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  1. Flaherty (3-4 http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-sione-takitaki-jersey , 3.19 ERA) will attempt not only to give the Cardinals a 3-1 win in the four-game series but to reward manager Mike Matheny with his fifth series win in seven return visits to San Francisco, where he played the final two years of his career. Matheny has never lost a series as a manager in San Francisco, winning four and tying the other two. He is assured of at least a tie in this one as well, with the Cardinals having posted 11-2 and 3-2 wins sandwiching a 3-2 loss on Friday night. Flaherty was just 21 years old when he debuted for the Cardinals last Sept. 1 in an 11-6 win in San Francisco. He did not get credit for the win, going only four innings, during which he was roughed up for five runs and eight hits. He’s thus 0-0 with an 11.25 ERA against the Giants. Brandon Crawford doubled and homered against Flaherty, and Hunter Pence lashed a two-run triple. The California native will be seeking to snap a two-game losing streak. He has allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 10 innings in losses to Cleveland and Arizona. Flaherty will be backed by a Cardinals defense that has been superb against the Giants Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , having committed just one error in the three games. That lone miscue was an errant throw by backup catcher Francisco Pena on a steal attempt. “That’s kind of the initiative we have going on right now: bolstering our defense,” Matheny noted Saturday. “Let’s play a cleaner defensive game. And then hope that we get contributions offensively. Let’s figure out ways to make sure we’re catching the ball to help reinforce the great starts that we’ve been getting.” Luke Weaver, John Gant and Carlos Martinez have provided that pitching in San Francisco. The Giants have totaled just seven runs in the series, extending to six games their streak of scoring three or fewer. Martinez even contributed an RBI double to Saturday’s win. The Giants have hit a cumulative .167 in their last six games, five of which they’ve lost. San Francisco will be counting on ace Madison Bumgarner (1-3, 2.58) to contribute both on the mound and at the plate in the series finale. The Giants have supported their pitching leader with just 14 runs in his six starts. He hasn’t helped his own cause; the slugger with 17 career homers has gone 0-for-14 so far this season. The left-hander has pitched brilliantly in his last three starts, allowing just three runs (two of which were earned) and 12 hits in 21 innings. Bumgarner often has not been at his best against the Cardinals in his career http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-austin-seibert-jersey , going 3-5 with a 4.38 ERA in eight starts. He hasn’t beaten St. Louis since 2014. One player who has never figured out Bumgarner is Kolten Wong, who has been the big hitter in the series with six hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBIs. He’s 0-for-9 with two strikeouts in his career against Bumgarner. Now that the NFL season is all over and the internet has been flooded with enough funny Cam Newton memes to keep us content for an offseason, let’s put some of those crying Jordan faces to good use for other NFL players. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, today we are going to take a look back at the most overrated player from each NFL team; not just currently, but all time.Before you furiously scroll down to your favorite team to see who was called out on this list Trysten Hill Jersey , we need you to keep a few things in mind. First off, just because a player is great, does not exclude them from being overrated; in fact, there are multiple Hall of Famers on this list. Great players are included in this article, not as a slight to them, but more so to shut down fans who think that they are the greatest player ever. Additionally keep in mind that majority of the players on this list are from the current era, or are from the recent past. In 1982 http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-connor-mcgovern-jersey , the average salary of an NFL player was just over $90,000 per year. Fast forward to 2013 and that number spiked to $1.9 million; that’s over a 2,000% increase in pay. With that being said, players in the current era are being paid significantly more to play football than their counterparts from previous generations. Increased salaries usually mean increased production, or the promise of increased production. This same stamdard can be applied to trading draft picks worth millions of dollars, to acquire a player who an organization may deem worth the risk.For the sake of organization, we will not be breaking all of the teams into divisional categories Tony Pollard Jersey , but rather we have alphabetized them for easy access based on team location. This list of 32 players is sure to be criticized and analyzed, so do us a favor and share it on social media, and comment below.
  2. He pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and Ian Desmond homered as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1. Marquez (6-8) retired his first 15 batters before Enrique Hernandez connected for a home run off the left-field foul pole leading off the sixth. After a Chase Utley single http://www.jetscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-trevon-wesco-jersey , Marquez dispatched the Dodgers on three fly balls to end the inning and pumped his right fist to emphasize the moment. ”Isn’t that great? I loved that” Rockies manager Bud Black said of the fist pump. ”He uses (his energy) with his fastball. I want him to use it with his fastball but not overthrow. There is a time you can stand on a pitch and lean on it and I think he does that.” He appeared to do just that with his fastball in the eighth inning. Facing Hernandez two innings after the home run, Marquez struck out the Dodgers’ utility man on a 99.9 mph fastball. ”No doubt I let it rip on that one,” Marquez said through an interpreter. ”But I worked hard in my preparation in between starts and my goal is to maintain my stamina deep into games. I think today I was able to accomplish that.” Marquez struck out nine and walked none after entering with a 5.53 ERA, third-worst among qualified National League starters. The Rockies closed out June with three consecutive victories and two consecutive over the Dodgers after getting swept by Los Angeles in a three-game series at Coors Field to begin the month. Colorado finished June with an 11-16 record. Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (5-5) gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits over seven innings and lost for the first time in four June starts. He had a short stint on the disabled list during the month due to a right hip strain. He struck out nine for the second consecutive start. ”It was a good outing,” Maeda said through an interpreter. ”My desire is to be able to pitch deeper into the game and being able to pitch seven innings and is a good thing. But unfortunately, we didn’t get the win and that was something we wanted.” The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when DJ LeMahieu scored from third base on a passed ball by catcher Yasmani Grandal. Nolan Arenado struck out Clelin Ferrell Jersey , but advanced to first with LeMahieu scoring when the ball got through Grandal. Desmond went deep in the fifth for a 2-0 lead. It was his 17th home run of the season and career-best 13th on the road. Trevor Story doubled for the Rockies in the seventh and scored on Chris Iannetta’s single to make it 3-1. After a strong start to the month, the Dodgers finished June with a 17-9 record, losing four of their last five games. CLOSER FOR THE DAY Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth Saturday for his second save. Closer Wade Davis, who earned the save after Tyler Anderson’s eight-inning outing Friday, was given the night off. ”He pitched great and he deserved to win,” Ottavino said of Marquez. ”That’s two games straight that we got eight innings out of our starters so we appreciate that down in the bullpen. I think everybody does on the team so I think that was just an awesome job by (Marquez).” Davis is expected to return to the closer role Sunday. DODGERS DRIVE 55 Hernandez’s home run gave the Dodgers 55 in the month of June, to increase their franchise record for a month. The previous record of 53 was set in June of last season. His home run was his 14th of the season and third this week. Max Muncy and Joc Pederson each finished with 10 home runs in June. Pederson has 11 on the season. ”I worked really hard in the off season to get stronger and get in better shape,” said Hernandez http://www.raiderscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-josh-jacobs-jersey , whose previous best was 11 home runs last season. ”Last year I hit a lot of doubles and this year those doubles are turning into homers. Hopefully we can keep swinging the bats in July the way we are in June.” TRAINER’S ROOM Rockies: OF David Dahl (broken right foot) is out of a walking boot and will join the team Monday in Colorado to continue his rehab. Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (right rib microfracture), who made one appearance this week after returning from the DL, will likely need two starts at Class A Rancho Cucamonga before he returns to the Dodgers, according to manager Dave Roberts. … RHP Pedro Baez (right biceps tendinitis) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, but no timetable for his return has been revealed. UP NEXT Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis (5-1, 5.07 ERA) will be back on the road where he excels, as his five road victories were tied for third in the National League at the start of play Saturday. Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.98) has a loss and a no-decision in his past two starts following a six-start win streak. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be undergoing a massive change in the offseason Johnathan Abram Jersey , according to head coach Mike Tomlin.Pittsburgh stood pretty at 7-2-1, but they managed to lose four of their final six games - missing the playoffs for the first time in five years. They committed far too many late-game blunders in those four losses. And eve though 9-6-1 is usually a good enough record to get into the playoffs, that wasn't the case for Pittsburgh in 2018. They were one game shy of winning the AFC North.This was a drama-filled season for the Steelers, who had to deal Le'Veon Bell's year-long absence. On top of that, wide receiver Antonio Brown stirred things up on social media, with reporters, on the sidelines and in the locker room. He was benched for the team's Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals after skipping practice and team meetings.That whole saga reportedly took place because Brown got into an argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during practice. No. 84 apparently got fed up with his quarterback and threw a football in the direction of Roethlisberger. The latter has since stated that Brown didn't respond to any of his texts or phone calls.The Steelers might have no choice but to simply trade away Brown and rid themselves of the drama. There are more than enough talents to work around in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Vance McDonald Clelin Ferrell Jersey , James Conner and James Washington. They can easily succeed without him.Now, here's a look at seven teams who should trade for Brown, seven that should consider it and seven that need to stay away at all costs.
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All of the others are fair game here; the good, the bad and the ugly. There's certainly plenty of each to go around.Ranked below are the eight best, and seven worst first round draft picks in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles. The son of a college football coach, Brian Gutekunst has an idea of the kind of scrutiny that he’ll receive as the new general manager of the Green Bay Packers. Gutekunst watched his father Will Grier Jersey , John Gutekunst, take heat during six-plus seasons at the University of Minnesota that ended in 1991. The new GM has heard the criticism that predecessor Ted Thompson took from some fans for a conservative approach to free agency. The football lifer is ready for the pressure that comes with the job. ”My mom was reading in the paper some nice comments about me. I go, `Yeah, wait `til we lose,”’ the 44-year old Gutekunst joked this week. His task is to build a roster that restores the Packers’ status as a Super Bowl contender following the team’s first losing season since 2008. Promoted from player personnel director, Gutekunst had a hand in helping Thompson shape the rosters for an organization that just had its streak of eight straight postseason appearances snapped. The Packers won the Super Bowl in the 2010 season during Thompson’s 13-year tenure. Thompson moved to a senior adviser role in the front office two days after the season ended with a 35-11 loss at Detroit. ”I’ve grown up in football all my life and my dad went through some times at the University of Minnesota where it wasn’t very good and they weren’t saying very good things,” Gutekunst said. ”The one thing I learned about that http://www.panthersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-christian-miller-jersey , usually (for) the guy in the chair it’s not as hard to take. You worry about your family.” Added Gutekunst: ”To me, for the guys who work here, you just expect it. … You have to keep moving forward.” It is what Gutekunst has done in the game since playing college football for two seasons at Wisconsin-La Crosse. He served as an assistant coach for his final two seasons after a shoulder injury ended his playing career. Gutekunst coached the linebackers when La Crosse capped an undefeated season with the Division III national title in 1995. That year, Gutekunst got his first taste of the pros after assisting in New Orleans Saints training camp in 1995. He was a summer scouting intern for Green Bay in 1997 and a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs the next year before returning to the Packers full time as a scout late in 1998. Gutekunst didn’t follow his father’s advice to stay out of football entirely. ”I think looking back at it right now, the coaching business is so volatile, and moving your family every two to three years is a tough deal,” he said. ”We’ve had a lot of stability here Jordan Scarlett Jersey , and I feel very thankful for that, for me and my family.” The Packers plan to stick with a ”draft-and-develop” philosophy as the roster-building foundation, though Gutekunst has also indicated he might be more open to making additions through trades and free agency as well. He is already starting to differentiate himself in another noticeable way. The first transaction under the new regime was the signing of a relatively unknown running back, first-year player Joel Bouagnon out of Northern Illinois. The accompanying post on Twitter included a picture of a smiling Gutekunst next to Bouagnon. Thompson was notoriously media-shy. Coach Mike McCarthy was often left with the task of answering questions about high-profile topics that might be more appropriate for a GM, such as when outspoken tight end Martellus Bennett was waived at midseason. ”I don’t think the new GM could do less than Ted did,” team president Mark Murphy joked last week. ”There (are) some positives that come from it, but obviously there’s some downsides … Ted saw some of the downside and decided not to be overly involved.” According to Gutekunst David Montgomery Jersey , one of the first pieces of advice that Thompson offered after getting the job on Sunday was to smile more at his first press conference. John Gutekunst told his son to be humble, and to make sure that he takes care of his staff. ”Now, you know, on Mondays after watching our game,” the younger Gutekunst said, ”he’ll tell me some other things.” —
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  6. Not when the young right-hander walked into the clubhouse in spring training Ben Banogu Jersey , freshly acquired from Arizona in the Rule 5 draft. Not when he was thrown into the bullpen after spending most of his career as a starter. And not when Yost moved him back to the rotation in the big leagues. So when Keller stared down the Los Angeles Angels‘ potent lineup, and held Mike Trout and Co. to two hits over seven innings, the skipper may have one of the few people in the ballpark unsurprised. ”He was never wide-eyed. Never overwhelmed in any situation we put him in,” Yost marveled after the 22-year-old Keller pitched the Royals to a 2-0 win Monday in the makeup of a game frozen out in April. Keller (2-2) struck out six and walked two in his fifth career major league start. Nobody reached second on him, one of his two baserunners was wiped out by a double play, and he gamely retired the side in order in the seventh, when his pitch count eclipsed 100 for the first time this season. ”I definitely feel more comfortable with every start,” Keller said. ”Just try not to let the moment get too big, especially up here. Things tend to snowball up here.” His bullpen made the outstanding start stand up, too. Kevin McCarthy struck out Chris Young and retired Ian Kinsler to strand a runner on third base in the eighth, and Wily Peralta finished the three-hitter by working around Albert Pujols’ single in the ninth. It was the first save for the longtime starter in 136 career big league games. ”In a game like this, you’re not going to hang your hat on one situation. We just didn’t do enough offensively,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ”On the offensive side it was a tough day for us.” The Royals scored the only run they needed off Tyler Skaggs (6-5) in the fourth. Duda, who is known primarily for his power, managed to dribble a single through the infield, driving in Hunter Dozier after he reached on a leadoff double on a mild Parris Campbell Jersey , sun-splashed afternoon. Herrera added an RBI single, his career-high third hit of the game, in the eighth inning. Skaggs, who was scratched from his start last week with right hamstring tightness, allowed seven hits and walked two in seven innings. He struck out eight for the third straight start. ”It’s difficult. A quick turnaround,” Skaggs said. ”A day game yesterday, fly here, kind of another day game – an afternoon game – and another game tomorrow. A lot of travelling and a tough schedule, but nobody’s feeling sorry for us.” Indeed, both teams had to fly into Kansas City for the makeup game. The Angels kicked off a road trip that sends them to Boston and Baltimore, and the Royals stopped between series in Houston and Milwaukee. Not that Yost’s bunch minds now. The Royals had lost nine in a row at Kauffman Stadium, and had been outscored 54-17 over the stretch, with their last win coming June 2 against Oakland. Of their four wins overall in June, three have been shutouts. JACKIE ROBINSON DAY The Angels and Royals were supposed to wear No. 42 to celebrate Jackie Robinson when their game was frozen out on April 15. So, everybody donned the iconic No. 42 jerseys Monday instead. ”When we were going to do it, it was like Bobby Okereke Jersey , what, 18 degrees here?” Scioscia said. ”The guys were really looking forward to it. We’re glad we get the chance.” ESKY ALL OVER The Royals’ Alcides Escobar started at third to give Mike Moustakas a day off. The club wants to give youngster Adalberto Mondesi a long look at shortstop, so Escobar has been moved around a bit. He started in center in Houston last Friday and has a majors-leading streak of 411 consecutive starts. TRAINER’S ROOM Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (left hamstring strain) threw off a mound, but Scioscia warned ”we’ll have to progress from there.” … INF Zack Cozart (left shoulder subluxation) began baseball activities but is still in the evaluation phase. … INF Jefry Marte (left wrist sprain) is also swinging now. ”We’ve got a whole team back in Southern California,” Scioscia deadpanned. Royals: INF Cheslor Cuthbert remains sidelined with a lower back strain. ”He’s starting to feel a little better,” Yost said, but there is no timetable for his return. UP NEXT The Angels begin their scheduled road trip Tuesday night in Boston, where left-hander John Lamb (0-0, 5.40 ERA) starts in the opener of a three-game set. Kansas City returns to the road with right-hander Jakob Junis (5-8, 4.43 ERA) starting the first of two games in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. — Jake Arrieta and Gio Gonzalez should be happy to see the calendar flip to July. They’ll hope to put a rough June behind them when they face off Sunday in the finale of a four-game set between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals. The Phillies will try to win the series in the 1:35 p.m. matinee. Arrieta (5-6, 3.54 ERA) had a 6.66 ERA in five June starts. Opponents hit .305 with a .907 OPS against him in the month, and the veteran right-hander allowed at least three earned runs in each outing. In his last start, Arrieta gave up six runs (three earned) in five innings against the New York Yankees on nine hits, two of which were homers. “The ball is getting hit, that’s it. Making mistakes, too many mistakes Khari Willis Jersey ,” Arrieta told MLB.com after the start. “I was throwing quality breaking balls early in the count and then when I needed to go back to a similar spot or a little bit lower in the strike zone or out of the strike zone, I just put it too much in the zone and they hit it. It’s a pretty simple explanation.” Arrieta had a 0.90 ERA in five starts during May, and he gave up just one run and two hits in six innings against the Nationals on May 6. Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 10 career starts against the Nationals. Gonzalez (6-5, 3.68) had an even worse June. The 32-year-old lefty had an 8.44 ERA in five starts during the month. In three of those outings, Gonzalez gave up at least four earned runs and failed to pitch more than four innings. Gonzalez had his worst start of 2018 the last time he took the mound. He gave up six runs and walked five batters in one inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. “It wasn’t my night. I couldn’t get a strike,” Gonzalez, who missed the strike zone with 33 of his 62 pitches, told reporters after the outing. “Sometimes it happens. It’s part of the game.” Gonzalez will be facing the Phillies for the 25th time in his 11-year big league career. He is 11-7 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.13 WHIP against the Nationals’ divisional rival. Gonzalez threw five scoreless innings against Philadelphia on May 4. The Phillies, who are 5-4 against the Nationals this season, have won two of the first three games against their divisional foe in the series. At 44-37, they are two games ahead of Washington for second place in the National League East. The Phillies were 28-53 through 81 games a season ago. The Phillies hope Odubel Herrera’s bat heats up. The center fielder homered in Saturday’s 3-2 victory after going 2-for-28 in his previous seven games. Herrera is hitting .286 on the season with 14 homers and 46 RBIs. The Nationals, meanwhile, went 9-16 in June and are 42-39 at the halfway mark of the season.
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It’s a timing thing, and you have to be athletic to be able to do some of those things.” Jones did not stay in the clubhouse to talk to reporters afterward. Hamels (4-8) retired only two batters for the Rangers in his shortest start since 2010. Mike Fiers (6-5) allowed a run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six with one walk. Rougned Odor hit a solo homer for Texas immediately after Beltre was robbed by Jones. Shin-Soo Choo doubled twice for the Rangers to extend his on-base streak to 46 games, tying Julio Franco’s club record set in 1993. Niko Goodrum had four hits for the Tigers. Nicholas Castellanos opened the scoring with a solo homer with one out in the first. John Hicks added an RBI single, and Jose Iglesias hit an infield single with two outs and the bases loaded to make it 3-0. Hamels still would have made it out of the inning Ugo Amadi Jersey , but center fielder Delino DeShields misplayed a line drive by Jones for an error , allowing three more runs to score. ”It just knuckled on me,” DeShields said. ”I was trying to stay with it, but it swerved on me at the last second. It’s frustrating, because you are doing everything you can to make the play, but he hit it right on the screws and right at me, and that’s when a ball will take off on you.” Mikie Mahtook followed with an RBI double, and Hamels was replaced after allowing five hits, two walks and three earned runs. He threw 41 pitches. LOOKING BACK It was the shortest start for Hamels since June 1, 2010, when he also lasted two-thirds of an inning for Philadelphia at Atlanta. That start was shortened because of a rain delay. Hamels had gone at least five innings in each of his first 17 starts this year. ”By the time he gave up the double, he was pushing 40 pitches, and that’s my limit Christian Wilkins Jersey ,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ”Once you get to 40 in one inning, you are pitching fatigued, and it is too much of a risk to leave him out there. I’m not going to do that to one of my pitchers.” ON A ROLL Goodrum had his second four-hit game in a week. He also went 4 for 4 at Toronto on July 1. He’s hitting .464 (13 for 28) over his last seven games. ”I didn’t know that,” he said. ”The only stats I can see is what they show on the board of everyone.” TRAINER’S ROOM Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus appeared to foul a pitch off his left leg in the fifth but remained in the game. He was taken out in the eighth. UP NEXT Michael Fulmer (3-7) takes the mound for Detroit against Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-2) in the series finale Sunday. — Now that he’s no longer an active player, maybe Ichiro Suzuki wants to start swinging for the fences. How about at next month’s Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities in Washington? What began as light-hearted banter among Seattle Mariners coaches grew into something that caused a stir in the clubhouse before Wednesday night’s game against the New York Yankees. ”He’s got power and he’s been launching balls into the seats,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ”A couple of coaches said the other day, `You know, no one wants to do this Home Run Derby. Why don’t we just send Ichiro? He’d be awesome.”’ The idea gained momentum when Servais mentioned it on a radio show Wednesday, and suddenly a new Twitter hashtag was born – (hash)IchiForDC. Not officially retired but unlikely to appear in another major league game, the Japanese-born Suzuki shifted to a new role with Seattle as special assistant to the chairman in early May after batting .205 in 15 games this season. The 44-year-old travels with the team and is in uniform for games, helping out with batting practice and other drills while keeping a locker in the clubhouse. Even though he’s still in game shape, Suzuki didn’t seem to be entertaining the idea of throwing his hat in the ring for the annual power contest. ”I’m not a player (anymore) and just the long, great history that MLB has http://www.dolphinscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-michael-deiter-jersey , I don’t think it would be good for it,” Suzuki said through a translator. ”But I think it’s fun and I’m happy that it’s come up.” Servais was happy the concept was being discussed, even if it was nothing more than a joke. ”This is really good because he’s been giving me a hard time so I’m really glad to throw this back in his lap,” he said with a grin. Suzuki, the 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, found humor in the situation – but promised revenge on Servais. ”It’s the funniest thing he’s said this first half of the year,” Suzuki said. ”I’m definitely going to get him back. I’m going to continue to get him.” Suzuki has 3,089 big league hits, but only 117 of those were home runs. Despite reaching double-digit homers in just three of his 18 major league seasons, Suzuki often displayed surprising power in batting practice and it was widely believed he could have clubbed a lot more over the fence if he tried. But the 10-time All-Star maintained his unorthodox, slashing swing throughout his career, leading the league in hits seven times. ”Right now I’m eating two hamburgers at lunch, and now that this Home Run Derby thing came up I’ll have to up it to three cheeseburgers for lunch Garrett Bradbury Jersey , get some more power,” he quipped. If Suzuki did try his hand against some of the game’s top sluggers in the nation’s capital, however, he knows who he’d want pitching to him. ”Mark Buehrle,” he said, after a long, contemplative pause. Suzuki was 27 for 66 (.409) against the left-hander, who won 214 games over 16 seasons. —
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Instead, Guerrero Jr. will spend a few weeks in the minor leagues working on things — or, more accurately, trying to not get hurt — before finally receiving the promotion he earned at some point in 2018, when he batted a ludicrous .381/.437/.636 in the upper minors as a teenager.This isn’t to rail on the Blue Jays, who are far from the first team to game a star prospect’s service time. It may not quite be legal under the current collective bargaining agreement, but it’s a common practice, and the smart move for the club in today’s baseball climate. They were upwards of 30 games out of first place last summer when they kept Guerrero in the minors, and are projected to finish a distant fourth in the AL East again this year.And while they have other promising prospects in their system and other interesting players on their 25-man roster, the conversation around them in 2019 will begin and end with Vlad Jr. He will be appointment viewing, if all goes well, eventually carrying the Jays back to the postseason as the team fills out their roster around him.We’ll just have to wait a few more weeks first.Team at a glance2018 record: 73-89 | 2018 pythag: 69-93 | 2019 farm system rank: 3Manager: Charlie Montoyo (1st year)First series vs. Tigers: March 28-31Key additions: SS Freddy Galvis Jack Morris Jersey , RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP David Phelps, LHP Clayton RichardKey subtractions: SS Troy Tulowitzki, IF Yangervis Solarte, C Russell Martin, SS Aledmys Diaz, RHP Marco EstradaWhich newcomer will help the team most?We Tigers fans have become accustomed to bad defense over the years. Whether we’re talking about the division winning clubs who prioritized offense, or the 2017 team that was just bad all around, the Tigers have put up some awful defensive metrics recently.But they never came close to how bad the 2018 Blue Jays were. Toronto was worth -100 Defensive Runs Saved — yes, negative one hundred. It was the worst mark in the majors, unsurprisingly, and the seventh-worst performance since DRS became a stat in the early 2000s. Their -21 DRS from the shortstop position was the second-worst mark in baseball, and worst in the American League. So, while Freddy Galvis may not hit a ton, he should be a massive improvement up the middle for the Jays. Galvis has been a slightly below average player since becoming a full-time regular, averaging 1.7 WAR over the past four years, and is actually in the negative for DRS for his career, but he is a steady enough defender (+16.3 career UZR) to hold down the fort at short until Bo Bichette arrives.On the pitching side, the default answer has to be righthander Matt Shoemaker. The Michigan native was a popular pick among Tigers fans as a potential free agent target this winter, but the Jays locked him up relatively early on. I’m not sure I like how he fits in Toronto, though; Shoemaker has allowed some lofty fly ball rates in his career, and that might not play well in Rogers Centre’s snug confines — or some of the other bandboxes in the division http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , for that matter. His ERA is projected to improve slightly, but Steamer predicts that his home run rate will nearly double.Why didn’t they sign Bryce Harper?In last year’s preview, I briefly pondered what it would look like if the Jays were to add Harper this offseason. The same prospects we are fawning over now were around last year, and adding Harper to a young, talented core could pay off in a big way in a couple of years. While Philadelphia and San Diego deserve a lot of credit for taking that same advice, part of me really wanted to see Harper and Vlad Jr. (see, there’s his name again) hitting back-to-back in Toronto’s bandbox of a stadium. The Jays have the money — their Opening Day payroll projects to be $50 million lower than in 2018 — and their entire outfield is a major question mark. Harper might have even been able to fake it in center at times, if necessary.Without him, the Jays’ outfield projects鈥?surprisingly well, actually. Both Kevin Pillar and Randal Grichuk are projected to finish above the 2 WAR line by ZiPS, and Teoscar Hernandez could make that three if he finds a way to replicate his second-half success from 2017. Billy McKinney is also still young enough to believe in, and it wasn’t long ago that Anthony Alford was the top prospect in Toronto’s system. There are enough bodies here to ensure Toronto’s outfield has a modest floor, but none of them (Alford aside, possibly) have the upside to carry this unit the way Harper could.Down on the farmAny discussion about the Jays’ farm system certainly begins with Vlad Jr., but it does not end there. The Blue Jays have one of the top systems in baseball, ranking as high as No. 3 on Baseball America’s list and fifth at MLB Pipeline. Shortstop Bo Bichette is ranked among the top 13 prospects in baseball by four separate publications, and should reach the majors at some point in 2019. He might not stick at short long-term, but will hit plenty enough to make up for any defensive shortcomings. Catcher Danny Jansen is the rare prep backstop who made good on those draft day dreams; he hit .247/.347/.432 in 31 games with the Jays last summer. He is another above-average hitter who might be a little shaky with the glove, although reports indicate he has taken major steps forward on that front. He should be the starter when healthy, with veteran Luke Maile or former top-100 prospect Reese McGuire filling in. Outfielder Anthony Alford has fallen off a bit thanks to injuries and pitch recognition issues, and will probably begin the season in the minors. Double-plus runners don’t grow on trees, though Aaron Loup Jersey , and current center fielder Kevin Pillar is a free agent after 2020.There are some other interesting players a bit further down the minor league ladder. Righthander Nate Pearson is their top pitching prospect, and has already drawn comparisons to a former hard-throwing Blue Jays prospect: Noah Syndergaard. Pearson only made one start before a fractured forearm ended his regular season, but he flashed his borderline elite fastball in 20 鈪?innings at the Arizona Fall League. Infielder Kevin Smith shot up the ranks after a big 2018 season, but he carries more of a defense-first profile and hasn’t made it to Double-A yet. Jordan Groshans showed well in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted 12th overall last summer, and Eric Pardinho has gotten some top-100 love after a strong debut in the Appalachian League. Cavan Biggio has MLB bloodlines, but isn’t in the same stratosphere as Toronto’s top two prospects. The Jays also have two of the best-named prospects in baseball, in Orelvis Martinez and Rowdy Tellez.Player to watch: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.It can’t be anyone else. The last three months of the 2018 Blue Jays’ season was a mix of people looking at Guerrero’s stats, yelling about why Guerrero wasn’t in the major leagues yet, or anything else Guerrero-related you can think of. Even now, the first non-hockey headline found on Sportsnet is about Vladito. The rest of the farm system is loaded, and there are a number of intriguing pieces up and down the roster — Marcus Stroman is still a bundle of energy on the mound — but few players around the entire game are must-see TV in the same way that Vlad Jr. will be in 2019.Projected record: 75-87While Vlad Jr. will be up in the majors early and should make life hell for pitchers from day one — Steamer has him projected for a 138 wRC+ in 2019 — he alone cannot fix what ailed Toronto last year. In particular, the Blue Jays couldn’t keep runs off the board. Their 4.85 ERA was fourth-worst in the AL, and only three clubs walked more batters than they did. Those numbers should improve in 2019, if only because they will (probably) be healthier, but the Jays have a lot of ground to make up. Looking at run differential, they were more like a 93-loss team last year, giving them that much more ground to make up in the division.Note: This year’s team preview series will look a little different than in seasons past. Instead of running down the entire roster, we’ll be answering questions and hitting the main storylines surrounding each of the Tigers’ opponents, published in the order the Tigers play them, as we move closer to Opening Day. OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics fans will get to see Shohei Ohtani one last time in 2018 at the same venue at which everyone saw him for the first time this season when the Los Angeles Angels close out a three-game series on Thursday afternoon.While Ohtani and the Angels look to win the season series from Oakland, the A’s (91-61) will be trying to avoid losing ground to the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays (85-66) in a suddenly tight race for the second wild-card playoff spot in the American League.The A’s will take the field for the afternoon affair several hours before the Rays begin a four-game road series at Toronto. Tampa Bay has won four in a row Matt Adams Jersey , 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.
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It’s keeping injury free that has been the issue.VerHagen shut down with arm troubleDrew VerHagen isn’t injured Jorge Soler Jersey , per se, but according to Tigers’ pitching coach, Rick Anderson, the rangy reliever is dealing with the dreaded “dead-arm syndrome.” VerHagen, who had thoracic outlet surgery back in 2016, is due for some testing, and the team doesn’t seem to want to get into the subject until they know more. So far, he’s been solid early in Grapefruit League action, and looked bound for a late innings role in the bullpen. A decidedly lifeless performance on Wednesday sparked concerns, however http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , and now we’ll have to wait for news. Hopefully it’s just a minor setback.Cash rules everything around usIn a move to support a new partner, MLB announced on Thursday that game lineups must now be submitted internally to the league 15 minutes before any public announcement is made. The move allows the league’s new partner, MGM, to get the information and set final gambling lines for games without the information being tipped in advance. While expected, it’s the first signal of ways in which legalized sports betting is going to have to be accommodated by the league. The agreement, signed back in November, calls for MLB to supply Trackman and other data to MGM for oddsmaking purposes. In return, the MLB brand will be featured at MGM’s sports books and in their advertising. The deal made Major League Baseball the third major sport partnering with MGM, following in the wake of similar deals with the NHL and the NBA.Around the hornCraig Edwards looks at which teams will carry the most dead money on their payroll in 2019.Paul Sporer tries to identify the next Josh Hader for your fantasy team. Zach Kram tries to assemble a superteam of AL Central players capable of de-throning the Cleveland Indians. The results are depressing. Ben Lindbergh at the Ringer got access to an archive of past Cincinnati Reds’ scouting reports and was able to judge them with hindsight. The two-part series is pretty interesting. Lindbergh also announced that FanGraphs’ managing editor, Meg Rowley Drew Butera Jersey , and former co-host, Sam Miller, will join the beloved Effectively Wild podcast as co-hosts. Baseball is awesomeJoe Jimenez is a master at holding a lot of baseballs in one hand.My kingdom for a great submariner. News and Notes for Saturday, March 30, 2019"Yesterday’s BaseballThere was none in any cold weather city with an outdoor park.Today’s BaseballIndians (Bauer) at Twins (Odorizzi)2:10 p.m.Other Indians NewsIndians ink veteran OF Maybin to Minors deal - Another outfielder to throw against the wall to see if he sticks.Opening Day debut with Tribe dream for Stamets — “Those are the things you try not to lose sight of because you get so consumed with winning the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “You only get one first Opening Day. I’m sure his feet probably won’t feel like they’re touching the ground.”MLB All-Star Game 2019: Cleveland Indians groundskeeper says outfield design ‘will be a surprise’ - cleveland.com - What will the outfield look like at Progressive Field during the 2019 All-Star Game?It's a surprise.Progressive Field has renovations, new food items - The left field porch has now been rebranded as the Miller Lite Porch and will feature branded drink rails and two new Miller Lite bars.Nearly 100 years later, Indians fans continue to honor only player to die during game - Every year before the home opener, it has become tradition to leave items at Lake View Cemetery on the grave of Ray Chapman, a shortstop for the Indians between 1912 and 1920 http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , according to the cemetery's Facebook page.Cleveland Indians: The problem facing owner Paul Dolan –Terry Pluto - cleveland.com - Fans don’t want to hear the game is rigged against them, at least those in smaller markets. But because baseball has no salary cap, that’s the case.Carlos Santana walks back into the open arms of the Cleveland Indians - cleveland.com - “I’d like to end my career here,” said Santana, a couple of hours before the Indians opened the season Thursday against the Twins. “I really would.”Right-hander Adam Plutko, Cleveland Indians’ top sub, strains right forearm - cleveland.com - Still think we have enough starting pitching?Around the LeagueEscalating Quickly? Padres unveil Anchorman mascot raceOver 100 Dominican players on Opening Day rostersGoldschmidt hits 3 homers ina gameFangraphs talks baseball batsAre we watching the best baseball players ever?
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He's posted a 2.67 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 30.1 innings this season Mike Napoli Jersey , the third time in four years he's had an ERA under three.Madson is a 37-year-old veteran with a ton of October experience but is also pitching the worst of the trio. He's been rocked for a 4.57 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 35.2 innings in 2018.None of the three is likely to garner much in terms of elite prospects. Still, bullpen help is necessary in October, and acquiring a couple mid-level prospects that may hit someday could entice the Nats into making a move. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was joking when he told manager Bruce Bochy he absolutely refuses to pitch behind an opener.It won’t happen anyway.San Francisco’s ace lefty is hardly a likely candidate to follow someone else to the mound who works the first inning.“If you use an opener in my game, I’m walking right out of the ballpark,” Bumgarner wrote in a text to Bochy after new team president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in December the Giants were open to the idea.Bochy recalled the message this month during Fan Fest.“Everybody in this clubhouse knows what kind of teammate I am,” Bumgarner said. “Some people may have forgotten that. Not in here. Outside, according to all this being talked about right now with that junk. It’s OK. All I care about is the guys in here, and that’s it. When it comes to the stuff on the field http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , I think they all know what kind of teammate I am.”Cubs manager Joe Maddon is curious to see how many clubs employ an opener strategy, one that proved valuable for Tampa Bay and Oakland last season.“Like Bumgarner said, of course you’re not going to do it with him,” Maddon said. “You’re not going to do it with Jon Lester, you’re not going to do it with probably every guy that we have.”Bumgarner has moved forward from two somewhat forgettable injury-shortened seasons.The 2014 World Series MVP missed nearly three months two years ago after an April dirt bike accident during an off day in Colorado.Then Bumgarner broke the pinkie on his pitching hand when he was hit by a line drive from Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield in his final 2018 spring training start, undergoing surgery to insert pins into the finger. He returned in June and wound up 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 21 starts and 129 2/3 innings.“I’ve already done that,” Bumgarner said of looking toward this season and not behind. “Especially last year. The first one I could have made a better decision. Last year, that’s part of the risk you take standing that close to the hitter. I’m not living in the past, I’m not living in the future Yonder Alonso Jersey , I’m living today. That’s what I do.”He takes more time off during the winter than most, about six weeks, and doesn’t throw off a mound until he arrives at spring training — something he learned from former Giants pitcher Matt Cain when he came up to the big leagues. Bumgarner begins throwing six weeks ahead of camp.“It just makes sense. There’s no need,” Bumgarner said. “If you’re using spring training to get ready for the season then why not use it to get ready for the season.”Last month, Zaidi hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels. Bumgarner might not be the first to reach out. He calls himself “old school” yet also open to new information.“The thing about Madison, this guy’s always trying to get better,” Bochy said. “He does a lot of self-teaching, but he listens, he talks to other players along with of course our coaches. He’s got a knack of figuring it out himself how to get better. He’s open to suggestions.”In April 2012 http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , Bumgarner signed a $35.56 million, six-year deal through 2017 that included $12 million club options for both 2018 and ’19. The Giants exercised his $12 million contract option for this year, if San Francisco fails to contend the Giants could consider trades this summer.“I haven’t thought about that,” catcher Buster Posey said. “I sure hope we’re in a position where it’s out of the question, that’s what I hope is the case and hopefully I don’t have to think about that.”
  14. Urena (6-12 http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , 4.29 ERA) threw seven strong innings against Philadelphia earlier this month. A similar outing could help the Marlins (57-91) avoid a sweep Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Nick Pivetta (7-12, 4.64) will be on the mound for the Phillies in the series finale.Urena notched seven strikeouts and gave up only one run on four hits against the Phillies in a victory Sept. 3. It was part of a strong stretch for the right-hander. He has a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts, which have followed a suspension he received for hitting Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. with his first pitch of the night Aug. 15.Article continues below ...In his last outing, Urena surrendered one run on four hits and three walks across 6 1/3 innings in a win against the New York Mets. He hasn’t lost since Aug. 10.“I think he’s throwing a lot of strikes with his fastballs,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told mlb.com of Urena. “He’s keeping the ball down, and letting it just move. His breaking ball has got a little better shape right now. He’s got some depth to that pitch.”Urena is 2-4 with a 5.23 ERA in 13 career appearances (nine starts) against Philadelphia.The Phillies (76-71) have captured their first series win since early August (which also came against the Marlins at home) by winning the first two games of the set. Philadelphia was winless in its last 12 series entering the weekend, going 11-23 in that span.The Phillies’ postseason hopes are now slim, however. A 5-4 victory Saturday pulled Philadelphia within 6 1/2 games of the Braves in the National League East, and the team is 4 1/2 back of the Colorado Rockies in the National League wild card race.“That’s how we looked at (Saturday), this is an opportunity to gain a game in the standings, but much more importantly, it’s an opportunity to win a series and to demonstrate there’s zero quit in this team. We will fight until the very end,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after Saturday’s win.Pivetta is searching for his first win since Aug. 7. The second-year major leaguer has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts Russell Martin Jersey , but also has not gone deeper than five innings during that stretch.The Washington Nationals plated two runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings against Pivetta on Tuesday.Pivetta is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings in three starts against the Marlins this season. He is 2-2 with a 5.67 ERA in seven career starts against them.Sunday’s game is the final contest between the Phillies and Marlins this season. Philadelphia has won 11 of the first 18 games in the season series. The Phillies have won nine season series in a row against the Marlins, which is tied for the second-longest such streak in the majors. HOUSTON (AP) — Throughout their five-game losing streak, the Houston Astros failed time and again to get a big hit when they needed it.They didn’t have that problem Wednesday night.Evan Gattis and Tyler White hit two homers each, Yuli Gurriel added a two-run shot and the Astros broke out of their offensive slump in a huge way with a 12-1 win over the Colorado Rockies to end their skid.“We needed to have a little fun,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “Obviously, nights like this produce that and the hits produce it. Hitters love nothing more than hits and runs.”Gerrit Cole struck out 12 and the defending World Series champions stopped a nine-game home losing streak with their first win in Houston since July 14, their last game before beginning a 10-game road trip. Houston’s five home runs were a season high, and the run total was more than the Astros managed in their last four games combined.The win, combined with Oakland’s loss to Seattle, helped the Astros extend their lead in the AL West to two games, with a series against the Athletics coming up next to start a nine-game trip.“It’s nice to finish a homestand that was disappointing on a high note,” Hinch said. “Happy flight (Thursday) for a really important and really long road trip.”Carlos Correa Josh Donaldson Jersey , who entered the game 1 for 15 since coming off the disabled list on Friday, added a three-run double for the Astros, who have been struggling to find their offense with AL MVP Jose Altuve on the DL for the first time in his career.“For me at least it was a relief, coming in from the DL … to come out with a double and three RBIs and give us the lead early, I think it was huge,” Correa said.The Rockies had trouble stringing hits together against Cole (11-5), who yielded five hits and one run in six innings to end a three-game losing streak and get his first win since July 14.After managing just three hits in a 5-1 loss on Tuesday, the Astros got going immediately in this one. Alex Bregman hit a leadoff double before Tyler Anderson (6-5) walked the next two batters to load the bases. Correa followed with his double to make it 3-0.Bregman drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second before Gurriel’s homer extended the lead to 6-0.The first homer by Gattis came with two outs in the third to make it 7-0.Cole had allowed just one single with two outs in the fourth when three straight singles, capped by one from Trevor Story, cut the lead to 7-1.White’s two-run shot pushed Houston’s advantage to 9-1 and chased Anderson with one out in the fifth.Anderson allowed a career-high nine runs on seven hits, all for extra bases, in 4 1/3 innings. He remained winless since July 4.“When he missed in the strike zone, he missed down the middle. That’s a bad combination http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey ,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “You’re throwing balls and your strikes are sort of middle. That’s a tough night for Tyler.”Gattis sent one just over the short wall in right field with two outs in the fifth off Harrison Musgrave to put the Astros up 10-1.White added a second two-run homer when he connected off Musgrave with one out in the seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: Hinch said OF George Springer (sprained left thumb) will come off the disabled list Friday when he’s eligible, barring any setbacks between now and then. … Altuve, who has been out since July 25, took batting practice on the field for the first time since he’s been out. Hinch said that was an encouraging step, but he still isn’t sure when Altuve will return. … C Brian McCann, out since June 30 with a knee injury that required surgery, will begin an extended rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.Ks ALL DAYCole’s 12-strikeout performance was the franchise-record 25th game this season in which a Houston pitcher struck out at least 10 batters. The previous record was 24 set in 1968, and the 25 double-digit strikeout games tie several teams for the second-most in AL history. The 1973 Angels hold the record with 32. Cole has 219 strikeouts this season, tied with Boston ace Chris Sale for most in the AL — and the most by an Astros pitcher since Nolan Ryan fanned 228 in 1988.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Jon Gray (9-7, 4.81 ERA) will start against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.33 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Gray is 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his career against Atlanta.Astros: Off on Thursday before Charlie Morton (12-3, 2.88) starts the opener of a three-game series at Oakland. Morton took his first defeat since July 1 in his last start when he allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss to Seattle.
  15. Yusei Kikuchi in reverential silence.Asked what that experience meant Jonathan Lucroy Jersey , the Japanese rookie pitcher paused for a full minute.“Since spring training until now, Ichiro told us that it is a gift for him to play in Tokyo,” Kikuchi finally said through a translator Thursday night. “But for me, he gave me the greatest gift that I can play with him.”Ichiro was showered with cheers and chants while taking his final bow , and the Mariners sent him out with a win by beating the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in 12 innings.On the day Kikuchi pitched well in his big league debut, Ichiro concluded a magnificent career that lasted nearly three decades.The 45-year-old Ichiro went 0 for 4 in the second game of the Major League Baseball season. He got a chance at a storybook ending at the jammed Tokyo Dome when he came up with two outs, a runner on second base and a tie score in the eighth inning, but grounded out.Ichiro, whose pro career began in his homeland in 1992 when he was 18, took his spot in right field to begin the bottom of the eighth. He then was pulled to one more ovation, punctuating his walk with waves , tips of the hat and hugs as cameras flashed all around the park.Ichiro’s teammates met him outside the dugout for a proper send-off in a three-minute tribute. Kikuchi, who worked into the fifth inning, bowed to Ichiro — the 27-year-old lefty was tearing up as he buried his head into Ichiro’s shoulder.“For me it doesn’t get better than tonight,” Ichiro said through a translator. “Nothing can top what happened tonight for me.”In a fitting scene — a passing of the torch, possibly — Ichiro caught a flyball to end the fourth inning and Kikuchi waited for him outside the dugout for a fist bump. Kikuchi could be the next big star from Japan http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , having signed a contact in January that could be worth $109 million over seven years.“I enjoyed myself. I had fun. I wasn’t necessarily nervous. I didn’t shake. I was ready,” Kikuchi said. “I knew it was going to begin at the Tokyo Dome, where my journey as a major leaguer began.”“I wouldn’t say I was excellent, but I as able to play before the Japanese fans. I felt great support from them and I felt lucky.”Kikuchi became the first Japanese-born player to make his major league debut in Japan. Showing a firm fastball and sharp slider, he gave up four hits in 4 2/3 innings.Marcus Semien hit an RBI single on Kikuchi’s 91st and final pitch, making it 3-1. Roenis Elias relieved and got Matt Chapman to hit a comebacker, but first baseman Jay Bruce dropped the throw, allowing a run to score that pulled the A’s within 3-2.Kikuchi, who went to the same high school as Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, signed with Seattle in January after pitching for the Seibu Lions in Japan.Effectively hiding the ball in his delivery, Kikuchi often kept Oakland batters off-balance while striking out three and walking one.Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle’s 9-7 win in the opener Wednesday, beat out a double-play relay with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the 12th.Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, off to their first 2-0 start since opening 3-0 in 2014.Khris Davis hit a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the Oakland seventh to make it 4-all. Davis led the majors with 48 home runs last year and homered Wednesday. Davis struck out with the bases loaded to end the 11th.“It was disappointing. We had our chances,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I felt like a couple of times we had them on the ropes and had a chance to win the game DJ LeMahieu Jersey , and we didn’t. So it’s frustrating.”“You don’t want to come here and lose two games,but we’ll regoup and take a few days off,” he said.Dee Gordon singled off losing pitcher Ryan Buchter to begin the Seattle 12th. He later scored on Santana’s one-out grounder when Semien and second baseman Jurickson Profar were slow on the turn.Zac Rosscup got the win and Hunter Strickland closed for his second save.Ichiro was all smiles as he greeted his teammates after the final out.A 10-time All-Star in the majors, Ichiro got 3,089 hits over a 19-year career in the big leagues after getting 1,278 hits while starring for nine seasons in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a professional record.Ichiro went 0 for 1 with a walk in Wednesday’s opener.A’s starter Marco Estrada allowed three runs in five innings.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: 1B Daniel Vogelbach didn’t start, a day after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch.Athletics: Top A’s pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo will be shut down for four to six weeks because of a strained left shoulder. The 21-year-old was in the mix for a rotation spot.UP NEXTMariners: Back to spring training for the M’s. For the players who didn’t make the trip to Japan, there are exhibition games Thursday night in Arizona against the split-squad Reds and Friday night with the split-squad Angels. Seattle opens the regular season at home March 28 against the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.Athletics: The A’s get a couple days off before resuming exhibition play Sunday at the Coliseum vs. San Francisco. Oakland begins the regular season March 28 at home against Mike Trout and the Angels. Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesWashington Nationals star Bryce Harper found himself in the middle of multiple run-ins with home plate umpire Laz Diaz during Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park, and Washington skipper Dave Martinez wants MLB to look into the situation."I'm not going to make any comments on balls and strikes there, but umpires are supposed to be nonconfrontational. They're supposed to uphold the peace on the baseball field," Martinez said. "For me, I think MLB needs to take a look at that. That's all I'm going to say. I've known Laz for a very long time. I'm not going to throw anybody under the bus, but we're in a pivotal moment of the game, and he's saying things to Harp, and I thought that was uncalled for."The first incident was rather unusual http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , as Diaz stepped out from behind home in the bottom of the fifth inning and said something to the Nationals dugout while pointing at Harper, who had struck out swinging in the top of the frame, in center. As Tom Gatto of Sporting News pointed out, the MASN broadcast picked up some of what Diaz said in the exchange."He needs to cut it out," Diaz said, per Gatto. "You need to talk to him. You need to talk to him. ... You take him or I will, I guarantee you that. ... That's OK, I'll take care of it. ... I'll take care of it."Diaz did not eject Harper鈥攂ut that was not the last of the confrontations.When the 2015 National League MVP stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh, he took issue with Diaz calling a strike on a pitch that appeared to be well outside. As the two exchanged words, Martinez came out to protect his player. Neither Harper nor Martinez was tossed.Harper finished 1-for-5 with one RBI and the one strikeout. Afterward, he discussed what happened."That's my biggest thing this year is I don't want to get tossed. So, I think I go to the edge and then kinda quiet up," Harper said.Harper also said Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers heard what Diaz said.The Braves won the game, 10-5, but chief baseball operator Joe Torre and Co. will certainly have to take a look at what went down on the field in Atlanta on Friday night.