Month: April 2019

Padres hold out Tatis (hamstring) against Braves

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Tatis woke up Monday with soreness in his hamstring, which was hurt when he did an awkward-looking split while trying to stretch for a throw at second base Sunday at Washington. He left the game.

Tatis, who entered the year as a top prospect, is hitting .300 with six homers and 13 RBIs.

Though Tatis remained on the active roster, manager Andy Green said it’s too soon to know if the rookie will avoid the injured list. He said the team will be careful to protect the health of one of its top young players.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“We care a lot about him. We think a lot of him. We love the way he’s started his big league career,” Green said. “We want to take care of him. We want to put him in the best position where he has the best shot at health for a long time. We haven’t made any final determinations of what that plan is at this moment.”10

A decision on the injured list could be made by Tuesday.

Greg Garcia is making his first start of the season at shortstop and as the leadoff hitter.

Green wouldn’t say if Manny Machado might move from third base to shortstop if Tatis is placed on the injured list.

Machado played a combined 147 games at shortstop for the Orioles and the Dodgers in 2018.

“I think we always talk about what the options are,” Green said. “Those are things that, until we have to use them, I think we’ll keep to ourselves. But yeah, we have a lot of options open.’‘cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The only other player to start at shortstop for San Diego this season is Luis Urias, who was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on April 21. Urias was named the Pacific Coast League’s player of the week on Monday after he hit five homers in his past two games.

Cards RHP Wacha off IL for start at Nationals

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St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha has been activated from the 10-day injured list after missing one start with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Wacha was scheduled to pitch the Cardinals’ series opener at the Washington Nationals on Monday night.9

Wacha is 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in four appearances this season. He last pitched April 17, then went on the IL two days later.

The Cardinals made room on the roster for Wacha by optioning rookie righty Ryan Helsley to Triple-A Memphis.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Helsley made his major league debut April 16 and pitched in relief three times, with a 2.84 ERA across 6 1/3 innings.

Banged-up Curry, Thompson playing in Game 1

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Golden State Warriors star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will play in Game 1 of Golden State’s playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday after being listed as questionable because of ankle injuries.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Warriors coach Steve Kerr first announced Curry’s status Sunday afternoon, adding that fellow injured All-Star Klay Thompson would be a game-time decision. But after going through pregame warm-ups, Thompson was cleared to play and will be in Golden State’s starting lineup along with Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.10

An MRI on Thompson’s right ankle returned clean on Saturday night. His ankle was heavily taped during the warm-up session Sunday.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Reserve guard Austin Rivers (illness) will not play for the Rockets.

Rockets’ Harden wants ‘a fair chance’ from refs

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden pleaded for a “fair chance” from officials after Houston’s 104-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Sunday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Harden and the Rockets were specifically upset about what they believed were several incorrect non-calls on his 3-point attempts, on which the Warriors were allowed to close out without giving Harden the required landing space. According to Harden and coach Mike D’Antoni, the referees admitted at halftime that they missed four such calls in the first half.

Harden also thought he got fouled on a pair of 3-point attempts in the second half, including by Draymond Green on a potential game-tying attempt with 7.4 seconds remaining. Klay Thompson was the defender on the other non-calls that upset the Rockets.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“I mean, I just want a fair chance, man,” said Harden, who scored 35 points but was 9-of-28 from the floor and 4-of-16 from behind the 3-point line. “Call the game how it’s supposed to be called, and that’s it. And I’ll live with the results.”8

Joe Borgia, the NBA’s senior vice president of replay and referee operations, later told NBA TV that Green did not foul Harden on his last 3 attempt because Green was going across, and not into, Harden’s path, and in addition, Harden “jackknifed” his body so that his feet made contact with Green.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Harden was 13-of-14 from the line, but the Warriors were called for only one foul when he attempted a 3-pointer. That occurred in the first quarter, when Harden’s shooting arm was clearly hit by Golden State forward Alfonzo McKinnie.

Harden referenced the series-ending injury suffered by Kawhi Leonard in the San Antonio Spurs’ Game 1 loss to the Warriors in the 2017 Western Conference finals, on which he landed on Zaza Pachulia’s foot after shooting a jumper, as a reason referees need to be vigilant about enforcing the rule requiring 3-point shooters to have space to land.

“We all know what happened a few years back with Kawhi,” Harden said. “That can change the entire series. Just call the game the way it’s supposed to be called, and we’ll live with the results. It’s plain and simple.”

Shades of Brady: Pats’ Stidham 7th QB selected

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The New England Patriots continue to explore possibilities to succeed Tom Brady in the future, as they selected Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham on Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

Stidham, the 133rd overall selection, was the seventh quarterback picked overall, following Kyler Murray (first overall, Cardinals), Daniel Jones (sixth, Giants), Dwayne Haskins (15th, Redskins), Drew Lock (42nd, Broncos), Will Grier (100th, Panthers) and Ryan Finley (104th, Bengals). That’s similar to Brady, the 199th overall pick of the 2000 draft who saw six quarterbacks — sometimes referred to as the “Brady 6” — selected before him.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I think he can be Tom Brady-esque because Jared’s really smart, he throws well from the pocket, he’s good at making quick decisions. I think that is a great fit for him. And he loves Tom Brady to death. I’m sure that is like getting drafted by God for him,” Slayton said.10

Stidham completed 470 of 739 passes for 5,952 yards, with 36 touchdowns and 11 touchdowns over the past two seasons at Auburn after transferring from Baylor. His completion percentage dipped from 66.5 in 2017 to 60.7 in 2018, which has sparked questions.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“It’s one of those things, but I wouldn’t trade my time at Auburn for anything. I loved it there, and the great thing about Auburn is that it can really help prepare you for the next level. And sure enough, I’m lucky enough to sit here and be a Patriot and further my career a little bit.”

How much longer he furthers his career, and how well the 22-year-old Stidham ultimately develops, could help the Patriots transition to life after Brady, who turns 42 in August and has said he hopes to play until he’s 45. At the least, Stidham should have the luxury to develop behind the scenes in 2019.

Hoyer, the team’s veteran backup, enters the final year of his contract. Meanwhile, Etling will vie for a backup spot after spending his rookie season on the practice squad. When Stidham visited the Patriots’ facility in April, he said he shared lunch with Etling.

Flores: Rosen has to ‘earn’ Dolphins’ starting job

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The Miami Dolphins are expecting a newly motivated Josh Rosen when he arrives to the team facilities, but he won’t find the starting quarterback job handed to him on a platter.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores made it clear that Rosen, whom Miami acquired from the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night for a late-second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick, won’t be treated any differently than the rest of the players on the team.

Miami got great value in the trade for Rosen, who was the 10th pick in the 2018 draft, but he has a lot of work to do after posting the NFL’s lowest passer rating (66.7) last season.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

It’s a fresh start for Rosen after the Cardinals drafted his replacement, Kyler Murray, first overall Thursday.

“He has a chip on his shoulder now,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said of Rosen.

Value played a huge role in trading for Rosen, but the Dolphins also felt strongly about his character and defended him against criticism that recently surfaced. Some of that criticism included questions about Rosen’s leadership skills and passion for football and whether he is well-liked by his teammates.9

Added Flores: “You never get to really know a person until you sit with him every day, which we’ll get that opportunity. We’ve done a lot of work on Josh. I think he’s smart, he works hard, football is important to him and I think he has an opportunity to help this team win games.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Dolphins did their homework on Rosen in last year’s draft, as did Flores and new offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea during their time in New England. But they dug in deeper once the Cardinals began offering Rosen when this year’s draft began. The negatives weren’t what they seemed, according to Grier.

Rosen will get a chance to prove he can be the guy to solve the Dolphins’ short-term and long-term quarterback problem. But the franchise quarterback label? It won’t be given to him.

“You have to earn the right to get that kind of label,” Flores said. “You have to do it in the meeting, on the practice field. To label a kid like that right off the bat, I feel like that’s unfair in a lot of ways. You have to earn it.”

Added Grier: “We didn’t go out saying he has to be a franchise quarterback for us. For us, it was, he’s a very talented young player, still has a lot of upside in the league and the terms for us, the value and taking on the contract and etc. — for us, the value was tremendous that we couldn’t afford to pass up.”

Barcelona putting La Liga title ahead of Liverpool UCL tie – Valverde

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Ernesto Valverde said Barcelona will put winning La Liga for the eighth time in 11 years ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown against Liverpool.

Barca host Liverpool in the first leg of their semifinal tie next week, but they have the chance to wrap up the Spanish league title by beating Levante on Saturday ahead of the UCL match.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Valverde told a news conference on Friday that the boost which winning La Liga will bring outweighs the option of making wholesale changes ahead of the game against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“You always have upcoming rivals in your head — you’re watching their games, analysing them,” Valverde said when asked if a first European semifinal since 2015 could serve as a distraction.4

“But I want to try and put Liverpool to one side because of the importance of Saturday’s game. I want the Levante game to be the crowning moment of our league season. If we win, we’re champions and that will give us a huge push going into Wednesday’s game.”

Valverde rested Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba for the midweek 2-0 win against Alaves, but all three are expected to start this weekend. There could be some subtle rotating elsewhere, though.

“It’s possible that there will be some changes, but there are four days between the two games,” the coach added. “Winning the league would be a massive boost for the Liverpool match.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Barca could even be crowned champions before the Levante game if Atletico Madrid lose to Real Valladolid earlier on Saturday. The Catalans are nine points clear of their nearest rivals with just four games to go and have a superior head-to-head record over Atleti.

They remain on track for a third Treble since 2009, too, with the Copa del Rey final against Valencia to come in May, but Valverde is particularly pleased with his side’s consistency in the league as they hone in on a 26th title.

“What this team is doing is really difficult,” Valverde said. “Last year, we won the league with games to spare. We’re in the same position this year. That’s not easy.

Sampdoria have Serie A’s ‘other Ronaldo’ as Ronaldo Vieira makes his mark in their midfield

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William welcomes us with open arms. He ushers us into the back room of his restaurant, which doubles as a shrine to Sampdoria. Framed shirts line the walls, with thank-you notes and dedications penned on the white numbering. There’s one from Lucas Torreira, one from Patrik Schick, one from Milan Skriniar and, bizarrely for a diner by the beach on this stretch of the Ligurian coast, one from Queens Park Rangers winger Pawel Wszolek, who used to love this place when he played for Samp a few years ago.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

When William sees Ronaldo Vieira walk in for lunch, he embraces him like one of the family. There’s a polite reminder he wants one of his jerseys to put on display with all the others. The England under-21 international is enjoying a well-deserved day off after starting three games in seven days for Sampdoria. Big ones, too, against Milan, Torino and Roma. But none is bigger in this part of the world than the Derby della Lanterna against Genoa.3

The rivalry and how it manifested itself — imagine an Argentine Super Clasico, all ticker tape and streamers, played in an English-style ground — makes the Derby della Lanterna one of the standout fixtures on the continent. The intensity is breathtaking. But this season’s meetings were out of the ordinary. The Morandi bridge disaster in the city on Aug. 12, 2018, which killed 43 people and left another 600 homeless, has never been far from anyone’s minds, bringing the clubs and fan bases together in compassion and solidarity.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Their return meeting in mid-April served as another day of remembrance — as Arrigo Sacchi once said, “football is the most important of the least important things.” Goals from Gregoire Defrel and Fabio Quagliarella gave Sampdoria 2-0 victory, though their dreams of Europe have been somewhat dampened since. A 3-0 defeat at Bologna the following week means they are seven points adrift of sixth place with five games remaining. On Sunday, they host Lazio — (Sunday, ESPN+, 12 p.m. ET) — another team in contention for a European place and four points ahead of Samp.

To borrow a phrase used by coach Marco Giampaolo before the Juventus game in December, confidence is still present in the Gradinata Sud not only because Quagliarella, Serie A’s top scorer (22 goals, eight assists), plays for Samp, but because “we have a Ronaldo of our own.”

Cubs’ Strop loses car, gets save on ‘crazy day’

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Cubs closer Pedro Strop had to cut short talking with the police regarding his stolen car on Wednesday, just in time to secure the save in a wild 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Strop said his car was stolen earlier in the day. The incident disrupted his pregame routine, and he said he was still dealing with it during the game when he told police he had to go.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“I was still giving them my information in the fourth inning, and I told them, ‘I have to go. I might have to pitch,'” Strop said.

Strop came on in the ninth inning, inducing a game-ending double play to get his third save of the season.10

Earlier, the Cubs erased a three-run deficit with a six-run sixth inning that featured a pair of two-out, three-run home runs by Javier Baez and Jason Heyward. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Cubs are the first team since the 2010 Blue Jays to record multiple two-out, three-run (or more) home runs in the same inning.

The big inning meant Strop went from probably sitting the night out to having to get ready to pitch in a hurry.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get in the game,” Strop said. “But I had to be ready.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Strop said he was told that his stolen car was involved in a police chase Wednesday, but he didn’t have many other details. He said he wasn’t distracted by the events of the day and evening, though he did walk the lead-off hitter in the final inning.

After getting Justin Turner to hit into a double play, Strop gave a loud scream and fist pump, which isn’t too far from his normal reaction when he gets a save.

Passan: One year in, is Ronald Acuña Jr. ready to claim Best Player in Baseball title?

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Long before radar and camera systems that log every imaginable measurement became necessities at minor league affiliates across baseball, they were like Christmas morning toys to those who understood where the game was going. And in the Atlanta Braves organization, the most curious minds in the front office wanted to know whether their eyes were telling them the truth. That the 17-year-old who stood 6 feet tall and weighed 180 pounds really did hit the ball like grown men five inches taller and 75 pounds heavier.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

A Trackman unit, used to evaluate players, was sent to Danville, Virginia, where the kid was spending the last three weeks of the 2015 season in rookie ball. About a year earlier, Ronald Acuña Jr. signed with the Braves for $100,000. He was supposed to be a Kansas City Royal, but the Braves swooped in on international signing day, July 2, with a heftier bonus offer. Atlanta soon recognized its fortune. The entire industry, which devoted tens of millions of dollars annually to teenagers from Latin America, had whiffed on Acuña. He was the Braves’ little secret.9

And after Danville, Atlanta knew he wouldn’t remain a secret too much longer. The hands didn’t just look fast. The sound when he made contact wasn’t just loud. There were actual numbers to contextualize who Acuña was. The Braves combed data from batting practice. The ball was leaving his bat at 110 mph-plus. In games, triple-digit exit velocities were common. Acuña was essentially a senior in high school whose data resembled that of a big leaguer.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

So for those who had that early look behind the curtain, the proof of his abilities is in everything that has come since. The next year, when other teams got hip to Acuña. And the year after, when he leapt from Class A to Triple-A, getting better every step of the way, and the baseball world understood how special he could be. Then last year, when he arrived in the major leagues still unable to legally buy a drink and exceeded expectations that couldn’t have been much higher.

And now, a year after his debut, when he has guaranteed himself 1,000 times that original signing bonus and established himself as everything the Braves thought he could be and more, and all that’s left for him to capture are the game’s crown jewels — the MVP trophy, the World Series ring and the title that can be held by just one person at a time.