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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.

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