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Ryan Day gets ready for his first season at Ohio State; success hinges on Justin Fields at QB


Ryan Day on Monday explaining why Justin Fields will be the QB ( photo)


65,297 Ryan Day Ohio State head coach On QB’s Defense and team news August 2019

Ryan Day, the new Ohio State head football coach is starting his first season after taking over for the popular and successful Urban Meyer.

Much is expected yearly at the Columbus, Ohio school, one of the Big Ten’s benchmark schools. Anything less than at least a Big East title, Conference title, Bowl win or National Championship is deemed not good enough to media and fans.

Day proved he can coach during Meyer’s three-game suspension during 2018 in the Zach Smith debacle when the Buckeyes went 3-0 beating Oregon State 77-31, Rutgers 52-3 and a then tough TCU 40-28. Yes, people are saying the team would have won those games under Meyer too. But during that time, Day proved that he could deal with the media, lead the team, be organized and looked like he belonged as a head coach at least to this reporter.

But Day took over the program facing some tough questions. Who was going to replace record-setting QB Dwayne Haskins, who left early for the NFL. Who was going to coach the defense and get them back on track and who would be his assistant coaches.

He aswered all of those questions in record fashion. His first player move was to bring in QB Justin Fields, who transferred from Georgia. Put together a defensive staff that included two key coaches from Michigan, Greg Mattison and Al Washington. He then was able to add to the QB roster two more transfers, Chris Chugunov from West Virginia and Columbus area native, Gunnar Hoak from Kentucky. The quarterback room as Coach Day has been telling the media, is really unproven with very little experience but loaded with talent. We will see!


Indians issue medical update on ace pitcher Corey Kluber


Corey Kluber throwing to plate 2013 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

August 20, 2019


Corey Kluber was removed from the game on Sunday, August 18 after experiencing tightness to his left abdomen during the first inning.

He was examined in Cleveland and imaging confirmed an internal oblique strain.

He has been shut down from throwing and will begin a rehab program. His time frame for return to game activity is to be determined and he will be re-examined in 2 weeks to determine his readiness to resume throwing.

Additionally, RHP Jefry Rodriguez and OF Bradley Zimmer will rehab tonight for AA Akron and RHP Dan Otero for AAA Columbus. RHP Carlos Carrasco is slated to pitch in relief for Akron on Thursday.

Read more: Cleveland Indians


A’s release veteran RHP Marco Estrada


Marco Estrada (courtesy


August 20, 2019


OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s have released right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada, the club announced Tuesday.

Estrada was signed by the A’s as a free agent Jan. 25 and began the season as the A’s number two starter. He was 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA and .242 opponents batting average in five starts when he was placed on the 10-day injured list April 17 with a lumbar strain. The 36-year-old right-hander began a rehab assignment on July 25 and went 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA and .283 opponents batting average in five starts, including one with the A’s Gold team in the Arizona Rookie League, three with Single-A Stockton and one with Triple-A Las Vegas.

The A’s now have one open spot on the 40-man roster.

Read more: Oakland Athletics


Texas Rangers announce Michael Young number retirement for August 31


Michael Young running bases in 2009 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Ceremony to take place on Saturday, August 31 prior to Rangers-Mariners game; special $10 ticket offer available for that game

2:54 PM CDT


Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced details for the ceremony to retire the uniform number 10 of infielder Michael Young on Saturday, August 31 against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The on-field ceremony will begin at 6:40 p.m. with the first pitch of the Rangers-Mariners game moved from 7:05 to 7:35 p.m. that evening.

To celebrate the retiring of Young’s number, FOX Sports Southwest and 105.3 The Fan are teaming up to offer $10 upper level tickets for the August 31 game against the Seattle Mariners by using coupon code YOUNG at Tickets for this special offer can be purchased by visiting or going to the first base box office at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Young will become the fifth Ranger to have his uniform number retired by the club, joining Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan’s #34 in 1996, former manager Johnny Oates’ #26 in 2005, Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez’ #7 in 2017, and third baseman Adrian Beltre’s #29 this past June. In addition, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 worn by Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in the major leagues, in 1997.

Adrian Beltre and Ivan Rodriguez will be among the former Rangers attending the August 31 ceremony to honor Young. Speakers will include former teammate Mark DeRosa, Rangers Hall of Famer Tom Grieve, and City of Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, who will proclaim Saturday, August 31 as Michael Young Day in Arlington. Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel will serve as the master of ceremonies. There are several tribute videos and special presentations planned.

A special logo commemorating the retirement of Young’s #10 will be used on the game bases and on other field elements that evening.

Young, who re-joined the Rangers as Special Assistant to the General Manager in November 2014, retired in January 2014 after an outstanding 13-year major league career.

Acquired by Texas from the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2000, Young played in a team record 1,823 games from 2000-12. He captured Rangers Player of the Year honors five times, matching Juan Gonzalez for the most in team history and was selected to the A.L. All-Star team at three different positions. Young batted .300 or better a club record seven times including six seasons with at least 200 hits. He won the A.L. batting title in 2005 and was the MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game at San Diego. Young is the only player in All-Star Game history with two game-winning hits in his team’s final at bat (2006 and 2008),

He is the Washington/Texas’ all-time leader in games, hits (2230), runs (1085), doubles (415), triples (55), total bases (3286), at bats (7399), and multi-hit games (651) and ranks third in RBI (984) and extra base hits (647) while batting .301 with 177 homers. Young was a starter at all four infield positions in his Rangers career, earning a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008.

Overall, Young batted .300 with 185 homers and 1030 RBI in 1970 games with the Rangers (2000-2012), Phillies (2013), and Dodgers (2013).

Young’s work in the community earned him two Major League Baseball Players Association Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards (2008 and 2011) and the Rangers 2010 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.

Tickets for the Saturday, August 31 game and all 2019 Texas Rangers home games can be purchased at, by calling 972RANGERS, or at the Globe Life Park in Arlington first base box office.

Read more: Texas Rangers


Pirates issue statement on death of Dave Klasnick

7:36 PM EDT


The entire Pirates organization mourns the loss of our dear friend Dave Klasnick. Dave loved the Pirates and supported the Club and Pirates Charities with his time, treasure and unmatched energy. Dave was extremely proud of the fact that he was one of the very first season ticket holders at PNC Park, having cornered Kevin McClatchy at the groundbreaking ceremony in 1999 and convinced him to sell Dave seats in the new Home Plate Club. Dave understood the game of baseball and passed on his love of the game to scores of kids in our region during his many years coaching youth baseball. While modest to the core, Dave was proud that he had the opportunity to coach future Major League players Sean Casey and Kevin Orie. All of Dave’s young players learned the importance of respect for the game, your teammates and your opponents.

Dave was a close friend who constantly reminded me of the remarkable power of a positive attitude, a strong motor and a good soul. He was a special person who will be missed by all of us at the Pirates. Our prayers go out to Nancy, David, Rob and all of Dave’s family and many friends.

Read more: Pittsburgh Pirates


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