Twins overtake Tigers 4-2 behind strong start from Berrios

Robbie Grossman is out on a sac fly, but Eddie Rosario fakes out the Tigers and takes off for home, scoring the go-ahead run in the 8th. (0:33)

While Jose Berrios struggled through a four-start stretch that began in mid-April, the Minnesota Twins were reeling for most of that time.

His last two turns have been masterpieces, and maybe the injury-affected Twins have found a groove again.

“You look at the depth at the outside linebacker position, and it’s not that great,” Matthews said, via Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s not a slight to the guys who are behind Nick and myself, but you look around the league, a lot of times they’re rotating in pass rushers. You can look a couple years ago when we had Mike Neal and Julius [Peppers] here, Datone [Jones] as well. We had a pretty good rotation.”

Neal, Peppers and Jones have combined for 183.5 sacks in more than 25 seasons. Peppers and Jones remain in the league.

The Packers’ draft was heavy on the defensive side. They spent a first-round choice on cornerback Jaire Alexander, a second-rounder on cornerback Josh Jackson, a third-rounder on inside linebacker Oren Burks, a seventh-rounder on defensive lineman James Looney and a seventh-rounder on outside linebacker Kendall Donnerson.

I’ll use the same prorated quantitative methodology from the Leicester article and mix it with some qualitative common sense to find the most unlikely finalists in each league going back through 1970. Given that we’re not going to see any expansion teams, we’re looking for organizations that seemed hopeless for years before suddenly making their way into the postseason. Do any of them match up to the Blues of 1967-68 or this season’s Knights? And are we seeing more surprises now than we have in years past?

Donald Penn Off the Hook In Domestic Violence Case

Oakland Raiders star lineman Donald Penn will NOT be charged with a crime stemming from an alleged domestic violence incidentTMZ Sports has learned.

For Patricia, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football player on spring break when the alleged incident took place, the case being dismissed was obviously an important moment in his journey to becoming the Detroit Lions head coach. Even if he was falsely accused, as he claimed, a trial would have put the entire future of a 21-year old in the hands of a jury. When the case was dismissed on Jan. 28, 1997, he was free to resume the rest of his life.

When the team said goodbye to the veteran pass rusher, they opened up $7.125 million in cap space but as CBS Sports NFL monetary guru Joel Corry explained, despite the lack of injury guarantees in his contract, he does have a small bit of protection in the form of a $1.15 million injury protection benefit courtesy of the collective bargaining agreement. Avril is owed the money because a 2017 injury caused him to be released and likely will keep him out of work.

That benefit is paid out if Avril doesn’t secure work in 2018 along with the $500,000 in guaranteed money still owed him on his contract. Both those numbers will count against the team’s 2018 cap but the books are clear of Avril beyond next season. His deal was set to expire at the end of the year.

I think the year before I got released, Garrett was the offensive coordinator. For whatever reason, Wade was fired and Garrett got put into that position. Up until a couple of years ago, his record was pretty much identical to Wade’s. So, in my mind, Garrett should be fired if that’s the case. I think that pretty much has been the Achilles heel for the Cowboys because you can’t keep using the players, or player, as a scapegoat as to why you are not succeeding.

Demoff said the Navy blue jerseys the Rams have worn aren’t anyone’s favorite.

Miguel Rojas (R), 5 percent, Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies (LHP Tyler Anderson): The Marlins haven’t faced many southpaws after seeing a few in the first week of the season. In one of the recent times, Rojas hit leadoff. He probably will be in his customary seven-hole, but it’s worth a look. Coming into the season, Rojas had four career homers; he has three already this season.

Ware was a Pro Bowl fixture by his second season and a beloved high-effort leader in Dallas. He moved on to give a little bit of that to Denver and get his Super Bowl ring with the Broncos.

6th round, 199th overall, 7th QB picked. In other words, this list could be named after him: the Tom Brady Lifetime Draft Steal Award. Does anyone out there not know this story by heart already? Or not know at least a few of the six quarterbacks taken ahead of him — Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger and the immortal Spergon Wynn?

Incumbent Josh McCown will go into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he’s a lock.

Arguably the best deep passer in the class. Understands how to lead receiver downfield with touch and accuracy. Willing to attack every level of the field and anticipates throwing lanes well. Weaknesses Below-average athlete.

The Rams are working on a permanent answer, but in the meantime they’d like to wear the Dickerson-style throwbacks more. The NFL, however, has other ideas.

Rams COO Kevin Demoff says the team has asked the NFL for permission to wear the blue and yellow throwbacks more often, but the NFL limited the Rams to wearing them twice last season. Demoff said he’s working on explaining to the league office that the fans would prefer those uniforms.

“We have spent the year educating them on our fan base,” Demoff told the Los Angeles Times. “We forwarded them all of the fan complaints, the emails we get, so I think they’re well aware of our fans’ preferences.”