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Girardi wouldn’t definitively say that he wants to return.

You do have to learn how to find the way down in a way that you’ll be able to get up and try to play the next play, especially with your right shoulder, he said. I think for me more than anything I try to land more on my left shoulder than my right shoulder because you’ve only got one right shoulder and I need this for a lot of throws, and the more hits you take on it then the harder it is to take.

Jimmy Garoppolo took all the practice reps on Tuesday, as he is the only other quarterback on the team’s roster. The team doesn’t have a quarterback on the practice squad after releasing Taylor Heinicke on Monday.

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I consider this normal rest for me. I enjoy pitching on short (rest), Bauer said. If I could draw it out, personally, this is how I’d pitch every time.

New York got a splendid performance from Tanaka in an old-fashioned October pitching duel with Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco. Tanaka received a big boost when Judge robbed Francisco Lindor of a two-run homer in the sixth.

Bird came through with the huge hit New York had to have when he connected against Miller leading off the seventh. The first baseman was fired up as he greeted happy teammates in the dugout.

I’m not ready to be done playing and I don’t think the rest of the team is, he said.
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New York rebounded after blowing a five-run lead Friday during a 13-inning loss in Game 2 that led to heavy criticism of Girardi, booed Sunday night by the home crowd during pregame introductions.

Rangers infielders Phil Gosselin, Will Middlebrooks become free agents

Texas Rangers infielders Phil Gosselin and Will Middlebrooks have become free agents after declining outright assignments to Triple-A Round Rock.

Cody Franson Mens Jersey The Rangers said Tuesday that Gosselin, Middlebrooks, right-hander Paul Espino and outfielder Jared Hoying cleared waivers and were assigned outright to the Triple-A team.

Limited Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey Gosselin, acquired from Pittsburgh on a waiver claim Aug. 12, hit .125 in 12 games over three stints with the team. Middlebrooks led Round Rock with 23 homers and 64 RBIs before being called up by the Rangers on Sept. 1, and then hit .211 in 22 games.

Espino had a 5.68 ERA in six relief appearances after being acquired from Milwaukee in an Aug. 26 trade. Hoying hit .222 with one homer in 36 games.

In ESPN points leagues, there is a very solid argument for taking Hassan Whiteside in the first round — amazing rebounding and efficient offense is the recipe for dominance. If rebounds or points come in greater frequency and with superior predictability than say 3-point efficiency or steals — and they do — then doesn’t it make sense to take the easier path to positive production when possible?

To that point, you’ll notice my continued affinity for big men in these top positional tiers. I fade Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan and generally most free-throw anchors in roto and weekly category leagues, but I will chase shares of these high-floor double-double machine in points leagues, where their greatest inefficiencies aren’t taxed nearly as heavily. Sure, you’ll net some ugly nights at the line from Drummond, but Detroit’s glass cleaner will more than make up for that in rebounding volume; he was third in the NBA last season with 21.6 rebounding chances per game.

Jan Rutta, Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik had goals for the Blackhawks.

Matthews played much of the night matched up against Chicago’s top line with Patrick Kane. Matthews finished with six shots on net and the winning goal while Kane, who entered with 22 points in 13 career games against Toronto, finished minus-three with one shot and no points.

Auston was determined, he was playing head to head against Kane all night, did a real nice job, said Leafs coach Mike Babcock.

Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won their first three games.

Montreal had two goals disallowed earlier in the opening period. The first was taken away after a video review when officials determined forward Andrew Shaw kicked the puck into the net 6:24 into the game. Just more than 2 1/2 minutes later, Vigneault challenged another Montreal score for goaltender interference and officials determined Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty made contact with Lundqvist on the play.

Game Kids Earl Watford Jersey The positive thing is we had chances, Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec said. We had some pressure going. We have to find ways to get results. We have to keep working at it.

Skjei tossed the puck to the front of the net and it deflected off Montreal defenseman Shea Weber’s skate and in with 2:35 left in the first period, giving the Rangers a lead for the first time this season.

Looking at the big picture, we’re still in it, said OU quarterback Baker Mayfield. We have 2015 to show for that. But for us, it’s not even about that right now. We’ve got to take care of business to win the Big 12.

Game Kids Bob Griese Jersey A signature win, though, can help compensate for a bad loss, and as long as Ohio State keeps winning, OU’s Week 2 win in Columbus will continue to resonate. The timing of OU’s loss is also relevant, as six of the nine losses by CFP semifinalists happened before the selection committee released its first official ranking of the season.

he said that it was not an easy pill to swallow in a tightly contested game.

They told me, but it’s just hard to do that in the midst of a tough game, and no player likes getting taken out, Bowman said. So I don’t know.

Limited Mens Glen Rice Jersey Bowman went on to repeat the phrase I don’t know a couple more times when asked if he at least understood Shanahan’s rationale. Bowman admitted to struggling to play on short rest against the Los Angeles Rams a couple of weeks ago but has not expressed such concerns when given a full week to recover.

Meanwhile, starting running back Carlos Hyde also found himself on the sideline for a large portion of the second half, as rookie Matt Breida stepped in for him. Hyde, who has been dealing with an oblique injury but was not on the team’s final injury report Friday, said he was not out because of that issue.

The Ravens had only three pass plays of at least 20 yards the first four games, including none the past two weeks. Flacco and Wallace connected on three: the 52-yarder on the first drive, a 54-yarder to set up a field goal in the second quarter, and the 27-yarder on third down in the third quarter.

Flacco showed off his improvisational skills in the first quarter when he tripped on a drop back after a shotgun snap. He got up and stumbled before getting off a 6-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin that converted a third down. The Ravens ended up scoring on the drive on a 1-yard run by Javorius Allen that made it 21-3.
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Ravens RB Terrance West departed on the opening drive with a left calf injury following a 13-yard run. He did not return. … Raiders LB Marquel Lee was taken off on a cart after injuring his right ankle in the fourth quarter.

Remember the preseason worry about Fournette’s foot injury and how it might impact his ability to handle the workload in Jacksonville?

The Broncos have worked through their bye week in pretty good shape,” according to coach Vance Joseph, but as they adjourn for the players’ four-day weekend, they will keep an eye on cornerback Bradley Roby’s ankle injury, as well as running back Jamaal Charles. Both are not expected to miss any game action, but Roby has missed some practice time in each of the previous two weeks, though he did play against the Bills and Raiders before the bye. Charles took a helmet to the knee in last week’s win and was limited after the play. However, he has been on the practice field this week and said he didn’t expect to have any trouble when the Broncos return to work next week. — Jeff Legwold
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Besides the Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles are the other wide receiver matchup I’m exploiting whenever possible right now. Ronald Darby’s absence has severely hurt the Eagles’ secondary, to the point that Keenan Allen, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Tyrell Williams all exceeded 20-plus DraftKings points in their games against Philly over the past two weeks, with the quartet averaging 26.4. Fitzgerald is a target machine, as his 41 ranks third in the league, and he’s the league leader in routes run (196) and red zone targets (10). — Tristan H. Cockcroft

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Didn’t think so. Fournette has been so consistent with both his volume and production that those early concerns have faded. Ranked third in the NFL in touches this season, Fournette has found the end zone each week, making him among the safest plays on the board. Plus, this week he faces the seventh-ranked Steelers defense in terms of yards per carry against, and Fournette, the face of the run-heaviest offense in football, should continue to pound the rock on Sunday. — Stephania Bell

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott bottled up in blowout loss to Broncos

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Ezekiel Elliott was completely shut down by the Broncos’ defense in the Cowboys 42-17 loss Sunday.

The 2016 NFL rushing leader ran nine times for eight yards in the loss. He also caught four passes for 14 yards for an average of 0.6 yards per play on the afternoon.

It’s more of a pitch count I think, Phillips told reporters Thursday. But it’s a number of plays and we’ll see how he is. He looked to be in good shape. You know, football shape and shape are two different things because you’re carrying a lot more weight with pads on and so forth. But he doesn’t seem to be bothered too much by the reps we’re giving him in practice. It’s not wearing him out, so we’ll make sure in the ball game that we watch him.

Phillips added that not having practiced until this week in Phillips’ 3-4 alignment, as opposed to the 4-3 defense the Rams previously ran, shouldn’t be an issue for the three-time Pro Bowler.
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Donald, 26, is in the fourth year of his rookie contract and is due to make $1.8 million in base salary this year. The Rams also picked up his fifth-year option next season, paying him roughly $6.9 million, but Donald is hoping to negotiate a new contract that will put him among the highest-paid defensive tackles in the NFL.

NFL power rankings 2017: Tracking where teams are entering Week 3

With Week 2 in the books, we’re starting to figure out where NFL teams really stand this season, though it’s still a bit early to be making grand, sweeping judgments. That said, the Atlanta Falcons have certainly staked their claim as one of the best teams in football. They landed at No. 1 in nearly every rankings after a solid win over the Green Bay Packers.

Elite Womens Marcedes Lewis Jersey You’d be hard-pressed to find a better big-game player in the draft this year than Watson. He picked apart the vaunted Alabama defense two straight years, and Nick Saban called him the best player in college football since Cam Newton. Watson is a stellar athlete for a quarterback and moves around the pocket with ease. Sometimes he relies on his athleticism too much, and he won’t be able to run as much in the NFL, but it’s an effective tool in his bag. And he knows how to protect himself.

As a passer he has an easy delivery and just throws a good, catchable ball. He tends to stare down his target, though, and it can get him in trouble. His 32 interceptions at Clemson are concerning. His downfield accuracy is just average, and he doesn’t attack the middle of the field a lot.
Thursday will be a test, but be patient with Watson.

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The Patriots had no problem rebounding from that Week 1 loss, dismantling the Saints to avoid slipping out of the top 10. The Denver Broncos catapulted to the top 10 after defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 42-17.

Speaking of the Cowboys, Yahoo Sports’ power rankings listed the Cowboys at No. 8, and the Broncos were at No. 7. Also, the Carolina Panthers jump up to No. 10 after knocking off the Buffalo Bills, 9-3.

Packers wouldn’t let Seahawks run out the clock, so Seattle scored on them instead

With 53 seconds left in the first half, the Seahawks got the ball on their own 11-yard line and dialed up a run, content to run out the clock and head to the locker room. The Packers, armed with only two timeouts and no real way to bully their opponent into a three-and-out punt, stopped the clock anyway.

One C.J. Prosise run later, they did it again, stopping the clock with 43 seconds to play. At this point, any play longer than three seconds would effectively have given the Seahawks the opportunity to close out the half without giving the ball back to their opponent — the only opportunity this realistically created was for Seattle.

Palmer had an awful game against a pass defense he should have lit up. He was thrown quickly out of whack by the ineffectiveness and injury of David Johnson, who could be out for a while. The 37-year-old is one of the league’s most dependent QBs, to the point losing Johnson is a monstrous blow. Arizona is stuck with him, though, as there’s no young upside guy behind him, just Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert.

Golladay lived up to every bit of the offseason hype as their big, speedy No. 3 receiver, delivering both a long TD downfield and a short TD in the red zone, both in the fourth quarter as Matthew Stafford led another comeback. Golden Tate is the No. 1, and Marvin Jones Jr. is a solid No. 2. Golladay is just another way for Stafford to earn his money spreading the ball around, a testament to the growth of the Lions’ highly-paid QB.nike_steelers_1890

Coughlin isn’t enthusiastically rooting for McAdoo to lose the way the New York Giants coach lost the home opener to the Detroit Lions by a 24-10 count.

This week, Cutler will face the hapless New York Jets who have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for five touchdowns during the first two weeks. The reason is simple: the Jets haven’t been able to apply pressure. In 61 opponent drop-backs, the Jets have just two sacks, both coming during their week one loss to the Bills. Teams don’t need much time to pass against the Jets either as 47 of the 56 pass attempts against them have been no further than 10 yards downfield. This is ideal for a big game for Cutler, and by extension Landry. -K.D.
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But people who know the 71-year-old Jaguars executive say he was more devastated than he publicly let on when he was forced out after the 2015 season. Coughlin is human, and it’s perfectly human for a two-time Super Bowl champ separated from a job he adored to hope his successor reminds everyone why he was so valuable in the first place.
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On that front, McAdoo is making Coughlin more popular with New Yorkers now than he was during his final four playoff-free seasons.

Put this game on me, the Giants coach told his players in the locker room.

Put this game on me, the Giants coach told the reporters in the interview room.

Actually, we’ll do McAdoo one better. We’ll put the entire 0-2 start on him, even though the hobbled Odell Beckham Jr. couldn’t go against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 and couldn’t rise even halfway to his otherworldly standards against the Lions on Monday night. The Giants have scored 13 points in eight quarters of play; they haven’t scored fewer points in their first two games since they managed seven points in the first two games of 1947, when you could buy a gallon of gas for 15 cents.

2017 NFL Season Predictions: Packers, Patriots favorites for Super Bowl 52

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. That’s why the teams with the two best quarterbacks are the favorites to play in Super Bowl 52.

Tom Brady and the Patriots are the defending NFL champions and should cruise to their ninth straight division title in the watered-down AFC East.

Those on the under had to be feeling great entering the fourth quarter of this one. With Boise State leading 17-10, the 27 combined points were 31 short of the closing over/under. Both teams were also down to their backup quarterbacks, theoretically making a high-scoring fourth quarter even less likely.

Or that was the conventional thinking.

The final 15 minutes of regulation consisted of two defensive touchdowns, a fumbled punt and 35 combined points. By the time the captains met for the overtime coin toss, the total had already gone over and those who bet the under were done with football for the night.

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Just kind of your name getting dragged through the mud, Elliott said Sunday, when asked what the most difficult part of the process has been. It’s been 14 months. Just kind of being associated with that, that’s tough.