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    • panxing18 hat den Blog-Artikel "Chicago Cubs acquired closer Aroldis Chapman from th" geschrieben. 13.04.2019

      The trade deadline has been a vital time in baseball for years Ken Griffey Jersey , and it appears to be gaining in importance in recent years.Two years ago, thee New York Yankees prior to the trade deadline, and the Cubs went on to over come a 108-year dry spell by defeating the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.The Houston Astros followed in a similar route last year as they traded for starting pitcher Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers, and the Astros won their first World Series in team history.If that trend is going to continue, it will be difficult for any team to acquire a bigger star than the Los Angeles Dodgers did when they picked up shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles July 18, the day after the All-Star Game.Machado is a dominating player who is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season. Instead of playing shortstop with the Dodgers, he has moved to third base because of the groin injury suffered by Justin Turner. While the former Oriole is quite insistent about playing the rest of his career at shortstop http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , he has told manager Dave Roberts he is willing to play third base to help the team.Machado is one of the top impact players in MLB, and the Dodgers clearly can use his services. Los Angeles made it all the way to the seventh game of the World Series last year before losing to the Astros, and Machado can help the Dodgers gets back to the championship and potentially win it.Machado is a four-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner, and he has a .314/.390/.564 slash line with 25 home runs and 68 RBI.Machado is clearly the top acquisition in trade deadline moves, but the Dodgers are not the only team to help themselves.Here'sa linkto all trades that have been made through July 29.The New York Yankees have added starter J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays and reliever Zach Britton from the Orioles. Happ pitched and won in his first start for the Yankees Sunday against the Kansas City Royals, while Britton makes a powerful bullpen even better.While Britton is basically insurance for the Yankees in case Chapman is not at his best, the Bronx Bombers may have to cash in on that policy. Chapman has had several erratic outings in recent weeks http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , and his knee problems have been causing quite a bit of concern.The Milwaukee Brewers are attempting to engage the Chicago Cubs this summer and take the NL Central title from them. The Brewers added to their lineup by acquiring third baseman Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City Royals.Moustakas will give the Brewers an additional power threat who has been quite successful when the Royals won the AL pennant in 2014 and the World Series the following year. His acquisition means Travis Shaw moves from third base to second base, and that's an unusual position switch for a corner infielder.Brett Phillips showed off his athletic ability with this catch at Yankee Stadium.Frank Franklin II/Associated PressThe Royals got outfielder Brett Phillips and pitcher Jorge Lopez in return, and Phillips showed off his athletic ability Sunday with a home run-robbing catch in New York against the Yankees.The Cubs have made a move to upgrade their starting pitching by acquiring veteran lefthander Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers. The Cubs have struggled with their starters as Yu Darvish remains on the disabled list and Tyler Chatwood has struggled with an inability to thrown strikes, so the acquisition of Hamels makes sense. However, Hamels has an earned-run average of 10.23 in his last five outings.The Rangers acquired a pair of minor leaguers in right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy as well as a player to be named later. Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesHaving already acquired J.A. Happ, the New York Yankees bolstered their starting rotation even further on Monday by adding Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lance Lynn.The Yankees announcedthey traded first baseman Tyler Austin and minor league starting pitcher Luis Rijo to the Twins in return for Lynn.Sports Illustrated's Jon Tayler questioned the move from New York's perspectivesince the teamtradedright-handed reliever Adam Warren, who essentially occupied the same role Lynn likely will with the pitching staff:Jon Tayler Nelson Cruz Jersey , Smiling Politely JATaylerSo the Yankees salary-dumped a good reliever/swingman in Adam Warren to get a worse pitcher in Lance Lynn (who hasnt pitched in relief since 2012), and they also gave up cheap 1B/OF depth to do it in Tyler Austin. I cant say that I follow the logic here.TheNew York Post's Joel Sherman reported the Yankees at least won't add much money to their payroll by essentially swapping Warren for Lynn:Joel Sherman Joelsherman1Lynn owed about $4.3M. Hear #Twins will pay about $2M of that. Between offset and dealing Warren and $1.18M-ish left on his deal, #Yankees stayed about neutral in salary in this days work.Lynn might benefit from a move to the bullpen. In his first two years since undergoing Tommy John surgery, he's 18-16 with a 4.02 ERA and a 4.78 FIP, according toBaseball Reference.However, Lynn hasn't pitched in a relief role since the 2015 postseason, and his last regular-season appearance out of the bullpen was in 2012.Ultimately Carlos Ruiz Jersey , the Yankees may value Lynn's ability to move into the rotation in an emergency over Warren's proven track record as a reliever.The Twins, meanwhile, get a 26-year-old first baseman who's underteam controlfor four more seasons and a young pitcher who might develop into something down the road.Austin is batting .230 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 85 career MLB games, and the 19-year-old Rijo is4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in seven minor league appearances in 2018.That's a solid return given both Lynn's performance and the fact he's only a half-season rental.

    • panxing18 hat den Blog-Artikel "Catcher Caleb Joseph and the Arizona Diamondbacks h" geschrieben. 13.04.2019

      PHOENIX (AP) —ave agreed to a one-year contract that calls for a $1.1 million salary in the major leagues and a $250 http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey ,000 salary in the minors.Arizona opened a roster spot by placing right-hander Taijuan Walker on the 60-day injured list on Wednesday.The 32-year-old Joseph played five seasons with Baltimore and is ninth among active catchers with a caught-stealing percentage of 29.4. He threw out 32.2 percent of attempted base stealers last season and tied for the major league lead among catchers with 11 double plays, but he hit just .219 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 280 plate appearances. He became a free agent when the Orioles failed to offer a contract by the Nov. 30 deadline.Joseph is a career .224 hitter with 31 homers and 122 RBIs.Walker is recovering from Tommy John surgery after tearing his right ulnar collateral ligament last April against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Superstar free-agent infielder Manny Machado remains unsigned with pitchers and catchers reporting in a few weeks.The San Diego Padres could potentially be in the mix, however, per a Saturday report from Dennis Lin of The Athletic.Sources spoke with Lin who then tweeted that "the Padres have expressed interest in arranging a meeting with [Machado] Wilmer Difo Jersey , possibly in Miami. SD would like to get some face time before becoming more involved with the free agent."The 26-year-old had 37 home runs and 107 RBI for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers last season.The hot-stove campaign has been unusually frigid this year, with numerous All-Stars unsigned as spring training rapidly approaches.The interest level for Machado's services seems high at least, with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies all hosting him on visits Brian Goodwin Jersey , according to Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com.Although those three ballclubs looked like the front-runners for Machado's services, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote on Friday that the Padres were "pursuing the 26-year-old superstar with the intention of playing him at third base."Fancred's Jon Heyman previously tweeted that the Padres were checking in on some other big names such as free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper, so San Diego could be going for it all here, especially with a stacked farm system waiting in the wings.The Padres open the 2019 season on Thursday http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , March 28, against the San Francisco Giants at home.

    • panxing18 hat den Blog-Artikel "The San Francisco Giants finally got their offense going" geschrieben. 13.04.2019

      SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yolmer Sanchez Jersey , and they needed it to survive another shaky performance from their bullpen.Buster Posey got four hits, Andrew McCutchen homered against his former team and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-10 on Friday night.“They just started swinging with I think more authority,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.The Giants had lost three in a row and Pittsburgh had won three straight.Posey broke out of a 0-for-13 stretch with his second four-hit game in less than two weeks. All four hits came in the first four innings as the Giants built a 10-2 lead.He’s the first Giants player with four hits through the first four innings of a game since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958.Posey and Alen Hanson each drove in three runs. McCutchen hit a leadoff homer and later drew four walks for a San Francisco team that batted .212 and averaged 2.7 runs over its previous six games.“They were letting it go tonight,” Bochy said. “It was good to see them have some success, I mean we’ve been shut down, we’ve been due for a game like this where we break it open, even though they came back and made it a game. “Francisco Cervelli drove in five runs with three hits for the Pirates. His 11th home run of the season and fourth career grand slam, off reliever Pierce Johnson, closed Pittsburgh within 11-7 in the seventh inning.Adeiny Hechavarria, playing his second game since being traded from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh, went 2 for 2 with a home run.Giants starter Derek Holland (6-8) gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings.A big night from the offense allowed him to be more aggressive.“It’s huge,” Holland said. “The offense is putting in the work Adam Engel Jersey , and I’m little bit upset with myself. They put the runs up, I’ve got to keep the momentum on our side.”Clay Holmes (1-2) was tagged for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his third career start.“Our command was pretty inconsistent throughout the evening,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Clayton was so good the last time out. His fastball command was off and that complicates things.”HIGH HEATGiants third baseman Evan Longoria was hit in the back by a 97 mph fastball by Pirates reliever Kyle Crick in the bottom of the seventh. Longoria initially stayed in the game but was pulled in the top of the eighth. Longoria said he felt fine after the game, but wasn’t certain about his playing status for Saturday’s game.“I don’t think he had intent,” Longoria said. “He threw a couple more to the backstop and almost hit (Joe Panik), he just obviously didn’t have a very good feel for where the ball was going tonight.”OFF DAYSPirates OF Gregory Polanco struck out as a pinch-hitter. Manager Clint Hurdle said Polanco will get another rest day in Sunday’s series finale.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: 1B Brandon Belt (hyperextended right knee) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said. If all goes well, Belt could join the team for next week’s series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, which starts Monday. … RHP Johnny Cueto, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, was moved to the 60-day DL. RHP Casey Kelly was selected to the Giants’ Major League roster in a corresponding move before Friday’s game. … RHP Derek Law was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.UP NEXTRHP Trevor Williams (9-8, 3.88 ERA) will pitch Saturday for the Pirates. He has a 2.25 ERA without a decision in two career starts against the Giants. LHP Ty Blach (6-6 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , 4.28) will pitch for the Giants. NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza was hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets on Tuesday while remaining a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” part of an increasing number of television commentators who also work for teams.She will be involved in player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement and health and performance, the Mets said.Mendoza, a member of the U.S. Olympic softball team in 2004 and 2008, did not address any potential conflict of interest — working for a team while simultaneously commentating on all clubs.In the team statement, Mendoza thanked ESPN and Disney for their “understanding and confidence as I balance both tasks moving forward.”ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz wrote in an email to The Associated Press there are “numerous examples across networks of these type of arrangements where commentators work closely with teams, and we will be fully transparent about Jessica’s relationship with the Mets.”He added: “We have complete faith in her ability as a leading MLB voice for ESPN.”Krulewitz said Mendoza was not available for comment to the AP but likely will be available later this week.MLB Network announcer Bob Costas, a winner of the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award, said Mendoza’s role in game broadcasts is not the same as it would be on a news show such as ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” or HBO’s “Real Sports.”“I think at least some people in the media will watch more closely for traces of conflict of interest and she can dispel that,” he said. “The proof is in the performance.”Team announcers long have worked for national networks Lucas Giolito Jersey , such as Vin Scully, Tim McCarver and Joe Buck. But they did not report to general managers.Before nationally televised games, managers routinely give private briefings to the network broadcasters, and some might be more reticent to disclose information to an employee of an opponent.“I think perhaps a more interesting thing would be: Is the person who works for a team equally critical when called over of managerial moves, player performance, did they or did they not make this trade, they did or did not make this free agent signing?” Costas said. “Are the equally even-handed in their praise and criticism? That’s probably more important than any proprietary information.”Former Tigers star Kirk Gibson, a commentator for Fox Sports Detroit since 2015, was hired by the Tigers this offseason as a special assistant to the general manager and will remain in his broadcast role.“I have no problem with that stuff,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They’re not going to hold a gun to me and get information that they probably shouldn’t have. They’re just going to come and do their job, and that’s easy enough.”Former pitcher Al Leiter was hired Monday earlier as a Mets baseball operations adviser and will continue in his role as a studio analyst for the MLB Network, according to the network. Leiter told the New York Yankees‘ YES network earlier in the offseason he was leaving his role there.“Over the past 10 years http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , a number of MLB Network on-air personalities have held advisory and guest instructor roles with various MLB clubs, including Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez (Red Sox) and Jim Thome (White Sox), as well as Ryan Dempster (Cubs),” MLB Network spokeswoman Lorraine Fisher said in an email. “We are transparent with our audience about these roles, and we have seen and will continue to expect all on-air staff to deliver objective analysis on all 30 clubs.”Alex Rodriguez, a member of the Sunday night ESPN booth along with Mendoza and play-by-play commentator Matt Vasgersian, has been a Yankees adviser since his retirement. His work for the team appears to be primarily several days of on-field coaching annually with young players.Rodriguez took over in the booth for Aaron Boone, who left after the 2017 to become Yankees manager.“I’m sure it won’t be that big of an issue. I don’t reveal too many secrets, anyway,” Boone said. “It’s something I can get on her about.”ESPN also says Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will contribute to the network this season as a studio analyst and make appearances on several of its shows. Sabathia has said this will be his final season as a player.David Ortiz and Frank Thomas are Fox studio analysts; Ortiz is a special assistant for the Boston Red Sox and Thomas a special consultant for business operations for the Chicago White Sox.Retired catcher David Ross has been a Chicago Cubs special assistant to baseball operations and an ESPN analyst and in-game broadcaster since before the 2017 season.

    • panxing18 hat den Blog-Artikel "West when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series startin" geschrieben. 13.04.2019

      TORONTO — The Houston Astros are close Aaron Judge Jersey , but will still be trying to clinch the American League g Monday night.The Astros entered Sunday with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the division.That will not be the only angle, however, in the series at the Rogers Centre.Article continues below ...There will be the return of former Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna, who was traded to the Astros July 30 near the end of a 75-day suspension imposed by Major League Baseball after he was charged with assault in May. The case has yet to be heard in court.The Blue Jays obtained right-handed pitchers Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez. Giles, who fell out of favor in Houston and was demoted to the minors, has been a perfect 12-for-12 in save situations as Blue Jays’ closer after going 12-for-12 for the Astros.So, there are two closers going against their former teams.Then, there is the brother angle.Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. playing against his older brother Yuli Gurriel of the Astros. Each hit two home runs Friday night Gleyber Torres Jersey , the first time in major-league baseball that brothers both have had multi-homer games on the same day.The Astros (98-57) will start left-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-11) in the opener at the Rogers Centre after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Sunday. The Blue Jays (71-85) will start right-hander Marco Estrada (7-13, 5.57) after losing 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday.Keuchel and Estrada opposed each other June 27. Neither factored in the decision, a 7-6 Astros win. Keuchel allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings and is 3-0 with a 4.68 ERA in five career starts against Toronto.Estrada gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings on June 27 and in 13 career games (seven starts) against the Astros is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA.The exchange of closers has worked out well for each team. While Giles has been perfect all season in save opportunities — and not so good in non-save situations — Osuna has been nine-for-nine in save opportunities for Houston.Giles said he is enjoying himself more in Toronto. “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston,” he told the Toronto Star. “It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”“He has been perfect since he got here, and he has saved a lot of games in baseball,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “I think it’s a new look for him. A new team to be with. (Houston) is in the past and he is thriving.”Yuli Gurriel, who had seven RBIs and two homers Friday against the Angels Tyler Austin Jersey , hit a two-run homer in the first inning Sunday and was 2-for-5. He is on a nine-game hitting streak, going 16-for-37 (.432).Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 0-for-4 with one RBI Sunday. His two home runs Friday followed a ninth-inning homer on Thursday. He became the 14th Blue Jay, and first rookie, to homer in three consecutive plate appearances.The Astros will be trying to get right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. into a game Monday or Tuesday after his return from a right forearm strain.“I wish we’d already clinched and had it perfectly scripted out,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday. “We have to try to win the games. If I can get him in, I’m going to try to get him in Monday or Tuesday.”McCullers worked in simulated games in Florida. “I felt good,” he said. “I felt good. Over the three times I went out there, there were obviously some ups and downs, but that’s just part of trying to get back into pitching shape. I was really happy with the way my body responded each time and I was extremely happy with the way I looked and felt the last time. My last outing was good http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , I was landing it in the zone to righties and lefties, was able to go in the zone and back foot when I wanted to.”The starter will be pitching out of the bullpen. “I’ve done it before so there’s no reason why I can’t do it again,” he said. “It doesn’t always work that way. There are a lot of starters you see try to make a transition to the bullpen for a limited role for the playoffs and it doesn’t work out so well. I think last year because I had some success doing it, I feel confident doing it again.”Astros center fielder George Springer was given the day off Sunday because of leg and thumb injuries, but he could return to the lineup Monday. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is in favor of the Bronx Bombers' pursuing Bryce Harper in free agency.In an interview with TMZ Sports on Monday, Judge was firmly behind the idea of adding the superstar slugger to the fold:"Anytime you can add an MVP to a team, it's going to make them better," Judge said.Judge even suggested he would be willing to move out of his right field spot to accommodate Harper: "Wherever he wants to play, wherever he wants to playe'll make it work."The Yankees have not been linked to Harper recently Miguel Andujar Jersey , and Gabe Lacques of USA Today listed the San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox as the four finalists to sign him Monday.If New York did sign Harper, though, it would require some creativity on the part of manager Aaron Boone.Either Judge or Harper could move to left field while Aaron Hicks mans center, Giancarlo Stanton serves as the designated hitter and Brett Gardner settles into a role as an extra outfielder.The Yankees don't need another big bat in their already stacked lineup, but Harper would give them the type of lefty power swing that plays perfectly at Yankee Stadium.Judge, Stanton and Harper would form one of the best power-hitting trios in recent memory.Stanton and Judge are two seasons removed from 59- and 52-homer efforts, respectively.Stanton clubbed 38 in his first season as a Yankee Tim Tebow Jersey , while Judge finished with 27 in just 112 games.Harper hit .249 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI with the Nats last season, but his career high came in his MVP season of 2015 when he hit 42 out of the park.Although it is difficult to envision that the Yankees will pursue Harper given how active they have already been in free agency, he would be a game-changing signing who would aid significantly in closing the gap between New York and the rival Boston Red Sox.

    • panxing18 hat den Blog-Artikel "The Yankees view Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shorts" geschrieben. 13.04.2019

      NEW YORK (AP) —top until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.Still http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , general manager Brian Cashman won’t rule out trying to sign Manny Machado, one of the top free agents on the market.And, in his first question-and-answer session of the year, Cashman revealed he has dragged talks to trade Sonny Gray until the Yankees know CC Sabathia will be ready to pitch following surgery to implant a stent in an artery from his heart.Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star absent from the major leagues since July 2017, finalized his one-year contract for the major league minimum $555,000 on Friday after passing a physical.“It doesn’t mean we’re going to get vintage Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockie years when he was there,” Cashman said, “but it’s exciting to dream on what he might be capable of when his health is there on a consistent basis because he was quite the player for quite a long time.”Tulowitzki missed last season because of bone spurs in his right and left heels. Gregorius had right elbow surgery on Oct. 17 and Cashman expects him back in June, July or August. New York will evaluate then what role Tulowitzki could play after Gregorius reclaims the position.Yankees scout JT Stotts attended a workout by Tulowitzki at Long Beach State, and scout Jay Darnell and director of pro scouting Dan Giese attended a second workout. They forwarded video to others in the front office.“Scouts that I highly respect were very pleased with what they saw and very excited by the workouts that he put himself through in front of them on multiple occasions Matt Williams Jersey ,” Cashman said. “He really looked athletic. It looked like he had got that bounce back in his step.”Tulowitzki, who wore No. 2 previously in honor of retired Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, is expected to discuss his decision publicly early next week. He is owed $20 million for next year by the Blue Jays, $14 million for 2020 and a $4 million buyout of a 2021 team option. Toronto pays all but the big league minimum in the Yankees deal, which is offset against his 2019 salary.He joins an infield that has Gleyber Torres at second, Miguel Andujar at third and Luke Voit at first — unless Greg Bird beats Voit out during spring training, Cashman said.Machado could replace Andujar at third if he signs with New York. Machado visited Yankee Stadium last month and had dinner with team officials.“I thought it was a real positive experience from our perspective,” Cashman said.New York’s other news was an update on the health of Sabathia, the 38-year-old left-hander who had a stent inserted on Dec. 11.“I think we are optimistic that the pending medical evaluations that he’ll have here in January are going to be fruitful and beneficial and positive, which would green light a full return to play as early as when he reports for spring training as you prepares for the season,” Cashman said. “If those follow-up appointments go well http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , I think we’ll know we’ll be in a much better position to give you an honest answer on opening-day expectations.”Sabathia is part of a projected rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ. Cashman said at the outset of the offseason he planned to trade Sonny Gray, who struggled and was booed by Yankees fans.“The CC thing, certainly when it developed it slowed down my conversations with intent because we have to see how this played out first,” Cashman said. “And so once he has these follow-up appointments, I’ll be in a much better position to either fully engage moving forward the Sonny Gray conversations that we’ve had or continue to slow walk it while we make sure that CC is taken care of healthwise first and foremost.”Notes: RHP A.J. Cole was designated for assignment to open a roster spot. … Cashman said RHP Luis Cessa is out of options but RHP Domingo German has one option remaining. CHICAGO (AP) — Family ties, big bats and powerful arms are once again all over this year’s group of prospects on the brink of major league stardom.A closer look at baseball’s next wave of young talent:—OF Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox: While Chicago lost out in its pursuit of Manny Machado in free agency, the sweet-swinging Jimenez could make his major league debut in April. The 22-year-old Jimenez hit .317 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs with Double-A Birmingham last year before he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. He was even better with the Knights, batting .355 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in 55 games. He struggled in spring training and was sent down Willie Mays Jersey , but should be in the bigs soon enough.—INF Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays: Widely regarded as baseball’s top prospect, Guerrero will miss the start of the season after he strained his right oblique in spring training. The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero might head straight to the majors when he gets healthy. He hit .381 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs over four minor league stops last year.—OF Victor Robles, Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper’s big free agent deal with Philadelphia created an opening in Washington’s outfield that just might be filled by the talented Robles, who hit .288 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 21 games with the Nationals last season.—INF/OF Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds: The 23-year-old Senzel got a long look in center field this spring after the Reds let Billy Hamilton go over the winter. He played mostly second and third in the minors, but the former University of Tennessee star is known mostly for his bat. He hit .310 with 25 RBIs in 44 games with Triple-A Louisville in 2018.—RHP Forrest Whitley and OF Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros: The 6-foot-7 Whitley dazzled in the Arizona Fall League, compiling a 2.42 ERA in six starts and striking out 36 in 26 innings. The 22-year-old Tucker struggled in his first major league action last year, batting .141 in 28 games, but he hit .332 for Triple-A Fresno.Whitley and Tucker will begin the year in the minors http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , but they could impact the AL West race this summer. Whitley was the No. 17 pick in the 2016 draft, a year after Tucker went No. 5 overall to the Astros.—INF Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies: The versatile Rodgers started at second, third and shortstop this spring, and it looks as if he could make his big league debut very soon. He batted .268 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs for Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque last year.—OF Alex Verdugo, Los Angeles Dodgers: The 22-year-old Verdugo played for Los Angeles in each of the past two years, but is still trying to earn regular time with the talented Dodgers. This could be the year after he hit .329 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 91 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season.—INF Keston Hiura, Milwaukee Brewers: Hiura worked on his defensive skills this spring. His bat might be major league ready right now. The ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, hitting .323 with five homers and 33 RBIs in 23 games.—LHP Yusei Kikuchi, Seattle Mariners: Following in the footsteps of Ichiro Suzuki, one of his childhood favorites Barry Bonds Jersey , Kikuchi finalized a four-year contract with Seattle in January that guarantees $56 million and incudes club options that would be make it worth $109 million over seven seasons. The 27-year-old lefty went 14-4 with a 3.08 ERA for the Pacific League’s Seibu Lions last year.—SS Fernando Tatis, Jr., San Diego Padres: The 20-year-old Tatis is so highly regarded Manny Machado agreed to play third for San Diego to make room for the shortstop’s arrival in the big leagues. Tatis, who was acquired in a 2016 trade that sent James Shields to the White Sox, batted .286 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs for Double-A San Antonio last season.—LHP Jesus Luzardo, Oakland Athletics: The hard-throwing Luzardo made a strong bid for a spot in Oakland’s rotation this spring. He went 10-5 with a 2.88 ERA over three minor league stops last year, finishing with 129 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings.

    • SCOTTSDALE Melky Cabrera Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — time to retire.Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager.He told the team before Monday’s spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium.“In my mind it’s time,” he said.Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly and he insists “the health’s great” and didn’t factor into the choice.He begins his 13th season with the Giants. He led the club to World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.“I’ve managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut. So it’s a gut feeling it’s time,” Bochy said. “It’s been an unbelievable ride. There’s so much in there to be grateful for, with the players, the city, the fans, my ride here. It’s time. I’ll stay in baseball and do something. … I’m not going too far, trust me. I love this game. It’s been in my blood, so sure I’ll be doing something in another capacity and I look forward to it.”Bochy came to San Francisco from the San Diego Padres before the 2007 season, in time to watch Barry Bonds break Hank Aaron’s career home run record that August. He managed Matt Cain’s perfect game in 2012 and a pair of no-hitters by Tim Lincecum against the Padres in July 2013 and June ’14.“This will give me time to go back and reflect and even watch some games and think about some of these great achievements and milestones these players have reached http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey ,” Bochy said. “I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the gifts and talents of these players. I consider myself fortunate to have managed players like a Bonds and Lincecum.”Every other manager with three or more titles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.“I haven’t even thought about that,” Bochy said.Giants CEO Larry Baer already envisions a place in Cooperstown for Bochy,“Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy,” Baer said in a statement. “His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise. He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown.”Giants Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford considers himself fortunate to have played for the same manager his entire career.“That’s definitely special. I don’t think many guys have one manager throughout their entire career,” Crawford said. “Obviously we have this year to take care of first. Hopefully we make it a memorable one for him. A part of what’s made him such a good manager over the years is just being able to work with the players he has, whether that’s the bullpen or the bench, he always seemed to plug the right pieces at the right times.”Bochy has faced daily questions about his future, and he wanted to address his plans now and avoid distractions later in the season when he hopes to have a contender again following two years out of the playoffs. He intends to stay in baseball.“It’s something I put a lot of thought in it,” Bochy said. “There’s a lot of things that I look forward to doing, but right now my head’s at this moment, hey Ian Kinsler Jersey , I’m going to focus on getting this team ready. I look forward to one more shot, trust me, and us having a big year. I’m all in.”He spent his first 12 seasons as a manager with the Padres from 1995-2006, guiding San Diego to the NL pennant in 1998.Bochy came to the decision over the winter, but had all but realized this would be his last year at the end of the 2018 season. He discussed it with family and the front office.Executive Brian Sabean was hardly surprised by his dear friend’s decision, saying “that’s a pretty elite and, as we all know, fast treadmill to now do this for 25 years.”“Two different organizations, four trips to the World Series, you win three, that’s pretty elite company,” Sabean said.Once he’s through, Bochy will stick to his simple life of fishing excursions and family.“I’m not going anywhere. I don’t have any cruises planned, trust me Albert Pujols Jersey , I don’t plan on going up Mount Everest. Baseball, that’s my life. I’ll be around,” Bochy said. “I don’t have a bucket list. There’s no hidden agenda in all this, trust me.” ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — It was another Minor victory for the Texas Rangers, after they went ahead on solo homers by Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus.Mike Minor, a full-time reliever for the Royals last season after missing 2 1/2 years because of surgery for a torn labrum, won for the fifth time in his last six starts as the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Tuesday night.“I think people at the beginning didn’t expect me to have a good season. I think they thought I should go to the bullpen, wasn’t cut out to be a starter anymore in my career,” the 30-year-old left-hander said. “It does feel good to end like this. A couple of more starts to go.” Andrus hit the first pitch of the fourth inning against Andrew Heaney (8-9) to tie the game at 1. Two batters later, Beltre went deep for the ninth time this season and 471st time in his career to put Texas ahead to stay. He has 3,147 career hits, the most among active players, after that homer and a single in the eighth.“Huge for those two guys to step up in that situation http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-babe-herman-jersey ,” manager Jeff Banister said.Minor (11-7) pitched into the sixth, striking out seven with one walk and a hit batter while allowing two runs and three hits. He has thrown 140 innings in 25 starts for Texas, which has done its best to manage his time on the mound.“Probably couldn’t ask for it to work, to this point, any better,” Banister said.Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his ninth save — all in nine chances since Aug. 4, after the Rangers traded closer Keone Kela to Pittsburgh.Minor wasn’t sure he would ever pitch again during the seasons he missed. The former first-round pick for Atlanta, who started 110 games for the Braves from 2010-14, got over that hurdle with 65 relief appearances for Kansas City last year, then turned down a $10 million option to stay with the Royals for a three-year deal with Texas and the chance to start again. Shohei Ohtani hit his 16th homer for the Angels leading off the sixth to end Minor’s night. It was Ohtani’s first major league homer off a left-handed pitcher, after striking out in his first two at-bats against Minor.“Just that one home run I hit. I had a couple other opportunities with runners on base and couldn’t come through there, so I’m not fully satisfied with my results,” Ohtani said through a translator. “But I do think I’m getting better when I’m facing left-handers.”ADRIAN AGAINST THE ANGELSBeltre played in his 254th career game against the Angels, second only to Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski’s 280. Beltre has 46 homers and 165 RBIs against the Angels Mike Piazza Jersey , his most against any team — only Alex Rodriguez (70) and Rafael Palmeiro (49) have more homers, and only A-Rod has more RBIs (169). … Beltre is 8 for 14 with three homers in his career against Heaney.CLOSING IT DOWNLeclerc has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest streak by a Texas pitcher this season. Opponents have 25 strikeouts with only two hits in their last 43 at-bats against Leclerc.OTHER RUNSNomar Mazara had a two-run double for the Rangers in the fifth. … Andrelton Simmons, the Angels shortstop playing on his 29th birthday, had an RBI groundout in the first.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Ohtani, the two-way rookie who was in the lineup as the DH, will throw a light bullpen Wednesday. He is then scheduled to throw another one Friday that will determine if he will make his next scheduled pitching start Sunday at the Chicago White Sox. … CF Mike Trout was hit by a pitch on the right knee when batting in the first inning. He remained in the game and iced his knee afterward. The Angels don’t consider it serious.Rangers: Bartolo Colon, the 45-year-old right-hander, will make his first start since Aug. 20. He was on the disabled list from Aug. 24 to Sept. 1 because of a lower back strain.UP NEXTThe Angels and Rangers wrap up their second series in Arlington in less than three weeks Wednesday. The two teams at the bottom of the AL West standings still play two more series this season, both in California — next Monday through Wednesday, and then Sept. 24-26 during the last week of the regular season.



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