Brantley, who is 1-for-11 in the series, was moved up from seventh to sixth in the order.

Encarnacion batted .258 with 38 home runs and 107 RBIs in his first season with the Indians this year. Cleveland signed him to a $60 million, three-year contract after he spent seven-plus seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Jay Bruce batted in Encarnacion’s cleanup spot in Game 3 and struck out all four times up, stranding three runners. Bruce, a big star in the first two games, was back in the No. 4 hole Monday and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He scored on Carlos Santana’s two-run homer.

Judge’s grab was the big defensive play Sunday. With a runner on first in a scoreless game, Lindor lofted a sixth-inning drive toward the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. Judge backed up to the wall and barely needed to jump to extend his glove above the fence and make the catch, just to the right of the auxiliary scoreboard.

Who better to reach up there and grab it than him? Bird said.
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The sellout crowd of 48,614 roared and Judge flashed a bright smile. It was the first time the rookie slugger had robbed an opponent of a home run and the first time Lindor had ever been so denied, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

I had to do something, said Judge, who is 0 for 10 with eight strikeouts in the series. I wasn’t obviously making any contact at the plate, so you’ve got to make an impact on the game somehow and luckily I was able to do it on defense.

I ask myself why I didn’t make a point to draft Middleton.

I’ve detailed their structural limitations — mostly a potentially crippling lack of shooting around the beasts. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis need to play outside-in for this to work, and they have the craft to do it — the shooting, passing and off-the-bounce oomph. They push off misses, and even combine to form the league’s biggest, meanest pick-and-roll combination.

It’s just hard to maximize two star bigs that way. They won’t grab as many offensive rebounds, or slice to the rim as often. On some possessions, one will chill around the 3-point arc. Cousins is a threat there; Davis isn’t yet.

Drafting the best player available, regardless of position, is often a wise strategy; you don’t want to overdraft an inferior talent simply to address a position of need. That being said, Porzingis (26.2 ADP) is one of the elite power forwards this season and stands to see his shot attempts and scoring numbers rise considerably now that the Carmelo Anthony era is over in New York. His contributions as a scorer, rebounder, shot-blocker and 3-point shooter make him one of the rarest talents in fantasy hoops, and if I can get him in Round 3, I’m thrilled.

Every season, Last season, I had a reason: He was injured and expected to miss most of the season due to a torn hamstring suffered in the preseason. He managed to return to play 29 games, starting 23 of them, and amazingly, he showed no ill-effects from the injury. Middleton is one of the most versatile players in the NBA, averaging 14.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.4 SPG and 1.6 3PG last season, and he’s someone I want to get either late in Round 3 or — ideally — early in Round 4.
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they can take pride that they did it the Dodger Way.

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The Pacers have five competent starters (even if at least two would be backups on good teams), a top-five backup point guard in Cory Joseph, a nice reserve wing (Glenn Robinson III), and whatever Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson are in 2017. They should win around 30 games. Yippee.

This is the last season before the league tweaks the lottery rules so that the worst teams have a lower chance at snagging the best picks. Now is the time to aim lower!

A week later, back at home on Sept. 22, the Dodgers celebrated Tommy Lasorda’s 90th birthday before the game, and then went out and beat the Giants 4-2 to clinch the NL West title. But not before Tricia won a race of her own: Emme’s 13th birthday party finished in San Diego at 8:30 p.m., and we jumped in the car and made it to L.A. in time for the celebration. It was funny how that night went from 12 girls in poodle skirts for a 1950s party to Emme hopping around in the clubhouse, covered in champagne.

Also in the middle of the celebration, wearing protective goggles, was Lasorda, who played with Jackie Robinson in ’54 and managed the franchise to its last World Series in ’88. Asked if this might be the year, he said, I feel like that every year.

Lasorda and Roberts know better. For all the talk of destiny, there’s no sense in getting carried away. We have a lot of work to do, Roberts said afterward. This is only the beginning.

But if they do go all the way, they can take pride that they did it the Dodger Way.

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I think Al still has a flip phone, man, the 20-year-old Brown would joke the next day. Al still lives in the Stone Age a little bit. We ought to get him a little bit more hip to what’s going on.

Poor Horford, the oldest player on Boston’s roster at age 31, had already picked up the bill despite the presence of some of the Celtics’ freshest faces, including No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum (We don’t [make rookies pay] here; we take care of our rookies, Horford said). Still, he laughed off the phone barbs. Horford knew the night’s memento wasn’t perfect, but he was glad to have something to remember it by.

Australian Nathan Walker set to create NHL history

The NHL has its first Aussie.

Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker is scheduled to make his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, becoming the first Australian national to play in the NHL.

The 23-year-old Walker, born in Sydney, became the first-Australian to be drafted when Washington selected him in the 3rd round, 89th overall, in 2014.

Game Mens Mike Alstott Jersey Bradford has missed the last three games after suffering a knee injury against the Saints in Week 1. The Vikings are still classifying Bradford as day-to-day, but the quarterback hopes to have a better idea of when he can return to playing in a game by Saturday.

Hopefully after today’s practice, tomorrow’s practice, seeing how it responds to multiple days of practice and multiple days of work, I’ll have a better idea of what it’s going to be like, Bradford said. In my mind, I’m hoping by [Saturday] that I’ll have a good idea of where I’m at.

Game Mens Clay Matthews Jersey Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills: For the third time in four weeks, Taylor failed to reach the 15-point threshold, posting a season-low 8.94 on Sunday. That was the third-worst score in any of his 33 career starts, behind his 5.54 of 2016 Week 1 and 8.54 of 2016 Week 11 (that one also in a game against the Bengals). Is it that the Bengals, whom the Bills don’t play again this year, have Taylor’s number? Perhaps, though Charles Clay’s (knee) status will have a bearing upon Taylor’s fantasy appeal once the Bills return from their Week 6 bye. Taylor’s mobility keeps his floor high enough to lock him into the QB2 class, but expecting much more with the weapons he has might be asking too much.

Australian Nathan Walker set to create NHL history

The NHL has its first Aussie.

Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker is scheduled to make his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, becoming the first Australian national to play in the NHL.

The 23-year-old Walker, born in Sydney, became the first-Australian to be drafted when Washington selected him in the 3rd round, 89th overall, in 2014.

Limited Youth James Patrick Jersey Bradford has missed the last three games after suffering a knee injury against the Saints in Week 1. The Vikings are still classifying Bradford as day-to-day, but the quarterback hopes to have a better idea of when he can return to playing in a game by Saturday.

Tarell Basham Mens Jersey Hopefully after today’s practice, tomorrow’s practice, seeing how it responds to multiple days of practice and multiple days of work, I’ll have a better idea of what it’s going to be like, Bradford said. In my mind, I’m hoping by [Saturday] that I’ll have a good idea of where I’m at.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills: For the third time in four weeks, Taylor failed to reach the 15-point threshold, posting a season-low 8.94 on Sunday. That was the third-worst score in any of his 33 career starts, behind his 5.54 of 2016 Week 1 and 8.54 of 2016 Week 11 (that one also in a game against the Bengals). Is it that the Bengals, whom the Bills don’t play again this year, have Taylor’s number? Perhaps, though Charles Clay’s (knee) status will have a bearing upon Taylor’s fantasy appeal once the Bills return from their Week 6 bye. Taylor’s mobility keeps his floor high enough to lock him into the QB2 class, but expecting much more with the weapons he has might be asking too much.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger blames himself for 5 INTs against Jaguars

Ben Roethlisberger pointed the blame directly at himself Sunday after his five interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars, arguably his worst game as a Pittsburgh Steeler.
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When discussing what’s holding the offense back, Roethlisberger said after the 30-9 loss, Maybe I don’t have it anymore.

It was more a stream-of-consciousness moment than a declaration, but the 14-year veteran clearly was affected by the brutal outing.

The last NFL quarterback to throw at least five picks and zero touchdowns was Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3 of 2016.

Limited Kids Hollis Thompson Jersey After going without a target in two of his team’s first four games, Chargers TE Hunter Henry was productive against the New York Giants, finishing with three catches for 42 yards on eight targets, including a 25-yard touchdown for a score. It’s Henry’s second touchdown in as many games. NFL observers projected the second-year pro out of Arkansas as a breakout performer this season, but he has yet to get into a rhythm with quarterback Philip Rivers.

If you had Amari Cooper as your No. 1 receiver in your fantasy league, yeah, well…Cooper’s relative absence from the Raiders offense in this three-game losing streak has been nothing short of mystifying. In Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, Cooper was targeted just two times and had an eight-yard catch. In the losing streak, Cooper has four catches for 23 yards. Yikes. That hurts not only in fantasy, but in real life, too, for the Raiders.

The Mike Glennon era was an expensive four-game experiment.

Here comes Mitchell Trubisky and a chance for the Bears to be more effective offensively to compliment a defense that isn’t terrible.

Jacoby Brissett has given the team consistent fight while Andrew Luck is out, but unfortunately, he can’t do anything to help the defense.

The Giants are the best winless team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean much in relation to their expectations. Odell Beckham Jr. is a convenient target for criticism, but he isn’t the right one — that would be the defense.

Their status as NFL nomads has led to zero wins no matter what they’ve done on both sides of the ball in mostly close games. Don’t be surprised if everything suddenly comes together for the Chargers with road warrior Philip Rivers.

Will there be a change from Brian Hoyer soon? That’s the decision facing Kyle Shanahan if they keep losing close games and sliding into a free-fall.
DeShone Kizer is getting overwhelmed because he’s getting very little help. The defense, meanwhile, will get Myles Garrett back to give it a lot more help.

Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is iffy at best to play. If Matt Cassel has to go for the Titans, he drags down the entire offense and further exposes a defense that can’t stop anything. Jay Cutler and Jay Ajayi have been in front of Miami’s major offensive woes, but they also haven’t had a chance to perform at home. The Dolphins’ skill players will drive the Titans batty as Miami wakes up big-time.

The Chargers get a much-needed second road game to get away from the mess in Los Angeles. Philip Rivers is the better overall QB than Eli Manning, now, then and always. The Giants’ defense has hit a free-fall, and their pass-happy ways play into the strengths of the Chargers’ defense. With a lot of Rivers and enough Melvin Gordon, it’s LA getting its first win instead of NY.
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Johnson has emerged as the Browns running back that you have the most confidence in playing this season

Youth Patrick Ewing Jersey The session also felt like a lot of owners’ meetings, with nobody running it, owners sitting behind poker faces as they wondered whether to express an opinion and, finally, as usual, Jerry Jones filling the void. As much as any owner, Jones doesn’t do anything that isn’t good for the NFL’s business interests. He reiterated that he was not in favor of the kneeling, but that the owners had to find a sincere way to listen to the players’ concerns. How do we address the root issue for the players on this? he wondered aloud. In the long run, it’s not good to kneel. People don’t want football to be politicized, but there’s a need to do something to listen to our players and help them.
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Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns

Johnson has emerged as the Browns running back that you have the most confidence in playing this season, even though most of his value stems from his receiving. He has 15 catches on 17 targets over the past two games. The Browns face the Jets next at home, which doesn’t project as a game in which they will be forced to play from behind, but Johnson’s playmaking and run-after-catch skills are exactly what this offense needs right now. — Field Yates

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

The Packers offense came into Week 4 ranked eighth in GBR (42.6 percent) and increased that mark to a 44.3 percent level by the end of the Chicago contest. Jones is likely to end up as the lead back given the Packers running back injuries. Combine the two factors together and he should get more than enough quality rushing opportunities to outperform his relatively low salary. Just keep an eye on whether or not Ty Montgomery or Jamaal Williams suit up this weekend. — KC Joyner

Ra’Shede Hageman suspended six games after 2016 arrest on domestic violence charges

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman has been suspended six games by the NFL, a league spokesman confirmed Friday.

Hageman was arrested last year on domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his then-girlfriend.
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To take Crick’s place on the roster and along the defensive front, the Broncos said they’ve signed former Seahawks nose tackle Ahtyba Ruben, who started every game in Seattle in 2015 and ’16 but was cut this year after the Seahawks traded for Sheldon Richardson.

Crick, who had 53 total tackles and three sacks in 2016, had practiced only twice since Aug. 15, when he left the field because of what ESPN now describes as a disk issue.

Sam Mills Elite Jersey A sixth-year veteran, Crick, 28, is in the final year of his two-year contract with the Broncos. He is due $1.5 million in base salary and carries a dead-money value of $2.25 million, the Denver Post reported.

Lineup Changes: You can choose to lock lineups when the first game of the week starts, typically Thursday evening. This is a good setting if your owners don’t have a lot of time to spend obsessing about their teams throughout the week, because roster moves can be made only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (prior to kickoff). The downside is that since you have to set your official lineups by Thursday evening most weeks, you can’t wait for injury information you may get Saturday or Sunday morning to make lineup and waiver moves.

Most leagues use the setting that allows you to change your lineup right up to the start of each individual player’s kickoff that week. This allows you to find out if a player is active/inactive due to injury, react to the score of your game against your opponent (e.g., using a safer play if you are in the lead or a riskier upside option if you’re behind), etc. It also helps avoid situations where a player gets hurt in warm-ups or gets benched unexpectedly.

The Giants’ offense is broken, and it could cost them their season

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It wasn’t too surprising when the New York Giants offense sputtered without Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 1, but Monday night’s 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions exposed some huge problems that go way deeper than Beckham’s health.

This offense is rotten to the core, and it’s hard to see any quick fixes.

With the Giants now 0-2, a return to the playoffs is looking like a distant proposition. The defense still played well, holding Matthew Stafford to just 122 passing yards, the lowest total of his career. But none of that matters as long as the offense plays limp, lifeless, dull football. It’s been a running trend for a while now — New York hasn’t reached 20 points since Week 12 of the 2016 season, an eight-game streak that continued this week.

Ross finished the 2016 season with 1,150 receiving yards, 17 receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one kick return touchdown. But it was his only truly productive seasons at UW after an ACL tear cost him all of 2015.

That injury and the fact that Ross has already had a few dings during the 2017 offseason raises serious concerns about his longevity. But the Bengals took him at No. 9 overall and that means he’ll have to be more than just a role player with a few manufactured touches.

Marcus Williams Jersey It’s difficult to know how Ross fits in because preseason gave us so little to work with. A shoulder injury kept the rookie sidelined for the first two games and a knee sprain cut his time in the preseason finale short.

In two games, Ross was on the field for a combined 28 snaps and touched the ball three times — twice on running plays. His highlight was a 25-yard run on an end around that showed some of the juice that made him a top draft pick.