General manager Trent Baalke once said he could use a 6-foot-6 safety to counter the Seahawks’ acquisition of former Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. Well, his team didn’t find one of those in the draft, but they did select hard-hitting, 6-1, 221-pound Jaquiski Tartt in the second round two months later. Tartt and others will get their chances to stop Graham when the teams meet Thursday.
Kansas City’s Ben Zobrist hits the fourth pitch of the game for a home run, and an inning later teammate Alex Rios also goes yard as the visiting Royals quiet the Rogers Centre with a 14-2 win Tuesday. The teams meet again Wednesday at 1:07 p.m. on FS1.
Daniel Murphy homers for a record-tying fifth consecutive game in the postseason to send the New York Mets past the Chicago Cubs 5-2 for a 3-0 lead in the National League Championship Series. The Mets can advance to the World Series for the first time in 15 years with one more victory over Chicago in Game 4 on Wednesday (5:07 p.m. TBS).
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Who is Week 7’s top performer? Derrick Henderson of Inderkum? Evyn Holtz of Rocklin? Jamarri Jackson of Christian Brothers? Davaughn Silver of Antelope? Tyler Stoever of Valley Christian? You have until noon Thursday to vote.
Swingman Omri Casspi isn’t concerned about his uneven training camp and preseason. If his 16-point, seven-rebound performance Saturday in the exhibition finale against New Orleans is an indication, his confidence is well-founded.
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