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“I don't think baseball allows you to sit back and mourn,’’ Ross says, “or have thoughts about, 'Oh, woe is me.’ If you do that in baseball, you’re going to be left behind. I think when you're in baseball as long as you have to be to be at this level, you learn to keep pushing forward. Whether that is disingenuous or selfish or don’t have empathy, that’s what this game creates, you have to keep moving forward.

- New York DFA'd Billy McKinney, and Rojas said the outfielder gave the team 'everything we asked.'Pittsburgh Pirates Face Masks

With the deadline around the corner, the backdrop of all the trade rumors and natural speculation wasn't lost on Ross.New York Yankees Face Masks

Manager Gabe Kapler said Crawford's MRI revealed a mild strain, and he was hopeful it would be a short stint on the IL.

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Blue Jays games will look a little different at the start, and not just due to the names on the field. That’ll take some getting used to, but so will a reduced capacity of fans. Rogers Centre was typically one of the loudest stadiums in the sport at its peak, but only 15,000 fans will be allowed in, at least to start, per basic COVID-19 safety measures. It’s the right and appropriate thing to do.

That would have been Kershaw’s day to pitch. Instead, Kershaw is expected to miss at least his next three starts.Texas Rangers Face Masks

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"When I played catch over the break, I called him and said, ‘I’m playing catch and I’m pretty sore. I don’t what’s going on. I think I’ll be fine.’ Gave him a heads up and planned on being fine and the hope was pitching today," DeGrom explained.Milwaukee Brewers Face Masks
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The New York Mets have placed ace Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 15 with tightness in his right forearm.Atlanta Braves Face Masks
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Set to start the series finale on Wednesday afternoon, Stroman's ground ball tendencies could be a key as the Mets try to stymie the Reds.

Because the Rangers are monitoring Dunning's innings, he was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning — after 72 pitches — and replaced by Josh Sborz. The next batter, Jonathan Schoop, singled to right field for a 3-1 margin.MLB Face Masks

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While Cishek (3.48 ERA in 47 games) and Watson (4.45 ERA in 33 games) have largely been solid, Cishek has also struggled with walks, Watson spent a couple weeks on the injured list, and both suffered a few blow-up outings that ballooned their numbers.

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– The Dodgers, who opened the season with an assortment of riches in their starting rotation, now will be desperately searching for help. They lost Dustin May after one month. Trevor Bauer isn’t expected to pitch again this season. And three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is out until August with forearm inflammation.Kansas City Royals Face Masks

“Sheldon is a heck of a ballplayer but in that situation, if we stretch, we get the guy,” said Roberts.

There's an irony to being an All-Star on a bad team. On one hand, it's a pinnacle of a player's career, but on the other -- due to the timing of the All-Star Game and the July 30 MLB trade deadline -- the focus can be more on where the player could be traded than on how he became an All-Star.Minnesota Twins Face Masks
ST. LOUIS — One night after walking 11 in a loss against the worst team in baseball, the Cubs committed three errors in the span of five batters during four-run fourth inning on the way to a 8-3 loss to the Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series.

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“We, as a group, you know, left some guys stranded early on that we should have got in,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We shouldn't have even been in that situation, to be honest with you.”Texas Rangers Face Masks

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The Baltimore Orioles took outfielder Colton Cowser from Sam Houston State University in the 2021 MLB Draft. It didn't take long for the team to announce that it has reached a contract agreement with its top pick just one week later. 

The Dodgers and Giants face off in seven of the next 10 games, with another series starting next Monday in San Francisco.New York Yankees Face Masks

Meanwhile, the White Sox might be forced to find a short-term replacement at second base. While Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert and Yasmani Grandal are all hoped to return before the end of the regular season, the White Sox will be without their starting second baseman until next spring, when Madrigal returns to full strength. That could send general manager Rick Hahn looking for an upgrade at the trade deadline.Toronto Blue Jays Face Masks

Castro was accused of sexual assault in connection with a 2011 incident in Chicago but was not charged. Rizzo said Castro was vetted before the Nationals signed him to a two-year contract in January 2020.Atlanta Braves Face Masks

Jared Pettitte pitched for Dallas Baptist University this year and had a 5.81 ERA in 13 games. He helped lead his Houston high school team -- coached by former major leaguer Lance Berkman -- to a state title in 2016, where he had a 12-1 record and a 1.20 ERA.
Matt: With so many running back questions littering Round 1, I am starting to warm to Travis Kelce as an ideal pick at the turn. You can argue there is a tier gap between Kelce and the next two star tight ends in Darren Waller and George Kittle. If forced to pick between the two, I’ll go Kelce simply for the positional advantage.NFL Green Bay Packers Team Face Coverings

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While at the White House with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady hilariously trolled former U.S. President Donald Trump with Joe Biden by his side. NFL Los Angeles Rams Team Face Coverings

The fact that LeBlanc remained a free agent for so long, indicated a return to Philadelphia wasn’t in the cards. The Eagles, at least for now, are sticking with the somewhat underwhelming group of corners they have already compiled.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

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While fans are used to hoping for the Browns to work their way up different power rankings, generally starting near the bottom, the 2021 season is different. Instead, the Browns come in with real expectations, not just hype, based on their performance last year and the moves made in the offseason.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is still bitter about a Dolphins doctor preventing Drew Brees from signing with Miami in 2006. 

It's very, very rare for a team to have a 2,000-yard rusher and two receivers the caliber of Jones and Brown. Derrick Henry is the best pure runner in the NFL and one of the best in many years. Henry rushed for 2,027 yards last season. He's a back-to-back rushing champ. In this era of worrying about overusing running backs, Henry is a throwback who seemingly never tires during a game and has not shown signs of slowing down. Most teams with a running back like that are lucky to have one game-changing receiver. NFL Denver Broncos Team Face Coverings

According to multiple reports, the All-Pro inside linebacker has agreed to terms with the 49ers on a five-year contract extension through 2026. The deal is worth $95 million with $40.5 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid inside linebacker in the league.
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Even in a contest with no meaning outside of gambling and draft positions, it’s hard to imagine someone in Ohlmeyer’s position taking such a chance. The NFL has become a multi-billion dollar industry with carefully crafted narratives and graphics packages going into each game. Today, the reaction would be overwhelming with social media ruling the reaction.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

Signed: OT Ja'Wuan James (2 years, max $9M), G Michael Schofield, S Geno Stone (1 year), OT Alejandro Villanueva (2 years, $14M), WR Sammy Watkins (1 year, $5M), G Kevin Zeitler (3 years, $22M)NFL Denver Broncos Team Face Coverings

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Pittman enters his third season in Detroit having played in exactly one game. He’s been a fixture on the practice squad. He’s got fresh competition to move both up and down. Undrafted rookie Tavante Beckett, who is more of a big safety than a traditional LB, had some strong reps in minicamp and could take that role from Pittman. Another UDFA, Robert McCray, also figures into the mix.NFL Philadelphia Eagles Team Face Coverings

Who's the NFL's best cornerback? Wide receiver? Offensive tackle? What about the second-best defensive tackle -- after Aaron Donald? To preview the 2021 NFL season, we set out to answer those questions and much more.
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The Seahawks have one of the best receiving duos in the league but almost no one outside of their top two projects for significant target volume this year. With one of their precious few draft picks in the 2021 class, they chose Western Michigan’s D'Wayne Eskridge. He’ll be a viable sleeper if he unseats Freddie Swain or whoever Seattle calls their third receiver simply based on his proximity to Russell Wilson.NFL Houston Texans Team Face Coverings

Link Randy Gregory returned to the field last season after missing the year before with an indefinite suspension and showed flashes of what he put on film in 2018. However, his opportunities were limited, and he feels it was due to favoritism towards Aldon Smith.

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"Somebody in that damn locker room [should say], 'Hey man, we're going to have a chance, are you vaccinated?'" Irvin said. "Let's go through this because this could be a two-week healthy dude missing games, and in this league, this ain't the NBA. In this league, that could be it for you. The right person misses two weeks, that's it. Your ass is out."NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings

For Dallas Cowboys fans all over the country, they can’t wait to see what Dak Prescott will be able to do next season. After suffering his fractured ankle in Week 5 against the New York Giants, folks have been rooting for Prescott to come back stronger than ever.

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Veteran Steelers practice squad-er. Between 2019 and 2020 PS gigs, Kuntz was part of XFL's Dallas Renegades. Oh, he's also a long snapper.

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George W. Bush was president the last time Brady visited the White House in 2005 after his third consecutive Super Bowl win. The quarterback is a seven-time Super Bowl champion and five-time MVP. He is entering his second season with the Buccaneers.NFL San Francisco 49ers Team Face Coverings

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano says it was good to see Giants RB Saquon Barkley moving around at his Youth Football Pro-Camp. Vacchiano says Barkley still isn't sure if he'll be ready for Week One, but Giants fans should stay confident they will see him on the field at the start of the season.
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NFL superstar and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes wasn’t a fan of Quandre Diggs’ shot at his alma mater.

Williams was an integral part of the inside linebacker corp, especially after Devin Bush went down with a season-ending knee injury. He played north of 70 percent of defensive snaps in 10 games, and his 14 tackles for loss last season — eight in the first three games alone — was fifth-best in the NFL.NFL Cleveland Browns Team Face Coverings

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“C’mon, man, let’s be honest. I’ve been playing this game long enough to know that’s the right pick,” Newton said as transcribed by “I’ve said it numerous and numerous of times. What you’re not going to get out of me is a disgruntled person. Mac and Cheese (Jones) is a person who, ever since I’ve seen him, has came on into the locker room with a business approach, doing the initiatives of learning his teammates, understanding that ‘I’ve got to raise my level of play from the collegiate level to the professional level.’NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings

If not for an embarrassing and terrible medical mishap with Taylor, who knows how long the Los Angeles Chargers would have continued that quarterback mistake. But that's in the past. All that matters is the Chargers figured out they had a quarterback who looks like a future star. 

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Warner ranks seventh in the NFL in tackles since 2018 (366), and he is one of two players with at least 250 solo tackles (252) and more than 15 pass breakups (16) over the past three years, joining Seattle's Bobby Wagner.NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Face Coverings

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Errors happen. No player can be perfect all the time, but Baez is too good of a player to follow up one error with another like that. His two gaffes allowed two runs to score directly and extended the fourth inning. The Cardinals piled on more runs while taking a 5-0 lead. For a team trying to get back in the groove, those are devastating mistakes.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Masks

This means so much to him and his entire family. On Sunday, the contest really couldn’t have gotten started much worse for New York, as starter Taijuan Walker gave up six runs in the bottom of the first inning. He only recorded one out before Luis Rojas decided his day was done.

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That’s one way to make a name for yourself. Sheets is the first CWS rookie to hit a game-ending home run since Luis Robert in 2020, according to the team. It was also the first walk-off home run for the White Sox at all this year and the first walkoff for Sheets in the majors.New York Mets Face Masks

"This is a historic franchise," Rizzo said. "It's Wrigley Field, it's the Chicago Cubs. When you hear that, it's really special."Colorado Rockies Face Masks

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Scott is the only one who actually did come out of the bullpen in college, working effectively but giving up the home run ball more often than you’d like. His fastball will have to play up in pro ball and his off-speed pitches need continued refinement.
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Longoria had a .892 OPS and nine homers before a collision with Brandon Crawford halted his season June 5. He has been on the IL ever since with a sprained shoulder, although he is making progress. During the last homestand, Longoria started to increase his baseball activity. 
Through 18 career games, Lock is just 8-10 while the Giants are 8-18 in Jones’ first 27 starts. Lock has thrown a touchdown on just 3.8 percent of his attempts to Jones 3.9, and the pair of young quarterbacks have combined for 40 interceptions.Washington Football Team Face Masks

Brown, a massive 6-foot-9 offensive lineman from the University of Northern Iowa, will have to earn any potential playing time he gets next season in training camp. The better path to playing early in his career might be on the inside of Buffalo’s offensive line.

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The terrific end to Savage's second season has him on the verge of stardom at the safety position. In fact, he might have been the NFL's best safety over the final eight games of the regular season in 2020. A first-time Pro Bowl nod could be next if he's able to put a full season of terrific play together in 2021. Savage has the speed and playmaking ability needed to produce the kind of big plays and turnovers typically required to get the attention of voters. Having only three safeties on the Pro Bowl roster limits opportunity, but Savage is already gaining national recognition as one of the ascending secondary players in the NFL entering 2021.Cincinnati Bengals Face Masks

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“He is so fast, and he can catch. He can make the hard catch, he’s got length, he’s got it all,” Mack Brown said on a recent episode of PFF's 2 for 1 Drafts podcast. “He can stop and start, so he can catch the short stuff, he can run the inside stuff, he’s not afraid to be hit while he’s catching the ball.”Houston Texans Face Masks

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The worst possible news Travis Etienne’s drafters can get from camp is “Etienne takes his fifth jet sweep on Day 2 of Jags camp." Meyer has talked about using Etienne as a third-down back and a receiver. Those things sound nice but most running backs striving for RB2 numbers need a baseline of carries to achieve that status. Over the past four years, RB2s have averaged 190 rush attempts per season, even in full PPR scoring. Etienne can pay off his cost as a committee back but he can’t afford to be the next gadget player for Meyer.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Face Masks
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It's a little easy to forget now, but a report this offseason linked the Bengals to Easton. This was after making other big moves though and Easton doesn't offer much upside as a starter after multiple injury issues. But adding to the mix on the interior and starting the best possible five is the goal -- so more competition couldn't hurt.
He just moved into the top 20 on FanGraphs' prospect ranking, and he’s put himself into position for a possible promotion to Iowa this summer — which, in turn, would put him in position for a possible big-league debut next season in a fastest-case scenario.Seattle Mariners Face Masks
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The timing of Sunday’s debut had caught Marsh off-guard. While he’d long dreamed of reaching the majors, he had only played eight games in triple A after returning this month from his shoulder injury.Atlanta Braves Face Masks

In 33 appearances this season, the right-hander owns a 0.57 ERA, 0.663 WHIP, and 15.3 K/9 rate while converting 20 of 22 save opportunities. He’s been among the most un-hittable pitchers holding opposing batters to a .104 batting average.

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Now that the offense is healthy and rolling, they need to keep it going at home.

"And then have a couple of those bullpens, and then set up a live (batting practice), and then off we go," Hinch said. "If there's no setbacks between now and the end of the weekend, then we could probably see him (pitching) off the mound. Once that starts to ramp up, you can start to think about live BPs, rehabs and things like that."

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"There are a lot of people upstairs who will tell you batting average is irrelevant," he says. "And that RBIs are just something you can accumulate and don't take a special talent. I don't agree, but if you get into that discussion, you sound like you're anti-analytics. There is a lot of good information out there, but you need a balance. I'll give you an example: Give me a formula that measures chemistry. There's no metric for that, but you better believe you need it if you're going to win, and we've got it. It's a tangible intangible. You can feel it."Boston Red Sox Face Masks

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“He’s not new to this. He’s not new to the NFL, and we all know how it goes,” Judon said on Monday morning. “If you’re not playing to a certain standard, it’s the next man up. I think he’ll be playing to that standard, but it’s yet to see.”NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Face Coverings
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It’s not the seismic change players like Kittle or Hooper saw, but it shows stable growth that nearly every other player highlighted had in their second season. We can even take the formula back further and look at an old familiar face to see how his first and second seasons stacked up.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

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While everyone has COVID fatigue, these rates will justifiably be a huge story in the coming weeks. And when teams hit the field in late July, it’ll be apparent which have been proactive, and which are most susceptible to an outbreak.

“Unfortunately, we’re going to be on different sides of the stadium this time around,” Brady said in an interview with Jim Gray on SiriusXM, via the Boston Herald. “I’ve got a lot of familiarity playing in the stadium. You know, we’ve got to first get to training camp and see where we’re going to be and then get through the first three weeks of the year, but I’m sure it’ll be a great opportunity for me to go back to a place I know as well as anyone. It’ll be a great day for football.”NFL Buffalo Bills Team Face Coverings

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While there have been infinitely more physically gifted quarterbacks in NFL history than Brady, none have been more resilient. Most former quarterbacks his age have long since hung up the spikes. Instead, he continues to build his legacy as the undisputed greatest quarterback of all time. The only thing he has yet to do is navigate a perfect season. He almost did that just back in 2007.

"The Browns have an outstanding offensive line and they finally got it right at head coach and quarterback. This is an offense we can feel good about, and that makes Chubb a destination pick in the early part of any draft. Although Chubb's ADP sits at 8.5 in early Yahoo results, I'm willing to consider him in the front half of the first round, anywhere from 3-onward. Hunt is going to have a notable role on this club, but Chubb is unquestionably the featured piece."NFL New England Patriots Team Face Coverings

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