Tuesday, April 30, 2019

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (6) vs. Seattle Mariners (5) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (6) vs. Seattle Mariners (5) - Date: 4/30/2019 Schwarber's homer lifts Cubs to 6-5 win over MarinersSEATTLE Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer with two out in the eighth, and the Chicago Cubs topped the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Tuesday night for their third consecutive victory.Schwarber's long ball was the last of three homers for Chicago, and easily the most important.Brandon Brennan (1-2) struck out Javier Baez to end the seventh inning and got the first two outs of the eighth before Willson Contreras doubled. Schwarber then drove Brennan's changeup into the second deck in right field for his first homer since April 8.Brad Brach (3-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Steve Cishek got four outs for his first save of the season.Seattle put its first two batters on in the ninth, but Tim Beckham bounced into a double play and Cishek struck out Jay Bruce to end the game. Cishek pumped hi s arm emphatically Bruce looked at a called third strike with Domingo Santana on third.The Mariners grabbed a 5-4 lead on Edwin Encarnacion's leadoff drive in the seventh. Schwarber was a spectator as Encarnacion's eighth homer - and the 60th for Seattle this season - sailed into the bullpens beyond the fence in left field. Soccer Handicappers. The shot silenced the thousands of Cubs fans that showed up for Chicago's first game in Seattle in six years.They had plenty to cheer a few minutes later.Daniel Descalso hit the first leadoff home run of his career on the second pitch from Seattle starter Felix Hernandez. Anthony Rizzo added his sixth homer of the season in the fifth inning, a two-run shot that gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead.Cole Hamels struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings for Chicago. He was charged with four runs, two earned, and six hits.Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez allowed multiple home runs in a game for the second time this season. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.TRAINER'S ROOMCubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said reliever Brandon Morrow had an injection in his right elbow on Monday and won't throw for two or three weeks.Morrow had offseason surgery on his elbow. He was shut down recently after not recovering well from a bullpen session.ON THE FARMSeattle optioned outfielder Mallex Smith to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled Braden Bishop. Smith went hitless in his previous 24 at-bats spanning a stretch of 10 games. Sports Picks Free. The struggles at the plate seemed to carry into the field where Smith had made errors in each of his past two games and had a potential leaping catch bounce off his glove and over the fence for a home run during the 10-game stretch.MOVING UPHernandez matched a season high with eight strikeouts. He is four shy of 2,500 for his career.U P NEXTCubs: LHP Jon Lester (1-1) pitches back home for the first time since the 2014 season.Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (5-0) tries to remain perfect on the season.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (109) vs. Golden State Warriors (115) - 4/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (109) vs. Golden State Warriors (115) - Date: 4/30/2019 May 01, 2019OAKLAND, Calif. Kevin Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against James Harden, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets 115-109 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.Harden got hit in both eyes early but was able to return and finished with 29 points and seven rebounds on a night boos regularly greeted both him and Chris Paul at deafening Oracle Arena, where the Rockets complained after a 104-100 Game 1 defeat that the officials missed foul calls when the Warriors closed out on Houston's 3-point shooters.Paul celebrated and cheered when Harden drew a foul on Durant in the closing seconds of the third on a very such play. Harden converted three free throws to pull Houston within 82-75 going into the final 12 minutes.Harden scored seven straight Houst on points during one stretch midway through the fourth, including a 3 at 7:25 that go the Rockets within 92-89. Stephen Curry connected for a key 3 at the 6:31 mark on the way to 20 points.Klay Thompson scored 21 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third. Draymond Green had 15 points, 12 rebounds - three on the offensive end over two possessions in the opening quarter - and seven assists.Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.Durant took an early charge from Harden and blocked one of his shots as Houston committed five quick turnovers that led to 10 points. Andre Iguodala, who also handled much of the load defending Harden, added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.Curry dislocated his left middle finger in the first quarter but X-rays were negative and he returned with it taped.Curry missed his first four 3-point tries before hitting late in the first and played in foul trouble once more. He picked up his fourth with 6:43 in the third on a reach in, something he& #39;s been working to stop doing.Harden injured his eyes with 6:39 left in the first, grabbing at his face after he and Green fought for a loose rebound and Green's left hand got Harden in the face.When Harden went to the locker room with 6:27 left and a towel over his left eye for a cut, Green patted him on the back and said something to acknowledge the tough play. Harden returned at the 7:09 mark of the second.Both teams were more composed when it came to mouthing off at the referees.Harden already had a history with official Scott Foster, who worked Tuesday's game. Harden was fined $25,000 for calling Foster ''rude and arrogant'' following a 121-111 loss at the Lakers on Feb. 21 in which Harden fouled out - and Foster hadn't worked the Rockets since until Tuesday.The schedule was made before officiating became such an emphasis in the series opener.''He's one of the best in the game and I'd be surprised if he wouldn't be some where,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said beforehand. ''The crew is some of the best in the league.'' In Game 1, Paul was automatically ejected with 4.4 seconds left following a second technical and fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday for making contact with official Josh Tiven.D'Antoni emphasized the scrutiny of officials ''shouldn't continue.'' Durant's run of five straight performances scoring at least 30 points was snapped.With 201 points over his previous five games, he became the fourth player in NBA history to score 200 or more in such a span - joining LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan.GREEN'S TECHNICALSGreen and Nene got tangled up and drew double technicals after Harden's third free throw at the end of the third.With his fourth technical of the postseason, Green is three away from an automatic one-game suspension.TIP-INSRockets: Houston committed nine first-quarter turnovers leading to 14 Wa rriors points while shooting 7 for 19. ... Reserve G Austin Rivers returned after he missed Game 1 with an illness. ... Houston is 5-14 vs. the Warriors dating to the 2015 Western Conference finals won by the Warriors on the way to their first title in 40 years. ... After going 14 of 47 from deep in the series opener, missing their initial eight threes and 27 straight to end Game 7 vs. Golden State last year, Houston shot 17 for 40 on 3s in Game 2.Warriors: The Warriors committed just 12 turnovers after it became a big focus after getting 20 in Game 1. ... Golden State improved to 6-1 all-time in the postseason when using the starting lineup of Curry, Durant, Green, Iguodala and Thompson. ... With 324 career postseason 3s, Thompson matched Manu Ginobili for fourth on the NBA's all-time postseason list for 3s.COUSINS UPDATEWarriors center DeMarcus Cousins did some shooting Tuesday morning. He isn't likely to return this postseason after tearing his left quadriceps mus cle in the first round against the Clippers.''He's progressing with his rehab but nothing significant enough to report,'' Kerr said. ''But he's doing a little bit better.'' ---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (4) vs. Colorado Avalanche (2) - 4/30/2019

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (4) vs. Colorado Avalanche (2) - Date: 4/30/2019 / DENVER Logan Couture scored three times, including the go-ahead goal with 7:10 remaining, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Couture sent a shot over the shoulder of Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer just 65 seconds after Matt Nieto tied the score. Couture sealed it on an empty-net goal with 29.5 seconds remaining. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. Timo Meier also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 24-16 all-time in Game 3 of a series. Game 4 is Thursday in Denver. It's been an exciting few days for Sharks center Gustav Nyquist, whose wife gave birth to a daughter Monday. He returned to the team before the game and recorded two assists. Martin Jones stopped 25 shots. Nathan MacKinnon had a short-handed goal and Nieto added another to help the Avalanche rebound from a 2-0 first-period deficit. Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for Colorado, which snapped an eight-game home win streak. Picks and Parlays. The Avalanche went on the power play with 2:56 left when Couture was called for tripping. Colorado pulled Grubauer for an extra skater, but Couture wrapped it up with a goal to register the hat trick. Nieto tied the score when Samuel Girard sent a shot at him. Nieto managed to tip it in while jumping in the air. As the crowd was still buzzing, Couture made a nifty move to score and silence the building. Couture has a playoff-leading nine goals. Down 2-0, Grubauer kept the Avalanche within reach during the second period. He had a shot by Marc-Edouard Vlasic bounce off his glove and clang off the crossbar. Grubauer later stopped Evander Kane on a breakaway that energized the crowd. Late in t he period and with San Jose on the power play, Brent Burns tried to send a pass up the ice, only to have it intercepted near center-ice by defenseman Ian Cole. He dished it over to the speedy MacKinnon who raced into the zone and beat Jones with a wrist shot. MacKinnon has at least a point in seven straight postseason games. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The last Avalanche player with a point in seven straight was Peter Forsberg in the 2004 postseason. Colorado once again teamed up a pair of 20-year-old defensemen in Cale Makar and Samuel Girard. The combined age of Makar and Girard is only slightly greater than Sharks forward Joe Thornton, who turns 40 in July. Couture gave the Sharks the early lead when he fended off Makar down low and knocked in a backhand shot over Grubauer. Toward the end of the first period, Meier took advantage of a turnover by Erik Johnson in the neutral zone to give the Shar ks a two-goal lead. It was Meier's third goal of the 2019 playoffs after scoring 30 in the regular season. NOTES: Sharks captain Joe Pavelski and F Joonas Donskoi didn't travel with the team, coach Peter DeBoer said. Pavelski and Donskoi were both hurt during the Vegas series and have yet to play in this one. ... Colorado F Matt Calvert was out with an upper-body injury. ... With Colorado and the Denver Nuggets both in the second round, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was asked if the ice was at all an issue as the Pepsi Center goes through constant conversions. ''Not for me,'' Bednar said. ''It didn't seem to hurt us in the Calgary series.''UP NEXTBack at Pepsi Center for Game 4 on Thursday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (10) vs. San Francisco Giants (3) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (10) vs. San Francisco Giants (3) - Date: 4/30/2019 Freese, Turner homer as Dodgers beat Giants 10-3SAN FRANCISCO David Freese hit a three-run homer, Justin Turner went deep for the first time this season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 10-3 on Tuesday night.Kike Hernandez also connected, and Walker Buehler pitched into the sixth inning to remain unbeaten in six starts.Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger singled, walked and scored twice, but was denied in his bid to break the major league record for most home runs before May 1. Bellinger has 14 homers so far this season. He had already set the record for most RBIs before May 1 with 37.Buster Posey had an RBI double for San Francisco.A glitch in the replay system briefly delayed the start of the game. Both teams retained their managerial challenges and were given unlimited crew chief reviews as a result of the technical iss ues.The Dodgers grabbed control with three runs in the fourth and six in the sixth.Freese homered for the first time since April 11, driving a 3-2 pitch from Drew Pomeranz (1-3) deep to right in the fourth. He paused between first and second base as the ball ricocheted back onto the field, unsure of the call until first base umpire Tim Timmons signaled home run.Television replays showed it just hit above the brick facade in right. Freese entered the series with the Giants in a 0-for-18 funk. He singled as a pinch hitter on Monday and added two more hits and a walk on Tuesday.Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes added consecutive two-run doubles off Ty Blach in the sixth. Hernandez capped the inning with his sixth home run, a two-run drive to left.Turner homered leading off the seventh.It was more than enough for Buehler (3-0), who allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: CF A. J. Pollock was placed on the injured list. He might need surgery because of an infection in his surgically repaired right elbow. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The 31-year-old Pollock signed a $55 million, four-year contract with the Dodgers in the offseason but has struggled at the plate.Giants: Johnny Cueto threw 25 pitches off a mound in his first bullpen session since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.UP NEXTGiants ace Madison Bumgarner (1-4, 4.30 ERA) squares off against the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.96 ERA) in a matchup of left-handers in the series finale Wednesday. Coming off a season-high 10 strikeouts against Pittsburgh in his most recent outing, Ryu beat San Francisco earlier this year when he allowed two runs over seven innings. Game Fixing. The Giants have lost five of the six games that Bumgarner has started.--More MLB:?https://apnews.com/tag/MLB?and?https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (1) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (3) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (1) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (3) - Date: 4/30/2019 Diamondbacks beat Yankees 3-1 as Sabathia hits 3K strikeoutsPHOENIX CC Sabathia struck out a former teammate for No. 3,000 of his career, celebrated with the rest of the New York Yankees on the field and tipped his cap to the appreciative Arizona crowd.As the big left-hander he walked toward the batter's box, he looked up to see Carter Sabathia waiting in the front row. Handicappers Free Picks. The father slid his massive frame through the netting and gave his youngest son a huge hug, followed by embraces with the rest of his family.After months of anticipation and three starts with his family in tow, Sabathia could finally celebrate a milestone only 16 other players in 143 years of major league baseball had accomplished.''It's been a fun time these past couple weeks, th ese guys following around with me,'' Sabathia said Tuesday night after becoming the 17th player in major league history and third left-hander to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. ''It's a special time.'' The Yankees lost the game 3-1 to the Diamondbacks, thanks to a sterling performance by Arizona's own ace Zack Greinke.The night still belonged to Sabathia, the affable ace who can still dominate at 38.Sabathia (1-1) arrived in the desert needing three strikeouts to hit 3,000 and got them all in the third inning.The milestone whiff came when John Ryan Murphy, his former batterymate in New York, swung through a changeup, sending the Yankees spontaneously pouring out of the dugout. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The crowd roared and continued cheering until Sabathia tipped his cap before hugging his kids.''It's disappointing to lose, but tonight's about celebrating the man in what's been an amazing career,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''To be a part of it was special.'' Playing his final season, Sabathia became the first pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts since Atlanta's John Smoltz in 2008, and joined Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the only lefties to do it.Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer and a run-scoring single off Sabathia. He allowed two runs and five hits, and struck out five before being lifted with two on and one out in the sixth inning.''I was a baseball fan tonight,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''What he did is a pretty amazing accomplishment.'' Greinke (5-1) won his fifth straight game and stretched his scoreless innings streak to 18 before Gleyher Torres' run-scoring double in the fourth inning.Greinke allowed one run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and has 2,481 in his career to move past Jack Morris (2,478) for 38th all- time.''It was cool, nice facing him,'' Greinke said of Sabathia. ''Always like seeing what some guys have and what makes them good.'' Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.CC AND MURPHYSabathia did not want Murphy to be the victim of No. 3,000. It just worked out that way.Murphy spent three seasons with the Yankees and caught 62 of Sabathia's strikeouts, including No. 2,500 in 2015.''It is just speaks to the pitcher that he is,'' said Murphy, who jokingly asked Sabathia if he wanted him to sign the ball. ''To do what he has been able to do the last few years after not being able to have the velocity that he had and a couple of knee injuries that he had, speaks to the kind of guy he is and the competitor he is.'' GODLEY TO BULLPENLovullo shook up his starting rotation by sending struggling right-hander Zack Godley to the bullpen.A replacement in the rotation was not named.Godle y is 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA with 18 walks in 29 2/3 innings. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs his last start against the Chicago Cubs.Arizona also reinstated LHP T. J. McFarland (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. The reliever had been out since March 25 after a steady 2018 season.TRAINER'S TABLEYankees: Infielders DJ LeMahieu (right knee) and Gio Urshela (left hand) were on the bench after being removed from Sunday's game with injuries. Urshela grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki (left calf) hit a two-run homer for Single-A Tampa in a rehab game Tuesday night and 3B Miguel Andujar (right shoulder) was 0 for 4 with two errors.UP NEXTYankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka has allowed one earned run in four of six starts heading into Wednesday's game against Arizona. He faces RHP Merrill Kelly, who's held right-hande rs to a .222 average in his first big-league season.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (6) vs. Texas Rangers (4) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (6) vs. Texas Rangers (4) - Date: 4/30/2019 Pirates end 8-game skid with 2 11th-inning HRs to beat TexasARLINGTON, Texas When Bryan Reynolds led off the 11th inning with his first career homer, everybody on the Pittsburgh Pirates' bench erupted in celebration. Sports Picks Today. They were all quiet by time the rookie rounded the bases and got back to the dugout.''We were all like so quick to hop up and jump up and down, then someone said (silent treatment) and we all knew why,'' said Josh Bell, who came home and tied the score against the Texas Rangers with a two-run double in the ninth.Reynolds put the Pirates ahead with his blast to the hill in center field off Jesse Chavez (0-1), and Starling Marte then added a two-run homer as the Pirates ended their eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 win Tuesday night.'& #39;I kind of blanked out, and then I realized what was going on,'' Reynolds said.The Pirates were scoreless until getting three-run ninth off closer Jose Leclerc that Reynolds started with a double.''Puts a big smile on your face. I mean, he had a double off the glove to keep the hitting streak alive and then he puts an exclamation point on the end of his night,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Marte puts an exclamation point on the end of his night for a guy that's been out 10, 11 days, hadn't seen any live pitching. ... But for Reynolds, what a charge. His first RBI. First home run. Off a veteran pitcher, a good pitcher. Pretty swing.'' Reynolds has hit safely in all eight of his games since his big league debut April 20, when the outfielder was called up the same day Marte was put on the injured list with bruises to his abdominal wall and ribs.Marte played his first game since he was involved in a full-speed collision with sh ortstop Erik Gonzalez on April 19 that sent both players to the injured list - Gonzalez broke his collar bone and is on the 60-day injured list.Kyle Crick (1-1), who was born in nearby Fort Worth and lives in Sherman about 90 miles north, pitched a perfect 10th. Felipe Vazquez worked the 11th for his seventh save after allowing Joey Gallo's leadoff homer - his 10th being a 467-foot drive into the second deck of seats in right field.Pittsburgh had three consecutive hits off Leclerc to start to the ninth, including Adam Frazier's RBI single for their first run. Leclerc then struck out two before Bell, who was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and grew up a Rangers fan, tied the game at 3 with a two-run double driven the opposite way into the left-center gap.''That was huge, I felt that support from my friends and family,'' Bell said. ''To be able to come through and pull through for the team right there, I can't ask for much more .'' It was the second blown save in seven chances this season for Leclerc, who became the Rangers' closer after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh last July. Kela pitched a scoreless ninth for the Pirates.Manager Chris Woodward said there would be a discussion about Leclerc's role moving forward.''Obviously with a young guy, you don't want to kill the kid's confidence,'' Woodward said. ''I would love to just keep giving him the ball, but I do have to be mindful where his mental state. He wants the ball, but he also doesn't want to feel like he's letting his teammates down. It's a tough situation for him.'' SOFT RUNSAsdrubal Cabrera blooped a two-run single to right in the fourth - MLB stats registered the exit velocity off the bat at 59 mph - to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. They went ahead 3-0 in the eighth on Gallo 's third walk, which came after a passed ball on a strikeout and two other walks had loaded the bases.STILL LOOKING FOR NO. 1Rangers starter Adrian Sampson was denied his first big league victory after 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Sports Bettor Leads. The right-hander struck out five without a walk, and hit a batter, in his 13th career appearance (eighth start) since his big league debut for Seattle in 2016. He was a fifth-round pick by the Pirates in 2012.TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: C Francisco Cervelli was hit on his left wrist by a pitch in the second inning. He initially remained in the game, but two pitches later left the game. He was examined by Rangers team physician Dr Keith Meister, and the Pirates expect an update Wednesday.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (1-3, 4.06) is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his three road starts this year.Rangers RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 7.52) has allowed exactly four runs in each of h is last four starts. He is 2-7 with a 4.88 ERA in 10 career starts against Pittsburgh.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (0) vs. Chicago White Sox (0) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (0) vs. Chicago White Sox (0) - Date: 4/30/2019 Orioles, White Sox rained out; doubleheader WednesdayCHICAGO The game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night was postponed because of rain several hours before it was scheduled to begin.They will play a traditional doubleheader Wednesday starting at 3:10 p.m. local time.The White Sox have won four in a row. Last-place Baltimore has lost four straight.Chicago's Carlos Rodon and Baltimore's David Hess are scheduled to start Game 1, with Ivan Nova and Andrew Cashner going Game 2 after having their turns pushed back a day.The Orioles added right-hander Shawn Armstrong to their 25-man roster. He replaced left-hander Tanner Scott, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday night.Armstrong was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. He had a 0-1 record and 14.73 ERA in four relief appearances.---M ore MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (0) vs. Kansas City Royals (0) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (0) vs. Kansas City Royals (0) - Date: 4/30/2019 Rays-Royals game postponed due to rain; doubleheader on deckKANSAS CITY, Mo. The Tampa Bay Rays' game against the Kansas City Royals was washed out Tuesday night, and the teams will make it up at part of a doubleheader Wednesday with the first game starting at 12:15 p.m.The second game will begin 45 minutes after the first game.The Rays planned to send Blake Snell to the mound Tuesday in his second start since hurting his toe in a freak accident at home, while the Royals planned to counter with Jakob Junis.Tampa Bay intended to use an opener against the Royals' Danny Duffy in their game Wednesday.The Rays (19-9) rolled to an 8-5 win in the opener Monday night, building upon the best record in baseball. Free Sports Picks. The rainout means Kansas City (9-20) will avoid matching its w orst March-April loss total of 21, set just last season.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (11) vs. Minnesota Twins (0) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (11) vs. Minnesota Twins (0) - Date: 4/30/2019 Cole allows 1 hit in 7 innings, Astros bash Twins 11-0MINNEOLIS Gerrit Cole allowed one hit in seven innings, and the Houston Astros backed him with three homers in an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.Cole (2-4) gave up his only hit in the sixth inning while the Astros broke out offensively to win a meeting of division leaders and snap the Twins' four-game winning streak.After losing 1-0 in the series opener, Houston added to its franchise record for April homers on Tuesday. George Springer, Jake Marisnick and Alex Bregman went deep, giving the Astros 43 for the month.Cole struck out 11 and walked three, including the first two batters of the game. It was his fourth game with double-figure strikeouts this season. Max Kepler had the only hit off Cole, a double off the right-field wall with one out in the sixth.Relievers Josh Ja mes and Chris Devenski completed the three-hitter. Kepler had two hits for the Twins, who have hit 50 home runs in their first 27 games.Springer had an RBI double in the third and homered on the first pitch of the fifth.Marisnick and Bregman homered as part of a four-run sixth. Marisnick hit a two-run shot to chase Michael Pineda (2-2), who allowed five runs on a season-high nine hits in five-plus innings.TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: Pineda was hit in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Michael Brantley in the fifth inning but stayed in the game. ... INF Miguel Sano (right heel laceration) went 0-for-1 with a walk Tuesday in his rehab assignment for Single-A Fort Myers.PROSPECT SUSPENDEDAstros minor leaguer J. J. Matijevic was suspended 50 games Tuesday after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Matijevic, a 2017 second-round pick, is batting .240 for Double-A Corpus Christi.UP NEXTLHP Martin Perez (3-0, 4.44 ERA) will start for the Twins against RHP Collin McHugh (3-2 , 4.78) in the third game of the four-game series. Free Picks and Parlays. The teams will conclude their season series on Thursday. All seven games are in a span of 11 days.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (7) vs. Miami Marlins (4) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (7) vs. Miami Marlins (4) - Date: 4/30/2019 Gonz�lez's 3-run homer helps Indians beat Marlins 7-4MIAMI Because of the unusual way the game started, Carlos Gonzalez figured the Cleveland Indians might need a lot of runs.''I've never seen Trevor Bauer struggle before,'' Gonzalez said with a chuckle.Bauer fell behind early, but Gonzalez put the Indians ahead to stay with a tiebreaking three-run homer, only his second extra-base hit of the season, and they beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday night.Bauer (4-1) overcame his slow start to pitch seven innings. He struck out 10 but allowed four runs and wasn't happy afterward.''I stink right now,'' the right-hander said. ''It has been really frustrating, but I'll figure it out. I've got to be better.'' Bauer walked four and was annoyed he has allowed 23 bases on balls in 47 2/3 innings . But his ERA is 2.45, and he made his 60th consecutive start without allowing more than four runs.Only Greg Maddux has had a longer such streak since 1970.''Today he didn't have his best stuff, but he's a competitor,'' Gonzalez said. ''Being able to help after a rough start was awesome.'' Gonzalez's homer off Sandy Alcantara (1-3) broke a 3-3 tie in the third. Football Predictions. The three-time All-Star, who signed in mid-March and was called up from the minors on April 14, had been 2-for-14 with runners on base.''This whole thing has been new for me - not having spring training,'' Gonzalez said. ''It takes a little time. Right now I'm feeling a lot better.'' The Indians need him. Hot Sports Handicappers. They came into the game last in the AL in batting and slu gging.Carlos Santana hit his second homer in as many games and his third of the year for Cleveland, and also had an RBI single.Former Marlin Brad Hand completed a five-hitter by pitching a perfect ninth for his ninth save in as many chances.Curtis Granderson hit his fourth homer for the Marlins, who lost their fourth game in a row and have the worst record in the majors.Alcantara allowed six runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings.''I always see it as a lack of aggression - a lack of confidence in his fastball,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''I feel you don't see his best stuff as often as we could. When you have 97-98 in the tank, you'd like to see it more.'' HURT AGAINGarrett Cooper came off the injured list to start for the Marlins at first base, but he left the game in the third inning after a 96-mph fastball from Bauer bruised his left knuckle. X-rays were negative.Cooper has been the Marlins' opening day right fielder the past two years, but because of injuries, he has played in just 18 games since the beginning of 2018.''These last couple of years have taken a toll on me mentally, but I'm glad there's nothing broken,'' Cooper said. ''Hopefully it will be a few days, and I'll get back to swinging this weekend.'' BOTCHED BUNTIndians manager Terry Francona took the blame after his team allowed Alcantara to drop down an RBI sacrifice bunt with runners at first and third in the second inning.''That's my fault,'' Francona said. ''It's good National League baseball. We'll need to clean that up when we're in National League cities.'' WHAT RELIEFThe Marlins' Nick Anderson struck out both batters he faced in the sixth. He has 27 strikeouts and two walks this season while facing 51 batters.TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: RHP Mike Clevinger (back) threw from 60 feet and said he felt great. Handicapping Sports. The earliest he can come off the injured list is June 6.Marlins: INF Neil Walker underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a mild bone bruise in his left knee. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the sixth.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Corey Kluber (2-3, 5.88 ERA) will face the Marlins for the first time Wednesday.Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (2-0, 2.17), who will start the series finale, has an NL-best batting average against of .167.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports---Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine

NBA Game Recap: Boston Celtics (102) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (123) - 4/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Boston Celtics (102) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (123) - Date: 4/30/2019 Apr 30, 2019MILWAUKEE Giannis Antetokoumpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton made seven of Milwaukee's 20 3-pointers, and the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-102 on Tuesday night to even their second-round playoff series at a game apiece.Antetokoumpo bounced back from a sub-par performance in Game 1, repeatedly attacking the rim with powerful drives to the basket. He went 7 for 16 from the floor and 13 of 18 at the foul line.Middleton finished with 28 points for Milwaukee, which went 20 for 47 from beyond the arc. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points and five assists.The Bucks led by as many as 31 points after a closely played opening half. Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.Marcus Morris paced Boston with 17 points. Jaylen Brown had 16, and Al Horford finished with 15.Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points and 11 assists in the Celtics' 112-9 0 victory in the series opener, finished with nine points on 4-of-18 shooting in 31 minutes.Milwaukee broke it open by outscoring Boston 39-18 in the third quarter. Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the period, including a 3-pointer over Horford to give the Bucks an 81-71 lead with 5:33 left.Antetokounmpo tipped in his own miss and made another 3 to help Milwaukee pull away. Winning Sports Gambling. The Bucks went on a 24-2 run to carry a 98-73 lead into the fourth.Brook Lopez and George Hill each finished with 10 points for Milwaukee. Pat Connaughton grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Bucks to a 54-45 advantage on the glass.Antetokounmpo came out in an aggressive mode, getting to the foul line for eight attempts in the first quarter and making five. But he missed his only three field goal tries in the period.Irving was 0 for 6 from the field but the Celtics moved the ball freely while taking a 30-25 lead after one qu arter. Boston was 9 of 21 from the field and 9 of 10 at the line in the period.Antetokounmpo scored his first basket on a powerful left-handed dunk that got the Bucks within two and had the crowd on its feet early in the second quarter.Milwaukee led 59-55 at the break, fueled by 3-pointers from Middleton, Bledsoe and Hill. Sports Handicapping Software. The Bucks outscored the Celtics 34-25 in the second quarter.TIP-INSCeltics: Morris started at forward for the second straight game in the series, with Horford at center. Backup center Aron Baynes was available after twisting his left ankle in Game 1 and played 10 minutes while picking up four fouls. Stevens said Baynes' role would not change. ''He will rotate off Giannis and their other bigs,'' Stevens said before the game. . Boston has won five of six playoff series against Milwaukee, including the 1974 NBA Finals. freepick. The Celtics won that series in seven games, taking three of the four games played in Milwaukee.Milwaukee: F Nikola Mirotic was in the starting lineup in place of Sterling Brown, who struggled in Game 1 and also experienced back spasms. Mirotic picked up two quick fouls guarding Jaylen Brown and was replaced by Connaughton with 8:43 left in the opening quarter.UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Boston.

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (3) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (4) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (3) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (4) - Date: 4/30/2019 Aguilar, Chacin lead Brewers past Rockies 4-3MILWAUKEE Jesus Aguilar homered again and the Milwaukee Brewers, held without a runner for five innings, broke through late and beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday night.Jhoulys Chacin pitched six scoreless innings for the Brewers, who have won the first two in the four-game series. Milwaukee has won 12 of its last 14 against Colorado, including a sweep in last season's NL Division Series.The Brewers again played without NL MVP Christian Yelich, who sat out with lower back soreness for the second straight game.German Marquez (3-2) took a perfect game into the sixth before surrendering a leadoff double to Ben Gamel that hit left fielder Raimel Tapia's glove. Gamel later scored when pinch-hitter Ryan Braun grounded into a double play, making it 1-0.Aguilar, who hit his first two home runs of th e season on Monday night, connected for a three-run drive off Marquez in the seventh. Last year, Aguilar had 35 homers and 108 RBIs.Chacin (3-3) had struggled over his last four starts, giving up 15 runs in 17 2/3 innings. He allowed just two hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out one.Josh Hader got two outs for his seventh save in as many tries despite giving up a two-out, two-run homer to Ian Desmond in the ninth.Nolan Arenado's run-scoring double in the ninth broke up the Brewers' shutout.Marquez, who has pitched at least five innings in each of his six starts and has the Rockies only complete game, was stellar through five innings. He had five strikeouts, with all other outs being recorded by infielders.TRAINER'S ROOMRockies: OF Charlie Blackmon didn't start after playing 17 consecutive games. Money Cappers. Tapia started in his place. Manager Bud Black said Blackmon was available off the bench.Brewers: Yelich, who left Sunday's game with low back discomfort, still hasn't progressed to doing baseball activities and likely won't play until the team opens a three-game series at home against the New York Mets beginning Friday, manager Craig Counsell said. ''Look, we are going to be cautious with this,'' he said. . RHP Freddy Peralta (right sternoclavicular joint irritation) will be activated from the injured list and start the series finale against the Rockies on Thursday. He has been out since April 16.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-1, 3.93 ERA) will get the start in the third game of the series. Senzatela will make his second career regular-season start against the Brewers. He also faced Milwaukee in Game 1 of the NLDS last season.Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.20) will make his third start of the season after making his first five appearances out of the bullpen. Anderson is 4-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 12 career s tarts against the Rockies.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (4) vs. Atlanta Braves (3) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (4) vs. Atlanta Braves (3) - Date: 4/30/2019 Reyes' 2 homers, 3 RBIs lead Padres past Braves 4-3ATLANTA With prized rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. sidelined by an ailing hamstring, the San Diego Padres need someone to fill the void.Franmil Reyes did his part Tuesday night.Reyes homered twice and drove in three runs, Eric Hosmer also went deep and rookie Chris Paddack turned in another impressive start, leading the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.''When he's on, it's special,'' San Diego manager Andy Green said of Reyes. ''He's hitting to all fields. He's hitting it everywhere.'' Reyes homered on the 11th pitch of the game into the left-field seats, followed by a solo shot to right to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. Two bat ters later, Hosmer drove one out to give the Padres a bit of insurance.Tatis went on the 10-day injured list before the game and is expected to miss several weeks. Manny Machado made his first start of the season at shortstop, while Ty France is expected to hold down third base until Tatis returns.Reyes produced his second multi-homer game in eight days, giving him eight homers on the season. He also went deep twice on April 23 against Seattle.''Of course, we feel bad'' about their injured teammate, Reyes said. ''But we don't want to put ourselves down. We have to keep battling very hard.'' Paddack (2-1) went six innings, surrendering only a two-out, two-run single to Matt Joyce in the second after a balk. NFL Handicappers. The right-hander gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out five.In the first six starts of his career, Paddack has yet to surrender more than three runs while posting an ERA of 1.91. Over his final four innings against the Braves, he allowed just two baserunners, mixing an effective curve with his two best pitches, the fastball and change-up.''I had a little hiccup in the second inning,'' Paddack said. ''But overall, I'm very pleased with this performance.'' Julio Teheran (2-4) became the ninth pitcher in Braves' franchise history to start 200 games, but he had no answer for Reyes. freepick. The San Diego right fielder also had a run-scoring double in the third.''One guy kind of changed the face of the game,'' Teheran said.Craig Stammen gave up a run-scoring single to Ronald Acuna Jr. in the eighth, but Kirby Yates worked a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 14th save in as many chances.ROCKET ARMThe Braves tried to get a runner in scoring position in the final inning.No chance with Francisco Mejia behind the plate for the Padres.The San Diego catcher showed off his dynamic arm with a strike to second base, easily getting pinch-runner Charlie Culberson when he attempted to steal.''That arm is fun,'' Green said. ''When somebody runs, we're all smiling in the dugout.'' DAYTON RETURNSGrant Dayton pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his first big league appearance since July 24, 2017, with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Dayton went down that season with an elbow injury and missed all of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.After pitching five games for the Braves' Triple-A team this season, he was called up Monday.TRAINER'S ROOMPadres: Tatis was hurt Sunday when he did an awkward-looking split while trying to stretch for a throw at second base at Washington. After missing Monday's game in Atlanta, he underwent an MRI that showed no structural damage but indicated a significant recovery period.Braves: 3B Josh Donaldson was a late scratch because of right calf soreness, a move that was described as precautionary by the Braves. It was a similar situation with CF Ender Inciarte, who left Monday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. He didn't start but was used as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, striking out with two runners aboard.UP NEXTPadres: RHP Cal Quantrill will be called up from El Paso to make his major league debut Wednesday against the Braves. A first-round pick in 2016, he gave up eight runs in his first start for the Triple-A team but had a 2.86 ERA in four appearances since then. He will make the 14th start by a Padres rookie this season, more than any other team.Braves: LHP Max Fried (3-1, 2.30) looks to bounce back from his worst start of the season. After giving up only four earned runs in his first four starts, covering 24 1/3 innings, Fried was roughed up for four runs in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-4 loss to Colorado.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twi tter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (3) vs. New York Mets (4) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (3) vs. New York Mets (4) - Date: 4/30/2019 Alonso's sac fly gives Mets 4-3 win over Reds in 10NEW YORK Rookie Pete Alonso hit a game-winning sacrifice fly off Cincinnati closer Raisel Iglesias in the 10th inning, and the New York Mets rebounded from a blown ninth-inning lead to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Tuesday night and avoid dropping below .500 for the first time this year.J. D. Davis, who entered in a ninth-inning double switch, doubled to left-center to cap a 10-pitch at-bat leading off the 10th against Iglesias (1-4). Jeff McNeil singled sharply to put runners at the corners with his fourth hit of the game.With the infield in and outfield shallow, Alonso hit a fly to the warning track in right.New York, which had lost four of five coming in, is just 15-14 despite a 5-1 start.Backed by McNeil's run-scoring bunt single in the third, Jason Vargas had a two-hit shutout when he pitched into the sixth inning for the first time this year. Joey Votto flied out to the center field warning track leading off the sixth and Eugenio Suarez homered on the next pitch.With closer Edwin Diaz unavailable after pitching three days in a row, former Mets closer Jeurys Familia tried for his second regular-season six-out save. Even with a 3-1 lead, he fell one out short.Familia struck out his first two batters in the ninth, walked Jesse Winker on four pitches, then allowed consecutive singles to Jose Iglesias, Farmer and birthday boy Jose Peraza, who turned 25.Daniel Zamora loaded the bases with a walk to Votto, but rookie Drew Gagnon (1-0) struck out Eugenio Suarez. Gagnon escaped a two-out jam in the 10th when Iglesias popped out. Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch for the fourth time this season and 97th time in his big league career, and McNeil misplayed a grounder to second for an error that created the trouble.McNeil put the Mets ahead in the third with a two-out, run- scoring bunt single against major league ERA leader Luis Castillo, but Suarez hit a tying home run off Vargas leading off the sixth.Todd Frazier, a two-time All-Star for the Reds from 2011-15, homered on the first pitch of the seventh for a 2-1 lead. Michael Conforto, in a 1-for-18 slide, added an RBI single in the eighth off Amir Garrett, a former college basketball player at nearby St. John's.Castillo allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, and his ERA rose from 1.23 to 1.45, losing the big league lead. Five of his seven strikeouts were on changeups, a season-long pattern: He has gotten 38 of 50 Ks on changeups overall.Vargas allowed just one run for the third straight start and gave up three hits in a season-high 5 1/3 innings.RARERobert Gsellman led off the bottom of the sixth with the first walk by a Mets reliever since Robert Carson on April 23, 2013, and only the second in the major leagues this year after Cincinnati's Michael Lorenzen on April 9.REME MBER ROBBYA Cincinnati-area field in St. Bernard that is being renovated will be renamed ''Frank Robinson Field'' after the Hall of Famer, who died in February at age 83.He was a seven-time All-Star during 10 seasons with the Reds, winning NL Rookie of the Year in 1956 and MVP in 1961.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: 2B Robinson Cano was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day because of a swollen left hand. Cano was hit on the outside of his hand by a pitch from Milwaukee left-hander Gio Gonzalez on Sunday. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes is hitting off a tee, playing catch and bicycling up to 40 miles, but he has not started running as he recovers from surgery on both heels last year.UP NEXTMets RHP Jacob deGrom (2-3) has a 4.85 ERA and losses in three straight outings going into Wednesday's start against Cincinnati RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1).---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (3) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (3) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1) - Date: 4/30/2019 Cabrera, Goodrum help lift Tigers past Phillies 3-1PHILADELPHIA Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Niko Goodrum added a two-run homer to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.Spencer Turnbull pitched six strong innings as the Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak while rebounding from Sunday's 4-1 loss at the White Sox in which they tied a major-league record for a nine-inning game with 20 strikeouts.Cabrera moved into a tie for 68th all-time with 2,705 career hits. He matched Doc Cramer with a third-inning base hit to left to help the Tigers win the interleague game. It was the Tigers' first meeting with the Phillies since 2016 and their first trip to Philadelphia since 2007.The NL East-leading Phillies managed just four hits while falling to 11-6 at home.Turnbull (2-2) was a late re placement for scheduled starter Tyson Ross, who was placed on the paternity list. Best Sports Picks Today. The rookie allowed one run and three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in as many chances.Vince Velasquez (1-1) needed 99 pitches to get through 3 2/3 innings before being lifted. Velasquez, who entered with a 1.99 ERA, gave up three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.The right-hander's night - and the Phillies' - took a turn for the worse in the third when first baseman Rhys Hoskins lost Nicholas Castellanos' harmless pop fly in the lights resulting in an unlikely double. What should've been the second out with nobody on base turned into a three-run inning for the Tigers with Velasquez needing 28 pitches to get through the inning.Cabrera singled home Castellanos and Goodrum followed by sending Velasquez's 2 -2, 94-mph four-seam fastball into the seats in right to give Detroit a 3-1 lead.That was plenty of support for Turnbull, who overcame some wildness to earn his second career victory. Best Sports Picks Today. The 26-year-old right-hander had three wild pitches and hit a pair of batters.The Phillies got their only run in the first without a base hit out of the infield. Andrew McCutchen led off with an infield single that likely would've been an out had second baseman Ronny Rodriguez not been shifted up the middle.McCutchen went to second on a wild pitch, third on Bryce Harper's groundout to first and scored on Rhys Hoskins' single to deep short.Detroit improved to 12-7 against the Phillies.TRAINER'S ROOMTigers: Jordy Mercer, out since April 13 with a right quad strain, started at shortstop. ... 2B Josh Harrison was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to April 27 with a bruised left shoulder . He is hitting .156 with a homer and seven RBIs in 22 games.Phillies: Nick Williams took a fastball off his left knee in the fourth inning but stayed in the game. J. Sports Handicapping Services. T. Realmuto also was hit by a Turnbull pitch but wasn't hurt.UP NEXTTigers LHP Daniel Norris (1-0, 3.93) faces Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola (2-0, 5.68) in the final matchup of the two-game set on Wednesday night.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (1) vs. Boston Red Sox (5) - 4/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (1) vs. Boston Red Sox (5) - Date: 4/30/2019 Porcello pitches 8 shutout innings, Red Sox beat A's 5-1BOSTON Rick Porcello pitched eight shutout innings and struck out a season-high eight as the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Tuesday night.Porcello (2-3) allowed only two hits and walked two while winning his second straight start. He also became the first starter to go past the seventh inning for the World Series champion Red Sox in a rough opening month of the season.Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland homered for Boston and the Red Sox won for the fourth time in six games.Tyler Thornburg pitched the ninth and lost the shutout when Robbie Grossman hit a leadoff homer.Aaron Brooks (2-3) pitched 4 1-3 innings for Oakland, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks.Betts put Boston up 1-0 with a homer in the first, his sixth of the season. Sandy Leon added an RBI single in the second and Moreland added a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 4-0.Brooks, who pitched six scoreless innings and struck out six against the Red Sox on April 1 in Oakland, had just two strikeouts this time. He left the game after Rafael Devers doubled in J. D. Martinez, who reached on an error by center fielder Ramon Laureano, to put Boston up 5-0.Before Grossman's homer off Thornburg, Oakland's only hits were Laureano's leadoff single in the third and a two-out double by Nick Hundley in the fifth.GOOD BETTSBetts scored his 500th career run when he touched the plate on his home run. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The only other Red Sox players to score 500 runs within their first 700 games were Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams.TRAINER'S ROOMAthletics: INF Matt Olson (right hand surgery) will join Triple-A Las Vegas to start a rehab assignment Wednesday.Red Sox: Util ity player Brock Holt has been shut down after aggravating a sore shoulder during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Holt has been on the injured list with a scratched cornea since April 6.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Mike Fiers (2-2, 7.03 ERA) is scheduled to start in the series finale Wednesday afternoon.Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said the Boston was still to be determined.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2) - 4/30/2019

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2) - Date: 4/30/2019 / COLUMBUS, Ohio Sergei Bobrovsky kept up his impressive postseason play, making 36 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Boone Jenner and Matt Duchene scored for the Blue Jackets, who won a second-round home game for first time in franchise history. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night. NFL Handicappers. Tuukka Rask had 32 saves for Boston. Free Sports Picks. The Bruins' only goal was a flukey one in the last minute of the second period, the only chink in an otherwise brilliant game by Bobrovsky, who is having the best postseason of his career thus far. Bobrovsky withstood a flurry by Boston earlier in th e second period, including an acrobatic save that saw him sweep away a puck from in front of the goal line. Sports Monitor. The Bruins pulled Rask with 2:11 left but couldn't beat Bobrovsky with the 6-on-5 advantage. Columbus overcame deficits twice to win Game 2 in overtime at Boston on Saturday but never trailed in Game 3. There were some big hits but the game was less testy than the previous two meetings between the two teams in the postseason. The Blue Jackets struck late in the first period when Jenner, skating left to right across the slot, slid the puck past Rask on the glove side before the goalie could adjust. The tally with 1:23 left was Jenner's first of the postseason. With Zdeno Chara in the penalty box for high-sticking Jenner in the face, the Blue Jackets swarmed for an extended time in front of the Boston net before Duchene tapped in another goal with 7:18 left in the second. Boston made i t a one-goal game with 40 seconds left in the middle period when in a knot of players in front the Columbus net, the puck trickled behind Bobrovsky and over the line. The goal initially was waved off by an official, but a video review determined that play hadn't stopped before the puck slid in. Jake DeBrusk got credit for the goal. Boston's best opportunity to tie the score came with just under 9 minutes left when David Savard went to the penalty box for tripping, but 16 seconds later Patrice Bergeron was whistled for the same infraction, creating a 4-on-4 and then a brief Columbus advantage. NOTES: Tuesday's game was the latest in April that Columbus has played in franchise history. The Blue Jackets, who won a playoff series for the first time, have never played in May. ... Columbus rookie Alexandre Texier was a healthy scratch for the first time in the playoffs. ... David Krejci joined Ray Bourque (125) and Bobby Orr (66) as the third player in Boston franch ise history to have 60 playoff assists. ,,, Columbus has won 13 of 15 games dating back to March 24. UP NEXT: Game 4 on Thursday night.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports---Follow Mitch Stacy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mitchstacy

MLB Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals - 4/30/2019 - 8:15 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals - Date: 4/30/2019 Rays-Royals Preview It's hard to say what is more ominous for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday: the weather forecast that may prevent them from facing the Tampa Bay Rays, or actually facing the Tampa Bay Rays.The Rays defeated the Royals 8-5 Monday night, Tampa Bay's 11th win in the last 12 games against the Royals. Handicappers Watchdog. The Rays run defending Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (2-2, 2.54 ERA) to the mound to face Jakob Junis (2-2, 5.57) of the Royals.There's a high likelihood of rain Tuesday in the Kansas City area, with the 60-percent chance at game time the lowest percentage predicted all day.Snell took the loss in the one game the Rays have lost to the Royals in the last dozen contests, a 10-2 trouncing in Tampa April 24. Junis was the beneficiary of the highest run output of the season by the Royals.The Rays aren't just beating the Royals. Soccer Picks. They own the best record in baseball at 19-9, including a 10-2 record on the road, also the best in baseball. Winning Sports Handicappers. They certainly showed their mettle Monday, holding the Royals to just five hits.Still, Royals manager Ned Yost says he hasn't lost confidence in his team."No, I don't like the attitude of the team," he said when asked that exact question. "I love the attitude of our team. Our team grinds. Our team plays with energy. Our team fights. I love the way these guys show up every day ready to work. They're all working their tails off."We were down four (runs after two innings) and we got a couple of guys on (in the third). Mondi (Adalberto Mondesi) with a triple, then Gordo (Alex Gordon) wi th a great piece of hitting (on a sacrifice fly). He got a pitch elevated in the zone and drove it to the outfield to make it 4-3." The Rays don't have a lot of star power, but they welcomed one of their top hitting prospects in first baseman Nate Lowe. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in his major league debut Monday as the designated hitter.His hitting prowess was well-detailed from spring training and his start at Triple-A Durham."(There's) a lot to like," manager Kevin Cash said. "What he did last year was really, really impressive at two different levels. He showed enough in spring training. He can hit the ball a really long way. He's complimented by it because he hits well. He's able to get his hits and drive in runs. We're excited to see him."The power's pretty impressive. The confidence is pretty impressive. There were some at-bats in spring training that, you know, he got beat up a little bit. He didn't really waver to o much. He took it with a grain of salt. That's a sign of a young player that is confident in his ability and able to make adjustments on the fly, and I'm sure he'll be challenged to do that now while he's up here." The Rays are down a couple of players, so the timing was right for Lowe's call-up."When you lose Austin (Meadows), when you lose Joey (Wendle), those are two big left-handed bats in our lineup. Whether they're hitting first, fourth, or seventh, it doesn't really matter if they're left-handed and they played huge roles. It made the most sense for Nate to get the opportunity now to come up here and try to fill that void a little bit." --Fiedl Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/30/2019 - 7:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers - Date: 4/30/2019 Rockies still trying to solve homer-happy Brewers The Colorado Rockies are counting on right-hander German Marquez for the answer to all their recent troubles against the Milwaukee Brewers.Including last season's National League Division Series, the Rockies have now lost four consecutive games against the Brewers and 11 of their last 13 against them, with the most recent coming on Monday in a 5-1 defeat at Milwaukee.Both teams will do it again at Milwaukee on Tuesday, with Marquez (3-1, 2.54 ERA) squaring off against Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 6.35).The high-powered Brewers offense was in a flow again Monday when Jesus Aguilar delivered his first two home runs of the season. And there is reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, who is doing it again, matching the major league record for home runs before the start of May with 14.But Yelich did not pla y Monday as he is day-to-day after tweaking his back during Sunday's game against the New York Mets. He was noncommittal when asked if he might be out beyond Monday."Obviously we're going to be cautious," Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters.The Brewers entered Monday's series opener with a National League-leading 54 home runs and were tied for fifth in the National League with 143 total runs scored. Make Money Betting Sports. Then came two more home runs and five more runs.The Rockies hope that Marquez has the antidote for the Milwaukee offense. Sports Betting Leads. The right-hander not only has the lowest road ERA in the NL at 0.41, he has two victories in three outings away from home. He also has 23 strikeouts in those road games over 22 innings.Taking into consideration all games, Marquez has a 2.14 ERA over his last thre e starts, including a victory over the Washington Nationals at home on Wednesday when he gave up three runs on eight hits over seven innings."The first couple of innings I wasn't 100 percent (and) I don't know why," Marquez said of his last outing. "I didn't get warm. But after that, I (warmed up) and it was good. ... Sometimes that happens. I had to make adjustments and next time it will be better." Marquez is 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA over five career starts against the Brewers with 25 strikeouts over 23 1/3 innings.Chacin is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA over four career starts against the Rockies. In his only start against Colorado last year, he earned the victory after giving up two runs over five innings on May 10.Chacin is coming off a start Wednesday at St. Louis when he gave up two home runs and four runs over five innings as Colorado fell 5-2 to the Cardinals. freepick. The right-hander st arted the season 2-0 with a 4.22 ERA but is 0-3 over his last four starts with a 7.64 ERA."Besides 1/8Zach 3/8 Davies, nobody has pitched the way they wanted," Chacin said of the Brewers, according to mlb.com. "But I feel we know we can do it. We showed it last year. But last year was last year; we have to show it this year, too." The Brewers have won three of their last four, but that comes after a stretch where they lost seven of eight. The Rockies have lost two consecutive games, but that was after a stretch when they won 10 of 12.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/30/2019 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Date: 4/30/2019 Phillies welcome struggling Tigers for two-game set The Philadelphia Phillies are looking for their fourth consecutive victory when they host the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.The Phillies won the final three games of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.Despite scoring 12 runs on Saturday, the Philadelphia offense has been mediocre of late, averaging just 3.8 runs and hitting a collective .228 over its last 12 games.Still, the Phillies have three players with at least 20 RBIs -- Rhys Hoskins (23), Maikel Franco (22) and Bryce Harper (20) -- before May 1 for the first time in franchise history."We haven't been at full strength and our lineup hasn't clicked the way we all know it can," manager Gabe Kapler said. "We got through April, or almost through April, and we've done a good job. But I think there's better base ball to play." The Phillies will hand the ball to right-hander Vince Velasquez, who has been a pleasant surprise with a 1-0 record and 1.99 ERA in four starts. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in any start, but has only lasted at least six innings once.In Velasquez's last start on Wednesday, he allowed three hits in five scoreless innings against the New York Mets. He struck out six and walked three.Since starter Zach Eflin went the distance on Sunday, the Phillies' first nine-inning complete game since Sept. 17, 2016, the bullpen will enter this series very well rested."It's huge. It really is," Kapler said of the bullpen. "It was a huge win for the series, but really a huge long-term win for the Phillies." The struggling Tigers will hand the ball to Tyson Ross, who's 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA.Ross, who has primarily been a reliever before this season, allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings in his last start, an 11-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday."I've got to do a better job and pitch deeper into the game after we had a doubleheader," Ross said. "I feel for them (bullpen). It's not easy, especially after a long day that we had." The Tigers have dropped four in a row and tied a Major League Baseball record by striking out 20 times in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.The 20 strikeouts were a microcosm of the entire season. Not making enough contact has been an ongoing issue all season."Disappointed is a good word," manager Ron Gardenhire said of the strikeouts. "But like I said, it's not like they're not trying. Handicappers Watchdog. They're trying. We just didn't put the ball in play and they punched us out." There is good news for the Tigers, who have six players on the injured list. It looks as if shortstop Jordy Mercer will be activated in time for this game against the Phillies.Mercer, who has been on the injured list with a strained right quad, has been on a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Lakeland.Detroit's Miguel Cabrera recently picked up his 2,700th career hit. He's hitting .283 with one homer and 10 RBIs this season.--Field Level Media


NBA Game Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/30/2019 - 10:35 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - Date: 4/30/2019 Apr 29, 2019Two teams hoping for better performances as well as better officiating get a rematch Tuesday night when the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets meet in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals in Oakland, Calif.The Warriors overcame 20 turnovers to record a 104-100 win in the best-of-seven opener at home Sunday afternoon, helped by the Rockets missing 33 of their 47 3-point attempts.The volatile game also featured 45 fouls and seemingly an equal number of debatable non-calls, the latter at least partly responsible for four technical fouls, including two on Rockets guard Chris Paul, who was ejected.Players and coaches from both teams lobbied afterward for more whistles in their favor moving forward, including James Harden, who fell several times upon being contacted on 3-point shot attempts, including when he missed a potential game-t ying effort with 9.1 seconds remaining."I just want a fair chance, man," Harden insisted at his postgame press conference after getting sent to the free throw line just once on a 3-point attempt but 14 times overall. "Call the game how it's supposed to be called, and that's it. And I'll live with the results." ESPN's research disclosed after the game that referees had called fouls on 100 of Harden's 3-point attempts in the Rockets' previous 87 games this season, including five times in their 4-1 first-round win over Utah.The NBA's "Last Two Minute Report," focused on just the final 120 seconds of the game, noted that the referees were correct in not calling a foul on Harden's last 3-point attempt, one on which it appeared there had been contact as Golden State's Draymond Green crossed his path.The report did note, however, that Warriors star Stephen Curry, who played the final 6:34 of the game with five fouls, should have been assessed a disqualification-prompting sixth on two separate occasions in the final two minutes -- including on the play that led to Paul getting his second technical with 4.4 seconds left.Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted at his club's workout Monday that he hopes both teams can put the Game 1 officiating behind them and focus on playing better basketball in Game 2."Every coach in the league will tell you: You watch the tape afterward and you think, 'Man, we got (jobbed),'" Kerr claimed. "The reality is you get some, you lose some. freepick. The refs do the best job they can, and then you move on to the next game. So I'm disappointed this has become the whole narrative when it really should be about two great teams competing against each other." The top-seeded Warriors won the game by outshooting the Rockets 50.7 percent to 41.9 and outrebounding them 38-26. Green contributed to both advantages, shooting 7-for-9 and pulling down nine rebounds.Harden went 4-for-16 on 3-pointers, but was hardly the only player who struggled from beyond the arc. In fact, among the 10 guys in the game who attempted two or more treys, only Paul (3-for-6) and the Warriors' Andre Iguodala (1-for-2) made at least half of their tries.The fourth-seeded Rockets won three of four from the Warriors in the regular season, winning twice in Oakland. Houston also won at Golden State in Game 4 of last year's Western finals, a series the Warriors rallied to take 4-3 by winning the final two games.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/30/2019 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle Mariners - Date: 4/30/2019 King Felix faces Hamels as Mariners host Cubs The Seattle Mariners got a vintage performance from Felix Hernandez his last time out.And they gave him some vintage run support.Hernandez (1-2, 3.91 ERA) pitched seven innings in San Diego, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, yet took a 1-0 loss Wednesday.The Mariners hope to give him a bit more support Tuesday when he faces the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a two-game series at T-Mobile Park. Left-hander Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.16 ERA) is scheduled to oppose King Felix."That's probably the best outing I've seen from Felix Hernandez since I've been with the Mariners," said fourth-year manager Scott Servais. "I thought he was awesome. He followed the game plan. He executed. He had a really good curveball and got that going to his benefit. I feel bad we couldn' t extend the game or give him the win." It was the 130th time in his career that Hernandez pitched seven-plus innings while allowing one run or fewer. He's 89-7 in those outings, with a remarkable 34 no-decisions."It stinks (we) couldn't get him a win," teammate Daniel Vogelbach told The Seattle Times. "He did everything and more for us to win this game ... we couldn't get a couple of big hits. It just wasn't our day at the plate." Hernandez said he used a different approach against the Padres."They like to swing early and they are aggressive," he told The Times. "I was just trying to pitch backwards. It was fun to pitch like that when you have good movement on your fastball and you are painting the corners." Hamels, who went 9-12 last season pitching for Texas and the Cubs, has also been turning in some vintage performances.He had won three straight starts before allowing a home run to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger in the sixth inning of his last outing Wednesday, leaving without a decision in a game Chicago eventually won 7-6.Hamels had allowed just three earned runs over his previous three starts before giving up three to the Dodgers."The past couple of games, just really trying to stay focused on throwing strikes and executing," Hamels told MLB.com. "That's obviously the key to going deep in a ballgame and keep guys off the basepaths: throwing strikes and trying to get outs early ... it's just always been on my mind this whole season, even in spring training. It's maintaining that desire to execute strikes and obviously not give away free passes." Hamels is 7-3 with a 4.64 ERA in 14 career starts against Seattle, while Hernandez is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts against the Cubs.The Cubs and Mariners both had a day off Monday -- and both needed it. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks.  The Cubs played 15 innings to beat host Arizona 6-5 Sunday; the Mariners suffered 15-1 and 14-1 losses at home to Texas over the weekend.-- Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/30/2019 - 7:20 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves - Date: 4/30/2019 Padres take on Braves without phenom Tatis The San Diego Padres were without rookie standout Fernando Tatis Jr. for the opener of their four-game series in Atlanta. It's not certain when the exciting shortstop will return.San Diego manager Andy Green said the club hasn't decided what to do about Tatis, who injured his hamstring on Sunday while making an awkward stretch to receive a toss on a force play. Documented Handicappers. Tatis was able to get up and walk off the field on his own power.Tatis had a career-high three hits against the Nationals before his injury. He is batting .300 and leads the club in hits (30) and stolen bases (six)."He's on the active roster," Green said. "We prefer not to play him. We're not ready to make a final determinati on what it will be for the long run." Greg Garcia has taken the place of Tatis at shortstop. He started in consecutive games for the first time this season and Monday made his first appearance of the season at shortstop. Over the last four games, Garcia is 3-for-8 with a homer, two RBI, three runs scored and three walks.The pitching matchup for the second game is set. Free Sports Picks Today. The Padres will start rookie Chris Paddack (1-1, 1.67) against veteran Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (2-3, 5.40).Atlanta won the series opener 3-1 on Monday. San Diego has won only one game in Atlanta since 2016, going 1-11 in that time.Paddack has been outstanding. Among pitchers who have thrown at least 25 innings, the right-hander's .112 opponent batting average ranks first among all National League pitchers and his 1.67 ERA ranks third.Paddack made his major league debut on March 31 in the series finale again st San Francisco. In front of four family members, Paddack retired the first 10 batters he faced, but did not figure in the 3-1 win. He allowed only one run on two hits and struck out seven.The Padres expected this sort of results. In 37 career appearances in the minor leagues, Paddack had a 1.82 ERA with 230 strikeouts and only 20 walks in 177 2/3 innings.This will be the first time he has faced Atlanta.Teheran bounced back from a poor performance at Cleveland to throw six solid innings against the Reds in his last start. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out seven. He lost both those starts.He tried to throw more two-seam fastballs against the Reds, particularly against left-handed hitters."When I try to throw it like my four-seamer, that's when it moves better," he said. "When I try to make it move, that's when it comes back to the middle of the plate." Teheran will be making his 11th career start against San Diego. H e is 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA against the Padres. He was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts against the Padres last season.The Braves made a roster move on Monday. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. They placed right-handed reliever Chad Sobotka on the 10-day injured list with a left abdominal strain and recalled left-hander Grant Dayton from Triple-A Gwinnett.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/30/2019 - 9:45 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants - Date: 4/30/2019 Giants' Bochy emphasizes importance of Dodgers series San Francisco Giants left-hander Drew Pomeranz will try to follow in the footsteps of teammate Jeff Samardzija when he faces the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night in the continuation of what his manager labeled a critical series.In the wake of San Francisco getting swept in three games by the visiting New York Yankees last weekend, Giants manager Bruce Bochy put some pressure on his players before Monday's series opener against the Dodgers, insisting his club already had dug itself a hole just a month into the season.Asked if his players felt a sense of urgency, Bochy, who has announced he will retire at season's end, told the assembled media, "When you're where we're at, hopefully we all feel that. We better feel like that. As they say, you don't win it her e (in April), but you certainly can bury yourself where you've got too many games to make up." The Giants (12-17) made up one of those games on the Dodgers (19-12) with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over their California rivals in the series opener.Samardzija got the Giants headed in the right direction, shutting out the visitors on two hits over five innings before handing the ball off to the San Francisco bullpen.Evan Longoria stroked the game's biggest hit, a three-run double in the seventh that erased a 2-0 deficit and gave the Giants the lead for good.Pomeranz (1-2, 3.65 ERA) is coming off his best outing of the season, a 4-0 win at Toronto on Wednesday. He pitched six innings of the shutout, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five.He has faced the Dodgers nine times in his career, seven times as a starter, going 1-4 with a 3.49 ERA.The 30-year-old didn't get a decision in a 4-2 win at Dodger Stadium on April 1, leaving after five effectiv e innings with the Giants trailing 2-0.Pomeranz served up home runs to Chris Taylor and Alex Verdugo in the game, the latter in a pinch-hitting role.Verdugo got the start in center field Monday, with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts insisting it was nothing more than struggling A. J. Pollock getting a night off against a tough right-hander.Roberts indicated Pollock would be back in the lineup to face Pomeranz, against whom he went 0-for-2 in the earlier head-to-head. Pollock is 3-for-25 (.120) with no RBIs in his past seven games."With A. J., I actually see it's coming around, his at-bats are getting better," Roberts told reporters before Monday's game. "With Alex, it's more just finding spots to get him involved. Samardzija throughout his career has been tough against right-handed hitters." If Roberts manages to squeeze both Pollock and Verdugo into Tuesday's lineup, chances are it won't come at the expense of Cody Bellinger, who will be getting his final opportunity to pad his record-breaking pre-May RBI total.Bellinger broke a tie with Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning Monday, producing a 37th RBI this season.The Dodgers will counter on the mound with Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.25 ERA). Sports Handicapping Monitor. The 24-year-old right-hander has alternated bad and good outings in his five starts so far this season.If the pattern holds, Buehler is due for a third strong effort, following up efforts in this second and fourth starts, during which he allowed just a combined six hits and one earned run in 11 1/3 innings.Buehler is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three lifetime appearances, including one start, against the Giants.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Miami Marlins - 4/30/2019 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Miami Marlins - Date: 4/30/2019 Indians' Bauer gets rare matchup with Marlins The Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians, who split two games last week, meet again on Tuesday night.This time, the club head to Marlins Park for two games. Good Return on Investment. The Tuesday pitching matchup will feature a pair of right-handers. Cleveland's Trevor Bauer and Miami's Sandy Alcantara.Bauer (3-1, 1.99 ERA) was an All-Star last year, and he is off to another fine start this season. His most recent performance was a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday, when he allowed one run in eight innings."He competed his rear end off," Indians manager Terry Francona said postgame. "His last pitch was 97 or 98 (mph). (Houston's) lineup is good, and (Bauer) competed like crazy." Bauer will be making his first-e ver visit to Marlins Park, and he did not face Miami in last week's two-game set.In fact, the only time he has ever faced the Marlins was on Sept. 3, 2016, and he earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in 8 1/3 innings. However, it's impossible to extrapolate too much from that game as it pertains to Tuesday's matchup because the Marlins have changed so much since then.In that 2016 game, Miami's starter was Jose Fernandez, who died three months later. Sports Cappers. The Marlins' lineup featured since-traded regulars such as Christian Yelich, J. CBS Sports Picks. T. Realmuto and Dee Gordon. The only remaining Marlins player who faced Bauer that day is Martin Prado, who went 0-for-3.Last season, Bauer went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA. He was in position for a possible American League Cy Young Award when a leg injury sid elined him from Aug. 12-Sept. 20. Among qualified starters, he finished second in the American League in ERA.His ERA was also the lowest by an Indians starter since 1973.The 28-year-old Bauer, who was the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, has long had elite velocity. But he is also a student of pitching and has worked to improve his spin rate, and it shows in his improved secondary pitches -- changeup, slider and curve.Alcantara, 23, is 1-2 this season with a 4.50 ERA in five starts this year.He wound up with a no-decision last week when he faced the Indians for the first time in his career, allowing four hits, four walks and two runs (one earned) in five innings. He struck out two and allowed a solo homer to Jose Ramirez.Alcantara's average fastball is 95.0 mph, just a touch harder than Bauer's (94.7 mph).Bauer, though, is 44-24 since 2016 while Alcantara's career record is 3-5.As for other factors regarding Tuesday's matchup, the Indians are 8-8 on the road this season while the rebuilding Marlins are just 5-11 at home.The Marlins could have first baseman Neil Walker back in the lineup. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury and has missed three consecutive starts, although he was used twice last weekend as a pinch hitter.In his most recent start, Walker went 3-for-5 with two doubles on Thursday night in a 3-1, 10-inning road win over the Philadelphia Phillies."Walker had good at-bats all night," Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro said.Certainly, the Marlins are hoping Walker can help against Bauer, who ranked fifth in the majors in ERA among starting pitchers through the weekend.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - 4/30/2019 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - Date: 4/30/2019 Battle of opposites as Reds, Castillo take on Vargas, Mets Luis Castillo and Jason Vargas are two of the 136 pitchers who'd made at least four starts this season entering Monday night. Professional Handicappers. That's about all they have in common.But the two hurlers with far different results thus far will meet Tuesday night, when Castillo and the Cincinnati Reds face Vargas and the New York Mets in the second of a four-game series at Citi Field in New York.The Reds earned a 5-4 win in the series opener Monday night, when Jesse Winker hit a tie-breaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning.Castillo (3-1, 1.23 ERA) will look to maintain the lowest ERA in the majors when he takes the mound against Vargas (1-1, 7.20 ERA) whose mark is the ninth-highest among pitchers with at lea st four starts.There's nothing misleading about Castillo's spot atop the leaderboard. He was tied for the National League lead in starts with six and ranked eighth in the NL in innings pitched (36 2/3) entering Monday.The 26-year-old right-hander has allowed more than one run just once this season. He tossed six innings of scoreless ball in his most recent outing Thursday, when he allowed eight hits and earned the win as the Reds beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-2.The Reds knew they had a valuable pitcher in Castillo, who earned the Opening Day nod this season. But now his manager and teammates know they're watching an ace every five days."All of our starters have done excellent jobs," Reds manager David Bell said last Thursday. Cincinnati's rotation has a 3.40 ERA following Monday's win. "But ever since Opening Day, he has created (a buzz)." Vargas has created a different kind of stir since rejoining the Mets last season. freepick. The southpaw, who pitched briefly for New York in 2005 and 2006, has a 5.77 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) dating back to 2018 That's the third-highest mark among active pitchers who have made at least 20 starts.The Mets are hoping Vargas can regain some effectiveness once he gets into a regular routine. He had his second start skipped due to off-days and pitched just once in relief -- when he allowed four runs in an inning on April 9 -- between April 2-13, when he was pulled after giving up four runs and recording just one out in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves.Over his last two starts -- pitched on five and four days rest -- Vargas has allowed just two runs, though he pitched a mere 8 2/3 innings combined against the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. He will be pitching on five days' rest Tuesday.Following Vargas' appearance against the Phillies Wednesday -- he took the loss after giving up one run in 4 2/3 innings as the Mets fell, 6-0 -- New York manager Mickey Callaway said he would be happy with five solid innings every time out from the 36-year-old."I'm sure every team will take five good innings from a fifth starter every night, absolutely," Callaway said. "There's no doubt about it. It's your fifth spot, and you know what, if the rest of your pitchers are pitching like they're capable of, that is more than enough out of your fifth slot." Castillo earned the win in his lone career start against the Mets last May 8, when he allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in the Reds' 7-2 victory. Vargas is 1-2 with a 7.98 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/30/2019 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox - Date: 4/30/2019 Anderson, White Sox hoping to extend Orioles' woes Shortstop Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox have one more game scheduled for April, a Tuesday night visit from the Baltimore Orioles.The way things are going for Anderson, it's a shame the fourth month of the calendar year doesn't have another day tacked onto it.After belting a two-run home run in Monday's series opening victory against Baltimore, Anderson is hitting .375 with six home runs, 18 RBIs and 10 stolen bases through 24 games."I'm having a lot more fun than I was last season, and the numbers are better," Anderson said.Thus far, Anderson's fourth Major League season is shaping up to be his best, by far. He and White Sox coaches have credited an improved confidence and work ethic for the surge.Anderson batted .240 in 153 games last season after hitting .257 in 146 games in 2017 and .283 in 99 games in his debut season of 2016.On Friday, Anderson displayed some of his renewed swagger after belting his first career walk-off home run, a solo shot against Detroit. An emphatic bat flip augmented a euphoric sequence at Guaranteed Rate Field."Those are the moments we prepare for," Anderson said. "I always want to be in that moment." The White Sox are aiming for their fourth straight victory after sweeping an abbreviated, two-game series against the Tigers over the weekend and taking the series opener against Baltimore.Right-hander Ivan Nova (0-3, 8.42 ERA) seeks his first victory as a member of the White Sox as he comes off a rough, four-inning outing against the Orioles in his most recent start, on April 23. Nova allowed nine runs on 11 hits, including the first four home runs he has permitted in 2019.Andrew Cashner gets the call for the Orioles, and will look to replicate last week's success against the White S ox. Cashner (4-1, 4.18 ERA) defeated Nova and Chicago with seven innings of one-run, five-hit ball, walking one and striking out five.Starts like those figure to go a long way for Baltimore, which has not had another pitcher work at least seven innings in 29 games. What is Sports Handicapping. The Orioles pitching staff has allowed a Major League-high 71 home runs, and its 6.06 team ERA is the highest in baseball.Despite enduring their share of early-season bumps amid an ongoing rebuild, the Orioles have remained optimistic as a young core comes together."A lot of guys are hungry in this locker room," outfielder Dwight Smith told USA Today. "Nobody's coming here taking it for granted. Whenever you feel wanted, in anything, it's always a great thing to have." Much of the clubhouse lauds first-year Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde as a catalyst for the upbeat vibes. An animated, motivational s peech Hyde delivered early in spring training still resonates with the team."Right after that meeting I thought, 'I'm ready to run through a brick wall for this guy, any day of the week,'" outfielder Trey Mancini told USA Today. "He's awesome to play for, and I think he brings the best out of all of us." --Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/30/2019 - 9:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Date: 4/30/2019 Sabathia hopes to join 3,000 K club as Yanks take on Arizona Sabathia hopes to join 3,000 K club as Yanks take on ArizonaYankees left-hander CC Sabathia will attempt to become the 17th pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 strikeouts when he makes his first career appearance at Chase Field against Arizona on Tuesday.Sabathia, the active leader in the major leagues with 2,997 strikeouts, would join Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the only left-handers to reach 3,000. He is to oppose Zack Greinke (4-1) in the first game of a two-game series.Delayed at the start of the season after angioplasty and right knee surgery, Sabathia is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA in three starts, with 11 strikeouts in 15 innings. NBA Handicappers. The Yankees have won all three of his starts."It's cool, especi ally that short list of lefties," Sabathia told reporters before his last start against the Angels on Wednesday."But it's something that I can't really think about now. I'm focusing on making sure that I stay healthy enough to help the team win. I'm glad that I'll be able to get this out of the way kind of early." Sabathia fanned three in five innings while taking a no-decision in a 6-5 victory over the Angels after striking out a season-high five in five scoreless innings of a 6-2 victory over Kansas City on April 19.John Smoltz (3,084), Curt Schilling (3,116) and Bob Gibson (3,117) are next on the strikeout list. Smoltz was the last pitcher to reach 3,000 when he did it with Atlanta on April 22, 2008. Fourteen of those to reach 3,000 are in the Hall of Fame, with only Roger Clemens and Schilling on the outside.Chase Field will be Sabathia's 32rd venue, including old and new parks in Minnesota and Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Sabath ia has made all but 17 of 541 career starts in the American League, with Cleveland and the Yankees.The series matches teams that have been playing well. Handicappers Free Picks. The Yankees have won 11 of 13 since sweeping a two-game series from Boston on April 16-17 and have won four straight series. Arizona has won 10 of 14.The Yankees have done it while playing through multiple injuries, including those to Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar and Gary Sanchez. Sanchez has two homers in four games since returning after missing two weeks with a left calf strain, when he was the 12th Yankee to be placed on the injured list this season. DJ LeMahieu and Giovanny Urshela left Sunday's game, but their injuries are not believed to be serious.First baseman/DH Luke Voit, who had three hits when the Yankees completed a three-game sweep at San Francisco on Sunday, has 25 RBIs this season and has reached base i n 39 straight games.With David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker leading the way, the Diamondbacks lead the NL with 119 extra-base hits and are second in runs. Escobar had two homers in a 6-5, 15-inning loss to the Cubs on Sunday that forced the Diamondbacks into a rotation change for the Yankees' series."We have a good team," said Peralta, who set a franchise record with 13 doubles in before May 1. "We have a lot of talent and a lot of guys hungry to play." Sabathia, a rookie with Cleveland when the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in the 2001 World Series, has won both of his career starts against Arizona, the last coming in 2013.Greinke was moved up to start Tuesday and Merrill Kelly was pushed back because Arizona used all of its relievers Sunday. Greinke has made five straight quality starts, winning four, and has 13 scoreless innings in his last two games. He is 3-4 with a 5.68 ERA against the Yankees in 13 appearances, but beat them th e last time he faced them in 2016.--Field Level Media