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Scott Miller's Starting 9: Of Hot Red Sox, Cologne, Clubhouse Fights, Dog Days — Ah, the dog days of August. Woof... 1. Sweltering Days in the AL East One last summer ice cream break, anyone, before the stretch run cranks up to an inferno? Look out, while Baltimore (4-6 in its last 10 games into Tuesday) apparently is tempted by the Blue Moon and Cherry Vanilla double-scoop cones, Boston is gearing up for last licks.

James Harrison will meet with NFL on Thursday at 11 a.m., Harrison's agent Bill Parise confirms. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported. Harrison had originally proposed Aug. 30. Moves up five days. — On Aug. 21, undefeated rivals Shelly Vincent and Heather Hardy entered the ring for a 10-round title bout in Coney Island. But beyond a belt, both fighters wanted to show that women's boxing could be prime-time entertainment.

Rougned Odor: The Fighting Roots of a Venezuelan Cowboy — Flashpoints arrive frequently and violently as young Texas second baseman Rougned Odor spars his way through the early stages of a career that teammate Elvis Andrus swears will lead him one day straight into the Hall of Fame. Baseball or boxing Hall of Fame, Andrus doesn't specify.

Tim Tebow Once Hidden from MLB Draft Suitors: "Probably, It Was Urban Meyer" — The man who drafted Mike Trout had his sights set on Tim Tebow, too. True story. Tebow, who says he will conduct a workout for all 30 MLB clubs later this month, was a year removed from becoming the first sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at the University of Florida.

Alex Rodriguez, Yankee Tripper, Took More from Baseball Than He Ever Gave — What should be a "proud" day, as Alex Rodriguez said, isn't. What should be a celebratory time, well, the balloons are flat. Few men leave this game dragging a legacy as complicated as A-Rod and, in the end, one enormous foundation piece of his legacy is this: He took far more from the game of baseball than he ever gave.

Scott Miller's Starting 9: Rangers, Indians, Cubs Race Toward History — Trading places, trading stories, trading, trading, trading....reactions, thoughts and takeaways... Maybe the Chicago Cubs break their 108-year World Series-less drought this year, maybe they don't. But in picking up closer Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs boldly made the move they needed to make to give this team an even better chance to win.

Andrew Miller Blockbuster Sets Yankees Up to Relive Glory Days — Standing on the grass at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa this spring watching Aaron Judge drill moon shots toward Dale Mabry Highway, you couldn't yet see into July, when the New York Yankees would hit the eject button on two-thirds of their killer back end of the bullpen and parachute into seller mode for the first time since 1989.

Scott Miller's Starting 9: Dodgers a Year Too Late to Make Moves They Need Now — It's not the heat, it's the humidity.... Clayton Kershaw is down, the Los Angeles Dodgers are out and Chavez Ravine cannot disguise the cracks in its faulty roster. Is now the time for the Dodgers to deal top-tier prospects for a Chris Archer, or a Matt Moore? No. Absolutely not.

Of Backward Caps and 9/11: Memories Stir as Piazza & Griffey Join Immortals — COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Tears began flowing immediately. Like, we're talking instantly. Hall of Fame inductions always are emotional. But this one, what a weepfest. And it was absolutely, sniff, touching. Careers often become sentimental journeys while we're paying scant attention, whether you're talking baseball, teacher or auto mechanic.

David Price and Sonny Gray Building a Bromance That Transcends the Game — Theirs is a friendship based on curveballs, Commodores and chip shots. Maybe one day, these two Vanderbilt University alums and Tennessee neighbors will be teammates, too. For now, David Price is the $217 million anchor in a sketchy Boston rotation as the Red Sox take aim at another World Series run.
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Aug 28, 2016

@sandy_hazeltine Sandy!! Hope you are well - best to you & your family

Aug 28, 2016

Vin says goodby to Chicago. That was great fun. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred should step in & prevent him from retiring this year :-)

Aug 28, 2016

Vin Scully now live on CSN Chicago, 3rd inning, in addition to Dodgers network, & killing it. MLB Poet Laureate, such a national treasure.

Aug 27, 2016

@mikefreemanNFL Great comparison, bringing up some of that Ali stuff. Really enjoyed it

Aug 27, 2016

RT @DannyKnobler: The Gary Sanchez Show keeps getting better. Suddenly there's life at Yankee Stadium. - via @ESPN App 

Aug 27, 2016

@jacobfagan Right. I understand that. But enormous learning curve with entire pitching staff. And 1 game could cost them

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