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KANSAS CITY http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-moss-jersey , Mo. (AP) — Indians were hoping for after rolling the dice in an Aug. 31 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.Donaldson, a former AL MVP, hit a grand slam and double during a 10-run seventh inning, powering the Indians past the Kansas City Royals 14-6 Friday night.With the win, the AL Central champion Indians improved to 90-70, marking the third time in team history they’ve won at least 90 games in three straight seasons.“We should be winning 90 games with the team we’ve got in here and this division the way it is right now,” said Jason Kipnis, an eight-year veteran with the Indians. “It’s been ours to lose the last couple years and we don’t want to waste it.”Kipnis’ homer in the Cleveland third was the game’s only run in the first six innings.But the Indians then broke loose for their first 10-run inning since doing it on Sept. 30, 2012, against the Royals in Cleveland led by Donaldson, who struggled the first two months of the season, then missed three months with a left calf strain before the trade.If he can produced at the plate in the postseason, Donaldson could be a difference-maker for the Indians. Friday’s performance was the best evidence yet he’s close to the player who powered Toronto into the 2015 postseason.“Kind of stating the obvious Bo Jackson Jersey , isn’t it?” manager Terry Francona said when asked if was good to see him drive the ball. “We don’t want him to make outs, but it’s nice to see him hitting the ball like that.”His leadoff double set the stage for a nine-hit inning, but it was his grand slam that ultimately delivered the game-winning runs.Still, it wasn’t Donaldson booming extra-base hits that keyed the rally, Francona said.“I thought it all kind of started with Kip laying a bunt down,” Francona said. “Little things turn into big things. You play the game right and you get rewarded for it.”After Donaldson’s double, Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single and Melky Cabrera followed with a hit that chased Royals starter Ian Kennedy (3-9).Kipnis, who made his 12th start in center field, greeted reliever Tim Hill by beating out a sacrifice bunt to third baseman Hunter Dozier for an infield single and the rout was on.“It always does that,” Kipnis said. “Sometimes, that’s exactly what the offense needs, where the little thing — the bunt over —- gets the big inning. We would have been happy with two runs . but you see what getting guys on and causing havoc on the bases and putting the ball in play does for an offense.”Roberto Perez added an RBI single before Francisco Lindor hit a chopper to first baseman Ryan O’Hearn against a drawn-in infield. A wild throw home let two more runs score.One out later, reliever Jake Newberry walked Jose Ramirez and gave up an RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion before Donaldson launched his fifth career grand slam and second this season. He also had one in April for the Blue Jays.Adam Rosales Paulo Orlando Jersey , who pinch-ran for Alonso earlier in the inning, doubled and later scored on a double by Greg Allen, who pinch-ran for Kipnis.The 10 runs were the most the Royals had allowed in an inning this season.It was a welcome outburst for the Indians, who had only scored two runs in the first 16 innings of the series and open the AL Division Series on next Friday at the Houston Astros.Mike Clevinger (13-8) was the beneficiary of the bonanza. He allowed one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings.Clevinger finished the season with an even 200 innings for the first time in his career, which was a big personal goal for the 27-year-old right-hander.“Still, there’s a bigger goal than my 200 innings,” Clevinger said.His counterpart, Kennedy, went six strong innings before facing three batters in the seventh.“He threw the ball well,” manager Ned Yost said. “It just got away from us there.”Brian Goodwin hit a grand slam in the Royals ninth off Adam Plutko as part of a five-run inning. It was the second career grand slam for Goodwin, acquired in a July trade with Washington. He also had one March 31 for the Nationals.Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 18 games for the Royals. It’s the longest active streak in the majors and one shy of his career best.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Francona essentially ruled out INF Erik Gonzalez for the remainder of the weekend. He said Gonzalez, who was hit in the head by a pitch Wednesday at the Chicago White Sox, remains in concussion protocol. The team hopes Ramirez will be available for an intrasquad game Tuesday in preparation for the playoffs.NEXT UPReigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (20-7 http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-danny-duffy-jersey , 2.83 ERA) will make his final appearance before the ALDS. RHP Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.42) is scheduled to start for the Royals. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — He might look more like a fullback than a baseball player. His resume might read more “suspect” than “prospect.” But Willians Astudillo has become something of a folk hero in Minnesota, and on Sunday he rewarded Twins fans for their support.Astudillo hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave Minnesota a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.Max Kepler doubled off Jason Hammel (2-13) with two outs in the Twins ninth. Astudillo then hit a drive deep to left field for his third home run of the season, touching off a raucous celebration at home plate.The 5-foot-9 Astudillo is conservatively listed at 225 pounds, but he’s a better athlete than his frame might suggest. In two stints with the Twins this year, the 26-year-old rookie has started games at catcher, second base and third base. He played left field and center field in his major league debut at Wrigley Field. And he’s even pitched an inning.But he’s most known for his aggressive, contact-heavy approach at the plate. In 38 plate appearances with the Twins he’s yet to draw a walk, and he’s only struck out twice. It’s a pattern that he’s followed throughout his minor league career, which has already spanned four franchises.“I just go out there with a plan to make good contact, a good pitch, specifically a good pitch Frank White Jersey ,” said Astudillo, who took a pitch in the dirt before jumping on a hanging slider from Hammel.Twins manager Paul Molitor admitted he considered using catcher Mitch Garver to pinch-hit for Astudillo.“I’m glad I paused,” Molitor said, “because it worked out pretty good.”“He’s probably going to put it in play, and you hope he finds a hole. And as it turns out he hits it over the fence, so that was a bonus,” he said.Trevor Hildenberger (4-3) got two outs to pick up the win.Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals, who were held to three hits on the day. The closest they came to a rally was in the third inning, when an error and two walks filled the bases. But Hunter Dozier grounded out to end the threat.“We had the bases loaded looking for a clutch hit, and we couldn’t get it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Just not a lot going on offensively for us out there.”Royals starter Ian Kennedy made his first appearance after missing two months with a strained oblique. He ended up throwing 93 pitches over six innings, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.Minnesota starter Chase De Jong made his Twins debut with four scoreless innings, walking four and striking out five. He arrived from Seattle in a trade for reliever Zach Duke on July 30.Zack Littell followed De Jong for the Twins and gave up Mondesi’s tying home run in the sixth but was otherwise sharp http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-joakim-soria-jersey , allowing just two runners in 3 1/3 innings.FORTNITE PARTYAn estimated 300 fans arrived more than three hours before the first pitch to watch Twins reliever Trevor May show off his skills against some elite competition. But May wasn’t on the mound. He was playing the video game Fortnite, with the action being streamed on the Target Field video board.May, an avid video game player who is a brand ambassador for a professional e-sports organization, squared off against three pro gamers in a Fortnite streaming party. Garver served as the emcee, interviewing the players and answering fans’ questions during the one-hour event.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: 3B Miguel Sano missed his fourth straight game with a lower left leg contusion.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.32 ERA) takes the mound on Monday night as the Royals open a three-game series at home against the White Sox. Lucas Giolito (10-10, 5.85) will start for Chicago.Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (7-12, 3.74) will start for the Twins as they host the Yankees for the opener of a three-game series on Monday. New York will counter with LHP J.A. Happ (14-6, 3.90).
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Albert Pujols keeps climbing

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ARLINGTON Authentic Robert Woods Jersey , Texas (AP) — up the career hits list and hurting the Texas Rangers in their home park.Pujols drove in a season-high four runs, Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 11-7 on a rainy Saturday night.Pujols went 3 for 4 to tie 19th-century star Cap Anson for 23rd with 3,081 hits. His 633rd homer was his 16th in 59 games in Arlington.“This is a tremendous offensive ballpark,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Albert swings the bat pretty well wherever he goes.”Pujols hit a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run single in the third against Rangers starter Martin Perez.“I threw a bad pitch to Pujols, and he hit a home run off me,” Perez said.Pujols singled home another run in the seventh against losing pitcher Eddie Butler (2-3) for a 7-6 lead.Ohtani, a left-handed batter, then came on as a pinch hitter and homered to center field before Taylor Ward hit his first major league homer to complete the five-run inning against right-hander Butler.“Shohei coming off the bench was a huge hit,” Scioscia said.Winning pitcher Cam Bedrosian (5-2), the second of five Angels pitchers, got two outs in the sixth.Los Angeles took a 6-2 lead with two outs in the fourth on a three-run double by David Fletcher.Texas came back with four runs with two outs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game against Angels starter Andrew Heaney. Odor singled home a run and the second scored as Andrus struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. Adrian Beltre drove in two runs with a bloop single.“I was frustrated,” Heaney said. “In the fourth inning, a walk to the 9-hole hitter and let it snowball from there.”Odor, Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo each had three hits for the Rangers.With two outs and first base open, Pujols struck again in the third with his two-run single for a 3-2 lead.“The two-out RBIs Robert Woods Jersey Elite , the double down the line and then the slider to Pujols in that situation where he gave up the runs,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said, “it just seemed to be a lot of pitches mid-across and tight.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Before the game, manager Mike Scioscia said he hadn’t seen information about RHP/DH Ohtani’s bullpen session Saturday. He’s scheduled for another bullpen. “His workout in Arizona will probably be more aggressive,” Scioscia said.Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (stiff back) was scratched from Friday’s start, but has played catch and said, “I’ll pitch in a couple days.” . RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, who underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2017, made his first appearance since 2016 on Friday night in the rookie Class Arizona League. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out two, and is expected to continue pitching in Arizona.RAIN, RAIN GO AWAYThe game and the ceremony honoring Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon were delayed 2 hours, 26 minutes because of a downpour that began just minutes before the scheduled 7:05 CDT start. Rain fell again in the first through sixth innings. The game ended at 12:59 a.m.“It was sloppy out there,” Scioscia said. “We were a little afraid at times.”EL PRESIDENTE HONORS BIG SEXYIn a pregame ceremony, Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez recognized Colon for breaking his career record for wins by a Latin American player with Colon’s 246th victory on Aug. 7.Martinez helped Vernon Wells Sr. unveil Wells’ original artwork with images of Colon in a Rangers uniform and portraits of Martinez and Juan Marichal http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , whose record Martinez broke in 1998. Martinez then raised Colon’s hand to recognize that he was the champion.ANDRUS TIES, SETS RECORDSElvis Andrus’s first-inning single extended his hitting streak at Globe Life Park to 37 games, every game he has played this season, to tie Rafael Palmeiro (2003) and Michael Young (2009) for the stadium record. With a streak of 44 consecutive games since last September, Andrus broke Julio Franco’s 1993 record for the longest home-game streak in franchise history.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Jaime Barria (8-7, 3.50) will try to help Los Angeles gain a split of the four-game series. He’s 2-0 against Texas this season with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings.Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 5.33) will start with RHP Bartolo Colon (7-10, 5.19) bothered by what manager Jeff Banister called “a little stiffness.” SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants get a crack at one of the three teams ahead of them in both the National League West and wild-card races when they host the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game series beginning Monday night.The Giants (65-67) responded to the loss of catcher Buster Posey to season-ending hip surgery with two straight wins over the Texas Rangers, keeping them within eight games of the Diamondbacks (72-58) in the West and eight behind the Milwaukee Brewers (73-59) for the second wild-card spot.That’s a lot of ground to make up in 30 games, but the Giants do play 21 of their final 30 against playoff contenders, giving themselves a chance to determine their own fate to a certain degree.Article continues below ...That starts with Monday’s series opener against the Diamondbacks, when the Giants will go with right-hander Chris Stratton (8-7, 5.37 ERA) against Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (10-4, 3.17).The Giants are set up with their two top pitchers — Madison Bumgarner and Dereck Rodriguez — for the final two games of the series, which places added importance on getting off on the right foot in the opener with Stratton Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , who returned to the San Francisco rotation last Tuesday with a strong effort against the New York Mets.The Giants lost that game 6-3, but Stratton had outpitched Steven Matz for six innings before allowing two runs in the seventh that tied the score 2-2.The Mets added four in the eighth against the Giants’ bullpen to win the game.Stratton has faced the Diamondbacks three times this season, with the results getting progressively worse.He allowed one run in seven innings of a 4-3 win in April, three runs in four innings of a 5-4 win in June and six runs in three innings of a 6-3 loss earlier this month.Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta bombed Stratton for home runs in the first two innings of the Aug. 3 meeting in Arizona, after which he was removed from the starting rotation for more than two weeks before resurfacing against the Mets last week.He’s 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA in six career starts against the Diamondbacks.With Posey out of the lineup, the Giants got production from a surprise source when outfielder Steven Duggar collected five hits in the three-game series against the Rangers, including a two-run, tiebreaking triple in Sunday’s 3-1 win.Duggar went 0-for-2 with a strikeout when Corbin pitched the win over Stratton earlier this month. It was his fifth start against the Giants this season.The 29-year-old threw a one-hit shutout against the Giants in April and limited them to one run on two other occasions this season. He has gone 3-0 in the five starts, improving his lifetime record against San Francisco to 8-7 with a 3.07 ERA in 24 games, including 22 starts.Corbin can expect to see Hunter Pence in the Giants’ lineup tonight. The part-timer has hit four home runs with a .366 batting average in 45 career plate appearances against the left-hander.Coming off two losses in three games at home to the Seattle Mariners, the Diamondbacks find themselves one game up in the West on Colorado (71-59) and 2 1/2 ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers (70-61) as they begin a seven-game trip.The Diamondbacks go head-to-head with the Dodgers for four games in LA later this week.
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During the fifth inning Saturday

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NEW YORK — http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-yuli-gurriel-jersey , Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging on a high strike that sent his momentum toward the ground. He then slammed his right fist on the dirt to express his disgust at how the at-bat ended.It was that kind of day for the New York Yankees, who hope to rebound from a difficult showing at the plate Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.Stanton hit his 34th homer in his next at-bat but the Yankees fell behind by seven runs before their furious comeback fell short and they were handed an 8-7 loss.Article continues below ...Didi Gregorius homered twice and Miguel Andujar hit his second career grand slam to cap a six-run seventh, but the Yankees could not overcome striking out 16 times, stranding 10 going 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.“We have a group in there capable of turning this thing in a heartbeat,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ve got to keep battling through this right now. I feel like we are showing some signs of pulling ourselves out of it a little bit, but we’ve got to do better.” As a result, their uneven play of late continued. The Yankees (91-57) are 8-10 since Aug. 26 and what was once a 4 1/2 game lead over Oakland for home field in the wild card game is down to 1 1/2.“Does it concern us? Yeah, because we’re supposed to win,” Gregorius said. “You always want to play to win. That’s what’s going on. That’s what you want to do http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-marisnick-jersey , for us. We’re not playing that way right now, but I think we’ll pick it up soon.”The Blue Jays will try to get their first series of the season from the Yankees. They are 5-13 against the New York but hit three homers and held on to snap a four-game losing streak.Randall Grichuk homered twice while Kevin Pilar added one.Sunday could be manager John Gibbons last game managing the Blue Jays in Yankee Stadium, across the street from where his first managerial stint with the team began in August 2004.“I’m a fan of the history of baseball,” Gibbons said Friday. “This is a new stadium but it’s still Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park … You look back to the first time you were there and you’re kind of in awe of those places. You never know either if you’re ever going to come back so you try to enjoy it.” New York right-hander Lance Lynn looks to reach double figures in wins for the sixth straight season when he makes his eighth start for the Yankees. After going 7-8 for Minnesota, he is 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA in eight appearances for the Yankees.Lynn rebounded from an ugly outing Sept. 2 against Detroit on Sept. 8 when he allowed two runs on three hits in six innings of a 4-2 win at Seattle.Lynn is 0-2 with a 6.88 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against the Blue Jays. He took a no-decision against them Aug. 17 in a 7-5 New York win when he allowed four of his five runs in the first inning and lasted four frames.Rookie Thomas Pannone makes his fourth career start for the Blue Jays and 10th appearance. As a starting pitcher, he is 2-1 with a 4.86 ERA.Pannone last pitched a week ago in a 6-2 victory over Cleveland when he allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Boston Red Sox won their 90th game of this special season on Thursday at Fenway Park.They got to 90 before any other team in the major leagues reached 80.But this weekend, Boston, winners of the final two games of a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians to pick up a split, run into a young Tampa Bay club on a roll.Article continues below ...It started last Sunday Michael Saunders Jersey , when Diego Castillo was the “opener” and former Red Sox prospect Jalen Beeks won in relief as the Rays handed Hector Velazquez his first loss of the season.On Friday night, Castillo again opens for Tampa Bay, winners of five straight games to get to a season-high six games above .500, at The Trop and Beeks is expected to pitch much of the body of the game.Oh, and Velazquez starts for the Red Sox (90-39).The Rays flew home from Boston and swept four straight from the lowly Kansas City Royals, finishing a 7-0 sweep of the season series on a walk-off throwing error Thursday night.It’s the first sweep of a season series against an American League opponent in the history of the franchise.“Four-game sweep, it’s awesome — we’ve having a lot of fun right now, so hopefully just keep it rolling,” said Kevin Kiermaier http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , whose grounder led to the Ryan O’Hearn throwing error that gave the Rays their eighth walkoff win of the season.Earlier in the day, David Price, 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA since the All-Star break, threw eight shutout innings and the Red Sox broke a scoreless tie with a six-run fifth inning to rout the Indians in the finale of the potential postseason matchup.Asked if this is his best stretch with the Red Sox since signing a $217 million contract, Price, who won his 14th game, said, “By far. Absolutely. To not have that really bad game mixed in at some point, that’s good. This is the pitcher Boston signed. So for me to get back to that Wily Peralta Jersey , it’s about time.”The Red Sox lost Mitch Moreland in the first inning to a left knee bruise suffered when trying to catch a foul pop and sliding into a concrete barrier. He stayed in the game but was limping when he singled in the bottom of the first and left — in favor of Blake Swihart. The latter contributed a two-run double in the big fifth.“Little sore,” Moreland said after the game. “Went after the ball in the first there, concrete ledge on the field that I kind of went into. I hit the outside of it pretty good. But it’s getting better. A little sore right now though.”The Red Sox are 11-5 against the Rays this season. Velazquez is 1-1 and Friday’s appearance will give him half his starts against Tampa Bay. He is 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings pitched against the Rays.Boston’s lead over the New York Yankees atop the American League East, which had dropped from 10 1/2 to eight games, is back up to 9 1/2.Castillo went 1 2/3 innings as the “opener” last Sunday before Beeks, acquired from Boston in the Nathan Eovaldi deal, threw four shutout innings, allowing just one hit, to beat his old team.Now http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-lucas-duda-jersey , he’ll apparently get the chance to help his new team win its sixth straight.Sergio Romo picked up the win in relief Thursday night, as the Rays improved to 37-24 at The Trop.Matt Duffy is 5-for-7 (.714) against Velazquez, and Joey Wendle homered off the right-hander leading off the second inning last Sunday.Eovaldi pitches against his former team Sunday, when he will face 15-game winner Blake Snell.
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it's time to move on to the whirlwind

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Now that the World Series is over http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey , of rumors and player movement known as the Major League Baseball offseason.We're welcoming its arrival with a wish list that covers eight blockbuster trades we'd love to see. These involve eight stars who are realistically available and the eight destinations that would fit them best.Going in no particular order, let's start with filling a glaring need in the Rocky Mountain region.Jose Abreu to the Colorado Rockies1 of 8G Fiume/Getty ImagesAs weird as it sounds, the Colorado Rockies desperately need hitting to go with their pitching.Their offense featured only three (Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon) above-average regulars in 2018. That was apparent away from Coors Field, as they mustered a .665 OPS and 4.1 runs per game on the road.The Rockies have a particularly strong need for offense at first base. Since an intradivision trade for Paul Goldschmidt is probably out of the question, a deal for Jose Abreu would be the next-best thing.Though the Chicago White Sox have been loath to part with the veteran slugger, there's writing on the wall that they can't avoid it. They're still rebuilding, so it makes sense to cash in Abreu before he reaches free agency after 2019.In Colorado, Abreu could help the Rockies make a push in the National League West race. In addition to an .869 OPS and 146 home runs in five major league seasons, he has gap power that's ideal for Coors Field.To get him, the Rockies could center a deal around one of their top prospects (e.g., RHP Peter Lambert or INF Garrett Hampson) or even Jon Gray, who needs a change of scenery.Danny Duffy to the San Diego Padres2 of 8Steve Nesius/Associated PressElsewhere in the NL West, the San Diego Padres will be hunting for a No. 1 starter.The Padres were on the prowl for an ace ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, despite their last-place standing. They didn't get one, but they still have the prospects and the need to pursue an offseason blockbuster.But the targets San Diego had in its sights over the summer (Noah Syndergaard http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey , Jacob deGrom, Chris Archer) either probably or definitely aren't still available. Indeed, the list of controllable aces to be plucked from rebuilding teams is generally short.Danny Duffy is one realistic possibility, however.The left-hander didn't have a great 2018, but he finished (3.89 ERA over 18 starts) stronger than he started. It's easy to imagine he would benefit from a move to the National League and from throwing to Austin Hedges, a far greater receiver than Salvador Perez.The Kansas City Royals may not be in a rush to deal Duffy. But if they can swap the final three years of his $65 million contract for one or more top pieces from MLB's best farm system, they must do so.Whit Merrifield to the Washington Nationals3 of 8Colin E. Braley/Associated PressIn addition to Duffy, the Royals must also be willing to field offers for Whit Merrifield.That will be harder to do, given he's an All-Star-caliber player who's controlled through 2022. Merrifield put up 3.8 wins above replacement in 2017 and improved to 5.5 in 2018. All thanks to his solid bat (.796 OPS), plus speed (79 steals) and strong defense at second base and elsewhere.Trouble is, Merrifield is a late bloomer who'll turn 30 in January. He may be closer to the end of his prime than the beginning of it. There's no guarantee he'll still be a star when the Royals are ready to contend again.Meanwhile, there's a perfect fit for Merrifield: the Washington Nationals.They ranked dead-last in WAR from second basemen in 2018. Adding Merrifield would fix that. As a bonus, he and Trea Turner would form a terrific tandem atop the Washington lineup.The Nats might interest the Royals in shortstop prospect Carter Kieboom. Afterward, they could turn their attention to re-signing Bryce Harper and/or dipping into a deep class of free-agent catchers.Should they check all those boxes, they'll be a National League East heavyweight once again.Nicholas Castellanos to the Philadelphia Phillies4 of 8Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesThe Philadelphia Phillies have huge needs at shortstop and right field, among others. If they want http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey , they can solve those by signing both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.Alternatively, they could prioritize Machado and look to use the trade market to satisfy their other needs.Starting with a deal for Nicholas Castellanos.The 26-year-old has never been Harper's equivalent, but he's not lacking in upside. Castellanos has racked up an .831 OPS and 193 extra-base hits since 2016. It's easy to imagine him doing better if he swapped Comerica Park for a home yard more friendly to his all-fields power.Citizens Bank Park would be perfect. In fact, many of the non-homer fly balls and line drives Castellanos hit at home in 2018 would have cleared the fence in Philadelphia.Castellanos is only controlled through 2019, so the Detroit Tigers would be wise to flip him for one of Philly's top prospects (e.g., RHP Adonis Medina) if they can. For their part, the Phillies could hope Castellanos is so happy hitting at Citizens Bank Park that he'd rush to sign on for the long haul.Joey Gallo to the Philadelphia Phillies5 of 8Denis Poroy/Getty ImagesThe Phillies are tasked with improving an offense that scored only 4.2 runs per game in 2018, so why stop at Machado and Castellanos?There are other upgrades they can seek, after all. Third base is one of them. Maikel Franco is a serviceable regular but no more than that. The Phillies can do better than him defensively and offensively.How? By rekindling their interest in Joey Gallo.According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Phillies were one of the most aggressive pursuers of Gallo during the summer trading season. Nothing materialized, but the Texas Rangers must keep an open mind. Though they control Gallo through 2022, they also have a rebuild to accelerate.As evidenced by his 13.4 walk percentage and 81 homers (many of them moonshots) since 2017, Gallo would bring patience and power to the Phillies. He can play third base, first base and all three outfield spots.The Phillies would probably back off if the Rangers demanded elite right-hander Sixto Sanchez. But if there's a deal to be based around 2018 No. 3 pick Alec Bohm instead, the Phillies should do it.Zack Greinke to the Atlanta Braves6 of 8Rick Scuteri/Associated PressWith the Nationals and Phillies poised to load up this offseason, the Atlanta Braves must also be active if they want to retain their grip on the NL East.They have a lot of money to spend. Per MLB.com's Mark Bowman Brandin Cooks Jersey Elite , the Braves have enough flexibility to add as much as $60 million to their payroll.It would be worth their while to commit roughly half of that to Zack Greinke.According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks would "love" to get out from under the latter half of the righty's six-year, $206.5 million contract. The Braves are one of very few teams that can oblige them.They might also be the best possible fit for Greinke. He works optimally when he's throwing to a good receiver and has an elite defense behind him. Tyler Flowers would check the first box. The NL's most efficient defense would check the second. With the help of these things, Greinke would make a great pitching staff even better.Atlanta may only need to take on Greinke's remaining contract in a trade. But if the D-backs must get something back, the Braves have plenty of MLB-ready pitchers (e.g., Luiz Gohara and Kolby Allard) to offer.Paul Goldschmidt to the New York Yankees7 of 8Matt York/Associated PressThere was another nugget embedded in Bob Nightengale's report: The Diamondbacks are also willing to listen to offers for Paul Goldschmidt.His team-friendly contract is up after 2019, and it's uncertain whether the D-backs have enough firepower to make the most of his final season. The reality that Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke are appearing in trade rumors suggests Arizona isn't afraid of rebuilding.Where Goldschmidt is concerned, one complication is that not many contenders need a first baseman. But as ESPN's Buster Olney suggested, there may be no better fit than the New York Yankees.It's on them to close the gap between themselves and the Boston Red Sox, who just won their fourth World Series title since 2004. Upgrading at first base would be an ideal way to do so, as it's a rare position where the Yankees don't have a clear answer.In racking up 36.3 WAR, Goldschmidt has been better than any other first baseman since 2013. He also has opposite-field power that would play at Yankee Stadium.The Yankees aren't short on MLB-ready pitchers to offer the Diamondbacks. Even top lefty Justus Sheffield might be expendable if the prize is a year of an MVP-caliber talent like Goldschmidt.J.T. Realmuto to the Houston Astros8 of 8G Fiume/Getty ImagesThe Yankees aren't the only American League superpower that has a score to settle with the Red Sox. After losing to Boston in the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros are in the same boat.Catcher will be a chief area of concern for Houston. Martin Maldonado and Evan Gattis will be free agents. Assuming it rejects his $15 million club option, Brian McCann will be, too.The Astros will have options on the free-agent market, including Yasmani Grandal http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/brandin-cooks-jersey , Wilson Ramos or, if they prefer, a reunion with Maldonado.Alternatively, they could go for the big fish on the trade market: J.T. Realmuto.The Miami Marlins are acting like they want to extend their star backstop, who's gotten better and better each year. But they'll only do that if they're willing to offer market value and if he trusts them to build a winner. Neither is a certainty, so Miami may choose to cash in his final two years of club control.The Astros were linked to Realmuto in February, but they apparently didn't want to part with top prospect Kyle Tucker. They might change their tune following Tucker's disappointing MLB debut. If not, there's always Yordan Alvarez or J.B. Bukauskas. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, Baseball Savant and Baseball Prospectus. PHOENIX (AP) San Francisco Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right hamstring while sliding.Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that the 2012 World Series MVP has a significant tear requiring surgery. Sandoval was injured while sliding into home plate Sunday against San Diego.The 31-year-old Sandoval was hitting .248 with nine homers and 40 RBIs. He also played first and third base during his second stint with San Francisco.Sandoval played his first seven seasons with the Giants, then became a free agent and signed a $95 million, five-year contract with Boston after the 2014 season.He was released by the Red Sox in 2017 and signed with the Giants three days later. San Francisco is paying the $545,000 minimum this year, which is offset against the $18 million Sandoval is owed by Boston.—
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The route to winning a title is playing .500 ball against the best teams but beating up on the lesser-record teams.The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting part of the equation right. After defeating the first-place Colorado Rockies 9-6 on Sunday http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-jon-lester-jersey , they’re 9-7 against one of the teams they’re chasing for the National League West title and 7-9 against the other, the Arizona Diamondbacks.They’re also a combined 8-6 against the other two NL first-place clubs, going 5-2 against the Atlanta Braves and 3-4 against the Chicago Cubs. They’re 4-3 against the Milwaukee Brewers, who currently lead the NL wild-card standings.Article continues below ...Los Angeles took two of three in Denver despite being without closer Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) to close to within one-half game of Colorado in the NL West. Justin Turner was 4-for-5 with three extra-base hits Sunday — a homer and two doubles — and Enrique Hernandez also homered.“We’re trying to chase those guys down,” Turner told the team’s website. “The bullpen answered the bell, we won the two games we had a lead. We scored runs, got into the other team’s bullpen in the third inning.”But the Dodgers, who open a three-game series against the last-place Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday night, aren’t entirely taking care of business against the teams that could give them a path to a sixth consecutive division.They’re 2-4 against the last-place Miami Marlins and 0-4 against the Reds, who swept them in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium on May 10-13 — arguably the highlight of the Reds’ season and the lowest point of the Dodgers’ season. Outside of that series, Cincinnati is 57-83 in 2018.If it weren’t for the San Diego Padres Fergie Jenkins Jersey , who’ve dropped 12 of 16 to their southern California rivals, the Dodgers would be having a frustratingly poor season against the teams they theoretically should be defeating.At least they’ll be sending a pitcher to the mound Monday night who knows how to beat the Reds, who’ve lost eight of 12 and 13 of 18. They lost 7-6 Sunday to the San Diego Padres in a game that didn’t end until almost 9 p.m. EDT because of a 92-minute rain delay.Left-hander Alex Wood (8-6) will be looking to improve to 4-0 in his career against the Reds, although he hasn’t faced them since June 6, 2017. In that game, he held the Reds to one run and four hits in eight innings before Jansen finished a 3-1 Dodgers win at Great American Ball Park.Overall, Wood is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four career starts against Cincinnati, limiting their hitters to a .184 average. He will be pitching for the first time in a week, or since he didn’t figure in the decision as the Dodgers lost 4-2 to the New York Mets last Monday in Dodger Stadium. He allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Wood is 7-1 with a 2.39 ERA and a .229 opponents’ batting average in his last 13 starts. He’ll face left-hander Cody Reed (0-2), who is coming off a 7-3 loss Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first Reds start since April 9.Reed gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings in Pittsburgh after going 4-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 17 starts with Triple-A Louisville. This will be his 15th career start since debuting in the majors in 2016, a year after Cincinnati acquired him from the Kansas City Royals in the Jonny Cueto trade. The Reds are 0-14 in his previous starts.Reed http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-greg-maddux-jersey , who is 1-10 with a 6.22 ERA in 35 career major league games, tried putting a positive spin on his most recent start.“I know that I’m jamming guys, I’m getting the ball in, working away, up and down,” Reed said. “I felt fine. I was throwing strikes, threw five (innings) and battled. I made it through five and tried to keep my game in it as much as I could.”The Dodgers haven’t played in Cincinnati since sweeping a three-game series there June 16-18, 2017, outscoring the Reds 21-10. The biggest rivalry in baseball will continue at Fenway Park on Thursday when the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox (75-34) host the New York Yankees (68-38) in a near pick'em divisional matchup at the sportsbooks.Both teams are coming off losses heading into this key four-game series, with six more meetings set to take place over the last two weeks of the regular season.MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -130 favorites (wager $130 to win $100); the total is at 10 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick Carlos Zambrano Jersey , via OddsShark computer: 4.9-4.1, Red Sox (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Yankees can pay on the MLB linesNew York has a slight edge in the first nine meetings, going 5-4 so far after taking four of the past six, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. The Yankees should also have an advantage in this series-opening pitching matchup with veteran southpaw CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.53 ERA) on the mound.The Yankees have won four of the previous five times the 38-year-old has toed the rubber, with him allowing two runs or less three times during that stretch. Rich Schultz/Associated PressSabathia has also notched a victory against Boston once already this year, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings of an 8-1 win at home on June 29. Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesThe Red Sox have been MLB's best team for a while now, and they have had some success versus Sabathia this season as well. In his first start against the veteran on May 10, they had four runs and nine hits off him in four innings en route to a 5-4 victory.Converted reliever Brian Johnson (1-3, 3.45 ERA) will get the call here with Chris Sale on the disabled list http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-mark-grace-jersey , and he has pitched well lately despite not having anything to show for it. In his last two starts, Johnson has not allowed an earned run in 10.2 innings, with the Red Sox getting outscored 7-1 in a pair of losses. More run support would help him.Smart betting pickBoston leads New York by 5.5 games in the race for the AL East title and owns MLB's best home record, too, at 38-15. The Red Sox have less favorable pitching matchups the rest of the series, so look for them to earn a win right away and relieve some pressure.MLB betting trendsNew York is 2-4 in its last six games on the road.Boston is 4-1 in its last five games.Boston is 14-3 in its last 17 games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.
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the 2018 World Series MVP after helping the Boston Red Sox win the series in five games.The first baseman hit three homers over the course of the series Drew Robinson Jersey , including two in the deciding Game 5 on Sunday night.MLB Network MLBNetworkMVP? #WorldSeries 9wMr2ExxmZHe also totaled four RBI in Game 4 while transforming the game with a pair of big hits.Pearce failed to get a hit in either of the first two games and then barely appeared in the marathon 18-inning game, drawing a walk in his only plate appearance in the 11th.However, he was the star when it mattered in the last two games of the series, earning some great commentary from those watching:Russillo ryenarussilloI wouldn鈥檛 trade Pearce for Trout.Bill Barnwell billbarnwellSteve Pearce is actually going to go into the Hall of Fame with a LA hat on because he owns the DodgersSteve Melewski masnSteveSteve Pearce - Boston Red Sox hero. Thats just crazy. Final stop on his AL East tour. All time gamer and great guy. If you cant be happy for him, check your pulse.While the award is well-deserved, few would have expected it before the series started.Pearce came to the team in a midseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. He performed well in his 50 games with Boston, hitting seven home runs while producing a .901 OPS http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-claudio-jersey , which was more than 100 points higher than his career average (.783).He kept it going in the playoffs, batting .333 in four games against the New York Yankees and hitting a big home run in the ALCS against the Houston Astros. And he had three home runs and seven RBI in the last two games of the World Series.Considering this all came in Pearce's second-ever postseason appearance, this has been a great month for him. ATLANTA (AP) — DJ LeMahieu and the Colorado Rockies are quite comfortable on the road. Even against baseball’s best teams.LeMahieu homered, German Marquez pitched seven solid innings and the Rockies closed out their first four-game sweep in Atlanta with a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday.Colorado improved to 30-16 since June 26, and each of those 46 games came against teams with winning records at the time. The Rockies are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston and Atlanta, facing the Astros and Braves on the road.“Yeah Robinson Chirinos Jersey , it’s tough teams but we’re definitely not nervous or scared to play anyone with our team,” LeMahieu said. “We all know we have a really good team here. It makes it easy to show up at the park.”LeMahieu put Colorado in front with his third-inning drive to left field . He has hit nine of his 11 homers on the road, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s 5-3 win.“No explanation,” LeMahieu said when asked about his road success. “Just kind of random, I guess.”Rockies manager Bud Black said his team, battling Arizona for the NL West lead, is playing “good Curtis Granderson Jersey , all-around clean baseball,” but still can hit better.Atlanta’s four straight losses, tied for its longest streak of the season, followed a five-game winning streak.“In this business, every time you think you have something figured out, you get kicked right in the teeth,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.Marquez (11-9) won his fourth straight road decision. He allowed two runs and five hits http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-jaime-garcia-jersey , struck out five and walked one.“Hopefully we can keep this rolling all the way to the World Series,” Marquez said through a translator.Marquez allowed a run in the first when Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Johan Camargo’s single. He then threw four straight scoreless innings before Camargo’s single in the sixth drove in Freeman again.Trevor Story led off the second with a tying homer off Atlanta’s Anibal Sanchez (6-4) into the Colorado bullpen behind the left-field wall.Following LeMahieu’s homer in the third, David Dahl doubled and scored on Nolan Arenado’s single.Sanchez struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and five hits.Wade Davis gave up a one-out single to Inciarte but had three strikeouts in the ninth for his NL-leading 35th save.Colorado’s only previous sweep in Atlanta was a three-game series from Sept. 12-14, 1997.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: LHP Mike Dunn (left shoulder inflammation) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He has been out since July 7. “It’s going to be a lengthy rehab assignment,” Black said, adding Dunn will need “multiple outings.”Braves: LHP Sam Freeman (left shoulder inflammation) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. LHP Kolby Allard was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.STREAKS ENDBraves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was 0 for 4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. His team-record streak of reaching safely in nine consecutive plate appearances leading off a game also ended with his fly ball to center in the first.WEST WOESThe Braves fell to 9-18 against the NL West this season. They are 40-19 against NL East teams.ROAD KINGSThe Rockies improved to 37-29 away from Coors Field. They have won their last four series in Atlanta; the Braves won two of three in Colorado from April 6-8.UP NEXTRockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-5 Yangervis Solarte Jersey , 4.39 ERA) tries to bounce from a rough outing at Houston when he gets the ball in the opener of a three-game series against visiting San Diego on Tuesday night. The Rockies are 16-5 at home since July 2.Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA) starts when Atlanta opens a seven-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Monday night.
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ST. PETERSBURG http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , Fla. (AP) — high in the left-field seats. According to Statcast, it measured 434 feet, the longest of the rookie’s five homers.“That’s all I’ve got,” Adames said. “I went for it and I got it.”Big time.Adames’ solo homer with two out in the ninth inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.Adames connected against Miguel Castro (2-6). Sergio Romo (2-2) got the win after retiring two batters in the ninth, helping Tampa Bay break a three-game losing streak.Tim Beckham and Trey Mancini homered for Baltimore, and Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings.Cobb, attempting to win consecutive starts for the first time with the Orioles, gave up only two hits after the first inning and retired his last 10 batters against his former team.“Every time out there I walk off the mound and I feel like that I’m that much closer to regaining the form that I’ve been looking for,” said Cobb, who lost his first three starts against the Rays.Cobb is 3-14 in his first season with Baltimore. But he has allowed one earned run in three of his four starts since the All-Star break.Cobb left with a 3-1 lead, but the Rays tied it in the eighth without getting a hit. Three walks and a wild pitch by Evan Phillips and a throwing error on first baseman Chris Davis helped the Rays score two unearned runs.Jake Bauers drove in the only run off Cobb with a third straight single in the first inning, following hits by Mallex Smith and Matt Duffy.Tyler Glasnow struck out nine in four innings in his second start for the Rays after being acquired from Pittsburgh on July 31. He was lifted after 61 pitches.“They’re trying to build me up and not rush me http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-ross-stripling-jersey , and that’s probably a better decision than going out there and rushing things,” Glasnow said.One of the two hits off Glasnow was a homer by Beckham, his fifth of the season.Mancini’s 16th homer came off Jaime Schultz and put the Orioles ahead 2-1 in the fifth.Mark Trumbo drove in another Baltimore run with a single in the sixth, extending his hitting streak to nine games.A ONE-RUN KIND OF SEASONThe Rays’ last four games (including three losses to the Chicago White Sox) have been decided by one run. They have played a major league-leading 47 one-run games, losing 26 of them.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Davis was back in the lineup after missing two games. Manager Buck Showalter said the slugger sat out because he was “banged up.” … OF Craig Gentry (broken left rib) started a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie.Rays: INF Daniel Robertson had what is expected to be season-ending surgery to repair a torn left thumb ligament. He was hurt Saturday sliding into second base on a double. … Reliever Chaz Roe (left knee) could start a rehab assignment Thursday.UP NEXTTampa Bay will start reliever Ryne Stanek (1-3) and have left-hander Jalen Beeks (1-1) follow Wednesday night against Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner (3-10). Cashner’s 15-5 win over the Rays on July 27 is his only win since May 21. SAN DIEGO (AP) Their early 3-0 lead long gone, the San Francisco Giants got some big plays late to had the free-falling San Diego Padres their sixth straight loss.Gorkys Hernandez hit a go-ahead home run leading off the 12th inning, Will Smith struck out the last four San Diego batters and Austin Slater had a big play at first base as the Giants beat San Diego 5-3 Monday night.”Great win,” manager Bruce Bochy said. ”We had the lead and give them cedit, they found a way to come back. But we hung in there with some gutty efforts there by everybody. We’ve had some tough losses, so it’s good to win one like this on the road. Hard-fought by all those guys out there.”The Padres had runners on first and third with one out in the 11th and failed to score. Instead, they dropped to 2-8 since the All-Star break and lost for the 13th time in 15 games. San Diego is 5-19 in July.With runners on first and third in the bottom of the 11th, San Diego’s Austin Hedges bunted for the second out. Pitcher Sam Dyson fielded it and made a low throw to Slater Yasmani Grandal Jersey , who picked it out of the dirt. Freddy Galvis advanced to second, but Christian Villanueva wasn’t able to score from third.”He threw it low and Slater picked us up,” Bochy said.Will Smith (1-1) came on and struck out Carlos Asuaje. He then struck out the side in the 12th.”That’s big. The winning run’s on third,” Smith said. ”You definitely don’t want to cash in your buddy’s runs, that’s for sure. You’ve got to bear down and make some good pitches there.”Hernandez homered to left on a 1-2 pitch from Matt Strahm (2-3), his 13th. The Giants got another run on Buster Posey’s fielder’s choice blooper.Watching the ball go out was ”awesome, because we had the lead,” Smith said. ”Twelfth inning like that, a game we really need to win, that was a big momentum swing. The dugout was loud, pumped up. He crushed it, so it was a big jolt for us.”The Giants had a scoring chance in the 10th http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-joc-pederson-jersey , when Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch from Kirby Yates with two outs. He took third when Buster Posey’s comebacker caromed off Yates’ glove and the pitcher threw it away at first for an error. However, Yates got out of the jam when Evan Longoria popped up to second base.Asked if Hedges bunted on his own, manager Andy Green said: ”That situation right there I’ve got confidence in him swinging the bat and I’ve got confidence in him laying the bunt down. So he’s got the ability to do both, and that one just didn’t work out for us.”San Diego tied it with one out in the eighth when rookie Christian Villanueva doubled in Eric Hosmer, who singled with one out.The Giants took an early lead on Chase d’Arnaud’s three-run home run after rookie lefty Eric Lauer allowed singles to Brandon Crawford and Austin Slater opening the inning. It was the fifth for d’Arnaud, who played 22 games with San Diego last year.San Diego cut into the deficit on Hunter Renfroe’s leadoff homer in the fourth, his eighth, and Manuel Margot’s fly ball off the glove of left fielder Hernandez in the fifth. Margot was credited with a sacrifice fly and Hernandez with an error. It brought in Austin Hedges, who hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a sacrifice.Derek Holland pitched into the sixth inning for the Giants, allowing two runs and four hits, with five strikeouts and two walks. He was lifted after walking Hosmer leading off the sixth.Lauer went five, allowing three runs and seven hits Clayton Kershaw Jersey , with three strikeouts and two walks.FULL DAYJoe Panik had two at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento before flying to San Diego after being recalled by the Giants. He popped up as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.QUICK TRIPBochy arrived in San Diego at about 11 a.m. Monday after attending the Hall of Fame induction of former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman on Sunday. ”It was a hit and run,” Bochy said of going coast-to-coast twice in just more than 48 hours. He took a redeye Saturday night after the Giants’ game in San Francisco, arriving in Cooperstown, New York, at about 11:30 a.m. He stayed in Cooperstown Sunday night to attend a dinner with Hoffman’s family and friends. Bochy managed Hoffman for 12 years with the Padres. Bench coach Hensley Meulens managed the Giants to an 8-5 victory Sunday against Milwaukee.HOT CORNERPadres outfielder Wil Myers was taking grounders at third base before the game. Green said not to read too much of it. Still, Myers, San Diego’s first baseman before Eric Hosmer was signed, could be a defensive upgrade over Villanueva.TRAINER’S ROOMPlaced RHP Johnny Cueto on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Bochy said there’s a ”strong possibility” Cueto will need reconstructive surgery. INF Pablo Sandoval (strained right hamstring) also went on the DL.UP NEXTGiants: Rookie RHP Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.75 ERA) is scheduled to start the matinee series finale. He didn’t factor in the decision in his start against San Diego on June 24, a 3-2 Giants win in which he held San Diego to one run and four hits in seven innings.Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (7-10, 5.05) is 0-2 with a 14.63 ERA in his two starts since the All-Star break. He didn’t factor in the decision in either of his starts against the Giants this year.—
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TORONTO (AP) — http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey , and AL MVP contender Jose Ramirez came to the plate at the perfect moment.And still the Cleveland Indians couldn’t turn it into a victory.Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 11th after Ramirez grounded out with the bases loaded in the top of the inning, allowing the Toronto Blue Jays to beat the Indians 3-2 on Friday night.Pillar’s second career walkoff home run came off right-hander Adam Cimber (3-6). It was Pillar’s 12th homer of the season.The loss was Cimber’s first with Cleveland following a midseason trade from San Diego.“I thought the slider was the right pitch there,” Cimber said. “Just didn’t execute it and he smacked it.”The Blue Jays recorded their eighth walkoff win of the season, one more than they had last year. Toronto is 20-12 in one-run games.Cleveland dropped to 2-7 in extra innings. The Indians’ magic number to clinch a third straight AL Central title remains at seven.Carrasco matched a season best by striking out 14 over eight innings. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits.After establishing his fastball, Carrasco relied on his slider and changeup to keep the Blue Jays swinging and missing. He struck out four straight over the first and second innings and fanned a pair in six of his eight innings.“Even on 3-2, I was using my slider,” he said. “It was good.”Just not good enough for the Indians to triumph.“Anytime a guy pitches that well, you want to give him a win,” infielder Jason Kipnis said.Toronto won for the first time in franchise history when striking out at least 20 times.“There’s probably not a better slider in the game,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Carrasco. “He attacks. If he’s on, there’s going to be some walking back to the dugout.”Yan Gomes hit a solo home run for the Indians.Pillar had reached third base with two outs in the ninth Stephen Piscotty Jersey , but Neil Ramirez sent the game to extra innings by getting Richard Urena to fly out.Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the 11th, but Danny Barnes (3-2) relieved Jake Petricka and got Ramirez to ground out to second base.Ramirez opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single off Marco Estrada in the fifth, but the Blue Jays scored in the bottom half when Rowdy Tellez doubled and scored on Aledmys Diaz’s sacrifice fly.The Indians reclaimed the lead on a two-out homer by Gomes in the sixth, his 13th, but Toronto tied it again when Randal Grichuk and Tellez hit back-to-back doubles off Carrasco in the seventh.Tellez has six doubles in his first three games, making him the first rookie since Joe DiMaggio in 1936 to have six doubles over any three-game stretch in his debut season.Toronto put runners at first and second with two outs in the eighth, but Carrasco ended his outing by getting Grichuk to ground into a fielder’s choice.Estrada allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.EXCLUSIVE COMPANYAstros teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are the only other pitchers to strike out 14 or more twice this season.SHAPIRO SPEAKSBlue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro touched on a number of subjects in a rare media availability several hours before the game. Shapiro denied a rift with team owner Rogers Communications and shot down a report linking him with the New York Mets.“This is where I want to be,” he said.Shapiro also responded to Thursday’s criticism from the MLB Player’s Association over the Blue Jays decision not to promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., viewed as a manipulation of the 19-year-old star’s service time.“I feel strongly that the best thing for Vladdy’s development is the path that we’ve laid out,” Shapiro said, adding that he welcomes “scrutiny” from the union. Guerrero was named Baseball America’s minor league player of the year Friday.YOUTH MOVEMENTRegarding the roster rebuild currently underway in Toronto, Shapiro said “there’s no longer any gray area about where we are,” adding that a return to competitiveness could be “a matter of two http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-andrew-triggs-jersey , three, four years, because that’s the amount of time it takes for players to transition to the major league level.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a playoff game for Double-A Akron. … OF Michael Brantley (left foot) sat for a second straight day. … LHP Andrew Miller (left shoulder) will throw a side session Saturday.UP NEXTIndians RHP Adam Plutko (4-5, 5.04) faces Blue Jays RHP Sean Reid-Foley (1-2, 5.51) on Saturday afternoon. Plutko is winless in seven outings since a June 24 victory over Detroit. Reid-Foley allowed one run in seven innings to beat Miami for his first career win last Sunday, his third big league start. WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez ended a personal drought that spanned more than two months — and helped give the Washington Nationals a four-game split with another National League East contender.Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings for his first victory since May 28, leading the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.“I think I was just happy that I got to high-five my teammates for the first time in a while,” Gonzalez said. “For me it was not the pressure, it was just the going out there and doing what I can do to go out there and try and pitch the best I can. Today it finally showed. It finally stepped to the right direction that I wanted.”The Nationals moved within 5 1/2 games of idle NL East leader Philadelphia. The Braves fell a game behind the Phillies.Gonzalez (7-8) snapped a seven-game losing streak and had gone 11 consecutive starts without a victory. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three. Nick Markakis‘ solo homer to lead off the second was the lone run he allowed.Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings but left after getting hit in the left calf by a grounder from Michael Taylor. Manager Brian Snitker said he was hopeful Sanchez would make his next start.“It looked like Anibal was going to have one of his games starting out,” Snitker said. “He was sharp as can be. We just had a hard time getting ahold of Gio. That was the biggest thing. We couldn’t do anything with him.”Sanchez was replaced by Wes Parsons (0-1), who yielded a bases-loaded walk to Juan Soto and a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon as Washington went ahead in the third.Taylor homered to left in the fourth to bump Washington’s lead to 3-1, and Daniel Murphy added an RBI double in the sixth.But Parsons worked five innings in his major league debut, vital for a team that had two starters last only two innings during the series in Washington and heads home to face Milwaukee after a 5-3 road trip.“A winning road trip Jake Smolinski Jersey , you take that every single time,” said Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, who had three hits. “Sometimes, you have to lose a battle to win the war. I thought what Wes Parsons did was absolutely huge for this ballclub. That’s going to win us games later on with a fresh bullpen.”Ronald Acuna Jr.’s one-out homer in the eighth pulled Atlanta within two runs, but the Nationals got RBIs from Ryan Zimmerman and Mark Reynolds in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-2.Washington went 7-3 on its homestand and begins a seven-game trip to face the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis.“It was big, a big win for us,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Happy flight.”HARPER SCRATCHEDWashington outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness. Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler hit Harper just below the right knee in the seventh inning on Wednesday night. Martinez said X-rays on Harper were negative.DOUBLE DEBUTParsons and Adam McCreery both made their major league debuts for Atlanta, combining to pitch the last six innings. It was the first time the Braves had two pitchers debut in the same game since June 30, 2015, when Jake Brigham and Ryan Kelly did so against Washington.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: 3B Johan Camargo was out of the starting lineup for the first time since July 14. He struck out as a pinch hitter to end the game. Charlie Culberson filled in at third for Camargo.Nationals: Martinez said RHP Stephen Strasburg (cervical nerve impingement) will throw at least one more bullpen session before the team decides whether he is ready for a minor league rehabilitation start. Strasburg has not pitched for Washington since July 20.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 5.40 ERA) makes his second start since his acquisition from Baltimore as Atlanta returns home to open a three-game series with Milwaukee.Nationals: Washington begins a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs with RHP Jeremy Hellickson (5-2, 3.56) getting the nod.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boston’s bench is a big reason

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why the Red Sox are one win from their fourth World Series title since 2004.With the Red Sox regulars being held in check by the Los Angeles Dodgers Tyler Naquin Jersey , it was pinch-hitters Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers who came up with huge at-bats as Boston rallied for a 9-6 victory Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the Series.Moreland hit a three-run homer off Ryan Madson in the seventh inning and Devers singled home Brock Holt with the tiebreaking run in the ninth.Boston’s pinch-hitters have come up big all Series. Through the first four games, they are 6 for 18 (.333) with two home runs and seven RBIs. The Red Sox are batting .218 overall.“The bench has been the key to our entire playoffs,” slugger J.D. Martinez said. “The guys that no one expects are the ones who are delivering. It is unreal.”Moreland’s homer to right field on a first-pitch changeup from Ryan Madson was Boston’s second pinch-hit homer in the World Series. The 1959 Dodgers and 1975 Red Sox are the only other teams with multiple pinch-hit home runs in the same Fall Classic. Not bad for a team that hit only two pinch-hit homers during the course of a 162-game regular season.Moreland joins Bernie Carbo (who had two in 1975), Bobby Kielty (2007) and Eduardo Nunez (Game 1 this year) as Boston players who have homered in a World Series game as pinch-hitters.“With the way we play, we’re constantly trying to get some guys on base, put pressure on the other side. So we got that chance right there,” Moreland said after hitting his third World Series home run. “I saw him throw a couple of changeups to Jackie (Bradley Jr.) up in the zone. I decided, why not sit on that one first pitch? And when he threw it, I saw it pretty good http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-cody-allen-jersey , and put a good swing on it.”It was Moreland’s fourth career postseason homer but first as a pinch-hitter. Prior to that swing, Moreland was batting .250 this postseason (4 for 16) but was 1 for 6 in a pinch-hitting role.Devers was batting .276 (8 for 29) for the postseason, and Saturday night was only the third time he has been brought in off the bench. After Holt doubled off Dylan Floro with one out, Devers laced a 2-0 changeup to center, scoring Holt for a 5-4 lead, and the Red Sox went on to score five runs in the ninth.The third baseman, who turned 22 on Wednesday, became the youngest player in World Series history to have a pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI in the ninth inning or later. The last player younger than 23 to deliver a pinch-hit RBI in the Fall Classic was Pittsburgh’s Milt May in 1971 against Baltimore.“I was just ready for my moment to come Roberto Perez Jersey , whenever that may be,” Devers said. “Being in the National League, you’ve got to be ready from the first inning with obviously the pitchers hitting. So I just wanted to be ready for whatever the situation was.”Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers said Boston’s bench success can mostly be attributed to first-year manager Alex Cora and the way he has been able to keep everyone involved by always communicating to players about when they will be used during a game.“He just has a way of giving them confidence by telling them, ‘I am going to use you here, be ready, be prepared’ and then it happens,” Hyers said. “They are prepared and have confidence when they walk out to the batter’s box because the manager has prepared them to go out and show.” TORONTO — The Tampa Bay Rays continue to play with a purpose, while the Toronto Blue Jays seem content to play out the string.The Rays will be going for a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays on Wednesday night after their 4-0 victory Tuesday.Tampa Bay leads the season series 9-2 and has shut out the Blue Jays three times.Article continues below ...Overall, the Rays (75-63) have won four in a row and 13 of their past 15 games to go to a season-best 12 games above .500.The Blue Jays (62-76) have lost seven of their past nine games.The Rays will start right-hander Tyler Glasnow (1-4 Eddie Robinson Jersey , 3.95 ERA) on Wednesday and the Blue Jays will send out Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 5.22).Glasnow was obtained in a trade July 31 that sent right-hander Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Glasnow did not start for the Pirates, making 34 relief appearances (1-2, 4.34) All six of his outings for the Rays have been starts, going 0-2 with a 3.23 ERA.At Cleveland on Friday, Glasnow faced the minimum batters through four innings and did not allow a hit until a two-out single in the fifth. The only run allowed in a career-high seven innings was a solo homer by Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh. The Indians won 3-0 with Glasnow taking the loss.Glasnow has faced the Blue Jays once, on the last road trip Aug 12. He pitched five-plus innings and picked up a no-decision after allowing one run, two hits and two walks while striking out six. The Blue Jays won 2-1.Sanchez has started once against the Rays this season, taking the loss at Tropicana Field on May 5. He allowed four runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. In his career against the Rays http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-belisle-jersey , he is 1-2 with a 1.58 ERA in 14 games (six starts).Sanchez went on the disabled list with an injured right index finger after his start June 21. In two starts since returning from the DL, he is 0-0 with an 11.88 ERA but the team has won both.The Rays have 12 shutouts this season. They have held the Blue Jays to five or fewer hits for seven straight games, which ties the major league record (since 1920). The Baltimore Orioles held the Washington Senators to five or fewer hits in seven consecutive games between Sept. 11, 1968-April 18, 1969.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he feels the Rays staff may be underrated, possibly because they have quite a few young pitches who are not yet well known.“I would say so, I would say it’s just a product of the youth that we have,” said Ryne Stanek, who has been the one-inning opener the Rays have used this season for the first two games of the series. “It’s one of those things where a lot of guys have don’t have a lot of time in the big leagues.”The teams continued to make moves with the expanded rosters in effect for the final month.The Rays reinstated catcher Adam Moore from the restricted list after he resolved his passport issue. He was put on the restricted list when catcher Nick Ciuffo was added to the 40-man roster Monday. The team created roster space for Moore’s return by moving infielder Daniel Robertson to the 60-day disabled list.Right-hander Jake Faria was recalled from Triple-A Durham and manager Kevin Cash said a decision has yet to be made about whether he will start or relieve. Cash said it “is a big month” for Faria.The Blue Jays called up outfielders Dwight Smith Jr. and Jonathan Davis Mike Napoli Jersey , infielder Richard Urena and first baseman Rowdy Tellez. Right-hander Mike Hauschild has been designated for assignment, right-hander Joe Biagini (left oblique strain) has been put on the 10-day disabled and right-hander Jake Petricka was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.Gibbons said some of the callups may not see much playing time but will gain some experience.“Just watch the games … and basically enjoy it,” Gibbons said he would advise the young players. “Don’t expect to take a ton of (batting practice) because we’re killing our coaches anyway. Don’t overdo it. Just enjoy the experience, take advantage of it, watch and learn. They’ll all go to some nice stadiums, they’ll see all the primary places we play. Don’t eat too much of the food. You laugh, but it happens a lot. They swell. They swell up, you know.”
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CHICAGO (AP) — http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , Cole Hamels still likes to finish what he starts.The 13-year veteran went the distance Thursday night to continue his dramatic turnaround with the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, who got home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez in a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.“That’s ultimately the goal,” Hamels said. “It’s just tough to do so now. The hitters are better, a lot more research is going into it. As a starter, you just have to grind, you have to pitch.”Hamels (4-0) allowed eight hits, struck out seven and walked two in his 17th career complete game and the first by a Cubs pitcher this season. His ERA in five starts with Chicago is 0.79.Before being traded to the Cubs last month, the 34-year-old lefty was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts for the Texas Rangers, including 1-3 with an 11.12 ERA in his last four.Hamels, though, never doubted he could turn things around.“I got into a rut in Texas and really was trying to get out of it,” he said. “Sometimes when you strive to do something Miguel Cabrera Jersey , you can make it worse. You finally have to give in. You have to get back to the basics.”Hamels had allowed just two earned runs in his first four starts with Chicago, but the Reds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Phillip Ervin beat out an infield single with two outs, scoring Billy Hamilton from third base.The Cubs quickly answered. After Baez reached on an error with one out, Rizzo hit the first pitch he saw from starter Anthony DeSclafani (6-4) into the bleachers in right for a 2-1 Chicago lead. Baez’s homer in the third made it 3-1.The Cubs added another in the fifth and then broke it open with three runs in the seventh.Cincinnati loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Hamels got Tucker Barnhart to ground into a game-ending double play on his 114th pitch.“We’ve all seen Cole through the years and he’s pitched a lot of good ballgames,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “But that one was right there at the top of the list. He was really good with all his pitches.”CRUSHEDHamels overshadowed Baez’s mammoth 481-foot solo shot that cleared the bleachers just left of straightaway center and landed on Waveland Avenue.“That was one of my dreams, to hit a ball like that,” Baez said.It was the longest homer at Wrigley Field this season and sparked some ribbing from his teammates.“When I got back to the dugout, they asked if that’s all I had,” Baez said. “Yeah.”ROSTER MOVESThe Cubs placed RHP Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day DL with left hip inflammation. The move is retroactive to Tuesday. RHP Dillon Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.Chatwood, 28, has struggled with his control after signing with the Cubs as a free agent in the offseason. He is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 23 games (20 starts) with 93 walks in 101 2/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: RF Scott Schebler (sprained right shoulder) continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola. Riggleman said Schebler will travel to Chicago on Friday and be activated on Saturday.Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (stress reaction right elbow) is out for the season but said he is relieved doctors finally discovered the source of his elbow pain. “At first Alan Trammell Jersey , I was told it was a simple tightness, but I always knew there was something else other than the tightness,” he said through a translator. .. 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) is expected to increase the intensity of his swings during a batting practice session Friday.UP NEXTThe Cubs will recall RHP Alec Mills from Triple-A Iowa to start the second game of the series Friday. Mills has pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Chicago this season. The 26-year-old is 5-12 with a 4.84 ERA in 23 starts at Iowa. RHP Matt Harvey (6-7, 4.91 ERA) goes for the Reds after taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning during his last start. HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer knew something was different about Shohei Ohtani in his second at-bat against the Angels‘ pitcher him in the third inning on Sunday night.“The velocity drop was probably the obvious,” Springer said. “He was throwing 98-99 and then came out throwing 88-92. When it’s that obvious I hope he’s OK.”Springer hit a two-run homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles in Ohtani’s return to the mound.Ohtani (4-2) lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his first time pitching since June 6 because of an elbow strain. Both of the hits he allowed were to Springer — a leadoff single and his two-run shot in the third that made it 2-0.Springer was right about something being wrong with Ohtani. After the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani was dealing with tightness in his back and a sore right ring finger after he deflected a ball off of it in the second inning. But Scioscia doesn’t think either problem should cause him to miss more time.“First two innings were electric. That’s what you expect,” Scioscia said. “Third inning obviously his stuff wasn’t as crisp … there was definitely a drop of velocity but not connected at all to the thing that he had with his elbow before. Hopefully he has good workouts in between and be ready to go next week.”Alex Bregman finished with two hits and his solo homer in the seventh inning pushed the lead to 4-2.Ohtani joined Babe Ruth as the only players in major league history to start 10 games as a pitcher and hit 10 homers in a single season. The rookie, who has 15 homers, missed almost a month after he was injured before returning as the team’s designated hitter on July 3.He threw 49 pitches, striking out two and walking two.“I gave up that two-run shot so I failed to do my job as a starting pitcher,” he said in Japanese through an interpreter. “So, that’s a disappointment right there. Body-wise, I really can’t say much at this point. I will wait until (Monday) to see how my body reacts. As of now my body feels fine.”Houston starter Gerrit Cole (13-5) allowed six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings for his third straight win after losing three in a row. He struck out nine to move past teammate Justin Verlander (240) and into first place in the American League with 243 strikeouts. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.After Springer’s single in the first http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-al-kaline-jersey , Ohtani walked Carlos Correa with two outs, but he struck out Tyler White to end the threat. He pitched a 1-2-3 second inning before Tony Kemp drew a walk to start the third. Springer then sent a 77 mph slider into the Crawford Boxes in left field with two strikes for his first homer since Aug. 5.“He’s been teetering on that a little bit over the last couple weeks and every hitter needs to feel a little bit of success no matter the work they’re putting in,” manager A.J. Hinch said of Springer. “So tonight he put it all together and really did a nice job at the top of the lineup.”Jose Altuve grounded out after that and Ohtani was replaced by Jim Johnson.Jose Fernandez got things going for the Angels in the fourth with a single before Cole plunked Taylor Ward. Fernandez advanced to third on a passed ball by catcher Martin Maldonado. White grabbed a grounder hit by Francisco Arcia and threw home in time to beat Fernandez for the first out of the inning.The Angels cut the lead to 2-1 when Jefry Marte grounded into a force out that scored Ward and left Arcia out at second.Springer doubled on a ball that was just inches away from being a home run to start Houston’s fifth. The Astros pushed the lead to 3-1 later in the inning when Correa drew a bases-loaded walk.Ward singled with no outs in the sixth before a one-out single by Marte. Cole struck out Eric Young Jr. and was replaced by Tony Sipp, who walked Kole Calhoun to load the bases. Joe Smith took over and hit David Fletcher with a pitch to send a run home and cut the lead to 3-2 before Correa made a nice catch on a ball hit by Mike Trout to end the inning.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: LF Justin Upton was out of the lineup with a concussion after he was injured Saturday night. The injury came when he slid to avoid a collision with Andrelton Simmons when the two were tracking a pop up in the fifth inning. He is listed as day to day.K’s ALL DAYCole and Verlander are the first teammates to have 240 or more strikeouts each since Kerry Wood (266) and Mark Prior (245) did it for the Chicago Cubs in 2003. The last teammates in the AL to pile up that many K’s were Nolan Ryan (327) and Frank Tanana (261) for the Angels in 1976.UP NEXTAngels: Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.76 ERA) will come off the disabled list to make his first start since March 31 when Los Angeles opens a three-game series at Texas on Monday. Shoemaker, who had surgery on his right forearm in May, is 4-2 with a 5.68 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers.Astros: Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.58) is scheduled to start for Houston in the first of three games against the Twins on Monday. Keuchel allowed eight hits and three runs in six innings of a 5-4 win over Oakland in his last start but did not factor in the decision.
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