Carlos Martinez’s changeup was too much for the reeling Reds.

The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader’s two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
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After waiting through a rain delay of 2 hours, 36 minutes, Martinez allowed two hits and four walks while helping send the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss, one short of matching their longest losing streak of last season.
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The Cardinals have won five of their past six games.

The Cardinals swept the Reds in a four-game series in St. Louis on Aug. 13-16, 2001.

Bader drove Homer Bailey’s 1-0 pitch into the right field seats for an opposite-field homer with two outs in the second inning. The opposite-field shot was his first in four big league homers. He credited the experience he gained in 32 games with St. Louis last season.

Oladipo was the best player on the court Sunday, when Indiana beat Cleveland 98-80 to go up 1-0 in their first-round series. He scored a game-high 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting (6-for-9 from 3) and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the wire-to-wire victory.

Gilbert’s remark got back to Oladipo, who said Sunday that he was aware of it.

You could say it added fuel Jamie Langenbrunner Womens Jersey to the fire, I guess you could say, Oladipo said after Game 1. But that was so long ago. It came up recently, obviously, because we were playing the Cavs in the series, but I’m aware of what he said. Can’t control his opinion. All I’m focused on is myself and becoming the best Victor Oladipo possible.

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Sunday marked just the second nationally televised game for the Pacers all season, with the other coming when George made his return to Indiana with the Thunder. Oladipo certainly made the Pacers worth watching in Game 1.

Eric Reid is changing his national anthem plans at a (not so) curious time.

The free agent safety made it known Thursday he will not protest during the anthem this upcoming season. Last week Reid questioned whether teams were avoiding him in free agency because he’s “protested systemic oppression” by kneeling for the anthem the past two seasons. In 2016, he did so beside quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has gone unsigned since opting out of his contract last March.

Reid said after his brother Justin’s pro day at Stanford that he will remain active in protesting injustice, but will take a different approach than doing it during the anthem.

“I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem, and I say ‘during’ because it’s crazy that the narrative got changed that we were protesting the anthem,” Reid explained. “That wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

The Post reported this week the Giants were not (yet) sold on the hyped quarterback class, and with a furious rebuilding job that seems structured more to win now than win years from now, selecting a quarterback to groom with their jewel of a pick would seem off-schedule.

The other theorized top picks who would be in play at No. 2 would be running back Saquon Barkley and offensive guard Quenton Nelson. With teams jockeying for the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, a trade down also could be in play.

But by clearing Pierre-Paul from a defense that is shifting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the Giants suddenly have a large gap at defensive end opposite Olivier Vernon.

“I feel like I’m a top-five-caliber player,” Chubb, who recorded 10 sacks for the second consecutive season last year, recently told Sports Illustrated, “but if I get drafted seventh, eighth, it doesn’t matter to me.”
The Giants have been watching him. Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel was spotted at Chubb’s N.C. State Pro Day on Monday.

“Honor to meet you, Coach Belichick.”

Bartolo Colon, 44, takes perfect game into 8th inning vs. Astros

Bartolo Colon, who turns 45 next month, flirted with history Sunday night, taking a perfect game into the eighth inning against the World Series champion Houston Astros.
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A leadoff walk to Carlos Correa and a Josh Reddick double ended the bid by Colon, who would have become the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

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I don’t ever think about what age I am or who is facing me, Colon said through an interpreter. I always try to do my job, and I always feel happy doing my job, and that’s what I think about.

Two outs later, Colon was removed with the score tied at 1, having thrown 96 pitches while lowering his season ERA to 1.45.

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He looked at me and told me I was supposed to at least roll over it and not pull it like that, Reddick said. He and I go way back from our Oakland days. I told him great job. He’s one of the better guys you’ll see in the game.

Prosecutors say Grow got millions in illegal payments for recruiting patients who were covered by the Tricare health insurance program for the U.S. Department of Defense, which services veterans.

Grow played two NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.

Roark and Matz are pitching for the first time since Friday. Roark took the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings as the Nationals fell to the Colorado Rockies 2-1. Meanwhile, Matz earned his first win in more than nine months despite giving up four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings as the Mets edged the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5.

Roark is 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 18 career games (12 starts) against the Mets. He has defeated Brandon Coleman Authentic Jersey New York more than any other opponent except the Braves, against whom Roark also has seven wins. He has already faced the Mets once this year, giving up five hits and five runs in five innings without getting a decision in the Mets’ 6-5, 12-inning victory April 8.

Mark Murphy: Kickoffs face elimination if the play doesn’t get safer

Kickoffs must get safer or else. The or else, according to Packers president Mark Murphy, is the competition committee’s recommendation to eliminate the play.
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Owners voted this week to make the touchback rule permanent, with a touchback putting the ball at the 25-yard line, but that has done little to nothing to mitigate the safety risk.

Playing football in the NFL is not something that’s promised. So you have to make sure you stay ready, Griffin said. I kept the faith and made sure I did my part, so when God manifested the opportunity, I was ready for it.

Looking trim and poised, wearing a white shirt and a deep blue suit (no tie, but with a pocket square), Griffin spoke excitedly about rekindling a career that once seemed destined to be remarkable. It mght still turn out that way 鈥?he’s only 28 years old 鈥?but for now Griffin is playing behind a quarterback who’s missed six starts over a 10-year career.

I knew coming into this situation that this is Joe’s team, he said. I’m excited about the opportunity to learn from him. Whatever capacity the coaches ask me to help, that’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to compete. I’m here to get better every single Terrence Ross Jersey day.

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Meredith didn’t play last year, after tearing his ACL during the preseason. He caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.

The Bears have already spent heavily at the position this offseason, signing Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel.

Saints restricted free agent wideout Willie Snead also visited the Ravens, so they could be looking for options in case he signs an offer sheet.

The Texans re-signed inside linebacker and special teams contributor Ben Heeney on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. They also cut receiver Deante’ Gray.

Kaelin Clay shuffles back to Buffalo

Kaelin Clay is running a comeback route.
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the free agent wide receiver has signed with the Bills.

Clay signed with the Panthers last April, but they traded him to the Bills in September for cornerback Kevon Seymour. But when the Bills waived Clay in October, the Panthers claimed him back.

That said, the redemption angle carries plenty of weight. Which is ultimately why this article was written. And which is ultimately why you’ve read it.

Joe Mauer is showing flashes of his former self as an offensive force, with a .962 OPS and more walks than strikeouts. If he can put up a strong year along with Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano behind him, the front third of the Twins’ lineup could be among the best in the majors. — Woolums
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Not to rain on Pittsburgh’s parade, but when five of your six wins are against the Tigers and Reds, and your biggest early-season accomplishment is a home split against the Twins, it might not inspire people to be believers. That said, in the first year without Andrew McCutchen since 2008, Pittsburgh is averaging 6.4 runs per game. — Woolums

Instead, Jensen put together an impressive season and ended up playing like one of the best centers in the league. The Bucs responded by giving Jensen a four-year, $42 million deal with $22 million guaranteed, the latter of which would be a record for a center if it’s fully guaranteed at signing.

In December, word leaked that the Redskins had struck a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs for the services of Alex Smith, a three-time Pro Bowler and winner of 50 games over the previous five seasons. Jay Gruden needed no introduction given Authentic Jonathan Villar Jersey Smith’s talent and exploits over the years, and speaking to Chris Cooley on The Team 980, gushed about the person the Redskins were getting as their new leader.

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Todd Gurley’s comments about Odell Beckham aren’t tampering

With Rams running back Todd Gurley making known his desire to see Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. come to L.A., some are suggesting that Gurley has committed tampering. He hasn’t.

“Not an issue here with a player saying he’d like to play with another player,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email.

The tampering rule simply doesn’t apply to players. Unless a player is actively recruited by the club to become a “third-party intermediary” under Section 3(b)(10) of the anti-tampering policy, the player can say or do anything when it comes to privately or publicly recruiting a player under contract with another team.

LeBron James and the Cavs hold the tiebreaker (better conference record) and should be able to handle New York in their final two games, so Philadelphia — winner of 13 straight — probably needs three more wins to stay at No. 3. Philly’s toughest remaining game is versus Milwaukee on the final night of the season (Wed., 8 p.m. ET on ESPN).

On paper, the No. 3 seed seems especially important this year, with the potential opportunity to face the injury-riddled Celtics in the conference semifinals rather than the healthy Raptors.

Via Kyle Meinke of, Lions president Rod Wood said during the annual meetings in Orlando that the team is exploring the possibility of dropping food and drink prices. It helps that the Lions use the same concessions company that the Falcons use. It hurts that Ford Field wasn’t designed to accommodate the increased traffic to the concessions stands.

Regardless of whether the Lions can pull it off, the fact that other teams are considering this simple and easy enhancement to the game-day experience is encouraging. Maybe all new and/or renovated stadiums will be designed to service the increased crowds that will gather when a far more realistic price point is applied to a captive audience that, in most venues, must choose either to overpay or do without.

Jose Berrios (R), 97 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners: A strong argument can be tendered to sit Berrios, as he’s facing a lineup loaded with dangerous lefties. If you’re in a tight battle in the ratio categories, reserving Berrios is defensible. However, he was drafted to be a rotation stalwart, expecting good overall numbers by season’s end. Trying to time when he succeeds and struggles will drive you crazy. Personally, I leave arms of this caliber in my lineup.buccaneers_092

NFL safety market leaving best available to take ‘peanuts’ in free agency

Safety in numbers has taken on a whole new meaning in the NFL this offseason. That’s because few zeroes are being dangled to the free agents playing the position. The safety market has proven soft even for a league in which teams are flush with salary-cap space.
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The most lucrative safety deal signed this offseason was Tyrann Mathieu’s one-year, $7 million pact with Houston, followed by other relatively modest contracts signed by New Orleans’ Kurt Coleman (three years for $18 million with $4.5 million guaranteed) and Pittsburgh’s Morgan Burnett (three years, $14.3 million, $4.3 million guaranteed).

It’s kind of unbelievable to me, he said. We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game.

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It was his turn in Denver.

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He was locating the fastball and he had a devastating changeup and he mixed in his curveball, Colorado manager Bud Black said. So, when you’re throwing 93, 94 mph, and you come from a high arm slot at 6-foot-5, he’s got a great angle. The changeup is coming in there at 85, 86 mph, with some action to it, it’s tough to solve. And we just didn’t do it today.
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Newcomb left after allowing consecutive hits to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to begin the seventh. Shane Carle, Sam Freeman and Arodys Vizcaino pitched in relief to preserve the shutout.

Kyle Freeland (0-2) allowed three runs, stuck out five and walked two in six innings for the Rockies. The Denver native had one out in the sixth before giving up deep balls to Markakis and Swanson that made it 3-0.

One of the games in which the Pirates scored all its runs in the first was Monday against Minnesota.

It’s tough coming back on a five-run lead, but I’m proud of the way guys battled, said Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who hit a solo home run in the near comeback. That’s the thing about this team. We never feel like we’re out of it.
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Odorizzi has never faced Pittsburgh.
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Logan Morrison is expected to start at first base for the Twins to give Joe Mauer a rest before Thursday’s home opener.

The crowd of 40,901 marked the lowest for a Giants home opener in the 19-year ballpark’s history.

Ex-San Francisco closer Brian Wilson threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The club remembered the late San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, who died suddenly in December.

Dusty Baker, back with the Giants in an advisory role after last managing the team to the 2002 World Series, walked onto the field and shared a warm embrace with CEO Larry Baer before making the rounds behind the dugout and hugging. Baker was fired as Washington’s manager this offseason.

I’m liking it but it’s a little strange, Baker said of the new gig. I didn’t think I’d have another opener. On the whole, things worked out. Here Bruce Matthews Jersey I am with opening with the Giants seeing a lot of old friends, even old friends on the other team, like (Seattle manager) Scott Servais played for me here with the Giants.

Two days after joining the Yankees on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the outfielder has moved on.

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Thompson, 27, is a career.233 hitter with 19 homers in 151 career big-league games with the Chicago White Sox (2015) and Dodgers (2016-17). A right-handed hitter who stands 6-foot-3, Thompson is the younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.

Thompson spent most of last season in the minors. He hit.122 with one homer in 49 at-bats over 27 games with the Dodgers and batted.212 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 95 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Marcus Allen is a willing tackler who loves to engage in the box against the run. His ability to diagnose route concepts throughout stems will translate to the NFL immediately as an intermediate defender and sub-package matchup player who has the physicality to handle tight ends in space.

Allen’s athleticism limits his ability to play as a deep safety and will be an issue against NFL-caliber receivers downfield. He’ll be an immediate core special teamer, and he has the physicality and willingness to be an effective third safety and eventual starter with developmental coaching.

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The Rams-Patriots deal took Beckham’s only publicly-known suitor and most logical fit off the board as a potential trade partner for GM Dave Gettleman. So, with Beckham still a Giant, at least for now the offensive coaches can continue to treat OBJ as a significant part of this team’s imminent future. I think that (Beckham) is obviously a vital part of our offense, offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, where coordinators and assistant coaches were available to local media for the first time since their hirings. And when you have guys that can make plays and put points on the board, you want to try to feature them as much as you can.

Last season, the Baltimore Ravens ranked 29th in the NFL with 189.4 passing yards per game.

That isn’t much bang for the $20 million-plus the Ravens give Joe Flacco a year.

The Ravens’ lack of pass-catching talent deserves much of the blame for those struggles last season. Adding Michael Crabtree and John Brown in free agency should be a boost in that regard, provided the latter can stay healthy. Baltimore could select a receiver with the No. 16 overall pick, too.

We prepare for him just as much as we prepare for the other boppers in their lineup, Archer said.

After New York’s bullpen wasted a three-run lead for the second straight game, Gregorius drove an 0-2 pitch from Pruitt into the second deck in right in a four-run seventh. He blooped an opposite-field, broken-bat, two-run single to left in a three-run eighth.

It died a soldier’s death, he said of his lumber.

Fans rewarded Gregorius with a pair of curtain calls — he said they were his first in New York — after his second career multihomer game.

Judge was telling me to go out there, Gregorius said.

Unlike last year, the Chargers need to show they can seal the deal.

Five of L.A.’s seven losses last year were by a combined 18 points, and the Chargers lost four of those by a field goal or less. The team’s four-game skid to open the season featured two last-second losses on missed/blocked kicks and a two-point loss to the eventual Super Bowl champions.

The 2017 Chargers were a clinic in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory—a team that dug an early hole it couldn’t climb out of. The last thing they need in 2018 is a sluggish start reminiscent of that.

The other tantalizing possibility involves a player on the Giants’ roster. General manager Dave Gettleman has reportedly been looking for two first-round picks from teams looking to acquire star wideout Odell Beckham Jr., and the Patriots suddenly have two first-round picks in this year’s draft to work with. Beckham is under contract for one more year at $8.5 million, and while Cooks wasn’t necessarily a great fit for the Patriots offense, Beckham’s ability to accelerate after the catch and turn routine slants and crossing routes into touchdowns would make him a terrifying matchup with Brady in the fold.patriots_039