MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (7) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (0) - Date: 6/30/2018 Rodriguez strong, D-backs' Miller falters in Giants' 7-0 win8m ago. 2 min read PHOENIX Dereck Rodriguez blanked the Diamondbacks into the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants made it two in a row in Arizona with a 7-0 victory Saturday night.Brandon Crawford, Andrew McCutchen and Joe Panik homered on another rough night for Shelby Miller, who struggled in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery.Panik's homer, off reliever Jimmie Sherfy in the eighth, was his first since April 3, a span of 162 at-bats.Ty Blach and Cory Gearrin completed San Francisco's 10th shutout of the season.The Giants have won nine of 11 to pull into a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for second in the NL West, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks. San Francisco can complete a three-game road sweep on Sunday.Since returnin g from an 8-2 trip, the Diamondbacks have dropped two to the Giants by a combined score of 9-1.Rodriguez (3-1), the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan ''Pudge'' Rodriguez, dominated in his sixth major league start. He allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two. In his last two starts, the 26-year-old right-hander has given up one run in 13 1/3 innings.Miller (0-2) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one, throwing 96 pitches. In his debut Monday night at Miami, Miller gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 9-5 loss to the Marlins.Crawford and McCutchen each had a solo home run off Miller - Crawford in the second and McCutchen in the fourth.Arizona's real trouble came in San Francisco's four-run third, which included five singles. One of them, a dribbler up the middle by Pablo Sandoval, drove in two runs. Crawford walked with the bases loaded to bring in another run.TRAI NER'S ROOMGiants: RHP Johnny Cueto (right elbow sprain) threw four scoreless innings Friday night in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Sacramento. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked one.Diamondbacks: INF Ketel Marte left with a right leg injury after beating out an infield single leading off the seventh. He was able to walk off under his own power. ... CF A. J. Pollock (broken left thumb) went 0 for 4 with Triple-A Reno in his first rehab game Friday night.BASERUNNING BLUESThe Diamondbacks had a pair of baserunning miscues early in the game. In the first, Jake Lamb drew a two-out walk ahead of David Peralta's double. But a moment of indecision led to Lamb being caught in a rundown between third and home. In the second, Marte was thrown out trying to stretch a single.Some even booed Miller when he barely jogged toward first after his groundout.UP NEXTLeft-hander Derek Holland (5-7, 4.24 ERA) starts for the Giants in their bid for a three-game sweep . RHP Zack Godley (9-5, 4.58) goes for Arizona.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
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MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (3) vs. San Diego Padres (4) - Date: 6/30/2018 Myers, Lucchesi lead Padres over Pirates, 4-36m ago. 1 min read SAN DIEGO Wil Myers homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and rookie Joey Lucchesi threw five scoreless innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.The Padres had to hold on after closer Brad Hand allowed two runs in the ninth before earning his 23rd save. Hand gave up doubles by Elias Diaz and Austin Meadows to open the ninth, and a triple by Gregory Polanco. Sports Picks. The reliever then got Jordy Mercer to fly out to shallow right field, pinch-hitter Jose Osuna to foul out to right and struck out Starling Marte.Myers, limited to 19 games this season due to injuries, homered to right off Trevor Williams (6-6) with one out in the third, his second. Myers then c hased the San Diegan with a two-run double to left to give the Padres a 4-0 lead with two outs in the fifth.San Diego won for just the third time in 13 games.Williams, a 2010 graduate of Rancho Bernardo High, was trying to become the second straight local product to beat his hometown Padres. On Friday night, Joe Musgrove, a 2011 graduate of Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon, threw seven scoreless innings in a 6-3 victory.But Williams gave up four runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks. He also allowed an RBI grounder by Freddy Galvis in the second that brought in Christian Villanueva, who doubled and advanced on Jose Pirela's single.Lucchesi (4-3) won for the first time since April 28. He was making his third start since missing five weeks with a strained right hip. Sports Handicapper King. The left-hander allowed one hit while striking out five and walking four.San Diego' s Matt Strahm yielded a run and two hits in the sixth.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (5-6, 3.96 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two career starts against San Diego.Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (5-5, 3.32) is scheduled for the Padres, who have won seven of his last nine starts.
MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (4) vs. Seattle Mariners (6) - Date: 6/30/2018 Healy homers to help Mariners beat Royals 6-49m ago. 2 min read SEATTLE Ryon Healy had four hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.Felix Hernandez, (8-6) gave up four consecutive hits, including a three-run homer Mike Moustakas to start the game, but settled down to pitch four scoreless innings afterward to earn the victory and help the Mariners to a season-best sixth consecutive win.Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 31st save of the season. Sports Picks. The Mariners (53-31) are 22 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.Jason Hammels (2-10) suffered his fifth consecutive loss, allowing all six runs on 13 hits over six innings.Moustakas gave the Royals a 3-0 in the first inning when he homered to right after Whit Merrifield and Rosell Herrera singled off Hernandez.Mitch Haniger made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning when he doubled to the gap in left-center to score Jean Segura, who reached base on a single.The Mariners took the lead with three runs in the second. Healy homered to left-center after Denard Span singled, trying the game at 3-3.A bad decision by Alex Gordon in left field, diving for Ben Gamel's liner in front of him, let the ball roll to the wall for a triple with no one out. Gamel scored to make it 4-3 on a sacrifice fly to center by Mike Zunino.The Mariners added two more runs off five hits in the third inning to take a 6-3 lead. Span had an RBI double to right center after back-to-back singles by Haniger and Nelson Cruz. Healy blooped a single to center that scored Cruz from third.The Royals made it 6-4 in the seventh inning when Alberto Mondesi, who started the inning with a single, s cored on a sacrifice fly by Herrera.TRAINER'S ROOMRoyals: Manager Ned Yost said RHP Ian Kennedy was feeling better Saturday after experiencing tightness on his left side when he left the game Friday after five innings. Yost didn't day whether Kennedy would make his next scheduled start. ''We will see how he feels (Sunday). If (Friday) was a 1.5 in stiffness, he is down to a half. I guess that is much better.'' . INF Chester Cuthbert (lower back strain) went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in his first rehab-assignment game at AAA Omaha Friday night. Cuthbert appeared in 30 games and was hitting .194 before the injury on May 16.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Brad Keller (2-2, 2.25) will make his sixth start of the year Sunday. Keller is coming off the best start of his rookie season when he pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only two hits in a 2-0 victory over the Angels Monday.Mariners: LHP James Paxton (7-2, 3.65) will make his 18th start of the s eason Sunday. Paxton leads the team in strikeouts this season with 134 Ks in 103.2 innings. He has six double-digit strikeout games in 2018 and his 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings is fourth-best in the AL.
MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (4) vs. Texas Rangers (13) - Date: 6/30/2018 Bartolo ties record with 245 wins as Rangers beat WSox 13-48m ago. 2 min read ARLINGTON, Texas Bartolo Colon overcame a sluggish start to earn his 245th major league win and match Dennis Martinez for the most by a pitcher from Latin America when the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 13-4 on Saturday night.Joey Gallo and Ryan Rua homered for the Rangers, who won for the 11th time in 13 games and clinched their fifth consecutive series. Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run double in the fourth inning that put Texas ahead to stay.The 45-year-old Colon (5-5) was done after Matt Davidson led off the sixth with a homer to center field that pulled the White Sox to 5-3.Colon already had the most wins by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, having surpassed Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for that distinction with his 244th victory at Kansas City on June 18, six days before a loss at Minnesota. Colon won in his first start at home since June 6 to match Martinez, who is from Nicaragua.White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon (1-3) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.Shin-Soo Choo, who has a major league-best on-base streak of 41 games, didn't play for Texas because of right quad soreness. Choo said he has dealt with the issue for at least 10 days and it really bothered him recently.Affectionately nicknamed Big Sexy, the portly Colon retired 10 of 11 batters before Davidson went deep. Colon even got over to cover first base in time to get speedy Leury Garcia, who dove headfirst as the pitcher took a toss from Gallo to start the third. Colon had a grin on his face walking back to the mound.Chicago managed to score only twice despite seven baserunners in first two innings, when Colon allowed five hits and issued his only two walks.TRAINER'S ROOMWhite Sox: 3B Yolmer Sanchez was back in the lineup after missing the series opener with a bruised left quad sustained when he collided with Minnesota 1B Logan Morrison on Thursday.Rangers: Choo doesn't think his quad issue is serious, but said he didn't want to make anything worse. ''I know I have the streak going on, but my body and staying healthy is more important,'' he said. ... LHP Martin Perez (right elbow) allowed two singles in six scoreless innings in his second rehab start, throwing 73 pitches for Double-A Frisco.UP NEXTRangers left-hander Cole Hamels (4-6, 3.61 ERA), one of the top starters potentially available before the July 31 trade deadline, pitches the series finale. Hamels has a 3.28 ERA over his last nine starts. He is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in four career starts against the White Sox.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (11) vs. New York Yankees (0) - Date: 6/30/2018 Sale too much for Yanks again, Devers' slam powers Red Sox9m ago. 3 min read NEW YORK Chris Sale pitched his latest Bronx gem, Rafael Devers went 5 for 5 with a first-inning grand slam and the Boston Red Sox held the New York Yankees to two hits during an 11-0 rout Saturday night to take back baseball's best record.Sale (8-4) allowed only Giancarlo Stanton's clean single over seven innings, striking out 11. He has a 1.73 career ERA against the Yankees, best among pitchers with at least 10 starts against them since 1920. His ERA at Yankee Stadium is 1.86, second only to Seattle's Felix Hernandez among pitchers with five starts.Boston is a major league-leading 56-28, just ahead of the Yankees at 53-27. New York held the majors' best mark by percentage points after winning Friday's series opener 8-1.Yankee Stadium hosted a season- high sellout of 47,125, and the crowd gave starter Sonny Gray (5-6) an earful after he gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings. Winning Sports Handicappers. The right-hander dropped to 0-4 with a 9.35 ERA against Boston since being acquired by New York from Oakland last season.Devers had a career-best five hits. He nearly had another homer in the seventh, but right fielder Aaron Judge reached over the wall and knocked Devers' shot back into play with his glove. Devers ended up with a double following a video review.Sandy Leon brought home Devers with a two-run homer into the second deck in right field off Giovanny Gallegos. J. D. Martinez had three hits and three RBIs, and Mookie Betts added two hits and two walks as Boston piled up 17 hits.Heath Hembree and Hector Velazquez closed it out with a hitless inning each. Velazquez gave up a groundball single to Gleyber Torres in the ninth for New York's second hit.New York had won seven consecutive games against left-handed starters and was a major league-best 19-5 against them this season, but Sale had them spinning. Sports Handicapping Software. The Yankees hit just four balls out of the infield against Sale, and he retired his final 16 batters.Judge struck out three times against the lefty in three at-bats, giving him 13 punchouts in 18 career at-bats against Sale. Free Sports Picks Today. That's the most strikeouts for Judge against any pitcher.Torres also struck out three times against Sale during his first career start in the leadoff spot.GRAY DAYGray quickly disposed of Betts and Andrew Benintendi to open the game, but a well-placed grounder by Martinez sparked a big first inning. Martinez beat second baseman Torres' jump throw from shallow center for an infield single, Mitch Moreland walked and Xander Bo gaerts lined a single to right that loaded the bases.Gray got ahead of Devers 1-2 but floated a waist-high curveball that Devers lofted just over the left-field wall. It was Devers' second career slam - both this season - and his 14th homer of the year.Benintendi and Martinez each added an RBI in the second, and Yankee Stadium jeered loudly as Gray walked off with one out in the third.TURN THOSE FROWNS ...Yankee Stadium fans were barely done booing Gray when Judge gave them a momentary lift. After reliever Adam Warren replaced Gray, Judge caught Leon's fly ball and threw out Bogaerts at the plate.JUMPING JACKIERed Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. caught Aaron Hicks' drive in the third while leaping and slamming into the wall in front of New York's bullpen.TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: Boston reliever Tyler Thornburg pitched two innings for Double-A Portland on Friday and a clean inning Saturday with Triple-A Pawtucket, perhaps a final hurdle for the right-h ander before he returns to the majors following surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last June. ... Michael Chavis can be activated Sunday and will be assigned to Class A short-season Lowell before advancing to Portland. The corner infield prospect was suspended 80 games prior to the season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.Yankees: Hicks was visited by a trainer after being hit by a pitch on his right foot or ankle in the first inning. He remained in the game.UP NEXTBoston LHP David Price (9-5, 3.66 ERA) and Yankees ace Luis Severino (12-2, 2.10) square off in prime time Sunday. Price is 7-1 with a 2.72 ERA in nine starts since being diagnosed with a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome that caused him to miss a turn against the Yankees in early May. Severino had his worst start this season vs. Boston on April 10, allowing five runs in five innings, but then matched a season high with 11 strikeouts in a strong outing against the Red Sox on May 8.-- -Follow Jake Seiner on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jake-seiner---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (3) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1) - Date: 6/30/2018 Marquez pitches Rockies to 3-1 win over Dodgers8m ago. 2 min read LOS ANGELES German Marquez pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and Ian Desmond homered as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Saturday.Marquez (6-8) retired his first 15 batters before Enrique Hernandez connected for a home run off the left-field foul pole leading off the sixth. Handicapping Sports. The right-hander struck out nine and walked none after entering with a 5.53 ERA, third-worst among qualified National League starters.Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his second save.The Rockies closed out June with consecutive victories over the Dodgers after getting swept by Los Angeles in a three-game series at Coors Field to begin the month. Colorado finished June with an 11-16 record.Dodgers start er Kenta Maeda (5-5) gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits over seven innings and lost for the first time in four June starts. He had a short stint on the disabled list during the month due to a right hip strain. He struck out nine for the second consecutive start.Marquez was able to hold down a Dodgers lineup that hit 55 home runs in June to set a franchise record for a month. Rockies pitching also limited Los Angeles to a solo homer in Friday's series opener.The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when DJ LeMahieu scored from third base on a passed ball by catcher Yasmani Grandal. Nolan Arenado struck out, but advanced to first with LeMahieu scoring when the ball got through Grandal.Desmond went deep in the fifth for a 2-0 lead. It was his 17th home run of the season and career-best 13th on the road.Hernandez's home run was his 14th of the season and third this week. Best Bets of the Day. The Dod gers' previous best for home runs in a month was 53 last season.Trevor Story doubled for the Rockies in the seventh and scored on Chris Iannetta's single to make it 3-1.After a strong start to the month, the Dodgers finished June with a 17-9 record, losing four of their last five games.TRAINER'S ROOMRockies: OF David Dahl (broken right foot) is out of a walking boot and will join the team Monday in Colorado to continue his rehab.Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (right rib microfracture), who made one appearance this week after returning from the DL, will likely need two starts at Class A Rancho Cucamonga before he returns to the Dodgers, according to manager Dave Roberts. ... RHP Pedro Baez (right biceps tendinitis) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, but no timetable for his return has been revealed.UP NEXTRockies right-hander Chad Bettis (5-1, 5.07 ERA) will be back on the road where he excels, as his five road victories were tied for third in the National League at t he start of play Saturday. Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.98) has a loss and a no-decision in his past two starts following a six-start win streak.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (11) vs. St Louis Cardinals (4) - Date: 6/30/2018 Markakis' slam, Fried's pitching lead Braves past Cardinals8m ago. 2 min read ST. LOUIS Nick Markakis hit a grand slam, Max Fried took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 on Saturday night.The Braves have won the first two games of the three-game set. Football Predictions. The Cardinals have dropped three in a row.Fried (1-2) stymied the Cardinals on 101 pitches before being pulled with two outs in the seventh. Recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start the game, he struck out 11, allowed four singles and walked three.Luke Weaver (4-7) went 4 ? innings, giving up 10 runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five. He gave up homers to Markakis in his final inning and a two-run shot to Ronald Acuna Jr. in the sec ond.The Braves sent 11 players to the plate in the six-run fifth. After Ozzie Albies doubled in Fried, the Cardinals intentionally walked Freddie Freeman to face Markakis. Hot Sports Handicappers. The right fielder hit his ninth homer of the season and fourth career grand slam off a 3-2 pitch. He hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to bring in Albies, finishing with five RBIs on the day.Albies went 3 for 5 and has a 10-game hit streak, batting .467 (21 for 47) during that span.The Cardinals scored all of their runs in the ninth off Matt Wisler, including a leadoff home run from Jose Martinez.LONGEVITYCardinals C Yadier Molina played in his 1,800th game, joining Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith and Enos Slaughter as Cardinals to play in at least that many. Molina entered the majors in 2004 and has spent his entire career with St. Louis. He ranks 12th amongst active players in games played.MOVESTo make room for Fried, the Braves designated OF Peter Bourjos for assignment. Bourjos, in his first year with the Braves, was batting .205 in 36 games. He also played for St. Louis in 2014 and 2015.TRAINING ROOMBraves: RHP Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder inflammation) is expected to come off the 10-day DL on Monday. Basketball Handicappers. The Braves closer threw a side session Saturday and is on target for his return to the team. ... C Tyler Flowers, who left Friday's game with a right hamstring cramp after flying out to end the sixth inning, didn't start Saturday. The Braves said it was part of the regular rotation between Flowers and C Kurt Suzuki. The two have alternated starts for the past 16 games.Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) is scheduled to begin a rehab stint at Triple A Memphis on Sunday. He has yet to appear with the minor league club since going on the 10-day DL on May 16.UP NEXT Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.14) goes for his first win in a month. After tossing a 4-0 shutout against the Washington Nationals on June 1, he went 0-1 in his final three starts of the month. He failed to get past the fifth in any his final three June outings.Cardinals: RHP John Gant (2-2, 3.48) is coming off his best start of the season, giving up one hit over seven innings as St. Louis beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Monday. This is his first appearance against his former club since a 2016 trade that saw the Cardinals send starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Braves in exchange for three minor leaguers, including Gant.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (2) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) - Date: 6/30/2018 Righty Velasquez makes strong lefty throw, Phils edge Nats5m ago. 2 min read PHILADELPHIA Hit on his pitching arm by a line drive, Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez made a dazzling throw with his left hand, and Philadelphia overcame an injury to its starting pitcher to beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Saturday night.Velasquez was struck in the forearm by Adam Eaton's liner in the second inning. He dropped his glove, hustled to retrieve the ball as it deflected toward third base, and unleashed a strong throw with his opposite arm that nipped the speedy Eaton at first for the final out.Velasquez then dropped to the ground, writhing in pain and clutching his right arm. He was pulled from the game with a bruise, having allowed one run and three hits.Victor Arano (1-0) followed Velasquez with two scoreless innings of relief.Odubel Her rera homered and Jorge Alfaro and Aaron Altherr had RBI doubles as the Phillies bounced back from a 17-7 loss. Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who went deep seven times in Friday night's romp at Citizens Bank Park, but managed just eight hits against six Philadelphia pitchers.Yacksel Rios kept Philadelphia in front by getting out of a jam in the eighth. After Adam Morgan allowed the first two runners to reach on a single and a walk, Rios entered and got Rendon to line out to right, Juan Soto to pop out and Mark Reynolds to ground out.Rookie Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in his eighth chances. Dominguez retired the first two batters before pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy doubled to right, but the right-hander retired Eaton on a flyball.Jeremy Hellickson (2-1) returned to the mound for Washington after being sidelined since June 4 with a right hamstring strain. Sports Monitor . The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.The Nationals scored first on Spencer Kieboom's one-out RBI double in the second that scored Wilmer Difo. Herrera tied it with a solo homer in the third, his 14th.Philadelphia scored a pair of two-out runs in the fourth on doubles by Jesmuel Valentin, Alfaro and Altherr.Washington pulled to 3-2 in the sixth on Rendon's 11th homer of the season, a long drive to the upper deck in left.TRAINER'S ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation), out since June 10, threw a bullpen session on Saturday. . Washington transferred 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who has been out since May 10 with a strained right oblique, to the 60-day DL.UP NEXTThe teams close out the four-game series on Sunday afternoon with Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.68) facing Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (5-6, 3.54).
MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (3) vs. Cincinnati Reds (12) - Date: 6/30/2018 Lorenzen's pinch-hit grand slam leads Reds over Brewers 12-36m ago. 2 min read CINCINNATI Reliever Michael Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds pitcher in a week, and Cincinnati pulled away to a 12-3 victory Saturday that ended its seven-game losing streak against the Milwaukee Brewers.Lorenzen's pinch-hit grand slam off Jacob Barnes in the seventh inning completed an eight-run rally - Cincinnati's biggest of the season. Lorenzen's fifth career homer drew a curtain call from the crowd of 24,640.The reliever has homered in his last three at-bats. He also connected Friday during Milwaukee's 8-2 win.One week earlier, Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam off Cubs left-hander Brian Duensing at Great American Ball Park.Tyler Mahle struck out a career-high 12 batters in 5 2/3 innings, three shy of the Reds' rooki e record. David Hernandez (3-0) pitched the top of the seventh.The Reds fanned 18 batters, a club record for a nine-inning game.The Brewers' bullpen couldn't hold a one-run lead in the seventh. Cincinnati's first eight batters reached safely against three relievers, with left-hander Mike Zagurski (0-1) taking the loss in his first major league appearance since 2013.With the game out of hand, Milwaukee catcher Erik Kratz moved to the mound for the eighth inning - his third career pitching appearance - and gave up a pair of runs.The NL Central leaders were missing two starters. Christian Yelich left Thursday's game with back tightness, and Ryan Braun came out of Friday's game with the same issue. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said both were doing better on Saturday.Eric Thames homered off Mahle, his 14th home run in 22 career games against Cincinnati. Fighting Predictions. Thames hit 10 last year, the most by a Brewers player against the Reds in one season.REDS DEALThe Reds sent minor league catcher Joe Hudson to the Angels for cash. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The 27-year-old Hudson has never played in the majors. He batted .235 with no homers and three RBIs in 16 games for Triple-A Louisville this season.TRAINER'S ROOMBrewers: RHP Zach Davies had a setback in what was expected to be his final minor league rehab assignment as he recovers from a sore shoulder. He lasted only three innings and gave up 10 runs and three hits for Class A Wisconsin on Friday night, leaving after just 48 pitches because of a sore back.Reds: RHP Homer Bailey will make his fourth rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville. He's been sidelined since June 2 because of a sore right knee. Bailey is 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA.UP NEXTBrewers: Freddy Peralta (3-0) makes his fifth start. Good Sports Handicappers. The Brewers are 4-0 in his starts. Opponents are batting .093 against the right-hander.Reds: Matt Harvey (3-5) makes his 10th start for the Reds, who got him from the Mets in a trade for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8. Harvey has allowed six runs in his last three starts spanning 17 2/3 innings.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Angels (6) vs. Baltimore Orioles (2) - Date: 6/30/2018 Pujols, Angels use 5-run 8th inning to rally past O's 6-27m ago. 2 min read BALTIMORE Albert Pujols' RBI double highlighted a five-run eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles 6-2 Saturday, extending Baltimore's latest losing streak to seven games.Playing their 3,000th game under manager Mike Scioscia, the Angels trailed 2-1 before using three hits, three walks and a hit batter to take control against the free-falling Orioles.After Mychal Givens (0-6) issued a pair of one-out walks, Pujols tied it with his 632nd career double, tying David Ortiz for 10th place on the all-time list. An intentional walk followed, and the go-ahead run scored when Chris Young hit into a force play at third base.Tanner Scott hit Martin Maldonado with a pitch to force in a run, and David Fletcher capped the uprising with a two-run single.It 39;s been that kind of season for the Orioles, who own the worst record in the majors. Baltimore has five losing streaks of at least six games, is 0-15 against the AL West and has lost 17 of 18 at home.Justin Anderson (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn the win.Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits over five innings.Baltimore's Andrew Cashner threw 105 pitches in sweltering temperatures hovering around 95. He gave up one run in six innings but now has gone six straight starts without a victory.Skaggs began his 16th start by giving up three straight singles, and Danny Valencia followed with a sacrifice fly.An RBI single by Andrelton Simmons got the Angels to 2-1 in the fourth.MILESTONEScioscia is the sixth manager in major league history to manage 3,000 games with one team.''You don't think about it,'' Scioscia said about his longevity. ''It's 3,000, one game at a time.'' TAKE A SEATStruggling Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop (.197) was given the day off, and will likely be rested Sunday before Monday's off day. Manager Buck Showalter said he wanted the 2017 All-Star to ''reset.'' MOVESThe Angels recalled 3B Kaleb Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned OF Michael Hermosillo to the minor league club.TRAINING ROOMAngels: RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani, who has a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, batted in a simulated game Saturday. Sport Handicapping. The team hopes he can avoid Tommy John surgery. . LHP John Lamb has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo surgery in Los Angeles. . RHP Jake Jewell will be out at least six months after undergoing right ankle surgery Friday. . RHP Garrett Richards (hamstring) allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a rehab start Friday with High-A Inland Empire. ''He lost some of his command as the outing went on, b ut physically he felt great,'' Scioscia said.Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day opted for surgery to repair a left hamstring strain, ending his season. ... RHP Chris Tillman (back) was scheduled to make his third rehab start, this time with Triple-A Norfolk, on Saturday.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Deck McGuire (0-0, 6.08 ERA) makes his third major league start in the series finale Sunday.Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-6, 4.20 ERA) lost his last four decisions and has not completed seven innings in any of his last eight starts.
MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (2) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (5) - Date: 6/30/2018 Ramos has 4 RBIs as Rays beat Astros, Verlander 5-28m ago. 2 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Wilson Ramos drove in four runs in the first two innings against Justin Verlander, and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.Matt Duffy finished with three hits, including two in the first two innings, to help the Rays win for the seventh time in eight tames to move to .500 (41-41) for the first time since June 1. Good Return on Investment. Tampa Bay has held opponents to two runs or fewer in five straight games for only the second time in franchise history.Ramos got the Rays on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the first, and made it 5-0 with a two-run single in the second.Alex Bregman got the Astros on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth off Vidal Nuno . It was Bregman's 16th home run and his fifth in six games.Verlander (9-4) gave up a season-high five runs in a season-low five innings, giving up nine hits while striking out eight. He came into the came with a major league-leading 1.82 ERA, but it was 4.34 in six June starts. Sports Handicapper Leads. The Astros have lost his last three starts.Nuno (2-0) got the win after pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out four. Sergio Romo pitched ninth for his seventh save in 11 opportunities.Ryne Stanek pitched the first inning for Tampa Bay, giving up a single to Jose Altuve, Houston's only hit in the first four innings.RARE ERRORAdeiny Hechavarria made a fielding error on George Springer's grounder in the top of the sixth just before Bregman's homer. It ended a streak of 94 games and 319 chances in which the Rays' shortstop had not committed a miscue. It w as the longest errorless streak in franchise history for a shortstop. Hechavarria's last error had come on July 30, 2017 at Yankee Stadium.TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: RHP Joe Smith (sore right elbow) will make what the Astros expect to be a final rehab appearance at Double-A Corpus Christi before being activated. ... 1B Yuli Gurriel (paternity leave) is expected to be back in lineup Sunday.Rays: RHP Wilmer Font was placed on the 10-day disabled and RHP Hunter Wood was recalled from Triple-A Durham. Manager Kevin Cash said an optimistic timeframe has Font missing eight weeks. ... Cash didn't completely rule out RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) from returning after his first rehab start Tuesday night? for Class A Charlotte.UP NEXTThe series finale will be a matchup of two of baseball's hottest pitchers. Houston RHP Charlie Morton (10-1, 2.54) has won three straight starts and has not given up an earned run in his last two. LHP Blake Snell (10-4, 2.31) did not give up a hit until the seventh inning of the Rays' 11-0 win against Washington on Monday night.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Oakland Athletics (7) - Date: 6/30/2018 Jackson gets 1st win with A's in 7-2 victory over Indians9m ago. 2 min read OAKLAND, Calif. Journeyman Edwin Jackson earned his first win with Oakland, pitching neatly into the seventh inning as the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Saturday for their season-high sixth straight victory.Matt Olson, Dustin Fowler and Josh Phegley homered to help the A's win for the 12th time in 14 games. Free Picks for Today. They've won seven straight against Cleveland and nine of their last 10 against the Indians in Oakland.Jackson (1-0), who signed a minor league contract with the A's on June 6 and is now with his record-tying 13th major league team, gave up only two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked none in his second start for Oakland.The 34-year-old righty has won 10 consecutive decisions over Cleveland, a streak dating to 2008. His streak against the Indians is the longest since Charlie Hough beat them 13 straight times from 1984-88.The AL Central-leading Indians lost for the fourth time in five games.The A's trailed 2-0 going into the sixth, when Franklin Barreto became their first baserunner with a leadoff double against Adam Plutko (4-2). Phegley followed with his second home run and Oakland took a 3-2 lead when Fowler scored from first on Mark Canha's double.Francisco Lindor hit his 20th homer and Jose Ramirez hit his 24th in the Cleveland fourth.Oakland broke the game open in the eighth, when they homered twice in a four-run inning. Fowler hit his fifth home run leading off the inning against Dan Otero, and Olson hit a two-run shot off Josh Tomlin, his 18th.Rookie Lou Trivino induced Yonder Alonso to hit into a game-ending for his third save. Profitable Handicappers . Trivino came into the game after the Indians loaded the bases with one out in the ninth off Santiago Casilla on a hit, a walk and a hit batter.HOMEThe A's finally got their offense going at home, where going into Saturday were batting .233 and averaging 3.61 runs per game at the Coliseum. Oakland is hitting .263 and averaging 5.55 runs on the road.TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: LHP Tyler Olson (latissimus dorsi strain) threw his first bullpen on Friday and is expected to throw off a mound again on Sunday. . LHP Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) threw 48 pitches on Friday in a rehab game with Triple-A Columbus. . RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow contusion) was expected to throw 65 pitches in a rehab game with Double-A Akron on Saturday.Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) will take BP on Sunday and could be activated for Tuesday's series opener against San Diego without going on a rehab assignment. ''Even if we don't feel like potentiall y he's up to speed offensively, he can save some runs out there defensively,'' manager Bob Melvin said.UP NEXTRHP Mike Clevinger (6-3, 3.03 ERA) is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in two outings (one start) against Oakland. He's 2-1 with a 2.07 ERA over his last four starts. RHP Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.68) is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA over his last three starts.---More baseball: apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (2) vs. Miami Marlins (5) - Date: 6/30/2018 Marlins overtake Mets on scoreboard and in standings, 5-29m ago. 2 min read MIAMI Brian Anderson hit a two-run homer off Jacob deGrom and the Miami Marlins climbed out of last place in the NL East by rallying past the New York Mets 5-2 Saturday.For the second game in a row, a Marlins pitcher beat the Mets while making his first major league start. Pablo Lopez (1-0) allowed two runs in six innings in his big league debut.The Mets (32-48) lost for the 10th time in 11 games and fell into last place for the first time this year. Sports Handicapper King. They finished 5-21 this month for the worst June in franchise history, and they've plummeted from 10 games over .500 to 15 under at an earlier date than any team in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Meanwhile, the rebuildi ng Marlins (34-50) went 14-14 in June, their best month this season.DeGrom took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, but Anderson's fifth homer tied the game. J. Sports Handicapper Leads. T. Riddle beat out a dribbler up the first-base line for a two-out RBI hit that put Miami ahead to stay.J. Free Sport Pick. T. Realmuto added a two-run double in the seventh after an error by shortstop Amed Rosario prolonged the inning.Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect eighth, and Kyle Barraclough earned his eighth save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Steckenrider has thrown 15 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, and Barraclough has thrown 20 2/3.The Mets' runs came on solo homers against Lopez. Jose Bautista hit his fifth of the year, his third with the Mets. Todd Frazier added his ninth.DeGrom (5-4), who departed after six innings trailing 3-2, fell to 1-4 in his past five starts des pite allowing only 15 runs. His ERA, lowest in the majors coming into the game, rose to 1.84.ROOKIE PITCHERSFour pitchers have made their first major league start against the Mets this year, and they've combined to go 3-0 with an ERA of 1.57. Miami's Sandy Alcantara won his first career start Friday, allowing one run in five innings.Lopez was the 17th rookie and 12th rookie pitcher used by Marlins, both most in the majors.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (finger) and LHP Jason Vargas (calf) are expected to start against each other in a simulated game next week at Single-A Port St. Lucie.UP NEXTMets LHP Steven Matz (3-5, 3.69), who has thrown 13 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings at Marlins Park, is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday against RHP Dan Straily (3-3, 4.82).---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (9) vs. Chicago Cubs (14) - Date: 6/30/2018 Cubs pound out 20 hits, beat Twins 14-9 at scorching Wrigley7m ago. 2 min read CHICAGO Minnesota's Eddie Rosario, Bobby Wilson and Max Kepler all left early because of heat illness on a scorching afternoon at Wrigley Field, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Twins 14-9 Saturday.Rosario homered in the top of the fifth inning, then was pulled from left field shortly after fielding a hit by Anthony Rizzo in the bottom half. Good Sports Handicappers. The Cubs said it was 96 degrees at the time with a heat index of 107 - that's a calculation of how hot it actually feels, with the humidity factored in.Jason Heyward had four of the Cubs' 20 hits, Ben Zobrist had three RBIs and Chicago had a pair of five-run innings. Sports Free Picks. T he Cubs rallied from 3-0 and 7-4 deficits and have scored at least 10 runs in three straight games for the first time since April 2003.Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and drove in two runs as the Cubs won their third in a row. He exited in the fifth after apparently injuring a leg running the bases.Joe Mauer had two hits and three RBIs for the Twins.There was a short break in the sixth after Wilson drew a walk. A couple of cups of water were brought out for him to sip and douse himself to cool off. Wilson eventually scored and was replaced at catcher after the inning ended with the score tied at 9.Willians Astudillo, primarily a catcher in the minors, made his major league debut and wound up playing center field for the Twins, his first time at that spot as a pro. He hit an RBI single in his first at-bat.Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt worked with a towel draped around his neck and frequently left the field between innings.Chicago broke open a tie game with a five-run seventh.David Bote led off with a walk and Ian Happ doubled off reliever Trevor Hildenberger (1-2). It was Chicago's 15th hit to that point - and first extra-base hit.After pinch hitter Kyle Schwarber was intentionally walked to load the bases, Heyward hit a soft liner that just scooted over the head of shortstop Ehire Adrianza - with the infield playing in - for an RBI single and a 10-9 lead. o plate Bote and give the Cubs a 10-9 lead. Baez hit a grounder up the middle, just out of Adrianza's reach with the infield playing in, for two more runs.Justin Wilson (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: CF Byron Buxton (fractured left big toe) has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester since June 19 and there's no timetable for when he'll be activated from the DL. Buxton was hitting .206 with a homer and four RBIs in nine games with Rochester before Saturday. If he continues to struggle, there's a chance he could be op tioned to Rochester when his rehab assignment ends on July 8.Cubs: RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (right shoulder inflammation) threw 19 pitches and got two outs during a rehab outing with Triple-A Iowa on Friday. Manager Joe Maddon said the reports were positive and that his ''velocity was normal.'' Edwards is expected to pitch again either Sunday or Monday.UP NEXTLHP Jon Lester (10-2, 2.18 ERA) opens the July schedule after winning all five of his June starts, compiling a 1.13 ERA during that stretch. RHP Lance Lynn (5-6, 4.81) starts the finale of the three-game series for the Twins.
MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (3) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (4) - Date: 6/30/2018 Smoak hits HR in 9th, Blue Jays hand Tigers 11th loss in row7m ago. 2 min read TORONTO Justin Smoak led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Detroit 4-3 on Saturday, handing the Tigers their 11th straight loss.Smoak connected against reliever Joe Jimenez (3-1) for his 11th homer of the season.Seyunghwan Oh (4-2) worked one inning for the win. Randal Grichuk also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of 11 at home.John Hicks hit a solo homer in the Detroit second off Sam Gaviglio and Nick Castellanos made it 3-0 with a two-run shot in the third, his 12th.Matt Boyd held the Blue Jays hitless until Kevin Pillar's leadoff double in the fifth. Pillar moved to third on a one-out single by Aledmys Diaz and scored on a groundout by Devon Travis before Grichuk hit his tying homer.Boyd allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.Gaviglio gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season.Leonys Martin and Castellanos hit consecutive singles off Joe Biagini in the eighth but the Blue Jays right-hander retired the next three batters in order.Martin helped preserve the 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth by throwing out Travis at home plate. Las Vegas Handicappers. Travis was trying to score from second on Yangervis Solarte's single to center, but couldn't beat Martin's one-hop throw.With a heat alert in place for Toronto, the retractable roof at Rogers Centre was kept closed. Free Predictions. The outdoor temperature was 88 degrees, with high humidity making it feel like 106.TRAINER'S ROOMTigers: RHP Alex Wilson had to leave in the eighth because of a sore left calf . Wilson missed almost a month earlier this season because of a strain in his left foot. ... RHP Drew VerHagen (nasal fracture) will join Triple A Toledo Saturday night to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment. VerHagen has been out sincee June 20.Blue Jays: Toronto put RHP Ryan Tepera (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP Jake Petricka from Triple-A Buffalo.UP NEXTTigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 4.35) faces Blue Jays LHP J. A. Happ (10-3, 3.62) on Canada Day in Toronto. Zimmermann allowed seven runs in his previous start against Toronto on June 8, 2016. Happ has won six straight decisions and is unbeaten in eight outings.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
MLB Game Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSPirates pitchers feel right at home in San Diego 7h ago. 2 min read SAN DIEGO -- The Pirates pitching homecoming continues Saturday night at Petco Park.On Friday, two San Diego County natives -- and former high school teammates -- pitched for Pittsburgh in downtown San Diego. Starter Joe Musgrove and reliever Steven Brault were raised a half-hour's drive to the east of Petco Park.Saturday night, the focus shifts to northern San Diego County as Rancho Bernardo High grad Trevor Williams starts for the Pirates against his hometown club.While Musgrove and Brault were facing the Padres for the first time, the 26-year-old Williams pitched six innings against the Padres on May 20 in Pittsburgh. He gave up four runs on four hits -- including a two-run homer to Christian Villanueva -- in six innings but did not get a decision in a game won by the Padres, 8-5.The right-handed Williams (6-5, 4.03 ERA in 16 starts) will be opposed by left-handed rookie Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 3.57 ERA). Lucchesi had just gone on the disabled list with a strained glute muscle when the Padres visited Pittsburgh in May.Williams started the season with three straight wins but is 1-3 with a 6.09 ERA over his last seven starts. However, he allowed only one hit with seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers two starts ago on June 18. Sports Handicapping Software. That happened to be his only win since May 15.Saturday night will be his eighth road start of the season. He is 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA on the road. But he is 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA in his last four road starts after opening the season with a 2-0 mark and a 1.50 ERA in his first three road starts.Williams is coming off a loss in his most recent start against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Sunday a fternoon. Williams gave up three runs on five hits in six innings while the Pirates were being shutout.Lucchesi, 25, will be making his third start since returning from the disabled list June 20.His first outing on the day he was activated lasted only 1 2/3 innings as he gave up four runs on three hits -- including two homers -- and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings against Oakland. On June 26, Lucchesi allowed no runs and only one hit and two walks with four strikeouts in Texas, but came out of the game after four innings when he reached his pre-set limit of 70 pitches.Padres manager Andy Green said Lucchesi now has the green light to go deeper into Saturday's game if the performance merits it.Saturday will be Lucchesi's 12th start around his 33-game stay on the disabled list. At the time of his injury, Lucchesi was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts - although his ERA had climbed in five of his six starts before going in the disabled list. Baseball Predictions. The Padres are 4-7 in games started by Lucchesi -- who has given up 10 home runs in 53 innings, accounting for 15 of the 23 runs he has allowed.
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MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSMets' deGrom gets nod for game against Marlins 9h ago. 3 min read No matter how well he pitches, the New York Mets do not win very often when Jacob deGrom is on the mound.The Mets do not win very often regardless of the starting pitcher, which is why the phrase "deGrom trade" is an easy search engine term.The Mets were originally going to start deGrom Friday but scratched him due to a family situation, and the ace will start in the middle game of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Saturday at Marlins Park.On a team with one of the National League's worst records at 32-47, deGrom is doing his part even if the record does not show it. He is 5-3 with a 1.69 ERA, though three of those wins were when the Mets opened 11-1 and were 17-9 in April.The Mets are 15-38 since then after stranding 10 and wasting nine walks in Friday 's 7-2 loss to Miami. Handicapper Return on Investment. They are 6-10 when deGrom starts and have dropped eight of their last 10 games when deGrom pitches.Most of it is due to the sub-par offense as New York owns a .232 batting average. Sports Betting Handicapping. The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in nine of deGrom's last 10 starts, including last Saturday's 8-3 loss when he allowed three runs and five hits in six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers."My changeup was terrible," deGrom said. "My slider was good at times, but other times it wasn't even close to being a strike. So I had one pitch, my fastball, that I couldn't really locate. You're trying to get big league hitters out with a pitch that you don't really know where it's going, and the other ones were garbage. I just wasn't very good to night." It is because of the losing that the debate rages on about what the Mets should do with deGrom, who made his major league debut on May 15, 2014, and will not be a free agent until after the 2020 season.Whatever the decision is on deGrom it will be made by John Ricco, who is filling in along with Omar Minaya and J. P. Ricciardi while general manager Sandy Alderson focuses on cancer treatments. Before Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he discussed the possibility of dealing of deGrom."We're going to talk about that," Ricco said. "We just kind of got into this. Sandy was on the record with one point of view. We'll get together to discuss it. Obviously, they're two huge pieces for us. We'll have to consider. For me, everything has to be on the table. But you have to look long and hard before you move a game-changing, top-of-the-rotation pitcher." Against Miami, deGrom is 4-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 career starts. < a href="https://www.cappertek.com/accessPicks.asp">Sports Handicapper Picks. This season he allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings in an 8-6 win at Miami on April 10 and pitched seven scoreless innings in a 2-1 home loss on May 23.While the Mets start their ace, Miami will unveil another prospect when Pablo Lopez starts. After Sandy Alcantra pitched five innings Friday, Lopez will be the sixth Miami pitcher to make his major league debut."It's still very unreal," Lopez told reporters before the series opener. "It still doesn't feel real that I'm right here with this field, with these teammates, this scenario. It's still very overwhelming, but still very exciting as well." Lopez is among four prospects acquired from the Seattle Mariners for David Phelps on July 20, and when he struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings during spring training, the Marlins noticed."I remember hearing at the winter meetings in November, I believe, how much our guys liked him and the presence he had," Miami manager Don Mattingly told reporters. "We were able to see it in spring training. It was impressive, just his whole demeanor, the way he handles himself. You can tell, he's a sharp kid, well prepared." In 12 combined starts for Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, he is 2-3 with a 1.44 ERA while opposing hitters are hitting .196 (46-for-235). He is ranked sixth among full-season minor leaguers in ERA and WHIP (0.93) and leads all Miami minor league pitchers in ERA.Lopez started the season at Jacksonville, where he was 1-2 with a 0.62 ERA in eight starts. In his four starts with New Orleans, he allowed seven earned runs in 18 2/3 innings.
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MLB Game Preview: Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSScrappy Rays face challenge of Verlander, Astros 9h ago. 2 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays continue to win games they perhaps shouldn't, and they'll have an opportunity for more of that Saturday against Houston's Justin Verlander.The Rays (40-41) hit the midway point of their 2018 season with a 3-2 win over Houston, giving them six wins in their last seven games. Sports Handicap. Their pitching has led the way -- three times in the last four games, they have held their opponent to three hits or less, this after doing so only three times in the first 77 games of this season."If we are going to win a lot of game and we are going to string a bunch together, we have to have good pitching," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "The timely hitting is great, but we have to stay in the ballgame. For us to have allowed three runs in 18 innings against arguably the best team in baseball, we should find a way to win one." Houston will send Verlander, who has been dominant (9-3, 1.82 ERA) but has gotten surprisingly little run support from a potent Astros lineup.Houston is just 11-7 in games he starts, and the Astros have scored a total of two runs in five of those losses.So Saturday could look like Thursday's 1-0 Astros win, or could look like Friday's 3-2 loss, which saw two errors factor in Tampa Bay's scoring.Verlander faced the Rays just 11 days ago in Houston, again pitching well, allowing one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, but ultimately taking a no-decision in a 2-1 loss. He has 136 strikeouts in 113 innings this season and a ridiculous 0.81 WHIP.Against the Rays for his career, Verlander is 8-3 with a 3.18 ERA, but since 2010, he's just 4-3, despite a 1.72 ERA in his last five starts against the Rays . At Tropicana Field, he's 5-2 all-time with a 2.53 ERA, including a 1.20 ERA in his last two outings.The Rays counter with reliever-turned-starter Ryne Stanek, who has thrived in the "opener" role that Tampa Bay has essentially created in the past six weeks. He's starting for the second time in three days against the Astros having thrown 1 2/3 innings of scoreless, hitless baseball Thursday night. For the month of June, he's pitched in 11 games and 14 2/3 innings without allowing a run.He's held opponents to just four hits, lowering his season ERA to 1.85, just barely above Verlander's.The Astros know they have to be careful with the white ceiling of Tropicana Field -- the Rays' three-run fourth inning got a spark Friday when center fielder Jake Marisnick couldn't hold onto a pop at the warning track, allowing a run to score."When you play here, you try to not take your eye off the ball," Marisnick said. "With the ceiling , I kind of glanced quickly at the ball, then looked back up and lost track. I wasn't able to come up with it. Fighting Predictions. That's a play I need to make 10 out of 10 times."
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MLB Game Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSStreaking Giants look to keep winning in Arizona 8m ago. 4 min read PHOENIX -- The San Francisco Giants extended their best month in exactly two years with a victory at Arizona on Friday, given a huge boost by rookie outfielder Austin Slater and left-hander Andrew Suarez.At 17-10, the Giants are having their first winning month since June 2016, and with a victory in the second game of the three-game series Saturday, they will have one more victory than they had that June.Slater had three hits, including two RBI doubles, in a Giants 2-1 victory on Friday, his sixth day back on his fourth recall from Triple-A Sacramento this season. Suarez gave up one run in six innings and ran his streak to 13 starts without walking more than two."He really has that composure out there," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said of Suarez. "H e's got some savvy out there. He knows when to make his pitches. He knows when to be careful, too." The Diamondbacks will send right-hander Shelby Miller (0-1, 12.27 ERA) to the mound Saturday for his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery in an attempt so salvage another series win.The D-backs are 5-0-1 in their last six series since losing two of three at San Francisco from June 4-6. Giants rookie right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (2-1, 3.82) will make his sixth start of the season on Saturday. Rodriguez has never faced Arizona, but he allowed just one run and four hits over seven innings in his most recent start, on Sunday against San Diego. He did not get a decision but the Giants won the game 3-2.Miller, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May, made his first start of the season in Miami on Monday, when he gave up six hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings while reaching 95-96 mph on the radar gun."The fastball command was outstanding," Arizo na manager Torey Lovullo said. "I know he is working on his secondary stuff. Sports Betting Profit. That's to be expected. Knowing that he has taken a 15-month journey to get to this point, it's not going to be a perfect science right away. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The secondary pitches are feel pitches, and I know that he is working hard. Landing the second stuff is something that we are hoping to see. We know we see it in bullpens and at different tunes. I know that Shelby is going to be ready for that challenge." Miller, the key return in the trade that sent Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson to Atlanta at the 2015 winter meetings, used words of encouragement from Patrick Corbin and the Arizona training staff to get through rehab. Corbin underwent Tommy John in the spring of 2014 season and missed the whole year.&qu ot;I talked to Corbin a lot," Miller said. "The guys in the training room, day in and day out they were giving me reassurance. What to expect. I leaned on them and relied on them a lot. Expert Sports Picks. They were big. I am definitely feeling good." Miller admitted to feeling some nerves before the Miami start."For sure," he said. "It is different than any other game. It is a big day. I had some minor league rehab starts, but those don't even compare to the games that are mattering up here. I definitely had some jitters." Miller is 2-5 with a 3.51 ERA in nine career starts against the Giants.Slater has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League in his time between stints in San Francisco. He is slashing .344/.417/.564 with 24 doubles and five homers in 53 games with the River Cats. His 24 doubles were second in the league, and his batting average was sixth when was promoted a gain last Saturday.With third baseman Evan Longoria expected to miss at least another month, manager Bruce Bochy mentioned the possibility of giving Slater more time, especially against left-handed pitchers.Slater is hitting at least .300 against righties and lefties in Sacramento this season, and during his short stay wth the Giants before a leg injury in 2017 hit .333 in 38 plate appearances against lefties."We're missing a right-handed bat, and he could provide that," Bochy said. "Not that other guys can't, but you look at what he did tonight and what he's been doing. He's going to help stretch out this lineup and us some added offense, which we need against lefties." Even with veterans in the outfield, "You have to go with the guys who are swinging the bat well," Bochy said. "They dictate their lineup." Slater has made three starts since being recalled the most recent time Saturday."The first couple of times up and down, it is easy to lose focus," Slater said. "But for me it was try to prove a point that it wasn't a fluke, that I was here to stay."
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MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSRoyals, Mariners go back to the future 35m ago. 2 min read The future is back.Twenty years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. and the Seattle Mariners' marketing department put on one of the most memorable promotions in franchise history -- which is saying a lot, since Funny Nose Glasses Night in 1982 drew more fans than Gaylord Perry's 300th win two nights earlier -- with Turn Ahead the Clock Day.Instead of wearing retro uniforms like most teams do for Turn Back the Clock Day, the Mariners imagined what things might look like in 2027, when they will celebrate their 50th anniversary.The Kingdome was turned into the "Biodome." A DeLorean drove actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on "Star Trek," to the mound to deliver the ceremonial first pitch.The Mariners' Moose mascot was replaced by Marty the Mariners Martian. Griffey was referred to as "Digit 24" instead of his last name by the public-address announcer.Player positions were called quadrants. And the Mariners and their opponent that night, the Kansas City Royals, wore futuristic, untucked uniforms that Griffey, the Hall of Fame center fielder, helped design.According to Kevin Martinez, the marketing director for the Mariners in 1998, it was Griffey's idea to change the Mariners' colors from navy, teal and white to crimson, black and silver. Junior wore his hat backward and spray-painted his glove and spikes silver."There were always some surprises," Griffey recently told The Athletic. "You never knew what was going to happen that night. It was like, 'Stay tuned.'"Twenty years later, the Mariners and Royals will reprise Turn Ahead the Clock Night when they meet Saturday night at Safeco Field.Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio is certainly looking to the future after making his season debut in Fr iday night's 4-1 loss to the Mariners.Bonifacio missed the first 80 games of the season while serving a Major League Baseball suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in spring training."I'm so excited to be back with the team," said Bonifacio, who batted .255 and hit 17 home runs as a rookie last season.Bonifacio batted .392 in 13 games for Triple-A Omaha before being activated. He batted fifth Friday, going 0-for-3."We're glad to have him back," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was swinging very well (at Omaha)."I mean, the kid hit 17 homers last year. ... Yeah, he was going to hit in the middle of the order, until all this surfaced." Bonifacio played left field Friday to give Alex Gordon a day off, but likely will be in right field Saturday."We are going to move him around. He's going to play," Yost said. "He's going to play some right, play some left. What difference does it make?"On the mound, right-handers Jason Hammel of the Royals (2-9, 5.34 ERA) and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (7-6, 5.10) will be looking for vintage performances.Hammel, who won 15 games for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs in 2016, has lost four straight starts -- in which the Royals have scored a total of five runs. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The graduate of South Kitsap High School in nearby Port Orchard, Wash., is 3-3 with a 3.53 ERA in eight career appearances against Seattle, including seven starts.Hernandez, the American League's 2010 Cy Young Award winner, is 6-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 15 career starts against the Royals. Winning Sports Handicappers. That includes an 8-3 victory on April 10 in Kansas City in which he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits.
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MLB Game Preview: Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSWhite Sox look to rebound after getting blasted by Rangers 2h ago. 2 min read Texas was expected to be one of the major leagues' top power teams this season despite being in rebuilding mode.The Rangers proved that premise to be true when they flexed their considerable muscle on Friday and ripped five home runs, three of them in the first two innings, to set the tone in an 11-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.The White Sox will try to get back on track with left-hander Carlos Rodon (1-2, 3.70 ERA) taking the hill Saturday to oppose ageless Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.72).The Rangers' win provided a night off for closer Keone Kela, who on Wednesday saved his 20th game in 20 chances, the longest season-opening streak in club history. Kela broke Francisco Cordero's 2004 record of 19 consecutive saves and now has converted 22 straight chances dating to May 2017.The 22 consecutive saves constitute the third-longest streak in Texas history. Kela is nine saves shy of tying Joe Nathan's club record of 31 consecutive converted saves in 2012."It's a nice comfort zone to have," Rangers manager Jeff Banister told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about Kela. "Most of the saves have been clean innings. (It has been fun) to watch the maturation process of Key out there on a nightly basis being able to calm it down and just go pitch by pitch." It looks as if the White Sox will be without right-hander Miguel Gonzales for a while longer. Gonzales, who has been on the 60-day disabled list since April 18 with right rotator cuff inflammation, returned from his rehab assignment after experiencing soreness in a throwing session after the start for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday."It's a little setback, " White Sox manager Rick Renteria told mlb.com about Gonzales' situation. "He still felt a little something so he's going to be re-seen, re-evaluated, and we'll see where we go from there." Gonzalez opened the season in the rotation but was 0-3 with a 12.41 ERA before landing on the disabled list. Handicappers Free Picks. This is the second time he has had to restart his rehab.Rodon is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season. It will be his third start on the road and fifth career start against Texas. He picked up the win in his last start on June 24 at home against Oakland when he allowed two runs and seven hits with three strikeouts in eight innings.Rodon is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA and .245 opponents' average in his previous starts against the Rangers.Colon will head to the mound for the 17th time this season and make his 15th start. He enters with 244 career wins, most in MLB h istory by a native of the Dominican Republic. He recently passed Juan Marichal (243) and is one win shy of matching Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez (245) for most victories by a native of Latin America.Colon ranks among AL leaders in pitches per inning (fifth, 15.0) and SO/BB ratio (ninth, 4.15) but has also permitted 19 home runs, third most in the AL. He will pitch on an extra days' rest after taking loss in the Rangers' 2-0 defeat on Sunday at Minnesota.The former White Sox pitcher (12 starts in 2009) did not face Chicago in the clubs' earlier series. He is 11-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 24 career appearances (all starts) against Chicago.
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MLB Game Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSYankees take on Red Sox, Sale 3h ago. 3 min read NEW YORK -- Greg Bird was rehabbing a right ankle injury for the first six meetings between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.He carried a .191 average and several frustrating at-bats into Friday's series opener. Sports Picks Today. Then he slugged two homers and possibly gave the Yankees something to think about with the first baseman's playing time against left-handers Chris Sale and David Price and the final two games.While Bird could get the game off, his New York temmates will get a crack at solving Sale on Saturday night in the second game of three-game series against Boston at Yankee Stadium.Bird posted his second career multi-homer game and the Yankees opened the series by hitting four homers in an 8-1 rout on Fr iday. After homering twice, Bird is batting 204 (19-for-93) in 29 games since coming off the disabled list."Perhaps, I think about that a little bit," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "It was really good to see Birdie impact the ball. I was happy for him and that's something that can kind of jump-start him a little bit because what we believe he brings is that left-handed on-base, power guy in this ballpark." If Bird is in the lineup, he will be getting his first career at-bats against Sale. If Bird is not in the lineup, it could be Brandon Drury or Neil Walker at first base.Regardless if Bird plays, the Yankees were glad to see him homer to left-center field and right-center field against Eduardo Rodriguez in the fifth and Justin Haley in the eighth."It's only a matter of time," Yankees right-fielder Aaron Judge said of Bird. "It takes a lot of time to kind of get in that groove." Sale is 7-4 with a 2.56 ERA this season but r olling of late.He is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts and in the last four starts has totaled 43 strikeouts in 28 innings while allowing a paltry .155 average.Sale last pitched Sunday when he allowed four hits and struck out 13 in a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. Sale posted his second straight double-digit strikeout game, sixth this season and ended the outing by fanning Mike Zunino with a 100.5 mph fastball -- the fastest pitch of his career.This season as the Red Sox attempt to keep Sale fresh for the final months of the year, his velocity is steadily increasing. His average fastball was 92.5 in April, 95.6 in May and 97.0 this month."I think it's just getting back into a little bit better rhythm," Sale said of his increase in velocity. "I've been saying the same thing over the last three or four starts -- it's feeling good and getting into that tempo and getting back into a little bit better rhythm than I had been starting the y ear. I put a lot of work into it. I'm glad where we're at." If Sale posts double-digit strikeouts Saturday, it will mark the fourth time he has at least 10 strikeouts in three straight games."A lot of people get caught up on strikeouts," Sale said. "They're nice, but at the end of the day your job is to pitch as deep into that game as you can and keep as few runs off the board (as possible)." Sale enters the game with 153 strikeouts, two ahead of Houston's Gerrit Cole for the league lead. He also is hoping to see his teammates produce a better offensive showing after losing for the second time in eight games.The left-hander faced the Yankees on April 10 in a 14-1 win at Fenway Park. He is 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts) against the Yankees.While Mookie Betts was 2-for-4 and had his 25th multi-hit game, J. D. Martinez was 0-for-4 and is now hitless in his last nine at-bats.New York will counter with Sonny Gray, who is 5-5 with a 4.93 ERA.Gray is 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA in his last five starts since lasting 3 2/3 innings in an 11-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on May 26. His last outing was last Saturday in Tampa Bay when he allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 4-0 loss.Gray faced the Red Sox on April 12 in Boston when he allowed six runs and seven hits in a season-low three innings of a 6-3 loss. Since joining the Yankees, he is 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox. For his career, Gray is 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA in seven games against Boston.
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MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSDodgers' Maeda looks to continue success against Rockies 12m ago. 2 min read LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda will take the mound Saturday against a Colorado Rockies team that he has had success against over the past three years.Colorado Rockies starter German Marquez will take the mound Saturday on the road, where he has been excellent outside of the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.Something has to give at Dodger Stadium in a nationally televised game, when Dodgers right-hander Maeda (5-4, 3.44 ERA) faces off against Rockies right-hander Marquez (5-8, 5.53).The Rockies won the first game of the series 3-1 on Friday, and Maeda will try halt the Dodgers' two-game losing streak.Since returning from the disabled list after being sidelined by a hip strain, Maeda has posted a 2.87 ERA over three starts, including a scor eless seven-inning outing Monday against the Chicago Cubs when he struck out nine and picked up the win.The nine strikeouts were reminiscent of his best stretch of the season before his injury, when he struck out 32 batters over 24 1/3 innings, including a season-best 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Rockies on May 23."Ever since coming off the DL, feeling-wise, this is the best I have felt," Maeda said through an interpreter, after holding the Cubs in check during a 2-1 Dodgers victory Monday. "Overall it was a much better feeling coming into this game than the other ones." Especially troublesome for the Rockies is that Maeda figures to be fresh for Saturday's outing, having thrown just 84 pitches in his latest start. Documented Handicappers. Then there is this: Maeda is 5-2 in eight career appearances (six starts) with a 2.11 ERA against the Rockies w ith 48 strikeouts.Marquez has struggled lately, having gone 1-4 in June with an 8.53 ERA, but there is no doubting his road success this year. He has a 7.93 ERA at home, but that mark falls off dramatically to 3.07 in 41 innings on the road. In fact, the Rockies have won four of Marquez's seven road starts this season.Marquez is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.His two outings against them this season have been a mixed bag. On May 21 in Los Angeles, Marquez gave up one run over seven innings in a 2-1 Rockies victory. On June 2 at Colorado, he gave up four runs over six innings, although he didn't factor into the decision as the Dodgers rolled to a 12-4 victory.In his four starts since then, Marquez has given up at least five runs in each time. He gave up a combined 10 runs (nine earned) in his last two starts, both of which came at home."I know I have been in the league two years and if I execute my pitches, it doesn't matter how long they have known me," Marquez told reporters, through an interpreter, after he gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in an eventual 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. "It's about me executing my pitches.Marquez will face a Dodgers team that has 54 home runs in June, the most in franchise history for a single month.
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MLB Game Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. St Louis Cardinals - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSCardinals hope to get offense going against Braves 2h ago. 2 min read In games where the St. Louis Cardinals hit homers and pitch well, they generally walk off the field with a win.But on nights where they can't connect with the long ball, they don't consistently make up for it with situational hitting or defense. Friday night's 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves was another example of that trend rearing its ugly head.After failing to cash in leadoff walks in the bottom of the first against Braves starter Julio Teheran, St. Louis simply couldn't crack the code. It eventually caught up with the Cardinals as they were held to one run for their second straight game.For St. Louis (42-38) to even the series Saturday night at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals will have to do a better job of converting runners in scoring position into runs whil e not giving up extra outs defensively. Sports Tipsters. The Cardinals' three errors Friday night marked their 17th multi-error game in 80 games.St. Louis is on a pace to commit more than 130 miscues this year, continuing a three-season trend of below-average defense. Permitting good teams like Atlanta (46-34) four or five outs in an inning is a recipe for disaster.The Braves started a 10-game road trip with a positive result. Sports Picks Today. Third baseman Johan Camargo was the offensive star, going 3-for-5 with two runs and a two-run double off Jordan Hicks in the eighth that broke open a 1-0 game."Baseball is all about its ups and downs," Camargo said. "For me, it's all about maintaining the focus and just staying the path." Atlanta essentially heeded Camargo's credo, bouncing back from consecutive series losses against last-place teams Baltimore and Cincinnati. It will turn to left-hander Max Fried (0-2, 4.09 ERA) on Saturday to secure a series win.Fried is replacing veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who was put on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a knee injury. A former first-round pick of San Diego, Fried will make his first start since going five innings and giving up one earned run on May 28 in a no-decision against the New York Mets.It will be the second career appearance against the Cardinals for Fried, who last year tossed a scoreless inning in relief against them.Right-hander Luke Weaver (4-6, 4.59) will look for his second straight win for St. Louis. Weaver shrugged off a rough first inning Sunday in Milwaukee to grab an 8-2 win, fanning a season-high nine over 5 2/3 innings while yielding two runs off five hits and two walks.Weaver needed 32 pitches to make it through a two-run first inning, but started finding the range with his off-speed pitches. Handicapper Return on Investment. That made his fastball play bigger, and he rolled through the middle innings while the Cardinals bombed Jhoulys Chacin out of the box with five runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth."The first inning, it was like, 'Here we go again.' It means a lot for him to right the ship," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny told mlb.com.Weaver, who snapped a seven-start winless streak in Milwaukee, will make his first career appearance against the Braves.
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MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSNationals look for consecutive wins against Phillies 26m ago. 2 min read The Washington Nationals' bats finally came alive Friday night. Picks and Parlays. They hope that offense shows up again Saturday as the Nationals attempt to win two straight games for the first time in more than three weeks.After a 17-7 rout on Friday night, the Nationals can pull even with the Philadelphia Phillies for second place in the National League East with a win Saturday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.Washington hit seven home runs against the Phillies on Friday, including two by rookie Juan Soto and the 20th of the season from Bryce Harper. Make Money Betting Sports. The team scored 17 runs on 18 hits in the win after comb ining for three runs on 12 hits in its previous three games.The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Nationals, who are 9-15 in June and have not won consecutive games since June 5-6. Still, they are 42-38 on the season and one game behind the Phillies in the division.Right-hander Vince Velasquez (5-8, 4.69 ERA) will try to keep the Phillies in second place on Saturday.With one exception, Velasquez has been reliable for the Phillies over the last two months. Las Vegas Handicappers. The hard-throwing righty has allowed fewer than three earned runs in seven of his last 10 starts. He allowed 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 8 but has a 2.73 ERA in his other nine starts dating back to May 5.Velasquez, who averages 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings, had seven strikeouts in six innings against the Yankees on Monday. He gave up two runs on three hits and four walks in the outing an d took the loss as the Phillies' offense struggled in the 4-2 defeat."I had a couple walks here and there, and I had to pitch around some guys," Velasquez told reporters after the game. "It's a tough lineup to face." Saturday's start will be Velasquez's sixth in his career against Washington. He is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA and 1.333 WHIP in his first five starts. This season, Velasquez held the Nationals to one run on one hit and four walks over five innings in a May 5 start in which he got the win.Jeremy Hellickson is expected to be activated off the disabled list and make the Saturday start for the Nationals. Hellickson (2-0, 2.28) strained his right hamstring in a June 3 start and has not pitched since.He made a rehab start for Class A Potomac last Sunday and gave up 11 runs in 4 2/3 innings. But he said he felt healthy after the outing."Physically, I felt fine," Hellickson told the Washington Post last week. "I mean, obvious ly not how I wanted it to go, but I felt fine. Felt my stuff was pretty good. Just command was a little shaky, but (my) hammy was 100 percent." Hellickson was solid before the injury. He posted a 1.30 ERA and .548 opponent OPS in five starts during May, and the Nationals won each of those outings.Hellickson pitched for the Phillies in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In his only career start against Philadelphia, Hellickson did not allow an earned run in eight innings while with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2015 season.
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MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETS'The Replacements' keep Brewers rolling past Reds 2h ago. 3 min read The strength of a contending club often isn't determined by who plays every day, but who plays only every few days. Or every few weeks. Or even every few months.The Milwaukee Brewers were concerned when they began their Friday night game in Cincinnati with two injured starting outfielders, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, then lost the other starter, Ryan Braun, to lower back tightness in the seventh inning.But manager Craig Counsell plugged in exactly the right pieces, and a spare outfield group that probably should be called "The Replacements" keyed an 8-2 victory over the Reds.How's this for a couple of fills-in, who did nothing except fill up the box score: Keon Broxton was 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBIs, a run stolen by some alert baserunni ng and an exceptional sliding catch.And Hernan Perez, who came in after Braun was hurt, contributed a two-run double to start a five-run ninth inning."They (the Brewers outfield) have been the workhorse of this team, so I've got to come in and fill their spot while they're down. It was a good night," said Broxton, who played in only his third game this season.Because their bench came through yet again -- on Thursday night, part-time starter Eric Thames hit his third consecutive game-winning homer against the Reds -- the Brewers can assure them of winning the four-game series by taking Saturday's game at Great American Ball Park."It speaks to our depth again ... we've had a couple of games like that where (bench players) make meaningful contributions," Counsell said. "With Yelich down, we're counting on Keon, so it's got to be a good feeling for him." The last-place Reds had won nine of 10 coming in to the series, but stil l can't seem to solve the Brewers, who have won seven of eight games against Cincinnati. Milwaukee owns the National League's best record at 48-33."These guys have been battling all year and they're in a good spot right now, so I'm trying to do my best to keep them right there," Broxton said.Milwaukee will send out right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (6-3), who has lost his last two decisions, on Saturday to face Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle (6-6), who has won his last three decisions during a span of six starts."We've got to play better. ... Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. Their pitching kind of stifled us the last two nights," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We've got to turn it back on ... crank it up again with our bats." Yelich sat out with a lower back issue. He's listed as day to day -- and so Broxton made his second start since being recalled from T riple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.Broxton had an RBI single in the second against Sal Romano (4-8), then hit the first of his two homers to make the score 2-0 in the fourth. Sports Handicapper Records. Then, with Milwaukee up 2-1 in the eighth after reliever Michael Lorenzen's homer for the Reds, Broxton appeared to be caught off third by Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart.But he eluded a tag by falling down, then scored as Orlando Arcia distracted the Reds by allowing himself to be tagged off second.Broxton finished quite an evening's work with a two-run homer in the ninth and a stretched-out catch of Scooter Gennett's drive into the right-center field gap with two runners on base."He's been up and down (from the minors) a little bit, but he's very talented," Riggleman said of Broxton, who hit only .220 while spending most of last season with Milwaukee. "He can do a lot of things -- he can hit with power, he can run and he plays great defense." The Reds didn't do much against Brewers starter Chase Anderson, who limited them to one other hit besides Lorenzen's homer in six innings, and relievers Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Dan Jennings.Now, the Brewers would like to get Chacin straightened out. His ERA jumped from 3.18 to 3.82 as he gave up eight runs, nine hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings during an 8-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Chacin is 2-3 in nine career games against the Reds. He didn't get the decision during a 6-5 Brewers win on April 30.In Mahle's only previous start against the Brewers, Thames beat him with a two-run homer in a 2-0 Milwaukee win on April 18.
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MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSAiling Angels look to make it two straight at Orioles 3h ago. 2 min read BALTIMORE -- The Los Angeles Angels broke a six-game losing streak on Friday night. Winning Sports Handicappers. They hit two homers and scored a 7-1 victory over the slumping Baltimore Orioles.That's a step in the right direction for a team that's struggled lately, and the Angels hope to keep moving forward in the second game of this weekend series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET at Camden Yards.The Angels have been battered by injuries, and manager Mike Scioscia is hoping they can turn things around."It's been tough," Scioscia said. "We've been banged up, a lot of injuries. When you lose the top guys in your rotation and a lot of starters, it's tough. We're just grinding th rough a rough stretch right now, so we're just trying to turn it around." The Angels (42-41) will send left-hander Tyler Skaggs (6-5, 2.69 ERA) to pitch Saturday versus Baltimore's Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.70).Skaggs has been effective in June, going 3-1 with an 0.67 ERA. He lost his last start, on Monday against the Royals, despite giving up just one run in seven innings.He has no record or ERA after pitching just once against the Orioles, who now have lost six in a row. Skagg's only appearance against Baltimore was a start in 2014, when he pitched shutout ball over 4 2/3 innings, allowing no hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.Cashner has struggled at times this season but also thrown well despite not getting much help from his team's bats. He has not recorded a win since May 21.Cashner has made five career appearances, including two starts, against the Angels and has a 1-0 mark with a 3.94 ERA.The Orioles' already injury-riddled bullpen took an other hit when the team said Friday that reliever Darren O'Day, on the disabled list with a left hamstring injury, is deciding whether to have surgery on the leg.The sidewinder has been moved to the 60-day disabled list, so he won't be back until at least late August. He injured the hamstring when trying to field a bunt against Seattle earlier this week.Baltimore made a flurry of moves Friday. Sports Handicapping Sites. The Orioles recalled left-hander Paul Fry and right-hander Ryan Meisinger from Triple-A Norfolk.Both made their major league debuts in Friday's loss. Meisinger came in first, and the right-hander allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Fry also went 1 2/3 innings but did not give up a run. Sports Illustrated Picks. The left-hander struck out the first two hitters he faced -- including Mike Trout.The Orioles also optioned starters/long men Jimmy Yacabonis and Yefry Ramirez back to Norfolk after they combined to pitch nine innings versus the Mariners Thursday. In a separate move, the Orioles designated infielder Corban Joseph (brother of catcher Caleb) for assignment.Baltimore now stands at 23-58 at the halfway point, one of the worst records in major league history. In addition, the Orioles have lost 16 of their past 17 home games.Still, manager Buck Showalter is holding out hope that the team can do something positive in the final 81 games and wants the Orioles to believe that also."(The first half) has been tougher on our fans and our players (than on me)," Showalter said. "As tough and as bad as things have been for 81 games, they can be just as good the other way around."
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MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics - Date: 6/30/2018 TICKETSTICKETSStreaking A's take on Indians 15m ago. 2 min read OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics fans will get a chance to see their new record-tying pitcher in person for the first time Saturday when right-hander Edwin Jackson takes the mound against the Cleveland Indians.The 34-year-old Jackson (0-0, 1.50 ERA) made history Monday when he pitched a 5-4 win for the A's at Detroit.Oakland became Jackson's 13th team in his 16-year career, allowing Jackson to tie a former member of the A's, Octavio Dotel, for most major league franchises in a career.Jackson did not get a decision in his A's debut despite allowing just one run and six hits in six innings. He has, however, had a lot of success against the Indians in his career.Jackson has pitched 15 times, 13 as a starter, against Cleveland in his career, going 9-1 with a 2.76 ERA.The ni ne wins are the fifth-most for an active Indians opponent, trailing just Justin Verlander (20) and three players he can tie with a win Saturday -- Zack Greinke (10), David Price (10) and Rick Porcello (10).The .900 winning percentage is the second-best among active pitchers with five or more career decisions against the Indians, trailing only another former A's pitcher, Gio Gonzalez (6-0).Jackson admitted thoroughly enjoying Monday's comeback effort."It's a lot of fun pitching in games like that, kind of the new guy and wanting to set a good first impression," he said.Jackson could have a similar feeling Saturday as it will be his first home game as a member of the A's. He has pitched two previous games in Oakland, both as a visitor, going 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA.The veteran will be backed by an A's team that has won five in a row and 11 of its last 13. Best Sports Handicapping Services. T he A's also won eight of their last nine against the Indians dating back to 2016.Not surprisingly, given his 15 previous years in the majors, Jackson has a significant history against several members of the Indians, including Yonder Alonso, who has gone 7-for-16 (.438) with two doubles and two home runs against his fellow ex-San Diego Padre.Alonso also is no stranger to Oakland, having represented the A's in the 2017 All-Star Game, after hitting 22 home runs in 100 games, before getting dealt to the Seattle Mariners.The 31-year-old credits A's manager Bob Melvin for helping him get the three-year, $24 million contract he received from the Indians in free agency over the winter."It's always nice to come back here," Alonso said Friday. "They gave me a huge opportunity that I'm really thankful for." Cleveland will counter on the mound Saturday with rookie right-hander Adam Plutko (4-1, 4.65), who has never faced the A's.Like Jackson, Plutko is coming off a successful outing against Detroit, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings in a 12-2 win last Sunday.He'll find himself having to deal with one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball, Oakland second/third baseman Jed Lowrie, who contributed a home run to Friday's 3-1 win in the series opener.Lowrie has four singles, three doubles and three home runs in his last five games.
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