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Chủ đề: Where do you think Buck Show   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 27/07/2019 lúc 09:12:10(UTC)
Wi-Fi is coming to Camden Yards Jaime Garcia Jersey , the Orioles aren’t firing everyone, but they also won’t spend too much this offseason"Morning, Birdland!alter will go from here? He’s 62 years old and will certainly not be coaching in MLB in 2019. He’s done the TV thing already. And it’s possible that an extended vacation could do him some good after eight years at the helm of the Orioles.Most players and managers are associated with one organization, even if they bounce around the league for the better part of their careers. Showalter has been in charge of the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers, but when anyone evokes Showalter’s name it’s likely that they will think of him in the black and orange.Can he get another manager job? Count me as skeptical. First, there are the obvious struggles his team had in the last year he was in control. Then there are the questionable comments he made in regards to analytics and modern strategy in the game. Most teams are going to want someone open to new ideas, and the trend has been to hire younger coaches with fresh perspective. Showalter does not fit that mold.A return to TV could be a more favorable option. Showalter has a charming way about him and has the ability to make monotonous things sound interesting. On top of that, he knows baseball and can provide insight that others lack. It would be neat to see him as regular part of MASN broadcasts, but the wound is likely too fresh and who knows if it will ever completely heal.LinksBuck Showalter writes a letter to Baltimore - Baltimore BaseballBuck cared about Baltimore. That much was obvious. 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Free agency will make that quite clear.Qualls staying with Orioles - MASN SportsThis is a weird one. The Orioles are getting rid of most of the signs that Duquette was ever part of the organization, but Kent Qualls, a direct Duquette disciple, will stay put. I won’t pretend to know much about the O’s front office and who is good and who’s not. Qualls might be fantastic at what he does, but it is odd to keep him in place while there has been such a massive exodus of other Duquette-era employees. Orioles birthdays and historyIs it your birthday? Happy Birthday! Unfortunately, there have been no Orioles birthdays or any other important historical events in the team’s history on this day, according to Baseball Reference. We don’t count the St. Louis Browns years. Sorry! Toronto Blue Jays (7-11 Freddy Galvis Jersey , fourth in the AL East) vs. Minnesota Twins (8-6, second in the AL Central)Minneapolis; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Trent Thornton (0-1, 4.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 18 strikeouts) Twins: Jake Odorizzi (0-2, 6.35 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 15 strikeouts)LINE: Twins favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runsBOTTOM LINE: Toronto can secure a series sweep over Minnesota with a win.The Blue Jays are 3-5 in road games. Toronto has hit 16 home runs this season, last in the American League. Freddy Galvis leads the club with five, averaging one every 13 at-bats.The Twins are 4-3 on their home turf. Minnesota has slugged .470 Randal Grichuk Jersey , good for third in the American League. Jorge Polanco leads the club with a .755 slugging percentage, including nine extra-base hits and three home runs.TOP PERFORMERS: Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with four home runs and is slugging .547. Jorge Polanco is 17-for-37 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.Galvis leads the Blue Jays with nine extra base hits and is batting .328. Billy McKinney is 8-for-37 with four doubles, a home run and two RBIs over the last 10 games for Toronto.LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 5-5, .272 batting average, 5.38 ERA, outscored opponents by one runBlue Jays: 4-6, .231 batting average, 4.57 ERA, outscored by 10 runsTwins Injuries: Addison Reed: 10-day IL (thumb) Jose Bautista Jersey , Gabriel Moya: 10-day IL (shoulder), Matt Magill: 10-day IL (shoulder), Miguel Sano: 10-day IL (heel).Blue Jays Injuries: Ryan Tepera: 10-day IL (elbow), Clayton Richard: 10-day IL (knee), David Phelps: 10-day IL (elbow), Ryan Borucki: 60-day IL (elbow), Dalton Pompey: 60-day IL (concussion), Jonathan Davis: 10-day IL (ankle), Devon Travis: 60-day IL (knee).
Chủ đề: There’s a slight chance the Brewers’ lates   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 27/07/2019 lúc 08:53:15(UTC)
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Chủ đề: Tim Beckham and the rest of the Seattle Mariners have ope   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 27/07/2019 lúc 08:40:14(UTC)
CHICAGO (AP) — Jay Bruce http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , ned 2019 on a power trip.Bruce hit two solo home runs, Beckham had a three-run shot among his four hits and the Mariners slugged their way past the Chicago White Sox 9-2 Saturday.Ryon Healy doubled in two for the Mariners, who are off to the best start in club history at 8-2. Seattle has homered in each of its first 10 games, a franchise first, and leads the majors with 24 long balls.“We’re clicking on all cylinders offensively,” manager Scott Servais said. “All the guys are buying into what we’re talking about doing, what’s important to us and our identity. That’s controlling the strike zone.“We have enough power on this team. So when we do get our pitch to hit, it’s a different guy almost every day who has a chance to hit the ball out of the ballpark.”Bruce, in his 12th major league season, is impressed.“This has been a pretty amazing start,” he said. “Guys are really hitting the ball well, using the whole field, and driving in runs and getting on base.”Tim Anderson homered and had three hits for the second straight game and Jose Abreu went deep for Chicago. Prized White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez had his first three-hit game.Aside from solo shots by Anderson and Abreu, Mike Leake (2-0) allowed just seven singles through 6 1/3 innings as the Mariners rebounded from a sloppy 10-8 loss Friday in Chicago’s home opener. The veteran right-hander struck out six, and walked none as he threw 80 of 106 pitches for strikes.“I really think the key to the ballgame was Mike Leake Paul Molitor Jersey ,” Servais said. “He just really pounded the strike zone.”Three Seattle relievers locked it down from there. Connor Sadzeck pitched the ninth in his first appearance since being acquired from Texas.Lucas Giolito (1-1) pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs. He took a no-hitter into seventh inning in his first start Sunday at Kansas City.“I know he got a little deep in some counts, had a few well-struck balls,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We were trying to get him through five and trying to minimize everything. Obviously that didn’t work.”After Mitch Haniger’s RBI double in the third, Bruce homered and Healy hit his double to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Dylan Moore got his first major league hit during the inning — a single to center — but Leury Garcia threw out Healy at the plate.Abreu went deep in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 4-1, but Beckham homered to left off Caleb Frere in the fifth.Bruce hit his second solo shot in the ninth off Manny Banuelos for his 26th multihomer game.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: INF/DH Edwin Encarnacion (left hand) returned to the lineup as DH after missing two games. … Servais held 2B Dee Gordon (tight groin) out the lineup after he exited Friday’s game in the fourth inning. Moore started in his place.White Sox: RHP Ervin Santana threw a side session Saturday, but manager Rick Renteria stopped short of saying the two-time All-Star might start Tuesday when the White Sox have an open slot in their rotation. The 36-year-old Santana signed a minor league deal with the White Sox in February.FUNKY FORCEA baserunning miscue by Mallex Smith erased Domingo Santana’s first-inning single. Smith walked leading off, and with one out, broke toward second as Santana hit a line drive to right. Daniel Palka fielded it on a bounce, but a confused Smith retreated back from second base toward first a few steps before realizing the ball had dropped. He then took off for third without retouching second, allowing Palka to throw to second for a forceout.UP NEXTMariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 6.75) makes his second start. He got the win over Boston last Sunday despite allowing six runs (four earned), seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.White Sox: RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 1.29) will make his second start of the season. Nova was solid in a no-decision on his White Sox debut last Monday at Cleveland, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings. NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Lowe went through his first 100 minor league games this season without a clue of what a slump felt like.Tampa Bay’s 24-year-old rookie got a quick dose of it in the majors.Wednesday night’s starter, Jake Faria http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , even joked that Lowe was nearing Stephen Vogt’s major league record of 0-for-32 hitless at-bats to start a career.Lowe then hit a run-scoring single his first time up and two at-bats later knocked in another run, and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 on Wednesday night.“Finally I can move past that huge obstacle of the first hit and I can finally relax and settle in,” Lowe said after snapping out of his 0-for-19 slump.He hit .297 with 22 homers and 76 RBIs in Double-A and Triple-A before he was called up to the majors Aug. 4.Mallex Smith hit a two-run homer, and Kevin Kiermaier, who was mired in a 4-for-46 slump in August, had two hits, scored a run and drove in one for the Rays, who have won seven of their past nine games against New York.The Yankees wasted their best chance in the fourth inning when Faria left the game with runners on first and second and one out.Chaz Roe came in and hit Neil Walker to load the bases. He struck out Austin Romine and escaped the inning when a replay challenge overturned Ronald Torreyes‘ single into an inning-ending groundout.“We created some traffic. It makes it tough when you’re kind of behind the 8-ball and not just down a run or two,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “But yeah, one big hit certainly in that inning, maybe things are a little bit different.”Reliever Ryan Yarbrough (11-5) then entered and was credited with the win after shutting down the Yankees, allowing only two runners in scoring position over four scoreless innings. He allowed only two hits and struck out three.New York went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.“Anytime you fall behind early, it can be frustrating, deflating, and we just weren’t able to climb back in it tonight Justin Smoak Jersey ,” left fielder Brett Gardner said.Tampa Bay took advantage of an ineffective Luis Cessa (1-3), who was recalled from Triple-A before the game to make a start in place of an injured CC Sabathia.Lowe hit a blooper to left field to drive in Kiermaier to put the Rays ahead 1-0 in the second inning.After Miguel Andujar hit his 19th homer of the season to tie it at 1 in the bottom of the second, Tampa Bay made Cessa pay for his lack of execution.The righty loaded the bases on back-to-back singles to start the third inning before walking the next batter. Cessa then struck out Joey Wendle, but a hard fielder’s choice grounder by Ji-Man Choi gave the Rays a 2-1 lead.Kiermaier then singled to center, extending the lead to 3-1.Smith’s one-out, two-run blast to right field in the fourth ended Cessa’s night as the Rays went up 5-1.Lowe’s single to right field made it 6-1 in the fifth.Cessa allowed five runs, seven hits, walked a pair and struck out four over 3 1/3 innings. He was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.Faria made his first start since May 22 at Boston, when he suffered a left oblique strain. He fared pretty well before he was pulled in the fourth inning. He allowed one run, three hits and walked two and struck out two.“Chaz came in, yeah he hits Walker, but comes in, shuts it down, picks me up and then Yarbs just mowing down a really good lineup for the next four innings,” Faria said.RETURN OF TORREYESTorreyes http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , a popular backup, was inserted into the starting lineup two days after he was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He started at second base in place of rookie Gleyber Torres and went 0-for-4.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: OF Tommy Pham (fractured right foot) went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored in a rehab game with Class A Hudson Valley, who were playing just a borough away at Staten Island, home of the Yankees’ affiliate. Pham, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3. was activated from the DL after the game and Faria was sent to Triple-A Durham.Yankees: To make room for Cessa on the roster, RHP George Kontos was designated for assignment before Wednesday’s game. He made his season debut with the Yankees on Monday, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the loss against the Mets. … Boone has seen some improvement with Aaron Judge’s fractured wrist. The slugger took some swings in a pool earlier during the day. “I would say there’s been significant improvement over the last couple of days,” Boone said. “So I feel we’re getting close to that point where, hopefully, he has a bat in his hand again.”UP NEXT:Rays: LHP Blake Snell (13-5, 2.18 ERA) makes his second start after returning from the 10-day disabled list because of left shoulder fatigue. Snell faced Toronto in his previous start and was perfect through five innings before he was pulled from the game.Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (9-3, 4.08) makes his 20th start of the season. He lost his previous start against Texas last Friday.
Chủ đề: Robinson Canó is right back on the in   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 27/07/2019 lúc 08:28:16(UTC)
NEW YORK (AP) — jured list.Four days after returning to the lineup Ivan Nova Jersey , the slumping second baseman was placed on the 10-day IL by the New York Mets again Sunday with tightness in his left quadriceps. The move is retroactive to Thursday, after Canó aggravated the injury Wednesday night in his first game since May 22.Canó sat out the next three days while the Mets tried to determine whether he needed another stint on the injured list.“When you have an active guy and you start him, you want him to be able to go nine innings. I don’t think at this point we were confident that that could happen safely without putting him at any kind of risk,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “So we feel like a rehab assignment probably will be the best thing, and a progression throughout that rehab assignment to get him to where he needs to be. He could have probably pinch-hit, but we don’t need Robbie to be just a pinch-hitter, we need him to be a starter and go out there and play and get four at-bats a night.”The move means Canó will miss both Subway Series games against his former team at Yankee Stadium this week. But he said he wasn’t particularly concerned about that, and he’s scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Syracuse or Double-A Binghamton.“I want to go down and get some at-bats and not just focus on one or two games and then it will take me longer to get ready at the plate,” Canó said. “So I’d rather go down and just take some at-bats and work on what I have to do.”An eight-time All-Star, the 36-year-old Canó is batting just .238 with three homers, 14 RBIs and a .650 OPS in his first season with the Mets. They traded five players http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , included two highly rated prospects, to Seattle for Canó and closer Edwin Diaz — taking on $100 million of what remained on Cano’s contract, which runs through 2023.Adeiny Hechavarría and Jeff McNeil have filled in nicely at second base for Canó, who was on the injured list from May 23 to June 4 with a strained left quadriceps. Hechavarría started at second Sunday in the series finale against Colorado as McNeil received a scheduled rest.Canó went through pregame agility drills and said he feels good. But after meeting with the Mets, he agreed with the decision to put him back on the IL because he’s had only two at-bats in 2½ weeks and wants to be able to play a full game and contribute offensively when he comes back.“It’s much better for me and the team and all of us,” Canó said. “We’ve got to do what’s best for the team, not for me.”To replace him on the roster, New York selected the contract of right-handed reliever Tim Peterson from Syracuse.“I think it just got to a point where we felt like this was the best thing for Robbie at this point,” Callaway said. “We need Robbie to be back and play at 100% and being the player he needs to be, and we felt that this route was going to give us the best chance to accomplish that.” Baltimore Orioles (21-54, fifth in the AL East) vs. Seattle Mariners (33-46 Brad Hand Jersey , fifth in the AL West)Seattle; Friday, 10 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: TBD Mariners: Mike Leake (6-6, 4.14 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 69 strikeouts)Article continues below ...BOTTOM LINE:The Mariners are 15-24 on their home turf. Seattle has slugged .451, good for fourth in the American League. Daniel Vogelbach leads the team with a .538 slugging percentage, including 27 extra-base hits and 18 home runs.The Orioles are 12-26 on the road. Baltimore’s lineup has 88 home runs this season, Trey Mancini leads them with 16 homers. The Mariners won the last meeting 5-2. Wade LeBlanc recorded his fourth victory and Omar Narvaez went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Seattle. Dylan Bundy took his ninth loss for Baltimore.TOP PERFORMERS: Domingo Santana leads the Mariners with 55 RBIs and is batting .279. Kyle Seager is 9-for-39 with two doubles and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Seattle.Mancini leads the Orioles with 16 home runs and is batting .304. Chance Sisco is 4-for-18 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Baltimore.LAST 10 GAMES: Mariners: 5-5, .254 batting average, 5.42 ERA http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , outscored by four runsOrioles: 1-9, .225 batting average, 7.66 ERA, outscored by 50 runsMariners Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: 60-day IL (shoulder), Sam Tuivailala: 60-day IL (achilles/shoulder), Hunter Strickland: 60-day IL (lat), Connor Sadzeck: 10-day IL (elbow), Felix Hernandez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brandon Brennan: 10-day IL (shoulder), Chasen Bradford: 10-day IL (forearm), Mitch Haniger: 10-day IL (testicle) Tyson Ross Jersey , Braden Bishop: 10-day IL (neck), Ryon Healy: 10-day IL (back).Orioles Injuries: John Means: 10-day IL (left shoulder strain), Josh Lucas: 10-day IL (shoulder), Nate Karns: 60-day IL (forearm), Alex Cobb: 60-day IL (lumbar strain), DJ Stewart: 10-day IL (ankle), Trey Mancini: day-to-day (arm), Mark Trumbo: 60-day IL (knee).
Chủ đề: The Blue Jays were +135 on the first f   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 27/07/2019 lúc 08:16:41(UTC)
ive innings moneyline against the Red Sox 鈥?with a total of 5.Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the first inning http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , which held up until the bottom of the fourth.But after an error and an infield single helped extend the inning, Mookie Betts stepped up with two outs and the bases loaded.The Sox would eventually plate five unearned runs to take a 5-2 lead, ruining both Jays moneyline and under F5 bets.Those brave enough to bet against the red-hot Red Sox (and the under) for the first five innings got off to a decent start in Fenway tonight. The Jays struck first in the top of the first on a Teoscar Hernandez two-run shot. That gave Toronto a 2-0 lead, which held until the bottom of the fourth inning.Toronto hurler J.A. Happ kept the Red Sox scoreless over the first three frames, much to the delight of first five under (5) and Jays moneyline (+135) bettors. However, it all fell apart in the home half of the fourth.After Happ struck out Blake Swihart to start the inning, Xander Bogaerts singled. Brock Holt then reached (after a successful Sox challenge) on a Devon Travis fielding error. That put two on with only one out. Time to sweat if you had Toronto or the under for the first five innings.Things only got more painful from there, as Eduardo Nunez then reached on an infield single to load the bases. Two of the three men on base got on in questionable fashion.Ewing: History Says Fade Bryce Harper in the Home Run DerbyRead nowHapp settled down and got Sandy Leon to hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning. That did get the Sox on the board, but the Blue Jays were just one out away from getting out of the inning.Under and Toronto backers wouldn’t get that critical out with the next batter, as Jackie Bradley drew a walk to reload the bases. That brought up AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts. Uh oh.The at-bat was an absolute war. Betts fouled off pitch after pitch and eventually got to a full count. It was absolutely excruciating for anybody who wagered on the first five innings. And on the 13th pitch of the at-bat…See. You. Later. A two-out Jesus Aguilar Jersey , two-strike grand slam to plate four more unearned runs to give the Sox a 5-2 lead. Neither team scored from that point on through five innings.The Sox won the first five by a score of 5-2 on five unearned runs. Multiple moose. Brutal. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Reynolds made a promise during his first days as a major leaguer, a vow that spoke volumes about the understated Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder’s mindset.It has helped him evolve from a relative unknown in the deal that sent Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants to an invaluable cog in an offense that’s desperately trying to keep Reynolds’ injury-plagued team afloat.“I’m not a guy that’s going to strive to get in front of the camera at every opportunity I get,” Reynolds said shortly after making his major league debut on April 20.He wasn’t kidding.When the media descended on the Pirates’ clubhouse shortly after Reynolds’ three-run home run capped the franchise’s biggest rally in over a decade in an 8-7 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night, Reynolds’ locker was already empty. No talking about a 3-for-4 night that boosted his average to .362 — tops among first-year players — or trying to put his electrifying start into perspective. That’s simply not his way.Besides, his teammates are doing a pretty good job serving as his hype men anyway.“What Bryan Reynolds is doing right now is extremely impressive,” pitcher Trevor Williams said. “I hope a lot more eyes are being opened to who he is as a ballplayer and who he is as a person, because it’s really, really impressive. I hope he gets the attention that he deserves.”If the switch-hitting Reynolds keeps raking, he’s going to get it whether he wants it or not.Acquired along with reliever Kyle Crick in January 2018 as part of the deal that sent McCutchen — a hugely popular five-time All-Star who served as the foundation around which the Pirates shed two decades of losing — to the Giants, the 24-year-old Reynolds has become a fixture on manager Clint Hurdle’s lineup card. Putting together a pair of hitting streaks of at least 10 games in your first two months in the majors will do that.Reynolds has played so well and so steadily — collecting at least one hit in 37 of the 43 games he’s started — it has allowed the Pirates not to rush veteran Corey Dickerson back from a strained right shoulder that sidelined him for more than two months. Dickerson http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , who won a Gold Glove and hit .300 after coming to Pittsburgh on the eve of the 2018 season, has quickly developed a bond with Reynolds since returning from the injured list. The two nerd-out almost daily over hitting and Dickerson hasn’t been shy about offering bits of advice.Dickerson suggested to Reynolds that he write down everything that’s working for him at the moment so he can come back to it later when things go sideways. Thing is, Dickerson isn’t so sure how sideways things will get for Reynolds.“He’s so simple,” Dickerson said. “He has a simple approach. When you’re simple like that, you’re going to have good contact.”A second-round pick by the Giants in the 2016 draft, Reynolds earned a call-up to the Pirates following injuries to Dickerson and Starling Marte and a hot start at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit five home runs in 13 games. His power doesn’t come so much from strength — he’s a lean 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds — but rather solid mechanics and a knack for knowing when to pounce.When Detroit’s Nick Ramirez floated a 78 mph breaking ball over the outer half of the plate with two on in the sixth on Wednesday night, Reynolds turned on it, dropped his bat and started sprinting, only taking a cursory glance at the ball as it landed five rows deep into the left-field bleachers to give the Pirates the lead.“It was a big-time play by a big-time player Travis Shaw Jersey ,” Williams said. “He’s been doing nothing but impressing Pirates and guys he’s been playing against.”Not that you’d know it by watching Reynolds. When he crossed home plate, he celebrated by nonchalantly bashing forearms with teammates Adam Frazier and Kevin Newman, then jogged back to the dugout with only the hint of a grin emerging from underneath facial hair best described as a wispy rumor of a goatee.Reynolds arrived in Pittsburgh the same day as ebullient shortstop Cole Tucker. The charismatic Tucker quickly became a fan favorite with his ever-present grin and the massive set of curls that erupt from underneath his cap when he tries to turn a single into a double. Reynolds is the opposite. Throw a flannel shirt on him and put a guitar in his hands and he looks like he could be the low-key bass player in a Southern rock band.Call it part of what Hurdle described as a “cool, calm and collected” demeanor that has allowed Reynolds to adjust quickly to the majors. He won’t keep hitting .362, but Hurdle thinks he might stick closer to that number than most predict.“I’m always intrigued by the fact they say he was under the radar or he’s over-performed,” Hurdle said. “Maybe we underestimated him. Maybe we under-evaluated him. Could be one or the other. All I know is he gets a chance, he shows up, he plays, he works hard. And there’s a lot of value to be said for that.”
Chủ đề: The Chicago Cubs are closing in on th   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 19/07/2019 lúc 08:58:22(UTC)
CHICAGO (AP) —e NL Central championship and have their sights set on another deep playoff run.It sure would help if Kyle Hendricks keeps pitching like this. They’ll take a few more big home runs from Kris Bryant http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , too.Hendricks went eight innings in another strong start, Bryant connected and the Cubs moved closer to the division title while dealing another hit to St. Louis’ playoff hopes, beating the Cardinals 8-4 on Friday.“This is what you look for,” Hendricks said. “These are the games you want to play in, games that have meaning like this. That’s why we play the game. Hopefully, we’ve got a lot of these left.”The Cubs came into the final weekend of the regular season with a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason assured and their third division title in a row in sight. They remained one game ahead of Milwaukee, which beat Detroit 6-5 on Friday night.The Cubs can clinch the NL Central on Saturday — and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs — with a win and a Brewers loss.St. Louis matched a season high with its fourth straight loss, after being swept by Milwaukee this week. The Cardinals trail Los Angeles by two games for the second NL wild card after the Dodgers won 3-1 in San Francisco late Friday night.With two games remaining, one more St. Louis loss or Los Angeles win would eliminate the Cardinals from postseason contention.“Clearly the back is completely against the wall,” manager Mike Shildt said.Hendricks (14-11) gave up two runs and seven hits . The right-hander is 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in his past seven outings and has thrown a career-high 199 innings.“He’s pitched with his best stuff since I’ve known him,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “There’s not many strikeouts, not a lot of swing-and-misses. But the velocity on the fastball, he’s back to the weaker contact in general. He looks strong. … I just see a stronger version of Kyle.”Bryant made it 3-0 with a long solo drive to center against Adam Wainwright in the fourth.That gave the 2016 NL MVP just two homers in 27 games and 13 total in a season marked by injuries. Bryant missed the previous two games because of a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch and was on the disabled list two times this year because of left shoulder inflammation.Daniel Murphy had two hits Austin Hedges Jersey , two runs and an RBI. He singled and scored in a two-run first, doubled and came around in the fifth, and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.Anthony Rizzo had an RBI single and sacrifice fly.Albert Almora drove in two with a single against Dominic Leone to cap a three-run eighth, making it 8-2, and the Cubs won their third in a row after losing four of six.“We’ve been here before,” Bryant said, referring to three straight appearances in the NLCS and a World Series championship in 2016 that ended a drought dating to 1908. “We’ve been under pressure situations. I think we know how to handle it.”Wainwright (2-4) is now 11-3 lifetime at Wrigley Field. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs and five hits, in what could be his final start for the Cardinals. Though he didn’t sound like a player ready to walk away, the three-time All-Star has an expiring contract and was on the disabled list three times this season because of hamstring and elbow injuries.“If you had asked me that question about two months ago, I would have already checked out on you,” Wainwright said. “But the way I’m feeling right now, if that is my last start Carlos Asuaje Jersey , it would be kind of hard to walk away knowing the way I’m feeling right now.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t sure if reliever Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) will pitch this weekend. The right-hander still feels some discomfort on the landing throwing off the mound. Strop has been sidelined since Sept. 13, when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington. … The Cubs activated C Bobby Wilson, who was acquired Aug. 30 from Minnesota on Friday. The Twins placed him on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 24 because of a sprained right ankle.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (17-4, 2.94 ERA) looks to win his fifth straight start, after holding San Francisco to two runs and two hits in seven innings on Sunday.Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 2.47) tries to shake off back-to-back losses after going 4-0 in his first nine starts for Chicago following a trade from Texas. He homered against Pittsburgh on Monday but got outpitched by Jameson Taillon. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Hours after the Chicago White Sox watched two of their runners get trapped by a pickoff throw, their Double-A affiliate did them even one better on the bases.The Birmingham Barons hit a little popup that turned into a triple play.Barons manager Omar Vizquel, the former star infielder, was coaching third when Birmingham loaded the bases against the Montgomery Biscuits with no outs in the eighth inning of their Southern League game Saturday night.Laz Rivera lofted a popup and the umpires called the infield fly rule, meaning the batter was automatically out and the runners could hold their bases no matter what.But the infield fly rule often causes confusion, too. And when the high pop eluded first baseman Kevin Padlo, it quickly became bizarre.The ball fell on the edge of the dirt and infield grass http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , and Padlo went down to all fours trying to recover.Gavin Sheets headed home from third base and got tagged out in a rundown. The Biscuits then made a couple more throws to catch Ti’Quan Forbes between second and third, completing the odd triple play.“Crazy,” said Curt Bloom, who has called Barons games on radio for 27 years. “I have called a few triple plays, but none with a couple of rundowns on an infield fly.”The Biscuits, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, won 12-7.Earlier Saturday, the White Sox made a big baserunning blunder and lost to Cleveland 5-2.Chicago had two on in the third inning when Indians pitcher Jefry Rodriguez made a pickoff throw that trapped Yolmer Sanchez off second. Sanchez was tagged in a rundown, and Charlie Tilson also was caught when he strayed off first.
Chủ đề: The New York Mets utilityman — an in   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 19/07/2019 lúc 08:47:57(UTC)
PORT ST. LUCIE http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , Fla. (AP) — Jeff McNeil will be exchanging the big glove he’s been wearing this spring for the smaller one in his locker.And soon.fielder for most of his career — started in left field for Friday’s exhibition game against the Miami Marlins. After the 10-3 loss, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said McNeil would get be getting more looks at third base.The move is out of necessity, not because of McNeil’s outfield play.“He’s been taking groundballs and we’re going to get him in there at third base on Sunday and start getting him some reps there,” Callaway said. “Every other time out, you might see him at third and the other time you’ll see him in left.”The move for McNeil, who also sports a first baseman’s mitt in his locker, was on the horizon. Callaway expected an 80-20 split between time in the outfield and in the infield for McNeil, but those numbers flipped to 50-50 with injuries to infielder Jed Lowrie (knee) and third baseman Todd Frazier (oblique). Lowrie is unlikely to be ready for opening day.“That’s just to ensure that we’re covered in all scenarios. We feel like he needs to start playing some third,” Callaway said. “We were still going to get him on the infield, but now with the couple of injuries we need get him more 50-50 in that regard.”A former outfielder at Long Beach State and in summer ball, McNeil started off well at First Data Field on a blustery day.After an uneventful top of the first inning, McNeil led off the bottom half with his first hit this spring, a home run against Dan Straily.Things got interesting defensively, however, in the top of the second. Isaac Galloway hit a line drive that turned McNeil around, and the ball bounced off his glove. McNeil retrieved it and threw to shortstop Andres Gimenez, who relayed to catcher Devin Mesoroco in time to get Austin Dean and keep the Marlins off the board against Noah Syndergaard.“The wind was pretty tough out there today Charlie Morton Jersey , and I had a really good read on it,” McNeil said. “It just twisted back over my right shoulder, and I did the most athletic thing I could.“It hit the palm of my glove and just happened to pop out. I make that catch almost every time,” he said.McNeil is coming back from a minor wrist cut. McNeil, 26, played his fourth Grapefruit League game and Callaway likes what little he had seen of his outfield work.“He’s looked really good. He gets the ball in quick. He still hasn’t played outfield a ton, so what we’ve seen to this point I think we’ve been satisfied with,” Callaway said.“I think he’ll be able to handle (playing the outfield) with more reps that he gets,” he said.McNeil is ready for the challenge.“I’ll get my flyballs and I’ll get my groundballs, so I’ll do both. I’ll do my best to be comfortable at both,” he said.Syndergaard, who said he “out of sync” in his last start, called his four innings against Miami “kind of a boring outing.”“It wasn’t terribly good, it wasn’t too bad. It’s a step in the right direction. In the spring, that’s really all that matters — going out there and getting better,” said Syndergaard, who issued five walks last Saturday.Former Mets teammate Neil Walker hit a three-run homer off Syndergaard and JT Riddle had a solo drive. Syndergaard allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.“I was just trying to think less, be more comfortable on the mound, be more fluid and accelerate toward the catcher,” the right-hander said.NOTES: Robinson Cano and Gimenez also hit their first homers of the spring in the loss. “It feels good, but they don’t count here,” said Cano, 36. He is hitting .471 (8 for 17). . SS Amed Rosario (bruised left hand) was a late scratch from the lineup, but Callaway said he would start on Sunday. . New closer Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing one hit. . Gimenez, Dominic Smith, Dilson Herrera and Arismendy Alcantara all committed errors. . Top prospect Pete Alonso (.409, two homers) and OFs Brandon Nimmo and Tim Tebow will be among the Mets traveling to Fort Myers on Saturday for the game against the Boston Red Sox. RHP Zack Wheeler will start. PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer has been able to focus strictly on baseball this offseason and he likes what he sees with the suddenly dynamic San Diego Padres.Hosmer arrived at spring training last year after signing a $144 million, eight-year contract as a free agent. The buzz generated by his signing didn’t last long as he struggled in his first season with the Padres, who lost 96 games and finished last in the NL West.Now the first baseman is energized by being around new teammate Manny Machado, who last week signed a $300 million, 10-year contract Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey , and top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who is expected to make his big league debut at some point in 2019.Hosmer’s deal had been the biggest in team history until Machado signed the biggest deal for any free agent.“It’s a tremendous leap for this organization,” Hosmer said. “It shows everybody what we are all about. It’s something we aren’t trying to preach or talk about. They went out, signed a player and got a guy that’s going to help us win a championship one day.”Last spring training, Hosmer had to get acquainted with new teammates and a new league. He signed his deal shortly after pitchers and catchers reported to camp. He said he didn’t get an offer from a team until mid-January and made sure he was making the right decision before deciding on San Diego.“I didn’t know much about the organization until I did my homework when I was a free agent,” he said. “Just reading about all the talent and getting to see all of that. Especially this year, with these guys getting to see what Tatis did in the winter, what Franmil (Reyes) did over here last year, there’s a lot of upside where this organization is going.”Hosmer was able to shift his priories this offseason to getting his mind and body ready for baseball.“It’s definitely a different vibe for me to walk in here and be able to know a lot of the faces,” he said. “I just got to focus on baseball all offseason and that was probably the best part about it. I didn’t have to be a lawyer or agent this offseason. I can just worry about training and getting my body into the position and place it needs to be to take on 162 games and I feel like I did a really good job with that.”Hosmer hit only.253 last year, down 65 points. His 18 homers, 65 RBIs and .322 on-base percentage were his lowest in four seasons. He struck out a career-high 142 times.“I don’t really know what happened. It didn’t go the way I planned,” Hosmer said. “There’s really no excuse for that. It came down to not performing the way I wanted to perform. I took that very seriously this offseason and got everything going.”Once again, there’s a buzz in Padres camp.“I think we are at a point in time now where everybody knows we want to win and we are serious about it,” Hosmer said. “It’s not just talking. It’s not us trying to sell you guys something. It’s actions and going out and doing something.”
Chủ đề: Khris Davis has become known as Oakland’   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 19/07/2019 lúc 08:38:00(UTC)
OAKLAND George Foster Jersey , Calif. (AP) — s other superstar “KD.”The Athletics slugger is having a special season right next door to where Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to a second straight NBA championship two months ago.Davis is on such a home run streak, he has considered the idea he might hit 50.It’s right within reach at the pace he’s on after two straight 40-homer years in his first two seasons with the Athletics.“It’s been on my mind for a little while,” Davis said. “It’s just another number, another benchmark.”Yet he is far from concerned with his individual total — because that will mean little if he doesn’t help Oakland end a three-year postseason drought following last-place finishes in the AL West each of the past three years.Davis leads the majors with 39 home runs and ranks second in RBIs with 103 behind Boston’s J.D. Martinez.Davis is a big reason the A’s are on such a remarkable roll in the second half: Oakland is 17-1-2 in its past 20 series dating to June 15 and 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Astros as the clubs begin a three-game series at defending World Series champion Houston on Monday night.“He just wants to play baseball,” A’s pitcher Edwin Jackson said. “You have a couple of those dudes sometimes that just want to go out, don’t really like the attention, but they get it because it comes with the job, but if they can go out and play and produce and do well without the attention I’m sure they would prefer it.“It’s like a quiet storm, quiet storm. Oh, man, it’s fun watching him doing what he does — it’s pretty fun watching him put it all together, too. He’s a great person Tom Seaver Jersey , a great teammate. I couldn’t be more happy for him, I wouldn’t wish it on a better person.”What has been most impressive to many around him is how Davis continues to make himself better each year, working the count and driving in runs other ways.As his home runs and RBIs mount, Davis is even getting MVP support from the A’s, even though he’s batting just .255 and primarily plays designated hitter.“It’s special. Just appreciative and I try not to make it a big deal,” Davis said.His unassuming, quiet demeanor reflects to teammates how focused he is on being the best. Davis’ recent gesture to a boy in remission from a rare cancer told them so much about his caring nature, too. On Aug. 20, Davis had 10-year-old Anthony Slocumb sign his jersey , then hit a towering home run that hit the window high above the elevated seats in left-center that night against the Texas Rangers.“That’s who he is,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s beloved by everybody in this clubhouse from the clubhouse kids to trainers, I mean there isn’t a group here that he’s (not) endeared to. He doesn’t want to it in the spotlight Paul Konerko Jersey , he just wants to be one of the guys.”Davis takes more pride in being that positive example for teammates than he does in clearing the fences — though that helps his credibility.“Just being a good teammate, and if things aren’t going my way I’m still pulling for everybody,” Davis said. “I just want the team to win all around. It’s been a trait since I was young. That’s the reason why we play is to win the ballgame, not necessarily to do good for ourselves but for the team.Melvin has credited Davis for becoming a more all-around hitter, not just clobbering home runs.Davis received a $10.5 million, one-year contract during the offseason, more than doubling his salary after he beat the team in arbitration the previous winter.He hit a career-best 43 home runs in 2017, connecting on the season’s final day to surpass the season high he set the previous year for Oakland. The 30-year-old Davis needs one more homer to join Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 as the only players in Athletics history with three straight 40-homer seasons.Davis’ 85 homers the past two seasons were second in the majors only to Giancarlo Stanton’s 86.His teammates can’t always believe what they’re seeing from Davis, which is why they’re pushing for his inclusion in MVP talks.“He’s a joke. He hits balls that left-handed pull hitters don’t hit to right field,” pitcher Brett Anderson said. “The ball comes off his bat different than pretty much everyone I’ve ever seen. He should definitely be in the equation because it’s fun to watch him on a daily basis. I’m glad I’m on this side and not the other side.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer and Adam Frazier ended their struggles to keep the Pirates winning.Frazier hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Saturday.Frazier had one hit in his previous 10 at-bats entering play Saturday, but stepped into the box with the bases loaded after Starling Marte’s triple and a pair walks and delivered his hit to center field.Article continues below ...Elias Diaz added on with an RBI single and pinch-hitter Jung Ho Kang had a sacrifice fly as the Pirates scored four against San Diego setup man Craig Stammen (5-4).“I just tried to not do too much to get him in and have a big inning http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey ,” Frazier said. “In the past this year, I’ve tried to get too big and not have the pitcher come to me.”Archer worked five innings of one-run ball, striking out five and walking three. He had given up 11 runs over his previous two starts and credited Friday’s winner Joe Musgrove with giving him some tips against the Padres.“If he has a good outing or notices something about the other team, the next day, I’m going to have a sheet of paper in my locker,” Archer said. “The ultimate teammate. He helps me out. I love the fact that he pitches ahead of me.”That type of resiliency has been key all season for the Pirates. The victory gave the Pirates three straight wins at home after coming back from a 2-8 road trip. Pittsburgh owns losing streaks of seven and eight games this season, yet now sits at 35-40.Kyle Crick (3-3) worked around a walk and a hit in the eighth. Felipe Vazquez faced just one batter to earn his 19th save of the season.The Padres tied it at 2 in the seventh when Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a sacrifice fly off Francisco Liriano.Manny Machado opened the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 16th of the season. He also drove in Tatis with a single in the ninth.Pinch-hitter Jose Osuna’s two-run homer in the fifth inning put the Pirates ahead 2-1. It was his major league-high third pinch-hit home run of the season.BACK IN ACTIONPadres rookie righty Chris Paddack, recalled before the game after spending 10 days in Class A in order to limit his season innings total, gave up two runs on five hits over five innings.He walked three and struck out one, and felt good about his whole repertoire after some time down.“Absolutely,” he said. “My changeup coming into today was my biggest game plan. They laid off a lot of good changeups. . Tip my cap to those guys. Tough lineup.”ROSTER MOVESThe Padres optioned right-handed relief pitcher Gerardo Reyes to Triple-A El Paso to make room for Paddack. Reyes had a 12.41 ERA in 13 games with the Padres this season.The Pirates placed right fielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation Nellie Fox Jersey , retroactive to June 19. Polanco had shoulder surgery in September. Since returning in April, he has limited his throwing in an attempt to keep his shoulder healthy.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RHP Jordan Lyles (left hamstring tightness) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis at Pawtucket on Sunday.UP NEXTPadres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (6-4, 3.74 ERA) will start the series finale on Sunday. He is coming off his best outing of the season with seven scoreless innings against Milwaukee on June 17.Pirates: LHP Steven Brault (3-1, 4.40), a native of San Diego suburb El Cajon, California, will make his first career start against the Padres. He has a 5.68 ERA in four relief appearances against San Diego.
Chủ đề: The St. Louis Cardinals have sent   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 19/07/2019 lúc 08:25:45(UTC)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — struggling pitcher Alex Reyes to Triple-A Memphis.The Cardinals made the move before Sunday’s game against San Diego.Reyes had Tommy John surgery in February 2017 and suffered a torn lat strain on May 30 Todd Helton Jersey , 2018. The 24-year-old righty pitched just once in the majors last year, giving up three hits and two walks in four innings.Reyes has had trouble this year getting his control up to what he called “game speed.” He is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA in four appearances, allowing five earned runs and walking six in three innings.“We need to get him touches,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.The return to Memphis will give him some, “structure http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey ,” according to Shildt. It also provides Reyes a chance to work on his repertoire.Shildt said he had an open conversation with Reyes on Saturday discussing his outings and the things he needs to work on to be successful.Reyes is expected to pitch several two-inning stints. SB Nation FanPulse week 4 results"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2019 Spring TrainingProspectsCommentaryNews and NotesSB Nation FanPulseDave Roberts approval ratings fall to 83%New,112commentsSB Nation FanPulse week 4 resultsPDTShareTweetShareShareDave Roberts approval ratings fall to 83%Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY SportsWelcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Dodgers fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.Approval ratings of the Dodgers team and management declined following the Dodgers’ six-game losing skid.As you can see in this week’s graphic Charlie Blackmon Jersey , respondents weren’t as pleased with Dave Roberts as they usually are. Last week, 95 percent of respondents were happy with him and this week the number dropped to 83 percent. This drop in approval ratings was also seen when we asked about your confidence in the team. After the Dodgers losing streak last week, approval ratings were at 80 percent - a drop of nearly 20 percentage points.The Dodgers have since gotten out of their little funk, so check back next Wednesday to see how thinks look. This week, the national question was about long-term http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , under value contract. Nearly two thirds of respondents said the team gets the better deal.Remember, you can sign up to participate in future FanPulse surveys using this link! Surveys will go out each week and only take a few minutes to complete. Don’t be left out!
Chủ đề: All eyes will be watching Mike Trout as the Angels   Xem bài viết cuối
Đã gửi: 19/07/2019 lúc 08:07:57(UTC)
OAKLAND http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , Calif. (AP) — star takes his first million-dollar swings since signing that monster new contract earlier this month.The two-time AL MVP, freshly inked for $426.5 million and 12 years, and his Angels teammates open the season on the road Thursday against those slugging Oakland Athletics who surprised all of baseball by getting back to the playoffs in 2018 for the first time in four years.Sure, Trout’s contract will be all the talk for months to come.But the Angels also begin a new era under manager Brad Ausmus, the club’s first change at skipper since departed Mike Scioscia began his initial season of 2000.“I’m just glad that I can focus on baseball, because that’s all I ever wanted out of this,” Trout said. “(The contract) is out of the way and we know we’re going to be here for a long time, so now it’s just about playing, winning and trying to win a championship.”Los Angeles last won in 2002 as the AL wild card. The Angels have reached the playoffs just once since advancing to the 2009 AL championship series and losing in six games to the Yankees.Trout’s outfield mate, left fielder Justin Upton http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , begins the season on the injured list with a toe injury.Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch until 2020 but is working back from Tommy John surgery so he can be a designated hitter this season.“I’m really confident about this team. We all know the talent we have in the lineup and the pitching staff, and what we can do if everybody stays healthy and plays to their full potential,” Trout said. “It’s an exciting time, and we know that we’ve got some talent coming through the system that makes it even more exciting.”The A’s have their own motivations after already having played their opening day across the world: Building on last year. Oakland lost its first two games of the season to the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo.“The second year is difficult and these guys know that they have to work even harder and commit even harder to stay where we are, but if you asked our guys last year if we could be in the position we are this year everybody would take it, so they’re embracing it,” manager Bob Melvin said.Oakland boasts reigning majors home run leader Khris Davis, who had 48 home runs and a career-high 123 RBIs in the A’s 97-win season. They lost to New York in the wild card game.Now, the A’s are determined to take that further — and make a deep postseason run.“It kind of gave us that taste last year and gave us the confidence that we can compete with the top teams in the league,” Gold Glove first baseman Matt Olson said. “We just want to keep it rolling this year.”Olson will be sidelined for what is expected to be about a month after undergoing surgery on his right hand last Friday. He was injured when he got hit by a foul tip in his final at-bat during last Thursday’s 5-4 Corey Dickerson Jersey , 12-inning loss to the Mariners in Japan.The Gold Glove first baseman played all 162 games last year in his first full major league season, hitting 29 homers and driving in 85 runs while batting .247. Along with Davis and third baseman Matt Chapman’s 24 homers, the A’s lineup cleared the fences 227 times in 2018 — third-most in baseball behind the Yankees (267) and Dodgers (235).In Olson’s absence, the A’s will count on Kendrys Morales — acquired Wednesday in a trade with Toronto — and Mark Canha at first and new second baseman Jurickson Profar, who can play multiple positions.“The good thing is that we do have some versatile guys and guys that can be even more productive with some consistent at-bats,” Melvin said. “There’s certain guys that you feel like are a little bit more replaceable than others. He’s a tough one, although we do have guys we like a lot. But the left-handed bat is a little bit of an issue.” BOSTON (AP) — Brandon Lowe hardly looks like he has the build of someone that hit two balls as deep as he did in Fenway Park.He even surprised his own team.Lowe hit a pair of solo homers into the center-field bleachers that totaled 890 feet, Blake Snell baffled Boston’s lineup and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Sunday to take three of four from the World Series champions.Article continues below ...“Everyone was like: ‘How’d you hit a ball that far?'” the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Lowe said after driving balls 455 feet in the sixth and 435 feet in the seventh. “I squared it up and the wind was blowing out a little bit. We’ll say the wind had some carry on it.”There was actually only a slight breeze blowing in at game time.Guillermo Heredia and Yandy Díaz also hit solo shots, and Lowe added an RBI single for Tampa Bay Austin Meadows Jersey , which at 40-24 matched its season-high at 16 games over .500. Díaz had four hits.Lowe homered on Eduardo Rodríguez’s first pitch of the sixth. Díaz led off the seventh with a drive into the Monster seats and Lowe connected off Marcus Walden later in the inning for his 13th home run this season.“Where he hit those two balls, not many guys hit them,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Watching some of the Red Sox players from some past years, they don’t hit it up there often. He hit it to the deepest part of the ballpark, and they were both no-doubters.”Snell (4-5) became the third Rays starter to hold Boston to two runs or fewer in the series after Yonny Chirinos and Ryan Yarbrough.“They’re a good team,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “They can pitch, they can play defense. I’ve been saying it all along, it’s a complete team.”Snell battled through two tough opening innings, allowing one run and five hits over six innings with seven strikeouts. With runners on second and third in the first, the AL Cy Young Award winner stuck out the next three batters swinging with sharp Colin Moran Jersey , breaking curveballs.“These guys have a track record of being good pitching-wise and they came here and did what they normally do,” Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts said.Rodríguez (6-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.Tampa Bay’s first four batters singled, and the Rays took a 2-0 lead on Lowe’s RBI single and Travis d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly.Heredia homered into the Green Monster seats in the second.Boston got the first two runners on in the opening two innings but scored just a run on Marco Hernández’s RBI single in the second.After Lowe’s second, some fans tried to change the mood in Fenway, chanting “We Want the Cup!” ahead of the Bruins’ Game 6 against St. Louis in the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night. They broke into “Let’s Go Bruins!” cheers later.ROAD SUCCESSTampa Bay has a 23-10 road record following a 5-2 trip.NICE STARTTampa Bay reached 40 wins in its initial 64 games for only the second time in its history after doing it in 62 games in 2010.NOT THIS TIMEBoston had gone 9-1 in Rodríguez’s previous 10 starts.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: OF Tommy Pham returned to the lineup after leaving Saturday’s first game of the DH when he was hit by a pitch on the right wrist.Red Sox: Slugger J.D. Martinez missed his fourth straight game with back tightness. Cora said that he was “feeling better, but he’s not ready to play.” . Cora also said RHP Nathan Eovaldi had “a little bicep soreness” and was going to back off as he continues rehab from surgery to remove loose body in his right elbow in late April. … 3B Rafael Devers and LF Andrew Benintendi both had the day off.UP NEXTRays: RHP Charlie Morton (7-0, 2.30 ERA) brings the longest active unbeaten streak in the majors at 20 starts into Monday’s series opener at home against Oakland. He is 10-0 since last August.Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (2-7, 3.84) looks to build off his strong start the last time out Monday against Texas. He had a complete-game victory over Kansas City Wednesday and recorded his second immaculate inning of the season, joining Lefty Grove (1928) as the only to do it twice in a year.

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