Danny Farquhar’s ‘miracle’ recovery continues with first pitch before White Sox game

Danny Farquhar returned to Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday night to make a much-anticipated mound appearance.

The White Sox reliever threw out the first pitch before his team’s game against the Brewers, six weeks after he suffered a brain hemorrhage in the Sox’s dugout during a game.

Farquhar looked healthy as strode to the mound accompanied by his wife and children. With his fellow White Sox standing behind the mound, he threw a strike from the rubber to fellow pitcher Nate Jones (who recorded the final three outs of an 8-3 White Sox victory three hours later):

In yet another verbal slip-up, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway referred to President Trump on Wednesday as the commander of cheese – and was promptly creamed in social media.

Miguel Cabrera left tonight’s game with a left bicep tendon strain and is currently undergoing an MRI.

Reds: Michael Lorenzen. He has had just three at-bats (and one hit) this season while working out of the bullpen, but he’s a lifetime .232 hitter with two home runs.

Rockies: German Marquez. He’s sizzling at .261 (6 for 23); the Rox’s other four starters are a collective 12 for 102.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw drove in 10 runs in 2013; he has 10 RBIs, total, in the five seasons since.

Brewers: Brent Suter. Suter’s swing draws raves even though Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping the results have been uninspiring (.167/.250/.278 career slash line).

Mets: Jacob deGrom. The converted shortstop has been limited at Cheap Jerseys In USA the plate recently because of an injury he suffered while batting. Honorable mention to Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

Marcus Johansson’s first season in New Jersey went far from planned.

Two concussions and a bruised ankle limited Johansson to 29 games after the Devils traded for the left winger on July 2, 2017, and his second concussion kept him out for nearly three months.

First thing we were looking for was culture fit, Beane said in a statement. I was in Carolina when we drafted Dan as a player and he would be a ‘ Bills blue’ as our kind of guy. As a player he was always prepared, worked hard, did everything. He worked his way up from the bottom [with the Seahawks]. He didn’t get placed into a seat because of his status as a former player. Sometimes that’s warranted, but Dan was a scouting intern with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and worked his way up to a director of pro scouting. That’s not an easy transition to go from the field to a grunt in our business. It’s humbling and he did it and he’s risen to director of pro [scouting].

The great thing about Seattle is they allowed him to get out on the road some. So even though he was doing pro, he was on the road doing college stuff. His main background is on the pro side, but he’s touched college as well and that makes him a good fit for the role.

The Lions, meanwhile, completely handcuffed their primary asset, Stafford, with the worst running game in football. It wasn’t just bad, it was awful when it was needed the most, near the goal-line and in short-yardage situations.

In our Vikings and Titans draft rooms, access was limited to our team president, general manager, head coach, college and pro personnel directors, area scouts, team trainer and lead doctor. Offensive and defensive coordinators would be allowed in the room occasionally, but the rest of the coaching staff was parked in their meeting rooms — they had given their input in pre-draft meetings. On rare occasions, the team owner would pop in, usually for just the first-round pick.

We organized our draft board by position, with a separate listing of top players regardless of position based on grades that had been finalized in the weeks leading up to the draft. The decision maker (usually the GM) would pull five player tabs over to a separate part of the draft board. That became our ready list through all seven rounds.

The order of the players on the ready list Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys was based on a combination of overall grade and team needs. For example, if we Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys already had a solid starting quarterback who was not near the end of his career, a QB would not appear on the ready list until the later rounds.

Mets’ Sandy Alderson takes dig at Matt Harvey after’partying’ report

Another day, another embarrassing chapter in the relationship between the Mets and Matt Harvey.

After a report surfaced that placed Harvey out partying in Los Angeles the night before a poor performance out of the bullpen vs. the San Diego Padres, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn’t mince words when asked to comment.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say no head coaches or general managers are going to be fired out of the blue in June or July this year. That, plus the schedule having been released, means we finally know what we’re dealing with when it comes to NFL teams. Every club has a few quarterbacks on the roster now.

With safety in mind, potential changes include the likely elimination of the two-man wedge and running start for the kicking team, while allowing only three deep players on the receiving team, NFL Network’s Judy Battista reported Wednesday from the league’s player safety meeting in New York.

Rich McKay, who serves as the chair of the competition committee, strongly believes the changes when combined with the league’s new rule focusing on helmet hits will reduce the risk of concussions during kickoffs, Battista reported.

Battista further points out that the committee hopes the proposed changes will remove the high-impact and dangerous hits out of the game.

The meeting drew input from special teams coaches, some head coaches and league officials.

The competition committee still has to finalize writing the changes to the kickoff rule, but it should be accomplished in time for the owners to Cheap Hats And Jerseys vote on the proposal during the Spring League Meeting, which will be held in Atlanta on May 21-23.

Here come Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom. 

Denver Broncos decline to pick up Shane Ray’s option

Loaded with pass rushers, the Broncos are preparing for life beyond Shane Ray.

The team is not expected to pick up the outside linebacker’s fifth-year option, a source told NFL Network’s James Palmer.

A 2015 first-round draft pick, Ray finds himself buried in a crowded position group after Denver used the fifth-overall pick in last week’s draft to nab celebrated pass-rushing prospect Bradley Chubb.

Now would be where we mention tight end Rob Gronkowski missed two games and didn’t lead the team in targets, and receiver Julian Edelman missed the entire season with a torn ACL. 

Gronkowski caught eight touchdowns a year ago on 105 targets, and the departed Cooks landed right behind at seven scores on 114 targets. It hurts to lose the latter, but not terribly—Edelman is back, and the 25-year-old Jordan Matthews just arrived and has tremendous upside in the offense. 

Why stop there? Lewis, the team’s leading rusher, is gone, but first-round rookie Sony Michel shouldn’t have a problem filling the void right away—especially while running behind instant-starter material Isaiah Wynn, another of the team’s first-round picks. New England rounded out the running back committee in free agency, grabbing between-the-tackles sledgehammer Jeremy Hill. 

This is a transitional year for the Jets, and it’s going to look like it. 

Is new arrival Norv Turner the right mind to figure it all out for the Carolina Panthers? 

That’s hard to say. Quarterback Cam Newton took 35 sacks last year trying to air it out, throwing for 3,302 yards with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His lack of help has become an internet meme, something his team-leading 754 rushing yards and six ground scores reinforced. 

The Panthers are insistent on giving Christian McCaffrey, 2017’s No. 8 pick, a bigger workload, but he’ll still get close to 113 targets again and partake in a rotation. 

On paper, first-round rookie D.J. Moore Cheap Eagles Jerseys might be able to help right away, provided he can buck the brutal pro learning curve for first-year wideouts. He Cheap Euro Jerseys might end up being redundant with Curtis Samuel, last year’s second-round pick, as they’re each potential slot guys at 6’0 or shorter. There could also be an over-reliance on primary receivers Torrey Smith and Devin Funchess, which isn’t guaranteed to work. 

Burleson, Tulloch to announce Lions’ Friday draft picks

Two familiar faces will announce the Detroit Lions’ second- and third-round picks on Friday.

The NFL announced 32 NFL legends will represent the league’s franchises in Round 2. In previous years, players such as Barry Sanders, Herman Moore, Lem Barney have announced Detroit’s selections. This year, it will be wide receiver Nate Burleson.

A four-star recruit, Walton decided to stay close to home and sign with the Hurricanes after helping lead Booker T. Washington to a state title. He led Miami with 10 total touchdowns as a true freshman and took over the starting job in 2016 and rushed for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns to earn third-team All-ACC honors. Walton got off to a blazing start in 2017, averaging 7.6 yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns before suffering an ankle injury in the fifth game that required season-ending surgery. Walton decided to forgo his senior year and declare for the draft, finishing his Miami career with 2,630 total yards and 28 touchdowns.

The ankle was strong enough for Walton to participate at the Scouting Combine, where he ran a mediocre 4.60 40-yard dash. Pro day timings typically favor the athlete, but some scouts had him around 4.5 at Miami’s March 28 workout. ANALYSIS Walton lacks size, but he does possess a strong lower body and runs with good balance.

Before these quarterbacks become the greatest of all-time, the next starter out of the gate like Manning or the next savior in waiting like Rodgers, they have to clear up concerns teams have about them.

For Allen, it’s his spotty accuracy: I don’t think I’m an inaccurate QB. Obviously the 56 percent completion percentage was not where it needs to be, but when my feet are set and I’m throwing on platform, I’m as accurate as anyone out there.

For Jackson, it’s his supposed closed-off approach to the draft process, not hiring an agent and using his mother as his manager. The Heisman Trophy winner out of Louisville, who reportedly took part in a private workout with the Patriots, defended his philosophy Wednesday. You can fire your agent. You can fire your manager. I guess’cause it’s my mother doing it, it’s a problem, like she wants my money or something like that, Jackson said. It’s not been like that. She’s been with me all my life. That’s my manager for life. She ain’t going nowhere. Even in the pros.

For Rosen, it’s his brazen, confident outspokenness: I don’t really listen to anything. ��� In terms of picking apart my personality, that’s your Best Place For Cheap Jerseys job. You guys are standing there talking about all this stuff. My job is on that grass on that Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys field.

Marcus Davenport had to learn to see his own enormous potential

As Marcus Davenport strides across the football practice field at the University of Texas-San Antonio, a gallon jug of water in his right hand and backpack slung over his shoulder, his figure is imposing – nearly 6-7, 265 pounds, broad shoulders and long arms, with a wingspan over 81 inches.

It’s unmistakable: This is a young man who looks the part of an NFL pass rusher.

Davenport is inherently an introvert — introspective and creative. He journals, writes poetry, watches Anime and is excited to wear the T-shirt his girlfriend bought him that says We should all be feminists. He devours books on philosophy and scours the internet for motivational speeches. And he graduated in three and a half years with a degree in multidisciplinary studies.

His focus on positive self-talk appears to be working, and he channels it into workouts and meetings with team executives.

Smith’s athleticism is an upgrade on Cousins and the Redskins ‘ new signal-caller protects the ball better. The question is whether Smith’s see-it-then-throw-it style will work in Gruden’s system with his current set of receivers. Smith put up dazzling numbers last season under coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Matt Nagy throwing to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, with a good running game behind Kareem Hunt. He now heads to a Redskins team San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys without a stable run game and must break in new receivers. Will he be as willing to push the ball deep in Washington or revert to being a check-down champion

Cousins improved each season in Washington, compiling an impressive tape Texans Cheap Jerseys of tough throws behind a banged-up offensive line, with a diminished group of receivers. The Redskins ‘ failures in the win column were not on the quarterback.

Jones says New York is not shopping Beckham, which doesn’t mean they won’t listen to offers.

Cravens’ relationship with Washington has likely been strained, as the former second-round pick left the team early last season under some unusual circumstances and was placed on the reserve/left squad list. Gruden said at the time that Cravens was dealing with personal issues as rumors swirled that he was contemplating retirement. Back in December, Cravens’ agent released a statement indicating concussions were the issue. Assuming he’s healthy both physically and mentally, Cravens should be a solid contributor in Denver’s secondary.

We’ve really had some good conversations. We’ve had Personalized Cheap Jerseys a lot of varied topics, but we had some real good conversations and of course we had an extensive meeting regarding his issues yesterday. Those were very satisfactory. Jones has fostered a reputation of being a lone wolf among his fellow owners, never afraid to go against the grain when he feels it necessary. That said, Jones — given his comments this week — appears to understand the costs of doing business in such a manner. And with the battle over, it’s simply time to move on, both with the NFL as well as Goodell.

Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters Sunday that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trading Beckham. I mean we’re certainly not shopping him, if that’s what you’re asking, Mara said. But when you’re coming off a season where you’re 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn’t say anyone’s untouchable. Beckham is set to become a free agent after this season and is reportedly planning to hold out until he gets a new contract.

The rule will be different than the college rule in that it will be broader: If a player lowers his head and initiates contact, it will be 15 yards, according to Breer. It is not yet defined for ejections, but the league will work on it and present it at the May meeting. Plays will also potentially be reviewable in New York. Competition committee co-chair Rich McKay said on NFL Network Raiders Cheap Jerseys that the new rule is a pretty significant change. He added that in the last three years, helmet-to-helmet contact has gone up a lot.

Padres counting on Richard at home vs. Rockies

Clayton Richard had a rockie time with Colorado last season.

The Padres’ left-hander made four starts against Colorado and was 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts.

But those weren’t the key stats. The Rockies hit .384 against Richard with 38 hits in 22 2/3 innings. They also had a .421 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage for a .946 OPS.

Twenty-one of those hits, however, came in 9 2/3 innings in two starts at Coors Field, where Richards gave up 15 runs (14 earned) for a 13.03 ERA.

Richard is a different beast at Petco Park. He is 30-26 at Petco with a 3.20 ERA in 74 games (72 starts).

But his opponent Wednesday night also has some solid numbers at Petco Park as well as overall against the Padres.

Colorado right-hander Jon Gray is 2-2 in five starts at Petco Park with a 3.21 ERA. In his only start in downtown San Diego last season, Gray held the Padres to a run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in six innings.

Truth is, Gray is tough on the Padres even in the rarified air of Coors Field. Last season, Gray was 2-0 overall against the Padres with 22 strikeouts in 17 innings over three starts. For his career, Gray is 4-2 against the Padres with a 2.40 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 60 innings over 10 starts. The Padres are batting only .209 against Gray.

But we’ve seen what he can do, Green said. He’s been very tough on us.

Gray has won 10 games each of the past two seasons. Last year he was 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 20 starts. He had 112 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings. He missed six weeks early in the season with a stress fracture of his left foot.

Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu homered to power the Rockies.

Those guys squared those balls up and they were hit hard, manager Bud Black said. We had a good night offensively.

Bettis (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Limited to nine major league starts last year as he was treated for cancer, the right-hander struck out four and walked four before five relievers finished up.

Wade Davis got one out for his second save.

Chad scuffled early a little bit as it just seemed his delivery was a little quick. He wanted to hurry it, Black said.

After a third-inning visit from Black, Bettis got on track. He made an in-game adjustment by slowing down and leaning on his curveball.

Looking at the pitcher I am now compared to a couple of years ago, those innings would speed up on me, he said. Now I’m able to take a step back and really analyze what’s Cheap Real Jerseys going on and bear down and make the pitches.

His curve not only was effective, but it served another Cheap Quality Jerseys purpose.

Ndamukong Suh to Visit Rams Amid Cowboys, Seahawks, Saints Rumors

The Los Angeles Rams reportedly have five-time Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh on their radar.

According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, the defensive tackle said he plans on visiting the Rams as he searches for his next team following the Miami Dolphins’ decision to release him.

Despite the drop-off in sacks, Suh was still a force against the run and finished with a career-best 72 tackles as recently as 2016. He is also a durable plug in the middle of the defense with just two missed games in eight seasons.

As for the Rams, the interest in Suh makes sense considering they were an abysmal 28th in the league in rushing yards allowed in 2017. Shoring that up for a team that went 11-5 in 2017 and has Jared Goff and Todd Gurley on the offensive end is a scary proposition for the rest of the NFC West.

So is the idea of Suh teaming up with 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald in Los Angeles’ defensive front, which is exactly what opposing quarterbacks would face if the former signs with the Rams.

His $17.1 million cap hit is a tough pill to swallow, but Detroit is healthy in terms of its cap situation. It was conservative in free agency, opting to roll over most Discount Volleyball Jerseys of its space to next year and rely on the draft to shore up a few holes. Avoiding a costly long-term deal with Ansah was also wise, as it needs to see what kind of player he’ll be before committing a truckload of money.

The departure of former general manager Ted Thompson and subsequent promotion of Brian Gutekunst brought a stark change of philosophy when it comes free agency for the Green Bay Packers. For years, the team stood on the sideline despite having an all-time great quarterback, so its newfound Find Cheap Jerseys aggressiveness in signing free agents was refreshing but also necessary. The acquisitions of tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson could be difference-makers with Aaron Rodgers back to full strength.

Fantasy baseball catcher preview: Are Sanchez and Posey worth your picks?

The replacement level at catcher is terrifying — a near-certain detriment to your roster — but at the same time, paying a premium for a catcher is a bad idea, considering the limited number of plate appearances they get compared to players at other positions (the position as a whole had seven percent fewer PAs than the average at all other field positions in 2017).

The Orioles probably shouldn’t be trading prospects, but if they surprise during the first half of the season, maybe it would be worth it go all-in for what feels like Machado’s last stand in Baltimore.

However, if the season goes as expected and both the Orioles and Blue Jays end up selling, it would be interesting to see what happens to the quality of the offers clubs get for Donaldson and Machado, two of the better stretch-run rentals we’ve had in a few years.

As long as you’re not running a six-man rotation, Hamels could be a tremendous boost for a contender that could absorb all or most of his contract. Hamels has a club option on his deal for the 2019 season, so the Rangers should be able to extract a better return than you’d expect for a straight rental.

If Texas contends, it would have the advantage of a young and deep group of position players at the big league level, making it less painful to part with a non-pitching prospect.

“They tell you, ‘Prepare for the future,’ but that was impossible,” Bosh explains. “I’m thinking, ‘Hey, I’m trying to win NBA championships here. I’m all-in on that. I can’t be thinking about the future right now.”’

He confesses the league’s declaration that his condition was “career ending” sent him spiraling into a deep funk. The disappointment and the isolation, he says, was crushing.

“You go from being with the guys all the time, in the locker room, in practice, having a militarized brain in terms of this schedule, and then all of a sudden you are on your own,” he says. “You lose a sense of purpose, you lose a sense of yourself. And Cheap Discount Jerseys you Cheap Eagles Jerseys lose confidence. You find yourself saying, ‘I was the best at this and now I’m not the best.’ You have to deal with not being very good. You have to deal with people no longer catering to you.

“You start feeling forgotten. You don’t get as many phone calls. You don’t stay at the forefront of people’s minds. It’s natural, it’s life, you have to understand what’s happening, but I definitely see why the divorce rate is so high, and why players go broke.