Justin Turner, Mike Moustakas win 2017 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

The results of the Final Vote are in, and a pair of third baseman earned a trip to Miami for the MLB All-Star Game, to be played next Tuesday at Marlins Park. Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals won the vote for the 32nd and final All-Star roster spots for the National League and American League, respectively.

Turner is hitting .384/.473/.571 with 17 doubles and eight home runs in 61 games this season, leading the National League in batting average and on-base percentage. This is the first All-Star appearance for the 32-year-old Turner.

Colon, 44, was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Braves last week after posting a 2-8 record and 8.14 ERA in 13 starts. He signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal with Atlanta last winter, so the Braves will be on the hook for the rest of his salary while the Twins pay a prorated portion of the major-league minimum if Colon reaches the majors.

There was widespread speculation that Colon would re-join the Mets in free agency, with New York expressing interest following his release from Atlanta. That situation obviously failed to materialize, allowing Colon the opportunity to provide depth for Minnesota.

The Twins currently have lefty Hector Santiago on the disabled list due to back trouble and are working with a rotation of Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Adalberto Mejia and Felix Jorge at the major-league level. Colon should be expected to join the big club soon, similarly to how minor-league signee Dillon Gee was called up within days of signing with the club.

Colon owns a career 235-170 record and a 4.02 ERA in 20 Cheap Volleyball Jerseys major-league Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys seasons with nine different clubs. He has never spent any time in the Twins organization.

Bryce Harper wore these amazing cleats to honor Jose Fernandez at the All-Star Game

Bryce Harper is playing in the MLB All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday night — and he’s decided to wear these amazing custom cleats to honor someone who won’t be there for the game: Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in September.

The ace pitcher Fernandez was an All-Star last year, and many players have remembered him during this year’s All-Star Week. Players will be using the the Marlins’ locker room, where Fernandez’s locker still serves as a tribute:

So as the All-Stars play in Marlins Stadium, fans will definitely be remembering Fernandez, beloved as a person and player — and Harper’s cleats are a great way to pay tribute to him.

Timeout two came with four homers and 1:25 to go on the clock, and Sano is looking like he is tired of swinging his large bat at baseballs after a couple of hours of doing so. He had only swung 10 times to this point (per Mendoza), as he’s waiting for the perfect pitch and really not getting it often enough.

Sano picked up the pace as time started to run out, including a shot that was basically a golf swing, and he ended up with 10 before time expired — the last of those was over 440 feet, too, getting him 30 seconds of bonus time.

Bonus time ended up being a disappointment, with the only ball Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys that got to the stands ending up there because someone threw a ball to a fan. Ten is the number Cheap Vintage Baseball Jerseys to beat, Aaron Judge.

George Springer leaves game against Phillies with left quad discomfort

Turner ranks second in fWAR this season, and he’s in the Final Vote, along with fellow third baseman Anthony Rendon (fourth in fWAR) and reigning MVP Kris Bryant (10th). The starter at the position — Nolan Arenado — ranks ninth in the NL in fWAR. That’s rough.

If the top 18 players in the National League according to FanGraphs, five of them are third basemen. I’ve pointed out that this is a golden age of third basemen before, and it doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down. Except that leads me to two questions:

Astros center fielder George Springer has left Houston’s game against the Phillies with left quad discomfort. Springer slipped on a play in the field during the second inning which seemed to cause the discomfort, but that is all the team is saying about the injury as of now.

Josh Reddick shifted from right field to center to replace Springer, with Nori Aoki subbing in at right for the time being.

Springer has been on a bit of a tear lately, batting .400 over the last week and driving in four runs in the process. He’s batting .310 on the season with an OPS of .973 along with 27 home runs and 66 RBI.

Oh, heck yes. I was worried that my search would be unfairly biased toward the modern player and that one of these years wouldn’t show up. Instead, welcome to 113 years ago, when shortstops were in their prime.

That’s not really true. When the 1904 season was playing, the average height of a baseball player was 5’3” and every single one of them had rickets. Stuff them into a time Cheap Soccer Jerseys Free Shipping machine, and they wouldn’t make a D-II roster. But for their time, compared to their peers, it was hard to beat these guys:

With their other offensive might Carlos Correa on the disabled list until at least early September, Houston is surely hoping Springer’s injury is indeed only discomfort and that Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball he’ll be back in the lineup soon.

Kris Bryant exits Cubs game after injuring hand on slide

Kris Bryant is a player the Cubs can’t afford to lose for very long while they’re chasing the Brewers in the National League Central, but they’ll be without their third baseman for at least Wednesday’s game. Bryant slid head-first into third base in the first inning of the series finale against the Braves, and injured what appears to be a finger in the process.

You can see Bryant’s hand connect with Braves’ third baseman Johan Camargo right in the cleat during an attempted steal of third base:

Bryant immediately reacted to the contact, and was removed from the game with Tommy La Stella taking over at third to begin the second half of the first inning.

Kris Bryant received x-rays on his hand, and the result was the discovery of a sprained pinky finger. The good news for both Bryant and the Cubs is that nothing is broken, and their star is day-to-day.

Good thing he can’t really fix that, as it’s incredible to watch every single time he pulls it off.

Trying to figure out how he is able to generate that type of power from one knee, and the quickness with which he pivots to the ground, is remarkable to say the least.

Beltre was the weirdo prospect who was actually younger than his listed age:

Boras eventually got Major League Baseball to review the case and after a lengthy Cheap Queensland Jerseys investigation, they determined that the Dodgers in fact had signed Beltre when he Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys was 15. The signing age for international amateurs is 16.

The Dodgers fudged his age in reverse, and they got slapped with a bunch of penalties for it. Only Beltre can show up to his major league debut and “well-actually” Scott Boras about his age.

Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia collided in a brutal outfield play

Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia of the White Sox collided in what looked like a brutal outfield play during Monday night’s game against the Blue Jays. In the immediate aftermath, trainers attended to both players.

Garcia got up of his own accord after some time, but according to CSN’s Dan Hayes, a cart was brought out for Moncada, who wasn’t putting weight on his knee. Both players have now left the game.

The Diamondbacks have been looking for help in their outfield, and Martinez is just the trick in the short term. He fills a need against left-handed pitchers, which his new team has struggled with this year. Other teams had also expressed interest in Martinez, including the Rockies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Royals, and Cardinals.

Arizona will absorb the entire balance of Martinez’s $11.75 million salary on the season, which amounts to about $5 million at the moment.

Martinez is currently hitting .305/.388/.630 in 232 plate appearances this season, and boasts an OPS+ of 167, with 16 home runs and 39 RBI. As far as rentals go, Arizona almost certainly came out on top here as they secure one of the best hitters on the market right now for a veritable pittance.

A public display of friendship between two players doesn’t usually pause a game completely, but in this case it was warranted.

Possibly the best part of the clip is the ump who at first is not having it but then relents when he realizes what is going on. Again, if there is one hug that should be allowed Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants to happen between two players in the middle of an inning, this is probably it.

After the hug, Beltre immediately got back to business with hit 3,001 off Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys his old friend.

Terrell Davis talks of overcoming adversity in gratitude-filled speech

Adversity never stopped Terrell Davis.

The former Broncos running back faced a lot over his life, but Saturday he was able to celebrate his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When the Raiders acquired Lynch from the Seahawks in April, it came on the heels of Oakland deciding not to re-sign Latavius Murray. Lynch is a direct replacement, and that’s a great place to start to figure out where he’ll finish in 2017.

Murray had 228 total touches in 14 games last season, or 51 percent of the touches vs. similar, speedy, change-of-pace rookies Jalen Richard (112) and DeAndre Washington (109). After that trio, no one else on the roster saw notable backfield work in 2016. When breaking it down to just carries, Murray had 195 vs. 170 combined for Richard (83) and Washington (87), or 53 percent.

Jones used first-round picks in 1991 and 1992 on Super Bowl starters Russell Maryland and Robert Jones, respectively. A second-round pick in the 1994 draft was used on future Hall of Fame guard Larry Allen. He also signed future Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders to a five-year contract in 1995 and the Cowboys won their third Super Bowl in four seasons.

Jones made the unpopular decision of replacing Landry with former college teammate Jimmy Johnson, who had won a national championship at the University of Miami.

His first big move was selecting quarterback Troy Aikman with the No. 1 overall Raiders Cheap Jerseys pick of the 1989 NFL Draft. He then fleeced the Vikings by sending running back Herschel Walker to Really Cheap Jerseys Minnesota in exchange for a wealth of draft picks that resulted in the selections of running back Emmitt Smith, wide receiver Alvin Harper and safety Darren Woodson, among others.

that’s a more important status than usual beyond Bell’s durability issues.

T.J. Yeldon is being re-tailored to handle occasional third-down snaps, while Chris Ivory has become an afterthought in the reps.

Conner dodged a bullet with his left shoulder injury, revealed to be “only” an AC joint sprain that won’t keep him out long. That’s great news for him to keep holding off Fitzgerald Toussaint for Pittsburgh’s top backup duties.

With Le’Veon Bell holding out, that’s a more important status than usual beyond Bell’s durability issues.

What a difference a full offseason makes. When Williams was drafted, he was seen as the ideal speedster and quick back for Kyle Shanahan’s zone running with a lot more Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman in him than Carlos Hyde. But so much for all the Williams love and Hyde hate.

Hyde is not only healthy again, but he responded to the challenge by being in his best shape ever for camp. With Hyde dominating starter reps again and Shanahan favorite Tim Hightower running well, too, Williams has shown more of his inexperience than his expected burst. He’s not close to push for No. 1 as a shaky, overwhelmed No. 3 so far.

Williams has been quickly praised in that area, and he also showed off his power running to emerge as the team’s strongest complement to Montgomery. With some first-team reps and clear separation from quicker rookie fifth-rounder Aaron Jones, Williams is on his way to seeing some key early-down work.

Perhaps one of those players will go on to have a career like Taylor, who Paypal Cheap Jerseys enjoyed that moment right in the heart of the Mid-American Conference territory. Expect those Plain Cheap Jerseys PSAs to continue with Brown, Mack, Edelman and many others in the NFL.

Shorter NFL preseason? Good idea for league, but a better bargaining chip

The headline — not just here, but in most places — is “Roger Goodell wants shorter NFL preseason.’’ The NFL commissioner has nearly unanimous consent. Who really wants to see these? Play in these? Coach in these? Attend, park and pay $9 for a beer for these?

Goodell expressed his thoughts about shortening the preseason to a Giants fan forum on Monday, so at least he’s on the record about it. But by no means is this a sworn statement to which he’s legally bound. If it comes up some other time, the question won’t necessarily be, “How soon can you drop these games?”

It might be more like, “What’s it worth to you if we do?”

At the same forum — again, Jets fans — the commissioner said, “I don’t think any team tanks,” and that, instead, they “go through transitions.”

And that all came just one day after his latest denial, at a similar forum of Ravens fans, that Kaepernick’s continued unemployment was a “football decision” by each team making “individual evaluations.”

Goodell conceivably could have pushed his speaking tour off for a week, let the hype build for the festivities in Canton and the return of the game that got canceled so embarrassingly last year. Facing the public now, with the potential for so much egg to hit so many faces (mostly his), appears to have helped no one.

The brand, or the shield, or whatever the NFL likes calling its public image these days, isn’t Nike NFL Jerseys Supply any better off after this.

All things considered, letting the drawn-out Elliott investigation cook another week is the Order Cheap Jerseys Online smartest call they and their leader have made in a while.

He spent the last three seasons in Green Bay

The big difference for Lynch since he last took the field in Seattle is that he will play with an elite interior offensive line. Left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson form the best such trio west of Dallas.

Murray struggled to take full advantage of that blocking, with only 4.0 yards per carry. Lynch’s track record is much better with that support — when the holes are there, his rushing attitude, toughness and relentlessness keep him from leaving chunk yards on the field.

Lynch is used to getting 300-plus touches from his Seahawks heyday from 2011-14. Even during his injury-shortened 2015 season, he was on pace for 283.

He won’t come close to that ever again at his age, but Lynch, with some relief from Hood, should be fine with hitting an average of 15 touches per game (240 total), not quite matching Murray’s pace but projecting as a reasonable amount after his year off to refresh.

“He’s a quiet leader,” Rivera said Wednesday following training camp practice at Wofford College. “There’s a quiet calm about him. A lot of the young guys can learn from a guy like that. When you watch him, the way he takes care of himself, the way he handles himself. He is a veteran player.”

Peppers began his career with the Panthers, who selected the North Carolina native and UNC NHL Jerseys Cheap star with the second overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft.

He helped lead the Panthers to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl appearance a year Nike NFL Jerseys China later, but left Carolina following the 2009 season to sign with the Bears. earning his ninth Pro Bowl selection in 2015.

He’s taught me ways to handle guys like him

“In the NFL, it’s been a little different, because you go against bigger guys with more moves,” Fournette said. “The funniest thing is when I had to go against Calais Campbell one time. It was like fighting Goliath.”

While Fournette is looking to stand all against all the defenses he’ll encounter as a rookie, he sees all the other talented backs in the 2017 draft class more as inspiration than competition as he tries to stand out with his own powerful style.

“You look at Dalvin Cook as a great talent who can do everything. Christian McCaffrey is a little different in what makes him special.,” Fournette said. “it will be interesting to see how we all do.”

As for his personal goals in the future, Fournette is — as expected — thinking very big as a rookie.

“The only things I want to do are win the rushing title and the Super Bowl,” Fournette said. “That’s it.”

For what it’s worth, the trade-off the NFL wanted last time the labor agreement was up for grabs in 2011 — an 18-game regular season — is not being pushed this time. Or so Goodell has said. At the Super Bowl in February, at another fan forum, he answered a question about adding two games with: “Will it get discussed? Possibly. I don’t see a big movement that way, though.’’

According to CNN, he then acknowledged three players joining him at the forum — Eli Manning, Larry Fitzgerald and Greg Olson — and said, “Certainly, I’ve got three ‘No’ votes here.” All three NHL Cheap Jerseys had, to NFL Jerseys Free Shipping put it mildly, expressed their disinterest in playing two more games.