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A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

ST. LOUIS STUNNER

The Cardinals will play their first game under interim manager Mike Shildt after firing Mike Matheny late Saturday night. Matheny’s stunning dismissal comes with the team 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back of the NL Central-leading Cubs. The prospect of a third straight year without a postseason berth Dontari Poe Jersey , paired with reports of clubhouse unrest, spelled the end for Matheny, who was 591-473 and made four postseasons in 6 1/2 years on the job. St. Louis will send All-Star Miles Mikolas (10-3, 2.65 ERA) to the mound against Cincinnati.

STAR-STUDDED SLIDE

Despite boasting an NL-best four All-Stars, the Braves are freefalling going into the midsummer break. Atlanta has lost 8 of 10, including the first two games of its series against Arizona, to drop out of first place in the NL East. Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.26) tries to get the Braves a victory to close out the unofficial first half against the Diamondbacks‘ Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.09).

AILING ALL-STAR

Rays catcher Wilson Ramos said he’s ”probably” going to the DL after experiencing left hamstring tightness Saturday and will miss next week’s All-Star Game as well. Ramos was voted the AL’s starting catcher, his second All-Star nod overall, and has hit .297 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs this season. ”I worked really hard to make that team Redskins Game Jerseys ,” a disappointed Ramos said. Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes was named to the AL team in Ramos’ place.

KRAKEN SIGHTING

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is expected to begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from a groin strain. Sanchez has been sidelined since June 25, but has steadily improved in recent days and is ready to return to the field. New York manager Aaron Boone said that if Sanchez continues to progress, the plan is for him to start behind the plate in the club’s first game after the All-Star break – July 20 against the Mets.

KERSHAW IN FORM

It’s been a frustrating season physically for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who has made two trips to the disabled list – one because of biceps tendinitis and another with a lower back strain. The left-hander has made four starts since his latest return, and he looked like his usual dominant self in his last outing while throwing six scoreless innings in a win over San Diego earlier this week. Kershaw (3-4, 2.61) will close out the first half when he starts against the Angels.



He's 41 now but the joy is still there for Tom Brady.

"It's a blessing to be able to do it," the New England quarterback said Friday as he awaits his 19th NFL season with Sunday's home game against the Houston Texans. "I love playing football. I love the sport and I've been doing it for a long time so I'm not sure what life would be like without it."

He got a taste of that 10 years ago when he was lost for the season in the opening game and he was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for Deflategate.

"I've had a few experiences where I haven't been out there, and I haven't liked those very much," he said.

"I love playing football," he added. "I love being out there, the preparation Adidas Patrice Bergeron Jersey , what it takes to be a great player. Those things are still very enjoyable for me and there's no place I'd rather be Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock, playing here and playing well."

Patriots running back James White says Brady comes ready to work every day.

"Competitor, from eating (right) to studying, to getting to know his teammates, he knows who everybody in this locker room inside and out," he said. "Just the way he works, you just want to emulate a guy like that 鈥?all the success that he's had in this league. He's a great leader for us and there's no better example that you want to follow."

Brady, who recently said he'd like to play until he's 45, says his experience is a true asset as he seeks a sixth Super Bowl title.

"I think you can use it to a real advantage if you do things the right way," he said. "I feel like I have a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge and I plan to use it. I mean Authentic Dontae Johnson Jersey , football's fun for me. I feel like I can go out there, I can anticipate a lot of things. I've seen all the coverages 鈥?we have a lot of answers to the test. Now you just got to go do it.

"Most athletes, by the time you get to a certain point you start to figure it out mentally and physically it becomes really hard. So, trying to be my best physically and be my best mentally and that's a good place to be."

As for his conditioning, Brady says he is comfortable with his situation concerning his personal trainer, Alex Guerrero. Guerrero was removed from team flights last season but has reappeared as a sign of some sort of understanding involving coach Bill Belichick.

"We work together," Brady said. "I don't want to bring on any drama this year 鈥?just focus on what I want to do and be a great football player for this team and try to be a good example in the locker room and provide great leadership. That's where my focus is 鈥?I know we want to often times talk about a lot of other things, but I just really want to stick to football."

Brady starts this season with Danny Amendola now in Miami and Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games for a PED violation. There are five wide receivers on the roster, two of them added in the last five days.

"I have confidence in them, certainly," he said. "Phillip (Dorsett) and Chris (Hogan) obviously I played a lot with them last year Authentic Mason Cole Jersey , Cordarrelle (Patterson) is new and he's done some good things, obviously, the reason why he's here. He's a really good player and he's been productive in the league.

"To be on this team, you have to be a good football player and the guys that are out there certainly I have a lot of confidence in."

Brady refused comment on the airing of Colin Kaepernick's first Nike ad, saying, "I really want to focus on football . get ready for the Texans. They're a great team."


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