MLB wrap: Luis Severino strikes out 11 in win over Astros

Yankees ace Luis Severino helped the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Astros by striking out 11 batters in seven innings.

Severino, who improved to 8-1 with a 2.31 ERA this season with the win, allowed just two runs off four hits. He now has double-digit strikeouts in three of his last six starts.

Pirates at Cardinals 7:15 p.m. ET — The surprising Pirates will send breakout candidate Trevor Williams (5-3, 3.43 ERA) to the mound to face off against Jack Flaherty (2-1, 2.15 ERA) and the Cardinals. The NL Central has been one of the deepest, most hotly-contested divisions in baseball so far, and the Cardinals are just starting to get healthy.

Davis told reporters Thursday he was disappointed in Palmer’s comments. Obviously, it bothers me, Davis said, per The Baltimore Sun. It’s disappointing that when things are obviously not going the way that I want for that to be called into question by two guys that I have a lot of trust, have a lot of faith in, that I’ve had a good relationship [with] for a number of years. (Davis and Coolbaugh were together in the Rangers’ system before reuniting in Baltimore.)

Coolbaugh told reporters his offseason one-on-one work with Davis was limited. I saw Chris three times, and I threw to him, and that was it, Coolbaugh said, per The Sun.

Palmer expanded on his comments Thursday during MASN’s O’s broadcast, and he didn’t back off at all.

He needs to make adjustments, and I’ll tell you what — Scott Coolbaugh, he had him in the minor leagues and said he was the last guy to leave the ballpark at night. I think he has to get back, Palmer said, per The Sun.

It just doesn’t happen at this level. It doesn’t matter how much money you’re making. It’s not about how much money, how long your contract is (Davis has four years remaining on a seven-year, $161 million pact). Are you doing the work to get better? I think that needs to improve. I stand by that. I think he does it and I hope he has success, because he’s a better player than he’s showed.

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater on how he’s fought back from devastating injury

One look at Teddy Bridgewater’s knee told the story. His life had irrevocably changed. 

It was August 30, 2016 and Bridgewater, the starting quarterback for the Vikings, had crumpled to the ground at the start of practice without being touched. Around him, teammates were recoiling and screaming in horror at what they’d seen. Bridgewater remembers feeling scared. But he also remembers feeling something else entirely. 

As gruesome as it may have seemed, I feel like I did a great job of remaining poised, Bridgewater said Tuesday before the Jets’ first minicamp practice. There were guys throwing helmets, guys on knees, and I didn’t cry, I didn’t worry, I just knew that it was in God’s hands. So I think I was impressed with the way I kept my faith.

I can’t even imagine, Bowles said. Having not been injured like that, I can’t even relate to someone having [been] injured like that. But just knowing Teddy’s personality and the drive he has, [his comeback] doesn’t surprise me.

We wish Adonis the very best as he determines the next steps he wishes to pursue, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuentes said in a statement.

According to multiple reports, Alexander’s next step is expected to be applying for the supplemental draft this summer. If he’s selected, the team picking him will surrender their pick in the same round in the 2019 draft. The last player selected in a supplemental draft was offensive lineman Isaiah Battle, who was selected by the Rams in the fifth round in 2015.

Alexander has 125 tackles and seven interceptions over the last three seasons. His size — Alexander is 6’3″ — will likely be appealing to some teams, although previous suspensions at school and his dismissal will be weighed against any potential upside they may see in the former Hokie.

Department of Justice, he’s also likely to refuse to comply with a subpoena from a district court stemming from Kaepernick’s arbitration case.

Complicating matters further? Even if Trump was attracted to lock horns more directly with Kaepernick, doing so in a deposition could potentially expose the president legally if it is found he somehow bore responsibility for NFL owners refusing to offer Kaepernick a job.

Saquon Barkley visits the Yankees

His former boss, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones (the right-hand man and son of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) is just as stumped as the rest of us, per ESPN :
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I don’t know the details as to why he hasn’t picked a home. I am sure he is being very thoughtful about it. I am sure he has good people talking to him, too. He has great relationships with Tony Romo and Jason Witten. I am sure at the end of the day he is being thoughtful about what his next steps should be. I am sure he is working hard. No one is rooting for Dez more than we are.

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He was referring to the US Supreme Court hours earlier striking down a federal law forbidding states from offering sports betting.

We have to look at it clinically, de Blasio added. If the new legal reality is this is going to be allowed everywhere, we have to obviously think about what it means for New York City and how to play the appropriate role.

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Security聽is tight. Specialist squads of police hefting automatic rifles stand sentry by the statute of the late Queen Victoria outside the Henry VIII gate to Windsor Castle.

Vendors selling royal wedding tat — British slang for souvenirs –聽are doing brisk business.

The Derby track came up with more mud than the Mississippi Delta. But Justify still ran away from everybody in the kind of slop that buried the rest of the 20-horse field. That made him 4-for-4. A lot of trainers got the message. Only seven other horses will show up to try the big chestnut colt in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

The day began under a dishwater-gray sky. It has rained here every day for a week. Today’s forecast is for another afternoon of thunderstorms. But the mud didn’t stop聽Justify in the Derby, and the mud does not figure to even inconvenience him today.

That’s the Walter Payton Man of the Year right there, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries said as he walked by.

Rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk spoke to reporters for the first time since reports surfaced of his Feb. 3 arrest outside the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on charges of destruction of property and disorderly conduct. He and a friend had been accused of throwing rocks at cars. Police said Kirk appeared intoxicated at the time.

The charges were later dropped.

Obviously there was a negative response to it, Kirk, a second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M, said of the publicity surrounding the incident. But you’ve just got to block those things out and hold true to who you are and move on.

Kirk was a top high school prospect born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cardinals said they knew of the arrest when they drafted him but said they were confident it was not indicative of a larger problem.

Notes: Left tackle Taylor Lewan and wide receiver Corey Davis were not at Tuesday’s session. Vrabel said he had heard from the players not in attendance. … Linebacker Kevin Dodd, the No. 33 pick overall in 2016, has been missing in action during the three organized team activity sessions open to reporters. Vrabel said Tuesday he could end the mystery because Dodd wasn’t around. The upcoming minicamp is mandatory.

It was awesome, Adam Thielen said of the time that he and Stefon Diggs spent working out with Cousins in Atlanta, via Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I think the biggest part of that was to get to know him on a personal level and just try to get that first initiation of how he likes guys to run routes and what he feels comfortable doing, and then just try to get on the same page. I think it was a really good start for Diggs and I to get a jump start on that.

Part of the transition entails getting to know how Cousins does things, especially when the Vikings receivers have had in little more than two calendar years to work with Teddy Bridgewater, Shaun Hill, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum.

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Assuming Rutgers can avoid a slip-up in its non-conference slate, its home games against Indiana and Northwestern and the road game at Maryland will be critical. The Scarlet Knights play at Ohio State in the second week of the season, and probably aren’t winning that. So they will need to win two of the three games mentioned above, and prevent a letdown, to get to six wins.

I don’t think Mike has changed, Morey said, discussing the Rockets’ evolution into a team that runs more isos than anyone but ranks in the middle of the pack in pick-and-rolls.

Mike’s principles have always been [take] the first good look. The way teams are guarding us with heavy switching, that’s how we end up in iso. Because we have numerically the best iso player ever in James, and Chris is extremely good, [so] it ends up being good offense still.

The Eagles harassed quarterbacks with wave after wave of pressure last season. Offensive lines couldn’t consistently handle all the talent up front for 60 minutes. Throwing Bennett into the mix won’t make life any easier for opponents in 2018, especially considering Bennett’s ability to kick inside and rush from the interior on passing downs.聽

Imagine a front of Bennett and Fletcher Cox on the inside and Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett on the edges. Not many offensive lines could block that on every big passing down. While now 32, Bennett still has 23.5 sacks over the last three seasons.聽

Expect the Eagles to remain one of the NFL’s best at pressuring the quarterback in big spots, which should make them one of the favorites in the NFC and a legitimate contender to defend their Super Bowl title.聽

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ future at safety might be first-round pick Terrell Edmunds, but the present should be Morgan Burnett, a 29-year-old veteran free-agent pickup who will provide Pittsburgh’s defense with versatility and experience on the backend.聽

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Angels, Mike Trout hammer Yankees, Sonny Gray

It wasn’t heartbreaking. It wasn’t a close call. There wasn’t a single decision or swing or pitch that would have made things better.
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Gray was gone after giving up five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. It was the third time in 10 starts he didn’t go at least four innings.

Gray struck out seven, but he walked three and gave up a two-run home run to Freddie Hamilton Jersey Mike Trout in the fourth inning that put Los Angeles up, 5-4. That gave Trout three home runs in as many games.

Trout also doubled in a run off Gray in the first and doubled and scored in the third.

Gray fell to 3-4 and his ERA jumped to 5.98. He’s averaging 2.8 walks per start… which is terrible. He had just come off a eight-inning, one-run outing in Kansas City. And it happened Saturday with his personal catcher, Romine, behind the plate, as designated hitter duties fell to Gary Sanchez.

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The Cardinals signed two veterans at quarterback (Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon), added two likely starters to the offensive line (Justin Pugh, Andre Smith) and found a young receiving option behind Larry Fitzgerald (Christian Kirk), but no acquisition was bigger than moving up to draft UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 10 overall in the first round.聽

In Rosen, the Cardinals are getting arguably the most developed first-year quarterback in the draft class and the future of the franchise at the game’s most important position.聽

Taking Rosen could even pay immediate dividends, given the injury history of Bradford and the poor season Glennon delivered as a starter for Chicago in 2017. The Cardinals would probably prefer for Rosen to sit and develop as a rookie behind Bradford and Glennon, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he jumps Glennon on the depth chart and starts if Bradford’s failing knees become an issue at any point in 2018.

NFL keeping kickoffs for 2018 season

The NFL will be keeping kickoffs 鈥?for now.
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The league will still have kickoffs for the 2018 season, but will look into changing the alignment and formation, NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent told reporters (via ESPN).

There’s no question that this is not about getting [the kickoff] out of the game, Vincent said. It’s about enhancing it.

The NFL has been looking to either adjust or eliminate kickoffs due to the dangers surrounding the play. According to NFL data, players are five times more likely to sustain a concussion during a kickoff compared to other plays.
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But if this is about safety, and if the kickoff truly is five times more likely to produce a concussion than a play from scrimmage, the decision should be simple.

With that reported concussion rate in mind, the evident consequences that come with one specific play outweigh its entertainment value and its implanted place in the sport.

Per a statement released by the players association:

The NFLPA has filed a non-injury grievance and a system arbitrator case on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid. Prior to the start of the current NFL off-season, our Union directed the agents of free agent players who had participated in peaceful on-field demonstrations to collect, memorialize and report any relevant information about potential violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by teams.

According to our information, the NFLPA release says, a club appears to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration, which is contrary to the League policy.

The union goes on to allege that at least one team owner asked Reid preemployment interview questions about his intent to demonstrate.

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Reid, who has said he would not protest if he signs with another team, had his first known visit of the free-agency period with the Bengals, whose owner, Mike Brown, expressed concern over the player’s previous protests.

Reid is being represented by Colin Kaepernick’s attorney, according to ESPN.

Terrell Suggs: Don Martindale gets us back to the way we used to do things

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The Ravens have a new defensive coordinator this year in Don Martindale, but the change from Dean Pees did not mean a break from continuity on that side of the ball.
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Brian Boyle Jersey Martindale was hired as the team’s linebackers coach in 2012, which was the same year George Springer Womens Jersey that Pees took over as coordinator and the two men worked together on some effective units in Baltimore over the years. The team is also bringing back almost all of the major contributors from last year’s unit, which ranked sixth in points allowed, so some might expect little to change in 2018.

According to linebacker Terrell Suggs, though, continuity doesn’t mean the team will be doing things the same way.

These young, hungry bulls [can] kind of get back to the way we used to do things and taking the shackles off of us, so to say. 鈥?Sometimes a player can be shackled by the rules that come with the defense, but I think Wink is just going to allow us to go make plays, Suggs said, via the Baltimore Sun.

Australian rugby star Jordan Mailata spent Eagles rookie camp with an offensive line coach watching his every move, correcting his stance and explaining the basics.

Mailata has never taken a snap in a competitive American football game at any level. He’s still getting used to wearing a helmet. He’s a 6’8, 346-pound curiosity with athleticism to spare, but he’s almost unimaginably raw.

Like many, I was reluctant about being the featured team on Hard Knocks but once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right, Dorsey said in a statement. Hue [Jackson] and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we are in the process of building something that will lead to success. Being a part of Hard Knocks will give our fans the opportunity to see how passionate the people in our building are about winning and how excited we are about getting to work and preparing for the 2018 season.

If Dorsey really didn’t want to be on Hard Knocks, he did have one outlet available to him: He could have fired Jackson, as teams with new head coaches can’t be forced to do the show. Fortunately for Jackson, Dorsey didn’t go that far.

Adam Vinatieri now has teammates born after he played his first NFL game

Adam Vinatieri, the Colts’ 45-year-old kicker, has reached a landmark few NFL players have achieved: He now has teammates who were born after he made his NFL debut.
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Vinatieri played his first NFL game on September 1, 1996, kicking a field goal and an extra point for the Patriots in a loss to the Dolphins. The Colts released their full roster of rookies for this weekend’s minicamp, and it shows two players born after that: running back Nyheim Hines, born November 12, 1996, and cornerback Henre’ Toliver, born October 21, 1996.

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He doesn’t have to carry us for our team to be good, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Altuve. Obviously when we’re at our best he’s an integral part of that, but I don’t think there’s a lot of pressure on any of our guys to have to be the guy. That’s the way this team’s built, it’s the way that we perform. If we’re operating at a great level, if he does have a bad stretch or an 0-for-4, usually someone else is stepping up and doing well.

A lot of it gets fixated on Jose because he’s hitting third or second and he’s a marquee player and a superstar player, but the reality is if we’re the best version of ourselves our team is pretty deep and can we beat you from any time in the order.

Right-hander Justin Verlander (5-2, 1.05 ERA) gets the start for the Astros on Wednesday in the series finale. Verlander leads the majors in ERA, WHIP (0.72), opponent batting average (.148) and opponent OPS (.449), and is coming off his first complete game of the season, a 2-0 victory over the Angels.

Verlander has faced the Giants once previously, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six innings while pitching for the Detroit Tigers in an 8-6 loss at AT&T Park on June 16, 2008. Verlander did not factor into the decision.

Jets claim OT Garcia off waivers from Pats

Jets claim OT Garcia off waivers from Pats More ESPN The New York Jets have claimed left tackle Antonio Garcia off waivers from the New England Patriots, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. Garcia, the Patriots’ 2017 third-round pick, was waived by the team on Friday with a non-football-illness designation. The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Garcia was selected No. 85 overall last year after he was credited with 70 knockdown blocks and didn’t allow a sack in more than 900 offensive snaps as a senior at Troy. With Nate Solder entering the final year of his contract in 2017, the Patriots had traded a third-round pick (No. 96) and fourth-rounder (No. 124) to move up to select Garcia, with the hope of grooming him as a possible replacement in 2018.
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Verdict: Over. McCown seems extremely unlikely to actually keep these guys in contention and thus keep Darnold off the field. This looks like a Kurt Warner-Eli Manning situation, with the team starting off slowly against a slate of good defenses and the veteran eventually giving way to the highly-drafted rookie around halfway through the year.聽 Josh Allen, Bills Over/Under: 10.5 starts In order for Allen to hit the over here, he’d have to debut in Week 6 against the Texans at the absolute latest. Starting your career on the road against J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and company does not sound fun. Is it possible he debuts earlier?

Elite Kids Jabrill Peppers Jersey A major league sports team executive met with the owner of a bookmaker last week to pitch sponsorship opportunities, The Post has learned.

While leagues have looked to grab a piece of the what could become a $10 billion-a-year sports gambling business in New Jersey — mostly through a hoped-for 1 or 2 percent integrity fee attached to each wager — the revelation that individual teams may now be interested in partnerships means in-stadium advertising for bookmakers could be coming down the road.

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How would this look? In-game and in-stadium sponsorship is most likely. Don’t be surprised if the DraftKings fifth inning is a phrase that comes through on television or radio sometime in the very near future.