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  1. Sparky Anderson Jersey

    12 March 2019 - 06:14 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Parker Bridwell was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels by the New York Yankees http://www.tigersfan...s-mccann-jersey , who opened a roster spot by designating infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment.Bridwell, 27, was 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance for the Angels in 2017, then missed much of this year because of right elbow inflammation. He was 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA in one start and four relief appearances over 6 2/3 innings for the Angels and 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake.Bridwell is 11-3 with a 4.60 ERA for Baltimore and the Angels in 28 games over three seasons. He was designated for assignment last week by the Angels.The 26-year-old Torreyes was among the most popular players in the Yankees clubhouse Shane Greene Jersey , a 5-foot-8 backup often hoisted into the air by teammates to high-five 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge. Torreyes hit .292 with 36 RBIs in 315 at-bats over 108 games in 2017, but spent much of this year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and batted .280 with seven RBIs in 100 at-bats over 41 games for the Yankees.New York announced the moves on Monday. MIAMI (AP) — Mariano Rivera’s first victory for the New York Yankees came on May 28, 1995. A day later, Derek Jeter made his debut with the club.They’ve been linked ever since.Rivera will go into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year as the first person to be chosen unanimously by the voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America Sparky Anderson Jersey , and Jeter seems very likely to be enshrined at the hall in Cooperstown, New York next year in his first season of eligibility.And Jeter, now the chief executive officer for the Miami Marlins, is thrilled that Rivera is the first to carry 100 percent of the vote.“First http://www.tigersfan...k-morris-jersey , it’s hard to believe that no one has gone in unanimously prior to him,” Jeter said. “But no one deserves it more than him. You’re talking about someone that did his job as well as anyone that played the game. He’s a quality individual. He’s a Hall of Fame person outside of just being a Hall of Fame player.”Both spent their entire big-league career with the Yankees. Rivera pitched for 19 seasons and retired after 2013 with a record 652 career saves; Jeter played for 20 seasons and retired after 2014. They helped the Yankees win five World Series titles from 1996 through 2009.“I had the privilege and pleasure to play with him since I was 18 years old,” Jeter said. “We grew up together. We’re like brothers. I couldn’t be more excited for him.”Jeter, who is overseeing the latest rebuilding effort by the Marlins and spoke Monday while several construction crews were working behind him on various parts of Marlins Park Michael Fulmer Jersey , said he hasn’t given much thought to the likelihood of his own enshrinement in Cooperstown in 2020.“I’ve got a lot of other things to think about,” Jeter said.
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    12 March 2019 - 06:03 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts figures he should always use his baseball success to give back to the world.Even in the middle of the World Series.The Boston Red Sox slugger was surprised to find himself in the spotlight this week for a late-night good deed. A few hours after the Red Sox won Game 2 on Wednesday night Brian Roberts Jersey , Betts and his cousin were spotted providing hot meals to the homeless outside the Boston Public Library, braving temperatures in the 30s to feed dozens of people.Former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni, now a radio host on WEEI, was tipped off about Betts’ distribution of several trays of hot food. Merloni publicized the good deed on social media , leading to widespread acclaim for the probable AL MVP.“It’s pretty cool,” Betts said in the Dodger Stadium visitors’ dugout before Game 3 on Friday. “I’ve been blessed with everything I have, and I might as well share it.”Betts, who batted .346 with 32 homers and 80 RBIs during the regular season, never intended for anyone to find out about his good work in the community. He and his cousin went out in hoodies with no fanfare, providing steak tips and chicken to anyone trying to make it through Massachusetts’ brutal cold.Betts simply feels an obligation to do what he can, whenever he can, for the less fortunate.“It’s not the first time I’ve done it,” Betts said. “It wasn’t supposed to get (the attention) it got.”Betts is taking care of his work on the field as well after a slow start to the postseason at the plate. The 26-year-old outfielder went 4 for 8 in the first two games of his first World Series Thurman Munson Jersey , boosting his postseason average to .255.Betts also fed untold thousands in a decidedly different way Tuesday: By stealing a base in the World Series opener , Betts triggered Taco Bell’s famed “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” promotion, providing everybody in the country with one free taco available Nov. 1.Betts’ charitable nature even caught the attention of Hank Aaron. The Hall of Famer was in Los Angeles to present the Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the player selected as the best hitter in each league — to Boston’s J.D. Martinez and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich.“No question about it, yes, he’s a role model,” Aaron said of Betts. “When you think about who he is, where he is, he certainly is a role model.”Whether it’s good food or good fortune, Betts said he has one rule.“Don’t waste it,” Betts said. “That’s what my dad told me: don’t waste it.” NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprising twist to their search for a general manager, the New York Mets were getting closer to completing a deal with high-profile agent Brodie Van Wagenen http://www.yankeesfa...e-posada-jersey , a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing.The 44-year-old Van Wagenen has been co-head of CAA Baseball since 2010 and emerged as the team’s top choice for GM from a list of 10-12 original candidates. He appears set to switch sides at the bargaining table after representing several Mets stars including Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier.Tampa Bay Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom also was a finalist and remains a possibility, according to the person. An announcement is expected shortly after the World Series — but no sooner than Tuesday.Doug Melvin also had a second interview with ownership this week, but the former Texas and Milwaukee general manager was told he is no longer in the running.With the Mets seeking a replacement for Sandy Alderson, the finalists met during the week with owner Fred Wilpon and his son, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.Alderson was hired as Mets general manager in October 2010 but took a leave of absence in late June after a recurrence of cancer. He said the team’s poor record did not merit him returning.Baseball decisions have since been made by the trio of assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi, all reporting to the Wilpons.Players and rival agents around the majors have expressed concern about a potential conflict of interest if Van Wagenen flips roles, though the move is not unprecedented. Former big league pitcher Dave Stewart made the switch from agent to front-office executive with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a couple of GMs in the NBA did the same.“In my role as an agent, my solution is to create opportunities for players to be successful both on and off the field,” Van Wagenen said Monday in a statement released by the Mets after his second interview. “My conversations with the Mets continue to be organic. I believe baseball is better when the Mets are competitive and successful.”Following the team’s second consecutive losing season, Jeff Wilpon has been looking for a progressive thinker from outside the organization to take over as GM. He said he was open to “untraditional candidates,” an approach that has support from his father Don Larsen Jersey , and would like to have someone in place by the Nov. 5-8 general managers’ meetings.Jeff Wilpon also said he would like Ricco, Ricciardi and Minaya to return — but that doesn’t guarantee they’ll be retained.“As Jeff and Fred continue their search for a new head of baseball operations, the players, fans and entire organization will be motivated to have a leader with the skills and commitment to win,” Van Wagenen said in his statement. “If the Wilpons believe I am that person, we will have that conversation.”Van Wagenen also represents Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback.If he takes the GM job, Van Wagenen would need to give up his career as an agent.Van Wagenen played college baseball at Stanford with current Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch, and the two became good friends.
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    12 March 2019 - 05:53 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — These aren’t the same Dodgers that won 104 games Stephen Strasburg Jersey , ran away in the NL West, and fell one victory short of a World Series title last year.Example A: After a slow start, they won 92 games and needed Game 163 to earn their sixth straight division title.Example B: Clayton Kershaw won’t be opening the postseason as the Game 1 starter for the first time in six consecutive playoff appearances.Example C: Kershaw told Hyun-Jin Ryu that the South Korean left-hander was going to take the mound on Thursday night against Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves to begin the best-of-five Division Series.“I’m obviously kind of nervous, but I think it’s a good thing,” Ryu said through a translator Wednesday.The Dodgers obviously think flip-flopping Kershaw and Ryu is the right move, with manager Dave Roberts saying it allows both pitchers to have five days’ rest between starts. If Kershaw started Game 1, he would be on four days’ rest, while Ryu would be on six days’ rest.Kershaw starting the opener has always been the surest sign that it’s October. The face of the franchise has started eight of the past 10 postseason Game 1s. He can opt out of his contract after the World Series.“He obviously wanted to pitch Game 1 and expected to,” Roberts said. “But after talking to him and explaining our thoughts, he accepted it and he just said he’ll be ready to go for the second game.”Kershaw often has started on short rest in recent postseasons, but the Dodgers don’t plan on that this time. Rookie Walker Buehler is set to go in Game 3, having impressed enough to be the heir apparent to Kershaw.“It doesn’t have to all fall on his shoulders like it has in the past,” starter-turned-reliever Alex Wood said of Kershaw.Slugger Matt Kemp added, “We got a lot of guys who can get the job done.”Ryu is eager to make a mark after not pitching in the postseason since 2014 http://www.nationals...gonzalez-jersey , having been injured for most of the 2015 and ’16 seasons. He was left off last year’s playoff rosters after going 5-9 with a 3.77 ERA.Still, Ryu has posted a better ERA (2.81) in his three career postseason games than Kershaw (4.35) in his 24 playoff games.“Finding out that I made the postseason roster, especially not making it last year, was definitely huge for me,” he said. “I’m going to go full throttle from the very first pitch in the very first inning.”Ryu was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in the regular season. Fellow lefty Kershaw was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and team-high 155 strikeouts.Ryu had an edge over the final month of the season, posting a 1.88 ERA after overcoming a groin injury. Kershaw, also injured this season, had a 3.89 ERA in September.“I think it’s pick your poison between the two of them,” Wood said.If needed, Kershaw could still start Game 5 in Los Angeles on normal rest, so the move allows him to be available twice in the best-of-5 series.“If we get to that point, then we’ll have a discussion,” Roberts said.Like the Dodgers, the Braves aren’t the same team they were a year ago.Atlanta is back in the postseason for the first time since 2013 Anthony Rendon Jersey , when they were beaten by the Dodgers in four games.Under manager Brian Snitker, the Braves went from 72 wins in 2017 to 90 and the NL East title this year, surprising many with the quick turnaround.“No one really followed us until the end of the season,” Foltynewicz said. “Just because we started off hot, no one thought we would continue being that good and we did the whole season.”Led by so-called “Baby Braves” — 20-year-old left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies — Atlanta has gotten production from veterans Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman as well.What the Braves lack is playoff experience, especially compared to the battle-tested Dodgers.“We got a bunch of young guys that they had never experienced September either, having to win and chasing a division,” Snitker said, “and then it didn’t faze them a bit.” New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has somebad news for fans who had dreams of seeing Bryce Harper in a Pinstripes uniform - it's not going to happen.Cashman was asked by reporters at the winter meetings about the possibility of making the 2015 NL MVP and young baseball phenom a Yankee. He shut that down in just a few words."No time at all all winter have I said I'm looking for an outfielder," Cashman said, via Coley Harvey of "The Harper stuff ... I'm surprised you're still asking."Harper rejected a $300 million contract from the Washington Nationals, and he's been heavily linked to the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox in free agency.advertisingThe Nationals essentially confirmed that they're prepared to move on from Harper http://www.nationals...l-murphy-jersey , who is expected to land the richest contract in MLB history - which will likely be at least $350 million.New York is already loaded in the outfield with sluggers and 50-home run hitters in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, along with Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. Signing Harper for well over $300 million doesn't make a lot of sense for Cashman, who's been more focused on upgrading his rotation. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsThe Yankees acquired聽Canadian lefty James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners earlier this offseason, and the team is reportedly working on a deal to get Noah Syndergaard from the New York Mets. So yes, it seems like he has very little desire to pursue Harper - especially for the crazy amount of money he's asking for.advertisingHarper, 26, batted .249 in 2018 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI.What This MeansThe Yankees are prioritizing other needs right now, including a better rotation that was dominated by the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Cashman knows he has more than enough star power in the outfield, so it would be absolutely ludicrous to add another at a $350 million-plus price tag.At this point, the Phillies are still the favorites to land Harper. Other contenders may emerge, but there's no way he winds up in The Bronx. Cashman is wisely staying away from Harper's outrageous price tag.advertising
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    12 March 2019 - 05:42 AM

    Harry How/Getty ImagesManny Machado reportedly signed a 10-year http://www.philliesf...ron-nola-jersey , $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, according to Mark Feinsand of And for New York Yankees fans who are wondering if the organization was in the running: It wasn't.James Wagner of the New York Times reported that the Yankees never even made an offer:James Wagner ByJamesWagnerYankees never made a formal offer to Manny Machado, per a source, although they hosted him at Yankee Stadium. Machado wanted to top Giancarlo Stanton鈥檚 13-year/$325M deal, and although his reported amount is a free-agent record Juan Samuel Jersey , Yankees didn鈥檛 want to offer something that large.Jack Curry of YES also reported that the Yankees were never fully engaged with Machado:Jack Curry JackCurryYESWhile the Yankees met with Machado in December, they hardly engaged with him after that. From the first internal conversations the Yankees had about the possibility of adding Machado, there were strong voices in the room advocating against it.It makes sense. New York already has one of baseball's best lineups, highlighted by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. And the Yankees have ahuge contracton the books, with Stanton holding another 10 seasons on his13-year Larry Andersen Jersey , $325 million pact (though that includes a player opt-out after 2020 and a club option in 2028).And since Judge will be arbitration eligible after this season, his contract numbers will rise significantly as well. Going after Machado would have been basically acquiescing to luxury-tax status for the next decade.Granted, Machado is worth the big bucks. The 26-year-old has hit 30 or more homers in four straight seasons, is a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glover who can play both shortstop and third base. He's a five-tool superstar and a legitimate difference-maker, and he would have made the Yankees the prohibitive World Series favorites this year and into the near future.But the Yankees are still a legitimate contender without him. Yankees fans may be disappointed to hear the team wasn't interested in Machado at the type of money he wanted http://www.philliesf...-roberts-jersey , but their logic is sound. NEW YORK (AP) — The Texas Rangers have activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the seven-day concussion disabled list before their series finale against the New York Yankees.DeShields was batting ninth Sunday and playing center field.In a corresponding move, Texas optioned outfielder/infielder Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock.DeShields was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 4 with concussion symptoms. They were believed to be related to the 25-year-old banging the back of his head while attempting a sliding catch against Boston on July 11.He was placed in Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol but returned to the lineup in Texas’ game two days later. DeShields played in seven of the Rangers’ 14 games after the All-Star break before being scratched from the lineup with headaches on Aug. 3.DeShields was batting .208 with 2 home runs and 21 RBIs in 81 games.
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    04 March 2019 - 06:02 AM

    After running wild through the NFC North and surprising many around the NFL in 2018 Chicago Bears Hats , the Bears’ 12-4 season ended in disappointment with a Wild Card playoff defeat. Fortunately, with a star-studded defense, a quarterback on the rise, and leadership that understands what it will take to run through the playoff gauntlet, the future looks bright.On Monday, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy acted as that needed leadership as they spoke to a gathered media contingent in Lake Forest. They touched on what sparked one of the more memorable seasons on the lakefront in recent memory, Today Show quibbles, where they have to improve as an organization, and much more. Here are my thoughts on every major note as the Bears officially turn their attention toward the 2019 off-season. The merits of PaganoThe new defensive man with a plan in Chicago. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesThe Bears made waves to lead off this past weekend when they hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to be their new defensive coordinator. Noted guru Vic Fangio had left to become head coach of the Broncos, so Chicago moved quickly to find his replacement. Pagano has been someone that’s been around the NFL for more than two decades, having garnered an underrated reputation in high esteem. As Pace and Nagy waxed poetically about their new defensive leader, it was immediately evident as to why the Bears wanted to bring Pagano in and hold him tight. Nagy first called Pagano a puzzle piece of sorts for the Bears defense, and cited his experience and aggressive style as being the most attractive pieces of his resume. “He has an attacking style. He is aggressive. He’s had a lot of success,” Nagy said. “The more we talked, the more we felt this was a perfect fit for us.”Pace couldn’t help but reverberate the same thoughts of his coach, as he deferred to Nagy’s call. “He has a very aggressive mentality, he’s a great person Chicago Bears Hoodie , great evaluator, great dealing with people, has had success in the past, and he’s very collaborative,” Pace said. The Bears know what they’re getting with the 58-year-old defensive mind. Some of it may be inflating their own hire, but there was mostly genuine excitement as to the prospects of what Pagano brings to the table.The last time Pagano served as defensive coordinator for anyone was with the Ravens in 2011. Baltimore finished with the league’s best defense by DVOA and that was with a 33-year-old Ed Reed and 36-year-old Ray Lewis: the two cornerstones of the unit outside of former Defensive Player of the Year in Terrell Suggs. In Chicago, Pagano gets to work with Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, and Roquan Smith: prolific players in or around their prime with plenty of tread left on their tires. There has been concern over how the Bears could maintain the same high level of defensive play they enjoyed this year without Fangio at the helm. The fact of the matter is, the last time Pagano had anything close to the amount of defensive talent he has with the Bears, his team played on Championship Sunday. Those continuity concerns may soon go by the wayside.Not a Today Show, not an any day showSomeone’s placekicking days are clearly numbered. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesHas there ever been more of an unnecessary mess in the aftermath of a missed field goal? After Cody Parkey’s now infamous “Double Doink” against the Eagles, he booked an appearance on NBC’s morning staple the Today Show this past Friday. Then, on Saturday, Goose Island held a kicking competition outside their main brewery for roughly 100 brave (but mostly foolish) souls to attempt to kick the length of Parkey’s miss (43 yards) in snowy conditions. A truly brilliant promotion to capitalize on the part of the company, with a good amount of hilarity ensuing from the slipping and sliding.But in terms of twisting the knife and drawing out what was already an anguishing play for many in Chicago, you couldn’t have done much more. For the Bears specifically Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , Parkey’s clear self-serving appearance on national television to talk about his miss and his moment didn’t sit well with higher-ups. “In our locker room we talk about a we thing,” Nagy said in reference to Parkey’s sit down interview. “And that was more of a me thing.”That’s essentially Nagy, ever the professional, politely saying Parkey’s quick foray into the spotlight was extremely selfish and overshadowed the strong culture the Bears have established as a team. That’s Nagy trying to play the nice guy but putting the writing on the wall: after one season, Parkey’s time with the Bears is over. It’s one thing to miss 11 total kicks over the course of one season, including the playoffs. It’s another thing to miss a kick that ends your team’s playoff dreams. It’s on an entirely different planet to then talk about your struggles publicly in the aftermath of the miss without any consideration of those involved with your organization. Parkey did receive a lot of death threats on social media in the aftermath of the miss, which is never okay. There should also be proper processes and systems put in place for mental health of athletes. However, whatever happened to the middle ground of, “Hey, this athlete failed at his job, dramatically so, and can and should be fairly criticized as such.” It doesn’t and shouldn’t have to veer to either absolute of death threats or, “It’s difficult to make 43-yard kicks, leave him alone, what’s wrong with you?” This can be a nuanced conversation. Why ever comment if an athlete can’t be held accountable for their responsibilities?Evidently, the Bears feel the same about Parkey’s failures and subsequent selfish routine along that middle ground. All that’s left for them to do is eat the dead money on his contract (approximately $4.4 million) in the coming months: a guarantee at this point. They’ll have to if they want to move on past this episode and find a more consistent place kicker. After that, a recent all-too-familiar Chicago kicking carousel begins anew.A second HuntCould Kareem Hunt be donning a Bears jersey next fall? Controversy will not be short in this matter.Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty ImagesIn late November , graphic video from last February surfaced of former Chiefs star running back Kareem Hunt assaulting a women. He was summarily released by Kansas City despite being one of the most productive young running backs in football on one of the best teams in football. Domestic violence, after all, is a sensitive issue that many (justifiably so) feel professional sports teams, not just those in the NFL, have a responsibility to do better in regards to violence from active players. That goes double for violence against women and partners. It’s an area where the sports landscape has significantly lagged behind in getting with the times. While this wasn’t technically a case of domestic violence as it wasn’t between people living together at home, it was assault and violence against a woman.Hunt never caught on with another team after passing through waivers and is now sitting in the free agent wire, waiting for a second opportunity that may never come. That is, unless you ask the Bears apparently: who didn’t rule out the possibility of signing the 2017 Pro Bowler. “I’m a guy, I’ve been raised that way, to give second chances,” said Nagy in response to the possibility of Chicago acquiring Hunt. “That’s his situation, and I wanted to talk to him about it as a true personal side.”Nagy clarified that he had personally reached out to Hunt a week ago and wanted to check in on where he stands. Pace, in this conversation, otherwise remained vague on the prospects of Hunt making hay in Lake Forest: perhaps a statement on his stance in it’s own right. From a pure football fit, it doesn’t get much better than what Hunt would offer the Bears. He’s a multi-faceted back that’s an excellent route runner out of the backfield and is a powerful and patient runner between the tackles. Having Hunt on board would allow the Bears to reach a high level of offense they were never quite able to attain with one dimensional players like Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen splitting time.That being said, the ledger of Hunt’s past will assuredly be difficult for many to overlook: both on a local and national level. When the Bears signed former 49er Ray McDonald (similar issues) back in 2015, rampant fervor and heat on the move eventually led to them backing out of the signing. That was with a far less important role player. Acquiring a centerpiece like Hunt would lead to far more controversy Chicago Bears T-Shirt , far more necessary hand-wringing, and a storm even the Bears themselves might not be prepared for, as much as they think they may be. Hunt may also not be even be able to play for most of the first half of the season: a concrete suspension for his actions hasn’t been doled out yet. At any rate, the glow and honeymoon of what the 2018 Bears reinvigorated in football in Chicago would be understandably over for many in lieu of Hunt’s potential arrival. The platitude of “second chances” Nagy made sure to emphasize over and over would ring hollow. One’s thing for sure amongst this hoopla: the Bears may not possess a ton of salary cap space, they may not have a bevy of high draft picks, but it will still be an eminently fascinating off-season at Halas Hall. Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network, the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and has a host of bylines for many fine publications. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski. The Chicago Bears are about to find out just where they stand.The NFC North leaders are staring at three straight division games after playing four in a row against the AFC East. And they don't need to be reminded how important this upcoming stretch is."We know that going into these division games, it's going to take a whole other level. They know us, we know them. We play them twice," linebacker Leonard Floyd said. "We know now that our level of play is going to have to rise even more."A 41-9 romp at Buffalo on Sunday after beating the New York Jets at home the previous week gave them back-to-back wins over the teams with the two worst records in the AFC East.But now, they're staring at the meat of their schedule.Chicago (5-3) hosts Detroit and Minnesota the next two weeks, with the game against the second-place Vikings (5-3-1) on Nov. 18 getting moved to prime time. After that comes a short turnaround before a Thanksgiving matchup on the road against the Lions."It's unique, just like it was playing the four AFC East teams we just played from the same division, but it is what it is," coach Matt Nagy said on Monday. "We put ourselves in a good position, but no one's gonna be looking past Detroit."The Bears matched their win total from last season as well as their best eight-game start since 2013. They're pushing for their first playoff appearance since the 2010 team lost to Green Bay in the NFC championship game.But when it comes to division play Chicago Bears Hats , the results in recent years are not good.Chicago has four straight last-place finishes and a 4-21 record against the NFC North since the start of the 2014 season. The Bears also have a 10-game losing streak against the division, their most recent victory coming against Minnesota on Oct. 31, 2016.Their only game this year against an NFC North team was the season opener at Green Bay. And that loss was a gut wrencher as the Bears blew a 20-point lead against an injured Aaron Rodgers and lost 24-23."I understand, but that's the thing with us and where we're going 鈥?we try not to get to the past," Nagy said. "We really don't. We're in such a good place right now as an organization. The vibe that we have. We're learning how to win in different ways. We've learned what losing's about and how you respond from that. But we're trying to really create our own culture and create our own history."In his first season as a head coach, Nagy has the Bears positioning themselves for the postseason. But he insisted he does not use that possibility to motivate the team."We worry about playoffs, then we're worrying about the wrong thing," Nagy said. "We have a lot of season left."Getting star pass rusher Khalil Mack (ankle) and No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson (groin) back could help. Both players have missed the past two games, with Nagy saying they remain day to day. If they do play, the question is how healthy and effective they will be.Their status could become clearer once the team returns to practice. Both players sat out on Wednesday and Thursday the past two weeks before participating on a limited basis Friday and ultimately being held out of the games.The Bears were able to beat two struggling teams without them. But the schedule is taking a tougher turn."You know all we have to do is win," tight end Trey Burton said. "Don't listen to what the guys are saying on the outside and focus on what we're doing on the inside."


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