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Robinson Cano unexpectedly has monster night to carry Mets

Floorball New York Post

Mickey Callaway reserved the cleanup spot for the owner of the lowest batting average and fewest home runs of any Mets position player in Tuesday’s starting lineup. Robinson Cano then reinforced the manager’s belief that the aging, eight-time
'Mickey Callaway reserved the cleanup spot for the owner of the lowest batting average and fewest home runs of any Mets position player in Tuesday’s starting lineup. Robinson Cano then reinforced the manager’s belief that the aging, eight-time All-Star still belongs in the heart of the order — and convinced countless more. After spending nine..'

Ramon Laureano honored AL Player of the Week

Floorball East Bay Times

Ramon Laureano had a 1.042 slugging mark, 10 runs, six doubles, two home runs with two RBI this week.
'In the hours following the announcement of Ramon Laureano’s American League Player of the Week honor, Laureano took a light snooze in the A’s clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. A major series against Oakland’s toughest division foe was afoot, and no award would interrupt his unorthodox intense zen. “It’s cool,” Laureano said a while later of the award. “I enjoyed it for one minute because Bob told me to, but got to keep moving on. Today’s a new series, very important.” That’s typical Laureano: humble, competitive. But, could he take a detour away from the competitive tunnel vision? “No, I tried to get him to enjoy it and smile just for a second, and he said ‘no it’s all about today,’” manager Bob Melvin laughed. “He’s really humble in the way he goes about it and I said, ‘it’s alright, we’re not playing a game right now you can smile, you can feel good about it.’ So he kind of relented for a second. I did get a smile out of it.” So, the manager and center fielder negotiated reluctant smirk. Both sides had a point. Mid-7 game stretch against two of the toughest teams in the league perhaps warranted a brief pause for celebration. Laureano had quite the week (in which the A’s went 4-2), and the numbers say it all: A 1.042 slugging mark, 10 runs, six doubles, two home runs with two RBI. A .577 OBP and 1.619 OPS and .542 average in six games. Heck, he’s had quite the month, too: A .434 average, .962 slugging mark with a 1.447 OPS — that’s seven doubles, seven home runs and 13 RBI in 15 games. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tTakeaways: Might October bring an Oakland Athletics-Minnesota Twins encore?\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tLiam Hendriks’ scoreless streak ends, Athletics lose in ninth\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tTakeaways: Ramon Laureano continues hot July, Khris Davis delivers again in A’s win\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tNinth inning rally hands A’s big win over Twins\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tA closer look at Ramon Laureano’s extraordinary July\t\t \t\t\t \t “I had a feeling that may happen,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s pretty humble about it, tries to play it off. ‘It’s not about last week, its about today.’ But it’s something he should be proud of because his numbers have been incredible.” And yet, Laureano’s dry reaction is emblematic of the mentality that got him this award in the first place. He’s on a tear it seems this team wasn’t prepared to see out of him this soon in his career. Laureano is just 148 games into his big league career, and he’s managed to counter opposing pitchers’ adjustments. He does his homework, his athleticism gives him the extra effort to transform ordinary plays into spectacular ones — even if the effort sometimes results in a gaffe.” The A’s last series against Minnesota was a prime example of his dynamism. He’d transform routine ground-ball singles into hustle-doubles and ease into helter-skelter catches at the center field wall — but sometimes let spectacular plays literally slip through his leather (he let slip Jorge Polanco’s fly ball in Sunday’s loss for an error). If anything, the award allows a window to appreciate the tear Laureano is on. And, if you’re Laureano, perhaps it provides extra motivation to stay atop the mountain. “Just have to keep it going,” Laureano said. “New week today, move forward.”'

Broncos Position Preview: Running Backs/Fullbacks

Floorball CBS Denver

Phillip Lindsay was the Broncos only offensive player selected to the Pro Bowl last season.
'By Justin Adams ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – With the Denver Broncos training camp underway, let’s take a look at each position . Here’s how the Broncos stack up at running back and fullback. In the Hunt: Running Back Devontae Booker, 4th season Phillip Lindsay, 2nd season Royce Freeman, 2nd season Devontae Jackson, rookie Khalfani Muhammad, 2nd season David Williams, 2nd season Fullback Andy Janovich, 4th season George Aston, rookie Projected Starters: Phillip Lindsay (Running Back), Andy Janovich (Fullback) Phillip Lindsay was the Broncos only offensive player selected to the Pro Bowl last season. In the 15 games he played, Lindsay started eight and rushed for 1,037 yards with nine touchdowns. With his blazing speed, Lindsay had the Broncos longest carry of 65 yards, the longest gain since Ronnie Hillman in 2015. Lindsay’s terrific rookie season was cut short with a wrist injury against the Oakland Raiders on Christmas Eve. (credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Andy Janovich is tabbed as the lead blocker for Lindsay. Last season, Janovich had a career-high in receptions with eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Reserves: Royce Freeman, Devontae Booker, Khalfani Muhammad, Devontae Jackson, George Aston Devontae Booker is playing on the final year on his rookie contract. He’ll have to hold off Khalfani Muhammad and Devontae Jackson to secure his roster spot. Booker was third on the team with 38 receptions last season. Muhammad spent the final month of the Broncos season on the practice squad last year. George Aston is an undrafted rookie from the University of Pittsburgh. Best Training Camp Battle: Phillip Lindsay vs Royce Freeman The starting running back position will be between two second year tailbacks. Last season, Phillip Lindsay took the starting running back spot from Royce Freeman mid-season and didn’t look back. Lindsay’s speed and tenacity helped him rush for 1,037 yards with nine touchdowns en route to becoming the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to make a Pro Bowl. Royce Freeman (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) But Lindsay is coming off a wrist injury that kept him out of the season finale and all of the offseason activities. This could open a door for Freeman who rushed for 521 yards and five touchdowns last season. Freeman is also a bigger back than Lindsay at 229 pounds, which could help him become the Broncos leader in carries this season. Under the Radar: Devontae Jackson One player that can defy the odds to make the roster is West Georgia product Devontae Jackson. Standing at 5-7, 170 pounds, he has turned head in offseason practice with his speed. In order for Jackson to make the final roster, he would have to beat out Devontae Booker for the third running back spot. Stats to Know: – Joe Flacco has made the playoffs six times. Only once he has done it without a 1,000-yard rusher. (2008, his rookie season). – Phillip Lindsay was the first undrafted offensive rookie selected to the Pro Bowl. – The Broncos have never had two running backs rush for over 1,000 yards in a single-season. The closest is tandem was Mike Anderson (1,014 yards) and Tatum Bell (921 yards) in 2005. What They Said: Offensive Coordinator Rich Scangarello on Phillip Lindsay “He’s just one of the more dynamic players in this league. I’m excited to get to work him and the great part is that we kind of know the people around us and what they’re capable of. He’s a guy that we know is capable of a lot, but again, we’re going to want him to do the things he can do best. That will be the fun part of training camp when we get him rolling.” BRONCOS TRAINING CAMP: See All Of Justin Adams’ Position Breakdowns'