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Twins GM Terry Ryan takes interim tag off title

Twins GM Terry Ryan takes interim tag off title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The latest change made by the Minnesota Twins in an offseason that will be full of them was the least surprising: general manager Terry Ryan's removal of the interim tag on his title.

Ryan confirmed Friday he's ``all set and committed and ready to go'' to try to turn around the Twins, who have finished 63-99 and 66-96 the last two years after winning their six division titles over the previous nine seasons. Ryan, who resigned from the post in 2007 to become an adviser until Bill Smith was fired last year, said he wasn't ready then for the job to be permanent or confident yet he still could do it.

This week he told team owner Jim Pohlad he's in.

``It's going to take everything we've got to turn this thing around quickly,'' Ryan told reporters at Target Field.

His first moves came Thursday, when he told bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, third base coach Steve Liddle, first base coach Jerry White and head athletic trainer Rick McWane their contracts weren't being renewed. Hitting coach Joe Vavra and bench coach Scott Ullger will stay on the staff but in different roles, at manager Ron Gardenhire's discretion. Gardenhire will enter the final year of his contract without an extension for the first time in his 12 seasons in charge.

``We're committed to Ron, and he did not waver on coming back,'' Ryan said. ``I know he didn't like losing his friends and people who've been with him and loyal, but he also understands that in this business change is inevitable.''

Ryan said he told Gardenhire he wouldn't be offering him an extension but acknowledged that could be evaluated at any time next year.

``He's accepted that and said he didn't deserve a contract extension,'' Ryan said.

On other subjects:

- Ryan called Triple-A Rochester coaches Tom Brunansky, Bobby Cuellar and Gene Glynn ``legitimate candidates'' for the three open spots on Gardenhire's staff. Glynn was the manager, Brunansky the hitting coach and Cuellar the pitching coach for the Red Wings in the past. Cuellar at one time worked closely with two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana. Many Twins prospects raved about Brunansky's work in his first season in Rochester. He was a key member of Minnesota's 1987 World Series championship team.

- Ryan said Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, currently a roving minor league instructor for the organization, is ``at this time not going to be a fit'' for any of the jobs. Ryan also said the team needs a Spanish-speaking coach on staff to better connect with players of Latino descent.

- Pitching coach Rick Anderson was the only member of Gardenhire's field staff kept in the same role, despite a starting rotation that ranked last in the league in ERA. ``If you're going to give him the blame for the starters let's give him the praise for the relief,'' Ryan said. ``I'm taking the responsibility of this club. ... He's accountable. He doesn't feel too good about what we did.''

- Pohlad said the payroll won't be a hurdle for Ryan to rebuild the roster. ``We have never told anybody that they have to spend `X' dollars and we've never told them they can't spend whatever they are recommending,'' Pohlad said. Ryan pointed to Oakland's success with a modest budget as yet another example of how player salaries aren't the centerpiece of success.

- Pohlad is planning to sit down with noncommittal season-ticket holders who haven't renewed yet for next year. He said there's nobody more frustrated by the losing than him. ``It's no fun. It just wrecks everything. It wrecks the whole summer. But we've been involved in this almost 30 years now. We all know there's no magic wand,'' Pohlad said.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.

He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.

"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.

Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.

There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines. 

He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"

Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.

But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.

Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.

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