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The Blue Jays scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Angels for a rally capped by Steve Pearce’s walk-off grand slam to life the Jays to victory. It was the second walk-off grand slam for Pearce in four days.

It’s just as good, Pearce said. It’s, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ You’ve got to go up there and attack that at-bat. I went up there and just looked for my pitch. He missed a couple pitches pretty bad early, so I was able to sit on my pitch and unload on it.
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Francois Beauchemin Elite Jersey Just because the Yankees acquired Jaime Garcia from the Twins doesn’t mean the Yankees are done dealing. They are trying to land Gray, but it will be Luis Severino (7-4, 3.03 ERA) taking the mound Monday. Michael Fulmer (10-8, 3.35) will start for the Tigers, who are trying to unload Wilson and may have done so by the time Monday’s game at Yankee Stadium begins.

Pudge Rodriguez is one of the most decorated catchers in major league history. The former Texas Rangers backstop has 13 All-Star nominations and 14 Gold Gloves, both of which are the most for any catcher in MLB history. The Puerto Rico native is entering the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Retiring in 2012, Rodriguez turned a promising beginning as one of the best catcher prospects into a Hall of Fame career playing for the Rangers, Yankees, Tigers, Marlins, Astros and Nationals. He will enter the Hall of Fame as a Ranger.

Rodriguez was named AL MVP in the 1999 season, with a .332 batting average, 35 home runs and 133 RBIs for Texas. Rodriguez later helped the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 2003.

Hopefully we can continue to do the right thing as a whole. Obviously there’s going to be people that don’t follow the same suit. Don’t be those folks.

Neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist groups staged a rally Friday to protest the city of Charlottesville’s plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a park. On Saturday, a 20-year-old man drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19 others. Hours later, two Virginia state troopers were killed when the helicopter they were flying in as part of a large-scale police effort at the rally crashed into a wooded area outside the city.

Pirates reacquire Sean Rodriguez from Braves

The big trade deadline has passed, but there will still be some trades that happen here and there when a player is put on waivers.

One such deal went down Saturday when the Pirates acquired utility player Sean Rodriguez from the Braves.
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Seattle entered play Tuesday one game out of the second American League wild card spot. At 57-56, the Mariners are one of a half-dozen teams sitting just outside a playoff spot now that could conceivably make a run by the end of September.

But doing it without Hernandez is not ideal, no matter how much he has struggled this year. During the right-hander’s previous two-month stint on the DL this season, Seattle endured its worst stretch of the year, losing 12 of 16 games at one point and bottoming out at eight games under .500.

Hernandez is in the midst of his worst season in more than a decade, carrying a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts 鈥?only two of which have seen him pitch at least seven innings.

It depends who is running the team, who the GM is, who the manager is and what kind of look they’re going for, Gardner said. What kind of guys are in the lineup besides just the leadoff guy. It depends on what makes the lineup work.

Souza said lineups with significant power six or seven players deep have a better chance of capitalizing on deployment of a leadoff hitter with pop.

We’re blessed with a lot of guys with a lot of power, Souza said. Our 3-4-5 hitters are not going to suffer if one of the leadoff hitters has power. But, not a lot of teams have six, seven players who can hit 20 home runs.

Marcus Mariota is on an unprecedented path to NFL greatness

Hope. The NFL sells hope more than any other league. In the NBA, we can pencil in the Warriors and Cavs in the finals. In baseball, does anyone care if it’s not the Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, or Cardinals? College football has Alabama, Clemson, USC, Michigan, etc.

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One fan base whose hopes should be strong right now is that of the Tennessee Titans. That hope rests, as it rightfully should, on the shoulders of quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Both will bring immediate value and consistency to the Lions’ blocking corps, but the biggest upside on the depth chart could belong to another new addition. Greg Robinson was the second pick of the 2014 NFL Draft after two seasons as Auburn’s starting left tackle. Despite huge potential and even bigger expectations, his career with the Rams failed to pan out.

The rate at which these former players’ brains were diagnosed with CTE is alarming, but not surprising. A previous study included the brains of 165 former players, and of those, 96 percent of the former NFL players’ brains showed signs of CTE.

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Tom Brady may have finished the 2016 season with 28 touchdowns and two interceptions, but his 40th birthday is in August. It probably wouldn’t be smart for a team at the top of the draft order to scoop him up, especially considering that’s a roster that likely isn’t a single player away from being a Super Bowl contender.

But how young does a team like the Cleveland Browns need to go? Should Aaron Rodgers not be a top-three pick just because he turns 34 in December? He’s still Aaron freakin’ Rodgers.

Jaguars asked fans to GIF their training camp excitement and it was a disaster

Fans are usually eager for the start of training camp. It gives a glimpse of what they can expect from their favorite team this season and it means the long wait for football is nearly over. Jaguars fans, however, are having a harder time being enthusiastic about the team right now.

“We’re going to look at it,” Marrone said, via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “We’re going to look at those plays. If there’s any struggle or things we don’t like, then obviously we’re going to be smart enough to throw that crap out.”

Tyler Patmon, who has started two NFL games in his three-year career and was not signed by any team in 2016, picked Bortles off twice. Linebacker Telvin Smith snagged one interception and ran it back for a touchdown, and linebacker Josh McNary and safety Tashaun Gipson each had a pick.

Ryan O’Halloran of Jacksonville.com charted Bortles as completing 13 of 22 passes, or 59 percent, in 11-on-11 drills. Three of his picks came in 11-on-11 work.

This is part of the reason Jaguars fans have such a hard time mustering any enthusiasm about training camp. Bortles threw 16 picks against just 23 touchdowns last season, and he has thrown 11 pick-sixes over his three-year career.

But it is just practice, and Bortles hadn’t thrown any picks over the first two days of training camp. And it’s unlikely that Chad Henne or Brandon Allen will beat out Bortles for the starting role. For Jaguars fans’ sake, here’s hoping Bortles shakes off his very bad day.
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List of picks, results for Rounds 1-7

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft opened the offseason in earnest Friday with the first round. Below is the full draft picks and results for all seven rounds, featuring pick number, team, player and position.

There may not be a generational talent like Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews in this year’s class, but the draft still offers plenty of intrigue. That’s especially so as Vegas, a true wild card, builds for its future with the myriad draft picks acquired while holding other teams hostage during the expansion process.

Fans have pointed out how hypocritical of a comment this is given Scott’s career in the NHL. The journeyman player was suspended multiple times while in the league for his dirty play.
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We have more revenue than the Flyers, Penguins, the Boston Bruins. Most of our tickets are multiyear. The lower bowl is three to 10 years.

That’s impressive company to keep, especially for a team that has yet to take the ice.

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For perspective, the Penguins have a sellout streak of 484 consecutive games at PPG Paints Arena and were the NHL’s 11th-most profitable franchise in 2016 according to Forbes’ most recent valuation. Forbes estimated the Penguins took in $85 million in gate receipts for the 2015-16 season.

I know this is not a team, player or coach, but the green room idea was a terrible one. Keeping many of the top prospects in the green room, as opposed to in the stands where there is always a special public reaction when selected, was a misfire by the league’s events/PR group. Please, next year have all of the prospects in the crowd, not off behind closed doors like in other sports.

Wild sending Erik Haula to Las Vegas Golden Knights prior to expansion draft

In an attempt to keep defensemen Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella and center Eric Staal, the Minnesota Wild reportedly will send center Erik Haula and 2014 first-round pick Alex Tuch to the Vegas Golden Knights.

According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Wild, who made Dumba, Scandella and Staal available for Wednesday’s expansion draft, agreed to losing Haula and Tuch instead in a deal with Vegas.

Elite Kids Jonathan Toews Jersey Haula would have become a restricted free agent July 1. Russo reported he agreed to a multi-year deal with the Golden Knights during their exclusive free agency window, which closed at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Haula, 26, played in 72 regular season games and recorded 15 goals and 26 points for the team with the second-best record in the Western Conference last season.
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The Vegas Golden Knights announced on Wednesday that their expansion draft picks have officially been submitted.

To maintain salary cap equilibrium after handing Evgeny Kuznetsov a monster eight-year, $62.4 million extension, the Capitals traded 24-goal scorer Marcus Johansson to the Devils in exchange for second- and third-round draft picks in 2018. Johansson, 26, broke out as a consistent threat last season, logging a career-high in goals and points (58). His loss will be difficult to bear, but it was necessary in that it cleared his $4.5 million cap hit from the books.

Isaiah Austin beats the odds, signs professional contract

Just before the 2014 NBA Draft, Isaiah Austin saw his dream of playing professional basketball dashed.
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The former Baylor center was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. NBA commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick between the No. 15 and No. 16 picks of the draft on June 26, 2014, to at least fulfill Austin’s dream of getting drafted.

In fairness, New York was without star forward Kristaps Porzingis for the second straight game because of an Achilles injury. Yet, Hornacek’s anger seems to have been boiling with some unsavory performances in recent games.

I have to find someone to play some defense, Hornacek said. You can’t come out beginning of the game 鈥?I think their first three or four baskets were 3-pointers. We’ve got to have better pride in that.

Entering Monday’s game, the Magic were averaging just 99 points per game, and they played without shooting guard Evan Fournier because of a heel injury. The defensive letdown caused the Knicks to lose their fifth straight game.

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Bucks concerned for status of Sudan native Thon Maker following travel ban

President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on the entry of non-American citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries has caused a headache for a lot of people, including those in the NBA.

The NBA has contacted the State Department for clarification on how the ban might affect the league and teams with players from those countries.

“That’s one of the things in the meeting: Young guys just want a little bit more from him,” Gibson told ESPN, noting that Wade practiced Saturday. “And he brung it today. He pushed the young guys. And that’s a sign that that meeting did a little something.

“It’s all about positive. We’re not trying to have any negative aspects, anything like that. We got everybody against us right now. The only people who are going to help us out of this is ourselves. And we understand that. And [executive VP John Paxson] said it in the meeting yesterday, too.”

Wade and Butler started Friday’s loss to the Miami Heat on the bench as punishment for their comments following Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Butler told reporters Wednesday that the Bulls “don’t play hard all the time.” Meanwhile, Wade called out some of his teammates for not caring about winning, saying “I can’t be frustrated and I can’t care too much for these guys. [They] have to care for themselves.”

Bulls guard Rajon Rondo then interjected himself in the story Thursday after making a lengthy post on Instagram in which he criticized Butler and Wade.

ESPN reported the Bulls fined all three players an undisclosed amount.
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they cried foul after visiting the free-throw line 13 times.

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Boogie’s 18th technical foul this season came 32 seconds into Sunday’s loss and will earn him another automatic one-game suspension by the NBA, lest the foul is rescinded. For his part, it’s the fastest Cousins has ever gotten a technical in an NBA game.

Indiana Pacers (30-29) at Houston Rockets (42-18), 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT — In opting against trading Paul George at last week’s deadline (and failing to acquire any help for the face of the franchise in turn), the Pacers solidified their status as a lame duck in the competitive Eastern Conference. George has just 19 points (on 6-of-20 shooting) in two games since, and Indiana could quickly fall out of the playoff race.

Raptors (37-25) at Bucks (27-33), 8:00 p.m. ET — Toronto is surviving without Lowry, but it faces a tough game on the road against a Milwaukee team that desperately needs wins to sneak into the final playoff spot. The Eastern Conference seemed wide open, but the Cavaliers look like the favorites once again.

DeRozan has stolen one move from him that has taken his post game to the next level.

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It’s worth noting DeRozan is 9 for 15 when he turns over his left shoulder, so he is comfortable going in both directions. And while he’s less likely to turnaround over his left shoulder, it doesn’t prevent him from being a dominant post scorer. As Kobe Bryant once explained (to Nick Young of all people), players have to be predictable to be unstoppable. The reason why?

If you’re unpredictable you don’t know what the heck you’re going to do, so how can you dictate to the defense what you’re going to do?

Speaking of Bryant, DeRozan has stolen one move from him that has taken his post game to the next level. Being able to turnaround over both shoulders gives DeRozan a strong foundation to work with because he can take what the defense gives him, but his shimmy makes him practically unguardable. You’ll often see players put all their weight into defending DeRozan on the block to prevent him from getting deeper post position. As a counter, he’ll simply fake as if he’s going to turn over his left shoulder before turning over his right.

Chatwood was only able to record one out before being replaced by Freeland, and is now on the disabled list with a right calf strain, further compounding the rotation’s injury woes and increasing the emphasis on the rookies.

But Freeland has been getting a lot of help from his veteran teammates, who he said have helped him with mechanics or other issues that they may have faced in their younger years. He’s picked their brains to find out what helped them succeed, as Freeland put it.
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They helped us out with whatever we needed, Freeland said. They encouraged us to be part of this team and help us win.

Gray, 25, has pitched in three big-league seasons, which qualifies him as a seasoned veteran in this rotation. He’s helped dispense advice for his less-experienced teammates.