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  • 28 Aug
    PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Vogelsong, the Pittsburgh Pirates 39-year-old starting pitcher, literally gave them all he had in his first start in 2 1/2 months.Now that Vogelsong is starting again for a team that has labored all season to find a reliable rotation, the Pirates hope the right-hander can give them a similar outing Wednesday against the San Diego Padres and another veteran starter, Edwin Jackson.Vogelsong, reacquired by the Pirates this season to give them a veteran arm who could start or relieve, allowed Atlanta only one run and three hits over six innings Thursday in his first start since being slammed in the face by a Jordan Lyles pitch May 23 against the Colorado Rockies.Vogelsongs face still bears some visible damage of taking 94-mph fastball to his upper left cheekbone, and there were some doubts immediately after he sustained facial fractures whether hed pitch again this season. But, taking the mound again for the first time since that scary moment, he was more than outstanding against the Braves.It was the kind of give-them-all-youve-got-and-more performance the Pirates have seen only sporadically during an up-and-down season, even though they eventually lost the game 5-2.Vogelsong wasnt sure at times during his recovery that hed be back.Ive been doing this a long time and I dont know much else other than baseball, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Its kind of scary when you think about what you might have to do if you cant play anymore. I was pretty determined to get back and not let this thing beat me.(But) there were moments when I wasnt sure. To be able to make it back and pitch a big league game and throw the ball like that again, it was icing on the cake.Vogelsong probably didnt figure to be in the Pirates rotation this late in the season, but the trade of Francisco Liriano and the repeated failings of Jonathon Niese, Juan Nicasio and Jeff Locke -- a former All-Star whos now in the bullpen -- have him starting again.The Pirates, now out of the NL Central race thats being dominated by the Chicago Cubs, remain in the mix for a fourth consecutive NL wild card berth, but the rotations struggles arent helping those chances.Similarly, the Padres certainly didnt plan on the well-traveled Jackson being in their rotation less than a month away from Labor Day, but the constant adjustment of their starting five led them to sign him to a minor league deal in June. In four starts with his 11th major league team, hes flirted with a no-hitter while going 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 25 1/3 innings.Jackson is 2/3 with a 3.98 ERA while pitching 40 2/3 innings in PNC Park during a career that began with the Dodgers at age 19 in 2003 -- or three years after Vogelsong debuted with the Giants at age 22.I just want to go out every fifth day and give the team a chance to win, Jackson told the San Diego Union-Tribune, repeating the oft-spoken theme of almost every starting pitcher. At the end of the day, thats your job -- just to keep the team in the game. So you go out every five days trying to do that as much as you can.The Pirates won 6-4 on Tuesday in the first game of the three-game series, with Gregory Polancos three-run homer driving a four-run Pirates fifth inning. The Padres, who are 2-2 against Pittsburgh this season, started six rookies. D. J. Wilson Jersey . 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The two sides finalized a one-year, $12 million contract on the eve of the teams first training camp practice, sources told ESPN.Another $3 million in incentives are included in the deal, which could boost the value to $15 million, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.The Jets increased their offer Wednesday from $9 million to $12 million, a source said, and gave Fitzpatrick until 7 p.m. ET to take the deal or the team would be moving on.The 11th-hour agreement culminated one of the strangest chapters in team history -- a long stalemate that dominated the Jets offseason.The Jets wanted Fitzpatrick and he wanted them, yet he refused to sign the offer that sat on the table for months -- three years, $24 million, including a total guarantee of $16 million.It definitely was a long process, Fitzpatrick said Thursday. After coming to the realization that it wasnt going to get done right away and that it was going to take some time, I tried my best to put it out of my mind and tried to live life normally. But it was hard with people coming up to me and asking about the contract, people texting me. It was hovering ... looming over my head for five, six months. In the end, Im happy the way it turned out.To make the Fitzpatrick signing official, the Jets will have to create room under the salary cap. They have only $9.1 million in cap space, according to NFL Players Association records.The situation got weird Wednesday, when players said they were instructed by team brass not to discuss Fitzpatrick with the media.After sitting out the offseason, Fitzpatrick is way behind, but he is expected to be the opening day quarterback. Jets coach Todd Bowles maintained throughout the stalemate that Fitzpatrick, who set a franchise record with 31 touchdown passes last season, would be the starter if he re-signed.Geno Smith, who was replaced by Fitzpatrick last preseason after having his jaw broken by a teammates sucker punch in the locker room, returns to his No. 2 role. Rookie Christian Hackenberg and second-year quarterback Bryce Petty will compete for the No. 3 job, although its possible the Jets will keep all four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.Fitzpatrick had no other offers during free agency, yet the Jets were reluctant to hand the No. 1 job to Smith, the nomminal starter in the offseason.dddddddddddd The result was a staring contest, with each side waiting for the other to blink.Knowing his comfort level with the coaches, the players and the city, the organization was quietly confident it would re-sign Fitzpatrick, 33, a career journeyman who last season led the Jets to their best offensive season since 1998. He became a popular leader in the locker room, fueling a pro-Fitzpatrick sentiment throughout the impasse.Several players, namely wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, were outspoken in their support for Fitzpatrick, perhaps putting pressure on the organization to complete a deal. Team officials were transparent, saying from the outset they wanted him back.Marshall took to Twitter to congratulate Fitzpatrick, posting a photo presumably shot after the quarterbacks deal was agreed to Wednesday.Fitzpatrick was stung by the teams contract proposal, telling friends he would never accept a deal that included a total of $12 million in the second and third years -- essentially backup money. The offer included up to $12 million in incentives, but he didnt bite. He made $3.25 million last season.He didnt renew the lease for the New Jersey home he rented last season, fueling speculation about his future. He also stopped returning texts from teammates, according to Marshall, who said he was starting to worry.As much as they appreciate his 2015 performance, the Jets view Fitzpatrick as a bridge quarterback, a caretaker until Hackenberg or Petty is ready to take over. That led to a sharp difference of opinion at the bargaining table. Fitzpatrick initially sought $15 million per year, as he tried to piggyback on the Sam Bradford and Brock Osweiler deals with the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans, respectively.The Jets flirted with free-agent quarterbacks?Robert Griffin III?and Brian Hoyer, but talks never reached the serious stage.Fitzpatrick, playing for his sixth team, arrived last year in a trade with the Texans. His career record as a starter is 43-61-1 in 11 seasons with no playoff appearances. He was on the verge of breaking the postseason slump last year, but he tainted his storybook season by throwing three interceptions in a season-ending loss to the Buffalo Bills. ' ' '