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    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s rock ‘n’ roll roots will be on display for the 2019 All-Star Game.Inspired by the city’s deep musical history Andrew Cashner Jersey , the team unveiled the logo for next year’s game — a red-white-and-blue guitar with a body bordered with baseball stitching.The blending of baseball and music is a not-so-subtle reminder to the rest of the country that Cleveland rocks.The Indians are hosting the annual mid-season event on July 9 for a record sixth time. And next year’s game coincides with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field, which was known as Jacobs Field when it hosted the 1997 game.Owner Paul Dolan, MLB Deputy Commissioner Tony Petitti, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Indians manager Terry Francona, All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and first-base coach Sandy Alomar, who hit the game-winning home run for the American League in ’97, attended Tuesday’s ceremony that officially begins the countdown to next year’s game.Plans for the logo began shortly after the team was awarded the game.“We ask them what do they want to do with their mission and what they wanted to do was celebrate Cleveland as the birthplace and spiritual home of rock and roll,” said Anne Occi, MLB’s vice president of design, who has been involved in creating All-Star logos for 28 years. “They wanted to talk us through the game and the experience and how the idea of baseball and rock and roll go together within the central part of Cleveland culture.”Occi said one of the biggest challenges in designing a logo that can be used across a variety of platforms — from merchandise to uniform patches to being painted on the field.She’s especially proud of the 2019 logo, which she described as “unique.”It’s certainly not divisive.Under pressure from MLB and others, the Indians will no longer wear the contentious Chief Wahoo on their caps and jerseys starting next season. And while there has been speculation that Cleveland conceded to the move in order to host the All-Star Game, the team has insisted the timing was just coincidental.Dolan said there was no discussion about Chief Wahoo in designing the All-Star logo.“That wasn’t even on our radar,” he said. “One, we did this a long time ago. The typical All-Star logo is the skyline of the city , maybe with the ballpark in the background, and we said we would like to do something different and we would like to draw on music as being a theme and that was the extent of our instruction.”Cleveland, which also hosted All-Star Games in 1935, 1954, 1963 and 1981, has long been considered the birthplace of rock after local disc jockey Alan Freed coined the term “rock and roll.” The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opened one year after Jacobs Field, and the two structures have been linked to the city’s downtown rebirth.The Indians and MLB officials have met with the Rock Hall about being incorporated into festivities around next year’s game.“You can see from the logo what we think the tie-in should be in Cleveland,” Petitti said. “We try to do something unique in every market we’re in, so music is what you can expect to see in 2019.” MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers‘ inconsistent offense couldn’t offset Chase Anderson’s continuing home run struggles.Jose Peraza hit a two-run homer off Anderson in the first inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 3-1 Tuesday night, the Brewers’ third loss in four games.“The first pitch is just kind of a blooper into center field and then he fell behind Peraza,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But after six pitches, we’re down 2-0.”The Brewers’ edge for the top NL wild-card spot was cut to two games by St. Louis, with Colorado also in close contention. Milwaukee fell 3 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.Milwaukee managed only three hits against five Cincinnati pitchers. It was the third low-scoring loss for the Brewers in four games — they fell to Pittsburgh 3-1 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday.“We’re going to have to do a little better than that, for sure,” Counsell said. “More pressure has to be put on the other team. There was nothing really happening tonight. I don’t know if we had a significant rally really all night.”Scott Schebler opened the first with a single to left off Anderson Jeremy Hellickson Jersey , who has allowed an NL-high 30 home runs. Peraza then connected for his 13th homer.The Brewers made it 2-1 with an unearned run in the second, but the Reds made it 3-1 in the fourth on Schebler’s RBI double.Michael Lorenzen, making his first start since 2015 after 151 relief appearances, allowed one unearned run on one hit in four innings. Sal Romano (8-11) followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory.Raisel Iglesias struck out three in the ninth after a leadoff walk for his 28th save.“I’ve been saying, ‘Give me a chance, give me a chance.’ They gave me a chance against a good lineup, so I was excited about that,” said Lorenzen, who has indicated he would like to be a starter. “It was like, ‘Man, you better step up.'”Anderson (9-8) gave up three runs on six hits with two walks in 3 2/3 innings, matching his shortest start of the season. Six relievers blanked the Reds the rest of the way.“I was just kind of inconsistent where I could throw the ball tonight,” Anderson said. “One inning I felt I could make a pitch, the next inning I couldn’t. So, it’s just kind of the inconsistency I’ve been battling , I would say, pretty much this whole season.”In the Milwaukee second, Travis Shaw was hit by a pitch and advanced on a groundout. Shaw came around when Schebler bobbled Jonathan Schoop’s single to right.Reds center fielder Mason Williams made a sensational, over-the-shoulder basket catch on Curtis Granderson’s one-out drive to the warning track in the sixth. It prevented a possible run as Christian Yelich followed with a single.“A couple people on the bench thought that ball was gone,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “I didn’t think it was going to go as far as it did. Mase did a great job on it. That one was close. We’re trying to keep it in the ballpark as much as we can. We did a good job of that tonight.”TRAINER’S ROOMReds: RHP Homer Bailey probably will not pitch again this season, Riggleman said. Bailey (1-14, 6.09 ERA) was removed from the rotation after his last start Sept. 5, and has indicated he can’t relieve. … RHP Tyler Mahle, bothered by right shoulder fatigue, is not ready to start Sunday, Riggleman said.Brewers: Shaw was hit on the left knee by a pitch to open the second and was down for several minutes in the batter’s box. After being examined by the trainer, Shaw remained in the game. He came around to score the Brewers’ first run, but left in the fourth inning with a right knee contusion. “They did X-rays, nothing there, just a contusion Roberto Alomar Jersey ,” Counsell said. “But, it stiffened up and he wasn’t able to move around.” … CF Lorenzo Cain left was removed after striking out in the fourth. “He took a swing a couple days ago that just kind of intercostal, it’s just been bugging him a little bit,” Counsell said. “I just thought he took some swing tonight in the second at-bat that just didn’t look good, and so we took him out of the game. We’ll see how we’re looking tomorrow.”UP NEXTReds: RHP Matt Harvey (7-8, 4.67 ERA), whom the Brewers had tried to acquire in August, starts the series finale on Wednesday night. Harvey, obtained in May from the Mets, is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in his last seven starts. His 26 starts are his most since 2015.Brewers: LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-11, 4.44 ERA) celebrates his 33rd birthday Wednesday with his third start for Milwaukee since being acquired from Washington on Aug. 31. Gonzalez is 1-0 with the Brewers, allowing three earned runs in 10 1/3 innings after going 7-11 with the Nationals.

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    With a chance to opt out of his current contract and hit free agency this winter Tyler Naquin Jersey , David Price appears to be in it for the long haul with the Boston Red Sox.The veteran southpaw was recently asked if he plans to test the open market after this season, and he made it clear that he doesn't see a point in doing so."Why would I think about that?" Price said, per Christopher Smith of "... Go to a lesser team. For what?Why would I leave here to go to a team that's not as good as this team? I came here to win. I don't worry about all the other stuff. Just come here to win. We're going to have a really good chance to do that."The 33-year-old still has four years and $127 million remaining on theseven-year, $217 millionmegadealhe signed back in December 2015.Price's time in Boston did not get off to a smooth start. While he went 17-9 in his first season in a Red Sox uniform, his earned run average ballooned to 3.99, the highest since his first full year in the majors. Then, he had a number of clashes with the Boston media, as detailed by'sNikDeCosta-Klipa.To make matters worse , the $217 million pitcher has continued to struggle in the postseason. He is just 1-3 in seven playoff appearances with the Red Sox, with the lone victory coming in a relief outing. He is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA in nine career postseason starts, numbers that have drawn the ire of Boston fans.However, Price is in the midst of the best season of his Red Sox career to date. He is 14-6 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP while striking out 162 batters in 158.2 innings. Since the All-Star break, he is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in eight starts.A hot stretch like that could tempt Price to see if he could cash in even more. But as he noted, he wants to win a World Series.With Price, Chris Sale,MookieBetts and J.D. Martinez leading the way Roberto Perez Jersey , Boston (99-46) appears to be the favorite as it continues to run away with the best record in the majors. On Tuesday, the Red Sox became the first team to clinch aplayoffberth.A strong postseason performance that results in a championship could give Price something to think about. Then again, after many of last year's free agents struggled to find contracts, it may be tough for Price鈥攅specially at his age鈥攖o cash in even more regardless of how he pitches the rest of the season. Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesTwo years after the Chicago Cubs threw a World Series party 108 years in the making, their returns diminished to an unceremonious exit from the National League Wild Card Game.The Cubs played 13 innings against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field and scored in just one of them en route to a 2-1 defeat. Thus their season ended only a day after the Milwaukee Brewers strolled into Wrigley and beat them 3-1 in the National League Central tiebreaker.So for the first time since 2014, the Cubs will go into the winter with zero postseason wins to show for a campaign.The one bright side to this is that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have more time to answer the questions before them.The less bright side is how many of them there are.The biggest and scariest is what the heck just happened to the team's offense. It had a huge hand in carrying the Cubs to 195 wins and NL Central titles in 2016 and 2017. But in 2018, it fell off a proverbial cliff:2016: .772 OPS and 5.0 R/G2017: .775 OPS and 5.1 R/G2018: .744 OPS and 4.7 R/GIt only got worse as the year went along. The Cubs slumped to the tune of a .705 OPS and 4.1 runs per game in the second half. They were down to a .663 OPS and 4.0 runs per game by September and Game No. 163 against Milwaukee.To be fair, it didn't help that Kris Bryant wasn't hitting like his MVP-caliber self even before his left shoulder started acting up in June. He was even more of a shell of himself after he returned July 11 Eddie Robinson Jersey , and there was no hiding it in either Game No. 163 or the wild-card contest.Otherwise, it's difficult to assess additional "to be fairs."Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesThe Chicago offense lost its identity in 2018. Cubs hitters walked in only nine percent of their plate appearances, down from 10.4 in 2016 and 9.9 in 2017. They also went from 223 home runs last year all the way to 167 this year.Only Javier Baez (34 HR and a National League-high 111 RBI) surpassed expectations. Anthony Rizzo endured a down year. And rather than taking steps forward, young stars Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. either regressed or were basically stuck in place.The solution for this problem might be as simple as showing hitting coach Chili Davis the door. Perhaps with better tutelage, a 2019 Cubs lineup with all the same ingredients (plus a healthier Bryant) as the 2018 Cubs lineup will have little trouble rebounding.Trouble is, the Cubs may not have much choice but to go this route.The free-agent market will be crowded with talented hitters鈥擝ryce Harper and Manny Machado chief among them鈥攂ut the Cubs already have $179 million committed to 2019. That's by far more money than any other team.This is counting all the club options the Cubs hold , including $20 million for veteran left-hander Cole Hamels. Unless they're comfortable trusting that Yu Darvish will return strong from the elbow injury that derailed his season, it seems all but certain Hamels' tab will be picked up.Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesWhat that $179 million doesn't include are arbitration costs for Bryant, Baez, Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks and others. Once those are factored in, the Cubs will be bumping up against the luxury tax just when other rich teams (e.g., the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers) are getting under it.If so, the Cubs won't have much spending flexibility to improve their offense. Or Mike Napoli Jersey , for that matter, to patch a bullpen with the highest walk rate in Major League Baseball over the last two seasons.One option is to cut some bad contracts, such as those belonging to Jason Heyward and Tyler Chatwood. But given how far gone their trade values are, that will be easier said than done.The Cubs could also resort to the trade market to find impact players, not unlike the Brewers did with NL MVP favorite Christian Yelich last offseason. But with only MLB's No. 29 farm system to pull from, that will also be easier said than done.Because the Cubs just won 95 games and notched a fourth straight postseason appearance, it's a tad soon to declare their supposed dynasty dead and buried.Yet whatever they were building has hit a major snag. And it's not clear how they're going to get around it. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.

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    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter tied an MLB record Friday with five extra-base hits in an 18-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.According to's Jesse Rogers Kevin Kiermaier Jersey , Carpenter tied the mark by going 5-for-5 with three home runs and two doubles at Wrigley Field in Chicago.The last player to record five extra-base hits in a single game prior to Carpenter was Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant against the Cincinnati Reds in 2016.Additionally, Carpenter became just the second player in the modern era of Major League Baseball to finish with three homers and two doubles in the same game. Bryant was also the, 13 other players have registered five extra-base hits in a single game.The 32-year-old Carpenter led off the game with a solo home run off Cubs starter Jon Lester before blasting a two-run homer off Lester in the second.He then doubled twice in the fourth inning, and later tied the record with a three-run jack off Cubs reliever Brian Duensing in the sixth:Bleacher Report MLB BR_MLBMatt Carpenter tied the record for most extra-base hits after going 5-5 with three HRs and two 2B 馃毃(via Cardinals)GxBDUNmLdYCarpenter was denied the chance to break the record for most extra-base hits in a game when he was removed in the bottom of the sixth inning.He also fell one home run short of tying the single-game record of four, which was last tied by then-Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez in September.By virtue of his big game, which also included seven RBI, Carpenter is now hitting .274 with 23 home runs and 51 RBI on the season.Despite the win , the Cards still trail the Cubs by 7.5 games in the National League Central. CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run.They’ll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party.Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 5-1 victory on Monday night.The Cubs needed a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia to assure a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the playoffs, a run that includes a drought-busting World Series championship in 2016. Instead, they lost for the third time in five games, and the Rockies defeated the Phillies 10-1.Seeking its third straight NL Central championship, Chicago saw its lead over second-place Milwaukee shrink to 1½ games when the Brewers beat the Cardinals 6-4.Hamels (4-2) had the fans and the dugout rocking when he connected leading off the third inning. But he lost his second straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine following a trade from Texas. The left-hander gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in six innings.“Anytime, I guess Wade Boggs Jersey , you hit a home run it’s pretty exciting,” Hamels said. “It feels better when you win. You really have to give it to Taillon. He came after us and threw the ball really well. I just was able to get a pitch that I could hit in the count.”Hamels’ drive to center on a 3-1 pitch sure was impressive, though.“I think him and (Jon) Lester, mechanically, have really good swings,” manager Joe Maddon said. “They have very good mechanics. And he timed it perfectly and got it all.”Taillon (14-9) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 5-0 in his past seven starts. The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in his past 21 outings.“It’s one of the best runs I’ve seen a starting pitcher have in my coaching experience ,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He must be a master craftsman, he’s making pitches, studying swings, in-game adjustments, following the catcher.”Cervelli hit a two-run homer in the first after missing the previous two games because of gastrointestinal discomfort. He also reached on an infield single in the sixth and scored on Jose Osuna’s second double.Pablo Reyes added an RBI single in the seventh against Steve Cishek and a solo homer in the ninth off Brian Duensing. A day after they were eliminated, the Pirates won for the seventh time in nine games.GOING DEEPHamels’ only other homer was in a home game for Philadelphia against San Francisco’s Matt Cain on July 21, 2012. It was also the second homer by a Cubs pitcher this season. Lester connected against Minnesota on July 1.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: CF Starling Marte (left calf) was out of the lineup after leaving Pittsburgh’s loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant was back in the lineup after being held out of Sunday’s win over the crosstown White Sox because of fatigue in his left shoulder. The 2016 NL MVP was on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation and missed time earlier in the season because of the same issue. … RHP Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) played catch. The reliever hopes to pitch in a game prior to the playoffs after being sidelined since Sept. 13 Mallex Smith Jersey , when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Chris Archer (5-8, 4.49 ERA), coming off a 2-1 win over Kansas City last week, has a 3.38 ERA in four starts this month after posting a 6.45 ERA in his first nine outings with Pittsburgh following a trade from Tampa Bay.Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (5-5, 3.75) looks to win his second straight start after throwing six solid innings at Arizona last week. He has won all three career starts against the Pirates and is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in nine outings against them.

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    Kyle Wright is the proposed headliner with his impressive mix of current polish and future projection. However Burch Smith Jersey , he could be swapped for any of Mike Soroka, Touki Toussaint, Ian Anderson, Luiz Gohara or even Sean Newcomb if the D-backs prefer more of a proven quantity.Meanwhile, outfielder Drew Waters had a big first full pro season after going No. 41 overall in the 2017 draft. He hit .293/.343/.476 with 39 doubles Blaine Boyer Jersey , nine triples, nine home runs and 23 steals while reaching High-A before his 20th birthday.The trade doesn't gut the Braves system, but it's still a huge return for Arizona, as both prospects figure to pop up on Top 100 lists next spring.For the Braves, Greinke would join emerging star Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman (free agent following the 2020 campaign) Trevor Cahill Jersey , giving the team three established starters to front the staff ahead of whichever young arms emerge.It's an aggressive move and one Atlanta might have to consider if the Philadelphia Phillies have as busy of an offseason as many expect.While it's unclear whether these three teams are included on Greinke's no-trade list, it stands to reason that he would be willing to waive his veto power for a chance to join a contender if the D-backs decide to tear down the roster. We shall see. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphsunless otherwise noted. The San Francisco Giants and co-owner Charles Johnson issued statements regarding his donation to apolitical action committee that recently ran a racist radio ad in Arkansas.With regard to Johnson's donation, the Giants released the following statement:"The Giants' reputation as one of the most inclusive and socially engaged professional sports teams in the nation speaks for itself. We are unaware of Mr. Johnson's political donationsbecause they are entirely separate from his stake in the Giants ownership group. In no way do the Giants condone this disturbing and divisive political activity."Johnson also released a statement on the matter, saying, "I had absolutely no knowledge that this donation would be used in this manner and I Melky Cabrera Jersey , like the Giants organization, strongly condemn any form of racism and in no way condone the advertisement that was created by this entity."According to Sarah Ravani of, Johnson donated $1,000 to a super PAC calledBlack Americans for the President's Agenda over the summer.In the radio ad, two women urge voters to vote Republican after saying that "white Democrats will be lynching black folk again."One of the women in the ad also said , "We can't afford to let white Democrats take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences and lynchings when a white girl screams rape."Arkansas congressional candidates French Hill and Clarke Tucker both condemned the radio spot since its airing.The 85-year-old Johnsonhas been partof the Giants' ownership group since 1992and became known as the principal owner in 2011.

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    KANSAS CITY , Mo. (AP) — Tim Anderson kept the White Sox in the game with his glove before he won it with his bat.Anderson hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, and Chicago beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night.Anderson’s blast off Burch Smith (1-5), the sixth Royals pitcher, landed just beyond the fence in left-center. It was his 19th homer this season.“It was a good way to cap off the night,” Anderson said. “I was looking fastball. The at-bat before that, they started me off with a slider. The first pitch was a fastball up, and I had a feeling that he would throw me another one. I was able to jump on it.”In the bottom of the 11th, Rosell Herrera lined out to Anderson at shortstop, and he threw to third to double off pinch-runner Brett Phillips.“It’s a bang-bang play,” he said. “I guess (Phillips) didn’t think I could jump. It was close Ender Inciarte Jersey , but it was a good play to get us out of the jam.”Juan Minaya (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Hector Santiago, the eighth Chicago pitcher, picked up his second save in as many chances. Jose Rondon also homered for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game skid, one game short of their season-worst losing streak.“Tim put a good swing on it,” manager Rick Renteria said. “All the guys in the dugout were hoping he would do something there, and he did.“Both teams did a good job of protecting the strike zone and limiting the scoring.”Adalberto Mondesi tied a career high with four hits and drove in both of Kansas City’s runs.Both teams wasted plenty of scoring chances. The Royals had five runners retired on the bases, while the White Sox left seven men on base.Royals starter Eric Skogland pitched five innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. He made his first start since May 25 after a long stint on the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. He returned Sept. 4 and had pitched two scoreless innings in relief.“(Skogland) threw the ball really , really well,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “Our pitching did a great job. … We just couldn’t find ways.”Carlos Rodon pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits.“My command wasn’t great today,” Rodon said. “The defense turned some nice double plays, I got through six and the boys got the win.”Whit Merrifield stole two bases to bring his season total to 35, a new career high. He led the AL with 34 swipes last season and tops the league again this year.After Merrifield stole second in the third inning, Mondesi drove him in with a single for the game’s first run. Mondesi stole his 22nd base, his 17th since the All-Star break.The White Sox answered with two runs in the fourth on Rondon’s homer to left, scoring Avisail Garcia, who reached on a two-out walk.The Royals tied it in the fifth but had a chance for a bigger inning. Ryan O’Hearn reached on a one-out walk Ronald Acuna Jr. Jersey , and Merrifield followed with a double to the wall in left center. But O’Hearn went too far around third and was picked off. Merrifield then stole third and scored on Mondesi’s second RBI single.The White Sox had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh, and then loaded the bases with two outs. But Glenn Sparkman induced a fielder’s-choice grounder from Anderson to end the inning.The Royals loaded the bases in the seventh as well but did not score.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: INF Matt Davidson remains out of the lineup with what Renteria called sore knees. “Maybe these next four days are just giving him that time to recover,” Renteria said. … 3B Yoan Moncada was out of the lineup. “He’s a little sore in the hip,” Renteria said. “Today and a natural day off tomorrow, maybe that will help him.”Royals: INF Hunter Dozier was scratched with a sore back. “It’s nothing serious,” Dozier said before the game. “It’s just a little back tightness. It’s kind of built up and I woke up this morning pretty sore. I could have played, probably, but they decided to give me one day. I’ll be 100 percent tomorrow.”UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP James Shields (6-16, 4.58 ERA) goes in Baltimore on Friday.Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.75) will face Twins LHP Stephen Gonsalves (0-2 , 11.68) on Thursday. It will be Fillmyer’s second consecutive start against the Twins. He took a no-decision in a 10-6 loss in Minneapolis last Friday, allowing six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. The St. Louis Cardinalstraded outfielder Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday for three minor leaguers.The Rays announced that the Cards will receive outfielder Justin Williams and pitchers Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez.Tampa Bay will also receiveinternational bonus pool money as part of the deal.The 30-year-old Pham is hitting .248 with 14 home runs, 41 RBI and 10 stolen bases.In 2017, Pham enjoyed a career year, hitting .306 with 23 homers, 73 RBI and 25 stolen bases as one of the most surprising players in Major League Baseball.Pham is primarily a center fielder, but he has experience at all three outfield positions.He is making just$570,100this season and is arbitration-eligible for the next three campaigns.MLB.comlists Williams as the Rays' No. 14 prospect and Cabrera as No. 25, while Ramirez is not listed.Williams appeared in one game for Tampa this season, and at Triple-A he is hitting .258 with eight home runs and 46 RBI.Cabrera is 7-6 with a 4.12 ERA as a Double-A starter Preston Tucker Jersey , while Ramirez is 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA primarily as a reliever split between High-A and Double-A.The Cardinals are four games out of a wild-card spot in the National League, while the Rays are 10 games out in the AL.In Pham, the Rays are getting a controllable player who can be a key part of their lineup in the coming years.Meanwhile, the Cardinals can give additional playing time to 24-year-old outfielder Harrison Bader to see if he can be a long-term starter.

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    The Tampa Bay Rays announced Wednesday they traded starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to theBoston Red Soxin exchange for pitcherJalen Beeks.After undergoingTommy John surgery that kept him out for 2017 Ricky Vaughn Jersey , Eovaldi returned in the 2018 season and has produced a 3-4 record, 4.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 10 starts.The New York Yankees released him two offseasons ago after he went 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.31 WHIP primarily as a starter in 2016.New York acquired the now-28-year-old righty before the 2015 season in a trade with the Miami Marlins. Eovaldi went 14-3, led the American League with an .824 winning percentage and had a 4.20 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.He went 5-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 56.1 innings in the second half of that season, but an elbow injury cut short his year.While Eovaldi is among the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in Major League Baseball, he's an enigma. He has never posted a WHIP under 1.30 in a full season鈥攐ften due to a lack of pitch movement and deception.Eovaldi is as streaky as they come, but he has shown flashes of being a solid starter this season, and the Rays got a solid return out of him in Beeks, who was the Red Sox's No. 15 overall prospect, per figures to slot in at the back end of Boston'srotation for the remainder of this season, and while it is possible his inconsistency could burn them Michael Brantley Jersey , one of his signature hot streaks could make him a huge steal. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man ahead of his time more than 40 years ago, Dave Dombrowski studied to become a general manager.Going into his junior year at Western Michigan’s Lee Honors College in 1977, he started work on his thesis: “The General Manager, ‘The Man in the Middle'” and wrote letters to every GM in the big leagues.About half responded to his questionnaire, which ended with a request for a follow-up interview, and Roland Hemond of the Chicago White Sox invited him to come to Comiskey Park.Dombrowski asked about jobs in baseball, and Hemond suggested he go to the winter meetings in Honolulu. So Dombrowski headed to Hawaii, learned the White Sox were seeking an administrative assistant, cut short his senior year and started work Jan. 3 at age 21 after negotiating an $8,000 salary — $1,000 more than originally offered.And with that began a career that led to a World Series title with the 1997 Florida Marlins , AL pennants with Detroit in 2006 and ’12 and a second championship with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.“When you’re younger, you think that it will happen more often,” he said.Wearing a red polo shirt with blue stripes along with a blue suit, Dombrowski grinned widely as Boston’s owners were presented the trophy. His moves included signing slugger J.D. Martinez last winter and adding Nathan Eovaldi, Steve Pearce and Ian Kinsler during the season.“For myself, it’s an absolute thrill,” Dombrowski said. “It just doesn’t get any better from a professional perspective.”Dombrowski was hired as Boston’s president of baseball operations in August 2015, two weeks after he was fired by the Tigers in the middle of his 14th season.Hours after Detroit made its stunning announcement, Dombrowski received a call from Red Sox owner John Henry, who bought the Marlins in January 1999 after Dombrowski had completed six seasons as Florida’s GM.“He said, ‘Let’s talk.’ He said Kenny Lofton Jersey , ‘I’ve got some thoughts. Please don’t do anything,'” Dombrowski recalled Sunday.Dombrowski’s 77-page paper, finished in 1978, examined running ballclubs back to the 1860s, the hiring of men to run teams for absentee owners and the creation of the GM job when Cleveland owner Alva Bradley hired Billy Evans in November 1927.He examined the success of Branch Rickey and George Weiss, and discussed the changes brought about by the players’ union. Dombrowski correctly predicted big business and internationalization would transform the role into a senior executive supervising a staff.“In this new system of organization, the general manager would occupy the top position of the baseball department, and perform an integrative function so that his whole department would run efficiently,” he wrote then.Now 62, he looks back with fondness at his start with the White Sox. He was part of a five-man front office that included assistant business manager Mike Veeck, the son of maverick owner Bill Veeck; player personnel adviser Paul Richards; and director of baseball operations Charlie Evranian.“I used to drive Bill and Roland home a lot of times ,” Dombrowski said. “I answered tryout letters. I did filing. I got to go to spring training. I set up transportation. At that time you did everything and anything they wanted, and I loved it. I was there every hour of the day basically, every waking hour, because there were few of us.”His job with the Red Sox isn’t comparable.“Now, we have a gathering of the baseball group, there’s 35 in the front office,” he said in Dodger Stadium’s first base dugout before Game 5.Chicago promoted Dombrowski several times, but he was fired when Ken Harrelson was GM in 1986. Murray Cook hired him as Montreal’s director of player development and Dombrowski became the Expos’ GM in July 1988 at age 31.Dombrowski stayed a little more than three years, then left in September 1991 to become GM of the expansion Marlins ahead of their first season in 1993.He hired Jim Leyland as manager in 1996, and a year later the Marlins won the World Series in just their fifth season. Founding owner H. Wayne Huizenga sold the team to Henry in January 1999, and Dombrowski remained as GM until November 2001.As Henry prepared to sell the Marlins and head the group that bought the Red Sox Manny Ramirez Jersey , Dombrowski left to become president and chief executive officer of the Tigers. Leyland joined Dombrowski as manager for 2006 and spent eight seasons with Detroit that included just one losing record.Tigers scout Scott Reid taught Dombrowski a valuable lesson, that times had changed and he no longer should keep a locker in the clubhouse and change after jogging.“I think you might want to spend a little less time in the clubhouse,” Dombrowski remembered was the message. “He said they look at you differently now and I didn’t really comprehend that. They need their own space.”Dombrowski was brought in by the Red Sox to take a position above general manager Ben Cherington, who decided to leave. The Red Sox rebounded from a last-place finish to win two straight AL East titles, but after consecutive Division Series losses, Dombrowski hired rookie manager Alex Cora last fall to replace John Farrell.Cora led the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 wins during the regular season. They meet for five to 15 minutes before games to kick around ideas.“He’s been able to slow it down for me,” Cora said. “He tells me what he saw during the games or he asks me what I’m thinking.”Dombrowski takes care not to impose.“You just want to make sure that nothing’s missed, and normally it’s not,” he said. “We try to guide where necessary but also let him make his own decisions. I think it’s important.”

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are both sending their ace left-handed pitchers to the mound in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night , and that could give the National League champions a strong opportunity to set the tone in the Fall Classic.The Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season while the Dodgers won 92, but if Los Angeles wins the opener on the road, it is likely to create confidence in the winners' locker room.The first pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET and the game will be televised by Fox. Partly cloudy skies and high 40s to low 50s temperatures are expected at game time, although showers are a possibility during the game, per the Weather Channel. World Series ScheduleTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 24 (Game 2):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETFriday, October 26 (Game 3):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSaturday, October 27 (Game 4):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETTuesday, October 30 (Game 6 Aroldis Chapman Jersey , if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by Fox. The matchup between Clayton Kershaw facing and Chris Sale has a chance to be a classic. If the Dodgers ace has his good fastball and dynamic curveball working, the Red Sox batting order is going to have a difficult time stringing hits together. The same holds for the Dodgers lineup if Sale is throwing his fastball in the 95-96 miles per hour range and has command of his slider.However, both star pitchers have issues. Kershaw has been one of the dominant pitchers of his generation in the regular season, but his postseason performances have been mostly ordinary throughout his career. Kershaw takes a 9-8 career postseason record onto the Fenway Park mound, and he has had his biggest issues away from home.The Dodgers are 5-6 in Kershaw's 11 road postseason starts, and one of those was Game 5 of last year's World Series against the Houston Astros. Kershaw gave up six earned runs in that game, and the Astros prevailed by a 13-12 margin.Sale suffered from shoulder difficulties throughout the second half of the season. He was on the disabled list twice, and while he performed well against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series, he was off of his game when he started against Houston in Game 1 of the ALCS. Sale has not pitched since October 13, and the Red Sox are hoping he will be near his best form in this game.The Red Sox are -160 favorites in Game 1 (bet $160 to win $100), while the Dodgers are +135 underdogs, per OddsShark.The Red Sox led the major leagues in scoring and have strength throughout their lineup. Jackie Bradley Jr., who often bats ninth for Boston Didi Gregorius Jersey , won the ALCS MVP after driving in nine runs with a bases-loaded double, a grand slam and a two-run homer.Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are Boston's best hitters, while Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi and the first base combination of Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce are capable of big hits.The Dodgers are a powerful team that had seven hitters with 21 or more home runs. Max Muncy led the Dodgers with 35 long balls, and Los Angeles also depends on Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Manny Machado and Yasiel Puig. World Series PropsProp bets also come into play during the World Series, and while they don't have the same kind of popularity as those offered in the NFL postseason or before the Super Bowl, it gives fans a chance to show off their knowledge and perhaps win some cash.Vegas Insider reports key prop bets on the World Series MVP and the number of games needed for each team to win the series.Kershaw is the slight favorite to win the series MVP award at 7-1, followed by Betts at 15-2 and Sale and Martinez at 8-1. Machado follows at 10-1, while Benintendi is listed at 15-1, along with Turner, Puig and Chris Taylor.The Red Sox winning the World Series in six games is the most popular choice in potential outcomes at +350, followed by Boston winning in seven at +400. The Dodgers winning in six games is next at +500.A Red Sox sweep will pay off at +1000 while a victory by the Dodgers in four games would pay off at a whopping +1400. Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox overcame a 4-0 deficit with nine runs in the final three innings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-6, in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday evening.Boston is now up three games to one and has a chance to clinch its fourth championship in 15 seasons with a victory on Sunday night. Game time is Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET, with Fox televising the game live from Los Angeles.L.A. is a slight -125 favorite (bet $125 to win $100) to send the series back to Fenway Park , per OddsShark, and the over/under total is seven runs. Two left-handed aces will go against each other, as Clayton Kershaw gets the call for Los Angeles, while David Price does the same for Boston.Chris Sale was in line to make his second start of the series after starting Game 1, but manager Alex Cora opted to go with Price on three days' rest from his last start.In Game 1, Kershaw threw four full frames but allowed five earned runs in an eventual 8-4 loss. Price, on the other hand, went six innings and allowed only two earned runs in the Sox's Game 2 win, as well as coming on in relief for two-thirds of an inning in the Sox's Game 3 loss.Though Kershaw, in particular, didn't show it his last time out, these two are both capable of trading zeroes in a classic pitcher's duel.Here's a look at the most current World Series MVP props (via Oddschecker) alongside some commentary. World Series MVP OddsBoston Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez: 12-5Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts: 3-1Boston Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi: 7-2Boston Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts: 10-1Boston Red Sox 1B Steve Pearce: 13-1Boston Red Sox SP/RP Nathan Eovaldi: 17-1Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr.: 17-1Boston Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers: 17-1Boston Red Sox SP David Price: 20-1Boston Red Sox SP Chris Sale: 20-1Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig: 20-1Los Angeles Dodgers SS Manny Machado: 25-1Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Justin Turner: 25-1Los Angeles Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger: 30-1Los Angeles Dodgers IF Max Muncy: 30-1 World Series MVP NotesRed Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez leads the way at 12-5. The slugger delivered run-scoring hits in his first two series at-bats, but he's had just one hit in his 12 at-bats since.That lonesome hit was a big one, though, as a two-run single in the fifth inning of Game 2 turned a 2-2 game into a 4-2 lead for the Sox. That score didn't change as Boston took a 2-0 series lead.The issue with picking an MVP for the Red Sox is that the team has had different heroes in each of their three wins.Left fielder Andrew Benintendi was the star in Game 1 with four hits and three runs.Martinez, outfielder Mookie Betts (three hits and the game-winning run) and starting pitcher David Price (six innings, two earned runs Dellin Betances Jersey , a win) tag-teamed Boston's Game 2 effort.And the clear Game 4 hero was first baseman Steve Pearce, who hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning before a bases-clearing double turned a nail-biting 5-4 advantage into a (somewhat) comfortable 8-4 lead.If one of those aforementioned hitters posts another strong outing en route to a Sox win, then expect that person to win the World Series MVP. In other words, if Martinez smacks a 450-foot dinger off Kershaw Sunday, he'll likely be lifting the trophy.The sneaky bet here might be Price, however.If he posts another excellent start and wins his second game of the series, then how can you not give the MVP to him? The only way is if someone has a Reggie Jackson-esque game and delivers a few home runs and a bunch of runs batted in.On the Dodgers' side, infielder Max Muncy at 30-1 is an intriguing bet if you think L.A. can come back, if only for his game-ending home run in the Dodgers' 18-inning marathon victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. Muncy has a head start on his teammates in that regard, as he helped keep the Dodgers' hopes alive.Those hopes are bleak right now, however, as L.A. needs to win three straight (including two in Boston) to take the World Series. Such a comeback wouldn't be unprecedented, however, as the Chicago Cubs came back from down 3-1 against the Cleveland Indians with a home victory before two road wins in the 2016 World Series.

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    Texas left-hander Martin Perez won’t be on the mound to start any of the Rangers‘ three games this weekend against the Minnesota Twins.If fact Wily Peralta Jersey , Perez is likely to have started his last game in a Rangers uniform after the team told him he will pitch out of the bullpen for the final month of the season and that it did not plan to pick up his option for 2019.The Twins will send left-hander Stephen Gonsalves (0-2, 11.37 ERA) to the mound for the series opener on Friday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers will counter with right-hander Drew Hutchinson (2-2, 6.52).Article continues below ...The Rangers were looking for an improved season from Perez after he finished strong in 2017, when he won a career-high 13 games. But he suffered a right elbow injury in an offseason accident at his ranch in Venezuela and was 2-3 with a 9.67 ERA in five starts in April.Perez was then placed on the disabled list with more problems in the right arm. Since being activated on July 14, he is 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA in eight starts.The Rangers told Perez of their decision in a meeting after a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, Texas’ fourth straight setback.“It surprised me ,” Perez said. “I understand, you know, the way I’ve been pitching. I can’t get mad. But 100 percent I wasn’t waiting for that. That surprised me.“Tough year for me — surgery, the ups and downs — and that’s when you need to have your mind strong and fight with the bad result that you have after the games and during the game. It’s just part of the game, man.”Minnesota heads to Texas after a 5-3 loss in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon, in the process dropping a three-game series to the Indians.The Twins have now lost three straight series and head to Texas a season-high-tying 14 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central standings.Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario left Thursday’s game in the fifth inning with a right quad strain he sustained while running to first base in the fourth.“We’ll probably find out tomorrow what we’re looking at,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I would imagine he’s not going to play in Texas. He said it was on the last step.”The 26-year-old Rosario has been Minnesota’s best all-around player this year Alex Gordon Jersey , hitting .292 with 22 homers, 31 doubles and 74 RBIs in 130 games.Rosario told that he’d never experienced a similar injury.“I feel in pain,” Rosario said. “It just felt like I pulled my muscle. I was trying to play through it, but the pain is there.”Gonsalves is making his third career start and first against Texas. He suffered the loss in his last start on Aug. 25 at home against Oakland after allowing four runs, seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings.Gonsalves began the season in Double-A Chattanooga, where he went 3-0 in four starts with a 1.77 ERA. At Triple-A Rochester, was 9-3 with a 2.96 ERA with 55 walks and 95 strikeouts.Hutchison will make his fifth start for Texas. He is 1-1 with an 8.83 ERA in four starts and opponents are hitting .329 in that span. He is 2-0 with a 4.41 ERA in three starts against the Twins , but will be facing them for the first time since 2015. Hyun-Jin Ryu has experienced more success against the San Diego Padres than any other major league team, and the Los Angeles Dodgers hope the left-hander continues that trend Sunday in the series finale at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers (86-69) have a 1 1/2-game lead over the Colorado Rockies for first place in the National League West.After the Dodgers conclude the series with the Padres (62-93), they’ll play their final six games on the road.Article continues below ...Colorado (84-70) wraps up a nine-game road trip at the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday and plays its final seven games at home.Ryu is 6-1 in nine career starts against San Diego with a 2.52 ERA. He won both outings against the Padres this season, mainly because of his pitching, but he also benefited from better-than-average offensive support in those wins.Ryu (5-3, 2.18 ERA) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings and struck out a season-high nine batters on April 16 in a 10-3 win in San Diego.After a groin injury in May sidelined Ryu until August, he faced the Padres again Aug. 26 at Dodger Stadium and allowed two runs (one earned) and scattered 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings of the 7-3 win.Ryu went 0-2 in his next three starts with the losses coming against the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds Mike Moustakas Jersey , two teams far out of playoff contention.He bounced back to throw seven shutout innings against Colorado on Monday in an 8-2 win that moved the Dodgers ahead of the Rockies for first place.“To start the year, (Ryu) was throwing the ball really well and he just has that ability to control the heartbeat and make pitches,” manager Dave Roberts told reporters after the win over Colorado. “You have a guy who can get lefties and righties out, can really throw a strike when he needs to. There’s a lot of trust there, and Hyun-Jin’s earned it.”Padres third baseman Wil Myers is 4-for-9 in his career against Ryu with a home run.The Padres will send left-hander Joey Lucchesi to the mound for the 25th start of his rookie season.Lucchesi (8-8, 3.74) lost his two starts against the Dodgers in 2018, both in San Diego.He gave up three runs and five hits in five innings on May 4 Salvador Perez Jersey , but four Los Angeles pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in the 4-0 victory.Lucchesi allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in four innings of a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers on July 11.Lucchesi will be looking to win back-to-back decisions for the first time since April, when he went 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA. “I’m a competitor, man,” Lucchesi told after the win. “I always go out there just to give my team the best chance to win. That’s always how I’ve been as a character and a human being. I always try to fight for my boys.”

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb is fighting for a spot in the rotation for the Atlanta Braves‘ hopeful march to the postseason.The way he’s been going recently at home Cooper Kupp Jersey Elite , Newcomb is leaving doubt that he can handle the job.“It’s just more a mentality,” he said. “I’ve got to go out there and get right after guys and not worry about too much about what’s going on as far as what’s working and what’s not.”Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon hit two-run homers, 19-year-old rookie Juan Soto added an RBI single in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Braves 6-4 on Sunday.Atlanta maintained a 6½-games lead in the NL East over second-place Philadelphia but has lost two straight following a season-best, six-game winning streak. The Braves are 38-36 at home, where they have lost eight of their last 11.Tanner Roark (9-15) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, and Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances.Newcomb (12-9) made 31 pitches in the first and allowed five runs and six hits in three innings. He has lost four of five home starts since coming within one strike of a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta on July 29, and he has an 11.32 home ERA over that span.“I wasn’t commanding the fastball, so it was hard to get everything else going,” Newcomb said. “You could tell they were laying off pitches, waiting on their pitch to kind of do something with.”Washington built a 3-0 lead in the first when Harper hit his 34th homer and Ryan Zimmerman’s grounded into a run-scoring forceout. Rendon hit his 20th homer in the third to make it 5-0; he has reached safely in 25 straight games.Soto singled in the first to extend his on-base streak to 21 straight games, tying Mickey Mantle in 1951 for the second-longest by a teenager behind Mel Ott’s 22 in 1928. Soto is batting .357 during a 10-game hitting streak.“He’s been a blessing for us all year long ,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “Just watching him play, he’s just out there having fun and playing the game the right way.”Atlanta closed to 5-4 on two-run homers by Tyler Flowers in the fourth and by Charlie Culberson in the eighth against Greg Holland.Roark’s streak of 27 2/3 consecutive innings without a walk ended in the third, and he struck out Freddie Freeman to strand two runners.Rendon dove to field a grounder at third in the fifth and jumped to throw off one leg to get pinch-hitter Preston Tucker at first. Late in the inning, center fielder Victor Robles ran hard to his left and chase down Ozzie Albies’ liner at the wall.But it was the Nationals’ offense that dominated the last two games. Harper just hopes Washington can stay in contention despite being 7½ games back of Atlanta.“It’s a bummer when we’re not winning ballgames,” Harper said. “That was the biggest thing on my mind. I’m not really worried about my numbers or anything like that because I am who I am. That sounds bad, but I am. Any given night I’m able to go out there and do some things for this team that are special, and I was able to do that again today.”TRAINER’S ROOMBraves 3B Johan Camargo missed his fourth straight game with left groin tightness, but manager Brian Snitker said he should be back in the lineup on Monday. … Atlanta RHP Arodys Vizcaino was not available after pitching a scoreless ninth inning Saturday, the former closer’s first appearance after he missed 55 games with right shoulder inflammation.UP NEXTRHP Erick Fedde (2-3, 5.12 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Marlins when the Nationals begin a two-game series Monday at Miami. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (11-9, 2.66 ERA) will face 15-game winner Miles Mikolas when the Braves begin a three-game series against St. Louis. LOS ANGELES (AP) — From upper-deck spectator to October ace.Walker Buehler looked nothing like the rookie he is Womens Phillip Lindsay Jersey , giving the Los Angeles Dodgers the pitching performance they desperately needed in Game 3 of the World Series.With the Dodgers facing a 2-0 deficit, Buehler shut out the Boston Red Sox for seven innings, holding the highest-scoring team in the majors to two measly singles. Los Angeles finally won 3-2 on Max Muncy’s home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the 18th, ending the longest game in postseason history after 7 hours, 20 minutes.“I was just doing anything you can think to try and bring a little luck. I would hang out in certain places and move when that didn’t work,” Buehler said.The right-hander threw a career-high 108 pitches. After he was pulled, closer Kenley Jansen gave up a tying home run to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth, and the game went on and on.A year ago, Buehler and his younger sister watched Game 2 of the World Series against Houston from an upper level at Dodger Stadium. He’d made his big league debut earlier in the year, pitched a little in relief and was left off the postseason roster.This time, he was the center of attention.“It’s pretty cool but at the same time you try to stay within yourself and pitch well Cheap Kerryon Johnson Jersey ,” he said.The 24-year-old Buehler inserted his name among the Dodgers pitching greats who cemented their reputations in October: Koufax, Drysdale, Valenzuela and Hershiser.Fittingly, Sandy Koufax stood and applauded Buehler as he placidly strode off the mound to end the sixth.With two outs in the seventh, fans were on their feet chanting “Walker Buehler!” and whipping blue towels.Once J.D. Martinez went down swinging for the third out, the crowd of 53,114 erupted and Buehler, usually unemotional, let out a roar and exhorted the fans to get even louder. He walked a gauntlet of high-fives back in the dugout, sharing a hug with veteran ace Clayton Kershaw.Buehler walked none, struck out seven and threw a career-high 108 pitches. Even though Muncy won the game , some fans were still chanting Buehler’s name after it was over.“His stuff is amazing. He made adjustments,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “We were putting good at-bats early on. He was throwing the four-seamer, and all of a sudden he started throwing cutters and changeups, and he was able to keep us off balance. For him to go seven at this stage, they needed it and he did an outstanding job.”The performance came after Buehler pitched the Dodgers past Colorado in a tiebreaker for the NL West title and then started Game 7 of the NL Championship Series at Milwaukee as Los Angeles won its second straight pennant.Over his past five starts, Buehler is 1-1 with a 2.46 ERA and 18 strikeouts against four walks.“He did a tremendous job. It tells you how good he is, and he pitched lights out. He’s one of our aces,” shortstop Manny Machado said.

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    Rob Carr/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series for the third straight season after defeating the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Monday at SunTrust Park in the 2018 MLB playoffs.Rich Hill got the start for Los Angeles and allowed two runs in 4.1 innings of work.With the Braves leading 2-1 , David Freese put the Dodgers ahead with a two-run single in the top of the sixth. An inning later, Manny Machado tacked three more runs on the board with a homer off Braves relieverChad Sobotka.Manny Machado the Key to Ending Dodgers' World Series DroughtMachado went 1-for-12 in the first three games of the NLDS.The four-time All-Star helped set the tone for Los Angeles with an RBI double in the first inning. Then came the three-run homer to provide the Dodgers with much-needed breathing room.MLB MLBOh my, Manny. 馃槼馃槺 GJV2sjneDMAs good as Justin Turner and Corey Seager played for the Dodgers over the past two years, they don't match up with Machado when he's performing at his peak. He brings a different dimension to Los Angeles' offense, which is why the teamgave up five prospectsfor a player who may only be a half-season rental.According to FanGraphs, the Dodgers ranked20thin weighted on-base average (.314) and14thin weighted runs created plus (97) in 2016. They climbed toseventh(.330) andtied for fourth(104) in those two categories in 2017 and continued improving in 2018. Los Angeles isthirdin wOBA (.333) andtied for firstin wRC+ (111).Machado doesn't deserve sole credit for the team's offensive success since he only appeared in 66 games during the regular season. But he helped take what was already a good lineup鈥攁nd one that had to replace Seager鈥攁nd raised it to a new level.If the Dodgers go on to win their first World Series since 1988, Machado will almost certainly be a big reason why.Overachieving Braves Have Bright Future in 2019Nothing can take the sting away from a playoff defeat, but Braves fans should be heartened by the fact that the best is yet to come for the franchise.Joe Sheehan joe_sheehanThe #Braves will be back here, and damned soon.Grant McAuley grantmcauleyThey provided the fan base with a spark after years of frustration. They had far more ups than downs and showed the rest of baseball that Atlanta is knocking on the door of greatness again. Heres to the 2018 #Braves. They earned their respect. Thank you for a great season, guys.Woody Cain WYcainDodgers have better roster than Braves this yr. 6-8 guys who have been there-done that. Snitker took bunch of kids amp;amp; few veterans sprinkled in amp;amp; won division when NOBODY thought they could-Fun to watch for 1st time in years. Plus, guy who built LA roster is now doing same in ATLSuccess is never guaranteed, something to which one of Atlanta's division rivals can attest. The Washington Nationals could have nothing more than four NLDS appearances from the Bryce Harper era.But the Braves are clearly a team on the rise and they might even be ahead of schedule by pushing the Dodgers to four games in the NLDS. Atlanta built a winning team in the short term while maintaining its massive potential for the future.The core of the Braves' roster will be back in 2019, with Jonny Venters, Nick Markakis, Kurt Suzuki, Brad Brach and Anibal Sanchez their most notable free agents. More importantly, fans have seenOzzie Albies and Ronald Acuna only scratch the surface of what they can do in the majors.Improving the starting rotation will be critical for Atlanta after its starters combined to finish 12th in FIP (3.99) , perFanGraphs. Especially if they opt against re-signing Sanchez, the Braves will be looking to one of Kyle Wright orMike Soroka, who are 23 and 21 respectively, to take a bigger role on the pitching staff.With better starting pitching, the Braves won't need to push their bullpen so hard in the postseason, which was a problem in the NLDS.Playoff Experience Gives Dodgers Edge in NLCSThe Milwaukee Brewers tied afranchise recordby winning 96 games in the regular season.They have an offense anchored by MVP candidate Christian Yelich, who can almost single-handedly swing a postseason series.In the NLDS, Milwaukee pitchers not named Jeremy Jeffress held the Colorado Rockies scoreless and limited Rockies hitters to eight hits over 24.2 innings.The NLCS promises to be a close series in which the slimmest of margins will separate advancing to the World Series from a playoff exit.Because of that, one can't help but think the Dodgers' collective experience in October will put them over the top.Freese is a perfect example.He was the NLCS and World Series MVP in 2011 and a career .280 hitter in the playoffs entering Monday. The 35-year-old is great to bring off the bench in pinch-hit situations.Dan Buffa buffa82David Freese is worth signing just for what he can do in October. Dude is the epitome of clutch.Bob Nightengale BNightengaleDavid Freese loves this time of year, delivers once again with 2-run single, for #Dodgers. Mr. ClutchThen you include the veterans who have been around for all or some of the Dodgers' previous five playoff appearances. That's one of the benefits of being a big-market franchise that can consistently maintain one of MLB's highest payrolls.Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, and the Brewers will be calling upon those two to help navigate the franchise back to the Fall Classic.From top to bottom, though, the Dodgers are the stronger team and have been battled-tested together in the playoffs.Like the Braves, the Brewers might be headed for a year of heartbreak but have a good shot at making a World Series run over the next few seasons.What's Next?The Dodgers head to Miller Park for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The Brewers earned a series sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 6-0 win Sunday. NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks and the New York Yankees reached the playoffs the same way they played the regular season: They got hurt, stood up and kept on going. Hicks doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning , just after a foul ball to an ankle sent him sprawling to the dirt face-first in pain Rollie Fingers Jersey , and the Yankees clinched an AL wild card for the second straight year with a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.“It hurts. It’s going to be sore tomorrow, that’s for sure,” Hicks said after limping to his locker, his left ankle taped. “I think after I hit the ball, it was kind of all adrenaline.”Rookie manager Aaron Boone will lead the Yankees into the winner-take-all Oct. 3 wild-card game, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees are 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage and are 53-27 at home this season.New York acquired slugger Giancarlo Stanton from Miami during the offseason, and then boosted its offense with the early season call-ups of rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar. Stanton will be in the playoffs for the first time following eight frustrating seasons with the Marlins.“There’s no feeling like it,” Stanton said after the Yankees celebrated with a bubbly spraying in their clubhouse, many wearing new “DEFEND THE BRONX” postseason T-shirts. “I’m going to enjoy tonight, enjoy this buzz and celebration, and just know we’ve got more work to do.”New York sprinted to a 54-27 record at this season’s halfway point and was ahead of Boston by percentage points in the quest for its first AL East title since 2012, but the Yankees slowed in the second half as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gregorius and Aroldis Chapman got hurt. The Red Sox clinched their third straight division crown by beating New York on Thursday.Still, at 95-59 the Yankees matched their most wins since 2012 and equaled their season high of 36 games over .500. They will make their 54th postseason appearance — 21 more than any other team — and their 20th in 24 seasons.Boone replaced Joe Girardi last fall, having never managed at any level, tasked with leading the team to its first World Series title since 2009. He walked around the clubhouse during the celebration thanking each player individually.“Everyone in that room understands that we feel just as capable as any other team that’s going to have an opportunity to do something special ,” said Boone , who set off a celebration at old Yankee Stadium with his pennant-winning homer against Boston in 2003.Chad Green, Chapman, Dellin Betances, Zach Britton, Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle (2-0) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Lance Lynn. Holder escaped a second-and-third, no-outs, and bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 10th , helped by first baseman Luke Voit’s diving catch of a Chris Davis liner with the infield in.“I would imagine if we win big, we’ll look back and they’ll have played a huge role,” Boone said.Speaking in the afternoon, Boone called Hicks “one of the most underrated players in the game.”New York went ahead in the second inning against David Hess when Hicks hit his 26th home run and Voit hit his 11th in 32 games since he was acquired from St. Louis on July 29, a drive that hit the Toyota sign above the Yankees bullpen in right-center . Still learning about New York, Voit had trouble finding the D train on the subway to get to Yankee Stadium.“Man, this has been the craziest year in my life,” Voit said.Baltimore scored against Lynn when Cedric Mullins‘ tapper in front of the plate drove in a run in the third Johnny Manziel Jersey , and DJ Stewart singled in the tying run in the fifth . Lynn got out of bases-loaded trouble in the fifth when Adam Jones grounded into a forceout.Tampa Bay lost at Toronto as the ninth inning was about to start in the Bronx, putting the Yankees in position to clinch with a win. New York finally broke through after Gregorius singled off Paul Fry (0-2) starting the 11th.Stanton struck out, and the foul ball off Hicks’ foot caused a two-minute delay. Hicks took a ball and then lined a low, inside slider down the left-field line.Gregorius sped around the bases as left fielder John Andreoli picked up the ball by the wall, and Gregorius slid in headfirst ahead of shortstop Jonathan Villar’s relay throw and spread his arms wide. Hicks said X-rays on the ankle were negative — but his necklace was cut in half during the celebration.Now the Yankees will try to stay ahead of the A’s and host the wild card.“You got to come to this jungle here or us fly cross-country and go spend a couple days on the West Coast?” Stanton said. “I think we’d prefer to be here.”Judge, a veteran of last October’s run, kept the day in perspective .“Enjoy it. Soak it up,” he said. “But we’ve still got four more celebrations to go.”SINKINGBaltimore dropped to 44-110, one shy of the franchise record for losses set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns. The Orioles entered 60½ games out of first place and are assured of next year’s top pick in the amateur draft.Steve Wilkerson was thrown out at the plate twice, by Torres after the second baseman retrieved Sanchez’s errant throw and by Judge on Caleb Joseph’s single to right in the fifth . Wilkerson threw out Torres trying to score from third on Andrew McCutchen’s seventh-inning grounder to third.“We’re not in the playoff hunt, but it gives you a little experience of what the atmosphere is like,” Fry said. “Everyone’s against you.”STRUGGLINGA day after the Yankees said the struggling Sanchez would be their postseason starter, he allowed his major league-leading 15th passed ball — he tied for the high last year with 16. He also made his sixth error.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: RHP Andrew Cashner remains bothered by pain in his left knee. … RHP Hunter Harvey is to have his sore elbow examined Monday, according to manager Buck Showalter.UP NEXTLHP J.A. Happ (6-0, 2.39 ERA with the Yankees; 16-6, 3.62 overall) starts Sunday’s home regular-season finale and is lined up to start the wild-card game. RHP Alex Cobb (5-15) starts for the Orioles.

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    The Washington Nationals reportedly offered free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper a 10-year deal worth $300 million.According to Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post Barry Larkin Jersey , that offer did not include any opt-out clauses.Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted the Nats likely knew Harper wouldn't accept the offer, and he mentioned Washington as a "fallback" for Harper if he doesn't get the deal he wants.Rosenthal added that Harper is hoping to receive a bigger contract than the 13-year, $325 million deal New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Miami Marlins in 2014.Last year, an anonymous MLB general manager suggested to'sEddie Matzthat Harper could land a $400 million contract in free agency.On Tuesday, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo toldESPN.comthat Washington isn't giving up on bringing Harper back into the fold:"We've had conversations and we utilized our exclusivity to negotiate with him late in the season through when he became eligible to sign with a team. We didn't get anything done, but he's a guy that is near and dear to us and we are not closing any doors."The 26-year-old Harper is coming off his sixth All-Star nod in seven MLB seasons after he hit .249 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI in 2018.While Harper's batting average left something to be desired, he walked an MLB-leading 130 times and posted an on-base percentage of .393, good for ninth in the majors.Harper made his MLB debut in 2012, just two years after the Nationals selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft.He was named the National League Rookie of the Year , and three seasons after that, he won the National League MVP Award when he hit .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBI.In 927 career games, Harper is hitting .279 with 184 home runs and 521 RBI.Because of his age and impressive resume, Harper is seemingly in line to land a record-breaking contract. His agent, Scott Boras, has the reputation and skills to get him that sort of deal.Harper leads a strong free-agent class that includes shortstop Manny Machado, starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, closer Craig Kimbrel and several other top-flight options. TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t blessed with a bunch of big boppers, but they will burn up the basepaths at every opportunity.Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run Billy Hamilton Jersey , and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on Saturday, their seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.“With our lineup, we have to execute the small things a lot more than other teams,” outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “We don’t have the big home run hitters or anything like that. We just try to move base to base and, anytime we can, try to capitalize on any mistakes or errors and make them pay.”Tampa Bay took advantage of a pair of early Toronto miscues to take extra bases that led to runs. Speedy outfielder Mallex Smith led off the first with a chopper over the mound. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz and second baseman Devon Travis both charged, and then backed off as the ball rolled between them. Smith took advantage of two infielders being out of position to advance to second and was credited with a double. He scored one out later on Joey Wendle’s double just inside the right field foul line.“Initially I thought I would beat out the ball and just get the single,” Smith said. “I head the crowd go ‘Ooh,’ so I thought they bobbled it. Then I saw it just kind of helplessly rolling out to center field.”In the second Anthony DeSclafani Jersey , Kiermaier led off with a single and advanced when center fielder Kevin Pillar bobbled the ball. Kiermaier later stole third and scored on Adames’ RBI grounder.“We’re not a very high-scoring offense, so we have to take advantage of any little mistake, bobble, whatever, to get that extra 90 feet,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We don’t score those runs if they don’t do those things.”Aledmys Diaz homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of six and are a season-worst 12 games below .500.“Any time you can limit a team to one run, things are going right,” Cash said.Ryne Stanek opened for the Rays , leaving after four outs. Diego Castillo (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings and Jamie Schultz allowed one run in two innings. Hunter Wood pitched the seventh, Pedro Alvorado handled the eighth and Sergio Romo worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 22 opportunities.“They were tough today,” Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said. “They made pitches, made some plays on defense.”Toronto had two runners thrown out on the bases in the seventh. Martin led off with a single but was caught trying to steal second. The inning ended when Pillar was picked off first following a walk.Diaz cut the deficit in half with a leadoff homer off Schultz in the fifth, his 15th. Jesus Sucre hit an RBI single off Ryan Tepera in the ninth to restore the two-run cushion.Sam Gaviglio (2-5) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Gaviglio is winless in 14 starts since a May 25 victory at Philadelphia.BACK2BACKToronto honored the 25th anniversary of its consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 with a pregame ceremony. More than 20 coaches and players from the two championship teams were on hand, including Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Dave Winfield, 1993 hero Joe Carter and manager Cito Gaston.DRY SPELLToronto Michael Lorenzen Jersey , which lost 7-0 Friday, scored one run or fewer in consecutive games for the third time.DID IT AGAINBlue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, his fourth in four games.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Manager John Gibbons said INF Yangervis Solarte will go on the disabled list after injuring his right oblique on an awkward swing in the second inning and leaving the game. Solarte was replaced by Richard Urena. … In a statement, the Blue Jays said injured 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) is “ramping up intensity” in his workouts at its spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. Donaldson has been out since May 28.UP NEXTRays RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.14 ERA) starts Sunday’s series finale against RHP Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.20). Glasnow is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts since being acquired from Pittsburgh last month. Stroman left Tuesday’s start against Boston after allowing one unearned run in seven innings because of a blister on his middle finger.

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    MIAMI — Starlin Castro said he has been feeling “a little lost” at the plate lately.Monday night Devin Mesoraco Jersey , he rediscovered his stroke, belting a two-run double and a solo homer as his Miami Marlins defeated the visiting Washington Nationals 8-5.The Marlins are in last place in the National League East and have not been in contention all year, so the victory was merely for pride and the stat books.Article continues below ...But the Nationals (76-75), who won this division three of the past four years, including the past two in a row by large margins, are a different story.The Nationals are now long-shots to make this postseason, and Monday’s performance — giving up a 4-0 lead — had to hurt.On Tuesday, the Nationals and Marlins will conclude their brief two-game set. Washington will start veteran right-hander Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA). Miami will go with rookie right-hander Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42 ERA).Dating back to April 2017, Strasburg has dominated the Marlins , going 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA.Overall, Strasburg, who at age 30 still has an above-average fastball with a norm of 94.8 mph, has won his past two decisions. His most recent start, on Wednesday at the Philadelphia Phillies, was Strasburg’s best since May. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed just one run in seven innings.One of Strasburg’s oddest patterns this year has been his home struggles — 2-5 with a 5.20 ERA. But he is 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA in eight road starts.He has also been strong in September, going 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts.The Marlins, though, have shown they will battle, just as they did on Monday.“I give credit to our whole lineup ,” Castro said of a Marlins team that pieced together six singles, six walks, two doubles and one homer on Monday. “We started the game losing, but we all came up with big at-bats.”Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he was proud of his team.“It feels good that our guys are fighting,” Mattingly said. “You want your guys to compete no matter the situation.”Mattingly has to be happy with the compete level of Alcantara, whose average fastball is 95.2 mph. He has thrown as hard as 102 mph, and, at age 23, he is a big part of Miami’s future.Alcantara has lasted seven innings in each of his past two starts. In those two games, he has allowed a total of just five hits and two runs, striking out 12.Washington has its own young stars — outfielders Victor Robles and Juan Soto. Robles Giancarlo Stanton Jersey , a 21-year-old with just 44 at-bats at this level, hit his first major-league homer on Monday night, blasting the ball 427 feet to left. His shot had an exit velocity of 105 mph.The 19-year-old Soto has hit 20 homers so far this season, which ranks him third in major-league history in the category of long balls hit by a teenager. Tony Conigliaro is atop the list with 24 homers. Washington’s Bryce Harper hit 22 homers as a teen.Strasburg recently gave Soto exceptionally high praise.“He is reminiscent,” Strasburg said, “of watching (a young) Tony Gwynn.” Apparently, the first rule about tricking the umpire isn't don't talk about tricking the umpire.According to Blake Richardson and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier admitted to the media and Los Angeles DodgersoutfielderAlex Verdugo that he switched balls and fooled the umpire into thinking he actually caught Verdugo's foul ball in Monday's game.Richardson and McCullough explained Verdugo fouled a pitch near the crowd, prompting Frazier to dive into the stands. While the ball slipped out of Frazier's glove as he landed, he grabbed a replica ball from the stands and held it up.The umpire, fooled , proceeded to call Verdugo out."But at the time, they thought he caught it," Verdugo said. "So you got to give it to him."Steve Gelbs of SportsNet New York was the first to report Frazier didn't actually catch it and broke down the play using video:SportsNet New York SNYtv.SteveGelbs reveals the TRUTH behind the FlavaFraz21 diving 鈥渃atch鈥?on Monday.Video don鈥檛 lie! P4a1gBQIXeVerdugo still had a productive day Monday, going 2-for-4 with a double, but the Mets won the game, 4-2. A three-run home run by Brandon Nimmo in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference and handed the Dodgers an important loss in the postseason race.New York took two of three in the series from Los Angeles, dropping the Dodgers to 76-64. They are 1.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies in the National League West and two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild-card spot with a critical three-game set scheduled in Colorado this weekend.Los Angeles will have to worry about catching the Rockies in the division, but at least they won't have to concern themselves with Frazier tricking the umpires in their next series.

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Cleveland Indians have turned this division race into a late-summer cruise Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , with the Minnesota Twins already in future-planning mode.Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 while taking a shutout into the eighth inning, winning his fourth straight start since returning from the disabled list to carry the Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.Brad Hand recorded the last five outs for his second save in as many attempts with the Indians, who stretched their lead over the Twins in the AL Central to 10 games and improved to 32-15 in intra-division games this season.”It’s fun,” Hand said. ”We’ve played some good baseball, so just try to keep things going and ride it out.”After the Indians acquired Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from San Diego during the All-Star break, the Twins front office formally surrendered 2018 by trading five regulars in separate trades that fetched 12 players and only one current major leaguer.Carrasco (13-5), who missed three weeks with a bruised elbow before his reinstatement on July 6, has 63 strikeouts in his last eight starts. This was his fourth turn with double-digit strikeouts, and he won his fifth straight decision. Carrasco picked up a victory with one inning of relief on July 15, right before the All-Star break.”That’s part of how we feel we can be a good team,” manager Terry Francona said. ”Every time we send a starter out there, we feel like we’ve got a chance.”The Indians, who won a series against the Twins for the first time in four tries this year Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey , have allowed only 13 runs over their last six games. Their ERA against AL Central teams is 2.70 this season, the best intra-division mark in MLB. The Indians also led the major leagues in July in runs, steals and batting average.The bullpen that has been their biggest concern? Over the past nine games, Indians relievers have a collective 1.08 ERA. Hand, the two-time All-Star and Minnesota native, had 24 saves in 29 opportunities with the Padres.Jorge Polanco, who had two of Minnesota’s five hits, singled in the fourth after Carrasco retired the first 11 batters. Joe Mauer hit his first triple of the year after an eight-pitch, two-out at-bat in the sixth, but Carrasco struck out the side.”It’s pretty scary if you’ve got a guy like that,” shortstop Francisco Lindor said.The Twins agreed.”His changeup was on. His slider was on,” left fielder Max Kepler said. ”He was getting sneaky fastballs by people because he was using so much off-speed.”THROWING THROUGHAdalberto Mejia gave the Twins five scoreless innings to start with only one hit allowed, but reliever Matt Magill allowed a run in the sixth when Rajai Davis came home during catcher Mitch Garver’s throw to second base to catch Jose Ramirez stealing. Davis , who was not credited with a stolen base, started the rally with a single.The Twins directed Garver to throw rather than hold the ball.”I wasn’t going to give him a free base,” manager Paul Molitor said.MARTIN ON BOARDLeonys Martin, who was acquired to bolster the injury-depleted outfield in an intra-division trade with the Detroit Tigers to beat the deadline on Tuesday, made his Cleveland debut as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and singled in the ninth. Greg Allen, who had three runs and three hits on Tuesday, was sent back to Triple-A Columbus after two games.FORSYTHE FORSAKES SLEEPLogan Forsythe, who came to Minnesota with two minor league players from the Dodgers in the trade for Brian Dozier, made his first appearance for the Twins by sharply grounding into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Lindor made a slick scoop and pivot to start the play.After boarding a red-eye flight from Los Angeles, Forsythe was at the ballpark for the matinee with minimal rest.”It’s a new way to kind of mesh in with a new clubhouse and a core group of veterans,” said Forsythe, who’ll take most of the games at second base to fill in for Dozier. ”It’s just exciting, man. It’s a new chapter.”TRAINER’S ROOMMiller could rejoin the bullpen on Friday Deshaun Watson Jersey Elite , Francona said, or he might be asked to stay on his rehab assignment and pitch more than one inning. Miller has been out for more than two months with right knee trouble.UP NEXTIndians: There’s no game scheduled on Thursday, before the team returns home to host Los Angeles in a three-game series. RHP Mike Clevinger (7-7, 3.43 ERA) starts for the Indians, and RHP Jaime Barria (6-7, 3.74 ERA) pitches for the Angels.Twins: Following a day off, RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.58 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night to start a three-game series against Kansas City. RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-1, 3.29 ERA) pitches for the Royals.— United States President Donald Trump announced Saturday he's selected three former athletes鈥擝abe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page鈥攖o receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony Friday.The Presidential Medal of Freedom, which has been awarded since 1963, is regarded as the nation's top civilian honor for "meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."Ruth will obtain the honor posthumously. The baseball legend Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , who won seven World Series titles and long held the MLB home run record with 714 after stints with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Boston Braves, died in 1948."His legacy has never been eclipsed, and he remains the personification of America's pastime. Off the baseball field, he created the Babe Ruth Foundation and tirelessly raised funds for the war effort during the Second World War," the announcement noted.Staubach won the 1963 Heisman Trophy at Navy and served in the military during the Vietnam War before embarking on his Hall of Fame professional career with the Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback earned six Pro Bowl selections and led America's Team to a pair of Super Bowl titles.The announcement called the 76-year-old Cincinnati native a "champion for many charitable causes, including the United Way of America, the Children's Scholarship Fund and Allies in Service, an organization devoted to supporting service members, veterans and their spouses."Page, 73, is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who earned nine Pro Bowl selections as a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and was a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1993 until his 2015 retirement."Since 1988, his Page Education Foundation has provided scholarships to nearly 7 ,000 students," the White House press release stated.Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and Michael Jordan are among the athletes previously granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Other honorees Friday include doctor Miriam Adelson, Sen. 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    A look at what’s happening around the majors today:BRAVE NEW WORLDRookie phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. will try to get the first-place Atlanta Braves off to another fast start when they visit Arizona in a matchup of NL playoff contenders. Acuna hit his eighth leadoff homer Wednesday , setting a club single-season record, but the Braves blew a late six-run lead in an excruciating 9-8 loss to Boston at home. Brandon Phillips’ two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning of his long-awaited season debut capped the biggest comeback by the Red Sox this year. On the heels of a three-game sweep, Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 2.98 ERA) looks to get Atlanta back on track when he faces Zack Greinke (13-9, 2.97) and the Diamondbacks in the opener of a four-game series. Acuna has 24 homers, including 17 since the All-Star break.GETTING CLOSERWith their magic number down to eight, the Cleveland Indians attempt to move closer to a third consecutive AL Central title when they play at Toronto. Lefty reliever Andrew Miller (sore shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen before the game. He’s been on the disabled list since Aug. 29.CLOSING TIMENo telling who the Chicago Cubs will use as their closer when the NL Central leaders open a series at Washington. Brandon Morrow held the job through the All-Star break, but hasn’t pitched since then because of a biceps injury. He hasn’t thrown off a mound during his recovery. Pedro Strop has gotten the ball in the ninth inning lately John Kruk Jersey , but has never been a full-time closer. Steve Cishek and Justin Wilson also could perhaps fill in. Manager Joe Maddon says even if Morrow heals, it’s hard to say how he’d be used.CHECK HIMPhillies third baseman Maikel Franco has returned to Philadelphia to have his sore right wrist examined by a specialist. He didn’t play in the three-game series at Miami this week. Franco is expected to rejoin the team later this week. The Phillies, who have lost four of five while trying to catch Atlanta in the NL East, play this weekend vs. the Mets in New York. The two best teams in the National League will square off in SunTrust Park on Thursday, when the Chicago Cubs (78-54) visit the Atlanta Braves (74-58) as small road underdogs at sportsbooks. Both teams are coming off losses Wednesday, but Chicago is still leading the NL Central by 4.5 games, while Atlanta is up 3.5 in the East. MLB betting line: The Braves opened as -136 favorites (wager $136 to win $100); the total is at eight runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.MLB betting pick , via OddsShark computer: 5.7-3.0, Braves.MLB picks on every game.Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Cubs Can Pay on the MLB LinesThe Cubs have won eight of their past 12 meetings with the Braves, dating back to last season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. That includes four of the past five played at Atlanta, with the teams splitting a pair there in May.Chicago is going with a six-man starting rotation, and that means Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.62 ERA) will get the call in this make-up game before the team heads to Philadelphia for a three-game series against the Phillies. Montgomery was dealing with shoulder soreness but should be well-rested Mike Schmidt Jersey , with his most recent appearance coming August 11.Why the Braves Can Pay on the MLB LinesThis could be a big game in terms of helping to determine which team has home-field advantage in the playoffs, and the Braves will have one of their better pitchers on the mound here in Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 2.67 ERA).Foltynewicz has allowed one earned run or less in each of his previous four outings for Atlanta, going 2-1 during that stretch with one no-decision and seeing his ERA drop from 3.04. He is also 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 12 home starts this season and walked away with a no-decision versus the Cubs on May 15 despite striking out 10 and giving up one earned run in five innings. Smart Betting PickThe Braves are rightfully favored in this spot with an advantage in the pitching matchup, and they have earned their four recent wins in this series over the past six meetings. Two of them took place at Wrigley Field earlier this season, and the other was a 4-1 victory at SunTrust Park on May 16. Look for Atlanta to come through as a home favorite. MLB Betting TrendsThe total has gone under in 15 of Chicago's past 21 games.Chicago is 2-4 in its past six games when playing Atlanta.Atlanta is 6-3 in its past nine 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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    The Baltimore Orioles will make history Tuesday when they become the firstAmerican professional sports team to feature Braille lettering on their uniforms.Baltimore Orioles OriolesOn Sept. 18 Miguel Gonzalez Jersey , well recognize the 40th anniversary of NFB_voice moving their headquarters to Baltimore and become the first American professional sports team to incorporate Braille lettering into our gameday uniforms when we host National Federation of the Blind Night at OPACY. vU8ZDlXGOr"We've made a conscious effort to create an environment where everyone feels welcome at the ballpark," Orioles Vice President of Communications and Marketing Greg Bader said, according to theBaltimore Sun'sMike Klingaman."We take our role as entertainer very seriously, but we also want to serve as an escape for some people and as a platform to highlight the causes and morals that we feel strongly about. A 'blindness awareness night' puts it into perspective that there's more going on out there than just wins and losses."National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, expressed his appreciation for the Orioles' initiative:Orioles on MASN masnOriolesThe Orioles will become the first team in American professional sports history to incorporate Braille lettering into their gameday uniforms when they host NFB_voice on Tuesday! EliPQkPuLIPer Klingaman, the jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off online after the game , with proceeds going to theNational Federation of the Blind. The federation is celebrating its 40thyear based in Baltimore and wasestablished in 1940.The first 15,000 fans will receiveBraille alphabet cards upon entry to the game.Baltimore will debut the uniforms against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A year ago, Dereck Rodriguez was down in Double-A ball, a converted outfielder hoping to take a new path as a pitcher.A non-roster invite to spring training, Rodriguez finally got the call to the majors in late May.Since then, he’s sparkled.Rodriguez threw seven innings of two-hit ball to continue his fine rookie season and San Francisco beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Sunday.“He finds a way,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s just been so consistent getting us deep in the game. What a job he’s done since he’s come up. It’s a great story.”Rodriguez (6-1) faced three batters over the minimum , allowing one run with four strikeouts and a walk. Both hits off him came in the second inning.The 26-year-old righty has a 2.25 ERA, lowest among NL rookies.“He stayed off the barrel,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “I didn’t think we got caught up in overswinging at all. We were trying to square him up, trying to hit it hard where he pitched it. We were unable to do a whole lot of that.”Rodriguez has been San Francisco’s most consistent pitcher this season. He is tied for the team lead in wins and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last eight starts.“After every start I sit back and look at what’s been happening the last couple of months,” Rodriguez said. “From where I was this time last year to where I’m at this year, it’s a big change.”With five consecutive wins, Bochy believes Rodriguez deserves to be in the discussion for rookie of the year.“You look at how consistent he’s been Welington Castillo Jersey , you look at the numbers, without question he has to be in that talk and consideration,” Bochy said. “He’s doing all he can do and more than we thought. We knew he would be pretty good but he’s even exceeded that.”Nick Hundley and Joe Panik each drove in two runs for the Giant and Gorkys Hernandez scored twice.Starling Marte had a two-run double for the Pirates.The Giants went 2-4 on their six-game homestand largely because their bullpen failed to hold two late leads against Houston, including one that cost Rodriguez a chance to win.It nearly happened again.Pittsburgh scored twice on Marte’s two-out double off reliever Reyes Moronta in the eighth, but Tony Watson retired Gregory Polanco with the tying run on second.Will Smith pitched the ninth for his eighth save.Hundley hit an RBI triple off Joe Musgrove (4-7) in the third and singled home a run in the fourth.LITTLE SUPPORTMusgrove allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one but got little run support for the third consecutive start. Pittsburgh was shut out in Musgrove’s previous two starts and scored only one run while he was on the mound Sunday.“It’s not my job to worry about that,” Musgrove said. “I feel like I’m continuing to throw the ball really well right now.”PIRATES MOVEPittsburgh utility player Christopher Bostick was acquired by Miami for cash. Bostick, who played in two games for the Pirates this season , was designated for assignment last week.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: C Francisco Cervelli did not start after getting hit in the facemask by a foul tip in the first inning of Saturday’s game. Cervelli struck out looking as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.Giants: RHP Hunter Strickland (fractured right hand) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. The reliever is eligible to come off the disabled list Aug. 18.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (9-8, 3.63 ERA) faces the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday. Taillon is 5-1 in his previous seven road starts.Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-4, 2.69) opposes Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles on Monday. Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings against Houston in his most recent start.

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. loves being a spark at the top of the Braves‘ batting order.“It’s part of my personality and the kind of baseball player that I am Jarrod Dyson Jersey ,” he said through a translator. “That’s the energy I try to bring. The energy is contagious, and I just try to make sure I bring it out there and help everyone win in that way.”Acuna hit his seventh leadoff homer of the season and scored the tiebreaking run in a four-run eighth inning to help NL East-leading Atlanta beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Sunday.The 20-year-old Acuna singled off Steven Brault to begin the eighth, advanced on a bunt and scored from second on a headfirst slide after second baseman Kevin Newman errantly let Freddie Freeman’s hard grounder bounce between his legs and roll into shallow right field.Acuna’s first-inning shot was his 23rd overall and tied the franchise record for leadoff homers that Marquis Grissom set in 1996.The Braves increased their division lead over Philadelphia to four games.Ozzie Albies kept the eighth going, chasing Brault (5-3) with an RBI single to leave the bases loaded. Dovydas Neverauskas’ wild pitch to Dansby Swanson added another run, and Swanson singled to make it a four-run lead.Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings for Atlanta, giving up four hits, one run and two walks. He struck out five and has a 1.10 ERA in his last five starts.Jonny Venters (4-1) got the last out of the Pirates’ eighth to earn a win in relief for the second straight game.Brault allowed four hits, one walk and three runs — one earned — in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out two.Acuna went 3 for 4. The dazzling rookie is hitting .346 with 16 homers, 31 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 42 games since he was moved to the leadoff spot. His homer on Nick Kingham’s second pitch glanced off the third-level scoreboard facade in left field.“I’m just trying to do my part by coming out with the same energy and enthusiasm and thankfully the results have been good,” Acuna said.Kingham took the rotation spot of Ivan Nova, who is away for personal reasons, and gave up four hits and one run with four strikeouts in five innings. He did not issue a walk for the first time in his last 12 starts.“He settled in, changed speeds ttp:// , efficient with his pitches,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was a good outing.”The Pirates have scored just 46 runs since Aug. 12, the fewest in the majors over that span. They went ahead in the first when Teheran issued a pair of two-out walks and Colin Moran had an RBI single.It didn’t take long for Acuna to tie it.“Every time he steps in the box in the first inning it’s like the biggest thing for us,” Teheran said. “You never know when he’s going to hit a homer, but in his first at-bat it’s like he’s got everyone’s attention, and we’re waiting for that big swing.”DREAM OPPORTUNITYRHP Touki Toussaint will make his second career start when Atlanta begins a three-game series Monday against Boston.Toussaint was chosen over fellow prospects Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright after pitching at least six innings and allowing one earned run in winning his last three starts at Triple-A Gwinnett.The Red Sox lead the majors with 94 wins, are 50 games over .500 and rank first in the majors in runs scored, batting average and slugging percentage. It will be a big jump in competition after the Haitian-American Toussaint won his debut against the struggling Miami Marlins last month.“You dream of this as a little kid,” Toussaint said. “You want to be in the World Series pitching against the best.”HE’S BACKThe Braves announced during the game that they have reacquired OF Preston Tucker from Cincinnati for cash considerations. Tucker was dealt to the Reds on July 30 in the trade that brought OF Adam Duvall to Atlanta. Duvall, who struck out as a pinch-hitter to strand two runners in scoring position in the seventh, is batting .103 with no RBIs in 25 games with the Braves.TRAINER’S ROOMAtlanta RHPs Arodys Vizcaino, sidelined 53 games with right shoulder inflammation, and Jose Ramirez Daniel Descalso Jersey , sidelined 120 games with the same diagnosis, will begin rehab assignments Monday at Gwinnett and then appear Tuesday at Single-A Rome.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Trevor Williams (11-9, 3.30 ERA) will face Matt Harvey (6-7, 4.97) as Pittsburgh opens a three-game series against Cincinnati. Williams has gone 4-2 with a 0.84 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.Braves: Toussaint (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will make his second career start as Atlanta opens a three-game home series against Boston. Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.35) pitches for the Red Sox. HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman knows he doesn’t have to do too much in a Houston Astros lineup that also features George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.And that, he says, is what has allowed him to put together the best year of his young career.Bregman hit three doubles and Yuli Gurriel homered for the second game in a row, leading Justin Verlander and the Astros over the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.“Just having the guys that I have around me in that lineup allows me to just relax and try to put together a good at-bat,” Bregman said, playing down the fact that he’s leading the team in almost every offensive category.Manager A.J. Hinch had no trouble raving about his 24-year-old third baseman, who’s in just his second full season in the majors.“He’s just locked in ,” Hinch said. “When that happens, he leaves very little margin for the pitcher to get him out. And we’re seeing that come pretty regularly for him.”Verlander (14-9) yielded one run and three hits while fanning eight over seven innings.Jorge Polanco homered off reliever Chris Devenski to begin the ninth. After Robbie Grossman walked, Roberto Osuna took over and gave up a single to Tyler Austin with one out. Gurriel then caught Max Kepler’s liner and stepped on first to complete the double play and give Osuna his 13th save.“Obviously, if that ball went through it would have been extra bases,” Gurriel said. “So to be able to make that play was very, very important to win that game.”The Astros got to Trevor May (3-1) immediately when Springer hit a leadoff single and scored on a one-out double by Bregman. Tyler White hit an RBI single with two outs to score Bregman and a short mound visit came next.On the second pitch after the visit, Gurriel sent a ball into the seats in left field for his 10th homer to extend the lead to 4-0.Twins rookie Kohl Stewart, who was born and grew up in Houston, took over for the second inning and pitched well in front of a large group of friends and family sitting behind the visitor’s dugout. He allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings.“Kohl did a really nice job,” manager Paul Molitor said. “I was a little concerned about him with all the people he had here at the ballpark, but he made them happy.”Verlander ran into some trouble in the second inning when Grossman singled before Miguel Sano and Kepler drew consecutive walks with one out to load the bases. But Verlander retired Ehire Adrianza before striking out Chris Gimenez to end the threat.Sano was carted off the field in the inning after injuring his surgically repaired left leg sliding into second base. The team said X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day with a bruise on his lower left leg. Sano had a rod inserted in his left leg in November.“He was in a lot of pain,” Molitor said. “It kind of radiated down to the ankle.”Molitor said Sano would be on crutches for a day as a precaution but that he was optimistic that he wouldn’t be out for “too long.”Grossman, who previously played for the Astros David Peralta Jersey , hit an RBI double with two outs in the third that made it 4-1. Verlander started rolling after that, retiring the last 13 batters he faced, with six strikeouts, before Ryan Pressly took over for the eighth inning.Tony Kemp hit a bunt single to start Houston’s seventh and the Astros pushed the lead to 5-1 when Bregman hit his major league-leading 46th double with two outs.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: RHP Charlie Morton (shoulder discomfort) threw a bullpen session before the game. If he feels good in the next couple of days, he’ll come off the disabled list to start against Boston on Saturday. … INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez was out of the lineup after leaving Monday’s game with discomfort in his oblique and is listed as day to day. … RHP Hector Rondon probably won’t pitch for a few days after taking deflecting a line drive off his right hand on Monday.HOMETOWN GUYSStewart became the second pitcher born in Houston to throw five scoreless innings in relief at Minute Maid Park with his performance on Tuesday night. The other player to do it was Matt Albers, who was playing for the Astros when he did it on July 27, 2006.UP NEXTHouston rookie LHP Framber Valdez (2-1, 1.26 ERA) opposes Jake Odorizzi (5-9, 4.41) when the series wraps up on Wednesday night. Valdez allowed just two hits and one run in five innings in his last start but took the loss in a 3-0 defeat by the Angels. Odorizzi looks to get back on track after losing his last two starts.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald Guzman became the first rookie to hit three home runs in a game against the Yankees , powering the Texas Rangers past New York 12-7 on Friday night.Eight days after Boston’s Steve Pearce connected three times off the Yankees, Guzman duplicated the feat in ending New York’s four-game winning streak.Guzman grounded out his first time up, then hit solo home runs in three straight at-bats. The 23-year-old first baseman batted again in the eighth with a chance to tie the big league record for homers in a game — no rookie has ever hit four — but struck out swinging against Chad Green.Guzman’s two homers off Masahiro Tanaka (9-3) and one off A.J. Cole made him the first Texas player to hit three home runs in a game since Adrian Beltre in 2012.Overall, Guzman has 12 home runs this season, six against the Yankees.Beltre also joined in the fun with his seventh homer of the season, tying recent Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones for the 33rd spot on baseball’s career list with 469.Mike Minor (9-6) won his third straight start.Guzman pulled homers to right field in the fourth and the sixth that made it 6-1 and chased Tanaka. Guzman went the opposite way for a drive in the seventh off Cole.Austin Romine and Brett Gardner homered for the Yankees.RED SOX 19, ORIOLES 12BALTIMORE (AP) — Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi each hit three-run homers, Brock Holt connected in a six-run sixth inning and Boston overpowered the Baltimore.After hitting for the cycle one night earlier, Mookie Betts went 3 for 4 with two walks and three RBIs. The 19 runs were the most for Boston since a 22-run outburst against Seattle in August 2015.The Red Sox have won 11 of 13 to open a nine-game lead over the second-place Yankees in the AL East.Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi gave up eight runs, four earned, and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings.Orioles reliever Miguel Castro (2-7) walked three of the five batters he faced.After the Orioles closed to 11-10 in the bottom half, Benintendi homered in the seventh. Drew Pomeranz (2-5) got the win in his first relief appearance since 2016.Chris Davis, Tim Beckham and Mark Trumbo homered for the Orioles.PADRES 2, PHILLIES 0SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jacob Nix pitched six strong innings in his major league debut and San Diego blanked Philadelphia.Nix (1-0) got off to a rocky start. He stranded three runners after a pair of singles and a walk in the first, and two more runners in the second.Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco both singled to lead off the ninth for the Phillies. Kirby Yates held on for his fourth save of the season after replacing former Padres closer Brad Hand.Zach Eflin (8-4) struck out eight in six innings.ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 3ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton hit two-run homers, Albert Pujols reached another milestone and Los Angeles rallied past Oakland.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 St. Louis.Matt Chapman and Khris Davis homered in the first inning for the A’s.Jim Johnson (4-2) retired the only batter he faced. The Angels used three more pitchers in the ninth, with Blake Parker getting the final out for his 11th save.Upton hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth off Lou Trivino (8-2).GIANTS 13, PIRATES 10SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey got four hits, Andrew McCutchen homered against his former team and San Francisco defeated Pittsburgh.The Giants had lost three in a row and the Pirates had won three straight.All four of Posey’s hits came in the first four innings as the Giants built a 10-2 lead.Francisco Cervelli drove in five runs with three hits, including a grand slam, for the Pirates.Derek Holland (6-8) gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Clay Holmes (1-2) was tagged for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his third career start.CUBS 3, NATIONALS 2CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward broke up a no-hitter with a tying two-run single in the sixth inning, Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and Chicago beat Washington.In the first meeting between the teams since Chicago beat Washington in the NL Division Series Steve Pearce Jersey , the Cubs won even though they didn’t get a hit against Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson.Rizzo walked three times. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected, but the Cubs pulled out the victory.Hellickson was sailing along, retiring 17 in a row after issuing a leadoff walk to Rizzo in the first. But things took a wild turn with two out in the sixth.He walked Rizzo on 13 pitches and both Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist on four to load the bases. Heyward took two balls from Sammy Solis (1-2) before lining the tying single past second baseman Daniel Murphy.Chicago took a 3-2 lead in the seventh after Maddon got tossed for arguing an interference call against Willson Contreras on the bases.Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings for Chicago. Steve Cishek (3-1) struck out the final two batters in the seventh. Carl Edwards Jr. got three outs in the eighth after former Washington pitcher Brandon Kintzler walked the first two batters.Pedro Strop worked the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.RAYS 7, BLUE JAYS 0TORONTO (AP) — Blake Snell pitched five perfect innings and then was pulled, Michael Perez hit his first career home run and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.Making his second start since spending time on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue, Snell (13-5) threw 47 pitches. The All-Star lefty struck out six.Reliever Jake Faria came on to begin the sixth and gave up an infield single to leadoff batter Luke Maile. Two outs later, Randal Grichuk hit a single to left but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. Faria allowed one walk and three singles in three innings. Jamie Schultz pitched a hitless ninth for the Rays.Perez, playing in his 10th big league game, hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Ji-Man Choi added a solo drive in the sixth. Both came off Marco Estrada (5-9).MARINERS 5, ASTROS 2HOUSTON (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a three-run eighth inning to lift Seattle past Houston.Mitch Haniger doubled with one out in the eighth, and Denard Span singled to chase starter Gerrit Cole (10-5). Ryan Pressly took over and his first pitch plunked Jean Segura on the top of his left hand. Cruz then smashed a ball off the wall in left-center to score Haniger and Span and make it 4-2. The Mariners tacked on a run when Segura scored on Kyle Seager’s groundout.Seattle starter Mike Leake allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings. Adam Warren (1-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh for the win and Edwin Diaz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 44th save. Gerrit Cole (10-5) was the loser.REDS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani struck out a season-high nine to outduel Clay Buchholz and scored one of Cincinnati’s two runs on Billy Hamilton’s suicide-squeeze bunt to help the Reds beat Arizona.DeSclafani (6-3) allowed three hits and no walks while pitching into the eighth inning of his second straight shutdown outing. He limited Washington to one run on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in seven innings of a 7-1 victory last Saturday.DeSclafani also singled in the seventh and scored from first base on Buchholz’s throwing error on Hamilton’s bunt up the first base line, which drove in Tucker Barnhart.Raisel Iglesias struck out A.J. Pollock in the ninth for his 22nd save.Buchholz (5-2) saw his personal winning streak snapped at five.ROCKIES 5, DODGERS 4DENVER (AP) — Ryan McMahon hit a two-run homer in the seventh after replacing injured slugger Nolan Arenado, and Colorado’s beleaguered bullpen kept Los Angeles in check.McMahon entered the game in the fifth when Arenado was taken out with soreness in his right shoulder. McMahon lined a fastball from reliever Zac Rosscup (0-1) to straightaway center.The bullpen finished things off a day after giving up five homers and seven runs. The relievers went a combined 3 1/3 scoreless innings after starter Jon Gray left, with Jake McGee (2-4) picking up the win and Adam Ottavino closing out the ninth instead of a struggling Wade Davis. It was Ottavino’s fifth save.DJ LeMahieu had a two-run homer in the first to help the Rockies snap a six-game skid against the Dodgers at Coors Field. It was his first homer since June 28.CARDINALS 7, ROYALS 0KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Carpenter homered for the sixth time in seven games, Austin Gomber pitched five scoreless innings and St. Louis beat Kansas City.Carpenter tops the National League with 32 home runs, a .600 slugging percentage and 65 extra-base hits. Carpenter sent a fastball from Burch Smith (1-4) into the right-field fountains for a two-out , two-run drive. He extended his career high for homers as the Cardinals scored five times in the second.Paul DeJong led off the second inning with his 11th home run. Bader and Jose Martinez, who had three hits, contributed RBI singles to set up Carpenter.Harrison Bader homered in the sixth and Martinez had an RBI double in the seventh.Gomber (2-0) allowed four hits, walked one, hit a batter and struck out three in his third major league start. Daniel Poncedeleon allowed two hits over three innings to notch his first big league save.METS 6, MARLINS 2MIAMI (AP) — Zack Wheeler won his fifth straight start, pitching seven solid innings and New York sent Miami to its ninth loss in 10 games.Wheeler (7-6) allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out eight and walked one. Wheeler’s scoreless-inning streak ended at 23 when he gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Rojas with two outs in the seventh, making it 4-2.Amed Rosario had three hits and drove in two runs, Kevin Plawecki knocked in two and Austin Jackson had three hits for the Mets. They have won three of four.Jose Urena (3-12) was the loser.TIGERS 5 , TWINS 3DETROIT (AP) — Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias homered and Detroit beat Minnesota to snap a six-game losing streak.Jordan Zimmermann (5-4) gave up two unearned runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one batter and didn’t issue a walk. Shane Greene allowed an RBI double to Ehire Adrianza with two out in the ninth before retiring Joe Mauer for his 24th save.Ervin Santana (0-1) took the loss in his fourth start of the season.WHITE SOX 1, INDIANS 0CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and Chicago beat Cleveland.Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer. The shot ended Chicago’s three-game losing streak.Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox’s third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory. Rodon and Cleveland rookie Shane Bieber tossed crisp scoreless ball deep into the game. Each was relieved after 106 pitches.BRAVES 10, BREWERS 1ATLANTA (AP) — Kevin Gausman pitched eight strong innings to win his SunTrust Park debut, and Ender Inciarte drove in four runs in Atlanta;s victory over Milwaukee.Gausman (6-9), making his first home appearance since getting acquired in a trade with Baltimore, allowed six hits and no walks, striking out eight and throwing 71 of 94 pitches for strikes.Nick Markakis added three RBIs and Johan Camargo had two, helping the Braves win for the ninth time in 12 games. Freddy Peralta (5-3) was the loser. DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will try to complete a four-game sweep Thursday of the Philadelphia Phillies after trampling them a third straight time as they steam toward the postseason.Rockies starter German Marquez tied a modern major league record Wednesday by striking out the first eight batters of the game, and the Rockies pounded the Phillies 14-0, scoring at least 10 runs for the third successive contest and giving them a 34-4 margin in the series that will end with Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.52 ERA) opposing Jake Arrieta (10-10, 3.94).The win boosted the Rockies’ lead to 1 1/2 games over the stumbling St. Louis Cardinals for the second National League wild-card spot. More importantly, the Rockies took over the lead in the NL West, moving a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies, who are in their 26th season, are the only team in the NL West to have never won the division.Article continues below ...The loss was the season-high seventh straight for the Phillies (78-80), who have allowed double-digit runs in three straight games for the first time since June 1-4, 1958. The Phillies are 6-18 this month and have gone 15-32 since Aug. 5, when their 63-48 record was the second-best in the NL.“We’re playing really bad baseball right now, really bad baseball,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “There’s no excuse for it, none at all, and we all have to look ourselves in the mirror, individually and collectively, and figure out how to be better. We need to do it right now. I think we can fight harder. I think we can grind harder. I think we can push each other harder.”The Rockies have won six straight games. Wednesday’s win was the Rockies’ second-largest victory margin in a shutout in franchise history, trailing only a 16-0 romp against San Diego on Sept. 16 Matt Adams Jersey , 2017.Outfielder David Dahl, who went 2-for-4, hit his 13th homer — a three-run shot in the fifth that gave the Rockies a 5-0 lead. Dahl, 24, has homered in a career-high three consecutive games and is batting .309 with six homers and 21 RBI this month. The 10th player taken overall in the 2012 draft, Dahl has endured a slew of injuries, including a broken right foot that sidelined him for two months until early August.“I think David has that inner confidence that he can handle it on this stage,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He understands where we are, and I think there’s a confidence that he believes where he is now, where we are as a team, that he’s going to be a contributor. He’s got a good heartbeat. Obviously, there’s a skill set there that plays in a big league game, and he’s shone it.”Senzatela is 2-0, 1.50 in his past two starts, including Saturday at Arizona when he worked a season-high tying seven innings and allowed three hits and one run in Colorado’s 5-1 victory.This will be Senzatela’s first start against the Phillies. He has made one relief appearance against them Aug. 4, 2017 at Coors Field, when he gave up three hits and two runs in two innings.The Phillies are 14-16 in starts by Arrieta, who has given up four runs in five of his past six starts and is 1-2, 7.31 in those outings, a stretch of 28 1/3 innings in which he has yielded seven homers.In his last start Saturday at Atlanta, Arrieta pitched a season-low two innings and gave up four hits, four runs and three walks with two strikeouts, throwing 51 pitches and just 28 strikes.He’s 2-2, 6.11 in five starts against the Rockies and 0-2, 14.54 in two starts at Coors Field, where he has allowed 22 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Boston’s rotation woes continued. And the rebuilding Chicago White Sox took full advantage.James Shields threw six scoreless innings Bruce Maxwell Jersey , Tim Anderson and Daniel Palka homered and the White Sox beat the major league-leading Red Sox 8-0 on Sunday to split their four-game series.Anderson had three hits — including two doubles — for the White Sox, who have won seven of their last 10 games.Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez had two hits apiece for Boston, which had won four of its last five.The Red Sox have the majors’ best record at 94-44 and maintained a 7½-game lead in the AL East over the New York Yankees, who lost to Detroit.With Chris Sale and David Price out with injuries, the Red Sox have just two quality starts in their last 17 games. Their starting pitchers combined to allow 12 earned runs in 14 innings in the series.“We’re going to be fine,” manager Alex Cora said. “When you start getting hurt, especially your main guys, it’s not easy to go out there with the guys that we’re throwing and keep throwing the ball well.“They did it for a month and a half right after the All-Star break. Now it’s not that way. I feel the healthier we get, the better it’s going to be.”Shields (6-15) struck out six and allowed four hits and two walks. He has thrown at least six innings in 21 of his last 25 starts. Three relievers completed the five-hitter.Five Red Sox pitchers combined to strike out 12 but gave up 15 hits.“We have the right guys in the bullpen to help us out as far as innings and all that, and I think it’s going to turn around because of that,” Cora said.Brian Johnson (4-4) allowed four runs and seven hits while recording four outs in his shortest start of the season.“I threw a lot of strikes, but they weren’t where I wanted them,” Johnson said. “Fastball wasn’t cutting and my curveball had nothing on it.”Anderson hit his 18th home run this season on the first pitch with one out in the first inning. Kevan Smith’s single added another run.Matt Davidson’s two-run double chased Johnson in the second.The White Sox extended their lead to 5-0 on Adam Engel’s single off Bobby Poyner in the third inning.Palka smacked his 20th home run in the fourth off William Cuevas — four pitches after he hit a long drive just foul and completed a jog around the bases before heading back to the plate.“It was funny because the bat boy went to give me a high-five and I was like, ‘Just give me the bat ,'” Palka said.“I thought it was foul by 20 feet and when he said ‘fair,’ I was like, ‘I’ll take it.’ He kind of gave me the same pitch 3-2 and I stayed back just enough.”HE GONEIn a pregame ceremony, the White Sox honored TV play-by-play announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, who is concluding his 34th and final year in the booth.Harrelson played nine seasons in the majors with four teams and rose to stardom in 1967, when he helped the Red Sox win the AL pennant. The following season, he led the majors with 109 RBIs and finished third in AL MVP voting.He became a broadcaster in 1975 with the Red Sox and served a season as the White Sox general manager.Harrelson made no apologies for his ardent support for his team.“The biggest compliment you can pay me is calling me a homer because I want these guys to win every game,” he said.NOTABLE NUMBERThe White Sox won four of seven games against Boston this season.“The second half has just been a whole different team — same guys, things are just clicking more consistently,” Palka said.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHPs Sale (mild inflammation in left shoulder) and Price (bruised left wrist) could return to the rotation as early as next weekend, Cora said. For both starters, the Red Sox are looking at their next homestand, which begins Friday with three games against Houston before three games against Toronto and three against the Mets. Sale, who has been on the DL since Aug. 15 Brett Anderson Jersey , could pitch a few innings as an “opener” as he builds up his stamina, Cora said. Sale is 12-4 with an AL-leading 1.97 ERA. “It’s going to be during the homestand, but we don’t know which series,” Cora said. … The Red Sox hope Price (14-6, 3.60 ERA) also will be able to throw off a mound this week in Atlanta as he works his way back. A line drive struck his pitching wrist against Miami on Wednesday. “It should be Houston or the next series,” Cora said. … Cuevas (heat-related illness) exited after allowing two runs and recording eight outs. The temperature at first pitch was 87 degrees.White Sox: C Welington Castillo (right shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Sunday and is expected to start Monday against Detroit. He was suspended for 80 games May 24 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. … RF Ryan LaMarre (right hip soreness) exited after six innings. He is day to day. … RF Avisail Garcia (right knee soreness) was out of the lineup Sunday after he left Saturday’s game after six innings.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.35) is scheduled to start Monday’s opener of a three-game road series against Atlanta and RHP Touki Toussaint (1-0, 1.50).White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (5-9, 4.51) is set to start against RHP Michael Fulmer (3-10, 4.71) and Detroit in Monday’s opener of a three-game series. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Strasburg made all the necessary adjustments.The right-hander threw six effective innings, Matt Wieters hit a solo homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Monday night.Strasburg (7-7) gave up two runs and five hits, striking out five to rebound from a rough start against Philadelphia last week in his return from the disabled list.“So many little things hitters try to pick, so you always have to look at the tendencies,” Strasburg said. “It was progress.”The Phillies fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East after losing the opener for the seventh straight series. They’re 6-12 since Aug. 8 and have dropped five games in the standings during that span.Zach Eflin (9-5) allowed five runs — three earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. His throwing error in the fourth cost him.The Nationals had the bases loaded with one out that inning when Strasburg put a bunt down. Eflin picked it up barehanded and his underhand toss to the plate sailed high for an error Blake Treinen Jersey , allowing the go-ahead run to score.Adam Eaton followed with a slow roller to the same spot and Eflin made the exact same play and got the out at home.Trea Turner then knocked in another run on a bloop single that fell in because left fielder Rhys Hoskins broke back at first.“We gave them additional outs and you can’t do that against this team,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.Eaton greeted reliever Luis Avilan with an RBI double in the sixth to make it 5-2.Hoskins crushed Ryan Madson’s first pitch in the eighth for his 27th homer.Justin Miller tossed a perfect ninth for his first save in his first try in his 39th appearance.“He comes in and brings so much energy on the mound,” Strasburg said. “The hard work pays off.”Washington took two of three from the Phillies at home last week after trading Daniel Murphy to the Cubs and Matt Adams to the Cardinals.Down 2-0 in the third, the Phillies tied it on an RBI triple by Roman Quinn and an RBI single by Cesar Hernandez. Strasburg struck out Asdrubal Cabrera swinging to strand runners at second and third.Eflin retired the first two batters before Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto hit three straight singles in the first to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.Wieters led off the second with his sixth homer to make it 2-0. He said he was using a new bat after realizing the one he used the past few games was cracked.Strasburg allowed five runs and seven hits over four innings in Washington’s 8-7 win against Philadelphia last Wednesday.“He was able to locate his fastball, throw a high fastball, and made corrections since the last start,” Wieters said.BOOING THE BUFFALOWilson Ramos was thrown out trying to go first to third on Cabrera’s single to right and heard boos from Phillies fans even though he is playing hurt. Ramos recently returned from a hamstring injury and isn’t healthy enough to do more than jog, but he’s Philadelphia’s cleanup hitter and wants to be in the lineup to help the team chase a playoff spot.“He’s playing through a lot,” Kapler said. “He’s a guy who gives everything he has and he showed a lot of toughness.”NEW MAN ON TOPQuinn led off for the first time and Hernandez batted third for just the third time in 641 career games.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Kelvin Herrera was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. Madson took his spot after he was reinstated from the DL.Phillies: LHP Austin Davis (lower back tightness) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … INF Pedro Florimon (broken right foot) is continuing his rehab in Triple-A. … RHP Jerad Eickhoff (lat strain, finger) is expected to join the team when rosters expand Saturday.UP NEXTRHP Aaron Nola (15-3, 2.13 ERA) and RHP Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.13) face each other for the second straight outing when the Phillies and Nationals meet Tuesday night. Nola tossed eight innings in Philadelphia’s 2-0 win at Washington last Thursday.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night , including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Cubs got six double plays on grounders — five with Cole Hamels pitching — and one on a line drive. The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cubs became the third team in big league history to turn seven DPs in a nine-inning game.Pittsburgh put runners on first and second in the ninth before Jesse Chavez got Freese to ground to Bote. Having hit a game-ending grand slam last Sunday night to beat Washington 4-3, Bote again was in the right place to cap off a win. Bote stepped on third and threw to first base to end it.Hamels (8-9) pitched seven solid innings. Kyle Schwarber hit a home run in the second off Trevor Williams (10-9). Chavez got his second save as the Pirates lost their fifth in a row.The Cubs beat the Pirates by a 1-0 score for the second straight game.ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3, 10 INNINGSOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Olson hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning after a video review gave Oakland the tying run in the ninth, and the Athletics beat Houston to pull within a game of the reigning World Series champs for the AL West lead.Olson pulled a 3-2 pitch from left-hander Tony Sipp (2-1) for his 23rd homer. It was his second career walkoff RBI and first game-ending homer.That came an inning after Oakland baserunner Ramon Laureano narrowly beat the tag at home from catcher Martin Maldonado for the tying run. Laureano took off from first on Nick Martini’s double to the wall in right field, testing the arms of outfielder Josh Reddick and relay man Carlos Correa. Laureano was initially called out on the play, but immediately called for Oakland to challenge the call.Umpires overturned the call after a review of more than three minutes.Blake Treinen (6-2) struck out the side in the 10th for the win.CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 2ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and St. Louis beat Milwaukee.The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within a half-game of the Brewers for the NL’s second wild-card spot.Milwaukee has dropped three of four.Flaherty (7-6) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out seven. The Brewers had only two runners reach second base against the rookie, who has allowed two earned runs in his past 19 innings pitched.Bud Norris earned his 24th save in 28 opportunities.Freddy Peralta (5-4) went six innings, giving up three earned runs.DODGERS 11, MARINERS 1SEATTLE (AP) — Manny Machado hit two of Los Angeles‘ five home runs and Walker Buehler allowed one run in six innings in the win over Seattle.The Dodgers won consecutive games for just the third time since July 28, using the long ball to knock around Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc and for a night take the pressure off their shaky bullpen. Machado’s first homer led off the fourth inning and was his third since being acquired in a trade with Baltimore. He added a two-run shot in the seventh inning.Machado has 28 homers overall this season.LeBlanc (7-3) allowed seven runs , five earned, and lasted just 4 1/3 innings.Buehler (6-4) allowed just Ryon Healy’s home run leading off the fourth inning. The young right-hander struck out eight and gave up three hits.ROCKIES 11, BRAVES 5ATLANTA (AP) — Ian Desmond tripled and drove in five runs, Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings and Colorado beat Atlanta.The Rockies have won six of seven, and they’re 28-14 since June 28, tops in the NL over that span. And they’ve done it without the benefit of many blowouts: Friday’s game snapped a franchise-long, 25-game streak in which the Rockies scored six runs or fewer.Sean Newcomb (10-6) struggled for his second straight start as Atlanta’s NL East lead dropped to one-half game over Philadelphia. Colorado began the night 1½ games out of the West lead.Ronald Acuna Jr. reached on an infield single in the first against Freeland and scored on a sacrifice fly, but that was all Atlanta could muster against him.Freeland (11-7) gave up three hits and four walks and struck out four, improving to 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 12 starts since June 16.PHILLIES 4, METS 2PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola struck out 11 in seven impressive innings to stay unbeaten at Citizens Bank Park, pitching Philadelphia past New York.Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double off former teammate Noah Syndergaard during a three-run first inning, and Nola made the early lead stand up.Nola (14-3) allowed one run on three hits with one walk while lowering his ERA in 2.24. The All-Star is even better at home, improving to 9-0 with a 2.00 mark in 12 starts in Philadelphia this season.Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in as many chances.Syndergaard (8-3) allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 5, 7 INNINGSNEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer , Giancarlo Stanton added an impressive opposite-field blast and New York rallied for a rain-shortened victory over Toronto.Stanton hit his 31st homer of the season into a party deck behind the home bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, and a batter later, umpires pulled the teams off the field amid rain at Yankee Stadium. The game was called with one out in the seventh after a delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.Chad Green (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. In a scoring oddity, David Robertson got his third save despite not recording the final out of the game.Rookie Gleyber Torres drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice off Joe Biagini (1-7) in the fifth.Toronto jumped on starter Lance Lynn for four runs in the first inning.NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 2WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings for his major league-leading 16th win, and Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters homered as Washington beat Miami.After throwing seven shutout innings against the Cubs Sunday only to watch Chicago win on a walk-off grand slam, Scherzer (16-5) left with a 5-0 lead and watched as the Nationals thwarted a Marlins rally.Scherzer allowed at least one baserunner in four of six innings but worked out of trouble as Washington opened a six-game homestand with little margin for error as it seeks to get back into playoff contention.Bryce Harper and Adam Eaton had three hits each for Washington, which has won two straight after losing seven of its previous nine.Austin Dean homered for his first career hit for the Marlins, who have lost six straight.Miami’s Dan Straily (4-6) allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings.RED SOX 7, RAYS 3BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple and added a pair of doubles, and Boston scored seven straight runs after allowing three in the first to beat Tampa Bay.Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits, including an RBI double in the sixth, and the Red Sox improved on the best record in the majors with their 87th victory.Brian Johnson recovered after getting roughed up in the first with three runs on four hits and a walk. Johnson (4-3) didn’t allow another run and pitched 5 2/3 innings before leaving after Joey Wendle’s two-out double in the sixth — Tampa Bay’s first hit since the first inning.Wendle drove in two runs with a double in the first and Carlos Gomez had an RBI single for the Rays.Yonny Chirinos (1-5) took over for Ryne Stanek in the second inning and allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings.REDS 2, GIANTS 1 Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey , 11 INNINGSCINCINNATI (AP) — Phillip Ervin led off the 11th inning with a home run over the center field fence, lifting Cincinnati over San Francisco.Ervin’s third homer of the season and first career walk-off drive came on a 1-1 pitch from Ray Black (2-2).David Hernandez (5-0) struck out two in a perfect 11th inning as the Reds ended a four-game losing streak.Scooter Gennett had three hits for the Reds. Andrew McCutchen had three of San Francisco’s eight hits.Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts. He retired 11 consecutive batters from the fifth into the eighth.Casey Kelly, making his 10th major league start and first since May 22, 2016, for Atlanta, pitched around giving up nine hits and a walk to allow just one run in 4 1/3 innings.INDIANS 2, ORIOLES 1CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched seven scoreless innings and moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 15th win, Jose Ramirez hit his 37th home run and Cleveland beat Baltimore.Carrasco (15-6) allowed three hits, struck out six and retired his final 10 hitters.Ramirez’s first-inning homer tied him with Boston’s J.D. Martinez, who entered Friday with the major league lead.Cleveland has won six straight and is a season-high 19 games over .500 (70-51).David Hess (2-7) allowed two runs in six innings for the Orioles. Trey Mancinci’s RBI single in the eighth scored the only run for Baltimore, which has lost 11 of 13.Cody Allen walked Renato Nunez with one out in the ninth. Pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second before Tim Beckham flied out. Allen struck Joey Rickard for his 24th save in 27 chances.TWINS 5, TIGERS 4MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Joe Mauer hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Minnesota beat Detroit.Eddie Rosario and Tyler Austin added solo home runs for Minnesota Brian Flynn Jersey , which finally broke through against Detroit starter Matt Boyd to win its fourth straight game.Kyle Gibson (7-9) allowed three runs and eight hits and struck out five in seven innings for the Twins. Taylor Rogers earned his first major league save by striking out Jeimer Candelario with two runners on in the ninth.Boyd (7-11) beat Minnesota on Sunday and had not allowed a hit over the previous nine innings until Austin singled to start the fifth on Friday. Boyd stranded Austin, but the Twins finally broke through an inning later.Rosario homered to break the scoreless streak against Boyd. Austin started a four-run seventh with his second home run in five games for Minnesota, a towering shot that reached the second deck in left-center field.RANGERS 6, ANGELS 4ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly, Joey Gallo ripped a two-run double and Texas beat pitching-depleted Los Angeles.Odor’s two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second inning off recently acquired Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1), the 14th starting pitcher used by the Angels this season.Drew Hutchison (2-2) struck out six and allowed two runs over five innings in his third start for the Rangers. Jose Leclerc struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.Gallo’s double into the right-field corner made it 2-0 before he scored on a groundout by Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Odor’s two-run single was the fourth consecutive Rangers hit after that, and he added a sac fly in the seventh inning.DIAMONDBACKS 9, PADRES 4SAN DIEGO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run, Steven Souza Jr. drove in three and Arizona beat San Diego.Goldschmidt drove the first pitch he saw from left-hander Joey Lucchesi (6-7) out to left-center field for his 28th of the season. That got Arizona going en route to its sixth straight win over San Diego at Petco Park.Souza doubled into the right-center gap with the bases loaded to bring home three runs in the sixth and extend the lead to 8-3.Robbie Ray started for Arizona and walked his first two batters. While Ray held San Diego to two hits, both by Eric Hosmer, he allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings. Ray walked five and struck out three.WHITE SOX 9, ROYALS 3CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu and Nicky Delmonico hit three-run homers in a seven-run, seventh-inning outburst, lifting Chicago past Kansas City.Delmonico went 2 for 4 and had a career-high five RBIs. Tim Anderson went 3 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases for Chicago Abraham Almonte Jersey , which has won eight of 14.Abreu’s homer was his 22nd. The White Sox have homered in a season-high nine straight games, totaling 13 during that stretch.James Shields (5-14) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings to snap a five-start winless streak.Yoan Moncada started the rally in the seventh with a walk. Yolmer Sanchez then followed with a slow grounder to shortstop that Alcides Escobar booted for an error — snapping the Royals‘ 16-game errorless streak.Right-hander Jason Adam came on to replace Tim Hill (1-4) and Abreu hit the first pitch into the left-center bleachers to give the White Sox a 5-3 lead. The New York Mets are open to trading any of their top pitchers before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, but Zack Wheeler appears the most likely to be dealt, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred.While the organization is having discussions on possible trades for aces Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, a trade during the offseason is more likely considering the Mets want major league talent in return, per Heyman.DeGrom would likely require an enormous return regardless of when he is dealt based on the fact that he currently leads the majors with a 1.68 ERA and has two years remaining on his contract after this season.Syndergaard has three more seasons under team control and has been nearly as effective as his teammate when on the mound (2.89 career ERA and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings), but health has been a problem. He missed over a month this season with a finger injury and was placed on the disabled list again Sunday with hand, foot and mouth disease, per James Wagner of the New York Times.Still, a trade for either of these players would likely require a hefty return of multiple high-level prospects.Conversely, Wheeler can be a free agent after the 2019 season and hasn't been nearly as consistent as the other two pitchers. With that said, he can be an impact player down the stretch after producing a 4.44 ERA in 18 starts in 2018.This is why about six teams are interested in a potential deal, per Heyman.With the Mets currently 40-56 on the year, they could use any trade that helps the organization going forward.

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    Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesAs the Philadelphia Phillies continue to explore potential upgrades before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline , Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ has popped up on their radar.Per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies have "definite interest" in acquiring Happ, and the Blue Jays have been scouting the Phillies' minor leagues recently.Happ knows the Phillies well. He was originally selected by the organization in the third round of the 2004 draft and pitched parts of four seasons with them from 2007-10 before being traded to the Houston Astros.The Blue Jays can start looking toward 2019 and beyond. They are currently 43-52 at the All-Star break, 14.5 games out of a playoff spot in the American League.Happ, 35, is in the final season of a three-year deal he signed with the Blue Jays in November 2015. The southpaw was named to the AL All-Star team this year after posting a 4.29 ERA with 121 strikeouts over 109 innings in 19 starts.The Phillies lead the National League East with a 53-42 record, but their margin of error is slim with the Atlanta Braves at 52-42. Philadelphia starters rank sixth in MLB with a 3.72 ERA, though the group can use depth with Zach Eflin on the disabled list and Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta each sporting ERAs over 4.30. Two pitchers headed in completely different directions hook up Friday night in St. Petersburg Craig Stammen Jersey , Fla.Blake Snell, the American League pitcher of the month for August, goes for the Tampa Bay Rays against the floundering Dylan Bundy and the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.While Snell is 17-5 with a 2.02 ERA and a Cy Young candidate after going 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in August, Bundy hasn’t won since July 29 — and it has been ugly.Article continues below ...The Rays, 22-11 since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to sneak into the American League wild-card picture, come in 7-3 in their last 10 games. They were still a long shot for the playoffs and if they don’t make it they can point to their troubles with the lowly Orioles as a key reason.The Birds fly in with 41 wins but are 8-8 against the Rays, outscoring them 102-77 in those 16 games.“I think every year, there are some teams , for whatever reason — I won’t say match up well, because I think we match up well with a lot of clubs, we just don’t perform well,” Rays manager Kevin Cash says. “We’ve got an opportunity to perform well. …“It’s a big series. It’s a big homestand. We’re going to face some teams who are in different spots in the standings right now, but I’ve said it for a long time, Baltimore is a team with a lot of young guys who are getting opportunities.”Snell, who has a streak of 14 straight home games (dating to last season) of allowing one earned run or fewer runs, has one of his losses against the Orioles. On May 13 Evan Longoria Jersey , the left-hander worked 3 1/3 innings, giving up three home runs and five earned runs.He tied the club record with for wins in a month with four in August, yielding two earned runs in 22 innings. He has already equaled the 17 wins by Matt Moore in 2013. David Price holds the club mark of 20 wins, set in 2012.For the season, Snell, 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA in four career starts against Baltimore, has 177 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings.Bundy is 0-4 with an 8.51 ERA in his last six starts, allowing nine home runs in those games. He has yielded at least one homer in 10 straight starts while falling to 7-13 with a 5.36 ERA.He is 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in three starts against the Rays this season and 3-3 with a 5.67 ERA in nine games (eight starts) against Tampa Bay in his career.The Orioles lost their 99th game of the season as Andrew Cashner allowed three home runs in a 5-2 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday night in Seattle.The Birds were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position in their latest failure.“There were some opportunities there Andrew McCutchen Jersey ,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after that game. “It seems like every play we make is magnified by our inability to score runs.”The current Orioles are 11-for-44 (.250) lifetime against Snell. Adam Jones is 3-for-7 (.429) and Trey Mancini 3-for-8 (.375), and Mark Trumbo is 2-for-9 (.222).The current Rays are a combined 16-for-61 (.262) with five homers against Bundy — C.J. Cron with three of those homers while going 4-for-13 (.308) against the right-hander. Mallex Smith is 4-for-12 (.333) and Carlos Gomez is 1-for-7 (.143).The Rays should get Tommy Pham back from his latest injury. Pham was resting a sore groin Wednesday.“He’s missed enough time already with some fluke injuries that were out of his control,” Cash said. “So I think two days off will really do well. But he came in today feeling better.”The Orioles released veteran Craig Gentry on Wednesday, a surprising move for a September team going nowhere. Gentry had been designated for assignment last Friday.

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