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COOPERSTOWN Elgton Jenkins Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Lee Smith had seen the Hall of Fame several times. This visit was completely different.“I’m still in awe,” Smith said after the tour Tuesday, in preparation for his July induction. “Whenever I sign an autograph and someone says, ‘Hey, put Hall of Fame on it,’ I don’t know if the Hall of Fame goes first or the year goes first.”Smith, who emerged as an ace reliever with the Chicago Cubs in the 1980s, and former White Sox star Harold Baines were voted into the baseball shrine in December by a select committee. They will be inducted along with Mariano Rivera, the late Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez, who were elected last month by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.The 61-year-old Smith was at the 2009 Hall of Fame induction of Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon. But this time was overwhelming as the monumental aspect of his upcoming enshrinement was still sinking in.Smith appeared on the BBWAA ballot 15 times and never came close.“It was unbelievable just to get that call. You wait so many years,” Smith said. “When I first retired Jace Sternberger Jersey , people told me I was going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I’ve got goosebumps. I’ve never been nervous before, but I’m nervous right now.“It’s been crazy,” he said. “There’s a lot of this stuff here I already knew, especially about the Negro League and guys I played with and against. But being here is like no game you’ve ever been in before.”With his menacing stare and hard fastball, Smith was of baseball’s premier closers in the 1980s and 1990s, an imposing 6-foot-5 atop a pitching mound. During an 18-year career, he pitched for eight teams, making his initial mark with the Cubs from 1980-87. He also pitched for the Red Sox (1988-90), Cardinals (1990-92), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995), Reds (1996) and Expos (1997), and was the all-time saves leader with 478 when he retired in 1997.A seven-time All-Star Dexter Williams Jersey , Smith led his league in saves four times and topped the 30-save mark 11 times. Smith held the all-time saves record until Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman eclipsed it in 2006 and now ranks third behind Rivera (652) and Trevor Hoffman (601).“Everybody recognizes me now because of the Hall of Fame,” said Smith, a minor league pitching coach with San Francisco. “Back in the day I had an identity crisis because in Chicago everybody wanted to throw me on the football field because I was such a big guy. I don’t have that problem anymore. Now they know who Lee Smith is. I’m proud of that.”Smith spent an inquisitive two hours touring the Hall of Fame. While viewing the “Pride and Passion” exhibit dedicated to the African-American baseball experience, Smith told a story from his high school days in Louisiana. Soon after it was desegregated, he said, an opposing team hung Smith in effigy when his school visited.With an early lead, Smith said he began hitting batter after batter. He didn’t even realize, he added, when the other team eventually took the offending image down from a tree. HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans got their second straight win on Sunday after an 0-3 start, but they still have plenty of room for improvement.Notably in the red zone where they managed just one touchdown in six trips against the Cowboys.“We’ve got to make major improvements there because we’re moving the ball, but we’re not scoring touchdowns,” coach Bill O’Brien said.“We’re kicking too many field goals … that’s not a sustainable way to win games in this league and we know that. So, we’re going to work hard to get it better this week.”The Texans rank third in the NFL by averaging 423.4 yards a game, but are tied for 15th by scoring just 23 points a game. They’ve struggled in the red zone all season Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , finishing with touchdowns just 8 of 22 times. Houston has converted more than 50 percent of its chances inside the 20 in just one game this season, when it went 3 for 5 in an overtime win over Indianapolis on Sept. 30.O’Brien said plenty of factors are contributing to the problem and that his staff is focused on fixing it.“I think it’s a combination of a lot of things,” O’Brien said. “It’s not a time for us to sit here and list all the things. I think it starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job of teaching it, designing it, and then there are some things that we have to do a better job of executing.”O’Brien credited the defenses Houston has faced for doing a good job of limiting his team in this area and noted how much more difficult things become once an offense is inside the 20.“You have to be in this business day in and day out to understand how difficult the red area is,” he said. “There’s less space, the windows, they open and close very fast, you have to make quick decisions, you have to throw the ball accurately, you’ve got to be able to run the ball by covering people up and blocking support and all these other things.”Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is fifth in the NFL with 1,621 yards passing, said part of the struggles in the red zone come from his failure to execute plays. He pointed to a couple of throws he made that were short against the Cowboys that kept his team from scoring.“We’ve just got to execute. That’s pretty much it http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/anthony-zettel-jersey ,” he said. “You can be simple. You can be creative. It doesn’t really matter what you do, you’ve just got to execute the play. The plays are designed to get the ball in the end zone, and if everyone does their job and does it correctly and I make the right throw and make the right read, the ball should end up in the end zone.”Watson and the Texans should have more help on offense this week when they host Buffalo with the return of running back Lamar Miller. The starter, who leads the team with 225 yards rushing, was active for the Cowboys game but did not play because of a chest injury.The Texans are confident that if they could figure out a way to finish drives their offense will be in good shape. Watson has looked good in his return this season after missing the last half of his rookie year in 2017 after knee surgery.He’s been able to connect consistently with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins and has spread the ball around to Will Fuller and rookie Keke Coutee. Hopkins already has three 100-yard receiving games this season and leads the NFL with 594 yards receiving. Fuller has 278 yards receiving and leads the team with three TD receptions, and Coutee has piled up 160 yards in just two games.After the tough start to the year, Watson is encouraged by his team’s work the past two weeks and is focused on getting better to help the Texans continue to build on their recent success.“We’ve got to score in the red zone to put the game away, but we’ll correct those mistakes,” he said. “These last two weeks have been big … just everyone just believing and being able to have that will and that determination to get the job done at the end.”

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