time early, 9-of-17 for 68 yards through three quarters), there’s a temptation for fans to want that sugar high of quick-strike offense for larger portions of the game. Rivera’s like the parent who makes his kids eat the vegetables, instead. It’s the practical play Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey , if not the most daring. But practical plays are often the right ones.鈥淚 think it鈥檚 situational. Certain circumstances dictate a lot of the things that happen, more so than anything else,鈥?he said. 鈥淏ecause there have been times when we start the game in no-huddle and go three-and-out. I just think it鈥檚 situational. Do we need to look at it? Most certainly, but I don鈥檛 think that鈥檚 going to drive who we are as an offense.鈥滽nowing he has it in his pocket helps, but Rivera’s not inclined to overuse it.
  15. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback against the Panthers in Carolina this week. Fitzpatrick Authentic Donte Jackson Jersey , who started the first four games of the season, replaced Jameis Winston in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.Winston threw four interceptions, including one that Jessie Bates returned for a touchdown to put the Bengals up 34-19 late in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick led three scoring drives that forced a tie before the Bengals drove for a game-winning field goal at the final whistle.Koetter said the Bucs are “just looking at this week” when asked about the permanence of this change and that Winston could wind up back in the lineup this season, but it is hard to see much of a future for him in Tampa beyond this year given the way things have played out this season.As bad as Sunday was, it probably wouldn’t have led to a change if the Buccaneers still saw him as a franchise quarterback. If they don’t, they have to consider the risk that comes with playing him as an injury that keeps Winston from passing a physical early next year would force them to guarantee him more than $20 million in 2019.What kind of future Koetter and General Manager Jason Licht have is another question the Bucs are going to have to answer sooner rather than later, so there’s much to sort out in Tampa between now and the end of the season. Oh... man. I knew this day would come, but I always hoped it would come off the heels of a Super Bowl victory, or something that truly capped off and encapsulated what Thomas Davis fought so hard to make an incredible career. Instead, it comes on the back of a disappointing 7-9 season where the Panthers started off hot but quickly fizzled out. But Thomas Davis’ career has never been about storybook endings, national media attention, or Hall of Fame accolades. Davis’ career has always about being overlooked, undervalued Womens Greg Van Roten Jersey , or on his last leg. Thomas Davis didn’t just Keep Pounding, he kicked the damn door down.I wrote this about Thomas Davis back in 2013, following a return season where he beat so many odds and managed to return following 3 ACL tears. Hopefully, you read it at the time, but if you didn’t, here are the cliff notes.I didn’t write that because I wanted any kind of attention, or wanted to capitalize on what turned out to be an amazing comeback for Davis, I wrote it because I truly believed Davis deserved the comeback player of the year award. And you know what? This dude deserves comeback player of the century in the NFL.Ever since that season, Thomas Davis has played at an elite level for an outside linebacker in his late 20s-to-early-30s, a time where most linebackers start to fall off. But for Davis, he didn’t just play over his age, he played over his body. He played at a higher level from 2014-2017 than any of us could ever imagine. He became one part of arguably the best linebacker tandem in modern football with Luke Kuechly, and in doing so finally realized some of the accolades he always deserved. Super Bowls , Pro Bowls, All Pro honors, national media attention for the first time in his career. Davis didn’t just return, he ARRIVED.If you handed me a textbook and asked me to look up what “linebacker play” would look like, I’d expect to see a picture (or a gif in the internet age) of Thomas Davis. He tackled the right way, he played coverage better than most in the league. Davis was a force every time he took the field, whether it was a close game, a blowout win, or a blowout loss. I can’t think of many times where I saw Thomas Davis and thought to myself “man, he really didn’t give his all on that play.”Thomas Davis is a player I personally invested in, because as a fan I went through that injury riddled journey, and was rewarded with high level football, just like he was. Seeing him pick off passes to seal important games or blast a running back in the hole to force a fumble at a crucial moment became all the more special because THOMAS FREAKING DAVIS did it. And it is really a shame he didn’t get a chance to go out on top Womens C.J. Anderson Jersey , because he deserved to just like many of the high level players who came before him. I once said that Thomas Davis symbolized “Keep Pounding”, and that he earned his stripe. Now, I believe Thomas Davis earned himself a damn statue.Davis taught me, personally, not just to Keep Pounding, throughout life and it’s struggles. He taught me that once you’ve gotten yourself out from underneath those struggles, to push yourself even further than simply being past them. We all have our struggles, whether it be work, life, love, family, they all cause us pain and they all can push us down to rock bottom. While the Keep Pounding moniker certainly applies to constantly honing your craft, yourself Womens Da'Norris Searcy Jersey , and your life, Thomas Davis did it better. He didn’t just Keep Pounding, he kept excelling. Davis is a shining example of what a person can accomplish when they apply themselves the same way, with the same intensity, when things are bad, AND when they are good. Davis taught me not to simply accept getting over the hump, but be a better person on the other side once you get there.Don’t thank us fans for everything, Thomas. Thank YOU, for the memories, and the lessons we can learn.