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 The Los Angeles Dodgers went through all the expected motions after winning a playoff series.They broke out T-shirts and caps. They posed for pictures in the middle of SunTrust Park. They doused each other with beer in the clubhouse.Then Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , just like that, their focus turned to bigger goals ahead.For a power-packed team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1988, nothing less will do.“We all know that there’s a lot more work to be done,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team finished off the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory Monday in the NL Division Series. “We have eight more wins to go.” Manny Machado hit a three-run homer and David Freese came through again in the postseason to lead the Dodgers into the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row. Los Angeles moved on to face the Brewers after taking out the Baby Braves 3-1 in the best-of-five series.Game 1 is Friday night in Milwaukee, the Dodgers’ fourth championship series in six seasons.“We prepared ourselves to get here,” Machado said, “and we’re not going to stop till we get what we want.”Of course, this is just what the Dodgers had in mind when they bolstered their already power-packed lineup by acquiring the slugging shortstop — and free agent-to-be — from lowly Baltimore back in July.Machado had only three hits in the series, but two of them were homers to go along with six RBIs. He got the Dodgers going in Game 4 with a run-scoring double in the first , and effectively wrapped up the series with his seventh-inning shot off rookie Chad Sobotka that cleared the Dodgers’ bullpen in left.“There are so many expectations put on him,” Roberts said. “We have a lot of good players, but I can’t say enough about his focus and preparedness.”Coming off a tense victory in Game 3 Cheap Christian McCaffrey Jersey , the Baby Braves grabbed the lead on pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki’s two-run single in the fourth.But Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP with St. Louis, countered with a pinch-hit single of his own in the sixth off Brad Brach , driving home Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig for a 3-2 lead.“You just gotta be ready,” Freese said. “Whether you’re in high school, college, whatever, just be ready. You don’t have to be the best player in the world, you don’t have to make the most money, but you’re going to have a shot to do something cool. I learned that early in my career. I just try and stick with it.”Ryan Madson earned the win by getting the final two outs in the fifth to escape a bases-loaded jam. The Braves’ final gasp came in the eighth, when Lucas Duda’s drive into the second deck in right drifted foul with two on against Kenta Maeda. Duda flied out to end the inning, and Atlanta went down quietly in the ninth.The Braves’ return to the postseason for the first time since 2013 yielded a familiar result.Atlanta has lost nine straight playoff appearances Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , their last victory coming 17 long years ago against a team that is no longer in the National League. Since a sweep of Houston Astros in the 2001 NL Division Series, October has been a month of misery for the Braves.Getting back to the playoffs ahead of schedule after a massive rebuild, Atlanta simply didn’t have the experience, depth or power to stick with the power-packed Dodgers. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season and eight more against the Braves, accounting for 14 of its 20 runs.Tinseltown has become Boomtown.“They’re a very powerful team,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s what they’ve done all year is hit home runs. We’re not built like that yet.”Los Angeles also benefited from some shaky Atlanta defense during its go-ahead inning. Puig kept the sixth going with a popup down the line off loser Jonny Venters that fell between second baseman Ozzie Albies and right fielder Nick Markakis .Puig stole second without drawing a throw and came home when backup shortstop Charlie Culberson failed to knock down Freese’s sharp grounder up the middle. A super sub during the regular season, Culberson had to start in the playoffs because of an injury to regular Dansby Swanson.“They played better baseball than we did,” Culberson said.WILD STARTERSRich Hill of the Dodgers walked five in 4 1/3 innings, including a pair leading off the fifth that set up Suzuki’s two-run single. Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz walked four (one intentional) in four innings before he was lifted.TOUGH OUTHill isn’t much of a hitter, but he sure made Foltynewicz work for an inning-ending strikeout in the fourth.After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Hill fouled out five straight pitches.Finally, Foltynewicz blew a 97 mph fastball by the .107 career hitter.FIRST PITCHThe Braves brought out another Hall of Famer to deliver the ceremonial first pitch.Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox one-hopped his toss to the plate but still received a big ovation from the Atlanta crowd.Chipper Jones threw out the first pitch before Game 3.SMALLER CROWDThe announced crowd of 39 Baker Mayfield Jersey Elite ,586 was nearly 3,000 smaller than the previous night’s record SunTrust Park turnout, perhaps because of a 4:30 p.m. start time that coincided with Atlanta’s notorious rush hour.UP NEXTThe Dodgers beat Milwaukee 4-3 in the season series. Both teams won division titles with one-game playoff victories the day after the regular season.Atlanta opens the 2019 season at Philadelphia on March 28. SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw will attempt to pitch the Los Angeles Dodgers into the postseason for the sixth consecutive season Saturday afternoon when he faces the San Francisco Giants on the second-to-last day of the regular season.The Dodgers (89-71) begin the day two games ahead of St. Louis (87-73) in the National League wild-card race with just two games to play.One more Dodgers win or Cardinals loss would send the defending NL champions back to the playoffs. St. Louis visits the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.Article continues below ...Los Angeles also remains alive in the chase for the NL West title, trailing Colorado (90-70) by one game. The Rockies could clinch the West crown on Saturday with a home win over Washington and a Dodgers loss in San Francisco.Kershaw (9-5, 2.53 ERA) will take the mound as the winningest visiting pitcher in the 19-year history of AT&T Park with a 13-4 record and 1.30 ERA in 22 games, including 21 starts.He owns a 22-10 overall record and 1.58 ERA against the Giants in 44 career meetings (43 starts), with his 22 wins ranking as the most for a Giants opponent since Greg Maddux retired with 31 in 2008.Kershaw has not lost since July 21 at Milwaukee, an 11-start run in which he’s gone 6-0.That stretch includes receiving a no-decision in a 5-2 loss to San Francisco on Aug. 13 in Los Angeles, a game in which the Giants scored four times in the ninth off Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander to rally from a 2-1 deficit. Kershaw gave up just one run in his eight innings in that game.Kershaw has dominated many of the Giants regulars over his career, including Hunter Pence (.186), Evan Longoria (.154) and Brandon Crawford (.125).The left-hander will be facing a Giants team that has been held to two runs or fewer in 10 of its last 12 home games, and that grounded into a season-worst five double plays in Friday’s 3-1 loss in the series opener.The 30-year-old has never pitched against Saturday’s opponent http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-tre_davious-white-jersey , right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (6-4, 2.50), but did face his dad, Ivan, five times, with the Hall of Fame catcher going 1-for-4 with a sacrifice.Dereck Rodriguez has a chance to write a piece of personal history in his first-ever start against the Dodgers.The 26-year-old has a chance to become the first rookie since Jose Fernandez (2.19) in 2013 to record an ERA of 2.50 or lower with 15 or more starts.Rodriguez is winless in his last six starts, going 0-3 over that stretch.He will have to deal with a Dodgers club that’s won 11 of its last 17 games on the road, and in particular with Justin Turner, whose two-run home run off Madison Bumgarner on Friday night broke a fifth-inning tie and gave Los Angeles the lead for good.Turner has gone 10-for-28 (.357) in seven games against the Giants this season, with hits in all seven, including four doubles and two homers.The Giants retain a 9-8 lead in the season series heading into the final two meetings.

Red Sox played the equivalent of two full baseball games on Friday evening as L.A. beat the American League champions http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-dravecky-jersey , 2-1 in 18 innings in Game 3 of the World Series. L.A. is now down two games to one.Both teams have a quick turnaround following the seven-hour, 20-minute game as the two sides square off Saturday at 8:09 p.m. ET.Fox will televise the game, with the MLB on Fox Pregame show starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. No postgame is scheduled on Fox or FS1, but MLB Tonight will have an hour-long postgame show on the MLB Network.Here's a quick glance at a few players and things to watch for Game 4. Who and What to WatchWho Starts for Boston?Nathan Eovaldi was going to get the ball for Game 4, but he just threw six-plus innings in relief (after pitching a frame in Games 1 and 2). He will be taking the night off.The Red Sox can send out one oftwo left-handers in Drew Pomeranz or Eduardo Rodriguez. However, Pomeranz has a 6.09 ERA, and Rodriguez has a 5.40 ERA in September after missing a month-and-a-half with an ankle injury. He also allowed five earned runs each in two of his September starts.Rodriguez is the stronger option of the two. Despite the rough end to his regular season, the 25-year-old had a 3.82 ERA and punched out 146 batters in 129.2 innings. He pitched on Friday, but Rodriguez was on the mound for a six-pitch strikeout only before exiting. Baseball analyst Peter Gammons noted that Rodriguez is still well-rested:Peter Gammons pgammoEduardo Rodriguez has thrown 9 pitches since Oct. 17Manager Alex Cora's best bet is to send out Rodriguez and see how long he can go. ESPN Fantasy Baseball writer Tristan H. Cockcroft backed Rodriguez over Pomeranz and noted how many innings he thought E-Rod could provide:Tristan H. Cockcroft SultanofStatIncidentally, I鈥檇 be going with Eduardo Rodriguez tonight if I had my pick, with the hopes of getting maybe 3-4 innings. Asking Drew Pomeranz to provide that after so much time off seems like a bad idea.Pomeranz hasn't started a game since July 31 and hasn't pitched since September 30. That's a lot of time off, but the Sox may need to turn to him at some point, especially if this game goes to extra innings again. If he somehow recaptures his solid 2017 form (3.32 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 173.2 innings), then that will be a massive bonus for the Sox.Can Some Hitters Break From Their Slumps?Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went hitless in eight Game 3 at-bats and now has just one hit and one intentional walk in 16 plate appearances.Boston second baseman Ian Kinsler is 1-for-10 with three strikeouts, and third baseman Rafael Devers is 1-for-9.Boston's biggest problem isn't the bats right now, though, as the team must figure out how to piece together a Game 4 win with their exhausted pitching staff.The L.A. side has some cold hitters, and that may be the team's biggest concern.Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson are both 1-for-10, Chris Taylor is hitless in nine at-bats and Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez each have just one hit. Only one Dodger with 10 or more World Series plate appearances is hitting above .231 (third baseman Justin Turner at .294).The Dodger bats may break out Saturday as the Red Sox figure out a way to navigate Game 4 under difficult circumstances. L.A. is still one of the best hitting teams in baseball, as the Dodgers were third in the league in OPS behind only the Red Sox and New York Yankees.L.A. was No. 1 in the National League in runs, homers Brandon Crawford Jersey , RBI and OPS, and that was with slugging shortstop Manny Machado a member of the Baltimore Orioles for the better part of four months.Look for some Dodgers to break out Saturday. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines is aware many fans are questioning whether his credentials are Hall of Fame worthy. He’s not sweating.“Well, they can’t take it away from me now, even if they don’t think I should be there,” he told The Associated Press.A day after being elected to Cooperstown by a Hall-picked panel of 16, the six-time All-Star was at the winter meetings Monday for a news conference with newly chosen Lee Smith.“I wasn’t out there beating my chest and campaigning for this,” Baines said. “I’m very honored and humbled.”Shortly after being chosen, Baines said he certainly wasn’t anticipating this honor.“Very shocked,” he admitted.So were many others around the baseball world.In fact, in the hours after his selection was announced at the Mandalay Bay resort, a lot of conversations at the gathering started the exact same way: “Harold Baines?”No one doubted Baines was a top player — 1,628 RBIs, 384 home runs and 2,866 hits.“I had a great career. I’m very proud of it,” he said.But a couple other numbers stood out, too.Baines never drew more than 6.1 percent in five elections by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, far from the 75 percent required. In the key WAR stat compiled by baseballreference.com, Baines’ lifetime total was tied for 545th.Yes, 545th.Behind the likes of Placido Polanco, Jim Sundberg and Rafael Furcal in wins above replacement, not to mention Gil Hodges http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-belt-jersey , Dick Allen, Don Mattingly, John Olerud and dozens more.The vote by the Today’s Game Era Committee was sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown. Especially because the 16-member panel appointed by the Hall board included longtime Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.“I’m glad he was on that committee this year to help to get into the Hall of Fame,” Baines said.Baines spent nearly all of his first 10 seasons with the White Sox and currently serves as a team ambassador in their community relations department.“So happy for Harold. He’s a great player and a great human being,” Reinsdorf praised in a statement. “I am so honored that I was a member of the committee. He deserved to be in long ago. I am just so excited.”He added Monday: “The numbers are there.”Tony La Russa, Baines’ first big league manager, also was on the panel that elected him.In the past, Phil Rizzuto and Bill Mazeroski were among the players who benefited from friendly faces on Veterans Committees to reach the Hall. That panel has been revamped over the years, and the Today’s Game Era group was created as part of changes in 2014.“The era committees were established as a sort of a court of appeals for an opportunity in the event that over time it was felt that maybe somebody slipped through the cracks,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “And in the case of someone who received 6 percent of the vote in the BBWAA election, the reason that may have happened could be for many, many reasons.”It took 12 votes for election by the panel — Smith was unanimous, Baines got 12 and former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell just short with 11.George Steinbrenner, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel all received fewer than five votes.Baines, now 59, had a smooth, consistent Jeff Samardzija Jersey , left-handed stroke. But he never finished higher than ninth in an MVP vote, and never was among the top five AL hitters in the yearly batting race. His single-season high was 29 home runs at a time when lots of players hit more.As this vote approached, his name drew little-to-no buzz in debates over who might be selected.“I wasn’t expecting this day to come,” the career .289 hitter said.Mattingly said he was happy for Baines, calling him a great hitter.The Miami manager was a six-time All-Star, won nine Gold Gloves at first base for the Yankees and hit .307 lifetime. Mattingly was the 1985 AL MVP and four times finished in the top seven of the MVP voting.Mattingly had 2,153 hits, 222 home runs and 1,099 RBIs in 14 seasons in a career limited by back trouble.“I just didn’t play long enough. Wasn’t able to stay healthy long enough to really put that pile of numbers together,” he said Monday at the winter meetings. “So there was a period of time that I could hit with anybody and do things on the field at my position and with the bat that nobody was doing.”“When I think of myself, when you see Harold, played 22 years or something like that and you end up with a pile of numbers that grow and grow,” he said.Baines became a designated hitter after knee trouble ended his days in the outfield, and DHs have struggled to gain backing from Hall voters.Baines joined Frank Thomas as the only players in the Hall who spent more than half his games as a DH.“Everything I hear or read is DH is really not part of the game, I guess. But I disagree. But maybe this will the open up the doors for some more DHs,” Baines said.Both closers and DHs could see the numbers increase again very shortly.Mariano Rivera is eligible for the first time and big-hitting DH Edgar Martinez will be back on the ballot when results of the next BBWAA election are announced Jan. 22.Induction ceremonies are scheduled for July 21 at Cooperstown, New York.Between now and then, there’s certain to be more discussion about who else should be in the Hall. Drug-tainted Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are on the upcoming BBWAA ballot, influential players’ union head Marvin Miller has been denied seven times by various committees, and steroids user Mark McGwire wasn’t among Sunday’s candidates.

with the Toronto Blue Jays this season.They defeated the Blue Jays 7-1 Monday in the opener of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre and lead the season series 8-2.The Rays (74-63) will try to keep that mastery going Tuesday in the second game of the series when they will start right-hander Ryne Stanek (2-3 Melky Cabrera Jersey , 2.72 ERA) while the Blue Jays (62-75) will start left-hander Ryan Borucki (3-3, 4.52).Article continues below ...Stanek will be starting for the second game in a row and for the 23rd time this season. Tuesday will be the 42nd time this season that the Rays will use a reliever to start a game, or what has become known as an opener. Then manager Kevin Cash will bring in a pitcher who can go a bit longer. Or, as in the case Monday, much longer.After Stanek pitched a perfect first inning Monday, Yonny Chirinos took over and allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win.“When he’s going good that’s kind of what we’ve seen http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey , very, very efficient,” Cash said of Chirinos.It was the right-hander’s sixth consecutive relief appearance of five or more innings, which is tied for second in major league history.Chirinos gave up two walks and an RBI single in his first inning, requiring 25 pitches, then he settled down and used only 47 pitches for his final six innings.Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman allowed six hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings Monday. It was his first start since Aug. 17 because he had been on the disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. It was still bothering him Monday.“It’s clearly affecting him and bothering him Ian Kinsler Jersey ,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.Borucki has never faced the Rays. He is coming off a 4 2/3 innings no-decision start against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday when he allowed five hits and five runs in a 10-5 loss.The Blue Jays have won only twice in their past eight games, while the Rays have won 12 of their past 14 games. They are now 11 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2013 season at 92-71.“It’s been fun,” Cash said.Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are batting only .175 against the Rays this season, their lowest against any team.Both teams have taken advantage of the expanded rosters for the final month of the season.The Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo, their No. 25-ranked prospect Albert Pujols Jersey , from Triple-A Durham and he made his major league debut Monday night’s game and went 0-for-4 with a run scored.Rays catcher Adam Moore was placed on the restricted list due to improper documentation for his passport, making room for Ciuffo on the 40-man roster.The Rays also will recall right-hander Jake Faria on Tuesday.Outfielder Mallex Smith (viral infection) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Monday and was 1-for-5 with an RBI. He also used his speed in right field to cut off a potential extra-base hit by Billy McKinney and keep it to a single in the sixth inning. That proved valuable when the next batter, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., grounded into a double play.The Blue Jays have already called up relievers Mark Leiter Jr., Jose Fernandez and Taylor Guerrieri — all of whom pitched Monday — as well as Sean Reid-Foley, who struck out 10 in earning his first major league win Sunday in Miami.“I thought they all did very well http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-babe-herman-jersey ,” Gibbons said.There will be more players called up this week.“There’ll be a few,” Gibbons said. “Some of them will come (Tuesday).”The Triple-A Buffalo Bisons’ season ended Monday and they missed the playoffs. That could mean that outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. and infielder Richard Urena will be called up soon. SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor-league pitcher Noah Zavalos.The swap of young outfielders adds a right-handed power bat to the Mariners’ lineup and provides the Brewers with a versatile corner outfielder.The 26-year-old Santana is two years removed from hitting 30 home runs and having 85 RBIs, but he struggled to find a consistent spot in the Brewers’ outfield last season after the additions of Lorenzo Cain and NL MVP Christian Yelich. Santana appeared in just 85 games and hit .265 with five homers and 20 RBIs. He played even less in the field, appearing in only 55 games defensively a year after starting 138 games in right field for the Brewers.“Santana was one of the most productive outfielders in baseball in 2017,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “He did not have the same opportunities last year, but his age and power bat from the right side make him a very good fit for our club moving forward.”The 26-year-old Gamel appeared in 101 games last season for the Mariners and hit .272 Mike Piazza Jersey , but started just 69 games. He was a regular defensive replacement and can play both left and right field. Two seasons ago, Gamel started 127 games and hit .275 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs.“During his young career, Ben has proven that he can hit at the major league level. His left-handed bat and outfield versatility also provide solid fits for our roster,” Milwaukee general manager David Stearns said.Stearns said adding Zavalos was a boost after the Brewers had targeted the right-hander in the 2018 amateur draft. Zavalos was selected in the 18th round by Seattle and was 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 19 appearances at a pair of Single-A stops in his first season.

The San Francisco Giants hoisted the white flag on their 2018 season Saturday http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-shelby-miller-jersey , scheduling standout catcher Buster Posey for season-ending hip surgery with 31 games still remaining.Down 8 1/2 games in the National League wild-card race after walking off the field following a 5-3 win, the Giants nonetheless will continue to pursue their postseason dream when they complete a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.The decision on Posey came hours after the Giants suffered a back-breaking, 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Friday night in which Posey played the entire 10 innings, watching Texas deny San Francisco a much-needed win with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth after a game-extending error.Article continues below ...Posey’s surgery Monday will be performed in order to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs from his painful right hip.The 31-year-old made himself available Saturday but saw no action in another exciting finish that saw the Giants’ Mark Melancon strand the bases loaded in the ninth after the Giants had blown most of their 5-0 lead the inning before.The win was just the Giants’ third in their last 10 games.“You don’t want to say you’re out of it until you’re out of it,” Posey said. “But, unfortunately, where we are, it makes sense to take care of it right now.”Posey said having the surgery basically one month before season’s end will give him an additional month in the offseason to rehab. He not only plans to be with the Giants for spring training in February but continue to be the primary catcher.Nick Hundley contributed a hit Chris Owings Jersey , a run and two walks to Saturday’s win as Posey’s replacement. The start was Hundley’s 46th of the season.Hundley and his teammates will go up against Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.06) in the series finale.The 32-year-old has made 10 previous starts against San Francisco, going 6-4 with a 3.21 ERA.Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who has led off the first inning with a home run and a double in the first two games of the series, has enjoyed a big-numbers career against Gallardo, going 19-for-55 (.345) with three doubles, two triples and four homers.San Francisco will hand the ball to left-hander Derek Holland (6-8, 3.75), who has made 158 of his 208 career starts for the Rangers.Since leaving Texas after eight seasons for the Chicago White Sox in free agency in 2017 Archie Bradley Jersey , the 31-year-old has faced his former employer twice and gotten bombed both times, running up a 13.50 ERA while going 0-2.Old pal Rougned Odor has been especially rough on Holland, delivering a single and a three-run homer in four at-bats.Odor has homered twice in the series, both times in critical situations. It was his game-tying homer in the ninth inning that extended the series opener and led to a 7-6 win in 10 innings. Then on Saturday, he blasted a three-run shot to rally the Rangers within 5-3 in the eighth inning, setting up the tight finish. MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins are in the midst of a rebranding campaign, and it’s unclear whether the effort will include keeping National League Most Valuable Players for a change.As of now, the Marlins are merely making cosmetic tweaks, unveiling a new logo and color scheme for Derek Jeter’s year-old ownership regime.The downtrodden franchise celebrated its new look at a red-carpet event Thursday night just as Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was being named the NL MVP. That makes it two consecutive winners of the award traded by the Marlins last offseason Curt Schilling Jersey , with Yelich joining 2017 MVP Giancarlo Stanton, now with the New York Yankees.The trades were part of a payroll purge and rebuilding effort under the ownership, and Jeter said he understands why the deals might make the franchise a target of derision.“I get it. It’s a complicated history,” he said. “I understand that sometimes we take the blame for what has happened here in the past. We have to prove that wrong.“We want to win. That’s the bottom line. It’s about 25 guys on our team; it’s not about one particular player. We have to take the time to build that organization.”With the focus on accumulating prospects, All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto could be the next to go, and the Marlins are shopping him this offseason.While the payroll will likely be small again in 2019, the team can at least tout a new look. The old orange is out, and blue, black Luis Gonzalez Jersey , red and gray are the new colors. The logo features a darting marlin above baseball seams and “Miami” in script.The Marlins said they chose colors found in the large variety of cultural flags flown in South Florida. They said the script was influenced by typography commonly found in Latin-American culture, with a font style and accent colors reminiscent of the 1950s Miami Marlins minor league team, as well as the Havana Sugar Kings of the same era.Jeter, the team’s CEO, had input on the designs.“We tried to capture the energy and diversity of Miami,” he said. “We listened to our fans. We took a lot of time looking around Miami. We’ve done Miami’s colors.”With the changes, the franchise further distances itself from the unpopular former owner, Jeffrey Loria. He changed the colors and logo when the Marlins moved into a new ballpark in 2012.“We want to put our own mark on the organization,” Jeter said. “It differentiates the past with the present and the future. It was important for us to do this.”Changes at Marlins Park are also being made. The kitschy home run sculpture has been dismantled and will be replaced by a tiered standing room-only area for spectators. In another section Gregor Blanco Jersey , fans will be invited to bring musical instruments, bells, whistles and flags as a way to show pride in their native countries.“We’re hopeful when they walk into the park next year, it’s an entirely different experience for them,” Jeter said.

 five pitches for a clean inning and a nice on-field impression on his new teammates.Osuna earned the win in his first appearance with Houston after Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-red-schoendienst-jersey , lifting the Astros over the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Monday night.Osuna (1-0) hadn’t pitch in the majors since May 6 while serving a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The former Blue Jays closer was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend May 8 in Toronto. Few details have been made public, and the next court date in the case is scheduled for Sept. 5.“Especially like being in such a great team with great teammates, it’s easy to forget about the stuff that’s going on off the field, and being able to play and help the team win is unbelievable,” Osuna said. “I really like my teammates. They’ve been treating me with a lot of respect, and I’m really comfortable.”Osuna was acquired from Toronto last Monday in a deal that sent back closer Ken Giles, and he became eligible to pitch Sunday . A few fans booed when he entered the game in the eighth inning, and Osuna calmly retired the side in order.“It was a quick look obviously with five pitches,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s got a good arm. First game back is always important, it’s the next step for him to get incorporated into our games, coming away with the win. A good first impression on the field.”Hector Rondon closed out the 2-hour, 26-minute game with his 12th save in 15 chances.San Francisco closer Will Smith (1-2) blew his second save in nine opportunities after issuing walks to Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel. Gonzalez followed with a towering drive to left for his 10th homer.Brandon Crawford hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, but San Francisco failed to do enough to back rookie Dereck Rodriguez’s latest gem.The two starters had a nice duel but nothing to show for it.Rodriguez struck out seven with no walks and allowed three hits in seven innings. Charlie Morton, a 12-game winner, struck out eight over seven innings with three walks and three hits.The Giants lost for just the third time on days Rodriguez starts — and this marked just his 11th in the big leagues. The son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez has quickly emerged as one of the top rookies in the National League.Rodriguez has allowed three or fewer runs in 10 of his starts.“I take it in after every start. I enjoy it Enos Slaughter Jersey , I think about it a lot of the time but when I’m out there it’s just me, Buster (Posey) and the hitter, whoever’s hitting, so I think that’s what’s helped me get to the point where I’m at, my concentration when I’m in the game,” Rodriguez said. “It’s awesome being in the situation I’m in.”PROUD POPAstros third base coach Gary Pettis attended 49ers practice to see son, Dante, a second-round rookie wide receiver out of Washington.BALLPARK FIREA concession stand caught fire approximately three hours before first pitch near section 121 on the main concourse of AT&T Park. The blaze was out by the time the fire department arrived, there were no expected delays and no fans had been let inside yet, according to Jorge Costa, Giants senior vice president of ballpark operations.“This happens occasionally,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: World Series MVP and All-Star outfielder George Springer went on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain he hurt during Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers on a headfirst slide. … SS Carlos Correa, recovering from lower back soreness, was off from his rehab assignment and scheduled to play nine innings both Tuesday and Wednesday for Double-A Corpus Christi before being activated when the Astros start their homestand. … RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (right elbow discomfort) won’t pitch until September, if at all. There’s no timetable for when he could begin throwing http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-chris-carpenter-jersey , Hinch said. … RHP Chris Devenski (left hamstring tightness) was examined by a doctor and will throw a bullpen later this week once the team returns home. … C Brian McCann (right knee soreness) caught Justin Verlander’s bullpen Monday.Giants: 1B Brandon Belt, sidelined by a hyperextended right knee, hit early batting practice and took groundballs. Manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t expect Belt will need a rehab assignment. “The progress is going well for him right now,” Bochy said. … RHP Jeff Samardzija (inflammation in his pitching shoulder) threw 30 pitches in a bullpen and is scheduled for another mound session Thursday before throwing to hitters at Los Angeles on Monday. … Bochy spoke to INF Pablo Sandoval on Monday before the 2012 World Series MVP undergoes season-ending surgery Tuesday on his torn right hamstring. “Bad break for him, bad break for us,” Bochy said. “He’s a big part of this club, his energy, his passion that we’re going to miss. He was a little down.”UP NEXTAstros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-9, 3.61 ERA) lost his only previous start vs. San Francisco.Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-4, 2.97) needs one victory for fourth place on the San Francisco wins list. He has won his last four starts against the Astros with a 1.20 ERA but hasn’t faced Houston since a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts on Aug. 11, 2015. CHICAGO (AP) — For many struggling teams, a large early deficit results in a lackluster effort the rest of the way.The Chicago White Sox, though, keep battling.Omar Narvaez homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a single, Chicago relievers tossed seven scoreless innings and the White Sox rallied from a six-run deficit for a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.Avisail Garcia and Tim Anderson also homered for Chicago Kolten Wong Jersey , which has won four of five.Hector Santiago (5-3) allowed just two hits in four innings of relief to get the win. Jace Fry, the last of six relievers, got the final two outs for his second save.Of Chicago’s 46 wins, 26 have been come-from-behind affairs.“It says a lot about them because they’re fighting,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Certainly a great team win.”Ryan O’Hearn, Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon homered for Kansas City, which dropped to 2-13 in the rubber game of series this season.White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez needed just 11 pitches to retire the side in order in the first, but was rocked for six runs and three homers (on 46 pitches) in the second. O’Hearn started things with a two-run shot, Merrifield made it 5-0 with a three-run blast and Gordon added a solo shot.“I wasn’t commanding my pitches,” Lopez said through a translator.Kansas City starter Heath Fillmyer allowed just one hit in the first three innings, but then suddenly lost it. The right-hander faced six batters in the fourth and didn’t record an out.Jose Abreu and Daniel Palka had back-to-back singles to start things and Garcia hit a three-run homer to trim the deficit in half. After Nicky Delmonico singled, Anderson homered to make it 6-5. Narvaez followed with a solo blast to tie the score and chase Fillmyer.“He just couldn’t stop the bleeding,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Second time around, they kind of got on him. Wasn’t a bad pitch to Garcia, but from that point it snowballed on him and other pitches weren’t that great of pitches.“By the time I could get somebody up Trevor Rosenthal Jersey , the game was tied.”In the fifth, Narvaez gave the White Sox a 7-6 lead with a two-out RBI single off Brian Flynn (3-4), scoring Garcia from second base.PROMOTEDHighly touted prospect Michael Kopech will make his major league debut Tuesday night when the White Sox host the Minnesota Twins. The 22-year-old is 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 starts with Triple-A Charlotte this season, including a 4-0 mark with a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts. The hard-throwing right-hander has 170 strikeouts in 126 1/3 innings.“I’m excited to see his progression,” said catcher Kevan Smith, who caught Kopech in Charlotte earlier this season. “His fastball is electric.”ROYALTYGordon’s homer was the 169th of his career (all with the Royals), tying Hal McRae for fourth in franchise history.DAY TRIPPIN’The White Sox play the Twins in Minneapolis on Monday night in a makeup of one of three games snowed out in April. The teams then play two games in Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday.“It’s an odd thing, for sure,” Renteria said of the one-game road trip. “I’ve never experienced it.”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement) threw long toss on Saturday and is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Monday. Yost said Duffy will start at Tampa Bay on Thursday — the day he’s eligible to come off the 10-day DL — if there are no issues.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 4.44 ERA) makes his second start of the season on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Tampa Bay. RHP Ryan Stanek (1-3, 2.74) pitches for the Rays.White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (8-9, 6.15) takes the mound Monday night at Minnesota in the makeup of a game snowed out in April. LHP Stephen Gonsalves (0-0, 0.00) makes his major league debut for the Twins.

 stuff was just part of a frustrating night for the Chicago Cubs.The left-hander pitched six stingy innings Nolan Arenado Jersey , Lorenzo Cain reached base five times and the Milwaukee Brewers romped past the Cubs 11-1 on Tuesday to climb within three games of the NL Central leaders.Miley (3-2) allowed one run and three hits, struck out five and walked none as Milwaukee won for the fifth time in the last six meetings with its division rival. The second-place Brewers maintained a 1½-game lead over St. Louis for the top NL wild card.“I just feel now I can throw strikes,” said Miley, who missed 57 games this season with a right oblique injury. “I guess I trust my pitches and trust my catcher, and the defense is playing great.“I just threw 78 cutters and three fastballs, so it’s a 180 (from last season).”Mike Montgomery (4-5) struggled with his control for four innings, and the Brewers had their way with a succession of Cubs relievers.Cain had four walks and a double from the leadoff spot, setting the tone for Milwaukee’s offense. Christian Yelich walked and added a two-run double in the seventh, reaching base for the 21st straight game — the longest active streak in the National League.The first-place Cubs were hurt by poor defense and committed two errors. First baseman Anthony Rizzo left the game with a bruised right foot but said he was OK and would play Wednesday in the series finale.The Brewers have four games left with the Cubs, including three at Wrigley Field next week, and have their sights set on winning the division.“This is how we had to start it,” manager Craig Counsell said. “So far, so good. Another series win and try to get a sweep tomorrow.”Milwaukee has won 11 of its last 15 games, and Miley said a division title is on the Brewers’ minds.“Why wouldn’t we be?” he explained. “We’ve still got 25 games to go, 23 games to go. Why not? I don’t think you quit thinking about it until you can’t think about it no more.”Singles by Hernan Perez and Travis Shaw and a sacrifice fly by Erik Kratz gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Cubs second baseman Javier Baez couldn’t catch Shaw’s hot shot, a play that was initially ruled an error but was later changed to a hit by the official scorer.Cain’s leadoff double in the fifth off reliever Brandon Kintzler set up the Brewers’ third run, delivered on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Aguilar.Ragged defensive play by the Cubs allowed the Brewers to extend their lead to 6-1 in the sixth. A routine grounder was booted by shortstop Addison Russell, setting up the rally against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.One run scored on an error by first baseman Victor Caratini Charlie Blackmon Jersey , another on a passed ball by catcher Willson Contreras and the third on a hit batter.The Brewers scored three more in the seventh and two in the eighth. Milwaukee hit three sacrifice flies in the game. Orlando Arcia had three hits and scored three times.“We did not pitch well at all after we got by Montgomery,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “They didn’t really beat us up offensively; we just kind of self-destructed.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Rizzo exited in the sixth after fouling a ball off his foot in the third. X-rays were negative. … Veteran LHP Jaime Garcia, signed Friday after being released by Toronto, joined the Cubs. They selected his contract from Triple-A Iowa and recalled outfielder Mark Zagunis, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.Brewers: LHP Gio Gonzalez, acquired from Washington in a trade Friday, will start Saturday vs. San Francisco. Junior Guerra will go to the bullpen, Counsell said.THE RIVALRYNew Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels isn’t sure the Chicago-Milwaukee rivalry is a full-blown feud on the level of Cubs-Cardinals or Yankees-Red Sox. He said as much after the Brewers’ 4-3 comeback victory on Monday.Hamels, the Cubs starter that day, said, “When you have the majority of Cubs fans in the stands, I don’t know if that’s a rivalry.”But the fans flocking to Miller Park this week — for both teams — may think differently.“I look at it like we are spending way too much time trying to classify rivalries,” Counsell said. “Enjoy the baseball games, man.”The Cubs hold an 81-77 lead in games at Miller Park since 2001 and a 178-167 edge since the Brewers joined the National League in 1998.“I think that’s always going to be part of this series when you play up here; you’re always going to get a lot of Cubs fans,” Maddon said. “(A huge rivalry is) something that is achieved over time. Give it time and it may eventually show up that way here.”UP NEXTCubs: LHP Jose Quintana (11-9, 4.21 ERA) allowed five runs over five innings in his last start against Milwaukee, a 7-0 Brewers victory at Wrigley Field on Aug. 14. Prior to that he had given up just five runs in 49 innings vs. the Brewers. Quintana is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in five career starts at Miller Park.Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (14-5, 3.53 ERA) will make his 30th start of the season. He is coming off a 4-1 victory over Washington on Friday. Chacin is 2-0 in two scoreless starts and 13 innings pitched against the Cubs this season. CARLSBAD http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-mcgee-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Brian Cashman wants to bring CC Sabathia back for an 11th season with the New York Yankees, and he’s also holding out some hope of re-signing J.A. Happ.Eight days after the Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons — compared to one in that span for New York — Cashman arrived at the annual general managers’ meetings searching for pitching.“The Red Sox winning doesn’t change the hunger level of trying to deliver a championship sooner than later for our fan base,” the Yankees GM said Monday. “I think the hunger and the effort, the passion’s there, despite the horrible outcome that took place in the World Series this year.”After paying luxury tax for 15 straight years, a total of $341 million, the Yankees dropped below the threshold for the first time in 2018, when Boston took over as baseball’s biggest spender for the first time since records began in the free-agent era. Cashman is a man with money to spend this offseason.“Yeah, we got under the tax, but we’re one of the higher payrolls in the game, as you would expect — and as it should be,” he said.Cashman made his first move last week, re-signing 35-year-old outfielder Brett Gardner to a $7.5 million, one-year deal after declining his $12.5 million option and paying a $2 million buyout.New York finished with a rotation of right-handers Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Lance Lynn along with left-handers Sabathia and Happ.Only Severino and Tanaka are due back, and Cashman is expected to pursue a group of free-agent pitchers that also include left-handers Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel.Sabathia took a cut in salary from $25 million in 2017 to $10 million this year and went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts — missing a $500,000 bonus by two innings when he was ejected in his last regular-season start for hitting Tampa Bay’s Jesus Sucre after Rays pitcher Andrew Kittredge threw up-and-in to Austin Romine.Sabathia had surgery on his right knee last month.“He’s been a great Yankee, and he has time on the clock still Trevor Story Jersey ,” Cashman said. “I think he’d like to stay, and I think we’d like to keep him.”Happ, 36, was 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts after the Yankees acquired him from Toronto, but he lost at Boston in the Division Series opener.“I would think that there’ll be a lot of interest in him,” Cashman said. “He has a great reputation throughout the game as a pro, and the performance level was exactly what we needed. So he put himself in a good position as a free agent.”Cashman already is deep in talks to trade Sonny Gray, just 15-16 since New York acquired him from Oakland in July 2017. Gray, a right-hander who turns 29 this week, was unhappy with the harsh treatment he was given by demanding Yankees fans.“The game’s evolved to the point where people can see what the real numbers are behind the numbers and the recognition that whoever winds up acquiring Sonny Gray is going to acquire someone that’s going to be the player, the pitcher he was more with Oakland,” Cashman said. “And so we’re very active in those discussions. We’re in name exchanges. It will lead us eventually to a conclusion.”Cashman sidestepped questions about infielder Manny Machado, one of the top two offensive free agents along with Bryce Harper. Because shortstop Didi Gregorius will miss much of next season after surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament, Cashman is examining infield options within and outside.“It all depends on the price point,” he said.

 Joe Maddon is opting to remain at a distance while MLB investigates domestic violence allegations against Cubs shortstop Addison Russell."I'm not involved in that at all David Wright Jersey ," Maddon said Tuesday on 670 The Score'sBernsteinMcKnight Show. "It's a league situation. There's a process in place to deal with this between the players' union and MLB and of course Addison's involvement too. I'm totally not in that picture right now."In aposton her personal blog, Russell's ex-wifeMelisa Reidy-Russell alleged the 2016 All-Star had been emotionally and physically abusive toward her:"Emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing. Being blamed for just about anything that went wrong, name calling, intimidating me with personal force, manipulating me to think I was the problem, destroying my personal things, threatening me to 'send' meour son home to my parents as if I was privileged to be living in our home. Basically, I felt like I was nothing, a nobodyI was nothing without him,I couldn't do anything without him. After he would calm down from his angry spells, I'd always get the most sincere apologies, making me believe how sorry he washe's working on bettering himself."Maddon told 670 The Score he hadn't readReidy-Russell's post and didn't plan to because "anybody can write anything they want these days with social media, blogging, etc." He's awaiting the full results of MLB's findings into the matter.In astatementthrough the MLB Players Association http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-wheeler-jersey , Russell called the allegations "completely false."MLBplacedRussell on administrative leave in wake of the allegations. The leagueinitially launchedan investigation into similar allegations against the 24-year-old in 2017 and left the case open.Although Russell's stay on administrative leave ends seven days after it's triggered, MLB can move to extend the designation for another seven days until it's ready to make an official ruling.Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna was on administrative leavestartingMay 8 after he was charged with assault in Toronto. He remained there until MLB officiallygave hima 75-game suspension June 22, with his time on administrative leave counting toward his suspension. CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona’s emotions are still raw and real. The postseason pain hasn’t subsided just yet.Still feeling a “sting” after another successful season for Cleveland ended in disappointment and well short of a World Series title, Francona tried to explain on Wednesday why his team looked so overmatched against the Houston Astros.Francona didn’t have all the answers — and he got annoyed at one point while defending star Jose Ramirez — but if October has taught anything to the two-time Series winner with Boston, it’s that only one manager won’t get second-guessed when the playoffs end.“When you win you’re smart, and when you lose you’re dumb,” Francona said. “That’s kind of the way it is. You have one chance to do it, so you do it to the best of your ability and you have the confidence to come answer the questions and move on. But also move on trying to learn from what you didn’t do good enough.”The Indians weren’t close to being good enough against the Astros, who had little trouble sweeping the AL Central champions in three games. Houston outscored Cleveland 21-6 and outhit, outpitched and simply outplayed the Indians in every aspect.Francona didn’t offer any excuses for his team’s lackluster performance, but he got defensive when pressed about second baseman Jose Ramirez, whose late-season slump carried into the AL Division Series.Ramirez went hitless in 11 at-bats, continuing a slide that began in mid-August and cost the All-Star any chance of being named MVP this season.“He got himself into a predicament and he couldn’t get himself out of it,” Francona said. “It’s hard to figure out because a guy can be that good, that dominant and then he just couldn’t get … he kept peeling off balls even when he got pitches to hit. He kind of peeled off and he knew it and he watched video and he just couldn’t get the feeling of staying through the ball.”And while Ramirez Mookie Wilson Jersey , who batted .167 after Aug. 19, wasn’t the only player who struggled — the Indians batted .144 as a team against the Astros — he became an almost automatic out in a lineup that had counted on him most of the season.Francona stiffened when a reporter said Ramirez “killed” the Indians.“What do you mean it killed us? ” Francona snapped. “We won the division by 15 games.”Francona said Ramirez tried to make adjustments, but they didn’t work. Francona was then asked if one of his coaches should be held accountable for one of the team’s top hitters failing.Again, Francona bristled.“I think that’s a reaction,” Francona said. “I think maybe you would like that. Let me answer. That to me is a very reactionary move. It’s a small sample, and it hurt like crazy losing. Yet, we were probably in the upper tier in just about every offensive category.”Team president Chris Antonetti pointed out that the Indians outscored the Astros, and general manager Mike Chernoff added that Cleveland finished third in the AL in runs.Francona said he expects all of his coaches to return, but believes some on his staff could be interviewed for jobs elsewhere.Beyond Ramirez’s issues, Cleveland’s leaky bullpen, which was a constant headache for Francona, must be addressed in the offseason.Cody Allen, the team’s career saves leader, former All-Star reliever Andrew Miller and left-hander Oliver Perez are all eligible for free agency. Antonetti said it’s possible Danny Salazar, Nick Goody and Cody Anderson http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-lenny-dykstra-jersey , all of whom were all sidelined by injuries this season, could come back and help in relief roles.Cleveland’s rotation is set with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger all under contract (the Indians have options on Carrasco in 2019 and 2020), so Antonetti and Chernoff don’t have to worry about chasing free agent arms.The biggest offseason challenge may be closing the gap to the defending champion Astros, who seem on another level.Francona doesn’t think Houston has anything Cleveland lacks.“They won 101 games, we won 91. I think their division was better. So over the course of a long season, they were better than us,” he said. “That doesn’t mean you can’t win a short series. Their two starting pitchers we faced the first two days were virtually unhittable. If you kind of simplify it, we got three hits off of their first two pitchers, and I actually thought we had a pretty good approach. We didn’t chase much. If we’d have chased, we might not have gotten any hits. We were pretty disciplined in the zone.“Their stuff was off-the-charts good. You can talk about intangibles, you can talk about analytics. Analytically, those first two guys are really good. That makes you look a lot smarter.”

DENVER — Dave Winfield Jersey , simple agenda as they begin a four-game series Monday with the slumping Philadelphia Phillies.The Rockies have to keep winning and hope for help. Sweeping three games over the weekend at Arizona enabled the Rockies to finish 4-5 on what began as a ruinous road trip. The Rockies are 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West and trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 1 ½ games in the chase for the second NL wild-card spot.Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.76) will start against Zach Eflin (11-7, 4.09).Article continues below ...The Phillies were just swept by the Braves in four games at Atlanta, mathematically ending their chances of winning the NL East or reaching the postseason via the wild-card.The Phillies (78-77) were 63-48 on Aug. 5, which was the second-best record in the NL, just behind the Chicago Cubs (64-47). But since Aug. 5, the Phillies are 15-29, which is the worst record in the NL, leaving them just a half-game ahead of the Washington Nationals in the NL East.To be sure, the Phillies have improved greatly from last year when they finished 66-96. But getting swept at Atlanta has forced the Phillies to lower their sights and hope to finish with a winning record. That will require the Phillies to win four of their remaining seven scheduled games.“Everybody understands that there’s a lot of value in having a winning season,” first-year Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters Sunday after the series sweep in which the Phillies scored 12 runs in four losses to the Braves. “I don’t think that’s something that you have to flag or highlight. It’s pretty baked into the DNA of these players who want to win.”Eflin is 2-0 0.79 in his past two starts, the last of which was Wednesday in a 4-0 win against the New York Mets when he allowed three hits and three walks in five innings with a season-high tying nine strikeouts. Eflin, who has allowed three or fewer runs in four of his past five starts Jack Morris Jersey , has been better at home (8-3, 3.33) than on the road (3-4, 5.07).The right-handed Eflin has been far more successful against right-handed hitters, holding them to a .236 average and .658 OPS in 290 plate appearance. Lefties are hitting .283 with a .838 OPS against Eflin in 290 plate appearances.Eflin is 1-1, 7.50 in two starts against the Rockies and 1-0, 3.00 in his one start at Coors Field in 2016.The Rockies (85-70) finished 44-37 on the road, setting a franchise record for road victories. They are a deceptive 41-33 at Coors Field. Since ending an eight-game home losing streak June 19, the Rockies are 30-13 (.698) and have the best home winning percentage in the NL.Anderson has made 13 starts, 11 of which the Rockies lost, since his last victory July 4. But correcting some delivery issues has enabled Anderson to end a long struggle. Before his past two outings, he was 0-5, 10.13 in seven starts — six of which the Rockies lost — yielding 11 homers in 29 1/3 innings in that stretch along with a .351 average and 1.096 OPS by opposing hitters.In each of his past two starts, Anderson has allowed two runs in six innings http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-aledmys-diaz-jersey , giving the Rockies, who have little margin for error in their quest to reach October, reason to believe they can count on Anderson in this crucial game and giving Anderson confidence he can deliver another good start.“I keep telling myself that this is what I’ve wanted my whole life,” Anderson, who is 2-1, 3.13 in four starts against the Phillies told MLB.com. “As it gets closer, you start smelling it and really want to go after it.” The St. Louis Cardinals were barreling toward their third consecutive missed postseason when they made the decision to part ways with manager Mike Matheny and turn the reins over to Mike Shildt.They still wound up missing the playoffs.But oh, what a run they made.A club that was hovering around .500 when Matheny was dumped in July set a record for consecutive series wins, and climbed into the playoff race well into September. St. Louis was finally eliminated on the season’s penultimate day, but the organization was left feeling much better about the future.“We’ve been in postseason mode since virtually the All-Star break,” Shildt said, “so you appreciate what went well, and you appreciate and grow through experiences and you grow together. There’s a lot of takeaways http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-aaron-loup-jersey , and the good news is we’ll take advantage of it. I can promise you that.”Shildt, who never played the game beyond college, was so impressive in righting the course as a first-time manager that the Cardinals stripped him of the interim tag before the end of the season. That answered the biggest question heading into the offseason.Now, the Cardinals can begin planning around their young core for next season. Erstwhile cornerstone Adam Wainwright, first baseman Matt Adams and pitchers Tyson Ross and Bud Norris are not expected back, which means the Cardinals will head to spring training largely intact.“What I take away is really simple, really how you respond,” outfielder Harrison Bader said. “Kind of got kicked in the teeth a little bit, but to have 162 games and then ultimately it come down to the last four or five, playing meaningful baseball that late in the season is what it’s all about.“Unfortunately this year we didn’t come out on the right side of where we really wanted to be,” he said, “but it very easily could have gone another way. To set us up in that position with such a young team and young in terms of age and experience, it’s no excuse but it’s very promising.”REBOUND CANDIDATESDexter Fowler hit just .180 with a handful of stolen bases Matt Adams Jersey , and considering he is due $16.5 million each of the next three seasons, the Cardinals need their offensive sparkplug to be more spark and less plug. Pitchers Alex Reyes and Brett Cecil also struggled, the former with injuries and the latter with effectiveness.STILL CATCHINGYadier Molina proved he’s still one of the best backstops in the game, even though he missed some time with an injury. The 36-year-old catcher hit .261 but slugged .436, and he belted 20 homers with 74 RBIs while helping to bring along a young pitching staff.ABOUT THAT STAFFInjuries decimated the staff early in the season, but that merely thrust some young guys into the mix. Now they’re poised to form a formidable rotation next season, and competition to crack it will be brutal in spring training. Miles Mikolas and Michael Wacha are sure things, but Reyes, Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Carlos Martinez, Austin Gomber and others are eyeing a job.ERRORS GALOREThe Cardinals had the most errors in the majors with 133, or more than double the club with the fewest (Houston with 63). All those mistakes put more pressure on that injury-riddled pitching staff and an offense that finally started humming late in the year.“We’ve got some room for improvement in some of these areas http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-kevin-long-jersey ,” Shildt acknowledged. “I think in general there is optimism about how this team is going about competition and the style of play and excited about what it looks like moving forward. I think there’s a real good energy behind our fan base right now. It should be, at least.”BIG SPLASHDespite so many returning pieces, the one thing the Cardinals could use is a middle-of-the-order slugger. Manny Machado or Bryce Harper would fit the bill, but quite frankly, the bill is also quite large. Regardless, the Cardinals could use a consistent force in the middle of the lineup.“Three straight years of coming up short. We as an organization, as a total group top to bottom everybody in this clubhouse, all the staff, we have to find a way to get better,” first baseman Matt Carpenter said. “We’re headed in the right direction. The second half was definitely a good starting point, but we’ve got to find a way to get there.”

 in each of his 20 seasons as a shortstop http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-zach-duke-jersey , which made his first year as an owner a test of patience.He admits he failed.Jeter’s Miami Marlins went 63-98 — a new, humbling experience for him, but nothing new for the troubled franchise. By finishing with the worst record in the National League, the Marlins endured their ninth consecutive losing season, the longest such streak in the majors.Their playoff drought is now at 15 years.“I’ve been preaching patience, and finding out I don’t have much of it,” Jeter said. “It’s an organization that had been broken, and we have to fix that. I’d like that to happen overnight. But we have a lot we need to improve on.”There were signs of progress. Jeter said the most positive development was the improvement made by prospects, and initial showings by 2018 draft picks.Several young major leaguers took steps toward becoming part of the long-term rebuilding plan, including pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Trevor Richards and Caleb Smith, third baseman-right fielder Brian Anderson and center fielder Magneuris Sierra.But contention still seems a long way away, and nothing on the field could stir South Florida from its longstanding apathy toward the Marlins. They finished last in the NL in attendance for the 13th time in the past 14 years, and the home average of 10,013 was the lowest in the majors since the Expos’ final season in Montreal in 2004.Jeter Michael Pineda Jersey , who has become a hands-on owner in every aspect of the organization, wants to create a more festive environment at Marlins Park. With that goal in mind, the franchise will invite fans to bring musical instruments, bells, whistles and flags to a designated section next season.Better food is promised as well.“We’re trying to capture the energy, the culture, the diversity of Miami, and bring it into the park, which is not easy to do,” Jeter said. “When our fans come, we want it look like Miami, smell like Miami, taste like Miami.”The 2018 season was none too appetizing, however. And with payrolls expected to remain modest for the foreseeable future, any progress will likely come slowly.Don Mattingly, for one Fernando Rodney Jersey , remains optimistic. He’ll return for a fourth year as manager in 2019, and he praised Jeter for consistency in his approach to rebuilding the franchise from the farm system up.“Our first meeting was, ‘Donnie, we’ve got a plan, and we’re going to stick to it,'” Mattingly said. “And nothing has moved away from that.”Here are things to know about how that plan is taking shape:CORNERSTONE?The Marlins want to discuss a long-term contract with All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. A deal would send a signal that the roster might no longer be a revolving door as players depart when they become too expensive.“We’d love to keep all the good players,” Jeter said. “J.T. and his representatives are very aware of how we feel about him.”FEEDER SYSTEMJeter likely traded away two NL MVPs last offseason in the Marlins’ latest payroll purge. Giancarlo Stanton went to the Yankees shortly after winning the 2017 award, and Christian Yelich is the front-runner for this year’s honor after being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.“Christian is a great player,” Jeter said. “Everyone will tell you that. Look, we’re happy with the four players we got back. We feel they’re going to play big roles in the future of this organization.”OUTFIELD OUTLOOKThe most heralded prospect acquired in the Yelich deal, center fielder Lewis Brinson, batted only .199 in 109 games.“He’s obviously got to get better,” Mattingly said.The manager was more enthusiastic about the speedy, 22-year-old Sierra, who batted .190 in 54 games.“The kid’s going to be good,” Mattingly said.YOUNG PITCHINGSeveral youngsters displayed potential as everyday starters in 2018 http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-addison-reed-jersey , and reports from the minors were encouraging, too.“We’re excited about some of the pitchers we have,” Jeter said. “Some of the pitching prospects are closer to Miami than some of the position players.”VETERAN PITCHINGInjury-plagued left-hander Wei-Yin Chen showed he might be part of the plan going forward, which would be nice since the Marlins owe him $58 million over the next three seasons.Chen had one of baseball’s more bizarre splits: 5-3 with a 1.62 ERA at home, and 1-9 with a 9.27 ERA on the road.“I don’t know how to explain it,” he said.Figuring it out will be one more job for Jeter. The Kansas City Royals will go for a three-game sweep when they host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night in the series finale at Kauffman Stadium.Kansas City (49-95) has played much better as of late despite having the second-worst record in baseball behind only the Baltimore Orioles (41-103). The Royals won the series opener 4-3 in 10 innings, and they posted a more comfortable 6-3 victory Tuesday.The Royals have won seven home games in a row, including a three-game sweep over Baltimore over Labor Day weekend. Kansas City is 27-45 at home on the season.Article continues below ...“Especially about the last three weeks, the feeling of us never being out of a game has returned,” Royals manager Ned Yost said to MLB.com. “Finding ways to score, I’m a lot more confident in that.”Chicago (56-89) is headed in the opposite direction, at least in the short term. The White Sox have lost seven games in a row, and a loss in the series finale would match their longest losing streak of an already forgettable season.Five of those losses have come since the White Sox learned that prized pitcher Michael Kopech would miss the rest of this season and all of next season because of Tommy John surgery. Kopech’s arrival had electrified teammates and fans alike as he limited opponents to one run in his first 11 innings before his ill-fated most recent start.White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (6-5, 3.11 ERA) will try to snap the skid when he makes his 17th start of the season. He has stumbled in his past two outings, allowing eight earned runs in 11 innings, after a remarkable run from June to August.Rodon criticized his most recent outing http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-mauer-jersey , which he described as “horse (expletive),” and vowed to bounce back.“Just no command,” Rodon told reporters after losing to the Los Angeles Angels. “Down in the bullpen, didn’t feel good. Usually, you try to clear that. The first inning went well, and I tried to build off of that. Just didn’t happen.”In five career outings against Kansas City, Rodon is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA. He has walked nine and fanned 27 in 27 2/3 innings.The Royals also will go with a left-hander as they attempt to lock up the sweep. Eric Skoglund (1-5, 6.45 ERA), a 25-year-old out of the University of Central Florida, will make his 10th start of the season and the 15th of his career.An elbow injury sidelined Skoglund for much of the season, but he returned Friday against the Minnesota Twins. He threw two scoreless innings of relief on 27 pitches as he built arm strength for his return to the starting rotation.In two career starts against the White Sox, Skoglund is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. He has given up seven hits, walked three and struck out 11 in 10 innings. His only other career win came against the Detroit Tigers.This marks the 19th and final meeting of the season between the two. The White Sox hold a 10-8 season series edge. They have scored 100 runs against the Royals while giving up 79.

ANAHEIM Scott Schebler Jersey , Calif. (AP) — are already partly on the wild card playoff game looming in the Bronx.They’re still finishing up the regular season in Orange County with an attention to all the little details that could make a difference in the postseason.Khris Davis hit his major league-leading 48th homer and the A’s locked up their winningest season in 16 years with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.Jed Lowrie homered and drove in two runs for the A’s (97-64), who hadn’t won 97 games since going 103-59 in 2002. Oakland has made a stunning turnaround from losing at least 87 games in each of the past three seasons.“It means we’ve had a nice year, and we’ve had quite a run since the middle of June,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Ninety-seven is a nice number, especially after what we’ve been through the last three years.”A majors-best 42-22 since the All-Star break, the A’s are already locked into a trip to New York on Wednesday night to face the Yankees. But while they prepare mentally for that one-game showdown on arguably baseball’s biggest stage, the A’s are taking care of the final bits of remaining business in September — including a chance to preview a possible pitching strategy for the Yankees.Liam Hendriks pitched the first inning, allowing one single, before Trevor Cahill (7-4) threw four innings of one-hit ball for the A’s. Hendriks also could start Wednesday, depending on how Melvin decides to approach the one-game playoff.“It’s different Scooter Gennett Jersey , but I feel like I didn’t change too much about what I do,” Cahill said. “We’re going out and trying to win games. We’re all thinking about New York, but we’re all trying to play well and work on some things, too. We’re excited the regular season is over, and more excited the postseason is going to start.”Davis connected in the first off Tyler Skaggs (8-10), driving a two-run shot for his ninth homer in September and his fifth in seven games. The 30-year-old slugger matched Jimmie Foxx’s 48 homers in 1933 for the fourth-most in a single season in A’s history.Davis, who was born in nearby Lakewood and played a few miles away at Cal State Fullerton, also drove in his 122nd and 123rd runs.“It’s just a number,” Davis said. “I don’t keep score. I play and try to get as many as I can. I basically just try to keep getting better.”After driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third, Lowrie got his 23rd homer on Angels reliever Jim Johnson’s first pitch in the sixth George Foster Jersey , giving him 99 RBIs.Davis and Lowrie both seem likely to get one more day to add to their impressive regular seasons in Sunday’s finale.“That’s the balance right now,” Melvin said. “We want to get some guys some rest, but you also want to take care of some milestones, too.”Blake Treinen got pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr. on a groundout with two runners on in the ninth to secure his 38th save.FALLEN ANGELSKaleb Cowart had an RBI single for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended with a landmark loss.The Halos (79-82) are guaranteed to finish with three consecutive losing records for the first time under manager Mike Scioscia, who hasn’t announced whether his 19-year tenure is over.Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton each went 0 for 4 for the Angels, who have made the playoffs just once since 2009 despite their annually bulky payroll. The club hadn’t had three straight losing seasons since 1992-94.“We got behind quickly and didn’t get much going until later,” Scioscia said. “We talked to the guys about making sure we finish hard this weekend. The quest for a championship doesn’t start in the spring. It starts now.”SCIOSCIA’S FAREWELL?Although Scioscia has steadfastly refused to confirm reports that he won’t be back next year, the Angels essentially treated this game as a potential farewell: They gave away a bobblehead doll in his likeness and aired several video tributes to the winningest manager in franchise history. Scioscia led the Angels to their only World Series championship in 2002 http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey , but the Halos haven’t won a playoff game in nine years.When asked after the game if he had noticed the tribute videos, Scioscia claimed he had not.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: Melvin is unlikely to play many of his regular position players for full games in the season finale, giving them ample rest before Wednesday.Angels: RHP Felix Pena won’t take his rotation turn for the series finale because he’s already pitched much more than expected this season. The former reliever will rest after seizing a chance to pitch in the Halos’ injury-ravaged rotation and posting a 4.18 ERA in 17 starts and 92 2/3 innings.UP NEXTAthletics: Brett Anderson (4-5, 4.42 ERA) is likely to make his fourth start since returning from the disabled list. He has a 3.69 ERA since the All-Star break.Angels: Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 4.82 ERA) makes his seventh start of the season. He missed 134 games over five months with a right forearm strain, but has returned in solid form for September. BALTIMORE — The Oakland Athletics are continuing their surge to the postseason at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles. The Athletics beat the Orioles 10-0 on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to six games and will try to complete the sweep at Camden Yards.Oakland is 34-15 since the All-Star break, the best mark in the majors during that span. The Athletics hold the second American League wild-card spot behind the New York Yankees, but are pushing to take the lead.The Athletics have won all five games against Baltimore this season. Stephen Piscotty has been one of Oakland’s most dangerous hitters. He has a 13-game hitting streak and is batting .270. Article continues below ...“Player of the Month type of numbers, and you dig even deeper and you see the clutchness of the hits,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I mean http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , for a few months now, it seems like every time we need someone up in a big situation, he comes up and he either hits a home run or gets a big hit to extend the lead. His best at-bats usually come in big situations.”Oakland has remained in playoff contention despite dealing with season-ending injuries to several pitchers. Daniel Gossett, Kendall Graveman, Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk each have undergone Tommy John surgery. Left-hander Sean Manaea will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair a left shoulder impingement next week, the team announced Tuesday. The A’s did get some good news on the injury front with left-hander Brett Anderson (3-4, 4.02 ERA) scheduled to come off the disabled list from a strained left forearm to start the finale Thursday. Oakland has depth with 22 pitchers on the current 38-man roster.Anderson had a 2.15 ERA and did not allow a run in three of his five appearances in the month of August. He is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore. “Their guys have really been pitching well,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about the A’s. “They have like five guys down there in the ‘pen. They are very quietly one of the best bullpens in the league and maybe baseball. You know you’re playing a five- or six-inning game with them. And they’ve been doing it for a while.”Baltimore has lost six straight and has the majors’ worst record (41-104).The Orioles will counter with Dylan Bundy, who has struggled over the second half of the season. Bundy (7-14, 5.58 ERA) has also gone 1-7 with an 8.83 ERA during his past 11 outings. During that stretch http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-vizquel-jersey , he allowed 77 hits, 56 runs (53 earned) and 19 homers. Baltimore went 1-10 and Bundy has allowed five or more runs in seven of those 11 starts. “Mechanically I can’t really find anything,” Bundy said afer his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he allowed six runs, four hits — including two homers — and five walks during four innings. “I think I’ve got to get better executing pitches and throw the ball with a little bit more conviction. … I’m just trying to get better, not just for me but for the team also. That’s all I can do really is try to get better for the team.”Bundy has allowed a franchise-record 37 home runs this season. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against Oakland.

LAS VEGAS (AP) —http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-blake-snell-jersey , three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.A 30-year-old right-hander who was born in Anaheim, California, Kelly was 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA and two saves in 73 games this year for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Kelly pitched in all five World Series games against the Dodgers this year and did not allow a run, striking out 10 in six innings. He gave up one earned run in nine postseason appearances with 13 strikeouts and no walks.According to Brooks Baseball, his fastball averaged 98.7 mph this year. The Red Sox acquired him from St. Louis in July 2014.Kelly broke a rib of the Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez when he hit him with a pitch in the 2013 NL Championship Series opener. Kelly hit the New York Yankees’ Tyler Austin on the back with a pitch last April 11, four innings after Austin spiked Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt when he slid into second base with a high right foot. That set off a brawl and Kelly was suspended for six games.Kelley’s departure leaves a gap in a Boston bullpen expected to lose closer Craig Kimbrel, who became a free agent. He will be a setup man in Los Angeles for closer Kenley Jansen. DENVER — The St. Louis Cardinals‘ long road winning streak came to a crashing halt Saturday night. Now they will try to win the rubber game of their series with the Colorado Rockies on Sunday and capture their ninth straight series.Two left-handers will start Sunday Rob Refsnyder Jersey , Austin Gomber (3-0, 2.98) for the Cardinals against Tyler Anderson (6-6, 4.45).Article continues below ...The Rockies (71-58) erupted for a season-high eight runs on 10 hits in the eighth inning Saturday and blasted the Cardinals 9-1, just their fifth loss in 23 games this month and first by more than one run.Cardinals starter John Gant gave up one run in seven innings, a pinch-hit homer in the seventh by former Cardinal Matt Holliday. Rockies starter German Marquez pitched seven scoreless innings before the Cardinals tied the game in the eighth.“Just a good old-fashioned pitchers dual in a hitters ballpark,” Cardinals interim manager Mike Schildt said. “We went to the bullpen, and they’ve been great. One of those days. Those days are going to happen. We’re not going to think too much about it. Just move forward.”The Cardinals (72-58) saw their nine-game road winning streak ended. They had not won 10 straight road games since they set and tied the club record of 12 straight victories on the road in 1941 and 1944.The last time the Cardinals won more than eight straight series was 2009 when they won 10 in a row.Gomber made his major league debut June 2 and pitched one scoreless inning against Colorado in relief on Aug. 1 at St. Louis. This will be his second appearance against the Rockies, and he’ll be the first rookie left-hander for the Cardinals to start at Coors Field since Marco Gonzales made his major league debut there on June 25 http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-miller-jersey , 2014.The Cardinals have won all five of Gomber’s starts, and he is 2-0, 2.73 in those games, limiting opponents to a .216 batting average, .685 OPS and two home runs in 26 1/3 innings.Gomber was not involved in the decision Monday at Los Angeles, where he gave up two runs in five innings in St. Louis’ 5-3 win over the Dodgers.“He’s got weapons to pitch, obviously,” Shildt said. “He’s in attack mode most all the time. He’s a really good competitor. He’s developing a slider-cutter that’s helping him against the lefties a little bit more. He’s elevating with his fastball Joey Wendle Jersey , throws to both sides of the plate, always has, really well. He’s got a good changeup. So, he’s got all the pitches to give us a quality start.”The Rockies have lost the past six games started by Anderson, who is 0-3, 6.88 in that stretch while allowing 10 home runs in 34 innings and an .876 OPS by opposing hitters. In his last start Tuesday against San Diego, Anderson allowed a season-high 10 hits, including two homers http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-christian-arroyo-jersey , and four runs in 6 1/3 innings and lost 4-3.“It isn’t like he’s lacking his stuff,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “The location’s been bad. The changeup’s been pretty effective, but the fastball and the cutter have not been his norm. He’s the type of guy that has got to locate. His margin for error’s a little bit less than Marquez or Jon (Gray.) So, he’s got to locate the ball. But he’s able to do that.”Anderson, who has made eight starts since he last won July 4 against San Francisco, has yielded 26 home runs in 147 2/3 innings, tied for the most in the National League this season.He’s 0-1, 4.15 in two starts against the Cardinals http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-nathan-eovaldi-jersey , including one this year. Anderson had a no-decision in Colorado’s 5-4 loss in 10 innings at St. Louis on July 30, allowing three hits, three walks and four runs in six innings.

OAKLAND http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-pinder-jersey , Calif. (AP) —in plenty of meaningful games during the stretch run, and now that he is healthy and back on the mound it provides a big boost for Seattle’s playoff chances.Paxton returned from the disabled list to strike out 10 batters over five innings, Ben Gamel hit a two-run double, and the Mariners held off the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Saturday night in a matchup of contenders with a knack for comebacks.“You always want to be part of this kind of thing,” Paxton said. “We’re in the race. We’ve played some good games here against these guys and hopefully we can come out and get the series win tomorrow.”Jean Segura had a two-run single in the fifth, an inning after he was hit by a pitch. He finished with three hits, helping Seattle pull within 4 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card.Khris Davis hit his majors-leading 40th home run to start the eighth for Oakland, giving him three straight 40-homer seasons . He joined Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 as the only players in A’s history to accomplish that feat.“It’s just miraculous numbers that he puts up Brett Anderson Jersey ,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve had a long history of power hitters here, and to be with Jimmie Foxx and that kind of company, and we’re still looking at close to a month left, he’s been as consistent a power hitter as anybody who’s been in Oakland.”Marcus Semien added a two-run double in the eighth and left fielder Denard Span’s blunder trying to scoop up the ball allowed a third run to score to make it 8-7.Edwin Diaz walked Jed Lowrie to begin the ninth and put the tying run aboard, and then recovered to strike out the side for his club-record 51st save in 55 opportunities.With an ailing rotation, the A’s made a day-of change to start September call-up reliever Liam Hendriks (0-1) — a philosophy Tampa Bay employed this season — and then manager Bob Melvin eventually went to regularly scheduled starter Daniel Mengden after two other relievers.After Gamel’s double in the second got the Mariners going, Seattle scored two of its three runs in the third on errors.Mark Canha hit two-run homer in the fifth for the A’s, who struck out 18 times.Paxton (11-5) pitched for the first time since getting hit on his left forearm by a line drive Aug. 14 at Oakland. He allowed three runs on two hits and walked four Blake Treinen Jersey , and while he felt rusty he knows he will likely be sharper the next time out as he works on a more consistent release point.“A game we needed to have tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We got out offensively really good. I thought our at-bats were outstanding against a number of different pitchers.”The lefty clapped his hand into his glove after retiring Davis on a strikeout to end the fifth following consecutive two-out walks to Matt Chapman and Lowrie.Ryon Healy had a pair of hits against his old club as the Mariners won for just the second time in six games.Seattle’s Mitch Haniger doubled leading off the fourth to match his career high with a 13-game hitting streak.Mengden wound up working the third and fourth innings as the A’s used nine pitchers. That matched the most for any game in Oakland history and was the highest number used in a nine-inning game.MAXWELL DEPARTSAs Oakland made September call-ups, the A’s designated catcher Bruce Maxwell for assignment, possibly ending his tenure with the club.In July, Maxwell was sentenced to two years of probation on a disorderly conduct charge, nearly three months after he pleaded guilty to the charge in a gun-related incident. Police said Maxwell had pointed a handgun at a woman who delivered food to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, in October.“I don’t think it was a distraction for us http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-chris-hatcher-jersey ,” Melvin said of Maxwell’s legal issues.The A’s made it a priority to promote catcher Beau Taylor, one of eight players added Saturday, and he caught the ninth to make his major league debut.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP Marco Gonzales, on the DL retroactive to Aug. 24 with a strained neck muscle, has been throwing in recent days and is getting closer to throwing a bullpen session, Servais said.Athletics: OF Matt Joyce came off the 10-day DL as expected when rosters expanded. He had been out since July 5 with a strained lower back.UP NEXTRight-hander Felix Hernandez (8-12, 5.49 ERA), long the bane of Oakland batters Sean Manaea Jersey , starts the series finale for Seattle opposite A’s righty Edwin Jackson (4-3, 3.03). Hernandez seeks his first victory in nine outings since beating the Royals on June 30, a span during which he’s 0-6. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for $100,000 or a player to be named.La Stella spent the past four seasons with the Cubs. He batted .266 while appearing in a career-high 123 games last season, excelling as a pinch-hitter while also playing second base and third base.La Stella led the major leagues in pinch hits (24) and pinch-hit batting average (.312), while his 11 RBIs tied for the big-league high. The Angels’ pinch-hitters were among the majors’ worst last season, batting .162 with a .265 on-base percentage.Atlanta drafted La Stella in the eighth round in 2011. He debuted with the Braves in 2014 http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-boog-powell-jersey , but was acquired by the Cubs shortly after that season.He is a .264 hitter in five big-league seasons. La Stella is eligible for arbitration this offseason.The Angels released outfielder Jabari Blash to make room for La Stella on their 40-man roster. The 29-year-old Blash excelled as a power hitter for Triple-A Salt Lake, but batted .103 with just one homer in 24 games in the majors.

 in the National League Championship Series on Tuesday as they outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers in 13 innings.Now the series comes down to who can win two of the next three games David Dahl Jersey , with Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.Each team is in need of a quality start (Wade Miley for Milwaukee and Clayton Kershawfor L.A.) in Game 5 after both their bullpens were stretched out.Thursday's rest day for the trip back to Milwaukee will be welcomed with open arms by the two clubs, with the Game 5 winner likely emerging as the favorite to advance to the World Series. NLCS ScheduleGame 5:Wednesday, October 17, at Los Angeles (5:05 p.m., FS1)Game 6:Friday, October 19, at Milwaukee (8:39 p.m., FS1)Game 7:Saturday, October 20, at Milwaukee (9:09 p.m. http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-bryan-shaw-jersey , FS1)**if necessaryOdds (via OddsShark)Game 5Milwaukee (+135; bet $100 to win $135)Los Angeles (-163; bet $163 to win $100)PredictionDodgers in 6The momentum boost earned from the Game 4 win at home will propel the Dodgers into the driver's seat for Game 5 as Kershaw controls the contest.In four of his last six postseason starts, Kershaw hasconceded two runs or fewer, and he's been untouchable at home in his last three playoff outings, giving up one earned run in 19 innings.Kershaw will continue his postseason form against a Brewers team that recorded two hits after the eighth inning in Game 4.The Brewers are hitting .231 in the series, and National League MVP candidate Christian Yelich only has three hits in 16 at-bats (.188).Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe combination of an in-form Kershaw and anunderperforming Milwaukee lineup will hand Game 5 to the Dodgers before the series shifts back to Miller Park.Based off what we've seen throughout the NLCS, the Dodgers will rely on Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 6 to toss five or six strong innings before handing the ball over to the setup men and eventually Kenley Jansen.The simple transition from starter to bullpen is going to be helped by a few early runs, with Manny Machado once again being the catalyst.Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesBrewers manager Craig Counsell has shown his hand on multiple occasions, and no matter how impressive one of his starters looks, he's insistent on riding his relievers to success.How smart that strategy is at the back end of a seven-game series remains to be seen, but if the Brewers are forced to use up bullpen arms for the majority of Game 5 Tyler Anderson Jersey , the day off can only help so much.The performances of Kershaw and Ryu will set the tone for victories, while Machado, who has six hits in 17 at-bats, will end up as the NLCS MVP for his clutch hits in both Games 5 and 6 to send the Dodgers into their second straight World Series. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A year ago, Dereck Rodriguez was down in Double-A ball, a converted outfielder hoping to take a new path as a pitcher.A non-roster invite to spring training, Rodriguez finally got the call to the majors in late May.Since then, he’s sparkled.Rodriguez threw seven innings of two-hit ball to continue his fine rookie season and San Francisco beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Sunday.“He finds a way,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s just been so consistent getting us deep in the game. What a job he’s done since he’s come up. It’s a great story.”Rodriguez (6-1) faced three batters over the minimum http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-antonio-senzatela-jersey , allowing one run with four strikeouts and a walk. Both hits off him came in the second inning.The 26-year-old righty has a 2.25 ERA, lowest among NL rookies.“He stayed off the barrel,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “I didn’t think we got caught up in overswinging at all. We were trying to square him up, trying to hit it hard where he pitched it. We were unable to do a whole lot of that.”Rodriguez has been San Francisco’s most consistent pitcher this season. He is tied for the team lead in wins and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last eight starts.“After every start I sit back and look at what’s been happening the last couple of months,” Rodriguez said. “From where I was this time last year to where I’m at this year, it’s a big change.”With five consecutive wins, Bochy believes Rodriguez deserves to be in the discussion for rookie of the year.“You look at how consistent he’s been, you look at the numbers, without question he has to be in that talk and consideration,” Bochy said. “He’s doing all he can do and more than we thought. We knew he would be pretty good but he’s even exceeded that.”Nick Hundley and Joe Panik each drove in two runs for the Giant and Gorkys Hernandez scored twice.Starling Marte had a two-run double for the Pirates.The Giants went 2-4 on their six-game homestand largely because their bullpen failed to hold two late leads against Houston Chris Rusin Jersey , including one that cost Rodriguez a chance to win.It nearly happened again.Pittsburgh scored twice on Marte’s two-out double off reliever Reyes Moronta in the eighth, but Tony Watson retired Gregory Polanco with the tying run on second.Will Smith pitched the ninth for his eighth save.Hundley hit an RBI triple off Joe Musgrove (4-7) in the third and singled home a run in the fourth.LITTLE SUPPORTMusgrove allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one but got little run support for the third consecutive start. Pittsburgh was shut out in Musgrove’s previous two starts and scored only one run while he was on the mound Sunday.“It’s not my job to worry about that,” Musgrove said. “I feel like I’m continuing to throw the ball really well right now.”PIRATES MOVEPittsburgh utility player Christopher Bostick was acquired by Miami for cash. Bostick, who played in two games for the Pirates this season, was designated for assignment last week.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: C Francisco Cervelli did not start after getting hit in the facemask by a foul tip in the first inning of Saturday’s game. Cervelli struck out looking as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.Giants: RHP Hunter Strickland (fractured right hand) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. The reliever is eligible to come off the disabled list Aug. 18.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (9-8, 3.63 ERA) faces the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday. Taillon is 5-1 in his previous seven road starts.Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-4, 2.69) opposes Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles on Monday. Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings against Houston in his most recent start.

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Otherwise, he'll be paid handsomely to fill a setup role on a contender.Others with closing experience includeCody Allen,Kelvin Herrera,David Robertson,Jeurys Familia,Joakim Soria,Greg Hollandand Sergio Romo,and they could all land multiyear deals.SwingmanJesse Chavezand setup relieversShawn Kelley,Brad Brach,Ryan Madson,Joe Kelly, Tyler Clippard, Adam WarrenandBud Norrisare among the other righties who look like safe bets for MLB deals.Left-Handed RelieversDown seasons could wind up costingAndrew MillerandZach Brittondecent chunks of change.Miller Brian Roberts Jersey , 33, made three separate trips to the disabled list in 2018 with injuries to his right knee, left hamstring and left shoulder. He managed just 37 appearances, posting a 4.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 11.9 K/9 along the way.By comparison, he had a 1.72 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 14.5 K/5 over the previous four years.Britton, 30, didn't make his season debut until June 12 after he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during the offseason. After shaking off some initial rust, he pitched well down the stretch after getting traded from the Orioles to the Yankees.Justin Wilson,Jorge De La Rosa,Jake DiekmanandTony Sippare all strong candidates for MLB deals.Other available lefty relievers includeJerry Blevins,Zach Duke,Hector Santiago,Aaron LoupandTyler Lyons.Potential Sellers to Watch4 of 5Paul GoldschmidtNorm Hall/Getty ImagesArizona DiamondbacksThe D-backs could be in full fire-sale mode before the offseason is over.Bob Nightengale ofUSA Todayreported they're expected to "strip down the team and rebuild."Slugger Paul Goldschmidt would net a huge haul鈥攅ven a year removed from free agency. Veteran ace Zack Greinke is also an attractive trade chip, provided the team absorbs some of his salary.Meanwhile, David Peralta Thurman Munson Jersey , Robbie Ray, Jake Lamb, Taijuan Walker, Steven Souza Jr. and Andrew Chafin are all free agents after the 2020 season, and flipping them now could be the best way to maximize their value.Detroit TigersSluggerNicholas Castellanoscan flat-out rake.The 26-year-old posted a 130 OPS+with 46 doubles and 23 home runs, but he's a liability defensively. He logged brutal metrics (-19 DRS, -12.3 UZR/150) in his first season as an everyday right fielder. A year removed from free agency, he's a prime candidate to be flipped.Controllable startersMichael FulmerandMatthew Boydwould generate interest if they're made available.CloserShane Greene(32/38 SV) and swingmanBlaine Hardy(30 G, 13 GS, 3.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 86.0 IP) could also be trade candidates. Kansas City RoyalsThe Royals hold one of the most attractive trade chips on the market in second basemanWhit Merrifield.The 29-year-old hit .304/.367/.438 and led the majors in hits (192) and steals (45) on his way to a 5.5 WAR campaign, and he's under team control through the 2022 season.StartersDanny DuffyandIan Kennedycould also be moved if the team is willing to eat salary.Miami MarlinsAll signs indicate catcherJ.T. Realmuto will be thecenterpiece of a blockbuster deal this winter.The 27-year-old led all catchers with 4.3 WARand hit .277/.340/.484 with 30 doubles, 21 home runs and 74 RBI while throwing out 38 percent of base stealers.Realmuto has no interest in signing an extension with the Marlins, according to agent Jeff Berry (via SiriusXM), and with two years of control left, the Marlins should sell high.StarterDan Straily http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-jorge-posada-jersey , relieversDrew SteckenriderandAdam Conleyand second basemanStarlin Castroare also prime candidates to be moved.Other Potential Trade Candidates:C Austin Hedges (SD), C Russell Martin (TOR), 1B Jose Abreu (CWS), 1B Justin Smoak (TOR), 2B Rougned Odor (TEX), 2B Joe Panik (SF), OF Billy Hamilton (CIN), OF Mallex Smith (TB), SP Dylan Bundy (BAL), SP Alex Cobb (BAL), SP Mike Minor (TEX), SP Zack Wheeler (NYM), RP Sam Dyson (SF), RP Mychal Givens (BAL), RP Jared Hughes (CIN), RP Raisel Iglesias (CIN), RP Jose Leclerc (TEX) Don Larsen Jersey , RP Will Smith (SF), RP Craig Stammen (SD), RP Tony Watson (SF), RP Kirby Yates (SD)Free-Agent Rankings and Predictions5 of 5Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesBelow is my ranking of this year's top 30 free agents and where they'll sign. Players are ranked based on earning potential and expected production over the life of their next contract:SS/3B Manny Machado:Philadelphia PhilliesRF Bryce Harper:Washington NationalsSP Patrick Corbin:New York YankeesSP Dallas Keuchel:Milwaukee BrewersLF Michael Brantley:Cleveland IndiansSP Nathan Eovaldi:Boston Red SoxRP Craig Kimbrel:Atlanta Braves3B Josh Donaldson:Cleveland IndiansDH Nelson Cruz:Tampa Bay RaysRP Adam Ottavino:Boston Red SoxC Yasmani Grandal:New York MetsSP Charlie Morton:Houston AstrosC Wilson Ramos:Washington NationalsSP Yusei Kikuchi:Seattle MarinersRF Andrew McCutchen:Atlanta BravesCF A.J. Pollock:Arizona DiamondbacksSP J.A. Happ:New York Yankees2B Jed Lowrie:Oakland AthleticsSP Hyun-Jin Ryu:San Diego PadresRP Andrew Miller:Los Angeles DodgersRP Zach Britton:Boston Red SoxUT Marwin Gonzalez:Chicago CubsRF Nick Markakis:Oakland Athletics2B Daniel Murphy:Colorado RockiesRP David Robertson:Cleveland IndiansRP Jeurys Familia:Philadelphia PhilliesSP Gio Gonzalez:Minnesota Twins2B DJ LeMahieu:Los Angeles Dodgers3B Mike Moustakas:St. Louis CardinalsRP Jesse Chavez:Chicago CubsDisagree? Post your predictions in the comment section and let's debate. PHOENIX (AP) — Maybe some day, milestone home runs will mean more to Paul Goldschmidt.The Arizona Diamondbacks slugger hit the 200th of his career during a five-run first inning in Arizona’s 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants Friday night. Goldschmidt, as he often does when it comes to his own stats, downplayed the achievement.“I couldn’t care less,” Goldschmidt said. “I’m just trying to go out there and help us win.”David Peralta had three hits, including a homer, to help Arizona win without manager Torey Lovullo, who was out with an illness. Peralta has seven hits in his past two games and the Diamondbacks have won five of seven.“Peralta’s been swinging the bat really well for us. It’s nice to see,” said bench coach Jerry Narron, who filled in as manager for Lovullo. “Guys were just trying to be patient, put balls in play and not try to do too much.”The Giants lost catcher Buster Posey to concussion symptoms in the third inning after he took a hard foul tip off his mask in the second. Posey reached first base on the second of two singles, then after seeing a trainer was escorted back to the dugout.San Francisco sent the tying run up to the plate with two outs in the ninth against Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger after back-to-back singles by Hunter Pence and Steven Duggar, but pinch hitter Gorkys Hernandez grounded out to end the game.Arizona sent 11 men up in the first inning against Giants starter Chris Stratton (8-7). He allowed six runs on 10 hits and walked four in three innings for his second-shortest start of the season.“When he made a mistake, guys were able to hit it http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-johnny-damon-jersey ,” Goldschmidt said of the big inning. “Got some good counts there and laid off some tough pitches.”Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (8-4) lasted six innings to get the win. The All-Star left-hander allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out eight.Corbin added a two-out, two-run single in the first. Yoshihisa Hirano, Archie Bradley and Boxberger each threw a scoreless inning, with Boxberger earning his 26th save.“It’s a really good thing if you get to hit in the first,” Corbin said.“Corbin got an 0-2 pitch right down the middle. He has to execute a little bit better there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Stratton, who has surrendered 19 earned runs in his last three starts. “His stuff is fine. What he needs is some confidence and you just don’t see that right now.”Austin Slater drove in two runs with two singles for the Giants, who saw their four-game winning streak end.GOLD STANDARDGoldschmidt’s drive over the right field fence in the first, his 24th of the season, joined him with Luis Gonzalez as the only two Diamondbacks in club history with 200 or more home runs. It was his 95th career home run at Chase Field, matching the stadium record held by Gonzalez.Goldschmidt got the home run ball and said he’ll be keeping it.SAY JAYDiamondbacks right fielder Jon Jay reached into the seats to catch Hunter Pence’s foul ball to open the top of the second inning. Jay snagged the ball ball away from several fans with their arms up, including one with a glove.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: LHP Andrew Chafin returned from paternity leave for Friday’s game, and the club optioned IF-OF Chris Owings to Triple-A Reno. Chafin and wife Shelbi are first-time parents of daughter Addilyn, born Wednesday. … IF Deven Marrero (oblique) played in his second rehab game for Reno on Thursday. … There is no timetable on Lovullo’s return though it could be as soon as Saturday.Giants: Posey was feeling better after the game, manager Bruce Bochy said.“He had the (concussion) test done. He got light-headed when he was on first base,” Bochy said. “We will monitor him over night. He will be off (Saturday) but if all goes well he could be in there Sunday.”UP NEXTGiants: LHP Andrew Suarez (4-6) is set to take on the Diamondbacks for the third time this season on Saturday.Diamondbacks: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-1) faces the Giants. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his nine starts this season.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A big lead Drew Smyly Jersey , a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7.Jesus Aguilar sparked Milwaukee’s slumping lineup with three RBIs on a pair of two-out hits, and the Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Friday night to even the NL Championship Series at three games each.“I don’t think about me. The most important thing, at the end of the day, is win games,” said Aguilar, who had driven in just two runs in the playoffs. “Tomorrow it can be somebody else. Tonight, it was me.”Game 7 is Saturday night in front of the same frenzied crowd that booed Manny Machado vociferously after he tangled with Aguilar while the series was in Los Angeles. Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler faces journeyman Jhoulys Chacin, with well-rested relief ace Josh Hader looming in the bullpen for Milwaukee after a surprise day off.It’s the first Game 7 for the Brewers since losing to St. Louis in 1982 in their only World Series appearance. The Dodgers dropped Game 7 of the World Series last year to Houston.“Got to get them tomorrow. We got one more game,” Machado said. “They played good baseball today. So, we just got to play a better one tomorrow.”David Freese led off this Game 6 with a home run that quieted Miller Park — but just for a moment.Backed by raucous fans waving yellow towels that read “ONE TOUGH CREW,” Milwaukee rebounded from consecutive losses at Dodger Stadium with the same formula it used to win the NL Central during a breakout season.Some timely hitting by Aguilar and company produced an early lead, and Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress led the way in another shutdown performance by Milwaukee’s tough bullpen.“Anybody, anywhere, anytime,” Knebel said. “We’re ready to go.”Los Angeles was looking for its second straight NL pennant and some time to prepare for the mighty Boston Red Sox in the World Series. But losing pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was tagged for four runs in the first inning http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-drew-storen-jersey , two on a double by Aguilar that sent Braun sliding home.After Wade Miley pitched into the fifth inning in his second straight start — he faced only one batter in Game 5 — Knebel, Jeffress and Corbin Burnes closed it out with hitless relief. Knebel got the win and Burnes retired the Dodgers in order in the ninth, setting off a wild celebration for the crowd of 43,619.Manager Craig Counsell considered bringing in Hader, especially in the eighth, but Aguilar scored on a wild pitch in the seventh and singled in Lorenzo Cain in the eighth. The extra room helped persuade Counsell to give Hader another day of rest. The rocket-armed reliever hasn’t pitched since Tuesday in Game 4.“Best-case scenario for sure for us,” Counsell said.Freese drove in both runs for the Dodgers. The rest of the Los Angeles lineup managed just three measly singles. Hounded by boos all night long, Machado went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.“You know what? I’m focused on the game,” Machado said. “Try to go pitch by pitch, drive in runs. Do what we got to do on the field. We didn’t execute today.”The 35-year-old Freese was a surprise choice for leadoff hitter by Dave Roberts, and he made his manager look quite good when he started the game with a drive to right-center for his ninth career postseason homer.Freese also connected in the first inning of the previous NLCS Game 6 in Milwaukee, helping the Cardinals win the pennant in 2011. It was just his fourth time in the leadoff spot in his 10 years in the majors.But the Brewers put together a quick response that set the tone for the rest of the night. With runners on first and second in the bottom half of the first, Aguilar lined an opposite-field double into the corner in right.Mike Moustakas followed with another RBI double and scored on Erik Kratz’s single to make it 4-1. The Brewers managed just three runs in the previous two games in Los Angeles.“It was huge to be able to answer back in the first inning after the homer,” Moustakas said. “One would have been great, two would have been awesome. To put up four right there just gives us a lot of confidence.”Christian Yelich and Braun combined for another run with consecutive doubles in the second Scott Feldman Jersey , and then it became a question of strategy for Roberts and Counsell with Game 7 on deck.Roberts used starting pitcher Rich Hill in the eighth after Kenta Maeda struggled, staying away from key reliever Pedro Baez and closer Kenley Jansen. Counsell stayed with Knebel for five outs, giving him his first pro plate appearance with the bases loaded in the fifth — he struck out — and Burnes worked two perfect innings.“There’s the thought of trying to go to your ‘pen in the first inning or the second inning, but there’s a significant cost potentially for a potential Game 7,” Roberts said. “So I just felt that we needed to get some more innings out of Hyun-Jin to keep our highest leverage guys available for a potential Game 7.” BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Judge helped chase David Price early by hitting a home run to a part of Fenway Park where balls rarely travel.Gary Sanchez did him one better.The Yankees catcher, who tested his manager’s confidence with a sub-.200 batting average and poor defense for most of the season, hit two homers, the second a 479-foot shot clear out of the ballpark that sent New York to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and tied their AL Division Series at one game apiece.“Just a monster night,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You know he’s capable of that. We all know he’s capable of that. That’s kind of what we’ve been waiting for to some degree, where he can take over a game on offense.”One night after Chris Sale earned his first career playoff victory, Price fell to 0-9 in 10 postseason starts and was booed off the field after five outs by a Fenway crowd hoping to see the Red Sox protect the home-field advantage they earned with an AL East title and franchise-record 108 regular-season wins.Instead, Masahiro Tanaka helped the wild-card Yankees claim the first victory by a road team in a Division Series game this year and gave them a chance to advance to the AL Championship Series with a pair of wins at home, where they are 7-0 over the past two postseasons.Games 3 and 4 are at Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday nights, with Game 5 back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary.“We can’t wait Eugenio Suarez Jersey ,” Judge said. “We know our fans are waiting for us to come back home, especially with the series tied 1-1.”Judge homered for the third straight playoff game, a 445-foot shot that landed in the back row of seats above the Green Monster , high above the 379-foot marker and about 10 feet to the left of the pole flying an American flag blowing straight out.It was the longest home run of the postseason — for about five innings.That’s when Sanchez aimed one in the same direction, sending it out of the park and onto Lansdowne Street. A few feet away, a plaque commemorates the six home runs in the 106-year history of Fenway Park that have cleared the back wall to the other side of the flagpole.“Everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me,” said Sanchez, who joined Yogi Berra as the only catchers in Yankees history with multihomer postseason games. “But a homer is a homer. And if we have the opportunity to score runs like that, you know, even if it’s 300 feet, I’ll take it.”Sanchez also had a solo shot in the second inning to give New York a 2-0 lead. Price then walked back-to-back batters with two outs and gave up Andrew McCutchen’s RBI single on what could be his last pitch in a Red Sox uniform.The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner — and two-time runner-up for the award — Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal to come to Boston as a free agent before the 2016 season and has pitched like an ace at times in the regular season. But his postseason struggles have caused Red Sox fans to sour on him, and vice versa; he can opt out of his contract after the season, and if he can find something close to the four years and $124 million he is owed, he might just take it.In all http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-peraza-jersey , Price was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings — the shortest playoff start of his career, and tied with Roger Clemens for the shortest in Red Sox postseason history. It was the first time in 299 regular-season and postseason starts that Price failed to strike out a batter.“I just want to win. That’s it,” Price said. “My main goal is to win in the playoffs, to win a World Series. … And whatever I need to do to help us do that, I’m fine with. But I know I’m more than capable of winning games as a starter in October. That’s what I look forward to doing.”Tanaka allowed just three hits, including Xander Bogaerts‘ solo homer, before leaving after five innings with a 3-1 lead. He struck out four and walked one.BAD BLOODRed Sox reliever Ryan Brasier had words with Sanchez in the fifth, when the Yankees catcher stepped out of the box to think about the 1-2 count against him. Brasier motioned impatiently for Sanchez to get back in the box , and told him so in some impolite terms.Sanchez struck out on the next pitch, a 97 mph fastball. But when he came up again in the seventh, he broke the game open. Sanchez had three multihomer games in the regular season, none after May 19.“Not much to talk about,” Brasier said plainly. “He stepped out three pitches in a row after an 0-2 count, and I felt like it was time to throw the pitch. He just kept stepping out. I was ready to go. That’s all it was.”UP NEXTThe teams have Sunday off before resuming the series in New York on Monday night. Luis Severino is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees against Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi.

CHICAGO (AP) —  left fielder Wil Myers on the 10-day disabled list with a left foot bone bruise before Saturday’s game with the Chicago Cubs. The move is retroactive to Friday.Outfielder Franmil Reyes was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to replace Myers on the roster. Reyes has played in 38 games for the Padres this season http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-adeiny-hechavarria-jersey , batting .221 with six home runs and eight RBIs in 104 at-bats.Myers was injured Thursday night when he fouled a ball off the foot. He will wear a walking boot for a few days. “Hopefully, it heals quickly,” manager Andy Green said. “You never know with these type of things.”Myers is hitting .278 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 44 games. This is his third stint on the DL this season, and he’s missed a total of 58 games through Saturday. OAKLAND, Calif. — Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez will be seeking one of the most important wins in his grand history against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon when he pitched the finale of a four-game series between American League playoff hopefuls.The third-place Mariners (76-60) gave their hopes of overtaking the second-place A’s (81-56) a boost with a nail-biting Sergio Romo Jersey , 8-7 victory Saturday night.Seattle will leave Oakland either a reasonable 3 1/2 games or a distant 5 1/2 games behind the A’s as they go head-to-head not just for second in the West but perhaps most important for the second AL wild-card berth.Article continues below ...The clubs also will meet three times in Seattle in the final week of the season, magnifying the need for the Mariners to stay at least within three games of the A’s.Hernandez (8-12, 5.49 ERA) hasn’t had his best season, but the Mariners way more often than not have been in good hands when the 14-year veteran has pitched in Oakland.Hernandez has faced the A’s 50 times in his career, starting on 49 of those occasions. He has gone 26-12 with a 2.71 ERA.The 26 wins are seven more than he has against any other team.The 32-year-old has been especially good in Oakland Matt Duffy Jersey , where he’s 13-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 26 games, including 25 as a starter.Hernandez’s 13 wins in Oakland are the most by an A’s opponent in Oakland Coliseum history.He has faced the A’s four times already this season and lost three of them, albeit by the low-scoring counts of 2-1, 4-3 and 3-2. The latter two games were in Oakland.Hernandez, the sixth-winningest active pitcher with 168 victories http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-steven-souza-jersey , will be opposed by another member of the exclusive 100-win club, A’s right-hander Edwin Jackson (4-3, 3.03), who owns 102 career wins.The 34-year-old hasn’t faced Seattle since 2013, but he dominated the Mariners when he did. Jackson has started four games in his career against the Mariners and won all four Chris Archer Jersey , compiling a 1.26 ERA in the process.Jackson has not gotten out of the fifth inning in either of his last two starts — home against Texas and at Houston — allowing seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in nine innings.Neither team was particularly sharp in Saturday’s game.The A’s lent a helping hand to the Mariners in a three-run third inning when second baseman Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty miscommunicated, allowing Denard Span’s pop fly to drop.Oakland still had a chance to get a forceout at second base on the play, but center fielder Ramon Laureano threw wildly to the plate, allowing a run to score and setting up the other two runs.Kyle Seager put the Mariners up 5-1 later in the inning with a single to right field on which Lowrie dropped a relay throw, allowing Span to score after he had initially held up at third.The A’s then caught a break in a four-run rally in the eighth when Span Kevin Kiermaier Jersey , playing left field, turned Marcus Semien’s two-run double into a three-run blow when he bobbled the ball.That got the A’s within one and gave them a chance to tie the game with Semien at second base, but Mariners closer Edwin Diaz struck out Matt Chapman to retain the 8-7 lead.

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