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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — To some http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-molitor-jersey , the Phillies‘ worst-to-first turnaround may be surprising. Eflin allowed three runs in eight strong innings and Carlos Santana had three hits, including one of Philadelphia’s four homers, to lead the surging Phillies to an 8-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.Cesar Hernandez, Nick Williams and Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep for the Phillies (62-48), who won their fourth straight to move 1½ games ahead of Atlanta for first place in the NL East. Philadelphia finished 2017 with a 66-96 mark, 31 games out of first place.Now, they are in a pennant race.“It’s where we should be,” Eflin said. “All we did was win in the minor leagues. We plan on staying here. We don’t plan on going anywhere.”Eflin (8-3) gave up four hits with six strikeouts and no walks to reverse his recent fortunes. The right-hander entered 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA in his last three outings, but started strong on Saturday by retiring the first 12 Marlins before Bour led off the fifth with a towering homer to deep center. The right-hander retired eight of the next nine before a single and Rojas’ two-run shot to start the eighth. Eflin got the next three batters to end his night after just 85 pitches.“Eflin was dynamic,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.The Phillies staked Eflin to a 5-0 lead through three thanks to Williams’ three-run, opposite-field homer to left in the first and Cabrera’s two-run shot to right in the third. It was Cabrera’s first home run for the Phillies, who acquired the veteran infielder from the Mets on July 27 to bolster their offense.“I feel very good,” Cabrera said. “I’m just trying to do my best to help the team win.”After Bour made it a 5-1 game, Santana led off the bottom of the fifth with a 423-foot drive to the second deck.“Santana swinging the bat like tonight gives us incredible confidence,” Kapler said.It was the third homer surrendered by Jose Urena (3-11), who continued his season-long slump after a strong 2017 campaign. The right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings to raise his ERA to 4.66. Urena has struggled even more lately Roger Clemens Jersey , going 1-3 with a 6.40 ERA while giving up 37 hits in 32 1/3 innings over his last seven outings.“We couldn’t stop the long ball,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It kind of deflated us pretty good.”Justin Bour and Miguel Rojas homered for Miami, which has dropped five in a row and nine of 12.“We just haven’t played well enough to win,” Mattingly said. “We have to keep fighting. We have to find who will continue to grind and battle.”HALLADAY HONOREDThe Phillies honored the late Roy Halladay in an emotional pregame ceremony, inducting the two-time Cy Young winner who threw a perfect game and postseason no-hitter during his tenure with the Phillies from 2010-2013 into the club’s Wall of Fame. Carlos Ruiz, Halladay’s battery mate with the Phillies, kissed Halladay’s likeness after unveiling the plaque. Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee poignantly remembered Halladay before Halladay’s wife, Brandy, gave a teary-eyed tribute that ended with a video montage she dedicated to her late husband.“He was a better man than he was a ballplayer,” Brandy Halladay said.Halladay died last November in Florida when the airplane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.BEEN AWHILERojas’ homer was his eighth of the season but first since going deep twice on May 20. It was a span of 209 plate appearances between home runs.HOSKINS’ STREAKRhys Hoskins went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks to extend his career-high on-base streak to 21 consecutive games.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff pitched two perfect innings, striking out two, in a rehab outing Friday with Single-A Clearwater. Eickhoff has been out all season with a right lat strain.UP NEXTMiami swapped starters for the series finale on Sunday afternoon, bumping up RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 4.41) to face Phillies All-Star RHP Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.35) and moving LHP Wei-Yin Chen to Monday’s home game against St. Louis. Straily has lost his last two starts, allowing eight earned runs on 16 hits in 9 1/3 innings. Chen has a 2.18 ERA in eight home starts and a 10.27 mark in nine road games. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The new manager of the Texas Rangers Justin Smoak Jersey , whomever that may be, will have a talented group of 20-something position players who got a lot of experience during a 95-loss season.After deciding who will replace Jeff Banister, general manager Jon Daniels has to find some starting pitchers.The Rangers also go into the offseason awaiting a final decision from future Hall of Fame third baseman Adrian Beltre on if he has indeed played his last game after 21 seasons in the majors with 3,166 hits and 477 home runs. He hit a team-best .273 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 119 games this year. Beltre got huge ovations from fans, teammates and opposing players when taken out midway through games the past two Sundays — in the home finale Sept. 23 and then Sunday in Seattle, where he played five seasons before one year in Boston and the last eight in Texas. His wife and 12-year-old son, who has his own locker next to his dad in the home clubhouse, were in the front row for the season finale.“I don’t know if this is going to be it, but I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Beltre, who turns 40 next April. He is expected to take a week or more to think things over.Shortstop Elvis Andrus, at 30 the team’s longest-tenured player with 10 seasons in Texas, also has a decision to make. He is halfway through a $120 million, eight-year contract that offers him the opportunity to opt out this offseason, or next, and become a free agent.“I’ll go into the offseason and decide what’s best. I love being here. I want to retire as a Ranger. That’s my motivation,” said Andrus http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-marco-estrada-jersey , the only current Rangers player to be part of both of their World Series appearances. “Hopefully the big boy will come back. That will make it a lot easier.”As for the manager, bench coach Don Wakamatsu served in the interim role after Banister was fired with 10 games left and is considered a candidate for the job.The Rangers won the AL West in each of Banister’s first two years (2015-16). They now have consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2005-08, though Daniels said that wasn’t necessarily the manager’s fault when the focus switched to the development of younger players.Seven position players 25 or younger played at least 106 games this season.That includes Jurickson Profar, the likely starting third baseman if Beltre retires. Profar, who at age 19 in 2012 homered in his first big-league at-bat before shoulder issues forced him to miss two full seasons, hit .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIS in 146 games while playing all four infield positions. Joey Gallo, the 24-year-old slugger, had his second 40-homer season in a row.MINOR ACHIEVEMENTWhen Mike Minor signed a three-year contract last offseason, he was coming off a season as a full-time reliever after missing two years because of left shoulder surgery. The 30-year-old lefty went 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 starts. He was the only pitcher to start and finish the season in the Rangers rotation. His 157 innings more than doubled his 77 2-3 in Kansas City last season.REST OF ROTATIONLefty Cole Hamels was traded in July to the Chicago Cubs, and inconsistent lefty Martin Perez likely won’t be brought back. Bartolo Colon, the 45-year-old right hander who became the winningest pitcher born in Latin America, isn’t coming back. Yovani Gallardo was 8-8 with a 5.77 ERA in 18 starts after rejoining Texas in June, right after injured Doug Fister (1-7, 4.50) made his final start.THUMB DOWNNomar Mazara missed a month on the disabled list because a sprained right thumb that still bothered him after returning to the lineup in mid-August. The 23-year-old right-fielder didn’t homer in his last 22 games, and hit 258 overall in 128 games with 20 homers for the third year in a row. He will see hand specialist this week and could have surgery.BALLPARK FAREWELLThe Rangers’ ballpark turns 25 next year, which will be the final season there before moving in 2020 to the new stadium being built across the street. The 2019 farewell season for the current ballpark opens March 28 against the Chicago Cubs — maybe against Hamels or Yu Darvish.

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