The Blue Jays reportedly have agreed with the Padres on a trade that will send outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to the American League East. According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays will send a not-yet identified Class-A player to the Padres for the 31-year-old. The trade needs the approval from Major League Baseball.

Upton is slashing .256/.304/.439 in 92 games this season. He has 16 home runs and 45 RBIs and is fourth in the National League with 20 stolen bases. The veteran is in the midst of a bounce-back season after batting .184 and .208 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and playing only 87 games last year. He will earn $15.45 million this season and $16.45 million next year, but the Padres reportedly will be paying a significant amount of Upton’s remaining contract.

The Blue Jays, who trail the Orioles by three games in the American League East, likely will utilize Upton to bring depth and versatility to their outfield. Upton is quick and can play all outfield positions, but he’ll likely battle center fielder Kevin Pillar for playing time.

Upton is the fourth well-known player the struggling Padres have traded away this year, joining James Shields, Fernando Rodney and now-Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier
John, Gerry and Bradfo discuss a rare political stance by Michael Jordan, and the ensuing criticism he received from ESPN talking head Kevin Blackistone. A Black Lives Matter discussion ensues.
Rob Bradford is thrust into 'Headlines' duty by John Dennis, and Bradfo does his best to spin a few entertaining news yarns.
Rob Bradford is in studio with Dino and Gerry to discuss Red Sox trade possibilities and to throw cold water on Chris Sale trade chances.
"No credible evidence" frees Peyton Manning from any guilt in the NFL eyes on P.E.D usage, and Josh Gordon is reinstated into the league after multiple suspensions. John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Rob Bradford discuss.
Dino, Gerry and Rob Bradford give their thoughts on the opening night of the Democratic Convention in Philly. Paul Simon, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama and Bernie are among those discussed.
Michael Jordan (Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports)

Michael Jordan is doing his part to address racial unrest in America. (Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports)

NBA legend and Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan spoke out about the continuing social and racial unrest in the United States on Monday, saying he can “no longer stay silent” about the issue.

In a brief statement released exclusively to The Undefeated, the six-time NBA Finals champion and lone African-American majority owner of an NBA team sounded off on “the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement.” He also announced grants of $1 million each to the Institute for Community-Police Relations, launched by International Association of Chiefs of Police in May, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, two organizations working on bettering relations with law enforcement and their communities.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late,” Jordan wrote. “I know this country is better than that. … We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers — who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all — are respected and supported.”

The two groups were informed of Jordan’s donations on Sunday. Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said the group is “surprised and shocked, but obviously thrilled,” while IACP president Terrence Cunningham applauded Jordan in his efforts to “help raise the discussion between police and the members of the communities they serve.”

“Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem,” Jordan wrote, “I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.”

Jordan’s statement comes after several professional athletes have spoken out on the political and social issues of today. Most noticeably, NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James began the ESPYs award show by asking their peers to use their platforms to address important topics.

Following a town hall meeting Monday in Los Angeles with community leaders, Anthony called Jordan’s statement “brilliant” and said it was “about time” racial issues were addressed by Jordan, who has been known to be quiet regarding social problems in the past.

“At the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face,” Anthony said. “He is an African-American and a very powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf. It’s not always about the money, but for him to step up and put his money where his mouth is at, the timing was perfect.”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who banned former Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014 for racist comments, also congratulated Jordan for his efforts.

“I applaud Michael Jordan for these donations,” Silver said. “His championing of important social issues including fundamental civil and human rights carries enormous impact in communities everywhere.”

In his statement, Jordan said he hopes that the problems facing the country can be faced together in order to create a better world.

“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country — a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities,” Jordan said. “The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.”

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

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MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at White Sox, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rays at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, United States vs. China, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)


Chris Sale

Chris Sale

— White Sox pitcher Chris Sale apologized to his teammates and fans for cutting up the team’s throwback uniforms Saturday — an act that earned him a five-game suspension — and insisted he does not want to be traded.

“I want to win a championship in Chicago. That’s been my goal from Day 1,” Sale told on Monday in his first public comments about the incident. “It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it’s not easy winning a championship. There’s a lot that goes into it.

“Our main focus should be winning. I know that every single player comes in ready to win every day. I can’t speak on anybody else. … I don’t think I would be traded. I don’t know for sure. I don’t know what they are thinking now or what’s going on.”

Sale explained that he had issues with the throwbacks, especially the 1976 version he was slated to wear Saturday when he was to pitch against the Tigers. The ’76 jerseys are untucked, and Sale said he was not comfortable pitching in that style for the first time. He took his complaint to pitching coach Don Cooper and manager Robin Ventura, and when he did not get his way, returned to the clubhouse and cut up his jersey and a few others so that the team could not wear them.

“When I saw that there was something in the way of that 100 percent winning mentality, I had an issue,” said Sale, who acknowledged losing his cool with Ventura. “I tried to bring it up and say, ‘Hey listen, these are my thoughts and concerns,’ and they got pushed away because of the business deal that was set in place. I’ll never understand why we need to do something on the business side on the field that might impede us winning a game.

“[The ’76 uniforms] are uncomfortable and unorthodox. I didn’t want to go out there and not be at the top of my game in every aspect that I need to be in. Not only that, but I didn’t want anything to alter my mechanics. … There’s a lot of different things that went into it. Looking bad had absolutely zero to do with it. Nothing.”

Ventura, who insisted he “didn’t put promotion in front of winning,” decided to scratch Sale and send him home. When his suspension ends, he’ll take the mound Thursday against the Cubs.

“I’m going to show up on Thursday and do what I’ve always done. That’s get ready to play baseball and put everything I got into winning that game,” said Sale, who is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA. “I know my teammates are, too. So that’s all that matters to me. It’s unfortunate it got to this point.”

Sale added that he has regret for missing his start and not being able to be there for his teammates, but he still believes in his point.

“Do I regret standing up for what I believe in? Absolutely not,” he said. “Do I regret saying business should not be first before winning? Absolutely not.”

— Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will get another chance to prove he can stay out of trouble, as the NFL conditionally reinstated him for this season — minus the first four games.

Gordon, who has been suspended since February 2015 following multiple violations of the league substance-abuse policy, can take part in all team activities once he meets clinical requirements.

Wrote Gordon on Twitter: I’m blessed and grateful to be granted this opportunity. I can’t wait to get back out there and play the game I love in front of the great fans of Cleveland.

Gordon had issues in college and they continued in the pros. After leading the league with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, he was suspended 10 games in 2014 and then the entire 2015 season, then was denied reinstatement in April when a drug test showed traces of marijuana.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, who met with Gordon a week ago, said in a letter to the player that it’s up to him where things go from here.

“As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed,” Goodell wrote. “Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, [owner] Jimmy Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal. But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices, but it will be up to you to do so.”

— Washington linebacker Junior Galette’s season is over before it began. Again.

Galette revealed Monday that he tore his Achilles tendon while running drills Sunday, meaning he’ll miss his second straight season.

One year ago, Galette was released by the Saints — with whom he spent his first five seasons — and he joined Washington on a one-year deal. Days before the regular season started, Galette tore his right Achilles in practice.

He signed another one-year deal with Washington this offseason and was held out of spring practices. On Monday he tweeted a video of him working out and wrote: Haven’t felt so good best shape of my life and this happens to me know Idl what else to do when does da rain stop.

Galette, who had a combined 22 sacks in 2013 and 2014, was expected to play a key role in the Washington defense.

Said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to The Washington Post: “I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I saw the news. He’s worked his [butt] off to get healthy and get better this offseason and it just sucks that it’s all taken away from him before we’ve even reported.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 26, 1987, which rookie hit a home run and joined Dave Stapleton as the only Red Sox players to homer in their first two major league games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can tell you today we’ve received five trade proposals that I hadn’t received before today from other clubs calling me. So that’s why this time of year is very interesting. We also have some real good young players in our organization, so some people are looking for those players. I can say we’re not close to making any trades at this moment.” — Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, on the possibility of his team being involved in another deal before next week’s trade deadline

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 — Runners left on base by the Red Sox in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Tigers

‘NET RESULTS: With the Rangers trailing by a run and down to their final out in the ninth inning, Adrian Beltre hits a two-run home run to beat the Athletics.

The Orioles get a walk-off win over the Rockies in the 10th inning as Colorado pitcher Jordan Lyles can’t handle a chopper back to the mound.

White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera jumps over the fence to take away a home run from Cubs slugger Kris Bryant.

Florida high school senior basketball player William Easton, said to be only 5-foot-2, shows some impressive hops as he throws down a one-handed dunk.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dobie Gray, who died in 2011, was born on this day in 1940.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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