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  1. GLENDALE Alex Gordon Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — an all-fastball session of 20 pitches.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been slowed by left shoulder discomfort.“Good day, good step forward, for sure, and just kind of keep going forward from here,” Kershaw said after throwing to catcher Russell Martin. “Felt great. It was another good day. I’ll take that right now, just keep moving forward from here and start building up.”Los Angeles is not sure whether Kershaw will be available for its March 28 opener against Arizona. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Kershaw showed command and “the feel for what he was doing with the ball was very Kershaw-esque.”“It looked really good, he felt really good,” Friedman said. “He executed extremely well. For this step in the progression, it was everything we could have hoped for. “Kershaw will throw another bullpen and start throwing off-speed pitches soon. He has made eight consecutive opening-day starts but has mixed feelings about the importance of pitching this year’s opener.“Yes, because I have a little streak going and just the history behind it http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , it is pretty cool,” he said. “But no, in the fact that it’s not worth — it’s one game out of, you know, you’ve got to kind of weigh that back and forth.”After stretching and playing catch, including long toss, the 30-year-old Kershaw jogged over to the bullpen, conversed briefly with Martin and threw three pitches while Martin stood.Kershaw then went into full windups as Martin crouched, and 18 of 20 fastballs were exactly to the spot Martin placed his mitt.Afterward, Kershaw disappeared into the clubhouse for a few minutes then emerged to greet several family members, including his young daughter Mike Moustakas Jersey , Cali Ann, who ran into his arms. He picked her up with a huge smile on his face.NOTES: After limited activity for one week because of a lower back strain, Martin is beginning his second week working back to full activity. Martin said he was grateful the Dodgers forced him to rest. While acknowledging he agreed with manager Dave Roberts’ assertion that he can afford to be down a week, he emphasized the importance of working with every pitcher to establish chemistry and communication. “I definitely want to be on the field as much as possible because there are a lot of guys I haven’t really had the chance to work with,” he said. Kershaw is the only Dodgers pitcher who is still on the roster from 2010, the last time Russell played for the Dodgers. … LHP Rich Hill pitched 4 2/3 innings in a minor league game to stretch to five innings and 75 pitches. He struck out four his last five batters. … SS Corey Seager batted second in three consecutive innings of the same game, with a groundout, a sharply hit flyout and a called strikeout. Look, we’re just looking for your opinions."With the recent hot takes going around that the Twins are a possible mystery team connected to Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado, let’s hear your take on how those signings would play out. After all, it’s fun to think about Salvador Perez Jersey , no matter how unsubstantiated those rumors may be. Anything goes — humor, statistical analysis, photoshop, or just your opinion of how they would fit on the team.Do you think the Twins’ outfield is too full for Harper? Think they should trade Sano to make room for Machado? Believe both should sign with the Twins and change their names to Ed? If you want to photoshop Bryce Harper’s head onto that creepy picture of TC hanging out in the old centerfield trees, have at it! Make a fanpost sharing your thoughts between now and Thursday, and we'll round them all up, post it to the front page, and let the masses pick a favorite!
  2. Vlad Jr. will be appointment viewing Dave Winfield Jersey , but the Blue Jays will probably finish below .500 again."have picked a better time to face the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only are they skipping a few potential cold weather dates by opening their season in the domed Rogers Centre, the Tigers will also be avoiding the intimidating bat of one Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. Vladito, as he has already been branded, has yet to play in a major league game. He is, however, the top prospect in baseball, a potentially elite hitter who is an overwhelming favorite to take home the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year Award.But thanks to the current salary structure in MLB, Vladito will not be facing the Tigers to open the year. Nor will he face the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto’s next opponent. 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?
  5. The Washington Nationals have thrown out feelers to teams who may be looking to acquire relief pitching http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , should they decide to become sellers at the trade deadline. Shawn Kelley and Ryan Madson could be on the block ahead of the July 31 non-waiver deadline. All three pitchers are free agents at the end of the 2018 season.The Nationals are currently 50-51, sitting in third place in the NL East. They are seven games behind the Atlanta Braves in the loss column for the second NL Wild Card spot, which has likely led to management considering being sellers at the deadline.Herrera, who was acquired only last month from the Kansas City Royals, is arguably the biggest potential chess piece. He has posted a 1.83 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 41 appearances with the two clubs, saving 15 games in 17 chances.Kelly, 34, is in the midst of a bounce-back year after a miserable 2017. 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.”
  6. 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.
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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.
  8. Olney reported the Chicago White Sox offered Machado a seven-year http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , $175 million deal, while Nightengale confirmed it and noted they made the offer approximately two weeks ago. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com shared the response from Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group, which represents the free agent shortstop:"I have known Bob Nightengale and Buster Olney for many years and have always had good professional relationships with both. But their recent reporting, like many other rumors in the past several months http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , have been inaccurate and reckless when it comes to Manny Machado. I ow if their sources are blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by intentionally misleading them to try and affect negotiations through the public or are just flat out lying to them for other reasons. But the truth is that their reports on the details of the White Sox level of interest in Manny are completely wrong."Jeff Passanreported in December forYahoo Sportsthere was some belief Machado and Bryce Harper would land contracts worth more than $300 million this offseason. This statement from the agent could be a negotiating tactic as Machado's market doesn't appeartobe quite as lucrative as once thought in the early stages of the offseason.ESPN.comnoted the New York Yankees and the four-time All-Star "were so far apart in their conceptual conversations that New York didn't extend an offer." It also pointed out the Philadelphia Phillies are interested in both Machado and Harper, which would leave the one they didn't sign in need of alternative options.It is not very often two 26-year-old, generational talents hit the open market at the same time, and it represents a unique opportunity for teams to sign them long term and reap the benefits of their prime production. It stands in stark contrast to teams signing players in their 30s based on past accomplishments just to see their numbers drop.Machado has two Gold Gloves and drilled 33 or more home runs in each of the last four years as one of the best two-way players in the league.The White Sox have been in rebuilding mode for multiple years and haven't made the playoffs since 2008 Ivan Rodriguez Jersey , but they have young prospects reaching points in their careers where they will start being major contributors. Machado is someone who could put them over the top and make them instant contenders in the American League Central.A seven-year, $175 million deal would be notably affordable for someone like that, and Machado's agent let it be known that may not be the correct number. CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers added bullpen help for the final stretch, acquiring veteran Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox for two minor leaguers on Friday.Cedeno is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 33 appearances after signing with Chicago as a minor league free agent in January. The left-hander is 10-7 with a 3.81 ERA in eight seasons with Houston http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , Washington, Tampa Bay and the White Sox.“We’re just trying to fortify the roster as best we can and give ourselves options and depth for whatever happens in this month,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.Later Friday, the Brewers added a lefty to their rotation Prince Fielder Jersey , acquiring Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers and international slot money.Milwaukee entered Friday holding the second NL wild card spot. The Brewers were third in the NL Central behind the Cubs and Cardinals.The White Sox got outfielder Bryan Connell and right-hander Johan Dominguez in the deal. They also purchased promising reliever Ian Hamilton’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte.The 23-year-old Hamilton had never pitched in the majors. He was a combined 3-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 43 appearances with Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte this season.The 19-year-old Connell batted .239 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs over 48 games with the between the Dominican Summer League Brewers and Advanced Rookie Helena. The 22-year-old Domínguez was 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 23 relief appearances with the Brewers’ Dominican summer and Arizona League teams as well as Helena.
  9. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with tendinitis in his left knee. He joined right fielder Aaron Judge Roger Clemens Jersey , shortstop Didi Gregorius and catcher Gary Sanchez on the DL for the Yankees, who have baseball’s second-best record despite their misfortune.Manager Aaron Boone said he expected Chapman back for the final stretch for the season. Chapman said he hoped he would be ready to pitch again as soon as he’s eligible.“That’s what you hope for — that it’s only 10 days,” the Cuban left-hander said through a translator. “We’ve got to rest and see how the knee reacts.”Chapman said his knee discomfort dates back to May, but this is his first stint on the DL this year. The diagnosis came after he underwent an MRI, and he’ll fly to New York for further examination Friday.“I’m confident he’s going to play a major factor for us down the stretch and hopefully in the postseason,” Boone said. “I do think this is something we’ll be able to manage, hopefully.”Chapman entered Tuesday’s game at Miami in the 12th inning to try for his 32nd save. He walked Isaac Galloway leading off Andrew Benintendi Jersey , threw one pitch to the next batter and then departed.“The pain is not different,” Chapman said. “It’s just that this time around it was more intense. I felt it was a good decision to stop pitching because the intensity was higher.”Tommy Kahnle came on to earn his first save since 2016.In Chapman’s absence, closer duties will be shared by left-hander Zach Britton and right-handers Dellin Betances and David Robertson, Boone said.“Depending on who we’re playing, we’ll kind of mix and match, I would assume, with those three guys Luis Tiant Jersey ,” Boone said. “Obviously when you take a guy like Aroldis Chapman out of your bullpen, that’s a blow, but we feel like we’re equipped to handle it.”The Yankees recalled right-hander Chance Adams from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He or Sonny Gray might start Saturday, when the Yankees play a doubleheader at Baltimore, Boone said. Sunday was good to the public, as the three most popular bets from yesterday all won.Today the public has landed on three more favorites: the Red Sox, Yankees and Angels.Public bettors had a successful Sunday http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey , as all three of yesterday’s most popular MLB plays cashed. Looking to continue that hot streak, the public has once again loaded up on three favorites on Monday’s 13-game slate.>> All odds as of 2:45 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time MLB odds and track your betsBoston Red Sox (-177) at Baltimore Orioles7:05 p.m. ETThe Red Sox have drawn 87% of bettors accounting for 88% of dollars tonight in Baltimore, making them the most popular team on the board. That heavy support has taken them from -166 to -177.Why the public loves Boston: Somehow, the 70-win Sox are only -177 against a team on pace to have the worst record in baseball since 2003. At that price, I’m honestly surprised this percentage isn’t in the 90s.New York Yankees (-270) at Tampa Bay Rays7:10 p.m. ETPublic bettors haven’t forgotten about the other AL East powerhouse either. The Yankees have landed 77% of bets and 87% of dollars thus far to move from -265 to -270.Why the public loves New York: Luis Severino has been the fourth-most profitable starter in the bigs this season. The Yankees have won an incredible 18 of his 20 starts, and bettors have accumulated seven units from those wins.White Sox-Angels Betting Preview: Should You Bet On Baseball鈥檚 Worst Pitcher?Read nowLos Angeles Angels (-205) vs. Chicago White Sox10:07 p.m. ETWith 79% of bettors behind LA, the Angels are tonight’s second-most popular bet. They’ve landed only 44% of dollars Tony Conigliaro Jersey , but have risen a bit from their opening number of -200.Why the public loves LA:聽With a win percentage of .347, the White Sox won’t be attracting many bets regardless of the pitcher they send to the mound. So when they’re throwing the worst pitcher in baseball — Lucas Giolito’s ERA is the highest among qualified pitchers this season — what would you expect?
  10. All-Star starter Aaron Nola as the team opens spring training Wednesday.The Athletic's Ken Rosenthalfirst reportedNola and the Phillies were closing in on a four-year Melky Cabrera Jersey , $45 million extension.ESPN's Jeff Passanreported the two sides were in agreement and the deal includes a team option for a fifth year. Per Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, Nola will earn $16 million in the fifth year if his option is picked up.Nola's performance has certainly warranted a long-term extension, especially over the past two seasons. He still had three more years of team control remaining before hitting free agency.By agreeing to this extension with Nola, the Phillies have bought out as many as two free-agent years. He will still be able to hit the market after the 2023 season at the age of 30.The 25-year-old ranks seventh among all starting pitchers with a 2.89 ERA and eighth with 9.8 wins above replacement since 2017, perFanGraphs.Originally drafted seventh overall by the Phillies in 2014, Nola made his MLB debut the following season. He has since become the ace of their pitching staff after finishing third in NL Cy Young voting in 2018 and making his first All-Star team.Nola will be the anchor of Philadelphia's rotation when this season begins on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves. The former LSU star will look to improve on last year's numbers when he posted a 2.37 ERA with 224 strikeouts in 212.1 innings. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jake Lamb does have his own first baseman’s glove. It just has Paul Goldschmidt’s name on it.Lamb is taking over at first base for the Arizona Diamondbacks, replacing Goldschmidt, who was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in December. He’s still waiting for a new glove with his name stitched on it but he’s taking advantage of one that Goldschmidt gave him.“It’s not a bad glove Jeff Keppinger Jersey , believe it or not,” Lamb said. “I’ve got no ego. I don’t care if someone else’s name is on it.”Goldschmidt also gave Lamb a few pointers on how to handle the switch from third base to first.“He gave me plenty of advice and it’s a matter of me taking what he said and carrying it over into the game,” Lamb said.Lamb has started 449 games over five major league seasons and only two at first. Getting comfortable there may take some time.“I’m a little bit of a perfectionist,” Lamb said this week. “The game’s still moving pretty quick over there. It’s just a matter of getting live game reps rather than controlled ground balls, rather than taking fungoes in practice. It’s just getting used to the game speed. Once the game starts to slow down, which I know it will, but right now as the game’s moving pretty quick, it’s tough to play when everything is moving really quick over there.”On Sunday, Lamb had two ground balls hit to him when there was a runner at first but he did not convert a double play. He thought he could have.“The balls were right at me http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey ,” he said. “At third base, balls right at you, you field in front of you and make the throw. In that play, you want to get around it and make it into a backhand or forehand and then make the throw. That’s something I’m getting used to. I kind of froze on both of the balls.”He did get an out at second base both times. It’ll take time.“This is what spring is for, getting back into the swing of things, getting up to game speed and stuff like that,” Lamb said.Diamondbacks first base coach Dave McKay tried to help in the transition and let Lamb borrow one of his gloves.“That one has a couple years on it so there’s definitely some mileage on that glove,” Lamb said. “I was using it in practice for a little bit then Goldy gave me one of his.”Being quick enough to turn double plays has been tough. Lamb also has to work on his footwork, which will help.“It’s new James Shields Jersey ,” Lamb said. “I knew that it would be a challenge and I know I can handle it so I’m not too worried about it.”There’s more to playing first than just the defense. A lot of first basemen like to chat with umpires, first base coaches and opposing players in game. Lamb’s father told him that’s something he’ll have to work on as well.“I’m not there yet,” Lamb said, laughing. “I’m still focused on positioning and all that stuff. Once you get comfortable over there, you try to keep it as loose as possible. I like to keep it loose, I like to have fun when I play. But now I’m focused on catching the ball.”
  11. Thursday's makeup game against the Washington Nationals.The Chicago Cubs slugger wore his full uniform on the team plane heading to Washington D.C. and called MLB's decision to schedule the game for Thursday "kind of a joke.""I was just kind of having fun throughout a tough stretch in the season http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey ," Rizzo told reporters. "I mean, we're flying into a state of emergency with rain in the forecast. It's kind of a joke, so why not keep joking around about it and just have fun?"The Cubs were originally scheduled to play Washington on Sunday, but the game was rained out. MLB scheduled the makeup for Thursday, rather than at the end of the season, despite the threat of rain due toHurricane Florence."At the end of the day, our front office, our owner, they have our back," Rizzo said. "We're in a long stretch of games. There's people in MLB that have been on the players' side. They understand the human element of it, and they seem not to care at all. So it is what it is. We can sit here and complain about [it] Wil Myers Jersey , or we can joke about [it]. I'll take the joking around fun."The Cubs will travel back to Chicago to host the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Rizzo said he did not bring a change of clothes and will wear his uniform on the team plane back to Chicago.Thursday is the 24th consecutive day the Cubs have a scheduled game. They do not have another off day until Sept. 20, which will give them 30 straight days with a trip to the ballpark."I wish he had said something sooner because we all could have done it," manager Joe Maddon said. "I would have done it in a heartbeat." TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell boosted his Cy Young Award chances with another brilliant outing against the Blue Jays.Snell won his ninth straight start in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory over Toronto on Sunday and boosted his record to 21-5.“I think I’ll be telling my grandkids that I played behind him,” Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said.Tampa Bay remained 7½ games behind Oakland for the AL’s second wild card and would be eliminated with one more loss or win by the Athletics.Snell struck out 11 in 6 2/3 shutout innings, broke the Rays season record for wins set by David Price in 2012 and lowered his ERA to 1.90, the best in the AL.“Everything was good today,” Snell said. “I felt really good, felt in synch with my body.”Snell has not lost since July 12 and is 9-0 with a 1.03 ERA starting his streak with a win at Toronto on Aug. 10. He matched the Tampa Bay record for consecutive winning decisions set by Matt Moore from Sept. 29, 2012, to May 19, 2013.With 175 2/3 innings Rickey Henderson Jersey , Snell trails fellow AL Cy Young candidates such as Houston’s Justin Verlander and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, both of whom have eclipsed 200. That doesn’t matter to Rays manager Kevin Cash.“I think he’s pretty much cemented his case that he belongs, not just in the conversation but right at the top of the list,” Cash said. “He’s been dominant now for a couple of months.”C.J. Cron and Brandon Lowe homered for the Rays, who are 16-5 in September and a major league-best 25-7 since Aug. 19.Tommy Pham reached base three times and scored twice as the Rays improved to 11-5 against Toronto thus year. He walked in the first, singled and scored on Joey Wendle’s two-out double in the fourth, then walked and scored on Cron’s two-out double in the sixth.Cron connected off Joe Biagini in the eighth, his 28th. Jose Fernandez walked Wendle, and Lowe followed with a two-run drive.Snell allowed three hits and walked two. Four relievers followed, including Sergio Romo, who pitched around a pair of singles in the ninth for his 23rd save in 31 chances.Blue Jays rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki (4-5) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings.“I was just trying to keep this thing as close as we could http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey ,” Borucki said.END OF THE ROADTampa Bay finished the road portion of its schedule at 39-42, their best record away from home since going 41-40 in 2014.LEFT IN THE DUSTToronto is 15-36 against left-handed starters.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Kiermaier stayed in the game after crashing hard into the scoreboard making a leaping catch on Randal Grichuk to end the fourth, but was replaced by Austin Meadows in the eighth. Kiermaier said his left shoulder was immediately sore following the play, and the pain got worse when he batted in the seventh. “You don’t want to push anything like that,” Kiermaier said. The two-time Gold Glove winner also made a great catch on Jonathan Davis‘ sinking line drive for the final out of the third, stranding a runner at first.UP NEXTRays: RHP Diego Castillo (3-2 3.25) will open for Tampa Bay as the Rays return home Monday to begin a four-game series against the New York Yankees. RHP Luis Severino (18-8, 3.38) is expected to start for the visitors.Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (7-13, 5.57) starts the opener of the three game series against visiting Houston. Estrada is 0-4 with a 9.43 ERA in his past five starts. LHP Dallas Keuchel (11-11, 3.71) starts for the Astros.
  12. With the first domino of the Major League Baseball trade market set to fall Corey Kluber Jersey , the frenzy leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline will focus on improvements other contenders can make to match the Los Angeles Dodgers.Manny Machado will be a Dodger by the time the All-Star break ends, with a potentially large haul of prospects going back to Baltimore, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.With Machado off the market, teams in need of help at the plate will turn to other trade prospects on struggling teams, while some ballclubs will go after in-demand pitchers.One of the first hurlers off the market could be one of Machado's teammates, and a few fellow All-Stars could be on the move as well for the right price.Below is a look at the latest buzz surrounding the top trade targets with the second part of the regular season in sight. Indians Among Teams Interested in Brad HandBrad Hand is in a similar situation to a year ago, as buzz is circulating around a potential exit from the San Diego Padres after he appeared in the All-Star Game.The 28-year-old is a valuable commodity to teams in need of bullpen help because he is a left-handed reliever.The market for Hand should continue to grow in the coming days and weeks, and the Cleveland Indians could be one team in the mix for him, as ESPN's Jerry Crasnick noted:Jerry Crasnick jcrasnickAdd the #Indians to list of teams with interest in #Padres closer Brad Hand. Hes signed for $6.5M and $7M the next two years, with a $10M club option for 2021. So he could be a nice hedge against Andrew Miller and Cody Allen leaving through free agency. Price very high, though.However, Hand's potential suitors might be turned away by his cost, as he is set to earn $6.5 million and $7 million in the next two seasons.In addition to the Indians, the New York Yankees might be involved in the Hand sweepstakes, as they've checked in on Hand and teammate Tyson Ross, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.Hand has 24 saves in 41 appearances for the Padres, who sit 14.5 games back of the Dodgers in the National League West.Lynne Sladky/Associated PressIn 54 duels against left-handed hitters, Hand conceded eight hits while striking out 26 batters and walking four.Since Hand is under contract for a few years, his situation could differ from other players on the market Ricky Vaughn Jersey , as teams must be willing to take on his deal while giving up prospects to the Padres.However, if teams like the Indians and Yankees feel like it's the right move, Hand won't spend another August in San Diego.Talk Heating Up Around Zach BrittonWith the Orioles expected to offload Machado soon, their next order of business is to find a trade partner for Zach Britton, who, like Hand, remained with his current team despite heavy interest at the trade deadline 12 months ago.According to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli, the interest in the 30-year-old reliever is gaining steam:Brittany Ghiroli Britt_GhiroliWhen Machado is officially traded, Orioles could move quickly on Britton. Interest in him has picked up steam.The market for Britton could be one of the largest in the majors, as Fancred's Jon Heyman noted a handful of teams are expected to pick up negotiations with the Orioles:Jon Heyman JonHeymanWhatever happens with manny (and dodgers lead), phillies are expected to pick up talks regarding Zach Britton. Big market there: cubs, yankees, red sox, maybe astros, indians, dodgers, others.The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Yankees and Indians could be among the potential suitors taking a swing at acquiring Britton.Philadelphia is in desperate need of bullpen reinforcements Michael Brantley Jersey , as it looks to solidify its status on top of the NL East, and it must find a way to improve its roster after losing out on the Machado sweepstakes.The risk involved with trading for Britton is he's coming off an Achilles injury and appeared in 15 games so far this season.However, teams could see that as a plus, as the left-handed reliever is fresh with plenty of meaningful baseball left on the schedule.Since the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians and Cubs possess established closers and the Phillies are relying on a young bullpen, the NL East leader could throw more at the Orioles in an attempt to stave off the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. Phillies in Pursuit of Upgrades Across the DiamondWith the bidding war for Machado not going the way they expected it to, the Phillies will be searching the market for potential additions to their lineup.As we mentioned above, the Phillies are also in the market for pitching, and one of their options could be a former member of the team.Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ, who recorded a save for the American League in the All-Star Game, sits behind Britton on the Phillies' wish list, but there is interest in him, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.Michael Dwyer/Associated PressIn addition to the interest being there from the Phillies, the Blue Jays spent time scouting prospects in the Philadelphia farm system as part of their preparations for potential negotiations, per Salisbury.The 35-year-old, who started his career with the Phillies, is 10-6 with a 4.29 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 19 starts, and he'd be a perfect veteran addition to a rotation headlined by Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta.Don't expect the Phillies to just hunt for upgrades to their pitching staff, as position players will be a priority as well http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-yan-gomes-jersey , especially on the left side of the infield.According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, the Phillies are ready to turn their attention to Mike Moustakas, Eduardo Escobar and other hitters on the market.However, the only problem with a potential deal for one of the sluggers mentioned above is the Phillies would have to juggle their infield rotation, as Maikel Franco currently starts at third base.The move for Machado would've been ideal since he could've taken over for the underperforming players at shortstop.Although it might not be a perfect fit positionally, the Phillies need to bolster their roster, and if a trade for a third baseman comes about, they could always solve the problem by shifting Franco to shortstop.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference. Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe New York Mets agreed to trade veteran second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.The Phillies will send right-handed pitching prospectFranklyn Kilome, who is currently in Double-A, to the Mets. According to MLB.com, Kilome is the Phillies' 10th-ranked prospect.Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalDouble A RHP Franklyn Kilom茅, listed at 6-6, 175 pounds, is the #Phillies鈥?No. 10 prospect, per MLBPipeline. In 19 starts at Reading this season, he is 4-6 with a 4.24. ERA. Per MLB Pipeline, 鈥淧ure stuff-wise, Kilom茅 is as good as just about any pitching prospect in system.鈥滵espite turning 32 in November Kenny Lofton Jersey , Cabrera is sporting the best power numbers of his MLB career. Through 98 games, he's slugging a personal-best .488, while his 18home runs and 58RBI have him on pace to challenge his career highs in those categories (25 and 92, respectively)as well.As the 2018 season went on, it became a matter of when rather than if the Mets would trade Cabrera.New York got off to an 11-1 start before the wheels completely fell off. At 43-57, the Mets are 14games back of the Phillies in the National League East and 11.5games off the final NL wild-card spot.With the Mets out of the playoff race for all intents and purposes, it made little sense to keep a player who's hitting free agency this winter. Cabrera had far more value to New York as a trade asset rather than the everyday second baseman.The Mets could have extended a one-year qualifying offer to Cabrera at the end of the year, thus netting themselves a draft pick if he turned around and signed elsewhere, but the qualifying offer was worth $17.4 million last year. That would have been a steep price to pay for one year of Cabrera's services if he had accepted it and returned to the Big Apple.The allure of acquiring Cabrera for Philadelphiais obvious. If his offense regresses slightly in the second half of the year, he still averaged 16 home runs and 61 RBI with a .261/.321/.425 slash line over his previous five seasons, per Baseball Reference.The Venezuelan has a solid baseline for a middle infielder.While the Mets have used Cabrera exclusively at second in 2018, he can seamlessly shift between second base and shortstop, the latter of which was his primary position for much of his time in the majors.The Philliesdidn't have many options to upgrade their offense, particularly through the middle infield.The asking price for Manny Machado was astronomical compared to what they had to surrender for Cabrera. Likewise, the Cincinnati Reds were in a position to demand more for Scooter Gennett since he's under team control for 2019. Brian Dozier is battling through a disappointing season, thus diminishing his value as a deadline target.Cabrera addresses a clear need for Philadelphia,and he should make an impact over the stretch run.
  13. Toronto Blue Jays in a trade last week.On Monday http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-panik-jersey , Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Donaldson, who hasn't appeared in a major league game since May 28, would embark on a rehab assignment after the DL designation."That's what we're still working on," he told reporters Sunday about a potential return. "Whenever that schedule is finalized between all parties, I'm sure it's going to be addressed, how we're going to move forward."He has already made two trips to the disabled list this season, once near the beginning of the season due to a shoulder injury and once at the beginning of June because of the injured left calf muscle.In what has been an injury-plagued season Willie McCovey Jersey , the former American League MVP is hitting .234/.333/.423 with five home runs, 11 doubles and 16RBI in 36 games.Donaldson proved to be durable early on in his career, as he played in at least 155 games in each season from 2013-16.However, injuries have taken their toll on him the past two seasons, and the timing couldn't be worse. The three-time All-Star is in a walk year and was expected to be among the top free agents on the market this winter.Combine the injuries with the fact he will be 33 on Opening Day 2019, and some teams may be wary of handing him a massive contract in free agency.Once healthy, Donaldson is slated to take over at the hot corner with MVP candidate Jose Ramirez shifting to second base and Jason Kipnis joining the Tribe's outfield rotation. The biggest rivalry in baseball will continue at Fenway Park on Thursday when the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox (75-34) host the New York Yankees (68-38) in a near pick'em divisional matchup at the sportsbooks.Both teams are coming off losses heading into this key four-game series http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-mel-ott-jersey , with six more meetings set to take place over the last two weeks of the regular season.MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -130 favorites (wager $130 to win $100); the total is at 10 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.9-4.1, Red Sox (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Yankees can pay on the MLB linesNew York has a slight edge in the first nine meetings, going 5-4 so far after taking four of the past six, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. The Yankees should also have an advantage in this series-opening pitching matchup with veteran southpaw CC Sabathia (6-4 Hunter Pence Jersey , 3.53 ERA) on the mound.The Yankees have won four of the previous five times the 38-year-old has toed the rubber, with him allowing two runs or less three times during that stretch. Rich Schultz/Associated PressSabathia has also notched a victory against Boston once already this year, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings of an 8-1 win at home on June 29. Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesThe Red Sox have been MLB's best team for a while now, and they have had some success versus Sabathia this season as well. In his first start against the veteran on May 10, they had four runs and nine hits off him in four innings en route to a 5-4 victory.Converted reliever Brian Johnson (1-3, 3.45 ERA) will get the call here with Chris Sale on the disabled list, and he has pitched well lately despite not having anything to show for it. In his last two starts http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-williams-jersey , Johnson has not allowed an earned run in 10.2 innings, with the Red Sox getting outscored 7-1 in a pair of losses. More run support would help him.Smart betting pickBoston leads New York by 5.5 games in the race for the AL East title and owns MLB's best home record, too, at 38-15. The Red Sox have less favorable pitching matchups the rest of the series, so look for them to earn a win right away and relieve some pressure.MLB betting trendsNew York is 2-4 in its last six games on the road.Boston is 4-1 in its last five games.Boston is 14-3 in its last 17 games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.
  14. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — To some http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-molitor-jersey , the Phillies‘ worst-to-first turnaround may be surprising. Eflin allowed three runs in eight strong innings and Carlos Santana had three hits, including one of Philadelphia’s four homers, to lead the surging Phillies to an 8-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.Cesar Hernandez, Nick Williams and Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep for the Phillies (62-48), who won their fourth straight to move 1½ games ahead of Atlanta for first place in the NL East. Philadelphia finished 2017 with a 66-96 mark, 31 games out of first place.Now, they are in a pennant race.“It’s where we should be,” Eflin said. “All we did was win in the minor leagues. We plan on staying here. We don’t plan on going anywhere.”Eflin (8-3) gave up four hits with six strikeouts and no walks to reverse his recent fortunes. The right-hander entered 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA in his last three outings, but started strong on Saturday by retiring the first 12 Marlins before Bour led off the fifth with a towering homer to deep center. The right-hander retired eight of the next nine before a single and Rojas’ two-run shot to start the eighth. Eflin got the next three batters to end his night after just 85 pitches.“Eflin was dynamic,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.The Phillies staked Eflin to a 5-0 lead through three thanks to Williams’ three-run, opposite-field homer to left in the first and Cabrera’s two-run shot to right in the third. It was Cabrera’s first home run for the Phillies, who acquired the veteran infielder from the Mets on July 27 to bolster their offense.“I feel very good,” Cabrera said. “I’m just trying to do my best to help the team win.”After Bour made it a 5-1 game, Santana led off the bottom of the fifth with a 423-foot drive to the second deck.“Santana swinging the bat like tonight gives us incredible confidence,” Kapler said.It was the third homer surrendered by Jose Urena (3-11), who continued his season-long slump after a strong 2017 campaign. The right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings to raise his ERA to 4.66. Urena has struggled even more lately Roger Clemens Jersey , going 1-3 with a 6.40 ERA while giving up 37 hits in 32 1/3 innings over his last seven outings.“We couldn’t stop the long ball,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It kind of deflated us pretty good.”Justin Bour and Miguel Rojas homered for Miami, which has dropped five in a row and nine of 12.“We just haven’t played well enough to win,” Mattingly said. “We have to keep fighting. We have to find who will continue to grind and battle.”HALLADAY HONOREDThe Phillies honored the late Roy Halladay in an emotional pregame ceremony, inducting the two-time Cy Young winner who threw a perfect game and postseason no-hitter during his tenure with the Phillies from 2010-2013 into the club’s Wall of Fame. Carlos Ruiz, Halladay’s battery mate with the Phillies, kissed Halladay’s likeness after unveiling the plaque. Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee poignantly remembered Halladay before Halladay’s wife, Brandy, gave a teary-eyed tribute that ended with a video montage she dedicated to her late husband.“He was a better man than he was a ballplayer,” Brandy Halladay said.Halladay died last November in Florida when the airplane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.BEEN AWHILERojas’ homer was his eighth of the season but first since going deep twice on May 20. It was a span of 209 plate appearances between home runs.HOSKINS’ STREAKRhys Hoskins went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks to extend his career-high on-base streak to 21 consecutive games.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff pitched two perfect innings, striking out two, in a rehab outing Friday with Single-A Clearwater. Eickhoff has been out all season with a right lat strain.UP NEXTMiami swapped starters for the series finale on Sunday afternoon, bumping up RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 4.41) to face Phillies All-Star RHP Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.35) and moving LHP Wei-Yin Chen to Monday’s home game against St. Louis. Straily has lost his last two starts, allowing eight earned runs on 16 hits in 9 1/3 innings. Chen has a 2.18 ERA in eight home starts and a 10.27 mark in nine road games. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The new manager of the Texas Rangers Justin Smoak Jersey , whomever that may be, will have a talented group of 20-something position players who got a lot of experience during a 95-loss season.After deciding who will replace Jeff Banister, general manager Jon Daniels has to find some starting pitchers.The Rangers also go into the offseason awaiting a final decision from future Hall of Fame third baseman Adrian Beltre on if he has indeed played his last game after 21 seasons in the majors with 3,166 hits and 477 home runs. He hit a team-best .273 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 119 games this year. Beltre got huge ovations from fans, teammates and opposing players when taken out midway through games the past two Sundays — in the home finale Sept. 23 and then Sunday in Seattle, where he played five seasons before one year in Boston and the last eight in Texas. His wife and 12-year-old son, who has his own locker next to his dad in the home clubhouse, were in the front row for the season finale.“I don’t know if this is going to be it, but I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Beltre, who turns 40 next April. He is expected to take a week or more to think things over.Shortstop Elvis Andrus, at 30 the team’s longest-tenured player with 10 seasons in Texas, also has a decision to make. He is halfway through a $120 million, eight-year contract that offers him the opportunity to opt out this offseason, or next, and become a free agent.“I’ll go into the offseason and decide what’s best. I love being here. I want to retire as a Ranger. That’s my motivation,” said Andrus http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-marco-estrada-jersey , the only current Rangers player to be part of both of their World Series appearances. “Hopefully the big boy will come back. That will make it a lot easier.”As for the manager, bench coach Don Wakamatsu served in the interim role after Banister was fired with 10 games left and is considered a candidate for the job.The Rangers won the AL West in each of Banister’s first two years (2015-16). They now have consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2005-08, though Daniels said that wasn’t necessarily the manager’s fault when the focus switched to the development of younger players.Seven position players 25 or younger played at least 106 games this season.That includes Jurickson Profar, the likely starting third baseman if Beltre retires. Profar, who at age 19 in 2012 homered in his first big-league at-bat before shoulder issues forced him to miss two full seasons, hit .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIS in 146 games while playing all four infield positions. Joey Gallo, the 24-year-old slugger, had his second 40-homer season in a row.MINOR ACHIEVEMENTWhen Mike Minor signed a three-year contract last offseason, he was coming off a season as a full-time reliever after missing two years because of left shoulder surgery. The 30-year-old lefty went 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 starts. He was the only pitcher to start and finish the season in the Rangers rotation. His 157 innings more than doubled his 77 2-3 in Kansas City last season.REST OF ROTATIONLefty Cole Hamels was traded in July to the Chicago Cubs, and inconsistent lefty Martin Perez likely won’t be brought back. Bartolo Colon, the 45-year-old right hander who became the winningest pitcher born in Latin America, isn’t coming back. Yovani Gallardo was 8-8 with a 5.77 ERA in 18 starts after rejoining Texas in June, right after injured Doug Fister (1-7, 4.50) made his final start.THUMB DOWNNomar Mazara missed a month on the disabled list because a sprained right thumb that still bothered him after returning to the lineup in mid-August. The 23-year-old right-fielder didn’t homer in his last 22 games, and hit 258 overall in 128 games with 20 homers for the third year in a row. He will see hand specialist this week and could have surgery.BALLPARK FAREWELLThe Rangers’ ballpark turns 25 next year, which will be the final season there before moving in 2020 to the new stadium being built across the street. The 2019 farewell season for the current ballpark opens March 28 against the Chicago Cubs — maybe against Hamels or Yu Darvish.
  15. Drafting Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs has always been a little tricky. In 2015 http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-ali-marpet-jersey , I looked like an absolute genius finding a Pro Bowl caliber Doug Martin in the second half of my fantasy football draft. Then, in 2016 I was left scrambling to replace him after spending an earlier pick on him. Still, again I drafted the former Bucs running back in 2017 in the sixth round. We know how that worked out.What about 2018? Is there a running back worth drafting? If so, who is he – or – is there two guys you should have on your radar heading into your league’s draft?Let’s look at fantasy draftable Tampa Bay running backs.*Statistics provided by Pro Football FocusPlayer: Running Back, Peyton Barber (RB50 in 2017)2017 Fantasy Football Statistics:- 423 rushing yards- 3 rushing touchdowns- 2 fumbles- 16 receptions- 114 receiving yards- 0 receiving touchdowns- 86 PPR points (.45 points per opportunity)Last season, some wondered if Peyton Barber would even last on this team. Now, the question is how much of a contributor will be. After carrying the ball just 30 times in the first eleven games of the year, Barber totaled 71 in the final five.Taking over the primary role for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running game he only had one game with 100-yards or more Youth Carlton Davis Jersey , but he also never gained fewer than 50.In his five-game opportunity to prove he had NFL staying power the undrafted back ranked 25th in fantasy scoring. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t assured a roster spot just four months earlier.2018 Fantasy Football Projections:- 374 rushing yards- 2 rushing touchdowns- 1 fumble- 0 receptions- 0 receiving yards- 0 receiving touchdowns- 50.5 PPR points (RB77)Is this disrespect, the presence of Ronald Jones, or a combination of the two? If Barber matches these projections it would mean he’d drop in every statistical category recorded for NFL running backs. Every. Single. One.Now, I’m not saying you should spend your top pick on Barber, but barring injury I don’t see how he’s going backwards.Does this mean he’s draftable? Well, that’s where we get into the weeds a little bit. Right now, the only thing we truly know is Dirk Koetter has no problem using multiple running backs in his offense. In fact, sometimes it seems he’s so fixated on using multiple backs it leads to pulling a hot one to bring in a cold one.So White Peyton Barber Jersey , Barber is going to get touches. But how valuable those touches will be for your fantasy roster is up in the air right now.2018 Fantasy Football Outlook: RB, Peyton BarberBest Match-Up: Week 16 @ Dallas CowboysWorst Match-Up: Week 12 @ San FranciscoWhere to Draft: 10th roundFantasy Playoff Potential: If your league’s championship round is in Week 16 then Peyton Barber has two match-ups against bottom-five fantasy run defenses in the semi-final and final round. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsPlayer: Running Back, Ronald JonesObviously, there are no 2017 fantasy football stats for Jones. However, with the opportunity available to become a three-down back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers combined with his explosive ability, there’s some excitement surrounding what the USC rookie might bring to the field in 2018.2018 Fantasy Football Projections:- 960 rushing yards- 5 rushing touchdowns- 2 fumbles- 27 receptions- 202 receiving yards- 1 receiving touchdown- 179 PPR points (RB28)Four running backs were drafted before Jason Licht added Rojo to Tampa’s mix. But there are five rookies expected to produce higher than him according to PFF’s fantasy projections.Of those four, three were drafted before Jones. Those being Saquon Barkley (NYG), Rashaad Penny (SEA) and Sony Michel (NE).The one newcomer leapfrogging Jones from draft position to fantasy projection is Denver Broncos rookie Royce Freeman.Looking at the four Youth Chris Godwin Jersey , there’s a trend, and it’s play expectation. Outside of Michel in New England, all three of Jones’ fellow rookies ranked ahead of him pre-season are guys expected to get the majority of carries by quite a bit of a gap between them and the next guy.The potential and history the Buccaneers have shown to split carries and spread the running back exposure is certainly playing a part in Jones’ early ADP.2018 Fantasy Football Outlook: RB, Ronald JonesBest Match-Up: Week 16 @ Dallas CowboysWorst Match-Up: Week 12 @ San FranciscoWhere to Draft: 8th roundFantasy Playoff Potential: Jones has the same soft playoff schedule Barber has of course. If he develops into the team’s main running threat by then, you’re going to be happy you grabbed him.Thursday Buccaneers at Chicago Bears Injury Report With the weekend approaching, both teams look to get a clearer picture as to who will be available and improving their chances to play this Sunday. For the Buccaneers, there was no change in status for any of the 7 players listed on the Wednesday report and no new additions. Beau Allen remained as a non participant while Vita Vea, Buccaneers first round pick this year White Chris Conte Jersey , remained limited as he still eyes his first NFL game action after injuring his calf prior to the season. Gerald McCoy and Demar Dotson both were limited and are expected to be fine for this weekends match-up. For the Chicago Bears, the injury report remains bleek for Miller, Cooper and Amukamar, all three of which did not participate for the second day in a row. As a whole, the Bears have a very healthy group heading into the game with a defense led by potential defensive MVP, Khalil Mack.