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When the Arizona Cardinals selected offensive lineman Cheap Joshua Miles Jersey in the seventh round of the draft, it looked like he would be a longshot to make the team. Coming out of a small school and joining a team that added multiple veterans in the offseason, the practice squad looked like the best-case scenario.

Now he is moving up the depth chart and has impressed his coaches.

Last Thursday in the team’s 33-26 loss to the Oakland Raiders, he played left tackle with the second-team offense. On Saturday, with Cheap D.J. Humphries Jersey sitting out practice, he worked with the first-team offense at left tackle.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury commented on Thursday after the game about how athletic Miles is, how he works hard and how he is a “conscientious young man.”

“He’s gotten better through the spring and I think Coach (Sean) Kugler has done a nice job with his technique and fundamentals,” Kingsbury said. “He’s come along.”

He had more to say about Miles before practice on Saturday. His play was “a big improvement from the week prior and that was exciting for us as a coaching staff.”

He “held his own” against guys Kingsbury called “really good players” late in the game.

The Cardinals currently do not have a veteran tackle on the bench. All they have are an undrafted rookie in William Sweet, Miles, a second-year player in Korey Cunningham and a third-year player in Rees Odhiambo.

If he keeps improving over the final two preseason games, Miles just might find himself on the roster in September.

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The Denver Broncos chose to waive offensive guard Cheap Sam Jones Jersey on Saturday, 18 months removed from selecting him in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

The team likely thought he would pass through waivers and he did. In fact, not one player the Broncos waived got claimed off waivers.

However, after passing through waivers, Jones is a free agent with the autonomy to sign with any team who expresses interest. One such team who did pursue Jones, but with the intention of signing him to their practice squad, was the Arizona Cardinals.

Even though Jones is a Colorado boy, his college stomping grounds were at Arizona State. Adding to the allure of the Cardinals’ offer were two familiar faces. O-line Coach Sean Kugler and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph now call Arizona home. Jones is hightailing it for the desert, per Mike Klis.

Joseph was the Broncos’ head coach who drafted Jones, while Kugler was instrumental in drafting and developing Jones as a rookie. Jones simply didn’t jive with new Broncos’ OL Coach Mike Munchak, which is why the team waived him.

Comfort zones are a powerful thing. And so the Broncos lose another recent draft pick but that’s the risk GM John Elway ran when he placed Jones on waivers.

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After allowing 50 sacks for the second straight season in 2018, the Arizona Cardinals were expected to add to their offensive line in the off-season. They did just that in free agency. But, in the draft, they waited until the sixth round to select former Georgia interior lineman Lamont Gaillard in order to overhaul the group located in the trenches.

Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 305-pounds with 33-1/2-inch arms, Gaillard has a solid frame to play center. However, by interior offensive line standards as a whole, the Georgia product is slightly undersized. But, he more than makes up for that lack of size with a gritty playstyle that newly hired offensive line coach Sean Kugler may love.

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As a three-year starter for Georgia, Gaillard earned team captain status due to his 110% effort on every play. Because of that effort, Pro Football Focus valued Gaillard as their fourth-ranked center and 106th overall player in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In 1,029 career pass-blocking snaps, Gaillard allowed just 5.0 sacks, three hurries, and 22 QB pressures, per PFF. According to PFF, his 98.7 pass-blocking efficiency grade ranks as 20th in the class, his 366 snaps per inside pressure rank at eighth, and his 91.3% run-block success rate rank at ninth. He allowed a bullrush pressure once in every 122.3 snaps.

NFL Media’s scout Lance Zierlein was rather high on Gaillard, giving him a fourth-round grade, and saying this about the tenacious center;

Gaillard’s play is not without technique, but when the rep gets sideways on him, he will turn it into a proverbial fist-fight to try and hang on and get his job done. He’s better down the middle than laterally and may be best suited in a power-based run scheme. It’s not going to always look pretty, but his tape against Alabama shows that he’s capable of becoming an eventual starter sometime soon.

Both analytics, tape, and scouts confirm one thing; Gaillard is a hard-nosed player that can bring grit and toughness to the Cardinals offensive line group. Although he needs to get more technically refined to mask his lack of height, length, and muscle mass, Gaillard has the potential to be a high-quality starter in the NFL.

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When Kliff Kingsbury arrived in Arizona, the Cardinals weren’t expected to lean on the tight end position much.

But Kingsbury’s offense evolved. It made the offseason signing of Cheap Maxx Williams Jersey more important – and it made a two-year extension for the veteran, which he signed Saturday, an understandable first step in building the 2020 roster.

“I knew coach’s history and stuff but I knew it was a fresh opportunity for me,” Williams said earlier this season.

The deal puts Williams under contract through 2021.

In 10 games this season, Williams has made 11 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown, averaging a career-best 12.6 yards a reception. The confidence Kingsbury has in him was apparent last week, after Williams dropped a sure touchdown in Tampa because he lost the ball in the sun. Kingsbury defended Williams, saying “he has some of the best hands on the team.”

But Williams’ contributions mostly come outside the stat sheet. He has proven a reliable blocker, and has fit well into the locker room.

A former second-round pick of the Ravens in 2015, Williams also has a chance to play a full season for the first time in his career.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Cheap KeeSean Johnson Jersey, now a promising rookie receiver with the Arizona Cardinals, had yet to blossom into a college prospect, let alone a future NFL player by the start of his senior year at Palo Alto High School in Northern California.

But during that final season, Johnson capped a growth spurt, going from 5-foot-4 when he entered high school to 6-foot-2. His voice finally dropped. And he started to shine on the field.

So when everything started coming together for Johnson, his older brother, Vince Miles, made sure colleges took notice. Miles didn’t want his younger brother to slip through the cracks the way he had and he diligently began compiling a highlight reel.

“Not a lot of people have big brothers that are willing to do things like that, on their free time, go out there and make their brother a highlight tape to help him get to college and where he wants to be,” Johnson said.

Without that tape, the Cardinals might be looking at someone else as their No. 3 receiving option.

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Johnson didn’t start as a junior at Palo Alto, finishing that season with 15 catches for 266 yards and a touchdown, according to Max Preps. A far cry, at that point, from a college prospect.

During his senior season, though, he had 58 catches for 1,015 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games. But he still wasn’t getting serious looks from schools. Instead of hard recruiting pitches, he was getting form letters in the mail.

So Miles began cutting clips from Johnson’s games with the goal of compiling a highlight reel to send to colleges after the season. Every week, Miles would watch Johnson’s game film, cut and crop the plays he liked, and save them for the reel.

Not only was it helping Johnson, it was helping Miles.

“I was like, ‘OK, I’m still needed in football in some way. I can still help my brother get to where he wants to get to,'” Miles said.

Miles had been through the process himself. When he was coming out of high school in the Bay Area in 2011, Miles thought colleges would come find him. But they didn’t. He didn’t know back then that he needed to market himself to earn a scholarship.

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Eventually Miles walked on at the University of Arizona as a safety in 2012 and played in every game as a freshman before a neck injury the next year derailed his career.

That injury coincided with Johnson’s senior season at Palo Alto and allowed Miles the time to help out his younger brother. At the end of Johnson’s senior season, Miles sent the highlights he had compiled to the recruiting coaches at 50 schools around the country, including every Pac-12 school.

Miles did everything he could to make sure coaches saw Johnson’s tape, including calling in a few favors. He reached out to his former coaches at Arizona, and also called an old friend, Davante Adams, who now plays for the Green Bay Packers. They grew up together in Palo Alto and their families were close. Adams was starring at Fresno State when Miles called asking if he’d make sure his position coach, Ron Antoine, watched Johnson’s tape.

Adams did.

The Fresno State staff discussed Johnson after seeing his film, former head coach Tim DeRuyter said. They relied heavily on Adams and their connections at Palo Alto High School.

“I think it was a situation like, ‘Hey, let’s bring him in. Let’s get a feel for what kind of guy he is,'” DeRuyter said. “We’d already talked to people around him and then getting to know him and his family, it was like, ‘This is our kind of guy. Yeah.'”

On tape, DeRuyter saw a “really athletic, smooth” receiver with “excellent ball skills” who was “competitive.” Johnson needed to bulk up, but DeRuyter saw a slighter version of Adams — who was drafted by Green Bay in the second round of 2014.

“I knew he’d develop into being a really good player,” DeRuyter added.

In the end, Johnson received three offers: San Jose State — where Miles had transferred — as well as Sacramento State and Fresno State. He committed to the Bulldogs two days before signing day.

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Miles made sure Johnson watched film constantly at Fresno State, a trait that Johnson has carried with him to the NFL. Last season Johnson came in on Mondays, the team’s day off, to study. Sometimes he would see things on the screen that could be added to the game plan, said wide receivers coach Kirby Moore, who coached Johnson during his final two seasons at Fresno State.

The work paid off. Johnson caught 172 passes for 2,353 yards and 16 touchdowns during his final two years with the Bulldogs.

Johnson’s draft grade was knocked because of his 4.6 second 40-yard dash time, but the Cardinals had him rated as one of the two best route runners in this year’s NFL draft. When he was still on the board in the sixth round, the Cardinals wasted no time drafting him.

But Johnson isn’t slow, says Cardinals receivers coach David Raih, who is quick to point out that Hall of Famer Jerry Rice ran a 4.71.

“We’re much more into route ability and catch ability,” Raih said. “So we’re happy. We’re thrilled that nobody liked Keesean. We loved him and we loved him right from the beginning.

“His tape showed it. He’s been producing for a while. This is not new.”

In three preseason games, Johnson has caught 12 passes for 137 yards, showing off the relationship he’s developed with Cardinals rookie quarterback Cheap Kyler Murray Jersey.

“I think the quarterbacks, all of them, have confidence in him that if they get it his way, he’s going to make a play for them,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Does a nice job coming back to the quarterback, really friendly on all of his plays. And that’s been exciting for us as a staff to see a young guy accept the challenge and really get better every day.”

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Johnson has established himself as a strong possibility to be the Cardinals’ third receiving option when they start the season Sept. 8 against the Detroit Lions. And his older teammates have noticed.

“I mean, KeeSean’s just so smooth,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “He has really no glaring weaknesses, runs all the routes really well, got great ball skills, late hands, really good in press, knows how to run routes in off coverage. So, this is about reps for him, just continue getting him comfortable out there and be able to play at a high level.

“Kyler is already comfortable with him, as well, so that’s an added bonus.”

It’s a position he likely wouldn’t have been in if it wasn’t for his brother, who didn’t want to take any of the credit for Johnson. But if Johnson hadn’t landed a Division I scholarship, it’s likely he would’ve ended up going the junior college route, Miles said.

Then who knows what would’ve happened?

“I don’t think my brother was made to go to junior college,” Miles said. “That was the main reason why I put the tape together, because a lot of people get lost in the junior college route. It could be grades. It could just be distractions. It could just be a whole bunch of different things. So, I just never wanted him to go that route.”

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The Arizona Cardinals announced seven practice squad additions on Sunday, bringing back players they had cut on Saturday. They already have made some changes.

After bringing back undrafted rookie receiver Cheap A.J. Richardson Jersey and quarterback Drew Anderson on Sunday, they were released from the practice squad Monday.

Those moves would appear to correspond to two unannounced additions. Quarterback Kyle Sloter announced he was joining the team, with Tom Pelissero saying it is to the practice squad. He presumably replaces Anderson.

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The Cardinals did announce one practice squad signing. They added former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Sam Jones.

He is reunited with Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler, who was the Broncos O-line coach a year ago. He appeared in four games as a rookie after being selected in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

Jones played collegiately at Arizona State.

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Because it is early in the offseason and free agency doesn’t come for more than a month, there has been a lot of attention on the recent signing by the Arizona Cardinals of former Canadian Football League quarterback Cheap Chris Streveler Jersey. He officially joined the Cardinals this week.

We know a little about him from his career in college and in the CFL, but we learn a little bit about his workout and signing with the Cardinals in an interview he did with Christian Shanafelt on his podcast recently.

How did things go with the Cardinals?

“I ran some routes and threw,” Streveler told Shanafelt. “I did basically a full workout at quarterback and then a full workout at receiver.”

In his other workouts with other teams, it was much of the same. He said he did some work at quarterback, at running back, at receiver and on special teams with the Miami Dolphins, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only had him throw the ball.

Streveler had a few workouts lined up in December, but because of a foot fracture he played through during the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ championship run, he had to push them back to the end of January.

Some see Streveler as a player like New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill, who plays multiple positions.

Streveler is willing to play anywhere.

“My mindset, anytime I get into a team or an organization is just whatever I have to do to help the team and give myself the best chance to help an organization and take advantage of those opportunities,” he said. “Whatever you guys think is best for me, I’m going to do it.”

As for signing with the Cardinals, he likes the fit.

“They wanted me as a quarterback and I think it’s a great fit with what they do offensively with the skill that I bring,” he said. “I’m super excited about the opportunity.”

He said the base concepts head coach Kliff Kingsbury has in his offense are similar to those he ran in college at South Dakota, where he excelled.

Streveler plans on moving to Arizona in March and then the Cardinals will begin their offseason program in April.

At that point, we will begin to find out what the Cardinals envision for him. Will he compete for the No. 2 QB spot behind Kyler Murray? Will he become a gadget player? Will he simply compete to be a third quarterback on the team, either on the roster or on the practice squad?

His skills, his career path and his personality suggest he might just become quite popular among fans.

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The Arizona Cardinals made an expected roster move on Saturday to address quarterback Cheap Kyler Murray Jersey‘s hamstring injury. They promoted rookie quarterback Cheap Drew Anderson Jersey to the 53-man roster, as he might be the backup quarterback in the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams.

To make room for Anderson, the Cardinals placed tight end Cheap Darrell Daniels Jersey on injured reserve with a biceps injury. He was already ruled out for the game.

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If Hundley starts, the question would then be whether Murray will be inactive or not. They could make Anderson inactive and keep Murray as the backup, make Murray inactive or have both Murray and Anderson active for the game.

Inactive lists will be released 90 minutes before kickoff on Sunday.

The Rams and Cardinals kick off at 2:25 p.m. Arizona time.

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When the New England Patriots selected former Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry with the 32nd and final pick in the first round of the NFL draft, you could hear the groans emanating throughout the media room at the team’s Tempe training facility.

However, it was the exact opposite upstairs in the Cardinals’ draft war room, where the place broke open with sighs of relief.

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As much as General Manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury liked Harry — and they liked him a lot — they liked Washington cornerback Byron Murphy even more. When Harry was snatched up at the tail end of Round 1 on Thursday night, it meant Murphy was still available for the start of the second round on Friday.

The Cardinals were happy to use the 33rd overall pick on Murphy, whom they had rated as the sixth-best prospect in the entire draft. A handful of other top-rated prospects were also still available at the time, but the Cardinals stayed true to their draft board and selected the best player available.

“It’s sort of like that first pick,” Keim said, referring to using the No. 1 overall selection on former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. “I wish I had 33, 34 and 35 because there are some guys to get really excited about, there are a number of guys that we had first-round grades on.”

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None of them were rated as high by the Cardinals as Murphy, the former Scottsdale Saguaro standout. After a redshirt season in 2016, he started all 20 games he appeared in for the Huskies over his final two seasons and totaled 74 tackles, seven interceptions, 27 passes defensed, seven tackles for loss along with a sack and two forced fumbles.

“He has everything you look for in a corner in our opinion — feet, movement skills, tremendous ball skills for a corner,” Keim said. “He’s a guy that gets his hands on a lot of balls. He’s been coached well by a friend of mine, Jimmy Lake, up there at the University of Washington. Local kid, so we had a chance to spend a lot of time with him.

“Love the passion, love the intensity. The fact the he was teammates in the past with two guys that we’re very high on in Christian Kirk and Budda Baker certainly went a long way. He certainly fits that mold.”

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The Cardinals already have their two starters in Patrick Peterson and newcomer Robert Alford, but that doesn’t mean Murphy won’t try to force his way into the conversation and compete with Alford for the No. 2 corner position.

“Yes, sir, definitely,” Murphy said. “Yes, sir.”

And just exactly how does he plan to accomplish that?

“First, come in and ask questions from the vets, the people that have been here,” Murphy said. “Obviously, I’ve got to learn new things, so just come in and get ready to work. Coming in and competing against whoever. I’m trying to earn my spot as well. Just coming in, asking questions and learning from everyone and get it going.”
Although challenging Alford for the starting job across from Peterson is his primary mission, competing for the nickel cornerback role should be considered just as important because every NFL team uses packages that feature five or six defensive backs in a game at the same time. There are plenty of opportunities to make plays at nickel corner, specifically, and it’s a position where former Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu made a name for himself.
Kingsbury wasn’t prepared to say exactly where Murphy will fit in, only that the rookie can expect to play a bunch.

“Yeah, he’ll compete, there’s no doubt,” Kingsbury said. “He’s going to be in the rotation somewhere. He’s that type of playmaker. You see the production, the pass breakups. He always seems to get his hand on the football somehow and a dynamic talent in the slot, at corner. Like Steve mentioned, we had him rated very highly as a defensive staff and as an organization. So, we are thrilled to death to get him.”

The chance to play in his home state and join forces with former high school and college teammates such as Kirk and running back D.J. Foster along with Baker and linebacker Zeke Turner couldn’t have made Murphy any happier. It would have been nice to go in the first round, where nearly every draft prognosticator expected him to go, but ending up with the Cardinals made it all worthwhile.

“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve been growing up watching the Cardinals since I was a kid. It’s my hometown. I grew up in Tempe. Right now, I’m staying in Scottsdale. So, everywhere right now feels like home. This is a special moment. When I got my name called, I had my family there supporting me. I had my agent who has been supporting me this whole time.

“I just want to thank God for this opportunity. I know he had a plan for me, I just knew I had to stay confident in myself throughout this whole process. I want to definitely shout out to the Bidwill family, Steve Keim, and Coach Kingsbury to be able to play for the Cardinals. It’s exciting.”

Murphy smiled when told that Kingsbury said he should expect to play as a rookie in 2019, even though the team has a healthy supply of other cornerbacks in veteran Tramaine Brock Sr., Josh Shaw, Chris Jones, David Amerson, Deatrick Nichols, Jonathan Moxey, Brandon Williams and Ryan Pulley.

“Just motivation,” Murphy said. “I’m going to just come in ready to work with whatever role I take. I’m just going to go in, one hundred percent. If I come in and play right away, I’m just going to keep doing my all. Special teams or whatever it is, I’m going to do my all and just go from there.”

Murphy knew he would make it to the NFL someday. The dream began, he said, as a 6-year-old when he fell in love with the game. The Cardinals were always his favorite team and he counts Peterson, Mathieu and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald among his favorite players.

He had hoped to be a first-round pick like Peterson and Fitzgerald and admits to getting a little emotional when that didn’t happen. A private talk with his agent helped get him through the ordeal, however, and as he paced around his family’s home, trying to blow off steam, he tried his best to keep a proper perspective on things.

“It was a lot of emotions going through my head. The main thing for me was staying positive,” he said. “I just knew my time was going to come and I just had to wait because I had my whole family there as well. My name didn’t get called and I just wanted to make sure that they didn’t have any of the little sad faces. I didn’t want to see anyone down because the opportunity was going to come.”

It came for Harry, his longtime friend, with the 32nd pick to New England. They went through the entire draft process together and were roommates up until the end.

“Me and N’Keal, we grew up together. We went to Marcos de Niza High School together,” Murphy said. “But it was emotional when he got picked. I look at him as a brother. So when he got picked, it was emotional for me. … It’s just a crazy experience that we’re here together and going through this together.”

Would he have preferred getting drafted 32nd instead of 33rd?

“Whatever, I would have been happy,” Murphy said. “Like I said, God had a plan for both of us.”

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MONTERREY, Mexico — The box score will tell the basics — highlighting the pair of home runs Marcell Ozuna crushed, the go-ahead blast Matt Carpenter provided and the five-run seventh that ensured Mexican-born reliever Giovanny Gallegos of an appearance in Sunday’s 9-5 Cardinals victory over the Reds at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey.

But this was a game — a weekend, actually — defined by the much less tangible.

Aside from playing in the Major League cities of Toronto and Montreal, the Cardinals had never taken their big-league product international before agreeing to participate in MLB’s 2019 Mexico Series. What awaited them in Monterrey was, to use the words of one player, “special.”

The crowds were festive, and the passion for the sport striking, inside a ballpark that sits at the foot of the iconic mountain known locally as Cerro de la Silla. Cardinals shirts and hats and jerseys weren’t hard to spot. Nor was the potential for long-lasting impact.

“I think any opportunity to expand the brand is always positive for the organization as a whole,” said general manager Michael Girsch, one of several front-office members to accompany the club to Mexico.

“When it comes to recruiting and signing talent out of Mexico, it’s something we’re always looking at pursuing. I have no idea how two games in Monterrey, Mexico improves that. It can’t hurt. But certainly, it’s a unique opportunity to spread the game, spread the brand and just experience something different.”

The Cardinals’ presence in Mexico had already been on the uptick. After years spent focusing on improving the infrastructure and personnel resources in the baseball talent-rich Dominican Republic and Venezuela, the Cardinals, about four years ago, shifted their attention to other markets. That included Mexico.

The organization hired longtime Mexican League player Ramon Garcia in 2015 to oversee scouting in a country that has produced 13 current and former Cardinals. It was under Garcia’s watch that the Cardinals recently signed reliever Jesus Cruz, who is pitching in Triple-A Memphis’ bullpen, and Ramon Urias, an infielder ranked as the team’s No. 25 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

This weekend further enhances the organizational outreach.

“It’s two days out of the entire year, so you have to put that in perspective a little bit,” assistant general manager Moises Rodriguez said. “But it’s great that we can bring our brand and bring our organization to Mexico to show that we support international initiatives by MLB. It can’t hurt.”

The exposure went beyond the on-field entertainment, too. Spanish-language broadcaster Polo Ascencio spent much of his weekend passing out team gear to the locals. Gallegos and Andrew Miller took time to play ball with children from a nearby orphanage.

It was an immersion experience for the visitors, but also a familiar one to the Spanish-speaking players who found the atmosphere feeling familiar. Several of them helped key Sunday’s win, too.

Ozuna, a native of the Dominican Republic, delivered a three-run homer to jump-start the offense and then padded the lead late with his fifth home run in seven games. Puerto Rican catcher Yadier Molina helped extend the seventh inning with a two-out hit, paving the way for Venezuelan-born Jose Martinez to pad the lead with a two-run, pinch-hit single.