Chirinos comes up big for Rangers in win. An inning removed from being thrown out at home plate as the go-ahead run by Mike Trout, Chirinos delivered an RBI single that proved to be the deciding run in the victory as the Rangers pulled to within two games of the Twins for the second American League Wild Card. That's why we didn't take him out of the game … We want his decision-making behind the plate in games like this. The 26-year-old, who will be making his team-high 25th start, has allowed 24 runs in the first inning, five more than any other inning this season. Scribner, 26, is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA through his first his first four Major League outings (two starts). Perez allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings to take a loss against the Angels on April 30. • Mike Trout's 28 career plate appearances against Perez are third-most of any player in the Majors. "We were taking good swings," Pujols said. "I hit some balls hard in Seattle and unfortunately they didn't fall for hits," Cowart said. -- Banister, on reliever Gardewine's Major League debut
One day Joe Marchese, a scout out of Chicago who would spend the spring evaluating talent in Florida, showed up at the Rangers Minor League complex in Plant City, Fla., and told Klein he had to go with him to check out a high school pitcher. Marchese assured Klein it was no big deal. Marchese told him to check out the shortstop. And Klein? Scott was a third-round Draft choice out of Kankakee, Ill., in June of 1972, when Klein was managing in the Rangers system, and two years later he played for Klein at Double-A Pittsfield, the start of a relationship that saw Scott work with Klein in scouting and player development for the Rangers and Indians, and more recently in the independent Atlantic League, where Klein had been the executive director since the league was formed 20 years ago. Klein was a baseball lifer, who seemed to find challenges wherever he went. And it was Grieve, who eventually replaced Klein as the Rangers general manager. I was fortunate to have had him in my life. "If that trade had gone through I might have still been the general manager in Texas," Klein said decades later. It wasn't Klein's way.
OKC Thunder Roster Fill-In Project: 3-point, playmaker Jason Terry. With NBA free agent lists dwindling should OKC take a chance on Jason Terry to bolster their roster? The remaining NBA free agent list offers some intriguing options for the OKC Thunder to consider, one who checks a bunch of boxes is Jason Terry. But, if the OKC brain trust determined there were a better fit, moves could be made. Specifically, a contract could be waived or a player could be traded to make room. The most logical players on this bubble are Semaj Christon and Kyle Singler. But, for the purposes of this exercise let’s assume a trade could be made or player waived to accommodate the addition of a serviceable asset. Per usual, additional players will be brought in to compete for the final spots. This so Billy Donovan and his coaching staff can decipher who’ll take those precious final seats at the end of the bench and determine the G-League players. With a view to filling specific areas needing bolstering let’s look at some NBA Free Agents who fit a specific need: Jason Terry the Jet: 2016-17 Stats: Points: 4.1 Assists: 1.3 Rebounds: 1.4 Field Goal Percent: 43.2% 3-Point Field Goal Percent: 42.7% Minutes Per Game: 18.4 Terry like Vince Carter seems to defy aging and given a limited role could be a productive contributor.
Why has Jerry Jones been quiet about Ezekiel Elliott's suspension?. Elliott's appeal is scheduled for Aug. 29 with Harold Henderson, who was designated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to serve as the arbitrator after the league handed down its discipline for violating the personal-conduct policy. "Because I have said I just want to get my thoughts together, see some more cards played and just see kind of how this thing turns out," Jones said Saturday after the Cowboys beat the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason game. "I know that they've got a real important date set and want that to have every opportunity it can to have things in its best light. Elliott did not play against the Colts and has yet to play in the preseason. Elliott played in only one preseason game last year and had seven carries. "Wouldn't surprise me at all if he would get a few snaps," Jones said. On Saturday, the Cowboys ran 32 times for 160 yards, showing their ability to control the game with the run even without Elliott. "Of course I'm hopeful we'll have Zeke back in there pretty quick, too, as far as looking at it like you might an injury or something like that," Jones said. So I like our running back depth, yes."
All eyes on Dak Prescott, Jaylon Smith in expected preseason debuts. This will be the Cowboys’ third preseason game. Quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to play against the Colts. Prescott had an impressive training camp. He’ll see his first game action of the season and is expected to play a couple of series. Smith will be in game action for the first time in almost 19 months, and plenty of eyes will be on him. Signs point to running back Ezekiel Elliott being held out of this game. Injury woes Linebacker Sean Lee is dealing with a hamstring injury and isn’t expected to play. Related stories from Star-Telegram ‘Time out’ long overdue for Zeke Without Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys facing some of NFL’s best run defenses Will Frisco draw 12,000 fans a day to see the Cowboys practice? Drew Davison email@example.com Dallas Cowboys 2017 schedule Preseason Cowboys 20, Arizona 18 Los Angeles Rams 13, Cowboys 10 Saturday vs. Indianapolis (KTVT/11, NFL Network), 6 p.m. Aug. 26 vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Houston, 7 p.m.
free agency 40-year-old center is Minnesota native, has won Stanley Cup three times in 19 seasons Center Matt Cullen, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Cullen, 40, had 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping Pittsburgh win the Cup for the second straight season. The father of three boys said he and his family took time away from Pittsburgh to return home to Minnesota to quiet the background noise and excitement that came with winning another Cup, and to help him make the right choice from a family perspective. "I had to decide if I was ready to play and go for another season, and everything that goes with it," Cullen said. I was really happy with how my body responded to a couple weeks off after the season and it was a big reason I felt that I think I can play again. Cullen, who had 101 points (33 goals, 68 assists) in 193 games in three seasons with the Wild from 2011-13, also won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. "I think this is a group that has a lot of potential, and that's a big part of why I wanted to come join in. "I never would have imagined that [I'd be playing this long in my career]. Cullen, who will turn 41 on Nov. 2, is the oldest player currently on an NHL roster. He has 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 123 playoff games.
The Rangers hit four home runs while tying a season-high with 17 hits, and one of them was a big blast from Mazara. The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead off Rangers starter Cole Hamels, but Mazara tied it in the second by following a leadoff single from Adrian Beltre with a line drive off the right-field foul pole. They answered when we needed [them] to. A lot of guys are really starting to get hot, and it's great to see." I've been trying to focus more when I have men in scoring position, and I've been putting the ball in play. Since breaking an 0-for-26 slump, Mazara is now hitting .357 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 18 games. It looks like he's seeing the ball well and hitting the baseball hard. Mazara's hot streak has paralleled Gallo, who hit his 35th home run of the season Wednesday night. He is hitting .277 with 14 home runs, 24 RBIs and an .819 slugging percentage in his past 24 games. Don't be surprised if he's going to be a home run leader in the American League."
Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James' Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season. As many NBA fans wonder whether LeBron James is entering his last year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source told longtime NBA writer Chris Sheridan the four-time MVP is already planning for his exit. "This will be LeBron's final season in Cleveland," the source told Sheridan. Relationship with owners beyond repair." In his first-person essay with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins announcing his return to the Cavs, James emphasized "my calling here goes above basketball." Much has changed since then, though. Perhaps more importantly, an organization that was rarely a model for the rest of the league has been thrown into disarray this summer. The Cavs jettisoned general manager David Griffin, who helped build a team that reached three straight NBA Finals. In his place comes Koby Altman, who is only 34 and spent one season as the assistant GM before getting the top job. Compounding matters, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reported in July that four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade out of Cleveland.