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CHARLOTTE Rashan Gary Jersey , N.C. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. said he spoke with his New York Giants teammates hours before Sunday’s 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers to clear the air over comments he made last week.Beckham had talked about quarterback Eli Manning and why the team isn’t throwing the ball farther downfield and playing with more energy. He said after the game that “sometimes stuff comes off the wrong way” and that “words can be portrayed in any kind of light.”But the 25-year-old receiver was quick to add he doesn’t regret anything he said.“It took that for us to come together as a team like we did today, I can take that every single time,” Beckham said.The Giants lost on a 63-yard field goal by Carolina’s Graham Gano with 1 second remaining after battling back to erase an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.When asked last week if there was an issue at quarterback, Beckham told ESPN, “I don’t know. Like I said, I feel like he’s not going to get out the pocket. He’s not —we know Eli’s not running it. But is it a matter of time issue?”He also said, “How come we can’t throw the ball for more than 20 yards? How come we don’t attempt or try to throw the ball for more than 20 yards? Those are questions that we have to figure out, but for now I would say it’s our heart, it’s our energy.”Beckham had easily his best game of the season Sunday with eight catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to running back Saquon Barkley after receiving a lateral from Manning.The Giants had completed only two passes of 30 yards or more this season entering Sunday, and they have only nine passes of 20 yards or greater. They had six pass plays of longer than 20 yards against the Panthers, including Beckham’s 33-yard touchdown catch from Manning.Beckham said he texted coach Pat Shurmur to ask if he could address his teammates.“It had been on my heart since the Dallas game, honestly,” Beckham said. “All the stuff that had built up inside, it came out in the wrong way. … If we’re not all on the same page Hakeem Butler Jersey , if it’s not all authentic and real, and if we can’t understand each other, there will always be miscommunication.”Manning downplayed Beckham’s comments after the game, saying he and Beckham “have a great relationship” and “our mindset will be everybody stay focused on beating Philadelphia (on Thursday night).”Shurmur said he addressed the issue with Beckham and the team — and made it clear he wants to get past it all.“I publicly declared that I didn’t agree with his comments and I asked anybody that was interested if they wanted clarification (to) go to Odell because he’s a big man,” Shurmur said. “Now, I’m not going to give the public a pound of flesh on this, all right? That would make me small, not strong. And these are the kind of things, in my opinion, when we have the locker room that we have that will help galvanize them because the locker room took care of it.”Shurmur added that he is “done” addressing the issue, saying “let’s talk football, not drama.”Beckham said he felt the need to speak up last week because he’s trying to be a leader.“I’m in a position I’ve never been in,” Beckham said. “I’m trying to grow, I’m learning on the way Chris Lindstrom Jersey , on the fly, but I’m proud of where we went today. … We kept fighting, kept fighting, and kept fighting. That’s all I could ask for.”
Brandon Morrow got the call Saturday night. It was a call nine days in the making.

The Chicago Cubs‘ closer had not pitched since June 7, due to his team either winning games in lopsided fashion or losing them. It was only natural that he started out a bit rusty against the Cardinals, allowing singles to Jairo Munoz and Kolten Wong to begin the bottom of the ninth.

But Morrow clicked into rhythm after that. Following an infield out, Morrow threw 99 mph fastballs by Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham to end Chicago’s 6-3 win over St. Louis and give him his 16th save in 17 chances.

Despite a 25-pitch inning in his return, Morrow should be available if needed for Sunday night’s series finale at Busch Stadium, where the Cubs will try to score a sweep and win for the 15th time in 20 games.

“I’d like to keep him sharp,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said, “but guys like that can normally throw on the side and stay sharp.”

Morrow has been everything the Cubs could have asked for in his first year with the team. Tasked with replacing Wade Davis as the ninth inning man, Morrow has pitched to a 1.59 earned run average, allowing just over one baserunner per inning and whiffing 25 hitters over 22 2/3 innings.

His ninth inning helped spotlight one of the biggest differences between Chicago and St. Louis. While the Cubs have a reliable back end of the bullpen, the Cardinals do not. They have basically two reliable relievers http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/a … ary-jersey , and Jordan Hicks proved mortal in the eighth inning Saturday night when he ceded his first runs of June on Jason Heyward’s two-run homer.

That’s put the pressure on St. Louis starters, who for the most part have handled it. The burden now falls on rookie Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.96) to match his outing from a 5-2 win Monday night over San Diego and keep the Cardinals (36-32) from a fifth straight defeat.

Flaherty gave up just three hits and a run in 6 1/3 innings against the Padres, walking one and striking out six to claim his first win since May 20. This will be his first career start against Chicago, although he did pitch a scoreless inning of relief against the Cubs last year.

“We were just throwing with more conviction tonight,” Flaherty told mlb.com. “Last time out, I said I really didn’t execute well. I feel like it had a lot to do with execution and conviction behind everything, just throwing everything with intent.”

The Cubs (40-27) will counter with lefthander Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.09), whose up-and-down season is trending more in a positive direction of late. Quintana is coming off a no-decision Monday night in Milwaukee, where he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings as Chicago won 7-2 in 11 innings.

Quintana has permitted only four runs in his last three starts, covering 17 2/3 innings. He’s 3-1 in five career starts against the Cardinals with a 2.67 ERA, beating them twice last year after his mid-July acquisition from the Chicago White Sox.