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Take Two: Flyers Sign Gervais and Fedotenko

Take Two: Flyers Sign Gervais and Fedotenko

The Flyers signed a pair of free agents on Thursday, first reported by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. First, the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Bruno Gervais, as expected, on a two-year deal worth a total of $1.65 million. While no substitute for Matt Carle, Gervais adds depth along the blue line.

The Flyers are also bringing back a familiar face in Ruslan Fedotenko. The 33-year-old winger spent the last two seasons with the Rangers, and previously played for the Penguins, Islanders, and Lightning. Of course, he began his NHL career over a decade ago wearing the Orange and Black. Fedotenko signed for one season at $1.75 million.

Naturally Fedotenko -- 6'1", 200 -- is more of a role player at this stage of his career. In 73 games last season, he posted career worsts in goals (9) and points (20), and while that was reflected by an all-time low average time on ice (13:36), he's done more with similarly reduced totals.

Fedotenko has never been an explosive scorer though, but instead brings other qualities to the table, namely versatility and intangibles. He's a two-way player who can man either wing, an experienced vet who twice hoisted the Stanley Cup. 30 points would be a bonus.

Feds won't be taking over Jaromir Jagr's vacated spot on the top line, but he gives the Flyers a stable presence in the bottom nine on the wing. Assuming the front office doesn't have an ace up their sleeve, this could allow some the younger guys the opportunity to play higher line minutes.

And at least we know the quintessential Former Flyer Flyer Killer won't be lighting the lamp in our own end this season.

Gervais -- 6'1", 200 -- spent last season with the Lightning, and the previous six with the Islanders. He turns 28 in October, and adds a right-handed shot on the blue line. He's seen his minutes cut in recent years, and he could face some competition for ice time while here.

It's probably not pure happenstance Gervais wound up in Philly. He is good friends with Max Talbot, who will serve as a groomsman in Gervais's wedding on July 14.

Overall, the good news here is that the Flyers didn't overpay in years or dollars for either, though the second year for Gervais was a tad surprising. Based on the gravity of the moves made here, the team appears to be shifting gears toward filling in the blanks, rather than trying to make the next big splash. Still, don't rule out a surprise can-opener over the weekend.

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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League.

The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games a year ago but are 90-66 this season, were assured a playoff berth in the fourth inning after St. Louis and Milwaukee lost. The comeback victory ensured Arizona will host the NL wild-card game Oct. 4.

Fernando Rodney (5-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

A throwing error by Justin Nicolino (2-3) on Kristopher Negron's sacrifice bunt helped load the bases with no outs in the ninth (see full recap).

Cubs close in on NL Central title behind Quintana's 3-hit shoutout
MILWAUKEE -- Jose Quintana pitched a three-hitter for his second big league shutout, and the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee 5-0 Sunday to close in on a second straight NL Central title and damage the Brewers' playoff hopes.

Coming off its first World Series title since 1908, Chicago (87-68) won three of four in the weekend series and opened a 5-game lead over the second-place Brewers (82-73) with seven games remaining. Milwaukee began the day one game behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Quintana (7-3 with Cubs, 11-11 overall) struck out 10 and walked one in his second complete game in 182 starts. He threw 116 pitches, his most since Sept. 7 last year.

He did not allow any extra-base hits and retired his final 11 batters after walking Domingo Santana in the sixth (see full recap).

Rockies beat Padres to open 2-game lead for last wild card
SAN DIEGO -- Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking single in a two-run third inning, Pat Valaika and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive home runs in the ninth and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Sunday to open a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card heading into the final week of the regular season.

St. Louis trails the Rockies by 2 games. Seeking its first postseason appearance since 2009, Colorado opens a six-game homestand Monday, playing Miami and then the Los Angeles Dodgers. At 41-40, the Rockies tied their record for road wins, set in 2009.

German Marquez (11-7) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 0-2 in six starts since beating Milwaukee on Aug. 18. Colorado starters have a 2.52 ERA in their last nine games (see full recap).

Twins top Tigers for 4-game sweep, close on wild card
DETROIT -- Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar homered, and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that moved the Twins closer to securing a wild-card berth in the playoffs.

Polanco hit a solo homer in the first off Buck Farmer (4-5), and Escobar welcomed Victor Alcantara with a three-run drive in the sixth.

Minnesota (82-74) began the day 4 games ahead of Kansas City, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card. The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 in the sweep.

Detroit has lost seven straight and 14 of 16. At 62-94, the Tigers will finish with their worst record since going 43-119 in 2003 (see full recap).