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Dolphins have high hopes as training camp opens under new coach Mike McDaniel

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Training camp for the Miami Dolphins under new coach Mike McDaniel is set to begin with an opening practice on Wednesday after veterans reported to team facilities on Tuesday.

As the Dolphins posted a series of pictures and video clips on social media of players arriving at Baptist Health Training Complex across the street from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the anticipation for what the Dolphins can be in 2022 only builds. It starts to feel real that it will soon be unveiled what the Dolphins look like with McDaniel leading a revamped offense that added wide receiver Tyreek Hill and left tackle Terron Armstead in the offseason and kept a potent defense intact.

With the regular-season opener against the New England Patriots about a month and a half away, the next several weeks of practice, along with three preseason games, will lead the Dolphins into this pivotal season where the team looks to turn back-to-back winning campaigns into a playoff berth.

McDaniel’s player-friendly coaching style is a pivot from predecessor Brian Flores’ disciplinarian approach. As he wants his players to feel comfortable being themselves, the team enters camp loose.

Nowhere is that more evident than with Hill, who brings his star persona to go with the elite play on the outside as a Pro Bowl in each of his six previous NFL seasons with the Chiefs. Hill has been outspoken throughout the offseason in the media and on his own, recently established podcast in talking up quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa has had every excuse through two seasons for his mediocre passing yardage and touchdown-to-interception numbers. Those excuses — a putrid pass-blocking offensive line, pass catchers that were constantly unavailable, an unsupportive ex-coach, to name a few — have largely all been addressed. After building chemistry with Hill, new slot receiver Cedrick Wilson and returning targets Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki in organized team activities and minicamp, Tagovailoa will immerse himself into a critical camp for his career now that he has the tools around him.

McDaniel, an offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers in 2021 before arriving in Miami, will surely look to unlock Tagovailoa’s potential in the quarterback’s third professional season. He’ll have to make sure Hill doesn’t see a significant dropoff in production from what he did in Kansas City under coach Andy Reid with quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing it to him and alongside tight end Travis Kelce.

But maybe most important will be what he can implement in the running game with his wide-zone scheme he brings from the 49ers. McDaniel has the additions of Armstead and fellow free-agent acquisition Connor Williams on the offensive line. A refurbished backfield now has tailbacks Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel that should create a formidable committee with fullback Alec Ingold lead-blocking.

On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Josh Boyer now has the keys to that unit. McDaniel made the decision to keep him and most of the other position coaches on defense while retaining virtually all of the pieces that made the Dolphins’ blitz-heavy defense as successful as it was in the second half of 2021.

Boyer will have to prove he doesn’t need Flores, who had a defensive background from his time as an assistant in New England with Boyer, as a fallback. Signing defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to a long-term extension and giving cornerback Xavien Howard the new deal he was looking for assured Miami it would return key components to the defense up front and in the secondary. The notable offseason addition on defense, while many believed would come at inside linebacker, instead was on the edge with veteran Melvin Ingram to give the pass rush another boost. The Dolphins’ first draft choice, however, at No. 102 overall late in the third round, was Georgia inside linebacker Channing Tindall.

A number of key position battles will take place over 18 practices — including a pair of joint practices with each the Buccaneers and Eagles — and three preseason exhibitions ahead of the season, most notably at running back and along the offensive line. Players at the edge of any 53-man roster projection and roster longshots alike will compete for those final few spots. Team leaders, either returning or new to the team, will come to light.

The Dolphins’ first few training camp practices are closed to the public while open to media, and the team’s first session open to fans will be on Saturday. The team site says the Dolphins have sold out their training camp tickets.

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Former President Trump’s lawyer certified in June that no classified material remained at Mar-a-Lago

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Former President Trump’s attorney certified in a June letter that no classified documents were still at Mar-a-Lago, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told Fox News.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed a search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate on Monday and seized items, including 11 sets of documents listed as classified.

Trump said after the warrant was released on Friday that the documents seized by federal agents were “all declassified.”

Trump’s lawyers previously held a high-level meeting in June with people from the Justice Department and the FBI, which the former president briefly attended, but it’s unclear if the letter was signed during the meeting. meeting.

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The former president’s lawyers could face serious legal consequences if they knowingly give false information to law enforcement.

FBI agents seized documents marked as classified and some marked as top secret during their raid.

In a Truth Social article on Friday, after the warrant was made public, Trump disputed whether the documents seized by the FBI were classified.

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“First, everything was declassified. Second, they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it whenever they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in a secure warehouse, with an extra lock put in place per their request…” Trump said. “They could have had it anytime they wanted – and that included a long time ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK. The bigger issue is what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of them classified, who President Obama went to Chicago?

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After Trump’s social media post, the National Archives and Records Administration said in a press release that former President Obama did not control his administration’s presidential records.

The warrant states that “Office 45”, all storage rooms and all other rooms used by Trump and his staff were searched on Monday.

Fox News’ Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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A dozen families pitch tents at St. Paul’s Newell Park, the latest outdoor encampment

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Ron LaBarre and Barb Moldenhauer relax in their tent at a small homeless camp at Newell Park in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. The couple and their two children, evicted in a housing dispute, pitched a tent in nearby Newell Park, where they lived as a foursome for about two weeks before moving into emergency housing. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

For seven years, Barb Moldenhauer and Ron LaBarre rented a duplex on St. Paul’s Taylor Avenue, sometimes clashing with neighbors over the comings and goings of workers from LaBarre’s longstanding contracting business, RDL Painting and Woodfinishing.

The apartment was just two blocks from Newell Park, a woodsy, 10-acre get-away for their two young children, and rent was a steal.

Then their property owner died and a management firm took over. Within months, the couple found themselves seeking legal aid over a housing dispute they said centered around a $1,000-per-month rent hike. Before long, they had lost their housing entirely, forcing them into the growing ranks of the newly homeless.

After placing much of their personal effects in storage a few weeks ago, the family stayed at a hotel with a pool for as long as they could afford.

In mid-July, they pitched a tent in Newell Park, where they lived as a foursome for about two weeks before moving last weekend into a single room at Project Home, emergency housing operated by Interfaith Action on St. Paul’s Randolph Avenue.

They still returned to Newell Park daily to visit LaBarre’s brother, who had taken residence in a tent next to them, and to support the other homeless residents they’ve met there.

Had they ever been homeless before? “Hell no,” said LaBarre last Saturday, standing in front of a small enclave of tents that had proliferated throughout the eastern edges of the park, which is situated off Fairview Avenue and Pierce Butler Route.

“It hasn’t been entertaining,” LaBarre said, “but it’s been very eventful. … (I’m) trying to keep my composure for the kids. I’m human. I get stressed out.”

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Tents in a small homeless camp at Newell Park in St. Paul on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. The encampment is one of the more visible among some 50 to 55 tent communities that have emerged across the city this summer. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

‘IT’S LIKE A NEW TENT EVERY NIGHT’

When they arrived at Newell last month, another family was already living in the shaded area east of the city playground, but that family has since moved on. In the past few weeks, another 10 tents had congregated in a wide semi-circle around them, each home to two or three people with limited other housing options, according to park inhabitants.

On a recent Friday evening, Moldenhauer pointed to a tent across the park green occupied by a couple in their 60s. In the tent next to it, a young woman from warmer climes down south was visibly pregnant. Perhaps 100 yards away, a second tent was home to yet another pregnant woman and her partner, she said. Concerns about rent costs, which in many cases barely if at all declined during the pandemic, were common, though the park had drawn a mix of the newly and chronic homeless.

“It’s sad,” Moldenhauer said. “It’s like a new tent every night because people are hearing about it. I’m ready to be done.”

So were some neighbors. On Monday, responding to complaints and the encampment’s growing size, the city posted notices that the tents would soon be cleared. On Thursday, a group of about six St. Paul police officers arrived, and so did a city Bobcat loader. Most residents had scattered by midafternoon, some to emergency shelter arranged through Ramsey County Social Services and other nonprofit partners.

“One young woman, six months pregnant, did not fit into youth shelter guidelines,” said Suzanne Donovan, a spokesperson for St. Paul Parks and Recreation, in an email on Thursday. “Another pregnant woman arrived at the site last week. As of today, both had options to move forward and both declined.”

The couple in their 60s “had been in hotels and getting help from friends but were no longer able to find accommodations,” Donovan explained. They were moved to a county shelter program.

Donovan said the city’s new Homeless Assistance Response Team was well aware of the encampment, one of the more visible among some 50 to 55 tent communities that have emerged across the city this summer. In the past two weeks, the HART team had stopped by twice daily.

In all, the city has identified 120 individuals living in tents throughout St. Paul. Most encampments, said Donovan, are small, many spanning no more than one or two tents. The largest as of this month is likely the one in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood.

ECHOES OF 2020

Those numbers, which have doubled since May, bring with them alarming echoes of December 2020, the first pandemic winter, when outreach workers tallied some 380 people living outdoors in St. Paul. Disturbed by injuries, emergency calls and exploding propane tanks, the city and county cleared the camps last year and relocated the homeless to emergency shelter propped up by federal relief funding.

That funding has largely run out, raising questions for the city about how to respond to the next cold season, just a few months away. And now, as then, not everyone wants to be relocated, and not every shelter is the right fit.

At Project Home, “we’ve got the shelter, but it’s a 10-by-10 room with bunk beds,” said LaBarre, while sitting in his tent with Moldenhauer last weekend, talking through plans for their first dinner at Project Home. It had been hours, if not a full day, since the couple had seen what Moldenhauer referred to as her therapy cat, which isn’t allowed in the shelter. Figuring out an arrangement for the pet would be tricky, he said at the time, though he later worked it out with a friend.

The couple said even after moving into the shelter, they planned to keep their tent in Newell Park for LaBarre’s brother, who had lived in the duplex unit neighboring their own for 10 years until he also lost his housing.

Under a nearby picnic shelter, Garr White, 43, idled time with a group of men while others charged their electronics in the shelter’s electrical outlet. White, who grew up in Kansas and Minneapolis, said he’d been living on the streets for nine years, and resided in an encampment along Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis for three or four years before it was cleared out. He then relocated to Snelling Avenue in St. Paul some months ago.

“I just got out here myself,” White said, “but this ain’t my first rodeo.”

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Garr White, 43, who has been homeless for nine years, waits out the rain under a picnic shelter at Newell Park in St. Paul on Aug. 6, 2022. White lived in an encampment along Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis for three or four years and then relocated to Snelling Avenue in St. Paul for several months before moving to Newell Park recently. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

ASSISTANCE AND OPPOSITION

Another man, shirtless and heavily tattooed from his waist to his face, said he too had just moved into the park. He called the environment peaceful and safe.

LaBarre said his pre-teen daughter appears to have taken tent living in stride, almost like camping, but there are moments that pierce through the relative tranquility. Pedestrians sometimes traipse through the park at night, noisy and intoxicated.

Leading up to the city’s recent decision to clear Newell Park, the growing encampment had drawn a gamut of reaction from nearby homeowners and others in the Hamline-Midway community.

“Yes, this encampment had neighbors who were frustrated and called in reports; some called police,” Donovan said. “The site also attracted people offering support, including today, when one volunteer brought a vehicle to help transport folks to their destinations.”

One woman in particular had stood at the edge of the park in recent days handing out fliers critical of their presence, Moldenhauer recalled, and sometimes peered into tents as if checking for illicit activity.

“The lady was taking pictures of my son and said, ‘Look what you’re doing! You’ve started a trend!’ ” Moldenhauer said. “The lady was (saying), ‘You aren’t from here!’ Actually, we are.”

NEIGHBORS HELPING

Other neighbors had taken up their cause on social media, creating a Facebook page — “Hamline Midway Neighbors Helping Homeless Neighbors” — to plead for food and clothing on their behalf, among other calls to action.

“They’re really working to find supplies,” said Sarah O’Brien, executive director of the Hamline-Midway Coalition, on Thursday morning. “They’ve been giving updates on the human side of people being unhoused, and what their specific needs are. There’s some neighborhood concern, as well as the neighborhood wanting to help out.”

O’Brien, a former spokesperson and fundraiser for an Eagan-based food shelf, noted a smaller encampment has also opened at Hamline Park, located at Snelling and Thomas avenues.

Moldenhauer said that in late July, a Ramsey County social worker arrived at Newell Park and helped ease issues with the police, who at first seemed resolute about moving inhabitants out of the area. Before long, her family had signed up for SNAP public food assistance and were packing their things to relocate to Project Home.

“They really came through,” said Moldenhauer, referring to county officials. “It was scary in the beginning, but … the social worker, she was wonderful.”

LaBarre on Thursday said things were looking up, and he had scheduled a meeting with a housing coordinator in hopes of finding a more permanent living situation.

“The kids are great,” he said. “For a shelter, no complaints.”

Surrounded by loosely-packed personal effects, his brother, Joe LaBarre, stood shirtless on the edge of the Newell Park parking lot on Thursday afternoon with his girlfriend, contemplating next steps. There were nearby woods they could take up residence in. Or maybe it was time to head out farther afield of what had been home. Their options seemed limited. And endless.

“I’ve got to find a place,” he said.

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Russian oil major Nayara Energy, backed by Rosneft, posts record first quarter profit of 3,564 rupees

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Russian oil giant Nayara Energy, backed by Rosneft, reported record quarterly profit in April-June as it benefited from the export of fuel made from Russian oil at a discount.

Russian oil giant Nayara Energy, backed by Rosneft, reported record quarterly profit in April-June as it benefited from the export of fuel made from Russian oil at a discount.

Net profit of Rs 3,563.7 crore, or Rs 23.91 per share, in April-June, compared to a loss of Rs 139.1 crore in the same period a year ago, it said. it said Friday in a late-night stock market filing.

The profit was up from Rs 409.5 crore in the previous quarter from January to March. Rosneft and Kesani Enterprises Co Ltd, a consortium led by Trafigura Group and Russian investment group UCP, each own 49.13% of Nayara, which operates a 20 million tonnes per year refinery at Vadinar in Gujarat. and more than 6,500 gas pumps nationwide.

The profit for the first quarter of the current financial year which started in April is higher than the profit of Rs 1,029.9 crore for the entire previous financial year (202,122).

Indian refiners such as Nayara Energy have started grabbing Russian oil since March after some Western countries and companies shunned purchases from Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine. While state-owned companies such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) used this imported oil to boost supplies in the country where fuel prices remained frozen, private refiners boosted exports to Europe and the United States to capture the high margins available.

Since Russian energy giant Rosneft was sanctioned by the West to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, some senior Nayara officials have left the company. (Nayara was not sanctioned).

In a separate notice, the company said Rosneft representative Krzysztof Zielicki resigned from the board and was replaced by Andrey Bogatenkov. He will represent Rosneft Singapore Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the Russian firm shareholder of Nayara.

Bongatenkov, 42, was vice president of trade and logistics at PJSC Rosneft Oil Company. On August 10, Nayara said his chief financial officer Anup Vikal had resigned effective August 18. Previously, Jonathan Kollek, a candidate from Kesani Enterprises Co Ltd, resigned from Nayara’s board and was replaced by Sachin Gupta. Gupta, 48, is currently CEO of Trafigura India Pvt Ltd.

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Here are the highlights — and mishaps — from Dolphins backups in preseason opener at Buccaneers

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Most of the top players for both teams were sitting out the preseason opener between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which allowed lower-on-the-depth-chart players an opportunity on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.

Quarterback Skylar Thompson, the rookie seventh-round pick who got the start with Tua Tagovailoa among 20-plus Dolphins resting, went 10 for 12 for 122 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

His touchdown lifted Miami from a mostly lackluster first half, hitting Lynn Bowden open in the end zone on a double move for the 22-yard score. It came on the following play after cornerback Elijah Campbell intercepted a short pass to the flat, ripping the ball away from a receiver.

Linebacker Sam Eguaoven, who was having a rough night with missed tackles to this point, then scored a defensive touchdown on a 33-yard fumble return. Outside linebacker Darius Hodge hit quarterback Kyle Trask’s arm before it went forward on a pass to force the fumble.

While tight end Mike Gesicki, playing 2022 on the franchise tag, has seldom seen targets in training camp practices under new coach Mike McDaniel’s offense, Gesicki got the Dolphins’ first offensive play to come his way, a short pitch and catch with room to run for 13 yards.

The Buccaneers scored a first-quarter touchdown from quarterback Blaine Gabbert to receiver Jaelon Darden where it appeared strong safety Brandon Jones was not in the right spot in zone coverage as Darden ended up open between Noah Igbinoghene and Nik Needham, the cornerback who was playing free safety over the top.

Tampa Bay, with former Florida quarterback Trask replacing Gabbert to start the second quarter, went for a 15-play, 86-yard drive to follow where backup Dolphins defenders had multiple missed tackles, including a noticeable one from Eguavoen.

With free agent offensive line additions Terron Armstead and Connor Williams out, Larnel Coleman started at left tackle and Michael Deiter at center. Deiter had only returned to practice on Wednesday from a foot injury. He didn’t have any poor snaps, which have been a problem for Williams in practice.

Coleman gave up the third-down sack of Thompson on Miami’s opening drive that forced the Dolphins to settle for a 33-yard field goal after Thompson started 4 of 4 for 31 yards on the opening series. On a third down for an ensuing series, the Buccaneers ran a stunt in front of Deiter and right guard Robert Hunt, which got Thompson hit on the incomplete pass.

The Dolphins had another drive stall deep into the first half where right tackle Kion Smith, replacing Austin Jackson at this point, allowed a sack, causing Miami to settle for a 52-yard Jason Sanders field goal.

With several starters out, Miami trotted out a defensive unit to start that involved defensive linemen Raekwon Davis, John Jenkins and Porter Gustin, outside linebackers Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel, inside linebackers Eguavoen and Duke Riley, cornerbacks Igbinoghene and Keion Crossen and safeties Jones and Nik Needham, who would be the team’s nickel when Xavien Howard and Byron Jones are available at cornerback and Jevon Holland is in at free safety. Crossen had a physical pass breakup on a deep 1-on-1 opportunity.

Preston Williams took in the Dolphins’ first punt return, and Bowden was back deep on the initial kick return, a touchback. Cornerback Trill Williams has curiously not been seen on defense, although he is dressed and standing on the sideline.

Both starting running backs Saturday, the Dolphins’ Sony Michel (American Heritage) and Buccaneers’ Giovani Bernard (St. Thomas Aquinas) were South Florida high school football stars.

The Dolphins lead the Buccaneers, 20-14, at halftime of the exhibition.

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India Covid Update: Active cases decreased by 4,271 in the space of 24 hours.

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India has reported nearly 16,000 new Covid cases and 68 deaths, with 24 reconciled by Kerala, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

The 8 a.m. data also showed that active cases fell by 4,271 in 24 hours to 1,19,264, or 0.27% of the total number of infections.

The 15,815 new coronavirus infections and 68 deaths pushed the overall figures to 4,42,39,372 cases and 5,26,996 deaths, the data showed.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.54%, the health ministry said.

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Chicago White Sox are forced to juggle the lineup yet again with CF Luis Robert out with a sprained left wrist

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Chicago White Sox Are Forced To Juggle The Lineup Yet Again With Cf Luis Robert Out With A Sprained Left Wrist

Luis Robert looked to jump-start the Chicago White Sox offense in the sixth inning of a scoreless game Friday against the Detroit Tigers, attempting to steal second base.

Robert slid headfirst but didn’t get to the bag as he made contact with the left leg of second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who was trying to make a tag.

Robert twisted and lay on his back in pain. After being checked out by the training staff, he exiting with a sprained left wrist.

X-rays were negative, the Sox said Friday. Robert’s status remained day to day, manager Tony La Russa said before Saturday’s game against the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He said it felt tight, some soreness,” La Russa said.

AJ Pollock shifted to center field with Robert not in Saturday’s starting lineup.

It was another day of juggling for the Sox, who have dealt with injuries throughout this season.

Leury García returned to shortstop after missing the previous three games because of hip and back soreness. García is filling in for Tim Anderson, who went on the injured list Tuesday with a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand. Anderson likely will miss about six weeks.

“We got a lot of practice over two years (dealing with injuries), and it’s a collective thing,” La Russa said. “Players know it’s part of the game. Games still count. You concentrate on what you have, not what you’re missing. “We respect the fact that the (injured) guys, we wish we had them.”

“But the games still count, so players, staff, you compete with what you got. This sport is big enough. You’ve got 13 pitchers and 13 other players. You can deal with injuries if your mind is right, and our minds are right.”

The Sox found a way Friday, with Andrew Vaughn’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh serving as all the offense in a 2-0 victory.

While he didn’t factor in the decision, starter Michael Kopech had a night to remember. The Sox right-hander had a career-high 11 strikeouts in six hitless innings.

“He’s always got the talent and the stuff,” La Russa said Friday after the game. “He’s a pitcher. He located, threw breaking balls in different counts. He had a good breaking ball. Moved his fastball around and had life. Right there at the end, he had good command of his fastball to go with the other stuff he was throwing.”

Kopech said he was “dragging quite a bit” between his last two starts. He had a shorter sideline session leading up to Friday’s outing.

“It’s just been communication and we continue to do that and I think we are in a good spot,” Kopech said.

Kopech showed just how good, striking out the side in the second. He had another strikeout to begin the third, struck out two of the three he faced in the fourth, three of the four batters in the fifth and two of three in the sixth.

He left after 85 pitches. According to STATS, Kopech became the first Sox pitcher since at least 1974 to exit a game with a no-hitter of at least six innings pitched still intact.

While he wanted to remain in the game, Kopech said he understood the decision to have the bullpen take over. Javier Báez led off the seventh with a single to right-center against reliever Reynaldo López.

The Sox have been conscious of Kopech’s workload all season.

“I was born and raised with players, especially pitchers, you don’t do anything knowingly to jeopardize their career,” La Russa said. “You want them to pitch as long as they can, healthy. Been that way the whole time. Not going to change now. I like the fact he wanted to go back out there, I don’t blame him. And I also appreciate the fans wanting him to go back out there.”

Kopech said the communication has been good as he has made the move back to the rotation after working mostly as a reliever in 2021.

“We talked about playing it from start to start all year,” Kopech said. “That’s what we are going to continue to do. We are not looking too far ahead. See how I feel tomorrow and the day after and then good to go for five days from now after that. We’ll continue to go day by day. That’s an important thing in a 162-game season.

“Especially when we are trying to make a push to be in the playoffs. We are just taking decision-making slow. But I’m going to be transparent with them as they’ve been transparent with me.”

Kopech has pitched 104⅔ innings in 21 starts this season. He threw 69⅓ innings in 44 appearances (four starts) last season.

“Just getting a full season under my belt this year and being a competitor for — I don’t know how many starts I’m going to have but as many as I’m allotted,” Kopech said. “I think that will set me up for a good position moving forward.”

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