Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko has three home runs and nine RBI in just four spring games

Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko has three home runs and nine RBI in just four spring games

Jedd Gyorko is fighting Logan Forsythe this spring in Padres camp for the club’s starting second base job. And he’s off to a pretty phenomenal start. Gyorko slugged a pinch-hit solo home run on Tuesday afternoon in the Friars’ 7-5 defeat of the Reds and now has three homers and nine total RBI through just…

Strasburg, Harvey square off as Nats continue series against Mets


Strasburg, Harvey square off as Nats continue series against Mets

Nats (27-18) vs. Mets (26-18) at Nationals Park

The Nationals and Mets are back at it on Tuesday night in their fifth matchup of the season so far, a rematch of last Thursday's showdown between star pitchers Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80) and Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77).

Strasburg got the better of their last meeting in a blowout Nationals win. It was such a bad start for Harvey - nine runs, six earned - that his availability for this game was at one point in question. Harvey, though, has decided to power through his recent struggles hoping to find his way on the mound and against a division rival.

For the Nationals, their lineup is as expected. For the Mets, David Wright is out with Ty Kelly in at third base. And Michael Conforto is in at left field instead of Yoenis Cespedes, who has moved over to center field to replace Juan Lagares.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 183
Starting pitchers: Nats - Stephen Strasburg vs. Mets - Matt Harvey


CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Stephen Strasburg


RF Curtis Granderson
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
LF Michael Conforto
CF Yoenis Cespedes
2B Neil Walker
1B Eric Campbell
C Kevin Plawecki
3B Ty Kelly
RHP Matt Harvey

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Longtime minor leaguer Tolliver finally getting a chance


Longtime minor leaguer Tolliver finally getting a chance

As Ashur Tolliver joins the Orioles in Houston, it’s the third in a series of long and fascinating minor league careers that ends with an unexpected promotion to the major leagues. 

In the last three years, Caleb Joseph, Mychal Givens and now Tolliver were added to the major league roster. The three have much in common. 

Though the three have never been teammates until now, they have experiences in common, and some that are quite different. 

Givens, Joseph and Tolliver have played a combined nine seasons for Bowie. Neither Givens nor Tolliver had played above Double-A before their sudden additions, and Joseph had a total of 44 games at Norfolk. 

Joseph was added in 2014 when Matt Wieters was injured and he’s stayed ever since. Givens has had three stints, and has been with the Orioles continuously since last August. 

Givens and Tolliver were both drafted in 2009, but Givens, who was picked in the second round, stumbled as an infielder and was converted to pitching in 2013. 

Tolliver had progressed to Frederick by 2011, but missed the next year due to shoulder surgery, and didn’t get to Bowie until 2014.

The left-hander has been there ever since. 

Each of them was unprotected in the Rule 5 draft and could have left the organization in minor league free agency, but stayed.

Tolliver was invited to January’s minicamp and spring training, favorably impressing manager Buck Showalter. 

It’s not all that unusual for major leaguers to finally debut at 28, but it isn’t common for them to play entirely in one organization. 

NFL announces locations for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls


NFL announces locations for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls

The NFL has decided on the locations of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls. The vote took place at the NFL owners meetings in Charlotte on Tuesday. 

Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, while South Florida (Miami) will get the event in 2020 and Los Angeles will host in 2021. 

The cities chosen each included new or upgraded stadiums in their pitches to the league. 

Atlanta will be home to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opening in 2017. 

Miami's stadium (Sun Life Stadium from 2010-2016) is undergoing a $400 million renovation that will include an open-air canopy to provide shade for 92 percent of seats, according to Sports Illustrated. Construction should be complete before the 2017 season. 

And Los Angeles will boast a new 300-acre, campus-style stadium housing the Rams and potentially a second team. The $2.6 billion project will be the most expensive sports arena in the world, reports CNN, and should be ready before the 2019 NFL season.