Reggie Jackson apologizes for his comments

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Reggie Jackson apologizes for his comments

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Reggie Jackson says he messed up by disparaging Alex Rodriguez, Gary Carter and other big names in baseball and has been reaching out to make apologies. Jackson had told Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez's statistics were tainted by the Yankees star's admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson also said he didn't see Carter, Kirby Puckett, Phil Niekro, Don Sutton and Jim Rice as Hall of Famers. Jackson is a special adviser with the New York Yankees. The team released a statement Thursday from the Hall of Fame slugger. "In trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about, I made the mistake of naming some specific players," Jackson said. "This was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people, and I'm disappointed that I didn't take greater care in expressing my views," he added. The Yankees had told Jackson to stay away from the clubhouse and team events following his pointed remarks to the magazine, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press earlier this week. Jackson was expected to steer clear for several weeks, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement. Jackson was not disciplined or fined, and was to remain a special adviser. "I have been proactively reaching out to make personal apologies to those within the Hall of Fame community that I offended, and to the Yankees organization for any disruption that I caused in the clubhouse," Jackson said in his statement. "I continue to have a strong relationship with the club, and look forward to continuing in my role with the team," he said.

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How serious are Orioles about Andrew Cashner at trade deadline?

How serious are Orioles about Andrew Cashner at trade deadline?

BALTIMORE—How badly do the Orioles want Andrew Cashner? And should they want him?

The Orioles have been linked with Cashner, a 29-year-old right-hander since last offseason. Cashner has been with the San Diego Padres for five seasons, and has a 28-43 record, but with a 3.67 ERA.

Cashner’s ERA in San Diego’s spacious Petco Park is an outstanding 2.78. Away from home, it’s nearly two runs per game higher. 

Over the last two seasons, Cashner is 10-23, and yet to use a favorite Buck Showalter expression, he’s highly coveted. 

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Houston, Miami, San Francisco, Texas and Toronto are other teams that have supposedly been interested in him.

Last week, the Orioles proposed trade of Ubaldo Jimenez and two minor league pitching prospects for Melvin Upton, Jr. collapsed, and according to an industry source, it’s highly unlikely that the Padres and Orioles can put a deal for Cashner together. 

Besides is Cashner a major improvement over the Orioles current fifth starter, Vance Worley? Perhaps not. 

With the nonwaiver trading deadline still four days away, the Padres seem eager to move him, but it’s probably in their best interest to wait as close to the deadline as possible to extract the best deal in a market that’s extraordinarily low on quality starting pitchers. 

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Urrutia outrighted to Bowie; does he have a future with Orioles?

Urrutia outrighted to Bowie; does he have a future with Orioles?

BALTIMORE — Three years ago, Henry Urrutia was a flavor of the month for the Orioles. He arrived in the United States in Feb. 2013, seven months after the Orioles agreed to sign him. 

Urrutia was a Cuban defector, who stayed in Haiti until he could get clearance to enter the U.S. When he came, he didn’t speak any English, and manager Buck Showalter was intrigued by him. 

He was long and lean and certainly looked like a ballplayer. Less than five months after his arrival, Urrutia made his major league debut. 

It didn’t go badly, but he showed no power and batted .276 with no walks in 24 games. Urrutia played just three innings in left field, and was returned to the minor leagues. 

2014 was a lost season for him, and he missed significant time with a sports hernia, but last season, Urrutia made it back to the major leagues, and two years after his arrival in this country, he was fluent in English and happily living in Sarasota, Fla. 

Urrutia batted .265 in 10 games and had a game-ending home run. He even drew his first walks. 

The Orioles sent him back to the minors to make room for fellow Cuban Dariel Alvarez late last August, and he hasn’t been in the majors since. 

Urrutia was sent down to Bowie because of a glut of outfielders at Norfolk, and despite batting .298 with the Baysox, was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles chose veteran outfielder Julio Borbon to temporarily fill in while Hyun Soo Kim was on the disabled list instead of Urrutia. 

Borbon can play center field, which came in handy when Adam Jones missed a game due to back spasms. 

Urrutia has cleared waivers, it was announced on Thursday, and will head back to Bowie. 

It seems unlikely that Urrutia will return to the Orioles since Borbon can serve as a pinchrunner, too. 

Borbon, meanwhile, was also designated for assignment, and the Orioles hope that he stays with the organization. 

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Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's 'First Take' are coming to Redskins camp

Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's 'First Take' are coming to Redskins camp

Because of Richmond's weather, the Redskins aren't going to want any additional heat during training camp. More will be coming their way next week, though.

Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's First Take will be filming live from the Bon Secours training center on Thursday, Aug. 4, according to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Smith and his fiery takes will be joined in Virginia by his co-host Max Kellerman, as well as former Redskins safety Ryan Clark, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at noon.

Smith, of course, has been a fixture on the program, while Kellerman just recently stepped in for Skip Bayless (if both Smith and Bayless were heading to Richmond, the players might have melted as a result of the scalding conversations the two were known to have). Perhaps Kellerman could solicit some advice from Kirk Cousins on how to succeed in a new job, since the 'Skins quarterback did so well when he was promoted in 2015.

For fans wanting to check out the show themselves, gates will be opening that day at 9:30 in the morning.

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