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CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player race last season.Cleveland’s All-Star third baseman is making another run to finish high in the voting again.Ramirez moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 33rd home run — a three-run shot in the first inning — and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Sunday.Ramirez is batting .300 and is third in the AL with 82 RBIs. He’s also near the top of the league in slugging percentage Authentic Phillip Lindsay Jersey , on-base percentage and total bases.“He’s a special hitter,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Some guys kind of warm into the game. He’s dangerous right from the very first pitch.”Ramirez homer traveled an estimated 423 feet and barely missed landing in the upper deck in right field. He also walked twice and has three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.Ramirez’s home run came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.McGuire (0-2) retired only one batter, allowed three runs and was pulled with the bases loaded in the first. While McGuire had never any of Cleveland’s hitters, he knew what he was getting into with Ramirez at the plate.“I threw a fastball down the middle, and a really good hitter put a really good swing on it,” he said.Rookie Shane Bieber (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brad Hand — the Indians fourth reliever — allowed a run in the ninth but got his third save with Cleveland and 27th of the season.Before the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season. Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday’s game that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.The Angels were missing outfielder Mike Trout for the fourth straight game with a lingering right wrist injury. He hasn’t played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa.Trout is still having issues swinging the bat and is considered day to day. Albert Pujols was also out of the lineup for a planned day off.The Angels scored twice in the fifth on Kole Calhoun’s RBI double and Shohei Ohtani’s run-scoring single.Calhoun started the ninth with a single. Pinch-hitter Justin Upton hit into a force play and Ohtani grounded out, but Andrelton Simmons‘ infield hit made it a one-run game. Hand struck out David Fletcher to end the game.Skaggs was scheduled to start Sunday, but went on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. McGuire joined the team Saturday and was activated before the game. He allowed a home run, two singles, hit two batters, walked one and threw a wild pitch.McGuire loaded the bases on two hit batters and a single, but Taylor Cole retired the next two hitters and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the sixth.Right fielder Melky Cabrera helped Bieber with three outstanding defensive plays. He made a head-first diving catch of balls hit by Jefry Marte and Calhoun in the third. Cabrera hung on to Ohtani’s drive to right field after crashing into the wall in the fourth.“He was all over the place Authentic Todd Gurley Jersey ,” Francona said. “That was kind of cool to hear the way the fans responded to it too. He did a good job.”MAKESHIFT LINEUPTrout and Pujols were out of the lineup and Upton wasn’t used until the ninth. Eric Young Jr. started in center again while Simmons batted cleanup and Francisco Arcia played first base.“We had a lot of guys out but the guys that were in there played hard and we hit the ball harder than they did, we just couldn’t get that extra hit with guys in scoring position,” Scioscia said.MILLER’S OUTINGAndrew Miller made his second appearance since spending two months on the DL with right knee inflammation, entering in the seventh with a runner on first. He retired Calhoun on a lineout to center, but allowed Young’s single and hit Ohtani with a pitch.Miller was relieved by Cody Allen, who threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.“It wasn’t exactly like we drew it up, but with the way their lineup shook out it fit kind of perfectly to go in that order,” Allen said.ROSTER NEWSInfielder Luis Valbuena was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire. Valbeuna batted .199 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 96 games.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: C Yan Gomes (right hamstring tendinitis) missed his second straight game.UP NEXTAngels: Los Angeles returns home to open a three-game series Monday against Detroit. RHP Nick Tropeano (4-6, 4.94 ERA) will start for the Angels.Indians: Cleveland begins a three-game series Monday against Minnesota at Progressive Field. RHP Trevor Bauer (10-6, 2.34) will start for the Indians. MILWAUKEE (AP) — With every home run and big hit, it’s getting more difficult for Christian Yelich to go out in Milwaukee without being recognized.It didn’t stop the potential National League MVP from making a run to the supermarket for groceries, so his mother could make his favorite dish when she recently visited.Taco night must go on for the Milwaukee Brewers‘ All-Star outfielder and his family.“So actually, he went to the market and bought everything. I sent him a list, so when I got there it was all ready to go and I just had to cook,” said his mother Todd Gurley Jersey Elite , Alicia Yelich.She said the increased attention isn’t going to her son’s head, even with a late-season push for the Triple Crown that fell just short.The spotlight will shine brighter on Thursday when Yelich makes his postseason debut when the Brewers host the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of their National League Division Series.The 26-year-old Yelich is known for his humility and steady demeanor, along with his talent at the plate. It’s a lesson handed down in the family.“I always say you’ve got to stay humble in life, right? The game is so hard that you really don’t know how your night is going to be,” Alicia Yelich said. “You can hit for the cycle or you get four (strikeouts). You’ve got to stay humble.”Yelich has hit for the cycle twice this year, the first major leaguer to do so in one season against the same team, the Cincinnati Reds.Last week against Detroit, Yelich made the first curtain call of his career after hitting his second home run to break a tie in the seventh inning of a 6-5 win.It was about as close as Yelich has come to showing emotion.“First one ever, so I don’t really know what to do,” he said then.The loud fans at Miller Park chanted “MVP! MVP!” after the solo shot. He obliged with a brief appearance, lifting his helmet in the air about halfway up the dugout steps.“Everyone was yelling at me to get up there, so I went up there really quick and went right back down,” he said.Opponents are impressed by the demeanor, too. Rockies manager Bud Black got to talk to Yelich at the All-Star Game in July.“You can’t engage with everybody, but I found time to engage with him Authentic Cooper Kupp Jersey ,” Black said Wednesday. “And what a nice kid — I mean, really, really great to talk to, and really in a way humble and sort of shy, right?“That’s sort of how I got it. But what a great kid. So, I’m very happy for him,” Black said.Yelich hit an NL-best .326 to become the Brewers’ first batting champion. He finished tied for third in home runs (36) and tied for second in RBIs (110).He’s the favorite in the NL MVP race after batting .367 with 25 homers and 67 RBIs in 65 games after the All-Star break. His second-half surge is a big reason why the Brewers won the NL Central, making their first playoff appearance since 2011.Asked if success had changed her son, Alicia Yelich said, “Christian? No, no.”“He’s very even-keeled,” she said. “And being even-keeled helps to be successful at this game.”
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