LOS ANGELES (AP) — These aren’t the same Dodgers that won 104 games http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-manny-machado-jersey , ran away in the NL West, and fell one victory short of a World Series title last year.Example A: After a slow start, they won 92 games and needed Game 163 to earn their sixth straight division title.Example B: Clayton Kershaw won’t be opening the postseason as the Game 1 starter for the first time in six consecutive playoff appearances.Example C: Kershaw told Hyun-Jin Ryu that the South Korean left-hander was going to take the mound on Thursday night against Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves to begin the best-of-five Division Series.“I’m obviously kind of nervous, but I think it’s a good thing,” Ryu said through a translator Wednesday.The Dodgers obviously think flip-flopping Kershaw and Ryu is the right move, with manager Dave Roberts saying it allows both pitchers to have five days’ rest between starts. If Kershaw started Game 1, he would be on four days’ rest, while Ryu would be on six days’ rest.Kershaw starting the opener has always been the surest sign that it’s October. The face of the franchise has started eight of the past 10 postseason Game 1s. He can opt out of his contract after the World Series.“He obviously wanted to pitch Game 1 and expected to,” Roberts said. “But after talking to him and explaining our thoughts Chris Davis Jersey , he accepted it and he just said he’ll be ready to go for the second game.”Kershaw often has started on short rest in recent postseasons, but the Dodgers don’t plan on that this time. Rookie Walker Buehler is set to go in Game 3, having impressed enough to be the heir apparent to Kershaw.“It doesn’t have to all fall on his shoulders like it has in the past,” starter-turned-reliever Alex Wood said of Kershaw.Slugger Matt Kemp added, “We got a lot of guys who can get the job done.”Ryu is eager to make a mark after not pitching in the postseason since 2014, having been injured for most of the 2015 and ’16 seasons. He was left off last year’s playoff rosters after going 5-9 with a 3.77 ERA.Still, Ryu has posted a better ERA (2.81) in his three career postseason games than Kershaw (4.35) in his 24 playoff games.“Finding out that I made the postseason roster, especially not making it last year, was definitely huge for me http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-brooks-robinson-jersey ,” he said. “I’m going to go full throttle from the very first pitch in the very first inning.”Ryu was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in the regular season. Fellow lefty Kershaw was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and team-high 155 strikeouts.Ryu had an edge over the final month of the season, posting a 1.88 ERA after overcoming a groin injury. Kershaw, also injured this season, had a 3.89 ERA in September.“I think it’s pick your poison between the two of them,” Wood said.If needed, Kershaw could still start Game 5 in Los Angeles on normal rest, so the move allows him to be available twice in the best-of-5 series.“If we get to that point, then we’ll have a discussion,” Roberts said.Like the Dodgers Cal Ripken Jersey , the Braves aren’t the same team they were a year ago.Atlanta is back in the postseason for the first time since 2013, when they were beaten by the Dodgers in four games.Under manager Brian Snitker, the Braves went from 72 wins in 2017 to 90 and the NL East title this year, surprising many with the quick turnaround.“No one really followed us until the end of the season,” Foltynewicz said. “Just because we started off hot, no one thought we would continue being that good and we did the whole season.”Led by so-called “Baby Braves” — 20-year-old left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies — Atlanta has gotten production from veterans Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman as well.What the Braves lack is playoff experience, especially compared to the battle-tested Dodgers.“We got a bunch of young guys that they had never experienced September either, having to win and chasing a division,” Snitker said http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-dylan-bundy-jersey , “and then it didn’t faze them a bit.” SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais kept his word to Edwin Diaz, matching the closer’s flashy haircut following a milestone save over the weekend.Servais had promised he’d get a styled cut similar to Diaz’s if the closer got 50 saves. Diaz notched his 50th save on Saturday, and Servais sat in the chair for Diaz’s personal barber Tuesday.“I think it’s looking fresh, man,” Diaz told MLB.com. “I think he looks like the swaggiest manager in the league.”The hairdo includes a pair of shaved lines along each side of the head, coming to a point behind the ear before curving toward the back of the head. Not exactly a natural look for the 51-year-old Servais.“I’ve got to get some sun on the back of my head, my forehead,” Servais told MLB.com. “The question is for the national anthem tonight. It’s a team rule. I’ll just have to put my head down and grin and bear it. That’s all I can do.”
BALTIMORE — The Chicago White Sox will try to stretch their winning streak to four games and finish a weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles when the teams meet Sunday at Camden Yards.Chicago has bounced back after dropping seven straight games. The White Sox took the final game of a series with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday and won the first two games of this series http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-adeiny-hechavarria-jersey , including a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.That win also locked up the season series for the White Sox, who now lead the Orioles 4-2 with just the one game left. The White Sox (59-89) have not beaten the Orioles (42-106) in a season series since 2008.Article continues below ...Chicago has not waved the white flag in the season’s final three weeks despite struggling at times and recently dealing with that long losing streak. They’re still pushing hard in each game.“We came here to play 100 percent,” Avisail Garcia said after his solo homer in the ninth inning gave the White Sox some insurance on Saturday night. “(We) try to do our best and try to win every single game. Just trying to do our job.”Neither team could do much offensively for much of Saturday’s game. The White Sox three times tried to steal, but Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph gunned them down each time — in the third, sixth and eighth innings.Chicago went ahead thanks to a two-out rally in the sixth against Baltimore starter Yefry Ramirez. Yoan Moncada doubled to right with two outs and Yolmer Sanchez came up next and sent a double to left that scored the game’s first run.Ramirez, a rookie, has likely earned another start after a solid 5 2/3-inning outing in which he gave up one run and struck out seven.“He was outstanding,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was fun to watch. That was as good as you want to see a young pitcher pitch.”But that one run was all the White Sox needed thanks to seven shutout innings from Reynaldo Lopez. Lucas Giolito (10-10, 5.76 ERA) will start Sunday for Chicago against Baltimore rookie David Hess (3-10, 5.17) in the final game of the season between the teams.Giolito has fared well of late, going 3-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his last five starts. He also has struck out 33 in 33 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .218 average.The right-hander has an 0-1 career record with a 47.25 ERA versus the Orioles thanks to one bad start the only time he pitched against them. Baltimore touched him up for seven runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings in a May 24 loss.For Hess, who has pitched well at times, especially lately, this will be his first appearance against the White Sox.Matt Davidson returned to the Chicago lineup Saturday after sitting out the previous four games (sore left calf). Manager Rick Renteria said he wanted to get Davidson’s big bat back into the lineup — he has hit 20 homers this season — and put him in as the designated hitter.Renteria said Davidson felt good after the game and will return Sunday in the series finale but at first base. ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves capped a most surprising season by clinching their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.A year after going 70-92, manager Brian Snitker and his Baby Braves surged back into the playoffs.Atlanta makes its first postseason appearance since 2013 on Oct. 4 in the NL Division Series. The Braves won their 18th division title, tying the New York Yankees for the most in the majors since division play began in 1969.Philadelphia, which led the division in early August, is 6-14 this month.Foltynewicz (12-10) tipped his cap to a standing ovation as he left with runners on first and second in the eighth with a 4-0 lead.Arodys Vizcaino, in his first save situation since June 17, closed out the ninth for his 16th save.Jake Arrieta (10-10) allowed four runs Sergio Romo Jersey , four hits and three walks in two innings, the shortest outing of his nine-year career.YANKEES 3, ORIOLES 2NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning off Paul Fry (0-2), and New York clinched an AL wild card spot.Rookie manager Aaron Boone will lead the Yankees into the winner-take-all Oct. 3 wild-card game, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees remained 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage are are 53-27 at home this season.Hicks and Luke Voit homered in the second inning, but the Orioles tied the score with runs in the third and the fifth off Lance Lynn.Tommy Kahnle (2-0) pitched a one-hit 11th.Baltimore dropped to 44-110, one shy of the franchise record for losses set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.ATHLETICS 3, TWINS 2OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty doubled leading off the ninth and scored on a wild pitch by Trevor Hildenberger (4-5) as Oakland cut its magic number to one for a wild-card berth with its second straight walk-off win over Minnesota.Marcus Semien homered for Oakland, which opened a 7½-game lead over Tampa Bay for the AL’s second wild card.Blake Treinen (9-2) retired three batters.BLUE JAYS 5, RAYS 2TORONTO (AP) — Rookie left-hander Thomas Pannone (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings to win his third straight start.Rowdy Tellez homered and drove in three runs for Toronto,Tommy Pham and Jesus Sucre hit solo home runs for the Rays.Tyler Glasnow (2-7) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, losing for the fourth time in five starts.CUBS 8, WHITE SOX 3CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez homered and the visiting Cubs took advantage of huge mistake by Ryan LaMarre to move 2½ games ahead of second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. LaMarre allowed Daniel Murphy’s fifth-inning drive to left to sail over him for an RBI double, and Ben Zobrist followed with a two-run single.Jon Lester (17-6) labored through five innings to move into a tie with Washington ace Max Scherzer for the NL lead in wins. The left-hander allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in his second straight victory.Lucas Giolito (10-12) was charged with five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.PIRATES 3, BREWERS 0PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams (14-9) combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, cutting Milwaukee’s wild-card lead to two games over St. Louis.Pittsburgh’s 16 shutouts are one behind Detroit, the major league leader.Starling Marte hit a two-run double in the third off Zach Davies (2-7), and Colin Moran added an RBI single in the eighth.CARDINALS 5 Matt Duffy Jersey , GIANTS 4ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler O’Neill hit a solo home run off Mark Melancon (0-3) with two outs in the 10th inning, and St. Louis remained 1½ games ahead of Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot. Yadier Molina also homered for St. Louis, which won for the fifth time in six games.Carlos Martinez (8-6) pitched two scoreless innings.DODGERS 7, PADRES 2LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Machado hit a three-run homer on his bobblehead night to highlight a five-run third inning, and Los Angeles maintained a 1½ -game lead over second-place Colorado in the NL West.Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson also homered to back Rich Hill (10-5), who allowed one run and four hits in seven innings and improved to 8-1 since the All-Star break.Rookie Jacob Nix (2-4) gave up six runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.ROCKIES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1PHOENIX (AP) — Antonio Senzatela (6-6) allowed three hits in seven innings for Colorado.Arizona has lost 11 out of 14 and is seven games back of the Cardinals with seven games left.Patrick Corbin (11-7) allowed four runs, five hits and four walks in a season-low three innings.ASTROS 10, ANGELS 5HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve capped a nine-run eighth with a two-run homer as Houston overcame a 5-1 deficit. The AL West-leading Astros remained 3½ games ahead of second-place Oakland.After the Angels scored five times in the top of the eighth, Yuli Gurriel, Brian McCann and Evan Gattis each hit RBI singles off of Ty Buttrey (0-1) to close the lead to 5-4.With the bases loaded and one out, pinch-hitter Tyler White hit a chopper to third baseman Taylor Ward, who threw the ball into right field for an error that allowed two runs to score. George Springer followed with a two-run single off Blake Parker.Justin Verlander allowed one hit and struck out 11 in six innings. Collin McHugh (6-2) got the final two outs of the eighth.MARINERS 13, RANGERS 0ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth off Mike Minor (12-8), and Marco Gonzales (13-9) allowed one hit over six innings to eliminate Seattle. The longest playoff drought in the four major U.S. pro sports extended to 17 years.Cano, who added an RBI double and had three hits, has nine homers — five since returning from an 80-game drug suspension Aug. 14.Dee Gordon connected for his third homer, a two-run shot in the eighth off Bartolo Colon in the 45-year-old’s fourth relief appearance.INDIANS 5, RED SOX 4CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley singled in the winning run in the 11th inning off Drew Pomeranz (2-6) http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-steven-souza-jersey , delaying Boston’s bid for a club record 106th victory and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.Tyler Olson (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings.IMike Clevinger struck out six in five innings and raised his total to 202, making the Indians the first team in major league history to have four pitchers reach 200 in the same season. Carlos Carrasco (217), Trevor Bauer (215) and Corey Kluber (205) are the othersNATIONALS 6, METS 0WASHINGTON (AP) — Rookie Austin Voth (1-1) and four relievers combined on a one-hitter, hours after Washington was eliminated from playoff contention. Matt Wieters and Trea Turner homered for the Nationals.Making his second major league start, Voth allowed an infield single to Michael Conforto leading off the fourth inning.Corey Oswalt (3-3) allowed two runs in five innings.TIGERS 5, ROYALS 4DETROIT (AP) — Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and Detroit was a winner in Victor Martinez’s final major league game.With the score tied at 3, Niko Goodrum led off the eighth with his third hit of the game, a single off Jason Hammel (3-14). Mahtook then lined Hammel’s 1-0 slider over the left-field fence.The 39-year-old Martinez, who made his debut with Cleveland in 2002, hit an infield single in his first at-bat and was removed for pinch-runner Ronny Rodriguez. Fellow Venezuelans Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar came out of the Royals‘ dugout to embrace the five-time All-Star as he walked off the field to a standing ovation.Joe Jimenez (5-4) allowed the Royals to tie it in the eighth, and Shane Greene earned his 31st save.MARLINS 5, REDS 1MIAMI (AP) — Austin Dean homered and drove in three runs, and five pitchers combined on a six-hitter in a matchup of last-place teams.Jose Urena (8-12) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and won his fourth start in a row, and Drew Steckenrider stranded two runners for his fifth save.Anthony DeSclafani (7-7) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts but allowed five runs, three earned, in 5 2/3 innings.
The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2018 season with a 47-115 record and 61 games standing between them and first place in the American League East. It didn't take them long to make personnel changes after such a disastrous showing.According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-brach-jersey , the Orioles parted ways with general manager Dan Duquette on Wednesday.His report comes after Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic suggested the team was "expected" to let Duquette go while noting it fired manager Buck Showalter. ESPN.comnoted Duquette's contract only runs through the end of October, so he simply will not be re-signed.Duquette, 60, has enjoyed an extensivecareerin the major league ranks. He worked in scouting and player development with the Milwaukee Brewers, served as the assistant general manager and then general manager of the Montreal Expos, was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox and was the director of baseball operations for the Israel Baseball League before the Orioles hired him prior to the 2012 campaign.Baltimore made the playoffs in three of seven seasons under Duquette, advancing as far as the 2014 American League Championship Series. However, the team finished in last place in the AL East in each of the last two seasons.R.J. Andersonof CBS Sports pointed out Duquette was "known for having an analytical bent" but added, "whether or not Duquette still has the eye鈥攐r has improved upon his reputedly shaky communication skills鈥攊s up for debate."Despite the struggles of the past two seasons, Duquette at least put the Orioles in position for future success with a number of trades, including deals that sent out Manny Machado Colby Rasmus Jersey , Zach Britton and Kevin Gausman.Jonathan Mayoof MLB.com ranked teams that improved their farm systems the most at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 and had the Orioles atop the list.Duquette just won't be there to see the farm system eventually ascend to the major league level. NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Melvin’s job was a lot different as a rookie manager with Seattle in 2002, and even when he was voted Manager of the Year with Arizona in 2007 and Oakland in 2012.“Organizations and certainly front offices are more a part of it now, and you have to understand that,” Melvin said Tuesday after winning his third manager award.Melvin won the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues.Atlanta’s Brian Snitker won the National League award following a surprising first-place finish, a reward for a 63-year-old baseball lifer who has spent 42 seasons with the Braves. He thought back to how he returned to the minor leagues in 1986, 1991 and 2004 after stints on the staff of the big league Braves.“Hey, I’ve been recycled three times from the major leagues as a coach,” he said. “Everything that I’ve been through I think has prepared me better to understand what these guys go through and what this job entails.”A big league catcher from 1985-94, Melvin became a scout, instructor, front office assistant and coach before he got his first big league managing job in 2002 from Mariners general manager Pat Gillick http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-craig-gentry-jersey , a future Hall of Famer. Now he works for Oakland executives Billy Beane and Dave Forst, proponents of the analytics movement that has swept baseball.“When I started doing this a long time ago with Mr. Gillick in Seattle, their job was to give me the players and then it was my job to put guys in the right spots. And things have changed since then,” Melvin said. “It can be a little bit top heavy as far as where the information comes from, from our front office now, and you have to be able to adapt, or at some point in time you might not have one of these jobs. So I’m lucky enough to be with an organization that not only it’s my hometown but from a guy that I’ve known for quite a while in Billy and they do the best they can to consistently try to implement stuff and get us better. And it’s my job to accept it and move forward.”Melvin received 18 first-place votes, 19 seconds and one third for 121 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He is the eighth manager to win three or more times and is one shy of the record shared by Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.His A’s went 97-65, a 22-win improvement over 2017, even with a $68.6 million payroll when the season began. They overcame a 34-36 start to go a big league-best from June 16 on, even though Jharel Cotton Andrew Cashner Jersey , A.J. Puk, Sean Manaea, Kendall Graveman, Brett Anderson, Andrew Triggs and several other starting pitchers got hurt. They lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game.“At the beginning, we were at little bit taken aback by the fact that we lost so many guys early on,” Melvin said, “but I think after that it was more kind of a badge of honor that someone goes down, we have to continue to have expectations to win and know we have depth in our organization and it’s next man up.”Boston’s Alex Cora was second with seven firsts and 79 points after leading the Red Sox to a team-record 108 wins. Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash was next with five firsts and 57 points. The Rays‘ innovation of using a reliever as an “opener” was copied by other teams later in the season, including Oakland.“Based on the fact that we had so many starters go down and our bullpen was our strength, we were looking for ways to potentially get better http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-chance-sisco-jersey ,” Melvin said. “Certainly watching what they did over there and the success they had was partly one of the reasons we looked at it.”Snitker received 17 firsts, nine seconds and one third for 116 points, the only manager picked on every NL ballot. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 11 firsts and for 99 points. Colorado’s Bud Black was third with 41 points.Snitker played in Atlanta’s minor league system from 1977-80, then worked in the minors as a roving instructor (1981), a manager at rookie league (1996), Class A (1982-84, 1986-87, 1992, 1997-2001), Double-A (2002-05), Triple-A (2006 Jeremy Hellickson Jersey , 2014-16) and a coach at rookie level (1993-94) and Class A (1995). He was with Atlanta as bullpen coach (1985 and 1988-90) and third base coach (2007-13).He was managing at Triple-A Gwinnett when he took over Atlanta in May 2016 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired for a 9-28 start. The Braves went 59-65 during the rest of the season, and Snitker was given the job full-time.Atlanta went 72-90, and then improved to 90-72 this year, when the Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-game Division Series.“Everything I’ve been through, at my age I’m kind of very appreciative of what these guys do,” Snitker said. “I’m not looking to set the world on fire or anything like that. I’m just kind of just enjoying this ride.”Cy Young Award votes will be announced Wednesday. The New York Mets‘ Jacob deGrom, Washington’s Max Scherzer and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola are finalists in the NL, and Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell, Houston’s Justin Verlander and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber top the AL contenders.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have some serious work to do if they are going to get back into the World Series and find a way to win it.After dropping the first two game of the 2018 Fall Classic at Fenway Park in Boston Robinson Chirinos Jersey , the team returns home to L.A. and will have a chance to take on the Red Sox for the next three games at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers will have to win at least one of the next two games to force a third and final home game in the series. If they can win two of the games, they will send the series back to Boston for a sixth game. If they win all three, they will return to Fenway with a chance to win the MLB championship.MLB MLBAlex Cora and Dave Roberts are the first pair of minority managers to meet in the #WorldSeries. My4vbEqB6pThat seems like a long shot right now because Boston was the better team in the first two games. The Red Sox have excelled at getting two-out hits with runners on base. The Dodgers have had their opportunities in similar circumstances but have not gotten hits when they needed them most."We've got to find a way to win a baseball game,"manager DaveRobertssaid, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. "I think, coming in here, I thought we played these guys pretty straight-up. Obviously, we come out of here going home down, 2-0, but they made pitches when they needed to. And then when it flipped, they got the hit Curtis Granderson Jersey , and we didn't." World Series ScheduleTuesday: Boston 8, Los Angeles 4Wednesday: Boston 4, Los Angeles 2; Boston leads 2-0.Friday:Red SoxatDodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSaturday:Red SoxatDodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSunday (if necessary):Red SoxatDodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETOctober 30 (if necessary):DodgersatRed Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETOctober 31 (if necessary):DodgersatRed Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised byFox.Live Stream:Fox Sports GoIf the Dodgers are going to be successful at home, it would help greatly if they scored first. The Red Sox are 9-0 when they put the first run on the board this postseason, and while teams have been able to come back and take the lead, the Red Sox have had the last laugh by coming back again.That was the case Wednesday night as the Red Sox scored first on an RBI single by Ian Kinsler in the second inning http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-jaime-garcia-jersey , and the Dodgers responded with two runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead.The Red Sox bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, and the Dodgers had no answer against David Price and the relievers who followed.Pitcher List PitcherListCody Bellinger goes deep!!!!2-1 Dodgers and we have ourselves a GAME 7! NsBZqZNgjdThe Dodgers were not able to do much against Price in Game 2 or enough against Chris Sale in Game 1. Both of those left-handed pitchers prevented the Dodgers from having big innings. The Los Angeles hitters will face right-hander Rick Porcello in Game 3, and that will give Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy a chance to show off their power.Seven Dodgers hit 21 or more home runs in 2018, led by Muncy, who bashed 35. Porcello won 17 games during the regular season, but he had a 4.28 ERA and gave up 27 home runs.If Porcello has a hard time locating his pitches, that could make him susceptible to the long ball Friday. If he can stay on the edges, he should be able to follow in Price's footsteps.Walker Buehler is scheduled to start Game 3 for the Dodgers, and he will have a major challenge keeping the relentless Red Sox attack in check. Buehler is a hard thrower who struck out 151 batters in 137.1 innings while putting together an 8-5 record with a 2.62 ERA.He will have to contend with Mookie Betts (32 home runs, 30 stolen bases) and J.D. Martinez (43 home runs, 130 runs batted in) Yangervis Solarte Jersey , the Red Sox's two best offensive players, along with Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr.The Dodgers are minus-160 favorites to win Game 3 and get back in the series, while the Red Sox are plus-135 underdogs, per OddsShark. A Dodgers supporter will have to risk $160 to win $100, while Red Sox backers will need to wager $100 to earn $135. PredictionThe Dodgers are desperate to earn a victory and get respect from their opponents. They should be a more focused team at home and will try to give the Red Sox a solid fight for nine innings.However, the Red Sox are not going to give the Dodgers anything. They won 108 regular-season games, and they beat the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros in the playoffs. The argument can be made that both of those teams are also better than the National League champions.The Dodgers may do a better job of hitting with runners in scoring position than they did in Boston, but we don't see the Red Sox faltering in that area. The Red Sox also play better defense and run the bases extremely well.The Boston bullpen has exceeded expectations, and pitchers like Joe Kelly and Ryan Brasier are throwing the ball with confidence while closer Craig Kimbrel appears to be over his slump.Look for a high-scoring Boston win in Game 3 as the Red Sox take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.Tickets available for the World Series through StubHub. BALTIMORE (AP) — Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards.News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up.Plaintiff’s attorney Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum says the Americans with Disabilities Act mandated “equal enjoyment of the services.” Another plaintiff’s attorney http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-randal-grichuk-jersey , Kevin D. Docherty, criticized the Orioles for July’s “Celebrate ADA Day.”The plaintiffs seek damages of at least $75,000 each, and a Camden Yards that’s compliant by the next baseball season.The Orioles couldn’t be reached for comment. Attorney General Brian E. Frosh’s office, which represents the stadium authority, declined to comment on pending litigation.
The Chicago Cubs continued to bolster their bullpen ahead of Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-nicky-delmonico-jersey , acquiring reliever Brandon Kintzler from the Washington Nationalsfor minor league pitcher Jhon Romero.The Cubs confirmed the move afterMLB.com's Jon Paul Morosifirst reported the news.After being named to his first All-Star team last season, Kintzler has followed it up with another solid performance. The right-hander has posted a 3.59 ERA and a 1.242 WHIP in 45 outings, striking out 31 in 42.2 innings.While his overall numbers may not jump out, Kintzler's splits indicate he can succeed away from Washington. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 22 appearances at Nationals Park this season, while he is 1-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 23 road outings, allowing just five runs in 22.2 innings.He is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 11 career appearances at Wrigley Field.The 33-year-old reliever is earning $5 million in 2018 and has a $10 million club option for next year, perSpotrac. If the team declines the option, it reportedly becomes a $5 million player option.Chicago has thethird-best bullpenin baseball. However Reynaldo Lopez Jersey , it recently placed closer Brandon Morrow to thedisabled listdue to right biceps inflammation. The front office did recentlyacquireright-hander Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers, though.At 61-44, the Cubs hold a one-game league in the National League Central. By adding Kintzler and more bullpen depth, they are not only positioning themselves for the stretch run, but for a playoff run as well. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha homered and Matt Chapman hit an RBI double to back Trevor Cahill, leading the Oakland Athletics past the New York Yankees 6-3 on Monday in a matchup between two teams in the AL wild-card race.The A’s jumped on CC Sabathia early and pulled within 3 1/2 games of New York for the first wild card.Cahill (6-3) defeated the Yankees for the first time in seven career appearances, the only AL team he’d never beaten. The right-hander improved to 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA in nine home starts http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-bruce-rondon-jersey , striking out three to leave him one shy of 1,000 for his career. Cahill allowed four hits and three runs — two earned — in five innings.Lou Trivino relieved Cahill and struck out the side in the sixth. Jeurys Familia issued consecutive two-out walks in the eighth but got out of it unscathed before Blake Treinen finished for his 36th save.Luke Voit hit a two-run homer for New York, which welcomed back manager Aaron Boone to the bench after he served a one-game suspension Sunday.Sabathia (7-6) retired Marcus Semien on a flyball before surrendering four straight singles and a bases-loaded walk to Matt Olson as the A’s went ahead 3-1.New York answered right back on Voit’s seventh home run that came on a 3-2 pitch.The lefty, pitching back home in the Bay Area, was done after Semien’s one-out double in the fourth for his second-shortest outing of 2018. With just one victory in his past nine starts, Sabathia allowed four earned runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.Oakland has won six of the last eight meetings with the Yankees.BIG STEP FOR JUDGEYankees slugger Aaron Judge took his first swings off a tee since breaking his right wrist July 26, a significant early step in what he hopes is a return to the field for New York in a couple of weeks.Judge, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year Chris Beck Jersey , took 25 dry swings Monday in Oakland’s center-field cage before taking another 25 off the tee at what he called 100 percent effort. He said he felt good enough in recent days and without pain that the decision was made he would begin hitting again.“Just moving in the right direction. Definitely a big step,” Judge said, sitting in the Oakland Coliseum dugout. “I’m kind of on track with what we kind of wanted to accomplish, so I’m excited about the progress we’re making so far. It feels good. So I’ve just got to keep moving forward, keep having good days and just keep kind of building off that. Hopefully ramp it up here in the next couple days and be back out there soon.”Judge could take live batting practice as soon as this weekend.BACK IN THE BAYNew Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen received warm applause after his lineup introduction. He arrived in the Bronx on Friday, played for his new club all weekend then returned right back to the Bay Area where he’d been with the Giants.McCutchen led off the game with a single, stole second, reached third on catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s error and scored the game’s first run.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: SS Didi Gregorius Miguel Gonzalez Jersey , sidelined with a bruised left heel he hurt Aug. 19 in a collision with Toronto’s Kendrys Morales beating out an infield single, is set to run the bases Tuesday and Boone said he is “very close to a return.” … New York outrighted OF Shane Robinson and LHP Ryan Bollinger to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (strained pitching forearm) is slated to throw off a mound Wednesday. … The A’s acquired RHP Aaron Brooks from the Brewers for cash and designated LHP Danny Coulombe for assignment.UP NEXTJ.A. Happ (15-6, 4.00 ERA) starts Tuesday night and is 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA over six starts since joining New York from the Blue Jays before the trade deadline. Oakland had yet to name a starter for the middle game of the series.
The Minnesota Twins are reportedly interested in interviewing former MLB catcher David Ross for their vacant managerial position.According to La Velle E. Neal III of theStar Tribune Anthony Rendon Jersey ,hitting coach James Rowson already interviewed for the spot, while Minnesota is also considering former major league utilityman Mark DeRosa.The Twins fired Paul Molitor as manager after they went a disappointing 78-84 this season.Since retiring at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Ross has served as an ESPN analyst and aspecial assistant in the Chicago Cubs front office.The 41-year-old has no managing or coaching experience, but he was a well-traveled player with stints as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Cubs over 15 MLB seasons.He also won a pair of World Series titles鈥攐ne with the Red Sox in 2013 and one with the Cubs in 2016.While Ross' career numbers were modest (.229 AVG, 106 HR http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-daniel-murphy-jersey , 314 RBI), he was widely regarded as a quality teammate and a "glue guy" in the clubhouse.Although he wasn't anything more than a catcher in title, Ross was essentially a player-coach for manager Joe Maddon in Chicago thanks to his wealth of knowledge and experience.Hiring Ross would be a risk for Minnesota, but it could be the spark the franchise needs after it went from an 85-win playoff team in 2017 to a 78-win club in 2018.The Twins have a lot of young talent in Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and Jose Berrios, and if Ross can use his recent experience as a player to connect with them, it could go a long way toward aiding their development. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were a .500 team after a loss on July 25, but since then they’ve been the hottest team in the National League.Yadier Molina broke a tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning Adam Eaton Jersey , Tyson Ross won his St. Louis debut and the Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Sunday to win their fifth straight, matching a season high.The Cardinals moved eight games above .500, equaling their season high set on June 11, and are a National League-best 12-4 since July 27. Manager Mike Matheny was fired on July 14 in an attempt to jump-start the disappointing team.Molina’s bases-loaded single in the seventh scored Harrison Bader and Patrick Wisdom, who had two hits, drove in a run and scored two in his major league debut. Wisdom’s RBI single had tied it at 2-2.“We feel pretty good about ourselves right now,” Molina said. “We are getting hot at the right time.”The Cardinals concluded a three-city trip with a 7-2 record.“It was a good game, a good road trip and a good series,” Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said.Ross, who last pitched on Aug. 3 for San Diego http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-max-scherzer-jersey , was an emergency starter, replacing Luke Weaver, who was scratched after cutting his right index finger on the aluminum foil cover of his clubhouse meal on Saturday night.Ross (7-9), who made 22 starts with the Padres before the Cardinals claimed him on waivers last week, allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings.“I felt good and was ready to go,” Ross said. “I was happy to get out there and pitch. After the first inning, I was able to rein it in and get into the strike zone, and keep us in the ballgame.”Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth to cap the scoring.Jason Hammel (2-12) entered in the seventh and retired none of the four batters he faced. He was charged with three runs.“I set the tone for the rest of the game right there, coming in and not even getting an out,” Hammel said. “I’m embarrassed.”Jakob Junis limited the Cardinals to three singles Michael Taylor Jersey , walked none and struck out eight before leaving after six innings with a 2-1 lead.“I hit my spots with my fastball and played my slider off that and I had some good results,” Junis said.Lucas Duda singled home Salvador Perez in the third to put Kansas City up 2-1. Alex Gordon scored in the first after an error by Wisdom, the first baseman.The Royals have lost nine of 10 and are 15-46 since May 30.WEBB EJECTEDCardinals reliever Tyler Webb was ejected with two outs in the ninth by plate umpire Adam Hamari after he hit Jorge Bonifacio with a pitch. Royals pitchers hit four St. Louis batters. “He definitely hit him on purpose,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I guess that warrants an ejection. We hit four guys today. When you hit four guys, somebody is going to get it. It’s just the way the game is. I don’t blame them for it. If they hit us four times, we’d probably be upset, too. Did he have to get ejected? No. I don’t think so. I think it was over. We didn’t intentionally try to hit anybody all day long.”CARPENTER STREAK CONTINUESMatt Carpenter singled and was hit by a pitch from Wily Peralta, extending his on-base streak to 30 games.HERRERA AT SECONDRosell Herrera made his first start at second base for the Royals. He had started 19 games in right field, 11 in center, four at third base and three as the DH since joining the club on June 17. He made his big league debut on May 1 with Cincinnati starting at second base http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-shawn-kelley-jersey , his only other start at the position, although he played there in the minors.ROSTER MOVESThe Royals optioned RHP Glenn Sparkman to Triple-A Omaha.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: LHP Danny Duffy has a stiff shoulder. Manager Ned Yost said Duffy has been dealing with it for his past four starts and a decision would be made Tuesday on whether Duffy will make his scheduled start on Thursday. Duffy received an anti-inflammatory shot Saturday. … RHP Blaine Boyer (lower back strain) was activated from the 60-day disabled list. He posted a 1.08 ERA in eight minor league rehab appearances. … OF Jorge Soler (left toe fracture) was transferred to the 60-day DL.Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow inflammation) will throw an inning Monday for the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League. … With RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement) moved to the 60-day DL, his season is likely over. “I guess the timing looks like, yeah,” Shildt said. “It’ll be a challenge, but we never say never.”UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas will start the opener of a four-game series against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium.Royals: Rookie RHP Brad Keller will start against Toronto. This will be his 13th start since moving into the rotation on May 30.
Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco Adam Engel Jersey , who is expected to start Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday, will start the Indians‘ final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.Carrasco isn’t expected to go more than 70 or 80 pitches, as manager Terry Francona wants to keep the 31-year-old right-hander fresh for his start in Houston.“We need to get Carlos ready,” Francona said.Article continues below ...Trevor Bauer will follow Carrasco to the mound. The Indians have yet to decide whether Bauer will be used as a starter or reliever in the postseason.Carrasco’s last appearance came as a reliever Sept. 25, a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Carrasco in that game relieved Bauer in the fifth inning, as the two starters were getting limited work in preparation for the postseason.In that relief stint, Carrasco pitched four scoreless innings on one hit before giving up a walk, three consecutive singles and three runs in the ninth inning. In 4 1/3 innings overall, he allowed three runs and four hits, with eight strikeouts and four walks.“Carlos was very good until the ninth inning,” Francona said.Carrasco’s last win came Aug. 28. He is 0-3 with a 3.62 ERA in five appearances (four starts) since.His last start against Kansas City, his only outing against the Royals this year, came in his second start of the season, a 3-2 win on April 6. In that game, Carrasco pitching six innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. In 23 career appearances (18 starts) against the Royals, Carrasco is 10-6 with a 3.55 ERA.The Indians go into Sunday’s game with a record of 90-71. It’s the third time in team history that they have had three consecutive seasons with 90 or more wins. The other two times were from 1999-2001 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-davidson-jersey , and from 1950-1955.The Indians’ starting lineup Sunday will probably be the one they use in Game 1 of the Division Series against Houston, which will include Jason Kipnis in center field.Kipnis was moved from second base to the outfield after the Indians traded for third baseman Josh Donaldson at the end of August.Donaldson’s arrival pushed Jose Ramirez from third to second base, and Kipnis from second to center field, where he’s played well offensively and defensively. Kipnis is hitting .275 as a center fielder after hitting .228 while at second base.“He looks more comfortable out there in center. He looks pretty good,” Francona said.The Royals (58-103) will conclude the season with left-hander Eric Skoglund on the mound. Skoglund (1-5, 5.40) will make his 13th start of the season. He missed three months with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.His last start was an abbreviated one. On Sept. 25, he got no decision in a 4-3 Royals win over the Cincinnati Reds. Skoglund pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and giving up one hit but left the game after a long rain delay.Skoglund’s only win of the season came April 28. In nine appearances (eight starts) since then, he is 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA.His last start against Cleveland, on Aug. 27, 2017, was ugly. In 1 1/3 innings, he gave up seven runs and seven hits, with one strikeout and two walks.In two career appearances against the Indians, Skoglund is 0-2 with a 29.70 ERA, having given up 11 runs, 11 hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. Throughout Enrique Hernandez's nine-pitch battle with Price, Machado appeared to be relaying signs and/or location to Hernandez through an exaggerated series of motions.As Price was coming set, Machado Lucas Giolito Jersey , leading off from second, would place his hands on his hips. Then, just before each pitch, Machado would begin a series of motions: touching his helmet with either his right or left hand, sometimes then touching or pulling thescript on his jersey afterward and other times grabbing or touching the thigh/groin area of his pants.As the at-bat unfolded, LeVangie remained in the dugout while Price fell behind Hernandez 2-1 and then 3-2 before鈥攆ollowing three foul balls鈥攖hrowing a 93 mph fastball that Hernandez swung through for strike three."Was it a little exaggerated? Yeah, maybe, but I saw the whole thing," LeVangie said of Machado's gyrations. "I had told [Boston manager] Alex [Cora] I wanted to go [to the mound] before the Puig at-bat because I wanted to talk about some things."But when a guy gets a big punchout in that situation and a coach comes out to take a visit...I didn't want to f--k with the momentum there because David got a huge strikeout."Plus, catcher Christian Vazquez had taken a mound visit already in the inning, trotting out for a chat with Price after Machado's base hit to put two runners aboard with none out. LeVangie was worried about slowing Price after the lefty's good start to the game, so he stayed put.Then, there were two out and runners on first and second, and the score was 1-1.From second, Machado gestured again. Puig swung at the first pitch he saw, a 93 mph fastball, knocking an RBI single into center to give the Dodgers their first鈥攁nd only鈥攍ead of the series. It was Machado who scored."David makes a good pitch on Puig,"LeVangiesaid."He jams him. [Puig] gets a flare. Then I gotta go out. But I talked to him with some small things after that http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-nicky-delmonico-jersey , and he got out of that inning."I had a clear point I wanted to [make] after that at-bat because I saw Manny the entire time. I knew what he was doing."Charles Krupa/Associated PressAngry with himself because he felt his decision to delay the visit cost the Red Sox, LeVangie went out after Puig's RBI single to talk with Price and Vazquez, clearly to discuss what was occurring behind Price at second base and to change signs."We had a conversation," LeVangie said. "I don't want to get into the depths of it, but I brought up exactly what you're talking about."I let it get in my way鈥攂ecause of the strikeout, I didn't go out there [earlier]. I was so pissed that I didn't."Price had not allowed a hit in the first three innings of Game 2, and after he escaped the fourth, he threw two more hitless frames. While it is unclear whether Price knew what was occurring behind him during the Hernandez and Puig at-bats in the fourth, LeVangie was doing his best to properly time his interruption."I just told him, 'Hear me out. I know this is not the right time, but hear me out,'" LeVangie said.Cora declined comment to B/R on Thursday at Dodger Stadium when asked about the dugout conversation with LeVangie in the moment and for his take on the episode overall."I don't have a take," Cora said following an off-day media briefing.Vazquez, Price and Machado were not available for comment because neither team worked out at Dodger Stadium following all-day travel.Elise Amendola/Associated PressStealing signs has been around practically since baseball was invented鈥攐r, as MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday in Boston, "It's been a part of our game since Lassie was a puppy."It's become a hot topic this October because of various accusations of video shenanigans in the digital age that would violate baseball rules if true and because so much video scouting leaves pitchers vulnerable to tipping their pitches and offering hitters strong clues as to what is coming. Boston closer Craig Kimbrel has had a rough October stretchbecause of the latter.Machado, meanwhile, has been in the headlines after being called a "dirty player" by Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich during the NLCS and after he told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal that hustling isn't "my cup of tea" and that he is not "Johnny Hustle" after being called out for not running hard on various plays this season.Being caught apparently relaying signs to Dodgers hitters from second base is nowhere close to the dirty-player charges Reynaldo Lopez Jersey , LeVangie emphasized."Oh, it's clean," the pitching coach said. "It's baseball. If you're not hiding your stuff with a runner on second base and you're giving them a free view, that's on you, the pitcher and the catcher. It's up to the pitcher and catcher to manage that and to us to oversee it and make sure we're going about it the right way."We see this all the time. Not just him, with everyone. We are very respectful of all this, and it's a big part of who we are and what we try to manage. As far as our pitching staff, we want to make sure we control those guys at second base and [that] they're not stealing our signs. We're changing our signs constantly, every pitch. Typically, every one of our pitchers will change every pitch."If you're wondering why the average time of a postseason game is stretching to nearly four hours, this is one small example. You can never be too careful.From second base the other night, though, because Machado was almost flamboyant in what he appeared to be doing, it didn't take a professional detective to sniff out that one.Asked whether he had seen anything as obvious recently, LeVangie chuckled and said "yes.""I've seen worse in Little League a few years ago," he said. "It was a Little League World Series game I saw on television. It was extremely obvious." Scott Miller covers Major League Baseball as a national columnist for Bleacher Report. 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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.Premium seats at London’s Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on June 29 and 30. The top non-premium seats near the infield cost 320 pounds ($410).Seats in the outfield corners go for 270 ($346) and 220 pounds ($282) Steven Wright Jersey , according to a chart on Ticketmaster’s website. The ones behind the outfield fences go for 120 pounds ($154).Tickets in the second deck cost 270, 170 ($218), 145 ($186), 120, 80 ($102), 45 ($58) and 30 pounds ($38).A presale for Yankees and Red Sox season ticket holders starts Friday http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-craig-kimbrel-jersey , and a presale for those who have pre-registered begins Monday. The general on-sale date is Dec. 6.Site of the 2012 Olympics, the publicly owned stadium in East London was extensively remodeled for the West Ham soccer club, which starting playing there in the 2016-17 season. West Ham charges 80 to 55 pounds ($70) for category A Premier League matches this season, with discounts for club members and lower prices for category B and C games.Tickets for games between New York and Boston at Yankee Stadium in April range from $550 to $45, according to the team’s website, with premium seats costing more. Boston has not yet posted individual game prices on its website. DENVER (AP) — Kenley Jansen spent the day in the doctor’s office getting checked out for an irregular heartbeat.The conclusion: Nothing definitive yet.The Los Angeles Dodgers closer was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday and manager Dave Roberts wasn’t sure if his absence would be 10 days or possibly even closer to a month — like it was when the right-hander landed on the DL for the same thing seven years ago.“I’m hoping as soon as I can to get something David Price Jersey , just for my peace of mind, the guys on the field — our peace of mind,” Roberts said. “His health is most important. Whatever they have to do, the doctors have to do, to protect him.“I know there are things out there as far as a timeline. I haven’t heard definitive as far as any time.”Jansen was at the hotel before the game Thursday against the Colorado Rockies and didn’t feel right. He was taken to a Denver hospital for tests and then sent back to Los Angeles for more evaluation.When Jansen dealt with an irregular heartbeat in 2011, he was sidelined about a month due to his blood thinning medication. Roberts wasn’t sure if Jansen would need the medication again.“If he does http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-mookie-betts-jersey , that’s a four-to-six week thing,” Roberts said. “I’m not sure what the protocol is right now.”In 2012, Jansen was out again after suffering an irregular heartbeat during an Aug. 27 appearance in Colorado. He underwent a procedure on his heart on Oct. 23, 2012, to return it to normal rhythm.The 30-year-old Jansen is tied for the NL lead with 32 saves. In his absence, Roberts will use a closer-by-committee approach. Scott Alexander finished out the ninth in an 8-5 win over the Rockies on Thursday.“If I look at Scott right now Brock Holt Jersey , and look at our pen, he’s our highest-leverage reliever,” Roberts said. “At what part of the game is that most impactful to deploy him? That’s kind of how I’ll approach it. After that, to get the last three outs of the game, figure out who matches up best.”Roberts said all eight of his relievers are available to close on any given night.“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” Roberts said.To take Jansen’s place on the roster http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-rusney-castillo-jersey , the Dodgers recalled switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 33-year-old Venditte has allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in five appearances.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Second baseman Joe Panik reached agreement on a $3.85 million Will Middlebrooks Jersey , one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday to avoid salary arbitration, while reliever Sam Dyson received a $5 million, one-year deal.The Giants, with new baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi now in charge, did not tender contracts to outfielder Gorkys Hernandez or reliever Hunter Strickland, allowing the pair to become free agents.Panik batted .254 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 102 games while again dealing with injuries. Dyson went 4-3 with a 2.69 ERA in a team-best 74 outings.After a stint as closer last season, Strickland punched a door in June after blowing a save and taking a loss to Miami, and he required surgery. In late May 2017, the excitable right-hander ignited a brawl when he beaned Washington’s Bryce Harper with a 98 mph fastball on his first pitch in the eighth inning with two outs Francisco Rodriguez Jersey , none on and the Nationals ahead 2-0. Harper charged the mound and both men threw punches as benches and bullpens emptied.Hernandez had career highs of 15 home runs and 40 RBIs while playing in 142 games.Left-hander Will Smith, who received the 2018 Willie Mac Award named for the late Hall of Famer, is San Francisco’s final arbitration-eligible player and was tendered a contract Friday. The red-hot Tampa Bay Rays turn to their second straight “opener” when they go for the sweep of their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at The Trop.Diego Castillo was the reliever starting Saturday’s game as Ryan Yarbrough winning his 14th game of the season in relief. Sunday, it will be Ryne Stanek, who faced one batter in relief Saturday and Yonny Chirinos is set up to work the long “relief” stint.Whatever manager Kevin Cash does these days seems to be working.Article continues below ...The Rays are 13 games over .500 for the first time in five years. They have won six of their last seven and 15 of their last 18 overall, have won 10 straight at home and are keeping their long shot wild card hopes alive.“We’re enjoying coming to the field each and every day,” a sizzling Kevin Kiermaier, who had two more hits Saturday, told Rays radio after the 10-5 victory that sent the Orioles to their 101st loss of this dreadful season. “We know that we’re on the outside looking in right now but if we just coming to the field each and every day and playing the way we have been of late Jake Arrieta Jersey , we can make things really interesting if other teams scuffle down the road.“All we can control is us and what we do every day and that’s what we’re focused on right now – and that’s why the results have been so good as of late.”The Rays have outscored the Orioles 24-7 and struck out 25 Baltimore hitters in the first two games of the series.The Rays (77-64) were supposed to have faced former teammate Alex Cobb, who has come on following a 2-14 start (after signing late). But the veteran right-hander has a blister, pushing him back until Tuesday. Instead, left-hander Josh Rogers (1-1, 4.35 ERA), one of three young pitchers acquired from the New York Yankees in the Zach Britton deal, will make his third major league start.Rogers has worked 10 1/3 innings in two starts and has his first big league win under his belt. There had been talk he would be shut down having reached 150 innings for the season, but he will work Sunday.The Orioles, who had been 8-8 against the Rays heading into this series Nick Williams Jersey , are steaming toward the club record of 107 losses and sit at 41-101 with 20 games remaining.David Hess, who was hit in the eye with a football prior to Friday night’s game and was seen in the dugout wearing an LSU football helmet after returning from the doctor, worked five innings and took the loss Saturday. He allowed seven hits and six runs — two earned — in falling to 3-10 (two of his wins are against Tampa Bay).A nightmarish first inning in the field – four unearned runs – put the Orioles in the hole Saturday and they never made it back.“I like the way he finished,” manager Buck Showalter told MASN’s post-game show. “We didn’t help him very much. I counted four or five errors – only one on the board – it took him a while to find his step and gain his confidence but I like the way he finished.“He dug himself a pretty good hole but didn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself.”Showalter added, “You can always take something from it but you just gotta not make the same mistakes. It’s a problem that a lot of our guys are having – it’s command of the fastball in the strike zone. You’re trying to go in you leak it out over the middle of the plate, you try and go away and you jerk it middle in. You pay for those things – but we didn’t help him either.”
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will try to complete a four-game sweep Thursday of the Philadelphia Phillies after trampling them a third straight time as they steam toward the postseason.Rockies starter German Marquez tied a modern major league record Wednesday by striking out the first eight batters of the game Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey , and the Rockies pounded the Phillies 14-0, scoring at least 10 runs for the third successive contest and giving them a 34-4 margin in the series that will end with Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.52 ERA) opposing Jake Arrieta (10-10, 3.94).The win boosted the Rockies’ lead to 1 1/2 games over the stumbling St. Louis Cardinals for the second National League wild-card spot. More importantly, the Rockies took over the lead in the NL West, moving a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies, who are in their 26th season, are the only team in the NL West to have never won the division.Article continues below ...The loss was the season-high seventh straight for the Phillies (78-80), who have allowed double-digit runs in three straight games for the first time since June 1-4, 1958. The Phillies are 6-18 this month and have gone 15-32 since Aug. 5, when their 63-48 record was the second-best in the NL.“We’re playing really bad baseball right now, really bad baseball,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “There’s no excuse for it, none at all, and we all have to look ourselves in the mirror, individually and collectively, and figure out how to be better. We need to do it right now. I think we can fight harder. I think we can grind harder. I think we can push each other harder.”The Rockies have won six straight games. Wednesday’s win was the Rockies’ second-largest victory margin in a shutout in franchise history, trailing only a 16-0 romp against San Diego on Sept. 16, 2017.Outfielder David Dahl, who went 2-for-4, hit his 13th homer — a three-run shot in the fifth that gave the Rockies a 5-0 lead. Dahl, 24 Matt Ioannidis Jersey Elite , has homered in a career-high three consecutive games and is batting .309 with six homers and 21 RBI this month. The 10th player taken overall in the 2012 draft, Dahl has endured a slew of injuries, including a broken right foot that sidelined him for two months until early August.“I think David has that inner confidence that he can handle it on this stage,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He understands where we are, and I think there’s a confidence that he believes where he is now, where we are as a team, that he’s going to be a contributor. He’s got a good heartbeat. Obviously, there’s a skill set there that plays in a big league game, and he’s shone it.”Senzatela is 2-0, 1.50 in his past two starts, including Saturday at Arizona when he worked a season-high tying seven innings and allowed three hits and one run in Colorado’s 5-1 victory.This will be Senzatela’s first start against the Phillies. He has made one relief appearance against them Aug. 4, 2017 at Coors Field, when he gave up three hits and two runs in two innings.The Phillies are 14-16 in starts by Arrieta, who has given up four runs in five of his past six starts and is 1-2, 7.31 in those outings, a stretch of 28 1/3 innings in which he has yielded seven homers.In his last start Saturday at Atlanta, Arrieta pitched a season-low two innings and gave up four hits, four runs and three walks with two strikeouts, throwing 51 pitches and just 28 strikes.He’s 2-2, 6.11 in five starts against the Rockies and 0-2, 14.54 in two starts at Coors Field, where he has allowed 22 hits in 8 2/3 innings. You would’ve thought the Boston Red Sox were in a must-win situation.They put everything they had into one of the greatest games — really http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/matthew-ioannidis-jersey , two games — in World Series history.Now, even though Boston is still ahead, it feels like the Los Angeles Dodgers have all the momentum.In an epic marathon that lasted a staggering 7 hours and 20 minutes, stretching from Friday night well into Saturday morning, the Red Sox put all their cards on the table and still came away with a losing hand.Max Muncy led off the bottom of the 18th with a walk-off homer, finally finishing off the longest game — in both time and innings — in World Series history. The Dodgers emerged with a 3-2 victory , cutting their deficit in the series to a now-manageable two games to one.Sure, it was only one victory.It felt like so much more.The Red Sox staggered off the field with their pitching staff in shambles, namely because they tried to get seven innings — SEVEN! — from Nathan Eovaldi out of the bullpen.Who will start Game 4?Who knows?It could be Chris Sale, who got the nod in the series opener and may have to come back on three days’ rest. It could be reliever Drew Pomeranz, the only other Boston pitcher who didn’t get in Game 3. It could be Eduardo Rodriguez, who pitched to only one batter.Rookie manager Alex Cora played every inning like it was the last.He doubled-switched. He played guys at positions they’d never played before. He lifted slugger J.D. Martinez for a pinch-runner in the 10th, depriving his lineup of a big bat in a game that, it turned out, still had so much longer to go.Cora’s win-at-all-cost philosophy may come back to haunt him if this series slips away.“The game will dictate the way we move our pieces and our players,” he said afterward, expressing no regrets. “We knew we had to win tonight. It was a great game.”The Dodgers clearly came out of the game in much better shape.Rich Hill is all ready to start Game 4, though the Dodgers tweeted after the game that their probable starter is to be determined, perhaps meaning Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw will get the nod. The bullpen is actually not too burned out, even though closer Kenley Jansen and Pedro Baez will likely be unavailable Saturday night after working two innings apiece.“It wasn’t how we scripted it,” manager Dave Roberts said, “but it’s a big win for us.”Cora’s first significant move was lifting starter Rick Porcello in the fifth inning Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey , even though he had only given up three hits and a run. It hardly seemed necessary to make such an early call to the bullpen — two outs, a runner at first base — but Cora gave what has become an all-too-familiar mantra for analytic-obsessed skippers.“We felt that was a bad matchup for us,” he said.Rodriguez struck out the lone batter he faced, providing some immediate gratification. But that move opened up a parade of pitchers — even Game 2 starter David Price made a relief appearance — that finally culminated in the 12th with Eovaldi trotting in from the bullpen.The right-hander, acquired from Tampa Bay during the season and a free-agent-to-be coming off two Tommy John surgeries, was expected to start Game 4 after pitching in relief the first two games.Cora decided to go for a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, figuring if his team pulled it off it wouldn’t really matter who pitched the next game.Besides Sale, who wasn’t going to pitch under any circumstances, Pomeranz was the only other available hurler. But he had a miserable season and was left off the roster for the first two rounds of the postseason. He had not pitched in a game since Sept. 30. Bringing him in would’ve been like throwing in the towel.So Cora went with Eovaldi.It almost worked, too.The Red Sox pulled ahead 2-1 in the top of the 13th when Eduardo Nunez’s little dribbler for an infield single led to a throwing error that allowed the tie-breaking run to score.Boston was one out away from wrapping up the victory in the bottom half, only to get bitten by basically the same play. Second baseman Ian Kinsler stumbled a bit scooping up Yasiel Puig’s grounder up the middle, rushed an off-balance throw and watched it sail past the first baseman, allowing Muncy to race home with the tying run.On it went.Through the 14th, the 15th, the 16th, the 17th.Finally, Eovaldi ran out of gas, serving up a pitch that Muncy launched into the left-field seats to suddenly end a game that seemed destined to last forever.“It’s not crushing at all,” Cora insisted. “I told them how proud I am. It was a great baseball game. There’s probably people back home waking up to the end of it. It’s one of the best, if not the best game, I’ve ever been part of.”No argument there.And his team is still ahead in the series.But it sure doesn’t feel like it.
HOUSTON (AP) — If rookie Josh James keeps throwing this way http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-al-kaline-jersey , he might just pitch himself onto Houston’s postseason roster.James struck out seven and scattered four hits over 5 1/3 innings to help the Astros to a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night for his first major league win.Houston eliminated the Mariners from AL West contention and moved five games in front of second-place Oakland, which lost 9-7 at home to the Angels.It was just the second start and fourth career appearance for the 25-year-old James (1-0), who made his debut on Sept. 1. He has a 2.81 ERA with 24 strikeouts.“I’m really impressed by how he’s handling it,” manager AJ Hinch said. “There’s no panic in him. And that pays dividends moving forward when we’re starting to make decisions. Of course, he’s factoring in.”James said he isn’t focused right now on whether he’ll get to pitch for the defending World Series champions in October.“I’m just trying to contribute and pitch as well as I can,” he said. “Postseason roster’s really not on my mind right now. I just really want to perform.”Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in a four-run third for the Astros. Four relievers completed the shutout.Seattle starter Mike Leake (10-10) yielded six hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings to snap a two-game winning streak.“Mike Leake for the most part threw the ball really well,” manager Scott Servais said. “It was that one inning. Seems to be the story of his season, and the games we don’t come back and win Lance Parrish Jersey , it’s usually that one inning that gets him.”Leake plunked Brian McCann to start the third before Tony Kemp doubled. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when George Springer hit an RBI single, and Springer reached second on the play thanks to an error by left fielder Denard Span. Kemp scored on a groundout by Jose Altuve to make it 2-0.There were two outs in the inning when Gonzalez sent a drive to left-center that was originally ruled a double. But a replay review revealed it was a homer, pushing Houston’s lead to 4-0.The Mariners couldn’t get much going against James. He walked Chris Hermann with no outs in the third before a one-out single by Mitch Haniger. After a short mound visit, James retired the next two batters to end the threat. He allowed a double to Robinson Cano to start the sixth before striking out Nelson Cruz with his final pitch.Cano doubled twice and tied a season high with three hits, but the rest of the team managed only three hits on a night when the Mariners went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.The Astros padded their lead in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel doubled with one out and scored on a single by McCann. Houston added two more runs in the eighth, with the first one coming when Tyler White’s fly to left-center dropped right in between Span and Dee Gordon for a double.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP James Paxton played catch but was not quite ready to throw a bullpen as he continues to build strength after recovering from the flu and pneumonia. … RHP Felix Hernandez (hamstring) is doing better and is expected to rejoin the team Friday before the start of a series against the Rangers.Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., on the disabled list since Aug. 5 with a strained right forearm, threw a simulated game and will throw another one Friday or Saturday. The Astros hope he’ll be able to return before the end of the regular season.MAKE IT A DOUBLECano’s two doubles gave him 530 for his career to move him into 40th place on the all-time list.“Robbie’s been out there a long time. It’s kind of part of his game http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-infante-jersey , is the extra-base hit and getting the doubles,” Servais said. “A couple of those tonight, great to see he swung the bat very well.”UP NEXTLeft-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-10, 3.57 ERA), who has won his last two decisions, will start for the Astros when the series concludes Wednesday. The Mariners hadn’t announced their starter, but Servais said it will be a bullpen game. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have replenished their bare catching cupboard.After trading top prospect Francisco Mejia and All-Star catcher Yan Gomes last year, the Indians had a void behind the plate and filled it Sunday by acquiring catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets.The three-time defending AL champions sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to New York for Plawecki http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-travis-wood-jersey , who played in 78 games — 64 starts — for the Mets last season. Plawecki batted .201 with seven homers and a career-high 30 RBIs.The Indians were in the market for a catcher after dealing Gomes to the Washington Nationals in December.“We’re excited to add Kevin to our major league catching mix,” said Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti. “The guy’s earned a reputation as a really good teammate, a good receiver and leads a pitching staff really well. We also believe there’s some upside with him offensively. We like his ingredients to hit and think he can be a contributing member of our major league team.”Roberto Perez will likely be Cleveland’s regular catcher, with Plawecki backing him up. The Indians are also excited about Eric Haase, who appeared in nine games for them last season.“Exactly how we split that playing time remains to be seen as we get into spring training,” Antonetti said. “But we felt this was an opportunity to acquire another major league catcher that could help absorb some of the burden in losing Yan. I anticipate that Roberto would get the bulk of the playing time. But again, we’ll have to see how things play out during the season.”Plawecki spent six weeks last season on the disabled list with a broken left hand. He threw out 23 percent (16 for 70) of potential base stealers and had two four-RBI games.The 27-year-old played at Purdue and was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2012 before the Mets drafted him with the No. 35 overall pick.After signing Wilson Ramos, the Mets didn’t have any roster space for Plawecki Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , who was out of options.Antonetti said the Indians remain “very active” in trade talks as they try to replenish their roster and rebuild their bullpen.For months, there has been speculation that Cleveland will trade one of its top pitchers, ace Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. Antonetti made it clear that a move with one of them isn’t necessary.“Not sure I’ve ever said we felt a need to trade one of those guys,” he said on a conference call. “I’ve never felt that way. Given the quality of the players on our roster, I don’t expect teams will stop calling to express interest. When you’ve got players that other teams really like, they are pretty persistent in calling on them. And that’s not just the case for our starters, but other guys on our roster.”The Mets made another deal on Sunday, acquiring infielder J.D. Davis and minor league infielder Cody Bohanek from Houston for outfielder Ross Adolph Jose Iglesias Jersey , infielder Luis Santana and catcher Scott Manea, all minor leaguers.Davis, 25, has hit five homers with 12 RBIs in 66 major league games with the Astros over the last two years. He won the Pacific Coast League batting title last year, hitting .342 (114-333) with Fresno.
A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday:BACK AT ITAstros shortstop Carlos Correa is trying to get his aching back as healed as possible before Houston’s AL Championship Series opener Saturday. Correa told The Associated Press on Wednesday that although he’s tried to put on a brave face http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-c.-j.-cron-jersey , his back is hurting him on every swing and miss, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable to walk. Correa returned from a six-week stint on the DL on Aug. 10 and declared he was better, but he hit just .180 in the second half of the season and had just one hit — a homer — while Houston swept Cleveland in their three-game AL Division Series.“Not only to find my swing, just to feel comfortable at the plate when I swing,” he said. “Because I know every time I swing and miss it’s going to hurt. So, I try not to swing and miss and then I try to baby my swing and I don’t swing as hard as I usually do or as quick as I usually do. 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He kind of peeled off and he knew it and he watched video and he just couldn’t get the feeling of staying through the ball.”MAKING MOVESThe Nationals aren’t waiting for the World Series to end to get going on their 2019 roster. Washington acquired reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami on Wednesday, its first offseason move to rebuild its bullpen. Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances during 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.Washington sent the Marlins $1 million in international slot allotment as part of the deal. Miami may use the space to acquire 22-year-old Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-jonny-venters-jersey , who worked out at Marlins Park for big league scouts last week. The Chicago White Sox will try to snap a five-game losing streak when they visit the Kansas City Royals to open a three-game series Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.Chicago (56-87) has struggled against most of the American League this season, but it has fared much better against Kansas City. The White Sox are 10-6 against the Royals this season with a dominant run differential of 94-69.This marks the final series of the season between the teams, who occupy the last two spots in the AL Central.Article continues below ...Kansas City (47-95) trails only the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in baseball. Barring a late surprise, the Royals will have the No. 2 overall pick in next year’s draft as it attempts to dig out of a multiyear tailspin.The Royals will try to bounce back from a 3-1 walk-off loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon. Royals reliever Jason Hammel gave up a double to Max Kepler and a homer to Willians Astudillo, all with two outs, for the team’s fourth loss in its past five games.White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (10-10, 5.85 ERA) will make his 29th start. The 24-year-old has shown improvement since the All-Star break Matt Moore Jersey , posting five quality starts in his last seven outings, but he is coming off a turbulent game in which he gave up five runs (four earned) in 1 1/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers.In five career outings against the Royals, Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA. He picked up his first win against Kansas City in 2017 and has two victories in three starts against the club in 2018.White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Giolito and fellow starter Reynaldo Lopez have thrown more strikes lately.“Their lines to the plate are better,” Renteria recently said to reporters. “(Pitching coach Don Cooper) talks to those guys. 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The Sterling http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-darwin-barney-jersey , Ill., native has surrendered a half-dozen home runs in 16 2/3 innings while walking eight and striking out 15.Less than two weeks ago, Junis posted the first complete game of his career.“It’s awesome,” Junis said to the Kansas City Star. “That’s a goal you set to do. … Hopefully more to come.”
Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman has a long track record as a manager and coach in the major leagues. It’s also evident this season that he’s earned the respect of his players.What Riggleman doesn’t have is a job for next season.Now that the 2018 season is in its final week — the Reds and Kansas City Royals close out a two-game series Wednesday at Great American Ball Park — Riggleman is wondering about his status for next season.Article continues below ...Unlike St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt Fernando Rodney Jersey , who turned his team around at midseason following former manager Mike Matheny’s firing, Riggleman hasn’t been given a new contract. The Reds made an abrupt about-face under Riggleman once former manager Bryan Price was let go following a 3-15 start, playing above .500 for several months.But they’ve since regressed and are ending the season in September much like they began it in April. Their 4-3 loss Tuesday night to the Royals was their fourth in a row and their ninth in 12 games.Hunter Dozier hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth, Ryan O’Hearn had a two-run shot off right-hander Matt Harvey in the fourth and the Royals held off the Reds, who stranded five runners over the final two innings. With a 66-92 record, the Reds are assured of a fourth consecutive season with 91 or more losses.Worse yet, they’ve all but stopped hitting, although Dilson Herrera contributed a two-run homer Tuesday. Before then, they were shut out in five of their previous nine games http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-addison-reed-jersey , despite having an offense that ranks in the top half of the National League. They’ve scored only 16 runs in those last 12 games.Still, Riggleman wants to return.“I’m really happy to have been here to do this. I hope I continue to do it. … I would prefer to be here (in 2019),” Riggleman told the team’s website. “You can’t take it for granted. I have some great friends in baseball who have been in the game for as long as I have who are now out of the game. All these jobs are precious, whether you’re managing or coaching.”The Reds are Riggleman’s fifth team as a manager, counting the Seattle Mariners, a team he also managed for part of a season. He managed the San Diego Padres for full seasons in 1993 and 1994, the Chicago Cubs from 1995-99 and the Washington Nationals from midway through the 2009 season to midway through 2011.Riggleman didn’t think he’d manage again after resigning the Nationals job because they wouldn’t give him a new contract. But he likes this current Reds team and would like to return.Reds left-hander Cody Reed (1-2, 3.66), who opposes Royals right-hander Heath Fillmyer (2-3) on Wednesday http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-mauer-jersey , also wants to be back in Cincinnati next season.Reed is only 2-10 with a 5.59 ERA in parts of three major league seasons, making 38 appearances and starting 17 times. But in his third trial with the Reds, he’s finally showing that he might be capable of being a reliable major league pitcher.He pitched scoreless baseball in each of his last two starts, shutting out the Miami Marlins on five hits over six innings Thursday and the Chicago Cubs on two hits over five innings Sept. 15. Both starts were on the road.Fillmyer is trying to make an impression for next season, too, as he makes his 13th start of the season, after giving up two runs or fewer in three of his last five starts. 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NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Marcos Molina Martin Maldonado Jersey , a free agent since his release from the New York Mets‘ Double-A Binghamton farm team on July 14, has been suspended for the rest of the season following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Clostebol.The commissioner’s office announced the discipline under the major league drug program on Thursday. The usual penalty for a first violation is an 80-game suspension. In Molina’s case, an agreement was reached between MLB and the players’ association for the lesser penalty.A 23-year-old right-hander, Molina was 1-9 with a 6.66 ERA in 14 starts for Binghamton this year and 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas.Molina has never pitched in the major leagues but was on the Mets’ 40-man major league roster before his release. He became the 11th player suspended this year under the big league drug program.There have been 55 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.— SAN FRANCISCO — The Arizona Diamondbacks will put their first-place status in the National League West on the line Wednesday night when they wrap up a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.The Diamondbacks (72-60) have come up short in two low-scoring affairs, 2-0 and 1-0, in the first two games of the series to drop into a tie with the Colorado Rockies (72-60) atop the West.Arizona has been atop the division or tied for the top spot every day since Aug. 7.Article continues below ...The two wins by the Giants (67-67), meanwhile, allowed them to trim two games off what was an eight-game deficit in the West http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-j.-c.-ramirez-jersey , and 1 1/2 games off what was an eight-game deficit in the NL wild-card race.Having already thrown two shutouts in the series and with eight wins in their last 10 games against Arizona, the Giants are scheduled to throw their hottest pitcher, rookie right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (6-1, 2.30), in an effort to creep even closer in both postseason chases.Rodriguez hasn’t lost since June 9, a 13-game (12-start) run in which he’s gone 5-0 with a 1.82 ERA.One of the wins during that stretch came in his only previous meeting with the Diamondbacks on June 30. He blanked Arizona that day, allowing six hits in 6 1/3 innings in a 7-0 win.The Diamondbacks, scoreless in their last 23 innings against Giants pitching Darin Erstad Jersey , have wasted brilliant efforts by starters Patrick Corbin and Clay Buchholz in the first two games of the series. Counting Zack Greinke’s outing Sunday against Seattle, Arizona has allowed just five runs in its last three games.Seeking to end a run of four losses in their last five games, the Diamondbacks are slated to pitch left-hander Zack Godley (13-7, 4.59), who has been roughed up to the tune of 11 runs and 15 hits in 10 innings in his last two starts.He pitched a gem in San Francisco on April 9, going seven shutout innings in a 2-1 win, but the Giants have gotten the better of him since, claiming 10-3 and 9-6 wins in June and July http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-upton-jersey , respectively, as Godley has been tagged for 14 runs and 14 hits in just 7 1/3 innings.Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Crawford have homered against Godley this season.The Giants might have to go Wednesday without one of their difference-makers during a four-game winning streak.Outfielder Steven Duggar suffered what appeared to be a dislocated left shoulder when diving back into first base after drawing a one-out walk in the ninth inning.Clearly in pain, Duggar stayed in the game and wound up scoring the winning run on Gorkys Hernandez’s walk-off single.The Giants labeled the injury a bruise after the game and said Duggar would be re-evaluated before the series finale.Duggar’s two-run single accounted for the only runs in Monday’s 2-0 win.The Diamondbacks not only fell into a tie for the West lead by virtue of Tuesday’s loss, but also allowed the third-place Los Angeles Dodgers (71-61) to move within one game of the top spot.Arizona visits Los Angeles for four games beginning Thursday night.
BALTIMORE — On Saturday Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , the Chicago White Sox will have the chance to accomplish something they haven’t done in 10 years — win a season series against the Baltimore Orioles A victory for the White Sox would give Chicago a 4-2 lead in the season series against the Orioles with just one game left, locking up the win for the season.The White Sox (58-89) did twice split a series with Baltimore (42-105) — in 2011 and 2015 — but have gone 10 years without actually winning one. That last happened when Chicago took five of nine from the Orioles in 2008.Article continues below ...Chicago also will try and stretch its winning streak to three in a row in Saturday’s game. They won the final game of a series in Kansas City Wednesday before beating Baltimore 8-6 in the first game of this series on Friday night.Reynaldo Lopez (5-9, 4.22) of the White Sox and Baltimore’s Yefry Ramirez (1-5. 5.94) will be the starters in the middle game.Lopez has pitched just once against the Orioles and has an 0-1 record with a 13.50 ERA.Ramirez, a rookie right-hander, will be making his first start and appearance versus the White Sox in his career. He has pitched well at times this season but struggled more of late.The White Sox showed plenty of power in Friday’s victory. Avisail Garcia and Omar Narvaez both hit two-run homers, and Ryan Cordell added a solo shot (his first major-league hit after going 0-for-15 to start his career) as Chicago won thanks to getting six solid innings from starter James Shields, who won on the road for the first time since Opening Day.Shields said his teammates will keep on pushing right until the final game, and he likes how hard they’re working.“We’re going to finish strong,” Shields said. “We’re going to play all the way until the end. They want to get better every day.”The Orioles also showed some power in the loss Pat Tillman Jersey Limited , thanks to Trey Mancini, who came up with a multi-homer game on a rainy night.He hit solo homers off of Shields in the second and fourth innings. Mancini now has 23 homers and 53 RBI this season after his first multi-homer game in 2018.Injuries have put the Baltimore starting rotation in trouble. Andrew Cashner (knee) and Alex Cobb (blister/cut on middle finger of right hand) can’t pitch in the next few days, so the Orioles still have not posted a starting pitcher for Sunday’s series finale.Rookie Luis Ortiz made his first major league start Friday but lasted just 1 2/3 innings before leaving with a hamstring injury after giving up three runs. So, that’s why everything remains up in the air for Sunday’s game.“See how we get through the next two nights,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday. “I think we’ll probably have to wait until Saturday’s over and see who’s kind of left there.”The White Sox did not make any player moves on Friday but Baltimore made two, recalling pitchers Donnie Hart and Evan Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster their struggling bullpen. TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona went impotent on an important trip that came to a dreadful end Sunday, when Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks’ for the second straight game to flip the NL West standings.The Dodgers overtook the Diamondbacks for first place in the division by winning the final three games of a four-game series, capping Arizona’s punchless 2-5 trip Authentic Jared Goff Jersey , and Colorado moved into second place by one-half game.The Diamondbacks scored only 12 runs in the seven games and had a 20-inning scoreless drought in San Francisco. They hit five homers against the Dodgers but otherwise had trouble stringing hits together as they enter a two-game series against San Diego that begins Monday at Chase Field.Article continues below ...Arizona right-hander Zack Godley (14-7) is to oppose right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-3) in the first game of the series.“It ebbs and flows at different times,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said of the offensive skid.“There are things that I would see improve. Everybody has the same discussion, and that’s hitting with men in scoring position and just being patient. There are times we don’t stay patient and remember the pressure is on the pitcher at all times. He has to execute and we are waiting for him to execute.“Some pitches are thrown to be hit and some pitches are not, and we have to remember that.”The Diamondbacks are ninth in the NL in runs scored after finishing in the top five in each of the previous seven seasons.Kemp hit a three-run homer off Archie Bradley in the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory Saturday, and he doubled in two runs on Bradley’s first pitch in the ninth inning for a 3-2 walkoff victory Sunday.“I’m a little upset right now,” Bradley told reporters, adding, “to our fans, don’t panic. It’s only one loss.”Arizona has scored more than three runs once in its last 10 games Jared Goff Jersey Elite , failing to back its stellar starting pitching, and it may not get any easier.Following the San Diego series, the D-backs are to play 20 straight games against teams that are over .500 and seem certain to stay that way. They finish this homestand with a four-game series against Atlanta before seven-game road trip to Colorado and Houston.Daniel Descalso’s homer in the top of the ninth Sunday gave Arizona a 2-1 lead.“This loss stings a bit because we clawed our way back and took the lead,” Descalso told reporters. “There have been a lot of low-scoring games and that’s the way it is when it’s high stress and you’re in a pennant race. You’re not going to blow out too many teams.”San Diego won four of six games on its homestand last week, sweeping two games from Seattle and winning the first two games of a four-game set against Colorado over the weekend.Outfielder Hunter Renfroe hit two homers Saturday and has four homers and 10 RBIs in his last seven games while riding a career-high 10-game hitting streak. He has 19 homers, one behind Christian Villanueva for the team lead, despite spending six weeks in the minors earlier in the season.“In high school, college, the minor leagues you’re the dude Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey ,” Renfroe told the San Diego Union Tribune.“You’re hitting fourth, you’re supposed to drive in runs, you’re supposed to lead your team and do the best you can. I think that’s kind of coming into fruition right now where I’m just doing the best I can and stuff is kind of falling for me, happening for me.”Godley, who has a 4.42 ERA, has won five of his last six decisions and has lost only once since July 1. He gave up two hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings in his most recent outing, a 3-1 victory at San Francisco last Wednesday.He has faced the Padres four times this season, once in relief in a 16-inning game July 8, and is 2-0 with a 4.67 ERA against them http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/pat-tillman-jersey , with 24 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs in five innings in a no-decision in his most recent start, Aug. 18 at San Diego. He is 3-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 13 career appearances against San Diego.Mitchell, who has a 7.08 ERA, is to make his 13th appearance of the season, his eighth start. He has not pitched since a relief outing June 5, when he gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings. He was reinstated from the disabled list last Saturday after missing tie with a right elbow impingement.He has never faced the Diamondbacks.“We’re still in discovery mode as far as what guys are going to be with us going forward,” San Diego manager Andy Green told the paper.“He’s got an opportunity to get back to the point where he is a part of our future. He’s going to have to pitch his way there. Nothing is going to be handed to him. We’re definitely going to give him the ball and the opportunity.”
TORONTO (AP) — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his older brother John Jaso Jersey , Yuli, have become the first brothers in major league history to have multihomer games on the same day.Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel homered in the first and fourth innings Friday night in the Blue Jays’ 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He also became the first rookie in Blue Jays history to homer in three straight at-bats after hitting a game-tying homer in the ninth inning of Toronto’s win on Thursday. Lourdes Gurriel, who has 11 homers this season, is the 14th Toronto player to achieve the feat, the first since Josh Donaldson on Sept. 16-17, 2017.Houston’s Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third inning of the Astros‘ 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. He has 12 homers this season. On a night the longshot dream of the Tampa Bay Rays came to an end, the New York Yankees made as much news off the field than they did during the game.The Yankees used eight different pitchers in a 4-1 victory that eliminated the Rays from postseason contention. But it was other Yankees developments that made the real headlines.First of all http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jordy-mercer-jersey , New York, with manager Aaron Boone continuing to deflect all questions regarding his wild card game starter, pushed Luis Severino back to Tuesday night’s second game of the series, going with a complete Rays-type bullpen game Monday.Article continues below ...The win, the Yankees’ 96th of the season, kept the Yankees 1 1/2 games ahead of the winning Oakland A’s for home field in the wild card game. The Yankees own the tiebreaker with Oakland by virtue of a better divisional record.Then, Didi Gregorius Corey Dickerson Jersey , who might have been lost for the season with torn cartilage in his right wrist, reported improvement and vowed he will play again this season.“I feel way better,” said Gregorius, who was given a cortisone injection Sunday. “It’s a big improvement from yesterday to today. I’m feeling stronger. I’ll get some exercises in and wait to see what’s going to happen. … I said the same thing yesterday; I said I’ll be ready to go before the season ends.”Said Boone: “He felt significantly better obviously with some of the range of motion things he’s able to do. I would also temper it. The true indicator will come Wednesday when he’s re-evaluated, and we see how he does.”During the game, Aaron Hicks, who fouled a ball off his foot Saturday before getting the hit that led to Gregorius’ injury diving into home plate Austin Meadows Jersey , left with left hamstring tightness. “Hopefully it’s nothing serious,” said Boone, who added Hicks will have a precautionary MRI Tuesday.Brett Gardner, who replaced Hicks in centerfield, drove in the go-ahead run and then made a spectacular catch to keep his team ahead.The Yankees, winning for only the second time in seven games at the Trop this season (10-18 over their last 28 there), went with the bullpen game to give their starters an extra day of rest http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-colin-moran-jersey , but Boone said nothing should be read into anything when it comes to the wild card game.“I think a lot of people have read too much into how Happ is set up right now,” Boone said. “Happ is very much in the picture as a possibility for us and one of those good choices … but how it lines up right now isn’t by design or anything.”The Rays will go with reliever Jake Faria to at least start Tuesday night’s game, not as an “opener” but expected to give way to Jalen Beeks at some point.Tampa Bay came out of nowhere to make a bit of a late run at the A’s but just ran out of time.Tampa manager Kevin Cash, asked about the Yankees’ parade of relievers (two hits, 13 strikeouts), said, “I don’t think it’s fair for them to call it a bullpen day. It’s more like a closer day because they all just kind of come in there and they’ve all got … closing? It’s wipeout stuff from the second that (Chad) Green steps on the mound and out David Freese Jersey , they’re very special.”Zach Britton pitched the ninth for the save and is showing real signs of returning to his dominating days as an Orioles.Kevin Kiermaier was out of the Tampa lineup with a shoulder injury and catcher Nick Ciuffo left with a bruised hand.Severino is 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA lifetime against the Rays, 2-1 with a 3.43 in St. Petersburg. He is 2-1 against Tampa Bay this season but was strafed by the Rays in July.Mallex Smith is 3-for-10 (.300) against Severino, but both Jesus Sucre and Joey Wendle are 1-for-9 (.111) and Kiermaier is 3-for-23 (.130).
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player race last season.Cleveland’s All-Star third baseman is making another run to finish high in the voting again.Ramirez moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 33rd home run — a three-run shot in the first inning — and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Sunday.Ramirez is batting .300 and is third in the AL with 82 RBIs. He’s also near the top of the league in slugging percentage ttp://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-wolters-jersey , on-base percentage and total bases.“He’s a special hitter,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Some guys kind of warm into the game. He’s dangerous right from the very first pitch.”Ramirez homer traveled an estimated 423 feet and barely missed landing in the upper deck in right field. He also walked twice and has three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.Ramirez’s home run came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.McGuire (0-2) retired only one batter, allowed three runs and was pulled with the bases loaded in the first. While McGuire had never any of Cleveland’s hitters, he knew what he was getting into with Ramirez at the plate.“I threw a fastball down the middle, and a really good hitter put a really good swing on it,” he said.Rookie Shane Bieber (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brad Hand — the Indians fourth reliever — allowed a run in the ninth but got his third save with Cleveland and 27th of the season.Before the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season. Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday’s game that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.The Angels were missing outfielder Mike Trout for the fourth straight game with a lingering right wrist injury. He hasn’t played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa.Trout is still having issues swinging the bat and is considered day to day. Albert Pujols was also out of the lineup for a planned day off.The Angels scored twice in the fifth on Kole Calhoun’s RBI double and Shohei Ohtani’s run-scoring single.Calhoun started the ninth with a single. Pinch-hitter Justin Upton hit into a force play and Ohtani grounded out, but Andrelton Simmons‘ infield hit made it a one-run game. Hand struck out David Fletcher to end the game.Skaggs was scheduled to start Sunday, but went on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. McGuire joined the team Saturday and was activated before the game. He allowed a home run, two singles, hit two batters Kyle Freeland Jersey , walked one and threw a wild pitch.McGuire loaded the bases on two hit batters and a single, but Taylor Cole retired the next two hitters and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the sixth.Right fielder Melky Cabrera helped Bieber with three outstanding defensive plays. He made a head-first diving catch of balls hit by Jefry Marte and Calhoun in the third. Cabrera hung on to Ohtani’s drive to right field after crashing into the wall in the fourth.“He was all over the place,” Francona said. “That was kind of cool to hear the way the fans responded to it too. He did a good job.”MAKESHIFT LINEUPTrout and Pujols were out of the lineup and Upton wasn’t used until the ninth. Eric Young Jr. started in center again while Simmons batted cleanup and Francisco Arcia played first base.“We had a lot of guys out but the guys that were in there played hard and we hit the ball harder than they did, we just couldn’t get that extra hit with guys in scoring position,” Scioscia said.MILLER’S OUTINGAndrew Miller made his second appearance since spending two months on the DL with right knee inflammation, entering in the seventh with a runner on first. He retired Calhoun on a lineout to center, but allowed Young’s single and hit Ohtani with a pitch.Miller was relieved by Cody Allen, who threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.“It wasn’t exactly like we drew it up, but with the way their lineup shook out it fit kind of perfectly to go in that order,” Allen said.ROSTER NEWSInfielder Luis Valbuena was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire. Valbeuna batted .199 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 96 games.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: C Yan Gomes (right hamstring tendinitis) missed his second straight game.UP NEXTAngels: Los Angeles returns home to open a three-game series Monday against Detroit. RHP Nick Tropeano (4-6, 4.94 ERA) will start for the Angels.Indians: Cleveland begins a three-game series Monday against Minnesota at Progressive Field. RHP Trevor Bauer (10-6, 2.34) will start for the Indians. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer Chris Iannetta Jersey , but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances.Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. The 38-year-old recently came off the DL after being sidelined by nerve irritation that caused pain in his neck and back.“Feels like a fresh start, especially to a year I’ve struggled a little bit,” Madson said as he was leaving Nationals Park. “Now none of that matters. All that matters is from this point forward and helping that team win games. That’s it.”Madson, who helped Philadelphia and Kansas City win World Series titles, was acquired by the Nationals with fellow reliever Sean Doolittle from Oakland in July 2017.“Just push the ball to Kenley and that sort of reminds me of old times with (Brad) Lidge. Just push the ball to Lidge and we win,” Madson said of his time with the Phillies. “So, push the ball to Kenley and we win.”For his career, Madson is 61-48 with a 3.45 ERA and 91 saves.“What he’s done is proven, pitched in big spots,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re betting on the stuff and the person.”After joining the Nationals last July, Madson went 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA and one save in 20 games as Washington captured its second straight NL East title.“It was a huge jolt to my career last year, coming into the playoff push and kind of revitalizing … actually showed myself what I can do http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-mcmahon-jersey ,” Madson said. “My stuff got so much better and so I really appreciate them bringing me over here.”Los Angeles (72-62) began the day two games behind Arizona in the NL West and 2½ games back in the wild-card chase.Roberts said Madson would arrive in Los Angeles on Friday night and be activated on Saturday.“Just to have another leverage arm is good for all of us,” Roberts said. “He’s a guy who throughout his career has actually gotten lefties out better than righties, so to have him at any point we want to play him, that’s a good thing.”Washington, which unloaded second baseman Daniel Murphy and first baseman Matt Adams on Aug. 21, received right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler from the Dodgers. Istler, 25, went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles’ minor league system.Additionally, the Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse.To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore for assignment.Washington (67-67), the two-time defending NL East champion, entered Friday 7½ games behind first-place Atlanta and 7½ back in the wild card.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers are poised Sunday to grab the series victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Brian Goodwin Jersey , but not even they could have imagined things were going to be this dramatic against their division rivals.After two late-inning home runs rallied the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks on Friday, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning Saturday to give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory.The latest victory moved the Dodgers into a tie for first place with Arizona, the first time Los Angeles has held at least a share of the National League West lead since Aug. 11.Article continues below ...The last time the Dodgers held sole possession of first place in the division was Aug. 7, but that could change with a victory Sunday.The Dodgers will send rookie Walker Buehler (6-4, 3.02 ERA) to the mound Sunday afternoon as they try to win three consecutive games in the showdown series. Buehler has given up two earned runs or fewer in six consecutive starts, going 2-0 in five August turns with a 1.53 ERA.Buehler, who has yet to face the Diamondbacks in his young career, might be the Dodgers’ least experienced starter, but the club is feeling completely confident about things after the last two games.The Dodgers were 4 1/2 games out of first place after a loss Aug. 22, but have gone 7-1 in their last eight games to make up the ground.“Not surprised http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-reynolds-jersey , very impressed, and I think the noise outside, and the things that were being said, our guys didn’t waver,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Each day, to their credit, they focus on each game and aren’t worried about the other clubs and how they played.”The Diamondbacks had owned the Dodgers going back to late August 2017. They finished the 2017 regular season with six consecutive victories over the Dodgers, and although Los Angeles won a postseason series, Arizona opened 2018 by going 7-1 in the first eight games of the matchup.Even in the last two games, the Diamondbacks were in control until some late-inning Dodgers heroics. Before Kemp’s home run Saturday Brandon Kintzler Jersey , Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner hit home runs to win Friday’s game.On Friday, Diamondbacks manager Torry Lovullo appeared to leave starter Zack Greinke in the game too long. On Saturday, starter Patrick Corbin went only five innings, even though he had not allowed a run to score.“It’s easy to sit right now and say, knowing what the results are, that we would do it differently,” Lovullo said after Friday’s game, according to the Arizona Republic. “Of course, I would have done it differently had I known what the outcome was.”He did do things differently Saturday, only he got the same results.Up next for the Diamondbacks is right-hander Clay Buchholz (7-2 http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-tanner-roark-jersey , 2.07), who hasn’t allowed a run in his last 15 innings. He has a 0.39 ERA in his last three starts and a 1.53 ERA in his last nine outings.Buchholz’s only start against the Dodgers came in 2010, and he went 6 2/3 scoreless innings as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesLast winter, the Miami Marlins hung out a "for sale" sign and traded luminaries such as Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. Yet they held on to catcher J.T. Realmuto.Realmuto rewarded the Marlins with 21 home runs and an .825 OPS. Needless to say, he'll be among the hottest commodities on the trade market if the Marlins make him available.Speaking on MLB Network Radio, Realmuto's agent, Jeff Barry, indicated his client would not sign an extension with Miami."I think he will definitely be wearing a different uniform by the start of spring training," Barry said.If that's true, where might Realmuto land?Multiple teams could look for an upgrade behind the dish this winter Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , so expect the Marlins phone lines to light up if and when they dangle their All-Star backstop.Specifically, Joel Sherman of the New York Post noted, "multiple executives [mentioned] the [Houston] Astros as an expected strong player and to a slightly lesser extent the [Los Angeles] Dodgers."Mark Brown/Getty ImagesIt makes sense. The Astros got paltry production behind the plate in 2018 from the trio ofBrian McCann (.212 average), Max Stassi (.226 average) and Martin Maldonado (.231 average). The Dodgers, meanwhile, have little catching depth beyond Austin Barnes (.240 average) with Yasmani Grandal ticketed for free agency.Realmuto won't come cheap. The 27-year-old is under club control through 2020 and should cost any prospective buyer a top prospect plus ancillary pieces.For win-now teams such as Los Angeles and Houston, that's a price worth paying. After winning it all in 2017, the 'Stros were eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 American League Championship Series. The Dodgers made it to the World Series for the second consecutive season but haven't hoisted a Commissioner's Trophy since 1988.Catchers of Realmuto's caliber don't come along every year. And there are few teams with "for sale" signs as bright as Miami's.It behooves the Dodgers, Astros and others to be aggressive.
Abbie Parr/Getty ImagesThis year's MLB free-agent market is thin on impact starting pitching Francisco Cervelli Jersey , and that could make for a busy winter on the trade market.Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel and Nathan Eovaldi are the leading candidates for long-term deals, while seasoned veterans Charlie Morton (35) and J.A. Happ (36) are also capable of making a difference in the late stages of their respective careers.Beyond those five guys, it's largely a collection of injury risks and back-end starters.It should come as no surprise, then, that some of the biggest trade rumors to have surfaced here in the early stages of the offseason have been pitching-centric. Ahead we've taken a look at some of the more notable recent chatter. James Paxton Drawing Interested from Astros, YankeesStephen Brashear/Getty ImagesSeattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was quick to downplay the likelihood of a full-scale rebuild after rumors surfaced that the M's might be open for business this winter.However, he didn't exactly sound like he was closed off to the idea of trading some big names either, telling Greg Johns of MLB.com: "Clearly over-dramatized is the best way to put that. We're open-minded to different ways we can get better, but what we're hoping to achieve is to reimagine our roster to look at it in terms of what is our quickest path to a championship club."In the days since those comments during the annual GM meetings, left-hander James Paxton has emerged as perhaps the most likely candidate to be moved among the club's big names.The Houston Astros are reportedly one team showing interest as they look to replace departing free agents Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel, while also dealing with the loss of Lance McCullers Jr. who recently underwent Tommy John surgery.Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Astros on list of teams talking to #Mariners about a trade for LHP James Paxton, sources say. Market described as 鈥渁ctive,鈥?including HOU, NYY and a wide variety of other clubs. Paxton in his career against HOU: 2.89 ERA in 71 2/3 innings, .605 opponents鈥?OPS.To take those head-to-head stats a step further, in eight starts against the Astros over the past two seasons, Paxton has gone 6-1 with a 1.89 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. That's an impressive run of success against any in-division opponent John Jaso Jersey , let alone one of the most potent offenses in baseball.It's unlikely the Astros would be willing to part with Kyle Tucker, Forrest Whitley or Josh James in trade talks, but their system is plenty deep enough behind those three headliners to get a deal done.Outfielder Yordan Alvarez and right-handers Corbin Martin andJ.B. Bukauskas could all work as potential centerpieces.Meanwhile, the New York Yankees have also been linked to Paxton as they continue their search for rotation help.Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Yankees among teams that have spoken to #Mariners about a trade for LHP James Paxton, sources tell The Athletic. Paxton has two years of control left and is projected by mlbtraderumors to earn $9M in arbitration next season. NYY also on free-agent LH starters Corbin, Happ, etc.The Yankees have already re-signed CC Sabathia to a one-year deal to rejoin Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka in the rotation, but they're not finished adding arms by any means.If the Mariners are looking for one top-tier prospect in the deal, the headliner from the Yankees side would likely be Estevan Florial, since left-hander Justus Sheffield will be off-limits.Otherwise, they could put together an attractive package of high-ceiling arms in a system rich on pitching talent.Paxton, 30, pitched a career-high 160.1 innings in 2018, going 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and a 208-to-42 strikeout-to-walk ratio.He comes with two more years of team control and is projected to earn an extremely team-friendly $9 million in his third year of arbitration, according to MLBTradeRumors.Yankees Discussed Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco at GM MeetingsTim Warner/Getty ImagesRumors surfaced last week that the Cleveland Indians will be willing to listen to offers for a number of high-profile veterans this offseason as they continue to deal with financial restrictions.Buster Olney Buster_ESPNFaced with market constraints, the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter, according to sources. Kluber http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jordy-mercer-jersey , Carrasco, Encarnacion, Gomes, etc. Lindor, Ramirez will definitely be held.The Yankees became an obvious speculative trade partner for Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco as they look to bolster the rotation.Now it appears there's at least some basis for that speculation, as the two teams reportedly met during the recent GM meetings.Jon Heyman JonHeymanNYY met with Indians about Kluber and Carrasco at gm meetings, and via Ken_Rosenthal has now talked to Seattle EHOXdtlHiTAside from the aforementioned Florial, the Yankees have a teenage outfielder with an extremely high ceiling named Everson Pereira, and he's a name to know as the team continues to scour the trade market for pitching help.Kluber (33 GS, 20-7, 2.89 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 222 K, 215 IP) and Carrasco (30 GS, 17-10, 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 231 K, 192 IP) would both be game-changing additions to a Yankees focused on chasing down the rival Boston Red Sox in the AL East.Time will tell if any of these front-line arms are actually moved Corey Dickerson Jersey , but it's already shaping up to be an exciting winter on the trade market. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesThe Atlanta Braves have their eyes on the playoffs, and left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is heating up at exactly the right time.The 20-year-old phenom hit home runs to lead off both games of Atlanta's doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on Monday, spurring his team to 9-1 and 6-1 victories in the respective contests.MLB MLBTwo games today, TWO leadoff homers.Ronaldacunajr24 is on 馃敟馃敟. OwzaoIMC89He has now gone deep in four straight games, and ESPN.com noted he became the youngest to accomplish the feat in the live ball era (since 1920). What's more, the Elias Sports Bureau determined he joined Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Harry Hooper, as well as Brady Anderson, as the only players in baseball history to hit leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader (h/t ESPN.com)."Freddie and I were just kind of standing there smiling at each other like, 'Again?'" Braves manager Brian Snitker said of his interaction with veteran Freddie Freeman, per ESPN.com. "It's been fun to watch."Going 5-for-8 with two homers, five RBI, five runs, two walks and a stolen base qualifies as a solid day at the office, and the Braves are now a game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies and seven ahead of the two-time defending division champion Washington Nationals in the National League East race.Atlanta hasn't made the playoffs since the 2013 season, but Acuna is doing what he can to change that down the stretch of the 2018 campaign.
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