Sunday, June 30, 2019

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (5) vs. New York Mets (8) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (5) vs. New York Mets (8) - Date: 6/30/2019 All-Stars McNeil, Alonso rally Mets past Braves to snap skidNEW YORK Newly named All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso had the big hits in a five-run eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Sunday night, snapping their seven-game losing streak.Todd Frazier launched a long homer to begin the comeback and finished with three hits and two RBIs. McNeil and J. D. Davis also had three hits apiece for the Mets, who prevented a three-game sweep by the NL East leaders and won for only the fifth time in 18 games.After a day off Monday, they host the crosstown rival Yankees for a pair of Subway Series games.Earlier Sunday, Alonso, a rookie, and his buddy McNeil - in his first full major league season - were selected as reserves on the National League All-Star team for the July 9 game in Cleveland.All-Star starter Ronald Acuna Jr. homered for the Braves. He had three hits and scored three times.Frazier trimmed it to 5-4 with a leadoff homer in the eighth into the second deck in left field on an 0-2 pitch from Sean Newcomb (2-1). New York loaded the bases when A. J. Minter walked Michael Conforto, and McNeil looped the next pitch into shallow right field for a two-run single that put the Mets ahead.Alonso followed with a two-run double inside third base for some needed insurance.Struggling reliever Edwin Diaz finally closed one out for New York's beleaguered bullpen, getting three quick outs for his 17th save in 21 tries. New York has a major league-high 21 blown saves in 40 chances.Wilmer Font (1-2) worked two hitless innings for his first win with the Mets. Noah Syndergaard came off the injured list and pitched 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs and seven hits.With the score tied, Acuna singled leading off the seventh and went to third when Dansby Swanson hustled for a double. Freddie Freeman g ave Atlanta a 5-3 lead with a two-run double off the left field fence against reliever Chris Flexen.Acuna, who plans to participate in the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities next month in Cleveland, took a long look at his 437-foot solo shot to right-center off Syndergaard in the third. It was the 20th home run for Acuna.Acuna opened the game with a single and stole second. He scored on Josh Donaldson's two-out double. Davis singled home a run in the bottom half.New York went ahead 3-2 on Frazier's RBI single and Amed Rosario's sacrifice fly in the third.Atlanta tied it on Johan Camargo's run-scoring single in the sixth off Syndergaard.Braves starter Max Fried yielded three runs and eight hits in five innings.TRAINER'S ROOMBraves: RHP Anthony Swarzak was placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Sports Betting Profit. The team hopes the right-hander wi ll be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break on July 12. ... 2B Ozzie Albies sat out. Albies exited Saturday's game after getting hit by a pitch on the inside of his left elbow. He wore a protective sleeve on the elbow Sunday afternoon and was available off the bench.Mets: Syndergaard was reinstated from the IL after being sidelined since June 16 with a strained right hamstring. Veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez was designated for assignment. ... Top Rated Sports Services. Three injured members of New York's beleaguered bullpen had minor league rehab outings: RHP Jeurys Familia (shoulder) struck out two in a scoreless inning for Triple-A Syracuse; LHP Luis Avilan whiffed three in 1 1/3 hitless innings at Syracuse; and LHP Justin Wilson (elbow soreness) fanned two in a scoreless inning with Class A Brooklyn. ... 2B Robinson Cano was hit on the right hand by a 96 mph fastball in the eighth. He was c hecked by a trainer but stayed in the game.UP NEXTBraves: LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 5.06) makes his third start for Atlanta on Tuesday night at home against second-place Philadelphia.Mets: With a day off Monday, the Mets had not yet announced their scheduled starters for Subway Series games against the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday. LHP Jason Vargas and RHP Zack Wheeler are lined up in rotation, but the team could move Wheeler up a day and start All-Star ace Jacob deGrom on regular rest Wednesday.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (3) vs. Chicago White Sox (4) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (3) vs. Chicago White Sox (4) - Date: 6/30/2019 Giolito earns 11th victory as White Sox beat Twins 4-3CHICAGO Lucas Giolito allowed one hit in five innings to earn his major league-leading 11th victory and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Sunday.Yoan Moncada homered and he and Jose Abreu had three hits apiece for the White Sox, who won two of three against the AL Central-leading Twins.Nelson Cruz homered for the Twins, who had won eight of nine against Chicago.Giolito (11-2), a first-time All-Star, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.72 before a nearly three-hour rain delay forced his exit. Giolito was coming off a loss to the Chicago Cubs and a no-decision against Boston after he went 9-0 in his previous 11 starts.Moncada hit a two-run home run in the third for his 14th of the season. Alex Colome got four outs to earn his 18th save out of 19 opportunities.The White Sox s cored two runs on four straight singles in the sixth.Cruz smacked a two-run home run to center and pinch-hitter Miguel Sano singled to cut it to 4-3 in the seventh. It was Cruz's third drive in two games and 16th this season.Lewis Thorpe (0-1), a 23-year-old left-hander from Melbourne, Australia, made his major league debut for the Twins. He allowed two runs and five hits, struck out seven and walked two in five innings. Professional Handicappers. Thorpe was 0-1 with a 4.08 ERA in June at Triple-A Rochester.CEASE TO MAKE DEBUTRight-hander Dylan Cease will make his debut for the White Sox Wednesday when he starts the first game of a doubleheader against Detroit. He was part of the 2017 five-player trade that sent left-hander Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs and brought outfielder Eloy Jimenez to the White Sox.Cease, the Cubs' sixth round draft pick in 2014, pitched a scoreless inning Thursday in his last outing at Triple-A Charlotte. He allowed 13 earned runs in his previous 11 1/3 innings.''His last few outings over there he's been working and trying to get himself back on track,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''Everybody's looking for him to be challenged now. Everybody feels this is the right time.'' ALL-STARS ANNOUNCEDTwins starting right-hander Jake Odorizzi and shortstop Jorge Polanco were named All-Stars. First baseman Abreu, Giolito and catcher James McCann, were selected from the White Sox.TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: OF Max Kepler was out of the starting lineup. He tweaked his right knee making a catch in right field Saturday and was replaced on defense in the ninth. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Kepler was available to hit and be a defensive replacement Sunday. . OF Marwin Gonzalez started at third base after playing the outfield Saturday. Baldelli said he didn't want Gonzalez (strained right hamstring) starting bac k-to-back games in the outfield after being reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.UP NEXTTwins: Odorizzi (10-3, 2.73 ERA) starts Tuesday's series opener at Oakland. He has allowed 11 runs in his last 15 1/3 innings. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-1, 4.03) starts for the A's.White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-7, 6.12) starts Tuesday's series opener against Detroit and LHP Matthew Boyd (5-6, 3.72). Lopez is 1-3 with a 7.61 ERA in his last seven starts.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (4) vs. San Francisco Giants (10) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (4) vs. San Francisco Giants (10) - Date: 6/30/2019 Pillar drives in 5 as Giants top Diamondbacks 10-4SAN FRANCISCO Kevin Pillar had four hits including a homer and drove in five runs, Madison Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 on Sunday.Buster Posey had three hits including a double for the Giants, who split the four-game series with their NL West rivals.Bumgarner (5-7) gave up one run on four hits. He struck out nine and walked none.The 29-year-old left-hander, who is the subject of trade speculation ahead of the July 31 deadline, moved into a tie with Tim Lincecum for second on the team's San Francisco-era strikeout list with 1,704. Juan Marichal (2,281) tops the list.Pillar put the Giants ahead in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer off Robbie Ray (5-6). His 11th home run came on a sinker Ray left over the middle of the plate.Pillar lined a two-run single up the middle in the third to make it 4-0, and doubled over the head of left fielder Tim Locastro in the fifth.He also had an RBI single in the seventh.Needing a triple to complete the cycle, Pillar flied out to right in the eighth.Ray gave up four runs in four innings. He is winless in his last four starts.Nick Ahmed tripled leading off the fifth off Bumgarner and scored on Ildemaro Vargas' sacrifice fly to close Arizona within 4-1.The Giants broke the game open in the seventh. Mike Yastrzemski's two-run double highlighted a six-run inning in which they sent 11 men to the plate and matched a season high for runs scored in an inning.Adam Jones and Christian Walker each had RBI singles for Arizona in a three-run eighth.SELECTEDDiamondbacks ace right-hander Zack Greinke was selected to his sixth All-Star game.Giants left-handed closer Will Smith was named an All-Star for the first time.EJECTEDDiamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a called third strike on Carson Kelly. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The ejection was Lovullo's first this season.TRAINER'S ROOMGiants: OF Steven Duggar (lower back strain) reported no pain after playing five innings in a rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said. He was expected to play seven innings on Sunday, Bochy said.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Taylor Clarke (2-3, 6.10 ERA) will pitch Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He is 1-2 with an 8.61 ERA over his last six starts.Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-7, 4.52) will pitch Monday's series opener in San Diego. Top Rated Sports Services. The 34-year-old has a 2.44 ERA in nine games (eight starts) at Petco Park.--More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-S ports

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (10) vs. Colorado Rockies (5) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (10) vs. Colorado Rockies (5) - Date: 6/30/2019 Dodgers rebound in 10-5 win over Rockies for series splitDENVER Joc Pederson had three hits and three RBIs, Matt Beaty doubled twice and drove in two, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past the Colorado Rockies 10-5 Sunday to split their four-game series.Kenta Maeda pitched into the fifth but didn't figure in the decision. He had a hand in the Dodgers' first two runs, though, singling and scoring in the third and laying down a sacrifice bunt that helped bring Kike Hernandez home in the fifth.Dylan Floro (3-2) got two outs to pick up the win and Julio Urias helped keep the Rockies in check with three scoreless innings in relief.The Dodgers finished their seven-game trip at 3-4.David Dahl, a first-time NL All-Star who learned of his selection during the game, homered for the Rockies. Shortstop Trevor Story and right fielder Charlie Blackm on also were selected. Blackmon connected for his 20th homer of the season - a solo shot - with two outs in the ninth.Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger were selected in fan balloting announced earlier. In addition, Dodgers pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu were selected for the NL squad.Los Angeles vaulted back in front with a six-run burst in the sixth, a rally that pinch-hitter Justin Turner sparked when he was hit by a pitch by reliever Chad Bettis (1-4) with the bases loaded. Pederson followed with a two-run single, Beaty had an RBI double, and Max Muncy an RBI single along with Bellinger's run-scoring fielder's choice as the Dodgers moved in front 9-4.Bellinger singled in the Dodgers' eighth to drive in a second run.Trailing 3-0 going into their half of the fifth, the Rockies came back to take a 4-3 lead. With two on and one out, Maeda was relieved by Zac Rosscup, who gave up an infield RBI singl e to Blackmon before Dahl connected for a three-run home run, his 12th of the season.Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez went four-plus innings and allowed three runs on five hits.TRAINING ROOMDodgers: INF David Freese practiced against live pitching this weekend and is nearing a return from the 10-day injured list (left hamstring strain). Manager Dave Roberts said he anticipates Freese could be activated sometime this week.Rockies: SS Trevor Story is finishing up a weekend rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. Barring any setbacks, Story is expected to be reinstated sometime this week from the 10-day injured list (thumb).UP NEXTDodgers: Following an off day, RHP Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.08 ERA) is slated to pitch a series opener Tuesday night against Arizona, his second consecutive start against the Diamondbacks.Rockies: After a day off, RHP German Marquez (8-3, 4.29 ERA) takes the mound for the opener of a two-game interleague series against the Houston Astros.---More ML B: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (2) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (2) - Date: 6/30/2019 Brewers slip past Pirates 2-1 on Thames' homer in 8thMILWAUKEE Eric Thames homered leading off the eighth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Sunday.Thames, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, blasted an 0-1 pitch from Pirates reliever Kyle Crick (3-4) to straightaway center, a 432-foot shot that hit just below the scoreboard.Milwaukee took two of three from its NL Central rival and moved into a first-place tie with the Chicago Cubs, who lost to Cincinnati. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Brewers finished their homestand at 5-5.Jeremy Jeffress (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Matt Albers worked the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.Milwaukee's Zach Davies, who had an 8.10 ERA over his previous four starts, allowed one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two. He also drove in the Brewers' first run with a two-out single in the fourth after the Pirates intentionally waked Manny Pina.Melky Cabrera had a run-scoring single in the first for the Pirates.Pittsburgh's Steven Brault allowed one run and five hits but lasted just 4 2/3 innings after throwing 97 pitches.Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman had his hitting streak halted at 19 games.TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: C Elias Diaz was checked by a trainer and remained in the game after being called for catcher's interference in the fifth when Ryan Braun's bat struck his glove on a swing. Diaz took a foul tip off his right hand later in the game but stayed on after another visit from the trainer. ... RHP Chris Archer, who was pulled after four innings from his start on Friday night due to left hip discomfort, will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Pittsburgh on Monday. ... C Francisco Cervelli, who is on the injured list with a concussion, continues to await clearance to return to game action. He participated in on-field activities in Milwaukee.Brewers: Davies was hit in the hand by a line drive off the bat of Adam Frazier in the second inning.UP NEXTPirates: Trevor Williams (2-2, 4.25 ERA) will make his 12th start of the season as Pittsburgh opens a four-game series at home against the Cubs. Williams is 2-4 with a 3.68 ERA in eight career appearances (six starts) against Chicago.Brewers: Adrian Houser (2-2, 2.94) will make his fourth start of the season Monday as Milwaukee begins a four-game series at Cincinnati. Houser is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA as a starter.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (1) vs. Houston Astros (6) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (1) vs. Houston Astros (6) - Date: 6/30/2019 Alvarez, Cole help Astros sweep Mariners with 6-1 winHOUSTON Rookie Yordan Alvarez drove in three runs to back up seven strong innings by Gerrit Cole and help the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.The Mariners led 1-0 after J. P. Crawford homered into the bullpen in right-center with one out in the first.George Springer drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning before a single by Jose Altuve and a walk by Alex Bregman loaded the bases. Alvarez, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore left knee, then doubled on a line drive to right field to score two and put Houston up 2-1.There was one out in the third when Bregman tripled to left field. Alvarez pushed the lead to 3-1 when he scored Bregman on a single to right field.Cole (8-5), who allowed just four singles afte r the homer to Crawford, struck out 10 and walked one to win his fourth straight decision. Cole leads the American League with 151 strikeouts this season.After consecutive one-run wins in the 10th inning, the Astros didn't need any late dramatics in this one. Leading Handicappers. They padded the lead with a three-run eighth inning highlighted by a two-RBI single by Jake Marisnick.Mariners starter Marco Gonzales (9-7) allowed six hits and three runs while walking three in five innings to snap a four-game winning streak in his first loss since June 2.Domingo Santana had two hits for the Mariners, who lost their fourth straight overall and fell to 1-9 against the Astros this season.Santana singled with one out in the fourth before a two-out single by Omar Narvaez. But Cole struck out Kyle Seager to end that inning.Santana singled again with two outs in the sixth, but Cole retired the last four batters he faced wi th two strikeouts to end his day and keep the Mariners from cutting the deficit.Collin McHugh got the first two outs in the eighth before Mallex Smith singled and Crawford walked to chase him. Ryan Pressly took over and struck out Santana to end the threat.TRAINER'S ROOMMariners: 2B Dee Gordon was out of the lineup on Sunday after leaving Saturday night's game with a strained quadriceps.Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel sat out on Sunday to rest with a sore right ankle after he turned it on Saturday night. Manager AJ Hinch said he's fine, but that he thought he needed a day to recover after tweaking it running the bases in Saturday's win.UP NEXTMariners: Seattle is off on Monday before opening a three-game series with St. Louis on Tuesday where they'll start an opener who has yet to be announced.Astros: Houston is also off on Monday before traveling to start a two-game series at Colorado on Tuesday. Hinch declined to say who will start for the Astros on Tuesday.--- More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (13) vs. Miami Marlins (6) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (13) vs. Miami Marlins (6) - Date: 6/30/2019 Harper's HR, 4 RBIs help Phillies finally beat Marlins, 13-6MIAMI Bryce Harper homered and drove in four runs Sunday to help the Philadelphia Phillies end a streak of five consecutive losses to the last-place Miami Marlins with a 13-6 victory Sunday.Harper hit run-scoring singles in the first and sixth innings and a two-run homer in the eighth, his 15th. Free Predictions. That gave him 199 career homers and 999 hits, and increased his average to .250.Jake Arrieta (8-6) allowed four runs in six innings but contributed a two-run single. Jean Segura and Cesar Hernandez each had three of the Phillies' 17 hits and scored twice, and Brad Miller hit his third homer and singled in a run.After Philadelphia took a 10-1 lead, Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro earned a consolation prize of sorts. His nose was bloodied in a collision in the sixth, so he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the inning with a swab in his left nostril and hit a two-run homer.That was it for Marlins' highlights. Winning Sports Gambling. They had a chance to sweep Philadelphia for the second weekend in a row but instead looked like a team with the National League's worst record - which they are.Miami allowed the Phillies to score on a steal attempt that turned into a strange double play, and again after the Phils had two runners trapped on third base.Philadelphia broke the game open with seven runs in the sixth, including five against Wei-Yin Chen, who failed to retire a batter and was jeered by the crowd of 11,742. His ERA rose to 8.16.Trevor Richards (3-9) allowed three runs in five innings. He is 1-4 in six lifetime starts against the Phillies with an ERA of 6.39.Arrieta improved to 8-1 in 11 career starts against th e Marlins and has won all three starts against them this year.WEIRD BUT TRUEThe Phillies manufactured an odd run in the third. With runners at the corners and one out, Harper ran on a 3-2 pitch to Rhys Hoskins, who struck out. When Alfaro threw to second, Harper stopped before reaching the base. Football Handicappers. That allowed Kingery to score from third without a play before Harper was tagged out for an inning-ending double play.Philadelphia found another bizarre way to score in the sixth. Harper singled with the bases loaded, but when Arrieta hesitated before advancing from second, he and Segura found themselves both at third. Arrieta then broke for the plate and was awarded home when he brushed past Alfaro, who was called for obstruction.ROSTER MOVEPhillies RHP Fernando Salas cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (shoulder) will begin a throwing program Monday and is expected to return at some point this season. ... INF Jon Berti (oblique) has begun a rehab assignment at Triple-A New Orleans that is expected to continue for at least 10 more days.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (4-2, 5.63) is scheduled to start Tuesday when Philadelphia begins a three-game series at Atlanta. Pivetta has a 7.13 ERA in his past three starts.Marlins: RHP Zac Gallen (0-1, 3.60) is scheduled to make his third career start Tuesday when Miami opens a six-game trip at Washington. Gallen allowed three runs in five innings when he lost to the Nationals on Wednesday.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports---Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (6) vs. Cincinnati Reds (8) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (6) vs. Cincinnati Reds (8) - Date: 6/30/2019 Suarez homers early, Reds hold on for 8-6 win over CubsCINCINNATI Eugenio Suarez ended his slump with Cincinnati's longest homer of the season, Anthony DeSclafani pitched six scoreless innings and the Reds held off the Chicago Cubs 8-6 Sunday.Phillip Ervin and Nick Senzel drove in two runs each, and Raisel Iglesias escaped with a six-out save despite allowing Jason Heyward's three-run homer in the ninth. Kyle Schwarber also had a late connection for the Cubs.Chicago starter Jon Lester (7-6) hadn't lost to the Reds since 2016, a streak of seven straight starts. Make Money Betting Sports. The Cubs have dropped 3 of 4 and finished June 14-15, their first losing month since May 2017.Yasiel Puig stole two bases a day after a shouting match with Chicago reliever Pedro Strop - Puig was upse t after being hit by a 3-0 pitch. He scored after both stolen bases thanks to Ervin's singles, including one during a four-run eighth. Senzel added a two-run single during the big frame.Suarez, hitting .155 over his previous 22 games, blasted Lester's 3-2 pitch a projected 457 feet into a party structure atop the batter's eye in the first inning. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The three-run shot gave him 17 homers this season.DeSclafani (5-4) ended his day by striking out David Bote with two runners on and celebrated with a fist pump. He struck out seven and allowed five hits and a walk.Schwarber capped a three-run seventh with his 18th homer. Chicago got the potential go-ahead runs to second and third in the eighth before Iglesias coaxed Albert Almora Jr. into an inning-ending foul popup. Heyward's shot in the ninth cut the deficit to two, but Iglesias was able to finish his 14th save .Lester allowed four runs - three earned - on five hits and two walks. He tied his season high with eight strikeouts.TRAINER'S ROOMCubs: SS Javier Baez was given the day off until pinch-hitting in the eighth. He has played in 82 of Chicago's 84 games. ... Soccer Predictions. The Cubs are expected to activate RHP Kyle Hendricks from the 10-day injured list in time to start at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Hendricks hasn't pitched since June 14 because of right shoulder inflammation.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-0) makes his third career appearance, second start and first against the Pirates in the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh on Monday.Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (2-8) makes his third career start and first of the season against Milwaukee on Monday.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (7) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (6) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (7) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (6) - Date: 6/30/2019 Soler homers, drives in 2 as Royals beat Blue Jays 7-6TORONTO Jorge Soler homered and had two RBI, Brad Keller pitched five innings to win for the first time since May 22 and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 Sunday.Soler reached base three times as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in six games north of the border.Justin Smoak homered twice for the Blue Jays, who had won 14 of their previous 17 home meetings with the Royals. It was the 10th multihomer game of Smoak's career. Free Sports Picks. The home runs were his 13th and 14th of the season.Smoak hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo homer in the fifth but ended the game by fouling out against Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy in the ninth, stranding the tying run at second base.Whit Merrifield reached base three times and Alex Gordon drove in a pair as Kansas City answered Toronto's five-run second inning with a five-run third against struggling Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-11).Keller (4-9) allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings to end a streak of six straight losing decisions. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The right-hander has allowed six or more runs twice in his past three outings.Kevin McCarthy worked two hitless innings and Jake Diekman struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 eighth before Kennedy finished for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.Royals DH Lucas Duda opened the scoring with an RBI double in the second but the Blue Jays scored five times in the bottom half. Soler lost Luke Maile's fly ball in the sun, leading to a two-run triple, Eric Sogard hit an RBI single and Smoak followed with a two-run homer.Handed a four-run cushion, Sanchez pro mptly allowed the first six batters to reach safely in the third. Humberto Arteaga and Merrifield walked, Nicky Lopez loaded the bases with a single and Gordon's single brought home two runs. Hunter Dozier and Soler hit RBI singles and a fifth run scored when Cheslor Cuthbert grounded into a double play.Sanchez allowed six runs and seven hits in three-plus innings to lose his 10th straight decision. It's the longest such run by a Toronto pitcher since Ricky Romero lost 13 consecutive decisions in 2012.Soler made it 7-5 with a solo homer off Nick Kingham in the fifth, his 22nd, but Smoak replied with a leadoff blast in the bottom half.TRAINER'S ROOMRoyals: Adalberto Mondesi (strained right groin) went 1 for 5 as the DH in a rehab game at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Saturday night. Mondesi has been out since June 18.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (2-3, 4.07) surrendered a season-worst three home runs in his previous start, June 25 at Cleveland and has allowed seven homers in his past four outings.Blue Jays: LHP Clayton Richard (0-4, 6.89) has allowed at least one home run in six of his seven outings this season, including a season-worst three in his previous start, June 25 at Yankee Stadium.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (2) vs. Detroit Tigers (1) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (2) vs. Detroit Tigers (1) - Date: 6/30/2019 Scherzer strikes out 14 as Nationals top Tigers, 2-1DETROIT Max Scherzer struck out 14 against his former team and Anthony Rendon homered for the second straight game as the Washington Nationals topped the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Sunday.Scherzer (8-5) returned to Comerica Park for the first time since leaving as a free agent after the 2014 season and stuck out double-digit batters for the fourth straight outing.Scherzer, who struck out 20 batters the last time he faced the Tigers in 2016, ended his day by striking out the side swinging in the eighth inning, including former teammate Miguel Cabrera, who was pinch-hitting.In Scherzer's last eight games, he's 6-0 allowing only six earned runs with 83 strikeouts in 57 innings. He did not walk a batter Sunday, and 86 of his 115 pitches were strikes.He allowed four hits with the only damage coming when Brandon Dixon went opposite field for his team-leading 11th home run in the seventh inning. But Rendon led off the eighth with the game-winner, his team-leading 19th.Rendon's blast came off Joe Jimenez (2-6), who allowed a home run and a walk to the only two batters he faced.Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann, who also was starting against his former team, struck out four batters in six innings, allowing one run.Kurt Suzuki scored Rendon with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Baseball Handicappers. That play was set up by Matt Adams reaching safely on a potential double-play ball that could have ended the inning.Sean Doolittle earned his 18th save, allowing one hit and a walk in the ninth inning, getting Niko Goodrum to pop out with two runners on to end the game.TRAINER'S ROOMTigers: Infielder Jordy Mercer may re-join the team this week in Chicago. He's been on the injured list since May 9 with a rig ht quad strain and has been rehabbing in Triple-A Toledo since June 22.PROLONGED POWERSunday was the 15th straight game a Washington player homered, a team record.MOVING ON UPScherzer passed Hall of Famer Tom Glavine and then Chuck Finley on the all-time strikeout list. His 2,619 strikeouts rank 25th all-time and third on the active list behind CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander.UP NEXTNationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (7-5, 3.71 ERA) will open a three-game series at home against Miami on Tuesday, opposing RHP Zac Gallen (0-1, 3.60).Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (5-6, 3.72) will start Tuesday against RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-7, 6.12) in the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Baltimore Orioles (0) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Baltimore Orioles (0) - Date: 6/30/2019 Bieber, Indians turn tables on Orioles with 2-0 shutoutBALTIMORE Shane Bieber allowed three hits and struck out 11 over eight dazzling innings, Carlos Santana drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians edged the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Sunday to avert a three-game sweep.Coming off successive 13-0 losses to the team with the worst record in the majors, the Indians turned it around behind Bieber (7-3). Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The left-hander did not issue a walk, retired 12 straight at one point and permitted only one runner past first base.It was a suitable encore to his previous start against the Orioles, when Bieber struck out 15 on May 19 in his first career shutout.Brad Hand gave up two singles and a two-out walk to load the bases in the ninth before striking out An thony Santander for his 23rd save.Oscar Mercado hit two doubles and scored twice on singles by Santana, who has reached base in 24 straight games and 42 of the past 43. Cleveland's leader in home runs (18) and RBIs (50), Santana was announced Sunday as a participant in the Home Run Derby on July 8.The Indians came to Camden Yards riding a 10-3 hot streak, then inexplicably were blown out twice. Cleveland rebounded with a shutout of its own to end its first losing streak since May 30-31 and win the season series 4-3.Orioles starter Gabriel Ynoa (0-6) gave up one run and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. Three of those hits came in the third, when the Mercado-Santana combination clicked to end the Indians' run of scoreless innings at 20.Baltimore was denied its first sweep of the season, and its two-game winning streak - the longest since early May - was snapped.MOOSE SIGHTINGForme r Orioles pitcher and soon-to-be Hall of Fame member Mike Mussina threw out the ceremonial first pitch, tossing a strike to Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde. Many in the crowd yelled ''Moose!'' as Mussina walked to the mound, although a few might have been booing because he left the Orioles after the 2000 season to join the Yankees as a free agent. Mussina will be inducted on July 21. ''This is the Mount Everest of baseball, and I get to be a part of it,'' Mussina said.BABY BOOMIndians 3B Jose Ramirez was activated from the paternity list after missing two days to be with his new daughter. ''Asked him about the baby and his eyes got this big,'' manager Terry Francona said, spreading his hands about two feet apart. Yu Chang, who made his big league debut on Friday night, was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.TRAINER'S ROOMOrioles: DH/OF Mark Trumbo, who has yet to play this year after undergoing offseason knee surgery, did some hi tting Sunday. ''He's improving every day,'' Hyde said, but did not set a timetable for the veteran's next rehab assignment. ... RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder strain) threw in the bullpen Sunday and is expected to come off the injured list in the next few days. ... LHP Josh Rogers will see a specialist Tuesday for a second opinion on the elbow injury that landed him on the IL on Wednesday.UP NEXTIndians: After taking Monday off, the Indians send Trevor Bauer (6-6, 3.55 ERA) to the mound in the opener of a three-game set at Kansas City.Orioles: On the road until the All-Star break, Baltimore faces Tampa Bay on Monday night.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (2) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (6) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (2) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (6) - Date: 6/30/2019 Snell has 12 strikeouts in 6 innings. Rays beat Rangers 6-2ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Blake Snell struck out 12 over six innings for just his second win in 10 starts and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Sunday.Snell (5-7) gave up three hits during an 80-pitch outing. Sports Handicapper Picks. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had an 11.94 ERA (17 1/3 innings, 23 earned runs) in five previous starts this month.Tommy Pham homered for the Rays, who won consecutive games for the first time since June 9-10. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The first AL wild card leaders went 13-16 in June.Four Tampa Bay relievers completed a four-hitter.Texas got a two-run homer from Joey Gallo.After Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI sing le and Willy Adames added a run-scoring single off Jesse Chavez (3-3) the fourth, Pham's fifth-inning solo shot made it 4-2.Chavez allowed four runs and five hits in six innings.Kiermaier had an RBI triple in a two-run eighth.Gallo's two-run homer in the fourth off Snell got stuck on the ''D-Ring'' catwalk, which is approximately 70-feet above the right-field seats.The only other ball remaining on that catwalk was hit by Boston's David Ortiz on Sept. 17, 2008.Gallo had the only Texas hit through three innings, a leadoff bunt single in the second against a shift that had four outfielders and three infielders on the first-base side of second.He was thrown out on another bunt attempt in the seventh with a runner on first and no outs, and Texas trailing 4-2.Rays manager Kevin Cash was ejected by plate umpire Bruce Dreckman in the second for arguing after Avisail Garcia took a called third strike.MORE McKAYRays two-way player Brendan McKay could hit be fore the All-Star break. ''If there's an opportunity to get him in there where we feel it's a fit with his workload we'll do that,'' manager Kevin Cash said. McKay allowed one hit in six innings Saturday to get the win in his debut against Texas and is scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees Friday night.TRAINER'S ROOMRangers: 2B Rougned Odor, hurt Friday running the bases, was scratched due to lingering left hamstring tightness but pinch-hit in the ninth. ... 3B Asdrubal Cabrera sat out with lower back tightness.UP NEXTRangers: AL ERA leader Mike Minor (8-4, 2.40) will face Los Angeles Angels LHP Jose Suarez (2-1) Monday night. Minor has gone eight-or-more innings, including a complete game Wednesday at Detroit, while allowing one run in two straight starts.Rays: A starter for Monday night's game against Baltimore has not been announced. Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (3-10) looks to stop a four-game skid in which he has allowed 15 runs over 20 1/3 innings.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (12) vs. Boston Red Sox (8) - 6/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (12) vs. Boston Red Sox (8) - Date: 6/30/2019 Tradition: Comeback lifts Yanks to London sweep of Red SoxLONDON Britain loves tradition, and the New York Yankees wrapped up Major League Baseball's first trip to Europe with one of their sport's customs: a late-inning pinstriped comeback.Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a nine-run seventh inning, and the Yankees overcome a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 12-8 Sunday for a two-game sweep of the groundbreaking, high-scoring trek across the pond.DJ LeMahieu doubled off Marcus Walden (6-1) leading off the seventh and hit a two-run double against Josh Taylor later in the inning as the Yankees opened an 11-4 lead, sending 14 batters to the plate in their highest-scoring inning in four years.Didi Gregorius went deep against Ryan Brasier in the eighth, extending New York's record streak of games with home runs to 31. Co mbined with the Yankees' 17-13 win Saturday, the teams scored 50 runs on the weekend, four more than their previous scoring mark in consecutive games against each other.Before a sellout crowd of 59,059 at Olympic Stadium, the defending champion Red Sox began brightly on the sunny afternoon in their alternate red jerseys. Xander Bogaerts, J. D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez became the first trio of Boston batters in four decades to hit home runs in the first inning, banging and mashing to a 4-0 lead against Stephen Tarpley, who was making his first big league start.But after a game that took 4 hours, 24 minutes - 18 minutes swifter than Saturday's - Boston made a depressing Brexit. Gambling Profit. The World Series champions dropped a season-high 11 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees, who won for the 13th time in 14 games overall and improved to 6-1 against the Red Sox this year.Adam Ottavino (3-2), t he second of six New York relievers, got the win. After Boston rallied in the eighth on Vazquez's two-run single off Chance Adams, Eduardo Nunez's RBI double and Sam Travis' run-scoring single against Zack Britton, Rafael Devers stranded the bases loaded with a groundout.New York's Old Chap - Aroldis Chapman - gave up a leadoff hit in the ninth, then struck out three in a row.Built for the 2012 Olympics, the stadium was designed for minimal wind, leading some players to speculate that might have been a factor in pitchers' difficulty locating breaking balls.Pregame pomp and circumstance returned for an encore, but there was less of a crowd buzz. Soccer Tipsters. The temperature dropped to a more normal 73 degrees at first pitch - 20 below Saturday's scorcher. Batters at times struggled to see pitches sailing through the sun and shade created by Olympic Stadium's roof and famous triangular l ight banks.Boston homered three times in the opening inning for just the sixth time and the first since Aug. 14, 1979, when Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn did it at Fenway Park off Minnesota's Pete Redfern.New York closed in the second on Gio Urshela's RBI groundout and Brett Gardner's run-scoring single, But Eduardo Rodriguez showed the more ''normal'' side of baseball and the Red Sox maintained their 4-2 lead into the sixth, when Colten Brewer got the final two outs. Boston's bullpen then blew a save for the 17th time, second only to the New York Mets' 21.Walden allowed all four batters he faced to reach: He allowed LeMahieu's double, walked Aaron Judge, gave up an RBI double to Aaron Hicks and then the single to Sanchez that put the Yankees ahead 5-4.Urshela hit a two-run single off Matt Barnes, LeMahieu's second double boosted the lead to 9-4, Hicks hit a sacrifice fly and Sanchez hit a grounder with English that bounced off the glove of Michael Chavis at first for a run-scoring error.LOOKING AHEADThe Yankees open next season at Baltimore on March 26 to start a three-game series, play three more at Tampa Bay and face Toronto in their home opener on April 2, according to details from Major League Baseball's draft schedule, which was obtained by The Associated Press.They host Boston from May 8-10, July 24-26 and Sept. 8-10, and they play at Fenway Park from June 12-14, July 30-Aug. 2 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Sports Illustrated Picks. The Yankees host the Mets on July 7-8 and are at Citi Field on July 28-29.MISTAKENew York GM Brian Cashman said it was a mistake to have RHP Luis Severino start his throwing program without having an MRI. Severino stopped throwing last week after feeling soreness and then had an MRI, which showed his strained late muscle was only 90 percent healed. Cashman said Severino is reluctant to have MRIs because he is not comfortable going into the tube for the scan.CROSSOVERRetired cricketeer Andrew Flintoff took batting practice before the game.TRAINER'S ROOMYankees: 1B Luke Voit did not play after injuring his left abdomen Saturday.Red Sox: LF Andrew Benintendi did not start because of leg problems.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Domingo German (9-2) returns from a strained left hip flexor to start Tuesday night at the New York Mets.Red Sox: LHP David Price (5-2) starts Tuesday night's series opener at Toronto, which goes with RHP Trent Thornton (2-5).---More MLB:?https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and?https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox - 6/30/2019 - 2:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox - Date: 6/30/2019 Wade, Twins look to take series from White SoxFLMThe Minnesota Twins played 18 innings on the day outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. joined them in the big leagues. Wade didn't get into the game Thursday, though it wasn't for lack of trying."He was ready," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "I mean, trust me, he was not down on the end of the bench not paying attention. He was locked in." Wade transferred that focus to his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox the following night, and continues to be a developing cog in the outfield for the Twins, who close a three-game weekend series in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.With mounting injuries among lineup regulars creating an opening, Wade is optimistic about making the most of his chance. His energy was evident in his response to the first pitch he saw in the majors Friday -- a second-inning offering from Ross Detwiler that hit him in the shoulder."Oh, but it was great, though," Wade said. "I honestly didn't feel anything. So much adrenaline, so much excitement to get to first base." It may sound counterintuitive, but Sunday's scheduled White Sox starter, right-hander Lucas Giolito might not mind a baserunner or two against the Twins. Giolito (10-2, 2.87 ERA) admittedly was shaky with men aboard in Monday's start against the Boston Red Sox, as he was unable to hold leads of 2-0 and 3-2 while pitching 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision."I want, I need more experience in those big moments," Giolito said. "Bases loaded, holding on to a lead. I failed that time, walking in (the) tying run. I was very frustrated after the game, but I realized I'm not going to kill it in every situation."I need to learn from my mistakes. I can't wait 'til I'm in that situation again." Giolito is set t o make his seventh career start against the Twins. He is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA against Minnesota but has not faced the club this season amid a resurgence from last season's struggles. World's Best Handicapper. These days, Giolito is developing into the leader of a young, budding rotation."Anything can happen," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I think they can settle down even more. We just want to make sure that the starting rotation we do have, the ones that need to improve continue to improve and the ones who do well, make a consistent approach through the rest of it." Left-hander Lewis Thorpe is slated to start for Minnesota, becoming the latest Twin to make his big league debut. Sports Picks for Today. The Twins recalled Thorpe, a 23-year-old native of Australia, from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.Right-hander Kyle Gibson initially was set to start, but the club postponed his next start until Wednesday. Baldelli announced on Saturday that Thorpe would start instead.The Twins canceled Gibson's usual throwing session between starts after he appeared in relief for the first time in his career during Thursday's 18-inning home loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Gibson threw 11 pitches in one inning of scoreless relief after working seven innings of four-run, seven hit ball to defeat the Rays on Tuesday.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 6/30/2019 - 10:10 AM EST

MLB Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - Date: 6/30/2019 Encore in London? Yankees, Red Sox look to follow up wild affairFLMTasked with showcasing Major League Baseball in Europe for the first time, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees combined to reach offensive totals rarely seen in their storied rivalry in the first contest of a two-game series.Now, each team will look to reset on the mound as they face off in their London finale on Sunday.The Yankees narrowly outslugged the Red Sox 17-13 in Saturday's historic game at hitter-friendly London Stadium. Sports Betting Leads. The 30 combined runs were the second most in a game between the two teams, one short of their benchmark reached Aug. 21, 2009, and the offensive explosion lasted 4 hours, 42 minutes -- three minutes short of the modern record for a nine-inning game.Both teams' starters were kn ocked out in the first inning for the first time in Red Sox-Yankees history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau."It was like something I've never been a part of," said Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who matched career highs with four hits and five RBIs in the contest.So, how do they follow it up Sunday? The Red Sox send left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (8-4, 4.87 ERA) to the mound while the Yankees counter with southpaw Stephen Tarpley (0-0, 6.48) to kick off a bullpen game.Tarpley will be making his first major league start in his 21st appearance of his career.With Rick Porcello and Masahiro Tanaka getting shelled for Boston and New York, respectively, Saturday, both teams burned through seven relievers. Basketball Predictions. The Yankees led by as much as 17-6, but the Red Sox battled back to within four runs following a six-run seventh.Boston even sent the tying man to the plate wi th the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, but Marco Hernandez grounded out to end the threat."It was one of those games that it felt like there was momentum the whole time," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "We have to do a better job getting people out, being more aggressive and avoiding the big innings." Rookie Michael Chavis clubbed two three-run homers in the loss, and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot among four hits to continue his strong June (.306 average, five homers). Gambling Profit. The Red Sox could take a hit on offense, however, after shortstop Xander Bogaerts exited with a strained left calf sustained while running the bases in the seventh inning.The Yankees also lost a big bat Saturday when Luke Voit limped into second on his fourth hit and third double of the contest in the fifth. The team announced the injury was tightness in his core muscle, and Voit will be re -evaluated Sunday."It's not my groin or my hip flexor. It's weird," said Voit. "I'm going to see the trainer and the doctor tomorrow and I'm going to see what's going to happen." Rodriguez enters 5-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 14 career appearances (12 starts) against the Yankees. He took a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox his last time out, allowing five runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.New York's win Saturday was its 12th in its last 13 games. Three Yankees hit home runs, extending the team's record streak of consecutive games with a homer to 30.Boston has dropped four of its last six and now trails by 10 games in the American League East.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets - 6/30/2019 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets - Date: 6/30/2019 Braves aim for sweep of struggling MetsFLMThe Atlanta Braves find it challenging to come up with new words to describe what they seemingly do every day. It's a far more pleasant plight than the similar yet vastly different one endured by the New York Mets.The visiting Braves will look to complete a three-game sweep of the free-falling Mets on Sunday night. Left-hander Max Fried (9-3, 3.96 ERA) is scheduled to start for Atlanta against right-hander Noah Syndergaard (5-4, 4.55 ERA), who is lined up to come off the injured list for New York.The Braves mounted yet another comeback -- and the Mets' combustible bullpen squandered another late-inning lead -- Saturday night, when Nick Markakis and Austin Riley homered on back-to-back pitches in the eighth inning of a 5-4 win.It was the 21st comeback victory of the season for the National League East-leading Brave s, who became the second team in the NL to reach 50 wins on Saturday night."I'm kind of lost (for) words, honestly," Riley told reporters afterward. "There's just no quit. I think that has a lot to do with it." The Mets are adamant they won't quit, either, despite a seven-game losing streak that has all but ruined their season and exposed a bullpen that is down to zero reliable arms. Seth Lugo was New York's most trustworthy setup man, but he gave up the tying and go-ahead homers Saturday and has surrendered seven runs over 3 1/3 innings in his last three outings, during which his ERA has risen from 2.23 to 3.60.Because Chris Mazza preceded Lugo with four innings of one-run relief in his big league debut, the Mets' bullpen ERA for June actually dropped Saturday from 7.98 to 7.62. But New York has blown a lead in the sixth inning or later five times during its losing streak."It's part of our reality," Mets manager Mickey C allaway said. "You have to deal with reality. You can't act like it didn't happen, obviously. So you've got to try to do the best you can to fix it and you've got to do the best you can to come in everyday and try to win the next game. Got to put it behind yourself, learn from it and then come out the next day to do better." Fried won his second straight start Tuesday, when he gave up two runs over six innings as the Braves beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-2.Syndergaard appears ready to return after missing 14 days with a strained left hamstring suffered while making his last pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 15, when he earned the win after allowing five runs (four earned) over six-plus innings in the Mets' 8-7 victory. He made one rehab start for short-season Class-A Brooklyn last Tuesday and allowed three runs while striking out nine over five innings.Fried is 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA in seven career games (three starts) against the Mets. Synd ergaard is 0-2 with a 3.49 ERA in seven starts against the Braves.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants - 6/30/2019 - 4:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants - Date: 6/30/2019 Ray, Bumgarner finally square off in Dbacks-Giants series finaleFLMFormer All-Star left-handers Robbie Ray and Madison Bumgarner go head-to-head for the first time in their careers Sunday afternoon when the Arizona Diamondbacks and host San Francisco wrap up a four-game series.Starting pitching has been the driving force in the Diamondbacks winning two of the first three in the series, with rookie Alex Young and veteran Zack Greinke throwing gems in 5-1 and 4-3 wins, respectively.Ray (5-5, 3.90) has made 13 starts in his career against the Giants, and Bumgarner (4-7, 4.21) has made 33 against the Diamondbacks. Remarkably, they've never been on the same day.They missed each other by one day when the Giants visited Arizona in May, with Bumgarner pitching an 8-5 win one game before Ray got a no-decision in a 3-2 loss.Ray rebounded to pitch an 18-2 w in at San Francisco when the clubs met a week later, a series in which Bumgarner did not pitch.Ray is 5-1 with a 3.01 ERA in his 13 starts against the Giants, including 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in six starts in San Francisco.His success has come despite Evan Longoria going 6-for-11 against him with three doubles and a home run.He's never faced Bumgarner as a hitter.Ray has struggled in his last three starts, going 0-2 while allowing 11 runs and 13 hits in 18 1/3 innings.Ray should benefit from having Carson Kelly back behind the plate Sunday. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The young slugger got Saturday night off after ripping Giants pitching for five hits, including two doubles and a home run, in the first two games of the series.The homer was Kelly's ninth of the season, all of which have come since May 4, when he ended a three-year drought with the first of his career."What it did was it just kind of a llowed me take a deep breath and go out and do what I normally do," he explained to reporters earlier in the series. "What I've done the last couple of years in Triple-A, building off that confidence and also continue to progress swing-wise, mentally and all aspects of the game, it's benefitted me so far." Kelly will be up against Bumgarner, who will take the momentum of a 4-2 win over Colorado on Tuesday to the mound with him for the series finale.He's logged an 11-11 record and 2.58 ERA in his 34 head-to-heads with the Diamondbacks (he has one appearance against them as a reliever).Bumgarner's success in his only start against Arizona this season came against a lineup that no longer includes slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who owns a.333 average with three homers and 10 RBIs in 78 career plate appearances against Bumgarner.The Giants' homestand, which began with two losses in three games against Colorado, hasn't been what manager Bruce Boch y had hoped for a club mired in last place in the National League West."We're disappointed," he assured reporters as the Giants hit the midpoint of their season earlier in the series. "We looked at a lot of the games and they were games we should have, could have won. Handicappers Free Picks. There's a mistake here or there or not quite the right execution. Little things caught up with us in the first half, and hopefully we get that turned around." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies - 6/30/2019 - 3:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies - Date: 6/30/2019 Dodgers hope to escape Denver with split vs. RockiesFLMLos Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been involved in some wild games, including as a player when the Boston Red Sox came back from down 0-3 to win the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees.But even those games don't compare to what he has witnessed in Colorado."I've seen some crazy ones, and the top 10 are probably all here," Roberts told reporters after Friday's loss to the Rockies in Denver.The Dodgers have to survive just one more game at Coors Field before heading back to Los Angeles. Colorado and the Dodgers play the last of a four-game series on Sunday, with right-hander Kenta Maeda going against Rockies righty Chi Chi Gonzalez, who is making his Coors Field debut.The Rockies have won two of the first three games of the weekend showdown, which has been more a batt le of attrition than traditional baseball. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The teams have combined for 50 runs in the first three games, although only eight runs were scored Saturday night in Colorado's 5-3 win.Maeda (7-4, 3.76 ERA) will make his 11th career start against the Rockies and 18th appearance overall. He is 6-3 with a 2.30 ERA when facing Colorado, and he has fared well at hitter-friendly Coors Field, going 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in nine games, six of them starts.He also earned one of his three career saves against Colorado. He'll be facing a Rockies lineup that -- before Saturday -- had put up at least eight runs in six straight home games, all of which were needed because the opponents had also scored eight or more runs in the last five of those games. It was the first time a team has combined to do both for five straight games at home since 1894.Gonzalez (0-1, 5.40) hopes he can hold L. A.' ;s potent lineup down in his second career appearance against the NL West leaders. Gonzalez allowed two runs on five hits over 8 1/3 innings the only time he has faced the Dodgers, and that came with the Texas Rangers in L. A. on June 16, 2015.He made only three starts in 2016, then missed all of 2017 after having Tommy John surgery and pitched in the minors last year before Colorado signed him to a minor league deal in December. He joined the team last week and took the loss at San Francisco in his Rockies debut on Tuesday.Gonzalez pitched well enough in that game to earn another start. He could get an extended look while Kyle Freeland is working out his issues in the minors."He's progressing with some of the directives we talked about (such as location and pitch mix), and he's working on those in Triple-A," Colorado manager Bud Black said of Freeland. "Overall, the progress has been positive. ... We continue to keep our eye on him because we know wha t he can do for us." Another solid outing from Gonzalez, who was a first-round pick by Texas in 2013, could keep him in the rotation until at least the All-Star break."He's a thinking man's pitcher," Black said. "The fact that he was such a high pick out of college years ago, that tells you something. And here he is, many years later, trying to rejuvenate a career that at one point was really looking promising until the injury." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 6/30/2019 - 2:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - Date: 6/30/2019 Astros look for sweep, more offense vs. MarinersFLMWhen things were going horribly for the Astros, with their seven-game losing skid last week cutting into their sizable lead in the American League West, their offense was the primary concern.The Astros averaged just 2.7 runs during their skid and followed that stretch of futility by totaling just two runs over the final two games of their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, absorbing 14-2 and 10-0 losses that resulted in their first home series setback this season.After a 2-1 win on Friday against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park, Houston flashed its offensive talent in Saturday's 6-5 win.Most notably, the Astros secured the three-game series by stringing together two walks and three hits in their five-run second inning, the sort of unyielding pressure on opposing pitchers that underscored their pr ior standing as one of the most feared offenses in baseball.With the finale against the Mariners set for Sunday, Houston is hoping it has reclaimed that consistency as it concludes a six-game homestand."Baseball can lead you to believe that the last thing you saw is what a team is," Astros manager AJ Hinch told reporters. "When you're super hot, everybody jumps on board with the best offense in the league and all the superlatives that come with a productive offense. When you go cold, the blame is shared equally around situational hitting or hitting with two outs or two strikes."And with the ebbs and flow of the season, at the end of the year, you'll be defined as what you are." Right-hander Gerrit Cole (7-5, 3.42 ERA) will get the start as the Astros seek the series sweep. He is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA over five starts in June but his strikeout rate has slowed with 39 in 31 innings this month.Cole is 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA over six career starts aga inst the Mariners, including a 3-2 victory on April 14 that featured Cole recording 11 strikeouts while allowing two runs on four hits over six innings at T-Mobile Park. Cole did not issue a walk in that outing.Left-hander Marco Gonzales (9-6, 4.34 ERA) will start for Seattle. It will mark his fifth career appearance (fourth start) against the Astros, against whom he is 0-2 with an 8.36 ERA. Gonzales is 4-0 with a 2.59 ERA in four starts since June 7. He was 0-6 with a 7.79 ERA over seven starts after opening the season 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA over his first seven starts.The Astros' 6-5, walk-off win Saturday not only clinched the weekend series against Seattle, it marked yet another stinging defeat for the Mariners against Houston. Not only have the Astros opened this series with back-to-back walk-off wins, with both hits supplied by Yuli Gurriel, Houston owns two other one-run wins as well as a pair of two-run victories in the season series.Despite having won 8 of 9 games against Seattle this season, the Astros hold just a plus-5 advantage in run differential heading into the finale of the third series between the teams."We've played some tough games against the Astros this year," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It seems every game is one or two runs. It's a swing here or there. Pitch here or there that could turn the game. I thought we competed our tail off." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 6/30/2019 - 2:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - Date: 6/30/2019 Davies looks to get back on track as Brewers host PiratesFLMZach Davies hopes to get back to being the pitcher he was the first six weeks of the season.Davies is scheduled to take the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of their three-game series against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon.He was one of the league's ERA leaders through mid-May, but has become vulnerable since then.Davies (7-2, 3.34 ERA) is 2-2 in June with a 6.20 ERA in five starts. He has failed to go at least five innings in his past two outings, a mark he missed just once in his first 14 starts.Most recently, he had a 1-0 lead to start the third inning on Tuesday against the visiting Seattle Mariners, but gave up four straight extra-base hits, capped by a two-run homer, to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead before they went on to an 8-3 victory.Davies was gone a fter four innings, having allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits."I just need to go back to my mentality I had before, being aggressive, controlling the game myself and not being passive," he told reporters afterward. "That's the biggest change I see in myself right now, and it happens to everybody. Free Sports Picks Twitter. There are times where you are going to doubt yourself. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. There are times where you think that somebody else knows what's best for you, and you don't rely on yourself." Davies wasn't being critical of any particular person, rather pointing his finger directly at himself."It's just you've lost a little bit out there," he said. "You think somebody else can help you, instead of looking at yourself and knowing that's the person who's goin g to change it." Davies will go up against Pirates left-hander Steven Brault, who will be making his seventh straight start since exiting the bullpen. He's 2-0 since then with a 2.23 ERA.The Pirates have scored 11 runs in each of Brault's past two appearances, but he wasn't around to get the victory in his last outing, when Pittsburgh finished on top of the visiting San Diego Padres in a wild 11-10 win in 11 innings.Brault (3-1, 4.50 ERA) faced the Brewers on June 9 in Milwaukee and gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He gave the ball to the bullpen with a 2-1 lead and the tying run on second with one out, but the bullpen didn't bail him out and he received a no-decision in the 5-2 loss.Brault has made 12 appearances overall against Milwaukee in his career, including six starts. He's 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA.The Pirates will be playing the third game of 16 straight against the NL Central opponents."It's a good time to get into a groo ve, and feel like we're in a good spot," Brault said after his last start.The Pirates had won seven of eight before losing 3-1 on Saturday night to even the series.Pirates infielder Kevin Newman had two more hits on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest by a Pittsburgh rookie since 1900.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 6/30/2019 - 1:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - Date: 6/30/2019 Marlins eye second sweep of PhilliesFLMA week after a three-game road sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Miami Marlins look for a similar outcome against their division rival on Sunday, attempting to erase what began as a frustrating homestand.The Marlins rallied from a five-run deficit for a 9-6 victory Saturday and won their fifth straight over the Phillies."It's easier to play when you have confidence and you have proven to yourself you can beat a team," said Miami centerfield JT Riddle, whose two-run double in a six-run seventh put the Marlins ahead for good.Miami began the homestand getting swept in three games by Washington. Now the team has an opportunity finish 3-3 in its six-game set at Marlins Park.Trevor Richards will start the series finale for the Marlins, his second straight against a former Cy Young Award winner. On Tuesda y, Richards faced the Nationals' Max Scherzer and was lifted after five innings. Richards (3-8, 3.94 ERA) allowed six runs and seven hits in the Marlins' 6-1 loss."They made me throw pitches up and took advantage of those pitches," Richards said of his outing against Washington. "I felt I had a good approach -- I just didn't execute." Richards is 1-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts against the Phillies in his two-year career, including a 12-9 loss at Philadelphia on April 27 when he allowed five runs on six hits in four innings.The Phillies do not believe the Marlins have their number, despite their current slide against the team with the National League's worst record. For Philadelphia, the losses to Miami are sandwiched around a four-game sweep of the New York Mets."I don't think it matters as much who we're playing right now as how we are playing right now," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "We saw through the Me ts series that when we play good baseball, we're capable of really big things, and when we don't play our best baseball, it doesn't matter who the team on the other side of the field is. We're not going to win." First baseman Rhys Hoskins' two-run homer Saturday gave the Phillies a 6-1 lead and a seemingly safe cushion before relievers Juan Nicasio and Adam Morgan surrendered three runs each in the seventh."I don't know," Hoskins said when asked about the team's losing streak against the Marlins. "Obviously, they've pitched well all year. Handicapper Return on Investment. Their rotation and their bullpen have been nails all year."Yeah this one's tough. I thought we had good at-bats all day. Frustrating, but like I've said time and time again, the beautiful part about this game is we have a chance to salvage the series (Sunday) and gain some momentum g oing to wherever we go next." Right-hander Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the Phillies on Sunday.Although he allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings against the Mets on Tuesday, Arrieta (7-6, 4.33) benefited from offensive support to get the win. Philadelphia's lineup hit four home runs in the 7-5 victory.The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner is 2-0 against Miami this year, allowing six runs on 14 hits in 12 innings with both wins coming in April (the second against Richards on the 27th). Arrieta is 7-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 career starts against Miami.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/30/2019 - 1:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds - Date: 6/30/2019 Cubs seek elusive series win vs. RedsFLMThe Chicago Cubs hope the third time is the charm on Sunday afternoon when they play the rubber match of their three-game series against the host Cincinnati Reds.The Cubs dropped a 4-2 decision in the series finale at Great American Ball Park on May 16 as well as a 10-2 setback at Wrigley Field on May 26.Chicago evened its current series in Cincinnati on Saturday after Jason Heyward homered for the second time in as many days and Javier Baez belted his fifth career grand slam in a 6-0 victory.The National League Central-leading Cubs own a 14-14 mark this month entering the final day of June. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The team must win on Sunday in order to avert its first losing month since May 2017."A lot of moving parts," Chicago manager Joe Maddon sai d. "Of course you'd like to be in better position, but I can't really lament what's gone on at this point. Overall, we've hung in there pretty well." While Heyward and Baez provided the fireworks with their bats on Saturday, Reds slugger Yasiel Puig set off some more with his response to being hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop in the eighth inning. Puig slammed his batting helmet to the ground and gestured toward the reliever as he walked toward the mound, prompting the benches and bullpens to clear before order was restored."At the end of the day, nothing happened," the 28-year-old Puig said. "Nobody got hurt. What's important (on Sunday) is to go out and win the game and win the series. Free Soccer Picks. That's more important than fighting with the other team." Strop was far from impressed with Puig's antics on the field, and the reliever's following response could raise tensions in the series finale."I don't know what to say about it," Strop said. "It's not a secret he's stupid. I have nothing against him, but he's stupid." Joey Votto continued to haunt the Cubs, following up his 24th career four-hit performance against them in the opener with two more hits on Saturday.The 35-year-old Votto is 10-for-18 with two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in his last five games overall and 17-for-34 with nine runs scored in the season series versus Chicago.Puig and Votto will aim to send Cincinnati to just its second victory in seven outings on Sunday when they face Chicago left-hander Jon Lester (7-5, 3.83 ERA), who has four wins in his last five starts.Lester allowed two runs (zero earned) on five hits and struck out seven over six innings in an 8-3 victory over Atlanta on Monday.The 35-year-old sports a 7-1 record and 3.88 ERA in 16 starts against the Reds, including a 3-1 ma rk with a 3.38 ERA in Cincinnati. Lester has flustered Scooter Gennett (2-for-13, five strikeouts), although he has struggled against Jose Peraza (12-for-29).Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (4-4, 4.70 ERA) will take the mound on Sunday after seeing his three-start unbeaten streak come to a halt in his last outing.DeSclafani, who surrendered one run in each of his previous three starts, allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-5 setback at Milwaukee last Sunday.The 29-year-old, who owns a 3-3 record with a 4.24 ERA in 10 career starts versus Chicago, received a no-decision against the Cubs on May 24 despite yielding three homers in 3 2/3 innings. Kris Bryant, who belted one of them, is 6-for-17 versus the hurler.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers - 6/30/2019 - 1:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers - Date: 6/30/2019 Tigers get a look at Scherzer -- and what might have beenFLMOne of the most regrettable decisions the Detroit Tigers made in recent years was not doing more in an effort to re-sign Max Scherzer.Late owner Mike Ilitch drew a hard line during Scherzer's walk year when the right-hander turned down an offer reportedly worth $144 million. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. The Washington Nationals swooped in and gave Scherzer a seven-year, $210 million deal following the 2014 season.The pitching-starved Tigers will face Scherzer for the second time since his departure on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series in Detroit. Sports Picks Today. The Tigers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Nationals on Saturday.Scherzer had an 82-35 record and 3.52 ERA with the Tigers from 2010-14. In the lead-up to Sunday, Scherzer told members of the media that he's even better now."I strive to get better every single year," Scherzer said. "As I've gone on to Washington, I've continued to add to my arsenal, continued to work with our coaches and our catchers. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The different guys who've come through my time in Washington have continued to grow, as well." The 34-year-old has the evidence to back it up -- a 75-37 record and 2.68 ERA with the Nats, along with two Cy Young Awards to go with the one he won in Detroit.He's 7-5 with a 2.52 ERA in 17 starts this season and has dazzled observers with his grit. After breaking his nose during a batting-practice bunt attempt earlier this month, he's held Philadelphia scoreless in seven innings and Miami to one run in eight innings while piling up a combined 20 strikeouts.The Tigers can now only wonder what might have been if Ilitch, who handed out some bad long-term contracts in pursuit of a world championship, retained Scherzer."I didn't feel slighted. That stuff just all takes care of itself," Scherzer said. "I don't hold any grudges or anything like. When I look back on my time in Detroit, I have great memories here and great friends." Scherzer regrets that the Tigers didn't celebrate a championship during his time there. He's intent on getting that point with the Nats."You do have to kind of see it as a failure in some ways, because that's what keeps you motivated," he said. "That's what motivates me to push myself every single day to try to win a World Series. That's what I play the game for. That's what keeps me going." He's pitched against the Tigers twice in his career -- once during his rookie year in 2008 wi th Arizona and a memorable outing in 2016 in Washington. He recorded 20 strikeouts in that complete-game victory three years ago."I had a lot of guys with the flu when he was pitching," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire quipped to The Detroit News. "They come in a little sick with Scherzeritis. It was never an easy test with any of those guys they had pitching. Scherzer is like a lightning bolt. His stuff is electric." The Tigers will counter Sunday with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, a former National who has been a bust since signing a five-year, $110 million contract prior to the 2016 season.Zimmermann is 0-5 with a 5.95 ERA this season. He's pitched twice since recovering from an injury to his pitching elbow, including a five-inning outing on Tuesday when he gave up three runs on nine hits to Texas.He's 24-33 with a 5.31 ERA since joining the Tigers. He's pitched once against his former team, in 2016, and took a loss despite giving up three r uns in seven innings.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 6/30/2019 - 1:07 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Date: 6/30/2019 Royals look to break through on road in TorontoFLMThe Kansas City Royals will try to reverse their road woes Sunday afternoon when go for their first win in their four-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.The Royals will start right-hander Brad Keller (3-9, 4.32 ERA) against Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-10, 5.89).The Blue Jays have won the first two games of the series between two teams trying to avoid 100-loss seasons after Danny Jansen's two-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning Saturday gave them a 7-5 victory.It came on a 3-2 pitch from Scott Barlow with Randal Grichuk on first via a leadoff walk."He had to make contact because the runner was going -- and he did," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters of Jansen's at-bat after the game Saturday.The Royals dropped to 1-4 on their seven-game road trip a nd are 12-30 on the road for the season. Football Predictions. The Blue Jays have not been particularly good at home, either -- though they have won three in a row at Rogers Centre after losing seven straight there. Overall, they are 15-25 at home.Dating to 2014, the Royals are 3-14 in their last 17 regular-season games in Toronto and have been outscored 111-63 in those games.The Blue Jays had a scare after starter Marcus Stroman made two pitches in the fifth inning, both balls. Following a visit from the trainer, he left the game. It was later diagnosed as a left shoulder pectoral cramp."He's not going to miss any time," Montoyo said. "He camped up and couldn't get loose. He'll be fine for his next start." Not only has Stroman been Toronto's most consistent starter, he is considered a candidate to be traded this summer.On another front, Montoyo said that closer Ken G iles is fine. It had been decided before the game that he would not be used Saturday after he had pitched an inning on Friday. He was reinstated from the injured list (elbow inflammation) on Wednesday and Montoyo said he did not want to use him in back-to-back outings yet. So Daniel Hudson was used to close the game but gave up the tying run in the ninth to get a blown save -- and then the win.Both the Royals and Blue Jays are rebuilding, four years after Kansas City won the ALCS from Toronto and went on to win the 2015 World Series."We try to win every day, but the most important thing for me is the development of the young guys," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Because if you go back and look, I don't remember a rebuilding team that played .500 that ever won a World Series. You'll play .500 eventually, but to try to rebuild and win at the same time is really difficult."It depends on what you're trying to accomplish. You want to play .500? You want 85 wins? Or you want to win a world championship? I want to win a world championship again. Sports Betting Profit. The way we've done it in the past is exactly the way we're doing it now." Keller will attempt to end a six-start winless streak Sunday. He took a no-decision Monday in Cleveland, pitching three innings before a rain delay ended his day.He is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in three career games (one start) against Toronto.Sanchez will be trying to end a streak of nine straight losing decisions. He last faced the Royals in 2016. He is 1-1'with a 3.24 ERA in five games (two starts) against the Royals.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/30/2019 - 1:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Date: 6/30/2019 Snell looks to right ship in Rays-Rangers finaleFLMTampa Bay left-hander and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell looks to get back on track Sunday and help the Rays win their series against the visiting Texas Rangers.Right-hander Jesse Chavez (3-2, 2.79 ERA) of the Rangers opposes Snell (4-7, 5.01) in the finale.Snell will be happy to see the calendar page turn to July. In five June starts, he has an 11.94 ERA, allowing at least six runs in three of five outings. On Tuesday, he gave up seven runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings of a loss to the Twins.Relying on his fastball, Snell got through the first two innings while allowing just a run but was touched for three in the third and three more in the fourth."I want to succeed so bad," Snell told MLB.com. "And for me to not succeed the way I want to, it's tough. It's tough to sleep. It& #39;s tough to do things right and still do wrong. It's very tough."But I know how good I am, and I know with how hard I work that I know I'm going to come through this and be a better player from it." Facing the Rangers may help Snell regain his form. He's 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA in two career starts versus Texas, both coming last year.Chavez, usually employed as a long reliever, allowed one unearned run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of a win against Detroit on Tuesday. He struck out seven and induced eight groundouts in what was his first traditional start of the season"I try to rely on location, as much as I can -- and some days I have it, some days I don't," Chavez told reporters afterward. "Today, I did." Chavez has allowed one earned run over 14 1/3 innings in his past three appearances. During that stretch, he's struck out 14 batters without a walk.He's 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA in nine career appearances (one start) against the Rays.Tampa Bay evened the series on Saturday thanks to Brendan McKay, who took a perfect game into the sixth inning in his major league debut. McKay went six innings and gave one hit and a walk while striking out three in the Rays' 5-2 win."The way he carried himself, it was kind of unflappable," manager Kevin Cash told reporters. "You would not have thought, if you just picked up and turned on the TV, that that was his first major league start. He picked us up in a big way." Avisail Garcia, Willy Adames and Travis d'Arnaud homered for the Rays, who had lost three of their previous four games.Asdrubal Cabrera and Joey Gallo each doubled and scored a run for the Rangers, who had won six straight. Football Handicappers. Texas can complete a 5-1 road trip with a win on Sunday."I tell our guys every day that it's the most important game of the year, because it's the only one we can win," Rangers manager Chris Woodward told reporters. "We're not going to worry about the day after tomorrow, we're going to worry about tomorrow. And (Sunday) is a big game. ... Sports Picks Free. To beat these guys two out of three would be a great way to go home before the (All-Star) break." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles - 6/30/2019 - 1:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles - Date: 6/30/2019 Orioles going for rare sweep vs. IndiansFLMThe Baltimore Orioles will look for their first sweep since August 2018 as they take on the Cleveland Indians at home Sunday.The Orioles (24-58) already have already earned their first series win since late April by winning the first two games of the series."We've had so many opportunities to win a series," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. "I think there was a stretch where we won the first game of a series (three times) in a row and just wasn't able to do it. So to win a series obviously feels great." In the first two games of the series, the Orioles offense has exploded, scoring 13 runs in both games. Baltimore became the first team in MLB history to score 13 runs in back-to-back shutouts, and the 13 runs is the most the Orioles have scored in a game this season.Baltimore has used big innings to secure their wins, including three four-run innings Friday and a six-run inning Saturday.Anthony Santander, Chance Sisco and Jonathan Villar have led the charge for the Orioles. Over the two games, Santander is 5-for-9 with two home runs and three runs scored; Sisco is 4-for-9 with two home runs, seven RBIs and five runs; and Villar is 2-for-5 with five walks and four runs scored."We got a ton of great at-bats and a ton of really good swings," Hyde said after Saturday's game. "Just really good at-bats up and down the lineup." Santander and Sisco were both called up earlier in June and have had very productive months. Santander is hitting .288 for the month while Sisco has a .400 on-base percentage and .690 slugging percentage.Gabriel Ynoa (0-5) is projected to start for Baltimore. Hockey Handicappers. The native of the Dominican Republic has started five games in the month of J une, and all five have been losses for the Orioles. Ynoa has been the losing pitcher in four of those games.Since being put in the rotation at the end of May, Ynoa has a 7.48 ERA and averaged under five innings per start. Ynoa has faced the Indians five times in his career -- more than any other team -- and has allowed 10 runs in 13 1/3 innings.As for Cleveland (44-38), the Indians look to finish a strong month of June on a high note. Cleveland is 16-9 for the month of June after struggling to a 12-17 mark in May.Carlos Santana, who was named the starting first baseman for the American League in the All-Star Game on Thursday, has had a really solid month of June, hitting eight home runs with a .413 on-base percentage. Rookie Oscar Mercado has also played well in the month with a .304 batting average.Right-hander Shane Bieber (6-3) will try to right the ship for the Indians. Bieber had the best start of his young career last month against Baltimore in his only meeting with th e Orioles. Game Fixing. The pitcher threw his first career shutout in a 10-0 victory over the Orioles on May 19 in Cleveland. In addition to holding Baltimore without a run, he allowed only five hits and no walks while striking out 15 batters."It was a really good day to hit," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said after the May 19 game. "I thought he had the best breaking ball we've seen yet, and he obviously located his fastball. He didn't walk anybody. Profitable Sports Handicappers. That was a pretty impressive day." This is the last matchup between the two AL opponents this season, with both teams having won three games and lost three.--Field Level Media

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (4) vs. San Francisco Giants (3) - 6/29/2019

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (4) vs. San Francisco Giants (3) - Date: 6/29/2019 Greinke pitches Diamondbacks to 4-3 win over GiantsSAN FRANCISCO Zack Greinke pitched seven shutout innings, Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single to break a scoreless tie in the seventh and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night.Greinke (9-3) struck out six and didn't walk a batter in another dominant outing. Soccer Tipsters. The right-hander allowed only one runner past first base and got the Giants to hit into a pair of double plays while extending his scoreless streak on the road to 22 1/3 innings. He gave up five hits.Escobar had three hits. Adam Jones added two and walked twice for the Diamondbacks.Stephen Vogt hit a three-run homer off Arizona closer Greg Holland in the ninth. Holland, the third reliever used by manager Torey Lovullo in the inning, retired the next three batters for his 12th save.Arizona stranded seven runners in the first five innings against Drew Pomeranz and had a runner tagged out trying to score in the seventh before breaking through against reliever Sam Dyson (2-1).Jones reached on a one-out error when his fly ball glanced off the glove of center fielder Kevin Pillar. After Dyson fielded Ketel Marte's comebacker and tagged out Tom Locastro between third and home for the second out, Escobar hit a soft fly that dropped between shortstop Brandon Crawford and left fielder Alex Dickerson to score Jones.The Diamondbacks went up 4-0 in the eighth. Christian Walker scored on an infield single by pinch-hitter Ildemaro Vargas, and another run scored when Crawford threw the ball out of play after making a diving stop on Vargas' grounder to shortstop. Jones followed with an RBI single.HE LIKES IT HEREGreinke improved to 13-3 against the Giants and 6-0 in eight career starts at Oracle Park.DO ING IT WITH DEFENSEGiant right fielder Tyler Austin made a diving catch on the warning track in the ninth to rob Escobar of a fourth hit. Austin made the spectacular play after getting turned around while chasing the ball.WELCOME BACKDiamondbacks catcher Alex Avila had two hits in his first start since coming off the injured list a day earlier. Avila has reached safely in all 18 games he has started this season.THROWING ZEROSPomeranz matched Greinke for five innings, allowing five hits to go with seven strikeouts. Fighting Predictions. The left-hander struck out three in the first after walking leadoff hitter Jones and giving up a double to Marte. Pomeranz has 18 strikeouts over his past 10 innings but is winless since June 14.TRAINER'S ROOMGiants: OF Steven Duggar tripled and struck out twice in three at-bats during his first rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento. Duggar (back strain) played five inni ngs and will play seven Sunday before the team decides what to do next. . C Buster Posey was held out of the lineup and popped out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.UP NEXTMadison Bumgarner (4-7, 4.21 ERA), coming off his strongest start of the season when he had 11 strikeouts in six innings against Colorado, goes against the Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray (8-3, 3.08) in a matchup of lefties in the series finale Sunday. Bumgarner, whose name continues to circulate in trade speculation, hadn't had double-digit strikeouts since opening day 2017. Ray has four wins in six starts at Oracle Park.---More MLB:?https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and?https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Houston Astros (6) - 6/29/2019

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Houston Astros (6) - Date: 6/29/2019 Gurriel hits 2nd straight game-winner, Astros down M's in 10HOUSTON Yuli Gurriel doubled in the 10th inning for his second straight last at-bat game winner, lifting the Houston Astros to a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.The Astros hadn't scored since putting up five runs in the second when Michael Brantley singled to start Houston's 10th, ending a streak of nine hitless innings over eight appearances for Seattle closer Roenis Elias (2-1). It was the first hit he'd allowed since June 6.Gurriel then hit a ball just out of reach of diving center fielder Mallex Smith to score Brantley and give Houston the victory. Gurriel also led the Astros to a 2-1 win with a 10th-inning homer on Friday night.Houston's bullpen helped the Astros to the win in a game in which Justin Verlander had an uncharacteristically short outing . Collin McHugh struck out the side in the eighth and Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth. Chris Devenski (2-0) allowed one hit in a scoreless 10th.Verlander gave up five hits and tied a season high with four runs in five innings for his shortest start since going four innings in a loss to the Rangers on April 2. He struck out five and walked a season-high four in the fourth straight start where he's given up at least one homer.Tim Beckham, Domingo Santana and Daniel Vogelbach all homered for the Mariners, who lost their third straight.Kyle Seager walked with two outs in the second inning before Beckham's towering shot hit on the wall near the train tracks atop left field to put Seattle up 2-0.Kikuchi issued consecutive walks to Brantley and Gurriel to open Houston's second. Josh Reddick reached on a fielding error by Dee Gordon with one out that allowed Brantley to score and cut the lead to 1. Jake Marisnick then slapped a double down the left field line to sc ore two more and give Houston a 3-2 lead.The speedy Myles Straw singled on an infield grounder before George Springer's RBI single made it 4-2. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. The Astros wrapped up their scoring in the inning when Straw scored on a sacrifice fly by Altuve.A single by Dee Gordon opened Seattle's third and Smith followed with a double. Free Sports Picks. There was one out in the inning when Gordon scored on a groundout by Santana to cut the lead to 5-3.There were two outs in the fifth when Santana sent a 94 mph fastball from Verlander into the seats in right field for his 18th homer to get the Mariners within one.Vogelbach tied it in the seventh with his two-out, two-strike home run to center field off Ryan Pressly.Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi allowed six hits and five runs - three earned - in five innings.TRAINER'S ROOMA stros: OF/DH Yordan Alvarez was out of the lineup for a second straight game with a sore left knee after leaving Thursday's game in the third inning.UP NEXTMariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (9-6, 4.34 ERA) will start for Seattle in the series finale on Sunday. Gonzales allowed eight hits and three runs in five innings of a win over Milwaukee in his last start.Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (7-5, 3.42) is scheduled to start for Houston on Sunday. Cole won his third straight decision in his last start over Pittsburgh by yielding seven hits and one run in six innings.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports