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1  General / Announcements / who is the 20th-best prospect in the White Sox system on: 30 April 2019, 05:31
It came far too late for some Alex Cobb Jersey , but Tyler Johnson is our No. 19 choice. Now, "WhiteFanposts FanpostsFanshotsSections AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I’ll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昗hite Sox MinorsWhite Sox Prospects2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 20New,1commentIt came far too late for some, but Tyler Johnson is our No. 19 choice. Now, who is the 20th-best prospect in the White Sox system?CSTShareTweetShareShare2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 20Go low: By the time the SSS Top 100 prospects are all written up Wade Boggs Jersey , Johnson will find himself higher than No. 19.Tiffany Wintz (@TiffW96)/South Side SoxWe started this out trying to get as many names as possible on the ballot, but that only worked for about a dozen rounds before the results started to get a little wonky — no offense, Lincoln Henzman. So we’re back to the traditional five players out for each round, with combined 2018 stats to help you out in your decision-making process. As we count down the SSS Prospect Vote, we’ll be counting up the overall list of Top 100 Prospects Wilson Ramos Jersey , with the SSS poll vote counting as a voice in the order of our official SSS Top 100.Here’s how last year’s prospect vote wrangled out — all 42 picks, with an archive of every article in the 2018 series.A final note: All copy below the poll, unless otherwise noted, comes from wsm’s Deep Dive series. Credit due. YOTH is just running the numbers.Sound cool? Now, get voting!Voting results for Round 19Tyler Johnson took the No. 19 spot with 79 of 182 votes (43.4%). Although many voters would see that ranking as too low (and http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , sneak preview, Johnson will move up at least a few spots in our Top 100 Prospects list), 19th still represents a jump of 12 spots from 2018.Note on the table below: “Rounds” refers to the number of ballots on which a player has appeared.2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote Winners 2019 South Side Sox Prospect Vote Right-Handed Relief PitchersMore information on our polling. NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom says he has not yet chosen a new agent after Brodie Van Wagenen left his agency to become Mets general manager, and the NL Cy Young Award winner is open to discussing a contract extension with New York.Speaking on Wednesday night after being awarded his first Cy Young, deGrom said he is still “trying to figure everything out” after Van Wagenen gave up his career as an agent to deGrom Blake Snell Jersey , Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier and others to become the Mets’ general manager last month.The 30-year-old right-hander is under contractual control with New York through the 2020 season. He says he is open to signing an extension with the Mets, but says no discussions have begun. He says his “goal is to continue to keep an open dialogue and just see where things go.”Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon has said there are provisions in Van Wagenen’s contract “to deal with any conflicts of interest.” Some players and rival agents have expressed concerns about Van Wagenen flipping labor-relations roles.
2  General / Announcements / www.philliesfanproshop.com on: 30 April 2019, 05:18
Start your day with some of the best Astros links around"Astros NewsMel Stottlemyre http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , former Astros pitching coach among other honors, has passed away at 77 (Houston Chronicle)MLB Video has released top prospects videos, including one each for Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, and Forrest Whitley (MLB Video x 3)Speaking of Whitley, the young hurler was named MLB Pipeline’s #1 RHP prospect (Astros.com)If there’s one thing the 2018 Astros did well it was make contact Robin Roberts Jersey , expect more of the same in 2019 (Climbing Tal’s Hill)The Astros caravan gets underway next week so take a moment to double check times and locations if you’re interested (Astros.com)Around the LeagueKyler Murray will enter the NFL draft in spite of his contract with the A’s (Sports Illustrated)Even though MLB offered to waive a rule and allow him to be signed to an MLB contract right away (Jeff Passan Twitter)They probably want him so bad due to his connection with the Big Unit (Baseball Bros Twitter)Derrek Holland will return to the Giants next year after something of a renaissance with them in 2018 (ESPN)Avisail Garcia also got himself a one-year deal, signing with the Rays (MLB Trade Rumors)The ghost of Jason Heyward’s contract might be haunting Manny Machado (FanGraphs)The Yankees are still shopping Sonny Gray, with about 6 teams in the mix (Sporting News)Here are the rookies who could make their mark in 2019 (The Athletic, $$$)Manny Ramirez has the numbers to get into the hall, but his PED use is holding him back (CBS Sports)The Tigers broadcaster’s kerfuffle from last season was more of a “baseball brawl” than a true fight (NY Post) Mike Clevinger’s replacement has been found. For now, anyway."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsAnalysis & EditorialsCleveland Indians prospects & minor leaguesGame RecapsTransactionsIndians newsJefry Rodriguez to make Indians debut SaturdayNew Tug McGraw Jersey ,11commentsMike Clevinger’s replacement has been found. For now, anyway.EDTShareTweetShareShareJefry Rodriguez to make Indians debut SaturdayRight-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez will make his debut for the Cleveland Indians Saturday. According to The Athletic’s Zack Meisel, Rodriguez doesn’t sound like the permanent replacement for Clevinger quite yet, as the team will reassess their options.Rodriguez, 25, came over in the offseason as part of a deal that sent Yan Gomes to the nation’s capital. Rodriguez’s repertoire includes a sinker Drew Hutchison Jersey , change-up, curveball, and four-seamer that can reach 96 mph on occasion.Last season in a limited role with the Nationals, Rodriguez had a 5.71 ERA and troubling 15.9 percent walk rate in 52 innings. In his lone start with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers this season, the righty allowed three earned runs and struck out four in 5.2 innings.
3  General / Announcements / www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/ on: 30 April 2019, 05:03
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:STARTING OUTBrian Dozier could make his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they host Milwaukee. The power-hitting Minnesota second baseman was traded Tuesday Keith Hernandez Jersey , shortly before the deadline for making deals without waivers. The defending NL champion Dodgers have revamped their infield in the last two weeks, also getting star Manny Machado.MOVING DAYChris Archer, Jonathan Scoop and Wilson Ramos were part of the 15 trades made Tuesday as contenders prepped for the playoff race. Brandon Kintzler will celebrate his 34th birthday finishing the move from Washington to the Cubs – on his birthday last year, he was going from Minnesota to the Nationals.HURTINGAstros center fielder George Springer will see how his sore left shoulder is feeling. The World Series MVP jarred himself making a diving try, hoping to cut off a ball Tuesday night at Seattle. Houston already has star infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa on the disabled list.WELCOMECole Hamels makes his first start for the Cubs when they play Pittsburgh at PNC Park. The 34-year-old lefty was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA when Texas traded the four-time All-Star and former World Series MVP to Chicago last week. The Pirates have won 16 of 20.CHECK HIMThe Yankees will monitor pitcher J.A. Happ, a day after the New York newcomer was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease. The illness is an infection condition that often affects young children. General manager Brian Cashman said the team’s doctors aren’t certain how Happ caught it. The 35-year-old lefty was acquired from Toronto last week, and he won his Yankees debut on Sunday.Happ is scheduled to start Saturday against the AL East-leading Red Sox at Fenway Park. If he can’t pitch, newly acquired Lance Lynn or Luis Cessa could fill in.FEELING BETTERMets star Noah Syndergaard is expected to come off the disabled list – he’s been out while recovering from hand http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , foot and mouth disease. Syndergaard (6-1, 2.89 ERA) is set to pitch at Washington. The Nationals set a franchise scoring record and handed the Mets their most-lopsided loss with a 25-4 rout Tuesday night.TRY AGAINRoyals righty Jakob Junis (5-11, 5.06 ERA) faces the Chicago White Sox on the road. He is 0-8 with a 6.98 ERA in his past nine starts. In his last outing, he threw a fastball that hit Aaron Judge and broke the Yankees slugger’s wrist, putting him out for three weeks.— The former Orioles closer was traded to the Bronx in July and will be sticking around there a little while longer."Another former Oriole has found a home in this winter’s free agent market. Former Orioles closer Zach Britton, who was traded to the Yankees in July, is headed back to the Bronx for another contract that could go for anywhere from two to four years. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report a completed deal - pending physical, of course.The variable length of the contract is a result of both the player and team having options on the contract. After two years, the Yankees must decide whether or not they want to exercise a fourth year option on the contract. If they do not do so Willie McGee Jersey , then Britton will have the option to void the third year of the contract and become a free agent. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on the unusual structure of the contract.All of that adds up to a contract that will be said to have three years and $39 million guaranteed. That’s $13 million per season, with the fourth year option carrying a $14 million price tag if it is exercised.With the Orioles being about as far away from success as you can get, they were never going to sign Britton again for the same reason they had to trade him in July. When you’re bad, your closer doesn’t really matter that much. So they cashed in on two-plus months of Britton to receive pitching prospects Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers, and Cody Carroll in the July 24 trade.It’s always going to be a bitter thing to see a favorite Oriole donning pinstripes. We all have our own reason for this. Mine, of course, is Jeffrey Maier. But it’s easy to cheer for Britton managing to get his free agent payday even though he’s battled injuries over the last two seasons that seem to have taken him far away from the elite performance he had from 2014-16.That 0.54 ERA in 2016 when he went 47-for-47 in save opportunities was something else. I’ve never seen anything like it before and don’t expect to see anything like it again. Hitters had a .430 OPS against him for the entire season. Him locking down games is a big reason why that team was able to overcome a horrible starting rotation to earn a wild card spot.The 2018 season was much less of a success for Britton. That started with the Achilles injury that he suffered in December 2017, an injury that kept Britton out of games until June 12. From his first game back Red Schoendienst Jersey , when he walked three batters in a scoreless inning, the idea that this wasn’t going to be the 2016 Zach Britton seemed to be apparent. As Britton went on to post mediocre strikeout numbers with a disappointing walk rate and a ballooning home run rate, there wasn’t much to change that impression.Now it’s the Yankees task to figure out whether they can get that amazing level of performance back from the 31-year-old lefty. They have the luxury of not even needing to throw Britton into the ninth inning, since they already have Aroldis Chapman lined up there, and probably strikeout machine Dellin Betances for the eighth inning as well. They might have just guaranteed $39 million to a seventh inning guy they’re not even all that sure will work out.The Orioles will presumably take a lead into the seventh, eighth, or ninth innings at some point in 2019. Who pitches any of those innings and whether they can hold the lead, I guess we’ll find out. It won’t be Britton. It was never going to be Britton. May he be the most successful player on an inexplicably and hilariously horrible series of Yankees teams over the next four seasons.
4  General / Announcements / www.astrosfanproshop.com on: 30 April 2019, 04:49
Good Morning Charlie Morton Jersey , lets talk baseball!"What do you want to talk about today, Twinkie Town? Have at it—this is your open thread. Just follow the rules.In case you missed it yesterday:The Twins pitchers haven’t hit very well as a group, and we are going into some NL stadiums.Jon previewed our next opponent, the Phillies.Elsewhere around Twins TerritoryThe Twins are offering all-you-can-eat ticket packages on select Friday nights. Nothing says ‘Murica like gorging yourself on Delaware North’s finest and watching some baseball.The AP profiled CLEAR, the company that is handling the expedited ticketing procedures at Target Field this year. This is how skynet starts.Bring me the news asks the weighty question: do the Twins need Miguel Sano to win this year? They also found some comparisons for Minnesota’s young slugger.Around the world of baseballDean Nevarez is a 19th round pick for the Mariners who has had to overcome some long odds to even reach professional baseball. Kate Preusser at Lookout Landing did a great job of telling Dean’s story.At Baseball America http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , they look at how the Rays returned to their roots in order in to become a potential surprise team as soon as this season.In an umpshow for the legends, Ron Kulpa threw a tantrum, and then threw a couple coaches out of a game between the Astros and Rangers.I know what I’ll be ordering at an Isotopes game this season... Cut4 has the details on the “Tumbleweed burger” which is served on a green chile bun, and comes with a puff of red chile cotton candy on top... and I better stop now before I go on a rant about chile.Today’s discussion question:What are some legendary ump shows that you remember? 12-year-old fan Donovan was the story of the night. Celebrating his birthday at Dodger Stadium, the young fan caught Manny Machado’s home run Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey , and got to meet the star following the game."The Dodgers picked up a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. With the win, LA now holds a 2-0 series lead. Clayton Kershaw was phenomenal, and Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal both hit home runs.Though, there may be an even bigger story from the game. On a 3-0 pitch, Machado connected on one right down the middle Nolan Ryan Jersey , sending his first career postseason homer with the Dodgers into the left-field pavilion. The stadium erupted as the Dodgers took an early lead, but no fan was more hyped than 12-year-old Donovan. Not only was he celebrating his birthday at Dodger Stadium, he was celebrating after making an amazing snag on the home run. As if things couldn’t get any better for the birthday boy, Donovan got to meet a surprise guest following the Dodgers win.Talk about a birthday. Getting to go to a Dodgers playoff game, catching a home run http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , AND getting to meet Manny Machado? Way to go, Donovan. Oh, and here’s a selfie that is bound to make all his friends at school jealous on Monday.
5  General / Announcements / www.philliesfanproshop.com on: 30 April 2019, 04:35
ANAHEIM Tug McGraw Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Mariners jumped to an eight-run lead in the seventh inning and then promptly gave it all back to the Los Angeles Angels.Seattle still pulled out an unlikely victory when Jay Bruce came up with the last big hit in a game chock-full of offensive excellence and regrettable pitching.Bruce delivered a tiebreaking pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth, and the Mariners blew that enormous lead before rallying for an 11-10 victory Thursday night.Ryon Healy homered twice and drove in five runs, and Omar Narvaez added a three-run shot as the Mariners snapped their six-game skid even after wasting a 10-2 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.“It’s not the way you draw it up, but they found a way,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “That seventh inning got crazy.”Servais is understating it. Right after the Mariners scored three runs while batting around in the seventh, the Angels scored seven runs on seven hits while sending 11 men to the plate in the bottom half.After the Mariners failed to score despite loading the bases with one out in the eighth, David Fletcher hit a tying homer leading off the bottom half for LA.But the Mariners stranded two Angels in scoring position to end the eighth before rallying against Angels closer Cody Allen (0-1) for their ninth win in 10 road games this season, including six straight.Mitch Haniger got a one-out single and scored on a bouncing single to left through the Angels’ defensive shift by Bruce, who had just gone 1 for 18 on Seattle’s winless six-game homestand.“That was a marathon,” said Healy Drew Hutchison Jersey , who hit a three-run homer in the second and a two-run shot in the sixth. “Baseball really shows you every aspect of itself. That was fun.”Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer and Andrelton Simmons had three hits while driving in two runs for the Angels, who lost their fourth straight in heartbreaking fashion. Los Angeles’ six-game home winning streak also ended, interrupting the Halos’ best start to a season at home since 1982.“It’s just as frustrating as when a guy hits it over the fence,” Allen said of Bruce’s modest RBI single. “Our (offense) threw us on their backs tonight and tried to pull us out of a deep hole.”The Angels didn’t get back to Anaheim from Texas until 5 a.m. because of weather delays, and they weren’t required to report to the clubhouse until two hours before first pitch — yet they still pounded out 16 hits — three more than Seattle. Chris Stratton returned early from Arlington, but yielded seven hits and six runs in five-plus innings of another rough start.“I hate that I squandered such a great offensive output that we had,” Stratton said. “The guys had a tough travel day, and to do that is really impressive.”Narvaez connected in the seventh off reliever Jake Jewell to put the Mariners up 10-2, but the Angels dramatically rallied moments later.Felix Hernandez gave up four runs while pitching into the seventh, but Peter Bourjos‘ RBI double chased him. Calhoun then delivered a two-run shot Larry Bowa Jersey , and run-scoring hits from Simmons, Albert Pujols and Tommy La Stella trimmed the lead to 10-9.Fletcher tied it with the second homer of his big league career on the second pitch by Anthony Swarzak (2-0), who eventually struck out Brian Goodwin with two runners on to keep it tied.Roenis Elias pitched the ninth for his third save.CHASING BABEPujols drove in two runs, giving him 1,991 career RBIs. He is one RBI behind Babe Ruth for fifth place in baseball history.CELT PRIDEHealy has history at Angel Stadium: Nearly a decade ago, he homered and also struck out seven on this field while leading Encino’s Crespi High School to victory in a state championship game.VISITING EXPERTKing Felix’s bullpen couldn’t hang on to just his sixth victory at Angel Stadium in his 28th career start. That’s the most starts ever made by a visiting pitcher in Anaheim, passing Bert Blyleven’s 27. Hernandez also passed Hall of Famer Jack Morris for 37th place in baseball history with 2,480 strikeouts.TROUT POOLMike Trout went 1 for 5 in his fourth straight game as the Angels’ designated hitter while returning to full health from a groin injury. He hopes to play center field this weekend.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Shohei Ohtani will join his teammates for the first time in batting practice before Friday’s game. Ohtani has been hitting on the field against a pitching machine for a week. The AL Rookie of the Year is likely to face live pitching next week.UP NEXTMarco Gonzales (4-0, 3.19 ERA) looks to continue his strong start to the season for Seattle. The Angels counter with Felix Pena (0-1, 3.65) Jim Bunning Jersey , who hasn’t gone five innings in a start this season. GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians were waiting for the right time to turn Cory Kluber loose in spring inning.Kluber made his first Cactus League start Monday, pitching 3 2/3 innings against Cincinnati and giving up three runs and six hits, including a homer by Yasiel Puig.Indians manager Terry Francona wanted to limit the intensity for Kluber as he was building his pitch count in a controlled environment.The plan was for Kluber to pitch in intrasquad games and live batting practice to build to 50 pitches before launching him into game experience.The two-time Cy Young award said he kept under control.“It is different from pitching on the back fields for sure,” Kluber said.“You have the scoreboard and the fans that give you the extra little kick of adrenaline.That’s the reason we, I don’t want to say slow play it, but we wait until now to control the intensity a bit.”The Indians have held Kluber out of games early in the spring since 2017, the year after Kluber pitched deep into the World Series.“One of the goals is to stay with your delivery by controlling the adrenaline to work on things,” Kluber said.“If you have things to work on delivery-wise, or pitch-wise Jim Thome Jersey , it is a lot easier to work on them when you control the setting.You are going to pitch over 100 innings in the regular season, so 10 innings on the back field is not going to make much difference.”Kluber, who turns 33 next month, posted a career-high 20 wins last year and had a 2.89 ERA while pitching an AL-high 215 innings.Yet the three-time All-Star was rumored to be in trade talks between the Indians and Reds over the winter.He is signed through 2019 with team options for 2020 and 2021.“Everybody in our group is trying to get better,” Kluber said.“Nobody is really content where we are.”Mike Clevinger, who went 13-8 last year,followed Kluber on Monday. Clevinger allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings while striking out five in the 5-5 tie.“It is exciting to get Kluber out there,” Francona said.“The idea was to have Clev follow Kluber but stay in his routine. Do his long toss at the complex with walkie-talkies and everything we can bring him to the park.If we ran into any problems we could fill in an inning.”NOTES: The Indians optioned INF Yu Chang and RHPs Jerry Rodriguez and Ben Taylor to Triple-A Columbus.They reassigned OF Mike Papi and RHPs James Hoyt, Brooks Pounders and Asher Wojciechowski to minor league camp.
6  General / Announcements / www.tigersfanproshop.com on: 24 April 2019, 06:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — How could a baseball artifact possibly top a ball signed by both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?How about a ball signed by Babe Ruth http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Pete Alexander, on the day they all entered the Baseball Hall of Fame?Such a ball just sold for $623,369, SCP auctions said Monday. That crushes the record of $345,000 for a signed baseball Sparky Anderson Jersey , set in 2013 for a Ruth-Gehrig ball.The seller was not identified, and the winner who outbid 28 other prospective buyers for the ball was identified only as a Southern California collector.The only living original inductee who didn’t sign the ball was Lou Gehrig, who on that day was headed to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he’d be diagnosed with ALS, the disease that would end his career, take his life and unofficially bear his name.It was on June 12, 1939, that the Baseball Hall of Fame first opened its doors, though it had been choosing members for three years by then. Most were already dead.Marv Owen, the star Detroit Tigers third baseman then playing for the Chicago White Sox, was in Cooperstown, New York, to play in an exhibition marking the occasion. His former teammate Hank Greenberg was also there, and had brought along two balls for the inductees to sign Jack Morris Jersey , but was too bashful to approach them. Owen wasn’t, and got all 11 to sign. He kept one for himself and gave the other to Greenberg.“With autographed balls, very few can you trace to the point of origin, the point of signing, where you know the circumstances of where it was acquired,” said Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions. “It’s incredible. It almost puts you in that moment, which is very, very rare for a ball.”Several signed balls have survived from that day, but most have signatures from other players or dignitaries that diminish their value.The names weren’t haphazardly scrawled all over the ball, either. It was as though Owen had future collectors in mind when he collected the signatures in dark, lasting ink. And their placement doesn’t seem random either. On one panel of the ball, stacked atop each other Michael Fulmer Jersey , are Cobb, Ruth and Wagner, at the time considered the three greatest players of all time, with Walter Johnson, then considered the greatest pitcher of all time, hovering above them.“Ultimately that panel of Cobb, Ruth, Wagner is what puts it over the top,” said Kevin Keating of Professional Sports Authenticator, who verified the ball’s legitimacy. “Those are the elite of the elite. The fact that he got those guys the way he did, in that perfect order on one panel, it’s almost as if it’s by design.”Owen put his ball in a safe-deposit box, and his family kept it until 1997 Leonys Martin Jersey , when it sold for $55,000.Greenberg’s ball has been lost to history. MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime Angels player and coach Bobby Knoop has announced his retirement after 53 years in baseball.Los Angeles shared the news in a release Tuesday.The 80-year-old Knoop was one of the Angels’ first recognizable figures, earning the club’s MVP award four times in its inaugural decade. The second baseman played for the Angels from 1964-69, making an All-Star team and winning three Gold Glove Awards as part of a double-play duo with Jim Fregosi.Knoop later worked for Los Angeles as a minor league manager, big league base coach and an interim manager for two games in 1994.He has been an infield instructor with the Angels since 2013. He also played for the White Sox and Royals, worked as a major league coach for the White Sox and Blue Jays and was briefly a scout with the Rockies.NOTES: Two-time MVP and noted weather enthusiast Mike Trout got his first hit of spring training Tuesday, an infield single against Oakland. Trout was back in the batter’s box after spending part of last week chasing a rare lower-elevation Arizona snowstorm, driving 80 miles north of Phoenix to Payson. He chronicled the adventure on social media.
7  General / Announcements / www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com on: 24 April 2019, 06:33
KANSAS CITY Jake Lamb Jersey , Mo. (AP) — Royals general manager Dayton Moore had seen enough progress under Ned Yost, and his manager in turn had seen enough progress in some promising young players, that there was no reason to delay what had become inevitable.So, with a simple statement issued before the Royals closed their 50th season with an unsightly 58-104 record, Yost announced he had signed an extension to return next season.The biggest question surrounding the club heading into the offseason had been answered.“We’re at a point in time right now where we think continuity is even more crucial than it has been in the past,” Moore said. “We’ve seen the improvement of a lot of the players that are on the field right now. We’re really pleased with the coaching staff. Most importantly, Ned’s been a huge part of the success of this organization and we feel it’s important to keep that together. … I’m excited about next year.”Most times, there would be little reason to feel good about a season that ended with 100 losses for only the fifth time in franchise history. But after some late-season moves, including a conscious decision to play young prospects every day, the Royals suddenly became quite competitive.They won five of their last seven and went 21-14 over the final five weeks.“I knew this was going to be a long haul. But I also know how to go about,” Yost said. “You have to show up every day with energy. When you get these young guys, you have to know when to step on the gas and when to lay off the gas. The best thing we did all summer was not to put pressure on them. To let them show up every day and to work their tail off.“As a group http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , you saw them start to believe in each other, start to believe in themselves and then here we go. Now we’re starting to have some success and the game is exciting again.”WHO’S GONEShortstop Alcides Escobar, a fixture on the 2014 and ’15 World Series teams, will become a free agent after he returned to Kansas City on a one-year deal. The Royals are also likely to pay $2 million to rid themselves of ineffective right-hander Jason Hammel.HE’S STILL HEREThe Royals probably wish they had a similar buyout for outfielder Alex Gordon, who is owed $20 million next season, or right-hander Ian Kennedy, who is due $33 million over the next two seasons. But both veterans will be back alongside a plethora of promising young players, including breakout star Adalberto Mondesi, improving outfielder Jorge Soler and longtime backstop Salvador Perez.“I’ve learned a lot this year about my game and the way I need to play,” Mondesi said. “I’ve stayed focused and working every day on those things to help me this year. I plan to keep working on those little things and stay focused and just work for next year.”OFFSEASON MOVESDon’t expect the Royals to do much in free agency as they trim payroll in the hopes of fielding a more competitive team a couple years from now. That said, keep an eye on utility man Whit Merrifield, who remains under club control with three years or arbitration eligibility. The Royals held onto him at the trade deadline Jeff Mathis Jersey , but they might be enticed to move him with the right offer.ON THE HILLMoore likes to say that pitching is “the currency of baseball,” and if that’s the case the Royals should feel good about their wallet. Brad Keller was a rookie of the year candidate, and Jakob Junis and Heath Fillmyer both flashed late in the season. Throw in veteran let-hander Danny Duffy, promising young Jorge Lopez — who nearly threw a perfect game — and that’s a solid rotation foundation.THE YOUNG GUNSThe Royals brought a wave of youth to the big leads about eight years ago, and it produced back-to-back pennants. They’re aiming to do it again with a wave led by first basemen Hunter Dozier and Ryan O’Hearn, Mondesi and Ramon Torres in the infield, and Soler, Brian Goodwin and Jorge Bonifacio in the outfield. If most of those guys pan out, the Royals should improve.“I was up here in April, it was a way different atmosphere than it is right now,” backup catcher Cam Gallagher said. “You see guys like Mondesi who are doing terrific. It shows the kind of guy he is and how much he has progressed over the few months, and it’s good sign for a lot of guys going into next year.” MIAMI (AP) — Martin Prado looked to be at full strength in his first game in three weeks.Prado hit a bases-clearing double in his return from his latest injury http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , Wei-Yin Chen pitched eight strong innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Saturday night.“It was huge personally and for the team,” Prado said. “I think every time you get to contribute to win a game at this level is a good feeling.”Prado, who had been on the disabled list for the third time this season, doubled off the wall in left-center field in the fifth inning to give the Marlins a 6-1 lead. He didn’t assume the long flyball would clear the fence.“You never know with this field,” Prado said. “There’s days where the ball just carries more than other days. I was just glad I hit it in the air because I didn’t want to hit a ground ball for a double play.”Chen (6-9) allowed one run on three hits. He struck out seven without walking a batter.“When he’s locating, he’s got enough weapons to get people out and he’s a guy who can really pitch,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s nice to see the guy we thought we had when he’s healthy.”J.T. Realmuto hit his 18th home run and Brian Anderson knocked in two for the Marlins, who snapped a four-game skid.Toronto’s Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer, his 23rd of the season, in the ninth. It was Smoak’s fourth consecutive game with a home run.Anderson’s sacrifice fly and Realmuto’s homer gave Miami an early 2-0 lead.Randal Grichuk got the Blue Jays on the board with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.Anderson drew a bases-loaded walk for a 3-1 lead right before Prado’s double.“Our starting pitching has been getting hit around pretty good the last week to 10 days, putting us behind the eight ball,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “It’s hard to come back each night.”Marco Estrada (7-11) allowed eight hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.“I’m trying to give these guys innings and obviously I’m not doing my job right now Lenny Dykstra Jersey ,” Estrada said. “But I’m going to keep working hard and get this thing right. Hopefully for the next one I’ll feel a lot better and pitch better for these guys.”The Marlins also welcomed back center fielder Lewis Brinson from the disabled list. Brinson went 1 for 4 after missing the last 48 games with a hip injury.“It’s just good to get guys back out there,” Mattingly said.STRAIGHT EIGHTSDan Straily and Chen pitched eight innings in consecutive games, becoming the first Marlins to do so since May 6-7, 2014, when Henderson Alvarez tossed a shutout and Tom Koehler went eight innings in games against the New York Mets.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (blister) is looking to return from the disabled list and start Monday’s game against Tampa Bay. “Stro threw a side today and he felt really good,” Gibbons said. … IF Yangervis Solarte (oblique) is progressing toward a return. “Solarte is doing everything,” Gibbons said. “He’s been swinging it, running, doing all of that stuff, he’s coming along pretty quick.”Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and is out for the rest of the season finishing his rookie year with a 2-4 record and 4.14 ERA in 10 starts. … RHPs Elieser Hernandez (blister) and Jarlin Garcia (shin) will begin their rehab assignments on Sunday with Triple-A New Orleans.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (0-2, 8.68 ERA) will start Sunday’s series finale.Marlins: RHP Jeff Brigham will make his major league debut.
8  General / Announcements / www.philliesfanproshop.com on: 24 April 2019, 06:18
CLEARWATER http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell is focused on pitching and not his minuscule salary increase.The AL Cy Young Award winner threw a called third strike past Bryce Harper with a 96 mph fastball in the first inning of the Tampa Bay Rays‘ 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.Snell’s contract was renewed Sunday for a salary while in the majors of $573,700, a raise of $15,500 and a figure $18,700 above the major league minimum, which rose $10,000 to $555,000. His deal calls for a $291,000 salary in the unlikely event he is in the minors.The 26-year-old left-hander likely will be eligible for salary arbitration next winter. He declined to discuss his contract.Snell struck out two over two perfect innings.“Their lineup is nasty John Kruk Jersey ,” Snell said. “I really don’t key in on a guy. It’s a lefty, it’s righty, it’s what I focus on. I’ve got to attack the zone. They’re going to do what they do. I’m going to do what I do.”Snell is slated to start Tampa Bay’s March 28 against Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.Tampa Bay also renewed the contracts of reliever Ryne Stanek ($564,200 in majors, $223,978 in minors) and infielder Joey Wendle ($570,400 in majors and $273,450 in minors). OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis hopes to continue to terrorize Texas Rangers pitching when the Oakland Athletics go for a second consecutive win in the three-game series Tuesday night.Davis bombed his 37th home run of the season off the window of a luxury suite well beyond the fence in center field in Monday’s 9-0 victory.It was his eighth home run in 14 games against the Rangers this season.Article continues below ...Davis totaled 10 homers in 18 games against Texas in 2016 Greg Luzinski Jersey , the second-most ever hit in a single season against the Texas franchise. Mickey Mantle hit 11 in 17 games against the Washington Senators in 1961.The A’s still have five games remaining against the Rangers.The all-time record for an A’s player against any opponent was set by Jimmie Foxx in the Philadelphia Athletics days, when he hit 13 in 22 games against the Detroit Tigers.The A’s blasted four homers Monday, with two coming off the bat of rookie Ramon Laureano, the first two of his career.“We made the park look small for a night,” A’s manager Bob Melvin gushed afterward. “We’ve got some power. KD (Davis) hit one off a window.“I was joking in the dugout about these warm summer nights in Oakland, but they weren’t buying it.”The A’s will set their sights Tuesday on Rangers rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-2, 6.41 ERA), who two starts ago was torched by the New York Yankees for four homers.He’s lost his last two starts, roughed up for 12 runs and 16 hits http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , including five home runs, in 11 innings.Jurado has never faced the A’s.Oakland will counter with left-hander Brett Anderson (2-3, 3.90), who has been brilliant in August without much to show for it.In starts against Detroit, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle, he’s allowed two runs and 11 hits in 19 2/3 innings, but didn’t get a win in any of the games. In fact, the A’s lost two of three after totaling four runs of offensive support.Anderson got plenty of help when he faced the Rangers in Texas on July 23 in a 15-3 win. He limited the Rangers to two runs and six hits in eight innings.The 30-year-old is 2-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) in his career against Texas.Anderson won’t have to face one of his toughest outs, Adrian Beltre Mitch Williams Jersey , who missed his second consecutive game Monday with a severe hamstring strain.The injury had the 21-year veteran talking retirement before the game.“I’m not going to decide that until the offseason,” the 39-year-old insisted. “Everything on the baseball field, everything with my family, everything with how I feel mentally is going to be part of (the decision).”Rangers manager Jeff Banister related Beltre’s situation with that of another star athlete in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.“It’s the grind of getting ready to play. It’s the time from once they get up in the morning to game time and the preparation of playing,” he said. “Think about (Dallas Mavericks standout) Dirk (Nowitzki) and what he goes through on a daily basis to be prepared to play a basketball game.“If they fall out of love with that process, that is probably when it becomes very challenging for them. Then they really have to make a decision.”
9  General / Announcements / www.nationalsfanproshop.com on: 24 April 2019, 06:03
HOUSTON (AP) — Nolan Arenado hated his first career appearance at designated hitter Tuesday night.However Trea Turner Jersey , the Colorado slugger couldn’t be mad at his results at the plate.Arenado and Trevor Story each went deep, German Marquez pitched well in a clash with Justin Verlander, and the Rockies beat the slumping Houston Astros 5-1.Colorado trailed by 1 and Verlander (11-8) had retired 13 of 14 when DJ LeMahieu singled with two outs in the sixth inning. Arenado then smacked a 96 mph fastball into the third row in right field for his 30th homer to put Colorado up 2-1.Arenado, who has spent his entire six-year career playing in the National League with Colorado, had made each his 825 career appearances at third base entering Tuesday’s game.“It was awful,” he said of not playing defense. “I didn’t like it. I hope I never have to DH.”His work at the plate made him the fourth player in franchise history to hit at least 30 homers in four straight years. 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This is a very, very tough game and we’re getting beat up, mentally and physically.”The Rockies have won four in a row after losing the previous three and improved to 12-5 against the AL this season to set a franchise record for interleague victories.Collin McHugh took over from Verlander for the seventh and hit Ryan McMahon with a pitch. Tony Wolters lined a double to right field with one out to score McMahon and push the lead to 3-1.Story, who had two hits, made it 4-1 when he connected off Brad Peacock on his 25th home run with two outs in the eighth inning.Ian Desmond tripled and scored on a single by Charlie Blackmon to extend the lead in the ninth.Marquez (10-9) allowed just three hits and a run while fanning seven in seven innings.Verlander was denied his 200th win again as he dropped his second straight despite striking out 11 in six innings, allowing six hits and two runs.After being swept in a four-game series against the Mariners this weekend, Houston’s woes continued against the Rockies after a day off Monday. The top three batters in the order went 0 for 11 on a night the Astros managed just three hits as they look for a way to jumpstart their once-powerful offense with reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve out indefinitely with a sore knee.Marquez walked two Astros and plunked Yuli Gurriel in the first four innings Joe Blanton Jersey , but Houston didn’t get a hit until Gurriel tripled on a ball to right-center field to start the fifth. Josh Reddick followed with a liner to right to put the Astros up 1-0.The Astros had a chance to add on in the eighth when Marwin Gonzalez doubled with no outs. Reddick reached on catcher’s interference with one out, but Marquez retired the next two batters to end the threat and his night.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF George Springer (sprained left thumb) went through a full workout Tuesday and should be able to come of the disabled list when he’s eligible on Friday. … Altuve, who has been out since July 25, has been running on the treadmill and is expected to begin hitting soon. Manager A.J. Hinch said there still isn’t a timetable for his return. … RHP Lance McCullers (right elbow discomfort) began playing catch Tuesday in the first step toward his return. … C Brian McCann, who has been out since June 30 with a knee injury which required surgery, will begin an extended rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.MILESTONE VICTORYThe win was the 800th in manager Bud Black’s career.UP NEXTHouston’s Gerrit Cole (10-5, 2.75 ERA) opposes Colorado left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-4, 3.94) when this series wraps Wednesday night. Cole looks to bounce back after losing his third straight start by giving up six hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 5-2 loss to Seattle on Friday. The Minnesota Twins have beaten out the opposing clubs to sign free-agent, Nelson Cruz.Cruz's contract is reportedly worth $14.3 million for this upcoming season. He will also be receiving a team option worth $12 million for the 2020 season. If the Twins decide not to exercise his option http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , then the buyout for him would cost $300K.The Twins were reportedly not the only team interested in signing Cruz either. There were also two other teams that were seriously interested in his services. Those teams included the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays.#Astros plan was to team Cruz with Michael Brantley and make their deep offense deeper. #Rays were willing to do a second splurge (for their market) after Charlie Morton. But #Twins won out on Cruz.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 27, 2018advertisingCruz will turn 39-years-old on Canada Day, but for those of you who are reading this outside of Canada, it will just be July 1, 2018. The veteran has still been a very productive hitter despite being in his late 30's.Last season showed signs of a little regression from what Cruz has produced in the last few seasons before. However, the six-time All-Star was still able to record 37 home-runs, 97 RBI's along with a .256 batting average.Those 37 home-runs ranked Cruz eighth in home-runs throughout the American League. Which shows he can still produce at an All-Star level, which is also why he was able to command $14 million for next season.advertising Sporting NewsAlthough, last season may be the start of what's to come for Cruz. 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It's just a matter of question if he will be able to appear in more than 140 games next season, due to needing more rest between games and series he plays in.What This MeansCruz should provide the Twins with that middle of the order bat that they will be able to pair next to Miguel Sano in their lineup. Even with him being towards the end of his career, he should still be able to produce at least 30 home runs and around 90 RBI's next season.However, if the Twins exercise the second year in his contract then this will likely be the last deal he will ever sign in the MLB. Because it would be hard to imagine a lot of teams lining up to sign a 40-year-old player who can only serve as the designated hitter.
10  General / Announcements / www.brewersfanproshop.com on: 24 April 2019, 05:50
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have a razor-thin margin for error as they attempt to hold onto first place in the National League Central down the stretch.So if there was a time when a team that has already experienced its share of injuries this season couldn’t afford another setback to its roster Jesus Aguilar Jersey , it’s now.Already in a difficult stretch when fatigue has become an issue heading into Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, the Cubs will have to play the remainder of the regular season without one of their most valuable bullpen arms. Article continues below ...Before Chicago won its third game in its last four with a 3-2 victory over the Reds on Friday, the team announced closer Pedro Strop will be sidelined with a moderate hamstring strain.“He’s been so big for us now,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Friday, according to team’s official website. “To be without him for the next couple of weeks will be difficult.”As Brandon Morrow — who started the season as the Cubs’ closer before sustaining a bone bruise on his right arm — moves closer after not pitching since July 18, the Cubs will have to put a new reliever into the closer’s role. Maddon is confident he has plenty of candidates, but that replacing Strop’s confident contributions will be a challenge.Jorge De La Rosa picked up the save in Friday’s victory when he stranded the tying runner in scoring position to preserve the Cubs’ one-run win over the Cincinnati Reds. Now, Maddon will look for others to follow De La Rosa’s lead.“It’s going to be (about) who gets the last three outs based on what happens before that,” Maddon said. “And we’ll see how it all shakes out.”After being shut down by Matt Harvey early only to get to the Reds for three seventh-inning runs to capture the series opener, the Cubs will attempt to keep rolling behind Jon Lester, who will start in Saturday’s matinee. Lester (15-6, 3.57 ERA) had rediscovered his winning ways before he took a loss in his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers when he allowed three runs and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Lester is 6-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 15 career starts against the Reds.The Cubs aren’t the only ones dealing with injuries to their pitching staff. On Friday, the Reds announced that right-hander Lucas Sims will miss the remainder of the season due to a muscle strain near his shoulder.Sims sustained the injury last weekend when he pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief against the San Diego Padres and allowed four earned runs and three hits before saying he felt some shoulder discomfort.Sims was a September call-up and had joined Cincinnati’s starting rotation. But interim manager Jim Riggleman told reporters Friday that the injury will prevent Sims from pitching.“These things seem to take a while http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey ,” Riggleman said, according to the Reds’ official website. “I don’t know how serious it was.”Cody Reed will take the mound for the Reds on Saturday. Reed (0-2, 5.08) will make just his fifth start of the year. He started the season in bullpen but was part of a shift when the Reds changed their rotation in August.Reed is coming off a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he allowed three runs and struck out five in four innings. Reed is 0-3 with a 12.79 ERA in five career outings (three starts) against the Cubs. ATLANTA — Kevin Gausman has exceeded expectations since being acquired by the Atlanta Braves, but Chris Archer has fallen far short of what was anticipated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The right-handers, acquired just before the July nonwaiver trade deadline, will oppose each other Saturday night in the middle game of a weekend series between the Braves and Pirates at SunTrust Park.Gausman, acquired from Baltimore, is 4-1 and has a 1.69 ERA in five starts for the Braves and worked eight scoreless innings in a victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh.Article continues below ...Archer, obtained by the Pirates from Tampa Bay in what was considered a more significant deal, is 1-2 with a 6.45 ERA in five starts for his new team and had to leave a loss to the Braves in Pittsburgh after four innings when he tweaked his left leg while batting.The success or failure of the pitchers has mirrored the results of their teams, with the Braves (74-60) holding first place in the National League East and the Pirates (66-69) slipping way behind in the NL Central.Atlanta’s lead in the NL East over Philadelphia is down to two games, though, after the Pirates Travis Shaw Jersey , swept by the Braves in Pittsburgh just over a week ago, won the series opener 3-2 on Friday night in Atlanta. Gausman, who was 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA for the Orioles before the trade, has won four straight starts since losing his debut with the Braves and has gone eight innings twice to give the Braves’ bullpen a needed break.The former No. 4 overall draft pick has allowed just 21 hits in 32 innings for the Braves and has 22 strikeouts and seven walks. Gausman, 27, gave up four hits against the Pirates on Aug. 21 in Pittsburgh, struck out five and walked two.“Any time you change anything as a major leaguer, there’s always a big question mark in your mind,” Gausman said. “There was a part of me that was a little hesitant, but I just jumped headfirst right into it.”Gausman, who was 0-1 with 10 earned runs allowed in 10 2/3 innings against the Pirates in two starts for Baltimore, has not only changed teams and leagues, but abandoned the windup to go solely from the stretch.“Overall http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , I think it made everything better,” he said. “I think I’m more consistent. Fastball command has definitely been a lot better. It’s easier to throw the ball (in) the zone when I want to.”Archer was 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts before the trade to Pittsburgh, and the Pirates thought the 29-year-old was ready for a late-season turnaround and success in the future.Instead, Archer has struggled even more. He has lasted less than five innings in three of his starts for the Pirates and failed to make it to the sixth in the other two.Archer was tagged for six runs in the third inning during a loss to Milwaukee in his most recent start, surrendering five consecutive hits that included a pair of two-run homers.“I know I keep saying it, but my stuff is good, everything feels good. I just need to execute at a higher level,” Archer said after the loss to the Brewers. “A six-run inning is inexcusable.”The only run Archer gave up against the Braves came in the first inning came on a two-out single by Nick Markakis, but he had to leave early because of the mishap batting — something he wasn’t used to doing with the designated hitter.Archer is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts for the Pirates. Gausman, another former American Leaguer, is 1-for-12 for the Braves and has drawn two walks to go along with three strikeouts.
11  General / Announcements / /www.marinersfanproshop.com on: 17 April 2019, 05:18
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few teams to have much success against Jacob deGrom all year has been the last-place Miami Marlins.Go figure.In his latest hard-luck loss during a record-setting season http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , deGrom was outpitched by Jose Urena as the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Tuesday night.“These guys, they want to score for him so bad, you can see it,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “Unfortunately, we just haven’t done that very much.”Locked in a compelling race for the NL Cy Young Award despite his pedestrian record, deGrom (8-9) gave up only Lewis Brinson’s two-run double in seven stellar innings. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out nine , his major league-low ERA climbing just a tick from 1.68 to 1.71.Even still, he fell to 0-2 in four starts against Miami (57-86), which has won three of those games.“You just have to scrap for your hits,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We just hang in there. I think the games we’ve been able to beat him, I think our starters have been good.”Urena (6-12) permitted one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Marlins http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , who were rained out the previous two days. He is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts, and 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three career starts at Citi Field.After his outing was pushed back two days because of rain, deGrom held his opponent under four runs for the 26th straight start — breaking a big league single-season mark set by King Cole in 1910 with the Chicago Cubs.“I wasn’t as comfortable as I normally am. What was I at, eight days or so?” deGrom said. “To go that long without being on the mound, I felt a little off. But I was able to kind of correct myself as the game went on.”In a recurring theme, however, the Mets didn’t provide much help. All they could muster at the plate was Michael Conforto’s solo homer off Urena and Kevin Plawecki’s two-run shot against Drew Steckenrider with two outs in the ninth.Conforto has homered in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.JT Riddle came off the bench and homered into the second deck in right field in his first at-bat for Miami since returning from a sore left wrist.“Those two rainouts really helped. Got me two extra days to rest,” he said. “It felt really good, especially being off a week now.”After missing five games, Riddle connected in the eighth against reliever Anthony Swarzak, who made his first major league appearance since Aug. 3. The right-hander was recently activated from the disabled list after missing time with shoulder inflammation.Miami got three straight hits off Robert Gsellman to start the ninth Nelson Cruz Jersey , including an RBI triple by Brian Anderson and Derek Dietrich’s run-scoring double.A resurgent Brinson doubled off the center-field fence with two outs in the fourth. After that, deGrom set down his final 10 batters and finished the night with 239 strikeouts, equaling the career high he set last season.“I think you kind of understand that you’re only going to have a couple opportunities off a guy like him,” Anderson said. “Usually it’s one or two a game. And he’s really good at shutting down those opportunities. I think with runners in scoring position, guys are hitting under .100 off of him. Having a guy like Lewis come in there and get that hit against him, and with two strikes, really helped our morale and really got us going there.”Mets third baseman Todd Frazier was ejected after the sixth by plate umpire Dan Bellino.MAKING STRIDESBrinson is batting .400 (12 for 30) with a homer, three doubles and six RBIs since coming off the disabled list Sept. 1. He has upped his season average to .206.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: RHP Dan Straily (strained left oblique) felt discomfort while throwing for the first time since leaving his last start. He could miss the rest of the season, Mattingly said.Mets: 3B David Wright took live batting practice on the field as the Mets’ captain tries to complete his comeback from a string of debilitating injuries.UP NEXTA single-admission doubleheader Wednesday to make up Monday’s rainout. 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It is also expected to be 100 percent privately funded by The Boring Company.The city had already approved in April a tunnel system in West Los Angeles that runs 2.7 miles, smaller than the 3.6-mile tunnel running from East Hollywood to Dodger Stadium.Musk provided an update in May on Instagram that the first tunnel was almost done.With Los Angeles known for its legendary traffic, especially on the way to Chavez Ravine, this new system could be a game-changer for fans attending games.
12  General / Announcements / www.giantsfanproshop.com on: 17 April 2019, 05:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with two star infielders Brandon Belt Jersey , reaching an $18.8 million deal with Anthony Rendon and a $3,725,000 agreement with Trea Turner.The one-year deals Friday with Rendon and Turner left only two Washington players still eligible for arbitration. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor asked for $3.5 million, and the team offered $3.25 million. Reliever Kyle Barraclough asked for $2 million, and the team offered $1,725 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey ,000.Rendon and the Nationals have indicated an interest in trying to reach agreement on a long-term contract for the third baseman, who made $12.3 million in 2018. He’s been one of Washington’s top players the past few years, a key member of the lineup and a top-flight infielder, and last season Rendon hit .308 with an NL-high 44 doubles, 24 homers and 92 RBIs.Turner continued his progression as a key top-of-the-order member of the Nationals in 2018, when the shortstop played in all 162 games and led the NL with 43 stolen bases while batting .271 with 19 homers and 73 RBIs. Turner made $577 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey ,200 last season.The Nationals acquired Barraclough from the Miami Marlins in a trade earlier this offseason. The Los Angeles Angels received some bad news Wednesday, as first baseman Albert Pujols will be out for the rest of 2018 after undergoing surgery on his left knee, per Maria Guardado of MLB.com.The 38-year-old Pujols was hampered by the knee injury throughout of 2018, and the time frame is a six-to-eight week recovery, per Guardado. Manager Mike Scioscia said he wasn't sure if Pujols was "100 percent" during any game this season.Once again, the Angels lose a key player to a long-term injury in what's been a frustrating 2018 season after such a promising start. Starting pitcher Garrett Richards was ruled out for the season in July after it was revealed that he required Tommy John Surgery.advertising Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsPrized rookie Shohei Ohtani was hampered by a UCL sprain for much of the season Mark Melancon Jersey , and he's been limited to 78 games of action so far. The super utility pitcher and batter has also made just nine starts on the mound this season. And finally, franchise star Mike Trout missed time with a wrist injury, and it was only the second trip to the disabled list of his impressive career.Pujols' 2018 season finishes with a mere .245 batting average, 19 home runs, 64 RBI and an OPS of .700. It will be just the second season of his career in which Pujols didn't hit at least 20 homers, the other being 2013 when he had 17 despite missing 63 games.advertisingA future Hall of Famer Deion Sanders Jersey , Pujols has been one of the most dominant hitters of all-time, and one of the finest defensive first basemen. But injuries and age have led to significant decrease in production at the plate, and it's unlikely we'll ever see his All-Star form again.Pujols put up respectable numbers this season despite being hampered by a bad knee. So perhaps he could have one more signature year in 2019, should Pujols' knee be fully recovered.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Stevenson was still driving toward Nationals Park when Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies began. Thanks to a lengthy rain delay Denard Span Jersey , he got there in plenty of time to help Washington get the win.Stevenson and Wilmer Difo hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run sixth inning and Washington rallied past the Phillies 10-4 on Tuesday night, hours after the Nationals traded Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams.Stevenson, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day, tied the game with his first career homer, a two-run pinch-hit shot to center.“He got in during the rain delay,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Came to my office and I told him http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , ‘Hey, congratulations. Happy to have to you. Get your uniform on and get loose. You might be in this ballgame.'”The 24-year-old Stevenson, who spent time with the Nationals earlier this season and last, left Syracuse by car at around 3 p.m. after getting the word from manager Randy Knorr that he needed to get to Washington and no flight was available.“(Knorr said) ‘I know you’re gonna be late, but they might need you the second half of the game,'” Stevenson said. “Ended up making it so it turned out pretty good.”Difo — starting at second base after Murphy was dealt to the Chicago Cubs — followed Stevenson’s homer with a go-ahead shot to right off Victor Arano (1-2).Ryan Zimmerman hit his 11th homer of the season and doubled for Washington and Matt Wieters drove in three runs with a pair of singles.Jimmy Cordero (1-0) pitched one inning for the win.“I would say that the Nationals have been a dangerous since opening day and they will be a dangerous team until the last game of the season Ben Gamel Jersey ,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “That lineup is really good from top to bottom and they demonstrated that tonight.”Philadelphia’s Roman Quinn hit his first career home run in a game that was delayed 1:42 by rain in the third inning. Quinn struck out with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth against Wander Suero.After gambling on the team as constituted by standing pat at the July trade deadline, general manager Mike Rizzo and ownership essentially threw in the towel Tuesday.For Murphy, the Nationals got Class A infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named or cash. First baseman Adams was sent to St. Louis for $50,000.Washington dropped two of three to the visiting Miami Marlins during the weekend following a 2-5 road trip.With the Phillies trailing 1-0 in the sixth Tuesday night, Quinn led off with a home run. After Cesar Hernandez reached on an error, three singles and a groundout made it 4-1.Washington starter Tanner Roark http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , who was lifted after the rain delay, pitched three scoreless innings and added an RBI double. He leads MLB pitchers with eight RBIs.Vince Velasquez threw two innings before and after the delay for Philadelphia, allowing one run.NEXT MEN UPTo fill the spots created by the departures of Murphy and Adams, the Nationals recalled Stephenson and infielder Adrian Sanchez from Syracuse.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: C Wilson Ramos, recently returned from the disabled list, was rested after playing Saturday and Sunday. “We have a bit of a slippery Mitch Haniger Jersey , rainy day today and when it comes to Ramos we are really concerned with how we are going to manage his health through the end of the season and into October,” Kapler said.Nationals: LHP Tommy Milone was placed on the 10-day DL (retroactive to Aug. 20) with left-shoulder soreness and RHP Kelvin Herrera (right rotator cuff impingement) was reinstated from the 10-day DL.UP NEXTNationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 3.90) returns from the DL (cervical nerve impingement) to make his first 2018 start against the Phillies. He’s 10-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 21 career starts against Philadelphia. The Phillies will recall RHP Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.70) from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make the start. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained lower back.The 45-year-old Colon is 7-11 with a 5.45 ERA. The Rangers made the move before Friday night’s game at San Francisco.Colon was scratched from a start last Sunday against the Angels because of back stiffness. He pitched Monday at Oakland and was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. Colon had won two starts in a row after losing five straight.Rangers manager Jeff Banister said the injury isn’t believed to be serious. He said Colon will go back in the rotation when he comes off the DL.“More tightness than anything else,” Banister said, “so we felt it was an opportunity where we could give him a little extra rest and we can get a position player up here to help us in a National League ballpark.”The move is retroactive to Tuesday.Earlier this month http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , Colon became the winningest pitcher born in Latin America in major league history. The Dominican Republic native posted his 246th victory, passing Nicaraguan Dennis Martinez.The Rangers recalled infielder Hanser Alberto from Triple-A Round Rock before playing the Giants.
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Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are two of MLB's biggest potential trade-deadline prizes Brandon Morrow Jersey , and they probably aren't going anywhere.The New York Mets right-handers are 30 and 25 years old, respectively. DeGrom is under club control through 2020; Syndergaard won't hit free agency until after the 2021 season at the soonest. DeGrom is in the midst of a Cy Young Award-caliber season, and Syndergaard, injury issues aside, owns one of baseball's most electric arms.The Mets are buried in last place in the National League East. But those are the type of assets you build around, not the kind you ship away.What if New York could loan out its co-aces, however, with the assurance they'd return to Queens after the season?It's nothing more than a thought exercise, obviously. League officials won't rewrite the trade rules in the middle of summer.There is a precedent, however. Professional soccer players in the English Premier League can be "loaned" out for limited periods before returning to their club of origin. Sometimes, they make a significant difference for their new squads.What if the same standard were applied to MLB?To give credit where it's due, NBC Sports' Christopher Crawford recently floated the notion:Christopher Crawford Crawford_MILBA thought:Lets say that MLB had a rule where a team could quot;borrowquot; an MLB player starting July 31. It would be like any other trade, only the player -- if hes under contract -- returns to the team in November.What would a player like Mike Trout get in that situation?That's a fascinating hypothetical. What wouldan offense-hungry contender pay for a few months of Mike Trout's services? At least one top-level prospect, probably, plus ancillary pieces.The Los Angeles Dodgers surrendered power-hitting prospect Yusniel Diaz to the Baltimore Orioles to rent Manny Machado in June. Diazbecame the Orioles' No. 2 prospect, perMLB.com http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , and the O's also nettedbat-missing right-hander Dean Kremer and third baseman Rylan Bannon, who'd hit 20 homers at High-A, as well as right-hander Zach Pop and infielder Breyvic Valera.Renting out Trout would help the Los Angeles Angels to rebuild their farm system and set them up for future contention. And it would put the game's best player in a position to perform on the postseason stage, where he's logged a scant 15 plate appearances in seven-plus big league seasons.Picture Trout temporarily in the middle of the Chicago Cubs' or New York Yankees' lineups. Are you not intrigued?Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe same could be said for any number of star players who are toiling for teams on the fringe of or essentially eliminated from contention: the Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto, the San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner, the Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto. They'd tip the balance of power wherever they landed while adding exponential excitement to October.This proposal will engender hired-gun cynicism. It's the antithesis of loyalty. If your loyalty lies with the guy donning the laundry of your choice above all else, surely you're fuming.But as MLB wrestles with declining attendance and waning enthusiasm, it needs to get creative. It needs to find ways to put the best players in the spotlight and crank up the drama.Plus, free agency has already decimated the concept of franchise fealty. Whatever lip service they pay to the fans and cities they temporarily call home, most players follow the money. As they should.Let's cast aside the charade, then, and admit it's about entertainment. Many in the NBA have embraced the superteam, where contenders load up on superstars intent on winning a title. Why shouldn't baseball follow suit?"I'd give up everything I have, all of the individual awards I've ever won, for a World Series," Trout said in June http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. "It would be so sick to win the World Series, ride around with that trophy, and see everyone so happy. That's something you dream about."Jae C. Hong/Associated PressUnfortunately for Trout, the Angels entered play Sunday 13 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and eight games off the wild-card pace. The odds that he'll realize his dream with the Halos in 2018 hover somewhere in the vicinity of zero.Would it be as sweet if he did it in another uniform? That's an open question. But it would be sweeter than watching the postseason from his couch.Trout, deGrom, Syndergaard et al. will likely remain with their current clubs in 2018. If you root for the Angels and Mets, then you're probably happy about that.If you're a fan of the game, on the other hand, it's an unfortunate reality鈥攚ith a possible, if drastic, fix. TORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies insist they haven’t lost confidence as they stumble through their worst stretch of the season so farAledmys Diaz hit a go-ahead three-run double in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat Philadelphia 8-6 on Saturday, handing the slumping Phillies their sixth loss in seven games.The Phillies have lost 12 of 18 since a five-game winning streak that ended Aug. 5.“We’ve had stretches similar to this one,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. “This one has been undoubtedly difficult but we remind our guys how tough we are and how resilient we are and that good teams have rough stretches. By no means does this mean we don’t have the ability to win the National League East.”Philadelphia led 6-5 to begin the inning but Seranthony Dominguez (1-5) loaded the bases by giving up a hit, a walk, and hitting a batter. Victor Arano came on and struck out Teoscar Hernandez for the second out before Diaz cleared the bases with a double over the head of center fielder Odubel Herrera.The Phillies, who have lost four of five to Toronto this season http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , began the day three games behind Atlanta in the NL East and two games out in the wild-card race.“What separates good teams is the way that they come out of these stretches and they really light a fire underneath them,” right-hander Nick Pivetta said. “It’s the way we’re going to respond to this little stretch here that is really going to show.”Speaking through a translator, catcher Jorge Alfaro said the Phillies still feel good about in their chances of a September playoff push.“The season is tough but we know we can be better than this, we know we’re going to get out of this slump,” Alfaro said.Toronto won its fifth straight, its longest streak since May 21 to 27, 2017.Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales homered for the sixth consecutive game, matching Jose Cruz Jr. (2001) for the franchise record. Morales hit a two-run shot off Pivetta in the fourth, his team-leading 20th. Morales, who has hit seven home runs in his streak, matched St. Louis first baseman Matt Carpenter for the longest streak in the majors this season.Billy McKinney added a two-run homer in the seventh for the Blue Jays, his second in two games. Both home runs came off Pivetta, who allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.Kapler was asked why he left Pivetta in to face McKinney a fourth time, rather than bringing in left-hander Luis Avilan, who was acquired from the White Sox on Wednesday.Kapler said he suspected Blue Jays manager John Gibbons would have responded by replacing McKinney with Randal Grichuk. Pivetta had struck McKinney out twice, and had also struck out two straight after giving up a leadoff double“Despite the leadoff double Anthony Rizzo Jersey ,w e had a lot of confidence in him,” Kapler said of Pivetta. “We felt like he could go get that hitter.”Joe Biagini (2-7) worked one inning for the win and Ken Giles finished for his 18th save in 18 opportunities.Rhys Hoskins had three RBIs and Roman Quinn had two hits and two RBIs for the Phillies.Making his first start since after missing more than two months because of a sore index finger on his pitching hand, Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez allowed six runs and a season-worst 10 hits in four-plus innings, but said the injury didn’t hamper him.“It’s good to be back, and I want to have good starts,” Sanchez said. “Going out there and feeling nothing after is obviously a plus.”HOLDING ONThe Phillies are 58-8 when they lead through seven innings.HAD THEIR PHILPhiladelphia has lost 17 of the past 21 meetings with Toronto, including six straight north of the border.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: C Wilson Ramos got the day off. Ramos returned to the lineup Friday after missing three games because of a sore left wrist. Kapler said Ramos would start again Sunday.Blue Jays: To make room for Sanchez, Toronto designated Jaime Garcia for assignment. … Gibbons said SS Troy Tulowitzki (bone spurs in both heels) will not play at all this season. Tulowitzki had surgery on both feet at the start of the regular season. The five-time All-Star has not played since July 2017, when he seriousl;y injured his right ankle in a collision at first base.UP NEXTPhillies RHP Vince Velasquez (8-9, 4.06) faces Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (7-9, 4.88) in Sunday’s series finale. Velasquez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA over his past three starts. Estrada is 3-1 with 4.81 ERA in four August outings.
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(AP) — A dreadful 2018 season in a way led to Lewis Brinson’s current spring training home run binge.an Yelich to Milwaukee prior to the 2018 season, Brinson made the Marlins opening-day roster last season in large part because of a strong exhibition season.That turned out to be part of the problem.“It’s hard to have a guy come in from another organization, has a pretty good spring, you know you see things that you don’t like, but when do you broach that subject?” Miami manager Don Mattingly explained. “When a guy fails, that’s when you are able to broach the subject, and to Lewis’ credit he was open to listening as the season went on and then worked on it in the winter.”After hitting .328 during spring training, Brinson managed only a .199 average during his first major league season — and he had to hit .239 over the final month to get the average that high.“He had so many open holes,” Mattingly said. “We’re just trying to close some holes down so he can handle more pitches.”Watching Brinson hit, Mattingly and the Marlins coaches saw a player whose lower body lacked stability. Brinson had a tendency to collapse his lower backside early, throwing his swing off kilter.During the offseason, the 24-year-old Brinson focused on strengthening his lower body and added 15 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame.“The power’s always been there,” Brinson said. “It’s just getting in a good position to hit and being able to get your ‘A’ swing off all the time. When I connect I know have power, I know I have leverage.”Hard spring contact isn’t new for Brinson. He’s never hit lower than .294 in a spring where he’s received at least 20 at-bats Evan Longoria Jersey , dating back four years.Brinson’s .421 average entering Wednesday’s game against Houston included two multi-homer games.“I think they show the progress you’ve made in the offseason and the hard work that I’ve put in,” Brinson said. “Obviously these games don’t mean a whole lot but for me they do, just showing that I’m ready to compete and ready to solidify my spot.”Mattingly expects Brinson’s progress this summer to resemble his spring statistics more closely.“I think you see a little more solid approach, probably a better understanding of what’s coming,” Mattingly said. “It’s getting ready to happen at the big league level.” MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — He might look more like a fullback than a baseball player. His resume might read more “suspect” than “prospect.” But Willians Astudillo has become something of a folk hero in Minnesota, and on Sunday he rewarded Twins fans for their support.Astudillo hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave Minnesota a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.Max Kepler doubled off Jason Hammel (2-13) with two outs in the Twins ninth. Astudillo then hit a drive deep to left field for his third home run of the season, touching off a raucous celebration at home plate.The 5-foot-9 Astudillo is conservatively listed at 225 pounds, but he’s a better athlete than his frame might suggest. In two stints with the Twins this year, the 26-year-old rookie has started games at catcher, second base and third base. He played left field and center field in his major league debut at Wrigley Field. And he’s even pitched an inning.But he’s most known for his aggressive, contact-heavy approach at the plate. In 38 plate appearances with the Twins he’s yet to draw a walk, and he’s only struck out twice. It’s a pattern that he’s followed throughout his minor league career, which has already spanned four franchises.“I just go out there with a plan to make good contact Dustin McGowan Jersey , a good pitch, specifically a good pitch,” said Astudillo, who took a pitch in the dirt before jumping on a hanging slider from Hammel.Twins manager Paul Molitor admitted he considered using catcher Mitch Garver to pinch-hit for Astudillo.“I’m glad I paused,” Molitor said, “because it worked out pretty good.”“He’s probably going to put it in play, and you hope he finds a hole. And as it turns out he hits it over the fence, so that was a bonus,” he said.Trevor Hildenberger (4-3) got two outs to pick up the win.Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals, who were held to three hits on the day. The closest they came to a rally was in the third inning, when an error and two walks filled the bases. But Hunter Dozier grounded out to end the threat.“We had the bases loaded looking for a clutch hit, and we couldn’t get it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Just not a lot going on offensively for us out there.”Royals starter Ian Kennedy made his first appearance after missing two months with a strained oblique. He ended up throwing 93 pitches over six innings, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.Minnesota starter Chase De Jong made his Twins debut with four scoreless innings http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , walking four and striking out five. He arrived from Seattle in a trade for reliever Zach Duke on July 30.Zack Littell followed De Jong for the Twins and gave up Mondesi’s tying home run in the sixth but was otherwise sharp, allowing just two runners in 3 1/3 innings.FORTNITE PARTYAn estimated 300 fans arrived more than three hours before the first pitch to watch Twins reliever Trevor May show off his skills against some elite competition. But May wasn’t on the mound. He was playing the video game Fortnite, with the action being streamed on the Target Field video board.May, an avid video game player who is a brand ambassador for a professional e-sports organization, squared off against three pro gamers in a Fortnite streaming party. Garver served as the emcee, interviewing the players and answering fans’ questions during the one-hour event.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: 3B Miguel Sano missed his fourth straight game with a lower left leg contusion.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.32 ERA) takes the mound on Monday night as the Royals open a three-game series at home against the White Sox. Lucas Giolito (10-10, 5.85) will start for Chicago.Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (7-12, 3.74) will start for the Twins as they host the Yankees for the opener of a three-game series on Monday. New York will counter with LHP J.A. Happ (14-6, 3.90).
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