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Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesMilwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar offered support for teammate Josh Hader afterhis old racist http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-roberto-clemente-jersey , homophobic andmisogynistic tweets were uncovered during the 2018 All-Star Game.Aguilar posted a pair of tweets Wednesday saying the content of the offensive tweets isn't a reflection on Hader in the present day:Jesus Aguilar JAguilarMKEFirst of all I want to show my support to my friend and teammate, Josh Hader. He made a mistake 7 years ago. He admitted, he apologized and most important: He learned from it.Jesus Aguilar JAguilarMKERegarding accusations of racism: I鈥檓 Venezuelan and with the skin color that I have, can tell you that it is a lie. Obviously he鈥檚 not racist.He鈥檚 a great player and a better person. Great teammate.And you know itMajor League Baseball announced Wednesday that Hader will have to attend sensitivity training and take part in MLB's diversity and inclusion initiatives.Addressing the situation after the All-Star Game, Hader was apologetic."It was something that happened when I was 17 years old," he said, according to For The Win'sTed Berg. "As a child Kent Tekulve Jersey , I was immature. I obviously said some things that weren't excusable. That doesn't reflect on the person I am today."There's no excuse for what was said. I'm deeply sorry for what I've said. It doesn't reflect any of my beliefs now."Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain admitted he was "surprised" by the content of his teammate's tweets but didn't want to dwell on them."I was surprised. Whenever somebody does something like that, you're always surprised," he said, per MLB.com'sAdam McCalvy. "At the end of the day, you have to give people a second chance. You have to forgive people and move on from it. For me, it's over and done with."MLB had precedent to potentially suspend Hader.In September 2016, the Seattle Mariners banned catcher Steve Clevenger (then on the disabled list) without pay for the remainder of the season after he sent racist tweets regarding demonstrators who protested the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel was also suspended for the first five games of the 2018 campaign after he made an offensive and racist gesture toward Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3 of the 2017 World Series.Likely because the tweets are from six to seven years ago http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-bill-mazeroski-jersey , MLB will allow Hader to continue to pitch for the Brewers, though he could have to deal backlash in the Milwaukee locker room. HOUSTON — The trolling executing by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman barely registered with Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and, subsequently, didn’t merit much of a response.Bregman was one of three Houston batters to homer in succession off Eovaldi on June 20 at Minute Maid Park when Eovaldi pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Bregman referred to that decisive string of blasts on social media as the scene of the American League Championship Series changed venues from Fenway Park to Minute Maid Park on Monday. With Eovaldi set to take the ball for Boston in Game 3 on Tuesday, his primary focus was elsewhere.“I feel I’m a completely different pitcher,” Eovaldi said. “I’m attacking it a lot differently. I’m going to try to keep the same approach as I’ve been attacking hitters now and moving forward. They have (a) lot of aggressive guys in the lineup. They swing early in the counts. Not too many of them like to walk. So Dave Parker Jersey , try and keep them in the ballpark and go from there.”Article continues below ...George Springer and Jose Altuve sandwiched solo home runs around the Bregman dinger in the sixth inning of that Astros 5-1 victory, with Altuve recording a 112.3 exit velocity with the second of his two homers off Eovaldi that game. That was one of three home runs Eovaldi surrendered during the season with an exit velocity of 110-plus miles per hour and, of the 14 homers he allowed during the season, four were recorded by the Astros in that contest.Although he noted a usage increase in his cutter with the Red Sox, whom he joined on July 29, the numbers reveal that Eovaldi relied on his four-seam fastball more during the final month and against the Yankees in the AL Division Series when he allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts over seven innings in a 16-1 victory in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. He will make his second career postseason start in similar circumstances: on the road with a series even at 1-1.Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel will oppose Eovaldi with seven days of rest since his start in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. Keuchel has scuffled in his career against the Red Sox (0-1, 9.15 ERA over four appearances) Josh Harrison Jersey , with the challenge of maintaining sharpness between outings something requiring an attention to detail.“Well, I’m the kind of (pitcher) who needs to get off the mound a lot more than other guys,” Keuchel said. “But then the other side of it, the flipside was I barely touched the mound last year when I was going through some stuff. And kind of know what it takes to get through and make sure you’re ready to go. I’ve been fortunate enough to be healthy this whole season and kind of get off the mound from my bullpen days.“So I treated a few of the in-between days from Cleveland like a bullpen day — threw a light BP the day before we went to Boston. And it just feels good to get out there and face some live hitting whether it’s our team or whoever. So, I have just been trying to get off the mound as much as possible, try to carry that over.”
CHICAGO (AP) — It’s purely about the math for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs.A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage Andrew Chafin Jersey , and that was all that mattered Wednesday.Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 to strengthen its hold on the NL Central.The Cubs bounced back nicely from their 7-0 loss in the opener of the two-game series, improving to 9-4 against the Brewers this year. But they have six more games left in the season series and St. Louis is gaining quickly, so Rizzo and company coolly packed up their three-game advantage over the second-place Brewers and got ready for a six-game trip.It’s just about the numbers in the middle of August.“I think early on we knew it was going to come down to the wire,” Rizzo said, “so I don’t see us or any team pulling away like crazy. Winning games versus our division is always big, and this one was nice.”Jason Heyward added three hits and two RBIs as Chicago moved 19 games over .500, matching its season high. David Bote had two hits, scored twice and made a terrific barehanded play at third base in his first action since he hit a game-ending grand slam in Sunday night’s 4-3 victory over Washington.Kyle Hendricks (9-9) struck out eight in six-plus innings on his bobblehead day, providing a lift for the Cubs after Jon Lester and Jose Quintana struggled in recent starts.“Psychologically, I mean obviously there was a lot of folks that would have been running for the hills had we lost,” manager Joe Maddon said. “The fact that you win the game Darryl Strawberry Jersey , it settles down that method. There’s still a long way to go.”Milwaukee had a chance to inch closer to Chicago, but instead lost for the fourth time in six games. Junior Guerra (6-8) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, and first baseman Eric Thames committed an error that helped set up a run.“It was definitely a hard game,” Guerra said. “Some of the things just didn’t go our way today.”The Brewers, who are in position for a wild card, also lost left fielder Ryan Braun and catcher Manny Pina to injuries. Braun departed with tightness on the right side of his rib cage, and Pina hurt his left shoulder when he collided with Javier Baez while he was diving back to second in the seventh.Pina stayed in after the play and scored on Mike Moustakas’ single. But Erik Kratz took over behind the plate in the bottom half of the inning.“We’re going to take him to Milwaukee for tests tomorrow, but he was adamant about staying in the game,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s just kind of precautionary. So we’ll get some tests and we’ll see.”Braun is considered day to day. He got hurt trying to make a sliding catch on Heyward’s RBI double in the third.“I don’t anticipate making a quick move with this one, but if it lingers, we’re going to have to make a move,” Counsell said.Rizzo, who had been leading off http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jacob-degrom-jersey , drove a 0-1 pitch from Guerra into the basket in left for a two-run shot in the first. The big first baseman also blooped a run-scoring single into center in the Cubs’ three-run fourth, helped by a partly cloudy sky that made life difficult for each team all afternoon.The Brewers closed to 7-4 on Hernan Perez’s RBI single in the seventh. But they wasted a chance for more when Travis Shaw popped out and Jonathan Schoop lined to left with the bases loaded, ending the inning.Albert Almora Jr. then led off the bottom half of the inning with a line drive into the bleachers in left . It was his first homer since June 28 and No. 5 on the year.MINOR MOVESThe Cubs acquired minor league outfielder Terrance Gore from Kansas City for a player to be named or cash. He was assigned to Triple-A Iowa.The speedy Gore is 0 for 11 in 49 major league games. But he has scored 14 times and swiped 21 bases.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson is unlikely to return this season after he had shoulder surgery in September, according to Counsell. … RHP Zach Davies, who is coming back from an inflamed right rotator cuff and tight lower back, could make another rehab appearance after he starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.UP NEXTBrewers: Following a day off, RHP Freddy Peralta (5-3, 4.47 ERA) faces Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66 ERA) on Friday night in the opener of a big weekend series in St. Louis. Peralta was tagged for seven runs in three-plus innings in a 10-1 loss at Atlanta on Friday night.Cubs: Lester (12-5, 3.89 ERA) pitches Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh. He is 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. RHP Ivan Nova (7-6, 4.42 ERA) gets the ball for the Pirates. Joe Girardi made a surprising announcement that he was pulling out of the running for multiple vacant managerial positions so that he can wait till next off-season for a more desirable destination.According to Jon Heyman, Girardi was in the running for both the Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers managerial positions. He reportedly informed the Reds organization on Friday that he was no longer pursuing their manager role.Girardi surprised reds by pulling out Friday. He had a chance to win job at that point but they never got to point of talking money with him. He also pulled out of rangers derby. 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Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesThe Atlanta Braves added some power to their lineup Monday one day before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline.The Braves announced they acquired outfielder Adam Duvall in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker.Atlanta is just one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East David Freese Jersey , and making an addition like this in exchange for three players suggests it is all-in on a playoff run in a year the Washington Nationals have struggled to keep pace.The Braves are a mere 22nd in the league in home runs despite their place in the standings and could use a power boost heading into the stretch run. Duvall had 33 home runs for the Reds in 2016 and 31 long balls in 2017 and is playing on a team-friendly deal, earning $645,000 this season.His numbers over the last three years put him in impressive company:Joel Luckhaupt jluckhauptMost extra-base hits in NL since 2016Nolan Arenado 220Charlie Blackmon 196Freddie Freeman 195Kris Bryant 183Paul Goldschmidt 180Anthony Rizzo 179Adam Duvall 175Matt Carpenter 175While Duvall has seen his slash numbers drop to .205/.286/.399 this season, he still has 15 homers, which is more than any Braves outfielder.As for Cincinnati, it moved a 29-year-old veteran who has experienced a drop-off in performance during a noncompetitive season for three pieces that could accelerate the rebuilding process.Tucker has played just 208 games at the professional level but is hitting a career-best .256 in 62 appearances this season. He was also the Houston Astros' No. 17 prospect in 2014, per MLB.com, and could unleash some of his upside in a new location.Elsewhere, Sims is 24 years old and Wisler is 25 Tyler Glasnow Jersey , which give Cincinnati two potential difference-making arms.The Reds have their eye on the future, whereas the Braves made a splash with a power hitter prior to the deadline. Now they will look to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2013 campaign. SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres rookie right-hander Brett Kennedy wasn’t dominating, just effective.“He was missing barrels,” San Diego manager Andy Green said. “There was a lot of soft contact.”Kennedy pitched six strong innings, and Franmil Reyes, Luis Urias and Wil Myers all homered to lead the Padres to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.Kennedy (1-2) had his longest outing in six career starts, giving up four hits, two walks and hitting a batter. He struck out two as the Padres won their season-high fourth straight game while starting rookies in each of the wins.“Definitely a great feeling and definitely nice that we played great, put up a lot of runs and played some great defense http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-adam-frazier-jersey ,” Kennedy said. “When you can put together a game like that and get your first win, it’s a great feeling.”Reyes, who had a walk-off shot in the 13th inning Thursday night, went deep in the fourth inning. Urias added his first career homer, a two-run blast, in the five-run eighth, which preceded Myers’ long fly.“It feels great,” Urias said. “I’m so happy that I got my first homer.”With the loss the Rockies fell into third place in the NL West, but remained 1 1/2 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks.The Padres’ bullpen Chad Kuhl Jersey , which allowed one earned run in seven innings of relief Thursday, was keen once again. Matt Stahm and Phil Maton pitched one inning each and Rowan Wick, making his major league debut, got the final three outs.Colorado didn’t have multiple baserunners aboard until the sixth inning. The Rockies were struggling so bad they asked Nolan Arenado, who has more RBIs (545) than any player since 2014 and 91 this year, to sacrifice bunt when Carlos Gonazalez opened the sixth with a walk.Arenado advanced Gonzalez to second, but he was stranded. Galvis snagged Trevor Story’s liner and David Dahl struck out.“We definitely feel like we’re better than what we’ve been doing,” Story said. “We just really had that big hit with runners on.”Kennedy was on his game.“I tried not to do too much,” said Kennedy http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-ivan-nova-jersey , a Padres 11th round pick in 2015. “In the first inning I just said I’m going to make pitches and whatever happens, happens. Today it felt like the first day I was pounding the strike zone and getting some bad swings.”Kennedy doesn’t have a power arm, instead relying on location with his curveball and slider to upset batters’ timing.“He got inside enough to keep them honest,” Green said.The Rockies have gone 16 straight innings in the series without scoring against the Padres.“The last two nights we haven’t done it,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “I think the only way that we can look at is the big picture. We’re in a pennant race, we’ve had two rough nights offensively, we’ve pitched well until the eighth inning.”Antonio Senzatela (4-5) pitched six innings and gave up a run and four hits.Galvis provided an additional cushion in the seventh when he drove in Austin Hedges with an RBI single off reliever Seunghwan Oh. Hedges reached on a one-out double.Reyes, who is only four homers off Hunter Renfroe’s team-high 17, struck again with a laser to left-center in the fourth inning. Senzatela presented a center-cut http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jameson-taillon-jersey , 93 mph fastball and Reyes, a call-up from Triple-A El Paso on Aug. 4, didn’t let the mistake get by. It extended the rookie outfielder’s hitting streak to six games and he has gone deep in nine of his last 10 contests. Over that span he has four homers and a double.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: RHP Bryan Mitchell (elbow) will come off the disabled list and get the start in Monday’s game at Arizona. Mitchell last pitched on June 6.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Jon Gray (10-7, 4.76) has seen Colorado win four of his five starts since returning from Triple-A Albuquerque on Aug. 5. Gray is 7-3 in 14 career starts against the Padres, which includes a 3-1 mark this year.Padres: LHP Robbie Erlin (3-4, 3.69) will make his seventh appearance and second start against the Rockies this year in the third contest of the four-game series. He’s pitched to a 2.61 ERA with the Rockies hitting just .205 against him. He went five innings, allowing three runs and five hits at Colorado in a start on Aug. 21 for the win.
NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Parker Bridwell was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels by the New York Yankees Preston Tucker Jersey , who opened a roster spot by designating infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment.Bridwell, 27, was 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance for the Angels in 2017, then missed much of this year because of right elbow inflammation. He was 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA in one start and four relief appearances over 6 2/3 innings for the Angels and 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake.Bridwell is 11-3 with a 4.60 ERA for Baltimore and the Angels in 28 games over three seasons. He was designated for assignment last week by the Angels.The 26-year-old Torreyes was among the most popular players in the Yankees clubhouse, a 5-foot-8 backup often hoisted into the air by teammates to high-five 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge. Torreyes hit .292 with 36 RBIs in 315 at-bats over 108 games in 2017, but spent much of this year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and batted .280 with seven RBIs in 100 at-bats over 41 games for the Yankees.New York announced the moves on Monday. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Likely for the last time and almost 11 years after playing his final game, Barry Bonds ran out to his old spot in his No. 25 Giants jersey.“I wanted to be in left field one more time,” Bonds said Saturday night. “And I thought it was appropriate. That’s what I wanted to do.”“I was going to put the whole uniform on, but just didn’t have time because it ran a little bit longer. I wanted to throw on everything and stand in left field one more time. That’s where everyone saw me and that’s where I thought they should see me last,” he said.Bonds had his number retired by the Giants during a long ceremony before San Francisco played his other team, the Pittsburgh Pirates — also 11 years to the month from when he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record in his 22nd and final major league season.Still beloved and cheered in the Bay Area he cherishes as home, Bonds finished his career under the cloud of steroids allegations that made him a villain most everywhere else.“I am overwhelmed with emotions as the reality of this day sets in,” Bonds said. “This may come as a surprise to a lot of people but as a child I didn’t even want to play baseball. I wanted to play all sports — basketball, football, ride my bike http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , all the things that kids do. But once my mom signed me up … I got my first taste of what would be my lifelong passion.”Now called AT&T Park, Bonds knows what he meant to this place.“I think the park thing is more to me than the number thing, because I built this park. That’s all,” Bonds said. “When I walk in this ballpark, I know whose house it is.”Surrounded by former teammates and managers, Hall of Famers and his family, Bonds had no words as he mentally prepared for his number retirement ceremony.“Shhhh,” the slugger said smiling, then a few minutes later repeated three times, “I have to focus.”Bonds became the 10th Giants player in franchise history to have his number retired. He finished with 762 career home runs.“I knew it was coming at one point. No one’s wearing it,” he said. “… What they did is fantastic and how they did it was first class.”In July 2015, Bonds said he had a huge “weight lifted” when federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against him after a nearly decade-long steroids prosecution. Bonds needs to be on 75 percent of Hall of Fame ballots to be enshrined in Cooperstown. He was on 56.4 percent of Hall ballots this year, up from 53.8 percent last year. He had just 36.2 percent in his initial appearance.“Sure, it would mean a lot to anybody, for all the years I’ve worked and what I’ve done Adam Jones Jersey , sure,” Bonds said.The seven-time NL MVP was greeted with a rousing ovation as fans chanted his name. The 54-year-old Bonds waved, clapped his hands and raised both arms to acknowledge the cheers as he made his big entrance from center field.“Thank you San Francisco, thank you for making all my dreams come true,” Bonds said while remembering his late father, Bobby.Giants great Willie Mays, Bonds’ godfather, called for the slugger to reach the Hall of Fame.“When people talk about, ‘Oh, who’s the best ballplayer in the world?’ I don’t care,” Mays said. “I played my 20 years, 22 years, whatever it might be. Give somebody honor that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a type of fraternity that, when you get there, you’ll say http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-manny-machado-jersey , ‘Man, how did I get here?’ And I want him to have that honor be something that happens to him.”“Vote this guy in!” Mays added.Other Giants Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry also took part in the festivities.Former managers Jim Leyland and Dusty Baker and current Giants skipper Bruce Bochy were on hand. So were Bonds’ mother, Pat, and his three children.“Without question he is the best player I ever managed in my 22 years as a major league skipper,” Leyland said. “Let all of us be thankful that we had the opportunity to see one of the greatest players that’s ever lived for so many years.”The Pirates stood in their dugout and clapped during a ceremony that lasted more than an hour. First pitch was 16 minutes late. R&B singer Johnny Gill performed the national anthem in another surprise to Bonds.Baker managed Bonds from 1993-2002. He recalled watching Bobby Bonds in Riverside, California.“I thought Bobby Bonds was the greatest prep school athlete I had ever seen in my life until one day Bobby Bonds told me that ‘my son is going to be greater than me,'” Baker said. “I couldn’t see that at the time because I hadn’t seen Barry play much before he went to ASU. But he told me, my son — and I told Barry this — is more dedicated and works harder than he did, and Bobby was right.”
Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox advanced to the American League Championship Series with a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.Rick Porcello started for the Red Sox and silenced the high-powered Yankees offense in his five innings. 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(AP) — Mike Trout couldn’t play on his 27th birthday, thanks to a sore right wrist.Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels made sure the fans in the giveaway T-shirts bearing Trout’s uniform No. 27 still went home in a celebratory mood.Ohtani hit a three-run homer during a seven-run first inning, and the Angels pounded out 13 hits in an 11-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.Trout missed his sixth consecutive game with an injury that will sideline him at least until Friday during the second-longest injury absence of his career — but for one night, his teammates didn’t miss the two-time AL MVP’s peerless bat at the Big A. Rookie catcher Francisco Arcia had a two-run single during their first-inning outburst after Detroit scored two runs in its half of the first.“You like to get right back into the game after you give up a few early, and we carried some momentum there in the first,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Shohei’s homer was a huge hit at the time.”With Trout sidelined, Ohtani moved up to third in the order — and he didn’t disappoint. His 411-foot drive to the opposite field was his third homer in August, and he added a single for his third multihit performance in five games.“I may look like I’m taking easy swings in my at-bats, but I’m swinging pretty hard,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I haven’t really changed my approach. Back when I was in Japan, that was one of my strengths, going to the opposite field.”Justin Upton later added a two-run homer during Los Angeles’ second straight win over Detroit. The Angels haven’t lost a home series to the Tigers since August 2009.Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run homer in the fifth and drove in three runs as the Tigers emerged from their four-game offensive funk, but still dropped to 0-5 on their six-game California trip.The Angels’ first eight batters reached base with six hits, an error and a walk against Jacob Turner (0-1), who lasted just one inning in his first appearance for Detroit since 2012. Turner, a former Tigers prospect who returned on a minor league deal this season http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-delino-deshields-jersey , struggled in the rotation spot opened by Mike Fiers’ trade to Oakland.“The big thing was he threw (37) pitches, and we didn’t make some plays,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Believe me, it’s not all on him. He took the beating for it … (but) we played sloppy baseball tonight.”Detroit scored just three runs over 40 innings in the first four games of its trip, but matched that total in two innings against Andrew Heaney (7-7). Candelario had an RBI double in the first inning, and JaCoby Jones added a run-scoring double in the second.Upton snapped a 0-for-15 slump with an infield single in the first. The former Tigers slugger added his 22nd homer in the sixth.HEANEY’S HIGHHeaney set a new career high with his seventh victory, but this one won’t go in the trophy case. He persevered through five rocky innings in his shortest home outing since April 20, yielding five runs and eight hits.“It’s nice to not pitch all that well and get a win,” Heaney said. “It’s nice for the team to get a win.”OUTSTANDING E.Y.Eric Young Jr. made an outstanding defensive play for the second straight night while filling Trout’s spot in center field. The veteran dived to catch James McCann’s sinking liner in the sixth and then made a precise throw to double up Ronny Rodriguez at first.TIME TO THROWOhtani got more good news before the game when the Angels announced the rookie will throw a bullpen session Saturday in the next step in his return from a sprained elbow ligament.“I’ve been waiting for this day,” Ohtani said. “I’ve been very eager to get back on the mound.”ROOKIE RIBBIESArcia’s bases-loaded single gave him 12 RBIs in his first three home starts. That’s a record for any player in the first three home starts of a major league career since RBIs became an official stat in 1920, according to STATS LLC.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Blaine Hardy will take another start in the rotation Wednesday in place of Michael Fulmer, who is still recovering from an oblique strain at Detroit’s spring training complex in Florida.Angels: Nick Tropeano was placed on the disabled list for the third time this season with right shoulder stiffness. The right-hander threw five innings of one-hit ball Monday against Detroit, but was pulled after just 62 pitches.UP NEXTTigers: Hardy (4-3, 3.25 ERA) got a no-decision last week despite throwing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball against Oakland, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He has faced the Angels six times in his career, but in relief each time.Angels: Jaime Barria (6-7, 3.84 ERA) makes the 17th start of his steady rookie season. He got a no-decision last week in Cleveland after throwing five solid innings.
OAKLAND Blake Swihart Jersey , Calif. (AP) — By now, most everyone in baseball realizes the Oakland Athletics are rarely out of it. Almost no deficit is too daunting for a rallying cry, which could be led by any number of sluggers in a loaded lineup.Never before in his managerial career has Bob Melvin been around a club with such a knack for comebacks, for winning the close ones in the late innings despite what might seem insurmountable odds.Lately, other teams in contention have added to their rosters to try to do the same down the stretch of the season.During a recent trip in Texas, the A’s rallied from behind 10-2 to beat the Rangers 13-10 by scoring 11 runs over the final four innings and getting a three-run homer by Khris Davis in the 10th. They have earned a reputation around baseball — in both leagues, on both coasts and in between — for their ability to keep swinging for the fences and pitch when trailing at any stage of a game.“I think it’s a momentum aspect,” Davis said. “You’ve just got to keep playing the game the right way, what we expect of each other. We’re just looking to do our jobs and luckily we’re having a great time doing it right now.”Oakland is right on the heels of reigning World Series champion Houston in the AL West, the A’s trailing the Astros by five games going into their day off Thursday. The small-budget franchise hasn’t reached the playoffs since losing the AL wild card game in 2014, finishing last in the division the past three seasons.“It’s a fantastic team. We certainly have the ability to be a playoff team http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-rick-porcello-jersey ,” second baseman Jed Lowrie said. “At this point it’s got to be a narrow focus. Keep the eye on the prize but narrow the focus.”The A’s didn’t get their 60th win until Sept. 8 last year and already reached that mark by July 25 in 2018.They were 27-7 since June 16 before being swept in a three-game weekend series at Colorado from July 27-29, then swept the Blue Jays and Tigers in back-to-back series.New Oakland reliever Shawn Kelley was playing in Washington and went to bed before the A’s were done most days but still had heard plenty about the penchant for finding a way to win late.“Winning close games and not winning games late, I think all that mindset, that mentality kind of manifests itself,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on the losing end of a one-run game at Oakland on Wednesday. “These guys, with their bullpen, you look at these arms that they’re running out, they have four or five guys deep that are lockdown guys in the pen so if and when they do get a lead early, it’s tough to beat these guys late. And because they can all slug, that they’re a two- or three-run home run away from tying or taking the lead. It’s a tough group and it’s a fun group to watch http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-brandon-morrow-jersey , it really is. They’re a dangerous team.”Melvin has a deep and talented bullpen that allows him flexibility to mix and match at any point in a game — and the A’s acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday to bolster that strong unit.“I don’t know if I’ve had this many quality arms in a bullpen ever since I’ve been managing,” he said.The Milwaukee Brewers know how important winning the close ones will be over the season’s final two months. They acquired veteran reliever Joakim Soria and left-handed power hitter Mike Moustakas in a pair of big trades over two days ahead of the deadline.“That’s two different types of things saying when you’re not out of it and winning close games,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I think we had a team last year that we felt like we played in a ton of close games, so you do get kind of hardened to it a little bit as far as it’s the game you play every night. What we felt more than anything is how do you bounce back, because you are going to lose some of those games and how do you kind of respond when you lose games like that?“I don’t know if there’s a knack for it but we have enjoyed playing in games like that.”Oakland’s late-inning numbers are phenomenal.The A’s have 31 comeback wins and are the only team in baseball not to lose when leading after seven innings — 46-0 — and have a 61-game winning streak in such contests.Oakland is 55-0 when leading after eight innings, while Seattle (57-0) is the only other team not to lose when ahead after eight.The A’s are best in the majors scoring runs in the seventh inning or after with 217 and the eighth inning at 87. They also lead the majors with 10 comeback wins trailing after seven innings. At 22-9 in one-run games, that is also the best record in the majors.Some managers believe it can become contagious.“Once you’ve done it, you know you can do it and you can do it again and you start feeling it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “You believe it. Without question, I think having success in close games just breeds more success, especially the way you play and handle the pressure of playing in those tight ballgames.”The A’s have a noticeable swagger having won so many games in dramatic fashion.“It just gives you that extra confidence when you get behind Jason Heyward Jersey , you don’t worry about it,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said.It’s pretty simple in Melvin’s mind: Stick with it, play every out.Though he knows that means making the right moves with the pressure on to pull off some late-game magic.“If you keep it close … all it takes is a walk or a hit or a couple of hits in a row and you’re back in the game,” Melvin said. “That’s why you play 27 outs.” NEW YORK — The New York Mets are looking forward to seeing Jeff McNeil over the final five-plus weeks of the season. The San Francisco Giants are beginning to steel themselves for the likelihood that Wednesday could be one of the last times they see Buster Posey before Opening Day 2019.McNeil will look to continue his dream season Wednesday night, when the Mets host the Giants and Posey in the third game of a four-game series at Citi Field.McNeil tied a career high with four hits Tuesday night, when he laced the go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 6-3 victory.Article continues below ...The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 3.40 ERA) is scheduled to face the Giants’ Casey Kelly (0-1, 1.69) on Wednesday in a battle of right-handers.Kelly gets a task that has befuddled most pitchers thus far: How to get out McNeil, a 26-year-old rookie who entered this season with 18 games above Double-A and nine homers in 1,274 professional at-bats.But McNeil surged on to the radar by hitting a combined .342 with 19 homers and 71 RBIs in 88 games between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. The rebuilding Mets (55-70) finally promoted him July 24, and all McNeil has done since then is hit .326 with two homers and nine RBIs while becoming the first player in team history to collect two four-hit games in his first 27 contests.McNeil has been particularly hot over the last six games http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-john-lackey-jersey , during which he is 12-for-23 with four extra-base hits and only four strikeouts. Manager Mickey Callaway, a former pitching coach, said he has been impressed with how McNeil has already adjusted to the book getting out on him by mixing up his approach at the plate.“It’s hard to adjust to a guy that can kind of cover multiple pitches and multiple zones and then locations — it’s really tough,” Callaway said Tuesday night. “Their pattern has been random already, it seems. It’s not like they’re trying to attack him with fastballs up and in and bury them in the dirt. I think they have been moving the ball all around. They just haven’t figured him out because he’s hard to figure out because he can barrel up a lot of different pitches.“As a pitcher, they’re just scrappy little guys and you hate facing them.”Pitchers may not be facing Posey for much longer. The San Francisco Chronicle reported during Tuesday’s game that the perennial All-Star and former National League MVP will likely undergo surgery soon to repair a labrum injury and bone spurs in his right hip.Posey, who did not play Tuesday but is expected to start Wednesday, said following the game he has known for months he would need surgery but that he hasn’t yet decided when he’ll undergo the procedure. He said he plans to have surgery early enough so that he can return for the start of next season.“Just talking with doctors and stuff, I think the goal will be to be ready day one, on the opener,” Posey said.Posey is batting .286 with five homers and 40 RBIs in 103 games this year for the Giants (62-65).“Sometimes it comes to a point where you have to do something about it Ben Zobrist Jersey ,” Bochy said. “And that’s what we’re talking about now.”Syndergaard took the loss in his most recent start Friday, when he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2. Kelly made his first big league start in more than two years Friday, when he allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings and didn’t factor into the decision in the Giants’ 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds.Syndergaard is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Giants. He will be facing San Francisco for the first time since the National League wild-card game Oct. 5, 2016, when he tossed seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball and struck out 10 but didn’t factor into the decision as New York lost 3-0.Kelly allowed one run over three innings of relief in his lone appearance against the Mets on April 22, 2016, when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves.
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TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales kept up his hot hitting and sent the Baltimore Orioles south of the border with another loss in Canada.Morales homered for the fourth consecutive game http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey , Thomas Pannone and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 6-0 on Wednesday, completing a 10-game season sweep of the Orioles in Toronto.“A lot of those games have been close,” Baltimore right-hander David Hess said of his team’s winless record in Toronto. “They just kind of found ways that we haven’t so far to pull out a win.”Devon Travis had a three-run shot in the eighth inning as the Blue Jays blew open the game with a five-run outburst against Miguel Castro, who uncorked three wild pitches and didn’t retire any of the five batters he faced.Morales hit a two-out drive off Hess (2-8) in the seventh, his fifth home run in the past four games and 19th of the season.“He really regrouped after that slow start and he’s been steady,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Morales, who hit .178 in April.Making his first major league start after four relief appearances, the left-handed Pannone (1-0) pitched six no-hit innings before Baltimore’s Trey Mancini reached on a ground-ball single to begin the seventh.“I didn’t really hold myself to any expectations,” Pannone said. “Just wanted to execute a good game plan and give my team a chance to win and I feel like I did that today.”Mancini advanced to third when left fielder Teoscar Hernandez was charged with an error on Adam Jones’ liner, but Pannone escaped unscathed by getting Tim Beckham and Craig Gentry to ground out before Renato Nunez popped up.Orioles manager Buck Showalter criticized his team’s offensive approach in the inning.“We had second and third and nobody out and you’re getting in that mode of trying to hit a three-run homer instead of getting the run across,” Showalter said.Blue Jays center fielder Randal Grichuk made a sensational diving catch to retire Orioles catcher Austin Wynns for the first out of the sixth. Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins followed with a bunt, but Pannone pounced on the ball and made the throw to first.Gibbons used the word “sneaky” to describe Pannone’s stuff.“That ball jumps on you,” Gibbons said. “He did a hell of a job.”Baltimore put runners at first and second with two outs against Ryan Tepera in the top of the eighth Steven Wright Jersey , but right fielder Billy McKinney made a sliding catch on Mancini’s sinking liner to retire the side. Joe Biagini struck out the side in the ninth.Hess was perfect through four innings. Morales reached on a ground-ball single through the shift to begin the fifth.Hess allowed one run and three hits and set career-highs with seven strikeouts in seven innings.“He commanded the ball down in the zone,” Showalter said. “You could tell he had an idea about where the ball was going and what he was trying to do.”Hess is 0-7 since his most recent win, May 25 at Tampa Bay.Baltimore has lost four straight and 11 of 13. The Orioles are 1-12 against the Blue Jays this season with six games remaining, all in Baltimore.POWER BALLTravis became the 10th Blue Jays hitter to reach double-digits in home runs this season, a team record. They had nine in a season six times previously.TWO FEWBaltimore matched a season-low with two hits. The Orioles also had two hits in a 4-0 loss to Cleveland on April 21.FULL NESTPannone was Toronto’s 14th different starting pitcher of the season, matching the club record set last year.A club-record six of those 14 have made their first career start this season.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez said that the bruised right index finger that has sidelined him for the past two months happened when his finger got caught in a falling suitcase hours before his June 21 start at Los Angeles against the Angels. Sanchez is expected to be activated off the 60-day disabled list Saturday to start against Philadelphia.UP NEXTOrioles: Baltimore is off Thursday. RHP Alex Cobb (4-15, 5.09) starts Friday in the opener of a four-game series against the New York Yankees. LHP CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.32) starts for New York.Blue Jays: Toronto is off Thursday. LHP Ryan Borucki (2-3, 4.27) starts Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the Phillies. Borucki allowed a career-worst six runs and recorded only two outs in his previous start, last Sunday at Yankee Stadium. RHP Jake Arrieta (9-8, 3.25) starts for the Phillies. MILWAUKEE (AP) — It turns out there is way more to the Milwaukee Brewers than just Christian Yelich.The rest of this Brew Crew can play, too. Especially those guys in that loaded bullpen.Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sparkling innings on short rest, Mike Moustakas contributed two more big hits and the Brewers blanked the Colorado Rockies 4-0 Friday to take a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.While the sweet-swinging Yelich had a quiet day by his lofty standards http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-craig-kimbrel-jersey , the NL Central champions showed off their supporting cast on the way to their 10th straight win going back to an impressive finish to the regular season. Erik Kratz had two hits and two RBIs, and Milwaukee’s bullpen closed the door after Chacin delivered in his playoff debut.“It’s been the story of the last six weeks for us for sure, really since the trade deadline, is we’ve become a team with a lot of depth, and that’s how we’re going to have to win,” manager Craig Counsell said. “They’re making an effort to be very, very cautious with Yelich. It’s pretty clear. So guys behind him are going to have opportunities.”Game 3 is Sunday at Coors Field. Another win, and Milwaukee is into the NL Championship Series for the first time since its previous postseason appearance in 2011.“The only thing that changes is that we hit first,” Moustakas said. “Other than that, it’s still baseball. It’ll be a little bit of a hostile environment.”The Rockies, who have played in four different cities since Sunday, are hoping a return to more familiar surroundings will help jump-start their dormant lineup.“We’re going home, where we feel really good hitting David Price Jersey ,” shortstop Trevor Story said. “Hopefully we can get it turned around there.”Nolan Arenado had two of Colorado’s six hits — just two more than the franchise playoff low set in Thursday’s 3-2, 10-inning loss in Game 1. The wild-card Rockies have scored six times in their last four games, and their potent lineup is showing signs of frustration.Chris Iannetta snapped his bat in half over his right leg after he struck out with a runner on third, no one out and Colorado down 1-0 in the seventh. Arenado threw down his bat and helmet after he struck out swinging in the fifth. Carlos Gonzalez leaned over with his hands on his knees after he lined out in the eighth.“They’ve got some quality arms. They’ve got good stuff,” manager Bud Black said. “But with that said, it is a little surprising that we’re not generating some runs.”The Rockies had just one hit through eight innings in the series opener before rallying for two runs in the ninth against Jeremy Jeffress. But the All-Star was back to his normal self in Game 2, working around a single in the eighth and ninth for his first save in his third career playoff game.The excitable right-hander punctuated the win with a big fist pump after retiring David Dahl for the final out.“It’s fun,” Jeffress said with 4-year-old daughter Jurnee sitting in his lap. “I’m enjoying every single moment, and that shows.”Jeffress shared some Gatorade with Jurnee while she waited patiently for him to finish up.“Every time I leave that bullpen, I say it’s for her,” the 31-year-old Jeffress said. “I mean, to have her watch and understand — she understands. She does fist pumps just like I do. She understands, and to have her here enjoying this moment with me http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-mookie-betts-jersey , it’s great.”Backed by a sellout crowd of 44,547 waving yellow towels and standing for every big moment, Chacin set up Milwaukee’s bullpen by escaping a pair of early jams. The veteran right-hander, who helped pitch the Brewers past the Chicago Cubs in the division tiebreaker Monday at Wrigley Field, allowed three hits and walked three.Tyler Anderson matched Chacin zero for zero before Moustakas and Hernan Perez hit consecutive one-out doubles in the fourth. The Brewers had a chance for more, but Perez was caught off third in a baserunning blunder and Kratz flied out to end the inning.Moustakas, who got the game-ending hit in the series opener, came up with the bases loaded in the eighth and singled in Yelich to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead. Kratz tacked on a two-run single with two out.“That’s just what we’ve done all year. We pick each other up, and it’s huge,” Kratz said.The 30-year-old Moustakas helped Kansas City win the World Series in 2015 and was acquired by Milwaukee in a trade in late July. Back in the playoffs for the first time since that run with the Royals, the veteran third baseman is working on another memorable October.“His experience, it’s important,” Counsell said. “It really is.”YELICH’S DAYYelich went 0 for 2 and walked twice. After almost winning the Triple Crown this year Brock Holt Jersey , he homered, singled, walked twice and scored two runs Thursday in his first postseason game.UP NEXTColorado right-hander German Marquez and Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley make their playoff debut in Game 3. Marquez last pitched on Monday in the NL West tiebreaker game at Los Angeles, allowing four runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings in the Rockies’ 5-2 loss to the Dodgers. Miley signed with the Brewers in the offseason. The lefty went 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA in five September starts, but lasted just three innings in his most recent outing last Saturday against Detroit.
ATLANTA — Sean Newcomb had an occasional rough outing before his near no-hitter Ken Boyer Jersey , but now they have become nearly the norm for the Atlanta Braves left-hander.Since falling one strike short of a no-no against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 29, Newcomb has allowed 18 runs in 13 1/3 innings during three starts at SunTrust Park.Newcomb will try to get back on track Tuesday night, but it won’t be easy against the Boston Red Sox, who have the best record in the majors.Article continues below ...At least Newcomb (11-7, 3.85 ERA) will have an extra day of rest going into the start against the Red Sox’s Rick Porcello (15-7, 4.27 ERA) in the middle game of the interleague series. The American League East-leading Red Sox (95-44) won the opener 8-2 on Labor Day, but the Braves remained four games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East thanks to the Phillies’ 3-1 loss at Miami. The Braves will employ a six-man rotation the rest of the season and Newcomb could be the chief beneficiary. He owns a 2.73 ERA with five or more days of rest compared to a 5.61 ERA with the regular four days off between starts. “They show you the numbers, and it’s there,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I’m open to all the new things http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-mike-shannon-jersey , the differences. It’s good.”Until his recent struggles, one of worst outings by Newcomb — a Massachusetts native — had been against the Red Sox in Boston during May. The 25-year-old lasted just three innings and gave up three runs and six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.Newcomb had a 6.35 ERA in August, but Porcello wasn’t much better at 5.11 despite starting the month with a one-hit, complete game against the New York Yankees.Porcello, who last won Aug. 14, has allowed 12 runs in 17 innings in his past three starts.The 29-year-old right-hander didn’t face the Braves in Boston during May, but is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta.Counting right fielder Nick Markakis’ time with Baltimore, he had the most success of any Braves hitter against Porcello. Markakis has a .379 batting average in 29 at-bats with a home run.Porcello has won both of his interleague starts this season, posting a 2.08 ERA while defeating Washington and Philadelphia. He has faced National League teams 39 times with Detroit and Boston Whitey Herzog Jersey , going 20-8 with a 4.13 ERA. Newcomb hasn’t fared well against the American League. He is 1-3 with a 7.62 ERA in five interleague starts in 2018 and one last year as a rookie, the lone victory coming this season versus Tampa Bay. Porcello has fared better on the road than at home this season, going 9-3 with a 3.88 ERA compared with 6-4 with a 4.74 ERA at Fenway Park.Newcomb is 7-3 with a 3.12 ERA on the road this season and 4-4 with a 4.63 ERA at home.Third baseman Rafael Devers, on the disabled list since Aug. 17 with a left hamstring strain, will join the Red Sox on Tuesday after playing six rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket and hitting a homer on Saturday. The Red Sox will also promote veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips, who signed a minor league deal with the team in July and hit .302 in 38 games for Pawtucket. “He had plenty of opt-outs and decided to stay with the team,” Boston manager Joey Cora said of the 37-year-old Phillips, a three-time All-Star with Cincinnati. ” … He wants to be part of this. I think he can contribute. He’s a guy who can hit against lefties.” PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets on Tuesday for a player to be named or cash.Bautista has batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game against Washington 3½ games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.A six-time All-Star for Toronto from 2010-15, the 37-year-old Bautista has 342 career homers. The right-handed hitter is expected to come off the bench for the Phillies and was going to be available to play against the Nationals. He has started in the outfield http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-vince-coleman-jersey , third base and first base this season.“He’s going to be a veteran presence in the dugout and in the clubhouse,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “A major part of his role (is) how intelligent he is. He sees the game differently than anyone we have on our roster right now. He’s very good at picking up tells and figuring out which of our pitchers and opposing pitchers are tipping, and he’s going to share that with our clubhouse.”Philadelphia has been active, acquiring infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and two-time All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos last month, then first baseman Justin Bour and lefty reliever Luis Avilan in August.Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Bautista and catcher Andrew Knapp was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Bautista joins his third NL East team this year. Philadelphia will be his eighth club overall in 15 major league seasons.“He came to us at a time where we had some injuries and needed some stability and I think he not only provided that but did a lot more,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said on a conference call. “This trade was really less about the return we got and more about a couple of other aspects.“One, it allows us to clear out some playing time for some of our other younger guys,” Ricco added. “The second part, I think Orlando Cepeda Jersey , was about doing the right thing by Jose. You know, he’s a veteran player who came to us and, as I said, did a nice job both on and off the field. By being able to move him to a contender, albeit one in our division, but to a contender, it allows Jose a chance to participate in a pennant race and ultimately chase a World Series ring.”To fill Bautista’s roster spot, the fourth-place Mets planned to reinstate outfielder Brandon Nimmo from the 10-day disabled list before Tuesday night’s game in Chicago against the Cubs. Nimmo had been sidelined by a bruised left index finger.
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