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    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers now have multiple reasons to feel optimistic Jeff Mathis Jersey , rallying for a victory Friday over the team they are chasing in the standings while knowing ace Clayton Kershaw is on the mound Saturday.The situation started to look discouraging for the Dodgers, who had lost to the Diamondbacks on Thursday to fall two games back in the division, while sitting in third place. But late home runs from Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner on Friday gave the Dodgers a 3-2 victory and moved them into second place.A gem from their staff ace on Saturday would move the Dodgers up another rung on the NL West ladder. The Dodgers are one game behind the Diamondbacks and the teams would be sharing the top spot with a Los Angeles victory in the third game of the series.Article continues below ...The Dodgers originally had Kershaw (6-5, 2.39 ERA) scheduled to pitch in Friday’s game, but moved the left-hander to Saturday so they could line up their No. 1 starter in a series next week against another division contender, the Colorado Rockies.Despite two stints on the disabled list this season and just six victories heading into the final month, Kershaw has looked dominating since coming off the DL on June 23. He is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 12 starts since then, and has not given up more than two earned runs in any of his last seven outings. He is 15-9 lifetime against Arizona with a 2.53 ERA in 29 starts.Kershaw has started three games against the Diamondbacks this season, and is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in those contests.The Diamondbacks will counter with a left-hander of their own as Patrick Corbin (10-5 http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , 3.15) will take the mound. Corbin has also pitched well of late, delivering five consecutive quality starts, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in that stretch, with a .213 opponents’ batting average.Even more promising for the Diamondbacks is that Corbin has a 0.98 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. The Dodgers are hitting just .115 against him in those games and have struck out 24 times. He is just 1-0 in those three starts.Corbin’s career numbers against Los Angeles are not as good, however. He is 4-9 with a 3.78 ERA in 19 career appearances (17 starts) against the Dodgers.Corbin gave up just two runs over seven innings Monday at San Francisco, but Arizona ended the day with a 2-0 defeat.“He’s only got 10 wins on the year,” Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed said about Corbin, according to mlb.com. “That’s our fault as an offense for not giving him enough runs. He’s pitched good enough to easily have 15, 16 wins for us. We did it again (Monday) Babe Ruth Jersey , didn’t score, so hopefully we turn that around these few starts.”One more reason for the Dodgers to feel good heading into Saturday’s game is that closer Kenley Jansen finally looks like himself again. Jansen had a short disabled-list stint in August because of an irregular heartbeat.Upon his return, he gave up a run in four consecutive outings, losing two games and blowing a save in another.But even while giving up a double in the ninth inning to Paul Goldschmidt on Friday, Jansen looked to be in control for the first time in over three weeks.“It was so much better,” said Jansen, who credited a mechanical adjustment for his improvement. “It was me throwing with my lower body and that’s how I did it, let my lower body carry me to home plate. I felt so much better.”“ Eddie Rosario returned to the Minnesota Twins‘ lineup and homered in a 10-6 win Friday night but the team will need to wait at least a little bit longer before getting third baseman Miguel Sano back in action.Sano will undergo “a few more tests” on his ailing left knee, according to manager Paul Molitor http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dale-murphy-jersey , whose team continues a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.He’s been out since bruising the leg while sliding into second Tuesday night in Houston. There was hope that he’d return for the series opener Friday but that plan was scratched when the pain hadn’t subsided.Article continues below ...“I was a little quick to speak about how he was the day after the injury,” Molitor told MLB.com Friday. “He’s still a little sore. I was of the mindset it would be sooner than later, and I don’t think it’s still too far out there. We’re just running a few more tests to make sure he’s going to be OK and there’s nothing that’s going to linger that we might have missed from the initial diagnosis.”The Twins will also be without first baseman Tyler Austin on Saturday.Austin’s back has been bothering him since Wednesday when he slipped and fell near the dugout while chasing down a pop fly.“His back is still feeling the symptoms there so we’re trying to go slowly and be patient as far as when we’re going to get him back out to play,” Molitor said. “He’s had some issues before. Nothing major that I know of. I just know he’s been dealing with working on keeping that back as flexible as he can and as available on a day-to-day basis as he can.”Right-hander Jose Berrios gets the ball Saturday night, looking to break out of a late-season slump.He hasn’t worked past the fifth inning in any of his last five starts and has a 6.65 ERA during that stretch. Berrios lasted only four innings his last time out, allowing five runs on five hits — including three home runs — while walking three and striking out eight in a 7-4 Minnesota loss to the Rangers last Saturday.“Realistically, he’s fighting it a little bit,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I don’t know if it’s a combination of it getting late or a couple of other things, but it just hasn’t been going very well.”Saturday will mark his eighth career start and third of the season against the Royals Freddie Freeman Jersey , who hand the ball to right-hander Jorge Lopez.Lopez has been on a bit of a roller coaster since coming to the Royals as part of the trade that sent third baseman Mike Moustakas to Milwaukee at the deadline. Through four starts for Kansas City, he’s gone 1-3 with a 5.66 ERA but while he’s given up a combined 11 runs in two of those starts he’s also spun a pair of one-run outings including his last time out when he held the Orioles to a run on five hits while striking out eight without a walk over seven innings of work.“(His) command was good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But for me, he really utilized his fastball, pitched off his fastball, established his fastball. And he pitched off it with his slider, changeup and curveball. But the key was establishing his fastball first. He was filling up the zone and staying on the attack. Outstanding start for him.”Lopez will be facing the Twins for the first time in his career.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers star Manny Machado has been fined by Major League Baseball for kicking Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the NL Championship Series.MLB fined Machado an undisclosed amount Wednesday http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-shin-soo-choo-jersey , a day after the baserunning incident caused the benches to clear at Dodger Stadium and prompted Brewers MVP candidate Christian Yelich to call Machado a “dirty player.”“I don’t think we’re too concerned about any other teams’ comments about our players,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday before Game 5. “I know speaking for Manny, he’s preparing to help us win. It’s really not at the forefront of our mind.”Machado was running to first on a grounder in the 10th inning of Game 4, and Aguilar left his right foot partly across the base for a moment after catching the ball. Already out, Machado brought his left foot forward and kicked Aguilar in the back of the leg.“He’s a player that has a history of those types of incidents,” Yelich said. “One time is an accident. Repeated over and over and over again, you’re just a dirty player. It’s a dirty play by a dirty player.”Brewers manager Craig Counsell wasn’t concerned the incident would distract from his team’s focus in the best-of-seven series.“You say to yourself, ‘Two games from the World Series.’ That’s all you’ve got to say,” Counsell said. “The other stuff just washes away, man. That’s meaningless to me.”Some have questioned Machado’s sportsmanship since he tossed his bat toward third base during an incident against the Oakland Athletics in 2014. Former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez wondered on the FS1 postgame show whether the string of incidents could affect Machado’s impending free agency after the season.“It’s a beauty pageant. You have 30 owners — all want you right now,” he said. “You don’t want four, five owners to sit around and say, ‘Hey, dude, you see what Manny did? Did you see that? Oh Prince Fielder Jersey , yeah, yeah, we’re out. We like him, but now we’re out.’ You’re losing tens of millions of dollars by the second if that becomes the narrative.”Machado, whose late slide last year injured Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, has been checked a couple times in this NLCS because of close slides into second.Machado gave Aguilar a brief hug after hitting a single in the 13th inning. The shortstop later scored the winning run, sliding home to give Los Angeles a 2-1 win that evened the NLCS at two games each.Both Machado and Aguilar said after the game that they had no quarrel with each other, and Aguilar said Machado apologized to him.The players’ union declined comment on Machado’s fine. Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series in the past 15 years as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Sunday night to take the Fall Classic in five games.The baseball world's focus now turns to 2019 and a wild hot-stove season highlighted by free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.There should be a lot of offseason overhauling as 29 teams look to take down the Red Sox, but what are the chances we'll see the same World Series matchup again next season? We'll take a quick look below and make some early predictions.Boston Red SoxDon't expect too many changes in Boston, as much of the team is under contract through 2019. The biggest free-agent names are out of the postseason bullpen, as closer Craig Kimbrel and right-handed flamethrowers Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi can walk. First baseman Steve Pearce and second baseman Ian Kinsler may also be on the move.While it's possible a few players parlay their postseason appearances into big paydays that the Red Sox aren't willing to match, Boston's core is still intact.Ace Chris Sale will be back, and left-hander David Price can opt in for 2019 for $31 million if he so chooses. Rick Porcello should take the mound once again for Boston, so the team's top three starters should be back.The batting lineup鈥攕pecifically an excellent outfield鈥攊s what makes this team tick, however http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-adrian-beltre-jersey , and most of those players will be back. Boston will have a young 26-and-under core leading into 2019 led by likely American League MVP Mookie Betts, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, third baseman Rafael Devers and left fielder Andrew Benintendi.The team will also welcome back defensive wizard (and clutch slugger) Jackie Bradley Jr. and designated hitter J.D. Martinez, who led the team in home runs (43) and runs batted in (130).As long as Boston figures out a good plan for its bullpen with three key free agents potentially leaving, the Red Sox should enjoy another fantastic season.Their chief competition is the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.The Red Sox and Yankees have easier 2019 schedules simply because they get to play the Baltimore Orioles 19 times each. The O's won just 45 games last year and are in the midst of a significant rebuild. The Toronto Blue Jays are tearing things down as well, so the two AL East powerhouses should have an advantage so long as the pesky Tampa Bay Rays don't spoil the party (which isn't out of the realm of possibility).But the Yankees' problem is that it doesn't have as strong of a starting pitching staff as Boston's, as evidenced in the American League Division Series. Chris Sale gets the edge over Luis Severino in the battle of the aces, and the Yankees' best pitcher down the stretch (J.A. Happ) is a free agent who could head elsewhere.Of course, plenty will happen between now and next October, but right now, the Sox look like favorites to win the American League, with the 103-win Astros not far behind. The guess here is an American League Championship Series grudge match next year, with the Red Sox winning a much closer battle.Way-too-early prediction: a return trip to World SeriesLos Angeles DodgersThe Los Angeles Dodgers have significant question marks heading into the offseason, which makes it difficult to back them as 2019 National League pennant winners right now.The biggest one is the status of left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent. If he does so and leaves town Nolan Ryan Jersey , then the L.A. starting rotation loses its anchor. Kershaw has gone 148-64 in his last 10 seasons with a 2.29 ERA and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Although his playoff struggles are well-documented, he's still been the best pitcher in the game over the last 10 years hands down. Losing him would be a tremendous loss.Kershaw could certainly return, and the team should welcome back a few solid starters including young right-hander Walker Buehler, veteran left-hander Rich Hill and 2017 All-Starsouthpaw Alex Wood. However, left-hander Hyu-Jin Ryu is a free agent and could head elsewhere.The Dodgers are known for their league-best lineup depth and should retain that into next year, but Machado may be a half-season rental if he chooses to go elsewhere in free agency. He smacked 37 home runs and drove in 107 runners as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and Dodgers. He was L.A.'s best slugger and can play shortstop and third base.L.A.'s other problem is that a few NL teams could be on the rise. The Atlanta Braves are well ahead of their rebuilding schedule and surprisingly won the NL East. They lost to L.A. in four NLDS games but could make another run toward the World Series with a fantastic lineup, led by future superstar Ronald Acuna and first baseman Freddie Freeman.Keep an eye out for the Philadelphia Phillies, who were strong for most of the season before wilting. However, they were the fourth-youngest team in baseball and have a bona fide ace in right-hander Aaron Nola. The Phils should also be active in free agency this season, per Matt Breen of Philly.com, and Machado or Harper have been mentioned as possibilities.Couple that with stout teams looking to continue playoff runs (e.g. the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies) and senior-circuit sides who could have resurgent years (e.g. the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets), and the NL could be a fight to the finish. The competition may be too strong for L.A.Way-too-earlyprediction: a playoff trip, but no World Series

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    Elsa/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees will be without outfielder Aaron Judge for the next three weeks or so Miguel Gonzalez Jersey , but skipper Aaron Boone believes his team can continue to pile up the wins even without last year's runner-up for the American League MVP Award."That'll be our expectation and whether we get reinforcements or whatever, who knows?" Boone said on Friday, via ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't think in that room we really concern ourselves with that because we feel like absolutely we have the men capable of getting things done."The sluggersuffered achip fractureof theulnar styloid bone in hisright wrist after being hit by a 93 mph fastball from Kansas City Royals right-hander Jakob Junis on Thursday:The initial timetable for his return is three weeks, and the injury does not require surgery.Losing a two-time All-Star is a blow for a team that is trying to catch the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. New York currently trails its archrival by 4.5 games, though it holds a 5.5-game lead in the wild-card race.As good as Judge (.285/.398/.548, 26 home runs, 20 doubles and 61 RBI) may be, the Yankees haven't won 65 of their first 101 games strictly because of their star right fielder. They have the reigning National League MVP in Giancarlo Stanton as well as Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres, among others. And that's not even mentioning a shutdown bullpen that features Aroldis Chapman,Dellin Betances and Zach Britton.That sort of depth has Boone confident that his team can keep up in the playoff race."We can absolutely go out there and take care of business while he's down and hopefully when he comes back it'll just be an added bonus http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-anderson-jersey ," Boone said, via Harvey.Without Judge, the Yankees can have Stanton play in the outfield and move someone else (like Neil Walker) into the designated hitter slot. Shane Robinson (a career .227 hitter) and Tyler Wade (.170) are also options for the outfield with highly touted prospect Clint Frazier and veteran Jacoby Ellsbury both currently on the disabled list.Of course, Brian Cashman and Co. could also look to make a move before Tuesday's non-waiver deadline. PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks will play the final five weeks of the season against what the numbers suggest will be their most treacherous array of opponents yet. They shrug at the thought — open their arms, actually. The Diamondbacks will play 27 of their final 35 games — eight series — against teams that not only are above .500 and but also appear likely to stay that way.Article continues below ...On Friday though, the Diamondbacks got off on the wrong foot in a 6-3 loss to AL West contender Seattle. The Diamondbacks remained one game ahead in the NL West when Colorado lost at home to surging St. Louis.Arizona is ready to take on all comers, manager Torey Lovullo suggested.“To be conditioned to play against the best teams, those are conversations we have had since Day 1 here,” said Lovullo, in his second season after winning the NL Manager of the Year award when the D-backs were an NL wild-card team in 2017.“We have to be at our best against the best http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-yoan-moncada-jersey , and they (players) want this. This is the greatest time of the year, and these players in this clubhouse know that. They walked through a very challenging year last year and came out on the right side of it, but we have more work we have to do. We know what we want to get to, and it’s right in front of us.”Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray (3-2, 4.91 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Seattle left-hander Wade LeBlanc (7-3, 4.04) in the second game of the series Saturday.The Mariners‘ final five weeks do not appear quite as challenging. They play seven games against Oakland and three against Houston and the Yankees, but they also have seven games with Texas, three with Baltimore and two with San Diego.Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger, traded with Jean Segura from the Diamondbacks for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte before the 2017 season, had three hits Friday Welington Castillo Jersey , including his 21st homer.“You always want to do well against every team, especially a team that traded you,” Haniger said.Haniger, who played sparingly with Arizona in 2016, has five homers in 20 career games at Chase Field.A day after making his first major league start at third base, Robinson Cano made his third career start at first, all this season. He could not scoop two one-hop throws when the D-backs scored two unearned runs in the sixth inning, but the Mariners’ bullpen locked it down from there as Edwin Diaz recorded his franchise-record 49th save of the season. Ray was pushed back to start Saturday when Zack Godley was moved ahead to pitch Friday. Ray will pitch on seven days’ rest after giving up three runs and five walks in 4 1/3 innings while receiving a no-decision in an 8-3 victory at San Diego last Friday. Ray is 0-2 with a 5.55 ERA in his last nine starts. He missed two months with a strained oblique and threw six scoreless innings in his first game back June 27, but has not been as effective since.“It gives Robbie an extra day to work on the side with (pitching coach) Mike Butcher,” Lovullo said. “Robbie is throwing the ball well. He feels great. There is no injury whatsoever.”Ray has walked 15 in his last 20 innings over four starts. He has shown flashes of the form that saw him post a 2.89 ERA in a career-year in 2017 but has not found a rhythm this year.“It was all self-inflicted http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey ,” Ray said of his last start.Ray is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against Seattle. He won in Seattle on July 27, 2015, giving up two runs in seven innings while striking out eight.He has had difficulty at home this season, going 1-1 with a 7.18 ERA in seven starts at Chase Field. He has allowed 13 homers this season, 12 at home in 36 1/3 innings.LeBlanc joined the rotation in May but has scuffled a bit in August, giving up 15 earned runs in his four starts this month. He gave up three homers in 4 1/3 innings in an 8-3 loss against Houston on Aug. 1 and gave up three more in 4 1/3 innings in an 11-1 loss to the Dodgers on Aug. 17.LeBlanc, who spent the first four seasons of his career with San Diego, is 3-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 13 career appearances (nine starts) against Arizona. He is 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in six games at Chase Field.

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    The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets start their final series of the season Monday night at Citizens Bank Park with the Phillies are still clinging to slim playoff hopes and the Mets playing their best baseball since April.Jake Arrieta (10-9 Authentic Robert Woods Jersey , 3.66 ERA) for the Phillies and Zack Wheeler (11-7, 3.23) for the Mets will be on the mound in the series opener.Despite two consecutive losses, the Mets are 10-5 in September, and they have taken 10 of the first 16 games against the Phillies this season.Article continues below ...The Phillies, meanwhile, are 30-36 against the National League East this season, even after winning a weekend series against the Miami Marlins. Philadelphia is 6 1/2 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East and five games back in the wild-card race.Arrieta has 18 strikeouts in his last two starts (12 1/3 innings). The veteran right-hander had seven strikeouts in his last start against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, and Arrieta gave up three runs and three hits in five innings.Arrieta got a no-decision in the game, as the Phillies coughed up a three-run lead in the ninth inning of a 7-6 loss.“It’s obviously not great, especially when we’re trying to catch the team ahead of us,” Arrieta told reporters afterward. “We got to pick it up Robert Woods Jersey Elite , and if we don’t, we’re not going to be making the playoffs.”The Phillies are 2-2 since Arrieta’s last start.Arrieta has a 1.94 ERA and a 0.961 WHIP in nine career starts against the Mets. In two starts against them this year, he has allowed one earned run in 13 1/3 innings.Wheeler, who is 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts against the Phillies, has faced the Mets’ divisional opponent just once this season. He gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings on July 9, but the right-hander has been one of the best starters in the NL since then.Wheeler is 9-1 with a 1.67 ERA in his last 11 starts. Opponents are hitting just .192 against him in that span, and he has 76 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings.He had his best start of the season last Wednesday. Wheeler threw eight scoreless innings against the Marlins. He gave up only four hits, did not walk a batter and had seven strikeouts in the 89-pitch outing.“The competitor in me wants to go out there and throw nine every game,” Wheeler told MLB.com after the start. ” … We aren’t going anywhere right now, so I want to be ready for next year and I just want to play it smart, especially with my history. If we’re contending http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , I’m going back out there for sure.”Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has homered in each of his last two games and is historically successful against Wheeler. Hernandez is 7-for-11 with seven singles in his career against Wheeler. DENVER (AP) — After getting swept in Los Angeles, Colorado dropped 2½ games behind the Dodgers and had an off day before three games in Arizona. The Rockies held a team meeting.“You’ve got two options: You can sit at your locker and cry about it, or you can flush it out and show up the next day, continue to win games,'” outfielder Carlos Gonzalez recalled.David Dahl homered for the fourth straight game, and the Rockies opened a one-game NL West lead with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday that extended their winning streak to seven.Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also went deep for the Rockies (89-70), who matched their longest winning streak this season. Dahl hit a run-scoring triple and finished the four-game sweep with eight hits and 11 RBIs.Seeking its first division title, Colorado closes at home with three games against Washington and already is assured its winningest season since going 92-70 in 2009.“We’re on a roll right now and put ourselves back in the race,” Gonzalez said.The second-place Dodgers (88-71) also are one game ahead of St. Louis (87-72) for the second NL wild-card berth and finish with a three-game series at San Francisco. The West champion meets Atlanta in the Division Series, and the Central champion plays the wild-card game winner.Jose Bautista and Carlos Santana homered for the Phillies, outscored 39-7 in the series. Philadelphia (78-81) Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , which struck out 14 times for the second day in a row, has lost a season-high eight straight and has gone 15-33 since moving a season-high 15 games over .500 on Aug. 5. The Phillies are assured their seventh straight season without a winning record, their most since 1994-2000.“I do not think that our team has quit on the season or quit in general,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Today was pretty good evidence that we still have some fight in us. Had baserunners late. Looked like it was going to be a game that might get out of hand early. We never allowed it to get out of hand.”Scott Oberg (8-1) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Antonio Senzatela, who allowed one run and five hits in 4 2.3 innings. Oberg relieved with two on in the fifth and struck out Carlos Santana, then fanned two in a perfect sixth.Wade Davis gave up Carlos Hernandez’s leadoff single in the ninth, struck out J.P. Crawford and Roman Quinn, then retired Rhys Hoskins on a popup for his NL-leading 42nd save in 48 chances.Jake Arrieta (10-11) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. He had a 3.96 ERA, his highest since 2013, in his first season with the Phillies after agreeing to a $75 million, three-year contract on March 12 Alex Smith Jersey Elite , a month into spring training.“Everyone will talk about this season as a failure, but I don’t look at it that way,” Arrieta said. “It’s unfortunate the way we’ve played the last couple of months. But if you view it as a failure, how does that bode well for us moving forward if we just look at it as we all failed? I think this was a success for us in a lot of areas and in some other areas not as much.“Moving forward we know we don’t want to continue to feel like this again. We know that we want to continue to play into October and we didn’t make that happen.”Dahl hit his 14th home run in the first and Story hit his 35th in a two-run second that also included a run-scoring wild pitch that followed Andrew Knapp’s passed ball.Bautista homered in the third, but the Rockies opened a 5-1 lead in the seventh when Parra homered as a pinch hitter and Dahl tripled.“I think the ball actually might have hit me in the chest if I took it,” Dahl said of the pitch from reliever Tommy Hunter. “Fortunate enough to find some barrel and get the runner in.”Dahl tied teammate Nolan Arenado with home runs in four consecutive games. Arenado also did it from June 19-22.Santana hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Adam Ottavino, who walked Dylan Cozens and struck out his next three batters.RECORD SAVEDavis set a franchise record for saves in a season, surpassing Greg Holland (2017) and Jose Jimenez (2002).TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: LHP Tyler Anderson is to throw a bullpen session Friday to determine whether he will be available Sunday as the starter or to come in as a reliever. Anderson had his last start scratched due to shoulder tightness.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (0-0, 9.00) is slated to open a three-game series against Atlanta on Friday night.Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (16-7, 2.84) starts the series against the Nationals.

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — The reshaping of the Baltimore Orioles took another significant turn Friday when longtime center fielder Adam Jones was moved to right field to make room for rookie Cedric Mullins.Jones has started in center for Baltimore since his arrival in 2008. The 33-year-old played the position well enough this year http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-lucas-duda-jersey , but the last-place Orioles are ready to try someone younger and faster in the middle of the outfield.Manager Buck Showalter called Jones “one of the great center fielders in Oriole history,” but said the 12-year veteran has known for a while that the switch was coming.“It had to be the right guy,” Showalter said. “We think Cedric might be the right guy.”The 23-year-old Mullins had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup against Boston. He was to play center field and bat ninth in his big league debut.This is not a one-day experiment.“Adam will play right and Cedric will play center. That’s the way I perceive it,” Showalter said. “If something happens with Cedric, we’ll see. If something happens with Adam, well, I hope nothing does.”He added: “This is about the future going forward.”Jones’ contract expires after this season. The Orioles attempted to send him to another team before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but Jones had the right of refusal and used it.Now, he will play out the season in right field while helping Mullins adjust to playing center in the big leagues.“Him being the team leader, he’s been very supportive with me playing center field,” Mullins said. “We’ve had a lot of contact about it and just guiding me through it.”Mullins was selected by Baltimore in the 13th round of the 2015 draft. He started the year with Double-A Bowie before moving up to Norfolk.In 59 games with Norfolk, he hit .267 with five homers, 18 RBIs and 12 steals. Mullins also carried a .994 fielding percentage.To make room for Mullins Alex Gordon Jersey , the Orioles designated Danny Valencia for assignment — yet another move to make the team younger. The 33-year-old Valencia was batting .263 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.“I’d be surprised if he doesn’t land with a contending club,” Showalter said. Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesThe Milwaukee Brewers are on to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2011 after completing the sweep over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.Wade Miley threw 4.2 scoreless innings and the bullpen took care of the rest as the Brewers earned the 6-0 win in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The team is also climbing the record books with its recent hot streak:MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDayThe Brewers are riding an 11-game winning streak into the #NLCS.Talk about getting hot at the perfect time. HUm9UVJioIColorado could only manage four hits in what became the second straight shutout in the 3-0 series loss.Milwaukee Offense Proved It Can Win Without Christian YelichChristian Yelich was the talk of baseball over the second half of the season as his red-hot bat helped him become a favorite for the NL MVP award. However, it's clear the Brewers don't need their star to have a big game in order to win.Milwaukee finished Game 3 with 12 hits from eight players, while Yelich ended up just 0-for-3 with two walks.The squad managed to score in a variety of different ways, using small ball to bring in the first run, while Jesus Aguilar went with the long ball for his first hit of the series:Milwaukee Brewers BrewersCouns believes in Jes煤s.... so much so that he called his homer yesterday. There were no men on base, but well take it. 馃攰 #OurCrewOurOctober 4jfDtRUs9DOrlando Arcia and Keon Broxton also added back-to-back home runs of their own in the ninth inning.In the sixth inning, the Brewers took advantage of Rockies mistakes to scratch two more runs across the board.Meanwhile, there were contributions from some surprising players, including Erik Kratz:Andrew Simon AndrewSimonMLBErik Kratz MLB hits in ...2015: five2016: eight2017: two2018 NLDS: fiveYelich was a difference-maker in the tiebreaker game against the Chicago Cubs and in Game 1 against the Rockies. We know he can carry his team to a win on any given night and is more than likely to do it again at least once in the NLCS.However, he has been quiet for the past two games, and Milwaukee hardly slowed down. This could make the team even more dangerous going forward.Elite Bullpen Could Make Brewers Unstoppable in PlayoffsOlder fans might not like the way starters and bullpens are being utilized in today's game, but relievers have become more important than ever http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-george-brett-jersey , and the Brewers are changing with the times.Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provided some eye-popping numbers before the game:Tom HaudricourtWhy do #Brewers use their bullpen so often? Including the NLDS, their relievers are 14-0 with 1.72 ERA over 28 games (125.1 IP, 24 ER, 171 Ks). Opponents batted .188. Those numbers are pretty crazy.The pen kept it up in Game 3, with five pitchers combining for 4.1 scoreless innings and just one hit allowed. Corbin Burnes was a highlight in the middle with two perfect innings and two strikeouts, earning him the win in the official scorecard.This group has been overlooked for much of the year without big names like Wade Davis or Aroldis Chapman, but it has been one of the best in the majors all season long. It has also helped take some of the pressure off a rotation that doesn't have a true ace.Manager Craig Counsell showed his trust in the bullpen Sunday by taking out a successful Miley in the fifth inning.With so many pitchers capable of shutting down an opposing offense, there is no reason to believe this will stop in the NLCS or even the World Series.Add this to 11 straight victories, and the Brewers are in great shape to take home their first championship in franchise history.Rockies Offensive Struggles Should Lead to Offseason ChangesThe usual story for the Rockies is they always have great hitting and terrible pitching, and it's the latter that holds them back. That wasn't the case in this series, as the starting pitchers performed well in each game, including German Marquez Sunday with just two runs allowed in five innings.The problem was the hitting, as Colorado was shut out for the second time in a row Mike Moustakas Jersey , finishing the series with just two total runs in three games while hitting 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.In 28 innings this series, the Rockies scored in one of them.Ben Hutchison WISNBennyHutchMan the #Rockies offense is just non-existent.While this could be considered unlucky for a team that finished second in the NL in runs scored, this is an offense that was built around the performance of only two or three players. Per Baseball Reference, only three of the eight regulars during the season had an OPS+ above 100, which is considered league average.Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were reliable over the course of a year, but when they aren't hitting (four combined hits in the series), this offense has problems.While David Dahl provided a much-needed boost down the stretch, Colorado still needs more players who can pick up the slack when the starters struggle.Whether the team re-signs free agents DJ LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez or not, it will need to add offensive firepower if it wants to make a deeper run in October next year. What's Next?The Rockies will now start looking toward the 2019 season while the Brewers move onto the NLCS. Milwaukee will host the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves in a series that begins Oct. 12.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone regrets his slow hook of Luis Severino.Given a night to reflect on New York’s record-setting 16-1 loss to Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-julio-teheran-jersey , the Yankees‘ rookie manager said he would not have let his ace take the mound for the fourth inning down 3-0 after allowing five singles and several hard-hit outs.“Certainly in hindsight, when he doesn’t get an out, I’d like to have that back,” Boone said before Game 4 on Tuesday. “Being able to look back in hindsight, sure, go in a different way there in that spot.”Severino lasted just six pitches in the fourth, allowing a pair of singles and a four-pitch walk to the bottom three hitters in the Red Sox batting order.Lance Lynn, usually a starter, came in and started with a four-pitch walk to Mookie Betts that forced in a run. Lynn also gave up Andrew Benintendi’s three-run double that put Boston ahead 7-0. Later in the inning, Chad Green allowed Steve Pearce’s RBI single and Brock Holt’s two-run triple that boosted the margin to 10.Boston went on to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series Greg Maddux Jersey , and Boone was criticized for his decisions on sports-talk radio and in other media.“I don’t see it. I know it’s out there because of the texts I receive, the ‘hang in theres,'” Boone said. “We can all sit and second — not even second guess, first guess or second guess — I would do this, and that’s one of the great things about our game.”Following his retirement as a player, Boone was an ESPN analyst from 2010-17. Asked whether Boone the broadcaster would have criticized Boone the manager, he smiled and said: “No, absolutely not.”Boone investigated a report by TBS that Severino had insufficient time to warm up before the game. The network said Severino began his warmups 10 minutes before the first pitch; Boone said he spoke at length with the 24-year-old right-hander and with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.“I have no issue with how he warmed up,” Boone said. “As far as his routine and what he does to get ready, it was very much on par with what he always does.”Feeling down after the loss http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-david-justice-jersey , which he repeatedly referred to as a “gut punch,” Boone did not listen to postgame discussion on his drive home to Greenwich, Connecticut. He turned to “80s on 8” on Sirius XM Radio.“The soothing sounds,” he said.LINEUP CHANGESCenter fielder Aaron Hicks returned to the starting lineup after missing two games because of a tight right hamstring. Brett Gardner shifted to left field and Andrew McCutchen went to the bench, moves designed to put another left-handed bat in the lineup against right-hander Rick Porcello. Boone also inserted Neil Walker at third base in place of rookie Miguel Andujar, behind slow-moving lefty CC Sabathia. Walker is a more reliable fielder than Andujar and was at third for Sabathia’s last four regular-season starts. CLEVELAND (AP) — With one swing, Francisco Lindor shook the Indians from their early September slumber.The All-Star shortstop homered leading off the first again, Mike Clevinger struck out 10 and Cleveland moved closer to its third straight AL Central title with a 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.The Indians ended a three-game losing streak and reduced their magic number for clinching another division title to 10 following Minnesota’s 5-2 loss to Houston.After a 5-1 loss Monday night, Lindor, who sets the tone for Cleveland with everything he does R.A. Dickey Jersey , talked about the team being flat and needing a spark.He provided an early one with his sixth leadoff homer — one shy of the club record set by Grady Sizemore in 2008 — as the Indians jumped to a 3-0 lead on Danny Duffy (8-12), whose season is over because of a sore left shoulder.“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a leadoff hitter,” said Lindor, who has 31 homers. “To get things going.”Yandy Diaz hit his first major league homer and Jason Kipnis added two RBIs for Cleveland, which has the most commanding lead of any first-place team in the majors.Not only did the Royals have their season-high winning streak stopped at six, Duffy’s season came to an end rookie right fielder Brett Phillips bruised his right shoulder on a scary collision into the wall.Duffy was on the disabled list from Aug. 13-23 with shoulder issues.“I’m crushed about it,” Duffy said. “I get paid to pay baseball. I take pride that if you have an able body you should go. My body just said it was enough today.”Staked to a 6-0 lead after two innings, Clevinger (11-7) allowed just three hits in six innings and remained unbeaten in his last seven starts. The right-hander, who could have a big role for the Indians in October, had a little more velocity on his fastball and struck out six of nine in one dominant stretch.Diaz picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Kipnis http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-scott-kazmir-jersey , who is moving from second base to center field, singled home a run in the inning before Duffy was removed after 26 pitches. The left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.The Indians added three runs in the second off Burch Smith on Jose Ramirez’s double, Edwin Encarnacion’s sacrifice fly and Brandon Guyer’s RBI single.DON’T DO THATLindor got hit on the right forearm in his second at-bat by Smith, but didn’t think the Royals were throwing at him.“If he was trying to hit me, it’s OK,” Lindor said. “He hit me in the right spot. We weren’t throwing at each other, if that’s what you guys are trying to get to.”Clevinger wasn’t so sure, and sent a warning to Kansas City.“I think that would be very unwise of the whole Royals organization,” he said. “Especially as much as we see them and the arms we have over here. I hope not. And I think for their sake, they’d better hope not either.The Royals also hit Rajai Davis and the Indians plunked Brian Goodwin and Adalberto Mondesi.CRASH TESTPhillips was fortunate he wasn’t more seriously hurt after banging hard into the wall in the second inning.Breaking back on Ramirez’s drive Kurt Suzuki Jersey , Phillips just missed making a catch before barreling full-speed into the wall. His torso twisted awkwardly and he crumpled onto the warning track. His teammates and a trainer rushed to Phillips, who got to his feet and remained in the game after being examined.Phillips was removed the next inning. He had a sling on his arm following the game.Manager Ned Yost did not provide any further details on Phillips’ injury.MOVING TIMEKipnis isn’t thrilled about having to change positions, but he’s willing to do it as long as Josh Donaldson is healthy.The Indians acquired Donaldson — the 2015 AL MVP — in a trade with Toronto, and once activated from the disabled list, he’ll take over at third with Ramirez going to second and Kipnis heading to the outfield.Kipnis did the same thing a year ago.“Does it take a little wind out of my sails?” he said. “A little bit. But not enough to get me to stop working, stop competing.”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (sprained left thumb) was out of the lineup for the sixth straight game. The six-time All-Star was injured Aug. 28.Indians: LHP Andrew Miller is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Toronto as he recovers from shoulder soreness that landed him on the disabled list. Miller has been on the DL three times this season, but the reliever isn’t concerned about his latest issue which he has previously dealt with in spring training. The former All-Star left-hander has also been out with hamstring and knee injuries.UP NEXTCorey Kluber tries to become the majors’ first 18-game winner as the Indians conclude their three-game series with the Royals, who will start Brad Keller.

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington remained bullish on his team even after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in the offseason. Even after a swoon through June wiped out a hot start. Even after his club found itself floundering in early July.And when the Pirates responded with a 15-4 surge that seemed to validate his optimism http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-odorizzi-jersey , he sent a message at the non-waiver trade deadline. The Pirates are intent on winning. Not just in 2018, but beyond.Pittsburgh acquired starting pitcher Chris Archer from Tampa Bay and closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers in moves that cost the team top prospects in outfielder Austin Meadows and pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Taylor Hearn as well as two players to be named.The decision to deal three players considered a part of the club’s next wave wasn’t easy. But Huntington believed it was necessary to bolster a group that has a chance to reach the playoffs.The Pirates entered Tuesday night’s game against the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs 3 games out of the second wild-card spot thanks to a torrid stretch that began July 8.”Given the quality of the core, the players we have and those who are still on the horizon, the ability to add two players such as this, we feel, pushed us into a higher level and allows us to believe we are going to be one of those teams that has a legitimate chance to make the postseason not only this year (but beyond),” Huntington said.Archer, a two-time All-Star, is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rays. The 29-year-old adds experience to a Pirates rotation that includes three starters – Jameson Taillon Eddie Rosario Jersey , Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove – 26 or younger.”I’m excited,” Archer said following a round of hugs in the Tampa Bay clubhouse shortly after the deal was announced. ”They’re super-hot right now, and they want me. They gave up their top two guys. Guys with some really good upside. I’m excited to be part of the organization that wants me, part of a rich baseball history, a hard-working community. I can’t wait to get there.”Neither move is a rental for Pittsburgh, which was the only team to not sign a major-league free agent last winter despite parting with cornerstones Cole and McCutchen in January.The 25-year-old Kela has 24 saves and a 3.44 ERA. He will be arbitration-eligible beginning next season and will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.Pittsburgh will assume the remaining $2,049,731 in Archer’s $6.25 million salary. He also receives a $500,000 assignment bonus for the trade. His deal includes a $7.5 million salary for 2019 Robbie Grossman Jersey , a $9 million team option for 2020 with a $1.75 million buyout and an $11 million club option for 2021 with a $250,000 buyout.”To get Keone with two-plus years of potential contribution and who knows behind that, to get Chris Archer with three years plus this year where he’s going to impact our wins, those were really good gets in our mind,” Huntington said.Meadows, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, hit .292 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 49 for the Pirates after making his major league debut on May 17. The 24-year-old Glasnow dominated as a starter in the minors but struggled during his first season-plus in Pittsburgh, going 2-7 with a 7.69 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) in 2017. The Pirates moved Glasnow to the bullpen this season with better results. The 6-foot-8 right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 34 appearances.The 23-year-old Hearn was acquired from Washington at the trade deadline two years ago. Hearn has gone 3-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Altoona this season.Now all three are moving on, while Pittsburgh is moving forward in an attempt to make headway in the playoff race. Ten NL teams entered play on Tuesday within 5 games of a postseason berth. Just over three weeks removed from being a season-worst eight games under .500 (40-48) http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-kyle-gibson-jersey , the Pirates are one of them.Pittsburgh heads to the stretch with an improved rotation and a back end of the bullpen that suddenly looks formidable, with Kela joining All-Star close Felipe Vazquez and setup man Kyle Crick. The plan for now is to have Vazquez continue to work the ninth with Kela and Crick working ahead of him, though Vazquez is open to changing his role if it means the Pirates play meaningful games into September and maybe even beyond.”Yeah, we’re here to win games,” Vazquez said. ”It’s up to (manager Clint Hurdle). He’s the boss. I just follow. We’re there, if he decides lefty-lefty matchup, I’m up for it. It doesn’t matter. We’re trying to win games.”—AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. MILWAUKEE — A week after Gio Gonzalez was acquired from the Washington Nationals, the veteran left-hander will make his Milwaukee Brewers debut Saturday when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park.Gonzalez has looked little like the pitcher who finished in the top 10 of National League Cy Young voting a year ago. In 27 starts for the Nationals, he was 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA and had just one victory since May 28.The Brewers still had an interest Logan Morrison Jersey , hoping he could provide depth down the stretch — as well as a left-handed starting option — as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.Article continues below ...“We acquired him to have another good pitcher and because you don’t know what’s going to happen in this month,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s his turn to go help us try to win a game.”Gonzalez hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 29, when he allowed six runs in five innings but took a no-decision as the Nationals fell to the Phillies. He will have 10 days off before returning to action Saturday but isn’t worried about any kind of rust factor.He also has used the downtime to his advantage, working extensively with Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson.“I don’t want to use any excuses,” Gonzalez said. “The way I see it is just give me the ball and I’m going to try and give you 100 percent of my talent. I’ll take the ball, make my pitches and try to get some outs. Rely on my defense and rely on our offense.“Hopefully, I can keep us in the game.”Gonzalez is 5-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 14 career starts against the Giants, including an 0-1 record and 7.56 ERA in two starts this season.He will face a lineup likely to be without shortstop Brandon Crawford, who was held out of Bruce Bochy’s starting lineup for a second straight day on Friday because of a sore knee that kept him out of three games last week as well.Bochy started switch-hitting Alen Hanson at short in the series opener and said he’ll give right-hander Abiatal Avelino the nod Saturday against Gonzalez.Right-hander Chris Stratton takes the mound against the Brewers Tim Tebow Jersey , who tagged him for three runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief back earlier this season.Stratton took the loss his last time out despite holding the Mets to two runs in six innings but is 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA in his last three starts.He’s part of a group that has posted the third-best ERA in baseball since June 1 (3.37 heading into the series) but has been stymied by an offense that has struggled to generate runs.“They give us a chance, but you see the numbers; it’s just been tough since June 1 with the offense,” Bochy said. “A couple of guys getting hot, driving in runs, that’s what we’re missing.“Somebody’s got to do that for you to win ballgames. That’s what we’re missing.”

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Daniel Murphy sees no panic in his new Chicago Cubs teammates.The Cubs needed a win Wednesday night to avert a three-game sweep by division rival Milwaukee Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , and Murphy played a big role with three hits and a solo home run in Chicago’s 6-4 victory against the Brewers.Pedro Strop closed out a tense ninth inning as Chicago boosted its NL Central lead to four games over the second-place Brewers. Milwaukee is a half-game ahead of St. Louis for the top NL wild card.Jose Quintana (12-9) gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings, improving to 3-1 at Miller Park with the Cubs.Strop allowed a walk and a single to open the ninth but got the final three outs, striking out Curtis Granderson with two runners on to preserve the win.“It’s a young group with a veteran mindset,” said Murphy, who joined the Cubs in a trade with Washington on Aug. 21. “You lose a tough one (Monday) and they played really well yesterday. All you can do is come out and try to win this ballgame.”Granderson belted his first home run as a member of the Brewers in a pinch-hit role in the seventh, a two-run shot that cut Chicago’s lead to 6-4.After Travis Shaw walked and pinch-hitter Christian Yelich singled to start the ninth, the crowd of 37,427 was on its feet, nearly equally divided between Brewers and Cubs fans. Eric Thames flied out before Strop got Lorenzo Cain to ground to third for a force play. Then a nasty slider on a 2-2 pitch struck out Granderson.“I thought he gained his composure nicely,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Strop. “He’s got 95 or 96 (mph) with that sink. The slider he got Granderson on, it’s good against righties and lefties.”Jhoulys Chacin (14-6) had tossed 16 consecutive scoreless innings against the Cubs this season before Murphy led off the fourth with an opposite-field homer into the Brewers’ left-field bullpen.“I was able to leverage the count in my favor and was able to look for something up in the zone Cheap Christian McCaffrey Jersey ,” Murphy said. “I didn’t think it was going to get out of the ballpark.”Javier Baez followed with a single and his aggressive baserunning helped the Cubs extend their lead. He raced for third on a single by Anthony Rizzo, and when Cain’s throw from center field sailed, Baez scored and Rizzo went to third on a second error by shortstop Orlando Arcia. Ben Zobrist doubled to score Rizzo and give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.A soft RBI single by Willson Contreras capped the four-run rally.Jonathan Scoop’s bad-hop single drove home a run in the bottom of the inning, and the Brewers loaded the bases with two outs. Quintana induced Arcia to hit a pop fly to shortstop to escape the jam.Zobrist drove in his second run in the fifth with a two-out single, but Rizzo was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base.Kyle Schwarber belted his 25th homer into the second deck in right field in the sixth to make it 6-1.Quintana allowed a leadoff single to Jesus Aguilar and a double to Ryan Braun in the sixth, but the Brewers managed just one run on a groundout by Schoop.“It was his best fastball of the year,” Maddon said. “He primarily could have pitched with his fastball today — it was that good.”The Brewers and Cubs will meet again in a three-game series at Wrigley Field next week.“It was a fun series,” Granderson said. “It’s definitely something both teams can look at and say, all right, it’s going to be a fight to the end.”NOT MOVINGA funny moment came in the fourth after Baez singled. He never moved off the base while Chacin threw over to first twice.“They know I wanted to run,” Baez said. “Right before Rizzo stepped to the plate Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , I saw the catcher (Erik Kratz) and he wasn’t giving signs, so I knew (Chacin) was coming back (to first). Then after the first one, and he tried to act like he was giving signs. But I saw he was so fake about it, I just stayed there.”Baez scored moments later after Rizzo singled and Cain overthrew third base.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Schwarber injured his back and left the game after homering in the sixth. “Before he went up to hit he told me it was tight,” Maddon said. “But he may have taken his best swing of the year.” . RHP Brandon Morrow may be reaching the point of no return for the Cubs, and Maddon said he will have to use several relievers in the closer role the rest of the season. Morrow, who posted 22 saves as the closer before being injured, has been sidelined since July 18 with right biceps inflammation. He has yet to throw off a mound in his rehab. “We’d love to have him back, but even if he does come back, how do you utilize that?” Maddon said. “You just can’t push him two days in a row.”Brewers: Yelich was not in the starting lineup as the Brewers headed into the final stretch of the season. He singled as a pinch-hitter in the ninth to reach base in his 22nd straight game. “He needs a day off,” manager Craig Counsell said before the game. “Friday was a thought Baker Mayfield Jersey Elite , but it just reached a point where it had to be today.” Yelich had not been out of the lineup since July 3.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.77 ERA) will open a four-game series in Washington on Thursday night.Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (9-7, 3.96 ERA) starts a three-game series against the Giants on Friday at Miller Park. ST. LOUIS (AP) — The month of August has been great for rookie pitcher Jack Flaherty and the St. Louis Cardinals.Flaherty allowed just one run in seventh innings and Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Tuesday night in Mike Shildt’s first game since being promoted to full-time manager.Flaherty (8-6) retired his first 12 batters and gave up one run and four hits with no walks. He is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five August starts. Flaherty has allowed only 14 hits and three runs in 32 innings, walking nine and striking out 38 batters in those starts.The recipe for his success is simple, Flaherty said.“Get ahead and stay ahead. Try not to get into deep counts and try to stay from a 3-2 count,” Flaherty said. “Try to make things happen quick. Move the ball in and out. Trust in my stuff.”A meeting two weeks ago with Cardinals legend Bob Gibson inspired Flaherty.“I got the chance to talk to him,” Flaherty said. “I asked him what his mentality was every time he went out. I haven’t talked to him since then but it’s more on me to reach out to him and than the other way around.”Flaherty improved to 3-1 against the Pirates.“He’s gotten better the more we’ve faced him I think as this season has shown,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “His stuff has gotten better, the consistency of it, the execution of pitches.”The Cardinals have won six of seven and are 20-5 in August. Earlier in the day, St. Louis took off the interim tag on Shildt http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-tre_davious-white-jersey , who was put in charge after Mike Matheny was fired last month a day before the All-Star break.St. Louis is 27-12 under Shildt. He was rewarded with a contract through 2020 after guiding the Cards back into playoff contention.“He’s been doing his thing and he hasn’t tried to do too much,” Flaherty said about Shildt. “He hasn’t tried to change anything. It’s just been him. I think the biggest thing is for everybody to be themselves and he’s done the same thing. I’m just happy for him.”The Pirates have lost eight of 10.Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 32 opportunities.Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first off Ivan Nova (7-9). Martinez connected for his 16th homer after Matt Carpenter reached base on an infield single.“I was trying to drive a ball middle in and he threw it there and I hit it out,” Martinez said.O’Neill hit a 436-foot homer into the left field bleachers in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead. Martinez singled ahead of O’Neil’s drive.“The command, it was not as sharp as it was last time,” Nova said. “I gave up two two-run homers. The first home run, I thought that was a really good pitch that the guy just jumped on. The other one was down the middle of the plate. It’s frustrating.”Josh Bell scored both runs for the Pirates. He doubled in the fifth and Colin Moran hit an RBI single.Bell drew a leadoff walk from reliever Jordan Hicks in the eighth, took third on a bloop single by Moran and scored on a double play.Paul DeJong was hit by a pitch to start the St. Louis eighth and an apparent two-run homer by Jedd Gyorko was overturned in a crew chief review. Gyorko was given a double and he was pulled because of discomfort in his left groin. Greg Garcia’s single made it 5-2.Gyorko said he hurt himself leaving the batter’s box. He said it’s “tightness” and he will be looked at Wednesday.“I thought it was a home run,” Gyorko said about his hit. “I ran around the bases. I haven’t looked at it yet.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Josh Harrison didn’t start for the second consecutive game after tweaking his left hamstring Saturday running from first to third. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and stayed in the game at second base.Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong was put on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to Aug. 26. Wong, who injured his hamstring while running out a ground ball in Saturday’s game in Colorado, was batting .244 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 110 games.WACHA STARTStarter Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) left in the third inning with a trainer at Double-A Springfield after allowing five earned runs on six hits in 2 1-3 innings Tuesday against Arkansas. He threw 52 pitches and exited because of fatigue http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-christian-mccaffrey-jersey , the Cardinals said. Wacha, who will be evaluated Wednesday, went on the disabled list June 21 and has missed 60 games.ROSTER MOVEWith Wong going on the disabled list, the Cardinals recalled INF Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A Memphis. Wisdom, 27, is batting .288 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI in 107 games for Memphis. Wisdom was purchased from Memphis on Aug. 11 and played in nine games for the Cardinals, batting .333 (4 for 12) with a home run and three RBIs. He had played in 747 career minor league game before his major league debut.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Trevor Williams (10-9, 3.44) has allowed just four runs in his last seven starts covering 42 innings. He is 2-4 with a 6.93 ERA in 10 career appearances, including seven starts against St. Louis. He is 1-2 in four starts this year.Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (13-9, 2.94) allowed a season-high 12 hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings in last Friday’s start at Colorado. He lost to the Pirates on June 1 at Busch Stadium.

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    TORONTO (AP) — Two bigs swings from Kendrys Morales made sure the Toronto Blue Jays stayed perfect at home against Baltimore.Morales homered twice http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-ivan-nova-jersey , Marco Estrada pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his second straight start and the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 5-3 on Monday night, improving to 8-0 at home against the Orioles.Morales broke his bat on his one-out solo homer in the fourth, then added a three-run drive into the second deck in the fifth — both coming against Baltimore right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-11) — for his 22nd career multihomer game.“I guess maybe the wind was blowing out,” Morales said through a translator when asked about his first homer.And the second?“He just threw me a meatball and I hit it much better than the first one,” Morales said.Renato Nunez replied with a solo home run for the struggling Orioles, who have lost nine of their past 11.Toronto is 10-1 overall against Baltimore, five more wins than the Blue Jays have against any other opponent.Estrada (7-9) allowed three runs and seven hits, improving to 9-2 in 18 career games against Baltimore.“I was happy with the way I was locating,” Estrada said. “Maybe two or three hard hit balls http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jameson-taillon-jersey , but that’s going to happen. For the most part I felt like we were in control.”Ryan Tepera got four outs and Jaime Garcia struck out the only batter he faced. Tyler Clippard worked the eighth and Ken Giles finished for his 16th save in 16 opportunities.Baltimore became the first team mathematically eliminated from playoff contention when Oakland won later Monday.Toronto’s Kevin Pillar went 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. On Sunday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons publicly berated Pillar in the dugout after the outfielder ended the sixth inning by getting thrown out attempting to steal third. Toronto trailed the New York Yankees 6-2 at the time.After Pillar doubled in his first at bat Monday, Gibbons stared into the camera trained on his seat in Toronto’s dugout, then flashed a smile and a thumbs up.Cashner allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings to remain winless in four starts against Toronto this season.“You’ve got to get strike one,” Cashner said. “I worked behind a lot of guys which allowed them to just sit fastball.”Craig Gentry had three hits for the Orioles, while Chris Davis hit a sacrifice fly.ALL IN THE FAMILYBefore the game, Orioles OF Adam Jones tweeted a welcome message to new Blue Jays C Danny Jansen, who was promoted from Triple-A on Aug. 12. The two first met in 2004 when Jones played for the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and lived with 9-year-old Jansen and his family in nearby Appleton. Jansen flied out to Jones for the final out of the second.STREAKINGJansen doubled in the fourth, becoming the third player in Blue Jays history with hits in each of his first six major league games. The others were Jesse Barfield (eight games in 1981) and Ryan Goins (eight games in 2013).EXTRA Brad Hand Jersey , EXTRA!Six of Toronto’s seven hits went for extra bases. The lone exception was a single by SS Aledmys Diaz in the sixth, Toronto’s final hit of the game.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Baltimore put DH Mark Trumbo (right knee) on the 10-day DL and recalled OF John Andeoli from Triple-A Norfolk. … Jones was reinstated from the bereavement list and returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.Blue Jays: Toronto reinstated C Luke Maile from the paternity list and optioned RHP Sean Reid-Foley to Triple-A Buffalo. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (right index finger) allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first rehab start at Double-A New Hampshire and third overall. Sanchez threw 86 pitches, 42 for strikes. He could rejoin the Blue Jays this weekend to start against Philadelphia.UP NEXTOrioles RHP Dylan Bundy (7-11, 4.99) faces Blue Jays RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-6, 5.13) on Tuesday night. Bundy is 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA in three August starts. Gaviglio is 0-6 with a 5.75 ERA in 16 starts since his most recent win, May 25 at Philadelphia. The Milwaukee Brewers held onto first place in the National League Central throughout most of the first half of the season.However, they lost that lead in the final days before the All-Star break and will have to chase down the Chicago Cubs to regain it. While the Brewers appear to be a stronger team than the one that struggled in the second half of last season, they will almost certainly need to make some moves prior to the July 31 trade deadline.The Brewers were reportedly involved in the Manny Machado trade talks before the Baltimore Orioles ultimately sent him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for five prospects.They fell short in their attempt to get Machado, but they should be in a position to make several other moves. One of them could come in a deal with the Minnesota Twins for power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-chase-headley-jersey , according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and The Athletic.Rosenthal also reported the Brewers have some interest in acquiring additional pitching help. That would seem to be the case with most of the contenders, with the possible exception of the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.Dozier had 16 home runs and 48 RBI in the first half of the season, and he has been strong in the second half in each of the last two years, hitting hit 28 home runs in 2016 and 21 last year after the All-Star break.The New York Mets sit 4th in the NL East (40-55) and are not in contention for a playoff spot, even after their 11-1 start.However, the Mets' pitching is a strength despite clear problems with their hitting, fielding and base running.While it may take a blockbuster offer before they would consider trading Noah Synedegaard or Jacob deGrom, other hurlers such ashard-throwing righthander Zack Wheeler could come at a more reasonable price.A source who had discussed the matter with the Mets' front office said it was "better than 50-50" that Wheeler would be traded by the trade deadline, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.Wheeler has a 3-6 record and a 4.44 earned run average. However Tyson Ross Jersey , he has a 3.67 ERA since June 1 and has struck out 106 batters in 107.1 innings in total. Wheeler's ability to come up with a big strikeout when it is needed most could make him a much-coveted commodity.Steven Matz could also be a trade target, but he is likely not as highly thought of as Wheeler.Additionally, Tom Verducci reported Friday night during the MLB Network's broadcast of the Mets' game against the New York Yankees that "several teams" are involved in talks for closer Jeurys Familia.Rosenthal went a bit further, tweeting Familia "was on the verge" of being traded, with a tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney suggesting the Oakland A'sas one of the teams to be seriously interested.

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    CHICAGO — When the Chicago Cubs added Cole Hamels to their starting rotation Lance Parrish Jersey , they didn’t necessarily expect he would play such a pivotal role in helping their postseason chances.But since arriving in Chicago, Hamels has delivered. And then some.Heading into Tuesday’s start against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field, Hamels has yet to lose as a member of the Cubs and is coming off an outing in which he delivered Chicago’s first complete game of the season.Article continues below ...After struggling for much of the year with the Texas Rangers, Hamels is 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts with the Cubs. Hamels was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA with Texas.“To be a major league pitcher, you’re going to have some tough times,” Hamels told reporters after his win over the Cincinnati Reds, according to the Chicago Tribune. “You can’t give in.”He added: “There are moments you have to earn it.”With the Cubs and Hamels rolling, the veteran left-hander will attempt to keep it going against the Mets. Hamels (9-9, 3.82) will be looking to help the Cubs extend their winning streak to six games after Monday night’s 7-4 victory over the Mets.Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.99 ERA in 32 career starts against the Mets but should have plenty of momentum given the groove he has been in since coming to Chicago. The change of scenery — and playing for a contending team — has worked wonders.“When there’s more at stake, you bring out the big guns. You dig down deep to who you are,” Hamels told USA Today recently. “You don’t hold anything back and you just let it fly. Who you are finally gets exposed out there to the public eye and to your teammates.”The Mets will attempt to bounce back from their second straight loss. A day after suffering a 15-0 setback to the Washington Nationals http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-infante-jersey , the Mets couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead and were done in by a two-run single by pitcher Jon Lester, who gave the Cubs the lead. Ben Zobrist snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning with an RBI double.On Tuesday, the Mets will counter with Jacob DeGrom, whose performance this year has been much better than his 8-8 record suggests. DeGrom touts a major league-best 1.71 ERA in 26 appearances this year and 174 innings pitched. He is coming off a tough-luck loss to the San Francisco Giants in which he allowed two runs (one earned) with 10 strikeouts. DeGrom is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.Despite often struggling to receive much run support from the Mets’ offense, DeGrom has done his part to keep the team competitive. Between the lack of offensive help and having the bullpen implode after some of DeGrom’s solid starts, he is stuck with the .500 record when his stuff has been good enough to make him a bona fide Cy Young contender if the Mets would have held up their end of the bargain.Rather than getting wrapped up in hypotheticals, DeGrom instead focuses on himself. “If you’re the best you can be, you’re going to help the team win,” DeGrom said earlier this month, according to ESPN.com. “That’s how I take it. I’m going to go out there and be the best that I can be and if I am, it’s going to put us in pretty good position to win.” SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants lost another player and the New York Mets took a step toward getting one back as the clubs prepared for a three-game series that begins Friday night with one still clinging to a sliver of playoff hope.The Giants (67-68) began Thursday — an off day for both teams — seven games back in the National League West and 7 1/2 behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-travis-wood-jersey , then fell another half-game back of the Brewers (75-60) after Milwaukee beat the Cincinnati Reds in an afternoon affair.Meanwhile, the Giants learned they’d also lost center fielder Steven Duggar, their hottest hitter of late, for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.Article continues below ...“The timing is awful,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Duggar, who provided difference-making hits in wins over Texas on Sunday and Arizona on Monday. “He was really in a good place.”The three games against the Mets, the fourth-place team in the NL East, provide a short break from a heavyweight-laden September schedule in which the Giants will go up against teams ahead of them in the standings — Colorado, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Colorado again — for 12 straight games starting Monday.The Mets have done a good job playing spoiler while encountering a rough patch of their own schedule. They split four games against the Giants last week in New York as part of an 8-7 run against Philadelphia (3-2), San Francisco (2-2) Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , Washington (2-1) and the Chicago Cubs (1-2).In the meantime, the Mets have been trying to get their own house in order, sending former All-Star third baseman David Wright to the minors in his bid to play this season despite recent neck, back and shoulder surgeries.Wright, who went 1-for-9 in two games for Triple-A Las Vegas this week, has rejoined the parent club in San Francisco, but solely to continue rehab for the time being.“We just haven’t seen that level of consistency of playing on a quantity or quality at this point,” Mets interim general manager John Ricco said this week, indicating that reinstating Wright to the major-league roster — even as they expand Saturday — was no sure thing.“Quite frankly as this point,” Ricco continued, “he hasn’t been able to make some of the benchmarks that were laid out for him (as he began his rehab stint).”Wright hasn’t played in a major-league game since May 2016.Zack Wheeler (9-6 Jose Iglesias Jersey , 3.46 ERA), dealt from the Giants to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011, will make his third career start in San Francisco since the trade. He’s 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in the first two.The former No. 6 overall pick of the 2009 draft by the Giants has lived up to the early projections since the All-Star break, a stretch during which he has the second-best ERA in the NL (1.17) in seven starts.He’s 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Giants.Rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez (5-9, 4.42), coming off seven shutout innings in a 5-3 win over Texas last Saturday, is scheduled to open the series for the Giants. He has never faced the Mets.

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    CHICAGO — When the Chicago Cubs added Cole Hamels to their starting rotation Reggie Jackson Jersey , they didn’t necessarily expect he would play such a pivotal role in helping their postseason chances.But since arriving in Chicago, Hamels has delivered. And then some.Heading into Tuesday’s start against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field, Hamels has yet to lose as a member of the Cubs and is coming off an outing in which he delivered Chicago’s first complete game of the season.Article continues below ...After struggling for much of the year with the Texas Rangers, Hamels is 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts with the Cubs. Hamels was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA with Texas.“To be a major league pitcher, you’re going to have some tough times,” Hamels told reporters after his win over the Cincinnati Reds, according to the Chicago Tribune. “You can’t give in.”He added: “There are moments you have to earn it.”With the Cubs and Hamels rolling, the veteran left-hander will attempt to keep it going against the Mets. Hamels (9-9, 3.82) will be looking to help the Cubs extend their winning streak to six games after Monday night’s 7-4 victory over the Mets.Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.99 ERA in 32 career starts against the Mets but should have plenty of momentum given the groove he has been in since coming to Chicago. The change of scenery — and playing for a contending team — has worked wonders.“When there’s more at stake, you bring out the big guns. You dig down deep to who you are,” Hamels told USA Today recently. “You don’t hold anything back and you just let it fly. Who you are finally gets exposed out there to the public eye and to your teammates.”The Mets will attempt to bounce back from their second straight loss. A day after suffering a 15-0 setback to the Washington Nationals http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-joyce-jersey , the Mets couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead and were done in by a two-run single by pitcher Jon Lester, who gave the Cubs the lead. Ben Zobrist snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning with an RBI double.On Tuesday, the Mets will counter with Jacob DeGrom, whose performance this year has been much better than his 8-8 record suggests. DeGrom touts a major league-best 1.71 ERA in 26 appearances this year and 174 innings pitched. He is coming off a tough-luck loss to the San Francisco Giants in which he allowed two runs (one earned) with 10 strikeouts. DeGrom is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.Despite often struggling to receive much run support from the Mets’ offense, DeGrom has done his part to keep the team competitive. Between the lack of offensive help and having the bullpen implode after some of DeGrom’s solid starts, he is stuck with the .500 record when his stuff has been good enough to make him a bona fide Cy Young contender if the Mets would have held up their end of the bargain.Rather than getting wrapped up in hypotheticals, DeGrom instead focuses on himself. “If you’re the best you can be, you’re going to help the team win,” DeGrom said earlier this month, according to ESPN.com. “That’s how I take it. I’m going to go out there and be the best that I can be and if I am, it’s going to put us in pretty good position to win.” KANSAS CITY Glenn Hubbard Jersey , Mo. (AP) — A little break in the action did Javier Baez some good.Baez bounced back from a couple of strikeouts with a big home run, Cole Hamels pitched six strong innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Monday night.Baez has homered in back-to-back games for the fifth time this season and has six in his past 10 games with 14 RBIs.He struck out swinging in his first two at-bats before a 22-minute rain delay in the fourth.“I was so mad,” Baez said. “Not that I struck out, but it was pitches way out of the zone. After the rain delay I went out there with a different attitude and just trying to be patient. The first AB I was, like, damn, it’s my first time here and they’re yelling for me. I was really nervous and really happy.”Baez hit the first pitch from reliever Kevin McCarthy (4-4) in the sixth inning to center for his 25th home run, putting the Cubs ahead 2-1.“It was just a bad pitch,” McCarthy said. “It was down the middle and he got it. He’s just hot right now. He’s seeing the ball well and he got that one.”Baez doubled in the eighth to score Jason Heyward, upping his RBI total to an NL-leading 88.“He’s just a dangerous, dangerous hitter Rickey Henderson Jersey ,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s going to attack. You don’t have to throw him strikes. He struck out the first two times with pitches way out of the zone. But he’s got 25 homers, so there are enough mistakes being made. But you make a pitch that’s not way out of the zone, he’s so talented and so strong, he’ll drive it out of the ball park.”Hamels (7-9) is 2-0 since the Cubs acquired him in a July 27 trade with the Texas Rangers. He allowed one run and seven hits.“I’ve faced these guys twice before this season,” Hamels said. “Pretty familiar with what they’re able to hit, what they’re not able to hit. I think noticing the curveball being pretty effective we’d like to stick with that and I think that was the case.”Alcides Escobar’s two-out second-inning single scored Rosell Herrera for the first earned run Hamels allowed at Kauffman Stadium in four career starts, covering 21 2/3 innings.Royals starter Jakob Junis worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth. Ben Zobrist and Heyward hit ground ball outs to end the inning.The Royals loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Hamels retired Hunter Dozier on a grounder to first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a full-count pitch.Junis was removed after five innings and 87 pitches, allowing one run and five hits while striking out eight, one shy of his career high.Zobrist led off the fourth with a triple and scored on Junis’ wild pitch.Cubs relievers Steve Cishek http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-catfish-hunter-jersey , Brandon Kintzler and Pedro Strop limited the Royals to one single over the final three innings. Strop earned his eighth save in 11 chances, working a spotless ninth.The Royals have lost five straight and are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in the majors at 34-78.ZOBRIST RETURNSZobrist, who hit .303 with two home runs in 16 postseason games for the Royals in 2015, was back in Kansas City for the first time since the club won the World Series. He received a standing ovation before his first at-bat.ROYALS LONG TRIPThe Royals were home for the first time since July 25, after a 3-7, three-city, 11-day trip to New York, Chicago and Minnesota. It included a rainout in New York, which was made up with a day-night doubleheader, plus two rain delays in Minnesota. “It seemed like it was a year,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) threw before the game for the first since going on the disabled list on July 24. “It was good to get him out there doing some baseball stuff. It was good for him and for his head Rollie Fingers Jersey , too,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “There’s no regress, but there’s no finish lines attached.” … RHPs Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) and Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis) played catch before the game. Darvish is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Wednesday.Royals: OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) took batting practice. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Mike Montgomery, who was a 2008 Royals’ first-round pick, starts the middle game of the series.Royals: Rookie RHP Brad Keller is 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 11 starts since moving into the rotation on May 30.

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    ATLANTA — The Phillies get the Braves in Philadelphia for three games to end the regular season David Price Jersey , but it may not matter after the teams’ four-game series at SunTrust Park starting Thursday night.The Braves’ magic number to win the National League East is down to six and that means they can clinch before the Phillies leave Atlanta on Sunday.The Braves (84-68) snapped a four-game losing streak by beating St. Louis 7-3 on Wednesday to remain 5 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia (78-73).Article continues below ...The Phillies are 6-11 in September, but won their second straight series Wednesday by beating the New York Mets 4-0.The Braves are only 10-8 this month despite a recent six-game winning streak, but first baseman Freddie Freeman appears to be out of his funk.Freeman had a second straight three-hit game against the Cardinals and blasted his 23rd homer while driving in three runs.Freeman was an NL MVP candidate before he hit .195 with one homer and a .584 OPS over a 22-game stretch from Aug. 16-Sept. 7. Now it looks like he could be a difference-maker again.The All-Star goes into the Philadelphia series batting .405 with two home runs and nine RBIs over his past 11 games.“I’ve been feeling better lately and hopefully I can continue that,” Freeman said.The Braves have had Vince Velasquez’s number and he will start the series opener for the Phillies, with Atlanta calling on fellow right-hander Kevin Gausman.Velasquez (9-11, 4.50 ERA) is 0-4 with a 7.41 ERA in four starts against the Braves this season and 0-5 with a 4.60 ERA in eight career outings.Velasquez also lasted only two innings in his most recent start Saturday against Miami and is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA in his last seven outings.Gausman (10-10, 3.92 ERA) was acquired by the Braves from Baltimore at the end of July and is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA in eight starts with his new team.Gausman’s only career outing against Philadelphia came July 12 while with the Orioles and he took a loss, allowing five runs and 12 hits in five innings.The Braves have won seven of the 12 games against the Phillies this season, going 4-2 at home and 3-3 on the road.Nine of the games came in April and the other three in May, meaning that this series in Atlanta and the one to end the regular season in Philadelphia have been pointed to for months.“We have a chance to control our own destiny,” Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins said after hitting his 32nd homer in the series finale against the Mets. “Win games and we’ve got a chance to be in the playoffs.”The Phillies may have fallen a little too far off the Braves’ pace, though.“I think what we need … to buy into is what we can control is our work right now,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “That is going to give us our best chance to stay in this as long as possible. … But I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense to look too far out.”Philadelphia juggled its rotation a while ago to make sure that Cy Young Award candidate Aaron Nola was available to pitch this weekend and next. Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta is also set to go for the Phillies.“It’s going to be a big series, a fun series http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-mookie-betts-jersey ,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We’re getting all their top guys and we’re running our top guys at them.” The best players in baseball played some long ball Tuesday.The American League continued its recent dominance over the National League with a 8-6 victory in the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Junior Circuit hit five of the 10 total home runs in the contest, with two Houston Astros proving to be the difference in extra innings.Alex Bregman and George Springer drilled back-to-back homers in the top of the 10th, answering the two-run blast off the bat of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett that tied the contest in the ninth.The win gave the American League a six-game winning streak and a 44-43-2 overall record at the annual event. It also pushed its record to a sparkling 18-3-1 in the last 22 contests.FOX Sports: MLB MLBONFOXALEX BREGMAN FOR THE LEAD! UGvlouSZYJBregman and Springer played the role of extra-inning heroes, but Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura put on a show as well. He drilled a three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and scored the only run of the contest that didn't come on a long ball in the 10th after he reached base via single.FOX Sports: MLB MLBONFOXJEAN SEGURA FOR THE LEAD.The Mariners star CRUSHES a 3-run homer tpQ6NfQQgxHis three-run blast was only possible because Reds first baseman Joey Votto gave him new life by dropping a pop-up in foul territory near the dugout on the prior pitch. The argument can be made Segura deserved the game's MVP, but it went to Bregman for hitting the go-ahead homer.As for Votto, he tried to make up for the gaffe with a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th, but the National League ran out of comeback juice when Toronto Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ closed the door.Fans tuning in for fireworks got exactly what they were looking for, as ESPN StatsInfo noted Gennett's homer鈥攚hich was the seventh of the evening鈥攕et the all-time record for dingers in an All-Star Game. Just for good measure, there were three more in the extra frame, pushing the grand total to double digits.In one way it is a testament to the talent on the two pitching staffs that there weren't many baserunners, but the power in both lineups proved to be overwhelming throughout the contest.As for a positive pitching angle, Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals made history as the starters.According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Tuesday's contest marked the first time since 1940 the same two pitchers started two straight Midsummer Classics. What's more Brock Holt Jersey , Sale joined Robin Roberts and Lefty Gomez as the only three pitchers in baseball history to start three consecutive All-Star Games.He was effective while making history, throwing a scoreless first and allowing just a single hit. He and Scherzer provided an early show with filthy sliders and fastballs with movement, but the Nationals righty gave up a foreshadowing homer to Aaron Judge to go with his four strikeouts.FOX Sports: MLB MLBONFOXALL RISE IN THE ALL STAR GAME.Aaron Judge goes YARD off Max Scherzer. O7KsG13Tx4The Home Run Derby was Monday, but Judge's drive set up a back-and-forth of power for the rest of the game. In all, Judge, Mike Trout, Segura, Bregman and Springer hit long balls for the American League, while Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Christian Yelich, Gennett and Votto went deep for the National League.Some of the homers stood out more than others, as Trout's came off Jacob deGrom in a showdown between the majors' ERA leader and a once-in-a-generation talent.The Los Angeles Angels center fielder is already a seven-time All-Star, two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-rusney-castillo-jersey , and he further cemented his All-Star Game legacy that includes ridiculous numbers:Jayson Stark jaysonstMike Trouts all-star career (so far)17 PA7-for-143 walks2 HR2 MVP awardsApparently, hes pretty good.Zachary D. Rymer zachrymerPeriodic reminder that Mike Trout is probably the best player in baseball history.The National League didn't go away, tying the game with solo home runs from Contreras and Story. Contreras' homer came on the first pitch he ever saw in an All-Star Game, and it is not difficult to envision the 26-year-old starting at backstop for the Senior Circuit for years to come.In fact, it was a historic drive for the Chicago Cubs catcher:Jesse Rogers ESPNChiCubsFrom Elias: Willson Contreras is the first player in MLB history to hit the 1st pitch he saw in his career for a HR and the 1st pitch he saw in his All-Star Game debut for a HR.His team continued to use its power to battle back, as Yelich's homer came after Segura put the National League in a 5-2 hole, and Gennett's set up extra innings.Much like the World Series, though, the Astros hitters made the difference against a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher. Ross Stripling gave up the long balls to Bregman and Springer, surely bringing up unwanted memories for Los Angeles fans in the process.The National League will look to get back on track in enemy territory with next year's All-Star Game at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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    The biggest rivalry in baseball will continue at Fenway Park on Thursday when the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox (75-34) host the New York Yankees (68-38) in a near pick'em divisional matchup at the sportsbooks.Both teams are coming off losses heading into this key four-game series http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-randy-johnson-jersey , with six more meetings set to take place over the last two weeks of the regular season.MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -130 favorites (wager $130 to win $100); the total is at 10 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.9-4.1, Red Sox (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Yankees can pay on the MLB linesNew York has a slight edge in the first nine meetings, going 5-4 so far after taking four of the past six, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. The Yankees should also have an advantage in this series-opening pitching matchup with veteran southpaw CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.53 ERA) on the mound.The Yankees have won four of the previous five times the 38-year-old has toed the rubber, with him allowing two runs or less three times during that stretch. Rich Schultz/Associated PressSabathia has also notched a victory against Boston once already this year Jean Segura Jersey , allowing one run and six hits in seven innings of an 8-1 win at home on June 29. Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesThe Red Sox have been MLB's best team for a while now, and they have had some success versus Sabathia this season as well. In his first start against the veteran on May 10, they had four runs and nine hits off him in four innings en route to a 5-4 victory.Converted reliever Brian Johnson (1-3, 3.45 ERA) will get the call here with Chris Sale on the disabled list, and he has pitched well lately despite not having anything to show for it. In his last two starts, Johnson has not allowed an earned run in 10.2 innings, with the Red Sox getting outscored 7-1 in a pair of losses. More run support would help him.Smart betting pickBoston leads New York by 5.5 games in the race for the AL East title and owns MLB's best home record, too, at 38-15. The Red Sox have less favorable pitching matchups the rest of the series http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-jay-buhner-jersey , so look for them to earn a win right away and relieve some pressure.MLB betting trendsNew York is 2-4 in its last six games on the road.Boston is 4-1 in its last five games.Boston is 14-3 in its last 17 games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A little bunt by Alcides Escobar paid off big for the Kansas City Royals.White Sox reliever Jeanmar Gomez threw away Escobar’s bunt in the 10th inning Monday night, giving the Royals a 4-3 win over Chicago.Brian Goodwin led off the Kansas City 10th with a sharp double. Escobar followed with a sacrifice and Gomez (0-2) made a wild toss over third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, letting the speedy Goodwin score easily.“Goodwin is a good runner, and he was safe anyway,” Escobar said. “If (Gomez) made a good throw, he was safe anyway.”“I knew I needed to move the runner to third base, and I made a good bunt. The pitcher went to third base Denard Span Jersey , and, game over.”White Sox manager Rich Renteria wasn’t so sure Goodwin would have been safe with a good throw.“It looked like he recognized the play was available to him and he just got a little flustered, probably a little excited and just didn’t make a very good throw,” he said.Jake Newberry (2-0) pitched a perfect top of the 10th to notch the win.Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch from White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo homer in the sixth that made it 3-all — he connected against Chicago in his big league debut on July 31, and now has 10 home runs in 30 games.“I’m not thinking about numbers or anything like that,” O’Hearn said. “I just go out there every day and try to have quality at-bats. The home runs keep piling up. Hopefully, I’ll keep on going.”Adam Engel and Daniel Palka each homered in the Chicago third against Jakob Junis.“They were throwing me heaters the first AB and start of the second and I think they noticed me diving over the plate a little bit and missing,” Palka said of his drive just inside the foul pole. “I just kind of stayed back on the one I got. It was a pretty good pitch, just right where I was looking.”Jose Abreu Guillermo Heredia Jersey , activated from the disabled list prior to the game, had three hits for the White Sox. He was put on the DL on Aug. 22 following surgery for testicular torsion.Junis went eight innings, allowing seven hits. He faced the minimum after giving up Palka’s homer, and has a 2.15 ERA in his last seven starts. He wasn’t fazed by the rough third inning.“We didn’t really change our game plan,” Junis said. “We stayed aggressive, kept pounding the strike zone. We got some quick outs that way.”Giolito pitched seven innings for his fifth quality start in his last six outings.Merrifield hit his third leadoff homer this season and the Royals added another run in the second after a couple of unusual plays.With a runner on second, Goodwin hit a slow dribbler up the third base line that appeared to be headed foul, but Sanchez touched the ball in fair territory and resulted in an infield hit. Escobar followed with a blooper to right field, and a run scored while Goodwin was thrown out at second.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: RHP Nate Jones is close to returning from the 60-day disabled list. He has been on the DL since June 24 with a muscle strain in his arm.Royals: Manager Ned Yost said that RHP Ian Kennedy has only the “normal pitching soreness” following his first appearance since June 23. Kennedy went six innings Sunday in Minnesota. He gave up one run on four hits. … OF Brett Phillips http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-ben-gamel-jersey , out since Sept. 5 with a bruised shoulder, took 30 swings off the tee. He said he can swing without pain, but the follow-through causes him to tighten up. There is no timetable for his return.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers star Manny Machado has been fined by Major League Baseball for kicking Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the NL Championship Series.MLB fined Machado an undisclosed amount Wednesday Frank White Jersey , a day after the baserunning incident caused the benches to clear at Dodger Stadium and prompted Brewers MVP candidate Christian Yelich to call Machado a “dirty player.”“I don’t think we’re too concerned about any other teams’ comments about our players,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday before Game 5. “I know speaking for Manny, he’s preparing to help us win. It’s really not at the forefront of our mind.”Machado was running to first on a grounder in the 10th inning of Game 4, and Aguilar left his right foot partly across the base for a moment after catching the ball. Already out, Machado brought his left foot forward and kicked Aguilar in the back of the leg.“He’s a player that has a history of those types of incidents,” Yelich said. “One time is an accident. Repeated over and over and over again, you’re just a dirty player. It’s a dirty play by a dirty player.”Brewers manager Craig Counsell wasn’t concerned the incident would distract from his team’s focus in the best-of-seven series.“You say to yourself, ‘Two games from the World Series.’ That’s all you’ve got to say,” Counsell said. “The other stuff just washes away, man. That’s meaningless to me.”Some have questioned Machado’s sportsmanship since he tossed his bat toward third base during an incident against the Oakland Athletics in 2014. Former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez wondered on the FS1 postgame show whether the string of incidents could affect Machado’s impending free agency after the season.“It’s a beauty pageant. You have 30 owners — all want you right now,” he said. “You don’t want four http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-joakim-soria-jersey , five owners to sit around and say, ‘Hey, dude, you see what Manny did? Did you see that? Oh, yeah, yeah, we’re out. We like him, but now we’re out.’ You’re losing tens of millions of dollars by the second if that becomes the narrative.”Machado, whose late slide last year injured Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, has been checked a couple times in this NLCS because of close slides into second.Machado gave Aguilar a brief hug after hitting a single in the 13th inning. The shortstop later scored the winning run, sliding home to give Los Angeles a 2-1 win that evened the NLCS at two games each.Both Machado and Aguilar said after the game that they had no quarrel with each other Kelvin Herrera Jersey , and Aguilar said Machado apologized to him.The players’ union declined comment on Machado’s fine. BOSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn’t foresee any problems if the World Series winner is invited to visit the White House.Both World Series teams have minority managers for the first time, and President Donald Trump has had tense relationships with many minority groups.“I think as an institution, Major League Baseball has always had the greatest respect for the office of the presidency,” Manfred said. “That doesn’t change, no matter who’s there. Often we’ve had situations where individuals, players, whatever, don’t agree with all of the policies of the individual that occupies the office. I think the important thing is respect for the office.”Manfred addressed a number of topics prior to Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, including start times and length of games. Boston’s win in the World Series opener took 3 hours, 52 minutes and ended at 12:03 a.m. EDT. Manfred said complaints about World Series start times reflect an East Coast prejudice.“When you start games at 5 o’clock Eastern, it’s the middle of the work day in LA. That’s not quite right either http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-alcides-escobar-jersey ,” he said. “We’re trying to strike a balance and get the point, the window, where we can get the most people all across the country having a meaningful opportunity to watch the game.”Nine-inning games in the league playoffs averaged 3 hours, 35 1/2 minutes, up 6 minutes from the 2017 postseason and more than a half-hour longer than this year’s regular season.“I am always less concerned about it in the postseason,” Manfred said “It is human nature when the stakes go up, things slow down a little bit.”Manfred anticipates a new round of negotiations with players’ union head Tony Clark and his members over pace of play and game rules. Management had the right to unilaterally implement a pitch clock before the 2018 season but did not, and it retains the right to install pitch clocks for 2019. MLB did institute a limit on mound trips without pitching changes for 2018.“I spent a lot of time between the All-Star Game and here talking directly to Tony, trying to map out the things that we’d like to have meaningful conversation about during the offseason, putting him in a position to get prepared to do,” Manfred said.Baseball is monitoring rapid changes to the game caused by analytics Jason Hammel Jersey , including shorter average outings for starting pitchers — and some teams going entirely with relief pitchers.“I do think that starting pitchers being on the field less presents yet another challenge for us in terms of marketing the game,” he said. “You look historically, right, some of our greatest stars are starters, and if they’re out there less, it has a predictable effect.”Tampa Bay used a so-called “opener” instead of a starter in 78 games. Oakland and Milwaukee had bullpen games during the playoffs.“I do think it can be a useful strategy for clubs in certain types of economic situations,” Manfred said. “It’s really hard to argue with that based on the early returns. We’ll see how the returns look over the long haul.”Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw expressed concern this week that teams may favor relievers over starters because they are less costly.“The market’s going to answer that question, right? We’ll see what happens in the market,” Manfred said. “I’m not sure that that trend at this point is persistent enough to have a market effect, but we’re going to have another market here in just a few weeks and we’ll see what happens.”Strikeouts exceeded hits over a season for the first time in major league history, causing worry that there are too many pitching changes based on matchups that decrease offense.“I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about whether analytics are a good thing or a bad thing http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-jorge-soler-jersey , and the reason for that is they are a real thing,” Manfred said. “We have them. They’re going to continue to use them. There’s nothing you can do to stop people from thinking about the game, however the heck it is they want to think about the game. I think what’s incumbent upon us and what we try to do is pay attention over the course of the season … think about we’ve learned during the postseason and see whether we may need to make some change in response to what we’re seeing.”On other topics:SIGN STEALINGWhile MLB cleared Houston of breaking rules on electronic surveillance, additional rules could be put in place for next season.“Sign stealing in and of itself is not a violation of our rules. It’s been a part of the game since Lassie was a puppy,” Manfred said. “Where it becomes a problem is where there is a use of technology that otherwise violates our rules to aid the sign-stealing process. I think technology is evolving at a rate that it is incumbent upon us to constantly review and update our rules.”TAMPA BAY BALLPARKManfred remains hopeful the Rays will have a plan in place for a new ballpark by Dec. 31, the end of their agreement with St. Petersburg that allows the team to explore sites throughout the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. The Rays hope to leave St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field and build a ballpark in Ybor City.“I love the site. I think that in terms of its geographic location in the region it’s a good one,” he said. “We have some work to do in terms of getting a financing plan together that will get that stadium built.”ANGELS BALLPARKManfred said the Angels‘ decision to opt out of their ballpark lease is part of a negotiation and should not cause worry the team would leave the area.

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    BOSTON (AP) — Don’t look for Dustin Pedroia and Chase Utley to be turning any double plays during this World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.But the presence of both has already had an impact on the clubhouses of the two teams looking to add to their already rich trophy cases.With 10 All-Star appearances and three championship rings between them http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-khris-davis-jersey , Pedroia and Utley are two of the premier second basemen of their generation, each earning revered status that exceeds their stats and awards.Pedroia has spent his entire career in Boston, winning championships with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2013. Utley started his career in Philadelphia and spurred the Phillies team that won it all in 2008.But with a knee injury sidelining Pedroia and age slowing down Utley as he approaches 40, they have embraced the unfamiliar role of baseball elder this time around.“I don’t think either one of us will be getting any at-bats in this Series. So, we’re similar in that way,” Utley joked on Monday.This season has been a final lap for Utley, who in July announced his plans to retire at the end of his 16th season.He appeared in 87 games during the regular season but after hitting just .213 with one home run and 14 RBIs, didn’t make either of manager Dave Roberts’ NL Division Series or NL Championship Series rosters. He’s still soaked in every moment of the run so far.“This is the reason I wanted to play this year, was to get to this point Kendall Graveman Jersey ,” Utley said. “I’m excited for the opportunity that we have. … Dustin, I know his teammates respect him and look up to him. From what I hear he’s a good motivator and a guy you definitely want on your team.”Dodgers third baseman David Freese said Utley commands respect.“He just does so much for this group,” Freese said. “The guy just wants to win. … I view him differently than other guys.”Currently in his 13th season, the 35-year-old Pedroia has no plans of hanging up his cleats. That’s despite playing just three games in 2018 because of a left knee injury that has dogged him since he was spiked by Manny Machado on a late slide last year.He had surgery on the knee in the offseason but had an additional arthroscopic surgery while rehabbing in Arizona in July to clean up scar tissue. He had two initial procedures on the knee last October.“It’s hard not playing, but to be honest with you I’m enjoying this more than the other trips in years past,” Pedroia said. “It stinks not being able to play with them and be there with them, but I’m not upset about not playing because of the way they’re approaching the year.”His rehabilitation process was slow, though the four-time All-Star returned to action in May for three games. But he went just 1 for 11 with two walks before going on the disabled list again and eventually being shut down in September.Even before his season ended, Pedroia remained a presence in Boston’s clubhouse as it rolled up a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins.He texted teammates after big wins and during hitting slumps. He also called the clubhouse and was put on speakerphone to offer words of encouragement. He’s been on the field this week as the Red Sox prepared for Game 1 on Tuesday night.“He’s the heart and soul of this team http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-canseco-jersey ,” infielder Brock Holt said. “He’s been here the longest. He’s won two World Series. So to have him here — it’s always better with him here than when he’s gone.”That opinion of Pedroia is shared by Boston’s opponent.“He set the tone for this organization,” Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill said.Pedroia believes his words still have an impact.“I hope I still do,” he said. “If not, they’re asking me a lot of questions wasting my damn time.” OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For a guy who has been a middle-of-the-order hitter most of his career, Jonathan Lucroy is quite comfortable anchoring the bottom of the Athletics lineup.Oakland’s veteran catcher proved that once again after convincing manager Bob Melvin to let him play in a day game following a night game.Lucroy drove in four runs to match his season high and the A’s completed a season sweep of Toronto, beating the Blue Jays 8-3 on Wednesday.”This is a workhorse, a guy that expects to be back there,” Melvin said of Lucroy. ”He had eight or nine RBIs in his last 10 games and had four more today. Not only is he doing his job behind the plate http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-jed-lowrie-jersey , he’s picking up the pace offensively and driving in some runs, too.”The A’s won all seven games between the two teams this year for their first season sweep of the Blue Jays.Oakland also moved into a tie with Seattle for the second wild card. The Mariners lost to Houston 8-3.Franklin Barreto homered and had three RBIs for the Athletics. Lucroy added three hits.”When you have a real deep lineup, sooner or later someone in the lineup’s going to get you,” Lucroy said. ”Might not be the first five guys, might not be the last four guys. It could be anyone in between.”Russell Martin homered for Toronto.”All three days we didn’t get really any shutdown pitching at all from our bullpen guys,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ”We haven’t been scoring much either.”Sean Manaea (10-7) bounced back from a shaky outing in Colorado, pitching effectively into the seventh inning and allowing one run while frequently working through traffic. He gave up five hits, struck out five and walked two.Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (4-8) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings.”They did a great job of putting the ball in play, early in the count and late in the count Tony Phillips Jersey ,” Stroman said. ”Frustrating. My stuff felt great.”Oakland backed Manaea with plenty of offense, most of it supplied from the bottom half of the lineup. The final five A’s batters combined for 11 hits and drove in seven runs.”We don’t have a lot of experience overall in our lineup but we have guys that can swing it and guys that can hit up and down,” Lucroy said. ”It’s really cool to be a part of. Whenever you have that kind of depth in your lineup it’s devastating for starting pitchers that we’re facing.”Lucroy, the No. 8 hitter, had a two-run single in the second, an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth.Barreto followed Lucroy in the lineup and had a two-run double in the sixth and homered in the eighth. Barreto started in place of All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie.Russell hit his ninth homer, a two-run drive off Ryan Buchter, in the eighth.ROSTER MOVESThe A’s made a flurry of moves after the game. CF Dustin Fowler was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. OF Boog Powell was reinstated from the disabled list and sent to Nashville. RHP Carlos Ramirez was designated for assignment.THIS AND THATMelvin’s 601st career win as manager of the A’s moved him into sole possession of third place on the franchise list. … Oakland 3B Matt Chapman has reached base in a career-high 18 consecutive games. … Martin’s home run was his 63rd with the Blue Jays, tying him with J.P. Arencibia for second-most in team history by a catcher. … Randal Grichuk has 10 extra-base hits in his last 13 games.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: 2B Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was put on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain and bruised knee. … RHP Danny Barnes was activated after spending more than a month on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis.Athletics: OF Chad Pinder http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-walt-weiss-jersey , who injured his left elbow in a car accident in Colorado, has been taking groundballs and could begin swinging a bat Friday. … RHP Daniel Gossett underwent Tommy John surgery. … RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) played catch for the second time in three days but has yet to throw off a mound.UP NEXTBlue Jays: No starter had been named for Thursday’s game in Seattle.Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (2-3, 5.55) faces the Detroit Tigers at the Coliseum on Friday. Both of Anderson’s wins have come since he came off the disabled list July 8.—

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    With the Boston Red Sox sprinting to the 2018 World Series title http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/adrian-peterson-jersey , the MLB offseason is officially on for everyone.And there's work to do for all 30 teams. While the Red Sox will bulk up their ranks in hopes of becoming the first repeat champion since 2000, the other 29 clubs will search for ways to knock them off the mountaintop.Even though offseason motors aren't running full speed just yet鈥攆ree agency doesn't open until Nov. 3鈥攖hey've picked up enough steam to populate the rumor mill with some interesting chatter.Marlins Keeping Jose Urena?Bill Kostroun/Associated PressThe Miami Marlins are still learning what they have in 27-year-old starting pitcher Jose Urena.They liked him enough to make him their 2018 Opening Day starter, and they had to be pleased with his 49.6 percent ground-ball rate and 95.8 mph average fastball velocity. But they were likely underwhelmed by his 3.98 ERA and 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings.Urena is entering arbitration for the first time, andBarry Jackson of theMiami Heraldpreviously reported the Marlins could consider moving Urena "if they get a good offer."But MLB.com's Joe Frisarowrote that any Urena trade "isn't likely" and the pitcher is "more likely to be the Opening Day starter for the second straight year."Unless the Marlins are blown away by an offer, it would make sense to keep him.The hard-throwing righty has substantial potential that remains untapped. Consistency can be an issue, but he's flashed top-of-the-rotation stuff. He limited the Red Sox to one run with seven strikeouts back in April, tossed his first complete game鈥攁 two-hit, one-run gem against the Washington Nationals鈥攊n August and rolled through the month of September with a 5-0 record and a 1.20 ERA."Even though we were out of contention, he showed that he can pitch, and he can be our ace Authentic D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey ," Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas said. "I'm so happy for him, because he shows signs of being an ace and what we need."Those signs don't cost the Marlins anywhere near ace prices, of course.MLBTradeRumors.comprojects Urena will collect a $3.6 million deal in arbitration.And if he does wind up being moved, he wouldn't bring back the return associated with elite pitchers.Better for the Marlins, then, to continue bringing him along and see for themselves what his future holds. Keuchel Will Get Qualifying Offer, Gonzalez Won't?David J. Phillip/Associated PressDespite finishing just three wins shy of a return to the World Series, the Houston Astros could have a busy offseason.Part of that process is apparently underway already.Fancred's Jon Heyman revealed where the Astros are at regarding three big decisions with possible qualifying offers:Jon Heyman JonHeymanAstros are planning to extend the $17.9M qualifying offer to Dallas Keuchel. They are planning not to extend it to Marwin Gonzalez. No word yet on Charlie Morton, who may be a close call.None of these will be easy calls.Dallas Keuchel's ERA spiked for the second time in three seasons (3.74). His strikeout rate nosedived to 17.5 percent, and his mediocre 53.7 percent ground-ball rate was his lowest since 2012.That might make it seem like he should pounce on a $17.9 million salary D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey Elite , even if it's only for one year. But with his 31st birthday approaching, this could be his last chance to secure a giant contract. And it's likely he'll find big money somewhere, as a former Cy Young with 200-plus innings and/or a sub-3.00 ERA in three of the past five years.Marwin Gonzalez is just as interesting.You wouldn't think someone with 16 home runs and 68 RBI would warrant a price tag that high. But in an era that increasingly emphasizes versatility, Houston's super-utility option is as flexible as they come."At any given point on any team, this guy can literally play six positions every day," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "As I've said before, he's the answer to everything. We have a problem, we insert Marwin, and no matter what, he steps up in a huge way."As for Charlie Morton http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey , he's been serving up filth since arriving in Houston ahead of the 2017 season. He has posted a 3.36 ERA with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings over his two years with the team.But he's also turning 35 in November, and he doesn't have the cleanest injury history. He could get a $17.9 million salary or a multi-year commitment, but it's hard to imagine him finding both.The Astros could certainly keep all three, but money might get too tight if Houston is looking to add pieces as opposed to simply retaining what it has. Statistics used courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. The New York Yankees (98-61) will wrap up the regular season with a potential playoff preview on Friday, when they visit the Boston Red Sox (107-52) as small road favorites. The Yankees still have something to play for, as they are hoping to clinch home-field advantage in the American League Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics, while the Red Sox could then meet them in the AL Division Series.MLB betting line: The Yankees opened as -130 favorites (wager $130 to win $100); the total is at nine runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 5.8-4.8, Red Sox.MLB picks on every game.Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information Steven Wright Jersey , betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Yankees Can Pay on the MLB LinesNew York is treating this series opener like a playoff game, sending J.A. Happ (16-6, 3.57 ERA) to the mound in a huge spot. Happ has not lost as a member of the Yankees, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 starts for them and giving up three runs or less nine times during that stretch. Surprisingly, Happ is 0-1 in three outings versus Boston this season despite posting a minuscule 0.54 ERA in 16.2 innings of work. One of the main reasons he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays was his mastery of the Red Sox, going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts the previous three years.Why the Red Sox Can Pay on the MLB LinesBoston has gone 9-7 against New York in the first 16 meetings between the teams this season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, and would love nothing more than for Oakland to have home-field advantage in the wild-card matchup.Five of the nine wins in this year's series for the Red Sox took place in seven games played between August and September, when the Yankees still had hopes of winning the division.Boston will counter Happ with southpaw Brian Johnson (4-4, 4.11 ERA) http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-craig-kimbrel-jersey , who has started in just 12 of his 37 outings. In his past three relief appearances, he has allowed only one run and three hits in 7.2 innings, walking six batters and striking out five. Smart Betting PickNew York is rightfully favored here, and Happ could easily end up starting the AL Wild Card Game as the team's most reliable pitcher. The magic number for the Yankees to clinch home field over the A's is one, and this is the game to do it. Look for New York to get off to a strong start and cruise to an easy victory.MLB Betting TrendsNew York is 5-2 in its past seven games.The total has gone over in four of New York's past five games.The total has gone over in six of Boston's past eight games.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.

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    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ curious starting pitching decision to open the National League Division Series suddenly looks like a load of trouble for the Atlanta Braves.Clayton Kershaw Albert Pujols Jersey , who did not start Game 1 on Thursday despite being on regular rest, is scheduled to start Game 2 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, one day after Hyun-Jin Ryu set the tone with seven strong innings in a 6-0 victory over the Braves.It remains very early in the 2018 postseason, but the Dodgers’ decision to be less reliant on Kershaw for October glory already seems to be paying dividends.Article continues below ...And even though Kershaw is less overpowering than he has been in the past, with a strikeout total lower than his innings pitched for the first time since 2013, he has been a handful when getting an extra day of rest like he will have Friday.When the left-hander gets five days of rest or more this season http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-stan-musial-jersey , he has a 2.48 ERA and 9.2 strikeouts per inning. On a regular four days of rest, he has a 3.21 ERA and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings.Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA), who said he accepts the Dodgers’ pitching decision, downplayed the concept that he will have extra incentive this postseason because he was not named the Game 1 starter.“I don’t really need to prove myself to anybody,” Kershaw said. “I think I just … I want my teammates to want me out there. I think that’s the biggest thing. Hyun-Jin has had a great season and he’s pitched really well for us … and I’ll get my turn (Friday).”Tasked with matching Kershaw pitch for pitch is Braves right-hander Anibal Sanchez (7-6 Roger Maris Jersey , 2.83), who has given up two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts, including six scoreless innings in his regular-season finale Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies.Friday’s outing will be Sanchez’s first in the postseason since 2014 with the Detroit Tigers. In seven postseason appearances, he is 2-4 with a 2.79 ERA.It is the Dodgers hitters that Sanchez said he is most concerned with facing, not pitching against Kershaw.“You know what, most of the time I don’t think too much about the pitchers that I’m going to face http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-matt-carpenter-jersey ,” Sanchez said. “I just try to keep my mind on the hitters that I’m going to face against the Dodgers. I think they got a pretty good lineup. It’s no doubt how good Kershaw is and what he’s been doing for his whole career. But at the end, I don’t want to put that impression in my mind.”In Game 1 of the series, the Dodgers looked similar to what they have been all season. They hit three home runs in Game 1 after a season when they hit a club-record and NL-most 235. Two of the home runs came from left-handed hitters Joc Pederson and Max Muncy.The Dodgers also led the NL in walks this season and earned eight free passes Thursday.The Braves outhit the Dodgers 6-5 in Game 1, but were never in the contest. Now Sanchez has to face the Dodgers’ lefty-heavy lineup in Game 2. The Miami Marlins agreed to trade veteran reliever Brad Ziegler tothe Arizona Diamondbacksahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported.The 38-year-old is1-5 with a3.98 ERA and 1.269 WHIPthis season. He's recorded10saves but was replaced byKyle Barraclough as the Marlins' closer.Ziegler also spent six years with the Diamondbacks from 2011 to 2016 and had a2.49 ERA in 348 appearances.The veteran righty is in the final year of a contract that's paying him $9 million in 2018. He struggled to start the 2018 season, but he has allowed just three earned runs in 29 appearances between June and July. The Diamondbacks will hope that trend continues during the stretch run.Earlier this year Tim McCarver Jersey , Ziegler began making an adjustment to his delivery in hopes of seeing better performance. He's been nearly lights out ever since, lowering his ERA more than three runs since the beginning of June. The return to form led to trade rumors with the Marlins well out of the playoff picture and Ziegler nearing the end of his career."I have no control over it, so you know, if it happens it happens," Ziegler said, per Mike Persakof the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "If not http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-lou-brock-jersey , I鈥檓 happy here. I like the guys here. I think we're starting to do something really good here, and I like being part of the beginning of it."Ziegler won't be under much pressure inArizona. It will likely look to him for some seventh- and eighth-inning work and didn't give up an elite prospect.As they make an attempt for a pennant push, though, adding Ziegler will likely be a boost for the Diamondbacks if he can keep up his recent strong performances.

  • allowing three hitsDatum02.01.2019 08:38
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    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins‘ home run sculpture is outta here.The team won county permission Tuesday to move the kitschy Fernando Valenzuela Jersey , widely disliked Red Grooms sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside the ballpark. The vote was a victory for Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, who can now remove from the ballpark one reminder of unpopular previous owner Jeffrey Loria’s regime.Workers will take apart the 73-foot-tall sculpture and reassemble it on the plaza. The artwork, which has been located beyond the center field fence, will be replaced by a tiered standing room-only area for spectators.The colorful, mechanical sculpture moved when a Marlins player hit a homer and will continue to do so. It also will move at 3:05 p.m. — Miami’s area code is 305 — on game days, and perhaps after victories.Loria, who sold the Marlins a year ago, commissioned the $2.5 million sculpture for the opening of Marlins Park in 2012. Traditionalists like Jeter — a former New York Yankees shortstop — tended to dislike it, while supporters found the pop art very Miami.Grooms opposed moving the artwork. But Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places board voted unanimously to approve the Marlins’ plan.“We appreciate the support and collaboration for our proposal from the county and the Art in Public Places trust http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-jackie-robinson-jersey ,” the Marlins said in a statement. They added the new location “will allow the piece to be enjoyed year round in a more public-facing manner.”Loria didn’t respond to a phone message requesting comment. DETROIT — Houston has lost right-handed reliever Brad Peacock to hand, foot and mouth disease for at least a week but is hopeful of getting Lance McCullers Jr. back within the next seven to 10 days.Peacock went back to Houston on Tuesday after being separated from the team when it arrived Monday in Detroit for three games with the Tigers. He had been ill but told the team’s medical staff Monday his condition had worsened.Peacock’s is the third known case of hand, foot and mouth disease in the majors this season. Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard and Yankees lefty J.A. Happ each went on the disabled list with the illness last month.Article continues below ...“We deal with similar things like this all the time, maybe not to this extent,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’m not sure why this has become a thing in major league baseball this year. There’s a running joke inside about having to sanitize everything, but I’m not aware of any sort of precautions we’ve taken.”McCullers Jr. threw a 40-pitch bullpen Tuesday and will fly to the team’s spring training base to face minor league hitters this weekend. He is expected to face hitters at least twice before being able to return to the Astros.“My stuff is there,” he said. “My stuff is ready, but it’s a process. I’ve been down this road before and like I said, this timeline that we had when the injury occurred and the timeline we knew it was going to take to heal.“We have no room for error. We have no room for setbacks Kenley Jansen Jersey , because if I do I’m not going to be able to pitch later this season and I’m not going to be able to pitch in the postseason.”He hurt his forearm swinging a bat earlier this month. He will return, but in a bullpen role through the postseason.The remaining two weeks of the season will present a challenge to Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire — he’s got more pegs than holes.Installing rookie Christin Stewart, expected to play a big role for the Tigers going forward, as his regular left fielder means reduced playing time for outfielders Rule 5 choice Victor Reyes, Mikie Mahtook and JaCoby Jones. “I need to figure out how to get them all playing time, knowing the Stewart is going to play left field,” Gardenhire said. “I am trying to figure out how to get all of them the right amount of playing time. But it’s going to be harder if we play Stew every day, and that’s what our plan is.“We have center field and right field, and that’s Nick (Castellanos). Not too many options. I talked to Mikie. Reyes is always good.“But I talked to Mikie and told him http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-corey-seager-jersey , ‘Just hang with me here. Let me get this thing rolling and figure out the best way to keep everybody swinging.’ Mikie is going to have to play some center field. And we can take the days when Victor (Martinez) is not playing and Casty can DH. But it’s not going to be easy.”Jose Altuve told Hinch before Tuesday night’s game he was going to hit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann’s first pitch for a home run and he did, leading a three-home run night that helped the Astros to a 5-4 win over the Tigers.Houston has right-hander Gerrit Cole (13-5, 2.86 ERA) pitching Wednesday afternoon while Detroit counters with lefty Daniel Norris (0-3, 5.47 ERA).Cole has had some success against the Tigers over his career with Houston and Pittsburgh. He beat Detroit earlier this year, allowing three hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings. That made him 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA against the Tigers in five starts.Norris has not faced the Astros this season and just once in his career (May 24, 2017), not getting a decision. He worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and two runs, one earned.Detroit also announced right-hander Spencer Turnbull and left-hander Matt Hall were added to the active roster, with right-hander Johnny Barbato being designated for assignment to create a spot on the 4-man roster for the southpaw.“They’re both going to pitch Enrique Hernandez Jersey ,” Gardenhire said, “but Turnbull, we are trying to get him a start or two, and then maybe piggy-back that with Hall. Something like that. We’re going to make it work out. Turnbull, we definitely want to see him start. Hall can go either way.”Shortstop Jose Iglesias was to have his sore abdominal muscle examined Wednesday in Philadelphia. If it is determined he can’t be ready to play before the end of the season Detroit might call up another player to give them infield depth.

  • Angels honored new Hall Datum25.12.2018 07:36
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    OAKLAND http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-dylan-bundy-jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have placed ace James Paxton on the disabled list with a forearm bruise, one day after the left-hander was struck by a line drive.Paxton was facing the third batter in the first inning Tuesday night when Jed Lowrie lined a ball back up the middle, hitting the pitcher hard. Paxton walked toward second base in obvious pain as a team trainer and manager Scott Servais rushed onto the field.Paxton was replaced by Felix Hernandez.After the game, Paxton told reporters he felt tightness in his arm and could not grip a baseball. X-rays were negative.Paxton is 10-5, including a no-hitter against Toronto, and a 3.68 ERA.Hernandez, who allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, is likely to take Paxton’s turn in the rotation.Right-hander Christian Bergman was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to fill Paxton’s roster spot. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Against one of the best bullpens in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels treated all of the late innings like they were the ninth and the tactic was rewarded when they rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton hit two-run homers and Albert Pujols reached another milestone as the Angels were forced into comeback mode early on Friday night.With a single in the sixth inning, Pujols recorded his 1,000th career hit with the Angels. He became just the ninth player all-time with at least 1,000 hits in each league after getting 2,073 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Four former Angels are on the list: Dave Winfield Jim Palmer Jersey , Frank Robinson, Vladimir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera.Upton’s two-run shot in the sixth inning off Oakland rookie reliever Lou Trivino proved to be the difference. Trivino (8-2), who had given up more than one earned run just once in his previous 46 outings, lost a game for the first time since June 5.It might have been the sixth inning, but Upton came to the plate with a ninth-inning mentality as the A’s not only had their regular stable of relievers available, they also had newly-acquired right-hander Fernando Rodney for the first time.“They have a strong bullpen with guys that can beat you in many ways,” said Upton, who admitted his plan was to attack the first strike he saw. “You play to your strengths against those guys. Just compete. Those guys are pitching well this year.”Upton hit a two-run home run for the third consecutive game.The Angels trailed 3-0 just four batters into the game. Starter Felix Pena regained his composure and gave up just two more hits and no runs while pitching into the sixth inning.“I felt like in the first inning I was a little overamped so I went back to the video room to watch some video and I was able to make the adjustments,” said Pena, who had a similar slow start in his last home outing on July 29 but never made it out of the opening inning.Los Angeles improved to 8-1 over its last nine home games.Matt Chapman and Khris Davis each hit home runs in the first inning for the A’s, who are now 13-6 since the All-Star break. Chapman hit his 16th homer while Davis’ two-run shot was his 33rd.Oakland starter Brett Anderson gave up two runs on four hits with no walks, but was removed after five innings having thrown just 63 pitches. When asked if A’s starters are growing accustomed to being pulled earlier than usual in favor of a strong bullpen, Anderson offered a simple “no.”“It’s going to take some getting used to,” Anderson said. “In a tie game in the seventh the last time http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-trumbo-jersey , you kind of see it. This one was a little early. But we’ve lived and died by our bullpen and those arms are tremendous down there so more times than not we’re going to come out with the victory.”Calhoun connected for a two-run drive in the third, his 16th of the season and 11th over his last 25 games. Calhoun’s 15 home runs since June 18 lead the American League.Calhoun had just one home run and was batting .145 over 50 games when he went to the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. In the 44 games since he has returned, he has hit 14 of his 15 home runs, with 34 runs scored and 35 RBIs.Jim Johnson (4-2) retired the only batter he faced for the win. The Angels used three more pitchers in the ninth, with Blake Parker getting the final out for his 11th save.“(The bullpen) came in and made pitches and it was a great job,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “After that first inning, this game could go south in a hurry when you give up a three-spot. But Felix got his bearings and the bullpen was exceptional.”Rodney made his A’s debut, striking out a batter during a perfect seventh inning. Rodney was acquired Thursday in a trade from the Minnesota Twins. One plan for Rodney is to use him to help ease the heavy workload on Trivino.“We won’t have to potentially use Lou for more than one inning,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve used him quite a bit where he has to come in and clean up an inning and go back out for the next inning, which is really tough to do.”RODNEY ARRIVESMelvin says Rodney doesn’t have a set role. Instead, Melvin expects to mix and match his late-inning relievers in a stacked Oakland bullpen.“More than anything, it probably allows us to not overuse a Lou Trivino, to not overuse a Yusmeiro Petit,” Melvin said. “As much as we use our bullpen on certain days Chris Tillman Jersey , we’re not afraid to move guys to the back end of the bullpen if a (Blake) Treinen or (Jeurys) Familia needs time off, so it just makes us better.”Rodney had 25 saves for the Twins in 46 appearances with a 3.09 ERA, but the closer job will still belong to Treinen.VLAD THE HALL OF FAMERThe Angels honored new Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero with an on-field pregame ceremony that pushed back first pitch about a half hour. Guerrero, who made quick introductory speech at Cooperstown last month, was even quicker when he spoke to the crowd in both English and Spanish on Friday.“His forte is to not go up there and spew accolades about himself, and I think it makes him all the more special,” Scioscia said. “He was so beloved by his teammates because when he was playing, he was the best player on the planet but . never talking about himself. He was a special talent.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Mike Trout was put on the 10-day disabled list with an inflamed right wrist. Scioscia expects his All-Star center fielder to return on Thursday when his DL stint ends.UP NEXTA’s: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-2, 2.87 ERA) will take the mound Saturday in the middle game of the series, carrying the sixth lowest ERA in the American League since his contract was selected June 25.Angels: RHP Tyler Skaggs (8-7, 3.34) is expected to make his return from the disabled list Saturday, having not pitched since July 31 because of a left adductor strain.

  • 100-loss seasons in franchiseDatum25.12.2018 07:23
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    CLEVELAND — With a 14-game lead in the American League Central http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-guyer-jersey , it will not be a high-stress September for the postseason-bound Cleveland Indians.But the Indians do have some priorities in the last month of the regular season. One of them involves their starting pitcher on Friday night when they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a three-game series at Progressive Field.That pitcher is Corey Kluber, whom the Indians would like to get on a roll going into the postseason. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has had an up and down second half of the season, which started at the All-Star break, during which he received an injection to deal with right knee inflammation.Article continues below ...Since getting that injection, Kluber has been better, but not to the level he consistently pitched to last year when he won his second Cy Young Award. In his last 13 starts, Kluber is 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA.That includes his last start this past Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, the lowest scoring team in the American League.Kluber lost that game 7-1, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs and nine hits Erik Gonzalez Jersey , with six strikeouts and two walks.“He threw a couple fastballs that he didn’t locate real well, and they made him pay,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “They jumped on him pretty good when he made mistakes.”One of Kluber’s nemesis this year has been the home run ball. With a month still left in the season, he has already given up 22 home runs, matching his career high. Left-handers have hit 13 of the 22 home runs Kluber has allowed, including one by lefty-swinging Lucas Duda in the Kansas City start.“I left a couple fastballs in the middle of the plate that they hit,” Kluber said of the start vs. the Royals. “Some pitches I felt like I executed them pretty well, but they put them in play and found some holes, so you tip your cap. It wasn’t perfect by any means. It was one of those days that I felt could have gone better http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-tomlin-jersey , but it is what it is.”Kluber’s start Friday will be his first against Tampa Bay since Aug. 13, 2017, when he beat the Rays 11-3, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs and four hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks. In eight career starts against Tampa Bay, Kluber is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA.Kluber’s mound opponent will be right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who will make his first career appearance against Cleveland. Glasnow is a combined 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA for Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. He was part of the July 31 trade between the Rays and Pirates in which pitcher Chris Archer was traded to Pittsburgh.Glasnow has appeared in 39 games, five of them starts. He was 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 34 relief appearances with the Pirates, and he is 0-1 with a 3.80 ERA in five starts for Tampa Bay.In his last start for the Rays Carlos Carrasco Jersey , Glasnow received no decision in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win over Kansas City on Aug. 23. He pitched five innings, giving up three runs and five hits, with eight strikeouts and three walks. Corey Kluber has piled up accolades during his eight seasons in the majors.The 32-year-old Alabama native has won two American League Cy Young awards. He has three All-Star selections. He helped guide the Cleveland Indians to the World Series in 2016, when he started Game 1 and earned the victory.But there is one thing Kluber has yet to do in his career: Put together a 20-win season.Article continues below ...Kluber (19-7, 2.93 ERA) can change that Monday night when the Indians visit the Chicago White Sox to open a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field. He already has set a career high with 19 wins and has a chance to become the Indians’ first 20-game winner since Cliff Lee went 22-3 in 2008.The last pitcher before Lee to win 20 games for the Tribe was Gaylord Perry in 1974.At 87-68, the Indians already have locked up their third consecutive AL Central title. They expect to face the Houston Astros in the AL Divisional Series while the Boston Red Sox will square off against the wild-card winner.But Kluber has no interest in taking a long break before the playoffs. The right-hander wants to produce at least one more quality outing in order to stay sharp for the postseason.“To me, it makes the most sense to still try to stay in that competitive frame of mind,” Kluber said recently to MLB.com. “I don’t want to go out there and feel like it’s spring training or something like that, just because we’ve already clinched. I think the best way to stay locked in is to kind of keep your foot on the gas Roy Oswalt Jersey , so to speak.”On the year, Kluber has 205 strikeouts in 203 innings. He is the first pitcher in team history to surpass 200 innings and 200 strikeouts in five straight seasons.“It’s just being able to stay healthy and make starts and log innings,” Kluber said. “Hopefully, that results in giving the team a chance to win. I’m not concerned with what specific statistics are. It’s just being able to be reliable and take the ball when it’s your turn.”Kluber is 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) against Chicago. He has 173 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings.The White Sox (61-94) need two victories in their final seven games to avoid a 100-loss campaign. They have endured only three 100-loss seasons in franchise history (1932, 1948 and 1970).Chicago manager Rick Renteria said he hoped that fans could stay patient during the team’s rebuilding effort.“We see it not only in the Cubs’ (successful rebuild), we’ve seen it with the Astros, the Indians, a multitude of clubs that have gone through that process,” Renteria said to the Chicago Tribune. “The Braves http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-carlos-lee-jersey , it took the Braves four years. It took the Astros four or five years.“It’s hard for me to explain to the fans other than my own belief that what we have coming is going to be something that is going to be very fruitful in the near future.”White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey (5-13, 5.33 ERA) will make his 20th start of the season. The 27-year-old faced the Indians on Wednesday night, tossing six scoreless innings while striking out five.Covey is 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in seven career games (five starts) against the Indians.

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