the Padres are the last show in San Diego.

I’ll resist the urge to crack wise and propose that baseball go to a home run derby after 12 innings, because, you know, that’s so clichéd.

“It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch. As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time,” Torre told Yahoo Sports.

“It’s baseball. I’m just trying to get back to that, where this is the game that people come to watch. It doesn’t mean you’re going to score. You’re just trying to play baseball.”

Tigers (15-15) at Diamondbacks (18-15), 9:40 p.m. ET — Detroit finally looks set to make a change at closer with Francisco Rodriguez reeling. That, along with the fact Justin Verlander (2-2, 4.21 ERA) is on the mound, should ease the restless Tigers fans in Detroit. Arizona will counter with former Tiger prospect Robbie Ray (2-2, 3.47 ERA), who has turned into a strikeout artist.

Consider this: Now that the NFL’s Chargers have bolted to Los Angeles, the Padres are the last show in San Diego. The Padres were a team in desperate need of a new face to represent the Cheap NHL Jerseys franchise. They hadn’t had one since the days of the late, great Tony Gwynn. So San Diego put its faith in still-young-but-feels-like-he’s-been-here-forever Wil Myers. It was the right move to make.

Myers showed flashes of his once-exalted offensive prowess early in the 2016 season. In doing so, Myers also exhibited his Wil-power (woof) — he only had 27 career home runs prior to his arrival in San Diego. He hit 28 in 2016, including 18 at home in Petco Park, a notorious pitchers’ ballpark. It resulted in his first All-Star appearance. Oh, and he did all this while learning — and exceeding expectations at — a new position.

Cubs’ World Series trophy reportedly damaged by music fans at late-night concert

“The question remains what owner and GM is going to step up and sign Colin so their team has a better chance to WIN? What Crime has Colin Committed? Look at the QB’s Of all 32 teams. This is some straight up shenanigans, subterfuge, skullduggery and BS. Ya-Dig?”

SN’s own David Steele has questioned whether Kaepernick, who has four postseason victories and a near Super Bowl win on his resume, is being blackballed by NFL teams for his social activism.

Bleacher Report NFL columnist Mike Freeman wrote many NFL clubs “genuinely hate” Kaepernick and “want nothing to do with him.”

Plenty agree with Lee. His pro-Kaepernick post has drawn over 14,000 likes and counting on Instagram. But Jason Whitlock, co-host of FS1’s “Speak for Yourself,” said the world’s most famous Knicks fan has “no credibility” when it comes to pro football.

The Cubs’ World Series trophy stayed out late for an Eddie Vedder concert New York Giants Cheap Jerseys in Boston over the weekend, and looked a little ragged the next morning.

According to the Boston Globe, the trophy, along with the Red Sox 2004 World Series trophy, were part of the backstage party for the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Paradise Rock Club. (Cubs President Theo Epstein and his brother, Paul, host the annual fundraising concert.)

But around 1 a.m., as Vedder and everyone else rocked to the strains of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” the trophies were passed through the crowd.

The Red Sox’s trophy apparently fared OK. The Cubs’ had a few too many handlers and came back missing a few of the little gold-plated flags representing each of the 30 MLB teams.

According to the Globe, the trophy was repaired in time to be displayed for the next night’s Cubs-Red Sox game at Fenway. We’re betting this move will not be repeated at any future benefit concert by the Epsteins.

Aaron Hernandez’s former friend recounts night of alleged double murder during testimony

A key witness in the ongoing double-murder trial of Aaron Hernandez took the stand Monday and described in gripping detail the night the one-time NFL star allegedly shot and killed two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.

Alexander Bradley, a former confidant to Hernandez, testified he was driving the Toyota 4Runner when, prosecutors say, Hernandez opened fire from the passenger window, killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012. During testimony, Bradley identified Hernandez as the trigger man. Hernandez was angry over an encounter with the victims inside the nightclub, Bradley said, and ordered him to pull up next to the BMW sedan carrying de Abreu and Furtado at an intersection outside.

Not insignificant in all of this is Peterson making $12 million last year, and the Vikings declining his option for $18 million this year. The entire universe knew he wasn’t going to get eight figures in 2017, but seeing Lacy come off the market first among top-level running backs and end up with just $3 million had to make him flinch.

The death of the running back position has been foretold for years, surviving even the arrival of Ezekiel Elliott last season. But the discounted rates and lukewarm early interest reinforce that idea … and adds one more thing to work against Peterson.

It could be a number of factors that left Peterson on the outside looking in, but what’s known now is that he went to Seattle, came back without an contract, then saw Lacy get snapped up.

While Hall of Fame vote totals for controversial contemporaries Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been on the rise in recent years, making it a realistic possibility the pair could make it into Cooperstown, Sosa has polled between 6 and 9 percent each of the last four years — just above the 5 percent MLB Cheap Jerseys threshold necessary to stay on the ballot.

Betts went 2 for 4 with two runs scored a home run and three RBIs

Jose Berrios has been one of the Twins’ top prospects for a couple years, and the highly rated starting pitcher finally displayed some of his talent Saturday in a 4-1 win against the Indians. Berrios, who was promoted from Triple-A on Friday, allowed just one earned run off of two hits and four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Mookie Betts and Chris Sale led the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Rays. Betts went 2 for 4 with two runs scored a home run and three RBIs. Sale whiffed 12 batters while giving up just three runs off of two hits in seven innings, and is now 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA this season.

Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals, and is now batting just .183 this season. It is time for Joe Maddon to abort the controversial decision to bat Schwarber leadoff. It isn’t working.

The Nationals have most of the pieces to be a World Series contender, but they’re going to have to find some way to fix their bullpen or it could cost them in September. The Orioles also look to be a legitimate contender with their ability to win close games. Baltimore is now 8-1 in games decided by a single run and Trumbo’s walk-off winner was the seventh of his career.

Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin improved to 4-0 on the season with a complete-game shutout of the Padres. Griffin scattered just four hits and struck out four with one walk in the 11-0 victory. He is the first Rangers pitcher to toss a shutout since Colby Lewis on Sept. 11, 2015.

Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz lasted just four innings at Miller Park. He surrendered first-inning home runs to Eric Thames and Keon Broxton as the Brewers jumped out to a 5-1 lead en route to an 11-7 victory. Pomeranz was tagged for six runs on seven hits with just two strikeouts and a pair of walks to Brewers leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar.

Braves sign former Chiefs DB to a minor league deal

Sanders Commings saw his NFL career come to an end in the summer of 2014 when he suffered a broken ankle during training camp.

The 26-year-old Georgia native is getting another shot to be a professional athlete, signing a contract Thursday to play baseball for the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves signed Commings to a minor league deal in a low-risk, high-reward move.

“We feel this is a tremendous athlete and an even better person,” Braves general manager John Coppolella told MLB.com. “Our mantra has always been to leave no stone unturned. What’s the downside here?”

“If I say this I’m going to get in trouble, but I’ll say it anyway,” said Kruk, according to the New York Post, via CSN Philly. “Me? I’m not big on meetings. We had a lot of them up there (at ESPN). A whole bunch. Incessant phone calls. I didn’t answer most. Pretty rude when somebody’s hitting to answer your phone when you’re playing golf.”

He later clarified that statement by humorously noting: “The phone calls weren’t that bad. … It was having to listen to them that was painful.”

Kruk wouldn’t be the first and won’t be the last ex-jock to be shown the door up in Bristol because he tried to mail it in.

ESPN prizes hard work above all else. If Kruk was even semi-serious Tuesday, I’m surprised he lasted 12 years at the Worldwide Leader.

With Kruk out the door, ESPN announced this week the hiring of ex-Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira as the newest member of its broadcast team.

Teixeira is a straight-arrow boy scout type. He’s the type who will be calling his ESPN producers while they’re on the golf course.

Said ESPN coordinating producer Seth Markman:

“Mark brings valuable insight from his experience as one of the elite first basemen and hitters of his era. His star power and credentials, coupled with his modern perspective Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys of the game, will benefit our coverage. He’s been on our radar for quite some time and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Watch: Royals groundskeeper removes swarm of bees from Kauffman Stadium

A swarm of bees found its way into the upper deck at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday as the Royals prepared to take the field for their game against the Indians, the Kansas City Star reported.

Thanks to Royals grounds crewman Jeff Diekmann, the bees were removed humanely. Diekmann, a retired school teacher, is also a professional beekeeper. He did not deem protective gear necessary, as he calmly removed the bees in a T-shirt and shorts.

Bees are important to our environment, so it’s good for all of us that no bees were harmed during their removal.

This is at least the second time the Royals have had to deal with a swarm of bees at one of their games. But at a 2016 spring training game in Arizona, it didn’t go so well for the insects, as they were sprayed by an exterminator.

Ross is the older brother of Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross, so a move to the nation’s capital does make sense.

However, Fox Sports reports that the Cubs and Rangers are the favorites to acquire Ross’ services.

The question is whether Ross is still worth all the fuss.

Ross underwent surgery in October to address thoracic outlet syndrome in his lower neck. His timetable for return was six months, which puts him back sometime in mid-March.

Assuming he is on schedule, it will have been almost a year since he checked out health-wise once the season starts.

All three of these teams have the proper players in place to take the risk. The Cubs have a plethora of pitching talent, so if Ross were to show his 2015 form it would be a bonus for the defending World Series champs.

The Rangers actually need a pitcher, but Ross would be eased Discount Volleyball Jerseys back. Texas would benefit the most from a healthy Ross out of the three teams chasing him.

Expect Ross to pick a team in the coming days.

To Mets’ Zack Wheeler, working out of ‘pen a bunch of bull

The Mets’ projected No. 5 starter has pitched exactly one professional inning since the end of the 2014 season. His recovery from Tommy John surgery has been painfully slow. So of course he’s not interested in doing more things that are intended to protect that elbow.

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MLB unveils 2017 spring training uniforms, caps

Baseball fans received an early treat Friday to ramp up excitement for the 2017 baseball season.

MLB released New Era’s designs for each team’s spring uniforms and caps, with a handful of teams returning to retro-style logos for the preseason, which begins for some teams in 10 days.

Other highlights include Arizona’s, which features a diamondback biting a baseball, the Braves’ tomahawk logo, and the Blue Jays, who will sport a maple leaf.

Even the defending champions received a new cap, boasting a cute little bear that clashes conceptually with the ferocious lineup the Cubs boast.

Fans will get to see these uniforms in game action starting on Feb. 22, when the Diamondbacks kick off spring training with an exhibition against Grand Canyon University.

Payton’s interest might seem shocking, as Manziel is just picking up Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL the pieces from the off-field woes that caused him to crash and burn so quickly in Cleveland. But when asked about Manziel before that ’14 draft at the annual league meeting three years ago, Payton explained exactly why a team like New Orleans would be intrigued by the QB coming out of Texas A&M.

“No. 1, he’s a winner — you can see that. He’s elevated the hopes of that program,” Payton said, via a video interview for the Saints’ official website. “He gets rid of the ball very quickly. He can get rid of the ball in some unique throwing positions we haven’t seen in a long time.

“Running to the left and turning — certainly some of those throws are going to be challenging at our level. But I think he’s a winner and an exciting player.”

NFL trade rumors: Texans trade Brock Osweiler, second-round pick to Browns

The Browns may have their new quarterback in tow for 2017 — one whose last team couldn’t wait to get rid of him.

According to ESPN, the Texans have traded quarterback disaster Brock Osweiler, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick to Cleveland in exchange for the Browns’ fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Osweiler had a miserable 2016 season, completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards and 15 touchdowns — to 16 interceptions. The Texans lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots in the AFC divisional round, a game in which Osweiler threw three interceptions.

The Browns, meanwhile, had a revolving door at the position in 2016 among Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Cody Kessler. Kessler, however, did complete 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns to two interceptions.

The move saves $10 million in cap space (Osweilers has a base salary of $16 million) for the Texans in 2017, giving Houston $29.4 in cap space — a move that could have been made in order to save room for a potential trade for Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.

During a WBC media event at Yankee Stadium last week, a reporter from a publication based in the Dominican Republic expressed gratitude to MLB executives for baseball’s community efforts. It Cheap Goalie Jerseys was a small, but powerful, example of how MLB is impacting communities around the world through baseball.

When you look at past tournament winners, namely the Dominican squad that won in 2013, each team brought its own style to the dance. For some reason, U.S. baseball is lacking that extra gear, that X-factor that other teams exhibit on the field.

This might be my favorite part just for the chaos.

Nobody knows where the puck is. They just know that it didn’t go into the net, and it’s somewhere in the vicinity. So Alex Ovechkin, the greatest goal scorer on the planet, does the sensible thing.

He jumps into the pile headfirst. Chris Kunitz falls on him. Bryan Rust falls on him. And now the beauty of playoff hockey has devolved into this.

The Carolina Panthers need help in the secondary. Last season, opposing offenses shredded Carolina’s defense with ease, as the Panthers finished with the 29th-ranked pass defense. While the Panthers’ front seven, led by linebacker Luke Kuechly, is still one of the best in the league, the secondary is holding this defense back from returning to its 2015 form.

After signing DeSean Jackson in the offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Mike Evans and Jackson should be able to wreak havoc on opposing secondaries. Speaking of secondaries, the Buccaneers need playmakers in theirs. Tampa Bay surrendered 250.8 pass yards per game in 2016.

Lastly, as long as Drew Brees is lining up under center in the Big Easy, the New Orleans Saints will light up scoreboards. The only question concerning New Orleans is whether it can stop opposing offenses from lighting up the scoreboard. The team cut ties with safety Jairus Byrd over the offseason, which left a huge whole in the Saints’ secondary.

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