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Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from Rangers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:05
NEW YORK (AP) — The first-place Detroit Tigers reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen Wednesday night, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson.
The trade was completed during Texas’ rain-shortened 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees. Soria said he was informed of the pending deal during the delay, and the Rangers announced the move after the game.
By the time Soria spoke to reporters in the clubhouse, all his Rangers jerseys had been removed from his locker.
“I’m going to a new team. It’s going to be my new family. I’m going to do whatever they want me to do,” Soria said. “I just want to help them win the World Series. That’s what it’s all about, and I hope I can help out as much as I can.”
Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances during his first full season since 2011. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.  
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Tigers wear down Diamondbacks 11-5 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:49
PHOENIX (AP) — The Detroit Tigers raced out to a seven-run lead, thanks to a big hit by Austin Jackson.
They needed another one after Arizona rallied.
Of course Miguel Cabrera came through.
Jackson hit a three-run double fourth inning and Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the eighth after Arizona cut the lead to two, helping the Tigers wear out the Diamondbacks 11-5 in a slugfest at Chase Field on Wednesday.
“Jackson’s hit was the big hit at the time because we hadn’t done that in a while,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Of course, Miggy’s home run opens up the game for us, gives us a little breathing room.”
Detroit appeared to be cruising after roughing up Trevor Cahill (1-7) for seven runs in four innings.
Arizona clawed its way back against Anibal Sanchez (7-4), though, scoring three runs off him in the fifth and two more over the next two innings.
With Tigers clinging to a two-run lead with two on and no outs in the seventh inning, Joba Chamberlain replaced Sanchez and needed one pitch to escape a jam he created by Sanchez.  
That set the stage for Cabrera in the eighth and the 2012 Triple Crown winner came through, fouling off a couple of pitches from Matt Stites before hitting his 15th homer off the foul pole in left.
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Makeover complete, Steelers ready for resurgence PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:21
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The faces Ike Taylor grew so accustomed to seeing line up alongside him over the past decade have disappeared.

Ryan Clark? Gone. Ditto Brett Keisel. And LaMarr Woodley. Larry Foote too.

All Pittsburgh Steelers veterans with Super Bowl rings.

All now are a part of the team's past after another offseason purge, part of the inevitable churn from which no franchise — not even the one with more Lombardi Trophies than any other — is immune.

Of the 90 players who will report to Saint Vincent College on Friday when the Steelers open training camp, only seven stood on the field in Tampa on that cool February night five years ago when Pittsburgh beat the Arizona Cardinals for its sixth championship.

The 34-year-old Taylor knows he may be part of the next wave out the door. He's just trying to keep it propped open as long as he can, even if it means the longtime court jester has suddenly become one of the de-facto elder statesmen.

"There are a whole lot of new faces," the cornerback said with a laugh. "That's a good and bad thing. It's a good thing that I am still here. I'll give a shout out to everybody who left. But football is football. Football, you have to understand as a player, is a business."

And business wasn't so hot for the Steelers in 2013. Only a resurgent 6-2 second half allowed Pittsburgh to avoid its first losing season since 2003. The Steelers haven't missed the playoffs three consecutive years this millennium. To keep that streak alive, they spent the long winter and spring giving the defense a needed jolt of speed and youth.

The early returns are promising. Cornerback William Gay likened practice during organized team activities to a track meet. One in which the defense that finished 13th in the league in yards allowed last year did less chasing and more catching.

"These boys are running,'" Taylor said. "When you look at it on the field and you actually play with them, you can see that they are running."

Perhaps, all the way back to the postseason. Here's what to look for as Pittsburgh begins its 47th summer at Saint Vincent.

SLIM SHAZIER: Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier runs like a safety and hits as if he's a linebacker. The Steelers can deal with the 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier's relative lack of size if it means he can move sideline to sideline as quickly as he did in three standout years at Ohio State. On a defense where youngsters typically only start when necessary, Shazier could be the exception as the Steelers search for someone to replace Foote.

LOADED BACKFIELD: Le'Veon Bell put together the best rookie season by a Steelers running back since Franco Harris in 1972, with 1,259 yards from scrimmage. He'll have plenty of help this fall from beefy LeGarrette Blount, who signed after spending last year in New England and rookie Dri Archer, whose 4.27 40-yard dash time at the draft combine has offensive coordinator Todd Haley dreaming of ways to use him.

OUT OF THIS WORILDS: Pittsburgh liked enough of what it saw from outside linebacker Jason Worilds and his team-high eight sacks in 2013 to hand him the transitional player tag and cut ties with the oft-injured Woodley. Worilds and the Steelers, however, have not yet agreed to a long-term deal and the 26-year-old missed most of the offseason workouts because of a nagging leg injury.

NO HUDDLE HYPE: The Steelers rallied from a miserable 2-6 start in 2013 thanks in large part to an uptick in offensive production due to an increased reliance on the no-huddle. Expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to be given even more freedom in 2014. Pittsburgh averaged 28 points a game during its 5-2 run to close 2013. Roethlisberger expects the offense to be even more productive with the addition of wide receiver Lance Moore and the potential of 6-foot-4 rookie wideout Martavis Bryant, who gives Roethlisberger the big red zone target he's lacked since Plaxico Burress left town the first time nearly a decade ago.

HEALTHY LINE: Who knows what 2013 would have looked like in Pittsburgh if center Maurkice Pouncey hadn't torn up his right knee eight plays into the season? It took the line weeks to stabilize, and by then it was too late. Pouncey is healthy and happy after signing a contract extension in June. His return buoys a group of youngsters — including rapidly improving guard David DeCastro — that was one of the better units in the league by the end of last year even with Pouncey on the sideline in sweatpants.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:29
 
Hoyer, Manziel set to battle for Browns' QB job PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:28
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — It's time for football, Johnny.

After months of having his off-field behavior analyzed, scrutinized and criticized, Johnny Manziel will again be the center of attention.

This time, though, it won't be for swigging champagne on an inflatable swan, but during his first NFL training camp as he and Brian Hoyer battle for the Browns' starting quarterback job.

The Hoyer-Manziel showdown will dominate camp until someone is named the winner, and that decision from first-year coach Mike Pettine will not come until the third exhibition game (Aug. 23).

Manziel earned his "Johnny Football" nickname during a stellar career at Texas A&M, where his daring, dazzling scrambles and improvisational skills made him a college star. It's probably not going to be nearly as easy for him at this level.
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Slumping Reds swept by Brewers PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:19
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After another tough loss for the Reds, Cincinnati manager Bryan Price still believes in his team.
Mark Reynolds homered twice to help the Milwaukee Brewers sweep the three-game series from the Reds with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.
Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2-3 strong innings to hand the Reds their a season-worst sixth straight loss since the All-Star break.
“Anybody that watches our six games on this road trip would understand that we’re not playing as we were leading into the break,” Price said. “We’re not scoring a lot of runs. We’re not getting terribly efficient starting pitching. We know that we’re a better club than we’ve represented here in the last six games.”  
The then surging Reds trailed the NL Central-leading Brewers by 1 1/2 games before the All-Star break, but the loss dropped them 5 1-2 games behind.
“I think that our guys are capable of turning it around,” Price said. “We’re definitely going to start to pitch better and definitely are more than capable of scoring enough runs to win games.”
Cincinnati have scored 12 runs during the losing streak.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:13
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