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OPEN CAMP: July 26 Cam Talbot Jersey , Ochsner Sports Performance Center, Metairie, Louisiana
LAST YEAR: Helped by infusion of elite young talent, Saints pulled out of three-year rut of mediocrity and won NFC South. They were seconds away from advancing to NFC title game, only to be thwarted by Minnesota receiver Stefon Diggs‘ winning touchdown as time expired in divisional round. New Orleans received major contributions from running back and Offensive Rookie of Year Alvin Kamara, and cornerback and Defensive Rookie of Year Marshon Lattimore. Several other first-and second-year players filled regular roles as well, and veteran Drew Brees remained one of NFL’s top QBs.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: LB Demario Davis, S Kurt Coleman, CB Patrick Robinson, WR Cameron Meredith, Rookie DE Marcus Davenport.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: S Kenny Vaccaro, TE Coby Fleener, WR Willie Snead, G Senio Kelemete Shayne Gostisbehere Jersey , RT Zach Strief, CB Delvin Breaux.
CAMP NEEDS: Lineup is relatively stable from last-season’s playoff run, but New Orleans looking to bolster pass rush by finding someone who can make offenses pay for sending multiple blockers at All-Pro end Cameron Jordan. Saints want Davenport to develop into that player. But he is raw in first season out of UTSA. Saints also want to figure out which running backs can fill in for Mark Ingram during his four-game suspension to open season. Veteran free agents Shane Vereen and Terrence West, along with draft pick Boston Scott and second-year pro Trey Edmunds, are competing for those snaps.
EXPECTATIONS: Saints appear to have gotten stronger and deeper than last season, particularly with additions on defense. Keys to improving are how well new players fit and, as usual, avoiding injuries. If Davenport develops quickly, Saints could be elite. If not, teams with good plan to block Jordan could give New Orleans fits.
AP NFL website: Families fight, even on special occasions. Birthday boy Stephen Strasburg and Nationals ace Max Scherzer are leaving it at that.
Strasburg was batted around by the Atlanta Braves, then engaged in a heated spat with Scherzer in the dugout during the Washington Nationals‘ 8-5 loss Friday night.
The Nationals delayed opening their clubhouse to reporters after the game, and Strasburg then offered no clarification for the animated discussion between him and Scherzer.
”It’s part of family, man Brady Skjei Jersey ,” he said. ”You got to be in the family.”
The dispute occurred after Strasburg, activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier in the day and throwing on his 30th birthday, gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked into the dugout, got a pat on the back from Scherzer and sat down on the bench. They began barking at each other, then both quickly went off-camera by leaving the dugout.
Another reporter asked if the two pitchers spoke again after the initial tiff.
”You got to be in the family,” Strasburg said forcefully. ”You’re not.”
Washington, which has lost six of nine, fell to 48-49, six games behind Atlanta and 6 1/2 behind NL East-leading Philadelphia.
The Braves lost All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies in the third inning, and the team said he was lifted as a precaution because of right hamstring tightness. Manager Brian Snitker said Albies is ”OK,” but would help to rest him ”for a day or two and see how he is.”
Albies had an RBI double and stole a base in a two-run first inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. homered, doubled and singled, scored three runs and had two of Atlanta’s four stolen bases.
”It couldn’t have been any better,” Snitker said. ”I loved the aggressiveness.”
Anibal Sanchez (5-2) allowed three runs over six innings for the Braves Nathan MacKinnon Jersey , who entered the All-Star break having lost eight of 11. A.J. Minter pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
”We felt really good about Sanchy, the veteran he is, handling that after the All-Star break,” Snitker said.
The tone was far different in the other clubhouse. Manager Dave Martinez spoke with reporters in his office rather than the standard press conference room after meeting with his top starting pitchers.
”We had a really good conversation, I’ll just say that,” Martinez said. ”It was addressed. Look, they’re very competitive. Everyone is. I’m glad we talked. It’s over. Let’s move forward. These guys are professionals. They’re good.”
Matt Adams, Trea Turner and Juan Soto homered for the Nationals, who hosted the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Strasburg went on the DL on June 10 with right shoulder inflammation. He landed in trouble quickly in his return as the Braves scored two in the first inning.
Albies’ knocked in the Braves’ first run with a double, stole third and shrewdly came home on Freddie Freeman’s groundout as third baseman Anthony Rendon’s wide throw forced Adams to reach at first base.
Culberson, who would later homer, pinch-hit for Albies in the third. The 21-year-old Albies entered Friday leading the National League in several offensive categories, including runs, extra-base hits and total bases.
Adams’ 16th home run of the season tied the score at 2 in the third Kyle Turris Jersey , but Atlanta countered with a single run in the fourth. Freeman’s two-run double highlighted a three-run fifth that put the Braves up 6-2 and ended Strasburg’s outing. He struck out six and threw 98 pitches.
Nationals catcher Matt Wieters said he believed Strasburg’s command wasn’t quite right but the stuff was. Upon a reporter relaying hearing Wieters’ thoughts, a curt Strasburg said, ”Yeah, pretty much.”
Adam Eaton scored the Nationals’ first run by stealing home in the first. Bryce Harper, on the front-end of the double steal that sprung Eaton, went 1 for 4 in his first game since his dramatic win in Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby.
Braves: Snitker said he is leaning toward starting LHP Max Fried on Tuesday against Miami. Fried (middle finger blister), has been on the DL since July 6. He pitched 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Nationals: The Nationals also activated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (strained right oblique) from the 60-day DL. He entered as a pinch-hitter and grounded out to end the sixth. … Closer Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) threw off the mound Friday for the first time since July 7.
Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (8-5, 3.51) is 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two previous starts this season against the Nationals.
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.72) has dropped four consecutive decisions since a win at Baltimore on May 28.
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