MLB trade rumor grade: Justin Verlander to the Astros?

You thought you were done with MLB trade rumor grades? Oh, my friend, there can be trades in August. There always are. And this one is a doozy: Justin Verlander, former MVP, is tempting the first-place Houston Astros, who are slugging over .500 as a team. They could use another starting pitcher, you know.

Anthony Chickillo Kids Jersey It’s not fair to look at the Astros’ record since the trade deadline and make any sort of point. It’s not just unfair, but it’s also incompetent, brainless, and rude. The Astros didn’t make a big trade at the deadline, the Astros are 2-4 since then, and I need new tires for my car. Those three facts correlate with each other roughly the same.

At the same time, the players don’t have to know that. They’re not in the business of correlations and causations and such. They play sportsball. And when they’re expecting reinforcements and reinforcements don’t come, and then they start losing some games, well, this starts to get in their heads, I would imagine:
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It probably won’t happen because baseball doesn’t quite work like that. Think of the Home Run Derby like the bracket of World Series hopefuls before the postseason starts. You know what your dream matchup is.

This time, though, I can use a different response: Yeah, the postseason will tear your innards out and wear them as an ascot, and any prospective baseball fans should learn that right up front.

Ian Clarkin hasn’t missed a lot of bats in his minor league career, and he doesn’t have an upper-90s fastball, but the former supplemental first-rounder has kept runs off the board. Tito Polo was one of the prospects the Yankees got from the Pirates in the Ivan Nova deal, and while he’s the least known player in the deal, he’s proven he isn’t a fish out of water in the minors.

Tim Tebow said hello to a young fan with autism, then immediately jacked a home run

Elite Kyle Brodziak Jersey Tim Tebow is still here, and he is still doing Tim Tebow things like being exceedingly nice to every fan he sees and smiling that gosh-darn sheepish smile while he heads to the batter’s box because he’s just so happy to be playing the game of baseball.

The latest example of Tebow filling the heartwarming gestures quota for the entire St. Lucie Mets squad happened on Thursday, when he greeted a young fan before heading to the plate.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the interaction happened back on July 29. However, it appears the video was only released recently for everyone to enjoy.

During the sweet moment, Seth Bosch (then 9 years old) got Tebow’s attention during a delay that was due to a conference on the mound, and Tebow went over to the young boy.

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Stanton is the only participant this year with any Home Run Derby experience. His seven competitors are all in their first Derby.

As defending champion, Stanton drew the top seed, with the other seven ranked by their seasonal home run total through July 4. The event is three rounds of single-elimination, head-to-head action, with the eight-team field first reducing to four players, then to two for the final round.

ESPN will provide on-site coverage throughout the day on Monday, including an hour-long episode of ‘Baseball Tonight’ from Marlins Park before the Home Run Derby begins. In addition to the ESPN telecast, ESPN2 will televise the Spanish language broadcast, with Ernesto Jerez, Eduardo Perez, and Marly Rivera on the call.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott among Cowboys stars to sit out preseason opener

Everyone knows what to expect for most of the NFL preseason: Stars and starters will play only sparingly in games, if at all.

Still, Cowboys fans looking forward to Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Rams will be disappointed to learn that Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and several other stars are not expected to play at all. Not even that token first series or two many starters around the league get.

Last month, the Ravens waived quarterback David Olson after he spent a week with the team and signed fellow quarterback Josh Woodrum.

The shuffle under center remains ongoing as veteran Joe Flacco recovers from a back injury suffered while lifting weights earlier this offseason. With Flacco hampered by a disc problem in his back, backup Ryan Mallett has been leading Baltimore’s first-team offense throughout camp.

Meanwhile, starting guard Alex Lewis will miss the entire season with a shoulder injury that requires surgery, and rookie wide receiver Tim White also will miss the season after injuring his thumb in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Redskins.

The Ravens expect Flacco to start under center in their regular-season opener Sept. 10 against the Bengals, but he won’t play before then.

He wasn’t the only notable Jaguars player back at practice Saturday, reported. Defensive end Calais Campbell returned after not practicing since July 30 because of an undisclosed medical issue.

The legend of Leaf being the biggest draft bust in NFL history keeps growing. The No. 2 overall pick in 1998 was a dismal 4-14 in his only two years starting in San Diego. Pick an awful number, any awful number for the evidence: a 48.4 passer rating, a 13-33 TD-INT ratio, a 50.0 rating, 65 sacks taken and at least one ugly locker-room incident. Dishonorable mention goes to Craig Whelihan.dolphins_041

We go to great lengths with the soil to make sure it’s not wet and there are drying agents on the ground

Raines was such a positive, happy influence during his career that he even broke down one of baseball’s fiercest competitors, Randy Johnson. Raines was a star with the Expos when Johnson broke into the majors with the club in 1988.

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Here’s a did-you-know fact: He was the one who gave me my nickname, The Big Unit, Johnson said. He was around the batting cage and bumped into me with his hat down.
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That run-in prompted Raines to say, You’re a big unit.

We go to great lengths with the soil to make sure it’s not wet and there are drying agents on the ground, Boras said. I don’t know what technology we apply or the studies that have been done on the composition of having a wet base. That’s certainly something we need to look into. This injury was directly related to inclement weather and a player putting his cleat on the bag and it slipping across because the surface was slick.

In the NBA, when a player hits the floor and there’s perspiration on the floor, they clean it up immediately so the surface isn’t slick. In baseball, we have no one cleaning the bags between innings during inclement weather. Is there observation as the game goes where they would stop and make sure the bag is dry? We don’t do that. We don’t take measures like that for player safety that could easily be accomplished by the grounds crew and the umpires’ observations.

Mariners place Felix Hernandez on 10-day DL

The Mariners have placed pitcher Felix Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, the team announced.

The decision came hours before Hernandez was set to pitch against the Royals at 7:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
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But I think in our day, or in my day, I didn’t really play for the money. I played for my teammates. I played for my organization, and I played to try to win world championships. It took me a while. It took me 10 years in Montreal. Things didn’t work out there. Ended up going to Chicago to play with the Chicago White Sox. You know, and that was the first time I got an opportunity to meet Frank Thomas, the Big Hurt. He was young. He was a great hitter. He wasn’t the greatest first baseman. He worked hard at it, though.

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But I want to talk about when it first started. I want to mention the two guys, my high school coaches, Jerry Mays and Bobby Lundquist. Thank you, guys, so much for being my high school coaches. Jerry had me for one year and turned me over to Bobby Lundquist. I don’t know, it might have been the best thing that ever happened to Bobby or the worst thing that ever happened to Bobby.

We had a great time. I mean, Bobby was a great college player at the University of Florida, pitcher and — I forget if you played any positions, but I know you were a decent pitcher. But today he still thinks he struck me out when I was in high school. It never happened.

On Wednesday, these five teams are the NFL’s first to open training camp.

They share the same championship goals but enter from diverse conditions.

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The explosive wideout languished on the free agent market for a while, but for a good reason — he was finishing up his master’s degree at Columbia University at the time. He eventually caught on with New England.
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In Cleveland, I said it was about joining a contender. The Patriots are THE contender, Hawkins said on the day of his signing. You get the opportunity to play with the best quarterback and the best coach in NFL history.

However, he’ll retire from the game before ever playing a down for the club. Hawkins would have had a tough time cracking the roster for a Patriots team that may have its deepest receiving corps of all time. New England added Brandin Cooks and undrafted free agents Austin Carr and Cody Hollister to a roster that already included established playmakers like Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, and Danny Amendola.

Hawkins will end his career with 209 total receptions and 2,419 receiving yards. In his retirement video, he said he was starting the process of earning a Ph.D. in business and economics.

The Raiders took Derek Carr a round after the Jaguars took Bortles and its been a hell of a bargain. If things went the opposite for Oakland, well … yikes. Is Bortles salvageable? Maybe, but so far in his career he’s thrown 51 interceptions and the Raiders will probably have to deal with turnovers with Bortles at the helm.

The Broncos took Lynch in the first round a year ago and still don’t really know what they have in him. He didn’t look good, but pickings are getting slim at this point for the Seahawks.

Lucky Whitehead gets a shot with Jets after drama-fueled release from Cowboys

A bizarre week for Lucky Whitehead resulted in his release from the Dallas Cowboys, but the Jets weren’t scared away by the drama and scooped up the return specialist on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“I’m a great guy. I’m hardworking guy. I’m a great athlete. I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t,” Whitehead told NFL Network’s Cole Wright on NFL Total Access Tuesday. “As far as the Cowboys organization, I appreciate them, for giving me the opportunity to be where I’m at today. Hopefully I can find me a new home and start over.”

The Jets gave him that new home on Wednesday.

Not only do you get watch one of the best offenses in the league (and the Patriots) but you also get a round trip to Mexico? What’s not to love about this. You can visit the Frida Kahlo museum, gaze in astonishment at the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán, AND watch Derek Carr get touchdowns.

With Estadio Azteca being higher above sea level than Mile High stadium in Denver, even field goals have the potential to be better than any other game. Plus, it’s a good matchup.

Another slam dunk in a first round full of them. Mosley stepped right into a starting job and has since become one of the Ravens’ best defensive players. He recorded at least 110 tackles his first two years, and he could’ve reached that again had he not missed two games last season. The Ravens will almost certainly pick up his fifth-year option, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he gets a long-term extension in the near future.patriots_119-180x180

Sidney Crosby skates in full-contact practice Friday

Sid the Kid is not the type of player to miss a potential series-clinching game.

Youth Hroniss Grasu Jersey That’s probably a big reason Sidney Crosby was on the ice at the Penguins’ practice Friday morning in Pittsburgh.
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While the NHL’s statement didn’t define the remark, TSN had reported that Getzlaf used a homophobic slur.

The fine is the largest allowable under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the players union.

TSN notes that the NHL hit then-Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw with a one-game suspension during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs for making a homophobic comment.

Getzlaf is the second pro athlete this week reprimanded for a homophobic remark. Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was suspended two games for using a slur against Braves pitcher Jason Motte.

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion confirmed Sunday’s he’s getting calls asking about Dion Phaneuf, who exercised his no-movement clause to avoid winding up a part of Vegas’ roster purge like Marc Methot. The 32-year-old defenseman could fetch more than Methot, given the going rate for top-four defensemen these days.

Earlier this week, the Coyotes hired former Texas and Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson as president and CEO to oversee a revamped front office. He previously worked for the Texans, Rockets and Trail Blazers and is expected to make finding a new home a top priority 鈥?which it already is to Barroway.

I get up in the morning thinking about a new stadium, Barroway said. I go to sleep thinking about a new stadium. Once we get that, we’re going to be one of the premier places to play in the league.

P.K. Subban penalized for embellishing hit that sent him to locker room

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An injury scare briefly sent P.K. Subban to the locker room during Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Blues, but what might have been a Predators power play was negated when officials ruled the defenseman embellished the hit to his head.

The Penguins captain is the sixth player in NHL history with two career Conn Smythe trophies.
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He joins Bernie Parent (1974-75) and Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux (1991-92) as the only players to win them consecutively.

Though Crosby didn’t record a point in Sunday’s clincher, he had seven for the series, including three assists Thursday in Game 5 that will serve as yet another defining performance for the world’s consensus top player. His 27 playoff points were second only to teammate Evgeni Malkin, who won the Conn Smythe in 2009.

I think I can live with that, Bickell, 31, told Sporting News in a recent phone interview. It hasn’t really sunk in yet to adjust to what’s next, but there’s no more crazy training. It’s better on my body. I get to spend more time with my family and I’m focused on my treatment and getting better.

Bickell retired from the NHL in April following an inspirational fight to rediscover his game in between treatments for MS, a disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. His symptoms started seven games into last season. There was a pain in his shoulder he dismissed as sleeping the wrong way, until it spread.

Police say ex-NBA player Orien Greene broke into house, fondled woman

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A former NBA player was arrested Monday on suspicion of breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a sleeping woman.

Police say Orien Greene broke into a home in Pembroke Pines, Fla., and fondled a woman, 7 News in Miami reported.

The 34-year-old Greene faces charges of battery and burglary and was being held on a $30,000 bond, according to online jail records.

Rose, according to two independent sources who spoke to the Daily News on the condition of anonymity, was such an emotional wreck Monday afternoon that his only solution was to abruptly leave the Knicks to be with his mother and his son.
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In fact, Rose’s state of mind was such that for a brief time he talked about walking away from basketball for an extended period of time to clear his mind.
Also, according to the Chicago Tribune, being away from his son more is weighing very heavily on [Rose].

Rose will become a free agent in the offseason, and it will be interesting to see if he indeed takes a break from basketball when it’s appropriate for him to do so. He wouldn’t get the lucrative deal he’d be seeking, but family may be more important.

To date, at least, the Hayward-to-Boston story has been more myth than reality. But the Celtics will have their best shot at him in the coming months, with Hayward hitting unrestricted free agency this summer and Boston easily able to clear enough cap room to make him a max offer. Celtics fans, long awaiting the team’s pursuit of Hayward, cheered him in pregame warmups during the Jazz’s visit to Boston this week, to the rightful annoyance of Celtics forward Jae Crowder, who said on Twitter, HOME TEAM FANS CHEERING FOR THE OPPOSING PLAYERS NOW.. AW MAN OK.