by on April 16, 2018

BALTIMORE -- The Houston Astros brought Cuban defector?Yulieski Gurriel?to the big leagues, and he didnt disappoint in his debut. Fernando Rodney Jersey .After signing a five-year, $47.5 million contract in July and spending some time in the minors, the 32-year-old third baseman joined the Astros at Camden Yards for Sundays 5-3 series-ending victory over the Baltimore Orioles.Gurriel made his debut as a designated hitter, singling in his first at-bat and finishing 1-for-2 with a walk.I wasnt sure I was going to get my first hit that fast, Gurriel said. I will take care of [the ball] and put it away and put [it] in a place that is very special.Gurriels day ended a bit prematurely as he was removed in the eighth inning with a tight right hamstring. The Astros said he is day-to-day.His recall from Triple-A Fresno came after Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena experienced a setback Saturday in his attempt to come back from a right hamstring strain.Valbuena?was sent back to Houston to have his injury reevaluated; he could be done for the year.Said manager A.J. Hinch: Its going to threaten his season, just based on where we are.The team optioned first baseman Tyler White to Fresno to make room for Gurriel.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Paul Goldschmidt Jersey . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Custom Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. .J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. CINCINNATI -- For a few days, the Bengals defense gets to remind Mike Zimmer of what he built.Zimmers Minnesota Vikings were in town Wednesday for the first of two joint practices leading up to their preseason opener Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium. Zimmer was the Bengals defensive coordinator from 2008-13, developing one of the NFLs top defenses.The defense hasnt changed a whole lot -- most of the same players, most of the same schemes -- while Zimmer has turned the Vikings back into a winner. And the Bengals defenders were looking forward to reminding Zimmer of why theyve been so good.He changed the culture around here, and I have much love and much respect for coach Zimmer, defensive lineman Domata Peko said before their first combined practice. I cant wait to go out and hit some of his players.Zimmer has been friends with the Bengals Marvin Lewis since their days as college coaches. Lewis likes to work out against opposing teams during training camp; its more of a challenge. Last year, the New York Giants practiced in Cincinnati for a couple of days before their preseason game.The Vikings were a natural preseason matchup for practice, given the links between the teams. Zimmer and Lewis worked out the practice schedule together, allowing both teams to work on what they need the most.Its pretty easy, Lewis said. Its simple when you do it with people youre friends with and respect that way.The Bengals were eager facing Teddy Bridgewater in practice. A year ago, they were excited to go against Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., and they got the better of the matchup.Oh yeah, we were very dominant last year in the practices, cornerback Adam Pacman Jones said. But this is a new year. Weve got a lot of new guys in the locker room. Taijuan Walker Jersey. Itll be fun, though.Bridgewater had an easier time of it on Wednesday, completing passes early in 11-on-11 drills. George Iloka picked off one of his passes in a later drill. Early in the session, one of the Vikings got knocked to the ground and players formed a scrum and did a little pushing, but order was quickly restored.Paul Guenther, who succeeded Zimmer as the defensive coordinator, made it clear there were boundaries that shouldnt be crossed during practice. The Bengals gave up the second-fewest points in the league last season, but had their worst moments in an 18-16 playoff loss to the Steelers. Personal fouls on Jones and linebacker Vontaze Burfict moved the Steelers into range for their winning field goal in the closing minute.Guenther has been emphasizing that the defense must be smart, and that goes for the two days of practices with Minnesota.Dont get near the quarterback, Guenther said. We dont want anybody getting hurt here.Game notes Andy Dalton had a tough time in the first 11-on-11 drill. The first time he dropped back to pass, he wound up having to scramble. The next two times, he would have been sacked -- players arent allowed to touch the quarterback, so the play gets ruled dead when pass rushers close in. Dalton threw the ball at the ground in frustration after the second one. ... Bengals DT Andrew Billings, a fourth-round pick, suffered a leg injury during a line drill and was taken off the field on a cart.---Online: AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys CheapJerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '

Be the first person to like this