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  • 07 May 2019
    导出博客文章RENTON, Wash. -- Trevone Boykin was inundated with congratulatory messages in
    the hours after making his regular-season debut as an NFL quarterback.For his
    first NFL experience stepping in for the Seattle Seahawks after Russell Wilson
    was injured last Sunday. For throwing his first NFL touchdown on a
    fourth-quarter pass to Doug Baldwin.Of all the congratulations sent to Boykin,
    though, one message in particular stood out. It came from Steve Faber, the
    father of Abby Faber. And if Abbys name doesnt sound familiar, thats
    understandable.But she is special to Boykin.It was probably one of the texts I
    will remember more than anything, Boykin said Wednesday.Abby Faber is a
    7-year-old with cerebral palsy who first met Boykin at the 50-yard line in Ames,
    Iowa last October . When TCU played at Iowa State last year, Faber was an
    honorary captain and was wearing a Cyclones jersey for the pregame coin toss.
    Boykin, the TCU quarterback, leaned down toward the girl in her wheelchair and
    asked, Whats your name? Fort Worth Star-Telegram photographer Paul Moseley took
    a touching picture of the two that went viral.Even though they were there as
    Iowa State fans, the Faber family has remained connected to TCU. They were in
    Fort Worth, Texas, two weeks ago when the Horned Frogs played the Cyclones and
    Abby had a chance to reconnect with Boykin via FaceTime.So it stuck with Boykin
    when the message came up from the Fabers on Sunday congratulating Boykin on
    completing 7 of 9 passes for 65 yards in the 37-18 win over San Francisco and
    for what hes accomplished in becoming an NFL quarterback.It hit home hard just
    because seeing what she goes through and they support me and everything, Boykin
    said. Its fun. I love playing the game. I love doing this. I wouldnt change it
    for a world.Boykin could find himself in a bigger spotlight come Sunday when the
    Seahawks play at the New York Jets. Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that hes
    moving forward with the idea that Wilson will be able to play despite spraining
    the MCL in his left knee during the third quarter last week.Still, there is a
    real possibility that Boykin will get significant playing time against the
    Jets.I went into practice last week just like Ill go into practice this week
    expecting to play. If not, Ill be ready, Boykin said.Backup quarterback was a
    major question mark for Seattle during training camp. The Seahawks had the
    luxury of an experienced veteran in Tarvaris Jackson playing behind Wilson the
    past three seasons. But Carroll wanted someone who was more of a running threat,
    similar to Wilson. He didnt want to have to adjust the offense if the backup
    came in.Boykin fit the bill, signing with Seattle as an undrafted free agent
    after sliding out of the draft in part because of his arrest in San Antonio in
    the days before the Alamo Bowl. It turned out to be another coup for Seattle.
    Boykin impressed enough throughout training camp and the preseason that Seattle
    felt comfortable going with the rookie instead of having a veteran backup.We
    thought it was a guy who could do what hes doing. I was kind of open to it from
    the start. I really wanted this to happen. I really wanted him to be the guy. I
    really wanted to get a backup quarterback that could keep us in the same system
    so we could really utilize the same run game principles as well as the passing
    style, Carroll said. He looked like a perfect opportunity there.Boykin made one
    mistake in his regular-season debut, throwing a fourth-quarter interception, but
    otherwise looked like a capable option if Wilson isnt available.Most of the
    motivation came from Russ, Boykin said. He came in his rookie year and like he
    said, he just tried to be the best him he can be. Thats how Im trying to do (it)
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    nights in places such as Stephenville and La Grange. Its about Saturdays in
    Austin and College Station, and its about Sunday afternoons in Dallas and
    Houston.But the start of NFL training camps no longer coincides with the
    unofficial end of baseball interest in Dallas and Houston. These days, baseball
    matters in September and October.The Texas Rangers have the American Leagues
    best record and the second-best record in baseball. The Houston Astros have a
    roster filled with young players such as Carlos Correa, George Springer and Jose
    Altuve, who each figure to play in numerous All-Star games.I dont know that both
    clubs have been at this level ever before at the same time, Rangers general
    manager Jon Daniels said. When it matters to both teams, thats when its really
    fun.The Rangers and Astros have shared the AL West the past four seasons, but
    last year marked the first time both clubs could be considered contenders. The
    Rangers rallied from an eight-game deficit in August to win the division.On
    Sunday, the teams will conclude a three-game series in Arlington. The Rangers
    have won the series first two games, increasing their division lead over the
    Astros to 10? games. The Astros are four games behind in the AL wild-card
    race.The heightened awareness that comes around September, the excitement that
    comes with it, the stress ... its why we play, Astros manager A.J. Hinch
    said.Texas has beaten Houston in 13 of 15 games this season and 21 of 25 dating
    back to last season, when the Rangers won the division. The Rangers have won six
    one-run games against the Astros and three others by two runs. The Astros
    entered this series with 10 wins in their past 12 games to pull within 8? games.
    The Rangers bullied Houston in the series first two games, scoring 22 runs and
    leading each game by at least eight runs.In these learning lessons that are
    going on now, in the heat of a pennant race in September when a lot of these
    guys are at the end of their gas tank, its a growth opportunity for them, Hinch
    said. But its also important that we find a way to navigate through some of
    these troubles because were going to need the younger guys to adapt.This rivalry
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    drive up or down I-45 or a one-hour flight is all that separates the cities, and
    visiting fans tend to regularly invade the home teams ballpark.The rivalrys
    intensity should continue to increase because each franchise should be good for
    years. Texas has won at least 87 games six of the past seven years, and it has
    been to the playoffs four of the past six seasons, making consecutive World
    Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.Houston, which made the playoffs in 2015,
    doesnt have that type of pedigree. Last season was the first time the Astros
    finished above .500 since 2008, but all those poor seasons positioned the Astros
    to draft a wave of stars. Those players are finally getting to the big leagues,
    and it has put the Astros in a position to be among the best teams in the AL for
    the next several years.Its alive, Texas manager Jeff Banister said of the
    rivalry. It may mean a little more to me than some: Im a Texas kid. Growing up
    in Houston and getting to manage the Texas Rangers, for me, youre asking a guy
    who probably has a little more invested in this than some.The players they have
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    You see the similarities in their players and our players in ability and how
    much they love to play the game and the excitement they play with.In 2015, both
    teams finished above .500 for the first time as members of the American League.
    That July, Texas Rougned Odor and Houstons Hank Conger had a heated argument at
    the plate that resulted in both dugouts emptying and the managers screaming at
    each other.Two months ago, the Double-A affiliates for each club were involved
    in a bench-clearing brawl that lasted 11 minutes and resulted in three
    ejections.Were still developing our rivalry, said Astros third base coach Gary
    Pettis, a coach with the Rangers for several seasons before joining the Astros
    last year.Right now, its probably more about the cities than the teams, but as
    we continue to improve, itll get more intense. Its a great opportunity for our
    players. You want to play games in September that mean something. ' ' '