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SEATTLE (AP) — The two-game series between the San Francisco Giants and the Mariners in Seattle that was scheduled to start Tuesday night was postponed because of smoky skies caused by the West Coast wildfires.

The teams will now play Wednesday and Thursday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with game times to be determined.

The announcement came as forecasters called for smoke to reach very unhealthy levels in Western Washington through at least Thursday.

Both teams had a scheduled day off Thursday that allowed them to avoid playing a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Some players complained about smoky conditions Monday night after the Mariners split a doubleheader with the Oakland Athletics. Smoke conditions during the games reached a level of very unhealthy on the air quality index, even with the T-Mobile roof closed.

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Chiefs potentially down 2 more defensive starters vs. Pats

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs learned shortly before kickoff last week that offensive lineman Andrew Wylie had been taken to the hospital for a suspected case of appendicitis, leaving them even more short-handed for a high-profile Monday night matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

Mike Remmers stepped into the lineup and the Chiefs’ sizzling offense never missed a beat.

Every team goes through injuries during the season – some have more than others, some have more crucial injuries than others. But in just three games this season, the reigning Super Bowl champions already have shown an uncanny ability to overcome them, whether it’s an offensive lineman or one of the many pieces missing from their secondary.

”You know, football, things happen all the time,” said Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill, who sustained a season-ending knee injury a year ago. ”Guys get hurt. Guys get in trouble. We have that next-guy-up mentality. Coaches are always talking about how everyone is a starter on our defense because you never know when your time is going to come.”

The latest injuries are potentially big blows to the Kansas City defense ahead of yet another marquee matchup against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who already has a pair of interceptions, had surgery for the collarbone he broke in Baltimore and will miss the game, while defensive tackle Chris Jones – who leads the AFC with 3 1/2 sacks – could be a game-time decision because of a lingering groin injury.

The defensive backfield in particular has shown plenty of resilience this season.

One of the starters, Bashaud Breeland, will be wrapping up his four-game suspension on Sunday for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. The other, Charvarius Ward, returned last week with a cast on his hand from a fracture that had kept him out the previous week. And a backup, Antonio Hamilton, has dealt with a tweaked hamstring.

That has left Rashad Fenton, a sixth-round pick last year, and Bopete Keyes, a seventh-rounder this year, as the only truly healthy cornerbacks on the roster. They do have Chris Lammons, Rodney Clemons and Lavert Hill on the practice squad.

”The guys have been diligent with it, the guys that have been backup players and they’re now playing,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. ”So easy for a relief pitcher to back up and say, ‘Oh, we’ll be fine.’ But these guys have jumped into it, and I think the coaches have done a good job rotating guys back there, trying to get everybody in.”

All those various combinations have paid off. Last week, the Chiefs held Lamar Jackson to just 15 of 28 passing for 97 yards, turning the potent Baltimore offense into a one-dimensional run-only attack. And through their first three games, the Chiefs rank fourth in the league against the pass.

”I think when guys go down, we’ve been trained for those situations,” Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher said. ”It’s not the first time. Something happens before the game, it doesn’t matter. When someone goes down we don’t expect a drop off.”

NOTES: Wylie planned to practice Wednesday, Reid said, but it’s unclear whether he will play this weekend. … QB Patrick Mahomes, who announced that his fiance is pregnant on Tuesday, called the idea of fatherhood ”extremely exciting. ”Being able to grow up and have all these drams of having a family and playing in the NFL, and to have that stuff happen and come to truth, is really exciting,” he said. … The Chiefs are not changing anything with regard to their COVID-19 protocol after an outbreak shut down the Tennessee facility this week. But the news did serve as a reminder to be diligent about wearing a face mask and social distancing. ”It’s a pandemic,” Reid said. ”Things can happen.”

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Ron Rivera will ‘lose his team’ if he keeps Dwayne Haskins at QB

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Lombardi: Rivera will ‘lose his team’ if he keeps Haskins at QB originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Entering the 2020 season, plenty of experts wondered whether Washington Football Team passer Dwayne Haskins could truly be a franchise quarterback.

Those questions have only been magnified following after the 23-year-old turned the worst start of his career this past Sunday, throwing for three interceptions and fumbling once in the team’s 34-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Add NFL analyst Michael Lombardi to those doubters. In fact, Lombardi went so far to say that if Washington head coach Ron Rivera doesn’t make a quarterback switch should Haskins’ woes continue, he’ll lose respect from his players.

“The problem Rivera has, and this is what he’s going to share with his owner,” Lombardi said on 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny. “He’s going to say, ‘Dan [Snyder], I can’t stand in front of these guys and tell them Dwayne Haskins is the best player. They’re going to lose respect for me. If he doesn’t play well, they’re going to lose respect for me.'”

Since taking over as head coach in January, Rivera has challenged Haskins numerous times to take control of the starting QB job, both on and off the field. Throughout the offseason, Haskins did just that, and his efforts were rewarded at the end of training camp with the QB1 gig and being named a team captain.

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But through three weeks, Haskins has been underwhelming.

Following Sunday’s four-turnover performance, Rivera backed Haskins, saying he was not going to “pull the plug” just because of the one bad game. However, one day later, the head coach did admit that at some point, there is a cut-off.

“There are guys in that locker room that are playing well enough for us to win,” Rivera said. “There is a cut-off point for me. There is…I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.”

Haskins’ four-turnover performance prevented Washington from really having any chance to be victorious in Cleveland, despite solid efforts from many players including Montez Sweat, Dontrelle Inman and a bunch of others that stepped up.

Performances like Haskins’ on Sunday — where the quarterback is almost solely responsible for the team not being able to compete — will make it more difficult each week for Rivera to convince the rest of his team that No. 7 gives Washington the best chance to win.

“The players know,” Lombardi said. “When you affect the players’ life in terms of them not being able to win because the quarterback is not good enough, you’re going to lose the team.”

Lombardi cited the current situation in Chicago — where Matt Nagy benched Mitch Trubisky for Nick Foles despite the Bears starting 2-0 — as an example of a head coach knowing he would lose his locker room had he not made the switch.

“It was going on in Chicago with Matt Nagy. Why do you think he changed quarterbacks? He was as patient as he could be,” Lombardi said. “That’s Rivera’s problem right now. He’s worried about losing his football team.”

After all, the 2020 NFL season is still young. Haskins still has time to turn around his rough campaign, but the second-year passer needs to do so soon in order to prevent his head coach from being forced to make a switch, both short- and long-term.

“Time isn’t going to be of the essence,” Lombardi said. “When you look at the case of Dwayne Haskins Jr., you study the 12 games he’s played and you go back and look at his collegiate career, you have to ask yourself: Were you right with that evaluation?”

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Dodgers carry fewer pitchers on the roster for the best-of-three wild card round

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The Dodgers announced their roster for the wild card round against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday hours ahead of Game 1 and it included a few changes from how they finished the regular season.

Outfielder and pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore, infielder Matt Beaty and catcher Keibert Ruiz were included in the 28-man group. Left-handed pitcher Alex Wood, right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro and second baseman Gavin Lux, the organization’s top prospect entering the season, were left off.

The team will carry 13 pitchers, fewer than they did during regular season and fewer than they would in the following rounds when the series is longer and pitching depth is more necessary.

Lux’s exclusion represents a detour in the Dodgers’ plans. The club envisioned the 22-year-old as their everyday second baseman once he joined the major league team in late August. But he was overwhelmed at the plate, to the point that the Dodgers decided he would only start against right-handed pitchers. By Wednesday, after the struggles continued through the end of the regular season, they had decided he didn’t warrant a roster spot.

Wood began the season in the starting rotation but landed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation after his first start and returned as a reliever five weeks later. He wasn’t effective in the role, allowing eight runs (six earned) in eight outings, which included a two-inning start as an opener.

Floro is the most surprising omission. He allowed seven runs in 24 1/3 innings this season — and three of the runs came in one outing. He didn’t allow a baserunner in 2 1/3 innings over his final three appearances.

Even though the regular-season rule that had extra innings begin with a runner on second is not in force during the playoffs, Gore is on the roster strictly as a pinch-runner. The 29-year-old speedster has 77 career plate appearances in seven major league seasons. He has nine career playoff games on his résumé, but just two at-bats. He struck out both times. He has five steals and was caught once.

Ruiz, one of six rookies on the roster, will serve as the team’s third catcher. His inclusion will give the Dodgers a safety net in Game 2 when they are expected to have Austin Barnes catch Clayton Kershaw and Will Smith start as the designated hitter. Ruiz, 22, homered in his major league debut this season and appeared in two games.

Beaty, 27, is on the playoff roster for the second straight year. He was on the team’s opening day roster but was optioned in early September and was never called back up. He batted .220 with a .638 OPS in 54 plate appearances. He provides insurance at third base should Justin Turner’s left hamstring injury resurface.

Dodgers wild card round roster (28)

PITCHERS (13)

RHP Pedro Baéz

RHP Walker Buehler

RHP Tony Gonsolin

LHP Victor González

RHP Brusdar Graterol

RHP Kenley Jansen

RHP Joe Kelly

LHP Clayton Kershaw

LHP Adam Kolarek

RHP Dustin May

LHP Jake McGee

RHP Blake Treinen

LHP Julio Urías

POSITION PLAYERS (15)

C Austin Barnes

IF Matt Beaty (L)

1B/OF Cody Bellinger (L)

OF Mookie Betts

OF Terrance Gore

IF/OF Kiké Hernández

IF Max Muncy (L)

OF Joc Pederson (L)

OF AJ Pollock

IF Edwin Ríos (L)

C Keibert Ruiz (S)

SS Corey Seager (L)

C Will Smith

IF/OF Chris Taylor

3B Justin Turner

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