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23 2019
ATLANTA (AP) For five plays , and for 2 minutes, 49 seconds, Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady and the Patriots offense looked like the one that cruised up and down the field for most of the season.On a day that knocked two of the NFLs highest-flying scoring machines back into the 1970s or 50s Brady mustered one good drive when it mattered.He went 4-for-4, including a perfect teardrop pass nestled into the hands of Rob Gronkowski , to set up the games only touchdown on the way to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.New England won its record-tying sixth Super Bowl title. Brady became the first player to win six rings.All on the strength of one measly touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever.We couldve played better offensively, Brady said, but the reality is, you get into these games and you just need to figure out a way to win it.Make no mistake they won it with defense. And kicking. And Julian Edelman Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , the diminutive receiver who found gaps in the Los Angeles zone and caught a game-high 10 passes for 141 yards. He was named Most Valuable Player.The defense was unreal, Edelman said. They should be the MVP.Brady, who has won that award four times, was fine but nothing more until the drive that began with 9:49 remaining, with the game tied at 3 in the first Super Bowl to go three quarters without a touchdown.He hit Gronkowski for 18 yards, found Edelman in the zone for 13. He threw a dump-off pass to Rex Burkhead for seven. Then, the best pass of the day the 29-yard completion to Gronkowski, who was double-covered and had Rams linebacker Cory Littleton practically dragging him to the ground as he made the catch.Tom threw it to me and I had to make a play, Gronkowski said. I just come through whenever its that time. He knows to trust in me.Sony Michel took the handoff on the next play for a 2-yard score. Anyone who had only tuned in for that drive might have wondered what all the fuss and all the yawning was about.For anyone outside of linebackers , defensive coordinators and people who bet the under (56 ½ points), this was ugly.Brady and the Patriots looked nothing like the team that averaged more than 27 points a game this season,that put up 37 points against the Chiefs in the AFC title game, that didnt allow a sack and barely allowed Brady to be touched in the two playoff games leading to the trip to Atlanta.Brady finished 21 for 35 for 262 yards and an interception. He got sacked once but harassed a lot more by Rams defenders. The Rams wouldve gladly said yes if someone had told them theyd give up just 13 points to the leagues biggest big-game quarterback.On this day, though, 13 points were plenty for the Pats.But what a far cry this was from two years ago, when the Patriots scored 31 points in the second half and overtime for a 34-28 come-from-behind win over Atlanta and title No. 5. Or even last year, when they moved up and down the field with the Eagles, but lost 41-33.We couldnt get points on the board for one reason or another Parris Campbell Jersey , Brady said, but in the end, it feels a lot better than last year, when we did get some points on the board.In this one, Bradys very first pass after New England started the game with four straight runs that got them to the Rams 34 got tipped up by receiver Chris Hogan, who collided with Nickell Robey-Coleman, then picked off by Littleton.After that, the Patriots moved the ball, but ended up with very little to show for it. They outgained Los Angeles 195-57 in the first half but had one Stephen Gostkowski field goal and another Gostkowski miss for a paltry 3-0 lead.The Rams tied it late in the third quarter on a 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein.Then , suddenly, Brady looked like Brady again. It didnt last long. It was more than enough. The offseason may seem like a long way away, but its coming quick. The 2018 NFL season is nearly over, and for many teams, theyre ready for the offseason to begin. Even some playoff teams are prepared for the offseason, where they may be able to solidify themselves into Super Bowl caliber teams.Everything works up for the season, but the offseason can be just as exciting. Its a time where star players from around the league and the best of college football join new teams to play for on Sundays. Even though those players may not work out on Sundays, at the time its very exciting to see a team take the right step forward.Some decisions in the offseason are difficult but have to be made. The NFL has a cap limit, that way no team can just pay anyone they want to like baseball. This tries to keep the league even Jersey:// Jersey , giving everyone a fair chance to acquire the best talent. By doing this, the NFL cycles through good teams constantly because each offseason teams either cant pay to keep their talent, or they dont have the cap space to go out and spend a lot. Its what makes the offseason exciting because teams that have struggled can really improve.Theres more than one move that each team has to make, but we will look at one of the most important decisions each team needs to make. This may not be the priority, but it will definitely be up there.
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They say speed kills.If that's true Taylor Rapp Jersey , then St. Louis went on a serial Rampage in 1999.Given the rather fitting moniker "The Greatest Show on Turf," those Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams revolutionized the modern offensive attack, snatching up both points and victories along the way. they moved the ball with video game-like precision.After putting the pedal firmly to the floor, the Rams zoomed to a 13-3 record and went on to win one of the most dramatic Super Bowls of all-time. While the key word of their season was GO, the biggest play of the year was a STOP by Mike Jones to clinch the Lombardi Trophy.The lore of the team is well documented, from a former grocery bagger-turned-MVP quarterback, Kurt Warner, to a blue chip offensive lineman, Orlando Pace. Receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt confounded cornerbacks Shareef Miller Jersey , while Marshall Faulk re-wrote the history books in terms of backfield versatility.They were definitely hooked on the high octane offense, but their defense can't be overlooked, either. The guys on the other side of the equation, like Grant Wistrom and D'Marco Farr, played championship caliber football, as well. Often leading late in games, the Rams' rush defenders could pin their ears back and target the quarterback. Sometimes it was Kevin Carter registering one of the team's 76 sacks, or maybe a run stuffing tackle by London Fletcher that sealed a St.Louis win.A modern day Cinderella story, the Rams had gone a miserable 5-11 and 4-12 the previous two seasons, respectively. They came together in 1999 to forge one of the greatest seasons in history. And even though they've now gone their separate ways Germaine Pratt Jersey , The Greatest Show on Turf still hasn't slowed down. Here's what some key names on the team are up to today: Francisco Lindor had an exceptional Monday after a very good Sunday.

Lindor homered twice, including a grand slam, and finished with a career-high seven RBIs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Monday night.

On Sunday, he had two doubles and a solo homer in Oakland.

Lindor homered in the fourth after Yan Gomes singled and Jakob Junis hit Tyler Naquin and Rajai Davis with pitches. He added a three-run homer in the sixth to finish Junis evening.

One was a changeup and the other one was a slider, said Lindor, who has 23 home runs. My approach is hit the ball and if it goes out it goes out. It was a good pitch to hit (on the grand slam). I was just trying to get one guy in. Im not a power hitter. Just get a good pitch to hit and drive it.

Lindor has 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 54 games against the Royals.

Just a routine day for him, today and yesterday, Indians starter Corey Kluber said. He continues to get better, which is kind of scary.

Kluber (12-4), who failed to make it out of the second inning in his previous start at St. Louis , gave up two runs in the first, but little after that. He allowed three runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out five over six innings.

Davis had three hits and scored three runs.

I got myself into trouble with a couple of hit batters and good teams are going to take advantage of that, Junis said.

Junis (5-10) has lost his last seven starts and is tied with teammate Jason Hammel for most losses in the American League. He has yielded a major league-high 24 home runs, including 12 in his last five starts over 27 innings.

You worry about his confidence more than anything else, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Again, its an easy fix. When youre off the side of the slider, its gonna be a cement mixer. He started off good, just didnt end that good.

Whit Merrifield homered on Klubers third pitch for his fourth career leadoff home run. Salvador Perez singled home Mike Moustakas, who had doubled Renell Wren Jersey , in an 11-pitch at-bat for the other Kansas City run in the first.

Jorge Bonifacio logged his first RBI of the season in the Kansas City sixth after being suspended the first 80 games for taking a performance enhancing drug.

The Royals have lost 23 of their last 28 games. They are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the most losses in the majors with 54. They scored four runs or fewer for the 23rd time in the last 24 games.


The Royals signed right-hander Jackson Kowar, a first-round compensation selection and the 33rd overall pick, to a $2.118.700 signing bonus. He went 10-5 with a 3.04 ERA as a Florida junior.


LeBron James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. If someone gave me $154 million Id probably go somewhere too, Indians manager Terry Francona said. He did what he said he was going to do. He got them a championship. When youre a free agent, youve earned that right. I will miss him, because I loved going to games when he played. Its hard to begrudge somebody. He earned it.


Indians: RF Lonnie Chisenhall was a late scratch with a strained left calf. Francona said Chisenhall would definitely go on the disabled list. RHP Danny Salazar underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in Dallas. It just kind of came to a point, Francona said. Thats the last option. You try everything else before you go into somebodys shoulder. The good side is there was no structural (damage). The rotator cuff was good. They cleaned him out. Its a shame we lost him for the whole year.


Indians: RHP Shane Bieber is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his first four big league starts.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is winless in six home starts this season, going 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA.

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ASHBURN , Va. (AP) Washington Redskins active roster after an NFL investigation into an incident of domestic violence found he did not violate the leagues personal conduct policy.The league announced Fosters fine for two games this season and his new status Friday. Foster will be allowed to participate in all team activities, which includes Washingtons offseason program that begins next week.Foster avoided being suspended in the aftermath of a domestic violence charge from November, which triggered a review based on his previous violations of league policies. Prosecutors in Tampa, Florida, decided in January not to pursue a domestic violence case against the 25-year-old, dismissing the first-degree misdemeanor battery charge.Everyone in this league is held to a higher standard, Redskins President Bruce Allen said. Reuben understands that his past actions have led a lot of people to doubt him, and he has committed to doing the work necessary to earn the trust of his teammates, our great fans, and the NFL.Foster was arrested at the San Francisco 49ers hotel in Tampa in November and jailed overnight following an incident involving the second-year linebacker and a companion police identified as the same woman who said Foster hit her in February. The woman later recanted the earlier allegations.The 49ers released Foster, and the Redskins claimed him off waivers but acknowledged he might never play for them. He was placed on the Commissioner Exempt List after Washington added him and finished the season on it.Foster is now cleared to return and play his first game since October.I am grateful to the Washington Redskins and the NFL for giving me this second chance, Foster said. I accept the NFLs decision and want to say that I am truly sorry for my past actions and the people who may have been hurt by them.The league says Foster acknowledged responsibility for his actions and has committed to a comprehensive accountability plan developed in conjunction with the NFLPA and the Redskins to avoid future incidents. Allen said the plan includes counseling, a living arrangement, weekly meetings with the teams player engagement director and chaplain, and some community service.We have been very clear with Reuben that his past does not have to determine his future but the responsibility is squarely on him to change, Allen said. Reuben must fully adhere to the plan we have developed for him. Reuben knows that we simply will not tolerate any future conduct that is detrimental to the Washington Redskins organization or to the NFL.The league said it advised Foster that any future incidents will likely result in more substantial discipline. Foster has so far played 16 regular-season games for San Francisco after being a first-round pick in the 2017 draft.Going forward, I will follow the plan outlined for me and work hard to earn back the trust of my teammates, the NFL, NFL fans and the community, Foster said. I know that my success is all up to me , and I am committed to not letting you down. Bill Belichick is universally recognized as one of the best coaches if not THE best coach in NFL history, and he owns the Super Bowl titles to prove it. That doesnt mean he or his entire New England Patriots staff is infallible.Exhibit A: The Miami Miracle.With the Patriots ahead by five points, only 7 seconds left, and the host Dolphins backed up at their own 31, New England sent out its Hail Mary defense. That unit includes tight end Rob Gronkowski, a hulking, 6-foot-6 ballhawk who certainly could be useful when it comes to batting down a wing-and-a-prayer long toss toward the end zone.But would the Dolphins really ask Ryan Tannehill to try to heave ball 70 or so yards through the air? Of course not. Instead, he threw a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who immediately lateraled to the nearby DeVante Parker, who then flipped the ball to Kenyan Drake, who took it the final 52 yards, evading Gronkowski, for the winning TD in quite a WHAT?! finale.Dolphins 34, Patriots 33.All thanks to a 69-yard touchdown that is the longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time remaining in the fourth quarter since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.They changed it up a little bit, Gronkowski said about the Dolphins. Every time we practice (that defense), its for the Hail Mary, but (youve) got to be ready for anything.In this rare instance, Belichicks team was not.In addition to having Gronkowski out there, and having to see him stumble a bit in his just-too-slow, wrong-angle Darnell Savage Jr. Jersey , clumsy-attempt-to-grab pursuit of Drake, the Patriots did not put the faster, more-capable tackler Devin McCourty, a starting safety, on the field.I saw (Drake), and Gronk about 10 yards away, Tannehill said with a smile. I was like, Gronks on the field! We got this!'A win would have clinched the AFC East for New England (9-4), which also looked sloppy at the end of the first half, failing to score despite having the football at Miamis 2 with 14 seconds remaining.Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as coach of the Indianapolis Colts and now appears on NBCs Football Night in America, expressed surprise at that waste of a scoring chance, along with the game-ending defensive strategy.We just are not used to seeing that from the Patriots, Dungy said.His NBC colleague Rodney Harrison, once a Patriots defensive back under Belichick, called the way things ended Sunday inexcusable, adding: I played there six years, and Ive never seen anything like this.In typical Belichick fashion, he didnt say much afterward, offering little more than: Need to coach it better , play it better.Both true. Especially the first part.In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL seasons 14th Sunday:CONGRATS, JONSeems pretty clear that Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden deserves NFL Executive of the Year honors for becoming what might just be the first dealmaker to turn TWO mediocre clubs into playoff teams with trades in the same season. He helped the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (8-5) by shipping them Amari Cooper, who provided three TD catches in a 29-23 OT victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. And Gruden also helped the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (9-4) by sending them Khalil Mack, whose latest strip-sack came in a 15-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.NO-LOOK MAHOMESPatrick Mahomes keeps adding to his stats up to 43 TD passes and more than 4,300 passing yards and his library of amazing plays for the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs (11-2). In a 27-24 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, Mahomes produced two more highlight keepers: a no-look completion to Demarcus Robinson, and a down-by-a-TD, 1½-minutes-left, fourth-and-9, in-his-own-territory heave to Tyreek Hill while scrambling to his right and throwing across his body toward the other side of the field for a 40-yard gain.ON TO NO. 4After Mark Sanchezs first NFL start since 2015 was a six-completion, two-interception disaster for the Washington Redskins in a 40-16 loss to the New York Giants Nothing worked, as coach Jay Gruden put it now itll be Josh Johnsons turn to make his first NFL start since 2011. Johnson will be the fourth QB to start this season for the Redskins, who opened the season 6-3 but now are 6-7 after losing Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to injuries. The only other club with that many starters at the games most vital position? The Buffalo Bills, who are 4-9 after trying Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, Matt Barkley and Derek Anderson.
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NASHVILLE Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , Tenn. (AP) His creation, the NFL draft, has become an industry unto itself and the leagues third-most popular annual event behind the Super Bowl and opening weekend.Bell owned the Philadelphia Eagles in 1933 and was hot to sign Stanley King Kong Kostka of the Minnesota Gophers. All collegians were free agents back then college football was far more popular than the pros and Bell saw the bruising fullback/linebacker as a building block for his team.But Kostka signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers; yes, that was a football franchise back then. Never mind that Kostka lasted one season in the NFL. Bell had a calling.I made up my mind that this league would never survive unless we had some system whereby each team had an even chance to bid for talent against each other, he later told The Associated Press.With some negotiating and arm-twisting Bell was so good at that he soon would become NFL commissioner he persuaded owners of the other eight clubs to try a draft. The team with the leagues worst record would pick first and the rest would go in reverse order of their success in the standings.On Feb 8-9, 1936, in a Philadelphia hotel owned by the Bell family, the draft was born. And guess who had the first selection: the 2-9 Eagles.That they took halfback Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner, who played at Chicago University yes, that was a college team back then and couldnt sign him was somewhat embarrassing; Berwanger chose to go into the real world where he could earn more money than the Eagles were offering.Regardless, the draft was established, with nine rounds, increased to 10 the next year and to 20 in 1939, with this oddity in 1938 and 39: only the five teams with the worst winning percentage in the previous season made selections in the second and fourth rounds.The number of rounds fluctuated through the years, in part because of competition from the All-America Football Conference in the 1940s, but also because college football grew and more players were available. For a span of a dozen drafts Austin Seibert Jersey , there even was a bonus pick to start proceedings, with one team each year getting until every team had gotten one.When the AFL began in 1960 and soon started pirating NFL players and hiding college seniors, the NFL moved its draft up from the spring. Cloak-and-dagger stories developed, as soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer Gil Brandt told Ken Rappoport and me for the book On The Clock, The Story of the NFL Draft.Our battle for players with the AFL featured the so-called baby sitters who would hide players so the other league couldnt find them, said Brandt, who scouted the colleges for the Dallas Cowboys for three decades, drafting the likes of Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Tony Dorsett, and now is the lead draft consultant to the NFL. There was a group of people, ex-coaches, ex-players, even the governor of Oregon, who were involved.The merger led to a common draft, but the grab bag for talent wasnt a big deal whether staged in Philly, New York, Washington Trysten Hill Jersey , Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Los Angeles or Chicago. Then television stepped up.This brand new TV entity called ESPN approached NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1980 offering to broadcast the proceedings from the New York Sheraton. Rozelle couldnt fathom why ESPN boss Chet Simmons made the offer.Pete thought Chet was out of his mind, said former ESPN vice president John Wildhack. But Pete said, Lets try it.'Desperate for programming, ESPN hired Bill Fitts, who had worked games on CBS and NBC, as producer of the draft show, which Fitts admitted in On The Clock was rudimentary.I would say at the beginning it was like with our golf coverage we started covering one hole, Fitts said with a laugh. Look what it went to.It would not be an exaggeration to say the draft has exploded beyond the selection meeting tag the league hung on it. And dont underestimate the credit TV deserves, first with ESPNs gavel-to-gavel coverage and then with NFL Network joining in since 2006. Plus a move to prime time for Thursdays first round in 2010, and to the early evening for Rounds two and three on Friday.Would Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Mike Mayock have become household names to draftniks? Would there even be draftniks? Would mock drafts begin appearing as soon as college underclassmen declared for the pros in January; in 1990, the NFL began allowing collegians whose class had been in school for three years to apply for the draft.Just as television has been a powerful force in the popularization of pro football, it has been irreplaceable in the universalizing of the draft.When the league moved the proceedings to Radio City Music Hall, where it held nine drafts, it also turned the fans loose in the art-deco landmark. That meant several thousand folks dressed in jerseys from all 32 teams howling and screaming and often booing the selections.That made for great TV Connor McGovern Jersey , naturally. And it gave the draft an entertainment element it never had, with red carpets to follow.Those fans would follow the draft when the NFL turned it into a road show. In 2014, Radio City, owned by Madison Square Garden, had scheduled a spring spectacular for the usual draft dates in late April. The league had to move the draft back into May, only to see the Radio City show switched to 2015.Annoyed by the Gardens machinations, and intrigued by the possibilities of moving around its biggest offseason event, the NFL abandoned the Big Apple for the Windy City. After two highly successful years in Chicago in which the league used iconic local settings and fan festivals to boost the drafts profile and the size of the crowds, it headed to Philadelphia the original site back in Bert Bells days.There, using the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the Rocky statue and all, as a backdrop, the NFL saw an astounding 250,000 attend over three days.Philadelphia is raising the bar, Commissioner Roger Goodell said.Last year, a stadium was the site for the first time, at Jerrys Palace near Dallas. And now Foster Moreau Jersey , we head to Music City, alongside the honky tonks on Broadway.Next year, Las Vegas.What would Bert Bell think? NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mike Vrabel asked his Tennessee Titans to play physical in their third game in 11 days. With Derrick Henry leading the way with a handful of rushing records, they did just that with a big victory to stay in the AFC playoff chase.Now they get a weekend to rest before their final road trip of the season, and then another short week.Theyve done everything we asked them to do, Vrabel said Friday on a conference call. So, itll be good to get some time off, get some guys healed up. I have to do a good job of managing the schedule, and still getting us ready for the Giants, but trying to get everybody back that we could possibly get back to help us try to win another game.Vrabel didnt have injury updates for any of the Titans hurt in Thursday nights 30-9 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars.After that call with reporters, reported tight end Jonnu Smith, hurt on Henrys NFL record-tying 99-yard touchdown run, will miss the rest of the season with an injured knee. NFL Network reported right tackle Jack Conklin will miss a few weeks with his own injured knee.Losing Smith would hurt the most. The Titans already lost three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker in the season opener, while veteran Dennis Kelly is in line to replace Conklin after coming off the bench Thursday night. Kelly has started nine games for the Titans over the past three seasons.But the Titans are coming off the franchises best rushing performance in nearly a decade with Henry turning in 238 yards on just 17 carries for the best output in the NFL this season. Henry not only tied Tony Dorsetts 99-yard touchdown run for the longest in NFL history, but he also took the franchise rushing mark from Chris Johnson set against the Jaguars on Nov. 1, 2009.The Titans ran for 305 yards in that game and finished with 264 yards on Thursday night. That topped their previous best this season by 100 yards and helped Tennessee improve to 5-1 at home.Being able to run effectively in the cold of December certainly can help Anthony Nelson Jersey , and the Titans visit the Giants (4-dirol.gif on Dec. 16 before wrapping up against Washington (6-6) and Indianapolis (6-6) in Nashville.Vrabel said the key will be consistency and running like that each week. Henry will have a chance to help do that after not starting the last four games. Henry now leads the Titans with 712 yards and a career-high nine TDs rushing, averaging 4.9 yards per carry after his record-setting night.His attitude and his preparation has remained consistent, Vrabel said. That was always good to see. Well try to keep that going, obviously we have to try to keep that going. Just the confidence that it had for everybody on the team (Thursday) night.Henry, who has been as hard on himself as anyone this season, said his concentration is on finishing runs and being efficient and consistent.I havent been that all year, and thats my main focus from here on out, Henry said.First, some rest after the Titans moved up momentarily to the seventh spot in the AFC, just out of the second wild-card position held by Baltimore. But Tennessee still needs lots of help with four teams still holding tiebreakers, including head-to-head losses.Cornerback Logan Ryan said the Titans are in survive-and-advance mode.Right now, we know what time of year it is, and were putting all our chips forward and going on to New York next week, Ryan said.
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The team announced the move with a statement from team owner Cal McNair Garrett Bradbury Jersey , who said only that while the timing may be unusual, this decision was made in the best interest of the organization in our quest to build a championship team.Gaine was hired to replace Rick Smith in January 2018 after Smith took a leave of absence to be with his wife while she fought cancer.The Texans went 11-5 in Gaines first season in charge after he spent the 2017 as vice president of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills. This stint was his second with the Texans after he worked for them from 2014-16 as director of player personnel.Senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen will run the teams football operations while the Texans search for a new general manager.Its unclear what led to Gaines dismissal. Though his first season was a success, Gaine had been criticized for failing to improve the teams porous offensive line after Deshaun Watson was sacked an NFL-leading 62 times last season.Watson played every game in his second year after having season-ending knee surgery as a rookie, but he was hurt for a good part of the season while dealing with a partially collapsed lung and broken ribs from taking hit after hit.Gaine drafted Alabama State offensive tackle Tytus Howard with the 23rd overall pick in the draft, but some wondered if Howard was the right choice with other more seasoned linemen from bigger schools and more powerful conferences available.Gaine also attempted to beef up the line in free agency but faced criticism there after signing injury-prone left tackle Matt Kalil. A Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2012 after the Vikings picked him fourth overall, Kalil missed all of last season with a knee injury and sat out all but two games in 2016 with a hip injury.
SAN FRANCISCO The Miami Marlins will seek to continue to work their late-game magic against the San Francisco Giants when the teams meet for the second time in a three-game series Tuesday night.

Miguel Rojas capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning Monday, allowing the Marlins to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Giants for the fourth time in five games over the past eight days.

All four wins have come in come-from-behind fashion.

Mondays thriller could have a carryover effect on the rest of the series as Giants closer Hunter Strickland and Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson, one of the heroes of the ninth-inning rally , exchanged words after the Marlins had taken the lead.

Brinson also had a hand in one of Miamis rallies last week, smacking a game-tying hit off Madison Bumgarner in last Mondays 7-5 win.

The Giants did not appreciate the way Brinson celebrated the hit, and it was no surprise when Stricklands first pitch to him in the ninth this time around was under his chin.

But Brinson earned the right to celebrate again, lining a game-tying single to right field off Strickland, then yelling at the Giants? enforcer on his way to first base.

Brinson reached third on Rojas tie-breaking hit, after which Strickland was removed from the game, exiting the field toward the third base dugout and within 15 feet of Brinson.

The two then exchanged words again, setting the stage another possible encounter before the end of the series.

It was Stricklands fourth blown save of the season Alexander Mattison Jersey , but just the Giants first loss this season in a game in which it led going into the ninth inning. Theyd been 31-0.

Afterward, Giants manager Bruce Bochy credited for Marlins for once again not going down without a fight.

Weve had the lead; weve got to finish it, he said. They keep themselves in the ballgame. Keep it close and anything can happen.

Mondays 5-4 outcome was identical to last weeks 5-4 Marlins win on Wednesday, a game also started by left-handers Caleb Smith of the Marlins and Andrew Suarez of the Giants.

Tuesdays second game of the series also will feature a pitching rematch, with right-handers Dan Straily (2-2, 4.23) of the Marlins and Dereck Rodriguez (1-1, 4.34) of the Giants going head-to-head for the second time in six days.

The Giants prevailed the first time around last Thursday despite blowing an early 3-0 lead. They needed 16 innings to win 6-3.

Rodriguez worked 6 2/3 innings in the win, allowing two runs and seven hits. It was just the third start and fourth big-league appearance of his career.

Hell take an 0-0 and 2.70 ERA against the Marlins into the game.

Straily , meanwhile, worked five innings in the first meeting, allowing three runs and three hits. Andrew McCutchen and Mac Williamson accounted for the three runs with home runs.

The 29-year-old has never lost to the Giants, going 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA in six career starts. Hes 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts in San Francisco.

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