Tell me about your relationship with Yasiel Puig.

I am telling you right now, the Yasiel Puig that everybody sees outside is not that. He is just a great guy; a fun guy [with a] great heart. That’s who he is. That’s his personality. He is still learning what’s right to do around here or what’s not right. He is just learning the culture of the United States, I feel. Sometimes, I feel like us as Latinos kind of complicates stuff a little bit. People from here kind of see it differently. And I feel like with Yasiel, it was the past, too, that a lot of stuff could have gone differently for him. Since the beginning, he could have been better; he could have worked harder. He could have [been more] disciplined.

Now that we have other people around here, he is really well disciplined.

Did you ever think, when you made the transition to become a pitcher, that you would become a franchise closer?
No, I never thought that would ever happen. When I started pitching [due to] De Jon Watson, who used to be the farm manager here and now is a scouting director, I never thought that could happen.

Winner Ryan Yarbrough (6-3) entered in the second and allowed one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his fifth save in nine chances.

Getting those tough wins against a really tough opponent was great, Yarbrough said.

The Rays, 12-19 in one-run games, are 3-5 during a stretch of 16 games with the Yankees, Washington and Houston.

Willy Adames put the Rays ahead 1-0 with a run-scoring single off CC Sabathia (4-3) in the fourth. Sabathia allowed two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Tampa Bay has just two established starters in its rotation with injuries to Chris Archer and Jake Faria.

Whatever kind of combination they’ve got going on over there, it worked tonight, Sabathia said.

Tampa Bay went up 2-0 in the fifth on C.J. Cron’s sacrifice fly, a drive with two on that Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton snared with a leaping catch at the wall.

That was a really special play, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

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Brett Gardner singled to lead off the first for the Yankees. He stole second and catcher Spencer Kieboom’s throw bounced past second baseman Wilmer Difo, sending Gardner to third. He scored easily on Aaron Judge’s subsequent sacrifice fly to center field that missed going over the fence by just a few feet. That tied the game at 1-all after Adam Easton score on Anthony Rendon’s first-inning sac fly.

This isn’t easy, because Dez has been a fine patron at The Superstar Club for a long time. (We’re going to miss Dez throwing up the X in the bottle service section.) But injuries have robbed the former Cowboy of his Clark Harris Womens Jersey old explosion, and he hasn’t been an elite producer since 2014. Frankly, reputation probably kept Bryant in the club a year longer than he should have been. He’s also currently unemployed, which tends to depress expectations.

Rutgers is the only Big Ten school that cracks the ESPN list, which can be found here.

EAST RUTHERFORD — Kyle Lauletta is three inches shorter, eight pounds lighter and keeps his hair cropped tighter, but otherwise it’s like looking in a mirror when he sees Davis Webb.

OK, not really. Even their talents as quarterbacks are much different.

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Just the player moves at the big-league level night-in and night-out. All the daily conversation that goes on with your manager and your staff day-in and day-out. You just can’t do everything, so you’ve got to be comfortable that your assistant GM, for me in the future, would have a really good understanding of major-league operations and experience to understand how to deal with all those people, and they would be the daily conduit for me moving forward if I did that again with a major-league club. And I would spend a significant part of my time on the infrastructure foundation of the system, because if that’s not done right as the GM, you really ultimately don’t have any chance for success.

Trent Taylor had been tabbed as the Womens Mark Pysyk Jersey No. 3 in Larry Ogunjobi Authentic Jersey the slot, but he is dealing with both a back injury and some serious competition from Dante Pettis. The rookie second-rounder profiles a little like the Rams’ Cooper Kupp with the ability to line up anywhere in three-wide sets. Pettis will be the 49ers’ primary return man while he gets used to the NFL, but he has a solid baseline to contribute to the offense if needed.

The 49ers also have a new option in rookie seventh-rounder Richie James, whose toughness and quickness are attributes made for inside routes. Aldridck Robinson was miscast as a No. 3 last year and disappeared at times when trying to replace Garçon.

Shanahan doesn’t have a Julio Jones in San Francisco like he did as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, but given how strong the 49ers’ starters are, the coach needs only parts of Taylor Gabriel and Mohamed Sanu from his three youngest wideouts.

Ravens lose two OTA sessions after rules violation

For the second time in three years, the Baltimore Ravens are facing NFL discipline for violating offseason workout rules under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

We have tried very hard to eliminate contact in pass coverage during OTAs, even so far as to pull players out of practice who struggle with these adjustments. I am confident we have done everything within our power and ability to practice within the rules, and we will continue to focus on preparing, teaching and practicing the right way.

General manager Ozzie Newsome released his own statement on the matter, insisting the organization is vigilant about practicing within the parameters set by the CBA.

I attend every practice and then watch the practices again on video, Newsome explained. I see how the coaching staff teaches, corrects and addresses issues immediately on the field. In meetings, I have watched John’s presentation to his players and assistants regarding how to properly practice and the pace of these sessions. We have players competing, including rookies and those fighting to make our team. Sometimes breaking old practice habits of these players, especially rookies, takes more repetitions. We’ll continue to be vigilant about this.

The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.

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The team agrees he deserves a raise after turning in four dominant seasons as the cornerstone of the Rams’ defense, yet the Rams and Donald’s representatives still haven’t made a deal after many months of talking.

The 27-year-old Donald doesn’t have extensive leverage in the negotiation because the Rams theoretically could keep him for another three seasons through 2021 under a franchise tag.

Neither side has disclosed their contract proposals, but Donald is widely thought to be seeking a contract big enough to make him one of the top-paid players at any position, with a salary comparable to the wages of the NFL’s better quarterbacks.

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Molina delivered another pivotal hit in the ballpark where he’s been booed each time his name has announced since his brawl with Brandon Phillips in 2010.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the third, Molina doubled to center for a 5-0 lead. Cardinals fans chanted Yadi! as he stood on second. Molina has more homers (14), hits (118), doubles (26), extra-base hits (40) Womens Carlos Gonzalez Jersey and RBI (57) at Great American Ball Park than at any other road park.

His 57 RBI at GABP are tied with Albert Pujols for second most by a visiting player, one behind Lance Berkman.

Dunlap will be a free agent in 2019, if the Bengals don’t do something about that sooner, and will become an even richer man than he already is.

The Bengals veteran defensive end is not attending OTAs this year, and is instead spending time in both Miami and his hometown of North Charleston, SC, where he ran a football camp for the youth in his community.

Its normal for a veteran player to miss OTAs in a contract year, as an injury could cost these guys millions of dollars. Given the number of season-ending injuries we have already seen in OTAs this year around the league, this seems like a safe option.

But will this effect Dunlap’s contract status in 2019? He doesn’t think so.

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The NFL Network reported Sunday that Cleveland and the 27-year-old linebacker had agreed to a one-year contract. But, Kendricks told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the report was not accurate.

That’s not a big enough lead I need to bulk that up, he said. It would definitely be cool if I could lead the majors in that category every year.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (knee) threw a bullpen session before Friday’s game. He is likely to throw again during Cleveland’s series in Chicago next week.

Tigers: RHP Franklin Perez, generally considered Detroit’s No. 1 prospect, is expected to throw off a mound on Tuesday. Perez, acquired from Houston in last year’s Justin Verlander trade, has been sidelined since spring training with a lat strain.

I’m not here to be pushed over, Manziel said after the game (via The Score). You can come at me because my name’s in the papers, my name’s on TV. You can come at me. I’m not backing down. I’m here for a reason. I’m here to play ball. I’m not going to be treated like s—.

Manziel said he learned some valuable lessons Friday while completing 9 of Kwon Alexander Jersey 11 passes for 80 yards and adding 10 yards rushing on two carries.

Still feeling it out. It’s a different game, Manziel said of the adjustment to Canadian football’s unique rules and rhythms.

Still, The Score noted, Manziel made plays with his legs, found open receivers on scrambles and showed flashes of why his new coach, June Jones, suggested last year that Manziel will become the best player in CFL history.

He did some good things, Jones said of Manziel’s debut (via the Hamilton Spectator), adding Womens Albert McClellan Jersey that he’d kept things simple for his QB. He’s got a game presence. He just hasn’t been here quite as long. He’s not flustered, he’s not rattled.

The Argonauts defeated the Ticats, 36-18.

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I don’t (think so), man, cause I get up from the bed sometimes in the morning, I’m just like – I shuffle across the ground cause I can’t bend my ankles, Johnson said. That was my problem when I played, just ankles always stuck or swelled up, I can’t flex them. If you can’t flex your ankles then you’re just running flat-footed all the time.

Johnson said he doesn’t have any Womens Donovan Mitchell Jersey other major health issues and won’t stop his sons from playing football if they want to, but he has no plans to make a comeback.

Even though Brady has been absent from OTAs, he is supposed be at training camp this summer.

Today, I’m thinking back to that book I read so long ago. Schoendienst. Musial. The Deans, Diz and his brother, Paul. Joe Medwick. Johnny Mize. Pepper Martin, who managed Schoendienst in the minor leagues. Frankie Frisch. Rogers Hornsby. Grover Pete Alexander. Marty Marion. Walker Cooper. Country Slaughter. There have been many great Cardinals since that era, when the majors didn’t have another franchise west of the Mississippi and Cardinals baseball held sway over an enormous swathe of the country.

There will be many great Cardinals to come, but with Schoendienst’s passing, the last vestiges of that original era, the one when the old Cardinals made St. Louis the baseball city we now know it as, are now truly gone. Nothing lasts forever, Brent Seabrook Authentic Jersey even if Red sometimes made it seem like it might.Orioles ‘slugger’ Chris Davis is having a mind-bogglingly bad season

It was a relatively slow day of baseball on Thursday, so indulge me as I go down the rabbit hole with Chris Davis. Hopefully we’ll all come out alive.

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You probably saw your Twitter feeds blow up at that precise moment as this earth-shattering news emerged from One Bills Drive, but stop right there if you think offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was the least bit upset about that errant throw.

He’s on day six; it’s so early in the process of OTAs,Daboll said.

The fact that, on his second opportunity in the two-minute offense — of which on-field installation has just begun — Allen made amends by throwing a touchdown pass to someone named Cam Phillips didn’t really move Daboll’s needle either.

It was the last day of May, not the last day of Womens Ryan Callahan Jersey September, and outcomes aren’t as important at this stage as are the opportunities to correct the mistakes he, or any other rookie, makes, which Allen did. That, more than anything else, is what Daboll took into the film room for one of his many teaching points after practice.

The Eagles are scheduled to open up the regular season on Sept. 6 against the Falcons in a rematch of the divisional playoff game that saw the Eagles barely escape with a win. After that, they’ve got games against the Buccaneers, Colts, Titans, and Vikings. That’s a survivable stretch without Wentz, though coming Edgar Martinez Youth Jersey away with wins against the Falcons and Vikings will be difficult regardless of who starts at quarterback.

Prescott does have two things in his favor: running back Ezekiel Elliott and the best offensive line in football. Both of those things were not at full strength in 2017—Elliott missed six games due to a league suspension, and left tackle Tyron Smith played through injuries. Prescott should have those advantages to a higher degree in 2018, and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan must make up for the dip in receiver talent with schemes that are friendly to his quarterback.

Cousins targeting Rudolph ‘like throwing into a mattress’

This offseason in Minnesota for Kirk Cousins has been shaped by get-to-know-them moments, whether new coaches, plays or teammates with the Vikings.

It’s funny when you sit there: The nurses are getting ready for pre-op, and the doctors are talking to you. I honestly feel like I’m in the dentist office getting my teeth cleaned. It’s so routine, at this point, Rudolph said. I think at times, your family and friends are more worried about it than you are.

If differently means better, Anzalone’s return could be a significant boon to a young defense that improved considerably during the Saints’ playoff run last season.

We were really pleased last year, early in the year, when he was playing, Saints coach Sean Payton said. He’s smart. He’s someone that has good range. He can play on three downs. He’s someone who we think is a good player on third down. That gives you flexibility at linebacker.

The key, for him, is just staying healthy.

Twice during an unfulfilled career at Florida, the 6-foot-3, 241-pound Anzalone dislocated his right shoulder. Those injuries were major reasons why he played just 18 games in four seasons with the Gators. Yet, when he played, his talent was so apparent that the Saints used one of two 2017, third-round draft choices last year to select him.

I think everybody individually does things a little differently, Thielen said. As a quarterback, every quarterback has their strengths and their weaknesses. I think the thing [Cousins] really brings to the table is the way that he leads, and his passion for the game of football. It has been really fun working with him and learning this offense together.

As a receiver group, we’re really excited to keep getting some reps with him, and especially in some live situations. It has been a while since we’ve gone against a live defense so we’re excited to do that.

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The Seahawks hosted the veteran wide receiver for a visit Wednesday after he previously visited the team as a restricted free agent in 2010, ESPN reported.

All that said, McCown turns 39 in July, and Bridgewater is a huge unknown after missing the majority of the last two seasons. The Jets will likely go through some peaks and valleys at quarterback in 2018.聽

Flacco’s career is submarining. Last season, he finished last in the NFL in yards per attempt (5.72), 26th in passing yards per game (196) and 25th in passer rating (80.4). There’s a strong case to be made that he was one of the two or three worst starters in the NFL in 2017.聽

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That sounds like a mousetrap to me, Lynn said Thursday during a guest appearance on NFL Up To The Minute. That’s all I can say about that drill.

We know Kansas City won this division, they had a good draft, they brought in some key free agents. To me, that’s still the team to beat in this division. Until we beat Kansas City, we can’t even talk about playoffs and things like that.

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As Alex Smith’s backup last year, Mahomes says, earning respect in the locker room was a higher priority than earning money from sponsors.

That just comes with the relationship you build with the guys off the field and on the field, Mahomes said. Whenever you have respect for each other and you know that you’re trying to make the team the best you can, and you know he’s trying to make the team win, you can talk to each other and say things to each other and you respect that. That comes with all of this offseason work, the weight room, the running. If you’re giving it your all every single day, people will respect you and respect whenever you say anything on the field.