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NEW YORK (AP) — On his 3 Keon Broxton Jersey ,102nd pitch of a special season, Jacob deGrom was determined to reach one more milestone, rather than letting it linger until next year.So facing his final batter, he reached back and threw a 92 mph slider past Ozzie Albies for his 1,000th career strikeout.Now deGrom will wait a few more weeks to see if his remarkable run will win him the National League’s top pitching prize.DeGrom was dominant in what almost certainly was his last pitch for the Cy Young Award, throwing eight stellar innings and leaving with a major league-best 1.70 ERA as the New York Mets blanked the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Wednesday.“I’m really excited with how the night went,” deGrom said. “I had the goal to get to that tonight. It was a lot cooler to get my 1,000th strikeout on my last pitch of the year than my first batter next year.”DeGrom (10-9) made his last regular-season start http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-zach-davies-jersey , striking out 10 and allowing just two singles against the NL East champions. He retired the final 20 hitters after allowing a single to Johan Camargo.DeGrom gave up no more than three runs in his last 29 starts to extend his own single-season record. He also matched the overall mark set by Jake Arrieta in 2015-16.“For me it’s just watching a dominant starter and the best pitcher in baseball every five days,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.The Braves (89-69) had a six-game winning streak snapped. They began the day two games behind the Cubs for the best record in the NL.DeGrom recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game this season and 32nd of his career. Most of his strikeouts came on sliders in the low-90s mph and his velocity was in the high 90s on his fastball throughout the night.The All-Star ace finished with 24 quality starts, the most in a single season, the Elias Sports Bureau said.DeGrom received numerous ovations from the crowd of 23,205, even when he struck out in the seventh. By the eighth, the crowd was hanging on every pitch and, after he fanned Tyler Flowers for the third time Brent Suter Jersey , the fans began “MVP” chants.“He was really good,” Flowers said. “I just want to watch the game on TV later. I know I didn’t get anything to hit. I know that. I think most of the other guys would say the same thing.”As the Mets batted in the eighth, the crowd began chanting “We Want Jake” and booed when Seth Lugo entered. Lugo finished off deGrom’s latest gem by tossing a scoreless ninth for his third save.DeGrom also won for the first time in six starts against Atlanta this year. He allowed four runs in 41 innings against the Braves.“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him (pitch) bad,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “That guy’s so good.”Dominic Smith drove in the first run with an RBI single in the sixth off Luke Jackson.Smith’s hit was enough for deGrom, who allowed one or no runs in 18 of 32 starts this year, the most in the National League.“He’s unbelievable,” Smith said.Michael Conforto hit his career-high 28th homer in the eighth with a long drive off Kyle Wright. Two batters later, Smith homered to make it 3-0.Atlanta left-hander Sean Newcomb allowed one hit in five scoreless innings but four walks raised his pitch count.Ronald Acuna Jr. opened the game with a single and stole second Boone Logan Jersey , but deGrom retired Ender Inciarte, Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis. Camargo opened the second with a single, but deGrom fanned Flowers and induced a double play by Albies and did not allow a baserunner the rest of the way.HONORARY COACHOzzie Virgil Sr. was an honorary coach and exchanged lineup cards. Virgil, 86, was the first Dominican-born player in the major leagues when he made his debut for the New York Giants in 1956. During an eight-year career with the Giants in New York and San Francisco, Detroit, the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore and Pittsburgh http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-hader-jersey , Virgil appeared at catcher, third base and outfield. He currently serves as a special catching instructor for New York’s teams in the Dominican Summer League and has spent the last 11 seasons doing so.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: SS Dansby Swanson has a partially torn ligament in his left hand and it’s unclear if he will be available in the postseason. He flew from New York to Atlanta Wednesday to get his wrist and hand examined by team doctors. He will undergo treatment while missing the rest of the regular season, which ends Sunday. Swanson will be revaluated next week before the best-of-five Division Series begins on Oct. 4.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Julio Teheran (9-8, 4.03 ERA) makes his final regular-season start Thursday. He is 9-6 with a 2.42 ERA in 24 career appearances against the Mets.Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (6-9, 6.25) concludes a disappointing first season of a two-year deal for New York. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. will head back to Houston to have his right elbow examined after leaving his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of discomfort Saturday night.The right-hander gave up two hits in four innings, struck out five and walked two before departing with a 1-0 lead. Houston won the game 14-0.“He came to me after his last inning and said he felt a little something,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “We really didn’t like the look in his warm-up pitches so I took him out of the game.”McCullers will fly out Sunday before the series finale against the Dodgers. The Astros conclude their eight-game trip with a visit to San Francisco.“I felt some abnormal soreness and stiffness that I wouldn’t feel during the game,” McCullers said. “I couldn’t have felt any better to start the game Max Kepler Jersey , which is the most frustrating part.”McCullers was back on the mound at Dodger Stadium for the first time since starting Game 7 of last year’s World Series, when the Astros beat Los Angeles.He has lost three of his last four starts and is 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA.

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ANAHEIM Craig Stammen Jersey , Calif. (AP) — After getting three big homers and nine innings of outstanding pitching to complete a series sweep, the Los Angeles Angels are headed into a day off with a rare feeling of contentment in their disappointing season.The Detroit Tigers are just grateful to be going home after a horrific California road trip ended with nothing but losses.Justin Upton and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning, and the Angels swept the Tigers with a 6-0 victory Wednesday.Kole Calhoun hit a leadoff homer and rookie Jaime Barria (7-7) pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning for the Angels, who were in a 1-6 skid before getting back to .500 with their first series sweep — and their first shutout victory — since early June.“It’s always good to win like this, especially when you sweep a series,” Barria said “Everybody is feeling much better. It’s a better atmosphere in the clubhouse.”The atmosphere was quiet down the hall as the struggling Tigers packed up for the plane: Detroit scored only eight runs on its 0-6 road trip http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-trevor-hoffman-jersey , getting shut out three times. All but three of Detroit’s runs over 58 innings of play out West came in Tuesday night’s 11-5 loss to the Angels.“We’ve got a lot of guys struggling at the same time, a lot of guys fighting it,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve got a day off, and we know we play better at home. We’ve got time to maybe work on a few things. We’ve got to get back on the positive side mentally.”Mike Trout missed his seventh consecutive game with a sore right wrist, but the Angels still scored 23 runs in the three-game series without their best player.“Obviously you never want to play many games without a guy like Mike in our lineup, but I think we’re holding our own Evan Longoria Jersey ,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.The Angels broke it open in the fifth when Upton connected on a full-count changeup from Blaine Hardy (4-4) for a two-run homer. Moments later, Pujols added his 632nd career homer.Hardy yielded seven hits over five innings for the Tigers, who are headed home without a win on the West Coast. Detroit has lost 21 of its past 26 road games overall.Starting with three strikeouts in the first inning, Barria had another effective outing for the Angels, who have benefited greatly from his surprising emergence as a dependable starter in their injury-plagued rotation. He struck out five in total and walked one before leaving with two outs in the sixth. The Angels bullpen then got 10 consecutive outs to finish it.Jefry Marte had an RBI single in the first inning, and he doubled and scored on Jose Briceno’s single in the sixth.KOLE’S SHOTCalhoun led off for the Angels with his 15th homer. The blast was the ninth leadoff homer by Calhoun Andrew McCutchen Jersey , who endured a miserable first half of the season before finding his stride since coming off the disabled list June 18. He has hit 14 homers since that DL stint, tops in the AL during that stretch.TROUT OUTThe Angels got more good news when Scioscia said he’s optimistic Trout could play Friday against the Oakland Athletics. Trout’s wrist has kept him out for the second-longest injury absence of his big-league career, but he will come in Thursday on the Angels’ day off to throw and perhaps to swing a bat.NO-HEIShohei Ohtani had the day off after homering Tuesday night as the Angels’ designated hitter. Ohtani frequently sits against left-handed starting pitchers such as Hardy.UNHAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTHThe Tigers haven’t won a series at Angel Stadium since August 2009, and they’ve lost 24 of their past 31 games in Anaheim. They’ve also lost 31 of their 43 meetings overall with the Angels since September 2012.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Catcher John Hicks went on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain. The move was retroactive to Tuesday. Detroit recalled catcher Grayson Greiner from Triple-A Toledo to back up James McCann.Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia is still hoping Tyler Skaggs can start Saturday against Oakland after coming off the 10-day disabled list. Skaggs went on the DL last weekend with a left adductor strain, but the move was retroactive to his previous start.UP NEXTTigers: After a day off, Jordan Zimmermann (4-4 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-watson-jersey , 4.31 ERA) makes his 16th start of the season in the opener of a home series against Minnesota.Angels: After a day off, converted reliever Felix Pena (1-3, 4.97 ERA) makes his ninth start of the season Friday at home against Oakland. Pena has been a solid stopgap for the Halos’ troubled rotation. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in Cleveland last weekend, but still took the loss. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich has hit for the cycle for the second time this season, setting a major league record by doing it twice against one team.The Milwaukee Brewers‘ slugger completed his cycle Monday night with a sixth-inning triple against the Reds. Yelich also hit for the cycle when he went 6 for 6 on Aug. 29 in Cincinnati, making him the fifth player to accomplish the feat twice in one season — and first in Brewers history.He became the first major leaguer to do it twice in one year against the same team.The previous player with two cycles in one season was Aaron Hill in 2012.Yelich singled in the first inning Gregor Blanco Jersey , doubled in the second, launched a two-run homer in the fifth and added a two-run triple in the sixth. With the Brewers nursing a large lead, he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.Yelich’s huge second half has turned him into a top contender for the NL MVP award. Milwaukee began the night with a three-game lead in the NL wild-card race.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Although the Milwaukee Brewers still trail in the NL Central D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey Elite , they believe the pressure has shifted to the first-place Cubs.Curtis Granderson homered, tripled and scored three runs, Lorenzo Cain added three hits and the Brewers beat Chicago 5-1 on Wednesday night to move within a game of the division lead.Granderson finished with three hits and Mike Moustakas had a two-run single for Milwaukee, which took two of three at Wrigley Field.Josh Hader (6-1) struck out three in a scoreless eighth to get the win. Six Brewers pitchers combined to hold Chicago to six hits.“We put ourselves in a spot where the division is within reach,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Now you feel like, really, take care of your own self. You play well and you have a chance to be there.”When asked if winning the series puts pressure on the Cubs, Counsell said: “For sure. That was the goal coming in.”Kris Bryant had two hits and drove in Chicago’s run.“We’re still in first place; I’m not worried about that,” infielder Javier Baez said. “We know we’ll come through as a team. Nobody is going to beat us if we go out there and play.”Granderson nearly began the game with his 48th career leadoff homer, but it was ruled a triple following an umpire review. The ball appeared to bounce off the top of the home run basket twice before falling back into the field of play.“That might be my basketball skills,” Granderson said. “If I would have gotten them in before http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey , then I would have been playing basketball.”Two batters later, Cain singled to drive in Granderson for the game’s first run. Travis Shaw’s sacrifice fly in the third gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed just two hits in four innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Chicago then scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth against relievers Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel.Pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella, batting for starter Kyle Hendricks (11-11), led off with an infield single against Barnes and advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop Hernan Perez. Three batters later, with La Stella on third, Bryant doubled off a 98 mph fastball from Knebel to make it 2-1.The Brewers gave themselves some breathing room with three runs in the ninth. Granderson led off with a homer against Steve Cishek to make it 3-1. Later in the inning, Moustakas singled through the left side with the bases loaded to make it 5-1.“Grandy starting the game off and then the homer in the ninth, those were the big moments in the game,” Counsell said.DARVISH SURGERYCubs RHP Yu Darvish underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right elbow to clean out loose debris, the team announced. Darvish was declared out for the season last month after an MRI revealed a stress reaction in the elbow. He recently visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews for a second opinion, and the surgery was recommended.The procedure http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-craig-kimbrel-jersey , termed a debridement, was performed in Dallas by Texas Rangers physician Keith Meister.DAY TRIPPIN’Before opening a three-game home series with Cincinnati this weekend, the Cubs will play a makeup of Sunday’s rainout on Thursday in Washington. They are not happy about losing a scheduled day off because it means going 30 straight days without one.“Playing 30 consecutive days is the difficult part,” manager Joe Maddon said. “For me, I don’t think that’s been discussed enough regarding whether to play or not.”The Cubs announced that Friday’s game against the Reds has been moved to 7:05 p.m. It had been scheduled for 1:20.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: RHP Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) threw a 35-pitch bullpen and his next step will be a simulated game this weekend. If all goes well, Morrow hopes to return to the active roster by the end of next week.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and San Francisco reliever Mark Melancon let the deadline pass for exercising opt-out provisions in their contracts.Doing the same were two Cuban outfielders who have been major disappointments and spent all of this season in the minor leagues: Boston’s Rusney Castillo and Arizona’s Yasmany Tomas.Heyward keeps the $184 million Felipe Vazquez Jersey , eight-year deal that pays him $106 million in the next five seasons. The others all have two years left in their contracts: Melancon is owed $28 million, Tomas $32.5 million and Castillo $24.5 million.They all had to make their decisions by Wednesday night.The 29-year-old Heyward, who in 2016 helped the Cubs to their first title in 108 years, hit .270 with eight homers and 58 RBIs in 127 games this season. He is owed $20 million in 2019, $21 million in each of the following two seasons and $22 million apiece in the final two years. If he has 550 plate appearances next year, he would again have the right to void the deal and become a free agent.Melancon, 33, was 1-4 with a 3.23 ERA and three saves in 41 relief appearances, allowing 11.1 hits per nine innings for the second straight year and a .302 opponents’ batting average in 2018. He has made 73 appearances in the first two seasons of a $62 million, four-year deal and is due $14 million in each of the final two seasons.The 31-year-old Castillo has appeared in just 99 games since agreeing in August 2014 to a $72.5 million Starling Marte Jersey , seven-year contract and has not played in the major leagues since he was sent outright to the minors on June 20, 2016.He hit .319 with five homers and 59 RBIs for Triple-A Pawtucket this year and is owed $11 million next year and $13.5 million in 2020. By keeping him in the minors, the Red Sox ensured his salary would not count on their luxury-tax payroll; under a change made after the 2016 season, he would count if he were brought up and sent outright to the minors again.Tomas, who turns 28 this month, was sent outright to the minors April 2 and hit .262 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs for Triple-A Reno. His $68.5 million, six-year deal calls for $15.5 million next year and $17 million in 2020. Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees have a Gary Sanchez problem that goes far beyond a strained groin and far beyond a game that might not have been lost with a little more effort from their 25-year-old catcher.This isn't about a game in July. It's about games in October, and whether the Yankees can win a championship with him behind the plate."No way they can win in the playoffs with Sanchez catching," one National League scout said Tuesday.I'm not sure I buy that, because Sanchez was the starting catcher for 12 of the 13 games the Yankees played last October http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-willie-stargell-jersey , when they took the Houston Astros to Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. They're 35-18 in the 53 games he has started behind the plate this season, which is better than their record in games when he hasn't been the starting catcher (28-17 entering play Tuesday).I do buy that Sanchez's continuing defensive struggles and his issues with concentration and hustle have presented Yankees manager Aaron Boone with the first big issue to solve in what has been an ultra-smooth first season in charge.It's easy to jump on Sanchez this week, because the two lack-of-hustle plays in Monday's 7-6 Yankees loss to the Tampa Bay Rays were so inexcusable鈥攅ven after finding out Sanchez was dealing with the groin issue that sent him back to the disabled list Tuesday. Sanchez allowed a run to score from second base when he didn't move fast enough to recover a passed ball (his 10th of the season, tied for most in the majors). And he was retired at first base for the game's final out, on a play in which the Rays first tried unsuccessfully to get Aaron Hicks at second base.It's easy to jump on Sanchez this year, because his .188 batting average (down from .278 last year) and .699 OPS (down from .876) have made it harder to overlook the transgressions in other parts of his game.It's easy to jump on Sanchez, because on his way through the Yankees farm system he sometimes had similar issues, with the Yankees using benchings, suspensions and "timeouts" to convince him he had to grow up. And because some of the same issues they tried to correct then鈥攃oncentration lapses and poor receiving technique鈥攈ave been so evident this season."What you're seeing now is what we all saw in the minor leagues before 2015," an American League scout said.Sanchez went back on the disabled list Tuesday Barry Bonds Jersey , but his play remains a major concern for the Yankees.Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesThe Yankees stuck with Sanchez then, believing his strong right arm and powerful bat would make him worth the effort. It helped that despite the benchings and suspensions, Sanchez never had a reputation as a bad kid, just as one who needed to mature.Two years ago, it seemed they were right to wait. Sanchez came to the big leagues and hit 20 home runs in just 53 games, including 11 in one stunning 15-game stretch in August.It was easy to love Sanchez in 2016. When I did a story on him that September, I quoted a scout who pointed to Monument Park and said, "That's where he could end up."Then came 2017, when on the one hand Sanchez became just the second catcher born in the Dominican Republic to make an All-Star team (Tony Pena was the first). On the other hand, his defense was enough of an issue that then-Yankees manager Joe Girardi publicly scolded him and even benched him for a game in August.Boone has been more publicly supportive http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-roberto-clemente-jersey , to the point of telling reporters Tuesday at Tropicana Field that he wouldn't have benched Sanchez for Monday's transgressions. Sanchez didn't play Tuesday, but only because he went back on the disabled list with the recurrence of the groin injury that had already sidelined him for 20 games before he returned over the weekend.To his credit, Sanchez didn't blame his lack of hustle on the sore groin, which he said he felt tighten up on the first-inning passed ball."An injury is never an excuse," Sanchez said, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. "If I'm on the field, I'm good to play. My answer is the same [as Monday]: I could have done a better job."Sanchez hasnt hit as well this year as Judge, but his 14 home runs are tied for first among major league catchers.Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesEven that wasn't enough for many Yankees fans, or for rival scouts who have grown tired of watching Sanchez mess up over the years."He always owns up to it," one American League scout said. "But then it happens again."Even so Kent Tekulve Jersey , that same scout said, "I'd still take the bat."Four scouts interviewed Tuesday about Sanchez were unanimous in still believing in Sanchez's offensive potential. Some speculated his struggles have come from trying to pull the ball too often, while others wondered whether his problems on defense evolved into a confidence issue that has hurt his offense as well.All agreed the Sanchez problem is a challenging one for the Yankees. Their other young players cause them little concern, with Aaron Judge one of the most respected players in the game and Gleyber Torres fitting in seamlessly after a late-April promotion from the minor leagues.Sanchez is the one who complicates things. He always has been.When it was that way in the minor leagues, the Yankees decided it was worth the aggravation he caused to find out how good a player he could become. They may well decide that again, but after what happened Monday, it's a question they once again must answer. Danny Knobler covers Major League Baseball as a national columnist for Bleacher Report.Follow Danny on Twitter and talk baseball.

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros toasted a playoff berth in a private moment http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-harold-baines-jersey , and then moved on to their next goal.“You’ve got to take it step by step so it’s nice to acknowledge and celebrate it because you don’t take it for granted,” right-hander Gerrit Cole said. “But we’ve got some more work to do.”Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and a two-run homer on his way to a career-high seven RBIs, and the Astros secured a spot in the postseason with an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.George Springer added a three-run shot in the eighth for the Astros, who are still looking to secure the AL West title. The defending World Series champions maintained a 3 1/2-game lead over second-place Oakland, which beat Minnesota 7-6 in 10 innings.Cole (15-5) allowed three hits and three runs in seven innings in his fifth straight win. He also struck out 12, giving him 1,006 for his career and moving him in front of teammate Justin Verlander (269) for most in the AL this season with 272.Gurriel hit his third career grand slam in the first inning. He connected for his 12th homer against Andrew Heaney (9-10) in the third and singled in Tyler White in the fifth.It was his first career multihomer game. His brother Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also homered twice for Toronto on Friday night, marking the first time in major league history that brothers had multihomer games on the same day.“My parents were so happy that they didn’t know what to do with themselves, hearing the great news,” Yuli Gurriel said through a translator. “Sometimes I have a good game and sometimes he has a good game, but for us to have a great game together is very special.”Gurriel’s seven RBIs were the most for a Houston player since J.R. Towles set a franchise record with eight 11 years ago on Friday.Mike Trout homered for the second straight game for the Angels Luke Appling Jersey , who lost their third in a row. They allowed 42 runs combined in those three losses.Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman hit consecutive singles with one out in the first and Heaney walked Marwin Gonzalez to load the bases. Gurriel then belted an opposite-field shot to right field.Gonzalez walked again with one out in the third before Gurriel drove an 81-mph curveball into the Crawford Boxes in left field.Heaney allowed six runs in three innings.“At the wrong times, he hung some pitches and those guys didn’t miss them,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He had eight baserunners in three innings, so he was a little out of sorts and they turned the page on him.”Jose Fernandez doubled with two outs in the sixth before Trout’s 37th homer cut Houston’s lead to 7-2. Andrelton Simmons tripled with one out in the seventh and scored on a single by Francisco Arcia.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: SS Carlos Correa was out of the lineup and manager A.J. Hinch said he’ll sit out until at least Monday as he continues to deal with soreness in his lower back. “Carlos is still not right,” Hinch said. “He’s played through it and it hasn’t worked out.” Correa was on the disabled list from June 26-Aug. 10 and has struggling since his return, hitting just .174 in with one homer and 13 RBIs in 34 games.COLE’S K’SCole’s strikeouts are the fourth-most in franchise history. He said it was special to reach 1,000 career strikeouts.“The guys took a moment tonight to recognize it and that meant a lot,” he said. “There are a lot of really professional and special arms in this room so that kind of keeps you in perspective.”THEY SAID ITHinch on the team teasing Yuli Gurriel in the dugout as they watched what his brother was doing: “I think he was trying to keep up with his brother. Every time they kept putting the fantasy numbers up on the board he came up with another RBI, another homer, another hit. We had some fun with him.”UP NEXTVerlander (16-9, 2.67 ERA) opposes Jaime Barria (10-9 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-bo-jackson-jersey , 3.61 ERA) when the series continues Saturday night. Verlander has won his last three starts and needs just one strikeout to set a career high. Barria is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts against the Astros this season. BOSTON — Chris Sale and David Price are likely to start for the Red Sox in the first two games of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees or Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park.Games 1 and 2 are set for Oct. 5 and 6 and the two left-handers are in line to make those starts — both chasing the first postseason wins (as starters) of their proud careers.Club president Dave Dombrowski revealed on MLB Network Radio that Sale will “be scheduled to start (the opener), I don’t think it’ll surprise anybody, the first day of the postseason. I don’t mean to usurp anybody’s announcements, but I think it’s one of those that have been pretty clear.”Article continues below ...Price is a sure bet to start Game 2, especially if it’s the Yankees, thus keeping him from pitching at Yankee Stadium, his house of horrors. If Oakland is the opposition, the door would be open to break up the lefties by having Rick Porcello throw in Game 2.For now, it’s all about getting tuned up, and after Tuesday night’s game was rained out, Price will start the opener of Wednesday’s day/night doubleheader and Sale will work the nightcap.The Orioles http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-luis-aparicio-jersey , who have already tied the franchise record for losses in a season, will counter with rookie Ryan Meisinger (2-0, 4.50 ERA) in the opener with the Game 2 starter yet to be determined for the starter-short Orioles, who can’t get to Sunday fast enough. Jimmy Yacabonis had been scheduled to start Tuesday.Price is 2-8 lifetime in the postseason. But both wins came in relief, where the left-hander has done some dynamic work over the years. Sale was 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA in two starts against the Houston Astros in last year’s ALDS.There has been talk — all from the outside — of Price again working out of the bullpen, but there was no indication that would happen.Sale (12-4, 2.00 ERA) is working his way back from two stints on the disabled list from left shoulder inflammation. He has built up from 26 to 42 to 73 pitches, and the hope for this outing in 90-plus.On Monday night, the Red Sox recorded their franchise-record 106th win and locked up home field advantage throughout the postseason with a 6-2 victory over Baltimore.Price, who has more trouble pitching in Yankee Stadium than he does anywhere else, suffered his first loss since the All-Star break last time out http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-ozzie-guillen-jersey , allowing three homers in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.That dropped Price to 5-1 since the break.Price, 15-7 with a 3.53 ERA overall on the season, is 2-0 against the Orioles in 2018 — two earned runs, 18 strikeouts in 15 innings — and 14-5 with a 2.67 in 27 career starts against the Birds.Sale is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season, 7-2 with a 2.49 lifetime.Nathan Eovaldi, in line to start Game 4 of the ALDS, was the winner Monday (10 strikeouts), saying, “I definitely feel like we’re the team to beat.”As far as the club breaking a record that was set in 1912, manager Alex Cora said, “It’s unreal. You think about the history of the game and the history of this franchise. To be part of this Bill Melton Jersey , I can’t even explain it. Obviously it’s something where we should call time out and enjoy this one.”Monday’s loss was Baltimore’s 111th, which ties the 1939 St. Louis Browns for the most in franchise history.Adam Jones, who refused a deal that could have sent him to a contender at the trade deadline, electing to play out his contract with the Orioles, was in left field Monday night — his first time at the position since Sept. 30, 2007. He was a Seattle Mariner at the time.“It’s coming to an end here. The season ends. My contract ends,” said Jones. “I’m an optimistic person. You never know what could happen. You always got to keep your options open.”Yefry Ramirez, in line to start Wednesday’s finale, won’t make that appearance because of a cut on his hand. The Orioles are hoping to see him pitch before Sunday’s season finale.The Red Sox are 15-2 against the Orioles this season.

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Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesThe Chicago Cubs reportedly do not expect shortstop Addison Russell to play again this season as Major League Baseball continues to investigate domestic violence allegations against him Huston Street Jersey , according toUSA Today's Bob Nightengale.Russell's last appearance with the Cubs came on Sept. 19. He was placed on administrative leave by MLB two days later stemming from allegations that originally became public June 7, 2017.The Athletic'sKen Rosenthalpreviously reported neither Russell's representation nor the Major League Baseball Players Association planned to submit a request for an emergency hearing to try to have his administrative leave lifted."The chances of Russell rejoining the Cubs for the postseason appear slim; every previous case of a player going on administrative leave resulted in a player agreeing to a suspension without appeal," Rosenthal added.Russell's ex-wife,Melisa Reidy-Russell, detailed the alleged abuse in aposton her personal blog on Sept. 19. Reidy-Russell told ESPN.com'sJesse Rogersthat while her lawyers didn't think she was "prepared emotionally" to speak to MLB last summer about the alleged abuse, she feels comfortable doing so now."It wasn't sitting right with me," Reidy-Russell said. "I took it upon myself to do what I needed to do regardless what could happen financially. I know that I'm going to be OK. ... I shouldn't have to feel like I can't speak out to help someone else in order to protect someone that hurt me." .To be fair to the interested parties who only valued Beltre as a complementary piece, that's all he has looked like this year. He may be a future Hall of Famer, but he's 39 and has managed only a .720 OPS and 1.1 wins above replacement, according to Baseball Reference.However, Beltre was still producing like a star just last year, and he continues toat least hold his ownon defense. He's also had a habit of heating up whenever a pennant race is afoot鈥擜ugust and September are traditionally his best months.Any contender who acquires him stands to benefit from those qualities. One of them might consider that worth the risk of trading for him or simply absorbing the remainder of his salary.Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals2 of 7Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesSalary:$21.63 millionContract Ends:2018Just when it seemed like there was a real chance of the Washington Nationals trading Bryce Harper ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, general manager Mike Rizzo snuffed it out."Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team," Rizzo said, per Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post.In light of Harper's disappointing numbers, it's doubtful that any contender valued the 2015 National League MVP as highly as Washington. And while they've been disappointing in their own right, the Nats are still technically contenders.And yet, theNationals were under .500 as recently as July 29. Their rough upcoming schedule could easily force them back under that mark.If so http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-rod-carew-jersey , that could re-open their minds to the idea of dealing their prized 25-year-old. And since said 25-year-old has been looking more like himself with a 1.157 OPS since the All-Star break, contenders could be more than willing to match Washington's price tag this time around.Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays3 of 7Derik Hamilton/Associated PressSalary:$23 millionContract Ends:2018As for theother MVP from the 2015 season, Josh Donaldson's top priority right now is getting back on the field.The 32-year-old hasn't played since May 28 because of left calf tightness. Even before that, he was struggling to live up to his usual standards with just a .757 OPS and 0.6 WAR.It isn't all bad, though. Donaldson should be back at some point before August 31. If he lives up to his extraordinary August track record (1.003 OPS), he'll regain trade value in a hurry.As it is, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told reportersthat he had "a lot of discussions" about Donaldson ahead of the July 31 non-waiver deadline. Much of that interest still might exist, and it would only be heightened if he gets hot.If Donaldson does end up on a new team, his next act may involve carrying it to the postseason and beyond.Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds4 of 7Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesSalary:$21 millionContract Ends:2019 (with 2020 mutual option)James Shields, Jordan Zimmermann and Homer Bailey are the most notable high-priced pitchers who play on non-contenders. Of the three, Bailey is the one who might have the most left in the tank.Granted, injuries have limited the 32-year-old to only 41 starts since 2015. He's also put up a not-so-good 6.32 ERA in those starts.However, the Cincinnati Reds right-hander showed signs of life in his first two starts after coming off the disabled list with knee inflammation on July 24. Baileyaveraged 94.3 mph on his fastball, and he permitted only four earned runs in 14.2 innings with 14 strikeouts and three walks. He flopped Monday against the New York Mets, but there was some bad luck involved."I finally feel like I have a lot of things behind me鈥攚hether it's injury, or getting back to feeling the way that I know I can pitch and the way I have in the past," Bailey said on July 31 http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-nolan-ryan-jersey , per Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. "It's just confidence, knowing health is there every time I take the mound. I feel good."As of now, teams likely won't rush to claim Bailey on waivers. But if the signs of life stay there, one may venture to take a chance.Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers5 of 7Rick Scuteri/Associated PressSalary:$20 millionContract Ends:2020If the Rangers don't move Beltre, there's always Shin-Soo Choo.The 36-year-old struggled to live up to his seven-year, $130 million contract between 2014 and 2017, but he's suddenly looking more like his vintage self in 2018. He's put up an .855 OPS and 20 home runs, punching his ticket to his first career All-Star Game in the process.Nonetheless, the Rangers only got "a couple of nibbles" on Choo in the lead-up to July 31, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.That isn't surprising. His recent struggles still stick out, and he's in his mid-30s with a lot of money still coming his way.And yet, it may only take a prolonged offensive slump to convince one or more contenders to give Choo another look. At that point, the revival of his patience and power may start to look like strong excuses to reach for an impact hitter who could keep producing after 2018.Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres6 of 7Denis Poroy/Getty ImagesSalary:$21 millionContract Ends:2025 (with 2022 opt-out)This is an idea straight from the "Not Bloody Likely" file. But if the San Diego Padres are ever going to get out of Eric Hosmer's eight-year, $144 million contract, there may be no time like the present.All the worst fears the Padres could have had upon signing Hosmer have come true. He's posted a pedestrian .711 OPS and 0.3 WAR. His power has tanked, and his defensive ratings still don't match his reputation.The Padres aren't rich enough to be patient with Hosmer. The longer he takes to live up to his upside, the more likely it is that his deal will devolve into a team-wrecking albatross.This doesn't mean that other teams must also view Hosmer's contract as a ticking time bomb Cameron Maybin Jersey , though. He's still only 28, and his deal would become a bargain if he's ever able to consistently repeat his star-caliber form of 2013, 2015 and 2017. That may be as simple as stamping out his frustrating ground-ball habit.It's doubtful that any team will put in a claim for Hosmer. But after he clears waivers, contenders in need of a first baseman could do worse than reaching out to the Padres about him.Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds7 of 7Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesSalary:$25 millionContract Ends:2023 (with 2024 option)Joey Votto is only going anywhere if both he and the Reds want it.For his part, the 34-year-oldhasn't sounded willing to waive his no-trade clause in the past. For their part, the Reds are looking to push for contention in 2019. Since Votto is an all-time great hitter who's still playing at an All-Star level, it would make sense to keep him around.However, the Reds could decide that it makes more sense to ditch his remaining contract and look to reallocate that money in other ways. To wit, they have a few up-and-coming stars (Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel, Hunter Greene) they need to worry about locking up.Meanwhile, Votto may not be entirely close-minded to a trade out of Cincinnati. He expressed frustration with the pace of the Reds' rebuild this spring. Although things have turned a corner in that regard, the Reds still appear to be several years away from becoming a true power.So, never say never. And if the Reds do make Votto available, contenders will have a chance to add...well, an all-time great hitter who's still playing at an All-Star level. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.

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KANSAS CITY Francisco Rodriguez Jersey , Mo. (AP) — Jason Kipnis had been mired in such a batting slump that the Indians second baseman had resorted to watching old film of himself, trying to discover what had changed in the past couple years.He finally noticed a subtle, almost imperceptible difference in his hand position, so he rolled up a magazine and began mimicking his old swing in his hotel room. And while it felt a bit odd, and looked just as goofy, Kipnis nevertheless went to sleep feeling as if something had finally clicked.Did it ever.Kipnis proceeded to club four hits and drive in four runs Sunday, the big shot an inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning, to lead Cleveland’s 12-5 rout of the Kansas City Royals.“Obviously every day I’ve been working to snap out of it. It’s been ugly to watch and worse to go out there,” said Kipnis, who is still hitting just .223 this season. “I came in with better spirits and said, ‘Let’s see where it goes from here.'”Kipnis nearly went 5 for 5, but a baserunning mix-up by Melky Cabrera on his flyball in the second resulted in a fielder’s choice. Kipnis later had a pair of singles and a double before the homer.“He swung the bat very well Jake Arrieta Jersey ,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, “and I’ll tell you what, what a lift that would give us. He’s showed flashes, but if he could get hot, what a lift it would be.”Shane Bieber (8-2) allowed four runs for Cleveland — on homers by Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez and Lucas Duda. He departed after allowing six hits and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings, but it was still enough for the AL Central-leading Indians to improve to 10-1 when facing a series sweep.Right-hander Jorge Lopez (0-4) allowed five runs, all in the fourth inning, on five hits and three walks for Kansas City. He was lifted after throwing 79 pitches in just four innings.“You give a chance to your guys when you go deep in a game and I couldn’t do it today. I need to get better for sure,” Lopez said. “We’ll see about going forward from this start.”The Royals, who had snapped their own five-game skid Friday night, looked as if they’d keep their momentum going when Merrifield took Bieber deep to left field leading off the game.It was his fifth career leadoff homer and second this year.But the Indians answered with their big fourth inning Nick Williams Jersey , when six consecutive batters reached on four hits and a pair of walks. And after Perez went deep in the bottom half, the Indians added two more runs on Francisco Lindor’s two-out single in the sixth to add to their cushion.Edwin Encarnacion continued the offensive outburst — which came after the Indians were held to one run on five hits on Saturday night — when he took Royals reliever Jake Newberry deep in the eighth.“It’s been a tough trip for a lot of guys, but they’re going to be OK,” Francona said. “We needed to find a way today, whether it was ugly or whatever, and we did that.”O’HEARN IN LFRoyals 1B/DH Ryan O’Hearn got the start in left field, the first time he’s played the outfield in the big leagues. O’Hearn played 13 games there at Triple-A Omaha this season, and manager Ned Yost said the move was designed to “find a way to keep his bat in there.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: RHP Cody Anderson (Tommy John surgery) struck out two in a scoreless inning Saturday night for the club’s Arizona League team. It was his first game since September 2016. “No red flags or anything,” Francona said. … OF Brandon Guyer is getting a couple days off after getting hit where the foot meets the ankle, or as Francona called it, the “fankle.”Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) threw 60 pitches last Friday without any problems and expects to make a rehab start Wednesday, Yost said. … OF Jorge Soler (fractured left toe) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days Tommy Joseph Jersey , but even then he is unlikely to play in the outfield. “I don’t think so,” Yost said. “DH him some, give him some at-bats, make sure he’s ready to go for spring training, which he will be.”UP NEXTThe Indians and Royals will both take Monday off before beginning their next series. Cleveland is back home to face Minnesota with Carlos Carrasco (15-7, 3.55 ERA) on the mound, and Kansas City begins a five-game trip to Detroit and Baltimore with Jakob Junis (6-12, 4.70 ERA) getting the first start. NEW YORK — The end of the final week of the season will be nostalgic and bittersweet for the New York Mets. The beginning will serve to remind the Mets of a past they’d thought was buried, and how far they have to go to catch a familiar foe.David Wright’s final homestand as a major leaguer is scheduled to begin Tuesday night, when the Mets activate their former All-Star third baseman prior to the opener of a three-game series against the National League East champion Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.36 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Braves rookie Touki Toussaint (2-1, 4.30 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.Article continues below ...Both teams were off Monday after earning wins Sunday http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-clay-buchholz-jersey , when the Braves completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies with a 2-1 victory and the Mets beat the host Washington Nationals, 8-6.The Mets (73-83) took three of four from the Nationals and have gone 41-35 since July 1 to ensure a respectable finish to a season that spiraled out of control during a 5-21 June. But New York will be looking much further back over the final six-game homestand, when Wright will be on the active roster for the first time since May 2016.Wright, who was on a Hall of Fame track before his career was derailed by back, neck and shoulder injuries, is expected to be available as a pinch-hitter before making a final start against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.“I wouldn’t mind getting him in there and getting him a pinch-hit at-bat when it makes sense in the Braves series,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Sunday.While Wright, whose contract runs through 2020, is not expected to officially retire, the 35-year-old said during an emotional press conference Sept. 13 that it’s too painful for him to continue playing baseball.If this is it for Wright, he will end his career with the Mets in the same position they were when he made his debut in 2004 — chasing the Braves (88-68), who clinched their first NL East title since 2013 with a 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday.The Braves Aaron Altherr Jersey , of course, set an American professional sports record by winning 14 straight division titles from 1991 through 2005. The Mets finished second or third in the NL East seven times from 1995, Atlanta’s first full season in the NL East, through 2005.The Braves, who lost at least 90 games in each of the previous three seasons, appeared to be at least a year away from contending, but a mix of elite prospects such as Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies and reliable veterans such as NL Most Valuable Player candidates Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis vaulted Atlanta back into the playoffs.Now the Braves are focused on tuning up for the playoffs while trying to secure the highest seed possible and homefield advantage in the playoffs. Atlanta entered Monday 3 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the top spot in the NL and one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second seed.“We’re going to do the best we can to get (a higher seed) within the scope of giving a guy or two a day off next week,” Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters Sunday.Syndergaard took the loss in his most recent start last Wednesday, when he allowed three runs over four innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies, 4-0. Toussaint earned the win in his fourth career start last Wednesday after surrendering two runs over 5 1/3 innings in the Braves’ 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.Syndergaard is 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA in six career starts against the Braves. Toussaint has never faced the Mets.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Colorado’s bid to gain ground in the NL West appeared to be in jeopardy when German Marquez gave up a leadoff double and a two-run homer in the opening inning.The right-hander shook off those two first-pitch hits Harmon Killebrew Jersey , shutting down the Arizona Diamondbacks the rest of the way in a game the Rockies needed to win.Marquez struck out 11 in seven innings and Ian Desmond had three RBIs, lifting Colorado to a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.“After the home run, I saw a little different mound presence from Marquez,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He said, ‘Ok, that’s it, nothing else is going to happen.’ That was pretty cool.”The Rockies bounced back nicely after a three-game sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped them 2 1/2 games back in the NL West and 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.The Cardinals won again, but the Dodgers lost 5-3 to San Diego, leaving the Rockies 1 1/2 back in the division.Marquez (13-10) put them in position, shaking off David Peralta’s homer in the first inning with six scoreless frames. He allowed six hits and tied Pedro Astacio (1999) for second on Colorado’s single-season strikeout list with 210. Marquez is the third Colorado pitcher — with Astacio and Ubaldo Jimenez — with 200 strikeouts in a season.The right-hander’s outing gave the Rockies time to adjust to Zack Greinke.Greinke (14-11) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out six, but the Rockies scored four runs in the eighth after he left with one out. Desmond hit a two-run single off Brad Ziegler in Colorado’s team-record 42nd road win.“We are a good team,” Marquez said through a translator. “We always believe in our offense and know that at any given moment, we’re going to break out of this. It was a great feeling to come out of the game and see them put up those runs.”Arizona had its chances Paul Molitor Jersey , but failed in a couple of key situations while going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. The Diamondbacks have lost five of six to drop six games behind the Cardinals in the wild-card race.“I didn’t feel like they were awful pitches, just good hitting,” Ziegler said.Greinke allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss to Houston his last start. The right-hander was sharp early on against the Rockies, not allowing a ball out of the infield for the first two innings or a hit until Desmond’s run-scoring single with one out in the fifth.D.J. LeMahieu tied it at 2 with a run-scoring double off Greinke in the sixth.Greinke allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings.“You get out to a 2-0 lead you feel like things are going to go in a real good direction, especially the way Zack has thrown the ball,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “He was executing a great game plan and I thought he had some of the best stuff he had all year. They chipped away on at him and obviously the eighth inning got away from us.”KEY REVIEWColorado’s four-run eighth came after a video review went in its favor.With two runners on and one out, LeMahieu hit a ball back to Ziegler, who fired it to second. Shortstop Nick Ahmed tried to turn a double play, but made a weak throw to first as Charlie Blackmon slid hard into second base.Blackmon kicked his leg out and raised his arms, prompting the Diamondbacks to call for an umpire review for runner interference. After a long review, the play was upheld and the Rockies went on to score four runs in the inning.“It’s pretty clear to me by the letter of the law that it is an illegal slide,” Ziegler said. “It is unfortunate that they didn’t see it that way. When you watch the replay, it’s obvious that he made contact with his hands.”TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: SS Trevor Story participated in baseball activities prior to Friday’s game http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-oliva-jersey , but Black said he still could be out two or three more games with a sore right elbow.UP NEXTDiamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA his last nine starts heading into Saturday. Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela is coming off his first road win since April 27 after allowing a run in five-plus innings against San Francisco. MIAMI — The Philadelphia Phillies, who are trying to catch the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, would love nothing better than to sweep three games from the Miami Marlins this week.The host Marlins, in last place in the same division after Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, would love nothing better than to spoil the Phillies’ plan.“We are going to be playing teams that are contending for the postseason,” said Marlins infielder Martin Prado, referencing six remaining games against the Phillies and five against the Washington Nationals. “I hope we start a winning streak.”Article continues below ...The Phillies, of course, have different ideas. But the Phillies have struggled of late, going 8-15 since Aug. 8, and that includes Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.On Monday, Philadelphia will start veteran right-hander Vince Velasquez (9-9, 4.05 ERA). And Velasquez http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-kent-hrbek-jersey , just like his team, has struggled of late, posting a 5.87 ERA in his past four starts.A 26-year-old native of California, Velasquez was a second-round pick of the Houston Astros in 2010. He made his major league debut with Houston in 2015 and began his Phillies career in 2016.Blessed with an above-average fastball at 94.1 mph, Velasquez is 20-23 with a 4.32 ERA in the span of his career. His nine wins this year are already a career high, and he has beaten the Marlins twice this year.In those two wins, Velasquez has pitched 12 1/3 innings, allowing just six hits, two walks and one run, striking out 13.Miami will counter with right-hander Jose Urena (4-12, 4.56 ERA), who throws even harder than Velasquez at 95.8 mph on average and touching 98 mph.Urena is 0-1 with one no-decision against the Phillies this season, allowing 11 hits Kennys Vargas Jersey , five walks and six earned runs in 11 innings.In addition, Urena has not really taken advantage of the big dimensions of Marlins Park, posting a 1-9 record and a 4.45 home ERA so far this season.He also went 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA in August, which was not encouraging for the pitcher who is supposed to be Miami’s ace after a 14-7 record and a 3.82 ERA in 2017.Urena will face a Phillies lineup that entered Sunday ranked 15th in homers, 20th in the majors in runs scored, 23rd in OPS and 29th in doubles.The Phillies’ offense is led by left fielder Rhys Hoskins, who has 27 homers and 83 RBIs in his first full year in the majors. He also has an impressive 45 homers in 177 career games.Philadelphia on Sunday also started two players acquired within the past several weeks from the New York Mets: third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and right fielder Jose Bautista.Cabrera, who beat the Chicago Cubs on Friday night with a walk-off, 10th-inning solo home run, is confident that the Phillies team he joined in July has enough skill to get the playoffs this year.“We’ve got a really good team,” Cabrera told philly.com. “I believe in this team. We’re trying to show the younger guys how much fun it is to win at this level.”

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DENVER — Two young starters who have assumed prominent roles in their respective rotations will oppose each other Saturday when the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers continue their series.The Dodgers trail the Rockies by a half game in the National League West after their 4-2 win on Friday. The Arizona Diamondbacks Avisail Garcia Jersey , who beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Friday, are third, 1 1/2 games behind the Rockies. The Dodgers are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. Article continues below ...Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (13-7, 2.96 ERA) has been their most consistent starter all season. And Walker Buehler (6-4, 2.92) has recovered from a rib injury and become the Dodgers’ second-best starter behind Clayton Kershaw. Freeland, 25, is in his second full season in the majors. Buehler, 24, is in his first full season after making his major league debut exactly one year ago Friday.Both pitchers are former first-round draft picks. Buehler was taken 24th overall out of Vanderbilt in 2015. Freeland was the eighth overall selection in 2014 out of Evansville.Being a Denver native, Freeland said he has “a special pride” starting a meaningful September game against the Dodgers. The Rockies are 19-9 in games started by Freeland, who has been particularly effective in hitter-friendly Coors Field, going 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 12 starts there this season.In his past seven starts, Freeland is 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA while allowing two home runs in 43 2/3 innings.Freeland is coming off a win Sunday at San Diego where he gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings in Colorado’s 7-3 triumph.Freeland is 1-3 with a 3.90 ERA in six career starts against the Dodgers, and 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against them this season. The most recent was a no-decision Aug. 11 at Coors Field where Freeland allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings with two walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts in Colorado’s 3-2 win. He’ll face them again with the pennant race in sharper focus than it was a month ago.“It’s exciting knowing that we’re in the hunt, they’re in the hunt http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-frank-thomas-jersey , they’re a rival in our division,” Freeland said. “It’s really exciting, but you can’t buy into the hype. You still have to go out there and play your brand of baseball. You can’t try to do too much or do less or anything like that. You need to stay focused on what you need to get done.”Save for an ill-fated relief appearance that lasted one inning June 28, Buehler didn’t pitch for the Dodgers from June 9 thru July 12 due to a microfracture in his right rib.The Dodgers are 11-7 in starts by Buehler, who in his last outing Sunday against the Diamondbacks allowed one run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings but ended up with a no-decision in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win.In nine starts since returning from his rib injury, Buehler is 2-2, and he is 2-0 over his last six starts.“I think I came off the rib injury and kind of tried to simplify things,” Buehler said. “Really tried to figure out what worked for me and what didn’t, and I changed the curveball grip and have kind of thrown more hard sliders, cutters.”Buehler had thrown a knuckle-curve but said he wasn’t getting the swings and misses he wanted, so he is now throwing a more traditional curveball. He said with the slider and cutter, he is now throwing each with more conviction “instead of throwing one that spins and you never know which one it was going to be.”Buehler has made seven career appearances, including three starts, against the Rockies and is 0-0 with a 4.07 ERA. All three of those starts came this season, and Buehler had a 2.37 ERA in those games. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals need starting pitchers beyond Max Scherzer to excel if they’re going to make a run at the Phillies and Braves in the NL East.Count Tanner Roark in.Matt Wieters homered to back Roark Bobby Jenks Jersey , who went seven innings to win his third straight start, and the Nationals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Sunday.The Nationals took three of four from the Reds and have won eight of 11 overall with the second-place Braves coming to town for a four-game series beginning Tuesday.“They’re fighting, they’re hitting, they’re pitching. They’re doing everything right,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said of his team. “So, let’s keep it going.”Roark (6-12) allowed a run on seven singles and got a nice ovation when he made a diving stop on Billy Hamilton’s comebacker to end the seventh.Leading 2-0, Roark allowed four straight singles to open the fourth with Mason William’s hit pulling the Reds within 2-1. Roark then retired Tucker Barnhart on a pop to short, struck out Brandon Dixon and got Castillo on a fly to right.“It’s easy to get in your own head in that spot,” Roark said. “You’ve just got to continue to grind and make your pitches and not give in.”In his last three outings, Roark has allowed two earned runs in 22 innings (0.82 ERA) with 20 strikeouts and a walk after going more than a month-and-a-half without a win.“He’s definitely got confidence right now,” Martinez said. “For him, doing what he’s doing right now, we need that.”Bryce Harper had two hits including an RBI double and is batting .367 since the All-Star break.Kelvin Herrera worked the ninth for his third Washington save.There was no carryover from Saturday night’s game — in which Harper and Joey Votto were hit by pitches — until the seventh when Michael Lorenzen’s fastball sailed behind Washington’s Adam Eaton with two outs and Eaton glared at the mound.Harper started in center Sunday while Votto did not start but was called out on strikes as a pinch hitter to end the game.Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo (6-9) allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.The Braves managed just one hit against Roark after the fourth.“He’s not blowing you away the way Scherzer can,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said, “but he’s just a guy who knows what he’s doing out there and keeps mixing it up and had us off balance quite a bit during the day.Wieters made it 1-0 in the second inning when he sent a 2-0 Castillo fastball into the second deck in right and Harper’s third-inning double made it 2-0.VOTTO’S TAKEVotto http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-michael-jordan-jersey , visibly angry after getting hit by Ryan Madson, didn’t speak with reporters following Saturday’s game. Asked Sunday morning if Madson’s pitch that hit him was intentional, he responded: “I have no idea. My reaction kind of falls in line with that. I reacted. I had no idea at the time when I reacted, and I still don’t, now.”TRAINER’S ROOMReds: Riggleman said Votto’s absence Sunday was not due to getting hit. “Just basically normal aches and pains,” he said. “It’s deep into the season and three games in two days, day game after night game, just kind of at the point today, this would be a day off.” Votto demurred: “I want to play every day. I’d like to play every inning of every game all year long.”Nationals: SS Trea Turner (0 for 9 in Saturday’s doubleheader) was not in in the starting lineup for just the fourth time this season. He was intentionally walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth.UP NEXTReds: RHP Homer Bailey (1-8, 5.87) pitches the opener of the three-game series against the Mets Monday in New York. He’s 1-5 with a 7.22 ERA in seven starts versus New York.Nationals: RHP Jefry Rodriguez (0-1, 6.86) and RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.33) will pitch in a day-night double-header that opens a four-game series against the visiting Braves.

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ST. PETERSBURG Brandin Cooks Jersey Elite , Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays finished a long day of making trades by producing a long inning for Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs on Tuesday night in a win over the Angels.After making a series of deals just before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Rays broke through with a seven-run inning and beat the Angels 10-6 Tuesday night despite Mike Trout’s 30th home run.Trout’s homer, which came off Ryan Yarbrough in the seventh inning, made him the second major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season three times before the age of 26. The only other player to do it was Willie Mays.”It’s a cool accomplishment,” said Trout, who also doubled and scored the Angels’ first run.Yarbrough (10-5) became the first rookie to win 10 games this season despite giving up a career-high six runs on nine hits in five innings.”Obviously I’m happy about getting the win for the team and everything, but it’s not the way I envisioned my outing to go,” said Yarbrough. ”All I was worried about was being aggressive and sometimes you give up runs like that.”Yarbrough took over in the second inning after Rays starter Ryne Stanek pitched the first.”We probably pitched just good enough,” noted Rays manager Kevin Cash, whose staff had given up 37 runs in the last three games of a weekend series at Baltimore. ”Yarbs got hit a little but . . . it was better than what we saw over the weekend.”Carlos Gomez had two of the Tampa Bay’s six hits in a seven-run fourth inning off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (8-7). That inning left the Rays with a 10-1 lead.Matt Duffy had three of the Rays’ 14 hits and every hitter in the lineup had a hit by the sixth inning.Jake Bauers‘ eighth home run got the Rays on the board in the second inning.”It was a crazy day. So to go out and put up the numbers that we did, that was a big thing for us,” Bauers said. ”We did it our way, good at bats strung together.”Skaggs lasted only 3 1/3 innings in his shortest start of the season, giving up 10 runs. The left-hander had given up only eight earned runs in his preceding eight starts, which included five wins.

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ARLINGTON Felipe Vazquez Jersey , Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor didn’t let a little rain get in the way of his torrid August.The Texas second baseman connected on a go-ahead, three-run homer with rain falling in the seventh inning, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Sunday to wrap up a soggy weekend.Odor’s 15th home run of the season came minutes before the second rain delay of a game that started 13 hours after the previous night’s game ended. The Angels wrapped up that 11-7 win at 12:59 a.m. local time Sunday after a 2½-hour delay at the start.“We can’t change the weather,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “What’s going to happen is going to happen. It was just the way it was.”The rain had just started for the third time in Sunday’s regularly scheduled game when Odor pulled a pitch from reliever Noe Ramirez (4-4) into the seats above the Texas bullpen in right-center field.“We played through very similar conditions last night for seven innings,” manager Jeff Banister said. “It’s another one of those situations to add to what (Odor) has been able to do this year to right the ship and move himself forward.”Odor, who had the most RBIs in the majors in August going into the game, added four to give him 23 for the month. His previous career high for a month was 18.A 24-year-old already in his fifth season, Odor is hitting .338 with a 1.094 OPS this month, and is up to .279 for the season. He didn’t get his batting average above .200 for good until late May.“You don’t get to this point without putting in the work,” Banister said. “Now, there are a number of things along the way. Whether, it’s did he get to a low point and go through some realization. Physically, he’s still the same talented Starling Marte Jersey , young player that we’ve seen.”Shohei Ohtani doubled and scored the run that put the Angels up 2-1 in the fourth inning.Three Texas relievers retired all nine hitters, starting with Matt Moore (3-6) in the seventh. The left-hander, who began the season in the Texas rotation before getting sent to the bullpen, won for the second time in the series.Cory Gearrin pitched the eighth, and Jose Leclerc worked the ninth for his fifth save.Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and scored two runs, the first on Odor’s RBI single in the first inning.RAIN WON’T STAY AWAYThe delay after Odor’s homer lasted 56 minutes following an 18-minute stoppage moments after he grounded out to end the fifth, making the game official with the Angels leading 2-1.The sun came out before the tarp was in place for the first delay, and it was removed in less than 10 minutes. The game didn’t stop during a brief shower between the two delays.RUNS, NO HITSBoth Los Angeles runs came home without a hit in the fourth. Before Ohtani scored on Andrelton Simmons‘ double-play grounder, Albert Pujols drove in David Fletcher on a fielder’s choice when Fletcher avoided the tag by catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a slightly wide throw from first baseman Ronald Guzman.IN A PINCHOhtani connected on his second pinch-hit homer of the season in Saturday’s win. He’s the first Angels player with two pinch homers in a season since Russell Branyan in 2011. The two-way Japanese star has reached in eight of 17 pinch-hit appearances.“Shohei is as prepared as any player I’ve seen, even more so,” Scioscia said. “But pinch-hitting is different than going up there and having four at-bats against a pitcher. There’s less margin of error as far as when you miss a pitch that you should hit. He’s been terrific.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Ohtani threw 20 pitches Saturday in his third bullpen session in eight days. The right-hander is expected to face hitters at the club’s minor league facility in Arizona this week. Ohtani hasn’t pitched since June 6 because of a ligament sprain in his right elbow.Rangers: Banister said the club would wait until after flying to Oakland to determine whether 45-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon can start the opener of the series against the Athletics on Monday. Colon was scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start because of back stiffness.UP NEXTRHP Felix Pena (1-3, 4.35 ERA) was announced as the Angels’ starter for the opener of a two-game series at Arizona on Tuesday. If Colon can’t start for Texas http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-willie-stargell-jersey , Banister hasn’t indicated who would take his spot. ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Flowers isn’t a fan of pinch-hitting. On his memorable day, even that went right.Pinch-runner Adam Duvall scored the tiebreaking run on a delayed dash from third base and Flowers hit a two-run homer in Atlanta’s four-run eighth inning as the Braves beat Tampa Bay 9-5 on Tuesday night to snap the Rays’ eight-game winning streak.Flowers’ homer came after he agreed to a contract extension that could keep him in Atlanta through the 2020 season.“It was a pretty good day,” Flowers said. “All in all, it wasn’t too bad.”The homer was Atlanta’s sixth by pinch-hitters this season, tied for the most in the majors. Asked if he had become more comfortable as a pinch-hitter, Flowers said, “Not a bit, no.”Chaz Roe (1-3) walked Kurt Suzuki to open the eighth. Suzuki advanced to third on Ozzie Albies’ third hit, a double to the right-field corner.Duvall, running for Suzuki, initially remained at third base on Dansby Swanson’s groundout to second. When first baseman Jake Bauers looked to possibly throw to second, where Albies was standing off the bag, Duvall took off in a desperate sprint for the plate.Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild called Duvall safe on his slide under the tag of catcher Michael Perez Barry Bonds Jersey , beating Bauers’ throw. A video review lasting 1 minute, 45 seconds, confirmed the call.Bauers said he looked to second base because he thought Duvall was running on contact and already had scored. Then Bauers said he heard third baseman Matt Duffy yelling for him to throw to Perez.“I did my best to throw it home and get him,” Bauers said. “Obviously he snuck in.”Flowers’ homer landed in the Rays’ bullpen behind the left-field wall. Ender Inciarte, who drove in two runs on four hits, added another homer to center off Andrew Kittredge.The Rays suffered their first loss since Aug. 18 at Boston.“It just means we have to start again,” said Brandon Lowe, who hit his first homer, a two-run shot , in the sixth. “Losing stinks but now you can start another winning streak.”Brad Brach (2-3) recorded the final out in the eighth. The Rays loaded the bases off A.J. Minter with two outs in the ninth. Willy Adames’ groundout ended the game, and first-place Atlanta moved 4½ games ahead of Philadelphia in the NL East.Tampa Bay trailed 5-2 before Adames’ single off Jonny Venters in the eighth drove in Tommy Pham from second for a 5-5 tie. Nick Markakis doubled in two runs in Atlanta’s four-run fifth inning.Braves starter Julio Teheran gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: OF Mallex Smith (viral infection) worked out at Tropicana Field after being released from the hospital Sunday. There is no timetable for his return to the team.Braves: RHP Arodys Vizcaino, who has been out since July 14 while on the DL for the second time this season with right shoulder inflammation, threw in the bullpen. Manager Brian Snitker said Vizcaino is “feeling good now” but needs to appear in a minor league rehab game before more is known about his outlook for this season.THE OPENERRays opener Ryne Stanek pitched a scoreless first inning before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second. Yonny Chirinos allowed five runs http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-roberto-clemente-jersey , two earned, on seven hits and three walks in five innings.NEW DEALThe 32-year-old Flowers agreed to a $4 million contract for 2019 and a $6 million club option, with a $2 million buyout, for 2020.ERRORS HURTThe Rays led 2-1 before Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson opened the fifth with singles off the gloves of second baseman Joey Wendle and Duffy, respectively. Teheran’s bunt was mishandled by Bauers for an error and then picked up by Duffy, who threw low to first for another error, allowing Albies to score the tying run.UP NEXTRays: RHP Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.23 ERA) is expected to make only his third start when the two-game series concludes on Wednesday night. He has appeared in 30 games in relief.Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (11-6, 3.57) will make his second start of the season against the Rays. He threw six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win on May 8 at Tampa Bay.

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A look at what’s happening around the majors today:DEPLETED RIVALRYThe Yankees and Red Sox open a four-game series at Fenway Park with the two best records in the majors Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , but minus key players.Chris Sale, who tops the big leagues in strikeouts and leads the AL in ERA, had been scheduled to start for Boston. He went on the disabled list this week because of left shoulder inflammation, so Brian Johnson will pitch in his place. Johnson will face a lineup that’s missing Aaron Judge – the New York slugger has a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch last week.The Red Sox lead the Yankees by 5 1/2 games in the AL East.HIS TURN-ERDodgers sparkplug Justin Turner could come off the disabled list for the series finale at home against Milwaukee. He’s been out with a groin injury, and is batting .259 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in an injury-interrupted season.With Turner at third base, recently acquired Manny Machado would move over to shortstop and settle in with newcomer Brian Dozier at second base.WANT HIM?Reliever Shawn Kelley is looking for a job after his tantrum cost him a spot in Washington’s bullpen. Kelley was cut Wednesday – a day earlier, he threw his glove to the ground and glared into the dugout after giving up a home run in the ninth inning of a 25-4 romp over the Mets. The 34-year-old righty was 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 35 games this season.”It was a disrespectful act. … I thought it warranted him leaving the team,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.BACK TO WORKAstros star Carlos Correa will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi after missing more than a month with a back injury. He says he expects to play shortstop for the Hooks and hopes the rehab assignment will last only about a week.Correa has been out since late June with lower back soreness. He is hitting .268 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 73 games for the AL West leaders.IN PLAYSmooth-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is available after being cut by Tampa Bay. The Rays designated him for assignment to open a roster spot for newly acquired outfielder Tommy Pham. The 29-year-old infielder was hitting .258 with three homers and 26 RBIs Pat Tillman Jersey Limited , and he had lost his starting role to rookie Willy Adames. TORONTO — Blake Snell tied a Tampa Bay Rays record when he reached 20 wins Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.The left-hander will try for No. 21 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Rays will be going for a split in the series after losing 5-2 on Saturday. They lead the season set 10-5.Snell allowed one hit in five innings against the Rangers in tying David Price’s club record for wins and becoming the first 20-game winner in the majors since 2016. Price won No. 20 in his final start of the season in 2012 and took the American League Cy Young Award. Obviously, Snell is one of the top contenders for the award this season.Article continues below ...Snell (20-5, 1.97 ERA) will face Blue Jays left-hander Ryan Borucki (4-4, 3.86).Snell helped the Rays (86-68) enter contention for a wild-card spot in the American League. Two losses in three games to the Blue Jays, however, has been a big setback for the Rays, who are on the verge of elimination.“We’ve had to play very well for the last couple of months and the wild card wasn’t in the discussion outside the clubhouse until recently,” Rays infielder Joey Wendle said after the game Saturday. “We played our tails off to get into contention and we’ll continue to do that and see what happens.”Snell has won eight consecutive decisions Authentic Jared Goff Jersey , tied for the second longest streak in franchise history behind Matt Moore’s nine from Sept. 29, 2012 to May 19, 2013. He has won a club-record eight straight starts (without a no-decision in between), the only pitcher to do that in the majors this season.The 25-year-old is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six career starts against the Blue Jays and is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in four starts at the Rogers Centre. He has faced the Blue Jays once this season and was removed after five perfect innings on Aug. 10 at Toronto, his second start back from the disabled list. He threw only 47 pitches (33 strikes) in the outing.“It’s cool,” Snell said after winning No. 20. “It means we’ve been playing good team baseball when I pitch. Guys have been helping me — swinging it, playing defense, the bullpen has been coming in clutch. And I’ve been doing well as well. There’s a lot. I haven’t thought about it honestly.”Snell also emerged from his start against the Rangers with five strikeouts to reach 200 for the season.“Pretty special that he got his 20th win and 200th strikeout on the same day Jared Goff Jersey Elite ,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He deserves all the credit that he’s getting right now. People are noticing for good reason. To go and get the wins he has against some really, really strong teams and what he’s done recently has to put him in strong consideration (for the Cy Young Award),” Cash said.Snell has defeated the Boston Red Sox three times, the Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians twice, and the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees once apiece.In Borucki, the Blue Jays have a promising young pitcher of their own. He is 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts in September. The rookie allowed two runs in six innings of a 4-0 loss on Sept. 4 in his only appearance against the Rays. He will be making the 16th start of his major league career Sunday.The Blue Jays are getting good play from some September callups such as Rowdy Tellez, who had three hits, including a two-run homer and three RBIs on Saturday.And left-hander Thomas Pannone improved his record to 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA after holding the Rays to two runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in his fifth major league start. It was the third straight quality start for the 24-year-old — all against good teams in the Indians Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey , Yankees and Rays.“It definitely gives me the confidence that I know my stuff can play here facing good lineups, good hitters, and I’m turning them over pretty well,” Pannone said. “I just want to continue doing that.”The Blue Jays (71-84) have won six of their past eight games.

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CLEVELAND — Two veteran pitchers nearing the end of forgettable seasons will oppose each other on the mound Wednesday night as the Cleveland Indians host the Chicago White Sox in the final contest of their three-game series.Cleveland’s starter will be 33-year-old Josh Tomlin (1-5 Cooper Kupp Jersey Elite , 6.49 ERA), while the White Sox starter will be 36-year-old James Shields (7-16, 4.53).Tomlin, who won 10 games last year and 13 in 2016, lost his spot in Cleveland’s starting rotation early in this season and has spent most of the year being used out of the bullpen. In seven starts, he is 0-3 with a 7.68 ERA. In 22 relief appearances, he is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA.Article continues below ...With Cleveland manager Terry Francona tinkering with his starting rotation in preparation for the postseason, Tomlin has made some spot starts recently, the last of those coming Friday, when he got no decision in a 5-4 Cleveland loss to Detroit.Tomlin pitched four innings http://www.denverbroncosteamonline.com/phillip-lindsay-jersey , allowing two runs and five hits, with two strikeouts and one walk. His last start against the White Sox came Oct. 1, 2017, a 3-1 victory in which he pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run and four hits, with six strikeouts and no walks.Tomlin has made two appearances against Chicago this year, both in relief. He’s pitched a total of 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, with one strikeout and no walks. In 16 career appearances (13 starts) against the White Sox, Tomlin is 5-5 with a 3.66 ERA.Although the Indians have clinched the American League Central title Womens Phillip Lindsay Jersey , their remaining games are important for some players who might be on the bubble as far as being on the team’s postseason roster. One of those is side-arming reliever Adam Cimber, who was acquired from San Diego in a mid-season trade that also brought closer Brad Hand to Cleveland.Cimber, a right-hander, was very effective in San Diego, where in 42 appearances he had a 3.17 ERA and averaged 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. However, in 23 appearances in Cleveland he has a 4.91 ERA with three strikeouts in 14 2/3 frames.“In some cases, he hasn’t pitched full innings because we have so many left-handers (in the bullpen),” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s also been really unlucky. There have been times when he has made good pitches, but a ball has hit right on the foul line, or there have been some bloop hits.”Shields is completing his 13th year in the major leagues. His last start was an 8-6 victory over Baltimore on Friday Cheap Kerryon Johnson Jersey , when he pitched six innings, allowing two runs and four hits, with five strikeouts and one walk. In three starts in September, Shields is 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA.Shields’ last start against Cleveland came Aug. 11, a 3-1 loss in which he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs (two earned), seven hits, with four strikeouts and no walks. In two starts against the Indians this year, he is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA. For his career, Shields has started 22 games against Cleveland and is 5-8 with a 3.79 ERA.The White Sox http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-kerryon-johnson-jersey , who have lost three in a row, including the first two games of this series, need to win four of their last 11 games to avoid the fourth 100-loss season in franchise history. The White Sox are 0-8 versus the Indians at Progressive Field this year and 3-12 against them overall. The Chicago Cubs were supposed to have a travel day on Thursday. It was going to be a respite before a nine-day road trip against three potential playoff teams. But an early-season rainout has changed that plan and created a one-game stop in Atlanta before the lengthy swing. The Cubs will play the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves on Thursday in a makeup of a game that was rained out on May 17.Chicago will send left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.62 ERA) to the mound to oppose Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 2.67).Article continues below ...Neither team comes into the game rested. The Cubs had to finish a suspended game on Wednesday before playing their regularly scheduled game against the New York Mets. Chicago won the suspended game in 11 innings and lost the regular game before flying to Atlanta. The Braves only had one game, but a pair of rain delays totaling one hour, 47 minutes didn’t allow the 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays to be completed until 12:30 a.m. Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 1/2 games in the division.Montgomery will be activated from the disabled list to make his 14th start of the season. He was sidelined on Aug. 14 with left shoulder inflammation and hasn’t pitched since Aug. 11 when he threw one scoreless inning of relief. He threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday and declared himself fit for action.“It was a good two weeks for me to give (my arm) a refresher,” Montgomery said. “It’s one of those things where it could’ve gone bad if I didn’t address it. I didn’t want something that could take two weeks to cost me the rest of the season.”Montgomery’s last start came on Aug. 7 at Kansas City, when he pitched six scoreless innings. He has pitched at least five innings in all 13 of his starts.Montgomery has made four career appearances against Atlanta. He is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA, all with the Cubs. He has a 3.27 ERA in his last two starts against the Braves Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , both in 2017. In his only start at SunTrust Park on July 19, 2017, Montgomery allowed two hits and one run over six innings and hit a home run. He has made two scoreless relief appearances covering three innings against the Braves this season.Foltynewicz has been excellent during his five starts in August. He is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 32 2/3 innings with 36 strikeouts. He had a three-game winning streak snapped in his last start despite allowing just one run on two hits over six innings with eight strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to Miami on Friday.“I thought he was really good,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “To just give up one run, that’s pretty good.”Foltynewicz has made one start against the Cubs this season, earning no decision when he allowed one unearned run in five innings on May 15. He has never beaten the Cubs in three career starts, going 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals pitcher John Gant got a new label from teammate Jose Martinez — power hitter.Harrison Bader and Gant hit back-to-back home runs http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/yannick-ngakoue-jersey-cheap , Gant pitched into the sixth inning and St. Louis beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Thursday night.“You hit one, you’re lucky,” Martinez said of Gant’s second blast of the season. “You hit a second one, you’re a power hitter.”The Cardinals have won 17 of 21 and took their tenth consecutive series, their longest series winning streak since 2009, when they also won ten in a row.“It’s an important thing,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “We want to get better as the game goes and we want to get better as the series goes. And if you take care of the series, the rest of it just falls into place.”Gant (6-5) pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the first and a two-on, no-out jam in the third to win for the third time in his last four tries. He struck out six in 5 2/3 innings and has allowed one earned run in his last 12 2/3 innings.“It was a great team win, a great series win,” Gant said. “Another series win Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , and we’re going to try to keep on chugging.”Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (5-8) opened the game with 21 consecutive strikes, a first in the majors since pitch tracking began in 1988, according to Stats. That control didn’t do him much good, though. He gave up five runs in six innings.“I came out sharp but I didn’t keep my foot on the gas,” Musgrove said. “I didn’t keep going. That’s got to be done against a good lineup like that.”Musgrove’s strike streak ended with a first-pitch ball to Bader in the third, and two pitches later, Bader went deep to left. Gant then homered on a 2-1 pitch, giving St. Louis consecutive home runs for the seventh time this season.“I’m just trying to make contact and contact was made tonight,” Gant said.Gant tied Miles Mikolas for most home runs among St. Louis pitchers this season. After starting his career 0 for 30, Gant has homered twice in his last six at-bats. He is the third pitcher in the expansion era to have his first two career hits as home runs.Shildt said Gant put in a gutty performance.“He was making pitches,” Shildt said. “He missed a few spots and the guys made some plays http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey , but John’s a really good competitor, he’s a mentally tough guy, so he was really just able to compete with what he had and used all his pitches.”Martinez singled and scored in the fourth and drove in two more with a single in the fifth to give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. Martinez has hit safely in 20 of 25 games in August and has a team-high 18 multi-RBI games.“He was actually trying to mix in some pitches and he was throwing some different pitches than we were expecting,” Martinez said of Musgrove. “We just had to make the adjustments.”Pittsburgh lost for the seventh time in its last nine games. The Pirates stranded 12 runners and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.“There was hard contact,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s not fair. There’s times when it’s not fair. You hit hard balls, you hit them right at people but you’ve just got to play man.”FACE IN THE CROWDSt. Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko signed autographs on the field before the game.TRAINING ROOMCardinals: OF Marcell Ozuna (right shoulder inflammation) took batting practice Thursday and is on track to return from the 10-day disabled list when eligible on Sept. 1.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (10-9, 3.49 ERA) kicks off a three-game series on the road against the Atlanta Braves and RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.05 ERA). Taillon has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last 16 starts.Cardinals: LHP Austin Gomber (4-0, 2.79 ERA) will open a three-game home series Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds and RHP Homer Bailey (1-12, 6.17 ERA). The Cardinals are 6-0 when Gomber starts. MILWAUKEE (AP) — The pitch from Bob Uecker was, predictably Authentic Derwin James Jersey , just a bit outside.The Milwaukee Brewers announcer is always good for a laugh, even before the first game of the NL Championship Series.“Bob will be throwing out the (ceremonial) first pitch tonight,” a press conference moderator said as Uecker walked to a podium a couple hours before the Brewers hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park.“I am,” the straight-faced Uecker joked quizzically.There is perhaps no better ambassador for Brewers baseball than the 84-year-old Uecker.Fittingly, he’s known by the nickname “Mr. Baseball.”In his 48th season calling Brewers games, Uecker is beloved in his hometown of Milwaukee for his dry wit and entertaining calls.The Brewers have two statues dedicated to Uecker at Miller Park, including one in the last row of the upper deck that commemorates one of Uecker’s commercials for Miller Lite in which he repeated the phrase “I must be in the front row!”He remains an important member of the Brewers, considered as much a part of the organization as MVP candidate Christian Yelich or veteran outfielder Ryan Braun.A Hall of Fame broadcaster, Uecker can relate to the current generation of players in different ways.First off, he’s a former major league catcher, having played six years with three teams. His career ended in 1967 Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , when the lifetime .200 hitter managed just a .150 average playing with the Phillies and Braves.“Well, I think for the most part they know that I played, and I think that’s where the relation really comes in,” Uecker said.“I’ve been on the same side where you’ve got a 10-game losing streak. You’ve got to talk to the press. It’s not sometimes the most pleasant thing, but you have to do it. And I know what that’s like,” he added.He also starred in the TV series “Mr. Belvedere” and the movie “Major League,” two sequels to the baseball franchise – though don’t get him started on the third one.“The third one stunk,” he said. “It was really bad. I could have played in that one.”But he is thoroughly enjoying the Brewers’ run to the NLCS in their first postseason appearance since 2011.“And I think the bottom line is that Bob … belongs in a baseball clubhouse. He fits. He gets it,” manager Craig Counsell said. “His sense of humor doesn’t have an age span.”__

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BOSTON (AP) — Noah Syndergaard was still wearing a plastic bib from a local seafood chain when he spoke to reporters after shutting down the Red Sox in his first-ever appearance at Fenway Park.For the Mets Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , it was a feast all around.Syndergaard pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and New York hit four homers on Friday night to cool off the Red Sox 8-0 and snap Boston’s four-game winning streak. The Mets right-hander struck out six and walked three to lead the Mets to their fourth straight victory and sixth win in their last seven games.“That was just a fun ballgame on all fronts,” Syndergaard (12-3) said. “The offense really came alive. The defense made some great plays behind me.”The Red Sox, who lead the majors with 101 victories, had their lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East reduced to 9½ games. The only team in baseball to have already secured a playoff berth, Boston’s magic number to clinch its third straight division title remained at six.The Mets (69-78) are technically still alive in the NL East but could be eliminated as early as this weekend despite winning 25 of their last 40 games. A lot of the credit for the goes to Syndergaard, who has won 10 of his last 12 decisions, and Cy Young contender Jacob deGrom, who hasn’t allowed more than three runs in 26 straight starts.“You go through ups and downs, but overall it’s been a pretty good rotation this season,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “It’s good that they’re finishing strong.”Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the third, Austin Jackson hit a two-run shot in the eighth, and Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario had solo shots for New York. McNeil and Brandon Nimmo made diving catches in the outfield http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/yannick-ngakoue-jersey-cheap , and Syndergaard won a footrace covering first base in the third inning to end Boston’s only real threat.Ian Kinsler singled and stole second, Jackie Bradley Jr. walked and they pulled off an uncontested double steal — the only time in the game a Red Sox runner reached third base. Andrew Benintendi hit a grounder to second, and Syndergaard barely beat him to the bag as dove head-first.The Mets starter also picked Kinsler off first in the seventh.“He’s got great stuff,” Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez said. “He throws hard. He’s not just a chucker. He knows where the ball is going. He puts the ball where he wants it.”Bruce also had a run-scoring double in the first against Red Sox emergency starter William Cuevas, who was making his first major league start because Hector Velazquez got sick. Cuevas (0-1) allowed back-to-back doubles to Michael Conforto and Bruce in the first, and then left after giving up Rosario’s leadoff single in the third.Robby Scott hit Conforto with one out and then gave up Bruce’s homer to right. McNeil made it 5-0 in the fourth and Jackson cleared the Green Monster and the billboards above it to give the Mets a 7-0 lead. One out later, Rosario also put one over the left-field wall to make it 8-0 and chase Tyler Thornburg.RATS!The Mets had an unwelcome visitor to their dugout in the fourth inning: a rat that sent the players scurrying away. No word on whether it was the same one that spooked the Red Sox in their dugout on Tuesday night. They paid tribute to their guest with a (presumably fake) rat skeleton on their dugout railing.FAN SUPPORTA healthy contingent of Mets fans helped boost the crowd of 37,117, Boston’s 40th sellout of the year. They cheered the visiting team’s homers, but both sides seemed united when the crowd broke out in a couple of “Yankees Suck!” chants.“It was awesome, just the overall atmosphere, the history,” said Syndergaard Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , who visited the Green Monster scoreboard before the game. “It’s like pitching in a cathedral.”LATE SCRATCHThe Red Sox announced about four hours before the game that Velazquez was ill. Cuevas, who made 23 starts in Triple-A this year but had come out of the bullpen in all eight of his big-league appearances, allowed two runs on three hits in two-plus innings, walking one and striking out four.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: RHP Matt Barnes (left hip inflammation) threw off a mound for the first time since his injury. He last pitched Sept. 3. … Infielder Eduardo Nunez got the first of two scheduled games off, a day after an awkward stumble trying to beat a throw at first base.UP NEXTThe teams play the second game of the series at 4 p.m. Saturday. RHP Rick Porcello (16-7) is scheduled to start for Boston against RHP Corey Oswalt (3-2). WASHINGTON — The New York Mets dinged Max Scherzer’s Cy Young chances Thursday night.Now the Nationals will get a shot at Jacob deGrom.Cy Young candidate deGrom (8-9, 1.78 ERA) opposes Washington right-hander Joe Ross (0-0, 3.60) on Friday night in the second contest of a four-game series at Nationals Park.Article continues below ...With two starts remaining, deGrom needs to win both to hit double digits and finish with a personal won-loss mark above .500. Though wins are devalued these days, the fewest by any starting pitcher to win the Cy Young is 14 by Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez in 2010.DeGrom has allowed three runs or fewer in 27 consecutive starts, a major league single-season record. He has turned in 22 straight quality starts, tying him for the all-time single-season record.The right-hander picked up his last win Aug. 18. In his last start, he got a no-decision after allowing three runs in seven innings against the Red Sox in a game New York lost. He struck out 12 and walked one.“I want to win every baseball game I throw, but it hasn’t gone that way for me this year http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey ,” deGrom told the New York Post. “I definitely like wins, but more importantly you want the team to win when you are pitching, and it just hasn’t gone that way for me out there.”The Mets are 12-18 in his starts.DeGrom is 6-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 14 career starts against the Nationals. This season, he beat the Nationals on April 5 and got a no-decision on April 16.Scherzer allowed three runs in seven innings Thursday night, including back-to-back home runs in the third to Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce. His ERA ticked up to 2.57 and he left the game trailing.“We kept saying, ‘Keep on him, keep on him, keep on him,'” Mets manager Mickey Callaway told mlb.com. “Unfortunately, it’s Scherzer, and that’s not easy to do. To do what we did was pretty good. To keep on scoring off a guy like that is pretty tough.”Scherzer, in fact, retired 13 of the final 15 batters he faced Authentic Derwin James Jersey , finishing with 13 strikeouts to give him 290, a Nationals record.“He fight. He never give up,” outfielder Juan Soto told the Washington Post. “He throw and throw. It doesn’t matter if you hit a homer, he’s going to keep working.”Scherzer has 17 wins with two starts remaining.Washington rallied to tie the game in the eighth, but New York won 5-4 in 12 innings thanks to former National Jose Lobaton’s sacrifice fly.Ross allowed two runs on four hits over five innings last week against the Cubs in his first start of the season and first since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. (He started against the Cubs on Sept. 7, but the game was rained out in the second inning.)“Hopefully next time I can get ahead a little bit better and pitch deeper into the game,” Ross told the Washington Post after throwing 74 pitches. “The first complete game back, feel pretty good about myself.”Ross is 2-2 with a 4.29 ERA in six starts versus the Mets.

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BOSTON — Having rallied to win a game played in a playoff atmosphere on Friday Authentic Myles Garrett Jersey , the Houston Astros bring Charlie Morton off the disabled list to start against the Boston Red Sox in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park Saturday.The defending world champions could do nothing against David Price, but scored three runs in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth to win their sixth straight and end Boston’s five-game winning streak in the opener of a series that could be repeated in the postseason.The game had a playoff feel to it as the fan intensity was increased by the presence of a large number of Houston fans proudly wearing their orange and battling with the locals all night.Article continues below ...Asked after the game if it was special getting a road win against a very good team, Houston manager AJ Hinch, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of the Oakland A’s in the American League West, said, “Special? It’s just another win. It really is just another win. We’re chasing down a division title. Special? It’s nice to win in the big leagues, but nothing more than a game in September.”Now Hinch sends Morton, who has been out with right shoulder discomfort, and his 13-3 record and 3.14 ERA out to face Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez, who comes in 12-3 with a 3.34 ERA.Morton is 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox, but that loss came June 3 at Houston when Boston reached him for six runs, including two home runs, in 5 1/3 innings. That was his first loss of the season after a 7-0 start.He is 1-0 in one career start at Fenway.Rodriguez, who came off the disabled list (sprained ankle) Sept. 1, has allowed just one run on 13 hits in 22 2/3 innings over his last four starts. He came off the DL with 12 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, defeating the Chicago White Sox last Saturday.The left-hander is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.Price, who missed a start after getting hit on the left wrist with a line drive Jarvis Landry Jersey Elite , was masterful, striking out 10 in 6 1/3 innings Friday. But Ryan Brasier quickly surrendered the lead in the seventh. The Red Sox re-tied the game before the Astros scored three in the eighth off Joe Kelly to go to 13-4 in their last 17 road games. They are a major league-best 48-21 on the road.“I felt good,” Price said when asked about being pulled with two runners on base in the seventh. “I’m never going to take myself out of a game. I didn’t get the job done. If I don’t want to come out in that situation, don’t have anyone on base and just go out there and pitch better.”Red Sox hitters have some impressive numbers against Morton. Mitch Moreland is 3-for-4 (.750) with a home run, Steve Pearce is 4-for-7 (.571), Ian Kinsler 3-for-7 (.429), Andrew Benintendi 2-for-5 (.400), Xander Bogaerts 3-for-9 (.333) and new arrival Brandon Phillips 13-for-43 (.302). J.D. Martinez is 2-for-9 (.222).The current Astros have just 30 at-bats against Rodriguez, but Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez are each 3-for-3. Overall, the current roster is a combined 12-for-30 (.400) with a homer and six RBIs against the veteran left-hander.Gonzalez, out with right oblique discomfort, is expected to return Saturday, while Hector Rondon, hit on the right hand with a comebacker earlier in the week, pitched Friday night.Lance McCullers, on the disabled list for the last month with a right elbow problem, is expected to throw a bullpen Saturday en route to a return. When he comes back http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/jarvis-landry-jersey , he is slated to go to the bullpen.The news wasn’t as good for the Red Sox, who announced Dustin Pedroia underwent another knee operation in July and is officially done for the season. That was the indication when Boston acquired Ian Kinsler, but there was no word on the new surgery.The Red Sox were also without reliever Matt Barnes Friday night. The righty is dealing with left hip inflammation and had an MRI Thursday. In 2011, it was the Rally Squirrel dashing across home plate during Game 4 of the National League Division Series to disrupt Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt and help the St. Louis Cardinals take a win-or-die game. Six years later, the Rally Kitty appeared in center field just before a grand slam by Yadier Molina won an August game against Kansas City and fueled an eight-game winning streak that lifted St. Louis into a first-place tie in the NL Central before the Chicago Cubs finally pulled away.On Sunday, Rally Squirrel II made a road trip, waltzing across the Comerica Park infield in Detroit moments before the Cardinals broke up a scoreless tie with five seventh-inning runs to notch a critical win over the Tigers and maintain their edge for the NL’s second wild card.Article continues below ...“We’ll look for that rally squirrel and try to bring it home,” Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong joked.Given recent trends, St. Louis might need a whole zoo to try to figure out Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams, its opponent Monday night for the beginning of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.Williams (12-9, 3.15 ERA) continued an amazing run on Labor Day, firing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 win over Cincinnati at PNC Park. In his last nine starts, Williams has allowed only four runs in 54 2/3 innings, pitching scoreless ball six times and post an absurd 0.66 ERA.One of those six times occurred two weeks ago, when he bagged a 2-0 win over the Cardinals (79-64) at Busch. Williams ceded only three hits and three walks in six innings, striking out eight.“I’m confident in my ability to pitch at the big league level and have success at the big league level,” he said to mlb.com after his win over Cincinnati. “It’s just a matter of executing pitches.”Williams’ shutdown outing against St. Louis reversed a career-long trend of struggles against a division rival. In 11 outings Authentic Jarvis Landry Jersey , he’s 3-4 with a 5.98 ERA, permitting 59 hits in 43 2/3 innings and 29 earned runs.The Cardinals would have avoided Williams had Pittsburgh (71-71) not been washed out of its series finale Sunday against Miami. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon moved that game back to Oct. 1, the day after the regular season was scheduled to end.St. Louis will start veteran Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.00), who has been out since May 13, when he suffered right elbow inflammation during the third inning of a 5-3 loss in San Diego. Wainwright has fired 17 scoreless innings across six rehab outings. In his career, Wainwright is 13-7 in 36 games with a 4.28 ERA when facing the Pirates.“I feel like I’m getting called up for September,” he said to mlb.com last week. “Earlier this season, I couldn’t lift my bag, pick up my shirt, after starts. I threw a bullpen after my last start, and I didn’t know what would happen. And I felt normal.”The Cardinals own a 9-7 edge in the season series with the Pirates, winning five of the seven games at home.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The power went out for the Los Angeles Dodgers Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey , but not their luck.Justin Turner blooped an RBI double to drive in Matt Kemp from second base on the first pitch after a 20-minute power outage in the 12th inning, giving the Dodgers an odd 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.“That,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, “was a weird one.”Manny Machado and Max Muncy each hit their 30th home run of the season, and the Dodgers overcame a third consecutive blown save by All-Star closer Kenley Jansen after Clayton Kershaw threw eight strong innings.The power went out in the 12th with Kemp standing at second base and one out.When play resumed, Turner blooped the first pitch from rookie reliever Robert Stock (0-1) into no-man’s land in right field. The ball fell between three defenders.Kemp hadn’t drifted far from second, uncertain whether the ball would be caught. But when it dropped http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/josh-rosen-jersey , he rounded third and scored without a play.After the game, the Dodgers released a statement saying the outage was due to “a disruption in the city’s power feed” to the ballpark.For the Padres, it was their fourth straight loss.“It’s tough to lose on that fluky hit to right,” manager Andy Green said. “It’s been a tough year for us — it’s no secret. We know where we are in this process.”Dodgers rookie Caleb Ferguson (4-2) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.Machado’s three-run homer in the first and Muncy’s solo shot in the seventh had the Dodgers leading 4-3 entering the ninth. San Diego had scored on a solo homer from Franmil Reyes, an RBI single by Freddy Galvis and an unearned run on Eric Hosmer’s groundout.All that came before Austin Hedges connected for his 11th home run of the season against Jansen, who has coughed up the lead three straight times since returning from a stint on the disabled list due to an irregular heartbeat.In blowing three consecutive saves, Jansen has allowed four home runs.LIGHTS OUTIt was the second time this season the power went out at Dodger Stadium. This time it came later in the night Josh Rosen Jersey Limited , and for a few seconds the stadium was completely black.“Honestly, I’ve never really seen it that dark before,” said San Diego’s Wil Myers. “It was pitch-black. I couldn’t see anything. I didn’t know what was going on but didn’t want to think the worst right away.”JANSEN’S WOESRoberts said he would give the struggling Jansen the day off Sunday in hopes that, coupled with Monday’s off day, it would provide him a mental break.“I’m fine. I don’t need a mental break,” Jansen said. “I just have to figure out some stuff and sharpen up.”Kershaw said he thinks Jansen is close to returning to form.“We all believe in him,” Kershaw said. “He’s not far off.“The velocity is there Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , the cut is there. It’s just a matter of time.”TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: LHP Eric Lauer (strained forearm) threw 61 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A El Paso on Friday and is moving closer to rejoining the team. Green said Lauer’s fastball got up to 95 mph. “And it had some jump on it,” Green said. “All the secondary (pitches) had sharpness. We’re moving closer to activating him.”Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (back) threw to hitters and is expected to be activated Tuesday. … OF Joc Pederson was out of the starting lineup with a bruised and strained left knee after fouling off a pitch Friday. He did pinch-hit in the ninth and Roberts said Pederson is scheduled to start Tuesday. … LHP Julio Urias, scheduled to be a Sept. 1 call-up, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga. To make room for him, RHP Josh Fields (shoulder inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day DL.UP NEXTPadres: LHP Robbie Erlin (2-3, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to make his fifth consecutive start after spending most of the season as a reliever. He was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA as a reliever. In his last four starts, he’s gone 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1 Julio Jones Jersey Limited , 2.27) will make his third start since coming off the DL after being sidelined by a groin tear. In 10 innings during his first two starts back, he has allowed three runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have promoted another 20-year-old from the minors, calling up right-hander Bryse Wilson to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Braves purchased Wilson’s contract from Triple-A Gwinnett before Monday night’s game. Wilson will make his major league debut as the NL East leaders give their regular starters a rest.Wilson will become the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big league debut for Atlanta this season. Mike Soroka was 20 when he started May 1 against the Mets at New York and Koby Allard did it on July 31 against Miami.Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who’s also 20, was chosen as the NL Player of the Week on Monday after going 13 for 28 (.464) with four home runs in eight games.Wilson began the season at Class A Florida and went a combined 8-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 23 starts in the minor leagues. He was the Braves’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft.Veteran infielder Ryan Flaherty was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Wilson. Flaherty hit .222 with two home runs in 76 games.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers acquired second baseman Jonathan Schoop in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/myles-jack-jersey-cheap , adding another option to a crowded infield as they make a push for the playoffs.The Brewers sent second baseman Jonathan Villar and two prospects to Baltimore.Schoop was the second infielder Milwaukee acquired in the last few days before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Brewers also dealt for third baseman Mike Moustakas from Kansas City. The plan then was for left-handed hitting third baseman Travis Shaw to shift to second base. The 26-year-old Schoop now gives Milwaukee a right-handed option at second.The Brewers have also played Hernan Perez at second of late. The upside of having so many infielders is having another quality bat available on the bench.”Really, what it comes down to for us is we think we’re getting better and we think we’re adding to our overall depth,” general manager David Stearns said.The Brewers were in Los Angeles on Tuesday for the second game of a four-game series with the Dodgers. They started the day a game back of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central but leading the NL wild-card race.Milwaukee is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.Schoop is batting .244 with 17 homers and 40 RBIs in 85 games. He is on a 12-game hitting streak, posting a .345 average with seven homers and 16 RBIs in the stretch. Schoop has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 games.In Schoop, Stearns acquired a young player still under contract for 2019. He has a guaranteed $9 million salary for next year.”We talk about control and in this case, it certainly played into the valuation of the player,” Stearns said.Besides Moustakas and Schoop, Milwaukee also traded for reliever Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox last week.But the Brewers did not add a starter, which was an area of concern following injuries to Brent Suter (elbow) and Zach Davies (shoulder). Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) remains sidelined after getting hurt late last season.Stearns said the team could still look to deal in August Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , though he voiced confidence in a rotation currently headlined by Jhoulys Chacin (10-3, 3.45 ERA).”I think we’ve probably had a little bit more confidence in our group throughout this year then perhaps there’s been externally and that’s fine,” Stearns said. ”Certainly we were open and active to add to that group but at this point, we were unable to do so.”Milwaukee also sent right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz and infielder Jean Carmona to the Orioles for Schoop.The rebuilding Orioles also traded starter Kevin Gausman and reliever Darren O’Day to the Braves on Tuesday. Since the All-Star break, Baltimore has also traded away star slugger Manny Machado (Dodgers) and relievers Zach Britton (Yankees) and Brad Brach (Braves).The Orioles cut this year’s payroll by $20,077,929 with the deals of the six plus $9 million from 2019, and added $836,290 for this year with Villar. The Orioles started with a $151 million payroll for their 40-man roster.— CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player race last season.Cleveland’s All-Star third baseman is making another run to finish high in the voting again.Ramirez moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 33rd home run — a three-run shot in the first inning — and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Sunday.Ramirez is batting .300 and is third in the AL with 82 RBIs. He’s also near the top of the league in slugging percentage http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/yannick-ngakoue-jersey-cheap , on-base percentage and total bases.“He’s a special hitter,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Some guys kind of warm into the game. He’s dangerous right from the very first pitch.”Ramirez homer traveled an estimated 423 feet and barely missed landing in the upper deck in right field. He also walked twice and has three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.Ramirez’s home run came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.McGuire (0-2) retired only one batter, allowed three runs and was pulled with the bases loaded in the first. While McGuire had never any of Cleveland’s hitters, he knew what he was getting into with Ramirez at the plate.“I threw a fastball down the middle, and a really good hitter put a really good swing on it,” he said.Rookie Shane Bieber (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brad Hand — the Indians fourth reliever — allowed a run in the ninth but got his third save with Cleveland and 27th of the season.Before the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season. Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday’s game that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.The Angels were missing outfielder Mike Trout for the fourth straight game with a lingering right wrist injury. He hasn’t played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa.Trout is still having issues swinging the bat and is considered day to day. Albert Pujols was also out of the lineup for a planned day off.The Angels scored twice in the fifth on Kole Calhoun’s RBI double and Shohei Ohtani’s run-scoring single.Calhoun started the ninth with a single. Pinch-hitter Justin Upton hit into a force play and Ohtani grounded out Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , but Andrelton Simmons‘ infield hit made it a one-run game. Hand struck out David Fletcher to end the game.Skaggs was scheduled to start Sunday, but went on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. McGuire joined the team Saturday and was activated before the game. He allowed a home run, two singles, hit two batters, walked one and threw a wild pitch.McGuire loaded the bases on two hit batters and a single, but Taylor Cole retired the next two hitters and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the sixth.Right fielder Melky Cabrera helped Bieber with three outstanding defensive plays. He made a head-first diving catch of balls hit by Jefry Marte and Calhoun in the third. Cabrera hung on to Ohtani’s drive to right field after crashing into the wall in the fourth.“He was all over the place,” Francona said. “That was kind of cool to hear the way the fans responded to it too. He did a good job.”MAKESHIFT LINEUPTrout and Pujols were out of the lineup and Upton wasn’t used until the ninth. Eric Young Jr. started in center again while Simmons batted cleanup and Francisco Arcia played first base.“We had a lot of guys out but the guys that were in there played hard and we hit the ball harder than they did, we just couldn’t get that extra hit with guys in scoring position,” Scioscia said.MILLER’S OUTINGAndrew Miller made his second appearance since spending two months on the DL with right knee inflammation http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey , entering in the seventh with a runner on first. He retired Calhoun on a lineout to center, but allowed Young’s single and hit Ohtani with a pitch.Miller was relieved by Cody Allen, who threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.“It wasn’t exactly like we drew it up, but with the way their lineup shook out it fit kind of perfectly to go in that order,” Allen said.ROSTER NEWSInfielder Luis Valbuena was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire. Valbeuna batted .199 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 96 games.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: C Yan Gomes (right hamstring tendinitis) missed his second straight game.UP NEXTAngels: Los Angeles returns home to open a three-game series Monday against Detroit. RHP Nick Tropeano (4-6, 4.94 ERA) will start for the Angels.Indians: Cleveland begins a three-game series Monday against Minnesota at Progressive Field. RHP Trevor Bauer (10-6, 2.34) will start for the Indians.

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers are in full roar now Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , gaining much-needed momentum against a pair of playoff contenders to wrest away the top spot in the National League West.Now comes a matchup against a club long eliminated from the playoff chase. These have not always gone well for the Dodgers recently.The Dodgers took three days this week to turn a half-game deficit in the division to a three-game lead and now welcome the San Diego Padres into Dodger Stadium for the final home series of the season.Article continues below ...The opener on Friday will match the Padres left-hander Eric Lauer (5-7, 4.74 ERA) against Dodgers lefty Rich Hill (9-5, 4.02).At first blush, a matchup against the last-place Padres would seem to bode well as the Dodgers look to nail down a sixth consecutive NL West title. But the Dodgers were just in Cincinnati on their most recent road trip needing victories against the last-place Reds and the task proved difficult.The Dodgers won just one of the three games at Cincinnati, leaving them an improbable 1-6 against the Reds this season. But they left the Queen City and took three of four from a Cardinals team on a second-half revival Baker Mayfield Jersey Elite , then dispatched the previously first-place Rockies in a three-game sweep this week.“It’s a special group of people to have that focus for three weeks and beyond,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I believe our guys can sustain it and it’s a credit to them and understanding that every pitch is important. We have nine games (remaining) and nothing is sealed yet. It’s a good thing that we are playing our best baseball right now.”The Padres will enter this weekend series coming off a victory Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants, but have won just two times in their past six games.If the Dodgers need a viable strategy, it might be to score early and often. The Padres’ bullpen has a 2.39 ERA over its last 10 games going back to Sept. 8, with a WHIP that is a shade under 1.00.Padres hitters also drew 26 walks over their just-completed six-game homestand http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-tre_davious-white-jersey , a signal to Dodgers starters that pitch counts could climb this weekend. It also is a signal to the Dodgers’ bullpen that usage could be high in the upcoming three games.There are enough Padres positives to show that the Dodgers should not expect an easy time. Add to that a number of highly regarded prospects not only on the September roster, but seeing action, and the Padres could be an energetic group playing like it has nothing to lose.Veteran infielder Freddy Galvis knows kids like Javy Guerra and Luis Urias are going to see playing time in the electric playoff-like atmosphere of Dodger Stadium.“I understand, especially at this time of the year in September,” Galvis said http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-christian-mccaffrey-jersey , according to MLB.com. “They’re calling up prospects, and they want to see them. I understand the situation. But I’ll just keep helping the team however I can.”Lauer is one of three Padres rookies who will start in the series. He has won both of his starts against the Dodgers this year, doing it in dominating fashion with a 0.61 ERA over 14 1/3 innings. The Padres even moved Lauer into this spot, giving him an extra day of rest, to see if is up to the task against the Dodgers yet again.Hill also has two starts against the Padres this year http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/baker-mayfield-jersey , going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA over 13 innings. He is 5-4 lifetime against San Diego with a 3.09 ERA over 10 starts. NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Bregman is getting his wish — the Houston Astros are headed for prime time.Major League Baseball released the schedule for Games 1 and 2 of the NL and AL Championship Series on Tuesday, and the Astros will play either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees on Saturday and Sunday nights.The Astros played all three of their AL Division Series games against the Cleveland Indians in the afternoon, with Red Sox and Yankees playing exclusively in prime time.Bregman sounded off about the scheduling decision to ESPN after the defending World Series champions completed a three-game sweep of the Indians on Monday.“Does Floyd Mayweather fight the first fight of the night, or is he the main event?” Bregman said. “I mean, does Tiger Woods tee off at 8 a.m.? It’s about time the show ‘Stros play on prime-time television Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey , so we’re looking forward to the ALCS.”Game 1 of the ALCS will be at 8:09 p.m. Saturday, and Game 2 will be at 7:09 p.m. Sunday. Game 1 of the NLCS between Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be Friday at 8:09 p.m., and Game 2 will be Saturday at 4:09 p.m. The schedule is the same as last year, and Houston would have played Game 2 in prime time regardless because it is the only scheduled game that day.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez was aggressive at the wrong time.Velasquez Youth Jalen Ramsey Jersey , a pinch-running pitcher, was called out for leaving second base early while tagging up, resulting in a game-ending double play that gave the Washington Nationals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.After Aaron Nola outpitched Max Scherzer for the second time in six days in a matchup of NL Cy Young Award contenders, the Phillies watched Washington rally for three runs in the ninth to take a 5-3 lead.Wilson Ramos got Philadelphia within a run with a pinch-hit double in the bottom half, and Velasquez ran for the catcher. Greg Holland relieved and retired Jorge Alfaro on a fly ball to center, with Velasquez moving to third as the potential tying run. Velasquez slid past the bag but wasn’t tagged.The Nationals, however, appealed that Velasquez left too soon, and he was called out. A replay upheld the ruling.“I wasn’t nervous. I was trying to put pressure on the outfielder,” Velasquez said.Manager Gabe Kapler told Velasquez after the game he should’ve stayed on second.“He’s an inexperienced runner who gave us a valiant effort http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/jalen-ramsey-jersey-cheap ,” Kapler said. “He got overzealous.”Anthony Rendon hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Pat Neshek (1-1) in the Nationals ninth. The Nationals trailed 3-2 when Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk from Tommy Hunter. Neshek surrendered Rendon’s 17th homer, and Washington added another run on an error after Ryan Zimmerman hit his third double of the game and stole third.“I was just trying to see a pitch to hit,” Rendon said about connecting on a 1-2 slider.It was the latest gut-wrenching loss for the Phillies, who are 6-13 since Aug. 8 and fell 4 ½ games behind NL East-leading Atlanta.“It’s a super difficult loss to swallow,” Kapler said. “I don’t worry about this group. They’re tenacious and resilient.”Alfaro and Odubel Herrera hit homers off Scherzer to hand Nola a 3-0 lead. But poor defense and a shaky bullpen blew it.Nola gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits, striking out eight in seven innings. He threw eight dominant innings in Philadelphia’s 2-0 win at Washington last Thursday.Scherzer gave up three runs and four hits in five innings, tying for his shortest outing of the season on April 4 at Atlanta.“It was awesome,” Scherzer said of the comeback. “A great team win.”Herrera, who hit a two-run shot off Scherzer last week Youth Leonard Fournette Jersey , gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Batting cleanup for the first time in his career, Herrera drove a 2-2 fastball into the right-field seats for his 21st homer. Alfaro connected in the fifth.Nola took a shutout into the seventh before Rendon led off with a single and Zimmerman hit a double with one out. Matt Wieters followed with a grounder to first. Carlos Santana stepped on the bag for the second out but made an errant throw home allowing Zimmerman to also score.Koda Glover (1-2) tossed a scoreless eighth for the win.ACES WILDNola-Scherzer II was the second matchup of starters with at least 150 innings and a sub-2.25 ERA since they did it last week. Previously, it hadn’t been done since St. Louis’ John Tudor faced Mets ace Dwight Gooden on Sept. 11, 1985. Nola lowered his ERA to 2.10 and Scherzer’s rose to 2.22.JOEY BATSThe Phillies acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named or cash. Bautista batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. A six-time All-Star for Toronto from 2010-15, the 37-year-old Bautista has 342 career homers. He struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.YOU’RE OUTTA HERENationals pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds was ejected after being called out on strikes in the eighth. After walking toward the dugout, he came back and threw his batting gloves.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: Closer Sean Doolittle threw a full bullpen session before the game and he’s scheduled to pitch a simulated game Friday. The All-Star lefty has been on the disabled list since July 10 with left toe inflammation.Phillies: Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff is expected to make another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley before he’s recalled after rosters are expanded. Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors this season because of a strained lat and a finger injury.UP NEXTRHP Jake Arrieta (9-9, 3.57) goes for Philadelphia and LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-11, 4.35) starts for the Nationals in the series finale Wednesday. The Phillies are 12-13 in Arrieta’s starts. He’s 1-2, 4.89 in 11 starts vs. Washington. Gonzalez is 11-7, 2.69 in 25 starts vs. Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Juan Soto made a leaping catch in foul territory in the first game of a doubleheader and ended eight hours of baseball with a milestone homer in the second game.Both plays from the talented teen keyed a sensational sweep for the Nationals.Soto hit a solo home run in the 10th inning http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/leonard-fournette-jersey-cheap , his second of the game, to lead the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday night.“I’ve never seen a 19 year old swing and be that patient at the plate,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s 19 but he plays like he’s been in the league a long time.”The Nationals rallied for three runs in the ninth inning off Seranthony Dominguez to tie the game at 6-all. Soto, who hit a two-run shot in the fourth, connected off Yacksel Rios (3-2) with one out in the 10th for the winner.Greg Holland retired the first batters in the 10th before he walked the next two. Holland got Cesar Hernandez to fly out to end the game for his third save. Wander Suero (3-0) got the win.In the first game, Spencer Kieboom hit his first major league home run after losing a tooth earlier in the day, Erick Fedde pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and the Nationals beat Phillies 3-1.The doubleheader was needed once Monday’s night’s game was postponed because of poor field conditions from weekend rain. The grounds crew used blow torches to dry a field that had not been covered with a tarp and players described as “spongy” and “soft.”It’s the Phillies who are stuck in the mud.The Phillies, who were 15 games over .500 in early August and in the thick of NL playoff race, have lost four straight games and are 6-16 since Aug. 18. Philadelphia fell 6 ½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East and 6 ½ games behind St. Louis in the race for the second wild card spot.The Nationals (73-72) also swept a doubleheader on Saturday and just may pass the slumping Phillies (74-70) in the final standings.“I’m not going to sugarcoat it. We’re not playing good baseball right now,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.The second game ended 8 1/2 hours after the first pitch in the opener — and with only a smattering of fans at the park each time.“I feel beat up right now and I just stood there Youth Myles Jack Jersey ,” Martinez said.The Phillies seemed poised to win the nightcap and get some sort of spark going to stay in the NL playoff picture. They scored five runs in the fourth inning off starter Tanner Roark, and Jose Bautista hit a solo shot in the eighth to make it 6-3.But Dominguez failed them and Kapler let his closer labor through 43 pitches before pulling him. With 20 active pitchers, Kapler nearly gave them all a turn during the day — except when Dominguez needed help.The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth, but the rally was snuffed when Bautista flied out.Soto had three hits and four RBIs in the nightcap and passed Ken Griffey Jr. for fourth on the career list for homers by a teenager with 18. He also has the most multi-homer games by a teenager in baseball history with three.“Can’t wait to talk to 2-2 over there,” Roark said in the Nationals clubhouse.The Nats had reason to smile — even if Kieboom, a rookie catcher, was missing a tooth. Kieboom is waiting on veneers and lost half a temporary tooth earlier at breakfast when he bit into a baguette. The other half was stuck in his gums.He looked as if he spit out a tooth while he walked to the plate in the fifth in the opener. It was just a big spitball. He pointed to the gap as he jogged back to the dugout after the solo homer.“I just popped it off,” he said, laughing. “I’ve got to roll with this for a little while but that’s fine. The Caps, those boys play with no teeth. I can play with no teeth.”Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (7-12) was one of seven pitchers to work the opener.Fedde (2-3) http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/myles-jack-jersey-cheap , making his second start since he missed two months with a sore right shoulder, tossed one-hit ball through five.The late afternoon start resulted in a sparse crowd for the first pitch. The 40-plus-person Phillies contingent in front of the dugout for the national anthem was larger than the bunch of fans in the upper deck.“One thing that we continue to focus on is who can perform best under sub-optimal conditions,” Kapler said. “So optimal conditions are a packed house and really fired up and energetic and suboptimal conditions are when you have more challenging situations. And I think today was a more challenging situation and we always challenge our guys to do the best under those circumstances that they possibly can.”FLIP OUTPhillies 3B Maikel Franco flipped over a railing and into the dugout chasing down a foul ball in the eighth inning of the nightcap. Franco left the game with a right shoulder contusion and neck soreness.DOUBLE DIPThe Phillies have played four doubleheaders this season, their most since 2011. They’ve played three at Citizens Bank Park since the All-Star break.MOVING ON UPThe Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson, RHP Enyel De Los Santos and LHP Ranger Suarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.UP NEXTIt’s a doozy: Washington sends RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.04 ERA) to the mound against RHP Aaron Nola (16-4, 2.29).__

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