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    • officialsbaseball hat den Blog-Artikel "The Yankees trail a series two games" geschrieben. 13.02.2019

      Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. Houston right fielder Josh Reddick and first baseman Yuli Gurrielhit ninth-inning home runs that turned a tight 3-2 lead into a comfortable five-run advantage.The series stays in Boston for Game 2 on Sunday http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey , when Red Sox southpaw David Price and Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole face off. Remaining ALCS ScheduleGame 2: Houston at Boston, Sunday, 7:09 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 3: Boston at Houston, Tuesday, 5:09 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 4: Boston at Houston, Wednesday, 8:39 p.m. ET on TBSand Watch TBSGame 5: Boston at Houston, Thursday, 8:09 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS*Game 6: Houston at Boston, Saturday, 5:09 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS*Game 7: Houston at Boston, Sunday, 7:39 p.m. ET on TBS and Watch TBS**If necessary. World Series OddsHouston Astros: 37-20Boston Red Sox: 5-2Milwaukee Brewers: 69-20Los Angeles Dodgers: 87-20Odds according to OddsSharkand accurate as of 2 a.m. ET Sunday. What To Watch: Game 2All eyes will be on Price as he looks to shake off past postseason struggles.Price has a 5.28 ERA in 75.0 career playoff innings, and he's only registered one quality start in his past five attempts http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/aaron-donald-jersey , dating back to 2015. In his lone 2018 playoff appearance, the left-hander allowed three earned runs in 1.2 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankeesbefore being pulled.There is one small silver lining if you're a believer in a pitcher's history against a batter: Most Astros who appeared in the Game 1 lineuphaven't fared wellversusPrice. Shortstop Carlos Correa is 2-for-10, and outfielder George Springer is 5-of-24 with 14 strikeouts. A few changes could be made, but Correa and Springer should still be there.For what it's worth, Price has been largely sensational at Fenway Park in 2018, going 9-2 with a 2.98 ERA and95 punchouts in 96.2 regular-season innings. Opposing batters have managed just a .641 OPS against him in Boston.Still, Price may have to top that form to hang with Cole, who struck out 276 batters in 200.1 innings and went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA. The ex-Pittsburgh Pirate has been a model of consistency since joining the team in the offseason, as he hasn't pitched fewer than five innings or allowed more than four earned runs in any of his starts.Cole's floor seems high, which is a massive plus against a tough Red Sox lineup.The starting-pitching edge favors the Astros, and the same could be said for the bullpen.Houston has a fantastic relief weapon in the form of right-handed Lance McCullers Jr., a 25-year-old curveball artist with 80 career starts, a lifetime 3.67 ERA and 509 strikeouts in 453.2 innings.He battled injuries this year and was forced to miss close to two months.When McCullers got back, he was the odd man out of the playoff rotation http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey , as Cole, Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton occupied the four postseason spots.McCullers has pitched the eighth inning three times this postseason and hasn't allowed a run. He and Ryan Pressly, who has a 0.77 ERA in 26 regular-season appearances with the Astros after a midseason deal with the Minnesota Twins, look like a invincible bridge between the starting rotation and closer Roberto Osuna.Both players should be available out of the pen if needed, as neither threw more than one inning (or more than 18 pitches) Saturday. If Cole can give the bullpen something to defend in the seventh inning, it will be tough for the Sox to overcome.Much like Saturday, look for another close game for much of the night. The guess here is that Price turns in a solid outing but can't match Cole, who tosses it to the Pressly-McCullers-Osuna trio to close out a win.Prediction: Astros 4, Red Sox 2 NEW YORK — New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone experienced a rough night in Game 3 while Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora saw his decisions work out perfectly.While Boone appeared to wait too long to get Luis Severino out of the game when the right-hander’s command was lacking, Cora opted to insert Brock Holt into the lineup at second base and start Nathan Eovaldi.Since those decisions worked out for Cora, the Red Sox can secure their trip to the American League Championship Series by beating the Yankees Tuesday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.Article continues below ...Rick Porcello will start for the Red Sox against New York left-hander CC Sabathia.The Red Sox need one win to reach the ALCS for the first time since 2013 when they won their most recent championship. If they are unable to get it Tuesday, Game 5 is Thursday at Fenway Park.The Red Sox and Yankees are in their respective positions because of what unfolded Monday when Boston cruised to a 16-1 rout.Holt went 4-for-6 to become the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game, capping the milestone with a two-run homer in the ninth off New York backup catcher Austin Romine. Eovaldi http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey , who was originally going to start Game 4, gave the Red Sox seven strong innings and helped hold the Yankees to five hits.“We’re going to try to take this into tomorrow,” Boston left fielder Andrew Benintendi said. “It’s over. We’ve enjoyed it. Now we can focus on tomorrow and get after it.”Holt had two hits in the decisive seven-run fourth that was highlighted by Benintendi’s bases-clearing double.Those hits occurred after Boone lifted Severino with the bases loaded and nobody out. Severino’s fastball velocity was diminished slightly and he was tagged for six runs on seven hits in three-plus innings.“I mean in hindsight because he didn’t get an out,” Boone said.Now because of the decisions, the Red Sox will get a chance to clinch their second postseason series win in New York, nearly 14 years after coming back from 3-0 down in the ALCS.“No choice but to flush,” Boone said after New York absorbed its worst postseason loss. “The good thing about today is it’s one game and, as awful as of a night it was for us, we got to turn the page, and tomorrow’s obviously do or die.”The Yankees trail a series two games to one for the third straight time. They won Game 4 from Cleveland in the ALDS last season and Game 4 of the ALCS from Houston a year ago.New York is hoping to force a fifth game in Boston and its history, the only times the Yankees did not force a fifth game after falling behind in the ALDS two games to one was 2002 vs. the Los Angeles Angels, 2006 against the Detroit Tigers and 2007 vs. the Cleveland Indians.Porcello threw 15 pitches in getting two outs in the eighth inning Friday and protecting a two-run lead. He exited after allowing an infield single to Gleyber Torres, resulting in Craig Kimbrel getting the final four outs around Aaron Judge’s solo homer.“I think he’ll obviously be ready,” Holt said. “We’re lucky to have him on the mound http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey , that’s for sure.”As for Porcello’s postseason history, it is inconsistent so far. He is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 12 appearances and is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA in four postseason outings with the Red Sox.Porcello made one postseason start against the Yankees in 2011 when he started Game 4 of the ALDS for the Detroit Tigers. Back then Judge was still at Fresno State and Sanchez completed his second season in the minor leagues in the South Atlantic League.The Red Sox are hoping to see the version of Porcello, who was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four starts against the Yankees during the regular season.“He’s actually been good against them,” Cora said. “At one point of the playoffs, he was going to start regardless if it was Game 3 or 4.”CC Sabathia makes his 23rd postseason start and 24th appearance. In those appearances, he is 10-6 with a 4.20 ERA.Sabathia has pitched particularly well in the ALDS. In 11 appearances (10 starts) he is 6-0 with a 3.32 ERA.Since joining the Yankees in 2009 as a free agent, Sabathia is 8-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 postseason appearances (17 starts).The veteran left-hander faced the Red Sox twice in the 2007 ALCS with Cleveland and was 0-2 with an 11.61 ERA while losing Games 1 and 5 of that series.During the regular season, Sabathia was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox.“Top to bottom, it’s a tough lineup,” Sabathia said. “They’ve got speed. They’ve got power. They take a lot of pitches. It’s a good lineup — bad lineup for me in the fact they take a lot of pitches, they’re patient, and they do a good job of working the count.”

    • officialsbaseball hat den Blog-Artikel "Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia" geschrieben. 13.02.2019

      OAKLAND Kevin Kiermaier Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia began the day behind the plate, did a brief stint on the mound and ended up in the major league record books.Arcia pitched two innings of relief and hit his sixth home run in the Angels’ 21-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.In doing so, Arcia became the first player to catch, pitch and homer in the same game according to the Angels.“They just told me that,” Arcia said. “I’m pretty happy, I guess.”The 29-year-old Arcia was already in the record books after driving in 10 runs in his first two games after being called up from the minors on July 26.Arcia also became the first Angels position player to pitch since 1993, when he threw one scoreless frame against the A’s on Aug. 11 http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-cobb-jersey , but hadn’t done much since.That changed Thursday when the Angels fell behind by double digits early. Manager Mike Scioscia felt no need to tax his bullpen, so turned to Arcia.Arcia needed only five pitches to retire the first two batters before allowing three consecutive hits, including back-to-back home runs by Nick Martini and Chad Pinder.“Just BP fastballs,” Arcia said when asked what his repertoire included. “Played catch with my catcher, that’s it.”Mark Canha singled off Arcia with one out in the eighth, but Dustin Fowler hit into an inning-ending double play.Arcia then homered off Chris Hatcher in the ninth.“That’s a nice little note for Frankie, for sure Wade Boggs Jersey ,” Scioscia said.Arcia has been splitting time at catcher with Jose Briceno ever since the Angels traded Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros and Rene Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.“I just play hard,” Arcia said. “Wherever they put me, I’ll play hard.”__ Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesChicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russellwas placed on administrative leave on Friday, after ex-wife Melisa Reidy-Russell published a blog post accusing a former spouse of domestic violence Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced.Reidy-Russell made allegations of multiple instances of physical and emotional abuse from her then-husband onLifeWithMelIs.com:"The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock.I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened.

    • officialsbaseball hat den Blog-Artikel "A lot of that is youthfulness" geschrieben. 13.02.2019

      NEW YORK (AP) Booed as he walked off the Yankee Stadium mound in the third inning Tommy Hunter Jersey , Sonny Gray smiled.A few moments later, third base coach Phil Nevin screamed at players in the New York dugout.The Yankees headed to their four-game series at Fenway Park after perhaps their worst performance this season, a 7-5 defeat Wednesday to the Baltimore Orioles, who have the worst record in the major leagues. And to Alex Cobb, who leads the big leagues in losses .”We’re a lot better than what we did today,” Nevin said. ”People have different ways of firing guys up. I think that was my first one this year, I guess.”Gleyber Torres raised his homer total to 17 with a solo shot in the second and a three-run drive in the ninth , but the rookie second baseman also failed to cover first base on Caleb Joseph’s second-inning bunt and second on Renato Nunez’s third-inning grounder to shortstop, leading to hits both times.Gray (8-8) may have lost his rotation spot after putting New York in a 7-1 deficit. Lance Lynn followed with 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his Yankees debut and first regular-season relief appearance since 2012, and manager Aaron Boone wouldn’t commit to staying with Gray .”That’s something that we’ll talk about now in the hours ahead, days ahead about what our plans will be going forward,” Boone said.On an afternoon that began with a partly sunny sky, Gray left under dark clouds just before a 39-minute rain delay.He tied his career high by allowing seven runs, giving up eight hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings as his ERA rose to 5.56. Gray wiped his faced as he left the mound, adjusted his cap and then smirked when fans jeered.”I’ve never been a guy to come off the field and throw a glove or throw a hat or punch something or do anything,” Gray said. ”I’ve always been a mellow guy that tries to think things through and get over it.”Gray said fans shouldn’t question his desire because of his demeanor.”You can go around and ask the 24 other guys in this clubhouse who I am Will Middlebrooks Jersey , what kind of person I am, what I’m about, and they’ll tell you,” he said. ”You’ve seen me do that before.”He is 12-15 with a 4.85 ERA since he was acquired from Oakland at last year’s trade deadline. His ERA this year is 7.71 at Yankee Stadium and 3.62 on the road.”I’ve struggled. I don’t know if it has anything to do with New York, or it’s just strictly on the field,” he said.Then a 19-year-old at Vanderbilt, Gray tweeted on Oct. 29, 2009, that ”You have to be really good to get all of Yankee stadium to boo you as you’re walking off the mound…and a hall of famer to smile about it.” That was when Pedro Martinez lost World Series Game 2 to New York.Gray was asked about another tweet, one from Sept. 12, 2012, that said ”1. You didn’t go to college. 2. You are black.” He said the tweet, since deleted, was a response to Rashun Dixon, a teammate in the Oakland minor league system whose brother Anthony played in the NFL.”That’s an inside joke,” Gray said. ”And if people are trying to dig stuff up Francisco Rodriguez Jersey , then ask Sir Peanut. He’s one of my best friends,” referring to Dixon by his Twitter handle.New York (68-38) dropped 5 1/2 games behind Boston (75-34). This is the first time since the leagues split into divisions in 1969 that two teams in the same division began August with a winning percentage .640 or higher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Boone, a laid-back Californian, understood the eruption by the extroverted Nevin.”Over the course of the season you’re going to have outbursts from guys, from coaches, from me, whatever, so just emotion of the season, of the game,” he said.First baseman Greg Bird said the lashing was needed.”We were dragging a little bit today,” he said.Baltimore, which traded six veterans for prospects in recent weeks, took a 5-0 lead in the second . Trey Mancini hit a run-scoring single , and Joseph reached on a bunt single as third baseman Miguel Andujar delayed his throw because Torres didn’t sprint to cover first.Renato Nunez followed with a two-run double over a shallow Shane Robinson in right , and Tim Beckham had a two-run single .Torres led off the bottom half with his first home run since July 1 Jake Arrieta Jersey , and Cobb (3-14) struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the inning , leaving the Yankees 0 for 15 with four sacrifice flies in their last 19 plate appearances with the bases loaded.Mancini homered in the third , and Breyvic Valera greeted Lynn with a grounder to Didi Gregorius. The shortstop looked to second for a force, saw Torres wasn’t there, and then threw too late to first as another run scored .”I know I missed a couple plays,” Torres said. ”I feel pretty bad.”Torres, 21, was a shortstop until last year.”A lot of that is youthfulness, his inexperience at the position, the nuances where you just do things all the time, second nature,” Boone said.Andujar hit a based loaded-single against Mychal Givens in the eighth, but Paul Fry got pinch-hitter Neil Walker to ground into an inning-ending double play. After Torres’ two-out homer against Mike Wright Jr. , Bird followed a game-ending popup.Lynn threw 71 pitches, which rules him out for a start at Boston. But he could be in the rotation soon.”When they’ve told me I go pitch, I go pitch Nick Williams Jersey ,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Boone said the team will not know until Thursday at the earliest whether LHP J.A. Happ will recover from hand, foot and mouth disease in time to start Saturday.UP NEXTYankees: LHP CC Sabathia (6-4) starts the opener against Boston and LHP Brian Johnson (1-3), who pitches in place of injured ace Chris Sale.— BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are ready to slowly ease ace Chris Sale back into action.Manager Alex Cora says the left-hander will be activated from the disabled list and pitch about two innings Tuesday night against Toronto at Fenway Park. Cora said Sale would throw a maximum of 40 pitches for the AL East leaders.Cora made the announcement before Boston hosted Houston on Friday. The Red Sox have the best record in the majors and, if they win their division, would begin the playoffs in exactly four weeks.Sale originally went on the disabled list July 31 with mild left shoulder inflammation. He returned for a start Aug. 12 against Baltimore, going five innings and striking out 12. But he quickly as placed back on the disabled list a week later with the same ailment.“Little by little, we’re getting healthy,” Cora said.Sale has been dominant this season, going 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA. His ERA is the second-best in the majors, and he has struck out 219 in only 146 innings. In July, he started the All-Star game for the third straight year.Cora said the progression for Sale with be two innings his first outing, followed by three in his next start.“We’ll keep going and then last one — whenever it is — it’s like a full-go six innings, 100 pitches or seven innings 100 pitches,” Cora said. “There’s a few days with the off-days there where we’ll take advantage of him building up and taking care of other guys.”

    • officialsbaseball hat den Blog-Artikel "Stewart hit his first career homer" geschrieben. 13.02.2019

      LAS VEGAS (AP) — Half a loaf is better than none for New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway when it comes to Robinson Cano.New York’s new second baseman has been criticized at times for not running hard to first base when he hits infield grounders. Callaway says the 36-year-old is just protecting his body in a way that makes sense.“I think Robbie deserves the leeway on that Alan Trammell Jersey ,” Callaway said Tuesday at the winter meetings. “And the reason is not because he got out, he’s frustrated, that’s not the reason he does that. He does it so he can play 155 games, which he’s done every year. He’s smart. He knows the game. You’re not going to see him hit a ball and loaf when there’s a chance for it to be a hit. He understands when that ball leaves that fielder’s hand, destiny is going to happen. And so he knows how to do that part of it.”Cano will hit third in the lineup, Callaway said.An eight-time All-Star, Cano was obtained from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 3 along with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz for outfielder Jay Bruce, right-hander Anthony Swarzak anda trio of prospects: right-handers Gerson Bautista and Justin Dunn along with outfielder Jarred Kelenic.Cano is an eight-time All-Star. Callaway doesn’t want 23-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario to think he has similar leeway.“Rosario is going to understand that’s Robinson Cano doing that, and he probably can’t do the same thing that Robbie can do, because he doesn’t have that experience and probably doesn’t quite understand the things that Robbie does when he’s doing it http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-al-kaline-jersey ,” Callaway said. “I’m definitely at peace with it, I don’t think it’s going to be an issue, and I think he deserves the right to do that, so he can keep himself healthy.”Cano played in 150 or more games in 11 straight seasons before this year, when his right hand was broken May 13 when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Detroit’s Blaine Hardy. Two days later, Cano was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic he claimed was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic. Cano returned to the Mariners Aug. 14 and finished with a ,303 batting average, 10 homers and 50 RBIs in 80 games. NEW YORK — The American League East race is officially over and the New York Yankees can turn their focus toward more pressing matters.Among them are securing home-field advantage in the wild-card game over the hard-charging Oakland Athletics and starting to get Giancarlo Stanton back on track.The Yankees get a chance to do both Friday night when they host the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series.Article continues below ...New York (93-59) enters the series with a 1 1/2 game lead over Oakland for home field in the wild-card game Oct. 3. The Yankees last held first place July 1 and were officially eliminated with Thursday’s 11-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox.“This stings a little bit; we also feel like we’ve gotten our guys back,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said while alluding to the recent returns of Aaron Judge Lance Parrish Jersey , Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez from the disabled list. “We feel like we’re in position to hopefully take off and really start playing well and we’ll have that expectation and intention going into tomorrow.”While Oakland is a major-league best 58-25 since June 15, the Yankees are 48-38 in the same period. They also are 39-32 since last holding first place July 1 and 10-12 since their last meeting with Baltimore on Aug. 26 in Camden Yards.“We just want to play well,” Boone said. “Obviously over the last whatever we’ve been a little bit up and down and kind of fighting to get healthy and kind of fighting to get healthy and just not as consistent as we’ve wanted to be.”One positive for the Yankees was Giancarlo Stanton hitting a grand slam to provide a short-term 6-4 lead Thursday. Stanton is 9-for-62 in 16 games this month and before the division was officially decided, Boone said he thought the slugger’s timing was off.“That’s what he’s really battling to find that good timing and when he does, and I believe he will then it gets really impactful,” Boone said.Stanton’s homer was New York’s 247th of the season.Luke Voit set the new record two innings earlier, breaking the team record previously achieved in 2012. He also is the 12th Yankee to reach double figures, which is a major league record.The Orioles (44-108) will attempt to win consecutive game for the first time since Aug. 27-29 in a three-game sweep of Toronto and are 4-14 since.Baltimore established the team record for losses with a 6-4 defeat to Toronto Tuesday but ensured it will not match the 2003 Detroit Tigers for the most losses in the AL by getting a 2-1 win on Wednesday.“I was thinking about it tonight how many times I walked down that long hall to get here after a great win, trying to temper the enthusiasm http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-infante-jersey ,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I still feel elated after we win a game and then I think about all the good things that went on, especially defensively tonight.”The Orioles remain three losses shy of the franchise mark set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns but Wednesday, rookie D.J. Stewart hit his first career homer.Despite the record, the Orioles have done decently against the Yankees, especially in New York. While they are 6-10 in the season series, the Orioles are 4-2 at Yankee Stadium.New York’s CC Sabathia (7-7, 3.80 ERA) looks to halt his six-game winless skid when he starts Friday. Since allowing a hit in six scoreless innings Aug. 12 against Texas, Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA. He looks to rebound from an awful outing in last Saturday’s 8-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays when he allowed five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest start since May 23, 2015.The left-hander is 19-11 with a 4.14 ERA in 44 career starts against Baltimore. If he wins Friday http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-travis-wood-jersey , Sabathia will own at least 20 victories over four teams (also Detroit, Kansas City and Minnesota).He is winless in his last 10 starts against Baltimore since May 4, 2016, including 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts this season.Yefry Ramirez (1-6, 5.50 ERA) makes his 11th career start and 16th appearance with Baltimore. Ramirez is 1-6 with a 6.60 ERA as a starting pitcher after posting a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings as a reliever.Ramirez’s last start might have been his best. He returned to the rotation for the first time since Aug. 19 and in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox, he allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.Ramirez started against the Yankees on July 31 in New York when he allowed six runs on six hits in five innings of a 6-3 loss. He also pitched the final three innings of a 5-3 setback in Baltimore on Aug. 26 and allowed four runs in four innings on July 9 in Baltimore.Ramirez is a former Yankee minor leaguer and was 10-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Trenton in 2017 before joining the Orioles.

    • officialsbaseball hat den Blog-Artikel "I was just trying to use their aggressiveness" geschrieben. 13.02.2019

      A pair of aces enduring disappointing seasons will match up on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City.The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will finish off a two-game series. Kansas City won the opener 6-2 on Tuesday night behind Jakob Junis‘ first complete-game victory of his career.Detroit’s starter in the Wednesday matinee Christian Villanueva Jersey , Michael Fulmer, made his first start since the All-Star break on Friday after recovering from an oblique strain. He held the Chicago White Sox scoreless for 4 2/3 innings while throwing 77 pitches.Article continues below ...Prior to the injury, Fulmer (3-9, 4.32 ERA) went through a series of maddening starts in which he often had one bad inning while his teammates failed to provide run support. The 2016 American League Rookie of the Year hasn’t collected a victory since June 14. In his last eight starts, the Tigers have scored an average of 2.1 runs.His return outing gave him hope for better results the rest of the season.“It was a step in the right direction,” Fulmer told the Detroit News. “The mechanical adjustments I’ve made paid off.”Fulmer’s pitch count is expected to be in the 85-90 range on Wednesday. Manager Ron Gardenhire rearranged his rotation so that Fulmer can pitch every fifth day. Detroit had a day off on Monday, so Gardenhire pushed back Francisco Liriano’s next start to accommodate Fulmer.Fulmer wanted to finish out the fifth inning on Friday but understood Gardenhire’s cautious approach.“It felt good to be back,” said Fulmer, who is 2-4 with a 3.23 ERA in eight career starts against Kansas City. “Glad it was a quicker rehab than everyone expected, including myself. Just glad to be up here pitching and I hope to get this team a win next time.”Danny Duffy’s last start also came after an injury, although not quite as serious as the strain that sidelined for Fulmer for more than a month. The Royals lefty made his first start since Aug. 11 on Thursday, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings while taking a no-decision against Tampa Bay.Duffy (7-11, 4.85 ERA) made a quick return from the disabled list after dealing with shoulder tendinitis. Duffy’s fastball velocity returned to the usual 93-95 MPH range after dipping toward 90 in his previous outing.“I didn’t really have any expectations,” he told the Kansas City Star afterward. “I just wanted to go out there with plenty in the tank and be efficient. I could have been more efficient. But I did make some pitches when I needed to.”Duffy has been rocked by the Tigers in two starts this season. Detroit has piled up 13 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings in those games. He’s 7-10 with a 4.63 ERA in 24 career outings against the Tigers.However http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-szczur-jersey , Detroit is mired in a four-game losing streak with the other losses coming against the downtrodden Chicago White Sox.“We haven’t played well on the road,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t know why. Nothing really good has happened on the road and we’ve got to figure that out.” NEW YORK (AP) — Brock Holt had one thing in mind: He was swinging for the fences.After all, the game was decided long ago. And everything else went Boston’s way all night, so why not this?The part-time utilityman put the finishing touch on a Red Sox blowout, becoming the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game as Boston routed the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday to seize a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.“This one I’ll remember for a long time,” said Holt, unaware of his achievement until told by a television reporter right after the final out. “Obviously, you don’t go into the game expecting to make history or do anything like that, let alone score 16 runs.”Andrew Benintendi lined a three-run double and Holt tripled home two more in a seven-run fourth inning that quickly turned the latest playoff matchup between these longtime rivals into a laugher. Handed a big early lead, Nathan Eovaldi shut down his former team during New York’s most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games.“An embarrassing day,” shortstop Didi Gregorius said.Game 4 is Tuesday night in the Bronx, where the 108-win Red Sox can put away the wild-card Yankees for good and advance to the AL Championship Series against Houston. Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch against New York lefty CC Sabathia.Boston battered an ineffective Luis Severino and silenced a charged-up Yankee Stadium crowd that emptied out fast on a night when Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora made all the right moves.By the ninth, backup catcher Austin Romine was on the mound for New York and he gave up a two-run homer to Holt that completed his cycle .“You get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound. I told everyone, ‘Get me up. I need a home run for a cycle Craig Stammen Jersey ,'” Holt said. “I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything. Obviously, you don’t expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. I was trying to hit a home run. That’s probably the first time I’ve ever tried to do that. I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me.”His teammates, too.“He wasn’t shy about it,” Benintendi said. “Everybody was rooting for him.”Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons — against out-of-division opponents. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.“I think from pitch 1, we let them know that we were here,” Cora said.Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game.Making his first playoff start this year http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-trevor-hoffman-jersey , Holt opened the fourth with a single off Severino and capped the 26-minute outburst with a triple to right field. The 2015 All-Star also doubled home a run in the eighth and finished with five RBIs.Holt also hit for the cycle against Atlanta on June 6, 2015.“He’s been swinging the bat well for a while now,” Cora said. “We felt the matchup was good for him.”Every starter had at least one hit for the Red Sox, who piled up 18 in all. The only time they scored more runs in the postseason was a 23-7 win over Cleveland in 1999.Eovaldi pitched for the Yankees from 2015-16 before injuring his elbow, which required a second Tommy John surgery. Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against New York this season — three with the Red Sox.Bumped up a day in front of Porcello, he delivered a gem in his first postseason appearance. Eovaldi allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 72 of 97 pitches for strikes.“I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and try and get some quick outs,” Eovaldi said. “It was a special moment for me. I don’t think it’s really quite settled in yet.”Going with Eovaldi was one of several choices that paid off for Cora.Looking to play left-handed hitters against Severino, the first-year skipper inserted Holt at second base and Rafael Devers at third. Christian Vazquez started at catcher over Sandy Leon.Devers singled twice, stole a base, scored two runs and knocked in another. Vazquez’s infield single off Severino’s glove drove in the first run.Benintendi, already a Yankees nemesis, was on base four times and scored twice. Betts also scored two runs and drove in two.“It just kind of shows you what kind of team we have and that we could explode at any minute,” Betts said.TBS reported Severino began warming up only 10 minutes before the game Evan Longoria Jersey , and he certainly looked out of sorts from the start in misty weather. He left with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth and was charged with six runs and seven hits.“He got his normal pitches routine,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It wasn’t an issue.”STRANGE SIGHTThe only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series.IF AT FIRSTThere were four replay challenges in the first four innings — all involving calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez. Three were overturned.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland sat out after leaving Game 2 when he hurt his right hamstring running the bases. “Mitch is available, but he’s not 100 percent,” Cora said. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth.Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup after missing Game 2 with tightness in his right hamstring, which forced him from the series opener Friday. Boone said Hicks was doing “significantly better,” and sitting him was a much more difficult decision than it was Saturday. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn’t hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the bench.UP NEXTRed Sox: Porcello (17-7, 4.28 ERA) got two late outs in relief during the series opener last Friday, so his start was pushed back a day to Game 4. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, who grew up a Mets fan in nearby New Jersey, was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this year — including a one-hitter on just 86 pitches Aug. 3 at Fenway Park. He is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 12 career postseason outings, including four starts.Yankees: The 38-year-old Sabathia (9-7, 3.65) will be on 11 days’ rest when he makes his 23rd postseason start. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on Sept. 27. Sabathia appealed a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball that would not take effect until next season. He said Monday he definitely wants to play in 2019 — even if it’s not for the Yankees.

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      CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians may not boast as many victories as their fellow American League divisional leaders Craig Biggio Jersey , but that doesn’t mean their confidence as they head for the postseason is lacking.The Indians have 88 victories heading into Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Although they are well off the pace for regular-season victories as others in their position after seeing their three-game winning streak snapped with a 5-4 loss on Tuesday, Cleveland may be well-suited for a lengthy postseason run just the same.“Our record, we might not have as many wins as what we had in previous years,” Indians general manager Mike Chernoff said, according the team’s official website. “But, it does feel like over the past several weeks, we’ve seen a lot of things come together in ways that we hadn’t seen for the majority of the season. So, we do feel like we’re sort of on an upward trajectory heading into the postseason.”Article continues below ...After surrendering a ninth-inning lead in Tuesday’s loss, the Indians will attempt to bounce back Wednesday behind Shane Bieber (10-5 George Springer Jersey , 4.80 ERA. Bieber has dropped back-to-back decisions and is coming off a rough outing against the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 21, when he surrendered six runs and eight hits over just 4 2/3 innings while pitching in a relief effort. Bieber was scheduled to return to the starting rotation on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals but was bumped up a day to give Josh Tomlin another day of rest after he was needed in a relief appearance on Sunday.Bieber is 0-0 in one career start against the White Sox after he threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out eight earlier this season.The White Sox ended their three-game losing streak on Tuesday when Daniel Palka delivered a one-out, two run single that provided Chicago with a dramatic victory. After struggling to score runs, Chicago came up with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to bring an end to Cleveland’s winning streak. Yet as much excitement as victories like Tuesday’s generates, the White Sox continue to build for the future. On Tuesday, right fielder Avisail Garcia told reporters that he put off knee surgery for most of the season and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee next week.Garcia said that the procedure was “nothing major,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Manager Rick Renteria said the surgery just involved “cleaning (the knee) up” and that the surgery was not being done to make any major repairs.Garcia, who hit his career-best 19th home run in Tuesday’s victory, has been on the disabled list twice this season — both times for a strained knee.“Early in the season http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-gattis-jersey , opening day, I (felt) something in my knee,” Garcia said, according to the Tribune. “I’ve been feeling something, something, something.”Jace Fry (2-2, 4.32) will make his first major league start for the White Sox on Wednesday. In 57 games this season, Fry has pitched 50 innings and will get his chance to demonstrate what he can do in a starting role. In 11 career relief appearances against the Indians, Fry is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers are in full roar now Carlos Correa Jersey , gaining much-needed momentum against a pair of playoff contenders to wrest away the top spot in the National League West.Now comes a matchup against a club long eliminated from the playoff chase. These have not always gone well for the Dodgers recently.The Dodgers took three days this week to turn a half-game deficit in the division to a three-game lead and now welcome the San Diego Padres into Dodger Stadium for the final home series of the season.Article continues below ...The opener on Friday will match the Padres left-hander Eric Lauer (5-7, 4.74 ERA) against Dodgers lefty Rich Hill (9-5, 4.02).At first blush, a matchup against the last-place Padres would seem to bode well as the Dodgers look to nail down a sixth consecutive NL West title. But the Dodgers were just in Cincinnati on their most recent road trip needing victories against the last-place Reds and the task proved difficult.The Dodgers won just one of the three games at Cincinnati, leaving them an improbable 1-6 against the Reds this season. But they left the Queen City and took three of four from a Cardinals team on a second-half revival, then dispatched the previously first-place Rockies in a three-game sweep this week.“It’s a special group of people to have that focus for three weeks and beyond,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I believe our guys can sustain it and it’s a credit to them and understanding that every pitch is important. We have nine games (remaining) and nothing is sealed yet. It’s a good thing that we are playing our best baseball right now.”The Padres will enter this weekend series coming off a victory Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants, but have won just two times in their past six games.If the Dodgers need a viable strategy, it might be to score early and often. The Padres’ bullpen has a 2.39 ERA over its last 10 games going back to Sept. 8 Dallas Keuchel Jersey , with a WHIP that is a shade under 1.00.Padres hitters also drew 26 walks over their just-completed six-game homestand, a signal to Dodgers starters that pitch counts could climb this weekend. It also is a signal to the Dodgers’ bullpen that usage could be high in the upcoming three games.There are enough Padres positives to show that the Dodgers should not expect an easy time. Add to that a number of highly regarded prospects not only on the September roster, but seeing action, and the Padres could be an energetic group playing like it has nothing to lose.Veteran infielder Freddy Galvis knows kids like Javy Guerra and Luis Urias are going to see playing time in the electric playoff-like atmosphere of Dodger Stadium.“I understand, especially at this time of the year in September,” Galvis said, according to MLB.com. “They’re calling up prospects, and they want to see them. I understand the situation. But I’ll just keep helping the team however I can.”Lauer is one of three Padres rookies who will start in the series. He has won both of his starts against the Dodgers this year, doing it in dominating fashion with a 0.61 ERA over 14 1/3 innings. The Padres even moved Lauer into this spot http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-jeff-bagwell-jersey , giving him an extra day of rest, to see if is up to the task against the Dodgers yet again.Hill also has two starts against the Padres this year, going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA over 13 innings. He is 5-4 lifetime against San Diego with a 3.09 ERA over 10 starts.

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      The Philadelphia Flyers were hoping to build off the momentum of Wednesday’s win as they prepared to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.Instead they were dealing with another injury Friday as right winger Travis Konecny left practice early after getting hit in the inside of his foot by a shot.Philadelphia is already without left winger James van Riemsdyk (lower body injury) and center Nolan Patrick (upper body) http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , both of whom went down in the past week.Article continues below ...“We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves,” general manager Ron Hextall told reporters Friday. “We have more depth right now than I think we’ve had in the past. The guys now will go into a little bit more significant positions and have to produce.”The Flyers (2-2-0) are coming of a 7-4 road win against the Ottawa Senators. Jakub Voracek had two goals and three assists as Philadelphia bounced back from an 8-2 home loss to San Jose Tuesday. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist against Ottawa, Scott Laughton scored twice, and Radko Gudas had three assists.“I think a lot of guys are feeling good about themselves after that game, offensively,” Flyers forward Dale Weise told NHL.com. “Obviously, we don’t want to take that many penalties (12) Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , and we’ve got some work to do, but to get an effort like that and come back and score seven goals is huge.”Goalie Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his first start with Philadelphia after he was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2. Pickard was the Knights’ first pick in the expansion draft nearly 16 months ago but was waived when the Knights claimed Malcolm Subban on waivers three days before the start of their inaugural season last October.Saturday night’s game is a rematch of opening night when the Flyers scored three goals in the second period and beat the Knights 5-2 in Las Vegas as Brian Elliott made 23 saves in his first career start versus Vegas.The Knights have dropped three straight as they close out a five-game road trip. Vegas took a 1-0 lead against the Penguins Thursday night but couldn’t hold it. Pittsburgh scored three times in a span of 7:03 during the second period of a 4-2 Penguins win.“It’s frustrating when you come in here and play a good team, and I feel like you control the game for pretty much the entire thing and little breaks cost us,” Knights forward Reilly Smith told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “It’s something we’re going to have to keep our effort high and keep playing the way we’re doing but limit those mistakes.”Tomas Nosek and Smith scored for Vegas (1-4-0) and Subban made 18 saves. The Knights have been outscored 19-10 in their first five games.“We just have to keep working and stay with it,” Knights coach Gerard Gallant told NHL.com. “We had a lot of good chances again tonight. The puck didn’t go in the net until late in the game. So (we) have to stay with it and work hard. Sooner or later, it’ll turn for us.”Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 28-19-2 against the Flyers with a 2.94 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach Wednesday, the second college coach hired by an NHL team this month and third in the past four years.Quinn replaces Alain Vigneault Alex Smith Jersey Elite , who was fired hours after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. An introductory news conference was scheduled for Thursday.”In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice,” general manager Jeff Gorton said. ”He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve.”The 51-year-old Quinn coached Boston University to four NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons, including a trip to the national title game in 2015. He spent the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season as an assistant on Joe Sacco’s staff with the Colorado Avalanche.”David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent,” Rangers owner James Dolan said. ”I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , and know he will work tirelessly with (team president Glen Sather), Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup-contending team.”The Rangers made the playoffs in four of Vigneault’s five seasons as coach, including a 2014 trip to the Stanley Cup Final. They went 226-147-37 in the regular season under Vigneault, who is third in regular-season and playoff wins in franchise history.The retooling Rangers are the latest team to dip into the college ranks for a coach after the Philadelphia Flyers hired Dave Hakstol from North Dakota in 2015 and the Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery from the University of Denver in early May. Before Hakstol, it had been 28 years since a coach made the jump from the NCAA to the NHL.—

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