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25 years later: Jose Canseco and the head-assisted home run

Jose Canseco is known for a few things — a 40-40 season, the forearm-bash celebration and, yes, steroids — but arguably his most memorable baseball moment was the time he really kept his head in the game.

That was May 26, 1993 — 25 years ago today — the time the Rangers outfielder took a ball off the noggin and helped the Indians’ Carlos Martinez boost his home run total.

Cam Bedrosian threw a perfect eighth in relief, and Blake Parker pitched a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save.

It’s been good to win and good to hold some leads and get a little momentum after a couple, I wouldn’t say bad outings, but a couple outings where I gave up some runs, Parker said. I just wanted to stay aggressive and continue to throw quality strikes. It was a big win. The bullpen, in particular, would like to keep coming in and shutting it down and carry that on into the road trip.

Asked about Upton’s leaping catch, Heaney said: It’s just what they do. It’s not abnormal. They do that all the time. You get numb to stuff that Simba (Andrelton Simmons) does over there. Valbuena has been playing great. We’ve got tons of guys who can make plays like that, so it’s great to have them behind me.

Despite not knowing the real cause of this aberration, the committee did recommend that MLB monitor the humidity at which baseballs are stored.

Let’s backtrack a bit, and talk about what has been up with the ball, and why storing the balls in a humidor will change the way the ball flies.

Telling was the fact that the rate of home runs per fly ball rose from 9.5 percent in 2014 to 13.7 percent in 2017 — a massive jump, and largely unrelated to the increase in rates of fly balls. The rise in HR/FB rate indicated that balls were coming off the bat harder than ever.

Fans, analysts, even Cy Young award winners weighed in on the notion that the ball was juiced — something physical about the state of the baseball was causing it to come off the bat with more energy, resulting in it flying faster. It’s a simple explanation for what has been happening with home runs.

The problem? According to MLB’s committee, a group of independent analysts, scientists and physicists, there is nothing identifiably different with baseballs today compared to baseballs before the 2015 All-Star break. The balls themselves are acting differently, but nothing about the composition of the balls has resulted in making them springier, according to the report.

Josh Gordon: Browns ‘already’ have best receiving corps in NFL

The Cleveland Browns went 0-16 last year and are 1-31 over their past two seasons, but a pair of players are confident they have the NFL’s top group in at least one position.

Gordon’s contention makes for an interesting debate, though the Browns would face competition from teams like the Falcons (Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, rookie Calvin Ridley) and Steelers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, rookie James Washington), for that honor.

The Browns also need to determine their quarterback hierarchy, though the team has stressed that veteran Tyrod Taylor would open the season as the starter over Mayfield.

Still, for Cleveland’s receiving corps to compete with the league’s top units, the heaviest burden will most likely fall on the shoulder of Gordon to return to his previous levels of production.

I plan on exceeding those expectations, Gordon said. Exceeding those goals and everything that I’ve done in the past and just building upon it. More than anything, I really just want to win. Whatever it takes for me to get some wins and do my part, where I leave no doubt, no question in anybody’s mind that Josh did everything that he could do to try to get us a win, then I can walk away with whatever the stat line is.

OK, I’m not saying Camp Patricia is battened down tightly, few clues given, few comparisons offered. I’m just saying some of the automated answers make you wonder if the Lions developed a football version of Siri. Even their most-loquacious players aren’t saying much about the past regime, or the new regime, or what’s different. But, oh, it’s different.

Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are reluctant to tout the Patriot Way here, as they carve their own path.

But all the signs are showing up, from the no-nonsense practices, to the occasional stern outbursts from Patricia on the field, to the reluctance by anybody to say anything.

Watch: 49ers remember Dwight Clark’s ‘The Catch’

Dwight Clark, who died Monday at age 61 after a battle with ALS, won two Super Bowl rings with the 49ers, but he’ll always be best remembered for The Play, the leaping, six-yard TD reception that beat the Cowboys in the 1982 NFC championship game.
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Tuesday, the 49ers tweeted out a short documentary video on the magical moment in NFL history. The team produced the video for Dwight Clark Day last October at Levi’s Stadium, but Vin Scully’s smooth http://www.shopjaguarsnfljerseys.com/Jalen-Ramsey-Jersey narration gives it a timeless appeal, and it takes on new meaning in the Derek MacKenzie Authentic Jersey wake of Clark’s death.

On January 10, 1982, a play launched a dynasty, and became an indelible, galvanizing image, Scully notes. On that day, like a photograph, a moment in time was captured …

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs pitches on Saturday afternoon. Skaggs (4-4, 3.27 ERA), who has surrendered two runs or fewer in nine of his 12 starts, took a no-decision against the Twins on May 11 after giving up two runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson takes the mound in the middle game of the series. Gibson (1-3, 3.54 ERA), who hasn’t won in 12 turns since throwing six no-hit innings in his season debut on March 31, gave up two runs on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in six innings of a no-decision against the Angels on May 12.Harper hits 19th homer and Nats hold off Giants 7-5

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister went on the DL because of a right knee strain. He left his start Friday after throwing one pitch in the sixth inning. Banister said he expected Fister’s absence to go beyond June 19, the next time the Womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey Rangers would need him to take his turn in the rotation. INF Hanser Alberto was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3, 3.94 http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-derek-mackenzie-jersey ERA) takes the opener of a three-game series at Oakland on Tuesday. McCullers has beaten the A’s twice this season, giving up seven hits and two runs in 12 innings.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 4.16) goes in the opener of a two-game series at the L.A. Dodgers on Tuesday. The 45-year-old is tied with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher at 243.Candelario’s homer in 12th gives Tigers 4-2 win over Indians

Gray attacked Orioles hitters and his bats backed him up in a 4-1 win at a muggy Camden Yards.

The right-hander gave up just a run over six innings, issuing no walks for the first time in any of his 11 starts this season.
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The Orioles, last in the American League East by a lot, started the day 27th in runs scored in the league and led off Jace Peterson, a light-hitting Yankees castoff.

Speaking of Cleveland, former Browns quarterback Josh McCown reached a similar conclusion after studying Garoppolo’s 2016 game film.

I’ve seen him on tape because we had a common opponent in Miami, McCown stated last offseason. He made some high-level throws and did some things that would get you excited about his ability to maybe carry a franchise. That’s definitely on the tape…. I certainly see why people would give him an opportunity to come in and be a franchise guy.

After signing with the Bruins, Gionta put up two goals and five assists in 20 regular-season games, but he appeared in just one postseason game before Boston was eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

Now that Bruins general manager聽Don Sweeney said Gionta will not return to Boston, the right winger will be searching for another NHL home for a second straight offseason.

Walker is preparing for his 13th NFL season. He’s entering the final year of his contract. He turns 34 in August. But he remains an indispensable fixture on offense, and his production remains elite.

Walker led the Titans with 74 catches and 807 receiving yards last season, tying for the third-most catches and fourth-most receiving yards by any tight end in the league. He only caught three touchdowns, an admittedly disappointing total, but even that ranked second-most on the team.

The biggest question is how long this late-career surge can continue.
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Clay Matthews’ nose broken by line drive to face in Packers charity softball game

Clay Matthews was hit in the face by a line drive while pitching Saturday in a Packers charity softball game, a frightening moment after which he eventually was described as fine but with a boo-boo on his nose.

NFL.com reports Matthews suffered a broken nose and was taken to a nearby emergency room for a full evaluation.

The linebacker shared on Twitter that he will have surgery on his busted nose after the swelling goes down.

VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Miami star Michelle Pooch is being sued by former football player Branden Albert over a $230,000 investment he made in her new nail salon business.

The ex-NFL player Albert claims he was left out of business decisions, had his name left off incorporation papers and that Pooch used the funds on her own salary and a chauffeured car.

Carlos Santisteban Jr., Pooch’s lawyer, tells Page Six exclusively, At no time has Mr. Albert been blocked from accessing corporate documents or participating . . . The build-out of the second Get Nailed Bar in Miami Beach is underway, and Mr. Albert’s participation in the process would be welcomed.

I just wanted to try something different, Kelley said. I just had something going on within myself, and cutting my hair was just like a bold move to show that I’m making the changes that I need to make.

The organization also was looking for a change this offseason. The Redskins haven’t had a run game ranked higher than 19th since 2013, when they were fifth. They ranked 28th in 2017 as Kelley (knee, ankle) and Chris Thompson (fractured fibula) landed on injured reserve.

Doug Williams, the Redskins’ senior vice president of player personnel, repeatedly spoke about bringing in reinforcements to address the rushing woes, and then the team added Derrius Guice out of LSU with the draft’s 59th pick. Kelley said he wasn’t shocked and didn’t take it personally. The 2018 draft was actually the second consecutive year the team tried to fix its run game; Washington drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round in 2017.

Rob Gronkowski confirms he’ll be at minicamp this week

Tight end Rob Gronkowski has not opted to take part in any of the team’s voluntary work this offseason, but he won’t be skipping the first required work of the year.
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The Patriots will hold a three-day minicamp this week and Gronkowski confirmed on Sunday that he’s going to be reporting for duty.

We’ve got mandatory minicamp this week, Gronkowski said, via WBZ in Boston. So I’ll be there this week. I’ll be full go. I’m looking forward to it. Can’t wait to get back to work. I’m excited.

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LeBron James says that many of his teammates can shoot 3s, but he balances that by pressuring the defense in the paint.
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There’s a tremendous amount of pressure and I’ve been under a tremendous amount of pressure for years now, Solder said. You can only take it one bite at a time. You go one day better. It’s not going to be one person that is going to Rogie Vachon Authentic Jersey fix everything. It’s going to be a group effort. We got to win as a team and do the best we can every single day.

The Giants also added guards Patrick Omameh and Will Hernandez this offseason and Ereck Flowers made the move to right tackle as the team looks for the pieces that will yield better results. Should it happen, Solder’s signing will likely wind up at the top of the list of the best moves in free agency this year.

Ryan Shazier will get all the time he needs to recover from his devastating injury.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on Monday said he places no ceiling on the linebacker’s return from spinal surgery and is optimistic about his comeback when he’s ready to get back on the field.
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There is no ceiling in Ryan’s recovery. He aggressively approaches it every day, Colbert said, via ESPN. We support him in every way possible in that endeavor. Where that leads, only he will know and he will determine further down the road. His approach, his mental approach. I can’t tell you how impressive an inspiration he is to us.

The Jets desperately need Darnold to pan out.

All good offensive lines need a few core pieces. A left tackle is one of them. The entire pass-protection unit is dependent on the left tackle’s ability to handle the top edge-rushers one-on-one. Solder has proved he can do it and is at least partially responsible for Tom Brady’s ability to stay healthy and perform at such a high level even at age 40. Expect the entire Giants offensive line, which also added rookie guard Will Hernandez, to make considerable progress in 2018.聽
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Money spent in free agency brought help on offense and defense, but the future of the Jets franchise now rests with Sam Darnold, the third overall pick.聽

The former USC quarterback brings prototypical size, arm talent and potential to New York. He’s not guaranteed to play early on as a rookie, especially with veteran Josh McCown returning, but Darnold has all the traits teams Chris Paul Youth jersey are looking for when searching for the answer at the game’s most important position.

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But it may also be because I’m too dumb to be an offensive lineman.

Despite the raise, no one is going to confuse Bortles with Drew Brees any time soon. The Jaguars win with the running game and defense. Bortles’ job is to make the occasional throw down the field and not make mistakes.
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Bortles had 4,428 passing yards and 35 touchdown tosses for the Jaguars in 2015, but the odds are good he won’t come close to those sorts of numbers again. In 2018 or ever again.

In fact, if Bortles tops 4,000 yards this year, it probably means that things have gone sideways for the Jags.

It’s the dawn of a new era in Kansas City. After yet another playoff trip ended in a one-and-done disappointment, the Chiefs moved on from Alex Smith, shipping the veteran quarterback to Washington.
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This is Patrick Mahomes’ team now.

Saints’ Mark Ingram appeals 4-game suspension

Mark Ingram isn’t going down without a fight.
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The Saints running back appealed his four-game suspension handed down Tuesday for violating the league’s PED policy.

That’s what I was waiting for in the draft process was the meetings, Mayfield said. Getting in, getting on the board, talking about our plays, talking about our offense and kind of showing what type of guy I am. I don’t know if I would call it a photographic memory, but just being able to rep it after a couple times and staying true to it.

That’s how Mayfield won the Browns’ brass over. He intends to do the same with the Browns’ fan base when that time comes. The key for Dorsey, Jackson and Mayfield will be managing the enthusiasm for Mayfield while executing the plan.

Bryant was released by the Cowboys on April 13 and remains a free agent after reportedly turning down a multiyear contract offer from the Ravens. Bryant also took to Instagram recently, leaving a photo comment saying he wants to sign with the 49ers. He later deleted the comment.

The Cowboys all-time leader in touchdown receptions, Bryant reportedly is looking for a one-year, prove-it deal. This would allow the 29-year-old to potentially capitalize one last big payday.

Drafted in the first-round of the 2010 draft, Bryant is third all-time in Cowboys history in receptions (531) and fifth all-time in receiving yards (7,459).

The Saints made an aggressive trade up the board for the highest upside pure edge rusher in the draft. Their entire offseason has been focused on the now, and trading away a future first-round pick lines up with that strategy. They brought back Alex Okafor to support Cameron Jordan, too. Davenport can have a greater situational impact than Derek Barnett had for the Eagles last season.

The Raiders have a mighty interior line, but new coach Jon Gruden knows left tackle is shaky with aging Donald Team USA Authentic Jersey Penn coming off a foot injury. Right tackle is iffy, too, with Vadal Alexander as the best option. Miller is the big, athletic pass protector Oakland needed to put in front of Derek Carr for the long term.

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Bucs OC Todd Monken: We chose to suck in red zone last year

Kids Akeem Spence Jersey Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith was blunt in criticizing his unit’s play during the 2017 season and offensive coordinator Todd Monken took a similar path on Thursday.
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Monken took particular notice of the team’s performance in the red zone. They scored touchdowns on less than half of their red zone trips last season, which ranked 24th in the league and played a role in the team’s 4-12 finish to the season. Monken came up with a damning diagnosis for the shortcomings in that area of the field.
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I’d say it can be good if you handle it right, Mayfield told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. If you think about it as a way to get on camera and try to show off and do certain things and handle it the wrong way then that can be very negative, it can be a distraction. But if you use it as a sense of, ‘OK, I got to block out everything else and just focus on playing ball,’ then that can be a great thing for us.

It can be a great thing for one simple reason: Learning how to deal with little distractions can help a team deal with bigger distractions, and distractions are always inevitable for football players.

Having people within our practices, within our training camp, right there trying to, not like they’re trying to distract us, but they’re there, Mayfield said. You could worry about it, you could think about it, but if you’re able to focus in, that can be a beneficial thing for us, talking about going into away stadiums and going into environments where you have to focus on doing your job, so I’m looking forward it.

He’s defended him well, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. I think he’s physical. Al Horford is a perennial All-Star, and they run a lot of sets through him. He’s usually handling the ball at the top of the key, making the dribble handoffs or pick-and-pop, shooting the 3 and posting him. Tristan is the kind of guy who is agile enough to get back on his shot when he pops to put ball pressure on him at the top of the key. Just try to make him uncomfortable. Al is a good player, so he’s going to be able to score, but we just want to make it tough. I think Womens Rodney Gunter Jersey Tristan is the best matchup for him for us to do that.

Real or not? D-backs can start worrying about Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .140 with no home runs at home, and the Diamondbacks’ offense isn’t good enough to make up for Arizona’s lost superstar.
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Buchholz allowed one run on two hits in five-plus innings on Sunday in his Arizona debut. He got a no-decision in the Mets’ 4-1 win.

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He’s being very diligent in preparing his information and preparing his application, owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday.聽I have been proud of Randy during this offseason. I’m very aware of how hard he’s working to get back in the league and get back on the field.

Dallas took a chance on Gregory in the second round of the 2015聽draft because his attributes make him perfectly suited for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s scheme.

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It’s best he’s back in the locker room, he’s back around us, fellow defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford said. I think it will be good for him and good for us.

The 45-day window between application and a potential ruling places Gregory on the field for Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California. His presence will provide depth behind Demarcus Lawrence, Taco Charlton and Kony Ealy.