Felix Hernandez congratulated Adrian Beltre on 3,000 hits in the middle of an inning

On Sunday, Adrian Beltre notched his 3,000th career hit in MLB. On Monday, the Rangers played the Mariners and faced Felix Hernandez on the mound. In a previous life, Beltre and Hernandez were teammates in Seattle.

While they are still friends and mess around almost every time they face off, this at-bat was slightly more poignant than their other games opposite each other.

Keuchel is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts for Houston this season, but last pitched in a major league game on June 2. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner will start Friday’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The Astros have been rumored all season to be interested in several top starting pitchers on the market, though their in-house options have done just fine. Houston leads the American Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys League with a 3.86 starters ERA, and at 67-33 is miles ahead of the rest of the AL for best record.

Getting Keuchel back will certainly bolster that, though it doesn’t necessarily mean the Astros are out of the pitching trade market. This is a team that added several veterans during the offseason — Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and Josh Reddick among them — to an already stacked cast of stellar young talent. Houston still might want to make its postseason starting rotation even stronger, and it Cheap Qld Basketball Jerseys certainly has the pieces to do so.

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Bryce Harper hit his 150th career home run…at the exact same age Mike Trout hit his

Well, isn’t that something? On Monday night, Bryce Harper hit his 150th career home run in the fourth inning against the Marlins. He is 24 years and 295 days old.

That statistic is pretty impressive, and would be whether or not there was something else cool about it, because 150 homers before you turn 25 isn’t anything to scoff at.

Of course, we wouldn’t be writing and publishing this post if there weren’t something else cool about that statistic, and the headline probably gave it away for you already.

As we noted in our Adrian Beltre Encyclopedia, Beltre and Hernandez mess Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys with each other every chance they get. It could be conversations from the Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality dugout to the mound, keeping tabs on who wins each at-bat, or just some plain old goofing off.

After Beltre got his 3,000th hit, Hernandez paused the game to congratulate him at home plate. Things like that make the friendship great.

There’s also the faux-feud side of things, though, where they are still joking but it’s just a shade less lighthearted than at other times. In the video above, you can absolutely see that coming through in their interactions.

Although the famously parsimonious front-office might have balked at using $2-5 million annually to lure Ichiro and/or convince Orix to part ways with him, Woody Woodward stated that the expected budget was around $50 million. Perhaps another move would have been necessitated, such as shedding the contract of Paul Sorrento ($1.5 million) or Norm Charlton ($2.9 million), but Sorrento had capable replacements including Mike Blowers, while Charlton, understandably a tough sell considering his track record, would end up below replacement level in 1997, reminding us all to never trust relievers. The money could have been found, and in the Nintendo-funded sandbox I invite you to play in with me, it was.

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The feud between Orbit and Chris Archer ends with Archer getting scared out of his britches

The Rays’ Chris Archer and Astros mascot Orbit have been going back and forth with pranks this week during the series in Texas. The player-mascot feud involved everything from Declarations of Unfriendliness to water balloons to humorous T-shirts.

With each game, a new and fun prank was volleyed from one side to the other. After the final matchup of the two teams this season, everything seemed to be wrapped up until next year.

She’s playing on the Philadelphia Phillies, representing the Mid-Atlantic region in the Junior Baseball bracket of the RBI World Series.

MLB’s RBI program, which stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, is currently holding its World Series in Cincinnati, where both baseball and softball divisions compete for the top prize.

Even if it’s been a while since the public has seen Mo’ne on the mound, she of course hasn’t stopped pitching in the last few years. And she looks just as ready to dominate as usual.

The Phillies lost their first game in the East division to Chicago by only one run, which stemmed from a rough inning on Mo’ne’s part, but they’ll play again later on Tuesday night against Arizona and try to get a win back there. With Mo’ne Davis on their side, don’t count Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping them out just yet.

Welcome to the 2017 Home Run Derby, where there should be dingers aplenty. We’re kicking things off with an introduction brought to you by Miami’s DJ Irie, who played some very Cheap NBA Jerseys Miami sounds while the eight competitors stood on a stage on the mound.

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The Yankees made fun of their 3rd base coach after he fell waving runners home

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets mocked. And then it’s just fun.

On Wednesday, Yankees third base coach Joe Espada was so focused on waving runners around to home that he fell along the third base line.

He wasn’t hurt badly or anything, which is why everybody can laugh at it. Including the entire team.

He is the first Mets pitcher in a full nine years to steal a base, with the last being Oliver Perez in 2008.

However, it’s not so out of the question that Darvish would allow a steal, even if a pitcher steal is much more rare. He allowed 16 stolen bases before being traded, enough to be ranked 2nd in the AL in that category behind only White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey.

In the NL, his 16 steals allowed is good enough for a 3rd place ranking between Jake Arrieta and Jaime Garcia.

So if deGrom was going to try and go for it with anyone on the mound, Darvish was actually a pretty good option.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to point and laugh at the Heathcliff Slocumb trade because it didn’t work out. The Mariners got an erratic reliever for a season and a half, and the Red Sox got Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and two World Series championships. But that’s not entirely fair.

There’s some context to explore. While it seems devastating in retrospect that the Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys Mariners traded a future franchise catcher and a pitcher who made an All-Star team as both a reliever and a starter, and it seems inconceivable that they traded them for a closer with a 5.79 ERA who had allowed 95 baserunners in 46 ? innings, it’s not like …

Actually, there’s no way to gloss over that part. Literally 95 baserunners Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale in 46 ? innings. Holy moly.

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Jacob deGrom leaves the game after being hit by a line drive

Mets ace Jacob deGrom left Thursday night’s game early after being hit by a Maikel Franco line drive in the sixth inning, a drive that left the bat at 99 miles per hour.

At the time, it deGrom didn’t appear to be severely injured but Cheap Lebron Jerseys left the game anyway. To add insult to injury for the Mets, this was one of their last healthy and Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys solid starters left from the beginning of the season.

Marc Johnstone, captain of the USHL’s Chicago Steel, has joined that pantheon of established hockey players to throw out ceremonial first pitches with a hockey stick. Before Wednesday night’s White Sox game, Johnstone was tasked with the first pitch, and he nailed it with sweet wrist shot over the plate:

Not only is that ball a clear strike on the inner half, it also had some solid curve to it as it sailed into the waiting glove of White Sox catcher Kevan Smith.

Previously, Senators head coach Guy Boucher and players from the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” squad have used hockey sticks to deliver the ceremonial first pitch. Boucher’s in particular is fantastic, as the Tampa Bay Rays catcher receiving the pitch gets into a full goaltender stance with an opposing hockey stick, all before the Senators coach delivers a strike.

Now we have Johnstone’s perfect strike to add to the mix of hockey player first pitches. And what an addition it is!

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Pro Football Hall of Fame 2017: Canton hits all levels with Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker didn’t shy away from the long-term vision for the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.

“Those two guys are full of knowledge and played so many snaps in this game,” Short said. “You want to ask those guys as much questions as you could. You’re trying to get to that level where they’re at.”

Because Peppers is a quiet person, Short joked he has to “pull stuff out of him.”

“If you want the information, you have to ask him, but he leads by example as well,” Short said. “Just picking his brain here and there, on the field, off the field, in the classroom, what he used to do and what he’s doing now. There’s just a lot of information and you have to take it all in and write some stuff down.”

During his career Peppers, who ranks fifth all-time with 143 1/2 sacks, has terrorized quarterbacks. He doesn’t even need to rush the passer to be Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys intimidating.

“He might be one of the biggest human beings I’ve ever seen in my life,” Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson said. “I joke about it, but we called a reverse when I was playing in Arizona in the preseason and I Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys was supposed to block him. I came around the corner and was like, ‘Hmm, no.’

“I turned and looked and thought, ‘I’m not cutting him,’ because that’s not the right thing to do.

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Dolphins will push for top choice Jay Cutler if Ryan Tannehill is done, report says

Ryan Tannehill’s season with the Dolphins is still up in the air, but the team is preparing to make a hard run at former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler if Tannehill needs surgery, ESPN.com reported.

As of right now, the Dolphins have Cutler pegged as their top choice to bring in, even though Cutler has reportedly indicated he is reluctant to return to the field.

“There are a couple of issues that might or might not fall — and that’s going to be up to the league to the decide — under the behavioral guidelines,” Jones said during Thursday’s broadcast. “But in my opinion, we’re preparing our team for Zeke and should.”

Elliott was never charged in the alleged 2016 assault, but that’s not the only issue Elliott has had off the field. He was cited in April for speeding after getting clocked at 100 mph in a 70-mph zone and stands accused of punching a nightclub DJ last weekend in Dallas, though Dallas police have suspended that investigation because the accuser was not cooperative.

“The domestic violence is not an issue,” Jones said. “Zeke has had some other things that have been looked at and are being looked at. But from the domestic violence issue, there’s not an issue. I think that my hope is that Zeke is with us opening night, and I don’t want to get into anything that might in any way influence negatively Cheap Jerseys Made In USA that decision from the league office.

“I hope — really hope — that it be immediately,” Jones Cheap Jerseys Ireland added. “I think that we will see that imminently.”

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Patriots QB Tom Brady makes troubling comments on concussion history

Gisele made headlines during the offseason when she revealed her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, had suffered concussions in the past. Brady has been mostly silent about her comments due to a lack of media availibility, but he couldn’t hide from the cameras Friday at training camp.

During his media scrum, he was asked specifically if he had a concussion in 2016, as his wife had claimed. He didn’t confirm or deny the allegation, and instead talked around the question.

Tom Brady doesn’t deny having a concussion last year: “I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business.”

The apparent disagreement comes against a backdrop of starting QB Joe Flacco’s back injury, backup Ryan Mallett’s struggles in the early going of Ravens camp and a vertitable “who’s that?” of signees and potential targets such as oft-injured Robert Griffin III, journeyman Josh Woodrum (signed Monday), former arena league QB David Olson (signed last week and waived Monday) and now Aaron Murray, the latest to draw the Ravens’ interest, according to ESPN.com’s report.

The prospect of signing Kaepernick — who drew national attention last season with the 49ers for his boycott of the national anthem before games — first came up last week, after Flacco’s injury was made public.

Over the weekend, Bisciotti said the team was considering signing Kaepernick, who became a free agent in March and reportedly has said he would not Cheap Jerseys In UK continue Cheap Jerseys In Canada his protest with a new team this season.

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Will Le’Veon Bell’s free agency reset the market for the NFL’s best running backs?

After failing to agree on a contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers, All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is set to play out 2017 on a one-year deal. By turning down Pittsburgh’s overtures, the 25-year-old is betting he can make a splash in free agency after one more explosive season at Heinz Field.

The only question now is what kind of market awaits Bell — and the league’s other top tailbacks — in an NFL that’s slowly diverting from the “you don’t need a featured back” trend of the past five years?

Jones made a point of saying so when discussing the challenges of preparing his upcoming induction speech.

“The memories recapping and looking back, my remarks I wanted to include have been very enjoyable,” Jones told co-host Gil Brandt and I last week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “But at the end of the day I can’t say enough about what I think of the future.

“I know how lucky I am to have gotten to this point, but I really believe that my story is about what it is in the coming years.”

Jones’ standing in the Hall won’t be affected by whatever unfolds — heck, even O.J. Simpson remains a member — but his legacy will be.

That isn’t an accident. Hall voters (which I was, for seven years) are reticent to champion those still active on a team, or potentially so, because of how their return could impact the overall body of work already complied. Polian was so concerned about having his Hall candidacy torpedoed in 2015 that he dropped out of Cheap Jerseys From China NHL consideration for a top executive role with the Bills.

In this case, the Jones book isn’t close Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping to completion. The 74-year-old Jones shows no signs he will cede his roles as the franchise’s president and general manager to his son Stephen or a family outsider any time soon.

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Mike Tomlin ‘truly appreciates’ contract extension through 2020

Mike Tomlin will be staying in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future.

The Steelers announced Friday they have given the 45-year-old coach a new contract that will run through the 2020 season.

And to be clear, Aikman — Fox’s top NFL analyst — isn’t buying the “mistakes of youth” defense.

“I think the guy, what little dealings I’ve had with him, I don’t think he’s — I’m careful how I say this — I don’t think he’s necessarily a bad guy,” Aikman said on Lance Armstrong’s podcast “The Forward” (via The Dallas Morning News). “But I also don’t buy into, ‘Well, he’s 21 years old’ or ‘He’s 22 years old’ or however old he is or any other player in the NFL. That’s old enough to know right from wrong and how to act.

“At 22, I knew, I’m not saying I always did the right thing, but I knew what [was] right and I knew how I was supposed to act. So you can’t put it off on youth.”

Maybe Maruchan really should come through with a ramen endorsement Cheap Jerseys Direct NBA for Cheap Jerseys Cycling McKinley.

McKinley is just as passionate about football as the rest Cheap Jerseys Elite of his interests. McKinley had 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and six pass breakups in his final season at UCLA, and he did that while playing through a torn labrum.

That labrum required surgery, and McKinley wasn’t able to participate in rookie minicamp because of it. He’s eager to get on the field with his teammates.

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