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  1. Trevor Williams and two relievers combined on a six-hitter http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-ross-stripling-jersey , and the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Saturday night.Josh Bell homered for the second time in three days. Elias Diaz added two hits for the Pirates after coming in as an injury replacement for Francisco Cervelli.The start of the game was delayed for a ceremony honoring home run king Barry Bonds, who became the 10th player in Giants history to have his jersey retired. Several of his former teammates and managers, including Dusty Baker and Jim Leyland, were on hand.Buster Posey and Evan Longoria had two hits apiece for San Francisco. Ty Blach (6-7) allowed four runs over four innings.Williams (10-8) allowed five hits and walked one in seven innings.ROCKIES 3, DODGERS 2DENVER (AP) — Ryan McMahon hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, lifting Colorado to the win.McMahon’s drive off J.T. Chargois (2-4) cleared the right-field wall just above the out-of-town scoreboard. He also hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning of Friday night’s 5-4 victory over the Dodgers.Bryan Shaw (4-5) picked up the victory with an inning of scoreless relief for the Rockies, who moved within 1 1/2 games of their NL West rivals. The Dodgers are tied with the Diamondbacks for the division lead.ATHLETICS 7, ANGELS 0ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien homered twice and Edwin Jackson pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, leading the A’s to the victory.Khris Davis also connected as Oakland won for the eighth time in 10 games. Jackson (4-2) struck out six and walked three in 7 1/3 innings.Jackson got some help from rookie center fielder Ramon Laureano, who made an outstanding defensive play in the third inning. With one out and Eric Young Jr. on first, Laureano raced into the gap in left-center to haul in Justin Upton’s drive. Laureano then completed the double play by uncorking a long throw to first.Los Angeles had won four in a row. Tyler Skaggs (8-8) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings in his first start since coming off the disabled list after being sidelined by a left adductor strain.NATIONALS 9, CUBS 4CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Jon Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs, powering Washington to the win.Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third. He chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1.Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.Lester (12-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.Anthony Rizzo got his 1,000th career hit for the Cubs.MARINERS 3, ASTROS 2HOUSTON (AP) — Ryon Healy had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run for Seattle, and Guillermo Heredia made a spectacular catch to preserve the lead in the eighth inning.It was yet another win in a close game by the Mariners, who have taken three straight from their AL West rivals and improved to 44-17 this season in games decided by one or two runs.With no outs and a runner at first in the eighth, Houston’s Tony Kemp hit a ball to center field that looked sure to drop in. Heredia raced to track it down and grabbed it as he fell to the ground. He threw to first to complete the double play.Wade LeBlanc (7-2) got the win, and Edwin Diaz earned his MLB-leading 45th save in 48 opportunities.Charlie Morton (12-3) yielded three runs in six innings for his first loss since July 1.INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 1CHICAGO (AP) — Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning before getting struck in the right leg by a line drive Yasmani Grandal Jersey , and Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs.Bauer gave up one run and struck out eight before Jose Abreu’s liner leading off the seventh struck him high in the back of his leg. The Indians brought in Brad Hand, ending another dominant start. Bauer is 5-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his past eight outings.Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.White Sox right-hander James Shields (4-14) allowed two earned runs in seven innings. Yoan Moncada homered in the third, but the White Sox committed three errors.YANKEES 5, RANGERS 3NEW YORK (AP) — Rain pouring off his hat, Aroldis Chapman struck out Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded in a steady storm, preserving the Yankees‘ win.Rookie Miguel Andujar hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, helping New York to its fifth victory in six games. Dellin Betances (3-3) got four outs for the win.Chapman took over to begin the ninth and the Rangers tried to rally with a walk and a single. With home plate beginning to turn into a puddle, Chapman hit Adrian Beltre to load the bases with two outs.Chapman fell behind Profar in the count 3-1, then came back to get him to swing through strike three for his 30th save.Chris Martin (1-3) got the loss.RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 0, GAME 1RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 4, GAME 2BALTIMORE (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking two-run drive in the eighth inning, and the Red Sox finished off a doubleheader sweep.In the opener, Boston’s David Price (12-6) struck out 10 over six sparkling innings, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two solo homers.The Red Sox have won nine of 10 to improve their big league-best record to 84-35.Martinez hit his 37th homer in the eighth off Mike Wright (3-1). Martinez leads the majors in homers, RBIs (104) and hits (143).Joe Kelly (4-0) pitched an inning for the win, and Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 34th save.Joey Rickard and Trey Mancini homered for the Orioles, who will try to avoid a four-game sweep on Sunday. Baltimore is 2-13 against the Red Sox this season.Jimmy Yacabonis (0-1) got the loss in Game 1, yielding three runs over 4 2/3 innings.BREWERS 4, BRAVES 2ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the eighth inning for Milwaukee http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-joc-pederson-jersey , and Josh Hader recorded a two-inning save.The Brewers stopped a two-game slide and pulled within two games of the NL Central lead.Milwaukee scored three times in the eighth for a 4-2 lead. Braves reliever Jesse Biddle (3-1) let Christian Yelich reach on an error when he dropped the ball at the bag after catching first baseman Freddie Freeman’s underhand toss. Lorenzo Cain singled, and both runners scored on Moustakas’ double.Corbin Burnes (3-0) got the win, and Hader earned his ninth save in 12 chances.CARDINALS 8, ROYALS 3KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jack Flaherty struck out nine in seven innings, and St. Louis earned its fourth straight win.Harrison Bader and Jose Martinez each hit a two-run homer, helping the Cardinals move seven games above .500 for the first time since June 12. They are 15-9 since Mike Shildt was named interim manager on July 15.Flaherty (6-6) was charged with two runs and three hits. Jordan Hicks got four outs for his third save.Alcides Escobar hit a two-run homer for Kansas City. Danny Duffy (7-11) allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings.PHILLIES 5, PADRES 1SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola pitched six scoreless innings, and Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez homered.Nola (13-3) gave up four hits and lowered his ERA to 2.28 as the Phillies moved one game ahead of second-place Atlanta in the NL East.Franco blasted a 2-0 fastball from Walter Lockett (0-3) into the second balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field in the fourth. Hernandez hit his career-high 10th homer in the fifth.REDS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3CINCINNATI (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart’s two-run double highlighted Cincinnati’s four-run rally in the eighth inning.Archie Bradley (3-4) hit Eugenio Suarez leading off the inning and walked Curt Casali with two outs. Barnhart then lined a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center, and Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto followed with RBI singles off T.J. McFarland.Arizona dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than two weeks. The Diamondbacks also remained in a tie for the NL West lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 3-2 at Colorado.Amir Garrett (1-2) got the final out of the eighth for the win. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.MARLINS 4, METS 3, 11 INNINGSMIAMI (AP) — Bryan Holaday delivered a pinch-hit RBI single with one out in the 11th inning, giving Miami the win.Miguel Rojas led off the 11th with a single off Jacob Rhame (0-2) and moved to second on Magneuris Sierra’s sacrifice. Holaday followed with a grounder past third baseman Todd Frazier that easily scored Rojas.It was Holaday’s second career game-ending hit, both this season, and the eighth walk-off victory for the Marlins. Holaday batted for Javy Guerra (1-0), who pitched the 11th.RAYS 3, BLUE JAYS 1TORONTO (AP) — Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run, helping Tampa Bay to its seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.Diego Castillo (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Sergio Romo worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 22 opportunities.Aledmys Diaz homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of six.Toronto’s Sam Gaviglio (2-5) allowed two runs, one earned Clayton Kershaw Jersey , and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Gaviglio is winless in 14 starts since a May 25 victory at Philadelphia.TWINS 4, TIGERS 3DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut, helping the Twins to the win.Austin was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent Lance Lynn to the Yankees. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.Kyle Gibson (6-9) pitched seven effective innings as Minnesota improved to 2-4 on its seven-game trip.Detroit lost for the seventh time in eight games. Francisco Liriano (3-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.Trevor Hildenberger yielded a two-run homer to Niko Goodrum in the ninth before finishing for his first save of the season. HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer knew something was different about Shohei Ohtani in his second at-bat against the Angels‘ pitcher him in the third inning on Sunday night.“The velocity drop was probably the obvious,” Springer said. “He was throwing 98-99 and then came out throwing 88-92. When it’s that obvious I hope he’s OK.”Springer hit a two-run homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles in Ohtani’s return to the mound.Ohtani (4-2) lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his first time pitching since June 6 because of an elbow strain. Both of the hits he allowed were to Springer — a leadoff single and his two-run shot in the third that made it 2-0.Springer was right about something being wrong with Ohtani. After the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani was dealing with tightness in his back and a sore right ring finger after he deflected a ball off of it in the second inning. But Scioscia doesn’t think either problem should cause him to miss more time.“First two innings were electric. That’s what you expect,” Scioscia said. “Third inning obviously his stuff wasn’t as crisp … there was definitely a drop of velocity but not connected at all to the thing that he had with his elbow before. Hopefully he has good workouts in between and be ready to go next week.”Alex Bregman finished with two hits and his solo homer in the seventh inning pushed the lead to 4-2.Ohtani joined Babe Ruth as the only players in major league history to start 10 games as a pitcher and hit 10 homers in a single season. The rookie, who has 15 homers, missed almost a month after he was injured before returning as the team’s designated hitter on July 3.He threw 49 pitches, striking out two and walking two.“I gave up that two-run shot so I failed to do my job as a starting pitcher,” he said in Japanese through an interpreter. “So, that’s a disappointment right there. Body-wise, I really can’t say much at this point. I will wait until (Monday) to see how my body reacts. As of now my body feels fine.”Houston starter Gerrit Cole (13-5) allowed six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings for his third straight win after losing three in a row. He struck out nine to move past teammate Justin Verlander (240) and into first place in the American League with 243 strikeouts. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.After Springer’s single in the first, Ohtani walked Carlos Correa with two outs, but he struck out Tyler White to end the threat. He pitched a 1-2-3 second inning before Tony Kemp drew a walk to start the third. Springer then sent a 77 mph slider into the Crawford Boxes in left field with two strikes for his first homer since Aug. 5.“He’s been teetering on that a little bit over the last couple weeks and every hitter needs to feel a little bit of success no matter the work they’re putting in,” manager A.J. Hinch said of Springer. “So tonight he put it all together and really did a nice job at the top of the lineup.”Jose Altuve grounded out after that and Ohtani was replaced by Jim Johnson.Jose Fernandez got things going for the Angels in the fourth with a single before Cole plunked Taylor Ward. Fernandez advanced to third on a passed ball by catcher Martin Maldonado. White grabbed a grounder hit by Francisco Arcia and threw home in time to beat Fernandez for the first out of the inning.The Angels cut the lead to 2-1 when Jefry Marte grounded into a force out that scored Ward and left Arcia out at second.Springer doubled on a ball that was just inches away from being a home run to start Houston’s fifth. The Astros pushed the lead to 3-1 later in the inning when Correa drew a bases-loaded walk.Ward singled with no outs in the sixth before a one-out single by Marte. Cole struck out Eric Young Jr. and was replaced by Tony Sipp, who walked Kole Calhoun to load the bases. Joe Smith took over and hit David Fletcher with a pitch to send a run home and cut the lead to 3-2 before Correa made a nice catch on a ball hit by Mike Trout to end the inning.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: LF Justin Upton was out of the lineup with a concussion after he was injured Saturday night. The injury came when he slid to avoid a collision with Andrelton Simmons when the two were tracking a pop up in the fifth inning. He is listed as day to day.K’s ALL DAYCole and Verlander are the first teammates to have 240 or more strikeouts each since Kerry Wood (266) and Mark Prior (245) did it for the Chicago Cubs in 2003. The last teammates in the AL to pile up that many K’s were Nolan Ryan (327) and Frank Tanana (261) for the Angels in 1976.UP NEXTAngels: Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.76 ERA) will come off the disabled list to make his first start since March 31 when Los Angeles opens a three-game series at Texas on Monday. Shoemaker, who had surgery on his right forearm in May, is 4-2 with a 5.68 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers.Astros: Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.58) is scheduled to start for Houston in the first of three games against the Twins on Monday. Keuchel allowed eight hits and three runs in six innings of a 5-4 win over Oakland in his last start but did not factor in the decision.
  2. BOSTON (AP) —Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title.The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season.The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022.In his rookie season as a major league manager Domingo Santana Jersey , Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons.He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday.“We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.”Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in search of new direction for the club when he fired former manager John Farrell after back-to-back Al Division Series losses in 2016 and 2017.After the historic regular season, Cora then steered Boston past the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs before downing the Dodgers in the World Series.“For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field,” Cora said in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.”During Boston’s run Cora got the best out his young talent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts. They shined in player-centric approach in which Cora encouraged an aggressive hitting mentality, lots of hit-and-runs and active running of the bases.Cora also the most out of his pitching staff, which included clutch performances in the postseason by Chris Sale and David Price. Neither pitcher had logged a playoff victory as a starter prior to this season.Price had a tough time acclimating to Boston’s rugged sports environment during his first two seasons of the seven-year, $217 million deal he signed in 2015.He’s found a groove late in the season, pitching the clinching Game 5 of the ALCS to help the Red Sox advance.“Just his demeanor. It doesn’t change Eric Sogard Jersey ,” Price said last month. “I know it’s easy to not change when your team wins 108 games in the regular season. But he hasn’t changed one bit.”A member of the Red Sox’s 2007 World Series title team as a player, Cora was the bench coach on Houston’s 2017 championship team. He learned from manager A.J. Hinch that being close to players would be beneficial.“Talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said in describing his managerial philosophy. “Doing that, you’re going to get the best out of them. People may think that crossing that line is not helpful, but I see it the other way around, and I lived it.”Cora became the first manager from Puerto to guide a team to a championship. It came more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated island, prompting Cora during initial contract negotiations last October to ask the Red Sox to help his people with relief efforts. Ownership responded by sending a chartered plane full of supplies.Days after winning the World Series, they again obliged Cora’s request to take the trophy to his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico. NEW YORK — The last time the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox got together on July 1, Aaron Hicks hit three homers and David Price was roughed up. It added up to an 11-1 rout for the Yankees and both teams exited Yankee Stadium tied for first place in the American League East.It seemed the dogfight for AL East supremacy was on, but the Red Sox gradually pulled away. When the rivals get together Tuesday night for the opener of a three-game series, they will have differing goals.The game was originally scheduled to start in the afternoon but was moved back six hours due to the forecast of heavy rain in New York.Article continues below ...The Red Sox (103-47) will clinch their third straight AL East if they win one game in the series. When they clinch, it will be their fourth in seven seasons since the Yankees last won the AL East in 2012.The Yankees (91-58) will try to prevent the Red Sox from celebrating at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons while attempting to keep their lead in the wild-card race.The reason for the differing goals is because of what unfolded for the teams after their last meeting in New York. It was the last time the Yankees and Red Sox were tied for the lead. Since then, Boston is 47-18 and New York is 37-31.“That would be awesome Keon Broxton Jersey ,” Red Sox ace Chris Sale told reporters in Boston after Sunday’s 4-3 win over the New York Mets at Fenway Park put them on the verge of clinching. “I think we’d all like to do it here, obviously, but we weren’t able to do that.“Going to one of your biggest rivals in the division or in the game and being able to do it there, it will be fun. We’ll enjoy it anywhere we’re at.”The Yankees hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Oakland A’s and can feel fortunate to still have home-field advantage. While the A’s dropped two straight, so did the Yankees, losing two one-run games to the Toronto Blue Jays to continue a stretch of inconsistent performances in the last three weeks.The Yankees are 8-11 in their last 19 games since a 5-3 win on Aug. 29 in Baltimore. That capped a 15-5 run immediately after the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep in Boston over the Yankees to take a 9 1/2-game lead.“First of all, it’s never too late. We’re not even close to too late,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Dellin Betances allowed two runs and four hits in the eighth inning on Sunday. “We’ve got to play better, clearly. We’re not playing our best right now. But the history of this game is littered with stories of teams that went into the playoffs in different scenarios: limping, playing great.“The bottom line is, you’ve got to be playing right when it counts, and don’t mistake that for ‘This is OK,’ but I still believe at my core that we have everyone in that room to do something special.”The Yankees have been getting healthier in recent weeks with the return of Gary Sanchez (groin) and Didi Gregorius (heel). It’s possible that Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist) could return to the lineup Tuesday and closer Aroldis Chapman (left knee) could also return at some point in the next few days.The Yankees activated Judge on Friday since there are 40-man rosters, but all he has done was play two innings in right field Friday.Without being able to pencil Judge into the starting lineup since he was hit by Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis, the Yankees are 26-22 http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-zach-davies-jersey , including 14-12 at home. During those games, the Yankees are batting .234 (365-for-1,562).“Every team goes through it,” Judge said. “Right now, you don’t want to go through it, especially when it’s late like this, but we’ve still got plenty of baseball left to get hot.“It’s all about what team is hot. If we can get hot here in the last two weeks and take that into the playoffs, we’re going to be in a good position.”Mookie Betts will likely play for the Red Sox on Tuesday and be the starting designated hitter. He injured his left side making a throw and exited Sunday’s game as a precaution.“You know, I was just coming out of it for precautionary (reasons), just to make sure it didn’t get any worse,” Betts said. “But it checked out to be just fine.”Former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for the Red Sox. He is 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA since being acquired from Tampa Bay just before the non-waiver trade deadline.Eovaldi last pitched a week ago as a reliever when he allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-2 win over Toronto. He faced the Yankees on Aug. 4 and allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings of a 4-1 win.J.A. Happ, who missed the series in Fenway because of hand, foot and mouth disease, starts for the Yankees. He is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA in eight starts for New York.Happ remained unbeaten as a Yankee when he allowed six hits in six scoreless innings during a 7-2 win on Sept. 10 at Minnesota.The veteran left-hander is 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 career appearances against Boston.Boston leads the season series 8-5. The rivals close out the regular season next weekend with a three-game series at Fenway.
  3. Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco Chris Sale Jersey , of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday, will start the Indians‘ final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.Carrasco isn’t expected to go more than 70 or 80 pitches, as manager Terry Francona wants to keep the 31-year-old right-hander fresh for his start in Houston.“We need to get Carlos ready,” Francona said.Article continues below ...Trevor Bauer will follow Carrasco to the mound. The Indians have yet to decide whether Bauer will be used as a starter or reliever in the postseason.Carrasco’s last appearance came as a reliever Sept. 25, a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Carrasco in that game relieved Bauer in the fifth inning, as the two starters were getting limited work in preparation for the postseason.In that relief stint, Carrasco pitched four scoreless innings on one hit before giving up a walk, three consecutive singles and three runs in the ninth inning. In 4 1/3 innings overall, he allowed three runs and four hits, with eight strikeouts and four walks.“Carlos was very good until the ninth inning,” Francona said.Carrasco’s last win came Aug. 28. He is 0-3 with a 3.62 ERA in five appearances (four starts) since.His last start against Kansas City, his only outing against the Royals this year Steven Wright Jersey , came in his second start of the season, a 3-2 win on April 6. In that game, Carrasco pitching six innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. In 23 career appearances (18 starts) against the Royals, Carrasco is 10-6 with a 3.55 ERA.The Indians go into Sunday’s game with a record of 90-71. It’s the third time in team history that they have had three consecutive seasons with 90 or more wins. The other two times were from 1999-2001, and from 1950-1955.The Indians’ starting lineup Sunday will probably be the one they use in Game 1 of the Division Series against Houston, which will include Jason Kipnis in center field.Kipnis was moved from second base to the outfield after the Indians traded for third baseman Josh Donaldson at the end of August.Donaldson’s arrival pushed Jose Ramirez from third to second base, and Kipnis from second to center field, where he’s played well offensively and defensively. Kipnis is hitting .275 as a center fielder after hitting .228 while at second base.“He looks more comfortable out there in center. He looks pretty good,” Francona said.The Royals (58-103) will conclude the season with left-hander Eric Skoglund on the mound. Skoglund (1-5, 5.40) will make his 13th start of the season. He missed three months with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.His last start was an abbreviated one. On Sept. 25 Tyler Thornburg Jersey , he got no decision in a 4-3 Royals win over the Cincinnati Reds. Skoglund pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and giving up one hit but left the game after a long rain delay.Skoglund’s only win of the season came April 28. In nine appearances (eight starts) since then, he is 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA.His last start against Cleveland, on Aug. 27, 2017, was ugly. In 1 1/3 innings, he gave up seven runs and seven hits, with one strikeout and two walks.In two career appearances against the Indians, Skoglund is 0-2 with a 29.70 ERA, having given up 11 runs, 11 hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. NEW YORK (AP) — Wearing red Santa’s helper hats, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz got right to work for the New York Mets — as elves, handing out presents to school kids during the team’s holiday party at Citi Field.A day after the club added the star second baseman and ace closer http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-jackie-bradley-jr-jersey , new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen offered a gift to all Mets fans, too.“We did not make this move to have it be our last move,” Van Wagenen vowed Tuesday.Chimed in Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon: “I think there’s a lot more that’s going to happen.”Still too early to tell if that means something major, such as a swing at free agent slugger Bryce Harper. That was the buzz on radio talk station WFAN, where the seven-player trade with Seattle drew strong, mixed reaction from Mets rooters.Van Wagenen, however, seemed to throw shade on the notion that pitcher Noah Syndergaard was going anywhere. Despite recent speculation the Mets might trade him, the GM said it would take “very special circumstances for us to even consider” swapping Syndergaard.Sporting the No. 24 he wore when he helped the Yankees take the 2009 World Series, Cano said he was pumped to play for the Mets.“Happy to be back in New York,” he said, later adding Roger Clemens Jersey , “win another ring, especially on this side of the city.”The 36-year-old Cano is halfway through a $240 million, 10-year contract — that deal was negotiated by Van Wagenen in his prior job as a player agent. The Mets are responsible for $100 million of the $120 million remaining.An eight-time All-Star, Cano served an 80-game suspension this season after a positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs. Cano said the substance was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic.Wilpon accepted Cano’s “good explanation” for the episode, saying, “I don’t think he’s a drug cheat.”As Cano’s former agent, Van Wagenen was privy to the details of the suspension, but didn’t share them. He pointed out that the penalty wasn’t for PEDs, and said Cano is “motivated more than most people realize.”Cano hit .303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games. He waived his no-trade clause to return to New York and is expected to stay at second base.Diaz led the majors with 57 saves last season. The 24-year-old will fill the void left when the Mets traded closer Jeurys Familia to Oakland last July.Diaz was diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow as a teen, but said the condition has never caused him any trouble.“I think for me, nothing http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-andrew-benintendi-jersey ,” he said.The Mariners initially told the Mets that Diaz wasn’t available. But when the Mets heard he might be included in a trade to NL East rival Philadelphia, they accelerated their efforts.The Mets sent outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects — including former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic — to Seattle for Cano, Diaz and $20 million.“They gave everything for us,” Diaz said.Coming off a pair of sub-.500 seasons, the Mets realize they need to do a lot more. The Mets figure to have cash on hand, with insurance money coming for now-finished third baseman David Wright and big-hitting Yoenis Cespedes, whose return from double-heel surgery is uncertain.Van Wagenen said this trade was not the “end-all move” and the winter meetings starting this weekend in Las Vegas could prove him right.Brandon Nimmo said he already likes the direction the Mets are headed. The outfielder played Santa Claus at the party for 126 grade-school children from Queens, wearing batting gloves as he handed out presents.“We want to win now,” Nimmo said. “That’s the path we’re taking.”
  4. Matt Carpenter was removed from Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals after he was hit by a pitch on the right hand.According to the team Gleyber Torres Jersey , X-rays on Carpenter's hand came back negative, and he was removed "for precautionary reasons."Through April, Carpenter was batting.155 and slugging .274. Since then, the three-time All-Star has been on a tear. For the season Tyler Austin Jersey , he boasts a.277/.389/.592 slash line to go along with a league-leading 33 home runs, 68 RBI and a .981 OPS.His 5.0 WAR leads all position players in the National League, per FanGraphs.The Cardinals have improved following the firing of manager Mike Matheny, but they still have a lot of work to do to return to the postseason for the first time since 2015.The race for the National League Central division title will likely be decided by only a few games Clint Frazier Jersey , and the same goes for the final NL wild-card spots. Even if Carpenter misses a game or two, losing him for any length of time would be a big blow for the Cardinals. Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani hasn't decided if he will undergo Tommy John surgery.Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Ohtani said Friday he will close out the 2018 season as a hitter as he continues to deliberate whether to have elbow ligament reconstruction.Fletcher noted that Ohtani seems "mostly resigned" to having the surgery but isn't certain at this point.On Wednesday, the AngelsrecommendedTommy John surgery for Ohtani after an MRI revealed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament."For now http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey , he's cleared to hit," Angels general manager Billy Epplertold reporters. "I think we saw effectiveness even last night [when he homered] with the ligament being in the situation it's currently in. He is cleared to hit still."That same night, Ohtani went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored in the Angels' 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.The Japan native added he doesn't plan to give up pitching Stephen Piscotty Jersey , via Fox Sports West'sPatrick O'Neal.Ohtani has been terrific in his first MLB season. The 24-year-old is hitting .287/.367/.579 with 18 homers in 247 at-bats. He also has a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 51.2 innings as a pitcher.
  5. The San Francisco Giants finally got their offense going Robbie Grossman Jersey , and they needed it to survive another shaky performance from their bullpen.Buster Posey got four hits, Andrew McCutchen homered against his former team and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-10 on Friday night.“They just started swinging with I think more authority,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.The Giants had lost three in a row and Pittsburgh had won three straight.Posey broke out of a 0-for-13 stretch with his second four-hit game in less than two weeks. All four hits came in the first four innings as the Giants built a 10-2 lead.He’s the first Giants player with four hits through the first four innings of a game since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958.Posey and Alen Hanson each drove in three runs. McCutchen hit a leadoff homer and later drew four walks for a San Francisco team that batted .212 and averaged 2.7 runs over its previous six games.“They were letting it go tonight,” Bochy said. “It was good to see them have some success, I mean we’ve been shut down, we’ve been due for a game like this where we break it open, even though they came back and made it a game. “Francisco Cervelli drove in five runs with three hits for the Pirates. His 11th home run of the season and fourth career grand slam, off reliever Pierce Johnson, closed Pittsburgh within 11-7 in the seventh inning.Adeiny Hechavarria, playing his second game since being traded from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh, went 2 for 2 with a home run.Giants starter Derek Holland (6-8) gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings.A big night from the offense allowed him to be more aggressive.“It’s huge,” Holland said. “The offense is putting in the work, and I’m little bit upset with myself. They put the runs up, I’ve got to keep the momentum on our side.”Clay Holmes (1-2) was tagged for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his third career start.“Our command was pretty inconsistent throughout the evening,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Clayton was so good the last time out. His fastball command was off and that complicates things.”HIGH HEATGiants third baseman Evan Longoria was hit in the back by a 97 mph fastball by Pirates reliever Kyle Crick in the bottom of the seventh. Longoria initially stayed in the game but was pulled in the top of the eighth. Longoria said he felt fine after the game, but wasn’t certain about his playing status for Saturday’s game.“I don’t think he had intent,” Longoria said. “He threw a couple more to the backstop and almost hit (Joe Panik) http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-kyle-gibson-jersey , he just obviously didn’t have a very good feel for where the ball was going tonight.”OFF DAYSPirates OF Gregory Polanco struck out as a pinch-hitter. Manager Clint Hurdle said Polanco will get another rest day in Sunday’s series finale.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: 1B Brandon Belt (hyperextended right knee) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said. If all goes well, Belt could join the team for next week’s series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, which starts Monday. … RHP Johnny Cueto, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, was moved to the 60-day DL. RHP Casey Kelly was selected to the Giants’ Major League roster in a corresponding move before Friday’s game. … RHP Derek Law was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.UP NEXTRHP Trevor Williams (9-8, 3.88 ERA) will pitch Saturday for the Pirates. He has a 2.25 ERA without a decision in two career starts against the Giants. LHP Ty Blach (6-6, 4.28) will pitch for the Giants. MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Colorado Rockies can finally relax on the flight home.Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the 11th inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Sunday thanks to an overturned replay review.Arenado’s 29th homer of the season came off Brewers closer Corey Knebel (2-2) and helped the Rockies avoid a sweep, giving them a sigh of relief after finishing an otherwise tough Midwest trip losers of five of seven.“These games, they’ve been extremely stressful,” Arenado said. “They’ve been tough on us. We needed to win that game.”With Colorado closer Wade Davis struggling, the Brewers rallied for three runs in the ninth off Adam Ottavino in a save situation. Given a second chance, newly acquired reliever Seunghwan Oh closed out the Brewers in the 11th.Scott Oberg (7-0) got the win, allowing a hit erased by a double play in the 10th.Nothing came easy, though.Oh allowed a hit to Travis Shaw to lead off the 11th. After getting Ryan Braun to fly out, Jonathan Schoop singled to put men on first and second.Erik Kratz then hit a grounder, and Schoop was forced out at second. Kratz was initially ruled safe at first Logan Morrison Jersey , but it took 58 seconds to overturn the call on video review, ending the game on the double play.“Didn’t see it, I assume they got it right,” Kratz said. “We have to assume they got it right.”It was Oh’s first save since coming from Toronto in a July 26 trade.Davis, who blew consecutive save opportunities on Thursday and Friday, could only watch Ottavino do the same in a wild ninth inning.“He had some unfortunate happenings around him,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.Trailing 4-1, Mike Moustakas led off with a homer for the Brewers. After an out, Braun reached base on a catcher’s interference call, and with two outs and two strikes, Ottavino threw a wild pitch that Kratz swung at.Kratz reached first on the swinging strikeout, and with new life, Orlando Arcia doubled to score Braun. With Kratz on third, Ottavino uncorked another wild pitch, allowing Kratz to score, tying it at 4-all and sending the game to extra innings.GRAY GREATThe blown save in the ninth erased a sterling performance by Rockies starter Jon Gray.He allowed one run over eight innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out eight Tim Tebow Jersey , including the final three batters he faced. In his last four starts, Gray has dropped his ERA more than a full point to 4.73 by allowing just five runs over 29 2/3 innings.ARENADO’S SPINArenado saved a run in the sixth with some nifty glove work.With runners on the corners and two outs, the third baseman snagged Braun’s chopper moving backward in the hole to his left, then spun and fired a strike to Ian Desmond at first.“You don’t really think about it until you watch the replay,” Arenado said. “It’s hard to impress Bud because he’s been around a long time, but he even said it’s one of the greatest plays he’s ever seen from me.”STREAKING STORYTrevor Story homered for the third straight game with a three-run shot off Brewers starter Wade Miley in the fifth.Story now has four homers over his last three games, including two in Saturday night’s loss, and 24 on the season. In seven games against the Brewers this season, he’s hit seven homers to go along with 18 RBIs.NEW BREWThe Milwaukee Brewers claimed right-hander Jordan Lyles off waivers from the San Diego. The 27-year-old Lyles is 2-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 24 appearances, including eight starts, this season. Brewers general manager David Stearns expects to activate Lyles Tuesday or Wednesday.TRAINING ROOMRockies: Colorado placed RHP Antonio Senzatela (shoulder inflammation) on the 10-day disabled list. The club hopes that RHP Chad Bettis (blister) can come off the DL and take Senzatela’s turn in the rotation Tuesday. OF David Dahl was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Senzatela’s spot on the roster.Brewers: OF Lorenzo Cain and 1B Jesus Aguilar each had scheduled days off, but appeared as pinch hitters.UP NEXTRockies: Colorado hopes left-hander Kyle Freeland (9-7, 3.20 ERA) finally finds success against Pittsburgh when the Rockies open a three-game set against the Pirates on Monday night. Freeland is 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA against Pittsburgh, including allowing five runs in an April 18 loss.Brewers: Milwaukee has a day off on Monday before starting a three-game series against San Diego.
  6. A look at what’s happening around baseball today:Nationals ace Max Scherzer (15-5 http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-hollins-jersey , 2.28 ERA) will try to become the first 16-game winner in the majors when he starts the Sunday night game at Wrigley Field. Owner of three Cy Young Awards, he also leads the majors in strikeouts this year with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs — he’s allowed just one earned run in 11 innings during the first two starts since being acquired from Texas.SALE SETRed Sox ace Chris Sale returns from a two-week stint on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. Manager Alex Cora said the lefty could throw 100 pitches if he’s not too rusty. Sale (11-4) leads the AL with a 2.04 ERA and will try to pitch Boston to a four-game sweep of the Orioles at Camden Yards.WELCOME BACKMets third baseman David Wright is set to play in a minor league game, more than two years since the oft-injured team captain last appeared in the majors. The 35-year-old Wright has been beset by back John Kruk Jersey , neck and shoulder trouble. He’s scheduled to start a rehab assignment by playing five innings in the field for Class A St. Lucie. His last game in the bigs was May 27, 2016 — he had a brief stint in the minors last August before being shut down.WAITINGThe Rockies will see how third baseman Nolan Arenado is feeling, a day after he was out of the starting lineup at Coors Field against the Dodgers. The All-Star third baseman left Friday night’s game with a strained right shoulder. Arenado is hitting .307 with 29 home runs and 82 RBIs http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-greg-luzinski-jersey , and Colorado is hoping he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.MISS HIMThe AL Central-leading Indians have put slugger Edwin Encarnacion on the DL because of swelling in his left biceps. The cleanup man has struggled since being hit on the right hand by Yankees reliever Chad Green before the All-Star break.SWEET SWINGBlue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has hit four home runs in the last four games for Triple-A Buffalo. The 19-year-old son of a Hall of Famer is batting a combined .406 with 18 home runs at four levels of the minor leagues. The Bisons host the Toledo Mud Hens to wrap up the weekend. The Cincinnati Reds won't have the opportunity to hire Joe Girardi as their next manager.Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Girardi will keep his current job as an MLB Network analyst after withdrawing from consideration to be the Reds' skipper.Rosenthal added that David Bell, San Francisco Giants vice president of player development Mike Schmidt Jersey , is now considered the favorite to be hired as Cincinnati's manager.Bobby Nightengale and John Fayof theCincinnati Enquirerreported Wednesday that Girardi, Bell and Brad Ausmus were going to go through a second round of interviews with the Reds.Girardi has been working as an MLB Network analyst throughout the 2018 season. The New York Yankees decided not to renew his managerial contract after leading the team to the American League Championship Series last year.In 11 seasons as an MLB manager with the Yankees and Florida Marlins, Girardi has a 988-794 career record with one World Series title (2009) and was named the 2006 National League Manager of the Year.Bell played four seasons with the Reds from 1985-88. He has previous managerial experience with the Detroit Tigers (1996-98) Mitch Williams Jersey , Colorado Rockies (2000-02) and Kansas City Royals (2005-07). The 67-year-old has a 519-724 career record. He's been working in the Giants front office since October 2017.Ausmus managed the Tigers for four seasons from 2014-17, leading them to an American League Central title in his first year. The team opted not to extend his initial four-year contract after going 64-98 in 2017.The Reds fired Bryan Price last April after getting off to a 3-15 start. Jim Riggleman took over as interim manager and went 64-80 to finish the season.Cincinnati hasn't made the postseason since 2013 and has lost at least 94 games in each of the past four seasons.
  7. OAKLAND Sandy Koufax Jersey , Calif. (AP) — an average team two months ago, a dozen games behind the Houston Astros and closer to the bottom of the AL West than the top.Well, look at the A’s now.Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Athletics kept up their unlikely turnaround, tying Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.“It’s been a nice run for sure,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.Khris Davis, Matt Olson, Josh Phegley and Stephen Piscotty each hit two of Oakland’s team record-tying eight doubles as the A’s won for the sixth time in seven games.The Athletics trailed the defending World Series champion Astros by 12 games following play on June 18, having just reached the .500 mark http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-yasiel-puig-jersey , and were still 10 out on July 10.Houston has lost seven of eight and dropped 12 of 19 since owning a six-game lead on July 24. The next day, reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve went on the disabled list with knee trouble, and the star second baseman is still out.Cahill (5-2) allowed only an infield single by Yuli Gurriel in the second inning. The right-hander struck out seven, walked one and retired 14 straight batters during one stretch.“I was able to attack the zone a little more and got some quick outs,” Cahill said. “The offense came through and made it a lot easier.”Cahill, who was on the disabled list in June because of an Achilles injury, improved to 4-0 over his last six starts, his longest winning streak in five years. He also has won 10 decisions in a row at the Coliseum.“He dominated us Hyun-Jin Ryu Jersey ,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was clearly doing whatever he wanted with the ball. When they got the lead he pitched pretty aggressively and we chased. He controlled the game.”Tony Kemp homered in the ninth for Houston’s only other hit.Phegley had three RBIs and Davis drove in two.Dallas Keuchel (9-10) gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. It’s the most runs he has allowed since giving up six against Toronto on June 27, a span of nine starts.The A’s matched their best record after 123 games since 1992 and are 25 games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 14, 2014. They’re now 15-1-2 over their previous 18 series dating to June 15.Houston’s Alex Bregman walked to lead off the seventh, extending his on-base streak to 38 consecutive road games, the longest such active streak in the majors.Oakland’s Matt Chapman went 0 for 4, ending his 14-game hitting streak and 30-game on-base streak.STREAK REMEMBEREDThe Athletics honored members of the 2002 team that had a 20-game winning streak and was featured in the movie, “Moneyball.” Scott Hatteberg, who hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth for the 20th win on Sept. 4 Jose Fernandez Jersey , always felt then-manager Art Howe got a bum deal in the movie. “The story is seen through Hollywood and they needed a villain. He was not that guy,” Hatteberg said Saturday. “He was never too high or too low. That season was chock full of memories and he was not one for speeches. He stayed calm and that helped us play better.” Howe sent a video message acknowledging the team and fans.PERPLEXED AND PUZZLEDHinch is still not convinced that Ramon Laureano was safe at home in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, despite the play being reversed by replay. “Until I see something with his hand on the plate without the tag I’m not going to like it,” he said before Saturday’s game. “I don’t know fully what they have but we trust they have something because they have to. It feels pretty hollow.” Laureano scored the tying run and the A’s won 4-3 on Olson’s homer in the 10th.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: RHP Chris Devenski struck out three and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning at Triple-A Fresno on Friday night in his second rehab appearance. … C Brian McCann was 1 for 4 in his first rehab appearance with the Grizzlies on Thursday night as the DH. … Altuve is scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Sunday in Tacoma and is expected to rejoin the team next week in Seattle.UP NEXTAstros right-hander Justin Verlander (11-8, 2.52 ERA) faces Athletics lefty Sean Manaea (11-8, 3.44 ERA) in the series finale Sunday. BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo will undergo surgery on his bothersome right knee, ending an injury-marred season that started late and concluded early.Trumbo went on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 20 with right knee inflammation. After visiting several specialists, including one in California on Wednesday http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-martin-prado-jersey , he opted for surgery.“He has seen everyone he needs to see and has not received any differing information,” manager Buck Showalter said.Trumbo will decide where and when to have the procedure within the next few days.The 32-year-old Trumbo started the season on the DL with a right quad strain and did not make his debut until May 1.He played in 90 games, batting .261 with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs.Trumbo hit a major-league leading 47 homers for Baltimore in 2016 before signing a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Orioles.
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He showed up to spring training in February weighing a rumored 293 pounds, perPatrick Reusseof theStar-Tribune.Sano has shown prodigious power in the big leagues, including 18 homers in 80 games as a rookie in 2015 and 28 last season to help the Twins claim the second American League wild-card spot.Minnesota enters Friday's game against the Red Sox with a 48-53 record, seven games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. loves being a spark at the top of the Braves‘ batting order.“It’s part of my personality and the kind of baseball player that I am,” he said through a translator. “That’s the energy I try to bring. The energy is contagious, and I just try to make sure I bring it out there and help everyone win in that way.”Acuna hit his seventh leadoff homer of the season and scored the tiebreaking run in a four-run eighth inning to help NL East-leading Atlanta beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Sunday.The 20-year-old Acuna singled off Steven Brault to begin the eighth, advanced on a bunt and scored from second on a headfirst slide after second baseman Kevin Newman errantly let Freddie Freeman’s hard grounder bounce between his legs and roll into shallow right field.Acuna’s first-inning shot was his 23rd overall and tied the franchise record for leadoff homers that Marquis Grissom set in 1996.The Braves increased their division lead over Philadelphia to four games.Ozzie Albies kept the eighth going, chasing Brault (5-3) with an RBI single to leave the bases loaded. Dovydas Neverauskas’ wild pitch to Dansby Swanson added another run, and Swanson singled to make it a four-run lead.Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings for Atlanta, giving up four hits http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-roberto-clemente-jersey , one run and two walks. He struck out five and has a 1.10 ERA in his last five starts.Jonny Venters (4-1) got the last out of the Pirates’ eighth to earn a win in relief for the second straight game.Brault allowed four hits, one walk and three runs — one earned — in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out two.Acuna went 3 for 4. The dazzling rookie is hitting .346 with 16 homers, 31 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 42 games since he was moved to the leadoff spot. His homer on Nick Kingham’s second pitch glanced off the third-level scoreboard facade in left field.“I’m just trying to do my part by coming out with the same energy and enthusiasm and thankfully the results have been good,” Acuna said.Kingham took the rotation spot of Ivan Nova, who is away for personal reasons, and gave up four hits and one run with four strikeouts in five innings. He did not issue a walk for the first time in his last 12 starts.“He settled in, changed speeds, efficient with his pitches,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was a good outing.”The Pirates have scored just 46 runs since Aug. 12, the fewest in the majors over that span. They went ahead in the first when Teheran issued a pair of two-out walks and Colin Moran had an RBI single.It didn’t take long for Acuna to tie it.“Every time he steps in the box in the first inning it’s like the biggest thing for us Kent Tekulve Jersey ,” Teheran said. “You never know when he’s going to hit a homer, but in his first at-bat it’s like he’s got everyone’s attention, and we’re waiting for that big swing.”DREAM OPPORTUNITYRHP Touki Toussaint will make his second career start when Atlanta begins a three-game series Monday against Boston.Toussaint was chosen over fellow prospects Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright after pitching at least six innings and allowing one earned run in winning his last three starts at Triple-A Gwinnett.The Red Sox lead the majors with 94 wins, are 50 games over .500 and rank first in the majors in runs scored, batting average and slugging percentage. It will be a big jump in competition after the Haitian-American Toussaint won his debut against the struggling Miami Marlins last month.“You dream of this as a little kid,” Toussaint said. “You want to be in the World Series pitching against the best.”HE’S BACKThe Braves announced during the game that they have reacquired OF Preston Tucker from Cincinnati for cash considerations. Tucker was dealt to the Reds on July 30 in the trade that brought OF Adam Duvall to Atlanta. Duvall, who struck out as a pinch-hitter to strand two runners in scoring position in the seventh, is batting .103 with no RBIs in 25 games with the Braves.TRAINER’S ROOMAtlanta RHPs Arodys Vizcaino, sidelined 53 games with right shoulder inflammation, and Jose Ramirez http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-bill-mazeroski-jersey , sidelined 120 games with the same diagnosis, will begin rehab assignments Monday at Gwinnett and then appear Tuesday at Single-A Rome.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Trevor Williams (11-9, 3.30 ERA) will face Matt Harvey (6-7, 4.97) as Pittsburgh opens a three-game series against Cincinnati. Williams has gone 4-2 with a 0.84 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.Braves: Toussaint (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will make his second career start as Atlanta opens a three-game home series against Boston. Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.35) pitches for the Red Sox.
  9. Kevin Cash have reportedly agreed to a contract extension through the 2024 season.According to Marc Topkin of theTampa Bay Times http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-byron-buxton-jersey , Cash had one year remaining on his original five-year contract, plus two option years. As part of the new deal, the Rays will have an option for 2025 as well.The Rays were one of Major League Baseball's most surprising teams this season, as they finished third in the competitive AL East at 90-72.In four seasons as Tampa's manager, the 40-year-old Cash owns a 318-330 (.491) record.While the Rays went just 68-94 in 2016, they went 80-82 in both 2015 and 2017 before finally breaking through with a winning season in 2018.Winning 90 games was impressive, considering Tampa Bay parted ways with several key players prior to the 2018 campaign.First baseman Logan Morrison and starting pitcher Alex Cobb left in free agency, reliever Brad Boxberger and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks Ervin Santana Jersey , third baseman Evan Longoria was traded to the San Francisco Giants, starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi was traded to the Minnesota Twins and outfielder Corey Dickerson was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Tampa also traded former ace Chris Archer to the Pirates during the season.Even so, Cash managed to make the most of an unheralded roster led by potential Cy Young-winning starting pitcher Blake Snell. The 25-year-old left-hander went 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA, but he was one of only two Rays to throw at least 100 innings.Meanwhile, aside from designated hitter C.J. Cron and his 30 home runs, no other Rays player hit as many as 15 homers.Cash often got creative with his lineups, but he also may have changed the way managers will approach pitching for many years to come.Instead of using a starting pitcherto open a game, Cash often began with a reliever dubbed an "opener http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-miguel-sano-jersey ," who would give way to a long reliever after one or two innings.That allowed the Rays to get a platoon advantage at times, and the unorthodox method worked well for a team that was short on overallpitchingtalent.The Rays haven't reached the playoffs since 2013, but the lengthy extension is a vote of confidence that Cash is the manager capable of getting them back to the postseason. The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly the leading contenders to land Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado via trade, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman.Heymanadded that while the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have an "outside chance," talks between the O's and Dodgers are heading "toward the finish line."Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com had reported Monday that Philadelphia was "the most likely destination" for Machado, but Heyman is expecting a deal to get done with the Dodgers this week.The 26-year-old Machado is in the midst of his best season, hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI.The four-time All-Star ison pace for career highs in most major offensive categories, which makes him one of the most highly sought after deadline rentals in recent memory.Since Machado can become a free agent during the offseason Jason Castro Jersey , the team that trades for him will be taking a huge risk in terms of giving up assets in return for what may only be a few months of Machado's services.It may be a worthwhile move for a team like the Dodgers since they hold a half-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West.The National League is weak in comparison to the American League, which means the door is open for several teams to potentially make a deep run.Considering the Phillies and Brewers are also in playoff positions currently, acquiring Machado would not only help the Dodgers, but it would also prevent some of their closest competitors from getting better.Acquiring Machado would likely kick Chris Taylor back to the outfield, giving the Dodgers one of Major League Baseball's most potent infields, as it also includes Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Justin Turner.L.A. has a deep and talented farm system, and although it is unclear who it would need to part with in order to land Machado http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-phil-hughes-jersey ,MLB.comlists outfielder Alex Verdugo, catcher Keibert Ruiz, pitcher Mitchell White, outfielder Yusniel Diaz and pitcher Dennis Santana as some of the Dodgers' top prospects.The Dodgers have been on a roll since some early-season struggles, and while they are a respectable ninth in the league in runs scored and fifth in home runs, Machado would both elevate their offensive potency and likely make them the team to beat in the NL if they aren't already.
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SAN FRANCISCO — and the New York Mets took a step toward getting one back as the clubs prepared for a three-game series that begins Friday night with one still clinging to a sliver of playoff hope.The Giants (67-68) began Thursday — an off day for both teams — seven games back in the National League West and 7 1/2 behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot Ivan Rodriguez Jersey , then fell another half-game back of the Brewers (75-60) after Milwaukee beat the Cincinnati Reds in an afternoon affair.Meanwhile, the Giants learned they’d also lost center fielder Steven Duggar, their hottest hitter of late, for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.Article continues below ...“The timing is awful,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Duggar, who provided difference-making hits in wins over Texas on Sunday and Arizona on Monday. “He was really in a good place.”The three games against the Mets, the fourth-place team in the NL East, provide a short break from a heavyweight-laden September schedule in which the Giants will go up against teams ahead of them in the standings — Colorado, Milwaukee http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-shin-soo-choo-jersey , Atlanta and Colorado again — for 12 straight games starting Monday.The Mets have done a good job playing spoiler while encountering a rough patch of their own schedule. They split four games against the Giants last week in New York as part of an 8-7 run against Philadelphia (3-2), San Francisco (2-2), Washington (2-1) and the Chicago Cubs (1-2).In the meantime, the Mets have been trying to get their own house in order, sending former All-Star third baseman David Wright to the minors in his bid to play this season despite recent neck, back and shoulder surgeries.Wright, who went 1-for-9 in two games for Triple-A Las Vegas this week, has rejoined the parent club in San Francisco, but solely to continue rehab for the time being.“We just haven’t seen that level of consistency of playing on a quantity or quality at this point Prince Fielder Jersey ,” Mets interim general manager John Ricco said this week, indicating that reinstating Wright to the major-league roster — even as they expand Saturday — was no sure thing.“Quite frankly as this point,” Ricco continued, “he hasn’t been able to make some of the benchmarks that were laid out for him (as he began his rehab stint).”Wright hasn’t played in a major-league game since May 2016.Zack Wheeler (9-6, 3.46 ERA), dealt from the Giants to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011, will make his third career start in San Francisco since the trade. He’s 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in the first two.The former No. 6 overall pick of the 2009 draft by the Giants has lived up to the early projections since the All-Star break, a stretch during which he has the second-best ERA in the NL (1.17) in seven starts.He’s 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Giants.Rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez (5-9, 4.42) http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-adrian-beltre-jersey , coming off seven shutout innings in a 5-3 win over Texas last Saturday, is scheduled to open the series for the Giants. He has never faced the Mets. NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees star Aaron Judge took another step in his return from a broken right wrist when he played right field for a couple of innings Friday night.The Yankees activated him from the disabled list before the game against Toronto. The team said he is limited for now to defense and pinch running — still no hitting for the slugger.Judge got a big ovation when he trotted to the outfield for the top of the eighth inning. He had not played since July 26, when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City’s Jakob Junis.The Yankees initially expected Judge to return in about three weeks.“With the roster, it makes some sense to have him available to, if there’s a spot where we can get him in, to run the bases or play some defense,” New York manager Aaron Boone said before the start of New York’s final regular-season homestand. “He’s getting real close to being an option for us.”Judge on Monday took his first on-field batting practice since the injury. Boone said Friday the team is a couple days from making a decision on at-bats for Judge in a simulated game, a step before he will hit in a game. Judge has to take more swings and face higher velocity before he hits in a game.“It’s about hopefully getting him enough at-bats to where he can kind of knock off some of that rust, and hopefully that timing comes back sooner rather than later and he gets in a comfortable place as we head into the final week and into October Nolan Ryan Jersey ,” Boone said.Judge is hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs. The Yankees entered Friday 26-20 since he got hurt, fading from contention in the AL East but on track to earn a wild card. In discussing Judge’s importance in the clubhouse, Boone echoed the old EF Hutton advertising campaign of the 1970s and ’80s.“When Aaron speaks, people listen,” Boone said.Injured closer Aroldis Chapman is to throw another bullpen session Saturday, a simulated game on Monday and then could be activated in the middle of next week, Chapman has not pitched in a game since Aug. 21 because of left knee tendinitis.“I’m feeling really good right now,” Chapman said through a translator. “No pain and nothing.”
  11. NEW YORK (AP) — http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-c.-j.-cron-jersey , loudly. Their manager let things get out of hand. And their backup catcher wound up pitching.“It was an embarrassing day today,” New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said.Not much else to say after the Yankees absorbed the most-lopsided loss in their distinguished, 396-game postseason history, routed by the Boston Red Sox 16-1 Monday night in the AL Division Series.Now down 2-1 and in danger of being eliminated in the best-of-five matchup, they’ll turn to CC Sabathia on Tuesday night in hopes of saving their season. Rick Porcello starts for Boston.“No choice but to flush,” manager Aaron Boone said. “The good thing about today is it’s one game. And as awful of a night as it was for us, we got to turn the page. And tomorrow’s obviously do or die.”Luis Severino looked out of sorts from the start. There was a TBS report that he began to warm up only 10 minutes before the game began, but Boone insisted he had enough time to get ready. Severino also said there was no issue.“I always go to the bullpen 10 minutes before the game,” Severino said. “I warm up quickly.”The game fell apart quickly, too.Severino was tagged for six runs on seven hits and two walks in three-plus innings. Jeered as he walked to the dugout during a seven-run burst in the fourth, it soon was 10-0.By the seventh, the stands had started to empty. The fans who left early missed a bit of history — Austin Romine became just the second position player to pitch in a postseason game.The second-string catcher actually hit 90 mph with his fastball. And he squarely hit Brock Holt’s bat, and the result was a two-run homer in the ninth that gave Holt the first cycle in postseason history.“I was just trying to get it over the plate,” Romine said.Romine joined Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington Jesus Sucre Jersey , who pitched in the 2015 AL playoffs against Kansas City, as non-pitchers to take the hill at this time of year.“No, I didn’t envision myself getting into the playoffs in this role,” he said.Holt’s homer helped the Red Sox post the biggest rout of the Yankees in postseason play, surpassing Arizona’s 15-2 pasting in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series.A sellout crowd arrived early at Yankee Stadium, loudly chanting and cheering even before the teams lined up for pregame introductions. Clearly, no one rooting for the home team expected anything like this.Catcher Gary Sanchez dropped a pitch on a stolen base that set up Boston’s first run. Left fielder Andrew McCutchen was slow to retrieve a hit that proved costly. And Boone was slow to pull a struggling Severino, admitting he could’ve made the move sooner, rather than waiting until Boston loaded the bases in a hurry.“I mean, in hindsight because he didn’t get an out, sure,” Boone said.And when Boone did call for a reliever, he summoned a starter, Lance Lynn http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-jonny-venters-jersey , rather than someone from the deep New York bullpen.Lynn promptly walked Mookie Betts on four pitches to force home a run that made it 4-0, then gave up a three-run double to Andrew Benintendi.“Lance had a little bit of trouble, obviously, coming in there. So it just turned into a really bad inning for us,” Boone said.It was a sharp turnaround for Severino.Severino started New York’s postseason with four shutout innings in the AL wild-card win over Oakland last Wednesday. The performance also alleviated fears in the Bronx — temporarily, anyway — the 24-year-old righty had put past playoff troubles behind him.Instead, coming off a career-high 19 wins, he exited with a 1-2 record and a 6.26 ERA in six postseason starts.“Of course, I’m disappointed,” Severino said. NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Martinez is savoring the final weeks of his major league career — and showing he still has some life in his bat.One loyal Detroit Tigers fan in particular saw that all firsthand Thursday night.Martinez tied the game with a milestone two-run homer in the ninth inning and Niko Goodrum followed with a homer off Dellin Betances to rally the Tigers past the New York Yankees 8-7.The homer was the second of the game for Martinez and gave him 533 RBIs with the Tigers, the most in franchise history for a switch-hitter. Martinez’s first homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, tied him on the list with Billy Rogell.The home runs were the first since July 27 for the 39-year-old Martinez, who said Aug. 15 he expects to retire at the end of the season. He is batting .250 with eight homers and 47 RBIs overall Matt Moore Jersey , which are far off the norms he established in making five All-Star teams.“It’s always great when you do something to help the team win, that’s the bottom line,” Martinez said. “This has been one of the worst seasons of my whole career. I’m just grinding — keep my head high, stay positive until the last day.”One of Martinez’s final big nights as a big leaguer turned into an evening Darren Corea won’t forget. Corea, a 42-year-old Tigers fan from Vancouver, British Columbia, caught the second home run ball.“I was sitting three seats from the camera guy and he’s like ‘Hey, bud, they’re going to want that ball,'” said Corea, who is in New York on business. “I said ‘Really? I’ve been waiting 42 years for a ball.’ Then had a Yankees fan run up to me, he goes ‘I’ll give you 20 bucks if you throw it back on that field.'”Corea held on, and in exchange for the ball, Martinez gave him an autographed bat http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-avila-jersey , posed for a picture and promised to send a signed road jersey once the Tigers return home.The swap with Corea was just one of a handful of sentimental moments enjoyed Thursday by Martinez. After speaking with reporters, Martinez carefully folded into his backpack a jersey he received from Yankees rookie star and fellow Venezuelan native Gleyber Torres.“He knows he’s winding down here and he’s having a ball and he’s enjoying every moment he can — this is a huge moment for him,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The guys just love it. We’re all rooting for him like you can’t believe.”Goodrum’s homer off Dellin Betances (4-4) capped a wild game that featured eight homers — including the 300th career round-tripper for Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton — as well as five lead changes and two ties.Betances had allowed a total of two runs in his past 35 appearances dating to late May, and had never given up two homers in a game.Alex Wilson (2-4) earned the win with a perfect eighth and Shane Greene recorded his 28th save.Jeimer Candelario led off the game with a home run against J.A. Happ, and Ronny Rodriguez also homered for the Tigers.Torres and Luke Voit each hit two-run homers, with Voit’s blast giving the Yankees a 7-5 lead in the seventh.Stanton’s two-run drive off Francisco Liriano in the third, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead, came in his 1,119th game — only Ralph Kiner, Ryan Howard, Juan Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez have hit No. 300 faster.“It was awesome, especially for the game situation,” said Stanton, who also received the ball in exchange for some memorabilia. “Three hundred is always going to be a huge staple for my career when I look back and see highlights.”TRADE TALKThe Yankees http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-darwin-barney-jersey , who began the day 7 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East and 4 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for the top wild card spot, are close to completing a trade for San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen.A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night the Yankees would send infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor leaguer to San Francisco for McCutchen. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn’t finalized.The New York Post first reported the deal.McCutchen is hitting .255 with 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in his first season with the Giants. He could play right field for the Yankees, who have been without Aaron Judge (broken right wrist) since late July.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: SS Jose Iglesias (abdomen) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. INF Dawel Lugo, one of the players the Tigers acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the J.D. Martinez trade last year, was recalled and went 1 for 4 while starting at shortstop in his major league debut.Yankees: C Gary Sanchez (groin) went 0 for 4 while catching all nine innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees hope Sanchez, who has been out since July 24, can be activated Saturday. … SS Didi Gregorius (heel bruise) rested Thursday after hitting and taking ground balls Wednesday. … OF Aaron Judge (broken right wrist) ran and played catch but has yet to swing a bat.UP NEXTTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 4.38 ERA) has received a decision in 10 straight starts. He is 2-3 this month with an 0.73 ERA in his wins and a 6.75 ERA in his losses.Yankees: Major league wins leader RHP Luis Severino (17-6, 3.27 ERA) will look to become the Yankees’ first 18-game winner since 2011, when LHP CC Sabathia finished with 19 victories.
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  13. HOUSTON — Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey , the Astros will on Saturday showcase a second rookie making his first career start since Aug. 26.Right-hander Josh James, the Astros’ sixth-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, will make his big-league debut against the Angels at Minute Maid Park. James has split time between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno this season, combining to go 6-4 with a 3.23 ERA.What earned James, a 34th-round pick by the Astros in 2014, this opportunity is his eye-popping strikeout totals. James has recorded 171 strikeouts over 114 1/3 innings this season, including 133 over 92 2/3 innings with Fresno. He averaged 15.8 strikeouts per nine innings with the Hooks prior to his promotion to the Grizzlies, where he’s fanned 12.9 batters per nine.Article continues below ...James’ fastball previously sat between 92-94 mph. He’s now up to 95-97 mph and occasionally reaches triple digits on the radar gun. He joins left-hander Framber Valdez as ascending prospects to make their debuts for the Astros (82-53) over the past two weeks.“I’m excited to meet him,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’ve never met him. I’ve never seen him in person but our people to a man will tell you his stuff is real, it’s high-end stuff. He’s performed his way to this opportunity.“He’s punching out everybody in the minors. His stuff is creeping up to where now he’s in the mid- to upper-90s. Brian McCann actually caught him on his rehab stint so there’s going to be some familiarity when B-Mac catches him, and he’s just performed his way to the big leagues. The next test for him is going to be at this level. He’s conquered everything else and he’s the best available and has outperformed a lot of pitchers along the way to the top of the list.”Right-hander Felix Pena (1-4, 4.52 ERA) will start for the Angels (66-69) http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/deshaun-watson-jersey , who are seeking to clinch a series victory. He was charged with the loss last Sunday against the Astros in Anaheim after allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. That start was the first of his career against Houston. He has worked six innings in three consecutive starts.With rookie right-hander Shohei Ohtani set to make his first start in nearly three months on Sunday and veteran right-hander Matt Shoemaker poised for reinstatement from the disabled list this weekend, the Angels plan to utilize a six-man rotation for the foreseeable future.Ohtani last pitched on June 6 before suffering a right UCL sprain. Shoemaker has been on the disabled list since April 3 with a right forearm strain. While both are ready to return, they will be limited by pitch counts, which means all hands will be on deck in the Angels bullpen.“With Shohei in, we’re going to be looking at six guys in our rotation but that doesn’t mean all of them are going to get an extra day,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll give a guy an extra day when we feel they need it or when we can do it.“Those two guys are probably going to be short starts so we’re going to need a bunch of guys.” ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has new damage in his pitching elbow and the team says Tommy John surgery has been recommended.A couple of hours before Ohtani hit two home runs against Texas on Wednesday, the Angels said he had an MRI earlier in the day that revealed the problem in his right ulnar collateral ligament.“There’s more questions out there right now than answers. We’ll take it one step at a time,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “There’s a lot of consulting that Shohei will do with doctors and just see what the best course of action is, and we’ll see where we are.”The 24-year-old rookie was the Angels’ designated hitter for their series finale against the Rangers. He went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, four runs and a stolen base in a 9-3 victory over Texas.Ohtani didn’t speak with reporters after the announcement about his injury — or following the game.“He’s mentally tough in any situation he’s ever in,” Scioscia said. “Tonight Deshaun Watson Jersey Elite , he was a hitter. He didn’t think about what the future is and what the decision is he’s got to make for his elbow. He was out there playing baseball and hitting the ball.”Asked whether Ohtani would stay in the lineup as a DH beyond Wednesday, Scioscia said: “We’ll see. That’s going to be determined from our medical department.”Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Ohtani hasn’t formally decided to have Tommy John surgery. Eppler and Ohtani plan to have an in-depth conversation about his future Monday after the Angels return from their road trip.“We committed to each other in this process, and we will get through it together as a team,” Eppler said. “But I do feel disappointment for the people in that clubhouse, and primarily Shohei.”The latest development has been dreaded by the Angels and Ohtani’s millions of fans since he was diagnosed with a sprained UCL following a start June 6. After receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection and an injection of stem cells, he was hitting again in early July, and he returned to the mound with his start Sunday at Houston.Ohtani lasted only 2 1/3 innings in that start against the Astros, and he had a drastic drop in velocity during the game. He had been scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Wednesday, but never did after reporting that his elbow was sore. The medical staff then decided that he should get the new MRI in Texas.The Angels and Ohtani clearly took a well-calculated risk in allowing the right-hander to pitch again this season after the Grade 2 sprain of his elbow ligament was discovered. Mindful of the typical recovery timetable from Tommy John surgery, they elected to see whether Ohtani could pitch again during a time frame when he would still likely miss only one full big league season, allowing him to conceivably return in 2020.Eppler declined to confirm any such math, but the Angels realized the attempt to treat Ohtani’s elbow with rest and injections might not work.“It was something that we felt could happen Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , but we wanted to take a more conservative approach at this moment in time, and did that,” Eppler said.Although Ohtani is enjoying success as the Angels’ designated hitter, Eppler flatly declared that the Angels still see Ohtani as a two-way player, however long they must wait for his pitching career to resume.Eppler declined to speculate on when Ohtani could return to the lineup as a hitter in 2019 if he had Tommy John surgery soon, noting that Ohtani hasn’t even decided whether to get it done. Other position players have returned to hitting after Tommy John surgery within roughly six months of the procedure, but Ohtani’s case could be different because of his pitching abilities.“I’m sure at some point he’s going to resume his pitching career,” Scioscia said. “When that is depends on whatever the course of action is.”“We’d love to have him a whole season, but I think that taking a little half-step back here and seeing him pitch for a whole career is more important than looking back and saying “what if?'” he said.The injury puts a decided damper on one of the most exciting rookie seasons in big league history.In 10 starts on the mound, the right-hander was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA. He struck out 63 with 22 walks in 51 2-3 innings.Ohtani hit his 16th homer Tuesday night, his first against a left-hander in the big leagues. He had already joined Babe Ruth as the only players ever to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings in a season.Ohtani went into Wednesday night’s game hitting .276 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs in 243 at-bats.Last fall, Ohtani was diagnosed with a sprained elbow ligament while in Japan. Major League Baseball teams were advised of his condition before they could bid on his rights.The Angels paid the $20 million posting fee to Ohtani’s previous club http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/jalen-ramsey-jersey-cheap , the Nippon Ham Fighters. Ohtani, who is under the Angels’ contractual control for six years, signed a minor league contract and got $2,315,000 in international bonus money from the Angels.On Monday, Scioscia said Ohtani had been evaluated after coming out of his pitching return early and that there was no apprehension about the elbow. The manager said then that Ohtani was dealing with tightness in his back and a sore right ring finger after a ball deflected off of it during that game, but that the elbow felt great.“When he was getting evaluated, there was obviously a little bit of soreness there,” Scioscia said Wednesday. “I don’t know if Shohei thought it was normal just from not having pitched for a while.”
  14. ATLANTA (AP) — Felipe Vazquez Jersey , all their booming hitters and ace pitchers, the Los Angeles Dodgers are approaching three decades since their last World Series championship.They’re making another run at that elusive title.Only this time, Manny Machado is along for the ride.The slugging shortstop hit a three-run homer that wrapped up a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday, sending Los Angeles to the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row and fourth time in six seasons.This is what the Dodgers had in mind when they acquired the free agent-to-be from the lowly Baltimore Orioles back in July.They’re hoping Machado is the one who turns Tinseltown into Titletown for the first time since 1988.“Can’t say enough about him,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “A player of his caliber, there are so many expectations put on him.”Machado had only three hits in a 3-1 division series victory over the Braves, but two of them were homers. He finished with six RBIs.“We prepared ourselves to get here,” Machado said. “We’re not going to stop till we get what we want.”Clearly, nothing less than a World Series title will do. While the Dodgers went through the customary celebration that follows any postseason victory — they doled out T-shirts and caps, posed for pictures in the middle of SunTrust Park Starling Marte Jersey , then doused themselves with beer in the clubhouse — the focus turned quickly to the next round.The Dodgers will face the Brewers in the NLCS. Game 1 is Friday night in Milwaukee.“We all know that there’s a lot more work to be done,” Roberts said. “We have eight more wins to go.”Los Angeles spent much of the season locked in a tight race with division rivals Colorado and Arizona, and required a one-game playoff with the Rockies to clinch its sixth straight NL West title.“We took a hard path to get to this point, but I do think it made us stronger and kind of galvanized our team,” Roberts said.It certainly helps to have a player of Machado’s caliber bolstering an already potent lineup. The Dodgers hit a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season, and added eight more in the NLDS.“They’re a very powerful team,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s what they’ve done all year is hit home runs. We’re not built like that yet.”Indeed, the Baby Braves were thoroughly overmatched in their first postseason appearance since 2013, hitting .154 overall and scoring just eight runs. Though the future looks bright for a team that pulled off a massive rebuilding job much quicker than expected, Atlanta was not quite ready to contend with a team of the Dodgers’ quality.Los Angeles had too much power http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-willie-stargell-jersey , too much depth, too much pitching.Not to mention too much Machado.“It was a great ride,” Snitker said. “We took a huge step forward this year. We had some very young players get a lot of great experience, both during the regular season and the postseason. And we have some really good players coming up. I really am excited about the future of the Atlanta Braves right now.”The Dodgers are locked firmly in the present.This is a franchise desperate to win one more game than it did a season ago, when the Houston Astros took Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.That’s why they acquired Machado.“Coming over from Baltimore midway through the season — new ball club, new atmosphere, new teammates, new coaching staff, new front office, I mean Barry Bonds Jersey , it’s always a bit of an adjustment,” he said. “But they’ve been nothing but amazing to us, to myself and my family. And coming here to a winning ballclub that’s been determined the whole way since last year to get into this situation and further, I’m just sitting here enjoying everything, enjoying the ride.”Machado wasn’t the only in-season acquisition to play a key role in the clinching victory over the Braves. David Freese, picked up from Pittsburgh just minutes before the trade deadline, came through with a pinch-hit, two-run single that put the Dodgers ahead to stay in the sixth.The MVP of St. Louis’ improbable victory in the 2011 World Series, Freese is eager to take part in another magical postseason run.“You never know what this game is going to give you, what opportunities arise for you http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-roberto-clemente-jersey ,” Freese said. “You just gotta be ready.” A look at what’s happening around the majors today:INJURIES MOUNTINGThe Houston Astros are hoping for good news on All-Star outfielder George Springer, who exited Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers after hurting his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It’s unclear how long the 2017 World Series MVP might be out. “He was in a lot of pain,” manager AJ Hinch said. “He is going to get evaluated. Other than that I have no idea.” Before the game, the defending champs put pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow discomfort. And star second baseman Jose Altuve (right knee soreness) was sent back to Houston for further examination. Last year’s AL MVP won’t come off the DL when eligible this week.PLAYOFF PREVIEW?Jake Arrieta (9-6, 3.32 ERA) pitches for the Phillies, looking for their sixth straight victory when they visit Arizona in a matchup of NL division leaders. Zack Godley (12-6, 4.46) goes for the Diamondbacks.HAMELS’ DAYCole Hamels makes his second start for the Cubs when they open a three-game series at last-place Kansas City. Hamels was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. The veteran lefty had been struggling with the Rangers, but he struck out nine while pitching five effective innings in a 9-2 victory at Pittsburgh in his Chicago debut last Wednesday.FISH STORYWill the fading Angels have Mike Trout back in the lineup when they host Detroit? The star outfielder has missed four consecutive games with a nagging right wrist injury. Trout hasn’t played since getting hurt while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday at Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old slugger said Saturday night he still has soreness when he swings and throws. Trout had been expected back earlier, but his wrist hasn’t responded to treatment as hoped. X-rays and an MRI revealed inflammation. Trout is batting .309 with 30 home runs.THE REPLACEMENTLance Lynn makes his first start for the Yankees, facing the White Sox in Chicago. The right-hander was acquired from Minnesota last Monday and will take the rotation spot previously held by an inconsistent Sonny Gray Kent Tekulve Jersey , who was demoted to the bullpen. Lynn threw 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief with five strikeouts in his New York debut. The Yankees, coming off a four-game sweep by the rival Red Sox, have lost a season-high five straight and trail Boston by 9 1/2 games in the AL East.BACK IN GOTHAMMatt Harvey returns to Citi Field with Cincinnati and is expected to speak with reporters. The former Mets ace, traded to the Reds in May, is not scheduled to pitch in the three-game series. Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.98 ERA) gets the ball for New York in the opener against Homer Bailey (1-8, 5.87).
  15. WIN OR GO WILDIn a big league first Jose Berrios Jersey , a pair of tiebreaking Game 163s will be played on the same day to sort out the NL playoff picture. First, the Cubs host the Brewers to settle the NL Central at Wrigley Field. Then the Dodgers host the Rockies to determine an NL West champ. The losers of those games will play Tuesday in the NL wild-card game.Chicago will call on left-hander Jose Quintana (13-11, 4.09), who is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts against Milwaukee. The Brewers are countering with Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.56). The Midwest rivals might not be done with each other after Monday, either — the winner of the wild-card game will face the NL Central champ in the NL Division Series. How about a rematch?Colorado is attempting to end Los Angeles’ five-year reign atop the division and win its first NL West crown. Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers, and the Rockies will counter with German Marquez (14-10 http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-erick-aybar-jersey , 3.76 ERA), who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.TRIPLE THREAT?Brewers dynamo Christian Yelich gets a final chance to claim the NL’s first Triple Crown since 1937. Yelich was 0 for 2 Sunday to end a 10-game hitting streak, though his .323 average is certain to remain tops in the NL. He enters Game 163 with 36 homers, one back of Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the home run lead, and his 109 RBIs are two shy of Chicago’s Javier Baez for that title. There has not been a Triple Crown winner in the NL since Joe Medwick for the St. Louis Cardinals. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012 won the AL’s first Triple Crown since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.JOB OPENReds interim manager Jim Riggleman will interview to lead Cincinnati full-time in 2019, though the club may wait until the end of October to fill the position. Riggleman took over after Bryan Price was fired following a 3-15 start, and the Reds went 64-80 under him. Among the other potential candidates, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin has told the team he isn’t interested at this time.DECISION TIMEA few longtime stars said seeming farewells Sunday amid uncertainty about their futures Anibal Sanchez Jersey , and this week might bring some clarity on whether they’ll keep playing. Joe Mauer suited up at catcher for one more pitch with Minnesota in between standing ovations, and Adrian Beltre got a nice cheer from fans in his former home of Seattle when he was pulled midgame. Jose Reyes got a similar treatment with the Mets, while Hunter Pence may also decide to hang it up after a touching goodbye in San Francisco. None of those players confirmed they’re calling it quits just yet, though. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola finished off a stellar season in typically dominant fashion.Nola pitched seven shutout innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies snap a nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.In his final start of the year, Nola (17-6) allowed two hits and struck out eight with four walks. The right-hander ended 2018 with a 2.37 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 212 1/3 innings. He likely will fall short of a NL Cy Young award after stumbling a bit in September. Nola entered 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA and nine home runs allowed in September before returning to the form his displayed for most of the season on Saturday.“It feels good,” Nola said, “but I think it feels better for us as a team.”Rather than focus on any particular statistic, Nola said he was happiest about staying healthy and making all of his starts. His aim every outing is a team goal.“Just try to win ballgames and try to go deep in ballgames Eduardo Escobar Jersey ,” he said.After taking a month off, Nola will begin tuning up for 2019.“Just stay consistent, keep working on my delivery and try to learn more and more about the game,” he said.Cesar Hernandez had a two-run single in the seventh inning to back Nola.The NL East champion Braves will play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, and Atlanta still could host the series. The Braves (90-71) and Dodgers have the same record entering the regular-season finale on Sunday while Colorado entered Saturday with a 90-70 mark.Atlanta had no answer for Nola.“You just try to keep it close and hopefully his clicker will run out,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”Nola allowed only Ronald Acuna Jr.’s single to lead off the game and Nick Markakis’ single to start the fourth. The closest the Braves came to scoring was in the second inning when Nola walked the first two batters. But the right-hander got Kurt Suzuki to line out, struck out Ozzie Albies and then intentionally walked Charlie Culberson to load the bases before finally striking out starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.Sanchez matched Nola, giving up three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in six shutout innings.“He did everything he could do to get us a chance http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-odorizzi-jersey ,” Snitker said.With one out and two runners on in the seventh, manager Gabe Kapler chose to pinch-hit for Nola. Jonny Venters (5-2) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos to load the bases before Hernandez hit a sharp liner under shortstop Culberson’s glove into left field that scored two. Odubel Herrera helped the Phillies take a 3-0 lead when he beat out a potential double-play grounder to short.Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances.The victory was Philadelphia’s first since Sept. 19. The Phillies’ slide started with a four-game sweep at Atlanta last weekend when they still were mathematically alive in the playoff race. The Phillies were outscored 70-21 during the losing streak that capped a late-season collapse. Philadelphia went from 15 games over .500 and 1 ½ games in front of Atlanta for first place on Aug. 7 to four games under .500 and 12 games back of the Braves on Sept. 28.NOLA NUMBERSNola joined Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander as the only Phillies pitchers to strike out 200 or more batters and hold opponents to a batting average of .200 or lower. And the right-hander is the fourth Philadelphia hurler to record 224 or more strikeouts in a season, joining Jim Bunning, Alexander and Curt Schilling.MARKAKIS’ MILESTONEMarkakis played in his 2,000th game, becoming the fifth active player to reach the milestone. Adrian Beltre (2,931), Albert Pujols (2 Eddie Rosario Jersey ,692), Miguel Cabrera (2,264) and Robinson Cano (2,077) are the active players ahead of Markakis.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: C Jorge Alfaro (quad) was replaced by Andrew Knapp at the start of the third inning.UP NEXTBraves RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.93) opposes Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez (1-1, 6.00) on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale.