A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
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The New York Yankees and Washington meet for a doubleheader – sort of – at Nationals Park. The teams were tied at 2 in the sixth inning on May 15 when their game was stopped because of rain [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/fabian-moreau-jersey]Youth Fabian Moreau Jersey[/url] , and they were postponed the next night. So the Yanks and Nats will pick up in the sixth, with both clubs expected to start out with relievers. Sonny Gray will start Game 2 for the New York against rookie Erick Fedde.
Bartolo Colon goes for his 244th career win, which would break a tie with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic. The 45-year-old Colon gave up a season-high eight runs in his last outing for Texas, tagged by the Dodgers. Colon has won one of his past five starts going into this game at Kansas City. Ian Kennedy has won just one of his last 27 home starts for the Royals.
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will go on paternity leave for the birth of his fourth child and could miss as many as three games. San Francisco returns home from a 10-day road trip to face the Miami Marlins.
Restricted free agent receiver Cameron Meredith is the newest member of a New Orleans Saints offense that ranked second in the NFL last season.
Sean Payton said Wednesday that Meredith has signed with New Orleans after the Chicago Bears declined to match an offer from the Saints. Meredith's agent, Cliff Brady [url=http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/adrian-peterson-jersey]http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/adrian-peterson-jersey[/url] , said the Bears declined to match the two-year offer worth about $10 million.
The Bears had until Wednesday afternoon to decide on whether to keep their 2016 receiving leader, who missed all of last season with a major knee injury.
The 25-year-old Meredith has played two NFL seasons. He caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns two seasons ago, when his position coach was Curtis Johnson, who is now with the Saints.
Last season, Meredith tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during a preseason game against Tennessee.
Meredith joined the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State. Because the Bears offered him a low restricted free-agent tender commensurate with an undrafted player [url=http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/ryan-grant-jersey]Ryan Grant Jersey[/url] , Chicago will not receive any compensation from the Saints in the form of draft picks.
The 6-foot-3 Meredith now moves to an offense led by record-setting quarterback Drew Brees and which ranked fifth in yards passing last season, with 261.8 yards per game, as well as second overall, with 391.2 yards per game.
He also becomes part of a team that came within seconds of advancing to last season's NFC title game.
During the NFL meetings in March, Payton said adding a receiver ranked high on New Orleans' offseason wish list. The Saints also brought in veteran free agent tight end Benjamin Watson late last month to bolster the passing game.
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The addition of Meredith also could have draft implications for the Saints, who continue to seek a player who can help with the pass rush, particularly from the edge opposite All-Pro end Cameron Jordan.
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