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DENVER, Colo. – Broncos safety T. J. Ward held his first football skills camp on Saturday. In partnership with USA Football, the free camp hosted over 100 children ages 10-13 and taught them the Peyton Manning Broncos Jersey fundamentals of the game. Ward himself grew up playing football and felt one of the most beneficial things for his development as a player was participating in camps like this one.

“I went to a couple things like this [as a kid] – not many, but that’s why I’m doing it: because I would have loved to have the opportunity when I was younger,” said Ward.

USA Football’s tackling curriculum Peyton Manning Tennessee Volunteers Jersey differs greatly from what Ward learned growing up. A number of the coaches at the camp were what USA Football calls Heads Up Certified, allowing campers to learn how to play the game in the safest way possible.

“The coaches are doing a great job,” said Ward. “I was just at one of the tackling drills and they were teaching head up, chest up and all of the things that we’re still kind of learning as pros.

“When I played it wasn’t even about tackling, it was more about hitting drills… it was more about just being physical and dominating. We did a lot of hitting drills when I was growing up playing so it’s a lot different now.“

The camp definitely taught Ward a few things have changed since he was that age, including the fact that a number of his campers are female.

“I saw a bunch of Peyton Manning Pink Jersey girls [out here],” said Ward. “You know, hopefully one day we’ll get the first female player in the NFL.”

Coach Belichick’s sweet tribute to his parents

It was the perfect Father’s Day gift.

On Monday, one day after people everywhere celebrated the dads in their lives, Ohio’s Hiram College revealed that Coach Belichick had made a special donation in honor of both his father and mother. According to Hiram’s website, Steve and Jeannette Belichick met at the college in the 1940s, when he was an athletic coach and his future wife worked as a foreign language professor.

Bill’s gift has been specially designated to pay tribute to his parents’ legacy at the college. It will be used to create an athletic center in honor of his late father as well as a reading room and endowment fund named for his mother, who currently lives in Ohio.

As eFanantic.com reports, Bill made a similar donation to Case Western Reserve University last year, with the money being used to build the Steve Belichick Weight Room at the university’s new athletic complex.

In addition to these donations, Bill actively gives back to the community through the Bill Belichick Foundation, which supports Tom Brady Red Jersey individuals and organizations in football and lacrosse.

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ANAHEIM — Sonny Gray, Chris Archer, Dallas Keuchel, David Price, Hector Santiago. That’s what the American League ERA leaderboard looked like (minimum 80 innings pitched) after Monday’s games.

Through his 14 starts, Santiago — who lowered his mark to 2.68 with six innings of two-hit, one-run baseball in the Angels Jersey Sale4-3 win over the American League West-leading Astros — has a better ERA than the likes Chris Sale and Felix Hernandez. That’s All-Star company he’s in, and with the All-Star break looming…

“I’m looking forward to my four days off,” Santiago laughed. “If I get a phone call and something happens differently, so be it. … I’ll enjoy it if it does. If not, I’m OK with it.”Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Authentic Personalized Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey.

And, of course, Santiago hasn’t pitched as well as, say, Sale, on his historic run of double-digit strikeout games. The Custom Angels Jersey‘ lefty is not the dominant pitcher a Gray or Price is. He’s averaging more than three walks per nine innings, and he’s in the top 10 in the league in home runs allowed, having surrendered his 13th Monday night.

But, in the vast majority of his starts, Santiago has pitched well enough to give his team the chance to win Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Authentic Personalized Home White Cool Base Jersey. He’s not giving up many runs, despite his shakier peripheral stats.

“Hector’s shown a lot of resiliency,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Maybe he’s started out a game a little bit off, pitch counts might be up early, but once he finds it, he has a knack. He’s got great deception. He’s got really good life on his pitches. He’s really having, quietly, a tremendous year for us.”

“Quietly” being the operative word — but maybe Los Angeles Angels Personalized Jersey Santiago should be getting more attention for the season he’s having. He’s gone from having to win the fifth spot in the rotation at Spring Training to being the team’s most consistent starter.

“Last year, it was kind of like I was timid, because it was a new team, new organization, still trying to prove Women’s Majestic Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Customized Authentic Home White MLB Jersey myself,” Santiago said. “Right now, I feel like I have nothing to prove. I just go out there and pitch.”

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Plagued by injuries in 2014, Peyton Manning Calvin Johnson was left off the All-Pro team for the first time in four years.

While national pundits laud Antonio Brown as the NFL’s best receiver and debate whether Dez Bryant should become the game’s highest-paid wideout, Johnson is ready to reclaim his crown in 2015.

Johnson was asked Thursday if he still has big seasons left in his career now that he has turned 30 years old.

“No doubt,” Johnson replied, via The Peyton Manning Tennessee Volunteers Jersey Detroit News. “What’d I miss, four, almost five games last year? Still came up with just over 1,000. So I still have some production left.”

It speaks to Johnson’s dominance that he still managed to finish in the top 20 in receiving yards (1,077) and touchdown receptions (8) despite playing through a lingering high-ankle sprain.

“The guy’s a warrior,” Matthew Stafford said, “and last year, he was banged up quite a bit the whole year.”

Johnson also battled through knee and finger injuries that resulted in offseason surgeries prior to last season. This is the healthiest he has been in a few years.

“I feel good, man, I’m in a good place right now,” Johnson said. “I had a whole offseason to heal up. The biggest difference from last year is, we know the (Joe Lombardi) offense way better, simply because it’s the second year in. I can almost say we’re 100 percent better than last year at this time.”

Even with their best player banged up last season, the Lions earned just their second trip to the postseason this century.

If Johnson stays healthy, they could reach the Peyton Manning Smokey Grey Tennessee Vols Jersey playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 1995.

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Dez Bryant is back on the scene for the Dallas Cowboys.Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Elite Away White Autographed Football Jersey

The star wide receiver, who has sat out the Cowboys’ offseason program due to a contract dispute, was with teammates at AT&T Stadium for the final practice before the start of training camp.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters it was “great” to have Bryant back with the team. Bryant was in street clothes playing catch on the sideline while teammates practiced. NFL Media’s Desmond Purnell reported that Garrett explained that Bryant did not practice because he has yet to sign his franchise tender.

“I know how he’s working and hopefully we get the business stuff resolved,” Garrett said, according to the team site.

The public back-and-forth between Men’s Nike Minnesota Vikings 28 Adrian Peterson Autographed Elite Purple Team Color Jersey Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys regarding contract negations for the receiver continues.

A day after Jason Garrett said he’s not concerned with the contract dispute, Bryant stated his stance on Twitter.

“Everybody voicing opinions..13 mil is cool but where is my security? I’ll wait …5 years without complaining. So how am I selfish? #family1,” the wideout wrote Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has been slapped with the franchise tag, a one-year tender which would pay him $12.823 million. He has yet to sign the Adrian Peterson Autographed Jersey deal and is sitting out the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Bryant wants a long-term contract placing him with the likes of Calvin Johnson atop the list of the highest paid receivers in the NFL.

“Right now there’s just too big of a divide,” Cowboys executive Vice President Stephen Jones told SiriusXM NFL Radio of the contract talks on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, owner Jerry Jones said he’s confident Bryant will be back, even if it’s on the franchise tag.

“I have no doubt that he’ll be leading the Adrian Peterson Jersey way against the Giants,” he said, adding he has no indication about whether Bryant will be at next month’s training camp.

Bryant told NFL Media’s Mike Silver last week there is a “legit” chance he holds out of games to get a long-term deal.

Bryant’s presence at AT&T Stadium comes one day after he sent a tweet explaining his contract thoughts and asking, “Where is my security?” Bryant previously told NFL Media’s Michael Silver he has considered holding out into the regular season if he doesn’t get a new deal.

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Baldoquin still adjusting Angels Jersey to life in United States

ANAHEIM — After missing more than seven weeks with a strained left shoulder, shortstop Roberto Baldoquin returned to the lineup for Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Friday and entered Wednesday batting .172 — though he had four hits in his previous 12 at-bats — with six errors in 16 games.

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The Angels Jersey Cheap hope Baldoquin, who was given an $8 million signing bonus this past winter and is the club’s No.3-ranked prospect, is ready to be the everyday shortstop by the end of next season, at which point Erick Aybar will be eligible for free agency. Only 21, Baldoquin barely played in games in the two years leading up to his defection from Cuba, and he’s still learning the culture, lifestyle, and language in the U.S.

That’s what 2015 is about.

“Our goal is to get him used to just being in the United States, playing in the United States, living in the United States, and once he gets comfortable with all those things, I think the baseball part will take off,” said Angels director of player development Bobby Scales.

“This young man is intelligent, he’s quick to learn things, his English is coming along very nicely and he wants to get better and he wants to play. I’m not worried about him. The injury kind of derailed him a little bit, but these things happen in baseball. I’m not at all worried about where he is or where he’s going to end up this year.”

Below are some additional notes on Angels Minor Leaguers, with their organizational rankings in parenthesis:

Acquired from the Dodgers for second baseman Howie Kendrick Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey, Andrew Heaney Jersey couldn’t win a rotation job in Spring Training and has seemingly been inconsistent at Triple-A Salt Lake. In 14 starts, the 24-year-old left-hander has posted a 4.40 ERA while allowing 10.1 hits per nine innings and posting a 3.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Among his last four outings, two have been quality starts and two have seen him yield seven runs.

Scales chalked that up to the volatile nature of the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and believes Heaney is ready for the Majors.

“He just needs the opportunity, again,” Scales said. “When it’s his time to come up here and contribute, I’m sure he will, and I’m sure he’ll be fine. He’s a good competitor and he has tremendous stuff along the left side. That’s a true commodity in our game.”

Drafted 15th overall out of the University of Hartford only a year ago, Newcomb was promoted from Class A Burlington to Class A Advanced Inland Empire in mid-May and has posted a 3.82 ERA in seven starts for the 66ers, striking out 42 batters and walking 17 in 33 innings. On Tuesday, the 22-year-old left-hander struck out 11 in five innings, but he also gave up six runs.

“He throws 95 [mph], and it looks like he’s playing catch,” Scales said.

But he also needs time.

“Growing up in the Northeast, he just hasn’t played nearly as much baseball as other guys,” Scales added. “His development may be a little slower than other guys who pitched in the south or in the west. He may need more innings, and that’s OK.”

The 24-year-old right-hander, acquired alongside catcher Carlos Perezin the deal that sent Hank Conger to the Astros in November, has been on the Minor League disabled list since late May with rotator cuff tendinitis. The injury isn’t deemed serious; there’s no structural damage in his shoulder. Tropeano has begun his throwing program in Arizona and Scales hopes to get him back “in the near future,” though there isn’t a solidified timetable yet.

The 22-year-old right-hander has become one of the most intriguing prospects in the Angels’ system. A third-round pick out of the University of Mississippi last June, Ellis got promoted to Double-A after 11 starts and has allowed just one run in his first 12 innings for the Arkansas Travelers.

“He really throws the ball downhill,” Scales said. “You hear that term a lot, but he really gets on top of the ball and drives the ball down to the bottom of the strike zone. He’s got a fastball, breaking ball and changeup, and they’re all plus pitches. And when he’s on the mound, he’s a bulldog. There’s a little meanstreak in him.”

A second-round Draft pick out of high school in 2013, Green missed all of ’14 with back issues, then suffered a stress fracture in his elbow while throwing in extended spring camp this year. The 17-year-old left-hander is throwing again in Arizona, and Scales hopes to get him on the mound by the end of July.

The former top prospect earned a promotion to Triple-A despite batting just .242/.326/.387 at Inland Empire. The Salt Lake Bees needed a third baseman with Kyle Kubitza promoted to the Major Leagues, and Cowart is batting .368 with a home run in six games.

“I think he’s freed up a little bit just mentally,” Scales said. “We’ll see what happens. Hopefully something clicks and he can move forward. His struggles definitely aren’t for lack of effort or caring or work.”

Win streak snapped at 11 as Mets storm back

NEW YORK — Toronto did not go down without a fight; in the end, it took an ex-Blue Jay and extra innings to halt the club’s run of dominance. Former Blue Jays prospect Noah Syndergaard pitched six strong innings Monday night at Citi Field and Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single in the 11th, leading the Mets to a 4-3 victory that snapped Toronto’s franchise-record winning streak at 11.

“They are huge wins, especially when you fall behind like we did and have to come back,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “It builds confidence in the clubhouse that it can be done. We have young players that are going through it for the first time. There is no way to teach it. So it’s real important to win some of these games.”

Half an inning after the Jays took a 3-2 lead on Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly, Ruben Tejadadrew a one-out walk to spark the winning rally against Toronto closer Brett Cecil. AfterMichael Cuddyer hit into a fielder’s choice, with Tejada hanging between first and second long enough to extend both the play and the inning, Lucas Duda followed with a pop fly to left field. But the Jays were employing a no-doubles defence and shading Duda to pull, allowing the ball to find grass before Ezequiel Carrera could arrive at the spot. Cuddyer hustled around from first to score the tying run.

The next batter, Flores, grounded a single up the middle to score Duda from second and officially end Toronto’s streak.

“It’s a great feeling,” Flores said. “When you win a game like this, it’s because you did everything right.”

After falling into a quick hole in the first inning, serving up one of Jose Bautista Jersey ‘s two homers and allowing three baserunners in total, Syndergaard grew all but unhittable. He struck out a career-high 11, retiring the final 10 batters he faced in a row and 16 of the last 17. Though the Mets did not score off Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle Jersey until the sixth, back-to-back RBI doubles from Juan Lagares and Tejada temporarily put Syndergaard in line for his third career victory.

It was not until five innings later that the Mets ended Toronto’s winning streak at 11, tied with their own for the longest in the Majors season. The Jays hit .312 over the life of the streak, including .473 with runners in scoring position to average eight runs per game.

“It was a heck of a streak,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We had it right there for the taking. The walk [to Tejada] hurts, but the walk hurt them too to give us a chance to take the lead. That always kills you in late ballgames. Perfect placement, but it was a good battle. Buehrle was great, Syndergaard was great and look at Bautista.”

The Blue Jays carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 11th inning but Cecil wasn’t able to close things out. He issued a one-out walk to Tejada and two batters later, Duda hit a bloop fly ball to left field. Toronto was playing a no-doubles defence, also shading Duda to pull, and the normally catchable ball dropped in for a hit. Running on the pitch, Cuddyer scored all the way from first. Duda later scored the winning run on Flores’ walk-off single, snapping a streak of 12 scoreless innings by the Blue Jays’ bullpen.

Toronto didn’t have its typical high-powered offence going on Monday night but the club almost found a way to manufacture enough runs to steal a win away from the Mets. Navarro put the Blue Jays in front by one with a sacrifice fly during the top of the 11th inning with runners on first and third. The three runs marked the lowest output by the Blue Jays since the first game of a doubleheader against the Nationals on June 2. During the first 11 games of the winning streak, Toronto averaged eight runs per game.

The Blue Jays entered the ninth inning trailing by a run, but all it took was one swing of the bat from Bautista to change that. Bautista sent the first pitch he saw from Mets closer Jeurys Familia over the wall in left field for his 13th home run of the season, and Familia’s second blown save in 21 chances. Toronto’s veteran slugger also homered in the first inning on a 98 mph fastball from Syndergaard, a ball that was projected to travel 449 feet according to Statcast™. It was Bautista’s second multi-homer game of the season and his first since June 7 against the Astros.

“I know he’s aggressive with his fastball, especially on the inside part of the plate,” Bautista said of Familia. “I placed my bet on fastball, he threw it and I hit it. That’s the kind of attitude you have to have sometimes when it’s close games and they have their closer on the mound, you can’t really give them a chance to get comfortable and get ahead in the count because then you’re fighting an uphill battle the rest of the at-bat.”

Taking advantage: After Kevin Plawecki reached on a Jose Reyes Jersey throwing error to open the bottom of the sixth, Syndergaard bunted him into scoring position and the Mets followed with two doubles: one from Lagares to tie the game, and one from Tejada to give them their first lead. The rally put Syndergaard in line for his third win in seven career starts before Bautista’s ninth-inning homer stuck him with a no-decision.

Eleven for Noah: Shaky in the first inning, Syndergaard settled down to retire the final 10 batters he faced, striking out four in a row at one point en route to a career-high 11. In his final inning, Syndergaard set down the heart of Toronto’s lineup — Josh Donaldson Jersey, Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion Jersey — in order, still hitting 98 mph well after throwing his 100th pitch.

Family ties special to draftees Bell, Marrero

CINCINNATI — Not long before the Reds Uniforms were preparing to play the Phillies in Wednesday’s series finale, bench coach Jay Bell got to pause for a proud parental moment. Bell’s son, Brantley Bell, was Cincinnati’s first pick on Day 3 of the 2015 Draft — taken in the 11th round and 325th overall.

The younger Bell, a 20-year-old shortstop and second baseman, played for State College of Florida-Manatee in Sarasota, Fla.

“It’s exciting, especially a program that my Dad is a part of,” Brantley Bell said. “Hopefully, if I get the chance, I’d love to play for him one day — whether it’s here or somewhere else. But I couldn’t be happier with the organization.”

Jay Bell, 49, is in his second season as the Reds’ bench coach. He played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues for the D-backs, Indians, Pirates, Royals and Mets. A two-time All-Star, who won a World Series with Arizona in 2001, he batted .265 with 195 home runs and 860 RBIs over his career.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am,” the elder Bell said. “Some people don’t like their sons to be in the same organization. Just having the opportunity to work alongside him is pretty special.”

The Reds also had a big league and organizational connection in the 29th round when catcher Elih Marrero was taken 865th overall. Marrero is the son of Class A Daytona manager Eli Marrero, who played 10 seasons in the Majors with the Cardinals, Braves, Royals, Orioles, Rockies and Mets.

Bell is naturally familiar with the Reds’ Minor League organization and felt his son’s pro career would be in good hands.

“He’s prepared himself,” Jay Bell said. “There’s a great deal of pride that I have. We’ve talked about it a long time. Whenever you have sons, they tend to want to do what we do. Of course, my boys have always wanted to play pro ball. To see him get drafted and have that opportunity is pretty special. It’s certainly rewarding.”

After he grew up in Phoenix, Bell originally played for University of Mississippi before transferring to Manatee, a junior college. He played mostly shortstop and second base and felt the best path for advancement was there.

“I was ready to become a pro baseball player Johnny Bench Jersey,” Brantley Bell said. “The transition was good. I loved my coaches at Manatee. It was something I had to do for my personal career and I’m glad I did it.”

In 57 games for Manatee, Bell batted .325 with three home runs and 41 RBIs. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he was among those who participated in the Reds’ pre-Draft workout on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Brantley understands the commitment required to realize his dream of following his father’s path to the Major Leagues.

“He’s taught me from the beginning,” Brantley Bell said. “He was a Gold Glover, an All-Star and it was awesome to have him bringing me up and learning to play the game the right way, getting me mentally prepared for pro ball. It’s great to have a role model like him to look up to.”

Marrero, 17, attended Coral Gables High School in Florida, and has a scholarship to play for Mississippi State if he doesn’t sign. This season, he batted .320 with three homers and 10 RBIs and was a member of Joey Votto Jersey Team USA’s under-18 national team.

7 Ways Adrian Peterson’s Return Instantly Improves the Vikings

It does not take a great football mind to understand the Vikings are a better team with Adrian Peterson. Although the offense got the job done plenty of times in the 15 games without him last season and rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater eventually made his debut and displayed plenty of promise, the Vikings missed having Peterson toting the rock.

Peterson is back now, and here are seven ways the Vikings instantly improved with his return.

1. Team identity is restored
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and the Vikings have a promising one in Bridgewater, but since 2007 and still today Peterson has been the driving force behind the team’s offense. More importantly, the team knows that when #28 is the backfield, they have a good chance to win any game they play. As Bridgewater develops and goes through the natural ups and downs of playing the most important position in all of sports, the Vikings will lean on Peterson to shoulder the load, establish physicality and break off edge-of-your-seat, heart-pumping touchdowns runs.

2. Ground game is more explosive
Contrary to what one might think, play callers don’t always want to methodically work their way down the field. Sure, there is a time and a place for time-consuming, tempo-setting drives, but for the most part offenses want to pick up yards in big chunks. With Peterson taking handoffs, the Vikings ground game is instantly more explosive because he can take a run that should net six yards and turn it into an 18-yard run in an instant, and he can score from anywhere on the field.

3. Play-action is more effective
With Adrian Peterson Women’s Jersey both running downhill and pressing the edges to wear out the defense, expect teams to keep stacking the box to stop him. Eventually, LBs and Ss will get sucked up into the action and that will yield opportunities for Bridgewater to pull a handoff back in, reach the top of his drop, and target one of his receivers breaking free from man coverage.

4. Patterson-Peterson dynamic returns
Cordarrelle Patterson was the Vikings leading rusher in Week 1 last year, ripping off three runs for 102 yards and a touchdown. But that was the last game Peterson played for the Vikings in 2014 and it was the last time Patterson was truly an effective and explosive weapon on the ground. It’s no coincidence that Patterson’s effectiveness in this role diminished when Peterson was absent. The tactic of having Patterson attack the edges of a defense with his speed on end arounds, jet sweeps and reverses is enhanced (and, arguably, made possible) by having Peterson in the backfield as a threat to do the same or attack a defense between the tackles.

5. Speed on offense increases
The Vikings had a bunch of fast players last season even without Peterson in the mix. Now add in both Peterson and Mike Wallace, and the increase in speed for the Vikings offense and at offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s disposal is profound. Speed puts pressure on the defense and forces it to react somehow, either by personnel groupings, scheme or both.

6. RB stable is deep
Without Peterson, the Vikings were solid at RB. Matt Asiata andJerick McKinnon teamed to shoulder the load. Asiata scored nine times on the ground and McKinnon showed promise as a rookie. They shouldered the load and helped the Vikings rank 11th in yards/attempt and 14th in rushing yards in 2014. Joe Banyard, who played well in the 2014 preseason, free agent signing DuJuan Harris and youngster Dominique Williams filled out the depth chart heading into the 2015 offseason program. But add Peterson to the fold, and that RB stable looks even better. He’s the best RB in the NFL and now a bunch of guys who had formed a solid crew must compete for potentially one less spot.

7. Focus is (solely) on moving forward
To whatever extent anyone inside or outside the walls of Winter Park felt Peterson’s absence from the team was a distraction, it is now in the rear view mirror. Adrian Peterson Pink Jersey is back, and the team welcomed him with open arms. Now, everyone is moving in the same direction and the focus is on moving forward.

Violation of collision rule costs Phillies a run

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz knows the home-plate collision rule. Every catcher in baseball does.

But the rule cost Ruiz and the Phillies dearly Thursday night in a 6-4 loss to the Reds at Citizens Bank Park.

“It was a big momentum play,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

The Reds had the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning of a tie game when Todd Frazier hit a ground ball to Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis threw home for the forceout, but instead of stepping on the plate, Ruiz blocked the plate and tagged outAnthony DeSclafani for the second out.

Custom Reds Jersey manager Bryan Price asked the umpires to look at instant replay to see if Ruiz violated the home-plate collision rule, which states the catcher must leave a path to the plate for the baserunner. Four minutes, 35 seconds later, the replay official in New York overturned the call. DeSclafani was safe and the Reds had a 3-2 lead.

“Freddy was very heads-up, making an outstanding read on a slow ball,” Sandberg said. “It just looked like it caught Chooch a little bit off guard and he was blocking the plate. It was the right call by the umpires, but it was a big momentum swing there.”

Asked if Ruiz might have simply forgotten the Reds had the bases loaded, Sandberg said, “I think he was just a little bit caught off guard and surprised that it came to him. He straddled home plate with no lane to the runner.”

Ruiz left the clubhouse before it opened to reporters.

“The thing I thought was unusual was that it took so long,” Price said. “I thought it was very clear-cut. I don’t know necessarily if Ruiz was expecting that throw to the plate because it looked like the only play may be at first. But it was very clear that he immediately put himself between the plate and the baseline.”

“I felt like the tempo of the game changed in the fifth with the five-minute delay,” Phillies starter Aaron Harang said. “It changed the pace and feel of everything. The guy’s out by 10 feet and they claim the catcher is blocking the plate.

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