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Everyone has a go-to-move during training camp fights. Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich Jersey .Maybe its a slap to the side of the helmet. Or a tug of the facemask. Or even a quick, efficient jab. Yeah, some guys throw punches. Fake haymakers. But those are a waste of time in August. And roundhouse kicks arent going to fly either.My move? I was a face mask guy. Grab it quickly, and pull that thing down hard. Then use the off-arm to secure the body. Lock that dude up. Now you are in control. Now you are leading the dance until the rest of the guys jump in. Offense versus defense. Everyone meet up in the middle of the field. Pushing. Shoving. Words. A few weak punches might be thrown too. Nothing gets guys going in August like a good scuffle.?Then, suddenly, its over. Coaches bark, players separate, and practice resumes. Back to the drill. Back to the huddle. Line up again.But that simple fight -- or scrum -- serves a purpose in practices all over the NFL. Its a necessary change of pace in the otherwise monotonous slog of training camp. Heck, sometimes these are even scripted or planned before the day starts. Whatever the case, the intensity level of that practice session changes a bit after the scuffle. The team gets a quick jolt of energy. The speed on the field increases. In some ways, that little fight can be looked at as a positive.?I remember a pretty good scrum during the first couple days of camp back in Washington under Steve Spurrier. Its was early too, maybe the second day of pads. During a 7-on-7 drill, a running back got laid out on a checkdown route. His response? Whip a ball at the head of linebacker Jessie Armstead. Nope. Cant do it. We all jumped in and took care of that situation.Players feed off that kind of stuff in August. I know I did. No one got banged up there. And once Spurrier cleared the thing out, we went back to work. It was almost routine. Come together and shove each other for a minute, and then shut it down. Get the next play call, and start rolling.Sure, there are NFL coaches who wont put up with this stuff. Bill Belichick is one of them. Throw a punch, and youre gone. See ya. That happened twice last week in the New England Patriots joint practices with the Chicago Bears. Malcolm Butler and Bryan Stork. Belichick tossed them both.?Other coaches? Many of them wont sweat a fight on the practice field in camp. You might get chewed out after the fight in front of the team, but youll still get an atta boy from your position coach coach when the headman isnt looking.Why do fights start? A lot of reasons. A chop block. A low tackle at the knees. Playing through the whistle. Heck, maybe you lit up an offensive player with a big hit. Do that, and someone is going to come after you. The lick I laid on Trung Canidate during Redskins camp in 2003 (video below) didnt immediately start a fight, but it changed the dynamic of practice, and a scuffle broke out later that day.?One-on-one drills are also prime grounds for fights. Just this past weekend, Seahawks DE Michael Bennett got booted from practice for fighting O-lineman Bradley Sowell after Sowell had taken a few shots at Bennetts position-mate Josh Shirley in one-on-one drills.Thats pro football in August.Remember: These guys have been competing since July, and you get tired of beating on your own teammates day after day.And these joint practices? What do coaches think is going to happen when two teams get together in August? Come on, man. Players are fighting for jobs right now.Yeah, these joint sessions are great if we are talking about the level of competition. Its going to rise. Its another chance for coaches and GMs to evaluate the roster in a controlled setting. Those are very good reps to get on tape.But the fights at these things should almost be expected at this point of camp. Its hot. Its humid. Guys want to get out of camp. They are tired. They want to go home. They arent used to practicing against another team. Hey, everyone has a breaking point, right? All it takes is a quick shove, and everyone starts pouring onto the field. Its a battle royale, WWE-style.Plus, you are going to support your teammates. You dont stand there and watch some dude wrestle your buddy to the ground. Get in there, guy. Mix it up. Then get back to the routine of practice.The majority of these fights, in reality, are pretty lame. And you dont want to see pro ball players swinging on each other every day in August. Thats not going to build a winner. But camps are ultra competitive, and stuff happens. A mini-fight? Thats part of the NFL analyst Matt Bowen played seven seasons as a defensive back in the NFL. Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich Jersey . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. Sebastian Rode Bayern Munich Jersey . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. . It just didnt show when he hit the ice. Berra made 42 saves and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. TORONTO -- Right now, offensive production is at a premium for the Kansas City Royals.Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and singled home the winning run in the eighth as Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Kansas City, beating the Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night.The Royals have dropped four straight, scoring nine runs in that span.Offensively, theres just not much going on right now with us, manager Ned Yost said.Kansas City struggled against Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, who allowed two runs and three hits in eight innings to win for the first time in four starts.Thats as good as youre ever going to see him, manager John Gibbons said. He had everything working.It was the third straight strong outing by a Blue Jays starter. Aaron Sanchez allowed one run in eight innings to beat the Royals on Monday and R.A. Dickey allowed two runs, none earned, in seven innings to win Tuesday.Three tough outings that we saw from their guys, Kansas Citys Eric Hosmer said. They did a good job of pumping strikes and mixing both sides of the plate. They had a pretty good game plan coming in against us and they definitely executed it.Roberto Osuna finished for his 17th save as Toronto won its season-high fifth straight.One of five AL candidates for the Final Vote, Saunders opened the scoring with a one-out drive off Ian Kennedy in the fourth, his 16th.He did a pretty good job of hitting that one, Kennedy said. Hes seeing the ball really well. Thats the reason hes on the Final Vote. Hes having a good year.Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-out double off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) in the eighth and scored when Saunders lined a single to center. Russell Martin followed with an RBI double.Saunders raised his average to .296. Hes three home runs shy of his career-high, set with Seattle in 2012.Hes had a tremendous year, Gibbons said.Stroman was perfect through five innings, throwing 44 pitches. Kansas City didnt hit a ball out of the infield until Paulo Orlando flied to center to end the fifth. Rafinha Bayern Munich Jersey. .Brett Eibner broke Stromans streak when he walked on a 3-2 pitch to begin the sixth. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, broke up the no-hitter and ended Stromans shutout bid with an RBI triple.Toronto led 2-1 on Ezequiel Carreras RBI single in the fifth, but Eibner tied it 2-all when he connected off Stroman in the eighth.Kennedy allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out 10, one shy of his season high.WHOLE LOTTA LONG BALLSOpponents have hit 21 home runs off Kennedy this season, tied for second-most in the majors. Hes surrendered at least one homer in seven consecutive starts, giving up 13 in that span.DOME DEVELOPMENTSThe retractable roof was open when the game began but started to close during the top of the sixth. It was still sliding shut when a light rain began falling in the bottom of the seventh. Play was not interrupted.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: DH Kendrys Morales (back) was held out of the starting lineup.Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada was placed on the 15-day DL, one day after being named to the All-Star team for the first time. Estrada will still attend the game in San Diego but wont be able to pitch. ... RHP Drew Hutchison will start for Toronto in the opener of a four-game series against Detroit on Thursday. ... RHP Bo Schultz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.UP NEXTRoyals: LHP Danny Duffy (4-1, 3.11) starts as Kansas City returns home for a four-game series against Seattle. Hes 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA in five games against the Mariners, including three starts. LHP James Paxton (2-3, 4.24) starts for Seattle.Blue Jays: Hutchison is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two games, one start. He went 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 starts at Buffalo. RHP Justin Verlander (8-6, 4.11) starts for Detroit. ' ' '