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Chukars Fall in Duel of High Draft Picks

Chukars Fall in Duel of High Draft Picks

GRAND JUNCTION, CO — Kyle Freeland, 8th overall draft pick, out-dueled Chukars pitcher Eric Skoglund, Royals third round draft choice, as Grand Junction defeated Idaho Falls 8-5 Thursday. Freeland (1-0) allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Downes and then retired the next eight Chukars (21-22, 1-4) in order. He went five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. Eric […]

Royals’ Eric Hosmer Out 3-6 Weeks with a Broken Finger

Royals’ Eric Hosmer Out 3-6 Weeks with a Broken Finger

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Royals will be without one of their best players in a time when they’re fighting for a playoff spot as first baseman Eric Hosmer will miss the next 3-6 weeks with a stress fracture of his right hand’s third finger.
On Thursday night, Hosmer re-injured his finger on a check-swing during the team’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
“Very frustrating, bad timing,” Hosmer said.
Hosmer originally injured the finger on July 20 when he was hit by a pitch by Jon Lester, causing him to skip six of the team’s next seven games.
Hosmer struggled early on this season, but was finally showing life at the plate recently. In 104 games this season, the 24-year-old Hosmer is hitting .267 with six home runs and 46 RBIs.
The Royals sit at 55-52 and are in second place in the AL Central. With the Detroit Tigers recent acquisition of starting pitcher David Price, the Royals could use Hosmer’s bat in a lineup that ranks 18th in the Majors in runs scored.
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Marlins Land Jarred Cosart from Astros in Six-Player Deal

Marlins Land Jarred Cosart from Astros in Six-Player Deal

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Instead of selling off young prospects, this time, the Miami Marlins acquired them as they have landed starting pitcher Jarred Cosart along with two others from the Houston Astros.
In addition to Cosart, the Marlins acquired infielder-outfielder Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.
“Jarred Cosart will help us win more games and be a better ballclub, and hopefully that winds up with a playoff spot,” Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said.
Cosart was a top-pitching prospect not too long ago, so it’s surprising the Astros decided to move on from him. In 20 starts this season, he’s 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA.
Cosart along with Hernandez are expected to join the club on Friday while Wates will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins reportedly also tried to trade for John Lackey and David Price, but were unable to land either starter.
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Phillies Place Starting Pitcher Cliff Lee on the DL

Phillies Place Starting Pitcher Cliff Lee on the DL

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Philadelphia Phillies rough season was dealt yet another blow Thursday.  Starting pitcher Cliff Lee was placed on the disabled list after re-injuring his left elbow, and could miss the rest of the season.
In the third inning against the Washington Nationals, Lee threw one pitch to outfielder Denard Span and knew something was wrong. He walked off the field frustrated, knowing that his elbow was hurt yet again.
“The last inning, it never fully went away and it came on a little stronger the next six or seven pitches I threw,” he said. “It was there every throw and I just felt like if I kept throwing, something was going to snap, and I just wanted to make sure that didn’t happen.
Lee was making just his third start since returning from the DL for a flexor pronator strain that kept him out of action for two months.
The 35-year-old Lee went 6-7 this season with a 3.65 ERA in 13 starts. He’s earning $25 million this season.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/31/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — MLB:  Chicago White Sox 7 (53-56) – Detroit Tigers 4 (58-47)
Chicago Cubs 3 (45-62) – Colorado Rockies 1 (44-64)
St. Louis Cardinals 6 (57-50) – San Diego Padres 2 (48-60)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (54-54) – Miami Marlins 1 (53-55)
Philadelphia Phillies 10 (48-61) – Washington Nationals 4 (58-48)
Seattle Mariners 6 (56-52) – Cleveland Indians 5 (53-55)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (60-50) – Houston Astros 5 (44-65)
Kansas City Royals 6 (55-52) – Minnesota Twins 3 (48-59)
Los Angeles Angels 1 (64-43) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (60-47) 13 Innings
Arizona Diamondbacks 7 (48-61) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (57-51)
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (62-47) – Atlanta Braves 1 (58-51)
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Ray Rice Breaks His Silence

Ray Rice Breaks His Silence

Rob Carr/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice addressed the media Thursday for the first time since his two-game suspension was announced by the NFL.
Rice spoke about the suspension and publicly apologized to his wife, Janay, for the first time since his alleged altercation with his then-fiancee in February.
“I made the biggest mistake of my life,” Rice said.
Rice, 27, would not get into what happened in the Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator, but he also apologized to all women affected by domestic violence and expressed his intentions to become an “ambassador” against it.
“That night I replay over and over in my head. That’s not me. My actions were inexcusable. That’s something I have to live with the rest of my life,” he explained. “The pain I’m talking about living with is waking up every day, and my daughter is two years old now, and I have a little girl, who’s very smart, very intelligent, and one day she’s going to know the power of Google, and me having to explain that to her, what happened that night.”
Rice was joined at the press conference by nearly 30 of his Baltimore Ravens teammates. 
He will miss the team’s Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and their Sept. 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 
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Athletics Acquire SP Jon Lester from Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics Acquire SP Jon Lester from Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Oakland Athletics have acquired starting pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes, and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 competitive balance pick.
The Red Sox were dangling Lester for several days leading up to Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. 
Several teams were believed to be interested in the two-time World Series champion, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Baltimore Orioles. In the end, it was the Athletics who swooped in and gave the Red Sox an offer they couldn’t refuse.
The 30-year-old Lester will be a free agent after the season. 
He will join a strong rotation in Oakland that already includes All-Stars Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, along with youngster Sonny Gray.
Cespedes, 28, is a two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion who has 17 homers and 56 RBIs this season.  He will provide the Red Sox with a big bat in the middle of their lineup.
Gomes is hitting .234 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs in 2014.
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Packers Reward GM Ted Thompson with Contract Extension

Packers Reward GM Ted Thompson with Contract Extension

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) — One of the best general managers in the NFL is sticking around a little longer as the Green Bay Packers are rewarding Ted Thompson with a contract extension.
Thompson’s new deal is being called “a multi-year contract extension” and he will remain in charge of the football operations. His original deal was set to expire after the 2016 season.
“The more you think about it, the more you think how nuts are you that you’d walk away from something like this,” Thompson said. “It’s important to me. It’s not my family, but I’ve got a lot of really good friends here and co-workers that I enjoy coming to work with every day.”
Thompson is entering his 10th season as the Packers general manager, and the team has gone 86-57-1 in the regular season and 6-5 in the postseason. They also won the Super Bowl XLV.
Thompson’s first draft pick came in 2004 when he selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers 24th overall.
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Cubs Acquire Pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox

Cubs Acquire Pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Pitcher Felix Doubront seemed to be in need of change, and the Boston Red Sox are granting him that as they’ve traded him to the Chicago Cubs for a low-level prospect after the Rule 5 draft.
While Doubront had little regular success recently, he did pitch very well for the team during their run to a World Series Championship last season in which he posted a 1.29 ERA in 7.0 innings.
“He has performed well for us over a period of time,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Doubront. “And it can’t be understated the importance of his relief appearances last year in the World Series. Those were two pivotal outings by him and he did a great job.”
Splitting time as a reliever and starter this season, Doubront struggled mightily. In 17 appearances, he’s 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.
Right-hander Brandon Workman was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Doubront’s spot on the 25-man roster.
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Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — As trade rumors get hotter, so has the bat of Matt Kemp.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit another home run Wednesday night and also had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Kemp’s name has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, but the talks have seemed to fuel his production at the plate.
“It’s a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game,” he said. “We’re pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I’m not as fast as I want to be, but it’s coming.”
Over the last 10 games, Kemp has raised his batting average from .265 to .288 and is starting to revert back to his All-Star form.
With the win, the Dodgers now hold a three game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West; the Braves now trail the Washington Nationals by 1.5 games in the NL East.
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Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Now that Justin Masterson is out of town, the Cleveland Indians have found their new staff ace. Cory Kluber held the Seattle Mariners to just three hits in nine innings of work in the team’s 2-0 win over the Mariners.
Kluber out-dueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, striking out eight batters over nine innings, lowering his ERA to 2.61 on the season.
“Obviously, it’s a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game,” Kluber said. “We all look forward to challenges, so it’s nice to come out on top.”
The only offense in the game came in the 5th inning when Indians catcher Yan Gomes hit an RBI double off Herndandez to score Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher.
In only his second full season as a starting pitcher, Kluber has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. He ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins, innings, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/30/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) –  MLB:  Milwaukee Brewers 5 (50-49) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (53-55)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (47-61) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (53-54)
New York Mets 11 (52-56) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (47-61)
Washington Nationals 4 (58-47) – Miami Marlins 3 (53-54)
Houston Astros 8 (44-64) – Oakland Athletics 1 (66-41)
San Francisco Giants 7 (58-50) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (57-50)
Cleveland Indians 2 (53-54) – Seattle Mariners 0 (55-52)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (60-46) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (63-43)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (59-50) – Boston Red Sox 1 (48-60)
Detroit Tigers 7 (58-46) – Chicago White Sox 2 (52-56)
Texas Rangers 3 (43-65) – New York Yankees 2 (55-52)
Kansas City Royals 3 (54-52) – Minnesota Twins 2 (48-58)
Colorado Rockies 6 (44-63) – Chicago Cubs 4 (44-62) 10 Innings
San Diego Padres 12 (48-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-50)
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (61-47) – Atlanta Braves 2 (58-50)
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Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) –  Tyron Smith is staying in Dallas for the long-haul.
The Cowboys signed the Pro Bowl offensive tackle to an eight-year contract extension through 2023; a deal that could be worth as much as $110 million.
Smith, 23, will receive $40 million guaranteed, as well as a $10 million signing bonus, according to ESPN.  He had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in the spring.
“We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just been everything we’ve wanted to build this program and this team around.”
Smith was drafted by the Cowboys with the 9th overall pick in 2011.  Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, drafted 5th overall that same year, signed a five-year, $70 million extension on Tuesday.
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Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  In an attempt to bolster their starting rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-hander Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.
Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this season for Cleveland.  He will be a free agent this winter.  Masterson has struggled with a knee injury recently and was placed on the disabled list July 8.  He has yet to be activated.
The 29-year-old right-hander made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts.  He finished his career in Cleveland with a 48-61 record.
Ramsey, 24, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State.  In 235 minor league games, he’s a .266 hitter with a .368 on base percentage.
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Hurricanes’ Captain Eric Staal Undergoes Surgery

Hurricanes’ Captain Eric Staal Undergoes Surgery

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, the team announced.
The 10-year-veteran suffered the injury during offseason training.  He is expected to make a full recovery by the start of next season.  Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery in Philadelphia.
“Eric notified us of the injury late last week,” general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “… By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season.”
Staal, 29, has been the captain of the Hurricanes since 2010.  He led the Hurricanes in assists (40) and points (61) last season.
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Idaho State Adds Date with BYU

Idaho State Adds Date with BYU

(POCATELLO, ID)  — Idaho State Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey has announced that the Bengal football program will play at BYU on October 24, 2015. This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools and the third meeting since 2011. The two teams also met last year in Provo. BYU leads the series 5-0. […]

Giants RB David Wilson to See Neck Specialist

Giants RB David Wilson to See Neck Specialist

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) –  New York Giants running back David Wilson’s bounce-back season is off to a rough start.
Wilson left Tuesday’s training camp practice with a neck injury and underwent a battery of tests.  He is expected to miss at least a week. 
“We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he would be able to come back and go to work,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday. “But we’ll see.”
Instead of playing in Sunday’s preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, Wilson will stay in New York and be examined by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery.  Cammisa is the same specialist who performed season-ending spinal fusion surgery on Wilson after Week 5 to correct a disk problem in his neck in 2013.
The Giants drafted Wilson in the first-round of the 2012 NFL draft.  He was cleared for full contact back on July 21 and was practicing normally with the team before the injury occurred.
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Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they’ve rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.
“Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCARDINALS ! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal,” Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.
Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns’ Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.
Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they’d be getting. He’s made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He’s considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.
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Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.
The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.
It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”
Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.
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Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.
“I think this is my last season. But I still love to play,” Nash told reporters. “I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year.”
The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He’s a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.
Still, he’s had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He’s missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he’s battled various injuries.
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