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With the win, Los Angeles (31-31) moved to just 1 1/5 games behind the Diamondbacks for the NL West lead.

Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas has been one of this year’s breakout players, and he continued his electrifying form in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over the Marlins. Mikolas allowed just one run in seven innings while striking out five batters. He is now 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA this season.

Twins starter Jose Berrios allowed two runs in a complete game, helping Minnesota top the White Sox 7-2 at home. Berrios struck out 10 batters and improved to 7-5 with the win.

Red Sox starter Jalen Beeks didn’t enjoy a very good season debut. The 24-year-old allowed six earned runs off seven hits in just four innings in a 7-2 loss against the Tigers. Beeks walked three batters and struck out Authentic B.J. Goodson Jersey four in the rough outing.

Giants (31-31) at Nationals (35-25) 7:05 p.m. ET — Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.20 ERA) takes the mound for Washington hoping to get some run support. Though his record looks a bit average, Strasburg has pitched quite well after contending for the NL Cy Young last year. The Giants will counter with Andrew Suarez (2-4, 4.74 ERA) as they look to keep pace in the wide open NL West.

Back in April, SN colleague Bill Bender talked to folks in Anaheim about what the future might hold for Ohtani as far as his potential to become a transcendent superstar that captures the attention and awe Ron Santo Authentic Jersey of the country, perhaps even the entire sports world. The All-Star Game was supposed to be a big part of that, the way it was with another transcendent star, Bo Jackson, in 1989.

That’s the kind of energy it may bring with Shohei, Angels broadcaster Mark Gubicza told SN. It’s already been strong with Shohei, and if he’s somehow able to make it to the Midsummer Classic, if that happens, then I’ll tell you what watch out.

A Tommy John diagnosis would eliminate that possibility, and would eliminate the possibility of his fan base growing as the season approaches its second half and what’s sure to be an exciting playoff chase that the Angels are still very much a part of. Assuming the surgery and recovery went well, Ohtani would be back by 2020. Perhaps he’d be even better than before.

Report: Fewer than 10 Eagles players were headed to White House

The Philadelphia Eagles had over 70 players on their roster at the end of the season when counting the 53-man active roster, injured reserve list and practice squad. Fewer than 10 of those players were expected to be in attendance for the ceremony at the White House with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Eagles released a statement of their own Monday night seemingly attempting to take the high road without mentioning the President or the White House.

It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship, the team said in a statement Monday night. Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration. We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.

Instead of a ceremony to honor the Super Bowl Champions, the event is now being labeled as the Celebration of America, per Nikki Schwab of the New York Post.

What’s he done? At Double-A, he was 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA in his last six starts. He went just two innings and 49 pitches on Sunday, giving up four runs. It seemed like the Yankees may have cut his outing short to ready him for a big-league start.

Why is this happening? The Yankees put Masahiro Tanaka (strained both hamstrings) on the disabled list Saturday. The team isn’t sure how long he’ll be out. Boone and general manager Brian Cashman each have speculated Tanaka could miss weeks.

What else did Boone say? He’s really talented, the manager said. We think he has a very bright future. His stuff is really good. He’s a guy that pounds the strike zone. For being a young guy that’s only still at Double-A, with him being on the roster, we feel like he’ll come up here and just getting to know him ma little bit this spring, we don’t feel like he’ll be overwhelmed by pitching here at Yankee Stadium in the big leagues. We feel like he’s repertoire, his stuff will allow him to have a chance to be successful for us. We don’t necessarily expect him to go real deep into the game, but we feel like he’ll give us a real opportunity to give us a quality start.

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Two outta three ain’t bad, manager Joe Maddon said. Anyone that’s not into two out of three really needs to re-evaluate Antonio Gates Jersey their baseball sensibilities.
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Kyle Hendricks (4-6) gave up one run on three hits in five innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. The right-hander has gone beyond the fifth just once in his last five starts.

Harrison hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his seventh career leadoff homer.

Pittsburgh broke the game open with a five-run sixth. Austin Meadows led off with a double against reliever Brian Duensing and one out later, Elias Diaz hit an RBI single.

After walking Josh Bell to load the bases, Duensing was replaced by Luke Farrell. The lefty-swinging Polanco greeted the right-hander by lining a 1-2 pitch into the right-field corner for a three-run triple to make it 5-0. Jordy Mercer followed with a single.

Ahh, yes, early April was a more joyous time for the Mets and their manager:

Since that 11-1 start, however, the only team with a worse winning percentage is the Orioles and the O’s swept a two-game series between the two teams this week. Apparently, this is the new low for the Mets:

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Much the way Andujar and Torres have discovered how to make Paxton Lynch Jersey in-at-bat adjustments, German has figured out a way of, as Boone put it, compartmentalizing things and handling the successes and the struggles that go with being in a big league rotation. Consistency from a performance standpoint is all that’s separating German from having the kind of young Yankees impact Andujar and Torres are having.

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Mike Davis got the most touches later in the season with limited rushing results. In the passing game, J.D. McKissic flashed while C.J. Prosise couldn’t stay healthy.
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The Seahawks surprised everybody by drafting Rashaad Penny in the first round, so the four returning backs now need to fight for their places in the pecking order.

File Mingo with Jordan and Smith as players trying to boost Seattle’s pass rush on third downs. That’s a big ask, because Mingo at best has been a plugger in 3-4 schemes with only nine sacks in five seasons. If Mingo doesn’t pan out, rookie Shaquem Griffin should get a path to key snaps outside.

The Seahawks’ front seven includes several unpredictable pieces. They’re hoping Norton Jr. can put together a pretty picture without creating more of a puzzle.

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That was frustrating, because it directly impacted winning the game, Francona said. We try not to ask guys who aren’t bunters to bunt, but we haven’t been getting them down.

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Former Devil Brian Gionta won’t re-sign with the Boston Bruins, according to the Boston Globe, making him an unrestricted free agent again on July 1.
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The 39-year-old signed with the Bruins in February after serving as captain of Team USA at the 2018 Olympics. He was able to participate since he was not playing for an NHL team.

Only five other tight ends age 33 or older have recorded at least 800 receiving yards in a single season since the NFL-AFL merger, according to pro football reference. Only two from that group have accomplished the feat more than once: Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.

Traditionally, it’s a young man’s game,Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. For him to be able to do what he’s been doing — and the thing that I appreciate and our coaching staff appreciates — is he’s not just relying on his reputation of what he’s done in the league. … He’s a great example for our young players.

The Titans drafted Walker’s heir apparent last season, selecting Jonnu Smith in the third round.

The Yankees improved to 36-17. They woke up 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox for the best record in the league and for AL East supremacy. The Yankees and Orioles were rained out Thursday with more rain threatening Saturday’s 4 p.m. matchup.

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Ask any player who leaves New England, Lombardi continued. You can just randomly call a guy…. They’ll all tell you he’s great.

One ex-teammate predicted last offseason that the Browns would immediately graduate to postseason contention if they managed to pull off a trade for Garoppolo.

I played against him every day in practice. He’s all that, the undisclosed player told CSN New England. He can make all the throws. He can process all the information. He is a gamer. He can slow it down. He can spin it.

I’m going tell you this, if he had gotten traded to Cleveland, they’re a borderline playoff team. I really believe that.

DeMarcus Walker eager to pull his new weight in Year 2

The Denver Broncos mandated DeMarcus Walker bulk up this offseason. That was a big weight off his mind.

The 23-year-old Walker struggled at times with his new assignment and played in just 10 games with one sack (Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes in the season finale). It was a difficult transition as his role sometimes required him to help out in coverage, which he hadn’t done since his sophomore year in college.

I had to refresh my brain and my body, Walker said. I wasn’t the best at it. But I can do it.

Now, he’s on more solid ground. These days, he heads into the defensive line room with the likes of Derek Wolfe (285 pounds), Adam Gotsis (282), Shelby Harris (290), Domata Peko (325) and Zach Kerr (334).

The 67-year-old Gettleman formerly was GM with the Carolina Panthers.

When Gettleman was hired by New York in December, he said, My plan is to come in here every day and kick (butt). That’s my plan, OK? And I’m going to keep doing it until they either take my key card or the Lord calls me home.

Before joining the Panthers in 2013, Gettleman was a Giants personnel executive for 15 years. He was on the staff when the team won Super Bowls for the 2007 and 2011 seasons — two of the seven Super Bowls in which Gettleman has been a part in his 30-year NFL career.

In his four seasons as Carolina’s general manager, the Panthers won 40 games and three NFC South titles. They lost in the 50th Super Bowl to Denver after finishing 15-1, the best record in the league. For 2015, Gettleman was voted The Sporting News’ NFL Executive of the Year.

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The Broncos have gone younger at a number of positions since they won a Super Bowl, but they don’t mind letting some of the old guys from that team hang around.
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According to Lindsay Jones of USA Today, the Broncos had Peyton Manning talk to the team after Thursday’s OTA practice.

He just talked a little bit about being a pro, and what that means, and how that’s something that is not just while they’re here, Broncos quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan said. It’s on the field, it’s in the meeting rooms, the weight room. It’s when they are away from the facility. I think that was a great message he could convey to the entire team.

The Broncos also had former pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware in this week as a guest coach, where he worked with first-rounder Bradley Chubb and others.

But the great thing about it is Ryan does as much as we do for him because the way he works at this and the attitude that he has shown and his rehabilitation, it’s really uplifting, Colbert said. Never once has he said, ‘why me?’

The Cowboys placed a second-round restricted tender on Irving for $2.91 million. He has had his share of off-field problems, including recently being investigated by police for domestic violence allegations. Frisco, Texas, police closed Irving’s case earlier this month after Irving’s longtime girlfriend recanted her allegations.

Irving served a four-game suspension last season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

But Irving, 24, has 11.5 sacks in 35 games with Dallas, including seven in eight games last season. That’s the reason the Cowboys continue to hold out hope Irving will get his act together off the field.

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Romo failed to advance to June’s major championship in New York after shooting a five-over-par 77 at Monday’s local qualifying tournament in Plano, Texas.

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Griffin hasn’t played in a game since 2016, and Woodrum is an undrafted free agent out of Liberty. Neither is likely to contribute.

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The Super Bowl. That’s what the eyes are on, McKinnon said, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. That’s the prize. That’s the ultimate goal.

McKinnon isn’t alone in hoping the team will be playing it Atlanta next February. While training with Navy SEALS as part of coach Kyle Shanahan’s offseason program, the team was unified in its expectations.

The whole team has talked about it, McKinnon said. We had a thing with the Navy SEALS. They were asking us, ‘What’s the goal?’ It was equally collaborated on: ‘Win the Super Bowl.’
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Super Bowl talk among 49ers players isn’t necessarily new. Former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde predicted in December San Francisco would win the big game this season — a prognostication that came months before he signed with the Cleveland Browns. Still, it’s obvious based on McKinnon’s comments that the 49ers aren’t being stingy on their expectations.

A lot of the 49ers ‘ success in 2018 will depend on their offseason acquisitions panning out. Deciding to part ways with Hyde in favor of McKinnon — who mostly was used as a third-down back Emmanuel Ogbah Womens Jersey in Minnesota — could be either instrumental or detrimental to the team’s offensive aspirations.

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Speaking on 92.3 The Fan, Dorsey claimed the Browns were in need of another press corner more than an edge rusher. He also said defensive coordinator Greg Williams was in favor of Ward.

The Browns selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick instead of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, largely considered the best player in the Draft.

While Cleveland seemed pleased with their Draft-day haul, Barkley and Chubb appeared to be the better values with their two top-4 picks.

Perez was a minicamp invite of the team after not initially finding a job as an undrafted free agent.
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Getting back to playing ball — that’s what it comes down to, Manziel said in a video tweeted by Barstool Sports. It’s something that I miss doing…. Big day for me. I’m no longer unemployed, getting back to what I love to do, and I’m happy about it.
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Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring fans and the Rockets know that Oracle Arena was his house.

Once the two-time MVP got his groove back, Houston was helpless.

The 41-point victory was the largest in franchise history during the postseason, topping a 39-point win — 85-46 — by the Philadelphia Warriors against the St. Louis Bombers on April 6, 1948.

Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points and six assists. The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home postseason game, surpassing the Chicago Bulls’ mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.

“Now that I have a full offseason, I’m out here trying to get a lot of balls. There’s a lot of motivation going into this season, not just to prove to everyone else, but to prove to myself. I know I’m capable of playing in this league, so I just have to go out every day and compete.”

Williams, currently slated as the team’s No. 3 receiver behind Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams, received some praise from his head coach.

“The first rule of getting better is showing up,” Brown said Wednesday after the team’s OTA, via ESPN. “You can’t make anything better without showing up. I think if he shows up, make everyone understand where he wants to be — he wants to be here not just for this year but years to come, come out here and show up. Show up and get better and show guys you’re serious.”