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Rangers’ Guilder Rodriguez, 31, Gets First Major League Hit

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tex.) — In what has been a lost season for the Texas Rangers, Monday night was a bright spot as career minor leauger Guilder Rodriguez played a big part in the team’s 4-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Rodriguez has spent the vast majority of his baseball career in the minor leagues before getting called up by the Rangers — 13 seasons and 1,095 games to be exact.

In his second-career start, Rodriguez belted his first Major League hit with members of his family in attendance. As if that wasn’t a big enough moment for him, in the seventh inning he hit a two-out single to drive in outfielder Jake Smolinski for what proved to be the game-winning RBI.

“This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born,” Rodriguez said. “It’s unbelievable. I feel great. My first big league hit, my first RBI, my father in the stands, my wife.”

After the game, Rodriguez received a Gotorade shower from teammate Elvis Andrus.

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Pirates Will Do All They Can to Keep Catch Russell Martin

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of a career-year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acknowledged that they will make a strong push to bring back catcher Russell Martin, who is set to hit the free agent market.

Martin has helped lead the Pirates to become one of the top teams in the National League again this season. The team will most likely make the playoffs.

In line for a big pay day, Pirates’ general manager Neil Huntington knows the risk and reward involved with negotiations.

“We are going to try to do everything we can to keep Russ. We’d love nothing more than to have (Martin) in a Pirates uniform,” Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune. “(Martin) is a unique circumstance where we got beat up for signing him and if he does (leave), we are going to get highly criticized.”

Now 31 years old and in his ninth season in Major League Baseball, Martin is hitting .297 with 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, and a .409 OBP. It is the first time he’s hit over .250 in a season since back in 2008 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Pitta Out for Season After Undergoing Hip Surgery

Al Bello/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had season-ending hip surgery on Monday.

It’s the second time in a year that Pitta has undergone hip surgery, leaving his NFL future in doubt.

“I don’t know the ramifications of that long-term,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “The specialists, they’ll have to give us information on that. I really don’t know. I’m going to be really hopeful for Dennis’ return, and I’m sure we will learn about that as we go.”

Pitta was hurt during the team’s win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday after catching a pass. He turned to make the catch, and when he twisted back around, he couldn’t put all of his weight on his right leg and fell to the ground.

The 29-year-old Pitta, who during the off-season received a five-year, $32.5 million contract, had 16 catches for 125 yards in three games this season.

With Pitta out, the Ravens will have to depend upon Owen Daniels and Kyle Juszczyk to handle the team’s tight end duties.

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Lions LB Tulloch Done for Season

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee Sunday in the Lions win over the Green Bay Packers.

The injury occurred while Tulloch was celebrating a sack of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter.

Tulloch stayed in the game for one more play before leaving the field for good.

“Obviously he’s disappointed,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s been one of our fine team leaders, but obviously he’ll still be around helping our guys with a little instruction and things of that nature.”

The 29-year-old Tulloch has never missed a game since being drafted in 2006.

Tulloch had 135 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and an interception last season for the Lions.

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ESPN: Steelers Lose LB Jarvis Jones at Least 8 Weeks

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list Monday, according to ESPN.com.

Jones had surgery on his wrist Monday after he dislocated it during the team’s 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

The Steelers used their one annual injured reserve exemption on Jones, meaning the linebacker will be able to practice in six weeks and play in a game in eight weeks if deemed healthy.

The 24-year-old Jones, who was drafted by the Steelers with the 17th overall selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, had 14 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in three games this season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, linebacker James Harrison, who retired less than three weeks ago, is expected to join the Steelers.

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Bears Thwart Jets Late Rally, Win 27-19

Nick Laham/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — Down by eight with 3:18 left in the game, quarterback Geno Smith led the New York Jets 71 yards before his fourth down pass to Jeremy Kerley was caught out of bounds, sealing the Chicago Bears a 27-19 win Monday night.

The Bears (2-1) started their scoring early when safety Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards on the second offensive play of the game.

Jay Cutler completed 23 of 38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns — both to tight end Martellus Bennett — in the win.

“Right now I feel I’m very intelligent on the field,” Bennett said. “The game is getting a lot easier. I know the offense better. I know what Jay wants.”

The Jets (1-2) had problems on offense, turning the ball over three times and losing receiver Eric Decker to a hamstring injury in the first half.

Alshon Jeffrey had eight receptions for 105 yards in the win.

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Dallas Mavericks Sign G Doran Lamb

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard Doran Lamb on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 53 games with the Orlando Magic last season, Lamb averaged 3.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. The three-year NBA veteran was originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks out of Kentucky in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

Lamb was a member of Kentucky’s 2012 NCAA championship team. As a sophomore, he averaged 13.7 points in 31.2 minutes of action.

In 100 career regular-season NBA games, Lamb has averaged 3.6 points per game.

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Chargers Running Back Danny Woodhead Likely Out for Season

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Already dealing with an injury to starting running back Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is likely out the rest of the season with a severe high ankle sprain as well as a fractured fibula.

Woodhead suffered the injury during the first quarter of the team’s win over the Buffalo Bills. He needed to be carted off the field.

“Hey, we’re going to keep rolling,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “We have to keep going, and we’re not going to make any excuses.”

Donald Brown, who signed with the team during the offseason, will likely see the bulk of the carries while Mathews recovers from a MCL knee sprain.

“Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the sport,” said Brown, who finished with 62 yards on 31 carries in San Diego’s 22-10 win at Buffalo. “Guys are going to get hurt, and other guys have to step out and carry the load. Next man (up) is pretty much the mantra of this team.”

Woodhead ends his season with 38 rushing yards on 15 carries.

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Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio.

General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn’t reach by Oct. 31.

“We’re going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love,” Newton said. “We’re going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we’re not necessarily in a rush.”

“Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player,” Newton continued. “So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides.”

If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club.

Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game.

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Chargers Running Back Danny Woodhead Likely Out for Season

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Already dealing with an injury to starting running back Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is likely out the rest of the season with a severe high ankle sprain as well as a fractured fibula.

Woodhead suffered the injury during the first quarter of the team’s win over the Buffalo Bills. He needed to be carted off the field.

“Hey, we’re going to keep rolling,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “We have to keep going, and we’re not going to make any excuses.”

Donald Brown, who signed with the team during the offseason, will likely see the bulk of the carries while Mathews recovers from a MCL knee sprain.

“Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the sport,” said Brown, who finished with 62 yards on 31 carries in San Diego’s 22-10 win at Buffalo. “Guys are going to get hurt, and other guys have to step out and carry the load. Next man (up) is pretty much the mantra of this team.”

Woodhead ends his season with 38 rushing yards on 15 carries.

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