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By elaine95, 2018-12-26
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:ROCK ‘EMColorado has won six in row Michael Brantley Jersey , boosting its playoff position. The NL West leaders aim for a four-game sweep when they take on the Phillies at Coors Field, having outscored them 34-4 so far in the series. Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.52 ERA) starts for the Rockies against Jake Arrieta (10-10 , 3.94).The Rockies’ 14-0 romp Wednesday night moved them a half-game past the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division lead. They’re also 1 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.HOLDING ONLefty Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs try to maintain their lead in the NL Central when they host Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have a half-game edge over Milwaukee, which is idle. Chicago and the Brewers both have clinched playoff spots, so one will win the division and the other will be in the all-or-nothing wild-card game. Lester (17-6 Kenny Lofton Jersey , 3.43 ERA) is 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his last seven starts. The Cubs will see how star third baseman Kris Bryant is feeling — he didn’t play Wednesday night because of a bruised left wrist, the result of being hit by a pitch the previous day.CAUGHT SHORTThe NL East champion Braves will find out if there’s any update on shortstop Dansby Swanson. The team said Wednesday that he has a partially torn ligament in his left hand, putting his postseason status in jeopardy. Swanson won’t play the rest of the regular season , which ends Sunday. The Braves open the best-of-five NL Division Series on Oct. 4.The 24-year-old Swanson was on the disabled list in May and missed 13 games with left wrist inflammation. He is batting .238 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs and is considered a candidate to be a Gold Glove finalist.TUNE UPAstros right-hander Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.92) gets loose when he pitches at Baltimore. His following start will come in the Division Series when AL West champion Houston takes on Cleveland. Cole has 272 strikeouts. Teammate Justin Verlander leads the league with 280. Justin Berl/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees announced the acquisition of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.New York also received cash from Pittsburgh as part of the deal for a player to be named later or cash considerations.It's the second timeHechavarriawas traded in the past month, as the Pirates previously received him in a swap with the Tampa Bay Rays in early August.The 29-year-old Cuba native has posted a .254/.287/.342 triple-slash line with four home runs across 76 games this season. Those numbers are right in line with his career averages.Hechavarriais more known for his glove than his work at the plate. His plus-22 defensive runs saved figure since his 2012 debut with the Toronto Blue Jays ranks seventh among shortstops during that span Manny Ramirez Jersey , perFanGraphs.He'll likely serve as a late-inning defensive replacement forGleyberTorres until starting shortstop Didi Gregorius returns from a heel injury. He also has limited experience at third base (18 games) and second base (eight) during his MLB career.Hechavarriawill need a strong finish to the season or further injury woes for the Yanks if he's going tomake the team's postseason roster.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-26
While Los Angeles Dodgers starYasiel Puig is coming off an incredible performance that earned him National League Player of the Week honors Brett Anderson Jersey , he has once again suffered some misfortune away from the diamond.According to TMZ Sports, Puig's house in theSan Fernando Valley was burglarized for the fourth time on Tuesday night.The burglars allegedly broke in through the back door of the house.Security cameras show three men leaving the property, and although the system sent an alert, police were unable to arrive until after the suspects were gone.No word on what, if anything, was stolen.As TMZ noted, Puig's home had previously been targeted on three occasions. The Dodgers outfielder had$500,000 in jewelrystolen from his house in March 2017 and$150 in costume jewelryswiped during Game 7 of the World Series last October, while there was also anattemptedrobberyin August.After the second burglary, Puig made it clear to TMZ Sports that he wasn't sweating things.(Warning: NSFW language.)"I ain't worried about that s--t," Puig told TMZ Sports in November 2017. "I have a f--king lot of money."Puig is hitting .273 with 21 home runs, 20 doubles and 58 RBI in 115 games this season. He was namedNL Player of the Weekon Monday for the third time in his career after hitting .429/.500/1.190 with five homers , nine RBI, seven runs, one double and one stolen base over a seven-game stretch.With 10 games to play, Los Angeles holds a 1.5-game lead over the Colorado Rockies in the NL West. NEW YORK – Jacob deGrom may never be willing to look back on his record-setting 2018 season, at least publicly. But as the New York Mets ace gets ready for his final scheduled start of the season Wednesday night, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker is more than willing to marvel at deGrom’s success – and how his unrewarded dominance against the Braves symbolizes a Cy Young candidacy like no other in history.DeGrom will get one more chance to burnish his National League Cy Young Award resume Wednesday night, when he takes the mound for the Mets in the middle game of a three-game series against the NL East champion Braves at Citi Field.Article continues below ...DeGrom (9-9, 1.77 ERA) is lined up to face Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb (12-9, 4.04 ERA).The Braves earned a 7-3 win in the opener Tuesday night, when they came back from a 3-0 deficit by scoring all their runs in the seventh and eighth inning. Atlanta (89-68) entered Tuesday a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second seed and home-field advantage in the NL Division Series. DeGrom’s other-worldly statistics outside of his won-loss record appears to have him ahead of the Washington Nationals‘ Max Scherzer and the Philadelphia Phillies‘ Aaron Nola in the three-way race for the Cy Young.In addition to leading the majors in ERA and ranking second (behind Scherzer) in WHIP, strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio and innings pitched Dave Winfield Jersey , deGrom has set single-season big league records by allowing three runs or fewer in his last 28 starts and throwing a quality start in each of his last 23 outings.But deGrom wasn’t ready to try to put his season into context last Friday, when he earned the win by allowing one run over seven innings as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 4-2.“When I reflect on the season, it may sink in a little bit,” DeGrom told reporters. “But you’ve got to prepare for next season.”By that point, he’ll know whether or not the Mets’ remarkable lack of support cost him the Cy Young. New York has scored just 83 runs for deGrom while he’s been on the mound in his 31 starts. He has allowed three runs or fewer over at least six innings yet not recorded a win 19 times, which is also a record.Outside of the Mets (73-84), nobody knows deGrom’s hard-luck story better than the Braves. DeGrom is 0-2 despite a 1.09 ERA in five starts this season against Atlanta, which has won all five games.“You don’t like to face him, but man, I love watching him compete, how he gets after it Jack Morris Jersey , how he competes, and the stuff – everything,” Snitker said Tuesday afternoon. “The record and all that’s probably not what he wants, but you watch that guy and how he goes out there every time. I like turning the TV on and watching him pitch.“It’s a challenge. I mean, you don’t look forward to facing a guy like that. But those guys – (that’s) what we do, competition. And he’s the best.”While deGrom will be looking to lock up the Cy Young, Newcomb will be hoping he can make a last-ditch case for a spot in the Braves’ postseason rotation.Newcomb, who is likely vying with right-hander Anibal Sanchez to be the fourth starter in the playoffs, took the loss in his previous start Sept. 16, when he allowed five runs over three innings as Atlanta fell to the Nationals, 6-4.The 25-year-old southpaw is 2-4 with a 6.52 ERA in eight starts since coming within one out of no-hitting the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 29.DeGrom is 5-5 with a 1.83 ERA in 16 career starts against the Braves. Newcomb is 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts against the Mets.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-26
The Chicago Cubs are reportedly set to pick up the $20 million option in starting pitcher Cole Hamels' contract for the 2019 season , according to's Jerry Crasnick.Chicago acquired Hamels in a pre-deadline trade with the Texas Rangers last season.The 34-year-old was excellent down the stretch last season, as the left-hander went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 74 strikeouts in 76.1 innings across 12 starts for the Cubs.When adding in his time with the Rangers, Hamels went 9-12 with a 3.78 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 188 strikeouts.Hamels is set to enter his 14th MLB season, with his best years coming during a decade-long stint with the Philadelphia Phillies to start of his career. Three of Hamels' four All-Star nods came as a member of the Phillies, and he led them to the World Series title in 2008 and was named World Series MVP.While Hamels wasn't as dominant after getting shipped from the Phillies to the Rangers, he experienced a career renaissance following his trade to Chicago.By keeping Hamels in the fold, the Cubs ensured a strong rotation for 2019, assuming they keep everyone else in place.Jon Lester Rickey Henderson Jersey , Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish and Mike Montgomery all remain under team control for next season.Darvish only made eight starts last season due to anelbow injury, but if he doesn't heal as well as hoped, the Cubs have enough depth to fall back on.If Darvish is good to go, however, Hamels' return could allow manager Joe Maddon to strengthen his bullpen by moving Montgomery, a southpaw, back into a relief role.Despite reaching the playoffs in four straight seasons, 2018 was somewhat disappointing for the Cubs since they lost to the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card Game.By retaining Hamels , though, the Cubs have a chance to boast one of the best starting rotations in Major League Baseball next season, and that should keep them in the World Series conversation. SEATTLE (AP) — Martin Maldonado and Tyler White helped the Astros build an eight-run lead, and Houston’s bullpen made it hold after a little scare in the sixth inning.Maldonado and White each homered and had three hits, Roberto Osuna got his first save with Houston and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-7 on Wednesday.The Astros led 9-1 before the Mariners got one back in the fifth and added five more in the sixth, all off starter Charlie Morton (13-3).After Joe Smith and Tony Sipp closed out the sixth, Ryan Pressly, Hector Rondon and Osuna pitched a scoreless inning each.“You can’t hate how you win if you win,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It was good for us, especially the last three innings with the guys we threw. That’s exactly how you draw it up. All three were dominant. The way those guys responded and held it down was pretty nice.”Osuna pitched the ninth to earn his 10th save. The closer was acquired from Toronto last month and joined the team a week later after finishing a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.Maldonado had three RBIs and White had two. Maldonado was acquired from the Angels on July 26.“Overall Cory Spangenberg Jersey , the way we swung the bats was pretty impressive,” Hinch said. “Today it was a complete offense. And Martin has come over and provided a nice spark for us.”Marco Gonzales (12-9) was pitching on eight days of rest but allowed eight runs and 11 hits before leaving with no one out in the fourth. Gonzales has given up 23 earned runs and 38 hits in his last 20 innings over four starts.“I don’t think Marco threw the ball that badly,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Obviously, it had been eight days since he’d been out there. They put some balls in play, got some hits, hit a few balls hard. It just wasn’t a clean outing for him.”The Astros took a 2-0 lead in the first with an RBI triple for White before Gonzales’ wild pitch enabled White to score from third. White’s home run came in the ninth.“It was a fun game today,” White said. “I’m just trying to help this team any way possible. I’ve learned not to press and just enjoy playing with these guys.”The big inning for the Astros was the fourth, when they sent 10 to the plate and scored five runs to take an 8-1 lead.Gonzales gave up six consecutive hits to start the inning before he was replaced by reliever Nick Rumbelow.“I had trouble keeping them off-balance today,” Gonzales said. “I think we have a lot of time left to get everything firing on all cylinders. This team has done a great job of when one part struggles, the other part steps up. We have September to get hot.”Maldonado’s homer came one inning later to make it 9-1.Oakland’s 4-2 loss to Texas on Wednesday gives the Astros a one-game lead in the AL West.Nelson Cruz and Mitch Haniger each had home runs for the Mariners. Cruz hit an upper-deck shot in the fourth for his 31st homer. Haniger’s two-run homer in the sixth inning was his 20th of the season.CANO AT THIRDRobinson Cano started at third base , the first time in his 14-year career he has played there. Cano also hit his 525th double, tying him with Ted Williams for 45th of the career list.MARINERS ROSTER MOVELHP Ross Detwiler was designated for assignment and Rumbelow was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF George Springer (quad soreness) did not play in the three games at Seattle. “We’re all frustrated,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said about Springer. “We’ll aim for Friday.”Mariners: LHP James Paxton (bruised left forearm) will not come off the DL this weekend in Arizona and probably won’t make his next start until sometime next week.UP NEXTAstros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-10, 3:59) is expected to start Friday to begin a three-game series in Anaheim.Mariners: A three-game series at Arizona starts Friday, and RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-2, 5.49) is the likely starter for the opener. Servais said the rest of the weekend will depend on when RHP Mike Leake is ready to return. Leake missed his schedule start Tuesday because of an illness.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-26
The Silver Slugger awards were handed out Thursday , with a number of MVP candidates highlighting the list. Below, we'll go through the winners and break down the reaction from around baseball.American League WinnersOutfielders: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox; Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; J.D. Martinez, Boston Red SoxFirst Base: Jose Abreu, Chicago White SoxSecond Base: Jose Altuve, Houston AstrosShortstop: Francisco Lindor, ClevelandThird Base: Jose Ramirez, ClevelandCatcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City RoyalsDesignated Hitter: J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox ReactionThere weren't any surprises in the outfield, with Betts the front-runner for the American League MVP and Trout one of the three finalists. Betts led the AL with a .346 average and added 32 homers, 80 RBI, 129 runs and 30 stolen bases Alex Gordon Jersey , while Trout provided another vintage season (.312 average with 39 homers and 79 RBI).Louisville Slugger sluggernationAfter leading MLB in batting average, RedSox OF mookiebetts takes home his second career #SilverSlugger. uCwmhLvl6yLouisville Slugger sluggernation#SilverSlugger number SIX for Angels OF MikeTrout! This guy makes it look easy. What a star. k9ota5LScnMartinez was arguably snubbed in the MVP voting, as he wasn't a finalist, though he was an obvious choice for a Silver Slugger award after finishing second in the AL in batting average (.330), second in homers (43) and first in RBI (130).He also became the first player in MLB history to win two different Silver Slugger awards in a season.Chris Cotillo ChrisCotilloWait, J.D. Martinez was so good that they gave him two Silver Sluggers. Outfield and DH.Chris Cotillo ChrisCotilloJ.D. Martinez is the first player ever to win two Silver Sluggers in the same year. I didnt know that was possible.Brandon Wile Brandon_N_WileJ.D. Martinez winning two Silver Sluggers in the same season is pretty dumb and awesomeAltuve keeps collecting the Silver Sluggers, winning the award for the fifth time. Only Ryne Sandberg (seven) has more at second base. Lindor is starting to make winning the award a habit himself, taking it home for the second straight year after blasting 38 home runs and tying Betts for the most runs scored in the AL (129).Perez, meanwhile, took home his second Silver Slugger award:Kansas City Royals RoyalsSalvy鈥檚 going to need a bigger trophy case. 馃弳 馃憦 Congrats on your 2nd career Silver Slugger Award! #RaisedRoyal I9UqQV89t8And then there's the left side of Cleveland's infield, where Lindor and Ramirez led Cleveland back to the postseason. Ramirez is also an MVP finalist after an epic season in which he hit 39 homers and accumulated 105 RBI. National League WinnersOutfielders: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers; David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks; Nick Markakis, Atlanta BravesFirst Base: Paul Goldschmidt , Arizona DiamondbacksSecond Base: Javier Baez, Chicago CubsShortstop: Trevor Story, Colorado RockiesThird Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado RockiesCatcher: J.T. Realmuto, Miami MarlinsPitcher: German Marquez, Colorado Rockies ReactionYelich is a finalist for the NL MVP after leading the league with a .326 average to go along with 36 homers and 110 RBI, so he was an easy choice for a Silver Slugger.Markakis, meanwhile, was one of the feel-good stories in baseball after a career year for the Braves:MLB Network MLBNetwork2,237 career hits. And now Nick Markakis has his first career #SilverSlugger Award. uHRF9j5zT4Kelsey Wingert KelsWingertThe awards keep piling up for #Braves Nick Markakis who just picked up his first career Silver Slugger Award. It will look really nice next to his third career Gold Glove and jersey from his first career All-Star Game this year.If Yelich is the front-runner for MVP, Baez is nipping on his heels after leading the NL with 111 RBI to go along with a .290 average and 34 home runs. He's generally more praised for his elite defense, but Baez was an offensive force in 2018.To put Baez's season in perspective, he was a Silver Slugger finalist at second base and at shortstop. He did just about everything for the Cubs this year.Chicago Cubs CubsCongratulations to javy23baez on winning his first career National League #SilverSlugger Award! sWTbP2dWxLStory and Arenado combined to blast75 dingers, so it wasn't surprising to see them take home Silver Slugger awards.Colorado Rockies RockiesNolan Arenado Mike Moustakas Jersey , collector of precious metals.#NolanBeingNolan 馃槏 bthhzwfzKhMLB Network MLBNetworkLeader in extra-base hits = a #SilverSlugger for Tstory2. B0aWW4Ht6oAnd then there's Realmuto, who was one of the bright spots for Miami this season after hitting .277 with 21 homers and 74 RBI, excellent numbers from the catcher position. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A trifecta for Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor backed an efficient seven innings by Mike Minor as the Texas Rangers won a close game after a pair of lopsided wins.Gallo and Odor both homered for the third straight game, this time in a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night after the Rangers had scored a combined 28 runs to win each of the first two games in the series by at least eight runs.“Both of them are swinging the bat very well, seeing the baseball very well,” manager Jeff Banister said, adding that Odor has been patient at the plate and Gallo has been aggressive in the zone. Gallo hit a scorching liner into the right field seats right after Adrian Beltre started the fourth by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Renato Nunez. His 29th homer of the season put the Rangers up 2-0 against Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (7-10).“Getting some pitches to drive, and when he does, he drives them out of the ballpark,” Banister said.“Joey’s been really good at the plate, too, been really focused,” said Odor Salvador Perez Jersey , who went deep in the eighth with a towering 445-foot solo shot beyond the Rangers bullpen in right-center for his 13th homer. Minor (8-6) threw 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes over seven innings. A full-time reliever last season for Kansas City after missing two whole seasons because of left shoulder surgery, the lefty struck out six without a walk while allowing one run and four hits. He is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA his last three starts.“We’ve just kind of mixed it up, all four pitches, instead of two-pitch mix. I threw more curveballs, more changeups in and out, mixed it up pretty well,” Minor said. “I’m getting better with my pitches every week.”Bundy struck out six and walked two in his six innings. He has allowed 27 homers this season, one more than Kansas City’s Jakob Junis for the most in the majors.“I’m not happy about it at all, but it was a little bit better,” Bundy said. “I only left one ball over the plate instead of three it seems like the past two outings.”WITH THE SAVEJose Leclerc, the expected closer after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh earlier this week, worked a perfect ninth for his first save in five chances.SHORT HOPSOrioles DH Mark Trumbo’s RBI single in the seventh was his 1,000th career hit . He is the 31st active player with at least 1,000 hits and 200 homers (214). … Texas SS Elvis Andrus extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 15 games with his double in the first. … Texas has won seven of eight overall.HONORING VLADVladimir Guerrero , whose only season with the Rangers was for their first World Series in 2010, was honored in a pregame ceremony after his induction last weekend into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Guerrero threw the ceremonial first pitch to Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, the former Rangers catcher inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: OF Craig Gentry, out since late June with a left rib fracture, could start a rehab assignment early next week. Showalter said Gentry is ahead of INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique), who initially was also set to start rehab last week. “I don’t know if I’d call it a setback,” Showalter said. “We just don’t want to push it and say well, here’s the schedule. Let’s see what the players’ bodies are telling us.”Rangers: CF Delino DeShields is on MLB’s seven-day concussion disabled list. The Rangers announced the move Saturday, more than three weeks after DeShields banged the back of his head when trying to make a sliding catch in Boston. He had been scratched from Friday’s lineup because of headaches.UP NEXTRight-hander Drew Hutchison will start the series finale for the Rangers a day after agreeing to a major league contract. The Rangers announced his signing in the eighth inning of Saturday night’s game. It will be his first big league start since 2016 with Pittsburgh. He began this season in the Phillies bullpen but was designated for assignment May 31. He rejected an outright assignment, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers and was with Triple-A Oklahoma City before requesting and being granted his release last Tuesday.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-26
ANAHEIM , Calif. (AP) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled off Blake Parker with one out in the eighth inning, spoiling the Los Angeles Angels‘ bid for an unprecedented no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.Los Angeles was closing in on the record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter. The Houston Astros set the mark with six pitchers while shutting down the Yankees in 2003. Roy Oswalt started that game but was injured in the first inning. The Mariners matched that record in 2012.Jim Johnson opened Tuesday night’s game with 1 1/3 innings, and Noe Ramirez, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian Anthony Santander Jersey , Justin Anderson and Jose Alvarez followed with no-hit ball. Parker retired Willie Calhoun to start the eighth before Kiner-Falefa lined a clean single into right field.The Angels led 1-0 through seven innings.Unlike the Astros in their no-hit bid, the Angels planned to make this one a bullpen game, following a trend started by the Tampa Bay Rays this season of using relievers as openers. Los Angeles is using the strategy to cover for an injury-decimated rotation that is without Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and more. Manager Mike Scioscia used four bullpen games in August. Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesNew York Mets fans have suffered through a difficult 2018 season , but that didn't stop them from making Fenway Park in Boston their own on Saturday.The Mets tweeted the following GIF of New York fans taking over the right field seats during Saturday's road game against the Red Sox:New York Mets MetsWe 馃挋馃А #Mets fans. GHSL8yDjG5Pete Abraham of theBoston Globealso tweeted a photo of the massive Mets contingent:Pete Abraham PeteAbeMets fans have taken over right field at Fenway. Tks3Z3rIOOThe Mets shut out the Red Sox 8-0 on Friday, which gave Mets fans something to be excited about entering Saturday's contest.The standings paint a different picture, though, as New York is a disappointing 69-78, while Boston owns the best record in Major League Baseball at 101-47.For as great of a presence as Mets fans had Saturday Colby Rasmus Jersey , it will likely pale in comparison to the impact they'll have when third baseman David Wright plays the final game of his career in a home game at Citi Field on Sept. 29.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-26
Texas will still be looking for its first run of the series when the Rangers and the playoff-hopeful Tampa Bay Rays square off Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington for the finale of their three-game set.The Rangers will send left-hander Yohander Mendez (2-1 Wei-Yin Chen Jersey , 3.86) to the mound while Tampa Bay has not announced a starter and will likely go with the “opener” strategy that Rays manager Kevin Cash has popularized this season.The Rangers lost 4-0 on Tuesday to Tampa Bay’s Cy Young Award candidate Blake Snell a night after a streak of 106 home games without being shut out ended with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tyler Glasnow and three relievers.Article continues below ...Until Monday, Texas was the only major league team that hadn’t been shut out at home this season. They’ve gone 21 innings without scoring a run.“The two guys we faced the past two games have been very tough and had plus-breaking pitches they can throw for strikes,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “You don’t like (not scoring runs) but I still have faith in this offense. We needed to do something early and couldn’t anything done.”Ji-Man Choi has been a big part of the Rays’ surge that’s seen them win 13 of their past 16 contests.The Rays are 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for a wild card spot after Oakland’s 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has 12 games to play.On Monday in a 3-0 win over Texas, Choi hit his eighth homer in 43 games covering 146 at-bats since getting called up July 11 after being acquired from the Brewers for Brad Miller, who has since been released. Projected over a full season, Choi could rip off 30 dingers , and he a permanent fixture in the middle of the Rays lineup.“I keep telling myself to focus on every at-bat and do what I can do, do my best, and the results will follow,” Choi told the Tampa Bay Times through a Korean interpreter on the phone. “I just keep doing what I have to do at the plate.”On Tuesday, Choi had a hit, a walk and a run-scoring ground out in three plate appearancesCash said Choi’s been locked in Cameron Maybin Jersey , even hitting the ball hard to all parts of the park when he’s not recording hits.“He’s been hot, and now it seems like he’s getting big hits for a couple weeks,” Cash said. “I know how you can project numbers and I think it’s fair to say if he got consistent at-bats that you could see some pretty damaging numbers.”The 23-year-old Mendez will make his sixth appearance and fourth start of the season. It will be his 15th major league appearance and fourth big league start overall.Mendez has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last three games (two starts) and will be working on four days’ rest after earning the relief win in Rangers’ 4-0 shutout victory Friday at San Diego. He has never faced Tampa Bay. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dexter Fowler’s difficult season has taken another downturn as the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder has sustained a broken left foot and will wear a walking boot for one month.Fowler was put on the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday night’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Second baseman Kolten Wong was activated from the 10-day DL.Fowler was examined by team doctors. He’ll be reevaluated after a month in the boot.The 32-year-old Fowler was removed in the eighth inning of Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Pirates. Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Fowler was injured earlier in the game when he fouled a ball off the foot.Fowler is hitting just .180 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 90 games. This is the second year of his $82.5-million, five-year contract.“He was finding his feel at the plate, putting some good swings on the ball and getting the opportunity,” Mozeliak said. “Sometimes things happen for a reason. Hopefully Lewis Brinson Jersey , this gets him to a spot where he can come back better next year, though we haven’t ruled out seeing him again this year.”Wong had been out since July 22 with left knee inflammation. He is hitting .216 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 91 games.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesThe New York Mets announced starting pitcher Steven Matz was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday because of a flexor pronator strain in his left arm.New York recalled starter Corey Oswalt to fill the void on the 25-man roster.Matz alerted the organization about forearm tightness after allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning as part of a 25-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , perAnthony DiComoof"There's a good chance we just take a conservative approach here," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said. "It's the middle of a long season."The 27-year-old left-hander has posted a 4.35 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 99 strikeouts in 107.2 innings across 21 starts so far this season. He finished the 2017 campaign with a 6.08 ERA in 13 outings and owns a 4.10 career ERA across four years.He joins Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and David Wright on the Mets' star-studded DL. Fellow starters Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have also missed time because of injuries this season.Oswalt has made six appearances (five starts) while filling in for New York in 2018. While his ERA stands at 5.27, his 0.98 WHIP suggests he's pitched better than his ERA indicates.The injury issues are one reason the Mets have started to fade from the playoff race with a 44-62 record. BALTIMORE (AP) — The Houston Astros aren’t going to simply go through the motions while closing out the regular season.Houston’s game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night was postponed by rain, meaning the Astros will squeeze in four games over the final three days , including a doubleheader on Saturday.The 54 postponements in the major leagues this year are the most since 58 in 1989, the commissioner’s office said.Houston will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.Not a problem for the AL West champions, who open the Division Series on Oct. 5 at home against Cleveland.Gerritt Cole (15-5), who was slated to start Thursday Youth Leonard Fournette Jersey , will instead pitch Friday night. Justin Verlander (16-9) will start the opener on Saturday (the makeup of Thursday’s rainout) and Dallas Keuchel (12-11) will pitch in the nightcap.“It’s important to them to get their regular work because we’ll have a week off,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “There are also personal goals. Gerrit is trying to get 200 innings and Justin is still in consideration for the Cy Young.”The Astros have already clinched the second seed in the AL, already have 100 wins and need only to avoid injury through the weekend.But they can’t afford to lose their focus, even against the worst team in the major leagues.“I have stressed to them not to get sloppy,” Hinch said. “You don’t want to play like it’s spring training , then go have to go back into playoff mode.”Simply put, winning is still important.“I don’t want them to get into bad habits,” Hinch said. “We have to play the games and you have to keep your edge. You can’t not compete.”Hinch said his starters will continue to see action, even if it’s for just part of the game.Josh Reddick, Jose Altuve Youth Myles Jack Jersey , Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa were among those in the starting lineup Thursday.The Orioles, meanwhile, are just striving to reach the finish line of the worst season in franchise history. Baltimore 46-112.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: The wife of RHP Charlie Morton gave birth to a girl on Thursday. Morton could pitch the regular-season finale on Sunday.Orioles: RHP Miguel Castro (knee) remains sidelined. His status for this series is uncertain.UP NEXTAstros: Cole is 5-0 over his last seven starts. He stands 5 2/3 innings short of reaching 200 for the season.Orioles: Rookie David Hess (3-10, 5.14 ERA) starts Friday night. He has one victory since May 25.
NEW YORK (AP) Sonny Gray was chased in the third inning by the team with worst record in the majors , big league-loss leader Alex Cobb ended a nine-start winless streak and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 7-5 on Wednesday.Despite what appeared to be a midgame lecture in the dugout by third base coach Phil Nevin during a rain delay, New York (68-38) dropped 5 1/2 games behind Boston (75-34) heading into a four-game series at Fenway Park starting Thursday.Gray (8-8) allowed seven runs, eight hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.56. He was booed as he walked off the mound and was replaced by Lance Lynn.Cobb (3-14) had been 0-7 since winning at the New York Mets on June 5, losing his last five outings. He breezed against the Yankees with an early 7-1 lead, allowing one run and seven hits in six innings and stopping Baltimore’s streak of 11 consecutive road losses.Gleyber Torres homered twice for New York, a solo drive in the second and a three-run shot in the ninth.ASTROS 8, MARINERS 3SEATTLE (AP) – Marwin Gonzalez hit two of Houston’s four home runs, and the Astros knocked Seattle Mariners from the lead for the second wild card in the American League.After a five-game losing streak, the Astros rebounded to win the final two games of the series. Houston has a five-game cushion over Seattle in the AL West and dropped the Mariners into a tie with surging Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot. Seattle led the A’s by 11 games in the middle of June, but has seen the entire lead disappear over the past six weeks.Gonzalez hit a solo home run off Wade LeBlanc (6-2) with two outs in the second inning and added a two-run shot in the fourth. Jake Marisnick, recalled from the minors before the game, added a two-run shot off LeBlanc and Max Stassi greeted reliever Nick Vincent with a three-run homer in the fifth.Dallas Keuchel (9-9) improved to 6-1 in his past nine starts, throwing seven innings.CUBS 9, PIRATES 2PITTSBURGH (AP) – Cole Hamels had little trouble in his return to the National League, keeping Pittsburgh in check over five innings to lead Chicago.Hamels (6-9), acquired in a trade with Texas last week, gave up one unearned run on three hits. The four-time All-Star struck out nine and walked two to pick up his first win for a National League team in more than three years.Willson Contreras went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Cubs. Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist had three hits apiece while Kyle Schwarber and Javy Baez each added two hits and an RBI for Chicago.The Cubs wasted little time jumping on Pittsburgh rookie Nick Kingham (5-6), touching him for four runs in the first inning to give Hamels plenty of breathing room. Kingham needed 51 pitches to get through the first and didn’t come out for the second.NATIONALS 5, METS 3WASHINGTON (AP) – Tommy Milone worked seven strong innings to get his first win in more than a year Kolten Wong Jersey , Anthony Rendon homered and Washington beat New York to move back above .500.The Nationals followed their 25-4 blowout of the Mets on Tuesday night by jumping on Noah Syndergaard (6-2) early. Bryce Harper singled in the first inning to drive in Trea Turner, who had stolen second. In the third, Rendon got hold of a hanging curveball for his 16th homer this season, scoring Turner.Rendon has six RBIs in two games since returning after the birth of his first child.Filling in for the injured Stephen Strasburg, Milone (1-0) mixed his pitches effectively and faced little stress in the second start of his second stint with Washington. Kelvin Herrera got the save after allowing Wilmer Flores’s ninth-inning homer. Jose Reyes homered from both sides of the plate for the Mets, his 11th career multihomer game and his first since Sept. 8.INDIANS 2, TWINS 0MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 in 7 1/3 innings, winning his fourth straight start since returning from the disabled list to carry Cleveland past Minnesota.Brad Hand got the last five outs for his 26th save of the season and second for Cleveland. The Indians stretched their lead over the Twins in the AL Central to 10 games.Carrasco (13-5), who missed three weeks with a bruised elbow before his reinstatement July 6, has 63 strikeouts in his last eight starts.Matt Magill (2-2) was the loser.ATHLETICS 8, BLUE JAYS 3OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Sean Manaea pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Jonathan Lucroy drove in four runs and Oakland completed a season sweep of Toronto.Manaea (10-7) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two. The A’s won all seven games between the two teams for their first season sweep of the Blue Jays.Franklin Barreto homered and had three RBIs for the Athletics. Lucroy added three hits.Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (4-8) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings. Russell Martin homered for the Blue Jays.TIGERS 7, REDS 4DETROIT (AP) – Jose Iglesias drove in three runs, Jim Adduci homered and Detroit survived the loss of pitcher Mike Fiers to an early injury to beat Cincinnati.Fiers left after the second with a bruised left shin, sustained on Mason Williams‘ comebacker. X-rays on Fiers’ shin were negative, and it was unclear whether he will make his next scheduled start.Drew VerHagen (2-2) followed as the first of six relievers and pitched three scoreless innings. Shane Greene worked the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.Sal Romano (6-9) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.RAYS 7, ANGELS 2ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Willy Adames homered and drove in two on the day Tampa Bay gave him the regular shortstop job.Adames drove in a run with a two-out single off starter Nick Tropeano (4-6) in the fourth inning Trevor Rosenthal Jersey , then scored on Mallex Smith’s triple. Adames led off the sixth with his fourth home run to make it 4-2.Jake Bauers added a two-run homer in the ninth for the Rays, his ninth of the season and third in three games.Jake Faria, pitching for the first time since going on the disabled list with a left oblique strain June 22, got the win in the third relief appearance of his career. Faria (4-3) gave up one run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings.ROYALS 10, WHITE SOX 5CHICAGO (AP) – Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and drove in four, helping Kansas City pound sloppy Chicago.Jakob Junis (6-11) pitched 5 2/3 innings of four-run ball in his first win since May 18. The 24-year-old right-hander was 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in his previous 10 starts.Chicago lost for the sixth time in seven games. Yoan Moncada broke out of a slump with his fifth career leadoff homer, two hits and two walks, but he also committed one of two costly errors for the White Sox.Dylan Covey (4-7) was charged with seven runs, four earned, and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, dropping to 1-5 with an 8.89 ERA in his last six starts.DODGERS 6, BREWERS 4, 10 INNINGSLOS ANGELES (AP) – Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer – his second of the game – in the 10th inning, rallying the Dodgers past the Brewers to snap a three-game skid.The win was also highlighted by Brian Dozier’s homer in his Dodgers’ debut after arriving from Minnesota on Tuesday.All-Star Matt Kemp ended an 0-for-26 skid with a single leading off the inning against Matt Albers (3-3). Grandal followed with his 19th homer after the Dodgers had blown a 4-2 lead.The Brewers tied it 4-all in the eighth. Mike Moustakas doubled off reliever Scott Alexander, who gave up three walks – one intentional – before Manny Pina singled in Ryan Braun.Dylan Floro (4-2) got the win after retiring the side in the 10th.— MIAMI — He was born and raised 45 minutes away from Boston’s Fenway Park. His first collegiate win was a no-hitter over Yale. And, at age 25, he has already been a first-round pick and a trade chip.He’s Sean Newcomb, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound left-hander and a key member of the Atlanta Braves rotation.On Thursday, Newcomb (10-6 , 3.73 ERA) will open a four-game series at the host Miami Marlins.Article continues below ...The Braves are 13-11 when Newcomb starts this year, but his two most recent outings have been bombs, allowing 21 hits, five walks and 12 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings.Newcomb, whose average fastball is middle of the road in the majors at 93 mph, believes the key to getting back on track are his changeup and curve.“The changeup being good has been a big help,” Newcomb told The Atlanta Journal Constitution earlier this year. “It’s starting to be something to keep guys off my fastball.”Since making his major league debut last year, Newcomb is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in five starts against the Marlins. So, perhaps pitching against Miami can revive Newcomb, who was brilliant in May (5-0, 1.54 ERA). He was also strong in June (2-1, 2.67 ERA) before posting a 2-4 record since. He had a 5.06 ERA in July and owns a 7.63 ERA so far in three August starts.Newcomb on Thursday will face Marlins rookie right-hander Elieser Hernandez (2-6, 5.08 ERA).Hernandez has a 1.13 ERA in four relief appearances against the Braves, covering eight innings.But, as a starter, Hernandez is 0-4 with a 4.50 ERA.Hernandez, a 23-year-old from Venezuela, doesn’t throw as hard as Newcomb, averaging just 90.5 mph. He is much better at home (2-4, 2.43 ERA) than on the road (0-2 Carlos Martinez Jersey , 10.07).August has been Hernandez’s best month so far as he has a 2.00 ERA in six relief appearances, covering nine innings.As for the lineups on Thursday, the Braves are hoping to get back catcher Kurt Suzuki, who took a pitch off his elbow on Tuesday in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Tyler Flowers has been starting while Suzuki is out, and the Braves have also recalled 38-year-old veteran catcher Chris Stewart from Triple-A Gwinnett.Atlanta also is without its closer, Arodys Vizcaino, who has 29 saves over the past two years but is on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation. He is expected to return next month.Miami has injury issues of its own. Center fielder Lewis Brinson (hip), third baseman Martin Prado (quadriceps), first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper (right wrist), starting pitcher Caleb Smith (lat strain) and reliever Kyle Barraclough (back) are all out.And starting pitcher Jose Urena is on the suspension list after hitting Braves star rookie Ronald Acuna with a pitch the last time these two teams played.The Marlins are coming off a 9-3 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Miami infielder Miguel Rojas smashed a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth inning.Rojas delivered his shot — which was his 10th homer of the season — on the night that his mother and other family members flew in from Venezuela.“I don’t know what it is, but it’s something coming from upstairs (God) that always give me the chance to make something special for them,” Rojas said.Pinch-hitter JT Riddle slugged a two-run homer in the eighth to pad Miami’s lead.Meanwhile, the Braves beat the host Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Wednesday night as Jonny Venters earned just his second save of the season. A.J. Minter, who has taken over as Atlanta’s closer, was given the night off as he deals with an ailing back.In addition, Acuna — a player the Marlins know well — hit his 20th homer of the season and his sixth while leading off a game. He has also hit 13 homers since the All-Star break.