Monday, August 31, 2020

NHL Game Recap: Dallas Stars (3) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6) - 8/31/2020

NHL Game Recap: Dallas Stars (3) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6) - Date: 8/31/2020 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY BY PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY BY PLAYTWEETSAvs ride 5-goal 1st period to 6-3 win over Stars in Game 5EDMONTON, Alberta Pierre-Edouard Bellemare began a five-goal scoring spree in the first period and the Colorado Avalanche avoided second-round elimination with a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 5 on Monday night.The Avalanche trail the Stars 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Sports Picking Services. They've never won a series in team history when facing a 3-1 deficit.Game 6 is Wednesday.Andre Burakovsky, Nathan MacKinnon, Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen also scored in a 2:36 span for Colorado in a high-flying first period. Sports Illustrated Picks. The five goals tied the franch ise postseason record for a period.Burakovsky added another in the second. He also had an assist.Colorado goaltender Michael Hutchinson made an unexpected start as he stepped in for Pavel Francouz. Hutchinson earned his first NHL playoff victory by turning back 31 shots.Stars starting goaltender Ben Bishop surrendered four goals before being replaced by Anton Khudobin with 6:17 remaining in the first. Despite being deemed ''unfit to play'' after the morning skate, Bishop surprisingly made his first appearance in net since Aug. 13.Miro Heiskanen and Joe Pavelski scored second-period goals. Jamie Benn added another late in the third period and Denis Gurianov had three assists for a Dallas team looking to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008.Avalanche coach Jared Bednar noticed a different demeanor from his squad all morning.''Our team has a little snarl on,'' he explained.They played with a chip, too.Colorado ha d as many goals in the first period (five) as Dallas had shots (five).Bellemare ignited the offense with a tally 4:37 into the game. Sports Handicapper King. They scored the next four in a 2:36 span, which was the second-fastest four-goal flurry by one team in a single playoff game in NHL history. The record is 2:35 by Montreal in Game 5 during the 1944 semis against Toronto, according to the league.The game turned chippy with Colorado out to a big lead. Blake Comeau and Pavelski were sent to the locker room in the third period after misconduct penalties.With a goal and an assist Monday, MacKinnon has at a least a point in all 13 games this postseason. His 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) is tops in this postseason.Hutchinson became the third different goaltender to start for Colorado in this series. He made his NHL playoff debut in a relief role during Game 4 on Sunday, stopping all three shots he faced.The 30- year-old Hutchinson was acquired in a February trade with Toronto. He played in one game for Colorado during the regular season -- on March 2, which happened to be his birthday. He earned a 2-1 win at Detroit.Stars interim coach Rick Bowness is making a compelling case to be the full-time coach. Not that he gives it much thought.''We tell our players to stay in the moment,'' Bowness said. ''I want our coaches to stay in the moment as well.'' NOTES: Stars D Andrej Sekera briefly left in the second period when he took a puck to the side of his head. ... Pavelski has 56 career goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which ranks third-most by a U. S.-born player. ... The Avalanche were without forwards Joonas Donskoi and Matt Calvert, defenseman Erik Johnson and goaltender Philipp Grubauer due to unspecified injuries. ... Hunter Miska was the backup goaltender over Francouz. ... The last time Colorado/Quebec had five goals in a period was April 19, 198 2, in the second against Boston. The team was then located in Quebec.---More NHL: and

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (6) vs. Colorado Rockies (0) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: San Diego Padres (6) vs. Colorado Rockies (0) - Date: 8/31/2020 Myers homers, busy Padres blank Rockies 6-0DENVER Wil Myers homered and Garrett Richards led a committee of pitchers that scattered seven hits as the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 on Monday night.Even as San Diego capped a series of roster additions ahead of Monday's trade deadline, it was mostly holdovers providing the pitching and pop in the Padres' latest victory.Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run triple, Eric Hosmer had an RBI double, and Jurickson Profar delivered an RBI single among his three hits, helping the Padres take three of four in the series. It was San Diego's fifth shutout in Denver and first since April 12, 2017.Daniel Murphy's seventh-inning double represented the only extra-base hit for the Rockies, who lost a fourth consecutive home series. It was the second time this season they were shut out and th e first time at home.The Padres did offer a glimpse of their remade roster, starting newly acquired first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland and catcher Austin Nola. Back-end reliever Trevor Rosenthal was available in the bullpen and came on to pitch the ninth.All three were acquired as part of six trades since Saturday involving 27 players, 10 of whom along with a player to be named wound up with the Padres. San Diego is making a push over the final four weeks of the pandemic-shortened season to end a playoff drought stretching back to 2006 - and the front office made another big splash Monday.The aggressive Padres landed pitcher Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer swap with Cleveland, bolstering their rotation in a rare deadline deal between contenders. It was San Diego's fifth big trade since Saturday, and the cost was a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges.Richards, who could not get out of the first inning in his last start Thursday against Seattle, returned to pitch on fewer than four days' rest for just the third time in his career. He went the first 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Adrian Morejon (1-0), who allowed four hits in three innings and had a pair of strikeouts in picking up his first major league win.Pierce Johnson, Drew Pomeranz and Rosenthal finished up.Colorado starter German Marquez (2-5) lost a career-high fourth consecutive decision. He went six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits, including Myers' ninth home run leading off the fourth.Nola and Profar each singled ahead of the third-inning triple by Tatis, and Manny Machado followed with a sacrifice fly.The last three innings were played in a steady drizzle.TRAINER'S ROOMPadres: Morejon was reinstated from the injured list and RHP David Bednar was recalled from the alternate training site. Moreland, Nola, and C Jason Castro were also added to the 28-man roster.Rocki es: Placed INF Brendan Rodgers on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder capsular strain and optioned LHP James Pazos to the alternate training site.ROCKIES MOVESRHP Mychal Givens, acquired in a trade with Baltimore, was added to the active roster and the Rockies recalled RHP Antonio Santos from the alternate site. In another move ahead of Monday's trade deadline, Colorado acquired OF Kevin Pillar from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash, as well as international signing pool space.UP NEXTPadres: After an off day Tuesday, the Padres visit the Los Angeles Angels with RHP Dinelson Lamet set to start the opener Wednesday.Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (2-3, 5.45 ERA) is set to pitch the series opener Tuesday night against San Francisco. He is 1-5 in 11 career starts against the Giants, including 0-2 with an 8.20 ERA in four starts at Coors Field.---More MLB: and

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (100) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (104) - 8/31/2020

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (100) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (104) - Date: 8/31/2020 Sep 01, 2020LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Chris Paul and the Thunder had their backs to the bubble wall, a tougher spot than usual when facing elimination.This time meant lots of packing, getting ready for a potential return home after a long time away. Best Sports Picks of the Day. They weren't interested in their trip - or their season - ending.''We're not ready to go yet,'' Paul said.He made sure they wouldn't.Paul gave the Thunder at least one more game at Disney, scoring 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter for a 104-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in Game 6 of a Western Conference first-round series.Paul made two free throws with 13.1 seconds left and the game tied at 100, and Danilo Gallinari added two more after a turnover by Ru ssell Westbrook to finish it off.Game 7 will be Wednesday night, with the winner advancing to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden said the Rockets' mindset won't change.''To go win,'' he said. ''It's simple.'' It gives the West two Game 7s, with Denver and Utah set to play theirs on Tuesday.In a game that was close all the way - neither team led by double digits - the Thunder bounced back from a blowout in Game 5. And nobody handles close games better than Paul, who led the NBA with 150 points in clutch situations, defined as the last five minutes of a game in which the point differential is five or fewer points.''We expect him to make those shots, especially at the end of the game,'' Gallinari said.Gallinari added 25 points.Harden had 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Rockets, while Robert Covington had 18 and Westbrook 17 in his second game back from a right quadriceps strain.But they combined for 12 of the Rockets' 22 turnovers, saying Houston has lost the close games more than Oklahoma City won them.''It's kind of been on us, to be completely honest,'' Westbrook said.Houston got its most dominant playoff victory in Game 5, winning 114-80 after holding Oklahoma City to 31.5% shooting. But the Thunder shook that off, just as they did a 2-0 deficit in the series.Westbrook scored five straight points to open the third and the Rockets would get the lead as high as nine in the period. But Gallinari kept it from getting any worse and then Lu Dort, a dreadful 3 for 16 overall and 0 for 9 from 3-point range in Game 5, had a layup and two 3s for an 8-0 run that ended the quarter and sent Oklahoma City to the fourth with a 77-75 lead.Oklahoma City extended it to eight, but Houston wiped that out with an 18-4 run that provided a 98-92 lead. Paul answered with consecutive 3-pointers to knot it again, and he later unknotted it for good.M ost of the first half was played within a margin of just a few points either way. Sports Tipsters. The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers.But they defended well and the Rockets didn't crack 30 points until more than 4 1/2 minutes into the second quarter. Harden scored six straight points late in the half and Eric Gordon hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 51-48 lead.TIP-INSRockets: Covington is averaging 18 in the last three games after totaling 18 in the first three. ... Gordon had just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished sixth in the voting for the Most Improved Player award, won Monday by Brandon Ingram of New Orleans.REMEMBERING A RIVALThere was a moment of silence before the game for John Thompson, the Hall of Fame Georgetown coach who died at 78. Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan played against Thompson's t eams when he was at Providence in the 1980s, and lost an NIT game to his last postseason team in 1998 after he began coaching at Florida.''Certainly I think the Big East back then was really defined by the coaches and those guys being such great figureheads, and certainly coach Thompson was that,'' Donovan said. ''I think the things that you look at, the things that he was a part of, the things he did away from basketball were I think incredible for the growth of our country and the growth of our game.'' TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT?The Rockets and Thunder are the only teams remaining at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, one of three hotels that housed NBA teams for the restart. Houston coach Mike D'Antoni joked he never had to worry about bumping into any Thunder personnel in the elevator because he takes the stairs, but Donovan said the accommodations weren't an issue.''People got their own schedules, their own routines, the thi ngs that they've got to do,'' Donovan said, ''so you cross paths but it's always been pleasant.'' ---More NBA: and

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (8) vs. Minnesota Twins (5) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (8) vs. Minnesota Twins (5) - Date: 8/31/2020 Robert leads 1st-place White Sox in rally past Twins 8-5MINNEOLIS The Chicago White Sox initiated a teardown a little more than three years ago, rebuilding through trades that fetched rising stars like Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jimenez and Yoan Moncada.The most impactful move of all might have been signing Luis Robert.The Cuban rookie hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and the go-ahead double in the ninth, and the White Sox took the AL Central lead into September by rallying past the skidding Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Monday night.''It's incredible, the vibe that you have when you're able to respond in those situations,'' the 23-year-old Robert said through a translator. ''It is a fun moment for us. We're enjoying the good times. It's a good atmosphere in the clubhouse.'' The White Sox are in sole possessio n of first place for the first time since April 2, 2018, leading Cleveland (21-14) and Minnesota (20-16). Sports Handicapper King. The last time Chicago entered September alone in first place was 2012, the last winning season on the south side. Sports Handicappers. The White Sox have not won the division since 2008.''It's what we've been waiting for, man. It's been a lot of losing baseball the last few years. We knew what we were capable of,'' Giolito said.The afterglow from Giolito's no-hitter faded fast, as the right-hander fell behind 4-0 in his follow-up start, but the White Sox (22-13) surged back to win for the 12th time in 14 games.Miguel Sano homered and scored three runs for the Twins, who have lost six straight games.''We got Giolito out of the game. Hockey Predictions. That's a good thing. That's what we're aiming for,'' manager Rocco Baldelli said, ''and then it seemingly unraveled at a certain point. We need to be able to stop that.'' Jose Abreu tied it with a two-run double off Tyler Clippard in the sixth before Jake Cave's RBI single in the bottom of the inning pushed the Twins back in front.The dynamic Robert responded with his 10th homer, a soaring drive that cleared the juniper wall beyond center field off Trevor May. With Twins closer Taylor Rogers (1-3) in for the ninth, right fielder Max Kepler dropped a lazy fly ball for a devastating one-out error. Robert put the White Sox ahead two batters later. Nomar Mazara tacked on a two-run single.Matt Foster (4-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Alex Colome picked up his seventh save.''With the offense that we have, I know that if I give up three or four runs early, we're still in the game,' 9; Giolito said.Robert, who signed a $50 million contract in January to record the largest deal in major league history for a player with no service time, has 24 RBIs in 33 games with a .960 OPS.''It's a lot of fun to watch him work,'' said Giolito, who grinned his way through his postgame video conference interview.The White Sox improved to 11-0 against left-handed starters, even though Rich Hill left with the lead. He walked three straight batters to start a fourth inning he didn't finish.''It's extremely disappointing,'' Hill said.After a bases-loaded line drive died in front of Luis Arraez and fell out of his glove, the second baseman flipped the ball to shortstop Jorge Polanco on the bag for one out. Polanco threw to first instead of home, where another out could have been recorded. Adam Engel then ripped a two-run single to cut Minnesota's lead in half.The Twins reached a third straight day in third place, their longest c onsecutive stay there since July 2-4, 2018. The defending division champions dropped to third on Saturday, the lowest they'd fallen since April 10, 2019.THE SEQUELGiolito, who no-hit Pittsburgh last week with his second straight 13-strikeout performance, gave up his first hit five batters in. He struck out eight in five innings, with two of four runs unearned.Sano singled and advanced after the first of three White Sox errors in a three-run second inning for Minnesota. After Arraez's RBI single, Nick Madrigal's wide throw past second base not only ruined the double play attempt but allowed Arraez to race home for a 3-0 lead.Sano homered in the third, giving him eight home runs and 19 RBIs in 20 games against the White Sox since the start of last season. In the burly first baseman's last 12 games overall, he's batting .366 (15 for 41) with 11 runs, six doubles, three homers and seven RBIs.KEEPING QUIETNeither team struck any deals on trade deadline day, an d each side expressed plenty of confidence its roster as currently constructed can be a postseason force. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn met with several veteran players and club leadership to assess the chemistry and trajectory. There's collective excitement about the exposure of the young core to a pennant race.The Twins weren't tempted to part with prospects for rentals, either, with several sidelined players - starting pitchers Michael Pineda, Jake Odorizzi and Homer Bailey, center fielder Byron Buxton, third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Mitch Garver - expected back in September.TRAINER'S ROOMWhite Sox: Moncada missed a second straight game with discomfort in the back of his left leg, from running the bases on Saturday. 2B/3B Yolmer Sanchez was added to the roster, returning to his original club. The 2019 Gold Glove winner was recently released by San Francisco.Twins: Buxton (left shoulder inflammation) and Donaldson (strained right calf) played in an intrasquad game at the alternate training site. Both are expected to return this week.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.70 ERA) takes the mound for the middle game of the series. He has allowed two runs or fewer in six of his seven turns and just three in the other one.Twins: Pineda will come off the restricted list to pitch Tuesday for the first time in 361 days, his 60-game suspension for testing positive for a banned diuretic finally finished. The right-hander went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 26 starts last season.---More MLB coverage:

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (1) vs. Kansas City Royals (2) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (1) vs. Kansas City Royals (2) - Date: 8/31/2020 Franco, Starling rally Kansas City to 2-1 win over IndiansKANSAS CITY, Mo. Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling had RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Monday night in the first game of a three-game series.It was the Royals' first win this season when trailing after seven innings.''They just keep playing,'' Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. ''That's the message before the game. We're going to be sticklers on the little things.''They just continued, even when we were down. I still felt like we were about to do something.'' Scott Barlow (2-1) picked up the win in relief for Kansas City. He pitched one inning, allowing two hits and no runs. Greg Holland recorded his second save.James Karinchak (0-2) took the loss. He walked the fir st two batters he faced, and they scored on the hits by Franco and Starling.''It was tough; I haven't had an at-bat in a week,'' Starling said. ''I've been going in on defense and running the bases. But I continued to stay locked in. Going into that at-bat against a sinker-slider guy, I just tried to stay to the middle, to the big part of the field.'' Shane Bieber continued his stellar start to the 2020 season. He threw six scoreless innings, striking out nine and allowing just one hit. He also lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.20, and increased his major league lead to 84 strikeouts.Bieber was not satisfied with his night.''It was a tough one,'' he said. ''I never fell into a rhythm. I'm a guy that kind of depends on getting into a rhythm early. Best Free Sports Picks. That's generally when I have my best outings. I kind of struggled t o find that rhythm.''It was apparent from early on that their approach was to make me throw pitches, not to chase anything out of the zone. Best Sports Handicapping Services. They weren't swinging at breaking balls underneath the zone or good chase pitches and they were taking fastballs in the zone.''I felt like we were able to counter that pretty well. Obviously four walks is not ideal but we battled through it. It was a little bit of a frustrating outing, but all in all we ended up making it work.'' Brad Keller allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings on three hits. He walked just one and struck out four.''I felt like racked up my pitch count in the first inning,'' Keller said. ''I felt like I finally got into a groove, but not until the fourth, fifth or sixth inning. I was finally able to put the fastball where I wanted to.'' The pitcher's duel came as no surprise, with Bieber and Keller on the mound. Bieber came in leading the MLB with a 1.35 ERA in seven starts. Keller did not allow a run in his first three starts after beginning the season on the injured list recovering from COVID-19. He allowed five runs on six hits in four innings in his last start, and had a 2.08 ERA.The starters lived up to the hype. NBA Handicappers. Through six innings, Bieber and Keller had allowed one hit each. Keller retired 11 straight at one point.The Indians finally got to Keller in the seventh. After retiring Francisco Lindor leading off, he gave up a single to Carlos Santana, and then an RBI double to Franmil Reyes. Keller left after allowing one run on three hits. It was one too many against Bieber.Once Bieber left the game, the Royals got two runners on in the seventh. But Nick Wittgren made an over-the-shoulder catch on a Whit Merrifield line drive to end the threat.TRAINER' ;S ROOMRoyals C Salvador Perez remains on the 10-day injured list, but is building up his workload, according to manager Mike Matheny. No date was given for his return.ROSTER MOVESCleveland traded RHP Mike Clevinger, OF Greg Allen and a player to be named later to San Diego in exchange for a group of Padres prospects, all from the 60-man roster. The Indians received INF Gabriel Arias, LHP Joey Cantillo, C Austin Hedges, INF Owen Miller, 1B/OF Josh Naylor and RHP Cal Quantrill. Naylor, Hedges, and Quantrill will join the major league roster once they report. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Domingo Santana has been designated for assignment.The Royals placed RHP Ian Kennedy on the 10-day IL and recalled RHP Chance Adams. They also activated OF Nick Heath from the IL and optioned him to their alternate site.UP NEXTThe Indians will send RHP Zach Plesac (1-1, 1.29 ERA). Plesac will take the mound for the first time since Aug. 8 after getting optioned for violating team prot ocols. In three starts, Plesac owns a 1.29 ERA with 24 strikeouts and two walks in 21 innings.The Royals will start Matt Harvey (0-1, 11.12 ERA). Harvey, who will be making his third start of the season, hasn't been able to make it past the third inning so far. He hasn't allowed a run in the first two innings of either start, but he's allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in the third innings.---More MLB: and

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (5) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (5) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6) - Date: 8/31/2020 Arcia's pinch hit in 8th lifts Brewers over Pirates 6-5MILWAUKEE Orlando Arcia's pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night.Ben Gamel led off the eighth with a double against Nick Turley (0-1) and scored on Arcia's hit off Chris Stratton as the Brewers took three of four in the series.''I was looking for something off speed,'' Arcia said through a translator. ''I was just trying to put the ball in play. He left one up and I was able to connect on it.'' Pirates manager Derek Shelton wasn't thrilled with the location of the pitch to Arcia.''It wasn't the pitch selection, it was the execution of the pitch,'' he said. ''When you see the execution of two-strike pitches from really good pitchers, they don't do too much with it, and they end up getting the swing and miss or weak contact.'' Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in his first appearance since walking five of the six batters he faced while trying to close out Saturday night's game. Hader has yet to give up a hit this season.''I really didn't have much concern,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''Josh is going to have a bad night. Make Money Betting Sports. That's alright. Sports Bettor Leads. That's how it works. He's a great pitcher and that's what they do. Basketball Predictions. They come back out the next time and get it done.'' Devin Williams (3-1), the fourth of five Brewers pitchers, s truck out four and didn't allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings to pick up the win.Keston Hiura homered for the Brewers, who also took advantage of shoddy fielding by the Pirates.The Brewers got two runs in the second when Pittsburgh second baseman Kevin Newman bobbled Eric Sogard's grounder with the bases loaded. Sogard was awarded a hit and an RBI, with the second run crossing on Newman's throwing error to first.Pittsburgh tied it in the third on Erik Gonzalez's two-out, two-run homer off Brent Suter, who retired eight straight to start the game before walking Cole Tucker.The Brewers took advantage of another error by Newman in the fourth that allowed struggling Omar Narvaez to score after his leadoff double.Milwaukee extended its lead to 5-3 in the fifth on Hiura's leadoff homer that chased starter Trevor Williams. Hiura has four home runs in 10 games against the Pirates this season and 10 in 26 career games versus Pittsburgh.''He can spoil some really good pitches,'' Williams said.Williams gave up seven hits and five runs (three earned) in four innings.The Pirates tied it again in the sixth on Jose Osuna's two-run single off reliever Freddy Peralta.TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: Reinstated 3B Colin Moran from the seven-day concussion injured list and optioned 1B Will Craig back to their alternate training site in Altoona, Pennsylvania.Brewers: OF Avisail Garcia was out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game due to ankle soreness. He pinch-hit in the eighth. ... OF/DH Ryan Braun sat out with back soreness. . Placed RHP Brandon Woodruff on the paternity list. . Sent RHP Corey Knebel (strained hamstring) to the alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin, on a rehab assignment. . Recalled RHP Trey Supak and RHP Justin Topa from the alternate training site.DEADLINE DEALThe Brewers traded reliever David Phelps to the Phillies for three lower-level prospects to be named later. Phelps, 33, was in his fi rst season with Milwaukee after signing as a free agent on Jan. 30. He appeared in 12 games and had a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings. ''It became very clear early on that David was an attractive player to a number of teams,'' Brewers general manager David Stearns said.BAT MANThe Brewers tried to swing a deal for a hitter to add to the team's offense-starved lineup right up until Monday's 3 p.m. CDT trade deadline. ''Up until probably about 2:55, I thought we were going to add a bat,'' Stearns said. ''I thought we were close. Sometimes it doesn't work.'' STANDING PATThe Pirates, in a rebuild under first-year general manager Ben Cherington, opted to stand pat at the trade deadline, save for sending veteran center fielder Jarrod Dyson to the Chicago White Sox last week for international signing money. With closer Keone Kela injured and most of Pittsburgh's hitters struggling, the Pirates didn't have much leverage and C herington said the club was focused on procuring ''long-term'' returns.SAY HEY TO HAYESThe future appears to be now for Pirates third base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes. A three-time Gold Glove winner in the minors, Hayes is expected to be called up from the team's alternate training sight in Altoona on Tuesday and could make his major league debut when Pittsburgh opens a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. Hayes' father, longtime major league third baseman Charlie Hayes, tweeted Monday that his son had made it to The Show.UP NEXTPirates: Chad Kuhl (1-1, 2.52 ERA) will take the mound Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs as Pittsburgh begins a nine-game homestand. Kuhl is 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in nine career starts against the Cubs.Brewers: Josh Lindblom (1-2, 6.31) gets the start in the opener of a two-game interleague series against the Tigers at Miller Park. Michael Fullmer (0-0, 8.79) goes for Detroit.---More baseball: and http s://

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (6) vs. Boston Red Sox (3) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (6) vs. Boston Red Sox (3) - Date: 8/31/2020 Max Fried improves to 6-0 as Braves beat Red Sox 6-3BOSTON Austin Riley had a tie-breaking, bases-loaded triple to help Max Fried improve to 6-0 as the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the rebuilding Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Monday night.Adam Duvall belted a homer over the Green Monster and Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in two runs for Atlanta, which entered the three-game set winless (0-12-3) in its last 15 series against the Red Sox.''That's the goal every time I go out there,'' said Fried after the Braves improved to 8-0 in his starts this season. ''I didn't have the best stuff and put us down.'' After trading five players off its MLB roster in the last two weeks, Boston, buried in last in the AL East, lost for the 23rd time in 35 games in this pandemic-shortened season.Alex Verdugo had three doubles fo r the Red Sox.Fried gave up two runs for just the second time in eight starts this season, breaking his string of six straight allowing one or none. In five innings, he gave up five hits, fanned five and walked two.''He wasn't real sharp,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''That's the thing about Max, he keeps making pitches and got through it.'' Mark Melancon got the final three outs for his seventh save in eight chances.With the score tied at 2-2 in the fifth, the Braves loaded the bases against starter Colten Brewer (0-3) before Riley's triple off the top of a low wall down the right-field line on the second pitch from reliever Phillips Valdez.''I forgot how low it was down there,'' Riley said. ''I thought it was foul at first. I was lucky to get a triple.'' Duvall's homer left Fenway Park and tied it in the fourth after Fried balked home a run.Brewer was charged with five runs in four-plus innings.''We tried to give him a chance to get a win and try to get him actually into the fifth inning. He's been going three or four. Sports Picks. Thought because his pitch count was down we'd do it, and it didn't work so well,'' Boston manager Ron Roenicke said.After getting into the area around 4 a.m. following their wild, four-hour plus victory over the Phillies in Philadelphia on Sunday night, the Braves jumped ahead 1-0 on Markakis' RBI double in the first.Rafael Devers' run-scoring single tied it in the bottom half.TRAINER'S ROOMBraves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. was out of the lineup with tightness in his right hamstring that forced him out of Sunday's victory. Snitker didn't have an update before the game on how much time he could miss. . Snitker said LHP Cole Hamels, the team's big offseason pickup who hasn't pitched yet this season due to triceps tendini tis, has been ''throwing bullpens'' and the next step was ''live BP.'' Red Sox: Placed LHP Darwinzon Hernandez on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left AC joint. . DH J. D. Martinez was out of the lineup after getting hit on the left hand by a fastball in the previous game. X-rays taken after Sunday's game were negative.IT'S WHAT WE GOTSnitker was asked if he was ''disappointed'' before the game that the club failed to make any moves at the trading deadline.''No. We've been a pretty good team here for a month and a half,'' he said. ''We'll see what we can do to try and win games.'' ROUGH FOLLOWProspect Bobby Dalbec struck out in all four at-bats after homering in his major league debut Sunday.ROSTER SHUFFLEAfter trading away OF Kevin Pillar (to Colorado) and LHP Josh Osich (Cubs) and placing Hernandez on the IL, the Red Sox brought up three players.They selected LHP Mike Ki ckham, RHP Robinson Leyer, and INF/OF Yairo Munoz from their alternate training site.The 27-year-old Leyer made his major league debut after 236 minor league appearances over four organizations. He pitched an inning, giving up a run, but struck out Marcell Ozuna for his first career K.On Sunday, Boston dealt 1B Mitch Moreland to San Diego after sending Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Phillies on August 21.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Ian Anderson (1-0, 1.50 ERA) is set to start the middle game of the three-game series Tuesday.Red Sox: RHP Ryan Weber (0-2, 6.00) is slated to go for Boston.---More MLB: and

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) - 8/31/2020

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) - Date: 8/31/2020 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY BY PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY BY PLAYTWEETSHedman's goal gives Lightning 3-2 win over Bruins in 2nd OTTORONTO Victor Hedman scored with 5:50 left in the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins and their fourth berth in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals in six seasons on Monday night.Hedman beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the left circle, finishing a barrage that saw the Lightning outshoot Bruins 7-1 in the second OT. Winning Sports Gambling. Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 in overtime games in this year's playoffs.David Krejci's goal at 17:27 of the third period wiped out a 2-1 lead that Anthony Cirelli gave the Lightning when he redirected Hedman's shot past Halak with just under eight minutes remaining in regulation.Krejci, limited to one point in the first four games of the series, also assisted on David Pastrnak's power-play goal in the second period for Boston.Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy had 45 saves and Ondrej Palat scored his fifth goal in four games for Tampa Bay, which is back in the East finals after being swept in the first round in 2019.Halak, who allowed 11 goals over the previous three games, stopped 32 of 35 shots.The Lightning played without reigning league MVP Nikita Kucherov for most of the night, losing him for the final seven minutes of the opening period after Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara drew a 4-minute double minor penalty for high-sticking the Tampa Bay star.Kucherov returned at the start of the second, but departed again for the rest of the game after serving a penalty for tripping - a miscue that set the stage for Boston to erase a 1-0 deficit on Pastrnak's power-play goal at 12:38 of the period.NOTES: Boston has a power-play goal in every game of the series. ... With Kucherov off the ice, Tampa Bay failed to get off a single shot during its 4-minute power play in the opening period. ... Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh returned to the lineup after missing Games 2, 3 and 4 due to injury. ... Top Rated Sports Services. The Bruins played without injured forwards Sean Kuraly, Chris Wagner and Nick Ritchie.UP NEXTTampa Bay awaits the winner of the series between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, which the Islanders lead 3-1.---More NHL: and

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (6) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (8) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (6) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (8) - Date: 8/31/2020 Spencer Howard earns 1st win, Phillies beat Nationals 8-6PHILADELPHIA Spencer Howard got a celebratory beer shower, wiped it off with baby powder and calmly talked about his first major league win like a guy who expects many more.Howard threw five effective innings, Rhys Hoskins homered and drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 Monday night.Juan Soto hit a pair of two-run homers and Michael Taylor and Trea Turner also went deep for the defending World Series champions, who fell to 12-20.Howard (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four to earn his first win in his fourth start. He got three of those Ks in the first inning.''It was nice,'' Howard said about the traditional beer shower. ''Tonight was the first time I felt synched up mechanically. My goal is to g et better every day.'' The Phillies are 15-15 at the midpoint of the pandemic-shortened season after winning six of seven.They'll be counting on Howard to win important games in September as the club tries to reach the postseason for the first time since 2011.''He used all his pitches and he was a different guy,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''I hope this is a big step for him.'' Nationals starter Erick Fedde (1-3) gave up six runs and four hits in six innings.''We're falling behind early in a game and playing catch-up,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''We've got to get some of these guys to understand the big innings kill us.'' Hoskins drove one out to left field in the first for a 1-0 lead. He has hit all six of his homers in the last 13 games, including five in the past seven.After the Nationals closed within two, Hoskins ripped a two-run double with two outs in the seventh off Wande r Suero to extend Philadelphia's lead to 8-4.''Our offense is really starting to click,'' Hoskins said. ''We have professional at-bats one through nine and that wears teams down.'' Jay Bruce connected in the second for a 2-0 lead. He has 17 homers in 201 at-bats since the Phillies acquired him from Seattle last June.Jean Segura lined a three-run double to left-center in the fourth and scored on Alec Bohm's sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.Soto slammed his 10th homer in the fifth, an opposite-field drive that cut it to 6-2. Free Sports Picks Forum. Taylor and Turner hit consecutive homers off Heath Hembree in the seventh to get Washington to 4-2. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. Turner has a 16-game hitting streak.The Phillies needed four innings from their revamped bullpen, which saw its majors-worst ERA rise t o 7.09. JoJo Romero retired all four batters he faced before giving way to Hembree. Sports Betting Leads. Tommy Hunter got four outs and Brandon Workman finished, giving up Soto's 11th homer with one out in the ninth.MASHINGSoto has 11 homers in just 24 games played. Turner was 4 for 5, becoming the first player in Nationals/Expos history to have at least three hits in four straight games. He is the first major leaguer to do so since Ketel Marte last June.''They're just falling in the right spots,'' Turner said. ''We've got plenty of guys that are hitting balls right at people, so it's just lucky.'' LEAGUE OF HIS OWNHoskins is the first Phillies player since 1900 to have three straight games with multiple extra-base hits and a home run, and the only player in the majors to do so this season.MAKING MOVESPhiladelphia acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Milwaukee B rewers before Monday's trade deadline for three players to be named. Phelps is the fourth reliever the team acquired in a trade in 10 days. Catcher Deivy Grullon and right-hander Reggie McClain were designated for assignment to make room on the roster.TRAINER'S ROOMPhillies: Bruce and LHP Ranger Suarez were activated from the injured list. INF/OF Scott Kingery was placed on the 10-day injured list with back spasms.UP NEXTLHP Patrick Corbin (2-2, 3.82 ERA) starts for the Nationals and RHP Aaron Nola (3-2, 3.00) goes for the Phillies on Tuesday night.---More MLB: and

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (5) vs. New York Yankees (3) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (5) vs. New York Yankees (3) - Date: 8/31/2020 Glasnow overpowers Yanks as Rays go to 7-1 vs NY this seasonNEW YORK After a decade spent chasing their big-budget AL East rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays are pummeling the New York Yankees.''We've had some really good battles over the years and they've always kicked our butts here at their place,'' Rays veteran Kevin Kiermiaer said. ''We've flipped the script here for 2020.'' Tyler Glasnow flummoxed the Yankees for six innings, Ji-Man Choi and Kiermaier homered off Gerrit Cole, and the Rays extended their mastery of New York with a 5-3 victory Monday night.The AL East leaders improved to 7-1 against the Yankees this season and stretched their division cushion to 4 1/2 games. Free Sports Picks Forum. The clubs are set to complete their season series this week, and Tampa Bay could skip town as runaway favorites for its first division title since 2010.''We want to make it nine of 10 leaving here in a couple days,'' Kiermaier said.New York had won three straight since snapping a seven-game skid but crumbled early with Cole, its $324 million ace, on the mound.The 6-foot-8 Glasnow (2-1) had a no-hitter through five and completed six innings of scoreless, two-hit ball. He struck out nine and walked one while working almost entirely with two pitches - a fastball averaging 97 mph and a plunging curveball.''He had it all going,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.Glasnow lost his no-hit bid via replay review. With one out in the sixth, DJ LeMahieu hit a grounder that shortstop Willy Adames fielded deep in the hole. First base umpire Roberto Ortiz ruled Adames' throw beat LeMahieu, but that was quickly overturned.''I mean, he was safe, honestly,'' Glasnow said with a smile.A day after er asing a five-run deficit against the Mets when they were down to their final out, the Yankees crept back against the Rays but couldn't complete the rally.Gio Urshela hit a solo homer off Edgar Garcia in the seventh, and Luke Voit added his eighth homer in 12 games, a two-run shot off Garcia in the eighth that made it 5-3. Voit has 13 homers this season, tying for the major league lead.New York had the potential tying run at bat with one out in the eighth, but Urshela struck out and Mike Tauchman popped up against Peter Fairbanks. Diego Castillo stranded a runner in the ninth for his third save.Cole (4-2) labored through five innings, allowing four runs, eight hits and four walks. He struck out seven - ending a six-game streak against Tampa Bay with double-digit strikeouts - and had a runner reach at least second base in each inning.''I thought he competed well for having a lot of traffic and kind of managed his way through it,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boon e said.Choi hit a two-run homer into the second row in right field in the first inning, and Kiermaier drove a solo shot into the second deck in right an inning later.Cole has allowed 12 home runs this season, matching Ross Stripling for most in the majors.Cole said hitters are ambushing pitches when he comes over the plate and thought a variety of factors could be at play - falling behind in counts, tipping pitches or just plain bad luck.''I haven't really put my thumb on it,'' he said. ''But I'm certainly aware of it and certainly trying to get ahead of it.'' Choi and Adames had three hits apiece, and Choi also walked twice. Choi was pulled late in the game with an upset stomach.Two of Choi's three home runs this season have come against Cole, and he's 9 for 15 with three homers in his career against last year's AL Cy Young Award runner-up.''I don't understand how anybody hits Gerrit Cole, to be honest with you ,'' Cash said. ''Ji-Man has had some good at-bats against him. Looks like he's gotten into counts and done some damage on a pitch he's looking for here and there.'' NUMBERS GAMEVenezuelan right-hander Miguel Yajure made his major league debut for the Yankees and pitched three scoreless innings. He's the first player to appear in a game wearing No. 89, the last number between 0-99 that hadn't been worn in the big leagues.TRAINER'S ROOMRays: 3B Yandy Diaz was pulled with left hamstring tightness in the fifth and is day to day. ... OF Austin Meadows was held out of the lineup for the second straight day with side soreness. Cash said Meadows might be available to pinch hit and shouldn't miss an extended period. ... RHP Charlie Morton (right shoulder inflammation) will come off the injured list and start Wednesday against the Yankees. ... LHP Cody Reed was activated after being acquired from Cincinnati on Friday. LHP Anthony Banda w as designated for assignment and traded to the Giants for cash.Yankees: C Gary Sanchez was hit in the right hand by a foul ball in the fifth inning but stayed in the game. ... OF Aaron Hicks was available a day after leaving a game with calf cramps but wasn't in the starting lineup. He pinch hit in the ninth and singled. ... LHP Zack Britton (strained left hamstring) threw a bullpen Sunday and is expected to return in the next few days. ... C Kyle Higashioka (right oblique strain) could be activated Tuesday.UP NEXTYankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-1, 3.48 ERA) will start on extended five days' rest against Rays RHP Trevor Richards (0-0, 4.71).---Follow Jake Seiner: MLB: and

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (7) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (7) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - Date: 8/31/2020 DeJong grand slam helps Cardinals hold off Reds 7-5CINCINNATI Paul DeJong slugged his first career grand slam, helping Dakota Hudson to his first win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.The Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning on Kolten Wong's single and walks by Paul Goldschmidt and Brad Miller. DeJong capitalized, sending Anthony DeSclafani's full count pitch over the center field fence for his second homer of the season.''First of all, the guys did a great job getting on base,'' DeJong said. ''They made DeSclafani work hard. He threw a lot of pitches. While I was on deck (backup catcher Andrew) Knizner told me to hit the ball straight. I was able to get a 3-2 fastball and ended up trying not to do too much.'' Hudson (1-3) finished with a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks. He allowed four hits and two runs, one earned. With the help of a double play, he faced the minimum 13 batters, starting from the last out of the first through the fifth.''He's on the plate,'' St. Louis manager Mike Schildt said. ''The guy's got good stuff. I love his slider. When his sinker's down, it's good - just a really, really nice job.'' He admitted feeling a bit of weight lifted off his shoulders.''I definitely don't like losing,'' Hudson said. ''I hated the fact that was lingering over me a little bit, but I felt like we were right there every time out.'' Goldschmidt collected three hits and DeJong, Wong and Tommy Edman each had two hits for the Cardinals, who won their second straight after dropping four in a row.Eugenio Suarez drove in four runs for Cincinnati, three on a ninth-inning ho me run, his eighth of the season. NHL Handicappers. The Reds have lost three of four after winning three straight.Giovanny Gallegos got two outs for his second save.The grand slam was the second against the Reds in two games. Free Sports Picks. The Cubs' Kyle Schwarber capped a 10-1 win on Sunday with a slam, the last of Chicago's six homers in the game.DeJong knocked DeSclafani (1-2) out of the game. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The new father, in his first start since August 21 after spending three days on the paternity list, labored through 3 2/3 innings. He threw a season-high 92 pitches, surrendering seven hits and seven runs with three strikeouts and four walks. He also hit a batter.''I was trying to go heater in,'' DeSclafani said. ''It's usually a pitc h that I run in on to right right-hand hitters. It's a pitch I get a lot of outs with. It's a pitch I feel comfortable throwing and no matter the count. Obviously, I'm not trying to walk guys. I think it was just pretty embarrassing overall.'' The Cardinals nicked DeSclafani for single runs in each of the first three innings. Edman and Goldschmidt hit back-to-back doubles in the first. Matt Carpenter walked with one out in the second, went to third on Dexter Fowler's single to center and scored on Wong's two-out single to left.DeSclafani hit Goldschmidt leading off the third. Brad Miller flied out. DeJong singled, and a double steal set up Yadier Molina's sacrifice flyCAN'T TOUCH HIMHudson improved to improve to 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA in six career starts against Cincinnati.DEADLINE DEALSThe Reds acquired RHP Archie Bradley and cash from Arizona and OF Brian Goodwin from the Angels right at Monday's 4 p.m. Eastern trade deadline. Utility Josh VanMeter and OF Stuart Fairchild went to the Diamondbacks. Minor league LHP Packy Naughton and a player to be named went to the Angels.WELCOME BACKBefore the game, the Reds recalled OF Aristides Aquino from their alternate training site and optioned to the site RHP Joel Kuhnel. Aquino had been the team's 29th player for Saturday's doubleheader before being optioned back to the alternate training site.PAYING THE PRICEReds manager David Bell and OF Jesse Winker both were suspended and fined for their involvement in Saturday's benches-clearing incident with the Cubs in their doubleheader nightcap. 1B Joey Votto was fined. Bell sat out Monday's game. Winker appealed and played.TRAINING ROOMCardinals: Mike Moustakas nailed Hudson on the right foot with a vicious shot in the seventh inning. Hudson threw Moustakas out at first and, after a brief visit from the trainer, stayed in the game.UP NEXTCardinals:. LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (1-0) limited the Reds to three hits over six innings in his first career start during St. Louis's 3-0 win on August 22.Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (5-1) has a combined 1.59 ERA in 22 2-3 innings over four career starts against St. Louis.---More MLB: and

NBA Game Recap: Miami Heat (115) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (104) - 8/31/2020

NBA Game Recap: Miami Heat (115) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (104) - Date: 8/31/2020 Aug 31, 2020LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Jimmy Butler kept hearing the same message from teammates in every conversation Monday night.''Win the game.'' He listened to them, and delivered.Butler scored 14 of his playoff career-high 40 points in the fourth quarter, Goran Dragic added 27 and the Heat clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-104 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday night.''I felt like I took it up a level in the fourth quarter,'' Butler said. ''If that needs to happen every game, I've got to be able to do it. But we've got so many guys capable of doing it for us.'' Bam Adebayo had 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Heat, who are 3-1 overall against the top-seeded Bucks this season. NFL Handicappers. Tyler Herro added 11 points for Miami, which improved to 5-0 in the postseason.Butler joined only LeBron James and Dwyane Wade - the first person who texted Butler postgame Monday night - as players with a 40-point playoff effort for Miami. He was 13 for 20 from the field, 12 for 13 from the line and 2 for 2 from 3-point land.''He wants these kind of moments,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Khris Middleton scored 28 points for Milwaukee, which also dropped Game 1 of its first-round series against Orlando. Brook Lopez had 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks.But Antetokounmpo's night will likely be best remembered by what he did at the foul line: The reigning MVP went 4 for 12 from the stripe, the worst performance by anyone with at least 12 free-throw attempts in a playoff game since Andre Roberson went 2 for 12 fo r Oklahoma City on April 23, 2017 against Houston.''He just has to stick with his routine, stick with what he's been doing, continue to have a lot of confidence, continue to attack, continue to get to the free throw line,'' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''He's going to make them. We have total faith in him.'' Kyle Korver added 11 for the Bucks, who scored 40 points on the way to an 11-point lead after the first quarter - then managed 64 the rest of the way. Football Picks Today. The Bucks played without point guard Eric Bledsoe, out with a strained right hamstring.''We've been here before,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''Going down 0-1 against Orlando, we did the same thing last year against Boston ... We've got to come out and play Game 2, man. It's a big game. Our season is on the line. We've got to come out, play hard, watch t he tape, make the adjustment, be aggressive, make the right play and hopefully we can win the game.'' Miami led 92-86 after three quarters, after trailing for most of the game to that point - then managed only three points in the first 6:09 of the fourth quarter.The Bucks didn't exactly exploit that slump.Marvin Williams' three-point play with 7:40 left got Milwaukee within 95-93, and it stayed a one-possession game for nearly five minutes. Antetokounmpo scored for a 96-95 lead midway through the fourth, before Butler drove and got a baseline floater to fall on the next Miami possession to put Miami back on top for good.Butler's 3-pointer with 3:03 left pushed the lead to 102-96, and Herro - after Adebayo extended a possession with an offensive rebound - connected on a 3 with 1:34 left to make it 109-101.Game 2 is Wednesday.''Just like they'll be studying their film to get better, we'll be doing the same,'' Butler said.TIP-INSHeat: Miami is now 24-20 in Game 1s. ... Duncan Robinson, a big part of Miami's success this season, had only one field goal - a banked-in 3-pointer. ... Butler's previous high in a Heat uniform was 38 points. His previous playoff career-best was 36, for Philadelphia last year.Bucks: Milwaukee is now 20-32 in Game 1s. ... Antetokounmpo's son Liam was among the first fans in bubble history; Monday was the first day that some NBA players could have family members join them at the restart. ... Lopez had two fouls at the half, then two more in the first 40 seconds of the third quarter. ... Middleton and Lopez combined for 40 points in the first half, 12 in the second.RILEY ARRIVESHeat President Pat Riley was at the game, though he's not allowed to be near the team or their hotel because of the health and safety rules of the restart. Spoelstra said he was glad Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg - who was at some first-round games as well - could see the '' historic'' bubble. ''It's still enough to be able to feel the emotions of the playoffs and where we are,'' Spoelstra said.VOTING SITEFans will be able to go to Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum this fall, to vote. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The city of Milwaukee announced Monday that the Bucks' home arena will be an early voting site for the 2020 general election, open from Oct. 20 through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 3. Miami is also seeking to turn its home arena into an early voting site this year.UP NEXTGame 2 is Wednesday.---More NBA: and

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (1) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (1) - Date: 8/31/2020 Gonzales dominates Angels with 4-hitter in Mariners' 2-1 winANAHEIM, Calif. Marco Gonzales retired 21 consecutive Angels while throwing a four-hitter, and Jose Marmolejos hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning of the Seattle Mariners' 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on Monday.Gonzales (4-2) had eight strikeouts and didn't walk a batter until the ninth inning of his second career complete game. Handicapping Sports. The left-hander said he felt an uncommon determination after a tumultuous week in which the Mariners elected to skip a game in San Diego to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake.Several of Gonzales' teammates subsequently left the team in trades, including his good friend and catcher, Austin Nola.''I wasn't expecting to be as emotional as I was today, b ut it's just one of those things where it seems to all pile up at once,'' Gonzales said.Gonzales' feelings hadn't changed after he retired his 21st straight batter.''When I walked off the field in the eighth, I looked to Skip and I said, `This is my game,''' Gonzales said of his exchange with manager Scott Servais. ''I knew it from the first inning. I knew it from the first pitch. It was just kind of one of those things where I just want to get home. I want to be back in Seattle. A lot of emotions.'' After Justin Upton's leadoff homer in the second inning, Gonzales retired every batter he faced until pinch-hitter Shohei Ohtani's leadoff single in the ninth.Andrelton Simmons followed Ohtani with another single, but Mike Trout hit a line drive right at third baseman Kyle Seager, who doubled up Ohtani.''I don't think I've ever snapped my neck around so fast to see if Seager was there to catch it, 9;' Gonzales said.Anthony Rendon then drew Gonzales' first walk of the day on four pitches, but Albert Pujols popped out meekly to shortstop to end Gonzales' third victory over the Angels already this season.Marmolejos and Jake Fraley had two hits apiece as the Mariners rallied to split a four-game series at the Big A after losing the first two.''When he goes out and just takes control of a game like that, it says more than anything you can say,'' Servais said of Gonzales. ''He is some kind of competitor. ... Sports Handicapper Picks. This road trip has been a very emotional trip, from what we went through in San Diego with the postponement of the game there, to the trades we've had, losing good friends and guys you're really close to.'' Gonzales worked quickly and decisively while throwing 102 pitches in an overwhelming performance that underlined his ace status for Seattle - particularly when he's facing the Angels, who have no answers for left-handers of his caliber.''From the side, (Gonzales' stuff) doesn't look overly difficult, but he's got great command and a great competitive nature,'' Angels manager Joe Maddon said.Both of these AL West clubs are outside the playoff picture, which turned them into sellers at Monday's trade deadline. Seattle made multiple big moves that led to the departures of Nola, closer Taylor Williams and relievers Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla, while the Angels dealt big leaguers Tommy La Stella, Brian Goodwin and Jason Castro.The AL-worst Angels dropped the last two games of the series by 2-1 scores. Los Angeles largely had outstanding pitching in this four-game series after struggling on the mound throughout August.''We pitched better, and that's what I've been seeking,'' Maddon said. ''I thought our pitchers did a better job in both games. Gonzales has given us problems in the past. We pitched well enough to beat good pitching. We just did not get it done offensively.'' Simmons singled to lead off the first inning, but it was actually a popup that got lost in the sun. Upton then connected in the second inning for a homer that pushed him farther out of his horrific August slump, but the Angels didn't get another baserunner until Ohtani's broken-bat single.Seattle tied it in the third when Fraley tripled to right and scored on a single by catcher Joseph Odom.Marmolejos put the Mariners ahead with his third homer in five days, connecting off reliever Matt Andriese (1-2) after Jaime Barria pitched five-hit ball into the fifth inning of a solid spot start for the Angels.NEWEST ANGELJahmai Jones made his major league debut as a pinch-runner for Simmons in the ninth inning. Sports Monitor. The 23-year-old infielder was a second-round pick in 2015.TRAINER'S ROOMMariners: Dylan Moore could rejoin the active roster this week, Servais said. He has been out for 10 days with a sprained right wrist. ... C Tom Murphy isn't close to making his season debut after breaking a bone in his foot. That means the Mariners will go with rookies Odom and Joe Hudson behind the plate for now.Angels: Breakout 2B David Fletcher missed his first game of the season after twisting his left ankle while trying to beat out a grounder Sunday. Fletcher could return Wednesday, Maddon said.UP NEXTMariners: They're headed home to Seattle, but won't play until Thursday at the earliest. The first two games of a series with the Oakland Athletics have been postponed after a positive COVID-19 test in the A's organization. Servais said everybody has Tuesday off.Angels: After a day off, Julio Teheran (0-2, 9.17 ERA) returns to the Halos' rotation on Wednesday night as they open an interleague series with the San Diego Pa dres at Angel Stadium.---More MLB: and

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (3) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (3) - Date: 8/31/2020 Iglesias' hit, throw help Orioles to 4-3 win over Blue JaysBUFFALO, N. Y. Jose Iglesias and Bryan Holaday had RBI doubles in the 11th inning for Baltimore, and Iglesias threw out the potential tying run at home plate as the Orioles salvaged a 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays to break a five-game losing streak.Iglesias' leadoff hit, to deep left-center field, scored Anthony Santander, who started the inning at second base. Holaday then doubled to right field to drive in Iglesias. Both hits came off Toronto reliever Anthony Bass (2-2).Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI single in the 11th to draw Toronto closer but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Rowdy Tellez hit. Right fielder Santander missed the cutoff man, but Iglesias ranged over from his shortstop position to deliver the relay from near the right field line.Iglesias and Santander each had two hits for Baltimore, and Cesar Valdez (1-1) worked two innings to earn the win.Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez threw out Mason Williams at home plate in the 10th inning to complete a double play, but the Blue Jays couldn't capitalize in their half of the frame.Gurriel had three hits for Toronto, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.Toronto scored twice in the fifth inning when Baltimore's Hanser Alberto threw wildly on a grounder to take a 2-1 lead. Baltimore tied it in the sixth on an RBI double by Santander.Gurriel was thrown out by Alberto at home in the sixth while trying to score on a grounder. Gurriel had stolen third, somehow avoiding the tag of Rio Ruiz even though the throw beat him by several feet.Toronto starter Chase Anderson recorded eight strikeouts in five innings.Baltimore's Keegan Akin struck out six batters over 4 1/3 innings in his first career start.PLAYOFF PUSHThe Blue Jays, looking to qualify for the expanded postseason, made three deals at the trading deadline, obtaining LHP Robbie Ray from Arizona, INF Jonathan Villar from Miami, and RHP Ross Stripling from the Los Angeles Dodgers.Ray is 1-4 this season with a 7.84 ERA, and has a career record of 48-50 with a 4.25 ERA. He is expected to shore up a rotation which has hasn't had a starter go into the seventh inning since Aug. 22, 2019, a streak span that reached 65 games Monday. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. Toronto also receives cash in exchange for LHP Travis Bergen.Villar, a switch-hitter, is batting .272 this season with two homers. He hit a career-high 24 homers last year with Baltimore and was picked up for a player to be named later.Stripling, 3-1 in seven starts this season, was acquired for two players to be named.The Orioles, meanwhile, acquired minor league RHP Kevin Smith for RHP Miguel Castro, who led Baltimore with 16 appearances out of the bullpen.CHANGING OF THE GUARDCole Sulser, who lost twice over the weekend to Toronto on come-from behind, walk-off hits, will be given a break from his role as Baltimore's closer, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.''We talked today about giving him a couple of breather outings, with a little bit lower intensity, try to get his confidence back,'' Hyde said. ''I still believe in the stuff, the maturity and his makeup. It's good to give him a little bit of a reset.'' Sulser, who leads Baltimore with five saves, surrendered a game-ending homer on Friday, then issued three walks and a two-run single on Sunday.TRAINER'S ROOMOrioles: No updates were given regarding the three players on the 10-day injury list: RHP Shawn Armstrong (left SI joint inflammation), INF Chris Davis (left knee patellar tendinitis), and OF Austin Hays (non-displaced rib fracture).Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (sprained knee) was limited to working out after resumi ng baseball activities over the weekend. ... RHP Ken Giles (forearm strain) is scheduled to pitch live batting practice on Tuesday. ... RHP Nate Pearson (elbow tightness) took a day off from playing catch. ... RHP Matt Shoemaker (shoulder inflammation) played catch ... RHP Trent Thornton (elbow inflammation) was to visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. ... RHP Jordan Romano (sprained middle finger) will go to Toronto's training site in Rochester, N. Y. while the Blue Jays go on the road.UP NEXTOrioles: No starter was named for Tuesday's first game of a two-game series against the Mets.Blue Jays: While no starter has been confirmed for Tuesday's opener at Miami, Julian Merryweather (0-0, 0.00 ERA) was considered a ''possibility'' if he wasn't needed against Baltimore, pitching coach Pete Walker said. Merryweather worked two innings in a spot start in his last appearance against Boston last Tuesday.---More MLB: and http s://

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (5) vs. New York Mets (3) - 8/31/2020

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (5) vs. New York Mets (3) - Date: 8/31/2020 Rojas gets key hit as Marlins beat deGrom, Mets 5-3NEW YORK Miguel Rojas hit a tiebreaking RBI single during Miami's four-run sixth inning against Jacob deGrom, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Monday.Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson homered for Miami, which had dropped four in a row. Good Return on Investment. Trevor Rogers pitched five effective innings for his first major league win, and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his seventh save.Marlins second baseman Jonathan Villar made a diving catch in shallow center to rob the Mets of a run in the fifth, and then was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth. He was traded to Toronto for a player to be named.New York lost its fourth consecutive game. Robinson Cano homered, and Jeff McNeil also had two hits and an RBI.DeGrom, t he two-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner, carried a two-hit shutout into the sixth. Cooper then got Miami on the board with a leadoff drive, and Matt Joyce reached on an error by first baseman Pete Alonso.Joyce scored the tying run on Lewin Diaz's one-out double, and Rojas' two-out single brought home Diaz. Jorge Alfaro followed with an RBI double.Only one of the four runs charged to deGrom (2-1) was earned. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The right-hander hadn't allowed four runs in an inning since he gave up five runs in the second against Milwaukee on April 26, 2019. He actually lowered his ERA from 1.80 to 1.76.Brian Anderson hit a leadoff drive in the eighth for the Marlins, who stole four bases in five attempts.Rogers (1-0) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two in his second career start. Kintzler worked around a leadoff single for Andres Gimenez in the ninth.The Mets scored both runs against Rogers in the third. Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo started the inning with a pair of walks. It was the first walk in 101 plate appearances this season for Rosario, who scored on McNeil's double.Nimmo trotted home on Dominic Smith's sacrifice fly.Cano led off the sixth with his sixth homer. He went 2 for 4 to raise his batting average to .375.The game was a makeup of the contest postponed last Thursday when the Mets and Marlins took the field for 42 seconds of silence before walking off in a protest of racial injustice.ALFARO'S HEADS UP PLAYMarlins catcher Jorge Alfaro made an unusual dash for third base in the third inning. Rosario, at first base, took off as Rogers delivered a full-count pitch to lefty hitting Brandon Nimmo. Football Picks Today. The Marlins' infield, already shaded to the right with Nimmo up, followed Rosario. Nimmo drew the walk and Alfaro immediately sprinted towards the vacated third base to ensure Rosario didn't try to advance.HELLO AGAIN HUNTERMets right-hander Hunter Strickland was recalled from the team's alternate training site prior to the game and tossed a scoreless seventh inning. It is the second Mets stint of the season for Strickland, who made the opening-day roster, but was designated for assignment on July 30 and outrighted to the alternate site on Aug. 3.TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: 1B Jesus Aguilar (back) did not travel with the team for the makeup game. He has missed the last four games.Mets: INF/OF J. D. Davis (left hip) didn't play after exiting the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees in the seventh inning. Manager Luis Rojas said Davis was still feeling the effects of being hit in the hip by an Aroldis Chapman fastball on Saturday. ... LHP Steven Matz (shoulder) and RHP Dellin Betances (lat) were expected to see team doctors Monday.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 3.04 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Blue Jays in the opener of a two-game set.Mets: Rojas said he doesn't know who will start the opener of a two-game series in Baltimore on Tuesday night - or Thursday's makeup game against the Yankees at Citi Field.---More MLB: and

MLB Game Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 8/31/2020 - 7:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - Date: 8/31/2020 Pirates looking for series split with BrewersThe Pittsburgh Pirates will be going for a split of their four-game series in Milwaukee when the teams meet Monday at Miller Park.The Brewers, meanwhile, will be going for a series win and a season split. Sports Handicapping Software. They are 4-5 against the Pirates going into the teams' final meeting of this shortened season.Milwaukee won games Friday and Saturday before the Pirates won Sunday.The combined home run count through the first three games of the series is up to 11. Pittsburgh got long balls from Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco in a 5-1 win Sunday.It gave Bell two homers in as many days, one right-handed and one left-handed. Free MMA Picks. That doubled his total to fo ur. He's batting .218 after hitting .277 with 37 homers last year."I think the timing's better," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Bell. "I think he's being more consistent in his movement. As (people) saw last year, this guy can hit. He got off to a slow start, but I think we're starting to see signs of him coming around." The Pirates will be without left fielder Bryan Reynolds (paternity list) for a second straight day.There's no telling what other, if any changes, might happen for either team before the series finale. Monday is the trade deadline.Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (1-5, 5.34 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday.Milwaukee has not named a starter."We're going to have a conversation and figure it out," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We'll have to make some moves." Speculation is that it could be left-hander Eric Lauer, who would need to be recalled. Lauer (0-2, 12.54 ERA) as of Sunday was scheduled to pitch four innings Monday at the team's alternate training sight.He was optioned there Aug. 13 after struggling for two straight starts."We need him to pitch better," Counsell said when Lauer was sent down. "That's No. 1. I think he's capable of pitching better -- and look, we want him to be here pitching for us in our rotation. Best Sports Picks Today. That's what we would like to have happen." Williams' name has made the rounds at times as a potential player to be traded, although his performance might have blunted any talks.Williams insists he is purposely remaining oblivious to trade talk."I think we don't see it as much," he said. "Guys are doing a good job of staying off their phones as much as they can. We're not going to be in the dark. If someone gets traded, they'll let us know. It's one of those (situations) wh ere we can't be worried about something that is out of our control." Williams is coming off a loss Tuesday against the White Sox in which he gave up eight runs and nine hits in six innings.He is 3-3 with a 2.74 ERA in eight games, seven of them starts, against Milwaukee. That includes going 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA in four career games, three of them starts, at Miller Park.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/31/2020 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Date: 8/31/2020 Rookie Howard aims for growth as Phillies meet NationalsThe Philadelphia Phillies will open a crucial four-game homestand against the visiting Washington Nationals with a rookie right-hander on the mound.Spencer Howard, one of the most prized prospects in the organization, will look to continue the Phillies' recent surge in his fourth start of the season.Though the Phillies fell 12-10 Sunday night to the Atlanta Braves, they rallied from a 10-0 deficit and still took two of three in the series.Howard, who's 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA, has yet to pitch more than 4 2/3 innings in any of his three starts.He will be making his first start since Aug. 20 and he realizes that he must command all of his pitches to be successful."Probably some of it stems from not locating offspeed as well so these teams tend to gear more towards the fastball," Ho ward said. "I'm just trying to get back to where I can have good locations with all my pitches." Despite a rough beginning, the young pitcher already has plenty of support from the entire organization."He's got big-league stuff," Bryce Harper said of Howard. "Everybody knows that. It's just trying to hone it in, calm it down a little bit. He's going to be just fine for us. We're very excited about what we've seen. He just has to get comfortable and have some fun. Enjoy his time. He's a guy that's going to be a dude for us." The Phillies had their five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday but received home runs from Rhys Hoskins, Roman Quinn and Andrew McCutchen.The defending World Series champion Nationals continue to struggle as they've lost five of six, including a 9-5 setback Sunday against the Boston Red Sox.But Trea Turner did extend his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games. Eric Thames and Josh Harr ison each homered for Washington.But the Nationals hardly resemble the same team as the one celebrating a World Series last season."We never panicked last year, even when we were 19-31 and all that stuff in May," Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle said. "As rough as things are right now, guys aren't panicking." Manager Dave Martinez said that he's encouraged by the lineup."We're starting to swing the bats," Martinez said. "We're scoring runs. We've just got to get our starting pitching figured out and then we'll go from there. But the lineup is starting to swing the bat." Erick Fedde (1-2, 3.57 ERA) will start against the Phillies for a second consecutive time.Fedde lasted five innings on Aug. 25 and gave up seven hits and four runs. In six career appearances against the Phillies, with five starts, Fedde is 2-2 with a 4.78 ERA."He pitched well," Martinez said of Fedde's last outing. "He f ell behind a couple times, worked his way out of some jams with the double plays. When he's throwing ground balls, that's when I know he's pitching well." This will be Fedde's seventh game this season and his fourth start."I think in the first couple innings I had a lot better fastball command than I probably did there at the end," Fedde said following his last start. "It started off the way I liked, and had a couple double plays, which are my best friend." --Field Level Media


NHL Game Preview: Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche - 8/31/2020 - 9:48 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche - Date: 8/31/2020 The Dallas Stars seem to subscribe to the theory that the fourth victory in a playoff series is the hardest to get.They'll have three chances to do so, beginning Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche.The Stars took a 3-1 advantage in their Western Conference second-round series with a 5-4 victory Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta. Radek Faksa had a goal and two assists for the Stars."We're a confident group and (Game 5) is going to be the hardest game," said Stars defenseman John Klingberg, who had a goal and an assist. "It always is when you can close out a series. We expect Colorado to be even better (Monday)." In their first-round series against Calgary, the Stars fell behind by three goals just 6:34 into Game 6 before rallying for a clinching 7-3 victory."We're keeping our composure," Stars forward Jamie Benn said. "We know how hard that Game 6 was against Calgary. Obviously, we didn't get off to a good start at all. We'll sit on this one for a couple hours and then move on and get right back at it (Monday)." The Stars took a 3-0 lead Sunday in the opening 10:45, including two power-play goals, before the Avalanche could even get a shot on net.Colorado pulled within 3-2 before Dallas' Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov scored 32 seconds apart early in the third period to restore the three-goal advantage. It was Gurianov's eighth goal of the playoffs, tying the league high."They came out hard and earned their bounces. All of a sudden we're down 3-0," said Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, who extended his points streak to 12 games. "We got better, I felt, as the game wore on. ... We had a push earlier in the third to (try and) tie it up. Obviously getting down in a hole early didn't help us." Colorado's Valeri Nichushkin scored his second goal of the game at 11:24 of the third and Vladislav Namestnikov tallied with four seconds left in regulation, but by that time it was too late."The game was a little bit closer than what the score was for part of it, we just gave them too many opportunities to capitalize," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "We've got to be better. It's a defensive improvement we have to make." Bednar pulled goaltender Pavel Francouz, playing for the injured Philipp Grubauer, after Dallas scored its fifth goal with 11:58 remaining. Michael Hutchinson made his playoff debut and stopped all three shots he faced.Dallas, which scored the fewest regular-season goals (180) of any Western Conference team to make the playoffs, has 19 through the first four games of this series."It just seems like when one team gets one goal, it kind of gives them a boost," Benn said. "I'm not sure why it's going back and forth like this, but it is. And you& #39;ve just got to handle the momentum as it comes." --Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/31/2020 - 9:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies - Date: 8/31/2020 Trade-heavy Padres close series vs. RockiesAfter not being a postseason participant since 2006, the San Diego Padres have it coming together in 2020.Not only are they currently in line to be the No. 4 seed in the National League playoffs, they are reaping the benefits of having baseball's top-ranked minor league system in both 2018 and 2019 -- by trading prospects for veteran additions who could provide an edge down the stretch and in the playoffs.And the trading deadline won't come until an hour before the Padres start the finale of their four-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Monday.The Padres have already made four trades in the past two days while giving up just one top-10 prospect.They acquired right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on Saturday from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named.On Sunday, the Padres made three trades:--They acquired designated hitter/first baseman Mitch Moreland from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for two prospects -- third baseman Hudson Potts and outfielder Jeisson Rosario.--They land catcher Jason Castro from the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Gerardo Reyes.--They also added another catcher in Austin Nola as well as right-handed relievers Dan Altavilla and Austin Adams from the Seattle Mariners while parting ways with infielder Ty France, highly regarded outfield prospect Taylor Trammell, right-hander Andres Munoz and catcher Luis Torrens. NBA Handicappers. Trammell was ranked as the Padres' fifth-ranked prospect by is general manager A. J. Preller done?"He doesn't sleep," offered Padres manager Jayce Tingler.But the Padres still have one need -- pitching.On Monday night, struggling right-hander Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA) wi ll start for the Padres against Rockies right-hander German Marquez (2-4, 4.50).Richards is likely the set-up man for a "bullpen" outing. In his seventh and most recent start, Richards gave up six runs on four hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning against Seattle. Football Picks Today. That was on Thursday. In his start before that, Richards lasted two innings.Richards made an earlier start at Coors Field this season, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.The Rockies' starter is no stranger to the Padres, although he didn't face San Diego during the Padres' first visit to Denver.Marquez has a 5-2 career record against the Padres in 11 appearances (nine starts). He has a 4.88 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP against San Diego, while compiling 69 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings.Despite losing two of the first three to the Padres while giving up 2 6 runs on 47 hits in 27 innings, the Rockies are still very much in the playoff hunt and a win Monday could be a big boost with the San Francisco Giants following the Padres into Coors Field. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Giants and Rockies could be battling for the possible third playoff berth from the National League West."We've got to get on a bit of a run here," said Rockies manager Bud Black.The Rockies on Sunday made the type of move contenders make -- sending infield prospects Tyler Nevin and Terrin Vavra plus a player to be named to the Baltimore Orioles for much-needed bullpen help in right-hander Mychal Givens, who had a 1.38 ERA in 12 appearances for the Orioles. Givens had allowed two runs on seven hits and six walks with 19 strikeouts in 13 innings.The first order of business, however, is Monday's series finale with the Padres. A win gives the Rockies a split -- and a fifth win in thei r last seven games.But Black has a lot of respect for the team he once managed."They're having a good offensive year," Black said of the Padres. "They've made some great adjustments statistically in some of the things they've done from the previous couple of years. They're not chasing and getting deeper in counts. Their strikeouts are down and their walks are up." --Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/31/2020 - 4:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels - Date: 8/31/2020 Angels, Mariners to close out four-game setJo Adell will be in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Angels on Monday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., and will take his spot in right field, which the Angels are hoping will be his for years to come.Adell was not on the major league roster to start the season. But after Justin Upton's slow start, the Angels decided to call up the 21-year old on Aug. 4 and handed him the job in right field.Adell has started 19 of the Angels 25 games since he joined the club, but his first few weeks were anything but smooth. He struggled offensively, hitting just .175 with no homers, only one RBI and 28 strikeouts in 63 at-bats over 17 games.He also has been a work in progress defensively and had an embarrassing moment when a ball caromed off his glove and went over the fence for a four-base err or at Texas.Adell, however, may have had his breakthrough performance on Saturday against the Mariners, hitting the first two home runs of his major league career. It was something the Angels have waited for patiently, and something Adell said he believed would come eventually. No matter what level, Adell has been a slow starter each professional season."For me, it's exposure, it's education," Adell said. "My mom used to say that all the time. Free Sports Picks. The more you get to see these pitchers and see what they're trying to do, the more you're able to make the adjustments and perform at a higher level. I think that's kind of what had to happen for me to have success." Adell, however, followed up his big day Saturday by going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners, so his growing pains aren't over."He's becoming a little bit mo re comfortable being here," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "And as he does that, you're going to see what everybody else has seen when he was drafted or was playing in the minor leagues. Sometimes it's not easy." Adell and his Angels teammates Monday will face Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales (3-2, 3.63 ERA), who has pitched well against them this season -- he's 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in two starts versus Los Angeles.Adell wasn't up with the Angels yet in the first game (July 30), but in the second game (Aug.5), Gonzales struck out Adell twice in two at-bats.Gonzales is just 28, but he has become a mentor to many of the Mariners' young players, particularly their young pitchers. Gonzales' best game of the season came on Aug. 18 when, despite getting a no-decision, he held the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run and five hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking none."Shutting down a team like that says a lot," Mariners manage r Scott Servais said. "I'm thinking as I'm watching the game, I don't think you can draw it up any better as far as what you're looking for young pitchers to emulate than what Marco Gonzales does. His preparation, execution, competitiveness, I can't say enough about the job he did and continues to do." The Angels will go with Jaime Barria (0-0, 2.89 ERA), who has been building up his arm to get to his first start of the season after 9 1/3 innings so far in two appearances.Angels infielder David Fletcher is questionable for Monday's game after rolling his left ankle running out an infield grounder Sunday in the third inning. Fletcher initially remained in the game before he was removed to start the fifth. He had played every inning of every game for the Angels this season before Sunday.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/31/2020 - 2:07 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Date: 8/31/2020 Blue Jays seek 4-game sweep over OriolesThe Toronto Blue Jays will go for a four-game sweep over the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Monday afternoon in the finale of their series at Buffalo.Toronto has won all six games between the teams this season, starting with a three-game sweep in Baltimore from Aug. 17-19.The Orioles have not helped themselves against Toronto with an array of defensive and baserunning mistakes.The Blue Jays have had two walk-off wins in their three victories in Buffalo, including Sunday when Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run single with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The 6-5 victory gives the Blue Jays 11 wins in their past 14 games.The Orioles have lost five in a row.Both of Toronto's walkoff wins in the series came against closer C ole Sulser, who also gave up Randal Grichuk's two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th on Friday.Orioles manager Brandon Hyde did not commit to keeping Sulser in the closer's role."I think anything's open right now, to be honest with you," Hyde said. "He's hit a little bit of a bump in the road in the ninth inning as of late, so I'll keep my options open with whoever." There was a positive development for the Orioles in the loss on Sunday. Left fielder Ryan Mountcastle hit his first two major-league home runs for three RBIs and added a single."You saw the raw power," Hyde said. "You saw his potential there. Just took really good at-bats." The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have thrust themselves into contention for a playoff spot."It's exciting," said Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio, who was 1-for-5 Sunday with one RBI to extend his on-base streak to 22 straight games. "If you look at our team, pitchi ng and offensively, we've had some injuries that have hurt us a little bit. Seeing the front office going out and getting a guy like (starting pitcher Taijuan) Walker is nice to see." Walker, obtained in a trade with the Seattle Mariners, pitched six runless innings Saturday in a 5-0 victory in his Blue Jays' debut."We've been grinding and had some success over the last couple of weeks," Biggio said. "But he's going to help us and when we get the other guys back, we're going to be even better." Biggio is 26-for-81 (.321) with seven doubles, four doubles, four homers, 14 RBIs and 18 walks during his streak.Hernandez had two hits Sunday and has a career-best 11-game hitting streak, going 14-for-38 (.368) with five homers and eight RBIs.Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had an RBI single for Toronto and is on a career-best 12-game hit streak. Guerrero is batting 16-for-44 (.364) with four doubles, one triple, two homers and 11 RBIs during his s treak.Right-hander Chase Anderson (0-0, 3.68 ERA) will make his fifth start for the Blue Jays on Monday. It will be his first career start against Baltimore.The Orioles will start left-hander Keegan Akin (0-0, 8.10), who will be making his third major-league appearance and first start. He led the Triple-A International League with 131 strikeouts last season.Left-hander Tommy Milone was supposed to start Monday for Baltimore but he was traded Sunday to the Atlanta Braves. Sports Handicapping Sites. The Orioles also traded right-handed reliever Mychal Givens to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.--Field Level Media


MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets - 8/31/2020 - 1:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets - Date: 8/31/2020 Marlins hit road to face Mets, deGromAfter a flood of emotional games over the weekend, the New York Mets will play host to the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon.Monday's game, which was rescheduled after both the Mets and Marlins declined to play at Citi Field on Thursday as part of MLB's social awareness movement, comes after the Mets played five games in three days across town against the New York Yankees.The Marlins, meanwhile, returned home from New York to face the Tampa Bay Rays this past weekend before flying back to New York for the one game Monday. Hockey Picks. The Marlins then will travel back home for a pair of games against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday and Wednesday.Perhaps all that flying won't bother them. Make Money Betting Sports. The Marlins are just 1-8 at home this season and 13-7 on the road."I can't explain home, why we haven't played as well (at home)," Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters. "... On the road, you have nothing else but going to the ballpark. You're stuck in a hotel. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The only time you get out is when you've got to go to the ballpark. It's the one time you have a little freedom." Monday's game will mark yet another outing against the Marlins for Mets ace right-hander Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.80 ERA). Each of his last three starts have come against the Marlins.On Aug. 9, he earned the victory over Miami after allowing two earned runs over five innings. He then skipped a start because of a mild neck injury, before delivering two more solid starts against the Marlins.The Mets won all three of those deGrom starts, with the two-time defending National League Cy Young Award winner going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in the stretch, adding 27 strikeouts over 18 innings.In 25 career starts against the Marlins, deGrom is 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA over 156 innings. It is his highest career ERA against any NL East opponent.After a doubleheader sweep of the Mets on Tuesday, the Marlins are on a four-game losing streak. The Miami offense was shut out in each of the first two games while getting swept by the Rays before scoring seven runs in Sunday's defeat.Miami will send left-hander Trevor Rogers (0-0, 0.00) to the mound Monday for his second career appearance. He delivered four scoreless innings in Game 2 against the Mets on Tuesday.After going 5-0 earlier this month in their return from a team-wide COVID-19 outbreak, the Marlins are 7-14 since. Miami is now 14-15, the first time it has been under .500 this season.The Marlins are 3-6 against the Mets this season with Monday's game the last on the regular-s eason schedule between the teams.The Mets swept a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Friday, but lost the last three games of the series, including a Yankees sweep on Sunday with both games going into extra innings."You never like to lose, especially when you're winning a ballgame and end up giving it up late, it hurts," Mets right-hander Rick Porcello said after the Game 1 defeat. "But this is something that you play baseball long enough, you deal with on more than one occasion and you know how to respond." The Mets revealed Sunday that both left-hander Steven Matz (shoulder) and right-hander Dellin Betances (lat) were headed to the 10-day injured list. Both pitchers are headed for further evaluations Monday.--Field Level Media