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Edwards questionable for Jets, Tebow 'ready to go'

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Edwards questionable for Jets, Tebow 'ready to go'

NEW YORK (AP) Braylon Edwards will be back on the field for the New York Jets on Monday night.

How much the recently re-acquired wide receiver plays against the Tennessee Titans is the big question.

Edwards was listed Saturday as questionable after being limited all week with a hamstring issue, but coach Rex Ryan is expecting to see him out there in a game the Jets (6-7) must win in order to stay in playoff contention.

``I'm optimistic he'll be ready for Monday night,'' Ryan said during a conference call Saturday.

Edwards was claimed off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday, reuniting with the team he helped lead to the AFC title game in 2009 and 2010. Edwards was released Monday from the Seahawks' injury-reserve list after less than one unproductive season in Seattle. He had just eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in 10 games after signing a one-year deal in July.

``We're not going to put specific play numbers on him, or whatever,'' Ryan said. ``We'll just see how he progresses. Right now, I feel like he's getting better each day. So again, I think Monday night, he'll definitely get to play. We'll see how much. That's kind of how I feel about it. I believe he will play.''

Quarterback Tim Tebow, healing from two broken ribs, was a full participant for the third straight day and will be Mark Sanchez's backup against the Titans.

``I feel good about him,'' Ryan said. ``I think he practiced well again today, so he looks good and he'll be ready to go on Monday.''

And that could mean in multiple roles - potentially in the wildcat-style offense and perhaps on special teams as the punt protector - as he played this season before the injury. On Thursday, Ryan nixed the idea of Tebow playing in any role other than as the backup quarterback in the conventional offense, before completely changing his stance Friday - possibly in a show of gamesmanship to throw off the Titans.

``I hope so,'' Tebow said Friday when asked if he thought he'd play. ``I hope to get an opportunity.''

Tight end Dustin Keller (ankle), wide receiver Stephen Hill (knee), linebacker Bryan Thomas (pectoral) and defensive back Aaron Berry (hamstring) are all doubtful and likely will not play. Edwards' arrival will help offset the absence of Hill, while Keller will likely be replaced by Jeff Cumberland in the starting lineup.

Keller, a free agent after this season, hasn't played since spraining his left ankle against Arizona on Dec. 2.

Nose tackle Sione Po'uha (lower back) and wide receiver Clyde Gates (concussion) were limited and listed as questionable. Gates hasn't played since Thanksgiving night against New England, but Ryan thought it was a positive sign that the speedy receiver was able to get on the field Saturday for the first time since being injured.

``It looks like he's running well, so that's encouraging,'' Ryan said. ``Obviously, you'd like to have him up with the kind of speed and athleticism he has, but we'll see. ``He has one more (concussion) test before the next step.''

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42-year-old reliever Fernando Rodney will get a chance to prove he still has it for the Nationals

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42-year-old reliever Fernando Rodney will get a chance to prove he still has it for the Nationals

The Nationals are filling their open 40- and 25-man roster spot with veteran reliever Fernando Rodney on Tuesday, a source confirmed. 

Rodney, 42, is joining the Nationals bullpen after nine appearances for Triple-A Fresno which produced a 4.50 ERA and 2.125 WHIP. He was released earlier this season by Oakland after a rough start led to a 9.42 ERA. He will become the oldest active pitcher in baseball once added to the roster Tuesday.

This is a desperate swing by Washington to find help for a bullpen which entered Monday 29th in bullpen ERA. When Rodney was at this best -- something Nationals manager Dave Martinez saw in Tampa Bay -- he threw an almost unhittable changeup. It remains an effective pitch, if he can control it or his fastball. Command of both often give him trouble. However, the unpredictable nature of his pitching -- for better or worse -- is something that provides an odd duality. It can make him both ultra-effective or a ticking bomb. It almost always assures laborious outings.

Washington will be the 11th major-league team to employ Rodney in his 17 years of professional baseball. Being a three-time All-Star and former closer defines his on-field reputation. Randomly barking in the bullpen, shooting an imaginary arrow following a save or operating with a tilted cap exemplify the rest of Rodney's makeup. He once carried a "lucky plantain" at the World Baseball Classic. When pitching for Seattle in 2014, Rodney explained his bow-and-arrow gimmick like this: 

“The arrow? I don’t know,” Rodney said. “Just do something after the last out. Out 27. You know the game is over. I shoot the moon. I shoot the arrow, just let them know game over.

“That’s my game. Every time I go pitch, I do my arrow. That’s what the fans are waiting for. Rodney shoot the moon.”

He won't be on the mound to end a game in 2019 unless it is in mop-up duty. 

Multiple relief choices existed in Fresno for the Nationals. Few were good. Dakota Bacus has been the most effective Grizzlies pitcher this season. Yet, he remains in the minors. Veteran relievers George Kontos and Michael Blazek are also on the Grizzlies' roster.

Washington releasing Trevor Rosenthal on Sunday morning opened a 40-man roster spot. The Nationals sent Erick Fedde to Triple-A Fresno after the game Sunday to open a 25-man roster spot. Rodney fills those slots. Austin Voth remains in the rotation.

The Washington Post first reported Rodney's movement.

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Adley Rutschman finally signed his contract with the Orioles and it could be a record-setter

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Adley Rutschman finally signed his contract with the Orioles and it could be a record-setter

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have signed the top overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, catcher Adley Rutschman of Oregon State.

The 21-year-old Rutschman, a switch-hitter, batted .411 with 17 home runs as a junior for the Beavers this year. He won the Golden Spikes Award, which recognizes the top amateur baseball player in the United States.

His reported record-breaking $8.1 million signing bonus would top a previous high set by Gerrit Cole ($8 million) when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him No. 1 in 2011. 

Baltimore had not had the first draft pick since 1989, when it selected pitcher Ben McDonald out of LSU.

The Orioles announced the signing on Monday. The deadline to sign draft picks is July 12.

The team plans to introduce him to the crowd at Camden Yards on Tuesday during a game against the San Diego Padres.

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