Closer carousel: Predicting ninth-inning changes with one key statistic

Closer carousel: Predicting ninth-inning changes with one key statistic

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On Sunday, the Atlanta Braves scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to overcome a 9-4 deficit and steal a game from the Miami Marlins that they had no right to win. I'm not exactly sure why Marlins manager Don Mattingly decided to bring in closer Brad Ziegler with a five-run lead, but nevertheless, he did. The result was far from ideal, but even as shell-shocked as the Miami clubhouse might have been after the game, there was no chatter about replacing Ziegler as the go-to guy in the ninth. After all, we're talking about a reliever who entered the game 8-for-8 in save chances. cheap nfl jersey wholesale He's built up enough "closer capital" with his manager to likely still get him the call the next…
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Jose Bautista scores Mets’ lone run as part of one of ‘wildest days’

Jose Bautista scores Mets’ lone run as part of one of ‘wildest days’

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Jose Bautista was sitting on his couch at home in Florida when the call came Tuesday afternoon. He had a new job, with the New York Mets. So the former home run champ hustled to the airport in Tampa, Florida, cheap wholesale nfl jerseys china hurried to Citi Field and was in such a rush, he didn't meet his manager until he came off the grass from stretching. "I said, 'You're in left field,' and he said, 'I got it,'" skipper Mickey Callaway said. And an hour after joining the Mets, he swung into action. The six-time All-Star hit a double in his first at-bat in a 5-1 loss to Miami on Tuesday night. Bautista drew a nice cheer from the sparse crowd on a rainy evening and plenty of…
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Pressure flips back to Celtics as LeBron, Cavs tie series with Game 4 victory

Pressure flips back to Celtics as LeBron, Cavs tie series with Game 4 victory

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LeBron James has reached a sublime level that few athletes have ever achieved: He has normalized absolute greatness. On Monday, James scored 44 points for the Cavaliers in a vital Eastern Conference finals victory -- 111-102 over the Boston Celtics to tie the series at 2-2. It was his sixth 40-point game in the 15 he has played this postseason. He did it playing a version of big brother ball that some like to criticize him for not exploiting at every chance, cheap nfl jerseys for sale scoring 13 baskets in the paint, the second most in his playoff career. He now has 22 30-point playoff games and four 40-point playoff games against the glorious Celtics franchise, moving into Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West territory. He passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for…
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Anthony Joshua meets Stephen Curry at Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

Anthony Joshua meets Stephen Curry at Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

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Anthony Joshua traded the boxing ring for the basketball court as he took courtside seats to watch the Golden State Warriors play Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs on Tuesday. The British boxing star posted a picture on Instagram of his entourage travelling to Los Angeles,nfl jersey cheap china before then heading to San Francisco to watch Rockets beat Warriors 95-92 at the Oracle Arena. Joshua shared a joke with Warriors front man Stephen Curry before the game, posting a video on social media with the caption 'with the assist' before Curry shoots the ball into the net. The trip comes amid talks between Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn and American boxer Deontay Wilder. Hearn told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday that a decision on the staging of the Wilder fight…
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Falcons’ Foyesade Oluokun out to validate Ivy Leaguers in NFL

Falcons’ Foyesade Oluokun out to validate Ivy Leaguers in NFL

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Foyesade Oluokun has a little edginess in his tone and it's not because folks often mispronounce his name. The Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker from Yale knows there's an undesirable label that follows him into the NFL; one that says Ivy League players are highly intelligent but not necessarily high-caliber athletes.authentic nfl jerseys for cheap "Once they see you in the Ivy League, they shut off their brains like, 'These are not athletes like other schools are used to playing.' That's the stigma," Oluokun said. "I don't like it, personally, because I think there are a lot of athletes in the Ivy League. And long as we get our opportunity, is what it comes down to in the end. Yes, you kind of have to work harder for it. But hopefully,…
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Veteran QBs? No thanks — Cowboys want backups with potential

Veteran QBs? No thanks — Cowboys want backups with potential

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When Jason Garrett came to the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 as the offensive coordinator, Tony Romo had started only 10 games in his career. Garrett wanted a veteran to mentor Romo, and the Cowboys signed Brad Johnson. In 2009, the Cowboys traded for Jon Kitna. In 2012, they added Kyle Orton. They have moved on from that philosophy completely,cheap nfl jerseys authentic¬† even with a young quarterback in Dak Prescott. A year ago, Cooper Rush served as the No. 2 quarterback for most of the season. A few weeks ago, the Cowboys selected Western Kentucky's Mike White in the fifth round of the draft. They have no plans to go after a veteran backup, such as, say, Matt Moore. The change in philosophy falls on two players: Matt Cassel and…
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Japan name Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in preliminary World Cup squad

Japan name Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in preliminary World Cup squad

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New Japan coach Akira Nishino named Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa to Japan's squad on Friday for an international friendly on May 30 against Ghana in Yokohama. Japan are expected to name their final 23-man squad for the World Cup on May 31, several days ahead of the June 4 deadline.cheap authentic nfl nike jerseys The two had struggled to make the team under former coach Vahid Halilhodzic, but Nishino made it clear they are critical. "You all probably know their play well, and they're vital to the national team," Nishino told reporters. "I hope they will maintain their performance and contribute." Friday's announcement was the first indication about which players Nishino has in mind for the World Cup. Japan fired Halilhodzic last month, only two months before the World…
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Markus Babbel appointed Western Sydney Wanderers coach

Markus Babbel appointed Western Sydney Wanderers coach

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While Tomi Juric told him he must come for the crowds, Markus Babbel confesses the challenge of restoring Western Sydney to their former A-League glory was also too tempting to resist. The Wanderers have pulled off a coup, securing Babbel for three years after a month hunting for a successor to sacked coach Josep Gombau. With the 2014 Asian Champions League winners crying out for rejuvenation, the ex-Bayern Munich and Liverpool defender arrives in Australia boasting success with German sides Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.official stitched nfl jerseys Most recently the 45-year-old, capped 51 times for Germany, managed Socceroos and former Wanderers striker Juric at Swiss outfit FC Luzern. And he revealed his former subject played a part in his decision to leave Europe. "One of the biggest points why…
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Clay Buchholz likely to start in majors Sunday for first time in more than a year

Clay Buchholz likely to start in majors Sunday for first time in more than a year

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Veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz, who hasn't pitched in the majors in more than a year, is likely to start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday against the New York Mets, manager Torey Lovullo said. Buchholz is expected to be called up from Triple-A Reno for the start, nfl jersey wholesale giving Zack Greinke extra rest. Greinke would be pushed back a day to pitch Monday in Milwaukee. With some bad weather in the forecast, the Diamondbacks are hoping Buchholz won't have any trouble traveling across the country and getting to New York in time. Buchholz, 33, agreed to a minor league deal with the D-backs on May 4, three days after he was released by the Kansas City Royals. He was 1-0 with a 1.12 ERA in three starts in…
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AL shortstops stack up among best position groups of all time

AL shortstops stack up among best position groups of all time

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Joe Sheehan later added that he assumed Didi Gregorius will get voted in as the starter. I don't necessarily agree with that; Yankees fans actually don't have a recent history of "stuffing" the ballot box, certainly not with the zealousness of, say, Royals fans. Of course, until Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez emerged last year, it's not like they had many All-Star-worthy players in recent seasons. Even then, Salvador Perez, not Sanchez, was voted in as the starting catcher for the American League in 2017. Anyway, the point: There are five really good shortstops in the AL -- well,nfl authentic jerseys cheap six if you count Xander Bogaerts, who would be up there except he missed some time with injury -- and they're not all going to make the All-Star…
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