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Pitcher Michael Pineda Set to Start on Wedneaday for Yankees

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a lengthy absence from the team, starting pitcher Michael Pineda is set to start for the New York Yankees on Wednesday against Baltimore Orioles.

Pineda has been out of action since late April following a suspension as well as shoulder and back issues.

The 25-year-old Pineda has been dominant in his rehab starts, and the team has determined he is ready to rejoin the starting rotation.

The Yankees acquired Pineda in a trade with the Seattle Mariners back in 2012, but due to various injuries, was unable to make his team debut till this season.

Before getting hurt, Pineda was finally showing Yankee fans why he was worth the wait. In four starts, Pineda went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

His return could not have come at a better time for the Bronx Bombers. With injuries to Ivan Nova, C.C. Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and others, the Yankees pitching depth has taken a serious hit this season, yet they are still in the thick of the American League Wild Card race.

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Rams Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Makes NFL Preseason Debut

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — On Friday night, Michael Sam’s dream of playing in the NFL came true as he made his preseason debut as member of the St. Louis Rams.

Sam is the first openly gay athelte in NFL history, so his pro debut was no small feat.

Against the New Orleans Saints, Sam was solid in opener. He had a tackle as well as a quarterback hit for the team.

“You know, I can play in this league,” Sam said. “I can play in this league.”

“He’s unpolished like a lot of rookies,” Rams defensive end Chris Long said of Sam. “But he pleasantly surprised you when he went out in a game situation and played pretty well.”

Sam was selected by the Rams in the seventh round after a productive collegiate career at Missouri. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and now Sam will get every chance to make the talented Rams defensive unit.

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Yankees’ Derek Jeter Moves Into Tie for 6th on All-Time Hits List

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The milestones continue to pile up for Derek Jeter. On Friday night, the New York Yaknees shortstop went 1-for-4 and in the process moved into a tie for sixth on the all-time hit list.

Jeter tied Honus Wagner for sixth place on the career list with his 3,430th hit in the first inning.

This will be the final season for the 40-year-old Jeter, his 20th with the Yankees. Among his many career accomplishments, Jeter keeps climbing up the hits list.

Jeter may have a hard time moving up to the fifth spot, as he trails Tris Speaker by 84 hits.

“Big names. I mean really big names,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s been fun to watch him go through it this season.”

Even more important for the Yankees was Jeter’s hit helped lead the team to a 10-6 win over the New York Yankees. Despite dealing with a slew of injuries, the Yankees still find themselves in the Wild Card hunt in the American League.

They trail the Kansas City Royals by just .5 games for the final Wild Card spot heading into Saturday.

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Gay Takes Durant’s Spot on Team USA

NBA/Memphis Grizzlies(NEW YORK) — Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay joined the U.S. national basketball team Friday, a day after forward Kevin Durant withdrew from the squad.

“We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said when talking about his and head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks about adding Gay to the team. “Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball national team.”

During that 2010 world championships, Gay averaged seven points per game while coming off the bench. He was also one of the final cuts made by the 2012 Olympic team.

Team USA will start practicing again Thursday in Chicago as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 30 in Spain.

“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” Gay said. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”

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Dodgers Send Beckett to DL

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — The Los Angeles Dodgers sent starting pitcher Josh Beckett to the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a hip impingement.

Beckett already spent time on the DL in early July for the same ailment. The injury also resulted in Beckett suffering a torn labrum and two cysts.

While there is speculation that Beckett’s season is over, Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly is staying positive.

“It’s a possibility,” Mattingly said when addressing if Beckett will pitch again this season. “At the point we’re talking about, 10 days or two weeks of rest and then starting the (recovery) progression. I anticipate that he will be able to pitch again this year.”

The 34-year-old Beckett (6-6) has pitched 115 2/3 innings this season compiling a 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 39 walks and 107 strikeouts.

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Dodgers Send Beckett to DL

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — The Los Angeles Dodgers sent starting pitcher Josh Beckett to the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a hip impingement.

Beckett already spent time on the DL in early July for the same ailment. The injury also resulted in Beckett suffering a torn labrum and two cysts.

While there is speculation that Beckett’s season is over, Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly is staying positive.

“It’s a possibility,” Mattingly said when addressing if Beckett will pitch again this season. “At the point we’re talking about, 10 days or two weeks of rest and then starting the (recovery) progression. I anticipate that he will be able to pitch again this year.”

The 34-year-old Beckett (6-6) has pitched 115 2/3 innings this season compiling a 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 39 walks and 107 strikeouts.

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Cubs Trade for SP Jacob Turner

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –The Chicago Cubs acquired starting pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins Friday in exchange for minor league relievers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.

The 23-year-old Turner was the ninth overall pick of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. He pitched well through the minor leagues but has struggled in the majors, appearing in 53 games and posting a 9-21 record with a 4.77 ERA.

“He was one of the better starting pitching prospects in all of baseball as recently as a couple of years ago,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “We feel like that talent’s still in there. If you look at his velocity, it’s still there. If you look at some of his peripheral numbers, they’re still pretty decent.”
Turner has pitched 78 1/3 innings this season compiling a 4-7 record, 5.97 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 23 walks and 54 strikeouts.
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Cubs Trade for SP Jacob Turner

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –The Chicago Cubs acquired starting pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins Friday in exchange for minor league relievers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.

The 23-year-old Turner was the ninth overall pick of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. He pitched well through the minor leagues but has struggled in the majors, appearing in 53 games and posting a 9-21 record with a 4.77 ERA.

“He was one of the better starting pitching prospects in all of baseball as recently as a couple of years ago,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “We feel like that talent’s still in there. If you look at his velocity, it’s still there. If you look at some of his peripheral numbers, they’re still pretty decent.”
Turner has pitched 78 1/3 innings this season compiling a 4-7 record, 5.97 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 23 walks and 54 strikeouts.
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Dolphins Safety Reshad Jones Suspended Four Games

Marc Serota/Getty Images(ATLANTA) –Miami Dolphins starting safety Reshad Jones was suspended four games by the NFL Friday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

“The NFL recently informed me that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL performance-enhancing substances policy,” Jones said in a statement released by the Dolphins. “I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test.”

“I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked. I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches. I apologize to them, (owner)Stephen Ross, the Dolphins organization and fans. During the time away from the team, I will maintain an intense training program so that I can help my team as soon as I return.”

Jones, 26, signed a four-year, $30 million contract with Miami in 2013. He has played four NFL seasons, all with the Dolphins, compiling 214 tackles, 19 passes defended, seven interceptions, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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Dolphins Safety Reshad Jones Suspended Four Games

Marc Serota/Getty Images(ATLANTA) –Miami Dolphins starting safety Reshad Jones was suspended four games by the NFL Friday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

“The NFL recently informed me that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL performance-enhancing substances policy,” Jones said in a statement released by the Dolphins. “I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test.”

“I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked. I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches. I apologize to them, (owner)Stephen Ross, the Dolphins organization and fans. During the time away from the team, I will maintain an intense training program so that I can help my team as soon as I return.”

Jones, 26, signed a four-year, $30 million contract with Miami in 2013. He has played four NFL seasons, all with the Dolphins, compiling 214 tackles, 19 passes defended, seven interceptions, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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