Kearns says Tipp can’t afford mistakes

first_imgKearns says his side’s semi-final win gave him plenty of food for thought…Our build-up to live commentary on the big match will begin at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon – with coverage brought to you in association with Tipperary Co-Op Supervalu, Tipperary Town. Tipperary will have to eliminate some of their defensive failings if they’re to have a chance of winning the Munster senior football final this weekend.Manager Liam Kearns says the team can’t afford a repeat of the closing stages against Cork last time out when they square up to Kerry on Sunday in Killarney. Tipp are seeking to win the provincial title for the first time in over 80 years.last_img

Angels’ Matt Thaiss has taken quickly to another new position

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “The ground balls that were hitting me in the chest – it’s a lot different than first base,” Thaiss said. “There were some growing pains, some challenges when I first started over there. It’s kind of smoothed out.”Kind of?Thaiss hit the game-winning home run Sunday, a tie-breaking three-run blast in the eighth inning of a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. After the game, Manager Brad Ausmus was asked what has impressed him the most about Thaiss’ first impression.“Actually his defense at third has impressed me the most,” Ausmus said, “just because he hasn’t been there very long.”When Taylor Cole and Felix Peña combined on a no-hitter Friday night at Angel Stadium, it was Thaiss – diving to his left, throwing out Mac Williamson in the nick of time – who provided the signature defensive highlight of the game. It was Thaiss’ 51st game ever as a third baseman. “Every game you can help contribute, help do your job for your team, it’s good for your confidence,” he said.Thaiss’ transition to third base is past the experimental stage but still a work in progress. Monday, he took to the field early for some pregame work with Angels third base coach Mike Gallego. On Thaiss’ left hand was a white “pancake glove” – a training tool that resembles an early 20th-century catcher’s mitt, with little distinction between the pocket and the fingers of the glove. Thaiss said fielding grounders with the pancake glove discourages laziness; a fielder must look the ball into the pocket and field each ball with both hands in order to handle it cleanly.Thaiss said he used the glove a lot at Triple-A, where defensive coach Ray Olmedo helped him with his initial transition.“When I first got over to first base, I wanted to be the best first baseman I could be. I feel the same about third base. I want to keep working, keep grinding, until I’m the best defensive third baseman I could be.”TROUT OUT; HERMOSILLO RETURNSThe results of an MRI exam on Mike Trout’s right leg revealed a “small strain” in his right calf, and he remains day-to-day. Trout suffered the injury in the first inning Sunday. Ausmus said outfielder Brian Goodwin (right wrist contusion) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, so with the Angels needing some coverage in the outfield for a day, Michael Hermosillo was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, and pitcher Jose Suarez was optioned prior to Monday’s game against the Houston Astros.Hermosillo, 24, got the start in center field and batted ninth. In 28 games at Triple-A, Hermosillo hit .252 with a .338 on-base percentage. He also stole four bases in five attempts. In 31 games with the Angels a year ago, Hermosillo batted .211 with one home run.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Hermosillo missed most of spring training while he recovered from scar tissue in his adductor muscle, the result of offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia. He was ultimately sidelined until June.BEMBOOM BACKThe Angels acquired catcher Anthony Bemboom from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations, and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.A former Angels farmhand, Bemboom topped out at Triple-A in 2016 before he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in that year’s Rule 5 draft. Bemboom played only three games with the Rays this season before he sprained his left knee, an injury that sent him to the 60-day injured list. The Rays activated Bemboom earlier Monday and designated him for assignment.The Angels’ depth at catcher has been tested by Jonathan Lucroy’s concussion and broken nose, and Jose Briceño’s shoulder strain. A left-handed hitter, Bemboom batted .213 with one home run and six RBIs for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate this season.Because the Angels had an open spot on their 40-man roster, no corresponding move was needed to add Bemboom.ALSOKeynan Middleton pitched to six batters Monday in his first appearance since his minor league rehabilitation assignment was transferred to Salt Lake. The right-hander allowed two walks and a single and threw only 11 of his 25 pitches for strikes while recording two outs. Middleton, who did not allow a run in three low-level minor league appearances prior to Monday, is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ANAHEIM — Matt Thaiss isn’t the first baseball player to learn two new defensive positions after becoming a professional, but he might be the quickest study among them. At least, Thaiss’ first five games with the Angels have yet to reveal that he’s only playing his third-best position.The Angels selected Thaiss, a catcher at the University of Virginia, 16th overall in the 2016 draft. They immediately converted him to first base. All 2,661 of Thaiss’ professional innings in the field came at that position until April.The Angels currently have no shortage of first basemen. Albert Pujols is firmly entrenched atop the major league depth chart, with Justin Bour just behind. Jared Walsh plays there when he does not pitch. It might be the slowest track of any position to the top of the organization.So it was that Thaiss became a third baseman at Triple-A Salt Lake. 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Cardinals to induct Carson Palmer into ring of honor

first_img Patrick Peterson surprises Cardinals by attending OTAs despite suspension Palmer, 39, was selected out of USC by the Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy and remained in Cincinnati until he was traded to Oakland in 2011.He was then dealt once again to Arizona in 2013, where he spent his final five NFL seasons as he posted a 38-21-1 record and set a single-season franchise record with 13 wins in 2015. Palmer capped that season with a trip to the NFC championship, though the Cardinals fell to the Panthers. Related News “My family and I are beyond grateful for everything this game has given us as well as the love and support we’ve felt from fans everywhere we’ve been,” Palmer wrote at the time of his announcement.“That’s been especially true in Arizona, where we never expected to end up but has become such a special place for us. Starting with Michael Bidwill and continuing through the organization, the Cardinals are first class and do things the right way from top to bottom.”Palmer finished his career with 46,247 total passing yards, 294 touchdown passes and an 87.9 passer rating. Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster attends prom with fan who got dumpedcenter_img He holds the Cardinals’ single-season records for passing yards (4,671), touchdowns (35) and passer rating (104.6), all of which were set during the 2015 campaign. Retired quarterback Carson Palmer has been elected to the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor, the team announced Tuesday.Palmer, who announced his retirement from the NFL in January 2018, will be honored during a halftime ceremony Sept. 29 against the NFC West foe Seahawks.last_img read more