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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin missed a third
straight practice on Tuesday while dealing with a knee issue.

Coach Pete Carroll said after practice that Baldwin had a sore knee coming
into camp. He practiced the first two days with the team before being held out
each of the last three practices.

”We’re just going to take our time with it and be patient ,”
Carroll said.

Carroll said the team is going to give Baldwin a couple of weeks off in order
to give him the downtime he needs before gradually working him back to full
speed. Carroll said the team knows exactly what the issue is, although the coach
wouldn’t go into detail.

”He’s doing some special treatments to make sure we’re taking care of him and
then we want to bring him back into shape so we can really get him ready for the
long haul,” Carroll said.

Defensive end Dion Jordan is also going to miss an extended amount of time
while he recovers from what Carroll called a ”stress issue” in his ”other leg.”
Jordan has been plagued by injuries to his left knee in past seasons, but it
appears his right leg is currently the issue.

”He’s got a little bit of healing to do so it’s going to be a while,” Carroll
said. ”We’ve just got to wait it out.”

Following the departures of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, the Seahawks
have been counting on Jordan to be a presence at defensive end. The four sacks
he racked up in five games last season left Seattle excited about what he could
bring to the table. However, he continues to struggle to stay on the field.

”That was a position that we were really hoping he was going to be a factor
in,” Carroll said.

NOTES: LB Marcus Smith (hamstring) and WR David Moore (hip flexor) were new
absences from practice on Tuesday. Neither injury appears to be significant.

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks were not expecting perfection from closer
Brad Boxberger, even though members of their front office had seen exactly that
several years before.

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opportunity in Arizona’s 3-1 victory over San Diego in the second game of a
four-game series Friday. He is fifth in the league in saves, and his 84 percent
conversion rate ranks near the top among his peers.

He came to Arizona after an eye-popping eyeball test. Boxberger is having the
sort of success that general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo might
have envisioned when they acquired him in a deal with Tampa Bay over the

It is the sort of work they saw first-hand while in Boston during Boxberger’s
41-save season with the Rays in 2015. Boxberger faced the Red Sox 11 times that
season and was just about flawless. He did not allow a run while going 2-0 with
six saves. He gave up five hits, all singles, and three walks while striking out
17 in 10 1/3 innings. Opposing hitters’ slash line: .143/.143/.211.

The D-backs felt they acquired him at just the right time this offseason,
after he spent the previous two seasons working through adductor, oblique and
flexor muscle injuries.

“We felt he was on the up elevator when it came to health,” said Lovullo, the
bench coach in Boston from 2013-16. “We knew a healthy Brad Boxberger is going
to be a very ,
very good closer for us.”

Like Fernando Rodney last season, Boxberger has a fastball/changeup
repertoire, a combination that has enabled him to log 41 strikeouts in 31 1/3
innings. Unlike Rodney, there is less drama.

“I’ve seen it very good,” Lovullo said, “and I’ve seen it in live action on
major league fields and I’ve heard major league hitters come back to the dugout
talking about it. I know it creates a lot of discomfort for hitters.”

Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray is scheduled to oppose San Diego right-hander
Tyson Ross in the third game of the series Saturday night.

“There is nothing like those last three outs in the game,” Boxberger said
“There is a lot of stuff that can happen. It is just a matter of being able to
control that situation. Whatever happens, to be able to control it and shut the
game down.

“The more time you do something, the more comfortable you get at it. Pitching
in any back-end situation is going to have its high leverage and stress
situations. It is just a matter of keeping a level head and manage your ability
to get the hitter out.”

San Diego won the first game of the series with Wil Myers getting two hits
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, but Myers was given a start off Friday after playing
13 consecutive games following his return from the disabled list June 21. He
missed 47 games with a strained muscle in his side.

Myers is hitting .261 with a homer and eight RBIs since his return, and he
has four two-hit games in his last eight. He homered last Saturday, tripled
Thursday and also has three walks in the last four games.

“He’s getting more and more comfortable,” San Diego manager Andy Green said.
“The 3-2 walks he had (in Oakland on Wednesday) were really good signs. They
were battle at-bats, and the confidence to take close borderline pitches, that
they are balls. I think when guys see the ball well, they eventually start
hitting the ball well. He’s had good swings periodically. He hasn’t been in his
groove or his rhythm. He’s been solid. We are waiting for him to be

Ray, 3-1 with a 4.89 ERA, will make his third start since returning from an
oblique injury. He gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings to St. Louis
in his only loss Monday. The Cardinals scored four runs in the first inning.

“They were swinging early Denzelle
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,” said Ray, who hinted that he might have been tipping
his pitches. “I don’t know if they had something that they saw. I just have to
do a better job.”

Ray is 4-4 with a 3.98 ERA in nine career starts against the Padres.

Ross (5-6, 3.78 ERA) took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his start
April 20 at Chase Field, a game the Padres won but in which he did not receive a
decision. He is 4-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 14 career appearances, including 13
starts, against Arizona.

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