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Description: The 2018 National Football League season could be a franchise-changing campaign for multiple clubs. A handful of teams are looking to hand the figurative keys to their offenses over to young and unproven signal-callers who are hoped-to-be future All-Pro quarterbacks and Rashan Gary Jersey , in some cases, potential Hall of Famers. In some cases, NFL starters will lose their jobs because a person lower on the depth chart will force the hands of coaches and earn spots in lineups. Injuries that sideline starters for several weeks or longer will also affect these types of decisions, although nobody can predict those occurrences as of the beginning of training camp practices. The old adage in the sports world is that no athlete, however great he is, can escape Father Time. Thus far , New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is doing his best to prove that wrong, and there is no indication in the summer of 2018 that he is close to losing his job. Others, however, are not so lucky. Former first-round picks, not to mention a Super Bowl champion, are all on the hot seat heading into Week 1 of the upcoming campaign for one reason or another. The NFL is a business that is largely about what a player achieves on the field week in and week out. Resumes and past accomplishments don’t mean much to coaches or general managers.
An uncluttered mind has helped Sean Manaea sharpen his pitching arsenal.

The Oakland A’s left-hander has delivered three consecutive quality starts following a rough patch in May. Manaea allowed four or more earned runs in five of his six May starts but has held opponents to a combined eight runs in his last four outings.

Manaea will start for the A’s on Wednesday in the third contest of a four-game series in Detroit.

“I was trying to be too perfect and it was causing me to overthink things Elgton Jenkins Jersey ,” he said. “Now, I’m trying to keep things simple.”

With his mind no longer racing, his control has been nearly impeccable. He’s walked one batter in his last three starts while collecting 17 strikeouts.

He’s gone more often with his four-seam fastball, throwing it 58 percent of the time this month compared to 50 percent in May.

“It’s having fastball command and having confidence in my other pitches and just pitching off the fastball,” he said. “If you have confidence in yourself and really trust your stuff, things are going to be good.”

Manaea (7-6 , 3.40 ERA) held the Chicago White Sox to one run on five hits in seven innings during his last start. He lost his only career start against Detroit while giving up three runs in six innings.

He’ll be opposed by right-hander Mike Fiers (5-4, 4.29 ERA), who has not reached the six-inning mark in six of his last seven outings. He gave up four runs in five innings at Cleveland on Friday.

Home runs have been an issue for Fiers, who has allowed 16 this season and at least one in 10 of his last 11 starts. The A’s have homered in 27 consecutive road games, a major league record.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire would like see Fiers and many of his other starters get deeper into games.

“With Zimm (Jordan Zimmermann) it’s different because he’s coming off an injury and you want to keep him healthy,” Gardenhire said. “A lot of the other guys Dexter Williams Jersey , it’s kind of a feel. I’m not afraid to have a guy throw 100 pitches and seven innings at all. But if they start misfiring, what good does that do if you have fresh arms out there? The problem is we’ve had too many five-inning starts.”

Detroit has lost seven straight, including two crushing defeats in the first two games of the series. Oakland rallied from a late three-run deficit Monday, then dug itself out of a 6-0 hole in Tuesday’s 9-7 victory.

Jed Lowrie, who hit the game-winning homer in the ninth in the opener, put the A’s in front in the final inning on an RBI single.

An error by Tigers first baseman John Hicks led to a three-run inning which started the A’s comeback.

“You make mistakes every once in a while but I don’t think we’re finding ways to lose Tytus Howard Jersey ,” Gardenhire said. “The other team’s playing good. Sure, we made mistakes but we jumped on them early. We scored runs and that’s a good team over there that doesn’t quit. They’re grinders over there. They got into our bullpen again and there you have it. It’s the same story.”

By winning eight of its last 10, Oakland is now four games over .500 for the first time since 2014
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