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ST. PETERSBURG http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-brach-jersey , Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have found an ace.Blake Snell tied for the major league victory lead with his 18th, Nick Ciuffo and Kevin Kiermaier hit early three-run homers and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-2 on Friday night.“He’s performed like one,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Blake was really good, again.”Snell (18-5) matched Cleveland’s Corey Kluber for the major league lead, after allowing two runs, five hits and striking out nine over 5 1/3 innings.“I felt like I was around the zone for the most part,” Snell said. “The offense did very well. Gave me a quick lead. All credit goes to them.”Tommy Pham had a fifth-inning solo homer and Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam in the sixth to help the Rays run their home winning streak to nine. Tampa Bay has won 14 of 17 overall, outscoring opponents 93-49.The loss marks the third time Baltimore (41-100) has had at least 100 losses (1988 and 1954) since relocating from St. Louis following the 1953 season. The franchise had eight 100 or more loss seasons as the St. Louis Browns.Snell’s major league-best since 1913 of giving up one or fewer earned runs in 14 consecutive home starts ended when Joey Rickard hit the lefty’s 104th and final pitch for a two-run homer in the sixth.Rickard, a one-time Tampa Bay minor leaguer Colby Rasmus Jersey , has 17 of 23 RBIs this season in nine games against the Rays.Ciuffo hit his first major league homer off Dylan Bundy (7-14) in the second before Kiermaier made it 6-0 one inning later on his third homer over his last two games.“Really cool,” Cash said. “His family in the stands, and friends. His best buddy had a full Rays uniform on.”Cuiffo, playing in his fourth big league game, got his fourth RBI on a sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh.Bundy gave up six runs, four hits and five walks in four innings. The righty has allowed a single-season team record and major league-leading 37 homers.Bundy said his frustration level is a “10 out of 10 for sure.”“It’s been the second half and it showed tonight,” Bundy said. “I really had no clue where the ball was going and wasn’t executing my pitches. Going through adversity is tough but I just have to keep my head up and keep working in between starts. I think in the end it’ll make me stronger and a better pitcher.”Bundy is 0-4 with 10.67 ERA in his last six starts.ERRANT PASSOrioles RHP David Hess, Saturday’s scheduled starter, was hit in the left eye while playing catch with a football before the game. After being examined by a specialist http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-craig-gentry-jersey , he appeared in the dugout wearing an LSU football helmet.MR. JONESBaltimore RF Adam Jones was out of the lineup. “Adam would be the first to tell you, this is the best he’s felt in a long time physically,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Being careful with him physically, I’m not going to tell you that’s the complete reason. We’ve got some people we want to see play.”TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: RHP Alex Cobb (blister) is expected to miss his start Sunday. … OF/DH Mark Trumbo underwent right knee cartilage repair surgery. “No complications, no surprises,” Showalter said.Rays: INF Daniel Robertson had the cast for his surgically repaired left thumb removed Wednesday and is increasing his rehab program.UP NEXTHess (3-9) will face a Rays bullpen game Saturday night. HOUSTON (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are feeling pretty good after beating Houston All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on consecutive nights.Still, they know they have a lot more work to do as they chase their first playoff berth since 2001.“We came here and wanted to start playing some better games and that’s what we’ve done,” manager Scott Servais said. “We’re just playing better baseball right now and the top of the lineup has been really swinging the bat well.”Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a three-run eighth inning to lift the Mariners a 5-2 victory over the Astros on Friday night.Houston leads the AL West and Seattle is 2 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot.Mitch Haniger doubled with one out in the eighth, and Denard Span singled to chase Cole (10-5). The double by Haniger was his fifth extra-base hit in the last two games after he doubled in the sixth Friday and had two doubles and a homer Thursday.Cole was replaced by Ryan Pressly Andrew Cashner Jersey , whose first pitch plunked Jean Segura on the top of his left hand. Cruz then smashed a ball off the wall in left-center to score Haniger and Span and make it 4-2. The Mariners tacked on a run when Segura scored on a groundout by Kyle Seager.“They’ve got a really good club,” Servais said. “You’ve got to pitch them really well, you’ve got to keep them down because you know it’s going to be tight ball games here and we got some big hits late.”Seattle starter Mike Leake allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings. Adam Warren (1-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh for the win and Edwin Diaz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 44th save.Cole yielded six hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings for his season-high third straight loss.The Astros had trouble stringing hits together until Marwin Gonzalez and Tyler White hit consecutive singles with no outs in the fifth inning. Martin Maldonado then reached on a fielder’s choice that left Gonzalez out at home.Tony Kemp’s single to center field with two outs scored White to make it 1-0. Alex Bregman followed with an RBI double to push the lead to 2-0 before Carlos Correa grounded out to end the inning and leave Kemp stranded at third. Correa was 0 for 3 in his return after missing more than a month with a sore lower back.Cole sailed through the first five innings, retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced with the only baserunner coming on a double by Cruz to start the second inning. He’d sat down 12 straight when Cameron Maybin singled to start the sixth inning. Cole then walked Dee Gordon on four pitches before a double by Haniger scored Maybin to cut the lead to 2-1.Span’s single sent Gordon home to tie it up. There were two outs in the inning when center fielder Jake Marisnick made a spectacular diving catch to rob Seager of a hit and keep the game tied. Marisnick sailed through the air and snagged the ball just inches from the grass to end the inning. Cole extended both hands into the air and cheered after seeing the catch before putting his glove on his head and shaking it in relief.“Off the bat I didn’t see it great, and then I was able to get there and stretch out and save a couple of runs there for Gerrit,” Marisnick said.Marisnick was injured running the bases on a double in the seventh inning. The team said Marisnick, who is filling in at center field for an injured George Springer, left the game with discomfort in his left groin.“I don’t know how he’s doing, but I’ve been on the field for too many injuries lately http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-chance-sisco-jersey , so I am not very optimistic,” manager A.J. Hinch said.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Segura said his hand was sore from being hit by the pitch on Friday night but that X-rays were negative. He said he hoped to play on Saturday but would know more after he takes batting practice.Astros: Hinch said 2B Jose Altuve (sore right knee) is making progress, but won’t return during this homestand, which runs through Wednesday. Altuve, the reigning AL MVP, hasn’t played since July 25.OFFENSE HEATING UPThe Mariners have scored five or more runs in three straight games for the first time since June 5-7. Before the start of this streak Seattle had eclipsed four runs just once in nine games.UP NEXTHouston’s Charlie Morton (12-2, 2.81 ERA) opposes Seattle left-hander Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.81) when the series continues on Saturday night. Morton struck out eight in seven innings in his last start to give him a career-high 167 strikeouts this season.
TORONTO — The Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays met in the American League Championship Series two years ago.It merely seems longer than that for Blue Jays fans now that their team is struggling.The Indians won that series in five games and then lost the World Series to the Chicago Cubs in seven.Article continues below ...The teams have gone in opposite directions.The Indians are on the verge of clinching the American League Central Jack Morris Jersey , while the Blue Jays are wallowing in fourth place in the AL East.Both teams will be coming off wins when they open a four-game series at the Rogers Centre on Thursday night.The Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field with Corey Kluber becoming the first 18-game winner this season.Cleveland’s magic number to clinch the AL Central is eight.The Blue Jays (63-76) defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 10-3 on Wednesday night to avoid being swept in the three-game series.The Indians (79-60) will start right-hander Shane Bieber (8-3, 4.66 ERA) in the opener and the Blue Jays will send out right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-7, 5.02).Bieber will face the Blue Jays for the first time in his career. He is 4-0 with a 4.44 ERA in eight road starts this season. Gaviglio has never faced the Indians. He is 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) at home in 2018.Toronto fans had hoped they might see third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has missed much of the season with a calf injury and was traded to Cleveland last week.Donaldson, however, was put back on the disabled list by the Indians and he is on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. He has not played since May 28 and is eligible to be activated Sept. 11.Donaldson hit a grand slam for Triple-A Columbus on Monday on the final day of regular-season action in the minors. He homered again Wednesday, a two-run shot, in going 1-for-3 for Akron in a 5-2 victory over Altoona in a Double-A Eastern League playoff game.“I feel pretty good,” Donaldson told the Akron Beacon Journal after the game. “(My) rhythm, my timing http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-aledmys-diaz-jersey , pitch recognition feels good. My body is feeling even better. Anytime my body is feeling right, I’m going to perform to my capability.”Donaldson can become a free agent at the end of the season and a strong finish would enhance his bargaining power after such a disappointing season.“As I was telling the front office and (Indians manager) Tito (Terry Francona) before I went on the DL, my timing has come around a lot quicker than I even expected it to. I’m seeing the ball pretty well right now and I’ve had some success here recently.”If Toronto fans are disappointed in not seeing the return of the 2015 American League MVP, so was his former manager.“I was looking forward to seeing him,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.The Blue Jays have won two of three games from the Indians this season. They won 8-4 in Cleveland on April 13. The other two games were postponed until the teams split a doubleheader on May 3.As good as the Indians are, the Blue Jays had more trouble against the Rays, who still hold a 9-3 advantage over Toronto this season. That is one reason Wednesday’s win was a big relief for the Blue Jays.“One thing, we’ve always had trouble with Tampa Bay, whether it’s here or down there,” Gibbons said. “Their pitching’s always been tough on us. I don’t care if this is basically a new group. They’ve always done a number on us and it’s lasted a few years.”The Blue Jays had 16 hits Wednesday http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-aaron-loup-jersey , which saved them from setting a dubious record. In the previous seven games meetings dating to June 12, the Rays had held the Blue Jays to five or fewer hits. That tied the major league record by any team against a single opponent set by the Baltimore Orioles against the Washington Senators from Sept. 11, 1968 to April 18, 1969. CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are casting doubt on Jimmy Nelson’s chances of returning this season.Nelson had shoulder surgery last September after he got hurt diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. It was a tough conclusion to a breakout year for the right-hander, who went 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts.The 29-year-old Nelson has been working out, but he is running out of time.“Jimmy pitching for us this year is unlikely,” manager Craig Counsell said before Wednesday’s 8-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs. “And that’s not due to a setback of any nature. That’s just due to the pace of his rehab right now. So we’re not ruling it 100 percent out, probably best goal is to just get him into a competitive situation before he shuts it down for the offseason. But I think at this point, pitching for us, the timetable to get there just doesn’t seem likely.”Even with Nelson out and a couple more pitching injuries Matt Adams Jersey , Milwaukee is in the thick of the playoff hunt in the National League. It is in position for a wild card and just three back of Chicago for the NL Central lead.Vying for their first postseason appearance since 2011, the Brewers added another pitching possibility when they acquired Jake Thompson from Philadelphia for cash considerations on Tuesday. Zach Davies also could rejoin the team down the stretch after being sidelined by an inflamed right rotator cuff and tight lower back.Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 24-year-old right-hander is 7-8 with a 4.87 ERA in 18 starts and 30 major league appearances — all with the Phillies.“We look at him as another quality arm that adds to our depth,” general manager David Stearns said. “Similar to Jordan Lyles, he has experience starting and relieving. We’re going to look at him primarily as a reliever at this point. He’s another arm with options that we think can really just give us another guy to add to this rotation.”The Brewers claimed Lyles off waivers from San Diego on Aug. 5. He was hit hard in his first appearance with his new club, yielding three runs and three hits in 2 1/3 innings in a 10-1 loss at Atlanta on Friday.Davies made a rehab appearance with Double-A Biloxi on Saturday, surrendering four runs and five hits in five innings against Tennessee. He is scheduled to start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.“We’ll kind of take it from there,” Stearns said. “Part of this is how Zach is feeling. And he is beginning to feel better and I think getting more comfortable with where his body is at this point. Part of this is how our current group is performing and part of it is where we think Zach is at a performance level. All those are going to be taken into account. We are getting closer to September, so that could factor in.”The 25-year-old Davies is 2-5 with a 5.23 ERA in eight starts after winning 17 games last season. Stearns said they could have Davies make another rehab appearance after Saturday’s outing.
The New York Mets are expected to retain manager Mickey Callaway despite the team sitting at 45-64 after Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.Steven Marcus of Newsday reported the news.Callaway http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , 43, is in his first season with the Mets after being hired last October. The Mets opened the year 11-1 but are 34-63 since, leading to some speculation that Callaway could be on the outs."Obviously everybody, as a person you think about what could happen, you know, reality of the situations Miguel Cabrera Jersey ," Callaway told reporters this weekend. "But I always try to just go out there and approach the game and the job every day like this is going to be my job forever and try not to worry about the repercussions of us not winning games and things like that as far as it pertains to me. I'm just worried about the players, the work, do the best we can."Callaway was hired by Sandy Alderson, who took a leave of absence in June to receive treatment for cancer. The Mets are expected to hire a replacement this winter, which Marcus reported could be an outside candidate.Callaway's job is viewed as safe regardless of who the Mets hire as Alderson's replacement.The Mets' payroll, which is the 12th-highest in baseball Alan Trammell Jersey , features more than $80 million worth of players currently on the disabled list. That is by far the highest number in the sport, nearly $18 million more than the San Francisco Giants.Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright account for $49 million of that total. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — First baseman Justin Bour and the Angels have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract, giving Los Angeles depth while Albert Pujols recovers from surgery.Bour can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under the deal announced Saturday: $125 http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-al-kaline-jersey ,000 each for 350, 400, 450 and 500.The 30-year-old hit 20 homers and drove in 59 runs with the Marlins and Phillies last season. He played 112 of his 141 games with Miami before an August trade to Philadelphia.Bour didn’t find a regular spot with Philadelphia down the stretch. The Phillies wouldn’t have a spot for him this year, either, after moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base and signing corner outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a $50 million, three-year contract during the winter meetings.Bour batted .227 Lance Parrish Jersey , missing time late with an oblique strain. He’s hit 83 home runs over the last four years.He earned $3.4 million last season after beating Miami in salary arbitration, and then became a free agent last month when Philadelphia didn’t offer a 2019 contract.Pujols, who turns 39 next month, is working back from surgery on his left knee and right elbow and hasn’t yet swung a bat. He had season-ending knee surgery in August followed by the elbow procedure in September to remove bone spurs.He’s likely to see more games at designated hitter while two-way star Shohei Ohtani recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Lachlan Cunningham/Getty ImagesSan Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey left Friday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field with an apparent head injury.Per NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-winfield-jersey , Posey was removed in the third inning after recording a single. He took a foul ball off his catcher's mask during the first inning.The Athletic's Andrew Baggarlynoted it was possible Posey experienced symptoms after running down the first-base line prior to his exit.The 31-year-old became an All-Star for the sixth time in 2018, though he didn't represent the National League in the All-Star Game itself. He sat out the event in order to deal with a lingering hip injury.The injury could help explain Posey's somewhat underwhelming offensive numbers compared to his production in recent years. Through 90games, he's batting .293 with five home runs and 37 RBI.By comparison, Posey averaged 15 homers and 81 RBI with a .308 batting average over his previous three seasons, per Baseball Reference.The Giants are hanging on the edge of playoff contention with a 56-54 record. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by five games in the National League West.Nick Hundley will take over for Posey as San Francisco's primary catcher. The 34-year-old is slugging .475 in 56 games this season. Elsa/Getty ImagesNew York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino said he did not rush his warm-up routine before New York's 16-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday at Yankee Stadium.According to ESPN.com's Coley Harvey, Severino contradicted comments made byTBS broadcaster andformerMLBpitcherRon Darling.The game started at 7:40 p.m. ET Rollie Fingers Jersey , but Severino didn't step onto the bullpen mound until 7:32 p.m. ET, prompting Darling to say on air it was "very late" for a pitcher to begin warm-up tosses.In response, Severino later said, "I mean, if my pitching coach said that [it was late] to you, you can believe it. But [Darling] is not always in my bullpen http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-randy-jones-jersey , so how does he know what's going on? I came out 20 minutes before the game like I usually do. I don't know why he was saying that.I don't know who that guy is, either."While Severino said he normally begins his warm-up by playing catch in the outfield 20 minutes before the start of the game, he wasn't seen playing catch on camera until less than 15 minutes before the first pitch.Neither Yankees pitching coach LarryRothschild nor manager Aaron Boone felt Severino rushed his warm-up.Boone noted, "He had what he intended to go down there and get done."Former Yankees catcher and current analyst John Flaherty disagreed on the YES Network postgame show, however, saying Johnny Manziel Jersey , "There is no way you can go on a big league bullpen mound eight minutes before the scheduled first pitch and expect to be ready."Severino lasted just three innings Monday, allowing seven hits, two walks and six earned runs while striking out two.The outing stood in stark contrast to his AL Wild Card Game performance against the Oakland Athletics in which he went four strong innings, allowing two hits, four walks and no runs while striking out seven.The 24-year-old righty was a leading American League Cy Young Award candidate through the first three months of the season, as he started 12-2 with a 2.10 ERA.He also won his first two starts of July http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-wil-myers-jersey , but from July 12 onward, Severino went 5-6 with a 5.69 ERA, finishing the season 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA.Severino's poor Game 3 outing pushed the Yanks to the brink of elimination, but veteran lefty CC Sabathia will look to keep the Yankees' ALCS hopes alive when he faces Rick Porcello and the Red Sox on Tuesday in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash from the Miami Marlins for a minor league pitcher.Bour is batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs. He’s expected to be a pinch-hitter in Philadelphia http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-robbie-ray-jersey , where Carlos Santana is the starting first baseman in the first year of a $60 million, three-year contract.The left-handed hitting Bour has a .347 on-base percentage. The 30-year-old hit .289 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs last season.“I envision him being a dynamic, power-hitting weapon off the bench,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.“The numbers against righties are outrageously good and the plate discipline fits right in with our lineup. He knows how to look over the baseball. He attacks it when it’s in the zone. He fouls balls off. He fights. He is a tough out,” he said.The Marlins got Single-A left-hander McKenzie Mills. The 22-year-old was 2-5 with a 3.51 ERA at Clearwater.The Phillies also will receive $466,129 from Miami Jeff Mathis Jersey , which is half of Bour’s remaining salary this year. Bour is earning $3.4 million after winning in arbitration. He is eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.The Phillies acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos last month.Philadelphia began a three-game series in San Diego on Friday night with a one-game lead over Atlanta and 5 ½ games ahead of Washington.“I think it’s worth noting that he’s really hurt the Braves. I think that matters,” Kapler said. “And look, he’s going to be a really tough out against a right-handed reliever or starter, and we’re going to look for ways to be opportunistic in deploying him.” The Chicago Cubs find themselves in the midst of a stretch in which getting a chance to catch their breath hasn’t been easy.And while Hurricane Florence and accompanying storms threatened to prevent the Cubs and Washington Nationals from playing a makeup game Thursday at Nationals Park, it now appears everything is a go.Rain that hovered over Washington, D.C. last weekend forced the Cubs to make a quick trip east that is being sandwiched between Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and the start of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds that starts Friday at Wrigley Field.Article continues below ...Already in a hectic stretch http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , Thursday’s game will make the 30th straight day the Cubs have played while they have seen their lead over the Brewers in the National League Central dwindle to one game.“I love my teammates but seeing them 30 days in a row is not what I intend to do on a daily basis,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “The one day away from them goes for two weeks seeing them.”The threat of hurricane-like weather along the East Coast kept Thursday’s game in question before it was determined that the most serious conditions will steer clear of Washington. Earlier this week, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein asked for a common-sense solution and argued that forcing the Cubs to play the makeup game Thursday seemed unreasonable.“I know (MLB) would not send us into a situation with any danger or risk,” Epstein said in a radio interview on Chicago’s 670 The Score on Wednesday. “And then I cannot imagine that they would send us into a situation where there’s a chance of rain given what we experienced in Washington last weekend and given the situation that would create 30 straight days with a game scheduled in the middle of a pennant race, which is just about unprecedented.”Mike Montgomery (4-5 Babe Ruth Jersey , 3.85 ERA) will start for the Cubs on Thursday, making only his third start since Aug. 7. Montgomery surrendered a pair of earned runs over four innings in his last start and will face Washington for the first time as a starter in his career.The Nationals, who took two of three games in last weekend’s rain-shortened series, have won five straight games after sweeping a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Stephen Strasburg finished off the sweep Wednesday with a seven-inning masterpiece in Washington’s 5-1 victory.Before Wednesday’s game, the Nationals activated right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the disabled list after he had been sidelined with a right wrist injury. Hellickson, who had been part of the starting rotation http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dale-murphy-jersey , will return in a role that manager Dave Martinez told reporters Wednesday remains “up in the air.”“At the moment right now, we’re taking it one day at a time,” Martinez said, according to the team’s official website.Hellickson said he prefers to return to his previous role.“I’m a starter — never came out of the bullpen,” Hellickson told reporters, according to MLB.com. “I’m a starter so I don’t think (heading to the bullpen) is something I really want to do.”Joe Ross (0-0) Freddie Freeman Jersey , who is coming off Tommy John surgery last year, will start Thursday. Ross faced the Cubs last week but had his outing wiped out after 1 2/3 ininings when rain forced the game to be postponed. Ross is 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.
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 Brett Anderson 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 Blake Treinen Jersey , 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, 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. 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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 Sean Manaea Jersey , 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. A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:BIG-N-LITTLETodd Frazier, Michael Conforto and Scott Kingery will be back in familiar territory when the Mets and Phillies play under the lights in the Little League Classic at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The game will be held at Bowman Field, which seats about 2,500 fans as the home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Philadelphia affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. Nearby is the field where Frazier, Conforto and Kingery all played in the Little League World Series.GONNA START SOMETHING?Jose Urena is set to start for the Marlins vs. Washington at Nationals Park. Urena’s previous outing lasted only one pitch — he hit dynamic rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a fastball, setting off a bench-clearing incident in Atlanta http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-boog-powell-jersey , and was ejected. Major League Baseball suspended Urena six games, but the right-hander has appealed and can continue to play. There’s speculation Urena will drop his appeal after this game, meaning he would miss the Marlins’ series next weekend at home against the Braves.MISS YOUAstros second baseman Jose Altuve is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Fresno in a game at Tacoma. The reigning AL MVP has been out since July 25 with knee trouble — Houston hopes he can rejoin the club next week in Seattle.Minus Altuve, the World Series champs have dropped 12 of 19 and lost their six-game lead in the AL West. Oakland has tied the Astros atop the division and will try for a sweep at the Coliseum when Sean Manaea (11-8, 3.44 ERA) starts against Justin Verlander (11-8, 2.52 ERA).HIYAYankees lefty J.A. Happ starts against Toronto, the team that traded him late last month. The 35-year-old Happ (13-6, 3.86 ERA) has won all three of his starts for New York. Ryan Borucki (2-2, 3.29) pitches for the visiting Blue Jays.AVAILABLERoyals reliever Blaine Boyer has cleared waivers and is a free agent. The 37-year-old right-hander had a 12.05 ERA in 21 games when he was released. He also was 2-1 with one save, making him the only pitcher on the Kansas City staff with a win-loss record over .500.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia’s outfield Mickey Mantle Jersey , more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go.The winter meetings picked up a bit Tuesday, but any big deals for the likes of Corey Kluber, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remained on deck.There were reports the Baltimore Orioles were close to hiring a manager in Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde. But the O’s said those stories were premature and they wouldn’t make a decision before leaving Las Vegas.“We don’t have a manager,” newly hired general manager Mike Elias said.The World Series champion Red Sox made a move, too — with their lineup. AL MVP Mookie Betts will shift out of the leadoff spot and bat behind Andrew Benintendi, manager Alex Cora said.“I think we’re going to maximize Mookie in a different spot. Flip-flop them, Beni leading off and Mookie hitting second. Talked to him, it makes sense http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-yogi-berra-jersey ,” Cora said.“And I know Beni’s OK with it. But if you play 162 games, you’re going to come up 162 at-bats with nobody on,” he said. “And last year, what I wanted from him in the leadoff spot, we accomplished. It’s a different season and we have to make adjustments, and that’s where we’re going to go.”Betts led the majors in batting (.346) and slugging percentage (.640) and was second in on-base average (.438) for the 108-win Red Sox. He also had 84 extra-base hits, including 32 home runs.Speculation continued to swirl about a huge swap that would include the Yankees and Mets. The New York teams don’t usually do business directly, but this trade would enlist a third team — the Miami Marlins and Realmuto Roger Maris Jersey , their star catcher.“I’d like to think that we’re very open-minded and aggressive and talk to everybody about what’s available in the marketplace. And so it doesn’t matter really for most part what the team is. I’ll explore every opportunity that might be available,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.McCutchen, meanwhile, and the Phillies agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which includes a club option for 2022, is subject to a successful physical.The 32-year-old was the NL MVP in 2013 Phil Rizzuto Jersey , highlighting his long run in Pittsburgh. He split last season with San Francisco and the Yankees, hitting a combined .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs.The Phillies have a surplus of outfielders, including Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr and Roman Quinn. Rhys Hoskins is shifting from left field to first base after Carlos Santana was dealt to Seattle.Nova was traded from the Pirates to the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation. The 31-year-old righty was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts this season.The White Sox were searching for a starter after prized rookie Michael Kopech had Tommy John surgery in September.“We think he’s going to be able to eat up some innings and pitch effectively for us,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. “I think the front office was doing their due diligence in trying to acquire someone of Nova’s status and stature, and all the reports from everybody we’ve spoken to Brett Gardner Jersey , this kid’s a good pick up for us.” LAS VEGAS (AP) — Outfielder Alex Dickerson, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2016 because of two major injuries that required surgery, has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.The 28-year-old played in one spring training game in 2017, on March 11, and was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back. He had surgery that June 28, returned for spring training this year and the Padres said March 20 that the left-hander needed Tommy John surgery.Dickerson was sent outright to the minor leagues in November and became a free agent.He missed most of 2014 because of a left ankle injury, hit .307 with 12 homers and 71 RBIs at Triple-A El Paso the following year and made his big league debut that Aug. 6. He batted .257 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs with the Padres in 2016.His deal was announced Thursday.
SOUTH BEND Cory Spangenberg Jersey , Ind. (AP) — Left-hander Drew Smyly, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Chicago Cubs before the season after Tommy John surgery, said he felt good in a rehab start that included him striking out all three batters he faced.The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Smyly needed just 13 pitches in his outing Thursday night at the Cubs’ Single A Midwest League affiliate in South Bend. Eleven of the pitches were in the strike zone against Bowling Green. Smyly then went to the bullpen at the top of the second inning to throw another eight pitches.“I felt very good — pain-free, which is always my first concern,” Smyly said. “It’s been 18 months since I’ve actually played in a game, out there competing. It was an exciting time for me, regardless of the level.”It was the 29-year-old Smyly’s first action in a game since he had the surgery in July 2017. He has been on the 60-day disabled list with the Cubs since the season began and had pitched simulated games in Chicago in recent weeks. The Cubs had indicated there was a possibility he could return sometime in mid- to late September.Smyly said he believes he will have another rehab stint after the weekend before the minor league season ends. He indicated he has not talked with the Cubs about being used this season but would not be adverse to pitching out of the bullpen, where he started his career with the Detroit Tigers.Smyly last pitched in 2016 for Tampa Bay, finishing with a 7-12 record and 4.88 ERA in 30 starts. He had 167 strikeouts in 175.1 innings. He is 31-27 with a 3.73 ERA in parts of five seasons. The Rays traded Smyly to Seattle in 2017 but he was placed on the disabled list before the season.On Thursday http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-eric-hosmer-jersey , Smyly threw 10 fastballs on the mound. He struck out two with called strikes and the third batter went down swinging at a 91 mph fastball. The umpire was Jen Pawol — the first female umpire Smyly had ever seen behind home plate.“She was giving me the outside corner which was nice,” Smyly said. SEATTLE (AP) — Erasmo Ramirez put a poor outing behind him and returned to his recent form.Ramirez allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, and the Seattle Mariners‘ bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way in a 2-1 victory Monday.Ramirez (2-3) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked none. The right-hander is 2-1 in five starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 12, but he gave up seven runs on nine hits in three innings against the Padres on Aug. 29.“The only difference tonight is I was throwing better strikes and quality strikes,” Ramirez said. “I attacked the hitters and tried to execute every pitch. I had control of my slider at any point of the count.”That start in San Diego was the only time since Ramirez returned to the rotation that he has allowed more than three runs.“That’s what he’s capable of doing, but it has to be on the edges and not the middle of the plate,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I thought Erasmo threw the ball really well. He had a good cutter and his command was pretty good.”Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 52nd save and 26th one-run save, both of which lead the majors. Zach Duke, Nick Vincent and Alex Colome combined to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless innings before Diaz finished off the three-hitter.“They battled, but I made good pitches with my slider http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-pirela-jersey ,” Diaz said. “I just go pitch by pitch. That’s what I tell myself.”Ryon Healy had an RBI single and Dee Gordon added a sacrifice fly, both off Josh Rogers (1-1), who made his second major league start and allowed four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.“That’s a really good lineup they got over there,” Rogers said. “But I was pretty confident the whole time. I was pretty calm and just trying to give the team a chance to win and get deep in the game.”The Mariners were coming off a four-game split at Oakland that dealt a setback to their playoff hopes. The Orioles, who have the majors’ worst record, have lost four straight, scoring two runs or fewer in three of those games.“It’s kind of struggling,” manager Buck Showalter said of the Orioles’ offense. “We face a guy tonight that’s had his issues and we just aren’t swinging the bats very well. We’re getting behind in a lot of counts and swinging at pitches out of the zone, uncharacteristically.”Jonathan Villar homered off the right-field foul pole in the fourth for Baltimore. Healy tied it in the bottom of the inning with a single to center after Rogers walked Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz.Gordon’s go-ahead sacrifice fly followed Cameron Maybin’s leadoff triple to the wall in right-center in the fifth. Maybin had two hits after Servais told him before the game to “let it rip.”“He talked to me about being more aggressive,” Maybin said. “That’s what I did and I’ll continue to work on it. It’s going to take everybody right now down the stretch. Everybody has to bring the energy and have fun and see where the chips fall.”ROSTER MOVESThe Orioles recalled C Chance Sisco and RHP Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk. Sisco was the DH Monday, going 0-for-3. Yacabonis entered in the sixth and did not allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: 1B Chris Davis was a late scratch because of an illness.Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (strained neck) pitched a bullpen session Monday. Gonzales was placed on the 10-day DL on Aug. 27 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-austin-jackson-jersey , retroactive to Aug. 24. “Marco may have one more bullpen outing before we try to bring him back into the rotation,” Servais said. DH Nelson Cruz was in the lineup after fouling a pitch off his right ankle on Sunday. “It’s really sore today, but you can’t keep that guy out of the starting lineup,” Servais said.UP NEXTRHP Alex Cobb (4-15, 5.11 ERA) will make his 26th start of the season Tuesday for the Orioles. Since Aug. 1, Cobb is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in six starts, including a complete-game victory on Aug. 18. LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-3, 3.71) will make his 23rd start of the season for the Mariners. LeBlanc pitched seven scoreless innings in a 7-1 win at Oakland on Aug. 30.
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But you make a pitch that’s not way out of the zone, he’s so talented and so strong, he’ll drive it out of the ball park.”Hamels (7-9) is 2-0 since the Cubs acquired him in a July 27 trade with the Texas Rangers. He allowed one run and seven hits.“I’ve faced these guys twice before this season,” Hamels said. “Pretty familiar with what they’re able to hit, what they’re not able to hit. I think noticing the curveball being pretty effective we’d like to stick with that and I think that was the case.”Alcides Escobar’s two-out second-inning single scored Rosell Herrera for the first earned run Hamels allowed at Kauffman Stadium in four career starts, covering 21 2/3 innings.Royals starter Jakob Junis worked out of a bases-loaded http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-cepeda-jersey , one-out jam in the fifth. Ben Zobrist and Heyward hit ground ball outs to end the inning.The Royals loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Hamels retired Hunter Dozier on a grounder to first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a full-count pitch.Junis was removed after five innings and 87 pitches, allowing one run and five hits while striking out eight, one shy of his career high.Zobrist led off the fourth with a triple and scored on Junis’ wild pitch.Cubs relievers Steve Cishek, Brandon Kintzler and Pedro Strop limited the Royals to one single over the final three innings. Strop earned his eighth save in 11 chances, working a spotless ninth.The Royals have lost five straight and are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in the majors at 34-78.ZOBRIST RETURNSZobrist, who hit .303 with two home runs in 16 postseason games for the Royals in 2015 Phil Niekro Jersey , was back in Kansas City for the first time since the club won the World Series. 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Darvish is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Wednesday.Royals: OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) took batting practice. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Mike Montgomery, who was a 2008 Royals’ first-round pick, starts the middle game of the series.Royals: Rookie RHP Brad Keller is 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 11 starts since moving into the rotation on May 30.
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DENVER — German Marquez, a 23-year-old right-hander who has been dominant in recent starts, will take the mound Tuesday for the Colorado Rockies against the San Francisco Giants.After coming back to win 9-8 on Monday, the Rockies will be trying to clinch the three-game series behind Marquez Gleyber Torres Jersey , who will face the Giants for the first time this year.Dereck Rodriguez, 26, who made his major league debut May 29 at Coors Field in a relief appearance, will make his first start there and first start against the Rockies.Article continues below ...Marquez is 11-9, 4.11, and Rodriguez is 6-2, 2.47. In three starts against the Giants, Marquez is 0-2, 8.79,Marquez is coming off a no-decision Thursday at San Diego that included a career-high 13 strikeouts in eight innings, while allowing two hits Tyler Austin Jersey , two runs and one walk before the Rockies lost 3-2 in 13 innings.He has pitched at least seven innings in six of his past seven starts. During that stretch, Marquez is 3-1, 2.17 with 10 walks and 61 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. He allowed 31 hits, including just three home runs, while holding opposing hitters to a .177 average and a .514 OPS.“I think pitch-to-pitch adjustments, that’s the biggest thing,” said Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, who has been behind the plate recently with Marquez. “He’ll like not feel good on one of them and he’ll know exactly what it is. He’s not going to have four, five, six pitches in a row where it’s, ‘What the heck is going on?’ He needs to stay with his routine Clint Frazier Jersey , keep knowing his major keys — stay tall, his direction and tempo — knowing how to get out of the bad feelings and just (continue) executing.”Marquez now throws a two-seam fastball with movement in addition to a four-seam fastball that touches 98 mph. He has improved his slider, which recently has been the pitch he has thrown best for strikes and has a dependable changeup in addition to a curveball that he has thrown effectively since his days in the minors.“He feels confident with throwing all of his pitches in different counts,” Wolters said. “So, he can really mess with a lineup. The second go-around, the third go-around, he brings his changeup more. We’ll mix and match pitches with our game plans. We can mess with people, because he has all four pitches.”The Giants are 9-5 in starts by Rodriguez, whose father is Hall of Fame catcher Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez. He has allowed 69 hits and just five home runs in 91 innings. In his last start Wednesday at Arizona, Rodriguez gave up three runs on five hits and four walks in five innings with three strikeouts and took the loss as the Giants fell 3-1. That start snapped a streak of nine straight starts in which Rodriguez allowed two or fewer runs.He leads major league rookie pitchers with a 2.47 ERA and is tied for fourth among NL rookies with six wins and ranks second with an opponent’s batting average of .207.“It’s a little different mindset,” Rodriguez said http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey , harkening back to late May, when he joined the Giants here. “You’ve been around for three months already, so you kind of have an idea of what to expect.”Rodriguez has been a godsend for the Giants, who have lost pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to injuries and were without ace Madison Bumragner until June.Rodriguez began his career in the Minnesota organization and left the Twins to sign with the Giants as a minor league free agent last winter; hence what he has done for the Giants comes as a surprise, at least to those outside the organization.“I guess so,” Rodriguez said. “I wasn’t on nobody’s radar. I was stuck in Double-A with the Twins. But that’s the good thing about this game is that every year’s different. Every day’s different.“My mentality going into the offseason was just to weigh my options and see what happens, whatever team decides to pick me up and see what opportunity they want to give me. It worked out really well here.”
BOSTON (AP) — The AL wild-card game will be in the Bronx Drew Hutchison Jersey , where the New York Yankees bats have always felt at home.The Yankees cleared the Fenway fences four times on Friday night to tie the major league single-season home run record, clinching home-field advantage for the upcoming one-game playoff against Oakland with a 11-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox.The win in the opener of the three-game series settled the AL’s last remaining postseason question with two games to go. The Yankees will host the Athletics on Wednesday for the right to play Boston in the divisional round.“That’s an exhale right there, for the moment,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “Now we can start working on getting ready as best as we can for that Wednesday game. It’s nice to finish that off.”The Red Sox, who clinched the best record in baseball with a franchise-record 107 wins, were hoping to make things difficult for their archrivals — and the A’s, too — by forcing the winner of the wild-card game to fly cross-country next week. The ALDS begins in Boston on Friday.Instead, the Yankees will sleep in their own beds, and play in the park where they were 53-28 while hitting 144 home runs.“It’s not the end-all, be-all by any means,” Boone said. “But when push comes to shove you want to be at home.”Reigning Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge hit his first homer since coming off the disabled list Sept. 14, and Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Luke Voit also homered to give the Yankees 264 home runs for the season. That matches the mark set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.AUDITIONSJ.A. Happ (17-6) pitched three perfect innings and allowed just one hit through five. Staked to an 8-0 lead, he loaded the bases in the sixth for Steve Pearce’s grand slam but got Rafael Devers on a groundout to end the inning.In all, Happ allowed four runs on four hits and two walks, striking out seven in six innings. He would be on regular rest for the wild-card game.“I’d love to get the nod,” he said. “But I think we’re going to feel good with whoever is out there.”LONG BALLSSanchez homered to lead off the third, just his second homer and fourth hit of any kind in two weeks. Hicks hit a three-run shot in New York’s six-run fourth. Voit hit a solo shot in the seventh and Judge hit his 27th of the year in the eighth to make it 11-4.Boone said he wouldn’t have expected to set home run records in a season without Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hitting 50 apiece. Judge battled injuries after hitting 52 as a rookie; Stanton dropped from 59 to 37.Twelve players hit 10 or more homers and six topped 20.“We’re getting a lot of production from a lot of guys,” Boone said.LATE THREATBoston scored once and loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth against Dellin Betances, but Eduardo Nunez lined out to second to end it. The Red Sox loaded the bases in the ninth before Zach Britton walked Xander Bogaerts to score a run and cut the deficit to 11-6.But Pearce grounded out on a 3-2 pitch to third base to end it, giving the Yankees their 99th win.“I loved the way we fought,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Got to Betances; got to Britton. We had the big inning against Happ.”PASSING THE MESSAGEPearce is 6 for 32 with six homers against Happ in his career. Asked why he’s struggled so much to keep Pearce in the park Larry Bowa Jersey , Happ said with a smile, “I don’t know, why don’t you go over there and ask him why it’s so easy for him. I’d like to know what he says.”(When that was relayed to Pearce, he also smiled and said, “It’s not easy. He’s a good pitcher.”)FOR THE RECORDRed Sox left-hander Brian Johnson (4-5) allowed two runs in three innings and left with a 2-0 deficit. William Cuevas came out to start the fourth and gave up six runs on six hits and a walk while getting just one out.DOUBLING UPMiguel Andujar’s fourth-inning double was his 44th of the season, tying Joe DiMaggio for the record by a Yankees rookie.Second base umpire Andy Fletcher appeared to hurt his calf while calling Andujar safe on the play. The game was completed using three umpires. According to Major League Baseball, Fletcher sustained a muscular injury and will need further evaluation but will likely be replaced for the rest of the series.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: SS Didi Grigorius returned to the lineup for the first time since Saturday because of torn cartilage in his right wrist. Hicks also returned to the lineup; he missed two games with tightness in his left hamstring.UP NEXTRHP Lance Lynn (9-10) is scheduled to face RHP Nathan Eovaldi. Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesThe 2018 World Series begins Tuesday night, as the Boston Red Sox welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to Fenway Park for what promises to be another thrilling Fall Classic.While the baseball world's collective focus is on that best-of-seven series, we're not too far removed from the start of the MLB offseason and the whirlwind of rumors and activity that another round of free agency brings.Ahead is a quick look at some of the latest notable rumors surrounding some key names from the upcoming free-agent class.Philadelphia Phillies the front-runner for Manny Machado?Manny MachadoJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesManny Machado has gone full heel this MLB postseason.From his comments on how hustling is "not my cup of tea" to his kicking of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar's foot at first base that led NL MVP front-runner Christian Yelich to call him a "dirty player," it's been an eventful couple of weeks for the free-agent-to-be.In fact, it was enough forJon Heyman of FanCred to raise the question in a recent headline: "Has Machado cost himself with his actions and words?"Many expect Machado to take home a payday in excess of $300 million, including Heyman, though at least one rival executive seems to think only one team will be willing to approach that figure."The guess here is that he still gets the monster deal in the $300 million range because talent talks," wrote Heyman, "though one rival exec says his guess is that maybe 'no one but Philly' may be willing to go there now."The Phillies have long been viewed as a potential landing spot for one or both of Machado and Bryce Harper. As they look to keep pace with the Atlanta Braves and take the next step in their rebuilding process, it makes sense that they'd still be willing to break the bank to add a superstar-caliber player.To his credit, Machado has still been plenty productive this October amid the controversy, posting an .813 OPS with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in 11 games.Prediction:Machado finds multiple teams willing to pay $300-plus million and eventually signs with the Los Angeles Angels.Patrick Corbin market taking shape?Patrick CorbinDenis Poroy/Getty ImagesPatrick Corbin picked the perfect time for a career year.In a thin market for impact starting pitching, the left-hander has positioned himself for a major payday after going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 246 strikeouts鈥攇ood forthird in the National League鈥攊n 200 innings.The 29-year-old has already been a popular speculative target of the New York Yankees, but Nick Cafardo of theBoston Globe recentlyoffered up a more comprehensive list of potential suitors:"Considered the most sought-after pitcher on the market this winter. Corbin will have his pick http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-jim-bunning-jersey , but it likely won鈥檛 be in Arizona, which is looking to strip payroll and start rebuilding. Corbin is expected to draw a lot of interest from the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, and Braves. The deal likely could be at least five years in the $20 million-$25 million range."We've already mentioned the Yankees, and the Braves also look like an excellent fit as they look for another experienced arm to slot alongside Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman. The Dodgers also make sense, regardless of what happens with Clayton Kershaw and his opt-out clause.On the other hand, the Giants are a bit of a head-scratcher. The last thing that team needs is another pricey long-term contract on the books, and there's a good chance San Francisco will be rebuilding rather than making a splash in free agency.As the top arm available, it might take Corbin making a free-agency decision to kick the rest of the starting pitching market into gear this winter. As such, expect to hear his name early and often on the rumor mill. Nathan Eovaldi to exceed four years and $43 million?Nathan EovaldiElsa/Getty ImagesA strong argument can be made that no player has done more to increase his free-agent stock this season than Nathan Eovaldi.The 28-year-old missed the entire 2017 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he has returned strong this season with the Tampa Bay Rays to emerge as one of the most coveted arms at the trade deadline.The Boston Red Sox acquired him July 25, and he went on to post a 3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 54 innings in 11 starts and one relief appearance during the regular season. He's been even better this October:ALDS Game 3:W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 KALCS Game 3:W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER Jim Thome Jersey , 2 BB, 4 KALCS Game 5:HLD, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 KHe'll have at least one World Series start to further boost his stock, but there's already a strong belief in the industry that he's going to cash in this winter, asCafardowrote:"Most executives think a comparable isAlex Cobb, who also came back from Tommy John and landed a four-year, $57 million deal with Baltimore last offseason. Eovaldi's pedigree exceeds Cobb's at this point, so his contract should be more lucrative."The fact that he's still just 28 is also a chip in his favor, considering a starting pitcher market that includes Corbin (29), Dallas Keuchel (30), Wade Miley (31), Gio Gonzalez (33), Charlie Morton (34) and J.A. Happ (36).The bigger question now might be how aggressively the Red Sox push to retain him.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.
Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesWashington Nationals star Bryce Harper found himself in the middle of multiple run-ins with home plate umpire Laz Diaz during Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jason-vargas-jersey , and Washington skipper Dave Martinez wants MLB to look into the situation."I'm not going to make any comments on balls and strikes there, but umpires are supposed to be nonconfrontational. They're supposed to uphold the peace on the baseball field," Martinez said. "For me, I think MLB needs to take a look at that. That's all I'm going to say. I've known Laz for a very long time. I'm not going to throw anybody under the bus, but we're in a pivotal moment of the game, and he's saying things to Harp, and I thought that was uncalled for."The first incident was rather unusual, as Diaz stepped out from behind home in the bottom of the fifth inning and said something to the Nationals dugout while pointing at Harper, who had struck out swinging in the top of the frame, in center. As Tom Gatto of Sporting News pointed out http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-pedro-martinez-jersey , the MASN broadcast picked up some of what Diaz said in the exchange."He needs to cut it out," Diaz said, per Gatto. "You need to talk to him. You need to talk to him. ... You take him or I will, I guarantee you that. ... That's OK, I'll take care of it. ... I'll take care of it."Diaz did not eject Harper鈥攂ut that was not the last of the confrontations.When the 2015 National League MVP stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh, he took issue with Diaz calling a strike on a pitch that appeared to be well outside. As the two exchanged words, Martinez came out to protect his player. Neither Harper nor Martinez was tossed.Harper finished 1-for-5 with one RBI and the one strikeout. Afterward, he discussed what happened."That's my biggest thing this year is I don't want to get tossed. So, I think I go to the edge and then kinda quiet up," Harper said.Harper also said Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers heard what Diaz said.The Braves won the game Giancarlo Stanton Jersey , 10-5, but chief baseball operator Joe Torre and Co. will certainly have to take a look at what went down on the field in Atlanta on Friday night. Following comments by Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, the odds are significantly against the Nats trading outfielder Bryce Harper before Tuesday's non-waiver MLB trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET.According to OddsShark, the odds are plus-1,500 (15-1) that Rizzo will deal Harper, while they are minus-5,000 (1-50) for the GM to stick to his word.On Tuesday morning, Rizzo told Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post: "Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team."ESPN'sTim Kurkjianreported that the Nats were gauging interest in what Harper could net them on the trade market.The 25-year-old Harper, who can become a free agent this offseason, is hitting .220 with 25 home runs and 62 RBI in 2018.He also has a National League-leading 84 walks http://wwwScott Taetsch/Getty ImagesWashington Nationals star Bryce Harper found himself in the middle of multiple run-ins with home plate umpire Laz Diaz during Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jason-vargas-jersey , and Washington skipper Dave Martinez wants MLB to look into the situation."I'm not going to make any comments on balls and strikes there, but umpires are supposed to be nonconfrontational. They're supposed to uphold the peace on the baseball field," Martinez said. "For me, I think MLB needs to take a look at that. That's all I'm going to say. I've known Laz for a very long time. I'm not going to throw anybody under the bus, but we're in a pivotal moment of the game, and he's saying things to Harp, and I thought that was uncalled for."The first incident was rather unusual, as Diaz stepped out from behind home in the bottom of the fifth inning and said something to the Nationals dugout while pointing at Harper, who had struck out swinging in the top of the frame, in center. As Tom Gatto of Sporting News pointed out http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-pedro-martinez-jersey , the MASN broadcast picked up some of what Diaz said in the exchange."He needs to cut it out," Diaz said, per Gatto. "You need to talk to him. You need to talk to him. ... You take him or I will, I guarantee you that. ... That's OK, I'll take care of it. ... I'll take care of it."Diaz did not eject Harper鈥攂ut that was not the last of the confrontations.When the 2015 National League MVP stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh, he took issue with Diaz calling a strike on a pitch that appeared to be well outside. As the two exchanged words, Martinez came out to protect his player. Neither Harper nor Martinez was tossed.Harper finished 1-for-5 with one RBI and the one strikeout. Afterward, he discussed what happened."That's my biggest thing this year is I don't want to get tossed. So, I think I go to the edge and then kinda quiet up," Harper said.Harper also said Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers heard what Diaz said.The Braves won the game Giancarlo Stanton Jersey , 10-5, but chief baseball operator Joe Torre and Co. will certainly have to take a look at what went down on the field in Atlanta on Friday night. Following comments by Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, the odds are significantly against the Nats trading outfielder Bryce Harper before Tuesday's non-waiver MLB trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET.According to OddsShark, the odds are plus-1,500 (15-1) that Rizzo will deal Harper, while they are minus-5,000 (1-50) for the GM to stick to his word.On Tuesday morning, Rizzo told Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post: "Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team."ESPN'sTim Kurkjianreported that the Nats were gauging interest in what Harper could net them on the trade market.The 25-year-old Harper, who can become a free agent this offseason, is hitting .220 with 25 home runs and 62 RBI in 2018.He also has a National League-leading 84 walks http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-derek-jeter-jersey , which has contributed to a .369 on-base percentage.Harper is a six-time All-Star across seven MLB seasons, and he won the NL MVP award in 2015, when he hit .330 with 42 homers.Despite their immense talent, the Nationals are struggling to the tune of a 52-53 record.That puts them 5.5 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the NL East lead and 5.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second wild-card spot in the NL.Because of their tenuous position, the Nationals risk losing Harper in free agency for nothing while also not getting one final opportunity to chase a World Series ring with him on the roster.Washington would likely fetch a hefty return for Harper despite his status as a rental, but the fact that the Nationals aren't officially out of it may be what compels them to keep their slugger and hope things turn around down the stretch.
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