Catching up with a potential trade chip

White Sox starter James Shields has played himself back onto the radar of the trade market, though time and circumstances have something to do with that. Shields is ostensibly in the last year of a four-year, $75 million contract he signed with San Diego in 2015. There is a $16 million club option with a $2 million buyout in the contract for 2019, but it’s pretty clear that the buyout will be the outcome of that.

Shields’ evolution actually began the latter part of last season, when he started using a lower arm slot. In doing so, he traded strikeouts for soft contact the exact opposite of trends around baseball. Shields struck out more than a batter per inning in 2015 but has lost more than a third of his K/9 rate since then. However, his well-hit average this season (.119) is easily a career best. That number was .194 last season.

In his last three starts, Harvey allowed 14 earned runs and five homers in 16 1/3 innings.

Luke Weaver struggled with his control while pitching into the six inning. He gave up four runs and walked five, including Winker with the bases loaded.

Just an icon in St. Louis, Matheny said. He set a real high standard for what it looks like to go about your business and wear this uniform well.

Martinez has driven in multiple runs in each of his last three games. He’s batting .315 and has a team-high 39 RBI.

Right fielder Dexter Fowler reached into the stands to try to catch Alex Blandino’s foul in the sixth, but a fan in a Cardinals shirt got his hands on it first.

Harvey also gave up three homers in a game four other times: against the Giants on June 10, 2015; against the Nationals on May 24, 2016; against the Brewers on May 12, 2017; and against the Cubs on June 14, 2017.

Just a good stretch for me. That’s how baseball goes. It seems like there’s a lot of pitches over the plate for me, he said.

I’m sure it won’t be long before I have a stretch where it seems everything is right on the corner. That’s kind of how it goes. When you get in a stretch like this, you have to take advantage of it, he said.

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He realized they only granted him a scholarship so they could ink Shaquill.

The way coaches would tell me,’You’re not going to be nothing but a shadow of your brother,’ or,’You’re always going to be on scout team.’ I had to hear that all the time, Griffin says. They can’t dictate how hard I work. They can’t dictate what I’m going to do for myself. I had to remember that. Obviously, for any player, it’s hard to have that negativity from coaches who are supposed to push you to be better than anybody wants you to be. But from that old coaching staff, I didn’t have that feeling that the coaches wanted me to be good.

Not every single day, he says. Obviously, that’d be unhealthy. But I threw up a lot. It was usually on the hot days where it’d get me.

Many nights, before his senior season, he even slept at the team facility. He needed to eat, sleep, breathe this game.

As a result, habits were created. Everything, he says, became second nature. Griffin points to one sack against UConn that was the direct result of his maniacal practice habit to chase quarterbacks back side. UCF went undefeated in 2017 with Griffin as the face of the program.

He’ll be firing passes to receivers against the Houston Texans. Brady isn’t quitting the game after losing a Super Bowl. That’s not him. So he will be there on opening day. He’s also why New England games are always must-see TV. That’s why I have three Patriots games among my top-10 games for the 2018 NFL season.

Borland led the 49ers in tackles as a rookie and was named to the all-rookie team and was a Pro Bowl alternate before stepping away for a post-playing career that includes a company he started, T Mindful, to help bring meditation into sports.About 10 percent of the time, I miss 3 to 5 percent of the game, Borland said.I look back and I’m happy that I played. I’m not wistful. You miss big games. I miss the locker room camaraderie. Sometimes I miss the lifestyle. It’s great to get around old players because in a society where people like to dance around topics, it’s good to be around like-minded people who cut the BS and are able to rib one another. I enjoyed that. But I don’t long for it or reminisce daily.

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Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson among Lombardi Award finalists

Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and fellow Heisman finalists Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Bryce Love of Stanford are among the finalists for the Lombardi Award. The award is given to the nation’s top player based on performance as well as leadership, character and resiliency.

American running back Martez Carter of Grambling State led all rushers with 45 yards on 10 carries.

Carter did a good job,” Green said. Sometimes people kind of put you in a box because you come from a Division II school. I came from a D-II school (Texas A&I). He’ll be in the NFL.”

Likewise, Martz said he had nearly a dozen players on his National team he thought were NFL bound.

I think (Toledo quarterback Logan) Woodside is going to play in the NFL,” Martz said. He’s further along than any quarterback we’ve had at this time. Ten or 11 guys are not just going to make teams, they’re going to play.”

Canada replaces Walt Bell, who left earlier this month to become Florida State’s offensive coordinator. Canada has led offenses at LSU, Pitt, NC State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Butler.

Matt has a unique ability to utilize any and all types of personnel and still produce extremely explosive offenses, Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said in a statement. He’s a very versatile coach that has experience developing impact players at every offensive position. Matt’s had a great deal of success everywhere he’s been, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him here at Maryland.

Durkin also announced that Terrapins associate head coach/wide receivers coach Chris Beatty has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator.

Reserve freshman guard Fatts Russell scored all 10 of his points in the second half, creating a 10-5 run of his own.

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