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Lester Wins in First Start with Oakland

Lester Wins in First Start with Oakland

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Jon Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, walking one while striking out three, winning his first start with the Oakland Athletics 8-3, over the Kansas City Royals Saturday.
Oakland acquired Lester (11-7) from the Boston Red Sox in a trade Thursday. That trade also included outfielder Jonny Gomes, who had two hits and two RBIs in the victory.
Oakland (67-42) trailed 1-0 when it exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning.
Royals starter Jason Vargas (8-5) takes the loss allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Kansas City (56-53) now sits five games behind Detroit for first place in the AL Central.
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Scoreboard Roundup 8-2-14

Scoreboard Roundup 8-2-14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Yankees 6 (56-53) – Boston Red Sox 4 (49-61)
Oakland Athletics 8 (67-42) – Kansas City Royals 3 (56-53)
New York Mets 4 (53-57) – San Francisco Giants 2 (59-51)
Houston Astros 8 (46-65)- Toronto Blue Jays 2 (60-52)
Seattle Mariners 6 (57-53) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (61-48)
Cleveland Indians 2 (55-55) – Texas Rangers 0 (43-67)
Detroit Tigers 11 (60-47) – Colorado Rockies 5 (44-66)
Minnesota Twins 8 (49-60) – Chicago White Sox 6 (54-57)
Tampa Bay Rays 10 (54-56) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (65-44)
St. Louis Cardinals 9 (58-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 7 (61-50)
Miami Marlins 2 (54-56) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (55-55) – 10 Innings
New York Mets 4 (53-57) – San Francisco Giants 2 (59-51)
Washington Nationals 11 (59-49) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (49-62)
Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (59-51) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (48-63)
San Diego Padres 3 (50-60) – Atlanta Braves 2 (58-53) – 12 Innings
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (63-48) – Chicago Cubs 2 (46-63) – 12 Innings
NASCAR Nationwide: Brad Keselowski wins the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway
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Canadiens and Defenseman P.K. Subban Agree on Eight-Year Deal

Canadiens and Defenseman P.K. Subban Agree on Eight-Year Deal

Mark Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Montreal Canadiens weren’t letting star defenseman P.K. Subban go anywhere as he and team have agreed on an eight-year extension through the 2021-2022 season.
ESPN is reporting that Subban’s new deal will pay him $72 million total, with an average annual value of $9 million.
“We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban,” general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. “This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team. A key element of our group of young veterans, P.K. plays with a high level of intensity every time he steps onto the ice. Despite his young age, he carries a great deal of experience and brings contagious energy to the team. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL.”
Subban was a restricted free agnet this season after coming off a two-year deal worth $5.75 million.
In 82 games this past season, the 25-year-old Subban scored 10 goals and also had 43 assists. His 53 points were the  sixth-most by a defenseman this past season.
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ESPN: 49ers’ Glenn Dorsey out for Season with Torn Biceps

ESPN: 49ers’ Glenn Dorsey out for Season with Torn Biceps

National Football League(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers stout defense took a hit over the weekend as ESPN is reporting that defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn biceps.
It was stroke of bad luck for Dorsey, who was hurt on Friday during pracitce, which also happened to be his 29th birthday. He will undergo surgery on Monday.
Coming off a productive season with the 49ers in 2013, Dorsey is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.
Dorsey was the fifth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 but failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed on him. But with the 49ers, he became a key member of the defensive unit at nose tackle.
He recorded 41 tackles and 2.0 sacks in 16 games for the team in 2014.
Quinton Dial and Ian Williams are expected to see an increase in playing time in Dorsey’s absence.
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Paul George Suffers Serious Leg Injury

Paul George Suffers Serious Leg Injury

NBA via Indiana Pacers(LAS VEGAS) — Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered what appeared to be a serious right leg injury in the fourth quarter of the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas Friday night. 
George was running after James Harden, who was on the other team, when his leg buckled prompting him to slide into the base behind the basket. 
After the play everyone immediately stopped in shock and awe as it appeared George had broken his leg just above his ankle. Coach Mike Krzyzewski, medics and members of George’s family hurried to his side. 
George was treated on the court and had his leg put in an air cast before being taken off in a stretcher to a thundering applause.
The game was stopped after the incident.
“This is a very tough blow,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “It’s a first for us in USA basketball to have something like this take place. It’s a tough situation for our entire organization, our coaches and players and very, very emotional. There’s no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.”
George is being treat at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Las Vegas.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Francisco Giants 5 (59-50) – New York Mets 1 (52-57)
Philadelphia Phillies 2 (49-61) – Washington Nationals 1 (58-49)
Baltimore Orioles 2 (61-47) – Seattle Mariners 1 (56-53)
Detroit Tigers 4 (59-47) – Colorado Rockies 2 (44-65)
Cincinnati Reds 5 (55-54) – Miami Marlins 2 (53-56)
Boston Red Sox 4 (49-60) – New York Yankees 3 (55-53)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (65-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (53-56)
Houston Astros 3 (45-65) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (60-51)
Milwaukee Brewers 7 (61-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (57-51)
Chicago White Sox 10 (54-56) – Minnesota Twins 8 (48-60)
Cleveland Indians 12 (54-55) – Texas Rangers 2 (43-66)
Kansas City Royals 1 (56-52) – Oakland Athletics 0 (66-42)
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (58-51) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (48-62)
San Diego Padres 10 (49-60) – Atlanta Braves 1 (58-52)
Chicago Cubs 8 (46-62) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (62-48)
 
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Dwyane Wade: Had a Feeling James Was Leaving Miami

Dwyane Wade: Had a Feeling James Was Leaving Miami

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Heat forward Dwyane Wade wasn’t surprised when his former teammate, LeBron James, told him that he’d be going back to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers.
Wade said on Friday that he supported whatever decision James’ was going to make, but had a feeling he’d be headed back to Cleveland.
“Yeah, I went to sleep knowing,” Wade told reporters. “He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yay or nay, but I knew. I could tell.”
“As his friend, I’m just supportive,” Wade continued. “As crazy as that might sound, I’m supportive of my friends doing what makes them happy. Obviously, same thing with him in this situation. You’ve gotta do what makes you happy — selfishly do what makes you happy. The decision to go back home was that.”
The Heat brought in free agents Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger.  The team also resigned All-Star and two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh.
“It was a different summer for us,” Wade said. “It’s no secret, obviously; it’s been a change in how we looked the last four years by losing LeBron to Cleveland. I think our ownership has done a great job so far of trying to not replace but recover from that. The only thing we do as a franchise and as players is we move forward.”
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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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