Angels look to stay hot against Blue Jays

The Los Angeles Angels will try to keep charging closer to an American League wild-card spot when they host the Toronto Blue Jays in the third game of their four-game series Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

The Angels (41-35) won the first two games of the series and three straight overall to move within five games of the Seattle Mariners for the second wild-card spot in the AL. The Mariners have lost a season-high five straight games, allowing Los Angeles to make up 3 1/2 games since Tuesday.

We still have a long ways to go, Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols told Fox Sports West following a 2-1 victory against the Blue Jays on Friday night.

Stroman is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in four career appearances against Los Angeles, including three starts. The 5-foot-8 right-hander threw a complete game the last time he faced the Angels, allowing two runs (one earned) and seven hits in a 6-2 win at Angel Stadium on April 23, 2017, the start of a six-game winning streak for Stroman.

He finished with a career-high 13 wins last season, but hasn’t earned a victory since Sept. 24 against the New York Yankees.

Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria is scheduled to make his 10th career start and first against the Blue Jays.

Barria (5-3, 3.57) is tied for the AL lead in wins among rookies this season, and ranks third in ERA among rookies with at least 40 innings pitched.

The Angels have struggled to close out games this season, but the bullpen threw two perfect innings to complete the win on Friday, and their relievers have allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings in the series.

There’s no doubt, that as that back end of our bullpen grows, that’s going to really help our club, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters after the win on Friday.

AJ Mass: I’ll give you two players to consider snatching up for the rest of the season — one bat and one arm — should their current fantasy managers be frustrated enough to let them go for a song.

Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers (ADP of 26.4, 99.2 percent rostered): Currently, he’s the No. 37 outfielder in terms of points league production, which is certainly a disappointing placement for an overall third-rounder. While his road stats are pretty much in line with what he did in his rookie campaign, at home he definitely seems to be pressing. In 2017, he hit .268 and slugged .571 in Los Angeles. This year it’s a sad .207 and .415. He’s batting just .172 since June 9, but looking at all his underlying numbers (BB/K, GB/FB, SwStr%, etc.) there’s nothing glaringly different from last season. I still think he’ll finish with at least 30 HR.

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Fox News later apologized for their segment. The situation between the Eagles and the White House apparently started on Friday when the two sides began finalizing the details for Tuesday’s trip. According to multiple reports, the Eagles were planning to send less than 15 players to the event, which didn’t sit well with the White House. The White House released a statement on Tuesday that said it sensed a lack of good faith from the Eagles while planning the event, which led to the cancellation.

Also, 49ers assistant Katie Sowers, the league’s first openly gay coach, will march in the parade with Outsports.

The NBA, WNBA, MLB, and NHL are also registered to have floats in the parade. It will also mark the debut for MLB, along with the NFL.

The NHL participated last year, and the NBA and WNBA were the first sports leagues to participate in 2016.

Nearly nine months after his surgery, the Colts finally began the process of working Luck back into the swing of practice.

We’ll slowly start working him back into practice this week, Ballard said on a radio show Oct. 2, via ESPN. We’ll see how much he gets. But we’ve got a plan in place to where we want him to start getting him reps, and then in time, as we can get him incorporated back into team work and all that, we’ll get him back on the field.

The Yankees decided to push back their rotation a day following Thursday’s rainout against the Orioles at Camden Yards.

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Other options include two top prospects Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams Josh Rogers, an under-the-radar prospect performing well at Triple-A, and Adam Warren, whom manager Aaron Boone all but ruled out before Thursday’s rainout. Boone said the team would prefer to use a traditional starter instead of option for Warren, a former starter-turned-reliever.

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BALTIMORE The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to play at 7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards on Friday, June 1, 2018.

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Freddie Mitchell uses NBA Finals to remind everyone of his feud with Donovan McNabb

LeBron James had Cleveland Cavaliers teammate J.R. Smith’s back after Smith’s much鈥揹iscussed blunder at the end of regulation in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

We got to move on, James told reporters, per ESPN. This game is over and done with. We had opportunities. I would never give up on J.R. That’s not my M.O. I don’t give up on any of my players, any of my teammates, so I don’t think that even needs to be said.

Such support apparently was not a hallmark of the Philadelphia Eagles’ locker rooms of the early 21st century, at least according to former wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, who used the occasion of Smith’s momentary lapse of reason to remind everyone that he’s still mad at Donovan McNabb, his former quarterback.

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New York Congressman blasts the Jets over anthem stance

It’s official: The NFL’s new national anthem policy did not make things better. It made things worse.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league’s new anthem policy, he hoped to placate those on the right, who have insisted that players should stand, while not alienating those on the left by allowing players to remain in the locker room if they didn’t want to stand on the field while the anthem played. But Goodell took immediate criticism from the left for seeming to turn his back on players who wanted to make a political statement.

But the NFL isn’t pushing the angle that it’s bad for business to stifle the protests, because the NFL continues to choose not to heed the opinions or complaints from those who believe that peaceful protest can be respectful to the military, an appropriate tactic for bringing attention to legitimate public grievances, and ultimately an exercise of one of the many freedoms that Americans have fought and died for from the day the founding fathers decided to no longer bow to the heavy-handed rule of the King of England.

Yes, voluntary workouts are voluntary. But they’re not really voluntary, and Brady knows it. For him to being living it up (and given the heavy ad presence on the video, raking it in) when his football team is trying to get the most out of precious few OTAs in advance of precious few training-camp practices, chances are that coach Bill Belichick will be even more miffed when he sees this.

Yet Scotland-Williamson understands he can’t rush things. That’s why he’s grateful the opportunity didn’t arise until his mid-20s. Spending four years as a professional rugby player taught him how to deal with bumps in the road.

I have a better perspective, he said. Especially with this where you’re going to get your butt kicked every day for a while until things start clicking. You have to have quite thick skin, so that’s helped.

So does a bit of a thick head. When he told his parents he was putting his rugby career on hold to give football a try, his father balked.

I had to give him a massive sales pitch, Scotland-Williamson said.

MLB trade rumors: Imagining Yankees-Mets deal for Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom

The state of baseball in New York could not be more clear.
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The Yankees own the Big Apple while the Mets are, well, the Mets.

The Yankees begin play on Friday tied for first place in the AL East and the owner of the best winning percentage (.700) in all of MLB.

Trump is also capable of impacting businesses and their stock prices through one mere tweet.If Kraft, an influential owner, became convinced that Kaepernick returning to the NFL would prove problematic for NFL owners because of Trump’s likely reaction, Kraft talking about his state of mind back in March 2017 would be relevant to Kaepernick’s grievance.

Kraft’s participation in the October 2017 meeting at NFL headquarters As detailed in April, an audio recording from an October 2017 meeting of approximately 30 NFL owners, players and league executives indicated that NFL owners were worried about Trump’s power to impact the NFL and its teams, and his willingness to do so over the national anthem protests. During the meeting, Kraft was sharply critical of Trump. Kraft openly worried that, The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America. It’s divisive and it’s horrible.

Just a couple of years ago, I was working in a clubhouse criticized for its players being too old. They had signed many good players, such as Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday, which just seemed to be past their prime.

Today, the Yankees have the youngest team they have had in about two decades.

A few years ago, Yankees fans probably would have been surprised to find that C.C. Sabathia and Brett Gardner had become the oldest players in the clubhouse.

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The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals.

With the best of seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals tied, 3-3, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will meet the Boston Celtics in a deciding Game 7 on Sunday, May 27, 2018 (5/27/18) at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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The organization never hired a replacement. Instead, Allen promoted Doug Williams to聽senior vice president of player personnel.聽

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Unfortunately, tradition doesn’t equate to popularity. Chicago’s logo ranked 28th in the NFL, according to a recent poll of nearly 1,500 football fans. Only the Redskins (29), Bengals (30), Jets (31) and Browns (32) were worse.
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The point actually does add something from a design standpoint that makes it stand out. Bears fans will take exception with the results. Wins have been hard to come by in recent seasons, but there’s still something special about seeing the familiar navy and orange on聽Sundays in the fall. The ‘C’ is arguably the biggest part of that. Sure, it’s not a complex design overflowing with colors, but it represents a long and storied history.

Joe Flacco denies holding ‘grudge’ over Ravens’ selection of Lamar Jackson

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A quick show of hands of owners showed a consensus for the new policy and that was considered a vote,NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told ESPN.

It’s possible that the lack of a real unanimous vote could give owners plausible deniability in their individual involvement in the passing of a new anthem policy.

On the other hand, Kaepernick and Reid don’t need to prove that 32 teams are working together to Jeff Skinner Womens Jersey keep them out of the league. Collusion, in this case, is defined in the collective bargaining agreement as follows:

No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making.

If even one NFL team advised another not to sign Kaepernick or Reid, that would be an example of two teams colluding.

Arik Armstead recovering from minor foot procedure

If 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead didn’t have an injury history, this might not be that big of a deal. It might not be anyway.
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Armstead recently had a minor foot surgery, and would miss some of the spring workouts with the team.

While described as a minor cleanup, Armstead’s dealt with enough other stuff throughout his career.

He missed 10 games last season with a broken hand, and was out half the season in 2016 with a shoulder problem.

Of course, it’s one thing for the cameras and microphones to create a distraction. The manner in which the series is edited and presented also could create a distraction. If, for example, Mayfield becomes too much of a focal point of the series (as HBO and NFL Films may want), some teammates may become jealous or resentful, especially if Tyrod Taylor continues to be the starter.

That’s why it will be important for the Browns to use their editorial veto power in a way not only that avoids specific embarrassments but also that steers the series away from story lines that could make it harder to keep the team moving in the desired direction.
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We’re looking for competitive, tough, disciplined, conditioned football, Vrabel said. We’re trying to get those things across to our team as we go through the spring, so that when September comes around . . . we know what to do and play fast and aggressive, and guys aren’t standing around wondering what I should be doing. They know what they’re doing and they’re playing 100 miles per hour.

The rules prohibit contact during the offseason, but there’s no rule against Gabriel Landeskog Womens Jersey getting guys in peak condition now, in the hopes that they can hit the ground sprinting (literally) when training camp opens, so that the focus won’t be getting in shape but getting ready for the games that count.

It could quickly become an effort to juggle Jello for the league, with coaches who strive for maximum secrecy (and who already resent having to make basic disclosures about injuries) doing anything they can to find a way to comply with efforts to prevent another Butler debacle while keeping the flexibility to do whatever they want to do without explaining themselves to anyone. But the NFL will have a good reason to come up with something that works, and to compel the coaches to go along with it.

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The Christian Hackenberg era has come to an end for the Jets, after zero games played.
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Blue Jays: Toronto recalled 2B Devon Travis from Triple-A Buffalo. He takes the spot of SS Richard Urena, who was optioned to Buffalo. … LHP Jaime Garcia and RHP Marcus Stroman, both sidelined by shoulder injuries, have started throwing programs at Toronto’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. … OF Randal Grichuk (right knee) started at DH and went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game at Class A Dunedin.

LHP Tyler Skaggs (3-3 2.88), who starts Wednesday, has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts, including the past five. Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-4, 4.47) has won just once in his past six starts.

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We had some opportunities. We just didn’t capitalize, manager Torey Lovullo said. Everybody is frustrated.

Chacin, making his second consecutive start against the Diamondbacks, pitched five innings. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out six, including five in a row.

Arizona starter Matt Koch (2-3), who allowed four home runs during a loss to the Brewers in his previous start, retired the first 11 batters he faced before giving up a single to Lorenzo Cain and walking Travis Shaw with two outs in the fourth. That’s when Santana came to the plate, only to have a home run taken away by Dyson.

Matt Albers (3-1) worked a hitless inning for the win. Josh Hader allowed one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his third save but not without some drama.

What does the Supreme Court’s decision on gambling mean for the NFL?

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional, clearing the way for states to individually legalize gambling on sports.
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According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the league will spend considerable time observing and planning its approach to new laws:

The NFL is unlikely to rush toward the biggest pot of dollars. It’s much more likely the league will think about how this will play out over the next 10 or 20 years, rather than immediate.

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I don’t see Frank Pallone’s bill as a relevant piece of legislation, said Wallach, a partner at Becker & Poliakoff. There has been significant movement on the state level with no corresponding movement on the federal level. I think what we will see is a new bill coming out of one of the committees, maybe even his committee (Energy and Commerce).

Minutes after the Supreme Court’s ruling was released, Pallone used the decision to again tout the GAME Act.

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down this unlawful and confusing law, it is time for Congress to move the GAME Act forward to ensure that consumer protections are in place in any state that decides to implement sports betting, Pallone said in a statement.聽

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