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Reds’ Lorenzen pitches, then moves to outfield

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Reliever Michael Lorenzen has begun the Cincinnati Reds’ mound-to-outfield experiment, pitching one inning, then moving to center field on Monday in a game against the Cleveland Indians. It didn’t take long for the ball to find him.

Lorenzen chased Jose Ramirez’s leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 5-5 tie, his biggest test during his first time in the outfield.

“It was fun,” Lorenzen said. “I didn’t necessarily get any fly balls, but I had a couple hit to me. Hopefully, next time I get to run one down.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The Reds are exploring options for replacing center fielder Billy Hamilton, who signed with the Kansas City Royals. Lorenzen was a center fielder at Cal State Fullerton who also closed games on occasion. The Reds drafted him as a pitcher in 2013, and he has lobbied for a dual role in the majors.9

Lorenzen came on to pitch the bottom of the fifth inning and retired all three Indians, two by strikeout. Instead of heading off to ice his shoulder, he looked for his batting helmet. He faced Mike Clevinger and struck out swinging, then replaced Nick Senzel in center field.

Lorenzen started shading Ramirez, the first batter, toward right field, then moved back the other way. Ramirez hit the ball to the gap in right for a double.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“The game knows,” Lorenzen said. “It was funny, because I was actually shaded to right-center. I ended up moving into left-center.”

In the seventh inning, Cleveland’s Eric Stamets went from first to third on a single to center. Lorenzen fielded the ball and threw to third too late.

“I’d rather err on the side of overdoing it; that’s my personality,” Lorenzen said.

Lorenzen left after his two innings in the outfield.

First-year manager David Bell likes the option of using Lorenzen in center. After getting him ready to pitch during the first part of camp, Bell finally gave him a chance to play center.

Trail Blazers’ Kanter, former teammate Turkoglu spar again about Turkey’s government

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The volatile, longstanding dispute between Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter and Turkish government officials has added another chapter, this time in separate interviews conducted by E:60’s Jeremy Schaap, with Kanter again comparing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a dictator, and former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, now a Turkish government official, accusing Kanter of abandoning his homeland to support a “terrorist.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The on-camera interview with Turkoglu — now a chief adviser to Erdogan — is the first with American media about Kanter. Turkoglu, who played with several NBA teams, including the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs, played with Kanter on the 2011 Turkish national team. He is also head of the Turkish Basketball Federation. The interviews aired Sunday morning.

Turkoglu spoke carefully and deliberately to Schaap, saying that Kanter has been “openly supporting a terrorist leader” — Fethullah Gulen. Gulen is a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who has been living in exile from Turkey since 1999; he is Kanter’s spiritual adviser and a bitter rival of Erdogan’s. The Turkish government has accused Gulen of masterminding a failed military coup in the country in 2016. Gulen has denied the allegation, and the U.S. government has rejected Turkey’s requests to extradite him from his home in Pennsylvania.10

In the 32-minute E:60 interview, Turkoglu only referenced Kanter by name once and said he had nothing to say to his former teammate: “I don’t send messages to terrorist organization supporters.” In response to a question about how Americans should view the saga between Kanter and Turkish government officials, Turkoglu said: “All I have to say to all my American fellows, be careful.”

Erdogan and Gulen were once political allies, but after a 2013 corruption scandal reached all the way to Erdogan and his family, Erdogan blamed Gulen for having a role in exposing the scandal, and their relationship fractured. Kanter has been an outspoken critic of the Turkish government and Erdogan since.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Kanter, who has played for the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks, frequently has been quoted saying Erdogan is the “Hitler of our century.” In December 2017, Turkey’s state-run news agency, Anadolu Agency, reported that Kanter faces more than four years in prison for insulting Erdogan and Turkoglu in a series of tweets posted in 2016. In May 2017, Kanter’s Turkish passport was canceled while traveling overseas. He ultimately was able to return to the United States through London. A few weeks later, Kanter’s parents’ home was raided, and his father, Mehmet, was taken into custody and charged with being a member of a terrorist group. Enes Kanter believes the Turkish government targeted his father, a genetics professor, because of the player’s critical stance against the country’s government.

What will Gerardo Martino’s first full Mexico squad look like?

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Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s first real Mexico national team squad will be out this week. Naturally, there will be a heavy emphasis put on the return of the Europe-based group, which the Argentine coach has already said will make up the bulk of the squad.

However, the most intriguing aspect will not be the return of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Andres Guardado, but which Liga MX players Martino includes in his first squad to face Chile (on March 22) and Paraguay (on March 26).cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

There were clues to Martino’s direction in the February camp. Martino opted not to bring in experienced goalkeepers such as Jesus Corona and Alfredo Talavera, instead picking only two players over 30, 14 in the 20-25 age group and eight in the 25-30 range. The average age was 24.9 years.10

If a gradual generational change Martino has hinted at is to be seen ahead of the Gold Cup, it will have to come from within Liga MX; there is a relative absence of young Mexican players under the age of 25 in Europe: Only Hirving Lozano, Erick Gutierrez, Omar Govea and Diego Lainez are playing with any regularity in respectable leagues.

Let’s do the math. With Hector Herrera out due to issues arranging his Portuguese passport, there’s likely to be 11 Europe-based players making the trip over. Erick Gutierrez should make the squad, even if minutes have been hard to come by at PSV Eindhoven, while Oswaldo Alanis (Real Oviedo), Antonio Briseno (Feirense) and Govea (Royal Antwerp) probably haven’t done enough.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

In MLS, Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy) and Carlos Vela (LAFC) are set to make the cut, although Marco Fabian (Philadelphia Union) may be on the outside this time, given his lack of minutes since the World Cup.

That leaves only 12 places left in a 25-player squad, although we shouldn’t rule out Martino calling in more names.

Mexico-based players such as Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Alvarez, Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Miguel Layun (Monterrey) and Victor Guzman (Pachuca) appear locked in. Then the goalkeeping pool will see Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Raul Gudino (Chivas) and Gibran Lajud (Club Tijuana) all in the mix to back-up Guillermo Ochoa.

Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi should not be held back by age – Loftus-Cheek

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Hudson-Odoi came off the bench to cap a lively 12-minute cameo with Chelsea’s third goal in a 3-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League round-of-16 first leg on Thursday. And after the match, Loftus-Cheek said talent should be the only consideration when deciding his teammate’s minutes on the pitch.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“If he’s good enough, he’s good enough,” Loftus-Cheek said of Hudson-Odoi. “I think the manager knows him well.

“He sees him in training every day and he will make the decision. But Callum is doing well at the minute and that’s all you can do. I think he is doing so well now; he just wants to play. He is young, fresh, has that momentum. He is scoring so when he doesn’t start and feels he should, it’s part of the game.10

“I’ve told him: ‘You’re at a big club, you’re young, just keep your head focused and keep doing what you’re doing’ — like he did against Dynamo. He came on and did well.”

Hudson-Odoi submitted a formal transfer request in January after Bayern Munich bid £35 million to sign him, and fears remain that the 18-year-old will simply force his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer by threatening to run down his contract, which expires in June 2020.

Loftus-Cheek, who spent years on the fringes of Chelsea’s first-team squad before joining Crystal Palace on loan in 2017, said he sympathises with his teammate.

“I know what he is going through, having been at that age in the first team as well,” Loftus-Cheek said. “If I can help him do well, I’d love to do that.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“He is such a good kid and seeing him do so well I’m really happy for him — to give him that assist felt good.”

Loftus-Cheek’s own attempts to break into Chelsea’s starting XI under Sarri this season have been undermined by persistent back injuries, but the midfielder said he is cautiously optimistic that the worst of his fitness nightmare is behind him.

MVP? Champion? Captain? Expectations sky-high for Aaron Judge in Year 3

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At this early stage of his career, Aaron Judge’s résumé already reads like a dream of a baseball-loving 11-year-old.

Home Run Derby champion. Fifty-two homer season. Rookie of the Year. Seven October bombs in back-to-back playoff appearances.cheap nfl custom jerseys

After an eventful first two seasons that have featured several milestones and accolades — and yes, injuries — what aside from winning a World Series is there for the 26-year-old New York Yankees superstar to accomplish in Year 3?

“See, that’s kind of the thing that drives me, to be honest,” Judge said in front of his George M. Steinbrenner Field locker earlier in spring training. “Nobody really knows. I don’t even know.10

“People can speculate and say, ‘He’s like this guy, he’s like that guy.’ But that unknown is kind of what drives me. Like, how good can you be? How good could somebody be? Just having that constant motivation of the unknown is kind of what pushes me.”

The projection sites have weighed in on what kind of hitter they think Judge will be in 2019. At best, they expect him to sneak over the 40-homer plateau. At worst, they’re anticipating he’ll struggle to hit .250.

Those who see Judge every day scoff at those numbers. As the right fielder enters a new phase of his career, they’re bracing for a whole lot more.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

“I guess the next step is winning the MVP,” veteran Yankees starter CC Sabathia said.

Do that, and bring a ring to the Bronx, and Judge will enter into the territory where one Yankees legend believes he belongs.

“His competition, for me, is in the monuments. His competition, for me, is the history of the Yankees,” said Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, referring to the plaques in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. “If you look at some of the things he has done, he compares to [Babe] Ruth and [Lou] Gehrig. He’s put up crazy numbers.”

Beverley: Clippers ‘want it more’ than Lakers

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“There was seven people in here on media day,” Beverley explained in the Clippers locker room after beating the Lakers. “I told Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander], look [around] the room, there’s seven people … watch at the end of the year [how many more there will be]. Like I said about us being the best team in L.A., a lot of people don’t believe me, it’s fine.

“Women lie. Men lie. Numbers don’t.”

Like Beverley, the Clippers just keep grinding and proving people wrong as they’ve won three straight and are in seventh place in the Western Conference standings despite trading away their leading scorer and rebounder, Tobias Harris, at the trade deadline.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Meanwhile, the Lakers’ season keeps fading away as LeBron James watched his team fall for the ninth time in the past 12 games.

Beverley played a significant part in adding to the Lakers’ demise with 13 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. He took on the assignment of guarding James and picking him up at half court at times as well.9

“Aggravating, defensive, hard-nosed, competitive,” teammate Montrezl Harrell said of Beverley. “That is what he brings to our game, that is what he brings every night. Before the coaches even went down to who’s got who, Pat came in and said I got LeBron.

Beverley’s tenacity helped set the tone for the Clippers. Beverley came into the game with something to prove, reminding some in the locker room on Sunday after the Clippers defeated the Knicks that he had predicted who would be the best team in L.A. before the season began.

Even though Beverley plays like he has something to prove every night, the Clippers guard looked extra motivated against the Lakers.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I played for Miami, with LeBron,” Beverley said of being in training camp with the Heat in 2010. “They cut me. I got drafted by the Lakers, they traded me to Miami. Bron got there, they cut me.

The unbearable hope — and inevitable pain — of supporting England at a World Cup

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“You’ve got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK?,” said a senior member of the squad this week. “I don’t want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It’s going to be all right in the end.”

Yes, it’s time for another England World Cup campaign, and it doesn’t matter that the senior member of the squad is Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, or that he happened to be talking about the Brexit negotiations, now into what seems like their ninetieth year, and with no end in sight.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

An English World Cup campaign will almost certainly include a meltdown, and there will be panic, and introspection, and calls for something, anything, to be done to — or by, or for — somebody. But it’s going to be all right in the end. It’s just that as with Brexit, nobody knows when the end will be or whether any of you old enough to be reading this will live long enough to see it.9

England’s two friendly victories this past week, against a poor Nigeria team and a workmanlike Costa Rica, allowed the nation (or the nation’s football commentators, at least) to accentuate the positive. The thumping header with which Gary Cahill opened the scoring against Nigeria got them excited about set pieces; more ominously, it earned Cahill the man-of-the-match award. The willing, likeable but tortoise-paced centre-back is not the recipient one might have been hoping for in a home game against Nigeria, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling all up the other end.

In the game against Costa Rica, TV pundit and former England manager Glenn Hoddle enthused about the left-footed full-back Danny Rose putting a left-footed cross into the penalty area from the left side of the pitch. “Lovely to see,” said Hoddle. “Natural.“cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Nothing came from the cross and if you have a season ticket at Rochdale, you’ve probably seen something similar in every home game this season but keep it to yourself. England need to keep morale high and if that means praising an international footballer for kicking the ball with his stronger foot, then so be it. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic.

Royals’ Perez injures UCL, could miss season

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Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the possibility the 2015 World Series MVP may need Tommy John surgery and miss the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Perez was hurt during a workout Wednesday, and the team said a MRI on Thursday revealed the damage. Perez will travel next week to California for a second opinion from Los Angeles Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The 28-year-old has been an All-Star for six straight seasons and won Gold Gloves in five of the last six years. He hit a career-low .235 last year and had 27 home runs and 80 RBIs for the second straight season.9

He has a $10 million salary this year and is owed $13 million in each of the following two seasons.

Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are the other catchers on Kansas City’s 40-man roster. Gallagher, who appeared in 35 games during the past two years, has a .218 career average with two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Viloria, 22, was a September callup last season and has appeared in only three major league games, his only experience above Class A.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Drew Butera, the Royals’ primary backup the past three years, was traded to Colorado on Aug. 31 and signed a minor league contract with Philadelphia last month.

Seahawks ride rebuilt roster to NFC wild-card berth

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It will be the Seahawks’ seventh playoff appearance in coach Pete Carroll’s nine seasons in Seattle. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only the New England Patriots have more in that span, with nine. The Seahawks made the playoffs only 10 times in the 34 seasons before Carroll and general manager John Schneider arrived in 2010.

The victory Sunday capped another comeback from an 0-2 start. Since the NFL expanded its playoff format to 12 participants in 1990, only 28 teams through 2017 had reached the postseason after starting 0-2. One of those teams was the 2015 Seahawks.

“There’s an emotion to it that’s deep, and it’s because there wasn’t very many people that thought we could do this,” Carroll said, sharing a sentiment that was repeated in some form by several players in the locker room. “Most everybody thought we didn’t have a chance.“cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The win that put the 2018 Seahawks in the playoffs was arguably their most impressive of the season. The Chiefs, who still own the AFC’s best record, opened as a 2.5-point road favorite and came to Seattle averaging a league-best 35.6 points per game.

Seattle’s defense, with one starter in free safety Tedric Thompson missing and several more banged up, held MVP front-runner Patrick Mahomes & Co. in check through two quarters. The Seahawks took a 14-10 halftime lead with the help of two takeaways, both forced fumbles that Seattle recovered. The first set up Wilson’s go-ahead touchdown throw to tight end Nick Vannett, and the second thwarted a Chiefs scoring opportunity at the end of the second quarter.10

Carson gave the Seahawks a 7-0 lead on their first possession with a 4-yard touchdown run. He finished with 116 yards on 27 carries to become Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Marshawn Lynch in 2014. That capped his comeback from the leg injury that ended his promising rookie season after four games last year.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“If you remember, I told you guys he was the most well-conditioned guy that showed up when we returned in April,” Carroll said of Carson. “There was nobody that was more fit, nobody was more ready for the work. I don’t know how he did it, but he’s just unbelievable, and that commitment that he has, it carried through the whole season.”

The deterioration of the Seahawks’ post-Lynch running game was among the leading reasons they finished 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. They had finished between first and fourth in rushing from 2012 through 2015 before they dropped to 25th and 23rd the past two seasons.

The Seahawks, back atop the league in the category this season, produced 210 yards on the ground (including two kneel-downs for minus-2 yards) and an average of 4.9 yards per carry Sunday night. They were without right tackle Germain Ifedi because of a groin injury and lost left guard J.R. Sweezy to what Carroll called a sprained ankle in the first half. That forced D.J. Fluker and his not completely healed hamstring into the game and moved Ethan Pocic from right guard to left guard.

Bryce Harper meets with Phillies owner John Middleton in Las Vegas

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Philadelphia Phillies managing general partner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Friday night to meet with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper in his hometown, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Barring something unexpected, Harper and the Phillies did not consummate a deal Friday night, league sources told Passan. It is more of a chance for the sides to explore whether they are mutually interested in the long-term deal Harper is seeking, sources said.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Phillies also met with Harper in January in Las Vegas. And the offseason began with Middleton saying, “We’re going into this [free agency] expecting to spend money. And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.”9

On Thursday, the San Diego Padres signed the other big name of the free-agent market, Manny Machado, to a 10-year, $300 million deal. It is the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history.

Other teams known to have met with Harper this winter include the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, with whom Harper spent the first seven seasons of his career.

Harper, 26, is looking for a deal in excess of the 10 years, $300 million the Nationals reportedly offered him at the end of the regular season. The left-handed-hitting Harper batted only .249 in 2018 but had 34 home runs and 100 RBIs and came on strong after the All-Star break.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The Phillies were 11th in the National League in runs scored last season, and their right-handed-heavy lineup could use a lefty power hitter.

NBC Sports Philadelphia was first to report that a representative from the Phillies was in Las Vegas on Friday.