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Baseball is returning to the Olympics in 2020. Stitched Buffalo Bills Jerseys . The question now is who will be playing.With the Summer Games falling in the middle of the major league season, the sport has never been able to produce the kind of best-against-best spectacle that Olympic hockey and basketball have. But even if that remains the case, there will undoubtedly be some big names taking the field at the Tokyo Games.It just might take a few years before baseball fans really know them.Baseball was a full medal event at the Olympics from 1992-2008, and it was a demonstration sport before that. In 1984, Japan won the gold medal game, beating a U.S. team that included Mark McGwire and Will Clark -- both of whom were a couple years away from their big league debuts. At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, the Americans avenged that loss when Jim Abbott beat Japan in the title game.Heres a brief chronology of Olympic baseball since it became a medal sport in 1992:Barcelona (1992): Jason Giambi and Nomar Garciaparra were part of this U.S. team, but the Americans were drubbed by Japan and Cuba and failed to win a medal. The Omar Linares-led Cubans took the gold.Atlanta (1996): Home-field advantage only meant so much for the U.S., which lost 11-2 to Japan in the semifinals and had to settle for bronze. Cuba beat Japan 13-9 for the gold, with Linares hitting three homers in the title game.Sydney (2000): Cubas Olympic dynasty was finally upended when the U.S. knocked off the two-time defending champions 4-0 to win the gold. Professionals were allowed in the Olympic tournament for the first time, but the conflict with the major league schedule meant the Americans still had a relatively unheralded roster. With Tommy Lasorda managing, Ben Sheets allowed one earned run in 22 innings, and his three-hitter in the final gave the U.S. the title.Athens (2004): The U.S. didnt even make it to the Olympics to defend its title. The Americans were eliminated in qualifying, and the gold medal went back to Cuba, which beat upstart Australia in the final. The Aussies had upset Daisuke Matsuzaka and Japan in the semifinals.Beijing (2008): The last Olympic baseball tournament for a while ended in dramatic fashion, when Cubas Yulieski Gurriel -- who signed a $47.5 million, five-year contract with Houston last month -- hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. South Korea held on for a 3-2 win and the gold.There were plenty of future major leaguers playing in the 08 Summer Games. Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched for the champion South Koreans, and the bronze medal-winning Americans had Stephen Strasburg and Jake Arrieta.Japan failed to medal despite having Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka and Norichika Aoki.Here are a few developments from around baseball this past week:STANDING ALONEAlex Rodriguez is set to play his final game for the New York Yankees on Friday, and David Ortiz has announced hell retire at seasons end. If those two are indeed done after this year, then Albert Pujols will be the only remaining active member of the 500-homer club.The 36-year-old Pujols is at 581. The closest active player below 500 home runs is Miguel Cabrera at 433.FANTASY FOCUSNow that the trade deadline is out of the way and players are settling in with new teams and perhaps new roles, the next big issue to watch down the stretch is innings limits. Weve seen teams exercise caution with young pitchers in ways that can affect their fantasy value.Torontos Aaron Sanchez, the AL ERA leader, hasnt been moved to the bullpen yet, but the Blue Jays are clearly being cautious with him, using a six-man rotation. Detroits Michael Fulmer will also be monitored carefully.LINE OF THE WEEKBaltimores Manny Machado homered in the first, second and third innings, driving in seven runs in a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. That flurry of power gave the All-Star third baseman a surprisingly reasonable chance at a four-homer game, but he went hitless in his next three at-bats.---Follow Noah Trister at Stitched Washington Redskins Jerseys . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. Stitched Detroit Lions Jerseys . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. SAN DIEGO -- Jon Gray didnt have his good slider Saturday night, which led to a short night for the right-hander against the San Diego Padres.While former Rockies first-round draft pick Christian Friedrich pitched seven brilliant innings, Gray was gone after four innings of a 6-3 loss.The Padres piled on against Gray (9-8), taking a 6-0 lead after two innings and chasing him after four.Gray was kind of searching for his slider tonight, manager Walt Weiss said. He was doing all right otherwise. It was a battle for him. He never really got locked in. He didnt have his `A slider. Just an off night.Said Gray: Thats my pitch. When thats not there, its really tough. I think it was just my slider. If I had my slider, if I had something to pitch off of, it makes their hitters respect something. But I didnt have it once again. Its been too many times.San Diegos Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single off Gray in the first inning and a two-run double during the five-run second. Solartes second-inning double followed a two-run double by Wil Myers that went over left fielder David Dahls head and bounced into the stands.Gray allowed six runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked three.Friedrich matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts to win the first time since June 23.Friedrich (5-10), the Rockies first-round draft pick in 2008, allowed two hits and walked one. He retired his final 13 batters and 19 of 20.The Rockies got a runner into scoring position against Friedrich just once, when Carlos Gonzalez doubled with two outs in the first and advanced on a wild pitch. Nolan Arenado walked before Friedrich got Tom Murphy to fly out to left. The Rockies only other baserunner against Friedrich waas DJ LeMahieu, who lined a comebacker off Friedrichs left leg for a single in the third. Stitched Miami Dolphins Jerseys. .Hes been tough on us a couple of times, Weiss said. He had a good angle on his fastball. Thats one of his keys. Good breaking ball, the curveball and the slider. We couldnt figure him out.Friedrich had lost each of his last decisions during his previous 11 starts. His last victory was at Cincinnati on June 23.Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth for his ninth save.The Padres piled on against Jon Gray (9-8), taking a 6-0 lead after two innings and chasing him after four.Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single in the first and a two-run double during the five-run second. His second-inning double followed a two-run double by Wil Myers that went over left fielder David Dahls head and bounced into the stands.Gray allowed six runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked three.The Rockies scored three unearned runs in the eighth after shortstop Luis Sardinas booted Mark Reynolds grounder. Gonzalez had a two-run single.TRAINERS ROOMPadres: Friedrich was hit near his left knee by a comebacker by LeMahieu in the third inning. After being checked by a trainer and manager Andy Green, he stayed in the game.UP NEXTRockies: Chad Bettis (12-7, 4.88) is scheduled to start the finale of the four-game series. Hes coming off his first shutout. He lost his last time out at Petco Park, on June 4.Padres: Edwin Jackson (4-5, 5.55) is scheduled to make his 10th start for the Padres. He struck out 11, the most by a Padres pitcher this season, in a 2-1 victory against Boston on Monday. Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Baseball Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free ShippingCheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap MLB Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys China Stitched NFL Jerseys Cheap Custom Jerseys China Cheap Basketball Jerseys Authentic NFL Jerseys China Cheap College Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys ' ' '

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