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Gregory was known as an electric pass rusher coming out of college after accumulating 17.5 sacks in just two seasons. Now 25 years old, Gregory may only get one more chance to stick in the league.
The Pirates lost for the 10th time in 13 games, with Chad Kuhl (4-4) once again coming up short. The left-hander gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, and is 0-2 in his past six outings. Chris Wagner Authentic Jersey Both losses were to the Cubs, making him 1-6 in nine career starts against Chicago.
Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (sprained right ring finger) appears close to a return from the 10-day DL. Hurdle said the Pirates are laying out a next step for him after Thursday’s bullpen session went well. … The Pirates placed RHP Richard Rodriquez (right shoulder inflammation) on the 10-day DL and recalled RHP Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Cubs: SS Addison Russell (bruised left middle finger) was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game, though he entered as part of a double switch with two out in the eighth. … LHP Drew Smyly can see the light at the end of the tunnel after a 25-pitch batting practice session on Friday. Today was a big step for me, he said. Smyly hasn’t pitched since 2016 with Tampa Bay and had Tommy John surgery as a member of the Seattle Mariners last July. http://www.officialducksshoponline.com/authentic-21-chris-wagner-jersey.html He also threw BP at the team’s facility in Arizona this week, and he expects to get in a few more sessions as well as some simulated games before going on a possible rehab stint early next month.
After a playoff appearance in 2016 the Raiders finished 2017 with a 6-10 record. Oakland fired former coach Jack Del Rio and replaced him with Jon Gruden, who signed a reported 10-year, $100 million contract in January.
What has happened? Davis is striking out a lot, but he always has struck out a lot. His fly ball rate is just 24.6 percent it was 46.9 percent in 2013, when he hit 53 home runs. When he has hit a fly ball, it has left the park just 8 percent of the time just half of the 16.5 percent rate he averaged from 2013 to 2017.
So the Orioles are left with a power hitter without enough power who is hitting a lot of ground balls. The team is bad, Machado probably will get traded and the future may be ugly.
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