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safety Tyvon Branch signed his $6.2 million franchise tag tender on Monday and
reported to off-season workouts with the team. The Raiders placed the tag on
Branch on March 1 and he was unable to join the team until signing the tender or
reaching a long-term contract. The two sides are still hoping to reach a
long-term deal before a July 15 deadline to give the Raiders more salary cap
room and Branch more stability. Getting Branch signed and with the team was
important for the Raiders, who are counting on him to be one of the defensive
leaders under a new defence run by head coach Dennis Allen and co-ordinator
Jason Tarver. Branch, a fourth-round pick in 2008, has started every game the
past three seasons and led the Raiders in tackles the past two years. He had 78
solo tackles, one sack, one interception, four passes defenced and one fumble
recovery last season. Branchs 327 total tackles over the past three seasons are
the second most of any NFL defensive back, trailing only Indianapolis
Antoine Bethea, who has 340. Branch also was much improved in pass coverage,
cutting his completion percentage against from 67.4 per cent in 2010 to 55.7 per
cent last season, according to STATS LLC, as the Raiders often used him as a
cornerback in nickel packages. Branch and free safety Michael Huff will anchor
an overhauled secondary in Oakland this year. After years of running a defence
premised on aggressive man coverage under late owner Al Davis, the Raiders are
expected to use more blitzes and zone coverages this season. The team let go of
last seasons starting cornerbacks, Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson, and signed
free agents Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer. The Raiders are still waiting for
fullback Marcel Reece to sign his exclusive rights tender. Jim Brown Jersey . Now he can hardly get a
moments rest. Love is averaging a league-leading 39.8 minutes per game this
season. Hes also fourth in the league in scoring with 26. Brandon Weeden Jersey . Saturdays practice
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. —When ace Jered Weaver limped off the mound with a back injury after just 12
pitches, the Los Angeles Angels probably figured their winning streak would be
the least of their losses Monday night. Trent Richardson Womens Jersey . Hit a
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went seven scoreless innings and gave up just three hits while fanning seven and
walking two to get the win. The lefty also helped his own cause with an RBI
single and retired the final 11 batters he faced.CHICAGO—The Colorado Rockies
are building for the future, and their prospects are taking advantage of the
opportunity. Andrew Brown hit his first career homer, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge
had a two-run shot and the Rockies rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago
Cubs on Saturday. Colorado grabbed the lead for good when Carlos Gonzalez used
his speed to beat out a potential double-play ball in the seventh inning,
allowing DJ LeMahieu to come home for a 4-3 lead. Carlos Torres (3-1) threw 2
1-3 scoreless innings as four relievers combined for five innings of one-hit
ball, leading the Rockies to their sixth win in seven games. “Its good for our
kids, as young as we are,” manager Jim Tracy said. “To be involved in games like
this, and the realization we are playing in this type of game, there is no room
for error.” Brett Jackson hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which has lost five
of six and seven of nine. “He had some good swings,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum
said. “That should be helping him out confidence-wise.” Jackson connected in the
Cubs three-run fourth inning against Alex White, belting a drive to centre for
his second homer in two days and No. 3 for his career—all in the last week.
Rutledge hit for White in the fifth and drove the first pitch he saw from
Brooks Raley over the wall in left, trimming the Cubs lead to 3-2. Rutledge has
been out of the starting lineup since Aug. 19 with a sore quadriceps.
“Everything hes done is impressive. Were trying to nurse him along,” Tracy said.
Raley, recalled from Triple-A Iowa before the game, allowed five hits, struck
out four and walked three in his fourth career start. Brown hit a tying solo
shot off Manuel Corpas in the sixth. Brown hit 24 home runs in 100 games with
TTriple-A Colorado Springs before the Rockies promoted him on July 17. T.J. Ward Jersey. His first home run in the
majors arrived in his 26th game. “It was a nice milestone. Hopefully its not the
last,” Brown said. “It was a great feeling to come through at the time. “Im
trying not to do too much. You always press when you try to do too much to prove
you can do what youve been doing. Im finally starting to get back to trying to
meet the ball square.” Corpas (0-1) was charged with two runs in 1 1-3 innings
against his former team as the Cubs dropped to 5-18 in August. Rafael Betancourt
worked the ninth for his 26th save in 31 chances. He has converted nine of 10
opportunities in August. “What we did today that we didnt do yesterday was
execute late in the game to win a one-run game,” Tracy said. “We took a terrific
job from Carlos Torres through all the guys to (Betancourt), their
aggressiveness throwing strikes.” NOTES: Reliever Alex Hinshaw made his Cubs
debut when he pitched to Gonzalez in the seventh. The Cubs claimed Hinshaw off
waivers from the Padres on Aug. 19. ... Chicago optioned LHP Chris Rusin (0-1,
1.80 ERA) to Triple-A Iowa before the game. Rusin is expected to return to the
majors when rosters expand in September. . Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin)
and 1B Jason Giambi (viral syndrome) began rehab assignments with Double-A Tulsa
on Friday. Tulowitzki went 1 for 3 with a double in five innings. Giambi went 1
for 3 with an RBI. ... Sveum said he doesnt expect the team to call up many
players in September. “I dont think itll be an overwhelming amount, but just
enough to help us out in September where we can do some things roster-wise
during the game and pinch hit, three to four pitchers to help out,” he said. ’ ’

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