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      SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chris Paddack walked into the San Diego Padres‘ clubhouse Sunday “suited and booted” and wearing a cowboy hat Bartolo Colon Jersey , as the Texan does for all of his starts.This one was different, and boy was it special for the 23-year-old who missed all of 2017 after having Tommy John surgery.Paddack was impressive in his major league debut, retiring his first 10 batters and striking out seven in five innings in the Padres’ 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants. Manny Machado brought in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded grounder, and the Padres won three of four against the Giants.Paddack didn’t get the win and he was kicking himself after getting thrown out at first after hitting a line drive to right in his first at-bat. Everything else was memorable in making the jump from Double-A to the majors in front of about 40 family members in the crowd of nearly 40,000 at Petco Park.“I don’t know if you all saw them, but they were the ones in the cowboy hats and boots and all that,” said Paddack, who’s from Austin. “It was a special moment. I worked my whole life for this moment. I’ve had some setbacks with Tommy John, I’ve been through a lot and I’m very blessed to be in this moment.”Relying on a fastball and changeup, Paddack retired his first 10 batters, six by strikeout, including the fanning the side in the second. He walked Joe Panik with one out in the fourth and got out of the inning when he struck out Yangervis Solarte and Panik was thrown out trying to steal second.“I envisioned retiring the first 27. That’s just our mindset as starting pitchers,” said Paddack, who pitched his way into the rotation with a stellar spring and is the Padres’ only right-handed starter. “I’m very blessed to be a part of this organization, very thankful that the Padres gave me an opportunity to show them that I belong and it’s going to be a fun year.”The Giants broke through against the tall Texan in the fifth when Crawford singled to right with one out and scored on Pablo Sandoval’s double to center.The Padres got that run back in the bottom of the inning. Franchy Cordero walked while pinch-hitting for Paddack Jon Niese Jersey , advanced on Sandoval’s throwing error and scored on Eric Hosmer’s single to right.Paddack poked a line drive into right with the bases loaded in his first career plate appearance in the second, but outfielder Gerardo Parra threw him out at first base.“All the guys are going to give me a hard time about that tomorrow,” he said.Paddack “threw well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It took us a while to get a hit. That’s a nice debut for that kid.“We just didn’t play our cleanest baseball and we’re not hitting much. There’s no margin of error when you’re not scoring a lot of runs and it caught up with us today.”Bochy had Nick Vincent (0-1) walk Hosmer to load the bases with one in the seventh to bring up Machado. Sam Dyson came on, and Machado grounded to shortstop Brandon Crawford. He got the force at second, but Machado beat Panik’s relay to first as Hunter Renfroe scored.It was Machado’s first RBI with San Diego, who signed the All-Star slugger to a $300 million, 10-year contract early in spring training.Austin Hedges added an RBI single in the eighth.Vincent, who grew up in nearby Ramona, allowed one run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Jeff Samardzija.Adam Warren (1-0) pitched two hitless innings for his first win with San Diego. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his third save in three chances.Samardzija, coming off an injury-marred season, allowed an unearned run and three hits in five innings while striking out two and walking four.DEFENSEMachado continued to look smooth at third base and rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. not only made a sliding, backhanded stop of Erik Kratz’s grounder in the third, but he caught a throwdown from catcher Hedges and spun to tag Brandon Belt.“We came out of this series winning this series because of defense,” manager Andy Green said. “Plays we’re not accustomed to seeing made Edinson Volquez Jersey , Manny makes a few of those look easy at third base that didn’t look so easy in the past for us.”FINAL FOUR HUMORGreen, whose Kentucky Wildcats lost in the NCAA Midwest Region final Sunday to Auburn, had a little fun with reliever Trey Wingenter, who pitched for the Tigers. “You’ll never pitch again,” Green hollered across the clubhouse at Wingenter. “See me in my office. And you were almost two seconds late for the anthem.”TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: 3B Evan Longoria was off Sunday after fouling a ball off his left calf during his second at-bat in Saturday night’s victory.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Drew Pomeranz makes his season debut vs. LHP Julio Urias in the opener of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers.Padres: LHP Matt Strahm makes his season debut for San Diego. He made five starts as an opener last year as he was eased back from surgery on his torn left patellar tendon the previous season while with Kansas City. He threw 61 1/3 innings in 41 appearances last year. HOUSTON (AP) — Edwin Diaz was supposed to be off on Sunday after earning saves in each of the last three games for the Seattle Mariners.Instead, after the Mariners tied the Houston Astros in the ninth inning, the All-Star closer told bullpen coach Brian De Lunas to call the dugout to say that he wanted to try to make it four in a row.Ryon Healy hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth, Mitch Haniger delivered an RBI double in the 10th and Diaz finished up as the Mariners beat Houston 4-3 to sweep a four-game series from the AL West leaders.Diaz allowed one hit in a scoreless 10th for his major league-high 46th save. Manager Scott Servais was pleased but not surprised that Diaz offered to help out on Sunday.“Sometimes you’ve got to do that,” he said. “That’s how Eddie’s wired and how this team is wired.”It’s the first time in franchise history that Seattle swept a four-game series from the Astros. The third-place Mariners pulled within four games of Houston.“It feels like a really bad weekend,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “Which is all it is … but we’ll be fine. This is not something we can’t overcome.”Healy loved that Diaz volunteered to pitch in the 10th.“I got larger goosebumps after hearing that than after I hit the homer, to be honest,” he said.Healy’s solo drive off Hector Rondon made it 3-all. Pinch-hitter Dee Gordon singled against Roberto Osuna (1-1) with one out in the 10th, and the speedster easily scored on Haniger’s double that skipped down the left field line.“That’s the defending world champions. We’re excited,” Gordon said. “That was a big run for us there in the 10th inning. We definitely could have laid down and let them walk us off, but we didn’t.”Zach Duke (5-4) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.The Astros had managed just three singles and trailed 2-0 entering the eighth when James Pazos hit Kyle Tucker with a pitch. Pinch-hitter Yuli Gurriel singled before Alex Bregman’s single off Nick Vincent with one out cut the lead to 2-1.Carlos Correa then hit an RBI single to tie it. It was his first hit since coming off the disabled list on Friday after missing six weeks with a sore back. A sacrifice fly by Evan Gattis scored Bregman to put Houston on top.Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed seven hits and two runs — one earned — in seven innings.The Mariners got a solid start from Erasmo Ramirez Kendall Graveman Jersey , who gave up just three hits in five scoreless innings in his first game since April 27.Ramirez came off the disabled list before the game to make his third start of the season after sitting out more than three months with a shoulder injury. He took Felix Hernandez’s spot in the rotation after the one-time ace was demoted to the bullpen on Thursday night after going 0-4 in his last five starts in a season where he’s posted a career-high 5.73 ERA.Healy got the Mariners on the board with an RBI single in the second.Mike Zunino’s solo homer made it 2-0 in the seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: Hinch said OF Jake Marisnick, who went on the disabled list with a groin injury on Saturday, is expected to be out several weeks. … C Brian McCann, who has been out since June 30 with a knee injury which required surgery, could begin a rehabilitation assignment next week.RELIEF DEBUT DELAYEDHernandez, who has made 398 career starts, has been in the bullpen for four games but has yet to make his first career relief appearance. It looked like he’d get in on Sunday when he warmed up two different times, but after the game turned, he sat back down.THEY SAID ITCorrea on the team’s recent struggles: “We’re going to come through and get out of this scuffle and play great baseball once again. We have great hitters in the lineup that can do a lot of damage. It’s just about clicking and putting great at-bats together.”UP NEXTMariners: Seattle opens a three-game series at Oakland on Monday with LHP Marco Gonzales on the mound. Gonzales, who won five straight from June 29-July 29, looks to get back on track after losing his last two starts.Astros: The Astros are off on Monday before Justin Verlander is scheduled to start in the opener of a two-game interleague series against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Verlander will try again to get his 200th win after he allowed six runs in two innings of his last start before being ejected for arguing about a balk in an 8-6 loss to the Mariners.

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      PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will require season-ending knee surgery to repair multiple tears in his left knee after being injured Monday night.Souza slipped on home plate and his left leg jammed into the ground during an exhibition against the Chicago White Sox. The Diamondbacks said Tuesday he has a torn ACL Whitey Herzog Jersey , a torn lateral collateral ligament, a partial tear of his left posterior cruciate ligament, and a tear of his posterior lateral capsule.“A really unfortunate situation for us and for him,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “We hurt for him right now.”Souza, the expected starter in right field, will have the surgery when the tissue settles down, Lovullo said.It is the second straight spring in which Souza has been injured. He tore his right pectoral muscle last year and missed about eight weeks of the regular season.Souza hit .220 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 72 games with the Diamondbacks last season and was being counted on to add offense to a team that lost free agents Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock to free agency.Souza hit .239 with 30 homers, 78 RBIs and 16 stolen bases for Tampa Bay in 2017 before being acquired by Arizona in a three-team trade that sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees and four minor leaguers to the Rays.Free agent acquisition Adam Jones will take over in right field and Ketel Marte will spend most of his time in center field , Lovullo said, with David Peralta remaining in in left field. Jarrod Dyson is the primary outfield reserve.“We have some depth,” Lovullo said. “Some guys are going to get some opportunities to step in and get a number of at-bats.”Infielder Ildemaro Vargas was added to the roster after being optioned to Triple-A Reno earlier in the week. Outfielder Socrates Brito, who could have filled the gap, was placed on waivers earlier in the week. DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies were swept two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and their NL West title hopes looked all but finished.Well, look who’s back.The Rockies have a chance to end the Dodgers‘ five-year reign as division champions in a tiebreaker game Monday in Los Angeles. Colorado has never celebrated an NL West crown in franchise history.“At this point, I think everybody understands the magnitude of the game Orlando Cepeda Jersey ,” said Rockies slugger Matt Holliday, whose team trails the season series 12-7. “Take a deep breath and go out there and try to execute and just do what you can do.”The winner hosts Atlanta in a best-of-five Division Series starting Thursday; the loser is on the road for the NL wild-card game Tuesday against the loser of Monday’s Brewers-Cubs NL Central tiebreaker.Not many saw this sort of scenario shaping up when the Dodgers won three straight over Colorado on Sept. 17-19. But the Rockies won nine times in 10 games to force a game 163, part of the first season in major league history with a pair of tiebreakers.“We put ourselves in a good position,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “After we got swept by the Dodgers, it seemed everybody was thinking the Dodgers are going to lock it up. It’s crazy how the tides turn and how baseball works.”Both teams are coming off blowouts. The Rockies pounded Washington 12-0 on Sunday and Los Angeles routed San Francisco 15-0. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts subbed many of his starters to get them rest and also use some of his reserves so they got some at-bats before Monday.“It’s a game where obviously it’s not do-or-die, but I think that it’s a must-win game,” said Roberts, whose team lost to Houston in Game 7 of the World Series last season. “To win the game and get a couple days off Keith Hernandez Jersey , to host the Division Series is very important.”The Dodgers fell out of the division lead with a loss Wednesday at Arizona before taking all three from the injury-plagued Giants to close out the final weekend of the regular season. A sixth straight division title by the Dodgers would be the third-longest streak since divisions started in 1969 behind Atlanta’s 14 consecutive from 1991-2005 and nine in a row by the Yankees from 1998-2006.“All the teams in the playoffs are really good. We’d rather not win the wild card and win the division,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. “That’s what we’ve got our eye on right now.”Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers and getting scratched from Sunday’s outing. The Rockies will counter with German Marquez (14-10, 3.76 ERA), who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.“It’s two of the best young starting pitchers in the big leagues pitching in this type of game,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “It’s great.”Colorado was missing shortstop Trevor Story for most of the Dodgers series after he hurt his elbow in the opener. He ended up missing five games.“We’ve got our good lineup back,” Arenado said.And Arenado has rediscovered his swing. He homered twice Sunday to take over the NL lead with 37. He’s looking forward to getting booed when his name is announced at Dodger Stadium.“That’s when you know you’ve done something,” Arenado said.Monday marks the 11-year anniversary of Colorado’s 9-8 , 13-inning win over San Diego in a tiebreaker for the wild card, back when there was one wild card per league. There was some controversy over whether Holliday actually touched home plate with a hand when running home on Jamey Carroll’s game-ending sacrifice fly against Trevor Hoffman. Black was in charge of the Padres then and kiddingly contends Holliday never hit home plate.“Luckily for Buddy,” Holliday cracked, “he’s got me on his side this year.”

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      ANAHEIM , Calif. (AP) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled off Blake Parker with one out in the eighth inning, spoiling the Los Angeles Angels‘ bid for an unprecedented no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.Los Angeles was closing in on the record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter. The Houston Astros set the mark with six pitchers while shutting down the Yankees in 2003. Roy Oswalt started that game but was injured in the first inning. The Mariners matched that record in 2012.Jim Johnson opened Tuesday night’s game with 1 1/3 innings, and Noe Ramirez, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson and Jose Alvarez followed with no-hit ball. Parker retired Willie Calhoun to start the eighth before Kiner-Falefa lined a clean single into right field.The Angels led 1-0 through seven innings.Unlike the Astros in their no-hit bid J. T. Realmuto Jersey , the Angels planned to make this one a bullpen game, following a trend started by the Tampa Bay Rays this season of using relievers as openers. Los Angeles is using the strategy to cover for an injury-decimated rotation that is without Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and more. Manager Mike Scioscia used four bullpen games in August. NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year award along with two New York Yankees infielders.The Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed the finalists for its major awards Monday night. The winners will be announced next week.Ohtani figures to be in a tight race with Yankees infielders Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres after a historic first season with the Los Angeles Angels. The two-way Japanese sensation was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA as a starting pitcher before an elbow injury forced him off the mound. He finished out the season exclusively as a designated hitter, hitting .285 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs.Ohtani is the first player ever to hit 15 home runs and strike out 50 batters in a season, and he joined Babe Ruth as the only players ever to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings. He had Tommy John surgery after the season and is not expected to pitch in 2019.Andujar hit 47 doubles , tied for the second-most by a rookie in major league history, while Torres had 24 homers and 77 RBIs as a 21-year-old. They are the first teammates to finish top three in Rookie of the Year voting since Wil Myers and Chris Archer with Tampa Bay in 2013.The World Series champion Boston Red Sox might be in line for more hardware. Mookie Betts is a finalist for AL MVP, and Alex Cora is in the final three for AL Manager of the Year in his first season. Betts led the majors with a .346 average and .640 slugging percentage while setting career highs with 32 homers and a 1.078 OPS.Los Angeles’ Mike Trout and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez are also finalists for AL MVP. Trout has finished in the top two in AL MVP voting in five of the past six seasons after finishing fourth in 2017. Ramirez was third in the voting last year, when Houston’s Jose Altuve beat out Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich is the favorite for NL MVP, and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and Chicago’s Javier Baez also were revealed as top vote-getters. Yelich emerged from a crowded field by hitting .370 with 10 homers and a 1.313 OPS in September while the Brewers topped the Cubs for the NL Central title.The Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Washington’s Max Scherzer and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola are the top three for the NL Cy Young Award Miguel Rojas Jersey , with deGrom favored to win for the first time despite a 10-9 record. Felix Hernandez had 13 victories when he won the 2010 AL Cy Young, the fewest wins ever by a starting pitcher to win the award. Scherzer is a three-time winner, including the past two NL awards.Corey Kluber has a shot at a second straight AL Cy Young Award and third overall. The Cleveland right-hander is up against Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell and Houston’s Justin Verlander, who won the AL Cy Young and MVP Awards in 2011.Cora is up against Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash and Oakland’s Bob Melvin. Cash oversaw the Rays‘ successful experiment with using relief pitchers as “openers” to begin games, a trend that others — including Melvin — adopted later in the season. Melvin led Oakland as it charged back into the AL playoff picture and earned a spot in the wild-card game.Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell, Colorado’s Bud Black and Atlanta’s Brian Snitker were named NL Manager of the Year candidates Bryan Holaday Jersey , while Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr., Washington’s Juan Soto and Los Angeles’ Walker Buehler are the top three for NL Rookie of the Year.

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      Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals are well aware of what happened last year.Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers are home for the first time since one memorable October.Nothing like a tough test on the very first day of class.Carpenter , newcomer Paul Goldschmidt and the Cardinals visit Yelich and the Brewers on Thursday for opening day. It’s not exactly a leisurely stroll into the season for a pair of teams with championship aspirations.“I think everybody’s zoned in on the season and they’re ready to start games, start playing meaningful games,” Brewers pitcher Zach Davies said, “and just get back to our normal routine.”Miles Mikolas and Jhoulys Chacin face off in a matchup of unique pitchers coming off breakthrough performances.The 30-year-old Mikolas joined St. Louis in December 2017 after spending three seasons with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan’s Central League. The right-hander became the ace of the Cardinals in his first year with the club, going 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA.He was rewarded this spring, agreeing to a new contract that raises his pay to $75.5 million over the next five seasons.“A year ago, saying Miles would be our opening-day starter this year would have been a shock to everyone,” general manager Mike Girsch said. “He pitched amazing last year.”Chacin went 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in a career-high 35 starts last season, helping Milwaukee run down the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central title and make it all the way to the NL Championship Series. The 31-year-old righty had a 2-1 record with a sparkling 1.46 ERA in three playoff starts last October.“He’s earned this,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I’m excited for him to take the ball. Everything last year Reggie Jackson Jersey , every time we made the game bigger, he did great.”The last time the Brewers and Cardinals saw each other, Milwaukee swept a three-game series in St. Louis as part of its eight straight wins to close last season. The sweep also damaged the Cardinals’ chances for a wild card, and they missed the playoffs for the third straight year for the first time since 1997-1999.The Brewers are looking for even more after their first playoff appearance since they also were eliminated in the NLCS in 2011. Yelich is back after slugging his way to the NL MVP award last year. Key relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel will begin the season on the injured list, but Josh Hader returns after his dominant performance in 2018.“The depth is the thing I think a lot of us in here are most excited about, because you know you’re going to needed that depth throughout the course of the season,” outfielder Ryan Braun said. “There’s going to be a lot of good names in the lineup on a nightly basis.”St. Louis added reliever Andrew Miller in December, signing the lefty to a $25 million, two-year deal. But its biggest move of the winter was a blockbuster trade for Goldschmidt, the All-Star first baseman who hit 33 homers for Arizona last year.Goldschmidt was scheduled to become a free agent after this season , but he finalized a new contract Saturday that guarantees an additional $130 million from 2020-24. He should help solidify a lineup that also includes Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna.“We know what we can count on with him,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe American League champion Boston Red Sox will host Game 1 of the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday as solid home favorites at sportsbooks after taking four straight from the Houston Astros.The Red Sox took care of the defending World Series champs by sweeping them on the road in three games, and they also had the best home record in MLB during the regular season at 57-24.MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -136 favorites (wager $136 to win $100); the total is at 7.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 5.5-2.1, Dodgers (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week鈥檚 top sports betting news.Why the Dodgers can pay on the MLB linesThe Dodgers showed a lot of poise and character in overcoming a 2-1 deficit versus the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Championship Series and winning Game 7 on the road. That put Los Angeles back in the World Series again this year despite some bumps along the way dating back to the middle of May when they were 10 games under the .500 mark at 16-26.Now Los Angeles will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound (9-5, 2.73 ERA) in the series opener at Fenway Park even though he has continued to be up-and-down in the playoffs throughout his career. Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesBoston is hoping ace Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) can overcome a rough start in Game 1 of the ALCS on October 13 when he gave up two runs in four innings with four walks and five strikeouts in an eventual 7-2 loss to Houston.The good news is that the 29-year-old only allowed one hit to the Astros, and he is over the stomach illness that reportedly plagued him that weekend. This is exactly why the Red Sox traded for Sale two years ago Glenn Hubbard Jersey , to get back to the World Series and have a legitimate ace who can dominate.Smart betting pickThis will likely be a long series between two great teams where managing could well be the difference. How Los Angeles' Dave Roberts and Boston's Alex Cora handle their respective lineups and pitchers will be the key, starting right away in Game 1.Both teams have shown the ability to rebound from adversity, so the loser of this game is not out of it by any means. But Game 1 is more critical for Sale, who must prove he can pitch in the spotlight. The Red Sox have won seven of the past 10 meetings with the Dodgers, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, so they are the play here.MLB betting trendsBoston is 6-1 in its last seven games.The total has gone over in four of Boston's last five games.Los Angeles is 3-7 in its last 10 games when playing Boston.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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      WASHINGTON (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt changed his lineup after arriving at Nationals Park Dave Henderson Jersey , dropping catcher Yadier Molina from second to sixth.Molina responded with a grand slam, Marcell Ozuna homered twice and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 11-8 on Tuesday night.Molina’s sixth career grand slam provided a cushion for St. Louis, making it 11-5 with two outs in the ninth.“It did work out. We were happy with it,” Shildt said. “Just thinking about different ways as the lineup has looked the last couple of days, maybe lengthening it out, spreading some things out a little bit.”The Cardinals, who occupy the second NL wild card spot, hit five homers overall as they stopped a three-game skid.Right fielder Yairo Munoz robbed Ryan Zimmerman of a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, reaching over the fence and pulling it back into the field of play for a two-run double.Tyson Ross (8-9) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Jordan Hicks got the final out for his sixth save in 11 chances.Ozuna and Paul DeJong homered leading off the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie Dennis Eckersley Jersey , and one out later, Patrick Wisdom went deep to make it 7-4.Making his second major league appearance, reliever Austen Williams (0-1) gave up all three of those homers. He allowed none in 68 innings this season in Double-A and Triple-A.“There’s just things that I might be able to do in the minor leagues that I can’t here,” Williams said. “I need to trust my breaking ball more and just try and be better with two strikes if I want to throw a fastball.”The 4-hour, 10-minute game included 16 walks and 20 strikeouts. St. Louis pitchers walked 11.“The walks are concerning. That’s 11, 10 yesterday and eight the day before,” Shildt said. “It’s actually kind of impressive. … We’ve had a real opportunity to win all the last three games.”Wilmer Difo homered and Bryce Harper had a double and three walks in five plate appearances for the Nationals, who fell one game below .500 after relievers Williams and Solis combined to give up seven runs.“They are going to get an opportunity to pitch, so they got to realize if they want to pitch here they got to get outs Santiago Casilla Jersey ,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I can’t keep using the same guys every single day.”Ozuna led off the second with his 17th homer, and Matt Carpenter capped the inning with a two-run single that made it 4-0.Washington rallied in the fifth when Zimmerman led off with a grounder to second that second baseman Munoz misplayed for an error. Harper later drove in two with his bases-loaded double, and Trea Turner and Juan Soto drew bases-loaded walks.Erick Fedde allowed four runs in five innings. John Gant of St. Louis allowed three unearned runs in 4 1/3 innings.WALK OUTSt. Louis picked up a first-inning out when Harper walked on a 3-2 pitch with Turner running from first. Despite the walk, catcher Molina threw to Munoz. The Cardinals appealed the play, and upon review Turner was called out. Though entitled to second base via Harper’s walk, Turner slid past the bag and was tagged out.ROSTER MOVESThe Nationals recalled a top prospect, OF Victor Robles, from Triple-A Syracuse along with INF Adrian Sanchez and RHP Austin Voth and selected the contract of RHP Kyle McGowin from Syracuse. Robles flied out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Washington reinstated Fedde and RHP Joe Ross from the 60-day disabled list and activated LHP Tommy Milone from the 10-day DL. Milone was then assigned outright to Syracuse.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: Manager Mike Shildt said 2B Kolten Wong (left hamstring strain) will be activated Wednesday.Nationals: LHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) will throw another simulated game Wednesday. “His (velocity) was a little down in the last one so we just want to make sure he’s not tinkering with his mechanics or anything like that,” Martinez said. … RHP Jefry Rodriguez will move to the bullpen to limit his innings and Ross will start Friday against the Cubs.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (13-4 Mark McGwire Jersey , 2.96 ERA), who was originally listed as Tuesday’s starter, will instead go in Wednesday’s finale. He gave up four runs in seven innings to Washington on Aug. 13.Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (8-14, 2.96 ERA) makes the second home start of his career against the Cardinals. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians will rock red jerseys next season for the first time since the 1970s.The team unveiled a new alternate home jersey on Monday. It’s a red top scripted with “Indians” on the front that Cleveland occasionally will wear for home games in 2019. The Indians last wore red jerseys from 1975-77, when they wore red pants that won’t be making a comeback.Next season, for the first time in 70 years, the Indians will not have the contentious Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms. The club has been phasing out the highly debated caricature for years before striking an agreement with Major League Baseball to discontinue using it on uniforms. The Indians will continue to sell “Wahoo” merchandise at their team shop.Cleveland’s caps as well as its home and road jerseys will feature the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. Cleveland is hosting the 75th event in July.

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      Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesThe Atlantic League will feature a radar system dubbed TrackMan to help home-plate umpires call balls and strikes during the 2019 season as part of an agreement with Major League Baseball.On Friday , Jeff Passan of reported the robot umpire assistant is one of several tests the independent baseball league will run this year as part of its partnership with MLB. Other ideas being evaluated include banning the infield shift and a three-batter minimum for pitchers.Other changes include mound visits being eliminated aside from pitching changes and injuries, increasing the size of the bases by three inches and reducing the time between innings by 30 seconds, per Passan.In addition, the second half of the season will see a drastic modification as the distance from the pitching rubber to the plate will be increase by two feet to 62'6"."This first group of experimental changes is designed to create more balls in play, defensive action, baserunning, and improve player safety," MLB senior vice president, league economics and operations Morgan Sword said in a statement. "We look forward to seeing them in action in the Atlantic League."Although the idea of a robotic home-plate ump has been floated for awhile, Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, a former catcher, said during an appearance on Tuesday'sBernsteinMcKnight Showhe doesn't like the impact it will have on that position."I feel like the art of catching will go away there," he said. "I think catching is an art. You have to be able to read pitches, get under them, get around them Albert Pujols Jersey , things like that. But then once, if that computer strike zone comes in, that's going to go away. A catcher can just sit on a chair back there and just catch it wherever it's at."In February, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league wanted to implement changes that would improve the sport's overall pace of play."Repeated pitching changes obviously take a lot of time," Manfredtold reporters. "The idea of relievers having to go longer is appealing in terms of promoting the role of the starting pitcher, encouraging pitchers to pitch a little longer at the beginning of the game."The number of pitchers used per game by each team in 2018 was a record-high 4.36, perBaseball Reference.Along with reducing the specialized nature of some relief pitchers with the three-batter minimum, eliminating the shift by forcing two infielders to play on each side of the second-base bag should help increase offense. TORONTO (AP) — In one productive inning, Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez snapped the longest homer drought of his career and boosted his season RBI total by 50 percent.Perez hit his first home run since April 10 and drove in a career-high four, Michael Brantley had a two-run shot and the Indians outslugged the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8 on Saturday, helping Cleveland inch closer to clinching a playoff berth.The Indians dropped their magic number to five for a third straight AL Central title.All of Perez’s RBIs came in Cleveland’s seven-run fifth inning. He began the outburst with a leadoff drive off right-hander Sean Reid-Foley, snapping a 50-game drought. Three batters later, Brantley connected, his 15th. Blue Jays pitchers issued five walks in the inning, including four straight at one stretch Mike Trout Jersey , the last of which was a bases-loaded walk to Jason Kipnis. Perez followed with a three-run double.“It feels good,” Perez said. “I’ve been working hard every day, coming in and doing my routine, and it’s paying off. It was just a matter of time. It’s been a long season. Hopefully I turn it on from now on.”Perez raised his average from .148 to .157 and increased his RBI total from eight to 12.“He put together one heck of a day,” Indians right-hander Adam Plutko said. “Even behind the dish, he stopped a few balls late in the game. He did a great job today.”Brantley returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore left foot and went 2 for 4 with two walks.“We knew he was OK but it’s always nice to have him,” manager Terry Francona said.Josh Tomlin (1-5) got two outs for the win and Cody Allen, Cleveland’s seventh pitcher of the game, pitched around a one-out double in the ninth to earn his 26th save.Randal Grichuk homered twice for the Blue Jays, his fourth career multihomer game, and Rowdy Tellez hit his first career homer. The Blue Jays lost despite outhitting the Indians 18-11.“A little bit of a crazy game,” Francona said.Reid-Foley (1-3) made his fourth career start and allowed six runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked a season-high five and struck out three.“If I have to trip on a couple of curbs and learn from it, I still have to keep my head up and have fun,” Reid-Foley said.Justin Shafer relieved and threw 10 consecutive balls. Perez’s bases-clearing double came on Shafer’s 12th pitch.Grichuk connected off Adam Plutko in the third, and he and Tellez chased Plutko by going back-to-back in the fifth. Grichuk’s homers were his 20th and 21st.The home run was Tellez’s seventh extra-base hit , the most by any player over his first four games since 1913.“It’s one of those surreal moments that you just dream about,” Tellez said. “It was pretty cool to do it here in front of the home fans.”Plutko matched his career worst by allowing five runs and gave up a career-high nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.Aledmys Diaz had four hits for Toronto, including three doubles.18 ISN’T ENOUGHThe Blue Jays lost a game in which they had 18 or more hits for the first time since a 10-inning road defeat to the Yankees on Sept. 22, 2007. The Indians won when allowing 18 or more hits for the first time since Aug. 23, 2006.SEVEN UPCleveland has had six seven-run innings this season, including three against Toronto.CRAZY EIGHTTellez is the first Blue Jays player with eight hits in his first four games. Danny Ainge, Aaron Hill, Lloyd Moseby and Travis Snider each had seven.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Josh Donaldson (left calf) made his second straight start at third base for Double-A Akron and went 1 for 3 in five innings. Donaldson will work out with the Indians in Tampa Bay on Monday and could be activated off the disabled list Tuesday.UP NEXTIndians RHP Mike Clevinger (10-7, 3.17) faces Blue Jays LHP Thomas Pannone (1-1, 4.58) in Sunday’s series finale. Clevinger has won four straight decisions and is unbeaten since July 28 at Detroit. Pannone, a former Indians minor leaguer, will make his third major league start in place of injured RHP Marcus Stroman (blister).

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      Leon Halip/Getty ImagesBoston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will return to the mound for Sunday's game agains the Baltimore Orioles David Wright Jersey , according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.Sale has been dealing with shoulder inflammation and last pitched on July 27.While he was eligible to return Wednesday, manager Alex Cora felt it was better to keep him in the dugout a few more days in order to avoid the possibility of hitting in a National League park, perJasonMastrodonatoof theBoston Herald.When healthy, Sale has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the game over the past few years, finishing in the top six in Cy Young voting six straight times.He earned his seventh straight All-Star selection this year while producing an 11-4 record and leading the league with a 2.04 ERA, 0.872 WHIP and 207 strikeouts.Prior to going on the disabled list, he allowed just one earned run across 39 innings in his last six starts.Although this success made the announcement of his injury a surprise, it appears he will only miss about two weeks of playing time.With the Red Sox entering Tuesday with a nine-game lead in the American League East , the team was able to remain cautious with their star player. PITTSBURGH (AP) Cole Hamels‘ stuff was just as filthy as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon remembered. The changeup. The breaking ball. All of it.If the newly acquired veteran pitcher can figure out his fastball too, the NL Central leaders will be that much tougher to hang with heading down the stretch. Hamels shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates over five effective innings in his return to the National League on Wednesday night as the Cubs jumped out early and cruised to a 9-2 victory.Hamels (6-9), brought over in a trade with Texas last week, gave up one unearned run on three hits. The four-time All-Star struck out nine and walked two to pick up his first win for a National League team in more than three years.”You want to be able to win a game for a new team and the guys here,” Hamels said. ”They’ve been playing outstanding baseball all season and you just kind of want to get in the mix. For them to be able to put up the runs early, kind of made my job a little bit easier.”Chicago brought in the 34-year-old Hamels to give its patchwork starting rotation a boost. The left-hander struggled at times for the Rangers this season and came in having won just twice since Memorial Day. His new teammates did their best to put him at ease, staking him to a four-run lead before he even took the mound.The Cubs batted around in the first against Nick Kingham (5-6) despite having the ball leave the infield just once. A pair of Pittsburgh errors helped , so did a wild pitch and a hit by pitch by Kingham Mookie Wilson Jersey , who is a leading candidate to lose his spot in the starting rotation after the Pirates traded for Chris Archer on Tuesday.”It was a rough first inning all the way around,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ”There were some balls not hit hard that were well placed. We didn’t handle the ball well and (Kingham) had a guy caught and didn’t execute a play. His overall execution wasn’t what we’ve seen in the past.”Willson Contreras went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Cubs. Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist had three hits apiece while Kyle Schwarber and Javy Baez each added two hits and an RBI for Chicago. Reliever Brandon Kintzler worked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief on his 34th birthday a day after arriving in a trade from Washington.The centerpiece of Chicago’s deadline moves, however, was Hamels.Though he never retired Pittsburgh in order and needed 95 pitches to record 15 outs, he had little trouble earning his 153rd career win and first for a National League team since pitching a complete-game shutout against the Cubs on July 25, 2015 while playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.Hamels hit 96 mph on the radar gun and reminded his manager of the player who helped the Phillies to a World Series title in 2008 against Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays. A decade later, Maddon finds himself sharing a dugout with Hamels instead.”I’m really looking forward to this,” Maddon said. ”He’s very capable of getting on a nice role with high-end stuff because his stuff is still (good).”Francisco Cervelli went 3 for 3 with an RBI for Pittsburgh and Starling Marte added two hits but the Pirates never threatened after falling into the early hole to lose for just the fifth time in their last 21 games.SCARY MOMENTHome plate umpire Chris Guccione exited in the top of the third inning after a foul ball off the bat of Heyward smacked Guccione’s mask. He was steadied in the moment by Pittsburgh catcher Cervelli and attempted to stay in the game before going to be evaluated by medical staff. Guccione did not return , with Ed Hickox taking his place behind the plate.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) has not been cleared to return to baseball activities but manager Joe Maddon said he does not anticipate Bryant needing much time to be game-ready once he’s given the go-ahead by trainers. … RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis) will have another bullpen session on Saturday.Pirates: OF Corey Dickerson (strained left hamstring) is on track to come off the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. … 1B Josh Bell (strained left oblique) is doing core work but remains out indefinitely. .. IF Jung Ho Kang developed a recurrence of left wrist discomfort while working out at the team’s minor-league complex in Bradenton, Florida. The team will meet with Kang’s representatives before determining the appropriate steps.UP NEXTCubs: Return to Wrigley Field for a four-game weekend series against San Diego starting Thursday. Mike Montgomery (3-4, 4.03 ERA) faces Robbie Erlin (1-3, 3.47) in the opener.Pirates: Archer will make his 178th career start – and first for someone other than Tampa Bay – on Friday when the Pirates begin a three-game set with St. Louis.—

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      OAKLAND Ketel Marte Jersey , Calif. — Oakland Athletics fans will get to see Shohei Ohtani one last time in 2018 at the same venue at which everyone saw him for the first time this season when the Los Angeles Angels close out a three-game series on Thursday afternoon.While Ohtani and the Angels look to win the season series from Oakland, the A’s (91-61) will be trying to avoid losing ground to the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays (85-66) in a suddenly tight race for the second wild-card playoff spot in the American League.The A’s will take the field for the afternoon affair several hours before the Rays begin a four-game road series at Toronto. Tampa Bay has won four in a row, including Saturday and Sunday against the A’s to get the Rays back in the race.Article continues below ...While A’s fans surely will save most of their applause for the home club, no doubt they will shower some on Ohtani, the unique two-way talent whose first major league hit came on March 29 in Oakland, a single in his first at-bat against Kendall Graveman.Three days later, Ohtani recorded his first big-league pitching win, also in Oakland, when he limited the A’s to three runs in six innings in a 7-4 win.Almost six months later , Ohtani is finishing his rookie season only as a hitter, having torn the UCL in his right elbow while pitching on Sept. 2.He completed the pitching portion of his season with a 4-2 record and 3.31 ERA.The injury hasn’t slowed Ohtani’s bat. He has recorded hits in 11 of 14 games this month, including one in each of the first two games of the Oakland series.He will take a .292 average, and a chance to hit .300, into the Angels’ final 10 games of the season.With 327 plate appearances and 10 pitching starts, he is assured of being the first major-leaguer with that combination since Babe Ruth in 1919.Ohtani has hit 6-for-23 (.261) against the A’s this season but went 0-for-3 against Thursday’s starter, right-hander Edwin Jackson, in an August game.Jackson (5-3, 3.17) will be attempting to pitch the A’s to their 14th consecutive non-losing home series. Oakland has won 11 and tied two since getting swept in a three-gamer against Houston in June.The A’s and Angels have split the first two games of their three-game set.Jackson shut out the Angels for 7 1/3 innings in a 7-0 win in Los Angeles in August. It improved his lifetime record against the Angels to 5-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 games , including 10 starts.Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (2-1, 3.98) is scheduled to pitch the series finale for the Angels.He pitched an 8-3 win over the A’s in the opening series of the season, during which the Angels took three of four. Los Angeles has retained an edge in the seasons series all year, but now clings to just an 8-7 advantage.In his career, Shoemaker has compiled a 6-2 record and 3.61 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) against Oakland. SAN DIEGO (AP) — Even after watching Nelson Cruz drive his 79th pitch over the center field fence to make it a one-run game with one out in the ninth, San Diego Padres rookie Jacob Nix hoped manager Andy Green would let him finish.“I thought for sure he was going to leave me in there because of my pitch count,” Nix said after coming within two outs of his first complete game in his fourth big league start, a 2-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. “I thought for sure I was going to be able to finish.”Green wasn’t buying it.“He’d done enough today. I didn’t want to put him in a situation where he was walking off that mound in a tie situation or a losing situation,” Green said.Nix , backed by stellar defense by shortstop Freddy Galvis and 21-year-old second baseman Luis Urias, who was making his big league debut, had the low pitch count because he had the Mariners swinging early and putting the ball in play. The 22-year-old Nix allowed one run and eight hits, walked none and struck out none.“That was crazy efficient. Clearly he had enough pitches to get the last few outs. He showed a glimpse,” Green said.“One day I’ll go nine,” Nix said. “And maybe I’ll mix in some punch-outs, too. I didn’t really get to two strikes a whole lot. They were putting the ball in play really early. Outs are outs. I’m here to get outs. I don’t care how I get them.”Travis Jankowski homered on Felix Hernandez’s first pitch and Urias had a nice game for the Padres, who snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.Nix (2-2) retired Jean Segura to open the ninth before Cruz homered to center, his 32nd. Kirby Yates came on to get the final two outs for his sixth save.Hernandez (8-12) pitched well but lost his sixth straight decision over eight starts. The former AL Cy Young Award winner Andrew Chafin Jersey , who briefly was demoted to the bullpen earlier this month, struck out a season-high nine and walked only two in seven innings. He allowed only four hits but three of them factored into the scoring.Jankowski drove Hernandez’s first pitch over the fence in right field, his third homer. Wil Myers doubled off Hernandez with one out in the fourth and scored on Hunter Renfroe’s two-out single to left.King Felix said there was “frustration about the loss for sure. I haven’t won since June 30. It’s tough. I think I did a good job except for the bunts. The second bunt was pretty good.”Hernandez twice bunted into inning-ending double plays.Manager Scott Servais said that other than Jankowski’s homer, Hernandez “controlled the strike zone pretty well.”It was Jankowski’s first career leadoff homer.“Obviously I’d never done that before and to do it off a guy of his caliber, that felt good,” Jankowski said. “More importantly it got the team on the board early and got that energy going, that fire going early.”Urias, one of baseball’s top prospects, was called up earlier in the day even though Triple-A El Paso has qualified for the Pacific Coast League playoffs and the Padres are on pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1993.Urias was brilliant in making his first play Alex Avila Jersey , diving to his left to field a bouncer by leadoff hitter Mitch Haniger and throwing him out. 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      The Atlanta Braves' season is on the brink.They're one loss away from oblivion.Or Reggie Jackson Jersey , at least one loss away from watching the remainder of the 2018 postseason from their couches.Thanks to the fence-clearing exploits of budding 20-year-old superstar Ronald Acuna Jr., the Braves live to fight another day.Oblivion can wait. Acuna can't.After failing to score in the first two games of their National League Division Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta looked like a young team that had overachieved and was now in over its head against a more experienced postseason foe.Yes, they won the National League East outright, as virtually no one predicted. Then they were shut out in consecutive contests by Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw and L.A.'s seasoned October contingent.The Braves' bats were dormant. Their hopes were plummeting.In a must-win Game 3 at SunTrust Park, Acuna blasted a grand slam in a five-run second inning that injected life into the series. It didn't single-handedly rescue Atlanta's season, but it sure helped.With his seismic swing, Acuna became the youngest player ever to hit a grand slam in postseason history, per SportsCenter:SportsCenter SportsCenterRonald Acu帽a Jr. with the grand slam 馃敟馃敟馃敟馃敟Hes the youngest player in postseason history with a grand slam , at 20 years, 293 days old. kLDD9nDAL3The guy he eclipsed in the youngest-postseason-grand-salami category? Some dude named Mickey Mantle.Yeah. Let that sink in.It wasn't easy for Atlanta, even with Acuna's Mantle-esque heroics.The Dodgers plated two runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth to tie the game before veteran Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman broke the tie with a solo homer in the sixth that proved to be the difference.It was a nice reminder for a team that blossomed ahead of schedule behind a youthful core: Sometimes you need the old guys, with "old" being defined here as the 29-year-old Freeman.But he is old compared to Acuna, who won't reach legal U.S. drinking age until Dec. 18."These guys don't come around very often. They really don't," Freeman said of his teammate, per's Jerry Crasnick. "What he's doing is kind of eye-popping, really. It leaves you saying, 'Wow, he does something every day that is special.'"The toolsy Venezuelan hit .432 this spring with a 1.247 OPS and appeared more than ready to take on MLB pitching. But Acuna began the season in the minors with a nod to baseball's controversial service-time rules.He didn't stay down for long. Acuna made his Braves debut on April 25. He tallied six hits in his first 13 at-bats Yunel Escobar Jersey , including a home run and two doubles.He'd arrived, no ifs, ands or buts.Yes, he dipped a bit in May, hitting .235 with a .677 OPS in the calendar month. In the end, however, he hit .293 with 26 home runs and tied for the lead among all rookies with 3.7 WAR, according to FanGraphs' measure.In the Senior Circuit, he tied with Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, which should at least make the NL Rookie of the Year race interesting. Considering the Braves made the playoffs while the division-rival Nats stayed home Martin Maldonado Jersey , though, the safe money is on Acuna earning the hardware.Right now, he's got grander designs.Harry How/Getty ImagesLos Angeles was in control after the first two games of this division series. The Braves were a nice story, a scrappy underdog crashing the party ahead of schedule. But it was time for the Dodgers to march forward while Atlanta waited its turn, or so the narrative went.That might still happen, perhaps as soon as Monday. But not if Acuna has anything to say about it."He's breathed life into us," manager Brian Snitker said, per Crasnick. "He's brought that energy and excitement and confidence to our whole team. His legs, the defense, the arm , the whole thing."Will the whole thing keep them from the brink?Are there more Mantle-evoking exploits in store?Stay tuned. All statistics current entering Monday and courtesy of FanGraphs. The Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves hope that a change of venue will make a big difference in their respective National League Division Series.If it doesn't, both of those teams will see their seasons come to an end Sunday. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers lead their respective best-of-5 series by 2-0 margins as the two National League series pick up after a day off Saturday.The Rockies are hoping that a return to Coors Field will get their bats going against the Milwaukee Brewers, who appeared to do everything right in the two games at Miller Park. The Brewers are riding the bat of potential Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich and the outstanding arms in their lights-out bullpen.The two teams meet at 4:37 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised by the MLB Network. The Dodgers and Braves are scheduled to play at SunTrust Park at 8:07 p.m., and that game will be broadcast on FS1.The Rockies are minus-150 favorites to earn their first win in the series, while the Brewers are plus-130 underdogs, according to OddsShark. 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Miley has also been quite adept at keeping the ball in the ballpark Darin Erstad Jersey , as he only gives up 0.3 home runs per nine innings.German Marquez will take the mound for the Rockies, and he had a 14-11 record with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.204 WHIP. Marquez is a power pitcher who struck out 230 batters in 196.0 innings.The Dodgers are favored because they are sending Walker Buehler to the mound in Atlanta. Buehler had a remarkable impact this season with an 8-5 record along with a 2.62 ERA, 0.961 WHIP and a strikeout ratio of 9.9 per nine innings.Kevin Gausman had been scheduled to start for the Braves, but the home team has opted to go with 25-year-old lefty Sean Newcomb. He brings a 12-9 record along with a 3.90 ERA along with a 1.329 WHIP.PredictionsThe Rockies could not solve the Brewers pitching in Milwaukee, but their bats will return to life at Coors Field. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story should trigger their attack and they will be able to jump out to an early lead. Marquez will keep the Brewers in check and the Rockies will win Game 3 and cut into Milwaukee's series lead.The Braves have been shut out in back-to-back games in Los Angeles, and they desperately need to get on the board early in Game 3.That may be difficult in against Buehler, who has been so effective to this point. If Freddie Freeman can do some damage early, the Braves are likely to make this a game, but the belief here is that Manny Machado will come through with a big hit late in the game to give the Dodgers a sweep in the series.All statistical information provided by Baseball-Reference.

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India ranks 51st among'stop 100 prospects.Throwing Barnhart into the deal would also provide the Marlins with a ready-made replacement who they might be able to flip later. Barnhart is signedthrough 2022, which would provide Miami with long-term cost control and plenty of time to see his trade value rise. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines is aware many fans are questioning whether his credentials are Hall of Fame worthy. He’s not sweating.“Well, they can’t take it away from me now, even if they don’t think I should be there,” he told The Associated Press.A day after being elected to Cooperstown by a Hall-picked panel of 16, the six-time All-Star was at the winter meetings Monday for a news conference with newly chosen Lee Smith.“I wasn’t out there beating my chest and campaigning for this,” Baines said. “I’m very honored and humbled.”Shortly after being chosen, Baines said he certainly wasn’t anticipating this honor.“Very shocked,” he admitted.So were many others around the baseball world.In fact, in the hours after his selection was announced at the Mandalay Bay resort, a lot of conversations at the gathering started the exact same way: “Harold Baines?”No one doubted Baines was a top player — 1,628 RBIs Matt Kemp Jersey , 384 home runs and 2,866 hits.“I had a great career. I’m very proud of it,” he said.But a couple other numbers stood out, too.Baines never drew more than 6.1 percent in five elections by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, far from the 75 percent required. In the key WAR stat compiled by, Baines’ lifetime total was tied for 545th.Yes, 545th.Behind the likes of Placido Polanco, Jim Sundberg and Rafael Furcal in wins above replacement, not to mention Gil Hodges, Dick Allen, Don Mattingly, John Olerud and dozens more.The vote by the Today’s Game Era Committee was sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown. Especially because the 16-member panel appointed by the Hall board included longtime Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.“I’m glad he was on that committee this year to help to get into the Hall of Fame,” Baines said.Baines spent nearly all of his first 10 seasons with the White Sox and currently serves as a team ambassador in their community relations department.“So happy for Harold. He’s a great player and a great human being,” Reinsdorf praised in a statement. “I am so honored that I was a member of the committee. He deserved to be in long ago. I am just so excited.”He added Monday: “The numbers are there.”Tony La Russa Hank Aaron Jersey , Baines’ first big league manager, also was on the panel that elected him.In the past, Phil Rizzuto and Bill Mazeroski were among the players who benefited from friendly faces on Veterans Committees to reach the Hall. That panel has been revamped over the years, and the Today’s Game Era group was created as part of changes in 2014.“The era committees were established as a sort of a court of appeals for an opportunity in the event that over time it was felt that maybe somebody slipped through the cracks,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “And in the case of someone who received 6 percent of the vote in the BBWAA election, the reason that may have happened could be for many, many reasons.”It took 12 votes for election by the panel — Smith was unanimous, Baines got 12 and former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell just short with 11.George Steinbrenner, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel all received fewer than five votes.Baines, now 59 , had a smooth, consistent, left-handed stroke. But he never finished higher than ninth in an MVP vote, and never was among the top five AL hitters in the yearly batting race. His single-season high was 29 home runs at a time when lots of players hit more.As this vote approached, his name drew little-to-no buzz in debates over who might be selected.“I wasn’t expecting this day to come,” the career .289 hitter said.Mattingly said he was happy for Baines, calling him a great hitter.The Miami manager was a six-time All-Star, won nine Gold Gloves at first base for the Yankees and hit .307 lifetime. Mattingly was the 1985 AL MVP and four times finished in the top seven of the MVP voting.Mattingly had 2,153 hits, 222 home runs and 1,099 RBIs in 14 seasons in a career limited by back trouble.“I just didn’t play long enough. Wasn’t able to stay healthy long enough to really put that pile of numbers together,” he said Monday at the winter meetings. “So there was a period of time that I could hit with anybody and do things on the field at my position and with the bat that nobody was doing.”“When I think of myself, when you see Harold, played 22 years or something like that and you end up with a pile of numbers that grow and grow Julio Teheran Jersey ,” he said.Baines became a designated hitter after knee trouble ended his days in the outfield, and DHs have struggled to gain backing from Hall voters.Baines joined Frank Thomas as the only players in the Hall who spent more than half his games as a DH.“Everything I hear or read is DH is really not part of the game, I guess. But I disagree. But maybe this will the open up the doors for some more DHs,” Baines said.Both closers and DHs could see the numbers increase again very shortly.Mariano Rivera is eligible for the first time and big-hitting DH Edgar Martinez will be back on the ballot when results of the next BBWAA election are announced Jan. 22.Induction ceremonies are scheduled for July 21 at Cooperstown, New York.Between now and then, there’s certain to be more discussion about who else should be in the Hall. Drug-tainted Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are on the upcoming BBWAA ballot, influential players’ union head Marvin Miller has been denied seven times by various committees, and steroids user Mark McGwire wasn’t among Sunday’s candidates.

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      MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nolan Arenado and Colorado had one good stretch at the plate. That was it for the whole afternoon.Tough couple of days for the Rockies‘ star-studded lineup.Arenado helped Colorado rally against Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen in Game 1 of the NL Division Series , but the Rockies were unable to finish off Jeremy Jeffress. Mike Moustakas then hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Brewers to a 3-2 win Thursday.Led by Arenado and Trevor Story, Colorado finished among the major league leaders in several offensive categories this year. But the Rockies have been held in check since they bashed five homers in a 12-0 victory over Washington last Sunday, leaving them in a tie for the NL West lead.“We’ve got to put better at-bats together, all of us,” Arenado said. “I think we’re having a little trouble there the last few games. But at the same time, we’re facing good pitching. It’s tough. These guys are good.”Colorado had just one hit Thursday before Gerardo Parra and Matt Holliday opened the ninth with consecutive singles off Jeffress, who had made 11 consecutive scoreless appearances since Aug. 31. Charlie Blackmon singled in Parra and DJ LeMahieu reached on an error before Arenado tied it at 2 with a sacrifice fly to center.The Rockies had a chance for more, but Blackmon was tagged out in a rundown on David Dahl’s grounder to first and Jeffress struck out Story to end the inning.“I thought we did a good job at the end, stringing together some hits, put a couple runs up when it didn’t look good,” Blackmon said. “We didn’t really do a whole lot offensively until that ninth inning.”That missed opportunity proved costly when Moustakas came up with the game-ending hit against Adam Ottavino.Game 2 of the best-of-five series is back at Miller Park on Friday.“We just got to be ready to go tomorrow,” Arenado said. “It’s a borderline must-win really.”Colorado had a chance to win the NL West before it lost 5-2 in the tiebreaker at Los Angeles on Monday. It had just two hits before Arenado and Story hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning.Arenado hit a sacrifice fly in the first in the wild-card game Tuesday night in Chicago, and Colorado didn’t score again until Tony Wolters‘ 13th-inning RBI single in a 2-1 victory over the Cubs. The Rockies finished with 11 hits Matt Williams Jersey , but went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.Playing in their fourth city in five days — covering approximately 2,700 miles — it was more of the same in the NLDS.Perhaps that shouldn’t be such a surprise. Playing away from hitter-friendly Coors Field, the Rockies ranked 20th in runs (335) and 29th in batting average (.225) on the road.Carlos Gonzalez tripled with two out in the fifth for Colorado’s first hit. But Ian Desmond tapped back to the mound on Corbin Burnes’ next pitch, ending the inning.LeMahieu and Ryan McMahon each walked, and then were thrown out trying to steal second.“I think it was more about how they threw the ball than our at-bats,” manager Bud Black said. “I mean, they pitched really, really well.”Arenado hit .297 with an NL-best 38 homers this year, helping stop the Triple Crown bid by Brewers star Christian Yelich. But the 27-year-old Arenado went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in just the third playoff game of his stellar career.Story, who set career highs with 37 homers and 108 RBIs this season, also struck out three times, and Dahl went 0 for 4 with two Ks.None of the Rockies’ hitters saw a pitcher more than once.“They have a good bullpen. We knew that coming in,” Arenado said. “But we feel like we had some good at-bats. Hit the ball hard , just right at people sometimes.” SEATTLE (AP) James Paxton wanted a healthy return from the disabled list and a chance to beat the first-place Houston Astros.He and the Seattle Mariners got just that with a tidy 2-0 victory Monday night.Paxton excelled in his first start since suffering lower back inflammation in Anaheim on July 12, and he needed to in order to outduel Houston starter Gerrit Cole, who had a perfect game through four innings.Both pitchers traded high-90s fastballs and sharp breaking stuff in a scoreless tie until Nelson Cruz’s two-run double in the sixth inning accounted for all the scoring.”Cole was about as good as you can get, and Pax is out there matching him back and forth,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ”Probably one of the top pitching games that we’ve seen all year, on both sides of the ball.”Cole (10-3) retired the first 12 batters he faced, striking out six, until he hit Cruz with a pitch leading off the fifth. After Segura’s single, Denard Span hit a clean single to right-center, and Cruz lined a first-pitch slider inside third base.Segura scored easily, and the ball caromed off the protruding side wall, allowing Span to narrowly beat catcher Max Stassi’s tag after a strong throw by left fielder Marwin Gonzalez.”He was dealing,” Cruz said of Cole. ”We battled. We found a way to get runners on base. He’s a really tough pitcher to score runs on.”Paxton (9-4) was solid for Seattle Willie Mays Jersey , scattering three hits – two of them infield singles – over seven innings. He struck out eight, did not walk a batter, and threw 59 of his 82 pitches for strikes.”He was good,” Astros shortstop Alex Bregman said. ”His fastball was jumping. 12-6 curveball and then a cutter as well. Both pitching performances were pretty dominating tonight, him and Gerrit. We just came up a little short.”Cole allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking two.Mariners reliever Alex Colome covered the eighth and closer Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his 40th save. The Mariners improved to 63-43 and cut the lead of Houston (67-41) in the AL West to three games.FELIX’S FUTUREAmid speculation that Felix Hernandez’s spot in Seattle’s rotation could be in jeopardy, Servais said he and general manager Jerry Dipoto have decided to keep the veteran right-hander in the five-man rotation for the time being. Hernandez is 8-9 with a 5.58 ERA.”That could change, but as of now it’s where we’re at,” Servais said. ”We’ll continue to talk about it. You just want to do what you can to give your club the best chance to win every time out.”TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: SS Carlos Correa, who has been on the disabled list since June 26 (lower back soreness), hit off a high-velocity machine and said it went well. He expects to play in minor league rehab games soon. … 2B Jose Altuve, on the DL with right knee soreness since July 26, is in Houston to attend to family matters and is slated to rejoin the team in Los Angeles over the weekend.Mariners: 3B Kyle Seager went on paternity leave Monday , creating the roster spot for Paxton’s return. Servais said Austin Romine would play third in Seager’s absence, which could last another day or two. ”He should enjoy the day with his family,” Servais said of Seager. ”I’ll probably talk to Kyle tonight or tomorrow and see where he’s at family-wise.” … The Mariners made one more move, calling up infielder Zach Vincej from Triple-A Tacoma and optioning first baseman Daniel Vogelbach.UP NEXT:Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (11-2, 2.89) gets the start for Houston on Tuesday. Morton beat the Mariners the only time he faced them this year on April 19 in Seattle, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out eight while allowing three hits.Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (8-6, 4.15), who starts for Seattle on Tuesday, has thrown seven or more innings in seven of his 21 starts this season, including three outings of eight innings.—

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      MIAMI (AP) — After being held out of the lineup to rest Manuel Margot Jersey , Brian Anderson was ready when needed.Anderson delivered with a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the seventh inning to help the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Saturday night.“It was kind of a reset,” Anderson said. “It helps your body, your legs get underneath you. I was relaxed for a day even if I had that one at-bat. I just tried to go in and have a good at bat especially In a situation like that. The pressure is not on me, it’s on the other pitcher.”Anderson delivered his first career pinch-hit home run and the 10th of the season with his shot to left field off Chad Sobotka for a 3-0 lead.“That was huge,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s one of those games you’re walking a tight rope. Anything can happen and you see what happened in the ninth with the leadoff homer. You still had some breathing room.”Dansby Swanson led off the ninth with his 13th home run of the season , cutting the deficit to 3-1 and ending a 21-inning scoreless drought to the Marlins in the series.“We just really haven’t been able to string anything together,” Swanson said. “A combination of that is us not swinging the way we’re capable of, but at the same time there’s obviously a reason for that and I think you can give a little bit of credit where credit is due, and they’ve thrown the ball lately.”Wei-Yin Chen (5-9) struck out 10 over six innings. It was the third time in his career he struck out at least 10.“I felt very consistent out there,” Chen said through a translator. “I still had my command on the pitches in the late innings.”After allowing the homer to Swanson, Drew Steckenrider retired the next three batters to end the game for his second save.Braves starter Anibal Sanchez (6-5) exited with right hamstring tightness after 5 2/3 innings and 98 pitches. Sanchez allowed four hits and one run.“In the hitter I couldn’t push my body to home plate and that’s why I lost my command against the last hitter Austin Hedges Jersey ,” Sanchez said.Sanchez dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the season causing him to miss 37 games.“When I started to feel something on my hamstring after the injury that I got earlier in the season, after that I tried to take care of it more in between outings and I think one time after Cincinnati–I’m just going to do my best to stay in the game,” Sanchez said. “I don’t want to just get those innings and it happens again.”The Marlins got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Rafael Ortega led off with a triple to right and scored on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto.SEVEN WITH 10 HOMERSAnderson became the seventh Marlins player to reach double-digits in home runs this season. It is the most players with at least 10 in a season since the 2008 team also had seven.ACUNA STAYING HOTBraves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was 2 for 4 and is hitting .340 (32 for 94) in August with 18 extra-base hits.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: Manager Brian Snitker thought Sanchez’s hamstring issue could be related to dehydration or cramping. “Could be,” Sanchez said. … The pitching staff could be getting a boost for the stretch run with Brandon McCarthy (knee), Peter Moylan (forearm), Shane Carle (shoulder) Carlos Asuaje Jersey , and Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) nearing returns. “We’ve got guys that should be back that are going to be big for us,” Snitker said.Marlins: OF Lewis Brinson (hip) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A New Orleans. … OF Garrett Cooper (wrist) had a setback in a rehab appearance and has returned to Miami for further evaluation possibly ending his season.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Kevin Gausman (8-9, 3.99 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale. Gausman has won his last three starts posting a 1.23 ERA.Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (2-3, 4.42) allowed six runs, five earned, over 5 1/3 innings in his only start against the Braves on Aug. 13. Speculation that free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies ran rampant Monday after photos of customized Harper/Phillies bats leaked online.Twitter user Chris Jones tweeted a photo of the two bats:chris jones According to Erin Dunne of NBC Sports Philadelphia , the photo originated as an unsent screenshot on Reddit.The bats were made by Victus, which is Harper's preferred bat company.Sources from Victus told WIP's Jack Fritzthe bats weren't created to accommodate a special order. Rather, they were madejust in case Harper does sign with Philadelphia andto "maybe help swayhim."Per Bob Nightengale ofUSA Today, the Phillies are "heavy favorites" to sign the 26-year-old outfielder, although they aren't the only team in on him.The Chicago White Sox have been heavily linkedto Harper, and a return to the Washington Nationals remains possible as well. If Harper does take his slugging ways to Philly Matt Szczur Jersey , he'll have some pretty sweet-looking bats at his disposal right away.

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      NEW YORK (AP) — When the New York Mets went looking for a general manager Hector Rondon Jersey , they found one in a peculiar place.On the other side of the bargaining table.Longtime baseball agent Brodie Van Wagenen is switching roles to become GM of the Mets, the team announced Monday evening. Contract details were not disclosed.“Brodie is an extremely knowledgeable, creative, progressive and collaborative leader, who I’m confident will lead us toward sustainable success,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “I’m very excited for our fans to hear and see the direction Brodie outlined for us.”A news conference to introduce Van Wagenen was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field. He was chosen by Wilpon and his father, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, to replace Sandy Alderson, who took a leave in June following a recurrence of cancer. Alderson said the club’s poor performance did not merit him returning.And so, at the start of a pivotal offseason, the Mets’ first pitch is a changeup.“I’m beyond excited and motivated to take on this new challenge,” Van Wagenen said. “I want to thank Fred and Jeff for believing in my vision and abilities. I look forward to beginning the progress of getting the Mets to contend for a championship year after year.”The 44-year-old Van Wagenen is swapping sides in labor relations. He has represented high-profile players all around the majors , including current Mets stars Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier. Van Wagenen also represented Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback.Van Wagenen co-founded the baseball division of CAA Sports in 2006 and had been co-head of CAA Baseball. He emerged as New York’s top choice for general manager from a list of 10-12 initial candidates. He must leave his clients and give up his career as an agent to take the job.With buzz building about Van Wagenen flipping roles, players and rival agents around the majors have expressed concern about a potential conflict of interest — though the move is not unprecedented. Former big league pitcher Dave Stewart made the switch from agent to front-office executive with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a couple of GMs in the NBA did the same.NFL executive Mike Tannenbaum, vice president of football operations for Miami, worked as an agent between jobs with the Jets and Dolphins.Following the Mets’ second consecutive losing season, Jeff Wilpon said he would look outside the organization for the 13th GM in franchise history. He said he was open to “untraditional candidates” and preferred to have someone in place by the Nov. 5-8 general managers’ meetings.“Brodie showed us he is a progressive thinker, who is prepared for this role and has great baseball acumen,” Fred Wilpon said. “Jeff brought forward an array of candidates and we all agreed that Brodie’s high character, blend of analytics, scouting and development ideas illustrate why he will be successful in this role.”Tampa Bay Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom was the other finalist.Doug Melvin also had a second interview with ownership last week. But the former Texas and Milwaukee general manager was told days ago he was no longer in the running.Alderson was hired as general manager in 2010. He helped lead New York to consecutive playoff berths in 2015 and ’16 Jimmy Wynn Jersey , including a trip to the 2015 World Series.Since he stepped down, baseball decisions have been made by the trio of assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi, all reporting to the Wilpons.Jeff Wilpon also said he would like Ricco, Ricciardi and Minaya to return — but that didn’t guarantee they would be retained.Van Wagenen was an agent at IMG from 2001 until joining CAA. He played college baseball at Stanford with Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch, and the two became good friends.A native of California, Van Wagenen and his wife, Molly, have three children and live in Connecticut. Molly’s stepfather was late astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander David Phelps and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that could be worth $13.75 million over two seasons, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal had not yet been announced. The contractPhelps , a 32-year-old free agent who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, can earn an additional $3.25 million in performance bonuses this year as part of the agreement, and the Blue Jays have a $1 million team option for 2020 that could escalate to $8 million depending on appearances and games finished this year.He tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm on March 17 during his final pitch in a spring training outing against the Los Angeles Angels, and he had surgery March 26.Phelps was 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 relief appearances in 2017 for Seattle, which acquired him from Miami that July 20. 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      LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has heard the chatter that he’s in decline. He’s eager to prove the doubters wrong while wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform.The ace agreed to a $93 million J.R. Richard Jersey , three-year contract Friday after initially opting out of his previous deal and choosing free agency.“There’s been a lot of people saying that I’m in decline or not going to be as good as I once was,” he said. “I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.”Kershaw opted out of a $215 million, seven-year contract that had two seasons remaining at a total of $65 million. Signed in January 2014, it called for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020.The new deal involves a $23 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments on June 30 in each of the next three years, and annual salaries of $23,333,333.“I wanted to stay here, so financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to just stay here ,” he said.Also Friday, the Dodgers made $17.9 million qualifying offers to two of their other free agents: pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and catcher Yasmani Grandal.Kershaw gets an additional $28 million in guaranteed money. The new agreement includes $4 million annually in performance bonuses, in four $1 million increments for 24, 26, 28 and 30 games started, which could raise the deal’s value to $105 million over three years.The left-hander also can earn award bonuses of $1.5 million for winning the NL Cy Young Award or $500,000 for finishing second or third in the voting.Kershaw, his wife Ellen and their two young children make their offseason home in the Dallas area, and if the Texas Rangers had had a winning season “it would have been something to consider for sure,” he said.“It really wasn’t as much of a question for me this time around,” he said. “My kiddos love it here. Ellen loves it here. I love it here. I love the team here Craig Biggio Jersey , and there’s not many opportunities that meet all the criteria that Ellen and I would be looking for. And myself personally, a chance to win every single year, it doesn’t come around like this in LA very often.”The money designated a signing bonus will not be subject to state income because Texas does not have a state income tax.Winner of the NL Cy Young in 2011, ’13 and ’14, Kershaw was limited to 26 starts this year because of a back injury and went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA while striking out 155. The Dodgers lost in the World Series for the second straight season, with Kershaw taking the loss in Sunday’s season-ending Game 5 defeat to Boston. His average fastball velocity dropped by 2 mph in the past year to 91 mph.“I plan on getting back to that level that I was at,” he said. “There’s a lot of guys older than me, and there’s a lot of guys with more innings than me in the big leagues that are still maintaining their velocity.”A herniated disk in his back sidelined him in 2016. He had a less significant back problem this year and a shoulder issue.“No more DL time,” he said. “From there, hopefully the getting people out thing will take care of itself.”At 30, Kershaw has experienced a fastball velocity decrease George Springer Jersey , and he missed time this season because of two stints on the disabled.“While I did have a little bit of a back issue this year, it wasn’t very significant. I missed more time this year because of the shoulder,” he said. “I really believe that for three years I can be just as good as I ever have been. And I’m not saying I can’t be good past that. But that’s as long as I was willing to commit to right now.”Kershaw remains the face of the franchise and his dedicated work habits have filtered down to the younger pitchers on the staff.“He’s made as much of an impact as you can on an organization in terms of the success we’ve had,” Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said Thursday.Kershaw has a career 153-69 regular-season record with a 2.39 ERA in 318 games but it’s in the postseason where his numbers drop. He’s 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA. He gave up four runs in seven innings in Game 5 of the World Series.“Winning is still the most important thing for me,” he said. CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox rookie pitcher Michael Kopech has apologized for racist and homophobic tweets he posted as 17-year-old and has since deleted.The tweets from 2013 surfaced Tuesday as Kopech made his major league debut.“I had to delete some stuff,” Kopech told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday. “Things I said that were immature and inappropriate. I used some poor language in there. Obviously, I’m trying to be looked at as a role model and the last thing I want to do is have some kid look at what I’m saying and take it the wrong way.“It’s unfortunate that I was ever at that point mentally, but it’s not who I am now. Yeah, I cleaned some tweets up and tried to get rid of them. But , obviously, people saw them. It’s not who I am now and it’s not who I want to be. It was something I did in high school, and with everything I’ve gone through in pro ball the last five seasons I feel like a big part of my career was maturing. 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      A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:TRY AGAINThe Red Sox send David Price to the mound for Game 2 of their AL Championship Series against Houston hoping for a bounce-back performance from the entire club. Price hasn’t pitched since allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings in a Game 2 Division Series loss to the Yankees. That dropped him to 0-9 in 10 career postseason starts Orlando Arcia Jersey , the longest such skid in major league playoff history.Boston is coming off a lousy night all around in a 7-2 loss to Houston. Chris Sale struggled, Alex Cora was ejected, the defense had a few misplays and the offense had just three hits against Justin Verlander and a trio of relievers.Gerrit Cole is up for the Astros. The right-hander struck out 12 over seven innings in a 3-1 win Game 2 win against Cleveland in the Division Series.LOOK OUT!Umpire Joe West slides from second base to first for ALCS Game 2 after getting closer to the action than he’d like in the opener. Boston catcher Christian Vazquez drilled West in the chest with a throw when Jake Marisnick stole second in the eighth. The 65-year-old crew chief appeared to be fine.REST UPThe Brewers and Dodgers get a day to travel to Los Angeles before playing Game 3 Monday. It’s a chance for Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen to recover and look for answers after an uncharacteristically lousy first couple games. Aside from lights-out lefty Josh Hader, Brewers relievers have allowed eight runs in 7 1/3 innings. That crew had the fifth-best bullpen ERA in the majors during the regular season at 3.47, including a big league-best 1.98 in September. DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera can now say it with a good deal of certainty: Baseball is harder than it looks on TV.”It’s so easy when you watch the game on TV. It’s so slow,” the Detroit slugger said. ”The game is so simple on TV.”It’s not nearly as simple on the field, of course Jonathan Villar Jersey , and right now all Cabrera can do is watch. The Tigers lost their star first baseman in the middle of June to a ruptured biceps tendon, and he’s out for the season. Detroit was in a rebuilding mode anyway, but losing one of the team’s top hitters was a significant blow.Cabrera was back at Comerica Park on Monday night to host an event supporting children’s health and youth baseball programs. He seemed to be feeling good, but he has a long way to go before playing again.”Right now it’s a little slow,” Cabrera said. ”Hopefully in a couple weeks I starting do more stuff, to be healthy again.”Cabrera said he goes back and forth between Michigan and Florida, and he thinks he’s making good progress toward being ready for spring training next year. The two-time American League MVP is 35 now , and this was supposed to be a crucial year for the veteran to show if he could still be one of the game’s most feared hitters after a poor showing in 2017.Instead, Cabrera has played only 38 games after never playing fewer than 119 in his previous decade with the Tigers.”Really hard, watch the games on TV. It’s really hard don’t be on the field with my teammates. It doesn’t matter if we win or lose. I want to be part of this process,” Cabrera said. ”Right now, I’m focused to be back next year and healthy.”Cabrera’s big contract extends through at least 2023, which means Detroit may have a hard time trading him as part of its rebuild. In 2016, he hit .316 with 38 home runs and 108 RBIs – his eighth straight year finishing in the AL’s top seven in batting average.Then last season Jhoulys Chacin Jersey , he hit .249 with only 16 homers and an unsightly .399 slugging percentage.There were some decent signs early this year. Cabrera hit .299 with a .395 on-base percentage. But he had only three home runs. He was hitting .323 when he went on the disabled list in early May with a hamstring strain . He came back June 1, but his bat was quiet from then until his season-ending injury June 12.Cabrera’s absence has left a big hole in the lineup, and Detroit has backup catcher John Hicks playing first base quite a bit in his place.Only six players have reached both 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, and with 465 homers and 2,676 hits, Cabrera still has a good chance to join that group if he can come back and play several more seasons. His pursuit of those milestones is on hold now Jeremy Jeffress Jersey , though. And Detroit fans can only wonder how effective he’ll be going forward.Cabrera was cheerful Monday night and quick with a laugh, but it’s clear that being out of action is tough for him.”I can’t describe what I’m feeling right now,” Cabrera said. ”I need to stay focused, mentally stay focusing on trying to be back healthy next year.”—

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      Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe two wild-card games are in the books , leaving eight teams in the hunt for the 2018 World Series title.After the Colorado Rockies bested the Chicago Cubs by 2-1 score in a thrilling 13-inning affair Tuesday, the New York Yankees' high-powered offense came out on top Wednesday with a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.Focus now shifts to the Division Series, where the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are all waiting to begin their respective playoff runs.The full playoff bracket can be found here. Division Series MatchupsALDSGerrit ColeGreg Fiume/Getty Images(1) Boston Red Sox vs. (WC) New York Yankees(2) Houston Astros vs. (3) Cleveland IndiansSurviving the AL Wild Card Game means the Yankees are headed to Boston to take on the rival Red Sox, who finished the regular season with a franchise-record 108 wins.The Red Sox won the season series by a 10-9 margin, but the Yankees took two of three during both of their meetings in September.There promises to be plenty of offense in this matchup.Boston led the majors in runs scored (876), batting average (.268) and OPS (.792) Bryan Holaday Jersey , while New York slugged an MLB-record 267 home runs and finished second in runs scored (851).Meanwhile, pitching will be the big story in the other ALDS matchup.That's not to say the Astros (797 runs, sixth in MLB) and Indians (818, third in MLB) don't both have high-powered offenses, but it's their arms that will likely determine their matchup.Houston led the majors in team ERA (3.11), WHIP (1.10), strikeouts (1,687) and opponents' batting average (.217), while Cleveland was the first team in baseball history to have four pitchers record 200 strikeouts in the same season.It will be the Astros' Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole Brad Ziegler Jersey , Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton squaring off against the Indians' Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer.The first team to get to the other one's bullpen should come out on top. NLDSChristian YelichDylan Buell/Getty Images(1) Milwaukee Brewers vs. (WC) Colorado Rockies(2) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (3) Atlanta BravesThe Brewers and Rockies were both forced to play a Game 163 after finishing the regular season tied for their respective division leads, so both clubs have already had a taste of the postseason atmosphere. The Rockies also played in the NL Wild Card Game.Both teams finished the regular season strong.The Brewers went 19-7 with a plus-67 run differential in September to erase a four-game deficit in the NL Central standings, while the Rockies were 19-9 with a plus-59 run differential to overtake both the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.Milwaukee won the season series 5-2, which included taking three of four at Coors Field, but the teams haven't met since early August.Christian Yelich (MIL) and David Dahl (COL) might be the two hottest hitters on the planet, so keeping them from doing further damage will be key for the pitching staffs.In the other NL matchup, a Dodgers team that has won six straight division titles will square off against a Braves team that only recently emerged from a full-scale rebuild and hasn't been to the playoffs since 2013.L.A.'s rotation is finally all healthy at once, and the starting staff of Clayton Kershaw , Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill might be the deepest of any of the Dodgers' recent postseason squads.Buehler could be the real X-factor, as he's pitched like a legitimate ace of late. The 24-year-old rookie posted a 1.95 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 32.1 innings over five September starts. Then he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the tiebreaker against the Rockies.As for the Braves, the emergence of Mike Foltynewicz, steady production of Anibal Sanchez and impact addition of Kevin Gausman give them a formidable staff of their own.Experience looks like a major factor here, but Atlanta has been surprising people all season after losing 90 games a year ago. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImagesA Los Angeles Dodgers fan died after being struck by a foul ball during a game at Dodger Stadium in August.According to Outside the Lines' William Weinbaum, the Los Angeles County coroner determined Linda Goldbloom died after suffering an "acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma," which happened during the Dodgers' 5-4 12-inning win over the San Diego Padres.Goldbloom was hit in the ninth inning when a foul ball from a Padres batter sailed above the protective netting behind home plate on the first-base side.Goldbloom's daughter, Jana Brody Brian Dozier Jersey , told Weinbaum that medical personnel transported her to the L.A. County-USC Medical Center, where she underwent emergency brain surgery. Goldbloom died Aug. 29 after her family took her off her ventilator.The Dodgers provided a statement about Goldbloom's death to Weinbaum: "Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom. The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. We cannot comment further on this matter."MLB in 2015 released the results of a study that recommended teams increase the area covered by protective netting or barrier to that within 70 feet of home plate. The league announced last February that all 30 stadiums would have netting that extended to the far end of each team's dugout.That came after a young fan was hospitalized in 2017 after she was hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium.Brody advocated for further protective netting going forward."I'd love to see the netting extended vertically, and we know it doesn't block the view," she said. 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      MESA , Ariz. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics added depth to their outfield mix by signing outfielder Robbie Grossman to a $2 million, one-year contract Friday.Nick Martini, Stephen Piscotty, and Ramon Laureano are projected to get the majority of playing time in the A’s outfield. Oakland manager Bob Melvin said the club would be looking at Grossman as an option in left field.“Sitting here now, that’s probably the spot he’d play more. We have a lot of depth at the outfield position and I don’t think that’s a bad thing,” said Melvin, who called Grossman “a good pick up.”Grossman can earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $100,000 each for 500 and 550. He acknowledged he was getting a little anxious waiting at home as camps opened. The A’s have their first full squad workout Saturday.“Being in that situation, it’s tough right now, especially how the market is,” Grossman said. “I’m excited to land here and excited to be an Oakland A.”Grossman spent the last three seasons with the Twins. He batted .273 with five home runs and 48 RBIs last season.The Athletics also signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.Pennington returns to the A’s Santiago Casilla Jersey , where he began his big league career in 2008. He has compiled a .242 batting average in 11 seasons with the A’s, Diamondbacks, Angels, Reds and Blue Jays.“He’s a guy we’ve had in this organization and has made himself a versatile player now,” Melvin said. “He’s a switch-hitter, has been in our organization before, he knows what we’re all about here. He was kind of a favorite of mine, too, back in my earlier days here. It’s nice to see him back.”To make room for Grossman on the 40-man roster, right-hander Daniel Gossett was placed on the 60-day injured list. Gossett appeared in five games for the A’s last year before undergoing Tommy John reconstruction surgery Aug. 1. He went 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA.NOTES: The Athletics announced a radio broadcast agreement with KTRB 860 AM and an expanded partnership with KHTK-AM 1140 in Sacramento. The dual stations, along with 17 additional radio network affiliates, will provide the largest coverage map ever for A’s baseball. NEW YORK (AP) — Allard Baird believes the New York Mets are ready to win now.“You need impact starting pitching and they have it here. That was one of the attractive things Clayton Richard Jersey ,” he said Thursday, a day after leaving the World Series champion Boston Red Sox to become an assistant general manager under new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.New York’s rotation is headed by NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, and it also includes Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas,But the Mets were next to last in the major leagues with a .234 batting average, just ahead of Philadelphia, and 21st with 170 home runs. Three years after winning the NL pennant, New York finished fourth in the NL East at 77-85.“There are areas that we need to improve, and I know Brody is working extremely hard, as well as everybody else in the organization, to get there as quick as possible,” Baird said. “I think it goes well beyond the major league club. It’s the things that do not make the headlines that we’re attacking.”Baird was the Kansas City Royals’ general manager from June 2000 to May 2006 and spent the last 12 years with Boston , including the last three as senior vice president of player personnel. His title with the Mets is vice president and assistant general manager of scouting and player development.New York also hired Adam Guttridge as an assistant GM — he had been an analytics consultant to teams after spending five years working for the Milwaukee Brewers, the last year as manager of baseball research and development.John Ricco was the only assistant GM under Van Wagenen’s predecessor, Sandy Alderson. Ricco also is senior vice president for baseball operations and was one of Alderson’s trio of top executives along with special assistants J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya. Ricciardi left three weeks ago.Baird’s offseason home had been in Miami, but he kept a New York apartment even before the Mets hired him and already has moved. He was surprised when the Mets hired Van Wagenen, who had represented players as the co-ahead of CAA Baseball.“The leadership and the vision that Brody has for this organization as a whole really played into this,” Baird said. “When he was named general manager, I have to admit I took a step back because I’m thinking how is this going to work? I know that he has attributes as a communicator, knowing what players go through.”Baird said he was convinced to take the job during a conversation on Thanksgiving, concluding “we had a chance to do something special here.”While New York has not had a large analytics staff compared with some other teams, Baird said data already is in place “and we probably in my mind need to utilize it more in different ways.”“The bells and whistles should never get to the scout. The bells and whistles do not have to get to the player development staff. The bells and whistles never have to get to the individual player,” he said.Instead, the burden falls on the pedagogical skills of the coaching staff Hunter Renfroe Jersey , what Baird says is “the ability to take that information, break it down, make it simple, filter it through, get it to the players and be able to make themselves better instructors.”New York already has revamped its on-field staff, bringing in longtime big league manager Jim Riggleman as bench coach for Mickey Callaway, who took over as manager from Terry Collins after the 2017 season.Notes: Infielder Dilson Herrera agreed to a minor league contract and will attend big league spring training. He made his big league debut with the Mets in 2014, was traded to Cincinnati in 2016 and hit .184 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 53 games with the Reds last season.… OF-1B Jordan Patterson was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, three days after the Mets claimed Patterson from Colorado.

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      BOSTON — A report surfaced Saturday that had Nathan Eovaldi emerging as the Boston Red Sox’s fourth starter in their upcoming American League Division Series.The news , from Ken Rosenthal of the The Athletic, had Eovaldi jumping ahead of the struggling Eduardo Rodriguez to start Game 4 of the American League Division Series — because of his success against the New York Yankees.“We saw what happened this week,” said manager Alex Cora. “We have a pretty good idea who matches well with the Yankees.”Article continues below ...Last week, Eovaldi, picked up in July from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitched six shutout innings against the Yankees in the Bronx, which would be the site of a potential Game 4 of the first round. Rodriguez had a poor start in that same series.The Red Sox, of course, are also scouting the Oakland A’s, who will play the Yankees in a wild-card game.“(Rodriguez) likely is out of the division series rotation with Nathan Eovaldi opening the series in the bullpen and then being able to start Game 4 if necessary,” Rosenthal said.Meanwhile, Eovaldi, who faces the Baltimore Orioles — and Dylan Bundy — in the opener of a three-game series and the start of the regular season-ending seven-game homestand Monday night, hasn’t won in his last eight starts, going 0-3. He started his stay with the Red Sox with a pair of no-run outings, but has been sporadic since.The right-hander is 5-7 with a 3.98 ERA overall this season, 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in nine starts with Boston.Eovaldi is 2-0 with a 5.16 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles.The Red Sox equaled the franchise record of 105 wins with a victory in Cleveland Friday night — a night after celebrating winning the American League East in New York — but then lost Saturday and Sunday nights. They fell to the Indians in 11 innings Sunday night.Bundy, like most of the Orioles Brett Anderson Jersey , is suffering through a miserable season, coming in at 8-15 with a 5.37 ERA. He is 1-6 in his last nine starts and is 0-2 in four starts against the Red Sox this season.The Red Sox are 14-2 against the Orioles this season, 6-1 at Fenway Park — after Baltimore went 6-3 against the Sox at Fenway each of the last two seasons.Caleb Joseph is 5-for-9 (.556) with a home run, Adam Jones 6-for-17 (.353) and Chris Davis 4-for-13 (.308) with two homers against Eovaldi.The Red Sox have some strong numbers against Bundy.Brock Holt, who has been so vital for his team down the stretch, is 8-for-13 (.615), Steve Pearce 3-for-8 (.375), Sandy Leon 4-for-12 (.333) with a homer, Xander Bogaerts 9-for-29 (.310) with two homers and Andrew Benintendi 8-for-26 (.308) with a home run.Mookie Betts is at just .258 (8-for-31) but has three home runs against Eovaldi, while Eduardo Nunez is 1-for-8 (.125), Mitch Moreland 4-for-24 (.167) and J.D. Martinez 2-for-11 (.182).With the Red Sox concentrating on getting through the final week while setting up their postseason pitching and trying to prevent injuries, there’s no telling what kind of lineup Cora might put out onto the field in this series.Bogaerts left Sunday night’s game during an at-bat with left shoulder soreness, the move announced as precautionary. Eduardo Nunez remained out with a sore knee but is expected to return early in the week.Mike Wright came on during the first Yankee at-bat of the game after Alex Cobb suffered a recurrence of his blister trouble. Wright walked the bases loaded (finishing the opening walk) and allowed three runs in that first inning but that was all for the Yankees for the day.“I mean usually you’re kind of aware whether or not you’re the long guy for the day,” Wright said. “Obviously Alex had issues with his fingers before, so we were kind of on high alert. Once I saw somebody go out I was pretty much ready to go in the game.” NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees.Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs, finishing with four hits as the Red Sox overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tying home run in the seventh and Xander Bogaerts put Boston ahead with a sacrifice fly.With the best record in baseball and a playoff berth already secured Blake Treinen Jersey , Boston (104-49) closed out a once-tight division race with nine games to spare. J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox, alone in first place since July 2, will open the postseason at home on Oct. 5 against an opponent to be determined.Never before had Boston finished in first place three years in a row. The club needs one victory to match the franchise record held by the 1912 World Series champions.It took three tries, but these Red Sox finally earned their chance to celebrate at Yankee Stadium under rookie manager Alex Cora.After starter Eduardo Rodriguez walked a career-high seven in 3 2/3 innings, knuckleballer Steven Wright (3-1) worked three shutout innings for the win.Brock Holt also homered for the Red Sox, and Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to 124 in a game that took 4 hours, 2 minutes.Luke Voit hit a two-run homer for New York. Chad Green (8-3) was the loser.ATHLETICS 21, ANGELS 3OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and Oakland hammered Los Angeles.The Athletics reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five. Since June 15, Oakland is a major league-best 58-25.Going into Thursday, Oakland trailed Houston by four games in the AL West, led Tampa Bay by 5 1/2 games for the second wild card, and was 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the first wild card.Catcher Francisco Arcia pitched the last two innings for the Angels, and also homered in the ninth.Piscotty was 2 for 3 with a three-run homer. He’s 4 for 6 with two home runs and nine RBI in his last two games. Matt Chapman was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He leads the majors with 24 doubles since the All-Star break and has 41 on the year.Mike Trout hit his 36th home run for the Angels.Edwin Jackson (6-3) struck out seven and gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. Matt Shoemaker (2-2) was the loser.BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 3ATLANTA (AP) — Luca Duda’s pinch-hit double drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, and Atlantatook an important step toward winning the NL East by beating Philadelphia.Atlanta leads the second-place Phillies by 6 1/2 games following the opening game of the four-game series. The teams close the season with three games at Philadelphia, but the Phillies need to win at least three of four in Atlanta to retain hope of making the final series meaningful. The Braves have a magic number of four over Philadelphia to clinch their first division title since 2013.Freddie Freeman had two hits and scored two runs. He has eight hits in his last three games.Tommy Hunter (4-4) , the Phillies’ fifth pitcher, gave up a leadoff double to Dansby Swanson in the seventh. The left-handed hitting Duda pulled the run-scoring double into the right-field corner, giving Atlanta the 4-3 lead. Jesse Biddle (6-1), the Phillies’ 2010 first-round pick, gave up one hit while recording two outs in the seventh.BLUE JAYS 9, RAYS 8TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Toronto past Tampa Bay, dealing a blow to the Rays‘ wild-card playoff hopes.Smoak hit his 25th homer of the season and third career walk-off blast. Sergio Romo (3-4) blew his eighth save in 30 opportunities. David Paulino (1-0) pitched an inning for the victory as Toronto won for the fourth time in its past five.Trailing 8-2 to begin the ninth, the Blue Jays roared back to snap Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak. Tellez hit an RBI double and Danny Jansen chased Jamie Schultz with a three-run homer. Romo came on and struck out Richard Urena, but pinch hitter Kendrys Morales singled and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied it with a two-run homer to left. Smoak followed with a first pitch drive to right.Jonny Chirinos (5-5) was the loser.WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 4, 11 INNINGSCLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Davidson hit a run-scoring single with two out in the 11th inning to lift Chicago past Cleveland for the White Sox’s first victory at Progressive Field this season.The White Sox were outscored 58-19 in dropping their first eight games in Cleveland, including a 4-1 loss Wednesday when Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the ninth.Yolmer Sanchez doubled off Adam Cimber (0-3) to start the 11th and moved to third on a groundout. After Avisail Garcia was intentionally walked, Ryan Cordell struck out before Davidson singled to right.Hector Santiago (6-3) pitched three scoreless innings. Eric Haase was hit by a pitch to start the 11th, but Santiago retired Fransico Lindor on a fly ball, struck out Michael Brantley and got Jose Ramirez on a groundout to end the game.TIGERS 11, ROYALS 8DETROIT (AP) — Christin Stewart hit his first two big league homers and drove in six runs, leading Detroit past Kansas City.Stewart, a September call-up playing in his 11th game Sean Manaea Jersey , became the first Tigers rookie to drive in six runs in a game since Ryan Raburn had seven against the White Sox on July 25, 2007.Six Tigers had at least two hits and Detroit snapped a seven-game home losing streak. Kansas City has lost five in a row. Zac Reininger (1-0), the second of seven Detroit pitchers, picked up his first major league victory. Nicholas Castellanos also homered for Detroit.Jorge Bonifacio, Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi homered for Kansas City. Jorge Lopez (2-5) gave up seven runs without getting an out in the second.METS 5, NATIONALS 4, 12 INNINGSWASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Lobaton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly against his former team in the 12th inning and New Yorks beat Washington.Lobaton, who spent the previous four years in Washington before signing with the Mets in December, lofted a one-out fly ball off Jefry Rodriguez (3-3) with the bases loaded to score Amed Rosario.Jacob Rhame (1-2) worked two scoreless innings, and Paul Sewald pitched the 12th for his second save.Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected in the 12th for arguing home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s called third strike.Washington starter Max Scherzer pitched seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out 13. He has 290 strikeouts this year, the most for a National since the franchise relocated from Montreal before the 2005 season. Scherzer set the previous mark of 284 in 2016.REDS 4, MARLINS 2MIAMI (AP) — Cody Reed won for the first time as a starter in the majors, and Scooter Gennett homered and doubled to lead Cincinnati past Miami.Reed (1-2) allowed five hits and struck out six in six shutout innings. The left-hander joined the starting rotation Aug. 30 and has thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings.Gennett’s two-run home run in the seventh gave Cincinnati a 4-0 lead.Jeff Brigham (0-3) was the loser.

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      The Denver Broncos wrapped up an awful week off the field with a miserable performance on it.First came the rumors that a handful of players would be on the trading block , then came the controversial Halloween party thrown by Von Miller, after which backup quarterback Chad Kelley was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing and summarily cut from the roster.Throw in the rift that has developed within team owner Pat Bowlen's family and, well, the 30-23 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday may not have been the worst thing to happen to them all week.Might have been the most disappointing, though.The Broncos (3-5) got a big performance from undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay in his first career start, including 95 yards and a touchdown. Case Keenum threw for 262 yards and a couple of touchdowns, and the defense managed to hold Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to 50 yards on 16 carries.But the Broncos also committed a series of frustrating mistakes that scuttled any chance of pulling off the upset.They were flagged 10 times for 83 yards — though in reality, those numbers could have been much higher had there not been offsetting and declined penalties. Keenum threw a late pick as the Broncos were trying to rally, and a lost fumble late proved just as costly."I'm tired of it, man. I'm fed up with it," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said. "We're beating ourselves every week. I can't even count the number of penalties we had. We can't do that if we want to come in here and beat the Chiefs."Harris said the Broncos were aware referee Shawn Hochuli's crew throws more flags that just about any other crew in the NFL, and he tried to adjust accordingly. But it wasn't evident by the number of yellow flags that littered the turf all afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium."We'll get a defensive stop and penalty. We get in a good situation, penalty," he said. "We just kill ourselves. We get a nice drive going, 20-yard play, penalty. Every time."Now, a team that started the season with wins over Seattle and Oakland has lost five of its past six Youth Adam Gotsis Jersey , and it needs a quick turnaround to avoid its first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72."There were a lot of times when we had some good momentum, some good starts to drives, and self-inflicted wounds," Keenum said."That's nearly impossible to beat a team like the Chiefs when you're hurting yourself like that. We'll watch and learn from it. That's not an excuse."The Broncos had excuses available for their poor play , even if they were loath to use them.Harris heard his name among those swirling in trade rumors, along with fellow cornerback Brandon Roby and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. And with Kelly booted from the team, it would have been Kevin Hogan under center if anything happened to Keenum.Broncos coach Vance Joseph will no doubt begin feeling a bit more heat, and even general manager John Elway might hear some grumbling despite all the goodwill he's earned over the years.There is even dysfunction within the team's ownership structure after Bowlen's brother, Bill, filed a complaint in district court seeking to remove the trustees who have been running the franchise since 2014, when the 74-year-old Pat Bowlen stepped down because of Alzheimer's disease.Now another loss in a season rapidly filling with them.Miller still thinks the season can be turned around, beginning with a home game against Houston. That is followed by tough games against the Chargers and Steelers, but then comes a soft finishing stretch that includes games against the Bengals, 49ers, Browns and Raiders."It's surprising, especially the way we started," Miller said of the uphill battle Denver faces over the season's second half."Seeing the team we put out there every week , it's surprising. We have a great team, we have great coaching. We've got all the ingredients that win football games. We're just not doing it. We're an undisciplined football team. It's just extremely frustrating."Horse Tracks - Dead Horses, Lame Ducks and Raging Sheep In the spring of 2018 John Elway and the Broncos knew they needed fresh blood at the quarterback position. Case Keenum was the apple of their eye (or at least the consolation when Kirk Cousins showed no interest). Then come draft day, the Broncos took most expert’s top defensive player in Bradley Chubb at 5. In so doing Elway elected to pass on quarterbacks Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. They had no chance at Baker Mayfield, who went first overall, and never managed a deal with the Giants to jump above the Jets for Sam Darnold. A quick look at their respective Sundays:Josh Rosen went 10 of 25 for 170 yards and a touchdown while helping the Cardinals convert two of their 12 third downs. He finished with a QBR of 33.4Josh Allen went 10/19 for 82 yards, no touchdowns and a pick. He also ran four times for 19 yards and a touchdown. He had a QBR of 35.5 while the Bills converted four of 13 third downs as well as two of three fourth downs.Sam Darnold went 10/22 for 198 yards, three touchdowns and one pick. The rookie had a 58.0 QBR, while the Jets converted six of 13 third downs.Case Keenum went 35/51 for 377 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. The Broncos converted four of 14 third downs. He had a QBR of 28.6. The question I’m left with once again this Tuesday is why the Broncos coaching staff refuses to buoy Keenum with the elite ground game?Before Sunday Denver had the second best rushing DVOA by FootballOutsiders. The rookie running backs averaged more than five yards a carry Sunday but in a 3rd quarter when time is not yet a critical factor? Philip Lindsay had two carries. Royce Freeman? 0. On to the Broncos linksWhen is it time to bench Case Keenum for Chad Kelly? - Mile High ReportMile High Report writers (including yours truly) gave their thoughts on the QB situation. Audibles at the Line: Week 5 | Football OutsidersIf you’re looking for a reason to stick out the season, do it for the rookies. Sutton got robbed a long catch yesterday, got hurt and still chased down Marcus Maye. Even if they’re not being utilized properly, Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman have been incredible. Bradley Chubb has been quietly impressive. Josey Jewell should improve as he learns to recognize play action. Isaac Yiadom is... a on the field. 5 things we learned from Denver Broncos 34-16 loss to the New York Jets - Mile High ReportHere is what I learned: this team is not a serious playoff contender. Vance Joseph is left hoping that some injury luck will work in their favor and the Broncos will find a way to steal enough wins to squeak in. That may be enough to save his job. Maybe.3 winners, 8 losers in Denver Broncos 34-16 road loss to New York Jets - Mile High ReportThe Jets and Broncos are both sitting at 2-3. This year they’re likely headed for similar finishes. That’s where the similarities probably end though. One team has a top tier defense and very young rookie quarterback who is growing as he goes. The other team has a 30-year old journeyman and aging core. They’re heading in different directions because Elway chose to patch a hole and in order to chase the playoffs this year.Anyone who follows the Broncos knows that Mike Klis basically runs PR for the team, so this tweet is a bit of a weird. The team’s done a great job... at losing?Derek Wolfe: I’m tired of talking about the same shit the last 2 years. - Mile High ReportCan’t help but wonder what the locker room is like behind closed doors if things like this are slipping out into public. Injury Updates: Adam Jones, Garett Bolles suffer injuries against JetsYou’re almost left wondering if it makes sense to have your 35-year old slot corner returning punts. They meant left , obviously, but if Bolles can’t go it means Elijah Wilkinson steps into action for Sunday’s game with the Rams. Billy Turner is already playing for Jared Veldheer. Denver Broncos need to fire Vance Joseph - Mile High ReportI’ve been pretty critical of the Joseph hire from the start, but it’s too soon to move on from Vance Joseph. Not because he’ll figure it out and the Denver will stumble into the dance after a comet strikes Kansas City. Elway would be mistaken to give the coach his walking papers now because the Broncos are all of 5 games into a 16 game schedule. All the move would do now would throw extra work onto the other coaches and potentially shock the roster. It’s a short term feel good move for a longer term issue. Look ahead to Los Angeles. Is there any hope the Broncos can beat the Rams?Ranking 2018 NFL season's biggest playoff risers, fallers - Postseason odds improved and declinedI’ll be doing a deeper dive into this with GIF Horse and potentially 3 and Out this week, but that’s the recipe in a nutshell. Barnwell’s piece also starts to dig into a potential Derek Carr Jon Gruden split beginning to brew. Worth a look.Rams rally to remain undefeated with 33-31 win at Seattle - Los Angeles TimesRams will need to find some defensive consistency with more big matchups ahead - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPNIf Broncos Country is looking for any small semblance of hope, it may be this: 4 takeaways from the Rams’ thrilling win over the SeahawksA look around the rest of the West, where at least the Raiders continue Grudening. Positive momentum from Raiders first win gives way to rash of all too familiar issues in loss to Chargers - Silver And Black PrideAmari Cooper frustrated with just one target in Raiders brutal loss to Chargers - Silver And Black PrideRaiders week five report card vs Chargers - Silver And Black PrideOnly a matter of time before Gruden get's a grade, but right now the faithful at Silver And Black seem to be in denial.What Did the Raiders Say After Losing to the Bolts?From Near Disaster to Incredible TD: The Bizarre Play that Saved the BoltsMelvin Ingram, defense (finally) lead way as Chargers humble Raiders - Los Angeles Chargers Blog- ESPNChiefs RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif fractured fibula against Jacksonville - Arrowhead PrideLooks like the Chiefs starting guard is out for the year.Kansas City Chiefs beat Jacksonville Jaguars: 15 winners and 9 losers - Arrowhead PrideChiefs' Chris Jones, Dee Ford ejected vs. Jaguars - NFL.comIn other news, Drew Brees passed Peyton Manning for the All Time Passing Yardage record last night.Where does New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees rank among all-time great quarterbacks? - NFL VideosI would put Brees in the top 5. An interesting theoretical question: how would the careers of Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady gone if they had landed on different teams? Call me crazy, but I think both Brees and Manning do what Brady did if they landed with the Patriots and Belichick.On to the rest of the leagueMike McCarthy: I believe in Mason Crosby – ProFootballTalkWill Colts' Andrew Luck set the NFL career passing records?Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal saved the Panthers from themselves vs. the Giants - SBNation.comEric Reid takes a knee during national anthem - NFL.comNFL Week 5 Breakdown & Analysis: Bortles, Rams, Gano | SI.comGuess Sports Illustrated doesn’t consider what the 2015 Broncos did a “beating.” I wouldn’t either since they basically strangled both quarterbacks. Buffalo Bills Upsets: Breaking Down How They're Winning | SI.comCould the Eagles trade for Le’Veon Bell or David Johnson?Eagles place Jay Ajayi on injured reserve with torn ACL – ProFootballTalkJerry Jones on OT punt: It was time for risk – ProFootballTalkWhile we’re talking about decisions that cost teams games, on to this week’s Zebra watchMike Tomlin faces possible fine for his comments about officiating – ProFootballTalkTeams Should Aggressively Pursue Arizona LB Haason Reddick - The Draft NetworkYou’re weekly look at what the experts are projecting to Denver in next years NFL draft. Marino's 2019 Mock Draft 2.0 - Page 2 of 3 - The Draft Network

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      Just who are these Denver Broncos?With just three victories to their credit ten weeks into the 2018 season , the Denver Broncos are taking the week off. Much has been written over the last week about how Denver is better than their record reflects. Were it not for a dropped pass here and a missed kick there, the fortunes of the boys in orange and blue would be much brighter; Vance Joseph’s seat wouldn’t be as hot. While it’s comforting to look back and muse about how things could have gone, it really doesn’t do any good. The reality is that Denver is 3-6 and any hope of playing in January is quickly evaporating. The team and fans can fall all over themselves wondering ‘what if’, but what really matters is day 1 of week 11. The story of this season is still being written. Can the Broncos view themselves as they did during the first couple weeks of the season? Is there promise? Is there fight in that dog? I would like to think that this week off has given everyone an opportunity to reflect on this almost lost season. Will we see a newly energized squad? I think there’s a chance the Broncos come out and shock Los Angeles. Wouldn’t it be something if they did? The truth is that the team needs to turn the page or it will be turned for them shortly after the season. The time is now, fellas.HORSE TRACKSRecords, milestones reached by Broncos players in 2018The wins haven't been coming, but the Broncos have been setting all sorts of team and individual records, as well as pacing the league in many statistical categories.A perfect accident: How Broncos Country spread to JapanHow far would you be willing to go to show your support for the Broncos? These two men crossed the Pacific Ocean.LeSean McCoy feels urgency with legacy 'on the clock' - NFL.comLeSean McCoy has struggled to gain traction amid a difficult season for the Buffalo Bills, and the veteran running back knows he's running out time to win a Super Bowl and add to his legacy.Whitworth donating game check to shooting victims - NFL.comRams tackle Andrew Whitworth will donate his game check from this week's game against the Seahawks to victims and the families of this week's Borderline Bar and Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks.New York Giants cut former starting RG Patrick OmamehThe Giants on Saturday cut offensive lineman Patrick Omameh, who began the season as the team's starting right guard.Washington downgrades Jamison Crowder to out – ProFootballTalkThe banged-up Washington offense will be without another key piece on Sunday in Tampa. The team downgraded receiver Jamison Crowder to out on Saturday, when he didn't fly to Florida for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.Giants may not be good, but they’re healthy – ProFootballTalkGood news, Giants. You're emerging from the bye with no players on the final injury report. Bad news, Giants. You're still 1-7. Yes, the Giants are healthy, even if they're not very good.Davis Webb joins Jets’ active roster – ProFootballTalkWell, maybe we'll find out whether Jamal Adams is right about Davis Webb. With starting quarterback Sam Darnold injured and only one other quarterback on the active roster, the Jets promoted Webb from the practice squad on Saturday.Saints promote Keith Kirkwood from practice squad – ProFootballTalkSaints receiver Dez Bryant joined the team just a few days ago. He's now officially on injured reserve, after tearing an Achilles tendon at practice on Friday. The Saints have filled his spot on the roster by promoting receiver Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad.Postponement or relocation of Monday night’s Giants-49ers game is a possibility – ProFootballTalkThe Rams and Raiders home games are expected to happen on Sunday without alteration due to wildfires in California. On Saturday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged that postponement of Monday night's game against the Giants could potentially happen.NFL monitoring California fires, air quality for Chargers-Raiders and Seahawks-Rams games - CBSSports.comThe league is keeping an eye on air quality and on the actual fires themselvesMatt Barkley to become second QB to start a game within two weeks of signing with Bills in 2018 - CBSSports.comThe Bills are a touchdown underdog to the Jets, somehowRob Gronkowski out Week 10 against Titans Brandon Marshall Jersey , potentially longer as Gronk battles back issues - CBSSports.comThe Patriots tight end should be inactive against Tennessee on Sunday in NashvilleMichael Thomas banged with $30K fine for using cell phone during Joe Horn tribute celebration - CBSSports.comThe Saints receiver paid a hefty price for honoring another former Saints wideoutLe'Veon Bell reportedly unlikely to join Steelers by final deadline to report for 2018 - CBSSports.comLooks like it will be the James Conner show the rest of the way in Pittsburgh For all the hoopla that is being said about “Our defense sucks” (true) and “How does Joe Woods have a job?” (again, true), I’m here to say that holding the Rams to their first sub 30 point game all year is good enough to win! It is our inept offense, with Case Keenum as their ringleader is the biggest issue plaguing this team. So correct it, and correct it before the season is lost. Vance Joseph waited far too long last year to bench Siemian (even though briefly), so why in the world is he making the same mistake? Keenum got you in this “do or die” mess, what makes you think he can get you out? The poison got you sick, and you’re telling us the solution is to feed us more poison? Put Kelly in while the season has a chance to be saved, because this 2-4 record? It isn’t going to get any better with Keenum under center. Trotting him out is throwing in the towel. Putting Kelly in at a minimum is “Kicking and Screaming” to try to get a victory. And if he sucks? Then he sucks and we have an amazing draft pick. But without knowing if he can play, we’ll take our high draft pick with Keenum and potentially waste it on a QB we don’t even need!Last Week: 9-6Overall: 50-41-2Denver Broncos (2-4) at Arizona Cardinals (1-5) 6:20pm FOX/NFLN TNFUnder Vance Joseph, the Broncos are 1-9 on the road. With Keenum under center and Joseph on the sideline, the Broncos have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. 1-9? Unless Kelly plays at least half a game, it’s going to be 1-10. Prediction: Broncos 20, Cardinals 13Tennessee Titans (3-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) 7:30am CBS LondonChargers are for real. Yes, the Titans are flying high after their shutout, which is why I think they crash so hard in London. Prediction: Titans 20, Chargers 31 Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) 11:00am FOXThis depends on Baker’s health. If he’s hobbled, they won’t win. If he’s 100%, they will win. This is more a prediction on his health and not the Browns vs Bucs. Prediction: Browns 20, Bucs 17New England Patriots (4-2) at Chicago Bears (3-2) 11:00am CBSThe Patriots are rounding into form and have officially taken their rightful perch on the top of the AFC East. I don’t see the Bears standing in their way. Prediction: Patriots 26, Bears 20Buffalo Bills (2-4) at Indianapolis Colts (1-5) 11:00am CBSThe best part about this game is that somehow the NFL doesn’t have it in primetime. Who to pick? The Turd or the Cow Patty? Prediction: Bills 17, Colts 20Houston Texans (3-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) 11:00am CBSBoth teams are heading in opposite directions. Houston is on a three game winning streak and the Jags just got shutout. I think they have red in their eyes. Prediction: Texans 17 Authentic Adam Gotsis Jersey , Jaguars 23Carolina Panthers (3-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) 11:00am FOXWhich version of both of these teams shows up? The ones that look like they are legit contenders? Or the ones where they look like they belong in the bottom 3rd of the power rankings? Prediction: Panthers 20, Eagles 27Detroit Lions (2-3) at Miami Dolphins (4-2) 11:00am FOXTime to see if Brock can string two straight solid games together in a row... i.e. something he just never really does (please don’t stats me to death on this. Or do, whatever). Prediction: Lions 23, Dolphins 24Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) at New York Jets (3-3) 11:00am FOXWe’ll see what both of these teams are made of in this game. Prediction: Vikings 27, Jets 20New Orleans Saints (4-1) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2) 2:05pm FOXI’ll be in New Orleans for this one, fresh off Krew of Boo Saturday night (Think Halloween Mardi Gras). Because of this, I gotta go with the Saints in a shootout. Prediction: Saints 43, Ravens 30Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Washington Redskins (3-2) 2:25pm CBSDivisional games are always tough to predict. Especially with both teams coming off of impressive victories. But I think the emotional “fight for the coach” high will be worn off by now and the Cowboys get back to their losing ways. Prediction: Cowboys 23, Redskins 27Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-5) 2:25pm CBSAnd the wins keep piling up for the Rams. Do they even need to play this game? Prediction: Rams 43, Niners 6Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) 6:20pm NBC SNFYes, the Chiefs finally tasted defeat, but they’re still the second best team in the NFL. This one at home in KC won’t be as close as their records would have you believe. Prediction: Bengals 27, Chiefs 45New York Giants (1-5) at Atlanta Falcons (2-4) 6:15pm ESPN MNFFreeman to IR hurts pretty badly. I want to pick Atlanta, but I think this is the point in the movie when the audience reminds me that the Falcons are terrible and even though the Giants are, they have a more talented roster. Prediction: Giants 20, Falcons 17Bye Week: Seahawks, Steelers, Raiders, Packers


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