A Syracuse institution finally takes the field

A Syracuse institution finally takes the field

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Lots of people have odd little hobbies or fixations, like your aunt who collects spoons or your friend who has a blog about Martin Van Buren. In my case, I'm particularly fond of -- OK, obsessed with -- the Brannock Device. If you don't know what that is, that's kind of the point. The Brannock Device is that metal gizmo they use to measure your foot size at the shoe store. Manufactured for nearly a century now in Syracuse, N.Y., and named after its inventor, the late Charles Brannock, it's a universal touchstone in our culture -- literally everyone's foot has been nestled in a Brannock at some point -- but almost nobody knows what it's called. It flies under the radar, hiding in plain sight.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale…
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Jake Arrieta returns to Wrigley for bittersweet reunion

Jake Arrieta returns to Wrigley for bittersweet reunion

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"Solid like a rock," Arrieta's former manager, Joe Maddon, said over the weekend in New York. "He was that. He was highly accountable, uniquely conditioned and had cartoonish stuff." Arrieta never lacked for confidence, and he backed it up on the field after a 2013 trade from Baltimore for pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger changed everything. By the next year, he was beginning to make a name for himself. Then came 2015. It was a magical season. He went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA, but he didn't make the All-Star team. Most of the damage came after the All-Star break, in a glorious run for him and for the Cubs. Arrieta posted a 0.75 ERA, the lowest second-half ERA (with a minimum of 10 starts) since 1933, the…
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What to expect in Madison Bumgarner’s return to the mound

What to expect in Madison Bumgarner’s return to the mound

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Madison Bumgarner will make his first start of the season for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday opposite the Arizona Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin.nfl jerseys cheap authentic Bumgarner began the season on the disabled list with a fractured finger on his left hand. It was just the second DL trip of his career, the other coming last season for a left shoulder strain sustained in a dirt bike accident. The Giants have fared better than expected in Bumgarner's absence, entering play Tuesday at .500 (30-30) and just 1 1/2 games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West. ? Bumgarner has been a key part of the Giants' rotation since 2010. Without him this season, Giants starters have a 4.59 ERA, which ranks 23rd in the majors. ? Bumgarner was one of…
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Rays reliever Austin Pruitt first in more than 15 years to record 5-inning save

Rays reliever Austin Pruitt first in more than 15 years to record 5-inning save

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Tampa Bay Rays reliever Austin Pruitt made history on Sunday, as he became the first pitcher in more than 15 years to record a five-inning save in the regular season. Pruitt accomplished the feat in the Rays' 8-3 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.nfl authentic jerseys cheap "I had one [save] last year that was three innings, but 5? innings, that's lengthy," said Pruitt, who also started eight games last season for Tampa Bay. With Rays manager Kevin Cash getting creative with his use of the team's pitching staff, Pruitt, the team's third pitcher of the day, threw the most innings. Sergio Romo, a career reliever, lasted just one-third of an inning in his fourth start, all of which have come in the past eight days. Romo was…
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Giants call up RHP Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez

Giants call up RHP Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez

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Just to make sure it was real and not some sort of flashback to his childhood, he checked the name above the clubhouse locker. Dereck Rodriguez. Yep, it was his all right and not that of his father -- Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez.official nfl jerseys cheap "I've been to a lot of stadiums. But I wasn't here for me; I was here for my dad," the right-hander said. "It's nice coming here and having my name on the locker and not his." The San Francisco Giants purchased Dereck Rodriguez's contract from Triple-A Sacramento, where he went 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA after signing as a minor league free agent on Nov. 15. He will be in the bullpen Monday against Colorado, looking to make his major league debut.…
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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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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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Inside Javier Baez’s MVP-grade month without a walk

Inside Javier Baez’s MVP-grade month without a walk

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His teammates had looks of disbelief on their faces. They didn’t believe the numbers at first. Some -- including closer Brandon Morrow -- just stared into space, standing at their lockers, while trying to do the math. Is it really possible for a hitter to compile anything close to a 1.000 OPS over the course of a month or longer without earning a single walk? It is if your name is Javier Baez.authentic nfl jerseys cheap That’s right. The Cubs' lead-off hitter on Saturday hasn’t taken a free pass in over a month. The last one came on April 11 -- and that was an intentional walk. His last regular walk was April 7. Yet from April 8 through Saturday’s game against the White Sox, he compiled an eye-popping 1.003…
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