The Los Angeles Angels benefit from missing Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez

The Los Angeles Angels benefit from missing Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez, two of the majors’ 10 best pitchers in terms of WAR and two of the 30 best starters on the Player Rater, in the Boston Red Sox’s rotation during their week-opening series.

Cora had Andrew Benintendi leading off for the second consecutive day, but he changed things defensively from Sunday by inserting Brock Holt in Betts’ usual spot in right field.

Betts, who was originally scheduled to play against the Braves on Sunday, was scratched just before the first pitch with left side tightness. Blake Swihart started in left field for Boston.

Betts is also tied for the American League lead in home runs (17) and doubles (19). He has also registered a .437 on base percentage and tallied 37 RBIs.

The Red Sox have opened the season with a 36-16 record and have won six of their last seven games.

Brewers: LF Ryan Braun, who is batting .236 with eight home runs and 31 RBI, had a cryotherapy injection in his troublesome right thumb Wednesday in Los Angeles. It’s the first time this season and fifth overall that he’s undergone the procedure to freeze the nerve. He did not play.

Cain came out in the top of the fifth with a right hamstring cramp. He hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth before exiting in what the team called a precautionary move. Counsell said Cain will be in the lineup Friday.

As a hitter, he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs, 19 RBIs and five doubles in 91 at-bats. The 23-year-old two-way star has exceeded his lofty expectations, but it may be a while before he makes his next start.

Bochy said after Tuesday night’s game that Sam Dyson would be his regular closer. Dyson came in to relieve Will Smith and record the final two outs on a double play for his second save as the Giants came away with a 6-3 win over Miami.

The manager doesn’t consider Mark Melancon — signed to a $62 million, four-year deal before last season to work the ninth — ready for the role after a series of injuries.

Your closer is somebody who has to be resilient, and I’m not sure that Mark’s at that stage right now, Bochy said before Tuesday’s game.

Hunter Strickland’s blown save Monday night against the Marlins ultimately led to him punching a door in frustration and fracturing his pitching hand. Ben Margot/AP Photo
The Giants have been hit hard by injuries this season. Ace Madison Bumgarner broke the pinkie finger on his left hand when he was hit by a line drive in spring training. Evan Longoria also broke a bone in his finger last week when he was hit by a pitch. And Brandon Belt has been out with an appendectomy.

CFL’s opening weekend includes hit of the year, too

On Saturday night, Calgary receiver Juwan Brescacin gave the CFL an early candidate for catch of the year. That same night, on the other side of Alberta, a B.C. Lions defender gave the CFL an early candidate for hit of the year.
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Austin Romine fielded ground balls at third base during a mid-afternoon session at Citi Field on Saturday. The backup catcher took ground balls from Neil Walker, who has played first, second and third base this season.

Romine has caught 209 games in the big leagues and has played first in 20 games. He has been the DH nine times.

Was Romine preparing to be ready if called upon to play third?

Johnson has since retired, but seven receivers have signed contracts that average more than the $14.25 million Jones gets. Leading the way is Antonio Brown, who gets an average of $17 million per year.

That seems unlikely considering Jones is still one of the best receivers in the NFL, but more long-term security is likely a target for Jones.

To get his contract off the books the following offseason, the Texans essentially had to bribe the cap-rich Browns with a second-round draft pick (they also sent Cleveland a sixth-rounder but received a fourth-rounder), and they still paid Osweiler $9 million to play for another team in 2017.

Quarterback hunger makes teams do funny things.

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Congress will host hearing on sports betting

The Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision to open the door for legalized sports gambling nationwide has led many to worry about the affect it might have on integrity in pro and college sports.
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To that end, Congress will host a hearing on sports betting next week. According to ESPN, the NFL is reportedly among those invited to testify before the House Judiciary Committee hearing set for June 26.

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Beckham appeared in only four games last season because of injury (left ankle). He averaged 96 receptions, 1,374 yards receiving and 12 TD receptions over his first three seasons.

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I had constant pressure to perform because I wanted to be great. Thankfully, I was http://www.chargersfootballofficialproshop.com/Lance-Alworth-Jersey.html given the opportunity to play at the University of Florida.

A lot of people think that being a college baseball player is a breeze. It’s not. It’s more difficult than being a regular student. Normal college kids can take 15 or more credits and have time to study. I can’t even count the times I had to play catch-up on school work from not being in class weeks at a time. There were times when I had to http://www.officialauthenticgiantstore.com/Nike-Carl-Banks-Jersey.html pull off a 12-page, all-night paper the night/morning before games. Oh, and by the way, the guy on the mound was a first-rounder throwing 96 mph with an absolute hammer. Large, light ice, cream, and double espresso — now.

What under-the-radar Yankees prospect thinks of his big shot

Double-A Trenton manager Jay Bell summoned Jonathan Loaisiga into his office at Arm & Hammer Park.
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Bell told the 23-year-old Nicaraguan that a big opportunity was coming for me and I was coming to pitch here in the big leagues, Loaisiga said via a translator.

Despite skipping Triple-A and despite a professional career plagued with injury and relatively few opportunities to show his best stuff, Loaisiga seemed calm and confident while speaking with reporters before Thursday’s game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

His personal records are 11.5 in the 100 and 24.0 in the 200.

Those metrics combined with his length, athleticism and Wilson’s recent history of producing Power 5 recruits, has Diggs poised for an active 2020 recruiting cycle.

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The punishment announced by the league will not keep Irving from participating in training camp starting next month in California. The 24-year-old Irving’s four-game suspension to start last season was for violating league policy on performance enhancers.

Irving was away from the Cowboys most of the offseason tending to personal issues before showing up for the mandatory three-day minicamp that ended Thursday. He declined to go into details but did mention that he was solely responsible for the care of his 5-year-old daughter.

His former girlfriend, the daughter’s mother, accused Irving of domestic abuse before recanting in April. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco didn’t file charges, but the NFL is investigating.

I don’t have time to be messing around and getting in trouble like I have been, Irving said the day before the suspension was announced. I have to make a lot of changes. Joe Pavelski Youth Jersey My whole life basically changed this offseason, quickly all at once in a lot of different aspects. I just got to change. And I have been.

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Raiders waive QB Christian Hackenberg three weeks after trading for him

The Oakland Raiders didn’t wait long to end their trial run on Christian Hackenberg.

She would always say, ‘There’s someone out there who’s situation is way worse than mine, Bridgewater said. So I cant be down. And plus, the cancer feeds off negativity, so I have to be positive.’

The moments after his injury were chaotic and terrifying. But Bridgewater was able to stay calm, and put things into perspective, because he thought of his mother. 

It was scary, but at the end of the day, I was still breathing, Bridgewater said. So that was my biggest takeaway from it. … That was the first thing that came to my mind. Like, ‘Man, I don’t know what just happened, but I know there’s someone out there maybe going through something worse than I am, so I just have to keep my faith and believe that everything is going to be alright.’

Bridgewater continued to impress Tuesday, as he practices with a brace over the knee and a sleeve over his leg. But there are still many checkpoints to pass before he can return to the level he once occupied. Until Bridgewater starts taking hits, no one can know for sure how his surgically repaired knee will hold up. 

Last year, Houston’s Deshaun Watson posted a 9.3 percent touchdown percentage as a passer. To put that into perspective, only 2004 Peyton Manning (9.9 percent) was able to post a better mark with at least 100 passes thrown since the merger. Carson Wentz, with 7.5 percent, was second behind Watson in 2017.

If Watson throws for three touchdowns a start, he will have some of the best stats in an NFL career. Will his numbers regress from his six-start sample in 2017? Almost certainly. Is there room for concern about the long-term health of his knee? Yes. Would Houston trade him for any non-Aaron Rodgers player in the league right now? Doubtful.

The Texans caught lightning in a bottle last year after trotting out Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage as potential answers to their issues. If Watson continues the pace that he’s on, he can quickly emerge as a top AFC quarterback, something the conference has desperately needed with the aging of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.

Quenton Nelson is football’s version of Bane. Against LSU, he drove a linebacker into the dirt with more force than I can ever recall seeing. Against Georgia, he picked up a field blitz outside the right tackle as a left guard.

Travis Jankowski lines a base hit to right field that scores Hunter Renfroe to give San Diego the lead.

Travis Jankowski tries to have a short memory when it comes to setbacks. That approach helped the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
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An inning after striking out with a runner in scoring position, Jankowski hit a go-ahead bases-loaded single in the eighth to lift the Padres over the Miami Marlins 5-4.

Jankowski hit a line drive with two outs off reliever Drew Rucinski (1-1) that scored Hunter Renfroe, who had reached on a pinch-hit two-out double and advanced following walks to Raffy Lopez and Matt Szczur.

Our guys kept coming, Miami manager Don Mattingly said. It was one of those games where everybody kept hanging in there and we felt like we had a chance to win.

Mariners RF Ben Gamel made diving catches on balls hit by Cron (fifth inning) and Ramos (sixth).

Mariners: RHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0) will face Angels LHP Andrew Heaney (3-4) Monday night.

Rays: Tampa Bay decided to have LHP Ryan Yarbrough (4-2) start instead of using a bullpen day Monday night against Toronto RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-1).Chapman’s homer in 8th http://www.officialchiefsfootballshop.com/Tyreek-Hill-Jersey.html lifts A’s past Royals 3-2

In 255 1/3 innings at Auburn, Casey Mize has struck out 308 batters, many of those via his split-finger change. Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire

Auburn pitcher Casey Mize, the top pick in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft, is considered close to big-league-ready by many of the scouts who have watched him dominate Southeastern Conference hitters the past two years. Now that the Detroit Tigers selected Tyreek Hill Jersey him at No. 1 overall, he won’t require much of an apprenticeship in Lakeland, Erie or Authentic Andy Dalton Jersey Toledo.

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Johnny Manziel on late hit: ‘I understand I have a target on my back’

Johnny Manziel received a late hit in his second preseason game for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He isn’t surprised.
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I got a couple technical fouls out of frustration during games and I think my coach, out of his own ego, said, ‘If you get another technical you’re off the team,’ Montgomery explained. I figured, whatever, I was like the main player on the team. He’s not going to kick me off. Sure enough, I get another technical in a heated rivalry game. Out of frustration. And so he kicks me off the team.

Diddy was in the running to obtain ownership with Carolina before David Tepper bought the franchise for roughly $2.2 billion. However, Diddy said he’s no longer interested in owning an NFL team after the league passed a new rule last month regarding the national anthem.

I was one of the two last bids for the Panthers, Diddy said during an interview with BigBoyTV on Thursday, via the New York Post. Man, http://www.texansofficialauthentic.com/TEXANS-SHANE-LECHLER-JERSEY I really wanted to go in there and be a part of the NFL and try to be a positive change. This last move, though, I don’t even want to own an NFL team no more.

Diddy added: I don’t want to be associated with oppressing black men. I don’t want to be associated with telling grown-a— men what they can do and cannot do.

His comments come after the NFL announced last month that it will allow players to remain in the locker room while the anthem plays, but teams will be fined if players and other personnel on the field do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.

Hamels is scheduled to return to the mound Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

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He聽returned to the mound Sunday, but with less success. He gave five runs in 6.1 innings of work in the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

In 2013, Empire State voters approved a referendum that allowed casino expansion, including the right for four new casinos to offer sports betting.

The New York Gaming Commission is reviewing how the court decision could affect the state, and it would still need to license the four casinos before they can take sports bets.
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The mayor wouldn’t have much say in the decision to bring sports betting to the city, but he could try to use political influence if he wants to oppose betting.

One thing to watch on the Aaron Rodgers contract negotiations is how much control he will have built into the deal. I discussed here. https://t.co/bGA1VLZlLU

Every extension signed by a prominent quarterback sets the standard for the next high-profile deal.
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The problem for the 34-year-old former Brett Favre protege is limited leverage. Not only is he under contract for two more years under the terms of the previous agreement, Green Bay could also use the franchise tag after that deal runs out, if necessary.

So it could be difficult for Rodgers to set the new high watermark for quarterback contracts while also receiving unprecedented control to opt out in the future and get even more guaranteed cash.

Both sides have expressed optimism about coming to terms, though.

A Cavs title would leave Damarious Randall with a lot of shopping to do

Safety Damarious Randall was traded from the Packers to the Browns this offseason, but he hasn’t switched his basketball rooting allegiances to his new city.

Of course, the Cavs will have to win in order for that to happen and Randall’s not the only one who thinks that’s an unlikely outcome. The Warriors opened as -1000 favorites at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas and are massive favorites across the board as they try for a third title in four years.

Surprising or not, the move leaves the Lions with an opening at tight end on the first team. They signed former Seahawk Luke Willson and former Falcon Levine Toilolo to go with 2017 fourth-round pick Michael Roberts for a competition that quarterback Matthew Stafford is looking forward to watching.

You know, I think we’ve got a lot of talented guys in that room, honestly, Stafford said, via the team’s website. I think it’s going to be a fun spring and into summer to see kind of how that shakes out. They’re all working extremely hard. You know, really all of them learning a system that’s still somewhat new to them.

General Manager Bob Quinn talked up Roberts’ versatility to contribute in the passing game as a receiver, in protection, as well as his role last year was really probably one of our better blockers on the line of scrimmage. He only caught four passes as a rookie, however, while Willson and Toilolo had 27 between them.

So it’s frustrating to see that the NFL had the opportunity to kind of right the wrongs and change the narrative that’s best for everyone — people who are offended by protests and a league that’s 70-percent African American that understands and lived a lot of these problems that guys are protesting about. So dropped the ball there, but we’ll see where it goes.

The Packers asked Burnett to play many roles, including deep safety, inside linebacker and even some slot cornerback.

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In part as a result of forcing switches to pick on specific defenders, the Rockets play at a much more methodical pace than D’Antoni’s Suns, relative to league norms of the time. The Suns ranked first, first, third and fourth in the league in pace during D’Antoni’s four seasons; their possessions per game would be well below modern-day league averages, but that takes into account opponents’ running offense at old-school tempos.

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