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Anderson tossed a career-high eight scoreless innings http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.c ... marshall-jersey-authentic , Pat Valaika, Nolan Arenado and Chris Iannetta homered, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night.

Anderson (5-3) struck out eight and walked one on 96 pitches. The left-hander retired his first 11 batters before giving up a two-out single to Justin Turner in the fourth. Matt Kemp singled leading off the fifth and Yasiel Puig narrowly beat out the throw on a two-out bunt in the same inning.

”It’s been a while since everything has really been on,” Anderson said. ”My last couple of starts were pretty close, I felt like my command was there I just made a couple mistakes. Tonight I didn’t make those mistakes. It was a total mix of all my pitches.”

Anderson retired five straight batters before allowing a single to Cody Bellinger in the seventh. Anderson improved to 4-0 on the road with a 3.48 ERA while holding hitters to a .216 average. The Rockies have won seven of his last nine starts away from home.

”He kept us off-balance,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ”He has a three, four-pitch mix that we couldn’t get any swings off of.”

Iannetta homered leading off the ninth, extending Colorado’s lead to 3-0.

Arenado hit his team-high 20th homer in the eighth and Valaika homered over the center-field fence for Colorado’s first run in the fifth.

Valaika homered for the first time since last Sept. 24 at San Diego. It was just his second homer ever at Dodger Stadium. His first long ball in the majors came on Sept. 24, 2016, in the same stadium.

”It felt good to put the barrel on the ball in a real game, a big league game,” Valaika said. ”It felt good to get the lead, too.”

The Rockies turned double plays behind Anderson in the fifth and eighth innings.

”Andy pitched great. He was spotting up everything Trace McSorley Jersey , it was pretty easy to play defense,” Valaika said. ”I was thinking it was the third inning and I hadn’t really fielded anything yet.”

Wade Davis worked the ninth to earn his 23rd save in 27 chances.

Rich Hill (1-3) pitched solidly in his third start since coming off the disabled list because of a finger blister. Only one of his six hits was for extra bases, a double by Trevor Story in the sixth.

”The ball came out of my hand the way I wanted it to,” Hill said. ”Everything was really came together.”

Hill struck out a season-high 10 and didn’t walk anyone while allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings. His 110 pitches were a season high and the most he’s thrown since May 13, 2016, at Tampa Bay.

But the Dodgers’ bullpen struggled for the second straight game. Scott Alexander gave up Arenado’s homer and Yimi Garcia allowed Iannetta’s shot.

A day earlier, Walker Buehler was rocked for five runs and five hits in one-plus innings of an 11-5 loss to the Cubs.

Turner’s two-out shot in the ninth gave the Dodgers a franchise-record and major league-leading 54 homers in June with one day left.

”This team has set the record for the most home runs in the month for them, so clearly they’re trying to put the ball in the air,” Anderson said. ”Tonight when they did it they were just underneath a lot of things.”

The Rockies began the month getting swept by the Dodgers in a three-game series, with Los Angeles scoring 33 runs in those games. Colorado improved to 5-2 against Los Angeles this season.


Anderson collected a career high-tying two hits with singles in the third and seventh. Hill had an 0-2 count against him in the third and appeared annoyed when Anderson made contact. ”He’s a good hitting pitcher,” Hill said.


Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp singled in the fifth, snapping an 0-for-15 skid. In his last 23 games against the Rockies since Sept. 20, 2015 Melvin Gordon III Jersey , Kemp has hit .389.


RHP German Marquez (5-8, 5.53 ERA) starts for Colorado, which has won four of his seven road starts this season. He has a 3.07 ERA away from home compared to 7.93 in Denver. RHP Kenta Maeda (5-4, 3.44) goes for the Dodgers. In eight career games, including six starts, Maeda is 5-2 with a 2.11 ERA to go with 48 strikeouts and nine walks.

Lately the NFL has come under some criticism over its diversity and acceptance of African-American coaches and players, namely quarterbacks. The NFL has a long history of great quarterbacks in the league, but in that history, the position is mostly dominated by Caucasian athletes.It is no secret that in the early days of the NFL, the owners and coaches were very reluctant to give the reigns of a team to a black player. As recently as 2007, the New York Giants had never had a black quarterback throw even a single pass. In 1934, there was an informal ban on black athletes. The charge was led by then-Washington Redskins owner George Marshall, but the ban was lifted again in 1946. Still http://www.chargersfootballauthentics ... oey-bosa-jersey-authentic , the abolishing of the ban did not do a whole lot to help enable blacks to play the quarterback position.In 1978 Doug Williams became the first black quarterback drafted in the first round when he was selected 17th by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After Williams' selection, there was a drought for black QBs entering the league. It took five more years to see another black player drafted for the quarterback position. It wasn't until the 1980s that the black quarterback became a little more acceptable, yet still not very common. As the 80s and 90s progressed, however, so too did the acceptance of black quarterbacks.The NFL today has come a long way from just a short time ago, but there is still much progress left to be desired. Entering the 2016 season, the NFL has six QBs slated to be starters who are African-American, versus 26 who are white. The landscape may be making a change sooner than later however. The last four Super Bowls have featured a black player at the quarterback position.It has been a long journey for the-African American quarterback, but hopefully the change is here. Today, we will look back at the 15 greatest African-American quarterbacks the game has ever seen.

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The Cincinnati Reds are much better now than they were a month into the season Ben Powers Jersey , and it’s partly because Anthony DeSclafani is much better than they anticipated.

The Reds return to Great American Ball Park on Thursday to take on the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, but that’s nothing new of late for interim manager Jim Riggleman’s resurgent team.

The Reds have played their last seven games against teams that were in first place or within percentage points of the top spot. They swept the Cubs in four games and won two of three in Atlanta.

“It says a lot for our club that we can play first-place clubs and win these series,” Riggleman said Wednesday following a come-from-behind 6-5 win at Atlanta, the Reds’ ninth victory in 10 games and 12th victory in 15 games.

“(We want to) keep rolling into Cincinnati,” Adam Duvall said after his two-run single keyed a three-run seventh inning that included a Scooter Gennett RBI single.

DeSclafani (3-1, 4.09 ERA) is a big presence during the surge, and not just because he’s won his last three starts — this after missing all of last season and the first two months of this season with multiple injuries. After missing so much time, the Reds simply weren’t sure what they would get from him this season.

His last time out, the right-handed DeSclafani limited the Cubs to two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, and he contributed the game’s biggest hit Saturday with a grand slam — the first slam by a Cincinnati pitcher in 59 years.

DeSclafani will be yet another bat in the Reds’ order that Milwaukee right-hander Junior Guerra (3-5, 2.82) must be concerned about in the opener of the four-game NL Central series.

The Brewers continue to occupy first place in the division http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/ ... ntic-iman-marshall-jersey , but even a three-run ninth inning wasn’t enough Wednesday as they lost 5-4 at home to the last-place Kansas City Royals, whose .313 winning percentage is the second-worst in the majors.

“Even in our losses, we’re making the other team work a lot,” starting pitcher Brent Suter told reporters. “From that respect, I love how we’re playing. (But) it would be nice to win some of these series.”

The Brewers have lost six of their last 10 games, and now they must take on a Reds team that doesn’t look anything now like the team Milwaukee swept in a three-game series April 30-May 2 at Great American Ball Park — losses that dropped the Reds to 7-24. The Brewers have won five of six overall from the Reds this season.

“We just want to keep winning. If we take series after series we’re going to be just fine,” said Reds reliever Jackson Stephens (2-0), who got the win Wednesday with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.

The Brewers, conversely, led 1-0 Wednesday, only to have Suter and reliever Josh Hader give up five runs in the seventh inning. Hader allowed a two-run single to Adalberto Mondesi, Lucas Duda’s sacrifice fly and Whit Merrifield’s RBI single — the first time in 27 games this season Hader has given up more than one hit in an inning.

“Josh’s velocity was good. Everything was good,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “He threw the ball well. They jumped on the first pitch, and we’ve seen that a lot lately Trace McSorley Jersey , but he’s been so effective that obviously multiple hits in an inning is something we haven’t seen. They got him today.”

The Reds certainly didn’t get to Guerra when they faced him on April 17.

Guerra didn’t get the decision in a 2-0 Brewers win, but he shut out the Reds on one hit over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking three. In his career, he is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA against Cincinnati in five games, including four starts.

Most of the current Reds hitters have only a minimal number of at-bats against Guerra, with Eugenio Suarez going 2-for-3 with a homer.

DeSclafani is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA in five games against the Brewers, starting four of them, but hasn’t faced them since 2016. Ryan Braun is 2-for-10 (.200) against him.

After a slow start, Giancarlo Stanton has been on a roll for the Yankees.

But he also said there’s another gear he can kick into, too.

Stanton hit a three-run homer, CC Sabathia pitched six effective innings, and the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Wednesday.

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres left the game in the top of the fifth inning because of tightness in his right hip and afterward was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain.

”We’re hoping it’s a short stint. But we think we’ve got to deal with it this time because there is a small strain there,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outside the home clubhouse after the game.

”Hopefully it won’t be something that it’s too long. Probably take us up to the All-Star break.”

After struggling in his first two months of his debut season in the Bronx, including three games at the end of March Ed Oliver Jersey , Stanton managed just 11 homers and hit .245.

He settled in and improved in June with eight homers and a .298 average.

”Yeah I can always get better. So yeah, I got to put it together but there’s some balls that I’ve hit hard that could have been in the air, been better,” said Stanton, who’s 6 for 18 (.333) with two home runs and five RBIs through the first four games of July.

”But that’s talking millimeters of (a) difference here. But in terms of in the box, I feel very close.”

Aaron Judge added his 24th homer of the season in the seventh inning. He’s now homered in three of his past four games.

Catcher Kyle Higashioka also homered for the Yankees, becoming the ninth player since 1920 whose first three hits were home runs. Colorado’s Trevor Story homered for his first four big league hits on April 4-6, 2016.

The 28-year-old, who’s spent most of his first 10 professional seasons in the minors, except for a nine-game hitless stint last season, was surprised at what he’s been able to accomplish since his promotion June 25.

”I wouldn’t have thought that my first three hits in the major leagues would be homers, but the most important thing here is winning,” Higashioka said.

Sabathia (6-3) followed his impressive showing last Friday against Boston, the team with the best record in baseball http://www.billsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-cody-ford-jersey , working out of a couple of jams for the Yankees, who have won six of their past eight after getting swept in three games at Tampa.

National League East-leading Atlanta loaded the bases with two outs in the first, but the 37-year-old struck out 20-year-old phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. on an 88 mph cutter.

”That’s a good lineup. They have a very good team, some good hitters,” Sabathia said. ”Even when I felt I was in control I still had to make pitches. They made me work today.”

The Braves have lost their past two games.

New York took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Greg Bird’s RBI single off Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (6-6), who lasted just five innings, allowing five hits and five runs. He walked four and struck out 10.

The Yankees got to Teheran again in the third.

With a runner on first and two outs, Aaron Hicks walked. Stanton then fell behind 0-2 before hitting a line drive to the right field bleachers for his 21st homer of the season to make it 4-0.

After retiring the first two batters in the fourth, Teheran fell behind 2-0 against Higashioka before the rookie connected to the left field stands, extending the lead to 5-0.

”You can’t make mistakes to this team,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ”The way that ball flies around in right center and over, it’s just dangerous. That’s why they are who they are. In spurts, he threw the ball really well.”

The Braves cut the deficit to 5-1 on an RBI grounder from Danny Santana with one out in the fifth. Johan Camargo hit his ninth home run of the season with two outs in the sixth that made it 5-2. But Sabathia limited the damage by retiring Dansby Swanson on a grounder to second with a runner aboard.

Atlanta failed to take advantage in the seventh inning against reliever Chad Green when its first two batters reached on a pair of singles. Green then got three fly outs to end the threat.


With New York set to play 11 games in 10 days, beginning Friday at Toronto Devin Singletary Jersey , Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he wanted to be ”greedy” with Thursday being their only day off, and held Austin Romine out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive day. Higashioka started for the fourth straight time behind the plate.

The Yankees have been short-handed at catcher since Romine left the game on June 29 against Boston in the seventh inning because of a tight left hamstring. Gary Sanchez has been on the 10-day disabled list since June 25 because of a strained right groin.


Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman, who was hit by a pitch in the third inning, left the game after the fourth because of a contusion in his right upper arm. He expects to be back in the lineup Thursday in Milwaukee.

”I tried to go down in the cage and swing and pretty much topped the ball off the tee,” Freeman said. ”I couldn’t really extend the arm going through the zone. I had no strength. It just kind of swelled up and it looks like a baseball on my tricep right now.”


LHP Luiz Gohara, the No. 3 prospect in the Atlanta organization, arrived about 90 minutes before the first pitch after he was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett for the second time this season. RHP Evan Phillips, who threw 2 1/3 innings Tuesday night, was sent down to Trip

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Free agency is exciting for the fans Noah Fant Jersey , and many times for players. how much their new paychecks will be, which can be exciting especially when you’re constantly working hard for that. There are still players who play for the love of the game, but these guys want to get paid too. Look at Le’Veon Bell; he held out all of the 2018 season to ensure he wouldn’t get hurt to possibly mess up his chances of a big payday.Just talking about running backs alone, there will be at least 10 that get signed this offseason. We’re going to take a look at 10 of the bigger names that will get signed elsewhere this offseason, and where they will go. It also comes down to which teams can afford which players. If your favorite team doesn’t have much cap space http://www.thebroncosfootballauthenti ... n-risner-jersey-authentic , they’re going to struggle to sign one of these big-name players. It also comes down to which teams value free agency over the draft. Lately, teams have valued the draft more because it’s cheaper and there’s so much potential to grow.While this is an exciting part of the offseason, keep in mind that there will be players who may never play the game again. There will also be talented players who don’t sign with a team throughout the offseason. We saw Dez Bryant and C.J. Anderson remain unsigned in free agency all the way until the middle of the season. For players like that, this time could be difficult. Each year, hundreds of former college football players wait to hear their name called during the NFL Draft. With only seven rounds in the draft these days Drew Lock Jersey , there are a lot of people that never get to see their dream realized, as only 256 names were called in the 2015 edition of the entry draft. The dream isn’t completely dead for those that weren’t picked, though, as undrafted free agents are often called upon to help fill out the roster for teams.Some of those players get cut within just a few days, some hang around on the practice squad for a couple of years and some even get to see the field during the regular season. For those that are given the chance Anthony Nelson Jersey , making a big first impression is vital. While most get put back onto the bench, a certain few become staples for their teams for years to come.The NFL is filled with a ton of undrafted talent, and some of the best players in league history never got drafted. Many of the best players in the league today never got on stage for the NFL Draft, and have helped their teams win Super Bowls. So who are the 15 best undrafted players that are currently in the league? We ranked them in terms of current productivity instead of career production. Wes Welker is an honorable mention, but he’s not on an NFL roster currently. Here are the 15 that we picked.
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PHOENIX — Like pitching?

Wednesday features a couple starters who have had strong seasons but also should be considered under-the-radar All-Star candidates Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , at least for those who have not been paying close attention.

You could look it up.

Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin and St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas rank in the top 10 among NL qualifiers in ERA, WHIP, WAR and innings pitched. The only statistical difference is in strikeouts, where Corbin is tied for second and Mikolas is down the pack. Mikolas compensates by pitching to contact and getting the majority of his outs on the ground.

They are compatible in one more way — each has received below-average run support. Corbin has received the fourth-fewest, 3.65 per start. Mikolas’ support checks in under the league average.

Arizona used a three-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt to take a 4-2 victory Tuesday as the teams have split the first two games of the series. Arizona will conclude a 10-game homestand with a four-game set with San Diego beginning Thursday, when the Cardinals open a four-game series in San Francisco before finishing a nine-game trip in Chicago against the White Sox.

Mikolas, 29, has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise in the major leagues this season, signing with the Cardinals over the winter after three strong seasons for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Central League. He was 3-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts in Japan after being released by Texas in November 2014.

“Obviously this season he’s been fantastic,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He should be sitting on 10 wins right now. Two of the losses he had Kaleb McGary Jersey , he had us right there. He just matched up with a pitcher we couldn’t get much going against. Miles has been very good.”

Mikolas has made 11 quality starts, tied for fourth in the league. After starting the season 6-0, he has lost three of his five decisions in June despite posting five quality starts and giving up one earned run in two of his losses.

“A guy who just attacks the strike zone,” Matheny said.

“He has very good stuff. Doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Not afraid to use his defense. He has been just an incredible surprise for us. What a great pickup for our organization and a salute to our scouts who are finding people like Miles who are out there.

“He figured something out while he was in Japan. The way he goes about his business, not just how he competes but how he prepares, you could see that being something that sticks around for awhile.”

Mikolas and Corbin are tied for second in the league in WHIP (0.99). Mikolas is sixth and Corbin ninth in ERA and innings pitched, and Mikolas is seventh and Corbin ninth in WAR.

Each has one of the five shutouts thrown in the NL this season. Washington’s Max Scherzer, Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon and Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz have the others.

Corbin, 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA, has made two straight quality starts Kendall Sheffield Jersey , giving up only one run and in 13 innings, but did not receive a decision in either game. He had extra rest the last time through the rotation after pitching seven scoreless innings while striking out 12 in a no-decision at Pittsburgh, when he threw a season-high 102 pitches. He gave up one run in six innings against San Francisco on Friday, pitching on six days’ rest.

“He (gets) into trouble, doesn’t get rattled, and continues to pound the zone and get big outs. He’s done a very good job,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

Jeff Mathis, one of two healthy catchers on the Arizona roster with Alex Avila on the disabled list, will catch Corbin for the third straight start.

“I like the way Jeff gets Patrick to do certain things at certain times and shows confidence in certain pitches, and helps him execute by showing that confidence John Cominsky Jersey ,” Lovullo said. “Jeff has such respect from anyone on this staff that when he asks for something they listen.”

Corbin has received 3.65 runs per start, tied for the third fewest in the league. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis and is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 10 starts at home this sesaon.

Mikolas, who spent previous major league seasons with San Diego and Texas, has never started against Arizona and has given one run in 4 1/3 innings in two career relief appearances, a Justin Upton homer in 2012. This will be his first appearance at Chase Field.

Some teams really dropped the ball this offseason. In fact, just about every team in the NFL could have done something better. Whether it was a missed acquisition or trade, every team in the NFL dropped the ball to some extent. This list looks at the top 15 signings that NFL teams missed out on this offseason. Sure, some signings were overwhelmingly right and some decisions cannot be argued with … like Houston’s decision to rid itself of Brock Osweiler. Then again, some seemingly good decisions could have been more beneficial had they gone a different way … like DeSean Jackson signing with Tampa Bay (there’s just way too much talent at wide receiver there and Jackson is just going to get lost in the mix, but more on that later).Of course Qadree Ollison Jersey , everything is a bit easier with hindsight. Then again, we haven’t seen the results from these offseason moves so we can’t guarantee that they would have been better decisions. But judging by the current outlook of the league, each one of the transactions that follows would have been a better fit for the team and the athlete. Not everyone is going to agree that Marshawn Lynch shouldn’t have signed with the Oakland Raiders, but here we’ll give you the reasons why the formerly retired running back would have been a better fit elsewhere. Each one of these 15 should-have-been signings correct the mistakes that have been made this offseason. Not only does this list resolve the errors made by the organizations in the league, it also fixes the missteps made by the players.
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Saturday Bryce Harper Jersey , with those who arrived for the team’s annual FanFest being greeted by signs reminding them that the turf will be replaced soon.When it comes to the Marlins, many things are a work in progress.Wearing new uniforms with the rebranded team logo, in a stadium that has gotten spruced-up since last season ended, some of the 2019 Miami Marlins gathered for the first time to greet fans and start hyping the new season. Pitchers and catchers report to the team’s spring training home in Jupiter on Wednesday.“I would tell our fans to just give us a chance,” Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said. “So many people have written off the Marlins and really haven’t taken an opportunity to take a deep look at what we’re building. When you have a lot to do, it’s going to take time and we understand where we’re at. But we’ve been able to add a tremendous amount of talent over the last 18 months.”By Hill’s count, the Marlins have added 38 prospects and upper-level players since this new regime led by Derek Jeter took over after the 2017 season. That has gone a long way toward restocking a farm system that by Hill’s own description was “barren.”“We know where we were,” he said. “We know where we’re going.”The Marlins won 63 games last season, their ninth straight year under the .500 mark and the 15th consecutive time the team missed the postseason — the second-longest drought in baseball, topped only by Seattle’s run of 17 straight seasons without a playoff game. Attendance plummeted to a club record-low 811,104, and the team just traded away its best player, sending catcher J.T. 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Sanchez has the arm to consistently reach the upper 90s on his fastball, while Stewart doesn’t throw as hard but has off-speed offerings that get him out of trouble.It’s deals like that why the Marlins truly believe this rebuild — one of many by the franchise in the last 15 years — is the right one.“They’re doing what they said: building the organization from the bottom up,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “You keep acquiring talent. You keep marching down that road that gets you to the point where you are competing for a chance to win a world championship every year. That’s the plan. That’s the goal. I think anything less than that, you don’t accept it.”There was a reason why the grass looked bad Saturday. Monster Jam — a show where five- or six-ton trucks with 66-inch tires will destroy anything in their path — is coming to Marlins Park next weekend. It’ll chew up the current turf quite nicely. From there, new sod goes down in time for opening day.“It’ll look nothing like it does right now when we come back in six weeks,” Straily said.The grass will be exactly what the team wants by then. The Marlins only hope the team is closer to their liking by then as well. Rockies news and links for March 22, 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileCan the 2019 Rockies win the division?New,61commentsRockies news and links for March 22, 2019 Can the 2019 Rockies win the division?NL West preview: Can the Rockies overtake the Dodgers for the division title? | Denver Post ($)In recent history, the Dodgers have dominated the NL West http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , winning the title each of the past six years. The Rockies think they’re set to break that streak this season, though, despite the fact that it’s a tall order. The Dodgers picked up A.J. Pollock in the offseason, along with reliever Joe Kelly. They’re concerned about Clayton Kershaw, but Julio Urias could step up and fill that void. Corey Seager will return after Tommy John surgery, and the Dodgers have plenty of offensive power. The Rockies big offseason move was signing Nolan Arenado’s huge deal, keeping him in Colorado for the next eight years. They’re looking to their young, promising prospects to get the job done for them. Kyle Freeland is poised to have another great season, with German Marquez right there with him. Trevor Story had a dominant 2018, giving the team some much needed offense, and hopes are that he can continue that trend. The Giants aren’t likely to make the playoffs, with a mediocre bullpen and not enough offense. The Padres gained their big name player in Manny Machado, but he alone won’t be enough to boost the team. They’re building the team, and in the future looks promising, but they’re not much of a threat in 2019. The Diamondbacks have some real work to do before they can be contenders in the division. Colorado Rockies: Mike Dunn has a lot riding on 2019 performance | Rox PileMike Dunn was a solid pitcher for the Marlins Anthony Rendon Jersey , and that’s the kind of performance they’d hoped to see when they added him to the roster. Dunn has not lived up to those expectations, though, with lackluster seasons in Colorado. He played poorly in 2017, then an injury took out his 2018 season. Hopefully, the healthy Dunn can use the experience under his belt and find success in 2019. He’s looked pretty good through his eight innings of work in the spring. He’s gotten ten strikeouts and no earned runs. There’s a lot riding on him as a reliever, with Chris Rusin out with an injury and Jake McGee still trying to find his way. If he can stay healthy and pitch well this season, the Rockies might be interested in using that fourth-year option on his contract. Hungry Anderson searching for consistency | Rockies.comTyler Anderson has been somewhat inconsistent throughout his career with the Rockies. He faced many injuries during his time in the minors, but he has shown that he can bring it in the majors as well. In the 2018 season, he was outstanding in his appearances before the All-Star break, setting a club record for most scoreless innings within a two-game span with four or less hits. But after the break, he fell apart. He relies heavily on command of his pitches. When he’s inconsistent there, it’s bad news for the Rockies. Bud Black has faith in Anderson regardless of that control, due to his ability to change speeds. If he can figure out a way to remain consistent and stay in control when he’s got runner on base, he could have his best season ever.
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Osuna spoke publicly about his domestic violence charge for the first time Wednesday."No one knows what happened but obviously me http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey ," Osuna said in an interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale. "Everybody is quick to judge me and say all kinds of things about it. I'm just waiting for everything to come out so people can really wait to see what happened. I would really like the fans, and everybody else, [to] learn what the media says is not true."In June, MLBsuspendedOsuna for 75 games retroactive to May 8 after he was arrested in Toronto for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.At the time, Osuna was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays traded him to the Astros on July 31.The full detailsof the allegations against Osuna remain unknown. A Toronto-based defense attorney told Nightengale that it's typical under Canadian law to keep that information away from the public until it's revealed in court.Domenic Basile, the lawyer representing Osuna,told reportersearlier this month the 2017 All-Star will plead not guilty to the assault charge. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 5.Nightengale noted a conviction for Osuna could result in a prison sentence of up to six months and a $5,000 fine. Still very early days though."The Arizona Diamondbacks have made no secret of their willingness to at least listen to offers for superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy is entering the final year of his current contract, and even at the highest salary of his career ($14.5 million for next season), would still represent excellent value for money.When Jack looked at Goldy’s trade value, he concluded even just one year was worth “a hitting prospect in the 51-75 range or a pitching prospect in the 26-50 range.” And that estimate did not include an additional piece of value: if the team trades him before Opening Day Felipe Vazquez Jersey , his new team will get to extend a Qualifying Offer to Goldschmidt at season end, likely netting them an additional draft pick for 2020. But now, we have the first tangible and specific reports of possible trade partners, rather than vague and generic “We’ll listen to anything” comments. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Atlantic last night:The Cardinals may initially seem a little bit of a surprise, as at firt glance they have a perfectly serviceable first baseman under control, in the shape of Jose Martinez. He batted .305 last year, with an OPS+ of 124, and is not even arbitration-eligible until next year. However, he was defensively poor, even at first, to such an extent that the Cardinals ended up largely moving Martinez to the outfield in the second half. An interesting quote from veteran infield instructor with St. Louis Sean Rodriguez Jersey , Jose Oquendo in that piece: “I always say that it’s my belief that when you have Gold Glove-caliber infielders, you have to have a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman.” Paging Mr. Goldschmidt...In Houston, the incumbent is Yuli Gurriel, and much like Martinez, he was serviceable with the bat, and less so with the glove. Despite being 34, he has similar service time too, mostly because Gurriel did not make his major-league debut until the age of 32. He was overall worth 2.2. bWAR last season, so a likely five-win season from Goldschmidt would represent a nice uptick for the Astros. Not that he has any say in the matter, but I suspect that Goldy might not mind a return to the Lone Star state, having gone to high-school in the Houston area (and being an unsigned draftee for the Dodgers at that point - we dodged a bullet there!) http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , then on to college at Texas State. Both teams are in a contention window. The Astros reached the ALCS this year, before being beaten by the Red Sox. The Cardinals didn’t make the post-season, but posted their 11th consecutive winning season, and at 88 wins, weren’t far out in a very competitive NL Central, so Paul would help them over that. Somewhat related, last week David Schoenfeld of ESPN came up with this trade involving Goldschmidt and the Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke for Luke Weaver, Dakota Hudson and Jose Martinez. “Two potential starting pitchers plus a replacement for Goldschmidt -- and it would allow them some financial flexibility after dumping the $104.5 million left on Greinke’s contract.”So, what do we think? Feel free to brainstom potential trades involving either team. What would be looking for? What seems like a fair exchange? And do we look to tie Greinke into the deal, for that sweet payroll flexibility?
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There’s a lot of bad publicity out today http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com ... entic-zack-greinke-jersey , and somewhat deserved (RIP MinorLeagueBall.com - I fully intend to push whatever his new site is once it’s up), but I wanted to take a moment and recognize..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsWhy TheCrawfishBoxes is “Home” for meNew,46commentsByBrian Cohn (HH)Nov 30, 2018,7:38pm CSTShareTweetShareShareWhy TheCrawfishBoxes is “Home” for meThere’s a lot of bad publicity out today, and somewhat deserved (RIP MinorLeagueBall.com - I fully intend to push whatever his new site is once it’s up), but I wanted to take a moment and recognize why I love this site, and the community that’s here. You can skip the My Path to Here part- as it’s more backstory of how I got to here and why I appreciate it so much.My Path to Here I can count the number of friends I have who are really into baseball on one hand (sorry I’m not a football guy), so I eventually searched for a place to discuss my passion with. For me, it started with the Astros.com message board. I found a place where people loved the Astros, and it was like a giant dysfunctional family. There was a mix of everything, from trolls to extremely knowledgeable people. It was a unique community with great people, from a “mother hen” who posted recipes, a grumpy old man, a guy who basically just corrected spelling and grammar (thank god he doesn’t read my articles), a class clown, hell there was even an Australian girl and a Marine who got married after meeting in that forum, and his mom. It’s more than a decade later and I still remember all of theirs and other screen names. At the time, I was a hardcore baseball fan, with basic knowledge, following primarily stats like RBI’s, BA and HR, and barely looking past those stats in my evaluation of a hitter. I look back now at how I thought I knew a lot about baseball. I remember watching Roger Clemens in 2005, and coming to the realization that I hated the win stat. For those who don’t remember, he pitched to an ERA of 1.83 that year, and despite pitching the best season of his illustrious career, he ended up 13-8 and losing the Cy Young (winning 7 others with worse seasons). So I took a step back and starting using Quality Start as my “measure” since it takes the offensive contribution out of the equation. Man I was smart lol. (BTW, does anyone even use this stat anymore I couldn’t even find it)One day Jake Lamb Jersey , a poster named Marshall, had a long argument about Adam Everett. At the time, I didn’t really value defense, and Everett was not even making sports center type plays at that. To me he was a good defender but terrible overall. But as I read into it, it peaked my interest and made me explore other stats further. When the Astros started tanking is when it all changed. Partially because the community on the Astros message board dwindled as fans left in hordes, leaving more of a “core” group behind. This was when I started following the Minor Leagues, and a poster - named Ashitaka, ran a thread about the minor leagues (and thus I fell in love with “NiTro”). Some of you know him as Brian Stevenson as he came over here as an excellent writer later on. (another person who taught me a lot) This is when I found a love for SBNation sites - as I found Minorleagueball.com, which I still credit for my love of prospects and eventually leading me to find TCB.When I first found TCB, it was intimidating. I lurked here, often citing the data here back on the Astros message boards. It took me a few years before I started posting here, working up the “courage” (ok I’m kinda ashamed to admit this lol), I mean even the slogan is “The Thinking fan’s Astros web site” .This was my first excellent post on this site. No one bashed how idiotic I was. Was my idea on “gaming” the system to get Cavan Biggio as a prospect cheapI love the community here, there was no reason for me ever to be nervous. Sure there were tons of people who knew more about baseball than me, but it was an open and accepting community. And although it wasn’t as “social” in some senses, it felt like it challenged me every single day as I learned something new. There were a myriad of insanely talented writers and commenters here, and I’ll admit, I had no idea what 90% of the stats were and was searching what the random group of letters that were just posted even meant.My first analysis - I stick by it - even with somewhat cherry picked statsLast off-season, suddenly everything was up in the air. The leadership and writers were (rightfully) abandoning ship. And while I don’t blame them in any way, I was worried as a site I checked five times a day, suddenly turned on it’s head.There was a time of upheaval, but I give Bilbos an insane amount of credit for steadying the ship. At the time, content was sparse, and some of the writing was hit or miss. I remember posting a long winded debate, and Bilbos telling me I should write an article. I stopped and was like - WHAT? Is he crazy? Who am I to try to do that?And so I did, my first fanpost - Exploring the “necessity” and impact of a JT Realmuto Trade. It was a great experience, getting 25 comments, though most of them were WMT telling me I was an idiot (politely) and educating me (I continue to learn from him and others daily). A learning experience none the less. I did a few fanposts http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com ... entic-zack-greinke-jersey , and basically in every one, there were encouraging words - especially from Bilbos. Then I hit the “big time” my article “Giancarlo Who - We Have KEMP?!”, which Bilbos brought to the front page. There were 77 comments on that article, and again I was addicted. I want all of my articles to be about starting a discussion, I’m not here to dictate or educate this amazing group of people - I look to do research and start the conversation and debate in this great community. What was even better - was people seemed to enjoy my work, and give me additional information and where I could find data - HELLO BASEBALL SAVANT! I actually submitted a list of the communities encouraging comments when I reached out to Issa about becoming a writer for the site. I didn’t hear back, but Bilbos convinced me to keep going and eventually brought me on as a writer.So why is it so great? We lived through this.Honestly, it’s the community and comments here. The day I took this “job”, I felt like I was stepping into huge shoes. The writers who built this community are legends and I hope that I don’t let them down. Some people hate advanced stats because they “ruin” the sport, and there’s a place for all of us. But I love that people are continually looking at improving the statistics in this game. Identifying what was attributed to the ballpark, luck, etc vs the actual player. Truly building predictive stats and working to eliminate the “noise”. This has always been the case - for example - people discounting offensive performance at Coors Field - it’s just a more refined version.I wonder sometimes if I should build a guide of “advanced statistics” in common language that can guide new posters (not that I’m an expert nor qualified - but maybe I can translate it well). I just want to thank this community, for sticking together. It makes it enjoyable. I love coming to this site and having discussions. I love when people disagree with my article. I love when the discussion teaches me something. Why Post this?Even McHugh wonders why I’m posting thisWell I laughed at a posters ignorance, and posted a comment I regretted. It wasn’t bad, they weren’t upset, and it actually turned into a good conversation, but I realized, we have a lot of new posters on here (and hopefully many more to come), and others who lurk and haven’t posted. I want all of them to feel welcome. I want people to know that Bilbos is one of the most encouraging people I’ve met. If you want to try to write, he’ll never discourage you - even if you are as dumb as me! If you’re lurking and haven’t posted - join the conversation - I promise you’ll enjoy it!Thank you guys. Thank you for contributing constantly. Thank you for challenging me - for the excellent discussions. In my humble opinion, there is no better Astros website in the world. Austin Wynns had a nice day at the plate for the Baysox, and Cody Sedlock settled in to earn a victory for the Keys."Norfolk Tides 10, Durham Bulls (Rays) 6Things didn’t go as planned for Norfolk starter Josh Rogers, but the Tides offense bailed him out in a 10-6 victory. Rogers only made it through four innings, and allowed all six of Durham’s runs. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out three on the evening. Matt Wotherspoon pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief. DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle both went deep in the third inning. Both prospects had two hits, scored twice, and the pair combined for five runs batted in. Mason Williams finished 2-3 with a pair of RBIs Jeff Mathis Jersey , and Steve Wilkerson went 3-5. Chance Sisco couldn’t get in on the fun, finishing 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and four left on base.Erie Seawolves (Detroit) 9, Bowie Baysox 6Giving up eight runs in four innings isn’t a recipe for success at any level, and Bowie starter Tyler Herb figured that out the hard way. Herb gave up nine hits, two homers, and walked two in a night to forget. Pedro Araujo blanked Erie through two innings, and Zach Pop followed with two scoreless frames himself. Bowie’s one-through-four hitters did all of the damage in the loss. Rylan Bannon finished 3-5 with two RBIs, and Yusniel Diaz went 2-5 with a run batted in. Orioles catcher Austin Wynns had a strong night at the plate in his rehab assignment. Wynns finished 2-3, and also worked two walks batting in the two-hole. He doubled in the bottom of the ninth, and was called out on strikes in the fourth inning. Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) 7 (Final/10)Delmarva nearly squandered a seven run lead, but bailed itself out with a walk off win in the tenth. The Shorebirds plated five in the first, and added runs in the second and fourth inning.The Intimidators trimmed the deficit to five with a pair of runs in the fifth, but did not draw even until the ninth. Ofelky Peralta was on pace for a victory after allowing only one earned through six frames, but the Shorebirds gave five back and the game went to extras. Daniel Fajardo won the game with a walk-off single to shallow center after the Intimidators intentionally walked Robert Neustrom. That’s a big time confidence boost to come through after the other team decided it would rather face you with the game on the line.Frederick Keys 9, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs) 3Frederick scored in four straight innings to break things open against the Pelicans. Mason McCoy led off for the Keys and came through with three hits and four RBIs. Anytime you pick up four RBIs atop the order, things are going your way. Every Frederick batter recorded at least one hit, but Jake Ring was the only other with a multi-hit night. Cody Sedlock, the Orioles top pick in 2016, picked up his first victory of the year. The righty made it through five innings, striking out three and walking two. He allowed two runs, and both came via a home run in the top of the first. He settled in after the blast, and only allowed two more hits after the first inning. Box scores for yesterday’s games can be found here.Today’s games:Norfolk vs Durham, 6:35. Starter: Gabriel Ynoa Bowie vs. Erie, 6:35. Starter: Bruce ZimmermannFrederick vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:05. Starter: Brenan Hanifee Delmarva vs. Kannapolis, 7:05. Starter: Hector Guance
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HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub ??tate of the Sox: Whirling, whirling, whirling towards freedomNew,36commentsFrom empty lockers to leather goods, Manny Machado looms over the opening of spring training — but win or lose him, brighter days lie aheadCSTShareTweetShareShareState of the Sox: Whirling, whirling, whirling towards freedomNatty dread: Rick Hahn’s traditional State of the Sox address at spring training had an unusual cloud looming over it: Machado Watch.After many trials and tribulations, a few days of sub-zero temperatures, and a lot of questions looming over whether or not certain free agents will be signing on to join the squad at 35th and Shields this season — you’ve made it. You are at the doorstep of redemption that comes in the form of the 2019 Chicago White Sox reporting to spring training at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday morning.While there have been a flurry of small roster-bolstering moves made over the offseason, with free agency moving at the slowest pace it’s seen in likely the last decade or so there are still pieces of the puzzle that need to be installed to round out this Sox team.But let’s simply focus on the now, and catch up on what the Sox brass have managed to get done over the offseason, as well as what to keep an eye on as the coming weeks lead this team into Opening Day.That pesky last rotation spotHeading into the season, with the subtraction of Michael Kopech and his blazing fastball from the rotation, the Sox now need to continue searching for an arm to plug into that final spot. While the first four spots are locked in right now with a healthy Carlos Rod?n, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo L?pez and newly added Iv?n Nova — there is still the question of the fifth spot, with the departure of workhorse James Shields.Over SoxFest weekend, Hahn stated that while the club is still potentially looking for a free agent to add to the fold, there are also perfectly viable internal options as well. Those options? Dylan Covey and Manny Ba?uelos. Now, before you cringe at the name “Dylan Covey http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey ,” keep in mind that while he finished the 2018 season with a 5.18 ERA (and a notable 4.39 FIP), that’s an improvement from the 7.70 ERA and nearly identical FIP he carried the previous season. Covey may not be the answer Sox fans are looking for, but for a fifth starter role on a rebuilding team, he’s a decent fit. Covey also threw a career-high 121 innings last season, and managed to lower his walk rate and raise his strikeout rate.Ba?uelos, who told the media on Wednesday morning that his reaction to being traded to the Sox was a “Hell yeah!”, is a very interesting option. Ba?uelos is a 27-year old lefty who was once a highly touted prospect, before falling victim to injuries that have left him on the shelf. While Ba?uelos could be somewhat of a mixed bag, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sox potentially plug both Covey and Ba?uelos into the rotation. The two offer some diversity being a mix of righty and lefty, and neither have thrown over 120 innings in the last several seasons.Jon Jay is here!Jon Jay brings a bevy of interesting qualities to this Sox group. For starters, with the departure of Shields, it’s obvious that the Sox needed to install another veteran clubhouse leader to their roster. Jay comes with nine years of experience, and though his slash line has dipped a bit as he enters his age 34 season, he isn’t someone who is likely going to be leaned on heavily. Jay fits into the outfield mix well, and with the departure of Avisail Garc?a, the Sox needed another player to compliment the eclectic mix of Adam Engel, Leury Garc?a, Nicky Delmonico and Daniel Palka. It’s also never a bad idea to have another lefty bat on the bench, and a great leadoff-type hitter who gets on base at a healthy clip. Jay sported an on-base percentage of .374 in 2017 with the Cubs, and .330 in 2018 between the Royals and Diamondbacks.While that makes for a crowded outfield, perhaps the Sox will be looking to flip someone at the trade deadline — even perhaps Jay himself, should he put up a successful first half. Seeing as Jay is only signed to a one-year deal with the Sox Yonder Alonso Jersey , he would come at as a rental, so he’d likely have to go on a hot streak for a couple of months to earn back anything of value in trade.But perhaps other White Sox outfielders could find themselves on the block as well. Should Palka continue his baseball-crushing ways, he could fit nicely on a roster looking to boost their left-handed power as they make a playoff run. Can Yo?n Moncada lower his strikeout rate?Plain and simply put — yes. There is a lot of certainty throughout the organization, from coaches to players to Moncada himself, that point to this being a very successful second full season for him.Moncada’s willingness to spend time in Arizona working with hitting coach Todd Steverson almost immediately after the season ended shows major initiative, which in and of itself is not a quality to be overlooked. Moncada is still just 23 years old, and has yet to grow into the player he will become at the major league level. Whether that includes shifting positions in the infield (though manager Rick Renteria has stated that as of now, Moncada is his starting second baseman), working on adjusting his swing path, or keeping his keen eye at the plate and not expanding his zone, remains to be seen.Moncada spent quite a bit of time in Arizona working to make the adjustments needed to better himself as a player. His even-keeled manner and confidence in himself, coupled with the belief instilled in him from his lifelong friend and now teammate Jos? Abreu and many others throughout the organization simply leave the impression that Moncada is a slow but steady work in progress. Look for Moncada to keep tinkering this season; nothing is going to be perfect right away, because after one full season and a short stint in 2017, Moncada still has a few growing pains to work through. And of course, the elephant in the room: What about Machado? At this point, all the speculation is beginning to feel like much ado about nothing. The comments and questions have been worn out. Yonder Alonso has fielded a ton, and Jay as well. Team leader Abreu has shouldered plenty. And on Wednesday, the media loomed large over Rick Hahn, particularly about the mysterious photos of Machado’s 2019 glove (adorned with black and white leather) which surfaced on Tuesday evening. While small details seem to point to the Sox acquiring Machado, the clock is ticking. It may take another month, but eventually baseball will have its answer as to where Machado will be playing. That is, unless Machado intends to spend the 2019 season sitting at home on his couch with his black and white leather glove. Fear not though; should Machado land elsewhere http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , that doesn’t derail the Sox’s rebuilding efforts. There are so many strong pieces throughout the organization, the future looks as bright as ever. Would Machado add to that illumination? Certainly. But the entire rebuild is not hinged on whether or not the third baseman inks a long term deal on the South Side. Let’s keep our wits about ourselves, and not take our eye off the prize. The Kansas City Royals have a chance on Saturday to lock up a third consecutive series for the first time this season.Kansas City (43-91) is playing another team struggling as much — the Baltimore Orioles — and the Royals posted a 9-2 victory in the opener to three-game Friday night at home. They banged out three homers in the win.That win stopped the Orioles (40-95) from tying a season high for consecutive victories (four).Article continues below ...They’ll meet again Saturday at Kauffman Stadium when Dylan Bundy (7-13, 5.37 ERA) starts for the Orioles against Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.21) in a battle of right-handers.The Royals’ recent streak started when they took two of three from Cleveland last weekend and swept a two-game set from Detroit after that. Now, Kansas City has won six of its last seven games, the team’s best stretch this season.Power helped the Royals in Friday’s win. They belted out three homers in the victory, including one from Cam Gallagher, who had just been called up earlier in the day. That was his first home run this season and the second of his brief major league career.Home runs have been a problem for Bundy recently and all season, in fact. Bundy has given up the most homers in the majors this year (34) and allowed eight in July and eight in August.He has a combined record of 1-6 in the past two months after going 3-0 in June.Bundy has left the ball too close to the plate too many times and is working on correcting that issue. When the right-hander’s pitches stay on the corner, he finds much more success.“It’s frustrating for Dylan because he doesn’t want to be giving up anything,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media earlier this season. “I’ve talked to him about it.”Bundy has a 1-1 career record with a 5.87 ERA against Kansas City.For the Royals, Fillmyer is a rookie who will be making his ninth career start — and 13th appearance in the major leagues. He never has faced the Orioles.Both teams made some moves before the game. The Royals acquired pitcher Jerry Vasto from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for catcher Drew Butera, a popular player who was with the team during its World Series run three years ago.Butera was a backup catcher, and it was clear the Royals were sad about losing him.“He was perfect for this team and knowing his role,” Royals manager Ned Yost told the media Friday. “He was always ready to play when he was called upon. He was just the perfect backup catcher, especially for our situation.”Kansas City also recalled Gallagher from Triple-A Omaha and returned outfielder Brian Goodwin from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the disabled list.Baltimore recalled outfielder Joey Rickard from Triple-A Norfolk and reinstated pitcher Jhan Marinez from the disabled list (right hamstring strain). After clearing waivers, the Orioles assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk.The Orioles also designated outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment.
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We're fast approaching the 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline Gregor Blanco Jersey , and things about to get nuclear. Zach Britton, J.A. Happ and Mike Moustakas, but the fun won't stop there.We will be getting rumors up until the last minute, so it's time to examine some of the ones we have at the moment.Could we see any more major players get moved? Have the biggest splashes already been made?Let's start with a rumor buzzing around one of the best players in the entire league.Harper the Subject of RumorsIt should be prefaced that this is highly unlikely, but Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has made his way into the rumor mill.Perhaps the rumors began when Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said it would take "something extreme," according to Joel Sherman of New York Post, to lure Harper away from D.C.Jon Heyman ofFancredhas dispelled some of those rumors, by stating the Nationals want to lock him up for the long term, they're in striking distance of the NL East and the team is mostly back to being healthy:Jon Heyman JonHeymanRivals believe there almost no chance nats will market/trade Bryce Harper in 28-hour window that exists. 1. They want to sign him long-term. 2. They are within striking distance of 2 young teams. 3. They have team mostly back together (except Strasburg).However, even with that stance, the Nationals have reportedly had discussions with the Cleveland Indians about Harper, according to Jon Paul Morosiof MLB.com.Adding the 25-year-old would be revolutionary for their team heading into the postseason.The 2018 season hasn't been kind to Harper, who is batting just .220 despite his 25 home runs.He also has the exact amount of strikeouts he had in 2016 right now in 44 fewer games and 18 more than in 2017 in eight fewer games.On the open market, he will still net a monstrous contract despite this poor season, but that is one of the main reasons there are any rumors about him.That Fernando Rodney Jersey , and the fact he's in the final year of his deal, and there's real potential he could walk after this season.It would be unbelievable to see Harper get dealt. The trade package in return would deplete whichever farm system the team that receives him would have, such as the Indians'.Granderson Back to Yankees?With players such as outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez on the disabled list, the New York Yankees could look to add to their squad.The Yankees are looking for an extra hitter who playsthe outfield, according to Heyman, who also noted Toronto Blue Jays outfielder and former Yankee Curtis Granderson could be an option:Jon Heyman JonHeymanYankees looking for an extra hitter/OF with judge (and Sanchez and Frazier) out. Probably prefer a righty hitter. But the grandy man cgrand3 could be a potential fit.At 37, Granderson doesn't have a whole lot left in the tank. He has double-digit home runs (10), but his batting average is just .233 over 294 plate appearances.Granted, he would be a cheap asset to acquire and would be back on a familiar team, so perhaps he can be the Band-Aid fix they're seeking.Granderson isn't a player a team in 2018 should rely on, but he should do just fine for a few weeks while they get healthy.He'd be cheap and would handle the role the Yankees are looking to fill. Nats Not Done with RealmutoIt seems the Nationals have their eyes on Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.According to Craig Mish, a national sports radio host on SiriusXM, Marlins chief executive Derek Jeter would have the final call on whether to deal the 27-year-old:Craig Mish CraigMishFrom my understanding the Marlins amp;amp; Nationals discussions on Realmuto did not get to the point where ownership would need to sign off on the final deal (or veto it.) If they do progress, on Miamis side the one with the final call is Marlins CEO Derek Jeter.Heyman added that Nationals outfielder Victor Robles and shortstop Carter Kieboom could be considered for trading for the league's best catcher:Jon Heyman JonHeymannats and marlins havent closed door on Realmuto, so there could still be talks until Tuesday. last we heard, nats would consider including Robles or possibly kieboom Jorge De La Rosa Jersey , and marlins sought both for baseballs best catcher.Realmuto is an elite player in the big leagues, batting .311 with over a dozen home runs.As mentioned already, Washington is nipping at the heels of the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, and adding Realmuto would help its cause immeasurably.However, it sounds like they would need to trade two of their top prospects for a guy the Marlins are working out a long-term extension with.It's not totally impossible this deal goes down. At the end of the day, will the Nationals meet the Marlins' asking price to the point where they can't say no? Or do they hold on to their prospects and plan for a life without Harper after 2018?This could be a monumental decision that could heavily impact the Nationals organization.Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Avisail Garcia can earn up to $6 million as part of his one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.The team announced the deal Friday, an agreement that guarantees $3.5 million this season.He can earn $250,000 each for 350, 400, 450, 500, 550 and 600 plate appearances, and $1 million for 650.Garcia, coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, hit a career-high 19 home runs last season but slumped to .236 with 49 RBIs in 93 games after batting a career-best .330 with 18 homers and 80 RBIs in 136 games in 2017 Taijuan Walker Jersey , when he was an All-Star.“I’m 100 percent now … ready to go,” Garcia said during a conference call, adding that he was attracted to the Rays because they’re a competitive team and the Tampa Bay area is close to his offseason home in Miami.The 27-year-old has a .271 career big league average with 76 home runs and 302 RBIs on seven seasons with the White Sox and Detroit Tigers.Garcia said injuries impacted his performance in 2018, but he’s confident he can revert to his form of two years ago and help the Rays.“I know what I can do. … I just have to be healthy,” he said.To clear a roster spot, right-hander Oliver Drake was designated for assignment. Drake was claimed off waivers by the Rays from Minnesota on Nov. 1, claimed off waivers by Toronto on Nov. 6, and then purchased back by the Rays from the Blue Jays on Jan. 4 for $70,000.Drake played for a record five teams last season: Milwaukee, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto and Minnesota.
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Broke a couple of records http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , too. Yet still not a victory that might boost his NL Cy Young Award candidacy.And don’t think his teammates aren’t feeling a little guilty. Pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo slugged a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, rallying New York past the Dodgers 4-2 on Monday night to snap a 12-game skid against Los Angeles.DeGrom pitched six innings of one-run ball and drove in the tying run for the Mets, but didn’t factor into the decision. He’s 8-8 this season despite a 1.68 ERA.DeGrom has held opponents to three runs or fewer in 25 consecutive starts, the longest single-season streak in the majors since 1913, breaking a tie with Mets star Dwight Gooden (1985).“He went out there and pitched another gem,” Nimmo said. “It is what we come to expect from Jake every time, it is almost not fair. We expect him to go out there and pitch seven innings and give up zero or one run every time. For him to keep doing that and then not get these W’s is unfortunate.”The loss ended the Dodgers’ three-game winning streak and dropped them out of first in the NL West. They trail Colorado by a half-game.“Everybody knew from the beginning it was going to be a battle,” Dodgers center fielder Alex Verdugo said. “DeGrom was on today like he has been all season.”Jay Bruce opened the ninth with a double off Kenta Maeda (8-9) and was sacrificed to third by Kevin Plawecki. Maeda hit Jeff McNeil with a pitch before Nimmo’s second career pinch-hit homer on an 0-2 pitch went over the right-field wall.The Dodgers briefly threatened in the ninth. Newly called up Verdugo singled leading off and Cody Bellinger followed with a single that hit chalk on first-base line while eluding the glove of Wilmer Flores. Initially Glenn Robinson Jersey , it was ruled foul, but the call was overturned upon video review. Verdugo went to third and Bellinger stayed at first. Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly got the Dodgers to 4-2. Matt Kemp followed as a pinch-hitter but grounded into a game-ending double play after providing game-ending hits in the ninth the previous two days.The Mets hadn’t beaten the Dodgers since May 27, 2016, New York’s longest losing stretch against them in team history. David Wright homered in that game and hasn’t played for the Mets since.Drew Smith (1-0) got the win with one inning of relief. Robert Gsellman worked the ninth for his 10th save.The Dodgers have scored three runs or fewer in their last six games.Justin Turner went deep in the first to put the Dodgers up 1-0, just the ninth homer off deGrom this season.DeGrom allowed two hits. He struck out six — snapping a run of six straight starts with at least nine — and walked one. His 20 straight quality starts are the longest active streak in the majors and the longest in franchise history.“I honestly have not been looking at stuff like that, just trying to get ready for my next start,” he said about his two records. “I am out there trying to put this team in a position to win. I don’t like giving up runs.”As if his pitching isn’t enough, deGrom is contributing on offense, too. He was 2 for 2 Manny Pina Jersey , and his two-out RBI single in the fifth drove in the Mets’ first run in his second straight multihit game.“Just trying to do my part anyway I can,” he said.The Dodgers ran up deGrom’s pitch count in the sixth when he needed 34 pitches against the heart of their order. After deGrom struck out Joc Pederson, Turner worked a 12-pitch at-bat into putting the go-ahead run at first on an error by shortstop Amed Rosario. DeGrom struck out Manny Machado on seven pitches and Max Muncy grounded out to second to end deGrom’s outing.“He has been the best pitcher in all of baseball,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “He doesn’t pitch for himself, he pitches for the team and that is why he has been able to do what he has been able to do.”With Seth Lugo pitching in the seventh, the Dodgers had runners at the corners with one out. Verdugo doubled leading off and Bellinger followed with a single to set up Yasiel Puig. But he grounded into an inning-ending double play.Los Angeles had runners at second and third with two outs in the eighth when Enrique Hernandez flied out to center.Dodgers starter Alex Wood gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: C Devin Mesoraco singled in the fifth and then left the game after sustaining neck and back stiffness on his swing. He’s day-to-day. … INF David Wright, trying to come back after surgeries on his neck, right shoulder and back in addition to chronic spinal stenosis, will continue taking ground balls and hit in the cage. Without more minor league games for him to play in http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , manager Mickey Callaway says the team will need to get creative in offering Wright game-like situations. Callaway was non-committal about the possibility of Wright being activated during the next homestand, saying he will be re-evaluated on a daily basis.Dodgers: They’re evaluating whether closer Kenley Jansen will make the trip to Colorado on Friday. He experienced an irregular heartbeat and went on the 10-day DL during his last visit. If doctors say the high altitude could affect him, he would likely stay back. … RHP Walker Buehler, who experienced muscle spasms in his left foot during Sunday’s start, had precautionary X-rays that were negative. He expects to make his next start.WINLESS VS LADeGrom has yet to beat the Dodgers in eight career starts. He’s 0-4 with a 3.20 ERA and has held their hitters to a .190 average, while striking out 50 and walking 17.UP NEXTLHP Jason Vargas (5-8, 6.56 ERA) starts for the Mets on Tuesday. His three-game winning streak is his longest since taking four in a row last September. He recently notched his 1,000th career strikeout. LHP Rich Hill (6-5, 3.59) goes for the Dodgers. In five starts against New York http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , he is 1-2 with a 7.66 ERA, averaging 11.28 strikeouts per nine innings. GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Indians have signed infielder Brad Miller to a major league contract.Miller was signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Feb. 27. He opted out of it on March 21 and signed with the Indians, who will start the season with second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor on the injured list.The Indians cleared a roster spot for Miller by placing pitcher Danny Salazar on the 60-day injured list while he rehabs his right shoulder from surgery.Miller joins Max Moroff and Eric Stamets in the middle infield.“He has a done a lot of damage against right-handed pitching,” manager Terry Francona said. “We will mix and match a bit depending how guys are swinging the bat. Our guys did a good job of finding someone who could help us at this late stage of spring. That’s not an easy thing to do.”Miller played with the Rays and Brewers last season, his sixth in the league since he was the Mariners’ second-round pick. He played three seasons with the Mariners before moving on to the Rays.Miller hit .230 in 75 games last season. He has a .239 average with 75 home runs in 680 games. He has played all four infield positions, 375 at shortstop and 156 at second base.The Indians will keep Hanley Ramirez on the opening day roster as a designated hitter and part time first baseman.
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