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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants hoisted the white flag on their 2018 season Saturday http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-scott-kazmir-jersey , scheduling standout catcher Buster Posey for season-ending hip surgery with 31 games still remaining.Down 8 1/2 games in the National League wild-card race after walking off the field following a 5-3 win, the Giants nonetheless will continue to pursue their postseason dream when they complete a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.The decision on Posey came hours after the Giants suffered a back-breaking, 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Friday night in which Posey played the entire 10 innings, watching Texas deny San Francisco a much-needed win with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth after a game-extending error.Article continues below ...Posey’s surgery Monday will be performed in order to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs from his painful right hip.The 31-year-old made himself available Saturday but saw no action in another exciting finish that saw the Giants’ Mark Melancon strand the bases loaded in the ninth after the Giants had blown most of their 5-0 lead the inning before.The win was just the Giants’ third in their last 10 games.“You don’t want to say you’re out of it until you’re out of it,” Posey said. “But, unfortunately, where we are, it makes sense to take care of it right now.”Posey said having the surgery basically one month before season’s end will give him an additional month in the offseason to rehab. He not only plans to be with the Giants for spring training in February but continue to be the primary catcher.Nick Hundley contributed a hit, a run and two walks to Saturday’s win as Posey’s replacement. The start was Hundley’s 46th of the season.Hundley and his teammates will go up against Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.06) in the series finale.The 32-year-old has made 10 previous starts against San Francisco Kurt Suzuki Jersey , going 6-4 with a 3.21 ERA.Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who has led off the first inning with a home run and a double in the first two games of the series, has enjoyed a big-numbers career against Gallardo, going 19-for-55 (.345) with three doubles, two triples and four homers.San Francisco will hand the ball to left-hander Derek Holland (6-8, 3.75), who has made 158 of his 208 career starts for the Rangers.Since leaving Texas after eight seasons for the Chicago White Sox in free agency in 2017, the 31-year-old has faced his former employer twice and gotten bombed both times, running up a 13.50 ERA while going 0-2.Old pal Rougned Odor has been especially rough on Holland, delivering a single and a three-run homer in four at-bats.Odor has homered twice in the series, both times in critical situations. It was his game-tying homer in the ninth inning that extended the series opener and led to a 7-6 win in 10 innings. Then on Saturday http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dansby-swanson-jersey , he blasted a three-run shot to rally the Rangers within 5-3 in the eighth inning, setting up the tight finish. The Cleveland Indians will try to right themselves as they return home to the shores of Lake Erie after dropping the first two games of their American League Division Series to the Houston Astros.The New York Yankees used the power bats of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez to win Game 2 of their series with the Boston Red Sox, and they hope to continue to build on that performance in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.The two American League series will continue Monday after an off-day Sunday. The Astros will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound against Mike Clevinger, and first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. The game will be televised by TBS.The Red Sox will send hard-throwing Nathan Eovaldi to the mound while the Yankees will counter with Luis Severino. The game is scheduled to start at 7:40 p.m., and it will also be televised by TBS.The Indians are minus-115 favorites to win the game and keep the series alive, while the Astros are minus-105 underdogs, per OddsShark. Those betting on the Indians have to risk $115 to win $100, while Houston backers put up $105 to win $100.The Yankees are solid minus-175 favorites to take a 2-1 series edge, while the Red Sox are plus-150 underdogs.The Indians need their big three hitters of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion to get their power bats going. Those three combined for 109 home runs during the regular season.The Astros have done a good job of hitting in the first two games, and there's no reason to think that Alex Bregman Ozzie Albies Jersey , Jose Altuve and George Springer will stop hitting just because they have left Minute Maid Park.The Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season, but they were unable to hold onto their homefield advantage in Game 2. While they were very successful on the road this year, they have to find a way to get to Severino if they are going to return the favor and beat the Yankees on their homefield.The Red Sox will depend on Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts to for their big hits, while Andrew Benintendi has hit the ball well at Yankee Stadium throughout his career.Rick Porcello was originally scheduled to pitch Game 3, but he pitched in relief in Game 1, and manger Alex Cora decided to hold him back a day and have him start Game 4.Eovaldi has allowed one unearned run in 16 innings against the Yankees since the Red Sox acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays this season."We felt like one more day is going to benefit him (Porcello)," Cora said, per Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. "Nate hasn鈥檛 pitched in a while. He鈥檚 rested, had a good week, and we鈥檙e going with him."In the National League http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-foltynewicz-jersey , the Atlanta Braves will host the Los Angeles in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. The Braves edged the Dodgers 6-5 in Game 3 after losing the first two games in Los Angeles.Those two teams will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by FS1. Rich Hill will take the mound at SunTrust Park for the Dodgers while Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to take the mound for the Braves as he attempts to square the series for the Braves.The Dodgers are minus-125 favorites, and the Braves are plus-104 underdogs, per OddsShark.PredictionsThe Indians have the core strength to battle back in the series and win Game 3 of their series with the Astros. Manager Terry Francona has instilled too much pride in this team to get swept, and we expect the Indians will figure out a way to get to Keuchel. Clevinger will do enough to slow down the Houston attack.The Red Sox have a bit of a problem. They may be able to do some damage against Severino鈥攈e was a hot-and-cold pitcher this year鈥攂ut the Yankees should be able to do some damage against the Boston bullpen and it may be difficult for the Red Sox to impact the New York bullpen. Unless the Red Sox get a brilliant effort from Eovaldi and build a lead of three runs or more, the Yankees should win this game.The Braves have a little momentum, and we expect them to send the series back to Los Angeles for a decisive Game 5.
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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants hoisted the white flag on their 2018 season Saturday http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-scott-kazmir-jersey , scheduling standout catcher Buster Posey for season-ending hip surgery with 31 games still remaining.Down 8 1/2 games in the National League wild-card race after walking off the field following a 5-3 win, the Giants nonetheless will continue to pursue their postseason dream when they complete a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.The decision on Posey came hours after the Giants suffered a back-breaking, 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Friday night in which Posey played the entire 10 innings, watching Texas deny San Francisco a much-needed win with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth after a game-extending error.Article continues below ...Posey’s surgery Monday will be performed in order to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs from his painful right hip.The 31-year-old made himself available Saturday but saw no action in another exciting finish that saw the Giants’ Mark Melancon strand the bases loaded in the ninth after the Giants had blown most of their 5-0 lead the inning before.The win was just the Giants’ third in their last 10 games.“You don’t want to say you’re out of it until you’re out of it,” Posey said. “But, unfortunately, where we are, it makes sense to take care of it right now.”Posey said having the surgery basically one month before season’s end will give him an additional month in the offseason to rehab. He not only plans to be with the Giants for spring training in February but continue to be the primary catcher.Nick Hundley contributed a hit, a run and two walks to Saturday’s win as Posey’s replacement. The start was Hundley’s 46th of the season.Hundley and his teammates will go up against Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.06) in the series finale.The 32-year-old has made 10 previous starts against San Francisco Kurt Suzuki Jersey , going 6-4 with a 3.21 ERA.Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who has led off the first inning with a home run and a double in the first two games of the series, has enjoyed a big-numbers career against Gallardo, going 19-for-55 (.345) with three doubles, two triples and four homers.San Francisco will hand the ball to left-hander Derek Holland (6-8, 3.75), who has made 158 of his 208 career starts for the Rangers.Since leaving Texas after eight seasons for the Chicago White Sox in free agency in 2017, the 31-year-old has faced his former employer twice and gotten bombed both times, running up a 13.50 ERA while going 0-2.Old pal Rougned Odor has been especially rough on Holland, delivering a single and a three-run homer in four at-bats.Odor has homered twice in the series, both times in critical situations. It was his game-tying homer in the ninth inning that extended the series opener and led to a 7-6 win in 10 innings. Then on Saturday http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dansby-swanson-jersey , he blasted a three-run shot to rally the Rangers within 5-3 in the eighth inning, setting up the tight finish. The Cleveland Indians will try to right themselves as they return home to the shores of Lake Erie after dropping the first two games of their American League Division Series to the Houston Astros.The New York Yankees used the power bats of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez to win Game 2 of their series with the Boston Red Sox, and they hope to continue to build on that performance in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.The two American League series will continue Monday after an off-day Sunday. The Astros will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound against Mike Clevinger, and first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. The game will be televised by TBS.The Red Sox will send hard-throwing Nathan Eovaldi to the mound while the Yankees will counter with Luis Severino. The game is scheduled to start at 7:40 p.m., and it will also be televised by TBS.The Indians are minus-115 favorites to win the game and keep the series alive, while the Astros are minus-105 underdogs, per OddsShark. Those betting on the Indians have to risk $115 to win $100, while Houston backers put up $105 to win $100.The Yankees are solid minus-175 favorites to take a 2-1 series edge, while the Red Sox are plus-150 underdogs.The Indians need their big three hitters of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion to get their power bats going. Those three combined for 109 home runs during the regular season.The Astros have done a good job of hitting in the first two games, and there's no reason to think that Alex Bregman Ozzie Albies Jersey , Jose Altuve and George Springer will stop hitting just because they have left Minute Maid Park.The Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season, but they were unable to hold onto their homefield advantage in Game 2. While they were very successful on the road this year, they have to find a way to get to Severino if they are going to return the favor and beat the Yankees on their homefield.The Red Sox will depend on Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts to for their big hits, while Andrew Benintendi has hit the ball well at Yankee Stadium throughout his career.Rick Porcello was originally scheduled to pitch Game 3, but he pitched in relief in Game 1, and manger Alex Cora decided to hold him back a day and have him start Game 4.Eovaldi has allowed one unearned run in 16 innings against the Yankees since the Red Sox acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays this season."We felt like one more day is going to benefit him (Porcello)," Cora said, per Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. "Nate hasn鈥檛 pitched in a while. He鈥檚 rested, had a good week, and we鈥檙e going with him."In the National League http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-foltynewicz-jersey , the Atlanta Braves will host the Los Angeles in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. The Braves edged the Dodgers 6-5 in Game 3 after losing the first two games in Los Angeles.Those two teams will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by FS1. Rich Hill will take the mound at SunTrust Park for the Dodgers while Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to take the mound for the Braves as he attempts to square the series for the Braves.The Dodgers are minus-125 favorites, and the Braves are plus-104 underdogs, per OddsShark.PredictionsThe Indians have the core strength to battle back in the series and win Game 3 of their series with the Astros. Manager Terry Francona has instilled too much pride in this team to get swept, and we expect the Indians will figure out a way to get to Keuchel. Clevinger will do enough to slow down the Houston attack.The Red Sox have a bit of a problem. They may be able to do some damage against Severino鈥攈e was a hot-and-cold pitcher this year鈥攂ut the Yankees should be able to do some damage against the Boston bullpen and it may be difficult for the Red Sox to impact the New York bullpen. Unless the Red Sox get a brilliant effort from Eovaldi and build a lead of three runs or more, the Yankees should win this game.The Braves have a little momentum, and we expect them to send the series back to Los Angeles for a decisive Game 5.
  3. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have joined the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group.The Dodgers made the announcement Thursday. The tennis great says Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter and the organization have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field.King says they share a “commitment to equality and inclusion Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team’s efforts in those areas as we move forward together.”Walter says he’s proud to welcome “two trailblazing athletes, social advocates and business women.”King, Walter and CEO Stan Kasten will hold a press conference Friday at Dodger Stadium. King and Kloss also will become part of the ownership group of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.In 2014, King and Kloss co-founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, which addresses diversity and inclusion in the workplace.King grew up a Dodgers fan in Long Beach. Her brother Jose Iglesias Jersey , Randy Moffitt, pitched for 12 seasons in the majors, mostly for the rival San Francisco Giants.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred called King a “true American trailblazer” and “we are excited to have them both join the national pastime.” Rookie Walker Buehler gets the start for the Dodgers, and he's been excellent at home all season. In 74.2 innings at Dodger Stadium spanning 12 starts and one relief appearance, he's posted a 1.93 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 10.1 K/9.The 24-year-old will have the advantage of unfamiliarity on his side Denny McLain Jersey , as second baseman Ian Kinsler is the only player on the Red Sox roster who has faced him before. He went 1-for-2 against him back on July 13 while he was still playing for the Los Angeles Angels.A strong start from Buehler would go a long way toward the Dodgers righting the ship.On the Red Sox side, Rick Porcello gets the start."I'm looking forward to the opportunity," Porcello told reporters. "That's a good ballclub over there. They're versatile, and I'm ready for the challenge."With a righty on the mound, the Dodgers will likely have lefty sluggers Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson in the starting lineup for the first time this series.Cody BellingerStacy Revere/Getty ImagesBellinger won NLCS MVP honors http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-daniel-norris-jersey , but he's gone just 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the World Series.Porcello hasn't pitched since Oct. 17 in Game 4 of the ALCS when he allowed seven hits and four earned runs in four innings.Manny Machado (13-for-38, 2B, 2 HR) has gaudy career numbers against Porcello, so look for him to do more damage in the middle of the Dodgers lineup.Manager Dave Roberts will have a decision to make at second base with Brian Dozier. The veteran has been used largely as a platoon option against left-handed pitching, but he has nine hits and three home runs against Porcello in his career.One way or another, the Dodgers will need to find a way to win this one http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-kirk-gibson-jersey , as a 3-0 deficit would leave the odds overwhelmingly stacked against them.Final Score Prediction:Dodgers 5, Red Sox 3All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted.
  4. KANSAS CITY http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-yolmer-sanchez-jersey , Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez made a young fan’s night by coming through on his promise to hit a home run.A few hours later, a couple kids on the Kansas City Royals hit their own memorable shots.Ryan O’Hearn and Hunter Dozier became the first rookies ever to hit back-to-back home runs to tie and win a game in the ninth inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Friday night.O’Hearn and Dozier went deep off closer Cody Allen leading off the ninth, capping a wild finish that followed an odd game featuring a 30-minute delay when a broken water pipe near Kauffman Stadium’s outfield fountains led to flooding on the warning track.“This is an incredible game, fun to be a part of,” Royals rookie right-hander Brad Keller said. “That ninth inning was so wild. I’ve never seen back-to-back homers to walk off a game. It was crazy. It’s fun. Baseball every day is different. That’s what makes it fun.”It started before the game, when six-time All-Star catcher Perez guaranteed a fan in a wheelchair, Colin Couch, that he would hit a home run after meeting him before the game.After Whit Merrifield opened the game with a walk and Alex Gordon followed with a single Adam Engel Jersey , Perez made good on the promise by smashing a 454-foot, opposite-field home run — the longest by any Royal this season — into Kauffman Stadium’s iconic right field fountains.“We were talking and I said, ‘I’ll hit a homer for you today, OK?'” Perez said. “He was so happy and all that. After I hit a homer I was looking, he was close to my family in the family (seating), so he was excited.”Yonder Alonso socked a two-out, two-run home run off Brandon Maurer to put Cleveland ahead 4-3 in the eighth. Alonso also went deep in the fourth, marking his fifth career multihomer game and second this season.O’Hearn and Dozier then rescued Kansas City from a sixth straight loss with their homers off Allen. O’Hearn, a rookie first baseman http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-davidson-jersey , tied it with a blast into the left field bullpen, and Dozier followed with a wall-scraper to right-center field.“I was just honestly trying to get a fastball to hit,” said Dozier, who has seven home runs. “I wanted to hit it out.”It was the fourth blown save of the season for Allen (4-5), whose ERA climbed to 4.50 in the loss. Wily Peralta (1-0) picked up the victory for the Royals, who were fresh off a four-game sweep at the Tampa Bay Rays.LEAKY SITUATIONThe fountains sprang a leak during the fourth inning. Relievers in the Royals bullpen jumped and yelled to alert game officials and maintenance workers, triggering the stoppage.“I thought I was back in the minor leagues,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Nobody knew what was going on.”As maintenance personnel worked to stop the flow of water, more than a dozen grounds crew members armed with squeegees wicked water from the warning track as it poured from under the fence. They also created a sandbag barrier to keep standing water from reaching the outfield grass.Rookie right-hander Brad Keller shrugged off the unusual delay Lucas Giolito Jersey , which came after Yan Gomes‘ two-out double, and struck out Greg Allen to get of the inning with the lead intact.SEE YAHome plate umpire Ramon DeJesus ejected Royals bench coach Dale Sveum during Brantley’s at-bat leading off the eighth inning. It was Sveum’s 16th career ejection — 10 as a manager, five as an assistant coach and once as a player.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) threw a simulated game. Kennedy hasn’t pitched since July 10 at Minnesota. … RF Jorge Soler (left toe fracture) took some swings against Kennedy during the simulated game. … RHP Jesse Hahn underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow a few weeks ago. It was not a reconstruction, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, but Hahn is expected to be sidelined at least six months. He suffered the UCL strain in March and had worked his way back to Triple-A through the rehab process, which started last month, before the surgery.Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) returned Aug. 3 from the 60-day disabled list, but he’s only appeared in nine games during the last three weeks. Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday that the priority is using Miller in situations when a win is on the line. When he’s not available, it taxes the bullpen — which is down to seven pitchers http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-nicky-delmonico-jersey , including two situational arms. Relief will come when the rosters expand Sept. 1. … RHP Nick Goody has been sidelined with right elbow inflammation since May 3. He will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his elbow “sometime next week,” but the ulnar collateral ligament is intact, Francona said. … RHP Cody Anderson pitched off the mound in Arizona for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in March 2017.UP NEXTTwo-time Cy Young Award winner RHP Corey Kluber (16-6) gets the nod for the Indians in the second game of a three-game series. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two previous starts this season against the Royals, who send rookie RHP Heath Filmyer (1-1) for the 6:15 p.m. first pitch. A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:HILL COUNTRYThe Athletics wrap up their series at Minute Maid Park, trailing the AL West-leading Astros by 1 1/2 games going into the finale. Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA) starts for Oakland, looking to rebound after allowing five runs in five innings against Minnesota in his last outing. Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54) pitches for Houston.TAKE TWOThe Cubs will try to win their seventh in a row — and eighth, too — when they take on the Mets at Wrigley Field.The teams were tied at 1 when their game Tuesday night was suspended in the top of the 10th inning because of rain. Michael Conforto had a 2-0 count leading off the inning when it was stopped. After they resume and finish Reynaldo Lopez Jersey , Cubs rookie Alec Mills will go for his first big league win when he faces Jason Vargas.LEFT(IES) FROM ATLANTAAlex Wood and Mike Minors both made their big league debuts with the Braves, and were teammates together in Atlanta for two seasons. The lefties are now scheduled to face each other in Texas.Minor (10-6) is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts for the Rangers. Wood (7-6), who has been bothered with hamstring and adductor issues this season, got some extra time since his previous start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 20.Minor made his MLB debut with Atlanta in 2010, and Wood in 2013. They were then teammates through 2014 before Minor missed the entire 2015 season because of injury and Wood was traded midway through that season to Los Angeles.HEALINGYankees shortstop Didi Gregorius could begin running in his recovery from a bruised left heel. He took grounders hit right at him before Tuesday night’s game. It remains to be seen whether he’ll need a minor league rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list.
  5. NAGOYA Youth Leonard Fournette Jersey , Japan (AP) — Sosuke Genda hit a three-run triple that chased starter Brian Johnson in a four-run second inning, and Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-1 Thursday for their fifth win in the six-game series.Genda scored on Ryosuke Kikuchi’s sacrifice fly off Erasmo Ramirez at the Nagoya Dome.NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. homered in the eighth against Yu Sato. MLB loaded the bases on singles by Eugenio Suarez, Mitch Haniger and Kevin Pillar, but Sato escaped the one-out jam by striking out Robinson Chirinos and Chris Taylor.Johnson gave up four runs, five hits and a walk, getting just three outs, and was the loser.Winner Shotaro Kasahara struck out four and gave up four hits in 4 2/3 innings, and Yasuaki Yamasaki got three straight outs for his second save.“They play the game the right way,” MLB manager Don Mattingly said of Japan. “They have a lot of hitters who can put the ball in play and give you a lot of looks, and their pitchers have always been one of their strengths.”Japan used the series to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“We used a lot of young players in this series, and it was a valuable experience for them,” Japan manager Atsunori Inaba said. “I hope they use this experience to continue making progress.” ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Against one of the best bullpens in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels treated all of the late innings like they were the ninth and the tactic was rewarded when they rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton hit two-run homers and Albert Pujols reached another milestone as the Angels were forced into comeback mode early on Friday night.With a single in the sixth inning, Pujols recorded his 1 http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/leonard-fournette-jersey-cheap ,000th career hit with the Angels. He became just the ninth player all-time with at least 1,000 hits in each league after getting 2,073 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Four former Angels are on the list: Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson, Vladimir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera.Upton’s two-run shot in the sixth inning off Oakland rookie reliever Lou Trivino proved to be the difference. Trivino (8-2), who had given up more than one earned run just once in his previous 46 outings, lost a game for the first time since June 5.It might have been the sixth inning, but Upton came to the plate with a ninth-inning mentality as the A’s not only had their regular stable of relievers available, they also had newly-acquired right-hander Fernando Rodney for the first time.“They have a strong bullpen with guys that can beat you in many ways,” said Upton, who admitted his plan was to attack the first strike he saw. “You play to your strengths against those guys. Just compete. Those guys are pitching well this year.”Upton hit a two-run home run for the third consecutive game.The Angels trailed 3-0 just four batters into the game. Starter Felix Pena regained his composure and gave up just two more hits and no runs while pitching into the sixth inning.“I felt like in the first inning I was a little overamped so I went back to the video room to watch some video and I was able to make the adjustments,” said Pena, who had a similar slow start in his last home outing on July 29 but never made it out of the opening inning.Los Angeles improved to 8-1 over its last nine home games.Matt Chapman and Khris Davis each hit home runs in the first inning for the A’s, who are now 13-6 since the All-Star break. Chapman hit his 16th homer while Davis’ two-run shot was his 33rd.Oakland starter Brett Anderson gave up two runs on four hits with no walks, but was removed after five innings having thrown just 63 pitches. When asked if A’s starters are growing accustomed to being pulled earlier than usual in favor of a strong bullpen Youth Myles Jack Jersey , Anderson offered a simple “no.”“It’s going to take some getting used to,” Anderson said. “In a tie game in the seventh the last time, you kind of see it. This one was a little early. But we’ve lived and died by our bullpen and those arms are tremendous down there so more times than not we’re going to come out with the victory.”Calhoun connected for a two-run drive in the third, his 16th of the season and 11th over his last 25 games. Calhoun’s 15 home runs since June 18 lead the American League.Calhoun had just one home run and was batting .145 over 50 games when he went to the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. In the 44 games since he has returned, he has hit 14 of his 15 home runs, with 34 runs scored and 35 RBIs.Jim Johnson (4-2) retired the only batter he faced for the win. The Angels used three more pitchers in the ninth, with Blake Parker getting the final out for his 11th save.“(The bullpen) came in and made pitches and it was a great job,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “After that first inning, this game could go south in a hurry when you give up a three-spot. But Felix got his bearings and the bullpen was exceptional.”Rodney made his A’s debut, striking out a batter during a perfect seventh inning. Rodney was acquired Thursday in a trade from the Minnesota Twins. One plan for Rodney is to use him to help ease the heavy workload on Trivino.“We won’t have to potentially use Lou for more than one inning,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve used him quite a bit where he has to come in and clean up an inning and go back out for the next inning, which is really tough to do.”RODNEY ARRIVESMelvin says Rodney doesn’t have a set role. Instead, Melvin expects to mix and match his late-inning relievers in a stacked Oakland bullpen.“More than anything, it probably allows us to not overuse a Lou Trivino, to not overuse a Yusmeiro Petit http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/myles-jack-jersey-cheap ,” Melvin said. “As much as we use our bullpen on certain days, we’re not afraid to move guys to the back end of the bullpen if a (Blake) Treinen or (Jeurys) Familia needs time off, so it just makes us better.”Rodney had 25 saves for the Twins in 46 appearances with a 3.09 ERA, but the closer job will still belong to Treinen.VLAD THE HALL OF FAMERThe Angels honored new Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero with an on-field pregame ceremony that pushed back first pitch about a half hour. Guerrero, who made quick introductory speech at Cooperstown last month, was even quicker when he spoke to the crowd in both English and Spanish on Friday.“His forte is to not go up there and spew accolades about himself, and I think it makes him all the more special,” Scioscia said. “He was so beloved by his teammates because when he was playing, he was the best player on the planet but . never talking about himself. He was a special talent.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Mike Trout was put on the 10-day disabled list with an inflamed right wrist. Scioscia expects his All-Star center fielder to return on Thursday when his DL stint ends.UP NEXTA’s: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-2, 2.87 ERA) will take the mound Saturday in the middle game of the series, carrying the sixth lowest ERA in the American League since his contract was selected June 25.Angels: RHP Tyler Skaggs (8-7, 3.34) is expected to make his return from the disabled list Saturday, having not pitched since July 31 because of a left adductor strain.
  6. KANSAS CITY http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-sonny-gray-jersey , Mo. (AP) — Heath Fillmyer used a hockey mentality to get a baseball milestone Wednesday night.Fillmyer allowed three singles over seven innings for his first major league win, Adalberto Mondesi and Drew Butera each drove in three, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-0.Anthony Rizzo drilled Fillmyer (1-1) with a line drive on the left heel on his third pitch, but Fillmyer stuck around and didn’t allow another hit until David Bote and Tommy La Stella singled with one out in the seventh inning.“Did I see it?” Fillmyer said. “I felt it. It felt like a hockey puck off the boot. Coming up, I played a lot of hockey. I knew I had to walk it off a little bit. It shook right off and felt pretty good after that. I didn’t try to think about it to let it bother me.”Royals manager Ned Yost let the right-hander stay in to face left-handed Kyle Schwarber with two out and two on in the seventh, even though lefty Tim Hill was warming in the bullpen. Fillmyer got Schwarber to pop up.“Normally a young pitcher in the seventh inning, you don’t want to put them in a position to lose the game,” Yost said. “I made my mind up he was going to pitch through it. This is his first big league win if he’s going to get in trouble, he’s either going to win it or lose it himself in the seventh inning.”Mondesi belted a 2-0 pitch from Jose Quintana for a three-run homer in the seventh. It was Mondesi’s fourth home run and his first since July 15, a span of 42 at-bats.Butera hit a two-run, two-out double with the bases loaded in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly during a four-run eighth.Jorge Bonifacio, who entered hitting .103 in his past 16 games, Brett Phillips and Hunter Dozier each had two hits and a walk and combined to score seven runs. Bonifacio had an RBI double in the eighth Luis Severino Jersey , while Phillips contributed an RBI triple.Quintana (10-8) dropped to 3-10 in 25 starts against the Royals. He was removed after Mondesi’s homer, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks.“Quintana pitched well up until the seventh there when he gave up those runs,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Two walks got him in trouble. Butera gets it down the line. Other than that, you like to believe you’re going to score more than zero runs and we didn’t.”The Royals snapped a six-game losing streak.DARVISH UPDATECubs RHP Yu Darvish threw a 33-pitch bullpen with his velocity reaching 93 mph.“He looked loose and free to me,” Maddon said. “I thought it was a really good day, no negatives.”Darvish, who the Cubs signed to a six-year $126 million contract in February, has missed 69 games. He last pitched on May 20. Maddon said he anticipates Darvish will throw one more bullpen, and if he has no setback, would go on a minor league rehab assignment.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: IF-OF Ben Zobrist (sore hip) was out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game in fifth inning. “Just a little bit sore, just precautionary,” Zobrist. “Let’s rest it and get back to it. It should be no problem at all Friday.”Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) said he felt no discomfort the day after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen. He is scheduled to throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen Friday while mixing in more offspeed pitches.UP NEXTCubs: After a day off, RHP Kyle Hendricks will start Friday against the Nationals at Wrigley Field.Royals: Continue interleague play with a series beginning Friday against St. Louis. RHP Burch Smith will start the opener. CLEVELAND (AP) — Alex Cobb looked a lot better than his major league-leading 15 losses.Cobb pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in five years http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-aaron-hicks-jersey , and the Baltimore Orioles snapped Cleveland’s six-game win streak with a 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday.Cobb (4-15) struck out three and walked one in his fourth career complete game. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 69 for strikes, while going the distance for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, for Tampa Bay against Oakland.Cobb, who signed with Baltimore in spring training, lost five straight starts in July and has taken some responsibility for the Orioles having the worst record in baseball.“It was tough early on in the season dealing with the failures,” he said. “Not only as a team, but me personally and feeling like I really contributed poorly to that first half. You try to pick yourself up and build on some positives.”Cobb retired his first nine batters. He made his biggest pitch of the game when Melky Cabrera bounced into an inning-ending double play with the tying run on third in the seventh.The 30-year-old Cobb has allowed three runs or less in each of his last seven starts. He threw seven innings against Tampa Bay and Boston in his previous two outings.“I don’t want to say I told you so, so I won’t,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “But Alex, the split’s been solid for him. He made a lot of big pitches.”Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer in the third for Baltimore. Rookie Cedric Mullins hit his first major league home run in the eighth.Francisco Lindor’s RBI single and Michael Brantley’s sacrifice fly cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-2 in the sixth.Cleveland right-hander Adam Plutko (4-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus to step into the rotation for Trevor Bauer, who is out with a stress fracture in his right leg.The Orioles jumped in front in the third Aaron Judge Jersey , taking advantage of a mistake by the Indians. With one out and a runner on first, Mullins pushed a bunt past the mound that was fielded by first baseman Yonder Alonso. He turned to make the throw to first, but no one covered the bag. Mullins beat Jason Kipnis, running from second base, to the bag for the infield hit.Villar then drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for his third homer since coming over in the July 31 trade that sent infielder Jonathan Schoop to Milwaukee.Lindor opened the fourth with an infield hit for Cleveland’s first baserunner, but Jose Ramirez bounced into a double play.Ramirez drew a leadoff in the seventh and took third on Alonso’s one-out single. Cabrera, swinging at the first pitch, then hit a slow roller to the right side that was turned into a quick double play, prompting Cobb to pump his fist as he headed to the dugout.Indians manager Terry Francona didn’t fault Cabrera for being aggressive.“You hate to ever tell a hitter to take,” Francona said. “We felt like we were in a great place, but eventually we weren’t.”The Indians retired Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s No. 25 before the game, drawing a crowd of 35,003 for Cleveland’s eighth sellout of the season.“That’s such a tough lineup Gleyber Torres Jersey , especially in this ballpark on Jim Thome Day,” Showalter said. “I kept waiting for Thome to come out on deck.”MEMORABLE MOMENTMullins homered to right off Neil Ramirez. He received a royal welcome when he reached the dugout.“It was awesome,” he said. “The seeds getting thrown in my face, I’ve never had that happen before. I think one got me in the eye a little bit. But it was fun to be able to get the first one out of the way.”LIFE IN THE MAJORSPlutko is in his sixth stint with the Indians this season. He has gone through the ups and downs of being sent from the big leagues to the minors, and the right-hander believes it has been a learning experience.“There’s adjustments to be made,” he said. “The pitch I threw to Villar, maybe I get a popup in Triple-A. Here it goes for a home run.”ORIOLES MOVEBaltimore claimed outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from Seattle and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in three games with the Mariners this season.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: INF Jhan Marinez (strained right hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on Monday.Indians: OF Tyler Naquin (right hip surgery) might return in late September. He has progressed to riding a stationary bike and could begin running drills soon.UP NEXTOrioles RHP Yefry Ramirez (1-4, 5.40 ERA) makes his ninth start and 10th appearance of the season in Sunday’s series finale. RHP Mike Clevinger (8-7, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland.
  7. Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesNew York Yankees pitcher Lance Lynn couldn't have envisioned a better way to start his time in the Big Apple.Lynn went 7.1 innings in a 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-wieters-jersey , striking out nine and allowing just two hits. According to ESPN StatsInfo, the right-hander is one of five Yankees starters since 1990 to throw seven scoreless innings in his first start for the team.After allowing an infield single to Daniel Palka in the first inning, Lynn sat down 19 batters in order:YES Network YESNetworkLance Lynn has now retired a new career-high 1锔忊儯9锔忊儯 straight White Sox.Hes allowed just 1 hit amp;amp; struck out 9 batters over 7 scoreless innings so far.#YANKSonYES LIVE stream:6ALL6SzYRQ sE24dXM0NKLynn's excellent start came after he pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief of Sonny Gray in the Yankees' 7-5 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 1.The team subsequently demoted Gray to the bullpen, which moved Lynn into the starting rotation.New York left some fans scratching their heads when it acquired Lynn from the Minnesota Twins. The 31-year-old had a 5.10 ERA in 20 starts for the Minnesota Twins and generally didn't look like the same pitcher since undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2015.Of course, it's important to keep Monday's start in perspective. The White Sox are fourth in the American League Central (41-71) and rank 23rd in weighted on-base average (.308), per FanGraphs. Chicago is one of MLB's worst teams and owns a bottom-half offense.Still, the starting rotation is the Yankees' biggest weakness. Fans can be forgiven if they're ready to jump aboard the Lynn bandwagon in the hope he can solve the problem. The red-hot Tampa Bay Rays turn to their second straight “opener” when they go for the sweep of their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at The Trop.Diego Castillo was the reliever starting Saturday’s game as Ryan Yarbrough winning his 14th game of the season in relief. Sunday, it will be Ryne Stanek Joe Blanton Jersey , who faced one batter in relief Saturday and Yonny Chirinos is set up to work the long “relief” stint.Whatever manager Kevin Cash does these days seems to be working.Article continues below ...The Rays are 13 games over .500 for the first time in five years. They have won six of their last seven and 15 of their last 18 overall, have won 10 straight at home and are keeping their long shot wild card hopes alive.“We’re enjoying coming to the field each and every day,” a sizzling Kevin Kiermaier, who had two more hits Saturday, told Rays radio after the 10-5 victory that sent the Orioles to their 101st loss of this dreadful season. “We know that we’re on the outside looking in right now but if we just coming to the field each and every day and playing the way we have been of late, we can make things really interesting if other teams scuffle down the road.“All we can control is us and what we do every day and that’s what we’re focused on right now – and that’s why the results have been so good as of late.”The Rays have outscored the Orioles 24-7 and struck out 25 Baltimore hitters in the first two games of the series.The Rays (77-64) were supposed to have faced former teammate Alex Cobb, who has come on following a 2-14 start (after signing late). But the veteran right-hander has a blister, pushing him back until Tuesday. Instead Howie Kendrick Jersey , left-hander Josh Rogers (1-1, 4.35 ERA), one of three young pitchers acquired from the New York Yankees in the Zach Britton deal, will make his third major league start.Rogers has worked 10 1/3 innings in two starts and has his first big league win under his belt. There had been talk he would be shut down having reached 150 innings for the season, but he will work Sunday.The Orioles, who had been 8-8 against the Rays heading into this series, are steaming toward the club record of 107 losses and sit at 41-101 with 20 games remaining.David Hess, who was hit in the eye with a football prior to Friday night’s game and was seen in the dugout wearing an LSU football helmet after returning from the doctor Sean Doolittle Jersey , worked five innings and took the loss Saturday. He allowed seven hits and six runs — two earned — in falling to 3-10 (two of his wins are against Tampa Bay).A nightmarish first inning in the field – four unearned runs – put the Orioles in the hole Saturday and they never made it back.“I like the way he finished,” manager Buck Showalter told MASN’s post-game show. “We didn’t help him very much. I counted four or five errors – only one on the board – it took him a while to find his step and gain his confidence but I like the way he finished.“He dug himself a pretty good hole but didn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself.”Showalter added, “You can always take something from it but you just gotta not make the same mistakes. It’s a problem that a lot of our guys are having – it’s command of the fastball in the strike zone. You’re trying to go in you leak it out over the middle of the plate, you try and go away and you jerk it middle in. You pay for those things – but we didn’t help him either.”