Monday, August 31, 2015

MLB Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (4) vs. Colorado Rockies (5) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (4) vs. Colorado Rockies (5) - Date: 8/31/2015 Ben Paulsen hit a two-out, two-run single and the Colorado Rockies rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Monday night. Charlie Blackmon had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game home losing streak. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Rockies were held in check by Arizona starter Robbie Ray and two relievers before rallying in the ninth off closer Brad Ziegler (0-3). Nolan Arenado hit a two-run double off the top of the fence in left to pull the Rockies within a run. One out later Ziegler's errant throw to first on DJ LeMahieu's comebacker put the winning run at second. Nick Hundley walked to load the bases, finishing Ziegler. Matt Reynolds came on and Paul sen sent an 0-2 pitch up the middle to give Colorado the win. It was his second walk-off hit of the season. Simon Castro (2-0) got the win after two hitless innings of relief. A. J. Pollock homered and Chris Owings had three hits for the Diamondbacks. Ray allowed one run and five hits and tied a season high with eight strikeouts but remains winless since beating Texas on July 7. Ray tossed 102 pitches while working out of a couple of big jams. In the fourth he stranded a runner at third with one out and in the fifth he retired Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez after issuing two one-out walks. He faltered in the sixth when he gave up a single and hit a batter with two outs. Randall Delgado came on and got pinch-hitter Kyle Parker to fly out to end the inning. Colorado starter Chad Bettis allowed four runs and 11 hits in his second start since coming off the disabled list. He allowed three runs in the third on Ender Inciarte's RBI single and Pollock's two-run homer . Colorado got one back in the bottom of the inning when Blackmon led off with a triple and scored on Jose Reyes' groundout. Paul Goldschmidt doubled and scored on David Peralta's single in the fifth to make it 4-1. MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMDiamondbacks: 2B Aaron Hill didn't play for the second straight game due to a hand injury. Manager Chip Hale said Hill could be back for Tuesday's doubleheader. Rockies: 1B Justin Morneau (concussion symptoms) is on a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain and could rejoin the team Thursday. If he checks out, Morneau, who hasn't played since mid-May, could be activated at that time. UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (3-3, 3.78) will get the ball in the first game of Tuesday's split doubleheader. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (11-6, 4.46) will pitch the second game. Rockies: LHP Yohan Flande (3-1, 4.09& #041; starts the first game while RHP Kyle Kendrick (4-12, 6.43) will return from the 15-day DL for the second game. Kendrick has been out since Aug. 1 with right shoulder inflammation.  

MLB Recap: Cincinnati Reds (13) vs. Chicago Cubs (6) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: Cincinnati Reds (13) vs. Chicago Cubs (6) - Date: 8/31/2015 Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers in a four-run sixth inning and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of two late Chicago errors in a 13-6 victory over the Cubs on Monday night. Duvall, who was called up from Triple-A earlier Monday, snapped a 5-5 tie with his pinch-hit homer off Cubs reliever Justin Grimm (2-4), who surrendered all four runs in one-third of an inning. Grimm started the inning by walking Ivan DeJesus Jr. and then gave up the home run to Suarez that tied it. Sports Predictions. The Reds, who entered Monday having lost five of their last six, used the rally to erase a two-run deficit. Cincinnati tackled on six unearned runs in the ninth off Chicago relievers Travis Wood and James Russell after second baseman Starlin Castro committed two of his three errors in the inning. Ryan Mattheus (2-4) picked up the win in relief while Aroldis Chapman pitched 1 2-3 innings to earn his 26th save in 28 chances. Fresh off Jake Arrieta's nationally televised no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night, the Cubs, who have lost five of six, took a 5-3 lead during a four-run fifth. Addison Russell doubled in two runs before Kyle Schwarber followed with an RBI single and Kris Bryant delivered a two-out RBI single past two diving Cincinnati infielders. Russell had a solo home run in the ninth. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The rally chased Cincinnati starter Michael Lorenzen, who was also called up from Triple-A on Monday. Lorenzen allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings while walking one and striking out five. Sports Handicapper King. The Reds built a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Brandon Philli ps drove a two-out, two-run single past diving third baseman Tommy LaStella. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The go-ahead single came after Kyle Hendricks intentionally walked Joey Votto to get to Phillips. Hendricks gave up three earned runs in five innings, scattering five hits while walking three and striking out four. Professional Handicappers. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third on Dexter Fowler's solo homer into the basket in the corner in left field. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Reds tied it in the fourth on DeJesus' two-out RBI single, scoring Votto, who singled earlier in the inning. TRAINER'S ROOMReds: OF Brennan Boesch (ankle contusion) was placed on the DL late Sunday. The Reds recalled Duvall on Monday from Triple-A Louisville to fill Boesch's roster spot. Boesch has been out since Aug. 23 when he fouled a pitch off his ankle. UP NEXTReds RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-10, 3.84) will be trying to end a four-game skid that dates to Aug. 4, while Cubs RHP Dan Haren (8-9, 3.90) will be looking for his first win since Aug. 11, after losing two out of his last three starts.  

MLB Recap: Washington Nationals (5) vs. St Louis Cardinals (8) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: Washington Nationals (5) vs. St Louis Cardinals (8) - Date: 8/31/2015 Jason Heyward hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning to key a five-run rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 on Monday night. St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games and moved five games ahead of the idle Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. Washington, which had won six of its previous eight, fell 6 1/2 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East. New York beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Monday. Sports Bettor Leads. The Cardinals sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh and erased a 5-3 deficit with five two-out runs. Kolten Wong followed Heyward's hit with a run-scoring single to push the lead to 8-5. Stephen Piscotty and Jhonny Peralta had RBI hits off Casey Janssen (1-3) to tie the game. Felipe Rivero gave up the double to Heyward. Kevin Siegrist (6-1) picked up the win despite allowing three runs in the seventh.  

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (3) vs. Houston Astros (8) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (3) vs. Houston Astros (8) - Date: 8/31/2015 Dallas Keuchel allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings to become the American League's first 16-game winner and lead the Houston Astros to 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. Rookie Carlos Correa, who returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury, hit a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie and Hank Conger added solo shots to help the AL West-leading Astros to the victory. Keuchel (16-6), who gave up six hits, improved to 12-0 at home this season and has won 13 straight in Houston dating back to last year to tie a franchise record set by Danny Darwin in 1989-90Lowrie and Conger homered in the fourth to put Houston up 3-1, before Correa's shot broke it open in the fifth. Vidal Nuno (0-3) yielded seven hits, five runs and tied a career-high with three homers, in six innings.  

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (4) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (4) - Date: 8/31/2015 David Ortiz hit his 495th home run and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox. It was their ninth win in 13 games. Didi Gregorius had four singles for New York, which had scored 20 runs on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep over Atlanta. He flied out to the warning track with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth. Sports Handicapping. The Yankees remained 1 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Toronto, which lost 4-2 to Cleveland on Monday.  

MLB Recap: Miami Marlins (4) vs. Atlanta Braves (0) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: Miami Marlins (4) vs. Atlanta Braves (0) - Date: 8/31/2015 Martin Prado and Justin Bour each had an RBI double in the eighth inning and the Miami Marlins extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts with a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Miller, an All-Star with a sparkling 2.56 ERA, began the night with the worst support in the majors, and the Braves, losers in six straight and 13 of 14, stayed true to form. Beginning the night with the worst average (.227) in the NL with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break, Atlanta has scored two runs or less in 20 of Miller's 27 starts. Miller (5-12) gave up six hits and struck out seven in seven innings. After getting blown out by an aggregate 38-11 score in a three-game series sweep by the New York Yankees, the Braves' offense was no match for journeyman Chris Narveson, a journeyman making his second star t since 2012. Narveson (2-1) allowed two hits, two walks and struck out three in 5 1-3 innings. He left the game with a blister on his left middle index finger. Miller's 19-star streak is the longest in the majors this year and an in-season Atlanta record. Carl Morton has the longest franchise streak at 22 starts from Sept. 10, 1975-July 18, 1976. Miller, pitching on his usual five days' rest, was moved up one day in the rotation when Mike Foltynewicz was scratched three hours before the game with viral symptoms. Free Sports Picks Daily. The Marlins went up 1-0 in the second on Cole Gillespie's second homer. Prado and Bour drove in runs against Matt Marksbury. Peter Moylan gave up Christian Yelich's RBI single in the ninth. Miller pitched out of a jam in fifth. J. Free MLB Baseball Picks. T. Realmuto singled, stole seco nd and advanced to third on catcher Christian Bethancourt's throwing error, but Miller struck out the next three batters he faced. Miller is 0-11 with a 3.13 ERA since beating the Marlins 6-0 on May 17. Atlanta's disastrous weekend against the Yankees was its worst three-game series since Cincinnati's Big Red Machine lineup scored 35 runs against the Braves in 1977. NICE KNOWING YOUThe Braves traded LF Jonny Gomes to the Kansas City Royals for minor league shortstop Luis Valenzuela during the game. Gomes went 0 for 2 and left after the fifth. He hugged his teammates in the dugout and began packing up his belongings in the clubhouse. Handicapper Return on Investment. The 34-year-old Gomes has been in the postseason four times since 2010. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: Manager Dan Jennings said RF Gian carlo Stanton, who broke his left hand June 26, will make his first rehab appearance in Tuesday's doubleheader for Single-A Jupiter. Monday's game was rained out. ... Yelich, still bothered by a sore right knee, was out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game but entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Braves: SS Andrelton Simmons was scratched with right ankle inflammation about 15 minutes before the first pitch. Pedro Ciriaco took his place in the lineup and went 1 for 3. ... Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team's medical staff diagnosed Foltynewicz with fever and soreness. UP NEXTMarlins: LHP Justin Nicolino (2-2) will face Atlanta for the first time. He has a 3.65 ERA in six career starts. Braves: Gonzalez said he would wait until after Monday's game to announce the starter for Tuesday.  

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (2) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (2) - Date: 8/31/2015 Jerry Sands singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Danny Salazar struck out 10 and the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Monday night. Salazar (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the first time since fanning 10 against Baltimore on June 6. Bryan Shaw got two outs in the eighth and Cody Allen finished for his 28th save. Ryan Raburn doubled home the tying run as the Indians matched their longest winning streak of the season and halted Toronto's run at four. Handicappers Watchdog. Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion, who was named AL player of the week after batting .391 (9 for 23) with six home runs and 17 RBIs, extended hi s hitting streak to 26 games with a leadoff single in the sixth. Encarnacion's streak is the longest in the majors this season, and baseball's longest since a 28-game run by Colorado's Nolan Arenado in 2014. Encarnacion finished 2 for 4 with a double. It's the ninth straight game he has recorded at least one extra base hit, matching Shawn Green's 1999 team record. However, Encarnacion failed to record an RBI, ending an eight-game run. Cleveland's Jason Kipnis hit a leadoff double in the first, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored when Michael Brantley grounded into a double play. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Toronto responded with a two-out rally in the fifth. Ryan Goins and Ben Revere singled and both runners scored on Josh Donaldson's triple. Donaldson leads baseball with 108 RBIs. Free MMA Picks. The Ind ians reclaimed the lead in the seventh. Carlos Santana walked and tied it on Raburn's double, with Raburn taking third on Goins' relay throw to the plate. One out later, Sands grounded an RBI single through the left side. Left-hander David Price (13-5) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, losing for the first time in six starts since joining Toronto. He walked one and struck out nine. Free MLB Baseball Picks. Toronto threatened in the eighth but left the bases loaded. Jose Bautista singled, Encarnacion doubled and Troy Tulowitzki was intentionally walked to bring up Justin Smoak, who struck out on Allen's 2-2 curveball. Cleveland made it 4-2 in the ninth when Yan Gomes scored on Donaldson's throwing error. Hitting with men at first and second in the ninth, Donaldson struck out on a checked swing for the game's final out. Winning Sports Gambling. TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: Manager Terry Francona said RHP Gavin Floyd (elbow) and INF Chris Johnson (left index finger) would be activated off the DL when rosters expand Tuesday. Cleveland also intends to recall RHP Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus. UP NEXTIndians: RHP Cody Anderson (2-3, 4.30 ERA) is winless in five starts. He's the third rookie starter the Blue Jays have faced in their past five games. Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (11-8, 3.19 ERA) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his past 13 starts.  

MLB Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (1) vs. New York Mets (3) - 8/31/2015

MLB Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (1) vs. New York Mets (3) - Date: 8/31/2015 Bartolo Colon breezed through eight snappy innings and the New York Mets got homers from Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, extending their dominant run against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-1 victory Monday night. After throwing seven shutout innings last Wednesday at Philadelphia during New York's four-game sweep, the 42-year-old Colon (12-11) was one better this time. He struck out nine, walked one and yielded four harmless singles, pushing his scoreless streak to 16 innings. Good Return on Investment. The beefy right-hander tossed an inning Saturday against Boston on his regular throw day to spare a tired bullpen, his first relief appearance since April 2011 with the Yankees. And he even helped himself at the plate Monday, hitting a two-out single in front of Granders on's 23rd homer. New York improved to 13-1 against the last-place Phillies this season (7-0 at home) with its 10th consecutive win over its division rival. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The NL East leaders have won 24 of 29 versus Philadelphia.  

MLB Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/31/2015 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 10:10 P.M. EST Venue: Dodger Stadium   Engaged in a tight race atop the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have plenty more than just their longtime rivalry to play for over the final seven meetings. Sports Monitor. The first-place Dodgers try to bounce back after getting no-hit for the second time in 10 days, while the Giants look to close the gap in the division race Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Although Los Angeles (72-57) has been in first place for most of the season, San Francisco has refused to go away, never falling more than 5 1/2 games back due in part to it taking nine of 12 in the season series. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Giants (69-61) are just 3 1/2 behind heading into this matchup despite dropping the last two of a three-game series with St. Louis. Soccer Tipsters. That's because the Dodgers were no-hit by the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta on Sunday, nine games after Houston's Mike Fiers held them hitless Aug. 21.'' We can create a lot of distance or lose a lot of ground,'' Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier said earlier in the week. ''That series is the most important of the year. We don't want it to come down to the last one when we have to go up there (four games in San Francisco from Sept. 28-Oct. 1).'' The Dodgers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped Sunday, face Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday after drawing nemesis Jake Peavy on Monday. Peavy (4-6, 4.21 ERA) is 14-3 with 2.30 ERA in 2 7 career starts against the Dodgers and 6-0 with a 2.51 mark over his last 10 at Dodger Stadium. Chase Utley is 0 for 8 off Peavy, while Ethier is hitting .143 with 11 strikeouts in 35 at-bats. With Zack Greinke set to pitch Tuesday and Clayton Kershaw going Wednesday, the Giants look to get off to a good start against Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.36) in the opener of a 10-game road swing.'' We're not where we want to be but we're in the hunt,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''This is a huge series for us. We're behind and I hope we go down there and get back on track.'' Anderson allowed two hits through six scoreless innings Wednesday and didn't give up an earned run over 6 2-3 in a 7-4 win at Cincinnati, his third straight quality start. After going 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in his first six career starts against San Francisco, Anderson allowed one run over six innings of a 10-2 win at Los Angeles on June 21. Brandon Crawford is 5 for 7 off the left-hander and has batted .412 in his last 17 meetings with the Dodgers. He's expected to play after missing five games with a tight oblique, and Joe Panik could also return after missing 27 with a lower back inflammation. Brandon Belt matched a season high with four hits in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals, while Marlon Byrd and Buster Posey each had three. Posey is 5 for his last 8, while Belt has batted .400 in his past 10 overall - though he's hitting .188 with 14 strikeouts in 32 at-bats against the Dodgers in 2015. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The teams have split six meetings at Dodger Stadium this season.


MLB Preview: Texas Rangers vs. San Diego Padres - 8/31/2015 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Texas Rangers vs. San Diego Padres - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 10:10 P.M. EST Venue: Petco Park   The last time the Texas Rangers faced the San Diego Padres, they were stumbling through July. Sports Picking Services. This time around, the Rangers are one of the hottest teams in baseball. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Texas looks to keep rolling as it starts a season-high road trip against San Diego on Monday night. NBC Sports Picks. The Rangers (68-61) look to cap a strong August that boosted them into the second wild-card spot. Free MLB Baseball Picks.&nbs p;They've won four straight and are 13-4 since Aug. 13, giving them the most wins in the AL in that span. Sunday's 6-0 victory over Baltimore completed a three-game sweep as Texas exceeded its 2014 win total." It's a big homestand. We still gotta go out and keep playing," Derek Holland said after pitching a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks. "We gotta turn the page now, it's over, we gotta look forward to San Diego now, that's the big thing, and take those games and go out there and gain as much ground as we can, or take what we think is ours." The Rangers - starting a 10-game, 11-day trip through San Diego, Anaheim and Seattle - are seven games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. Sports Handicapping Monitor. They've moved past four teams in the wild-card race since Aug. 13 and cut their deficit behind AL West-leading Houston from fi ve games to three. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. Things didn't look as bright when San Diego (63-67) handed them two losses in a three-game set July 10-12. That was part of a 2-10 stretch for the Rangers, who fell to nine back in the division and seven behind in the wild card. Colby Lewis (14-6, 4.38 ERA) pitched in that series and will try to turn in another strong start as he looks to tie for the AL lead in wins. Lewis - 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA on the road - pitched seven innings of three-run ball with five strikeouts in a 6-5 loss July 11. Matt Kemp, hitting .340 in his last 13 games, homered off Lewis in that contest. Lewis struggled with command his last time out, walking a season-high four in a 12-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday. He surrendered five runs - four earned - over five innings in his shortest outing since July 5. The Padres will close out an August in which they lost seven of their first nine, won nine of 11 and then dropped five of seven. Tyson Ross (9-9, 3.42) beat Washington 6-5 on Wednesday, tying his season high with nine strikeouts while allowing four runs in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings and gave up three hits to beat the Rangers 2-1 on July 12. Ross looks to benefit from a San Diego offense that broke out in a 9-4 win over Philadelphia on Sunday. The Padres, who had scored six runs in dropping three straight, collected 16 hits and got home runs from Kemp, Yangervis Solarte and Justin Upton.'' As a group the offense has to feel good about today,'' interim manager Pat Murphy said. ''Our big guys came up big.'' Texas hopes to have second baseman Rougned Odor back Monday, six days after he tore a fingernail on his throwing hand. Lewis last batted in July 2014 and has a four-game hitting streak - a Rangers record for a pitcher.


MLB Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/31/2015 - 10:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 10:05 P.M. EST Venue: Coliseum   Once seemingly in good position to defend their AL West title, the Los Angeles Angels have posted the worst record in the league over the past 5 1/2 weeks. Hector Santiago's fall from grace has coincided with his team's struggles in that stretch. Free Sports Picks. The visiting Angels look to turn it around and avoid a fourth straight loss Monday night against the last-place Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles was two games up in the division July 22 after winning seven in a row, but the club has since gone 11-25 to fall 6 1/2 behind first-place Houston. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Angels (65-65), on the verge of falling below .500 for the first time since June 7, have also dropped 3 1/2 behind surging Texas for the second wild-card spot." Even though this is a tough stretch, we always talk about, 'Hey, the sun is coming up, and let's go out there and try to create some momentum,'" manager Mike Scioscia told MLB's official website. After going 7-4 with a 2.30 ERA in his first 18 starts and being selected to his first All-Star Game, Santiago has gone 0-4 with a 5.70 mark in his past seven outings. Sports Monitor. The left-hander hasn't made it out of the fifth inning in his last two. He allowed five runs and seven hits - including a career-high three homers - over 4 1-3 in Wednesday's 5-0 loss at Detroit. Santiago (7-8, 3.13 ERA), however, is 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA in seven career starts against the A's. Oakland's Stephen Vogt had three hits and his 18th home run in a 7-4, 11-inning win at Arizona on Sunday. He's gone 6 for 9 with two homers in his last two games and is 9 for 18 in six at home against Los Angeles.'' It was just nice for us to see it, in a game that could have easily just swayed the other way like so many of our games have this year,'' Vogt said after the A's blew a one-run lead in the ninth. Oakland now seeks only its second three-game win streak since a five-game run June 20-25. Felix Doubront (1-1, 3.70) should be fine after going two innings and leaving after getting hit on the foot by a line drive at Seattle last Monday. He was slated to start Saturday before the club choose to give him two extra days. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The left-hander hasn't given up an earned run over eight innings in two starts since joining Oakland (57-74) on July 31, and he's po sted a 1.26 ERA in his last three appearances for the A's. Mike Trout has doubled twice in five at-bats against Doubront. Soccer Handicappers. Trout was batting .194 in August before finishing with four hits in Sunday's 9-2 loss at Cleveland. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Angels rank last in the majors in batting (.218) and runs (81) this month. David Freese, out since July 23 with a fractured right index finger, could be activated off the disabled list Monday. He's hit .308 in his last 10 games at Coliseum.


MLB Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/31/2015 - 8:40 PM EST

MLB Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 08:40 P.M. EST Venue: Coors Field   Although their hopes of making a playoff push took a big hit at home, the Arizona Diamondbacks should feel good about winning back-to-back road series for the first time. Seeking a fifth straight road win, Arizona tries to continue its success against the last-place Colorado Rockies on Monday night in the first of four meetings over three days. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The Diamondbacks (63-67) were five games back of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 23 after sweeping a four-game series in Cincinnati. Now it'll likely take an improbable run to make up the difference following an ill-timed 1-6 homestand. David Peralta went 3 for 4 with his 14th homer and drove in the tying run in the ninth Sunday, but Oakland scored three in the 11th off closer Brad Ziegler for a 7-4 victory." Just poor play on this homestand. It's disappointing after coming off a pretty good series in Cincinnati," manager Chip Hale said. Hale's club looks to regroup with its longest road winning streak since May 2013. Arizona then plays two at Coors Field on Tuesday to make up a May postponement. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Diamondbacks have hit .332 and averaged 6.9 runs while winning eight of 12 versus Colorado. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .416 with 19 RBIs in his last 18 matchups and is one walk away from setting a single-season franchise record with 101. Peralta is batting .368 in his past 11 meetings, while A. J. Pollock is batting .390 in his past nine. Soccer Predictions. They 9;ll try to continue that trend against a Rockies rotation that has posted a 7.34 ERA during a 5-12 stretch at Coors. Colorado (52-76) is looking to win back-to-back games for only the second time since Aug. 7 after closing a 3-3 trip with Sunday's 5-0 win at Pittsburgh. In his first start since missing five weeks with right elbow inflammation, Chad Bettis (6-4, 4.69 ERA) allowed one run over five innings in a 5-1 win at Atlanta on Tuesday. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The right-hander has limited opponents to three runs or less in 11 of his last 13 starts." He picked up where he left off," manager Walt Weiss told MLB's official website. Bettis has never started against Arizona but has a 23.14 ERA over three relief appearances. Robbie Ray (3-10, 3.86) looks to avoid becoming the first pitcher in Diamondbacks history to lose six games in a month. He's 0-6 wit h a 6.25 ERA in his last seven starts. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The left-hander was given an extra day of rest after arguably his worst outing of the season. He gave up season highs of six runs and five walks in Tuesday's 9-1 home loss to St. Louis. Ray has been much more comfortable on the road, posting a 2.75 ERA in nine starts. In his only career outing at Colorado, he yielded one run in six innings of a 5-1 win May 6. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Rockies are 5-23 when facing left-handed starters and they'll see Ray and Patrick Corbin in the first two of this eight-game homestand. Charlie Blackmon is batting .230 in 122 at-bats versus lefties, while Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .200 over 110 at-bats. Blackmon, who had two hits Sunday, is batting .382 over a nine-game hitting streak at Coors. He's also hitting .42 7 in 22 career home meetings against the Diamondbacks.


MLB Preview: Washington Nationals vs. St Louis Cardinals - 8/31/2015 - 8:15 PM EST

MLB Preview: Washington Nationals vs. St Louis Cardinals - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 08:15 P.M. EST Venue: Busch Stadium   While the St. Louis Cardinals' bats are heating up just in time for the home stretch, the Washington Nationals hope their lineup didn't wake up too late. Best Sports Picks Service. The two surging offenses open a three-game set in St. Louis on Monday night with the Cardinals clinging to the NL Central lead and the Nationals looking to climb in the East. St. Louis (84-46) has won seven of eight but has added only one game to its division lead over Pittsburgh, which trails by 4 1/2. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Pirates and Cardinals have six games remaining thi s year, including three at Busch Stadium this weekend. Soccer Tipsters. The Cardinals will first try to add to a sparkling record against Washington over the last three years. St. Louis took two of three against the Nationals (66-63) in April and has won 13 of 16 in the series since the beginning of 2013. St. Louis will hand the ball to John Lackey (11-8, 2.92 ERA), who got some help from the offense in the club's 7-5 victory April 22. In his third career start against the Nationals and first since 2008, Lackey didn't factor into the decision after allowing eight hits and five runs in just 5 2-3 innings. He exited with the game tied at 5. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The right-hander held Arizona to one run in seven innings of Wednesday's 3-1 win, the 11th time in his last 14 starts he's given up two runs or fewer. Lackey - 1 -0 with a 4.58 ERA in his career against Washington - has a 2.30 ERA since June 15. Not that he's needed the support, but the offense likely will be at Lackey's back after posting back-to-back 13-hit games in San Francisco. During Sunday's 7-5 victory, Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds homered, and Jason Heyward finished a home run shy of the cycle. Heyward went 5 for 10 against the Giants and is hitting .375 since Aug. 22. Free Sports Betting Picks. The Cardinals totaled 33 hits and 17 runs in taking two of three in the series." It's coming together right now," Heyward said. "Hitting-wise, we've kept our heads up and kept plugging away." Now they'll face a pitcher they've struggled against in Gio Gonzalez. In four career starts in the series - one in each of the last four years - Gonzalez (9-7, 4.11) is 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA. Over 29 combined inn ings, he has allowed just 23 hits and three runs while walking eight and striking out 25. Following a streak of eight starts without allowing more than two earned runs, however, Gonzalez's ERA has blown up this month with three straight outings of five innings or less and at least four earned runs allowed. Gonzalez has lost each of his last three starts and his ERA has risen 61 points during the stretch. In losses to San Francisco, Milwaukee and San Diego, the left-hander coughed up 16 runs - 14 earned - and 20 hits over 12 1-3 innings. Gonzalez has failed to pitch more than five innings in six of his last seven starts. Washington is trying to chip away at the New York Mets' 5 1/2-game division lead. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Nationals had 30 hits and 15 runs in taking two of three from Miami this weekend. They had 13 hits in Sunday's 7-4 win, including homers by Jayson Werth and Clint Robi nson." We dug ourselves a pretty good hole here, so we're going to need to get hot and stay hot the rest of the way," said Werth. St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn said he expects to make his next start after injuring his right ankle in Saturday's 6-0 win.


MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 8/31/2015 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 08:10 P.M. EST Venue: Minute Maid Park   The Houston Astros are entering their second-to-last homestand with the right man set to take the mound. Dallas Keuchel could have as many as four home starts remaining depending on how Houston aligns its rotation, and the first comes Monday night against a Seattle Mariners club which has chosen to rest its ace. Keuchel (15-6, 2.28 ERA) can become the first to win his first 12 home decisions since Johan Santana went 12-0 in 17 starts for Minnesota in 2006. While Santana won the Cy Young, his 2.19 home ERA doesn't quite rival Keuchel's 1.35 mark entering this contest. Money Cappers. The left-hander is 11-0 in 14 home starts, and the only pitcher t o finish with at least 11 wins, no losses and an ERA under 1.50 at home dating to 1914 is Orel Hershiser. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Los Angeles Dodgers' former ace went 11-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 17 starts and two relief appearances at Chavez Ravine in 1985. In Tuesday's 15-1 win at the New York Yankees, Keuchel gave up three hits with nine strikeouts in seven scoreless innings to become the first AL pitcher to 15 wins and first Houston arm to get there since Roy Oswalt went 17-10 in 2008. Since that loss to the AL West-leading Astros, the Yankees have scored 40 runs in four games, while Seattle's 3.9 per game rank 13th in the AL." (The Yankees have) got a lot of guys that are professional over there and know what they're doing, and I'm lucky enough to have some good quality innings against them," Keuchel told MLB's official website. Free Sports Handicappers. The Mariners, however, are one of two teams to tag him with five runs this season in a 6-3 final in Seattle on June 20. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The 27-year-old lasted six innings and gave up home runs to Nelson Cruz, Mark Trumbo and Seth Smith as he fell to 3-4 with a 2.88 ERA in eight appearances in the series. Cruz (6 for 12), Trumbo (5 for 10) and Smith (4 for 12) have all homered off him twice, but Robinson Cano is 2 for 16. NBC Sports Picks. The pitching matchup would have been great had Felix Hernandez kept his spot in the rotation, but Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon elected to rest him and go with Vidal Nuno." I did the same thing last year to freshen my pitchers up and Felix had the best September of his career," McClendon said. "Ev erybody thought I was nuts when I did, and I'll do it again because it's the right thing to do." Nuno (0-1, 3.21 ERA) pitched an inning of scoreless relief Wednesday following a four-start stretch in which he went 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The left-hander has a 1.50 ERA in six relief innings against Houston. The Astros (72-59) fell 7-5 in Minnesota on Sunday, dropping two of three in the series as their division lead was trimmed to three over streaking Texas. The lineup was up and down on a 3-3 trip while being shut out twice, but it could be getting healthier soon. George Springer (broken wrist) is on a rehab assignment, and Carlos Correa has missed four consecutive games with a sore hamstring but could play Monday." I'm really close," Correa said. "I just don't want to force it and then miss September baseball." T he Mariners (61-70) lost 6-5 at the Chicago White Sox on Sunday but have been hitting better lately with 5.4 runs and a .297 average over a 5-3 span. Austin Jackson was a double away from the cycle, has a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .394 in his last 18. Kyle Seager also had three hits and is 8 for 15 with homers in three straight games.


MLB Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/31/2015 - 8:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 08:05 P.M. EST Venue: Wrigley Field   Jake Arrieta's no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers came at the perfect time for the Chicago Cubs. Kyle Hendricks would probably settle for a quality start. Hendricks looks to end his struggles as the Cubs host the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Arrieta delivered the Cubs' first no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano in 2008 in Sunday's 2-0 win. Striking out 12, he helped Chicago end a four-game losing streak that had trimmed three games off their lead for the second wild card over San Francisco.'' You see other guys around the league do it and you want to be a part of something like that,'' Arrieta said. ''So it's not only special for me and my family and friends, but for the orga nization and my teammates. Expert Sports Picks. They embraced me after the game, and it was extremely special to see how excited they were for what I was able to do.'' Now 5 1/2 up after the Giants lost Sunday, Chicago (74-55) hopes to get the back end of its rotation in order. Hendricks (6-6, 4.11 ERA) has gone 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA in his last seven starts, a stretch that began with a 9-1 loss to Cincinnati on July 22 in which he gave up five runs in six innings. He faced the Reds on June 13 with better results, throwing five innings of one-run ball in a 4-3 win. Hendricks made it through six innings for the first time in four starts in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Giants, but he gave up four runs while walking three. Early inning trouble has plagued the right-hander this year. Opponents are batting .278 against him in the first, compared to the league average of .249. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Cubs scored twice in the top of that inning in San Francisco on Wednesday, but Hendricks gave up a leadoff home run to Nori Aoki and then walked the bases loaded with two outs before another run crossed on a fielder's choice." It was kind of a sloppy first that permitted them to get back in and that pretty much was the difference in the game," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told MLB's official website. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The last-place Reds (53-76) have posted the worst record in the majors in August at 7-21. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. Their 3.43 runs per game, .233 batting average and .364 slugging percentage all rank last in the NL this month. Hockey Handicappers.  The Reds have lost 14 of 16 and are 4-9 against the Cubs this season. Cincinnati recalled right-hander Michael Lorenzen from Triple-A Louisville following Sunday's 4-1 loss to Milwaukee, and the right-hander will make his 18th start this season. Lorenzen (3-8, 5.46) scuffled to an 0-6 record and 9.82 ERA in his last seven big-league starts, but he earned another shot in the Reds' rotation after going 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in three minor-league outings.'' It's exciting and it's frustrating. We're having to go through a lot of the growing pains,'' manager Bryan Price said of his rotation that includes three rookies and two second-year pitchers. ''Some guys might be up here a little prematurely and that's out of necessity. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The benefits and rewards will play out in `16 and `17, but maybe not as much as we had hoped in `15.'' The Reds placed outfielder Brennan Boesch on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right ankle Sunday. Price said the team wouldn't announce his replacement until Monday.


MLB Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - 8/31/2015 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Citi Field   Bartolo Colon facing the Philadelphia Phillies might be exactly what the New York Mets need to continue their winning ways after a slight hiccup this weekend. Sports Predictions. The Mets swept four games in Philadelphia before dropping two of three at home to Boston this weekend and will try to remain dominant against the Phillies in the start of a three-game set Monday night at Citi Field. Colon (11-11, 4.65 ERA) was part of the previous Phillies sweep, allowing five hits in seven shutout innings in a 9-4 win Aug. 26. It was just his second win in 12 starts and only his second scoreless outing this year. He is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three games against t he Phillies in 2015 and 6-1 in seven starts against them in two years as a Met. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The 42-year-old right-hander also worked in relief for the first time in four years on Saturday against Boston, tossing an inning on his scheduled throw day to help manager Terry Collins rest a tired bullpen. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Mets addressed their thin reliever corps this weekend by acquiring right-hander Addison Reed from Arizona." He's good for Monday," Collins said of Colon. "He was going to throw 15 pitches. He wanted to throw a bullpen (Saturday) anyway, said he could come in late in the game." Collins did not start Yoenis Cespedes and rested Travis d'Arnaud on Sunday. Cespedes was 0 for 7 in the first two against Boston after homering in three of four against the Phillies, while d'Arnaud also homered twice and drove in six in three games last week at Philadelphia. D'Arnaud is batting .400 with nine RBIs against the Phillies this season and Michael Cuddyer is hitting .500 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 12 games. Cuddyer was 3 for 3 with a tiebreaking single against Boston in a 5-4 win Sunday and is batting .375 in 17 games since coming off the DL on Aug. 11." With his knee feeling better, he's swinging the bat great," said Collins. "And as we head down the last month, he's going to be important." The Mets outscored the Phillies 40-21 and slugged 13 home runs last week, but didn't leave the park once last Wednesday against Jerad Eickhoff. Eickhoff (1-1, 2.25 ERA) was the only Philadelphia starter last week that didn't surrender a home run and on Monday will make his third big league start since being acquired from Texas in the deal that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers. He threw six shutout inning s at Miami in his first start, then took the loss against the Mets and Colon, allowing four runs - three earned - and six hits in six innings." I had a little trouble getting settled," said Eickhoff, who gave up three first-inning runs but also retired 16 straight hitters at one point last Wednesday. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Phillies followed the dreadful effort against the Mets by winning two of three against San Diego. Odubel Herrera had four hits in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Padres and is batting .346 this month. Freddy Galvis is hitting .333 against Colon this season and Ryan Howard has two career homers against the veteran. Philadelphia is 1-12 against New York this season, including 0-6 at Citi Field. What is Sports Handicapping. The Phillies have never been winless for an entire season against the Mets in New Y ork, coming close in 1987 with a 1-8 mark. MLB Baseball Handicappers. They have lost seven straight in Flushing and haven't taken a series in New York since winning two of three from May 9-11, 2014.


MLB Preview: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - 8/31/2015 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Turner Field   The Atlanta Braves have been swept in three of their last four series, but the latest took the embarrassment to a whole new level. Las Vegas Handicappers. They'll try to clean things up against an opponent more to their liking beginning Monday night against the visiting Miami Marlins, who have only been slightly better over the closing days of August. Atlanta (54-76) has followed a 0-7 road trip by losing five of six on a nine-game homestand, most recently being swept in three games by the New York Yankees concluding with Sunday's 20-6 loss." You never, as a baseball player, as a competitor, want to be a part of a game like this, unless you're on the other side," first baseman Freddie Freeman told MLB's official website. "It's just something that you never want to happen again. So you go out there and play, and hopefully you can contribute as much as you can so this doesn't happen again." Today's over with. Hopefully tomorrow we can play a better game." In their 1-12 span, the Braves have a 7.61 ERA after giving up 38 runs to the Yankees. MLB Baseball Handicappers. They're in position to lose six straight at home for the first time since their final six of 2009, and they could also drop 20 games in a month for the first time since going 9-20 in August 2008. Adonis Garcia is at least providing some offensive optimism with three homers in his last six games while going 9 for 18 in his last four, and Nick Markakis is hitting .375 during an 11-game hitting streak. Fox Spo rts Picks. The Braves can fall back on some season success against the Marlins with 10 wins in 13 games. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The only other NL team they have a winning record against is Milwaukee (5-2). Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The Marlins (52-79) have lost eight of 10, mostly because of a struggling offense. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. They've scored 2.2 runs per game in that span, though they showed some promise in Sunday's 7-4 loss in Washington. Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits and Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich homered. Hechavarria had hit .143 in his previous nine games, and Bour has gone deep in two straight contests. Mike Foltynewicz (4-6, 5.71 ERA) will be charged with turning things a round for the Atlanta staff. The right-hander gave up four unearned runs and five hits in five innings of Tuesday's 5-1 loss to Colorado. He's lost three straight starts with an 8.16 ERA." We made some mistakes behind (Foltynewicz) that lengthened the innings and caused him to throw more pitches," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "If we go out there and have a clean game defensively behind him, he might be out there pitching in the seventh. I thought his stuff was good. His secondary pitches were good. He's not experienced enough to cover those (errors) up." The rookie preceded the losing streak by giving up two runs and five hits with four walks in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-2 win over Miami on Aug. 8, his first victory since May 24. He's up against Chris Narveson, who's no rookie but felt the pressure in his first big league start since April 2012 on Wednesday. Narveson (1-1, 7.04) surrendered seven runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 7-2 home loss to Pittsburgh." I was just missing up a little bit," the left-hander said. "I think I was a little amped up and trying to do a little too much. Obviously I left some balls up and they did what they were supposed to." Atlanta's Michael Bourn is 5 for 10 in their matchups, but he's batted .093 in his last 17 games.


MLB Preview: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/31/2015 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Fenway Park   Offense wasn't a problem over the weekend for the New York Yankees despite the absence of two sluggers from the starting lineup. One will return Monday night while the other may not. Alex Rodriguez is expected to rejoin the Yankees' lineup, though Mark Teixeira could remain out for the opener of a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. New York (72-57) totaled 38 runs and batted .364 in a three-game weekend sweep at Atlanta. Didi Gregorius was 7 for 12 with eight RBIs in the series, Carlos Beltran was 6 for 12 and Chase Headley 6 for 11 with a homer and seven RBIs. Best Bets of the Day. The Yankees fell a run shy of their season hig h with a 20-6 victory Sunday in which Stephen Drew went 4 for 4 with four RBIs. Rodriguez did not start in the weekend series with no designated hitter in an NL park and will now return to the lineup. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The same can't be said for Teixeira, who has missed the last three games with a bruised right shin and has started only once in the Yankees' last 12 games. He is second on the club with 79 RBIs, and manager Joe Girardi is not sure when he will return." There just hasn't been a lot of improvement," Girardi said. Boston (60-70) has won nine of its last 14 at home and enjoyed taking two of three from the NL East-leading New York Mets on the road over the weekend." A couple of the players, I overheard their conversation, and playing the role of spoiler right now and beating the Mets the first couple of days was pretty special to us," interim mana ger Torey Lovullo told MLB's official website. "We want that to continue." The Yankees are 8-4 in the season series and expect a difficult trip to face their last-place archrival." I think there's a lot of pride that goes into those games," Girardi said. "They have young players that are continuing to try to make a mark for themselves and it's important for them." New York will start Ivan Nova (5-6, 4.50 ERA), who fell to 1-3 with a 7.17 ERA in his last four outings after surrendering a season-high seven runs over four-plus innings in Tuesday's 15-1 home defeat to Houston. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The right-hander was charged with four runs in 6 2-3 innings in a 5-3 loss at Boston on July 11 to fall to 3-3 with a 5.11 ERA in nine starts against the Red Sox. David Ortiz is 8 for 22 with a homer off Nova, while Alejandro De Aza is 7 for 10 with a homer in the matchup. Ortiz returned to the lineup after not starting one game due to a heel problem and drilled his 494th homer with a two-run shot in Sunday's 5-4 loss. Catcher Ryan Hanigan missed his second straight game with tightness in his right calf, with Blake Swihart replacing him. Hanley Ramirez is out nursing a sore shoulder. Boston will start rookie Eduardo Rodriguez (7-5, 4.39), who is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts versus New York. Jacoby Ellsbury is 4 for 7 against him and Rodriguez 3 for 6. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his last six home starts.


MLB Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 8/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 07:05 P.M. EST Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards   Chris Archer has battled consistency issues since the end of June, but the level of offense Baltimore has displayed in a damaging late-August slump might make his next start a little more predictable. Sports Tipsters. The Tampa Bay ace takes the mound Monday night at Camden Yards, where the Rays will try to send the Orioles to a fifth straight loss overall and at home. Archer (11-10, 2.88 ERA) surrendered four runs and nine hits with 12 strikeouts in six innings of Wednesday's 5-3 home loss to Minnesota, falling to 2-6 with a 4.13 ERA in his last 11 starts and reaching 10 losses for the first time in his career. He blamed an unfortunate sev enth inning for spoiling what could have been a better result after falling to 1-3 with a 3.18 ERA over the last five outings in which he's struck out at least 10 batters." Felt great," Archer told MLB's official website. "Threw the ball well. I think we played well overall. MLB Baseball Handicappers. That seventh inning, the ball didn't go our way." The right-hander hasn't had much success against Baltimore with a 1-3 record and 5.31 ERA in seven career starts. Only one came at Camden, but it was the worst of the bunch as Archer gave up seven runs and 12 hits in five innings of a 7-1 loss on April 14, 2014. Chris Davis (4 for 10 with a home run), Manny Machado (6 for 16), Steve Pearce (3 for 8 with two homers) and Ryan Flaherty (5 for 14) have hit him well, but Adam Jones' 2-for-20 mark might be more in line with the club's recent ru n. After Sunday's 6-0 loss in Texas, Baltimore (63-67) has dropped 10 of 11 and fallen 5 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the AL's second wild-card spot. Free Sports Betting Picks. The Orioles have averaged 2.7 runs and hit .216 in that span while allowing six wild-card candidates to move ahead of them, including the Rays (64-66). In their last nine games, Davis is batting .121 with 18 strikeouts and Matt Wieters is at .138." We're still right in the thick of things. We just have to get on a little winning streak," Jones said. "We're still going to make a run. Free MLB Baseball Picks. There's a full month left, so I don't think anybody in this clubhouse has given up." Baltimore has won seven of 12 in the series with the Rays, though the offense hasn't been much better with 3.2 runs per game and a .208 average. Sports Handicappers Rankings. Tampa Bay is a game ahead of the Orioles, but it has lost five of seven. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Rays avoided a three-game sweep with Sunday's 3-2 home win over Kansas City. The bullpen has done its part with one earned run allowed in the last 18 2-3 innings over four-plus games, but the lineup managed eight runs in the series. They'll try to break out against Wei-Yin Chen (8-6, 3.17), who is 4-0 with a 4.08 ERA in his last seven starts, which began with a 5-2 win in Tampa Bay on July 26. The left-hander has seen the Rays four times this season and hasn't allowed more than three runs in his last six starts in the series while going 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA. Kevin Kiermaier (4 for 9 with a home run), Daniel Nava (7 for 16 with a home run) and Logan Forsythe (7 for 22 with three homers) have hit him well, but Asdrubal Cabrera is 0 for 11. Kiermaier has also homered in consecutive games.


MLB Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Date: 8/31/2015 Time: 07:07 P.M. EST Venue: Rogers Centre   Edwin Encarnacion is riding a career-best 25-game hitting streak and a run of eight straight games with at least one RBI. He hasn't struck out much in that latter run as he gets ready to face hard-throwing Danny Salazar. Salazar will try to cool Encarnacion and the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre opposite David Price, who has dominated the Cleveland Indians. Encarnacion is batting .409 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs on his hit streak - the longest in the majors since a 28-game run by Colorado's Nolan Arenado in 2014. He has four homers in his last two games, highlighted by Saturday's three-homer, nine-RBI effort in a 15-1 rout of Detroit. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The slugger went deep again the next day for his 30th homer in a 9-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep. Encarnacion is hitting .484 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and just three strikeouts in his last eight games. Encarnacion has at least one extra-base hit in eight consecutive games, one shy of Shawn Green's team record set in 1999. His eight-game run with an RBI matched the Blue Jays record shared by Carlos Delgado, Willie Upshaw and Matt Stairs. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Blue Jays (74-56) totaled 29 runs and 38 hits in the weekend sweep of the Tigers. Josh Donaldson was 6 for 13 with two homers in the series and Russell Martin also went deep twice for Toronto, which leads the New York Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the AL East." We're playing great baseball," manager John Gibbons said. "Everything 9;s really clicking." Encarnacion is 2 for 5 with a homer and a double against Salazar (11-7, 3.30 ERA), who is among baseball's leaders with 10.10 strikeouts per nine innings. Salazar was scratched Friday because of a virus, and manager Terry Francona said he became ill Tuesday and missed a couple of days of his routine between starts, losing five to six pounds." You start losing that much weight, this will allow him to get some of his strength back," Francona said. "I think this has a chance to work out better for everybody." The right-hander allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-2 loss at the New York Yankees on Aug. 22 after going 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his previous four outings. Salazar is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts versus Toronto. He'll be opposed by a strikeout artist in Price (13-4, 2.42), who has 179 to rank among the majors' best. Price improved to 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five starts with the Blue J ays by limiting Texas to two runs in six innings Wednesday in a 12-4 road victory. Sport Handicapping. The left-hander is 8-0 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts at Rogers Centre, including two with Toronto. Price is 9-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 12 starts against Cleveland, including 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA in three this year while with Detroit. Jason Kipnis is 5 for 11 versus Price this year and 7 for 20 overall, while Yan Gomes is 0 for 6 in this matchup in 2015 and hitless in 12 career at-bats. Cleveland (63-66) opens a nine-game trip with this three-game series after going 5-0 at home, beating the Los Angeles Angels 9-2 on Sunday. Francisco Lindor is 17 for 34 during a nine-game hitting streak. MLB Baseball Handicappers. These teams split four games April 30-May 3.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

MLB Recap: Chicago Cubs (2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (0) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: Chicago Cubs (2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (0) - Date: 8/30/2015 Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. Arrieta (17-6) struck out a season-high 12 and became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball's third no-hitter in less than three weeks. Astros right-hander Mike Fiers blanked the NL West-leading Dodgers 3-0 on Aug. 21. Los Angeles had never before been no-hit twice in one season. Arrieta got the benefit of a close call for the official scorer in the third inning, when Kike Hernandez reached on a fielding error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Hernandez hit a one-hopper at Castro, who tried to play it on the short hop as the ball bounced off him. Todays Free Sports Picks. The play wa s ruled an error but probably could have gone either way. Hernandez was sacrificed to second before Arrieta struck out Jimmy Rollins to end the inning. Carl Crawford nearly broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh, but Castro caught Crawford's line drive up the middle with a running effort. With the Dodger Stadium crowd roaring, Arrieta struck out all three batters in the ninth - including Chase Utley on his 116th pitch to end it. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The 29-year-old pitcher was mobbed by teammates near the mound, and they jumped their way in a huddle over to near the Cubs' dugout where they high-fived Arrieta. Arrieta became the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano on Sept. 14, 2008, against Houston in a game that was moved to Miller Park in Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike. Arrieta walked one and helped the Cubs snap a four-game skid on the last night o f their six-game West Coast trip. He finished August with a 6-0 record, tying Boston's Joe Kelly as the only pitchers with that many wins in the month. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 0.43 in August while becoming the first Cubs pitcher with that many wins in the month since Rick Sutcliffe in 1984. Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Alex Wood. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Cubs had 13 hits and snapped the Dodgers' five-game winning streak. Wood (9-9) took the loss, giving up two runs and eight hits in six innings. Sports Experts. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners pitched a no-hitter on Aug. 12 in a 3-0 win against Baltimore. Cole Hamels of Phila delphia, San Francisco's Chris Heston and Washington's Max Scherzer also have thrown no-hitters this season. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The closest Arrieta came to a no-hitter previously was a one-hit shutout against Cincinnati on Sept. 16, 2014, at Wrigley Feld. UP NEXTCubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 4.11 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field against Cincinnati. He is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in five starts this season against the Reds, but has a 1.50 ERA in two starts against them at home. Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.36) takes the mound for the opener of a crucial three-game series against the second-place Giants. He leads the majors with a 66.9 groundball percentage, inducing 307 grounders this season. His 147 1-3 innings and 25 starts are the second-highest totals of his career.  

MLB Recap: Oakland Athletics (7) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: Oakland Athletics (7) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4) - Date: 8/30/2015 Marcus Semien's two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning sent the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Semien's big hit came after singles by Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt. Josh Phegley was hit by a pitch from Brad Ziegler (1-1) to load the bases. Ziegler had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the 10th and took the loss against his former team after allowing three runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings. Eric Sogard singled in a run off A. J. Schugel to complete the scoring. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (1-2) earned his first major league win with two innings of scoreless relief. Free MMA Picks. The Diamondbacks forced extra innings against Oakland lefty Drew Pomeranz. David Peralta's sacrifi ce fly drove in Ender Inciarte to tie it 4-all in the ninth. Pomeranz threw three inside pitches to Inciarte that backed him off home plate, the third one sparking a heated exchange of words between the two. After Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale came out to calm Inciarte, he ripped a single up the middle that almost hit Pomeranz. Mark Canha doubled in Coco Crisp from first base in the seventh, giving the A's a 4-3 lead. Peralta's home run led off the bottom of the third, his 14th of the season, to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 advantage. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The A's drew even on a homer from Vogt in the fourth. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead on pair of two-out hits in the second inning, both coming after a throwing error by A's starting pitcher Jesse Chavez. Inciarte drove in Yasmany Toma s with a line single over the glove of second baseman Sogard, and Chris Owings singled to left to drive in pitcher Allen Webster, who reached on Chavez's bad throw to first base. Oakland responded by taking advantage of a Diamondbacks error in the top of the third, also after two outs. After Billy Burns walked, Canha reached on a throwing error by third baseman Jake Lamb and Burns hustled around the bases to score. Josh Reddick then tripled to right field, with Canha coming home to tie the score at 2. Chavez lasted five innings and allowed three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk, also collecting his first major league hit in the fifth. But he was thrown out at third base after stumbling around second on a single by Burns, and the A's lost a potential scoring opportunity. Webster yielded three runs, one earned, in five innings. Peralta had three hits and two RBIs for Arizona. Silvino Bracho made his major league debut in the ninth, the 27th pitcher the Diamondbacks have used this season. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. That's one shy of tying the team record from 2010. WALKS TO REMEMBERArizona All-Star Paul Goldschmidt drew his 99th and 100th walks, a single-season high for Goldschmidt that tied Luis Gonzalez's club record of 100 in 2001. Basketball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMAthletics: INF Brett Lawrie sat out with back tightness but could return to the lineup Monday, manager Bob Melvin said. Diamondbacks: LHP Andrew Chafin was sent down to Triple-A Reno for eight days of rest before he is eligible to return to the majors. Chafin has logged 67 1-3 innings for Arizona in his first full season in the big leagues. ... INF Aaron Hill has a bruised hand but was available. UP NEXTAthletics: LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 3.70 ERA) is scheduled to face the Angels on Monday in O akland. Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray is coming off a loss to St. Louis last week and seeks his first win since July 7. Ray (3-10, 3.86) faces the Rockies on Monday in Denver.  

MLB Recap: St Louis Cardinals (7) vs. San Francisco Giants (5) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: St Louis Cardinals (7) vs. San Francisco Giants (5) - Date: 8/30/2015 Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds all hit home runs, Yadier Molina drove in two and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Sunday. Jason Heyward added three hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Greg Garcia also drove in a run. Jaime Garcia (7-4) allowed season highs in hits (10) and runs (four) but was effective enough to improve to 4-0 over his past six starts. He did not walk a batter and struck out one, a season low. Marlon Byrd celebrated his 38th birthday with a pair of doubles, a triple and four RBIs. Kelby Tomlinson also drove in a run for the Giants, who ended a 3-3 homestand. Chris Heston (11-8) returned to the rotation for the first time in two weeks. He was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento but did not pitch in a game, instead throwing two bullpen sessions. Heston gave up five runs on nine hits in his 3 2-3 innings of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out one, matching his season low. Brandon Belt had four hits and Buster Posey collected three hits for the Giants. Nori Aoki had two. Kevin Seigrist pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Carpenter hit the second pitch of the game for a home run as the first four Cardinals reached base safely. Stephen Piscotty singled, Heyward tripled and Molina singled. Sports Predictions. The Giants got two runs back in the first on Byrd's first double but the Cardinals tacked on runs in the third, fourth and sixth. Byrd, who doubled in a run in the sixth and tripled in another in the eighth, has 11 RBIs in his last four games. Heyward was a home run shy of the cycle for the second straight Sunday. Piscotty finished the series 7 for 12 and with a seven-game hitting streak. Free MLB Baseball Picks. TRAINER'S ROOM:Cardinals: Right-hander Lance Lynn reported no problems with his right ankle, which he injured during Saturday's game. He expects to make his next start. Giants: Infielders Brandon Crawford (tight oblique) and Joe Panik (lower back inflammation) both took grounders Sunday. Crawford is expected to play Monday night against the Dodgers. UP NEXT:Cardinals: RHP John Lackey (11-8, 2.92) starts the series opener against the Nationals and LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-7, 4.11) on Monday night. Giants: RHP Jake Peavy (4-6, 4.21) gets the call Monday night as the Giants open an important NL West series against the Dodgers and LHP Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.36) in Los Angeles.  

MLB Recap: Baltimore Orioles (0) vs. Texas Rangers (6) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: Baltimore Orioles (0) vs. Texas Rangers (6) - Date: 8/30/2015 Derek Holland struck out every Baltimore batter while throwing a three-hitter for his eighth career shutout, leading the Texas Rangers over the Orioles 6-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Holland (2-1), in his third start since coming off the disabled list, matched a career high with 11 strikeouts. He walked none and hit a batter with a pitch. Free Winning Sports Picks. The left-hander struck out each of the Orioles' nine starters at least once, getting Adam Jones and Chris Davis twice. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The final out was a swing-and-miss by Davis on Holland's 116th pitch, though there was a slight delay in everyone reacting as the bat helicoptered toward the right-field line. At 68-61, the Rangers are seven games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. Their 68 wins are already one more than all of last year - and they still have 33 regular-season games to play. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Orioles have lost 10 of 11, falling 5 1/2 games behind the Rangers in the AL wild-card chase. Miguel Gonzalez (9-11) allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings. Sports Handicapping. The right-hander is 0-5 in his last seven starts. It was the Rangers' seventh shutout this season, and Baltimore was held scoreless for the ninth time. Holland went on the DL after straining his left shoulder one inning into the home opener April 10. His previous shutout was Sept. 23, 2013, against Houston. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Texas started with three consecutive singles in the first before Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly made it 1-0. Shin-Soo Choo, whose single marked his 34th consecutive start since the All-Star break reaching safely, then scored on a wild pitch. Beltre had a two-out double in the third, scoring when Elvis Andrus hit a single. Andrus led off the sixth with a bunt single and scored on Hanser Alberto's single. TRAINER'S ROOMOrioles: RHP Chaz Roe, on the disabled list since Aug. 10 with right shoulder tendinitis, is scheduled to throw an inning Monday for Double-A Bowie and could rejoin the Orioles later in the week. Rangers: C Carlos Corporan (left thumb strain) will travel with the team for its trip to San Diego, and likely will be activated Tuesday when rosters can expand to 40. He hasn't played since July 12. ... C Robinson Chirinos (left shoulder strain), out since July 30, is expect ed to take batting practice Monday with Double-A Round Rock, and could begin a rehab assignment Tuesday. UP NEXTOrioles: After a 1-6 trip, the Orioles are home Monday night to start a three-game series against Tampa Bay that will end a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. They then hit the road again for six more games. Rangers: Colby Lewis goes for his career-best 15th win when the Rangers play Monday night in San Diego, the start of a 11-day, 10-game road trip that is their longest of the season.  

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - Date: 8/30/2015 Rookie Tyler Saladino drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Sunday. Alexei Ramirez singled and Tyler Flower walked to start the rally before Ramirez advanced to third on Carlos Sanchez's flyout and scored on Saladino's hit off David Rollins (0-1). David Robertson (6-3) struck out three in two innings for the victory as the teams split the four-game series. Free Picks Against the Spread. The White Sox tied the game in the ninth on shortstop Brad Miller's throwing error to first on pinch hitter Sanchez's grounder. Free MLB Baseball Picks. Trayce Thompson scored after he singled off Carson Smith and stole second. Kyle Seager homered for the third straight game and drove in the go-ahead run on a single in the eighth for the Mariners. Austin Jackson also had three hits, including a two-run home run and a triple. Jackson hit a two-out triple and scored on Seager's single off Zach Duke in the eighth to give the Mariners the lead. Leading Handicappers. The White Sox put two on in the bottom of the eighth, but pinch hitter Adam LaRoche flew out to end the inning. Chicago went 12-16 in August. Melky Cabrera had four hits and tied the game for the White Sox with a leadoff home run, his ninth, off Mayckol Guaipe in the seventh. White Sox pitchers struck out 19 to tie a franchise record. Seager hit a two-run drive in the first for his fourth home run in 12 plate appearances and 21st overall. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The White Sox pulled to within one in the bottom of the first when Adam Eaton walked, advanced on first baseman Logan Morrison's fielding error and scored on Morrison's second error when he didn't cover first base on a Jose Abreu grounder. Jackson hit his eighth home run, a two-run shot, for a three-run Mariners lead in the second. John Hicks scored after he singled in his first major league at-bat. Saladino had an RBI double and Eaton followed with an RBI groundout to pull the White Sox to within one in the fourth. Edgar Olmos allowed three runs and five hits in five innings in his first career start. Jose Quintana allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings in his shortest outing since April 19 when he threw four innings against Detroit. Football Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMMariners: RHP Guaipe was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and LHP Mike Montgomery was optioned to Tacoma before Sunday's game. Guaipe went 0-3 w ith a 7.50 ERA in eight previous games with Seattle. He was 0-4 with five saves and a 2.87 ERA at Tacoma. Montgomery was 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 16 starts for the Mariners. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he expects the rookie to work on his command. ... SS Ketel Marte is day-to-day after injuring his right hamstring Saturday. He will test the leg Monday, McClendon said. ... LF Franklin Gutierrez returned to the lineup Sunday after sitting out Saturday for tightness in his Achilles tendon. UP NEXTMariners: LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.21 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday to begin a three-game series against Houston. LHP Dallas Keuchel (15-6, 2.28 ERA) will start for the Astros. White Sox: After an off day Monday, the White Sox open a three-game series against the Twins on Tuesday. LHP Chris Sale (12-7, 3.20 ERA) will start for Chicago against Twins RHP Tyler Duffey (2-1, 4.29 ERA).  

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (20) vs. Atlanta Braves (6) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (20) vs. Atlanta Braves (6) - Date: 8/30/2015 Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the New York Yankees routed the Atlanta Braves 20-6 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep. All three homers, which helped build an 8-2 lead, came with two outs. Headley and Drew, who had four hits, both drove in four runs. After the Braves cut the lead to 8-5, pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the Yankees' nine-run seventh inning. Sports Handicapping. The U. S. flag at Turner Field flew at half-staff and a moment of silence was observed before the game in memory of Gregory K. Murrey. Murrey, a Braves season-ticket holder, died after falling from the upper deck to the lower-level seats on Saturday night. He was 60. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Braves displayed a photo of Murrey on the video board during the moment of silence.  

MLB Recap: Houston Astros (5) vs. Minnesota Twins (7) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: Houston Astros (5) vs. Minnesota Twins (7) - Date: 8/30/2015 Ervin Santana struck out 10 to earn his first home win, Eduardo Nunez and Miguel Sano homered, and the Minnesota Twins survived a ninth-inning rally to beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Sunday. Down 7-0 in the ninth, Chris Carter hit a three-run homer and Jose Altuve cracked a two-run shot that made it 7-5 before Trevor May struck out Marwin Gonzalez to end the game. It was Santana's 15th career game with double-digit strikeouts. He entered Sunday 0-1 with a 9.77 ERA in three starts at Target Field since returning from an 80-game suspension to start the season. Lance McCullers (5-5) settled down after walking three of the first four batters he faced to begin the game before Nunez hit a 3-2 pitch off the upper deck in left-center field to make it 3-0 in the sixth. After Eduardo Escobar added an RBI double in the seventh and scored on Joe Mauer's single, Sano lined the 13th homer of his rookie season over the left-field wall to make it 7-0. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The affable Santana (3-4), who signed the richest free-agent deal in Twins' history during the offseason, has maintained a positive attitude despite going 0-4 with a 9.20 ERA in his last six starts before bouncing back Sunday. Santana struck out Colby Rasmus with two runners on to end the sixth and fanned Hank Conger with a runner on to close the seventh. Altuve finished with four hits. MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMASTROS: SS Carlos Correa missed his fourth consecutive start with a sore hamstring. ''I'm really close,'' Correa said. ''I just don't want to force it and then miss September baseball.'' . OF George Springer singled in his first rehab game at Double-A Corp us Christi on Saturday night. Point Shaving. TWINS: Twins manager Paul Molitor said SP Phil Hughes might throw off a mound later this week as he continues to recover from a back injury that landed him on the DL retroactive to Aug. 10. UP NEXTASTROS: Dallas Keuchel (15-6, 2.28) has pitched at least seven innings and allowed three runs or fewer in his last four starts. He'll start for Houston as they return home to take on the Seattle Mariners and LHP Vidal Nuno (0-2, 2.88) on Monday night. Free MLB Baseball Picks. TWINS: After a day off on Monday, the Twins travel to Chicago where rookie Tyler Duffey (2-1, 4.29) will kick off the three-game series against White Sox ace Chris Sale (12-7, 3.20) on Tuesday night.  

MLB Recap: Colorado Rockies (5) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (0) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: Colorado Rockies (5) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (0) - Date: 8/30/2015 Jorge De La Rosa pitched into the seventh inning before being ejected, and Ben Paulsen hit a two-run triple as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Sunday. De La Rosa (8-6) allowed four hits in six-plus innings while striking out seven and walking one. Basketball Predictions. The left-hander's only other win since July 11 - a span of 10 starts - came Aug. 7 at Washington. Relievers Scott Oberg, Christian Friedrich, Jairo Diaz and John Axford completed the four-hit shutout. De La Rosa and manager Walt Weiss were ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson as Weiss went to the mound to remove De La Rosa from the game. De La Rosa gave up a double to Aramis Ramirez to start the inning, then walked Francisco Cervelli. De La Rosa began yelling an d gesturing at Nelson following the walk. Paulsen, a rookie first baseman, and center fielder Charlie Blackmon each had two hits for the Rockies, who won for just the fifth time in 19 games while avoiding being swept in the three-game series. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Pirates had their four-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the fourth time in 18 games. Paulsen's triple came in the fourth off Charlie Morton (8-6) immediately after third baseman Nolan Arenado snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI double. Arenado had gone 1 for 15 in his previous four games. A throwing error by Morton in the sixth enabled the Rockies to scored two runs and extend their lead to 5-0. With two outs and runners on first and second, rookie catcher Dustin Garneau hit a tapper between home plate and the pitcher's mound that Morton fielded. He then made an underhand toss that sailed over first baseman Michael Morse's head. Morton allowed five runs - three earned - and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Jordy Mercer had two of the Pirates' four hits. Sports Handicappers Rankings. TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: RHP A. J. Burnett (strained flexor tendon in right elbow) threw a 71-pitch bullpen session prior to the game and said he hopes to be activated from the disabled list sometime during the four-game home series against the Chicago Cubs from Sept. 15-17. DAY OF RESTRockies shortstop Jose Reyes was not in the lineup as he was rested in a day game following a night game. It was the fourth time he did not start in 30 games since being acquired from Toronto in a trade July 26. UP NEXTRockies: RHP Chad Bettis (6-4, 4.69 ERA) will face Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (3-10, 3.86) on Monday night in the opener of a four-game home series. Bettis has allowed six runs in 2 1-3 relief innings in his career against the Diamondbacks. Pirates: Following Monday's off day, RHP Gerrit Cole (15-7, 2.44) will start Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Milwaukee against RHP Jimmy Nelson (10-10, 3.81). Cole was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday but was moved up a day so he can start next Sunday night against the NL Central-leading Cardinals at St. Louis.  

MLB Recap: Cincinnati Reds (1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (4) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: Cincinnati Reds (1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (4) - Date: 8/30/2015 Ryan Braun homered and Wily Peralta pitched seven strong innings to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Peralta (5-8), who struggled mightily in his last two starts, held the Reds to one run and seven hits in a battle of teams fighting to stay out of the National League Central Division cellar. Peralta struck out six and, for just the third time in 16 starts this season, didn't issue a walk. Braun's two-out solo home run in the first off Reds' starter John Lamb (0-3) gave the Brewers the early lead. Sports Handicapping Services. The Reds tied the score in the second when a soft chopper by Brayan Pena got past Milwaukee's drawn in infield, allowing Todd Frazier, who led off with a double, to score. Milwaukee grabbed the lead again in the third. Martin Maldonado led off with a double, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's single. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Brewers extended their lead in the eighth. Jean Segura drove in a run with a triple and then scored on Lucroy's sacrifice fly. Lamb, acquired in the deal that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City last month, was making just his fourth major league start. He gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 31st save in 32 chances, one day after blowing his first save of the season. Football Picks. TRAINER'S ROOMReds: Manager Bryan Price has seen his pitching rotation devastated by injuries this year. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The current staff incl udes three rookies and two second-year pitchers. ''It's exciting and it's frustrating. We're having to go through a lot of the growing pains,'' Price said. ''Some guys might be up here a little prematurely and that's out of necessity. Leading Handicappers. The benefits and rewards will play out in `16 and `17, but maybe not as much as we had hoped in `15.'' Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell said struggling Matt Garza (6-14, 5.56 ERA), who spent time on the disabled list in July with shoulder tendinitis, will remain in the starting rotation for now. ''It's difficult to find the reasons why (he's struggling),'' Counsell said. ''Sometimes maybe we make it too complicated and it's just Matt needs to execute pitches better.'' UP NEXTReds: David Holmberg (1-4, 7.62 ERA) will pitch the opener of a three- game series against the Cubs in Chicago. Holmberg surrendered five earned runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in his only career start against the Cubs on July 8 last season. Brewers: Jimmy Nelson (10-10, 3.81) will be on the mound Tuesday as Milwaukee opens at three-game series at home against Pittsburgh. Nelson is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates, all coming this year.  

MLB Recap: San Diego Padres (9) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (4) - 8/30/2015

MLB Recap: San Diego Padres (9) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (4) - Date: 8/30/2015 James Shields pitched seven innings for his first road win since May, and the San Diego Padres hit three homers in a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Shields allowed one run and six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Sports Handicap. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 5.63 ERA in his previous eight road starts since his last win away from Petco Park on May 24. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte went deep for San Diego, which avoided losing all six games versus the Phillies this season. Cameron Rupp homered and Odubel Herrera had four singles for Philadelphia. Alec Asher (0-1) allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings in his major league debut.