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Andrew Luck's health was Indianapolis' biggest question

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the past two years.Halfway through his comeback season Youth Deatrich Wise Jr Jersey , the star quarterback looks like his old self and the numbers suggest he's actually playing better.Luck's strong return has helped the Colts win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly two years and they head into the bye weekend full of momentum and plenty of hope."He made some incredible plays. I mean some incredible plays, conversions on third downs, plays that he shouldn't make, plays that normal quarterbacks don't make," first-year coach Frank Reich said, describing Luck's impressive game Sunday at Oakland.Many wondered if Luck could ever regain the form that had many calling him the league's best young quarterback before Indy took him with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012.He exceeded the hype by leading the Colts to playoff appearances in each of his first three seasons and earning Pro Bowl selections all three years, too.Then came the injuries and the losses. Luck hurt his right shoulder early in the 2015 season and wound up missing nine games 鈥?the last seven with a lacerated kidney. He sat out one game in 2016 with a concussion and missed the entire 2017 season after having surgery for a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.But he's answered the critics with a solid first half.Indy (3-5) needs one more win to match last season's victory total and faces the second-easiest schedule over the second half. They're two games out of the AFC South lead with five division games remaining and Luck getting even stronger.He is 225 of 342 with 2,187 yards, 23 touchdowns 鈥?a pace to set career highs in each category including completion rate (65.8 percent). He's also flirting with the best rating of his career at 96.2. He had a 96.4 in 2016.Numbers only tell part of the tale, though.Luck has done it despite losing top receiver T.Y. Hilton for two games with a hamstring injury, Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle for five games with an injured hip and five different starting lineups on the offensive line."You're returning from an injury, you're learning a new system, you've got T.Y. Hilton and some receivers hurt and you're breaking in some new linemen 鈥?it's not going to be as easy as people think," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said before last weekend's game. "I've got a lot of respect for what he has done in this league and what his capabilities are."An improving cast could make Luck & Co. even tougher to contend with.From 2012-17, Colts running backs topped the 100-yard mark just four times. Last week Youth Tom Brady Jersey , Marlon Mack became Indy's first back with consecutive 100-yard games since Joseph Addai in 2007.The revamped offensive line has allowed just 10 sacks, a stark contrast to the 156 times Luck went down in his first 70 starts. In fact, Luck hasn't been sacked in three games 鈥?the longest stretch since he left Stanford.Part of the explanation is Reich's philosophical change, asking Luck to make quicker decisions.That, too, has showed in the numbers.His completion rate and rating against defenders within 1 yard of a receiver have jumped from 25.9 percent and a 45.0 rating in 2016 to 36.0 and 72.5 this season.And while his throws over 20 yards have declined from 2016 to 2018, his rating on throws between 11 and 20 yards has gone from 99.0 to 106.0.The one bugaboo continues to be interceptions. Luck has thrown eight this season, putting him on a pace to throw more than he has in all but two seasons. But he's thrown five in the past six games and none in four of those six."No one on this team is going to go out with a sort of harness on them and say you can't go play full speed," Luck said recently. "I think our coaches do a great job of allowing us to play free and fast and loose, but within that, I guess at the same time you have to play disciplined."Where would the Colts be if Luck had stayed healthy?Nobody truly knows.Yes, he would have reached 20,000 yards passing sooner. The Colts may not have missed the playoffs each of the past three seasons. His progression may have been a little steadier, and all those pesky questions about his arm may never have been an issue.But, for now White Lawrence Guy Jersey , the Colts are just happy to have Luck back, playing well."When you have the quarterback that we have there is an expectation that we have to score points," Reich said. "Everybody in this building knows we have an elite quarterback."AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow also contributed to this report.Patriots sign running back Kenneth Farrow to their practice squad in light of Rex Burkhead’s concussion While the New England Patriots have one of the NFL’s deepest rosters, the depth at two of their offensive skill positions is lighter than is ideal. While the revolving door at wide receiver has been well documented over the last six months, it now appears as if the running back spot joins it on the list of offensive question marks: Jeremy Hill tore his ACL on Sunday, and now Rex Burkhead is listed on the injury report as well.The second-year Patriot is dealing with a concussion and missed Wednesday’s practice because of it. His availability for the upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars is yet to be determined, but with the team having only two healthy backs on its 53-man roster at the moment – James White and recent pickup Kenjon Barner; Sony Michel is still limited because of a knee injury – it apparently is looking to add some emergency depth.Enter Kenneth Farrow, who had been with the Patriots for one week before getting released during early-September’s cutdowns. New England brought him back yesterday to replace wide receiver Jace Billingsley on the practice squad and to have an additional layer of depth in the offensive backfield – one that serves only emergency purposes but is important to have nevertheless.After a productive career at Houston, Kenneth Farrow went undrafted in 2016. The then-San Diego Chargers picked him up as a free agent, and he was able to make the team as a reserve back. Injuries pushed Farrow up the depth chart and led to the versatile back appearing in 13 of the Chargers’ games during his rookie year. Before seeing his season end with a shoulder injury in December, he amassed 73 touches for 262 yards.The 5’9, 220 lbs back was unable to bounce back from the injury in 2017 and spent all of it on injured reserve as well. In April, the Chargers elected to release Farrow and he remained on the open market until New England signed him on August 27. Before getting waived on cutdown day, the 25-year old appeared in one preseason contest and registered five rushes for 24 yards while playing 16 offensive snaps.
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Rapoport: Dalvin Cook not expected to play on Sunday

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If the Minnesota Vikings’ NFL-worst rushing offense is going to get things turned around on Sunday in Philadelphia http://www.vikingscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-rashod-hill-jersey , it sounds like they’re going to have to do it without their top running back.According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Vikings are not expecting running back Dalvin Cook to play on Sunday.Cook was injured in overtime of the Week 2 tie against Green Bay, and sat out of the Week 3 loss against Buffalo. While he did play on Thursday Night Football in Week 4 against Los Angeles, he was on a “pitch count,” and wound up sitting out the entire second half of that contest.Due to a combination of the hamstring injury and the relative ineffectiveness of the Vikings’ offensive line, Cook has gotten off to a disappointing start to his comeback season. He has just 98 yards on 36 carries so far this year, and now it appears he’s going to miss his second game in three weeks.Hopefully the Vikings’ run game, sans Cook, can get something going on Sunday to balance out the offense a little bit, and when the Vikings return to U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 6 he will be ready to get back onto the field.Preseason Week 3: Seahawks News and Notes Week number three of the preseason is upon us, which means that your Minnesota Vikings are about to run through their “dress rehearsal” for the regular season.Typically, this is a tough week for the longshot players to make much noise, as the starters usually play quite a bit more.Camp battles are over, and the teams are now preparing for the real thing.The “ones” and “twos” are getting the lions share of reps, and some of the early camp hopefuls are beginning to fade away.But, as we saw this week with the George Iloka signing, that doesn’t mean teams are completely set with the players they’ve had all along.With that, let’s take a look at this week’s opponent, the Pete Carroll-led Seattle Seahawks.The Seahawks have yet to win a preseason game, dropping their matchups against the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers.Seattle is coming off a relatively disappointing 9-7 season, which saw them finish second in the NFC West.The Seahawks on DefenseFor years, the Seahawks have been known for playing exceptional all-around defense.But times they are changing in Jet City.The vaunted “Legion of Boom” defense is a shell of its former self.Cornerback Richard Sherman blew out his Achilles tendon and was released in the offseason, Kam Chancellor suffered a career-ending neck injury, Earl Thomas is holding out for a new contract, and Brandon Browner - fresh off his team’s loss in something called the “American Flag Football League” - was arrested on charges including kidnapping, burglary, and false imprisonment.In their place, the Seahawks have turned to Shaquill Griffin, Brad McDougald, Tedric Thompson, and Byron Maxwell.Legion of Whom?I have a hard time believing any of them will ever find themselves in this situation:Former Vikings turned Seahawks Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen have been solid so far for the ‘Hawks.Both are listed as second unit players, but both have made ‘Big Impressions’Meanwhile, former Vikings-pariah-turned-Seahawks-pariah Blair Walsh is no longer kicking in Seattle.Long time Oakland Raider Sebastian Janikowski has won the job.But it was the punting competition that garnered the most headlines this week, as incumbent Jon Ryan was let go in favor of Michael Dickson, whom the team drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 draft.Yes, the Seahawks drafted a stinkin’ punter!Ryan - one of the most beloved players on the Seahawks - announced his release in his own special way via Twitter:In truth, he asked for and was granted his release, knowing that Dickson was going to get the punting job.Ryan leaves Seattle after ten seasons.He is one of only three Saskatchewan natives ever to play in the NFL http://www.vikingscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-eric-kendricks-jersey , and the only one who has a Super Bowl ring.Packer fans will remember Jon Ryan for a couple of reasons.While punting for Green Bay in a game against the Vikings in 2007, he became the first Packers punter to rush for a first down in nearly 27 years.His highlight reel went south shortly after.Against the Bears that same season, Ryan had two punts blocked, one returned for a touchdown, punted the ball nine yards on another, and bobbled the snap on a fourth, which resulted in a turnover on downs.But those same fans will remember John Ryan most for one particular play.No wonder the fans in Seattle loved him so much.I’m even starting to like him.As far as Michael Dickson is concerned, here is what we know:Seattle drafted the Sydney, Australia native out of the University of Texas after he won the Ray Guy Award as the nations top punter.And he’s good!And that’s about all I felt like researching regarding the punting situation in Seattle.The Seahawks on OffenseSeattle’s offense is all about Russell Wilson, and rightfully so.Wilson has been asked to do more this season with much less.Tight End Jimmy Graham has moved on to Green Bay, replaced by 2016 third-rounder Nick Vannett.Jaron Brown takes over for Paul Richardson at Wide Receiver, and Doug Baldwin has missed time this preseason with a knee injury, though head coach Pete Carroll expects him to be ready for the opener.The challenge for Seattle will be keeping Russell Wilson healthy.The ‘Hawks line was a disaster in 2017, and the team has taken steps to correct the problem.They traded for Pro-Bowl left tackle Duane Brown, and brought in D.J. Fluker to solidify the guard position.However, tackle Germain Ifedi - drafted in the first round in 2016 - and his play on the right side has been the bane of Seahawks fans.Clearly, Wilson’s athleticism is the only thing keeping him alive from right-side pressure.In fact, Seahawks fans on Twitter have taken nasty to a level that’s eerily reminiscent of former Vikings turnstile Matt Kalil’s mentions.In the backfield, the Seahawks have been stuck in a game of musical chairs ever since the heydays of Marshawn Lynch came to an end.The team has turned to Chris Carson, who beat out veterans Thomas Rawls and Eddy Lacy last season for the starting job before a broken ankle ended his season after just three starts.Not knowing how his injury would heal, Seattle drafted Rashaad Penny in the first round of the 2018 draft.Carson may simply be getting starters reps by default, as Penny is returning from surgery to repair a broken finger, C.J. Prosise is returning from a hip-flexor injury, and J.D. McKissic is out with a broken bone in his foot.Useless stuff about the Seahawks that you might not know.Pete Carrol and General Manager John Schneider (no relation) have been together in Seattle since January 2010.Schneider is widely credited as one of the architects of the Seahawks teams that went to two Super Bowls in the last decade, winning one.But the magic that Schneider once held apparently doesn’t quite work in the first round.As mentioned above, the team drafted Rashaad Penny in the first round.His injury has already cost him valuable time.In 2017, the team traded back with the Atlanta Falcons, who selected Takkarist McKinnley (6.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles).They then traded back again, this time with the San Francisco 49’ers, who selected Reuben Foster (59 tackles).Again, they traded back, and the Jaguars used the pick to select Cam Robinson.Two players were netted in those trades: Malik McDowell, whose career was ended after a freak ATV accident, and Mike Tyson (no relation), who is currently sitting third on the depth chart at Free Safety.In 2015, the team used their first round pick to trade for Jimmy Graham, who is no longer with the team.The trade also netted the team a fourth rounder Cheap Ben Gedeon Jersey , which they used to select Tyler Lockett.In 2014, the Minnesota Vikings traded with Seattle to jump back in to the first round in order to grab Teddy Bridgewater.They continued to swap picks, and ended up with Paul Richardson, who is now in Washington, Kevin Norwood, Garrett Scott, and Kiero Small, all of whom are currently free agents.In 2013, the team sent their pick to - you guessed it - the Minnesota Vikings, who selected some guy named Xavier Rhodes.They received Percy Harvin in return, and... well...In 2012, they traded back with Philadelphia, who took Fletcher Cox.Seattle used the pick they received on Bruce Irvin, who is now in Oakland.In 2011, they selected offensive lineman James Carpenter, who is now with the New York Jets.In 2010, they selected Russel Okung, who made the Pro-Bowl last year with the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers.So, to recap, over the last nine drafts, the players selected with first round picks or picks received in trade who are still on the team are:Rashaad Penny, Mike Tyson, Germain Ifedi, and Tyler Lockett.There’s a slight chance that only Penny and Lockett will be with the team on opening weekend. And the players who were selected with picks the team traded away are:Tak McKinley, Reuben Foster, Cam Robinson, Xavier Rhodes, Teddy Bridgewater, Fletcher Cox.Ridiculous Quote of the WeekThis week, the nominees were so strong that I couldn’t pick just one, so I give you two.Ok, I understand, it’s the preseason, and every fan base is a little geeked up.But... dominance?And finally, one from the ol’ gum chewer himself, Pete Carroll.This one really hasn’t aged well.At all.
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We’re half-way through the week Authentic Brett Jones Jersey , and if you’re anything like me, you’re eager to see the Vikes get back on the field. I hope to see them build off of Sunday’s win, and see the defenses continue to come around and be a dominant force once again. The run game showed a faint pulse on Sunday, but there is a lot of room for them to improve. Getting Dalvin Cook back to 100% will be huge, but the O line has to step up and create some gaps for the running backs to hit. Play one game at a time, improve every week, and then get REALLY hot going into the playoffs.Around the DN since our last open thread:Ted brought us our latest installment of Zim Tzu, and Zim is ruffling some feathers this week. Coincidentally, I hope to be ruffling some pheasant feathers this weekend.Chris has your Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup for week five.The team drew inspiration from a local source prior to leaving for Sunday’s game in Philly, per Chris.Chris shared a next-gen stat on Linval Joseph’s touchdown, and it’s pretty dang impressive. I really wish someone would have been in front of him and tried to tackle him Womens Anthony Barr Jersey , just to see what would happen. They’d probably be still trying to dig the poor guy out of the ground......or turf.....or whatever they use in that stadium.Vikings news from other sources and news from around the rest of the NFL:At Vikings.com, see Wobby open the Pick Six Mailbag, check out Beyond the Gridiron as they look back at the 1987 Vikings, and there’s plenty more traffic to sift through in the media vault.FoxSports has the snap counts form Sunday, and Mike Hughes didn’t miss a defensive snap.Antonio Brown is good at catching footballs, he’s also good at throwing........furniture.......and other household items..........off of a balcony. Unlike catching footballs, he isn’t being paid for throwing the items, he’s being sued for doing so , per NFL.com. I’d go back to catching and being paid, instead of throwing and being sued, but that’s just me.They say everyone likes to get flowers. Well http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/stefon-diggs-jersey , they’re wrong. The Giants don’t, they released Flowers, and that was after getting him in the first round in 2015, to the dismay of Giants fans, per the Sporting News. Cue the ‘pick ‘em up!’ gif.We come to today’s media selection:This song popped in my head yesterday afternoon as kiddo and I were building cool things with legos. It wouldn’t get out of my head, which annoyed me, so I sang the song, which annoyed kiddo, and now I’ll play it, so it can annoy you. Enjoy!Again, we all know the rules http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/trae-waynes-jersey , but in case someone is new:No discussion of politics or religionNo feeding of the trollsThis isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the doorKeep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tagsNo pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employerIf you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go awayWhile navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasmWith that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the head cheese.Vikings Roster Cuts: Minnesota Vikings release Tyler Hoppes We’re getting word of another cut from the Minnesota Vikings as they continue to trim their roster, and with this cut it appears that the tight end depth chart is officially set.Per numerous sources, the Vikings are releasing tight end Tyler Hoppes.Hoppes went undrafted out of the University of Nebraska Womens Andrew Sendejo Jersey , and was signed by the Vikings in the post-draft signing frenzy in April. In his senior season at Nebraska, he set a school record for receptions by a tight end, but didn’t do enough to leapfrog the guys on a very talented tight end depth chart in Minnesota.With that, the Vikings are down to three tight ends on the roster, with starter Kyle Rudolph being joined by David Morgan and fifth-round pick Tyler Conklin. The team release tight end Blake Bell earlier in the day.We are under two hours to go until the Vikings have to be down to 53 players on the roster, folks. Who will make it? We’re going to be here to let you know as soon as news comes down.
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Xavier Rhodes back into the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. He missed last week’s game against New Orleans after suffering an ankle injury against the New York Jets http://www.authenticsminnesotavikings.com/cheap-mike-remmers-jersey , and was limited in practice all week.However, apparently not all “limited” practices are created equal, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.According to Garafolo, Rhodes “tweaked” his ankle in Friday’s practice and had to leave practice early. This means that while Rhodes has been listed as “questionable” on this week’s injury report, there’s a larger shadow being cast over his potential availability for Sunday’s divisional matchup.Even after trading Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week Youth Anthony Barr Jersey , the Lions still have a pretty formidable pair of wide receivers in Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. Having Rhodes back in the secondary would be a positive sign for the Vikings, but we don’t know at this point how limited he might be even if he’s active.We’ll keep an eye on this situation, and if there are any further clarifications or updates, we will have them here for you. With linebacker and special teams ace Kentrell Brothers having officially served his four-game suspension for violating the National Football League’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the Minnesota Vikings needed to make a roster move to get him back onto the 53-man roster. They announced that move on Friday afternoon.The team has officially activated Brothers White Dalvin Cook Jersey , and to make room on the roster they have released offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann.Witzmann was not active in any of the games he spent on the Vikings’ roster after starting 13 games at guard for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. There will probably be a pretty decent market for his services now that he has been released.I would expect that Brothers would take his spot on special teams back immediately, and the Vikings’ coverage teams should see a significant uptick in quality as a result.We will see if there are any more moves made by the Vikings prior to kickoff in Philadelphia on Sunday. If there are, we will have them for you right here.
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Javy Guerra raced around the bases with one thought in mind.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — And even if third base coach Glenn Hoffman had held up his hands http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-j.-c.-ramirez-jersey , Guerra was going to ignore them.Freddy Galvis doubled home Guerra from first base with the winning run in the 15th inning Friday night to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in a game that lasted 5 hours, 2 minutes.“Even if I get the stop sign, I wasn’t to going stop,” Guerra said. “Right away I was going to home plate.”Hunter Renfroe’s pinch-hit homer for the Padres with two outs in the 12th tied the score at 2. Renfroe was a late scratch from the starting lineup because he was ill.“He wasn’t feeling good at all today,” manager Andy Green said. “I kept asking if he had a Kirk Gibson moment in him or a Michael Jordan flu game. He said he had a swing in him, and that’s what he had in him. He was able to go out there and gut it out in the outfield. That was gutsy from him.”Archie Bradley gave up Renfroe’s tying drive.“He was fairly upset about it walking back into the dugout,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “I know that Renfroe is a very capable hitter and if you make a mistake to him in the middle of the zone, he’s going to punish the ball. Archie’s been very effective as of late … and felt like it was the right situation. He just made one mistake.”Guerra drew a pinch-hit walk from Matt Andriese (0-3) leading off the 15th and scored on Galvis’ double to right field.Colten Brewer (1-0) worked two innings for his first major league win.“It’s something that I will remember for a long time Darin Erstad Jersey ,” Brewer said. “I couldn’t be happier and it’s especially gratifying when it came in a long game like that. I just wanted to pitch in the big leagues and to get a win feels even better than I imagined.”Nick Ahmed’s sacrifice fly put the Diamondbacks ahead 2-1 in the top of the 12th. Ahmed sent a shallow fly ball toward Franmil Reyes in right and initially Ketel Marte wasn’t going to try to advance from third base. But when Reyes was tardy in throwing the ball in, Marte took off and was safe on a close play at the plate.Jose Pirela’s home run off Diamondbacks reliever Silvino Bracho in the seventh tied it 1-all. Arizona had taken the lead in the top of the inning when Chris Owings scored on a passed ball.Padres rookie starter Eric Lauer allowed singles to the first two batters he faced — after limiting the Dodgers to one run over five innings in his previous outing. But the lefty tiptoed out of trouble in the first two innings.From there, Lauer settled down. He gave up an unearned run and seven hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.Owings opened the seventh with a single and John Ryan Murphy followed with a double. With the infield in, Galvis made a spectacular, over-the-shoulder catch in short center field on pinch-hitter Patrick Kivlehan’s popup to hold the runners.Marte drew a walk to load the bases and then rookie catcher Francisco Mejia let Robert Stock’s outside pitch bounce off his glove. Owings scored to make it 1-0.Arizona starter Patrick Corbin went five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four but remained winless since Sept. 7.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: RHP Brett Kennedy (left knee) had surgery and is expected to be healthy for spring training.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (14-11, 4.75 ERA) starts the middle game of the series Saturday looking to snap a four-start losing streak. His last win came on Aug. 29 against the Giants. Godley is 3-4 with a 5.40 ERA in his career against the Padres.Padres: RHP Jacob Nix (2-4, 6.81) makes his second career start versus Arizona, with both outings coming at Petco Park. He was charged with five runs and five hits while getting only two outs when facing the Diamondbacks on Aug. 16. DENVER (AP) — Kenley Jansen spent the day in the doctor’s office getting checked out for an irregular heartbeat.The conclusion: Nothing definitive yet.The Los Angeles Dodgers closer was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday and manager Dave Roberts wasn’t sure if his absence would be 10 days or possibly even closer to a month — like it was when the right-hander landed on the DL for the same thing seven years ago.“I’m hoping as soon as I can to get something http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-upton-jersey , just for my peace of mind, the guys on the field — our peace of mind,” Roberts said. “His health is most important. Whatever they have to do, the doctors have to do, to protect him.“I know there are things out there as far as a timeline. I haven’t heard definitive as far as any time.”Jansen was at the hotel before the game Thursday against the Colorado Rockies and didn’t feel right. He was taken to a Denver hospital for tests and then sent back to Los Angeles for more evaluation.When Jansen dealt with an irregular heartbeat in 2011, he was sidelined about a month due to his blood thinning medication. Roberts wasn’t sure if Jansen would need the medication again.“If he does, that’s a four-to-six week thing,” Roberts said. “I’m not sure what the protocol is right now.”In 2012 Shohei Ohtani Jersey , Jansen was out again after suffering an irregular heartbeat during an Aug. 27 appearance in Colorado. He underwent a procedure on his heart on Oct. 23, 2012, to return it to normal rhythm.The 30-year-old Jansen is tied for the NL lead with 32 saves. In his absence, Roberts will use a closer-by-committee approach. Scott Alexander finished out the ninth in an 8-5 win over the Rockies on Thursday.“If I look at Scott right now, and look at our pen, he’s our highest-leverage reliever,” Roberts said. “At what part of the game is that most impactful to deploy him? That’s kind of how I’ll approach it. After that, to get the last three outs of the game Brandon Phillips Jersey , figure out who matches up best.”Roberts said all eight of his relievers are available to close on any given night.“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” Roberts said.To take Jansen’s place on the roster, the Dodgers recalled switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 33-year-old Venditte has allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in five appearances.
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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Imagesandre-ethier-jersey[/url] , retroactive to July 22, with an unspecified injury.An MRI on Strasburg's shoulder revealed no damage, and the star pitcher will visit a neurologist in Los Angeles to evaluate a potential nerve issue, per Dan Kolko of MASN.According to MLB.com'sJamal Collier, the Nats are expected to call up Tommy Milone to start against the Miami Marlins on Thursday.Washington's decision comes on the heels of a disappointing outing for Strasburg in his most recent start.After allowing six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.2 innings against the Atlanta Braves last week, Strasburg got into an argument with fellow starter Max Scherzer in the dugout.The Nationals placed Strasburg on the DL in June with right shoulder inflammation. Injuries have been a recurring problem for the three-time All-Star, with ESPN.com noting he made six trips to the DL over the past four years prior to his latest stint.Injury issues aside Chase Utley Jersey , Strasburg has been fairly solid in 2018. While not pitching at the standards he set over the last few seasons, he's6-7 with a 3.90 ERA and a 3.50 FIP in 14 starts.Strasburgfinished with a career-best 2.52 ERA (minimum six starts) last season.While Milone is expected to replace Strasburg for the time being, there will be additional pressure on Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Jeremy Hellickson to step up while Strasburg is out as well.The Nats are seven games behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the NL East lead, and they trail the Atlanta Braves by 5.5 games for the final wild-card spot in the NL.If Strasburg's DL stay is an extended one, an already difficult trek to the postseason will become even tougher for Washington. OAKLAND Kirk Gibson Jersey , Calif. — The Oakland Athletics are making room for even more bullpen reinforcements Saturday night when right-hander Cory Gearrin is expected to join the team in time for its third of four games against the Seattle Mariners.The A’s exhausted almost all of their most powerful bullpen weapons in a 7-5 win over the Mariners on Friday night that allowed Oakland (81-55) to increase its lead over Seattle (75-60) to 5 1/2 games in the battle for second place in the American League West and second AL wild-card spot.Oakland’s win also allowed it to move within 1 1/2 games of first-place Houston (82-53), which lost a second straight to the Los Angeles Angels.Article continues below ...After a poor start from Mike Fiers, the A’s used 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief from Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino, Fernando Rodney, Jeurys Familia and Blake Treinen to close out the Mariners in Friday’s win.Rodney and Familia were added to the Oakland bullpen via in-season trades.Fiers’ outing was the fifth in the last six games in which the Oakland starter has failed to go five innings. That’s put a heavy burden on the bullpen, and prompted the club to make yet another move for a reliever http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-maury-wills-jersey , picking up Gearrin from the Texas Rangers.The 32-year-old, who entered 56 games for the San Francisco Giants and Rangers this season, has demonstrated a relief versatility this year, having pitched everywhere from the fourth to 11th innings.The A’s figure to need all bullpen hands on deck again when right-hander Daniel Mengden (6-6, 4.28) makes his first start since going two innings on June 23.Mengden will be filling in for left-hander Brett Anderson, who suffered a shoulder injury in his last start.The 25-year-old has not seen the Mariners this season and has never beaten them, going 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts.The Mariners will get back their top pitcher Fernando Valenzuela Jersey , left-hander James Paxton (10-5, 3.68), for the critical game.Paxton had to go on the disabled list after getting hit on the left forearm by a line drive off the bat of Oakland’s Jed Lowrie in the clubs’ Aug. 14 meeting in Oakland. The 29-year-old had to leave that game after facing just three hitters.Paxton was eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list last weekend, but has only now been deemed ready to return for one of just five remaining games the Mariners have against the A’s.“We certainly need him in the worst way,” Mariners manager Scott Servais assured. “Bullpens and everything have been really good. He should be 100 percent ready to go.”Paxton’s start earlier this month in Oakland was his second against the A’s this season. He shut out the A’s for seven innings, striking out 16, in what turned into a 3-2 loss in Seattle on May 2.Mark Canha’s homer off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning decided that game.Paxton has never lost to the A’s http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-jackie-robinson-jersey , going 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA in eight career starts.He’s 1-0 with a 4.94 ERA in five career starts in Oakland.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers after they fell a game short of the World Series.Milwaukee is set to return most of its roster after winning the NL Central in a tiebreaking 163rd game and pushing the Dodgers to Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain headline the group http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-wieters-jersey , with Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Orlando Arcia all under contract, too. That gives Milwaukee’s general manager reason for optimism long-term.“Those are players that performed on a big stage in October and have the ability to continue performing as Brewers in the future,” Stearns said. “We genuinely believe we are set up to succeed going forward.”Stearns also pointed to an abundance of young pitching. Rookie right-handers Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta pitched well down the stretch, and Woodruff and Burnes played crucial roles in the postseason. All three will be in the mix for a rotation spot with Jhoulys Chacin, Zach Davies and Chase Anderson. The wild card for that unit is Jimmy Nelson, a breakout ace in 2017 who missed all of this season following surgery on his right shoulder.The Brewers’ bullpen 1-2 punch of Josh Hader and Corey Knebel are also under team control for years to come.“We certainly like our numbers and we do feel we have depth at that position,” Stearns said. “We’re always going to look to get better. We’re always going to look to improve. But we think we have a number of high-upside Joe Blanton Jersey , high-quality arms who are continuing to improve, and some who are entering that sweet spot in their careers. That’s fun for us to see.”The team has just three free agents — late-season acquisitions Wade Miley, Gio Gonzalez and Curtis Granderson. Miley was a major contributor, going 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts during the regular season and then pitching masterfully in the postseason.Mike Moustakas and Joakim Soria have mutual options for $15 and $10 million, respectively, and Jeremy Jeffress and Jordan Lyles have club options for 2018.Moustakas seemed a strange fit when Milwaukee acquired him from Kansas City prior to the trade deadline because the team already had Shaw entrenched at third base. But Shaw held his own after moving to second, and Moustakas came through with some timely postseason hits after delivering eight homers, 33 RBIs and a .767 OPS in the regular season.“There is a reason why he has the reputation he has as a big game player,” Stearns said. “We’re happy to have him.”Jonathan Schoop didn’t fare as well after he was acquired from Baltimore. He batted .202 with four home runs and 21 RBIs for Milwaukee and went hitless with three strikeouts in eight postseason plate appearances.Schoop is still under team control for next season, but after earning $8.5 million in 2018 Howie Kendrick Jersey , he might be a non-tender candidate.“He has had really impressive stretches throughout his career, and unfortunately for both him and us, we didn’t see one of those stretches when he was a Brewer,” Stearns said. “We’ll sit down to see if we can determine why, and then we’ll go forward.” NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright is moving up to Triple-A to continue his rehab assignment, but the New York Mets say it’s unlikely the third baseman will play in the majors anytime soon as he attempts an arduous comeback from back and shoulder injuries.Wright hasn’t appeared in a big league game since May 2016. He batted .188 (6 for 32) with a double, two RBIs and two walks in 10 games at Class A St. Lucie this month, seeing considerable time in the field.He was hoping to play a third day in a row Sunday but didn’t feel comfortable and was given a couple of days off, manager Mickey Callaway said Monday in Chicago.On a conference call Tuesday with reporters, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Wright frankly hasn’t hit some of the benchmarks the team established for his rehab stint. But the Mets’ captain will play a couple of games with Triple-A Las Vegas this week Sean Doolittle Jersey , as previously scheduled, to see how it goes.Wright’s 20-day rehab assignment expires Friday, and most minor league regular seasons are nearing an end this weekend.“The schedule, as I said, was quite aggressive. It’s also in line with having the 20 days available to us. So this move was really as much about just trying to keep to that schedule and have him have the opportunity to face some Triple-A level pitching here at the end of the window,” Ricco said. “We were really running out of a little bit of time there. But that was really more the impetus for the move than really any progress that we’ve seen.”When his rehab assignment is up, Wright could continue to work at the team’s complex in Florida — or join the Mets, remain on the 60-day disabled list and rehab with the major league medical staff, Ricco said.A seven-time All-Star, the 35-year-old Wright has maintained he wants to exhaust every attempt at a comeback. But if he’s going to return http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-wilmer-difo-jersey , he doesn’t want it to be just for ceremonial reasons — he wants to be able to contribute on the field.“We’ll have some more discussions both with him and with medical people as to what the next step is. I think it’s unrealistic to think that he would be activated anytime soon, based on what we’ve seen to this point,” Ricco said. “But we really have been taking it step by step and trying to give him every opportunity to get back. I know he’d like to — or, he’s working to — trying to get back to the big leagues. But at this point, it really is kind of a step-by-step thing and this was the next step on the schedule.”Wright is under contract through 2020. He is making $20 million this year and is owed $27 million over the next two seasons.Ricco also said power-hitting prospect Peter Alonso won’t be called up from Triple-A when rosters expand in September.Alonso was batting .277 with 33 homers and a minor league-leading 111 RBIs combined at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas this season. The first baseman homered in the All-Star Futures Game last month in Washington.“He’s had an unbelievable season. He’s done everything we’ve asked,” Ricco said.Alonso’s agents, Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson, said in a statement “it is disheartening for Peter after producing an historically great season and exceeding every request from the Mets player development staff.“I’m sure it is equally disheartening for Mets fans who would enjoy watching and getting to know one of the more talented and entertaining players they’ve developed in years.”Ricco said there’s limited playing time available at first base in the majors right now because Wilmer Flores is already there, and the fourth-place Mets want to look at outfielder Jay Bruce and youngster Dominic Smith in that spot the rest of the way as well.“To have Pete come up and really just sit, when we looked at it Brian Goodwin Jersey , didn’t make a lot of sense,” Ricco said. “As much as we would love to reward him for the season that he had and the work he’s done, we think it’s more beneficial for him to get some rest and we’ll see what the fall plans for him will be.”Another consideration is clerical: Alonso is still exempt from the Rule 5 draft in December, so the Mets don’t need to put him on the 40-man roster to protect him this winter. 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BOSTON (AP) —They had plenty of stars http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-jorge-posada-jersey , especially during baseball’s Golden Era — Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and The Duke of Flatbush, among them.But a World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers just wasn’t part of the program.Or was it?Because a lucky few still have a souvenir of their greatest near-miss: a copy of the “official program” for the 1946 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.Of course, they didn’t play that year, it was a phantom series. The St. Louis Cardinals swept Brooklyn in a best-of-three playoff for the NL pennant, and went on to beat Boston in Game 7 for the championship.“We never met the Red Sox,” longtime Brooklyn pitcher Carl Erskine, now 91, reminisced this week. “I pitched in the World Series five different years, always against the Yankees. I never got to pitch at Fenway Park.”Even so, the Harry M. Stevens company was prepared. That was the concessionaire for the Dodgers, Yankees and Giants, and it needed to be ready in case the Dodgers advanced.So it printed up the program for games in Brooklyn, just in case. Featuring a neat, overhead photo of Ebbets Field on the cover, the 40-page booklet was priced at 25 cents.Inside, the expected lineups and batting orders were listed. Eddie Stanky, Pee Wee Reese and Carl Furillo would be starting for the Dodgers, and Williams Don Larsen Jersey , Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio for the Red Sox.Brief bios were done on the players. The write-up on Williams noted, “he’s the only .400 hitter in the past decade.”A fast recap of the season mentioned Branch Rickey, saying, “the 1946 pennant of the Dodgers marks his first triumph as president and part owner of the Brooklyn club.”There were plenty of ads, including this one signed by the president of the Brooklyn Trust Company: “Congratulations! We join with the millions of other baseball fans in offering congratulations to the Brooklyn Dodgers upon their winning the National League pennant.”What happened to most of those programs, no telling. But some show up for sale on the internet for several hundred dollars.Years later, the clubs came close a couple times.The Red Sox next went to the World Series in 1967, a season after the Los Angeles Dodgers made it. Boston was back in ’75, a year after the Dodgers.Not until Tuesday night at Fenway will they square off for real in October, for the first time since Babe Ruth and the Red Sox beat Brooklyn in 1916.Erskine said he’d be watching this week from his home in Anderson, Indiana, cheering for his old club.He signed with the Dodgers in 1946 at age 19 and played that season in the Class B Three-I League, which had teams in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.Erskine recalled rooting for Brooklyn in the NL pennant playoff — the Dodgers lost 4-2 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, then fell 8-4 at home. The World Series began three days later at the Cardinals’ field.The next year, big league baseball changed forever when Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers and broke the color barrier. He played that fall when Brooklyn took on the Yankees.“I remember listening to that World Series on the radio. We didn’t have television back home,” Erskine said. “I couldn’t have imagined I’d be playing with Jackie in the majors the next year.”Erskine indeed made his debut in 1948. In 1953, he set a World Series record with 14 strikeouts in a game http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-johnny-damon-jersey , fanning Mickey Mantle all four times he came to the plate in a 3-2 win at Ebbets Field.Erskine saw a lot of the Yankees over the next several years. But he never ran across the Red Sox in a game that counted.“They had good clubs in those days, but the Yankees were dominant,” Erskine said.“It’s funny, the Red Sox had wanted to sign me,” he said, laughing. “Who knows, if I had signed with them, maybe there would have been a Red Sox-Dodgers World Series.” NEW YORK — The end of the final week of the season will be nostalgic and bittersweet for the New York Mets. The beginning will serve to remind the Mets of a past they’d thought was buried, and how far they have to go to catch a familiar foe.David Wright’s final homestand as a major leaguer is scheduled to begin Tuesday night, when the Mets activate their former All-Star third baseman prior to the opener of a three-game series against the National League East champion Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.36 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Braves rookie Touki Toussaint (2-1, 4.30 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.Article continues below ...Both teams were off Monday after earning wins Sunday, when the Braves completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies with a 2-1 victory and the Mets beat the host Washington Nationals, 8-6.The Mets (73-83) took three of four from the Nationals and have gone 41-35 since July 1 to ensure a respectable finish to a season that spiraled out of control during a 5-21 June. But New York will be looking much further back over the final six-game homestand, when Wright will be on the active roster for the first time since May 2016.Wright, who was on a Hall of Fame track before his career was derailed by back, neck and shoulder injuries, is expected to be available as a pinch-hitter before making a final start against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.“I wouldn’t mind getting him in there and getting him a pinch-hit at-bat when it makes sense in the Braves series,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Sunday.While Wright Masahiro Tanaka Jersey , whose contract runs through 2020, is not expected to officially retire, the 35-year-old said during an emotional press conference Sept. 13 that it’s too painful for him to continue playing baseball.If this is it for Wright, he will end his career with the Mets in the same position they were when he made his debut in 2004 — chasing the Braves (88-68), who clinched their first NL East title since 2013 with a 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday.The Braves, of course, set an American professional sports record by winning 14 straight division titles from 1991 through 2005. The Mets finished second or third in the NL East seven times from 1995, Atlanta’s first full season in the NL East, through 2005.The Braves, who lost at least 90 games in each of the previous three seasons, appeared to be at least a year away from contending, but a mix of elite prospects such as Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies and reliable veterans such as NL Most Valuable Player candidates Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis vaulted Atlanta back into the playoffs.Now the Braves are focused on tuning up for the playoffs while trying to secure the highest seed possible and homefield advantage in the playoffs. Atlanta entered Monday 3 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the top spot in the NL and one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second seed.“We’re going to do the best we can to get (a higher seed) within the scope of giving a guy or two a day off next week,” Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters Sunday.Syndergaard took the loss in his most recent start last Wednesday, when he allowed three runs over four innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies, 4-0. Toussaint earned the win in his fourth career start last Wednesday after surrendering two runs over 5 1/3 innings in the Braves’ 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.Syndergaard is 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA in six career starts against the Braves. Toussaint has never faced the Mets.
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HOUSTON (AP) — after helping Charlie Morton get a milestone win.George Springer had four hits and scored three runs to back Morton in his career-high 15th victory as the Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Saturday night.“I think our guys were genuinely happy for me http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-bill-mazeroski-jersey ,” said the 34-year-old Morton, who made his fist All-Star appearance earlier this summer. “The wins — I guess it means a lot to me because of this group. We’ve been through a lot and it means a lot to me. It was fun.”Morton (15-3) limited Arizona to two runs and three hits while striking out seven in six innings. He was perfect through three innings before the Diamondbacks scored on a sacrifice fly from David Peralta in the fourth to pull to 2-1.“He’s already entered uncharted waters and he continues to tack onto his career,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “These last two seasons, he’s been pushed, he’s been challenged, he’s had to endure a few things, and he’s done his part by continuing to post and do his routine and be incredibly effective. The back of the baseball card matters.”After struggling to get hits in a 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks the previous night, the Astros managed 12 hits — including 10 singles — and drew seven walks in the bounce-back win. Coupled with Oakland’s 7-5 loss at Tampa Bay, the Astros extended their lead in the AL West to 3 1/2 games over the Athletics with 14 games remaining.Springer, who finished 4 for 5, said he didn’t have any lingering shoulder discomfort after exiting Friday’s loss early as a precaution following a diving attempt in the field. Instead, the Astros’ leadoff hitter had his first four-hit game since May.The Astros put together a three-run rally in the fourth inning with a string of singles from Springer, Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel. Gonzalez’s hit drove in two, and he advanced to third on Gurriel’s dribbler into right field and came around to score when the ball went under the glove of right fielder Steven Souza.That chased Zack Godley (14-10), who gave up five runs and seven hits, while matching a season-high with six walks in 3 2/3 innings. He lost his third straight start, failing to make it to the sixth inning for the fifth time in his last six outings — going 1-4 in that stretch.“I’m at a point where it’s one outing after another where it’s kind of a snowball effect,” Godley said. “I’ve got to figure out a way to put a stop to it and put up a clean outing.”Ketel Marte homered off Morton in the fifth to cut Houston’s lead to 5-2.The Astros answered with another three-run inning in the sixth, again using exclusively singles from Springer, Alex Bregman and Gurriel to push the lead to 8-2. Altuve had a two-run double in the seventh.Eduardo Escobar hit his 22nd homer of the year in the eighth inning into the right-field upper deck off Chris Devenski to make it 10-3. Marte’s RBI double in the ninth capped the scoring.“We played sloppy baseball today in a couple of situations,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We can’t do that, especially in this environment, this time of the year against this team. We’ve got to figure that out.”Jose Reddick homered, his 14th, off Godley in the second inning to get the Astros on the scoreboard first, and Gurriel made it 2-0 with run-scoring grounder in the third.The Astros left the bases loaded in the first and third innings and stranded 10 runners in the game.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Arizona placed RHP Clay Buchholz (right elbow flexor strain) on the 60-day disabled list. Buchholz, 34, was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts for Arizona this season and was a late scratch from his last scheduled start Thursday in Colorado. RHP Randall Delgado was recalled from Triple-A Reno.Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm strain) pitched a bullpen session on Saturday at the Astros’ spring training facility in Florida, facing one hitter and mixing in all of his pitches Dave Parker Jersey , Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. McCullers, who has been out since Aug. 4, will have a similar session on Tuesday.BREGMAN’S STREAKBregman went 1 for 2 with a run and two walks, extending his on-base streak to 41 games, the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.ASTROS ADD SPEEDOF Myles Straw made his major league debut as a pinch runner in the seventh after being called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday. Straw, 24, batted .291 with 70 stolen bases across Double-A and Triple-A this season. The Astros are hopeful that the speedy Straw can be a baserunning threat in the playoffs. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Astros transferred RHP Jandel Gustave to the 60-day disabled list.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (14-9, 3.11 ERA) is 7-3 with a 2.75 ERA in his last 11 road starts. In 10 career starts against Houston, Greinke is 6-2 with a 2.24 ERA.Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (15-9, 2.72 ERA) will close out Houston’s three-game series against Arizona on Sunday. Verlander is two strikeouts behind teammate Gerrit Cole (260) for the American League lead, and just 11 shy of his career high of 269 in 2009. Rob Carr/Getty ImagesHome-field advantage was thrown out the window in the Major League Baseball postseason Saturday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros picked up road victories to alter the balance of power in their respective series.Los Angeles heads home tied at one game apiece with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, while Houston has an opportunity to take a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox with a victory in Game 2 of the ALCS at Fenway Park.During the first three games of the league championship round, we have witnessed plenty of bizarre events, which have produced some odd stats we never thought we'd be digging up at this juncture of the postseason.Updated Playoff Schedule*If needed. All Times ET.Sunday, October 14ALCS Game 2:Houston at Boston (7:09 p.m., TBS)Monday, October 15NLCS Game 3:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (7:39 p.m., FS1) Tuesday, October 16ALCS Game 3:Boston at Houston (5:05 p.m., TBS)NLCS Game 4:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (9:09 p.m., FS1)Wednesday, October 17NLCS Game 5:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (5:05 p.m., FS1)ALCS Game 4:Boston at Houston (8:39 p.m., TBS)Thursday, October 18ALCS Game 5*:Boston at Houston (8:09 p.m., TBS) Friday, October 19NLCS Game 6*:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (8:39 p.m., FS1)Saturday Josh Harrison Jersey , October 20ALCS Game 6*:Houston at Boston (5:09 p.m., TBS)NLCS Game 7*:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (9:09 p.m., FS1) Sunday, October 21ALCS Game 7*:Houston at Boston (7:39 p.m., TBS) Top Highlights and StatsThe Astros and Dodgers are using familiar formulas to grind their ways back to the World Series.Justin Turner, who hit a home run and produced four RBI in Game 2 of the 2017 NLCS, provided the game-winning hit in the Dodgers' 4-3 win in Game 2 of the 2018 NLCS.MLB MLBGame 1: Game-ending strikeout. Game 2: Go-ahead HR.Redturn2 gets redemption. #NLCS vDcyhc0QrPThe eighth-inning two-run homer from Turner was his fourth go-ahead home run in the postseason since 2014, which means he is tied with Daniel Murphy for the most during that span, per ESPN StatsInfo:ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoThe Dodgers defeat the Brewers 4-3 to even the #NLCS at 1-1.Justin Turner鈥檚 8th inning 2-run HR was his 4th postseason go-ahead HR since joining the Dodgers in 2014. That鈥檚 tied with Daniel Murphy for the most such postseason HR in that span. TikE66Y011Turner's home run came at the expense of the Milwaukee bullpen, a positional unit that entered the postseason as the most feared in baseball.Through two games, the Brewers' relievers have put up pedestrian stats, giving up all but one of the nine runs the Dodgers have scored and conceded 14 hits.Before the bullpen took over, Wade Miley produced a strong start for Milwaukee, and he also thrived at the platewith two hits in two plate appearances.Miley became the first pitcher to record two hits, one of which was an extra-base hit, in a postseason game since Chris Carpenter in 2012, per MLB.com's Andrew Simon:Andrew Simon AndrewSimonMLBWade Miley is the first pitcher to have a multi-hit game, with at least one XBH, in the postseason since:Chris Carpenter (STL) in Game 3 of the 2012 NLDS.Over in the American League, Houston's hitters were the difference-makers once again, as the Astros managed to get a few clutch hits in the final few innings of their Game 1 win in Boston.Carlos Correa produced the game-winning base knock, as he drove in Alex Bregman with an RBI single in the sixth inning off Joe Kelly.MLB MLB.TeamCJCorrea can handle the high heat. #ALCS YgrNSsKSp4In the ninth inning, the Astros created separation from the home side, with Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel blasting home runs off Brandon Workman.The pair of round-trippers extended Houston's streak of postseason games with a home run to 13, which tied the MLB record held by the ball club when it was in the National League, per ESPN's Sarah Langs:Sarah Langs SlangsOnSportsThe Astros have hit a HR in 13 straight postseason games, tied for the longest such streak in postseason history. Its also the LONGEST such streak by an AL team in postseason historyTheyre tied with...the NL Astros, in 2001-04, who also homered in 13 straight postseason gamesAlthough he didn't hit a home run, George Springer contributed two hits at the top of the order to extend his playoff hitting streak to 10 games http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-gregory-polanco-jersey , which ties Lance Berkman's franchise record, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com:Mark Feinsand FeinsandGeorge Springer now has a 10-game postseason hitting streak, matching Lance Berkman for the longest in Astros history. #ALCSJustin Verlander twirled a gem on the mound to pick up his 13th career postseason victory. Verlander has the second-most playoff wins by an American League pitcher, per MLB Stat of the Day:MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDay.JustinVerlander gets his 13th #postseason win. That is the 2nd most EVER by an AL pitcher (Andy Pettitte, 19). JJ6KHa83ZuChris Sale didn't enjoy as much success as Verlander, and he had an off night by his standards. The left-handed Red Sox starter experienced a significant drop off in velocity, as Yahoo's Jeff Passan pointed out:Jeff Passan JeffPassanThis is something worth watching.Chris Sales first-inning fastball velocity tonight: 91, 89, 90, 92, 94, 93, 93, 90, 92, 89.His first-inning fastball velocity in his ALDS start: 95, 94, 93, 95, 95,96, 95, 95, 96, 97.Average tonight: 91.3 mphAverage in ALDS: 95.1 mphSale's velocity is one of the many concerns the Red Sox have, but they need to find a way to pull out a Game 2 win in order to avoid a sweep down in Houston. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — and the Los Angeles Angels won’t risk him making it any worse.The superstar outfielder was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game on Saturday as the Angeles continued their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.Trout injured his wrist on Wednesday while sliding into second base at Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old had been optimistic that he would be able to return Saturday Ozzie Albies Jersey , but he’s still having some issues.“Mike is moving in the right direction but he’s not able to swing right now so he’s day-to-day,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll chart the progress today and tomorrow and see where we are.”While Trout seems close to returning, the Angels placed left-hander Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. He was scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale.X-rays and an MRI revealed only inflammation in Trout’s wrist, but the Angels are taking an extra-cautious approach with the seven-time All-Star and one of baseball’s best all-around players.For the third consecutive game, Eric Young replaced Trout in center and batted ninth as the Angels faced Cleveland ace Corey Kluber.Trout, who is batting .309 with 30 homers and 60 RBIs in 109 games, has been relatively healthy this season. Last season http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-foltynewicz-jersey , he missed 39 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb.Scioscia said Skaggs felt tightness during his last start on July 31, when he was tagged for 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings. Skaggs is 8-7 with a 3.34 ERA in 20 starts.Before Saturday’s game, right-hander Taylor Cole was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. Right-hander Deck McGuire is also with the club, and could be an option to start Sunday. CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians are rolling along quite nicely. And help is on the way.Kluber pitched seven sparkling innings, Edwin Encarnacion homered and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Friday night.AL Central-leading Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games, and then finalized a trade for 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson. The Indians sent a player to be named to the Blue Jays for cash considerations and Donaldson, a slugging third baseman who has been limited to 36 games this season because of injuries.Kluber (17-7) allowed two singles Danny Santana Jersey , struck out eight and walked two in Cleveland’s AL-best 14th shutout this season. Cody Allen worked a perfect eighth and Brad Hand finished the two-hitter for his 31st save.It was an encouraging outing for Allen, who lost the closer job during a tough August.“Just because Cody ran into a hiccup there, we never lost confidence in him,” Kluber said. “He’s not one of the best closers that we’ve had in this organization for no reason. We all have the same goal here and that’s to win. I thought he looked real good tonight.”Pitching for the third straight day, Allen helped the Indians retire the last 17 batters. He was 0-2 with two blown saves and an 11.57 ERA in his previous six appearances.“This is a special group we’ve got and these guys are my bros,” Allen said. “I’m not surprised the way they’ve stayed behind me and picked me up. We’ve got very, very high character guys who care a great deal about each other.”Kluber http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-mccarthy-jersey , making a bid for a second straight AL Cy Young Award, matched Yankees ace Luis Severino for the major league lead in wins. He also moved into first place in the AL with 186 2/3 innings.“I thought Klubes was really crisp and I thought Cody looked tremendous,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “Cody should feel really good. He should because he’s worked hard. Now, we’ve got to keep him there.”Encarnacion snapped a scoreless tie with a solo drive to center off Tyler Glasnow (1-4) in the seventh. The Indians added two more in the ninth when Greg Allen scored on a wild pitch and Michael Brantley singled home Francisco Lindor.Glasnow struck out six in a career-high seven innings. He was working on a no-hitter before Melky Cabrera singled with two out in the fifth.“I was really impressed with the way Tyler threw the ball,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “He was just awesome to watch and went toe to toe with arguably one of the best in the game. We couldn’t get anything done offensively, but Kluber’s numbers speak for themselves.”Joey Wendle hit a leadoff single in the first and Tommy Pham singled in the fourth for Tampa Bay’s only hits. The Rays are 9-2 since Aug. 19, matching their best 11-game run in four years.RIVALRY RENEWEDFrancona and Cash are close friends who enjoy kidding each other. Cash fired the opening volley by stealing Francona’s dugout chair before the game. Francona responded with a scoreboard graphic entitled “How bad is Kevin Cash at the plate?” that featured his statistics.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: C Michael Perez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. … OF Mallex Smith (viral infection) begins a rehabilitation assignment Saturday with Single-A Charlotte. Smith fell ill and was hospitalized last week. Cash said the leadoff hitter could be activated when he is eligible on Monday.Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (right fibula stress fracture) underwent a second bone scan and will learn the results Saturday. The All-Star was struck by a line drive on Aug. 11 and is expected to be out until mid-September.UP NEXTRays LHP Blake Snell (16-5 Ender Inciarte Jersey , 2.05 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Shane Bieber (8-2, 4.52 ERA) in the second game of the series. Snell is tied for third in the majors in victories behind Severino and Kluber.
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