Aguilar stands tall in middle of Brewers’ lineup

Four months ago, Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell was trying to figure out how to fit Jesus Aguilar onto his roster. Now, Counsell is having a hard time taking the hard-hitting first baseman out of his starting lineup.

Aguilar has been Milwaukee’s hottest hitter over the last month, batting .283 with 12 home runs, 34 RBI and a .964 OPS. Five of those home runs along with 12 RBI have come over his last five games and he’s driven in multiple runs in five straight starts, tying a franchise record.

He’s certainly been one of the most pleasant surprises (this year), Counsell said. He was last year, as well and he’s taken it up a notch this year. You need those kind of performances you weren’t expecting. You need that kind of stuff.

Thames, who’s spent the majority of his playing time in the outfield since returning June 11, is still adjusting to the position but is happy for his teammate.

I mean, hey, the team is winning, Thames said. It was the same thing for him the first half of last year when I was going off. It’s great because we’re winning and today, he pretty much did it himself and it was awesome. I’m happy for him. He works hard. He’s such a smart hitter, smart player. He’s a great team guy so you can’t help but root for him.

Bumgarner pitched eight innings of three-hit ball for his first win this season, Mark Melancon earned his first save in a year and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-0.

Bumgarner’s sacrifice fly scored Pablo Sandoval in the fifth. Sandoval singled leading off the inning and Joe Panik followed with a double.

It was the fourth time in his career Bumgarner made a scoreless start and had the game-winning RBI, tying Stephen Strasburg and Fernando Valenzuela for the most such games by any pitcher in the last 40 years, according to STATS.

The Padres’ best scoring chance came in the fifth, when Jose Pirela was thrown out at home trying to score from second on Manuel Margot’s one-out double to deep right field. Giants catcher Buster Posey tagged out Pirela after a perfect relay from Andrew McCutchen and Panik.

Bryce Harper led off the eighth with a double off Mychal Givens (0-4) and Trea Turner followed with a single. After Anthony Rendon struck out, Soto hit a liner into the gap in left-center.

Giants add Mark Koncz to personnel department

Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman brought Mark Koncz onto his new staff on a temporary basis this spring, to help with his first draft back in New York.

He has since made the move permanent.

Among the 24 NFL quarterbacks who have thrown as many passes as Marcus Mariota in the first three seasons of their NFL careers, Marcus Mariota ranks eighth since the merger behind just Dan Marino, Jeff Garcia, Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, Jameis Winston, Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan. Simply put, this is a good list to make.

Mariota’s career passing efficiency numbers are carried by his performance in 2015 and 2016, as he went from a 6.66 ANY/A over the first two years of his career to 5.51 last year. Naming Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator in Tennessee should allow Mariota to get back to the top of the ranks of young passers.

As a non-play-caller, LaFleur has overseen the NFL development of the peaks of the careers of Matt Schaub, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan and Jared Goff in his nine years as an NFL assistant and coordinator. Now set to call plays, there could be big things in store for Mariota moving forward.

Miami spent two days on the field this week preparing for coach Adam Gase’s third season. It’s not unusual for clubs to wipe out the final day of mandatory minicamp, with many squads electing to use that time for team bonding and chemistry building.

The Dolphins wrap up pre-training camp work next week with their final days of voluntary organized team activities, June 11-14.

Among players still on the Miami Dolphins roster, only three were deemed by PFR to be more valuable last season than running back Kenyan Drake.

The 2016 third-round pick took the reins in the backfield soon after Jay Ajayi was traded midway through the season and never looked back. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the final nine weeks of the year, which ranked sixth among backs with at least 50 attempts during that stretch.

Considering that he also averaged 5.4 yards per rush within a smaller sample as a rookie in 2016, that might not have been a fluke. Regardless, the Dolphins’ high-potential starting running back is just the 35th-highest-paid player on the roster.

James had no doubt who would win.

Going against the Warriors in the last three years in the finals, I kind of figured or thought that they could get it done, James said. Just because of the 18 of a possible 21 finals games that I’ve played against them in the last three years, I figured that they could make it happen. Just their championship DNA.
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One potential legalization hurdle involves the integrity fees being sought by sports leagues in exchange for endorsing gambling on their match-ups.

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Cody Kessler and rookie Tanner Lee now back up Bortles.

The Browns traded Kessler to the Jaguars on March 28, and while ready for the move, Kessler believes his time in Cleveland will help him in Jacksonville.

The time in Cleveland was ups and down, frustrating, but being able to start eight or nine games my rookie year really prepared me, Kessler said, via the team website. Last year didn’t go the way I wanted it to or I had planned, but it’s part of it. You take it and run with it. I took that time to work on myself saying, ‘What do I want to work today?’ It really did help me.

It’s the same thing here. Obviously, Blake is the starter and a great guy to learn from, but you always prepare as the starter and prepare as if you’re playing on Sunday. That’s helped me and made my life easier as a backup.

Kessler started eight games as a rookie in 2016. He started none last season, watching DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan pass him on the depth chart.

Offensive lineman Ramon Foster (pictured) likes the new rule, in part because each of his four concussions occurred when a defender used his helmet to hit Foster in the helmet.

The veteran wide receiver is not expected to sign a contract until the start of training camp, according to a report from NFL Network. Bryant has drawn interest from multiple teams, but he’s being patient and selective, the report says.

Bryant was cut by Dallas in mid-April after spending his entire eight-season career with the team. The Cowboys saved more than $8 million in salary cap space by releasing him, according to multiple reports.

Bryant was selected to the Pro Bowl three times with the Cowboys and led the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014. Last season, he registered 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Jason Witten, Bryant’s former teammate with the Cowboys, said in May he expected the wide receiver to sign with Green Bay. Witten recently retired and agreed to become the color analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

MLB trade rumors: Imagining Orioles-Phillies Manny Machado deal; should Yankees be worried?

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Both will hit the open market after the 2018 season and command contracts which could reach as high as $400 million.

The Nationals still have dreams of reaching the World Series this season with Harper, but for the Orioles, the playoffs are nothing but pure fantasy.

BREAKING: Johnny Manziel has signed a two year deal in the CFL. He’s officially back in professional football. It’s not the NFL, but it’s a serious step in the right direction that will earn him some good money in the meantime.

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There will be a surprise or two over the first five picks that will cause more than one of the top quarterbacks to fall to No. 6 when the Colts are on the clock. One of the teams looking for quarterback help will do what it takes to move up in the draft. Moving back again after trading down from No. 3 to 6 with the Jets in March will allow GM Chris Ballard to continue to stockpile picks to build through the draft. — Mike Wells

It might not be a popular opinion outside of Jacksonville, but the Jaguars believe they can win with Blake Bortles. He’s coming off the best year of his career and Tom Coughlin, GM Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone believe Bortles will be even more efficient in his second full season with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Jaguars want to win by running the ball and playing great defense, and want to invest early picks to help them do that. — Mike DiRocco

Does Machado trade make sense for Phillies?

Overall, Williams is 9-for-19 with six RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season. His other two pinch-hit homers also came in big spots.
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Williams has made 22 starts in 44 games this season. By comparison, in his rookie season last year, 79 of Williams’ 83 appearances were starts.

Williams said he hasn’t had mixed emotions as an elite pinch-hitter when his goal is to play every day.

I don’t really think about that at all, said Williams. I just try to do whatever I can to help and be a part of the team. These guys, these pitchers are battling their butt off and I’m doing anything I can to help keep us in first.

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Martin didn’t attend organized team activities, and a holdout may be looming.聽

He’s a great leader, been a great leader right from the start, head coach Jason Garrett said, per NBCDFW.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor. But, again, this is the business side of the NFL and he and his representatives are working Todd Helton Youth jersey through things with the Joneses about getting this deal done.

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A third may be asking too much if Denver doesn’t significantly improve upon last year’s 5-11 record.

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Cassius Marsh on playing for the Patriots: ‘They don’t have fun there’

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Marsh said the Patriots did not have him in a role that fit his strengths. He said he’s a pass rusher, but New England had him dropping back in coverage.

I confronted (Patriots coach Bill Belichick) about all the things that were going on,Marsh said. I won’t get into detail, but it was B.S. things they were doing. I just wasn’t a fan. And so I, basically, without asking to get cut, I kind of asked to get cut. 鈥?I had confidence that I would have an opportunity elsewhere and I would take advantage of it.

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He’s starting to ask the right questions and he’s seeing the right things,Jones said (via CFL.ca). He’s getting a lot of reps both out here and in the virtual reality part of it. He’s staying plugged in, he’s going to be OK.

Monday’s news came a day after 3 Down Nation reported that Vernon Adams Jr., also battling to be Masoli’s top backup, was sidelined with an injury, clearing the way for Manziel to at least get more practice reps.

‘Other Cavs,’ led by Kyle Korver, open lanes for LeBron James

Asked to explain how the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to tie up the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics 2-2, winning two games in a row by a combined 39 points after dropping the first two by a combined 38, Kyle Korver didn’t mince words.
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Then there was the time Korver sacrificed his body by diving onto the floor for a loose ball late in the third quarter, eluding both the 24-year-old Terry Rozier and the 24-year-old Marcus Smart while Cleveland was trying to stave off a Boston run.

The Browns were shopping Taylor before and during the draft, but found no takers. But with the dust settled, team needs are coming into sharper focus.

The Cardinals turned over their secondary this offseason, cutting Tyrann Mathieu, with Justin Bethel and Tramon Williams joining him on the way out. They brought Bashaud Breeland in for a visit yesterday.

The Browns used their second first-rounder on cornerback Denzel Ward, and added free agents in bulk (T.J. Carrie, E.J. Gaines, Terrance Mitchell), while trading for Damarious Randall to move him to safety.

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Lynn has best start, leads Twins over Tigers 6-0

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The White Sox will counter with right-hander Dylan Covey (0-1, 6.00 ERA), who will make his second start of the season and the 14th of his career.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-3, 3.51) will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career. He’s 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts against National League teams, all coming in 2017. He has allowed two or fewer runs and worked at least six innings in three of his road starts this season.

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Kansas City starter Jason Hammel had to jog his memory on what to do after a win. It had been that long for Hammel, who was making his 290th career start Tuesday night.

He earned his first victory of the season, helped by home runs by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez in a 5-1 win by the Royals over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hammel (1-5) has Vance McDonald Youth jersey been winless in his previous 13 starts dating back to his last win Sept. 6, 2017. He also had been winless in his previous seven road starts.

Honestly I feel like I forgot how to celebrate after a win, Hammel said. It’s been so long, personally. But I’ve been doing this a long time and there’s time you feel like you’re down and you feel like you’re making good pitches like I was earlier in the year and just sometimes it doesn’t happen.

Every win is important. You should celebrate all of them. So obviously it feels really good.

Hammel went seven innings, giving up nine hits and a run to help the Royals win for the second time in 10 games. He struck out six and hit a batter with no walks.

He really had his slider going, Royals manager Ned Yost said about Hammel. He pitched seven really strong innings for us. He ended up only giving up one run. A lot of hits were kind of off the bat.

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory applying for reinstatement

Suspended defensive end Randy Gregory is hoping for a return to the Cowboys in 2018.
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Gregory will submit his application for NFL reinstatement on Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.

The red flags in Gregory’s pre-draft scouting report have come back to haunt the Cowboys since they selected the troubled Nebraska pass rusher in the second round of the 2015 draft. He has already been suspended three times, including last year’s season-long ban for violating the NFL’s Policy for Substances of Abuse.
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Because Payne is going to command attention, Washington’s pass rush should improve a bit. However, it’s his run-stuffing ability that is going to have the biggest immediate impact. As long as Payne remains healthy, the Redskins will no longer have the league’s worst run defense.

The New Orleans Saints saw their defense improve last season, thanks in large part to the presence of rookie first-round pick Marshon Lattimore. He immediately became the team’s No. 1 cornerback and went on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Just getting all those pieces in place to be more efficient in the passing game. Young quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, how efficient is he gonna be, how fast can he get used to those pieces?

Fox kept a tight leash on Trubisky last season, allowing the rookie to throw more than 35 passes just twice in 12 games.

It’s important to note context, however, as injuries and questionable free-agent signings left Trubisky with the shakiest receiving corps in the league. The ultra-conservative Fox had no intention of throwing his promising young quarterback to the wolves by putting too much responsibility on his shoulders in a lost season.

In fact, Fox couldn’t have been more bullish on Trubisky’s potential.

He’s got what it takes, Fox raved after Trubisky’s starting debut in early October. There’s no doubt in my mind.

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In his third season under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, it’s finally Leonard Floyd’s year to break out as a pass-rusher for the Chicago Bears.