Each night in the 2016 baseball season,we'll run down thetop news, facts andhighlights Yankees Cool Base Gray Jersey from action around Major League Baseball. The Padres had gone 30 innings without scoring a run. Then they scored six in one inning Friday and blasted the Rockies in a 13-6 win at Coors Field.But that wasn't the story of the night.Dodgers pitcher Ro s Stripling took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Giants in his MLB debut. Stripling got the first out, then walked Angel Pagan for his fourth walk of the game. Ball four was the 100th pitch of the game for Stripling, so Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to yank him with a 2-0 lead.SPECTOR: Roberts made right call to remove StriplingPredictably, Giants catcher Trevor Brown blasted a two-run homer off reliever Chris Hatcher to tie the game. The Giants eventually won 3-2 on a walkoff homer by Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the 10th inning.Earlier in the night,Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte and Toronto designated hitter Josh Donaldson both blasted grand slams.Player of the day: SS Trevor Story, Rockies Story is the best story pun intendedin baseball through four games. The Rockies rookiewent 3-for-5 Friday with two home runs and four RBIs.He has seven hits in 19 at-bats with six home runs and 11 RBIs. Hetied a major league recordby homering in his fourth straight game to start a season and set arecord with six home runs through his first four MLB games.Highlights: Marte's base-clearing blast to left-center was forecastby the game' Babe Ruth Jersey s announcers. Donaldson crushed Joe Kelly's fourth-inning pitch to left to give the Blue Jays a 7-2 lead. The Red Sox came back for an 8-7 win. Three things to know: After goingscorele s through their first three games of the season, the Padres got on the board when Jon Jay's fourth-inning single drove in Melvin Upton Jr.and started a six-run outburst that led to their rout of the Rockies. The 26-year-old Stripling was trying to become just the second player in MLB historyto throw a no-hitter in his debut. The only person to do that was former Reds pitcherBumpus Jones, who made his MLB debut on Oct. 15, 1892. (That's not a typo.) Five MLB players hit their first career home run on Friday. Brown of the Giants, Cardinals infielderAledmys Diaz, Mariners infielderDae Ho-Lee and Twins first basemanByung Ho-Park all went yard for the first time.What's next: Pirates (4-0) at Reds (3-1), 1:10 p.m.:The Reds are off to a surprisingly good start and hope to rebound from Friday's 6-5 lo s to the Buccos. Gerrit Cole, who is 0-4 alltime against the Reds, will start for the Pirates. The Reds will counter with second-year hurlerRaisel Iglesias, who got a no-decision in his first start this season.Rays (2-3) at Orioles (4-0), Aaron Judge Cool Base White Jersey 7:05 p.m.: The Orioles will look to remain unbeaten by sending Mike Wright to the mound to face the Rays. Tampa Bay will counter with Drew Smyly, who was roughed up Monday in a 5-3 lo s to the Blue Jays.
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Major League Baseball, like theRockies, is waiting for Jose Reyes' domestic violence court case to play out in Hawaii, but MLB will act swiftly regarding punishment when the case is settled,commi sioner Rob Manfred said Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz."My expectation is, once that proce s plays out, we'll be in position to act quickly. We'll have acce s to all the facts," Manfred told reporters (via The Denver Post) at Monday's Rockies-Cubs Cactus League game.MORE: Worst crimes connected Los Angeles Dodgers Gray Team Jersey to athletes |MLB gets it right with ReyesReyes, who is on paid leave and hasn't been in camp, is accused by police of a saulting his wife, Katherine, on Oct. 31 at a Maui hotel. The case is scheduled to go to trial April 4, opening day for the Rockies.Whether he is found guilty or Hyun-Jin Ryu Jersey not, Reyes is subject to punishment under MLB's domestic violence rules that took effect last season and under which Manfred recently suspended Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 gamesover a domesticincident involving a gunin South Florida in which no charges were filed."This is brand new policy," Manfred said. "Each of these cases are different, they're fact-specific. It's not just what you think the facts are, it's what can you prove."MLB will determine a po sible punishment based on previous discipline, he added.SPECTOR: Chapman suspension doesn't hurt Yankees' playoff hopesAnd although he plans to act swiftly, he won't act in haste."The single biggest mistake you can make here is to make a decision quickly and have additional facts come out afterward that undermines the quality of that decision," Manfred said.Reyes, 32, came Yu Darvish Jersey to the Rockies from the Blue Jays in the Troy Tulowitzki trade last summer andis slated to be paid $22 million for 2016, making him the highest-paid player on Colorado's roster. He hit.259/.291/.368 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 47 games with the Rockies in 2015.
After 69 years, the city of Philadelphia is finally apologizing to former Dodgers outfielder Jackie Robinson for its racist treatment of MLB's first black player.The Philadelphia City Councilpa sed a resolution Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honor Robinsonand to apologize for his mistreatment when the Dodgers visited the City of Brotherly Love.MORE: 42 images of Jackie Robinson from the SN archivesWhen Robinson Jeff Bagwell Cool Base Orange Jersey broke baseball's color barrier on April 15,1947, he was met with plenty of racist disdain. And it wasn't all in the South.When playing the Phillies a week later in Brooklyn, many Philadelphia players Josh Reddick Jersey taunted Robinson with racial slurs. Nobody's actions were more heinous than Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who initially threatened to boycott the series. He changed his mind after realizing not playing the games would result in a forfeit.The Dodgers traveled to Philadelphia the next monthbut were refused entry at the Ben Franklin Hotel because of Robinson. They movedto the Warwick Hotel, where they were welcomed.It would have been nice for the city to apologize to Robinson before he died in 1972. The city will Jon Singleton Jersey instead publicly apologize to Robinson's widow,Rachel.MLB honors Robinson annually on April 15 as players from each team wear his No. 42, which was universally retired in 1997.
The Indians were eliminated from the postseason Wednesday after a 5-2 home lo s against the Yankees in their AL Division Series matchup.Cleveland won the series' first two games, but collapsed with three straight loses. Indians manager Terry Francona was still proud of his team's season despite the early exit."Whatever you say isn't going to make anybody feel better tonight, but we win together and we lost together," Francona told reporters Wednesday after Game 5."It was an honor to go through this year with these guys, and there's times it hurt, like tonight. But it's quite a group, and I feel like a better person for going through the year with these guys."AL Cy Young front-runner Corey Kluber struggled in Game 5, allowing three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Kluber allowed six earned runs in Game 2. Francona didn Carlos Carrasco Jersey 't like what he witne sedfrom his ace Wednesday, which led to another quick hook."Starting out, I thought the first inning was (Kluber) came out of the chute good," Francona said."He didn't locate the first home run to Didi (Gregorius). He yanked it all the way acro s the plate, but then he gathered himself and went back out and looked good."I just thought quickly, his stuff was starting to trend down. Even the last inning, he got a strikeout on a hanging breaking ball. Just wasn't the normal, crisp especially the movement. A lot of pitches were flat."The Indians struggled to hit this series, but Francona was most displeased with the sloppy play that led to three Game 5 errors.Cleveland committed the fewest errors in the AL Jim Thome Cool Base White Jersey this season butcommitted nine in the ALDS."We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don't think were characteristic of our team," Francona said. "We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit."Sometimes you don't swing the bat. That's part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially Cleveland Indians Flex Base Custom Navy Jersey the last two games."Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner delivered a dagger in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday by gutting out a single in a 12-pitch at-bat against Indians closer Cody Allen. Despite the effort, Francona hadno regrets about the situation."It was an unbelievable at-bat. But I don't I mean, you can't foresee him (Gardner) having fouled that many balls off," Francona said."If we walk him and (Aaron) Judge hits a ball 500 feet, I would have a hard time living with that. You're going to walk a guy to get to a guy that drove in a hundred. No, that would be hard to do."
TheAngels hired ex-Tigers manager Brad Ausmus for front-office role this offseason and he'll be quickly reunited with one of his former players.First reported byThe Athleticand later announced by the teams on Wednesday, Detroittraded the second baseman to the Angels. The Tigers arereceiving right-hander Wilkel Hernandez Bo Jackson 1993 Collection Practice Black Jersey and centerfielder Troy Montgomery from the Angels in return.Today, the #Angels acquired INF Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for OF Troy Montgomery and RHP Wilkel Hernandez. pic.twitter.com/rJ6ejvCgtU Angels (@Angels) December 14, 2017Kinsler, 35, has one year and $11 million remainingon his current 2018 MLB All-Star Game Team Jersey contract and Los Angeles has been linked to the veteran since November.Kinsler had towaive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through.A four-time All-Star, Kinsler hit just.236 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs last season, but he had a.288/.348/.484 slash line with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs in 2016.Ausmus was fired by the Tigers in September after four seasons in Detroit andjoined the Angels as a speciala sistant to general manager Billy Eppler.The Tigers finished tied for the worst record in MLB last season, parting with a number of their veteran a sets in the proce s.Justin Verlander famously moved to the Astros in time Miguel Gonzalez Jersey to help them win a World Series title, but Detroit also shipped Justin Upton to the Angels, and Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs.
Bryce Harperreached base seven times Sunday without recordingan official at-bat, becoming the first player in MLB history to do so.The Nationals outfielder walked six times, three of Men's San Francisco Giants Jerseys them intentional, and was hit by a pitch in Washington's 4-3 13-inning lo s tothe Cubs at Wrigley Field.MORE: 10 single-season MLB feats we won't see againHarperhasn't had an official at-bat in his past 12plate appearances. Included in the glut of walks is a sacrifice fly in Saturday's 8-5 lo s to the Cubs.Harper walked 13 times in the four-game series at Wrigley Giants Cool Base Custom Black Jersey , becoming the first person since Barry Bonds in 2004 to Andrew McCutchen Jersey draw at least 10 walks in a single series. Harper joinedJimmie Foxx (1938),Andre Thornton (1984) and Jeff Bagwell (1999) as the only players in MLB history with six walks in a game.The 2015 National League MVP is batting .265 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs this season.
Matt Carpenter's lingering shoulder and back problems may force the Cardinals to rethink how they'll use their so-called "super-utility fielder" in 2018, manager Mike Matheny says (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch).A sore back has sidelined Carpenter, 32, for most of spring after he dealt with significant pain in hisright (throwing) Chris Sale Jersey shoulder almost all of 2017.Per the Post-Dispatch: Both are concerns for the Cardinals.So, would plans to have Carpenter enter the 2018 season as a super-utility fielderbe shelved in favor of having him play only first base?Thats a great question, Matheny said. I dont think anything has changed really in our mindset. Well have to see how hes doing all the way around. The shoulder is always something that were concerned about. Hes trying to get his back right; hes also been trying to get his shoulder to a really good place. There Wade Boggs Jersey might be something that would push him more toward first base than third.Carpenter played through the sore shoulder last season but the problem wasn't so much managed as endured, according to this week's reports. In 145 games, he batted.241/.384/.451, his OBP up over his career mark but his batting average more than 30 points lower.Offseason rest helped the shoulder, but now Carpenter's back is an i sue.Only Thursdayhe advanced to taking batting practice in the cage and, Mookie Betts Youth Red Jersey notably, grounders at first base, but heexpects to return with two weeks of spring games remaining to get his needed at-bats for opening day.
Rangerscenter fielder Carlos Gomez will be placed on Arodys Vizcaino Jersey the 10-day disabled list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Phillies but is projected to be out 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring, according to multiple reports.Riding a six-game winning streak to get to 19-20, the third-place Rangers will make a corresponding roster move with Jurickson Profar, Jared Hoying and Drew Robinson the Freddie Freeman Youth White Jersey most obvious choices to help fill the void, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, adding that Delino DeShields, the team's center fielder for most of 2015, is likely to move from left to center while Gomez is out.Gomez (.246/.331/.423 with a team-high 11 doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs) was injured running the bases late inSundays 6-4 victory over the A's. An MRI exam Monday confirmed the severity of the hamstring injury.Meantime, right fielderShin-Soo Choo Freddie Freeman Run Derby Red Jersey (lower back spasms) won't be placed on the DL after being unavailable Sunday, GM Jon Daniels said (via KRLD).
Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich denied an accusation that he was involved in a racy video Randy Johnson Jersey that was posted on Twitter over the last 24 hours.Anow-deleted Twitter account,@RealMarlinsFan shared avideo of man ki sing the buttocks of a woman and said it was Yelich in the clip.MORE Jarrod Dyson Jersey : Stanton slams in '16 DerbyAccording to NBC Miami , the racy video had generated a large amount of likes andretweets in the short time it was online.Yelich took offense to the allegation and tweeted, then deleted the following:"A false and defamatory video was tweeted about me the past 24hrs. It is 100% not me in the video. My attorneys are looking into it"The 24-year-old standout has managed to stay out the negative headlines until Diamondbacks Cool Base Custom White/Sedona Red Jersey now as the Fish look to stay in contention in the NL wild-card race.
Team owners usually dont attend MLB winter meetings, but with the flurry of moves made by the Marlins in recent weeks, it seems everyone believedDerek Jeter should be there.As the meeting kicked off in Orlando on Monday, Jeter was spotted enjoying a different kickoff inMiami as the Dolphins hosted the Patriots on Monday Night Football.A reminder that Derek Jeter, who is at MNF instead of the Winter Meetings, is getting PAID $5M a year in salary/management fee/travel budget by the new owners, which includes him. pic.twitter.com/UxLlEwFX8o Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 12, 2017The online perception from legitimate baseball reporterswas not kind. Rays Team Cream/Light Blue Jersey The Marlins are executing major franchise-changing deals, including the swap of their best player, and the head of baseball operations -- Derek Jeter -- should be at the winter meetings to explain the moves; it's a responsibility that comes with the title. He is not here Blake Snell Jersey . Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 11, 2017ESPN just showed Derek Jeter watching from a suite at the Patriots-Dolphins game. Its not like the Winter Meetings started today. Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 12, 2017So looks like Derek Jeter is at the MNF game tonight rather than answering the many Marlins questions reporters have at the winter meetings. Susan Slu ser (@susanslu ser) December 12, 2017Earlier in the day, Jeter discu sed his blockbuster trade of Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees on a conference call. Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill was in Orlando and told reporters "Giancarlo made it clear midway through 2017 that he did not want to be part of a rebuild.""What we're trying to do here is to build it the Wilson Ramos Jersey right way," Hill said. "You can't throw money at the situation that we're in right now. Obviously, we had a situation where we had the reigning National League MVP, we had a number of players that were productive, but we won 77 games."The meetings last through Dec. 14.
Honey, where'smy super suit?!The Freeze is going to have to suit up again at the next Atlanta Braves game, but honestly, the real race we want to see one right now is one we're not sure is going to happen.However, it would be highly compelling if it did.It's pretty simple, there has been no promo that has taken over the baseball world like The Freeze has over Brewers Womens Plus Size Jersey the last few years and people are taking notice. Even players are taking notice with Bradley Zimmer being one of them. However, he kind of was dragged into it.Bradley Zimmer can beat The Freeze w/o a head start.Robo doubles and Zim shows off his wheels -- 1-0! pic.twitter.com/Q5l0We5dCa #VoteTribe 5x a day (@Indians) June 22, 2017Now why'd you have to go and put Zimm in a position like that Cleveland? Didn't you know he already has to live down brother Kyle's bust status every day already? We're just kidding guys, come on, it's Saturday.But The Freeze saw the tweet and of Jackie Robinson Jersey course had to respond. And the ensuing interaction is pretty pricele s. pic.twitter.com/UAbNjlgMro The Freeze (@BeatThaFreeze) June 22, 2017 pic.twitter.com/Xll5rXyJix Bradley Zimmer (@Bzimmer5) June 22, 2017But in all honesty the rest question is, can either of them beat the fastest squirrel in the world?Did I lose to @Storm_Baseball Ace, the Fastest Squirrel in the World? The world Keon Broxton Jersey will never know. pic.twitter.com/LDAPiUcwQ0 Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) May 31, 2017This is the type of politicing many can get behind, and we don't even need to drive a golf cart onto a green for this kind of entertainment.
Prince Fielder certainly never expected he'd be leaving the major leagues at the relatively young age of 32.But there he was Wednesday, speaking before a packed media conference in Arlington, Texas, biddingan emotional goodbye to the sport.MORE: Athletes' career-ending injuries"The doctors told me since I got two spinal fusions I can't play major league baseball anymore," saidFielder, still wearing a neck brace from recent disksurgery. "I just want to thank my teammates, all the coaching staff. I'm going to mi s being around those guys."Pointing to his two young sons, Jadyn and Haven,sitting beside him, Fielder said, "I've been in a big league Kyle Schwarber Jersey clubhouse since I was their age, so not being able to play is going to be tough. I'm happy I got to enjoy my career, and play with these guys."Fielderunderwent neck surgery to repair a diskherniationin July, and his medical condition lefthimunable to obtain medical clearance to return to the sport. His 2014 season also ended prematurely after neck surgery, although he rebounded in 2015 to earn AL Comeback Player of the Year honors.MORE: Fielder asked dumb question about Lou GehrigAt one point during the media conference, Fielder wiped away tears and said, "Shoot, I thought I was just going to cry in the car. Anybody have a ti sue?"Once one of the most feared sluggers in the game, Fielder had Javier Baez Jersey only eight home runs in 89 games this season, with a slash line of.212/.292/.334. He ends his career with 319 career home runs, coincidentally the same number as his father, Cecil, who played from 1985-98.The six-time All-Staralso tallied 1,028 RBIs and finished with a career slash line of.283/.382/.506."I want to thank my wife," Fielder said. "She's really helped me a lot. Like I said, this year's been a struggle. No matter what, she would always stay positive, and not let me get down on myself, and not let me mope."Fielder's media conference in its entirety:Even though Fielder won't be able to Anthony Rizzo Youth Cool Base Jersey play baseball any longer, he's still owed$24 million per year through 2020.
The Mets and closer Jeurys Familia avoided an arbitration hearing in his first Lewis Brinson Jersey year of eligibility by agreeing Wednesday to a one-year contract, the team announced.The deal is worth $4.1 million, according to MLB Network, making Familia the Marlins Cool Base White Jersey team'shighest-paid reliever with just one full season of closing experience.MORE Christian Yelich Jersey :The most controversial players in MLB history|Why isn't Cam Newton playing baseball?Familia, 26, recorded 43 saves for the NL East champions in 2015 with a1.85 ERA. Jose Urena Jersey Familiareportedly had filed at $4.8 million and the Mets countered at $3.3 million, pushing the settlement slightly beyondthe midpoint toward Marlins Womens Firebrick Jersey Familia.By reaching the settlement, the Metsavoided hearings with all nine of their arbitration-eligible players.
Chris Owings blasted a grand slam andZack Greinke turned in another stellar April start as the Diamondbacks were able to stave off the Padres 7-6 Monday.Greinke limited San Diego to just one run in his second start against the club this Christian Villanueva Jersey season. On Wednesday it was an eight-inning performance with just five hits allowed and six strikeouts, but in Monday's home start, the Diamondbacks ace was turning up the heat.Greinke struck out 11 Padres batters in six innings of work, limiting the Padres to six hits and no walks as he lowered his ERA to 2.93 and WHIP to 1.17 exactly what the D-backs hope he can sustain in his second full season of a$206.5 million deal.A hot start to the season is nothing new forGreinke, whose career ERA in March and April (2.71) is lower than any other month in the season. Buthe entered Monday's Brad Hand Run Derby Red Jersey start with acareer-high 38.7 percent hard-hit rate and an above average BABIP, suggesting a regre sion is likely to affect the 33-year-old pitcher moving forward.Despite how good (or bad)Greinke will be this season, the D-backs' bullpen isn't going to help. Arizona held a six-run lead whenGreinke exited Monday, but the Padres rallied to within one run before succumbing toFernando Rodney in the ninth.Last season, Arizona relievers owned an ERA just under five and already sit at4.50 through 21 games.Studs of the nightWhite Sox third basemanMatt Davidson continued his hot start to the season, falling a triple shy of the cycle with four RBIs as Chicago poured it on the Royals, Eric Hosmer Jersey 12-1. Davidson is now batting 368/.375/.789. White Sox starterMiguel Gonzalez won his third game of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.00after holding the slumping Kansas City offense to just onerunon twohits in eight innings of work.Dud of the nightPirates starter Chad Kuhlentered Monday's matchup with the Brad Hand Jersey Cubs with a2.60 ERA, but after allowing nineruns on eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work, Kuhl's ERA jumped to 6.63 on the season. Kuhl allowed four walksin the five-out performance, which the Cubs ended up winning, 14-3.HighlightBrewers sluggerEric Thames blasted his MLB-leading 10thhome run of the season and his seventh against the Reds alone. Thames is on pace for 77 homers this year.What's nextYankees (11-7) at Red Sox (11-8), 7:10 p.m. ET Baseball's greatest rivalry renews as New York looks to continue its solid start to the season and end a losing slump against Boston.The Yankees are 9-14 against the Red Sox in the past 23 games, but may Eric Hosmer Cool Base White Jersey be catching their rivals at the right time as Tuesday's starter Rick Porcello (5.32 ERA) has struggled in April and Dustin Pedroia's status is unclear for the series opener.
Jennie Finch will make historyagain. But this time, it won't be because ofher talent on thediamond. She will go down as thefirst female to manage a profe sional Maikel Franco Jersey baseball team.The former USA softball star is set to be the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish's guest manager Sunday, placing herself in adugout rather than on amound."I am looking forward to coming to Bridgeport and The Ballpack at Harbor Yard on Sunday, May 29th to serve as Guest Manager for your Bridgeport Bluefish," Finch said in a statement . "I look forward to seeing [all the fans] Carson Wentz Jersey in Bridgeport! Go Bluefish!"MORE: 5 things to know about NFL's first full-time female coach As an independent Atlantic League team, the Bluefish areno strangers to guest managers. Other past, notable names include Pete Rose and Paul O'Neil.Sunday's game willstartat 1:12 p.m. against the Southern Mayland Blue Crabs.After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2002, Finch joined the U.S.women's national team.She also spent five years with NFP'sChicago Bandits from 2005-09.The fast-pitch legend won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games and a silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games."We are really excited to have Jennie come out and manage the team," Bluefish general manager Jamie Toole said following the announcement in March. Tug McGraw Jersey "She is an incredible athlete and a wonderful person, and we hope our fans enjoy seeing her in a Bluefish uniform for the day."MORE: Spurs hire WNBA star ascoach | NFL hiresfirst female official Finch retired during the summer of 2010. She closed out her career with a strike, leading Team USA to Rhys Hoskins Womens Team Red Jersey its seventh consecutive World Championship title.The right-handed pitcher will return to the mound, too, as Finch is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Bring on the good, old wind-up.Finch isn't the first female to break into the profe sional baseball realm, just the first to manage. In September 2015, Justine Siegal became the first female coach in MLB history Robin Roberts Jersey . She was a guest coach for theOakland Athletics' fall instructional league.MORE: Athletics hire MLB's first female coach Neither Finch nor Siegallocked in a concrete role within the industry, but women are slowly but surely integrating into the world ofmale-dominated sports.
The Cubs' search for a new closer may have quickly come to an end Jed Lowrie Navy Run Derby Jersey .According to Yahoo Sports, the Cubs and Brandon Morrow agreed Sunday to a two-year deal, including an option. Morrow was electric out of the bullpen for the Dodgers last season, finishing the regular Oakland Athletics Team Kelly Green Oakland Athletics Team Kelly Green Jersey season with a 2.06 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.While Morrow has never served as a team's main closing option, he proved last season that he could be Reggie Jackson Jersey counted on with games on the line. Wade Davis closedfor Chicago last season, but he's expected to sign elsewhere in free agency.The Cubs are also in search of rotation Andrew Triggs Jersey help with Jake Arrieta hitting free agency. MLB Insider Jon Heyman reported that the Cubs are "focused" on former Rays pitcher Alex Cobb, but they face competition from a number of other teams.With the Yankees, Angels and Mariners Jackie Robinson Jersey making waves early this offseason, the Cubs and other World Series hopefuls are now scrambling to answer.
Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt smashed a three-run home runin the first inning of Wednesday's National League wild-card game against the Rockies.Zack Greinke had already Twins Cool Base Custom White Jersey dispensed of the Rockies in 1-2-3 fashion in the top of the inning. Goldschmidt, who entered the game hitle s in his last five Twins Cool Base Team White Jersey games, jacked Jon Gray's hanging pitch over the left-field fence.Crushed it.@Dbacks take an early 3-0 lead behind the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. # Brian Dozier Jersey WildCard #MLBonTBS pic.twitter.com/WQn7KIgArl TBS Network (@TBSNetwork) October 5, Torii Hunter Jersey 2017There have been four home runshit in the first inning of postseason games this year. There were just sevenfirst-inning homershit during the entire Rod Carew Jersey 2016 postseason.The Diamondbacks held a 3-0 lead after the first inning. The winner of Wednesday's game plays the Dodgers in the NLDS.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. The annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honors the best players the sport has ever seen.Its a bucket-list event for any baseball fan, especially if a player you rooted for your entire career is one of the inductees. Ive lost count of how many Astros, Expos and Rangers jerseys Ive seen here this weekend, when Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez are being honored with a permanent place in baseballs hallowed Rockies Cool Base Custom White Jersey town.This should be awonderful celebration of the joy baseball can bring to the lives of its fans.Instead, its almost an afterthought, and thats a damn shame.The Induction Ceremony isscheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET, and it will bebroadcast live on MLB Network. These things typically last about three hours.You know what else was happening on Sunday afternoon? Not only is the crazy-intense July 31 non-waiver trade deadline one day away, but 10 baseball games were scheduled to start between 1:05 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.Ten. Think about that.On an afternoon when three of the best players in baseball history along with longtime Atlanta executive John Schuerholz and former commi sioner Bud Selig were being honored, baseball went on as if it was any other Sunday.Look, Im a huge fan of the everyday nature of baseball Chris Rusin Jersey s 162-game schedule. Its one of the many things that makes it my favorite of the profe sional sports. Its unrelenting, in a good way.But that schedule shouldn'trelegate celebrations to secondary-event status.This is a pattern, too. Its a problem MLB needs to addre s.The MLB Draft isnt the same animal as the NFL or NBA Drafts. I get that, I do. Itll never be as popular, because college baseball isnt nearly as popular as college football or college hoops, so the names are unknown to the average Nolan Arenado Womens Purple Jersey fan (though the folks at Baseball America do their best to change that reality). And the high school players taken in the first round? Almost complete unknowns to the average fan, unle s that high school stud gets a Sports Illustrated cover (hi Bryce Harper!).But the MLB Draft happens in-season, and its just one event on a night with a full slate of baseball games. SN talked with MLB Network host Greg Amsinger about this, if youre interested for a bit of a deeper dive.Same thing with the annual Futures Game. This annual showcase features the very best of the next wave of MLB stars. Guys like Francisco Lindor, Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Robinson Cano, Joey Votto and Manny Machado played in that game, and those are just a handful Nolan Arenado Womens Cool Base Jersey of names of future MLB All-Stars.The game is broadcast on MLB Network, too, which is great. But its on the last day before the All-Star break, which means its competing against a full slate of MLB games.It gets lost. The MLB Draft gets lost. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony gets lost.Theres no reason for baseball to bury what should and could be signature events. Players have talked for years about more days off during the season, right? Here are three Gerardo Parra Jersey perfect opportunities.Baseball has a richer history than any other American sport, and its future is incredibly bright, too. And we already have these wonderful events celebrating both the past and the future.They need their own stage. They need their own days. They need baseball's spotlight.
TORONTO As if this years postseason didnt already have enough of a Mets flavor to it, there will be an orange and blue tint to Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.The starting pitchers for the Blue Jays and Royals, R.A. Dickey and Chris Young, were teammates in New York in 2011 and 2012. The two right-handers could not be more different from the young fireballers the Mets use these days Dickey is a 40-year-old knuckleball practitioner, while the 36-year-old Youngs fastball clocks in at Bryce Harper Cool Base Red Jersey 87 mph, or 1 mph slower than a typical Noah Syndergaard changeup.MORE: Best photos from the ALCS| Murphy's hot streak unlikely to keep him in NYDickey has a more tangible connection to Syndergaard: the two were traded for each other in a seven-player deal in 2012 that also gave the Mets their starting catcher, Travis dArnaud.What a script that would be if I could face Syndergaard in Game 7, said Dickey, who had just won the National League Cy Young Award when the Mets shipped him to Toronto. Wouldnt that be something? But I really dont follow it, to be honest. I know that theyre doing well as a team, and Im sure those guys are a part of that. And the hope when you make a trade, like the trade that I was involved in, is that its good for both teams, thats the hope. And it certainly has been good for their team and it seems to be all right for our team right now. When I was a Brandon Kintzler Jersey Met, I loved being a Met. Im hoping that we play those guys in the World Series. It would certainly make for a great narrative.With the Royals having won the first two games of the ALCS, Young has a better chance of squaring off against his former team, and he has been paying a bit more attention to New York, particularly the exploits of second baseman Daniel Murphy, who in the past four games has homered off Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta a group with 11 All-Star appearances and four Cy Young Awards between them, and almost certainly a fifth after Greinke or Arrieta wins this year.Im so happy for him, Young said. Bryce Harper Jersey Hes a tremendous guy, tremendous person, first and foremost. I think one of the most underrated players in the game. And to watch him have the succe s hes having is just . . .Im so excited for him. It couldnt happen to a better guy.Young also to sed some verbal bouquets Dickeys way, saying he had great appreciation for his former teammate. Dickey called Young fun to be around. Its also worth noting that the two pitchers were not only together in New York, but with the Rangers as well, from 2004-05, the beginning of Youngs career and a couple of years into Dickeys.Both pitchers have been well traveled since Texas. Dickey has pitched for the Mariners, Twins, Mets and now Blue Jays, while Young went to the Padres, Mets and Mariners before joining the Royals. This is Dickeys first postseason and Youngs second, following a trip to the NL Division Series with the 2006 Padres.Comparing myself to nine years ago, I gue s at the time I thought there would be a lot more playoff opportunities going through it, Young said. My third full season in the major leagues that year, and it was just such a special time. Such a special day. I remember it was just a beautiful fall afternoon in St. Louis, and we were so excited. We were down 0-2 at that point, facing a great Cardinals lineup, similar to tomorrow. I had my Max Scherzer Jersey work cut out for me then, I have my work cut out for me now. Maybe I have lost a few miles an hour on the fastball, but I hope I can make up for it with a little bit more between the ears.A strong mind is part of the reason that Young, notably a former Princeton basketball star, has been able to be a major leaguer for more than a decade without dazzling stuff. Its also one of the reasons that he and Dickey, a rare active major leaguer to have written a book, connected so well.I constantly feel like Im fighting against a stereotype a lot, that major league baseball players, athletes in general, cant be well read, cant have thoughtful conversations, Dickey said. The dumb jock syndrome is what I call it. Chris is a pretty bright Washington Nationals Alternate Jerseys guy. We had some great conversations when we were together in New York. I enjoyed being around him, I enjoyed talking to him. Hes got a great mind. Its fun to be around guys like that who are well read and you can have deeper conversations with.There will be no time for conversations on Tuesday, only two former teammates trying to get to the World Series for the first time in their long and winding careers, looking to write a compelling chapter in a book that the other would be sure to read.
Daniel Murphy made an instant impact Wednesday for the Cubs.Chicago acquired Murphy Tuesday from the Nationals after claiming him off waivers. He made his Cubs debut Wednesday, batting leadoff and collecting two hits in an 8-2 win over the Tigers.Murphy, now batting .303 this season, also scored and drove in a run. The Cubs had been searching for veteran infield depth, someone who could get on base consistently, and Murphy Jack Morris Jersey has already proved his value.Javier Baez continued his MVP-caliber season, finishing the game 2 for 5 with his 26th home run Daniel Norris Jersey of the season and three RBIs. He's now batting .292 with 92 RBIs.Jon Lester started for the Cubs, to sing 5 2/3 innings of one-run baseball. He struck out three batters while improving to 14-5 this season.The Cubs (72-53) maintained their National League Central lead, andare starting to look like serious World Series contenders.Studs of the NightBrewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich went 4 for 4 with a walk,home run and two runs scored in a Mikie Mahtook Jersey 4-0 win over the Reds. Yelich is now batting .314 this season and Milwaukee starting pitcherFreddy Peralta improved to 6-4 by to sing seven shutout innings.Astros catcherMartin Maldonado went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, a home run and three RBIs in a 10-7 win over the Mariners. Maldonado now has two three-hit games in his last four starts, while proving to be an underrated acquisition Leonys Martin Jersey for the Astros before the July 31 trade deadline.Dud of the NightAthletics starting pitcher Edwin Jackson had been enjoying a career revival, but he allowed four earned runs off seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings. Oakland lost 4-2 to the Rangers, and Jackson fell to 4-3 with a 2.97 ERA this season.HighlightRonald Acuna Jr. bashes another lead-off home run:.@ronaldacunajr24 is back to mashing leadoff dingers. pic.twitter.com/wQLpEUvubm MLB (@MLB) August 22, 2018The Braves dropped the Pirates 2-1.What's NextPhillies (68-58)at Nationals (64-63) 1p.m. ET The National League Cy Young award race gets a head-to-head look Thursday when Max Scherzer (16-5, 2.11 ERA) takes on Philadelphia's Aaron Nola (14-3, 2.23 ERA.) The Nationals Alan Trammell Cool Base White Jersey are basically out of the postseason hunt, but Philadelphia is still trying to sneak its way in.
Now that we've had time to revel in the magicof Justin Turner's NLCS walkoff homercoming on the anniversary of Kirk Gibson's famous World Series dinger, it's time to remember a le serbut low-key fantastic anniversary of another memorable playoff dinger in Chavez Ravine.But be warned, Dodgers fans you'll want to avert your eyes for this one.It was on this day in 1985 that the Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Practice Orange Jersey Cardinals' Jack Clark crushed the Dodgers' dreams with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning of Game Cal Ripken Jr. Cool Base Orange Jersey 6 of the NLCS off reliever Tom Niedenfuer to send St. Louis to the World Series. What makes Clark's homer so great? Have a look, listentoVin Scully call the action, then we'll discu s. MORE: Every MLB team's worst postseason memory, revisitedBeyond the dramatics of the situation Game 6, trailing in the ninth inning with two outs Clark's subdued troll job is something to behold. In the days before bat flips became all the rage, the slow trot was some players' preferred method to mock theirenemies.Watch the whole thing again:As soon as Clarkmakes contact, he knows it's gone. It was a monster bomb, after all.But he doesn't bat flip,he doesn't fist-pump, andhe doesn't give a Dave Henderson-esque leap of Jackie Robinson Jersey joy (though that actually hadn't happened yet). No, Clark just drops the bat, chews his gumand starts his trot with body language that says, "I knew that Baltimore Orioles Alternate Jerseys was going to happen andI can't believe you didn't see it coming."Not just that, but notice how long it takes Clark to get around the bases. It's like hewanted everyone in Dodger Stadium to watch so he couldbask in their pain. From Clark's contact with the ball to his contact with home plate was just shy of 30 seconds.MORE: Three takeaways from Dodgers' Game 2 winThe big blast capped a bad few days forNiedenfuer, who also gave up Ozzie Smith's "Go crazy, folks!" walkoff homer in Game 5.The blown save not only turned a 5-4 Dodgers lead into a 7-5 Cardinals win, it gave the Dodgers four straight lo ses after winning the first two games of the series the only time that's happened since Manny Machado Run Derby Navy Jersey the NLCS went to a best-of-seven format.With the 2017 Dodgers also enjoying a 2-0 series lead, a trip back to LA for Game 6 is probably something they'd like to avoid.
Curt Schilling, fired by ESPN as a commentator earlier this year for making anti-transgender comments on social media, is apparentlyreturning to the broadcast booth.As a political commentator.New York Magazine reports that the former major-leaguepitcher will host a daily Justin Smoak Jersey online radio show on the conservative Breitbart News Network.Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon who is also Donald Trump's campaign CEO is expected Kendrys Morales Jersey to announce the show Monday.MORE: Seven times Curt Schilling's comments got him in trouble Schilling's show, which is expected to eventually feature a live video feed, will include callsfrom listeners and political commentary.There is speculation that Trump will partner with Breitbart to form a Trump TV network after the presidential election, and it's not a leap to think Schilling's show might become part of the network'scontent.ESPN fired Schilling from his Josh Donaldson Jersey roleas a commentatoron the network's national baseball broadcastsafter he made insensitive remarks on his Facebook account. Referencing the controversy over transgender bathroom rights,Schilling wrote, "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I dont care what they are, who they sleep with, mens room was designed for the Joe Carter Jersey penis, womens not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.Schilling had previously been suspended by ESPN for controversial Facebook comments.He got kicked off ESPN for his conservative views. Hes a really talented Kevin Pillar Jersey broadcaster, Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said, via New York Magazine.Schilling, a six-time All Star, announced last week he willchallengeElizabeth Warren (D-Ma s.)for her Senate seat in 2018.
Kenley Jansen wont be traveling to Denver this weekend.The Dodgers are expected to be without the right-handed closer for their three-game series against the Rockies beginning Friday. Eric Hosmer Flex Base White Jersey Considering Jansen previouslyexperienced anirregular heartbeat twice whilein the high altitude of Colorado,a team cardiologist Royals Cool Base White Jersey recommended he stay behind.Jansen most recently was affectedAug. 9 ahead of a four-game series at Coors Field and required a stinton the 10-day disabled list as a result. Hepreviously underwentsurgery to correct the problemin 2012 and expects to have surgery again this offseason.While he insisted on playing, Jansen said he understands the need to follow his doctors' Royals Womens Custom White Jersey orders.@Dodgers fans, as u heard, I wont be making the trip to COL. Dr.s orders. I want to help my team at any cost, but must listen to Dr. To be honest w/youi sues are scary. Doing great though. Ill George Brett Throwback Light Blue Jersey join team after COL, continue pushing toward postseason. #KeepKenleysHeartHealthy Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) September 5, 2018Jansen, 30, has struggled in recent weeks and told reportersthat George Brett Collection Light Blue Jersey a prescription medication for his conditionwas largely to blame, though he has stopped taking it.Colorado will open itsthree-game homestand against Los Angelesat 8:40 p.m. ET Friday.
Longtime major-league pitcher Barry Zito, a left-hander whose career arc spanned young phenom to Cy Young Award-winner to aging journeyman eager to bid a fond farewell, made official Monday what was a foregone conclusion: He's retiring, he wrote for The Players' Tribune ."Im retiring today from baseball Men's Texas Rangers Custom Royal Jersey , but Ill never be too far away from the game that made me who I am," he writes.Zito, 37, finished a 15-year career with a165-143 record and a 4.04 ERA. He won the Cy Young Joey Gallo Jersey Award with the A's in 2002, his third season, whenhe went 23-5. Hewas named to the All-Star team three times, all with the A's, for whom he was 102-63 in eight seasons.Zito played for two Giants teams that won World Series in 2010and 2012, though he made only one start, a victory in 2012 against the Tigers.In fact, his seven-year, $126 million deal with the Giants, for whom he went 63-80 from 2007-13, is regarded by some as one Rangers Cool Base Custom Royal Jersey of the worst contracts in MLB history.He made two starts for the A's toward the end of the season, a nod from the franchise with which he broke in but also an acknowledgement that his career was at its end, particularly after he spent most of 2015 with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, an experience he called a "year of Shin Soo Choo Run Derby Jersey renewal.""I am beyond thankful to be at peace with walking away, thanks in large part to my year of renewal in Nashville with the Sounds," he writes. "My Russell Wilson Jersey return to Oakland last month was a 'cherry on top'moment in my life that my family and I will never forget. I will no doubt be in the stands on both sides of the Bay in years to come."
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