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By elaine95, 2018-12-21
PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers picked a bad time to have their first losing streak in two weeks.Plagued by another night of missed opportunities and Ross Stripling’s shaky start Ferguson Jenkins Jersey , the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night to fall to second place in the NL West.The Dodgers (88-71) rallied to tie Arizona in the ninth inning Tuesday night, only to have Eduardo Escobar hit a walkoff homer in the bottom half. That loss, combined with Colorado’s win over Philadelphia, dropped the Dodgers’ division lead to a half-game.With Rockies (88-70) rolling over the Phillies 14-0, the Dodgers couldn’t bounce back from Arizona’s three-run second inning against Stripling (8-6) or take advantage of an early opportunity against Zack Greinke. Los Angeles has lost consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 10-11 and is now a half-game back in the NL West.“As far as getting to the postseason, it takes us, we control our own fate,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’ve got to win baseball games. For us, there’s a little back against the wall.”The Diamondbacks displayed plenty of power in their final home game. A.J. Pollock hit a three-run home run, David Peralta had his 30th of the season and Socrates Brito hit his first big-league homer in two years.Greinke (15-11) overcame a shaky start to allow two runs and strike out six in six innings.The Diamondbacks struggled early in September to fall out of the playoff race , but made an impact by winning the final two games against the Dodgers.“I understand what happened in the early part of the month, but this is really all we had left,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We beat the Dodgers two out of three and hurt their chances of advancing.”The Dodgers had a big chance against Greinke in the third inning, loading the bases with one out. They came away with nothing after Yasiel Puig lined out to shortstop and Yasmani Grandal grounded out to second.“It was just the one hit or the at-bat that eluded us,” Roberts said. “That Puig at-bat, it goes a different way, it’s a completely different game. But that’s baseball.”Stripling allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings in his return to the rotation against San Diego his last time out. He didn’t last that long against the Diamondbacks.Arizona hit for the reverse cycle against him in a three-run second inning, starting with Brito’s leadoff homer. Stripling was pulled after walking Peralta to load the bases with two outs, but Pedro Baez ended the threat by striking out Paul Goldschmidt.Stripling allowed seven of the 12 batters he faced to reach base, allowing three runs on five hits.“It’s kind of tough when you’re trying to help a team win Ryan Rua Jersey , help a team that’s battling for playoff implications and you can’t get through two innings,” Stripling said. “It stinks.”The Dodgers had some hard-hit balls of Greinke early, taking a 2-0 lead on run-scoring hits by Cody Bellinger and Stripling. The right-hander escaped the jam in the third inning and allowed two more hits the rest of the way.“They were hitting the ball pretty hard the first couple of innings and just had a lot of good defensive plays and scored some runs,” Greinke said. “Then I started pitching better after that.”RARE SWITCH-OFFThe eighth inning featured a rare switch-pitcher facing a switch-hitter.Dodgers reliever Pat Venditte got the first two outs of the inning pitching right-handed, then switched to lefty with Ildemaro Vargas on deck. Vargas, who was swinging left-handed, saw Venditte switch and he asked the bat boy to bring another helmet so he could bat right-handed.Venditte won the switch-off, getting Vargas to fly out to right.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers 3B Justin Turner got hit left thumb checked out after the game for swelling from a hard-hit ball by Goldschmidt in the fifth inning. He remained in the game and Roberts he was sore, but didn’t think there was anything wrong structurally.UP NEXTDodgers: Los Angeles could use another strong outing from LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu Friday against San Francisco. He tossed six scoreless innings to beat San Diego his last start.Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin is 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 15 road starts heading into Friday’s game against San Diego. PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning.He earned all that applause away from home with the way he pitched on the mound.Hendricks took a one-hit shutout into the ninth and the Cubs stifled the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-1 win Monday night to open their important three-game series.Hendricks (12-11) struck out eight and walked one. A.J. Pollock hit a leadoff homer against him in the ninth and Paul Goldschmidt added a two-out single before Justin Wilson completed the three-hitter.“It happens. I thought I threw only one bad pitch,” Hendricks said. “I got away with a couple. It started with fastball command.“Got some quick outs and kept the pitch count down Drew Robinson Jersey ,” he added. “I’d rather get a standing ovation for something else. It’s a treat to be able to go on the road and have our fans travel so well.”Javier Baez homered in Chicago’s three-run sixth that broke open a pitchers’ duel between Hendricks and Patrick Corbin (11-6).“I wasn’t as good as their starter tonight,” Corbin said. “Just left the breaking ball up to a hitter that can do damage.”Kris Bryant also homered, and the Cubs maintained their 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central after second-place Milwaukee beat Cincinnati earlier.The fading Diamondbacks led the NL West when the month began but ended the day five games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona has lost three straight and eight of 10 to fall five games out of the second wild card as well.“This is a grinding time right now, there’s no doubt about it,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We still have life, and I want these guys to know that I believe in them. They believe in themselves as well I’m sure, and if they doubt it, that their teammate next to them is going to be working just as hard to pull them along and make sure everything’s going to be OK.”The Cubs were struggling on offense, coming off a weekend series in which they scored only five runs in three games against last-place Cincinnati. They thrilled a largely pro-Chicago crowd at Chase Field in the sixth, when Albert Almora Jr. and Bryant opened with back-to-back singles. Bryant worked an eight-pitch at-bat against Corbin before his base hit that moved Almora to third base.Anthony Rizzo beat out a replay-overturned double play to drive in Almora , and Baez followed with a line drive into the seats in left-center to make it 3-0.Thousands of blue-and-white-clad Cubs fans roared as Baez rounded the bases. Baez acknowledged he was upset about his first two at-bats against Corbin, a strikeout and a groundout.“I was just really mad at myself that I wasn’t making adjustments,” Baez said.Bryant went opposite field for his 12th home run, a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Randall Delgado. It was his first home run since July 20.“It’s always about feel, so hopefully he gained some feel from that,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.MOVING ONCubs catcher Willson Contreras ran hard after making contact in his at-bats, including on a deep fly to center in the fourth that was caught. Maddon criticized Contreras for admiring a long drive that ended up a double during a 2-1 loss to the Reds on Sunday. Maddon said Monday he thought the criticism had gotten out of hand.SUNS OUTPlayers from the NBA’s Phoenix Suns were introduced before the game, as the Diamondbacks recognized their downtown neighbors whose season opens next month. Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, Mikal Bridges Robinson Chirinos Jersey , Elie Okobo, De’Anthony Melton and Shaquille Harrison were in attendance, with Ariza throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: OF Kyle Schwarber and INF Tommy La Stella did not make the trip to Phoenix due to back injuries. … RHP Brandon Morrow (forerarm) could return from the disabled list in the next few days. He’s been out since mid-July. … SS Addison Russell was checked by a trainer after stretching across second base in an attempt to complete a double play in the fifth. He stayed in the game.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-5) is set to face Arizona on Tuesday night, his career-high 17th start of the season.Diamondbacks: RHP Matt Andriese is slated to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Andriese (3-5) started four games for Tampa Bay before being traded to the Diamondbacks.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-10
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Before he took the mound Tuesday night Nolan Ryan Jersey , Pirates starter Joe Musgrove just didn’t feel right while warming up in the bullpen.In his quest to get things straightened out, he made a quick change to his approach.That tactic seemed to work, as Musgrove took a shutout into the seventh inning for Pittsburgh in a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run double for the Pirates.Musgrove (6-8) allowed two runs and struck out eight. He gave up five hits — four singles — over 6 1/3 innings. The key for him was trusting catcher Francisco Cervelli to make a change to the game plan because Musgrove didn’t have his best stuff.“I learned a lot from him tonight about how to disguise pitches,” Musgrove said. “That was the earliest in the game I’ve gone to my changeup. Usually, the first inning or two, I’ve gone fastball heavy.”That’s what this September is going to be all about for Musgrove, who has yet to finish a season as a starter in the majors. Last year with World Series champion Houston, he was moved to the bullpen as the Astros entered their stretch run.“This is something that I haven’t really gone through, ever , where I feel so inconsistent with my delivery,” Musgrove said. “I feel like you never stop learning.”Scooter Gennett homered twice for Cincinnati.Marte’s homer in the fourth scored Pablo Reyes, who reached on his first major league hit. Polanco drove in Marte and Adam Frazier with a double in the third. Frazier doubled and scored on Francisco Cervelli’s single in the first.Marte’s homer was the first for a Pirates player other than Frazier or Polanco since Aug. 15.The top four batters in Pittsburgh’s lineup went a combined 8 for 17 and drove in five runs.“You’re looking for contagions,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Hopefully, this was a contagion to get us going in a direction. We haven’t had a lot of consistency.”Reds starter Cody Reed (0-2) permitted six runs and nine hits in a season-high five innings. It was Reed’s third start of the season for Cincinnati. He’s made 10 relief appearances.Gennett hit solo shots in the seventh and eighth, giving him 22 homers this season. It was his second multihomer game of the year.“The only positives we take from it are Scooter’s performance, really, and Cody finished up with a good fifth inning,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “We’re trying to stretch him out a little bit. Hopefully we can get him sixth and further Asdrubal Cabrera Jersey , eventually. I think the big blow of the game was Marte adding two more.”Cincinnati chased Musgrove in the seventh and loaded the bases. Pirates reliever Richard Rodriguez hit Phillip Ervin with a pitch, allowing one run to score, but struck out Dilson Herrera and got Mason Williams to ground out to end the threat.SMOOTH DEBUTMaking his first career start, Reyes hit an infield single in his second at-bat. He drove in his first career run with a double in the eighth to finish 2 for 4. The 24-year-old started the season at Double-A Altoona. “I’m so excited,” Reyes said. “This is something that I’ve dreamed since I was a kid.”ROSTER MOVESAfter the Triple-A season ended Monday, both teams added players from the minor leagues. Pittsburgh recalled RHP Tanner Anderson, RHP Michael Feliz, RHP Clay Holmes and OF Jordan Luplow, and selected the contracts of INF Kevin Kramer and C Ryan Lavarnway. The Pirates designated LHP Buddy Boshers for assignment. Cincinnati recalled RHP Tyler Mahle and RHP Keury Mella , and selected the contracts of C Tim Federowicz and OF Gabriel Guerrero.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: Mella was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, ending his season. He last pitched for Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 24.Pirates: C Elias Diaz (right hamstring discomfort) is expected to miss at least 10 days and might not return at all this season, according to Hurdle. Diaz hasn’t played since he was removed from Friday’s game.UP NEXTReds: In the series finale Wednesday, RHP Homer Bailey (1-13, 6.13 ERA) will attempt to avoid becoming the first Reds pitcher to lose 14 games in a season since Mat Latos in 2013.Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (11-9, 3.45 ERA) is scheduled to start. He is 2-0 and is holding opponents to a .217 batting average over his last three starts. 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By elaine95, 2018-12-10
SEATTLE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen got the Yankees started and Dellin Betances made sure they hung on at the end.McCutchen hit his second home run in two days , Betances pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning and New York held off the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Saturday night.Austin Romine hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh for the Yankees, who moved within 7½ games of first-place Boston in the AL East with 20 to play. New York leads Oakland by 3½ games for the league’s top wild card.Seattle loaded the bases with one out against Betances, but he struck out Denard Span and Kyle Seager to earn his third save.“Tonight he finds himself in a little bit of trouble, but he keeps making pitches,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He kept pounding the strike zone with his fastball and breaking balls, and he came up with a lot of big pitches in that inning. I was just proud of Dellin.”Betances gave up a double to Mitch Haniger, hit Robinson Cano with a pitch and walked Nelson Cruz before buckling down.“Everyone knows Betances has great stuff,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We hoped to put a little pressure on him and we did. You have to try and look for a mistake. We got some traffic out there, but just didn’t get the big hit at the end. It’s frustrating. It’s been a struggle for a while. You have to square a few more balls up.”With 20 games remaining Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey , Seattle dropped 7½ behind Oakland for the second AL wild card.Yankees starter Lance Lynn (9-10) allowed three hits and two runs in six innings. He is 2-2 in eight starts with the team.“My cutter was there tonight,” Lynn said. “For the most part, the command was probably the best it’s been all year. Most of it was just in my mind and telling myself not to do too much. Stay within yourself and do what you have to do to put it where you need to. And I was able to do that for the most part.”Mariners starter Felix Hernandez left in the fifth with right hamstring tightness.“I slipped a little on the second batter, but I felt it in my last start,” Hernandez said. “It was hard to push off.”McCutchen led off the game by sending Hernandez’s changeup down the left-field line and into the seats for his second home run with the Yankees.Mike Zunino tied it in the third with a homer to straightaway center, his 19th of the season.Giancarlo Stanton gave New York a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to right. The inning started with back-to-back walks by Hernandez before he exited with the hamstring injury.“Felix felt it more as the game went on,” Servais said. “He gave us what he had tonight. We’ll see how he feels going forward.”A bloop single to left by Dee Gordon scored Ben Gamel from second and tied the game at 2 in the fifth.Romine’s home run in the seventh off reliever Nick Vincent (3-3) put the Yankees back in front. Gleyber Torres added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.“It’s fun to contribute,” Romine said. “Every time you get in this game you want to help contribute for this team, whatever it is Adrian Peterson Jersey Elite , however it is. We’ve got some boys who can put the ball in the seats. It’s fun to be a part of it.”MEMORIESIt was 25 years ago Saturday when Servais caught a no-hitter for the Houston Astros that was thrown by Darryl Kile against the New York Mets. Kile died nine years later at age 33 of a heart attack.“Darryl and I were best friends,” Servais said. “That night was really special to me. Games like that with people you’re that close to, you never forget.”Servais remembers something he told Kile that night after the game.“Darryl and I were very competitive back and forth. It was like, ‘Don’t shake me off,’ or ‘Yeah, OK.’ Just a pitcher-catcher thing. And I made a comment that night that one day when we’re 55 we’ll argue about who was right. Unfortunately, I’ll never get to do that with him.“But I recently was able to spend time with his wife and their kids and see how they’re coming along when we were in San Diego. It was good to see them.”TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: 3B Miguel Andujar left the game in the ninth inning when he was hit by a pitch on the right forearm. … SS Didi Gregorius was back in the starting lineup, one day after coming off the 10-day DL. Gregorius, who missed 16 games with a bruised left heel , was 0 for 3 and played six innings before being replaced by Adeiny Hechavarria. Gregorius said Friday he is ready to go all out after playing the last four innings, but Boone wants to be cautious. “Any time you have a player of that caliber leave, it’s hard to keep him out,” Boone said. “We’ll be excited to get him back, but we also want to be smart about how we bring him back and get him up to full speed.”Mariners: Cano exited in the ninth when he was hit by a pitch on the left foot. “He’s hobbling around,” Servais said. “Hopefully it’s nothing serious and it’s just a bruise.”UP NEXTYankees lefty CC Sabathia (7-6, 3.54 ERA) makes his 26th start of the season Sunday. Sabathia’s 2,970 career strikeouts are the most among active pitchers. He is 17th all-time and third among lefties. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (2-3, 5.56) gets his seventh start of the season for the Mariners and fifth since coming off the disabled list Aug. 12. Ramirez has allowed one earned run or less in four of his last five starts. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesToronto Blue Jays slugger Kendrys Morales and pitcher Marco Estrada have each cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded to any team Authentic D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey , according to Jon Heyman of Fancred.Players must be on a team's roster before Sept. 1 in order to be eligible for the postseason.Toronto (60-72) has long been out of contention, but it could now make an impact in the playoff race if it moves its veteran players.Morales is having yet another solid season, hitting .261/.342/.480 with 21 home runs, 14 doubles and 53 RBI in 109 games. The switch-hitter has been on an absolute tear recently, hitting .459 with eight home runs and 15 RBI in the last 14 days.He recently set a Blue Jays franchise record by going deep in seven consecutive games:That streak came to an end on Monday.Morales could bring pop to a contender, although he may be more of a platoon player. He is hitting .287 with 18 home runs against right-handers this season, while he is a .209 hitter with just threedingersagainst southpaws.The 35-year-old is best suited for the American League at this point in his career. While he played in the outfield early in his career, he has been mainly limited to designated hitter in recent years. He has made occasional appearances at first and third this year.Morales is making $11 million this season and is owed $12 million next year, perSpotrac.Estrada D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey Elite , meanwhile, has seen his numbers rise in each passing season in Toronto. Although he posted a solid 3.13 ERA in 34 appearances in 2015 and was named an All-Star the following year, he is 7-10 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.367 WHIP in 23 starts this season.The 35-year-old may be in need of a change of scenery, as he is 3-6 with a 5.49 ERA, a .274 average against and 15 home runs allowed in 12 starts (60.2 innings) at theRogers Centre in 2018.Estrada is making $13 million this season, perSpotrac, and is set to be a free agent this winter. Not only is he struggling and making a sizable amount of money, but he has also been bothered by aback injuryrecently.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-10
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox played the equivalent of two full baseball games on Friday evening as L.A. beat the American League champions Jesus Sucre Jersey , 2-1 in 18 innings in Game 3 of the World Series. L.A. is now down two games to one.Both teams have a quick turnaround following the seven-hour, 20-minute game as the two sides square off Saturday at 8:09 p.m. ET.Fox will televise the game, with the MLB on Fox Pregame show starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. No postgame is scheduled on Fox or FS1, but MLB Tonight will have an hour-long postgame show on the MLB Network.Here's a quick glance at a few players and things to watch for Game 4. Who and What to WatchWho Starts for Boston?Nathan Eovaldi was going to get the ball for Game 4, but he just threw six-plus innings in relief (after pitching a frame in Games 1 and 2). He will be taking the night off.The Red Sox can send out one oftwo left-handers in Drew Pomeranz or Eduardo Rodriguez. However, Pomeranz has a 6.09 ERA, and Rodriguez has a 5.40 ERA in September after missing a month-and-a-half with an ankle injury. He also allowed five earned runs each in two of his September starts.Rodriguez is the stronger option of the two. Despite the rough end to his regular season, the 25-year-old had a 3.82 ERA and punched out 146 batters in 129.2 innings. He pitched on Friday, but Rodriguez was on the mound for a six-pitch strikeout only before exiting. Baseball analyst Peter Gammons noted that Rodriguez is still well-rested:Peter Gammons pgammoEduardo Rodriguez has thrown 9 pitches since Oct. 17Manager Alex Cora's best bet is to send out Rodriguez and see how long he can go. ESPN Fantasy Baseball writer Tristan H. Cockcroft backed Rodriguez over Pomeranz and noted how many innings he thought E-Rod could provide:Tristan H. Cockcroft SultanofStatIncidentally , I鈥檇 be going with Eduardo Rodriguez tonight if I had my pick, with the hopes of getting maybe 3-4 innings. Asking Drew Pomeranz to provide that after so much time off seems like a bad idea.Pomeranz hasn't started a game since July 31 and hasn't pitched since September 30. That's a lot of time off, but the Sox may need to turn to him at some point, especially if this game goes to extra innings again. If he somehow recaptures his solid 2017 form (3.32 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 173.2 innings), then that will be a massive bonus for the Sox.Can Some Hitters Break From Their Slumps?Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went hitless in eight Game 3 at-bats and now has just one hit and one intentional walk in 16 plate appearances.Boston second baseman Ian Kinsler is 1-for-10 with three strikeouts, and third baseman Rafael Devers is 1-for-9.Boston's biggest problem isn't the bats right now, though, as the team must figure out how to piece together a Game 4 win with their exhausted pitching staff.The L.A. side has some cold hitters, and that may be the team's biggest concern.Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson are both 1-for-10 Matt Moore Jersey , Chris Taylor is hitless in nine at-bats and Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez each have just one hit. Only one Dodger with 10 or more World Series plate appearances is hitting above .231 (third baseman Justin Turner at .294).The Dodger bats may break out Saturday as the Red Sox figure out a way to navigate Game 4 under difficult circumstances. L.A. is still one of the best hitting teams in baseball, as the Dodgers were third in the league in OPS behind only the Red Sox and New York Yankees.L.A. was No. 1 in the National League in runs, homers, RBI and OPS, and that was with slugging shortstop Manny Machado a member of the Baltimore Orioles for the better part of four months.Look for some Dodgers to break out Saturday. NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets have been going in opposite directions for a month. The last chance for the Phillies to begin reversing their slide might arrive Friday night, when they visit the Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.Phillies ace right-hander Aaron Nola (15-4, 2.23 ERA) will look to continue building his case for the National League Cy Young Award when he opposes Mets left-hander Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20).Both teams were off Thursday after playing series-deciding games Wednesday. The Phillies fell to the host Miami Marlins 2-1 while the visiting Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3.Article continues below ...The loss for the Phillies (73-66) extended their streak of series without a series victory to nine. Since a four-game sweep of the Marlins from Aug. 2-5, Philadelphia has gone 10-18 while losing eight series and splitting another.The only thing to go right for the Phillies over the past four weeks is the inability of the Atlanta Braves to take full advantage. The Braves , who were 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia on Aug. 5, have gone just 17-15 since. However, first-place Atlanta beat the Diamondbacks 7-6 in 10 innings on Thursday and lead the Phillies by 3 1/2 games in the NL East.With only 23 games remaining, the Phillies are running out of time, and they realized Wednesday was a squandered opportunity. The loss to the last-place Marlins came hours after the Braves blew a six-run lead in a 9-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox — a game most Philadelphia players were watching in the visiting locker room at Marlins Park.“I think we all knew what was going on,” Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta told reporters after he took the loss by allowing two runs over four innings. “I think what’s more important is to focus on the game that we have at hand. They lost, that’s great. But at the end of the day, I’ve still got a job to do. We’re trying to win baseball games over here. That’s a game I personally really needed to step up, shut it down. But it’s how baseball goes sometimes.”Baseball has been going a uniquely Mets-ian way lately for New York (63-76) , which has gone 18-12 while winning or splitting eight of its last nine series dating back to Aug. 6.Of course, it’s way too little, way too late for the Mets, whose playoff hopes were erased during a June in which they went 5-21. But at least the late-season run is an indication New York might be laying a foundation for 2019 under rookie manager Mickey Callaway.“It’s real gratifying,” Callaway told reporters Wednesday night. “We spend a ton of time trying to work on the right things with these guys, and I think it’s all paying dividends.”Nola took the loss in his most recent start Sunday, when he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Phillies fell to the Chicago Cubs 8-1. The four runs were the most surrendered by Nola since he gave up four runs against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 17. Nola is locked in a three-way battle for the Cy Young with the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer, the two-time defending winner, and Mets ace Jacob deGrom Bartolo Colon Jersey , who is scheduled to pitch the series finale Sunday.Matz didn’t factor into the decision Saturday, when he allowed one run and struck out a career-high over seven innings in the Mets’ 2-1, 11-inning win over the San Francisco Giants. He has given up four runs over 19 innings in his last three starts.Nola is 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets. Matz is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-10
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants find themselves weighing star catcher Buster Posey’s long-term health against their own short-term playoff fortunes as they prepare for Saturday’s afternoon clash with the Texas Rangers.Texas’ improbable 7-6 Mike Schmidt Jersey , 10-inning win in the series opener on Friday night, coupled with Milwaukee’s extra-inning victory over Pittsburgh, pushed the Brewers (72-58) nine games ahead of the Giants (63-67) in the battle for the second wild-card spot in the National League with just 32 games remaining.Making the Giants’ task all the more daunting is that they stand in just eighth place in the wild-card race, needing to pass six teams to earn one of the two spots.Article continues below ...San Francisco had hoped to make a run on a nine-game homestand that began Friday and featured six games against the Rangers and New York Mets.But the club left the ballpark a deflated bunch after second baseman Joe Panik’s two-out error in the ninth inning kept the Rangers alive, and Rougned Odor smacked Will Smith’s next pitch into the San Francisco Bay for a game-tying home run that forced extra innings.To add insult to injury, the Rangers wound up winning the game on a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk by Sam Dyson to Robinson Chirinos.Battling a painful right hip that will require surgery at some point, Posey caught the entire 10 innings and contributed a run, a hit and an RBI to the losing cause.His appearance was a bit of a surprise in that Giants general manager Brian Sabean had told the club’s flagship radio station, KNBR-680 in San Francisco, on Thursday that the hip surgery was “imminent” and that he was working with Posey and his representatives on scheduling it.Now that the Giants one game farther back in the wild-card chase and facing an afternoon affair after an extra-inning night game, there’s a good chance Posey won’t be in the Giants’ starting lineup Saturday.Whether that’s to give the six-time All-Star a short break or perhaps because he’s left the team to start the clock on the recovery from the inevitable surgery remains to be seen.Sabean stated that the recovery period is expected to be about six months.If Posey doesn’t start Saturday, Nick Hundley will be behind the plate to catch left-hander Andrew Suarez (4-9, 4.68 ERA), who appears to have hit the proverbial “rookie wall.”Suarez has allowed three or more runs in six of his last seven starts Mitch Williams Jersey , after not having done so in any of his previous six outings.The 25-year-old has never faced the Rangers.Texas is expected to counter with lefty Martin Perez (2-5, 6.93), who likewise has struggled of late, allowing 13 runs and 20 hits in 11 innings over his last two starts.Perez has faced the Giants just once in his career, and it was a doozy. He limited San Francisco to two hits and one run in 8 1/3 innings in a 2-1 home win when the interleague rivals last met in 2015.Also homering for the Rangers in the series opener was Joey Gallo, his 34th of the season. That’s more than twice as many as the Giants’ leader, Andrew McCutchen, who led off the first inning with a home run for the 10th time in his career to help San Francisco run off to a 6-0 lead. The homer was McCutchen’s 15th of the season. ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman stood soaked in champagne with music blaring and his teammates jamming in celebration.This was just how the longtime star first baseman envisioned it when the Atlanta Braves began spring training seven months ago.“You could tell after the first week of workouts that we had the talent to do something special,” Freeman said. “Obviously we still needed to put it together. But this is what happens. You win the division after three straight 90-loss seasons.”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. A loud crowd at SunTrust Park joined the party when rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. caught a flyball for the final out, setting off another round of the Tomahawk Chop and a big celebration on the field.“When we started this series, we knew it was within our grasp,” Snitker said. “We knew we couldn’t lose track of today. I know I’m redundant saying that all the time, but I felt we just needed to stay current and worry about today’s game. These guys have done an unbelievable job of that this year.”The Braves will make their first postseason appearance since 2013 on Oct. 4 in the NL Division Series. It has not yet been determined who or where the youth-filled club will play in the best-of-five round. Atlanta won its 18th division title , tying the New York Yankees for the most in the majors since division play began in 1969.The Braves won their fourth straight game and beat second-place Philadelphia for the third day in a row. The Phillies also startled a lot of fans this year and led the division in early August, but faded while going 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.Jesse Biddle relieved, walked the first batter he faced and gave up two runs on Cesar Hernandez’s bases-loaded single. Brad Brach allowed Rhys Hoskins‘ RBI single before Jonny Venters escaped the jam on a lineout and a grounder.Kurt Suzuki added an RBI single to make it 5-3 in the eighth off Seranthony Dominguez, the seventh pitcher used by Philadelphia.Arodys Vizcaino, in his first save situation since June 17, closed out the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances, getting Wilson Ramos to ground out, striking out Roman Quinn and retiring Maikel Franco on a flyball to Acuna in left.Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (10-10) lasted two innings, allowing four runs, four hits and three walks in the shortest outing of his nine-year career.“I didn’t do my job today,” Arrieta said. “You’ve got tip your cap. They won the division. They really did. This wasn’t something that started today, obviously. Individually, the last month I haven’t been very good, and we didn’t take care of business. We just didn’t get the job done. They did.”Atlanta led 2-0 in the first when Arrieta walked three of his first four batters, and Johan Camargo hit a two-run single.Freeman hit a two-run single in the second to make it 4-0. Freeman Steve Carlton Jersey , one of two current Braves who played on the 2013 division-winning team —along with pitcher Julio Teheran — is hitting .389 over his last 14 games.“When Franco hit that ball, I put my hands up right away,” Freeman said. “It means everything. This is goal No. 1. It’s celebration No. 1. We’ve still got three more we’ve got to do. We’ve got 11 wins to get in October. We’ve still got to take care of business, but, man, is this a great feeling.”Foltynewicz didn’t permit a hit until Odubel Herrera singled to begin the seventh. Franco singled with one out in the eighth.The 26-year-old Foltynewicz has matured in his third full season, earning his first All-Star appearance and posting a 2.88 ERA that’s almost two full runs lower than his career average entering the year.“We knew we had something special since day one,” he said. “We’ve been telling you guys that all year, but to be able to do it and pull it off is pretty special. They got four runs for me today, which was a good confidence builder to go out there and be aggressive.”BIG SURPRISEAtlanta was not projected to contend when the season began. It was coming off three straight 90-loss seasons, had no proven ace and was counting on several young position players to complement Freeman, the lone big bat in the lineup.The team had been embarrassed off the field with former general manager John Coppolella banned from baseball in a signing scandal, but Atlanta moved into first place on May 2 and never trailed in the division race after a 9-1 win over Miami on Aug. 13.Fueled by young budding stars like Acuna, second baseman Ozzie Albies and third baseman Camargo, the Braves won the NL East with an 8½-game lead.New GM Alex Anthopolous watched his team arrive earlier than he expected. When spring training began , he didn’t think the team would be a serious contender until next year.“No, I’d lying through my teeth if I thought that,” Anthopolous said. “I thought we have a really talented team with high draft picks. We have the potential to be really good and have a chance to get better. We certainly exceeded all those things. Snit, the coaches, the players — they’re the ones who deserve all the credit for the year we put together.”BIG FADEPhiladelphia faltered down the stretch under first-year manager Gabe Kapler. After winning on Aug. 5, the Phillies were 1½ games ahead in the division and 15 games over .500. They have since gone 15-28.“I think this is a really important moment to reflect back to the beginning of the season and really the offseason,” Kapler said. “If we said that we were going to be playing a meaningful game on Sept. 22, I think a lot of people would’ve said that’s not a reasonable thought.“On the flip side, this is ultimately a stain. This hurts, but I’m ultimately proud of the guys for putting us in this position and to be fighting in Atlanta kind of the season on the line today.”ROUGH DAYArrieta lasted 2 1/3 innings in a loss for the Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh in his previous shortest outing Sept. 4, 2017. The Phillies dropped to 14-16 in his starts as Arrieta posted a 6.18 ERA and went 1-4 over his last eight outings.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Aaron Nola (16-5, 2.44 ERA) has won one of his past four starts with a 5.01 ERA this month. Nola is 6-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 10 career starts against Atlanta.Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-6, 3.01 ERA) has won one of his past nine starts and has a 3.02 ERA during that span.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-10
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesChicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell will reportedly remain on administrative leave until the end of the regular season.Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal Andy Pettitte Jersey , Major League Baseball has extended Russell's leave through Sunday as the league continues to investigate accusations of domestic violence made by his ex-wife.Rosenthal noted every previous instance of a player being put on administrative leave has resulted in a suspension without an appeal.Russell's ex-wife,Melisa Reidy-Russell, wrote ablog post on her websiteon Sept. 21 that included multiple allegations of physical and emotional abuse inflicted on her by the Cubs shortstop:"Emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing. Being blamed for just about anything that went wrong, name calling, intimidating me with personal force Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey , manipulating me to think I was the problem, destroying my personal things, threatening me to 'send' meour son home to my parents as if I was privileged to be living in our home."MLBannouncedRussell had been placed on administrative leave on the same day, which can last up to seven days unless the league chooses to extend.In a statement released by the MLB Players Association on Russell's behalf, he denied the allegations made against him:MLBPA Communications MLBPA_NewsThe Major League Baseball Players Association is releasing the following statement on behalf of Addison Russell lQkp8GMdN0Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations , told'sCarrie Muskat and Daniel Kramerthe team knew MLB was still investigating Russell stemming from 2017 allegations made against him:"We were aware the investigation had remained open. I'd been in touch from time to time with the league's investigative body to get updates and let them know we were fully cooperative to bring it to a conclusion. They assured us that it remained open, and they were doing everything they could. Surprised? Yes, certainly."Russell last played in a game on Sept. 19 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harry How/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox capped off a brilliant 2018 season on Sunday night with a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers to claim the ninth World Series title in franchise history.The Red Sox wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in Game 5, as Steve Pearce took Clayton Kershaw deep for a two-run home run in the top of the first.David Freese trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a leadoff home run for the Dodgers, but that was all the offense they could muster as David Price allowed just two more hits over seven innings to pick up his second victory of the series.Solo home runs from Mookie Betts in the sixth, J.D. Martinez in the seventh and another shot from Pearce in the eighth extended the lead to 5-1. Joe Kelly and Chris Sale slammed the door by striking out the side in the eighth and ninth , respectively.It's the fourth World Series title since 2004 for the Red Sox, who won an MLB-best 108 games during the regular season before posting an 11-3 record in October.Here was the scene on the field after Sale struck out Manny Machado for the final out:Boston Red Sox RedSox#DAMAGEDONE X9cLgcylEvSale wasn't his usual dominant self during the postseason as he battled a stomach issue, but the adrenaline was clearly pumping in the ninth, and his slider was absolutely filthy.The World SeriesMVP honors went to Pearce, who went 4-for-12 with a double, three home runs and eight RBI in five games.Boston Red Sox RedSoxM-V-Pearce! M-V-Pearce! M-V-Pearce! 0sNvVrCdbT"You know , baseball is a funny game," Pearce told reporters. "You never know where the game will take you. And I've gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn't be more thankful."The 35-year-old was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on June 28, and he posted an excellent 141 OPS+ with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 50 games with the team.A number of players from the Boston Celtics took to Twitter to congratulate the newly minted champs:Jaylen Brown FCHWPOLETS GOOOO RedSox!!!!!! 馃敟馃敟馃敟馃敟馃敟馃敟#DoDamageMarcus Morris MookMorris2Congrats on the World Series RedSox well deserved!!! Amazing Run!Jayson Tatum jaytatum0mookiebetts my guy!! Congrats bro鈥硷笍Al Horford Al_HorfordChamps!!!!!!!! Congrats RedSox dominated all year and did it in postseason as well. All about the team!!!It was a night to remember for Red Sox fans, and here are some enduring images from the night with the presentation of the Commissioner's Trophy:Boston Red Sox RedSoxRAISE IT. SfSdQngB0JAnd of course, the obligatory champagne celebration in the winning locker room:Boston Red Sox RedSoxAnd now we... POP BOTTLES!!! 馃嵕#DAMAGEDONE B67motpiXgKey pieces such as Craig Kimbrel Michael Saunders Jersey , Nathan Eovaldi andPearce will reach free agency this offseason, so the Red Sox have some work to do from a roster standpoint, but this team is well-positioned to make a serious push to defend their title.For now, the celebration continues.

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By elaine95, 2018-12-10
Miguel Sano will be back with the Minnesota Twins for their weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.Per Fancred's Jon Heyman Jeremy Hellickson Jersey , Sano was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.Sano's promotion comes after Heyman reported the Twins traded Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Twins demoted Sano to the minor leagues on June 14 after he hit .203/.270/.405 with 66 strikeouts in 148 at-bats through 37 games.Sano started his stint in the minors at High-A Fort Myers where his .328/.442/.453 slash line in 19 games earned him a promotion to Triple-A. The 25-year-old posted an .889 OPS in just nine games from July 8-25.Bernie Pleskoffof Clubhouse Corner noted Sano lost 20 pounds during his time with Fort Myers. He showed up to spring training in February weighing a rumored 293 pounds, perPatrick Reusseof theStar-Tribune.Sano has shown prodigious power in the big leagues, including 18 homers in 80 games as a rookie in 2015 and 28 last season to help the Twins claim the second American League wild-card spot.Minnesota enters Friday's game against the Red Sox with a 48-53 record, seven games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. WASHINGTON (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt changed his lineup after arriving at Nationals Park, dropping catcher Yadier Molina from second to sixth.Molina responded with a grand slam, Marcell Ozuna homered twice and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 11-8 on Tuesday night.Molina’s sixth career grand slam provided a cushion for St. Louis , making it 11-5 with two outs in the ninth.“It did work out. We were happy with it,” Shildt said. “Just thinking about different ways as the lineup has looked the last couple of days, maybe lengthening it out, spreading some things out a little bit.”The Cardinals, who occupy the second NL wild card spot, hit five homers overall as they stopped a three-game skid.Right fielder Yairo Munoz robbed Ryan Zimmerman of a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Roberto Alomar Jersey , reaching over the fence and pulling it back into the field of play for a two-run double.Tyson Ross (8-9) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Jordan Hicks got the final out for his sixth save in 11 chances.Ozuna and Paul DeJong homered leading off the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie, and one out later, Patrick Wisdom went deep to make it 7-4.Making his second major league appearance, reliever Austen Williams (0-1) gave up all three of those homers. He allowed none in 68 innings this season in Double-A and Triple-A.“There’s just things that I might be able to do in the minor leagues that I can’t here,” Williams said. “I need to trust my breaking ball more and just try and be better with two strikes if I want to throw a fastball.”The 4-hour, 10-minute game included 16 walks and 20 strikeouts. St. Louis pitchers walked 11.“The walks are concerning. That’s 11 , 10 yesterday and eight the day before,” Shildt said. “It’s actually kind of impressive. … We’ve had a real opportunity to win all the last three games.”Wilmer Difo homered and Bryce Harper had a double and three walks in five plate appearances for the Nationals, who fell one game below .500 after relievers Williams and Solis combined to give up seven runs.“They are going to get an opportunity to pitch, so they got to realize if they want to pitch here they got to get outs,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I can’t keep using the same guys every single day.”Ozuna led off the second with his 17th homer, and Matt Carpenter capped the inning with a two-run single that made it 4-0.Washington rallied in the fifth when Zimmerman led off with a grounder to second that second baseman Munoz misplayed for an error. Harper later drove in two with his bases-loaded double Babe Ruth Jersey , and Trea Turner and Juan Soto drew bases-loaded walks.Erick Fedde allowed four runs in five innings. John Gant of St. Louis allowed three unearned runs in 4 1/3 innings.WALK OUTSt. Louis picked up a first-inning out when Harper walked on a 3-2 pitch with Turner running from first. Despite the walk, catcher Molina threw to Munoz. The Cardinals appealed the play, and upon review Turner was called out. Though entitled to second base via Harper’s walk, Turner slid past the bag and was tagged out.ROSTER MOVESThe Nationals recalled a top prospect, OF Victor Robles, from Triple-A Syracuse along with INF Adrian Sanchez and RHP Austin Voth and selected the contract of RHP Kyle McGowin from Syracuse. Robles flied out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Washington reinstated Fedde and RHP Joe Ross from the 60-day disabled list and activated LHP Tommy Milone from the 10-day DL. Milone was then assigned outright to Syracuse.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: Manager Mike Shildt said 2B Kolten Wong (left hamstring strain) will be activated Wednesday.Nationals: LHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) will throw another simulated game Wednesday. “His (velocity) was a little down in the last one so we just want to make sure he’s not tinkering with his mechanics or anything like that ,” Martinez said. … RHP Jefry Rodriguez will move to the bullpen to limit his innings and Ross will start Friday against the Cubs.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (13-4, 2.96 ERA), who was originally listed as Tuesday’s starter, will instead go in Wednesday’s finale. He gave up four runs in seven innings to Washington on Aug. 13.Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (8-14, 2.96 ERA) makes the second home start of his career against the Cardinals.
The San Francisco Giants announced Monday Bobby Evans will no longer be the team's general manager.San Francisco Giants SFGiantsOFFICIAL: Senior Vice President amp;amp; General Manager Bobby Evans will step down from his general manager duties , effective immediately.#SFGiants jpaQwXf2TaHenry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.Giants CEO Larry Baer said the team expects Bruce Bochy to return for the 2019 season, according to Schulman.Since he is signed through 2019, the team plans to offer Evans another job within the organization, but he will also be free to seek employment elsewhere.San Francisco entered Monday with a 72-84 record, the fourth-worst in the National League.Evans has been with the Giants since 1994 but moved to the GM role in 2015 after Brian Sabean was promoted to executive vice president.While the team won three World Series titles in five seasons from 2010 to '14, things have gone south over the past four years.The squad has a 307-335 record in this stretch, with just one playoff appearance that ended with a National League Division Series loss in 2016. The 68-94 record from 2017 represented the Giants' worst season in over 30 years.While San Francisco dealt with a plethora of injuries over the past two years with Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto and others missing significant time, there was not enough depth to overcome these losses to find success on the field.Bob Nightengale of USA Today noted the Giants will try to replace Evans with two different hires:Bob Nightengale BNightengaleThe #SFGiants planing to hire twopeople for front office with Bobby Evans out: a Vice President of baseball operations and a GeneralManager. The Giants will be flooded with applicantsAlthough the team said it will immediately conduct a search for the next GM, there are conflicting reports about a potential top candidate.According to Nightengale, former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is the current favorite to take the job in San Francisco. However Eddie Rosario Jersey , Schulman reported that Colletti will not be taking the job. MIAMI — The second-place Philadelphia Phillies, who lost a chance on Monday to gain a game on the division-leading Atlanta Braves, will take another shot on Tuesday.The Phillies, who play in the National League East, lost 3-1 to the last-place Miami Marlins on Monday. The Braves lost 8-2 to the Boston Red Sox, which meant that Atlanta’s lead in the division remains at four games.On Tuesday, the Phillies will try to snap a three-game losing streak, turning to Jake Arrieta (9-9, 3.54 ERA).Article continues below ...Arrieta, who signed a three-year, $75 million contract in March, won a National League Cy Young Award in 2015 and a World Series with the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He was signed to give the Phillies quality pitching as well as veteran leadership.Lately Robbie Grossman Jersey , though, Arrieta has struggled, going 0-3 with a 6.30 ERA in his past four starts. He has allowed eight earned runs in his past nine innings, including four homers.He hasn’t been that great against the lowly Marlins this season, either, going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts.Arrieta, 32, will be matched against 25-year-old rookie right-hander Trevor Richards, who doesn’t throw particularly hard but has struck out 103 batters in 101 1/3 innings, mostly because of his effective changeup.Overall this season, Richards is 3-7 with a 4.26 ERA. But in his past seven starts, he has a 3.49 ERA.On paper , Arrieta should get the better of Richards, especially since Miami’s lineup is full of inexperienced players.For example, the outfielders employed by Miami on Monday were rookie Austin Dean in left, rookie Lewis Brinson in center and right fielder Rafael Ortega, who has just 90 games of major-league experience.Brinson, hitting just .196 this year, may be starting to turn a corner. He has five hits in his past three games and went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI on Monday.“It feels good,” said Brinson, who was sidelined by injuries this year and also spent 14 games in the minors after a brutal batting slump. “I’ve had time to think about some stuff. I’ve had time to work on some stuff. It’s nice to contribute.”Brinson also said he feels more “relaxed” now at the plate.“I got my mind right,” said Brinson, 24, who flashed his potential last year when he hit .331 with 13 homers and a .962 OPS in 76 Triple-A games for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. “I want to have a good September and finish the season strong.”The Phillies Logan Morrison Jersey , meanwhile, need to have a strong September or they will be finished in the drive for the postseason.Other than an upper-deck, solo home run by Asdrubal Cabrera, the Phillies were quiet on Monday, failing to get to Marlins starter Jose Urena or the two relievers who followed him.To make matters worse, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who had carried the offense for the better part of six weeks this summer, sat out Monday’s game with a sore right wrist that has bothered him for about one week. He has missed four of the past six games since he got jammed on an inside pitch.“I was playing with the injury, but the past couple of days it has bothered me a lot,” Franco told “It’s tough because I try to do everything I can to help the team. I’m trying to be available as soon as I can.”Franco, who is just 2-for-25 since Aug. 24, said it’s unlikely he will play Tuesday. The Phillies need the performance that Franco showed before this slump Tim Tebow Jersey , when he hit .323 with 12 homers in 53 games.Cabrera replaced Franco at third base on Monday, and left fielder Rhys Hoskins, who leads the Phillies with 27 homers and 83 RBIs, was also given a rare start off. He flew out as a pinch-hitter and will be in Tuesday’s lineup, according to Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.Hoskins had started every game since June 9.“We’ve really ridden Rhys hard,” Kapler told “We may not give him another off day for the rest of the season.”
Beyond leading Martinez in batting average , Betts also has him beat in on-base percentage (.432 to .400), OPS (1.057 to 1.029) andOPS+ (179 to 174).There's no contest in the baserunning or defense departments. Betts has 28 stolen bases to Martinez's five, and he's one of the AL's most valuable overall baserunners. He's also second among AL outfielders with 21 defensive runs saved.Because Baseball Writers' Association of America voters aren't given a "clear-cut definition of what Most Valuable means," MVP debates don't stop at the WAR rankings.Hence why there are also cases for Mike Trout, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Alex Bregman, Khris Davis and Matt Chapman in addition to Betts and Martinez.And yet, both WAR and the Vegas odds point to Betts as the man to beat.Perhaps things would be different if there were an outcry for BBWAA members to subscribe to logic that Martinez must be named the MVP if he earns the Triple Crown. But if it even exists, such an outcry is difficult to hear.Which brings us to the other inevitable part of this article: My, how things have changed since 2012.Paul Sancya/Associated PressThe AL MVP battle between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout six years ago had the same basic setup as this year's Martinez vs. Betts battle, but it inspired completely different arguments.Cabrera was the guy chasing the Triple Crown who succeeded with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBI. Trout, meanwhile, was a sabermetrician's platonic ideal of a baseball player. He slashed .326/.399/.564 with 30 homers, 49 steals, 19DRS and 10.5 WAR to Cabrera's 7.1.Cabrera winning the AL MVP in a landslide, however, was reflective of the logic of the day. Although his backers also brought up the Detroit Tigers' playoff berth, the Triple Crown was the main draw."I think [Cabrera and Trout are] both fantastic players , tremendous players, both of them," Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that October, "but if Cabrera wins the Triple Crown, he has to be the MVP, absolutely."Mind you, the notion that a Triple Crown must equal an MVP wasn't historically accurate. That didn't work for Chuck Klein in 1933. Nor for Lou Gehrig in 1934. Nor for Ted Williams in 1942 or 1947.Still, that didn't stop HISTORY from assuming an all-caps role in the matter. This was the Triple Crown, after all. Its roots as the ultimate measure of hitting excellence went deep. To boot, Cabrera was the first to wear it since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.In the face of all this, Trout's supporters tried to push that he'd actually been a better hitter than Cabrera (true), as well as more clutch (also true) and generally more of an impactful player (see above). Coupled with how his Los Angeles Angels actually won more games than Cabrera's Tigers, his MVP case should have been hard to deny.However, making those claims required pointing to statistics that hadn't yet broken into the mainstream. Writers and fans reacted accordingly. WAR, especially, was either dismissed as "obscure" or mocked via repurposed Edwin Starr lyrics.But if nothing else, the Cabrera vs. Trout debate broke down the wall that stood between new-school statistics and the mainstream. And rather than being forced back out, their role in the argument has only increased in the ensuing years.WAR, in particular, is now referenced on baseball cards and in TV broadcasts. Heck , it even appears on stadium scoreboards. Those same scoreboards are also bound to reference all manner of Statcast data, which has completely revolutionized (read: "geek-ified") how baseball is discussed over the last four years.In an environment such as this, Martinez simply can't be granted the same kind of treatment that Cabrera got back in 2012. To do so would be to engage in blatantly out-of-touch behavior.This is not to suggest that Martinez has no shot at winning the AL MVP. His numbers are damn impressive,'sMike Lupicaand The Athletic'sKen Rosenthalhave (rightly) opined that his transcendent effect on the Red Sox lineup can't be ignored.Regardless, 2018 will succeed in doing something that should have been done back in 2012: It will render the Triple Crown from a supreme achievement to a mere oddity. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs. BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the “106” went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.Scoreboards flashed “106 Wins.” Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself.“You think about all the history of the game and the history of this franchise,” Boston manager Alex Cora said after the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 on Monday night to earn their record 106th victory and clinch home-field advantage through the postseason.“To be part of this, I can’t even explain it. We should call timeout and enjoy this one,” said Cora, who is in his first year as manager. “We know what we want to do in October, but this one … for us to do it is amazing.”Mookie Betts had a pair of hits to leave his major league-best batting average at .343, and Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in the major leagues this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far.For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and (most likely) Oakland.“I know how it gets here in the playoffs,” said Cora, who played on the team from 2006-08 and was a bench coach with the Astros when they beat Boston in the divisional round last year. “It’s a special place, and it’s a tough place for the visitors in the postseason.”The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.PEP TALKSCora said he spoke to the team after the game, and so did injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the longest-tenured member of the team.“Enjoy it,'” Betts recalled Cora saying. “We’ve got a great group of guys, a special group of guys. Finish out strong before the playoffs start.”LOSING SIDEThe Orioles (45-111) matched the franchise record for defeats set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns , who went 43-111. They became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60½ games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It’s the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.HOW THEY SCOREDBoston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts’ two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts, a new career high.Betts also singled and scored in Boston’s two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.FOR STARTERSSix days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but throwing a pair of wild pitches.Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. “I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don’t know when,” Showalter said.Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night’s game. … INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.UP NEXTLHP David Price (15-7) tries to bounce back from a rough start in Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series in what could be his last start of the regular season. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2) will start for Baltimore

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By elaine95, 2018-12-10
OAKLAND Matt Duffy Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics surprised most everyone but themselves.A young team that gained momentum with a strong September a year ago slugged its way right into the playoffs and onto the national radar by hanging tough in the difficult AL West this season.Still, it all ended with the same result: a playoff defeat in an elimination game. After a 97-65 regular season, Oakland lost the wild-card game 7-2 to New York on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.“Unless you play the last game, it’s disappointing,” manager Bob Melvin said. “So I think when you reflect back and look where we started the year, you know kind of where we came from, it ends up being a good year but it doesn’t feel good right now.”Khris Davis and the A’s rallied all year long to reach the postseason for the first time since 2014 following consecutive last-place division finishes.Davis led the majors with 48 home runs, his third straight 40-homer season.A sensational second-half surge made the difference. The A’s trailed the Mariners by 11 games in the wild-card race on June 15.“If you told us at the beginning of the year we’d have 97 wins at the end of the year and we have about five guys with career years and had an opportunity to be in a wild-card game against a team with a hundred wins, I think we’d all take that,” closer Blake Treinen said.The A’s believed from the start they could do this , even with an opening-day payroll of $66,039,675 that ranked lowest in the American League and second-lowest in baseball ahead of the Phillies.Then they captured the country’s attention — and opponents took notice, too — with a team with a knack for late-game rallies.Led by Davis and all his power-hitting sidekicks like Matt Chapman and Matt Olson, the A’s overcame losing key starters from their rotation down the stretch. That included left-hander Sean Manaea, who pitched a no-hitter on April 21 against Boston then had arthroscopic shoulder surgery last month.“It’s pretty hard but I’m not disappointed at all,” Davis said. “I think we showed some people we can do some things and I think next year, we’re a little bit more of a threat. I hope we can just continue this and build on it.”With his starting staff slim, Melvin recently turned to using an “opener” for an inning before going with another pitcher as a long man, and most everything he tried worked beautifully.Here are some things to take from the A’s year:DAVIS DELIVERS: Davis earned that hefty raise he received last offseason of $10.5 million Chris Archer Jersey , more than doubling his salary after he beat the team in arbitration the previous winter.The 30-year-old Davis had career highs in home runs and with 123 RBIs. He joined Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 as the only players in A’s history with three straight 40-homer seasons.PISCOTTY’S TRIUMPH: Newcomers such as Stephen Piscotty carried the load in a career year — and for him after dealing with the heartbreak of losing his mother, Gretchen, in May to ALS.Piscotty, acquired from the Cardinals last December, batted .267 and had eight of his 27 home runs and 25 of his 88 RBIs in 25 September games.COMEBACK KIDS: After dropping so far back of the Mariners in mid-June, the A’s answered by going 63-29 from June 16 through the rest of the season. It was the best record during that stretch in baseball — ahead of Boston’s 60-31.Oakland also went a majors-best 31-14 in one-run games and had 10 walkoff victories.TREINEN SHINES: Treinen, who knew of him before this season started?Then the unassuming closer went 9-2, saved 38 games, finished with a career-low 0.78 ERA and career-high 100 strikeouts. He didn’t allow an earned run over his last 15 outings.The right-hander is the first pitcher to finish with at least 30 saves, an ERA below 1.00 and 100 strikeouts.OCTOBER TROUBLE: Oakland has lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series. The A’s are also 1-14 in potential clinchers since 2000. They reached the AL Championship Series in 2006 Kevin Kiermaier Jersey , the lone time since 2000 the club has advanced past the first round of the playoffs.Since losing in the ’14 wild-card game to the eventual AL champion Royals 9-8 in 12 innings, low-budget Oakland had won just 68, 69 and 75 games the past three seasons. This year, the A’s shined while still playing at the rundown Oakland Coliseum they share with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.This was considered a significant step to getting back to the big October stage. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay reached its high-water mark of 2018 by just putting the ball in play.A throwing error on Kevin Kiermaier’s bases-loaded grounder in the bottom of the ninth inning helped the Rays complete their first season sweep of an American League opponent with a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.“A win is a win,” Kiermaier said. “We’ll take it any way possible.”Tampa Bay swept the four-game series and finished 7-0 against the lowly Royals this year. The only other season sweep in team history that included multiple series was a four-game wipeout of the Marlins in 2013.Jake Bauers drew a leadoff walk from Brian Flynn (4-4) in the ninth and went to third on C.J. Cron’s single.After Joey Wendle grounded out and Willy Adames was intentionally walked to load the bases, Kiermaier grounded a 3-2 pitch to first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, who made a wild toss to the plate.“We always say, ‘Put the pressure on the defense,'” Kiermaier explained. “Anytime you put the ball in play , you at least give yourself a chance.”Sergio Romo (3-3) worked a perfect ninth and the Rays improved to a season-high six games over .500 (67-61) with their fifth consecutive victory. It is Tampa Bay’s sixth winning streak of at least five games this year.Kansas City, which has lost five in a row and 17 of 21, fell a franchise-record 52 games under .500 at 38-90 and was eliminated from the playoff race.“We wanted to salvage one at the end of the series,” Flynn said. “You don’t want to be the guy that comes in here and gives that one up.”The Rays tied it at 3 when Matt Duffy scored from second on bad throw to first by second baseman Whit Merrifield on a potential double-play grounder hit by Cron.Tampa Bay appeared to go up 4-3 later in the seventh on Kiermaier’s grounder, but the run was taken away after a replay review determined Adames made an illegal slide at second base. The call was changed to an inning-ending double play.“There were a lot of odd things that took place in that game,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.Alex Gordon had an RBI single in a two-run fifth against Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow that put the Royals ahead 3-2.Adames hit a run-scoring infield single against Danny Duffy during a two-run third.Duffy, making his first start in 12 days due to a left shoulder injury, allowed two runs and six hits over five innings.“The last start I felt really bad,” Duffy said. “This start I felt really good.”Lucas Duda drove in a run with a first-inning single and had a potential two-run extra-base hit taken away with two outs in the third on a leaping catch by Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez.Glasnow allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out eight.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: INF Adalberto Mondesi (hamstring) was out of the lineup. … RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique) will throw a simulated game Friday. … OF Jorge Bonifacio (lower back stiffness) missed his third straight game.Rays: OF Tommy Pham (dislocated right ring finger) felt soreness hitting off a tee but could play this weekend.ROAD TRIPFormer Royals George Brett Wade Boggs Jersey , Mike Sweeney, Bret Saberhagan and Reggie Sanders will visit U.S. troops at four locations in the Middle East next month as part of a USO trip. The group will watch a Sept. 11 telecast with members of the Missouri National Guard’s 35th Combat Aviation Brigade.NUMBERS GAMEMerrifield had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. … Rays LF Mallex Smith went 3 for 5 and has multiple hits in seven of his last eight games. … The Royals have been swept 15 times this season. . Tampa Bay has played 52 one-run games, most in the majors. The Rays are 24-28 in those games.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Brad Keller (6-5) will face Cleveland RHP Mike Clevinger (9-7) on Friday night.Rays: Will go with a bullpen day, including LHP Jalen Beeks (2-1), against Boston RHP Hector Velazquez (7-1) on Friday night.
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