Yankees ‘always open’ to trade help post-Masahiro Tanaka injury, Brian Cashman says

While the Yankees expect to fill the void Masahiro Tanaka ‘s injury has left internally, general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t put his cell phone on silent.

We’re always open to outside help, Cashman said before the Yankees faced the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday, no matter what time of the year it happens to be.

I’ll throw a month out there, I don’t know, the general manager said. Could be sooner, that could be long. But I’d rather under promise and over perform on everything if we can.

Sabathia wasn’t close to at his best. Still, it was enough to keep the Yankees in the game.

Over 5 1/3 innings, Sabathia struggled with his control, walking just one batter but giving up nine hits. He struck out four.

He was coming off one of his best outings of the year, a 7 2/3-inning, three-run effort vs. the Rays that ended in a loss. He’s 1-2 in his last three starts but he’s gotten just five runs of support over that span.

Instead, the Yankees’ powerful offense went mostly quiet in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field on the rare night it was mostly filled.

Middle-of-the-order hitters Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez combined to go 0-for-10.

They entered the night with their offense in a deep skid, having scored the 10th most runs in baseball in June but the third most in the whole season. Meanwhile, the Rays churned out 10 hits.

Early favorite Peyton Barber averaged just 3.9 yards per attempt last year, while challengers Jacquizz Rodgers (only 3.8), Charles Sims (only 3.9 for his career) and Ronald Jones (a rookie second-round pick) aren’t blowing anyone away yet.

The receiving corps is deeper now because they’ve given themselves several relatively talented options to replace Bryant (Tavon Austin comes over from the Rams, Deonte Thompson from the Bills, Allen Hurns from the Jaguars and Michael Gallup from the third round of the draft). But none of those guys look as though they can be lead dogs out wide, and veterans Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley are also best-suited for complementary roles.

Why sent down Torreyes again?

Left fielder Brett Gardner has been dealing with a sore right knee, and even though he was feeling better by Monday and could be starting within a couple of days, the Yankees wanted to bring in Frazier to give them four healthy outfielders.

Basically it comes down to Gardy to a degree being a little questionable although he’s doing a lot better and we don’t think it’s a DL situation, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. So we just felt like we needed to be covered with an extra outfielder, so that forced us to make the swap out there.

Gardner was relieved after getting a precautionary MRI on Monday that just showed just inflammation.

Gardner is unlikely to play at all Monday – he pinch-hit in the first part of the suspended game on May 15 and he’s not starting the regular game – and he’ll probably be rested again Tuesday when the Yankees open a three-game series at home against the Seattle Mariners.

I feel like I’ll be able to play within the next day or two hopefully, Gardner said.

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline draws closer, it becomes more and more likely GM Sandy Alderson  will be selling off pieces of his team to contenders.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Mets are ready to wheel and deal, but with certain conditions:

The Mets are ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone on their roster, according to sources, but prefer to keep their best, controllable players — shortstop Amed Rosario, outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, right-handers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman and yes, staff ace Jacob deGrom.

A team interested in deGrom would need to part with a boatload of talent, one source said. The Mets would be more open on right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who has not pitched since May 25 due to a strained ligament in his right finger. Syndergaard is under control through 2021, one year longer than deGrom. But as with deGrom, the Mets would not move Syndergaard unless they received an offer they deemed appropriate (which of course, describes every team’s approach to every trade).

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Entering this year’s tournament, CEO Mike Davis was confident that the USGA would get the setup right this time, calling the 2004 event a double bogey for the organization.

Everybody works hard in the National Football League, but I think that we have something special about this group.

The return of receiver Pierre Garcon from injury and increased usage of tight ends Garrett Celek and George Kittle could aid the Niners’ pass offense in the compressed area of the field. The 49ers also hope a full offseason in Kyle Shanahan’s offense will help Jimmy G turn those field goals into touchdowns.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who enters the final year of his contract on a fifth-year option, has missed the team’s offseason workout program with hopes for a new deal.

While the Rams would probably enjoy seeing how Donald and Suh work together, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips didn’t seem too concerned over Donald’s absence.

It’s something you can’t do anything about, Phillips told reporters Wednesday, via the Rams’ official website. I mean, I don’t stay up all night, every night.

It’s the business part of it. We feel like it will happen sooner or later — hopefully sooner — but he didn’t come until later last year and he did OK. I guess he fit in the 3-4; everybody was worried about that.

SDSO Lt. Michael Blevins told NBC 7 San Diego there were multiple alleged victims associated with the charges, but would not say how many.

The sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft, Winslow played for four teams in nine seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 as a member of the Cleveland Browns, when he caught 82 passes for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns.

Ocean Resort Casino, which plans to opens on June 28, is making its sports book the central focus of its casino floor. Hard Rock Casino, which is opening the same day, also plans to offer sports betting.

Erving will be joined at the kickoff event at the Borgata by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester.

Dr. J will place the first bet at 11 a.m., about 30 minutes after the official start of sports gaming in New Jersey during an event with Gov. Phil Murphy at Monmouth Park racetrack.

MLB trade rumors: Mets willing to listen to offers for ‘virtually everyone on their roster’

New York opened the season 11-1 but has struggled since. It has dropped 12 of its last 15 games and currently holds a 30-38 record.

The Mets are ready to explore the possibility of dealing some of their top pieces, according to a report from The Athletic. They will listen to offers for virtually everyone on their roster, the report says.

Ogletree, happy to be with the Giants, tweeted Please keep Mr. Gettleman and his family in your thoughts. I know he will be stronger than ever when he returns!!

Following the draft, Gettleman began feeling fatigued, which at first seemed normal, considering he had been going so hard for so long. When the fatigue persisted, a full medical workup revealed he has cancer.

But the game really got interesting late.

Dylan Cozens blasted a two-run home run for the Phillies in the top of the ninth, and it looked like Philadelphia was going to get a huge road win. But Heyward, who has struggled in a Cubs uniform, had the last laugh.

With the win, the Cubs moved to 34-24, one game behind the Brewers for the NL Central lead, while the Phillies (32-27) fell 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals and Braves in the NL East.

My plan is to come in here every day and kick ass, Gettleman will say. That’s my plan, OK?

This was the vow he made Dec. 29, the day he was introduced as the Giants’ new general manager. Now the good-natured, 67-year-old kibitzer who is tasked with rebuilding a downtrodden franchise has a greater fight on his hands.

NFL trope season is here! The finest in recycled themes

Every NFL offseason is unique. It’s also exactly the same.

With mandatory minicamps coming to a close, let’s take a look at some prevalent storylines this time of year. Behold, the top offseason tropes of 2018…

The good news is that there are conversations that have begun, Quinn said Thursday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We’ll keep those private. I have a lot of faith in the organization and also in Julio that things will get resolved with good communications. I’m sure that’ll be a part of it as well.

We’re left to assume those conversations were about quelling Jones’ contract concerns, not about where LeBron James will sign this summer.

Everyone we’ve heard from this week — Matt Ryan, other teammates, and now the coach — dismissed Jones skipping mandatory minicamp as a big deal. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a long-term issue. Until we hear from Julio, however, it’s all just white noise.

Jones has seen his five-year, $71.25 million contract extension — $14.25 million per year average — passed over seven times over. He now sits as the eighth-highest paid receiver in the NFL, behind Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, A.J. Green, and Davante Adams in per year average.

On the one hand, Jones should have expected when he signed a deal through the 2020 season other receivers would eventually pass him in earnings. On the other hand, with a finite number of years to play professional football Jones owns the right to seek out as many paydays a team is willing to oblige.

If you’re Jones, you’re probably ecstatic to see your teammate make tons of cash. Cool, bro. Do you. Let’s go for drinks later.

It may be the same scenario Bell faces in Pittsburgh. Teammate Antonio Brown signed a contract in February 2017 that made him the highest-paid receiver in football at $17 million per season.

As Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones noted, Jones is making an average of $11.475 million throughout the rest of his deal. That’s almost $6 million less than Brown annually.

Gardner said hopefully this isn’t my last year with the Yankees.

I’ve been honest about not ever wanting to get traded, he said, wanting to stay here and thankfully I’ve been very fortunate to spend 11 seasons here and it’s a special team and I’ve gotten to know a lot of special people. So hopefully this isn’t my last year here, but I think the way that I play on the field and trying to stay healthy for the whole season will dictate that.

Gardner said he feels great physically and that he doesn’t think age has affected him much.

Buoyed by the power of social media, her video began to be noticed around the world. Actor Hugh Jackman posted a heartfelt message back to her, saying, Hi Cassidy…. I’m Hugh. I want you to know you’re loved, special & smart. You’re strong, funny & beautiful both inside and out. BULLYING IS NOT OK. Please never stop asking for help. You will find it from people and places you never thought possible. I’m your friend.

Donald, who skipped the voluntary organized team activities, enters the final year of his rookie contract and will earn a base salary of $6.89 million in 2018.

While he wasn’t fined for missing OTAs, Donald is now subject to fines for being absent from minicamp, which requires attendance. A player can be fined $14,070 for missing the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the third day, a total of $84,435 for a three-day absence.

Meanwhile, Donald’s contract situation doesn’t come as a surprise.

The Rams have publicly stated throughout the offseason there is optimism for a deal to eventually get done, and coach Sean McVay has pointed out the communication line remains open both ways.

Taking care of Donald sooner than later would benefit the Rams, however.

The team spent a good portion of the offseason adding a trio of high-profile defensive pieces with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Marcus Peters and cornerback Aqib Talib. And having Donald in the mix ahead of the regular season will only make the defense better.

Sheffield entered the season as the 16th-rated prospect in Keith Law’s Top 100 for ESPN.

Jonathan Loaisiga, a 23-year-old right-hander currently pitching for Double-A Trenton, is another candidate.

Tanaka’s injury came one day after fellow Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery. Even before that surgery, the Yankees likely were in the market for a pitcher ahead of the trade deadline.

The slumping catcher perhaps figured he hadn’t done anything special in this win that kept the Yanks a game behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

Not true.

On the contrary, this was as complete an effort as we’ve seen all season from Sanchez, who has good power numbers but with an average that is hovering just above the Mendoza line and constant outside criticism about his blocking skills.

If Wentz’s knee hadn’t given out in Week 14, it’s a pretty safe bet (we’re allowed to do that now, right?) he’d be the reigning league MVP as you read this. He’s likely to be ready for the start of the season, and it’s hard to come up with a good reason why The Face Of The Eagles will regress in Year 3. Just entering his prime, Wentz is the type of quarterback who appears to have been built in a football lab for maximum efficiency. Everything is in place for another big year. Really big.

As far as the on the field impact, it seems like the Browns got one heck of a player. He was Pro Football Focus’ eighth ranked linebacker in 2017. He was a major piece of an Eagles defense that won the Super Bowl as well.

Kendricks should instantly make the Browns’ linebacking group a little bit more stout after struggling last season. Although, the attitude he is bringing to the locker room may be questionable now.

It is just so strange, and it really couldn’t happen to anyone else besides the Browns.

The Seahawks continue with yet another line formation after moving on from the likes of Luke Joeckel, Matt Tobin, Oday Aboushi and Mark Glowinski.

eagles_083The midseason pick-up of Duane Brown settled left tackle. Now 2017 second-round pick Ethan Pocic gets his turn at left guard. Center Justin Britt, their best overall lineman, is flanked at right guard by D.J. Fluker, who’s coming off a shaky season with the Giants but is a solid, experienced option over any of the youngsters.

Braun, who had an RBI single in the seventh and tripled in the ninth, is batting .403 with 40 RBI in 33 games in Philadelphia.

Counsell benched 3B Travis Shaw for failing to run out a ground ball to the pitcher in the seventh. Morgan’s throw was high, but 1B Carlos Santana had enough time to leap, find the bag and retire Shaw.

Brewers: Kratz, who was plunked in the left ribs and left upper arm, shook off getting hit both times.

Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military.

We will continue to fight for impacted citizens and give a voice to those who never had one.

Rays:RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) is scheduled for a bullpen session Saturday and will face hitters Tuesday. … CF Kevin Kiermaier (torn ligament in his right thumb) is lined up to start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Charlotte. … SS Adeiny Hechavarria (right hamstring strain) could join Charlotte on Monday.

Fans watching batting practice got a treat when Ichiro Suzuki hit in the Mariners’ last batting practice group. The 44-year old special assistant to the chairman, who started the season as a player before the team moved him into the front office position, sent around a dozen balls into the right-field seats. Suzuki had 3,089 hits over 18 years in the majors.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (6-4) will make his 18th career start against Tampa Bay. He is 9-2 against the Rays including his perfect game on Aug. 15, Eagles coach Doug Pederson addresses White House visit: ‘We’re moving on’

Rico Gathers gaining weight, hopes to gain some playing time in Dallas

eagles_084When the Cowboys spent a sixth-round draft pick on Rico Gathers in 2016, they knew it would take a while for him to develop: Gathers, who played basketball at Baylor, hadn’t played football since middle school.

But after two NFL seasons and zero regular-season games played, it’s time for Gathers to finally show what he can do on the field. Toward that end, Gathers said he is gaining weight to get into the 280-285 range, significantly bigger than the 265 he weighed in at a year ago, when he said he like he was getting pushed around too much in the preseason.

He’s a different player now than he was a couple of years ago when he first showed up, Garrett said. But he just needs to play more football.

Gathers isn’t the tight end who will make people forget Jason Witten, but he’s hoping that he can at least get on the field at a position where the Cowboys are now trying to replace one of the best ever to play it.

The 25-year-old Williams played every snap last season and has become a very important cog in the Panthers’ offense. If Carolina can’t get a deal done with him and he has another strong season in 2018, the Panthers would likely put the franchise tag on him, which would guarantee him a 2019 salary in the $15 million range.

Teoscar Hernandez (R), 38 percent, Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays (Undecided): Hernandez has quietly picked up where his strong September left off. He’s handled both righties and lefties en route to an .839 OPS with 10 homers and three stolen bases. He has a near-even home-run split, with six against righties and four against lefties, so a multi-pitcher bullpen game from the Rays shouldn’t be a major issue for Hernandez.

Washington Capitals vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights RECAP, score and stats Game 2

eagles_085Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals stayed cool in the 100-degree Vegas heat and evened the Stanley Cup Final.

Holtby made 37 saves, Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists in the Capitals’ 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Washington lost leading scorer Evgeny Kuznetsov to an upper-body injury in the first period after a big hit from Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. The Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series.

We talked about the policy,Vrabel said. I wanted to make sure that everybody understood the policy that just came out, so as coaches and players and everybody in our organization, we’re fully aware of what the policy is. With that being said, we’re also fully aware that we have (controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk’s) and the entire organization’s support to make a decision based on that policy.

No Titans players ever have knelt during the national anthem, but a handful have found other ways to participate in the widespread protest against racial discrimination and police brutality, which former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began two seasons ago.

Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, whose father is a longtime Marine and whose brother was killed in Afghanistan, remained in the locker room rather than stand for the anthem before nearly every game last season. Matthews declined to speak when approached for an interview last week.

Other Titans have raised a fist in the air once the anthem concludes.