From Comcast SportsNetENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Broncos rookie right tackle Orlando Franklin was excused Wednesday to deal with a family tragedy. On Wednesday night, Franklin tweeted, "Thanks guys for all your prayers for my little brother. Its a shame that he had to die at 20." He didn't provide any other details. Franklin's status for Sunday's game against San Diego is uncertain. Coach John Fox had already addressed the media when Franklin apparently learned of the situation after practice. "Orlando was excused from afternoon meetings to deal with a family matter," team spokesman Patrick Smyth said Wednesday afternoon. Chris Clark and Tony Hills are backup tackles who could replace Franklin in the lineup against the Chargers if he's unable to play. It's not known when Franklin will return to practice. Franklin was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved in with his older brother in Toronto while in high school before going to Florida to gain recruiting attention. He starred at the University of Miami and was selected by the Broncos with the 46th overall draft pick in April. He has started all four games for Denver.
On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.
In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.
Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.
“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”
Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.
“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”
Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.
“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”
A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.
But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.
Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.
“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.
On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.
Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.
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