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von officialsbaseball 15.11.2018 03:44

It took a historic marathon of a National League Wild Card Game Kent Tekulve Jersey , but the Colorado Rockies' dreams of a first World Series title are still alive.Colorado defeated the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, in a 13-inning showdown Tuesday at Wrigley Field. It was the longest win-or-go-home playoff game in MLB history, and it prevented the Cubs from reaching their fourth straight National League Championship Series.Tony Wolters, who did not start the game, delivered the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 13th, and Scott Oberg closed the door on the North Siders in the bottom of the frame. Rockies Bats Must Find Road Magic for World Series RunColorado's offensive struggles on the road were a primary talking point entering the playoffs, for good reason.According,the Rockies led MLB in OPS at home but were an ugly 27thawayfrom Coors Field. Those issues were on full display during Monday's National League West tiebreaker loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers,as they didn't score until the ninth inning, and they looked to rear their ugly head again Tuesday when Nolan Arenado's sacrifice fly in the first inning was their only run until the 13th.However, October often comes down to unexpected heroes, as Colorado can now attest.ESPN espnBIGGEST HIT OF HIS CAREER!Tony Wolters comes up CLUTCH to give the Rockies the lead. Za9rxVoWyTJeff Passan JeffPassanOf course its the Rockies third catcher who gives them the lead. Tony Wolters, two-strike single, Rockies up 2-1.With two outs and nobody on base, Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra singled before Wolters drove home the winner. While Story is a notable name, Parra and Wolters were not exactly the expected heroes in a lineup featuring Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Carlos Gonzalez and Ian Desmond.The Rockies will need that type of October magic to deliver a championship to Colorado. Otherwise, their pitchers will need to be brilliant, like starter Kyle Freeland was against the Cubs with 6.2 scoreless innings and six strikeouts.The Rockies' road issues aren't going to disappear overnight , but a timely hit in clutch moments can be the difference between an early exit and a deep postseason run.Toothless Cubs Must Find Offensive Answers Next SeasonJon Lester deserved better.The three-time World Series champion entered Tuesday's contest with a 2.55 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 25 playoff appearances, and he threw another masterpiece, allowing one run, four hits and one walk while striking out nine in six brilliant innings. He was the emotional leader for the team, consistently imploring the offense and crowd to deliver.James Neveau JamesNeveauJon Lester is on the Mount Rushmore of Chicago free agent signings and I will hear no protest on the matter.Sahadev Sharma sahadevsharmaWhat a great performance by Lester. Sure, he was a little lucky with some hard contact finding gloves, but man, 9 Ks, just 1 walk and 1 run allowed in six strong. Thats usually enough to win a game. Usually... Happ is going to pinch-hit for him. Impressive performance.It was all for naught, as one of the worst offenses in baseball over the final month put up one measly run.Chicago ranked 24th in OPS in September,, which is a primary reason the Milwaukee Brewers caught them and won the National League Central. There was also a power outage on the North Side, as an offense that was third in the National League in homers in 2017 was a mere 11th this year.Javier Baez鈥攊n a fitting metaphor for a season in which he carried Chicago's offense on his back for extended stretches鈥攄elivered a game-tying double in the eighth, but that was the Cubs' only run.Jason Patt Bulls_JayTheo is probably writing up a $500M contract for Bryce Harper in his suite right now.The offense on display in the most important games of the year will not cut it for a win-now team with a number of core pieces still in place. The Cubs must find offensive answers this offseason, whether it is signing Bryce Harper, changing some of the coaching staff, adding lower-profile but impactful bats or rehabbing Kris Bryant after he dealt with injuries throughout the season.Otherwise, they won't be World Series contenders in 2019.Brewers Bullpen vs. Rockies Starters Will Determine NLDSThe battle within the battle in the Division Series between the Rockies and Brewers will be which team can beat the other's strength.Milwaukee can build an early lead with Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and the rest of the offense and then drastically shorten contests with a dominant bullpen featuring the likes of Josh Hader, Joakim Soria, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress. All manager Craig Counsell needs is four or five effective innings from the starters, and the bullpen can do the rest.That was the blueprint the Brewers used to beat the Cubs in Monday's divisional tiebreaker game when Jhoulys Chacin allowed one run in 5.2 innings before the bullpen slammed the door.On the other side Dave Parker Jersey , Freeland and German Marquez form a daunting one-two punch of starting pitchers who can dictate the series with three starts between them. Freeland's prowess was on full display at Wrigley, while Marquez wasnamedNational League Pitcher of the Month in September with a 2.14 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 33.2 innings.Jeff Passan JeffPassanKyle Freeland is a boss. The pitch after David Dahls egregious not-an-error-but-totally-was-an-error in right field, Freeland induces a double-play groundball from Anthony Rizzo to escape a jam. Hes at just 71 pitches through six shutout innings. Rockies still lead, 1-0.Jerry Crasnick jcrasnickHow impressive is Kyle Freeland? Kid has no pulse.Joel Sherman Joelsherman1Jon Lester was terrific as usual in October. But he is a familiar face. It is good for baseball that the past 2 days those who do not pay deep attention during the season have gotten introduced to Walker Buehler and Kyle Freeland. #Dodgers #Rockies #TheFutureThe Brewers have plenty of potent bats, but Marquez and Freeland are talented enough to take over the short series and send the NL Central champions home quickly.Colorado knows it has to get to Milwaukee's starters early before the bullpen, while the Brewers have to battle the Rockies' one-two punch and force the bullpen to throw plenty of innings.Game on.What's Next?The Rockies turn their attention toward a National League Division Series showdown with the Brewers. The best-of-five series starts Thursday in Milwaukee. PHOENIX — For the second time in a month, Arizona right-hander Zack Godley did not appear comfortable fielding his position in a loss to Seattle on Friday, the one blip in what is shaping up as a career year.Godley made a wild throw past third base when Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon attempted a delayed steal of third, and enabling Gordon to score the first run of a four-run third inning in a 6-3 victory.Godley, who has a career-high 13 victories and is on target to set a handful of other personal records this season, threw past first base on a come-backer against Colorado last month and later that game opted not to attempt a pickoff throw when a runner broke for second.Article continues below ...It has caught the Diamondbacks‘ attention as the stretch drive begins.“These are a couple of situations that have popped up on him,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged. “What happens now, this is a smart league.“Teams are going to start to lock in on what happened in Arizona here tonight and perhaps take another poke at it. We have to figure out a way to make that not happen. There are a lot of things we can do to help. If it is a limitation, and it is certainly pointing in that direction, or it could be, we can’t ignore it. We are going to figure out the best solution.”The Diamondbacks lost to Seattle 4-2 in 10 innings in the second game of the series between playoff contenders Saturday and fell into a tie with Colorado for first place in the NL West.They will send right-hander Zack Greinke (12-8, 3.06) to oppose Mariners right-hander Mike Leake (8-7, 3.90) in the rubber final game Sunday.The Mariners won their first series since sweeping four in Houston from Aug. 9-12, helped by another homer from Mitch Haniger, who has two in the series and a career-high 22 this season.“I think it is going to be a fight,” Haniger said of the AL West race. “We have a really good team here, and I think we are getting hot at the right time.”Greinke is 0-3 in his last four starts Josh Harrison Jersey , breaking a seven-game winning streak, although the Diamondbacks offensive support has been complicit in the recent slump. Three of his last four starts were quality starts, but the offense scored only seven runs in those four when he was on the mound.Still, Greinke is one of three double-digit winners on the D-backs’ staff (only Colorado has as many) and ranks seventh in the league in ERA. He is fifth in the NL with 165 strikeouts and sixth with a 1.05 WHIP.“I know Patrick (Corbin) has had a great year as well, but Zack has been the main guy for all of us to jump on board with him,” Lovullo said. “It starts with fastball command. It starts with a game plan, attacking zones. Preparation. Any time he starts a game, we know we are in the game.”Greinke’s strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.1:1 is third in the league behind Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom. Greinke has made 16 quality starts, tied for fifth in the league.Leake, who was courted by the Diamondbacks in the same offseason they signed Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million contract, missed his last scheduled start because of an illness.He has not pitched since his best and perhaps most important outing to date, a no-decision in a 2-0, 12-inning victory at Oakland on Aug. 15 in which he gave up two hits and struck out six.“He’s been one of most consistent guys, going out there and doing his thing,” Servais said. “He does it a little bit different every time out. When he is right, he has a good sinker and the ball is on the ground the lot. He throws a ton of strikes.“We missed him with the illness. Not having him in there hurt, but glad to have him back. It’s been a really good season for him.”Leake, who helped nearby Arizona State to the College World Series in 2009, leads the AL with 164 hits allowed but his ERA is the lowest it has been since mid-April. He is 5-3 with a 4.96 ERA in 11 career starts against the Diamondbacks, one in each of the last two seasons while with St. Louis.

von officialsbaseball 15.11.2018 03:22

The NLCS comes down to Saturday's Game 7.The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers are tied at three games apiece after the Brewers controlled Game 6 at Miller Park Friday.Craig Counsell's team not only came out victorious in Game 6 Javier Baez Jersey , it set itself up for success in Game 7 by not using Josh Hader.Los Angeles enters with more experience, and it has won four straight winner-takes-all games on the road, per ESPN Stats and Info.Saturday's winner earns a trip to Fenway Park for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. NLCS Game 7 ScheduleStart Time:8:09 p.m. ETTV:FS1Live Stream:Fox Sports Go or Fox Sports app Odds (via OddsShark)Los Angeles (-110; Bet $110 to win $100)Milwaukee (-108) Hader Set to Throw Multiple Innings, Close out Series for MilwaukeeMilwaukee couldn't have asked to be in a better position for Game 7.Since they were able to post insurance runs in the seventh and eighth inning of Game 6, the Brewers didn't have to use Josh Hader to close out the game.With Hader rested, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell could call on the dominant left-hander to throw as many as three or four innings in relief once Jhoulys Chacin is done on the mound.Matt Slocum/Associated PressThe length of Chacin's start will dictate when Counsell decides to unleash a rested Hader on the Los Angeles lineup.Chacin, who hasn't given up a run in the postseason, lasted 5.1 innings in the Game 3 win at Dodger Stadium.If Chacin goes a similar distance Saturday, Counsell can use Hader for three innings for the second time in the NLCS before handing the ball over to Corey Knebel to close out the series in the ninth inning.Of course, the ideal strategy could get thrown out the window if Chacin concedes a few early runs, which would cause Counsell to have an early trigger and figure out when to mix in Hader.Regardless of what happens in the first five innings, possessing a fresh Hader is what the Brewers want, and the southpaw has already shown he's capable of thriving in that situation.In Game 1, Hader entered in the fifth and tossed three scoreless innings before giving way to Xavier Cedeno.Dodgers Need More Production out of Middle of OrderThe Los Angeles bats went quiet at the worst possible time in Game 6, as the Dodgers recorded five hits.To make matters worse, the heart of the Dodgers order produced two hits, with one each from Justin Turner and Chris Taylor.Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger combined to go 0-for-8 with three strikeouts and four runners left on base from the No. 4 and No. 5 positions in the order.Charlie Riedel/Associated PressThe future doesn't look bright for the Dodgers, as Chacin held them to three hits in Game 3, two of which came in the second inning.If the Dodgers are able to string two or more hits together off Chacin early in the contest, they must be able to take advantage of the scoring opportunities.That starts with Justin Turner getting on base from the No. 3 hole Kyle Schwarber Jersey , which forces Chacin to pitch to Machado in the cleanup spot.If both Turner and Machado get on base, Bellinger and Yasiel Puig are waiting to drive them in, but if the No. 5 and No. 6 hitters aren't able to produce at the plate, the rally could end at the pitcher's spot in the lineup.Even when Chacin exits the game, the Dodgers have to focus on capitalizing on scoring opportunities since there might not be many if Milwaukee dominates the game on the mound.However, all it takes is for one player to come through with a clutch hit to make the difference in a series that has experienced three one-run games and should feature a fourth Saturday night.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference. BOSTON 鈥?Dave Roberts kept his head down and walked with purpose. The Dodgers manager, still in full uniform, weaved through the concourse behind home plate, escorted by an MLB representative toward the press conference room. Normally, managers don't need to deal with the mob of fans after games, let alone during the World Series. But Fenway Park opened up the week the Titanic sank and is 106 going on a trillion years old and isn't outfitted with secret tunnels like Staples Center.Several Dodgers fans, stuck in a human traffic jam, unhappy with their Game 1 loss, spotted the skipper and did something most fans never get the opportunity to do: express their displeasure with their team's performance directly to the man in charge."Roberts, you suck!" one Dodgers fan yelled as Roberts scooted past and briskly walked toward the Red Sox clubhouse door, which leads to Fenway's press conference room. Some Red Sox fans smiled.Roberts already never needed to pay for any meal in Boston again, but his managerial decisions in the first two games of the World Series have frozen that status in carbonite for all of the wrong reasons and have put Los Angeles in desperation mode. The puzzling decisions have begun to pile up, and fingers are beginning to point directly at the man at the head of the Dodgers dugout.Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu held things together on Wednesday until the fifth inning, when he loaded the bases with two outs , and Roberts faced a choice. Do you bring Ryan Madson, who struggled in Game 1, or someone like Pedro Baez, who overwhelmed the Red Sox lineup Tuesday?Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe third-year Dodgers manager turned to Madson, only to see his reliever walk Steve Pearce on five pitches to tie up the game before allowing a two-RBI single to J.D. Martinez to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead that Boston would not relinquish鈥攖his, just one night after a Madson wild pitch set up the Red Sox to take the lead in the fifth inning of Game 1. He later gave up a hard RBI single to Rafael Devers to make it 5-3 Red Sox.So far in the World Series, Dodgers starters have failed to make it through the fifth inning."Madson has been our guy for quite some time and he's pitched in some big spots," Roberts said. "The usage, I wasn't concerned about. He's fresh. He didn't throw too many pitches yesterday. Had a couple days off coming into this series. That part of it was easy and I liked him against Pearce. He's done it time and time again, and the last few times, it hasn't worked out."The questionable pitching changes are already beginning to accumulate. All of this came after a Game 1 in which Roberts decided to take out Baez, who had struck out two Red Sox hitters handily, and bring in lefty Alex Wood to face the left-handed hittingDevers.This despite the fact that Baez has been tougher on lefties (.164/.310/.299) than righties (.246/.291/.380) this season and after Wednesday has not allowed a hit against lefties in 32 consecutive at-bats.In response, Red Sox manager Alex Cora sidestepped, bringing in Eduardo Nunez, who hit a three-run homer that clinched an 8-4 series-opening victory for Boston."Whether they were going to hit Devers with a lead or go to the bench and go with Nunez, I still liked Alex in that spot," Roberts said after Game 1.Roberts' calamitous pitching changes in the first two games have all but buried the Dodgers' chances of winning their first World Series since 1988. The pressure avalanches onto the Dodgers as this series swings over from the frigid New England winds to the Los Angeles sun. And for as much as Roberts has hurt the Dodgers' chances, Cora has bolstered Boston's odds of raising its ninth championship trophy.Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesCora's success in the World Series isn't an anomaly. Throughout the regular season, the first-year manager stuck with his players through slumps Kris Bryant Jersey , building trust in the process. The ability to build relationships facilitated Cora's flexibility in Games 1 and 2, when he started Devers over Nunez at third base despite precedent suggesting the latter would start against lefties.The move paid off big time in the series opener; despite starting on the bench, Nunez stayed ready and came through with the biggest hit of his career. This after Devers himself had already reached base two of three times and drove in a run."He's the reason we're here," Nunez said. "Every move we make, there's a reason. And it's a good reason every time he makes a move.""He's in everybody's corner from day one," said outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. "He's a great communicator. He's a guy we all gravitate toward. He can get down to our level and be one of the guys, but at the end of the day, we ultimately know he's the leader."The reasoning behind some of Roberts' moves has been much less clear. And now with his team down two games and headed back home, Roberts will have less than 48 hours to figure out where things need to change for the Dodgers to ensure an opportunity to return back to Fenway Park for a Game 6. A lot will need to go right for Los Angeles to lock in that return flight to Logan Airport, and the Dodgers know it."You can find out a lot about yourself when your backs are against the wall," said first baseman David Freese. "That's not necessarily a good saying 'cause teams with their backs up against the wall don't necessarily end up winning. But our backs are up against the wall."A reporter points out to Freese that most teams in the Dodgers' position, down 2-0 in a playoff series after losing the first two games on the road, don't come back. Since 1985, the 2004 Boston Red Sox are the only team to come back to win a best-of-seven playoff series after losing the first two games on the road. Freese takes a second to pause to ponder his team's new reality."For sure, but some have, right? Right?" Freese asks. He musters a chuckle. "Correct?"For the Dodgers to have any chance of joining that small list, Freese's manager鈥攚ho surely remembers what it takes from being on that 2004 Red Sox team鈥攚ill have to put an end to his many mistakes.

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Mark Brown/Getty ImagesThe 2018-19 MLB offseason is on as clubs race through preparations for the opening of free agency and the executive meetings that follow.Teams have already started work on the internal front , deciding on in-house items like qualifying offers and contract options. That will make it easier to look outside the organization, as each franchise gets a better feel for what it possesses and which puzzle pieces are still missing.Let's get to the latest rumors below.Astros, Dodgers Options for J.T. Realmuto?If All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto gets his wish, he won't spend the 2019 season with the rebuilding Miami Marlins.His agent, Jeff Berry, recently said on MLB Network Radio that Realmuto has already informed the Marlins he will not sign an extension with them:MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM MLBNetworkRadioJ.T. Realmutos agent, Jeff Berry, says his client has told the #Marlins, quot;hes not going to sign an extension in Miami.quot; Berry also expects Realmuto to be traded before Spring Training. #JuntosMiami 1WiRU1biNw"It makes sense, when you have one of the more valuable trade assets in baseball, to move him. Period," Berry said.It's debatable if the Marlins feel the same way鈥攖hey sound like they want to keep him鈥攂ut it's also obvious that if Miami planned to move him, it wouldn't have a hard time finding interested suitors.Multiple executives mentioned the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers as potential players in the Realmuto trade market, per Joel Sherman of theNew York Post.The Washington Nationals pursued Realmuto at the trade deadline, per's Joe Frisaro Lance McCullers Jersey , as did the Atlanta Braves, per's Mark Bowman.Realmuto has emerged as either the best catcher in baseball or one of the position's elites. He made his first All-Star appearance in 2018, finishing the campaign with career highs in home runs (21), RBI (74), runs (74) and OPS (.825) over 125 games. He's also more athletic than the traditional backstop and has a 12-steal season in his recent past (2016).Adding to his appeal鈥攂oth to the Marlins and myriad trade suitors鈥攈e's only 27 years old and under club control through 2020. If Miami does deal him, expect it to ask for the moon in return.Mets Out on Harper, Machado?The New York Mets were abysmal on offense this past season. They had to be in order for Jacob deGrom to manage only a 10-9 record despite posting a ridiculous 1.70 ERA across 217 innings.No team hit for a worse average than New York's .234. Only six clubs scored fewer runs than the Mets' 676鈥攅xactly 200 back of first place鈥攁nd their 170 runs also fell in the bottom third (21st).You might assume, then, they'd be tripping over themselves to rush out in pursuit of a free-agent offensive juggernaut like Bryce Harper (34 homers, 100 RBI) or Manny Machado (37 homers, 107 RBI). But the biggest boppers on the market might cost a lot more than New York has to spend."Industry sources said they do not expect them to be in the race for the top two players on the market this winter," Kristie Ackert reported for theNew York Daily News.As Ackert relayed, the Mets spent just over $150 million on last year's team and have roughly $144 million already tied up in next year's. Even if New York could rummage through enough couch cushions to find the coin needed to chase Harper or Machado, it's probably better off spreading its money around to cover multiple holes.The back of the bullpen has an obvious void after the team traded away Jeurys Familia. As for the offense, the Mets could look to add a catcher , center fielder and perhaps a second basemen.Adrian Beltre Undecided on Playing in 2019, Will Have Options If He DoesAdrian Beltre has nothing left to prove on the baseball field.The 39-year-old has six top-10 MVP finishes, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and four All-Star selections. He launched 30-plus home runs five different times and had another five campaigns with triple-digit RBI.He could walk away now and go down as an all-time great.But he hasn't made up his mind whether to call it a career or not. And if he doesn't, he has multiple options on where to spend what would be his 22nd big-league season, per MLB Network's Jon Morosi:Jon Morosi jonmorosiAdrian Beltre continues to deliberate about whether to play again in 2019, source says. (Retirement seemed very likely when season ended.) I鈥檓 told multiple teams have interest if Beltre opts to play. MLBNetwork MLBBeltre addressed the topic in September, and while he didn't indicate which way he was leaning, he did sound at peace with the possibility of retirement."Mentally, I'm ready to accept the fact that maybe this is it," he said, per Gerry Fraley of theDallas Morning News. "If it is not, I want to be mentally ready to go through another year of figuring out how to be productive and stay healthy. Whatever my decision, I have to be mentally ready."Beltre can still contribute when he steps inside the lines. He hit .273 this past season while totaling 15 homers, 49 runs and 65 RBI in 119 games. But as his last two game totals show鈥攈e played just 94 times the season prior鈥攁ge and injuries might restrict him to a part-time role if he returns. PHOENIX (AP) — Add Nick Pivetta’s Tuesday night performance to the long list of quality outings by Philadelphia starters this season.He threw six scoreless innings Alex Bregman Jersey , Nick Williams homered and the Phillies bounced back from their marathon loss the previous night to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2.Pivetta (7-9) scattered five hits, struck out six and walked one to get his first win in four starts.“The guys really picked me up on defense,” he said, “and we scored runs when we really needed them. I think the team really pulled together and made this happen today.”Pivetta had gone 2-6 in his 10 previous starts since June 1.“I think the organization has continued to show a great deal of confidence in Nick Pivetta,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said, “and this is Nick kind of rewarding the organization for its patience.”The Phillies, who blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning and lost 3-2 in 14 in a 4-hour, 38-minute game on Monday, led 5-0 after a four-run eighth.“We know how to take a punch,” Kapler said. “We took a punch last night and it was a hard one, but we bounced back again today. It is sort of the character of our club now. We get knocked down but we pop right back up.”Zack Greinke (12-7) allowed only Williams’ solo homer on three hits in seven innings but lost his second straight, despite giving up a combined three runs in the two outings. He’d gone 7-0 in his previous eight starts. Greinke struck out four and matched his season high with four walks.“It was all right,” he said. “A little wild early and it got better as the game went on. I felt good the whole time but I just wasn’t hitting the spots early.”Philadelphia is up by 1½ games on Atlanta in the NL East and Arizona dropped out of first in the NL West, a half-game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.“Last night, that one hurt really bad Carlos Beltran Jersey ,” Williams said. “But it’s baseball, you know.”The Phillies scored their second run on a bunt by Cesar Hernandez leading off the eighth when Arizona reliever Jake Diekman threw the ball away at first and, backing up the play, right fielder Steven Souza Jr. threw wildly to third.It was uncharacteristic for an Arizona team that leads the majors with a .990 fielding percentage.“Things broke down on us I the eighth inning,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I know it wasn’t pristine. We play a good brand of baseball here and we are going to address some of those concerns and make sure we don’t do it again.”Asdrubal Cabrera’s bases-loaded double off Diekman brought in two more runs and Jorge Alfaro had an RBI single against reliever Brad Ziegler.Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.Paul Goldschmidt doubled in a run and another scored on third baseman Maikel Franco’s fielding error in the eighth for Arizona but Eduardo Escobar grounded into the Diamondbacks’ fourth double play of the night to end the inning.Greinke, who had 25 walks all season entering the game, walked two in each of the first two innings and escaped both times.But Williams hit the first pitch of the third just over the right field fence to put the Phillies up 1-0.“I wasn’t looking for a certain pitch,” Williams said. “I was just looking for something up.”Greinke settled down from there.But Arizona could get nothing going against Pivetta.A.J. Pollock and Escobar opened the Diamondbacks’ fourth with singles before Steven Souza Jr. grounded into a double play. Pollock was stranded at third when Ketel Marte flew out to center.The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed hit into double plays to end the second and seventh.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: INF J.P. Crawford (broken left hand) could be activated for Wednesday’s series finale, manager Gabe Kapler said, or the team could wait until after Thursday’s off day.Diamondbacks: CF Pollock was back in the lineup after two days off to rest his tired legs. Pollock made pinch-hit appearance in both of those games.UP NEXTRHP Vince Velasquez (8-8, 3.80 ERA) starts for the Phillies and LH Patrick Corbin (8-4, 3.31) goes for the Diamondbacks in the rubber match of the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon.

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Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesThe 2018 World Series begins Tuesday night Denard Span Jersey , as the Boston Red Sox welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to Fenway Park for what promises to be another thrilling Fall Classic.While the baseball world's collective focus is on that best-of-seven series, we're not too far removed from the start of the MLB offseason and the whirlwind of rumors and activity that another round of free agency brings.Ahead is a quick look at some of the latest notable rumors surrounding some key names from the upcoming free-agent class.Philadelphia Phillies the front-runner for Manny Machado?Manny MachadoJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesManny Machado has gone full heel this MLB postseason.From his comments on how hustling is "not my cup of tea" to his kicking of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar's foot at first base that led NL MVP front-runner Christian Yelich to call him a "dirty player," it's been an eventful couple of weeks for the free-agent-to-be.In fact, it was enough forJon Heyman of FanCred to raise the question in a recent headline: "Has Machado cost himself with his actions and words?"Many expect Machado to take home a payday in excess of $300 million, including Heyman, though at least one rival executive seems to think only one team will be willing to approach that figure."The guess here is that he still gets the monster deal in the $300 million range because talent talks," wrote Heyman, "though one rival exec says his guess is that maybe 'no one but Philly' may be willing to go there now."The Phillies have long been viewed as a potential landing spot for one or both of Machado and Bryce Harper. As they look to keep pace with the Atlanta Braves and take the next step in their rebuilding process, it makes sense that they'd still be willing to break the bank to add a superstar-caliber player.To his credit, Machado has still been plenty productive this October amid the controversy, posting an .813 OPS with two doubles Guillermo Heredia Jersey , three home runs and nine RBI in 11 games.Prediction:Machado finds multiple teams willing to pay $300-plus million and eventually signs with the Los Angeles Angels.Patrick Corbin market taking shape?Patrick CorbinDenis Poroy/Getty ImagesPatrick Corbin picked the perfect time for a career year.In a thin market for impact starting pitching, the left-hander has positioned himself for a major payday after going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 246 strikeouts鈥攇ood forthird in the National League鈥攊n 200 innings.The 29-year-old has already been a popular speculative target of the New York Yankees, but Nick Cafardo of theBoston Globe recentlyoffered up a more comprehensive list of potential suitors:"Considered the most sought-after pitcher on the market this winter. Corbin will have his pick, but it likely won鈥檛 be in Arizona, which is looking to strip payroll and start rebuilding. Corbin is expected to draw a lot of interest from the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, and Braves. The deal likely could be at least five years in the $20 million-$25 million range."We've already mentioned the Yankees, and the Braves also look like an excellent fit as they look for another experienced arm to slot alongside Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman. The Dodgers also make sense, regardless of what happens with Clayton Kershaw and his opt-out clause.On the other hand , the Giants are a bit of a head-scratcher. The last thing that team needs is another pricey long-term contract on the books, and there's a good chance San Francisco will be rebuilding rather than making a splash in free agency.As the top arm available, it might take Corbin making a free-agency decision to kick the rest of the starting pitching market into gear this winter. As such, expect to hear his name early and often on the rumor mill. Nathan Eovaldi to exceed four years and $43 million?Nathan EovaldiElsa/Getty ImagesA strong argument can be made that no player has done more to increase his free-agent stock this season than Nathan Eovaldi.The 28-year-old missed the entire 2017 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he has returned strong this season with the Tampa Bay Rays to emerge as one of the most coveted arms at the trade deadline.The Boston Red Sox acquired him July 25, and he went on to post a 3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 54 innings in 11 starts and one relief appearance during the regular season. He's been even better this October:ALDS Game 3:W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB Mike Marjama Jersey , 5 KALCS Game 3:W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 KALCS Game 5:HLD, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 KHe'll have at least one World Series start to further boost his stock , but there's already a strong belief in the industry that he's going to cash in this winter, asCafardowrote:"Most executives think a comparable isAlex Cobb, who also came back from Tommy John and landed a four-year, $57 million deal with Baltimore last offseason. Eovaldi's pedigree exceeds Cobb's at this point, so his contract should be more lucrative."The fact that he's still just 28 is also a chip in his favor, considering a starting pitcher market that includes Corbin (29), Dallas Keuchel (30), Wade Miley (31), Gio Gonzalez (33), Charlie Morton (34) and J.A. Happ (36).The bigger question now might be how aggressively the Red Sox push to retain him.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. Jon Durr/Getty ImagesChicago Cubs third basemanDavid Bote apologized for his bat flip a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals."I didn't even realize I did it until I saw it on the replay. ... I meant no disrespect by any means. It was the heat of the moment Edwin Diaz Jersey ," Bote said Monday, per 670 The Score.Bote got his first career walk-off hit and first grand slam while facing Ryan Madson on national television Sunday night, giving the Cubs a 4-3 win. The homer was perhaps the most dramatic of the season, with the Cubs down to their final strike.Bote got his first career walk-off hit and first grand slam while facing Ryan Madson on national television Sunday night, giving the Cubs a 4-3 win. The homer was perhaps the most dramatic of the season, with the Cubs down to their final strike.This is one of those apologies that no one outside of baseball's strange unwritten rule culture could understand. Bote's bat flip was mild and came after the biggest play of his young career. Celebrations are a part of every other sport's culture; Bote barely reacted more than Brooks Koepka did winning the PGA Championship earlier in the day.Bote is the only 29th player in MLB history to hit a walk-off grand slam, perBaseball Almanac. There was ample reason to throw his arms up in the air with glee.No Nationals players seemed particularly upset about the celebration, either.But I guess when the potential of seeing a 95 mph projectile coming at you high and tight is weighing on your mind, you'll apologize for just about anything.Note to baseball: More bat flips, less beanballs. Thanks.

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The American League Championship Series is now a best-of-five ordeal.The Boston Red Sox evened their battle with the Houston Astros at a game apiece with a 7-5 victory in Sunday's Game 2 at Fenway Park. It was the first loss of the postseason for the defending champions.Jackie Bradley Jr. gave Boston the lead for good with a bases-clearing double in the third inning Javier Baez Jersey , Mookie Betts provided insurance by scoring in the seventh and driving in a run in the eighth, and the bullpen allowed one run in 4.1 innings to preserve the win. David Price's Postseason Struggles Loom Over Red SoxPrice was the storyline entering the contest, and he did nothing to change the narrative by allowing four earned runs, five hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. His numbers would have been worse if Matt Barnes didn't strand both inherited runners in the fifth.The southpaw is a five-time All-Star who won the 2012 American League Cy Young, but his postseason struggles are an inescapable chapter of his story. He sported a 3.25 career regular-season ERA and 5.28 career postseason ERA before Sunday's poor showing, which took on a here-we-go-again feel when he walked two in the first inning.Sarah Langs SlangsOnSportsDavid Price has allowed multiple runs in 11 straight postseason starts (thats all of his postseason starts), tying Roger Clemens for the longest such streak in postseason history.Its also already the longest such streak to start a pitchers postseason career.Unindicted Co-conspirator russbengtsonHow is David Price still allowed to wear Jordans in the postseason? Hes 0-9 in 10 starts! Hes basically the Antijordan at this point.Jerry Crasnick jcrasnickDavid Price might change the narrative one of these days. But it won鈥檛 be tonight.MLB MLBMarwin WAY over the monster. #ALCS rnHMPJU913George Springer (two-run double) and Marwin Gonzalez (two-run homer) brought the inevitable damage in the second and third, respectively, which was more of the same after Price allowed three earned runs, three hits, two home runs and two walks in just 1.2 innings of Boston's only loss in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.Boston is in the middle of a competitive window, and these playoff issues are going to loom beyond just this season. He won't become an unrestricted free agent until 2023 if he exercises his player option, and he figures to do just that since he is due north of $30 million in each of the next four years.As for the current World Series chase, Price's lackluster outings put additional pressure on the bullpen, Rick Porcello鈥攚ho had a 4.75 career playoff ERA before he pitched in relief Sunday鈥攁nd Nathan Eovaldi鈥攚ho has one playoff start on his resume. Even Chris Sale is a question mark after Boston announced its ace was admitted to the hospital for evaluation because of a stomach illness.The Red Sox will be in dire straights if one or more members of the starting rotation struggle and create a situation in which Price takes the hill in a must-win game. Cole's Poor Outing Ramps Up the Pressure on Keuchel, MortonJustin Verlander is a headline-maker for the Astros, but Gerrit Cole formed a dominant one-two punch after coming over from the Pittsburgh Pirates during the offseason. He finished the 2018 campaign with a 2.88 ERA and career-best marks of a 1.03 WHIP and 276 strikeouts and continued his success by allowing just one earned run with 12 strikeouts in seven innings in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians.However, he wasn't the same force Sunday and allowed five runs (four earned) Kyle Schwarber Jersey , six hits and two walks while striking out five in six innings. He hurt himself with a throwing error before Rafael Devers' RBI single in the first inning made it 2-0, but Bradley's hit in the third was the dagger.MLB MLBJBJ! The RedSox strike back. #ALCS 80ned6VT7cZachary quot;Doomquot; Rymer zachrymerRed Sox have as many hits through one inning of Game 2 as they did through nine innings in Game 1.The lackluster showing changed the formula for the Astros against the best offense in all of baseball. Houston was in a position where Verlander and Cole could have clinched a spot in the World Series by winning all four of their combined starts, but Dallas Keuchel or Charlie Morton will need to deliver to keep the chances of a back-to-back title alive.That won't be an easy task considering the Red Sox led all of baseball in runs (876), hits (1,509), doubles (355), batting average (.268), on-base percentage (.339) and slugging percentage (.453) and have momentum after beating Cole.Keuchel may not be on the level of Verlander or Cole this year, but he won the 2015 AL Cy Young and beat the Red Sox in last year's ALDS. He also earned a win over the Indians in this year's ALDS, allowing two earned runs in five innings, and has a 3.28 ERA in nine playoff appearances.He is also well-positioned as a left-hander to neutralize Devers, Andrew Benintendi and Bradley, who all tallied RBI from the left side of the plate in Sunday's win.As for Morton, his next playoff appearance will be his first this year, but he made four postseason starts during last year's World Series run and finished with a career-best 3.13 ERA during the 2018 season.Keuchel and Morton will be tasked with facing a Boston offense that is daunting beyond just the MVP candidates in Betts and J.D. Martinez. The contributions of Devers, Benintendi and Bradley underscore how dangerous the Red Sox are throughout a lineup that will continue to put pressure on the Houston starters.Someone besides Verlander and Cole will need to be cool under that pressure to clinch another American League championship.What's Next?The series shifts to Houston for Tuesday's Game 3, where an Astros team that was 46-35 at home and 57-24 on the road during the regular season will try to capitalize on home-field advantage. NEW YORK — For the past two weeks, Gleyber Torres has played shortstop for the New York Yankees.Torres is filling in there and hitting well of late while Didi Gregorius recovers from a left heel contusion.On Sunday , it is possible that Torres slides back over to second base when the Yankees conclude a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers.Article continues below ...The Yankees can move Torres back to second base after obtaining Adeiny Hechavaria on Friday from the Pittsburgh Pirates just before the deadline for players to become eligible for the postseason.Regardless of where Torres is playing, the Yankees hope he continues his recent roll. On Friday, he hit the go-ahead two-run bases-loaded single in the eighth inning of a 7-5 win and a day later hit the go-ahead two-run homer in a 2-1 victory.Torres struggled initially in his return from the disabled list with a hip injury but has turned it on of late. He slugged his 22nd homer Saturday, giving him home runs in four of his last nine games.Torres also is batting .420 with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last 14 games since Aug. 18. The hot streak has seen his batting average climb from to .259 to .282.“He’s impacted our club in a profound way on both sides of the ball all year,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.Sunday will mark two weeks since Gregorius was injured in a collision at first base with Toronto’s Kendry Morales. While Gregorius is making progress, general manager Brian Cashman said he believes next weekend’s series in Seattle is more realistic for his return.That’s where Hechavaria comes in. Regarded as a defensive whiz with some pop, the Yankees hopes he adds to their depth much like Andrew McCutchen whenever Aaron Judge returns from a broken right wrist.“It was a big surprise for me,” Hechavarria said through an interpreter. “When I got the news, it was about 12:30 at night, so I was not really waiting for anything like that. So it was a big surprise for me.”McCutchen went 0-for-3 and batted out of the leadoff spot after joining the Yankees in a trade with San Francisco. He went unclaimed through waivers last week, but the Giants won five of six after splitting a four-game series with the Mets and were hesitant to move him until Friday.“I didn’t have the game I wanted to have personally, the first one, but we got the win and that’s what’s most important,” McCutchen said. “But yeah, all around it was a good day and it’s a day I’m not going to forget, for sure.”With more of a complete lineup and Gary Sanchez back from a second disabled list stint, the Yankees will attempt to make it 12 wins in 16 games and conclude a stretch of playing mostly losing teams before heading to Oakland for a three-game series Monday.Detroit, meanwhile Kris Bryant Jersey , will try to get the big win that has eluded its offense since Victor Martinez and Niko Goodrum homered in the ninth inning off Dellin Betances in Thursday’s 8-7 win.The Tigers went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position Saturday and are 5-for-20 in those situations in the last two games. Victor Martinez drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly as Detroit fell for the seventh time in eight games.“We had high-anxiety at-bats,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You’ve still got to stay within yourself. Hit a ball up the middle — or shoot a ball the other way.”Although Detroit has continued to lose, it seems their last two losses are better than the five that preceded this series. The Tigers entered with a five-game losing streak where they were outscored 34-10.“I just know they have a lot of good players and they’re in the race with the Red Sox,” Detroit right fielder Nicholas Castellanos said. “Every single game that we’ve played against them, we’ve been in it and we’ve been one scenario away either or to be 3-0 against them.”Lance Lynn (8-9, 4.84 ERA) will make his sixth start and seventh appearance for the Yankees. So far, he is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA since being acquired from Minnesota on July 30.Lynn last pitched in Tuesday’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox, when he allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings before the Yankees won it in the ninth on a homer by Neil Walker.The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA in four career starts against Detroit.Matthew Boyd (8-12, 4.22 ERA) will be the third left-hander to start for Detroit in this series after Francisco Liriano opened the series and Daniel Norris pitched Saturday.From June 19 to July 20, Boyd was 0-5 with an 8.36 ERA in six starts. He is 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA in five outings since.Boyd’s last outing was the worst of his recent showings as he allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings of Tuesday’s 6-2 loss at Kansas City. It also continued his struggles on the road where he is 2-9 with a 5.75 ERA in 14 starts.“He’s had some good ones and a couple of where he ends up throwing a lot of pitches,” Gardenhire said. “He’s just kind of when he gets in (trouble) he starts shaking his head a lot, overthinking things, that’s what gets him into trouble When he pitches off his fastball, like most pitches he does pretty good.”Boyd is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees and is making his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium.

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NEW YORK — For the New York Yankees , the question is do they start J.A. Happ in the wild-card game or hold off on using him until a possible division series matchup with the Boston Red Sox.Based on the fact Happ is lined up to pitch Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles and it is 10 days from the wild-card game, it appears the reliable left-hander might be the one designated to start the one-game playoff.It actually took until after Friday’s 10-8 victory for the Yankees to announce Happ as the starter, but they said the date of the wild-card game is not related to how their rotation lines up.Article continues below ...“We just feel like we want Happ going tomorrow,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who considered going with a bullpen day. We feel like it’s important for him to go. Hopefully, that gives us the best chance to get a victory.”Happ is 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA in nine starts since becoming a Yankee in a trade from Toronto on July 26. He has gone at least six innings in seven starts with the Yankees, including Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Red Sox.Happ is 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in his last three starts and that includes a 5-1 victory over Oakland on Sept. 4. He also said he is not cognizant of the timing of his next start lining him up to possibly start the one-game elimination game.“You might not believe me, but it’s not my focus,” Happ said. “I’m trying to finish the season strong, give us a good position (for the playoffs). I think we’re good with whatever option , we’re comfortable with whoever it is.”Happ is 7-6 with a 3.03 ERA in 19 games against the Orioles.Happ will be pitching after the Yankees (95-59) celebrated clinching a wild-card spot Saturday thanks to a game-winning double by Aaron Hicks in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory.The Yankees are 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for the right to host the wild-card game. New York is 53-27 at Yankee Stadium.“We know what’s in front of us,” New York’s Neil Walker said. “This is a big accomplishment for this team, but don’t get it wrong, we know what we got to do to get to where we want to go. We feel like we’re capable of doing that.”The Orioles will try to avoid making dubious history for at least one day. After leaving the bases loaded in the 10th, stranding 12 and going 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position Saturday, the Orioles (44-110) are one shy of the franchise record for losses, set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.“It’s a good experience for us,” Baltimore rookie left fielder DJ Stewart said. “They’re trying to get into the playoffs and just to face a lineup like that and see how they’re fighting every single out, so are we. We’re not in the playoff hunt, but it gives you a little experience of what the atmosphere is like.”Baltimore will start Alex Cobb (5-15 Jason Kipnis Jersey , 4.90 ERA), who has not pitched since Sept. 11 because of a blister. Cobb is 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last eight starts and opponents are hitting .232 against him since the All-Star break.Cobb’s run of positive results began Aug. 1, when he allowed one run and seven hits in six innings of a 7-5 victory over the Yankees in New York.He exited his last start against Oakland with a blister after two scoreless innings but is hoping to finish his first season in Baltimore on a pleasant note after feeling better during a bullpen session on Friday.“It’s feeling a lot better,” Cobb said. “Definitely feel like I’d be able to pitch again this year with it.”Cobb is 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 starts against the Yankees. NEW YORK (AP) — Through the first 14 innings of their homestand, the New York Yankees had five errors and four hits. A restless crowd was booing the team in pinstripes on a 96-degree night.Then all of a sudden, the Bronx Bombers snapped out of it in a big way.Pinch-hitter Neil Walker connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and New York rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Tuesday.“It’s not easy for us right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re kind of grinding through some things. It’s a tough stretch. But these guys continue to find a way.”Aaron Hicks hit a tying homer in the eighth and rookie Miguel Andujar also had a two-run shot to help the injury-depleted Yankees win for the ninth time in 11 games. With the second-best record in the majors (84-48), they remained 6½ games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.Walker batted for Ronald Torreyes with one out and launched the first pitch he saw from Dylan Covey (4-12) way over the right-center wall for his first career pinch-hit homer and second game-ending drive. As he neared home plate, Walker tossed his helmet high in the air and was swarmed by happy teammates.“As a pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall Jersey , you try to assume that the first pitch you see is going to be the best pitch you see. You try to be aggressive, just try to be on time,” explained Walker, who acknowledged the Yankees are tired. “That’s obviously as much as you can ask for tonight.”With the Yankees down by two, Giancarlo Stanton singled leading off the eighth to stop an 0-for-14 slide. Hicks drove a full-count pitch from Juan Minaya to right and shouted toward the Yankees’ dugout as he trotted to first.“Just a big relief,” Brett Gardner said. “A lot of excitement.”Dellin Betances (4-3) struck out two in a perfect ninth.New York was blanked on one hit by James Shields over the first five innings. Gardner began the comeback with a leadoff triple in the sixth , and Andujar connected for his 22nd homer two outs later.Shields left leading 4-2 with two on in the sixth. He remained 5-15 overall, tied with Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb for the most losses in the majors.“Pretty good outing overall,” Shields said. “Unfortunately, my record is not really showing how I’ve pitched this year. Sometimes that happens. … Overall , I’m really pleased with my season.”Flashing signs of improvement, the young, rebuilding White Sox had won four straight and 10 of 13.“We’ve been playing really good baseball,” Shields said. “That’s a game we can’t let go right there. That’s a learning process for these guys, and situational pitching is very important in this game. We have to do a better job of that.”Chicago chased Yankees starter Lance Lynn with consecutive two-out singles in the sixth. Yolmer Sanchez greeted Jonathan Holder with an RBI single, and Nicky Delmonico made it 4-0 when he plopped a two-run single into left field.Delmonico scored easily from first base in the fifth when Gardner bobbled Avisail Garcia’s RBI double in left.WHAT’S IN A NAME?Fittingly, Walker’s home run was the 80th walk-off homer in the majors this season. That matched the record set in 2004, according to Major League Baseball. “He’s just a true pro,” Gardner said.MILESTONE MANThe 36-year-old Shields threw 98 pitches in the heat but hasn’t won on the road since opening day at Kansas City. It was his 400th career start. “I’m pretty proud of that,” he said. “Pretty special.”TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: SS Tim Anderson tripped over an oncoming Delmonico on Greg Bird’s eighth-inning popup Bob Feller Jersey , but held onto the ball. Anderson exited with a bruised left ankle and is day to day. “I’m assuming he’ll be fine,” manager Rick Renteria said. Anderson was replaced in the ninth by Jose Rondon.Yankees: RF Aaron Judge said his broken right wrist remains sore to the touch and he still hasn’t started swinging a bat. “It’s getting better every couple of days,” he said. “They told me I can play before it completely heals.” The slugger was injured July 26. “It takes about six weeks for something like this to fully heal,” Judge said. “I’m not that close yet. I’ll wake up one of these days and feel good. I’m just waiting for that day.” … C Gary Sanchez (strained right groin) was the DH in his second rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has homered in both games. … SS Didi Gregorius (bruised left heel) took grounders hit right at him and could begin running Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether he’ll need a minor league rehab assignment before coming off the DL. … All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman (left knee tendinitis) was scheduled to receive a second platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday, according to Boone.UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.66 ERA) makes his first start at Yankee Stadium in the series finale Wednesday night. Lopez is 0-4 with a 6.70 ERA in his last nine outings, getting a no-decision in each of the past five. But he pitched well Aug. 7 against New York, permitting one run in seven innings.Yankees: CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.30) seeks his 245th career win. The 38-year-old lefty returned from the disabled list last Friday in Baltimore and allowed two earned runs with eight strikeouts over six innings. He racked up 12 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a strong outing Aug. 7 against the White Sox.

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Bryce Harper has held up his end of the bargain since the Washington Nationals drafted him No. 1 overall in 2010.He was only 19 years old when he debuted in 2012 , and that season he also made his first National League All-Star team and captured the NL Rookie of the Year Award. He's since won an NL MVP Award and made five more All-Star teams.But when Harper waltzes into free agency this offseason, the Nationals will be left to wonder how the hell they couldn't win even a single postseason series with him.Washington entered 2018 with hopes that this would be the year it got over the hump. And while the Nats haven't been eliminated from playoff contention yet, they sent up a white flag in August. They're 69-69, and the only question is whether they'll top .500.Despite this year's flop, the Nationals have more regular-season wins (624) since 2012 than every team except the Los Angeles Dodgers (634). And as their ever-increasing payrolls show, it's not for lack of trying that they did not push their success into October:In addition to Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto are cornerstones who came up through the Washington system. Moreover, general manager Mike Rizzo's free-agent and trade success stories include Max Scherzer, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, Doug Fister, Denard Span, Tanner Roark and Wilson Ramos.The Harper-era Nats aren't simply the National League's answer to Mike Trout's Los Angeles Angels, who've cursed themselves with poor additions (namely Albert Pujols) and a slow trickle of homegrown talent.If anything, the Nationals have often seemed cursed by outside forces. They've had years in which they've been overwhelmed by injuries. They've also run in to cruel and unusual fates in October, particularly in Game 5 of the 2012, 2016 and 2017 National League Division Series.Still, this is no time to let Washington escape judgment. The second guessing starts with... The Strasburg ShutdownAlex Brandon/Associated PressPartially at the behest of superagent Scott Boras, the Nationals ended Strasburg's 2012 in early September after 159.1 innings. They reasoned they had pushed him hard enough in his first full season since his 2010 Tommy John operation.But alongside an abundance of caution, there was also an element of hubris to the decision. Maybe Strasburg couldn't help in the 2012 playoffs, but what would it matter if they succeeded without him and rode his good health to further success in the future?As it happened, the Nationals did miss Strasburg in the 2012 playoffs. Though he didn't blow a ninth-inning lead to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5, things may not have gotten to that point if he'd been permitted to start a game.As former manager Davey Johnson wrote in his autobiography Willie McCovey Jersey , per Rick Maese of the Washington Post: "I felt we would have gone to the World Series with Strasburg in the rotation during the playoffs. I really don't know how the team doctors came to the conclusion to keep Stephen under a given number of 160 innings. That was their deal, not mine."Strasburg's shutdown may have also loomed over a 2013 season in which the Nationals regressed to 86 wins and missed the playoffs. As John Feinstein of the Post argued, an overwhelming need to justify the decision created a tension within the team that manifested itself on the field.After that came... The Williams YearsAlex Brandon/Associated PressThe Nationals' return to earth in 2013 cost Johnson his job. To replace him, the organization settled on former slugger Matt Williams.Though the job was Williams' first as a major league manager, Washington was less concerned with his strategy skills than the culture he would foster. He was an old-school type who, in Rizzo's words, would bring "fire," "desire" and a "team-first attitude."Things were fine at first. Though Harper endured a career-worst season, everyone else played well enough to boost the team back to 96 wins. Williams was named the NL Manager of the Year.However, Williams' shine wore off when the Nationals were defeated in four games in the NLDS by the San Francisco Giants. His decision to pull Zimmermann from a shutout in the ninth inning of Game 2 led to an 18-inning defeat. Three days later, his decision to rely strictly on his "seventh-inning guys" allowed Game 4 to slip away.In 2015鈥攄espite Harper's best efforts en route to his unanimous NL MVP triumph鈥擶illiams' shine stayed worn off as the Nationals amassed only 83 wins. He continued to make bizarre strategic decisions, and he couldn't keep the clubhouse together as the losses piled up."It's a terrible environment," one player told Barry Svrluga of the Post that September. "And the amazing part is everybody feels that way."The final nail in Williams' coffin probably came courtesy of then-closer Jonathan Papelbon, who got into a nasty physical altercation with Harper with a week to go in the season. Harper left that game. Papelbon, meanwhile, went back to work the subsequent inning."That decision should be the final one he makes as Washington's manager," Tyler Kepner of the New York Times wrote.It pretty much was, as Williams was fired the day after the season ended.The Nationals' troubles with managers didn't end there, however... The Baker FiringJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesIn the wake of Williams' firing, Washington initially wanted former San Diego Padres skipper Bud Black to take over. But after it neglected to make him a reasonable offer, it turned to Dusty Baker instead.If nothing else, Baker figured to be the anti-Williams. He came to the Nationals with 20 years of managerial experience, through which he'd garnered a reputation as a players' manager.Baker more than earned his keep in two years. The Nationals won 95 games in 2016 and 97 in 2017. And while they once again fell short in the postseason, it's hard to pin those failures squarely on Baker.The Nats went into October with injury red flags in '16 (i.e., Harper's shoulder) and '17 (Harper's knee and Scherzer's hamstring). In Game 5 of the '16 NLDS, Scherzer and a parade of relievers couldn't shield the Nats from a decisive four-run seventh inning. In Game 5 of the '17 NLDS, all hell broke loose , and the Nats happened to be on the wrong side of it.Baker lost his job anyway. According to Jon Heyman, then of FanRag Sports (via Chris Chavez of, Nationals players weren't too thrilled about it. For that matter, neither was Rizzo."[Rizzo] sounded like it was one of the hardest things he had to do," Baker told Dave Sheinin of the Post.It appears Baker lost his job only because principal owner Ted Lerner and his family wanted him gone. It seems they were still sour about Baker's openly pining for an extension in the middle of the 2017 season. Or maybe they just like cycling through managers.Baker's firing might have become water under the bridge if Dave Martinez had made a strong impression as his replacement this season. Martinez is another first-year manager, but his years as an understudy to Joe Maddon promised to bring a missing dynamic to the team."As we went through this process," Rizzo told reporters, "it became clear the type of manager we were looking for: someone who is progressive, someone who can connect with and communicate well with our players and someone who embraces the analytical side of the game."It's not all Martinez's fault he's failed to live up to the hype. Well before the team was broken up by waiver trades of Murphy, Gonzalez, Matt Adams, Ryan Madson and Shawn Kelley, it had already been broken by the injury bug. According to Roster Resource, only two teams have been hit harder by injuries.And yet, he can't escape blame. Complaints have been filed about his bullpen management and his tendency to send mixed messages. Even if he does have a good analytical mind, such issues raise questions about whether he has the same ability as Dave Roberts, AJ Hinch, Alex Cora or Aaron Boone to implement his vision.G Fiume/Getty ImagesThere are certainly other criticisms about how the Nationals have handled the Harper era. Their transactional record is mighty good but not spotless. To wit, it's beyond the pale that their catching situation has been the worst in the game in 2017 and 2018.But all told, the story of Washington's failure in the Harper years has less to do with the pieces and more to do with the glue that's held them together. It too easily didn't stick.Granted, the Harper years might not be over yet. Money won't be the only thing they can offer him as a free agent. Missteps aside, they're still one of MLB's strongest franchises, and Harper may not find a better place to chase a ring.But if the end is indeed nigh, there's really only one thing to say.What a waste. Stats accurate through Monday and courtesy of Baseball Reference. HOUSTON (AP) — Nolan Arenado hated his first career appearance at designated hitter Tuesday night.However, the Colorado slugger couldn’t be mad at his results at the plate.Arenado and Trevor Story each went deep, German Marquez pitched well in a clash with Justin Verlander, and the Rockies beat the slumping Houston Astros 5-1.Colorado trailed by 1 and Verlander (11-8) had retired 13 of 14 when DJ LeMahieu singled with two outs in the sixth inning. Arenado then smacked a 96 mph fastball into the third row in right field for his 30th homer to put Colorado up 2-1.Arenado Hunter Pence Jersey , who has spent his entire six-year career playing in the National League with Colorado, had made each his 825 career appearances at third base entering Tuesday’s game.“It was awful,” he said of not playing defense. “I didn’t like it. I hope I never have to DH.”His work at the plate made him the fourth player in franchise history to hit at least 30 homers in four straight years. Arenado didn’t think it was gone when he hit it and had to wait for the crowd’s reaction to know for sure.“It got caught in the lights and then I heard the crowd go: ‘oh’ and that’s when I knew it was still going,” he said. “I just tried to stay on top of the ball.”Houston has matched a season high with five straight losses and extended its home skid to nine games, its longest of the season.Oakland beat Seattle later Tuesday to move within a game of Houston in the AL West. The Astros have been in first place since June 14 and led the division by six games in late July.“You feel like nothing’s going your way and you’re a little snake-bitten,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re going to have to do more, obviously, and it’s a challenge for me and our coaching staff to get more out of these guys to have a little bit more fun, a little bit more life. This is a very, very tough game and we’re getting beat up, mentally and physically.”The Rockies have won four in a row after losing the previous three and improved to 12-5 against the AL this season to set a franchise record for interleague victories.Collin McHugh took over from Verlander for the seventh and hit Ryan McMahon with a pitch. Tony Wolters lined a double to right field with one out to score McMahon and push the lead to 3-1.Story, who had two hits, made it 4-1 when he connected off Brad Peacock on his 25th home run with two outs in the eighth inning.Ian Desmond tripled and scored on a single by Charlie Blackmon to extend the lead in the ninth.Marquez (10-9) allowed just three hits and a run while fanning seven in seven innings.Verlander was denied his 200th win again as he dropped his second straight despite striking out 11 in six innings, allowing six hits and two runs.After being swept in a four-game series against the Mariners this weekend, Houston’s woes continued against the Rockies after a day off Monday. The top three batters in the order went 0 for 11 on a night the Astros managed just three hits as they look for a way to jumpstart their once-powerful offense with reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve out indefinitely with a sore knee.Marquez walked two Astros and plunked Yuli Gurriel in the first four innings, but Houston didn’t get a hit until Gurriel tripled on a ball to right-center field to start the fifth. Josh Reddick followed with a liner to right to put the Astros up 1-0.The Astros had a chance to add on in the eighth when Marwin Gonzalez doubled with no outs. Reddick reached on catcher’s interference with one out, but Marquez retired the next two batters to end the threat and his night.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF George Springer (sprained left thumb) went through a full workout Tuesday and should be able to come of the disabled list when he’s eligible on Friday. … Altuve, who has been out since July 25, has been running on the treadmill and is expected to begin hitting soon. Manager A.J. Hinch said there still isn’t a timetable for his return. … RHP Lance McCullers (right elbow discomfort) began playing catch Tuesday in the first step toward his return. … C Brian McCann, who has been out since June 30 with a knee injury which required surgery, will begin an extended rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.MILESTONE VICTORYThe win was the 800th in manager Bud Black’s career.UP NEXTHouston’s Gerrit Cole (10-5, 2.75 ERA) opposes Colorado left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-4, 3.94) when this series wraps Wednesday night. Cole looks to bounce back after losing his third straight start by giving up six hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 5-2 loss to Seattle on Friday.

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PHOENIX (AP) Left-hander Jake Diekman went from one clubhouse to the other in Arizona after being dealt by the Texas Rangers to the Diamondbacks just before the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday.Diekman struck out two while pitching the ninth inning for Texas in its win at Arizona on Monday night. Diekman was 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA in a team-high 47 appearances for the Rangers this season.Texas got right-hander Wei-Chieh (Way-Jay) Huang and a player to be named later from Diamondbacks. Huang was assigned to Double-A Frisco.Arizona designated left-hander Jorge De La Rosa for assignment.Diekman was the fourth pitcher traded by the Rangers in the past two weeks. Lefty starter Cole Hamels and reliever Jesse Chavez were sent to the Chicago Cubs in separate deals earlier this month Lucas Giolito Jersey , and closer Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh late Monday night.— A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:SCIOSCIA’S FUTURELos Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia might address a report that he plans to step down at the end of the season. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the 59-year-old is expected to leave.The 59-year-old Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000 and is the longest-tenured manager in the majors. The Angels are 55-57 as their series wraps up in Cleveland.GETTING HOT IN WASHINGTONNationals star Bryce Harper might be hobbled for a bit after getting hit by a curveball in the right knee Saturday night. Harper struggled initially to put weight on the leg, but eventually made his way to first base. A half-inning later, he was replaced in right field by Adam Eaton. Washington reliever Ryan Madson hit Reds star Joey Votto with a pitch later , and an infuriated Votto yelled at Madson throughout the rest of the inning. That tension might spill over when the teams conclude their four-game series.OSUNA RETURNSReliever Robert Osuna joins the Astros, ending his 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The World Series champs acquired the 2017 All-Star from Toronto on July 31 for Ken Giles in a swap of closers. The 23-year-old Osuna had a 2.93 ERA in 15 games for the Blue Jays this season when he was penalized.Osuna is expected to talk to the team before the game at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has been working out with Double-A Corpus Christi.RUNAWAY RED SOXDavid Price and the Red Sox try for a surprising sweep of the Yankees when they wrap a four-game series at Fenway Park. With Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list, New York’s bats have been bottled up by Boston’s pitchers Reynaldo Lopez Jersey , with Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi throwing gems the past two games.Price (11-6, 3.97) hopes to follow suit and make up for a miserable outing the last time he faced the Yankees, when he allowed a career-worst five homers in an 11-1 loss July 1. Masahiro Tanaka (9-2 , 3.84) starts the night game for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high four in a row.Boston is 8 1/2 games ahead of New York for the AL East. The teams play six more times in September.A HISTORY OF SUCCESSWith the Braves in a tight race atop the NL East, right-hander Julio Teheran (8-7) tries to stifle the Mets again when he starts the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field. Teheran is 9-6 with a 2.33 ERA in his career against New York and has permitted just two runs on 11 hits in 21 innings (0.86 ERA) vs. the Mets this season. Rookie righty Corey Oswalt (1-2) pitches for New York in place of injured Steven Matz. Oswalt beat San Diego in his last major league start July 25 for his first career win.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The final afternoon of the regular season for the Minnesota Twins was filled with cheers Luis Gonzalez Jersey , chills and even a few tears as a lively crowd at Target Field was treated to a meaningful and memorable game .Too bad for the Twins and their fans the playoffs weren’t at stake.They had to settle for a Joe Mauer tribute , the probable end to a 15-year major league career for the smooth-swinging, six-time All-Star and one of the best athletes the state has ever produced.The first big news of what will be a busy fall and winter in Minnesota will likely be the announcement from Mauer about whether he will continue his career at age 35. The sentimental scene on Sunday as the Twins beat Chicago to finish with a season-best sixth straight win left little doubt he’s done.“Either way, it’s a good decision, you know? I can either play, or go home and be with my girls,” Mauer said before hitting a double and donning the catcher’s gear one last time for a ninth-inning curtain call.The end of this year was already going to be pivotal for the Twins. Not only does Mauer’s $184 million contract expire, but a bunch of other important players are also coming off the books. Several of them, with Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar leading the list, were traded away this summer once the front office concluded the 2018 roster was not strong enough to contend.After owner Jim Pohlad approved a club-record opening day payroll of more than $130 million, the Twins have less than $25 million committed for 2019 salaries to catcher Jason Castro, relief pitcher Addison Reed and starting pitcher Michael Pineda. Starting pitcher Ervin Santana ($14 million) and designated hitter Logan Morrison ($8 million) can each be bought out for $1 million each and, considering their injuries this season, almost certainly will be.That leaves a large portion of the roster unsettled for next year, but it also creates extra flexibility for chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine for their third season in charge. The 78-84 finish after their appearance in the American League wild card game the year before was disappointing, but the timing of the downturn could prove to be convenient.“We see teams that have closed the gap very hurriedly this year. Oakland jumps out,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “So Gregor Blanco Jersey , yes, you go into it knowing it might be different but still optimistic about what you can do to get it done.”CLOSING TIMEFernando Rodney proved to be a valuable addition at age 41 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA, faring far better than the other acquisitions — Morrison, Reed and starting pitchers Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi. Rodney wasn’t spared in the roster purge, leaving the Twins without a closer. Trevor Hildenberger was handed most of the opportunities, but he stumbled badly down the stretch with a 9.00 ERA and seven home runs allowed in 27 innings after the All-Star break.FOR STARTERSJose Berrios and Kyle Gibson give the Twins two established starting pitchers for 2019, with the 24-year-old Berrios carrying clear potential for further growth into one of the game’s best. Odorizzi will probably get another opportunity, with the durability of 32 starts he made this season his best debut contribution. There’s plenty of space for a newcomer in free agency or by trade, with Kohl Stewart, Stephen Gonsalves, Fernando Romero, Zack Littell and Chase DeJong among the prospects under consideration for the rotation when spring training starts.“The jury’s out on in terms of who of these guys are going to emerge,” Molitor said.STEPPING UPThe knee injury that ended Castro’s season early gave Mitch Garver an extended audition as the regular catcher, and he made significant strides both with the bat and behind the plate. Byron Buxton’s injuries, inconsistency and eventual banishment to Triple-A created an unexpected role for rookie Jake Cave, whose on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.797) trailed only Escobar and Eddie Rosario among regulars.TAYLOR MADEOne bright spot in the bullpen after Rodney, Zach Duke and Ryan Pressly were dealt away was left-hander Taylor Rogers Blake Parker Jersey , who finished the season with a 26-inning scoreless streak that was the longest active run in MLB and the fifth-best in Twins history. Rogers had a 2.63 ERA and just 65 hits and walks allowed in 68 1/3 innings. Rogers, along with righty Trevor May, who came back strong after Tommy John elbow surgery, gives the Twins a foundation for the back of the 2019 bullpen.“He’s a pretty cool customer,” Molitor said. “I think the change of roles early in the year and getting back to later in the games, it just doesn’t seem to faze him whenever I use him.” MILWAUKEE (AP) — The first pitch Eric Thames swung at made him look foolish — a looping curveball that bounced at the plate.“I was like, ‘OK, see the ball and trust whatever happens, happens,'” Thames said.Thames found what he was looking for, hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off embattled Rockies closer Wade Davis, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Colorado 5-3 on Friday night.“I got a pitch to hit and I didn’t miss it,” said Thames, who hit the second walk-off homer of his career. “That was awesome. Seeing it, feeling it with the sweet spot off the bat and then seeing the team’s reaction and the crowd’s, that was an awesome moment.”Not for Davis. It was his sixth blown save of the season and his second in as many days after losing in St. Louis on Thursday.Davis (1-5) struck out Mike Moustakas to start the inning before allowing a pair of one-out walks. After Jonathan Schoop popped out, Thames hit a 1-1 fastball deep into the right-field bleachers to end it.“I was definitely trying to go about 10 to 12 inches higher CJ Wilson Jersey ,” Davis said. “We had thrown a couple curveballs in a row. I was going to go back to it. I just wanted to get one up and in.”Miller Park continues to be a house of horrors for Davis, who also allowed a walk-off homer to Travis Shaw in his last appearance at Milwaukee with the Cubs on Sept. 23, 2017. It wasn’t forgotten in the dugout.“Our guys were talking about last year when Shaw hit the walk-off against Chicago off Davis: ‘You remember that? Let’s go, let’s get him again,'” Thames said. “We did.”Padres manager Bud Black said he’ll talk with Davis, who has blown his last three save opportunities against the Brewers, but had no plans to replace him.“This happens in baseball. You hate to see it. Wade has been such a great closer throughout his career. He’s been through this,” Black said. “He will respond.”SWEET DREAMSThames’ late heroics turned around what had been a pitchers’ duel in which the Rockies’ German Marquez got the better of Junior Guerra.Marquez allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out nine and retired 15 in a row at one point.Guerra went eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.Guerra had been sent home earlier in Milwaukee’s seven-game road trip to get a good night’s rest because of a late start in the series finale in Los Angeles. The rest of the Brewers straggled home at 6 a.m. local time Friday following a 21-5 loss to the Dodgers that set a franchise record for runs allowed.“I got a good sleep,” Guerra said.STAT LINESCorbin Burnes (2-0) came in with a runner on first in the ninth and retired the side for the win.Christian Yelich homered for Milwaukee, while Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez went deep for the Rockies.MINOR HOLLIDAYOF Matt Holliday went 2 for 4 with a walk in his first appearance for Triple-A Albuquerque since signing a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Monday. The 38-year-old Holliday hit .231 with 19 homers and 64 RBIs last year with the Yankees.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: The training staff checked LF Gerardo Parra’s left hand after he appeared to jam it when he was caught stealing in the second. He remained in the game. Marquez also received attention from the training staff after being hit by Moustakas’ liner in the sixth, but came back throwing in the upper 90s.Brewers: RHP Matt Albers (right shoulder) has struggled since coming off the disabled list on July 28, giving up eight runs and recording just two outs over three appearances.UP NEXTRockies left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.69 ERA) is holding hitters to a .144 average over his last six starts but has been plagued with a lack of run support. Milwaukee rookie Freddy Peralta (4-2, 3.61) faces the Rockies for the second time in his career. His first appearance against them was electric. The right-hander struck out 13 over 5 2/3 innings, taking a no-hitter into the sixth in his MLB debut in Colorado.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Boston’s five-game World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 14 Jon Niese Jersey ,125,000 viewers on Fox, down 25 percent from last year and the fourth-lowest ever.The Series featuring a pair of large-market teams averaged an 8.3 rating and 17 share, Nielsen said Tuesday. That was down from a 10.7 rating, 20 share and 18,926,000 average viewers for the Houston Astros‘ seven-game win over the Dodgers last year and 40 percent from 23,386,000 average viewers for the Cubs‘ seven-game win over Cleveland two years ago — Chicago’s first title since 1908.The only Series with fewer average viewers were Philadelphia’s five-game win over Tampa Bay in 2008 (13,062,000), San Francisco’s four-game sweep of Detroit in 2012 (12.7 million) and the Giants‘ seven-game win over Kansas City in 2014 (13 ,825,000). The rating was the third-lowest, ahead of only a 7.6 in 2012 and an 8.2 in 2014.Boston’s 5-1 win in Game 5 on Sunday was the most-watched of the Series, averaging 17,634,000 viewers. The opener averaged 18,314,000, followed by 13,507,000 in Game 2, 13 Elvis Andrus Jersey ,250,000 in Game 3 and 13,563,000 in Game 4.Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. television households tuned into a program and shares represent the percentage watching a broadcast among homes with TVs in use at the time. NEW YORK (AP) — As he jogged from the bullpen, Tampa Bay rookie left-hander Adam Kolarek reminded himself that he’s pitched out of bases-loaded, no-out situations before.In the minors, at least.“It just hasn’t been at this level,” he said. “And certainly not in a stadium like Yankee Stadium.”Or in the majors, period.Kolarek escaped a critical jam in the ninth inning Thursday for his first career save, lifting the Rays over New York 3-1 to win their first series at Yankee Stadium since 2014. Tampa Bay had lost 12 straight series in the Bronx, a record since the ballpark opened in 2009.“This can be an intimidating, daunting place to play Ivan Rodriguez Jersey ,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “But I don’t think these guys really concern themselves with that too much.”Kolarek got his moment in the Bronx spotlight after Sergio Romo struggled in the ninth. Romo allowed consecutive singles to Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres — Torres’ bloop ended his 0-for-17 skid — then walked Neil Walker on four pitches.Cash then called for the side-arming Kolarek. Lefty-hitting Greg Bird popped out in foul territory on his first pitch, and then the 29-year-old Kolarek — who entered with a 6.00 ERA — struck out veterans Brett Gardner and Austin Romine. Romine chased a high fastball clocked at 95 mph.It was the first time Kolarek had faced bases loaded with no outs in his big league career. He escaped in nine pitches.“Getting Bird out on that first pitch was huge,” Kolarek said. “Because once you get one out, you’re like, ‘OK, I’m one pitch away.’ To get the strikeouts was just a little bit more special.”The struggling Yankees lineup, still without injured sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, scored just six runs during the three-game series.“We have people more than capable of putting runs on the board,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You obviously take two star-level players out, that’s certainly a big deal.”Tommy Pham returned from the disabled list and helped the Rays jump on Masahiro Tanaka (9-3) with an RBI double during a two-run first inning, and Blake Snell (14-5) and the bullpen took over from there.The left-handed All-Star made his third start since a DL stint for left shoulder fatigue and struck out six over five innings of two-hit ball. He was coming off five perfect innings against Toronto, though he was pulled from that start after just 47 pitches. He threw 76 pitches Thursday.The Rays got to Tanaka with four straight hits to open the game. Mallex Smith lined a single the other way , stole second, then scored on Joey Wendle’s double to the right-center gap. After Jake Bauers’ single, Pham got his first hit with the Rays, driving a double off the wall in the left-field corner.Pham was placed on the DL by Tampa Bay with a broken right foot two games after being acquired from St. Louis on July 31 for a trio of minor leaguers. Pham played one minor league rehab game, homering and getting three hits for Class A Hudson Valley on Wednesday night. He pleaded with Cash to get in the lineup and play his first career game at Yankee Stadium.Pham added a single in the third, then hit a drive to the warning track in left-center that was caught by center fielder Aaron Hicks leading off the sixth.Tanaka recovered after his shaky first, pitching scoreless ball for the next five innings before handing off to Zach Britton. Tanaka allowed nine hits, struck out six and also picked off a pair of baserunners.Bauers squeezed home Smith against David Robertson in the eighth. Bauers’ bunt hugged the first-base line and gave Robertson no chance at a play at the plate.Smith had two hits from the leadoff spot. He entered the game batting .353 with a .450 on-base percentage since being moved atop the order Aug. 5.WATCH IT AGAINGiancarlo Stanton hit a ball in the eighth off the wall in the right-field corner that was originally ruled a home run by first base umpire Greg Gibson, but overturned to an RBI double after a video review . The ball hit about halfway up the wall, right on the foul stripe, and was nearly touched by a fan.“Originally Greg thought it was a home run and then he said, ‘I think it was foul because it hit the wall in foul Prince Fielder Jersey ,” crew chief Jerry Layne told a pool reporter. “He goes, ‘I’m trying to get some help here.’ So he didn’t clearly see it. We weren’t a 100 percent.”PUNCHING UPThe Rays improved to 8-2 in their past 10 against New York and 8-7 overall this season. Tampa Bay hasn’t won the season series since 2014. The teams still have a four-game set at Tropicana Field in late September.R-E-S-P-E-C-TThe first thing Judge did after arriving at Yankee Stadium was put Aretha Franklin on the clubhouse sound system, starting with her version of “I Say A Little Prayer.” The Queen of Soul died Thursday at the age of 76. Judge said his mom was a fan of Franklin’s, and he heard a lot of her music around the house as a kid.“Good music,” he said. “Perfect for a day game.”The Yankees played Franklin’s iconic performance from the movie “Blues Brothers” on the video board during the sixth inning.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: RHP Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham to make room for Pham.Yankees: Hicks was visited by a trainer after reaching on an error in the eighth. He remained in the game. Hicks turned his right ankle slightly on first base but thinks he’ll be fine. … Sanchez did sprints and worked on popping out of the squat in the outfield before the game. It was the first outdoor running for Sanchez since going on the disabled list July 24 with a strained right groin. Sanchez could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. … Boone is hopeful that LHP CC Sabathia (right knee) will return from the DL to start the next time through the rotation. … RHP Tommy Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the spot vacated when RHP Luis Cessa was optioned to the RailRiders on Wednesday night. Kahnle pitched a scoreless inning.UP NEXTRays: RHP Stanek (1-3, 2.45) is the scheduled opener against Boston LHP Brian Johnson (3-3, 3.95) at Fenway Park on Friday night.Yankees: RHP Lance Lynn (8-8, 4.46) faces Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.03) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Lynn has a 0.54 ERA in three appearances (two starts) since being acquired from Minnesota.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie quarterback?Carson Wentz said Sunday night that he still hopes to play in the Philadelphia Eagles?final preseason game on Sept. Cheap Addias Nmd . 1, despite a rib injury sustained in Thursdays preseason opener.I really hope so, Wentz said after the Eagles open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. Heck, Id love to play tomorrow. Thats how I am. Well have to see what the doctors say.Wentz said he could begin practicing as soon as he can tolerate the pain. Team doctors will determine when it is safe for Wentz to participate in live action.Ill have to be cleared for game situations and live contact, Wentz said. We just know contact is limited for a while. The goal is hopefully in preseason Ill be ready to go, but you never know with these things. Well have to see.Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, never had a rib injury before Thursday night, when?Tampa Bay?linebacker Micah Awe planted his helmet in Wentzs ribcage.Two days later, Wentz dressed for practice. He warmed up and realized he couldnt go.This is the first time Ive ever had a rib injury, Wentz said. It felt weird. It was sore, but I wasnt sure how to react to it. And obviously we found out the news [Saturday afternoon]. It hurts pretty good. I actually came out [Saturday] and tried to practice.I didnt realize how bad it hurt. I went and got the x-rays and the CT scan. That revealed the cracked ribs. It hurts, pretty much everything I do. But it will be all right.On Sunday night, Wentz wore his red No. 11 practice jersey and a baseball cap while the Eagles practiced. Wentz said he was getting mental reps. Thats part of being a backup quarterback. You have to get the mental reps whether youre hurt or on the field. So thats definitely what Im going to do. Cheap Adidas Nmd Shoes Online . Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Cheap Adidas Nmd Wholesale . Despite dominating possession, Schalke needed an own goal from Nicolas Hoefler for the breakthrough a minute before the interval. The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jefferson Farfans corner and bundled the ball into his own net. . Wilson hit Schenn from behind during Tuesday nights game in Philadelphia, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. He has a phone hearing with the department of player safety, which limits any potential suspension to five or fewer games.MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The support of a handful of old high school buddies, the calming influence of a veteran caddie and timely putting were exactly what Harris English needed to pull out his first PGA Tour victory. English won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday, birdieing two of the final three holes to hold off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes. "I had probably 10 high school friends out there today," English said. "And I know that if I make a birdie or a bogey, theyre probably going to be the same and theyre rooting me on. I was just really relaxed out there today. Bogeyed eight and nine, which was tough. But I knew if I kept it together on the back nine, I could make a run at the thing." The 23-year-old former Georgia star in his second year on tour survived a final round where he had six birdies and five bogeys. He finished with a 1-under 69 for a 12-under 268 total to get the victory in the same state where he helped Baylor in Chattanooga win four Tennessee high school golf titles. English said caddie Brian Smith also helped him refocus as he made the turn. "I really didnt think Id be in this seat right here coming off 9," English said. "I thought I kind of made some really dumb bogeys on eight, nine and kind of shot myself out of the tournament. But Smitty was saying, Hey lets go beat this back nine. Lets get back under par for the tournament for the day, and lets get after it. So it was almost pedal to the metal." English got four of his birdies on the back nine and saw on No. 14 that he was the lead at 10 under. He made a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to tie Stallings for the lead, but Stallings bogeyed No. 18 to give English the lead to himself. English made a 17-foot birdie putt on No. 17, and overcame shaking hands as he two-putted No. 18 to pick up the winners check of $1,026,000. "Its quite an unbelievable feeling," English said. Mickelson shot a 67, and Stallings had a 68. Mickelson said English finished strong and has been playing some great golf, but the four-time major winner got most of what he wanted after not playing the previous three weeks as he tuned up for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. "Im really encouraged with the way I hit my irons," Mickelson said. "Got to get the 3-wood in play a little bit more, although next week at Merion distance wont be as critical as TPC Southwind. Ill be able to hit higher and softer shots." English became the fourth player to win the event in his first start since the tournament moved to TPC Southwind in 1989 and the second straight after Dustin Johnson a year ago. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., was the top Canadian. He shot 1 under Sunday to finish tied for 18th at 4-under 276. Calgarys Stephen Ames (71) and Ottawas Brad Fritsch (73) finished tied for 56th at 2-over 282. English won the Southern Amateur in 2011 and was an amateur when he won on the Web. Cheap Adidas Nmd Shoes Free Shipping. com Tour at the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational in July 2011. He moved to the PGA Tour in 2012 and finished 79th on the money list. Now he has his fourth top 10 this year and a precious invitation to the Masters for the Georgia native. It looked as if Stallings, a two-time winner on tour, would add his third win in three years when he took advantage of consecutive bogeys by English on Nos. 8 and 9 to go up by three strokes. Stallings was 12 under at the turn with four birdies on the front side. But he finished with a double bogey, a birdie and a bogey in his final four holes. "You have to learn from the experiences that you have like this today and hopefully Ill get a little bit better break next time," Stallings said. Shawn Stefani, a 31-year-old rookie from Texas, went into the final round with a one-stroke lead, had a 76 to drop into a tie for seventh at 6 under. English, playing with Stefani in the final group, rallied after his consecutive bogeys. He birdied No. 10, rolling in a 14-footer from the fringe, and hit his tee shot within 5 feet on the par-3 11th for his second straight birdie and fourth of the round. His fifth bogey of the day, at No. 12, moved him back to 10 under. Stallings went to 11 under with a birdie on the par-5 16th but missed his own birdie attempt from the same distance a couple feet away on the green, which cost him when English birdied No. 16 a few minutes later to tie him again atop the leaderboard. English then birdied No. 17 when he was just trying to get close. "It went in dead centre and gave me a lot of momentum going into 18," English said. On No. 18, Stallings hit his tee shot way right between the fairway bunkers and the cart path and put his approach into the right rough 83 feet away. His chip just reached the edge of the green, leaving him nearly 40 feet to the hole. He ran it 5 feet past the hole for a bogey. "Harris has played great coming down the stretch," Stallings said. Mickelson birdied Nos. 13 and 16, but he just missed a 13-footer for birdie on the par-4 17th. He then went right at the hole on No. 18 from 151 yards and just missed, leaving a 2-foot birdie putt to tie Stallings at 10 under. English then finished off the win and celebrated with a simple fist pump. Notes: The others to win in their first trip to this event at TPC Southwind were Lee Westwood (2010) and Dicky Pride (1994). ... English is the 11th American to win this event since 2000 and the seventh to come from behind in the last eight years here. ... English is the eighth player in his 20s to win this year compared to 15 last year. ... Brad Fritsch finished the tournament in style, holing out from the 18th fairway from 177 yards out. That put him at even par and tied for 56th. 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CLEVELAND -- When the ball disappeared over the outfield wall, Francisco Lindor raised his right fist and took off.Smiling with every stride, Clevelands superstar-in-the-making shortstop sprinted around the bases like he was being chased.He and the Indians arent slowing down for anything this October.Lindor hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Corey Kluber silenced Torontos booming bats, giving the Indians a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series on Friday night.Lindor connected on an 0-2 changeup from Marco Estrada and tore around the basepaths as the bend-but-dont-break Indians won their fourth straight playoff game in this most unexpected season.I believe in my team. I believe in what we have, said Lindor, the talented 22-year-old who plays as if hes been part of postseason games for a decade. Were just trying to do our thing.Kluber, Clevelands solid and stoic ace, pitched 6 1/3 spotless innings before manager Terry Francona turned things over to the Indians best weapon -- their bullpen. Andrew Miller made the Blue Jays look silly , striking out five of the six batters he faced, and closer Cody Allen got the save with a perfect ninth as the Indians extended their longest postseason winning streak since 1920.The Blue Jays wasted some early scoring chances -- they had six runners in the first three innings -- against Kluber and their frustration only grew as the night went on. Toronto slugger Jose Bautista struck out three times and Edwin Encarnacion lost his cool when he was fanned in the eighth, jawing at plate umpire Laz Diaz.It wasnt like we faced the average Joe out there, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Kluber. Hes one of the elite pitchers in the game, as is Miller, as is Allen. We got some guys on base early. We couldnt get that big hit.After getting their first ALCS win since 2007, the Indians will try to take a 2-0 lead Saturday with Josh Tomlin facing Torontos 20-game winner, J.A. Happ. Tomlin was originally scheduled to start Game 3, but was moved up when Trevor Bauer sustained an odd injury as he sliced open his right pinkie while repairing a drone.Kluber kept flying in the postseason.The right-hander has not allowed a run in 13 1/3 innings this October and he kept the Blue Jays inside Progressive Field after they teed off against the Texas Rangers in the Division Series.Estrada carried a four-hit shutout into the sixth before walking Jason Kipnis with one out. Lindor was in an 0-2 hole before the shortstop, who could become a household name before this series ends, drove his homer over the wall in right-center and ran like Usain Bolt wearing a Chief Wahoo cap.I thought (Kevin) Pillar was going to catch it, Lindor said. As soon as it went out, I put my hands out. 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As a result, RHP Marcus Stroman -- Torontos projected starter in Game 3 -- was available in relief for Game 1.TRAINERS ROOMTravis will have an MRI on Saturday after re-injuring his right knee when covering first base in the fifth. He sat out the final two games of the Division Series with a bone bruise and is worried its worse.It hurts pretty bad, he said. I jarred my knee a little bit. I felt a sharp pain in my knee.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Happ struck out 11 and allowed one run over seven innings in beating the Indians on July 3. He was second in the AL in wins, going 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA. Happ picked up the victory in Game 2 of the ALDS against Texas, allowing one run in five innings.Indians: Tomlin gave up three homers -- to Martin, Melvin Upton Jr. and Encarnacion -- in a loss to the Blue Jays on Aug. 20. Tomlin went 0-5 in August, but has bounced back and given up seven earned runs in 31 2/3 innings over his last six appearances. 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SUZUKA, Japan -- Nico Rosberg has played down suggestions his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was distracted by off-track events at the Japanese Grand Prix. Authentic Air Jordan 4 Cheap .Hamilton was at the centre of the medias attention in Suzuka as he returned to the paddock just one week after suffering a costly engine failure at the Malaysian Grand Prix. He was criticised by some members of the press for playing on Snapchat during Thursdays FIA press conference and on Saturday reacted by walking out of his media session after a short statement.From the outside some observers interpreted Hamiltons exchanges with the media as proof he was losing focus, but behind the Mercedes garage walls Rosberg saw his teammate in a different light.First of all I dont know any of these things because I dont see them during a race weekend and I dont know what is going on [with Hamiltons relationship with the media], but I can tell you that behind the scenes hes been as focused as ever, which he always is and especially after a setback like Malaysia, Rosberg said. He was working the longest hours I have seen him work in many months trying to get the little extra bit of lap time. 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Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers.Michael van Gerwen produced a record average of 123.4 to beat Michael Smith 7-1 in their week-four Betway Premier League match in Aberdeen. Mighty Mike recorded the highest mark in the history of televised darts in a simply sublime display against his shell-shocked English opponent to better Phil Taylors previous record average of 118.68.Taylor also produced an impressive performance, ending with an average of 115 himself after a 7-5 win over Dave Chisnall, while Gary Anderson gained his first win against Raymond van Barneveld during an epic night of action in Scotland. Michael van Gerwen gives his reaction to his remarkable achievement Van Gerwen started with an 11-darter and had his average above 130 over the first three legs, the third of which he finished in only 12 darts.He secured a second break to move 4-0 in front with some exhibition stuff, hitting a 132 finish with two bullseyes.The world No 1 was six darts into a nine-darter in leg five before missing a rare shot, but he made it 5-0 in quick style and blazed his way into a 6-0 lead before Smith responded, Van Gerwen missing three darts at a double to take a couple of points off his average. If you play like this, its amazing for yourself. This is what I can do and Im glad it came out tonight. Michael va Gerwen But he made light of those rare errors to finish off the 7-1 victory, finishing on double-16 to complete a 123.40 average and make it three wins from four Premier League outings this season.I felt confident straight away and I also played really well, said Van Gerwen. 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Gary Anderson picked up his first points in front of his home fans A vociferous home support seemed to unnerve Anderson a little, although he still managed to punish lapses in concentration from the erratic Van Barneveld.Peter Wright remains a point clear at the top of the table after he snatched a 6-6 draw with Robert Thornton.The unbeaten Snakebite struggled with a new set of darts and was forced to battle back after Thornton claimed his first point of the competition.Earlier in the night, Adrian Lewis had edged a closely fought clash with James Wade, firing in a 142 checkout in a 7-5 win. 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He hit a reasonable amount of fairways (eight out of 14) considering the dry, fast conditions, and only once when he was out of position did he fail to save par.He is the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup, and the top five seeds only have to win the Tour Championship to claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. The top five were all among the dozen players who broke par in the opening round.Jason Day, the worlds No. 1 player who hasnt won in four months, dropped his only shot on the opening hole and was at 67, along with Kevin Kisner and Si Woo Kim.Id like to give Dustin a good run for it, Day said.Jordan Spieth didnt look like he would post anything near a 68 after he was 3 over through two holes. The defending FedEx Cup champion let his short game bail him out in a big way. 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He hit his next tee shot out of play and made triple bogey, and followed that with a double bogey with a drive into the water. Mickelson played 1 under from there to salvage a 74. He didnt hit a fairway until the 17th hole, and then headed straight to the practice range.These are the kind of days Johnson rarely has.Johnson has finished out of the top 10 only twice in the last four months -- one of them a missed cut at the PGA Championship out of nowhere -- and is making it tough on everyone. While everyone has a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup, that depends on how the top five fare.And one of those is Johnson, who is faring quite well at the moment.Chappell, three times a runner-up this year, would have to win and have Johnson finish worse than ninth to win the $10 million bonus.With the form Dustin is in, I dont think that scenario is going to happen for me, Chappell said. 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Former first-round draft pick Brad McKenzie and key defender Joel Tippett are the latest casualties of North Melbournes AFL list overhaul.Veterans Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo and Michael Firrito were sensationally told they were not part of the clubs plans for next season ahead of the Roosill-fated finals campaign.McKenzie and Tippett were told they would not be offered contracts for 2017 on Wednesday.These decisions are always tough, club football boss Cameron Joyce said.Both Brad and Joel have been great contributors during their time with us and we sincerely wish them all the best.Hopefully they can continue their AFL careers because both are very capabble players. China NHL Jerseys. 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This time, hed have to win race No. 26 at the track that gave him the first of his 17 career victories in 2005.For practical purposes, Buescher will make the Chase if he loses 11 or fewer points to Ragan, his closest pursuer.For an outright clinch, Buescher needs to finish seventh (eighth with a lap led, ninth with most laps led), but chances are he wont need a top-10 run to qualify.In fact, the odds favor the four drivers currently in Chase-eligible positions -- Buescher, Elliott, Dillon and McMurray. To use the poker analogy, they have the best hands going into Richmond.Then again, no one expected Buescher to win the rain-shortened race at Pocono, the victory that vaulted him into the Chase conversation. 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