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      TAMPA Enos Slaughter Jersey , Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is scheduled to play Saturday, three days after getting hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Houston’s Wade Miley.“I’m just glad it’s good,” Bird said Friday.Bird and Luke Voit will likely share time at first base and designated hitter to start the regular season. The pair has been competing for the first base job but both are expected to make the 25-man roster because of injuries to others.Bird hit 11 homers and drove in 31 runs in 46 games in late 2015. He missed all of 2016 following right shoulder surgery, was limited to 48 games in 2017 because of ankle and knee issues and slumped to a .199 average with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 82 games last year, when he started the season on the disabled list following right ankle surgery.The 26-year-old has had a strong spring training, hitting .333 (13 for 39) with three homers and eight RBIs in 17 games.“Ready to get going,” Bird said.TRAINER’S ROOMAce Luis Severino (right shoulder inflammation) is to increase his throwing program to 90 feet Saturday. He had Friday off after two days of playing catch at 60 feet. … Reliever Dellin Betances (right shoulder inflammation) will resume throwing in the next couple days. … CF Aaron Hicks (lower back) has not resumed baseball activities.FRAZIER OPTIONEDOF Clint Frazier was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was limited to 15 major league games last season due to a concussion. Manager Aaron Boone has said the 24-year old needs to get at-bats and opportunities with the Yankees at the start of the season would be limited. New York also re-assigned LHP’s Rex Brothers, Danny Coulombe, and Phillip Diehl, RHP Drew Hutchison, and infielders Kyle Holder and Giovanny Urshela to its minor league camp.MAZZILLI UPDATEYankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli was released after spending two nights in the hospital after being struck in the head by a ball during batting practice Wednesday.Mazzilli was hurt during a workout at New York’s spring training complex at Steinbrenner Field for Yankees players not on the travel roster for a two-day trip to West Palm Beach and Jupiter. LOS ANGELES (AP) The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers made another addition to their infield, acquiring power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday for infielder Logan Forsythe and two minor leaguers shortly before the trade deadline.Dozier departed Target Field soon after the deal was done in the afternoon, aiming to take advantage of the two-hour time zone difference and was on the Dodgers’ bench by the eighth inning of a quick 2-hour, 17-minute game.Dozier was available to play but did not see action in the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.”It came down to the last minute and I knew something was probably brewing up from just hearsay, obviously,” Dozier said. ”But when I found out it was the Dodgers, it was very exciting.”The Dodgers , who went all in by acquiring Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado during the All-Star break for five prospects, had a need for an established right-handed hitter. Their lineup has been in flux, with Arizona and Colorado right on their heels.”Knowing as you get later in the season, and particularly in September when teams can start game planning and stacking their rotation a certain way, they think you have a weakness against a certain side,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said. ”To bring in a right-handed bat that has success against lefties, we think, gives our lineup and our overall roster really good balance.”Dozier was the fifth player traded by the Twins in the last five days. Signaling the front office’s shift in focus to the future amid a disappointing season, Dozier followed starting pitcher Lance Lynn, relief pitchers Zach Duke and Ryan Pressly and infielder Eduardo Escobar out the door. The Twins received a total of 12 players in return, with Forsythe the only current major leaguer. For Dozier, they received outfielder Luke Raley and left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer.”We ultimately made some difficult decisions, some hard choices, to trade away players that we think would help us in the next few months for a great deal of talent that would help us in the future,” chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. ”I feel good about that.”The 23-year-old Raley was hitting .275 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs at Double-A. The 22-year-old Smeltzer was 5-5 with a 4.73 ERA at Double-A.Though the 31-year-old Dozier’s production has dropped off this year, he has 161 home runs in six seasons as a regular in the lineup. In 2016, Dozier went deep 42 times Kolten Wong Jersey , becoming only the fourth player in major league history to hit 40 or more home runs while playing second base. Dozier is batting .224 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs this season, with a .708 on-base-plus-slugging percentage that’s his lowest since he was a rookie in 2012.”It’s disappointing on a lot of levels, but I understand it’s a business, and I don’t like to say that, but it really is when things like this happen,” said first baseman Joe Mauer, who said he was not approached about waiving his no-trade clause.Dozier, who is making $9 million this year, will be a free agent in the fall. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Twins in 2009.”Brian’s brand here in Minnesota, I don’t know if you can get much better than that,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”Everything that he’s done for the community and the way that he’s played the game, he’s set a great example for our young guys throughout, and you’re going to miss a guy like that.”After the Twins lost a team-record 103 games in 2016, the Dodgers pursued Dozier that winter but settled for Forsythe in a trade with Tampa Bay instead. The Twins went on to make the playoffs, and the Dodgers were the National League champions.”It has been going on for a couple of years,” Dozier said about the trade. ”I remember back in 2016 in the offseason all the talks and it ended up falling through. So I had heard a lot of good things about (president of baseball operations) Andrew (Friedman).”Forsythe, though Trevor Rosenthal Jersey , has not panned out in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old, who has played second base, third base and first base this season and took some turns at shortstop and left field in 2017, hit .218 with just eight home runs, 49 RBIs and a .639 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 189 games with the Dodgers. Forsythe will also be a free agent in the fall.Dozier, who has never been on the disabled list and averaged 153 games played over the past five seasons, likely won’t be an everyday player with the Dodgers. Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy and Chase Utley have also played second base, and third baseman Justin Turner is due back from injury soon to give Roberts another player who’ll figure in down the stretch.”We have a lot of good players that I feel that we still need to keep them involved, but to have him on our roster certainly makes us better,” manager Dave Roberts said, adding: ”Competition is always a good thing, but I think we do a pretty good job of keeping guys involved.”—AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report.—

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      NEW YORK (AP) — Angel Hernandez hit .250 in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. That’s a mediocre batting average for a player and awful replay average for an umpire.Hernandez was overruled on three of four video reviews of his decisions at first base during Boston’s 16-1 rout of the New York Yankees on Monday night.“There were several very close calls at first base tonight Bo Jackson Jersey , and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them,” Major League Baseball said in a statement.The Red Sox, Yankees and fans around the country will see plenty of Hernandez on Tuesday night, when he’s scheduled to work the plate in Game 4.The 57-year-old Hernandez was born in Havana, joined the major league staff in 1993 and worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005. He sued MLB in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati in July 2017, alleging race discrimination and citing his lack of World Series assignments in the past decade and baseball not promoting him to crew chief. The suit alleges MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre “has a history of animosity towards Hernandez stemming from Torre’s time as manager of the New York Yankees.”MLB moved to dismiss the case, but U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett transferred it to federal court in Manhattan in Sept. 30 without ruling on the motion to dismiss.“Angel was horrible,” Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez said on TBS’ postgame show. “Major League Baseball needs to do something about Angel. It doesn’t matter how many times he sues Major League Baseball. He’s as bad as there is. That’s the main reason we’re sitting here so late.”Hernandez’s troubles started in the second inning, when Didi Gregorius bunted with Giancarlo Stanton on first and the umpire ruled Gregorius beat the throw from pitcher Nathan Eovaldi . The call was overturned, giving New York a runner on second with one out. When Gleyber Torres hit a three-hopper off the mound in the third with the Yankees trailing 3-0, shortstop Xander Bogaerts gloved the ball Luis Aparicio Jersey , continued onto the second-base side of the dirt and threw to first, when Hernandez signaled safe . That, too, was overturned by the replay room umpires, which include Marvin Hudson, Brian Knight, David Rackley and Bill Welke during the Division Series.New York trailed 10-0 in the fourth when Luke Voit hit a comebacker off the bare hand of Eovaldi, and Hernandez signaled Voit beat the throw from second baseman Brock Holt for an infield hit . That was upheld by the replay room umpires.Stanton then singled to put runners at the corners, and Gregorius grounded to Holt. The second baseman made a backhand flip to Bogaerts covering second for a forceout, and Bogaerts threw to first, where Hernandez signaled out for a double play . That led to Hernandez’s third reversal.Expanded video review in the major leagues began in 2014.Hernandez has had first-base calls overturned in 14 of 18 video reviews during the last three regular seasons , according to Sports Info Solutions, and his 78 percent overturn rate was above the 60 percent overall figure for first-base calls during that span, the company said.“The guy’s had a long career and a good career. You know he’s going to get it right,” Voit said. “It happens, man. I mean, so many bang-bang plays consistently. You get it, and you just hope he makes the right calls.”Former Yankees catcher John Flaherty took issue with Hernandez on the postgame broadcast of the Yankees’ YES Network.“I think back to the replay of the Luke Voit play at first base, that Angel Hernandez actually got right. And when he came back, next to Voit, he made a little comment to him and smiled a little bit, almost like Bill Melton Jersey , you know, ‘I got one right,'” Flaherty said. “It’s not that funny, Angel. These are playoff games. These are big deals. And replay bails him out — the play eventually is going to be right. But you got to be thinking at first base, maybe take a little more pride in what you’re doing.” Bernardo Flores continues the avalanche of lefty winners. Now, who is the 27th-best prospect in the White Sox system?"WhiteFanposts FanpostsFanshotsSections AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I’ll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昗hite Sox MinorsWhite Sox Prospects2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 27New,5commentsBernardo Flores continues the avalanche of lefty winners. Now, who is the 27th-best prospect in the White Sox system?CDTShareTweetShareShare2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 27Baby Buehrle: Flores hasn’t had the fast ascendance of the legendary White Sox lefty, but there’s still hope he can craft his way into the big leagues.Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY SportsWe started this out trying to get as many names as possible on the ballot, but that only worked for about a dozen rounds before the results started to get a little wonky — no offense, Lincoln Henzman. So we’re back to the traditional five players out for each round , with combined 2018 stats to help you out in your decision-making process. As we count down the SSS Prospect Vote, we’ll be counting up the overall list of Top 100 Prospects, with the SSS poll vote counting as a voice in the order of our official SSS Top 100.Here’s how last year’s prospect vote wrangled out — all 42 picks, with an archive of every article in the 2018 series.A final note: All copy below the poll, unless otherwise noted, comes from wsm’s Deep Dive series. Credit due. YOTH is just running the numbers.Sound cool? Now, get voting!Voting results for Round 26It’s now four straight southpaws winning our poll, with Bernardo Flores winning convincingly enough in sparse voting (35 of 97 votes, 36.1%). Last year, Flores finished No. 28 in our prospect vote. 2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote Winners 2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote Top Left-Handed Starting Pitchers More information on our polling.

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      TAMPA Jose Peraza Jersey , Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees‘ hitters involved in testing a ball that has undergone a factory rubbing at a factory have issues with the prototype’s color.“I was asked what I thought, and I thought it was too dark,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “The ball felt the same coming off the bat. I’d just like to see the ball be a little more of a white shade so it’s a little easier for the hitters to see.”The objective of the tests, conducted during spring training, is to develop a ball that eliminates the need for the umpires’ room attendants to apply Delaware River mud mixed with water on about eight dozen new balls before each game. The goal is to improve the consistency of balls’ performance.Major League Baseball is taking feedback from players and coaches, which will be incorporated into a later version. The commissioner’s office has not yet considered whether the prototype could be tested in minor league or instructional games.Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Miguel Andujar hit the balls during part of a recent pregame batting practice session. The balls have “PROTOTYPE” stamped on the sweet spot.“A little dark,” Sanchez said through a translator. “During BP , I felt like it jumped a little more than the current ball.”The Yankees also were using standard MLB practice balls when the foursome hit.A 2019 spring training game ball used in a recent Yankees’ home game that was rubbed by hand was noticeably lighter in color.Darkness of the balls used in games can vary from ballpark to ballpark.Bird agreed the prototype was too dark but thought the idea of a uniformed game ball is worth exploring. CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig gave his fans reason to cheer with his first home run for the Reds in Cincinnati. Now he wants a dining recommendation from them.Puig hit a two-run homer in the first inning off the facade of the second deck in left-center field, and the Reds wasted an early lead and then rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Tuesday night.José Peraza had his first RBIs since homering on opening day, and Tucker Barnhart homered for the Reds, who have won four of five following a four-game losing streak.A crowd of about 50 fans, mostly teenagers, occupied seats in the right field corner and chanted “We want Puig!” before the outfielder took the field for the first inning. Many waved Puig-oriented signs, one waved a flag of Puig’s native Cuba and some wore horse headgear, a reference to his “Wild Horse” nickname.“I was surprised to see the fans in right field cheering for me,” Puig said. “I want to thank them for supporting me and my teammates. I saw the horses Matt Harvey Jersey , the Cuban flag. There must be a lot of Cuban people in Cincinnati. I have to meet some of them to find a good Cuban restaurant.”Cincinnati led 3-0 in the fifth inning, fell behind 4-3 in the sixth, then scored four runs in the bottom half.“We had a lot of good at bats,” Reds manager David Bell said.Peraza hit a two-run double off Kevin Gausman (1-2) for a 5-4 lead, Jessie Biddle forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin and Puig hit a sacrifice fly against Wes Parsons.Robert Stephenson (2-0) struck out two batters with a runner on third to end the sixth.Atlanta scored on RBI doubles by Charlie Culberson against Wandy Peralta in the seventh and Dansby Swanson off Jared Hughes in the eighth. Raisel Iglesias allowed Matt Joyce’s leadoff double in the ninth, then retired Ozzie Albies, Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman for his fifth save in six chances.Cincinnati scored its most runs since routing Miami 14-0 on April 9. The Reds entered last in the major leagues in batting average at .197.Joey Votto walked three times and singled in his first game after missing two games due to back tightness.Swanson also tripled for the Braves.Sonny Gray tied his season high with nine strikeouts but tired in the middle innings. He allowed four runs – three earned – and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as his ERA rose from 2.79 to 3.28. He is 0-3 in five starts in his first season since the Reds acquired him from the New York Yankees.“He didn’t make many mistakes,” Freeman said. “It’s hard to be perfect, but he was pretty much perfect until the sixth.”Gausman (1-2) gave up six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.“His velocity was spiking up and down Scott Schebler Jersey ,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That was one of those games you grind through. He gave us a chance to win.”Puig’s third home run of the season went 432 feet and was his first in Cincinnati this season, and Barnhart homered leading off the fourth.Ender Inciarte homered in the fifth and Atlanta went ahead in the sixth when Donaldson hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Freeman, who came home on Nick Markakis‘ sacrifice fly.ROTATIONSSnitker said LHP Max Fried (3-0, 1.38) will start Friday’s series opener against visiting Colorado. The Reds have flipped the starts of right-handers Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 5.59) and Luis Castillo (2-1), slotting Castillo will pitch against Atlanta on Thursday and DeSclafani at St. Louis on Friday.BALL FOURCincinnati batters had a season-high nine walks, which tied the Braves’ most this season.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz, who hasn’t pitched this season because of a right elbow bone spur, is expected to start Saturday against Colorado.Reds: OF Matt Kemp went on the 10-day IL with a broken left rib sustained when crashing into the outfield wall at San Diego on Sunday.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Mike Soroka (0-1 , 1.80) is scheduled to make his first big league start on Wednesday against Cincinnati, with RHP Tanner Roark (1-0, 3.60) starting for the Reds. It will be Roark’s 17th start against Atlanta, which has a .231 average against him.

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      While the Orioles wait to fill out the front office and coaching staff , they outrighted four players off the 40-man roster yesterday."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastBird DroppingsFriday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are decluttering the rosterNew,384commentsWhile the Orioles wait to fill out the front office and coaching staff, they outrighted four players off the 40-man roster yesterday.ByPaul FolkemerNov2, 2018,7:00am EDTShareTweetShareShareFriday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are decluttering the rosterMike DiNovo-USA TODAY SportsGood morning, Camden Chatters.As of this writing, the Orioles don’t seem to be any closer to hiring a president/GM or manager. But somebody, at least, is calling the shots in the meantime, and right now their task is to expel the dead weight from the Orioles’ roster.Cue the jokes. “They’re clearing the dead weight? So...everybody?”You’re not totally wrong. A look at the Birds’ current 40-man roster reveals a ton of flotsam and jetsam; plenty of chaff with not much wheat. Yesterday, the O’s whittled four players off the list by outrighting Sean Gilmartin, Corban Joseph, Jace Peterson, and Gabriel Ynoa. Joseph and Ynoa immediately re-signed with the club on minor league contracts, while Gilmartin and Peterson elected free agency. So sorry to all you Jace-heads out there; it appears his O’s career is over.That leaves 36 players on the active roster. The sad thing is you could easily find about 10 more names on that list that you could send packing without shedding a tear. It’s...not a deep group. And it doesn’t bode well for the immediate future of the Orioles.LinksCamden Depot: Schr枚dinger's FarewellCamden Depot, which was a mainstay in the Orioles blogosphere for over a decade, has officially shut down. 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I never would’ve guessed.Other ex-Orioles celebrating birthdays today are 1990-92 DH and 2017 old-timers home run derby participant Sam Horn (55), the terrible-fielding 2012-13 third baseman Wilson “Can’t Find a” Betemit (37), and 1980 reliever Paul Hartzell (65), one of 11 members of #teampaul in O’s franchise history.On this day in 1971, during an Orioles overseas tour in Japan, Pat Dobson threw a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants. It didn’t officially count, of course Julio Urias Jersey , but it was the only no-no Dobson ever threw as a major leaguer. HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros are brimming with confidence, even after a Game 2 AL Championship Series defeat to the Boston Red Sox.For proof, just see Bregman’s social media feed.Hours after Boston beat Houston 7-5 to even the best-of-seven series at a game each, Bregman shared video Monday on Instagram of the Astros hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs against Game 3 Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi from a game in June.“Lil pregame video work,” he wrote.Eovaldi will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Houston on Tuesday after Rick Porcello was used in relief during Game 2, when the Astros took their first loss of the postseason. Eovaldi’s previous start against the Astros didn’t go well. The right-hander allowed seven hits and four runs in a 5-1 loss June 20 while with Tampa Bay, including a season-high four homers.Three of those were hit in succession by George Springer, Bregman and Jose Altuve in the sixth inning.The Astros didn’t work out Monday, so the brazen 24-year-old Bregman wasn’t available to reporters. Plenty of others weighed in, though, including Astros manager AJ Hinch. He had no issue with the online barb.“Welcome to the current generation,” Hinch said. “Obviously there’s fun banter. … We want guys to have their personalities, have their fun. Then go out and back it up.”Eovaldi didn’t seem bothered by the video, saying he doesn’t have social media but some of his teammates told him about it.Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who is close with Bregman from his time as Houston’s bench coach last season, brushed off the notion that Bregman’s video could provide an added push for his team Tuesday.“If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you better check yourself,” he said. “Because you win three more games , you go to the show, and that’s what should motivate you. Alex has different ways of motivating himself. And whatever. I’ll leave it at that.”Tuesday will be Keuchel’s ninth postseason start and first since allowing four hits and two runs in five innings of Houston’s 11-3 win over the Indians in Game 3 of the Division Series on Oct. 8. The 30-year-old left-hander has been overshadowed by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole this season, but Hinch raved about the adjustments he’s made to continue to help the Astros.“Dallas has had to handle success when the league has tried to adjust to him,” Hinch said. “He’s adjusted back, and he’s gone back to his strengths in the back half of this season where his two-seam fastball, his changeup, his occasional cutter is good against anyone.”Eovaldi made his postseason debut in Game 3 of this year’s ALDS against the New York Yankees, yielding five hits and one run in seven innings of the 16-1 victory. Now he’ll pitch just 30 miles from his hometown of Alvin, Texas, a suburb best known as the home of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.Eovaldi has long looked up to Ryan and said “words can’t really describe” what it was like when he met him while he was with the Yankees. He knows Ryan, an executive adviser to Astros owner Jim Crane, will likely be sitting behind the home plate Tuesday.“I don’t really notice people in particular in the stands,” he said. “I’m so focused on the game, locking in on the catcher and things like that. And I feel that would take my attention away from everything if I’m scanning the crowds and stuff.”The Red Sox got good news Tuesday when ace Chris Sale was released from a hospital after an overnight stay because of a stomach illness. He was scheduled to join Boston in Houston on Tuesday night, and Cora said they’d decide when he’d pitch again after that.Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez was expected to play Tuesday despite dealing with chest and back soreness after crashing into the Green Monster trying to make a catch Sunday night. Hinch said last year’s MVP Altuve could be Houston’s designated hitter in Game 3 because he’s still struggling with a knee he bruised in the ALDS.“He’s doing his best,” Hinch said. “It’s not comfortable for him. I know he’s, what we call grinding and battling and doing everything that he can. … He’s able to be a productive player. But he’s battling a little bit.”

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The front office is dreaming on Spangenberg’s upside."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Brewers Rumors and SpeculationConversation StartersWPA Game RecapsTransactionsLatest NewsMLB Trade RumorsMilwaukee Brewers NewsTransactionsMilwaukee Brewers announce Cory Spangenberg signing, continue to monitor second base marketNew,15commentsThe front office is dreaming on Spangenberg’s upside.CSTShareTweetShareShareMilwaukee Brewers announce Cory Spangenberg signing, continue to monitor second base marketGregory Fisher-USA TODAY SportsReports emerged before the holidays that the Milwaukee Brewers had agreed to a one-year deal with Cory Spangenberg following his non-tender from San Diego. Now that we are through that season and into the new year, Spangenberg has had the opportunity to complete and pass his physical exam, and earlier today the club officially announced the signing.Though Spangenberg does give the club another internal option at second base, comments from David Stearns via the Journal Sentinel indicate that the signing is due in part to a bit of dreaming on the player’s upside. The general manager praised Cory’s versatility , suggesting that in addition to seeing action at his regular positions of second base and third base, that he’ll also see action in the outfield and even at shortstop during Spring Training.Spangenberg has already made 45 outfield appearances as a big leaguer, but shortstop would be a more foreign position to him. He did play one full game there as a AA player in 2015 (recording two assists without an error), and has spent only two innings at short in the majors. But Slingin’ Stearns and company believe that Spangenberg’s athleticism will help him acclimate to the new positions, and despite his modest career offensive output, they think there is room for Cory to grow in the power department.To this point in his career, Spangenberg has hit .258/.318/.391 with 27 home runs and 31 steals in 1,278 plate appearances, resulting in a 94 wRC+ but less impressive 78 DRC+. He swings and misses an awful lot and walks at roughly a league average rate, and though he did pop 13 homers in 129 games in 2017, he hasn’t displayed much extra-base power as evidenced by his career .133 ISO. But Spangenberg’s numbers certainly haven’t benefited from playing his home games in the heavy air of Petco Park for the last five years, and he and his left-handed bat could be a candidate to attempt to join the fly-ball revolution next season at Miller Park.278 batters made at least 300 trips to the plate in 2018; among those, Spangenberg’s 24.9% fly ball rate ranked as the 16th-lowest. We’ve already seen plenty of examples as to just how much Milwaukee’s home ballpark can benefit left-handed hitters, and the front office undoubtedly already has some ideas for how Spangenberg can work with new Chad Pinder Jersey , analytically-minded hitting coach Andy Haines to leverage his career-high hard contact rate in 2018 into more balls into the air - and over the fence - in 2019.Spangenberg has a minor league option remaining, and will earn $1.2 mil in the majors and $250K in the minors next season. His inexpensive split contract won’t keep the Brewers from continuing to explore the market for addition reinforcements at second base:Thus far this winter, the Brewers have been linked to the likes of Brian Dozier, Josh Harrison, Jed Lowrie, and the already-signed Troy Tulowitzki, Daniel Murphy, and Ian Kinsler. Several players additional players remain available in free agency even beyond those options, such as Asdrubal Cabrera, Derek Dietrich, Logan Forsythe, DJ LeMahieu, and Wilmer Flores.Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus

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      W is just an upside down M so it works."The Links Part:As we roll into the Winter Meetings , don’t expect the Twins do do much of anything. LENIII of the Star Tribune relays that the Twins are merely looking for bullpen help and a full time DH if they can get one on the cheap. The previous signings of Jonathan Schoop and C.J Cron are the biggest it seems we’ll get. Part of me understands the sense, but a part of me also wants big dumb video game trades.For Schoop’s part, Beyond the Box Score thinks he’s the perfect no-risk, high-reward signing. I’m inclined to agree. He’s one of many pieces the Twins have that have high upside if things go right (which of course it totally always does.) And if the aforementioned things do go right, well they might just go extremely right. Michael Clair of’s cut4 predicts us as the 2019 AL Central champs. I’m willing to believe because it’s more fun than not believing. I love the Astudillo picture near the end even though he’s not even mentioned. This guy knows how to report about the Twins on the internet.Prospect Alex Kirilloff literally grew up in a batting cage. Unsurprisingly his approach at the plate is advanced for his age. The Other Part:I made a video in which I read bad reviews of Target Field.I don’t actually know how to edit video.Watch it anyway.Don’t make fun of my anxious chipmunk voice, I’m fragile.I’m now embedding that video.(Seriously though I’m deeply scared of speaking Mike Piazza Jersey , even alone to a microphone, so I’m trying to overcome that and learn some video editing skills as a bonus so I’m going to keep doing stuff like this to become a better functioning adult and hopefully they get better and entertain you. Thank you for your co-operation.)Here’s some flippin’ video game music. It’s a near-Opening Day lineup for the White Sox, as they host the NL Central champions"Chicago White Sox ace-by-proxy Carlos Rod贸n takes the hill this afternoon at Camelback Ranch, facing the defending NL Central champion Milwaukee Brewers.It’s a very Opening Day-esque lineup for the White Sox, with the exceptions of James McCann at catcher and the defensively-limited Eloy Jim茅nez masquerading as a left fielder.On the Milwaukee side, hey , look who’s catching and batting cleanup! To be fair, for $16.5 million less and one spot worse in the batting order, we got McCann.And, old friend — playing left field — Tyler Saladino bats seventh.Watch on, or listen at 720 AM.There also was a six-inning (?) B game today, with a decidedly B-lineup with the exception of Adam Engel in center. Note the whiteout insertion of Danny Mendick at shortstop Chase Utley Jersey , batting fifth. And Merk didn’t make it easy, but here’s a snap of some upcoming pitchers for the end of the week. Manny Ba帽uelos gets a rectification start on Friday at the Angels, while Reynaldo L贸pez takes the bump on Saturday at the Texas Rangers. The five pitchers for today’s B game are listed as well.

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      Injuries aplenty , relievers getting roughed up and the Norfolk shuttle getting warm. In other news: the O’s are back in court against their beltway rivals."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastBird DroppingsWednesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles pitching staff is in tattersNew,1026commentsInjuries aplenty, relievers getting roughed up and the Norfolk shuttle getting warm. In other news: the O’s are back in court against their beltway rivals.EDTShareTweetShareShareWednesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles pitching staff is in tattersEvan Habeeb-USA TODAY SportsGood morning, Birdland!There were legitimate concerns about the Orioles pitching situation all off-season, and many of those concerns are coming to fruition in the season’s first month. A few members of the bullpen that were expected to hold significant roles this season, are continuing to struggle. Richard Bleier and Miguel Castro both got roughed up again against the Athletics on Tuesday night. They each now have season ERA’s north of 11.On top of that, Alex Cobb and Nate Karns are headed to the IL. Cobb has made just one start so far, but he looked pretty darn good. Karns has made a few appearances and has allowed just one run to this point. Those two will be replaced, for the moment, by Evan Phillips and Josh Rogers.This feels like it could begin the never-ending shuttle between Norfolk and Baltimore in order to plug holes in the pitching staff throughout the season. Phillips threw three innings on Tuesday. Could he be optioned to bring up yet another fresh arm? Rogers is expected to backup Dan Straily today and could be counted on for multiple innings as well. That may mean he gets sent back down after just one appearance.It was inevitable that this was going to happen at some point in the summer. I was just hoping it would be a little while longer before we needed to get the revolving door of relievers going.Links & NotesOrioles Place Alex Cobb On Injured List - MLB Trade RumorsThis is not what the O’s needed right now. Luckily, both injuries sound rather minor. Neither player is expected to stay on the IL for longer than the minimum 10 days.Bad luck and one bad pitch doom Means in 13-2 loss (updated) - School of RochAll of the quotes you can handle! Brandon Hyde compliments John Means on his first career start and explains the pitching moves he has made following the injuries to Karns and Cobb. Plus, Means reflects on a rough and slightly unlucky outing.MASN feud continues as Nationals and O’s battle over new lawsuit = Washington PostThis will never end. It will be death Cal Ripken Jersey , taxes and the O’s and Nats fighting in court. I’m not smart enough to understand the entire situation between the two clubs, but it sure seems like MLB and the Nationals don’t seem too interested in maintaining the deal that was agreed to when the Washington franchise relocated from Montreal.Davis can’t hit, but the O’s have little choice but to keep playing him - Washington PostThis is a nice look at everything that goes into a contract going so sour for a big league team. There has been talk about the O’s recouping money via insurance or doing literally anything else to avoid paying out every single dollar they agreed to pay Chris Davis. In short: they really can’t unless something wild happens. Orioles birthdays and historyIs it your birthday? Happy birthday!Former outfielder and dugout cheerleader of the 2013 Orioles, Chris Dickerson, turns 37 today. Relief pitcher Alberto Reyes, a member of the 1999 and 2000 Birds, is 49. Mike Devereaux, the longtime centerfielder in Baltimore from 1989 through 1994 and then again in 1996, celebrates his 56th birthday. Utilityman Lee Lacy, who played a role for the Birds in the mid-80’s, is turning 71. And finally, 1959-1964 right-handed pitcher Wes Stock is 85 years old.2013 - The Orioles are a part of history! They play a game against the Red Sox in front of 30 ,862 fans at Fenway Park, ending the Red Sox streak of 820 consecutive sell-outs. This streak had begun on May 15, 2003 and included both regular season and postseason games.2014 - More history! The O’s are beaten 12-4 in their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. Southpaw Mark Buehrle starts for the Jays and gets the win, the 200th of his career. MILWAUKEE — A week after Gio Gonzalez was acquired from the Washington Nationals, the veteran left-hander will make his Milwaukee Brewers debut Saturday when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park.Gonzalez has looked little like the pitcher who finished in the top 10 of National League Cy Young voting a year ago. In 27 starts for the Nationals, he was 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA and had just one victory since May 28.The Brewers still had an interest, hoping he could provide depth down the stretch — as well as a left-handed starting option — as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.Article continues below ...“We acquired him to have another good pitcher and because you don’t know what’s going to happen in this month,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s his turn to go help us try to win a game.”Gonzalez hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 29, when he allowed six runs in five innings but took a no-decision as the Nationals fell to the Phillies. He will have 10 days off before returning to action Saturday but isn’t worried about any kind of rust factor.He also has used the downtime to his advantage, working extensively with Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson.“I don’t want to use any excuses,” Gonzalez said. “The way I see it is just give me the ball and I’m going to try and give you 100 percent of my talent. I’ll take the ball, make my pitches and try to get some outs. Rely on my defense and rely on our offense.“Hopefully Jim Palmer Jersey , I can keep us in the game.”Gonzalez is 5-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 14 career starts against the Giants, including an 0-1 record and 7.56 ERA in two starts this season.He will face a lineup likely to be without shortstop Brandon Crawford, who was held out of Bruce Bochy’s starting lineup for a second straight day on Friday because of a sore knee that kept him out of three games last week as well.Bochy started switch-hitting Alen Hanson at short in the series opener and said he’ll give right-hander Abiatal Avelino the nod Saturday against Gonzalez.Right-hander Chris Stratton takes the mound against the Brewers, who tagged him for three runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief back earlier this season.Stratton took the loss his last time out despite holding the Mets to two runs in six innings but is 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA in his last three starts.He’s part of a group that has posted the third-best ERA in baseball since June 1 (3.37 heading into the series) but has been stymied by an offense that has struggled to generate runs.“They give us a chance, but you see the numbers; it’s just been tough since June 1 with the offense,” Bochy said. “A couple of guys getting hot, driving in runs, that’s what we’re missing.“Somebody’s got to do that for you to win ballgames. 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      The first good week in a while ends on a high note as the South Siders knock off Cleveland"WhiteFanposts FanpostsFanshotsSections AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I’ll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昗hite Sox Game RecapsWhite Sox ride contact hitting to a 7-3 victoryNew Mike Montgomery Jersey ,7commentsThe first good week in a while ends on a high note as the South Siders knock off ClevelandCDTShareTweetShareShareWhite Sox ride contact hitting to a 7-3 victorySurprising power source: Adam Engel hit his third home run of spring training to pad the White Sox lead on Sunday.Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago White Sox wrapped up the last full week of spring training with a 7-3 win over Cleveland, thanks to some solid pitching from a gumbo of arms, and timely hitting. In the first, starting pitcher Zach Thompson worked his way into trouble, allowing back-to-back singles to open the game. But, he struck out slugger Jos茅 Ramirez and induced a double play grounder from Carlos Santana to escape the jam unscathed. That was Thompson’s only inning of work, and Evan Marshall followed by pitching a 1-2-3 second inning.The longest outing from a White Sox pitcher was from southpaw Sean Nolin, who threw three scoreless innings, striking out four, though it was not drama-free. Nolin allowed five baserunners in his three innings (two walks, a double, and two singles). It was a strong performance by the White Sox pitching staff in what turned out to be a bullpen day. It would have been a perfect day if not for Jordan Luplow, who got an RBI single off Danny Dopico and a two-run single off Jos茅 Nin to drive in all of Cleveland’s runs.We regret to inform you that Eloy Jim茅nez is no longer batting 1.000 since signing his contract extension. However, he drove in Moncada with a two-out RBI single in the third. Eloy finished 1-for-3 and inched his spring average up to .250. That RBI single pushed the lead to 2-0, after Zack Collins raced home on a wild pitch earlier in the inning. Potential 2019 AL MVP Leury Garc铆a followed with an RBI single of his own to wrap up a three-run third.The next run was scored on a solo home run by Adam Engel, who has had a strong month offensively. The home run was his third this spring , and raised his OPS to a solid .861. The White Sox also had a big seventh inning, as they put up three more runs to help ice the game. Matt Skole drove in one with a single after entering the game to replace Yonder Alonso. Preston Tucker and Engel added RBI groundouts later in the inning.The win improved the White Sox’s spring record to 10-17 that guarantees they’ll finish at least tied for 14th in Cactus League play this year. The team travels to Chase Field to face the D’Backs tomorrow night for their penultimate spring training game. That matchup will start at 8:40 p.m. CT. We will not need to say this often the rest of the year, but it will not be viewable, and the only radio broadcast will be the Arizona call via MLB.TV. Darren (Don’t Call Me Darin) Jackson makes his season debut in the recap booth for SSS. Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are two of MLB's biggest potential trade-deadline prizes, and they probably aren't going anywhere.The New York Mets right-handers are 30 and 25 years old, respectively. DeGrom is under club control through 2020; Syndergaard won't hit free agency until after the 2021 season at the soonest. DeGrom is in the midst of a Cy Young Award-caliber season, and Syndergaard, injury issues aside, owns one of baseball's most electric arms.The Mets are buried in last place in the National League East. But those are the type of assets you build around, not the kind you ship away.What if New York could loan out its co-aces, however, with the assurance they'd return to Queens after the season?It's nothing more than a thought exercise, obviously. League officials won't rewrite the trade rules in the middle of summer.There is a precedent, however. Professional soccer players in the English Premier League can be "loaned" out for limited periods before returning to their club of origin. Sometimes, they make a significant difference for their new squads.What if the same standard were applied to MLB?To give credit where it's due, NBC Sports' Christopher Crawford recently floated the notion:Christopher Crawford Crawford_MILBA thought:Lets say that MLB had a rule where a team could quot;borrowquot; an MLB player starting July 31. It would be like any other trade Jose Quintana Jersey , only the player -- if hes under contract -- returns to the team in November.What would a player like Mike Trout get in that situation?That's a fascinating hypothetical. What wouldan offense-hungry contender pay for a few months of Mike Trout's services? At least one top-level prospect, probably, plus ancillary pieces.The Los Angeles Dodgers surrendered power-hitting prospect Yusniel Diaz to the Baltimore Orioles to rent Manny Machado in June. Diazbecame the Orioles' No. 2 prospect,, and the O's also nettedbat-missing right-hander Dean Kremer and third baseman Rylan Bannon, who'd hit 20 homers at High-A, as well as right-hander Zach Pop and infielder Breyvic Valera.Renting out Trout would help the Los Angeles Angels to rebuild their farm system and set them up for future contention. And it would put the game's best player in a position to perform on the postseason stage, where he's logged a scant 15 plate appearances in seven-plus big league seasons.Picture Trout temporarily in the middle of the Chicago Cubs' or New York Yankees' lineups. Are you not intrigued?Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe same could be said for any number of star players who are toiling for teams on the fringe of or essentially eliminated from contention: the Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto, the San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner, the Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto. They'd tip the balance of power wherever they landed while adding exponential excitement to October.This proposal will engender hired-gun cynicism. It's the antithesis of loyalty. If your loyalty lies with the guy donning the laundry of your choice above all else, surely you're fuming.But as MLB wrestles with declining attendance and waning enthusiasm, it needs to get creative. It needs to find ways to put the best players in the spotlight and crank up the drama.Plus, free agency has already decimated the concept of franchise fealty. Whatever lip service they pay to the fans and cities they temporarily call home, most players follow the money. As they should.Let's cast aside the charade, then, and admit it's about entertainment. Many in the NBA have embraced the superteam , where contenders load up on superstars intent on winning a title. Why shouldn't baseball follow suit?"I'd give up everything I have, all of the individual awards I've ever won, for a World Series," Trout said in June, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. "It would be so sick to win the World Series, ride around with that trophy, and see everyone so happy. That's something you dream about."Jae C. Hong/Associated PressUnfortunately for Trout, the Angels entered play Sunday 13 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and eight games off the wild-card pace. The odds that he'll realize his dream with the Halos in 2018 hover somewhere in the vicinity of zero.Would it be as sweet if he did it in another uniform? That's an open question. But it would be sweeter than watching the postseason from his couch.Trout, deGrom, Syndergaard et al. will likely remain with their current clubs in 2018. 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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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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. Urias went 0 for 3 with a walk.“I don’t know how I made it,” Urias said. “To be honest, I wasn’t nervous the whole game, maybe because of the diving play. I just enjoyed the moment.”Said Nix: “They were making some ridiculous plays back there. Freddy and Uri both were making some really, really good plays.”TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: Green said LHP Clayton Richard will have season-ending surgery on his left knee. He was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday. Richard was 7-11 with a 5.33 ERA.UP NEXTMariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-2, 4.56) is scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (6-7, 3.74) is scheduled to make his third start against an AL club. He’s 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in interleague starts.

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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. 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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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