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First Call: New suitors for Felipe Vazquez, plus 2 other Pirates may move

Tim Benz
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez delivers a 101 mph fastball during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 20, 2019.

In “First Call” Thursday, three Pirates pitchers could be traded. Hue Jackson won’t try to bury the hatchet with Baker Mayfield. Emmanuel Sanders is improving. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is on full tilt.

Pirates on the move?

If reports are right, the Pirates are trying to trade a few players.

And Wednesday night probably didn’t help in one case.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote that the Pirates “want to trade” Jordan Lyles and they “are more than willing to move” reliever Keone Kela.

For his part, Kela worked a fairly clean sixth inning, allowing just one hit and no runs.

But Lyles got smoked. He allowed three home runs, five runs, eight hits and couldn’t finish the second inning.

That’s not going to woo any potential suitors.

As for Felipe Vazquez, the Dodgers have long been rumored as a potential landing spot if the Pirates trade him.

Now some other destinations have emerged. According to, Houston and Washington also may want his services.

Washington’s bullpen ERA is 5.77, the worst in the National League. The Nationals are four games back of the NL East lead and hold the first wild-card spot by one game over St. Louis.

Meanwhile, Astros closer Roberto Osuna has had some adventures of late. Since the All-Star break, he’s suffered a loss and a blown save. Plus, he’s allowed a run in five of his last seven outings.

That said, he has 23 saves and a 2.68 ERA.


Former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders is on the comeback trail.

The Denver receiver suffered a torn Achilles in December. Yesterday he took part in team activities for the first time in training camp.

Sanders participated in 7-on-7 drills and even made a diving catch along the way.

“Hopefully in two or three weeks here, I’ll be full speed and full go all the way around,” Sanders told

Hue on Baker

If things are ever going to get patched up between Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his former coach, Hue Jackson, it’s going to have to come from Mayfield’s end.

That’s what Jackson said Tuesday on CBS Radio.

Mayfield has expressed anger over Jackson becoming an assistant on Marvin Lewis’ staff in Cincinnati after he was fired in Cleveland. He also told ESPN he wasn’t thrilled that Tyrod Taylor got the starting job out of training camp.

Mayfield said he wanted “revenge.”

“I think it would be for him to clear the air,” Jackson said. “I’ve never had anybody say that about me or feel that way about me. So that’s different. So I’m pretty comfortable and confident in who I am and what I am and feel good about where I am and what I’ve done.”

Jackson may have been a goober and a bad coach. But I’m with him here. Mayfield’s response to Jackson going elsewhere when he got fired has always been illogical to me.

Settle down, dad

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is known for being highly energetic.

Well, he took it to a new level yesterday introducing his new acquisitions, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

Take it down a notch, Steve.

Last year the Clippers were just able to sneak into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed at 48-34. They are obviously looking for bigger things this year.

Especially based on Ballmer’s reaction.

Looking to repeat

The Duquesne football team won the NEC last year. Now it is predicted to repeat.

The Dukes received seven of eight first-place votes at the conference’s social media day. Sacred Heartgot the other vote.

Eight Duquesne players were named to the preseason All-NEC team.

• QB – Daniel Parr

• RB – A.J. Hines

• WR – Kellon Taylor

• OL – Gabe Spurlock

• DL – Kam Carter

• LB – Brett Zanotto

• DB – Reid Harrison-Ducros

• K – Mitch MacZura

Robert Morris was picked seventh in the conference.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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