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¡°I¡¯d at least explore it,¡± says one National League executive. ¡°They¡¯d get a pretty nice return. Probably in [Andrew Miller¡¯s] range of value.¡±

To recap, when the Yankees dealt Miller in July, they received four prospects from the Indians, two of whom were among the top 100 prospects in baseball (OF Clint Frazier and P Justus Sheffield). According to ESPN front office Insider Jim Bowden, Britton would bring back even more value: ¡°Huge return. The Miller and Chapman returns, plus one.¡±

“At the GM meetings,” another exec said, “they were openly saying that this was what they were going to do. They were ready to rebuild and change the mix. And that told me that even Jerry was on board. I’d never heard them say it before. This was the first time. They never said once, ‘We’re not trading Chris Sale.’ So this time, you had to believe they meant it.”

Yessir. They meant it, all right. And now they’ve pulled it off. But it feels so strange, after all those years of going in the other direction, that even Hahn has to admit he’s having a hard time handling all the praise he’s getting — for breaking up a team he built.

“The weird part for me,” he said Wednesday, after announcing the Sale deal, “is that we walk around here [and] you have a lot of people congratulating you. … It’s a little awkward — because we traded Chris Sale. That’s not something you feel great about.”

Yes, but if you’re going to sell, you might as well nail it. And two days into Sale-A-Thon 2016, Hahn and his front office have already proved they’ve got the hang of this. Fortunately, this time, there isn’t a white flag in sight.

Adam Henrique Jersey The funny thing is, though, that to pull this off, they had to do more than simply talk about rebuilding. They had to convince the teams they were talking with that this time, they meant it — that this time, they were on the same page, all of them: Hahn and Williams and Reinsdorf. No kidding.

Robert Griffin III took part in practice Wednesday

The Ravens are close to full strength. The only starter who is expected to miss Monday night’s game in New England is backup TE Crockett Gillmore (hamstring). Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (back) and Tavon Young (shoulder) got banged up last Sunday, but both were on the field for Wednesday’s walkthrough.

WR A.J. Green was working on the rehab field to begin Wednesday’s practice. He has missed almost three full games with a hamstring tear and is considered week-to-week.

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Washington still finished 17th in the league in total offense and 28th in the league in total defense

I will repeat my prediction that pressure forces Hoyer into throwing a pick to the Chiefs’ fantastic rookie corner, Marcus Peters, before the game is over. My key to victory for the Chiefs is to sack Hoyer at least four times. If they do, I believe they will win this game and it won’t be very close at all.

Spoiler, I’m pretty sure they will.
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How they got here: 1) By riding the right arm of Andy Dalton, which had never been so effective and accurate until his thumb. 2) By force-feeding the ball to A.J. Green. 3) By building one of the league’s best offensive lines. 4) By putting together a defense that finished the season No. 2 in points allowed.

Ike Davis Mens Jersey Why they’ll make the Super Bowl: They went 10-3 this season with Dalton under center and after getting his cast off this week, there’s a chance he makes it back to the lineup soon. Even with Dalton missing three games, the Bengals still managed to finish with the No. 1 offense in the league, according to Football Outsiders. Combine that attack with a stout and opportunistic defense and you have a well-rounded team without many holes.

Prediction: Same old story for the Bengals. With AJ McCarron under center, they get blown out by an explosive Steelers team in the first round.

Washington still finished 17th in the league in total offense and 28th in the league in total defense. But Cousins has thrown three or more touchdowns on five occasions this season, and he’s a wild card in the playoffs. The biggest argument against Washington, of course, is the fact that they were soundly beaten by the two playoff teams they played this year in the New England Patriots and Panthers.

Jones went on an expletive-laced rant against the referees on Instagram after the game.

The Cardinals¡¯ ¡®no risk it, no biscuit¡¯ offense could be too much for the Packers

Teams tend to take on the personality of their head coach. For the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians’ “no risk it, no biscuit” motto has taken on a life of its own. On defense, they’re multiple and aggressive in their blitz schemes and coverages. On offense, they’re not afraid to push the ball downfield. Not even a little. For Arizona, the belief that fortune favors the bold shows up week in and week out, and against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night, I expect much of the same, particularly when it comes to Carson Palmer and that high-octane offense.

The numbers on that side of the ball match up with Arians’ one-line philosophy. The Cardinals finished first in the NFL in deep passes to the middle of the field (43), Eighth in passes down the deep right sideline (51), and 15th down the deep left (44).

Asked if he believed it was the food that made him ill, Miller said: “Yeah, just the fried cheese and the ICEE at the movies. I was contemplating — it did me bad. I learned my lesson.”
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So what movie was Miller seeing, anyway? You might be able to guess.

“I tried to go see ‘Star Wars,’ tried to sneak in there and go see it and it snuck up on me ¡­ yeah, it struck back. The Force struck back.”
“The Force struck back.” OK, now THAT is cheesy.

Unfortunately, the mismatch becomes clear when you compare offenses. New England is high in all categories, while the Chiefs rank 27th in the league in yardage. Alex Smith doesn’t throw for a lot of yards and Jamaal Charles is out for the season with an injury. Still, the Chiefs don’t commit many mistakes on offense and somehow, Smith has led the Chiefs to the No. 9 scoring offense in the league, surprisingly.

Smith has thrown just seven interceptions against 20 touchdowns the season, and averages just 203.2 passing yards per game. Prior to the final two weeks of the season, Smith had thrown just four interceptions but he struggles against the Raiders and Browns. Earlier in the season, he went nine consecutive games without throwing an interception. Obviously, he will need to play clean football so as not to give Brady and the Patriots more chances than they will already have.

MLB Roundup: Padres’ recent moves show accelerated rebuilding process

Tyson Ross made only one start during the 2016 season and because of the nature of his injuries, he faces much uncertainty as he moves ahead in his career. So the Padres¡¯ decision to not tender him a contract makes sense, as does their choice to trade Derek Norris, who was coming off a rough season.
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Youth Cliff Avril Jersey The moves are just the latest indications of where the Padres are headed in the next couple of years. San Diego shaved about $16 million in payroll obligation with their moves Friday, and they have exactly zero dollars committed to players under contract in 2017, other than James Shields, Melvin Upton, Jr., Jedd Gyorko, and Matt Kemp, who were dealt away during last season. Right now, the Padres have about twice as many dollars committed in payments for players they’ve dumped than they do in their own arbitration cases for players like Wil Myers.

As for replacing McCann, the Yankees have already done that with Gary Sanchez. They have Austin Romine to back up Sanchez, and Kyle Higashioka, after a strong minor league season, is waiting in the wings.

So basically, the team that contended for a wild card into relatively late September could essentially be returning — or be improved. This might allow the Yankees to vie for a playoff spot and perhaps — with the AL East potentially weaker — contend for the division.

Unlike the recent past, when the established stars, even as they aged, led the way, this 2017 team will be about the development of Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird, Severino, Judge and others. If the Yankees are playing meaningful games in September, it will likely mean those young players are successful.

At the same time, the Yankees have added 14 prospects. As those guys grow, the Yankees will likely duck under the luxury-tax threshold after the 2018 season, which would put them in prime position to make big trades and spend heavily on what is considered perhaps the greatest free-agent class in baseball history, led by Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

That is the plan for the Yankees. They aren¡¯t canceling the next two seasons. They will try to win and should be relatively competitive. There are no guarantees they’ll play their second playoff game in five years, but there is a chance — along with a lot of hope for the future.

That thrust Nicolas Laprovittola into the starting lineup as well as Dewayne Dedmon

Popovich described Dedmon as ¡°the star of the show for all four quarters with basic, solid, discipline basketball he played on the board and blocking shots that allowed us to stay in it.¡± Dedmon finished with six points and three blocks, while Mills scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter.

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¡°He is playing great,¡± shooting guard Danny Green said. ¡°He has always played great for us, though. Hopefully he continues to play that well throughout the whole year because we are going to need that from him.¡±
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Leonard, meanwhile, knocked down just 5 of 16 shots for 21 points, inflicting the majority of his damage in the second half.

Both Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Boston big man Al Horford showered Detroit with praise for the way its offense was clicking. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy called it Detroit’s “best offensive performance of the year,” and the Pistons — 1-8 on the road before Tuesday night — reveled in beating playoff-caliber foes on consecutive nights.

The loss spoiled another brilliant offensive outing for Isaiah Thomas, who scored a game-high 27 points for the Celtics. His most impressive moment might have been the one make that didn’t count.

The Pistons’ degree of difficulty was notably lower on most shots but that didn’t stop them from coming up with big makes every time the Celtics tried to generate some momentum.

“You have to give them credit because they hit some tough, tough shots,” Horford said. “I feel like our guys were there. The way they were shooting, there was just no room for error. We have to look at the film tonight and just see how we can be better and we can impact those shots because they had their way with us from the beginning. They just did.”

The only other area on the box score that left Stevens uncomfortable was seeing only five shots attempts for Horford, who hadn’t attempted fewer than eight in a game this season. Only 15 times in his 585-game career had Horford attempted five or fewer field goals when playing 30-plus minutes.

Ritchie later made similar remarks to the Guardian interview

However, apparently made no mention of this, telling the officials his interview that Bobby Massie Jersey he opened fire after Crawford made aggressive move. He added a written narrative that the 22-year-old had turned towards us aggressive manner with the rifle hand. By the time Darkow filed his own written narrative, 10 days after his interview, he described Crawford’s final action differently. Darkow said only that it was a quick movement, and did not repeat his Brian Hoyer Jersey earlier remarks that Crawford appeared to be trying to retreat. Darkow has always said that the shooting was justified. Sherrod speaks out against the officer that shot her. The inconsistencies emerged after Crawford’s mother told the Guardian the police were trying to cover their after discovering Crawford was holding a piece of store merchandise and speaking on his phone, rather than threatening shoppers. But it’s not working, because we’ve seen the video, we’ve read the report – it doesn’t match, said Sherrod. The investigation file offers the first indication of why Crawford was engrossed his phone conversation. the girlfriend the store with him, said that Leecee, the mother of Crawford’s two sons, had previously tried to call both of them several times, and was unhappy that Crawford was out with another woman. It also casts new light on the changing story of Ritchie, the customer who called 911 to report Crawford was pointing his gun and posing a threat. Ritchie said he was prompted to act when Crawford passed them the hardware section about 100 yards to the left of the corner where he stood until being shot. Ritchie and his wife, claimed afterwards that Crawford was causing panic among fellow shoppers. Yet only one of seven other customers interviewed by Ohio’s bureau of criminal investigation recalled seeing Crawford. The customer, Brewer, told investigators that he was not alarmed and presumed the 22-year-old was a Walmart employee taking a gun on sale at the store to a storeroom.

The open of firearms is legal Ohio. Photo released by the Ohio attorney general’s office shows the opened box of the BB rifle that Crawford III picked up. Photograph: Ohio bureau of criminal investigation Ritchie stated repeatedly on his 911 call that Crawford was pointing the gun at people, including two children particular. This was relayed to the officers on the ground, and before shooting Crawford, called back to the 911 dispatcher to confirm the gun was being pointed at people. a written statement to Beavercreek police the following day, Ritchie repeated again that Crawford was pointing the gun at people as they walked by. Yet Ritchie later explained that the with the gun wasn’t actually pointing the gun at the family, according to a report of his interview with state investigators, but swinging the gun around and flashing the muzzle at children. Ritchie later made similar remarks to the Guardian interview. Later still, the surveillance footage showed Crawford occasionally swinging the gun at his side and pointing it at a shelf, but not the direction of anyone. Ritchie gave a similar account to investigators, adding that Crawford was acting very shady. She said the couple trailed Crawford, adding that her husband was a former marine and knew how to maintain a safe distance. According to his official service record, Ritchie was a marine for seven weeks 2008. He told the Guardian he was discharged after chiefs declared him a fraudulent enlistment for not disclosing a medical condition. He maintains that he did disclose it but paperwork was not submitted. He claimed to investigators that he actually served for a longer period but his record was shortened retrospectively. Ritchie, who used a Walmart scooter due to a leg injury, said she travelled around warning shoppers about Crawford. None interviewed by investigators recounted this. Surveillance footage showed Crawford continued to look straight ahead. Yet Ritchie, who had been standing to his left, said that despite what the video camera was showing, they maintained eye contact with Crawford. After police told customers to evacuate, she left the scooter and ran. She later stopped cooperating with the investigators. The documents disclosed how Walmart staff might have made contact with Crawford before the 911 call was made, order to advise him about potential misunderstandings. Only one of 27 employees working at the time told interviewers that he noticed Crawford and the air rifle. The employee, Corey, said he saw Crawford swaying what looks like a full-powered weapon. While he considered it not be real, he believed that it could cause potential panic, according to his interview report. radioed a colleague and asked her to tell assistant manager, to have Crawford leave the store. told investigators that she looked for Crawford but could not find him, and then heard gunshots. estimated that the shots were fired about 10 minutes after his radioed message. This would mean that he made his request for managers to talk to Crawford about five minutes before Ritchie called 911. The documents also disclosed that one of the first police officers to arrive at the Walmart following the shooting was ‘s father, who serves alongside his the Beavercreek force. said his interview that he believed his ‘s actions had been line with the department’s policies and procedures.

His fastball averaged at least 94 mph every during that stretch

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers’ search for one more relief option led them Thursday to former Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who agreed to terms on a Minor League deal Kevin Garnett Jersey with a non-roster invite to big league camp. Parnell, a 31-year-old right-hander, is expected to compete for one of two open spots Detroit’s bullpen. If he can recapture the form that earned him 22 saves 2013 before undergoing Tommy surgery the following year, he’ll have a good opportunity. The Tigers had relative success two years ago on a low-risk deal with a reliever his second back from elbow surgery. Joba Chamberlain became the Tigers’ setup 2014, two years after his surgery, and played underrated role Detroit’s fourth consecutive division title. Parnell had a longer stretch of success, racking up three seasons of 60-plus appearances a four-year span, before his Kevin Martin Jersey elbow gave out. He pitched 301 3 innings over 292 Major League appearances from 2009 through 2013, posting a 3 ERA and 3 while averaging 8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

His fastball averaged at least 94 mph every during that stretch, according to. With surgery 2014, not only was Parnell’s career stalled, his bullpen spot was open for others to take. He returned last to make 30 appearances the rest of the year, but gave up 17 earned runs on 30 hits over 24 innings with more walks than strikeouts. Opponents hit Parnell’s fastball for a.349 on the, according to STATS, and he struggled to get swings and misses. Within those struggles, however, came a slow improvement his fastball, from 92 mph to 96 mph, according to. The Tigers had been eyeing free-agent relievers since the holidays, hoping to find bargains close to Spring Training. With the 40- roster full, however, Detroit did not want to give a guaranteed Major League contract and have to give up a prospect to make room. With Spring Training workouts beginning across the Majors this weekend, the lingering relief market began to move recent days. The Tigers worked out another former Major League pitcher Thursday, bringing former Astros starter Lucas Harrell to throw on the back fields at Tigertown. However, Parnell’s deal could conclude the Tigers’ non-roster invites.

Menu SANTA, Calif. — Once Rodgers and Co. warmed up the second half, the Green Bay Packers kept their unbeaten start rolling. Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, ran 17 yards to set up a key second-half score, and the Packers beat the hapless San 49ers 17 on for their first 4 start four years. Rodgers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on the game’s opening drive before Rodgers got his team going the second half after a slow start to snap a four-game streak to San, which included a pair of playoff defeats. Clay Matthews added his own flair to this one. When he sacked Colin Kaepernick the third quarter, he kissed his right biceps Kaepernick-style to punctuate the play — one of Green Bay’s six sacks. While methodical with nothing fancy, Green Bay seemed unfazed with a short week and trip West after beating Kansas City last Monday night. This is the team’s first 4 start since winning the initial 13 2011. The Packers certainly their trip to ‘s Stadium be the first of two this. The Super Bowl comes to the second-year, $1 billion Bay Area venue four months for its 50th year celebration. Kaepernick threw his fifth interception two and the 49ers have been limited to 28 total points over three while giving up 107 points. The quarterback, sacked six times, was booed the fourth quarter along with rookie punter Bradley Pinion. The Packers capitalized shortly after San ‘s Bush was stuffed for no gain trying to go up the middle on third-and-11 a play call that was immediately scrutinized. On the ensuing drive, James Jones caught a 38-yard pass on the left sideline by barely staying bounds. Rodgers then scrambled 17 yards to set up Kuhn’s 1-yard scoring burst. Green Bay made just enough plays.

Brandon Phillips’ defense is overlooked no more

CINCINNATI — Brandon Phillips’ defense is overlooked no more. Phillips, the Reds second baseman, was named a recipient of a National League Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence on Wednesday. I’m surprised about things that have happened career, and this is one of them, Phillips said on a conference call with reporters. Being one of the best defensive second basemen the Leagues is a blessing. I work hard at it. For the second consecutive, Phillips led NL second basemen fielding percentage. He committed seven errors over Alonzo Gee Jersey 706 total chances. However, this is the 27-year-old’s first Gold Glove. both 2006 and ’07, the D-backs’ Orlando was the winner. Although he considers a friend, the slight angered Phillips. To tell you the truth, when I didn’t win it last year, it really hurt me a little bit, Phillips said. Then after that, I was like, ‘If I win one, I win one. If I don’t, it wouldn’t really bother me.’ But it’s different when you win one now. it Arron Afflalo Jersey feels great to finally get recognized and win the award. I think a lot of people are starting to recognize what type of player that I am. I play defense first before anything. Defense wins. It’s just a beautiful thing to finally win this award. I hope there are more to come. Displaying the fielding intangibles that often don’t appear statistics — range, athleticism — Phillips often executed some spectacular plays and made it easier for him to be noticed by the league’s managers and coaches that vote for the award.

Phillips was also a steady hand the field for a Reds team that ranked 14th out of 16 NL teams fielding percentage. From 10-July 8, Phillips held a 78-game errorless streak that was the second longest streak among second basemen this behind the 82-game streak by Pittsburgh’s Sanchez. I talked to him and boy, I’ve never heard a happier voice life, Reds manager Baker said. It was like he couldn’t believe it.

I couldn’t believe that he couldn’t believe it, because this has worked hard. He never sits down. He’s always working taking balls off the bat. He’s catching popups over his head, which I’ve never seen anyone do at practice. He practices like he plays, and it’s paid off. Last week, Phillips received Handbook’s Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive second basemen the Leagues. its Best Tools issue, Baseball rated Phillips the second-best NL second baseman — behind, a three-time Gold Glover that missed most of the past ‘s final two months with an injury. Phillips is the first Reds player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since second baseman Pokey Reese 2000. That first Gold Glove is the hardest one, Baker said. I told him you just have to keep working and see how more you can get. As a hitter, Phillips batted.261 with 21 home runs, 78 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He missed the final 17 of the with a broken right index finger. Wednesday’s announcement is the latest personal triumph for Phillips, who came to Cincinnati an 2006 trade from the Indians after his status as a prospect faded. The deal only cost the Reds a Minor League pitcher named Jeff Stevens. his first with the Reds, Phillips led the team hits and multi-hit and became a breakout star. a superb all-around 2007, he committed just eight errors and had a.990 fielding percentage. Offensively, he joined Alfonso Soriano as the only two second basemen history that produced at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. February, Phillips signed a four-year, $27 million contract with a $12 million club option for 2012. This is more important than 30. Defense wins, Phillips said. A lot of players out there can do the 30 or 40 or be the MVP and never win the Gold Glove. I really think was the best thing that ever happened to me. I really take pride defense. It’s passion and I love doing it. is a reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

It’s a pretty special feeling.

ANAHEIM — Trout’s first appearance on a League All- ballot is going pretty much the way you would expect it to: swimmingly. When the first American League update was released on Monday, Trout led all outfielders and ranked third total fan votes with 1,676. Only reigning Triple Crown winner Cabrera and Yankees second Mike Glennon Jersey baseman Robinson Cano had more. It’s pretty cool, Trout said. That’s awesome, to be up there with all the top guys.

It’s a pretty special feeling. Trout spent the first month of his historic rookie the Minors and Mike James Jersey didn’t appear on last year’s ballot, but was nonetheless selected as a reserve by his peers and became the 20th player to become All- before his 21st birthday. After a slow start to 2013, Trout scorched through, posting a 1 OPS while belting eight homers and four triples, putting his slash line at a more typical.294.545 for the. Albert Pujols and Hamilton are struggling, and need a voting push if they to be the starting lineup at Citi Field. Pujols, a nine-time All- who has missed the last two Midsummer Classics, ranks fourth voting among first basemen, trailing the Orioles’, the Tigers’ Fielder and the Red Sox’s Napoli. Hamilton, who has started each of the last five All- Games for the, ranks 10th among outfielders — more than 300 votes shy of Torii Hunter third place.

Trumbo leads the Angels homers and RBIs, but he’ll have a hard time making it into the lineup as the designated hitter. Red Sox slugger Ortiz leads that group with 1,283 votes, while Trumbo is about 700 votes behind, fourth place. Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites — online or via your mobile device — using the 2013 All- Game ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11 p.m. ET. Fans submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have account, visit and register accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free one. Fans can also once again participate the Home Run Derby Fan Poll, where they’ll have the opportunity to select three players each league who they would most like to participate the Home Run Derby. The 2013 Home Run Derby — part of All- Workout Day — be broadcast live on, HD, Deportes and Radio the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 15. The 2013 American League and National League All- teams be unveiled on, July 7, on the 2013 MLB All- Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world then be able to select the final player on each team via the All- Game Final Vote sponsored by on. The final phase of All- Game voting again have fans participating the official voting for the Ted All- Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by. During the Midsummer Classic, fans vote exclusively online at via the 2013 All- Game MVP Vote, and their voice represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Trophy. The 84th All- Game, played at Citi Field on July 16, be televised nationally by Sports, Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. provide extensive online coverage of the All- Week festivities, while Radio and Radio Deportes provide national radio coverage of the All- Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also also provide comprehensive All- Week coverage. For more information, please visit.