PHOENIX (AP) — The young Clay Buchholz used the scouting report merely as a suggestion.He glanced at it Ryan Zimmerman Jersey , made a couple of mental notes, but basically threw whatever pitch was working or felt right in the situation. His stuff was that good.The veteran Clay Buchholz relies on the scouting report much more. His stuff not quite as electric, the right-hander has to use his mind and his arm to get hitters out.It’s certainly working. Following a series of injury-plagued seasons, Buchholz has used a more targeted approach to revitalize his career and become a key cog in the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ push to a second straight playoff appearance.“I try to pitch to hitters’ weaknesses a lot more than I used to,” Buchholz said. “I’ve gotten a lot better at knowing what part of the scouting report I can (use) and what I can do with it, rather than taking it all in and forgetting some of it and being unsure. I have a lot of other eyes on the whole scenario for me, too.”Buchholz has arguably been Arizona’s best pitcher since signing with the Diamondbacks on May 5, going 7-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 13 starts. He tossed seven scoreless innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, a start after finishing off the San Diego Padres for his 10th career complete game.The right-hander has been at his best as the NL West-leading Diamondbacks hit the stretch run of the season. Buchholz has won six of his past seven starts and has an eight-game streak of pitching at least five innings and allowing three runs or less.“I think Clay has finally gotten to a point in his career where he’s realized the type of pitcher he needs to be,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I see it happening every single outing. I see him adapting to a game plan and I see him making adjustments to hitters in different ways. For me, that’s the definition of mental toughness in a pitcher.”Buchholz has needed it.He burst onto the baseball scene in 2007, tossing a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in his second career start. Buchholz made it through two more starts his rookie season before being shut down for shoulder fatigue. That began a string of injuries, including a pulled hamstring after making the All-Star team in 2010, a stress fracture in 2011, a knee injury in 2014.Buchholz then suffered an elbow injury in 2015 that bothered him over the next two years before forearm surgery cost him most of the 2017 season with Philadelphia. He ended up signing a minor-league deal with Kansas City this year, but the Royals wanted to go young and kept him in Triple-A Omaha, so he opted out of the contract.His future uncertain, Buchholz signed with the Diamondbacks http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-jayson-werth-jersey , believing he could contribute but not knowing exactly what to expect.“I feel like I have a lot pitches left in me,” the 34-year-old said. “I’ve been hurt a lot and haven’t thrown as many pitches as a normal 10-year major league guy. The way I look at it, I feel good right now so sort of proving to myself I was right then going out there and working.”Early in his career, Buchholz dominated hitters with a fastball that hit 96 mph. The velocity isn’t quite the same — it’s still in the low 90s — but Buchholz has made up for it by learning hitters’ tendencies, mixing his pitches and locations. He also has leaned on pitching strategist Dan Haren, a former big-league pitcher, and Arizona’s catchers to game plan against opposing hitters.“At times, when I knew him as a younger pitcher, the tempo might not have been as good,” said Lovullo, Boston’s bench coach during Buchholz’s time there. “He’s doing a really good job with three pitches, three-plus pitches, and he’s on a great run right now full of confidence.”Buchholz’s run has the Diamondbacks running toward a playoff berth. Elsa/Getty ImagesThe latest postseason clash between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees picked up where the last one left off in 2004.With Boston on top.Although the Red Sox barely eked out a 5-4 win over their longtime nemeses in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday, the game somehow felt even closer than that.The early innings were a rout in favor of the home team. That had much to do with Chris Sale's triumphant return to power-pitching goodness on the run prevention side of things. On the other side, J.D. Martinez provided an early exclamation mark with a three-run home run in the first inning.MLB MLBGood times never seemed so good! #ALDS 236dsZXhxyIn the later innings, however, the Yankees sucked as much life as they could out of the capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The trick was to exploitthe Red Sox's not-so-secret Achilles' heel: their bullpen.Boston relievers technically had a solid season, putting up a 3.74 ERA that ranked ninth in Major League Baseball. But the front office and manager Alex Cora never figured out the bridge to ace closer Craig Kimbrel. It really started to show in September Bryce Harper Jersey , as Boston's pen slumped to a 4.84 ERA.Signs of progress were not immediately apparent after Cora lifted Sale with one out in the sixth inning.Ryan Brasier allowed two of his inherited runners to score. The Yankees then loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh, ultimately settling for one run. Cora resorted to bringing in 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello to begin the eighth and then Kimbrel for a four-out save. He got it but not before surrendering a solo blast to Aaron Judge.Throughout all the late-inning drama, the sheer evenness of these Red Sox and Yankees teams was as tangible as the spines on a porcupine. Game 1 certainly felt like a showdown between two teams that combined for 208 victories in the regular season.Still, the Red Soxdidwin to grab a 1-0 series lead. And couched in how they did it are real positives.Tim Bradbury/Getty ImagesStart with Sale, who became the first Red Sox starter to pitch into the sixth inning of a postseason game since John Lackey in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series.The big question coming into Friday was whether Sale would regain any of the fastball velocity he'd been missing after returning from a second bout withshoulder inflammation on Sept. 11. Previously, he'd averaged 95 mph on his fastball. He averaged92.7 mph afterward, including 90.2 mph in his final regular-season tuneup Sept. 26.Cora tried to quell unrest by pointing to Sale's mechanics, not his shoulder."I don't feel that's the reason," the first-year skipper told reporters. "We've been talking about it the whole time, and we don't feel it's the shoulder. His mechanics were way off in the first outing, probably, they got better, then all of the sudden last one it wasn't there. But we don't feel it has anything to do with the shoulder."Evidently, Sale has fixed what had been ailing him.He sat at 94.6 mph with his four-seamer in Game 1, with a peak of 96.6 mph. That made it easier for him to catch Yankees hitters off-guard with his slider and changeup, which drew nine whiffs out of 49 total pitches.Sale isn't all the way back to the otherworldly dominance (1.97 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 146 innings) he displayed through his first 23 starts. But he nonetheless looked the part of a Game 1 starter. Should the Red Sox need one, that's a solid assurance he can also be an ace in Game 4 or Game 5.Meanwhile, the Red Sox offense operated in much the same way it did all season.It revolved around Martinez Stephen Strasburg Jersey , Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi. They provided six of the team's eight hits, as well as four of its five runs batted in. Most of this happened in two-plus innings of exposure to J.A. Happ, who was the Yankees' de facto ace down the stretch.Though nowhere near as big a concern as the team's bullpen, the shallowness of Boston's lineup around its big four is a red flag. Especially opposite the Yankees lineup, which got contributions from all over en route to a record 267 homers in the regular season.It is some comfort, however, that Martinez, Betts, Bogaerts and Benintendi are all complete hitters who can hit good pitching. The Red Sox will be in good shape if they can keep throwing punches early鈥攑articularly if it's in tandem with more good starting pitching, which the Red Sox stand to get if David Price and Porcello pitch to their best abilities in Games 2 and 3.Of course, the Yankees don't necessarily have to be impressed by any of this.For them, it's a moral victory that Boston's best starter could only muster 16 outs in Game 1. Their harsh exposure of the Red Sox's bullpen is yet another moral victory. From here, it may not be that difficult to ride their bats and bullpen to a series tie and beyond. In either event, the Red Sox and Yankees have taken the first step toward another October classic.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While Minnesota’s pitchers were struggling with the strike zone http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jung-ho-kang-jersey , the Twins‘ hitters were teeing off.Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning for Minnesota’s third homer of the day, helping the Twins top the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Sunday.Max Kepler and Jake Cave also connected as Minnesota won for the fifth time in six games. The Twins bashed 13 homers while taking three of four from the Tigers.“It’s one of those things, hitting’s contagious,” said Cave, who reached the second deck in center with his solo drive in the fourth.“Guys are hitting home runs, Kepler hits a home run in the same inning that I did. So when you got a guy who hits a home run in front of you, gives you a little cushion, then you get to a 3-2 count Francisco Cervelli Jersey , it kind of helps you to be able to put your best swing on the ball.”Unlike Cave and Kepler, Rosario didn’t have a full count, but the result was the same. Behind 0-2 after two swings-and-misses leading off the eighth, Rosario launched the third fastball he saw from Alex Wilson (1-4) into the right field seats for his 22nd homer.“The ball flies here. You make mistakes up, that’s what these guys do. They’ve got some swingers,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.Minnesota has 15 homers on its homestand. But the Twins walked 22 batters during the four-game series against the Tigers, and it nearly cost them Sunday.Minnesota led 4-1 after the homers by Kepler and Cave. The Twins appeared to be cruising before Jake Odorizzi walked consecutive batters in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs.“It was the same command issues that were kind of haunting me all day John Jaso Jersey ,” Odorizzi said. “I was behind a lot of counts, even in the middle innings when I was going good. I just need to execute a little bit better.”Matt Magill then came in and walked Niko Goodrum on four pitches, forcing in a run. After Victor Martinez bounced into a run-scoring double play, Jim Adduci hit a tying RBI single.Trevor Hildenberger (3-3) relieved Taylor Rogers in the eighth and got James McCann on a grounder with two on to end the inning. He worked a scoreless ninth despite pinch-hitter Victor Reyes‘ leadoff single and a walk to Jose Iglesias.WHEN THEY GO HIGH .Wilson’s last two pitches to Rosario were high. The first drew a bad swing and a miss from Rosario. The second? Not so much.“I don’t know if he was guessing neck-high fastball again, but he guessed right,” Twins manager Paul Molitor quipped.BULLPEN DAYTigers reliever Buck Farmer allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first start this season. He got the nod after the Tigers realized Jacob Turner didn’t meet a 10-day wait requirement after being designated for assignment this month. On Saturday night, the Tigers said Turner would be called up from Triple-A to start.Zac Reininger gave up the homers to Kepler and Cave before Daniel Stumpf threw two hitless innings.“Our pitchers did what we hoped. They gave us an opportunity,” Gardenhire said.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Iglesias returned to the lineup after a few days off to rest a bruised right thumb. 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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers put Xavier Cedeno on their roster for the NL Championship Series against Los Angeles Gerardo Parra Jersey , adding another left-hander to their deep bullpen for the matchup with the Dodgers’ power-packed lineup.Cedeno had a 1.13 ERA in eight innings over 15 games after he was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31. Cedeno replaces slick-fielding outfielder Keon Broxton, who homered in Game 3 of the NLDS sweep against Colorado.Left-handed hitting Max Muncy has a team-high 35 homers for the Dodgers. Two more left-handers, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson, are next with 25 each.“We made a choice basically to add another pitcher, because it could be a seven-game series,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We add another left-hander that we think matches up well in kind of a number of situations. So we add extra potential outs. And then the sacrifice is we’re losing a baserunner, a defender http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-todd-helton-jersey , and we’re losing a hitter.”The Dodgers are sticking with 12 pitchers and 13 positions players, but made one change from the Division Series. They switched left-handers for the NLCS, with Julio Urias taking Scott Alexander’s roster spot.The hard-throwing Urias had no record and didn’t allow a run in three games this season. He returned to the big leagues in mid-September after missing more than a year following surgery on his left shoulder.“The value of Julio to come in and get one to four or five outs, I think that for us with our bullpen construction, we feel comfortable with that,” manager Dave Roberts said.Alexander was 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA and three saves this season. He made one appearance in the NLDS against the Braves, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Game 3. PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Kemp needled teammate Manny Machado in a happy Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse after Monday night’s 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Nolan Arenado Jersey , giving the star slugger a hard time for not running full speed out of the batter’s box while admiring a long drive to the wall in the ninth inning.The hit went for a double, falling just short of a home run, and gave Machado his second RBI of the game in a three-run ninth inning.“I thought I got it,” Machado said with a grin. “At least I got the RBI and we got the lead. I’ll take it. I’ll wear it.”Machado also drove in the go-ahead run with a groundout deep into the shortstop hole with the bases loaded in the seventh to score Yasiel Puig. That helped the NL West-leading Dodgers stay 1½ games ahead of Colorado, which routed Philadelphia 10-1 at Coors Field.David Freese homered and had three hits to back Clayton Kershaw (9-5), who allowed three runs and six hits over six innings in his fifth start against Arizona this season. He struck out six and walked one.The defending NL champions have won six of seven.Freese is hitting .375 since joining the Dodgers in an Aug. 31 trade with Pittsburgh. He finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs.“To go from thinking you’re not going to be traded to all of a sudden you’re a Dodger and you’re in there 24 hours later, you understand what this organization’s trying to do and you get called upon to help out Charlie Blackmon Jersey ,” Freese said. “Just kind of doing my thing and filling my role.”Ketel Marte homered and drove in three runs, all off Kershaw, and A.J. Pollock went deep against closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth. The Diamondbacks, already eliminated from playoff contention, have lost four straight and eight of nine.With the Dodgers trailing 3-2 to start the seventh, Yasmani Grandal walked and Puig came through with a pinch-hit single off reliever Andrew Chafin (1-6). Brad Ziegler gave up a pinch-hit single to Max Muncy that tied it 3-all.“That was the difference in the game, Yasiel’s at-bat http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-mcgee-jersey , Muncy’s at-bat, and also defensively,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Really good to see everyone had their hand in it.”With one out, Freese singled to load the bases before Machado knocked in the tiebreaking run. The Dodgers scored three runs in the ninth on two wild pitches by Yoshihisa Hirano and Machado’s double.Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray went five innings, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.Arizona tied it at 1 in the bottom of the first with Eduardo Escobar’s single and Marte’s triple, which eluded Kemp’s lunging catch attempt in right field. Marte’s homer landed in the seats in left-center in the third for a 2-1 Arizona lead.“I had a good approach with Kershaw,” Marte said. “I was just trying to see the ball up and hit the ball in the right-center gap. Trying to put my best swing on it.”Freese ripped a 1-1 fastball from Ray opposite field over the right-field fence Trevor Story Jersey , tying it at 2 in the fifth. That brought chants of “Let’s go Dodgers!” from the many Los Angeles fans in the Chase Field stands.PLAYING TO WINBefore the game, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said he told Rockies manager Bud Black that the Diamondbacks would do their best to try to beat the Dodgers, even if they rested a regular or two. Arizona didn’t start the game with its top lineup but finished it that way.Roberts was asked how much he can appreciate that Arizona is still competing.“We would expect nothing less from Torey and the organization over there,” Roberts said. “First class. They’re going to play 162 games, that’s what we’d expect.”YOU’RE OUTTA HEREDodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the top of the ninth by plate umpire Joe West after striking out swinging.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: RHP JT Chargois was reinstated from the disabled list. He missed more than a month with nerve irritation. “I’m just proud of him to get back out there,” Roberts said.Diamondbacks: 1B Christian Walker was hit near his nose by a pitch from Kenta Maeda with two outs in the eighth and left the game with a deep bruise. Lovullo said Walker had a CT scan after the game.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (7-5) brings a 2.74 ERA into his scheduled start Tuesday against Arizona. Opponents are batting .198 against the rookie.Diamondbacks: RHP Matt Koch (5-5) is set to face the Dodgers. He’s won each of his last three starts at home since May 28.
ARLINGTON Mariano Rivera Jersey , Texas (AP) — Shohei Ohtani homered twice during a huge night at the plate after getting bad news about his pitching arm, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Wednesday.Perhaps headed for Tommy John surgery, the two-way rookie sensation went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, four runs and a stolen base to power the Angels. About two hours before the game, the team announced Ohtani has new damage in his right elbow and ligament-replacement surgery has been recommended.The club said the Japanese star had an MRI earlier in the day that revealed the problem in his ulnar collateral ligament.Ohtani’s homers were towering drives into the right-field seats. With his second two-homer game, the designated hitter tied Kenji Johjima’s 2006 major league record of 18 homers by a Japanese rookie.Andrelton Simmons also homered for the Angels and drove in three runs.Adrian Beltre hit a two-run shot for Texas, the 472nd homer of his career, in the sixth inning against Jim Johnson. Three of Beltre’s 10 homers this season have come in the last five games.Los Angeles rookie Jaime Barria (10-8) beat Texas for the third time and 45-year-old Bartolo Colon (7-12) for the second.ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 3DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story homered in his first three at-bats, including one projected at more than 500 feet, and Colorado beat San Francisco in a game delayed 68 minutes by rain at the start.The All-Star shortstop had a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game but struck out in his final at-bat in the eighth inning.Story powered Colorado to its fifth straight win, and the Rockies increased their NL West lead to 1 1/2 games over Arizona and Los Angeles.It was the first three-homer game of Story’s career and his fifth multihomer game this season. The outburst came at the expense of Giants starter Andrew Suarez (6-10).Story’s solo homer in the fourth traveled an estimated 505 feet. It was the longest homer in franchise history and the longest since Statcast began tracking distances in 2015.Harrison Musgrave (2-3) got the win and Adam Ottavino closed for his sixth save.San Francisco has lost five in a row.RED SOX 9, BRAVES 8ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, highlighting his long-awaited season debut and capping Boston’s biggest comeback of the season.The Red Sox overcame a late six-run deficit to sweep the three-game series between division leaders.Major league-leading Boston scored six times in the eighth to make it 7-all. After Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer with two outs in the Braves eighth http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-babe-ruth-jersey , the Red Sox bounced back for their 97th win.The 37-year-old Phillips sat out the first half of this year, signed a minor league contract with Boston in late June and was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. He didn’t play that night, but started at second base in the final game of the interleague set.After becoming the first player in Red Sox history to wear No. 0, in one swing the guy with the zero became a game-day hero. Andrew Benintendi singled with one out off A.J. Minter (4-3) and Steve Pearce struck out, bringing up Phillips. On the first pitch, Phillips homered deep into the left field seats.Atlanta left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who hit another leadoff homer in the first, didn’t move as Phillips’ shot sailed over his head. Phillips scored three runs and drew two walks.Braves stadium organist Matthew Kaminski played “Welcome Back” before Phillips’ first at-bat in the second inning. Phillips, a high school star in the Atlanta area who played most of last season with the Braves, tipped his helmet and then walked.Freeman hit his tiebreaking homer off Brandon Workman (4-0).Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 38th save.ATHLETICS 8, YANKEES 2OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run single, Matt Chapman and Matt Olson each doubled in a run, and Oakland jumped on New York early.Jed Lowrie added a run-scoring single as the A’s backed Mike Fiers (11-6), who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Fiers is 4-0 in six starts since joining Oakland Lou Gehrig Jersey , and the A’s have won all his outings.The A’s moved within 3 1/2 games of the Yankees for the top AL wild card and remained 3 1/2 back of the AL West-leading Astros.Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer for New York but had all sorts of trouble behind the plate. Luis Severino (17-7) was done with two outs in the third for his shortest outing of the season. He allowed six runs — five earned — and six hits.Severino threw two wild pitches that scored separate runs in the first, when Sanchez also had a pair of passed balls.ASTROS 9, TWINS 1HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman homered and had five RBIs, and Evan Gattis hit his 25th home run to help Houston rout Minnesota.The defending champs have won five straight, finishing a 10-game homestand with a 7-3 record. Houston has won 12 of its last 15 games entering a three-game series in major league-leading Boston.Bregman gave the Astros a 2-0 lead in the third inning with his 29th homer of the season, a line-drive shot off Jake Odorizzi into the left-field Crawford Boxes. He added a three-run double off the left-field wall with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, his 47th double, to put Houston up 9-1.Gattis extended Houston’s lead to 4-0 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Odorizzi.Houston went up 5-1 with an RBI single to right from Yuli Gurriel off Odorizzi (5-10).Houston starter Framber Valdez (3-1) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out five.INDIANS 3, ROYALS 1CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber became the first 18-game winner in the majors this season, striking out 10 in Cleveland’s victory over Kansas City.The Indians moved closer to the third straight AL Central title, reducing their magic number for clinching the division to nine.Kluber (18-7) allowed one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was pulled after 105 pitches. Cleveland used three relievers to complete the two-hitter. Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save since being acquired San Diego and 32nd this season.Jason Kipnis had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth and two hits.Brad Keller (7-6) lost for the first time since Aug. 7.METS 7, DODGERS 3LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Wheeler stayed in the game after getting hit in the chest by a line drive, pitching seven sharp innings to lead New York over Los Angeles.Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger homered for the playoff-contending Dodgers, who lost for third time in their past 12 games. Los Angeles finished with three hits.Wilmer Flores had a pair of RBI singles and Amed Rosario got three hits for the Mets. They went 5-4 on their road trip to Wrigley Field http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-dimaggio-jersey , San Francisco and Los Angeles.Wheeler (10-7) retired the first 11 batters before Justin Turner hit a liner in the fourth inning that struck the pitcher. The exit velocity on Turner’s ball was clocked at 91 mph. Wheeler got a visit from the Mets’ medical staff and gave up a home run to Muncy three pitches later.Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2) was the loser.CUBS 6, BREWERS 4MILWAUKEE (AP) — Daniel Murphy and Kyle Schwarber homered to back a solid start from Jose Quintana, and Chicago held off Milwaukee to avert a three-game sweep.Pedro Strop closed out a tense ninth inning as Chicago boosted its NL Central lead to four games over the second-place Brewers. Quintana (12-9) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, improving to 3-1 at Miller Park with the Cubs. Strop allowed a walk and a single to open the ninth but got the final three outs, striking out Curtis Granderson with two runners on to preserve the win.Granderson belted his first home run as a member of the Brewers in a pinch-hit role in the seventh, a two-run shot that cut Chicago’s lead to 6-4.The Cubs finally broke their string of 16 scoreless innings against Milwaukee right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (14-6) when Murphy led off the fourth with an opposite-field homer.CARDINALS 7, NATIONALS 6WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams homered twice against his former team, Marcell Ozuna tied his career high with four hits and St. Louis held off Washington.One night after bashing five homers against Washington, St. Louis settled for three in the rubber game of the series as Yairo Munoz had a solo shot in the sixth.Miles Mikolas (14-4) worked 6 2/3 innings and was charged with four runs on 12 hits. Carlos Martinez worked the final two innings for his first save since 2014, getting three straight outs in the ninth after the first two batters reached.Bryce Harper had three hits for Washington on a day when general manager Mike Rizzo responded that he hasn’t considered any other scenario when asked if manager Dave Martinez will return in 2019.Tanner Roark (8-15) gave up six runs on 10 hits over five innings.MARINERS 5, ORIOLES 2SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz and Denard Span hit back-to-back home runs, and Seattle overcame sloppy infield defense to beat Baltimore.Despite winning a home series for the first time since July 22, the Mariners failed to gain ground on Oakland in the AL wild-card race. They still trail by 5½ games with 22 remaining.Mike Leake (9-9) gave up two unearned runs in six innings to earn his first victory since June 23. Edwin Diaz locked down his major league-leading 53rd save, tied for fifth-most in one season.Andrew Cashner (4-14) gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings.TIGERS 10, WHITE SOX 2CHICAGO (AP) — Ronny Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and Jeimer Candelario Mickey Mantle Jersey , Mikie Mahtook and JaCoby Jones each added a solo shot, powering Detroit to a rout of Chicago and prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech.The game was delayed twice by rain for a total of 61 minutes.Nicholas Castellanos went 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI, and Victor Martinez had a two-run single as the Tigers pounded out 16 hits and won for the eighth time in nine games at Guaranteed Rate Field.Jordan Zimmermann (7-6) allowed just two hits in five shutout innings and returned following both delays.Kopech (1-1) was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He served up all four Detroit homers as his ERA jumped from 0.82 to 5.02. He had allowed just one run over 11 innings in his first three starts in the majors, including two cut short by rain delays.BLUE JAYS 10, RAYS 3TORONTO (AP) — Aledmys Diaz hit a three-run homer in a seven-run first inning, Aaron Sanchez won for the first time in three months and Toronto beat Tampa Bay to prevent a three-game sweep.Billy McKinney added a solo homer as Toronto had 16 hits and improved to 3-9 against the Rays this season. Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak was snapped.Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier hit two solo home runs for his third career multihomer game. He also did it against the Blue Jays on Aug. 23, 2017.Sanchez (4-5) permitted three runs and six hits over six innings, including both of Kiermaier’s homers, to win for the first time since June 3 at Detroit. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts.Tyler Glasnow (1-5) was the loser.MARLINS 2, PHILLIES 1MIAMI (AP) — Sandy Alcantara pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning in his second career start, Austin Dean drove in a pair of runs and Miami beat Philadelphia.Alcantara (2-0) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six. Drew Steckenrider allowed a walk and a single with one out in the ninth, but finished off his fourth save with a pair of strikeouts.Nick Pivetta (7-11) was the loser. The Phillies have lost four of five. They remained three games behind Atlanta in the NL East race.PIRATES 3, REDS 2PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon pitched five effective innings and helped send Homer Bailey to yet another loss in Pittsburgh’s victory over Cincinnati.Taillon (12-9) allowed only one run as he scattered eight hits and walked none to help the Pirates sweep the three-game series. Felipe Vazquez survived a shaky ninth inning, allowing Dilson Herrera’s pinch-hit RBI double with none out http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-yogi-berra-jersey , before earning his 30th save.Bailey (1-14) lost his ninth straight decision. The Reds are 1-19 in his starts this season. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:RALLY MURPHYThe Cubs have scored exactly one run in five straight games, all via solo homers, but they’re hoping new addition Daniel Murphy can help string together some hits. The NL Central leaders bolstered their struggling lineup by acquiring Murphy in a trade with Washington on Tuesday, and he may join the club for a night game at Detroit. The 33-year-old Murphy was the NL Championship Series MVP when the Mets swept the Cubs in 2015, hitting .529 with four homers and six RBIs.“It’s going to be more fun to watch him hit,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He kind of devastated us in 2015.”‘PEN PAINYankees closer Aroldis Chapman is likely to have an MRI after he experienced pain Tuesday in the same left knee where he dealt with tendinitis earlier this season. Chapman was pulled in the 12th inning of a win over Miami after averaging just 96 mph on his fastball, the lowest of any outing for him since 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Chapman has 31 saves and a 2.11 ERA this season. New York held reliever David Robertson out of Tuesday’s win because of a sore right shoulder, though manager Aaron Boone did not anticipate Robertson would be out long.POSEY’S DECISIONGiants catcher Buster Posey is expected to play against the Mets in New York, but the season might soon be coming to an end for the six-time All-Star. Posey says he’s considering surgery to fix a hip problem that’s been hobbling him all year.The 31-year-old Posey hasn’t homered in a span of 166 at-bats since June 19, the third-longest homerless drought of his career in terms of days. San Francisco is 62-65 and behind several teams for the second NL wild-card spot.WELCOME BACKStephen Strasburg (6-7, 3.90 ERA) returns to Washington’s rotation after being sidelined by a cervical nerve impingement. His start at home against the Phillies will be his first outing since July 20. He’s 10-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 21 career starts vs. Philadelphia.HELLO OLD FRIENDMatt Adams is expected to join the Cardinals after being acquired Tuesday from the fading Nationals. St. Louis has charged back into playoff contention, and they’re hoping a reunion with the lefty-swinging slugger can push them over the top. Adams hit .257 with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs in 249 at-bats after signing with Washington in the offseason. Adams should be activated prior to the Cardinals’ series finale at Dodger Stadium.CHECK HIMWhite Sox manager Rick Renteria will undergo further testing after an episode of lightheadedness. The 56-year-old Renteria was released from a Minnesota hospital on Tuesday, a day after missing a game.Renteria will be tested at a hospital in Chicago. Bench coach Joe McEwing is running the team while Renteria is away.
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesNew York Mets third baseman David Wright said returning to the on-deck circle Friday night before his first MLB at-bat since 2016 was "something special."Anthony DiComo of MLB.com provided comments from Wright after the Mets' 8-1 loss to the Miami Marlins http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey , and the team legend admitted he was "pretty close to throwing up:"Anthony DiComo AnthonyDiComoDavid Wright: quot;It was amazing. I was pretty close to throwing up on deck.quot; Hr2ZOq1Qt1Wright grounded out to third as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning.SportsNet New York SNYtvDavid Wrights first at-bat in two years results in a groundout kiM5nySorHThe 35-year-old Virginia native has struggled with persistent back and shoulder injuries that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season and a vast majority of the current campaign.New York announced earlier in the month it would activate the seven-time All-Star selection for the final homestand of the season. He's expected to make his final start Saturday against the Marlins."I guess as a young player or even a couple of years ago, you never think it's [going to end]," Wrighttold reportersahead of his expected retirement at season's end. "You think you can play forever."The Mets selected Wright in the 2001 draft, and he made his debut for the big club in 2004. His appearance Saturday will mark his 1,584th regular-season game for the team. He won back-to-back Gold Glove Awards and Silver Slugger Awards in 2007 and 2008.He served as the team's captain since 2013. The first-place Cleveland Indians will attempt to avoid being swept in a three-game series by the last-place Kansas City Royals when the two teams meet on Sunday afternoon in Kauffman Stadium.After splitting a tense and competitive four-game series with the Red Sox in Boston on the first leg of a seven-game road trip, the Indians have looked flat in dropping the first two games in Kansas City by a combined score of 12-5 Brandin Cooks Jersey Elite , including the Royals beating Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber 7-1 Saturday night.Cleveland has lost four in a row, matching its longest losing streak of the year.Article continues below ...“We’ve got to figure out a way to play better,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We look a little tired. We’ve got to show up (Sunday) and grind and find a way to win.”The Indians go into Sunday’s series finale with their two most important hitters, both MVP candidates, in slumps. In the first six games of the road trip Francisco Lindor is hitting .154 (4-for-26) with no RBIs, and Jose Ramirez is hitting .143 (3-for-21) with no RBIs.“They’re having a tough time http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/brandin-cooks-jersey ,” Francona said. “We lean on them so much, and we will continue to. But (Royals pitchers) have done a real good job on those guys the last couple of nights.”In their 7-1 loss Saturday night the Indians were out-hit by the Royals 14-5. Cleveland’s only run came on a balk.Sunday’s pitching matchup will be a pair of right-handers, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber vs. Kansas City’s Jorge Lopez.Bieber (7-2, 4.36) is coming off one of his most impressive starts of the season, a 6-3 win over Boston on Aug. 21 in which he held the Red Sox’ potent offense scoreless on two hits through the first six innings. Bieber’s final line was 6 1/3 innings, three runs Authentic Robert Woods Jersey , five hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.Bieber is a rookie, and like many rookies he’s been very streaky. In four August starts he is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA. In his four starts prior to that he was 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA. In his four starts prior to that he was 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA.Sunday will be Bieber’s second career appearance vs. Kansas City. His only other appearance against the Royals was a start on July 3 in which he got the win in a 6-4 Cleveland victory. He pitched six innings, allowing four runs and nine hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.Lopez (0-3, 3.99) was acquired by Kansas City from Milwaukee as part of a trade in which the Royals sent Mike Moustakas to the Brewers. Lopez was used as a reliever in Milwaukee Robert Woods Jersey Elite , but the Royals are using him as a starter.In 10 relief appearances with the Brewers Lopez was 0-1 with a 2.75 ERA. In two starts with the Royals he is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA. Lopez also appeared in a combined 26 games (two starts) at the Triple-A level for the Brewers and Royals and was 4-3 with a 5.26 ERA.Lopez’s last major league start for Kansas City was a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Aug. 20, in which he pitched five innings, allowing one run and five hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.Lopez has one career appearance vs. Cleveland, a relief effort for Milwaukee on May 9. He pitched two innings, giving up two runs and two hits http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , with one strikeout and no walks.For his career overall at the major league level, Lopez is 1-3 with a 5.95 ERA in four career starts. In 11 career relief appearances he is 0-1 with a 2.91 ERA.
KANSAS CITY Robinson Cano Jersey , Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield had never hit a game-ending home run — not in middle school, high school, college or as a pro — so he tried to admire his shot into the seats Saturday night.The only problem? First base coach Mitch Maier wasn’t sure it was gone.“I heard him yell, ‘Run! Run! Run!” Merrifield said, so he took off running.His two-run shot with one out in the ninth inning was plenty deep, though, landing in the outfield seats and giving the Kansas City Royals a back-and-forth 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.“I’m going to have to get Mitch back for that,” Merrifield said with a smile.The Orioles took the lead in the top of the ninth, when Trey Mancini homered to lead off and Tim Beckham added a two-run double for his fourth hit of the night. But when Mychael Givens (0-7) came on to close things out, he promptly walked Brett Phillips on four pitches to start the inning.Cam Gallagher sacrificed Phillips to second, and Merrifield cracked a 0-2 pitch an estimated 415 feet to left field, giving the young Royals their sixth win in seven games this homestand.It’s their best seven-game stretch since July 2017, and includes the first two games in this three-game series between the worst two teams in the major leagues.“I think it gives us confidence,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “When your players have confidence Felix Hernandez Jersey , it gives us confidence too. You can see it in their faces that they continue to gain confidence.”The Royals’ Jason Hammel squandered another solid start by Heath Fillmyer, though that’s hardly new. The 24-year-old Fillmyer allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out six, yet was stuck with his sixth no-decision in his last eight starts.Jake Newberry (1-0) wound up earning his first big league win in relief.“Pretty cool,” he said, “to get it on a walk-off homer.”The Orioles took an early lead on John Andreoli’s sacrifice fly and Beckham’s homer on a 3-1 pitch from Fillmyer. But the Royals answered in the bottom of the fourth when Phillips hit his second homer of the season — the 35th allowed by Dylan Bundy, tying an Orioles single-season record.Kansas City pulled even in the sixth on Brian Goodwin’s base hit, then took the lead when Rosell Herrera shrugged off a 3-for-31 slump with an RBI single.The game went back-and-forth one more time after that.“It’s just closing. There’s pressure in different situations. There’s finality in that inning,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of their fateful ninth. “It’s a great job if you’re good at it.”BUNDY IS BETTERBundy wound up allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out eight in his best performance in about three weeks. “Yeah, I thought so too,” he said. “Still got room to improve, obviously, but the breaking pitches were a little bit sharper.”MINOR LEAGUE DEALThe Royals announced a two-year extension with Idaho Falls to remain their rookie-level farm club in the Pioneer League. Eleven current members of the big league club played for the Chukars.ROYALS MOVESThe Royals, who traded C Drew Butera to Colorado on Friday Hisashi Iwakuma Jersey , recalled C Meibrys Viloria from Class-A Wilmington. C Salvador Perez has been dealing with a sprained thumb, and Cam Gallagher is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster. Viloria was hitting .260 with six homers at Wilmington.ORIOLES MOVESBaltimore recalled INF Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Norfolk, and he’ll join the club in time for Sunday’s game. Valera appeared in one game with the Orioles last month, going 1 for 4, after arriving as part of the July 18 trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: OF/DH Mark Trumbo (right knee inflammation) will have arthroscopic surgery in Baltimore, manager Buck Showalter said. It is expected to take place Thursday or Friday.Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund (sprained UCL) was due to make a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Saturday night. Skoglund (1-5, 6.70 ERA) has been out since late May.UP NEXTRHP Jorge Lopez (0-3, 7.90 ERA), part of a late-July trade with Milwaukee, tries again for his first win for the Royals when he faces Orioles RHP David Hess (3-8, 5.08) in the series finale Sunday. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani gave yet another glimpse of what he could do at the plate just hours after announcing he planned to undergo Tommy John surgery and return next season only as a hitter.Ohtani’s bat was broken by a Yovani Gallardo slider, but he was strong enough to punch it into center for a single that tied the score and ignite a four-run rally Tuesday to lead the Angels to a 4-1 comeback over the Texas Rangers.Ohtani, Justin Upton Ken Griffey Jersey , Taylor Ward and Kaleb Cowart all pushed in runs for the Angels.Despite being something of a sensation the first half of the season, Ohtani said he doesn’t feel he has proven he is a legitimate two-way player.“It’s been a small sample size with just one season, so can’t really say I proved to the world that I can continue being a two-way player,” Ohtani said.Texas’ Joey Gallo proved his 40-homer season last year was no fluke, hitting his 40th of this season off Matt Shoemaker in the third. Gallo has three more homers than singles (37) this season.Gallo became the fourth Rangers player to have back-to-back 40-homer seasons.“To do that, and to stay healthy all year, that’s hard to do,” Gallo said. “You’re playing 162 games, and the second year is always toughest. I knew there would be a dip with people making adjustments so it wasn’t something where I said ‘I’m going to hit 40 again no problem.’ “Gallardo (8-7) looked like he might make the lone run hold up, holding the Angels scoreless on three hits through five innings.But it all went wrong in the sixth. Kole Calhoun led off with a double, and after he advanced to third on a groundout, Mike Trout was walked intentionally.That led to Ohtani’s single off reliever Martin Perez, before third baseman Jurickson Profar’s throwing error on a grounder by Upton allowed Trout to score.The Angels scored another run after shortstop Elvis Andrus and second baseman Roughed Odor collided going for an Andrelton Simmons bouncer up the middle to load the bases. Ward walked to force in a run.Cowart lofted a deep sacrifice fly to left that scored Upton and the Angels had a 4-1 lead.TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: LHP Mike Minor has been shut down for the season. Used exclusively as a reliever by the Royals last season, he emerged as the Rangers’ most effective starter. He went 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 starts. The 30-year-old Minor threw 157 innings and that was simply deemed enough for this season.Angels: Ohtani has decided to have Tommy John surgery next week in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The announcement was expected and Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed it means Ohtani will not pitch next season.OHTANI THE HITTERThe two-way star admitted to frustration at not being able to continue as a pitcher next season.“I am disappointed that I’m not going to be able to pitch next season http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-ichiro-suzuki-jersey , but I try to take positive out of negative things,” he said. “Normal (pitchers) won’t be able to play at all next season, but fortunately I’ll play as a hitter.”Ohtani said he was uncertain if he would be ready to hit by opening day: “There’s no really set date, it’s going to depend on how the rehab goes and if there are no setbacks. I’ll have an update every four weeks or so after the surgery. I can’t give a timetable at this point.”SHOEMAKER STRONGThe right-hander gave up only the solo homer to Gallo in his five innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven without a walk. It was the best of his five starts since returning following forearm surgery that forced him to miss most of the season.It was likely his final start of the season.“I don’t know if there’s any more Show has to show this year,” Scioscia said.Said Shoemaker: “Just build off that, go into the offseason and keep getting better.”UP NEXTRangers: LHP Yohander Mendez (2-2, 6.04 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday in the series finale. He will be making his fifth career start after allowing a career-high in runs (eight) and hits (nine) in his last start against the Rays.Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (9-10, 4.21) will attempt to even his record in his final start of the season. He’ll have to do it against a Rangers team he’s gone 1-3 against with a 7.50 ERA against in six career starts.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are savoring their turnaround.Freddie Freeman hit three doubles in a four-hit performance and drove in three runs as the Braves kept up their push for home-field advantage in the playoffs Alex Gordon Jersey , routing the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 Friday night.The NL East champion Braves improved to 90-70, coming off three straight seasons of at least 90 losses. They will face the NL West champion in the best-of-five Division Series — Colorado (90-70) leads that division and holds the tiebreaker over the Braves to host Game 1.“This year has been unbelievable,” manager Brian Snitker said. “What we’ve accomplished, how we’ve grow, these guys should be proud of themselves. Ninety wins is hard to do. It speaks volumes to these players.”Johan Camargo, who homered http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-george-brett-jersey , and Ronald Acuna Jr. each had three hits for Atlanta. Mike Foltynewicz pitched five strong innings, a week after helping the Braves beat Philadelphia to clinch their crown.“It’s been absolutely incredible,” Freeman said. “Every time we got knocked down, we got right back.”Rhys Hoskins homered in the ninth for the Phillies, who dropped their ninth straight game to guarantee a losing season for the sixth straight year. They have been outscored 70-21 during the skid, including 49-9 over the last five.Following games on Aug. 7 Mike Moustakas Jersey , Philadelphia led Atlanta by 1 ½ games for first place in the NL East, standing 15 games above .500. But the Phillies (78-82) are 14-33 since and have fallen to third place, 12 games behind the Braves, and four games under .500.Manager Gabe Kapler was soundly booed throughout the evening. As is his wont, Kapler focused hard on the positives and praised the way the Phillies battled to the end.“We didn’t play well enough to win tonight’s baseball game and we’ve been playing terrible baseball,” Kapler said. “That’s why we’ve lost a lot of games. Not because we haven’t fought or because anybody quit.”Foltynewicz (13-10) allowed one run on one hit with nine strikeouts and no walks.“It was a good way for him to finish the regular season and get ready for the next step Salvador Perez Jersey ,” Snitker said.Jerad Eickhoff (0-1) made his first start since last Aug. 30 and tied a franchise record held by Curt Schilling and Hall of Famer Steve Carlton by striking out seven straight batters. The right-hander followed his seventh strikeout by surrendering Camargo’s solo homer in the fourth and a single by Ozzie Albies, ending his night.Kapler heard it from the crowd of 24,306 when he removed Eickhoff after just 56 pitches and for subsequent pitching changes. Eickhoff’s season ended last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand and he was sidelined until Sept. 2 of this season due to a right lat strain. He allowed two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in 3 1/3 innings.“It would have been irresponsible to push him significantly beyond what he was ready for,” Kapler said.After Eickhoff left in the fourth, the Braves scored three runs on run-scoring singles by Charlie Culberson and Acuna off Edubray Ramos.Philadelphia got a run back in the bottom half on Odubel Herrera’s RBI double.After a Phillies error in the seventh, their 122nd of the season http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-moss-jersey , helped Atlanta go up 5-1, the Braves scored three more in the eighth on Freeman’s two-run double and Ender Inciarte’s RBI single.FOLTYNEWICZ’S FANSFoltynewicz finished the regular season with 202 strikeouts, becoming the sixth pitcher in Braves history to reach the 200-strikeout milestone and first since Javier Vazquez had 238 in 2009.HOSKINS’ HOMERSHoskins upped his season total to 34 homers, the most for a Phillies player since 2009, when Ryan Howard (45), Jayson Werth (36) and Raul Ibanez (34) all had at least that many.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: Philadelphia is the only team in baseball without a player on the DL. According to the Phillies Bo Jackson Jersey , it would be the first time since at least 1994 if they finish the season without a player on the DL.UP NEXTPhillies RHP Aaron Nola (16-6, 2.45) makes his final start when he opposes Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez on Saturday night. Mark Cunningham/Getty ImagesDetroit Tigers pitching prospect Kyle Funkhouser will miss the remainder of the 2018 season after suffering a foot injury.The Tigers announced Tuesday that Funkhouser fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot while walking on an uneven sidewalk.Funkhouser will have surgery and is expected to return for spring training next year.The 24-year-old Funkhouser was Detroit's fourth-round selection in the 2016 MLB draft. He started this season in Double-A with the Erie SeaWolves, posting a 3.74 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 89 innings.Detroit promoted Funkhouser to Triple-A on July 10. In two starts with the Toledo Mud Hens, the right-hander allowed six earned runs with 10 walks and seven strikeouts in 8.2 innings.The Tigers could have given Funkhouser an audition for their 2019 rotation with a September call-up. Instead, the former Louisville star will show up to camp next season hoping to earn a spot on the 25-man roster after rehabbing his injury.
OAKLAND Hunter Renfroe Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Having finished his warmups just before first pitch, Seattle lefty Wade LeBlanc wasn’t worried about stiffening up while watching the Mariners score five runs in the first inning.If anything, LeBlanc was more energized from the extra rest.LeBlanc pitched seven scoreless innings, Mitch Haniger hit his 23rd home run and Seattle jumped on the Oakland Athletics early and held on for a 7-1 victory on Thursday night.“I’m enjoying that,” LeBlanc said of the Mariners’ big inning. “You don’t ever want to go out to the mound when guys are rolling like that.”Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI after being dropped down a spot in the batting order after second baseman Jean Segura was scratched. Dee Gordon and Ryon Healy added two hits apiece.Seattle had lost three straight and five of seven before taking the opener of this four-game series. The Mariners pulled within 4 1/2 games of the A’s for the second AL wild card. Oakland remains 2 1/2 back of Houston for first place in the AL West.“We struggled a little bit the last few days and the only way to get that behind you is to go out and play a good ballgame,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Tonight that’s what we did.”Jed Lowrie had an RBI single for the A’s.LeBlanc (8-3) allowed three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. He retired 12 of his final 13 batters to win for the second time in his last seven starts.Adam Warren and Nick Vincent retired three batters each to complete the four-hitter.“Wasn’t as sharp as the last start,” LeBlanc said. “Wasn’t as crisp stuff-wise but when you have a guy like (catcher Mike Zunino) back there and you have an offense putting up runs like that, it makes it kind of easy to go out there, be aggressive and miss over the plate as opposed to being overly careful.”Haniger homered off Frankie Montas (5-4) with one out in the fourth. He also singled leading off the game Freddy Galvis Jersey , extending his season-high hitting streak to 11 games. Haniger went into the day leading the AL with 38 hits this month.The Mariners scored five runs with two outs and took advantage of a throwing error by third baseman Matt Chapman in the first inning.“It wasn’t just him,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We had an off-game all the way around.”Cano doubled and scored on Healy’s single before Ben Gamel drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0. Two more runs scored on Chapman’s error. Gordon added an infield single to drive in Gamel.After Denard Span tripled to open the second, Cano singled to push the lead to 6-0.It was a disappointing start to Oakland’s 10-game homestand following a troubling start to the week when the A’s dropped two of three to Houston and placed two starting pitchers on the disabled list — Sean Manaea and Brett Anderson.ADJUSTING ON THE FLYHealy’s playing time has been reduced in the two weeks since Cano was reinstated after serving an 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. He wasn’t in the original lineup Thursday but found out before batting practice he would play, giving him time to get in some pregame work.“I’m still trying to figure that out,” Healy said. “Trying to get a comfortable routine with the situation at hand.”ROSTER MOVESIn addition to Montas, the A’s also called up RHP J.B. Wendelken. RHP Ryan Dull and OF Nick Martini were optioned to Nashville.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Segura was a late scratch, one day after being forced out of the game in San Diego when he fouled a ball off his shin.Athletics: Anderson has been diagnosed with ulnar nerve irritation in his left arm.UP NEXTOakland RHP Mike Fiers (10-6, 3.15 ERA) is 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from Detroit on Aug. 6. Fiers needs one more win to match his career high set with Houston in 2016. Seattle RHP Mike Leake (8-8, 4.03) is winless in four career start at the Coliseum. MIAMI (AP) — Between innings Austin Hedges Jersey , Miami Marlins left fielder Austin Dean gestured to the crowd for more noise, and rewarded the loudest fans by tossing a warmup ball their way.For a rookie like Dean, meaningless late-season games can still be fun. Dean homered and drove in three runs, and Miami won a battle of last-place teams by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 Saturday.Dean singled home a run in the fourth inning and hit his fourth homer in the sixth, raising his average to .219 in 96 at-bats. He was chosen the Marlins’ minor league player of the year earlier this week.“Words can’t describe how much fun it is to be up here,” the 24-year-old Dean said. “It’s everybody’s dream as a kid. To finally be up here is unreal. I’m one of those guys who is always going to have a smile on my face. Whatever happens next year, just count on me playing the game hard and trying to win every single game.”Another rookie, pinch hitter Gabriel Guerrero, hit his first career homer in the eighth for the Reds http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-carlos-asuaje-jersey , ending their 19-inning scoreless streak. Guerrero is the nephew of 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero.“It was amazing running the bases,” he said. “I was floating.”Jose Urena (8-12) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to win his fourth start in a row. He said he was bothered by leg cramps but expects to make his next start, which will be his final outing of the season. In his past six starts, Urena has an ERA of 1.85, lowering his ERA for the season to 4.07.Drew Steckenrider came on to get the final out and strand two runners for his fifth save. The Reds fell to 8-24 on the road since mid-July.Anthony DeSclafani (7-7) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts but allowed five runs, three earned, in 5 2/3 innings.“I don’t really care about strikeouts,” DeSclafani said. “I’ll take 20 balls smoked right at me if it means zeroes.”DeSclafani committed a pair of errors in the fourth, which led to two unearned runs. It could have been a 1-2-3 inning Christian Villanueva Jersey , but he mishandled a dribbler by J.T. Realmuto, and Lewis Brinson and Dean delivered two-out RBI singles.Urena said Dean has been a welcome addition.“It’s really good when you see a young player like that give it everything they have,” Urena said.Slumping Miami rookie Brian Anderson singled in the sixth for his first RBI in nine games.The crowd of 12,559 was the Marlins’ largest at home this month.FLASHING LEATHERMarlins second baseman Starlin Castro made a diving catch of Scooter Gennett’s two-out liner to rob him of an RBI hit in the sixth.CLINCHERMiami improved to 4-2 against Cincinnati in 2018 and won the season series for the fourth consecutive year.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: SS Jose Peraza was back in the lineup after missing Friday’s game due to illness.UP NEXTThe Marlins play their home finale Sunday when RHP Trevor Richards (3-9, 4.95) pitches against Cincinnati RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-1, 3.03), who will make his second consecutive start after beginning the season with 42 relief appearances.
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The New York Yankees always seem to find their way into the headlines http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , especially around this time of year.They're in the thick of a playoff hunt and have 67 wins, putting them way ahead in the AL wild-card race.Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray has been the subject of some trade rumors as we approach the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and we'll explore the most recent news surrounding him.In addition to Gray, we'll look at two other players who could be on the move soon.Sonny Gray To Be Dealt?Overall, the Yankees have a solid rotation as we approach the postseason.However, one of the weaker links is Gray, who has a 5.08 ERA.According to Jon Heyman ofFancred,it's believed there is a bit of interest in Gray as "there are folks who believe he'd do better in another market":Jon Heyman JonHeymanThere鈥檚 said to be a bit of interest in Sonny Gray in trade, as there are folks who believe he鈥檇 do better in another market. But Yanks鈥?main interest is in adding to rotation, not subtracting from it.Heyman noted, though Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey , that the Yankees are looking to add to the rotation and not subtractfrom it.However, since this report, the Yankees have added J.A. Happ, making Gray more expendable.For whatever reason, it just isn't working out for Gray in pinstripes this season. Maybe there is some validity to him doing better elsewhere.It would be hard for Gray to netsome major assets with his stats, but it would certainly be better than nothing. Kela Interest PiquingWith 24 saves under his belt, Texas Rangers pitcher Keone Kela is a prime candidate for contending teams seeking bullpen help.At just 25 years of age and under team control through 2021, Kela is a valuable asset for a team to have, not only for this year but for years to come.According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are interested in gaining his services.As Sullivan noted, Kela would net a larger return than any player they could possibly trade at this point in time.In this same report Matt Ioannidis Jersey Elite , Sullivan said that the Rangers are interested in Braves prospect Luiz Gohara.For the Dodgers, a back end of a bullpen with Kela and Kenley Jansen would be devastating as you can almost assure that two innings would be totally blanked.All signs point to Kela being dealt come the deadline, considering the interest.Gohara Being Dealt at Right PriceThough the Rangers may be interested in someone like Gohara for Kela, he's not the type of player they would trade him for.The 21-year-old left-handed pitching prospect would only be traded for a "controllable starter," according to Ken Rosenthal ofThe Athletic:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalIf #Braves trade Gohara, Allard or any of their SP prospects, it will be for a controllable starter such as Archer and not bullpen help, sources say. So, not interested in a Gohara for Kela-Diekman type deal.One player Rosenthal mentioned specifically is Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer, who has been the subject of a number of rumors.Kela may be an excellent asset to have, but for a player like Gohara http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/matthew-ioannidis-jersey , you can understand why the Braves would only want to deal him for a top-end starter to help out their rotation.So, as Rosenthal stated, do not expect a Kela-Jake Diekman for Gohara trade to go down any time soon.Gohara has had a rough go of it in 2018, with a collective ERA of near 6.00 across AA, AAA and the big leagues. MIAMI (AP) — Nursing a lead in the game and in the NL East standings, the Atlanta Braves monitored the out-of-town scoreboard as they finished off the Miami Marlins.“Absolutely,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ve been waiting four years to do this, check the out-of-town. So it’s nice.”Although it has been awhile since Atlanta contended for the postseason, this year’s team shows no signs of fading. Kevin Gausman and four relievers combined on a two-hitter Sunday and the Braves won despite an ongoing offensive slump, 4-0.Atlanta headed home after a 5-2 trip with a three-game lead over second-place Philadelphia, which notched a simultaneous win at Toronto.The Braves earned a split at Miami even though they scored just seven earned runs in the four-game series.“It’s nice to work it out that way Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey ,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “If you’re going to struggle offensively, you hope that’s the time your pitching is on top of everything. We’ve kind of been able to do it that way.”Gausman (4-1) threw 80 pitches in five innings before departing for a pinch hitter with the score 1-0.“It looked like he had everything going,” Snitker said. “It was a shame we didn’t score many runs. It looked like he would have probably finished the game.”Gausman won his fourth start in a row and has an ERA of 1.69 in five outings since Braves acquired him from the Baltimore Orioles on July 31.“I’m feeling comfortable with everything I’m doing right now,” Gausman said.Braves starters compiled an ERA of 0.63 for the week.The Marlins’ first hit was a third-inning single by pitcher Pablo Lopez, and Derek Dietrich singled with two out in the ninth.“Pitching was good,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We just weren’t able to get anything going offensively.”It was a familiar refrain. Miami managed four runs and 16 hits in the series.Atlanta wasn’t much more productive, totaling one run in a 27-inning stretch before scoring in the sixth against Lopez (2-4). Nick Markakis led off with a walk, advanced on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Flowers .The Braves added three unearned runs in the eighth. Two scored when first baseman Dietrich made an errant throw home after fielding a grounder with the bases loaded.“He made the right play,” Mattingly said. “It’s not an easy play. He has to go to his left and throw back across his body. But it’s a play I think he’s capable of making.”Atlanta went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and finished the week 5 for 47 (.106) in those situations. Freddie Freeman went 0 for 5 and finished 2 for 15 in the series, dropping his average to .313.Ronald Acuna Jr. had two hits and made a diving catch in left field to rob Starlin Castro of a hit. Flowers added two hits for the Braves, who finished 14-5 against last-place Miami this year.ROSTER MOVEBefore the game the Braves recalled INF Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated C Chris Stewart for assignment. Ruiz pinch-hit and walked in the sixth inning.UP NEXTBraves: On Monday Adrian Peterson Jersey Elite , the Braves have their first day off since Aug. 6. “Needless to say, Monday will be welcome,” Snitker said. Atlanta returns home to start a two-game series against Tampa Bay, with RHP Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.09) scheduled to pitch Tuesday.Marlins: Following an off day, Miami begins a two-game series at the Red Sox on Tuesday, when RHP Jose Urena (4-12, 4.50) is scheduled to pitch. Urena will return from a six-game MLB suspension for hitting Acuna.
Path of Exile is a huge captivating game since its inception. Many claim that it is the true sequel to Diablo 2 and I would say these are right. But with all the release from the 3.0 Update, the sport has taken a pointy turn away by reviewing the roots, and turn into something noticeably different. Different good, different bad, uncover where The Fall of Oriath lands.
According to a recent announcement, Bethesda's upcoming mobile game The Elder Scrolls: Blades has been pushed back to a new launch window of sometime early next year.
Getting the most apparent out in the way, we have to start out by stating that Path of Exile remains to be a free-to-play title four years later. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing an original PC version or Xbox One version, or what version in the game you’ve currently got installed. Many free-to-play titles are sorely lacking rapidly initial promise, and those that are promising often often come having a hidden catch, i.e. microtransactions which you’ll must purchase to acheive a leg up around the competition. These games tend to be referred to as “freemium” games, though invest the away the positive scripting, you could possibly as well call a spade a spade and call these titles “play-to-win.”
Path of Exile's latest expansion fades now, and completely changes the way the ARPG's endgame works. It adds 32 new maps to fight through, as both versions has a boss towards the end, also as four powerful Elder Guardians you will have to defeat before you reach the modern bid bad: the Elder.
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