Not only are the Astros winning, they are doing so convincingly. After Monday night’s four-run win, Houston has an eye-popping plus-106 run differential this season.
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Mike Fiers pitched Monday. He struck out four batters while allowing two runs in five innings to help Houston take a 14-game lead in the AL West, which is its largest divisional lead in club history.
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Steered by the exciting young core of Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman, with a mix of breakout performers and veterans, this Astros team is definitely for real and are one win shy of tying a club record with 12 straight wins.
Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers (No. 6) is the only other elite prospect who could see a near-term promotion. Although Pablo Sandoval (knee) could return soon from the disabled list, the likelihood of the Panda staying healthy and producing consistently is pretty low. With no other good options at third, the Sox could turn to the hot-hitting Devers (.300/.365/.514 with nine home runs at Double-A). Long-term, Devers has the bat speed and strength to hit 20-25 home runs while posting a solid batting average and on-base percentage.
There are a number of MLB clubs who could turn to rookies to fill the holes in their shaky rotations. Among the near-term beneficiaries could be the Rays Brent Honeywell (No. 16), Jose de Leon (23) and Jacob Faria (NR), the White Sox’s Reynaldo Lopez (19), the Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff (NR), and the Braves Lucas Sims (NR) and Sean Newcomb (NR).
Somebody call Chuck Norris. The Texas Rangers are on the case.
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has tasked the Rangers — no, not the baseball team — to find Tom Brady’s game-worn jersey, which went missing following Super Bowl 51.
Patrick said Monday the Rangers will assist the Houston Police Department in finding the jersey, which apparently was taken from the locker of the Patriots quarterback Sunday night after he led an improbable comeback to beat the Falcons at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
“I’ve talked to a lot of fans who would love to welcome Roger back to Gillette Stadium,” Kraft said. “If we are fortunate enough to win on Sunday, the kickoff of the (2017) NFL season would present the perfect opportunity.”
Goodell has not visited the Patriots’ stadium since handing down a four-game suspension to quarterback Tom Brady for his role in the Deflategate scandal. During Wednesday’s state of the league press conference, Goodell stood by the punishment issued to the Patriots, which also included a fine and loss of draft picks.
“Being injured for two years has kind of taken that away from me. My mistakes were shown on the field the first two years, and then me getting better has kind of been behind the scenes. The next time I step onto the field, it’ll be what they expect. People want to see you get better, they want to see you move past your mistakes. I’ve done that, just behind the scenes.”
There is a chance Smith has improved as a player. He’s played in just three games over the last two seasons, so fans haven’t really been able to see the progress he’s made. Teams in need of a quarterback will see it, and will determine if it’s good enough to sign him this offseason.
Since taking over New England’s four-Super Bowl dynasty, coach Bill Belichick has owned pretty much everyone on the other sideline 鈥?except when Mike Shanahan was coaching the Broncos. Shanahan not only matched Belichick, but also outwitted him to the tune of a 5-3 head-to-head advantage, including playoffs.
To best Belichick defensively, it takes someone with the aptitude to think several steps ahead offensively. It also requires an attitude; a calculated, cool cockiness that, like Mike, Kyle has.
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“There’s a fine line 鈥?don’t think there’s much Bill and his staff haven’t seen before,” Kyle Shanahan said of trying to out-coach Belichick. “They’ve seen a lot of football and they do it as well as anyone.
“The main thing is giving your players confidence going into the game knowing that when we do see what they’re doing, you give our players the ability to adjust for us to go in a number of different directions.”
The most overrated event on the NFL calendar begins this week. It’s called the NFL Scouting Combine, and it takes place in Indianapolis.
When I consider that I spent about 20 weeks of my life at what’s not so affectionately called the Underwear Olympics, I cringe.
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During my time as an NFL team president, I also cringed when I saw the travel bills generated when we sent a contingent of 35 or so team employees to Indy. General manager, player personnel director, 10 scouts, 18 coaches, three trainers and three team doctors. Not to mention the league’s costs of bringing in more than 300 draft-eligible players for an average of four days each.
Shanahan’s father Mike was a big proponent of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and the 49ers might sense some upside in a quarterback like him under the right head coach.
Cutler has a great arm but hasn’t been on a winning team since 2012. He presents an injury risk and can wear on teammates, but he’s the kind of player, even at age 34, who a confident coach can work with to navigate a playoff run. Cutler would fall in the mid-tier price range, $8 million-$10 million with upside to earn more.
It’s just a simple scrambler that just avoids the social media element, Payton said. That will be in our locker room beginning in (2017). … It’s not a violation of your freedom of nothing, all right? But it’s the ability to, two hours prior to kickoff [shut things down] — because I want them listening to music.
Asked whether the new measure was a Saints thing or an NFL thing, he replied, It’s gonna be a Sean Payton Saints thing.
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The 53-year-old coach revealed his plan in the midst of a discussion about Antonio Brown airing Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s fiery postgame speech on Facebook Live last month. He acknowledged that he would have been pissed if one of his own players had done the same.
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So we’ll see if the scrambler is employed postgame as well as pregame in New Orleans.
The veteran Blue Jays slugger was hit in the hip with a 96 mph fastball from Julio Teheran, the second of two pitches thrown inside out of retaliation for an unnecessary home run bat flip Wednesday with Toronto trailing by five runs late in a loss to the Braves. Benches cleared after Bautista flipped his bat high in the air and stared down pitcher Eric O’Flaherty.
Thursday, however, there was no incident. Bautista simply turned his hip into the pitch and jogged to first without exchanging words. Both dugouts were warned by plate umpire Paul Emmel, but the Blue Jays were the only ones doing damage after the HBP.
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Washington’s Anthony Rendon (five RBIs), Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (four), the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (four) and Cleveland’s Edwin Encarnacion (three) each homered twice in their respective club’s win.
Twins ace Ervin Santana joined Lester with a complete game Tuesday. Santana, who is the only pitcher in MLB with multiple shutouts this season, recorded six strikeouts against the Orioles to lower his ERA to an MLB-best 1.80.
Mariners starter Christian Bergman racked up the lowest MLB game score since 1957 with a minus-22 in a 10-1 loss to the Nationals. He allowed all of Washington’s runs and 14 of their 15 hits without recording a strikeout. Rendon drove in five runs for the 27-win Nationals while Bryce Harper went back-to-back with Jayson Werth in the club’s eight-run fourth inning.
Kevin Greene Game Jersey Rangers (24-21) at Red Sox (22-21), 7:10 p.m. ET 鈥?A pair of southpaws square off Wednesday Martin Perez (2-5, 3.71 ERA) and the Rangers play Game 2 of a three-game set with Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19 ERA) and the Red Sox. Sale is seeking to become the first pitcher since 1913 to record at least 10 strikeouts in nine straight games.
Being a general manager in the NFL isn’t easy. They’re usually responsible for evaluating talent, managing free agency, the salary cap, and they catch a lot of heat when things go poorly. It’s not a job that just any person off the street can handle — or is it?
The qualifications to be a GM might not be as strict as you’d imagine. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in March that Washington was considering NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as its next general manager. ESPN’s Louis Riddick was a candidate for the 49ers’ job before former NFL player John Lynch ultimately got the reins. In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers recently hired Kobe Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, as theirs.
So we decided to come up with a variety of people — some real, some fictional, some not even human — who could be the newest GMs in the NFL. Here are our picks for all 32 teams:
Meanwhile, NFL fans outside of New England, most of whom hate the Patriots, are like, “Please, for the love of God, let this curse be a real thing.” And with Brady, Madden has set itself up to deliver on that better than it could with any other player.
I say this because, at 39, Brady is no spring chicken; the odds of injury or declining levels of play do increase with age, no matter how pliable he keeps his muscles.
There are also the far-off rumblings of a potentially thunderous trade: Tom Curran over at CSNNE put together a coherent argument for the possibility of Brady being shipped off to another team on a funeral pyre sometime in the near future. (In fact, Curran’s exact words were: “the pyre has been built.”)
The Rams traded up to draft Goff with the No. 1 pick in 2016, but he started the season on the bench. It wasn’t until Week 11 when former coach Jeff Fisher finally handed over the starting job to Goff.
The Rams finished the year on an 0-7 run with Goff in the lineup. The rookie signal-caller completed just 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards and a staggering 5.3 yards per attempt. Not only did the California product have problems with accuracy, but turnovers plagued him too. He threw seven interceptions to just five touchdowns and also fumbled five times.
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The song’s proceeds will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, according to DJ Justin Blau.
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The Summer of Gronk never disappoints.
Originally from California, Aaron Rodgers has embraced everything that comes with being a Wisconsinite since he joined the Packers. One thing that didn’t translate well, however, was the diets of people in Wisconsin.
Rodgers removed dairy products from his diet over a year ago. Now we know it’s because, like bad news, his body didn’t take it well.
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His role in the Jets’ 5-11 year — a season in which he was replaced by both Geno Smith and Bryce Petty — essentially rang the bell on his career as a viable starting passer, but the veteran can still be a valuable asset as a savvy backup. He’s just two years removed from completing a career-high 63 percent of his passes, and though he’ll turn 35 next season, he brings leadership and experience to the Tampa Bay roster.
Elite Womens Adrian Wilson Jersey There’s going to be one interesting last name on the back of Washington jerseys this training camp, and yes — it’s exactly what you think. Tulane linebacker Nico Marley had a tryout with Washington’s NFL team over the weekend and made enough of an impression to be signed to the roster.
Marley is only 5’8, but he made an impact during his four years. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in tackles for loss while totaling 319 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
The legacy of Nico’s musical grandfather is likely going to follow him throughout his football career — so he can either reject it and try to carve out his own path or embrace it for now and enjoy these Bob-Marley-related football puns until his name stands independent of his family’s.
Paul Posluszny Elite Jersey It has been five years since David Wright made it through the baseball season healthy, and 2017 already is off to a bad start.
The Mets stalwart is back in New York for further evaluation after being diagnosed with a shoulder impingement, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Tuesday. Wright is currently unable to throw and questionable for opening day, Alderson said.
Sandy on DW: He’s not going to be throwing for a couple of weeks, probably not throwing with any real zip for a period after that.
The team doesn’t believe he has any structural damage in his shoulder and doesn’t anticipate surgery will be required, but it’s a troubling start for the 34-year-old, who has played in just 75 games combined over the last two seasons.
Apparently, Osweiler said O’Brien was only playing him because he needed to — not because he thought Osweiler was the better option at quarterback. Osweiler got up to leave the conversation, at which point O’Brien threw out an arm to stop him, prompting the quarterback to act like he was being held hostage. That incident, according to PFT, sealed Osweiler’s fate in Houston.
Osweiler, for what it’s worth, finished 21 of 40 for 253 yards and a touchdown in the 24-17 loss.
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The rest, as they say, is history: The Texans offered to trade Osweiler, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 seventh-round pick to Cleveland (and his 2017 $16 million base salary) just to get him off their books. To add insult to injury, the Browns seem not to want him either: They were more pleased with the second-round pick and are reportedly shopping Osweiler to other teams for even more picks.
When you conduct hours of interviews with multiple people for a single story, there are always good tidbits and anecdotes that get left out, either because they don’t exactly fit the narrative or because including them would bog things down.
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There were a good number of these during my interviews for the deep dive into the groundbreaking but obscure 1982 Braves documentary, It’s a Long Way to October, so I thought I’d share a few.
I mentioned in the story that some on the Braves thought having the documentary crew around during the record-setting 13-game winning streak in April had brought good luck. Pitching coach Bob Gibson saw another reason. When getting on the team bus one night during the streak, Gibson paused to adjust the mirrors. We’ve gotta make sure these are just right, he said, according to multiple people, because that’s how we’re doing it.
I’ve been talking with my physical therapist as far as whether I can showcase anything, said Ramczyk, who will be headed to Indianapolis next month along with other injured prospects for a medical re-check. We’re not sure yet.
It’s just an injury where you don’t want to push too early and have something bad happen, especially before the draft. I should be cleared to be 100 percent full pads, full practice by May. My film is going to speak a lot for me.
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