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26 2019
James Shields of the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds play in opposite leagues and rarely see each other , yet they currently have much in common.

Now that theyre starting to make something out of what appeared to be a totally lost season, theyd like to keep it going.

The Reds got off to the worst start in baseball at 8-27, one so bad that getting to .500 looked to be as much of a challenge as winning a division title would be for most teams.

But when the Reds (36-48) take on the right-handed Shields and the White Sox on Monday night at Great American Ball Park, in the teams first matchup since 2015, theyll be one of the majors hottest clubs. Theyve won 11 of 14 after taking the final two games of a four-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers, and interim manager Jim Riggleman now has a 33-33 record for a last-place team.

Considering that Riggleman took over a Reds team that was 3-15 under former manager Bryan Price, thats something of an accomplishment. And the Reds own a 6-1 record in interleague games.

We know we can play with these teams that are in first place in their division, Riggleman said.

Theyre winning now in grand fashion, too. Jose Peraza hit the teams major league-leading ninth grand slam Sunday in an 8-2 win over the Brewers, their second in two games (pitcher Michael Lorenzen hit a pinch-grand slam Saturday) and sixth in 17 games. Theyve already tied a club season record.

Weve been getting better at-bats and weve happened to have men on base, Riggleman said.

Cincinnati starter Matt Harvey pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings before being lifted after a rain delay, and the Reds dealt Brewers rookie Freddy Peralta (3-1) Parris Campbell Jersey , who gave up three runs in five innings, his first major league loss. Peralta allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings against the Kansas City Royals in his previous start.

Thats probably the best Ive felt since 2013, said Harvey (4-5), who won his third straight start.

Shields (3-9), likewise, is beginning to see a ray of sunshine in what previously was a gloomy season. Hes coming off his best start of the year, pitching seven shutout innings and giving up four hits Wednesday in a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. It was his 12th quality start of the season, or five more than he had all of last season.

Shields still isnt the pitcher that won 13 or more games seven times from 2008 to 2015, but it hasnt helped that hes pitching for a team thats off to the second worst start in franchise history. He has allowed a respectable six earned runs in his last four starts, and twice yielded one or no runs while lasting at least seven innings.

At age 36, Shields is making adjustments to compensate for his decreased velocity, yet has pitched at least six innings in 12 of his last 13 starts for a last-place team.

My bodys feeling really good this year Will Harris Jersey , and this is kind of what Ive done my whole career, Shields told reporters after the game against the Twins. I strive to go as deep as I possibly can in games and so far its been good.

Im not throwing as hard as I used to. If I were to throw over the top, Id still throw a little harder than I am right now. (But) at the end of the day, Im feeling really good with my delivery right now, my mechanics. Its been a lot of fun making these adjustments.

Shields goes against Reds right-hander Luis Castillo (5-dirol.gif, who was 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five June starts. He retired the first 11 batters he faced Wednesday at Atlanta, only to give up four quick runs on a walk and five consecutive singles, although the Reds came back to win 6-5.

Castillo is 0-1 in two starts against American League clubs this season, giving up eight runs in six innings. He has never faced the White Sox.

Shields is 18-18 with a 4.57 ERA in interleague play and 0-2 in two career starts against the Reds, the last of which was in 2015.

The White Sox (29-54) ended a three-game losing streak Sunday by salvaging the final game of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers, winning 10-5 as Avisail Garcia went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

The Reds have won five consecutive interleague games but are facing the White Sox at Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2009. The White Sox are 16-4 overall against the Reds and 10-2 in Cincinnati, though that success there predated any of the current players.

MILWAUKEE Slowly but surely , Chase Anderson is reverting to the form that led to a breakout season a year ago.

The Milwaukee Brewers right-hander returns to action Sunday afternoon to wrap up a three-game weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park fresh off his best outing since opening day.

In Tuesdays 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs, he allowed a hit and walked two in seven innings. He struck out six and earned his first win since May 21.

It was Chase getting back to what we saw last year, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said You could tell right away that his fastball, specifically, had a different gear tonight. Just by the hitters swings.

Anderson went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts a year ago, cementing his spot in Milwaukees rotation. Counsell tabbed the 30-year old to start the season opener and Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA this season) answered the call with six shutout innings against the San Diego Padres.

Hes been up and down since, posting a 5.03 ERA over 11 starts with a two-week stint on the disabled list for illness mixed in between Opening Day and Tuesday.

My arm has been feeling pretty good overall, Anderson said after facing Chicago. Tonight, was the best I felt since I came back off the DL. Its good to know that its still in the tank.

Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola also comes into the game after a strong showing his last time out. Nola allowed one run and struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings in Philadelphias 5-4 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Nola (8-2, 2.27 ERA) is making a case to represent the Phillies in the All-Star Game next month, going 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA over his last 10 starts. Hes held opponents to a run or fewer in six of those outings and has allowed more than three runs once while striking out 75 batters with only 13 walks in 66 2/3 innings.

He was exactly what we expected him to be Max Scharping Jersey , a guy who we can rely on, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. Hes a special kind of competitor.

The Phillies will attempt to win their second straight series after losing seven of eight games. Philadelphia evened the series with a 4-1 victory despite striking out 14 times, stranding a season-high 15 runners and going 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Rhys Hoskins hit a 431-foot homer and recorded three hits. He is 9-for-25 in seven games since returning from a broken jaw.

Obviously, he set the tone with the big home run to left field, Kapler said. It is incredibly important for us to have him swinging the bat like he is.

Milwaukee has scored at least 12 runs in three of its five meetings with the Phillies this season but has yet to face Nola, whos 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers. Nola also is 1-0 mark with a 2.08 ERA in two starts in Milwaukee.

Anderson, meanwhile, hasnt enjoyed the same success facing Philadelphia. In four career starts, hes 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA.

Sunday will mark Andersons first appearance against the Phillies since June 2, 2016 when he allowed a run on three hits while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-1 Brewers victory at Citizens Bank Park.

A victory in the finale would give Milwaukee its third consecutive series victory and 15th of the season.

26 2019
Itll be much easier to watch the Super Bowl online for free this year.

NBC wont require proof of a cable or satellite TV subscription Max Scharping Jersey , meaning that anyone in the U.S. can watch the game online. Plus, youll be able to watch the game on a phone even if you arent a Verizon customer, as was a requirement before.

Heres your online guide to the matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots in Minneapolis. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC.


The best experience will be on a big screen TV. If you dont have a cable subscription or a good signal with an antenna, you can fire up the NBC Sports app on a number of streaming TV devices, including Apple TV, Roku and Amazons Fire TV.

Normally, TV networks require viewers to sign in with a cable or satellite subscription. Thats being waived starting with the pre-game coverage at noon ET. The free viewing will conclude with a postgame episode of This Is Us Brian Burns Jersey , expected to run until about 11 p.m.

On personal computers, the same coverage will be available through and, again without any sign-in requirements.

Last years broadcaster, Fox, also waived the sign-in requirements. Whats new is a lifting of restrictions on phones.

In the past, you had to be a Verizon customer to watch on a phone. A new rights deal means that customers of Verizons rivals will be able to watch, too. On Apple and Android mobile devices , you can turn to apps from the NFL and Yahoo Sports (Verizon now owns the latter). You wont be able to watch on a phone with the NBC app, but you can use it on a tablet. The NFL and Yahoo streams will include pre- and postgame coverage, but not This Is Us.


The Super Bowl is the rare event where viewers do pay attention to ads. A 30-second spot goes for about $5 million. NBC says local ads sold by individual stations will also appear in the online streams, depending on the viewers location.

NBC will post the national ads at as they air. An ad analytics company,, will also track, record and post ads online soon after they air. YouTubes AdBlitz will also have ads Will Grier Jersey , but only the ones that brands choose to share there. You dont have to wait until Sunday, as many of the ads are already available online.


Although NBC has the television rights this year, other outlets are planning features around the Super Bowl.

Without rights to video, ESPN is planning to showcase the best photos throughout the game on its website and app. The sports network will also feature analyses of big plays and controversial calls.

The NFL also plans Super Bowl podcasts leading up to the game, along with a special edition of its daily Twitter show, (hash)NFLBlitz, on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Dont expect to be drafted as a first round pick and not have high expectations. You were one of the best players of that year in your draft class. Expectations are going to be through the roof , and some people can handle it while others cant. First-round draft picks might be the most prized assets for NFL teams. Rarely do you ever see teams trade away their second-round picks, let alone their firsts. The only time you would ever really see teams trade away their first-round picks is for some of the best talent already in the league. So basically, these draft picks are expected to be stars in the league, or at least have a big impact on their team.When you draft players in the first round, usually you expect them to start within the next two years. Unlike many other college players, it is expected to play as soon as possible, except for maybe quarterbacks. First-round quarterbacks sometimes get time to develop Jordan Scarlett Jersey , because their job is to become the future of a franchise.Thinking about how much pressure is on first-round draft picks is scary, but the 2018 draft class had a ton of talent. Almost all of these first-round selections could be starters in the league, and some will, while others have struggled in training camp. Its not easy to transition from college to the NFL. The game is different, and the talent is different. Which first-round draft picks will rise to the challenge, and compete at a high level in 2018?
26 2019
C.J. Cron homered early and Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night to snap a 12-game winning streak by the Houston Astros.

Blake Snell (9-4) allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings Connor McGovern Jersey , but had to pitch around a career-high seven walks for his fifth straight win. Sergio Romo pitched for the third straight game, taking over with one out in the ninth and allowing one hit for his third save a night after blowing the save in Houstons 5-4 win.

The Astros went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position to come up one victory shy of setting the franchise record for longest winning streak in franchise history.

Hector Rondon (1-2) took the loss by allowing two hits and one run in one inning.


NEW YORK (AP) Domingo German pitched two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New Yorks four home runs in the Yankees victory against the Mariners.

Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks each belted a two-run shot off Marco Gonzales (7-4) in the fifth. Hicks homered for the third straight day and finished with three hits from the leadoff spot as the Yankees boosted baseballs best record to 48-22, moving a season-best 26 games above .500.

Coming off a four-hit game, Stanton sent a solo drive to straightaway center field in the first. Aaron Judge had an RBI single in the seventh, and rookie phenom Gleyber Torres added his 14th home run in the eighth.

The first two batters of the game reached against German (2-4) on a double and an error. The rookie right-hander then retired 19 in a row until Nelson Cruz homered in the seventh.


CUBS 2, DODGERS 1, 10 innings, SECOND GAME

CHICAGO (AP) Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning Foster Moreau Jersey , and the Cubs beat the Dodgers 2-1 to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader.

Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against Brock Stewart (0-1). After Javier Baez was walked intentionally, Almora hit a liner into right field.

Rob Zastryzny (1-0), the fifth Cubs reliever, got Yasmani Grandal to fly out with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to earn the win.

The rematch of the last two NL Championship Series was set to begin on Monday night, but the opener was postponed by a mixture of poor weather and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field. Its the only scheduled visit for Los Angeles, leading to the day-night doubleheader.

Los Angeles began the long day at the iconic ballpark with a victory on pinch-hitter Kyle Farmers two-run double in the ninth.

Edward Paredes (2-0), the fifth of six Dodgers relievers, got one out in the eighth to earn the win in the opener. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

Justin Wilson (1-2) came one pitch away from earning his first save.


WASHINGTON (AP) Trea Turner went 4 for 4 with a homer, Anthony Rendon drove in three runs and the Nationals extended their recent domination of the Orioles.

Adam Eaton had two hits and two RBIs for the Nationals, who trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning before rallying to make it six straight wins over Baltimore. Washington is 4-0 against its neighboring interleague rival this season Anthony Nelson Jersey , outscoring the Orioles by a combined 20-8.

The Nationals trailed 6-5 before getting six hits in a four-run seventh. Rendon delivered a two-run double off Tanner Scott (0-1) that put Washington ahead, and Turner capped his four-hit night with a double.

Justin Miller (5-0) pitched two innings of relief, newcomer Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect eighth and Sean Doolittle gave up a solo home run to Joey Rickard while earning his 19th save.


PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie Freddy Peralta allowed two hits in six stellar innings, Jesus Aguilar hammered his 14th home run of the season and the Brewers cooled off the Pirates.

Peralta (2-0) struck out seven without issuing a walk, surrendering only singles to Corey Dickerson and Colin Moran in the fourth but otherwise keeping the Pirates firmly in check.

Aguilar finished 2 for 3 and drove in all three runs off Jameson Taillon (4-6). Aguilar hit a two-run shot to the seats in right-center in the first and doubled down the line in left field in the third. Corey Knebel worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his seventh save for the first-place Brewers.


TORONTO (AP) Johan Camargo hit his first career grand slam and went 4 for 5 with five RBIs, and the Braves beat the Blue Jays to snap Torontos home winning streak at seven games.

Camargo hit his seventh home run off Jaime Garcia (2-6) in the second, singled in the fourth, hit an RBI single in the fifth and doubled and scored in the eighth. He struck out in the ninth.

Charlie Culberson also connected and Ender Inciarte had three hits and three RBIs as the Braves won for the sixth time in seven games. Reliever Sam Freeman (2-3) worked 2 1/3 innings for the victory.


CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto ended a long homer drought with his third career grand slam Tuesday night Jeffery Simmons Jersey , powering the Reds to a victory that ended the Tigers longest winning streak in two years.

Sal Romano (4-7) had a second straight solid outing, limiting the Tigers to four singles over seven shutout innings. Billy Hamilton also homered as the Reds pulled away to a 9-0 lead.

The Tigers had won five straight and moved within a game of .500. They havent been to the break-even mark since they were a season-best 4-4 on April 8. Theyve wasted five chances to get b The stage was set for another dramatic Super Bowl comeback for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Thats when Brandon Graham delivered one of the few defensive highlights in the most prolific offensive game in NFL history, ripping the ball out of Bradys hands for a fumble that gave the Philadelphia Eagles their first Super Bowl title in franchise history with a 41-33 victory on Sunday night.

When the fourth quarter came we had to go out there and make a stop, Graham said. As a defense we hadnt been doing it all game. The offense carried us all the way through. At the end of the day we kept coming.

Rookie Derek Barnett recovered the loose ball and Eagles fans began celebrating their first title since winning the 1960 NFL championship in what proved to be a surprise ending.

Brady had made the late-game comeback a specialty in winning a record five Super Bowl titles, including last years rally from 28-3 down to beat Atlanta in overtime. He also led late game-winning scoring drives to beat the Rams, Carolina and Seattle.

The Eagles showed no sign of slowing Brady down on Sunday as he threw for a playoff-record 505 yards and three touchdowns, carving up the defense at will on a night when the Patriots did not punt once or turn it over until Bradys late fumble with New England on its 33 with just more than two minutes remaining and poised for a comeback.

Thats when Graham beat Shaq Mason off the line and reached his left hand out for Brady just before he was set to throw. Graham knocked the ball loose.

I knew I had a one-on-one with the guard, Graham said. I knew he likes to be aggressive so I tried to act like I was pulling. I snatched it right off and Tom Bradys arm was right there and I went for the ball.

Barnett landed on it in what will go down as one of the most memorable plays in Philadelphia history.

BG made the play to win it, Barnett said. It was a good bounce. Right into my hands.

The fumble set up a field goal that gave the Eagles an eight-point lead and then the game ended when Bradys desperation heave for Gronkowski in the end zone fell to the turf, sending green and white confetti to the field, emotional Eagles pouring out on the field and Brady on the ground in frustration.

The Eagles defense had offered little resistance for the first 57 minutes as the Patriots moved the ball on every drive Nate Davis Jersey , getting stopped only on a missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski and a failed fourth-down attempt one play after Brady dropped a pass from Danny Amendola on a trick play.

But the Patriots had scored three straight touchdowns to open the second half to take their first lead of the game at 33-32 and still were in position to win after Nick Foles gave the Eagles a 38-33 lead on a TD pass to Zach Ertz.

We stuck together, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox said. Nobody panicked. We knew what we had to do to stop him. We knew it would come down to a couple of plays. Weve been through the situation before. Guys just stepped up and make plays.

Graham was the one who delivered, providing a defensive exclamation point in a game that featured a record 1,151 yards of offense by both teams, including 613 for the Patriots.

They made one good play at the right time, Brady said.

26 2019
The NFLs oldest player is going to try to break the leagues career scoring record.

If Adam Vinatieri gets his way , it might not be the only record to fall.

On Thursday, the 45-year-old kicker signed a one-year deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts a deal he insists may not be his last.

Financial details were not immediately available, though the deal is believed to be in the neighborhood of last seasons $3 million salary. Vinatieri also noted during a conference call that he will receive a $250,000 bonus if he makes 88 percent of his field goal attempts next season after missing barely missing out on a bonus for making 90 percent in 2017.

But money isnt the reason Vinatieri returned. He is playing well, wants to win and needs 58 points to surpass Morten Andersen as the leagues top scorer.

I know 57, 58 points away is definitely within reach this year if I stay healthy and all that, said Vinatieri, who has scored 2,487 points. I really wanted to break that record wearing a Colts helmet where Ive played the majority of the years in my career now.

Vinatieri made his intentions clear late last year that he wanted to play a 24th pro season and his preference was to stay in Indianapolis, where he has developed deep roots since joining the Colts as a free agent in 2006.

General manager Chris Ballard quickly let Vinatieri know the team wanted him back. The combination made Indys first major offseason move pretty simple.

This process was substantially easier than it was maybe a couple years ago, Vinatieri said. I know when Chris and I had conversations after the season I expressed to him how if everything was moving in the right direction and everything was going to get taken care of, how much I would like to be here and continue my career here. He expressed to me that he also wanted me to keep playing here. So the process was pretty easy.

Vinatieri acknowledged hiring Frank Reich as the new coach also helped persuade him to come back.

Reich takes over a team that went 4-12 in 2017 and played without Andrew Luck the entire season. The quarterback is still rehabbing from surgery he had on his throwing shoulder 13 months ago.

The good news is Reich knows he can count on the best clutch kicker in league history.

Vinatieri earned his reputation by making two Super Bowl-winning kicks with the New England Patriots.

But his legacy runs much deeper. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, a fourth championship with the Colts after the 2006 season and nearly added a fifth despite finishing the 2009 season on injured reserve.

Patriot fans also remember Vinatieri for making two field goals in a driving snowstorm one to force the overtime Dexter Williams Jersey , the other to win it in the infamous Tuck Rule playoff game that helped New England win its first Super Bowl title. He rekindled those images in December when he made a long extra point to help force overtime in a blizzard at Buffalo.

Vinatieri is the last active player from NFL Europe, and he has been around long enough to remind reporters he once tackled Herschel Walker.

But the Colts are more concerned with productivity than records and so far, theyve seen no indication Vinatieri is slowing down.

Adam is one the best players in NFL history and we are excited to keep him in Indianapolis, Ballard said in a statement. He continues to play at a high level and his experience and production are valuable assets for our team. Adam is the consummate pro and a key leader in our locker room.

He needs nine field goals to pass Gary Anderson for second all-time and 36 to break Andersens career record of 565.

If he sticks around a few more years, as he suggested he might, Vinatieri wont just be chasing Anderson and Andersen.

He also would be within striking distance of surpassing George Blanda as the oldest player to ever play in the NFL at 48 years, 109 days. Vinatieri would break the mark if he plays in the 2021 season opener.

Less concerned about that one, Vinatieri said, chuckling. I guess Ill take these one year at a time and see where it ends up. I would anticipate if I can stay healthy and be productive, I can anticipate catching up to Morten midseason or thereabout, and I guess at the end of the year Id be 46. Im not putting anything out of reach.

Anibal Sanchez abruptly ended Atlantas season-long losing streak.

Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh and Freddie Freeman added three hits, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

I know the potential for this team to be in the playoffs is really high, Sanchez said. Ive been in October games. I can bring a lot of things to October.

Sanchez (4-2) retired 19 in a row at one point to help snap Atlantas season high four-game skid. The veteran right-hander exited with two outs in the seventh after being hit by a liner on his right side near his hip. A red welt was visible on his back Nick Bosa Jersey , but he said afterward he was fine.

He never throws a pitch I dont think that he doesnt know where he wants to put it, Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Sanchez struck out six in a row at one point. But after two easy outs in the seventh, his day ended quickly following a walk to Hernan Perez.

Perez stole second, and Brad Millers line drive deflected off Sanchez and out of shortstop Dansby Swansons reach to cut Atlantas lead to 2-1.

Sanchez didnt appear too shaken up smiling and getting high fives from the Braves dugout after exiting. Reliever Dan Winkler came in and recorded the final out of the inning.

Sanchez allowed one run off two hits and a walk. He finished with eight strikeouts.

Its fun to be able to play behind that, Swanson said. Hes been tremendous.


Brewers spot starter Aaron Wilkersons tough day actually started on Friday.

His original flight was delayed after getting called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, so he instead traveled from Colorado Springs to Houston then Chicago. He arrived in Milwaukee at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

And, they lost my bags on the way, he said. It was kind of a rough one. But, its not an excuse for anything.

Wilkerson (0-1) had taken the rotation turn of Brent Suter, who went on the 10-day disabled list with left forearm tightness on Friday.

Johan Camargos two-run single off Wilkerson gave Atlanta the lead in the first. Wilkerson allowed two runs off four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out five.


Freeman and Nick Markakis added consecutive run-scoring triples in the eighth as Atlanta scored three times in the inning to put the game out of reach.

Freeman came into the game in a slump, batting .159 over his last 17 games before his three-hit performance.

Im starting to feel a little better, Freeman said. Im seeing pitches, not swinging at balls in the batters box. That helps.


Sanchez benefited from a heads up defensive play from Markakis in right field in the first inning. With runners on first and second L.J. Collier Jersey , Travis Shaw flared a ball that shouldve loaded the bases.

Instead, Jesus Aguilar, at first, didnt read the play quickly enough and Markakis fired a strike to Swanson at second base for the first of Sanchezs 19 straight outs.

Travis hit a ball that Aggie just didnt get a good read on, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. That was our opportunity against Sanchez, for sure.


Braves: Rookie LF Ronald Acuna Jr. was out of the lineup after leaving with left groin tightness on Friday night.

Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain (left groin strain) is close to returning from the 10-day disabled list and could be activated as soon as Sunday. LF Ryan Braun was a late scratch in the starting lineup with tightness in his right side, but pinch hit in the ninth. RHP Jorge Lopez was recalled for the fifth time this year to provide pitching depth. Infielder Nate Orf was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.


Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (8-3, 3.10 ERA) looks to bounce back Sunday after allowing five runs without getting out of the third inning in an 8-5 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. RHP Junior Guerra (5-5, 2.87) goes for Milwaukee and is holding opponents to a .217 average in 16 starts this year.

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Blue Jays fans gave New York Mets slugger Jose Bautista a standing ovation before his first at bat as a visiting player since leaving Toronto at the end of last season.

The two-time home run champion took off his helmet and acknowledged both the crowd and the Blue Jays dugout as fans rose for a prolonged ovation. Bautista drew a five-pitch walk and scored when Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a home run.

Before the game , Bautista drew another ovation at the end of a video tribute featuring highlights of his 10 seasons with the Blue Jays, including back-to-back ALCS appearances in 2015 and 2016.

The six-time All-Star exchanged warm embraces with several former Blue Jays teammates during batting practice and signed autographs for fans alongside New Yorks first base dugout. Fans in right field rose to applaud Bautista as he took his position in the bottom of the first.

Bautista played 12 games for Atlanta in May and joined the Mets on May 22. Hes batting .250 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 36 games with New York.

The backup quarterback is a tough job in the NFL. You have to be a good guy and ready to jump in if the starter goes down and even longer if need be. It can be tricky as too many teams make the mistake of putting their hopes on the main starter and not realizing they need a good backup until its too late. Notably is that so many times Quinnen Williams Jersey , the backup takes over and ends up doing an even better job than anyone expected to the point that they become a much bigger star than the guy they were replacing. However, many other times , the backup shows why theyre the backup, not nearly as great on the field and the team suffers for it.It can be tricky as its well known how a guy great in college can falter in the pros and thus let his team down. But other cases can be a guy surprising by taking off better than anyone could have dreamed and becoming a starter themselves. Here are 8 backups who proved themselves top starters and 8 who couldnt live up to that position to show how tricky it is in the NFL.

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