Braves acquire reliever Swarzak from Mariners

Braves acquire reliever Swarzak from Mariners

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The Braves have added veteran help for their patchwork bullpen by acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Seattle for left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. As part of Monday's trade, Seattle is sending Atlanta $1,788,172 to cover about one-third of the $5,677,419 remaining in Swarzak's $8 million salary this year.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal Vizcaino opened the season as Atlanta's closer, then had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on April 17. His replacement, A.J. Minter, struggled and was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on May 10. The 27-year-old Biddle was designated for assignment by the Braves on Wednesday after walking 10 batters in 11 ⅔ innings. He had a 5.40 ERA as he failed to repeat his success from 2018, when he was 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA. He will…
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Darvish’s slow approach fuels 11-strikeout night

Darvish’s slow approach fuels 11-strikeout night

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The commissioner's office might not like it, but Chicago Cubs fans won't be complaining if enigmatic righty Yu Darvish wants to take his time on the mound. As long as the results look like they did Wednesday -- Darvish struck out 11 without issuing a walk against the Cincinnati Reds -- he can pretty much do whatever he wants. His catcher illustrated the "whatever it takes" attitude the Cubs and Darvish are employing.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale "I know the tempo was a little slow, but I don't care," Taylor Davis said. "He was getting guys out. He was making quality pitches ... The pressure situations he was able to handle a lot better. "I'm taking this as a win for the Cubs. A win for Yu." However, the Cubs…
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Cooper: Ousted Lightning victims of own success

Cooper: Ousted Lightning victims of own success

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Here's the spin the Lightning had after Tuesday night's stunning 7-3 defeat in Game 4 of the first round: They were victims of their own success. The Lightning had 128 points in the regular season, with a points percentage of .780, the second-highest rate for an 82-game season in NHL history, behind only the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings (.799). They tied that Red Wings team with 62 wins, the most recorded in the 100-plus-year history of NHL hockey. They clinched a playoff spot after just 68 games and were coasting well before reaching that mark. They weren't just winning -- they were crushing opponents. They had the league's best power play and best penalty kill, and they were the highest-scoring team on average (3.89) since Detroit in that 1995-96 season.…
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Ex-Seahawks WR Baldwin indicates he’s retiring

Ex-Seahawks WR Baldwin indicates he’s retiring

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Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin posted a long series of tweets on Sunday indicating that he is retiring, including a "Game of Thrones" GIF reading, "My watch has ended."cheap nfl jerseys china nike ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Baldwin wanted to continue playing, but after offseason surgeries and the termination of his contract last week by the Seahawks because of a failed physical, he might not be able to do so. Baldwin, one of the Seahawks' best and most popular players, had surgery on his groin and shoulder this offseason. His 2018 season included injuries to both knees, an elbow, a shoulder, a hip and his groin. The Seahawks, knowing Baldwin could be facing the end of his career, used the final pick of the second round of the…
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Barcelona looking at Filipe Luis as possible Alba backup – sources

Barcelona looking at Filipe Luis as possible Alba backup – sources

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Barca have gone the whole season with Alba as their only left-back. The 30-year-old has had a good campaign, earning himself a new contract which he signed in February, but the club are aware they need backup for him in the long-term. Sources at Barca told ESPN FC that Luis is being considered because of his availability and his experience in the game, with B team full-back Juan Miranda unable to take advantage of his opportunities this season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale Luis, 33, was close to signing for Barcelona 10 years ago. The club wanted to bring him in from Deportivo La Coruna but the Galician club's then president, Augusto Cesar Lendoiro, would not go lower than the €20 million release clause. Barca signed Adriano instead from Sevilla. The…
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Barcelona transfer policy, not Messi to blame for Champions League failure – Alves

Barcelona transfer policy, not Messi to blame for Champions League failure – Alves

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Dani Alves has questioned Barcelona's transfer policy and defended Lionel Messi in an interview with ESPN FC following his former side's Champions League elimination at the hands of Liverpool. Under Pep Guardiola, Barca won two Champions League titles in three seasons with the core of their players coming from the famed La Masia academy. However, recently they have favoured expensive acquisitions over nurturing their own talent. And Paris Saint-Germain defender Alves said he feels the club have focused more on big-name signings.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Asked whether Barcelona had lost their style of play, Alves, 36, told ESPN FC: "I agree with that somewhat. When I see stories about how Barca are now buying players to market them, you can sense that they are changing their philosophy a bit.…
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Substance on Kikuchi’s hat draws no MLB action

Substance on Kikuchi’s hat draws no MLB action

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Whatever was smeared under the hat of Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, it hasn't turned into a sticky situation for the M's, New York Yankees or Major League Baseball. A day after a dark substance -- possibly illegal pine tar -- was spotted under the bill of Kikuchi's cap in a win at Yankee Stadium, all sides kept cool. MLB issued no penalty or even a statement on the matter Thursday. "It'll work itself out," Mariners manager Scott Servais said before the series wrapped up.nfl nike jerseys for cheap Yankees manager Aaron Boone said his team looked at the tape and that even though he "had thoughts about it," he wouldn't make them public. "We'll kind of handle it behind the scenes, how we think it's proper," he said.nike nfl…
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Sale pushes Red Sox to .500: ‘Big step in the right direction’

Sale pushes Red Sox to .500: ‘Big step in the right direction’

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The Boston Red Sox are at .500 for the first time since the second game of the season, something nobody expected to say about the defending champions as the schedule approaches mid-May. Celebrating climbing back to .500 shouldn't represent a major achievement, but that's where Boston is right now after its limp start out of the gate, and after wrapping up a 12-inning, 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. With a walk-off home run-robbing catch in the 12th inning from Jackie Bradley Jr., a strong performance from Chris Sale and homers from Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi, Boston pieced together a strong pitching performance complemented by timely offensive sparks, something absent in April but showing up more regularly in May. It's what the team will need consistently to…
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Butler’s advice to Simmons: ‘Attack every single time’

Butler’s advice to Simmons: ‘Attack every single time’

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Jimmy Butler wants Ben Simmons to become more aggressive offensively as the Sixers' series against the Raptors became a best-of-three following Sunday's 101-96 loss at Wells Fargo Center.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Simmons had his second straight quiet showing, finishing the game with just 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Afterwards, Butler said he wants to see Simmons "attack" when the series moves back to Toronto for Game 5. "I told him [Simmons] - every time down the floor to attack," Butler said post-game. "Every single time. If coach calls the play and you feel like you got the mismatch, by all means attack. And then if coach says 'Why'd you do it?' I promise you I will say 'I told him to do it'. "I want Ben to…
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QB Rivers ‘at peace’ with playing out current deal

QB Rivers ‘at peace’ with playing out current deal

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Asked about his contract status entering the final year of his deal, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers told reporters he's fine with playing out this year if his representation and the team cannot reach an agreement on an extension this offseason. "I'd be fine with that, and look at it again in early spring, if that is in fact how it plays out," Rivers told reporters on Monday. "I really have no goal, or see it playing a certain way. I'm very at peace with where it is right now. I'm under contract for this season and excited about this team and our opportunities."cheap nfl jerseys china nike Chargers general manager Tom Telesco did not reveal whether the team and Rivers' representation have had discussions about an extension, but…
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