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Report: Eagles interested in QB Mark Sanchez

Report: Eagles interested in QB Mark Sanchez

While nothing is imminent, strong reports via ESPN’s Chris Mortensen have departing New York Jets quarterback and 2009 fifth-overall pick potentially landing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Sanchez would be expected to provide veteran competition for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Nick Foles.

Sanchez missed all of the ’13 season with a torn labrum, but the Jets were already in the process of replacing him as the starting signal-caller at the time. The 27-year-old compiled a 33-29 record as a starter (4-2 in the playoffs), although largely on the strength of good defenses as his numbers would suggest.

A four-year starter, Sanchez eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark twice as a member of the Jets. However, his struggles with turnovers are well documented, tossing 68 touchdowns to 69 interceptions and losing 20 fumbles. Sanchez has a disgusting 71.7 passer rating in 62 starts.

While Sanchez has long been written off by now, it’s fair to wonder to what degree his development was stunted in an offense that’s typically lacked great weapons. Apparently, that’s something Birds head coach Chip Kelly might be willing to discover for himself with the USC product.

Sanchez would compete with 2013 fourth-round pick Matt Barkley, another USC grad. Barkley experienced struggles of his own during his rookie season, completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 300 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions in three relief appearances.

Best case scenarios would be Barkley beating out Sanchez comfortably for the backup job, or the remote chance Sanchez truly isn’t as bad as he’s looked all those years in New York.

Worst cases include Sanchez’s arrival creating a media circus—although the Eagles seem well-equipped to handle that—or neither he or Barkley does much to seize the No. 2 role.

Frankly, you can’t expect too much from most veteran backups that are being signed off the street, not when a guy like Foles is firmly entrenched as the starter. Nobody who is very good wants to apply for a job where he’s not expected to have many opportunities to play. At least Sanchez being a former high draft pick has some, albeit very limited upside.

We’ll see whether the reports come to fruition.

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Position Title: Intern
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Best of MLB: Red Sox's Sale reaches 300 Ks; Marlins' Stanton hits 56th HR

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Best of MLB: Red Sox's Sale reaches 300 Ks; Marlins' Stanton hits 56th HR

BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale was at his very best -- right down to his momentous last pitch -- in another meaningful victory for the Boston Red Sox.

Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and Boston moved to the brink of clinching a playoff berth by beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his 111th and final pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.

Red Sox manager John Farrell sent Sale back out for the eighth inning to give him a shot at getting No. 300 (see full recap).

Stanton hits 56th homer, Marlins sweep Mets
MIAMI -- Home runs before small crowds in the eighth inning of lopsided games between also-rans count, too, which is fortunate for Giancarlo Stanton.

Now he needs only five more for 61.

Stanton hit his major league-leading 56th homer in the eighth Wednesday to punctuate the Miami Marlins' 9-2 win over the New York Mets, which completed a three-game sweep.

Announced attendance was 16,033, but the actual turnout was perhaps one-third that total. The Marlins are destined to miss the playoffs for the 14th year in a row despite Stanton's homer show (see full recap).

Rays, Snell end Cubs' 7-game winning streak
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Their seven-game winning streak is over and the Chicago Cubs are still being challenged for the NL Central lead with 11 games left in the season.

Blake Snell gave up two hits in seven shutout innings and the Tampa Bay Rays ended the Cubs' season-best winning streak 8-1 on Wednesday night.

The Cubs, who had not lost since being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game series in Chicago on Sept. 8-10, are scheduled to open a four-game series in Milwaukee on Thursday night, holding a 3 1/2-game lead over the Brewers.

"It's going to be very exciting," manager Joe Maddon said. "We got the split here, which is good. Moving it forward, you've got to beat ‘em straight-up sometimes and that's what we're going to have to do,” (see full recap).

Nationals rally for 6 runs in 8th to beat Braves
ATLANTA -- Manager Dusty Baker was hardly surprised that the heart of the Nationals' order took so many pitches in the eighth inning.

"It's easy to be patient when they're not near the strike zone," he said. "We capitalized on it. You're going to get hits after that."

Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino issued three bases-loaded walks in the six-run eighth, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and Washington beat Atlanta 7-3 on Wednesday night (see full recap).