Cubs’ supporting cast picking up slumping stars

Cubs’ supporting cast picking up slumping stars

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So how did the Chicago Cubs right their ship with a series sweep of the Miami Marlins this week despite stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo going 2-for-23 over the course of three games? It starts with pitching -- 22 scoreless innings to finish the series helps -- but that doesn't explain 17 runs scored without one being driven in by either of the team's two biggest sluggers. For that, you would have to dig deep -- as in way down the lineup. The Cubs boast the highest batting average in baseball (.310) from their 5-8 hitters. Those aren't household names, but Descalso is one of those guys who leaves his mark no matter what team he's on. Nearly forgotten during the winter of no spending by the Cubs, Descalso…
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Sources: A’s slugger Davis gets $33.5M extension

Sources: A’s slugger Davis gets $33.5M extension

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Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis has signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season, the team announced Thursday. The A's did not disclose financial terms, but sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan that the deal is for $33.5 million. Davis, 31, is batting .260 with a major-league-leading 10 home runs this season. He also has 20 RBIs. "Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived," Davis said in a statement issued by the team. "I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel like a family. I never hid the fact that I wanted to stay in Oakland because that is how I feel and I'm glad that I can continue to call the city of…
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Maddon: Take check swing calls away from umps

Maddon: Take check swing calls away from umps

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The check-swing call in baseball has always been one of the most difficult for umpires to make. After a late Chicago Cubs rally was thwarted on a strike-three, check-swing call on Kyle Schwarber, Chicago manager Joe Maddon suggested that maybe it shouldn't be the umpires making the call. "You see the check swing where the hands [don't move] -- to me that's not a swing," Maddon said. "It's what you do with the barrel [of the bat]. Everybody's worried about an electronic strike zone. I want an electronic method to control a check swing. "That would be much more interesting. I would prefer that. Let the umpires call that game like they always do, but let's figure out a way to control check swings. I've got ideas on that, too."cheap…
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Blue Jays GM: Vlad Jr. debut ‘sooner than later’

Blue Jays GM: Vlad Jr. debut ‘sooner than later’

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is back hitting again in the minor leagues, and Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins indicated Friday that it won't be too long before he's doing it for the big league club. The touted prospect was slowed in spring training by a strained oblique, but he joined Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, hitting a home run, a double and four RBIs in his season debut for the Bisons.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap "Our sense is that it's sooner than later," Atkins told reporters Friday when asked about a specific timetable for the 20-year-old third baseman debuting for the Blue Jays. "For a player that has played as much as he has, as much success as he's had, now it's about getting built up and really getting into…
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Foltynewicz could rejoin Braves this weekend

Foltynewicz could rejoin Braves this weekend

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Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz could return to the Braves' rotation as soon as this weekend.cheap nfl jerseys nike china Foltynewicz pitched 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. He allowed two runs and four hits. Unless he suffers a setback, Foltynewicz could start Sunday night against the New York Mets. He opened the season on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow bone spur. Foltynewicz says all of his pitches were working and everything went well. He threw 43 of his 61 pitches for strikes. The Braves had wanted him to throw about 75 pitches, but there was a 43-minute rain delay in the second inning.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike Foltynewicz, a first-time All-Star last year, pitched five scoreless innings in his first…
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Red Sox celebrate title, with assist from Pats

Red Sox celebrate title, with assist from Pats

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The New England Patriots brought their six Super Bowl trophies to Fenway Park on Tuesday to help the Boston Red Sox celebrate their latest World Series championship and unfurl a new banner in front of the Green Monster for the fourth time in 15 years. "It's pretty cool to see all of them together," Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt said after the 7-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in the home opener dropped Boston to 3-9 in its title defense.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike "It's amazing to think about: We've won four, and the Patriots seem to win every year," he said. "Boston's a sports city, and a lot of people are pretty spoiled with the talent that's been here the last however many years." Former Red Sox…
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Ankle injury will keep Lindor on shelf for Indians

Ankle injury will keep Lindor on shelf for Indians

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All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians will miss more time because of a sprained left ankle that has delayed his season debutyouth nfl jerseys cheap Lindor was making a steady recovery from a strained right calf when he injured his ankle while running the bases during a minor league scrimmage last week in Goodyear, Arizona. The three-time All-Star visited foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Monday while his teammates rallied to win their home opener against the Chicago White Sox.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys The ankle injury only appears to be a minor setback for Lindor, who injured his calf during an offseason workout in Florida. Lindor had made significant progress and was in line to possibly join the Indians during the season's first…
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Yankees place Stanton (biceps strain) on IL

Yankees place Stanton (biceps strain) on IL

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The hits to the New York Yankees' outfield depth keep coming. One day after losing their season-opening series to the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees announced Monday that they are putting outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Stanton will be completely shut down for the next 10 days. After that, he'll be allowed to start his rehab. Outfielder Clint Frazier also is being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will replace Stanton on the active roster. New York opens a series in the Bronx against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Frazier wasn't in the Yankees' starting lineup for Monday's game, but Boone said the 24-year-old would play "a lot" while Stanton is out. "It's the opportunity that I wanted last…
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Arrieta convinced Phillies are a playoff team

Arrieta convinced Phillies are a playoff team

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Jake Arrieta has no doubt the Philadelphia Phillies will be successful this season. "Of course I think we're a playoff team," Arrieta said Monday after the Phillies completed spring training with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The 33-year-old right-hander allowed two runs on six hits and struck out eight over six innings. He induced 20 swings and misses.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale "Lots of empty swings," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "That was the most encouraging thing about the day. Super encouraging. Strong in his legs. Delivery was easy. Arm slot was perfect. I thought everything looked really good." Philadelphia opens at home Thursday against NL East champion Atlanta. The Phillies transformed during the offseason, signing right fielder Bryce Harper to a $330 million, 13-year contract after…
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Ace deGrom signs 5-year extension with Mets

Ace deGrom signs 5-year extension with Mets

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The New York Mets took care of one giant question mark Tuesday, signing ace right-hander Jacob deGrom to a five-year contract extension, the team announced. DeGrom, 30, was set to make $17 million this season and was arbitration eligible in 2020. The extension replaces his current deal and nullifies arbitration. The contract includes an opt-out after 2022 and a club option for 2024, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. If the option is picked up, the total money for the six-year deal is $170 million, according to sources. The deal has a full no-trade clause.nike nfl jerseys cheap china His new deal calls for a $10 million signing bonus, half to be paid in January 2020 and the rest in January 2021. He gets a $7 million salary this season, $23…
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