Jake Faria gets Rays back on track in close win over Orioles

Jul 25, 2017 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tim Beckham’s three-run homer capped a five-run inning for Tampa Bay and rookie Jake Faria pitched into the eighth inning Tuesday night to help the Rays snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Faria (5-1) posted his eighth quality start in nine starts, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out five in 7 1/3 innings.

Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 29th save after the Orioles got the potential tying run in scoring position in each of the last two innings.

Beckham’s 12th home run was the fifth hit of the second inning off Wade Miley (4-9). Steven Souza Jr., Brad Miller, Adeiny Hechavarria and Mallex Smith all singled and scored in the Rays’ big inning.

Trey Mancini homered for the Orioles.

Jake Faria gets Rays back on track in close win over Orioles

Jul 25, 2017 9

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tim Beckham’s three-run homer capped a five-run inning for Tampa Bay and rookie Jake Faria pitched into the eighth inning Tuesday night to help the Rays snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Faria (5-1) posted his eighth quality start in nine starts, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out five in 7 1/3 innings.

Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 29th save after the Orioles got the potential tying run in scoring position in each of the last two innings.

Beckham’s 12th home run was the fifth hit of the second inning off Wade Miley (4-9). Steven Souza Jr., Brad Miller, Adeiny Hechavarria and Mallex Smith all singled and scored in the Rays’ big inning.

Trey Mancini homered for the Orioles.

Cowboys OL La'el Collins signs 2-year extension

Jul 25, 2017 5

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins has signed a two-year contract extension worth up to $17.4 million, earning a payday that eluded him when a police investigation kept him from getting drafted two years ago.

Collins, who will get $9.5 million in guaranteed money, was considered a first-round talent out of LSU in 2015 but wasn’t selected after his name surfaced in the probe of a woman’s death just before the NFL draft. He was soon cleared, and chose the Cowboys in free agency on a fully guaranteed $1.5 million, three-year deal.

The agreement Tuesday came a day before Collins’ 24th birthday, and he said the contract “means a lot to me and my family in so many ways.”

Collins is expected to replace the retiring Doug Free at right tackle after starting 14 of 15 games at left guard in his first two seasons. He missed the last 13 games last season with a toe injury.

Cowboys OL La'el Collins signs 2-year extension

Jul 25, 2017 3

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins has signed a two-year contract extension worth up to $17.4 million, earning a payday that eluded him when a police investigation kept him from getting drafted two years ago.

Collins, who will get $9.5 million in guaranteed money, was considered a first-round talent out of LSU in 2015 but wasn’t selected after his name surfaced in the probe of a woman’s death just before the NFL draft. He was soon cleared, and chose the Cowboys in free agency on a fully guaranteed $1.5 million, three-year deal.

The agreement Tuesday came a day before Collins’ 24th birthday, and he said the contract “means a lot to me and my family in so many ways.”

Collins is expected to replace the retiring Doug Free at right tackle after starting 14 of 15 games at left guard in his first two seasons. He missed the last 13 games last season with a toe injury.

Cowboys OL La'el Collins signs 2-year extension

Jul 25, 2017 4

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins has signed a two-year contract extension worth up to $17.4 million, earning a payday that eluded him when a police investigation kept him from getting drafted two years ago.

Collins, who will get $9.5 million in guaranteed money, was considered a first-round talent out of LSU in 2015 but wasn’t selected after his name surfaced in the probe of a woman’s death just before the NFL draft. He was soon cleared, and chose the Cowboys in free agency on a fully guaranteed $1.5 million, three-year deal.

The agreement Tuesday came a day before Collins’ 24th birthday, and he said the contract “means a lot to me and my family in so many ways.”

Collins is expected to replace the retiring Doug Free at right tackle after starting 14 of 15 games at left guard in his first two seasons. He missed the last 13 games last season with a toe injury.

Cowboys OL La'el Collins signs 2-year extension

Jul 25, 2017 3

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins has signed a two-year contract extension worth up to $17.4 million, earning a payday that eluded him when a police investigation kept him from getting drafted two years ago.

Collins, who will get $9.5 million in guaranteed money, was considered a first-round talent out of LSU in 2015 but wasn’t selected after his name surfaced in the probe of a woman’s death just before the NFL draft. He was soon cleared, and chose the Cowboys in free agency on a fully guaranteed $1.5 million, three-year deal.

The agreement Tuesday came a day before Collins’ 24th birthday, and he said the contract “means a lot to me and my family in so many ways.”

Collins is expected to replace the retiring Doug Free at right tackle after starting 14 of 15 games at left guard in his first two seasons. He missed the last 13 games last season with a toe injury.

Cardinals place Wainwright on DL with mid-back tightness

Jul 25, 2017 12

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals will be without their longest-tenured starting pitcher for at least the next week.

Shortly before first pitch of the Cardinals’ Tuesday night game with the Colorado Rockies, the team announcedthat they have placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23, due to mid-back tightness. The team will announce a corresponding roster moveon Wednesday, and Triple-A right-hander Luke Weaver was scratched from his Tuesday night start against the Salt Lake Bees.

. @RickyH49 on Adam Wainwright ending up on the DL with mid-back tightness after a strong start: “We didn’t see any signs of this.” #STLCards pic.twitter.com/H6ioeEYGGd

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The 35-year-old Wainwright leads the Cardinalswith 11 wins and has posted a 4.89 ERA in 20 starts, striking out 95 batters while walking 35 in 110 1/3 innings pitched.

This marks just the fourth time in his career that Wainwright has been placed on the disabled list: 2008 for a right middle finger sprain, 2011 for Tommy John surgery and 2015 for a ruptured right Achilles.

The three-time All-Star owns a career mark of 145-81 with a 3.27 ERA in 340 games pitched, ranking fifth on the Cardinals’ all-time wins list.

Cardinals place Wainwright on DL with mid-back tightness

Jul 25, 2017 0

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals will be without their longest-tenured starting pitcher for at least the next week.

Shortly before first pitch of the Cardinals’ Tuesday night game with the Colorado Rockies, the team announcedthat they have placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23, due to mid-back tightness. The team will announce a corresponding roster moveon Wednesday, and Triple-A right-hander Luke Weaver was scratched from his Tuesday night start against the Salt Lake Bees.

. @RickyH49 on Adam Wainwright ending up on the DL with mid-back tightness after a strong start: “We didn’t see any signs of this.” #STLCards pic.twitter.com/H6ioeEYGGd

FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) July 25, 2017

The 35-year-old Wainwright leads the Cardinalswith 11 wins and has posted a 4.89 ERA in 20 starts, striking out 95 batters while walking 35 in 110 1/3 innings pitched.

This marks just the fourth time in his career that Wainwright has been placed on the disabled list: 2008 for a right middle finger sprain, 2011 for Tommy John surgery and 2015 for a ruptured right Achilles.

The three-time All-Star owns a career mark of 145-81 with a 3.27 ERA in 340 games pitched, ranking fifth on the Cardinals’ all-time wins list.

Dak controls Cowboys at camp, quite a switch in a year

Jul 25, 2017 12

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dak Prescott climbed the stairs to the VIP tent that once served as Tony Romo’s perch for interviews at training camp, facing a phalanx of cameras similar to the one his predecessor and the longtime Dallas starter used to see.

It’s Prescott’s job now, and the second-year star quarterback has the attention to prove it.

“Last year I came in and I was just trying to figure everything out,” Prescott said on the opening morning of camp in California.

“Everything I do (now) they’re watching. Not just you guys but my teammates, the coaches as well. But that’s fun to me. That’s something that I embrace.”

An afterthought this time a year ago as a fourth-round pick and third-teamer behind Romo and Kellen Moore, Prescott’s outlook first changed when Moore broke an ankle in a training camp practice. Then Romo went down with a back injury in the third preseason game.

Prescott answered with one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, leading the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC at 13-3 before a divisional playoff loss to Green Bay.

Romo was relegated to the backup job when he was healthy again, and is now preparing for his debut in the TV booth as the lead analyst for CBS after Dallas released him. The Cowboys went 1-11 without an injured Romo in a last-place 4-12 season the year before Prescott arrived.

“A lot more comfortable than I ever thought I would be this time last year or beyond not having Romo,” said owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who gave Romo the first $100 million contract in franchise history four years ago. “So that has everything to do with the year that Dak had and more importantly the way Dak is approaching this year.”

Last year, Prescott bristled at the idea of “vanilla defenses” when he was coming off two strong preseason showings — the week before Romo got hurt. This year, he figures to hear the term “sophomore slump.” He’ll shrug at that, too.

Prescott won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors over backfield mate and NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott because he led the Cowboys to a franchise-record 11 straight wins.

The former Mississippi State standout, the first drafted quarterback in seven years for Dallas, tied Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie record of 13 wins and set rookie marks in passer rating (104.9) and fewest interceptions (four, to go with 23 touchdowns).

“He’s got an insatiable appetite to want to be the best, to improve,” executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. “I can assure you there are 16 teams on our schedule this year that have watched every play that Dak ran and they are going to have all sorts of things that are going to challenge him. He knows that.”

Receiver Dez Bryant, a 2014 All-Pro when Romo led the Cowboys to just their second playoff win since their most recent Super Bowl 22 years ago, is growing weary of Romo questions, declaring the Cowboys are “Dak’s team.”

Bryant raves about Prescott’s leadership skills, illustrated when he coaxed Bryant and Elliott into film rooms for extra study during the offseason at the team’s new practice facility in suburban Frisco.

“I just like the way he handles his business,” Bryant said. “That’s why he’s a great football player, just because of who he is as a person. The thing that he’s got, you can’t teach. We respect that. We’re going to follow that.”

Prescott’s busy offseason included cheering with unbridled joy when the Mississippi State women’s basketball team ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak at the Final Four in Dallas.

He signed several endorsement deals and headlined youth camps in his hometown of Haughton, Louisiana, and the Dallas area. But with off-field issues dominating headlines for the Cowboys, Prescott quietly wrapped up the offseason by working out in Florida.

“There’s a lot that went on in the offseason, but it means absolutely nothing,” he said. “The only thing that matters is what I do and this team does next.”

And it’s his team, not Romo’s.

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Dak controls Cowboys at camp, quite a switch in a year

Jul 25, 2017 9

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dak Prescott climbed the stairs to the VIP tent that once served as Tony Romo’s perch for interviews at training camp, facing a phalanx of cameras similar to the one his predecessor and the longtime Dallas starter used to see.

It’s Prescott’s job now, and the second-year star quarterback has the attention to prove it.

“Last year I came in and I was just trying to figure everything out,” Prescott said on the opening morning of camp in California.

“Everything I do (now) they’re watching. Not just you guys but my teammates, the coaches as well. But that’s fun to me. That’s something that I embrace.”

An afterthought this time a year ago as a fourth-round pick and third-teamer behind Romo and Kellen Moore, Prescott’s outlook first changed when Moore broke an ankle in a training camp practice. Then Romo went down with a back injury in the third preseason game.

Prescott answered with one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, leading the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC at 13-3 before a divisional playoff loss to Green Bay.

Romo was relegated to the backup job when he was healthy again, and is now preparing for his debut in the TV booth as the lead analyst for CBS after Dallas released him. The Cowboys went 1-11 without an injured Romo in a last-place 4-12 season the year before Prescott arrived.

“A lot more comfortable than I ever thought I would be this time last year or beyond not having Romo,” said owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who gave Romo the first $100 million contract in franchise history four years ago. “So that has everything to do with the year that Dak had and more importantly the way Dak is approaching this year.”

Last year, Prescott bristled at the idea of “vanilla defenses” when he was coming off two strong preseason showings — the week before Romo got hurt. This year, he figures to hear the term “sophomore slump.” He’ll shrug at that, too.

Prescott won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors over backfield mate and NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott because he led the Cowboys to a franchise-record 11 straight wins.

The former Mississippi State standout, the first drafted quarterback in seven years for Dallas, tied Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie record of 13 wins and set rookie marks in passer rating (104.9) and fewest interceptions (four, to go with 23 touchdowns).

“He’s got an insatiable appetite to want to be the best, to improve,” executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. “I can assure you there are 16 teams on our schedule this year that have watched every play that Dak ran and they are going to have all sorts of things that are going to challenge him. He knows that.”

Receiver Dez Bryant, a 2014 All-Pro when Romo led the Cowboys to just their second playoff win since their most recent Super Bowl 22 years ago, is growing weary of Romo questions, declaring the Cowboys are “Dak’s team.”

Bryant raves about Prescott’s leadership skills, illustrated when he coaxed Bryant and Elliott into film rooms for extra study during the offseason at the team’s new practice facility in suburban Frisco.

“I just like the way he handles his business,” Bryant said. “That’s why he’s a great football player, just because of who he is as a person. The thing that he’s got, you can’t teach. We respect that. We’re going to follow that.”

Prescott’s busy offseason included cheering with unbridled joy when the Mississippi State women’s basketball team ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak at the Final Four in Dallas.

He signed several endorsement deals and headlined youth camps in his hometown of Haughton, Louisiana, and the Dallas area. But with off-field issues dominating headlines for the Cowboys, Prescott quietly wrapped up the offseason by working out in Florida.

“There’s a lot that went on in the offseason, but it means absolutely nothing,” he said. “The only thing that matters is what I do and this team does next.”

And it’s his team, not Romo’s.

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