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A look at what’s happening around the majors today:The Atlanta Braves can clinch their first NL East title since 2013 by beating Philadelphia at SunTrust Park. Sparked by Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies Kirk Gibson Jersey , the Baby Braves moved closer to the division crown with a 6-5 win over the Phillies on Friday night.The Braves are skipping Sean Newcomb’s spot, moving up Mike Foltynewicz (11-10, 2.90 ERA) to face Jake Arrieta (10-9, 3.77 ERA). Newcomb has a 7.44 ERA over his last seven starts, endangering his place in the possible playoff rotation after he spent much of the season as one of Atlanta’s most effective pitchers. Newcomb will be available out of the bullpen for the remainder of the weekend but could still make another start in the final week of the regular season, according to manager Brian Snitker.BIG NUMBERThe Red Sox go for their 106th win, which would break a team record that’s more than a century old. Boston (105-49) beat Cleveland in a matchup of AL division champions to tie the club mark set in 1912. Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.30 ERA), the team leader in wins http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-maury-wills-jersey , starts for the Bosox at Progressive Field against Mike Clevinger (12-8, 3.06).WELL PLAYEDDetroit designated hitter Victor Martinez plans to play the final game of his 16-season career when the Tigers host Kansas City. The five-time All-Star announced he will sit out Sunday’s series finale, then accompany the team on its final road trip without playing.“I feel like I owe it to the fans to have my final at-bats here,” said Martinez, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park.HE’S ALL WRIGHTAdam Wainwright makes his first start for St. Louis since pitching six shutout innings to beat the Dodgers last weekend. The 37-year-old righty has missed most of the season because of elbow trouble. The longtime ace (2-3, 3.72 ERA) is making a bid to re-establish himself in the rotation as the Cardinals push for a playoff spot. Wainwright will be facing the Giants at Busch Stadium.WILDNESSAaron Judge and the Yankees can clinch their second straight AL wild-card slot if they beat Baltimore and if Tampa Bay loses to Toronto. New York also is trying to stay ahead of the Athletics to host that one-game playoff on Oct. 3.WINDY CITY WEEKENDJon Lester (16-6, 3.43 ERA) will start for the NL Central-leading Cubs when they travel across Chicago to visit the White Sox. Lester is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. Lucas Giolito (10-11, 5.77 ERA) is set to pitch for the Chisox. SAN DIEGO — Whatever the Colorado Rockies do Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series against the Padres at Petco Park, they cannot regain first place in the National League West.The Dodgers and Diamondbacks go into Sunday tied for first in the division with identical 74-62 records. The Rockies Fernando Valenzuela Jersey , who defeated the Padres 4-2 on Saturday night after losing two straight against the division cellar-dwellers, are a half-game back and in third in the division at 73-62.If the Rockies defeat the Padres on Sunday to gain a split of their four-game series, Colorado will be second in the National League West, and still a half-game off the lead.Article continues below ...If the Rockies lose for the third time in four games to the Padres, they will remain in third, but slip to 1 1/2 games off the lead with 26 games to play.The Rockies get a chance to split after D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado ended some dubious streaks for the offense. LeMahieu’s homer ended Colorado’s 21-inning scoreless streak and a run of 28 innings without an extra-base hit. Arenado’s hit ended a career-worst 0-for-19 skid and snapped Colorado’s stretch without consecutive hits at 118 at-bats.“The way we’ve hit the last two days, it felt like we hadn’t won in, like, a month http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-jackie-robinson-jersey ,” LeMahieu said. “When we can get that lead early like that, it was a good feeling, for sure.”Looking forward, the future appears bright for the Rockies. After Sunday, they return to Coors Field to open a 10-game homestand Monday afternoon against the Giants. Overall, 17 of the Rockies’ final 26 games will be played in the rarified air of Denver, where they are 34-30.Colorado on Sunday will send left-hander Kyle Freeland (12-7, 2.90 ERA) out against Padres rookie right-hander Jacob Nix (2-2, 4.05) Kenley Jansen Jersey , who will be facing the Rockies for the second time in his fifth major league start.The 25-year-old Freeland has the lowest ERA among the Rockies starters as well as the lowest opponents’ batting average (.236) and the lowest WHIP (1.24). Freeland also leads the Rockies with 164 1/3 innings pitched and will be making his team-leading 28th start.Freeland also ranks among the National League leaders in two categories that won’t help him Sunday. He ranks fourth in the league in home ERA with a 2.27 mark, which is doubly impressive since it was compiled at Coors Field. And he ranks fourth in the league with a 2.50 ERA in night games.Freeland is 7-2 in 12 starts at home this season while going 5-5 with a 3.44 ERA in 15 starts on the road.Freeland is also finishing the season strong. He was 3-1 in August with a 2.15 ERA in six starts, striking out 42 in 37 2/3 innings with 15 walks and a .230 opponents’ batting average. He is 6-1 with a 2.16 ERA over his last 13 starts with the Rockies going 11-2.Freeland is 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts) against the Padres. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three previous games (two starts) at Petco Park.Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Nix is coming off his best start. Tuesday night at Petco Park, Nix threw 8 1/3 shutout innings against Seattle before Nelson Cruz homered. Nix throws to contact. He needed only 79 pitches (58 strikes) while allowing eight hits without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout.He lowered his ERA from 6.17 to 4.05 on Tuesday. His previous start was against the Rockies at Coors Field on Aug. 22 when he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts in five innings. Nix has issued only five walks in 20 innings and only one in his last 13 1/3.

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