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Rangers shouldn’t try to tank; why Mazara has higher ceiling than Gallo, Odor

Rangers shouldn’t try to tank; why Mazara has higher ceiling than Gallo, Odor

Odor can deliver power, even if he has a very flawed approach to the plate. This team needs to see if Odor can progress with his plate coverage, with his discipline or if he's always going to be a high-strikeout, low on-base player. Q: The Rangers are tanking, but not tanking hard enough. Do you expect them to tank even harder by trading some vets? You're going to tank for the first pick in next June's draft? It's not predicated on absolutely being the worst team, even if Houston did go to that level. Cowlishaw: Mazara. But if he can be a 30-home run hitter, I like his ceiling better than Gallo's, even at a 40 or 45-HR mark, because Mazara is younger and can be more than a HR-or-bust player. That's mostly what Gallo is and that's all that Odor is. Cowlishaw: The Rangers always seem to have about three players that you'd like to see DH.
Irvin, Sooners Blank Wildcats in Series Opener

Irvin, Sooners Blank Wildcats in Series Opener

Individual Leaders OU - Walker 3 0 2 3 1 0 KSU - Brennan 3 0 1 0 1 0 OU - Murray 4 1 2 4 0 1 NORMAN – The Oklahoma baseball team opened its final home Big 12 series with a 12-0 victory over Kansas State at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Friday night. Junior right-hander Jake Irvin struck out 10 for the second straight game, tossing six shutout innings. The junior allowed two hits and walked three, picking up his seventh career game with 10-plus strikeouts. Irvin (6-1) struck out 10 for the first time in back-to-back Big 12 starts in his career. Junior Brylie Ware extended his hitting streak to seven games, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored. Cade Cavalli’s sacrifice fly to center scored Ware to push OU’s lead to 3-0 and Mendenhall would come around to score two batters later on a Kansas State fielding error. Murray belted his seventh home run of the year in the four-run sixth to tie his single-game career high with four RBI. OU tacked one another run in the seventh as Walker earned his first triple of the season to score Blake Brewster. Hudson (1-2) walked four and struck out two in 96 pitches.
Peyton Manning reportedly weighing offer to join ownership group bidding on Panthers

Peyton Manning reportedly weighing offer to join ownership group bidding on Panthers

Anderson is the perfect signing for the Panthers When Peyton Manning retired, he did so as an Indianapolis Colt and a Denver Bronco. Now, his post-retirement career could make him a Carolina Panther. According to Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer, billionaire Ben Navarro's ownership group that is bidding on the Panthers has asked Manning to join them as a limited partner, which would make Manning a part-owner of the Panthers if the group ends up purchasing the team. Person reported that Manning is still weighing the offer. ESPN and Fox wanted him to be a TV analyst for "Monday Night Football" and "Thursday Night Football," but Manning rejected both advances. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported in November that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was interested in recruiting Manning to join their front office, but that never happened. Now, he'll have to decide if he wants to become a part-owner of an NFL team. Twenty-four of 32 owners would need to approve the owner Richardson eventually chooses. Navarro, one of four known bidders, has the support of Mark Richardson, the son of Jerry Richardson. So, if he accepts Navarro's offer and if Navarro's bid wins, this wouldn't be the first time Manning has owned the Panthers.
Detroit Tigers’ strong start leads to victory at Texas Rangers, 7-4

Detroit Tigers’ strong start leads to victory at Texas Rangers, 7-4

The Tigers powered up in the top of the first inning, hitting three home runs, and Mike Fiers pitched solidly for his third victory. Fiers allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings. In the first, Jeimer Candelario, Victor Martinez and Jose Iglesias hit home runs. Joe Jimenez faltered but Shane Greene picked him up, recording a four-out save. At the plate: Candelario, swinging right-handed against lefties, recorded two extra-base hits, homering in the first inning and doubling in the eighth. … Candelario was followed early by Martinez, who hit a massive home run to left field — his fourth of the year — and later in the inning, Iglesias. It was a two-run shot. … Jimenez struggled in the eighth inning, allowing two runs on three hits. Fiers, 3. Martinez Up next: Wednesday vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, 2:05 p.m.
Power-happy Royals try to keep Orioles down

Power-happy Royals try to keep Orioles down

BALTIMORE — The Kansas City Royals showed something different in the first contest of the three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night — power. Now, the question is whether the Royals can show some of that punch again in the second game of the series Wednesday night at Camden Yards. However, the Royals hit four in the first inning Tuesday and five overall in a 15-7 victory over Baltimore on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Royals (12-23) will face Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.89 ERA), who already has allowed nine homers in 38 2/3 innings this season. Cashner has an 0-2 career record versus Kansas City with a 1.69 ERA in three starts. Mike Moustakas hit two homers and drove in five runs in the win, and Kansas City finished with 20 hits. The Royals used those four first-inning homers to score 10 runs and take a big early lead. Baltimore has not been able to put everything together this year. They scored seven runs Tuesday but those came after Kansas City had locked up the game. Baltimore now has gotten most of its lineup back for the first time this season.
The Butterfly Connection

The Butterfly Connection

That’s their heart, that’s what they wanted to do.” The Nalepa family turned on OU’s televised games that weekend and saw Kelsey’s initials decorating the Sooners. “It just makes me kind of sit back and realize that no matter what goes on in the game, it’s just a game, but it also helps me play harder.” According to Gasso, her team plays its best when it plays for something other than itself. “You graduate, you don’t play here anymore, but you never leave this family.” This family culture engrained in the OU softball program was evident to Nicole during her time in Norman and especially after the loss of her daughter. “This is something I always look at and I always see and it’s just a reminder for me just like I said how to live my life and play the game and know what’s important,” Romero explained. Although she had never met Nicole, Romero wanted to share this tattoo with her and let her know how meaningful and powerful it was to her and how much Kelsey’s story had touched her. I’m going to play for her,’” Nicole said. “I feel like I’m a part of their family,” Romero explained. Earlier this season, Kelsey’s family traveled to Waco, Texas, to watch the Sooners take on Baylor. Syd I think on a daily basis has a commitment to this family and wanting to make them proud.” While the Nalepa family insists Romero has done so much for them, Romero feels the exact same way about the Nalepas. It is her all the way,” Nicole said.
‘Motivation’: Cowboys DE Tank Lawrence fueled by NFL.com snub

‘Motivation’: Cowboys DE Tank Lawrence fueled by NFL.com snub

But on Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys standout defensive end found reason to wonder if the NFL understands how much he is worth. Lawrence's "Monday Motivation'' comes in the form of an NFL.com story that lists "The Best Pass-Rushers For the 2018 Season.'' But given the fact that Lawrence recorded 14.5 sacks in 2017, good for third in the NFL ... yeah, you can understand why he would take "Monday Motivation'' from his omission. That's a one-year contract that guarantees him a salary of $17.143 million for 2018. It creates a window from now until July 16 for the two sides to negotiate a new long-term deal (without which Lawrence will play the season under the tag and be a free agent next spring.) So Tank should be prepared to play for the $17.143 mil. Lawrence seems to be acknowledging that distinct possibility, telling ourpal Jane Slater, "I feel like they have given me the opportunity to really break the bank next year." Lawrence is just 26. He has every right to create his own "list.'' Tank Lawrence has every right to be "motivation'' by the views of outsiders ... and to be "motivated,'' as he clearly is from another recent tweet, about a coming payday.
5 Things We Learned About LeBron James, Cavaliers in Series Sweep vs. Raptors

5 Things We Learned About LeBron James, Cavaliers in Series Sweep vs. Raptors

LeBron James is Eastern Conference Finals-bound for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons. When his name was finally called again in Game 4, Cleveland had a 25-point advantage with less than six minutes remaining. This was Lue at his lineup-scrambling best. When Love came to Cleveland, he'd logged 65 percent of his career minutes at the 4. He scored the final four points in regulation of Game 1, forcing an overtime period Cleveland won 8-7 with six of those points off his assists. "He'll shoot all these crazy shots all the time. And you're like, 'Man, when would he shoot that shot?' Maybe to win a playoff game, apparently." The bucket was James' seventh make in 15 tries on go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in his playoff career, per ESPN Stats & Info. I always go back to how many years is this with LeBron going to the Finals, eight?

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