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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens took a calculated gamble by cutting Justin Forsett and bringing him back two days later.When the Ravens reached the mandatory 53-man limit by releasing the former Pro Bowl running back on Saturday, Forsett could have signed with any team as a free agent.Instead, the 30-year-old laid low. When Baltimore re-signed him on Monday, the controversial move to cut him ended up being a win-win situation for the Ravens and Forsett.No guts, no glory, coach John Harbaugh declared Tuesday. You cant achieve anything unless youre willing to take some risk. But certainly, you take calculated, smart risks. Thats what we did there.The Ravens struck a deal with Forsett, promising to pay him his $3 million salary for 2016 if he would allow himself to spend a couple of days off the roster.By dropping Forsett and waiting an extra day to sign free agent kick returner Devin Hester, Baltimore was able to place safety Matt Elam and defensive Carl Davis on injured reserve Monday.Either Elam or Davis can be given the designated to return label in the weeks ahead. Any player placed on IR before the final 53-man cut cannot receive the return designation.Hopefully it helps us in the end, Harbaugh said. I mean, it was a small thing, but its not a small thing for those two guys who have a chance to come back on the roster. Its a big thing for those two guys and for our team. I just see it as a plus all the way around and well executed move.Forsett provided foreshadow to the Ravens about-face with this tweet Saturday: the plot thickens.I thought Justin handled it exceptionally well, Harbaugh said. It was a team move on his part and didnt hurt him in any way financially or otherwise. We knew what the plan was all along.The Ravens reached agreement with Hester on Sunday but didnt make the deal official on Monday. Turns out, the two sides had been in contact long before the holiday weekend.Hester missed the first 11 weeks of the 2015 season while recovering from toe surgery and did not participate in any organized team activities with Atlanta before being released by the Falcons in late July. Not long after that, he heard from the Ravens, who desperately needed a sure-handed kick returner.They were one of the teams that reached out right away, Hester said Tuesday.The Ravens signed him to a one-year deal after being convinced he was fully healthy and ready to go. Hester practiced Tuesday and is expected to be in uniform for Sundays opener against the Buffalo Bills.Seems like hes actually in very good shape and ready to play, Harbaugh said. Im not worried about him being able to handle the job at all.For the first time since Saturdays cuts, Harbaugh addressed the release of former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who was signed to the practice squad on Monday. Reynolds was a star at Navy but is trying to make in the NFL as a receiver and kick returner.He understood kind of where he stood, where he needs to go and what the plan is, Harbaugh said.Now that the roster shuffle is over, the Ravens can turn their full attention toward rebounding from last years 5-11 disaster. Many changes have been made, and at this point theres really no telling if Baltimore will be significantly improved in Harbaughs ninth season in Baltimore.I cannot wait to see what this team is, and where its going, Harbaugh said.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL David Sharpe Raiders Jersey.C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. 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NEW YORK -- The Colorado Rockies are beginning to believe they are moving toward the cusp of playoff contention. The New York Mets are starting to run out of time to prove they are a legitimate threat to defend their National League pennant.Two teams at the opposite ends of the emotional spectrum will meet Thursday afternoon when the Mets host the Rockies in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.The Rockies posted their sixth win in seven games on Wednesday, when Nick Hundley and David Dahl hit a two-run homer and a solo shot, respectively, in the sixth inning of a 3-1 victory over the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles.The Rockies outscored the Orioles 11-6 during the three-game series. Colorados starting pitchers recorded a 1.86 ERA against Baltimore, which ranks fifth in the American League with 478 runs scored.You look at the series overall, its one of our best series of the year, Rockies manager Walt Weiss aid. Its got to be up there. We got real good starting pitching this series and we had some really clutch hits. Thats what it takes.With nine wins in 13 games since the All-Star break, the Rockies have improved to 49-52 and moved within six games of the Miami Marlins for the second wild card spot in the National League.Thats the type of winning consistency the Mets would like to establish. But theyve been unable to establish any sort of consistency: New York has alternated wins with losses in each of its 12 games after the All-Star break.The Mets appeared ready to finally win a second straight game Wednesday, but closer Jeurys Familia bblew a regular-season save opportunity for the first time in almost a year by allowing two runs in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to the St.dddddddddddd Louis Cardinals at Citi Field.Familia had converted 52 straight saves dating to Aug. 1, 2015, though he did blow three saves in the World Series.Its baseball and until the 27th out, you dont know any results, said Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who gave New York a 4-3 lead with a long two-run homer in the seventh inning. We have a lot of faith in Familia. But things unfortunately didnt work out.The loss dropped the Mets (53-47) 1 1/2 games behind the Marlins and 5 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.This is something we havent had happen in quite some time, Jeurys Familia not saving the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said. But youve got to come back early. Youve got an early day (Thursday) and weve got to get ready to play.The Rockies will also be working on short rest after traveling overnight from Baltimore.Its basically like we have a split doubleheader, Weiss said. Thats how Im looking at it.Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is scheduled to oppose Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson. DeGrom took the loss in his most recent start last Saturday when he gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Marlins 7-2. Anderson posted his third straight win on Saturday when he gave up three runs in six innings as the Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4. 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