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Mailbag: Assigning Duties In The Secondary? Who Is The Second-Best Skill Player?

Mailbag: Assigning Duties In The Secondary? Who Is The Second-Best Skill Player?

With his move to CB, who do you see on the roster that would be most capable handling that duty now? Firstly, I think you could just let Byron do it by simply moving Anthony Brown or Jourdan Lewis outside when you want Byron to go inside. David: This is a great question. I am not sure they want to put Xavier Woods on those tight ends due to his lack of height. Jeff Heath makes sense because he has done it before, but I was told they want to keep him deep due to his ability to drive on the ball. We could see Jones continue in that role some with Woods and Anthony Brown helping out in other spots. Going into this season, Zeke Elliot is clearly our best player at the skill positions. Opponents just found a way to take him out of the game last year, but I don’t see that happening this season. These coaches realize how much his lack of production hurt the offense and will find a way to get him going again. His explosiveness is impressive and getting him touches is not a bad idea at all.
Heredia’s RBI single in 11th lifts Mariners past Rangers 9-8

Heredia’s RBI single in 11th lifts Mariners past Rangers 9-8

SEATTLE (AP) Hours after losing their All-Star second baseman to a drug suspension, the Seattle Mariners ended the day on a positive note with a win in extra innings. Guillermo Heredia’s single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift the Mariners to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. But the best way to take out your frustration is out on the field, and on the other team.” It was Seattle’s 10th come-from-behind victory this season, which is tied with Houston for fourth-most in the American League behind Boston (14), Toronto (13) and New York (11). With one out, Joey Gallo hit a hard grounder right at Healy, who fumbled it for a second before tossing over to Diaz, who outraced the Rangers’ slugger to first base. Erik Goeddel (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The Mariners snapped the Rangers’ three-game winning streak at Safeco Field. Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz left the game in the fourth inning after he was hit by a pitch from Brandon Mann on top of his right foot. Cruz was also hit by a pitch from starter Mike Minor in the third. Mann was back in his hometown two days after become the second-oldest Rangers player to make his major league debut at 33. Last season, he went 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA in his 13 appearances for the Mariners.
Oklahoma boasts strong draft options; Sooners schedule MBB game

Oklahoma boasts strong draft options; Sooners schedule MBB game

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics. Draft attention Oklahoma football could see another slew of players picked in the 2019 NFL Draft, at least if ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has anything to say about it. In fact, Kiper ranked four Oklahoma players among the top 5 players at their position. Rodney Anderson is ranked the top underclassman at running back in the class. Marquise Brown is the No. 3 underclassman at wide receiver. Bobby Evans is rated the No. 4 underclassman at tackle and guard Ben Powers is the No. He signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the team after the draft. The Sooners played the Trojans last season at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and this is a neutral-site return game.
Rangers Minor-league report: Tyler Phillips tosses 5 scoreless innings in Hickory win

Rangers Minor-league report: Tyler Phillips tosses 5 scoreless innings in Hickory win

Worth noting from the Texas Rangers' minor-league system on Monday: TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK (15-24): Had 24 hits in splitting a doubleheader at Iowa (Chicago Cubs). In the opener, C Cameron Rupp of Prestonwood Christian had one homer and four RBIs in an 11-4 win. DOUBLE-A FRISCO (8-29): Allowed 12 hits in a 6-1 loss at Midland (Oakland). INF Josh Morgan came off the disabled list after a month-long stay and had a double in four at-bats. HIGH-A DOWN EAST (20-17): Had a scheduled off day. 3B Charles Leblanc is second in the Carolina League for slugging percentage at .549. LOW-A HICKORY (13-21): Had only four hits in a 2-1 win against Rome (Atlanta). RHP Tyler Phillips had five scoreless innings in a no-decision. Phillips has a 2.22 ERA for 28 1/3 innings in his last five starts. He has allowed only five walks in 37 innings for the season.
What sports betting ruling means for gamblers

What sports betting ruling means for gamblers

USA TODAY Sports Monday's ruling by the Supreme Court to legalize sports betting is a big win for gamblers across the country. More: States where sports betting may be ready in time for NFL season More: NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA and others react to Supreme Court decision on sports betting By legalizing sports gambling, the Supreme Court has opened the door for casinos, daily fantasy sports sites, racetracks and other potential operators to open up legitimate sports betting operations across the U.S., allowing gamblers to wager without having to use a potentially shady, unregulated website that might not pay you if you won too much. Some daily fantasy sports sites, such as DraftKings, are already moving towards accepting wagers, emailing users on Monday afternoon about the Supreme Court announcement and saying that it planned to accept wagers in the future. The legalization also could remove the stigma from sports gambling. With sites such as DraftKings, which already allows fantasy sports players to play daily fantasy baseball, basketball, hockey and football games, looking to get in on the sports betting action, it is likely that future U.S. sports books will allow you to place a bet right from your phone, with no need to go to a casino or race track. Live betting will also likely be offered by at least some sportsbooks, letting you not only make picks before a game begins but getting in on the action even after it is already underway. The option of widespread, in-game, live betting "is going to keep you glued to every game no matter what the score is," says Jacob Luft, product manager for the Daily Racing Form, owner of the sports betting information site Statfox.com. Traina, however, does not expect that many people will suddenly become gamblers just because of the Supreme Court ruling. "I don't see millions of people becoming sports gamblers because it's legal ... Potentially better odds, and more things to wager on With a potential boom of new gaming sites available, it's possible that gamblers could see slightly better odds than what traditional Vegas sports books offer, in a bid to get players to use their sites and services.
OU baseball: Sooners top Central Florida in rubber match, win series

OU baseball: Sooners top Central Florida in rubber match, win series

Oklahoma didn’t allow a letdown to derail its entire weekend. It was OU’s first decisive third game of a series this season. The win marked its 12th straight in such situations dating back to previous seasons. The Sooners (33-19) have won five of their last six games overall. They trailed 2-1 until Kyler Murray’s second home run of the series, a three-run blast during a four-run third inning that gave OU a 5-2 lead. Murray went 1 for 3 with three RBIs Sunday and finished the entire series 5 for 13 with two home runs, two doubles, five runs scored and eight RBIs. He now has 55 walks this spring, the single-season record for an OU player during the Big 12 era. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Nathan Wiles (5-3) earned his fifth victory, scattering five hits through a 5 2/3-inning start, with six strikeouts and one walk. OU threw six relievers who combined to allow two earned runs. Next, OU returns to Big 12 play for a three-game series at Kansas starting 6:05 p.m. Thursday.
Robinson Cano breaks hand after cringing hit-by-pitch. Surgery likely. So now what for Mariners? | The News Tribune

Robinson Cano breaks hand after cringing hit-by-pitch. Surgery likely. So now what for Mariners? | The News Tribune

Robinson Cano left Sunday’s game with a fractured bone in his hand. Cano tried to get out of the way of an inside 88-mph fastball from Detroit Tigers starter Blaine Hardy, a graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School, when the pitch hit off of the back of Cano’s hand. "It's broken," Cano said. "I'll talk to Jerry (Dipoto) and the guys later today and we'll see where we're headed," Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters afterward. So it could take more than a month before Cano returns. Dee Gordon won a Gold Glove at second base with the Miami Marlins in 2015 and Servais said that moving him back to second base was not an option. He last had to go to the DL for just over a month in 2006 with a strained left hamstring while playing for the Yankees. The Mariners do have some utility options. Beckham has been batting .300/.412/.500 for Tacoma and he has a hit in all but six of the 25 games he's played so far. "But we have a good team here and a good lineup and we have some guys stepping up and playing well right now.
5 things we learned at Dallas Cowboys rookie minicamp

5 things we learned at Dallas Cowboys rookie minicamp

McClain had started 13 games for the Cowboys in 2013 before departing for Washington in free agency. More -- Cowboys coach on losing DT Terrell McClain to Atlanta: 'We wanted him here.' Replacing Witten, Dez Not having the usual big-name guys might hurt Dallas, but having some new players could help offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Where Dez struggled New Cowboys receivers coach Sanjay Lal came to work for Dallas with a plan in place. He told SportsDay's Brandon George he put together a "point of attack" tape on each of the Cowboys receivers from last year, breaking down their every move. "Yeah," Lal said, "I would say so." 1 receiver within the scheme. That came into play at times last season with Dak Prescott trying to get the football to Bryant, even when he wasn't open. Lal coached T.Y. Hilton and you want to get him the ball and defenses take those guys away, so sometimes you're beating your head against the wall," Lal said.

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