Friday, August 31, 2018

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Oakland Athletics (7) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Oakland Athletics (7) - Date: 8/31/2018 Piscotty, Chapman power A's in 7-5 win over Mariners6m ago. 2 min read OAKLAND,Calif. Stephen Piscotty and Matt Chapman homered, Matt Olson had three hits and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Friday night.Oakland pulled 1 1/2 games behind first-place Houston - which lost to the Los Angeles Angels - in the AL West, and extended its lead for the second wild card over Seattle to 5 1/2 games.The A's have won 20 of their last 29 games and are 26-13 since the All-Star break.The Mariners have lost four of their last five.After squandering an early 5-0 lead, the A's scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth and then turned to their shutdown bullpen, which combined for 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Mike Fiers was rocked in his shortest outing of the season.Yusmeiro Petit (6-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.Blake Treinen worked a scoreless ninth for his 34th save after Fernando Rodney, Lee Trivino and Jeurys Familia each pitched one inning.Olson singled leading off the fifth and scored the go-ahead run on Ramon Laureano's sacrifice fly.The A's extended their lead to 7-5 in the sixth when Khris Davis singled in Jed Lowrie.Fiers gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings in his worst start since coming to Oakland in a trade with the Tigers on Aug. 6.Piscotty's 19th home run - a two-run shot to left off Mariners starter Mike Leake - highlighted a five-run first inning in which the A's sent nine men to the plate.Chapman started the inning with his 22nd home run - a solo shot to left - and Olson had an RBI double.Leake (8-9) gave up six runs and 11 hits with two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He lost his fourth straight decision and is winless in his last 11 starts.DEALThe A's acquired RHP Cory Gearrin from the Texas Rangers. RHP Paul Blackburn was transferred to the 6 0-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.ALSOThe A's recalled outfielder Dustin Fowler from Triple-A Nashville on Friday. He was 0 for 5 in his first game back. ... Mariners RF Mitch Haniger extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Point Shaving. The A's are 66-0 when leading after eight innings.TRAINER'S ROOMMariners: SS Jean Segura was out of Friday's lineup with a deep bone bruise in his left shin. He suffered the injury fouling a ball off his leg on Wednesday in a game against San Diego. ... LHP Marco Gonzales (neck muscle strain) threw on flat ground for a second straight day on Friday, but it's not known when he'll throw a bullpen session, the next step in his recovery, manager Scott Servais said. Gonzales went on the DL Aug. 27, retroactive to Aug. 24.Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (left forearm strain) threw on flat ground on Friday.UP NEXTMariners LHP James Paxton (10-5, 3.68 ERA) will make his start since going on the DL with a left forearm contusion on Aug. 15. A's RHP Daniel Mengden (6-6, 4.28) is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against Seattle.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (0) vs. San Diego Padres (7) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (0) vs. San Diego Padres (7) - Date: 8/31/2018 Kennedy backed by 3 HRs as Padres beat Rockies 7-07m ago. 2 min read SAN DIEGO Brett Kennedy pitched six strong innings, and Franmil Reyes, Luis Urias and Wil Myers all homered to lead the San Diego Padres to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.Reyes, who had a walk-off shot in the 13th inning Thursday night, went deep in the fourth inning. Urias added his first career homer, a two-run blast, in the five-run eighth, which preceded Myers' long fly.With the loss the Rockies fell into third place in the NL West, but remained 1 1/2 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks.Kennedy (1-2) had the longest outing in the rookie right-hander's six career starts, giving up four hits, two walks and hitting a batter. He struck out two as the Padres won their season-high fourth straight game while started rookies in each of the wins.Th e Padres' bullpen, which allowed one earned run in seven innings of relief Thursday, was keen once again. Matt Stahm and Phil Maton pitched one inning each and Rowan Wick, making his major league debut, got the final three outs.Colorado didn't not having multiple baserunners aboard until the sixth inning. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Rockies were struggling so bad they asked Nolan Arenado, who has more RBIs (545) than any player since 2014 and 91 this year, to sacrifice bunt when Carlos Gonazalez opened the sixth with a walk.Arenado advanced Gonzalez to second, but he was stranded. Galvis snagged Trevor Story's liner and David Dahl struck out.The Rockies have gone 16 straight innings in the series without scoring against the Padres.Antonio Senzatela (4-5) pitched six innings and gave up a run and four hits.Galvis provided an additional cushion in the seventh when he drove in Austin Hedges with an RBI single off reliever Seunghwan Oh. Hedges reached on a one-out double.Reyes, who is only four homers off Hunter Renfroe's team-high 17, struck again with a laser to left-center in the fourth inning. Senzatela presented a center-cut, 93 mph fastball and Reyes, a call-up from Triple-A El Paso on Aug. 4, didn't let the mistake get by. It extended the rookie outfielder's hitting streak to six games and he has gone deep in nine of his last 10 contests. Over that span he has four homers and a double.TRAINER'S ROOMPadres: RHP Bryan Mitchell (elbow) will come off the disabled list and get the start in Monday's game at Arizona. Mitchell last pitched on June 6.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Jon Gray (10-7, 4.76) has seen Colorado win four of his five starts since returning from Triple-A Albuquerque on Aug. 5. Gray is 7-3 in 14 career starts against the Padres, which includes a 3-1 mark this year.Padres: LHP Robbie Erlin (3-4, 3.69) will make his seventh appearance and second start against the Rockies this year in the third contest of the four-game series. He's pitched to a 2.61 ERA with the Rockies hitting just .205 against him. He went five innings, allowing three runs and five hits at Colorado in a start on Aug. 21 for the win.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Portland State (19) vs. Nevada (72) - 8/31/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: Portland State (19) vs. Nevada (72) - Date: 8/31/2018 Sep 01, 2018 RENO, Nev. Ty Gangi threw three touchdown passes to McLane Mannix and Nevada cruised past FCS-member Portland State 72-19 on Friday night in a season opener for both teams. Nevada had five 40-plus-yard touchdowns. Daniel Brown returned an interception 42 yards, Mannix scored from 47 and 58 yards out, Jaxson Kincaide added a 73-yard grab and Romeo Doubs went 80 yards on a punt return. It was the fifth-highest scoring output in Nevada's history and the most in its FBS era, which began in 1992. Gangi was 16-of-26 passing for 342 yards and three TDs, and Mannix caught four passes for 132 yards. Doubs gave Nevada its first punt return touchdown since 2011. Nevada scored 23 unanswered points for a 23-9 lead and it was 30-19 at halftime before the Wolf Pack took control with 42 straight points. Soccer Tipsters. Touchdowns on six straight drives put Nevada ahead 58-19.

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (1) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (1) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - Date: 8/31/2018 Moncada, Davidson lead White Sox over Red Sox 6-17m ago. 2 min read CHICAGO Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson homered, prized prospect Michael Kopech combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and the Chicago White Sox waited out a long rain delay to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Friday.Major league-leading Boston had won three in a row, including a 9-4 victory in the opener of the four-game set. Its advantage in the AL Central was trimmed to 7 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who rallied for a 7-5 win over Detroit.Moncada made it 3-0 with a two-run drive against Nathan Eovaldi (5-7) in the first inning. Davidson added a three-run shot off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh as the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games.In his first outing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2014, the hard-throwing Kopech gave up one hit in three innings. He also hit two batters before a downpour with Chicago batting in the third cut his third major league start short.The game was delayed for 2 hours, 9 minutes.Dylan Covey (5-12) then tossed three-hit ball over three-plus innings. Juan Minaya gave up a run in two innings and Ian Hamilton worked the ninth.Boston's Andrew Benintendi homered in the eighth. Xander Bogaerts picked up his first career ejection when he got called out on strikes two batters later.Eovaldi gave up three runs and three hits in losing his third straight start.TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: Manager Alex Cora said LHP David Price (bruised left wrist) ''most likely'' won't make his scheduled start next week at Atlanta. He still is sore and hasn't thrown since he was struck on his pitching wrist by a line drive against Miami on Wednesday. ... LHP Chris Sale (mild inflammation in pitching shoulder) threw long toss and on flat ground after playing catch the previous f our days. Best Sports Handicappers. Though the Red Sox haven't set a return date, Cora thinks Sale will make a few starts before the playoffs. ... Sports Handicapper Picks. The Red Sox plan to activate C Christian Vazquez (broken finger) prior to Saturday's game. He has not played since July 7.UP NEXTRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (11-3, 3.44 ERA) makes his first start since July 14, after being sidelined by a sprained right ankle.White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-3, 2.70 ERA) is 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA over his past nine starts.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (0) vs. San Francisco Giants (7) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (0) vs. San Francisco Giants (7) - Date: 8/31/2018 Suarez outduels Wheeler as Giants defeat punchless Mets 7-09m ago. 2 min read SAN FRANCISCO A pair of Giants making their major league debuts drove in the game's first two runs, and rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez outdueled Zack Wheeler as San Francisco beat the New York Mets 7-0 on Friday night.Chris Shaw, an outfielder called up earlier in the day to replace the traded Andrew McCutchen, lofted a sacrifice fly to center in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie. Shaw had struck out in his previous two at-bats.Catcher Aramis Garcia, also making his first major league appearance, homered leading off the eighth for the Giants' second run. He also had struck out in his first two big league at-bats.After giving up a first-inning double to Jeff McNeil, Suarez (6-9) retired 17 straight batters until hitting McNeil with a pitch leading off th e seventh. He then gave up a bloop single to Austin Jackson, but worked out of the jam by getting Jay Bruce to hit into an inning-ending double play.Suarez allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out five out and walking none. Sports Handicapping Software. Tony Watson worked the eighth and Ty Blach pitched the ninth to complete the three-hitter.Wheeler (9-7) was almost as good, striking out nine and walking none while allowing four hits and one run over seven innings. It was his first loss since June 22 - he had won seven straight decisions.Garcia's homer came off Robert Gsellman. Belt added a two-run triple later in the inning off Daniel Zamora, and Austin Slater, Gorkys Hernandez and Garcia followed with RBI singles off Drew Smith.The debuts of Shaw and Garcia marked the first time two position players had made their first big league appearance in the same game for the Giants since first baseman Will Clark and second baseman Robby Thompson debuted on April 8, 1986, at Houston.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: Third baseman David Wright, who has not played since May 2016 while having three surgeries for neck, back and shoulder injuries, rejoined the club to continue his rehabilitation. He is still on the disabled list but said he hopes to be activated sometime in September.Giants: Catcher Buster Posey, who had right hip surgery on Monday, was on crutches when he visited the Giants' clubhouse before the game. His recovery time is expected to be six to eight months.UP NEXTLHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.36 ERA), who tied his season high by going seven innings in his previous outing, takes the mound for the Mets in the second game of the series. LHP Derek Holland (7-8, 3.65) starts for the Giants, who have won five of his last six starts, although he's only gotten credit for victories in two of those games.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3) - Date: 8/31/2018 Dodgers rally to beat D-backs 3-2, Jansen earns 33rd save6m ago. 2 min read LOS ANGELES Justin Turner homered on Zack Greinke's first pitch of the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Friday night.Los Angeles began the day two games behind Arizona in the NL West and 2 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.In the ninth, the Dodgers announced they had acquired third baseman David Freese from the Pirates in exchange for minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez.Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 33rd save. Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out, but Jansen struck out David Peralta and retired Eduardo Escobar on a grounder to shortstop.The All-Star closer had been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances. He was sidelined by an irregular heartbeat.Enrique Hernandez tied it at 2 with a pinch-hit homer off Greinke with two out in the seventh.Dylan Floro (5-3) got the win with one strikeout in one inning of relief.Greinke (13-9) gave up six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Winning Sports Handicappers. The former Dodger struck out five and walked one.Goldschmidt slugged a two-run shot, his 31st of the season, in the first. Goldschmidt has reached base in 43 straight road games, extending his club record.Joc Pederson's RBI single in the third left the Dodgers trailing 2-1.The D-backs had the potential go-ahead run on third base in the eighth. Ketel Marte reached on an error by Floro, got sacrificed to second by Greinke and took third on Floro's wild pitch. But Steven Souza Jr. grounded out to Floro to end the inning.TRAINER'S ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow tightness) played long toss with a plan to increase his worklo ad next week. ... OF Jarrod Dyson (right groin strain) was set to have three at-bats in a game with Triple-A Reno on Friday night.Dodgers: RHP John Axford (right fibula fracture) is off crutches and playing catch in Arizona, but has yet to throw a bullpen or face hitters. ... RHP Ross Stripling (low back inflammation) threw a bullpen and came out of it well. Sports Cappers. The team has yet to decide on a plan for him.UP NEXTPatrick Corbin (10-5, 3.15 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks against fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 2.39 ERA). Corbin is 1-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Since the All-Star break, Kershaw is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA, 46 strikeouts and three walks.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: San Diego State (10) vs. Stanford (31) - 8/31/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: San Diego State (10) vs. Stanford (31) - Date: 8/31/2018 Sep 01, 2018 STANFORD, Calif. JJ Arcega-Whiteside caught three TD passes from K. J. Costello to overcome a slow night by Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love and No. 13 Stanford opened the season with a 31-10 victory over San Diego State on Friday. Love was held to 29 yards on 18 carries as the Aztecs focused their defense on stopping the man who led all Power 5 backs with 2,118 yards rushing last season. After a slow start in the opener for both teams, the Cardinal made San Diego State pay for that decision. Costello connected with Arcega-Whiteside on a 38-yard score in the second quarter and then on plays from 19 and 80 yards in the third quarter as the Aztecs defensive backs struggled to contend with Stanford's big receiver. Arcega-Whiteside finished with six catches for 226 yards. Costello added a 19-yard TD pass to Colby Parkinson in the fo urth quarter to break open what had been a close game for more than a half. Costello finished 21 for 31 for 332 yards and four TDs. Free Sports Picks Forum. The game turned following an odd sequence late in the first half. Noble Hall intercepted a deflected pass for San Diego State but then lost the ball when Stanford receiver Trent Irwin raced back and knocked it loose before recovering the fumble. Winning Sports Handicappers. Three plays later, Costello found Arcega-Whiteside deep for a 38-yard TD pass that gave Stanford a 9-7 lead at the half. Sports Handicapping Services. The Aztecs had scored first behind talented back Juwan Washington, who gashed Stanford with runs of 22, 10 and 40 yards on a 92-yard drive that ended with his 4-yard score. THE TAKEAWAYSan Diego State: The Aztecs looks like they have another dynamic back to follow 2,000-yard rushers Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny, who led the way the past two years. Washington ran for a career-high 158 yards on 24 carries, gaining 84 on the first TD drive and adding a 39-yard run in the third quarter. He will need more help on offense as the season goes on for San Diego State to be successful. Stanford: The game got off to an inauspicious start with the Cardinal calling a timeout before the first snap of the season. Jet Toner missed a 38-yard field goal on the opening drive and the offense struggled to get going early as the Aztecs bottled up Love. Stanford finally got on the board midway through the second quarter when Jake Bailey's 63-yard punt went out of bounds at the 1 and Bobby Okereke sacked Christian Chapman in the end zone. UP NEXTSan Diego State: Host Sacramento State on Sept. 8. Stanford: Host No. 15 Southern California on Sept. 8. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Col legefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Western Kentucky (3) vs. Wisconsin (34) - 8/31/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: Western Kentucky (3) vs. Wisconsin (34) - Date: 8/31/2018 Sep 01, 2018 MADISON, Wis. Jonathan Taylor had two long touchdown runs, Alex Hornibrook threw for 257 yards and two scores and No. 4 Wisconsin opened the season with a 34-3 victory over Western Kentucky on Friday night. A young defense working in seven new starters forced two turnovers inside Wisconsin's 5 . A. J. Taylor paced the short-handed receiving corps with five catches for 85 yards, while Garrett Groshek turned a screen pass into a 43-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for a 31-point lead. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Badgers finished with a flurry, scoring on five of six drives after punting on three of their first four possessions. Leave it to Jonathan Taylor to get the offense going. He finished with 145 yards on 18 carries, even watching most of the fourth quarter f rom the sideline with the game well in hand for Wisconsin. Sports Illustrated Picks. The dynamic back picked up right where he left off last year, when he rushed for an FBS-record 1,977 yards as a freshman. Money Cappers. Three tight ends and the Badgers' burly offensive line helped spring Taylor for a 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Taylor scored from 30 yards with 3:48 left in the second quarter as the Badgers closed the first half with 14 unanswered points. He had 100 yards and 11 carries by the half, when the Badgers held a 24-0 lead. Drew Eckels was 15 of 26 for 167 yards in his first career start for the Hilltoppers, while also running for 38 yards on seven carries. Known as a passing team last season in coach Mike Sanford's first season, Western Kentucky tried to keep Wisconsin off-balance early with read-option plays. It didn&# 39;t really work. The Hilltoppers punted on the first six possessions, including four three-and-outs. A trick play flopped too when receiver Quin Jernighan's fluttering pass for Eckels from the 10 was picked off by cornerback Faion Hicks in the third quarter. Preseason All-American linebacker T. J. Edwards had seven tackles for the Badgers. THE TAKEAWAYWestern Kentucky: The defense posed an early challenge up front with pressures and blitzes against Wisconsin's vaunted line. Hornibrook was sacked three times and missed a couple throws to open receivers in the first half. But a Conference USA team picked to finish fifth in its division, couldn't take advantage of the Badgers' slow start. Wisconsin: A young secondary featuring three first-year starters had a solid opener. Safety Scott Nelson, in particular, played well with seven tackles and two pass-breakups, and showed a propensity to deliver hard hits. Hicks, a fellow redshirt freshman, finished with three tackles. It was a confidence-building night for a unit that will face tougher tests later this season. UP NEXTWestern Kentucky: Hosts Maine in home opener on Sept. 8Wisconsin: Hosts New Mexico on Sept. 8 in the second of three straight nonconference home games to open season. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (10) vs. Texas Rangers (7) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (10) vs. Texas Rangers (7) - Date: 8/31/2018 Cave caps 8-run inning with homer; Twins beat Rangers 10-78m ago. 2 min read ARLINGTON, Texas Jake Cave hit a tiebreaking homer in an eight-run fifth inning that erased a six-run deficit, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.Tyler Austin started the fifth with his 15th home run and Mitch Garver's three-run double pulled the Twins even after Nomar Mazara's 435-foot drive for a three-run shot had given the Rangers a 6-0 lead in the fourth.Cave's eighth homer in his rookie season was a two-run shot off pulled into the right-field seats in a lefty-lefty matchup against reliever Matt Moore (3-7).Matt Magill (3-2) and three other Minnesota relievers combined to strike out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help hand the Rangers their fifth straight loss.Trevor May fanned four of the five he faced in the seventh and eighth. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. Trevor Hildenberger allowed a run without a hit in the ninth.Garver added an RBI double in the seventh, had three hits and reached on a three-base error in the ninth when Carlos Tocci dropped a fly ball as he was crashing into the wall in center field.Handed the big lead on Mazara's 17th homer , Drew Hutchison didn't retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth. Jorge Polanco ended his night with a two-run double . Sports Betting Leads. The right-hander has an 8.86 ERA in five starts for Texas.Minnesota left-hander Stephen Gonsalves, looking for his first big league win in his third start, didn't make it out of the fourth inning. Best Free Sports Picks. The 24-year-old allowed six hits and six runs - three earned - with no strikeouts and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.Martin Perez made his first relief appearance for Texas since he was a rookie in 2012. The left-hander pitched two scoreless innings two days after he was taken out of the rotation with a 6.95 ERA in 13 starts.TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: Manager Paul Molitor said he didn't expect LF Eddie Rosario to play the rest of this nine-game road trip after leaving Thursday's 5-3 loss at Cleveland with tightness in his right quadriceps muscle. The trip ends Wednesday in Houston. ... Polanco was back in the lineup at shortstop after missing the three-game series against the Indians with a strained left hamstring.Rangers: Manager Jeff Banister said RHP Bartolo Colon (lower back strain) is the likely starter Sunday. The 45-year-old was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday.UP NEXTTwins RHP Jose Berrios (11-9, 3.74 ERA) had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven shutout innings in his previous start against Texas. Rangers RHP Yo vani Gallardo (7-3, 6.01) is winless in his past three starts. Gallardo won seven of his first nine starts after rejoining one of his former teams in June.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (5) vs. St Louis Cardinals (12) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (5) vs. St Louis Cardinals (12) - Date: 8/31/2018 DeJong, Carpenter homer as Cardinals beat Reds 12-55m ago. 1 min read ST. LOUIS Paul DeJong hit a three-run homer and a two-run single for a career-high five RBIs, helping Austin Gomber and the St. Louis Cardinals pound the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Friday night.Matt Carpenter hit his NL-best 35th homer as St. Louis pulled within 3 1/2 games of NL Central-leading Chicago. Gomber pitched seven effective innings and also contributed a two-run double.The surging Cardinals have won eight of 10 to improve to 28-13 since the All-Star break. Football Picks Today. They also lead the NL wild-card standings.Scooter Gennett and Scott Schebler had three hits apiece for last-place Cincinnati, which has dropped three straight and eight of nine. Homer Bailey (1-13) was charged with seven runs, t hree earned, and nine hits in five innings.

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Angels (3) vs. Houston Astros (0) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Angels (3) vs. Houston Astros (0) - Date: 8/31/2018 Simmons' 2-run HR helps Angels beat Astros 3-05m ago. 2 min read HOUSTON Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning that led the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.Jaime Barria (9-8) scattered three hits and one walk in six innings to improve to 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in six starts in August. He was much sharper than his last outing against the Astros last Saturday, when he gave up four runs and five hits in three innings of the Angels' 8-3 loss.Justin Anderson struck out one in a perfect seventh. Sport Handicapping. Ty Buttrey got into a jam in the eighth inning when Josh Reddick singled with no out before pinch-hitter Tony Kemp gave Houston its first extra-base hit of the night with a double on a liner to right field. Alex Bre gman walked with one out to load the bases, but Buttrey struck out Jose Altuve before Carlos Correa popped out to end the inning.Blake Parker allowed one hit and walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.Houston starter Framber Valdez (2-1) was replaced by Collin McHugh after walking Kole Calhoun to start the sixth inning. An error by McHugh allowed Calhoun to advance to second before a single by David Fletcher sent him to third.Mike Trout's sacrifice fly put the Angels up 1-0, and Simmons followed one out later with his homer into the left-field seats.The Astros went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position on a night manager A. J. Hinch was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Eric Cooper between the third and fourth innings as they lost their second straight game.The Angels had a chance to add on in the ninth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. But Hector Rondon sat down the next three batters to leave them empty-handed.Valdez was charged wit h a run and two hits while walking three in five-plus innings for his first loss after winning his last two games.The Astros had runners at first and third with one out in the third after singles by Martin Maldonado and George Springer, but Barria retired Bregman and Altuve to escape the jam. Correa singled to start Houston's fourth before Barria retired the last nine batters he faced. He was replaced by Anderson to start the seventh.TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: C Brian McCann (knee surgery) and OF Jake Marisnick (groin) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.UP NEXTJosh James will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday to make his major league debut for Houston against Felix Pena (1-4, 4.52 ERA). Fixed Games. The 25-year-old James, who was selected in the 34th round of the 2014 draft, has 171 strikeouts in 23 games with 21 starts combined between Double-A Corpus Christi and Fresno.---More MLB : https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (2) vs. Kansas City Royals (9) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (2) vs. Kansas City Royals (9) - Date: 8/31/2018 O'Hearn, Merrifield back Keller as Royals beat Orioles 9-26m ago. 3 min read KANSAS CITY, Mo. Ryan O'Hearn homered among his three hits and drove in four runs, Whit Merrifield scored three runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-2 Friday night in a matchup of the two teams with the worst records in the majors.Hunter Dozier and Cam Gallagher also went deep to help the Royals win for the fifth time in six games on their current homestand.Brad Keller gave up a home run to the first batter of the game - Cedric Mullins - but quickly settled in to pitch eight strong innings, Keller (7-5) gave up two runs and four hits with two walks and four strikeouts to improve to 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his last four starts.With the scored tied 1-1 in the fourth, Andrew Cashner (4-13) gave up a sacrifice fly to Merrifield after loading the bases on two walks and a single. Dozier led off the fifth inning with a 423-foot home run to left field to make it 3-1.The Orioles pulled within a run in the sixth when Mullins led off with a double just beyond the reach of Dozier at third, advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on Trey Mancini's sacrifice fly to the wall in right.The Royals answered in the bottom of the inning as Gallagher hit his first home run of the season, ending Cashner's night.Cashner, who has given up a career-high 21 homers, allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one.O'Hearn added a two-run single off Yefry Ramirez later in the sixth to push Kansas City's lead to 6-2. Dozier's RBI single in the eighth drove in Merrifield for his third run scored of the game, and O'Hearn added a two-run homer off Ryan Meisinger later in the inning to cap the scoring.Mullins put Baltimore up 1-0 when he knocked Keller's second pitch of the game 412 feet into the fountains in right-center.The Royals tied it in the bottom of the first as Merrifield scored on Dozier's double-play grounder.TRANSACTIONSOrioles: OF Joey Rickard was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. ... RHP Jhan Marinez was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list (right hamstring strain). He cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Norfolk. ... OF Craig Gentry was designated for assignment.Royals: C Drew Butera was traded to the Colorado Rockies for LHP Jerry Vasto, who was assigned to Triple-A Omaha. Butera's roster spot was taken by C Gallagher, who was recalled from Omaha. ... OF Brian Goodwin was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. He took the roster spot of 1B Lucas Duda, who was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.TRAINER'S ROOMOrioles: OF Mullins, who missed Wednesday's game with a hip injury, was back in the lineup in the leadoff spot. ''I'm feeling good,'' he said prior to Friday's game.  9;'I'm excited to get back out. I've been with the trainers; we've had some intense treatment going on, but I feel really good.'' Royals: C Salvador Perez was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons with a mild strain of his left thumb. Perez, who missed Wednesday's game against Detroit, hurt the thumb on Tuesday when he lost his grip on the bat during a swing against the Tigers. Manager Ned Yost said Perez could have caught Friday, but swinging would be difficult. Perez was replaced in the lineup by Gallagher.UP NEXTOrioles RHP Dylan Bundy (7-13, 5.37 ERA) will face another Royals rookie pitcher as RHP Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.21) takes the mound for Kansas City. Fillmyer will make his first career start against the Orioles. Bundy is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA all-time against Kansas City, including one start this year May 8 in Baltimore, in which he gave up seven earned runs without recording an out.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and h ttps://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (3) vs. Atlanta Braves (2) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (3) vs. Atlanta Braves (2) - Date: 8/31/2018 Polanco snaps tie in eighth as Pirates beat Braves 3-28m ago. 2 min read ATLANTA Gregory Polanco's eighth-inning single drove in Adam Frazier with the tiebreaking run, and the Pittsburgh Pirates recovered after blowing a two-run lead to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Friday night.The first-place Braves, who have lost five of their last seven, saw their NL East lead shrink to two games over Philadelphia.Jameson Taillon (11-9) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings, his 17th consecutive start allowing no more than three earned runs.Felipe Vazquez pitched out of trouble in the ninth for his 29th save in 33 opportunities. Camargo hit a one-out single up the middle, past a diving Josh Harrison, and advanced to second on Kurt Suzuki's single to right. Camargo was forced out at third on a fielder's choice before Vazquez struck out Dansby Swanson to end the game.The Pirates led 2-0 after five innings before Taillon gave up homers in back-to-back innings.Rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the sixth with a drive into the right-field seats, his 22nd. Johan Camargo led off the seventh with another homer to right.Frazier, pinch-hitting for Taillon, led off the eighth with a walk from Brad Brach (2-4) and moved to second when second baseman Ozzie Albies bobbled Starling Marte's grounder for an error. Frazier scored the unearned run on Polanco's single up the middle.Corey Dickerson led off the second with a double down the right-field line and scored on a single up the middle by Elias Diaz. Anibal Sanchez ended the second with three straight strikeouts to begin a stretch of retiring 12 consecutive batters.Sanchez allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte made a leaping catch of a drive hit by David Freese to end the first inning. Watching the catch from th e mound, Sanchez pumped his right fist in approval.TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: Diaz left the game in the seventh with a sore right hamstring. He was limping after running to first on his groundout to shortstop. Francisco Cervelli replaced Diaz at catcher.Braves: RHP Peter Moylan aggravated his right forearm strain, ending his rehab assignment and hopes of returning this season. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. ... RHP Arodys Vizcaino (right shoulder inflammation) threw live batting practice and is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (knee) allowed two runs on four hits in two innings in his rehab outing with Gwinnett.REINFORCEMENTSCatcher Rene Rivera, obtained off waivers from the Angels on Wednesday, will be among four or five players promoted to the Atlanta roster on Saturday, manager Brian Snitker said. Right-hander Shane Carle, placed on the 10-day DL on Aug. 7 with right shoulder inflammation, may re turn to Atlanta's bullpen. Snitker said more players may join Atlanta after Gwinnett's season ends on Monday.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.72) has a 6.45 ERA in five starts with Pittsburgh since being acquired from Tampa Bay on July 31. He allowed one run in four innings in a 1-0 loss to the Braves on Aug. 20.Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (9-9, 3.89) will face the Pirates for the second time since his trade to the Braves. Gausman threw eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, in a 6-1 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 21.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (1) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (2) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (1) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (2) - Date: 8/31/2018 Cabrera's homer in 10th gives Phils 2-1 win over Cubs8m ago. 2 min read PHILADELPHIA Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run with one out in the 10th to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in a game played through steady rain.Cabrera connected off Steve Cishek (4-2), driving an opposite-field shot to left-center to help the Phillies pull within two games of Atlanta in the NL East. Sports Free Picks. The Braves lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh.Javier Baez hit his 29th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.Pat Neshek (2-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning.Baez hit a liner out to left off Nick Pivetta for his NL-leading 98th RBI to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fifth.Philadelphia tied it at 1 on Cesar Hernandez's RBI single off Jose Quintan a in the sixth. Hot Sports Handicappers. The speedy Roman Quinn hit a double and scored on the hit to left.Phillies reliever Adam Morgan escaped a jam in the seventh when Baez hit a hard liner to right with two runners on, but Phillies newcomer Jose Bautista reached out to make the catch and doubled Tommy La Stella off second to end the inning.Seranthony Dominguez struck out Cubs pinch-hitter Victor Caratini to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.Pivetta pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the third by striking out Anthony Rizzo and retiring Ben Zobrist on a grounder to shortstop.STARTING TIMECubs: Quintana gave up one run and three hits, striking out seven in six innings.Phillies: Pivetta allowed one run and five hits, striking out six in five innings.MR. PINCHLa Stella led off the seventh with a single, setting the franchise record for pinch-hits in a season with 21.TURNAROUNDHector Neris, who be gan the season as Philadelphia's closer and was demoted to Triple-A after pitching poorly, has 20 strikeouts and hasn't allowed a run in nine innings since being recalled a few weeks ago.WELCOME HOMECubs lefty Cole Hamels received a standing ovation following a video tribute in the middle of the fourth inning. Hamels was the MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS with the Phillies. He was traded to Texas in 2015. Hamels would've pitched on Sunday but was pushed back because Joe Maddon is going with a six-man rotation.''I thought it was good to let him come back and enjoy his three days,'' Maddon said. ''Knowing him, he's competitive and he probably wanted to pitch but I didn't ask him.'' TRAINER'S ROOMCUBS: Closer Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) threw from 120 feet. ... OF Jason Heyward wasn't in the lineup after injuring his right hamstring Thursday night. ... 3B Kris Bryant (shoulder) and LHP Brian Duens ing (shoulder) are expected to rejoin the team after the rosters expand on Saturday.UP NEXTRHP Kyle Hendricks (10-10, 3.86 ERA) starts for the Cubs on Saturday night and RHP Zach Eflin (9-5, 3.99) goes for Philadelphia. Eflin and the Phillies beat Hendricks 6-1 on June 5 at Wrigley Field.---For more baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (6) vs. Miami Marlins (5) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (6) vs. Miami Marlins (5) - Date: 8/31/2018 Smoak's pinch-hit slam lifts Blue Jays over Marlins 6-54m ago. 1 min read MIAMI Justin Smoak connected for a pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning, sending the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.Toronto trailed 5-1 heading into the ninth. Baseball Handicappers. The Blue Jays loaded the bases on Danny Jansen's one-out infield single before the Marlins replaced Kyle Barraclough with Drew Steckenrider (4-4).Aledmys Diaz then struck out looking, but Devon Travis forced in a run with a walk and Smoak drove Steckenrider's 0-2 pitch over the wall in right for his 22nd homer.Joe Biagini (3-7) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Ken Giles worked a shaky ninth for his 19th save. Miami put two runners on before Austin Dean fouled out and Magneur is Sierra lined to left, ending the game.

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (5) vs. New York Yankees (7) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (5) vs. New York Yankees (7) - Date: 8/31/2018 Yankees rally after contested check swing, beat Tigers 7-58m ago. 3 min read NEW YORK Gleyber Torres drove in the go-ahead run one batter after a contested check swing loaded the bases for New York in the eighth inning, and the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Friday night as they await the arrival of 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.Yankees manager Aaron Boone fired up the crowd - and got himself ejected - for impersonating a catcher to show plate umpire Nic Lentz what he was missing in the fifth. Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar then homered in the sixth to end Jordan Zimmermann's bid for a second career no-hitter.Boone gave the Bronx a jolt with his third ejection of his rookie season. After Torres complained to Lentz during an at-bat, Boone was tossed a moment later for shouting from the dugout. Boone then came to home plate, pu t a finger in Lentz's face and squatted behind the plate and pretended to catch a pitch.New York trailed 5-4 when it loaded the bases against Joe Jimenez (4-4) on a double by Gardner and walks by Hicks and Luke Voit. Voit was ruled to have checked his swing on a 3-2, two-out pitch. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected for arguing that Voit went around.Torres then lined an 0-1 pitch from Alex Wilson to left field for a single, and the ball ricocheted off the head of diving left fielder Mikie Mahtook, allowing two runs to score for a 6-5 Yankees lead. After an intentional walk to Neil Walker, Austin Romine brought in another run with an infield single.David Robertson struck out Nicholas Castellanos and Victor Reyes with two on in the ninth for his fifth save.New York had to rally after blowing a late lead for the second straight game. A night after Dellin Betances gave up two homers in the ninth of an 8-7 loss to Detroit - Boone called that one ''a kick in the stomach'' - Zach Britton (2-0) allowed a tying single to Mahtook in the seventh and a go-ahead, bases-loaded sacrifice fly to Ronny Rodriguez in the eighth that made it 5-4.The banged-up Yankee lineup will get a boost Saturday. McCutchen is expected to join the team following a trade Friday from San Francisco, and catcher Gary Sanchez is set to return from the DL.Zimmermann carried a 3-0 lead and a no-hitter into the sixth behind a solo homer from Niko Goodrum and a two-run triple by Jim Adduci.After Romine reached via error, Gardner hit Zimmermann's 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall. Hicks added a no-doubt solo shot two batters later to tie it at 3, and Andujar made it 4-3 with a solo shot in the next at-bat.New York starter Luis Severino was pulled in line for his major league-leading 18th victory, but instead took a no-decision after pitching three-run ball for six innings. He struck out 10.DID HE GO?As he walked back to the dugout after giving first base umpire Paul Nauert an earful, Gardenhire asked Voit ''did you swing?'' It's unclear what Voit said, but Gardenhire then gave him a wry smile.REINFORCEMENTS COMINGMcCutchen will handle right field duties until slugger Aaron Judge returns from a broken right wrist.''We're getting a really good player,'' Boone said, adding that ''I think his reputation precedes him. Sports Handicapping Monitor. This is as high a character person as we have in our game and I know he'll fit well in our room.'' Sanchez is returning from a groin injury. Best Free Sports Picks. The 2017 All-Star is hitting just .188 with 14 homers in 66 games this season, but Boone has praised Sanchez's improved conditioning during his recovery process.''I think we're getting potentially a front line player and a guy that will be an absolute presence in our lineup,'' Boone said of Sanchez.BRONX SPOTTERSThe Yankees drew 41,026 and surpassed three million fans for the 20th consecutive season, extending their major league record.TRAINER'S ROOMTigers: LHP Daniel Norris will be activated from the DL to start Saturday. He's been out since having groin surgery May 3. ... Detroit activated LHP Blaine Hardy (left elbow tendinitis) from the DL. ... SS Jose Iglesias has a strained lower abdominal but testing showed no tears, meaning he should be able to return in 10-14 days.Yankees: Boone said top prospect LHP Justus Sheffield would likely not be among the players New York calls up Saturday when rosters expand.UP NEXTNorris will oppose Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-5, 3.97), who is 0-3 with a 3.88 ERA in his past four starts.---Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/jake-seiner---Mo re MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (4) vs. Washington Nationals (1) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (4) vs. Washington Nationals (1) - Date: 8/31/2018 Brewers beat Nationals 4-1 behind Chacin, 3 homers9m ago. 2 min read WASHINGTON Jhoulys Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Friday night.During the game, the teams reportedly worked out a trade that will send pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals to the Brewers. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The left-handed starter, who has struggled in 2018, will be a free agent in the offseason.The Brewers also got home runs from Jesus Aguilar, his 31st, and Erik Kratz in winning their third straight game. Milwaukee holds the second NL wild card spot.Chacin (14-5) allowed a run on six hits while striking out six and walking two in 6 1/3 innings.Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his eig hth save in 13 opportunities. With a hard rain falling, the Nationals loaded the bases with one out, but Jeffress struck out Bryce Harper and got Anthony Rendon on a fielder's choice.Trea Turner had three hits for Washington, which went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position.Tanner Roark (8-14) allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. Roark came in 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in his past seven starts, but the Brewers homered in each of the first three innings against him.Shaw connected for a two-run shot with two outs in the first, Kratz hit a solo home run in the second and Aguilar connected with nobody on in the third.Nationals catcher Matt Wieters was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes.MORE MOVESBrewers: Acquired LHP Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for OF Bryan Connell and RHP Johan Dominguez, two minor leaguers. Cedeno is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 33 relief appearances this season.Nationals: Sent RHP Ryan Madson to the Los A ngeles Dodgers for RHP Andrew Istler. Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. Istler went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles' minor league system.TRAINER'S ROOMNationals: LHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) threw a simulated game Friday and is slated for another one Sunday or Monday. ''I was a little bit inconsistent with my execution, but I was very happy with how the foot felt,'' he said. ... Manager Dave Martinez said Harper is still battling a cough, but the former MVP was back in the lineup after pinch hitting on Wednesday.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (9-7, 4.04) makes his second career appearance against Washington, the first being a 2014 loss while with Arizona.Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.14) makes his first start against Milwaukee since 2014. He's 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in three games vs. the Brewers.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/ML B and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Army (14) vs. Duke (34) - 8/31/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: Army (14) vs. Duke (34) - Date: 8/31/2018 Aug 31, 2018 DURHAM, N. C. Daniel Jones threw for one touchdown and rushed for another score, helping Duke open with a 34-14 victory over Army on Friday night. Jones was 13 of 17 for 197 yards with a 1-yard touchdown run and a 25-yard scoring pass to Aaron Young. Brittain Brown had a 12-yard touchdown run and backup Deon Jackson added a 7-yard score. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Blue Devils responded to both Army touchdowns by scoring TDs of their own to win their opener for the seventh straight year and atone for their most recent loss - a 21-16 defeat at Army last November. Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was 10 of 21 for 197 yards - the most yards passing for Army since 2015 - with a short rushing touchdown and a 45-yard scoring pass to Cam Harrison. S port Handicapping. That touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter pulled the Black Knights to 24-14. Jones followed with his TD to Young that restored Duke's 17-point lead, and Ben Humphreys effectively ended it by blocking Landon Salyers' 45-yard field goal attempt with less than 7 minutes left. Game Fixing. THE TAKEAWAYArmy: The Black Knights, who led the Bowl Subdivision last season at 362. 3 yards rushing per game but are replacing four starting offensive linemen from that team, were more willing to air it out with Hopkins. He threw more passes in the first half (five) than Army did in seven of its games in 2017, and finished with the academy's most yards passing since its 208-yard day against rival Navy three years ago. Duke: The good news for Duke's defense: the Blue Devils recovered two fumbles from an Army team that lost just five of them during its 10-win season in 2017. Now, the bad: Duke's secondary was at times lit up by the option-oriented Black Knights, who have pretty much ignored the forward pass over the years. UP NEXTArmy: The Black Knights play their home opener against the newest FBS addition, Liberty, on Sept. 8. Duke: The Blue Devils play the first of two straight nonconference road games against Power Five teams when they visit Northwestern on Sept. 8. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Utah State (31) vs. Michigan State (38) - 8/31/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: Utah State (31) vs. Michigan State (38) - Date: 8/31/2018 Aug 31, 2018 EAST LANSING, Mich. Connor Heyward scored his second touchdown with 2 minutes left to put No. 11 Michigan State ahead and the Spartans held on to beat Utah State 38-31 on Friday night. Sports Betting Handicapping. The Spartans trailed until the second quarter, built a 13-point lead late in the third and fell behind late in the opener for both teams. Darwin Thompson put the Aggies ahead with a 1-yard run, his second go-ahead score of the game, with 5:05 remaining. Their defense couldn't make one more stop to beat the highest-ranked team in school history, surpassing the victory over No. 18 BYU in 2014. Utah State did have one more chance to send the game to overtime - or possibly pull off the upset - but Joe Bachie tipped and intercepted a pass at midfield with 1:15 remaining . Michigan State's Brian Lewerke was 23 of 33 for 287 yards with two TDs, an interception and a fumble. Jordan Love completed 29 of 44 passes for 319 yards with two interceptions. Heyward scored on a 13-yard run in the fourth quarter and a 17-yard run in the third. He is the son of the late Craig ''Ironhead'' Heyward, an NFL running back from 1988-1998. The sophomore ran for 436 yards and did not score last season. Free Picks for Today. THE TAKEAWAYUtah State: Matt Wells helped the Aggies earn a bowl bid last year for the sixth time and in seven seasons and they seem to have a shot at playing in the postseason again. Their no-huddle, hurry-up offense is going to be a problem for some teams. On defense, they can pressure quarterbacks and make plays in the secondary. Michigan State: Mark Dantonio will have plenty of teachable moments to show the Spartans on film. They were able to overcome a sloppy performance against a Mountain West Conference program, but may not be as fortunate against Big Ten competition. POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Spartans could slip due to the lackluster performance, especially if teams just ahead and behind them in the poll open with a win. UP NEXT:Utah State: Host New Mexico State on Sept. 8. Michigan State: At Arizona State on Sept. 8. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Syracuse (55) vs. Western Michigan (42) - 8/31/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: Syracuse (55) vs. Western Michigan (42) - Date: 8/31/2018 Aug 31, 2018 KALAMAZOO, Mich. Senior quarterback Eric Dungey rushed for 200 yards and passed for 184, coming back off the bench for Syracuse in a 55-42 win at Western Michigan on Friday in the season opener. Dungey looked like he was going to get the second half off after the Orange built a 34-7 lead, but he returned after Western Michigan made it a six-point game in the third quarter. Dungey connected with Jamal Custis six times for 168 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs for the senior wide receiver. Syracuse scored the first 17 points, and converted its first six possessions for points before the Broncos mounted a comeback, scoring 21 unanswered to start the second half until Dungey's return. Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink was 19-of-36 passing for 379 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wassink threw two touchdowns to D'Wayne Eskridge, including an 84-yard score to make it 34-21 with 7:32 left in the third quarter. Eskridge caught eight passes for 248 yards. LeVante Bellamy had a 64-yard run to make it 34-28 before Dungey's return put Syracuse back on track. Hockey Predictions. THE TAKEAWAYSyracuse: Dungey proved he's one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, and the Orange defense was good early. After the quarterback missed the final three games last season - and the defense gave up 54. 0 points per game in that stretch - the first half gave fans reason to believe after dropping five straight to finish 4-8 last year. Western Michigan: The Broncos were pummeled early on but rallied. But despite losing their 13th season opener in 14 years, Western Michigan has reached a bowl game in six of those seasons. Western Michigan will have another shot at Syracuse in 2019 at the Carrier Dome. UP N EXTSyracuse: The Orange host FCS program Wagner in its home opener on Sept. 8. Western Michigan: The Broncos play at No. 14 Michigan on Sept. 8. Western Michigan is winless in six games against the Wolverines. ------

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (0) vs. Cleveland Indians (3) - 8/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (0) vs. Cleveland Indians (3) - Date: 8/31/2018 Kluber pitches Indians past Rays 3-010m ago. 2 min read CLEVELAND Corey Kluber pitched seven sparkling innings, Edwin Encarnacion homered and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Friday night.Kluber (17-7) allowed two singles, struck out eight and walked two in Cleveland's AL-best 14th shutout this season. Cody Allen worked a perfect eighth and Brad Hand finished the two-hitter for his 31st save.Kluber, making a bid for a second straight AL Cy Young Award, matched Yankees ace Luis Severino for the major league lead in wins and moved into first place in the AL with 186 2/3 innings.Encarnacion snapped a scoreless tie with a solo drive to center off Tyler Glasnow (1-4) in the seventh. Sports Handicapping. The Indians added two more in the ninth when Greg Allen scored on a wild pitch and Michael Brantley singled home Francisco Lindor.Glasnow struck out six in a career-high seven innings. He was working on a no-hitter before Melky Cabrera singled with two out in the fifth.AL Central-leading Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games amid speculation it was closing in on a trade for Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson.Joey Wendle hit a leadoff single in the first and Tommy Pham singled in the fourth for Tampa Bay's only hits. Free Sports Picks. The Rays are 9-2 since Aug. 19, matching their best 11-game run in four years.It was Glasnow's sixth start since being acquired in a July 31 trade with Pittsburgh for pitcher Chris Archer. His only win of the season occurred in relief against the White Sox on May 8.TRAINER'S ROOMRays: C Michael Perez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. ... OF Mallex Smith (viral infection) begins a rehabilitation assignment Sa turday with Single-A Charlotte. Smith fell ill and was hospitalized last week. Manager Kevin Cash said the leadoff hitter could be activated when he is eligible on Monday.Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (right fibula stress fracture) underwent a second bone scan and will learn the results Saturday. Best Sports Picks Today. The All-Star was struck by a line drive on Aug. 11 and is expected to be out until mid-September.UP NEXTRays LHP Blake Snell (16-5, 2.05 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Shane Bieber (8-2, 4.52 ERA) in the second game of the series. Snell is tied for third in the majors in victories behind Severino and Kluber.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres - 8/31/2018 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubRockies in must-win mode vs. Padres 5m ago. 2 min read SAN DIEGO -- This is crunch time for the Colorado Rockies, who dropped 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West race late Thursday night by suffering a 13-inning, walk-off loss to the Padres at Petco Park.Not only did the Rockies lose while the Diamondbacks were beating the Dodgers, Colorado used five of its eight relievers.Yes, help is on the way. NBC Sports Picks. The rosters can be expanded Saturday. But there is still Friday's game to play and the Rockies can't afford to lose again to the division's last-place Padres.So the pressure will be on right-hander Antonio Senzatela Friday night to not only defeat the Padres -- who have won three straight games -- but to go deep in to the game to prevent more damage to the bullpen. Money Cappers. The effects of a 13-inning loss can linger.Senzatela (4-4, 5.24 ERA) will face Padres right-handed rookie Brett Kennedy (0-2, 7.58 ERA) Friday night in the second game of a four-game series. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Rockies came to San Diego looking for a sweep or three wins to gain a little ground in the National League West as their playoff rivals dueled in Los Angeles.Senzatela was originally scheduled to start Thursday but was given an extra day off before his 18th appearance of the season for the Rockies and his eighth start. He has worked a total of 56 2/3 innings, giving up 34 runs (33 earned) on 61 hits and 20 walks with 42 strikeouts for a 1.43 WHIP and a .272 opponents' batting average.Senzatela struggled in his last outing and has had problems on the road this season. Against St. Louis on Aug. 24, Senzatela allowed seven runs on 10 hits (two home runs) and a walk over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss against the Cardinals.Senzatela is 1-3 on the road this season with a 5.46 ERA in 10 appearances (four starts). In the four starts, he is 0-2 with a 5.24 ERA.Senzatela has had a degree of success against the Padres. He is 4-0 with a 4.00 ERA in nine career appearances (three starts). But in four relief appearances against the Padres this season, Senzatela has allowed five runs in 7 1/3 innings for a 6.14 ERA. However, he won his lone decision against San Diego this year.He is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA in four appearances (one start) at Petco Park.Meanwhile, the Padres' auditions for starting spots continue with Kennedy's fifth start Friday night. The 23-year-old is one of four rookies currently in the Padres' rotation.With more future rotation candidates expected to arrive Saturday, Kennedy might need a strong outing Friday night to keep his spot in the rotation. Thus far he has given up 16 runs on 31 hits and six walks with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings. In addition to the inflated ERA, he has a 1.95 WHIP and a .373 opponents' batting average.

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MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 8/31/2018 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubOhtani to start Sunday for Angels vs. Astros 2h ago. 2 min read HOUSTON -- Instead of playing coy, which some predicted would be his course of action, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia did not hesitate in announcing that rookie right-hander Shohei Ohtani would return to the mound for the first time in nearly three months on Sunday.Ohtani (4-1, 3.10 ERA) last pitched for the Angels on June 6 against the Kansas City Royals, working four innings before being sidelined with a grade 2 UCL sprain. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The two-way Rookie of the Year candidate returned as a hitter on July 3 and produced a slash line of .261/.333/.555 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs over 44 games entering the four-game series with the Astros.Ohtani underwent injections of platelet-rich plasma a nd stem cells in his elbow on June 7."We'll obviously monitor that very closely and we'll have a range, but we're going to wait and talk internally just to see what he's going to be able to do and how the game's going," Scioscia said of a pitch count for Ohtani. "Naturally there'll be a range that we'll want to stay in."This is going to be fluid. Top Rated Sports Services. This is going to be directed from a lot of input from our medical staff, from how he's evaluated after every outing, and we'll see the frequency that he's going to get out there." Rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (8-9, 3.67 ERA) will start the second game of the series for the Angels (65-69). It will mark his 21st start on the season and 10th on the road. Barria was charged with the loss on Aug 25 against the Astros after allowing four earned runs and five hits over three innings, his second-shortest start of 2018. In two starts against Houston this season, Barria is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He will make his first career appearance at Minute Maid Park.Left-hander Framber Valdez (2-0, 0.96 ERA) will make his second career start and third appearance for the Astros (82-52) on Friday. Valdez allowed one run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Aug. 26 in a 3-1 victory. He made his major league debut five days earlier in relief against the Seattle Mariners, earning the victory after surrendering one unearned run on two hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings.Astros catcher Brian McCann will start behind the plate on Saturday following reinstatement from the 10-day disabled list. McCann has been sidelined since June 30 (right knee surgery)."We're going to get him back in the mix right away," Astros manager A. J. Hinch said. "I want to see his agility, I want to see his mobility, I want to see him hit with some leverage on his knee -- all things that he's shown in the minor leagues and he's telling me that he can do."His ability behind the plate to run a game, to control the pitching staff, the trust of the pitching staff will come back immediately. Best Free Sports Picks. There will be an immediate, great feeling out of the pitching staff when they throw to him. But I am eager to get him back in the mix because he brings a lot of intangibles, he brings a lot of experience, and he needs to get back in the flow of things having been out so long."

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MLB Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/31/2018 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubIndians' Kluber hopes to get rolling vs. Rays 6h ago. 2 min read CLEVELAND -- With a 14-game lead in the American League Central, it will not be a high-stress September for the postseason-bound Cleveland Indians.But the Indians do have some priorities in the last month of the regular season. One of them involves their starting pitcher on Friday night when they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a three-game series at Progressive Field.That pitcher is Corey Kluber, whom the Indians would like to get on a roll going into the postseason. Gambling Profit. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has had an up and down second half of the season, which started at the All-Star break, during which he received an injection to deal with right knee inflammation.Since getting that injectio n, Kluber has been better, but not to the level he consistently pitched to last year when he won his second Cy Young Award. In his last 13 starts, Kluber is 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA.That includes his last start this past Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, the lowest scoring team in the American League.Kluber lost that game 7-1, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs and nine hits, with six strikeouts and two walks."He threw a couple fastballs that he didn't locate real well, and they made him pay," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "They jumped on him pretty good when he made mistakes." One of Kluber's nemesis this year has been the home run ball. With a month still left in the season, he has already given up 22 home runs, matching his career high. Left-handers have hit 13 of the 22 home runs Kluber has allowed, including one by lefty-swinging Lucas Duda in the Kansas City start."I left a couple fastballs in the middle of the plate that they hit," Kluber said of the start vs. the Royals. "Some pitches I felt like I executed them pretty well, but they put them in play and found some holes, so you tip your cap. It wasn't perfect by any means. It was one of those days that I felt could have gone better, but it is what it is." Kluber's start Friday will be his first against Tampa Bay since Aug. 13, 2017, when he beat the Rays 11-3, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs and four hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks. In eight career starts against Tampa Bay, Kluber is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA.Kluber's mound opponent will be right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who will make his first career appearance against Cleveland. Glasnow is a combined 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA for Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. He was part of the July 31 trade between the Rays and Pirates in which pitcher Chris Archer was traded to Pittsburgh.Glasnow has appeared in 39 games, five of them starts. He was 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 34 relief appearances with the Pirates, and he is 0-1 with a 3.80 ERA in five starts for Tampa Bay.In his last start for the Rays, Glasnow received no decision in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Kansas City on Aug. 23. He pitched five innings, giving up three runs and five hits, with eight strikeouts and three walks.

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MLB Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/31/2018 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubRyu, not Kershaw, goes for Dodgers against Diamondbacks 9m ago. 2 min read LOS ANGELES - The marquee matchup of a weekend duel for first place was supposed to take place Friday before the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled a late switch and nixed a battle of aces.The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw no longer will match up with the Arizona Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke in the second game of the four-game series at Dodger Stadium as fellow left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will take his place for the Dodgers Friday night.It wasn't that the Dodgers wanted to spread the pitching wealth around the series. In moving Kershaw to Saturday's game against Arizona, it will give him an extra day of rest with a month left in the season, but primarily it lines up his next outing against another National League West title contender in the Colorado Rockies."Ev ery game is very difficult, but when you're playing a division rival, that essentially counts as two games," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "To have the guys that you want in a particular matchup, that's what we feel comfortable with." The Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks 3-1 on Thursday night to fall two games behind first-place Arizona in the division, while essentially putting more emphasis on Ryu's start Friday.Greinke is still the Friday starter for Arizona. His August was not as good as his brilliant July, but he still arrives at his former home park with a 2.19 ERA over his last 10 starts going back to the beginning of July. His worst outing in that bunch came Aug. 13 when he gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Texas Rangers.But in his last outing Sunday against the contending Seattle Mariners, Greinke (13-8, 2.93 ERA) went 6 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run and picked up h is first victory since July 27.He is 6-4 lifetime against the Dodgers with a 3.84 ERA over 13 starts. Profitable Handicappers. This season Greinke is 2-0 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles.Greinke is well aware that Arizona still has two series remaining against the Dodgers, counting this one, as well as two series against the Rockies. Sports Betting Handicapping. The D-backs also have games remaining with the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs."I don't know about the strength of schedule, but it looks like we've got a lot of tough teams coming this month," Greinke said, according to the Arizona Republic, "and play the people we're competing against a lot, so it is going to be an intense last month, I'd expect." In three starts since coming off the disabled list because of a strained left groin, Ryu (4-1, 2.18 ) has been impressive. In recent starts against the Giants, Cardinals and Padres he has a combined 2.30 ERA over 15 2/3 innings.Ryu is 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 12 career starts against the Diamondbacks, and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against them this season.Ryu has yet to throw more than 89 pitches in a start during his comeback, though, and the Dodgers could be forced to make an early call to a bullpen that has been a wild ride of late.Dodgers relievers struggled when closer Kenley Jansen was on the disabled list for 10 days in August with an irregular heartbeat. Jansen has struggled in four outings since he has returned, but the rest of the relievers have been better and the Dodgers just got right-hander Josh Fields back from a DL stint of his own because of right shoulder inflammation.

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MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/31/2018 - 10:15 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubGiants try to keep playoff hopes up in series with Mets 4h ago. 2 min read SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants lost another player and the New York Mets took a step toward getting one back as the clubs prepared for a three-game series that begins Friday night with one still clinging to a sliver of playoff hope.The Giants (67-68) began Thursday -- an off day for both teams -- seven games back in the National League West and 7 1/2 behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot, then fell another half-game back of the Brewers (75-60) after Milwaukee beat the Cincinnati Reds in an afternoon affair.Meanwhile, the Giants learned they'd also lost center fielder Steven Duggar, their hottest hitter of late, for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder."The timing is awful," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Duggar, who provided difference-making hits in wins over Texas on Sunday and Arizona on Monday. "He was really in a good place." The three games against the Mets, the fourth-place team in the NL East, provide a short break from a heavyweight-laden September schedule in which the Giants will go up against teams ahead of them in the standings -- Colorado, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Colorado again -- for 12 straight games starting Monday.The Mets have done a good job playing spoiler while encountering a rough patch of their own schedule. Soccer Tipsters. They split four games against the Giants last week in New York as part of an 8-7 run against Philadelphia (3-2), San Francisco (2-2), Washington (2-1) and the Chicago Cubs (1-2).In the meantime, the Mets have been trying to get their own house in order, sending former All-Star third baseman David Wright to the minors in his bid to play this season despite recent neck, back and shoulder surgeries.Wright, who went 1-for-9 in two games for Triple-A Las Vegas this week, has rejoined the parent club in San Francisco, but solely to continue rehab for the time being."We just haven't seen that level of consistency of playing on a quantity or quality at this point," Mets interim general manager John Ricco said this week, indicating that reinstating Wright to the major-league roster -- even as they expand Saturday -- was no sure thing."Quite frankly as this point," Ricco continued, "he hasn't been able to make some of the benchmarks that were laid out for him (as he began his rehab stint)." Wright hasn't played in a major-league game since May 2016.Zack Wheeler (9-6, 3.46 ERA), dealt from the Giants to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011, will make his third career start in San Francisco since the trade. He's 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in the first two.The former No. 6 overall pick of the 2009 draft by t he Giants has lived up to the early projections since the All-Star break, a stretch during which he has the second-best ERA in the NL (1.17) in seven starts.He's 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Giants.Rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez (5-9, 4.42), coming off seven shutout innings in a 5-3 win over Texas last Saturday, is scheduled to open the series for the Giants. He has never faced the Mets.

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MLB Game Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/31/2018 - 10:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubA's hope to stop Leake when facing Mariners 8m ago. 2 min read OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners will hope veteran right-hander Mike Leake continues his fine pitching against the Oakland Athletics when the two American League wild-card hopefuls meet for a second consecutive day on Friday night.The third-place Mariners (75-59) gained a game on the A's (80-55) in the series opener when Wade LeBlanc rode a five-run first inning to a 7-1 victory that inched Seattle within 4 1/2 games in the battle for second place both in the AL West and AL wild-card race.The A's not only lost a game to the Mariners but failed to gain ground in their pursuit of first place in the West and the top spot in the wild-card race after Houston (82-52) and the New York Yankees (84-50) had lost earlier in the evening.Oakland will take the field Friday sti ll 2 1/2 games behind the Astros and 4 1/2 back of the Yankees.Both the A's and Mariners took the field for the series opener coming off losses, with the Mariners having dropped three in a row, including two straight at San Diego, while the A's were only a little more than 24 hours removed from an emotional walk-off loss at Houston.A's manager Bob Melvin noted after Thursday's loss that Wednesday's defeat in Houston -- in fact, the entire three games against the Astros during which Oakland suffered two close setbacks -- played a role in the club's opener of a nine-game homestand."That last series took a lot out of us," Melvin said. "That's no excuse, but I saw a little (fatigue) today. Just one of those tough nights." Leake (8-8, 4.03 ERA) has faced the A's three times this season, with the Mariners winning all three, 7-4, 3-2 and 2-0. He did not get a decision in any of the wins despite allowing a total of just five runs a nd 15 hits in 20 2/3 innings.The 30-year-old has a 1-1 record and 2.50 ERA in six career starts against the A's.Leake has been especially tough this season on A's All-Star Jed Lowrie, holding him hitless in nine at-bats with two strikeouts.Oakland will pitch a veteran right-hander of its own, Mike Fiers (10-6, 3.15), who will be looking to remain unbeaten for the A's in a fifth consecutive start since being acquired from Detroit.Fiers pitched Oakland to a 3-2 win at Seattle earlier this month, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings.It raised the 33-year-old's lifetime record in seven starts against the Mariners to 2-1 with a 5.66 ERA, marks that include a 7-2 loss in May as a member of the Tigers.Jean Segura and Ben Gamel both homered off Fiers in that game.Segura was scratched from Thursday's starting lineup because of a bruised left shin suffered when he fouled a pitch off his leg Wednesday in San Diego. He is expected to return sometime during t he remainder of the series.Robinson Cano has been tough on Fiers in the past, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a double and two home runs.

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MLB Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. St Louis Cardinals - 8/31/2018 - 8:15 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. St Louis Cardinals - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubCardinals continue march toward postseason 3h ago. 2 min read Asked about the St. Louis Cardinals' 10th straight series win Thursday night, manager Mike Shildt explained it simply."You win series, you're going to win the Series," he said.While St. Louis is two months away from that goal, it continues to march toward the postseason. With its 5-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Pirates, it remained atop the National League wild-card race and stayed within 4 1/2 games of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.The Cardinals, whose 21 wins in August are their most in a month since August of 2004, will try for a 22nd victory to end the month Friday night when they open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds in Busch Stadium."It's just the byproduct of daily consistency and focus," Shildt said. "You'r e seeing guys with a competitive spirit and they're bringing it every day. It's clearly not easy to win games, but the guys are committed on a daily basis." At 75-59, St. Louis is 28-13 under Shildt. His first game was July 15, a 6-4 win over Cincinnati, and the last series it lost under his command was in late July against the Reds.Those Reds were playing good baseball at the time, winning against good teams and making a case for interim manager Jim Riggleman to become the permanent skipper. Free Sport Pick. These Reds have regressed to what's been a five-season mean, falling back to 20 games under .500 Thursday with a 2-1, 11-inning loss to Milwaukee.Not even the activation of All-Star first baseman Joey Votto from the 10-day disabled list could enable Cincinnati (57-77) to turn things around. It has lost eight of the last 10 games as a familiar problem has cropped up. Make Money Betting Sports. The Reds have allowed 67 runs in that span.If recent and career-long trends hold true, Friday night probably won't launch a turnaround for Cincinnati. Veteran right-hander Homer Bailey (1-12, 6.17 ERA) will start the series opener, which should excite Cardinal fans and their hitters.Bailey is coming off a 9-0 loss Sunday at the Cubs, permitting eight hits and six runs, three earned, over five innings. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. The Reds have lost 17 of his 18 starts this year, including nine in a row, dating back to his 5-3 win on May 12 at the Los Angeles Dodgers.Bailey is 0-1 with two no-decisions in three outings against St. Louis this year, logging a respectable earned run average of less than 4.00. But in his career, Bailey is 6-14 with a 5.57 ERA in 26 starts, throwing 22 home run balls in just 140 2/3 innings.The Cardinals counter with rookie le ft-hander Austin Gomber (4-0, 2.79), who has permitted only four runs in his last four starts, covering 22 innings. Gomber checked Colorado on five hits and two runs over six innings Sunday in a 12-3 romp at Coors Field, walking one and whiffing six.In his first career start on July 24, Gomber took a no-hitter into the seventh against the Reds before losing it and ultimately being no-decisioned in a 4-2 St. Louis win.

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MLB Game Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/31/2018 - 8:15 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubOrioles roll into series vs. Royals with three-game win streak 6h ago. 2 min read The Baltimore Orioles come into Kansas City on Friday for the start of their three-game weekend series in an unusual position -- riding a three-game winning streak.Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.79 ERA) will help the Orioles try for their second four-game winning streak of the season. He goes against Brad Keller (6-5, 3.33).Baltimore (40-94) is coming off a three-sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. Basketball Predictions. Toronto had scored victories in 12 of the first 13 games between the teams this season before the Orioles rolled over the Jays, scoring 29 runs in three victories.Right fielder Adam Jones handled his shift from his long-time position in center without a word of complaint, trying to help rookie Cedric Mullins adjust to life in the big leagues. Jones was one of the big bats in this series.He finished with four hits in Tuesday's win and banged out a grand slam in a 12-5 rout of Toronto on Wednesday night."It's just fun to see him have fun," Baltimore starter Alex Cobb said to MASNsports.com about Jones doing well late in a season that doesn't mean much. "He's meant so much to this organization. For him to go out there and have big moments like that in a season that's kind of lost for us, it's fun to see and fun to be a part of." Cashner will try and continue the fun in Kansas City on Friday night. He's 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA versus the Royals in his career but has pitched better lately as Baltimore has played better.Keller will be making his first career appearance versus the Orioles.The Orioles are playing a team they're "battling" for the title of worst record in the majors, something neither fr anchise is happy about. Four years ago, these two teams met in the American League Championship Series.Kansas City (42-91) is a bit behind Baltimore, but the Royals also have found more recent success, especially in the past week. Sports Handicapper Records. The sweep of the Jays was the Orioles' first sweep of a three-game series since late last season.But the Royals have won two series in a row, taking two of three from Cleveland before winning both games against the Detroit Tigers.In Wednesday's win over Detroit, longtime Royals player Alex Gordon hit his 170th homer as a member of the franchise and moved to fourth place all time. He said he didn't even realize where he ranked on the home run list."I just wanted to make it to the big leagues and not mess up," Gordon told the media after that game. "Any time you have been with an organization as long as I have, you're going to pass some people. I'm just an old guy moving up the list." The Royals made a move Wednesday, trading Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves for cash, which makes him eligible for postseason play. Duda was on a one-year deal with Kansas City.Baltimore also has lost outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo to a knee surgery. He will miss the rest of the season. Mullins is battling a sore hip.

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MLB Game Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/31/2018 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubWhite Sox rookie Kopech goes up against Red Sox 29m ago. 2 min read Mother Nature quickly interrupted Michael Kopech's first start at home for the Chicago White Sox.On Friday, Kopech will get another opportunity to showcase his big arm in front of Chicago fans who have waited all season to see him promoted from the minors. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The 22-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his first two outings, walking none and striking out eight in eight innings.His first start in Chicago, on Aug. 21, was limited to two innings before a rain delay ended his evening, as the White Sox elected not to put him back on the mound after the 52-minute interruption. He did not allow a run in that debut, while allowing three hits and striking out four.Kopech's next assignm ent is against the Boston Red Sox -- the team that drafted him and helped to develop him before shipping him to Chicago as part of a deal that yielded ace left-hander Chris Sale.What can Kopech do to avoid feeling too hyped up for his first time facing Boston?"Take a deep breath and make pitches," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said to the Chicago Tribune. "Hopefully he continues to develop, continues to command the zone. It's electric stuff."Hopefully he'll just continue to trust himself, which he is doing, and just enjoy being here. Know that he's capable of doing what he's doing because of this tremendous gift he has." Kopech declined to speak about his emotions heading into the start, instead telling reporters that he would speak about the experience after his outing Friday night.Chicago (53-81) is feeling better about its fortunes despite a disappointing loss in Thursday night's series opener. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The Red Sox rallied for five runs in the ninth to claim a 9-4 victory.Boston (93-42) has a strong starting rotation and a potent lineup, as evidenced by home runs from Mookie Betts (No. 29 of the season) and J. D. Martinez (No. 39) in the comeback win over Chicago.The Red Sox will turn to right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.15 ERA) in the second game of a four-game series. Sports Experts. The 28-year-old will be making his seventh start since joining the Red Sox. He is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in his first six outings with Boston after going 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts for the Tampa Bay Rays.In two career games (one start) against the White Sox, Eovaldi is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA. He has walked five and fanned six in 7 2/3 innings.Earlier this week, Eovaldi worked with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to fine-tune his delivery."If Pedro comes around and he has something to say, I'm going to listen," Eovaldi said to MassLive.com. "He said he noticed something with my landing foot. I guess I land on my heel when I land. He was saying if I try to land more with my toe, he thinks I'll have a little bit better control of my offspeed pitches. And really with everything. It will make the fastball better, too." The insights from Martinez served as a revelation for Eovaldi, who previously had focused on his arm."It definitely feels a little different just because I haven't really been focusing on my landing foot," he said. "I've been focusing on other things thinking that was the issue. We'll have to see (Friday) how everything works out. But it definitely feels a lot better."

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MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/31/2018 - 8:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubPerez heads to bullpen before Rangers open series vs. Best Sports Handicapping Services. Twins 6h ago. 2 min read Texas left-hander Martin Perez won't be on the mound to start any of the Rangers' three games this weekend against the Minnesota Twins.If fact, Perez is likely to have started his last game in a Rangers uniform after the team told him he will pitch out of the bullpen for the final month of the season and that it did not plan to pick up his option for 2019.The Twins will send left-hander Stephen Gonsalves (0-2, 11.37 ERA) to the mound for the series opener on Friday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Football Handicappers. The Rangers will counter with right-hander Drew Hutchinson (2-2, 6.52).The Rangers we re looking for an improved season from Perez after he finished strong in 2017, when he won a career-high 13 games. But he suffered a right elbow injury in an offseason accident at his ranch in Venezuela and was 2-3 with a 9.67 ERA in five starts in April.Perez was then placed on the disabled list with more problems in the right arm. Since being activated on July 14, he is 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA in eight starts.The Rangers told Perez of their decision in a meeting after a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, Texas' fourth straight setback."It surprised me," Perez said. "I understand, you know, the way I've been pitching. I can't get mad. But 100 percent I wasn't waiting for that. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. That surprised me."Tough year for me -- surgery, the ups and downs -- and that's when you need to have your mind strong and fight with the bad result that you have after the games and during the game. It's just part of the game, man." Minnesota heads to Texas after a 5-3 loss in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon, in the process dropping a three-game series to the Indians.The Twins have now lost three straight series and head to Texas a season-high-tying 14 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central standings.Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario left Thursday's game in the fifth inning with a right quad strain he sustained while running to first base in the fourth."We'll probably find out tomorrow what we're looking at," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I would imagine he's not going to play in Texas. He said it was on the last step." The 26-year-old Rosario has been Minnesota's best all-around player this year, hitting .292 with 22 homers, 31 doubles and 74 RBIs in 130 games.Rosario told MLB.com that he'd never experienced a similar injury."I feel in pain," Rosario said. "It just felt like I pulled my muscle. I was trying to play through it, but the pain is there." Gonsalves is making his third career start and first against Texas. He suffered the loss in his last start on Aug. 25 at home against Oakland after allowing four runs, seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings.Gonsalves began the season in Double-A Chattanooga, where he went 3-0 in four starts with a 1.77 ERA. At Triple-A Rochester, was 9-3 with a 2.96 ERA with 55 walks and 95 strikeouts.Hutchison will make his fifth start for Texas. He is 1-1 with an 8.83 ERA in four starts and opponents are hitting .329 in that span. He is 2-0 with a 4.41 ERA in three starts against the Twins, but will be facing them for the first time since 2015.

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MLB Game Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves - 8/31/2018 - 7:35 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves - Date: 8/31/2018 StubHubStubHubBraves look to do better at home vs. Pirates 3h ago. 2 min read ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves swept a three-game series in Pittsburgh last week, holding the Pirates to two total runs.The Braves, though, scored only nine runs themselves, and two of the victories were by one run.The teams meet in a three-game series at Atlanta's SunTrust Park beginning Friday night with the Braves trying to hold off Philadelphia in the National League East and the Pirates no longer in playoff contention.Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.05 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Braves in the series opener, with fellow right-hander Jameson Taillon (10-9, 3.49) set to get the starting assignment for the Pirates.The Braves (74-59) saw their lead in the NL East cut to three games over the idle Phillies with a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs in a makeup game Thursday night.It wa s the Braves' sixth loss in their past seven home games and left them just 35-30 at SunTrust Park compared to 39-29 away from Atlanta.After losing two of three in St. Louis, the Pirates (65-69) are 12-20 since putting together an 11-game winning streak in July that kindled playoff hopes for the NL Central team.Taillon, who is in his third major-league season, has never faced the Braves, and it has been two years since 13-year veteran Sanchez faced the Pirates, against whom he is 3-5 with a 3.62 ERA in eight career starts.Sanchez, 34, lost his two most recent starts, but allowed just nine hits and four runs over 12 1/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins.After allowing two hits over five scoreless innings at Miami on Saturday, Sanchez allowed a run in the sixth that put the Braves behind for good. He then left the game with two outs in the sixth with what the Braves termed right hamstring tightness."He didn't pop it, didn't pull it, it was more I think probably a dehydration thing," Braves manager Brian Snitker said afterward.Sanchez has had no lingering issues with the hamstring, although the injury did throw him off against the Marlins."In the last hitters, I started thinking I can push my body and that's why I lost my command," Sanchez said.Taillon, 26, hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 22 and has a 2.95 ERA in the 16 starts since then.Taillon gave up one run in a victory over Milwaukee in his most recent outing on Saturday, going at least six innings for the sixth straight time and the eighth time in his past nine starts."I knew the team needed innings," Taillon said after beating the Brewers. "I enjoy that feeling. When the team needs me, that kind of sparks some extra energy." Taillon has been especially tough on the road of late, going 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA in his last nine outings away from Pittsburgh.Pittsburgh is 9-18 against the NL East. Atlanta is 15-11 versus the NL Central.

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