Cincinnati Reds name Opening Day starter

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:35 PM


            SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Scott Feldman #37 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Scott Feldman #37 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Scott Feldman pitched out of the bullpen last year at Houston, but by twists, turns and quirks of fate, he will be an Opening Day starter in Cincinnati this year at Great American Ball Park.

It will be his third Opening Day start and his second career appearance at Great American Ball Park.

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Feldman, 34, started on Opening Day for Texas in 2010 against Toronto. The Reds hope that is an omen because that Rangers team went on to win the American League pennant.

Feldman also started Opening Day for Houston in 2014, and that Astros team lost 92 games.

“It’s pretty cool,” Feldman said. “I know about the history of Cincinnati, being like the capitol of Opening Day.”

When Feldman signed with the Reds, it was unknown what role he would have on the pitching staff. But manager Bryan Price early on named him as one of his three starters.

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Anthony DeSclafani was the most likely to start on Opening Day, but he was shut down for a month with elbow problems and will start the season on the disabled list. Homer Bailey, the most tenured Reds’ starter, had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in early February, and won’t be available until at least June 1.

That brought the choice down to Brandon Finnegan and Feldman, the only two known to be in the Reds’ rotation to date.

“You can’t really predict the future,” Feldman said. “You have to stay ready for everything. It’s just an honor to get the ball on Opening Day. You want to get off to a good start and build on it for the rest of the season.”

Feldman has pitched in three Cactus League games this spring, allowing four earned runs, seven hits and two walks in eight innings of work.

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“I think Scott has the experience and the way he commands the strike zone, makes him the best candidate,” Price said. “My interpretation of Scott throughout spring training is exactly the guy we were looking for and we targeted, a veteran guy with a presence. He has a savvy that will serve us well.

“Part of the decision is the fact that we don’t have Homer or DeSclafani ready to go,” Price continued. “That being said, I couldn’t be happier to have Scott Feldman to be able to go to in this exact situation.”

The only other game Feldman pitched at Great American Ball Park was as the starter for the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He took the loss, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing five runs, including home runs to Joey Votto and Ryan Hanigan. Feldman also hit a home run off Bronson Arroyo.

Later that season Feldman was traded to Baltimore for Jake Arrieta.

Feldman signed a three-year contract with the Houston Astros in 2014. He made the Opening Day start for Houston against the New York Yankees in 2014. He made 18 starts for Houston in 2015 but spent most of last season in the bullpen. He was 5-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 26 appearances.

Feldman was traded to Toronto last August. He was 2-1 with an 8.40 ERA for Toronto in 14 relief appearances. The Reds signed Feldman to a one-year contract in January.

Scott Feldman

W-L; ERA; G; GS

2016 7-4; 3.97; 40; 5;

Career 71-77; 4.40; 321; 183;

OPENING DAY

Who: Phillies at Reds

Where: Great American Ball Park

When: Monday, April 3

First pitch: 4:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FS Ohio, 700, 1410

WATCH: Baylor WR Gavin Holmes takes punch from West Virginia player while being tackled

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

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Baylor nearly overcame a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit in a 38-36 loss to West Virginia at McLane Stadium on Saturday. The frantic finish, however, wasn’t the only drama in Waco.

Baylor wide receiver Gavin Holmes took a full-on punch to the helmet from West Virginia defensive back Corey Winfield while being tackled on a play in the loss to the Mountaineers.

Surprisingly, Winfield was not ejected after the play.

It wasn’t a good look for Winfield. At least not when Holmes was already about to have his forward progress stopped by another West Virginia defender.

Winfield, however, took to Twitter after the game to argue that it wasn’t intentional.

The loss on Saturday was Baylor’s third against a ranked opponent this season. The team will look to record its first win of the season at home on Oct. 28 against the 3-4 Texas Longhorns.

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Tom Brady’s mother was honored by Patriots before game against Falcons

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:59 PM

The New England Patriots honored quarterback Tom Brady’s mother, Galynn, before their Sunday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Many people took the field for the Patriots prior to the game for their “Crucial Catch,” night. They brought people out to the field who have, or are still battling cancer. Left tackle Nate Soldier’s son came out to the field, and offensive lineman Marcus Cooper’s wife came onto the field to represent him. Also in that group was Galynn, accompanied by her husband Tom Brady Sr., via the Boston Herald.

During Super Bowl week, Brady got emotional publicly when talking about his family. It was later reported by CSN New England’s Tom E. Curran that Brady’s mother had been fighting cancer for 18 months.

During the summer, she concluded her cancer treatments and is reportedly doing a lot better. She definitely looks in better health from the pictures taken on Sunday night.

 

Jackson plays well with Pacman inactive

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:56 PM


            PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

One of the few bright spots to emerge Sunday in the 29-14 loss the Cincinnati Bengals suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field was the play of cornerback William Jackson.

The 2016 first-round pick started in place of Adam Jones, who was inactive with a back injury, and finished with two passes defended against Pittsburgh Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown in addition to blanketing him across the back of the end zone on a third-and-goal play with the score tied 14-14 in the second quarter.

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“I saw him running and I was like ‘Oh, he’s going to run all the way across the field,’” Jackson said. “So I had to get on my horse and go get him.”

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Jackson helped limit Brown to four catches — equalling his season-low — on 10 targets for 65 yards.

He was especially strong defending a couple of deep balls, which is one of the reasons the Bengals used their 2016 first-round pick on him.

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“I’ve got long arms, so I can ease off of them a little bit and knock it down,” said Jackson, who missed all of his rookie season with a chest injury.

“I wanted to show them I can compete with the best of them,” he added. “I expect to play well against anybody, not just Antonio. He’s just another receiver. No big deal.”

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According to Pro Football Focus, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a passer rating of 39.6 on his six targets against Jackson.

Florida State RB Jacques Patrick out for extended period of time with knee injury

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:47 PM

Florida State running back Jacques Patrick may not see the football field again for a while.

According to reports from Tomahawk Nation and Tallahassee.com, a knee injury during the Louisville game on Saturday will mean that the junior will miss “an extended period of time”.

Patrick has 76 carries for 434 yards and a touchdown thus far in 2017. He did run for 70 yards against Louisville in the Seminoles’ 31-28 loss. His career best performance was against Syracuse in 2015, when he ran for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries.

Patrick’s injury is the latest on a long list that has affected the Seminoles this season. The most notable one was the injury to quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener in Atlanta against No. 1 Alabama. Wide receivers Keith Gavin (ankle) and George Campbell (hip) didn’t play on Saturday, while left guard Landon Dickerson has been lost for the season (right ankle).

The Seminoles play Boston College on Friday. That game is set for 8pm ET on ESPN.