Cardinals make a major roster move

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Cardinals make a major roster move

From Comcast SportsNetWASHINGTON (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals removed Jaime Garcia from their NL division series roster Tuesday, a day after he lasted only two innings in his Game 2 start because of an ailing shoulder.An MRI revealed that the left-hander has a strained rotator cuff and inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He'll be replaced by rookie right-hander Shelby Miller.Garcia's health was a concern after he missed two months this season with shoulder fatigue, but he had pitched well since returning in mid-August and won his last three regular season starts. He said he had experienced some "normal stiffness" from those late-season games, but the feeling in the shoulder was different when took the mound Monday against the Washington Nationals."We're in the playoffs," Garcia said. "I want to be there for my team. I want to be able to help out, but I just realized that once the game started it never got better. I never got warm, and I had to say something. I made the decision. I said something at the right time, and we still won the game. It was a really hard decision for me to say something."The Cardinals' 12-4 victory evened the series at one game apiece, with the series moving to Washington for Game 3 on Wednesday.Manager Mike Matheny dismissed suggestions that Garcia should have spoken up about a possible problem before starting such a crucial game."He went back and forth just like every guy does," Matheny said. "You don't know exactly how you're going to feel until you get out there. There are times you don't feel good, and I know that we have had some pitchers wondering if they can make pitch one, and next thing you know they are standing on top of the mound in the eighth inning."I respect these guys' preparation that they have going into a game, how they push through things, and try and make something out of nothing at times. If you waited around until you felt perfect, you would never play this game."Garcia was scheduled to have a second opinion later Tuesday.Lance Lynn, who pitched three innings in relief and picked up the Game 2 win, will take Garcia's spot in the rotation if the Cardinals advance to the next round.Miller, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, appeared in six games this season as a September call-up. He worked 13 2-3 innings with a 1.32 ERA.

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2016-17 Season preview: New York Rangers

2016-17 Season preview: New York Rangers

It still feels like the season just ended, but with the draft and free agency already behind us, it's time to look forward to the 2016-17 season. We will preview every team in the NHL throughout August and take a look at what the new season may hold.

Team: New York Rangers

How they did last season: 46-27-9 (101 points), 3rd in the Metropolitan, 4th in the Eastern Conference. Lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in an incredibly one-sided affair.

Notable acquisitions: LW Nathan Gerbe; RW Michael Grabner; C Mika Zibanejad; D Nick Holden; C Brandon Pirri; LW Jimmy Vesey; RW Josh Jooris

Notable departures: C Eric Staal; LW Viktor Stalberg; D Keith Yandle; C Derick Brassard

When they will play the Caps: Oct. 22 in Washington; Feb. 19 in New York; Feb. 28 in New York; April 5 in Washington

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Analysis: Several years of mortgaging the future finally seemed to catch up with the Rangers last season. It took the Pittsburgh Penguins just five games to dispatch New York in what was one of the least competitive series of the entire playoffs. A team that had begun the year with Stanley Cup aspirations was eliminated in the first round by a team that started its third-string goalie in the first two games of the series.

That series showed the Rangers were clearly no longer among the top teams in the conference. There was also no real hope of the future generation taking over in New York as the Rangers had not selected in the first round of the draft since 2012.

Think about that. Four straight years with no first-round draft picks and New York had virtually nothing to show for it.

Usually that kind of strategy leads to a long and painful rebuild, but thanks to some very shrewd moves by general manager Jeff Gorton, the future suddenly looks bright again in the Big Apple.

The Rangers’ shift in philosophy was clear when the team traded center Derick Brassard for the 23-year-old Mika Zibanejad. Brassard may arguably be the better player right now, but he is five years older and already in his prime. Zibanejad recorded 51 points last season and is only getting better.

In addition, New York also added college free agent Jimmy Vesey. While we should temper our expectations — the buzz surrounding his free agency greatly inflated what people seem to believe he can do in his rookie season — his signing adds another young weapon to a suddenly stacked offensive lineup.

In fact, with the signings of Nathan Gerbe, Michael Grabner and Brandon Pirri in addition to Zibanejad and Vesey, the Rangers may now have too many weapons on offense and may have to ship one or two players out before the season starts.

And oh yeah, they still have the king between the pipes.

At 34, age is starting to become a concern for Henrik Lundqvist. Last season was not his best as he registered his a goals against average of 2.48, the worst of his career. But that had more to do with the team as Lundqvist still managed a good save percentage of .920. The Rangers must improve improve defensively and in terms of possession in order to help their netminder this season.

Season prediction: It’s hard to tell exactly what kind of team the Rangers will be because I don’t think they’re done dealing just yet. There are too many bodies on offense and too many concerns on defense for the Rangers not to make a move.
Lundqvist is still very good, but he’s not the brick wall he used to be and Dan Girardi looks like a shell of his former self. Many did not expect Girardi to be back for this season, but as of now he’s still there.

The Rangers had a tremendous offseason, but many of the moves they made were with an eye on the future and not the present. That’s not a bad thing by any means, but this is a preview for the 2016-17 season and in that sense it doesn’t look like the moves they made will catapult them back into serious contention. New York will have to worry more about fighting off the Islanders and Hurricanes for third place in the division than they will the Caps and Penguins for first place.

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2016-2017 NHL TEAM PREVIEWS

Pacific Division
— Anaheim Ducks
— Arizona Coyotes
— Calgary Flames
— Edmonton Oilers
— Los Angeles Kings
— San Jose Sharks
— Vancouver Canucks

Central Division
— Chicago Blackhawks
— Colorado Avalanche
— Dallas Stars
— Minnesota Wild
— Nashville Predators
— St. Louis Blues
— Winnipeg Jets

Atlantic Division
— Boston Bruins
— Buffalo Sabres
— Detroit Red Wings
— Florida Panthers
— Montreal Canadiens
— Ottawa Senators
— Tampa Bay Lightning
— Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division
— Carolina Hurricanes
— Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
— Philadelphia Flyers (coming Aug. 28)
— Pittsburgh Penguins (coming Aug. 29)
— Washington Capitals (coming Aug. 30)

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Showalter on changing roster: 'What else are you going to do?'

Showalter on changing roster: 'What else are you going to do?'

NEW YORK—Over the last eight days, the Orioles have made moves involving x relievers. Tyler Wilson, Odrisamer Despaigne, Parker Bridwell, Mike Wright and Logan Ondrusek have all been with the Orioles, and are now gone. 

T.J. McFarland is here, and with the Orioles temporarily going with 11 pitchers because of Adam Jones’ hamstring injury, there may be another move coming in a day or two.

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The Orioles can have plenty of reinforcements when the rosters expand on Thursday, but there are still five games to play until then. 
For now, there will be plenty of roster shuffling.

“I hear that word, shuffling. What else are you going to do?” Showalter said.

“We’re trying to win here, right? We’re trying to keep people healthy, and our starting pitching gets knocked around, and we have to bring people in, what are you going to do?...Somebody’s got to pitch. Somebody’s got to play. What else are you going to do?”

Showalter thinks players understand the roster churning.

“It hasn’t been tough. It hasn’t been tough for them, either. They’d rather rotate than not be called up. If that’s a bother for them as a player, they’re probably not going to bite when they’re a big dog, either,” Showalter said.   

NOTE: Bowie C Chance Sicso and utility player Garabez Rosa were named to the Eastern League All-Star team.

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Concerned about Jones, Orioles add Borbon to play center

Concerned about Jones, Orioles add Borbon to play center

NEW YORK—Needing a center fielder with Adam Jones out of the lineup due to a strained left hamstring, the Orioles selected the contract of outfielder Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie. 

Borbon is in the lineup for Saturday’s game playing center field. 

“Adam was trying to talk us into playing him today,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Jones was taken out of Friday night’s game in the second inning, one night after he was removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game in Washington. 

“Who knows? He might pinch hit today,” Showalter said.

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Borbon hit .222 in five games for the Orioles last month when Hyun Soo Kim was on the disabled list. He’s hitting .275 with six home runs and 25 RBIs for Bowie. 

“Until we get our arms around Adam, Borbon will need to stay here,” Showalter said. “Borbon was our best option at this point.”    

The Orioles had several other options for center field, Showalter said. Chris Dickerson, who signed a week ago, and has been with the Baysox, hasn’t played enough. Dariel Alvarez and Xavier Avery, both at Norfolk were also considered. 

To make room for Borbon on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk. 

Wright pitched in back-to-back games for the first time on Thursday and Friday, allowing two runs on five hits in four innings. 

Overall, Wright is 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA with the Orioles. 

Logan Ondrusek was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Borbon.

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