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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Seattle Seahawks 36 (1-0) – Green Bay Packers 16 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 1 (72-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (67-74) – 10 Innings

New York Yankees 5 (72-66) – Boston Red Sox 4 (61-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 9 (82-57) – Cincinnati Reds 7 (66-74) 

Seattle Mariners 10 (76-63) – Texas Rangers 2 (53-87)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (84-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (61-79)

Detroit Tigers 11 (77-63) – Cleveland Indians 4 (71-67) – 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (77-63) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-67)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-81) – San Diego Padres 1 (66-73)

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Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is good to go on Sunday and is looking forward to playing in his first NFL regular season game against the Washington Redskins.

Clowney will have a tough task at hand in running down quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“One of the best running quarterbacks in the league I think,” Clowney said of RG3. “You gotta be ready to contain him in the pocket because he can get out there and cause havoc, he can run pretty fast.”

“I’m just treating it like another game,” the first-overall pick said Thursday. “Just go out there and take one play at a time and just do my assignment.”

Clowney said his entire family will be in attendance, but he isn’t worried about any added pressure during his regular season debut.

“I’m not really nervous, I’m just ready to get to it,” Clowney said.  “Something I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”

Clowney missed the final two preseason games, but had three tackles for a loss, a sack and a quarterback hit in the first two games against the Cardinals and Falcons.

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Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will get his first start on Sunday against the Jets on the road.

Carr was named the starter earlier this week over veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and is ready for everything that Jets head coach Rex Ryan has to throw at him.

“He’s got a great blitz package. He’s got, obviously, a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie, he’s probably going to want to show them all. I go in and expect, as much as I can, I expect everything. Then if something doesn’t happen, then I’ll be surprised,” Carr said Tuesday.

“That’s how I have to prepare. I have to prepare for everything, even maybe for something he hasn’t shown but could show,” he continued. “Obviously I reach out to anybody who can help me. I called my brother because he’s played them seven times. I called him and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk Jets. You were there, you’ve seen them.’ So we talked. I picked his brain, took notes and that was it. Now I went about my business for the rest of the week, picked [Matt] Schaub’s brain, picked the coaches’ brain, so I expect a lot.”

The Raiders have a brand new roster full of veterans to go along with Carr. Still, Ryan isn’t concerned about it.

“We’re just going to show up and do what we do. Again, we played the Raiders last year, we’ve seen their tape, they’ve seen us and everything else. That part of it is, it’s not like, oh, all of a sudden you’re going to run the wishbone, which by the way, we’re going to run this game. That part of it, ‘oh, we’re holding them back,’ I don’t believe that, everybody, you just play, and that’s really what you do,” Ryan said on Wednesday.

The Raiders have lost 12 straight games on the East coast, but Ryan doesn’t think geographic location has anything to do with it.

“I think at one point it’s overblown, because I think when you look at last year the teams that had the most success were west coast teams coming to the east coast. Now, obviously with the Raiders having bad numbers, they haven’t had the success of it, but I think it’s football is football, regardless of where you play it,” Ryan said of their poor record.

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Big First Inning Launches Chukars Over Raptors

Big First Inning Launches Chukars Over Raptors

  IDAHO FALLS, ID — Idaho Falls keeps hope of a .500 season alive. Chukars score five runs in the first inning, and Matt Strahm ends the game in style. The Greybirds knock off the Raptors 8-4. Idaho Falls (37-38) got to work in the first inning off of JD Underwood. The right-hander recorded the […]

Cubs’ Starlin Castro Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Cubs’ Starlin Castro Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Kent C. Horner/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Earlier this week the Chicago Cubs lost first baseman Anthony Rizzo for an indefinite period of time, and now it has been revealed that shortstop Starlin Castro is likely to miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain.

Castro injured himself when he slid into home during the first inning of the team’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. His cleat got caught in the dirt around home plate. An MRI revealed the sprain.

“Right now the prognosis is four weeks to come back,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. “We’re not going to shut him down. His mentality is he can beat four weeks and come back.”

After a down season in 2013, the 24-year-old Castro has rebounded quite nicely in 2014. If his season is truly over, he’ll have played 134 games this season while batting .292 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs.

“In my mind’s eye he’s had a very productive season,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s dealt with a lot of different things very positively. He’s worked extremely hard.”

Rookie Javier Baez will shift over from second base to shortstop.

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Rockies Reward Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa with Contract Extension

Rockies Reward Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Colorado Rockies were not about to let starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa hit free agency as the two sides have agreed on contract extension.

De La Rosa’s new deal is for two years and will pay him $25 million.

The 33-year-old De La Rosa has been with the Rockies since 2008 and he has proven to be a solid, reliable starting pitcher during his time with the team.

Last season, De La Rosa had arguably the best season of his 11-year career as he went 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA. This season, he hasn’t had quite as much success as he’s 13-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 28 starts.

The Rockies are a pitching starved franchise. They rank near the top in most offensive categories in Major League Baseball, but dead last in Major League Baseball in team ERA.

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ESPN: Kings Sending Guard Jason Terry to the Rockets

ESPN: Kings Sending Guard Jason Terry to the Rockets

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — He may not be the player he used to be, but the Houston Rockets are rolling the dice on veteran guard Jason Terry. ESPN reports that the Sacramento Kings will send Terry to Houston.

While the deal is not yet officially completed, the Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks from the Kings while they will send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to Sacramento.

The 36-year-old Terry began last season with the Brooklyn Nets but wound up being traded to the Kings right before the trade deadline. Because he was recovering from a knee injury, Terry never suited up for the Kings during his brief tenure there.

In 35 games this past season, Terry averaged a career-low 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game.

He will likely be a reserve/backup guard to Patrick Beverley in Houston.

Gee is a five-year NBA veteran who will already be playing for his fourth team. This past season, he averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

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Pelicans Forward Ryan Anderson is Cleared for Contact

Pelicans Forward Ryan Anderson is Cleared for Contact

NBA via Orlando Magic(NEW YORK) — After sustaining a neck injury in January that required cervical spine surgery, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson declared Wednesday he can play basketball again.

“I’m cleared for contact! After 8 months out, I can finally play again. Thank you God!,” Anderson tweeted.

The 26-year-old played in 22 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and three 3-pointers a game.

Anderson will be ready for the Pelicans’ training camp, which begins in three weeks.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Atlanta Braves 7 (73-67) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (64-75)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (76-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (71-68)

Colorado Rockies 9 (56-84) – San Francisco Giants 2 (76-64)

Washington Nationals 8 (79-59) – Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (78-62) 14 Innings

Seattle Mariners 2 (75-63) – Oakland Athletics 1 (79-60)

New York Yankees 5 (71-66) – Boston Red Sox 1 (61-78)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (81-57) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (66-73)

Cleveland Indians 7 (71-66) – Detroit Tigers 0 (76-63)

New York Mets 4 (66-74) – Miami Marlins 3 (67-71)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (71-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (67-73)

Chicago Cubs 6 (64-76) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-66)

Houston Astros 4 (61-79) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (83-55)

Kansas City Royals 4 (77-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (53-86)

Minnesota Twins 11 (61-78) – Chicago White Sox 4 (63-76)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (58-81) – San Diego Padres 1 (66-72)

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Bourjos Leads Cardinals Past Pirates, 1-0

Bourjos Leads Cardinals Past Pirates, 1-0

iStockphoto(ST. LOUIS) — Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos drove home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give St. Louis (76-63) a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68) on Wednesday.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Bourjos took a 0-1 pitch from Pirates reliever Mark Melancon (2-4) and singled to center, allowing catcher Yadier Molina to score. St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (2-6) picked up the win, tossing a scoreless one-hit ninth.

Cardinals starter Shelby Miller allowed three hits and three walks while striking out five over seven scoreless innings of work. Pirates starter Edinson Volquez gave up three hits, two walks and struck out five over 6 1-3 innings.

The Cardinals have now won five games in a row. 

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Josh Brent Allowed to Return to the Cowboys in Week 11

Josh Brent Allowed to Return to the Cowboys in Week 11

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The NFL is allowing defensive lineman Josh Brent to return to the Dallas Cowboys once he serves a 10-game suspension.

On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Brent can return to the team, but he must stay out of legal trouble and “any prohibited alcohol-related conduct will likely result in an immediate suspension and potential banishment from the NFL.”

Back on Dec. 7, 2012, Brent was part of a car accident that killed his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail. He spent the final 45 days of his sentence at an alcohol and drug treatment center.

“If Brent fully complies with these terms, and following an additional report and recommendation from the league’s substance abuse program advisors, he will considered for full reinstatement to return to play following Week 10,” the NFL’s statement said. “Brent may appeal this decision within five days.”

The Cowboys have remained supportive and always said they would welcome Brent back if and when he was ready to return to football.

Brent spent three seasons with the Cowboys before the incident.

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Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo Out Indefinitely

Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo Out Indefinitely

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — One of the feel good stories for the Cubs this season might have a rough ending as first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely with a mild back strain.

“We’re going to be cautious with him,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday. “It’s the type of thing where if it was before expanded rosters he probably would be a DL. With the expanded rosters in September there is no need to DL him. We’re going to be cautious and make sure we knock it out. It’s nothing chronic, nothing that will bother him long term, but it’s just something we don’t want to rush back from.”

In his second full season in Major League Baseball, Rizzo made his first All-Star team and gave Cubs fans hope for the future.

In 129 games this season, the 25-year-old Rizzo is hitting .278 with 30 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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Panthers Sign Stephen Hill to Practice Squad

Panthers Sign Stephen Hill to Practice Squad

National Football League(NEW YORK) — After a brief and frustrating time with the New York Jets, the Carolina Panthers have signed wide receiver Stephen Hill to their practice squad.

The Jets drafted Hill with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 Draft. They traded up in the second round to select the former Georgia Tech product, and even passed on Alshon Jeffrey, who has emerged as one of the top young receivers in the NFL.

Hill wound up disappointing the receiver-needy Jets. In two seasons with the team, Hill caught 45 passes for 594 yards with four touchdowns.

The team decided it was in the best interest of both sides to part ways.

Hill went unclaimed through waivers, so the Panthers, who are also shallow at the wide receiver position, decided to roll the dice and see if their coaches can turn him into the player some thought he could one day become.

Aside from tight end Greg Olsen, the team is thin at the receiver position. They have veterans Jason Avant and Jericho Cotchery. No other wide receiver on the team has a single NFL catch in their career.

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ESPN: Welker Suspended 4 Games

ESPN: Welker Suspended 4 Games

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(NEW YORK) — The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for using amphetamines, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

According to ESPN, Welker tested positive in a sample given shortly after the Kentucky Derby. ESPN also reports Welker claims the test was tainted, but his appeal was denied.

The 33-year-old returned to the practice field Monday after suffering his third concussion since Nov. 17 during the Broncos’ preseason game against Houston.

Welker caught 73 passes and a career high 10 touchdowns for Denver last season.

The five-time Pro Bowler has played in 154 career regular season games catching 841 passes for 9.358 yards and 48 touchdowns.

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Watson Makes Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

Watson Makes Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

Michael Cohen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team is set.

U.S. captain Tom Watson selected Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, and Hunter Mahan Tuesday to round out the team of 12.

Bradley, who hasn’t won a tournament in two years, was close to qualifying for the team on his own. He played in the 2012 Ryder Cup and went 3-0 in matches with Phil Mickelson.

“Keegan has the ability to hit the ball a long way,” Watson said. “Now, Keegan, he can go real low. He certainly teamed up great with Phil Mickelson. There are a lot of great pluses about Keegan, but the most important thing he brings to it is his unbridled passion to play on the Ryder Cup team.”

Simpson went 2-2 during the American’s heartbreaking loss in 2012, when the U.S. blew a 10-6 lead on the final day.

Mahan, who won the Barclays a few weeks ago, was on the last American team to win the Ryder Cup in 2008.

Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Zach Johnson will also represent the U.S. against Europe in the tournament, which begins Sept. 26 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – MLB: Boston Red Sox 9 (61-77) – New York Yankees 4 (70-66)

Detroit Tigers 4 (76-62) – Cleveland Indians 2 (70-66)

New York Mets 8 (65-74) – Miami Marlins 6 (67-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (64-74) – Atlanta Braves 0 (72-67)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (70-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (67-72)

Kansas City Royals 2 (76-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (53-85)

San Francisco Giants 12 (76-63) – Colorado Rockies 7 (55-84)

Houston Astros 8 (60-79) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (83-54)

Chicago White Sox 3 (63-75) – Minnesota Twins 2 (60-78) – 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (75-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-67)

Chicago Cubs 7 (63-76) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-65)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (80-57) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (66-72)

San Diego Padres 2 (66-71) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (57-81)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (78-61) – Washington Nationals 1 (78-59)

Seattle Mariners 6 (74-63) – Oakland Athletics 5 (79-59)

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Idaho Falls Ends Ogden’s Six Game Win Streak

Idaho Falls Ends Ogden’s Six Game Win Streak

OGDEN, UT — Idaho Falls showed they have plenty to play for, even without a playoff possibility. The Chukars used a four run seventh inning to overtake the Raptors 6-5 and end the Ogden six game winning streak. Idaho Falls entered the seventh inning down 3-2, but rallied for four runs. Brawlun Gomez and Jeckkson […]

Ryan O’Hearn Named Pioneer League MVP

Ryan O’Hearn Named Pioneer League MVP

IDAHO FALLS, ID — The Pioneer League Announced the season awards Saturday morning, highlighted by Chukars first baseman Ryan O’Hearn grabbing the Ralph Nelles Award for the Pioneer League MVP. O’Hearn was also one of five Chukars named to the All-Star team, most of any team. Third baseman Mike Hill, shortstop Corey Toups, outfielder Robert […]

Reds Shut Down Homer Bailey for the Rest of the Season

Reds Shut Down Homer Bailey for the Rest of the Season

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Image(CINCINNATI) — Following a disappointing season coming off signing a mega-contract extension, the Cincinnati Reds have decided to shut down starting pitcher Homer Bailey for the rest of the season with an elbow injury.

Bailey had been on the shelf since being put on the DL back on August 16 with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. Despite the injury, the team was hoping to get him back this month as the Reds fight for a playoff spot in the National League.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are mulling whether or not surgery could be the best option for the 28-year-old Bailey.

Now in his eighth season with the Reds, the team signed Bailey during the offseason to a six-year extension worth $105 million.

In 23 starts this season, Bailey went 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA along with a 1.23 WHIP. Despite the lucrative contract, Bailey has a career record of 58-50 with a 4.17 ERA.

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Mariners Suspend Jesus Montero the Rest of the Season

Mariners Suspend Jesus Montero the Rest of the Season

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Following a bizarre incident involving an ice cream sandwich, the Seattle Mariners have suspended catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero the rest of the season.

This past Thursday, during a minor league game for the Boise Hawks, Mariners scout Butch Baccala sent over an ice cream sandwich to the dugout for Montero as a way to heckle him.

Montero has battled weight issues this season, reportedly showing up nearly 40 pounds overweight to spring training earlier this year.

Angered by Baccala’s attempt to embarrass him, Montero reportedly tried to go after him in the stands with a bat.

“I want to apologize on behalf of the Mariners franchise to the Boise Hawks and their fans,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We recognize that fans, including children, were impacted by this incident, and the language that was used. We recognize the severity of this incident, and want to assure the Hawks and their fans that it will be dealt with appropriately. In addition, I want to thank Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, for his assistance in helping me ascertain what occurred last night.”

Montero was acquired by the Mariners in 2012 for Michale Pineda. He’s struggled to stay in the Majors and produce like the top prospect he once was. The 24-year-old Montero is hitting just .251 during his time with Seattle.

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