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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants hoisted the white flag on their 2018 season Saturday http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-scott-kazmir-jersey , scheduling standout catcher Buster Posey for season-ending hip surgery with 31 games still remaining.Down 8 1/2 games in the National League wild-card race after walking off the field following a 5-3 win, the Giants nonetheless will continue to pursue their postseason dream when they complete a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.The decision on Posey came hours after the Giants suffered a back-breaking, 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Friday night in which Posey played the entire 10 innings, watching Texas deny San Francisco a much-needed win with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth after a game-extending error.Article continues below ...Posey’s surgery Monday will be performed in order to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs from his painful right hip.The 31-year-old made himself available Saturday but saw no action in another exciting finish that saw the Giants’ Mark Melancon strand the bases loaded in the ninth after the Giants had blown most of their 5-0 lead the inning before.The win was just the Giants’ third in their last 10 games.“You don’t want to say you’re out of it until you’re out of it,” Posey said. “But, unfortunately, where we are, it makes sense to take care of it right now.”Posey said having the surgery basically one month before season’s end will give him an additional month in the offseason to rehab. He not only plans to be with the Giants for spring training in February but continue to be the primary catcher.Nick Hundley contributed a hit, a run and two walks to Saturday’s win as Posey’s replacement. The start was Hundley’s 46th of the season.Hundley and his teammates will go up against Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.06) in the series finale.The 32-year-old has made 10 previous starts against San Francisco Kurt Suzuki Jersey , going 6-4 with a 3.21 ERA.Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who has led off the first inning with a home run and a double in the first two games of the series, has enjoyed a big-numbers career against Gallardo, going 19-for-55 (.345) with three doubles, two triples and four homers.San Francisco will hand the ball to left-hander Derek Holland (6-8, 3.75), who has made 158 of his 208 career starts for the Rangers.Since leaving Texas after eight seasons for the Chicago White Sox in free agency in 2017, the 31-year-old has faced his former employer twice and gotten bombed both times, running up a 13.50 ERA while going 0-2.Old pal Rougned Odor has been especially rough on Holland, delivering a single and a three-run homer in four at-bats.Odor has homered twice in the series, both times in critical situations. It was his game-tying homer in the ninth inning that extended the series opener and led to a 7-6 win in 10 innings. Then on Saturday http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dansby-swanson-jersey , he blasted a three-run shot to rally the Rangers within 5-3 in the eighth inning, setting up the tight finish. The Cleveland Indians will try to right themselves as they return home to the shores of Lake Erie after dropping the first two games of their American League Division Series to the Houston Astros.The New York Yankees used the power bats of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez to win Game 2 of their series with the Boston Red Sox, and they hope to continue to build on that performance in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.The two American League series will continue Monday after an off-day Sunday. The Astros will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound against Mike Clevinger, and first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. The game will be televised by TBS.The Red Sox will send hard-throwing Nathan Eovaldi to the mound while the Yankees will counter with Luis Severino. The game is scheduled to start at 7:40 p.m., and it will also be televised by TBS.The Indians are minus-115 favorites to win the game and keep the series alive, while the Astros are minus-105 underdogs, per OddsShark. Those betting on the Indians have to risk $115 to win $100, while Houston backers put up $105 to win $100.The Yankees are solid minus-175 favorites to take a 2-1 series edge, while the Red Sox are plus-150 underdogs.The Indians need their big three hitters of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion to get their power bats going. Those three combined for 109 home runs during the regular season.The Astros have done a good job of hitting in the first two games, and there's no reason to think that Alex Bregman Ozzie Albies Jersey , Jose Altuve and George Springer will stop hitting just because they have left Minute Maid Park.The Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season, but they were unable to hold onto their homefield advantage in Game 2. While they were very successful on the road this year, they have to find a way to get to Severino if they are going to return the favor and beat the Yankees on their homefield.The Red Sox will depend on Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts to for their big hits, while Andrew Benintendi has hit the ball well at Yankee Stadium throughout his career.Rick Porcello was originally scheduled to pitch Game 3, but he pitched in relief in Game 1, and manger Alex Cora decided to hold him back a day and have him start Game 4.Eovaldi has allowed one unearned run in 16 innings against the Yankees since the Red Sox acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays this season."We felt like one more day is going to benefit him (Porcello)," Cora said, per Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. "Nate hasn鈥檛 pitched in a while. He鈥檚 rested, had a good week, and we鈥檙e going with him."In the National League http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-foltynewicz-jersey , the Atlanta Braves will host the Los Angeles in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. The Braves edged the Dodgers 6-5 in Game 3 after losing the first two games in Los Angeles.Those two teams will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by FS1. Rich Hill will take the mound at SunTrust Park for the Dodgers while Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to take the mound for the Braves as he attempts to square the series for the Braves.The Dodgers are minus-125 favorites, and the Braves are plus-104 underdogs, per OddsShark.PredictionsThe Indians have the core strength to battle back in the series and win Game 3 of their series with the Astros. Manager Terry Francona has instilled too much pride in this team to get swept, and we expect the Indians will figure out a way to get to Keuchel. Clevinger will do enough to slow down the Houston attack.The Red Sox have a bit of a problem. They may be able to do some damage against Severino鈥攈e was a hot-and-cold pitcher this year鈥攂ut the Yankees should be able to do some damage against the Boston bullpen and it may be difficult for the Red Sox to impact the New York bullpen. Unless the Red Sox get a brilliant effort from Eovaldi and build a lead of three runs or more, the Yankees should win this game.The Braves have a little momentum, and we expect them to send the series back to Los Angeles for a decisive Game 5.

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