For the Jets, this has to be rock bottom


For the Jets, this has to be rock bottom

From Comcast SportsNetEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers were coming off a stunning road loss, angry and missing home.They headed back with an impressive win and looked again as though they're one of the NFL's elite teams.Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown, and Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- on a wildcat-style option -- all ran for scores as the 49ers cruised to a 34-0 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday."After the last game," linebacker Aldon Smith said of San Francisco's 24-13 loss at Minnesota last week, "some people were questioning us and we knew what we were capable of."Rex Ryan's Jets, meanwhile, have plenty to answer for right now, which is why he sent his players home for two days to do some soul searching."I apologize for my language," said Ryan, so angry that he had trouble even getting started. "I was going to say we got our butt kicked, but really ... there's no two ways, in or outs about it."San Francisco (3-1) used a solid running game that gained 245 yards, a smothering defense, a little bit of the wildcat-style offense and even blocked a punt to improve to 4-0 following losses under coach Jim Harbaugh.Instead of heading back to the West Coast last Sunday, Harbaugh had his team stay in eastern Ohio and practice at Youngstown State all week. It worked last season, when they followed a win at Cincinnati with a victory at Philadelphia. Well, the 49ers might have a new home away from home."I think the whole week we had more edge," quarterback Alex Smith said. "We had a bad taste in our mouth the whole week. I don't think that goes away after a day. There's no 24-hour rule. The loss sits around and you talk about it."And, the 49ers figured out how to put it way behind them."This is more the way we are accustomed to playing," Harbaugh said.Ryan took no solace from the Jets (2-2) losing to one of the NFL's best. After all, San Francisco plays the way Ryan wishes his team did."It's obviously unacceptable," Ryan said. "It starts with the coaches. The players ... they've got to dig deep, look down at themselves."It was San Francisco's first shutout since beating the St. Louis Rams 26-0 last December. New York's last shutout loss was 9-0 to Green Bay on Oct. 31, 2010, and it was the Jets' biggest home shutout loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989.Meanwhile, the Jets lost top wide receiver Santonio Holmes to what appeared to be a serious left foot injury. If Holmes misses significant time, the Jets would be without their two biggest playmakers after All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee last week at Miami."We've got to play with who we've got," quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "None of those guys are going to get better overnight."On the first play of the fourth quarter, Holmes caught a pass from Sanchez for 4 yards, but his left leg appeared to go out on him. The ball flew out of his hands, and Rogers picked it up and returned it for a score.Holmes left the stadium in a golf cart, holding crutches, his left foot in a boot.Ryan said Friday that the Jets would wait to put Revis on injured reserve until he has surgery in a few weeks, keeping him available in case New York goes to the Super Bowl. If the Jets play like this the rest of the way, getting to the playoffs will be a tall task.The struggles on offense have also started many to wonder if it's time to let Tebow play more at quarterback -- or maybe even start instead of Sanchez."I don't think that's the answer," Ryan said. "I think Mark's the answer at quarterback."But he added: "Again, time will tell."Sanchez had another poor game, going 13 of 29 for 103 yards and an interception. New York also finished with just 45 yards rushing. Tebow, meanwhile, had a limited role again, rushing twice for no yards, but completed his first pass with the Jets: a 9-yard toss to Dedrick Epps, who injured his right knee on the play."I'm ready to do whatever they ask me to," Tebow said.Alex Smith was efficient, going 12 of 21 for 143 yards and no touchdowns, but more importantly, no interceptions.The wildcat-style offense worked early -- but for the 49ers and not Tebow and the Jets.Instead, it was Kaepernick who put the 49ers up 7-0 early in the second quarter, taking a direct snap and running untouched off left end for a 7-yard touchdown. Kaepernick also had a 17-yard run earlier in the game, and a 30-yard scamper late.With just over a minute left in the first half, the 49ers were aggressive despite starting the drive at their 26. A 23-yard catch by Vernon Davis on first down got things rolling, and San Francisco ended the half on David Akers' 36-yard field goal.Boos and some chants of "Tee-boww! Tee-boww!" rang out as the Jets went three-and-out for the second straight possession in the second half. It never got any better for New York."Guys are just upset and frustrated," Sanchez said. "This is not the way we imagined this game going."NOTES:Mario Manningham, a Super Bowl hero with Giants before joining the Niners as free agent, returned to the Meadowlands and had three catches for 47 yards, plus a 28-yard gain on an end-around. ... Akers also missed from 55 and 40 yards wide right. ... New York lost fullback John Conner with a hamstring injury. ... San Francisco got 62 yards rushing from Gore, 56 from Hunter and 50 from Kaepernick.

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Why Mack Brown's performance makes Redskins' roster choices even more difficult

Why Mack Brown's performance makes Redskins' roster choices even more difficult

TAMPA—Just when it looked like the Redskins had their running back situation settled, Mack Brown put it back into turmoil.

After rookie Keith Marshall was put on injured reserve earlier this week, it looked like the Redskins would carry three running backs in starter Matt Jones, third-down back Chris Thompson, and backup Robert Kelley.

But that was before Brown ran all over a soggy Raymond James Stadium, racking up 149 yards on 19 carries.

Included was a 60-yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter Brown found some space up off of left guard, broke a few tackles and accelerated through the secondary and into the end zone.


But it wasn’t like he didn’t do much outside of the long run. If you subtract the long TD he still averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

“Mack made some big plays. I think he did 'show up',” said head coach Jay Gruden.

Did Mack make a case for the Redskins to carry four running backs? Of course that would mean they would have to trim someone at another position and that’s not something a team can always afford to do. The process of finalizing the list of who stays and who goes will start on Thursday.

“We'll get together with the coaching staff and Scot's staff and we'll figure it out,” said Gruden. “There's a lot of guys who stated there case tonight and I'm happy to see that.”

The fact that they will have to agonize over players like Brown is a good sign.

“The harder these decisions are, the better your roster is,” said Gruden.

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Another quality start, but another Orioles loss

Another quality start, but another Orioles loss

BALTIMORE—As August ends, it’s harder and harder to imagine the Orioles as a postseason team. Throughout the first five months of the season, the Orioles would have been a postseason team had the season ended on that day. 

After losing two of three to the American League East leading Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles are not only four games in back of Toronto, but they’re now tied with Detroit for the second wild card. 

They ended August with a 13-16 record thanks to a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays before 16,161 at Oriole Park on Wednesday. 

The Orioles (72-61) received three quality starts in their critical three-game series against Toronto (76-57). They lost two of those games. 

Not only was the result disappointing, but so were the crowds. The series drew just 47,775. 

In the latest installment, Yovani Gallardo allowed three runs in the first inning, then pitched well, but the Orioles could do little with Aaron Sanchez and the bullpen. 

“It’s tough, because we’re chasing them and they take two out of the three. We’ve just got to learn from it, get a good off-day tomorrow and come back stronger than we were. With September coming in, we’ve just got to compete and play hard and try to win as many games as possible,” Jonathan Schoop said. 

On Monday, Wade Miley gave up three runs in seven innings in a 5-1 loss, and Ubaldo Jimenez also allowed three in 6 2/3 innings as the Orioles won 5-3.

“I was really impressed with that, really proud of them. But it’s tough. It’s kind of frustrating. We’ve got some quality starting pitching and we were in them. The tack-on runs were tough,” Showalter said. 

Jose Bautista hit Gallardo’s first pitch for his 17th home run, and with two outs, Michael Saunders walked, and Russell Martin hit his 16th home run, and Toronto grabbed a 3-0 lead. 

Gallardo (4-7), who was won just one of 12, settled down and retired the last 10 batters he faced. He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. 

“The first inning, the first pitch of the game, they took advantage of it,” Gallardo said.

“The one to Russell Martin, I didn’t think he got it that good. Unfortunately, it went out. It was just one of those things that was frustrating. It’s never easy for those guys to come from behind, especially in the first inning, giving up three runs in the first inning. After that I was able to put up zeroes, put up zeroes and make pitches whenever I had to, get some ground balls, get out of some tough jams.” 

Sanchez (13-2) allowed just two singles and walked two runners in the first four innings. 

With two outs in the fifth, Hyun Soo Kim and Schoop singled with Kim taking third. Manny Machado hit a slow roller to third that Josh Donaldson booted for an error. 

The Blue Jays had sent Sanchez to the minor leagues for 10 days to limit his innings. 

He allowed just the unearned run on five hits in six innings.

Mychal Givens allowed a run in the seventh on an RBI double by Devon Travis, and Saunders hit his 23rd home run of the year against Brad Brach in the eighth. It was Saunders’ seventh home run in 15 games against the Orioles this season. 

Schoop’s 21st home run of the year, a two-run shot off Roberto Osuna with two outs in the ninth made it 5-3.  

The Orioles have now lost five consecutive series to AL East opponents, and 22 of their final 28 are against their division foes. The losing troubles Showalter. 

“Of course it does. We got a month of baseball left. We got through a tough, we knew August was going to be tough, did some good things but not as many as we would have liked. We got an opportunity. A lot of baseball to be played. Anybody who sells us short doesn’t get the essence of our players. That’s fine. They’ve been doing that all year to us,” Showalter said. 

NOTES:  The Orioles hit 55 home runs in August, tying the major league record for most home runs in the month. … After Thursday’s off day, the New York Yankees come for three games beginning Friday night. Chad Green (2-3, 4.09) faces Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.71) in the first game. On Saturday, it will be CC Sabathia (8-11, 4.31) against Kevin Gausman (6-10, 3.73). Michael Pineda (6-11, 5.12) against Miley (8-11, 5.43) on Sunday. 

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Bourn, Stubbs to join Orioles on Friday

Bourn, Stubbs to join Orioles on Friday

BALTIMORE—The Orioles will have two new outfielders when they play the New York Yankees on Friday. 

Michael Bourn was acquired on Wednesday night from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Jason Heinrich, and Drew Stubbs was claimed off release waivers from Texas earlier in the day. 

Adam Jones has missed the past five games because of a strained left hamstring, and in case he’s unable to play then, the Orioles have insurance. 

Nolan Reimold has played center field in the last four games. 

After Wednesday night’s game, manager Buck Showalter said that he liked the addition of Bourn.

“Just all-around, can play all three positions. Left-handed, veteran guy who knows his way around. Got a great reputation as a teammate and professional and brings some things we are in need of and have been for a while with Adam,” Showalter said. 

“I am hoping he is ready to play Friday but we got to prepare for if he isn’t. And Nolan has done a serviceable job for us, but it’s a place we would like to be better at if possible. And he and Stubbs have a lot of experience there.” 

Joey Rickard was placed on the 60-day disabled list, and because he won’t be available until late September, if at all because of his thumb injury, they needed a good defensive outfielder. 

Because of the addition of the two outfielders, it’s now questionable whether the Orioles will add Dariel Alvarez or Christian Walker, the only two outfielders at Norfolk who are on the 40-man roster. 

Rosters expand from 25 to 40 at midnight Wednesday, and beyond catcher Caleb Joseph and the two new acquisitions, there aren’t many certainties for additions. 

Showalter indicated that Brian Duensing, who is on the 60-day disabled list, will be added shortly, but a 40-man spot must be cleared. 

Another spot would have to be created if the Orioles decide to add an organizational favorite, infielder Paul Janish. 

The Orioles can recall pitchers Parker Bridwell, Odrisamer Despainge and Tyler Wilson because they’ve been at Norfolk for at least 10 days. 

T.J. McFarland and Mike Wright would have to wait until Norfolk’s season ends on Monday to be recalled.