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NEW YORK (AP) —as a rookie manager with Seattle in 2002 Kendrys Morales Jersey , and even when he was voted Manager of the Year with Arizona in 2007 and Oakland in 2012.“Organizations and certainly front offices are more a part of it now, and you have to understand that,” Melvin said Tuesday after winning his third manager award.Melvin won the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues.Atlanta’s Brian Snitker won the National League award following a surprising first-place finish, a reward for a 63-year-old baseball lifer who has spent 42 seasons with the Braves. He thought back to how he returned to the minor leagues in 1986, 1991 and 2004 after stints on the staff of the big league Braves.“Hey, I’ve been recycled three times from the major leagues as a coach,” he said. “Everything that I’ve been through I think has prepared me better to understand what these guys go through and what this job entails.”A big league catcher from 1985-94, Melvin became a scout, instructor, front office assistant and coach before he got his first big league managing job in 2002 from Mariners general manager Pat Gillick, a future Hall of Famer. Now he works for Oakland executives Billy Beane and Dave Forst, proponents of the analytics movement that has swept baseball.“When I started doing this a long time ago with Mr. Gillick in Seattle Jesse Barfield Jersey , their job was to give me the players and then it was my job to put guys in the right spots. And things have changed since then,” Melvin said. “It can be a little bit top heavy as far as where the information comes from, from our front office now, and you have to be able to adapt, or at some point in time you might not have one of these jobs. So I’m lucky enough to be with an organization that not only it’s my hometown but from a guy that I’ve known for quite a while in Billy and they do the best they can to consistently try to implement stuff and get us better. And it’s my job to accept it and move forward.”Melvin received 18 first-place votes, 19 seconds and one third for 121 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He is the eighth manager to win three or more times and is one shy of the record shared by Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.His A’s went 97-65, a 22-win improvement over 2017, even with a $68.6 million payroll when the season began. They overcame a 34-36 start to go a big league-best from June 16 on, even though Jharel Cotton, A.J. Puk, Sean Manaea, Kendall Graveman Brett Anderson Jersey , Brett Anderson, Andrew Triggs and several other starting pitchers got hurt. They lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game.“At the beginning, we were at little bit taken aback by the fact that we lost so many guys early on,” Melvin said, “but I think after that it was more kind of a badge of honor that someone goes down, we have to continue to have expectations to win and know we have depth in our organization and it’s next man up.”Boston’s Alex Cora was second with seven firsts and 79 points after leading the Red Sox to a team-record 108 wins. Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash was next with five firsts and 57 points. The Rays‘ innovation of using a reliever as an “opener” was copied by other teams later in the season, including Oakland.“Based on the fact that we had so many starters go down and our bullpen was our strength, we were looking for ways to potentially get better,” Melvin said. “Certainly watching what they did over there and the success they had was partly one of the reasons we looked at it.”Snitker received 17 firsts, nine seconds and one third for 116 points, the only manager picked on every NL ballot. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 11 firsts and for 99 points. Colorado’s Bud Black was third with 41 points.Snitker played in Atlanta’s minor league system from 1977-80, then worked in the minors as a roving instructor (1981) http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/au...ge-bell-jersey , a manager at rookie league (1996), Class A (1982-84, 1986-87, 1992, 1997-2001), Double-A (2002-05), Triple-A (2006, 2014-16) and a coach at rookie level (1993-94) and Class A (1995). He was with Atlanta as bullpen coach (1985 and 1988-90) and third base coach (2007-13).He was managing at Triple-A Gwinnett when he took over Atlanta in May 2016 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired for a 9-28 start. The Braves went 59-65 during the rest of the season, and Snitker was given the job full-time.Atlanta went 72-90, and then improved to 90-72 this year, when the Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-game Division Series.“Everything I’ve been through, at my age I’m kind of very appreciative of what these guys do Dave Winfield Jersey ,” Snitker said. “I’m not looking to set the world on fire or anything like that. I’m just kind of just enjoying this ride.”Cy Young Award votes will be announced Wednesday. The New York Mets‘ Jacob deGrom, Washington’s Max Scherzer and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola are finalists in the NL, and Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell, Houston’s Justin Verlander and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber top the AL contenders. A rematch of last year's American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox (97-44) and defending World Series champion Houston Astros (87-53) will start up on Friday at Fenway Park, with sportsbooks listing the opener as a pick'em matchup.The Astros won four of five games with the Red Sox last October en route to winning it all and have taken eight of 12 meetings in the series overall after the teams split four at Minute Maid Park three months ago, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -118 favorites (wager $118 to win $100); the total is at 8.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.6-3.6, 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鈥檚 top sports betting news.Why the Astros can pay on the MLB linesDespite Houston having 10 fewer wins than Boston, the team is riding a five-game winning streak and leads MLB with a plus-235 run differential. Pitching has been one of the main strengths of the Astros yet again, as they are the only team in baseball to give up less than 500 runs (460) this year.Gerrit Cole (13-5 Jack Morris Jersey , 2.86 ERA) has been a nice addition to Houston's starting rotation in 2018, and he has gone 3-0 in his past four starts. Last time out against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Cole allowed just two runs and six hits in 5.2 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesThe Red Sox have won three in a row following a road sweep of the Atlanta Braves, and they should be able to all but wrap up home-field advantage through the AL playoffs by winning this series over the Astros.Boston owns MLB's best home record at 48-18 as part of the top overall mark and will send David Price (14-6, 3.60 ERA) to the mound opposite Cole, and he has been remarkable since the All-Star break in going a perfect 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven starts. Price has walked only seven batters and struck out 43 in 44.1 innings during that stretch in helping the Red Sox stay hot in the second half.Smart betting pickEach of Friday's starting pitchers beat their opponent earlier this season at Houston, even though neither of them turned in a dominant outing in doing so. But Price has been much better at home, going 7-2 with a 3.10 ERA to make him the right play here.MLB betting trendsThe total has gone under in five of Houston's last seven games.Houston is 8-16 in its last 24 games on the road against Boston.Boston is 4-1 in its last five games.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report鈥檚 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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offseason on its head if they decide to be active on the trade market.The Cleveland Indians are one such team.According to Buster Olney of ESPN Guillermo Heredia Jersey , financial restrictions could lead to some key veteran players being shopped on the trade block this offseason.Buster Olney Buster_ESPNFaced with market constraints, the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter, according to sources. Kluber, Carrasco, Encarnacion, Gomes, etc. Lindor, Ramirez will definitely be held.There's a lot to unpack there, and two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber is obviously the name that jumps off the page.It was another excellent season for the 32-year-old, as he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 222 strikeouts in an American League-high 215 innings.Kluber is entering the final guaranteed season of his contract and will earn $17 million in 2019.However, his current deal also carries a pair of team-friendly club options for 2020 ($17.5 million) and 2021 ($18 million) that make him an extremely valuable trade chip.It would surely take a pair of top-tier prospects and more to pry him loose.Carlos CarrascoTim Warner/Getty ImagesCarlos Carrasco doesn't have the same collection of hardware in his trophy room, but he's an equally attractive trade chip.The 31-year-old was terrific once again this past season, going 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 231 strikeouts in 192 innings.The Indians already exercised his $9.75 million option for the upcoming season http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/au...n-gamel-jersey , and his contract carries one more option year in 2020 at $9.5 million, so he too would represent more than just a one-year rental.With Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber also in the starting rotation, the Indians could conceivably trade one of Kluber or Carrasco and still have one of the best starting rotations in baseball.Buster Olney Buster_ESPNYes, the Indians will listen to trade offers for Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, etc., but two things to remember:1. They arent trading all of them, and they arent trading Lindor or Ramirez2. No matter who they trade, they will enter 2019 as prohibitive favorites in AL CentralIn a market where Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel and Nathan Eovaldi are the top available free agents, now would be the perfect time for the Indians to maximize the value of their top starters while potentially freeing up some payroll space and bolstering the farm system in the process.Catcher Yan Gomes is also listed as a potential trade candidate by Olney, and he too carries value, albeit not at the same level as the two top-flight starting pitchers.After a pair of down seasons, Gomes rebounded to post a 103 OPS+ with 26 doubles Mike Marjama Jersey , 16 home runs and 48 RBI. He also threw out 29 percent of base stealers, was an All-Star for the first time and finished the season with 2.6 WAR.For a team looking to upgrade the catcher position but not interested in making a long-term commitment to free agents Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos, Gomes could be an attractive alternative.The 31-year-old will earn $7.083 million in 2019, followed by a pair of reasonably priced club options in 2020 ($9 million) and 2021 ($11 million).The trouble is, after trading Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber over the summer, there's no clear in-house replacement beyond backup Roberto Perez.Edwin EncarnacionDylan Buell/Getty ImagesThe final name on that list, Edwin Encarnacion, will be difficult to move.The 35-year-old is owed $21.667 million in 2019, and he has a $20 million team option for 2020 that carries a $5 million buyout.Encarnacion is still a dangerous slugger, as he posted a 115 OPS+ with 32 home runs and 107 RBI in 2018, but teams are putting less of a premium on offense-only players.It would likely take eating a good chunk of his salary to find a taker, and that would defeat the purpose.So will the Indians really consider moving a significant veteran piece?It's too soon to tell, but in this market, shopping Kluber and Carrasco makes a lot of sense, and it could help the team in the long run.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. NAGOYA http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/au...haniger-jersey , Japan (AP) — Takuya Kai hit a go-ahead double off Dan Otero in the eighth inning, capping a comeback from a four-run deficit that led Japan over the MLB All-Stars 6-5 Wednesday and clinched the six-game exhibition series 4-1.Down 5-1, Japan tied the score with a four-run seventh against Hector Velazquez.Kai started the comeback with an RBI single in the seventh, and Velazquez threw wildly into center field for a run-scoring error on Kazuki Tanaka’s comebacker. Pinch-hitter Hotaka Yamakawa followed with a two-run double.Seiji Uebayashi singled with two outs in the eighth off Otero, who took the loss, and scored from first on Kai’s double.Winner Yu Sato struck out two in a hitless eighth, and Yuki Matsui worked around Juan Soto’s leadoff single in the ninth for the save.“They did a nice job of battling our guys and putting the ball in play,” MLB manager Don Mattingly said. “They had a number of hits the opposite way and they’ve gotten big hits. You know, there isn’t any way to go around it, they did a nice job.”MLB starter Junior Guerra allowed one run in five innings, a second-inning home run by Kazuma Okamoto. Japan starter Nao Higashihama gave up three runs and six hits in three innings.Rhys Hoskins hit two-run homer in the second, Soto had an RBI single in the third, and Carlos Santana had an RBI single in the sixth.The final game is Thursday at the Nagoya Dome.
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An 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series couldn’t wear out the Boston Red Sox. A four-run deficit late in Game 4 definitely didn’t faze them.This plucky powerhouse just kept getting big hits to move to the brink of another championship.Steve Pearce hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a three-run double in the ninth http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/a...mcgwire-jersey , and the Red Sox emphatically rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.Pinch-hitter Rafael Devers singled home Brock Holt with the tiebreaking run in the ninth as Boston roared to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.Less than a day after a wrenching, 440-minute defeat ended well past midnight, the Red Sox trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning before they shook off that heartbreak, warmed up their bats and sped away from LA.“I’ve never been on a team where you just get punched in the face and then come back tomorrow and act like they are totally fine,” Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez said. “It’s impressive.”Game 5 is Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the Red Sox can close out a spectacular season with their fourth title in 15 years. Boston picked Game 2 winner David Price to start on short rest over Chris Sale against fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw.Soon after Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer in the sixth put the Dodgers up by four, Boston’s incredible surge began with pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer in the seventh. By the time they were done decimating the Dodgers’ bullpen, six Red Sox had combined for seven hits — four for extra bases.“It was just a great night, all the way around,” Pearce said. “A great team win. A much-needed win, especially after what happened (in Game 3). I just love this team’s fight.”The Red Sox scored just two runs in their first 24 innings at Dodger Stadium, but added nine more in the final three innings of Game 4. Sale’s motivational screams in the dugout might have played a role, but whatever the reason, Boston responded splendidly to a perilous situation.“Sometimes in October we talk about mechanics, and how you feel at the plate and all that, (but) sometimes it’s will Stephen Piscotty Jersey ,” rookie manager Alex Cora said. “You will yourself to do great things. And it started very simple. A few good at-bats, and then the big swing, and we kept rolling and we didn’t stop playing.”The Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit in a World Series game for the second time. Boston also rallied from three down against Cincinnati in 1975 in Game 6, best known for Carlton Fisk’s dramatic homer in the 12th after Bernie Carbo tied it with a three-run shot.Pearce was an unlikely candidate to join that lineage as the latest postseason hero in Boston’s long October history, but the 12-year veteran acquired in June did it twice.The 35-year-old journeyman connected off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen for a tying homer in the eighth, and cleared the bases one inning later with a double to the gap. Pearce joined Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 and David Ortiz in 2004 as the only Boston players to homer while driving in four runs in a World Series game.“(Puig’s homer) was a big blow, but everybody was pulling for each other, trying to get each other riled up,” Pearce said. “This team has a lot of fight, and it was great to see how we responded. Our offense went silent for about 20-plus innings, so our pitchers did a great job.”The superlative Boston roster that won 108 regular-season games and then rolled through the 100-win New York Yankees and defending champion Houston Astros to win the AL pennant is now one win from this formerly tormented franchise’s ninth World Series crown.Enrique Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Los Angeles, which could become the first team to lose the World Series on its home field in back-to-back seasons since the New York Giants lost at the Polo Grounds to the Yankees in 1936 and 1937. The Dodgers’ bullpen flopped after manager Dave Roberts pulled starter Rich Hill, who dazzled for 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.Los Angeles must overcome a 3-1 deficit to end its 30-year championship drought. Only six teams have accomplished the feat in a best-of-seven World Series, although the Chicago Cubs did it just two years ago.“We’re not out yet,” Roberts said. “Our guys aren’t done. We’ve got our best going tomorrow and we’re expecting to win a baseball game.”Less than 17 hours after Max Muncy’s 18th-inning homer for the Dodgers ended the longest game in World Series history at 7 hours, 20 minutes http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/a...-triggs-jersey , the teams were back on the field in Chavez Ravine. Game 4 took only 3 hours, 57 minutes, but had at least as many twists and turns.After Hill left to a standing ovation, Boston’s feast on the Dodgers’ relievers began. By the time the Red Sox were done, all five relievers used by Roberts had yielded at least one run.Moreland got the comeback started with his three-run shot off Ryan Madson — only Boston’s second hit of the game — after Xander Bogaerts and Holt walked.Pearce then repeated the Game 3 feat of Jackie Bradley Jr., who also hit a tying homer in the eighth off Jansen. The longtime Dodgers closer has three blown saves and an extra-inning loss during the past two World Series.Dodger Stadium was already rumbling with tension and fear when Holt doubled in the ninth off losing pitcher Dylan Floro. Devers sent him home with a go-ahead single — and three batters later, Pearce cleared the bases.After Pearce arrived at second and Martinez was intentionally walked, Martinez used his hands to make a heart and mouthed “I love you!” to Pearce. Both players cracked up.Pearce even scored Boston’s ninth run on Bogaerts’ single, celebrating wildly with teammates in somnolent Chavez Ravine.Devers added a big defensive play in the ninth when he slid to stop Manny Machado’s hard grounder behind third before throwing across the diamond for the second out. Craig Kimbrel retired Cody Bellinger to end it, leaving Puig in the on-deck circle.After throwing six pitches in relief the night before, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez largely stymied the Dodgers until giving up Puig’s homer in the sixth. Rodriguez slammed his glove on the mound in frustration.Los Angeles opened the scoring on a throwing error by catcher Christian Vazquez.Joe Kelly was the winner after tossing two shutout innings.HOLLYWOOD LIGHTSThe stands were packed with iconic Los Angeles athletes from Sandy Koufax and Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant, who read the Dodgers’ starting lineup before watching from the front row in a Machado jersey. Hollywood luminaries also attended, including Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, James Franco Jake Smolinski Jersey , Don Johnson and Rob Lowe. For the first pitch, Dennis Eckersley took the mound in an Athletics jersey for a toss to Kirk Gibson, whose game-ending homer off Eck in the 1988 World Series still looms larger than Muncy’s drive in Dodgers history.STARTING FROM ZERORodriguez, who threw 93 pitches, became the first pitcher to start a World Series game on zero days’ rest since Firpo Marberry for the Washington Senators in 1924.UP NEXTRed Sox: Price gave up two runs and three hits over six innings in Game 2 for his second consecutive postseason win. He also pitched in relief in Game 3.Dodgers: Kershaw makes his fourth World Series start. He was charged with five runs and seven hits over four-plus innings in a Game 1 loss at Boston. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Houston Astros have the 2017 American League MVP back at their disposal after they announced he was activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.Altuve was out with right knee soreness, and his return wasn't the only roster move the team announced. It also selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez and optioned outfielder Kyle Tucker and left-handed pitcher Cionel Perez to Triple-A.Tucker struggled in his first action in the major leagues, slashing .154/.254/.212 with zero home runs and three RBI in 20 games. It is reasonable, however, to expect better production from him eventually considering MLB.com has himrankedas the eighth-best prospect in the game.While Tucker may be a future star, the return of Altuve came just in time for the 2018 Astros.He last played July 25, and the defending World Series champions were an ugly 8-13 without him. The six-time All-Star and three-time AL batting champion is slashing .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs and 46 RBI and figures to provide a much-needed boost.The Astros are tied with the Oakland Athletics atop the American League West and 3.5 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners for the second wild-card spot. Houston is looking to defend its title, but it will have its hands full just trying to make the playoffs if it doesn't play better moving forward.Altuve should help the Astros do just that in the final stretch of the regular season.
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as one of the easiest decisions of this MLB offseason Carlton Fisk Jersey , the Boston Red Sox have picked up pitcher Chris Sale's $15 million option for 2019, the team announced Tuesday.After contributing to a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins, Sale also helped Boston win its ninth World Series title.Since coming over to Boston in December 2016, Sale has been everything the Red Sox have hoped for and more. The hard-throwing southpaw has gone 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 59 starts over the course of two seasons. He finished second in American League Cy Young award voting during his first season with the team.This year, Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 27 starts. He also went 1-0 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in five postseason appearances (three starts) as Boston won its first World Series since 2013.Not only did he start Game 1 of the World Series and help the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he also closed out the series by pitching the ninth inning of the clincher:His versatility helped him join some exclusive company, per Baseball Reference:Baseball Reference baseball_refPitchers who got the first and last out of the #worldseries:Babe Adams, 1909Ernie Shore, 1916Art Nehf, 1922Waite Hoyt, 1928Lefty Gomez, 1937Paul Derringer, 1940Spud Chandler http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/au...e-abreu-jersey , 1943Hal Newhouser, 1945And Chris Sale, 2018Drafted in the first round in 2010, Sale debuted that same year and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for the better part of a decade. He has been selected to seven consecutive AL All-Star teams and has finished in the top six in AL Cy Young voting every year since he became a starter in 2012, a streak that is likely to continue this year.Part of why the Red Sox acquired Sale was the fact that he was playing out a five-year, $32.5 million deal, which included a pair of team options. While he has certainly outplayed his contract, even more now that he has helped deliver a championship, he has previously denied ever having any regrets about signing the team-friendly deal, as he told Scott Merkin of MLB.com in December 2015:"I've seen it since then, just kind of going crazy and not one part of me, and I'm being as honest as I can possibly be, there's not one part of me that is upset Melky Cabrera Jersey , sad, whatever you want to call it. Not one bit of me feels that way. I knew exactly what I was getting into at the time I was getting into it, and I could not have asked for anything more."He echoed similar sentiments on WEEI's KirkCallahan in February:"I don't worry about that crap, honestly. I have one thing to do, right? Play baseball. Pitch. Be a good teammate. Those are all kind of all wrapped into one thing as what I am as a pitcher. I am not an agent. I am not an owner. I am not a general manager, so I know basically nothing about contracts. If and when that happens, all of them can take care of that. I am worried about baseball."It's possible Sale and the Red Sox could agree on an extension before Opening Day, but as of now, he will enter the 2019 season in the final year of his contract. That would give him a chance to test free agency at 30 years old. The Boston Red Sox have powered their way through the playoffs, and now they wait to find out who they will play in the 2018 World Series.The team swept three games in Houston to win the American League Championship Series in five games, using clutch power hitting from ALCS Most Valuable Player Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez to defeat the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.The Sox also received brilliant outfield defense from Bradley, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/au...ppinger-jersey , along with excellent pitching from Nathan Eovaldi, Rick Porcello and David Price to advance.Neither top starter Chris Sale nor ace closer Craig Kimbrel were at their best, but the Red Sox were still able to vanquish their respected opponents. World Series ScheduleTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): NL winner at Boston Red SoxWednesday, October 24 (Game 2):NLwinner atBoston Red SoxFriday, October 26 (Game 3):Boston Red Sox at NL winnerSaturday, October 27 (Game 4):Boston Red Sox atNL winnerSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary):Boston Red Sox atNL winnerTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary):NLwinner atBoston Red SoxWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):NLwinner at Boston Red SoxThe Red Sox will open the World Series at home Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers lead the National League Championship Series 3-2 heading into Friday's sixth game. If the Dodgers can win either Friday or Saturday Joe Crede Jersey , they will get back to the World Series for the second year in a row.However, if the Brewers win Games 6 and 7, they will represent the National League in the World Series for the first time in team history. The Brewers went to the World Series in 1982 as the American League champions but switched leagues after the 1997 season.The Brewers lost their only World Series appearance in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. The Dodgers lost to the Astros in seven games last year.The Red Sox have won their three most recent World Series appearances in 2004, 2007 and 2013. NLCS Game 6When:Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:39 p.m. ETWhere:Miller Park in MilwaukeeTV:FS1Live Stream:Fox Sports GoThe Dodgers are giving Hyun-Jin Ryu the ball in Game 6, while the Brewers have designated Wade Miley as their starter.This may sound familiar since Miley opened Game 5 in Los Angeles for the Brew Crew, but manager Craig Counsell removed him after one batter.That bit of subterfuge did not work for the Brewers since they lost the game and find themselves on the brink of elimination. However, Miley was effective in Game 2 of the series as he pitched 5.2 innings and allowed two hits.Ryu also started in Game 2, giving up two runs and six hit in 4.1 innings. He had been much better against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.The Brewers struggled to hit in their three games in Los Angeles, and they hope to get the big bats of Christian Yelich, Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw going. Those three combined for 103 home runs during the regular season.The Dodgers are looking for production from Justin Turner, Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger. Turner has proved to be one ofthe sport's best postseason hitters http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/au...shields-jersey , and he has a career slash line of .313/.433/.531 with seven home runs and 30 runs batted in.Game 6 of the NLCS is considered dead even by the handicappers. Both the Dodgers and Brewers are minus-110 in the game, per OddsShark. This means that a gambler would have to risk $110 on either team to win $100.The Dodgers are minus-400 to win the National League pennant while the Brewers are plus-300. The Red Sox are minus-150 to win the World Series, while the Dodgers are plus-190 and the Brewers are plus-650 to land the championship. PredictionsThe Brewers should benefit from their return to Miller Park and their supportive fans. Game 6 in Milwaukee should be close, but look for Yelich or Shaw to come through with the big hits that force a seventh game.We see the Brewers surviving that finale as the Dodgers' all-or-nothing approach at the plate is likely to fail. Machado or Turner could hit solo home runs, but they will fall short of matching Milwaukee's production.That will set the stage for a Boston-Milwaukee World Series. Earlier in the postseason, the Brewers looked like they were on a magical run, but that may be over.Boston is the better team and will beat the Brewers in six games.World Series tickets can be purchased throughStubHub.NLCS tickets can be purchased through StubHub.
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in Pittsburgh last week Logan Morrison Jersey , holding the Pirates to two total runs.The Braves, though, scored only nine runs themselves, and two of the victories were by one run.The teams meet in a three-game series at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park beginning Friday night with the Braves trying to hold off Philadelphia in the National League East and the Pirates no longer in playoff contention.Article continues below ...Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.05 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Braves in the series opener, with fellow right-hander Jameson Taillon (10-9, 3.49) set to get the starting assignment for the Pirates.The Braves (74-59) saw their lead in the NL East cut to three games over the idle Phillies with a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs in a makeup game Thursday night.It was the Braves’ sixth loss in their past seven home games and left them just 35-30 at SunTrust Park compared to 39-29 away from Atlanta.After losing two of three in St. Louis, the Pirates (65-69) are 12-20 since putting together an 11-game winning streak in July that kindled playoff hopes for the NL Central team. Taillon Tim Tebow Jersey , who is in his third major-league season, has never faced the Braves, and it has been two years since 13-year veteran Sanchez faced the Pirates, against whom he is 3-5 with a 3.62 ERA in eight career starts. Sanchez, 34, lost his two most recent starts, but allowed just nine hits and four runs over 12 1/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins.After allowing two hits over five scoreless innings at Miami on Saturday, Sanchez allowed a run in the sixth that put the Braves behind for good. He then left the game with two outs in the sixth with what the Braves termed right hamstring tightness.“He didn’t pop it Jay Bruce Jersey , didn’t pull it, it was more I think probably a dehydration thing,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said afterward.Sanchez has had no lingering issues with the hamstring, although the injury did throw him off against the Marlins. “In the last hitters, I started thinking I can push my body and that’s why I lost my command,” Sanchez said.Taillon, 26, hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 22 and has a 2.95 ERA in the 16 starts since then.Taillon gave up one run in a victory over Milwaukee in his most recent outing on Saturday http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.co...-rodney-jersey , going at least six innings for the sixth straight time and the eighth time in his past nine starts.“I knew the team needed innings,” Taillon said after beating the Brewers. “I enjoy that feeling. When the team needs me, that kind of sparks some extra energy.”Taillon has been especially tough on the road of late, going 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA in his last nine outings away from Pittsburgh.Pittsburgh is 9-18 against the NL East. Atlanta is 15-11 versus the NL Central. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:SET FREERobinson Cano is set to return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement when Seattle plays at Oakland. The All-Star second baseman has been out since May 15, though he’s been playing in the minor leagues for the past week. Cano is ineligible for the postseason if Seattle makes it, but manager Scott Servais hopes the 35-year-old can help the Mariners get there as a versatile piece around the infield. Servais said the team will work Cano in slowly, getting him reps at first, second and third base.“We need to be smart in breaking him in http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authen...frazier-jersey ,” Servais said. “He wants to get going, he wants to contribute right away. He’s missed playing, he’s missed his teammates and being around this whole thing. I know he wants to come in and do a lot. But again small little things.”Seattle entered Monday 1 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second AL wild card.ROLLING RONALDRonald Acuna Jr. is the youngest player to homer in four straight games during the live ball era, according to ESPN, and he’ll go for five when Atlanta hosts Miami. Acuna homered to lead off both ends of Monday’s doubleheader against the Marlins, making him the first to do that since Baltimore’s Brady Anderson in 1999 and just the fourth to do it overall, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.MAKING PROGRESSKenley Jansen is back with the Dodgers and preparing to return to action sooner than expected after being diagnosed last week with an irregular heartbeat. Jansen threw a light bullpen session Monday and will also throw Wednesday and Friday this week. Jansen expects to return much sooner than the initial projection of 4 to 6 weeks, though he says he may still require an ablation procedure on his heart this offseason. He had a similar operation in 2012.CENTRAL SHOWDOWNThe Cubs and Brewers begin a pivotal two-game series at Wrigley Field. Milwaukee is three games back of Chicago for the top spot in the NL Central after David Bote’s game-ending grand slam pushed the Cubs over the Nationals in the ninth inning Sunday night. Jhoulys Chacin (11-4 David Wright Jersey , 3.91) will pitch for the Brewers against Jose Quintana (10-8, 4.28), who gave up five runs in a 9-0 loss to Kansas City last time out.NOT VERY VERLANDERJustin Verlander tries to bounce back from his worst start of the season when Houston hosts Colorado. Verlander allowed six runs in two innings against the Mariners last time out before getting ejected for arguing a balk call. Verlander allowed three homers in that game and has given up 10 in his past five starts — compared to 12 in his first 20. German Marquez (9-9, 4.69) will start for the Rockies.
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Wil Myers on the 10-day disabled list with a left foot bone bruise before Saturday’s game with the Chicago Cubs. The move is retroactive to Friday.Outfielder Franmil Reyes was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to replace Myers on the roster. Reyes has played in 38 games for the Padres this season Authentic Jarvis Landry Jersey , batting .221 with six home runs and eight RBIs in 104 at-bats.Myers was injured Thursday night when he fouled a ball off the foot. He will wear a walking boot for a few days. “Hopefully, it heals quickly,” manager Andy Green said. “You never know with these type of things.”Myers is hitting .278 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 44 games. This is his third stint on the DL this season, and he’s missed a total of 58 games through Saturday. CHICAGO — On a day when a national report suggested that his job might be in jeopardy should his Chicago Cubs not make a lengthy postseason run this fall, manager Joe Maddon characterized the lineup he has planned for Wednesday as “interesting.”But before Maddon can unveil that lineup Authentic Bradley Chubb Jersey , his team heads into Wednesday with some unfinished business against the New York Mets. Heavy rains suspended Tuesday’s game with the Cubs and Mets knotted 1-1 in the top of the 10th inning. The game was suspended following a 53-minute delay and will resume at noon CT on Wednesday. The originally scheduled series finale will begin 45 minutes following the conclusion of the suspended game. Article continues below ...The Cubs will enter Wednesday having won six straight games and in position to maintain their current lead in the National League Central. Chicago’s success made Tuesday’s news surrounding Maddon’s future even more head-scratching. Maddon characterized a USA Today report surrounding his job security as “dumb” and told reporters he would like to continue with the Cubs beyond 2019 when his current contract is up. For now, Maddon is focused on the business at hand and called the conjecture in the USA Today report “uninteresting.”“I’m under contract,” Maddon told reporters Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I’m very happy with what I’m doing. When the time is appropriate, I’m sure we’ll discuss it further http://www.denverbroncosteamonline.c...y-chubb-jersey , but I don’t really understand (the report).”Once Tuesday’s game is concluded, Cubs’ right-hander Alec Mills (0-0, 1.71) will make his second major league start in the series finale. Mills was solid in his big-league debut when he allowed just one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Now, with the pressure of pitching in the majors out of the way, Mills will attempt to settle in Wednesday against the Mets. “Any time you can get something under your belt and get more used to it Womens Bradley Chubb Jersey , it’s better,” Mills said this week, according to the Tribune. “…The guys here are very welcoming. It makes it easier to feel like you fit in and deserve to be here.”Mills admitted to reporters that nerves were a factor in his starting debut last week. And although his stuff many not be overpowering, he has to work with what he has.“I got to beat (hitters) early,” Mills said.On Tuesday Authentic Phillip Lindsay Jersey , the Mets shipped outfielder Jose Bautista the Phillies to allow the veteran slugger to go to a contending team. General manager John Ricco told reporters that the deal was done more to “do right by Jose” rather than about what the Mets got in return. After New York signed Bautista in May, he hit .204 with nine home runs in 83 games. Now, after dealing him on Tuesday, the Mets will give Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith more consistent playing time in the outfield.But they do so without losing sight of what Bautista did.“He came to us when we had some injuries and needed some stability Authentic Todd Gurley Jersey ,” Ricco told reporters, according to the team’s official website. “He’s not only provided that but did a lot more.”Jason Vargas (4-8, 6.96) will start for the Mets. Vargas has won his last two starts and is coming off an impressive six-inning outing against the Washington Nationals in which he did not allow a run and surrendered just three hits while striking out eight. Vargas is 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA in five career starts against the Cubs.
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NEW YORK (AP) —http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/a...-powell-jersey , loudly. Their manager let things get out of hand. And their backup catcher wound up pitching.“It was an embarrassing day today,” New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said.Not much else to say after the Yankees absorbed the most-lopsided loss in their distinguished, 396-game postseason history, routed by the Boston Red Sox 16-1 Monday night in the AL Division Series.Now down 2-1 and in danger of being eliminated in the best-of-five matchup, they’ll turn to CC Sabathia on Tuesday night in hopes of saving their season. Rick Porcello starts for Boston.“No choice but to flush,” manager Aaron Boone said. “The good thing about today is it’s one game. And as awful of a night as it was for us, we got to turn the page. And tomorrow’s obviously do or die.”Luis Severino looked out of sorts from the start. There was a TBS report that he began to warm up only 10 minutes before the game began, but Boone insisted he had enough time to get ready. Severino also said there was no issue.“I always go to the bullpen 10 minutes before the game,” Severino said. “I warm up quickly.”The game fell apart quickly, too.Severino was tagged for six runs on seven hits and two walks in three-plus innings. Jeered as he walked to the dugout during a seven-run burst in the fourth, it soon was 10-0.By the seventh, the stands had started to empty. The fans who left early missed a bit of history — Austin Romine became just the second position player to pitch in a postseason game.The second-string catcher actually hit 90 mph with his fastball. And he squarely hit Brock Holt’s bat, and the result was a two-run homer in the ninth that gave Holt the first cycle in postseason history.“I was just trying to get it over the plate,” Romine said.Romine joined Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington Pat Neshek Jersey , who pitched in the 2015 AL playoffs against Kansas City, as non-pitchers to take the hill at this time of year.“No, I didn’t envision myself getting into the playoffs in this role,” he said.Holt’s homer helped the Red Sox post the biggest rout of the Yankees in postseason play, surpassing Arizona’s 15-2 pasting in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series.A sellout crowd arrived early at Yankee Stadium, loudly chanting and cheering even before the teams lined up for pregame introductions. Clearly, no one rooting for the home team expected anything like this.Catcher Gary Sanchez dropped a pitch on a stolen base that set up Boston’s first run. Left fielder Andrew McCutchen was slow to retrieve a hit that proved costly. And Boone was slow to pull a struggling Severino, admitting he could’ve made the move sooner, rather than waiting until Boston loaded the bases in a hurry.“I mean, in hindsight because he didn’t get an out, sure,” Boone said.And when Boone did call for a reliever, he summoned a starter, Lance Lynn http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/au...dykstra-jersey , rather than someone from the deep New York bullpen.Lynn promptly walked Mookie Betts on four pitches to force home a run that made it 4-0, then gave up a three-run double to Andrew Benintendi.“Lance had a little bit of trouble, obviously, coming in there. So it just turned into a really bad inning for us,” Boone said.It was a sharp turnaround for Severino.Severino started New York’s postseason with four shutout innings in the AL wild-card win over Oakland last Wednesday. The performance also alleviated fears in the Bronx — temporarily, anyway — the 24-year-old righty had put past playoff troubles behind him.Instead, coming off a career-high 19 wins, he exited with a 1-2 record and a 6.26 ERA in six postseason starts.“Of course, I’m disappointed,” Severino said. ATLANTA (AP) — Miles Mikolas has been unbeatable this season when the St. Louis Cardinals score him a couple of runs.He’s 16-0 when getting at least two runs of support, a big asset for the Cardinals as they stay in the postseason hunt.“I’ve been fortunate enough that when I’ve pitched, we’ve had great offense and we’ve put up runs and played great defense and everything has just come together,” Mikolas said. “It’s been a great season.”Kolten Wong hit the first of four St. Louis homers, Mikolas won his third straight start and the Cardinals beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 11-6 on Monday night to give their playoff push another boost.St. Louis has 35 victories since the All-Star break Rhys Hoskins Jersey , most in the National League, and has won two straight after losing four in a row. The Cardinals, who also got homers from Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina, are a half-game ahead of Colorado for the second NL wild card.The Braves took a third consecutive loss after winning a season-best six straight games. They remained 6½ games up in the division following Philadelphia’s loss to the Mets, which reduced Atlanta’s magic number to seven as the Braves try to clinch their first NL East title in five years.Mike Foltynewicz (11-10) walked three of the first five batters he faced — one intentionally — and hit Yadier Molina with a pitch before Wong’s opposite-field, two-run single gave St. Louis a 3-0 lead in the first.Atlanta pitchers have issued 32 walks over the last four games, all at home, where they are 38-37 and have dropped 13 of their last 17.“It just goes down to early on — the walks, the walks, the walks — they all score,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That’s the big thing.”Mikolas (16-4) allowed four hits, two runs and one walk while striking out six in five innings. The right-hander, who leads the NL in fewest walks per nine innings http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/au...santana-jersey , improved to 9-0 in 15 road starts.“They fouled off some good pitches, but we played great defense, and I was able to get out of the jams when I was in a sticky situation,” he said.After Freddie Freeman’s 22nd homer made it a one-run game in the third, the Cardinals went up 4-2 in the fourth on Wong’s ninth homer and 6-2 in the fifth on DeJong’s 18th homer and Marcell Ozuna’s RBI double. St. Louis improved to an NL-best 40-19 when hitting a road homer.Foltynewicz allowed five hits, six runs and four walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Coming off a complete-game victory at San Francisco, Foltynewicz had gone 4-2 with a 1.84 ERA in his last eight starts, but he couldn’t overcome a lack of control.Nick Markakis drove in a run with his NL-leading 42nd double, coming against Dakota Hudson in the seventh, to pull the Braves to 6-5. But then Jesse Biddle gave up a pair of two-out walks in the eighth, and Bader, a defensive replacement in the seventh, hit a three-run homer to put St. Louis up 9-5.The Braves had a chance to do more damage in the bottom of the inning against Carlos Martinez after Ronald Acuna Jr.’s RBI single cut the lead to 9-6, but Martinez struck out Freeman with the bases loaded.Freeman slammed his bat down in disgust.“Big moment Tommy Hunter Jersey , obviously, bases loaded and a three-run game at that moment,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “He made a money pitch.”Molina hit his 18th homer, a two-run shot off Arodys Vizcaino, in the ninth.BAD MOVESCardinals CF Yairo Munoz made two errors in the sixth that let Atlanta cut the lead to 6-4. He dropped the ball after picking up Ender Inciarte’s single, allowing Inciarte to advance to second and Johan Camargo to third. Munoz made a throwing error to third on Tyler Flowers‘ single, allowing both runners to score.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: Shildt said RHP Bud Norris wasn’t available because of irritated skin on his right middle finger. Norris left Sunday night’s win over the Dodgers after walking the only batter he faced.Braves: Camargo, the team’s everyday third baseman, went 1 for 5 in his return to the lineup after missing the past four games with left groin tightness.UP NEXTCardinals: LHP Austin Gomber (5-1, 3.78 ERA) will make his first career start against Atlanta on Tuesday. Gomber allowed seven runs and nine hits in his last start, lasting three innings in a 9-7 loss to the Dodgers.Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.01 ERA) seeks his first victory since Aug. 3, a span of eight starts in which he’s 1-1 with a 3.02 ERA.
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Machado has 11 hits, with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.As the cleanup hitter in the Los Angeles order, Machadohttp://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/a...darvish-jersey , needs to continue that production to steal a game in Boston on Tuesday or Wednesday.If there's any player who understands the ins and outs of Fenway Park and the Boston pitching staff, it's Machado, who is a .278 hitter in his career at Fenway.As long as the players in front of him in the order continue to reach base, Machado should be able to drive in a few runs in Boston to set the stage for success at home in Games 3, 4 and 5.Price, Sale Benefit From Extended RestHaving more than three days off at this stage of the postseason is unheard of.With Game 1 of the World Series coming five days after the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant with a 4-1 ALCS win over the Houston Astros, Chris Sale and David Price will start the first two games of the series on full rest.Since Sale wasn't used after Game 1 of the ALCS, he is the likely starter for World Series Game 1, with Clayton Kershaw in line to oppose him in a heavyweight battle of the game's top pitchers.Sale is 15-8 in his career on six or more days of rest Paul Konerko Jersey , and in those outings he's produced a 1.67 ERA and 0.937 WHIP.Charles Krupa/Associated PressPrice, who earned his first postseason win as a starting pitcher in Game 5 of the ALCS, will enter Game 2 on a normal five days of rest.The Red Sox will be in position to win both games because of the long starts turned in by Sale and Price, and since both pitchers are left-handed, it presents a set of lineup decisions for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to make.Los Angeles' deep lineup is more than capable of holding its own against Sale and Price, and if Roberts employs a similar strategy from the NLCS, David Freese, Yasiel Puig and Taylor are locks to start.Since there isn't much history between the Red Sox aces and the Dodgers lineup, Sale and Price should thrive during at least their first time through the Los Angeles order as they attempt to set the tone for the series. Series Prediction:Boston in seven.Given how strong both pitching staffs and lineups are, the margins will be slim.Winning on the road will be key for both sides, and expect at least one road victory out of both franchises.Game 7 at Fenway Park should be quite the spectacle, and the Red Sox will benefit from a pitching combination led by Sale to win their first championship since 2013.Follow Joe on Twitter http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/au...s-rodon-jersey , JTansey90. The Washington Nationalshave decided to wave the white flag, but impending free agent Bryce Harper reportedly will not be among the Nationals traded.Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Dodgershad placed a revocable waiver claim on the outfielder. However, Jon Heyman of Fancred followed that up minutes later by tweeting Harper's waivers had expired, meaning he could no longer be traded.At 62-63, Washington is 7.5 games back in the National League East and 6.5 back in the Wild Card race. With just 37 games left to play, the organization decided it was time to start breaking up the team. The Nationals traded three-time All-Star Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubsand Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals.Those moves had some wondering if Harper would be the next to leave town. As it turns out, that won't be the case.All of this comes just three weeks after Washington decided not to give up on the season at the non-waiver trade deadline.MLB.com'sMark Feinsandreported at the time that the Nationals had let teams around the league know that Harper was available. However, general manager Mike Rizzo made it clear that the face of the franchise wasn't going anywhere, via Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post:Chelsea Janes chelsea_janesMike Rizzo just reached out with this message: quot;Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team.quot;That belief quickly vanished as the team dug itself an even bigger hole by going 9-10 in August.Harper is having a relative down year, hitting just .246, which would be the second-lowest average of his career. He does, however Nellie Fox Jersey , rank tied for second in the NL with 30 home runs and tied for first with 91 walks. He has caught fire, though, in the second half after winning the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park, hitting .350 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 25 RBI.And yet, it hasn't been enough to keep Washington in the thick of postseason contention.Harper is set to become a free agent after the season, so the Nationals are risking losing him for nothing more than a compensation pick. On the other hand, trading him would likely decrease their odds of signing the 25-year-old star in free agency.
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ANAHEIM Cameron Maybin Jersey , Calif. (AP) — bullpens in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels treated all of the late innings like they were the ninth and the tactic was rewarded when they rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton hit two-run homers and Albert Pujols reached another milestone as the Angels were forced into comeback mode early on Friday night.With a single in the sixth inning, Pujols recorded his 1,000th career hit with the Angels. He became just the ninth player all-time with at least 1,000 hits in each league after getting 2,073 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Four former Angels are on the list: Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson, Vladimir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera.Upton’s two-run shot in the sixth inning off Oakland rookie reliever Lou Trivino proved to be the difference. Trivino (8-2), who had given up more than one earned run just once in his previous 46 outings, lost a game for the first time since June 5.It might have been the sixth inning, but Upton came to the plate with a ninth-inning mentality as the A’s not only had their regular stable of relievers available, they also had newly-acquired right-hander Fernando Rodney for the first time.“They have a strong bullpen with guys that can beat you in many ways,” said Upton, who admitted his plan was to attack the first strike he saw. “You play to your strengths against those guys. Just compete. Those guys are pitching well this year.”Upton hit a two-run home run for the third consecutive game.The Angels trailed 3-0 just four batters into the game. Starter Felix Pena regained his composure and gave up just two more hits and no runs while pitching into the sixth inning.“I felt like in the first inning I was a little overamped so I went back to the video room to watch some video and I was able to make the adjustments,” said Pena, who had a similar slow start in his last home outing on July 29 but never made it out of the opening inning.Los Angeles improved to 8-1 over its last nine home games.Matt Chapman and Khris Davis each hit home runs in the first inning for the A’s, who are now 13-6 since the All-Star break. Chapman hit his 16th homer while Davis’ two-run shot was his 33rd.Oakland starter Brett Anderson gave up two runs on four hits with no walks, but was removed after five innings having thrown just 63 pitches. When asked if A’s starters are growing accustomed to being pulled earlier than usual in favor of a strong bullpen, Anderson offered a simple “no.”“It’s going to take some getting used to,” Anderson said. “In a tie game in the seventh the last time, you kind of see it. This one was a little early. But we’ve lived and died by our bullpen and those arms are tremendous down there so more times than not we’re going to come out with the victory.”Calhoun connected for a two-run drive in the third, his 16th of the season and 11th over his last 25 games. Calhoun’s 15 home runs since June 18 lead the American League.Calhoun had just one home run and was batting .145 over 50 games when he went to the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. In the 44 games since he has returned, he has hit 14 of his 15 home runs Lewis Brinson Jersey , with 34 runs scored and 35 RBIs.Jim Johnson (4-2) retired the only batter he faced for the win. The Angels used three more pitchers in the ninth, with Blake Parker getting the final out for his 11th save.“(The bullpen) came in and made pitches and it was a great job,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “After that first inning, this game could go south in a hurry when you give up a three-spot. But Felix got his bearings and the bullpen was exceptional.”Rodney made his A’s debut, striking out a batter during a perfect seventh inning. Rodney was acquired Thursday in a trade from the Minnesota Twins. One plan for Rodney is to use him to help ease the heavy workload on Trivino.“We won’t have to potentially use Lou for more than one inning,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve used him quite a bit where he has to come in and clean up an inning and go back out for the next inning, which is really tough to do.”RODNEY ARRIVESMelvin says Rodney doesn’t have a set role. Instead, Melvin expects to mix and match his late-inning relievers in a stacked Oakland bullpen.“More than anything, it probably allows us to not overuse a Lou Trivino, to not overuse a Yusmeiro Petit,” Melvin said. “As much as we use our bullpen on certain days, we’re not afraid to move guys to the back end of the bullpen if a (Blake) Treinen or (Jeurys) Familia needs time off, so it just makes us better.”Rodney had 25 saves for the Twins in 46 appearances with a 3.09 ERA, but the closer job will still belong to Treinen.VLAD THE HALL OF FAMERThe Angels honored new Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero with an on-field pregame ceremony that pushed back first pitch about a half hour. Guerrero, who made quick introductory speech at Cooperstown last month, was even quicker when he spoke to the crowd in both English and Spanish on Friday.“His forte is to not go up there and spew accolades about himself, and I think it makes him all the more special,” Scioscia said. “He was so beloved by his teammates because when he was playing, he was the best player on the planet but . never talking about himself. He was a special talent.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Mike Trout was put on the 10-day disabled list with an inflamed right wrist. Scioscia expects his All-Star center fielder to return on Thursday when his DL stint ends.UP NEXTA’s: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-2, 2.87 ERA) will take the mound Saturday in the middle game of the series, carrying the sixth lowest ERA in the American League since his contract was selected June 25.Angels: RHP Tyler Skaggs (8-7, 3.34) is expected to make his return from the disabled list Saturday, having not pitched since July 31 because of a left adductor strain. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesTeams don't reach the World Series by accident.The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers worked hard to build deep and talented rosters http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/aut...-riddle-jersey , and while both clubs enjoyed tremendous success in 2018, they can't simply rest on their laurels.Both teams have multiple areas to address this offseason, including some high-profile free agents from their own rosters.Ahead is an overview of what to expect from both World Series participants this offseason, including any relevant rumors that have surfaced.Los Angeles DodgersClayton KershawSean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers will find out by midnight ET Wednesday whether ace Clayton Kershaw is opting out of the final two years and $65 million of his current contract.That decision will obviously have a sweeping impact on their offseason approach.If he opts in, starting pitching doesn't look like an area of need.Walker Buehler and Rich Hill are locked into rotation spots behind him, while Alex Wood, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias are all options to move into full-time starting gigs.However, if he does opt out and tests the market, they could turn their attention to someone like Patrick Corbin or Dallas Keuchel to fill a spot on the staff. Re-signing Hyun-Jin Ryu would also be up for consideration.Filling out the middle relief corps will also be a priority after the team had trouble at times bridging the gap to closer Kenley Jansen.Ryan Madson is a free agent after filling a crucial role in the postseason, and the team could make a run at a number of different setup options.Adding a lefty setup option like Zach Britton or Andrew Miller would add some balance to the relief corps, while Adam Ottavino could be an appealing second-tier option who found plenty of success in the NL West this past season while pitching with the Colorado Rockies.Manny MachadoSean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesOn the position-player side of things, a long-term relationship with rental slugger Manny Machado is unlikely with Corey Seager expected to be back next season. Chris Taylor is capable of handling the position early on if Seager isn't ready for Opening Day.However, second base could be addressed with deadline addition Brian Dozier headed for free agency and Chase Utley set to retire. Kike Hernandez is an option there, but he's more valuable in a super-utility role. Max Muncy also saw time at second base, but he could move into more of a regular role at first base if Cody Bellinger moves to center field full time.It's all speculation at this point. More concrete rumors will start to swirl once free agency officially begins and the Dodgers start kicking the tires on guys, but for now, this gives you an idea of what areas they might address.Boston Red SoxCraig KimbrelSean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesThe Red Sox have some big decisions to make this offseason, starting with their own free agents.Closer Craig Kimbrel and postseason heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce are all set to hit the open market.Kimbrel, 30, has served as Boston's closer for the past three seasons, converting 108 of 119 save chances with a 2.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 14.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 187 appearances.If the Red Sox decide to let him walk http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/aut...ealmuto-jersey , Matt Barnes could be an in-house option to take over the job.The 28-year-old racked up 25 holds pitching in a setup role this season, posting a 3.65 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a career-high 14.0 K/9 in 62 appearances.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/au...johnson-jersey , and just in time to help the Los Angeles Dodgers chase a sixth straight NL West title in September. The All-Star closer worked the ninth for his 33rd save, and the Dodgers edged the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Friday night.Los Angeles moved within a game of Arizona, while Colorado dropped 1 1/2 games back after a 7-0 loss in San Diego.“Every game counts,” Jansen said. “That’s motivation. That’s what fuels me.”Jansen had been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances. He was sidelined by an irregular heartbeat.Helped by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, he worked out some mechanical issues during a bullpen session in Texas earlier this week. He also watched video of himself from the last two years.“I feel great,” Jansen said. “Just got to figure it out.”Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out, but Jansen struck out hot-hitting David Peralta and retired Eduardo Escobar on a grounder to shortstop.“That was huge,” teammate Justin Turner said of Jansen. “He looked pretty electric.”Turner homered on Zack Greinke’s first pitch of the eighth inning for the go-ahead run in his fourth at-bat against his former teammate.“Got a slider he left up Jean Segura Jersey , one of the few he left up all night,” Turner said. Enrique Hernandez tied it at 2 with a pinch-hit, two-strike, opposite-field homer off Greinke with two out in the seventh.Dylan Floro (5-3) got the win with one strikeout in one inning of relief.Greinke (13-9) gave up six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.“I’ve been feeling good for the past month at least, maybe longer late in games, to where I’ve felt like I could pitch a whole other game,” Greinke said. “Today was one of those. I felt really good.” Goldschmidt slugged a two-run shot, his team-leading 31st of the season, in the first. Goldschmidt has reached base in 43 straight road games http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/au...-buhner-jersey , extending his club record. Joc Pederson’s RBI single in the third left the Dodgers trailing 2-1.The D-backs had the potential go-ahead run on third base in the eighth. Ketel Marte reached on an error by Floro, got sacrificed to second by Greinke and took third on Floro’s wild pitch. But Steven Souza Jr. grounded out to Floro to end the inning.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow tightness) played long toss with a plan to increase his workload next week. … OF Jarrod Dyson (right groin strain) was set to have three at-bats in a game with Triple-A Reno on Friday night.Dodgers: RHP John Axford (right fibula fracture) is off crutches and playing catch in Arizona, but has yet to throw a bullpen or face hitters. … RHP Ross Stripling (low back inflammation) threw a bullpen and came out of it well. The team has yet to decide on a plan for him.FREESE IN LAIn the ninth, the Dodgers announced they had acquired third baseman David Freese from the Pirates in exchange for minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez.“Definitely happy to have him,” Turner said. “He’s a professional hitter. I love watching him take his at-bats.”Manager Dave Roberts said Freese would be used off the bench against left-handed pitching.HOT AUGUST NIGHTSTurner went 2 for 3 and got hit by a pitch. He finished August hitting .402 with 22 runs, 11 doubles, one triple, six homers and 20 RBIs in 25 games.GOLDY VS LAGoldschmidt’s homer was the 31st of his career against the Dodgers, most among active players vs. Los Angeles. He finished 2 for 4 with a double.UP NEXTPatrick Corbin (10-5 Denard Span Jersey , 3.15 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks against fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 2.39 ERA). Corbin is 1-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Since the All-Star break, Kershaw is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA, 46 strikeouts and three walks. A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:MOVING ONThe Red Sox are set for a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Astros. Boston eliminated the Yankees with a dramatic 4-3 victory Tuesday night in Game 4 of their AL Division Series, and now rookie manager Alex Cora and his club will wait until Saturday night to open the AL Championship Series against Houston at Fenway Park. Ace lefty Chris Sale figures to get the ball after making an impressive turn in a setup role for the eighth inning Tuesday. It’ll also mark a reunion for Cora and the Astros — he was the bench coach during their championship run last season.“I’ve been talking about them the whole season, so now we go,” Cora said. “Best of seven. They know me. I know them. It should be fun.”The Yankees, meanwhile, begin an offseason that’s sure to bring a few changes. CC Sabathia Guillermo Heredia Jersey , Brett Gardner, David Robertson and J.A. Happ can become free agents, and New York could be major a player in an anticipated free agent market that will likely include Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel and possibly even Clayton Kershaw. The Yankees have lost four straight postseason home games to the Red Sox, and now they’ll watch on TV as Boston chases a fourth World Series title in 15 years — New York has just one pennant and championship during that span (2009).STAY OR GO?Braves manager Brian Snitker expects to find out this week whether general manager Alex Anthopolous will bring him back. Snitker is not yet under contract for 2019, though there’s nothing to indicate he won’t return for his third full year at the helm — especially after a season that makes him one of the leading candidates for NL manager of the year. Still, Anthopolous met with Snitker and the coaching staff Tuesday and didn’t make any promises.“Until something gets done … I understand that you’re never guaranteed tomorrow http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/au...n-gamel-jersey ,” said Snitker, who turns 63 next week. “I don’t know. I know I’d like to (return). I enjoyed it. I love that group in there. I like being around ’em. That group in there is awesome. I’ve got a few more years in me.”NOT A HITSan Diego is hunting for a new hitting coach a day after firing Matt Stairs. The rebuilding Padres continued to rank at or near the bottom of the majors in key offensive stats in their first year under Stairs. His replacement will be the Padres’ 10th hitting coach since Petco Park opened in 2004. While saying he felt Stairs did a good job with mostly younger players, general manager A.J. Preller said he and manager Andy Green decided that the team needed a different approach. The team is expected to promote someone from within the organization.
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